Lucille Raynes Forrest, age 80, passed away Jan. 2, 2011 at Grandview Health Care in Jasper.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; and son, Michael.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and J.R. Totherow, Ball Ground; and Martha and William Pool, Jasper; sisters, Thelma James, Jasper, Dottie Raynes, Florida, and Ann Peeler, Tennessee, sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Donald Haley, Canton; grandsons, Keith and Bryan Totherow and Adam Pool; great-granddaughter, Haley Totherow; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Goss, Dorothy Forrest and Dorothy Raynes; and brother-in-law, Gene Forrest. Nieces and nephews also survive.
Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. from Salem Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Moss officiating. The Rev. Gene Childers gave the prayer. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The family did accept flowers or requested donations be made to Good Samaritan, PO Box 579, Jasper, Ga. 30143, in memory of Lucille. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ms. Virginia R. “Pat” White, age 81 of Jasper, Ga., died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at her residence following a period of declining health and her battle with cancer.
Born August 26, 1929, in Gilmer County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Hershel and Willie Mae Reece Eller. Ms. White had previously worked with the H.D. Lee Company and more recently had been employed in administration with the Senior Center. She was a member of the church.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Cindy White, Jasper; granddaughter, Virginia Lee White, Ellijay, Ga.; grandson, Matthew Daniel White, Jasper; sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Gene Free, Jasper, and Judy and M.J. Biddy, Austell, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Martha Eller, Mableton, Ga.; very special friend, Kenneth West, Jasper; and extended family, Lisa and Chris Tippens, Mike and Shirley West, Ronnie and Lynn West and Tommy West. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Reece officiating. Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park. Flowers were received, however, donations may be make to United Hospice of Blue Ridge or United Hospice Foundation, 6050 Appalachian Highway, Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513.
Mrs. Betty Lacy, age 65 of Jasper, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
Mrs. Lacy was a member of Welcome Valley Baptist Church. She loved her family and enjoyed cooking and taking care of them. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Minnie Hawkins; husband, Robert T. Lacy, Sr; and son, Robby Lacy.
Survivors include her children, Jimmy and Michael Lacy, both of Dunn, N.C., Brandy Price and Kim Lacy, both of Jasper; brothers, Glenn and Sammy Hawkins, both of Jasper; sister, Sherry Gaddis, Canton; and aunt, Rachel Hawkins, Barnesville. Eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friend, Helen Wright, also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec.. 31 from Welcome Valley Baptist Church with the Revs. Ryan Wilson, Sanford Fountain and Wayne Long officiating. Interment followed in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Forsyth County. Sosebee Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
James Benjamin (Ben) Finney, 80 years old, passed away on Dec. 26, 2010, after an extended period of poor health. He was the youngest of six children, born to Willis Cleveland and Saidee (Morrison) Finney in St. Petersburg, Fl., on August 8, 1930.
A Navy veteran who served on the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
during the Korean War as a airplane structural mechanic, he was very proud of his two sons and two nephews and one niece that followed him into the Navy. John Albert (Bert) served as a Sonar Technician on the USS Will Rogers and earned his Dolphins prior to becoming an EOD diver/specialist and James Phillip (Phil) served as a link Technician on the USSWasp.
Upon completion of his Naval duties, Ben attended and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Industrial Drafting and Design Education. He was a high school educator for almost 40 years with the last 20 being at Pickens High School in Jasper, Ga. He took great pride in the quality students who graduated during his tenure including all five of his children.
Ben married Viola Phillips on June 11, 1960, in Milton, Fl., and they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. They had five children, Cari Lynn (David), James Phillip (Wendy), Mary-Margaret, John Albert (deceased) and Jeffery Benjamin (Carrie). His seven grandchildren: Sarah, Laura, Nora, Rose, Brent, Chelsea, and the most recent, his name sake, John Benjamin Finney (fondly referred to as Baby Ben) provided great joy.
Ben and Vi’s home was always open, and several nieces and nephews spent time living with them including Janet, William (Bill) and Lynn. These additional “children” join the family in celebrating Ben’s life. Ben’s older sister and sole surviving sibling, Margaret Finney Fox, moved to Georgia and lived with Ben and Vi after the death of her husband five years ago. She has been a true blessing, not only to Ben and to Vi, but also to the whole family.
Not content with only children and grandchildren, Ben and Vi provided a temporary loving home to numerous foster children over the last eight years. He fondly referred to these special children as “his reason for God leaving him here.” These children spent many hours in Ben’s arms and many remain in touch with the family today.
Ben and Vi were founding members of New Lebanon Presbyterian Church (Jasper, Ga.) and remained active for the last 30 years. Ben started the tradition of a “Fellowship Time” after each church service and for many years provided the sausage biscuits and sweet rolls that were enjoyed by all. He provided a living example of how to answer Christ’s call to servant leadership. This example impacted countless people, and his children continue his work in their various church homes today.
Ben enjoyed many activities during his limited spare time. He was an excellent vegetable gardener and for many years, with the help of Vi and the children, his garden produced the family’s vegetables. Many neighbors also benefited from the garden’s produce. He also loved animals and the family had numerous dogs and cats with the love of his later years being a large “rescued” golden retriever named Ox. Ox was a loyal companion who probably greeted him at the gates of heaven.
Ben was a master craftsman who built numerous items for his children and grandchildren over the years. His oldest grandchild, Sarah,, spent her first days in a wooden cradle handcrafted for her. Sarah’s words, at the age of three, perhaps provide the greatest reminder of his legacy ...Sarah wanted a “layback stroller” for her dolls, and when asked how she was going to get the stroller, Sarah simply replied: “I will ask my Gramps, and he will build it for me.” That is how his family and friends will remember him: Ask Gramps and he will make it happen.
We will miss him, and will carry countless memories in our hearts. His legacy will continue.
Memorial Service: Jan. 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. at New Lebanon Presbyterian Church. Reception with family visitation will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. In place of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to New Lebanon Presbyterian, 389 Bent
Tree Drive, Jasper, Ga. 30143.
Mrs. Lou Ola Forrester, age 91 of Jasper, passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Grandview Health Care Center.
Survivors include her son, Charles Jordan, Talking Rock; and daughters, Martha J. Mathews, Jasper, Judy Ingram, Gainesville, and Emily Wiederhold, Fl. Seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Steven Chapman officiating. Interment followed in Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Scotty, Alex and Joshua Jordan, Chris Walker and Austin and Will Mathews. The family did accept flowers or donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Huey Padgett, age 72 of Ball Ground, passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2011, at his residence.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Travis and Holly Padgett, Etowah, N.C.; daughter, Anita Gurley, Jasper; brother, Donas Padgett, Jasper; sisters, Lois Trout, Acworth, and Flaudie Duncan, Marble Hill; and grandchildren, Anna and Laurie Padgett and Elijah Gurley.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 from Whitestone Baptist Church with the Revs. Leroy Blackwell and Cory Rich officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Tim and Eric Duncan, Tony Padgett, Carlton Trout, Robert Kime and Zack Chastain. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Glenna R. Padgett, age 91 of Talking Rock, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Veranda Assisted Living Center in Roswell.
Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Johnnie Sue and Ralph Carter, Cleveland, Tn., and Elise Fann, Dalton, Ga. Six great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survives. Mrs. Padgett was preceded in death by her husband, J.L. Padgett.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Randy Weaver, Autry Dean and Mr. Howard Hughes officiating. Interment followed in Free Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Larry Johnson, Arthur Atkins, David Scott, Wesley Cook, Billy Jones and Andy Holden. The family did accept flowers or donations may be made to Free Hope Baptist Church.
Mr. Randolph Bunch, age 68 of Fairmount, passed away Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Bunch, Fairmount; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Charlene Bunch, Jerusalem Community; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Junior Hyde and Phyllis and Tracy Hutson, all of Jerusalem Community; brothers, Raymond Bunch, Jasper, David Bunch, Cumming, and Allan Bunch, Fairmount; and sisters, Faye Ward, Douglasville, Elene Martin, Fairmount, and Norene Bunch, Calhoun. Eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. Mr. Bunch was preceded in death by his father and mother, Lewis and Cathie Bunch; and brothers, Hilburn and Doug Bunch.
The funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Herman Mulkey officiating. Interment followed in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Jeremy and Jeffery Burnett, Michael and Matthew Hutson and Tom and Roger Mulkey.
Mrs. Fannie Mae Goss Walker, age 78 of Jasper, passed away at her residence Dec. 26. 2010.
Survivors include her step-daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Vince Lamberti, Hawaii; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Justin Hayes and Michael Lusk officiating. Interment followed in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Michael Westbrook, Jeff Johnson, Tommy George, Jerry Pendley and Robert and Roberto McArthur.
Mrs. Sherry Gale Morgan, age 64 of Talking Rock, Ga., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 21 2010, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper following a sudden illness.
Born Oct. 1, 1946, in Atlanta, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Elkins. Mrs. Morgan had worked as a cashier with Blue Star Grocery Store in Jasper and was a member of the Sunnyside Church of God in Canton, Ga.
Survivors include her husband, Glenn Morgan, Talking Rock; daughters and sons-in-law, Kelly and Ernie Darnell, Canton, and Melissa and Danny Nicholson, Cumming; four grandchildren; mother, Mrs. Allene Elkins, Douglasville; and sister, Wanda Reagan, Douglasville. Other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held at 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 24, from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Steve Brown officiating. Interment followed at 9:30 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Flowers were accepted or donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Mr. Frank Morris, age 63 of Ball Ground, passed away Dec. 27, 2010 at his home.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Morris; sister, Patsy Hughes; and brother, Donnie Morris.
Survivors include his wife, Wynelle Morris, Ball Ground; mother, Geraldine Morris, Ball Ground; daughters and sons-in-law, June and Charles Grizzle and Ray and John Gallant, all of Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Angie Morris, Jasper, and Jason and Kim Kirby, Talking Rock; and sisters and brother-in-law, Virginia Dodd, Resaca, Jeanell and General Roper, Ball Ground, and Anita Smithwick, Canton. Eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 from the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with interment in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Tom Chastain, age 83 of Ludville, passed away Jan. 1, 2011, at Metropolitan Hospice in Marietta.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edna Chastain.
Mr. Chastain was born April 16, 1927. He was a member and deacon at Hinton Baptist Church.
Survivors include wife, Kathren Chastain, Ludville; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Bill Jordan, Brenda and Mike Chumley and Diane and Terrell Wigington, all of Jasper; step-sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Hassie McDonald and Steven and Susan McDonald, all of Ludville; mother-in-law; Ella Fountain, Ludville; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Casey and Amy Cannady, Jasper; and great-grandchild, Bailey Cannady, Jasper. Three step-grandchildren and three step-great- grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with the Revs. Buck Parker and Calvin Ball officiating. Interment followed in the Hinton Cemetery.
Mr. M.T. McMurrain, age 94 of Jasper, passed away at his home on Dec. 30, 2010.
M.T. was born on March 25, 1916, to the late Mendon Monroe and Mandy Baker McMurrain in Turner County. He came to Pickens County in 1939.
Mr. McMurrain worked many years in the field of Education. He was retired from the Pickens County School system where he served as a teacher, principal and superintendent. In 1956 the Georgia State Chamber of Commerce awarded M.T. the Teach of the Year Award. During his eight years as county school superintendent, he planned the first Head Start Program.
In 1992 he was the recipient of the Golden Deeds Award. A few of his contributions to Pickens County was helping build the canning plant, a public swimming pool, supervised the building of the Burnt Mountain Center and the jail that was built in 1982. He served several years as president of the Retired Teachers Organization, two years at Red Cross chairman, aided the Historical Society in restoring the old jail and many years of service to the Lions Club.
As a member of the Jasper First Baptist Church he was very involved in Jail Ministry, served as deacon, numerous committees, Sunday School superintendent and teacher and as Missions Building chairman for the Etowah Association helping to build five new mission churches in Pickens and Cherokee counties.
Survivors include his wife, Aline Payne McMurrain, Jasper;son, Tommy McMurrain, Roswell; and daughters, Maxine Cochran, Rome, and Kathleen Clark, Kingston. Seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, from the First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Jimmy Lewis officiating. Interment follow in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. The family did accept flowers; however, contributions may be made to the Jasper First Baptist Church. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.