Martha Edge Pool
Martha Edge Pool, whose family has owned the Pickens Progress for more than 100 years, passed away March 20 following several months of declining health.
She was buried Saturday in the Jasper City Cemetery with funeral services conducted by the Rev. Max Caylor.
Much of Mrs. Pool’s life revolved around the Pickens Progress, literally living in the building where the newspaper was produced during her youngest years and contributing to the family-owned paper for more than 50 years of her life.
Mrs. Pool often would tell of days during the Depression when her parents moved the family into the newspaper office on Main Street so they could rent their Jasper home. They also traded subscriptions for chickens, eggs or vegetables during those days.
When Mrs. Pool discussed the Progress history in the early 2000s for a video made by the Marble Valley Historical Society, she referred to coming from a family tradition that “had ink in the veins.”
Mrs. Pool served as the editor of the Progress starting in 1959 when her father Bob Edge died.
Mrs. Pool was active with the newspaper as a reporter, editor and in advertising for several decades. She began taking a lesser role in the paper during the 1980s, though she continued to contribute occasional pieces and the weekly Turning Back the Pages column until well into the 2000s.
With her detailed memory of Pickens County history, she was a resource for researchers within the paper and for local historians.
For the Marble Valley Historical video series, Mrs. Pool described the change the internet brought, she said, “Once again change came from handset types to linotypes to a totally computer-based operation. As far as I am concerned the present method of getting out a newspaper is from another world.”
She joked for the historical society that when her sons tried to get her to move to a computer for her occasional pieces, she would reply, “they are just a fad,” preferring to work in longhand.
Martha Edge Pool is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, John Robert and Shirley, William and Martha F. and Dan and Christie; and grandchildren, John, Adam, Madeline and Ellie. She is also survived by her sister, Bobbie Edge.
Serving as everything from Cub Scout den mother to organizing the first Veterans’ Day ceremony for Pickens County, Pool took an active role in the community.
Among the many contributions was a donation from her and her sister of a piece of property for Habitat for Humanity’s first home in Pickens County.
She was named the 2003 Pickens County Citizen of the Year. In an article detailing her life at that time, the Rev. Charles O. Walker wrote the following the article:
Lifelong resident of Pickens County, Martha Edge Pool, has been chosen Pickens County Citizen of the Year 2003. She was chosen as a representative of her extended family which has added so much to the county over the last hundred years.
Mrs. Pool was born in our county. Except for three brief times, she has lived and reared her family in Pickens County. She is the daughter of Ermie E. Evans and Robert Maddox (Bob) Edge.
Martha graduated from Jasper High School. She attended Mercer University, Macon, and the University of Tennessee. She said that during World War II, Principal D.B. Carroll put her on a guilt trip to teach high school. This was not something she ever wanted to do. He told her, “All the young men are away fighting for their country. You need to do something to help the war effort by teaching school.” Martha taught one year at Jasper High.
Martha married John William Pool and moved to Marble Hill. They had three sons, John Robert, William Edge and Daniel (Dan) Keith Pool.
Upon the sudden death of her father, Bob Edge, Martha and John William took over the operation of the Progress. It has always been a family-owned paper. Martha became the editor and served for about 40 years.
Reared in the Jasper Baptist Church, she and her family have always been active.
She was the teacher of the Progressive Class in Sunday School at the Jasper Baptist Church for 35 years.
Mrs. Elizabeth Archer Jones decided to sell the part of her Bradley property which joined the Jasper Baptist Church property. Martha and Elaine Landrum spearheaded a move to buy this land for the church. In one month they raised $70,000, made a personal loan of $5,000 and purchased the 7 1/2 acres. Without this land the church could not have built its new sanctuary and education building.
Martha has been very active in the Friendship Force.
Through her connection to the Friendship Force, Pool developed a love of travel in later years, making trips to many well-known tourist destinations such as Greece, Italy and France, but also to places few had been at that time including trips into the Soviet Union, Turkey, Tibet, Israel and Iran.
Mrs. Pool served on the first Board of Directors of Pickens Technical School, on the Pickens County Library Board and as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Donations in memory of Martha Edge Pool may be made to either Friendship Baptist Church c/o Andrea Johnson, 155 Magnolia Station, Jasper, Ga. 30143, or the Burnt Mountain Center, P.O. Box 337, Jasper, Ga. 30143.
Mrs. Gladys Rustin Bremer, age 91 of Jasper, Ga., formerly of Griffin, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Sonshine Manor Personal Care Home.
Mrs. Bremer was born in Savannah, Ga., on September 24, 1922. She is preceded in death by her father, John Marvin Rustin, and mother, Beulah Mobley Rustin; husband, Rev. Carroll Russell Bremer.
Mrs. Bremer was retired with the Dekalb County School System.
Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth Wood; son and daughter-in-law, David and Maria Bremer; grandchildren, Elisabeth Wood Beck, Emily Bremer White and husband, Graham; great-granddaughter, Brittney Couture; great-grandson, Joshua Michael Couture; great-great-granddaughter, Alice Carolynn Elisabeth Couture; and sister, Frances Russell. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Visitation was on Wednesday, March 19, Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Following the visitation, the funeral service was conducted in the Chapel with the Rev. Jon Betz officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Aloysius Burton Buffalo (Burt), age 89 of Jasper, Ga., passed away February 26, 2014, at the Bent Tree home of his son, Lee Buffalo.
A memorial service will be held March 28 at 10:30 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Roper Funeral Home.
Burt Buffalo was born in England, Ar., on May 19, 1924. He and his twin brother were raised by their widowed mother during the Great Depression. Following his graduation from England High School he enlisted and served during WWII as a member of the Navy’s signal corps. He served aboard the USS Darby in the North Atlantic as part of our country’s defense against the German U-Boat naval warfare. He was then transferred to the USS Wisconsin in the South Pacific where he remained the next 23 months. Burt saw action at the Northern Solomon Islands campaign, the Admiralty Islands campaign,
the Philippines campaign and Iwo Jima campaigns. He earned the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Battle Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars, the American Theatre Ribbon and the Victory Ribbon. Following the war Burt returned to Arkansas, became a cotton and rice farmer and married Barbara Jean Forbes in 1948.
He worked in the title insurance business when living in Illinois, moving in 1968 to Marietta, Ga., to work with his childhood life-long friend. Burt and Barbara moved to Cutthroat Ridge in Bent Tree during the summer of 1994 where they enjoyed golf and bridge.
Burt is survived by five children, Melissa B. Charbonnet (Pierre), King George, Va., Lee M. Buffalo (Jeanette), Jasper, Julie R. Buffalo (Jim Baird), Comer, Ga., Matthew B. Buffalo, Greenville, S.C., and Margaret B. Brown (Hart), Moultrie, Ga. Twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive. He is preceded in death by his twin brother, Vann; and by his wife of 65 years, Barbara Forbes Buffalo.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Mrs. Gertrude Cowart Green, age 96 of Jasper, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, at her residence.
She was a life-long member of Marble Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, Jack Green, Tyrone, Ga., and Joe and Barbara Green, Riverdale, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Steve Hall, Big Canoe, Ga.; and daughter-in-law, Carolyn Green, Alpharetta. Seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild also survives. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Green; and son, Gene Green.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Mize officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper. Pallbearers were: Joe, Tim and Jeff Green, John Gilbert, Todd Kittrell, Adam Van Horn and Stephen Hall. The family requested donations be made to Marble Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, Saint Jude Children’s Hospital or Georgia Baptist Children’s Home.
Mrs. Jewell Mullins, age 90 of Jasper, Ga., passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014, at her residence, following a period of declining health.
Born September 16, 1923, in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Rev. John Henry Thomason and Mary Collins Thomason. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Warren Mullins. Mrs. Mullins had worked as a school lunchroom manager with the Pickens County Board of Education and was a member of the County Line Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Rosemary Mullins, Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory and Wanda Mullins and John and Donna Mullins, all of Jasper; daughter-in-law, Anita Mullins, Ellijay, Ga.; and grandchildren, David and Bobbi Mullins, Ellijay, Ga., Joseph and Krista Mullins, Jasper, Julie Mullins, Ellijay, Ga., and Justin and Rebekah Mullins, Kerra, Kyler and Konner Mullins, all of Jasper. Seven great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, five sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jess Posey officiating. Interment followed in County Line Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. John H. Smith, age 87 of Jasper, Ga., passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton, Ga.
Born May 17, 1926, in Winder, Ga., he was the son of the late Turman Asbury Smith and Ila Looney Smith. John was married to Bettie Simonton in 1949 in Winder. They moved to the Atlanta area where John became a bricklayer, then a builder and later a residential developer, primarily in Cobb and Cherokee counties. John and Bettie were happily married for 58 years.
At the age of 80 years, he founded and established a non-profit residential children’s home, The Good Shepherd Ranch. It was his passion for the next 7 years and was fully operational in Jasper. John was always an advocate for the less-fortunate, was active in the prison ministries, 3- to 5-year-old nursery and struggling teenagers.
He was a loving and devoted father to Lynn, Wayne and Vicky and was also a beloved grandfather and great-grandfather.
Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Vicky and Mike Rampley, Canton, Ga., and Lynn and Fred Hanna, Marietta, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Debbie Smith, Cedartown, Ga.; grandchildren, Steven, Ethan and Misty Smith, Becky Wade, Roman Hanna, Ashly Hass and Amber and Amanda Rampley; 14 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Jim and Enoch Smith, both of Winder. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the First Baptist Church Woodstock, with the remains placed in state at the church at 2. Dr. Johnny Hunt officiated with interment in Macedonia Memorial Park in Cherokee County. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to The Good Shepherd Ranch, 601 Moore Road, Jasper, Ga. 30143. Arrangements and services entrusted to the caring staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.
Mr. Herbert “Hub” Henderson, age 82 of Mt. Pisgah Road, Ellijay, Ga., died Thursday March 20, 2014.
Mr. Henderson was born February 7, 1932, in Gilmer County to the late Homer and Mandy Dean Henderson. He was a member of the Berean Baptist Church and member of the Blaine Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by wife, Joann Padgett Henderson.
Survivors include his son and daughter in-law, Tim and Deana Henderson, Ellijay; brother, Coy Henderson, Rocky Face, Ga.; sisters, Malvie Duckett and Carol Mathews, both of Talking Rock, Ga., and Demmie Lou Price, Shepherdsville, Ky.; and grandchildren Amanda and Mariah Henderson, Rachel Kelcourse and Jackson Echols.
The funeral service was held Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with the Revs. Marvin Young and Coy Richards officiating. Music was by Theresa Chastain. Pallbearers were the members of the Blaine Masonic Lodge. Interment followed in the Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Martha “Janie” Kirk, age 74 of Talking Rock, Ga., died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.
Janie was born July 6, 1939, in Pickens County to the late Alfred and Bertha Parker.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Kirk, Talking Rock; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Shonna Champion, Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Lesa and Keith Thomason, Jasper; brother, Sidney Parker, Jasper; sister, Buena Darnell, Nelson; grandchildren, Jessica and Nathan Ledbetter, Jasper; great-grandson, Trace Ledbetter, Jasper; and sisters- and brothers-in-law, Shirley Grant, Jessie Godfrey, Marie and James Stevens, Kenneth and Kathleen Kirk, Hobby Kirk, Donnie Kirk, Norman Kirk and Bonnie Mulkey. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Buck Parker and Kenneth Kirk officiating. Interment follow in Talking Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.
Jerry Joe Jones, age 48 of Jasper, Ga., passed away on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper following a brief illness.
Born July 8, 1965, in Tate, Ga., he was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Jones; and a step-daughter, Haley Gier.
Mr. Jones had worked as a crater with the Royston Company and was a member of the Arbor Hill Baptist Church in Pickens County.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Jones, Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Julie and Justin Jackson, Talking Rock, Ga., and Tiffany and Brenton Sperin, Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Joey and Kaitlin Ray, Hinton Community, and Cody and Savanna Ray, Jasper; step-sons, Jeremy Deese and Brandon Harrison, both of Calhoun, Ga.; grandchildren, Skyler Queen, Bradley Ray, Bryson Queen, Miley Sperin and MacKenzie Jackson; mother and step-father, Carol and Skip Miller, Ball Ground, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Crystal and William Gravitt, Dahlonega, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, Tony Jones and Cindy Mitchell, Marble Hill, Ga.; grandmother, Bobbie Stanfield, Jasper; step-sisters, Ann Driver, Ball Ground, Ga., and Charity Wofford, Jasper; and step-brother, Stanley Miller, Dallas, Ga. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 24, at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Mike Byess and Cody Ray officiating. Interment followed in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery.
Terry J. Chastain, age 71 of Jasper, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at his daughter’s residence.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Allen and Mary Chastain, Jasper, and Anthony Lynn and Shannon Chastain, Ball Ground; daughter and son-in-law, Carol Sue and Stephen Bostick, Jasper; step-son, John Patrick Chastain, Front Royal, Va.; and sister and brother-in-law, Margaret Jane and Junior Abernathy, Jasper. Eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one step-grandchild, several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews and many other family members also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Emory Chastain and Magnolia Morton Chastain, half-brother, John Efford Chastain; and half-sister, Edna Mae Chastain Carlton.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Eugene Childers officiating. Interment was held at 2 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Pallbearers were: Chris McClure, Johnny Pendley, Joseph Watkins, Austin and Noah Chastain and Jamie Bostick. The family gives a big thanks for all the food, prayers and time spent with the family during this difficult time. May God bless everyone.
Mr. Randy Godfrey, age 51 of Jasper, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.
Survivors include his mother, Jimmy Sue Godfrey, Talking Rock; ex-wife, Amberle Godfrey, Jasper; sons and daughter-in-law, Ryan and Kelly Godfrey, Zebulon, Ga., Brooks Godfrey, Atlanta, and Jacob Godfrey, Marietta; brother, Billy Joe Godfrey, Jasper; sisters and brother-in-law, Donna and James Garrow, Adairsville, and Laverda Godfrey, Cumming; and grandchildren, Riley and Brody Godfrey. Several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his father, Randall Godfrey.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 23, at Cross Roads Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Allen officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Scott Shaw, Marty Mosley, Jeff Johnson and Ryan, Brooks and Jacob Godfrey. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Godfrey family.