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Obituaries for Sept. 29, 2016; Gisela Fasselt, Megan Foster, Larry Turner, Ralph Hendrix, Phillip Matthews, John Bowers, Judy Thomas, Thomas Alexander III, Samuel Whitley, Virginia Prather, Geneva Watson,

Gisela Fasselt
    Gisela Karen Fasselt of Acworth, Georgia passed peacefully surrounded by family on September 18, 2016.  One of three children, she is survived by sisters Hanna Davis and Anneliese Otto of Grants Pass, Oregon; daughter, Veronica Fasselt of Atlanta; son, Loyd Fasselt of Acworth; and three grandchildren.
    Born on October 29, 1936 in Berlin, Germany, she grew up during World War II.  After immigrating to Toronto, Canada with her family in 1954, she clerked at Simpsons-Sears. She met and married her husband, Leo, in 1956. In 1958, they immigrated to the United States and became U.S. citizens.  Her two children were born and raised in Tampa, Florida.  Gisela worked part-time as a hostess for the Swiss House at Busch Gardens and later full-time as a legal librarian for Celotex and Jim Walter Corporation. Gisela and her husband, Leo, also built their vacation home along the Withlacoochee River near Lake Panasofkee, where they spent many carefree weekends boating on the River and Lake.
    In 1988, she retired to Jasper with her husband.  They built their own home, grew organic fruits and vegetables and canned them for future family use. Gisela excelled at cooking and gardening and loved to entertain with nutritious farm fresh meals and flowers from the garden. She also volunteered at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church for many years.
    In 2013, after the passing of her husband, Leo, Gisela moved to Acworth and resided in a home next door to the family of her son, Loyd. She continued cooking and gardening and attended St. Catherine’s Catholic Church. She also enjoyed the company of her grandchildren, who lived next door.
    Throughout her life, Gisela was a devout Catholic.  The family will hold a funeral service at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper on September 21.  Condolences can be left at www.GeorgiaFuneralCare.com

Megan Foster
March 22, 1987 - September 19, 2016

    Megan Leigh Foster, 29, of Ball Ground, passed away Monday September 19, 2016 at her grandparents residence.
    Miss Foster is survived by her father, Mikle Lee Foster Sr. of Marble Hill; mother, Gloria Foster of Jasper; grandparents, Roger & Carolyn Beck of Marble Hill; and brother, Mikle Lee Foster Jr. of Marble Hill.
    Miss Foster was preceded in death by her sister, Molly Leigh Foster.
    The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday September 23, 2016 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Larry Beck and Charlie Buchanan officiating. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Mikle Foster Jr., Leonard Waters, Matthew Beck, Ricky Beck, Tim Foster, and David Pendly.
    The family requested instead of flowers to please make donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Foster family.

Larry Turner
    Mr. Larry Turner, 73, of Morganton, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016 at St. Joseph's Hospital.
    Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 26 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel.  Interment  followed in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. 
    Mr. Turner was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting, but most of all loved his family.
    He was preceded in death by his daughter, Stacy Turner; brother, Lee Turner; parents, Dub and Evelyn Turner.  Survivors include his children, Lance (Sandy) Turner, Christi Turner, Matthew (Lynn) Turner, Jason (Tammy) Turner and Grace Turner; siblings, Fairy Poole, Mary Ortagus, Ann Pratt, Delona Griffin, Delta Turner, Nathan Turner and Gwen Young; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews and many other family and friends.
    Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.

Ralph Hendrix
Oct. 29, 1927 -Sept. 23, 2016

    Mr. Ralph T. Hendrix, 88, of Jasper, passed away Friday September 23, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Hendrix is survived by his wife, Eloise Hendrix of Jasper; daughters and son-in-law, Deborah & Frankie McDaniel of Jasper and Sandra Ingram of Jasper; sisters, Ruby Brooks of Ball Ground and Willie Grace Brooks of Marble Hill; 5 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
    Mr. Hendrix was preceded in death by his grandson Barry McDaniel and several brothers and sisters.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Corinth Baptist Church with Revs. Richie Gibbs, Leroy Kelley, and Huey Holloway officiating. Interment at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery with Marble Hill Lodge 207 in charge of Masonic graveside service. Pallbearers were Terry West, Cory West, Cody Ingram, James Abbott, Tristan Abbott, Tony Kellogg, Mason Crook, and Carter West.
    The family will accept flowers or make donations to Corinth Baptist Church.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hendrix family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

Phillip Matthews
Jan. 1, 1944 - Sept. 25, 2016

    Mr. Phillip D. Matthews,  72, of Talking Rock, passed away Sunday September 25, 2016 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.
    Mr. Matthews is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda & Richard Russell of Jasper and Melissa & Doug Kell of Talking Rock; brother and sister-in-law, Robert & Brenda Matthews of Canton; sister, Ellen Matthews of Talking Rock; 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday September 28, 2016 at the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home.
    The family requests in lieu of flowers make donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Matthews family.

John Bowers
Nov. 8, 1946 - Sept. 26, 2016

    Mr. John Emory Bowers,  69, of Ball Ground, passed away Monday September 26, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Bowers is survived by his mother, Eunice Bowers of Ball Ground; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn & Mike Grimes of Jasper; sisters and brother-in-law, Willene & Abary Bell of Ball Ground and Sheila Jarrett of Ball Ground; grandchildren, Chris Jarrett of Jasper, Seaton Grimes of Jasper, and Seth Grimes of Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28th from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., and on Thursday from 8 a.m. until prior to the funeral service. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Revs. Chris White and James Samples officiating. Interment at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers that serve are Kelly Blackwell, Wayne Higgins, Brandon Jarrett, Christopher Jarrett, Seaton Grimes, and Seth Grimes.
    The family will accept flowers or make donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bowers family.

Judy Thomas
Sept. 14, 1939 - Sept. 25, 2016

    Judy Ann Horne Thomas, 77, of Jasper, GA, formerly of Savannah, GA, passed away peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her loving family and her beloved dog, AJ, at her residence on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
    Mrs. Thomas, who was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gene, was a beloved mother and grandmother, who is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Mike Thomas (Laura Anne Thomas) of Savannah, GA, Keith & Josie Thomas of Jasper, and Kevin & Amanda Thomas of Savannah; Brother and sister-in-law, David & Pris Horne of Alpharetta; sister, Nancy Adams of Pooler, GA; grandchildren, Caroline, Casey, Madison, and Blaise; and several nieces and a nephew.
    Mrs. Thomas was a 1957 graduate of Savannah High School. She was an avid volunteer and member of the church that she loved and knew as Savannah Christian. Throughout her life, she touched the hearts of many and was a true blessing to all who knew her.
    In celebration of her life, a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 29, at the Adult Ministry Building across from the Henderson Campus of Compassion Christian Church in Savannah, with Pastor Jim Bolen officiating for all family and friends. Following the service, everyone is invited to stay for visitation.
    The family requests in lieu of flowers to make donations to Georgia Mountains Hospice.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Thomas family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

Thomas Alexander III
June 21, 1945 - September 23, 2016
 
    Thomas M. (Tom) Alexander, III of Big Canoe, Georgia passed away unexpectedly on September 23 at 10:33 a.m. at the age of 71, of causes related to a brain aneurysm.
    He was born in Raleigh,NC, on June 21, 1945. Tom graduated from Belmont Abbey College in NC and received a Bachelors degree in Economics from Belmont Abbey. He was married to Jerrie Hasson.
    Tom retired from Bellsouth in 2001 following a 35 year career with the corporation. He was a District Manager of Operations and a Regional Director of Corporate and External Affairs in Georgia.
    In his home community of Big Canoe, Tom was a Director of the Home Owners Association, a Big Canoe Fire fighter, President of the Big Canoe Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, and was a Chairman of the Big Canoe Elections Committee, served as Secretary of the Dawson County Development Authority and Dawson County Building Authority and as Vice-Chair of the Republican party in Dawson County. Tom also served Gibbs Gardens, LLC in customer service.  Alexander served his Catholic faith family at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper as a reader of the Word at Mass and was an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist.
    Tom was proceeded death by his parents Thomas M. Alexander and Lucille B. Alexander. 
    He is survived by his sister, Marilou Watson and brother, John Alexander of Jacksonville, FL and their families.  Tom is survived by his wife of 49 years. He and Jerrie were married at the Cathedral of Belmont Abbey in 1967 and are parents of three wonderful children, Dr. M. Sean Alexander (Valerie) of Canton, Ga., Shannon Haskins (Craig) of Birmingham, Al., Lori Crawford (Chuck) of Auburn, Al. and their 10 grandchildren. Their 49 year journey has left a legacy to three adored children and their beautiful grandchildren.
    A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Big Canoe Chapel with Pastor Lamar Helms officiating. Interment at Big Canoe Cemetery.
    The family will accept flowers or make donations to Big Canoe Fire Department; P.O. Box 11564, Big Canoe Jasper, GA 30143.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Alexander family.

Samuel Whitley
June 24, 1963 – September 20, 2016

    Mr. Samuel “Sam” James Whitley, 53, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. He was born June 24, 1963 to Silas J. and Joyce Whitley in Tate.
    Sam is survived by his mother, Joyce Whitley of Jasper; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandy and Larry Bean of Albertville, Alabama, Lynn and Mike Hoskins of Talking Rock; brother and sister-in-law, Tommy and Rachel Whitley of Jasper; two nieces and two nephews.  Several aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Silas Whitley.
    The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Friday, September 23 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Brother Ricky Dean officiating. Interment followed at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.
    The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Friendship Baptist Church.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.
    Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com.

Virginia Prather
February 5, 1933 – September 21, 2016

    Virginia Claudine Prather, 83, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016. She was born February 5, 1933 to Arthur and Ella Fountain Childers.
    Mrs. Prather is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Janice Prather of Canton, Terry and Diana Prather of Ranger, Garry and Ann Prather of Jasper, Ryan and Rebecca Prather of Jasper; brother, Bob Childers of Canton; sister, Betty Spencer of Calhoun; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Lee Prather; grandson, Michael Scott Prather; and great-granddaughter, Mia Prather.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 23 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Travis Childers and Reverend Corey Rich officiating. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.
    Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com.

Geneva Watson
March 4, 1931 – September 18, 2016

    Geneva Mary Watson, 85, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016 at home. She was born to John and Viola Porter in Tennessee and was married to the late Gary Howard Watson.
    A graveside service was held 4 p.m., Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Cherokee Memorial Park in Canton after visitation at Roper Funeral Home.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.
    Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com.

Card of Thanks
    From the bottom of all our hearts, our family would like to thank every single person who called, sent cards, brought food, visited, and most importantly, prayed for our family and for Bob. Bob Cagle was a very special person to us and to Pickens County. He loved the people of this area dearly and spent his life serving this area in whatever way that he could. His loss has left a void in our hearts and in our community. Each kind gesture extended our way as been very, greatly appreciated.
The Family of
Robert A. Cagle

Card of Thanks
    Saying “thank you” just doesn’t seem enough. You go to bed one night as normal and you wake up to your world never being the same. That’s how it has been for Richard and our family since May 9, 2016. We both have been so humbled by all the love and support since his stroke. The weekend of September 17th, totally blew us away! We want to thank every motorcycle that was ridden; every car and tractor that was shown; if you cooked, donated, sold tickets, judge a car, played music, bought the wonderful barbecue or sweets and ice cream; we will never be able to thank you enough!
    Thanks also goes to the Pickens and Cherokee County law enforcement for their help. A special thank you to the local lodges, family and friends who worked so hard and non-stop to put this all together from start to cleaning up afterwards, including Paul & Brandon and their families! We love you all; even those we didn’t know just for taking part! Thank you Lord for the beautiful day!
    Richard & Debbie
Ridings