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Obituaries for October 26, 2017; Joseph William Sr., Taylor Childers, Allen Pettitt, Betty Wall, Garth Foster

Joseph Wilson Sr.

Mr. Joseph (Joe) Wilson, Sr., 61, of Talking Rock, Ga, Passed away Friday, October 6, 2017 at his residence.

Joe is survived by his wife, Karen Wilson of Talking Rock; son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Tara Wilson of Talking Rock; daughters and son-in-law, Jennifer Streetman of Talking Rock, April and Robin Shinkle of Cumming, GA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve (late) and Nyelia Wilson of Taylorsville, Ga., Danny and Joy Wilson of Marietta, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Doug Williams of Taylorsville, Ga.; 11 grandchildren, including Elijah Wilson and Morgan Wilson-Stell and three great-grandchildren. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service was held Monday, October 9, at 2 p.m. in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ervin Smith officiating. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wilson Family.


Taylor Childers

Ms. Taylor Childers, 21, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Taylor is survived by her mother, Brandy Childers of Ellijay; son, Brantley DeFoor of Ellijay; daughter, Josey DeFoor of Ellijay and sister, Hannah Bozeman.

Taylor is preceded in death by her father, Mark Childers.

A memorial service was held Saturday, October 14, 2017 in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Estes officiating. 

Cagle Funeral home is honored to serve the Childers Family.


Allen Pettitt

Mr. Allen Watson Pettitt, 80, of Jasper, passed away Friday October 20, 2017 at Heritage Hospice in Marietta Ga. 

Mr. Pettitt is survived by his son, Damon Pettitt of Ellijay; two brothers, Phillip Pettitt of Jasper and Joel Pettitt of Gainsville; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

Services were held Sunday October 22, 2017 at the Gospel Temple Church in Ball Ground, Ga. 

Rev. Leroy Blackwell, Rev. Bill Lewis and Rev. Butch Roberts officiating. 

Pallbearers: Cody Pettitt, Nate Pettitt, David Lloyd, Will Bennett, Mark Caylor, Matt Huffman.

Interment followed the services in the Gospel Temple Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Gospel Temple Cemetery Fund. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pettitt family.


Betty Wall

Betty D. Wall, long-time resident of Atlanta GA, passed away peacefully from natural causes on Friday morning October 13, 2017 at her eldest son’s and daughter–in-law’s home in Midway GA. 

Betty was born on November 7, 1929 in Canton GA. She was the only child of Truman Arthur Darby and Essie Pittman Darby. The family soon moved to Pickens County Ga, the birth area of Truman Darby. She attended school in the area and graduated from Tate High School. While at the school, she was very involved in the student council and participated in the school’s basketball team. While at Tate High School, she developed a lifelong friendship with Kathryn Andrews that continued until Betty’s passing.

After high school graduation, she moved to Atlanta to attend business school and there she developed another life-long friendship with Mickey Todd. That friendship continued until Betty’s passing.

Soon after graduating from business school, she met her soon to be husband, David Bennett Wall. They were married on November 26, 1958 at Flat Rock Baptist Church in Clayton County GA. They remained married until his passing on September 29, 1991.

During the first 14 years of her marriage, Betty was a stay-at-home Mom—as was the wish of her and her husband, David Bennet Wall Sr. As her children entered high school, Betty re-entered the work force and worked in the bookkeeping field for Charlene’s Florist in Atlanta for many years until retirement. 

After her husband’s death, Betty was invited and moved into the home of youngest son and daughter-in-law’s home in Lawrenceville GA. While making that her permanent address, Betty’s life centered around the three grandchildren and two great grandchildren, her son and daughter-in law and the friendships she developed over the years in Atlanta. During her final seven years while living with her son, she developed a special bond with a neighbour, Terry Lewis, who was a true friend.

Betty Wall was preceded in death by her parents, Truman Arthur Darby, Essie Pittman Darby and her husband David Bennett Wall Sr.

She is survived by her two loving sons, David Bennet Wall Jr. and Timothy Warner Wall; her two daughter-in-laws, Lynn Wall and Patricia Wall.

In addition her grandchildren Timothy Chase Wall, Cristi Nicole Wall, and Trevor James Wall.

As well as great-grandchildren Braedyn and Madilyn. 

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

Online condolences can be made at


Garth Foster

Garth W. Foster, 90, passed away peacefully at home in Jasper, Ga.  October 17, 2017. He was born in Haddon Heights, N.J. to Charles and Mildred Foster.  

Garth retired after a 43-year career at Western Electric/AT&T/ as an engineer associate which brought him from New Jersey to the Southeast where he lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. He also served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and fought in the historic Battle of Chosen Reservoir.  For his distinctive service, he was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Navy Occupation Medal.  

Garth lived his life with honor and integrity and credited his long life to regular exercise and refraining from smoking and drinking alcohol. He had a sense of humor and enjoyed the outdoors, grilling, walking his dogs, playing basketball and coaching youth baseball.  Garth advocated hard work and gave this advice to his children: “You don’t get something for nothing.” 

He is survived by his wife Martha Foster of Jasper; children Karen Foster Randall of Canton, Ga., Mark (Karen) Foster of Powder Springs, Ga., Debra Foster Haley of Tucker, Ga., and David (Kerri) Foster of Moody, Ala.; stepdaughters, Tina, Karen and Anissa;  and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Pickens County Animal Shelter at 3563 Camp Rd., Jasper, Ga. 30143.   A graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017 at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Marietta, Ga.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Thank You

   Wildwood Health & Rehab Fall Festival had their Annual Fall Festival on September 23rd, and what a fantastic festival it turned out to be, each year we realize how grateful we are for the continue support of the community, family members ( old and new ones) we could not do any of it without you all. Winner’s of the Yeti coolers were Robin Cunningham and Amanda Myers and the Winner of the Quilt was Lois Nelson.


  Michael & Terri Leonard,  Mauldin’s Trash, Nick & Cheryl Kovacs, Hinton Milling, Mary Godfrey, Buffalo Luke’s, Larry & Melba Neighbors, Georgia Mountain Hospice, Mary Perkins, Ace Hardware, Judy  Mosley, Advance Auto Parts, Jan Bruce, Auto Zone Auto Parts, Pat Roberts, Rocco’s Pub, Betty Stanley, Mary Ann’s, Lisa Glover, Jasper  Appliance, Cindy Harold, Speed Burger, Paul  & Eloise Lindsey, Town & Country, Marty Godfrey, Dr. Larry Davis  ,Jasper Drug, Georgiana’s Place, Jones Oil Company, Reeves Hardware, Pickens County Progress, TJ Foods, Robert Jones, Fatz’s, Roper Funeral Home, R & R Towing, Cagle’s Funeral Home,                                                     Bernhardt Funeral Home,                                                                                            Brocks Supply, Shaw Supply, Bigun’s  BBQ, Hair Affair, Gypsy Rose, Krm Land & Holmes, Bart’s Bait & Tackle, Deb’s Bakery, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Dunning, Crystal’s Design Shop, Curl Up & Dye Salon, Peggy Mosley, Magic Touch Hair Design, Christy Eubanks, Carrington’s Coffee Shop, Quilter’s  Club (from the Rec. Department).