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Obituaries for July 31, 2014; Thomas Rodriguez, Johnny Lanning, Dorothy Ann Smith, Rachel Bruce, Hubert Bagwell, Pap Howard

Thomas Rodriguez
    Thomas Rodriguez, age 36, passed away July 19, 2014.
    He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Ann Rodriguez; children, Thomas, Jr., Erick and Isaac Rodriguez; mother and father; Marco and Rosa Rodriguez; brothers, Marcus and Jose Rodriguez; and sister, Maria Rodriguez Axlen. Several nieces and nephews and other relatives also survive. 
    A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.

Johnny Lanning
    Mr. Johnny Lanning, age 52 of Jasper, passed away at his residence Friday, July 25, 2014.
    Mr. Lanning is survived by his partner in life, Tracy Hillabrant, Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Morris Reece of Jasper.
    A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. The family requests in lieu of flowers donate to Cagle Funeral Home to help with the funeral expenses. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Lanning family.
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Dorothy Ann Smith
    In loving memory of Ms. Dorothy Ann Smith, age 70 of Talking Rock, who passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Kindred Hospital in Atlanta.
    She is survived by her step-father, Mark Casey, Smyrna; brother and sister-in-law, Neal and Barbara Whitten, Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Debi and Wally Wiedorfer, Cocoa, Fl.; grandchildren, Sean, Emily and Jesse Grow; and her beloved dog, Johnnie, and her cat, Pogo. Ms. Smith was preceded in death by her son, Rick Grow.
    The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Pickens Animal Rescue. Cagle Funeral Home is honored to be of service to Smith-Whitten family.
    www.caglefuneralhome.com

Rachel Bruce
    Mrs. Rachel Goss Bruce, age 77 of Canton, passed away at Woodstock Nursing and Rehabilitation on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
    She is survived by her son, Steve Bruce,f Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Sonny Padgett,f Canton; and grandchildren, Jeremiah, Elijah and Judson Bruce, Chris Siniard, Kasey and Jason Sams, Matt and Hesper Padgett. Several great-grandchildren also survive. Mrs. Bruce was preceded in death by her husband, Eulan Bruce; and her sister, Virginia Butterworth.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, at Long Swamp Baptist Church with the Rev. Eugene Childers officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Chris Siniard, Matt Padgett, Jason Sams, and Shane, Andrew and Everett Jones. Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bruce family.
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Hubert Bagwell
    Hubert Wesley Bagwell, age 86, of Jasper, Ga., passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Marietta, Ga.
    Mr. Bagwell was preceded in death by his parents, Christopher and Ollie Bagwell; one sister and four brothers. He is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
    The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30,  at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with James Cox officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.

Pap Howard
    Mr. Ernest “Pap” Howard, age 87 of Jasper, passed away at his home Tuesday morning.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Howard; and grandson, Terry Lacy. He is survived by his daughter, Betty McBee, Jasper; grandchildren, Tabatha and Vickie McBee, both of Jasper; great-grandchildren, Sierra and Hunter Lacy both of Jasper; brothers, Clifford “Crook” Howard and Billy Howard, both of Jasper, Fay Howard, Tate, George Howard, Nelson, and Ben Howard, Dawsonville; sisters, JoAnn Hayes and Jenny Howard, both of Jasper, and Lois Howard, Canton; and dear friends, Keith “Lightbill” Johnson and Shelty Moss. 
    The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Silvers officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Forest Memorial Park in Jasper. The family received friends on Tuesday and Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.