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Obituaries for Aug.16, 2018; Betty Leslein, Cheryl Luke, Tim Rittenberry, Johnnie Weaver

Betty Leslein

Betty Swayne Leslein of Sugar Hill, Georgia passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018.  She was born in Leesburg, Ohio, March 18, 1932, 5th in a family of 8 children to John Franklin and Myrtle Swayne.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Walter Leslein; husband, Stephen Goddard; son, Peter Leslein; son-in-law, Daniel Proctor; parents, John Franklin and Myrtle Swayne; sister, Lena Fenner; brothers, Edward, Leroy, John and Hugh Swayne; niece, Carol Ann Swayne; and step great-granddaughter, Kaleigh Goddard.  Betty is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Martha Leslein of Bonaire, Georgia; daughter, Kathy Leslein Proctor of Sugar Hill, Georgia; granddaughter, Marsha and Zack McCarthy of Danville, Georgia; brothers, Robert and Flo Swayne of Springfield, Ohio, Paul and Dorothy Swayne of Delaware, Ohio; 4 step-children and numerous nieces, nephews, and step grandchildren.

Betty’s employment was varied. She worked nine years for Federal Civil Service including seven years for FAA, one year for VA and one year for U.S. Army.  She taught school in Ohio and Georgia for 28 years. Also practiced Law after passing the Bar in 1983. She received many awards in her endeavors including: Outstanding Performance Award (FAA), Legion of Honor Human Relations Award Dekalb County Georgia, National Law-Related Educator, National Bar Auxiliary, National Improvement in Education Award (NEA), runner up Georgia Teacher Hall of Fame, Teacher of the Year -1990, Golden Deeds Awards for Pickens County Retired Teachers. She served as President of the Democratic Women of Dekalb, and the Optimist Club of Jasper.   Some of Betty’s contributions to education included implementing work study for special needs students at Hilliard High School in Ohio, implementing C.L.A.S.P. (Cooperative Legislator and Student Project) at Columbia High School in Dekalb County which matched a student with Dekalb legislators for a session in which they met once a week to review work of legislature some of which bonds still exist today.  The project was continued at Henderson High School when Betty transferred there.  Betty wrote successful Grants in excess of $750,000 during her teaching career.

Betty graduated from Washington High School in Ohio in 1949.  She held Bachelor and Master Degrees from Ohio State and Juris Doctor Degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in Atlanta.

Betty’s civic and government involvement included:  member of the Peanut Brigade, service on Governor Carter’s Drug Abuse Advisory Board, assisting the White House during President Carter’s visit to Atlanta for the Energy Symposium, and help in many political campaigns.

A graveside service will be held 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.


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


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Cheryl Luke

Cheryl Black Luke died on August 7, 2018 just eight days from her 63rd birthday. She was surrounded by family at their home in Jasper, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her father, James L. Black and her brother, Terry Black.   She is survived by her mother, Marilyn Weaver of Greenville, PA; husband, Steve Luke of Jasper; Ryan Henderson, son (wife Robin)  of Jasper, GA and daughter Shanna Henderson (husband, Bob King) of St. Johns FL; two stepsons, Chris Luke (Heather) and Michael Luke (Elizabeth), all of Decatur, GA.  

She had six grandchildren, Bobby and Katlin King of St. Johns, FL., Lilly and Elena Luke of Decatur, GA., and Chad Harms of Atlanta and Lauren English of Cumming, GA. She is also survived by three sisters,  Joyce Black Woerz, Connie Rollins and Karen Black and one brother Jeff Black. She has two sister-in-laws, Cindy Valentine and Crystal Luke.

Cheryl was a Christian and member of Broadway United Methodist Church in Paducah, KY and had worked for Calvin DuBose, State Farm Agency in Alpharetta, GA and Woodstock, GA. She also followed her husband’s career and had worked as a flight attendant for Midway Airlines, Duke University Eye Center and Habitat for Humanity in Raleigh, NC and St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. One notable item is that Cheryl was the first female elected to lead her high school student council in Sandy Lake, PA. Cheryl was also a graduate of Brenau Business School in Atlanta, GA and  avid supporter of Georgia Tech athletics.

The family had a celebration gathering and short service at their home in Jasper on Saturday, August 11th at 2 p.m. On August 18th from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. the family will have calling hours at Black’s Funeral Home in Stoneboro, PA. Her ashes will be buried in Oak Grove Cemetery near Fredonia, PA. next to her family members.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested you make donations in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or to Georgia Mountain Hospice Inc. (


  Tim Rittenberry

Timmy (Tim) Hugh Rittenberry, 60, of Rome, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Redmond Hospital after a two month courageous fight with cancer. Tim was born on February 16, 1958 in Jasper to the late Doyle and Betty Rittenberry.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother; his brother, David Rittenberry and his sister, Mildred Rittenberry; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Leola Tinsley; and brother-in-law, Buster Davis. He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Lynn Rittenberry, and their two children; David (Brandy) Rittenberry and Rebecca (Richard) Heard; siblings Regina Davis, Virginia (David) Patterson, and Mark (Renea) Rittenberry; and two grandchildren, Kaleigha Richards and Connor Rittenberry.

Tim was a loving husband, father, and former pastor of Calcedonia Baptist Church in Centre, Alabama. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time on Lake Weiss in Alabama, surrounded by family and friends.

A memorial graveside service will be held this Saturday, August 18th 2018 at 2 p.m. at Whitestone Baptist Church cemetery in Talking Rock, Georgia for the family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whitestone Baptist Church in care of Deryl Hyde at 53 Cripple Creek Drive Ellijay, Georgia 30536 in memory of Tim.


Johnnie Weaver

Johnnie Mae Weaver, 75, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 at her home. Johnnie was born February 27, 1943 in Cartersville to the late Wesley and Irene Moore.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin Weaver of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Cindy Weaver of Canton; daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Dennis Sutton of Pine Log, Teresa and Phil Mullinax of Jasper; brother, Devan Moores of Spokane, WA; 6 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.  Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend David Abernathy, Brother Jeremy Mullinax and Reverend Darryl Bailey officiating.  Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

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

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