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Obituaries for September 18, 2014; Dolores Davis, Mabel Phillips, Gene Anderson, Harold Johnson

Dolores Davis
    Mrs. Dolores Diane Wilson Davis, age 57 of the Flat Creek community, Ellijay, Ga., passed on Friday, September 12, 2014, at her residence.
    Mrs. Davis was born on March 19, 1957 in Ellijay. Diane was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and was self-employed as a house cleaner. She is preceded in death by her father, Loy Wilson.
    She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Greg L. Davis of the home in Ellijay; sons and daughter-in-law, Joshua Ernest and Kristie Davis, Fairmount, Ga., and Jacob Greg Davis, Ellijay; grandchildren, Kassidy Marie, Jared Ethan and Kelsie Aunna Davis; mother, Ella Mae Collis Wilson Reece, Jasper, Ga.; sister, Connie Lynn Wilson, Jasper, Ga.; and brother and sister-in-law, Tony E. and Adrian Wilson, Jasper, Ga..
    The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 14, from the chapel of Logan Funeral Home with the Rev. Wallace Parks and Bro. Gary Watkins officiating. Vocals were by Margaret Sharp with piano accompaniment by the Rev. David Nicholson. A graveside service immediately followed in the Logan Funeral Home Pavilion. Interment was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Donny Reagan, Harold Callahan, John Colwell, Lynn Arrowood, Billy Sales, Nathan Anderson, Stacy Deaton and Robert Pettigrew. Honorary pallbearers were her caregivers: Janet McClure, Judy Dover, Carol Sales, Melissa McEntyre and Louise Dale. Flowers were accepted or donations may be made to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, c/o Assistance in Healthcare at 600 Celebrate Life Parkway, Newnan, Ga. 30265, in memory of Mrs. Davis.

Mabel Phillips
    Mabel Verner Phillips, at the age of 93, was called home to the Lord August 31, 2014, while she was at Mary & Martha’s Personal Care Home in Rossville, Ga. 
    She was the last of 10 children born to Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Verner in Lavonia, Ga. She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Jack Manley Phillips. They were both long time active members of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Sandy Springs, Ga.
    The family wants to thank the staff at Mary and Martha’s Home for the special loving care that was given to Mabel and our family. Especially thank you to Tapestry Hospice team that was there during a difficult time with loving care, prayers, hymns and scripture reading.
    Mabel was a special lady that loved life and her family and was in turn loved by her family and friends and all who knew her. Her sparkling blue eyes, southern sweetness and beautiful smile greeted everyone she meet and would love to quote scripture and poems to them.  She was a true prayer warrior, and active at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in the Women of the Church, volunteering in the church office and especially cherished the people in her Supper Club. 
    Camping was an activity enjoyed by the whole family and the family dogs always went along wherever they traveled.   She could name all the birds that came to her bird feeders and passed on the love of bird watching to many.
    She was a Linotype operator for the Lavonia Times and growing beautiful flowers led her to being a florist for many years. 
    Mabel and Jack, Sr. moved to Jasper to be close to their loving and devoted son, Jack V. Phillips, and his wife Patricia S. Phillips of Jasper, Ga. We will be forever grateful to God for having blessed us with Mabel’s earthly presence. May her spirit live on in our hearts!
    A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Fellowship Presbyterian Church of Jasper on Sunday, September 28, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Fellowship Presbyterian Memorial Garden. Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory in Jasper.

Gene Anderson
    Gene Brooke Anderson, age 76 of Ball Ground, Ga., passed away on September 15, 2014, at Wellstar-Kennestone Hospital.
    Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife, Betty Anderson, Ball Ground; daughter and son-in-law, Gena and E.C. Kelley, Fairmount, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Michael Nations, Ball Ground; and four grandchildren, Zachery, Matthew and Anderson Nations and Brooke Kelley.
    Visitation was held on Tuesday and Wednesday from until 9 p.m. The funeral service will be on Thursday, September 18, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Darby Funeral Home with the Revs. Alan Ledford and Russell Nations officiating the service. Interment will follow at Cherokee Memorial Park. The family is accepting flowers at this time or donations may either be made to Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or Cherokee Assembly #80 Rainbow Girls for Special Project Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta.   

Harold Johnson
    Harold M. Johnson, age 88 of Norcross, Ga., went down fighting Alzheimer’s on August 12, 2014.
    Harold was born on a snowy December morning in 1925 to Harold T. and Ethel E. Johnson in Worchester, Ma. After the family moved to even snowier Buffalo New York, he graduated Riverside HS in 1943, immediately joining the U.S. Navy where he trained and served in the submarine service.
    Following the war, Harold graduated from University of Buffalo with a degree in health and physical education, then moved to snowier yet Denver, Co., to study physical therapy.         Married now to the beautiful, Joan Johnson, nee Rowe, Harold’s growing family moved from one snowy state to another, finally giving up the cold weather for the bucolic southern living of suburban Atlanta, Ga. Harold worked in the health field, first as a physical therapist, then for the American Heart Association as an administrator and executive.
    Divorced in 1985, he married the lovely Carolyn Johnson, nee Banks in 1987. The new couple enjoyed many years living in the Bent Tree community in Jasper, Ga. Always an avid athlete, Harold competed in running at a high level, winning many awards including national champion of the 400 meter race at age 70, 75 and 80.
    A man’s man, outgoing and gregarious, with a childlike sense of humor, he will be greatly missed.
    Harold is survived by three children, Scott (Diana), Mark and Candace (Stephen); grandchildren, Robert, Sandria, Michael, Julia, Jayne, Bonnie and Lee; great-grandchildren, Ameila, Zeta, Christina, Mason, Robert, Aja, Noah, Arabelle and Wren; and one great-great-grandchild, Lucas.
    There will be a memorial service at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Jasper on September 27. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of the deceased to the Alzheimer’s Association.