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Obituaries for Oct. 18, 2018; Mary Kay Cook, Robert Womack, Gloria Stanton, William Tempel, Mary Dean, Margaret Hardy, Bobby Gannon, Judith Scanling, Hugh Johnson

Mary Kay Cook


Mary Kay Powell Cook, 92, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at her home in Bent Tree.  

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Claudia Drum-Cook of San Jose, California; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Kathryn "Kitty" and Eric Schreppel of Tracey, California; grandchildren, Steven Schreppel, Eliana Schreppel; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m.,  November 17, 2018 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper.

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


Robert Womack


Robert P. Womack, 88, of Canton, GA passed away on October 9, 2018. He was born November 8, 1929 in Scottsboro, AL, moved to Chattanooga and graduated from Baylor Military Academy and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Bob served as a Naval Officer during the Korean War prior to a long and distinguished career with Southern Bell/ATT while serving in Chattanooga, Atlanta and Savannah. 

Bob married Nancy Lee Thompson of Chattanooga in 1963 with whom he shared 33 wonderful years. He retired to Big Canoe and established The Phone Place in Gainesville, GA. While at Big Canoe he served as the President of the HOA and was an avid golfer. He served as the Chairman of the Building Committee in the establishment of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper, GA. 

He was preceded by his parents, Lucille Thomas Womack and A.B. Womack; his wife, Nancy Thompson Womack; his brother, Brown M. (Billy Mac) Womack; his sister Paula Womack; and nephew, Tommy Womack.

He is survived by his nephew, Mark Womack of Birminghan; grand nephews,  Beau Womack of Huntsville, AL and John David Womack of Birmingham, AL and sisters-in-law, Susan Thomson (Tom Cleary) and Alice Thompson of Columbia, SC.

Bob had many long-standing friends whose relationships he cherished dearly. Thanks to all for your love and support.

A special thanks to Karrissa Lee and Joseph Onanuga for their care during his recent illnesses. 

There will be a memorial service on Wednesday, October 17 at noon at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper with George Yandell officiating followed by a reception and a graveside interment of the remains at Big Canoe Cemetery.  (1851 Steve Tate Rd, Marble Hill, GA 30148)

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

Online condolences can be made at


Gloria Stanton

Gloria King Stanton, 93, of Jasper Georgia passed away Thursday, September 27, 2018 from complications of COPD. She lived in Serenity Sunshine Manor of Jasper Georgia. Gloria was born February 19, 1925 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to Emmett and Rosa King. Gloria was preceded in death by her husband of 76 years, Charles Stanton; her children, Chuck Stanton, Robert Stanton and daughter, Charlene Stanton; her brothers, Robert King of North Carolina and Gerald  King of Douglas, Georgia. 

Gloria is survived by her daughter, Deborah Gartner of Jasper, Georgia; grandsons, Darren Smith of Fernandina Beach, Florida and Brian Smith of Cumming, Georgia; great granddaughters, Faith Smith of Fernandina Beach, Florida and Samantha Smith of Cumming, Georgia; one niece, Barbara Stefkovich of  Birmingham, Alabama; two nephews, Ronald Stanton of Birmingham, Alabama and Richard Stanton of Royal Oak, Michigan.

Gloria grew up in Douglas, Georgia where her mom Rosa was a homemaker to three children and father Emmitt was an architect and land developer. She married at 17 to Navy Captain Charles Stanton who was training air cadets for WW2 in Douglas Georgia. Gloria traveled with her husband as he trained pilot cadets for the U.S. Navy.

As a homemaker Gloria raised two children in Lathrup Village, Michigan. In 1980 she retired to Sarasota, Florida where she enjoyed boating and an active social life with the yacht club. She lived life as a big hearted, tender loving, generous matriarch of the family. Strong-willed and funny, those who knew and loved her called her Mee Mee as she was commonly known in her later years. 

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Gloria was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Florida.

To God be the glory for a life well lived.

A memorial service was held Sunday, October 14th at Mountain View Alliance Church in Jasper, Ga. 


William Tempel


It is with great sadness that the family of William Park Tempel announces his passing after a brief and sudden illness, on Friday, October 5, 2018 at the age of 75.

Bill was born on May 6, 1943 to Karl and Floy Tempel and raised in Boonville, Missouri. He met his wife Barbara at the University of Missouri and joined the United States Air Force attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. After 20 years of travel and adventure with two kids and a variety of pets in tow, Bill retired from the Air Force and he and Barbara settled in Virginia where they lived on and off for the next 10 years before retiring to Georgia. 

Bill is survived and will be forever remembered by his former wife of 42 years, Barbara, his two daughters Julie and Carolyn, his sons-in-law Mark and Scott and his grandchildren Maggie, Tempel, Will and Parker. 

He was an avid Ham Radio operator and is fondly remembered by the members of the Jasper Radio Club and the dear friends that he made in Georgia. 

A celebration of his life will be held by family members in November and those who wish may make contributions in Bill’s memory to the Humane Society of the United States or any pet-friendly organization of their choice.    


Mary Dean

Mary Oneeda Dean, 88, of Talking Rock, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. 

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Rhonda Dean of Talking Rock; sister, Euline Caylor of Talking Rock; grandchildren, Jeremy Dean of Talking Rock, Lauren Dean of Columbia, MO, Nicholas Dean of Talking Rock; great-grandchildren, Lucian Dean, Emily Towery; and great-great-grandchild, James.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. A. Dean; son, Danny Towery; and grandson, Cam Towery.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Friday, October 12, 2018 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Wallace Parks officiating. Interment followed in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.

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


Margaret Hardy


Margaret Sherman Hardy, 89, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Friday, September 28, 2018 at her home. She was born November 13, 1928 to Selwyn and Ouida Sherman in Waycross, Georgia.  

Survivors include her daughter, Carol Ann Stabrowski of Canton; sister, Betty Whaley of Brunswick; grandchildren, Samantha Stabrowski of Kennesaw, Tabitha Stabrowski of Canton, Craig Gaddis of Dekalb County, Laura Gaddis of Atlanta, John Almand of St. Simmons Island; great-grandchild, Ashton Edwards of Kennesaw.

Mrs. Hardy was preceded in death by her husband, Allen C. Hardy and her parents, Selwyn and Ouida Sherman.

A memorial service is planned  for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Holy Family Episcopal Church in Jasper.

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

Online condolences can be made at



Bobby Gannon

Bobby Joe Gannon, 64, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018 at his residence. 

He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers.

Survivors include, his mother Martha Jean Gannon, wife Cindy Gannon, three step daughters and sons in laws, two sons, one daughter and 11 grandchildren. 

A service will be scheduled for a later date. 

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


Judith Scanling


Judith Anne Wagner Scanling was born on February 26, 1946, in Columbus, Georgia, to Julian and Sara Wagner.  She graduated from Henry Grady High School in Atlanta, received a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Master’s degree from Columbus State University.  

She was the wife of Frederick Scanling, whom she met and married in Druid Hills United Methodist Church in Atlanta.  They had two sons, John and Paul, both of whom were baptized in Druid Hills. She taught mathematics in middle and high school for 25 years. After retirement, they moved to Big Canoe, where she participated in several activities.

She died from complications from several conditions on October 13, 2018, in hospice in Stockbridge, Georgia. She is survived by her husband Fred; son John and daughter-in-law Whitney; their sons Cody and Cole; son Paul and daughter-in-law Jennifer; their children, Sara and Allen; and her brother Julian and his wife Hazel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 19 at the Big Canoe Chapel.  Marcia Cochran, Len Walker, and Lamar Helms will officiate.  Private burial will be held in the Wagner plot in Westview Cemetery in Atlanta.  

The family will receive friends at Roper Funeral Home and Crematory, Thursday, October 18 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Judy worked for several years in medical records at Good Samaritan Health & Wellness in Jasper, to which contributions will be gratefully received. 

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

Online condolences can be made at



Hugh Johnson


Hugh Thomas Johnson, 76, of Jasper,  passed away Monday, October 15, 2018 at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Hugh is part of a large loving family. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Johnson of Jasper; son, Jeffery and Tina Johnson of Jasper; daughter, Amberle Godfrey and Robert Keller of Jasper; brothers and sisters, Jackie Mullins of Jasper, Clayton Johnson of Jasper, Barron Johnson of Jasper, Gail Baldwin of Madison, Gary Johnson of Jasper, Sandra Walker of Jasper; grandchildren, Ryan Godfrey of Zebulon, Camille Kuykendall of Jasper, Brooks Godfrey of New Jersey, Mallory Johnson of Jasper and Jacob Godfrey of Jasper; great-grandchildren Riley Godfrey, Brody Godfrey and Jonas Godfrey. Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends also survive. Hugh always had a ready smile and a twinkle in his eye. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2018 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Buck Parker and Reverend Adam Parker officiating. Internment will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. 

The family will be receiving friends Wednesday, October 17 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Thursday, October 18 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

They will accept flowers or contributions can be made to Antioch Baptist Church. 

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

Online condolences can be made at



Card of Thanks

The family of Scott Stone would like to thank each one who helped us through the passing of our loved one. Thanks to Cagle Funeral Home and their staff. Malisa Griffin’s singing was beautiful. We would like to thank Preacher Harold Cantrell and Preacher Charles Gay for their comforting words. For all the food brought, we thank all of you. Special thanks to Lisa, Barbara and Donna.