The north Georgia community lost a fine resident this week, one of the finest according to many that knew and loved her. Linda Stephens Wood was born October 27th, 1952 in Jacksonville, FL and was called home in the mid-afternoon sunshine of the day of rest, Sunday, January 17th, at the young age of 68.
Though Linda's earthly life ended on this day, she is remembered for the living legacy of selfless service, welcoming humility, comforting compassion and of the humor and laughter that was her best medicine and used in the aid of so many. Linda completed high school at Sprayberry High School in Marietta, where she was senior class president and named, along with the young man that would later become her husband, Ms. and Mr. Sprayberry High School. After graduating high school she went on to earn a secretarial vocational degree at what was Cobb-Marietta Vocational Technical School, and used that training to provide for her young family while her husband completed his degree. Linda married her beloved husband Wyatt on August 14th, 1971. This young couple expanded their family with the birth of their two sons, Matthew in 1975 and Wesley in 1981.
In her adult life Linda became the warm sunshine in the spring sky and the yellow rose in the flower bouquet in the lives of so many people. She kept her family close to the church, and enjoyed memberships at Piedmont Baptist Church, Lost Mountain Baptist Church, Burnt Hickory Baptist Church and at the Big Canoe Chapel. She carried droves of friends and family members by her apron strings, getting the flour dust of people's lives on her apron as she tended to the needs of the many through the years of her service to others. She ministered with service. She ministered with her mastery of the kitchen and the fusion of traditional southern cooking with what-will-my-boys-eat improvisation. She used these skills to feed the hungry, and many came to be fed. I once heard her say that she didn't much enjoy cooking, but it was her selfless drive to meet the needs of others that compelled her to overcome this aversion, just one of countless examples of her service and selflessness. She ministered with compassion, she always put you first, if you sought refuge in her vast well of wisdom you felt you were the only agenda item in her schedule for the day, despite the fact that she was always over committed. She ministered with laughter, commanding a wonderful since of humor that balanced the righteous and the inappropriate with perfect finesse. Her countenance was welcoming and an open door to the many that eagerly walked through it to seek her counsel. Linda was rarely seen sitting down, she was always working a chore, or creating a clothing item for a child, or a grand, or a niece. She was always arranging flowers even if no one came to admire them, still she toiled in beauty for beauty's sake. Her true self was one of productivity, always working with a song and a smile, in the favor and in the service of the Lord she loved.
Linda contributed countless hours of volunteer work, served in the '96 Olympics in Atlanta as a "yellow ringer," she earned her Master Gardener credentials and training that she would use to demonstrate skills in the garden no less than the name would suggest.
Linda was an accomplished traveler, having ventured to the Holy Land, to Italy and other parts of Europe, to Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, to nearly all points of the mainland US from Maine to New York City to Florida (where she would always return if it were her choice for vacation), to the desert southwest to the mountains of Montana and Wyoming, the pacific coast of California, Oregon and Washington, to Hawaii, and several trips to Alaska. She was an accomplished trout fisherman, an avid camper, an extraordinary crafter of many interests, and a lover of life and of the moment. The loss of Linda Stephens Wood is the immeasurable loss of those that remain and her incalculable heavenly gain, where we are sure she has been fitted with an extraordinary pair of wings and a beautiful crown of monarch yellow stones.
Linda is survived by her beloved husband, Wyatt; her son, Matthew and spouse Rachael and their children, Lael (16) and Luke (14); her son, Wesley and spouse Elizabeth and their children, Gillian (8), Rowan (6) and Watson (3); her sister, Cindy Stephens and her brother, Ricky Stephens. Memorial services are being held for the family only due to limited available attendance. The family is requesting donations to the Timothy House Ministry in Talking Rock in lieu of flowers.
Linda Stephens Wood your earthly race is run, thank you for your wonderful living legacy and your undying service to others that continues to serve in the hearts of so many, you will never be forgotten. We can't wait for the day that we see you once more. We love you, now and always.
Robert Redman, 76, of Jasper, GA passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, January 24, 2021, from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Gleason, and Rev. Dwight Henderson officiating. Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Dot Redman and his parents, Don and Mary Redman.
Survivors include his sons, Cary (Jennifer) Redman and Todd (Sherry) Redman; grandchildren, Ashley, Megan, Macey, Kaitlin, Lauren, J.C. and Connor; and five great-grandchildren.
South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.thescfh.com
Richard “Dickey” Glenn Lofton of Jasper, Georgia died on Monday January 18, 2021. He leaves behind his wife, Sharon, whom he has been married to for 40 years, as well as his 10 children Whitney, Katie Paddock and husband Chris, Megan, Michael, Lexie, Carson, Emery Claire, Jake, Charleigh, and Faith. He also was blessed with five grandchildren Grant, Thatcher, Gray, Harper, and Khaleesi. Dickey was born in Atlanta, Georgia July 25, 1958. He graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in journalism and was a passionate Auburn football fan. Dickey met his wife Sharon when they were 16 years old. He sent notes and little paper books across the classroom to “the shy girl in the corner.” They have never been separated since, and all of his children and grandchildren know the depth of love possible on this earth through their love story with one another. Never could it be possible for someone to love someone more than Dickey loved Sharon, and Sharon loved Dickey. To his children he was the one who taught us wonder, magic, dreams, the healing effect of laughter, and goodness. He saw life through the mind of a writer and had the soul of a poet. These qualities helped him to see people more acutely and help them more profoundly. What people most remember about him, in the stories they have shared, is how he helped other people, shared his love for Christ, and how he made them laugh until their sides hurt. To his grandchildren, he was their “best friend.” He was the silly one who always told them stories and had special surprises hidden behind his back. They thought he hung the moon. We feel overwhelmed with thankfulness that he was our Husband, Daddy, and Papa. Services for Dickey will be held as a Celebration of Life in the spring on our farm. Details and time to be announced at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com. Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements.
January 2, 1950 – January 18, 2021
Chu Chol Chong, 71, of Talking Rock, Georgia, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Chu Chol was an old soul with a heart full of life. He had a smile that would relax your shoulders and the warmth to make you want to stay for dinner and coffee, which he always took with extra sugar and cream. Chu Chol poured his love onto those who were near to him. He especially adored his twin grandchildren and even switched to a smart phone just so that he could watch videos of them anytime he wanted.
Chu Chol was born in the small coastal town of Gunsan in the southwest region of Korea where he grew to love the ocean, fishing, and spending time in the sun. In Gunsan, he also met the love of his life and lifelong companion, Jeung Sook, through mutual friends. Their love was quiet and subtle yet abounded with service, devotion, and kindness for each other and others. Work often meant that they spent evenings away from each other, but perhaps this is why they were so inseparable when they were together.
In 1979, Chu Chol immigrated to the United States and was soon joined by his wife to embark on a journey in a new land that he would call home for the next 41 years. Their journey took them from Nevada to Louisiana, then to New Hampshire and California, and to eventually settle in Georgia. Through these years, Chu Chol held many occupations and always provided for his family, even if it meant that he would go without. Until his passing, Chu Chol and his wife owned and operated a number of gas stations/convenience stores in Pickens and Gilmer County. They often revitalized these businesses with hard work, good decisions, and the best customer service. He was very good at it. Prior to being in the gas station business, Chu Chol was also a craftsman for many years. He manufactured by hand beautiful plaster statues of all shapes and sizes. While he was often in a hurry and marched to his own beat, Chu Chol also had the quality of having a tender hand and the vision to create something wonderful. This quality carried over into his relationships with his family and friends. He had a quick temper and was incredibly stubborn, but he could also show you the depths of love and service that few can reach.
A common refrain when people speak about Chu Chol is that he was a good man. He was the person who encouraged you to order anything you wanted at the restaurant and also picked up the bill far in advance. Chu Chol would drive through the night to make it home but also have the energy and thoughtfulness to pick up breakfast before walking through the door. He thought of others before himself and shared the blessings that he had. Chu Chol showed his love through service, time, and gifts and grew to express his love through words and thoughts.
Chu Chol is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Jeung Sook, and his two children, Rebecca and Yoon Tae. He is beloved by his two grandchildren, Andrew and Sophia, and has a third grandchild on the way. In South Korea, resides his mother Yoon Bok Rae; two brothers, Hyun Seop and Chu Seop; and two sisters, Kyun Soon and Kyun Ok. His older sister, Kyun Nyo, lives in Florida; his older brother, Chu Won, lives in Georgia; and his younger sister Kyun Nim lives in California.
Chu Chol is buried at Peachtree Memorial Cemetery in Norcross, GA.
Mr. Jimmy Lowe, 84, of Jasper, passed away on January 22nd, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Jimmy was born on August 17th, 1936 to the late Weldon Clyde Lowe and Dora White Lowe. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Denny Lowe; three brothers, Auby, Weldon, and Coy Lowe; six sisters, Geneva Martin, Emily Denson, Syble Brooks, Betty Rott, Willie Mae Turner and Patsy Armstrong; two grandchildren, Christopher Cox and Allison Mullins.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Reece Lowe; two sons, David Parks and Adam Lowe; two daughters, Jean Cox and Joan McDonald; one brother, Robert “Bobby” Lowe; two sisters, Gwendolyn Nealey and Sandra Wehunt; grandchildren, Jeremy and Kelly Cox, Holly Johnson, Alisa Parker, Amanda Curtis, Ben McDonald, and Jessica, Rebekah, Sarah, and John David Parks; great-grandchildren, Jordon, Sydney, Rylee, London, and Jameson Cox, Ashton and Zoe Parker, Benjamin and Joshua Curtis; several nieces and nephews
Funeral services will be held from the chapel of Roper Funeral Home in Jasper on Saturday, January 30th at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the Lowe Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Roper Funeral Home on Friday January 29th from 5 until 8 p.m.
Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
January 2, 1966 - January 12, 2021
Mrs. Tammy Denny, 55, of Ellijay, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at her residence.
Tammy is survived by her boyfriend, Rockford Cooper of Ellijay; children's father/former husband, Gene Denny of Blackshear, GA; sons, Derrick Denny of Indiana, Jeffery Denny of Canton, and Elijah Denny of Ellijay; step-son, Jesse Cooper of Hollywood, FL; step-daughter, Lauren Cooper of Smyrna; father, Don Hayes of Kansas; mother, Becky Earley of Blue Ridge; brothers, Glen Earley Jr. of Blue Ridge, Joseph Earley of Calhoun, Daniel Earley of Jasper, and David Earley of Canton; sisters, Vickie McAbee of Blue Ridge, and Mary Millwood of Calhoun; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, January 25, 2021 at Pleasant Union Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Ray officiating.
Interment was at the church cemetery following the funeral service.
Pallbearers: Joshua Fowler, Howard Daniel, Christian Winkler, Joel McAbee, Jonathan Turner and Shane Buckner.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.
Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Denny family.
October 18, 1940 - January 20, 2021
Mr. Phillip H. Pettitt, 80, of Nelson, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Mr. Pettitt is survived by his companion, Renee Pettitt of Nelson; sons, Cody Pettitt of Jasper, Nick & (Karla) Pettitt of Gainesville and Matt Huffman of Jasper; daughters, Apryl & (Tim) May of Jasper, Tracy & (Butch Connell) Pettitt of Gainesville, Lisa & (J.T.) Koonce of Jasper, and Tara & (Josh) Townsend of Jasper; brother, Joel & (Angie) Pettitt of Cleveland; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Gospel Temple Church, with Rev. Leroy Blackwell officiating.
Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pettitt family.
January 8, 1948 - January 19, 2021
Mr. Roy "Darber" Hightower, 73, of Talking Rock, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at WellStar Tranquility Hospice in Marietta.
Mr. Hightower is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Buffy Pam & Shane Strickland of Murphy, NC; brothers, Rev. Harold Hightower of Ludville Community, Abe Hightower of Ludville, R.T. Hightower of Ludville, and J.C. Hightower of Hill City; sisters, Frances Watson of Ludville, and Willa Faye Hancock of Ludville; four grandchildren, Ashley & Dustin Cain, Coty & Nicole Hunt, Brittany Fitts and Deston Hunt; nine great-grandchildren.
Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Hightower; great-grandson, James Brantley Fitts; brothers, Houston Hightower and Homer Hightower; sisters, June Ella Davis, Sally Baldridge, Amie Stone and Jane Hightower.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Bobby Timms and Rev. Tracey Welchel officiating.
Interment was at Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery following the funeral service.
Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hightower family.
January 9, 1955 - January 21, 2021
Mr. Bob Hayles, 66, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at his residence.
Mr. Hayles is survived by his wife, Cindy Hayles of Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Tyler & Tasha Hayles of Loganville, B.J. Hayles of Lawrenceville and Jeremy & Kayla Sisson of Chatsworth; daughters and son-in-law, Brandy & Isaiah King of Chatsworth and Sarah Curtis of Jasper; sister, Barbara & Terrie Bennett of Lawrenceville; six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donate to American Cancer Society.
Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hayles family.
July 12, 1919 - January 23, 2021
Stella Olie Anderson, 101, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021 at her home. Stella was born July 12, 1919 in Jasper, Georgia to the late Charlie and Frances Fields.
Mrs Anderson is survived by her children, Eugene and Inge Anderson, Dorothy Davis, James and Laneve Anderson, Judy and John Dorsey, and Barbara and Jimmy Blackwell all of Jasper; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by sons, J.C. Anderson, Glenn Anderson; daughter, Marjie Fowler; sister, Julia Haney; grandson, James Wolfie Anderson.
Due to the COVID 19 Virus a private family service was held on Monday, January 25, 2021. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Sharptop Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or Compassus Hospice.
Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com
Sharptop Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Robbie Heard, 341 Upper Bethany Road, Ball Ground, GA 30107 or Compassus Hospice, compassus.com or by mail: 583 Highland Crossing South, Suite 120, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Bobby Ray Klein, 87, of Nelson, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021. He was born July 24, 1933 to Andrew and Virginia Klein in Alabama.
Bobby is survived by his daughter, Lawana Dease of Nelson; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Cindy Klein of Canton; siblings, Helen Brod of New York, Ted Klein of Ball Ground, Donald Klein of Ball Ground, Gail Jones of Marble Hill; grandchildren, Eddie Dease, Natalie Coker, Bobby and Krystal Klein III, Jacob Klein, Braxton Klein; great-grandchildren, David Klein, Ashaela Buchanan, Gavin Moss, and Flynn Dease. Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Lawson and Elaine Williams.
A private graveside service will be held at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.
Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.
Online condolences may be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com.