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Obituaries from January 16, 2020; John Crowe, Charles Pritchard, Dustin Benson, Grady Gayton

John Crowe


John Francis Crowe, 77 of Marble Hill and formerly of Atlanta, died January 8, 2020. 

Mr. Crowe is survived by his wife of 29 years, Rosamond Hopkins Crowe; sons, Michael Johnson Crowe, Richard Andrew Crowe; granddaughter, Holly Elizabeth Crowe; sister, Betty Bridges; and a niece and 5 nephews. 

Graveside services were held Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta. A memorial service will be Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Episcopal Church of The Holy Family, 100 Griffith Rd., Jasper, GA 30143. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Episcopal Church of The Holy Family, Jasper, GA or to Historic Oakland Foundation, Atlanta, GA.


Charles Pritchard

The family of Charles J. Pritchard would like to announce his death on Saturday evening, January 11, 2020. He died peacefully in his home.

Charles (aka “Speedy”) was born on March 21, 1955 to C.C. (Cotton) Pritchard and Virginia Jordan in Tennessee. He moved to Jasper and became a life-long resident when he was approximately nine-years-old, when his father and mother, Cotton and Liz, first opened the original Speedburger, which is still in operation today on Church Street.

Speedy was preceded in death by his father, C.C. (Cotton) Pritchard; biological mother, Virginia Jordan; and infant daughter, Devyon Grace Pritchard. He is survived by his partner and wife of 25 years, Rachel Camp Pritchard of Jasper; step-mother (“mom”), Elizabeth (Liz) Green Pritchard of Jasper; sisters, Debbie Brand (Bill) and Cindy Heath (Billy), both of Jasper; brother, James Robert Pritchard of Towne Lake; and son, James Dean Pritchard, of Atlanta. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in honor of Charles to Georgia Mountains Hospice in Jasper.

Speedy lobed his life. He loved his home, his wife, his family, and his friends. He will be missed. 

In Their Honor was in charge of all arrangements. 

Service will be Saturday from 1 to 3.


Dustin Benson


Dustin Kyle Benson, 33, of Talking Rock, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at his home.  He was born February 12, 1986 in Austell, Georgia.  

He is survived by children, Derek Benson of Jasper, Destiny Benson of Jasper; mother and father, Brenda and Gary Campbell of Talking Rock; father, Keith Benson of Dallas; brother, David Keith Benson of Talking Rock; and the mother of his children, Maria Miller of Jasper. Several friends and other family members also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Lee Sutton officiating. Interment followed in the Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family request in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Grady Gayton

January 16, 1936 - January 13, 2020


Mr. Grady Gayton, 83, of Jasper, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at his residence.

Mr. Gayton is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Beverly Gayton of Tate, Keith and Vivian Gayton of Ellijay, Jeremy and Mary Beth Priest of Ellijay; son, Jonathan Gayton of Chatsworth; brother and sister-in-law, T.J. and Judy Keener of Nelson; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gayton was preceded in death by his grandsons, Jonah Nathaniel Gayton and Grady Zane Gayton; four brothers and three sisters.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 18, from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Pastor Glenn Arnold, Tony Gayton and Keith Gayton officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harvest Missionary Church, 400 Clear Creek Rd. Ellijay, GA 30540.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gayton family.