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Obituaries for July 19, 2012; Steve Bruce, Steve Simmons, Haley Gier, Dr. Sharon Jernigan, Mildred Green, Jim Murch, Adam Chumley, Bob Hendricks, Jewell Garland, Victoria Perrow

Steve Bruce

Steve Landon Bruce, age 75 of Fairmount, Ga., departed this life Tuesday morning, July 10, 2012, at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun, Ga.

Mr. Bruce was born Nov. 16, 1936, in Pickens County, Ga., He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Clyde Bruce, Sr.; and mother, Alma Patterson Bruce Bennett.

Steve was a graduate of Cartersville High School and proudly served his country in the US Army. He was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Pickens County.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Bruce, of the home; daughters, Holly Willis, Kennesaw, Ga., and Lisa Teague, Cartersville, Ga.; brother, Lester Clyde Bruce, Dalton, Ga.; sister, Joan Bruce Goddard, Calhoun, Ga.; and grandchildren, Madison Teague, Olivia Willis, Aaron Teague and Erica Willis. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A service to celebrate his life was held Thursday, July 12, at 2 p.m. from Jerusalem Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Allen, Melvin Godfrey and Moss Fountain officiating. He was laid to rest in the church cemetery with Les, John and Ron Bruce, Travis White, Aaron Teague and Larry Brooks serving as pallbearers. Ponders Fairmount Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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Steve Simmons

Steve Simmons of Jasper, Ga., a devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully on the evening of July 11, 2012, in the presence of his family after a courageous struggle with brain cancer.

Steve was born in Stillwater, Ok., and spent his childhood in Oklahoma and Phillips, Tx. In the US Army and US Air force Reserve he honorably served his country. He graduated from Baylor University and continued his education with Masters’ degrees from both Southern Methodist University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation from college and while working in Dallas, Tx., he met his wife of 50 years, Peggy Simmons.  Steve and Peggy raised a family, living in several places in the country until moving to Roswell, Ga., in 1983 and Jasper, Ga., in 2002.

Steve had a distinguished career starting in the pharmaceutical industry and then in the Bell Telephone System. During his career, Steve participated in many organizations, including president of the St. David’s Healthcare Foundation, member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, president of United Way and member of the Knights of Symphony, amongst many others in Austin, Tx., and the Atlanta area. Steve was an active Rotarian.  He also helped to found Leadership Austin with the Austin City Council, which has since become a nationwide program and he continued his involvement up to recent years with Leadership Pickens in Jasper.                          He retired from AT&T and then began the most important part of his career: charity management and formation. Steve helped to establish and run the Combined Health Appeal of America, was a founding member of the Rainbow Village in Gwinnett County, Ga., and the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center Dental Clinic in Pickens County.

Steve was very active Christian in each church that he attended. He was a Lay Eucharistic Minister in the Episcopal Church and completed the Education for Ministry program at the University of the South School of Theology. Steve served on numerous vestries and continued his service at Holy Family Episcopal Church in Jasper.

Steve is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy; his two sons and their families, Scott, married to Ronda with children Emma and Tommy of Fort Collins, Co., and Andrew, married to Elizabeth with children Isabel and Camille of Chicago, Il. He is also survived by his brother, Dan, Natchitoches, La.; and sister, Julie, Amarillo, Tx.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, at the Holy Family Episcopal Church with George Yandel officiating. The family requests in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to the Holy Family Episcopal Church. Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.


Haley Gier

Mrs. Haley Nashea Gier, age 26 of Jasper, Ga., died Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, Georgia following a sudden illness.

Born June 5, 1986, in Rome, Ga., she was preceded in death by her father, James Timothy Braddy.  Haley was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Eddie Gier, Jasper;  daughter, Kennedy Gier, Jasper; son, Donovan Johnson, Calhoun, Ga.; step-daughter, Savanna Gier, Adairsville, Ga.; mother, Louise Jones, Jasper; brothers, Jason Matthew Braddy, Cartersville, Ga., and Jeremy Lamar Deese and Brandon Neal Harrison, Calhoun, Ga.; and grandparents, James and Evelyn Braddy, Trion, Ga.

At her request, Haley was cremated  after the viewing and visitation on Monday and no service will be held. Arrangements were entrusted to Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.


Dr. Sharon Jernigan

Dr. Sharon Reynolds Jernigan, age 65 of Big Canoe, Ga., died Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

Born April 29, 1947, in Grand Prairie, Tx., she was the daughter of the late Robert and Angie Cooper Reynolds.

Ms. Reynolds had received her doctorate degree in Education and had taught school in Texas and in Cobb County, Ga.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Sue Reynolds.

Survivors include, her niece, Tracy Kiteya-Vasque, Denver, Co.; aunts and uncles, Rusty and Mary Reynolds, Garland, Tx., and Doyle and Celia Taylor of Gilmer, Tx.; and cousins, Lisa and Casey Barnes, Grand Prairie, Tx., and Sherry and Clay McKenzie, Aledo, Tx. She is also survived by her beloved animals, Abigail, Rochambeau and Mosby.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, at the Big Canoe Chapel with the remains placed in state at Big Canoe Chapel for viewing and visitation at  1 p.m.  Interment  followed in the Big Canoe Cemetery. A reception  followed the service  at 4. Flowers were accepted or donations may be made to your local animal rescue shelter.

Arrangements and service  entrusted to Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.


Mildred Green

Mildred E. Green was born Jan. 25, 1927, in Oakland Beach Warwick, R.I. She moved to Georgia in 1968. Mildred died July 11, 2012.

Mildred was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jasper, a member of Marble Hill Chapter #448 Order if the Eastern Star and a member of the International Order of the Rebecca’s. Mildred was an active member of the Pickens General Hospital “Pink Ladies” Auxillary. She volunteered many hours making hand crocheted newborn baby hats for the hospital nursery and she worked in the snack bar/gift shop.

At the age of 51 years, Mildred achieved a personal goal.  She entered what was then Pickens Technical School into the nursing program. She was a very dedicated and determined to this conviction. She was able to graduate and then became an employee at the hospital. She mainly worked in the nursery for several years. When she left the more active role at the hospital. She then worked ar Mountainside Nursing Home. She worked the night shift as the charge nurse.

Through several years of declining health, she was to become a resident of the same nursing home now known as Heritage Health Care of Jasper.  There were many days she thought she was still working and was trying to care of all “her” patients.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, George and Lorraine Uhrig, Jr., Georgetown, Tx.; and daughters, Barbara Uhrig, Warren, R.I., Betty Nordin and Steve Bradley, Columbus, Oh., and Jack and Diane Green, Jasper. Twelve grandchildren, 1 step-grandchild, 24 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, George Uhrig Sr., and Lee B. Green; son, Francis Farr; parents, John and Alice Randall Eaton; brothers, John and Jim Eaton; half-brother, Fred Sheldon; sister, Anna Bussell; and half-sister, Rhonda Charelton.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 13, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Von Hinton, Don Cagle, Kris Stancil and Jerold Young officiating. The family did accept potted plants or silk arrangements or donate to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.


Jim Murch

Mr. Jim Murch, age 49 of Jasper, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Survivors include his mother, Sharon Murch, California; wife, Janet Davis, Jasper; sons, Kenneth Murch and Richard Mulvahill, California; and sisters, Rhona Morad, Georgia, and Marge Amarilla, New York. Several grandchildren also survive.  Jim was preceded in death by his father, Ellsworth Murch.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at noon from Freedom Light Church of God in Ball Ground with Pastor Jeff Farster officiating. Interment followed at the Georgia National Cemetery in Cherokee County. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Adam Chumley

Mr. Adam Chumley, age 28 of Fairmount, passed away Monday, July 9, 2012, as the result of an accident.

Survivors include his wife, Mollie Chumley, Fairmount; father and step-mother, Philip and Laura Chumley, Fairmount; son, Blaine Chumley; daughters, Dakota and Carmen Thomas and Ashlen and Alyssa Chumley, all of Fairmount; step-brother, Norris Grahame, Canton; and sister and brother-in-law Jessica and Jon Chastain. Several nieces and nephews and

very best friends, Harold Pendley, Daniel Blanton, Mitchell Childers, Jason Young, Brandon Walden and everyone else.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 13, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Mulkey officiating. Interment followed at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Harold Pendley, Daniel Blanton, Mitchell Childers, Bill Gilofli, Jason Young, Brandy Waldon and Chad and Brad Cochran.  Honorary pallbearers were: Drandy Young, Norris Grahame, Jon Chastain and Michael Thomas.


Bob Hendricks

Mr. Robert Wayne (Bob) Hendricks, age 79 of Jasper, passed away early Sunday morning, July 15, 2012, at his residence.

Bob was born Nov. 3, 1932, in Montrose, Mo. He graduated from Clinton Missouri High School in the class of 1950. After graduation he joined the Marine Corps and served three years. He was in the insurance business and spent most of his career in Atlanta, Ga.

Bob accepted Christ at an early age with his membership in several churches, the last being Shiloh Baptist Church which he enjoyed attending until his health failed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Charlotte; daughters, Karen Ray and husband Robert, Kelly Giles and husband Chip and Kyle Hendricks; and sister, Hazel Traylor. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Also surviving is a special nephew and his wife, Bob and Susan Hendricks; and a great-nephew, Jeff Hendricks.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Ace and Golden Hendricks; and three sisters and three brothers.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Dr. Ben Langley and Mickey Carver officiating. Interment followed at Georgia National Cemetery in Cherokee County. Pallbearers were: Charles Norton, Bob Whitfield, Gary Bledsoe, Corey Evans, Dale Ellis and Haarvey Dale. The family requests in lieu of flowers make memorials to Shiloh Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society.


Jewell Garland

Mrs. Jewell O’Connell Garland, age 93 of Marietta, Ga., died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at the Tranquility Hospice at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta following a period of declining health.

Born June 5, 1919, in Gilmer County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Carter C. and Dessie Simmons Southern. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas Nelson O’Connell and Carl  C. Garland; and a brother, Lorens H. Southern.

Mrs. Garland was one of the “Rosie the Riverter” at the Bell Bomber Plant in Marietta. She was a homemaker and was the oldest member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church where she had been a member for over 70 years.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Rowena and Olen Hamby, Acworth, Ga.;  granddaughter, Annette Hamby, Dallas, Ga.;  sisters, Jewett Silver, Ellijay, Ga.,  and Lowree Godfrey, Marietta, Ga.;  brother, Lloyd Southern, Carrollton, Ga.;  and special friends, Ruby Teem and Claude Barnes. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Gilmer County with the Revs. Danny Townsend and Robert Allen officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Mr. Mark Southern, Mr. Neal Southern, Mr. David Soloman, Mr. John Miller, Mr. Earl Garland and Mr. Veron Simmons. Arrangements and services were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.


Victoria Perrow

Mrs. Victoria Carver Perrow, age 98 of Marietta, Ga., died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at the Delmar Gardens Nursing Home in Smyrna, Ga., following a period of declining health.

Born and raised in Talking Rock, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Mary Jane Smith Carver. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Carl Graham Perrow, Sr.

Survivors include her daughter, Vivian Perrow McCampbell, Smyrna, Ga.;  son and daughter-in-law, Carl G., Jr. and Betty Perrow, Talking Rock;  grandchildren, Kathy McCampbell-Pilgrim and husband Nathan M. Pilgrim, Cumming, Ga., Dawn Perrow deLeusomme and husband Charles deLeusomme, Acworth, Ga., Michael Barry Perrow,  Marietta, Ga., and Allen Perrow and wife Tammy Perrow, Rockmart, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Lundsie Pilgrim-Pacini and husband Joshua D. Pacini, Decatur, Ga., Jason Allen deLeusomme, Acworth, Ga., and Victoria Perrow, Rockmart, Ga.; and great-great-grandson, Jason Allen deLeusomme, Jr., Acworth, Ga. Many nieces, nephews and friends that were also dear to her also survive.

Visitation and the funeral service were held Monday, July 9, at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with Kevin Roper officiated and the graveside service and burial were in Ball Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.