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Obituaries for December 14, 2017; Amilie Collins, William McNair, Wayne Beavers, Oma Holcomb

Amilie Collins

November 24, 1926 – December 9, 2017


Amilie Collins, 91, of Jasper, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017 at her home.  She was born November 24, 1926 to Paul and Cora Thacker in Nelson. Amilie was a Past Worthy Matron of the Jasper Eastern Star.

Amilie is survived by her daughter, Mary Sue Jones of Jasper; son, Terry Collins of Canton; grandchildren, Megan Collins, Anita Hayes, Mickey and Kim Jones, Chelsea Collins, Nick Collins, Darryl and Leeanne Cain; great-grandchildren, Ethan Jones, Evan Jones, Ariel Hayes, Ansley Hayes, and Chloe Collins.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Rip” Collins and daughter, Brenda.

The funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, December 14 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Moss Fountain and Reverend Alan Caylor officiating. Interment will follow in the Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, December 13 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.; and Thursday, December 14 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Amilie Collins Memorial Fund in care of Roper Funeral Home; 206 Holly Street; Jasper, GA  30143.

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

Online condolences can be made at


William McNair

April 15, 1931 - November 28, 2017


Mr. William McNair, 86, of Jasper (formerly of Dallas, GA), passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017 after a long battle with dementia.  He was born April 15, 1931 in Columbia County, GA and after graduating from Harlem High School in Harlem, GA he attended the University of Georgia majoring in Vocational Agriculture. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, during the Korean War. He served with the 731st Bomb Squadron, Light Night Attack as a Radar Engineer, which changed his career from Voc. Ag. to electronics, radar and missile systems. After the Air Force he went into sales and marketing, retiring from Slater Electric and Acme Transformer as Sales and Marketing Manager.

Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Peggy Austin McNair; three living children, William David (Sibyl) McNair, Canton, Valerie Lynn McNair, Alpharetta, and Robert Clifton McNair, Alpharetta; and stepson Charles A. Bufford (Jincy), Jasper; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Glenn Dixon McNair, and two brothers, Robert “Bob” McNair of Lake Hartwell, SC. and James G. McNair of Harlem, GA.

The memorial service was held at 1 p.m., December 12 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Andrew McNair and Reverend Allen Davis officiating.  Interment followed at 3 p.m. at Georgia National Memorial Cemetery, Canton, GA with prayer by Reverend Buck Parker.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Wayne Beavers

Mr. Wayne Beavers, 78, of Talking Rock, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 8 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ben Mock and Rev. Tony Ramirez officiating. Interment followed in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Canton.  

Mr. Beavers was a retired Shop Foreman from the Cherokee County Board of Education and member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jasper. 

Survivors include his wife, Zackie Beavers; children, Sammy Beavers, Angie Lingefelt, Barry Beavers and Clint Beavers; brothers, Kenneth Beavers and Donald Beavers; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. 

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA, is honored to serve the family. 770-479-2131.


Oma Holcomb

Mrs. Oma Keith Bearden Holcomb, 95, of Armuchee, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, in Fifth Avenue Healthcare Center. 

Mrs. Holcomb was born on July 14, 1922, in Bartow County, GA, daughter of the late Henry Floyd Keith and the late Vida Ann Barclay Keith. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Esther Keith Blanton and Flora Mae Keith West; by her brothers, David Keith and Oscar Vernon Keith; by her first husband, Wiley Wade Bearden of Calhoun in 1978; by her second husband, Charles Newton Holcomb of Jasper, GA in 2002; by a step-son, Charles “Buddy” Holcomb and by a step-grandson, Chuck Holcomb.  

Mrs. Holcomb was an active member of New Armuchee Baptist Church until her health declined. She grew up in Bartow County helping her family farm during the Great Depression. During World War II, Oma was a “Rosie Riveter” working on B-29 bomber airplanes at the Bell Bomber Plant in Marietta, GA. After the war, she worked at Echota Cotton Mills in Calhoun. Later she became a “floor lady” supervisor at Velvetone Mills in Calhoun. While living in Atlanta, Oma worked as a bookkeeper for the Old Hickory House restaurants. Following Charlie’s retirement in 1970s, they moved to Jasper, GA. She was a bookkeeper for Amicacola Electric Membership Corporation until her retirement in 1984.    

Survivors include her son, Jerry Wade Bearden, and his wife, Pamela, Armuchee; step-daughter, Brenda Adams, Jasper; step-son, Jerry Holcomb, Ellijay; grandchildren, Joel Wade Bearden, and his wife, Melissa, Cumming, GA, Dr. Jamie Bearden Lin, and her husband, Dr. Luke Lin, Rome; step-granddaughters, Tonya Thomison, Austin, TX, Laura Johnson, Atlanta; step-grandsons, Nip Adams, and his wife, Lisa, Blue Ridge, GA, Brandy Adams, and his wife, Christy, Austin, TX, Russell Holcomb, CO, Alan Holcomb, Atlanta, and Matt Holcomb, Atlanta.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 9 at 3 p.m. at New Armuchee Baptist Church with Dr. David Howard and the Rev. Phil Blanton officiating. Interment followed in Beech Creek United Methodist Church Cemetery. 

Pallbearers were  Joel Bearden, Jim West, Vonny Blanton, Phil Blanton, Nip Adams and Luke Lin. 

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.


Card of Thanks

From the  family of William Eugene Reynolds. We want to thank Roper Funeral Home staff and Kevin for their great care of our family during our time of grief.

Thank you Rev. James J. McTaggart for coming to see Gene during his illness and doing his service after his passing.

Thank you Blaine Lodge for performing the graveside service. You did a great job as always.

Thank you all who brought food, said a prayer, sent flowers, gave a gift or came to visit. Thank you Nelson Baptist Church for your singers and for your support in songs.

We love you all.

Betty, Eddie, Sandy, Regina & Kevin and our grand and great-grandchildren.