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Obituaries from July 16, 2020; Lynda Walsh, Mary Davis, Russell Pendley, Tim Poole, Helen Fountain, Margaret Dean

Lynda Walsh

Lynda Carol Shumaker Walsh, our precious LaLa and our center went to be with our Lord and Savior on June 5, 2020. She was born on February 16, 1968 in Fort Walton, Florida to Peggy and George Shumaker.

Lynda married Christopher Walsh, the love of her life and best friend on June 7, 2008. With God’s blessing of this marriage six lives were forever joined together as one. Together God molded Lynda, Chris and the children into an incredible family to fulfill His ministry he planned for their lives.

Lynda was a light everywhere she went and her infectious smile and spirit spread joy to all. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and princess of the Most High. Lynda lived the Gospel and her faith and trust in God was unshakable, she spent her life growing in ministry culminating in the last five years, where she spread Jesus Christ around the world in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. Everywhere she stepped God’s grace, hope and love was with her spreading his Gospel. Lynda was an amazing trusted councilor to young women who flocked to her for comfort and support.

Lynda had unquestionable faith and trust in our Lord. She loved serving God. Lynda and Christopher’s present ministry is centered in a small Christian congregation in the Middle East where together they led small groups, Sunday School and preached in two communities. Lynda wrote weekly devotionals that were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Lynda and Christopher most recently went on a mission trip to Kenya, Africa, which was Lynda’s dream, and it was more than she ever hoped it would be. During the trip Lynda ministered to children in the slums of Nairobi, loved orphans, help build a small mud house for a widow and participated in a medical clinic where over a 1500 people came from neighboring villages for two days to receive care.

Lynda was an experienced equestrian riding instructor and prior to the move to the Middle East she instructed children for over 10 years at their family farm, Azure Equine Farms. Lynda touched so many lives and loved and supported hundreds of children, always bringing love, laughter and encouragement to all who came to the farm.

Lynda loved to travel and together with Chris and their four children they traveled to many countries around the world making memories that will continue to live on of their many adventures and experiences together.

Lynda loved the Lord, her family and extended family. Lynda and Chris’ family verse is from Philippians 4: 6-9 and Lynda, Chris and all four children carry this with them in their wallets everywhere they go. It is a constant reminder for us not to be anxious, petition God while giving thanks and to think on good things. We are all so grateful for the gift of Lynda in our lives and to see Jesus Christ through her.

Lynda is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Christopher Walsh, her four children Sydney Walsh, Alexander Chunn, Dillon Walsh and Kathryn Anne Chunn; her parents Peggy and George Shumaker, her brothers, David and wife Kim and Carter and wife Rachelle; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marry Ann and Fred Walsh, her brother and sister-in law, Rick and Wendy Walsh and many aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and countless friends.

A celebration of Lynda’s life was held at Brandon First United Methodist Church, on Saturday, July 11th at 10 a.m.

A video link to her celebration was broadcast on    If you would like to post a remembrance please post on or  

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lynda Walsh memorial fund at to continue Lynda’s ministry and legacy of love.


Mary Davis

November 13, 1940 - July 10, 2020


Mary Elder Davis, 79, died in her home in Jasper, Georgia on Friday, July 10, 2020.

Mary graduated from Clifton High School in Clifton, Texas in 1959. She received a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education from Baylor University in 1963 and a Master of Science in Home Economics from the University of Georgia in 1982. She worked  at the Atlanta Gas Light Company for 25 years, receiving multiple awards and accolades, from 1970 to 1995. Mary began her career as a high school public teacher in Louisville, Kentucky where she taught Home Economics from 1964 to 1967.

Mary loved to travel and plan trips with her husband Duane and grandchildren, taking every chance she had to see new parts of the world or spend time with distant family and friends. When she wasn't traveling, she could be found scrapbooking memories of her journeys or creating beautiful stained glass art. Prior to her move to Jasper, Mary was a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia where she loved being a member of the choir. Mary also participated in various organizations, including the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and serving as a volunteer with the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxiliary. But Mary's greatest love was that of wife, mother and grandmother.

Born in Clifton, Texas on November 13, 1940, she was preceded in death by her parents, Prentice Lee Elder and Velma Helen Elder, and siblings Lee Murzel Elder and Amos Gene Elder.

Mary is survived by her husband of 58 years, Duane Evans Davis. In addition to Duane, Mary is survived by her sisters, Velma Oleta Lubke, Dorothy Frances Davis and Betty Beatrice Barrs; her son, Dean Alan Davis and wife Karen; and her grandchildren, Madison Davis and Joshua Davis.

Due to increased concern over the spread of Covid-19, memorial service arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Davis family.


Russell Pendley

September 30, 1921 - 

July 7, 2020

U.S. Veteran


Mr. Russell C. (Dood's) Pendley, 98, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at his residence.

Russell was a lifelong resident of Pickens County, served in the Army and was a WWII Veteran. He also served in the CCC's. Russell worked for Bell Bomber then worked at the Georgia Marble plant in Tate, GA. Russell enjoyed playing bluegrass music and played the guitar and mandolin. Russell enjoyed traveling, and his all time favorite vacation was going to Disney World in Orlando Florida and visiting NASA launch facility at age 87. He also enjoyed going jeep riding with his granddaughter Leah Blankenship and just seeing the great outdoors in a jeep with no doors. Russell also attended the Pickens County Senior Citizens Center. Russell never met a stranger.

Russell is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Russell Lee & Linda Pendley of Jasper, Larry & Dolly Pendley of Marble Hill, Thomas & Gina Pendley of Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce & Ronnie Chumley of Jasper, Mary & Tony Lee of Jasper, Martha & John Elischer of Jasper; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews and great-great-great nieces and nephews.

Russell was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years: Louise B. Pendley; father and mother: Oscar & Nettie Pendley; brothers and sisters: Edward Pendley, Dillard Pendley, Clara Mae Callahan and Herschel Pendley.

Funeral services were  held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2020 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Thomas Shipman and Rev. Roland Nelson officiating.

Interment was at Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Kody Chumley, Chris McLaughlin, Marcus Walker, Brett Cash, Chuck Swancy, Kevin Little and Scotty Pendley.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pendley family.


Tim Poole

August 2, 1966 - June 30, 2020


Mr. Timmy Dean Weldy Poole, 54, of Marble Hill, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Kennestone Wellstar Hospital in Marietta.

Tim is survived by his daughter, Crystal Poole of Calhoun; son, Timothy (TJ) Poole of Waleska; adopted daughter, Destiny Shepherd; sisters, Theresa Pierce of Marble Hill and Tammy Wells Finger, TN; brother, Terry Poole of Alabama; grandchildren, Izabella Clark, Leita Felock and Trinity Felock; several nieces and nephews.

Tim’s ashes were laid to rest on July 3, 2020 at Lake Forest Memorial Park in Jasper.

A Celebration of Life for Tim will be held at a later date. 


Helen Fountain

Helen Fountain, 76, of Jasper passed away, Sunday, July 12, 2020 at her home. She was born July 24, 1943 to Agnes Parker and Coleman Lee Fitzsimmons in Jasper.

Mrs. Fountain is survived by children, Dixie Grove (Tim), Don Fountain (Walt Welch), Ben Fountain (Shirley), Patricia Payne (Jeff), Dennis Hollified (Donna), Crystal Estes; nine grandchildren; sisters, Frances Crook, Juanita Thomason, Kathryn Fountain (Ronald), Betty Sue Weaver; sister-in-law, Shelby Wofford (Richard); and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Fountain; one daughter, Elizabeth Harvley and two grandchildren, Justin Collette and Timmy Payne; one sister, Mary Lee Jones; parents, Agnes and Coleman Lee Fitzsimmons.

The family received friends at Roper Funeral Home and Crematory on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. She will remain in the care of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory as she is cremated.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Margaret Dean


Margaret Bridges Dean, 62, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020 at her home. She was born September 11, 1957 to Lane and Becky Bridges in Atlanta.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Frank Dean of Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Lane and Essie Gilbert of Talking Rock, Conner and Melissa Gilbert of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Leann and Chris Rucker of Woodstock; grandchildren, Lake Wilson, Jaedyn Gilbert, Caden Chaddick, Trey Rucker, Addison Chaddick, Layla Rucker, Jase Gilbert, Anna Kate Gilbert; father Lane Bridges; brothers, Quinn Bridges of Macedonia Community, Derek Bridges of Lawrenceville; nephew, Mathew and his wife, Lisa Bridges; great-nieces, Addison and Hannah. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rebecca (Becky) Bridges.

She will remain in the care of the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory as she is being cremated.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Online condolences may be made at