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Obituaries for April 20, 2017; Janice Gibson Walter Lewis, Benjamin Collins, Alan Gibson, Beckey Beasley, Tony Frix,

Janice Gibson

Mrs. Janice Nadine Goodman Gibson, 71, of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away Monday, April 10, 2017.  She was born December 10, 1945 in Porterdale, Georgia to the late James Goodman and Minnie Goodman Campbell.  Mrs. Gibson was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and was of the Presbyterian faith. She worked for a number of years as an office manager for Shoney’s Family Restaurants. Mrs. Gibson was preceded in death by her son, Donald Lanier Owens. 

Mrs. Gibson is survived by her husband, John Gibson; son, James Newton Owens of Newborn; step-son, John Brian Gibson and his wife, Jaqui of Villa Rica; her step-daughter, Jennifer Rae Thorsen and her husband, John of Woodstock; her grandchildren, Hannah Renee Owens, Lauren Hope Owens, Katie Gibson, and J. P. Miller along with other family and close friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 18 at the Chapel of J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home.   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.  

J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home, 2157 East Street, SE, Covington, GA 30014 is in charge of the arrangements.  A guest book may be signed on-line


Walter Lewis


Walter Cleighborn Lewis, 55, of Cape San Blas, Florida, died peacefully March 31, 2017, in his home. 

Clay was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 14, 1961 to Claudia Brown Lewis and Nat E. Lewis, Sr.  Clay attended Milton High School in Alpharetta, GA and the Art Institute of Atlanta. He was a master carpenter and an artist, having made pottery, folk paintings and woodwork of all types. He was self-employed and owned his own beach-to-bay recreational outfitters business specializing in fishing, boating, kayaking and paddle boarding on Cape San Blas. 

Clay loved the ocean and everything about Cape San Blas, from the bay to the gulf; nature, fishing, animals, children, music and his friends and his family. Clay had the heart of a lion. 

He completed his life's journey on his beloved Cape, living there for the past 16 years, surrounded by his many friends and adored by his dogs, Sheba, Apollo, Bella and last, but not least, the Cape famous, Roxy-girl. 

Clay is survived by his dog Roxy, and his parents Nat and Claudia Lewis of Alpharetta, Georgia, brother Shack Lewis and wife Jennifer Lewis, nephew Harrison Lewis and niece Sarah Lewis, of Milton, Georgia. 

An open memorial celebration will be held April 23 from 3 – 6 p.m. (4 p.m. union of remembrance) at the homestead property of Clay’s parents, Nat and Claudia Lewis, located at 184 Canton Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009. 

Parking: City Arts Center (the former library) ½ block north, at 238 Canton Street. 

Dress to be strictly beach attire, the only way Clay would want it to be. The afternoon will be a joyous, story-telling, music-making, celebration of his life!

Any donations in his memory should be made to:  St Joe Bay Humane Society                                                                                       Dawgs in Prison. Attention: Sandy Christie, 1007 10th Street, Port St Joe, FL 32456


Benjamin Collins

December 7, 1943 – April 3, 2017


Benjamin Harry Collins, 73, passed away peacefully at home on April 3, 2017.  Born on December 7, 1943 in Jacksonville, FL, he was a graduate of Jacksonville University and began his professional career at Southern Bell, holding a variety of positions in marketing and sales. In 1974 he moved to Atlanta, and it was there where he eventually met his wife, Devon Shields Collins, who he has been married to since 1980. 

After retiring, Ben moved to Big Canoe where he was instrumental in community projects including leading the large group of volunteers who built the original facility of the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in Jasper.  He was also very active with the Big Canoe Chapel, holding such positions as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Property Committee, and Sunday school teacher.

Ben and Devon traveled extensively, visiting numerous places across the US as well as Europe, Israel, Greece, Taiwan and Hong Kong. 

In addition to his wife Devon, he is survived by many loving relatives and friends.  

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 6 at 1 p.m. at the Big Canoe Chapel.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice or the Big Canoe Chapel Property Committee in honor of Ben Collins.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at


Alan Gibson

November 11, 1940 – April 14, 2017


Alan Donnell Gibson, 76, of Jasper, Georgia, died Friday, April 14, at his home in Bent Tree.

Alan was born November 11, 1940, in Huntington, West Virginia. He played on the high school basketball team and tennis team. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in sociology, Cum Laude. There he was in ROTC and upon graduation served six years in Army Intelligence in Germany, a Captain supervising field agents.

After the military, Alan lived in North Palm Beach where for many years he owned and ran Brooks Travel Agency. There he also wrote a travel column for the Palm Beach Post.

In the 1970's Alan moved to north Georgia where he concentrated further on his passion for writing. To his credit are several plays performed in area theaters, two nonfiction books, screenplays, and humor. As a moderator, Alan hosted a Comcast TV public affairs panel and the "The Civility Hour" on Cherokee TV. For over 25 years Alan led a weekly discussion group about culture, politics, history, with doses of severe trivia.

Alan also authored "The Essential Bad Attitude," a column for the Pickens County Progress for which he received first place in the Georgia Press Association's 2013 humorous category for weeklies.

Alan is survived by two sisters, Linda Zelenka of Orange Park, Florida and Carol Frey of Norcross, Georgia; nieces, Jennifer LaSala and Sarah Humphrey; and nephews, David Zelenka, Jonathan Frey and Brian Frey.

A celebration of Alan's life followed by a reception will be held at 11 Friday, April 21, at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, officiated by Reverend Ben Laughlin. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at


Beckey Beasley

Mrs. Beckey Lee Beasley,  79, of Talking Rock, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at her residence. 

Mrs. Beasley is survived by her husband, Charles Beasley of Talking Rock; sons and daughters-in-law, Dean & Melissa Beasley of Jasper and Benny & Torrie Beasley of Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Jones of Jasper, Brenda & David Hamby of Nelson, Glenda & Don Henley of Talking Rock, Lynn & Bill Alexander of Talking Rock, and Janel & Lincoln Warth of Jasper; brothers-in-law, Quinton Beasley of Jasper and Carter Owen of Canton; sisters-in-law, Ovalene Wofford of Jasper, Laverne Beasley of Ball Ground, Blanche Reece of Ball Ground, and Mary Sue Beasley of Canton; 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 14 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Junior McTaggart and Randy Cloer officiating. Interment at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

The family accepted flowers but prefer donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Beasley family. Online condolences may be made at


Tony Frix

Tony Frix, 51, of Ball Ground, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Northside Hospital Forsyth. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Yellow Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Byess and Rev. Rudy Tribble officiating. Interment was held in the church cemetery. 

Tony was a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church and Red Wine Masonic Lodge # 174. He was a Cabinet Maker and loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Jake Frix; survivors include his wife, Tracy Frix; children, Amber (Kenny) Lightbourne, Josh (Summer) Frix, Adrian (Ian) Gilstrap and Jacob Frix; mother, Fairy Poole; siblings, Edwina Smith, Doug Frix and Anthony Poole; 8 grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  Serving as Pallbearers were Josh Frix, Jacob Frix, Ian Gilstrap, Matthew Ramey, Dwight Roper, Doug Frix, Daniel Smith and Chris.

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA, is honored to serve the family. 770-479-2131.