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Obituaries for July 14, 2011; Mary Prather, Pinnie Oliver, Harley Jones, Billy Ledford, Emily White, Willie Teague, Dr. Kenneth Allen

Mary Prather

Mrs. Mary Carol Prather, age 66 of Jasper, Ga., passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay following a period of declining health.

Born Feb. 9, 1945, in Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. Prather had worked in the banking business and was a member of the Free Hope Baptist Church in Tate, Ga. She was preceded in death by her father, Carl McKay Chumley; and her husband, Donald Lee Prather.                         Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Louise Chumley, Jasper; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Wanda and Jim Hunt, Jasper, and Sarah and Paul Crowe, Tate. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, July 8, from Free Hope Baptist Church in Tate with the Revs. Grant Wade, Randy Weaver and Harold Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in Free Hope Baptist Church Cemetery Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in charge of the arrangements.

Pinnie Oliver

Pinnie Woodard Oliver, age 89 of Fort Pierce, Fl., passed away on July 4, 2011, after a brief illness. She was born in Hazlehurst, Ga. and moved to Florida in 1940.

Ms. Oliver volunteered her time in many incredible ways and was a world traveler. She was a devoted mother and beloved grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, often taking them with her on her many adventures.

Pinnie was involved in Boy Scouts since 1958 and even recently attended the National Meeting in California. She served in almost every position in a unit and in the District from District Chair in St. Lucie County to District Commissioner to Cubmaster and Den Leader. She helped to start the first Cub Scout packs in Okeechobee and Lakewood Park serving “at risk youth.” She also served on the Jamboree staff in Canada, the National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., and at the World Jamboree in Chile.

Pinnie Oliver was a long time member of the Ft. Pierce Business & Professional Women’s Club in which she served as president several times, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. She also served on numerous committees and was instrumental in initiating fundraisers to enable young women and displaced homemakers attending Indian River Community College to receive scholarships. In addition, she served as a district director for the Florida Federation of Business & Professional Women’s Club serving the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast areas.  She attended many state conventions and had won the Individual Development Program competition for the Ft. Pierce Business & Professional Women.

Pinnie Oliver has been honored in other areas as well. She was nominated to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, a very prestigious honor. As part of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority she was voted Outstanding Girl of the Year three times. Ms. Oliver also served as a volunteer for the Kiwanis Club, New Horizons and the United Way, receiving many awards for her devotion and time to each of these worthy causes.

Survivors include her two children, Beth Johnson Coberly and Herschel Johnson; grandchildren, Steven R. Coberly, Herschel D. Johnson III, Travis and Julianna Williams and David and Lorraine Coker; and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Herschel D. Johnson; and second husband, Charles Oliver.

Pinnie Oliver was a woman of strength and devotion to her family and a beloved friend to all who knew her.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts-Gulf Stream Council, 8335 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl. 33410.

Visitation was held Thursday, July 7, at Haisley Funeral Home. A service was held on Friday, July 8, at 10 the funeral home chapel. Burial took place at Riverview Memorial Park. A reception was held at Camp Ah-Ba-Lu-Fa (Boy Scout Camp) in Fort Pierce, Fl. Arrangements were under the direction of Haisley Funeral & Cremation Service.

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Harley Jones

Mr. Harley D. Jones, age 89 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Canton Nursing Center.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Jones, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Bonnie Jones, Athens, Ga.; daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and David Andrews, Valley Mills, Tx., and Annette and Jim Fitts, Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Jean Jones, Jasper; sisters, Julia Jordan, Texas City, Tx., and Evelyn Parker, Jasper; grandchildren, Amy VanDusen, Jared and Tracy Fitts and Amanda and Austin Jones; and great-grandchildren, Emma, Victoria, Alyssa and Jacob. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 7, from Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Revs. Grant Wade and Moss Fountain officiating. Interment followed in Jasper City Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Sam Wheeler, Tim Jarvis, Tim Nichols, Stanley and Troy Morris and Randy Pinyan. The family did accept flowers but prefer memorials be made to Philadelphia Baptist Church. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Billy Ledford

Roper Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Billy E. Ledford, age 76 of Jasper, who passed away July 9, 2011, at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Ledford, Jasper; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Clifford Curley, Young Harris, Lucille and Raymond Herrin, West Green, Ga., Ruth Ann Ford, Sue and Jerry Decker and Charlotte and Tony Anderson, all of Murphy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Deb Ledford, Ducktown, Tn., and Hoyt and Blanche Ledford and Steve and Debbie Ledford, all of Murphy. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday from  Trinity Tabernacle with the Revs. Jeff Clark, Coy Barker and Scott Reece officiating. Entombment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Auxillary.

Emily White

Emily Elizabeth White, age 13 of 4916 Remiker Lane, Manitowoc Wi., died Tuesday, June 28, 2011.

Emily was born on August 31, 1997, in Manitowoc, the daughter of Dr. Brian and Jodie (Jorstad) White. Emily was a 9th grade student at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High, Manitowoc, who enjoyed tennis, volleyball and spending time with her friends and family. She was looking forward to being a Web Leader next year at Wilson Jr. High and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include her father and step-mother,  Dr. Brian and Robyn White, Jasper; mother and step-father, Jodie and Steve Lauson Jr, Manitowoc, Wi.;  sister, Sophie; brothers, Sev and Landon; grandparents, Paul and Mary Jorstad, Cambridge, Patrick and Patricia White, North Carolina, Elizabeth White, New Jersey, Steve and Vicki Lauson, Manitowoc, and Karen Vick, Marietta Ga.; great grandparent, Duke Lauson.

The Memorial Service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, at Hope Community Church, Manitowoc. Officiating the service was the Rev. Garth Heckman. Cremation has occurred at All-Care Cremation Center. In Lieu of flowers the family has an Emily Elizabeth White Memorial Scholarship/ Pet Rescue Fund. Condolences can be mailed to P.O. Box 1930, Jasper Ga. 30143.

Willie Teague

Willie Grace Teague, age 89 of Kennesaw, died on Saturday, July 9, 2011.

Mrs. Teague was born in Pickens County and has been living in Cobb County most of her life. She was a homemaker and taught Sunday School for many years. Willie was a member of EMC Task Force and a member of Western Hills Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, E.W. “Bill” Teague; son and daughter-in-law, Glenn A. and Susan Teague, all of Kennesaw; grandchildren, Alan Teague and Virginia Teague Mitchell; and great-grandson, Mason Alan Teague. Nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, July 13, from Mayes Ward-Dobbins Chapel in Marietta with the Rev. Mike Stephens officiating.  Burial followed at Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery in Marietta.

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Dr. Kenneth Allen

Dr. Kenneth R. Allen of Jasper, formerly of Cobb County, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2011. He was 65.

Ken was born in Five Points, Al., in 1945, and he always maintained a close connection to the land and people from which he came. But when Ken’s family moved to Powder Springs in 1952, Ken began forming ties to Cobb County and the State of Georgia that would last for the remainder of his lifetime. The only child of two lifelong educators, Ken was raised by his parents as much at school as we he was at home. Ken’s father, Herbert Denson, was the principal at Ken’s elementary school, and his mother, Lorraine, was his sixth grade teacher.

In 1964 Ken graduated from South Cobb High School, where he played basketball and excelled academically. Ken received his BA from Auburn University where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He then went on to earn an MA and PhD from Georgia State University. For over 30 years Ken devoted his professional career to serving the State of Georgia as a dedicated educator and to embodying his tenet that education is a helping profession. Ken was a teacher, coach and administrator at Mabry Middle School, Walton High School and Sprayberry High School. He also served as a professor at Georgia State’s College of Education.

In 1986 Ken was named the founding president of North Metro Technical College in Acworth. He devoted the next 15 years of his life to that institution, supervising the construction of the North Metro campus, hiring all faculty and administrators and leading the College from its inception until his retirement in 2001. Throughout his career, Ken remained a committed proponent of technical and vocational education and worked tirelessly to forge new educational programs in applied fields. His principal vision was the creation of a community college system in the State of Georgia, a goal that he finally saw accomplished in his final year of state service.

Ken was also a founding member of the Cobb Education Consortium, a unique collaborative among six educational entities in Cobb County, dedicated to providing increased educational opportunities to students and improved career development for faculty and staff. The Consortium continues to serve as a national model for other educational partnerships.

Following his retirement, Ken moved to Jasper, Ga., where he could pursue the outdoor activities that he loved so much, such as hunting, hiking and boating. Over the past 10 years, Ken has dedicated his time to volunteering at the Timothy House in Talking Rock, Ga., to being active in his local church and to spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his four sons, Jason, Scott, John and Winn; and seven grandchildren, Jake, Jack, Jett, Jennings, Sam, Ben and Nathaniel. He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved dogs, Charlie, Babe, CoCo, Lady and Rosie.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 14, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., in Marietta. The family will receive friends and guests from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Ken Allen to The Timothy House, P.O. Box 868, Talking Rock, Ga. 30175 (www.

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