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Obits for February 27, 2014; Betty Self, Betty Rau, Cheryl Roper, Ronnie Chalker, Glenn Brannon, Roy Sellers, Harry Allen, Jr.

Betty Self
    Mrs. Betty Self, age 86 of Nelson, entered into rest at Willowood Nursing Center in Flowery Branch on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.
    She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Fran and Jerry Connell, Oakwood, Ga.; grandson, Michael Stover; and great-grandsons, Levi and Nate Stover.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Clyde Self, Jr. officiating. Interment followed at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Self family.

Betty Rau
    Dorothy Elizabeth  “Betty”  Rau, age 96 of Jasper, Ga., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Grandview Healthcare Center in Jasper following a period of declining health.
    Born July 25, 1917, in Detroit, Mi., she was the daughter of the late Herbert Cecil MacClaren and Maude Edith Holgate MacClaren. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Belden Rau; sisters, Reba Baden and Trudi Gilmour; and brothers, Robert and Herbert MacClaren.
    Mrs. Rau was a homemaker and was a member of the Jasper United Methodist Church.
    Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Rau Steck and husband James, Brookville, Ohio, and Barbara Rau Brewster and husband Allen, Trophy Club, Tx.; son, Charles Rau and his wife Linda, Jasper.  9 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Jean Hovarter, Michigan. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
    A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chip Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made to the Jasper United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 85 W Church St., Jasper, Ga. 30143.


Cheryl Roper
    Mrs. Cheryl Faye Roper, age 61 of Fairmount, Ga. (Pickens County), passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
    Born May 8, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Henry  and Bonnie Barrett Welchel.  Mrs. Roper was a homemaker.
    Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Roper, Fairmount; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Lee Stewart, Armuchee, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Tammy Roper, Talking Rock, Ga., and Christopher and Linda Roper, Waleska, Ga.; 5 grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Gailey,  Canton, Ga.,  Carol and Roger Cain, Cumming, Ga., and  Gaynelle and Ronnie Gay, Gainesville, Ga.; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Carolyn Welchel, Canton, Ga., Earl and Corrine Welchel, Stockbridge, Ga., and David and Bonnie Welchel, Yellow Creek Community. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Phillip Taylor and Jerry Johnson officiating. Interment followed on Friday at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga.    The family did receive flowers but donations may be made to the Cheryl Faye Roper Memorial Fund c/o Roper Funeral Home & Crematory, 206 Holley St., Jasper, Ga. 30143.

Ronnie Chalker
    Ronald David  “Ronnie”  Chalker, age 57 of Ball Ground, Ga., passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
    Born March 23, 1956, in Marietta, Ga., he was preceded in death by his father, James Macon Chalker. 
    Ronnie had worked as a truck driver for Cypress Truck Lines in Smyrna, Georgia.
    Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Jeanette Chalker, Ball Ground; daughters and sons-in-law, Christy and T.J. Stobaugh and Angela and Charles Patterson, all of Ball Ground;  grandchildren, Austin Sparks, Victoria, Nicole and Brianne Patterson and Shelby and Megan Stobaugh, all of Ball Ground;  mother, Mrs. Bonnie Chalker, Marietta, Ga.; sister, Dianne DeLoach, Baytown, Tx.; and brothers, Charles and Brian Chalker, both of Marietta. Other relatives also survive.
    At his request, Mr. Chalker was cremated. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Roper Funeral Home Chapel. The family did accept outdoor plants or donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Glenn Brannon
    Harold Glenn Brannon of Talking Rock, Ga., passed away on Feb. 20, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
    He was 65 years old. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter Harold and Alma Young Brannon, as well as two of his sisters, Shelby Brannon and Melvelene Bell.
    He married his high school sweetheart, Linda Carole Walker (or “LC,” as he called her), in 1967 and loved her for the rest of his life. He proudly served his country in Vietnam from 1968-1969. He loved movies, but rarely saw them in the theater because he would almost invariably fall asleep.
    He was an avid reader, so much so that he once took a book to read in the fifth row of a Reba McIntyre concert. He ended every phone call with his family by saying, “I love you, call me if you need anything,” and he meant it.
    He combined all of the best aspects of Sheriff Andy Taylor and Dr. Cliff Huxtable. He was a joker, a prankster and a deep thinker. He loved with his whole heart and gave of himself unreservedly to those he loved.
    Glenn was retired from the petroleum supply industry.
    Glenn liked NASCAR, cookies, reading, Southern gospel, tomato sandwiches, gardening and singing (from a Conway Twitty song) “that’s my job, that’s what I do” when his daughters tried to thank him for all the little ways he supported and cared for them. He believed in God, positive thinking and the importance of family. His unique sense of humor, love and support will be dearly missed but often remembered by his family and friends.
    He is survived by his wife, Linda Walker Brannon; his daughters, Pam Brannon and Amanda Brannon Sabetai; his son-in-law, Isaac Sabetai; his brothers and sister-in-law, Randy Brannon and Jack and Teresa Brannon; his sisters and brother-in-law, Brenda Childers, Teresa and Dale Stone and Deborah Brannon; his mother-in-law, Claudine Walker; his beloved granddaughter, Elise Parker Sabetai; and a bevy of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
    Funeral arrangements were provided by Cagle Funeral Home. Glenn’s life was celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Rev. Grant Wade officiating. Glenn was laid to rest in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the local Chapter 47 of the Disabled American Veterans. Jason and Joey Childers, Herman Cochran, Lee Eaton, Trevor Fite and Dale Stone served as pallbearers.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Brannon family.

Roy Sellers
    In loving memory of Mr. Roy Sellers, age 61 of Jasper, who passed away Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at his residence.
    Mr. Sellers is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Jessica Sellers, Jasper; daughters and son-in-law, Pamela and Richard Lyon, Waleska, and Melanie Effler, Jasper; and the brother he chose, Danny Davis, Canton. Mr. Sellers is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patty Sellers.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Cloer officiating. Interment  followed at Lebanon Methodist Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. Pallbearers were: Ricky Cantrell, Johnny Collett, Donnie Craig, Ray Jackson, Mark Maddox and Brent Scott. The family accepted flowers but prefer donations to Pickens County Sheriff's Auxiliary Unit, c/o Pickens Sheriff’s Office, 2985 Camp Road, Jasper, Ga. 30143. Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sellers family.

Harry Allen, Jr.
    Mr. Ernest Harrison “ Harry”  Allen, Jr.,  age 61, of Talking Rock, Ga., passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his loving family,  following his battle with cancer.
    Born April 22, 1952, in Cumming, Ga., he was the son of the late Ernest Harrison Allen, Sr. and Margaret Evelyn Cloud Allen. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mia Prather. Harry was a self-employed carpenter and was a member of the Ophir Baptist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Janice Allen, Talking Rock, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Adam Prather, Jasper, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Kirk and Jessica Allen, Talking Rock, Ga.; grandchildren, Micah Prather and Lane Allen; father- and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Katheleen Kirk, Talking Rock; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Danny and Mel Kirk of Bartow, Ga., and Johnny and Cecilia Herndon and Mickey and Anita Walker, all of Talking Rock. Aunts, uncles, cousins and several nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Talking Rock Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Allen and James Thompson officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The family did accept flowers or donations may be made to the Mia Prather Memorial Fund, c/o Kelly Prather, 2844 Burnt Mountain Road, Jasper, Ga. 30143. Arrangements and services entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.