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Obituaries for Oct. 22, 2020; Marie Higgins, Shirley Kent, Nettie Corley, Kenneth Rice, Jimmy Dunn Jr., David Driskell Sr.

Marie Higgins


Hazel “Marie” Higgins, 88 of Jasper, GA passed away Friday, October 9, 2020 at her home.

Marie was born July 15, 1932 in Marble Hill to the late Clifford and Cleo Pendley.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Jabo Patterson of Talking Rock; grandchildren, Drew and Michele Patterson of Canton; great-grandchildren, Caleb and Destiny Patterson, of Fairmount, Matt Patterson, of Canton, Emma Patterson, of Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Brenda Pendley, of Dawsonville, sisters and brother-in-law, Colleen and George Slaton, of Dawsonville, and Naomi Baldwin, of Ball Ground; several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Graveside services were  held at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 11, 2020 at Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jess Posey officiating. 

Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, GA.

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Shirley Kent


Shirley Kent, 84, of Jasper, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Pruitt Healthcare in Jasper. Shirley was born February 16, 1936 in Nelson to the late Marion and Lulabell Ingram.

She is survived by her children, Lynn and Jerry Townley of Dawsonville, Richard Kent of Jasper, Donna and Greg Moss of Jasper, Raymond and Brandi Kent of Jasper; grandchildren, Trent Townley of Dawsonville, Mardie Townley of Dawsonville, Shelton Townley of Dawsonville, Jason Kent of Jasper, Russell Kent of Jasper, Lori Johnson of Blue Ridge, Amanda Bridges of Jasper, Haley Cline of Kennesaw; and 14 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. She was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Stephanie Kent, five brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Rev. Wallace Parks and Rev. Steve Chadwick officiating. Interment  followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park.

The family received flowers or memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice in her honor.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, GA.

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Nettie Corley


Nettie Ruth Corley, 76, of Talking Rock passed away, Tuesday October 13, 2020 at her home in Talking Rock. She was born February 11, 1944 to William and Ruth Hannah in Paulding County.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Don Corley of Talking Rock, son and daughter in law, Donald and Kelly Corley of Dahlonega, daughter and son in law, Cathy and Rick Clifton of Chesterfield, Virginia, son, Bryan Corley of Canton, daughter in law, Cherie Corley of Dawsonville, sister Erline Seagraves of Douglasville, grandchildren, John Corley, Rebecca Barrett, Mattie-Gray Smith, Sarena Clifton, Allen Pennington, great grandchildren, Adrian Barrett, Caroline Barrett, Emmy Lane Barrett, grandchildren in love, Colby Pfluger and Tommy Calhoun. 

Nettie is preceded in death by her son, Ronald Corley; brothers, George Ralph Hannah, Joseph Eugene Hannah, Marion Hannah, and William Calvin Hannah.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home and Crematory on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.

A memorial service will be held in the Roper Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 2 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Pickens County Library in Mrs. Corley's honor. 100 Library Lane, Jasper Ga 30143

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

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Kenneth Rice

September 14, 1939 - October 14, 2020 


Ken Rice, a Big Canoe pioneer and even larger known American football legend, died Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from complications of many health concerns in recent years while continuing to live at his home in Big Canoe. He was 81.

He was preceded in death by his wife Billie Ann Rice, who died June 7, 2014 after 50 years of marriage to Ken. His survivors are daughters, Kathleen Ingram (Bo), Annette Hall (Nelson); granddaughter, Emily Ryan (Roy) and great-grandson, Levi Ryan.

A native of Bainbridge, Ga., Rice played offensive tackle at Auburn University from 1957 - 1960 where he was a two time All-American. He was listed on the Auburn University Team of the Century in 1988, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. He went on to a professional career with the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. He was first round picks for both NFL (St. Louis Cardinals) and The AFL (Buffalo Bills). He also was later awarded the Walter Gilbert Award from Auburn University given to athletes who have distinguished themselves off the field as well. Each year at the A-Day Game Auburn University Athletics awards the Ken Rice Award to the Best Blocking Lineman from the previous season. 

After pro football, Ken began his career in construction working for Cousins Properties in Atlanta. He had become a job supervisor for Cousins Properties before deciding to leave Cousins and form his own construction company, Kenneth E Rice Construction. 

Ken and his family first came to Big Canoe in 1970 just after Cousins had bought the Big Canoe property. Before development began on Big Canoe, Cousins would let his employees sign up to stay at Big Canoe in what would be known as the Canoe Lodge. They spent many a wonderful weekend in what was to become Big Canoe.

His contributions as a resident and builder of homes in Big Canoe began when Tom Cousins first opened the dirt roads of his development of Big Canoe and found a friend in Rice and his family. Tom Cousins and the Rice family both attended North Avenue Presbyterian Church and upon the retirement of Dr. Vernon S. Broyles from North Avenue, Cousins asked Dr. Broyles to start a church at Big Canoe. Ken Rice was asked by the Board of North Avenue to build a residence for Dr. Broyles as a gift. He gladly took on the job and never looked back. Retiring in recent years after over 32 years a building and completing over 200 homes in Big Canoe.

It is fitting that a service of remembrance be held for Rice on Billie Ann's mountain at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, Eagle's Rest Park on top of Mount Oglethorpe, adjacent to Big Canoe. Friends and Eagle's Rest board members John Feight and Don Wells will speak. 

Eagle's Rest Park, 7315 Monument Road, Jasper, GA 30143. 

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: 

College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) for the Billie Ann Rice Endowed Scholarship and mailed to:

COSAM Office of Development, ATTN: Sherri Rowton, 315 Roosevelt Concourse, Auburn University, AL 36849


The Mt Oglethorpe Foundation For Eagle's Rest Park, 25 Old Mill White Rd., Jasper, GA 30143. 


Jimmy Dunn Jr.


James "Jimmy" Ralph Dunn, Jr. of Acworth, Georgia went to be with our heavenly father on Sunday, October 18, 2020. 

Jimmy was a long time business owner in Acworth and Jasper. He owned the family business known as Dunn's IGA in Acworth. He was also the proud owner of Dunn's Citgo or to long time Jasper residents, it was known as the Fina. He was a member of  Masonic Lodge #176 in Acworth and a Yaarab Shriner of Kennesaw. 

He was a funny and stubborn man who was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father James Ralph Dunn, Sr. and his loving mother, Alice Dupree Dunn, both of Acworth, Georgia.

Jimmy is survived by his long time significant other, Beverly Hesse of Acworth, Georgia; three daughters, Jamie Loggins (Adam) of Woodstock, Georgia, Heather Hawkins (Timothy) of Billings, Montana, Jessica Dunn of Crestview, Florida. He had seven grandchildren, who he loved dearly, Kaitlyn Dilbeck, Rylee Loggins, Chloe Hawkins, Caraline Hawkins, Wyatt Hawkins, Jaidyn Smith, and  Owen Dunn. He is also survived by his sister, Kathy Mauldin of Acworth, Georgia; niece, Jade Mauldin of Acworth, Georiga; and nephew Walker Mauldin of New York City, New York.  

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, October 22, 2020 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Rolling Hills Memorial Gardens: 4355 Highway 92; Acworth, GA 30102.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home Wednesday, October 21 from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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

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David Driskell Sr.


David Cumbie Driskell, Sr., 85, of Jasper, GA passed away Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at his residence. 

The family had a private viewing,  Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at South Canton Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Dian W. Driskell; son, Dave (Pam) Driskell, Jr.; daughter, Nancy Carol Dunn; 

five grandchildren and four  great-grandchildren. 

South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at