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Obituaries for Feb. 20, 2020; Heather Matteson, Mildred Davis, Jerald Bridges, Mary Sue Jones, Jeanette Payne, Raymond Massey, Robert Hughes Jr., Amelia Cornn, James Lumpkin Sr., Miriam Hightower, Calvin Kirby, Eleese Chastain

Heather Matteson

Mrs. Heather Renee (Rich) Matteson, 41, of Jasper, Ga, passed on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at her residence. 

Mrs. Matteson was born on September 19th, 1978 in Dalton, GA to her parents, Michael Anthony and Edna Lynne (Long) Rich. She graduated from Sequoyah High School in 1997 and graduated with a BA from Reinhardt College. Mrs. Matteson was of the Christian faith, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and the North Georgia Martial Arts Academy, and a Master Cosmetologist. 

Mrs. Matteson is preceded in death by her grandparents, J.L. Long of Dalton, Ga., Floyd and Annie Ruth Rich of Dalton, Ga. 

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Friday, February 14th, 2020 at the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kasey Kuyper officiating. Interment followed in the Rich Family Cemetery on Rich Gap Road in Blairsville, GA, following the service with Michael Rich, Tony Sassman, Amy Sassman, Elbert Matteson, Oscar Young, Matt Kelly and Jack Kisner, all serving as pall bearers. Mrs. Matteson is survived by her husband of 19 years, Adam Daniel Matteson of the home in Jasper, GA, son, Titus Matteson of Jasper, Ga, father and mother, Michael and Edna (Long) Rich, of Dalton, GA, sister and brother-in-law, Amy and Tony Sassman of Jasper, GA, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sue and Oscar Young, of Waleska, GA, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elbert L. and Iulia Matteson, of Jasper, GA, grandmother, Katherine Long, of Dalton, GA, niece Emma Sassman and nephew, Josiah Sassman of Jasper, Ga. 

Donations can be made to and the link found at: Help send Titus to College on Online condolences can be left to the family at Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements.


Mildred Davis


Mrs. Mildred (Davenport) Davis, 95, of Jasper, Ga, passed on Monday, February 10th, 2020 at Northside Hospital Cherokee. 

Mrs. Davis was born on September 19th, 1924, in Ellijay, Ga to her parents, Frank Andrew and Josie Mae (Walker) Davenport. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Ellijay and was a graduate of Ellijay High School. 

Mrs. Davis is preceded in death by her husband, Clayborn William Davis. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 15th, 2020 at the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Interment was held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Kennesaw Memorial Park with Ransom McArthur, Travis McArthur, Will Jones, Bill Jones, Josh Jones, and Kenneth Hulsey serving as pallbearers. 

Mrs. Davis is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and John Vigil, of Acworth, Ga, Sandra and Philip Watson, of Dallas, Ga, son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Rentha Davis, of Jasper, Ga, grandchildren, Leah Vigil and Rachel Vigil. 

Flowers were accepted or donations can be made to any charity of your choice in memory of Mrs. Davis. Online condolences can be sent to the family at Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements.


Jerald Bridges


Jerald Lorraine Bridges, 64, of Tate, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Northside Hospital Cherokee. She was born September 21, 1955 to James Henry and Emily Carolyn Bridges in Tate, Georgia.

She is survived by her daughter, Ashley Bridges of Jasper; siblings, James Emory Bridges of Smyrna, Janice D. Williams of Jasper, Jeffery C. Bridges of Washington, D.C., Joey M Russell of Jasper; and a special great-nephew, Montavios A. Bridges of Jasper.  A host of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor Tyrone Gates officiating.   

The wake will be at Roper Funeral Home, Friday, February 21, 2020 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Mary Sue Jones


Mary Sue Jones, 69, of Jasper, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020 at her home. She was born March 4, 1950 to Charles and Amilie Collins in Jasper.

She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Mickey and Kimberly Jones of Jasper; daughter, Anita Hayes of Texas; nieces, Megan Collins, Chelsea Collins of Jasper, grandchildren, Ethan Jones, Evan Jones, Ariel Hayes, Ansley Hayes; brother, Terry Collins. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Charles  and Amilie Collins; and sister Brenda Collins.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2020 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Pastor Ben Mock officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or the American Lung Association (55 W Wacker Drive, Suite 1150; Chicago, IL 60601)

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


Jeanette Payne  

  Mrs. Jeanette Payne, 87, of Mt. Pleasant Church Rd. Blairsville passed away peacefully on Thursday February 13, 2020 in the Union General Hospital with her loving family by her side following an extended illness. Mrs. Payne was born on July 19, 1932 in Monroe, GA., the daughter of the late Claude Sorrells and the late Maggie Allen Sorrells. Jeanette and her husband Floyd loved playing and singing Bluegrass Gospel music at nursing homes and other events. She was always very strong in her faith and loved her Lord. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Payne in 2019. Jeanette was a member of the House of Prayer Church.

    Surviving Mrs. Payne are two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Laura Payne of Blairsville, Darryl and Eileen Payne of Jasper, six grandchildren, Joshua and Annie Payne, Jessica and Jared Joiner, Kayla and Drew Harris, Christian Payne, Keegan Payne, Kayden Payne, Christine Gauthier and Payne Robertson, one great grandchild, Oakland Payne, many other relatives and friends also survive.

   Funeral services were held on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with Rev. Jerry Helton officiating. The following gentleman served as pallbearers: Jared Joiner, Keegan, Christian, Kayden and Larry Payne and Kenneth Grizzle. Interment followed in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery where she will rest next to her beloved husband Floyd. Flowers were accepted or if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the Canal Lake Bible Camp in Jeanette’s memory.  

    Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences online at


Raymond Massey

Raymond Douglas Massey Jr., 78, of Big Canoe passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. He was born January 23, 1942 to Raymond Sr., and Claire Massey in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in Industrial Management. 

He is survived by his wife Margarette Massey of  Big Canoe; son and daughter-in-law, Raymond III (Doug) and Tami Massey of Edgefield, South Carolina; daughter, Lisa DeAnne Massey of Gainesville; grandchildren, Maggie Massey, Matthew Massey, and Claire Massey of Edgefield, South Carolina; sister and brother-in-law, Betsy and William Spradling of Fairhope, Alabama. 

He is preceded in death by his parents Raymond Sr., and Claire Massey. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, TN 38105 

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


Robert Hughes Jr.


Robert W. Hughes Jr. Esq., 53, passed suddenly at his home Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

Husband to Pamela (Marsh) Hughes of Duluth, Ga.; son to Diane (Findley) Williamson of the Bent Tree Community, Jasper, Ga.; brother to Scott Hughes of Lilburn, Ga.; and half brother to Joshua Williamson, of Jasper, Ga. Father to none, uncle to several nieces and nephews. 

Graduate of The Emory School of Law and semi-retired from his law practice. He helped many in the quest to obtain medical SS benefits. Having studied and obtaining a Doctorate in Divinity, he traveled extensively to meet and counsel many who needed help to fight “Demons,” having himself overcome some of his own.

He and Pam traveled throughout many countries, Jerusalem and Amsterdam being favorites. Once an owner of a horse farm in Kentucky but sold the farm as his health began to decline. 

He was loved by many throughout this world. He was his “own person” who loved his wife and life, but was ready in faith to move on to his “next journey.” 

His face always lit up with such a sweet smile. He was funny and laughed a lot. He was like none other who traveled this Earth. Many are left wiht a piece of our hearts missing, as Scott, his brother, posted: “My brother and best friend, who was a legend in his time, is lost, to this world.” I am his Mom and life as it was, will never be again. My Robbie was like no one else. I have missed him in life, but only death took him from me. 

Services will be held on Saturday, February 22 at Wages & Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Ga. at 1 p.m.


Amelia Cornn


Ms. Amelia Elizabeth (Dixon) Cornn, 76, of Jasper, GA, passed away February 13th, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital surrounded by her family. Amelia was born on March 31st, 1943 in Maysville, NC to her parents Bernard Van Dixon and Florence Elizabeth Meadows. She graduated from White Oak High School in 1961 and obtained her Associates Degree in Business from FCCJ in Jacksonville, Florida. Amelia served several years with The Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity as Sister Marie Gerard in Philadelphia before returning to North Carolina and joining Civil Service as a Secretary in 1966. Amelia retired from the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL, after 30 years of Civil Service. Amelia was a loving daughter, sister, cherished grandmother, and above all a devoted mother to her three children. She was a devout Catholic and was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper, GA. Amelia loved to garden, read, cook for friends and family and could never resist a good crossword puzzle. Her infectious laughter, contagious smile, and love for all are just some of the many contributions to her lasting legacy. 

Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at the Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church with Father Byrd officiating. Friends and family are invited to join her children for lunch at her favorite restaurant at 12:30 p.m., The Last Catch on Main in Jasper. Interment will be held after the services at Ellijay City Cemetery at 2 p.m. 

Ms. Cornn is survived by son, David Howard Cornn, Jr. of Ellijay, GA; daughter, Candice and husband Joe Chambers of Canton, GA; daughter, Amy and husband Scott Robertson of Canton, GA; grandchildren, Nathan and wife Amye Cornn, Chance Carden, Mac Chambers, Erin Chambers, siblings Leo (Christina) Dixon, Bernadette Dixon Muratore, James (Nell) Dixon, Ruth Dixon, Helen Johnson, Connie (Joe) Maides, and Linda (Dave) Deckard. 

Online condolences can be sent to the family at Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements.


James Lumpkin Sr.

May 26, 1930 - 

February 16, 2020





Mr. J.J. "Cowboy" Lumpkin, 89, of Ball Ground, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2020 at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Mr. Lumpkin is survived by his wife, Floetta B. Lumpkin of Ball Ground; son & daughter-in-law, Jeff & Cathy Lumpkin of Kyles Ford, TN; son, Tom Lumpkin of Ball Ground; daughter-in-law, Susan Lumpkin of Ball Ground; grandchildren, Zach, Zoe and Zana Lumpkin, Cody Lumpkin, Jonathan Lumpkin and Sarah L. Wyatt; great-grandchil, Wallace Wyatt. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Tim Lumpkin.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Brother Jack Green officiating.

Interment was at Cherokee Memorial Park, following the funeral service.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lumpkin family.


Miriam Hightower

September 9, 1929 - 

February 14, 2020


Mrs. Miriam Hightower, 90, of Jasper, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 at Pruitt Health.

Mrs. Hightower is survived by her son, Ed Hightower of Jasper; and son & daughter-in-law, Allen & Lolly Hightower of Asheville, NC.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Augustus Hightower Jr. and daughter, Marti Everritt.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hightower family.


Calvin Kirby

June 21, 1934 - February 13, 2020

U.S. Veteran


Mr. Calvin Kirby, 85, of Talking Rock, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Wildwood Health Care.

Mr. Kirby is survived by his sons & daughters-in-law, Tom & Tina Kirby of FL and Dale & Ann Kirby of Jasper; sisters, Ruth Glover and Joann Hammett, both of Spartanburg, SC; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Kirby was preceded in death by his beloved wife Sue Kirby.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at Georgia National Cemetery in Cherokee County.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The American Diabetes Association.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kirby family.


Eleese Chastain

March 21, 1927 - February 12, 2020


Mrs. Eleese Chastain, 92, of Talking Rock, passed away Wednesday February 12, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Mrs. Chastain is survived by her daughter-in-law, Tracey Chastain of Jasper; grandchildren, Mallory & Patton Childers of Jasper; great-grandchildren, Harper and Henley Childers of Jasper; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: James Chastain, and son: Jimmy (Lou) Chastain.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2020 at County Line Baptist Church, with Rev. Jesse Posey and Rev. Larry Eubanks officiating.

Interment was at the church cemetery following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Stephen Davis, Patton Childers, Mike Mullins, Bret Massey, Charles Chastain and James "Bo" Hightower.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chastain family.