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Obituaries for April 16, 2020; Douglas Brooks, Mercille Bingham, Annie Mae Coltrane, Joseph Duncan, Linda Jones, Nancy Gilbert

Douglas Brooks


Douglas Cozart Brooks, 94, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away of natural causes Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Pruitt Health Care in Jasper. He was born May 24, 1925 to Chester Elijah and Tempie Lee Brooks in Greensboro, North Carolina. Doug joined the Navy at age 17 and spent a total of six years in the service: in World War II from 1942 to 1946, and Korea from 1950 to 1953. He married Lida (Betty) Starr of Atlanta in 1950.

In the time between World War II and Korean War Douglas moved to Atlanta to find his fortune. He tried selling records to radio stations throughout Georgia, then was a field agent for financial reporting firm, Dunn and Bradstreet for eight years.  He was a financial analyst with Lockheed Aircraft in Marietta for three years. He found his career with the Housing and Home Finance Agency that later became the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Douglas’s 27 year career as a manager with HUD culminated in the position of Director of Finance and Administration in Washington, DC, where he was a charter member of the Senior Executive Service. He retired in 1983, and became the Controller and a contributing editor for Government Computer News, Washington, DC. In 1988 he and his beloved wife, Betty moved to Jasper and built a house in Bent Tree. From there they both dove into building a life in Jasper. Douglas continued his love of community theatre and joined the Tater Patch Players. He became a member of Lions International and received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for service and became a lifetime member. Douglas was an active volunteer with the Pickens Library. In 1994 he received the Golden Deed Award in honor of the many hours he dedicated to helping people in the Jasper area. In 1999 he was honored for outstanding service as a volunteer by the Literacy Council in Pickens County. He served with the Good Samaritan project which provided medical and dental assistance to those in need but unable to afford year round services. He was chosen by the Pickens County Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year for 2010. He kept active by writing for the Pickens Progress newspaper and loved contributing photos taken at events he attended on behalf of various organizations in Jasper. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jasper and regularly taught men’s Sunday School class until health issues kept him at home.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Betty Brooks of Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael D. and Robin Brooks of Raleigh, North Carolina, Greg and Cheryl Brooks of Amherst, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Ryan Brooks and Jenny Inzerillo of Canyon, Texas, Alex and Genevieve Brooks of  Raleigh, North Carolina, Collin Brooks of Washington, D.C., Spencer Brooks of Boston, Massachusetts; great-grandchild, Davis Brooks.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Mercille Bingham


Mercille Claire Bingham, 73, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020 at her daughter's home in Dallas, Georgia following a long illness. She was born October 3, 1946 to Merrill and Lucille Madsen in Duluth, Minnesota.

Mrs. Bingham is survived by her husband, James Bingham of Jasper; children, Michael Bingham of Canton, Catherine Gregory of Dallas; stepson, David Bingham of Minnesota; brothers, Glen Madsen of Idaho, David Madsen of Hawaii; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey and her brother, Jack.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Annie Mae Coltrane


Mrs. Annie Mae Coltrane, 80, of Ball Ground, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at her residence.

A private graveside service will be held at Conns Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Annie would help anyone in need. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, quilting, antiques and working in the yard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, C.L. Coltrane; son, Larry Coltrane; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Coltrane.  Annie is survived by her daughter-in-law, Retha Coltrane; sister-in-law, Yvonne Reynolds; special friends, Jerry Reynolds, Justin Reynolds and Billy Bagwell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Conns Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.  770-479-2131


Joseph Duncan


Joseph J. Duncan, 91, of Talking Rock, Georgia, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020 at his home. He was born January 21, 1929 to Joseph Marion and Flora Posey Duncan in Oneida, Tennessee. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Lucy Duncan of Talking Rock; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Katie Duncan of Jasper; grandchildren, Melissa Duncan, Kristen Kehner, Tyler Murphy, Robert Peterson, Charlie Peterson, Leslie Peterson; great-grandchildren, Duncan McKee, Peyton Peterson, Cayden Peterson, Lily Peterson, and Tanner Peterson.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Susan Duncan Murphy and brothers, Ray Duncan and Willis Duncan.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In honor of Mr. Duncan, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at

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

Online condolences may be made at


Linda Jones


Linda Dianne Jones, 76, of Talking Rock, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020 at her home.  She was born September 23, 1943 in Norman, Oklahoma.  

She is survived by her husband, Ray Edward Jones of Talking Rock; brother, Owen Lecklider of Norman, Oklahoma; father and mother, John and Arline Kateen of Buckhead; son, Alan Conway of Florida; grandchildren, Lori Witteueen of Talking Rock and Angela Moore of Talking Rock.

She was preceded in death by sister, Kay Lecklider.

Services will be held at a later date.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Nancy Gilbert


Nancy Sue Brooks Gilbert was born on April 2, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee and passed away March 26, 2020 in Canton, Georgia from complications of Covid-19.  She was tiny but mighty.

She was a devoted wife, sister, aunt, daughter and friend. You could always count on her to remember all special occasions and was known for her M&M cookies.

She attended Central High School and Memphis State University where she was always involved in theater.  

Her first job was as a disc jockey for an all-girls radio station, WHER, in Memphis.  She then fulfilled her dream of getting a job as a stewardess for Delta Airlines where she worked from the '60s into the '70s.  After that she worked as office manager for Gifford Realty in Atlanta, Georgia for 30+ years.  

In 1969 she married the love of her life, Gerald K. Gilbert, who loved her dearly all their 53+ years together.

They loved to travel covering all 50 states and every continent. Their favorites being Bavaria and Austria.

She is preceded in death by her loving parents Betty and Bob Daubs.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Gerald Keith Gilbert; her sisters, Beth Brooks Towery and Carol Daubs Capocaccia; two nieces; two nephews; five great-nieces and one great-nephew.

We feel at peace knowing that she is now with the angels that she always felt a close connection to.

Memorial donations made in Nancy’s memory may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of the donor’s choosing.

Due to current events and social distancing a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.