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Obituaries for February 6, 2014; Mark Hellinger, James Decker, Andrew Chance, Mary DeBoard

Mark Hellinger
    Mark David Hellinger, age 57, passed into glory Sunday morning, Feb. 2, 2014, after a long illness and a courageous battle.
    Born March 23, 1956, in Crestline, Oh., Mark bids farewell for now to his loving parents, Chester and Alice (Beck) Hellinger of Ontario; one sister, Cynthia K. Hellinger Phelps; two brothers, James A. (Mary Ann) and Evan Hellinger; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and infinitely many friends.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Evelyn Hellinger and Albert and DaLee Beck, uncles, aunts and a young nephew, Trisen. His beloved dog Lucy is at his side once more.
    Mark was a graduate of the Ontario High School class of 1974. He was highly respected by his classmates and faculty and more than likely the only student with a set of keys to every room in the school. He took that honor very seriously and never betrayed the trust.
    At age 16 he began his career as a radio announcer at WGLX in Galion. From there he landed a job at WMAN 1400 AM in Mansfield and went on to become a popular DJ. In March of 1983 he decided cold weather wasn’t for him anymore and headed south. In Florida, Mark started out as an announcer in Lakeland, then Orlando, and finally as a news director at WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach. His proudest career moment was receiving the SE Regional Emmy for News Production for a special newscast he produced and directed.
    In 1994, he moved to the mountains and bought a radio station, WYYZ, in Jasper, Ga. Within a short time he purchased several other stations and got them up and running. That was a dream come true for Mark.
    He returned home to Ohio recently where he could be near family. He often spoke of what he believed Heaven would be like and he carried that vision until the final beat of his kind and generous heart. Mark rubbed elbows with some of the big names in the business, but the most important elbows were those of his family.
    The funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. at Ontario United Methodist Church, 3540 Park Avenue West, Ontario. Family and friends are invited to call for two hours prior to the service from 11-1 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Ontario Cemetery. At Mark’s request memorial contributions may be made to The Richland County Humane Society, 3025 Park Ave West, Ontario, Oh. 44906, or MedCentral Hospice, 335 Glessner Ave., Mansfield, Oh. 44903. The Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is privileged to serve the family of Mark Hellinger.
    Special thanks to MedCentral Hospice, Lexington Court Care, Georgia Mountain Hospice and Dr. Adam Bressler of DeKalb, Ga. Your special touch made all the difference to the Hellinger family.


James Decker
    Mr. James Arthur Decker, age 74 of Tate, Ga., and formerly of Bent Tree Community, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at his residence.
    Born March 23, 1939, in Green Bay, Wi., he was the son of the late Ervin Frank Decker and Mary Genevieve Peot Decker. He received a Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin in 1963. Mr. Decker had been employed by Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Centrex Corporation, J.M. Huber Company and Chevron Chemical Company.
    Being from Green Bay, he was a lifelong “Packer Backer,” enjoyed woodworking and creating stained glass pieces for family and friends. Mr. Decker enjoyed golfing at the Bent Tree Golf Club and participated in the Lake and Wildlife Committee and Woodworkers’ in Bent Tree.  He served as treasurer of CARES. Mr. Decker was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family and was active in the Men’s Breakfast Group.
    Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Lydia Decker, Tate; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Leslie Decker, Sugar Hill, Ga.; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa Ann and David Lowe, Lucas, Tx., Lisa and Jimmy Roberts, Senoia, Ga., and Melanie and David Chewning, Atlanta, Ga.;  grandchildren, Brenna and Michael Decker, Mary Frances and Ian Roberts, Nicholas and Katherine Lowe, Olivia,  Zoe and Zachary Chewning;  brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Sally Decker, Durham, Ga., Richard and Connie Decker, Schererville, In., and Robert and Kathy Decker, De Pere, Wi.; and sister, Mary Zimmer, Green Bay, Wi. Nine nieces and nephews also survive.
    At his request, Mr. Decker was cremated and a memorial service was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Episcopal Church of The Holy Family with the Rev. George Yandell officiating. A reception  followed in the church Parish Hall coordinated by the Daughters of the King. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to CARES, 89 Cares Dr., Jasper, Ga.  30143, or to the American Cancer Society, 1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Ste. 280, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144.
Arrangements and services entrusted to the caring staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.
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Andrew Chance
    Andrew Steve Chance, age 14 of Talking Rock, Ga., died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at the Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
    Born Jan. 5, 2000, in Griffin, Ga., Andrew was preceded in death by Richelle Chance Hulgan. Andrew was an 8th grade student at the Joy House in Jasper and was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jasper.
    Survivors include his parents, Steve and Barbara Chance, Talking Rock; sister, Jessica Chance, Talking Rock; and brothers, Eddie Chance, Talking Rock, and Marcus Chance, Montgomery, Al. Aunts, uncles, cousins, three nieces and two nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Ben Mock and Tony Rameriz and Steve Lowe officiating. Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Andrew Chance Memorial Fund, c/o Roper Funeral Home, 206 Holley St., Jasper, Ga. 30143. Arrangements and services entrusted to the caring staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.
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Mary DeBoard
    Mrs. Mary Lois DeBoard, age 91 of Jasper, Ga., passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at the Heritage Healthcare in Jasper.
    Born May 30, 1922, in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Griffin Denson and Lula Mae Prather Denson.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clayton DeBoard, Jr.; son, Kenneth Denson DeBoard; daughter, Nancy Hughes; and brother, Madison Denson. 
    Mrs. DeBoard had worked at the H.D. Lee Company, was a homemaker and was a member of the Refuge Baptist Church.
    Survivors include her daughter, Mary Ruth Dean, Jasper; granddaughters, Hollie Amber Prater, Canton, Ga., and Misty Nicole Prater, Ball Ground, Ga.; great-grandson, Blake Conner Vaughn, Ball Ground, Ga.; sisters, Ruth Gibson and Anna D. Chapman, both of Jasper, Ga.; special nieces and spouse, Mary Sue and Tommy Massey and Joan Anderson, all of Jasper; and caregiver, Joyce Smith. Several other nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Johnson  officiating. Interment followed in the Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Refuge Baptist Church, c/o Johnny Dean, 3342 Refuge Rd., Jasper, Ga. 30143.
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