John Ragsdale, Jr.
John William (Bill) Ragsdale, Jr. died suddenly on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009.
The son of John W. and Dorothy Farrell Ragsdale, he was born in Greenville, S.C. and grew up in various cities in the southeast. Bill attended college at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, served in the U.S. Navy and then graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1962. He settled in Atlanta where he practiced law for nearly 30 years at the law firm now known as Ragsdale, Beals, Seigler, Patterson & Gray, LLP, of which he was a founding partner.
Bill served for more than 10 years as chairman of the Bankruptcy Trustee Panel for the Northern District of Georgia and remained heavily involved in the Atlanta legal community throughout his career including a term as president of the Lawyer?s Club of Atlanta. He and his wife Sheila were also long-standing members of All Saints Episcopal Church where they both served on the vestry.
Bill had a deep appreciation of nature and conservation, and had for several years been closely connected to the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia, serving as the vice president of the Trust?s Board of Directors. He is remembered by his family and friends for his integrity, loyalty and abiding, original sense of humor, as well as his zest for life.
A devoted son, husband, father and grandfather, Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sheila; his children, Mary Coleman Ragsdale, and daughter-in-law, Karen Pop, Washington, D.C., John W. Ragsdale, III, MD, and daughter-in-law, Luna Ragsdale, MD, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Margaret Ragsdale Ancona and son-in-law, Rocco Ancona, Austin, Tx.; his mother, Dorothy F. Ragsdale, Columbia, S.C.; his Aunt Margaret F. Twomey, Jacksonville, Fl.; and six grandchildren.
The memorial service was held Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. from All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Ga. The family did accept flowers but donations may be made to the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia, #104 N. Main St., Ste. #3B, Jasper, Ga. 30143-1556, Attn: Robert Keller; www.mctga.org; 706-253-4077.
Rex Dwight Kirby, age 46 of Marietta, passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 at his residence.
Survivors include his sister, Rhonda Wynn, Marietta; brother, John Michael Kirby, Vanceboro, N.C.; and half-sister, Martha Crumbley, Tennessee. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Homer Morris officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Grace N. Piasecki, age 84 of Canton, passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 2009 at The Terrace at Riverstone.
Mrs. Piasecki retired as owner of a landscaping nursery and was of the Catholic faith.
Mrs. Piasecki was preceded in death by her husbands, Jules Fick and George Piasecki. Survivors include her sons, Bruce Fick, Jasper, and Roy Fick, Roswell; step-daughter, Gayle Hornung, DeLand, Fl.; brother, Sammy Molinari, New Jersey; and sisters, Georgette Mayer, Florida, and Jenny Ippolito, New Jersey. Four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 from Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church with Father Charles Byrd officiating. Interment was at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 at Georgia National Cemetery. South Canton Funeral & Home Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Albert Childers, age 62 of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 at his daughter?s home in Ellijay.
Survivors include his mother, Bonnie Cronan, Ludville; son, Terry Childers, Jasper; daughters and son-in-law, Amy and Danny Nichols, Ellijay, and Ann Bryant, Jasper; brothers, Chuck Childers, Waleska, Bill Childers, Hinton, and J.C. Childers, Ellijay; and sisters, Bertha Bramlett and Mary Bryant, both of Fairmount. Nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Taylor officiating. Interment followed at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Robert, Curtis and Gene Beck, Scotty Brooks, Joseph Gibson and Shane Shipman.
Mrs. Edna Reynolds, age 93 of Canton and formerly of Bainbridge, Ga., passed Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009 at Canton Nursing Center in Canton.
Survivors include her daughter, Marilyn Doyle, New York; and six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 from Trinity Baptist Church in Bainbridge with Dr. Carl G. Garnett officiating. Interment followed in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Brinson, Ga. with the grandsons serving as pallbearers. The family did accept flowers or donations may be made to Trinity Baptist Church. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Donald Eugene ?Gene? Blackwell, age 74 of Jasper, passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Northside Hospital-Cherokee.
Mr. Blackwell was a member of Yellow Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his son, Rickey Blackwell, Jasper; daughters, Nancy Pendly, Waleska, and Tammy Thackston, Canton; sister, Willie Poole, Jasper; grandchildren, Melinda, Emily, April, Teresa, Brittany, DJ, John, Angel, Tonya and Olivia; and great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Ozzy, Haley, Bryson and Madison.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 from Yellow Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. John Riley, William Blackwell, Gary Poole and Gene Hyde officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Sosebee Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Leonard Young, Jr.
Friends of Leonard Wm. (Bill) Young, Jr. and Elvina Young were saddened to learn of Bill?s death Tuesday morning at his home in Monroe, Ga. Bill had courageously battled cancer for many months.
Bill was a retired businessman, a native of Sandy Springs and a graduate of Oglethorpe University. He was a Christian family man and a proud United States Air Force veteran. Upon his retirement, he and Elvina moved to the beautiful mountains of Jasper. He often said the years in Jasper were the happiest years of his life. They were residents of Jasper for 15 years. Bill and his devoted wife were married 66 years.
When they moved to Jasper, Bill developed a perpetual care cemetery, Lake Forest Memorial Park. This was an asset to the community and the Youngs made many lovely friends.
Due to ill health, the Youngs moved to Monroe, Ga. to be near their son, Leonard Wm. Young III and family.
In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by their son and daughter-in-law, Susanne, grandson, Leonard Wm. Young IV, granddaughter, Katie Young Childers, Jacob and little Cade Christopher Childers. He is also survived by three sisters and several nieces and nephews.
Bill?s nephews and great-nephews served as pallbearers: Toby, Rick, Lovett, Gerry and Jason Young and Steve Hutchins. Leonard (Lenny) Young IV served as his grandfather?s (Pop) honorary pallbearer.
A visitation service was held at Wages Funeral Home in Snellville. The funeral service was held at Cagle Funeral Home in Jasper with Pastor Ben Langley and dear friend Don Enis officiating. Entombment was at Lake Forest Memorial Park.
Mr. Joe Turner, age 78 of Ball Ground, Ga., passed away on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 at Wellstar-Kennestone Hospital.
Mr. Turner retired after working 35 years as an auto technician at Ed Voyles Honda of Marietta and another 25 years at John Smith Chevrolet in Atlanta. He was Baptist and loved the outdoors, spending time with his family, working in his garden and barbecuing on the grill.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Betty Collette Turner; and his second wife of 5 years, Barbara Cunard Turner. Survivors include his children, Richard Turner, Newnan, Kim Woody, Fairmount, and Bridget Escavado, Navada; step-children, Charmet Dobbins, Jasper, and S. Hugh Ray, Paulding County; and sisters, Christene Boyes, North Carolina, and Lucille Head, Atlanta. Seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and best friend, Mildred McGlamery, also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Barton officiating. Interment followed in Macedonia Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Autism Speaks at www.autismspeaks.org