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Obituaries for June 30, 2011; Jack Tilley, Alma Beller, Betty Garner, Bill Payne

Jack Tilley

Mr. Jack William Tilley, age 72 of Jasper, Ga., died June 23, 2011, at his residence following a period of declining health.                         Born June 26, 1938, to the late Richard William and Grace Tilley, Mr. Tilley worked as a mechanic. Mr. Tilley was also preceded in death by his sister, Emma T. Low; brothers, J.R. and Bob Tilley; and niece, Shirley L. Rothermell.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rose Ann Burgess Tilley, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, William Scott and Robin Tilley, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Dean Hill, Jasper; grandchildren, Gregory William and Whitney Tilley, Jasper, Ree and Brondy Davis, Ellijay, and Brittney Hill, Jasper; great-grandchildren, Cainan and Kohan Davis, Ellijay; his raised sister-in-law, Dorothy B. Blankinship-Olen Blankinship, Canton; his extended family, Tara and Robbie Glover, Canton, Matt and Valorie Blankinship, Talking Rock, and Kelley and Jeremy Samples, Canton; his extended greats, Gracen Kennedy and Avery Glover, Canton, Caleb and Aiden Blankinship, Talking Rock, and Hunter and Baby Jack Samples, Canton, Ga.; and sisters-in-law, Jeanette Tilley, Free Home, and Christine Yarbrough, Jasper. Several brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, from the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with the Revs. Cliff Barnes, Scott Smith and Olen Blankinship officiating. Interment followed at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.

Alma Beller

Mrs. Alma Marie Beller, age 74 of Jasper, Ga., passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital following a period of declining health.

Born on April 3, 1937, in Parma, Mo., to the late William and Emma Blackburn, Mrs. Beller worked as a homemaker. Mrs. Beller was also a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church.

She is survived by her husband, Leo Beller, Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Debbie Beller, Eminence, Mo., and David and Amy Beller, Ellijay; daughter, Sharon Martin, Brantville, Al.; and brother, Seldon Blackburn, St. Peters, Mo. Seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, from Pleasant Hill Christian Church with the Revs. Kasey Kuyper and Jim Faix officiating. Interment followed at the Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery.  Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Betty Garner

Betty Jordan Garner of Jasper, Ga., passed Saturday, June 25, 2011.

Mrs. Garner was born in Tate, Ga., the youngest of nine children, to Harrison and Dessie Mulkey Jordan. She graduated from Tate High School in 1948. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ashton E. Garner.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan Garner Reynolds; sons and daughters-in-law, Ashton Garner (Joyce), William Garner (Jennifer) and John Garner (Debra); grandsons, Joe Hansen, Franklin and Andrew Garner, Eric and Ashton Reynolds and Tyler Garner; great-grandchildren, Ayla and Riley Hansen; sister-in-law, Patsy Jordan; and niece, Rachel Jordan. A number of other loving nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, June 28, at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. David Brown officiating. Interment followed in Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Tate. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were: Bill, Gene and Gary Atkins, Bob Gill, Dan and Larry Camp, Blane, Morris, Tim and Bill Jordan, Scott White, John Hart, Leo Romanowski, Bill Byrne, Robert Jones, Bob Huff, John Grey and Doug King. The family did accept flowers or memorials may be made to Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Tate, Ga. 30177.

Bill Payne

Bill Payne, age 87, a long-time resident of Marble Hill, passed away peacefully on Friday at his home with his wife of 62 years and his children to care for him.

Bill was born in Maine and raised his family on Long Island before moving to Atlanta in 1963. Thirty years ago he discovered Pickens County because of his passion for carving marble. Bill was a WWII veteran. He was an author and editor of many energy related subjects. Bill was a sculptor, a landscape artist and a keen observer of nature, both human and wild.

Survivors include his wife, four sons and grandchildren.

A memorial will be held in mid-July and all are welcome to attend. Details and time and place will follow. Kind words and prayers can be mailed to PO Box 70, Marble Hill, Ga. 30148, or e-mailed to [email protected]