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Obituaries for March 12, 2020; Patsy Roper, Grace Ray, Wilhelmina Kravec

Patsy Roper


Patsy Ann Roper, 74, of Ball Ground, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at her home. She was born November 27, 1945 to Henry and Rosa Wofford in Pickens County.

Pat is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Debbie Roper of Jasper; son, Trenton Roper of Yellow Creek; daughter, Laura Roper of Loganville; sister, Jane Pritchett of Cleveland; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Roper and her brothers and sisters.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Gene Hyde and Reverend Jeff Wilkie officiating.  Interment followed in the Yellow Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Grace Ray


Grace Elizabeth Ray, 89, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020 at her home. She was born September 18, 1930 to Walter and Ada Thacker in Nelson, Georgia.  

She is survived by her children, Larry Ray of Nelson, Joyce and Sam Wynn of Tate, Terry and Martha Ray of Nelson, Marvin and Connie Ray of Atwater, California, Linda Ray of Jasper, Randy and Lisa Ray of Yellow Creek; 14 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. Several other nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive. She was preceded in death by her son, David Ray.

Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home.  Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Wilhelmina Kravec

January 29, 1924 - March 5, 2020


Wilhelmina Kravec passed into Heaven Thursday, March 5th, 2020. The skies wept that afternoon for those she left behind.

A native “Jersey Girl’, she was born in Paterson, NJ on January, 29th, 1924. Raised during the Great Depression by Dutch parents, Harry and Anna Leslie along with six siblings; Jim, Ruth, Harold, AnnaMae, Catherine and Bernard (all of whom have passed before her) they were poor but rich in traditions and prided themselves in being kind, honest, clean and educated.

She met her love, Peter Kravec ,WWII Army Lieutenant, and they married on Christmas Eve 1941. Pete and Willie (as he affectionately nicknamed her) had 63 wonderful years of marriage together until he went to Heaven in 2004. She worked as a bookkeeper at Trudy’s Dress Shop and was a loving mother to 2 daughters; Diane and Lynne. They migrated South to Jasper, Georgia in 1983 and settled in the peaceful mountain community of Bent Tree.

She loved chocolate, crossword puzzles, and reading. She filled her days with crosswords, calls & visits from loved ones, her evenings with Pat Sajak, Alex Trebek and books, and her weekends with Downton Abbey and BBC mysteries. She also enjoyed antiquing, decorating and history and her “great-grand-cat”, Velcro! An avid golfer until her mid-eighties, she played and won in numerous tournaments, playing her last nine holes at the age of 86.

She is survived by her two daughters, Diane Chatfield (preceded in death by Ray Chatfield), and Lynne Cunningham (Al Cunningham); five grandchildren, Scott Chatfield, Melissa Erin Spruill (David Spruill), Melissa Richards (Scott Richards), Sarah Daniell (Matt Daniell), Rebecca Murphy (Patrick Murphy); eight great-grandchildren, Heather Sanders (Devin Sanders), Meagan Cunningham, Ethan Spruill, Ella and Adley Daniell, Ryan & Jacob Murphy.

We invite you to celebrate her life at Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Jasper, Georgia on Saturday, April 4th, 2020 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers to honor her memory and to benefit local, longtime friend, Hans Rueffert, we would love for you to donate to

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Kravec family.