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Obituaries for Dec. 26, 2019; Jim Ryan, Sandra Godfrey, Charles Coltrane, Betty Phillips


Jim Ryan


James (Jim) Patrick Ryan of Talking Rock, Georgia passed peacefully at his home on December 18, 2019 surrounded by family and friends after a tireless and valiant battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 21 at 5 p.m. at Jasper United Methodist Church (85 W. Church Street, Jasper, Georgia). Arrangements by Roper Funeral Home and Crematory; 206 Holly Street; Jasper, Georgia. 

Born in Malone, New York on February 2, 1960, the fourth of seven children born to Michael & Jean Ryan. Jim was a 1978 graduate of Chateaugay Central in Chateaugay, New York. Having a strong love for food, he followed that passion at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island & Charleston, South Carolina where he made his home as an award winning chef . He served as executive chef at the Lorelei and Ronnie's on Shem Creek. While at the Lorelei he met Kim Kinne who eventually became his wife and business partner. They were blessed with a son, Taylor, in 1990. 

Jim, Kim and Taylor moved to Jasper, Georgia in 2000 with YoungLife where Jim served as Food Service Director. In 2007, Jim and Kim fulfilled their dream by opening The Last Catch, Jasper's first fresh seafood restaurant. They were soon joined by their son after his graduation from culinary school. Together, they made a successful team.

Jim was an exemplary athlete, loving soccer, tennis and Boston Bruins hockey. He loved the outdoors, especially riding his four wheeler and spending time on the trails with his dogs. Given the choice though he would have chosen to dance in the basement with his wife, Kim. He had an amazing sense of humor and loved being home. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Kim Kinne-Ryan and son, Taylor Michael Ryan of Talking Rock, Georgia; six siblings: Pat Ryan Covey (Donald), Susan Ryan Leahy (Thomas), Joseph John Ryan (Lillie), Cynthia Ryan Dufore (Christopher), Jennifer Ryan Lockwood (Edward), all of Northern New York and Michael James Ryan (Peggy) of Marion, North Carolina. 

The Ryan Family would like to thank Dr. & Dean Wills, Dr. Elva Stinson, North Georgia Hospice, Tim & Lydia Spink, Julie Ryan Eisele, Jasper United Methodist & Team Ryan for their love and tireless help over the past three years. 

They would also like to acknowledge the amazing staff of The Last Catch for their dedication and hard work through this trying time as well as their wonderful customers who have always supported them through their presence and prayers. 

In lieu of flowers, Jim chose three local charities in Jasper, Georgia: 

Partners of Pickens Pets

POPP, P.O. Box 1792, Jasper GA 30143 

Jasper United Methodist Church, 85 W. Church Street

Jasper, Georgia 30143 

Georgia Mountains Hospice, 70 Caring Way, Jasper, Georgia 30143 

Jim will always be remembered as an incredible chef and leader, but mostly as a loving husband, father, brother and friend. 


Sandra Godfrey

July 22, 1966 - December 15, 2019


Ms. Sandy Wynn Godfrey, 53, of Jasper, passed away Sunday December 15, 2019 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

Ms. Godfrey is survived by her husband, Jackie Godfrey; sons, Joseph Godfrey and (Savannah Childers) of Tate and Cody Godfrey of Tate; parents, Sam and Joyce Wynn of Tate; grandmother, Grace Thacker Ray of Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Grace Wynn of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and Bob Russell of Dacula; grandchildren, Austin, Angel, Riley and Jackson Everett.

Funeral services were  held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 20, 2019 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev Chad Kimbral officiating.

Interment was at Lake Forest Memorial Park immediately following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Larry Ray, Terry Ray, Marvin Ray, Randy Ray, Sam Wynn and Cody Godfrey.                                                                                   Honorary Pallbearers: Jackie Godfrey and Joseph Godfrey.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Godfrey family.



Charles Coltrane

March 4, 1957 - December 17, 2019


Mr. Larry "Doc" Coltrane, 62 of Ball Ground, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Coltrane is survived by his wife, Retha Coltrane of Ball Ground; mother, Annie Coltrane of Ball Ground; aunt, Yvonne Reynolds of Ball Ground.

Funeral services were  held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 22, 2019 at Conns Creek Baptist Church, with Rev Steve Chadwick and Rev. Kyle Martin officiating.

Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Pallbearers: Billy Bagwell, T. Allen, Terry Carder, Jerry Reynolds, Steve Turner and Kenny Reynolds.

Honorary pallbearer: Charlie Carnes.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Coltrane family.


Betty Phillips


Betty Ann Phillips, born in Atlanta on September 27, 1934 to her loving parents, Gladys and J. C. Alexander, passed away on December 19th. Betty was a graduate of the West Fulton High School and took courses in interior decorating and copper smith design. Between the years of 1953 and 1965 she was employed as an accountant with the U. S. Rubber Company and the American Tire Company, both located in Atlanta.

Betty was a very good bowler and won many trophies with the team she bowled with. She also enjoyed fishing with her husband while visiting her summer home on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee, Georgia. Betty was an avid gardener and had tremendous talent for producing beautiful flowers at her home in East Cobb County. Betty was a member of the order of the Leland 234 Eastern Star and worked alongside her mother during the “60s” doing wonderful work with that organization. She was an organizing member of the Center Hill Civic Club and was instrumental in starting many worthwhile community projects. She was one of the first members of the West Fulton Jaycetts that was organized in 1961. She was a strong financial supporter of the WellStar Health System Foundation and was a charter member of the Women in Philanthropy for the health system.

After marrying her loving husband, Tom, in 1959, she continued to live in Atlanta until moving to Cobb County in 1964. Throughout her husband’s business activities and community service, she was always a constant supporter. She demonstrated unparallel love and encouragement for her children and grandchildren. Betty had a strong faith in God and was a member of East Cobb Baptist Church in Marietta. Before her health began to deteriorate due to severe arthritis and several back operations, she was active with the young people’s activities in the churches she attended.

Betty leaves behind her loving husband, Tom M. Phillips of 59 years, daughter and son-in-law, Melisa and Greg Fortgang, son and daughter-in-law, Tony Alan and Stephanie Phillips, and grandsons, Brandon and Ryan Fortgang, and many loving, devoted friends.

Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home at 180 Church Street, Marietta, GA is handling the funeral arrangements. The family will receive friends for visitation on Sunday, December 22nd from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The service will be at East Cobb Baptist Church at 1940 Shallowford Road, Marietta, GA on Monday, December 23rd at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverends Johnny Foster and Richard Holden conducting the service. Interment will be at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park in Marietta.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WellStar Foundation, Emergency Room Building Fund, 805 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066 or online at