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Obituaries for June 22, 2017; Joyce Lawrence, Florence Godfrey, Ruth Ann Reece

Joyce Lawrence


October 14, 1945 – June 18, 2017


Joyce Lawrence, 71, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Serenity Manor in Jasper. She was born October 14, 1945 to Arthur and Estelle Burgess in Jasper.

Joyce is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Chris DeMaio of Huntington, New York; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Lisa Lawrence of Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Shirley Burgess of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and James Mantooth of Chatsworth; grandchildren, Michael DeMaio, Brandon DeMaio, Destiny D’Errico, Autumn Andrews, Summer Andrews; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A memorial service was held 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home.  

Donations may be made to the Burnt Mountain Center in memory of Joyce.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, Georgia.

Online condolences can be made at


Florence Godfrey 

November 17, 1927 - June 13, 2017 


Ms. Florence Silver Godfrey, 89, of Fairmount, passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Calhoun Health Care. 

Ms. Godfrey is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy & Brenda Godfrey, Calhoun; two daughters and son-in-law, Janie & Troy Chastain, Fairmount, Patty Kelley Calhoun; sister, Eulene Honea, Cumming; sister-in-law, Helen Silver, Taylorsville; brother-in-law, Roy Lee Goss; seven grandchildren, Kevin & (Karen) Chastian, Brandon Kelley, Dustin & (Joanna) Kelley, Petrina & (Willie) Pritchett, Amanda & (Jason) Seritt, Tiffany Chastian, Miranda Kelley; 14 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. 

Ms. Godfrey is preceded in death by her parents, Luther & Amanda Silver; daughter, Joyce Godfrey; five brothers and three sisters. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017 in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jason Seritt and Rev. Ronnie Wells Officiating. Interment was at the Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Godfrey Family. Online condolences may be made at


Ruth Ann Reece 

January 2, 1943 - June 18, 2017 


Mrs. Ruth Ann Reece, 74, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017 at her residence. 

Mrs. Reece is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn & Michael Bryant of Ball Ground and Judy & Jeff Heckard of Florida; one brother, Doug Ballew of California; two sisters, Patricia Platt of  Tate and Nancy Massingale; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 in the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home With Rev. Phillip Reece officiating. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Gardens of Jasper. 

The family accepted flowers or donations may be made to Georgia Mountain Hospice in the name of J.C. Reece 

Cagle Funeral Home is Honored to serve the Reece family. Online condolences may be made at