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Obituaries for September 13, 2012; Emory Stewart, Raymond Davidson, Carl Bucher, L.H. Mullinax, Taft Pettigrew, Olin Pence, Virginia Goble

Emory Stewart

Mr. Emory Stewart, age 82 of the Hinton Community, passed away Friday evening at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Mr. Stewart was a member and deacon at the County Line Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Thomason Stewart; brother, BT Stewart; and brothers-in-law, Glen Duncan and Fred Thomason.

He is survived by his children, David and Pat Stewart, Canton, and Debbie and Danny Chadwick and Delores and Danny Cochran, all of Hinton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Rembert and Jeri Stewart, Jimmy and Karen Stewart, Judy Stewart, Shelby Duncan and Barbara Thomason, all of Hinton; grandchildren, David Todd Stewart and Ashley Proctor, Hinton, Deidra Chadwick, Cumming, and Danielle Cochran Phelps and her husband Zach Phelps; great-grandchild, Gia Stewart, Hinton, and step-great-grandchild, Careron Shutts.

The funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at  County Line Baptist Church with the Revs. Jess Posey and Jerry Banks officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Pickens Animal Rescue P. O. Box 45 Jasper, Ga. 30143. Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home.


Raymond Davidson

Mr. Raymond Eugene Davidson, age 100 of Jasper, Ga., died Thursday, August 30, 2012, at the Grandview Healthcare Center in Jasper.

Born Dec. 28, 1911, in Connellsville, Pa., he was the son of the late Abraham Lincoln Davidson and Etta Stuhl Davidson.

Mr. Davidson was an airplane pilot and also retired from a supervisor position with Sylvania. He was a member of the Tate United Methodist Church and also a faithful servant of the Lord.

Mr. Davidson married his elementary school sweetheart, Louise Durbin Davidson, on Sept. 20, 1934. He did most of his growing up in the Indian Creek Valley of Pennsylvania, east of the town of Connelsville. As a married man, Davidson made his career with Capson Glass, later part of Sylvania. An intelligent energetic man, he learned by doing and was a quick study. While working for the glass company, Davidson took side jobs rebuilding engines in Model-A Fords, those being a popular vehicle of the time.

Survivors include, his wife, Louise Davidson, Jasper; daughters, Annette Rae Brooks, Woodstock, and Bonnie Shaul, Shasta, Ca.; grandsons, Dan and Ed Griggs and Brian Shaul, all of Pennsylvania, Kristin Shaul, California, and David Shaul, Pennsylvania; and great-grandchildren, Marlainne Griggs, Pennsylvania, and Shawn Griggs, South Carolina.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, from Tate United Methodist Church with the Rev. Louise Elmore officiating. At his request, Mr. Davidson was cremated following the service. Arrangements and services entrusted to Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.


Carl Bucher

Carl Christian Bucher, age 48 of Big Canoe, passed away Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

Survived include his parents, Terry and Nancy Bucher, Big Canoe; brother, Terry Bucher, Jr., Chevy Chase, Md.; and sister, Elaine Landros, Lawrence- ville.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.


L.H. Mullinax

Mr. L.H.  “Buddy” Mullinax, age 70 of Jasper, Ga., died Friday, August 24, 2012, at Heritage Hospice in Marietta, Ga., following a period of declining health.

Born July 3, 1942, in Pickens County, Ga., he was the son of the late Cecil and Alice Childers Mullinax. Mr. Mullinax was also preceded in death by his sister, Marlene Mullinax; and brothers, J.W. and Tommy Mullinax.

Mr. Mullinax worked in auto parts sales and was a mechanic.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Steve Green, Acworth, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Tira Mullinax, Jasper; four grandchildren;  and sisters and brothers-in-law, Colleen and O.T. Mullinax, Columbia, S.C.,  and Mamie and Ronnie Forrester, Jasper. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 26,  at the County Line Baptist Church Cemetery in Pickens County with the Rev. Daniel Reeves officiating. Arrangements and services entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper.


Taft Pettigrew

Mr. Taft Pettigrew, age 80 of Talking Rock, passed away Sunday night, Sept. 9, 2012, at his residence.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Pettigrew, Talking Rock; daughter and son-in-law, Sharleen and Curtis Lovell, Talking Rock; brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Amy Pettigrew, Dawsonville; sister, Mary Gibson, Jasper; grandchildren, Amanda Fountain and Justin and Amberly Lovell; and great-grandchildren, Abigale and Allison Fountain. Taft was preceded in death by his son, Danny Pettigrew; and brothers, Luther, Charlie and Estel Pettigrew.

The Funeral Service was held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold Cantrell officiating. Interment followed directly after in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Justin Fountain, Tommy and David Carver, Roger Godfrey, Jerry, Andy and L.C. Gibson. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Pettigrew family.


Olin Pence

Olin George Pence, age 91 of Edwardsville, Il., finished his earthly journey at 4:53 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2012, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Il. He was born on June 30, 1921, in Marine, Il., and was the son of the late George and Elbertine, (Neudecker) Pence.

Olin Pence and his wife of 67 years, LaVerne, (Mugler) Pence, were married on Oct. 22, 1945, by the Rev. Carl Anderson in Oakland, Ca. Mrs. LaVerne Pence survives.

Mr. Pence is also survived by six children, Nancy (Wayne) Weber of Moro, Il., Carla (James Frerichs) Carter, Johns Creek, Ga., Craig Pence, Tate, Ga., Susan (Carl) Valenta, LaGrange Park, Il., Brice (Angie) Pence, Edwardsville, Il., and Wendy (Mark) Campana of Chicago, Il.; eight grandchildren, Ty (Mindy) Weber, Hamel, Il., Ashley (Nolan) Clarke, St. Louis, Mo., Leah (Evan) Bronstein, Kirkwood, Mo., Adam Frerichs, Fresno, Ca., Christopher (Heather) Pence, Tate, Ga., Jamie and Jacob Pence, both of Edwardsville, Il., and Caroline Campana of Milwaukee, Wi.; and five great-grandchildren, Noah and Nathan Bronstein, Alexander and Bayleigh Pence and Cardin Weber.

Olin Pence served in the United States Navy during World War II, from September 1942 to December 1945. His service included tours to North Africa, Sicily and Italy aboard a salvage ship and action in the Pacific Theater aboard the U.S.S. Edgecombe (APA-164) in the Mariana Islands and during the Battle of Okinawa and the invasion of Japan.

Mr. Pence was baptized at the age of 32 years with his newborn son at Evangelical and Reformed Church in Marine, Il. He was a member of Eden United Church of Christ in Edwardsville, Il., for 58 years and served in a variety of capacities, including superintendent of the Sunday School, advisor to the Youth Fellowship, member of the Church Council, Property Committee and Men’s Brotherhood, and as an usher.

He worked at Shell Oil in Wood River, Il., for 30 years as an asbestos worker. He was a 50-year member of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers and served as the president of Local No 56.

He served as softball supervisor for the Edwardsville Department of Parks and Recreation for many years.

Olin Pence joined the Edwardsville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 in 1954, and was a member of the Madison County Firemen’s Association for 50 years.

He served on the Board of the Dunlap Lake Association and was a special officer of the Edwardsville Auxiliary Police Association for many years. Mr. Pence was also a lifetime member of VFW 1299 and American Legion 199.

His hobbies and interests included woodworking, fishing, backyard wildlife, the St. Louis Cardinals, movie westerns and spending time with family members.

Olin Pence will be remembered for his commitment to family, church and country.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Eden United Church of Christ, 911 North Second Street, Edwardsville, Il. 62025.


Virginia Goble

Mrs. Virginia Pearl Woodring Goble, age 79 of Pleasant Grove Road, Ellijay, died Wednesday Sept. 5, 2012.

Mrs. Goble was born on Sept. 24, 1932, in Gilmer County. She was the daughter of the late Noah Franklin Woodring and Artie Davis Woodring. She worked in the textile industry and was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church. She was preceded in death a brother, Walden Woodring.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene Goble, of the home; son, Larry Mulkey, Ellijay; daughter, Linda Mulkey Newton, Jasper; step-sons, Jackie Goble, Ellijay, Chad Goble Chatsworth, and Johnny Goble, Ellijay; step-daughter, Melinda Goble, Ellijay; brothers, Edward, Eugene, Grady and David Woodring, all of Ellijay; sisters, Shirley Sluder, Ellijay, and Betty Rakies, Chatsworth; and granddaughter, Katlin Newton, Jasper. Eleven step-grandchildren and nine step-great- grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with the Revs. Chris Chastain and Eddie Kerr officiating. Music was by Chasiti Goble, Charlice DeFoor and Roxie Chastain. Pallbearers were: Jackie, Chad and Johnny Goble, Stephen Bynum, Gary and Steve Woodring, Joseph Warner and Alan Colwell. Interment was held in the Yukon Cemetery.