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Obituaries for September 24, 2020; Patricia Champion, Johnny Tanner, Evelyn Dean, Frankie Stancil, Garland Pinholster

Patricia Champion

September 20, 1924 - September 14, 2020


Patricia Champion, formerly of Tate and Jasper, passed away September 14, 2020 at Sterling Estates West Cobb in Marietta, Georgia. Pat was born September 20, 1924 in San Francisco, CA to parents Pearl Lamb and Sheldon Davis Cooper. After her parents’ divorce, Pat and her mother moved to Honolulu in 1930 when Hawaii was still a Territory. She loved reminiscing about what an interesting childhood she had. She was a high school senior and on her way to 8 o'clock mass on December 7, 1941 when she heard the Japanese planes fly over and begin bombing Pearl Harbor. A few months later Pat met a young Navy Ensign from Tate, GA who had survived the bombing of his ship, the USS California. They married less than a year later in Bremerton, WA. After 17 years as an officer's wife and many moves, the family settled in Tate in 1960.

When she became a widow in 1977, Pat stayed busy with family, bridge, genealogy research, and traveling the world. She was independent and active until about two years ago.

Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Howell Champion, Sr., son Charles H. “Skip” Champion, Jr., grandsons Charles H. “Chad” Champion, III, and Brian G. Sims. Surviving are her children Lisa Pritchett of Smyrna, GA, Richard T. Champion of Hinesville, GA, and David P. Champion of Franklin, NC. Also surviving is daughter-in-law Patricia Little Champion of Marietta, GA; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Due to the current pandemic conditions, a private service for family will be held at a future date during internment at the National Cemetery in Canton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Saint Vincent De Paul Society at Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church, 1908 Waleska Highway 108, Jasper, GA 30143 or to the charity of your choice. 

Cagle Funeral Home, Cremation Service and Sunrise Memorial Gardens are honored to serve the Champion family.


Johnny Tanner


Mr. Johnny E. Tanner, 73, of Talking Rock, died Monday, September 14, 2020.

Mr. Tanner was born June 23, 1947, in Murphy, NC, the son of the late William Pence Tanner and Evelyn Young Tanner. He worked for Pickens County and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his sons, Mark Tanner, Jonathan Tanner; daughter, Tammy Tanner; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Omie Mashburn, Jasper, Eva Wilkins, Culberson, NC; brother, Jack Tanner, NC, brother and caregivers, Carr and Linda Tanner and Marcia Tilson.

Funeral services were held Thursday, September 17th at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home Rev. Mark Caylor and Rev. Chris Pack officiating.   Music was by Rex Kilpatrick. Pallbearers were: David Tanner, Steve Tanner, Ronald Wilkins, Dan Wilkins, Jason Tanner, Danny Wilkins.  Interment was in the Yukon cemetery.

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Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Evelyn Dean


Mrs. Evelyn Maxine Dean, 76,  passed away peacefully at home, Friday, September 18, 2020 after a brief illness. She was born July 6,1944 to Ray and Clara Brooks in Pickens County, Georgia.

She was an employee and volunteer of the Pickens County School System for over 30 years. She was known as "Gran" to all the children.

Maxine is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, J.W. Dean of Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Andrea and Greg Logan of Jasper, Carmen and Robby Lusk of Jasper; grandchildren, Jessica and Josh Jones, Jerrica Hightower and Curtis Holden, Rachel and Matt Hutson, Ashley Logan and Tyler Sealey, Will Logan and Georgia Heimbigner; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Jones, Tatelynn Jones, Abbie Jones, Myles Barnett, Maddie Hutson; sister, Vivian Brooks; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Bobbie Brooks, Keith and Robin Brooks; niece, Donna Jones; nephews, Bruce Brooks, Ray Brooks, and Zane Brooks.  

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Sunrise Memorial Gardens with Reverend Wallace Parks officiating.   

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

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Frankie Stancil


Frankie Jean Stancil, 82, of Jasper, passed away Monday, September 21, 2020 at her home.  She was born August 12, 1938 to Arthur Lee and Lela Thomason in Hinton, Georgia.  

She is survived by her husband, Carl Stancil, Jr. of Jasper; children, Carolyn and Bill Parker of Marietta, Michael Stancil of Jasper, Donna and Bobby Marshall of Hiram, Leslie Stancil of Jasper; sisters, Sara Lee O'Shields of Tate, Brenda Quick of Riverdale; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2020 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home  with Reverend Thomas Shipman officiating. Interment will follow in the Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday, September 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour.

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

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Garland Pinholster


Dr. Garland Folsom Pinholster of Ball Ground, Georgia, and Ponce Inlet, Florida, a basketball legend and former Oglethorpe University athletic director, died peacefully at his home on Sept. 20, 2020. His wife of 42 years, Darsa, was by his side. He was 92.

Pinholster was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame, the Oglethorpe Athletic Hall of Fame, and the University of North Georgia Athletics Hall of Fame for a pioneering basketball strategy called “Pinholster’s wheel offense.” The technique, sometimes called the “Pinwheel,” is still widely used and moves players around in a circular pattern to improve scoring opportunities. 

“The greatest source of achievement is self-discipline,” Pinholster said, in accepting one of his awards. “The greatest source of power is attitude.”

A basketball player for North Georgia in his youth, Pinholster compiled a 181-67 record as a coach. At Oglethorpe University in 1956, he took over an unfunded men’s basketball team that had reportedly lost to a YMCA group. In 1963, Pinholster took his Stormy Petrels to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II tournament. He also coached the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team that won a gold medal at the 1963 Pan American Games. In 1966, Pinholster’s Wheel Offense for Basketball became one of the world’s most widely translated books soon after it was published, inspiring him to write four subsequent books.

Former head basketball coach Gary Colson once said that “Garland Pinholster, for a period of time, was the best coach in the United States.”

Later in life, Pinholster owned Matthews Supermarkets in Atlanta. He also served six terms as a Georgia State legislator for Cherokee and Pickens counties, and as a member of the Georgia Department of Transportation. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Rotary who served as president of the Atlanta Rotary and was named Rotarian of the Year at one point; his personal correspondence featured the “Rotary Four-Way Test” (is it the truth / is it fair to all concerned / will it build goodwill and better friendships / will it be beneficial to all concerned?). Pinholster had also served as a board member for the Boy Scouts, Goodwill Industries, and Associated Groceries.

The youngest of 12 children, Pinholster was born on Feb. 19, 1928 to Bertha Elizabeth Parker and James Henry Pinholster. Raised in Clyattville, near the Florida border, his memories of childhood included picking cotton, growing tobacco, the year Georgia Power ran an electrical line through his family’s small home, and being assigned as a teenager to drive German prisoners of war to work on a Georgia peanut farm after World War II. According to family lore, he hitchhiked to Dahlonega, Georgia, to pursue his undergraduate degree. 

At the University of North Georgia, he played basketball for the Cadets from 1948 until 1950, when the team won the state title. He went on to serve as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and as a high-school basketball coach. He raised five children, with the late Caroline Isbell Roberts. While his children were still young, he moved the family to Baton Rouge and earned a doctorate in education at Louisiana State University, where he also worked as a tennis coach.

An Episcopalian, Pinholster was a member of the Church of the Holy Family in Jasper, Georgia. In addition to coaching men’s basketball for Oglethorpe University (1956-66), he served as a vice president and as dean of administration. Among his career highlights, he was especially proud of encouraging the first racially integrated basketball game played in Georgia – the 1961 Oglethorpe versus Rhode Island game – a 64-47 win for Pinholster’s Stormy Petrels. 

“He has been the mentor and the icon and the north star of our Oglethorpe University for so long,” Jim Owen, the university’s director of men’s and women’s golf said when Pinholster was inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.

Fellow Stormy Petrel and friend Eric Scharff added that Pinholster was “an inspiration, a leader, a great listener and a friend … not many people are able to mold so many others as he did during his lifetime and Garland did it so superbly well. We are who we are because of his influence on us and our respect for him.”

Pinholster is survived by his loving wife Darsa Hayes Pinholster; Darsa’s sisters Dorian Hayes and Janye Beverly Harkins; and his four daughters: Margaret Pinholster, her daughter Teresa Johnson and grandchildren Sage and LiliaRose Johnson; Ginger Pinholster, her partner Michele Biancaniello, and her daughter Caroline M.P. Stahley; Carrie Pinholster Wisniewski, her husband Joseph and their son Bart Wisniewski; and Katie Pinholster and her partner Jonathan Jones. Pinholster is also survived by many beloved extended family members.

With Darsa, Pinholster never stopped loving his son John Roberts Pinholster, who died in 2004, at 28. Pinholster will be laid to rest next to John in the Holy Family Memorial Gardens, in a private service officiated by Deacon Katharine Armentrout. Once social gatherings are safe again, the family will make plans for a remembrance event with former members of the Stormy Petrels team – a lifelong group of friends that Pinholster called his “boys.”

For anyone interested, donations to the Garland Pinholster Fund for Academic and Athletic Excellence at Oglethorpe University would be welcomed.