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Obituaries for May 27, 2021; Henry Bond III, Nathan Pilgrim, Ken Lacey, Norma Morrison, Michael Towns, Alvin McAdoo Jr., Mary Elkins

Henry Bond III

US Veteran


Henry Bond III, 85, died Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Gainesville, GA.  His funeral will be held at Ailey United Methodist Church in Ailey, GA on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Denise Vaughn of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Vidalia, GA officiating. Interment will follow at the Peterson Cemetery in Ailey, GA.

Henry was born February 16, 1936, in Chattanooga, TN to Henry Bond, Jr. and Kathleen James Lynch Bond.  He grew up on Lookout Mountain, TN, attended The McCallie School, and graduated from The Darlington School in Rome, GA. He attended Sewanee (The University of the South), before graduating from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BA in Business. He subsequently graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis with an MBA.

On June 21, 1961, Henry married Laura Massee Walker, his wife of 57 years, in Pensacola, FL. He served his country in the Air National Guard, stationed in France at Toul Rosieres AFB (where daughter Laura was born). He also worked for General Electric in Schenectady, NY (where son Henry was born), before ultimately settling in Georgia for the remainder of his life. He pursued a career in Information Technology Consulting, working for much of his career at Management Science American and American Software.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Henry served as an Episcopal Church Verger. He was involved at The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper, and Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville. Henry also had life-long passions for square dancing, music, and playing bridge.

Henry is survived by his two children, Laura Bond Barker and Henry Richmond Bond; their spouses, Jack Barker and Stephanie Bond; as well as his four grandchildren, Kathleen and Martha Barker, and Julia and Daniel Bond. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Massee Walker Bond, his parents, Henry Bond, Jr. and Kathleen James Lynch Bond Kemp, and his sister, Frances Kathleen “Kay” Bond Scobell Benson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, 202 Griffith Road, Jasper, GA 30143; or Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave, NE, Gainesville, GA 30501.


Nathan Pilgrim

Nathan M. Pilgrim, 66, of Cumming, Georgia, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Nathan was born on May 16, 1955 in Marietta, Georgia to Roy E. Pilgrim, who predeceased him, and Jeanette Hicks McBride, who survives him. 

Though he and his family always called Georgia home, as the son of an Army Staff Sergeant, Nathan spent much of his childhood traveling and moving between different states and countries. He was blessed to have experienced a lot of what the world had to offer. After graduating from F.T. Wills High School in Smyrna, Georgia, Nathan continued the military tradition and joined the United States Navy, where he served as a Cryptologic Technician.

Upon being honorably discharged from the Navy, Nathan came home to find that his parents had rented out his room to a girl named Kathy. As one could say, the rest was history. From the moment they met, Nathan and Kathy were the light of each other's lives. They married in 1979, and in their more than 40 years together, until death did them part in 2018, they had a love that only dreams are made of. Together, Nathan and Kathy shared a daughter and granddaughter; and, while Nathan was never much one to share his many personal, academic, and career accomplishments, he would say that his biggest achievement was his family. Kathy, Lyndsei, and Elise gave Nathan an endless amount of joy and pride. To him, his girls were blessings he received by the grace of God. For that, Nathan was thankful and felt that no one could ever ask for anything more.

Throughout his life, Nathan was an inspiration to others. He worked harder than most, and yet he still found time to always be there for anyone who needed him. He was an incredible husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and will be missed beyond measure. But, as he would say, "this is God's plan," and Nathan is now once again with his wife, Kathy, and all the family members that have gone before him. He is home, and his heart is whole.

Today, in addition to his mother, Nathan is survived by his daughter, Lyndsei (Joshua Pacini) of Atlanta, GA; his granddaughter, Elise; and his sisters, Devera (Mac Granville) of Canton, GA and Tamara (Don Hank) of Holiday, FL. He is also survived by three nephews, Garrett, Chandler, and Logan; his dog, Jackson; and a wealth of extended family and friends. 

The funeral service was held Sunday, May 23 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Georgia National Cemetery at a later date. 

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

The family accepted flowers or memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association in his honor.

American Heart Association

PO Box 840692

Dallas TX  75284-0692



Ken Lacey

Ken Lacey, 75, of Fairmount, Georgia died Tuesday, May 18, 2021. He was born on July 17, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Noel Eugene Lacey and Virginia Statham Lacey. 

He was the owner of Rainbow Carpet Mills in Fairmount for over 50 years. Ken was a pilot for many years. He loved to fly and fish.

He is survived by his children, Jeff and Gail Lacey and Matt and Rita Lacey; grandchildren, Logan Lacey and Emily Lacey; Special grand goddaughter, Gracie; his partner for many years, Eva Mae Roland; his step mother, Dorothy Lacey; his great friend, Ben Carr.

A private family  graveside service was held at Johnson Cemetery in Fairmount, Georgia on Friday, May 21, 2021 with Mark Owens and  Michael Yancey officiating. Pallbearers include Jeff Lacey, Matt Lacey, Logan Lacey, Clay Townsend, Chris Johnson, and Calvin Watts.

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The Brannon family and staff are honored to serve the family of Ken Lacey.


Norma Morrison

On Tuesday April 20, 2021, Norma Morrison, also known as Bess, went to be with her Lord and Savior, at the age of 98. Bess was born December 1, 1922 in Enterprise, Alabama and attended Sidney Lanier High School where she met Fred Borland. They were married and had two children, Judy (deceased), and Rick. Fred was a career military officer, Captain US Army Airborne Ranger. He died in active duty and Bess later married Bert Morrison, a WWII survivor and POW, now deceased. Bess has many grandchildren and many great grandchildren. After retiring from a Civil Service career, Bess enjoyed travelling, and her social life playing bridge at the Montgomery Bridge Club in Montgomery Alabama, earning a Life Master Bridge Player award.  The previous 6 years Bess was a resident of Jasper, Ga. living with her son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Rhonda Borland, enjoying her final days with extended family.

Bess was a true southern woman, one of a kind, very independent and practical, and had a witty, quick, sense of humor. She was kind, and never judgmental, and because of that, she made friends and amazing memories with all who knew her.

A celebration of life for Bess will be held with her family members in Jasper at a later date. May God Bless all that knew her. Phil 1:3.


Michael Towns


Age 70 of Jasper, GA, passed on Friday, May 21, 2021.

No service.

In Their Honor of Jasper Funeral Home


Alvin McAdoo Jr.

Alvin Roland "Sonny" McAdoo, Jr., age 89, of Acworth, Georgia passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, Georgia.  Sonny was born November 6, 1931 to Alvin Roland McAdoo, Sr. and Frances Lucinda Chandler McAdoo in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Sonny moved as a young boy to Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Virginia Highlands.  He graduated from Bass High School Class of 1949 where he lettered in football and then attended college at Georgia Institute of Technology.  

As an entrepreneur, Sonny established McAdoo Tire Company on Northside Drive in Atlanta and opened a second location in Panama City Beach, Florida supplying retread tires to Sam’s Club, Delta, and many other small and large businesses throughout the area. 

Sonny cultivated lasting relationships, valued his life-long circles of friends, and enjoyed many interests.  As a private pilot, Sonny learned to fly at a small grassy field just south of Atlanta - now known as Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport.  A beach lover, he cherished sunset walks along the dunes and white sandy beaches of the untouched days of Panama City Beach.  An avid tennis player, over 50 years of his heart and soul was dedicated to keeping Bitsy Grant Tennis Center alive and well.  A self-taught pianist, he enriched himself playing his baby grand piano at home and concert-going with friends.  A fine dancer, Sonny was a regular Black Tie Club member and planned the perfect gatherings serving over 30 years on the board for Serendipity. A great conversationalist, he was always there to listen and was an amazing historian and story-teller.  A southern gentleman, patient and kind and deeply caring of others, Sonny was an honest, thoughtful man of impeccable character.  He was a most gracious, gentle and loving father, immensely proud of his three children.  

Sonny is survived by his oldest daughter, Deborah Lynn McAdoo of Jasper; youngest daughter and son-in-law, Dena Renee McAdoo Malsom and Brian Malsom of Marietta; grandchildren, Olen Tray Oates, Blue River Goodman, Eric Edward Malsom, Tyler Maxwell Malsom, Lauren Elizabeth Malsom, Jessica Emily McAdoo, Morgan Alena McAdoo; and several other friends and relatives.  He is preceded in death by his wife Barbara Ann Holland McAdoo; his son, David Owen McAdoo; and his brother, Terry N. McAdoo.

A private graveside service was held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper, Georgia with arrangements entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory. Invitations will be sent by email for a Celebration of Life Service to be held June 13 in Marietta, Georgia. Socializing on the porch in the rocking chairs is a tradition at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center and is part of Sonny’s legacy.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a special Sonny McAdoo “Keep Rocking” fund dedicated to keeping the rocking chairs around for young and old tennis enthusiasts for years to come.  For donations visit  To contact the family, please email Sonny’s daughters This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  


Mary Elkins


Mary Lucile Pagel Elkins of Jasper, Ga., passed away on April 29, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside hospital, surrounded by loved ones.

Lucile was born in Montgomery, Alabama on August 7, 1948 to Jack and Mary Bradley Pagel and immediately brought joy and laughter into the world. The family later moved to Roberta, Georgia where Lucile grew up. She graduated from Crawford County High School in 1966 and went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Georgia College as well as her Master's in Education several years later. She began her long and successful career teaching high school at her alma mater.

Lucile was fortunate enough to meet and marry her soul mate Joe Elkins in 1975 and the couple had three daughters. Joe and Lucile fell in love with the North Georgia mountains and moved the family to Jasper in 1988. Lucile began teaching fifth grade at Jasper elementary school and later Pickens County middle school where she taught until she retired. She truly loved teaching and had a gift for seeing the best in her students and helping them see it in themselves.

Lucile was known for her generous heart, twinkling eyes, great hugs and the immense love she had for her family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, listening to music, being an active member of the Democratic party, and being with her children and grandchildren.

Lucile is preceded in death by her parents, siblings and dear husband, Joe. She is survived by her children Jess and David White of Jasper; Emma Elkins and Jonathan Terry of Marietta; Bonnie and Brandon Curley of Holly Springs; seven grandchildren; her brother, Johnny Pagel of Fairbanks, Alaska; and several nieces and nephews.

The family invites all of Lucile's friends to share in a celebration of her life at noon on June 6, 2021 at Lee Newton Memorial Park in Jasper. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ACES youth home in Jasper, Ga.