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Obituaries for March 5, 2021; Kenneth Ledford, Peggy Nelson, Sue Shook, Flora Chase, Philip Ferrara, Daniel Krisman, Mike Caylor, David Amos, James Mathews, Ottis Page, Robert Johnson, Tim Hitt, Michael Smith

Kenneth Ledford

October 2, 1954 - February 21, 2021

U.S. Veteran  


Mr. Kenneth Weldon Ledford, 66, of Ellijay passed away at his home with his family by his side on February 21, 2021.

Kenneth was born in Pickens County on October 2, 1954 to the late Wilson Ledford and Ovaline McArthur Ledford Smith. 

He was a graduate of Pickens High School Class of 1972. He graduated from Pickens Tech College and was employed by Pilgrims as a truck driver. He was a veteran and served in the United States Army. 

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Guy Smith; and brothers, Clifford and Rois Ledford; and sisters, Charlotte Meeks and Esther McClure.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Shirley Pendley Ledford; daughter and son-in-law, Letisha and Greg Crowe; grandson, Dalton James Crowe, all of Ball Ground; brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Lisa Ledford; sister and brother-in-law, Rosa Nell and Bob Aaron, of Jasper; sister, Carrie Waddell, Ellijay; sisters-in-law, Sue Ledford Cecilia Ledford.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 24th 2021 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Banks officiating. Interment followed at the Yukon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Greg Crowe, Dalton Crowe, Waldo Pierce, Scotty Ledford, Kirk Pierce, and Randy Westbrook. Honorary pallbearers were Greg Ledford, Steve Ledford, Jonathan Hyde, Ryan Ledford, Robbie Aaron, and Nicholas Maddalena.

Flowers were accepted or donations may be made to the wounded warriors  in memory of Mr. Kenneth Ledford.


Peggy Nelson

Peggy Louise Nelson, 87, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, February 21, 2021 at The Retreat in Jasper.  She was born February 1, 1934 to Willie and Edith Dobson in Canton, Georgia.

Peggy married Rube Albert Nelson, Sr.  and they became inseparable. As they participated in all their activities, one was never seen without the other. Together they enjoyed 71 loving and dedicated years of marriage. Peggy was committed to her family and her Christian values. She worked as a dental assistant and substitute teacher. However, her greatest desire and accomplishment  was mastering the art of homemaker, mother, and wife.

Peggy is survived by her husband, Rube Albert Nelson, Sr. of Jasper; daughter, Connie Nelson Bowers of Jasper; son, Rube Albert Nelson, Jr. of Jasper; grandsons, Lenwood Bowers of Woodstock, James Bowers of Chapin, South Carolina, Cody Nelson of Gainesville, Chase Nelson of Gainesville; great-grandchildren, Obie Bowers of Woodstock, Lawton Bowers of Woodstock, Lila Bowers of Chapin, South Carolina, Wyatt Bowers of Chapin, South Carolina, Sean Nelson of Gainesville, Jackson Nelson of Gainesville, Austin Nelson of Gainesville, Reece Nelson of Gainesville; nephew, Lee Dobson, Sr. of Felton; great-nephew, Lee Dobson, Jr. of Buchanan.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willie Turner Dobson; her mother, Edith Nix Dobson; and her brother, Freddy Lee Dobson.

Graveside services were  held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 12, 2021 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

In lieu of flowers, make a donation to your favorite charity in honor of Mrs. Nelson.

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

Online condolences may be made at  


Sue Shook

Mrs. Sue Noland “Granny” Shook, 84, of White, Georgia, departed this life Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at her residence.  

Granny was born June 22, 1936 in Murray County, Georgia, a daughter of the late Frank and Lillie Bell Noland. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Lee Shook; a grandson, Phillip Bagley; sons-in-law, J.R. Hibberts and Edwin Pope; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eunice Bowman, Myrtle and Thomas C. Shook, Lillie Mae and Paul Fields, Lellar and Claude Overby; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leonard Noland, Everett and Naomi Noland, Frank and Lillian Noland, Jr., Vernon Noland, Bill and Helen Noland, Tye Noland, Jay Noland and Arthur Noland.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth Hibbets of Fairmount, GA, Johnnie Pope of Cartersville, GA, Shirley Mealor of Fairmount, GA, Geneva and Ricky Bagley of Taylorsville, GA, and Martha and Ronnie Poole of White, GA; 14 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Sue Noland “Granny” Shook were held Saturday morning, February 27, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Ponders Fairmount Chapel, 2566 Hwy. 411, Fairmount, GA, 30139, with Reverend Tim Garrett officiating. She was laid to rest with her beloved husband at Woffords Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery in White, Georgia, with, Jason Hibberts, Cody Copeland, Ronnie Poole, Jr., Jessie Shook, Mike Pope, Andy Lowe, James Lowe and J.R. Hibberts, Jr. honored to serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Arrangements by Ponders Fairmount Chapel.


Flora Chase


Flora Gertrude Campbell Chase, 103, of Ball Ground, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Rock Creek Manor in Jasper. 

A graveside service was held on Friday, March 5th at 11 a.m. at Glenwood Cemetery in Chipley, FL. with Rev. John Gregory officiating. 

She is survived by her daughter, Patty (John) Gregory of Ball Ground; niece,  Marion Hanson; grandchildren, John Allen (Debbie) Gregory, Jr., Laura Jane (Rusty) Martin; great-grandchildren, Dusty Martin, Casey Martin, Sarah Shafer, Rachel Gregory, John Allen Gregory III, James Gregory; 

great-great-grandchildren,  Bria Martin, Shaylee Martin, Judith Martin, Evie Martin, Natalie Martin, Anna Martin

The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chase family.


Philip Ferrara

Philip John Ferrara, son of the late Anthony John Ferrara and Julietta Bonsanti Ferrara, born February 2, 1937 in Boston, MA, aged 84, was ushered into heaven on Monday, February 22, 2021 from Jasper, GA. 

He was a believer in Jesus of Nazareth and is waiting in glory for his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Starbuck Adams Ferrara.  They were married in the summer of 1959, and honeymooned in the family cabin in northern Vermont, where many family vacations were spent.  Their first son arrived the following summer, followed by a daughter two years later.  When child number three, another son, arrived in 1966, they thought their family was complete – however, a surprise baby boy arrived in 1973.

Phil and Betsy raised their children in Wilmington, Delaware; Orlando, Florida; Richmond, Indiana; Toledo, Ohio; and McDermott, Ohio.  They settled in a cabin in the mountains of Jasper, Georgia for their retirement years.

Phil earned his Bachelor degree in agriculture at the University of Delaware in 1958.  He was a United States Air Force Veteran, avid gardener, sage of wisdom and rambling, seemingly pointless stories, and lifelong student of history, science and anything nature.  He was a faithful member of Our Lady of Lourdes in Otway, Ohio for over 40 years.  

His legacy of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will forever remember him as the best possible Grandpa who lived with the awe and enthusiasm of a child.  Grandpa was always pointing – that’s why we know which trees make the best maple syrup or walking/hockey sticks, which mushrooms are edible, where to find flowers you can boil to make tea for headaches, what kind of critters live in streams and forests, how to tell a plant by its leaves and a bird by its feathers, and how to uncover trilobites hidden in stone beneath our feet.  From early morning blueberry pancakes, to 5 PM cocktails, to late night flashlight tag, Grandpa could always be found playing with the children, or entertaining the adults.  He was always ready for a new adventure. 

Philip is survived by his sisters Madeline (and Dick) Chubbs and Joan Ferrara.  He was the father of William (and Darla) Ferrara, Julie (and Robert) Klusty, Anthony (and Selma) Ferrara, and Nick (and Becky) Ferrara.  He faithfully inspired his grandchildren, Emily, Adam, Erik, Elizabeth, Sarah, Timothy, Erin, Darcy, Joe, Carrington, Alyson, Big Anthony, Philip, Savanna, Little Anthony, Daewin, and Meghan towards Christian principles and values.  His great-grandchildren, Olivia, Aiden, Parker, Zaeda, Jude, Ayvee, William, Macaulay, Luca, Roland Anthony, Scarlett, and Lennon were blessed to know their Great Grandpa.  We all look forward to the joyous reunion in heaven, when cocktail hour will last forever. 

The family will celebrate the life of Philip John Ferrara in a memorial party to be held at a TBD date later this spring. 

Please take the time to listen to the following songs, as they declare the great hope in Jesus offered to all who call him Lord.  With Hope by Steven Curtis Chapman  For F.F.B. by Michael Card

John 12:24-26 – Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be.  My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Online condolences may be made at


Daniel Krisman

Daniel Thomas Krisman, 57, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at his home. He was born April 6, 1963 to Michael and Helen Krisman in Kansas City, Kansas.

Daniel worked for C.W. Mathews for 32 years. He loved his work and his co-workers who treated him like family.

Daniel is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Francine Marie and Keith Winterhalter of Lenexa, Kansas; brothers and sister-in-law, John and Jamie Krisman of Kansas City, Kansas, Father Ron Krisman of Orlando, Florida, Michael Krisman of Ione, California; sister-in-law, Mary Krisman.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.  He was preceded in death by sister, Joanna Tannehill; brothers, Jim Krisman and Bill Krisman.

A Memorial Service is being planned for a later date in Kansas.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Mike Caylor


Michael Stephen Caylor, 65, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Mike was preceded in death by his son, Michael “Lee” Caylor of Jasper; and sister, Kimberly Anne Osmer of Jasper.

Mike is survived by his wife of 36 years, Luz Abrenica Caylor of Jasper; children, Stephanie Newman and husband Mark of Alabama, Lisa Caylor of Pennsylvania, Jacob Caylor of Jasper, Melissa Caylor of Jasper; sister, Pamela Cheshire and her husband Garry of Ball Ground; brother, Jeff Caylor and wife Sue of Newnan; sister, Donna Andrew and her husband Jami of Acworth, Ga.; Tammy Caylor of Jasper; Paula Wright of Jasper; sister-in-law Ellen Edwards and her husband Ireland of Jasper; Meriam Abrenica and her husband Samuel Saturion of California; brother-in-law Meshullam Lolong Abrenica and wife Inday of the Philippines; Silas Abrenica of New Jersey.

Several grandchildren and other extended family members also survive.

Care and trust placed in In Their Honor of Jasper Funeral and Cremations, 481 Noah Drive, Jasper. 

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David Amos

December 20, 1952 - February 26, 2021

Mr. David Amos, 68, of Ball Ground, passed away Friday, February 26, 2021 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

Mr. Amos is survived by his wife, Lisa Amos of Ball Ground; sons, Joshua Amos of Ball Ground and Chad Amos of North Carolina; daughters, Teri Wright of Chatsworth, Tabitha (Clint) Goode of Dawsonville, Kathy Renfroe of Murphy, NC., and Victoria Dockery of Murphy, NC; grandsons, Cohen Goode and Jayden Dockery; granddaughters, Mackenzie Wright, Cadence Goode, and Khristin Renfroe; brother, Clyde Amos of Hendersonville, NC; sisters, Helen Ruth Phillips of Andrews, NC, Sandra Joyce Jenkins of Marble, NC, and Darlene Scroggs of Marble, NC.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Danny Evans officiating.

Interment will be at High Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery in Dawson County, following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Joshua Amos, Clint Goode, Doug Amos, Nathan Taylor, Timmy Quarles, and Matt Evans. Honorary pallbearer: Dean Franks.

The family will accept flowers or donations can be made to a church of your choice in his name, for he so loved the Lord.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Amos family.


James Mathews

February 22, 1930 - February 25, 2021

Mr. James Loyd Mathews, 91, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Wildwood Health Care.

Mr. Mathews is survived by his wife, Carol Mathews of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny & Bronzell Mathews of Jasper; daughter, Bonnie Burke of Dalton; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mathews family.


Ottis Page


It is with great sorrow that the family of Ottis Franklin Page, 86, of Canton, Georgia shares the passing of their father. He died at home on March 1, 2021.  

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy Barnes Page, daughter Nan (Jim) Putnam, son Barry (MaryAnn) Page, and daughter Patty (Jon) Turner. His grandchildren are Bo Page, Bethany (Johnathan) Welsh, Clare (Brandon) Ward, Brandi (Jake) Pendergraft, Mariam (Sam) Moldenhauer, Brooke Putnam, Sarah Turner, and Jonathan Turner. He also has three great-grandchildren, Juniper and Teddy Pendergraft and Adalynn Ward.  His brother Rev. James (Sue) Page of Stockbridge, GA also survives.  Ottis was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Furman Page, his mother, Daisy Mamie Gazaway Page, and two sisters, Glenda Hayes and Shirley Franklin.

Ottis grew up in the Canton Mill Village where he made many life-long friends. He later served in the Army and spent time in Germany during a time of increasing tensions which led to the Berlin Crisis of 1961. After being discharged, he married the love of his life, Peggy Barnes. He met Peggy and her twin sister, Patsy, on a bus ride home from Atlanta. When asked why he fell in love with Peggy and not Patsy since they looked just alike, he said, “He just knew she was the only one for him.” Soon, Ottis was drafted a second time and once again served his country. He was stationed in Virginia. So, he and Peggy moved to Virginia where they made many friends and sweet memories.

After their time in the Army was up, Ottis and Peggy lived in Canton where they raised their three children. Ottis worked for Lockheed-Martin in Marietta for 41 years. Throughout the years, they attended both Hopewell Baptist Church (Clayton) and Indian Knoll Baptist Church where they were blessed many times to see souls saved including their own children and many of their grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Bo Page, Jonathan Turner, Jake Pendergraft, Johnathan Welsh, Brandon Ward, Sam Moldenhauer, Dewayne Fendley and Darrell Fendley.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with Rev. Michael McPherson, and Rev. Jason Phillips officiating. Interment will follow at Georgia National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at South Canton Funeral Home.

South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Robert Johnson


Robert Earling Johnson,  81, of Canton, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.  He was born November 3, 1939 to Herman Gus and Ruth Hazel Johnson in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Robert is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Johnson of Canton, Georgia; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Larry Childs of West Point, Georgia; daughter, Carol Leonard, Merrimack, New Hampshire; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Annette Johnson II of Amhurst, New Hampshire; son, Richard Johnson of Merrimack, New Hampshire; grandchildren, Alex Johnson of Nashua, New Hampshire, Ian Johnson of Amhurst, New Hampshire, Brandon Johnson of Merrimack, New Hampshire; great-granddaughter, Kynleigh Childs of West Point, Georgia; sister, Ruth Barry of Silver Springs, Florida; brother, Brian Cobb of Lake City, Florida.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives survive.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Herman Earl Johnson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Clearview Chapel; South Davis Road; Lagrange, Georgia 30241.

A second celebration is being planned for Grace Fellowship of Nashua in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Tim Hitt

April 13, 1965 - February 23, 2021

Mr. Tim Hitt, 55, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Tim is survived by his mother, Faye Hitt of Jasper; nephew, Matthew Hitt of Jasper; niece: Jessica Pendley of Jasper.

He is preceded in death by his father, O'Neal Hitt and brother, Danny Hitt.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2021 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Rev. Keith Cook, Rev. Greg Long and Rev. Gerald McPherson officiating.

Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers: Troy Carver, Caroll Parker, Ronnie Morris, Matthew Hitt, Levi Plummer, and John Brooks. Honorary pallbearer: Donna Young.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hitt family.


Michael Smith

Michael Lee Smith, 49, of Fairmount, Georgia passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at his home. He was born December 15, 1971 to Gordon and Patricia Smith in Covington, Georgia.  

Michael is survived by his wife, Cheryl Marie Little of Fairmount; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jeff and Susan Smith of Conyers, Timmy and Connie Smith of Covington; sister and brother-in-law, Sabrina and Dan Wardell of Loganville; brother and sister-in-law, Buddy and Stephanie Smith of Texas; sister, Melinda Johnson of Oxford; mother-in-law, Rosemary Little of Fairmount.  Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Smith and his mother, Patricia Huggins.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Waleska Church of God of Prophecy; 127 Dry Pond Road; Canton, GA 30114

A second memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, March 13, 2021 at West End Baptist Church; 455 South Cherokee Road; Social Circle, GA 30025. 

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

Online condolences may be made at