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Obituaries for January 21, 2021; Donald Lodge, Sandra Weaver, Ted Lambert, Jeanene Moore, Gertrude Kilpatrick, Jody Cagle, Lana Barrett, Joe Eller, Peggy Cagle, Marie Collins, Evelyn Jordan, Diane Jones, Don Harris, Dennis McLaughlin, Judy Keener

Donald Lodge


Donald Edward Lodge, 88, died peacefully on Jan. 6, 2021. 

Born in Marshalltown, Iowa to George N. Lodge and Lucille Anna Nepras Lodge, he grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After completing his education at Franklin High and Coe College and following service in the Army in Austria and England, he earned a Masters Degree in Marketing from the University of Iowa. Work experience included the Iowa Department of Business Development, Georgia Tech, Boise Cascade, Inland Steel, the State Department of NY at Plattsburgh and the Georgia Department of Industry and Trade. His work in economic development took him to the Philippines, South Korea, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Don had many accomplishments and talents. He was an Eagle Scout.  An avid model railroader, he had a number of articles published in national rail magazines. His rail photos were published in four books. He replicated a model railroad of 1954 Cedar Rapids and eventually donated it to the Cedar Rapids Historical Society. An accomplished amateur photographer, his works were juried into a number of exhibits and galleries in Ohio and Georgia. His rail photos were published in four books.

In Pickens County he and his wife were active in the Marble Valley Historical Society, Sharptop Arts and Crafts Association and Sassafras Literary Society. He was also an active volunteer in a multitude of capacities while in residence at Wesley Woods Towers in Decatur, GA. 

A lifelong tinkerer, he was not afraid of DIY home projects including plumbing, electrical and renovation as well as auto repair. He passed his photography and tinkering interests and skills to his sons, all of whom are skilled photographers. 

He is preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Darlene N. Lodge of Atlanta. His children from his first marriage to Jennifer Atchison (Atlanta), survive him: John (Terri) of Mandeville, LA; Jeffrey (Jenny Nicholson) of Alexandria, VA, Ann Hesskamp (Bob) of Atlanta, GA; Stuart Lodge of Atlanta and step daughters Lynnette Payne (John Moore); Sandra Payne; Karen Payne Morris (Matthew) and eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 

Donations in his honor may be made to Foundation of Wesley Woods, 1817 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta GA 30329


Sandra Weaver


Sandra Joan Haygood Weaver, 63, of Jasper passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Kenny Morris officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 

Ms. Weaver was a member of Cool Springs Baptist Church. She loved animals and sports, especially basketball. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Sandra was preceded in death by her dad, Jimmy Haygood and grandparents, Ruth and Charlie Ray and Ruby and Cliff Haygood. She is survived by her son, Charlie Weaver (Amanda); mother, Peggy Joan Haygood; grandchildren, Braxton Slade Weaver and Brody Chance Weaver; fiance, Tyree Forester; siblings, John Haygood (Carolyn), Sharon Holcomb (Perry) and Mike Haygood (Denise); several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many beloved friends.

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, Ga. is honored to serve the family.


Ted Lambert

U.S. Veteran 


Grady W. (Ted) Lambert, 96, passed on January 8, 2021, at the Pavilion-THS in Lebanon, TN. 

The son of William and Florence Scott Lambert, Mr. Lambert was born and raised in Jasper, GA.  He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Lambert retired from Lockheed Martin, Marietta, GA, and was a member of the Georgia Masons Grand Lodge of Macon, GA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Anna Hefner Lambert; brothers, Wilburn and Fred Lambert; sister, Lola (Mac) Hutchings; wife, Allene Groves Lambert; daughter, Patricia McClendon, granddaughter, Laci Landreth and special friend and companion Joan Pearson. 

Mr. Lambert is survived by daughters Peggy Lindsley-Lambert, Lebanon, TN; Bettye (Mike) Brown, Chattanooga, TN, and Candace Lambert, Trenton, GA; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, and beloved niece, Jan (Russ) Scritchfield.

Gathering of family and friends was held on Saturday, January 16, 2021, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hermitage Funeral Home, 535 Shute Lane Old Hickory, TN 37138. A memorial Celebration of Life was held at 2 p.m. in the Tulip Grove Room of the Hermitage Funeral Home, with Johnny Markham officiating.  

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caregivers at Pavilion Assisted Living & Pavilion-THS who lovingly cared for Mr. Ted.


Jeanene Moore


Jeanene S. Moore of Jasper, Georgia passed away in Glendale, Arizona on the evening of January 8, 2021 at the age of 83 after complications of COVID-19. Jeanene was born April 28, 1937 in her parents’ home in Cleveland, Georgia. After graduating from Cleveland High School in 1955, she got a job at the telephone company and moved to Atlanta and lived in a church home with four other girls. In December 1955, she met her husband, Ernest, on a blind date and they were married six months later on June 30, 1956 and began their family right away.  

Jeanene worked at C&S Bank as a bank teller for a short time, then became the bookkeeper for the title company she and Ernest began in 1986. Upon selling the title company in 1997, she and Ernest retired to Jasper, Georgia in a beautiful mountain lakeside home. She enjoyed the next 20 years golfing, traveling and being with family and friends. Due to health reasons, they moved to Glendale, AZ in August 2018. Upon the passing of Ernest on October 17, 2018, Jeanene remained in their new apartment in the Assisted Living Community of Orchard Pointe of Arrowhead in Glendale, AZ that she absolutely loved.

The last years of Jeanene’s life were troubled with dementia. She lost interest in activities she previously loved to do and was just happy to sit in her chair reading or doing paint-by-number paintings of scenery, children and snowmen. She stated many times over the last few years she was ready to go anytime God was ready for her, and her family takes comfort in knowing she is now with God through her belief in Jesus. 

She is survived by her brother, Raymond Simmons (Gainesville, GA); brother, Leroy Simmons (Marietta, GA); daughter, Cyndi Kennedy (Auburn, GA); daughter, Donna Moore (Glendale, AZ); son, David Moore (Atlanta, GA); grandsons, Ethan and Evan Kennedy; great grandchildren, Ella and Easton Kennedy; and many nephews and nieces. 

She is predeceased by her mother, Nellie Simmons; her father, Grover Simmons; her sister, Evelyn; her sister, Helen; her brother, Hansel; her brother, Hoyt; her brother Hayne; and her husband, Ernest. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, Texas 75380. 

A funeral service will be held at a future date when friends and family can comfort each other safely.


Gertrude Kilpatrick


Gertrude Raper Kilpatrick, 86, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, January 15, 2021.

She was born in Cherokee County, North Carolina on June 18, 1934 to the late James and Lourina Raper. 

Gertrude was a founding member of River Valley Baptist Church in Murphy. She was also a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and a life-long resident of Cherokee County. She was an avid gardener that loved beautiful flowers and quilting. One of her greatest joys was taking care of children.

In addition to her parents, Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband William Howard Kilpatrick; brothers, Marcus, Tom, Wendell, Horace, Hoyt, Pearly, Goldman, and Guy Raper and two sisters, Lillian Allen and Dorothy Webster.

Gertrude is survived by a son, Rex Kilpatrick and wife Beverly, and two daughters, Helen and Polly Kilpatrick; three brothers, Truman, Charles, and Henry Raper, and six sisters; Maggie Stiles, Louise Davenport, Irene Mathis, Reba Davis, Mary Long, and Marie Nations.  Gertrude is also survived by a precious granddaughter, Hannah Kilpatrick; many nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and great nephews.

A private family funeral was held Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at River Valley Baptist Church. Reverend Eric Nations, Joe Long, and Daniel Webster officiated. Music conducted by Tim Nicholson. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Matthew, Luke, Jerry, and Jeff Raper, Tim and Colby Davis. Honorary pallbearers were all other nephews and great-nephews. 

Family requests that masks be worn and social distancing procedures be observed during the visitation and service.

You may send tributes to the Kilpatrick family at

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


Jody Cagle

September 6, 1943 - January 11, 2021


Jo Lynn Cagle (Jody) of Nelson, GA passed away January 11, 2021 at Northside Hospital Cherokee due to complications from Covid-19.

For those of you who knew her, you knew our Mama was a beautiful woman inside-out, that enjoyed working in her flowers, traveling (even if it was just riding around), walking on the beach looking for shells or shark teeth, laying in the bed at night watching the deer and other animals that came into her back yard as well as many other things, But her absolute favorite was visiting Cades Cove, She never got tired of going there.

She became Memaw to a lot of the neighborhood boys of Nelson. She always took the time to sit down, talk and listen when they came by and always made sure she at least offered them something to eat before they left. She sure loved each and every one of them.

We must mention her Golden Girls group. They have shared ups, downs, lazy days by the pool, many adventures, and have all been there for each other. Most importantly, they shared lasting friendships throughout the years and deep love for each other. Mama always looked forward to getting together with these girls. You ladies brought a lot of joy and laughter into her life. We are so forever grateful that she had each of you.

After Daddy died, she was able to find love again. They have really had some adventures together, Their last adventure was December 2020 when they took off to Brunswick and the Golden Isles - this was a gift to each other. We never heard our Mama laugh as much until they found each other. Their love blossomed like a whirlwind on Facebook for all to see (admittedly, sometimes we cringed). But she was the happiest she had been in a long time, almost as if she had transformed into a giddy young girl, head over heals in love. We know she loved Rodger Brown so very much and know he loved her. For this Rodger, we are eternally grateful.

Our Mama loved all her grandchildren very much and was always happy to see them visit. Some of these she either helped raise or did raise as her own. She cherished every single one of them. Many of them grew up being at her house around her and Daddy frequently. They all got the peanut butter and sugar sandwiches or her cinnamon toast. While she would have preferred to keep them all as children, she enjoyed watching them grow into adults. She was super proud of each of you. She would end her conversations with I love you Hun...

Mama had a special side-kick the last several years of her life, Aspen. They were thick as thieves - going on one adventure after another. Aspen was with Mama a lot and gave her a lot of enjoyment. They cooked together, played together, took care of Grandma together, just so much we can't begin to list them all. One thing is for sure, Mama loved Aspen with all she had.

There are many things we could say about our Mama. She was a lot of things to different ones: a Mother, a Memaw, a love of their life, a sister, an aunt, a cousin and a friend. She touched a lot of peoples lives in ways we will never know. She wasn't perfect, but she was our Mama.

There have been so many people who have said a prayer, called, messaged or thought about her and us. We have no words to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone. We will miss her very much, but know we will see her in the resurrection - Revelation 21: 3-5.

We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to the doctors and nurses in the ER department and on floor 6 East of Northside Cherokee for going above and beyond in giving our mother excellent care and comforting her like a surrogate family due to our not being able to be with her, letting us visit by means of video calls, and for making sure we were there with her in her final moments. We will treasure that always.

She is survived by her special love: Rodger Brown; son: Shannon Cagle of Cartersville; two honorary sons: Sammy Cagle Jr. of Nelson and Johnathon Cagle of Nelson; daughters and sons-in-law: Trudy & Ricky Chastain of Talking Rock, Janie & Jeff Elliott of Marble Hill, Lisa & Mark Fuller of Henagar, AL, and Kelly & Troy Magness of Cartersville; brothers and sisters-in-law: Benny & Brenda Thacker of Nelson, Troy & Penny Thacker of Nelson and Ricky Thacker of Nelson. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews that she dearly loved.

She is preceded in death by her parents: Truman and Izzie Thacker, husband: Marvin Cagle, son: Sammy Cagle, granddaughter: Lindsey Weaver, and sister: Patsy Heath.    

She was a member of Nelson Baptist Church.

Due to the Covid-19 virus and concern for the safety of all, there will be no arrangements for a service at this time. Mama's final request to us (her last piece of Mom advice) was to do everything we could possibly do to protect ourselves, our families and others from this virus. When it is considered safe to do so, we will have a celebration of life service. In lieu of flowers, Mama requested donations be made to St. Jude's Hospital.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cagle family.   


Lana Barrett

August 9, 1941 - January 11, 2021


Miss Lana Sue Barrett, 79, of Jasper, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 at Clay County Care Center in Hayesville, NC.

Miss Barrett is survived by her brothers, Bill Barrett of Jasper, James Barrett of Jasper, and Ferman Barrett Jr. of Chatsworth; sister, Haley Ballew of Talking Rock; several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Bethel Christian Church Cemetery, with Rev. Bobby Timms officiating.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Barrett family.   


Joe Eller

November 4, 1931 - January 12, 2021


U.S. Veteran 


Mr. Roy "Joe" Eller, 89, of Villa Rica, passed away Tuesday January 12, 2021 at Tanner Medical Center.

Mr. Eller is survived by his wife, Martha Eller of Villa Rica; daughters, Patti Jo Eller of Villa Rica and Robin Len Eller of Villa Rica; sisters, Julia Biddy of Austell and Helen Free of Jasper; two grandchildren, Christopher Dixon and Christina Feltz; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Raymond Coffman officiating.

Interment was at Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery following the funeral service.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Eller family.  



Peggy Cagle

May 4, 1935 - January 14, 2021


Peggy Ann Cagle, 85, of Jasper, passed away Thursday January 14, 2021 at her residence.

Peggy is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Glenda Cagle of Cagletown; daughters and sons-in-law, Trena and Larry Jones of Cagletown, and Tammy & Scott Reed of Jasper. two grandchildren, Mandy and Nick Stewart and Kolbie Miller; three great-grandchildren, Isaiah Roberts, Turner Stewart and Olivia Miller; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Betty Taylor of Jasper; sister-in-law, Ruthalee and Robert Taylor; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Cagle and grandson, Jeremiah Cagle Reed.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Bethany Baptist Church, with Rev. Scott Price and Rev. Johnny McPherson officiating.

Interment was in the church cemetery following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Scott Reed, Nick Stewart, Isaiah Roberts, Frank Martin, Herman Cochran, Wesley Dobson and Larry Jones. Honorary pallbearer: Turner Stewart.

The family accepted flowers or donations can be made to Bethany Baptist Church, c/o Jeff Tucker: 42 Kevin Court  Jasper, GA 30143.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cagle family.


Marie Collins


Marie Johnson Collins, beloved mother of Anna Lee Moss and Janet C. Mueller, departed this life on Jan. 14, 2021 at the age of 92. 

She was born on Jan. 24, 1928 to Hardy and Ollie Johnson of Jasper, GA as the oldest of four children. Her two brothers, Arnold Lee and Howell Johnson, and her one sister, Shirley Atkins preceded her in death, as well as her husband, Howard L. Collins and one son-in-law, Ronnie J. Moss. She is survived by her daughters, her son-in-law, David Mueller, 10 grand-children, and their spouses, and 7 great-grand-children. Marie was known to all as a generous, hard-working wife and mother who had a lot of entrepreneurial spirit. She and Howard opened their own grocery store, Collins Grocery, in 1959 and operated it for many years. After selling the store she worked for a local doctor for a while until she opened the Pants Gallery, a clothing store in Jasper, GA. She loved to try new things and her children remember her as an accomplished seamstress, quilt-maker, cook, gardener, etc. Marie taught her girls to have a passion for travel, a spirit of adventure, and compassion for others, but most of all, a love of God. The graveside ceremony was on Jan. 18, 2021 for immediate family at Philadelphia Bapstist Church. Arrangements were handled by Cagle Funeral Home. There will be a memorial service planned for all family and friends later in the spring/early summer.


Evelyn Jordan

June 20, 1934 – January 11, 2021

Evelyn Jordan, 86, of Ball Ground, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. She was born June 20, 1934 to Hershel and Fannie Cowart in Ball Ground, Georgia.

Mrs. Jordan is survived by son, Randall Jordan of Ball Ground; daughter, Janice Gardner of Ball Ground; grandchildren, Ethan Jordan of Talking Rock, Alex Jordan of Talking Rock, Damon and Donna Williams of Canton, Heather and Adam Whatley of White; great-grandchildren, Erin Whatley, Sean Whatley, and Mason Williams.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Jordan.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 14, 2021 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery.

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


Diane Jones

December 14, 1954 – January 12, 2021

Diane Jones, 66, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. She was born December 14, 1954 to Loy D. and Minalee Mullinax in Chamblee, Georgia.

Diane is survived by husband, Robert Jones of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Sonia and John Gossett of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Lacey Jones of Jasper; mother, Minalee Mullinax of Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, Phil and Teresa Mullinax of Jasper; sister-in-law, Judy Schwarz of DeBary, Florida; grandchildren, Joseph Gossett, David Gossett, Carson Jones, Nina Jones, Camden Jones, Anniston Jones; nieces and nephews, Kadie Shaw, Jeremy Mullinax, Fred Schwarz, Edward Schwarz; and several other close family members.

She was preceded in death by her father, Loy D. Mullinax; brother-in-law, Eddie Jones; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed and Clara Jones.

A graveside service was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the Ball Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ball Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in Diane's honor.

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


Don Harris

August 8, 1945 – January 13, 2021

Don Wayne Harris, 75, of Big Canoe, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. He was born August 8, 1945 to Arlene and Myrtle Harris in Fitzgerald, Georgia.

Don is survived by his wife, Frances Little Harris of Big Canoe; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Heather Harris of Bogart, Georgia; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Jay Lambert of Peachtree City; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Robert East of Dublin, Georgia; grandchildren, John Wayne Harris of Bogart, Luke Hudson Harris of Bogart, Callie Elizabeth Lambert of Peachtree City, Jackson Dudley Lambert of Peachtree City. Numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members also survive.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Blairsville, Georgia with Reverend Ronnie Crisp officiating. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., May 15, 2021 at Trinity Church (near Big Canoe) with Reverend Jeff Gangel officiating. Lunch will be served after the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Thomas Little; 1185 Old Culberson Road; Murphy, NC 28906.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Dennis McLaughlin

June 15, 1948 - January 16, 2021

U.S. Veteran 


Dennis Ray McLaughlin, 73, of Jasper, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at his home.  He was born June 15, 1948 to George and Raye McLaughlin in Elkins, West Virginia.

Dennis is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Brandy McLaughlin of Talking Rock, Jamie and Claudia McLaughlin of Montreal, Canada; grandchildren, Kaylee McLaughlin-Heard of Ellijay, Aleena McLaughlin of Montreal, Canada, Avery McLaughlin of Montreal, Canada; sister, Pam Dorsey of Jasper; nieces, Stacy Riddle of Acworth, Tuesday Hammontree of Jasper. He was preceded in death by parents, George and Raye McLaughlin and brother, David McLaughlin.

A private graveside service will be held at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Administration.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Rest Easy

Go back in time, it’s a sweet dream

Take flight now, float wherever you deem

They call it paradise, you’ll soon know why

We are all birds, it is your time to fly

You’ve been up and down this highway, it’s well past time to rest

Of all the travelers heading past, your journey was the best

There are stars in the southern sky, southward as you go

We hurt so much to say goodbye, as we watch you join their glow

Although we may miss holding your hand, and we are picking up the pieces,

We hope you find a place to make your stand, and forever take it easy.


Written by: Kaylee McLaughlin Heard


Judy Keener

Judy Diane Keener, 71, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at her residence following a courageous battle with a lengthy illness.  

She was born February 1, 1949 in Canton, Georgia to Arco and Bertha Nell Jones.  Judy was a life-long resident of Pickens County.  

Judy is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, T. J. Keener; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Lynne Keener of Jasper, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law, James and Anita Keener of Marble Hill, Georgia; daughter and son-in-law, LaDonna and Jeff Tucker of Jasper, Georgia; six precious grandchildren, Tate Keener of Jasper, Brodie Keener of Jasper, Jonah Keener of Marble Hill, Ada Keener of Marble Hill, Coleman Keener of Marble Hill, and Judith Tucker of Knoxville, Tennessee.  She is also survived by her brother, Larry (Trena) Jones of Cagletown; niece, Kolbie Miller of Cagletown; niece, Jennifer (Jeff) Buck of Mississippi; and nephew, Tommy (Erika) Jones of Nelson, Georgia.

Judy was preceded in death by her son, Jonathan Shane Keener; parents, Arco and Bertha Nell Jones; parents-in-law, J. T. and Ada Keener; and brother, Wayne Jones.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( in memory of Judy.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Grant Wade and Reverend Charles Holbert officiating. Interment will follow. Pall bearers will be Tate Keener, Jonah Keener, Brodie Keener, Coleman Keener, Tommy Jones, and Frank Martin.

Blanket is being prepared by Shake Bone Flowers in Jasper, Georgia.

Online condolences may be made at

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

Due to COVID 19 Restrictions, masks are required at the funeral service.