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Obituaries from December 24, 2020; Frances Carmichael, Vestel Davis, Laura Baker, Mickey Howard, Brenda Price

Frances Carmichael


Frances “Fran” Irene Carmichael, 86, passed Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at The Retreat at Jasper, Georgia.

Mrs. Carmichael, a native of Orlando, Florida, was born February 11, 1934, the daughter of the late Vera Marguerite and Donald Carter Helms.

Educated at Florida State University with AB and MA degrees and with a Master’s work also from Wellesley in Massachusetts, Mrs. Carmichael became a dean of women at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, Juniata College in Huntington, Pennsylvania, and at the University of Georgia, Athens. In Athens, she was active in the University Women’s Club, Bobbin Mill Garden Club, the Red Cross, Rotary, First Presbyterian Church, and even helped coordinate churches and civic assistance for a home for teenage girls. She was instrumental in coordinating the Keep America Beautiful with Georgia’s program to eliminate littering and to coordinate garden clubs throughout the state. Mrs. Carmichael was a lifelong member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. 

She was predeceased by husband, Joseph Pledger Carmichael; sister, Varian Faye Rowlett (and husband Robert Lee Rowlett); nephew, David Mark Rowlett; and brother-in-law John Heywood Brown.

Fran Carmichael is survived by her sister, Beth Jolene Brown of Orlando, niece Marcia Lynn Jasperse (Rick) of Jasper, nephews Roger Christopher Rowlett (Kinza) of Rentz, Randall Steven Brown (Pam) of Orlando, and Terry Michael Brown (Karen) of Grass Valley, California. She also leaves four great-nieces and one great-nephew.

With a decades’-long wish, (and her characteristic emphasis of education and service), Mrs. Carmichael donated her body to science, to Emory University.

Due to pandemic virus health restrictions, a service or gathering will not be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Pregnancy Center or to ACES Youth Home (Appalachian Children’s Emergency Shelter), both of Jasper, Georgia.

Fran Carmichael’s family would like to express special appreciation to The Retreat at Jasper/ Windsor Lodge for their outstanding and loving care and to Compassus Hospice for their professional and compassionate service.


Vestel Davis


Vestel Monroe Davis, 68, of Jasper, Ga passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. Vestel was born April 11, 1952 in Ellijay, Georgia to Morris and Vira Davis.

He is survived by wife, Pamela Davis of Jasper; children, Nicole and Jason Ray of Jasper; grandchildren, Hunter Weldy, of Washington, Sara Beth Hall of Jasper, Andrew and Alyssa Ray of Jasper, Kyle Ray of Jasper; great-grandchild, Annistyn Ray of Jasper; brothers and sisters, Ruel and Virginia Davis, Violet Waldrop, Jack Davis, Glenda and Albert Darby, Velda and Ricky Wheeler, Shirley and Jack Perrin, Bobby and Lanie Davis.  Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Online condolences can be made at 


Laura Baker


Ms. Laura Lynn Baker, 49, of Talking Rock, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Ms. Baker is survived by her mother, Linda Abrams Baker of Talking Rock; father, Terry Ray & Beverly Baker of Jackson, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Miriam & Jonathan Pearson of Sugar Hill, GA; nephews, William Prince and Ian Prince; nieces, Amelia Prince and Suzanne Pearson.

Funeral services were held at noon Monday, December 21, 2020 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home.

Interment was at 3 p.m. Monday, December 21, 2020 at Crest Lawn Memorial Park in Atlanta, GA.

The family will accept flowers but prefer donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Baker family.


Mickey Howard


Mr. Mickey Howard, 53, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at his residence.

Mr. Howard is survived by his wife, Rachel Howard of Jasper; sons and daughter-in-law, Phoenix Allen of Jasper and Nicholas & Nicole Howard of Cartersville; daughter, Tammy Bradley of Jasper; brothers and sisters-in-law, Johnny Homer & Karen Howard of Acworth, Kenneth Howard of Jasper, and Teddy & Terena Howard of Gilmer County; sister and special friend, Carolyn Hazelwood & Frank Belknap; sister and brother-in-law, Deborah Lynn & Harold Tidwell of Adairsville; 12 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at noon Sunday, December 20, 2020 in the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. James Thompson and Rev. Charles Howard officiating.

Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park, following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Nicholas Howard, Harold Tidwell, Timothy Tidwell, Anthony Allen, Michael Allen and David Allen.

The family accepted flowers or donations can be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Howard family.


Brenda Price


Brenda Price, 70, of Hinton, passed away Monday, December 21, 2020 at her home. She was born May 4, 1950 to Waymon and Tennie Lee Long in Jasper, Georgia.  

Brenda is survived by her husband, Jerry Price of Hinton; son, Scotty Moss of Hinton; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Kelly Moss of Hinton; daughter-in-law, Kristie Moss of Hinton; step-sons and daughters-in-law, John and Rola Price of Jasper, Jesse Price of Hinton; grandchildren, Jacey and Ben Weatherby of Hinton, Owen Moss of Hinton, Jackson Moss of Hinton; step-granddaughter, Ashley Price of Hinton; step-grandsons, Zak Price of Jasper, Adam Price of Jasper, Faris Price of Jasper, Laith Price of Jasper; step-granddaughter, Christy Lynn Price of California; brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Monica Cody of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Ricky Poore of Dahlonega; and special friend, Brenda Evans of Hinton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Waymon Long and Tennie Lee Foster Long; and step-mother Wyllene Cody.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2020  at the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Brother Seth Bunch officiating. Interment will be Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, December 30, 2020 from 10 a.m. until 1:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cloverleaf Missionary Baptist Church.

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

Online condolences may be made at