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Obituaries for November 30, 2017; William Starkey Jr., Walter Heiss, Billy Bolt, Lynn Herndon, Walter Verhine, Maxine Towery, Gary Childers, Dorothy Redman, William Roach Sr., William Reynolds, Dillard Sutton, Wendell Cagle

William Starkey Jr.

August 13, 1935 – November 21, 2017


Mr. William C. Starkey, Jr., 82, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.  He was born August 13, 1935 to William C. Starkey, Sr. and Edna May Starkey Kent in Roanoke, Virginia.  Bill proudly served his country in the United States Army, was a member of Masonic Lodge Arkansas, and a 32nd Degree Shriner.

Bill is survived by his wife, Shelby Hitt Starkey of Jasper; daughters, Carla Holloway of Cincinnati, Ohio and Connie Williams of Greenwood, Arkansas; stepdaughters, Lana Bruce of Jasper and Shannon Thompson of Gainesville; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 27, 2017 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.  

The family requests in lieu of flowers, make donations in honor of Mr. Starkey to the  Pickens County DAV.  (DAV Chapter 47 of the Disabled American Veterans; James Hefner; 222 Burgess Road W; Jasper, GA  30143)

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

Online condolences can be made at


Walter Heiss

Walter Roland Heiss, 92, of Fayetteville, PA and formerly of Big Canoe, GA, passed away on November 16, 2017. Born February 26, 1925 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late John R. and Marian Schraml Heiss. His beloved wife of 70 years, Yolanda Stabe Heiss, preceded him in death on July 15, 2017.

Walter met Yolanda on February 15, 1943, when she came to work at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, where Walter was working as a mail clerk. For Walter, it was love at first sight, but Yolanda told him he was too young for her. However, by May 1, 1943, they were going steady. They were married on December 15, 1946, after Walter was discharged from the Marine Corps, where he served honorably in the South Pacific during World War II. Their son, John Stabe Heiss, was born October 29, 1949. John received his PhD in Arachnology from the University of Arkansas and married Dr. Nancy Heiss Jones of Gravette AR in 1983.  He passed away in 1985 after a battle with cancer.

Yolanda and Walter lived most of their lives together in Big Canoe, GA, an 8,000 acre community in the north Georgia mountains. Walter worked for the US Forest Service, as director of the southeast district, from 1959 – 1982. In 1990, he and Yolanda moved to Frederick MD, where he served as a docent at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. It was there that he decided to write his book entitled “Veterinary Service During the American Civil War”. 

  Walter is survived by his sister, Hannah Freeburger, nieces and nephews, Tom Freeburger, Joanne Fortman, Michael Freeburger, Patricia Regan, and Nancy Giammatteo, and dear friend and caregiver, Patty John.

Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Interment will be at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared on his Book of Memories page at


Billy Bolt

Mr. Billy Joe Bolt of Ball Ground, Ga. passed away on November 12, 2017.  Mr. Bolt was born  in Austell Ga.  on September 20, 1959. Mr. Bolt previously served in the U.S. Army and  Army Reserves. 

Despite Mr. Bolt’s spinal injury and numerous surgeries,  you could find him with a fishing pole in hand or just hanging out in the woods enjoying God’s nature.

Billy Bolt enjoyed volunteering in the community and helping  others in his church.  

Billy  Bolt  is survived by his wife of 21 years, Kimberly Drummond Bolt, son Kyle Bolt and daughter Julia Bolt. He is preceded in death by their son Clay Bolt. 

Billy Bolt was a member at  Gospel Outreach Church and a memorial service was held  on Sunday November 19, 2017 with Pastor Jerry Stewart officiating. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to the caring Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory of Jasper.  


Lynn Herndon

October 17, 1958 - November 26, 2017


Lynn Thompson Herndon, 59, of Jasper passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at her residence.

Lynn is survived by her father, Lloyd Thompson of Jasper; daughters, Kathy Wofford of Jasper, Stephanie Wofford of Tate; daughter and son-in-law, Deanna and Josh Schmidt of Cleveland, Ga.; sister, Connie Thompson of Jasper; grandchildren, Aaliyah Wofford, Clay Wofford, Madison Wofford, Charlie King and Quinn Schmidt; nephew and wife, Joey and Jordan Thompson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 29 at Talking Rock Baptist Church with Rev. Buck Parker and Rev. Bobby McFarland officiating.

Pallbearers are Josh Schmidt, Michael Weaver, Brian Johnson, Danny Crowe, Jerky Walker, Donnie Peppers and Joey Thompson.

The family is accepting flowers or donate to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Herndon family.


Walter Verhine

Walter Lee Broadhus Verhine, known by most as “Pete”, 81, of White, Georgia, departed this life on Wednesday evening, November 22, 2017 at the Cartersville Medical Center with his loving family by his side.

Pete was born April 4, 1936 in Marietta, Ga. He was a son of the late Roy Lee Verhine and Bertha Mae Atkins Verhine. Along with his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Ponders Verhine who passed away January 4, 2008; his daughters and son-in-law, Debra “Debbie” and Horace Norrell and Kathy Weeks; brothers, J.W., Cecil, R.L. and Henry Verhine; and his sisters, Lillie Burnett, Janie Woodruff, and Carol Mohn; and a very special friend, Michael Findley.

On August 6, 1955, when Pete was 19 years he married Geraldine Ponders. They were united in marriage in Walker County, Georgia, by the Reverend Herman O. Bowman at 12:05 a.m. early one Sunday morning. Pete’s wife once said, “We had only saw one another two times, and the third time, we got married and in August 2007 had celebrated 52 years together.” Geraldine was a housewife and was a member along with Pete at the Miller’s Chapel Full Gospel Church in White, Ga. 

Pete was a veteran having faithfully served as a Sergeant in The United States Army from April 22, 1953 until his honorable discharge on April 20, 1956. On March 31, 1997 he retired from The Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Marietta, Ga. He was a member of The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for over 50 years. Prior to moving to White, Georgia, where he built his own home in 1979, he lived in Acworth, Georgia, where he was a previous member of the Blue Springs Baptist Church. After Geraldine’s passing in 2008, Pete met Rachel Finley of Fairmount, Ga. Rachel’s husband had also passed away. For over 10 years Pete and Rachel shared their lives with each other, providing companionship and comfort for one another. They loved to be together whether it be at home, or traveling, as they were known to do very often together. Rachel and his family were right by Pete’s side as he passed from this earth to his heavenly home.

Along with Rachel Findley of Fairmount, Pete is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Walter Lee Broadhus and Terry Verhine, Jr. of White, Georgia; daughters and son-in-law, Sheila Pebbles and Doug Nichols of Rydal, Georgia and Ven Verhine of White, Georgia; sister, Vennette Padgett of Dallas, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Betty Verhine of Marietta; grandchildren, Chris Verhine, Roxie and Roman Quick, Albert Weeks, Elijah and Kriston Weeks, Josh and Antonie Verhine, Ryan and Elizabeth Verhine, Jerica and Jason Miller, Victoria and Donald Riley, Kenneth Nichols, Shannon Stiles, Brian and Brandi Norrell and Kateiln Miller; great-grandchildren, Donovan Verhine, Israel Verhine, Anely Verhine, Isabel Verhine, C.J. Miller, Mattie Grace Miller, Tytan Brawner, Tyvan Brawner and Shania Brawner; special friends and extended family, Alisa and Bobby Goble, Jane Childers, Greg, Jessica, Kristen, Arial and Kaiden Findley, all of Fairmount; sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Richard Harkins of Chatsworth; several nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate the life of Pete Verhine was held Sunday, November 26th at 2 p.m. at the Millers chapel Full Gospel Church in White, Ga. with Rev. Josh James officiating. Music will be provided by the Bartow Goldentones.

Pete was laid to rest alongside his wife, Geraldine, in the Millers Chapel Full Gospel Church cemetery with military graveside honors provided by the Dalton American Legion Post #112. Albert Weeks, Kenneth Nichols, Elijah Weeks, Christopher Verhine, Joshua Verhine, Jason Miller and Donovan Verhine served as pallbearers. 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at Ponders Fairmount Chapel is honored to provide services for the family of Mr. Pete Verhine.


Maxine Towery

Mrs. Maxine Dale Towery, age 82, of Ellijay, GA, died Saturday, November 18, 2017.

She was born on April 4, 1935, in Gilmer County, to the late Joseph and Ethel Edwards Dale. Mrs. Towery was a Pickens High School graduate and worked as an office manager at Georgia Marble, as well as, being a member of Whitestone Baptist Church.

She was survived by her husband, Earl Towery; sons & daughters-in-law, Doug & Donna Towery of Blairsville, GA and Joe & Nikki Towery of Ellijay, GA; daughter & son-in-law, Holly & Tim Boothe of Jasper, GA; six grandchildren, Clay Towery, Kate Towery Newton, Ellie Boothe, Ben Boothe, Mack Towery and Luke Towery; four great-grandchildren, Grayson Towery, Nolan Towery, Mathew Towery and Elizabeth Towery.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the Whitestone Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Reece, Rev. Harold Nelson and Jeff Floyd officiating.  Music was by Mayford McArthur and the congregation. Pallbearers were: Clay Towery, Mack Towery, Cody Newton, Ben Booth, Luke Towery. Interment was in the church cemetery.

On-line condolences may be made at

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to; Whitestone Baptist Church care of Deryl Hyde Cripple Creek Rd. Ellijay, GA 30536

Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Gary Childers

March 14, 1948 – November 26, 2017


Mr. Gary Thomas Childers, 69, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at his home.  He was born March 14, 1948 in Jasper, Georgia. 

Gary is survived by his wife, Dianne Childers of Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Von and Tracy Headrick of Jasper, Kyle and Anna Headrick of Dawsonville; daughter, Shannon Robbins of Jasper; grandchildren, Lindsey Headrick of Jasper, Lucas Headrick of Jasper, Ryan Headrick of Dawsonville; brothers, Travis Childers of Calhoun, Donnie Childers of Calhoun, Chris Childers of Calhoun.  Several nieces, nephews, and other family members also survive.  

He was preceded in death by his mother and father David Childers and Mildred Johnson; brother, Ricky Childers; and son-in-law, Melvin Robbins.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Harold Cantrell officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  Pall bearers will be Kenny Childers, Terry Jenkins, Brad Jenkins, Jason Childers, Josh Childers, and Ray Jenkins.

Visitation will be at Roper Funeral Home from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour on Wednesday.

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

Online condolences can be made at 


Dorothy Redman

Dorothy Ann Redman, 72, of Canton, GA passed away Monday, November 27, 2017 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.  She was a member of Community Christian Fellowship in Jasper.  

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m., on Thursday, November 30, 2017, from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with Rev. Dwight Henderson​ and Rev. Gerry Gleason​ officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Forest Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.,  Wednesday, November 29, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, November 30, at South Canton Funeral Home.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, five brothers and one sister.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Redman, Canton; sons, Cary (Jennifer) Redman, Kennesaw, Todd (Sherry) Redm​an​, Jasper; sisters, Georgia (Bob) Jones, Locust Grove, Brenda (Mike) Sherwood, Williamson;   seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at



William Roach Sr.

January 10, 1927 – November 21, 2017


William P. Roach, Sr. was born January 10, 1927 to the late Jim and Dora Roach and completed his journey on earth November 21, 2017.   He is reunited with two brothers who preceded him in death, Chester Roach and Grady Roach. 

Preston is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ann Roach; three children, William P. Roach, Jr. (Frances), Donald A. Roach (Georgia) and Derek W. Roach (Kathy); sister, Mary L. Moore; brother, Truman Roach; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

The funeral service will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Tyrone Gates officiating.  Interment will follow at Cherokee Memorial Park.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

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

Online condolences can be made at


William Reynolds

September 25, 1934 – November 26, 2017


William Eugene Reynolds, 83, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at his home.  He was born September 25, 1934 to Edward Lawrence Reynolds and Vera Ophelia James Reynolds in Pickens County.  He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was a member of Blaine Masonic Lodge #534.

Gene is survived by his wife, Betty Reynolds of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Regina and Kevin McTaggart; son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Sandy Reynolds; grandchildren, Wesley and Tiffany Reynolds, Katie and Nate Hillhouse, and Elaina and Royce Latty; great-grandchildren, Mackena Hillhouse, Clay Hillhouse, Aubree Hillhouse, Bryce Reynolds, and Bailey Reynolds.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Junior McTaggart officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens with Masonic Service by Blaine Masonic Lodge #534.  

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

Online condolences can be made at


Dillard Sutton


Mr. Dillard Lee Sutton, 90, of Mount Pleasant Road, Fairmount, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

He was born in the Folsom Community in Adairsville, GA on May 23, 1927, son of the late John Sherman Sutton and Mabel Mealer Sutton.  Mr. Sutton was veteran of United States Navy and a member of Hinton Baptist Church. Over the years he was a church deacon, church clerk, and the song director.  He and his siblings sang gospel music for many years. He loved singing and listening to gospel music. This music was a source of peace and calm for him in later years.  

Mr. Sutton was a lifelong poultry and cattle farmer.  He will always be remembered by family and friends as a fun loving man, who loved to play pranks on others.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Jones Sutton; brothers, Homer, Hobert, and Rayford Sutton; and sister, Jeanette Kelley.

Survivors include his children, Donna (B.R.) Roberts of Cartersville and Dennis (Tina) Sutton of Fairmount; granddaughter, Kristen (Chris) Williams; great-granddaughter, Kensington Williams; brother, Ellis Sutton and sister, Glenda Long; several nieces and nephews and special caretakers, Lisa Stratton and Amanda Hendricks.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Barton Funeral Home, Adairsville with Rev. Gene Childers and Rev. Rhyne Abernathy officiating.  Interment followed in the Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Jerry Jones, Dwight Kelley, Lamar Garland, Les Sutton, George Long, Lamar Johnson, and Don Thurman.

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R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, will be in charge of funeral arrangements for Mr. Dillard Sutton.


Wendell Cagle 

December 6, 1925 - November 25, 2017 


Mr. William Wendell Cagle, 91, of Nelson passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017 at his residence.

Mr. Cagle is survived by his wife, Georgia Cagle of Nelson; daughters and sons-in-law, Joan Marie & Bradley Rutledge Sr. of Jasper and Lorie Anne & John Charles Wooten of Atlanta; grandchildren, Brooke Marie Rutledge and Arthur Bradley Rutledge, Jr of Jasper and many loving relatives.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 28 at the First Baptist Church of Jasper. Dr. Jimmy Lewis and Rev. Steve Lowe officiating.

Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens immediately following the funeral services.

Pallbearers: Jimmy Lowe, William Dilbeck, Bernard Jones, Jr., Jim Jones, Will Denson and Dan Forrester.

The family will accept flowers or donate to the Joy House or Jasper First Baptist building fund.

Cagle Funeral home is honored to serve the Cagle family.

Card of Thanks

The family of Keith Johnson would like to thank everyone for the support during his passing.

Please allow us to express our most heartfelt appreciation for the wonderful food, flowers, cards, monetary donations, prayers, love and support we have received from this community.

Our family and friends have helped us greatly during this time and still continue to make our days a little brighter.

Mt. Zion Baptist Church was so good to us. The funeral was very beautiful. The meal prepared for our family and friends was so amazing. The music was a blessing and many thanks to: Dianne Gramms, Jerrold Young, Kathy Towery, Donnie Holmes & Eric Tippens. The beautiful message was given by Pastor Ben Mock, Pastor Tony Ramirez, and Pastor Ricky Jarrett.

Keith was blessed with such a wonderful family and friends to serve as pallbearers. Many thanks to these men: Troy Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Matt Jones, Brett Jones, Rodney Norton, Bennie Davis & Dwight Childers. Special thanks to the honorary pallbearers: Craig McFarland, Kennie Childers, Wayne Gable, Brandon Ray and Andrew Johnson.

Cagle Funeral Home was very kind and understanding to our family, especially our friend Luke.

We hope we have left no one out, because that was not our intention.

All our deepest appreciation and sincerity. God bless.

Jennifer & Andrew Johnson

Arlene & Danny Crowe

Brian Johnson

Janet Allgood