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Obituaries for April 27, 2017; Jerry Little, Tony Frix, Bo Champion, Jeanella Fifer, Joseph Hulsey, D.H. Childers,

Jerry Little 

July 21, 1940-April 21, 2017


Jerry Lee Little, 76, of Fairmount, passed away Friday, April 21, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Jerry was born July 21, 1940 in Milton, Georgia to John and Theora Little.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Little of Fairmount; children, Cheryl Marie Little of Talking Rock, John Robert and Francien Little of Waleska; grandchildren, Blake Robert Little, John Hunter Little, Kelcie-M Little, Dylan Otis Little, all of Waleska; great-grandchildren, Addy, Jason, Theora, Makynleigh.  Several other family members also survive.

At his request he will be cremated and no services are scheduled at this time.

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

Online condolences can 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 (Lamar) Smith, Doug (Tracey) 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. 


Bo Champion

Mr. James H. "Bo" Champion, age 52 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday April 18, 2017 at his residence. 

Mr. Champion is survived by his wife, Janice Champion of Jasper; mother, Betty Champion of Jasper; mother-in-law, Mary Brenda Pendley of Jasper; son, James H. (Bo) Champion II of Jasper; daughter, Jana Champion of Jasper; father-in-law, Terry & Brenda Pendley; sisters and brother-in-law, Sharon Champion of Jasper and Debbie & Roy Dobbs of the Ludville Community; nieces, Haley Grizzle (& Michael Hancock) and Kayla Kinser and husband Marcus; and great niece Karoline Kinser. 

Mr. Champion was preceded in death by his father, Hardy Champion and his brother, Eddie. 

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 20 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Revs. Jerry Watkins, Eric Duncan, Danny Townsend, Jackson Plant and Randy Walker officiating. Interment at Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers that served: Jackie Bruce, Ron Pharris, Kim Quinton, Scott Bruce, Marcus Kinser, Roy Dobbs, Lamar Walker, Gus Welborn; honorary pallbearers: Tadpole Evans, Jimmy Poole, and Paul Roberts. 

The family accepted flowers or donations may be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice. 

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


Jeanella Fifer

Heaven has gained another sweet angel. 

A very special lady has earned her wings. Ms. Jeanella Fifer, 65, of Woodstock, GA formerly of Tioga, ND, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Sonshine Manor on March 24, 2017. 

Jeanella was born on June 18, 1951, to Raymond and Beatrice Odegaard and was raised in the small town of Tioga, ND. Jeanella graduated from Tioga High School in 1969. While at Tioga High School she was an accomplished cheerleader and played the clarinet in the THS band. After high school Jeanella would soon marry and have three beautiful girls, Julia, Michelle, and Tamara. She divorced and lived in Minot, ND when she had an opportunity to join an appraisal firm in Atlanta GA for a better life for her and her children. She decided to take that chance and move to Kennesaw GA in which spawned a twenty-year career in which she could raise 3 strong women and be the loving and caring mother that she was. After her retirement from the firm, she started a bookkeeping/accounting company of her own. She started enjoying life much more at this point working at her own pace at home. 

She now had more time for the things she really enjoyed in life such as traveling, especially to a casino, spending time with family and her own peace and quiet watching  old TV shows. One of her favorite things to do was our yearly trip to Biloxi MS with the family. We would spend the Fourth of July week enjoying our time together. She would have a week of shopping with the grandkids, spending the days by the pool, fourth of July fireworks, concerts, great food and of course a little gambling too! 

Jeanella was proceeded in death by her parents Raymond and Beatrice Odegaard, and her brother Allen Nelson. 

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Julia and Danny Bramblett of Woodstock Ga, Michelle and Mike Davis of Waleska GA, and Tamara Fifer also of Woodstock GA; loving brother and sister-in-law, Wayde and Joanne Nelson of Tioga ND; and loving sister and brother-in-law, Louise Nelson and Richard Naylor of Talking Rock GA; her grandchildren, Makayla Davis, Makenzie Davis and Olivia Cochran, several nieces and nephews; her special aunt, Delores Odegaard of Tioga, ND; numerous cousins and her special friend Wahoo McDaniel. 

She will be missed but will live on in the hearts of so many that she has touched through the years. 

There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Saturday April 29, 2017 at the Naylor/Nelson farm at 34 Twin Mountain Lake Road, Talking Rock, GA 30175. Call Michelle to RSVP at (404)323-6888. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in her name. 

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


Joseph Hulsey

Joseph Hulsey, 20, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. 

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, April 26th at Soul’s Harbor Church, 110 Evergreen Road, Canton, Ga. 30114 at 7 p.m.

Joseph was 20 years young. He left behind his four-year-old son, Joseph James Hulsey (JJ); mom and step-dad, Michell and John Parker; dad, Robbie Hulsey; brothers, Brayden and Marshall Hulsey; grandparents, Joe and Ann Hulsey and Stacy Godfrey; great-grandmother, Billie Hayley; uncles, Andrew Hulsey, Jay Fain and Cole Godfrey; aunts, Amber Evans and Sparkle Hill.

Joseph was preceeded in death by his grandmother, Shelby Hulsey.

I’m very sorry if I have forgotten anybody. Everyone keeps asking if they can help. Well, we would like to have a dinner after the service so if y’all could bring a dish, it would be so great. If you can’t that’s fine too. Just come and honor Joseph.

Mary Ann Hulsey


D.H. Childers


Mr. D.H. "Ham" Childers, 96, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017 at his residence. 

Mr. Childers is survived by his wife, Linda Childers of Jasper; daughters and son-in-law, Connie & Craig Reichert of Nelson and Tammie Chastain of Hinton Community; brothers, William Childers of Jasper and J.W. Childers of Jasper; four grandchildren, Chad & Stephanie Morris, Darrin & Stephanie Morris, Brian & Erika Chastain, and Jacob Chastain; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Buck Parker and Johnny Barnes officiating. Interment at Hinton Community Cemetery. Local Chapter 47 DAV in charge of military rites. Pallbearers that served: Chad Morris, Darrin Morris, Brian Chastain, Jacob Chastain, Craig Reichert, Cody Richards, and honorary pallbearers: Ronnie Morris and Kenny Childers.

The family will accept flowers or donations may be made to Hinton Community Cemetery. 

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


Card of Thanks

The family of Raymond Beck would like to thank the relatives, friends, neighbors, Marble Hill Masonic Lodge #207 and Georgia Mountains Hospice for the many thoughts, prayers, food, flowers, donations to hospice, and the excellent care provided during his illness and passing.  A very special thank you to the staff of Cagle Funeral Home,  the local chapter #47 DAV, Chris Boling, and Robbie Womac for the beautiful service.

When I must leave you

When I must leave you for a little while

Please do not grieve and shed wild tears

And hug your sorrow to you through the years.

But start out bravely with a gallant smile;

And for my sake, and in my name,

Live on and do all things the same

Feed not your loneliness on empty days,

But fill each waking hour in useful ways.

Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer

And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;

And never, never be afraid to die,

For I am waiting for you in the sky!


Resolutions of Respect

In memory of Raymond Esteese Beck who died March 27th, 2017.

Once again death hath summoned a member of our Lodge, and the golden gateway to the Eternal City has opened with a welcome to home. The work of ministering to the wants of the afflicted, in shedding light into darkened souls and in bringing joy into the places of misery is completed, and as a reward has received the plaudit, “well done” from the Supreme Master.

And Whereas the allwise and Merciful Master has called our beloved and respected member home; 

And Whereas having been a true and faithful member of our Lodge, Therefore be it resolved that Marble Hill Lodge No. 207, F&AM, Marble Hill, Ga. in testimony of its loss, that we tender to the family of our deceased member our sincere condolence in their deep affliction and that a copy of these resolutions be published in the Pickens County Progress.

Eric Dyer

Chris Boling

Eddie Castleberry