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Obituaries for March 19, 2020; Essie Goodwin, Joan Millsap, Clara Caywood

Essie Goodwin


Essie Mae Goodwin, 74, of Ball Ground, passed away at her home on Friday, March 13, 2020. She was born August 10, 1945 to Albert and Earlene Mckenzie.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Marcus Goodwin of Ball Ground; son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Helen Goodwin of Ball Ground; daughter and son-in-law, Shelly and Ross Hatfield of Dahlonega; daughter and son in law, Lori and Steven Roper of Yellow Creek; grandchildren, Mandy Goodwin and Jason Noah, Josh Goodwin, Alex and Haley Davis, Eric Hatfield, Jordan and Trish Roper, Jason and Samantha Roper; great-grandchildren, Matty and Axl Roper; brothers, Hulon Mckenzie, Pete Mckenzie, John Mckenzie; sister, Rachel Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held  on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Four Mile Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Reverend Jeff Wilkie, Reverend William Blackwell and Reverend Josh Mulkey officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 

It is requested that no food be brought to the funeral home. 

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

Online condolences may be made at


Joan Millsap


Joan Kirby Millsap passed away at her home Tuesday, March 10, 2020. 

Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Brian Millsap and Brandon and Kimberly Millsap; brother, Doug Kirby; and sister, Barbara Blackwood. She has several grandchildren, Cody, Carissa, Cole, Chase, Kaitlyn, Jacob, Blake, and McKenna and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Winston and Illar Kirby; son, Benjie Millsap; grandson, Blake Millsap; brothers and sisters, Jimmy Kirby, Johnny Kirby, Danny Kirby, Marjean Porter and Carolyn Brown. 

A memorial service was held at In Their Honor funeral home in Jasper, GA on Saturday, March 12, 2020 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 


Clara Caywood

September 2, 1939 - March 13, 2020


Ms. Clara Caywood, 80, of Jasper, passed away Friday, March 13, 2020 at her residence.

Ms. Caywood is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Lonnie and Carol Caywood of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanna and Joe Patterson of Fremont, IN; daughter, Nicole Southerland of Jasper; brothers, Leroy Kunce of Angola, IN, Roy Kunce of Angola, IN, Carl Henderson of Montpelier, OH and Richard Kunce of Lagrange, IN; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Blaine Caywood; and daughters, Julie Lynn Conley and Joni D. Caywood.

Visitation will be Friday, March 20, 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Weicht Funeral Home in Angola, IN.

A private graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020 at Circle Hill Cemetery in Angola, IN.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Alzheimers Association.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Caywood family.


Card of Thanks

We have been saddened by thee loss of our family hero Philip O'Bryant. We would like to thank some people starting with the staff at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. From the ER staff, the ICU staff, and the Med Surge staff, you all gave the absolute best care to Philip. Our next group was the great staff at Cagle Funereal Home. You all were wonderful to us and did an amazing job and gave us great comfort. Then came the hundreds of family and friends to comfort us in our grieving days. There were so many beautiful flowers, lots of great food, and even donations and numerous cards.  The preachers and pallbearers, you honored Philip with honor and grace. I would love to name you all but I wouldn't want to leave anyone out as you all are very special to us.  

So we say thank you one and all for all the kindness, prayers and love we have felt during this difficult time.  Please remember us in your prayers as we will need them.  With much love, God Bless you everyone.

The Family of 

Philip O'Bryant

Jane, Mo, Hannah

Eddie, Nancy and Family