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Obituaries for Sept. 10, 2020; John Shope, Teresa Blalock, Willie MaeTurner

John Shope

John Thompson Shope was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 9, 1943, to Thomas Berry Shope and Mattie Thompson Shope. John attended Gordon High School, graduating in 1961. After high school, John attended the University of North Georgia where he met the love of his life, Barbara Ann Wheeler Shope, during his sophomore year of college. They married in October of 1965 after John graduated UNG. John's first job of significance was as Director of the Juvenile Detention Center in Atlanta. At age 24, he was the youngest juvenile detention center director in the country. From there he accepted a position as director of the detention center in Charlotte, and while in Charlotte he completed his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina. Once completed, John returned to Georgia and began working as court administrator for the Cherokee County Courts. He then worked his way up and ultimately spent a majority of his career as District Court Executive for the Federal Courts in Atlanta. John retired in 2009 and focused full-time on his most successful career as Granddad. 

John was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed a lifetime of hunting, fishing, and spending time in nature. He and Barbara purchased a mountain farm in 1994, and his retirement years were spent on his much-beloved Toccoa River and dutifully preparing the garden for Barbara's beautiful flowers. He had an unwavering respect for the United States Military, a wonderful sense of humor, and a lifetime of invaluable friendships. 

John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Shope; his daughter Deanna Shope Carter (Matthew); his brother, Tom Shope (Betty Rose); his sister, Sandra Shope Ellis (Dudley); several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and his grandchildren, Levi Carter, Emma Carter, Caroline Carter, Christian Carter, Aidan Carter, and Isaac Carter. John had a lifetime of career achievements, but if asked he would unequivocally say that his six grandchildren were his greatest accomplishments and greatest joy. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the NGC Eagle Fund Scholarship Program at the University of North Georgia.  To donate, go to or make checks payable to UNG Foundation and on memor line put NGC Eagle Fund: John Shope. Mail to PO Box 1599; Dahlonega, GA  30533. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a private service for family only. Friends are encouraged to write Barbara and share special memories they have of John. 

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

Online condolences may be made at


Teresa Blalock


Teresa Ann Blalock, 59, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Northside Hospital Cherokee. She was born February 27, 1961 to Rudolph and Ruth McDonald in Clayton, Georgia.  Teresa is known by her grandchildren as "Teddy."  She loved teddy bears, butterflies, and birds.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Dean Blalock of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Brittany and Travis Lockey of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Brice and Brittany Blalock of Jasper; brothers, Joe McDonald of Jasper, Wayne McDonald of Clayton, Randy McDonald of Clayton; sisters, Michelle Berry of Rockhill, South Carolina, Jewell Scarry of Canton; grandchildren, Benson Blalock, Brodie Blalock, Baker Blalock, Zander Lockey, Keyston Lockey, and Emory Lockey.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were  held at 12 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Talking Rock First Baptist Church with Reverend Larry Kelley officiating.  Entombment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

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

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Willie MaeTurner


Willie Mae Turner, 82, of Jasper, passed away Friday, September 4, 2020 at her home. She was born February 14, 1938 to Weldon Clyde and Dora Lowe in Pickens County.

Mrs. Turner is survived by son, Dan Turner of Tate; daughter and son-in-law, Margie and Richard Alfieri of Ellijay; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Debbie Turner of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Marilina Turner of Jasper; daughter, Becky Hughes of Waleska; five grandchildren, Mandy, Megan, Guthrie, Josh and Jeremy; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Gwendolyn Nealy of Florida, Sandra Wehunt of Jasper; brothers, Bob Lowe of Jasper, Jimmy and Alice Lowe of Jasper. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Turner; brothers, Auby Lowe, Coy Lowe, Weldon Lowe; sisters, Geneva Martin, Emily Denson, Betty Rott, Patsy Armstrong, and Sybil Brooks. 

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 6, 2020 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home.   

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Free Hope Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

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

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