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Obituaries for Nov. 1, 2018; Roger Pickett, Jimmy Florence, Diane Anderson


Roger Pickett


Roger Pickett, husband, father and beloved grandfather, retiree from IBM and Delta Airlines, passed away at the age of 69 on October 21, 2018.  Born in Houston, Texas in 1949, he was the only surviving child of Frances Issacs Pickett and Garland Derwood Pickett.

In 1957, Roger's mother moved the two of them to Phoenix, Arizona.  Frances was an executive secretary and she settled in nicely with her young son in a toney area of Northeast Phoenix, in the Scottsdale School District.

In 1965, the last day of Roger's Sophomore year at Arcadia High School, he met Betty Milligan Pickett at a church youth party.  Roger and Betty attended and graduated from Arizona State University.  They were married at the First Methodist Church of Phoenix on December 19, 1969.

Roger graduated at the top of ASU's School of Business in December 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Transportation. 

Shortly after he graduated from ASU, Roger was recruited to move to Atlanta, Georgia and work for J.C. Penney's at their catalog facility on South I-75.  Less than a year later, Roger went to work for Delta Airlines and stayed with them for almost 20 years.  During his time with Delta (1986), Roger and Betty became the parents of their precious sons, Nick, who was 3 years old and Chris, who was 3 months old.  Parenthood was a real adjustment for Roger and Betty; but the new routine of caring for two very young children soon became completely normal.

During Roger's years with Delta, he, Betty and the boys traveled extensively.  Some of the more exotic trips - like Singapore and Hong Kong and the two weeks spent in France to attend Vin Expo in Bordeaux - were better for just adults.  But most of the trips to Hawaii, the Caribbean, England, and all over the USA were enjoyed as a family.  Roger left Delta in 1997 to embark on a new career in consulting.

By the 2000s, the boys were growing up.  The family moved to Pickens County in 2001.  Nick helped Roger launch a generator dealership called Ready Power.  It was during this time that Nick began volunteering as a fire fighter and eventually became a critical care paramedic.  He married Casey Jacobs Pickett and they have a 6-year old daughter, Madison.  Nick also has a 10-year old stepson, Jason.  Chris finished his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kennesaw State University.  Chris married in 2007 and has twin nine-year old daughters, Adalynn and Aubrey.  Today, Addie and Aubrey live with their mother in Warner Robins.  Roger was always very fond of his granddaughters.  After rearing two boys, getting to cuddle with granddaughters was a real pleasure for him.

Roger retired in March of this year after spending five years with IBM as one of their managing consultants.  Roger was very interested in moving to Colorado Springs, so he took his best buddy, a Golden Retriever named Ripley, to Colorado Springs and rented a house while they looked around.  After a few months, when he could not convince Betty to move to Colorado, Roger and Ripley came back home.

Roger lived a very successful life filled with family, travel and lots and lots of love and kisses.  His family wishes they could have had more time with "Gampy", but they hope they now have an extra family guardian angel looking down on them.

His survivors include his wife, Betty Christine Pickett of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas Roger and Casey Pickett of Jasper; son, Christopher Donovan Pickett of Jasper; grandchildren, Adalynn Lola Pickett, Aubrey Christine Pickett, Madison Taylor Pickett, Jason Todd Lanning, Jr.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 1, 2018  at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church with Reverend Ben Laughlin officiating.   The family will receive friends after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask donations be made to the Pickens Animal Rescue Ranch at 401 Old Whitestone Road W; Talking Rock, Georgia  30175; 706-692-2772;

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


Jimmy Florence

Mr. Jimmy Lee Florence, 46, of Dalton, GA passed away on Tuesday morning, October 23rd, 2018 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.

Mr. Florence was born on March 21st, 1972 in Douglasville, GA to his late parents, Jerry David Florence, Sr. and Hazel Lee Florence. Jimmy was of the Baptist faith and was employed at Imagine That Playhouse and More as a carpenter.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Sherry Nichols Florence of the home in Dalton, GA; daughters and son-in-law, Jennifer and Scott Roberts of Dalton, GA, Ann Marie Breor of Monroe, Ga, Jesse Hampton of Jasper, GA, Danielle Reed of Dalton, GA; sons and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Lindsay Iler of Okatie, SC, Corey Dakota of Ellijay, GA; grandchildren, Lynessa Marie Brewer, Avery and Malory Iler, Ella and Emma Hampton, Lucas Reed, Kinnidy and Noah Breor; sisters and brother-in-law, Sandra and Will Foster of Douglasville, GA, Jan Florence of Douglasville, GA; brothers, Jerry Florence of Blairsville, GA, Herbert Alan Florence of Dalton, GA also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael Smith and Bro. Joshua Bartlett officiating. Interment will follow in the Ellijay City Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Diane Anderson


Mrs. Diane Cawley Anderson, 70, of Carrollton, GA passed away Friday, October 26, 2018.

Mrs. Anderson was born in Jasper, Georgia on August 22, 1948, the daughter of the late Henry Wesley Cawley and Mary Ovalene Bunch Cawley. She was a retired School teacher from Villa Rica High School and Carroll County Career Academy. She was a member of the Carrollton First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Ernest Anderson; daughter, Shelley Palmer of Bowdon, GA; sister, Connie Shelnutt of St. Simons, IL; and brother, Teddy Cawley of Talking Rock, GA. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Shari Anderson.

Pallbearers were Heath Millians, Austen Millians, Jackson Millians, Mike

Lavioe, Mike Medford, and Clayton Watson.

The family received friends at Almon Funeral Home from 12 noon to 2 p.m..  on Monday, October 29, 2018.

A graveside service was held at Carroll Memory Gardens at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2018 with Dr. Dean Milford and Rev. Larry Patton officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Tanner Hospice Care, P. O. Box 1136, Carrollton, GA 30112.

Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.