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Obituaries for May 24, 2018; Diane Hale, Sondra Jones Billy Picklesimer, Lawrence Brown, Jerry Bunch, Grace Wofford

Diane Hale

Diane Mae Hale, 77, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, May 17.

She was born February 13, 1941, in Ickenham, England.  

Survivors include husband, Joe; son, Gary Hale; daughter-in-law, Lucinda; daughter, Kathleen Harrison; son-in-law, Daniel; grandchildren, Ava Harrison, Jacob and Brooks Hale; sisters, Maureen and Jacqueline; brothers, Clive, Terry, and Ralph, all of England.  

Diane was a member of Trinity Church in Marble Hill, Georgia. 

She moved to the U.S. in 1958 with her husband Joe, who was in stationed in Florida.  Then settled in the Atlanta area in 1962.  While at Mount Paran Church of God, she began her ministry in 1978.  Reverend Diane Hale then founded Diane Hale Ministries.  Diane was a Bible scholar, an author, recording artist, a missionary and prophetic voice to the nations and a dynamic speaker and intercessor.  She was the creator of Unique By Design, a discipleship course taught in hundreds of churches in the U.S. and England.  Diane’s training conferences/seminars have been held in many nations around the world.  Diane produced the first Christian television late night talk show in the Atlanta area.  She worked in the education department at Kennestone Hospital and implemented the first television medical training.

Diane was a former chaplain of Atlanta Union Mission, Director of Developing Horizons Ministries, dedicated to evangelism, discipleship and helping others develop life skills and gifting.  She taught classes in the Jasper area for women in rehab, children at the Joy House in Jasper, taught in local churches, counseled families and individuals. Her evangelism efforts carried her to Africa, Central America, Europe, Canada and throughout the U.S.  preaching and teaching with all denominations.  

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in Marble Hill, Ga. on July 21st. More details will follow.  



Sondra Jones

Sondra Wigington Jones, 55, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. Sondra was born May 27, 1962 to W. H. “Dub” and Betty Wigington.  She was a teacher of special needs children with the Pickens County School system until her retirement.

Sondra is survived by her husband, Keith Jones of Jasper; sons, Brock Albert Jones of Jasper and Donavan William Jones of Atlanta; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; Maxie and Joe Vansant, Doug and Melissa Jones, David Jones; aunts and uncles, Faye and Robert Evans, Martha and John McAfee; Peggy Waldroup; father-in-law, Max Jones of Jasper; special friends, Roy and Debbie Dobbs, Kayla, Marcus, and Karoline Kinser.  Several other family members and loved ones also survive.

She was preceded in death by sons, Conner and Dillon Jones; parents, W. H. “Dub” and Betty Wigington; and sister, Donna Wigington. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Brother David Jones and Rev. Buck Parker officiating.  Interment followed at Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to either Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or to the Leukemia Society.  

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

Online condolences can be made at


Billy Picklesimer

Billy Hugh Picklesimer,  53, of Cumming passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Picklesimer and his father, Arnold Hugh Picklesimer. Billy was a member of Mercy Fellowship Church.

Survivors include his sons, Daniel and Jason Picklesimer of Nelson; mother and step father, Nellie and Steve Shreve of Cumming; his sisters and brother in law, Tammy and Phillip Bailey, Angie Luna; stepbrother and sister in law, Steve and Katie Shreve, Jr.; nieces and nephews Lynn Bailey, Christopher Bailey, Ian Shreve, Alley Shreve; mother of his children, Karen Picklesimer Young and dear friend, Charles Bobo.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 17 at 4 p.m. at Mercy Fellowship Church with Rev. Terry Garrett and Rev. Richard Picklesimer officiating. Interment  followed in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. 

Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming is in charge of arrangements. 

Condolences may be made at


Lawrence Brown

Lawrence Brown, 86, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.  

Mr. Brown retired from Lockheed-Martin in 1987 after a 30 plus year career in tooling and fixture building, as well as representing his fellow workers as Shop Steward. Mr. Brown was a member and former Master of Sharptop Lodge and a member of the Marble Hill Chapter of Eastern Star. 

Lawrence is preceded in death by his mother and father, William B. and Eunice Brown, brothers Carlis and Larry Brown, sister Maxine Whitehair, and grandson Craig Brown.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mable Brown of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Theresa Brown; and daughters Karen Howard and Elane Fountain, all of Jasper.  Mr. Brown is also survived by six brothers and sisters, Waymond Brown of White, Georgia, Gary Brown of Cartersville, Georgia, Linwood Brown of Illinois, Jeanette Eschliman of Cartersville, Georgia, Ellen Mathison of Cartersville, Georgia, and Patricia Jordan of Kingston, Georgia.

Additionally, Mr. Brown is survived by six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were performed on Tuesday, May 22 at 2 at Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Linwood Brown officiating. Mr. Brown was entombed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. 


Jerry Bunch

Jerry Bunch, 71, of Ludville passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his home.  

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Bunch of Ludville; sons, Jerry Lee Bunch (Melissa Taylor) of Ludville, Dennis Greenway (Patricia) of Jasper, Steven Greenway (Diane) of Ellijay, Stanley Greenway of Oklahoma; daughter, Annette Cross of Ludville; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Elvert and Mertice Bunch; sister and brother-in-law, Jack and Anna Ruth Wilson.

A memorial service is planned for 7 p.m., Thursday,  May 24 at Jerusalem Community Center; 480 Carlan Road; Jasper, GA 30143.  All family and friends are invited 

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


Grace Wofford

April 28, 1923 - May 16, 2018


Mrs. Grace W. Wofford,  95, of Tate passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Pruitt Health Care of Jasper.

Mrs. Wofford is survived by her brother, Mack Whitfield of Clayton Community; sister, Jewell Fadeley of Griffin, GA; nephew and wife, J.J. and Phyllis Girard of Tate; one grandchild, two great-grandchildren and several more nieces and nephews. 

Grace is preceded in death by her sons Junior Wofford and Robert Wofford; daughters, Elsie Kirby, Silvia Wofford and Joyce Wofford; brothers, Leon Whitfield, Paul Whitfield and Doyal Whitfield; sisters, Ruth Morgan, Alice Wilbanks and Opal Whitfield. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 19 at 11 a.m. in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Ben Mock officiating. 

Interment followed at Sharptop Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wofford family. 


 Mary Dangar

Mary Aline Dangar, 89, of  Ball Ground passed away Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.  

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, John and Ella Mae Watkins; brothers, Guy Watkins, Gene Watkins; and sister, Rachel Jenkins.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Joyce Kelley of Fairmount; brother and sister-in-law, LeRol and Jackie Watkins of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Jack Pilgrim of Olathe, Kansas; special friends and neighbors, Shirley Clayton, Lynda Chadwick, Marcie Moorehead  and The Bryd Family.  Several other family members also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 23 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Daniel McCoy officiating.  Interment will follow at East Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery in Gordon County.


The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home Wednesday, May 23rd from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.

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

Online condolences may be made at