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Obituaries from February 18, 2021; Helen DeGolier, Randy Gravley, Jean McFarland, Marilyn May, Rob Parker, Will Rogers II, Mary Devore, Floyd Reed, Dwight Wilson, Robert Low, Richard Blankenship, Harold Perry

Helen DeGolier

Helen E. DeGolier, 77, of Jasper passed away Thursday January 14th, 2021 at her home. 

Helen was born January 20th,1943 to the late Robert Rugar and Elizabeth "Betty" Rugar. 

She left behind her husband Carl E. DeGolier whom she was married to for almost 57 years, as well as her three children:  son, Michael DeGolier of Jasper, and two daughters, Denise Whitehill (Tim) of Talking Rock and Denielle Walls (Joseph) of Arab, Alabama;  five grandchildren, Mackenzie DeGolier or Jasper,  Kacidie Jones (Titus) of Canton, Shelby Whitehill of Talking Rock, Case Walls and Kip Walls of Arab, Alabama; one great-grandchild, Sawyer Jones; another great-grandchild arriving early April. She also left behind three sisters, Yvonne Link (Gary) of Brighton, Michigan, Lorraine Kibler (Joe) of Lockport, New York Jackie Hill (Roger) of N. Chili, New York and many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Helen was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Jasper and she was a pharmacy clerk at Big B Drugs and CVS in Jasper for many years. 

She is already missed so much by her family. 

A celebration of life is planned for the summer. 


Randy Gravley


Randy Gravley, 62, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at Gospel Outreach Church with Pastor Jerry Stewart officiating. Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park Cemetery.  

Mr. Gravley was a member of Gospel Outreach Church. He enjoyed playing softball, dirt track racing at Dixie Speedway and watching sports, especially baseball. Randy loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Louise Effie Jackson and father, Reuben Clayton Gravley.  Randy is survived by his wife, Mary Alice Gravley; children, Brandy Buchanan (Michael), Dewayne Gravley, Wendy Gravley and April Howard (Kevin); sisters, Faye Welchel (Tony), Barbara Samples (Tony), Sarah Aaron (Charles), Diane Gravley and Samantha England; brothers, Larry Gravley (Brenda), Michael Gravley and Joshua Gravley; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers are Jacob Sellers, Jonathan Rutledge, Isaac Howard, Kevin Howard, Casey Buchanan and David Bowers.

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.  770-479-2131


Jean McFarland


Jean McFarland, 80, of Canton, GA passed away Friday, February 12, 2021.  

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., on Monday, February 15, 2021, from the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Nathan Smith, Rev. Clinton Poole and Rev. Wayne Wright officiating. Interment followed at Chalcedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents,  Ben and Bessie Dupree; brothers,  Charlie, J. T., Jack, Henry, Joe and Mark Dupree

Survivors include her sons,  Bobby (Kathy) McFarland, and David (Angie) McFarland; daughter, Robin (Greg) Dunagan; grandchildren, Hannah and David Deyton, Jessie McFarland, Haley and Wes Watkins, Natalie and Preston Williams, Drake Dunagan and Cassie Dunagan; great-grandchildren, Adalie and Everlee Deyton and Vivian Watkins. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377.


Marilyn May

August 3, 1936 – February 11, 2021

Marilyn Arlen May was born at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta on August 3, 1936 to Louise Cecilia White May and Joseph Edwin May.  She grew up on Francis Street near Atlantic Steel where her father was an engineer.

On the day of her graduation from O'Keefe High School, Marilyn was awarded a full scholarship to Emory University where she was one of the first group of nine women admitted into Emory.  

Following her love of literature, Marilyn taught high school English in the Atlanta School System and was beloved by her students. In 1963, the year book of Southwestern High School was dedicated to her by the students.  

Marilyn obtained two masters degrees from Georgia State University while teaching full time, one in Education and one in Special Education.

Following her teaching career, Marilyn became the Resource Teacher for Area Three of the Atlanta School System, allowing her to share her experience and expertise with other teachers.  

After retiring from the Atlanta School System after 30 years, Marilyn went on to become the principal for North Metro Psycho Ed School, a school for troubled children.  During her tenure, Marilyn was able, along with Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, to have the school relocated from a delapidated building to a better facility on the northside of Atlanta.

Beginning in 1985, Marilyn shared her life with her spouse, Glenna L. Stone.  Together, they traveled to New York, enjoying friends and the theater, and to California and Maine. Loving the beach, they spent many vacations on Jekyll, St. Simons, and St. George Islands, always accompanied by their Scottish Terriers.  

Marilyn fought dementia for over 10 years before succumbing to its ravages on                                 February 11, 2021.

Strong in her faith, Marilyn became a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper, Georgia following her and Glenna's move to Ellijay, Georgia in 2007. In 2017, she and Glenna also completed the four year Education for the Ministry curriculum offered by the School of Theology of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Marilyn was gracious and caring. Even during her last illness, Marilyn always asked her caregivers if they were okay.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her sister, Sarah Catherine Lester and her nephew James Lester, Jr. She is survived by Glenna L. Stone and her nephew Joseph Reid Lester and his family, as well as a large group of loving friends.

Due to Covid 19, no public service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimers Association or the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family.  


Rob Parker


Robert Parker, Rob as known by friends, passed away Friday evening, February 12,2021, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. 

Rob is survived by his son, Robert Parker, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Holly Parker; grandson, Declan Parker; mother, Martha Whitsel; father, R.L. Parker; sisters, Angela Bujak, Kim Mitchell; and good friend, Judy Parker.  

There will be a memorial for Rob when the weather is warmer and his wish can be fulfilled to spread his ashes in the mountains.

Online condolence's can be made at

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


Will Rogers II


Mr. William Earl “Will” Rogers, II, 60, of Fairmount, Georgia, departed this life, Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the Wellstar Cobb Austell Hospital in Austell, Georgia.   Will was born October 6, 1960 in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He was a 1979 graduate of Chartiers Valley High School in Bridgeville, PA, and earned a degree as a machinist at Parkway West Career and Technology Center in Oakdale, PA.

Will was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, camping, hiking and anything outdoors. He had rather be in the woods than in a group of people. He was very proud of being an Eagle Scout.  

He was preceded in death by his mother, Theresa Florence Qualtiere Rogers and two beloved pet dogs, Buddy and Augi Dog.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Porter Rogers of the residence; son, William Travis Rogers of Dahlonega, GA; father, Dean William Rogers of Pittsburg, PA; sisters, Mary Jo Rogers of Pittsburg, PA, Cindy Rogers and Steve Ellis of Norman, OK; brothers, Dean and Kirsten of Bridgeville, PA, Mike Rogers of Pittsburg, PA, and Mark and Lil Rogers of Orlando, FL; his two beloved Airedale Terriers, Ivan and Roxie; several nieces and nephews.

No services will be held at the time. 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by, Ponders Calhoun Chapel 675 Jolly Rd Calhoun GA 30701 and 


Mary Devore


Ms. Mary Wanda Devore, 71, of Fairmount, Georgia, departed this life, Monday February 15, 2021 at her home.  

Wanda was born June 26, 1949 in Taylorsville, Georgia, a daughter of the late Jasper Asbery “Jack” and Lucille Bryant Jacobs. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Teresa Devore.  

She is survived by her son, Jamie Henson; sisters, Jackie Hightower and Faye Callahan of all of Fairmount, GA; brothers, Charles and Ruby Jacobs of Centre, AL, and Ray Jacobs of Cassville, GA; aunt, Virginia Seymour of Double Springs, AL; several nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Ms. Wanda Devore will be Saturday evening, February 20, 2021 at 7 p.m. at Ponders Fairmount Chapel with Reverend Johnny Hightower officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Cassville Cemetery in Bartow County, Georgia. 

The family will receive friends at Ponders Fairmount Chapel after 5 p.m. Saturday until the service hour.

Due to the National health crisis and the Covid-19 virus, masks must be worn properly at all times and social distancing must be observed when visiting the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Arrangements by, Ponders Fairmount Chapel 2566 Hwy 411 Fairmount GA 30139 706-337-3784 and 


Floyd Reed

June 5, 1941 - February 8, 2021

Mr. Floyd "Bird Man" Reed, 79, of Jasper, passed away Monday, February 8, 2021 at West Cobb Hospital.

Floyd was known by most everyone as "The Bird Man" and famous for his business called Bluebird Real Estate, where he made unique bird houses as well as many other items.

Mr. Reed is survived by his wife, Karen Reed of Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Roy & Janie Reed of Jonesburg, MO, Scott & Tammy Reed of Jasper, and Ricky & Gina Reed of Oregon; daughter and son-in-law, Tina & Rodney Farris of Maryville, LA; brother, Ike Reed of Eugene, OR; sister, Carolyn McNabb of Carlos, LA; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his father, Allen Reed; mother, Mabel Pease; step-father, Tommy Pease; step-mother, Ethel Reed; grandson, Jeremiah Cagle Reed.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 12, 2021 at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Ed Hamrick and Rev. Ed Sims officiating.

Pallbearers: Micah Reed, Makale Reed, Rodney Farris, Allen Reed, Terry Thomason, Lester Edwards and Charles Stevenson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bethany Baptist Church.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Reed family.


Dwight Wilson

September 9, 1946 - February 8, 2021


Mr. Dwight Wilson, 74, of Jasper, passed away Monday, February 8, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Ricky & Connie Wilson of Jerusalem Community; sister, Janet Ray of Jasper; niece, Selena Padgett of Jasper; nephews, Michael Ray of Jasper and Alex Ray of Jasper.

Graveside services were  held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Buck Parker officiating.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wilson family.


Robert Low


Robert Homer Low, 88, of Jasper, passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 at his home. He was born June 13, 1932 to Weldon Clyde Low and Dora White Low in Pickens County. 

Bob is survived by his son, Donald Robert Low of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Johnny Parks of Ellijay, Georgia; daughter, Carmen Sutton of Gainesville, Florida; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Rick White of Jasper, Georgia; daughter, Christy Freyberg of Marietta, Georgia; grandchildren, Scott Parks, Angie Williams, Sonya Thiessen, Kelley Reece, Megan Collins, Hannah Hutcheson, Chelsie White, Brittany Biles, DeLauren Brown, Chandler White, Keenan Freyberg; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Gwendolyn Nealy and Sandra Wehunt.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Low; parents, Weldon Clyde Low and Dora White Low; daughter, Cheryl Lynn Low; brothers, Auby Low, Weldon Lowe, Jimmy Lowe, Coy Lowe; sisters, Patsy Armstrong, Willie Mae Turner, Geneva Martin, Emily Denson, Syble Brooks, and Betty Rott.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 17, 2021 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend David Parks officiating. Interment will follow at Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, February 17 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Richard Blankenship


Richard Lee Blankenship, 74, of Jasper, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2021 at his home.  

He is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Tony Blankenship of Jasper, Herbert and Trish Blankenship of California; grandchildren, Stacy Sales, Richard Blankenship, Olivia Blankenship; brother, William Blankenship; sister Betty Davis; and five great-grandchildren.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Georgia National Cemetery  in Canton, Georgia.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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


Harold Perry

Harold Preston Perry, 94, of Fairmount, Georgia passed away Monday, February 15, 2021 at his home. He was born June 15, 1926 to Claude and Ophelia Perry in Tate, Georgia.  

Mr. Perry is survived by daughter, Sheila Kowalecki of Fairmount; grandchildren, Lisa Chitwood, Brian Perry, Nikki Perry, Leslie Sexton, Tony Childers, Shaun Childers, Mitchell Childers, Heather Kowalecki, Chase Kowalecki; nine great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.  Several other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by wife, Ollie Goble Perry; son, Gary William Perry; daughter, Wanda Joyce Childers; brothers, Egan Perry and James Perry.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, February 17 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

A private family service will be held. Interment will follow at Ryo Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be made at