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Jabe Harris, Jr.
Jabe Harris, Jr., age 83 of Atlanta and Jasper, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009.
Mr. Harris attended Atlanta public schools, served in the Navy during WW II, was a member of the Iron Workers Local 387 and co-owner of S&H Riggers and Erectors. He was a Deacon and an Elder of Mt. Carmel Christian Church in Stone Mountain.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Powell Harris; daughters, Sandra and Max Jones, Big Canoe, and Patti Simmons, College Park; grandchildren, Jason and Kasey Simmons, Jasper, Amanda and Curtis Williams, Powder Springs, Shannon Jones Crews and Sean Crews, Ft. Mill, S.C.; and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Thursday, July 16 at 2:30 p.m. from Ward?s Stone Mountain Chapel with the Revs. Wayne Spangler and Seth Wortman officiating. Burial was held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga.

Randy Johnson
Mr. Randy Johnson, age 47 of Hill City Community, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2009 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Melissa Johnson, Hill City; mother, Arlene Crowe, Hill City; sons, Troy Johnson and Megan and Tyler Johnson and Syndel, all of Hill City; daughter, Macey Johnson, Hill City; brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Scottie Crowe and Keith and Jennifer Johnson, all of Hill City, and Brian and Kerry Johnson, Salem; sister, Janet Allgood, Powder Springs. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his father, Gene Johnson; and step-father, Hoyt Crowe.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 26 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. The Revs. Sylvester Ridings, Ricky Jarrett and General Roper officiated. Pallbearers were: Tyler Johnson, Keith Cantrell, Roger Mulkey, Conray Watson, Jacob Van Sant, Wayne and Allen Crowe, Tony Golden and Kenneth Poole.

Clenton Mewborn
Mr. Clenton Mewborn, age 62 of Pickens County, passed away Tuesday evening, July 21, 2009 at his residence.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Mewborn, Pickens County; son and daughter-in-law: Robert and Wanda Bridges, Ellijay; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Durham and James Winters of Waleska, Michelle Black and Mary Ann Buchanan, Marble Hill, and Jamie Mewborn and Shane Harris, both of Hill City; brothers, Robert Mewborn, Tate, Jerry and David Mewborn, both of Jasper, Lonnie Mewborn, Austell and Ronnie (Bimbo) Mewborn, Ellijay; and sisters, Linda Mewborn, Valdosta, and Geraldine Mewborn, Jasper. Ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. The Revs. Junior and Tom McTaggart officiated. Pallbearers were: Wally Black, Clinton Durham, Billy and Adam Medlin, Sammy and John Patterson, David Gilreath, Juan Espinoza, Dustin Mewborn, Ryan Evans, Kenny Chumley, Jake Reed and Jonathan Lee Ledbetter. The family did accept flowers or memorials may be made to assist with the funeral expenses.

Nora Ford
Nora Bailey Ford, age 61, passed away on July 22, 2009 in Jasper, Ga.
She was born on Sept. 1, 1947 in Richmond, Va., the first of two children born to Virginia May Montgomery and Edward Larned Bailey. She was also raised by and was particularly close with her paternal grandmother, Nora Parkerson Fogg, and Nora?s husband, Charles White Greene. Nora attended Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond and went on to earn her Bachelor?s degree from Westhampton College at the University of Richmond. She married her lifelong partner, Edward Matthew Ford, on March 15, 1968. Ed and Nora would go on to have four children and enjoy 41 years of marriage. She was a devoted wife and loving mother.
While raising her children, she still found time to pursue her passion of education and in 1976 started her own business tutoring math. She became well known for her ability to clearly decipher the mysteries of algebra, geometry and calculus and was a popular, successful tutor for hundreds of high school students. In her second business as a Mary Kay consultant, she enjoyed helping her clients for over 30 years. More recently, Nora developed a keen interest in genealogy and spent a great deal of time conducting her own research on the extended family.
Nora enjoyed being in the mountains of North Georgia. She and Ed had a home on Little Hendricks Peak in the Bent Tree Community near Jasper and spent much of their time there in recent years. Nora particularly loved watching the sunrise from the rear deck of the house.
Nora?s faith was very important to her. For years she and Ed attended Our Lady of the Assumption church and she was active with Marist Mother?s Prayer Group and the Bent Tree Bible Study group.
She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. She is survived by her husband, Ed; children, Mary Ford, Atlanta, Ga., Blair Ford, San Francisco, Ca., Brian Ford, Atlanta, Ga. and Matthew Ford, Austin, Tx.; grandchildren, Madeline, Finley, Alexander, Grace and Charles; and brother, Charles Bailey, Ball Ground, Ga.
A memorial service was held at Our Lady of the Assumption in Atlanta on Monday, July 27. In lieu of flowers, Nora had requested donations be made to the Joy House of Jasper ( where she had recently volunteered. Cagle Funeral Home in charge or arrangements.


Verlon Stone
Verlon Stone, age 93 of Jasper, passed Monday evening, July 20, 2009 at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. Stone was a veteran of WW II. He was a survivor of the Attack of Pearl Harbor and received a Purple Heart.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Stone, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Fields and Pat and Charles Holmes, all of Jasper; grandchildren, John Edison, Jr., Woodstock, and Joel Fields, Acworth. Five great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held Thursday, July 23 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with David Brown officiating. Interment followed in Mountain Cemetery. Taps was rendered by Leslie Miller. The American Flag was presented to his wife. Pallbearers were: Johnny King, Travis, Jeff and Tommy McDaniel, Jerry Goble and Charlie Felton. Honorary pallbearers were: Warren McDaniel and Roscoe Richards.


Frank White
Mr. Frank Warren White, age 87 of Ranger, passed away Friday, July 24, 2009.
Mr. White was born in Gordon County on August 22, 1921, the son of the late John Morgan and Bessie Townsend White. He was a veteran of WW II and a retired farmer, and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Ranger.
Mr. White was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Bonnie Pauline Thacker White; brothers, Richard and Rembert White; and sisters, Marena and Ollie Coggins.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Pete Townsend, Ranger, Marsha and Gary Parker, Jasper, and Melinda and Steve Walls, Jefferson, Ga.; grandchildren, Lisa Johnson, Angel Bell and Brandon Cronon; and great-grandchildren, Dillon Logan, Jessica and Triston Cronon and Cameron and Gracie Bell.
The funeral service was held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home with the Revs. Matt Latham, Thomas Wheeler and Terry Dean officiating. Burial followed in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Donnie, Bryant and Lou White, Dale Tatum, Anthony Roberts and Larry Thacker. Honorary pallbearers were: Jesse and Lowell Coggins, Jeff Thacker and Phillip and Anthony Oliver.
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Horace Kirk
On July 21 2009 Horace Chesley Kirk passed away at his home. He was 98 years old.
On March 28, 1911, he was born into a family of 10 children. His brothers and sisters were Clarence, Ethel, Lois, Earnest, Bell, Grace, Mack, Georgia Mae and Glenn. When he was 16 years old his mother died of tuberculosis, leaving behind the 10 children; Glenn was eight months old. Helping his father, Lonnie, and his Aunt Ora James with the family, he had a saw mill and logged timber.
With his brothers, Mack and Glenn, he played the music he loved so much. When WW II took him to serve in the Army Air Corp, he wrote to Lucile Byess of Marble Hill. Eventually he told her in a letter he thought they should marry. Correct in that, as he proved to be in many things, their marriage lasted for 66 loving years. They were married in Atlanta where she was working and returned to live in Washington, D.C. where he was stationed. While there he served in the Honor Guard for the funeral of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Following behind the caisson drawn by white horses, he marched from the train station to the White House. Working as a mechanic in the motorpool, he was not sent overseas. Lucile and Horace returned to Talking Rock with their baby son.
Cross Roads Church had stopped having services when he came home after the war. Getting together with Oscar McGaha, they began to have services again. Until his funeral there July 23 2009, he diligently served as a deacon with Lucile always by his side. They served Cross Roads Church and the sister churches around the county.
After retiring from his job as a mechanic, he spent his time in his woodworking shop where he made tables for all four of his children and most of his grandchildren. Always working together, Lucile crocheted tablecloths to cover the tables he made. They gardened and put up food to share with friends and family. Most of the time, they didn?t know how any they would feed; the invitation was extended to all. Fishing and hunting were his favorite pastimes.
As a good Christian man, Horace Kirk served his Lord and his family faithfully, humbly and with love. His funeral was all that he would have wanted, with the message that sinners be saved sent out with the prayers, preaching and beautiful singing. Our gratitude to all those involved. He is loved and missed.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lucile Byess Kirk; his children, Steve Kirk, Joan Hendrix, Judy Kirk and Joyce Anderson; grandchildren, Donna Collis, Tricia Poole, Amy Jones and Kirk Anderson; and his great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Poole, Kayla Collis, Tyson and Peyton Jones and Joli and Aiden Anderson.
The family would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for the prayers, sympathy and kindness of everyone, including the following:
Dr. Masters, Dr. Lopez and the staff of Amedisys Home Health, Jasper, Amedisys Hospice, Blue Ridge.
Preachers: The Revs. Charles Holbert, Calvin Ball, Robert Allen and Buck Parker.
Pallbearers: Ronnie and Randy Kirk, Jacob and Jason Segers and John and Andy Bishop.