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Obituaries for October 19, 2017; Fredia Watkins, Gregory Murphy, Jay Sewell, Walter Champlin, Ronald Kraft, Jeanne Lajoie, Patricia Appel, Oliver Shattles-Moore

Fredia Watkins

July 31, 1958-October 8, 2017


Mrs. Fredia Watkins, 59, of Jasper, passed away Sunday morning October 8, 2017 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. She was a cardiac nurse, florist, and was affiliated faculty of the American Heart Association. She was also Past Worthy Matron of the Jasper Eastern Star.  

She is survived by her husband, Junior Watkins of Jasper, and her puppy, Jasper.  Several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Jerusalem Baptist Church with Reverend Tommy Teague, Reverend Harold Cantrell, Reverend Scott Price, and Reverend Nathan Smith officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  

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

Online condolences can be made at


Gregory Murphy

November 12, 1961 – October 12, 2017


Mr. Gregory Dean Murphy, 55, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He was born November 12, 1961 to J. W. and Margene Murphy in Canton, Georgia.

Greg is survived by his mother, Margene Evans Murphy of the Jerusalem Community; brother, Jeff Murphy of Chattanooga, Tennessee; niece, Emma Murphy of Chattanooga, Tennessee; good friends, April Stone of Marble Hill, Kassie Hunt of Jasper; grandmother, Ruthell Greeson of the Jerusalem Community; and aunt and uncle, Jerry and Sheryl Evans of the Jerusalem Community.  He was preceded in death by his father, J. W. Murphy.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 14, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend James Thompson and Reverend Ronnie Ray officiating.  

Donations may be made in honor of Greg to the Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Jay Sewell

Jimmy “Jay” Sewell, born Sept. 25, 1964, passed from this life on October 2, 2017, which was also his brother Tim’s birthday. Jay fought a really hard battle with mesothelioma. He spent most of his adult life in Columbus, Ga. where he was owner of his own heat and air business. His eighth grade in school was here where he was quarterback for the football team.

Jay is survived by three daughters, Amanda Paxton and husband Kyle of Columbus, Ga., Tashina Patrick and husband James of Columbia, SC, and Kayla Sewell of Orlando, Fl.; one son, Jayson Sewell, Eufaula, Al.; six grandchildren he loved beyond belief, Braeden and Trista Dunbar, Neenha and Arabella Cooley, Ashlyn and Taryn Paxton; two brothers, Tim Sewell, Jasper and Scrapper Sewell, Ellijay; one sister, Dee Nix, Phenix City, Al.; stepmother, Mildred Sewell; stepsisters, Selina Hales and Stacy McClure, all of Jasper. 

A beautiful memorial service was held Sunday, October 8 at Gentian Baptist Church in Columbus with a host of family and friends attending. 


Walter Champlin

Walter Frederick Champlin, III, 62, of Jasper passed October 5, 2017 and his faith became reality. His journey began with a diagnosis of stage 4 cancer of the small intestines and liver. The struggle ended at home under hospice care surrounded by the prayers and love of family and friends.

Walter is known as “Bee man” Bud. He was a regular at the Jasper Farmer's Market. Member of the Appalachian Beekeeper's Club, Cherokee Beekeepers, Gilmer Beekeepers and other beekeeper organizations. Bud achieved the title of Master Beekeeper through the University of Georgia Honey Bee Program. He was involved in the education and mentoring of new beekeepers. Bud did many presentations at schools, garden clubs, organizations, farmer's market, and anywhere someone wanted to know about honey bees. (Even in his hospital bed.)

Bud was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, Woodstock. Many times he shared his faith during his bee presentations. He had a heart for missions and served as World Missions International president for many years. He traveled on several Work and Witness trips.  

Bud served in the Army, Army Reserves and retired from the Air Force. He served locally in the American Legion, Post 149 and the American Legion Riders.  

Bud is survived by Vickie Champlin, his wife of 39 years; daughter and son-in-law, Valerie Champlin Loyer & Tim; son and daughter-in-law, Joshua & Dominique Champlin; son and daughter-in-law, Wesley & Addison Champlin; grandchildren, Rowan, Leland, Morgan, Joshua, & Jayden; brother; James Champlin.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Champlin family.  The funeral service was held at Church of the Nazarene, Woodstock at 11 am, Tuesday, October 10 with the  Rev.  Lewis Stark officiating. Interment at National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to (1) Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Church of the Nazarene, P. O. Box 410946, Kansas City, MO  64179 or (2) Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park, P. O. Box 247, Talking Rock, GA  30175 or call 706.253.0501.


Ronald Kraft

Ronald William Kraft, 72, of Talking Rock, Ga. passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 after a brief illness. Born in Buffalo, NY on July 21, 1945 to Anne and Albert Kraft, he lived briefly in New Port Richey, FL before settling in these tranquil mountains of north Georgia which he loved so much. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 52 years, Gail, his kind and caring sister-in-law, Louise Kraft of East Aurora, NY, and three nephews, Val Kraft of Buffalo, NY, Mark Kraft of East Aurora, NY and Andy Kraft of Brighton, MI. He was predeceased by his beloved brother, Albert (Butch) Kraft. He also leaves behind to morn his loss, his furry feline friend “Gobi”. 

Ron was happiest when tinkering with one of a series of Corvettes he owned, working in his wood shop, or traveling this beautiful country in an RV, hiking a trail with a pack on his back. He had a kind and gentle soul, and always tried to be a good friend to those he knew. Gone too soon, may he find peace and joy in the heavens. 

His earthly remains were cremated; a memorial service will be conducted at a later date. 


Jeanne Lajoie

Mrs. Jeanne Lajoie, 80, of Talking Rock Ga, who passed away at Legacy Transitional Care in Atlanta. She was born May 19, 1937 to the late Benjamin and Stella Cantrell of Cherokee North Carolina.

Mrs. Lajoie was preceded in death by her daughter Gina Mills of Talking Rock Ga. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Terry Batt of Talking Rock; daughter, Janice Cantrell of Talking Rock; son, Thomas Cantrell of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Linda Cantrell of Jasper. Several nieces and nephews and other relatives also survive. At her request Mrs. Lajoie will be cremated, and no services are scheduled at this time.

Arrangements are entrusted to Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at Roper Funeral Home.


Patricia Appel

Patricia Mary Appel, longtime resident of Garrison, New York, passed away from natural causes on Friday evening October 13, 2017 at her home in Big Canoe, Georgia.

Pat was born on March 17, 1929 in the Bronx, New York. Pat’s birthday was Saint Patrick’s Day, so her parents, Norman and Marguerite Fisher, named her Patricia. Pat was the oldest of 3 siblings. Her younger sister and brother, Geraldine Fisher and Norman Fisher pre- deceased her.

Pat’s family experienced economic deprivation during her childhood, which was common to many families during America’s Great Depression.

Pat graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in the Bronx, New York, and started a career in business administration.  She married Valentine Appel in 1951 and became a fulltime homemaker, raising four children with her husband who was a Madison Avenue advertising executive.

Although born and raised under difficult economic circumstances, Pat developed into a woman of sophistication and culture. She had great interest in music, art, and travel. She was a supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.  Pat performed with the Yorktown Community Players and had starring roles in their productions of “Arsenic and Old Lace”, “Antigone” and “Death of a Salesman”. She sang in the choir of Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church in Cold Spring, New York and most recently with Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church choir in Jasper, Georgia. Pat studied piano and oil painting and was an avid traveler. Over the years, she visited destinations on all seven continents.

As her children grew older, Pat continued her career in business office administration, working for Olivetti Corporation of America in Tarrytown, New York, Hudson Wire Company in Ossining, New York and Sporting News Magazine in New York City.

Once all four of Pat’s children completed college, she decided to go to college herself.  At the age of 50, Pat was accepted to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.

Pat used her degree in English Literature as a volunteer for Literacy Action.  She taught at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York, tutoring non-English speaking inmates in reading and on the conventions of the English language.

Patricia Fisher Appel, is survived by four children, Suzanne Appel Wilson of Big Canoe, Georgia, Marguerite Appel Gardner of Weaverville, North Carolina, Gregory V. Appel (Annamarie) of Port Jervis, New York and William Appel (Juanita) of Woodstock, Georgia.  She is also survived by four grandsons, Adam Wilson of Jacksonville, Florida, Jason Gardner of Alexander, North Carolina, Brandon Wilson of Woodstock, Georgia, Justin Gardner of Alexander, North Carolina and two great-grandsons. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 18 at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, Jasper, Georgia.  Burial will be at Big Canoe Cemetery, Big Canoe, Georgia.

Arrangements entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.


Oliver Shattles-Moore

Oliver Quinn Shattles-Moore, 6, of Alpharetta, Georgia passed away in his sleep the morning of July 18, 2017. Oliver’s life is a story of medical complication, resilience, and unwavering love of life and his family (and Mickey Mouse). Olie suffered from a variety of medical complications in his short life, including Phelan-McDermid Syndrome and leukemia - yet somehow he always maintained the most amazing personality and infectious smile. Olie’s perseverance inspired joy and hope in all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents Chris Moore and Ashley Shattles; his brother Owen Shattles-Moore; Joel and Vicky Shattles, grandparents; Matthew Moore, grandparent, and his wife, Jennifer Moore; his aunts and uncles Trevor and Carrie Shattles, Chris Shattles, Nick Norsworthy, Patrick and Kristan Moore, Michael Moore, and Anna Marie Moore; his cousins Shelby Shattles, Cody Shattles, Matthew Moore, and McCaidan Moore. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Pauline Moore, and his aunt, Melissa Norsworthy.

Olie's legacy is the Medically Complex Care Clinic at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This clinic is specifically designed to provide coordinated care for children like Olie. Our family is leading a fundraising effort to have a conference room in the Center for Advanced Pediatrics named in his honor. Olie spent almost half his life at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in hospital admissions or appointments. All money raised will go to Olie's Clubhouse Fund for Medically Complex Care to fulfill immediate needs in building the program. Olie's family is asking for donations to this fund via the following website, in lieu of flowers.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday, August 5 at 2 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell, GA.