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Obituaries for Jan 25, 2019: Michael Chumley, Buman Hitt Sr., Montez Davis, Henry McDaniels, Mary Vinson, Bernice Cash, Sylvia Foster Reece, Virginia Soulis

Michael Chumley

Michael Herbert Chumley departed this life on January 15, 2019 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born January 10, 1945 in Marble Hill, Georgia.  

He is survived by his wife, Sara; his children, Lana and Marty Callahan, Tommy and Gwen Chumley, and Tina Chumley; his grandchildren, Joe and Alicia Chumley, Abbey Callahan and Claire Callahan; brother, Rex and Linda Millsap; stepfather, L. J. Millsap; his brother-in-law, Johnny Brock; nephew, Jason Brock; and his best pals "Charlie," "Taz," and "Buster."

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2019 at the Jasper United Methodist Church with Kevin Roper officiating.   Burial will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

The family accepted flowers and food or donations may be made to St. Jude Childern's Hospital or Shiners Children's Hospital.  

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

Online condolences can be made at


Buman Hitt Sr.

Buman Harold Hitt Sr. quietly passed away on Tuesday, January 15th, surrounded by friends and family after 94 years of a well-lived life. 

Funeral service was held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Marietta, GA on Friday, January 18th, at 2 p.m. 

Buman was born in Tate, GA to Alba and Benjamin Hitt. He served our country bravely as part of the Army Air Corps during World War II. His act of service was rewarded greatly as he met the love of his life, Louise LaGrange, in Fairbanks, Alaska during his deployment. They returned to Marietta, GA to build their life together. 

Hard work and deep love wove through Buman’s life as a thread from beginning to end. Through his careers as a home builder, food services provider, and finally at the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department, Buman made friends everywhere he went. Of all the connections in his life, one of the deepest was with his home church, St. Andrew United Methodist. Buman and Louise joined the church in 1963 and remained faithful members, Buman attending services up until days before his passing. Known for his green thumb, ever-ready sense of humor, and unbeatable cooking, Buman will be missed by many.

Buman is now reunited with his lifelong love, Louise, his parents, two siblings, and many friends who were like family. 

Those carrying on his legacy are his children, Dr. Ralph Hitt, Crawford Hitt, Sheila Hitt (daughter-in-law), Harold Hitt and David Hitt; his grandchildren, Ben Hitt, Jason Hitt, Andrew Hitt, Elizabeth Hitt, Travis Hitt, Sarah Lee, and Handel Estivene; his great-grandchildren, Austin Hitt, Para Hitt, and Haley Hitt; his half-brother Jerry Vickers; and the many friends who made his life so rich. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the charity of your choice. 


 Montez Davis


Ms. Montez Chastain Davis, 75, of Tuscumbia, Alabama, passed away December 30, 2018 at her residence in Alabama.

Ms. Davis is survived by her son, Scott McDaniel of Cartersville, GA; daughters, Darlene Hyde, Janice Marlene Lee of, Merry Maxwell. all of Cherokee, Alabama and Elizabeth Edwards of Flowery Branch, Ga.; brother, Jerry Robert Chastain of San Diego, California; sisters, Edna Colleen Kowitz, of Woodstock, GA and Imogene Hughes of Ball Ground, GA. Survivors all include 17 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019 in the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home. Pastor Steve Wigington, officiating.

Internment of the cremains was carried to the Ball Creek Baptist Church Cemetery immediately after.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that you do something nice for someone, to honor their Mother's memory.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Davis family.


Henry McDaniels

Henry Wilson McDaniels,  73, of Ball Ground, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019 at his home.  

Survivors include his wife, Linda McDaniels of Ball Ground; son and daughter-in-law, Brett and Cynthia McDaniels of Talking Rock; son, Kevin McDaniels of Ball Ground; daughter and son-in-law, Sharitta and Eustacio Vasquez of Marietta; daughter, Tonya Cummings of Virginia; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by step-daughter, Terri Barton.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 17 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Jess Posey officiating.   

The family requested in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Compassus Hospice in honor of Mr. McDaniels.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Mary Vinson

Mary Anders Vinson died January 19, 2019, at her residence in Jasper.

Mrs. Vinson was a Christian, hard worker, and well known throughout the community as the “fried apple pie and cake lady” from years peddling her wares at local businesses. She was also a vendor for nine years at the farmers’ market where she delighted in socializing with folks.

Mrs. Vinson is survived by her husband, one daughter, one sister, two sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

A local memorial service will be at the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2019.  Cagle Funeral Home of Jasper in charge of arrangements.


Bernice Cash

January 2, 1925 - January 18, 2019


Ms. Bernice Kirby Cash, 94, of Jasper, passed away January 18, 2019 at Canton Nursing Home, after a long illness with Alzheimer's and Pneumonia.

Ms. Cash is survived by her son, Charles Blackwell of Norcross; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Julie Holcomb of Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Sam Foster of Jasper.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Cindy Coolick of Oakwood; Ron Chester of Jasper; Ginger Witt of Gainsville; Rodney Chester of Dahlonga; Nathan Eaton of Charlotte, North Carolina; Chris Blackwell of Hoschton; and Tonia Seigler of Toccoa. Ms. Cash was also blessed with 12 great-grandchildren, Brooke Duren Dubay, Kason Seigler, Rusty Chester, Morgan Coolick, Mary Caroline Eaton, Mya Blackwell, Emily Eaton, Jackson Blackwell, and Jake Eaton, Davis Witt, Jesse Witt, and Rebekah Witt; niece, Sue Cobb of Cumming.

Ms. Cash was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome H. Cash and daughter, Mary Lou Chester.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2019 in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Terry Caylor officiated.

Pallbearers serving were: Nathan Eaton, Seigi Taylor, Bobby Dubay, Rodney Chester, Ron Chester and Chris Blackwell.

Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cash Family.


Sylvia Foster Reece  

Mrs. Sylvia “Syb” Foster Reece, 92, of Talking Rock, GA passed on Wednesday January 16th, 2019 at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper. Mrs. Reece was born March 25th, 1926 in Talking Rock, GA to her late parents Mark & Victoria (Silver) Foster. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, retiree of Pickens Footwear and a poultry farmer. Syb is preceded in death by her husband Clarence Reece and brother Elmo Foster.

   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wallace Parks, Rev. Justin Hensley and Rev. Greg Bryant officiating. Music and singing was by Mrs. Tonya Chastain and the Clayton Family. A graveside interment followed in the Ball Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Tracy Mundy, Tim Henderson, Brad Teague, Jeff Teague, Edmund Teague, Tim Foster, Tony Foster, Mark and Brad Simmons serving as pallbearers.

   Mrs. Reece is survived by her son, Macky Earl Garrett of Talking Rock; grandchildren and spouses, Suzanne & Charlie Wright of Talking Rock, Torri & Rev. Justin Hensley of Ellijay, Jody & Sarra Garrett of Ellijay, P.J. & Seth Kirk of Jasper and Tracy Mundy of Jasper; great grandchildren, Allie and Gracie Mulkey, Destiny Duckett, Clara and Annabelle Hensley, Amber Godfrey, Jessica and Emma Garrett, Lane, Austen and Nathan Kirk, Lennon and Hayden Mundy; sister, Malvalene “Mab” Foster Simmons of Talking Rock.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of the arrangements.


Virginia Soulis

October 16, 1956 - January 16, 2019


Ms. Virginia Lee Soulis (Susie), 62, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Ms. Soulis is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Halie Soulis of Fairmount, GA.; brother, Steve Kimbrell of Dahlonega, GA. Ms. Soulis is survived by one granddaughter.

There is no visitation or memorial service scheduled at this time.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers donate to Habitat for Humanity of Pickens County in Memory of Virginia Soulis.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to have served the Soulis Family.