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Obituaries for March 24, 2011 - William Elrod, Homer Hightower, Joseph Moylan, Charles Gillispie, Luke Denson, Sandy Babb, George Shell

William Elrod

Mr. William D. Elrod, age 55 of Fayetteville, Ga., formerly of Summerville, Ga., passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 16, 2011, in a Rome hospital following a sudden illness.

A native of Chattooga County, Ga., he was born on July 29, 1955, and was the only child of the late Ralph W. and Ada Margaret Duff Elrod. Mr. Elrod was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville and a real estate agent for the ERA Sunrise Group.

Survivors include his wife, Martha McCrorey Elrod; daughter, Kimber Elrod, Jasper; son, Brandon Elrod, Rome; step-daughter, Stacie Edwards, Madison; step-sons, Todd Edwards, Athens, and Ryan Edwards, Fayetteville; and grandsons, Sawyer and Hudson Edwards.

A memorial service was held Sunday, March 20, at 4 p.m. from New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Honorary pallbearers were: William Crouch, Randy Cook, David Wynn, Robert Drake, Wayne Holton, Jack Goodwin, the Love & Action Sunday School Class of New Hope Baptist, ERA Sunrise Group and the Hollis Camp. The family suggests contributions be made to the “Heart Cry Ministry” c/o New Hope Baptist, 551 New Hope Road, Fayetteville, Ga. 30214.

Homer Hightower

Mr. Homer John Hightower, age 81 of Jasper, Ga., died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at his residence following a period of declining health.

Born Feb. 17, 1930, in Pickens County, Ga., he was the son of the late Luther and Lula Chastain Hightower. Mr. Hightower had last worked at the Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store in Jasper and was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Pickens County.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Hightower, Jasper; daughters, Darlene Moss, Knoxville, Tn., and Beth Thomas, Waleska, Ga.; son, Wayne Hightower, Jasper, 6 step-daughters; 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 12 step-grandchildren and 6 step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Amie Stone, Frances Watson and WillaFaye Hancock, all of Jasper; and brothers, Boss Hightower, Chatsworth, Ga., Harold, J.C., Roy Lee and Abe Hightower, all of Jasper, and Houston Hightower, Cartersville, Ga. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

At his request, Mr. Hightower was cremated and a memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Jasper with the Rev. Harold Hightower will officiate. Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Moylan

Mr. Joseph John Moylan, age 80 of Jasper, Ga., died Friday, March 18, 2011, at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper following a period of declining health.

Born June 8, 1930, in Chicago, Il., he was the son of the late William R. and Nellie McCormack Moylan. Mr. Moylan was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during the Korean Conflict, had worked 18 years as an administrative officer with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and was of the Catholic faith.                         Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rosemary Moylan, Jasper; daughter, Judith Anne Flick, Baldwinsville, N.Y.; sons, Stephen M. Moylan, Jasper, and Brian P. Moylan, Woodstock, Ga.; grandchildren, Austin and Heather Flick, Arin, Ana and Zoe Rose Moylan. Other relatives also survive.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Lloyd Sutter officiating. Interment followed at 12:30 p.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga., with military honors by the U.S. Navy.

Charles Gillispie

Mr. Charles C. Gillispie, age 71 of Marble Hill, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Floyd Medical Center in Rome.

Survivors include his wife, Carole Sue Gillispie, Marble Hill; sons, Charles Gillispie, Jr., Marble Hill, and John McBride, Ball Ground; daughter, Lori McBride, Charleston, W.V.; brother, George Gillispie, Sterling Heights, Mi.; and sisters, Opal Grimmett, Verner, W.V., Lois Browning, Newark, De., and Icie Gritzinger, Ray, Mi. Five grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survives.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 18 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Von Hinton officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper. Pallbearers were: Christopher Reynolds, Todd Brumfield, Daniel Milton, George Gillispie, Bill Gritzinger, Greg Kassell and Ronnie Cox.

Luke Denson

Mr. Luke Denson, age 84 of Jasper, passed away Friday, March 18, 2011, at North East Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Survivors include his wife, Emily Denson, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Pat Denson, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Lee New, Canton; brother, S.A. Denson, Jasper; sisters, Kate Byess, Marietta, Phyllis Hensley, Jasper, and Melba Richards, Lithia Springs; and grandchildren, Blake Denson, Atlanta, Jennifer Noon and John Luke Weaver, both of Jasper.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 21, from Jasper First Baptist Church with Dr. Jimmy Lewis officiating. Mr. Denson did lie in state at the church from 1:30 p.m. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: John Sloope, Roger Ruark, Jeff Warren, Danny Fink, Earl Gaskins and John Foust. The remainder of the Sunday School class were honorary pallbearers. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Sandy Babb

Mrs. Sandy Fann Babb, age 50 of Dalton, passed away March 19, 2011, at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton.

Survivors include her son, Dusty Babb, Dalton; mother, Elise Fann, Dalton; and brother, Tim Fann, Dalton. Nieces and nephews also survive. Sandy was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Fann; and grandparents, J.L. and Glenna Padgett and Willie and Tina Fann.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Neal McKernzie, Alfred Baker and Randy Weaver officiating. Interment followed in Free Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Daryl Ray, David Thacker, Jeff Bennett, Randy Westbrook, Vince Evans and Tim Raynes. The family did accept flowers or you may make donations to help with the funeral expenses.

George Shell

Mr. George Shell, age 66 of Talking Rock, Ga., and Augusta, Ga., passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 19, 2011. George was the Shaw Group vice president of Quality for the MOX project at Savannah River Site, Aiken, S.C.

George was born in 1944 in Jenkins, Ky. After high school he served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Roger Williams University and worked for more than four decades in the power industry with INPO, Tennessee Valley Authority, Bechtel Corporation and the Shaw Group. In addition to several sites in the U.S., George worked in China and Spain. George was a great fan of Kentucky basketball and football. He coached youth soccer for years.

Family members include his wife of 43 years, Regena; daughter, Melissa Shell, Talking Rock; son, Jeffrey Shell (Julie), Acworth, Ga.; grandchildren, Nicholas Mashburn (Krystal), Monterrey, Ca., and Ft. Gordon, Anna Mashburn, Talking Rock, and Madeline Shell, Acworth; great-granddaughter, Scarlett Mashburn, Augusta; mother-in-law, Christine Sutton Ingram, Talking Rock; brother-in-law, Phillip Ingram (Sue), Carnesville, Ga.; and uncle, Hoyt Hays, Jenkins, Ky. Several cousins, nieces and nephews; and his Bible Study “family,” Doug and Karen Neal, Randy and Janice Cook and Ted and Karen Lee also survive.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m. from the Chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with Rev. Larry Harmon officiating. The family received friends Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to West Acres Baptist Church Property Fund, 555 Gibbs Rd., Evans, Ga. 30809, or Heart Cry Missionary Society, PO Box 2309, Christiansburg, Va. 25068.