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Obituaries for July 30, 2015; Frankie Fitts McAfee, Walt Johnson, Pheron Turner, Izzie Thacker, Clinton Lockey, Jr., Ronald Strickland

Frankie Fitts McAfee
November 15, 1926 – July 20, 2015

    Mrs. Frankie Fitts McAfee, age 88, of Jasper passed away Monday, July 20, 2015 at Embracing Hospice in Cumming.
    Frankie was born November 15, 1926 to Abraham Lincoln Fitts and Ellen Bradley Fitts in Pickens County, Georgia.  Frankie married James Troy McAfee, Sr. and together they raised their three children in Pickens County.  Mrs. McAfee devoted most of her life to educating the students at Pickens High School.
    Mrs. McAfee is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Ron Hunter of Jasper, Sue and Alan Tennant of Jasper; son, James McAfee of Joplin, Missouri; grandchildren, Leigh Anne Hunter of Jasper, Stephen and Kristin Hunter of Jasper, Allison Tennant of Jasper, and Michael Tennant of Jasper.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.
    The funeral service was held Thursday, July 23 at Long Swamp Baptist Church with Reverend Bobby Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
    Pall bearers were Ralph Fitts, Jim Fitts, Wayne Anderson, Brad Stephens, Jared Fitts, and Kirk Anderson.
    The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society (P.O. Box 22718; Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718) or Alzheimer’s Association (Georgia Chapter; 922 East Morris Street; Dalton, GA  30721.)
    Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.

Walt Johnson
March 29, 1939 – July 24, 2015

    Mr. James Walter Johnson, age 76, of Jasper passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Northside Hospital Cherokee. Walt was born March 29, 1939 to the late Loy O. Johnson and Cora Nichols Johnson Servis in Pickens County. 
    He is survived by his wife, Patricia Johnson of Jasper;  children, Lynn and Terry Cantrell, Joyce and Hubert Smith, Tony and Tammy Hollifield, Brandy and Bud Payne; sister, Sarah Keeter; grandchildren, Amanda and Terence Griggs, Joshua and Christi Cantrell, Kathryn and Clay Williams, Nicholas Cantrell, Cara Smith, Brooke Smith, Jessie and Amanda Hollifield, Casey and Hayden Hollifield, Mandi and Brandon Reece, Meagan and Blake Herndon, Hanna and Haley Payne; great-grandchildren, Deanna and Lilly Williams, Emily Herndon, Cyrus and Colton Reece.
    The funeral service was held  at the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Rev. Josh Cantrell, Rev. Autry Dean, and Rev. Robert Allen officiating.  Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park.  
    Walt requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Make A Wish Foundation or to the charity of your choice.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home. 

Pheron Turner
    Mr. Pheron Glen Turner, age 82, of Dawsonville passed away Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Embracing Hospice in Cumming.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Kent Turner.
    Remaining family members include his daughter, Nancy Turner of College Station, TX; step-children, June and Stanley Mathews of Dawsonville and Roy and Jackie Brooks of Gainesville; sister, Demeris Crook of Conyers.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held  Tuesday, July 28 at Corinth Baptist Church with Reverend Leroy Kelly, Reverend Huey Holloway, Reverend Richie Gibbs, and Reverend Rodney Pilcher officiating. The interment followed in the church cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Jerry Brooks, Ralph Mathews, Wayne Anderson, Joe Kent, Tony Kent, and Dean Cantrell.
    The family accepted flowers or contributions can be made to the Corinth Baptist Church or Embracing Hospice.
    Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home. 

Izzie Thacker
    Mrs. Izzie Thacker, age 94 of Nelson, passed away at Wildwood Nursing Home on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
    She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Bennie & Brenda Thacker of Nelson, Troy & Penny Thacker of Nelson and Ricky Thacker of Nelson; daughters, Patsy Heath of Marietta and Jody Cagle of Nelson; sister-in-law, Grace Ray of Jasper; 18 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, sever great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held Thursday, July 23 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Junior McTaggart officiating.  Interment followed at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were Steven Thacker, Charles Heath, Jerry Heath, Brandy Nicholson, Kelly Meens, OJ Walker and Shannon Cagle.
    The family requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Bethesda Baptist Church.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Thacker Family.
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Clinton Lockey, Jr.
February 6, 1953 – July 27, 2015

    Clinton Lockey, Jr., age 62, of the Hill City Community passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at his home.  He was born February 6, 1953 to Clinton Lockey, Sr. and Martha Miller in Scotland County, North Carolina.
    He is survived by his wife, Colleen K. Lockey of the Hill City Community; sons and daughters-in-law, Chad and Tabitha Lockey of the Hill City Community, Travis Neal and Brittany Lockey of the Hill City Community, Todd Noel and Brittany Lockey of the Hill City Community; daughters and sons-in-law, April Lockey Roberts of Canton, Abby Denise and Ernie McArthur of Canton, Amy Lockey of the Hill City Community, Ashley and Nicholas Dodd of the Hill City Community; ten grandchildren; one brother; and four sisters. 
    He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Clinton and Martha Lockey; brothers, Wilbert Lockey and William Lockey.
    The funeral service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Larry Kelley and Reverend Kevin Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. 
    Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to help with funeral expenses.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home.

Ronald Strickland
    Mr. Ronald Strickland, age 64 of Bent Tree, passed away at his residence on Monday night, July 20, 2015.
    He is survived by his wife, Kathy Strickland of Bent Tree; sons & daughters-in-law, Michael Strickland of Jasper and Ronnie & Nichole Strickland, also of Jasper; daughter, Christy Lingerfelt of Ball Ground; brother & sister-in-law, Lee & Brenda Strickland of Acworth; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Thursday, July 23 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Chaplain Bud Champlin officiating.  Interment was held Friday, July 24 at the Georgia National Cemetery in Cherokee County with American Legion Post 149 Jasper and local chapter 47 DAV in charge of military graveside rites.      Serving as pallbearers were Bradley Lopez, Drew Westbrook, Adam Feckoury, Nick Feckoury, Tony Lingerfelt and Corey Strickland.
    The family accepted flowers but would prefer donations to the American Legion Post 149 Jasper.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Strickland Family.
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