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Obituaries for April 19, 2012; Annie Parks, Beatrice Johnson, Dianne Fox

Annie Parks

Mrs.  Annie Lee Parks age 88 of Talking Rock died Sunday April 8, 2012.

Mrs. Parks was born on Oct. 14, 1923 in Gilmer Co. the daughter of the late John W. and Susie Viola Sutton Keener. She worked for Pickens Footwear  and was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by husband, Herbert Lewis Parks, Sr.; son, Lewis Parks, Jr.; great-great- grandchild, Covin Dickerson; sisters, Viola Evans and Evelyn Keener; and brothers, John, Goss and Coy Keener.

Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Lillie Sue and Steve Reece, Talking Rock,

and Elizabeth “Libby” Suggs and Gloria Burrage, Ranger; grandchildren, Caroline Black, Kathy Ann Rodchester, Connie Stuck and Benson Suggs; six great-grandchildren; eight great- great-grandchildren; sisters, Ethel Adams and Bonnie Moss, both of Ellijay; brothers, Alvin and William Keener, both of Ellijay, and Fred Keener, East Ellijay; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Truman and Ann Parks, Talking Rock.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, April 11, at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with the Revs. Stephen Keener, Ken Cochran, Emuel Sanford and Wallace Parks officiating.  Music was by Iris Parker. Pallbearers were: Andy, Goss, David and Tim Keener, Leon Casey, Danny Crooke, Jeff Moss, Tony Parks, Edward and Roy Casey, Michael Enfinged, Tommy Pruett and David Vick. Interment was in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.


Beatrice Johnson

Mrs. Beatrice “Bea” Stell Johnson, age 86 of Jasper, Ga., passed away Friday, April 13, 2012, at her residence following a period of declining health.

Born on July 31, 1925, in Cherokee County, Ga., to the late Thomas Marion and Mattie Mae Sams Stell, Mrs. Johnson was also preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Mr. Joseph Marion Johnson. She and Mr. Johnson were married in September of 1942. Mrs. Johnson was an inspector for Pickens Footwear and a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church.

Bea is survived by her daughter, Wanda Ann Lawson, Knoxville, Tn.; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne Lamar and Linda Johnson, Cherry Log, Ga.; sister, Bessie Goldey, Jasper; brother, Robert L. Stell, Conyers, Ga.; and grandsons, Kelby Neil Gartrell, Jasper, Dillon Marion Lawson, San Francisco, Ca., and Graham Bill Lawson, Knoxville, Tn. Bea was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 15,  from the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with the Bishop Frank Allen officiating. Interment followed in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery. The family requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 1825 Barrett Lake Blvd. # 280, Kennesaw, Ga. 30144, or to the Philadelphia Church Cemetery Fund in Bea’s name.


Dianne Fox

Mrs. Dianne Fox, age 65 of Jasper, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

Mrs. Fox was of the Baptist Faith and was a retired school teacher for Pickens County Board of Education.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn Fox, Jasper; mother, Helen Densmore, Jasper; children, Kim Lovell, Ellijay, and Lynn Johnson, Ball Ground; siblings, Donald Densmore, Acworth, Evelyn Williams and Janice Childers, both of Jasper, and Jerry Densmore, Ball Ground; grandchildren, Josh Nicholson, Caty Johnson, Kelli Johnson and Kamryn Turner;  great-grandchild, Kayleigh Fields; step-daughter, Glenda Sue Fox, Washington, DC.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, from Nelson Baptist Church with the Revs. Steve Chadwick and John Holloway officiating.  Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park. Sosebee Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Lyndel Lee

Lyndel Newton Lee was born in Chickasha, Ok., on Jan. 5, 1937. He passed from his life on April 11, 2012.

He attended high school in Glendale, Az., and served two years in the Marine Corps. He then went to college on a football scholarship to Pepperdine University in California. He worked as a school teacher, principal and district superintendent. He then changed careers and worked as a building contractor until he retired in 1995.

Lyndel had a heart of gold, was generous to a fault and was one of the funniest people most of us have ever known. He was an artist at heart and made beautiful furniture and did amazing wood carvings.

Lyndel is survived by his daughter, Kristin, Jasper, Ga., and her daughters, Rebecca and Hanna; his son, Loren, and daughter-in-law, Cristie, and their children, Megan and Garrett, Madera Ca.; brother, Dwayne Lee, Sherwood, Ar.; by his partner, companion and friend of the last 20 years, Jan Close; and by everyone who loved and will miss him.

A memorial service was held at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, at his residence in Jasper with the Rev. Ronnie Ray officiating. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Wounded Warrior Project. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Clifford Ambrose

Mr. Clifford Ambrose, age 81 of Talking Rock, passed away Thursday night, April 12 2012, at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Ambrose, Talking Rock; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Ron Watkins, Chipley, Fl., and Sandra and Dennis Miller, Talking Rock; and sister, Sara Clark, Punta Gorda, Fl. Seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Talking Rock First Baptist Church with a reception immediately following at the Ambrose residence. The Revs. Larry Kelley and Richard Painter will officiate. The family requests in lieu of flowers please donate to Talking Rock First Baptist Church. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.