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Charlie Raisor
Charles Edward Raisor, 56, departed this life Monday, March 16, 2009 surrounded by family at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Susanne Glazebrook Raisor; two daughters, Erin O?Regan, Richmond, Va., and Alex Raisor, Lexington, Ky.; a son, Chase Raisor, Jasper; a sister, Patty Ann Miller, Jeffersonville, In.; and two brothers, Ken Raisor, Chino, Ca., and Glenn Raisor, Lakewood, Ca.
Charlie was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Elmo Raisor; his mother, Verna Lee Kramer; and his younger brother, Scott Raisor.
Born in Long Beach, Ca., Charlie spent the majority of his childhood in California and Kentucky and joined the Army in 1971, where he met and fell in love with Susanne. Following several years in Charleston, S.C., they moved to Jasper and were married in 1978. Charlie called Jasper home for the remainder of his life, working as an RN, historic renovator, restauranteur and horse breeder. His finest endeavor was as a loving husband, father, brother and friend whom was never too busy for a visit, too tired for a chat or too far away to lend a helping hand. He is and will be painfully and regretfully missed.
A memorial service will be held at three o?clock Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church of Jasper. The family will receive friends one hour before the service time at the church.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Pickens County Public Library, First Baptist Church of Jasper or Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center.

Merita Cotner
Merita Ann Cotner, age 78 of Talking Rock, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2009 at her residence.
She was a Registered Nurse and a member of First Baptist Church Canton.
Survivors include her granddaughters, Nichole Cotner, Michelle Brooks and Sara West; special friends, Vi Finney, Dorothy West and Jeannie Davis.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 at the home of Vi Finney in Jasper with the Rev. Ben Lofton officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jasper Community Children?s Choir, c/o New Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Dr., Jasper, Ga. 30143.
South Canton Funeral Home & Chapel, Canton, in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ellen Childree
Mary Ellen Childree, age 63 of Jasper, Ga., passed into eternity Thursday evening, March 12, 2009 to be with her risen Lord.
Mary Ellen was born on April 13, 1945 to Charles W. Harter, Sr. and Mattie E. Hendrix Harter in Augusta, Ga. She received a BS Ed degree at Augusta College and a MS Ed degree at the University of Georgia. She taught in public schools in Decatur, LaGrange and Augusta and at DeKalb Junior College in Clarkston, Ga.
In April 1969 she married the love of her life, Bobby R. Childree. After moving to Jasper, Ga. in 1977, she was instrumental in the founding of the Chapel Christian Academy. She served at various times as instructor, board member and principal. Later she was among the early pioneers of the current home-schooling movement, diligently home-schooling her two sons for 14 years. She enjoyed hiking, camping, bicycling and gardening. She was a Blaine Homemakers Club member for over two decades and was a Georgia Master Gardener.
Mary Ellen loved life! She loved children and she loved young mothers. In 1985 she was instrumental with others in the founding of the Appalachian Crisis Pregnancy Center, serving Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties. Other counties started their own centers eventually, and in 1994 the Pickens center was renamed the Pickens Pregnancy Center. Mary Ellen served willingly in every capacity at various times, still serving as a volunteer counselor n 2008. She was an active member for many years in the Georgia Right to Life organization.
Having been raised in a military family, Mary Ellen loved her country. She wanted to serve her country in politics, and her strong Christian values led her into the Christian Right political movement, which has always been strongly Republican and pro-life. For over 20 years she distinguished herself as a leader in the Pickens County Republican Party, the Ninth District Republican Party and the Georgia Republican Party. She was a volunteer worker at the international G-8 Meeting in Savannah several years ago and at the time of her death she was serving as a State Committee member of the Georgia Republican Party.
Mary Ellen loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and her church, Trinity Evangelical Church where she taught Sunday School for some years. She was hosting a Beth Moore Bible Study, Jesus the One and Only, at her home just three weeks before succumbing to a cancer she had battled for nine years.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Bob Childree; their son Carl and his wife Janelle and their son Wesley, and son Tim and his wife Jenny; sister, Becky, and brother-in-law, Bob Smith, Evans, Ga.; brother, Chuck, and sister-in-law, Adella Harter, Murfreesboro, Tn., and brother, Joe Harter, Augusta, Ga.
The funeral service, a marvelous celebration of her life and her faith, was held Sunday, March 15 from Jasper First Baptist Church, officiated by her Pastor, Jeff Falkowski of Trinity Evangelical Church. The service was enriched by Katy Simmons, Michael Parham, Norman James, Jerald Brown, Dr. George Callahan and Chris Ridler. Interment was at Lake Forest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were David Slade, Tim Harr, Mike Haswell, Bob Curry, Tommy James and Charles ?Butch? Cox. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pickens Pregnancy Center, 1549 East Church St., Ste. C, Jasper, Ga. 30143.
Mary Ellen?s life was a life well lived. She will be missed by many.
Roper Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Womack
Ms. Mary Paula Womack, age 66 of Big Canoe, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, Ga. following a period of declining health.
Paula was born Dec. 3, 1942 to the late A.B. and Lucille Thomas Womack. She was a native of Chattanooga, Tn. She was a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and member of Pi Beta Phi. Paula later graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Law and was a member of the Georgia Bar Association. She had practiced law for many years in Atlanta and North Georgia.
Survivors include her brother, Bob Womack, Big Canoe; nephews, Mark Womack, Birmingham, Al.; great-nephews, Beau Womack, Tuscaloosa, Al. and John David Womack, Birmingham, Al.; great-niece, Suzanne Spenser, Tuscaloosa, Al.; sister-in-law, Mable Womack, Tuscaloosa, Al.; and cousins, Donald Hodges, Birmingham, Al. and Tom Hodges, Guntersville, Al.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family. The family will receive friends immediately after the service. The family asks in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to either Holy Family Episcopal Church, 202 Griffeth Rd., Jasper, Ga. 30143 or CARES, PO Box 1342, Jasper, Ga. 30143. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.