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Obituaries from April 2, 2020; John Trammell, Eddie Brackett, Coy Lowe, Grady Sue Ward, Ethelene Dorton, Jimmy Adams, Kevin James,

John Trammell


John Thomas Trammell, 66, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Monday, March 23, 2020, at Emory University Hospital as a result of complications of heart bypass surgery. John was born September 22, 1953. He was preceded in death by his parents, J.T. and Willie C. Trammell, and sister, Sonya Trammell.

John is survived by his wife of 44 years and best friend Freda W. Trammell; son and daughter-in-law, Jarod and Callie Trammell of Waycross; granddaughter, Ellison Brooke Trammell of Waycross; brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Susan Trammell of Piedmont, Alabama; niece, Jordyn Trammell of Piedmont, Alabama; and nephew, Jameson Trammell of Wellington, Alabama.

John graduated from Piedmont High School in 1971 and from Jacksonville State University in 1975. He was a teacher and coach for ten years. After moving to Jasper, he made a career change to banking. He graduated from The Georgia Banking School in 1990 and The Graduate School of Banking at Kennesaw State University in 1997. His banking career spanned 33 years. He was a founding board member and president and CEO of Community Bank of Pickens County from it's opening in 2000 until February, 2019. The bank slogan was "We Can Make A Difference," and John did exactly that in his community.

He served on the Pickens County Hospital board at a crucial time in the early 1990s. John was the first president of the Pickens County Certified Literate Program in 1997. He served on the library board and was president of the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce. He was elected to two terms on the local school board, serving as chairman for five years. Although not a veteran himself, John was very involved with the construction of the Veterans Memorial Park. He was currently serving on the board of directors of Chattahoochee Technical College.

John was deeply devoted to his family. He loved golf and Bama football. 

"The best gift a man can leave to his family is his good name."

A private family service will be held at Roper Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Veterans Memorial Park or a local charity of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.

Online condolences can be made at


Eddie Brackett


James "Eddie" Brackett, 82, of Ball Ground, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at his home. He was born April 9, 1937 to James Bradley Brackett and Zona Lee Brackett in Ball Ground, Georgia.

Eddie is survived by his wife, Loretta Brackett of Ball Ground; children, Debbie and Bobby Brooks of Ball Ground, Randy Brackett of Ball Ground, Freddy Brackett and Cherie Martin of Ball Ground, Carrie and John Hillhouse of Jasper; siblings, Glenn Haynes of Ball Ground, Roy Haynes of Ball Ground, Mary Sue Malone of Ball Ground, Donna Fine of McDonough; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Zona Lee Haynes and James Bradley Brackett; son, Ronnie Brackett; sister, Betty Jordan; brother, Billy Brackett; and sister, Ann Brackett.

A graveside service was  held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2020 at Yellow Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.   

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

Online condolences may be made at


Coy Lowe


Coy Arvil Lowe, 80, of Talking Rock, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at his home.

Coy is survived by his wife, Janis Lowe of Talking Rock; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Patrick Hendrix of Canton; sons and daughters in law, Steve and Wendy Lowe of Talking Rock; Mark and Jennifer Lowe of Canton; grandchildren, Morgan and Tyler Martin of Ball Ground; Chris and Nicky Tucker of Jasper; Tucker and Isabella Lowe of Talking Rock; Emmaline and Annslee Lowe of Canton; great-grandchildren, Callie and Reese Tucker of Jasper; brothers, Jimmy Lowe and Bobby Lowe of Jasper; sisters; Sandra Wehunt of Jasper, Willie Mae Turner of Jasper, Gwendolyn Nealy of Florida. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Clyde and Dora Lowe, brothers, Auby Lowe, Weldon Lowe; sisters, Geneva Martin, Emily Denson, Betty Rott, Patsy Armstrong and Syble Brooks.

Graveside services were held Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Cagle Darnell Cemetery with his son, Steve Lowe, officiating. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Joy House at P.O Box 247; Jasper GA 30143 or

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

Online condolences can be made at 


Grady Sue Ward


Grady Sue Jones Short Ward, 90, passed away March 27, 2020. She graduated as valedictorian of Pickens County High School in 1946 and from Brenau College in 1950. She made Gainesville her home until her death. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville. She retired from Georgia Mountains RC in 1994.

Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her parents, H. Grady Jones and Elizabeth Archer of Jasper. She had lost a twin daughter in 1959, her son Grady in 2016 and her grandson Dana Short in 2019.

Survivors include her sons, Jack Short (Donna) of Jasper, Henry B. Ward, III (Bucky) (Jenny) of Charlotte, NC, William Jones Ward (Bill) (Liz) of Cumming,; daughters, Helen A. Short of Buford, Sandra Short Bigwood (Joel) of Palm Springs, CA, Susan T. Short of Asheville, NC; grandchildren include, Skipper Short (Mendy), Taylor Short Gilmer (Jeromie), Erica Chapman (Blake), Maddie, Sadie and Bryce Ward and Kate and Amie Ward.

She is survived by 6 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a very special friend and former daughter in law, Janet Luckey Short and her sons, John and Lee McGarity.

Mrs. Ward loved her extended Ward step family as they had remained so important in her life. If you were lucky enough to call her Mama Sue and enjoy her sweet tea, you were truly blessed.

She was an incredibly strong woman who found solace in water, be it Lake Lanier or the Gulf of Mexico. Family gave her great joy.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Good News Clinic 810 Pine Street, Gainesville Ga 30501 or a charity of your choice.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 989 Riverside Dr., Gainesville, GA  30501 is in charge of arrangements.

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Ethelene Dorton


Mrs. Ethelene Carney Dorton, 91, of Canton, GA passed away Saturday March 28, 2020. 

A graveside service will be held at Georgia National Cemetery. 

Ethelene is survived by her step-daughter, Dina (Robin) Heath, Orlando, FL; sisters, Marell Carney Wallace, Canton, GA, Betty Carney Hodges, Canton, GA; niece, Sharon (Mark) Coffee, Canton, GA and two grandchildren, Marissa Heath and Hunter Heath. 

The staff of Darby Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ethelene Dorton family.


Jimmy Adams

April 17, 1942 - March 27, 2020

U.S. Veteran


Mr. Rodney "Jimmy" Adams, 77, of Talking Rock, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 at his residence.

Mr. Adams is survived by his brothers, Jerry Adams of Talking Rock, Anthony Morgan of Jasper, Terry Morgan of Talking Rock and Stanley Morgan of Ellijay; sisters, Jewell O'Neal of Marietta, Joan Hester of Hiram, Gloria Harper of Carrollton and Lavern Townsend of Lithia Springs; four grandchildren, Chandler Adams, Colby Adams, Destiny Adams and Brittany Adams.

Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Adams; son, Clay Adams and brother, Ronnie Morgan.

Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2020 at Daniel Cemetery in Smyrna, with Rev. Bradley Fain officiating.

The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, donate to M.A.D.D.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Adams family.


Kevin James

November 23, 1972 - March 27, 2020


Mr. Kevin "Dirt" James, 47, of Jasper, passed away Friday, March 27, 2020 as the result of a motor vehicle accident.

Mr. James is survived by his sons, Dustin  K. James of Jasper and Dylan K. James of Jasper; daughter, Elissa D. James of Ball Ground; brother, Keith James of Hiram; grandchild, Adcin M. Sinacore; several nieces and nephews. 

Mr. James was preceded in death by his mother, Teresa James Guy (Nanny).

No services are planned at this time.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the James family.