Mr. Billy J. Chastain, age 71 of Ball Ground, passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at his residence.
Mr. Chastain served in the US Army and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was the owner/operator of Bill Chastain?s Body Shop and enjoyed racing #15 in the Southern All Stars at Dixie Speedway for many years. Bill was an avid dog lover.
He was preceded in death by his son, Sam Kelley. Survivors include his wife, Anita Chastain, Ball Ground; and children, Brad Chastain, Austell, Greg Chastain, Waleska, Janet Chastain, Marietta, Jodie Dillard, Douglasville, and Shawn Kelley, Tarlton, Oh. Ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 21 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Dr. Jeff Hill officiating. Interment followed in Rolling Hills Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 137 Hightower Road, Ball Ground, Ga. 30107.
John R. ?Jack? Stillman, Jr.
Sept. 17, 1921-June 16, 2010
John R. Stillman, Jr. ?Jack?, 88, veteran AP reporter, writer, author and musician, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at home in Wetumpka, Al.
For 33 years he covered the news in Alabama and Georgia for the Associated Press. He covered the first racial disturbance at the University of Alabama and ended up covering the ensuing racial unrest in the Deep South for more than 10 years. He became the ?riot reporter? covering race stories in three separate states and met Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jack would visit rocket scientist Werner von Braun and get enough rocket stories to last for weeks. He was there for President Kennedy?s missile tour down the East Coast; the Alday murders in Seminole County, Ga.; and flew with the White House Staff to visit the aftermath of Hurricane Camille in Mississippi. Mr. Stillman covered the Lt. Calley-My Lai trials at Fort Benning, and the list goes on. The list of big stories Mr. Stillman covered could fill a page. He has written modern history for Georgia, Alabama and the Southeastern U.S.
Mr. Stillman was a native of Wilmington, N.C., where he was born Sept. 17, 1921 and began writing at 17 for the Wilmington Star. Prior to World War II, Mr. Stillman served in the Army as a band musician. During World War II, he was a correspondent for the Baltimore Sun while serving in the Merchant Marines as Purser aboard the SS ?Walter Raleigh? during the battle of the Atlantic.
Mr. Stillman has authored two novels, Beach Girls, A Little Bit of Malice as well as a book of short stories, The Duke of Quarts. He was a member of Eastwood Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his brother, James D. Stillman.
He is survived by his loving wife, Estalene; sons, John R. Stillman III, Lawrenceville, Ga., Paul B. Stillman, Atlanta, Ga., and Joseph B. Stillman, Orlando, Fl.; daughters, Kim Priolo, Wetumpka, Al., and Tammy Black, Ft. Wayne, In.; brother, David O. Stillman, Wilmington, N.C.; and many grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for the future. Memorial contributions may be made to VistaCare Hospice, 700 Interstate Park Drive, Suite 705, Suite C-7, Montgomery, Al. 36109.
Mr. Steve Terry Dawson, age 50 of Jasper, Ga., passed away on Monday, June 14, 2010, at the Metropolitan Hospice in Marietta, Ga. following his battle with cancer.
Born Sept. 11, 1959 in Pickens County, he was preceded in death by his father, Johnnie Lee Dawson. Mr. Dawson was a U.S. Navy veteran, had worked in supply at Lockheed in Marietta and was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in Jasper.
Survivors include, his mother, Mrs. Frances Chatman, Jasper; son, Brandon Dawson, Marietta; daughter, Deandra Dawson, Marietta; sisters, Beverly Hooks and Andrea Johnson, both of Jasper, Ga.; brother, Cedric Dawson Cleveland, Ga.; grandchildren, Keyiontae and Keyshone Dawson; and special friend, Robin Patterson, Jasper. aunts, uncles, cousin, nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 18 at Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. R.S. Thomas officiating. Interment followed at 2 in Georgia National Cemetery in Canton with military honors. www.roperfuneralhome.com
Lerol Champion, age 81 of Palm Dessert, Ca., died Jan. 27, 2010.
Born Feb. 6, 1928 in Canton, Ga. to the late Richard and Ella Newberry Champion, he had resided in the Los Angeles area from 1949 until 1979 as an employee of Burroughs Corp. He then relocated to San Jose to work as senior materials manager for Solectron Corp. until his retirement in 2002.
Champ, as he was called, received numerous awards in the course of his employment with Solectron and was honored nationally by President George H.W. Bush as recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1987 and 1991. Champ served in the US Navy stationed as electricians mate 3rd class aboard the USS Sperry, USS Sea Fox and USS Coucal. He was awarded several medals for his service, among them WWII Victory, American Theatre and Asiatic Pacific Medals. Champ attended school in Jasper and Cass Station, Ga. and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Atco, Ga.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Champion; and four sisters, Pearl Cardwell, Lila Belle Teague, Grace Norris and Louise Lowery.
Survivors include his brothers, Leon and Paul Champion, both of Chattanooga, Tn. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A graveside memorial service will be conducted by Pickens Chapter #47, Disabled American Veterans, at Long Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery, Marble Hill, Ga., on June 30 at 2 p.m.
This announcement is courtesy of Heritage Funeral Home, Chattanooga.
Mr. Charles (Charlie Brown) Mulkey, age 62 of Tate, passed away Friday, June 18, 2010 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Mulkey, Tate; father, John J. Mulkey, Ludville Community; daughters and sons-in-law, Stacey Mulkey and Robert Cantrell and Donna and Ryan Wilson, all of Jasper, Heather Hall and Jessica Carver; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Ree Mulkey, Jasper, and Wayne and Nancy Mulkey, Dawsonville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosa Taylor, Texas, Ruth Richards, Tate, Patsy Mulkey, Texas, Willie Mae and Oliver Holcomb, Hinton Community, Mary Lou and Bill Hendrix and Imogene Jewett, all of Ranger, and Trudy and Tim Henderson, Jasper. 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 20 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Mike Byess, Keith Cook and Greg Long officiating. Interment followed at Lake Forrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were: Johnny Parker, Doug Harper, Zachary Donley, Carl Hollingshead, Phillip Wilson and Thomas Wigington. Honorary pallbearers were: Dustin Cantrell, Mason Wilson, Randy Weaver and James Sutton. The family did accept flowers, but would prefer donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with the funeral expenses.
Mrs. Artie Mae Mitchell, age 87 of Talking Rock. passed away Friday, June 18, 2010 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Kim Mitchell, Marietta; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Steve McGraw, Talking Rock; special niece and nephew, Marie and Zack Fletcher, Talking Rock; brother, Alex Cain, Acworth; sister, Dorothy Green, Atlanta; grandchildren, Christy, Michael and Cortney McGraw and Jennifer, Jessica and Josh Mitchell; and great-grandchild, Toccoa Mcgraw. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 21 from Talking Rock First Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Kelley officiating. Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were: Johnny Perry, Sherman McEntire, Jimmy and Nickie Smith, Ricky and Michael Perry, Anthony Cain and Tracy Green. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Edith Caylor Wilson, age 69 of Jasper, Ga., passed away Saturday, June 19, 2010 at her residence, following a period of declining health.
Born May 19, 1941 in Pickens County, she received her BS Ed in secondary education from the Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville, G. She was a former high school teacher, social worker and manager of her husband?s business, Wilson Surveying. Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Caylor, and a sister, Denise Jackson. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Roy Dotson Wilson, Jr., Jasper; mother, Mrs. Eunice Caylor, Canton, Ga.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ernestine Holcomb, Ball Ground, Ga., Christine and James Neal, Holly Springs, Ga., Joan and Nile Juhan, Canton, Ga.; and Steve Jackson, Dawsonville, Ga.; and brother and sister-in-law, Lamar and Judy Caylor, Smyrna, Ga.; Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 23 from the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Wheeler officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, those desiring to do so, may make contributions in memory of Edith Wilson, Sarcoma Research to MD Anderson Cancer Center, ATTN: Dr. Pollock/Adult Sarcoma Research, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 444, Houston, Tx. 77030-4009. www.roperfuneralhome.com
Mr. Willie ?Bill? Watts, age 86 of Fairmount, Ga., departed this life Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Gordon Health Care Center. Bill was born on Oct. 15, 1923 in Gordon County, Ga., son of the late W.F. and Estelle Alexander Watts. Mr. Watts was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Howard; daughter-in-law, Lura Watts; in-laws, Lee and Amanda Wilson; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Almon Crow; sisters-in-law, Ann Cochran and Mary Pilcher.
He was a lifetime member of Fairmount United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years. Bill was the owner of Watts Store.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Edna Watts; son, Calvin Watts; grandchildren, Kimberly and Alana Watts, all of Fairmount, Deirdra Wiley and husband Wayne, Rome, Ga.; son-in-law, Ted Howard, Calhoun, Ga.; brother-in-law, Dorsey Cochran, Ellijay, Ga. and Edward Wilson, Dalton, Ga.; and sister-in-law, Maeceil and Herman Taylor, Newnan, Ga. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Bill Watts was held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 21 from Fairmount United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bert Love and Ruth Lovern officiating. Interment followed in the Johnson Cemetery with the Rev. Ron McCurry in charge of graveside rites. Lee Mathis, Alan Price, Gary Ralston, Tracy Thompson, Jason Gorman and Ron Cochran served as pallbearers. Ponders Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.