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Obituaries for Sept. 14, 2020; William Cribb Jr., Randall Owens, Thelma Simonds, Cynthia Cornett, Blanche Strickland, Wallene Roberts, Jimmy Weeks, Edward Stephens, Joyce Conner


William Cribb Jr.


William Dryden Cribb, Jr., 74, of Kennesaw, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Wellstar Cobb Hospital. He was born March 3, 1946 to William Dryden Cribb, Sr. and Jewel Jones Cribb in Marietta, Georgia.  

Mr. Cribb is survived by his uncle and aunt, Gene and Ann Jones of Talking Rock; aunt, Jenny Jones of Jasper; cousins, Phillip and Kelly Jones of Talking Rock, Greg Jones of Talking Rock, Angie Weaver of Jasper; and several other cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Mountain View Park Cemetery.  (410 Whitlock Avenue NW; Marietta, Georgia  30064)

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

Online condolences may be made at


Randall Owens


Randall ‘Randy’ John Owens of Jasper, Georgia, aged 56, passed away on April 24th, 2020 at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. Although most of his family members were unable to visit him due to the Covid-19 pandemic, his beloved daughter Monashi Rain Owens cared for him through his illness, relaying messages of love as his condition worsened, holding a phone to Randy’s ear so that his loved ones could say goodbye, and staying by his side until the moment he passed.

Randy was born on July 22, 1963 in Rockland, Massachusetts, the only son of John Cecil Owens and Maria Antonietta Owens, née Cipriano. He grew up in and around Boston with his four sisters who he loved to make laugh, play pranks on, and stumble through life with. He was never shy, always curious, and though he made his fair share of trouble, (including once getting a dead skunk stuck in a tree in his family’s backyard), Randy was the kind of person that we just couldn’t stay mad at. 

When Randy was 14, he and his older sister, Terry, placed an ad in their local newspaper, seeking a piano donation for two kids eager to learn how to play. Randy's wish was granted and in the following weeks, sitting at that piano, he developed a deep passion for music that would serve as an outlet for his boundless creativity throughout the rest of his life. As a young, talented multi-instrumentalist, he toured with a number of bands, composed his own songs (including one he would later name his daughter after: Monashi Rain), and eventually shared his love for music with others while teaching piano lessons for a number of years.

Randy struggled with addiction throughout his time in the Boston music scene, but when he became a father, he fought tenaciously for his sobriety in order to better care for his children, Logan and Monashi, who meant the world to him. It was his resolve to break his addictions that led Randy to move to the South, eventually settling in Jasper, Ga, where both of his children graduated from Pickens High School. 

Randy struggled with intense back pain in his later years, often spending days homebound, immobile, and looking for ways to distract himself from the discomfort. One of Randy’s favorite ways to do this was to put on his chef’s hat and experiment with recipes for hummus, stuffed shells, spaghetti sauce, frittatas, and other dishes when preparing meals for his kids. Though he was often living far from family, and this distance was felt especially during his last days, he was always loved by his father, siblings, children, and many nieces and nephews, and wanted them all to know he loved them back. We are comforted to know that he is laughing with his beloved nephew, Nicholas, who passed away in 2019. 

He is survived by his father, John, his sisters, Laura, Terry, Linda, and Wendy, his son, Logan, daughter, Monashi Rain, his granddaughter, Lailynn RoseMarie, and his nieces and nephews, Michael, Katrina, Jennifer, Nathan, Brad, Rick, and Benjamin, as well as his ex-partners Kimberly Hammonds Owens and Lisa Underhill. Randy, wherever you are now, we know that you’re listening to some of your favorite songs, maybe Trilogy by ELP, Castle Walls by Styx, or Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd, and we hope that you’re singing along, dancing in your new body, free of pain and full of love. We miss you dearly, and will always love you.


Thelma Simonds


Thelma Yvonne Simonds, 82, of Jasper, passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 at her home. She was born to Easly and Eunice Roberts on June 28,1938 in Lumpkin County.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur Lee Simonds of Jasper; children, Richard Simonds of Jasper, Wanda and Kenneth Gay of Jasper, Johnny and Gail Simonds of Jasper, Junior and Marion Simonds of Jasper, RoseAnn Simonds of Jasper, Dianne Simonds of Nelson, Jimmy and Gaynell Simonds of Jasper; siblings, Roy and Jean Roberts, T.W. Roberts, Linda and Warren Roberts, Lillian Lawson, Elizabeth and Guy Armstrong, Lynn and Curtis Stargel; sister in law, Betty Ray; 18 grandchildren; 47 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2020 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Harold Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in the Price Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 

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

Online condolences may be made at


Cynthia Cornett


Cynthia Diane Cornett, 67, of Talking Rock, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.  She was born April 6, 1953 to James and Elizabeth Thomason in Jasper.  

Diane is survived by her husband, Randall Cornett of Talking Rock; sisters and brothers-in-law, Trina and Ricky Boling of Talking Rock, Susan and James Young of Talking Rock; brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Dianne Thomason of Jasper; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Reginald and Eva Denney of Jasper and J. C. and Eldie Cornett of Jasper.  Several other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends also survive.  She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Elizabeth Thomason.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, September 14, 2020 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home.   Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

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


Blanche Strickland


Blanche Strickland, a long time member of the community, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2020 surrounded by loved ones.  

Blanche is survived by son, Ray Strickland of Jasper; grandchildren, Matt Strickland of Athens, Kerry Strickland of Jasper, Leigh and Kevon Combs of Baldwin, Georgia; five great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Lawson of Ball Ground; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb Strickland; parents, Cleon and "Tom" Lawson; sister, Myra Mullinax; and brother, Bill Lawson.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020 in the Mica Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Wilber Ridings and Reverend Kenny Sutton officiating. (Conns Creek Road at Fletcher Drive, Ball Ground, GA 30107)

In lieu of flowers, donations in Blanche's memory may be made to Pickens Senior Center or Boys and Girls Club of Jasper.

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


Wallene Roberts


Wallene Roberts, a long-time resident of Jasper, Georgia, died Friday the 11th of September at Woodstock Nursing and Rehabilitation center.

She was born in 1945 in Cedartown, Georgia. Wallene married Charles Roberts on February 14th, 1964 and they spent 50 happy years together. 

Wallene is preceded in death by her parents Wallace and Irene McLarty, her brother Wallace, and her husband Charles. 

She is survived by her daughter, Robin Wiesneth, her son, James Roberts, and her two granddaughters, Amanda Roberts and Lauren Roberts. 

Wallene loved to crochet, cook, and spend holidays with her family. In keeping with her wishes, funeral services are private and for immediate family only. Those wishing to honor her life can make a donation in her name to the American Cancer Society. 

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


Jimmy Weeks


Jimmy McKinley Weeks, 76, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Chestnut Ridge in Cumming, Georgia. He was born December 3, 1943 to Bill and Ann Weeks in Canton, Georgia.  

Jimmy is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marilu Weeks of Jasper; mother, Ann Weeks of Waleska; sisters and brother-in-law, Beverly and Andy Allgood of South Carolina, Lory Weeks of Waleska; daughter, Sharmon Weeks of Jasper; and grandson, Ethan McKinley Albert. Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Weeks.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Jasper United Methodist Church with Reverend Greg Meadows officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Roper Funeral Home and Crematory to help with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be made at


Edward Stephens

March 13, 1926 - September 10, 2020





Mr. Edward Lafayette Stephens, 94, of Jasper passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Seasons Hospice in Cumming GA. 

Ed was born in Ellijay off Boardtown Road in 1926 to Andrew and Ava Stephens. He served his country in WWII in the United States Army. He went to work at AEMC in Jasper in 1948 where he met "the most beautiful woman he had ever seen" Pauline. They were married in 1951 and have spent all 69 of their years together living in Jasper. His legacy of love, service and commitment to God, his family, his community and his country is immeasurable.   

Mr. Stephens is survived by his wife, Pauline Whitefield Stephens of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Carrie Stephens of Jasper; daughter, Ava Rogers of Jasper; brother, Jasper Stephens of Ellijay; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Lupita Stephens of Ellijay; sister, Winnie Stephens Gibson of Ellijay; grandchildren, Jacob, Luke, Allie, Maria and husband, Kevin, Eddie and Cody; great-grandchildren; Derek and Destiny. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Bob Whitfield and sisters-in-law, Joyce Cothran and Becky Bannister.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Edward Stephens and Ava Bell Fowler Stephens; brothers, Quinton, Charles, Ernest and A.E. Stephens; son-in-law, Daryl Rogers and grandson, Cliff Rogers. 

A graveside service with military honors was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Steve Wigington officiating. 

Pallbearers: Kevin Miller, Eddie Rogers, Chuck Whaley, Kenton Baggs, Mark Hinton, Jacob Stephens, Luke Stephens and Steve Gibson. 

A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. 

The family accepted outdoor plants or donate to Cool Springs Baptist Church, Lions Club or Gideons International. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Stephens family. 



Joyce Conner

February 2, 1942 - September 6, 2020


Mrs. Joyce Peggy Conner, 78, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2010 at Grandview Healthcare Center.

Joyce was a loving housewife. She enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting and being with family. 

She is survived by her husband, Grady Conner of Marble Hill; sister-in-law, Brenda Conner of Jasper; sister-in-law, Barbara Puckett (Lamar) of Woodstock and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Conner’s graveside service was held September 10th, at 2 p.m. at Sunrise Memorial Gardens with Rev. Harold Cantrell officiating.