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Obituaries for May 5, 2011; Mildred Williams, Ann Arrendale, Willard Thurman, Tammy Stanfield, Myrtle Burton, Shannon Talley, Debra Lawson

Mildred Williams

Mrs. Mildred Jean Henderson Williams, age 75 of Bryant St., Jasper, died Thursday, April 28, 2011.
Ms. Williams was born Feb. 26, 1936, in Gilmer Co. She is the daughter of the late Jim Henderson and Nancy Dean Henderson. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby J. Williams of the home; son, Mitchell “Joe” Wright, Jasper; daughter, Jody Williams, Jasper; brother, Hoyt Henderson, Jasper; and sister,  Merine Fricks, Cumming Two grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with the Rev. Marvin Young officiating. Music was by the Angel Sprit Trio. Pallbearers were: Ronnie Weaver, Phillip Caylor, Larry Higgins, Billy and Jack Williams and Tommy King. Interment was held in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ann Arrendale

Miss Ann Arrendale, age 64 of Jasper, Ga., passed early Thursday morning, April 28, 2011, at Wildwood Health Care in Talking Rock, Ga.
Survivors include her nephew, Scott White, Marble Hill; niece, Stacie Brooks, Texas; and a host of loving family and friends.
The funeral service was held Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Dr. Jimmy Lewis officiating. Interment followed in Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Tate, Ga. Pallbearers were: Tony and Andrew Garner, Dan Camp, Tommy Arrendale and Brad White. The family did accept flowers but ask that those who desire to make memorials to Wildwood Health Care Center, 184 Pinhook Road, Talking Rock, Ga. 30175 in Miss Arrendale’s memory.

Willard Thurman

Willard Max Thurman of Canton, Ga., passed away April 30, 2011.
Mr. Thurman was born June 4, 1929, in McCaysville, Ga. After graduating from McCaysville High School he enlisted in the Army where he served at Fort McPherson in Georgia, Okinawa in Japan and White Sand Missile Range in New Mexico. He received an honorable discharge at the rank of sergeant in 1951. He married Joyce Collis at the First Baptist Church of McCaysville on Nov. 3, 1950.
Mr. Thurman graduated from Mercer University in 1960 and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1962. He pastored Stuart Baptist Church, Santa Rosa Baptist Church, Pelham First Baptist Church and Fort Oglethorpe First Baptist Church. After his career as a pastor, he continued to minister as a mental health professional with the State of Georgia.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce (Jo) Collis Thurman; his children, Vicki Nicholson and Randy Thurman; grandchildren, Marc and Chris Nicholson and Daniel, David and Tanner Thurman; sister, Ruth Thurman Ganues; and his 15 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held May 2 from the First Baptist Church of Jasper. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Jasper. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tammy Stanfield

Mrs. Tammy Stanfield, age 39 of Talking Rock, Ga., passed Tuesday afternoon, April 26, 2011, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Stanfield, Talking Rock; mother, Alice Jeanette Moncrief, Waleska; step-father, Ferrel Garland, Waleska; deceased father, Tommy Moncrief; grandmother, Elsie Fowler, Griffin, Ga., father- and mother-in-law, Jerry and Donna Stanfield, Talking Rock; son, Davin Stanfield, Talking Rock; daughters, Sierra and Jaiden Stanfield, both of Talking Rock; brothers, Jeff, Greg and Scott Garland and Daniel Moncrief, all of Cherokee County; and sisters, Regina Osbourn, Talking Rock, and Lori Garland, Ball Ground.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 29, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Edwin Weaver, Greg Bryant and Jeff Garland officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Mitchell Clark, Dean Beasley, Steve Collins, Dustin Summers, Roger Mulkey, Danny Childers, David Patterson and Chic Tate. The remaining biker friends were honorary pallbearers.

Myrtle Burton

Roper Funeral Home & Crematory announces the death of Ms. Myrtle Burton, age 91 of Jasper, who passed away May 2, 2011 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. 
Ms. Burton taught school in the Pickens County School System for over 44 years.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, Woody Rackley, Virginia, Kenneth and Johhny Burton, all of Jasper, Ruth Merritt, Blairsville, and Jean Roland, Jasper.
The body remains at Roper Funeral Home where the family will be receiving friends all day on Wednesday and Thursday until the funeral hour.
The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Rev. Glen Sims and Dr. Jimmy Lewis officiating. The interment will follow in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

Shannon Talley

Mr. Shannon David Talley, age 81 of Big Canoe, Ga., passed away on April 29, 2011, surrounded by his caring family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine, of 46 years; and his five children of whom he was so proud, Patricia (Brian) Moss, Acworth, Ga., Heidi (Wayne) Littlefield, Marietta, Ga., Rebecca (Ken) MacLeod, Bolton, Ma., Dr. Tim (Kelly) Frost, Alamogordo, N.M., and Dr. Diane Darling, London, Oh. He has nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Talley was born in Mansfield, Oh. He also lived in Ashland, Oh., for many years, later moving to Dunwoody, Ga., in 1971. He was a CEO in the food service industry most of his life, in which he was honored with many prestigious awards. He developed Polar Foods in Ashland. In Atlanta, he was retired from UNIPRO, which was the former NIFDA.
Throughout his life he found pleasure in his many hobbies which included tennis, golf, fishing, bridge and reading. He spent so much of his life in the company of his many dear friends and family. He and his wife Catherine enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the world together. His beloved loyal pups “Rascal” and “Mr. Fluff” will miss him dearly.
Mr. Talley was preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Wert, and his father, Clyde Talley.
A memorial service and celebration of Mr. Talley’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Big Canoe Chapel in Big Canoe. Dr. Jim McCormick and Rev. Lamar Helms will officiate the service. A reception for family and friends will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Journey Hospice, 5871 Glenridge Dr., Ste. 110, Sandy Springs, Ga. 30328, or Habitat for Humanity of Pickens County. 135 Cares Dr., Jasper, Ga. 30143.

Debra Lawson

Heaven received home its newest angel on April 29, 2011, when our Lord called home Debra Ann Nealey Lawson, born May 28, 1956, in Bartow County.
She was a devoted daughter, loving wife, adoring mother and grandmother, spunky niece, fun cousin and loyal friend. Debi was the daughter of the late John D. Nealey and Betty Woodruff Nealey of Powder Springs Ga., paternal granddaughter of the late Herman and Geneva Nealey of Ellijay and maternal granddaughter of the late Terry and Emma Woodruff of Marietta, Ga.
She resided in Powder Springs where she lost her extensive battle with cancer. Debi lived every day with determination, strength and courage to survive and inspire other cancer patients to tackle all adversities with this illness. She was a talented seamstress and craftswoman making gifts for family, friends and acquaintances. Debi touched many lives during hers, giving hugs to many, including total strangers that she encountered who were cancer patients and their families just because they looked like they needed one. Having battled cancer herself for many years, she had faced many of the same situations herself.
Her sense of humor and quick wit brought so much joy to others that it was if she had a bright light around her at all times. Debi, being the first born grandchild, was a good role model to her younger cousins and made each one feel special in their own way.
Survivors are her mother, Betty Nealey; husband, Jerry Lawson; son, Tyler Lawson; step-daughter, Jennifer Blair, and husband, Shawn Blair; granddaughters, Emily and Skylar Blair, all of Powder Springs; special uncle, Garry Nealey, and aunt, Carolyn Nealey, Talking Rock, Ga.; cousins, Misty, Jimmy and Keely Long and Shelby Nealey, Talking Rock, and Doug and Charity Nealey Ellijay, Ga. Other aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
The service was held at West Cobb Funeral Home Chapel on May 2, 2011 at 2 p.m. and was officiated by the Rev. Jimmy Post.