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Obituaries for Oct. 24, 2019; Steve Kirk, Bob Palmer, Jason Parker, Virginia Johnson, Carl Sissom

Steve Kirk


Steve Alton Kirk, 74, of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019 in Sandersville, Georgia.  He was born October 30, 1944 to Horace and Lucile Kirk in Washington, D.C.

Steve Kirk was a devoted member of several Masonic orders. He was a Past Worshipful Master of Pickens Star Lodge  #220, a Senior Deacon of Ninth Masonic District Convention and Viceroy of the St. Ambrose Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine. A member of Pickens RAM #28 - past High Priest, Pickens Council #55 - past Illustrious Master, Amicalola Commandery #41(Past Commander), and Past Right Eminent Grand Commander, KT, of the Grand Commandery of Georgia.

Past Patron of Jasper Chapter #479 Order of the Eastern Star, District Deputy, Grand Representative, Grand Chapter Appointed Officer Session Appointee, Grand Chapter Committee, Past Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Georgia OES, and General Grand Chapter Committee Member for Scottish Rite Charities for the 2013-2015 triennium.

Scottish Rite Valley of Atlanta  - Stage Director, President – Appalachian Scottish Rite, KCCH, Coroneted 33rd, The Traitor Cast, Blue Lodge Ambassador, and member of 33rd degree team.

Member of Cherokee Council #439 AMD - Chaplain, St Ambrose Conclave Red Cross of Constantine -  prefect, Carl F. Lester Council #65 Knight Masons, and Luther G. Palmer York Rite College #123.

While he gave much time and was honored with many titles in these orders, he also held several other titles in life. He was a teacher, a veteran, a church deacon, a hunter, a fisherman. Most importantly- he was a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a friend. He enjoyed traveling with Sherri; an afternoon spent fishing with his grandkids; teaching his daughter a smidgen of his woodworking skills; just being with his family; and time with his friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Steve is survived by his wife, Sherri Kirk of Talking Rock; daughter and son-in-law, Ami and Kenny Jones of Apex, North Carolina; grandchildren, Tyson Jones, Peyton Jones; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan and Toddy Hendrix of Marble Hill, Judith Kirk and Karen Kessenberg of Tennessee, Joyce and Wayne Anderson of Jasper; mother-in-law, Clara Koehn of Newton, Kansas; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jon and Peggy Davis of Kansas City, Kansas.  Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Lucile Kirk.

A funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, October 20 at Cross Roads Baptist Church with Reverend Nathan Smith, Reverend Buck Parker and Reverend Charles Holbert officiating.  Interment followed in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery.  (Cross Roads Baptist Church - 2207 Highway 136 East; Jasper, GA  30143)  Pickens Star Lodge #220 and Grand Commandery of Georgia will be in charge of Masonic Graveside Service.

The family will accept flowers or donations may be made to Knights Templar Eye Foundation or Cross Roads Baptist Church in Steve's honor.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Bob Palmer

August 20, 1928 - October 15, 2019


Mr. Bob Allen Palmer, 91, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday October 15, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Palmer is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Heidi Palmer of Dallas; step-son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Robyn Platt of Jasper; daughters, Maureen McDowell of Douglasville and Barbara Barber of Marietta; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Pastor Martin Barlow officiating.

Interment was at Sunrise Memorial Gardens following the funeral service.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Palmer family.



Jason Parker

December 18, 1975 - October 19, 2019


Mr. Jason Parker, 43, of Fairmount, passed away Saturday October 19, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Parker is survived by his son, Hunter Christian of Atlanta; daughter, Samantha Hammett of Augusta; sister, Amanda Parker of Fairmount; sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Tim Andrews of VA; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Parker family.


Virginia Johnson

April 13, 1933 - 

October 21, 2019


Ms. Virginia 'Gin' Johnson, 86, of Ball Ground, passed away Monday October 21, 2019 at her residence.

Ms. Johnson is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Jackie and Judy Mayfield of Jasper, J.I. & Marilyn Mayfield of Jasper, J.L. and Nina Mayfield of Jasper; son, John Mayfield of Ball Ground; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Jane and Larry Garrett of Hickory Flat, Ruth and Shorty Johnson of Marble Hill; daughters, Lois Hulsey of Talking Rock and Lisa McCoy of Ball Ground; brothers, Reginald Denney of Jasper and Douglas Denney of Talladega, AL; sister, Eldie Cornett of Jasper; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Virginia was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Mayfield.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 23 from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Thursday, October 24 from 8 a.m. until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. October 24, 2019 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Junior McTaggart officiating.

Interment will be at Ball Ground City Cemetery, following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Jeremy Vaughn, Jason Mayfield, Matt Mayfield, J.D. Mayfield, Benji Mayfield and Paul Shoemake. Honorary Pallbearers: James Larry 'Junior' Garrett, Bobby Garrett, Christopher Pittman and Alex Pittman.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Johnson family.


Carl Sissom


Carl Wayne Sissom, 83, of Bent Tree, Jasper passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019.  

Carl was born in Grundy County, Tennessee as the oldest child of eight, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Sissom, coalminers. He served his country in the US Navy for 20 years and six years retired civil service. Mr. Sissom obtained his Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration, worked as a mental health therapist at Parkside Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago, totaling 45 years as a certified alcohol/drug counselor. He and his wife, Noranna, moved to the Bent Tree Community in Jasper in fall of 1998. Mr. Sissom inspired thousands of people with his stories of healing and life.

Carl was preceded in death by his sister, Gwindelyn Sue Hall and is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Noranna Jean Sissom; children, Kimberly (Richard) Burgess, James (Lisa) Sissom and Christopher Sissom; step-children, Jay (Margie) Wingender and Alyssa (Christopher) Vaughan; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; siblings, Richard Sissom, Judy Sissom, Roger Sissom, Billy Lynn Hatfield, Della Peterson and Debbie Patton and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held for Carl at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, 202 Griffith Road, Jasper, GA.

In Their Honor Funeral and Cremation Services of Jasper is honored to be handling the arrangements of Mr. Carl Sissom. 


Right Eminent Sir Knight and Companion Steve Alton Kirk

Born: October 30, 1944 – Washington, D. C.

Died: October 17, 2019 – Talking Rock, Georgia

Passed to the Great Beyond in his 74th year 

WHEREAS, The officers and members of the York Rite Bodies of Georgia desire to record their deepest sorrow at the death of their Masonic Brother, Right Eminent Sir Knight and Companion Steve Alton Kirk, who, since October 5, 1977, has served the York Rite of Georgia in several capacities. Brother Kirk has contributed greatly to mankind and our country. His accomplishments will not soon be forgotten and we are much better for his life he shared with us here on earth. He was a special friend to many of us and always had a warm smile and outgoing personality.

Brother Steve was born in Washington, D. C. but attended the public schools of Pickens County, Georgia and Reinhardt Junior College before joining the Air Force in 1966. He eventually resumed his education graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Technical and Adult Education. Upon his return from the Air Force, Steve was employed as a Ford Dealer Parts manager. Sales-production coordinator for Calcium Product Division of Georgia Marble Company and Industrial Systems Instructor for Appalachian Technical College, retiring in 2003. Upon his retirement he began his own business contracting with Lowes to install appliances, retiring again in 2009. 

Brother Steve was initiated in Pickens Star Lodge #220 in Jasper, Georgia on November 24, 1970, passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft on December 8, 1970, and raised as a Master Mason on January 16, 1971. He served as Worshipful Master in 1987 and later as Secretary for six years. He was currently serving as Senior Deacon of The Ninth Masonic District Convention. 

He joined Pickens Chapter #28, RAM, in Jasper on October 22, 1977, Pickens Council #55, RSM on March 11, 1989 and Amicalola Commandery #41, KT, on May 8. 1999.  He was a past presiding officer of all these bodies and was invited to membership in Cherokee Rose Priory #56, Knights of the York Cross of Honour on August 30, 2016. Brother Steve served York Rite Masonry well and, was elected as the Right Eminent Grand Commander of Knights Templar in 2018. 

He became a member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry on May 23, 1992 which was the Statewide Freedom Class. He was invested with the Rank and Decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honour on October 4, 1999, and was Coroneted an Inspector General Honorary, 33° on November 17, 2007. From the time he joined, he worked on the stage crew and on December 1, 2007 he was appointed Stage Director for the Valley of Atlanta, a position he held until the end 2018. He also became a Life Member in 2007 and in later years he was in the Fourth Degree. He was a Past President of the Appalachian Mountain Scottish Rite Association and a member of the “Traitor” cast.  

Brother Kirk was invited to become a member of most of the Appendant-Honorary Bodies in Georgia and served in a position of leadership in several of them. He was also very active in the Order of Eastern Star, being initiated in Jasper Chapter #479 on June 23, 1979, serving as Worthy Patron several times and as a District Deputy. He served as Worthy Grand Patron of Georgia in 2009 and on the General Grand Chapter Committee for Scottish Rite Charities for the 2012-2015 Triennium. 

Brother Steve was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church and served for nineteen years as Clerk-Treasurer and a Deacon since 1991. He is survived by his wife Sherri, a daughter Ami, and two grandchildren, Tyson and Peyton. 

Brother Kirk’s favorite pastimes were outdoor sports, including hunting, fishing, camping, anything the grandkids wanted to do, and traveling with Sherri.  Sadly, he died accidentally at his deer camp near Davisboro, Georgia, looking for that “Big One”.

Now therefore, be it resolved, that the officers and members of the York Rite Bodies of Georgia hereby give formal expression of its grievous loss in the death of Brother Steve Alton Kirk and does hereby note in its records the passing from this life of a man who was loved by his friends and respected by all.

BE IT RESOLVED FURTHER, That a copy of this Resolution be made a part of the permanent records of this office and posted as appropriate, as a humble expression of the York Rite's heartfelt sympathy.

Joe E. Turner, Grand York Rite of Georgia, Historian


Card of Thanks

Special thanks to everyone for all the prayers, help and love showed during the sickness and death of our loved one.

There are no words that can express how we feel in our hearts. 

May the Good Lord richly bless each and every one.

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