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Obituaries from August 22, 2019; Debra Lee, Mary Smith, Juanita Wilkie, Mary Harold, Robert Bailey, Kathleen Hall

Debra Lee

November 3, 1952 - August 13, 2019


Ms. Debby Lee, 66, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday August 13, 2019 at Tranquility Hospice Kennesaw.

Ms. Lee is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lance and Julie Lee of Nelson; sister and brother-in-law, Dale and Todd Morrissey of Jasper; sister, Sandra Pettyjohn of Summerville; grandchildren, Lucas Ryker Lee, Ansley Elizabeth Lee and Alec Lansing Lee. Two nieces, two nephews and several cousins also survive.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2019 in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Greg Meadows officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations to be made to Pickens County Animal Shelter.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lee family. 


Mary Smith


Mary Nell Smith, 75, of Big Canoe, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. She was born August 14, 1943 to Luther and Dema Shook in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Billy Raymond "BR" Smith of Big Canoe; sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond Mitchell and Alethea Smith of Woodstock; Christopher Mark and Maria Smith of Williamsburg, Virginia; grandchildren, Emily Ann Smith, Megan Rose Smith, Celeste Seashell Smith, Christina Maria Smith; great-grandchild, Harper Ann Shoupe; sisters, Polly Bunyard of Calhoun; brother, Jimmy Shook of Blue Ridge; mother-in-law, Hazel P. Smith of Canton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Daniel and Diane Smith of Cartersville, Ronald and Jean Smith of Cumming.

A memorial service is being planned by the family for a later date. Keep checking the website for date and time.

The family request no flowers be sent.  Donations may be made in Mrs. Smith's honor to the American Cancer Society; Susan G. Komen; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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

Online condolences may be made at

American Cancer Society -; 1-800-227-2345

Susan G. Komen - 1-877-465-6636 or mail to:  Susan G. Komen; Dept. 41831; PO Box 650309; Dallas, TX  75265

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, TN  38105;; 1-800-873-6983.


Juanita Wilkie


February 5, 1942 - August 16, 2019


Juanita Imogene Wilkie, 77, of Rachel Drive, Jasper, Georgia, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, Georgia.

Mrs. Wilkie was born February 5, 1942 in Talking Rock, Georgia, daughter of the late Hoyt Odel Tippens and Rena Mae Cochran Tippens. She was a life long resident of Pickens County and a member of Refuge Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Eastern Star, loved reading and loved books. She wrote many articles that appeared in the Pickens County Progress and Cherokee Tribune. She loved to watch movies while walking on her treadmill. She loved flowers and had a wealth of knowledge about plants and flowers. She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Jean Tippens.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Thomas L. Wilkie of Jasper; daughter, Charlene (Scott) Youngblood of Jasper; granddaughter, Courtney (Jason) Segers of Talking Rock; step granddaughter, Stephanie (Lloyd) Johnson of Dawsonville; great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Adalyn Segers; step great-grandchildren, Reese, Karys and Landon Johnson; special friend, Betty Youngblood of Jasper; stepmother, Jane Tippens of Jasper; brother, Philip (Julie) Tippens of Gillette, WY; stepbrothers, Tony (Camille) Tippens and Michael (Donna) Tippens, both of Jasper, David (Cathy) Tippens and Chris (Lisa) Tippens, both of Talking Rock, GA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janie and Mike Watson, Judy and David Scott; special nieces and nephews Cory (Beth) Watson, Nathan Watson, Rebecca (Shane) Logan, Kathryn (Kyle) Gore, Jeremy (Eileen) Jones; a host of other family and friends.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eddie Parker and Rev. Jimmy Gayton officiating.

Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Mike Watson, Nathan Watson, Corey Watson, David Scott, Jason Segers, Lloyd Johnson, Tony Tippens and Jeremy Jones.

Please visit to leave condolences for the family and sign the online guest register.

Owen Funeral Home, Cartersville, GA and Cagle Funeral Home, Jasper, GA are honored to serve the family of Juanita Imogene Wilkie.


Mary Harold

Mary Pauline Millard Harold died peacefully at her home in Jasper August 15th after a short illness.  She was 93.

Mary is survived by a nephew, Robin Sawyer of Great Britain; stepdaughter, Jane Waller (Jake) of Jasper; stepson, William Harold (Nancy) of Powell, Tennessee; granddaughters, Rosemary Wigington (Allen) of Jasper, Jeca Taudte (Stephen Totilo) of Brooklyn, New York, Katie Harold and Evy Wilson of Knoxville, Tennessee; grandson, Rev. William Waller (Emily) of Rocky Mount, Virginia; great-grandchildren, Kate and Jake Wigington of Jasper, Ada Rose and Finnegan James Totilo of Brooklyn, and Ezekiel Waller of Rocky Mount.

Mary was born in Devizes, Wiltshire, England in December of 1925 to Donald Field Millard and Mabel Pitt Millard.  They preceded her in death, as did her sister, Ann Lawrence.  When she was six, her family emigrated to Australia, where they spent a year and a half.  Her mother hated it and they returned to England.  Mary's mother died when Mary was nine, and she and her sister went into the care of their paternal grandparents.

She was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Church in Devizes, and upon graduation from La Sagesse Convent School in Romsey in 1942, finished her business administration degree at the University of London in 1943.  Mary immediately joined the British Royal Navy and served as a plane spotter.

She came to the United States in 1954, and spent 25 years in hospital administration in Tampa, Florida.  She married William Harold of Gray, Tennessee in 1978, retired, and lived in East Tennessee until 1991 when they moved to Jasper to be near family.  Her husband died in 1993.

Mary read to children in the library at Jasper Elementary for 10 years as a volunteer.  Her favorite memory of that time was of a little boy, taken with her British accent, who asked her, "Miss Mary, do you speak English?"  She volunteered for 25 years with the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary, working every Friday in the gift shop.  She retired from that position only last November when the trek from the parking lot became too much.

It was Mary's wish that she be cremated and her ashes scattered in the gulfstream in the Atlantic, in hopes "that a small morsel will return to England."

A memorial service was  held at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family at 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, Mary would appreciate donations to Pickens Animal Rescue; PO Box 45; Jasper, GA  30143.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Robert Bailey


Robert Lee Bailey, 86, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.  

He was born September 25, 1932 to Rory and Grace Bailey in Pickens County.  Mr. Bailey proudly served his country in the United States Navy and then served his community in law enforcement in Gilmer and Pickens counties.  He worked mainly with the City of Jasper Police Department.  

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Charlene Bailey of Jasper; brother, Charles Bailey of Rome; grandson, Shawn Bailey; one great-grandson; one great-granddaughter ; stepchildren, JI Reece of Jasper; Brenda Romero of Atlanta; Freda Kaneko of Texas; special niece, Angie Bailey; and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his son, Curtis Bailey; step-daughters, Vivian Haley and Sharon Paris.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 17, 2019 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Harold Cantrell officiating.   

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association at 225 N. Michigan Avenue; Floor 17; Chicago, IL  60601; or to the City of Jasper Police Department at 55 Dixie Street; Jasper, GA  30143.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Kathleen Hall


Kathleen Eubanks Hall, 76, of Spring Hill, Florida passed Wednesday, August 14 at the Gulfside Hospice in New Port Richey, Florida.   Surviving are her husband, Sherwood Hall of Spring Hill, FL.; two sons, Brian Hall of Port Richey, Fl. and Bishop Hall of Billings, Montana; sister, Sara Sperin of Canton, Ga.; four grandchildren, and sister-in-law and brother in-law, Susan and Brad White of Jasper, Ga.   Kathleen and Sherwood grew up in Tate, Ga. and she was the daughter of Ed and Edna Belle Eubanks. She was predeceased by a brother Robert Eubanks. She was employed by Pasco County Florida Parks and Recreation as a clerk/secretary.  

A private memorial service will be conducted in Tate.  Memorial donations are to be handled as follows:  “Kathleen Hall Benefit Memorial Fund” will be used for scholarship for youth attending the Steve Kaufman Bluegrass Acoustic Kamp in Maryville, Tn. June 21-26, 2020.  These donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Office or mailed to:  Wells Fargo Bank, Nature Coast Commons, 1337 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, Fl. 34606 with account #7944298376 indicated on the donation.  This account number must be listed.  

Dobies Funeral Home of Hudson, Fl. was in charge of arrangements.