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Obituaries for January 29, 2015; Timothy Cloud, Elise Kistler, Caroline Roberts, Dottie Mae Hughes, Bernice Burgess,

Timothy Cloud

Timothy James Cloud, age 56 of Canton, Ga., passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, at his residence. 

He is survived by his son, TJ Cloud, Scottsdale, Az.; brothers, Donald Richardson Cloud, Canton, and Hobert Charles Cloud, Newnan, Ga.; and sisters, Linda West and Patsy Haynes, both of Canton. 

The greatest father a son could have, the greatest friend a man could ask for, the greatest brother a family has ever shared, the greatest man to love with all your heart ~ TJ Cloud.

Visitation was held Wednesday until 9 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, January 29, from Orange United Methodist Church with the Revs. David Byess and  Mark Outlaw officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are to be made to the American Heart Association, https://www.heart. org. The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home is in charge of these arrangements.


Elise Kistler

Elise Stevens Kistler, age 90, died at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Ga., on Friday, January, 23, 2015, after years of fighting a string of diseases and injuries. She was a strong woman.

Elise was born on June 7, 1924, in Vincennes, In., to Hugh Quam Stevens and Leona 

Oliphant Stevens. She ended life in Johns Creek, Ga., after living for years in Bent Tree, Ga.  

Elise loved to read and talk with family and friends, usually over a cup of coffee and a cigarette.  She had a strong, practical intellect (along with an iron will) which she used to challenge her brood of children into behaving.  She spent most of her adult life as a mother and home maker. 

Later she found new meaning and success as a real estate agent for Craft Realty in Jasper, Ga.  She also volunteered at the Jasper Community Hospital Auxiliary as a “Pink Lady;” her pimento cheese sandwiches were the stuff of legend among the hospital staff.  

Elise is survived by her husband, John Kistler, 7 children, 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and a number of dear friends, including particularly, “Aunt” Nancy Valkos whom she took in and raised many years ago when Elise, herself, was but a young mother.

She will be greatly missed.


Caroline Roberts

Caroline Hodges Roberts, age 87, died January 17, 2015. 

Caroline was born April 10, 1927, in Atlanta, Ga., to Samuel Norwood Hodges, Sr. and Marian Wells Hodges. She graduated from North Fulton High School in 1944 and Agnes Scott College in 1948. She served as youth director at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church and later served as church secretary. 

She married her beloved Marvin on July 6, 1949, at Peachtree Presbyterian Church where they were members. They raised their family together and Caroline then worked with her husband in their drug store, North Side Pharmacy, for 18 years;  she was also active in the Atlanta Pharmaceutical Auxiliary. They lived in Atlanta until 1994 when they moved to Jasper, Ga. 

Caroline was an active member of Fellowship Presbyterian Church (formerly New Lebanon Presbyterian). In 2013 they moved to Macon and attended North Macon Presbyterian. Throughout her life she taught Sunday School and Bible studies. She was active in the Presbyterian Women, serving as Moderator twice at New Lebanon. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels; CARES (food pantry) and the Thrift Store in Jasper.

She is preceded in death by her grandson, David Benjamin Hawkins. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, L. Marvin Roberts, Jr.; her beloved children, Virginia R. Kinman (husband, Lowe), Kathy R Hawkins (husband, Jay), Beth Roberts, and Paul Roberts  (wife, Leah); grandchildren Jason Hawkins, Mary Beth Kinman and Taylor and Travis Roberts; and great-grandson, Benjamin Hudson Hawkins. She is also survived by her brother, Sam Hodges, Jr.; and brother-in-law, Eugene Roberts. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, at North Macon Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Benjamin Hawkins Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Georgia; Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Dr., Jasper, Ga. 30143; or North Macon Presbyterian Church,  5707 Rivoli Dr., Macon, Ga. 31210.


Dottie Mae Hughes

Dottie Mae Hughes, age 90 of Jasper, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at her home.

She was born on April 28, 1924.

Mrs. Hughes is survived by daughter, Shaun Aleah Crawford, Jasper; son, Shea Alan Hughes, Tampa, Fl.; daughter, Szan Alisa Hughes, Jasper; grandchildren, Szana and Michael Marr, Shad and Lauren Crawford, Shena and Steven Padgett, Sarah Aleah Crawford, Samuel Robert Alan Crawford, Shea Alan Hughes and Sydney Alana Hughes; and great-grandchildren, Selah, Strider, Skyler and Serenity.

The funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 24, at Mountain View Alliance Church with Pastor Ed Pottorff officiating. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.


Bernice Burgess

Mrs. Bernice Burgess, age 96 of Jasper, passed away Sunday morning, January 25, 2015, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

She is survived by her brother, Lee Evans, Dahlonega; step-daughters, Cheryl Jarvis and Margie Elliott, both of Cumming; and niece and nephew, Sherryl and Mike Murden of Dahlonega. 

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with the Rev. Gene Tatum officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.