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Obituaries for May 10, 2012; Howard W. Ray, Lee Buckner, Wes Carden, Marv Bruner

Howard W. Ray

On Monday, April 30, 2012, our beloved Howard W. Ray passed away at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital after a truck accident. He was 79 years of age.

Howard was born on Dec. 20, 1932, in Tate, Ga. He was the only child born to Howard W. Ray and Clara Boling Ray.

Howard spent his early years in Pickens County, graduating from Tate High School, Class of 1951. He received an athletic scholarship from Georgia Tech. With the outbreak of the Korean War, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he served on the USS Kearsarge. He was a member of the Trusty Shellbacks of the Ancient Order of the Deep (crossing the equator). Howard was a recipient of the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the China Service Medal. During his service time he enjoyed playing on the Kearsage basketball and baseball teams; winning the Far East Championship in basketball.  Howard was a proud member of the American Legion Thomas M. Brady Post 45 Canton, Ga.


After his stint in service he returned home and signed a contract to play catcher with the New York Yankees. Upon leaving training he returned home to be with his family and work.  From 1980-1998 he operated his own business, Ray’s Foundations. After retiring from self-employed he worked at Arrowhead Country Club and the City of Jasper.

Howard enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, softball and later golf his entire life. In his leisure time he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and watching sports.

Left to cherish his memory is his family who loved him very much. His wife, Dr. Rebecca Ray; daughter, Jorene Cleghorn and husband Billy, grandchildren Jacob Ray Cleghorn, Jodi LaRae Poole Frank, husband Jason; and step-grandchildren Savannah and Anderson. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sherry Ray Poole.

On Wednesday, May 2, we celebrated his life at Cagle Funeral Home with Bishop Lance Johnson officiating. The Disabled American Veterans of Pickens County Chapter #47 conducted military rites at the funeral chapel. An inurment ceremony will be at a later date at The National Cemetery in Canton, Ga.


Lee Buckner

Mr. Lee Buckner, age 70 of Talking Rock, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Billy and Lynn Buckner and Michael Buckner, all of Talking Rock; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Frank Tilson, Talking Rock; brothers; Hubert and Kenneth Buckner, both of Ellijay, and sisters, Lois Harper, Ellijay, Bronzellar Perry, Chatsworth and Peggy Hall, Ellijay. Four grandchildren, one step-grandchild, 1 great-grandchild, three step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Glenn Arnold and Randy Hamrick officiating. Interment followed in Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery.  Pallbearers were:  Randy Elliot, Danny Buckner, Ricky Rittenberry, Mark Harper, Brian Johnston and Ronald Evans.


Wes Carden

Mr. Wes Carden, age 51 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie Carden, Jasper; daughter, Kerstin Carden, Gilliam, Mo.; sisters, Mary Gerlt, Sumter, S.C., and Linda Cummingham, Gilliam, Mo. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 4, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Johnny Hollingshed and Dr. Allen Highland officiating. The family did accept potted plants, but prefer donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with the funeral expenses.


Marv Bruner

Mr. Marv Bruner, age 83 of Jasper, passed away April 30, 2012, at Northside Cherokee Hospital.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Kelle and Bruce Deppa of Jasper; brother, Laverne Bruner, Rantoul, Il.; grandchildren, Michael and Julie Deppa; and great-grandchildren, Elliot and Pace Deppa.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Bruner; and grandson, Jason Deppa.

The funeral service was held on Friday, May 4, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Sam Hamburg officiating. The family did accept flowers or donations can be made to the Human Society.