Jochem ?Joe? Rueffert passed away Friday, March 19, 2010 surrounded by friends and family.
Joe and his wife Brenda moved to Jasper in 1976 to raise their family and operate The Woodbridge Inn. For 34 years Joe helped families near and far celebrate their lives with his wonderful food and generous hospitality. You just aren?t truly from Jasper unless you?ve had Joe pick on you!
He was born Jochem R'ffert in Frauenwaldau, Germany on July 15, 1940. One of four brothers born to homemaker Dora and veterinarian Werner, Joe's childhood saw his family having to make many sacrifices during the post World War II years. So much of what Joe did to survive as a child shaped the man he became. He never wasted anything, from chicken bones to bent nails, Joe knew how to reuse and recycle way before it became a trend.
As a young adult in East Germany, Joe was assigned the duty of guarding the Berlin wall during his required military service. Risking his life, Joe dodged bullets and land mines to escape to his freedom. This rare story of bravery and determination was featured in many publications and television interviews, including one on CNN.
Once in the west, Joe attended hotel and catering school in the Bavarian city of Tegernsee. This experience granted him the opportunity to travel to work in the United States at the O?Hare Airport in Chicago, Il. Joe spoke no English when he first arrived, but learned the language by watching the Three Stooges daily.
Eventually, Joe ended up working in the south where he met a pretty Georgia girl named Brenda Sewell. Brenda and Joe married and began their family having Sonja in 1969 and Hans in 1972.
Joe is survived by his wife of 43 years, Brenda Sewell Rueffert; his son, Hans, daughter-in-law Amy, grandchildren Finn and Ella, all of Jasper. Also surviving are Joe?s brothers, Klaus of Braunschweig, Germany, Wolfgang of Emden, Germany, and Michael of Avewedde, Germany. Joe was predeceased by his daughter, Sonja Yvonne in 2004.
For those of you who knew, loved and respected Joe, we are having a memorial service on Sunday, March 28 at the First Baptist Church in Jasper at 2 p.m. We will also have family visitation on Saturday the 27th from 5-7 at Cagle Funeral Home in Jasper. In lieu of flowers, we?re asking that friends make a donation in his honor to Life Link, non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization dedicated to serving patients in need of transplant therapy and their families. Life Link was instrumental in helping Joe procure his second kidney transplant, and he was always a major supporter of organ donation. You may make a donation by mail or phone to:
The LifeLink Legacy Fund
409 Bayshore Boulevard
Tampa, Fl. 33606
For those who would like to make a gift online, they have a secure Web site where you can make a donation on Joe?s behalf at: http://www.lifelinkfound. org/legacy.cfm. Without Life Link, we would?ve lost Joe years ago. Donations may also be made in his honor to the First Baptist Church of Jasper.
Joe?s contributions to Jasper and Pickens County will be felt and remembered for years. He was a great man that impacted the lives of everyone that came through the dining room at the Woodbridge Inn. The true patriarch of our family, we looked up to him both as a man and as our father. We will forever miss his quick wit and love.
Mr. David Russell Williamson, age 62, of Roopville, Ga., passed away Thursday, March 18, 2010 at his residence from a rare brain disorder.
He was born June 6, 1947 in Carroll County, Ga., son of the late Russell Dean and Elsie Ruth Jones Williamson. David was a 1965 graduate of Central High School and served his country in the US Marine Corp. He retired from Home Depot in April 2007 where he was employed as an inventory management associate. He previously was employed by US Postal Service, West Georgia Electric and the Georgia Power Company. David was a member of the Roopville Road Baptist Church where he was active in the church choir and the Friendship II Sunday School Class.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Reece Williamson; daughters and their families, Elizabeth Williamson Turner and husband Bryant and their children, Madelyn, Samuel and Joe, and Jennifer Williamson Robinson and husband Shannon and their children, Casey and Ty; brothers, Tyre Williamson, Harrison, Tn., and Tim Williamson, Roopville; mother- in-law, Marjorie Reece, Jasper; and aunts, Hazel Edwards of Bremen and Sara Daniel of Carrollton.
The funeral service was held Saturday, March 20 at 5 p.m. from Roopville Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Stephen Peeples, Mr. Russell Butler and Mr. Kemp Denney officiating. Music was rendered by Bryant and Beth Turner, Kelly Murray and Melissa Adams. Pallbearers were: Scott Eidson, Dennis and Larry Jones, Wallace, Gary and Bryan Reece, Bernard Whitton and J.T. Williamson. Honorary pallbearers were: Eddie Burgess, Garry Cater, Waymon Cheatwood, Harold Evans, Kirby Hamil, Ronald Wortham, Danny Murray and members of the Friendship II Sunday School Class. Interment followed in Roopville Road Cemetery with Rev. Chris Altman officiating. Military honors were rendered of the US Marine Corp. Memorial contributions may be made to Roopville Road Baptist Church Building Fund 835 N. Hwy. 27, Roopville, Ga. 30170, or Tanner Hospice Care, PO Box 1136, Carrollton, Ga., 30112. Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel of Carrollton in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy L. Fox, age 78 of Monroe, died March 19, 2010. She was born on Feb. 10, 1932 in Jasper, Ga. to the late Laura Stone and Howard Moss. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Johnnie Fox.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Terry Blaylock, Nicholson, Sandra Jenkins, Madison, Geraldine and Michael Hodges, Nicholson, Linda and Bo McDaniel, Walnut Grove, and Glenda and Randy Moore, Gray; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Evelyn Fox, Madison, David and Charlotte Fox and Danny Fox, all of Monroe; sisters, Lillian Bunch and Ozel Silvers, both of Jasper, Helen Tillery, Snellville, and June Thompson, Bostwick; brothers, Doug and Randall Moss, both of Bostwick, and Roy Moss of Griffin. Seventeen grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 from the Chapel of Meadows Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Powers officiating. Interment followed at Hill Haven Cemetery.
Mrs. Gladys Elizabeth Raynes age 87 of Jasper, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Northside Hospital-Cherokee.
Survivors include her son, Charles Raynes, Talking Rock; daughters, Ann Bunch and Kathelene Richards, both of Jasper, and Michelle Gwinn, Dalton; and grandchildren, Angel Harris, Allison Brown, Alana Williams, Charles David Beck, Amanda Lee Childers, Lisa Ann Shipman, Michael E. Bunch and Raquel Coffee. Seventeen great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. William L. Herndon officiating. Interment followed in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: David Beck, James and Austin Williams, Keith Childers, Michael Bunch and Arnold Shipman.
Ruby Bunch Milton of Marietta, Ga. passed away on March 2, 2010 in Tampa, Fl. following a lengthy illness.
Ruby was born in Blaine, Ga. and retired after 34 years with Lockheed Martin in Marietta. She will be fondly remembered as a kind, gracious and loving mother and wife.
Mrs. Milton is survived by her son, Jerry Milton, Sr.; daughter-in-law, Maribel Milton; one sister, Marcille Gartrell; and grandchildren, Kathy Dunn and her husband Steve, and Jerry Milton, Jr.
Ruby was preceded in death by her first and second husbands, Goss Milton and Robert Bagwell.
The funeral service was held Sunday, March 7 at Sandy Plains Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Don Mason officiating. Interment will follow at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Marietta. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, Ga. 30066. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory in Marietta in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Lawrence Wayne DeSalvo, age 56 of Jasper, passed at his residence Tuesday evening, March 16, 2010.
Survivors include his wife, Robin DeSalvo, Jasper; parents Arnold and Margaret Griffith, Jasper; sons, Charles and Aaron Matthews, Jasper; daughters, Tina Michelle Cavett, Jasper, Al., and Holly Marie Jackson, Acworth. Several brothers and sisters, 11 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, several great-nieces and nephews and an extended church family also survive.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 20 at the family residence on South Main Street in Jasper with the Revs. Steve Taylor and John Hollingshead officiating. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Ora Jeannette Stancil, age 76 of Fairmount, Ga., passed at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun early Wednesday morning, March 17, 2010.
Mrs. Stancil was a member of Connesena Baptist Church and was the widow of the late William (Bill) Stancil.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Dennis Stancil and Zhaungyun Haugh, Dothan, Al.; daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Justin Romine, Kingston, Ga., Becki and Rusty Bearfield, Fairmount, and Zina and Ben Hood, Glen, Ga.; brother, James McKaughan, Houston. Fifteen grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held Saturday, March 20 at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie Hudson officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens with Tommy Elrod, Jr., Jamie and Christopher Stancil, Eddie and Zachary Lanier, Demetrius and Daniel Romine and R.J. Bearfield serving as pallbearers.
Mr. William Allen ?Bill? Word, age 65 of Jasper, Ga., died Monday, March 22, 2010, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper following a sudden illness.
Born June 13, 1944 in Lula, Ms., he was the son of the late William Thomas Claude Word and Mattie Louise Gayden Word. Mr. Word was a welder for Ingram Truck Body and was a member of the Ludville Church of Jesus Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Madiline Word, Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and James Ingram and Pamela Ledbetter, Jasper, Sheila and Jack Woodworth, Florida, Brenda Porter, North Carolina, Debbie and Steve Bennett, Florida and Leslie and Chris Carver, Talking Rock, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, William ?Bill? and Marlene Word, Jasper, Ga., Larry and Lisa Word, Florida, and Kenneth Word, Woodstock, Ga.; grandchildren, Tabitha Porter, Dalton and Logan Word, Nevaeh, Kyle and Gracie Carver, Zachery and Zoie Word, John and Nathan Thacker, Zack Porter, Harold and Steven Bennett, Kellie and Jason Ledbetter sisters, Madeline Dickey, Florida, Joan Lewis, Arizona, and Peggy Repult, Mississippi; and brothers, Larry Word, Tate, Ga. and Jerry Word, Oklahoma. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25 from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Ernest Hughes and Annette Cross officiating. Interment will follow in Cherokee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home all day on Wednesday and until the funeral hour on Thursday.