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Obituaries for Nov. 7, 2019; George Weatherby, Courtney Smith, Ernie Dean, Paula Bowker, Merlyn Grisham, Barron Johnson, Eugene Brooks, Ann Stanfield, Doris Dean, Robbie Mills, Daniel Smith, Brenda Oliver

George Weatherby

George Luther Weatherby, 89, of Canton, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Canton Nursing Center. 

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, November 4, 2019 at Hopewell Baptist Church (Clayton Community) with Rev. Daryl Bailey and Rev. Michael McPherson officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 

Mr. Weatherby was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. He worked for over 38 years in Education as a Educator, Administrator and former Superintendent for Lumpkin County Board of Education. Mr. Weatherby was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and most of all being a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.  

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Ann Weatherby; children, Donna England (Randy), Randy Weatherby (Kim) and Greg Weatherby (Susie); 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many special sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. 

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family. 770-479-2131.


Courtney Smith

Courtney Hall Smith, 53, of Jasper Georgia, passed away October 30, 2019. 

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 1, 2019 at 148 Church Street, Marietta, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. The burial was in Cheatham Hill Memorial Park. 

Courtney was a graduate of North Cobb High School and Southern Poly Technical College. She had a degree in Architecture and was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Most recently Courtney was a beloved teacher at Mill Springs Academy. Courtney was talented and hard working. During her free time she would quilt, scrapbook, paint murals for schools, and coach basketball, golf and robotics. During this second round of cancer she traveled the world and often wore out those that traveled with her. Her greatest pride and joy was her three children. She was a fighter to the very end, unwilling to miss a day with her family until her Heavenly Father called her home. She left this earth surrounded by peace and love, a defiant smile on her face. 

She is survived by her husband Russell Smith; sons: Russ, Kyle and Yates Smith; mother and father, Arista and Lamar Hall; brothers: Cliff and Chandler Hall; nieces and nephews. Contributions can be made to, the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world.



Ernie Dean

A Celebration of Life will be held for Ernie Dean on Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at 11 a.m. at GO Church, 835 Mineral Springs Rd., Ball Ground, Ga. 30107.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Outstretched Hands - Casa de Abby in his memory.


Paula Bowker

Ms. Paula Jean Bowker passed away on October 30, 2019 after an extended battle with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Paula, a resident of Pickens County since 1984, was born 7:35 p.m. on June 5, 1947, at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Calvin Bowker and America Isabel Morgan Bowker, who were married on May 22, 1942 in Georgetown, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Louise Bowker of Hendersonville, North Carolina, who was born on April 2, 1948, and passed away in October 2017. She was also preceded in death by her nurse and special friend, Dennis Ergle II of Woodstock, Georgia who passed away on October 22, 2019.

Paula spent many of her childhood years in Tallahassee, Florida, area, where her Father was employed by the United States Government, Department of Veteran Affairs, and her mother was a housewife. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Political Science. Paula retired after 30 years of service with the Untied States Government in 2006.

Paula enjoyed travel, painting, drawing and sculpting. She was an avid supporter of charities focused on the welfare and rescue of animals, as well as charities and organizations supporting and promoting the arts. She was involved with the Pickens Animal Shelter and the Pickens Arts & Cultural Alliance.

Paula is survived by her adopted sons, Jody Weaver and Chris Baumann of Jasper, Georgia, as well as special friends Judy and Keith Moody of Jasper, Georgia. She is also survived by her loving and devoted companion sitter and friend Anna Marie Kelley of Canton, Georgia, who encouraged and supported her throughout her battle with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. She is additionally survived by her dear friends and neighbors of more the 25 years, Jeanne and Bill Beecken, and a host of other friends, former co-workers and neighbors.

Per Paula's request, a private celebration of life will be hosted in her Jasper area home, with invitations to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paula's memory to Partners of Pickens Pets, a local 501(c)3, non-profit organization founded by her dear friends, Judy and Keith Moody, which provides assistance and healthcare services to pets across the Pickens County Community. Donations may be made online at  

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


Merlyn Grisham


Merlyn Wayne Grisham, 89, of Jasper, Georgia died October 28, 2019.

Merle was born November 13, 1929 to Virgil and Etta Grisham in Sun City, Kansas; moving shortly thereafter to Springfield, Missouri, where he was raised. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Peggy Ann Grisham; his son and daughter-in-law, Tad Alan Grisham and Judith Ann Grisham; and his sister, Joetta Buck.

He is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Tim) Jackson of McDonough, Georgia; his son, Ross (Stephanie) Grisham of Jasper, Georgia; grandchildren, Mat (Murphy) Grisham, Taylor (Jenna) Jackson, Davis Grisham, Casey (Daniel) Wright; great-grandchildren, Stone Jackson, Saige Jackson, Sawyer Jackson, Charles Wright, and Ella Wright; and his brother-in-law, Richard Buck.

Merle served the US Army in Japan as a Paratrooper in the years between WWII and the Korean War. He returned to the States and business school in Missouri where he met his soon-to-be bride, Peggy. He joined the railroad industry which led to employment in Nashville, Philadelphia (where Tad and Nancy were born,) Buffalo, St. Louis, and then Atlanta (where they added Ross to the family.) While living in Decatur, Merle owned a floral business. He then went back into transportation and eventually retired while living in Conyers. Merle and Peggy then moved to Blue Ridge. The one constant throughout the years was Merle's unrelenting love for the game of golf, which rewarded him three holes-in-one and a very brief stint as a caddie on the LPGA tour. 

Merle always appreciated the fellowship of the Christian Church, none more so than Chapel Woods Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia.

Knowing him meant feeling his warmth, seeing his bright smile, and laughing with him and his quick wit. Though his family will miss him, they also envy him as he joins the wonderful members of the family lost too soon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sonshine Manor Personal Care Home in his honor.   (Sonshine Manor Personal Care Home -  309 Price Creek Farm Lane; Jasper, Georgia  30143)

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

Online condolences may be made at


Barron Johnson

Barron Ernest Johnson, 73, of Jasper passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Advent Healthcare in Calhoun. 

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Ernest Dyer Johnson and Opal Johnson; brothers, Harold Johnson and Hugh Johnson.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Clara Mae Johnson of Jasper; sons and daughters in law, Jerry and Becky Johnson of Jasper; Bryan and Misty Johnson of Jasper; daughter, Wendy Gibson of Fairmount, grandsons, Jonathan and Rhonda Johnson of Jasper, Thomas Word of Fairmount; Jacob Gibson of Fairmount, Nathan Johnson of Jasper; granddaughters, Emily and Kyle Hodges of Jasper; Ansleigh Johnson of Jasper; two great-grandchildren, Vivian Johnson and Jeremiah Johnson; brothers, Clayton Johnson of Jasper; Gary and Bunny Johnson of Jasper; sisters, Jackie Mullins of Jasper; Sandra and Joe Walker of Jasper; Gail Baldwin of Madison; several nieces, nephews and special adopted families, Manuel, Evelia, Katie, Karla and Camilla Derrossa of Jasper and Bill and Marge Hampton of Russellville, Arkansas. 

Funeral services were held Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Bill Hampton and Reverend Mark Owens officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. 

Barron was a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. He received two Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star for his service. He was a respected member of the Hill City community, the best daddy, papa and friend anyone could ask for. He was known for his quick wit, sense of humor and willingness to lend a hand to those in their time of need. Barron was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

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


Eugene Brooks 

Eugene Talmadge Brooks,  82, of Jasper, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 at his home. He was born March 13, 1937 to Ben and Mandy Brooks in Jasper.

He was preceded in death by his wife Christine Brooks.  Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Roger McBrayer of Cullman, AL; daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Troy Southerland of Jasper; daughter, Brenda Lee Brooks of Woodstock; daughter, Tonya Jump of Jasper; daughter and son-in- law, Lynn and Scotty Young of Woodstock; brother, Ernest Brooks of Yellow Creek; sisters, Marie Fountain of Canton, Opalene Parton of Cumming; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marvin and Irene Wofford of Ellijay, Roy Roberts of Little Rock, Arkansas, Frances Brooks of Canton; twelve grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Danny Townsend officiating. Interment will follow in Lake Forest Memorial Park at 280 Camp Road; Jasper, GA 30143.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Ann Stanfield

Ann Floyd Stanfield, 86, of Jasper, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 31, 2019 surrounded by her loving family and the devoted staff of Wildwood Health Care. Ann was born April 15, 1933 to the late Roy and Mary Lindsey Floyd in Pickens County.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, the love of her life, Bob Stanfield; beloved son, Robert Michael Stanfield; sister, Ruth Floyd; brothers, Terry Floyd, Roy Floyd, and Jim Floyd. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Terri and Leon Semig of Jasper, Christy and Randy Eubanks of Jasper, along with three grandsons, Zach and Ana Stanfield of Atlanta, Cory Eubanks and fiance, Amanda Densmore of Jasper, Kyle and Brandi Eubanks of Jasper; five great-grandchildren, Dre Molina, Eli Eubanks, Kayla Eubanks, Brooklyn Crump and Kamdyn Eubanks; sister, Jackie McGhee; sisters-in-law, Betty Floyd, Peggy Mosley, Pete Eaton; brother-in-law, Chet Austin; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m., Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Buck Parker, Reverend Nathan Smith, and Reverend Grant Wade officiating. Interment followed in Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Zach Stanfield, Cory Eubanks, Kyle Eubanks, Eli Eubanks, Dan Mosley, and Marty Mosley. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Floyd and Gary Eaton.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Cross Roads Baptist Church, c/o Charlie Holbert, 215 Old Blairsville Hwy, Talking Rock, GA 30175.

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


Doris Dean

October 28, 1925 - November 3, 2019


Ms. Doris Dean, 94, of Ellijay, passed away Sunday November 3, 2019 at Parkside Nursing Home.

Ms. Dean is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Patty Dean of Ellijay; daughter-in-law, Shirley Dean of Watkinsville; grandchildren, Amanda & (Taylor) Jenkins of Watkinsville, Jeff Dean of Soddy Daisy, TN, Angela & (Joe) Sutton of Adairsville, Rebekah Maddron of Ellijay, Brandon and (Michelle) Maynard of Mineral Bluff; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Ms. Dean is preceded in death by her parents, James and Viola Swann; husband, Randolph Dean; son, Gary Lee Dean and granddaughter, Corrie Jill Dean.

Visitation is Wednesday November 6, from noon until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery following the funeral service.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Dean family.


Robbie Mills

April 2, 1968 - November 2, 2019


Mr. Robbie Mills, 51, of Jasper, passed away Saturday November 2, 2019 at his residence.

Robbie is survived by his father and step-mother, Olin "Little Bud" and Pat Mills of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Katrina and Jeff Manis of Jasper; aunts, Pat Parker of Jasper, Mary Padgett of Talking Rock and Ruth Ingram of Nelson; nephews, Cody and Gavin Manis; also a host of friends and loved ones.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Harold Cantrell and Rev. Charles Bruce officiating.

Interment followed at Sharp Top Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Tommy Pierce, Gary Pierce, Travis Pierce, Little Gary Pierce, Travis Brown and Jeff Manis.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mills family.


Daniel Smith

August 15, 1952 - October 27, 2019


Dr. Daniel Warren Smith, 67, of Jasper, passed away Sunday October 27, 2019 in Murphy, NC.

Dr. Smith is survived by the mother of his children, Wanda Smith of Jasper; sons, Paul Looper of Jasper, Daniel Smith of Jasper and John Michael Smith of Jasper; daughters, Katie Smith of Jasper and Sarah Smith of Scotland, United Kingdom; brother and sister-in-law, John Michael and Anna Smith of Columbus, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Charles Williams of Columbus, GA; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with John Smith, Dr. Bobby Gise and Dr. Mac Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hugs for Hudson.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Smith family.


Brenda Oliver

July 30, 1945 - October 23, 2019


Ms. Brenda Oliver, 74, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday October 23, 2019 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Ms. Oliver is survived by her son, Denny Oliver of Talking Rock; sister, Jean Wingo of Jasper; and special family friend, Brenda Adams.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019 at Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Oliver family.