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Obituaries for February 4, 2020; Dick Wendelburg, Billy Moss, Morris Bennett, Louie Campano, Betty Bruce, Brad McKinney, Damon Pettitt

Dick Wendelburg


Edward Richard Wendelburg (Dick), passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 24, 2021.  He was born to Margaret Vera Miller Wendelburg and Frederick Edward Wendelburg on September 8, 1935 in Washington, Pennsylvania.  The family moved to Missouri and Dick grew up in Independence.  As a young boy he had a paper route and liked to boast that his claim to fame was throwing the paper for then-Senator Harry Truman.  Dick graduated from Northeast High School where he was president of the student council, the debate team and the Spanish club.  He loved the Boy Scouts and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.  He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1957 with a BS in business management, and from Butler University in Indianapolis in 1962 with an MBA in economics.  While at MU he was president of his fraternity, Delta Upsilon. 

After graduating from Missouri, he joined Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis.  In addition to working and studying for his master's, he and a friend bought an ice cream truck and spent weekends selling ice cream to the neighboring children, who gathered when they heard the merry jingle. 

He then moved to Eli Lilly's International division and began a career that would take him around the world.  On his first assignment to Geneva, Switzerland, he met his future wife, Margaret Chaffey, who was visiting Europe from Australia.

A short assignment to London was followed by Dick and Margaret's wedding in Australia, and job transfer to Hong Kong, where they spent four years.  From there, Dick's job took them to Manila, Philippines, where their children were born, then Maracay, Venezuela, followed by five years in Mexico City and then Indianapolis again, where Dick served as Area Director for Latin America and Canada. His final assignment was in Atlanta. Then, after 30 years with Eli Lilly, Dick took early retirement to follow his dream of becoming a financial planner. He joined HD Vest and Company as a representative and ran his own successful business until a few years ago when ill health forced him to retire.

While in Atlanta, Dick and the family were great tennis fans. Dick loved Sunday afternoons playing ALTA mixed doubles, and often hijacked his son Kevin as a fourth to play with the men early on Saturday mornings. Most vacations were spent at the TBarM tennis ranch in New Braunfels, Texas, where he made lifelong friends.

When Dick and Margaret made the move to Big Canoe in Jasper, Georgia, Dick made the switch from tennis to golf. He was an avid member of The Commissioners group, and despite his considerable handicap, was thrilled to score his second hole-in-one on Cherokee #6.  Dick and Margaret have now called Big Canoe home for 22 years.

Dick was a voracious reader and loved all music, from Classical to Country. He was a wonderful storyteller, and only exaggerated some of the time. He was an animal lover, and always had a dog by his side.  All were rescues, with Maggie being the most recent. He enjoyed spending time on the balcony at his home, watching the birds at the feeders, and greeting friends as they passed on the cart path behind the house. He was a regular at the water aerobics classes at the Big Canoe Fitness Center and was usually the only man there!  Most of all, Dick loved his family.

Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Wendelburg; son, Kevin Wendelburg and his wife, Carrie, of Newnan; daughter, Kristin Wendelburg Boyer and her husband, Chris, of Atlanta; his four grandchildren, Margaret Elise and Frederick Wendelburg, and Hannah and Emily Boyer.  Also surviving are his sister, Dana Wendelburg Sutton, her husband, John, and their daughter, Claudia Green of Independence, Missouri. Because of COVID the family will hold a private memorial service. If you wish to make a gift in Dick's memory, please consider the Big Canoe First Responders ( or Big Canoe Animal Rescue


Billy Moss


Billy Eugene Moss, 87, of Canton passed away Friday, January 29, 2021 at Seasons Hospice  in Cumming. He was born December 26, 1933 to Jim and Minnie Moss. He owned Canton Shoe Repair for 66 years. 

Billy is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth Moss of Canton, granddaughter, Brittany and Lee Morgan of  Canton; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Wayne Clay of Talking Rock; great-grandchildren, Payton Marie Morgan, and Gavin Thomas Morgan. Several nieces and nephews also survive. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Chris Moss; sister, Claudia Brock; and brother, Doyle Moss.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at Antioch Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Reverend Harold Cantrell, Reverend Buck Parker and Reverend Wayne Wright  officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Roper Funeral Home and Crematory in Jasper.  

Online condolences can be made at


Morris Bennett


Morris “Moose” Allen Bennett passed away at home on January 25th, 2021. He was born October 28, 1955 in Cumming, Georgia to James and Betty Bennett. Morris had a long career in carpentry and remained a handyman after retiring. He enjoyed NASCAR and time spent with his family.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Betty Bennett of Dawsonville, Georgia; sisters, Debra Bennett and Jane Stowers.  

Survivors include his companion in life, Ms. Dale Luna of Jasper, Georgia, son, Toby Allen Bennett Lawhorn of Ellaville, Georgia; stepson, Kirk (Caitlan) Raffield of Jasper, Georgia; stepson, Michael Hazelwood of Jasper, Georgia; brother, Andy (Ann) Bennett of Talking Rock, Georgia; brother, Rocky (Faye) Bennett of Cumming, Georgia; sister, Joann Stowers of Dawsonville, Georgia;  grandchildren, Casey Bennett Trollinger, Emma Bennett Lawhorn, Ansley Raffield; great-grandchildren, Bennett and Cooper Trollinger.  Several nephews and nieces also survive.  

Morris will be remembered as a gentle giant and the #1 Chase Elliott Fan.  

No service will be held at this time.  

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


Louie Campano

April 23, 1960 - January 30, 2021


Mr. Louie Campano, 60, of Jasper, passed away Saturday January 30, 2021 at his residence.

Mr. Campano is survived by his daughter, Maria Campano of Fairmount; brothers, Paul Campano of Ellijay and Vincent Campano of Valdosta; sisters, Donna Sukeforth of Ball Ground, Andrea Trulove of Dahlonega, and Judith Hatchett of New Bedford, MA; two grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Shane Bateman officiating.

Interment was at Lake Forest Memorial Park following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Tim Henderson, Dan Dale, Gary Dale, Ricky Holmes, Jeff Teague, David Bell, Eddie Stuart, Thomas Quinton and Keith Burton.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Campano family. 


Betty Bruce

January 15, 1933 - January 28, 2021


Mrs. Betty Cagle Bruce, 88, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Wildwood Health Care.

Mrs. Bruce is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David & Jan Bruce of Jasper; sister, Peggy Hulsey of Jasper; niece, Rosemary Gilleland & Darryl Puckett of Waleska; nephew, Ben & Kim Gilleland and family of Jasper; nephew, Tom & Sherri Hulsey and family of Jasper; several great nieces and great nephews and a host of family and friends.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Winston Bruce; father and mother, Tom & Lillie Mae Cagle; sister: Lois Gilleland.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 30, at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Grant Wade officiating.

Pallbearers: Tom Hulsey, Ben Gilleland, Jimmy Cagle, Joey Cagle, Matt Cagle and Johnny Sperin.

The family accepted flowers or donations can be made to Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery fund.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bruce family.


Brad McKinney


Charles Bradley McKinney, 67, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021 at his home.  

He was born December 15, 1953 to J. D. McKinney and Nell Cavender McKinney in Gainesville, Georgia. He graduated from White County High School in 1971; attended Gainesville Junior College; and was a 1979 Graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Brad was a member of Pickens Star Masonic Lodge 220; Coroner of Lumpkin County  from 1992 to 2004; and Deputy Coroner in Pickens County from 2008 to 2014.  He was employed in the Funeral Industry from 1972 until recently.  He owned and operated McKinney Funeral Home in Dahlonega for 19 years and was employed with Roper Funeral Home and Crematory in Jasper for seven years.

Brad is survived by wife, Toni McFarland McKinney of Jasper; sons, James Stephen "Jim" McKinney of Marietta, Kevin Michael McKinney of Jasper; granddaughter, Grace Lorraine McKinney of Woodstock; mother-in-law, Vonnie McFarland of Canton; brothers-in-law and spouses, Henry McFarland (Debbie) of Canton, Daniel McFarland (Mary) of Rome.  Several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by parents, J.D. and Nell Cavender McKinney; sisters, Sandra Hamrick and Elaine Meza; twin brother and sister, Donny and Debra McKinney. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Chip Wilson and Reverend Lyman Caldwell officiating. Interment will be at Georgia National Cemetery; 1080 Scott Hudgens Drive; Canton, GA 30114 at a later date.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, February 3 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Card of Thanks

The family of Lonnie Lamar Biddy would like to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone who offered support, kindness and sympathy following Lonnie’s passing.

We would like to thank the staff of Cagle Funeral Home, Rev. Ricky Jarrett for his kind words, James and Diane Morris, Michael Morris and Wendell Hester for the beautiful songs.


Damon Pettitt

November 2, 1961 - January 23, 2021

Mr. Damon Pettitt, 59, of Ellijay, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021.

Damon is survived by his daughter, Megan N. Pettitt; ex-wife, Tonya; nieces, Christi Reagan and Misti Reagan; several other family members and friends.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pettitt family.

"The words of the Lord are pure words. Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. You shall preserve them from this generation forever."  Psalm 12: 6,7   Amen