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Obituaries for March 28, 2013; Mia Prather, Roy Van Camp, Jean Sather, Carol Sue Gillispie, D. Lynn Easterwood, Jackie Popham, Loraine Bowers, William Harris, Christopher Hooks, Violet Becker, Jayne Beske, Florence Mitchell

Mia Prather
August 22, 2005 –
March 21, 2013

    Miss Mia Ashlyn Prather, age seven (7), of Jasper passed away peacefully of a stroke at her home early Thursday morning, March 21, 2013.  Mia is the daughter of Adam and Kelly Prather of Jasper and she has a four-year-old brother, Micah Prather. Mia was slender and tall for her age, with honey-colored eyes and a beautiful smile.
    Mia was a first grade student at Jasper Elementary School, where she excelled in her studies. She was a class leader and very popular with the other students.  Mia was eager to succeed, and had a goal of being “Student of the Day.” She worked toward that goal by saving can tabs for a charity project at the school, hoping to catch the eye of the principal.
    Mia’s favorite hobby was dance. She took tumbling classes at the age of three, and at the age of four began dance classes. She studied jazz, tap and ballet and was looking forward to taking lyrical dance classes.  She would dance and flip and loved to show everyone how she could lay on her stomach and bring her feet up behind her head to touch her nose with her toes.
    She was a very talented and dedicated student, and she looked forward to her family coming to her recitals, especially the roses and hugs she would receive. Mia dreamed of being a ballerina one day, especially after seeing the Nutcracker with her mom one Christmas.
    Mia loved performing and also loved being in charge. She was eager to share with others her talents, her wit and especially her stories.  She could weave complex tales, and keep you enthralled. She would have other children following her on great adventures. She even talked several neighborhood boys into dressing up as princesses, saying it was only fair because she had played their games before.
    Though Mia was very fond of dancing, dressing up and wearing frilly, girly clothes, she was also very fond of the outdoors. This included bugs, lizards, frogs and fish. She loved to walk in the woods with her dad, gathering pinecones, picking flowers and playing with whatever critters came along.  Mia loved to go to her Grandpa and Grandma’s house and walk for hours in the woods collecting rocks and seeds and feeding the birds.
    Mia’s Nanny and Papa also explored nature with her, looking for “roly-polys” under rocks, chasing and catching butterflies, which she handled with care, always talking about how beautiful they were. She loved to lay on a blanket in the yard and look up at the clouds at the shapes floating by.
    In Mia’s room could be found tanks with fish and frogs right next to her Cinderella castle and dolls. She loved to play with her rescue dog, Jo Jo, and spent many hours in her playhouse built by her dad and Papa.
    Mia’s love of the outdoors also included playing soccer and swimming. She was number 10 on her latest soccer team, which consisted of both boys and girls.  She was a leader on the team, always trying to help coach the other children.  Mia loved to go to the pool at her MeMe’s house or to the lake with her family and be pulled on a tube behind their boat.
    Mia always looked forward to her special trips to the beach in Florida with her MeMe and Poppie. Poppie brought along a net so he and Mia could try to catch small fish near the shore, and MeMe brought a huge bag of craft supplies so they could do projects together.
    Mia was very fond of her American Girl doll, given to her by her Nanny, and loved to dress her and style her hair.  Mia loved to dress up in costumes also. She recently went to career day at her school dressed as a travel agent, just like her mom. She never missed a chance to dress up as her favorite characters, from the Queen of Hearts to the Statue of Liberty.  While visiting with her MeMe recently, Mia dressed up in her mother Kelly’s wedding gown, saying that she wanted to be married in the dress someday.
    Mia was a crafter. She could often be found at the family’s “craft closet” cutting, pasting, glittering and gluing. It wasn’t unusual for Mia to be awake before everyone else, working on a craft project.  Mia was messy and compulsive at the same time. She saved every scrap of paper and had her own way of organizing. She was a list-maker, wanting to remember to do or say everything she intended.
    One of Mia’s favorite places was Disney World. She had been twice with her family, the second time just last year. She was so excited to get to have her hair dressed at the “Bippity Boppity Boutique.” She was careful to help mom and dad take care of little brother Micah while they were there.
    Mia was always looking out for her brother Micah. She was so excited when he was born, and couldn’t wait to hold him for the first time. She always tried to teach Micah about life and the world, showing him how things work and giving him guidance. 
    Mia showed her love for Micah in many ways, including a few weeks ago when she spent almost all of her book fair money on books for Micah for his birthday. Mia didn’t get the books she wanted so that Micah could have books she thought he would like. Mia gave Micah the books at his birthday party, along with several hand made birthday cards.
    Mia believed in Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Mia also believed that mom’s kisses really did help when she was hurt. She always wanted a kiss in the palm of her hand when she parted from the family, so she could keep the kiss with her all day.
    Mia had a generous, caring and loving spirit. She had an incredible memory for people she met. Family or friends she would see only a few times per year, she remembered them, gave them hugs and always made them feel special. Her smile was always there. 
    Mia was beautiful inside and out. She was very big hearted and never wanted to hurt anyone. Mia was love. Family and friends are grateful that God let them have her for seven short years on earth, and in their hearts and souls forever. 
    Mia’s parents have set up a Memorial Fund at the Bank of North Georgia in Jasper, Georgia. They plan to use the funds to help create opportunities for other children to dance as Mia would have so generously wished.
    Mia leaves behind, along with her loving parents, her grandparents Ann (Nanny) and Garry Prather (Papa) of Jasper, her grandparents Jimmy (Grandpa) and Brenda (Grandma) Cochran of Ellijay, her grandparents Janice (MeMe) and Harry (Poppie) Allen of Talking Rock.  Also surviving is Great Grandmother Claudine Prather of Jasper, Great Grandmother Kathleen Kirk and Great Grandfather Kenneth Kirk of Talking Rock, Uncle Steve and Aunt Amanda Prather of Canton, Uncle Kirk and Aunt Jessica Allen of Talking Rock, Uncle Michael Hardy of Jasper, Uncle Scott and Aunt Hollyanna White of McCaysville, and Aunt Carla Johnson of Blue Ridge. Many, many great aunts and uncles, cousins, family and friends survive.
    Mia’s funeral service was held on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 2 pm at the Talking Rock Baptist Church. Rev. Kenneth Kirk, Rev. Terry Caylor, Rev. Ronnie Kelley and Rev. Robert Allen officiated. Pallbearers were Matthew Prather, Kirk Allen, Steve Prather, Mark Maddox, Chad Presley and Jess Walker. Honorary pallbearers were Jordan Prather and Jacob Prather.
    The sanctuary was filled, and there were many mourners who stood outside the church during the service. Many noted that lady bugs, one of Mia’s favorite insects, were all around the sanctuary during the service. 
    Mia was laid to rest with her favorite American Girl Doll, stuffed animals and other special mementoes at the church cemetery, surrounded by loving family and friends. Following the graveside service, friends and family released colorful balloons into the sky.  
    Roper Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

     Matthew 18:1-4: At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Roy Van Camp
    Roy Van Camp, age 72, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at Northside-Cherokee Hospital.
    He was born Jan. 28, 1941, to the late Roy Robert and Nell Trippe Camp of Holly Springs, Ga. He was retired from Lockheed-Martin and served in the US Army.
    Mr. Camp was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Hembree Edge Camp; and a brother, Robert Neal Camp.
    Survivors include his son, Roy Van Camp, Jr. (Chip); step-son, Hensley Edge (Hank) and wife Missy; sisters, Nancy Otto and husband Henry, Evergreen, Co., and Jan Warren and husband Ray of Canton, Ga.; brothers, Sam Camp and wife Pat, Woodstock, Mark Camp, Holly Springs, Frank Camp and wife Dot, Canton, and Joseph Camp, Smyrna. Step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held March 7 from the Chapel of Darby Funeral Home and interment followed at Cherokee Memorial Park.

Jean Sather
    Mrs. Jean Sather, age 95 of Jasper, Ga., passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, at her home in Bent Tree. 
    Born August 10, 1917, she was the wife of Raymond C. Sather of Warrenville, Il.
    Survivors include her daughter and son, Caren Lynn Johnson  and Robert Charles Sather, both of Bent Tree. She had four grandchildren, Jeffery Rosaasen, San Antonio, Tx., Melissa Vilett, Minneapolis, Mn., Teresa Watford, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Robin James, Syracuse, N.Y.
    At her request, Mrs. Sather was cremated and a private ceremony held at Bent Tree Memorial Gardens.

Carol Sue Gillispie
    Mrs. Carol Sue Gillispie, age 72 of Marble Hill, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Evergreen Health & Rehab Center in Rome.
    Survivors include her sons, Charles Gillispie, Jr., Marble Hill, and John McBride, Ellijay; daughter, Lori McBride, Summerville; brothers, Brad Perry, Monticello, Ky., Joe Perry, Science Hill, Ky., and David Perry, Sterling Heights, Mi.; sisters, Pattie Perry, Florida, Laura Breslin, Michigan, Pam Staneck, Florida, Martha Daniels, Kentucky, and Debbie Lipscomb, Coldwater, Mi. Five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and beloved friends at Evergreen also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Joiner officiating. Pallbearers were: Charles Gillispie, Jr., Brad, David and Joe Perry, Brent and John McBride and Timothy Copeland.

D. Lynn Easterwood
    Mrs. D. Lynn Easterwood, 47 of Jasper, GA, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at her residence with her family by her side following an extended illness. 
    She was born in Canton May 1, 1965, the daughter of Roscoe H. and Evelyn Nancy Parris.   She has spent most of her life in the Jasper area.  Those that knew Lynn knew her as an amazing, beautiful and precious wife, mother, sister and friend. 
    Mrs. Easterwood is preceded in death by her father; Roscoe Parris, sister; Joyce Hancock, and brother; Raymond Parris. 
    Survivors include her loving husband of 27 years, Thomas Easterwood of Jasper, daughters and sons-in-law; Ginger and Robert Piper of Ellijay, Alicia and Nick Reed of Jasper, and Miranda Easterwood of Jasper, mother; Evelyn Parris of Jasper, grandsons; Levi Piper and Rylan Piper both of Jasper, sister and brother-in-law; Shirley and Mike West of Jasper, sisters-in-law; Coral E. Robinson and her husband Curtis,  Teresa Tatum and her husband Johnny, brothers-in-law; Ervin Easterwood of Jasper and Greg Easterwood and his wife Donna of Ellijay, numerous other relatives and loving friends.
    Funeral services were held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, March 26 in the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home in Jasper, GA.  with the Rev. Kenneth Kirk and Rev. Travis Childers officiating.         Interment followed in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family requested donations be sent to Thomas Easterwood or Lakeside Funeral Home, 121 Claremore Dr. Woodstock, GA 30188.  This will help to defray funeral expenses.  
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    Lakeside Funeral Home, 121 Claremore Drive, Woodstock, GA. 30188 (770) 293-2757 is in charge of arrangements.

Jackie Popham
    Mr. Jackie Popham, 63, of Ball Ground, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at his residence.
    Funeral services were held at 2 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2012 at Bethesda Baptist Church with Rev. James Rich, Rev. Gary Kelley and Rev. Larry Eubanks officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
    Mr. Popham was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
    Survivors include his children, Tracy Popham of Jasper and Shane Popham of Nelson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucille (James) Rich and Faye (Jimmy) Reynolds all of Ball Ground; brother, David Popham of Ball Ground; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
    Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA, is honored to serve the family. 770-479-2131.

    Loraine Bowers
    Mrs. Loraine Bowers, age 70 of Jasper, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Heritage Health Care in Blue Ridge.
    She is survived by her Husband; Talmadge Bowers of Jasper, Daughters & Son-in-law; Peggy Bowers, Sandra & Mike Rice & Janice Bowers all of Jasper. Brothers; Lee Neighbours of Cumming & Harold Neighbours of Canton, Sister; Carol Chadwick of Cumming, 4 Grandchildren, 1 Great-Grandchild & Several Nieces & Nephews.
    The Funeral Service was 1 PM Wednesday March 27, at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Revs. Steve
    Chadwick & Kenny Sutton officiating. The Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. The following served as
    Pallbearers; Hoyt Johnson, Abrey Bell, Tommy Roper, Doug Burgess, Jonathan Burgess & Chris Pruitt.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Bowers Family.
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    William Harris
    William Davis Harris, Lt. Col, USA, retired, passed away on March 23, 2013, at the age of 93. Col. Harris was a patient at Greensboro’s Beacon Place, a residential Hospice facility.
    Col. Harris was in the United States Army for 20 years, serving in World War II (stationed at Hickam Field/Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941) and the Korean War. He was wounded in action during the attack on Pearl Harbor and received a field promotion to Acting Sergeant. During his career, he also earned two Bronze Stars for heroism. Bill was assigned to the 77th Special Forces Group and was one of the first of the elite cadre known as the “Green Berets.” He retired from the 82nd Airborne in 1959 as Lieutenant Colonel.
    He entered the civilian sector for several years including a position teaching biological and chemical warfare at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Col. Harris and family moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1962 where he became Assistant Director for the Guilford County Civil Defense Agency.
    Col. Harris attended Howard College and Alverson Business College in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1966 Col. Harris returned to school at the University of Alabama and then on to  John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia.
    After admission to the Georgia Bar, he served as an Assistant District Attorney of the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit in North Georgia.  In 1978 he was appointed to the Bench as Judge of Juvenile Court in the five-county Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit. Judge Harris retired from the Bench in 1981. After a few years in Florida, he and Zue returned to Greensboro in the early 1990's.
    Until his death, Col. Harris was a member of the State Bar of Georgia (emeritus), Sigma Delta Kappa Law Fraternity; Guilford Lodge 656 AF and AM, Scottish Rite Bodies (32nd Degree); Pearl Harbor Survivors Association; and Cornerstone Baptist Church.
    In 2012 the Alabama State Senate honored Bill Harris with a Resolution in recognition of his  lifetime of  achievement.
    Bill was born on July 4, 1919, in West Blocton (Bibb County), Alabama, to Stanley A. and Ruth M. Harris. He grew up in West Blocton and later married childhood friend, Zue Stewart. Four children were born to Bill and Zue during their 65 years of marriage.
    Bill is predeceased by his wife, Zue, grandson, Craig Stewart Johnson, and sister Frances Harris Kellogg. He is survived by children Barbara Johnson of Greensboro, North Carolina; Billy Harris Jr. of Astoria, Oregon; Susan Mouw, and husband Barry, of Aiken, South Carolina; and Beth Harris of Asheville, North Carolina; grandchildren Lara Johnson Bibey, and husband Brian, of Reidsville, North Carolina; Scott Johnson, and wife Amy, of Greensboro, North Carolina; Pearl Harris-Scott, and husband Steve, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and Ben Harris of Great Falls, Montana; great-grandchildren Brandon Bibey, Avery Johnson, Lillian Harris, and Addison Johnson.
    Daddy enjoyed traveling and rarely missed an opportunity to share stories of his amazing military career. Even though in poor health, he still managed to travel during the past several years. In November 2012 he was guest speaker at his home town high school Veterans Day activities. He will be remembered for his courage, his commitment to justice, his honor, his enduring sense of humor and his never-ending positive attitude. He will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.
    Donations may be made in memory of William D. Harris to Hospice of Greensboro or to the North Carolina Library for the Blind.
    Graveside services, with full military honors, were held at Westminster Gardens in Greensboro on Wednesday March 27, at 2:00 pm.
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Christopher Hooks
    Mr. Christopher Johnny Hooks, age 60, of Jasper, Georgia died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at his residence following a sudden illness.
    Born April 18, 1952 in Sandersville, Georgia, he was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Hooks.  Mr. Hooks was retired from the United States Navy and had worked with the Georgia Forestry Service. He was a member of the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
    Survivors include, son, Christopher Chad Hooks and Leona Allison of Jasper, Ga.; daughter, Porscha Angela Ciara Hooks of Oviedo, Fla.; mother, Mary Hampton of Canton, Ga.; sisters, Angela Hooks of Canton, Ga.; Cynthia Roach of Canton, Ga.; Lisa Hooks of Milledgeville, Ga.; brothers & sisters-in-law, Ronald Hooks of Clarksville, Tenn.; Dexter and Krystal Hooks of Fayetteville, N.C.; Kevin Roach of Canton, Ga.; Scotty and Tamia Roach of Canton, Ga.; Gary and Angela Roach of Canton, Ga.; Rocky and Dionne Arthur of Canton, Ga.; grandchildren, Christopher Isaiah Hooks, Tristan Elijah Hooks, Keinyuan Hooks and Keihneia Hooks.  Several Nieces, Nephews and other relatives also survive.
    Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. Kevin Roach, Rev. Leo Hampton and Minister Bruce Cherry officiated with interment at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia with military honors by the United States Navy.
    Arrangements and Services are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home of Jasper, Georgia.  Online condolences to the family may be sent to

    Violet Becker
    Mrs. Violet Becker, age 85 of Jasper, Georgia died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at her residence following a period of declining health.
    Born March 13, 1928 in Dogtown, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Carrig and Irene Percival Carrig.  Mrs. Becker had worked as a caregiver with AA Referral and was a member of Cool Springs Baptist Church.
    Survivors include, son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Jackie Hinman of Jasper, Ga.; sisters, Shirley Bizill of Detroit, Mich.; Dorothy Hoffman of Detroit, Mich.; Norma Wild of Ocala, Fla.;  13 Grandchildren and one Great-Grandson also survive.
    At her request, Mrs. Becker was cremated.
    The family request that flowers be omitted and anyone desiring to do so, may make contribution to the charity of their choice in Mrs. Becker’s name.
    Arrangement & Services entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory of Jasper, Georgia.

Jayne Beske
    Jayne Beske, age 72, of Big Canoe, Georgia, died on March 24, 2013 after a long and heroic battle with cancer.  She was born  and raised in Minnesota and received a B.S. in nursing from the University of Minnesota.  She and her husband, Alan, met at the university and she worked as a nurse while he completed graduate school.  Jayne and Alan lived in numerous states due to corporate transfers, and relocated to Roswell, Georgia, in 1984.  They moved to Big Canoe in 2002.
    Jayne's nursing positions were in pediatrics, intensive coronary care, schools, and hospice, and she served as a volunteer nurse for 10 years at the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in Jasper, Georgia.  She was very active in her children's school activities and the Fulton County Supporters of the Gifted.  For many years she coordinated the PTA's annual creative arts Reflections program in north Fulton County.
    While living in Big Canoe, Jayne loved to play golf and go on hikes.  She was a member of the Big Canoe Chapel, Writers Group, Women's Guild, Ridgerunners, and the Wildflower Bunch.  She was a talented pianist and poet.  She loved to travel with Alan and her family and went on mission trips to Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
    Survivors include her husband, Alan; daughter, Heather Beske of Cookville, Tennessee; daughter, Melissa Beske of New Orleans, Louisiana; daughter, Shannon Grice, her husband Bill Grice, and their sons Connor and Hunter of Johns Creek, Georgia; and sister, Gail Dominski of St. Paul, Minnesota.
    A memorial service and celebration of her life was held  Thursday, March 28, at 3:00 p.m. at the Big Canoe Chapel in Big Canoe.  Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center of Jasper (706) 253-4673.
    Arrangements and services entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory of Jasper.

Florence Mitchell
    Florence Holcomb Mitchell, age 86, of Canton, Ga. passed away Sunday, March 23, 2013 at her residence.
    Funeral services were held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 26, from the Bethany Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Childers officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
    Survivors include: Children, Ronnie Mitchell, Ball Ground; Jackie Mitchell, Jasper; Randy Mitchell, Canton; Rhonda Harper, Canton; Richard Mitchell, Adairsville.
    Thirteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren also survive.
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