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Obituaries for September 12, 2013; Chuck Jones, Adele Mercier, Fannie Morrow, Anthony Chastain

Chuck Jones
    Charles “Chuck” William Jones was born Dec. 20, 1937, in Auburn, Ca. He attend Seattle University and ROTC and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Cuban Missal Conflict.          
    During 40+ years, Chuck accomplished many things for the citizens and youth of Maple Valley. He was president of the MHOA and Troop Master of B.S.A. Troop 448.
    Chuck was one of the youngest to ever receive the “Golden Acorn Award” from the National Parent Teachers Association (PTA). Capt. Jones volunteered over 30+ years to the Maple Valley Volunteer Fire Department. Being one of the first EMT’s in Maple Valley, he also was a Washington State fire instructor and Defensive Driving instructor.
    Chuck was a Maple Valley councilman and was proactive in getting parks and recreations for Maple Valley. Chuck founded the first co-ed BSA Explorer Post in Maple Valley and the State of Washington. He trained them in fire fighting, emergency medical and rescue which a lot of these explorers became fire fighters, medics and/or went into the medical field. Chuck received “Citizen of Year” from Maple Valley for all of his hard work he donated to the area.          After retiring as a field engineer of computers, Chuck and his wife of 55 years moved to Nelson, Ga. He volunteered at Good Samaritan Clinic, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital and the Pickens’ Thrift Store.          Prior to Chuck going home to Jesus, Sept. 1, 2013, he volunteered for the last time by being an organ donor. 
    He is served by his wife, Phyllis; his two dogs, Tasha and Prince; son, Charles, and wife, Lynn; daughters, Tanya and Tricia; and four grandchildren. 
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tate, Ga., Volunteer Fire Department First Aid Unit or sign up to become an organ donor.

Adele Mercier
    Adele Roper Mercier passed away at the Blue Ridge home where she had lived since 1948. She was a talented business woman, nurse and dedicated homemaker.
    Adele trained as a nurse at Berea College in Kentucky and later worked with her brothers, C.J. and E.A Roper, in their clinic in Jasper, Ga. She assisted in the operating room and worked as an office nurse as well.
    She met her future husband, Bill Mercier, in Jasper and they wed in 1941. Bill was the new county agent in Blue Ridge, and Adele hoped to work in the new clinic established by the Burdine brothers. The doctors moved from Pickens County to Marble Hill, and Adele was to be their office nurse. Bill recognized the talented woman he had married and wanted her to remain in Blue Ridge. In 1943 the couple purchased the 27-acre apple orchard now known as Mercier Orchards and the rest is history.     Adele was a gifted business partner in helping Bill to establish and build Mercier Orchards. They worked and traveled the world together for over 60 years. Adele also kept her hand in nursing by acting as a rural nurse throughout her neighborhood in Fannin County. She is remembered by many in the area for her nursing skills, kind generosity and boundless energy.         Adele remained active in the orchard business until her passing and was there almost every day to say hello and explain to visitors how to prepare the different apple varieties. She will be greatly missed as she was an inspiration to all that met her.
    Adele was a member of the First Baptist church in Blue Ridge, Ga., and a founding member of the Pink Lady Auxiliary at Fannin Regional Hospital. She was active as a member for all these years and worked with Margaret Jones and Mae Long in establishing the chapel at the hospital. She was a longtime member of the Merry Makers and a cancer survivor.
    Her children will remember her as a loving and generous mother and a sharp businesswoman whose cooking skills exceeded expectations.
    Survivors include her children, William Timothy “Tim” and wife Sandra Mercier of Blue Ridge, Helen Childs and husband, Henry Childs, Young Harris, Ga., and James Embra Mercier, Los Angeles, Ca.; grandchildren, Mary Melissa Lillard and husband David, and Amanda Harper Mercier and husband Joe Foster,  all of Blue Ridge; great-grandchildren, Zachary Mercier Lillard, Annabel Lee Lillard and Alexandria Grace Foster; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service was conducted on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Michael Brunson officiating. Interment followed in the Chastain Memorial Park Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Bill Walden, Bill Prather, Keith Guess, Jack Morton, Delores Rosas, Eulis Davis, Dane Kirby and Ronnie Roper.  For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Fannin County Scholarship Fund in Memory of Mrs. Adele Mercier at P.O. Box 1883, Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513.


Fannie Morrow
    Mrs. Fannie Priest Morrow, age 82 of Talking Rock, Ga., passed away on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at the Grandview Healthcare Center in Jasper following a period of declining health,
    Born April 29, 1931, in Ellijay, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Virgil Allen Ponder and Callie Stokes Ponder. She was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis Priest; first husband, Grady Priest; and second husband, Austin Morrow.
    Mrs. Morrow had work as a waitress at Priest’s Restaurant and was a member of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.
    Survivors include her daughters, Ree Priest and  Martie Weaver, both of Jasper; sons, Glenn David Priest,  Jasper, Ronnie Priest, Canton, Ga., Mick Priest of Talking Rock, Ga.; Auby and Tim Priest, both of Talking Rock, Ga., and Jimmy Priest, Jasper; and brother, Mack Ponder, Plano, Tx. Seventeen grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Junior McTaggart, Marvin Young and Danny Townsend officiating. Interment  followed in Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
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Anthony Chastain
    Anthony Allen Chastain, age 27 of Ranger, Ga., died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, following an accidental drowning.
    Born August 31, 1986, in Pickens County, Anthony had worked as a machine operator for Pine Hall Brick Company.
    Survivors include his daughter, Madisyn Chastain, Jasper;  mother,  Sandra Bennefield, Talking Rock, Ga.; father and step-mother, Larry and Mary Chastain, Jasper; brothers, Michael Joe Chastain, Jasper, Ethan Bennefield, Florence, Al., and Noah Chastain, Jasper; and grandparents, Kathleen and William Pendley, Burt Merrell, Terry Joe Chastain and Beatrice Chastain, all of Jasper. Aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ben Mock officiating. Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral Home, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour on Saturday.
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