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Obituaries for July 12, 2012; Woodrow Parks, Jeanette Grove, Earl Yawman, Jr., Joyce Puckett, David Cochran, Robert Cousins, Peter Jacobs, Mildred Hitchcock, Jones Finley, Jewell Garland, Yasuko Mock

Woodrow Parks

Woodrow Parks, age 99, passed away July 2, 2012.

Mr. Parks is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Garrett Parks; parents, Harvey Frank and Sallie Green Parks; sisters, Mary Lou Chester, Idell Kendall, Bessie Trammell, Bonnie Lou Heap; and brothers, I.H. and Robert Lee Parks.

He is survived by his sister Verdelle Brackett of Dahlonega and also by several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Woodrow was born in Lumpkin County and lived most of his life in Dahlonega. He worked in the family’s general store, beginning at the age of 14 delivering  groceries. He proudly served in the Army Air Force for more than three years, being honorably discharged in March 1945. He served as a supply Sergeant, 325th Fighter Group “Checkertail Clan” in North Africa, France and Italy and among his commendations were five Bronze Stars. He returned home in 1945 and joined his father and mother in the family business and opened the Parks Clothing Store in late 1945. For a number of years he also owned a clothing store in Ellijay, Ga.  He continued to own the Dahlonega store and was in the store as often as possible up until a few weeks before his death.

He was a natural at sales and visiting with people, whether customers or not, and made friends very easily. He was a  life-long Christian and member of the Dahlonega Baptist Church and a believer in, and supporter of, Dahlonega and North Georgia. He loved Christian, gospel and bluegrass music and on most Saturdays you could find him on the Dahlonega square listening to the Appalachian music jam.

The funeral was held at the Dahlonega Baptist Church, July 6, at 2 p.m. Interment followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Dahlonega. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Georgia Pick & Bow P.O. Box 1801 Dahlonega, Ga. 30533, or the charity of your choice in his name.


Jeanette Grove

Jeanette Marie Jelinek Grove age 78 of Ball Ground, Ga., lost her long struggle for life on July 3, 2012, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., with family at bedside.

Jeanette was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Cleveland, Oh., to Charles and Alvina Kravinek Jelinek.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Isaac Grove Jr. (formerly of Chambersburg, Pa.); sons, James Grove, Cheverly, Md., and Grant Grove, his wife Kristina and children Alexander and Amanda, Cumming, Ga.; daughter, Bonita Ebenal, her husband David and sons Hunter and Erik, Bellingham, Wa.; and daughter, Renee Grubbs, her husband Christopher and daughter Harper, Atlanta, Ga. Jeanette is also survived by a brother, Robert Jelinek and his wife Jeanne, Parma, Oh.; nephews, Todd and Trent Werner, St. Petersburg, Fl.; and niece, Kay David of Parma, Oh.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Jelinek; and sister, Dolores Werner.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on July 7 at Our Lady of The Mountains Catholic Church. Interment was at the National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Jeanette’s name to Our Lady Of the Mountains Catholic Church.


Earl Yawman, Jr.

Mr. “Earl” John Yawman, Jr., age 88, of Jasper, Ga., died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at his residence following a period of declining health.

Born July 3, 1924, in Rochester, N.Y., to Earl, Sr. and Verona Uhl, Mr. Yawman graduated from Rush High School in Rush, N.Y. He served in the Pacific in World War II as a radioman in B29s.  Mr. Yawman began his professional career as Bulk Plant Manager and later did Territorial Sales for Exxon Corp. He married Geraldine Mason, who predeceased him in 1968.

For many years he was a Dale Carnegie Sponsor in South Glens Falls and Hyde Park, N.Y., and later Lawrence, Ma.  In 1969 he married Martha Hallenbeck Mahle and moved to Florida working for Floridian Oil Company in Orlando as Director of Training & Sales.  From 1974 to 1991 he was an account executive and VP for Merrill, Lynch. He retired in 1992 to Lake County, Fl. Earning master hypnotist status, he also consulted and taught, founding the Florida Association of Hypnotists. In 2005 he moved to Jasper, Ga.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Hallenbeck Yawman, Jasper; son, Gregg M. Yawman, Windermere, Fl. (Dardie); daughter, Tina Y. DiNatale, Clermont, Fl.; son, Todd E. Yawman, Jasper; daughter, Cathy Y. Boyd, Memphis, Tn. (Steve); step-daughter, Lori Mahle Chambers, Orlando, Fl. (Steve); daughter, Lisa J Yawman, of Cleveland Tn., his Daughter, Susan Y. Durkin, Woodstock, Ga. (Jim); and his beloved sister, Jeanne M Yawman, Rochester, N.Y. Seventeen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7, from the Tate United Methodist Church with the Rev. Louise Elmore officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Tate United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 116, Tate, Ga. 30177. Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper in charge of arrangements.


Joyce Puckett

Mrs. Joyce Cox Puckett of Jasper, Ga., passed away Monday, July 2, 2012, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Survived include her daughters, Ginger Yancey, Lithia Springs, Sylvia Montgomery, Jasper and Sandra Harkins, Danese, W.V. Nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Long Swamp Baptist Church.  Interment followed at the Church Cemetery, with Rev. Lamar Frady officiating.            Pallbearers; Tom Fowler, Joseph Sockwell, Nathan Puckett, Rodney Harkins, Amy Griffin, David and David Yancey. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


David Cochran

Mr. David (Toby) Cochran, age 52 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Survivors include his sons, Christopher Cochran and Timothy Burt, both of Marble Hill; daughters and sons-in-law, Shannon and Leon Quarles and Tina and Michael Clayton, all of Ball Ground; brother, Danny Cochran, Jasper; and grandchildren, Shanna Quarles, Zachary and Harley Long, Jacob, Chris and Matthew Clayton.

A private memorial service will be at a later date with contact of family and friends by the family. The family requests in lieu of flowers make donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with the funeral expenses.


Robert Cousins

Robert W. Cousins of Jasper, Ga., died July 8 surrounded by his beloved family and dogs.  He was 72.

Bob was a Captain in the United States Marine Corp and later, a successful businessman. After retiring, Bob enjoyed his quiet life in Ellijay, spending time with his family. Until his Parkinson’s Disease curtailed his activities, he could be found caring for his horses, riding his motorcycle and taking walks with his dogs.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Cousins; daughters and their spouses, Connie and Edwin Baker, Chrissy and Tim Odom, Lori and Josh Walker, Lydia and Thomas Marks and Charlotte and Billy Cook; and six grandchildren.

The family would like to thank all those who contributed to Bob’s care during the last months of his life. Particularly the caregivers at Georgia Mountains Hospice who spent so much time making him happy and comfortable.

A memorial service was scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, at 2 p.m. at Bible Baptist Church in Ellijay, Ga. Military rites will be performed by the North GA Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, Bob’s family would like to ask that a donation be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice at 70 Caring Way Jasper, Ga 30143. Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Peter Jacobs

Mr. Peter Jacobs, age 95 of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday July 4, 2012, at Woodstock Nursing & Rehab Center.

Survivors include his daughters and son-in-law; Rebecca and Clint Armstrong, Marietta, and Margaret Jacobs, Silver Springs, Md.; and step-grandsons, Kyle and Kevin Armstrong.

A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper with Chaplin Bill Allen officiating. Local Chapter 47 DAV was in charge of Military Rites. The family requests in lieu of flowers make memorials to local Chapter 47-575 Philadelphia Road, Jasper, Ga. 30143. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Mildred Hitchcock

Mrs. Mildred Pinyan Hitchcock, age 65 of Oxford, Ga., passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012, at her residence.

Survivors include her mother, Bernice Pinyan, Nelson; daughter and fiance, Amanda Batchelor and Jeff Ridge,  Oxford; and granddaughter, Amber Batchelor, Oxford, Nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Visitation was Wednesday, July 11, from 1 p.m. until the memorial service hour at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Cantrell officiating. Interment followed at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery in Nelson.       The family requests in lieu of flowers donate to the American Cancer Society or Bethesda baptist Church Cemetery Fund.


Charles Finley

Charles B. Finley, age 64 of Dawsonville, passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Born July 5, 1947, to the late Charlie and Dorothy Finley, he was a lifelong resident of Dawson County. Charles graduated from Dawson County High School, the University of Georgia and taught in the Dawson County School System for 42 years. A hard working and loving husband, father and teacher, he possessed a great love for the entire Dawson County Community and considered all of them family. He was a founding member and former president of the Dawson County Jaycees who were instrumental in establishing the Mountain Moonshine Festival and the Empty Stocking Fund which is now called Kare for Kids.

He held state offices in the Jaycees organization. Mr. Finley’s love of Dawson County and his passions for history and genealogy led him to author a book, Yesterday Once More: A History Of The Schools Of Dawson County, another on the history of Dawson County basketball and was currently working on a book on the history of Dawson County.  He was a certified Master Gardener, was a member of the Dawson County Historical and Genealogical Society, was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, the Gideons International and remained an avid Georgia Bulldog fan. Charles was a deacon of Goshen Baptist Church and had held many positions in the church.

Surviving are his wife of almost 31 years, Kathy C. Finley, Dawsonville; son, Benjamin Finley, Dawsonville; brothers-in- law and sisters-in-law, Sandra Carlyle, Lenoir City, Tn., Boyd and Terry Carlyle, Pendergrass, and Wayne and Paulette Carlyle, Lula; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Doris and Gene England and Betty and Ray Rogers, Gainesville. A number of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends also survive.

The funeral service will be held Sunday, July 15, at 2 o’clock at Bearden Funeral Home Chapel.  The Revs. Casey Martin, Russell Burt and Jason Hamby will officiate. Interment will follow in the Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, July 14, from 1-4 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Goshen Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1055, Dawsonville, Ga. 30534.

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Jones Finley

Jones C. (J.C.) Finley, age 77, was born August 13, 1934, to Esther and Clement Finley in Dunwoody, Ga. He died July 5, 2012. in his beloved Big Canoe, a profound loss to family and friends, leaving an indelible imprint for all he loved.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Anderson Finley; son, Stan and wife Brenda Finley; grandsons, Sean Finley, Roswell, Ga., and Mason Finley, Mountain Park. Also surviving are his brother, Charlie and wife Jan Finley, Marietta, Ga., and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son, Brent Finley, Mountain Park, Ga.

J.C. lived in Atlanta area and was educated at Sylvan High School, attended the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech Evening Division while working at G.M. He retired from Tarkell Floor Covering, having been regional sales manager, receiving the President’s Club Award for outstanding salesmanship.

An avid outdoorsman and nature lover, J.C. treasured his hunting club and his travels.  Many great hours were spent with his passion for golf.

He belonged to Dunwoody United Methodist Church and Big Canoe Chapel. He was a Mason, belonged to Scottish Rite and Yaarab Shrine Temple, having been president of the Oriental Band.

J.C. was often described as a truly kind gentleman with an even demeanor, calming any situation. Without his knowledge, J.C. passed this trait on to those around him who were thankful for it

He possessed a strong moral character, striving for perfection in himself. Golfing buddies enjoyed his keen sense of humor and encouragement both on and off the course. Referred to as a “man’s man” by colleagues and co-workers, many benefitted from their long association with him. A skilled craftsman, J.C. could assess and conquer projects and challenges with unequaled common sense.

His easy smile and peaceful ways will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, July 8, at 2:30 p.m. at Big Canoe Chapel with Dr. B. Wiley Stephens officiating with Rev. R. Len Walker and Rev. Lamar Helms. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice, P.O. Box 580, Jasper, Ga., or to Big Canoe Chapel, 10455 Big Canoe, Big Canoe, Ga. 30143.


Jewell Garland

Roper Funeral Home and Crematory of Jasper announces the arrangements of Mrs. Jewell O’Connell Garland, age 93 of Marietta, who passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2012.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Rowena and Olen Hamby, Acworth, Ga.; granddaughter, Annette Hamby, Dallas, Ga.; sisters, Jewett Silver, Ellijay, Ga., and Lowree Godfrey, Marietta, Ga.; brother, Lloyd Southern, Carrollton, Ga.; and friend, Ruby Teem, Talking Rock, Ga. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday July 10, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Allen and Danny Townsend officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.


Yasuko Mock

Roper Funeral Home and Crematory of Jasper announces the arrangements of Mrs. Yasuko Tai Mock, age 79 of Aragon, Ga., who passed away on July 5, 2012.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Scott and Freida Higgins, Jasper, and Timothy and Amy Davis, Aragon Ga.; daughter-in-law, Sherry Floyd, Rome Ga.; grandsons, Reuben Burnley,  Jasper, Ga., and Kevin and Dustin Mock, Rome Ga.; granddaughter, Kelly Henderson, Virginia Beach, Va.,  Tisa Epps, Jasper, and Gena McArthur, Ellijay. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Mock; and son, George Mock.

The funeral Service was held at noon on Tuesday July 10, at  Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Roberson officiating.


Mitzi Pack

Roper Funeral Home and Crematory of Jasper announces the arrangements of Mrs. Mitzi Ann Gravley Pack, age 50 of Jasper, who passed away on Saturday morning, July 7, 2012, at her home.

Survivors include her husband, Scotty Pack, Jasper; daughter, Savannah Bramlett, Jasper; father and step-mother, Hugh and Frances Gravley, Jasper; brother, Keith Gravley; grandfather, Hobbie Kirk, Jasper; step-brothers and sisters-in-law, Eddie and Linda Davis and Danny and Julie Stell, all of Jasper; step-sister, Debbie Rooker, Jasper; uncles and aunts, Johnny and Linda Dean, Ruby Green and  Ronnie Kirk, all of Jasper; step-son, Kaven Pack; nephews, Jamie and Rusty Gravley, Talking Rock; great-niece, Elizabeth Gravley, Talking Rock; and great-nephew, Talen Gravley, Talking Rock.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Faye Dean Gravley.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at the Refuge Baptist Church with the Revs. Ricky Jarrett and Keith Cook officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.