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Obituaries for July 2, 2020 - Rodney Roper, John Miller, John Ryal

Rodney Roper


Rodney Roper, 84, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Wildwood Health Care.  He was born March 16, 1936 to Jed and Lucille Roper in Atco, Georgia.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Barbara Roper of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Joe Lawson of Canton; grandchildren, Madison Lawson of Canton, Isabelle Lawson of Canton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Butch Roper, Janice Roper, and Kenneth and Allen Roper.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, E.C. "Jed" and Lucille Roper.

A graveside service was held at noon, Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Sunrise Memorial Gardens with Reverend Grant Wade officiating.  Honorary Pallbearers were Wallace Gibson and Gene Prather. Pallbearers were  Grady Pearson, Joe Lawson, Shannon Moon, Steve Moon, Merrill Roper and Tony Chapman. 

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

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John Miller


John E. Miller, 72, passed away Sunday May 10, 2020 at Piedmont Hospital Atlanta.  He was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 26, 1947 to Elizabeth (Cook) and Jack Miller.  The Millers moved back to Jasper in 1950 to be close to family.

He attended Georgia Military Academy and graduated from Marietta High School in 1965.  He returned to Jasper in 1999. 

John’s first job was with Southern Bell in Atlanta as a lineman.  After ten months, he advanced to an inside teaching position and soon after to area manager. In 1989, after some years with Southern Bell and other companies in the industry he formed Communications Consulting Group.  CCG has been working with the State of Georgia and several telecom companies for over 30 years. 

Mr. Miller is survived by his loving family.  Wife Vicky Miller; daughter, Emily Parker (Jay); four grandchildren and three great-granddaughters; stepson, Garron Gore (Elizabeth) and grandson, and several cousins as well.

Graveside service and interment was held Wednesday May 13, 2020 at Bethany Baptist Church in Jasper.  A family wake was held at a later date.

Mayes Ward-Dobbins in Marietta oversaw all arrangements for the family.


John Ryal


John Michael Ryal, 19, of Talking Rock, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at his home.  He was born April 8, 2001 to William and Lisa Ryal in Canton, Georgia.

John is survived by his mother and father, Lisa and William Ryal of Talking Rock; brothers and sisters-in-law, Justin and Jessica Ryal of Jasper, Cody and Dana Ryal of Jasper; sister, Lilly Ryal of Kennesaw; grandparents, Agnes Molloseau of Michigan, Bonnie Ryal of Michigan, Jackie Ryal of Michigan; niece and nephew, Addison Ryal and Elijah Ryal.  Several aunts, uncles and other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Bertrand Molloseau and William E. Ryal.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2020 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Reverend Ben Mock and Reverend Tony Ramirez officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Forest Memorial Park.  

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Sunday, July 5, 2020 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to Roper Funeral Home.

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

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