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Obituaries from May 16, 2019; Sylvia Akins, Sylvia Akins, Herman Hollingshead, Greg Chestnut, Kenneth Harbour

Orpha Mayfield


Orpha Mayfield, 79, passed away May 7th in the early morning. 

She is survived by a son and daughter, Gary and Denise Mayfield; grandchildren, Crystal Mealer, Gary Mayfield Jr. and Keith Jenkins; great-grandchildren, Braxton, Luk,e Ava, Ivy, Mealer, Maddee and Gary Mayfield III. She also leaves behind her sisters, Susie, Minnie and brother Ben. 

She will be greatly missed. 


Sylvia Akins

December 23, 1940 - May 7, 2019


Mrs. Sylvia Conner Akins, 78, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

Sylvia retired from AT&T. She loved being with her family and loving her grad children. She enjoyed reading, needle work, and crafts. She loved making needlework pictures and framing them as special gifts for her family. She was blessed with a beautiful talent.

Sylvia is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Denise Boyd of Acworth; daughter, Sonia Arflin of Marble Hill; brother and sister-in-law, Grady and Joyce Conner of Marble Hill; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Lamar Puckett of Woodstock; sister-in-law, Brenda Conner of Jasper. Eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Akins; parents, Arthur and Edith Conner; daughter, Kim Godfrey;  brothers, James Conner and Thomas Conner.

The graveside service was held May 13, at noon, at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Harold Cantrell, officiating.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Akins family.


Herman Hollingshead

August 21, 1938 - May 7, 2019


Mr. Herman Eugene Hollingshead, Sr., 80,  of Jasper passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Hollingshead is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Herman Jr. and Debbie Hollingshead of Jasper; David and Regina Hollingshead of Jasper and Bobby and Ann Hollingshead of Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy amd Allen Timms of Jasper; Jeannie amd Kevin Cox of Jasper; Patricia amd Kevin Little of Jasper; daughters, Teresa Thurston of Jasper and Annie Davis of Jasper; brother, Johnny Hollingshead of Jasper. Several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren also survive.

Mr. Hollingshead was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Hollingshead;  brothers, Edward and George Hollingshead and grandson, Lee Causey.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 10, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home. Rev. Larry Phillips, Rev. Kenny Green and Rev. Johnny Hollingshead, officiating.

Pallbearers: David Hollingshead, Jr., Joey Hollingshead, Matthew Hollingshead, Roy Horton, Billy Vernon, Ralph Causey, Adam Richards, Eli Causey, Chris Bruce and Kevin Little.

Internment was at Macedonia Memorial Park.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hollingshead family.


Dale Seay Sr.

Jerry "Dale" Seay, Sr., 48, of Talking Rock passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at his home

He was born in North Carolina to Jerry and Evelyn Seay.

Dale is survived by his children, Jerry Seay of Talking Rock; Jessica Seay of Ellijay; Travis Seay of Ball Ground; mother of his children, Susan Hicks of Ellijay; grandchildren, Tripp and Jesslynn Seay, brother and sisters, Heath, Brooke and Hallie Seay of North Carolina; aunt and uncle, Lynn and Hoss Burns of North Carolina; father and step mother, Jerry and Mary Lou Seay of North Carolina; and special brother Jeff Burns of North Carolina.

Funeral services were  held Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jimmy Gayton and Reverend Tom Harris officiating. Interment was Monday, May 13, 2019 at Swain Memorial Park in Bryson City, North Carolina at 12 p.m. 218 Old Deep Creek Road; Bryson City, North Carolina.

The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Jerry "Dale" Seay Memorial Fund in care of Roper Funeral Home.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Greg Chestnut


Gilbert Gregory Chesnut, known to friends as "Greg," passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 at the age of 69 at his home, concluding his battle with cancer. 

Greg was born in Decatur, Georgia in 1949 to Gib and Sammie Chesnut.  He graduated from Tucker High School in 1967 then attended East Tennessee State University where he lettered in Football and was named to the All Ohio Valley Conference Team in 1970.  Upon graduation, Greg served in the United States Army as a 1st Lt. from 1971-1973.  While he spent over 30 years in Sales before retiring, his most rewarding years were the ones he enjoyed in the Pickens County School System, particularly the ones spent at Jasper Middle School running the "JMS Hilton."    Greg loved to spend his spare time fishing with his best friend and wife of 36 years, Jill Chesnut.   He was preceded in death by his parents, Gib and Sammie Chesnut.  

Greg will be sadly missed by his wife, Jill Chesnut; daughter, Tiffany Chesnut Hamilton (Joel); granddaughters, Hailey and Makenzie Moore; son, Grant Chesnut (Heather); granddaughters, Brin, Allie Grace and Eva Claire Chesnut; sister, Sandy Wages (Dan); niece, Brandi Waller and nephew, Michael Hopkins.  

Those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Greg to the Pickens County Animal Shelter at 3563 Camp Road; Jasper, GA 30143.   

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


Kenneth Harbour

June 24th 1924 – May 3rd 2019


Kenneth O Harbour, 94, of Jasper, GA passed away on Friday, May 3rd 2019. 

Mr. Harbour was born in Meridian Mississippi, where he graduated from high school and also attended Meridian Junior College. Mr. Harbour was a World War II veteran, joining the U.S. Navy serving as an Air Traffic Controller at a Navy fighter pilot training base helping to prepare young Navy pilots to enter the war. 

After his military service, Mr. Harbour joined the Federal Aviation Administration then known as the CAA (Civil Aeronautics Association) where he rose through the ranks from an ATC Specialist to a Senior Executive. During his early years with the FAA, Mr. Harbour earned his B.S. with Honors in Business Administration and Teaching from East Tennessee State College in Johnson City, TN. Mr. Harbour also attended Embry Riddle Flying School and earned his Commercial Pilots License with multi-engine instrument ratings. During his career at the FAA he held many positions including becoming one of the FAA’s Pilots (“spy in the sky”) monitoring controllers’ interactions with other pilots to assure proper communications and safety protocols were being followed. Mr. Harbour retired from the FAA in 1976 and began pursuing his passion for playing golf, walking the course five days a week until he began having back problems.

Mr. Harbour is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nina Harbour; daughter, Renee Warden(Chris) of Frederick, Maryland; son, Wes Harbour(Susi), of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Grandchildren; Elizabeth Clark(Jeremiah), Kate Warden, Sarah Warden; and step-daughter, Tiana Bishop (Lennie), Jasper, Ga; step-grandchildren, Nicholas Bishop, Jasper, Ga, Deputy Rocky Bishop (Sherry), Jasper, Ga; and Bianca Brown (Dan), of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Great- grandchildren, Gabe and Will Tucker, Columbia, South Carolina; Cydney, Hannah, and Tanner Bishop, Jasper, Ga.

Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, May 21st, 3 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Veterans Memorial Drive Canton, GA 30114. Arrangements made by Roper Funeral Home Jasper, GA. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your favorite charity in Ken Harbour’s name.