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Obituaries for March 26, 2020; Sonny Garlin, Ruby Taylor, Gerald Redmond, Dorothy Townsend, Olin “Bud” Mills, Betty Jones

Sonny Garlin


Mr. Henley M. “Sonny” Garlin, 84, of Calhoun, Georgia, departed this life Saturday evening, March 14, 2020 at Wellstar Tranquility Community Hospice in Marietta, Georgia.

Mr. Garlin was born in Lindale, Georgia on July 27, 1935. He was a son of the late James Alfred McClellan and Stella Mae Carter Garlin. In addition to his mother and father he was also preceded in death by his sisters, Inez Kelly and Pauline Dyer; brothers, J.C. Garlin, Oscar Garlin, and Z.T. Garlin.

He was a 1952 graduate of Model High School in Floyd County. Mr. Garlin was retired from Galey & Lord Mills.  He was a member of the Ball Creek Baptist Church.

Mr. Garlin is survived by his loving wife, Annie Ruth Patterson Garlin, to whom he was married to on June 21, 1958; daughters and son-in-law, Lydia Waters of Jasper, Charlotte and Keith Holmes of Calhoun; son and daughter-in-law, Stacey and Dawn Garlin of Resaca; brother, William Bill Garlin of Corning, California; sister-in-law, Margaret Garlin of Adairsville; grandchildren, Zachary and Amber Waters, Kyle and Rachel Waters, Jacob and Sarah Holmes, Joshua Garlin, Makayla Holmes, Garrett Hammonds, and Sarah Garlin; a number of great-grandchildren also survive.

Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Garlin were held on Thursday morning, March 19, 2020 at 11 a.m. in Ponders Calhoun Chapel with Reverend Wallace Parks and Reverend Jason Phillips officiating. He was laid to rest at Chandler Cemetery.  

Arrangements by Ponders Calhoun Chapel, Hwy 41 North, Calhoun, Georgia., 

Your Selected Independent Funeral Home. 706-625-7577.



Ruby Taylor


Ruby Inez Moss Taylor passed away peacefully while asleep, March 17, 2020, at the age of 97. 

She was born in the Blaine Community, near Talking Rock, GA, on March 14, 1923 to a mother who served as a mid-wife to all in the community. Ruby was the last survivor of 12 children born to John Wallace Moss and his wife Amanda Luella Stone Moss.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m., on Friday, March 20, 2020, from the Rolling Hills Memory Gardens.

Beloved wife of Roach M. Taylor, their marriage of 69 years was ended by his passing in 2011. Beloved Mother, survived by her son David M. Taylor, son & daughter in-law, Darryl (Debbie) Taylor, grandson, Michael M. Taylor, granddaughter, Aubrey (Brian) Tubiak, granddaughter, Jennifer (Greg) Kellam and great-grandchildren, Ava, Barrett & Emma.

Ruby was a child of God, saved by Grace at the age of fourteen. Her first and foremost commitment was to God the Father, his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, and the Baptist Church. Family was next. She was a homemaker and child raiser who ruled the roost, while caring for a man and two boys. She was a renowned cook, who always had Sunday dinner ready after church meetings. She welcomed preachers, their families, and whoever else would come home with her and Roach.

She received awards as the best salesperson in the hardware department at the old Sears Store location on Roswell St. in Marietta, GA. Small of stature, but tough as nails, she cared for her husband at home until his death. She was blessed to live an independent life through the age of 94. 

Her example of a life well lived is a witness to all who knew her. We, who are her survivors, are in awe of her strength and tenacity. We are all better off for the prayers she prayed on our behalf.

We are thankful for, and beholden to our adopted sister, Amie Spears Lockett, who cared for our Mom for more than 13 years. Mom grew to love Amie as a daughter and depended on her help. We know, without a doubt, Amie is an angel on earth. Without her help, we would have been destitute. We also thank those who helped Amie in time of need, her daughter Dionne Spears and Mom’s across the street neighbor, Dianne Lowe. We would also like to thank Heritage of Sandy Plains for their care of Mom while she lived in their assisted living community.

We are also indebted to the nurses of Amity Care Hospice, who so lovingly cared for our Mom during her final days, here on this earth. 

We are comforted to know we will see her again, when Jesus Christ returns to claim his own.

South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Gerald Redmond


Gerald (Jerry) James Redmond, of Marble Hill, GA, passed away Thursday, March 19th, of natural causes.

He was born in Buffalo, NY, on August 1, 1938. Jerry graduated in 1956 from East High School in Buffalo. He was married to Cynthia Redmond on June 30, 1970.

During Jerry’s lifetime, he wore many hats. He was a Veteran of the US Army who served his country in Seoul, Korea. After the military, he spent his working years as a finance executive with General Electric’s Major Appliances Division. Jerry retired in 1999 and returned to Georgia to spend his retirement close to his family. He was a dedicated father and grandfather who made family a priority over other things. During his retirement he spent most of his free time pursuing his passion for the game of golf. He played as much as time and health would allow. Jerry was also a dedicated member of the American Legion, Post 149 in Jasper, GA.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia Redmond, children Kelly Anderson-Benell (Stephen), Kristin Redmond and Michael Redmond (Melody), grandchildren Taylor, Kate, Meghan, Katherine, Emma, Brendan and Jordan as well as extended family in Washington state. He also leaves behind his beloved Australian Shepherd, Savannah. He was preceded in death by his daughter Kathleen.

Funeral arrangements under the direction of Darby Funeral Home in Canton, GA. Services to be held insert date here, with burial services taking place at The Georgia National Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

Donations are being taken in lieu of flowers. Please donate in honor of Jerry Redmond to: The Wounded Warrior Project @ or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital @

Darby Funeral Home


Dorothy Townsend


Dorothy Irene Townsend, 95, of Talking Rock, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020.  She was born February 2, 1925 to Roy and Betty Emory in Jasper, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Townsend.

Dorothy is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Beverly Townsend of Talking Rock, Ronnie and Linda Townsend of Jasper, James and Karen Garland of LeCanto, Florida; daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Bill Brock of Talking Rock, Patricia and Larry Coleman of Jasper; 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Talking Rock Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Steven Chapman officiating.   

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

Online condolences may be made at


Olin “Bud” Mills

May 26, 1943 - 

March 20, 2020


Mr. Olin (Little Bud) Mills, 76, of Jasper, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Mr. Mills is survived by his wife, Pat Mills of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Katrina and Jeff Manis of Jasper; sister, Patsy Parker of Jasper, and two grandchildren. Also, a host of friends and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robbie Mills.

A committal service was  held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 22 at Sharp Top Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help cover funeral expenses.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mills family.



Betty Jones


November 1, 1948 - 

March 18, 2020


Ms. Betty Jones, 71, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at her residence.

Ms. Jones is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Wanda Jones of Fairmount; son, Bobby Jones of Jasper; daughters, Diane Denny of Jasper and Robin Jones of Jasper; sisters, Edith Perry of Dawsonville and Brenda Rydings of Dawsonville; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. 

Ms. Jones was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Jones.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Randy Weaver and Pastor Ed Pottorff officiating.

Interment was at Antioch Church Cemetery in Dahlonega immediately following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Ethan Haygood, Don King, Lon Perry, Richard Jones III, William Jones and Perry Sneade.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jones family.



Memorial to Stan Barnett

Stanley Barnett born December 4, 1934 passed peacefully on January 13, 2020.  Stan, as he was affectionately known by his family, was a quiet man of service. He was kind, compassionate and wise man, who loved life and loved bringing joy to others. 

Stan served his Lord and community here in Jasper for over 20 years.  Stan was a board member with Keep Pickens Beautiful for 20 years, where he served many rolls, gave wise council and was willing to help where needed. We are very grateful to him, he will be missed. 

Stan started a branch of Habitat for Humanity to Pickens County.  To make affordable housing for those who otherwise could not afford a home of their own. Stan served there with HFH for over 20 years.

Stan taught Sunday School, had a Bible study group at a local retirement home and volunteered at the Community Thrift store for years.

He was award the Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2011.  

Stan will be missed by our whole community for his generous and loving spirit.

Keep Pickens Beautiful Board of Directors