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Obituaries for September 15, 2011; Helen Coleman, Eugenia Gibson, Beuna Hales, Bessie Mae Hamby, Mary Marran, Kathy Bell, Warren McDaniel

Helen Coleman

Mrs. Helen Elizabeth Coleman, age 79 of Jasper, Ga., died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper following a brief illness.

Born May 22, 1932, in Cobb County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Carl and Ida Mae Thompson Stancil. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Corey Coleman.

Mrs. Coleman had worked as a nurse at the Tate Clinic and was a member of the Refuge Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Monk Coleman, Jasper;  daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Jerry Dobson, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law,  Larry and Patricia Coleman, Jasper;  sisters and brothers-in-law, Vivian and Billy Westbrook, Jasper,  and Ola and Gary Quarles, Marietta, Ga.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl, Jr. and Jean Stancil, Jasper, Perry and Hilda Stancil, Blairsville, Ga., and Douglas and Pam Stancil, Jasper; grandchildren, Brett, Todd and Dan Dobson, Andrea Goode and Alicia Coleman, all of Jasper; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Tanner, Tucker and Quinn Dobson, Chelsea Coleman and Destiny and Kayla Fincher. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

At her request, Mrs. Coleman was cremated and a memorial service as held at 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, from Refuge Baptist Church with the Rev. Carter Payne officiating. In lieu of flowers, those desiring to do so may make contributions to The Trust Fund for great-grandchildren at Jasper Banking Company. Arrangements and services entrusted to Roper Funeral Home.

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Eugenia Gibson

Mrs. Eugenia Ruth Gibson, age 98 of Jasper, Ga., died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital following a period of declining health.

Born July 3, 1913, in Clayton County, Ga., where she was a native, she had lived the majority of her life in Riverdale, Ga. She was the daughter of the late Scott Archer Mann and Elizabeth Odell Gibson Mann. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Earl Gibson; a son, Tom Gibson; and sisters, Flora Shierling, Ruby King and Edna Nash.

Mrs. Gibson had worked as a quality control manager with Cluett Peabody & Company, manufacturer of Arrow Shirts, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Riverdale as a child and most of her adult life.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Richard Wynn, Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Pat Gibson, Dalton, Ga., Steve and Cindy Gibson, Clarksville, Ga., and Gayle Gibson, West Palm, Fl. Nine grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the First Baptist Church of Riverdale with the remains placed in state at the church at noon. Dr. Jeff Lowe officiated with interment following in Riverdale Baptist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those desiring to do so may make contributions to the First Baptist Church of Riverdale, 6805 Church St., Riverdale, Ga. 30274,

Arrangements and services entrusted to Roper Funeral Home, Jasper

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Beuna Hales

Mrs. Beuna Mae Keener Hales, age 88 of Roundtop Road, Ellijay, died Monday August 29, 2011.

Mrs. Hales was born on May 4, 1923, in Gilmer County. She is the daughter of the late Thomas Oscar and Sarah Etta Mason Keener. She was a homemaker and a member of Sunlight Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Rev. Hoyt Hales of the home; sons,  Anthony Hales, Ellijay, and Jeffrey Hales, East Point, Ga; daughters,  Rebecca Burrell, Ellijay, Rose Reece, Dallas, Ga., and Stella Brewer, Ellijay; grandchildren, Tim and Tracy Burrell, Greg and Jessica Burrell, Laura Youngblood, Karla and Michael Whitmore, Derek and Stephanie Brewer and Sonya and Doug Thiessen; great-grandchildren, Savannah and Chandler Burrell, Klye Brewer, Jarod Whitmore, Dori Arabie, Braxton Burrell and Mason Youngblood; and sister,  Cleo Silver, Nelson, Ga.

The funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. from the Flat Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Wallace Parks, David Nicholson and James McTaggart, Jr. officiating. Music was by the Nicholson Family. Pallbearers were: T.J., Larry and Jackie Keener, Cicero Holbert and Jimmy and J.R. Totherow. Interment was in the Flat Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Bessie Mae Hamby

Mrs. Bessie Mae Hamby, age 82 of Nelson, Ga., passed away Tuesday morning, Sept 6, 2011, at Cartersville Medical Center in Cartersville, Ga.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Joe Jordan, Ball Ground; brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Paulette Richards, Tate; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Wesley and Misty Jordan; great-grandson, Conner Jordan; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Hamby; infant son, David Hamby; brother, Bill Richards; sister, Lucille O’Shields; and parents, Vernie and Katie Richards.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Bottoms officiated. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: James, Jackie and Dustin Richards, Steven Chapman and Franklin and Joe Jordan.

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Rev. D.J. Free

Rev. D.J. Free, age 78 of Jasper, Ga., passed away Tuesday morning, Sept 6, 2011, at Metropolitan Hospice in Marietta, Ga.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Gene Weaver, Calhoun, Ga.; and niece and nephews, Rita and David Stokes and James Beck. Several cousins also survive.  He was preceded in death by his wives, Hazel Green Free and Mary Lou Covington Free.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Gene Childers, Harold Cantrell, Troy Davis and Jason Phillips officiated. Interment followed at Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: E.C. Kelly, Gene and Billy Free, Justin Childers, Josh Chambers, Pat Childers and Jeff Duke.

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Mary Marran

Mary Riendeau Marran was finally freed of the burdens of Alzheimer’s on Sept. 7, 2011. A fighter to the end, to her final breath, she continued to inspire all who knew her with her energy and tenacity.

Born to Harold and Mary Riendeau in June 1938, she grew up in Queens, N.Y., with three brothers (all deceased), Bob, Bill and Jim, and surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. It was impossible to not be drawn to her as she was a person full of life and vigor. Anyone that knew her could virtually see her love of life and family in her smile and her eyes.

The love she had will be carried on through her husband of 47 years, Dick Marran; and her three adoring daughters and their families, Michele and Tim McLain, Chris, Ali, Mike, Dan and Chad (Mclain), Kathleen and Ron Peterson, Diane and Gage and Savana (Stewart).

The Marrans moved across the country several times between 1966 and 1996 living in New York to Chicago, to San Francisco and Atlanta and making close friends wherever they went. In 1997 Mary found great pleasure in transforming from a city girl to a “mountain” girl by retiring to Bent Tree in Jasper, Ga. As a hiker, a golfer (the Bent Tree Lady Niners) and an active Lake and Wildlife member, Mary reveled in the nature and the friends that surrounded her and everyone around her felt that.

Mary had many influences that helped make her the woman she was. From the earliest days, she studied music, singing and dancing and had dreams of being a prima ballerina in New York City. Although she never did that, she did spread her joy and skill through the work she did at her daughters’ schools, Royal Oak, Polka parties, church choirs, ballroom dancing and just singing in the kitchen while she cooked (which she loved as well). Always a creative soul, Mary never tired of trying new things including pottery, gardening, inventing new recipes and later in life, Japanese Embroidery. She made wonderful things that leave behind fantastic memories.

The celebration of Mary’s life and legacy was held at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church (Jasper) on Sept. 10  at 11 a.m. with a reception following at Bent Tree’s Club Tamarack from 1-3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation North Georgia/Dalton chapter as they have been such a resource and support to both Mary and her family. Alternatively one may make a donation to the Bent Tree Foundation, Inc. (Keep Bent Tree Beautiful fund) who will keep her love alive in what they do to make Bent Tree a more beautiful place for all. Arrangements and Services were entrusted to Roper Funeral Home, Jasper.                           www.roperfuneralhome.com

Kathy Bell

(1950-2011)

Mrs. Kathleen “Kathy” Bell, age 61 of Talking Rock, passed away at her home on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, after a year-long battle with cancer.

She was a founding member of the Jasper Farmers’ Market and a member of the Pickens County Master Gardeners. She was fondly referred to as the “Mother of the Market” in the Jasper community.

She is survived by her husband, Herman ”Junior” Bell, Talking Rock; son and daughter-in-law, David and Renee Bell, and their children, Megan, Alexis and Emma, Alexandria, Al.; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Tara Bell, and their children, Kaitlyn and Gracie, Loganville, Ga.; brother, Steven Lewis, Decatur, Ga.; and sister, Janie Lewis, Twisp, Wa.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Peggy Lewis of Jasper.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in Kathy’s name to the American Cancer Society or to the Pickens County Master Gardeners. A memorial service will be held at Cagle Funeral Home on Oct. 29, 2011, at 2 p.m. for family and friends.

Warren McDaniel

Mr. Warren McDaniel, age 91 of Jasper, Ga., passed late Friday evening, Sept. 9, 2011, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, Jasper.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Phyllis McDaniel, Gordon County; daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Gary Perry, Gordon County, and Ambera and Larry Hamrick, Ludville Community; and sister, Bonnie Stone, Henderson Mountain Road. Ten grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Min. Fred Curtis officiating. Interment followed in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery with Brian Perry, Jason and Shane Hamrick, Jim Short and Tony Childers serving as pallbearers.

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