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Obituaries for Dec. 6, 2018; Robert Martin, Jerry Mathews, Linda Cattanach, Infant Kamryn Holden, Richard Lamy Jr, Betty Stenger

Robert Martin


Robert Thomas "Tommy" Martin, 76, of Canton, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Season's Hospice in Cumming. 

The funeral was held on Sunday, December 2nd at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Darby Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Padgett officiating. He is survived by his wife, Bertha Martin of Canton; sons, David Hulsey of Jasper and Travis Hulsey of Talking Rock; sister, Bonita Jones of Canton. Five grandchildren also survive.

The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home is honored to serve the Martin family.


Jerry Mathews

Mr. Jerry Normal “Lum” Mathews, 71, of Fairmount, Ga. departed this life Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at his home. 

Jerry was born September 23, 1947 in Pickens County, Georgia, a son of the late Homer Lonis and Geraldine Guyndelin Hightower Mathews. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Verlene Moore Mathews, his grandparents, Henry W. and Angie Dean Hightower and Harrison and Ola Higdon Mathews, an infant brother, a brother, Charles Kenneth “Rosey” Mathews.

Jerry was a 1965 graduate of Fairmount High School. He obtained an associate’s degree from Reinhardt College. He worked many years in the carpet industry and retired as a supervisor with Mohawk Industries.

Jerry loved to sing, play the guitar and karaoke.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Casey and Tiffany Mathews of Cohutta, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberley and Jeffery Smith of Ranger, Ga.; grandchildren, Sarah Smith, Savannah Mathews, Emily Mathews, Madelyn Mathews and Lydia Mathews; the mother of his children, Brenda Gail West of Ranger, Ga.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald “Goat” and Deborah Mathews of Ludville, Ga., Randy Joe “Boo Boo” and Cheryle Mathews of Fairmount, Ga., James “Flute” and Patrician Mathews of Cartersville, Ga., Tim “Waldo” and Teresa Mathews of Calhoun, Ga., Gene “Bull” and Sherry Mathews of Jasper, Ga., Ann Mathews of Plainville, Ga.; sisters and brother-in-law, Sybil and Steve Crider, Sandra and David Burch, all of Fairmount; Gail and Randy Burch of Calhoun, Karen and Tony Cannon of Plainville, Ga.; several nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Jerry Norman “Lum” Mathews were held Tuesday, December 4th at 2 p.m. at Ponders Fairmount Chapel with Reverend Reggie Temples officiating. He was laid to rest at Sunset Memory Gardens in Cartersville, Georgia with his nephews serving as pallbearers.

Arrangements by Ponders Fairmount Chapel, 2566 Hwy. 411, Fairmount, Ga. 

Maurice Haynes

Maurice Patterson “Pat” Haynes, 77, of Jasper passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in the company of his loving family.

Pat was a graduate of Cocke County High School in Newport, TN and attended Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN where he met his wife, Judy Mitchell.

His lifelong interest in electronics began as a hobby when he earned his amateur “ham” radio license at the age of 13. Recognized by his official call sign K4BEH, he was active on the air up to his last day. He was a founding member of the Jasper Amateur Radio Club and could be found with them in late June every year at Lee Newton Park as he enthusiastically participated in Field Day, an annual world-wide ham radio event.

His background in electronics opened doors to careers throughout his life beginning as a radio engineer and disc jockey in Chattanooga and Sevierville, TN before moving to Marietta, GA to begin a new career at Lockheed in quality control and as a flight line inspector. He left Lockheed and worked 25 years for GE Medical Systems as a Regional Service Engineer.

He and his family were members of the First Baptist Church of Marietta, GA until retiring to Jasper and becoming members of the First Baptist Church of Jasper. A deacon in both churches, his Christian faith was his foundation, giving him strength and assurance throughout his life but especially as he struggled with health issues in his later years. His Christian fellowship also provided him with lifelong friends that have been a blessing for his entire family.

A former member of the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary, he was instrumental in starting the courtesy cart, providing shuttle service for hospital patients and their families.

Pat is survived by his wife, Judy Mitchell Haynes; son, Edward Maurice Haynes; daughter, Michelle Haynes Pierce (Stuart Pierce); grandchildren, William Cassidy Haynes, Lauren Anne Pierce, Kyle Allen Pierce; brother, Dr. James H. Haynes (Mary Alice); sister-in-law, Susan Haynes; and many nieces and nephews.

Pat was preceded in death by his father, William B. Haynes; his mother, Josephine P. Haynes; his sister, Mary Jo Haynes Allen; and brothers, William E. Haynes and Charles D. Haynes.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Jasper with Reverend Greg Pope officiating.  The family will receive friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Jasper in Pat’s memory.  (198 East Church Street; Jasper, GA  30143)

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

Online condolences can be made at


Linda Cattanach

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, Linda Ann Liles Williams Cattanach, loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher and friend, passed away at the age of 80. Linda was born on November 11, 1938 in Temple, Texas, the second child of Winston and Edith Liles, and younger sister of Allen Liles.

She was salutatorian of Temple High School’s class of 1957. While at THS, she was a Yell Leader, Queen of Sports, FFA Sweetheart, Class Favorite, Student Council member and editor of the Yearbook “The Cotton Blossom.” She went on to graduate with honors from the University of Texas in Austin in 1961. While at UT, she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, served as editor of the yearbook “The Cactus,” was on the Academic Dean’s list every semester, and was voted a Bluebonnet Belle and Varsity Carnival Queen.

Linda married Dr. Paul Donald Williams (“Don”) on June 1, 1962. She taught high school Latin in Austin, TX until 1964, when the couple moved to Atlanta, GA to establish Don’s dental practice. They began a family and together and raised four children, Romi Lee Williams Chadwick, Paul Donald Williams, Jr., Andrea Suzanne Williams DeKroon, and Matthew Winston Williams.

Linda loved to learn and teach. As her family grew, she stayed active in many endeavors, including earning an MA in International Affairs from Georgia State, working as a lobbyist and on many political campaigns, and managing her husband’s dental practice. She resumed her teaching career in the Union County, GA school system in 2002, and in 2007 began teaching middle school Language Arts at the school her grandchildren attended, Pinecrest Academy. She was beloved by students, parents, fellow teachers, and administrators alike.  For her many accomplishments in the classroom, she was voted Best Teacher in Forsyth County, GA in 2016 and 2017.  

Linda loved her friends, of which there were many, because she never met a stranger. From her childhood playmates in Temple, Texas, to her college friends at TCU and University of Texas, the ZTA young mothers’ Alpha alumni group that welcomed her to Atlanta in 1964, her friends in Blairsville’s chapter of the DAR, and those from the Mother’s Prayer Group at the Marist School, to the many fellow Catholics, neighbors, colleagues and educators she worked with over the years, she had a gift for making everyone she loved feel special. 

Linda loved her family.  She was a wonderful and generous “Meme” to many grandchildren – Mary, Emma and Caroline Chadwick, Nick, Ari, Paul, Ave, and Ana Fouriezos, Aly, Amy, Abby, Angelina and Joey DeKroon, and Mateo Williams. She adored her sons-in-law, Brendan Chadwick and Joe DeKroon, and her daughter-in-law, Indra Lopez Williams. It brought her great joy to celebrate all her family’s activities and successes and she was their biggest cheerleader and supporter. After losing her beloved husband of 33 years, Don, to cancer, she married Charles C. Cattanach. She welcomed and loved Charles’ children (Charley and Donna), grandchildren (Nicholas, Calder, Amber and Amanda), and great-grandchildren (James, Parker, Hunter, and Charlotte Lagilelei), as her own. The two shared a beautiful faith-filled marriage for 19 years, until his death from cancer in 2016. 

Linda loved her faith. As a lifelong Christian, her love for Jesus guided her life and inspired everything she did. She was an active parishioner at Our Lady of the Mountains in Jasper, and the proud mother of an Atlanta Archdiocesan priest, Fr. Paul D. Williams, Jr. (current pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dalton, GA). She will be remembered especially for her great devotion to The Divine Mercy Chaplet of St. Faustina, which she taught and inspired many people to pray. It was her wish that everyone know the great love and mercy of our Savior Jesus Christ, who will forgive even the most hardened sinner for any transgression, if only he or she would ask with a humble heart. Linda offered up all the sufferings she endured in her 18-month-long battle with glioblastoma for the intentions of her family, friends, co-workers and the Catholic Church. She leaves behind many souls who loved her and will miss her dearly, but her example of grace and love will never be forgotten.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let Your perpetual light shine upon her. 

A visitation and rosary was held from on Tuesday, December 4th at Roper Funeral Home at 206 Holly Street; Jasper, GA 30143. A celebration of Linda’s life and funeral Mass will be held at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, 4633 Shiloh Rd, Cumming, GA 30040 at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th. Burial will then take place at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Carrollton, GA, where Linda will be laid to rest next to Paul Donald Williams, Sr. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Linda’s honor to one of the organizations Linda loved – Pinecrest Academy Annual Fund, Marist School, Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, or the Women’s Enrichment Center in Blairsville, GA.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Infant Kamryn Holden


Infant Kamryn Rose Holden was born November 23rd, 2018 and died November 23, 2018. 

She is survived by her mother, Krystal Pierce and her father, Jacob Holden; sisters, Sierra Carnacchia of Canton and Julia Holden of Ellijay; brothers, Brent and Nate Holden of Ellijay; grandmothers, Jennifer Sturges of Blue Ridge and Jackie Poole of Jasper; great-grandparents Brian and Kathy Wolfe of Blue Ridge, Pat Denson of Talking Rock; aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

She was preceded in death by grandfather Danny L. Holden of Jasper. 

Funeral services were held December 1st, 2018.

Atkin Funeral Home in Blue Ridge was in charge of arrangements.


Richard Lamy Jr

November 9, 1947 - December 1, 2018


Mr. Richard Dennis Lamy, Jr., 71, of Jasper, passed away December 1, 2018, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. 

Mr. Lamy is survived by his wife, Jackie Lamy of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Richard Kile and Tani Lamy of Texas; step daughter, Meredith Smith of Jasper. and brothers, Brian Lamy of Georgia and Kenneth Lamy of Florida. Also surviving are two grandchildren: Kiley and Reagan Lamy.

There is no visitation scheduled for Mr. Lamy.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the American Kidney Foundation in Richard Dennis Lamy, Jr's name.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lamy Family.


Betty Stenger

February 14, 1931 - November 22, 2018


Mrs. Betty Forest Stenger, 87, of Lower Grandview Road, Jasper, passed away at her residence.

Mrs. Stenger is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Allen Lee Stenger and Amy Rivers, of Boulder, Colorado; daughter, Sally Tyre Stenger of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Randall Mills of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; brother, Tracy Forest of Ellijay; sister, Martha Mobley of Stockbridge, Ga. Also surviving, two grandchildren, Tammy Jones and Tim Mills and two great- grandchildren, Tansley Jones and Colt Jones.

Mrs. Stenger was preceded in death by her husband, Howell Stenger.

There will be no visitation at this time. There will be a private memorial held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Pickens County Library in Betty Stenger's name.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Stenger family.