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Obituaries for July 25, 2019; Betty Wade, William Hill, John Tucker, Judy Shaw, Patsy Platt

Betty Wade

October 14, 1934 – July 18, 2019



Betty Wade, a 28-year resident of the Jasper area, passed away Thursday, the 18th of July, surrounded by her loving family.

Born October 14, 1934 in Macon, Georgia, Betty worked for the Internal Revenue service but always believed her most important job was to be the best wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother she could be.

A member of Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Betty held a fierce love for life, her family and faith in God.

Betty was blessed to share 65 wonderful years with her husband, traveling throughout all 50 States and the world.  Her home was always open and inviting and was often filled with the sounds of happiness and the smells of home cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Wade; her three children, Dennis, Lynda and Gary; her two daughters-in-law, Melanie and Dale; her six grandchildren, Dwight, Rachel, Paul, Travis, Chad and Jessica; and her seven great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Betty's memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and/or Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Jasper Georgia.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Fellowship Presbyterian Church. Interment was at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 26, 2019, at Georgia National Cemetery; 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive; Canton, Georgia. A procession left Roper Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m.

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

Online condolences may be made at


William Hill


William Thomas "Bill"  Hill, 83, of Ball Ground passed away Friday, July 19, 2019 at WellStar Windy Hill Hospital. He was born June 19, 1936 to Thomas and Roxie Anna Hill. 

He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Hill of Ball Ground; children, Pamela Nanette and Curtis Turner, Cheryl Jan Hill, Anita June Floyd, Billie Michelle Hill; stepchildren, Paige and Mark Waters, Teresa and Randy Dobbs, Michael Galloway; sister, Mildred Long; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Mr. Hill is preceded in death by his son, William Stanley Hill; brothers, Elzo Hill, Luther Hill; sisters, Mary Lee Edwards, Aileen Poole and Kathleen Ray.

The funeral service was held Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 3 p.m. at County Line Baptist Church with Reverend Jess Posey officiating. Interment was Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:30 at the Georgia National Cemetery. 

Pallbearers include Joe Bezerra, Alex Castaneda, Keith Weaver, Jake Waters, Randy Dobbs and Daniel Dobbs.

The family request in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Mr. Hill’s  honor. (1-855-448-3997 or PO Box 758517; Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517)

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

Online condolences may be made at


John Tucker


Mr. John Boyd Tucker, 79, of Talking Rock, GA passed on Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Tucker was born on July 27th, 1939 in Opelika, Alabama to his late parents, Thomas and Ollie Tucker. John served his country honorably in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War era and worked as an electrician for most of his life. He is preceded in death by his wife, Janet Lou Tucker.

Survivors include his children, Sheri Tucker of Jasper, GA., Michael D. Tucker of Talking Rock, GA., Tracy A. Tucker of Canton, GA., David D. Tucker of Canton, GA.; grandchildren, Johnathan, Nathan, and Shawn Giddeons, Kristina Kennedy, Tracy, Jada, Mason, Jesse, and Justin Tucker and Danielle Perez; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirley Tucker Rogers of Valley, AL and Winston Tucker of Opelika, AL.

There are no services planned at this time.

Online condolences can be left to the family at

Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements.


Judy Shaw


A gentle and caring lady has passed, leaving her family, friends and the entire local community stunned and silent. Judy Holmes Shaw was the beloved wife of Tommy Shaw of Jasper, mother of Tripp (Erin) Shaw of Jasper and Cooper Lawson Shaw of Smyrna, grandmother of Grayson Thomas Shaw and was happily awaiting the birth of Emma Kate Shaw. She loved her "boys" fiercely and adored her grandchildren.  Judy is also survived by her sister, Janet Davis of Ellijay and brother and sister-in-law, Ricky and Connie Holmes of Talking Rock, sisters- in-law, Martha Shaw of Canton and Kathy Amos of Gainesville and several nieces, nephews and cousins and other relatives.

Judy spent her life caring for others. As a nurse at Pickens General Hospital and then Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, as well as a hospice nurse for Hospice Compassus, she was one of those nurses who saw need and met it, saw pain and relieved it, who gave care and concern far beyond her job description. 

She will be remembered by the Creek Gang, as the one always with a listening ear and a Bandaid, whose laugh could thrill the hearts of all her friends.  She could ride a motorcycle (holding on to her beloved Tommy) , dress a wound or help her husband fix barbecue for hundreds. Her heart was always with her community and those she loved.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jasper. Judy truly could say that she walked the valley of the shadow of death with so many in the community and with her family, but she feared no evil, because her Lord was always with her. She was, indeed, a light to everyone who knew her.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Roper Funeral Home, Jasper on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Jasper.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Patsy Platt

May 2, 1941 - July 20, 2019


Mrs. Patsy Sue Platt, 78, of Tate, passed away Saturday July 20, 2019 at Canton Nursing Center.

Mrs. Platt is survived by her son, Richard Clay Platt of Tate; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Robyn Platt of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Ron Wallace of Epworth; daughter, Denise Lavender of Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Ann Ballew of California; eight grandchildren and 16n great-grandchildren.

Patsy is preceded in death by her husband Tommy Platt, three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park.

The family accepted flowers or donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Platt family.