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Obituaries for September 27, 2017; Larry Sams, Genita Taylor, James Wiltse, Paul Clark II, Miles Peeples, Audrey Sneade

Larry Sams

Larry Leon Sams, 74, passed away on September 21, 2017 on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. 

Born to Howard L. Sams and Flora “Louise” Kelley Sams on August 5, 1943, Larry grew up in Weaverville, North Carolina.  Larry excelled in school, graduating from North Buncombe High School in 1961.  He went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting at Georgia State University in 1972.  During his first career, Larry worked as an accountant, auditor, or as a comptroller for many large companies, including the Marietta Daily Journal. 

His love of the real estate business began while he was comptroller for a local cemetery. Larry embarked on a second career and went on to become a top seller of real estate and a real estate broker for Ackerman Realty. Having a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Larry formed his own real estate company – Dixieland Realty, Inc.

Larry developed and maintained strong Christian values during his life. He and his family were founding members of Heritage Presbyterian Church in Acworth, Georgia, and later he was ordained as a Presbyterian Elder.

Throughout his life, Larry loved automobiles, especially when they were racing on a short track. He emceed many races as the “Jumper Cable Man.” He also authored many articles for race fans about local tracks and drivers, and for a short time Larry published a racing magazine called Racing and Performance Motorsports.  He worked closely with both sprint car circuits, USCS and ASCS.  Until his death Larry was editor of the Pioneer Pages for the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and wrote weekly articles for the Pickens Progress newspaper. 

Larry loved driving around St. Simon’s Island in his white 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

Larry Leon Sams was preceded in death by his parents Howard L. and Louise Sams. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mersia “Bunny” Bloodworth Sams; his daughters and their husbands, Robin Sams Gant and Timothy M. Gant, Sr., Rebecca Sams Murray and Scott B. Murray, Kimberly Nell Stacy and Randy Stacy; his grandchildren, Mersia Ada Gant Martin (Kenneth), Timothy Michael Gant, Jr. (Rachel), Dylan Scott Murray, Samantha Morgan Murray, Maegan Stacy, and Joshua Stacy;  and his great grandchildren, Jason Frederick Gant and Raven Victoria Gant, and his brothers Ronnie Sams (Zoe), Terry Sams, and Jerry Sams.

Services were held at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick, Georgia on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at West Memorial Park in Weaverville, North Carolina at 2 p.m. The family asks donations be made to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers. 


Genita Taylor

September 20, 1929 – September 22, 2017


Mrs. Genita Marjorie Taylor, 88, of Jasper passed away Friday, September 22, 2017.  She was born September 20, 1929 to Herman and Thelma Dover in Canton, Georgia.

Genita is survived by her children, Cindy and David Thacker of Jasper, Linda and Danny Jordan of Ball Ground; grandchildren, Kelly and Tony Weaver of Jasper, Katie Poole and Mike Edgington of Jasper, Clinton and Stacey Thacker of Jasper, Jarrod Thacker of Jasper, Danny Jordan of Canton, Michael and Melissa Jordan of Ball Ground; great-grandchildren, Andy Weaver, Mykenzie Weaver, Jordan Poole, Logan Poole, Megan Poole, Noah Thacker, Charlie Thacker, Haley Jordan, Tiffany Jordan, Jacob Jordan, Aryana Edgington, and Alix Edgington.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Taylor; grandson, John H. Bryant; and granddaughter, Kali Shay Quinton.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend James Thompson and Brother David Jones officiating.  Interment followed at Long Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery.

Flowers were accepted or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kali Shay Quinton Memorial Fund.

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

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James Wiltse

James Wiltse was born March 16, 1926 in Tannersville, New York to James and Leah Wiltse.  He graduated from Hunter-Tannersville Central School and received Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  In 1959, he received a PhD degree from Johns Hopkins University in Electrical Engineering.  He was commissioned as an ensign in the US Navy and after serving on active duty, he was in the active Reserves from which he retired as a Lieutenant Commander (Commander select). Dr. Wiltse has several decades of experience in electronics research and engineering, and is the author or co-author of 160 articles, reports, and presentations at many national and international scientific conferences and technical symposia. Before moving to Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville, GA.   He lived for several years in Orlando FL, Tucker, Chamblee, Lawrenceville, Spartanburg, SC, and Big Canoe.  He moved to LVE in 2013.  Mr. Wiltse, age 91, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Helen, a son, Paul (wife, Sue), a daughter, Linda (husband, Eric King), and step-son, David Citron (wife, Krista) and twin granddaughters, Vasilka and Katya; brother, Oscar (wife, Pat); sister, Shirley Dunn (husband, Gerry); and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Lanier Village Estates in November.  Interment will be in Hanes Falls, NY.

To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at  Arrangements By: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA (770) 932-1133. 


Paul Clark II

January 27, 1967 – September 24, 2017


Mr. Mickey Paul Clark II, 50, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 at his home after a 3 ½ year battle with cancer. He was born January 27, 1967 in Fort Pierce, Florida.

Mickey Paul is survived by his wife, Christina Canada Clark of Jasper; children, Carleigh Canada of Jasper, Noah Canada of Jasper, Aaron Canada of Jasper, Callie Clark of Christmas, Florida, Curtis Clark of Christmas, Florida, Kayla and Mike Wiggins of Oviedo, Florida; sister, Melissa and Lee Yates Jr. of Christmas, Florida, Frannie and Keith McLeod of Christmas, Florida, Elaine Burke of Richmond, Texas; nieces and nephews, Checotah “Codie” McCumber, Cutter Yates, Teagan Yates, Colton McLeod, Collen McLeod, Zachery Burke, and Connor Burke.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Melvin and Effie Elizabeth Clark.

A funeral service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Jess Page officiating. The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.

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

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Miles Peeples

Miles Hendricks Peeples, 76, of Ellijay, Georgia, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on Sunday, September 24, 2017. He was born on July 24, 1941 at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia to Horace and Pauline Peeples. Although he lived in several states including Texas, West Virginia and Florida, he lived the majority of his life in his home state of Georgia.

Miles graduated from Russell High School in East Point, Georgia in 1959 and from Georgia State University in 1968 with a B.S. in Math. Throughout his life he served as both a high school math teacher and Church of Christ Minister. He retired from school teaching in 1997 and from full-time ministry in 2012. He was the minister at the Northside Church of Christ in Jasper, Georgia from 1979-1983 and, even though retired, he was very active in the Ellijay Church of Christ since moving here in 2012. He continued to preach intermittently at various area congregations and was active in the Georgia School of Preaching. 

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Marshall Peeples; his daughters Diane (and Mark) Wilson of Ellijay, GA and Rachel Peeples, DVM of Guyton, GA; his sons, David (and Monique) Peeples of Pooler, GA and Mark (and Holly) Peeples of Rincon, GA; and eight grandchildren, Kyle, Brayden, Hannah, Jack, and Kate Peeples and Megan, Hailey, and Jaxon Wilson.  He is also survived by his brother Neal Peeples of Fayetteville, GA as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 28 at Bernhardt Funeral Home, 163 River Street, Ellijay, Georgia 30540 from 6-8 p.m.  The funeral will be held at Ellijay Church of Christ, 351 North Main Street, Ellijay, Georgia 30540 on Friday, September 29, at 2 p.m. with a brief graveside service at the church affiliated Memorial Gardens immediately following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Georgia School of Preaching: c/o Ellijay Church of Christ, 351 North Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540 and if check make payable to Ellijay Church of Christ with GSOP/Miles Peeples in memo line.  


Audrey Sneade

January 26, 1965 – September 18, 2017


Audrey Lynn Sneade, 52, of Marble Hill, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017 as the result of an automobile accident. She was born January 26, 1965 to W.A. and Eunice Stone in Roswell, Georgia.

Audrey is survived by her husband, Scott Sneade of Marble Hill; children, Jessica and Justin Ryal of Jasper, Perry and Amberly Sneade of Marble Hill, Jordan Sneade of Jasper; grandchildren, Elijah Ryal, Addison Ryal, Aleaha Pike; nephew, Michael Glass of Rome; niece, Tammy Glass of Jasper; sister, Brenda Craig; and brother, Wayne Stone.  She was preceded in death by her sisters, Peggy Stone and Faye Pruitt.

A memorial service was held at 5 p.m., Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend John Reale officiating.  

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

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