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Obituaries for August 8, 2019; James Hawkins, Joshua Darnell

James Hawkins

November 14, 1927 - August 2, 2019


James “Jim” Hawkins, of Centre, Alabama and formerly of Jasper, Ga. passed away on August 2, 2019.

Mr. Hawkins is survived by his wife, Inez Godfrey Hawkins; son, Mike Kirk; daughter, Denese Hall; sisters, Betty Lindsey, Dot Marsh; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

The funeral service for Mr. Hawkins was held Sunday, August 4th at 1 p.m. at Perry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Melvyn Salter officiating.

Pallbearers were Gary Hawkins, Bobby Kerr Billy Haney and Danny Walker.

Perry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Joshua Darnell

U.S. Veteran

Joshua Newman Darnell, 39 of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.  

He is survived by his mother, Elayne Johnson Darnell of Jasper; sister, Jodi Jackson of Ellijay; nieces, Sarah Miller of Cumming, Julie and Nick Williamson of Marietta; nephew, Christoper Barnes of Jasper; two great nephews; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Josh is being cremated and no services are planned at this time.

Donations may be made in his honor to Pickens County Senior Center or Pickens County Animal Shelter.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Card of Thanks

Although our hearts are heavy

From the sorrow that we bear

We are comforted to know

How deeply others care

The family of Jerry, “J.J.” Buchanan would like to extend our thanks for each kind deed that was done following his accident, during his hospitalization and passing. Jerry was loved deeply by his family and his unexpected passing has left hearts broken that knew him as a son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great-uncle and friend.

Our thanks to the emergency personnel and law enforcement officers that worked the scene, the emergency room staff at Piedmont Mountainside, the medical helicopter flight crew and the ICU doctors and nurses at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. Your compassion, understanding and patience will forever be remembered.

To our extended family, neighbors, friends, church family and community a simply ‘thank you’ seems so little for all that was done for us during this tragic time. To each one that took the time to come by in our hour or sorrow, for the food that was brought or sent, the beautiful flowers and the prayers said on our behalf, we can never begin to repay you for your kindness.

Thank you to the preachers, Aaron Adams and Curtis Roland in a time when we needed you the most, you were there with comforting words. Vanessa Blackwell, Jackie Watkins and Idella Elliott and Brent Padgett thank you for the beautiful songs. To those who served as pall bearers, thank you for being there for the family. Our thanks to Cagle Funeral Home for their help and kindness.

To Jerry’s friends and co-workers who participated in the funeral procession on their bikes and in their tractors, he would have been so proud to know you all were with him on his last ride. Your participation speaks volumes of the friendship you shared with him.

May God richly bless each of you for the love and compassion show to the Buchanan family.


Lona Mae Buchanan

Randall, Shannan & Jason Buchanan

Mary Ann Buchanan

Larry Buchanan & family

Janice Taylor & 


Linda Emory & 


Lisa Amos & family