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Obituaries for Nov. 19, 2020; Tom Dicus, Truman Parks, Pooran Zadeh, Gary Pedigo, Violet Cook

Tom Dicus


Thomas "Tom" J. Dicus, 85, of Bent Tree, passed away Monday, November 9, 2020 at Northside Hospital Cherokee. He was born December 13, 1934 to Hazel and Lloyd Dicus in Rochelle, Illinois.  

Tom was a Master Mason (50 year member), a Master Dyer (25 years), owner of Turfway Lawn Equipment in Tequesta, Florida, member of Jasper United Methodist Church, and a 22-year resident of Bent Tree. He was a very creative and artistic man.

Tom volunteered with different organizations throughout his life. Most recently he volunteered with Piedmont Mountainside Auxiliary, Jasper Community Thrift Store, and Jasper United Methodist Church.

Tom is survived by his wife of 66 years, Donna Dicus of Bent Tree; sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Angie Dicus, Don and Tonya Dicus; daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Tom Rabic, Connie and Randy Jackson; sister, Susan Andracke; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and Lloyd Dicus and his brother, Bobby Dicus.

A Masonic Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Tom's honor may be made to Rochelle Township High School Alumni Association at PO Box 622; Rochelle, IL  61068 or Jasper United Methodist Church at 85 West Church Street; Jasper, GA  30143 or the National Rifle Association at 11250 Waples Mill Road; Fairfax, VA  22030.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, Woodstock Nursing Home, and Northside Cherokee Hospital.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Truman Parks


Truman Parks, 90, of Talking Rock, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Grandview Health Care in Jasper.  He was born December 31, 1929 to the late John and Lillie Parks in Gilmer County.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army.  Truman was a Mason and a member of Talking Rock Baptist Church.

Truman is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ann Quinton Parks; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Cindy Parks of Talking Rock; grandchildren, Devon Anthony Parks of Talking Rock, Anthony Richard and Allison Parks of Talking Rock; brothers and sister-in-law, Jim Quinton, Don and Marilyn Quinton; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Fred and Sue Gilbert; sister-in-law, Vivian Quinton.  Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

A private family graveside service will be held.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Pooran Zadeh


Pooran Hedayat Zadeh, 87, of Dacula, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2020 at Sonshine Manor.

She is survived by her son, Mehraban Izadi of Dacula; daughters, Maryan Daneshvar of Roswell, Mona Ellsworth of Jasper; sister, Parvin Tabari of Iran; and brothers, Soheel Hedayat Zadeh of Germany, Sepehr Hedayat  Zadeh of Naples Florida. 

A graveside service was held Monday, November 9, 2020 at 4 p.m. at Lake Forest Memorial Park. 

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

Online condolences may be made at


Gary Pedigo


Mr. Gary Ray Pedigo, 65, of Fairmount, Georgia, departed this life Friday, November 13, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family. Gary was born December 9, 1954 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a son of the late Joseph Neal and Mildred Josephine Wrinkle Pedigo. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Pamela R. Anderson.  

Gary proudly served his county in the U.S. Army having received the rank of SGT, E5. He was the co-owner along with his wife of “Your Designs Drapery Work Room, etc.” He was a Christian and attended the Holiness Church. He loved working on their farm raising free range chickens and a host of rescue animals including, horses, dogs, cats, turkeys, ducks, guineas and anyone needing a home.  

He met his wife on a blind date and married three months later on June 23, 1980. She said Gary was full of life and loved to laugh and that she has literally laughed for forty years. He would make her laugh so hard she had to carry an inhaler because she laughed so hard it would trigger and asthma attack.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Annette Simmons Pedigo of the residence; son, Samuel Neal Pedigo and his companion, Sandra Bourque and her sons, Sean and Drew all of Cartersville, GA; daughter Sarah Marie Pedigo of Fairmount, GA; grandchildren, Kiera A. Pedigo, Drake O. Pedigo and Jaden R. Pedigo; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph “Joe” S. and Carolyn Pedigo and their children, Elizabeth, Jadea and Josie all of Chickamauga, GA; former daughter-in-law and her husband, Jennifer D. and Brandon Skelton and their children, Maddie and Emma; special friends who were also part of the family, Colin D. Martin and Miranda Anderson; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Nadine and Bill Batton of Fairmount, GA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Gary Ray Pedigo were held Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 3 p.m. at Ponders Fairmount Chapel with Brother Bobby House, Brother Troy Lawson officiating and eulogy given by his son, Sam Pedigo. He will be laid to rest at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia, with Colin Martin, Shawn Moore, Shannon Moore, Stanley Hardin will be honored to serve as pallbearers. 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at


Violet Cook

February 14, 1935 - November 11, 2020


Mrs. Violet Spivey Cook, 85, of Talking Rock, passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at her home.

Mrs. Cook is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Anthony Wayne and Sherri Lynn Cook of Talking Rock; son, James Daniel Cook of Benton, TN; daughter, Teri Lynne Cook of Carrollton; brother, Melvin Spivey of Sanford, FL; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cook family.