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Obituaries for May 14, 2020; Carlton Hughes, Janice Layne, Donald Gaddis, Gertrude Hanzi

Carlton Hughes


Mr. Carlton L. Hughes, 65, of, Chatsworth, died Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Mr. Hughes was born June 16, 1954, in Copperhill, TN, the son of the late Paul and Rosie Ray Hughes. He worked in the Poultry Industry and was a member of the New Vision Tabernacle Church.

Survivors include his children and spouse, Kimberly and Dale Peardon, Chatsworth, Mistie Hughes, Chatsworth; brothers, Ernest Hughes and Ray Hughes, both of Jasper and Larry Hughes, Ball Ground; sisters, Imogene Hughes, Ellijay; Louise Beasley and Nancy Craig, both of Ellijay; seven grandchildren, Kristopher, Katie, Kyrah, Chandler, Peyton, Savannah and Sage. Nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial services is being planned and will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Bernhardt Funeral Home to help defray funeral expenses.

Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Janice Layne


On May 9, 2020, Janice “Jan” Layne was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, while surrounded by her family.  She was 81 years old.   Jan went by many names; Mom, Momaw, Aunt Jan, and a few others along the way.  

She is survived by five children, Edward (Trish) Jackson, Lisa (Jimmy) Lawhorn, Julie (Rick) Wheeler, Mike (Deanna) Edwards, and Amy (Scott) Fields, as well as 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.  Her family was her life. She made sure to shower them with love so that they knew how much they meant to her.  Jan also loved the Lord and was well known for her piano playing and singing at church.  She spent her free time painting and working in her garden, along with a little game show watching.  Anyone who met Jan, would be able to tell you that her smile was contagious.  She loved life and had a way about her that made people feel special.  

Jan was preceded in death by her husband, Larry; her mother and father, Lawrence and Louise Williams; her son, Gregory Jackson; her brother, Clero Williams; her sister, Diane Batt; and her great granddaughter, Mackenzie Jackson among other family and friends.  She is now able to sit down at the Royal Banquet with all those that have gone on before and have a grand feast.  

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2020 at Pleasant Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Dawson County. 

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


Donald Gaddis

October 27, 1948 - May 11, 2020


U.S. Veteran


Mr. Donald Gaddis, 71, of Jasper, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Mr. Gaddis is survived by his wife, Brenda Gaddis of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, James and Leighanne Gaddis of Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Gary Yother of Jasper and Kathryn and Donie Bramlett of Ellijay; brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Mary Gaddis of Marble Hill; brother, Jody Gaddis; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Frank Rogers of Cartersville; three grandchildren, Brooke, Brittany, and Baylee Gaddis; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial serviced will be held at a later date.

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 Gaddis family.


Gertrude Hanzi


Gertrude Hanzi, 84, died on May 10, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A small memorial service will be held at Roper Funeral Home in Jasper, GA.

Mrs. Hanzi was born in Germany on May 13, 1935 to Franz and Frieda Gottfried. She married Walter Hanzi on February 9, 1953 and they moved to the United States shortly after. They lived in New York and then moved to Georgia in 1995. Gertrude was a loving wife and mother as well as a skilled seamstress and cook. She was a kind, sweet woman with a heart of gold and was always willing to help others. She was very involved in her church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in 2011 and is survived by her 2 daughters, Sandra Hager and husband, Roman Hager, of Kewaunee, Wisconsin and Alyssa Hanzi of Atlanta, Georgia.

She will forever be missed.

In lieu of flowers,  memorial donations may be made to Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett or the Alzheimer's Association. 

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

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