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Obituaries for September 22, 2011; Sarah Day, Fred “Hud” Parker, Rosemary Hendrix, Peggy Pettigrew, James Ray, Melvin Cagle, Helen Coleman

Sarah Day

Sarah Katherine Day died on Sept. 6, 2011. She was 52.

Sarah was born on May 3, 1959, in Arlington, Va., the first child of Mary Wallace Tompkins Day and Pierce Butler Day III. She was named for family from Edgefield, S.C., her parents’ hometown. She grew up in Cobb County, Ga., attending Sprayberry High School and Kennesaw College. She later lived in Colorado, Woods Hole, Ma., Atlanta and Dahlonega and had been a resident of Jasper, Ga., for 12 years.

It was to Jasper, in Salacoa Highlands, that she moved a house down the side of a mountain when everyone said it could not be done. There she made her gardens and her home just the way she wanted them.

Most recently employed by the Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt College, Sarah was an accomplished calligrapher and gardener. During her lifetime, she worked as a graphic artist, bartender, gift shop manager and retail store owner.

Sarah is survived by her mother, Mary Wallace Tompkins Day; father, Pierce Day; step-mother, Carole Boyer Day; aunt, Elizabeth Tompkins; brother, Butler Day; sister, Beth Day; nephews, Tom and Warren Lawson; and brother-in-law, Dan Lawson. Countless friends also survive.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice Advantage., 583 Highland Crossing, #210, Ellijay, Ga. 30539, 706-635-1060. Arrangements by SouthCare Cremation Society and Memorial Centers in Marietta.

Fred “Hud” Parker

Mr. Fred Lane “Hud” Parker, age 78 of Smyrna, Ga., died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at the Wellstar Tranquility  Hospice in Austell, Ga., following a period of declining health.

Born June 26, 1933, in Talladega, Al., he was the son of the late Fred Monroe Parker and Lena Mae Robinson Parker. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Dorris Jacobs.

Mr. Parker proudly served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division, had worked as a mechanic at Lockheed-Martin for 35 years and was a sports enthusiast which included being an avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan.

Survivors include,his wife of 56 years, Delores “Bug” Parker, Smyrna;  sons and daughters-in-law, Stan and Susan Parker and Mike and Kim Parker, all of Powder Springs, Ga.; grandchildren, Dana and Jason Rizk, Hiram, Ga., Tyler Parker, Atlanta, Ga., and Drew Parker, Powder Springs, Ga.;  great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Kason Rizk; sister and brother-in-law, Glenda and Frank Grimmett, Jasper, Ga.; and brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Louise Parker, Cartersville, Ga. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, from the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Randy Weaver,  Myron Chatham and Daryl Bailey officiating. Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park with military graveside rites by the Pickens County Chapter # 47 DAV. Pallbearers were: Greg and Brandon Duncan, Greg Grimmett, Jeff Jacobs, Matthew Parker, Richard Kent, Ron Phillips and Bo Ingram. Flowers were accepted or donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Ste. 280, Kennesaw, Ga.  30144.

Rosemary Hendrix

Rosemary Potter Hendrix, age 85 of Dunn, died Wednesday morning at Harnett Woods Nursing and Rehab Center in Dunn.

She was born in Fostoria, Oh., on August 20, 1926, to the late Mike and Helen Potter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald C. Hendrix; and a son, Randy Hendrix.

She is survived by a son, Patrick Hendrix and wife Kim, Canton, Ga.; daughter, Donna Mulcahy and husband Mike, Fayetteville, N.C.; grandchildren, Leslie Wells, Stacey Mason, Chris Noland, Morgan Hendrix, Elisha Roberson and Leah Hendrix; and nine great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Skinner & Smith Funeral Home of Dunn.

Peggy Pettigrew

Miss Peggy Pettigrew, age 63 of Jasper, Ga., passed early Tuesday morning, Sept. 13, 2011, at Cartersville Heights, Cartersville, Ga.

Survivors include her mother, Cleo Garrison, Jasper; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Gail Pettigrew and Tommy and Gail Garrison, all of Jasper; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha Prather and Mickey Grizzle and Joyce and David Owens, all of Jasper. Nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Harper officiated. Interment followed in Pleasant  Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with Danny Wilson, David Owens, Michael Garrison, Adam Burton, Doug Childers, Roger Mulkey and Victor Smalley serving as pallbearers.

James Ray

Mr. James William (Peewee) Ray, age 39 of Ball Ground, Ga., passed Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2011, at Northside Hospital-Cherokee, Canton, Ga.

Survivors include his father, Stanley Ray, Ball Ground; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Dale  Fuston, Jasper, and Ann and Harell Mitchell, Canton. Nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Von Hinton officiated. Interment followed in Cherry Grove Baptist Church Cemetery near Ball Ground. Pallbearers were: Trey and Harell Mitchell, Dale Fuston, Dennis Freeman, Erick Stuart and Tanner Green. The family did accept flowers or memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Melvin Cagle

Mr. Melvin L. Cagle, age 56 of Talking Rock, Ga., passed at his residence Saturday evening, Sept. 17, 2011.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Cagle, Talking Rock;  son, Cody Cagle, Talking Rock; daughters and sons-in-law, Courtney and Robert Davis, Woodstock, Carissa and Mike Parker and Channa and Patrick Spears, all of Ball Ground; sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn and Jackie Austin, Jasper; grandchildren, Ansley and Avery Parker, Jack, Sean and Ryan Spears, Riley and Reese Davis; nephew, Stephen Austin; and niece, Amy Gay.

A memorial service was held Tuesday evening, Sept. 20,  at 7:30 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Stacey Smith officiated. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heart Lite Hospice, 583 Highland Crossing, Ellijay, Ga. 30540, or the American Cancer Society.

Helen Coleman

Mrs. Helen Elizabeth Coleman, age 79, of Jasper, Ga., died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper following a brief illness.

Born May 22, 1932, in Cobb County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Carl Stancil and Ida Mae Thompson Stancil. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Corey Coleman. Mrs. Coleman had worked as a nurse at the Tate Clinic and was a member of the Refuge Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Monk Coleman, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Jerry Dobson, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Patricia Coleman, Jasper; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vivian and Billy Westbrook, Jasper, and Ola and Gary Quarles, Marietta, Ga.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl, Jr. and Jean Stancil, Jasper, Perry and Hilda Stancil, Blairsville, Ga., and Douglas and Pam Stancil, Jasper; grandchildren, Brett, Todd and Dan Dobson, Andrea Goode and Alicia Coleman, all of Jasper; and great-grandchildren, Taylor, Tanner, Tucker and Quinn Dobson, Chelsea Coleman and Destiny and Kayla Fincher. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

At her request, Mrs. Coleman was cremated and a memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at Refuge Baptist Church with the Rev. Carter Payne officiating. In lieu of flowers, those desiring to do so may make contributions to The Trust Fund for Great-Grandchildren at the Jasper Banking Company. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Roper Funeral Home, Jasper.

The following was a poem written by her grandson, Todd Dobson, and was read at her memorial service.

“My Nanny”

“Todd you need to write  more poems”

That is what you told me to do

So to honor you today Nanny

This one is for you

We are all here today

To celebrate what you mean to us

And whether you want us to or not

We are going to make a big fuss

Such a remarkable wife and mother

This can still be seen by all

Just look at how Larry and Vickie stand today

So proud and so tall

So thankful for all the hugs they got

And every rule you give them to follow

Cause getting a whooping from Pop

Was a hard pill to swallow

We can’t forget about Vivian

Your sister and your partner in crime

Whether you were headed to the doctor or go shopping

Think she was with you about every time

So now we look to Monk

Who stands so strong and so tall

Man I can only imagine the stories he could tell us

Since he is the one who knew you best of all

I am sure there are stories

That many people have here today

And while talking to friends of yours this week

Here is what some had to say

She was small in stature

Even tiny some might say

But once she made up her mind

Folks better stay out of her way

She was such a strong willed person

And a giant caring heart

With her Monk at home

We all knew she would never part

But now she has taken

One more step than you and I

And even knowing where she is now

We all still continue to cry

We continue to cry

From jealousy I guess you could say

Only finding comfort in the thought

That we will be together again one day

So for now we need to find strength

In memories that will make us smile

Until that one day comes

When we walk our last mile

We are better today because of your impact on us

And this we can all be thankful for

So now Nanny it’s your time to reap

May you rest in peace forever more.

In Loving Memory of

Helen “Nanny” Coleman

“May 22, 1932-Sept. 6, 2011”

Written by Todd Dobson

Sept. 8, 2011