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Obituaries for October 3, 2013; Lynne Thurman, Eunice Stewart, Robert Swisher, Mark Gable, Jr.

Lynne Thurman
    In loving memory of Ms. Lynne Thurman, age 53 of Fairmont, who entered into rest on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at her residence.
    Ms. Thurman is survived by her mother, Rosa Girard Thurman, Marietta; brother, Michael Thurman, Kennesaw; sisters and brother-in-law, Toni Thurman  and Betty Thurman, both of Marietta, and Dona and Geb Buxton, Acworth; nieces, Micah and Shelby Thurman; nephews, Quinton and Cameron Buxton; six cousins; and her loving friend, Connie Hood.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplin Don Kriner officiating. Interment followed at Sharp Top Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Chris Couch, Tyler and Brady Girard, William Cantrell, David Cottongim and Philip Stephenson. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Thurman family.

Eunice Stewart
    In loving memory of Mrs. Eunice Murphy Stewart, age 94 of Cartersville, Ga. She was born Nov. 8, 1918, in Pickens County. Mrs. Stewart entered into rest on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Maple Ridge Health Care in Cartersville.
    She was the daughter of the late Elbert Carl Murphy, Sr. and Laura Jane (Hensley) Murphy.
    Mrs. Stewart is survived by her by her brother, John E. Murphy and his wife Bonnie of Cartersville; brother-on-law, Gene Stewart; sister-in-law, Rhoda Bell (Stewart) Carr; and several nieces and nephews.
    Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, James E. Stewart; sisters, Anice E. Murphy and Bernice (Murphy) Stafford; and brother, E.C. Murphy, Jr. all of Cartersville.
    Mrs. Stewart and her husband James spent most of their lives in Pickens County after James returned from the army during World War II. They settled in the Jerusalem area where they established a successful cattle and poultry farming operation. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart moved to Cartersville in 2001.
    Mrs. Stewart was a life long member of Jerusalem Baptist Church, which she joined at an early age and had many friends she enjoyed through the years. 
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Jerusalem Baptist Church with the Revs. Ron Summey and Kenneth Summey officiating. Mrs. Stewart was laid to rest alongside her husband in Jerusalem Church Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were her nephews. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Stewart family.

Robert Swisher
    Robert (Bob/Bear) Swisher, 81, made the transition to the other side Wednesday night Sept. 25, 2013, at Wildwood Health Care after a painful and valiant 9 month fight against cancer. He transitioned in his sleep with dignity and without pain. It was a good death.
    Bob was known to many as “Bear” because his wife’s father is named Robert, her brother was also a Robert and three Roberts were too many in one family. His 6 ft. 8 in. height and gentle nature lent itself to the nickname Bear.
    He was born at home in DuBois, Pa., on June 7, 1932. He graduated from the local high school after excelling in all sports available to him, but because of his height, basketball was his primary sport. He attended Penn State where he played on their basketball team. After 2 years at Penn State, he moved to play semi-professional basketball for Indiana. Eventually he made the decision he was not good enough to play for the pros so he decided it was time to get a “real job.”
    He initially worked for the Associates Financial Corporation before going to work for Citibank NA (now Citigroup) in Georgia. He retired from Citibank NA in 1991 as Assistant Vice-President of lending for various products in Georgia and the Southeast.
    In the 1950s he took up the game of golf and to say he was a certified golf-a-holic would be a huge understatement. He was a scratch golfer in the 1970s in Fayetteville, N.C. Once he became employed, he played every available opportunity which included rounds after a day at the office.
    Bob has been routinely described over the years as “a man’s man” and “if he was any more laid back, he’d have to be asleep.” His mantra was “Don’t waste time worrying about things you can’t control.”
    Bob possessed a somewhat unique memory: he could play 36 holes of golf with the same four men and not remember a single name. However, he could tell you the brand of ball each played, the brand of clubs they used and what they shot on each hole. He could tell you the brand of ball he played and what his score was on each hole when he played Bent Tree on May 5, 1990, at 10:20 a.m. He said he only remembered the “important things and names are not important.” Apparently neither was his wife’s birthday or their anniversary. It was rumored he could get lost in a gas station with one pump unless there was a tee box or green at the station.
    When his now wife was considering marriage to him, she had to take into consideration that she would always play second fiddle to his love of golf. She eventually adjusted although she never shared his love of the game.
    He was also an avid Atlanta Braves fan, always watching televised games or listening to games over the radio. He even went to see the Braves play in the World Series. He always pulled for the Steelers when they played and loved ACC basketball. He tried unsuccessfully to convince his wife to like all sports instead of just SEC football.
    However, what they did share was a passion for rescuing dogs and cats. Over their 35 years together, they rehomed animals that had been abandoned, abused or were “slightly irregular” as they called the special needs animals. They operated with the belief that every cat and dog should be spoiled absolutely rotten and Bob gave 100 percent to that belief. His HIV cat, Big Shot, is missing him terribly as well as his neurotic crazy bird dog, Tyler James.
    Bob decided on a celebration to demonstrate his love for the game of golf:  a “Bob Swisher Loved Golf Celebration” will be held at the 19th Hole Restaurant and Bent Tree Golf course later this fall.
    No immediate services are planned.
    He is survived by his wife, Patsy J. Day. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Pat Swisher of DuBois, Pa. His brother Andrew Swisher of San Francisco, Ca., predeceased him as well as his mother and father, Robert and Rita Swisher of DuBois, Pa. He will be terribly missed by his long time good friend Marvin Satterfield of Canton, Ga.
    Patsy wishes to thank Dotti Fryer and Kimberly McDaris Chambers, RN, with Georgia Mountains Hospice. Kimberly’s tender, loving care during Bob’s cancer fight is much appreciated. She is truly part angel and Patsy could not have cared for Bob at home were it not for Kimberly and Dotti’s expertise in end of life situations.
    The entire staff at Wildwood Health Care treated him like a family member and Patsy will always be grateful for their personalized care while Bob waited to pass peacefully and painlessly to the other side.
    Before Bob passed away, his wife asked him to try to give her a “sign” that he had made the transition to the other side and had hooked up with his friends Sam and Sooner whom he had known since the 3rd grade and had predeceased him. Sam, Sooner and Bob were joined at the hip their entire lives.
    The day after Bob passed away, his wife was walking out the front door on the way to the funeral home to sign documents. Since the big deer cull in Bent Tree last year that had saddened and angered Bob terribly, it had been 6-8 months since Bob or Patsy had seen a deer near their home. However, on this particular morning as she walked out the front door, there at the end of their driveway were three deer standing still as stones, in a straight line, looking straight at her and making no attempt to flee. They never moved even though she looked around to see if there were other deer present. No, there were just these three deer!
    As she got in the car they began to flee with white tails erect. Seconds later at the end of their driveway, the deer seemed to have vanished into thin air. They were nowhere to be seen.
    She had her “sign” that Bob had been helped on his journey by Sam and Sooner and would soon be looking for Harold his late golfing partner of 20 years to make a foursome on God's perfect golf course. Liz would surely be there to keep score for them.
    Bob is at peace. Patsy is at peace.
    Please consider donations to: Georgia Mountains Hospice, 70 Caring Way, Jasper, Ga. 30143 or The Stray Animal Fund, Bent Tree Foundation, 744 Noah Dr. Suite 113-184, Jasper, Ga. 30143.
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Mark Gable, Jr.
    Mr. Mark L. Gable, Jr., age 66 of Jasper, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at his residence.
    Mr. Gable was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church and worked as a Grounds Keeper at Reinhardt College. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.
    He is preceded in death by his parents, Mark L. Gable, Sr. and Vennie Mae Gable; and sisters, Barbara Camper and Doris Harvey. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Gable, Jasper; children, Matthew Gable, Jasper, Melissa Young, Calhoun, Michella and Maxwell Gable, both of Jasper; and sisters, Jackie Stringer, Canton, and Mildred Shipman, Jasper. Four grandchildren also survive.
    The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Pleasant Hill Christian Church with Pastors Kasey Kiper and Leo Beller officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, is honored to serve the family.          www.sosebeefuneralhome. com