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Obituaries from Jan. 25, 2018; David Buchanan, Franklin Lisle, Gene Jordan, Carolyn Winfrey, Donna Hancock, Fred Dodd

David Buchanan

May 17, 1970 – January 20, 2018


David Emory Buchanan, 47 of Jasper, Georgia passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Grady Emory Buchanan. 

Survivors include his daughter, Morgan Buchanan and Tyler Beck; mother, Margie Buchanan; sister, Linda Brady; nephew & niece, Chris & Sarah Brady; great-nephew, Greyson Brady; great-niece, Ryland Brady, girlfriend, Paige Greeson. 

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Charlie Buchanan officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens with Blaine Masonic Lodge #534 conducting graveside rites. 

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

Online condolences can be made at


Franklin Lisle

April 29, 1934 – January 18, 2018


Mr. Franklin Hughes Lisle, 84, of Canton, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2018 at Woodstock Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Woodstock. He was born April 29, 1934 to Myrtle and Gordon Lisle in Eustace, Florida. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, and was a General Manager for Bell South.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Lisle of Canton; children, Kimberly and Mike Martin of Jasper, Brian and Shawn Lisle of Canton; sister, Lillian McCoy of Ocoee, Florida; grandchildren, Alexandra Pauley of Atlanta, Lauren and Matt DeBusschere of Atlanta, Blake and Cody Bryant of Cumming; great-grandchildren, Bellamy DeBusschere and Navy DeBusschere.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2018 at Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Jasper.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Jasper.  

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

Online condolences can be made at


Gene Jordan

Gene Jordan, 85, of Marble Hill, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018 at his residence. 

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel. Mr. Jordan was cremated following a memorial service. 

Gene loved gardening, fishing and spending time with family. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Billy Jordan. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Jordan; children, Jennie Way, Terri Jordan, Karen Reynolds and Kenny Voyles; brothers, Kenneth Jordan, John “Shorty” Jordan and Danny “Dootle” Jordan; 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Shiloh Methodist Cemetery Association, 253 Shiloh Church, Rd., Dawsonville, GA. 30534

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


Carolyn Winfrey

Carolyn Winfrey, 75, of Jasper, GA passed away Friday, January 5, 2018 at her residence.  Mrs. Winfrey was a member of Carmel Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, directed the Christmas plays, was a member of the choir and was the wife of the late deacon, Ikey Winfrey. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, January 7, from the Carmel Baptist Church with Rev. Richie Gibbs, Rev. Kent Samples and Rev. Jordan Runion officiating. Interment followed at Carmel Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, Ikey Winfrey, she was preceded in death by her parents, Troy and Eula Passmore; brothers, Carroll Passmore, Coyett Passmore and Clint Passmore;  sister, Joyce Mashburn;  sister-in-law, Loretta Howard.

Survivors include her daughters, Joy Winfrey-Roberts and Barbara (Todd) Eilers; grandchildren, Ikey and Samantha Scales,  Jordan and Joey Thompson, Hannah Eilers, Dillin Eilers, Trevor Eilers; great grandchild,  Emersyn Scales; brothers and sisters, Bill Passmore, Clyde Passmore, Glestie Young, Gary Passmore and Kenneth Passmore; brother-in-law,  Terry Winfrey; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and friends also survive.

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


Donna Hancock

October 23, 1964 – January 17, 2018


Donna Lavern Hancock, 53, of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Jasper, Georgia. Donna was born October 23, 1964 in Marietta, Georgia to Vernon and Sylvia Holbert.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Hancock of Talking Rock; parents, Vernon and Sylvia Holbert of Jasper; children, Cory and Christina Green of Jasper, Megan and R.J. Dallas of Fairmount, Lenora and Mitchell Wilson of Hinton, Angela and Isaac Bridges of Nelson, Chelsea Hancock of Jasper; brother, Eric Holbert of Jasper; and 10 grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Holbert and Mark Holbert.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m. Friday, January 19 at Sharptop Baptist Church with Reverend Charles Holbert and Reverend Grant Wade officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Donna Hancock Memorial Fund at Roper Funeral Home.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Fred Dodd

December 30, 1942 – January 15, 2018


Fred Wayne Dodd passed away Monday, January 15, 2018 at the age of 75. Fred had been a resident of Talking Rock, Georgia since 2005. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Fran Dodd, their two children Kevin Dodd (Susan Dodd) and Cheryl Karcher (Stephen Karcher), and two grandsons, Joshua Karcher and Benjamin Karcher. 

Fred was born on December 30, 1942 in Bay City, Texas to Buddy and Winnie Lee Dodd of West Columbia, Texas. He and his parents moved all around Texas, stopping in Midland, Texas long enough for Fred to be graduated from Midland High School (1961). He then enrolled at the University of Texas, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts (1965) and Master of Arts (1967) degrees in Mathematics.

In 1967, he accepted a position as an instructor of Mathematics at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. In this "teaching job", Fred found what so few people are lucky to find in life - a passion and a purpose. In 1979, he took his wife and children on an adventure to Greeley, Colorado where he earned a Doctorate of Education (1981) from the University of Northern Colorado. This gave him the tools he needed to proudly commit 37 years of his life to teaching Mathematics, before finally retiring from the University of South Alabama in 2002.

Fred was a "serial hobbyist" - once his interest was kindled, it burned brightly, sometimes for many years, sometimes briefly. Bicycling, building and flying model airplanes, fishing, shooting air rifles and skeet, and birdwatching are some of the areas that received his level of commitment to excellence. For Fred, the best part of mastering a new passion was that it usually required him to invent some gadget to overcome an inefficiency he had identified. One of Fred's rules to live by was: "If you are going to do something, then do it right." There is no doubt that he did exactly that.

There was one hobby that he never lost passion for - his partner, his best friend, the love of his life. Fred dedicated over 53 years of love and commitment to his wife Fran, and together they built a legacy that lives on in his children, grandchildren, family, and all the people that he touched in his life. In his words, "Leave every place better than how you found it". In this, too, he succeeded.

Rather than a service at this time, the family will hold a Celebration of Life this spring. We invite those whose lives have been touched by Fred to join us in this celebration. The date and venue will be shared through Roper Funeral Home's webpage. The family will treasure any thoughts or memories that you wish to share through the Roper Funeral Home website or If you are so moved, a donation in Fred's name to your favorite charity, or the American Heart Association would be welcomed in lieu of flowers.