Obituaries for January 20 -- Mollie Chastain, Florence Chapman, Edris Gilreath, Walter Culverhouse, Jr., Arlene Ashbeck, Kathryn Downes, Martha Woods, Barbara Crowe, Barbara Hartman, Andy Barnes
Mrs. Mollie Mae Chastain, age 89 of Fairmount, passed away Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Gordon Hospital following two weeks of declining health.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Monroe Thurston Chastain; daughter, Doris Marie Lee; brothers, Frank and Roy Craig; brother-in-law, Vester Chastain; and sister-in-law, Opal Craig.
Mrs. Chastain was a native of Gordon County and had retired from Shaw Industries.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Linda Chastain, Fairmount, Boyd and Glendal Chastain, Calhoun, and Daniel and Tammy Chastain, Fairmount; daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and James Fowler, Fairmount, Patsy and Tony Parker, Calhoun, and Willine and Butch Young, Fairmount; sister, Estelle Chastain, Calhoun; brother-in-law, Roland Lee, Calhoun; and sister-in-law, Naomi Craig, Fairmount. Nineteen grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great grandchildren and other relatives and friends also survive.
The funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. from the Pleasant Grove (Ryo) Baptist Church with the Revs. Harold Owens and William Cline officiating. Pallbearers were: Jason Chastain, Ellis and Michael Payne, Gregory Young, Ricky, Randy, Rodney and Richie Pierce. Music was arranged by Sally Jones.
Mrs. Florence Rabun Chapman, age 98 of Jasper, passed away Wednesday evening, Jan. 12, 2011.
Mrs. Chapman was born in Jefferson County, Ga., the youngest of 10 children of Joe Sam Linson Rabun and Mary Hobbs Rabun.
She was educated at Louisville Academy and at a Business School in Augusta. She worked at a Mercantile Business in Augusta, New York City and Gaffney, S.C. In 1932, while in Gaffney, she met and married J.G. Chapman who was a funeral director. In 1936 they moved to Jasper, Ga., to work in funeral service and in 1951 they, along with their son Charles Chapman, co-founded Chapman Funeral Home.
J.G. Chapman was coroner of Pickens County from 1944 until his death in 1986. Mrs. Chapman succeeded him as coroner and served 11 years before retiring. She was presumed to be the oldest licensed funeral director in Georgia at the time of her death.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Jasper, where she served as secretary of the Fidelis Sunday School Class for a number of years. She was founding secretary of Pickens County AARP and an honorary member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family.
Survivors include a son, Charles L. Chapman, his wife Peggie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Oscar R. Chapman.
The family received friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Roper Funeral Home. The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday from the First Baptist Church of Jasper with the Dr. Jimmy Lewis officiating. Burial was in Jasper City Cemetery. The family did accept flowers, but donations can be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, Episcopal Church of Holy Family Building Fund, Georgia Lions Lighthouse or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Roper Funeral Home, formerly Chapman Funeral Home, was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Edris Gilreath, age 93 of Dawsonville, passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, after a long illness.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Bob Gibson and Rhonda and Tracy Chumley, all of Dawsonville; and grandchildren, Sheila and Roger Davis, Lynn Dean, Bobby Gibson, Jr. and Janet Gibson. Three great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren also survive. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Gilreath; son, W.C. Burdine; and great-grandson, Sgt. David Samuel Collins.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Gary Keown and Shannon Westbrook officiating. Interment followed in Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery in Dawson County. Pallbearers were: Eddie Guy, Loye, Jason and Jeffery Cowart and Myron, Michael and Gary Padgett.
Walter Culverhouse, Jr.
Walter Green Culverhouse, Jr., 83, passed away Jan. 13, 2011, at Maple Ridge Nursing Home.
Born in Monroe County, Feb. 23, 1927, he served as County Extension Agent headquartered in Cartersville from 1970 until his retirement in 1985. Walter was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Low Culverhouse of Cartersville; mother, Christine Goodwyne Culverhouse of Cartersville; father, Walter Green Culverhouse, Sr. of Cartersville; and sister Harriett Nell Culverhouse, of Cartersville.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Carol Holden Bentley Culverhouse, Cartersville; sons, Jeff, and daughter-in-law, Jessica, and Greg, and daughter-in-law, Beth, all of Cartersville; grandchildren, Charlie and wife Abbey, Ashley, John, Anne and husband Luke; and a step-grandson, Morgan Brown. He is also survived by two step-daughters, Trudy, and son-in-law, Eddie Adamson, Bradenton, Fl., and Laurie Hill and partner Dan Brown, East Sussex, England; step-granddaughters, Caitlin Adamson, Josephine Hill, Isabella Hill and Tallulah Brown; and a great-grandchild due in the spring, Anna Jo Culverhouse.
As a child in Cartersville, Walter trapped and sold rabbits for school lunch money for him and his sister. He was also well known for his bicycle repair business. Mr. Culverhouse was a member of the “Greatest Generation,” serving his country in the United States Army in the European Theatre shortly after WWII. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he was employed as a teacher in Pickens County, Ga., and as a principal at Marble Hill School. Early in his career he didn’t have a car initially and rode his bicycle all over Pickens County to visit FFA boys on their farms. He subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Agricultural Extension from the University of Georgia.
He was employed by the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Georgia for 30 years in Dalton, Gainesville and Cartersville. During his career he touched the lives of countless boys and girls in 4-H clubs and produced numerous State and National 4-H winners. He loved his 4-H kids like his own. He also established the Downtown Cartersville Curb Market where farmers sell locally-grown produce.
As a faculty member of the University of Georgia, Walter attended almost every home football game from 1967 until 2000. He was inducted into Epsilon Sigma Phi, a professional fraternity, in 1968, and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society.
Gardening, working outdoors and giving away daylilies was a passion of his life. He loved to watch things grow. Each fall he loved to eat and give away his muscadines.
Mr. Culverhouse was very civic minded and gave countless hours of his time to better his community. He also was a member and past president of the Cartersville Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, charter member of the Booth Museum, past president of the University of Georgia School of Agriculture Alumni Society, honorary member of the Euharlee Farmer’s Club and a member of the Retired Men’s Club.
His church was always important to him. Mr. Culverhouse was a past deacon of Heritage Baptist Church. He was on the building committee and spent considerable time helping to build and paint the church buildings and helping landscape the church grounds.
A celebration of his long and fruitful life was held at Heritage Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17. Burial followed at Sunset Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were: Danny Collins, Tom McMurrain, Gary Glover, Lamar Pepper, Marvin Farrow, John Hess, Charlie and John Culverhouse. The Euharlee Farmers Club served as honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Heritage Baptist Church or the Bartow County 4-H Club, 320 West Cherokee Ave., Room 112, Cartersville, Ga. 30120. Owen Funeral Home, was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Arlene Joanne Ashbeck, age 69 of Jasper, passed away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas David Ashbeck, Sr.; son, Tom Ashbeck, Jr., both of Jasper; daughter, Amy Ashbeck, Jasper; brother, Dennis Kitchen, Detroit, Mi.; sisters, Carol Tanner and Beverley Galli, both of Detroit, Mi.; and grandchildren, Abigail and Emmalynn Ashbeck, both of Jasper.
Mrs. Ashbeck was cremated and no memorial service is planned. The family requests no flowers but donations be made to SCCR Scholarship Fund, 11365 Crabapple Road, Roswell, Ga. 30075. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Mark Whitfield, age 78 of Jasper, president of Jasper Banking Company, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at his residence.
Survivors include his grandson, Chris Brown, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Rich Brown, Jasper; and sisters and brother-in-law, Ruth and Von Hinton and Dot Whitfield, all of Jasper. Nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Max Caylor and Tony Ramirez and Mr. Paul Nealey officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Larry and Glenn Watson, Ben West, Bill Neville, Joey Jones and Dick Brown. Jasper Banking Company Board members served as honorary pallbearers. Flowers were accepted but you may make donations to Good Samaritan, 175 Samaritan Drive, Jasper, Ga. 30143, or the Joy House, 24 Virtue Lane, Jasper, Ga. 30143.
Mrs. Kathryn Downes, age 85 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at Grandview Health Care Center.
Survivors include her son, Robbie Downes, Marble Hill; daughters, Patricia Johnson, Jasper, Linda Collins, Texas, and Becky Johnson, Jasper; and sisters, Dorothy Roberson and Willie Mae Brown, both of Marble Hill. Thirteen grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren also survive. Mrs. Downes was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Downes; and grandson, Shane Hollifield.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Ricky Jarrett and Ronny Grant officiating. Interment was in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Jo Jo Downes, Billy and Paul Peterson, Dan Wilson and Tracy Payne.
Mrs. Martha C. Woods, age 92 of Jasper, passed away Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.
Mrs. Woods was born June 12, 1918, in Forsyth, Ga., daughter of the late H. Glenn Connally, Sr. and the late Ola Stanley Connally. She was a member of New Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Jasper. Mrs. Woods volunteered at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta for 5 years and retired after many years with General Electric.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Grace Woods Walden and her husband Charles, Dawsonville, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, John Woods, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth, Cashiers, N.C.; and sister, Mildred B. Rainwater, Griffin. Eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and special friend, Ken Perry, also survive.
A graveside service was held Saturday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to New Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Dr., Jasper, Ga. 30143, or Piedmont Hospital Auxiliary, Atlanta, Ga., in memory of Mrs. Woods.
Barbara Low Crowe, age 73 of Marietta, passed away on Jan. 16, 2011, with her family at her side.
She was born August 26, 1937, to Norman C. and Jewell B. Low in Talking Rock, Ga. She attended North Georgia College where she met her husband, James Theron Crowe, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. She remained a lifelong Bulldog fan. She was an avid reader and shared a love of travel with Theron. Barbara was a wonderful cook and baker. She made each holiday or family gathering memorable and made her house a home.
She is survived by her husband and best friend of 51 years, James Theron Crowe; daughter, Christie Stevens, and her husband Greg, Smyrna; son, Andy Crowe, and his wife Karen, Kennesaw; and her beloved grandchildren, Clint, Kyle and Anne Crowe, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Betty Culverhouse, Cartersville, Ga.; and brother, N.C. Low, Jr., Talking Rock, Ga.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, from Sandy Plains Baptist Church in Marietta with Dr. Al Southerland presiding. Burial followed at Sandy Plains Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to, Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, Ga. 30066 or to The Salvation Army, www.salvationarmyusa. org. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory in Marietta in charge of arrangements.
Ms. Barbara Holcomb Hartman, age 63 of Jasper, passed away on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Ms. Hartman was a member of Cornerstone Church in Jasper. She enjoyed painting and spending time with her granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Greeley and Jewel Holcomb and Webb and Minnie Hawkins; father, Charles Judson Holcomb; seven uncles and three aunts.
Survivors include her son, Shane (Stephany) Hartman, Canton; granddaughter, Dakotah Hartman, Canton; mother, Betty Hawkins Eubanks, Canton; and brothers and sisters, Judd Holcomb, Locust Grove, Beth Coleman, Palmetto, Ga., Billye White and Jason Eubanks, both of Canton, Donna Smith, Acworth, Linda Heffron and Charlene Holcomb, both of Jasper. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ron Rucker officiating. Interment followed in Ball Ground First Baptist Church Cemetery.
William “Andy” Barnes, age 60 of Canton, passed away on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Brenda Barnes, Canton; parents, James and Thelma Barnes, Canton; grandchildren, Alexis and Bret Brooks; children, Andrea (Blake) Brooks, Jasper, and Sharon Barnes, Talking Rock; sister, Linda (Bob) Plasschaert, Rock Island, Il.; and brother, Mike Barnes, Jasper. Several nieces and nephews also survive
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Gayton officiating. Interment followed at the Georgia National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pickens County DAV at 2061 Ravencliff Road, Talking Rock, Ga. 30175.