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Obituaries from Nov. 12, 2020; Marilyn McMahan, Boody Wehunt, Robert McClure, John Caylor, John Goodman

Marilyn McMahan


Marilyn McNally McMahan, 90, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Monday, November 2, 2020 at her home.   She was  born May 19 ,1930, in Dalton, Georgia to Paul and Doris McNally.  She had two older brothers, Paul Jr. and William Henry "Dachey", and a younger sister, Patricia.

She went to Dalton High School where she played basketball.  She married the love of her life, Russell Thomas "R.T." McMahan in Chattanooga on April 30, 1947.  The lived in Atlanta, then Marietta, then moved to Jasper.  

Mrs. McMahan is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Russell Thomas and Janis McMahan, Jr. of Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Doris Camilla "Decie" and Mike Lowe of Jasper; five grandchildren, Russell "Russ" Thomas McMahan III of Canton, Ryker and Lisa Lowe of Jasper, Slade and Neena Lowe of Jasper, Solitair and Andy Middleton of Jasper, Camlyn Lowe of Jasper; eight great-grandchildren, Harlan Lowe, Hudson Lowe, Aubry Lowe, Weldon Lowe, Rylyn "RT" Lowe, Kensley Lowe, Jeremiah "JT" Middleton, Mac Middleton.

According to grandchildren, "Granny was as tough as she was loving.  She beat rheumatic fever as a child and had four open heart surgeries.  The door was always open at Granny's house and there was something on the stove.  She was quick with a "Hey, hon" or "Hey, babe" and offer you something to eat. Loved ones were always welcome at Granny's and those who knew her, loved her and loved being with her.  She was fun to be with, funny, direct, and kind.  There are many sayings Granny used which are used by her children and grandchildren.  One was, "Might as well laugh as to cry."  If you had a friend like Granny, you really had a friend."    

Services were held at 1 p.m., Thursday, November 5, 2020 at the Lowe Family Cemetery with Reverend David Stuart and Reverend Preston Jones officiating.   

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the First Baptist Church of Jasper.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Boody Wehunt


Roper Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Hugh Lee (Boody) Wehunt, age 84, of the Four Mile Church Community. He was born January 18, 1936 at 2159 Four Mile Church Road to the late Jessie Lamar (Jack) Drummond and Thenia Wehunt.  He lived his entire life at this residence until he passed away at his home, November 7, 2020. He was a lifelong member of Four Mile Baptist Church and the oldest member. He had a great love for music and started playing the guitar at age 13 and continued to do so for the rest of his life. He loved his music partners, Trina Chastain and William Blackwell.

Boody is survived by his wife, Hazel Wehunt; sisters and brother-in-law, Dyan (Ronald) Allen, Deana Lingerfelt and Mary Alice Goodwin all of Cumming; brothers-in-law, Marcus Goodwin of Ball Ground, Billy Goodwin of Marble Hill and James Goodwin of Blairsville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and sons, Richard Sewell and Jarrod Sewell. 

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, November 9, 2020  in the Four Mile Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Josh Mulkey, Reverend Danny Baker, Reverend Curtis Roland and Reverend Bryan Goodwin officiating. 

Pallbearers include William Blackwell, Rickey Jarrett, Lindsay Petty, Nathaniel Petty, Randy Baker and Keith Allen. 

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

Online condolences may be made at


Robert McClure


Robert McClure, 88, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.

Robert was born on April 30, 1932 to the late Sam and Idella McClure of Jasper, Georgia.  He married the late Katyleen (Mackey) McClure on August 18, 1956.  To this union three children were born.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Katyleen; a son, Robert McClure, Jr. (Bob); a sister, Ruth McClure; and brothers, I.D. McClure and Eugene McClure. 

Mr. McClure retired from Lockheed Martin after 37 years of service. He was an active member and served as a Deacon at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Tate, Georgia. He was also a member of the Mt. Calvary Choir, Mt. Calvary Trio and Calvary Gates Trio. He loved to attend Sunday School and Bible Study until his health started to decline.  

Robert leaves to cherish his memories:  daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Ricky Benson of Jasper, Georgia; son, Willie Washington of Jasper, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law, Reverend Dr. K. Scott and Jennifer McClure of Rome, Georgia; grandchildren, Tangie Washington and Terica Washington of Canton, Georgia; Thomas Smith, Kerri, Kaylan and Kristopher McClure of Rome, Georgia; great-grandchildren, Trey Thomas, DeVin McMorris, MaKenzie Bailey and Madison Curry; great-great grandchild, Cairo Thomas. A host of unique and special nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.

Services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 7, 2020 in the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Tyrone Gates and Dr. K. Scott McClure officiating.  Interment followed in Norton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church; PO Box 153; Tate, GA  30177 or Flatrock Baptist Church; PO Box 652; Rome, GA  30162.

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

Online condolences may be made at

Mr. McClure's funeral was live streamed at


John Caylor


     John W. Caylor, 71, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2020 at his daughter's home. He was born October 10, 1949 to Loye and Dessa Caylor in Jasper. He proudly served his country in the United States Army.

John is survived by his mother,  Dessa Caylor of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, John Marshall and Nicole Caylor of Ball Ground; daughters and sons-in-law, Ginger and Corey Pittman of Talking Rock, Julie and Brett Bozeman of Ball Ground; grandchildren, Lillie Pittman, Sophie Pittman, Maggie Pittman, Josie Bozeman, Clay Bozeman; sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Jimmy Kelley of Jasper; and friend, Cathy Caylor of Talking Rock.  He was preceded in death by his father, Loye Caylor.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 8, 2020 at the chapel of Roper Funeral Home  with Reverend Robert Bryant officiating. Interment followed in the Hinton Cemetery.

The family accepted flowers or donations may be made to the charity of choice in his honor.

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

Online condolences may be made at


John Goodman


Mr. John Valentine Goodman, of Jasper, GA, passed away on Wednesday, October 21,2020 at the age of 92.

John was born to parents, Charles and Violet Goodman on July 30, 1928 in Birmingham, England and grew up in the town of Bromsgrove. He was the eldest of he and his brother, Malcolm. In 1953, he married José Parker from Bedford, England and they had two children together, Colin and Gary. In 1963, they immigrated to the United States and lived in Atlanta during most of their time in the US and John worked in the accounting department as a cost controller with Flavo-Rich dairies from which he retired at age 65 in 1993. In 1996, John, José and Colin moved back to England, where he remained until both his wife and son passed away. John then moved back to the United States and married Ann Vonwindeguth whom is a long time resident of Pickens County, Georgia and they settled in Jasper, Georgia for the last 5 years of his life.

John is survived by his wife, Ann; son, Gary John; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Marie; two grandchildren, Jacob and Emily; step-daughter, Debbie and son-in-law, Eddie Rexroat; three step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren. There will be a family graveside ceremony which will take place in October. Our family is grateful for the condolences, but declines flowers and donations.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Card of Thanks                       

The family of Annie Ruth Garlin would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for everything done on our behalf when Mother passed away.

Thank you to Rev. Wallace Parks and Rev. Jason Phillips for their words of comfort and encouragement. 

Thank you to Mrs. Sally Jones for the beautiful music and singing.

Thank you to the pallbearers and the ones who prayed the uplifting prayers.

Thank you also to Gordon Healthcare staff for the good care you gave Mother for the last several years.

We appreciate all the beautiful flowers, donations, food, cards, emails, prayers, and words of encouragement.

Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.


Lydia Waters and family

Charlotte and Keith Holmes and family

Stacey and Dawn Garlin and family