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Obituaries for Nov. 27, 2014; Tommy King, Monte Davis, Jane Kirk, Don Holyfield, Karen Forsyth, Margarete Dix

Tommy King
Dec. 22, 1948-Nov. 18, 2014
    Tommy King, age 65 of Jasper, passed away early Tuesday morning, November 18, 2014, at his home.
    Tommy was Past Master of Blaine Lodge #534.
    He was preceded in death by son, Andy King.
    He is survived by his wife, Linda King, Jasper; daughters and son-in-law, Jamie Jones, Jasper, and Holly and Palmer Sanford, Smyrna; grandsons, Jackson Jones, Jasper, and Shelt Sanford, Smyrna; granddaughter, Lily Sanford, Smyrna; mother-in-law, Cleo McDaniel, Ellijay; brother and sister-in-law, James and Barbara King, Jasper; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Vicki Thompson, Ellijay, James and Flondell Thompson, Jasper, and Patsy Davenport, Ellijay.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 20, at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with the Rev. James Thompson and Dr. Shelton Sanford officiating. Interment followed at Whitestone Baptist Church Cemetery with Masonic Gravesite Rites by Blaine Lodge #534.   Pallbearers were: Jason Mayfield, Rodney Gibson, Jim Dorsey, Fred Mulkey, Johnny Clark, Joe Walker, Terry Thomason and Jack Williams. The family requests in lieu of flowers, make donations to Whitestone Baptist Church. Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home in Jasper.

Monte Davis
    Monte Vincent Davis, a resident of Bent Tree, Ga., died peacefully at home on November 7, 2014.
    He was born April 29, 1923, in Cove, Oregon, to Reuben Davis and Pomona Stackland Davis.
    He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy Adler Davis, Bent Tree; his daughter, Teri Davis DiMaggio, Tucson Az.; and two grandsons and two great-granddaughters. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sheri Davis Clarke.
    Dr. Davis earned a BA in Physics and Math from Linfield College, McMinnville, Or., and an MA and PhD in Physics from Oregon State University. Prior to attending college, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe from 1943 to 1946.
    He was Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology where he served as director of the Neely Nuclear Research Center and Professor from 1973 to 1987.  From 1961 to 1973 he was director of the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory and professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Arizona, Tucson.  From 1957 to 1961 he was group leader of the Advanced Systems Group of the SNAP Program and project engineer for SNAP-4 at Atomics International Division, Rockwell International. He also served as consultant to several organizations, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Space Power Inc., Martin-Marietta, McDonnell-Douglas, and Argonne National Laboratory.
    Dr. Davis was a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and a member of the American Physical Society, Sigma Xi, the International Solar Energy Society, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine.  He was very proud of the students whose Master’s and PhD research he supervised, and always said he learned more from them than they learned from him. Several of them became lifelong friends.
    A strong supporter and happy resident of Bent Tree, he served on the community’s  Board of Directors for two terms, among other volunteer activities. Those wishing to do so can make a contribution in his memory to the Bent Tree Foundation, 744 Noah Drive, #113-184, Jasper Ga. 30143.
    Monte’s friends are invited to join in a celebration of his life on Monday, December 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Club Tamarack in Bent Tree.

Jane Kirk
    Jane Hall Kirk, age 67 of Asheville, N.C., passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
    Jane was a dedicated mother, wife and educator. She loved spending time with her family and friends and traveling, and especially enjoyed visiting Lake Chautauqua in New York each summer with her childhood friends.
    Born in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late Malcolm and Harriett Kirk, Jane graduated from Lake Erie College for Women and received her Master’s in Library Science from Emory University. She taught for 30 years in Georgia and used her library classrooms to share her love for reading with so many children. Upon retiring she made Asheville her home where she devoted her time to the things she enjoyed most: volunteering, gardening, cooking, hiking, tennis and traveling. She was a member of the Children’s Welfare League and Friends of the Earth Garden Club.
    Jane leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving children, Ben and Cade Gardner; her devoted husband, Jay Herpel; her adoring four-legged companion, Sylvie; and many cherished friends.
    The family will have a private memorial service and celebration of her life. Donations in Jane’s memory can be directed to the Children’s Welfare League and Manna Food Bank.

Don Holyfield
    Don Holyfield, age 68 of Jasper, died on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
    Don Holyfield is a pioneer in wealth management with more than 35 years of financial planning, investment, insurance and financial services experience consulting and advising individuals, professionals, executives and business owners. His lifetime of leadership and achievements has imbued him with the ability to help his clients realize their life potential. Years ago, Don had a vision to provide clients the necessary tools to realistically find a path that allows them to self‐discover, design and live the life that they want.
    Don founded Sequoyah Planning II, LLC, as an independent Registered Investment Advisory firm in order to fully serve his clients. During his professional career, he has earned from the American College the designation of Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. Before becoming an independent Registered Investment Advisor, from 1989 to 2000 as Associate General Agent for New England Financial, Don was recognized as being in the Top 10 in performance nationwide. From 2001‐05 he was recognized by Peachtree Planning Corporation as one of their leading offices in the southeast. Don now applies that motivation for success directly to his clients and continues to be a leading force in the industry. He has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles about financial planning and wealth management.
    Don received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Commerce from the University of Richmond. He went on to graduate from Infantry Officer Candidate School as a Lieutenant in the United States Army, completed Airborne School, Jungle School, Vietnamese Language School, was a Mobile Advisor Team leader in Vietnam and won the Bronze Star for meritorious service.
    Don received one of the highest honors awarded in the United States of the Edward E. Phillips Award for Outstanding Citizenship. He was selected as one of the few national honorees to be a Community Hero Olympic Torchbearer for the 1996 Olympic Games. Don is listed in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership. He raised over $250,000 for the Leukemia Society of America through their program,
Team in Training. Don completed the Marine Corps marathon, the New York City Marathon, the Bermuda Marathon and the El Tour de Tucson Century Bike Race, all for the benefit of The Leukemia Society of America.
    Raised in Virginia, Don was taught by his family that achievement in life had no limits other than what one self‐imposes. In his youth, he was honored as football player of the year, lettered in football, All State Band, Honor Society, editor of his high school annual, was a weekly broadcaster for WROV Radio Teen Town and toured Europe playing concerts in eight cities and winning 2nd place in a world marching competition in Nice, France.
    Don is married to the love of his life, Vickie. They enjoy hiking with their dogs, Bubby and Chloe, near their home in the North Georgia mountains, and acting as staff for their three cats.
    Survivors other than his wife Vickie are his mother, Gotelind R. Holyfield, Mabelton, Ga.; son, Shon Holyfield, Oregon; step-sons, John Benjamin Suddeth and Steophen Douglas Suddeth, both of Orlando, Fl.;and  granddaughters, Sarah and Juliet Holyfield, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Summer Dominica Holyfield.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday from the Chapel of Darby Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Hunter and Mr. Chip Rogers officiating. Interment was in Georgia National Cemetery with Military Honors.

Karen Forsyth
    Karen Elaine Saunders Forsyth, age 42 of Sterling, Va., passed away on November 18, 2014, after a short illness. 
    She was born in Tallahassee, Fl., and raised in Atlanta and Jasper, Ga. As an Army wife she held residences in northern England, Olympia, Wa., Petersburg, Va., and Vidalia, Ga.  A mother, Army wife and government librarian, she devoted her time to the service of her family and our nation. Karen volunteered for: Wounded Warrior Project, Army Family Team Building and Animal Rescue, to name a few. She loved to travel and spend time with her family, friends and animals. She cared a great deal for her entire family.
    She was passionate about reading, history, water sports, travel and her family. She was the “rock” of her family.  Karen (1990 alumni of Pickens High School and Florida State University [1995 MSLS], member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority) enjoyed college football, especially FSU, baseball games with her family, dancing and city lights. She loved the outdoors, but the next minute she was ready for a night out on the town. She was the greatest Mom ever! Karen’s love was felt far and wide. She was a “fixer” and loved helping people whenever and wherever she could, regardless of any personal cost or effort. 
    Her charisma and charm enchanted anyone who was lucky enough to meet her. She would tackle any problem head on from simply listening to others to getting her hands dirty.
    Karen is survived by her loving husband of 17 years, Brian T. Forsyth; her daughter, Amber (11 years); her loving parents, Mary Ellen and Alan Johnson, Jasper,  and Michael C. Saunders and Rosalie Jensen, Dahlonega, Ga.; father-in-law Paul Forsyth; aunts, Maureen Dibble, Kathleen, Elaine and Debbie Rumpf and Reba Saunders; uncles, James and Daniel Rumpf and Andrew Saunders; sisters-in-law, Helen Dowd, Claudette Wells, Paulette Salmon, Angie, Glenna and Teresa Battle and Christi Beck; brothers-in-law, Michael and John Battle; and numerous nieces, nephews,and cousins.  Karen was preceded in death by her uncles, William Rumpf and Dan Thompson; aunt, Sylvia Thompson; mother-in-law, Patricia Dowd; and sister-in-law, Anna Dowd.
    Her memorial service was held Saturday, November 22, at Adams- Green Funeral Home, Herndon, Va., with the ashes to be buried at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

Margarete Dix
    Margarete Maria Dix, age 87 of Jasper, Ga., passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Embracing Hospice in Cumming, Ga. 
    Mrs. Dix was an orphan and war refugee from Germany in World War II who immigrated to the United States to enjoy the freedom and prosperity of our country. She graduated in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, Wi., and later earned a Master’s degree in Teaching. She taught for many years in Wisconsin as well as in Forsyth County, Ga., at Midway Elementary School, retiring in 1991. 
    She was married for 66 years to Karl Alfons Dix who survives her as well as four children, Teresa Maria Jersild (married to Chris Jersild), Snellville, Ga., Marguerite Katherine Johannes, Fond du Lac, Wi., Karl Frederick Dix (married to Barbara Dix), Atlanta, Ga., and Anthony Thomas Dix (married to Carrie Dix), Roswell, Ga. Mrs. Dix is also survived by nine grandchildren, Stephen Baisch, Kelley Jersild, Julie and Nick Johannes and Karl Albert Dix, Kenny, Katie, David and Brian Dix.
    The family will celebrate a funeral mass for her at 11 a.m. on November 29 at Our Lady of the Mountains, 1908 Waleska Hwy. 108, Jasper, with Father Charles Byrd presiding. Immediately after the mass, the family will be receiving friends at a reception in the church hall. Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home, Jasper.