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Obituaries fo Dec. 17, 2020; Robert Mallernee, Marty Hightower, John Sapp, Peggy Costello, Bill Hall Jr., Helen Bozeman, Melba Evans, Donald Bivens, Carolyn O'Neal

Robert Mallernee


Robert Eugene Mallernee, 89, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Wildwood Health Care. He was born September 5, 1931 to Rusk Bing and Elizabeth Mallernee in Cadiz, Ohio. He was an Elder at Etowah River Church of Christ.

Mr. Mallernee is survived by his sons and daughters-in, Dwight and Dianne Mallernee of Blue Ridge, Greg and Betty Mac Mallernee of Cumming; sister, Marlene Mallernee of Duluth, Minnesota; brother, Kenneth Mallernee of Cadiz, Ohio; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores Katherine Mallernee.

Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will be planned for a future date.

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


Marty Hightower


Mr. Marty Hightower, 39, of Fairmount, GA, departed this life, Sunday December 6, 2020 at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Marty was born January 1, 1981 in Cartersville, GA. Marty enjoyed playing the guitar, fixing cars and he mostly loved pulling pranks on family and friends.

Marty is survived by his wife, Kerry Hightower of Canton, GA; daughter, Ruthann Hightower of Canton, GA; father, Sammy Hightower of Chatsworth, GA; mother, Patsy Mullinax of Fairmount, GA; sisters, Stacie (Sabas) Rodriguez of Rydal, GA, Kristy Harris of Fairmount, GA, Cassie Pinion of Canton, GA; brother, Dakota Hightower of Ellijay; grandmother, Evelyn Mullinax and several nieces and nephews and friends.

Service to celebrate the life of Marty was held Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 2 p.m. from Ponders Fairmount Chapel with Pastor Harold Hightower officiating. 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Ponders Fairmount Chapel 2566 Hwy 411 Fairmount, GA 30139, 706-337-3784


John Sapp


John Richard Sapp, 76, of Talking Rock, GA passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020 surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was born to James Walter and Jacquetta Mae Sapp on September, 24, 1944 in Springfield, MO. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Rebecca E. Sapp. Rick is also survived by his daughters, Donna M. Phillips of Buford, GA and Linda K. (Jason) Fitts of Jasper, GA; sister, Jacquetta L. (Charles) Yedinak of North Fort Myers, FL; 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces and nephews and other family members. 

He is preceded in death by parents James Walter and Jacquetta Mae Sapp, brother James Walter Sapp Jr., and daughter Sherry Lee Turner.

Rick had a passion for nature and photography. He combined the two hobbies to create many amazing images. He also had a life-long love for playing tennis. Rick was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

A service and internment was held at Milton Fields, Milton GA. Donations can be made in Rick's honor to the Cherokee Arts Center.


Peggy Costello


Peggy Ann Costello,  66, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. She was born July, 9 1954 to Kenneth and Luella Allen. Peggy worked at the BP in Jasper. 

She is survived by her husband, Angelo Costello of Jasper, Children, Vernon and Nichole McNemar of Nelson, Vincent and Mandy McNemar of Daphne, Alabama; Eric Lee and Kim McNemar of Jasper, fourteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, brothers, sister and other relatives. 

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


Bill Hall Jr.


William "Bill" Howard Hall, Jr., 79, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Saturday, December 12, 2020 at his home. He was born March 11, 1941 to William Howard Hall, Sr. and Elizabeth Spradley Hall in Milledgeville, Georgia. In 2001 Bill and his wife, Angie, moved to Jasper after building their retirement home here. He was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Jasper.

Bill is survived by his wife, Angie Hall of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Ric and Jessie Hall of Somerville, Alabama; brother, James A. Hall of Florida; grandchildren, Jacob and Stephanie Hall, Jay Hall, Jude Hall, Cheyenne Price; and great-grandchild, Marley Price.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kelly Ann Price and grandson, Jonah Hall.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 17, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Jasper with Reverend Preston Jones and Reverend Greg Pope officiating. Interment will follow  at 2 p.m. at Kennesaw Memorial Park: 1306 Whitlock Avenue NW; Marietta, Georgia 30064.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Jasper in Bill's honor.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Helen Bozeman


Mrs. Helen Ruth Ballew Bozeman, 86, of Jasper died Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Wildwood Nursing Home.  

Mrs. Bozeman was born on May 22, 1934 in McCaysville, Georgia to the late John Burton and Willie Mae Ballew.  She worked as a cook for most of her life.  Her hobbies included sewing and collecting baby dolls.  She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mack Cicero Bozeman; sister, Louise; brothers, Frank and Burton; and three sons, Allen Lanier Bozeman, James Lamar Bozeman, and William "Bill" Marion Bozeman.

Survivors include daughter, Diane (Joel) Collis of Fairmount; son, Wallace (Angie) Bozeman of Thomaston; sister, Mary of Gainesville; brothers, Homer of Louisville, Kentucky, Clyde of Jasper, and Billy of Jasper; 14 grandchildren, Lisa McCulley, Johnny Bozeman, Mack Bozeman, Landon Bozeman, Marlena Bozeman, Lindsey Allen, Ashley Bozeman, Shane Bozeman, Mitchell Silvers, Joel (Tyler) Collis, Andy Bozeman, Nikki Bozeman, Brayden Bozeman, Brandy Siddique; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at the  Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Jared Raines officiating. Pallbearers were Mitchell Silvers, Shane Bozeman, Mack Bozeman, Landon Bozeman, Joel (Tyler) Collis, and Noel Collis.

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

Online condolences may be made at www.roperfuneralhome.


Melba Evans

December 24, 1951 - December 10, 2020


Ms. Melba Dell Evans, 68, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 at her residence.

Ms. Evans is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Toni and Phil Blackwell of Yellow Creek and Gina Dell Jarrett of Jasper; daughter in heart, Traci Bryant; special friend, David Cornett of Ball Ground; sister, Linda Sue Easterwood of Jasper; brothers, Billy and Jaci Evans of Jasper and Benny and Angie Evans of Jasper; four grandchildren, Tyler Shackleford, Brody Blackwell, Kristen Hyde and Carter Joe Hyde; several special cousins, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Greg Long officiating.

Pallbearers: Phil Blackwell, Tyler Shackleford, Brody Blackwell, Brian Johnson, Adam Easterwood and Wesley Easterwood. Honorary pallbearer: Carter Joe Hyde.

The family accepted flowers or donations can be made to The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Evans family.


Donald Bivens

May 3, 1946 - December 9, 2020

U.S. Veteran  


Mr. Don Bivens II, 74, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at his residence.

Mr. Bivens is survived by his wife, Cynthia Bivens of Jasper; sons, Donald Eko Fuhri of Seattle, WA and Jason Andrew Bivens of Canton; daughter, Jennifer Bivens Martin of Jasper; sisters, Alicia Diane Hill of Ball Ground and Kim Gray of Ball Ground; six grandchildren, Jason Andrew Bivens II, Zoe Martin, Kayla Bivens, Kelsey Bivens, Josie Fuhri and Bridgett Fuhri; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his spouse Donna Lynn Barker Bivens.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 12, 2020 at the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with President Boyd Belnap officiating.

Interment was at Sunrise Memorial Gardens following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Zoe Martin, Brandi Strawn, Kaila Solomon, Terry Dorsey, Harry Spooner and Jason Bivens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to help with funeral expenses.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bivens family.


Carolyn O'Neal

November 13, 1936 - December 13, 2020


Carolyn Prather O'Neal, 84, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, December 13, 2020 at MeSun Health Services in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

She was born November 13, 1936 to Edd and Irene Prather in Jasper, Georgia. Carolyn grew up in Jasper and graduated from Pickens County High School. Carolyn played basketball for PCHS for four years. During that time, the team won two state championships and was runner-up to the champions the other two years. During the four years that Carolyn played, the team only lost three games and needless to say, she made the All State Team.

Carolyn loved to travel. She and Bob, along with their friends, enjoyed several wonderful trips. Carolyn and Bob loved the Georgia Bulldogs. They enjoyed going to Athens, not only to see football, but to watch the tennis and baseball teams as well.

Carolyn was a member of Refuge Baptist Church for 69 years. She also enjoyed going to Grayson UMC in Grayson, Georgia.

Carolyn is survived by her beloved husband of 44 years, Robert (Bob) O'Neal of Lawrenceville; brother, Ed (Gene) Prather of Jasper; two sisters, Barbara P. Wood of Jasper, Ethelene and Bob Nix of Monroe; nephew, Ken Wood of Jasper; niece, Jan and Jody Dowda of Jasper; special great-niece and -nephew, Kimsey Dowda and Joe Dowda; nephew, Ted and Sandy Thacker of Roswell, Georgia; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Johnny and Ginger O'Neal of Cumming, Georgia; nephew, John O'Neal III of Greenville, South Carolina. Several cousins and friends also survive.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her father and mother, Edd and Irene Prather; sisters, Lula P. Little and Lorene P. Batson.

Carolyn was a kind and wonderful person. She was like a second mother to her nieces and nephews. Carolyn was loved so very much by her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

The funeral service will be held December 17, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Larry Johnson officiating. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. prior to the funeral. Interment will follow in the Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in care of Leonard Owens; 79 Thomason Farms Drive; Talking Rock, GA 30175 or to The Salvation Army; 3455 Sugarloaf Parkway; Lawrenceville, GA 30044.