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Obituaries from April 1, 2021; Linda Waters, Lamar Merriman, Charles Chapman, Tyler Lacy, Carolyn Green, Paul Looper, Eddie Champion Jr.

Linda Waters

Linda Ford Waters was born in Evansville, Indiana on September 12, 1953 and spent her youth in Christian County, Kentucky. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in the Science of Home Economics from the University of Kentucky, where she was also a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

Linda was passionate about her lifelong career in school nutrition. In 2014 she was named the Outstanding School Nutrition Director in the State of Georgia. Most recently Linda was Director of School Nutrition for Gilmer County Schools in Ellijay, Georgia.    

Her leisure time passions were Kentucky basketball, preparing home cooked meals for family and friends, her vibrant flower landscaping at her Big Canoe home and caring for her loving canine companion, Bailey.  

Linda passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at her home. She is survived by Randy, her husband of 40 years, and her daughter, Whitney. Also surviving are her siblings, Donna Kranz of Cadiz, Kentucky and Debbie Rambo of Waco, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Linda's memory may be made to the Pickens County Humane Society, Big Canoe Animal Rescue or the American Heart Association.

A private memorial service is being planned.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Lamar Merriman

C. Lamar Merriman, 88, of Big Canoe passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. He was born June 25, 1932 to Archie and Marion Merriman in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lamar is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara Merriman of Big Canoe; daughters and sons-in-law, Robyn and Bob Cherrie of Woodstock, Babby and Paul Norsworthy of Alpharetta; grandchildren, Evan Norsworthy, Alan Norsworthy, Leigh Welles, and Chris Welles.

Beloved husband, father and grandfather (Poppie), Lamar was born and raised in Atlanta.  He was co-founder and president of Expand-O Distribution Warehousing Systems and Executive Bonded Warehouses. He also invested in commercial real estate.  Lamar was a Georgia Bulldogs fan. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time in Siesta Key, Florida and Beaver Creek, Colorado. For the last 30 years, Lamar and Barbara have lived in Big Canoe.  Lamar was a member of Mt. Carmel Christian Church for over 50 years.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pensacola Christian College, Christian City or the Salvation Army.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 29, 2021 at Big Canoe Cemetery with Reverend Len Walker officiating.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Charles Chapman



Charles Linson Chapman, 85, of Jasper,  passed away Friday. March 26, 2021 at his home. He proudly served in the US Army. In 1976 he was elected Magistrate Judge in Pickens County and served until 1992. He served as a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Jasper and was a devoted and active member of the Lions Club for over 65 years.

Charles was well known as a funeral director. He served as a funeral director for 60 years. He and his parents, J. G. and Florence Rabun Chapman operated Chapman Funeral Home in Jasper until 2001. He also served as deputy coroner in Pickens County for many years.       

He was preceded in death by his parents, J. G. and Florence Rabun Chapman and his brother, Oscar Rabun Chapman.  

Charles is survived by his wife of almost 63 years, Peggie  Chapman of Jasper;  daughter and son in law, Leslie and Mark Miller of Jasper; and son, Clint Chapman of Jasper. Several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive. 

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 28, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Jasper at 2 p.m. with Reverend Preston Jones and Reverend Greg Pope officiating.  Interment followed in the Jasper City Cemetery. 

The family ask in lieu of flowers that memorial contributions be made to either the Jasper First Baptist Church or the Jasper Lions Club. 

Those serving as pallbearers are Blake Gooch, Chuck Payne, Ken Austin, Moss Fountain, Danny Ryder, Glenn Rasco, Vince Evans, Ray Ferrell, Paul Lindsey, and Gary Burgess.  Members of the Lions Club will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Roper Funeral Home and Crematory of Jasper.


Tyler Lacy

Mr. Tyler Thomas Lacy, 29, of Acworth, passed away on Friday March 26th, 2021 at Hamilton Medical Center.

Mr. Lacy was born in Fulton County on November 1st, 1991 to the late Robert Thomas Lacy Jr. and Tammy Lynn Wright Lacy. Mr. Lacy was a member of Welcome Valley Baptist Church and was employed in the construction industry.

Survivors include his mother, Tammy Lynn Lacy of Acworth; two sisters, Jessica Skeens and her husband Tommy of Jasper, and Crystal Turney and her husband Shawn of Jasper; grandmother, Helen Wright of Jasper; special friend, Brittany Jones; several nieces, aunts, and uncles.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 29th from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. William Faucett and Rev. Ryan Wilson officiating. Interment was in the Lake Forest Memorial Park in Pickens County. 

Pallbearers included, Donald Hawkins, Jimmy Lacy, Hunter Weaver, Jacob Weaver, Christopher Patterson, and Fred Corbin.

You may leave online condolences at

Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Carolyn Green

February 21, 1940 - March 25, 2021

Mrs. Carolyn Ann Abernathy Green of Alpharetta, GA, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, March 25, 2021, surrounded by her family, following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Green is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Doil and Michele Brown Green of Atlanta, GA; daughter, Brenda Lynn Green Thomas of Cumming, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Jimmy Dell of Macon, GA; brothers-in-law, Jack Green of Tyrone, GA, Joe Green and wife Barbara of Riverdale, GA; sister-in-law, Pat Hall and husband Steve of Big Canoe, GA; sister-in-law, Melba Abernathy of Alpharetta, GA; granddaughters, Christi Thomas Gilbert and husband John of Dawsonville, GA and Breanna Thomas Kittrell and husband Todd of Alpharetta, GA; great-grandson, Michael Gilbert; great-granddaughters, Hadley Gilbert and Addison Kittrell. 

Several nieces, nephews, and very special friends also survive including Miki Skelton and her son, Charlie of Savannah, GA.

Carolyn and her husband Gene lived in several different cities and states during the almost 44 years of marriage. During that time, she earned the title of being one of the best cooks ever. While raising two children of their own, and before they had their precious grandchildren, they took gentle, loving care of more than 25 newborn foster babies who were being placed for adoption.

Carolyn is preceded in death by her husband, Eugene J. Green; parents, Joseph Robert and Margaret Ellen Abernathy; brother, Bubba Abernathy; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jasper Doil and Gertrude Green of Jasper, GA. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no community visitation. Instead, the immediate family gathered graveside at Sunrise Memorial Gardens at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March, 29, 2021 to honor Aunt Carolyn's life. Chaplain Larry Haron officiated. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made to: The Alzheimer's Association, 1925 Century Blvd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30345 / Capstone Hospice Company, 5550 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 150, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 / Food Ministry or charity of your choice. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Green family. 


Paul Looper

October 8, 1975 - March 23, 2021

Mr. Paul Looper, 45, of Canton, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Tranquility Kennesaw Mountain Hospice.

Paul is survived by his mother, Wanda Smith of Jasper; brothers, Daniel "D." Smith of Ellijay, and John Michael Smith of Jasper; sisters, Katie Hood of Marietta, and Sarah Greene; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Burnt Mountain Center in Jasper in his memory.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Looper/Smith family.


Eddie Champion Jr.


Mr. Edward Lee “Eddie” Champion, Jr., 61,  of Fairmount, Georgia, departed this life Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Floyd Medical Center.  Eddie was born August 25, 1959 in Cobb County, Georgia.  

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vivian Fuller Whitley and his father and step-mother, Edward Lee and Betty Champion, Sr.  

Eddie was a 1977 graduate of Fairmount High School and was the owner of KC’s Corner Restaurant in Fairmount, Georgia, for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Evans Champion of the residence; daughter and son-in-law, Hannah and Nick Forrette of Fairmount, GA; god daughter and her daughter, Mandey Crook and Mia Sims all of Fairmount, GA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jeff and Rebecca Champion, Walter McKinney all of Fairmount, GA, Rusty Whitley of Texas; sisters and brothers-in-law, Melba and Dell Richmond of Conway, SC, Sheila Balde, Sherry Townsend both of Fairmount, GA, Shirley and Nick Johnson of Oakman, GA, Sissy Bartlett of Canyon, TX; uncle and aunts, Von Champion, Billy Champion, Jack and Gail Champion, Joe Champion, Bryant Seabrook, Melba Bagwell and Norman and Gene Head; mother-in-law, Edith Evans of Fairmount, GA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Beverly and Randy Cox, Tina Silvers of Fairmount, GA, Greg and Melody Evans of Talking Rock, GA; a number of nieces, nephews and many cousins.

A private graveside service was held Friday, March 26th at 5 p.m. at Johnson Cemetery. Paul Warmack, Nick Forrette, Clay Townsend, Jeff Champion, Gregory Champion, Naythan Champion, Tucker Warmack, Dustin Patterson and Chaplin Brookshire will be honored to serve as pallbearers. 

Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

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