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Obituaries for January 14, 2021; Emma Fountain, Mark Byess Jr., Billy Townsend, Robert Kintner, Jr., Lonnie Biddy, Elbert Stone, Tom Eubanks

Emma Fountain


Emma A. Fountain, 88, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Wildwood Health Care. She was born October 13, 1932 to C.H. and Dessie Smith in Pickens County.

Emma is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Garry and Becky Fountain of Jasper, Larry and Teresa Fountain of Jasper; daughters, Janice Roper of Jasper, Joyce Cantrell of Jasper; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Amon Fountain; granddaughter, Holly Mullins; sons-in-law, Lanny Roper and Bobby Cantrell.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m.,  Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Reverend Harold Cantrell, Reverend Buck Parker, Reverend Grant Wade, Brother Logan Fountain officiating.   Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Brian Cantrell, Matt Fountain, Keith Cantrell, Thomas Fountain, Charlie Roper, Andrew Gibson, Jackson Leake, Cooper Cantrell, Brody Leake, Maddox Plumley, Corben Cantrell, Liam Straka, and Logan Fountain.

In lieu of flowers, make donations in Emma's honor to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Mark Byess Jr.


Mark Daniel Byess, Jr., 61, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021. 

Mr. Byess loved his pet dogs, trout fishing and white tail deer hunting. Mark was a master carpenter and owner operator of Masters Touch Upholstery. 

Mark is survived by his daughter, Jessica Byess, of Waleska, Georgia; sister, Denise Smith and husband Richard, of Buchanan, Georgia; brother, Paul Byess and wife Diane, of Lanett, Alabama; sister, Tammy McCoy, of Waleska, Georgia; brother, Michael Byess and Lisa Stoker, of Jasper, Georgia; brother, Scott Byess and wife Tina, of Ellijay, Georgia. Arrangements entrusted to In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations, 481 Noah Drive, Jasper, Georgia 30143. 706-253-5060. Online condolences can be expressed at


Billy Townsend


Mr. Billy Leon “Road Runner” Townsend, 77, of the Ludville Community in Pickens County, Georgia, departed this life Thursday January 7, 2021, at the home of his daughter surrounded by his loving family. 

Billy was born October 25, 1943 in Fairmount, Georgia, a son of the late Reverend William “Little William” and Ruby Emalease Hamrick Townsend.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruthelle Collis and brothers, James Monroe Townsend, Edward and Mandy Townsend and Clyde Townsend.

He is survived by his daughter, Nancy and Robert Hales; son, Billy Leon “Bo” and Cindy Townsend, Jr. all of the Ludville Community; sister-in-law, Shirley Townsend of the Jerusalem Community; grandchildren, Robbie and Kim Hales, Mitchell Hales, Tyler and Michelle Townsend and Titus Townsend; great-grandchild, Lauren Hill; ex-wife, Jackie Seacy of Ludville, GA; many adoptive grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Billy Leon “Road Runner” Townsend, Sr., were held Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Ponders Fairmount Chapel with Reverend Mitchell Hales, Reverend Bobby Timms and Reverend Chris Pack officiating. He was laid to rest beside his brother at Pleasant Grove (RYO) Baptist Church Cemetery in Fairmount, Georgia, with Tyler Townsend, Matt Cross, Jacob Mulkey, Jake Walraven, Ego Roden, Jonathan Hopkins and William Marlow honored to serve as pallbearers. 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Arrangements will be announced by, Ponders Melrose Chapel 138 Melrose Drive Dalton, GA 30721, 706-226-4002 and 


Robert Kintner, Jr.

AKA-Bob,AKA-The Raven,AKA-Snowbird 3

The Man, the Myth, the Legend. He turned down the title of the Worlds Most Interesting Man because it would have been a demotion. He was a super genius, and had he not chosen to use his powers for good, would have made one hell of an evil mastermind.

He loved God, his country, his wife and his dogs, not necessarily in that order. He hated hypocrites and stupid people. He loved Hungarian food, camping, shooting big guns, traveling (always an adventure), drinking very good bourbon, helping others and flying, also not necessarily in that order. His favorite places were New Orleans, Las Vegas, New Smyrna Beach, Hope Town Abacos and Jasper, Georgia.

When he was 17, he graduated high school early, got his parents blessing and joined the Army. He was a bit crazy and wanted to jump out of perfectly good airplanes, so he went to jump school then became a member of the 82nd Airborne Division 3rd/504th.

In 1990, after his service he met his future wife, Sherrie, and they married in October 1991 and lived in central Florida. He was a boat mechanic and had his own mobile repair business for seven years, then decided he wanted to pursue his lifelong dream of learning to fly. That decision would change the course of his and many other lives.

By 1998 he had earned his pilot ratings through MEII, CFII, ATP and was assistant chief pilot for American Flyers in Kissimmee, Fl. In 2000, he was offered a chief pilot position at Northside Aviation in Kennessaw, Ga. That is when Joe Gravalec came in to learn to fly. They became fast friends and decided they could build a better flight school, one where fun and safety could go hand in hand. They opened Superior Flight School on September 11, 2001. A hell of a day to open a flight school, all aircraft were grounded, airspace was closed for two weeks... but despite the odds their school made it through the tough times and for 18 years, Joe and Bob’s school helped train thousands of pilots.

Bob was always interested in learning new things and he loved helping people. In 2010 he became a volunteer firefighter for Pickens County at Yellow Creek Station 9. He got his EMT, Wildland firefighter and wilderness EMT ratings. He was Cherokee County Volunteer of the Year in 2012. He became Chief of Station 9 in 2016. He was a dedicated champion of “his” volunteers, he loved them all like family. He always made sure they had the latest equipment, technology and support that was available.

He was a smart-assed, lovable scoundrel with a heart the size of Texas. He was the kind of friend who’d bail you out of jail (unless he was sitting in there with you), the kind of friend who’d help you hide a body (not that he ever did, but he would have). He’d give you advice or the shirt off his back depending upon your need.

Bob loved to shoot and was a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights. He was a lifetime, patron member of the NRA. He was a NRA pistol instructor and taught many people to safely shoot and carry guns. He competed in IDPA and other tactical matches around the US.

He was also a movie star. Tom Cruise was lucky enough to star in the movie, American Made, with Bob. He was a stunt pilot and played the character Snowbird 3. He filmed scenes in Ball Ground at the Cherokee County Airport and in New Orleans.

Bob was a modern renaissance man who lived life to its fullest and then some. He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, talented pilots, flight instructors, firefighters,EMTs and support personnel. He left an indelible impression on everyone he encountered. He was truly larger than life itself.

He is survived by his wife, Sherrie Kintner, his Dinkies- Loki, Matilda, Dazy and Spike. His mother, Eva Kintner; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Crislyn Kintner;  sister and brother-in-law, Dawn and Pete Hartman; aunt Kathleen and uncle Kenny; nephews and nieces, Colby and Carissa Kintner, Christopher and Lindsey Hartman. As well as all his flight school and firefighter families.

Bob died on December 19, 2020 while trying to save a bunch of puppies and orphans from a burning building...not really, it was colon cancer that got him in the end, no pun intended. No family history, he was 51 when diagnosed and he fought valiantly for 11 months, never losing his concern and appreciation for others or his wicked sense of humor.

Memorial services will be held at Veterans Memorial Park in Jasper on Saturday January 16, 2021 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life Party at the Lodge at Old Mill in Jasper. And what a life to celebrate. We love you and miss you Raven, fly free and we will see you again in the kingdom of Heaven.


Lonnie Biddy

August 29, 1963 - January 11, 2021


Mr. Lonnie Lamar Biddy, 57, of Rome, GA passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 at Floyd County Medical Center.

Mr. Biddy is survived by his father, Benny Lamar Biddy of Jasper; mother and step-father, Shirley & Troy Morris of Jasper; special aunt and uncle, Barbara O'Shields & Anthony Cagle; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Lake Forest Memorial Park, with Rev. Ricky Jarrett officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Burnt Mountain Center or a charity of your choice.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Biddy family.


Elbert Stone

March 25, 1952 - January 3, 2021


Mr. Elbert Stone, 69, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his residence.

Mr. Stone is survived by his sisters, Susie Young of Jasper, Sandy Raffety of Kennesaw, Margie McDaniel of Ellijay, and Mary B. Palmer of Talking Rock; brothers, Jack Stone of Jasper, and Robert Stone of Gordon County; several nieces and nephews, along with other family members and friends.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Stone family.


Tom Eubanks


James Thomas Eubanks Jr., 80, of Marietta, died on January 9, 2021. 

Tom was born in Jasper on July 13, 1940 where he resided until moving to Smyrna in 1957.  Graduating from Campbell High School, Tom attended the Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in Architectural Design. Early in his career Tom explored careers at Lockheed, Cleve Cail Associates, Cobb Board of Education Facilities, H.E Hodge Company, and Rhodes Furniture. Tom pursued his passion of architectural design by creating his own company, T. Designs, where he designed and renovated homes and businesses throughout the North Georgia area, including numerous homes in the gated community of Big Canoe.  

After marrying Barbara Floyd, a first-grade teacher in Cobb County, Tom and Barbara relocated to Pickens County. Tom renovated the Eubanks’ family home known as The Cagle House, originally built by Tom’s great grandfather in 1871. Under Tom’s careful design, the Cagle House was restored and eventually placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 2002. Not only did the Cagle House serve as a bed and breakfast for many years, but the restored home became a welcoming destination to travelers from the Friendship Force, a club fostering cultural connections between international countries. Tom and Barbara were involved in welcoming Friendship Force ambassadors into their home throughout the years, hosting more than 20 groups from 15 different countries.  As a part of this international project, Tom and Barbara also had the unique and notable opportunity to serve as exchange directors for an architectural program with St. Petersburg, Russia with the Chief Architect of the Hermitage serving as their host.

As an active member of his community, Tom served as president of Optimist Clubs in both Smyrna and Jasper and later as Georgia Governor of Optimist International.  He also served as co-chair of Georgia Marble Festival, a member of Rotary, and a volunteer for Good Samaritan’s Health and Wellness Center. Always willing to lend a hand in civic responsibilities, Tom was a founding member of Marble Valley Friends. His efforts within this group were instrumental in securing National Village status for Tate, Georgia as well as securing the rights to the Tate Depot and Tate School Gym for the community. To continue his and Barbara’s legacy of community service, Tom’s estate will establish a scholarship program for beginning teachers in the name of his devoted wife, Barbara Jean Floyd Eubanks.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents J.T. and Louise Cagle Eubanks and his wife Barbara Floyd Eubanks.  One of six children, Tom is survived by sisters Theresa (Grady) Ireland- Marietta, Sharyn (Ron) Bernecky- Smyrna, Betty (Melvin) McGill- Rome, and brothers Mark (Sue) Eubanks- Rome, and Ron (Brenda) Eubanks- Marietta, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Cool Springs Cemetery Fund. A graveside service will be held at Cool Springs Baptist Church in Tate January 15, 2021 at 2 p.m.