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Obituaries for April 22, 2021; Darryl Payne, Thomas Drake, Elizabeth Gayton, Artemus Childers, Jerry Evans, Frances Crook, Joy Black, Doris Burton, Earnest Densmore

Darryl Payne


Darryl Payne, 58,  loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, went to see his Savior after a sudden and brief illness. 

A Christian many years, he attended Living Word Church in Jasper, GA.

He leaves behind a wife, six children, one brother and sister-in-law and many friends, brothers and sisters in Christ. He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Payne and Jeanette S. Payne.

Darryl was born in Decatur, Georgia, the youngest son of Floyd Payne and Jeanette S. Payne.

He attended Decatur High School, and graduated from Georgia State’s Respiratory Therapist program and worked at Georgia Baptist Medical Center. He worked as director of respiratory care at Pickens General Hospital and then was promoted to purchasing director. Later, he began his own home respiratory and medical equipment company, Hometown Home Health in Jasper. In addition, he opened Polar Vortex, a coffee and dessert shop. Anyone who has ever eaten one of Darryl’s desserts knows what a wonderful baker he was. An elder, youth leader and worship team member of his church, he was the epitome of a servant of the Lord.  A genuine heart and love for people, anyone who knew him, knew this.

He will be dearly missed by many. 

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 17th at Living Word Church, 215 Pioneer  Industrial   Blvd., Jasper. From 12-3 p.m. there will be a drop in visitation followed at 3 p.m. with a  limited seating service/eulogy.

Please come celebrate a life well lived.


Thomas Drake

July 1, 1939 – April 15, 2021

U.S. Veteran


Thomas Richard Drake of 129 Madison Court, Jasper, GA, passed away at The Retreat in Jasper on April 15, 2021 at the age of 81. 

Tom (Tippy) was born July 1, 1939 in Syracuse NY to Thomas Francis Drake and Margaret (Meere) Drake. He was raised in Syracuse and joined the Marine Corp at the age of 17. He was a proud veteran and served in Morocco, North Africa 3 years from 1957 thru 1959.  After serving in the Marine Corp he returned to Syracuse where he joined the Syracuse police department. 

Tom worked for Smith Corona, Kardex, Sperry, and Unisys in New York, Ohio, and Minnesota. He was the founder of 5R Processors. He retired early from Unisys and he and Jo bought a farm in Catawba, WI, where they lived for 32 years.  The farm was their pride and joy, and will always be considered “Home”.

While living in Minnesota he enjoyed camping, fishing, and exploring the Northwoods.  A favorite time was a house boat trip with family and friends in the Voyageurs National Park. He continued these hobbies after moving to Wisconsin, and at the cabin on Thousand Island Lake in the UP of Michigan. A day of fishing off the pontoon was always a special day, rain or shine.  Friends stopping by for coffee in the mornings was a favorite time for him at the farm and cabin.

Tom also enjoyed traveling, including a fly in fishing trip to Canada, winter vacations in Mexico, and several months in 1985 when he and Jo worked in Germany. They traveled and explored Europe along with two of their children Jodi and Rick.

He and Jo enjoyed watching Syracuse Orange NCAA basketball games, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Minnesota Vikings and especially the Green Bay Packers NFL games.

Tom is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jo Ann (Stringer); 5 children Thomas Drake, Sheila Drake, Joseph Drake, Daniel Drake, and Nicole Kavanagh; 7 grandchildren, Brandon Drake, Katie Drake, Emma Drake, Daniel Drake, Taylor Drake, Kinsey Kavanagh and Haley Kavanagh; 2 great grandchildren; three step children, Jodi Madaus, Marci Simons, and Rick (Karen) Lybeck. 3 step grandchildren Joseph Simons, Nora Lybeck, and Klara Lybeck; sister Mary Kennedy (Jim), sisters- in- law Judy Carlisle & Jeri Brown, and many nieces and nephews. His nephew Sean described his Uncle Tom in saying he was a charismatic and genuine person. Indeed he was.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Margaret(Peg) LaHart, a brother James(Beanie) Drake, his father- & mother -in -law Kenny & Irene Stringer, his brothers- in- law Thomas Carlisle and Ken Stringer, and his sister in law Colleen Stringer..

Because of travel distance and the Covid pandemic, there will be no service at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Georgia Mountains Hospice in Jasper would be appreciated. The family wants to thank Georgia Mountains Hospice and the staff at The Retreat for their loving respectful care.

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Elizabeth Gayton


Elizabeth Mae Gayton, 72, of Ball Ground, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021 at her residence.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Scott Holden officiating. Mrs. Gayton will be cremated following the funeral service.

Mrs. Gayton was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Cody Gayton (Amanda), Susan Dean (William), Joann Melton, Michael Flowers, Jason Reid and Beth Roberts; siblings, Andy Vaughan, Cindy Etris, Chris Vaughan and Glenn Vaughan; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church, 15730 Hopewell Rd., Milton, GA 30004

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


Artemus Childers


Artemus William Childers, 86, of Canton, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at his residence. 

The family will receive friends at Darby Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 21st from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The funeral will be on Wednesday, April 21st at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Darby Funeral Home with Rev. Nathan Smith and Rev. Edward Hamrick officiating. Interment will follow at Hinton Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Ernestine Childers of Canton; daughters, Shelia (Ray) Poole of Canton, Kathy (Tommy) Mathews of Canton, Donna (Randy) Cochran of Waleska; brother, Thurman Childers of Canton; 

sister, Melo (Grady) Evans of Jasper; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren also survive.

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


Jerry Evans

July 8, 1944 - April 15, 2021

Jerry David Evans, 76, of Jasper, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Effie & Coy Evans, and sister, Charlotte Chadwick Stephens.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Evans; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer & Jay Walls of Dawsonville; grandchildren, Olivia and Owen Walls; brothers and sisters-in-law, Troy & Joyce Evans of Tate, and Grady & June Evans of Atlanta; brother-in-law, Steve Stephens of Powder Springs; nieces, Linda (Bob) James, Laura Evans, Deidra Chadwick; nephews, Danny (Debbie) Chadwick, Ricky Chadwick, Scott (Beth) Evans, Daren (Veronica) Evans, and Brandon (Maura) Heath.

His mother-in-law, Jewell Buchanan; sisters-in-law, Carol McArthur and Jan (John) Stracker; niece, Melanie (Steve) Gibson, Christian and Abby, also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Corey Rich officiating. 

Interment was at Sunrise Memorial Gardens following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Scott Evans, Daren Evans, Steve Gibson, Christian Gibson, Owen Walls, Brandon Heath, Poley Anderson, and Isaac Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice Angels at 583 Highland Crossing, Suite 120  Ellijay, GA 30540 or

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Evans family.



Frances Crook

Frances Crook, 85, of Jasper, passed away Monday, April 19, 2021 at her home.  She was born April 24, 1935 to Cesaro and Amanda Parker in Calhoun, Georgia.  

Frances is survived by her children, James Crook of Jasper, Barbara Crook of Jasper, Carol Crook of Jasper; granddaughter, Cindy Crook Baker (Chris) of Talking Rock; great-grandchildren, Savannah Faith Laney, Daelyn Grace Baker; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Pack of Ellijay, Louise Crook of Fairmount; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Kenneth Townsend of Fairmount.  Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Jerusalem Baptist Church with  Reverend Lamar Cantrell, Reverend James Thompson, and Reverend Jason Hancock officiating.  Interment will follow in the Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery.  Pall Bearers will be Wesley Crook, Bo Hightower, Chris Baker, Jeff Crook, Jamie Haynes, Gary Hancock, and Honorary Pall Bearer Donald Bunch.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, April 21 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Thursday, April 22 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

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

Online condolences may be made at


Joy Black

Joy Anne Roby Black, 95, died on April 15, 2021 in Jasper, Georgia. 

She was born in Erin, Tennessee on October 15, 1925. After growing up in a small town in Middle Tennessee, Joy led a wonderful life as an enthusiastic military wife enjoying a long partnership with her husband Charles.  Joy and Charles lived in many places in the United States, Central and South America and Germany before moving to Destin, Florida and then to Jasper, Georgia.

She was preceded in death by her husband Col. ( Ret.) Charles S. Black; her parents, Maynie and Leslie Roby; her sister, Ouina ( Bitsy) Fletcher; and her brother, Roland Roby. Joy is survived by her children, Jodi Thurmond ( Paul ), Penny Brown, and Lesle Manget ( Fred ).  She is also survived by grandchildren, Paul Thurmond Jr., Joshua Thurmond , Betsy Thurmond Matz, Conor Brown, Adam Brown, Evan Brown, Taylor Brown Fontenot, Felice Manget, Caroline Manget Briggs and Jon Thomas Manget.  Great-grandchildren, Roby and Canon Thurmond, Rider and Zeph Matz, Kepler, Crew and Lincoln Fontenot, Ryder Clem  and Porter Briggs were also happy to call her "Momo".

Joy will be remembered for demonstrating the essence of her name. She was an avid bridge player, excellent golfer, a loving mother and grandmother, and a friend to many. She was a great hostess to many family gatherings. 

A graveside service will be at Georgia National Cemetery on April 26, 2021. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Georgia Mountains Hospice ( or Pickens Animal Rescue ( are appreciated.

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


Paul Barfield

Paul Barfield, 72, of Ball Ground, Georgia passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021. 

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in the Chapel of In Their Honor of Jasper. 

Mr. Barfield was a United States Army Veteran, retired from Glass, Inc as a superintendent, and loved the Georgia Bulldawgs. 

Paul is survived by his wife of 33 years, Vickie; son, Ryan Tatum and his wife Kendall, of Cumming, Georgia; daughter, Nicole Barlow and her husband Bruce, of Cartersville, Georgia; brother, Barry Barfield, of Lithonia, Georgia; grandchildren, Ryleigh Cameron Tatum, Silas Glenn Tatum, Aidan Fredrick Mider, Maddie Nicole Barlow, Zoe Grace Barlow, Lizzie Claire Barlow, Bella Kate Barlow and William Victor Barlow. The family will receive friends before the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations, 481 Noah Drive, Cumming, Georgia 30040. 706-253-5060


Doris Burton


Betty Doris Burton, 87, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Northside Hospital Cherokee. She was born in Texas and relocated to Georgia in 1955 when her husband, Fred Burton, was discharged from the U.S. Air Force.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Janyse Burton Lawson; and a son, Timothy Fred Burton.  She was also predeceased by her parents, her brother and her sister.  

She is survived by a son, Andy Burton, and two grandsons, Griffen and Samuel Burton, all of Pickens County.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, and served several years as the church secretary after retiring from the corporate world.  She had been a licensed real estate broker, employed in the land division of the Liberty Corporation in their Atlanta office.

At her request, her remains were cremated.  Those wishing to make gifts to honor her memory may do so by sending them to: First Baptist Church Building Fund; 198 East Church Street; Jasper, Georgia  30143.

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


Earnest Densmore

Earnest Cecil Densmore, 64, of Ellijay, Georgia passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021. He was born May 25, 1956 to the late Hallman and Jewel Roper Densmore. 

Earnest is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Mary Katherine Densmore of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Kenny Rowe of Holly Springs; son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Jennifer Densmore of Canton; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his sister, Marie Lowery of Ellijay. Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hallman Densmore; his mother, Jewel Roper Densmore; and his son, Mardy Densmore.

Service information will be announced at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Roper Funeral Home to help with the final expenses.

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