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Obituaries for October 11, 2012; Doug Williams, Helen Jordan, Doris Beck, Billy Long, Evelyn DeFors, Larry Eller, Bonnie Cronan, Charles Darnell,

Doug Williams

            Douglas Ray Williams of Big Canoe, Ga., died on Sept. 15, 2012. 

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Beulah Lee and Clarence Williams of Kingsport, Tn

            He is survived by two sisters and brother-in-laws, JoAnn and Allen Baker Lockhart, John’s Creek, Ga., and Evelyn and John Bledsoe, Norton, Va.; aunt, Katherine Hess, Richlands, Va.; nieces, Shaun Alane Lockhart, John’s Creek, Ga., Debra Rankin, Cummings Ga., and Kay Kash, Coker Creek, Tn.; nephews, John Douglas Bledsoe and William Bledsoe, both of Norton, Va.; great-nieces and nephews and many longtime family friends including Gary and Lynn Hill of Big Canoe and Freddie Rucker of Duluth, Ga.  Doug is also survived by his loyal and devoted boxer Jake who has found a new home with niece Karen Allen and family. 

            A celebration of life service will be held on Oct. 27, at the Appalachian Grill in Big Canoe at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Pickens County or the Big Canoe Animal Rescue.  All of the family, friends and former colleagues of “Uncle” Doug will miss him terribly and will always remember his kindness and lifelong love of nature.


Helen Jordan

            Miss Helen Naomi Jordan, age 73 of Ball Ground, passed away on Oct. 2, 2012, from the Brian Center in Canton.

            Survivors include her brothers, Lewis, Don and Johnny Jordan, all of Ball Ground, and Truman Jordan,  Jr., Jasper; and sister, Mary Ann Jordan, Seattle, Wa. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

            The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, from the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Eric Mayo and Robert Allen officiating. Interment followed in Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery.

            www.sosebeefuneralhome. com


Doris Beck

            Doris Riggs Beck, age 88 of Marietta, died on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

            Mrs. Beck was formerly a resident of Tate, Ga. She was active in the Tate Garden Club and the Marble Valley Friends Association.

            Survivors include her son, Harry L. Beck, Jr. and wife Teresa (Davis), Marietta; sisters, Peggy Christopher, Marietta, and Mary Ann Cradoct and husband J.W, Highland Haven, Tx; brother, Bobby Riggs, Griffin; and sister-in-law, Leona Beck, Marietta. Nieces and nephews also survive.

            The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Chapel in Marietta. Burial was at Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery in Marietta. Contributions may be made in loving memory of Doris Riggs Beck to Marble Valley Friends Association, P.O. Box 2, Tate, Ga. 30177.

            www.mayeswarddobbins. com


Billy Long

            Mr. Billy Long, age 73 of the Hinton Community, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 10, 2012 at Canton Nursing Center.

            He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Barbara Long, Ranger, Ga.; and sisters and brother-in-Law, Elsie and Crystal Fountain, both of Calhoun, and Tamer and Coy Mullinax, Jasper. Several nieces and nephews also survive.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Talmedge and Herman Long.

            The funeral service was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Dave Joseph and Chaplain Michael Mullink officiating. Interment followed directly after at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Bruce Barden, Mike Boswell, Thurman, Troy and Howard Carver and Eddie and Andy Mullinax.  Honorary pallbearers were: Philip O’Bryant, Chris Walker and Glenn Watson. The family did accept flowers or donations to Canton Nursing Center Employees, 321 Hospital Road, Canton, Ga. 30114.



Evelyn DeFors

            Evelyn Birchall DeFors was born in Ann Arbor, Mi. She spent her early year in Plymouth, M., graduating from Plymouth High School. She attended Hillsdale College and the University of Eastern Michigan where she received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She returned school and studied at the University of Michigan and Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. She ultimately received her Master’s degree in Remedial Reading from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

            She taught in the Marietta School System, Peabody Laboratory School of Georgia College & State University and remedial reading with the Catholic Diocese of Bucks County, Pa. She was a devoted teacher and lifelong learner who was loved and appreciated by many students.

            She married John (Jack) Birchall of Plymouth, Mi., and lived in Atlanta while he completed his degree in Ceramic Engineering from Georgia Tech. After graduation, the couple moved to Milledgeville, Ga., where they resided for over 20 years.  After the death of Jack in 1978, she returned to Savannah, Ga.

            In 1998, she married Joseph DeFors of Ann Arbor, Mi. They resided in Savannah and Wilmington, N.C., until Joseph’s death in 2005 when she moved to her current residence in Jasper, Ga.

            She was a member of St John’s Church, of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, the Retired Officers Wives Club at Hunter Air Force Base, the Huntington Club of Savannah, the National Reading Association of PA, the Retired Teachers Association and garden clubs. She volunteered for many community projects and activities.

            She is survived by one sister, Fern Hannah, South Lyon, M.; daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Richard Lamy, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Teresa Birchall, Wilmington N.C.; step-sons,  Joseph Defors, Dewitt, M., and Doug Defors, Windsor, Ca; and three grandchildren and one great-grandson.

            At her request, she will be cremated in Jasper at Roper Funeral Home, a memorial service for the family in Jasper and the remains interred in Michigan at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the American Heart Association. She will be missed by friends and family.


Larry Eller

            Larry Eller of Kennesaw passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.

            Those who cherish his memory includes his wife, Debra; children, Robin, Stephanie, Timothy, Keith and wife Heather, Amanda, Angela and Dedra; grandchildren, Ritne, Alissa, Paul, Tyler, Ashlyn, Brandon, Cameron, Nick, Jake, Railana, Brooklyn, Malik and expecting granddaughter M.J.; and one great-grandson, Don Brock. Brothers and Sister includes Tony, Mike and wife Dianne, Tammy and Mark and a host of friends and family.

            The funeral service was held on Monday, Oct. 8, at Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ken May officiating. Interment followed in Greers Chapel Cemetery in Kennesaw.

            www.sosebeefuneralhome. com


Bonnie Cronan

            Mrs. Bonnie Cronan, age 92 of the Ludville Community, passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Wildwood Health Care.

            Survivors include her sons and daughter-in-law, J.C. and Eva Childers, Ellijay, Willie B. Childers, Hinton, and Houston Childers, Fairmount; daughters, Mary Bunch, Fairmount, and Betha Mahan, Ludville; and brother and sister-in-law, Wilburn and Lula Childers, Red Bud. Twenty grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren also survive. Mrs. Cronan was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Cronan; daughter, Juanita Beck; sons, Albert Childers and Arthur Cronan; and grandson, John Walker, Jr.

            The funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Walter Ingram and Curtis Beck officiating. Interment followed at Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Robert Bunch, Josh Beck, Scotty, T.C. and Terry Childers, Scotty Brooks and Tyler Nichols. The family did accept flowers or donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.



Charles Darnell

            Mr. Charles Watson  “Boonie”  Darnell, age 81 of Jasper, Ga., passed away Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper following a period of declining health.

            Born July 24, 1931, in Pickens County, Ga., he was the son of the late John Cyrus Darnell and Nacie Alliefair Simmons Darnell. Mr. Darnell had worked as a mail carrier in Atlanta, Jasper and Ball Ground. He was a member of the Pickens Star Masonic Lodge # 220 and was a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church.

            Survivors include his sons, Robin Watson Darnell and wife Cheryl, Powder Springs, Ga., and Peter Grier Darnell and his fiance Michelle Holmes, Talking Rock, Ga.; grandchildren, Thomas Hamilton Lee Darnell, III, Jasper, and Cody Harkins, Talking Rock, Ga.; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Berdie Darnell Millsap and L.J., and June O’Shields, all of Jasper, and Jane and Douglas Keel, The Villages, Fl. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

            The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8, at the Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gene Childers officiating. Interment followed in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery with Masonic Graveside Rites by the Pickens Star Masonic Lodge #220 F&AM.