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Obituaries for Jan. 31, 2019; Minnie Lee Raynes, John Kendrick, Kevin McDaniel, Stella Walker, W.R. Wilkie, Jackson Richards

Minnie Lee Raynes

Minnie Lee Raynes, 86, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at her daughter's home.  Minnie Lee was born May 21, 1932 to E. J. and Hattie Moss in Pickens County.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Raynes Fowler of Jasper; son, Timothy Raynes of Jasper; grandchildren, Rhonda Bennefield and Ricky Mullinax, Lucas Bennefield, Deanna Raynes, Dustin Raynes, Jessica Estes, James Estes; great-grandchildren, Stevi Hall, Bailey Bennefield, Camron Childers, Riley Wilson; brother and sister-in-law, James and Peggy Moss of Dallas; sisters-in-law, Barbara Moss of Winder, Margie Moss of Jasper, Dorris Raynes of Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Raynes.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2019 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend James Thompson officiating.  Interment followed in the Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Online condolences can be made at


John Kendrick


John Christopher Kendrick, 46, of Ball Ground, passed away Friday, January 25, 2019 at his home.

He is survived by his son, Christopher Cole Kendrick of Nelson; son, Cason Bryce Kendrick of Nelson; father, John Frank Kendrick of Ball Ground; sister, Johnnie Gail Allen of Ball Ground; brothers, J.H. Allen of Ball Ground; David Kendrick of Ball Ground; John Blackwell of Rome; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 29 at Yellow Creek Baptist Church with Reverend William Blackwell officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 

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

Online condolences can be made at


Kevin McDaniel


Kevin "Lee" McDaniel,  61, of Talking Rock, passed away Friday, January 25, 2019 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. He was born March 13, 1957 to Delmer and Belle McDaniel in Jasper, Georgia.

Lee is survived by his children, Paul Lee McDaniel of Ellijay, Michael Blake McDaniel of Ellijay, Andrea "Brooke" McDaniel of Tate; parents, Delmer & Belle McDaniel of Jasper; siblings, Martha McCurry of Jasper, Frankie McDaniel of Jasper, Glenn McDaniel of Ellijay, Faye Coffey of Jasper; grandchildren, Gavin Lee McDaniel, Ethan Blake McDaniel, Elijah Paul Lee McDaniel, Emory Leigh McDaniel, Reagan McDaniel, Harlan Blackwell; his companion, Annette Pendley and her daughter, Jennifer.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

A graveside service was held at Salacoa Baptist Church Cemetery at 3 p.m., Sunday, January 27, 2019.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Salacoa Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in honor of Lee.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Stella Walker

April 6, 1931 - December 21, 2018


Stella Faye Walker, known to all as “Faye”, 87, of Plant City, Florida and formerly of Conyers, Georgia, entered into eternal rest on Friday, December 21, 2018.

She was born on April 6, 1931 in Jasper, Georgia to Andrew and Etta Gibson, the fourth of nine children.

Faye nourished people around her with love and faith. She was a member of First Baptist Church Plant City and the Order of Eastern Star. Faye was always driven and was the first female manager for Kentucky Fried Chicken. 

Left to honor Faye and remember her love are her children, Patricia Rogers (Tom) of Plant City, Florida and Larry Walker (Ellen) of Sierra Vista, Arizona; three grandchildren, Jason James (Leisa), Sarah Walker, and Michael Walker; great-grandchildren, Bailey James and Clayton Stinnett; sisters, Melba Sullivan (Vernon) and Jelane Kelley; and many nieces and nephews.

Faye was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Walker; her parents, and several brothers and sisters.

Faye will be remembered as a bright, shining light in the various communities she served.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, December 27th at 11 a.m. at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 S. County Rd. 39, Plant City.

The Walker family would like to extend their gratitude to all the staff at the Winter Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center in Winter Haven for their attentiveness and loving care. 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 2525 Drane Field Rd., Suite 4, Lakeland, Fl. 33811.

Expressions of condolence at

Fill not your heart with pain and sorrow,

But remember me in every tomorrow...

Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles,

I’ve only gone to rest a little while.

Although my leaving causes pain and grief

My going has eased my hurt

And given me relief.

So dry your eyes and remember me,

Not as I am now, but as I used to be.

Because I will remember you all

And look on with a smile.

Understand in your hearts

I’ve only gone to rest a little while.


W.R. Wilkie

Mr. W.R. Wilkie, 92, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 2019 from the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Scott Grizzle officiating. Interment will follow in New Liberty Cemetery in Cleveland, GA. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Mr. Wilkie retired from General Motors and was a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Wilkie and son, William Wilkie.  Survivors include his daughter, Barbara Worley; sisters, Helen Densmore and Grace Wilkie; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.  770-479-2131


Jackson Richards

Mr. Jackson Eugene Richards, 91, of Kennesaw (formerly of Jasper) passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Canterfield of Kennesaw.   He was born June 6, 1927 to Robert and Irene Richards in Bedford, Indiana.

Jack  is survived by his  son and daughter-in-law, Rick Richards and Lori Lee Maxim of Marietta.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., February 8, 2019 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jack's honor.

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 Sandy Boswell Lowe would like to sincerely say thank all of you who honored her, through your love, kindness, words and actions. To her friends who helped us through it. To Wildwood Nursing Home for loving her so well. To Honeysuckle Florist for the amazing and unique Christmas arrangement. And to Living Word Church for the wonderful food.

Dr. Mark Rutland says, “When you put a pair of shoes on a child who can’t afford shoes….What the entire spiritual world sees,  is you, sitting at the foot of the cross…ministering to Jesus.” 

We deeply appreciate your selfless acts of serving and ministering to Sandy and to us.

She was the funniest, sweetest, most loving person I ever knew…and if you take all that and wrap it in a bow of quirky/crazy, you have Sandy. Even with all of that the most outstanding thing about her was her ability to accept people for who they were, and where they were, and to make them feel important and to make them laugh. For seven years she lived at Wildwood Nursing Home.  The staff that worked there made it possible for us to carry on with our lives because we knew how much she was loved and cared for. The week before she died she became very ill and was sent to Piedmont Atlanta.

Sandy’s social worker there told us that in all her working years, she had never seen a nursing home that cared so much or called so much… to see about one their residents. She wanted us to know how rare that was. 

The decision was made for Sandy to be placed in hospice care and she was transported back to Wildwood, where she peacefully passed away three days later.

Sandy was home for Christmas.

Christmas was always her favorite time of year. If you visited the funeral home you saw the amazing job her children did. A celebration she would have loved. There were stuffed animals, and Christmas trees and presents. The stunning casket blanket was filled with white and silver ornaments, greenery and beautiful twinkling white Christmas lights. 

The room didn’t feel like a funeral home. It didn’t feel sad. It felt warm, and soft and sweet and magical. 

Just like Christmas.  

Just like Sandy.