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Obituaries for June 13, 2013; Monk Coleman, William Benson, John Hendrix, Cheryl Hendrix,

Monk Coleman
    Mr. Ralph Cecil (Monk) Coleman, age 85 of Jasper, Ga., died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at his residence.
    He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Jerry Dobson, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Patricia Coleman, Jasper; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Peggy Coleman, Jasper, Johnny and Jane Coleman, Elberton, and Carl and Anne Coleman, Tennessee; and grandchildren, Brett Dobson, Todd and Becky Dobson, Dan and Ally Dobson, Andrea and Brian Goode and Alicia Coleman, all of Jasper. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Coleman; and grandson, Corey Coleman.
    At his request Mr. Coleman was cremated and private family service will be planned at a later date.

If you were lucky enough to meet him,
Only good words you would say,
About the man we all call Pop.
Who was kind in every way.
He was a mountain of a man,
A “John Wayne” type your eyes would see.
But he had a heart of gold,
And would do anything for you or me.
He took us hunting and fishing,
And taught us how to be a man.
And if we ever needed help,
He would always lend a hand.
It’s been almost two years,
Since God took nanny home.
He tried staying tough,
But we could tell he felt alone.
This morning he passed,
And we miss him more than you could know.
But I cry happy tears
Because I see Nanny’s face sparkle and glow.
Now they are young and healthy,
Neither one in any pain.
As they look down on the family they built,
And see how much love is in the Coleman name.

Dan Dobson

    Arrangements and services were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory of Jasper.
    www.roperfuneralhome.com



William Benson
    William Moberg  Benson, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away March 25, 2013, at the age of 89 in Rockville, Md.  
    Born in Phillipsburg, Pa., he was the son of the late James Carl Benson and Anna Aurora Moberg Benson. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, James Carl Benson, Jr.
    Mr. Benson received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from The Pennsylvania State University. He was a member of  the Robert Burns Lodge, No. 464 of Harrisburg, Pa., and the Scottish Rite Free Masonry, Valley of Washington, Orient  of the District of Columbia.
    His professional career took him from teaching at The Penn State University to Pensacola Community College, Fl., then to Key West as Registrar where helped start Florida Keys Community College. In 1966 he accepted a position at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md., as Registrar of the Takoma Park and Rockville Campuses.  He later moved into academic administration and became an Associate Academic Dean on the Rockville Campus.
After retiring in 1986 he did volunteer work and traveled extensively.
    Surviving  are his wife, Patsy Payne Benson; and two sons, Kurt Andrew Benson and wife Sandra of Cleveland, Tn., and William Craig Benson and wife Jessica of Glen Allen, Va. Four grandchildren and three great- grandchildren also survive.
    A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Roper Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers,   memorial donations may be made to Whitestone Baptist Church, c/o Deryl  Hyde, 53 Cripple Creek Drive, Ellijay, Ga. 30536.

Vivian Elkins
    Mrs. Vivian Elizabeth Griffeth Elkins, age 90 of Tate, Ga., passed away June 5, 2013, at her residence.
    She was born on April 2, 1923, in the family home in Tate. She graduated from Tate High School in 1940. A descendant of the early settlers of Pickens County, Mrs. Elkins had lived in the Atlanta area for many years. Six years ago she returned to her beloved Tate from Duluth, Ga., and built a cottage on the family property next to her sister. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Duluth, a member of the Marble Valley Friends and the Amicalola Garden Club which was near to her heart as she dearly loved planting flowers and admiring them as they grew.
    Mrs. Elkins was the wife of the late Jeddy Marvin Elkins and the daughter of the late John Emmett and Pearl Eubanks Griffeth. She is survived by two daughters, Cathy Elkins, Dallas, Tx., and Melissa and Jeff Haas, Duluth; one granddaughter, Carrie and Jeremy Holland, Charleston, S.C.; sister, Jane Griffeth, Tate; brother, Jack Griffith, Marietta, Ga.; nephews and nieces, Stephen and Kelly Griffith, Amy and Mark Denicore and their children Sophie, Daisy and Tucker, Connie and Edward Staub, Lynn Elkins Jeffcoat, Franklin Elkins, Betty Walden, Curtis Christain, Brenda Brown, Larry Bush, Gloria Ragland, and many great-nieces and nephews and many cousins. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Stephen Emmett Griffeth and John Howard Griffeth.
    In her later years, Mrs. Elkins received excellent care from Dr. Nancy Lefever, Dr. Roberto Pereira, Dr. William Crosland and their staffs. She was attended by caring representatives of ResCare of Blue Ridge.
    The funeral was in the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home in Jasper on Saturday, June 8, at 2 p.m. with Dr. James King officiating. Burial was at Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery immediately following the funeral. Pallbearers were: Jeremy Holland, Jeff Haas, Mike Sweigart, Bill Cagle, Will Denson and Roy Holcomb. The family accepted flowers or memorial gifts may be made to the Amicalola Garden Club, 197 Riverstone Drive, Jasper, Ga. 30143.
    www.caglefuneralhome.com

Carl Thompson II
    In loving memory of Mr. Carl Dean Thompson, age 42 of Jasper, Ga., who entered into rest on May 31, 2013, at his residence.
    Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife, Diane Thompson, Canton, Ga.; mother, Dorothy Lanning, Ball Ground; grandmother, Faye Thompson Chambers, Waleska, Ga.; sons and daughter-in-law, Curtis Thompson, Jacob and Ericka Thompson and Cody Thompson, all of Canton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Christopher Thompson, Macon, Timothy Williams, Marietta, Danny and Marie Lanning, Ball Ground, Todd and Leeann Lanning, Marble Hill, and B.J. Thompson, Canton. Mr. Thompson had three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Dean Thompson.
    The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. William Blackwell and Lamar Long officiating. Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were: Danny and Todd Lanning, Joey and Jeromy Brown, David Hufstetler, Lee Williams, Rodney Wofford, Gene Evans, Jr. and Mike Evans. The family accepted flowers or donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.   
    www.caglefuneralhome.com

John Hendrix
    Mr. John Larry Hendrix, age 55 of Jasper, Ga., died on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at his home in Jasper.
    He was born Tuesday, Sept. 10, 1957, in Tate, Ga.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Wendell Hendrix and Mary Sue Hendrix.
Surviving are his brothers and sisters-in-law, Donnie Hendrix of Jasper, Ronnie and Lisa Hendrix, Tate, David and Tammy Hendrix, Jasper, and Ricky Hendrix, Kentucky; sisters and brothers-in-law, Kathy and J.T. Childers, Jasper, Patsy and Jerry Thurman, Talking Rock, and Wanda and Robbie Ray, Jasper; aunt, Charlene Champion, Tate, and uncle, James Champion, Hiwassee. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Long Swamp Baptist Church with the Revs. Danny Townsend and  Buck Parker officiating. Interment followed in Long Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery, Jasper. Memorial contributions may be sent in memory of Johnny Hendrix to Roper Funeral Home, 206 Holly Street Jasper, Ga. 30143.
    www.roperfuneralhome.com

Cheryl Hendrix
    Cheryl D. Hendrix, age 63, passed away on April 23, 2013, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
    Mrs. Hendrix was born in Knoxville, Tn., on July 30, 1949. She graduated from Fairmount High School and continued on to receive an education in cosmetology. She worked as a cosmetologist and clerk for various companies including Jasper Family Steakhouse and Jasper Drug, and was a homemaker.
    Mrs. Hendrix was married to William J. (Bill) Hendrix of Marble Hill who preceded her in death. She was preceded also by her mother and father, Ruby Kay Hedges and Alford Herman Hedges, Fairmount, as well as three brothers, Samuel Hedges, Memphis, Tn., Kenneth Chambers, Orlando, Fl., and Edward Haren, McMinnville, Tn.
    Survivors include her sons, Jeff Carter, Los Angeles, Ca., Kenneth Carter, Marble Hill, and Charles Hendrix, late of Michoacan, Mexico. She is also survived by the following grandchildren, Anastasia, Veronica, Joshua and Kaitlyn Carter and Ariel, Joseph, Allyson, Amaya and Abrianna Hendrix.
    The funeral arrangements were handled by Trahan Funeral Home in Pensacola, Fl. Interment followed in the traditional Hendrix Family Plot at Long Swamp Church Cemetery.