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Obituaries for Dec. 18, 2014; Betty Butler, Susie Densmore, Blanche Chastain, Jon Gustafson, Janis Blankenship, Frances Sullens, Sue Mullinax

Betty Butler

Betty J Butler of Chickamauga passed away peacefully Sunday, November 23, 2014, at her home with loving family by her side. She was formerly of Chatsworth, Ga., and Pickens County, Ga.

Betty was a housewife who enjoyed spending her spare time flower gardening fishing and traveling.

She was preceeded in death by her husband, William O. “Bill” Butler; John H. Sosebee, father of her children; father, Charles J. Fowler, and mother, Rachel Derotha Watkins Fowler; sisters, Florence O. Tish, Mary Jane Holcomb and Vivian M Matthews; brothers, John P. “J.P.” Fowler and Vinson Eaudean Fowler.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Debra Haithcock, Chattanooga, Tn., Darlene and Bill Marshall, Ellijay, John H. Sosebee, Jr., Chatsworth, Ronnie D. and Glenda Sosebee, Tunnel Hill, Mark A Sosebee, Chickamauga, and Kevin E. Sosebee, San Diego, Ca.; sister, Rachel M. Tatum, Canton, Ga.; and special niece and spouse, Jennifer and Edward Allen, Marble Hill, Ga. Eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Services were held Wednesday, November 26, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Shawn Chapman Funeral Home with the Rev. Kyle Miller officiating.

Interment followed in The Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Dalton, Ga.


Susie Densmore

Susie Densmore, age 91 of Ball Ground, Ga., passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Densmore. Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Michael and Marie Densmore, all of Ball Ground; brother, Dennis Lance, Canton; and grandchildren, Johnathan and Thyra Densmore, Canton, and Steven and Kimberly Densmore, Jasper.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with the Revs. Travis Childers Danny Townsend officiating. Interment followed at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.


Blanche Chastain

Blanche Marie Chastain, age 102 of Jasper, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.

She was born on March 17, 1912.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Emma Jackson Chastain. She is survived by special friends, Jean and John Chastain, Jasper; and several cousins. 

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 14, at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Ministers Terry Burris and Doug Sims officiating. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.   


Jon Gustafson

Jon Wilson Gustafson of Marietta, Ga., died Thursday evening, Dec. 4, 2014, at Kennestone Hospital.

Mr. Gustafson was born October 14, 1938 in Waterville, Me., to Maynard and Eleanor Wilson Gustafson. He graduated from Waterville High School and joined the Navy. After the Navy, Jon attended St. Petersburg Junior College and then graduated from the University of Florida. He worked in Portland, Me., for a year before moving back to Florida. Jon worked as an accountant for General Telephone in Tampa before moving to Marietta where he went to work for a CPA firm, Gottenstrater & McClain that he later purchased. A satellite office was opened in Jasper prior to Jon’s purchase. He took over the CPA firm for both locations, Marietta and Jasper, in 1974, now known as Jon W. Gustafson CPA, P.C.

Jon was a member of First United Methodist Church of Marietta where he was very active. He was a member of the Chancel Choir and the JOY Sunday School class of which he was the treasurer. He went on various mission trips including India as recent as last year. Jon taught a class on finances on his latest trip to India.

Mr. Gustafson was also an active leader in Boy Scouts when his two sons were growing up. He enjoyed camping and took his family on various camping trips with a pop-up camper, traveling across country. Jon loved to travel and wanted to see the world. He always planned a trip after tax season. Jon and his wife were also active square dancers and attended several square dance conventions.

“Jon loved people and loved serving the clients in our community. He found out a year ago he had cancer but he was a very determined man. Mr. Gustafson was passionate about his work and he was not going to give in to any illness. He said he was going to work on all his good days and rest on his bad days, but he also tried to work on his bad days. Ultimately Jon didn’t want to retire from his work but his life ended very suddenly resulting in a forced retirement. Mr. Gustafson was one of a kind and he will be greatly missed. He was a great employer, mentor, friend and family to me. I will be forever grateful to him” - Kimberly Jones

He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Mark Edward Gustafson and Laura Lea, Raleigh, N.C., and Paul Alan Gustafson Jewell and Marie Kathleen, Louisville, Ky.; grandsons, Luke and Daniel Gustafson and Christopher and Michael Jewell; brother, David Gustafson and Margaret, Canton, Ga.; sister, Mary Gustafson McConathy and Dr. Robin McConathy, Salida, Co.; and brother-in-law, Lewis Branch Sibley and Judy Sibley, Coatesville, Pa. Nieces and nephews also survive.

Jon was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Harriet Sibley Gustafson; and his parents, Maynard and Eleanor Gustafson.

The funeral arrangements were handled by Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, December 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Marietta with Dr. Sam Matthews officiating. interment was held on Wednesday at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Beth Berman Memorial Fund, 56 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, Ga. 30064.


Janis Blankenship

Mrs. Janis Blankenship, age 66 of Jasper and a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, passed away at Atlanta Piedmont Hospital on Tuesday December 9, 2014.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Blankenship, Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Rachel Blankenship, Ellijay, and Herbert and Trish Blankenship, Fresno, Ca.; brothers, Gary and David Blankenship, both of Iaeger, W.V., and  Michael Blankenship, Jamestown, N.C.; sisters, Peggy Lahmann, Madison, Wi., and Iravanda Maynard, Turkey Creek, Ky.; grandchildren, Stacy Sales and Richard and Olivia Blankenship; and great-grandchild, Tenlee Sales.

Mrs. Blankenship was preceded in death by her parents, Greenberry and Margie Blankenship; and brother; Perry Blankenship.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 13, at Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Ben Mock officiating. Interment  took place on Monday, December 15, at 10 a.m. at Georgia National Cemetery located in Canton.  Pallbearers were: Jessie Ray Blankenship, Gary, David, Richard and Tony Blankenship, David Sales and Clark Butler.

Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Blankenship family.


Frances Sullens

Miss Frances (Twiggy)Sullens, age 69 of Talking Rock, passed away Saturday, December 13, 2014, at her residence.

She is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law, Dorothy Wigington and Barbara and David Holden, all of Talking Rock, Carol Kime, Calhoun, and Pam Chastain, Cartersville; and many nieces and nephews.

Miss Sullens was preceeded in death by her parents, Gene and Bernice Sullens; and sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Huey Padgett.

There will be visitation from 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, and Sunday from noon until the memorial service at 2 at Whitestone Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Whitestone Baptist Church. Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sullens family.


Sue Mullinax

Mrs. Sue Mullinax, age 83 of Marietta, Ga., passed away at Heritage Hospice in Marietta on December 15, 2014.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Mullinax, Marietta; sisters-in-law, Lorea Thompson, South Carolina, Joyce Ridley, Dawsonville, Shirley DeFoor, Calhoun, and Hazel Mullinax, Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Jess Posey officiating. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers were: Dan Pool, Mark Ridley, Adrian Thompson and Ralph Cantrell. Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Mullinax family.