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Obituaries for November 9, 2017: Gene Adams, Oliver Shattles-Moore, Velma Blackwell, Thomas Wilson, Billy Reed, Azzie Fann, Tom Lewis, Charles O. Hendrix Jr.

Gene Adams

A memorial service for Gene Adams will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 2 p.m. at Jerusalem Community Center, 480 Carlan Road.


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, 2 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell. 


Velma Blackwell 

April 17, 1934 - November 4, 2017


Mrs. Velma Blackwell, 83, of Jasper passed away Saturday November 4, 2017 at her residence.

Mrs. Blackwell is survived by her husband, Jack Blackwell of Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Jackie & Denise Blackwell, Ronnie & Jean Blackwell, Jimmy & Barbara Blackwell and Danny Blackwell, all of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara & Thomas Watson of Jasper; brother, Wilburn Prince of Jasper; grandchildren, Callie & Bryan Smith, Judd Blackwell, Amanda Carver, Brooke Blackwell Wright, Michael & Lauren Bail, Josh & Erin Bail, Jessica & Jason Byess, Michelle & Adam Godfrey, Mikey & Tiffany Watson, Brandy McClure, Carly and Conner Culverhouse; twenty-five great-grandchildren, one great great-grandchild.

Velma is preceded in death by her brother, James Prince; three grandchildren, Jamie Blackwell, Cami Jo Blackwell and Chad Blackwell.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in the Cagle funeral Home Chapel. Rev. J. R. Smith officiating

Interment will be in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery following the funeral service

Pallbearers: Bryan Smith, Michael Bail, Josh Bail, Judd Blackwell, Jason Byess, Adam Godfrey and Mikey Watson.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help cover funeral cost.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Blackwell family.


Thomas Wilson 

Thomas Robert Wilson (born in 1947) died February 2, 2017 at his home in Jasper with a smile on his face.

Wilson held the hand of longtime girlfriend Nellie Parker with one hand and his beloved dog Buckeye with the other at the time of his passing. The dog howled for several days following his owner’s death.

Wilson had been in a hospice program for cancer. True to his upbeat nature, Wilson kept his cancer-diagnosis hidden from all who knew him until he was forced to begin visiting specialists. He expressed hope until the very end that it was all going to be okay as he did not want anyone worrying about him.

Wilson was a local character who friends say was always in a good mood. He was known as an occasional attendee at the Senior Citizens Center and for walking along Jasper roads.

Wilson was born in Jasper and moved back here recently as he wanted to die here as well, according to Ms. Parker, his girlfriend of 33 years.

Wilson had worked for many years in the East Point part of Atlanta, which is where he met Parker. Parker said they didn’t click right away. “He called me at work every day for four months and I finally agreed to go on a walk with him. He held my hand and was a perfect gentleman.”

Though they never formally married, Parker said they considered themselves married and Wilson was a great father-figure to her two youngest children, Paul Parker and Lamar Parker.

“He took them fishing for the first time, taught them to drive and was always there for them,” Ms. Parker said. He was also extremely fond of his grandchildren.

Wilson and Parker became known to Progress readers after stories ran about them being homeless living behind the Pizza Hut in a van. The community offered them help and they shortly improved their situation with Wilson finding work and the couple getting a place to live in Ellijay.

“We got back on our feet with the support,” Parker said. “We had been so down and we didn’t have the means to do anything. Jasper really pulled us through. It made an impact in our lives to know somebody cared about us.”

Despite having some tough times, Parker said Wilson was always positive and caring.

“He kept me going. If it hadn’t been for him, I would have given up,” Parker said. “He always said, ‘don’t worry about it’ and he always found a way. He always put my needs first.”

Wilson had worked most of his life but a combination of health and job issues that spiraled out of control left them homeless. His work record, however, did not match his aunt who worked at the same Krystal restaurant in East Point, GA from the time she was 16 until she retired at 92 years old.

Wilson was a welder and worked for many years at an upholstery business in the metro area.

Wilson was cremated here. The family thanks all the people of the area and especially the hospice workers and Priest Recycling.


Billy Reed

April 4, 1946 – October 31, 2017


Billy “Hunny” Reed, 71, of Fairmount, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.

He is survived by his daughter, Tina Reed of Fairmount; grandchildren, Jessie Angel of Fairmount, Cierra and Timmy Hett of Jasper; and great-grandchild, Owen Reed Hett of Jasper.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

Mr. Reed was cremated and a memorial service was held Saturday, November 4, 2017 at his home.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Azzie Fann

May 13, 1913 - November 3, 2017


Azzie Buchanan Fann, 104, of Jasper, GA passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017 at her home.

Azzie was from a bygone era and lived through world events we only read about in history books. She was born to Flora Padgett Wofford and Andy Wofford on May 13, 1913, just a year after the sinking of the Titanic. Woodrow Wilson was the U.S. President. That year the government first started collecting income tax after the passage of the 16th Amendment, and women were marching on Washington to demand the right to vote. Also born that year were former presidents Nixon and Ford.

But most of that was a world away to Azzie, a simple country girl from the Georgia Appalachians who valued close kin over anything else. Raised by parents who came of age shortly after the Civil War, she was a link to the old days and old ways. The last known survivor of her generation of the Wofford-Padgett lineage, Azzie was blessed with a long life, as was her mother who lived to 106. She came to know heartache early in life, as her father was beaten and left to die on a railroad track when she was a child. Throughout her life, she often expressed endless gratitude for her brother Bob, who became the provider and protected their big family from starvation after her father’s death.

Azzie lived her life with the mindset and ways of her 19th century heritage. She started dipping snuff at an early age and enjoyed it for most of her life. Like many of her generation she did not finish elementary school, but she was functional at reading and writing. Like many families of the time, Azzie did not have the modern conveniences that people have come to think of as life necessities. She raised her family without a washing machine, a refrigerator, or indoor plumbing. She used a wood-burning cook stove until 1965.

Azzie raised four children with her first husband Ralph Buchanan, having married and started her family during the Great Depression. Three years after Ralph passed away, she married Olen Fann, who was her companion for more than 40 years until his death. At the end of her life, Azzie received loving care in her daughter’s home.

One of the shortcomings of a long life is the sorrow of having to endure the passing of many loved ones, and Azzie experienced her share. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Minnie Cornwell, Victoria Mills Buchanan and Mae Blackwell; three brothers, Bob, Henry, and Walt Wofford; husbands, Ralph Buchanan and Olen Fann; three children, baby daughter, Betty Buchanan and sons, Jerry and Billy Buchanan; a son-in-law, Aaron “Red” Griffith; two daughters-in-law, Barbara Satterfield Buchanan and Berit Langeland Buchanan; and many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by daughter, Peggy Buchanan Griffith; son, Ralph Buchanan, Jr.; stepsons, Wayne sand Jimmy Fann; and daughter-in-law Wanda Gibbs Buchanan. Azzie leaves behind 10 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and great-greatgrandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other relatives.  She was very loved and treasured.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Rev. Curtis Roland officiating. Interment followed in Four Mile Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Tom Lewis

Thomas Johnston Lewis III (Tom) of Jasper, GA died at Northside Hospital, Canton, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 2nd, All Souls Day. A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Jasper at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 12th.

Tom, a native Atlantan, was born on June 23, 1952. Son of the late Anne Slade Lewis and Thomas Johnston Lewis, Jr., he grew up in Brookwood Hills, attending E. Rivers Elementary School and the Lovett School. He received a BFA degree from Temple University in 1975 and started his career with Pentax. Graphic design, photography, and marketing were his bread and butter but the tracks of Tom's creativity reached much further. He was a passionate guitar player, wordsmith, woodworker, painter, sketcher and friend. He designed the home he shared with his beloved wife, Jo Welborn Tyson, for over 20 years, and until recently kept it filled with friends, dogs, music and laughter. Tom's hospitality and interest in people knew no bounds. An adventure in his daredevil youth landed him in the Grady Hospital Burn Unit for three months, resulting in a life-long tenderness and awareness of those in physical distress.

Other survivors include son Jonathan Thomas Lewis (Lisa), daughter Whitney Anne Lewis (Austin), daughter Georgia Welborn Curtis McGinnis (Todd), grand-daughter Olivia Catherine McGinnis, first-wife Janis Wasileski Upson (Joe), and a host of broken-hearted friends including the wonderful Lora Williams, Margaret Welborn Brocklebank (his “little red headed mamma”), and his most dear and devoted companions Mr. Charles from New Orleans and the beautiful and saucy Miss Mary Margaret.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Tom's memory to Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center (175 Samaritan Drive, Jasper, GA 30143 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). In the memo line, please note: “to establish an account in honor of Tom Lewis to be used for Pickens County residents unable to make medical payments.”


Charles O. Hendrix Jr. 

Sergeant First Class Charles O. Hendrix Jr. (retired), 64, of Pickens County, Georgia, served 20 years in the U.S. Army and medically retired in 1992. Survivors include wife Nora; two sons, Danny and Dylan; daughter, Melissa; granddaughters, Crystal, Faith, Catey, Nora and Carley; and grandson, Dylan Jr. A political activist, care giver and loving provider for his family, he dedicated his life protecting those who could not protect themselves while battling gun violence issues the later portion of his life. 

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Woodstock Funeral Home in Woodstock, Georgia. Committal services will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. Condolences may be made at