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Obituaries for Nov. 26, 2020; John Edwards, Bessie Ray, Shelia Hollis

John Edwards


John S. Edwards died on Oct. 31, 2020, after a long illness. 

He is survived by his wife, Janice L. Edens; his children, Denise Wilson and Tim Edwards; his stepson, Darren L. Mobley; son-in-law, Chris Wilson; daughter-in-law Autumn Gray; and his grandchildren, Todd Wilson, Eva Mobley, and Mia Mobley, as well as his brother Frank Edwards and sister-in-law Celeste Edwards, his sister-in-law Nina Edwards, and several nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank ( or another food bank of your choice.


Bessie Ray


Bessie Louise Ray, 94, of Canton, Georgia, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Canton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born March 1, 1926 to Carl and Josie Crowe in Marble Hill, Georgia. In the spring of 1945, Bessie met John Ray and they were married October 6 by Lee Eubanks of Nelson.  After living in Nelson several years, they moved to the farm to live out their lives. 

Bessie is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Patsy Ray of Canton, James and Liz Ray of Nelson, Chris and Tammy Ray of Nelson; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Ted Anderson of Waleska, Becky and Frank Strickland of Tate; sisters, Virginia Morris, Gertrude Enis, Margaret Beck, Barbara Ann Stacy, Glenda Crowe, Diane Godfrey; brother, Gene Crowe;  10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Allen Ray, Sr.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2020 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Dr. Daniel Ray officiating. Interment followed in the Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.  

The family requests in lieu of flowers, make a memorial donation in her honor to the charity of your choice. 

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

Online condolences may be made at


Shelia Hollis

January 15, 1946 - November 19, 2020


Ms. Shelia Irene Hollis, 74, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Pruitt Health in Atlanta.

Ms. Hollis is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Harold Eugene & Melissa Violet of Tate and Bryon Keith & Michelle Violet of CA; daughter and son-in-law, Regina & Lloyd Varnado of Marble Hill; brother, Bob Hollis of FL; sister, Judy Sutton of TN; seven grandchildren, Dustin & Jessica Violet, Scott Violet, Heather & Nathan Cooper, Rachel Varnado, William & Jaclyn Varnado, Matthew & Tiffani Violet and Kendall Violet; three great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were  held at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2020 at New Life Apostolic Church, with Rev. A.B. Stewart officiating. Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hollis family.