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Obituaries for Oct. 27, 2016; Edna Reed, Joyce Smith, Charles Baxter Jr., Paul Eaton Jr., Nancy Behrbaum, Dr. Robert Freeman, Helen Robinson, Ilene Foster

Edna Reed
    Mrs. Edna Lou Todd Reed, 89, of Jasper, Georgia, formerly of Ellijay, Georgia passed on Monday morning, October 17, 2016, at Pruitt Healthcare of Jasper.
    Born December 6, 1926 in Ellijay, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Henry Benjamin James Todd and the late Edna Earl Clayton Todd. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Baptist Church and was saved at Sunlight Baptist Church when she was 10 years old. Edna was a graduate of Gilmer High School and worked at the Dime Store for over 15 years. She enjoyed volunteering as a Pink Lady at the local hospital. She is preceded in death by her husband Grady Edwin Reed.
    Edna is survived by her brother, James Earl Todd of Ellijay; sister, Ruth Williams of Austell, GA. Several nieces and nephews and a host of friends also survive.
    Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th from the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Watkins officiating. Music and singing will be by Ronald and Linda Hyde and Thelma Champion. Graveside interment will follow in the Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery in Pickens county.
    Family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour at 2 p.m. at the Roper Funeral Home in Jasper.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Edna Reed, c/o Annette Williams, 498 Firetower Road Jasper, GA 30143.
    Online condolences may be made to the family at

Joyce Smith
April 30, 1945 – October 13, 2016

    Joyce Louise “Lucy” Smith, 71, of Talking Rock passed away Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.  She was born in Gilmer County, April 30, 1945 to Vernon and Jewell Smith.
    Lucy is survived by sisters and brothers-in-law, Janelle and John Phillips of Florence, Alabama, Brenda and George Weaver of Jasper, Hazel Smith of Jasper; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Smith of Ellijay, Doris Smith of Jasper; nieces and nephews, Mary Carolyn Crowell of Athens, Alabama, John Phillips of Springfield, Tennessee, Tony Smith of Ellijay, Steve Smith of Ellijay, Jason Smith of Ellijay, Sherry Payne of Jasper, Erica Pender of East Point, Florida, Lila Westmoreland of Gainesville, Lisa Payne of Jasper, Misty Henderson of Jasper, Jenni Arnold of Atlanta, and Georgie Weaver of Jasper. Numerous great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
    Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Jewell Smith.
    A memorial service was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, October 16 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Kevin Roper officiating.   
    The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Jasper First Baptist Church Operating Budget or Appalachian Children’s Emergency Shelter.  The family also requests that food not be sent to the funeral home.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.
    Online condolences can be made at

Charles Baxter Jr.
July 5, 1964 – October 16, 2016

    Charles Stanley Baxter Jr.,  52, of Jasper, passed away on October 16, 2016 at his residence. He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Stanley Baxter Sr. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Amelia and Gary Chesher of Jasper; sisters, August Casey of Jasper and April Maupin of North Carolina.  Several nieces and nephews and other relatives also survive.
    At his request, Mr. Baxter was cremated.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Paul Eaton Jr.
December 11, 1939 - October 18, 2016

    Mr. Paul E. "Bunk" Eaton Jr., age 76 of Talking Rock, passed away Tuesday October 18, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Eaton is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Dusty & Lisa Eaton of Talking Rock and Randy & Donna Eaton of Gray, GA; daughters and sons-in-law, Ranettia & Greg Beasley of Talking Rock, Harmony & Dwight Henderson of Jasper, and Jennifer & Kevin Reece of Ellijay; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerald & Joyce Eaton of Lancaster, OH, Mike & Wanda Eaton of Lancaster, OH, and Ron & Diane Eaton of Lancaster, OH; sisters, Mary Maynard of Thornville, OH and Susie Miller of Lancaster, OH; 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
    Mr. Eaton was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; brothers, Tim and Billy Joe, and sister, Esther Henderly.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 21st at the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Dwight Henderson and Rev. Tony Ramirez officiating. Interment at Lake Forest Memorial Park.
    Pallbearers were Brice Eaton, Titus Henderson, Josh Gordon, Jason Gordon, Brandyn Eaton, and Daylou Eaton.
    The family will accept flowers or donate to American Breast Cancer Foundation.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Eaton family.

Nancy Behrbaum
September 6, 1940 - September 17, 2016
    Mrs. Nancy Ann Wilhelm-Behrbaum, 76, of Ball Ground, passed away Saturday September 17, 2016 at her residence.
    Nancy was born on September 6, 1940 to her two cherished parents, Ruth and Rusty (Robert) Wilhelm in Norwalk, Ohio. In 1944, Nancy moved to California where the three of them settled in Oakland, CA. She attended parochial schools, later transferring to Oakland High, a public school, where she ultimately finished her high school years. She would later reminisce in having the "time of her life". This statement would be repeated throughout her life. When she became a mother, a grandmother, and her ultimate gift in becoming a great-grandmother aka GG she truly experienced the "time of her life."
    Nancy raised three daughters with care and affection. She was the kind of mother who was interested in teaching her daughters to experience life. She wanted to instill power, strength, and independence in her girls. At times she would joke to her girls that they were being raised by a Helen Reddy (I am woman) type of mom.
    Nancy eventually moved to Georgia leaving California forever. She married the love of her life and settled in quickly to the Southern life style.
    Nancy's beauty and charm, allowed her to sail across with ease through family difficulties. Her home was always welcoming and charming, making those who visited feel warm at heart. Nancy lived until her last days, surrounded by her family, her valued friends, and collected treasures.
    A warm and grateful thank you to those who supported and cared for our mother in her final days. Vicki, Debra, Karen, Helen, Jenifer, Mandy, Becky, and Lorrie to name a few. Thank you for everything.
    Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Rusty Wilhelm, and her husband Jim Behrbaum. She is survived by her three daughters, Wendy Behrbaum, Lori Noriega and Amy Behrbaum; grandchildren, Emily Rose Zaballos-Haynes, Michael David Metildi, and Matthew Raymond Metildi; great-grandchildren, Emma Rose Haynes, Ella Reese Haynes, and Eliza Reagan Haynes; and step great-grandchildren, Taylor Haynes, Sydney Haynes, and Skyler Haynes.
    In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice, 70 Caring Way, Jasper, GA 30143.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve Mrs. Behrbaum's family and friends. Online condolences may be made at

Dr. Robert Freeman
    Dr. Robert R. Freeman passed away October 21, 2016 in Alpharetta, Georgia at the age of 84. Born in Jordan, Montana in 1931 to the late Harley and Georgia Worley Freeman, Bob, as his friends called him, was regarded by family and friends as the consummate gentleman cowboy. He was known for his wit, grace, humor, intellect, and story-telling talents. He had great faith in, and affection for, people, encouraging them to be themselves and believing that working together on shared goals and ideals was the most effective way to achieve success.
    As a younger man, he was more interested in athletics than academics, earning 10 varsity high school letters in football, basketball, and track. Later, following four years of service as an instructor with the U.S. Air Force, he played basketball on the 1954 freshman team at Indiana University.
    After graduating from Indiana University in 1965 with a Doctor of Education degree, Bob served as superintendent of schools in Menominee, Michigan; Mishawaka, Indiana; Muncie, Indiana; Pueblo, Colorado; and in DeKalb County, Georgia for 16 years, 1980-1996. His career as an educator spanned 43 years as a teacher, administrator, superintendent, and consultant for Metro RESA. Although Bob received many local and national awards, he was most proud of receiving the Young Man of the Year Award, Menominee Jaycees; PTA Life Membership from Indiana, Colorado, and Georgia; Outstanding Alumnus Award, Indiana University; National Educators Century Club; Certificate of Recognition from Martin Luther King Center, Muncie, Indiana; Human Relations Award, DeKalb Community Relations Commission; Outstanding School Administrator of the Year, Peachtree-Atlanta Kiwanis; President of the National Federation of Urban-Suburban School Districts; Superintendent of the Year, American Association of School Administrators; and two Executive Educator 100 awards. 
    Bob is survived by two sons, Robin Freeman (Frankie) of Grayson, GA and Timothy Freeman (Teresa) of Big Canoe, GA; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and 5 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wives Jean Ann Jessup and Mary Lou Day.
    At Bob's request, a private graveside service in Conyers, GA will be held on Thursday, October 27.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association at
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory in Jasper, Georgia, and online condolences can be made at

Helen Robinson
July 8, 1931-October 22, 2016

    Helen Marie Robinson, 85, of Cleveland, Georgia passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. Helen was born July 8, 1931 in Jasper, GA to the late Prince and Ethel Parker.
    She is survived by her children, James Robinson (Betty) of Leesburg, FL; Roger Robinson (Juanita) of Dawsonville, GA; brothers and sisters, Olean Patterson of Marietta, Dorothy Godfrey of Talking Rock, Betty Cook of Jasper, R.L. Parker of Jasper, Joann Hardin of Ball Ground, Tommy Parker of Blaine; special friend, Richard Lenczewski of Cleveland; 13 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Esco Robinson; children, Sandra Robinson and Kenneth Robinson.
    At her request, she was cremated.
    The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Roper Funeral Home.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, GA.
    Online condolences can be made at

Ilene Foster
    Ilene Foster, 86, of Jasper, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Wildwood Health Care Center.
    Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Gene Childers officiating. Interment will follow in Cherokee Memorial Park Cemetery. 
    She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Foster and daughter, Judy Bell; survivors include her daughter, Claudia Neighbours; grandchildren, April (Lynn Burrell) Neighbours, Becky (Bruce) Elmendorf, Hope Neighbours and Dixie Simmons; great-grandchildren, Dustin, Alex, Bailey, Brandon and Brianna; special niece, Lucille Bearden.
    Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA, is honored to serve the family. 770-479-2131.