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Obituaries for November 7, 2013; Douglas Burch, Barbara Anderson, Mike Turner, Tamara Hunter, Virginia Walker, Billy Reeves, Jr.

Douglas Burch

Mr. Douglas P. Burch, age 79 of Jasper, Ga., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. 

He was a veteran, having served in the Korean War with the United States Army Reserves. 

Mr. Burch is preceded in death by his most beloved wife, Ann Aiken Burch; parents, Brainard and Vaughncziel Raglin Burch; and his brother, Brainard Burch, Jr. His survivors include his step-son, Roger Rocklan Solomon; cousin, Robert W. Cater, Rancho Mirage, Ca.; and cousin, Migon L. Burst, Atlanta, Ga.

The funeral service celebrating his life was held at 10 o’clock Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper with the Rev. George S. Yandell, reactor of the church, officiating. Mr. Burch was laid to rest next to his most beloved wife Ann at 1 o’clock on Saturday in Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Ga. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Canton Hill Chapel, Marietta, Ga.


Barbara Anderson

Barbara L. Anderson, retired Special Education teacher, died Oct. 25, 2013, in Los Gatos, Ca.  She was 82.  

Born in El Dorado, Ar., Mrs. Anderson was a former resident of Jasper.  She was a graduate of Millsaps College and earned a Master of Arts degree from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

Mrs. Anderson taught intellectually challenged, learning disabled and physically disabled children in Tennessee, Indiana, Arizona, North Carolina and Georgia. She also volunteered at a home for cerebral palsied adults in Atlanta.  

Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Kenneth Linder, Tyler, Tx. She is survived by her husband, Robert Reed Anderson, San Jose, Ca.; and daughter and son-in-law, Lys and Lee House, and grandchildren Ben and Elizabeth House, all of San Jose. In addition, she is survived by several nieces and a nephew in Texas and Oklahoma, as well as cousins in Mississippi.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.  


Mike Turner

Mr. Michael Eugene “Mike” Turner, age 50 of Jasper, Ga., passed away on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.

Born on March 7, 1963, in Glasgow, Mt., he was the son of the late Melvin and Martha Lackey Turner. Mr. Turner was a store planner for Wal-Mart and was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Graciela Turner. Jasper; children, Roman Tapia, Jasper,  and Andrea Tapia and Christian Tapia, both of Mexico; sisters, Helen Warren (P.J.), New Castle, Ok., Susan Hellie, Chamblee, Ga., Terrie Brantis (Ed), Texas, Tamie Turner, Billings, Mt., Cindy Turner, Rapid City, S.D., and Marsha Hammac (Mark), Columbia, S.C.; and brothers, Dennis Turner, Rapid City, S.D., Randy Turner, Portland, Or., Timothy Turner, Oklahoma City, Ok., Billy Turner and Jeff Turner (Michelle), Temple, Ga.; Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

A funeral Mass was held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church with Father Charles Byrd officiating. Arrangement and services are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper, Ga.


Tamara Hunter

Mrs. Tamara Nell Hunter, age 78 of Jasper, passed away on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at her residence.

Born Feb. 19, 1935, in Denton, Tx., she was an only but happy child of the late Sterling R. and Nell Loraine Reddell Tadlock. Tamara earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas at Denton. She also attended Grand Prairie Texas High School and the University of Baylor at Waco, Tx. Tamara was a teacher, homemaker and real estate broker before retiring to Bent Tree.

She was also known for her many other talents - among them architect, tennis champ, tourist and professional band-aid applier for her slightly accident prone children and husband. She was also a voracious reader and amateur mystery sleuth and could operate her Macintosh, iPad and Kindle at a level that would shame the Geniuses at an Apple store. Tamara enjoyed planting and gardening and was a firm believer in the Calvin and Hobbes philosophy that if your knees weren’t green by the end of the day, you needed to seriously re-examine your life.  She was also fond of wearing shamrocks on St. Patrick Day since she always felt that real rocks were just too heavy.

Despite eyewitnesses, in her later years, she consistently refused to admit that she was once seen doing wheelies over speed bumps on her walker. She was very happy living in the beautiful Bent Tree Community and enjoying the company of the friendly people of the First Mountain City. Tamara was of the Baptist faith

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Gene Hunter of Jasper; sons, Daran Hunter, Jasper, and Kevin Hunter of Norcross, Ga.; also her favorite cousin, Dan Wilkinson, Dallas, Tx.

Tamara chose being cremated and a memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. The family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association Gift Processing Center, P.O. 78851, Phoenix, Az. 85062. Arrangements and services entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper, Ga.


Virginia Walker

Virginia Nelson Walker, age 90, died at her home in Atlanta Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

She was born in Nelson, Ga., to Steve and Minnie Nelson on Feb. 28, 1923, one of nine children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Stakeley Walker, Jr.

She attended Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga. She had been a Deacon at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, former real estate agent and an avid bridge player.

She spent most of her married life as a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also a very loving and caring friend and volunteer to the Buckhead Christian Ministries.

She is survived by her children, Shirley Walker Andrews, Gainesville Fl., Florence Walker Record, Ellijay Ga., Vinita Walker Bullard, Atlanta, Ga., and Edward Nelson Walker, Woodstock, Ga. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and many niece and nephews.

The family received friends on Monday, Nov. 4, at H.M. Patterson Funeral Home/Spring Hill. A casual service was held by the family in the chapel following the visitation. A private family interment was held at Westview Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Health System, 5775 Glen ridge Drive, Suite E200, Atlanta, Ga. 30328, or you can make a donation online at



Billy Reeves, Jr.

Wesley Wayne “Billy” Reeves, Jr., age 85 of Jasper, passed away on Nov. 3, 2013.   Billy was born in Thomaston, Ga., and attended R.E. Lee High School. He later graduated from Mercer University School of Pharmacy after serving as an Army Sgt. in the Korean War.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sara Williams Reeves; son, Wesley W. Reeves, III; step-sons, Jay (Doris) Young, Lula, Ga., and William Vic Dodd, Sharpsburg, Ga.; grandson, Wesley W. Reeves, IV; and 

step-grandchildren, Sonya, Jeff, Madison, Savanna, Anthonie, Jeremiah and Maggie.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1036 N. Main St., Jasper, Ga., 706-692-6315, with burial on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church Building Fund or to Omega Health Care, 27 Maple Ridge Dr., #A, Cartersville, Ga.  30121, 770-382-5055.