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Obituaries for April 18; Albert Hamrick, Gene Stewart, Betty Burrell, Peg Hasbrouck, Coe Weaver

Albert Hamrick


Albert Harley Hamrick, 76, passed away on April 12, 2019. Albert was born on June 24, 1942 to Callie Bell (née Lancaster) and Edward William Hamrick. In 1961 he married Elizabeth Ridings, to whom he was married for 57 years. 

Albert trained as a barber at Gainesville Barber School and graduated in 1961. In 1966 he began working at Palace Barber Shop, which he purchased in 1968. He proudly served his customers and friends at Palace for over 52 years. 

Albert was a member at First Baptist Church of Jasper, where he served as a deacon since 2011. He took joy in greeting church attendees each Sunday, particularly in providing suckers to the children. In fact, at church he became known as “the sucker man.” 

More than anything, Albert loved and was devoted to his family. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; his daughters Lynn (Joe) Thompson and Kelly (Bill) Eubanks; his grandchildren Katie (Matthew) Grayson, Will Eubanks, Lucy Thompson, Joseph Thompson, and John Thompson; his great-grandchildren Teddy Grayson and Albert “Bertie” Grayson; and a large, loving extended family. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Callie Bell and Edward William Hamrick and his sister Clara Hamrick. 

In lieu of flowers, Albert requested that donations in his name be made to the First Baptist Church Preschool and Kindergarten to support scholarships for children. 

The funeral service was held Moday, April 15 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Jasper. 

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

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Gene Stewart


Albert Eugene "Gene" Stewart, 87, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at his home.  He was born August 22, 1931 to Olen and Laura Stewart in Jasper.

He is survived by his wife, Margarett Stewart of Jasper; children, Alvin and Dixie Stewart of Talking Rock, Cindy Powers of Jasper; granddaughter, Sara Bruce of Marietta; and sister, Rhonda Carr of Douglasville.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Phil McPherson officiating. Interment followed at Lake Forest  Memorial Park in Jasper.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pickens Animal Rescue at

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

Online condolences may be made at


Bill Silvers

William Brent "Bill" Silvers, 79, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Wellstar Douglas Hospital in Douglasville.  He was born April 23, 1939 to Luster and Venie Silvers in Jasper.  

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Silvers of Jasper; sons, Danny Silvers of Jasper, David Silvers of Jasper, Donald Silvers of Jasper; grandchildren, Christy King of Jasper, Kevin Silvers of Jasper, Denton Silvers of Jasper; great-grand children, Emily King, Madison King, Mason Silvers, Charleigh Silvers, William Silvers; brother, Mitchell Silvers of Jasper; sister, Oralee Prince of Jasper; sisters-in-law, Carol Barrett of Marietta, Andrea Miller of Tate, and Angela Hill of Canton.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Buck Parker and Reverend Ronnie Ray officiating. Interment followed in Free Hope Baptist Church Cemetery at 156 Free Hope Road; Jasper, GA 30143.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Betty Burrell


Mrs. Betty Morrison Burrell, 85, of Talking Rock died Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Mrs. Burrell was born, February 23, 1934, in Greenville, SC, the daughter of the late Cleveland Montgomery and Melissa Gartrell Morrison. She was a homemaker, and member of the Talking Rock First Baptist Church. Her husband Hollin Burrell preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Karen Burrell, Acworth, Larry and Renee Burrell, Tampa, FL, Steve and Windy Burrell, Blairsville, David and Jennifer Burrell, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Dusty Eaton, Talking Rock; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 12th at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Lee officiating. Pallbearers were: Ethan Green, Cliff Burrell, Brice Eaton, Matthew Burrell, Michael Burrell and Ryan Burrell.  Interment was in the Talking Rock Church cemetery.

On-line condolences may be made at

Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Peg Hasbrouck

Mrs. Peg Hasbrouck, 78, of Big Canoe, Georgia, passed away peacefully in her home on April 14 after a brave battle with cancer. 

She was born Jan. 1, 1941, in Corry, Pennsylvania, to Betty Persons and the late Howard Persons. 

She is preceded in death by her father and granddaughter, Emily. She is survived by her mother; her husband of 55 years, Dick Hasbrouck; two sons, Daren Hasbrouck (Lisa Lowrey) and David Hasbrouck (Stephanie); grandsons, Daniel, Andrew, Oliver, Henry and Charlie; sister, Jean Ewert (Don); brothers, David Persons (Naomi), Jim Persons, Ed Persons (Ginny) and Mark Persons (Kathy); and several nieces and nephews. 

Peg graduated from Sherman Central High School in 1959. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, in 1963.  Five days after graduating, she married Dick on June 1, 1963. 

Peg worked at Jamestown General Hospital in Jamestown, NY, and taught nursing for 10 years at Jamestown Community College.

In 1973, she and her family moved to Georgia, where Peg was a successful real estate agent for 25 years. She was named a life member of the Million Dollar Club in Dekalb County. 

She and Dick retired in 2001 and built their dream home in Big Canoe.  Peg became a prolific quilter, turning her hobby into a successful business, Peggy’s Quilts. Peg was a member of the Pine Needles Quilt Guild and numerous other local quilting groups. 

She will be remembered for her loving dedication to her family. She was happiest surrounded by her children and grandchildren baking cookies, reading stories and playing with Thomas the Tank Engine. Peg also had a passion for photography; her grandchildren were her favorite subjects. 

Just as she pieced scraps of material together to create hundreds of beautiful quilts, she also pieced hundreds of moments together to create a beautiful legacy of kindness and love. She will be missed by all who knew her. 

Private graveside services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Georgia Mountains Hospice,

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Carolyn Waters


Mrs. Carolyn Waters, 74, of Dawsonville passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Mrs. Waters was born in Tate, GA on July 21, 1944.  She was preceded in death by her husband Darrell Waters, parents Walter Roscoe and Emma Leora Nix Collett, brother Frank ‘Spud’ Collett, son-in-law Ricky O’Neal, and grandson Douglas Lacy.  Mrs. Waters was kindhearted and giving.  She loved to farm, garden, and can her fresh vegetables.  Mrs. Waters was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her children Becky and Wendell Howard, Ball Ground, Brenda O’Neal, McCaysville, David ‘Doodle’ Dodd, Ball Ground, Randy Dodd, Jasper, and Stacy Teague and fiancé Tony McDuffie, Cleveland; step-children Lawana Bryan, Oakwood; Gina and Scott Masters, Gainesville, sister and brother in law Teresa and Jerry Wofford, Jasper; brother Tonie Collett, N.C.; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.  

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019 at the chapel of Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home. The Rev. Jason Hamby officiated. Interment followed in Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.  

To share a memory of Mrs. Waters or a condolence with the family visit

Anderson-Underwood Funeral Home of Dahlonega.


Coe Weaver


Coe Weaver, 47, of Ellijay passed away Friday, April 12, 2019. 

He is survived by his parents, Randy and Lauretta Weaver of Ellijay; his son, Brady Coeburn Weaver of Ellijay; brother and sister-in-law, Jason and Kasey Weaver of Ellijay; nephews, Austin and Heather Weaver, Brandon Weaver, Luke Weaver; and  great-nephew, Westin Weaver.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., April 16,  2019 at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Cherokee County.  Reverend Edwin Weaver, Reverend Russell Nations and Reverend Jeff Haley officiated. Interment followed in Ponders Cemetery.

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

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