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Obituaries for April 23, 2020; Marjorie Leverett, Emogene Darnell, Wayne Myk, Ruby Ray, Tammy Champion, Gregory Montgomery

Marjorie Leverett


Mrs.  Eva Marjorie (Sanders) Leverett, 94, of Jasper Georgia, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at Green Park Adult Care Center in Kennesaw, Georgia, after an extended illness.   

Born February 1, 1926 in Edison, Georgia, Marjorie, was the daughter of the late Olan Henry Sanders and Donnie Bell (Andrews) Sanders. 

In addition to her parents and husband “Bill”, Marjorie was preceded in death by her brothers, Hubert Jenkins Sanders and Donald Edward Sanders, and her grandson, Richard Wallace Leverett. 

She is survived by her sons, Carey O. Leverett (Becky), Warren Leverett, and William H Leverett, Jr. (Jean) & daughter Beth;  grandchildren:  Jonathan (Sarah) Leverett, Scott W. Leverett, and Nicholas (Claire) Leverett,  great grandchildren: Carey C. Leverett, Jonah M. Leverett, Rosa M. Leverett, and Olive Elizabeth Leverett. 

Marjorie grew up in Edison, GA, where she attended Calhoun County public schools and graduated from Edison High School. After graduation she attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia and later received her Associates Degree from Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia. 

She married William “Bill” Hoyle Leverett, Sr, a Cobb County school principal on March 7, 1945, and he preceded her in death on April 21, 1993. 

In 1955 the family moved to Marietta, Georgia.  Marjorie worked as assistant administrator to the Director of Fairhaven School for Retarded Children 5 years beginning in 1957.  The family relocated to Athens, Georgia in 1961 and while there, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from University of Georgia in 1962.  After graduation, the family returned to Marietta, where she taught at Sprayberry High School for many years, as well as a short time at Walton High School.  She received her Masters of Education Degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.  She retired from the Cobb County Board of Education in the late 1980s.  After retirement, Marjorie moved to the North Georgia Mountain Community of Bent Tree in Jasper, GA. 

In her earlier years, she was a member of the Edison Methodist Church.  She was a long-time member of Marietta First Baptist Church during her working years. She served for many years on the Board of Directors of MACO (Marietta-Cobb Credit Union) including two years as Chairman of the Board.  She was also an active member of ABWA (American Business Women’s Association), Cobb-County Retired Teachers Association, and ADK sorority. 

She had many friends and interests including:  activities at the church, family gatherings, donating blood, volunteering, cooking, water aerobics, dogs, socializing, playing bridge and travel. She had traveled to Israel, Austria, Iceland, and to all 50 states.

Due to current restrictions in travel, Marjorie will be buried alongside her husband, parents, and other family members in a small private graveside service at New Park Cemetery in Fort Gaines, Georgia.  A memorial will be planned for the future.


Emogene Darnell


Emogene Chastain Darnell, 93 years, was born March 21, 1927 in Cobb County to Emory Winn and Donna York Chastain. She was the third of 11 children. Their home was located in the corner of Chastain Road Exit. She died at home peacefully Wednesday, April 15, 2020 after a lengthy illness.

1She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Denville Thomas (DT) Darnell; sons, Carl Denville Darnell and Thomas Harmon Darnell; four brothers, E.W. Chastain, John Chastain, Edward Chastain and Ralph Chastain; two sisters, Lavinia Coker and Ruth Hammond.

She is survived by two daughters, Amy Ray, Ruthanna Wingo, and a daughter-in-law, Tammy Darnell all of Tate; sister and brother-in-law, Donna Chastain Herndon and Olan Herndon of Charlottesville, Virginia; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Staci Chastain of Dallas, Georgia; sister, Ann Chastain Merritt of Kennesaw; brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Cheryl Chastain of Powder Springs ten grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

She attended Smyrna High School where she became a great basketball player. She went on to Reinhardt College and then graduated from North Georgia College with honors.

While teaching school at Kennesaw, she was introduced to the love of her life by a mutual friend. She then transferred to Blackwell Elementary where she and Dr. DT Darnell both taught.

Enjoying education as she did, she was honored when chosen to become the Director of the Head Start Program. Her office was moved to Jasper and she became the Director of the Follow Through Program. She initiated the Free Lunch Program enabling the children of Pickens County to have a warm meal every day. She also played a big role in education while sitting on the Pickens County Board of Education for many years.

She and Dr. Darnell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary December 21, 1999. He left her behind three years later where he has been waiting on her arrival ever since.

Their home was never locked. It was always open to family, friends, patients, and strays. I don’t mean animals either. There are many who know this to be true. We can’t name them all; but you know who you are.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Lake Forest Memorial Park with Reverend Jim Schlicht officiating.   

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Goizueta Alzheimer's Disease Research Center or to the Church of your choice.

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

Online condolences may be made at

To make a tribute or memorial gift to the Goizueta Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, you may print the  Goizueta ADRC Online Giving Form and include it with your check. Please be sure to include the name of the person the gift is in honor of, and the names and addresses of whom you would like us to notify about the gift.

Please make checks payable to the Goizueta Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Goizueta Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Emory University Health Sciences Development

1762 Clifton Rd, NE

Suite 1400

Atlanta, GA 30322


Wayne Myk


Wayne Carl Myk, 79,of Jasper, Georgia passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper. He was born November 13, 1940 to  Henry and Virgina Myk in Chicago, Illinois.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Luisa Myk of Jasper; ex-wife, Angela Myk of Jasper; grandchildren, Brandon Myk, Brett Myk and soon to arrive Brooke Myk all of Jasper.

Private funeral services will be held at Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Jason Allen officiating. Interment will be at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Ruby Ray

March 27, 1941 - April 18, 2020


Mrs. Ruby Jean Ray, age 79 of Gainesville, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Mrs. Ray is survived by her husband, Kenneth Ray of Gainesville; sons, Jeff Ray of Ball Ground and Anthony Ray of Gainesville; brothers, James Reeves of Dawsonville and Richard Reeves of Gainesville; sisters, Betty Cooley of Gainesville, Maggie Whitlock of Gainesville and Isabelle Wilson of Cumming.

Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Jessica Ray; brothers, Paul, Raymond and Edward Reeves; sister, Louise Barron.

Graveside services were  held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Gospel Temple Church Cemetery, with Rev. Butch Roberts officiating.

The family accepted flowers, or donations can be made to Gospel Temple Church, c/o Marvin Gibson, P.O. Box 453 Tate, GA 30177.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ray family.


Tammy Champion

June 17, 1977 - April 14, 2020


Mrs. Tammy Champion, 42, of Talking Rock, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Mrs. Champion is survived by her husband, Bo Champion of Talking Rock; sons, Levi Champion (Megan Hicks) of Talking Rock, Brett Champion of Los Angeles, CA and Dillon Luke Champion (Zoe Morgan) of Jasper; mother, Ann Collins of Talking Rock; mother-in-law, Rachel Champion of Talking Rock; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sammy and Tammy Collins of Talking Rock and Steve and Cheryl Collins of Ellijay; sister and brother-in-law, Terri and Melvin Puckett of Jasper; sister-in-law, Teri and Jesse Davis of Talking Rock; several nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service was  held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2020 at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Leroy Kelley officiating.

Pallbearers: Steve Collins, Sammy Collins, Chris Massey, Miles Banks, Justin Morris and Keith Collins.

The family accepted flowers or donate to a charity of your choice in memory of Tammy.

Cagle Funeral home is honored to serve the Champion family.


Gregory Montgomery

July 31, 1946 - April 14, 2020


Mr. Greg Montgomery, 73, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at his residence.

Mr. Montgomery is survived by his sons, Michael Clayton Montgomery of Chatsworth and Preston Montgomery of New Orleans, LA; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Brad Foster of Talking Rock; brother, Neal Montgomery of Jasper; sisters, Mary Holcomb of Amarillo, TX, Diana Clark of Fort Worth, TX and Peggy Hitt of Dawsonville; grandchildren, Brandon Cronan, Paige Cronan and Dusten Michael Montgomery; great-grandchild, Harmony Rose Fife.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Montgomery family.


Card of Thanks

I was very impressed with the response team that helped when my brother, Greg Montgomery, passed away. They sent a discreet team and did not make a circus. They were very polite and personable.

I hope I will be that way the rest of my life.

William Neal Montgomery