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Obituaries from Sept. 12, 2019; Doris Beck, William Bramlett, Tony Hermel, Richard Duckett, Alec Lee, Troy Sperin, Gordon Cunningham

Doris Beck

March 21, 1925 - August 30, 2019


Please join us in celebrating the homegoing of our beloved mother, friend and sister in the Lord, Doris Beck, who passed away on Friday August 30, 2019. As much as we miss her, even more we rejoice because she is now with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Doris was born March 21, 1925 in Thomas County, Georgia to Archie and Annie Mae Chastain. She lived much of her adult life in California, where she worked in personnel. She then went to Florida to help care for her mother. There she worked in food service. Doris was a tireless worker in the various Full Gospel churches she attended and always tried to put the Lord first in her life. 

Doris is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Linda Phaby of Ellijay and Michael and Sherry Eales of Amarillo, Texas; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; as well as beloved nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister-in-law, Fondren and Lucille Chastain; sister and brother-in-law, Claudie and Herman DeLaughter; and granddaughter, Lori Ann Eales. 

Doris chose to be cremated and a memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday September 3, 2019, at Cagle Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the church of your choice, or Pickens County Animal Shelter: 3563 Camp Rd. Jasper, GA 30143.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Beck family.


William Bramlett

February 9, 1942 - August 30, 2019


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Harold Bramlett, 77, of Jasper, passed away Friday August 30, 2019 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Rev. Bramlett is survived by his wife, Barbara Bramlett of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Trina and Rex Corbin of Ellijay; brothers and sisters-in-law, Randall and Vera Bramlett of Ellijay, Eugene and Frances Bramlett of Ellijay, Billy and Penny Bramlett of Ellijay; granddaughter, Macy Corbin; several nieces and nephews that he loved. 

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019 in the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Wallace Parks officiating.

Interment followed at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Herbert Wofford, Tony McDonald, Steven McDonald, Ryan McDonald, Dale Corbin, Tyler Corbin, Mike Bramlett and Gary Bramlett. Honorary pallbearers: Kevin Bramlett, Keith Bramlett, Ray McDonald and Tracy Welchel.

The family accepted flowers or donations can be made to the Shriners Burn Center For Children - EC Kelley.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bramlett family.


Tony Hermel

January 6, 1933 – August 21, 2019


Clarence A. “Tony” Hermel, 86, of 4025 Quay Road 60, Tucumcari, New Mexico  88401, formally of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away Wednesday, August 21 in Amarillo, Texas at the Northwest Texas Heart Hospital.  Tony was born January 6,1933 to Fred and Emma Hermel in Faribault, Minnesota.

Tony is survived by his son, Hayden Hermel of Tucumcari, New Mexico; nieces, Alona (John) Weatherhead of The Villages, Florida, Deanna (Larry) Acord of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Joyce (Roger) Sand of Minot, North Dakota,  Debbie (Hugh) Green of Huntsville, Alabama, Wendy (John) Hubbard of Indiana, Terry (Mike) Fitzgerald of Huntsville, Alabama, Sandra (Gary)  Larson of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Gwen (Steve) Wright of Minnesota; one nephew, Dwayne Schultz of Clayton, Georgia; sister-in-law, Rhoda Neighbors of Talking Rock; special friends, Jim and Shirly Evans of Talking Rock and a host of friends.

Tony was an honorable and generous man and a friend to all that knew him. He enjoyed three long careers, consisting of 27 years in Military as Sr. M/SGT in the United States Air Force, Georgia Calcium Products in Marble Hill, Georgia and served as a Bailiff for the Pickens County Court House for 18 years. 

Pickens County was his home for 42 years.

Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Helen Poole Hermel.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m., September 8, 2019 at Philadelphia Baptist Church with Reverend Grant Wade and Reverend Neal McKenzie. Interment followed in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family kindly request in lieu of flowers and food, donations could be to the charity of your choice or to Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery fund at 216 Mineral Springs Road S; Jasper, GA 30143.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Richard Duckett

April 11, 1959 - September 6, 2019


Mr. Richard Duckett, 60, of Nelson, passed away Friday September 6, 2019, at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.

Mr. Duckett is survived by his wife, Jenny Duckett of Marble Hill; sons, Eric Duckett of Marble Hill, Carey Henson of Marble Hill, Gregory Deal of Marble Hill; daughters, Chasety Duckett of Marble Hill, Rachel Duckett of Marble Hill, Sara Ramsey of Jasper, and Melissa Deal of Jasper; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Lisa Duckett of Jasper, Terry and Lynn Duckett of Marble Hill; sisters, Gail Schien of Marble Hill, Sharon Smith of Marble Hill, and Brenda Duckett of Nelson; uncle, Charlie Bozeman of Florida; aunts, Mildred Wilson of Jasper, Carol Henson of Canton, and Mabel Bozeman of Atlanta; 21 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Richard is preceded in death by his father, Luke Duckett; mother, Edna Duckett; brother, Gregory Duckett; sons, Brent and Trent Henson.

Visitation is Sunday, September 15, from 2 p.m. until the memorial service.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bruce Weeks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Duckett family.


Alec Lee

May 30, 2019 - September 5, 2019


Alec Lansing Lee, 3 months, of Nelson, passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

Alec is survived by his parents, Lansing and Julie Lee of Nelson; brother, Lucas Lee of Nelson; sister, Ansley Lee of Nelson. 

Preceded in death by his Nana, Debra Lee.

A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Gene Hyde officiating.

Interment was at Jasper City Cemetery following the funeral service.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lee family.


Troy Sperin


Troy Jack Sperin, 83, of Tate, passed away Monday, September 9, 2019 at Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton. He was born September 10, 1935 to Troy and Carolyn Sperin in Pickens County.

Jack is survived by Sara Elaine Eubanks Sperin of Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jim Allen of Martinez; daughter, Sheri E. Sperin of Hiram; sons and daughters-in-law, Phillip and Rosa Linda Sperin of Tate,  William R. and Debbie Sperin of Clarksville; sister, Faye Sperin Blackwell of Ball Ground; fourteen grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jackie Lyn Sperin.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Tommy Estes officiating.   Interment will follow in Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund (PO Box 22; Tate, Georgia  30177; 770-735-2799) or The Alzheimer's Association (225 N. Michigan Avenue; Fl. 17; Chicago, IL  60601;; 1-800-272-3900) in Jack's memory. 

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

Online condolences may be made at


Gordon Cunningham


Gordon Thomas Cunningham, 74, of Jasper, Georgia died September 7, 2019, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital surrounded by his wife and daughters. Gordon was born to Thomas and Alice Cunningham, July 19, 1945 in White Plains, New York. He graduated from Mahopac High School in Mahopac, New York in 1963. Gordon married the love of his life, Mary Carlyle in 1966 and they have been happily married for 53 years.  

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Gary Cunningham.

Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Mary Cunningham; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Greg Ferrara, Heather and Michael Colbaugh.  The highlight of his later years was time spent  with his grandchildren, Michael, Gregory, and Sabine.  Gordon loved spending time with his family and friends and is survived by brothers and sister-in-law, Scott and Linda Cunningham, Greg Cunningham; aunt, Selma Strassburg; cousins, Harry Tompkins, Neal Strassburg, Lee Strassburg, Jack Strassburg; and much loved nieces and nephews.  

His family will forever remember Gordon as a loving father, grandfather, brother, and uncle who was a great story teller, encourager and prankster. He was a lover of sports, coaching, the great outdoors with all it brings, great friends, and the occasional caught fish. He was known to speak his mind, was generous in sharing his knowledge, and was well respected as an artist, craftsman and antique dealer.  

Visitation will be at Roper Funeral Home in Jasper,  September 12, 2019 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper, September 13, 2019 at 11 a.m. with a reception following. A private interment will be at a later time.  

The family request in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of Gordon’s favorite organizations, Pop Warner Little Scholars Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

Online condolences may be made at