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Obituaries for June 15, 2017; John Massey Sr., Ruby Wallace, Thomas Connell, Alma Mulkey, Jennie Boggan, Marie Allen, Leona Scroggs

John Massey Sr.

August 8, 1976 – May 19, 2017


John Richard Blaine Massey Sr., 40, passed on May 19, 2017.  John was born in Athens, GA on August 8, 1976.  He earned his license from UNC and spent 20 years of his career at 1st Franklin where he became Regional Operations Director. John was a great friend and touched many lives in so many ways. His contagious laugh and bright blue eyes could light up a room and will be missed deeply. 

John leaves behind his beloved parents, Johnny and Anne Massey.  He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, John and Jessica Massey and grandson, Blaine; son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Makayla Massey; sons, Jordan Massey, Joe Massey; daughter, Victoria Massey; devoted Radha "Rhea" Vallinayagam; brothers and sister-in-law, Tony and Kim Cumbahee, James Cumbahee, Shane Cumbahee, Jeff Massey and David Massey.  

A celebration of John’s life was held on Saturday, June 10, 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home; 206 Holly Street; Jasper, GA 30143. Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park; 280 Camp Road; Jasper, GA 30143.  

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

Online condolences can be made at


Ruby Wallace

Ruby McFarland Wallace,  88, of Canton, passed away on Tuesday, June 6th at the Brian Center in Canton. She was of the Baptist faith. 

The funeral was held Friday, June 9th at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Darby Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby McFarland and Rev. Tim McFarland Officiating. Interment  followed in the Chalcedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. She was preceded in death by one son, Larry Wallace of Lutz, FL. She is survived by

son and daughter-in-law,  Alton and Carol Wallace of Jasper; brother, Clyde McFarland of Canton; brother, Bob McFarland of Jasper; grandchild, Paul and Lisa Wallace of Yatesville; grandchild, Matthew Wallace of Forsyth; grandchild, Lesa Thomason of Jasper; one great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild also survive along with a host of friends and relatives. 

The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home is in charge of these arrangements.


Alma Mulkey

December 18, 1930 – June 6, 2017


Alma Lois Mulkey, 86, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper. She was born December 18, 1930 to Hiram Edgar and Avie Johnson Mulkey in Jasper.

Ms. Mulkey is survived by nephews, Terry and Sharon Mulkey of Jasper, Donald and Melissa Mulkey of Jasper; special friend, Billy Joe Parker; several great-nieces, great-nephews, and other family members.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home.  Interment  followed at Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Thomas Connell

Thomas Bentley Connell (Tom), 87, of Jasper, GA passed away on June 7, 2017.  He was preceded in death by his son, Rick Connell and survived by his Life Partner of 34 years, Dolly Harbin, also of Jasper, GA and his children, Chuck Connell (wife, Teri) of Pensacola, Florida and Debra Baird (Husband, Mack) of Griffin, Georgia. He leaves behind 5 grand-children and 4 great-grandchildren.

There are no services planned per Mr, Connell's wishes. In lieu of gifts or flowers to the family, donations are requested in remembrance of Tom, for Georgia Mountains Hospice, 70 Caring Way, Jasper, GA 30143, phone 706-253-4100.


Jennie Boggan

Virginia Louise Butler Boggan, better known as Jennie, born on November 12, 1948, in Laurel, Jones County, Mississippi, died following a courageous bout with cancer on May 6, 2017.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, John Marion and Christa Cowart Butler.

She attended Laurel City Schools, graduating in 1966, then enrolled in Mississippi College where she distinguished herself both as a student and campus leader. Along with three of her classmates, she was inducted into the cherished Mississippi College Hall of Fame during her senior year. Her Hall of Fame portrait of The Tribesman, the school yearbook, was framed with the words of Kahil Gibran: “Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes, He smiles upon the earth.” Furthermore, the article stated: “The virtue of ‘giving love and love in giving’ is one which is coveted by all. Jennie Butler possesses this quality.”

Upon graduation from Mississippi College, Jennie was awarded a graduate of fellowship by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to pursue a Master of Arts degree in the period of Renaissance and Reformation History and studied under the late Dr. Harold Fink, noted professor in the area of The Crusades. It was during this time, between the winter and spring quarter, Jennie married Charlie W. Boggan on March 20, 1971, among the blooming azaleas and dogwoods of Laurel, Mississippi, only to return to Knoxville for the spring quarter, welcomed by four inches of snow.

After two years at the university, Charlie and Jennie set out for the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. For the next decade, she pursued a varied career of secretary, library assistant at the Shelbyville Library, a Carnegie Library, and an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville Adult Education teaching Western Civilization to evening students; all to put her husband through Divinity School. Among these jobs, she took yet another, being the wife of a Baptist pastor, a role she splendidly filled from 1972 until her death; 45 years as partner in Ministry at the Pigeon Fork Baptist (Waddy, Kentucky), First Baptist (Newport), First Baptist Church of Jasper and Southside Baptist (Newport).

Equal to her love of serving Christ and His church was being mother to her favorite older son Joel and her favorite younger son Neil. Also very dear to her heart was serving as a parent volunteer at Newport Grammar School, a career she had to forfeit upon demand by her sons when she moved to Jasper, Georgia, and her love of history which propelled her into participation in the NSDAR, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a very active member of the local William Cocke Chapter of the DAR, serving as regent for several years. She also served as a member and chairperson of the Raymond DeArmond Student Missions committee of Carson-Newman University.

Survivors include her husband and partner in ministry for 46 years, Charlie W. boggan; sons, Joel Curtis Boggan, M.D. (Durham, NC) and Neil Wade Boggan and his fiance SaBrenna Reed (Memphis, TN); sister, Ann Lott and spouse Charles (Hendersonville, TN); brother, John Butler and spouse Grace Ann (Huntsville, AL), and sister-in-law, Martha Alice Boggan Robinson (Amory, MS). She is also survived by three nieces, four nephews, great-nieces and nephews and numerous friends and fellow believers in the churches that she served.

Memorials may be made to the churches which Jennie served, the Raymond DeArmond Mission Committee for Student Missions, Carson-Newman University, the Breadbasket, a food ministry that Jennie was instrumental in starting in Newport, or to the charity or church of your choice.

The family has chosen cremation. Honorary pallbearers were the Ladies of Southside Baptist Church and the members of the local William Cocke Chapter of the DAR.

A memorial service was  held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 13 at 5 p.m.

Family and friends may sign the guest register online at

Arrangements by Manes Funeral Home.


Marie Allen

Mrs. Marie Allen, 75, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Sonshine Manor Personal Care Home.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Ophir Baptist Church with Rev. Dean Pugh, Rev. Clyde Boling, Rev. John Holaway and Rev. Sylvester Ridings officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  

Mrs. Allen was a homemaker and member of Ophir Baptist Church. She loved singing and gardening.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Allen; parents, Wesley and Leo Grizzle; three brothers; and three sisters.  Survivors include her children, James (Johnnie Gail) Allen, Sammy (Delenna) Allen, Barbara (Freddie) Jones and Randy (Candy) Allen; siblings, Dorothy Pack, Glenda Sanford, Howard Grizzle, Wayne Grizzle, Kenneth Grizzle and Terry Grizzle; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

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


Leona Scroggs

September 17, 1918 – June 7, 2017


Leona Cornelison Scroggs, 98, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper. She was born September 17, 1918 in Canton to the late James and Lillian Cornelison.  

She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Darrel and Teresa Scroggs of Jasper; grandchildren, Juanita and Barry Forrester of Jasper, Lezley and Troy Gross of Jasper; great-grandchildren, Annabelle Forrester, Mary Rose Forrester, Dylan Loudermilk, Kaitlyn Loudermilk; and several nieces, nephews, and other family members.

The funeral service was held 11 a.m., Friday, June 9, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. Interment  followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper.  

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

Online condolences can be made at