William Ellis Roberts was born April 22, 1931 in Newark, N.J., and passed away Oct. 9, 2010 with his wife and daughters at his bedside after a lengthy illness. His parents were Samuel Ellis and Louise Sanwald Roberts.
Bill was a graduate of Nichols Junior College, Dudley, Ma. He attended Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa. for a year. After serving as an M-1 rifle instructor at Ft. Dix, N.J. during the Korean War, he then completed his education at Upsala College, East Orange, N.J. Bill retired as Underwriting manager with Crum & Forster Insurance after 25 years.
He was a sweet man who loved his family and enjoyed card games, especially ?skunking? others in cribbage. He had a kind nature, a dry wit and a twinkle in his eye. His family and friends will miss him dearly. Everyone will remember his smile; it spoke 1,000 words.
He was married for 55 years and is survived by his loving wife, Joan Mobus Roberts; daughters, Eve Roberts Lee, Jasper, Ga., and Doris Roberts (Vince) Estes, Nashville, Tn. Bill had five adoring grandchildren, Greg (Jacqueline) Lee, Melissa (Adam) Perry, Turner (Alisha) Lee, Carmen Estes and Mitchell Estes Jr.; and four precious great-grandchildren, Kayla and Carmen Perry, Colby Flemmings and Noah Lee.
Bill was the middle child in the Roberts? family and is survived by two older sisters, one younger sister and a younger brother.
A memorial service was held at New Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Jasper on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to New Lebanon Presbyterian Church to support local missions.
Brandi Danielle Marshall, age 27 of Jasper, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010.
Survivors include her husband, Luke Marshall, Jasper; son, Lucious James Marshall, Jasper; father, Byron Howard, Woodstock; mother, Helen Carter, Bernie, Mo.; brothers, Zachary Howard, Woodstock, and Jimmy Bridges, Bernie, Mo.; and grandmother, Barbara Whitehead, Bernie, Mo. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Robert Barber officiating.
Mrs. Laura Michelle Martin, age 42 of Ball Ground, Ga., died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 at her residence following her battle with cancer.
Born May 1, 1968 in Charlotte, N.C., she was preceded in death by her father, Frank Lee Harris. Mrs. Martin had worked as the Deli manager with Kroger in Jasper, Ga.
Survivors include her husband, Eddie Martin, Ball Ground, Ga.; daughter, Jessie Kay Martin, Canton, Ga.; son, Matthew Daniel Martin, Canton, Ga.; mother, Mrs. Geraldine Golgelson, Iowa; sisters, Darlene Horne, Austell, Ga., and Sherri Jacobs, Texas; and brother, Lee Harris, Texas. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
At her request, Mrs. Martin was cremated.
Mrs. Marcelle E. Burgess, age 81 of Fairmount, Ga., departed this life Friday afternoon, Oct. 8, 2010 at the Gordon Hospital in Calhoun surrounded by her loving family. Marcelle was born Sept. 15, 1929 in Gordon County, Ga., a daughter of the late John Wesley and Inez Hamrick Evans. She was also preceded in death by her great-grandchildren, Emily and Molly Caylor; special loved ones, Charlie H. Goble, Glenn and Carl Yancey.
Marcelle was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and a friend to so many. She was the oldest member of Ranger Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Paul Burgess Sr., Fairmount; son and daughter-in-law, Paul Jr. and Tara Burgess, Calhoun; daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Lamar Caylor, Smyrna, Ga., Paula and Danny Taylor, Adairsville, Ga., Joy and Jim Dodd and Pam and Steven McGlamery, all of Fairmount; sisters-in-law, Ruth Roland, Jasper, Faye Weeks, Jacksonville, Fl., and Gladys Harris, Carrolton, Ga.; grandchildren, Dan and Tundra Taylor, Will Taylor, Marc and Heather Caylor, Evan and Rebecca Caylor, Marilyn and Johnnie Coats, Jayme Dodd, Kristl McGlamery, Steve McGlamery, Trey Burgess, Rhett Burgess, Ryan Burgess; great-grandchildren, Wes Taylor, Braxton Coats, Braeden Coats, Miranda Caylor; and special loved one, Phyllis Lacey of Ellijay.
A service to celebrate her life was held Monday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. from Ranger Baptist Church with the Revs. Davis Lacey and Eddy Hensley officiating. She was laid to rest in the Fain Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons.