Mr. Danny William Chatman, age 59 of Jasper, Ga., died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 at Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton, Ga. following a period of declining health.
Born Dec. 10, 1950 in Pickens County, Danny was preceded in death by his father, Harvey Chatman; and a brother, Reginald Chatman. Mr. Chatman was employed by Phoenix Water and Sewer and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Jasper.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Frances Chatman, Jasper; daughters and son-in-law, Raven Chatman, Shay Watts and Portia and Roy Elrod, all of Canton; sisters, Beverly Hooks and Andrea Johnson, both of Jasper; brothers, Steve Dawson, Jasper, and Cedric Dawson, Cleveland, Ga.; and very special friends, Martha Nell Johnson and Jake Stephens, both of Canton. Eight grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 from Friendship Baptist Church in Jasper with the Rev. L.S. Thomas officiating. Interment followed in Norton Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Fred Anderson, Darron Gregory, Sidney Hooks, Ricky and Jerome Benson and Shawn Goss. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Jerrie Louise Roper, age 69 of Ball Ground, passed away Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at Embracing Hospice in Cumming.
Mrs. Roper was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Roper; and grandson, Jonathan Pitner.
Survivors include her children, Ricky Pharr, Jasper, Lynn Chester, Crandall, Anne Kelley, White, and Denice Whitfield, Ball Ground; mother, Mary Lou Holder, Ball Ground; sisters, Barbara Thomason, Ball Ground, and Geraldine Jeans, Canton; and brothers, John Holder, Braselton, and Joe Holder, Fairmount. Nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Sylvester Ridings officiating. Interment followed in Yellow Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Edsel C. Hammontree, age 68 of Jasper, passed away Feb. 2, 2010 at his residence.
Mr. Hammontree retired from Lockheed in Marietta, Ga. He was an avid car enthusiast who enjoyed building and showing street rods.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Gilla Hammontree; son and daughter-in-law Craig and Tuesday Hammontree, Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Angela and Peter Wessner, Marietta, and Donna and Jeff Camron, Cartersville; grandchildren, Matthew Wessner, Marietta, Catie and Carah Camron, Cartersville, and Samuel Hammontree, Jasper; sisters and brothers-in-law, Geraldine and John Moody, Jasper, and Debra and Thomas Baker, Plano, Tx.; and brother and sister-in-law, James and Suzanne Hammontree, Jasper. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at Sharp Mountain Church Fellowship Hall in Ball Ground, Ga. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Margaret Elizabeth Reeves Gallagher was born on Dec. 4, 1918 in Sycamore, Ga. She died peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 2, 2010. She is now with Jesus Christ to whom she gave her life more than 50 years ago.
She was predeceased 11 months ago by her husband Richard ?Mickey?. She was lost without him. In addition to the relatives listed, she is survived by her brother, Don Peterson.
Margaret grew up in Atlanta, Ga. where she met her first husband, Robert ?Bob? Clarke, and had her two sons, Bob and Bruce. Both served during the Vietnam War and came safely home to marry the loves of their lives, Pam and Sally, leaving Margaret with a rich legacy of four grandchildren, Susan, Kathy, Bobby and Jimmy, and five great-grandchildren, Jordan, Ryan, Erin, Morgan and Cameron.
She later married Mickey in the early 1950s and remained his wife until the day he died. Both were active in the church in Rochelle Park, N.J. and then in Jasper, Ga. where they made their permanent home for most of their adult lives. Margaret was a trained bookkeeper and dedicated social worker serving in nursing homes and caring for the elderly. She had a heart for the lost and abandoned and gave her time and love to the elderly with selfless compassion. She and Mickey were founding members of The Chapel Assemblies of God in Jasper which started in their living room. They taught countless Sunday School classes, led youth groups, helped prisoners and gave their whole hearts to the church.
After Bruce?s death in 1974, she dedicated much of her life to his children, Susan Clark Staley and Kathy Clark Silverglate, caring for them every summer during their school years (always with the encouragement and love of their mother, Sally).
Margaret moved to Charlotte seven years ago to be closer to her oldest granddaughter, Susan who, along with her husband Kevin, helped care of her and Mickey in the sunset of their lives.
Her legacy will live on in her relatives but also in all who know Jesus Christ because she was not afraid to share Him.
Estelle Cox Farmer, age 94, of Dogwood Forest, Gainesville Ga., formerly of Athens, passed away peacefully on Feb. 2, 2010 following an extended illness. She was surrounded by her loving family and caretakers.
Mrs. Farmer was born Nov. 3, 1915 in Pickens County, Ga. to the late Quillian A. Cox and Lemma Duncan Cox. She received her early education in a one-room schoolhouse, then graduated from Tate High School. She graduated from LaGrange College in 1937 where she received her AB degree in French. Always a leader, she was president of her class in 1935, ?36 and ?37 and was elected Miss LaGrange College her senior year. She received both her Master?s degree and Specialist degree in Education at the University of Georgia.
Mrs. Farmer taught school in Union Point, Gainesville, Atlanta and spent 21 years of her career in the Athens city schools. In 1966 she became principal of Gaines School. She was principal of Oglethorpe Ave. Elementary School for nine years and retired in 1978. She was a notable educator. The day of her retirement was proclaimed ?Estelle Farmer Day? by the mayor of Athens.
As her teachers progressed into administration, Mrs. Farmer advised, ?Be firm, be fair and be friendly.? She also advised, ?Never ask someone to do something you wouldn't do yourself.? Among her statewide awards and offices were the Kappa Delta Pi district award for Excellence in Administration, membership in the Georgia Social Studies Committee for Curriculum Development and membership on the Georgia Accreditation Committee.
Mrs. Farmer and her late husband James were charter members of Milledge Ave. Baptist Church. They were also members of the Athens Country Club. She was a golfer, a gardener and a bridge player. She cherished any and all children. Family, friends and her church were most important to her. She provided and received love, affection and endless entertainment to those close to her, including her devoted nephews and niece.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband. James R. Farmer; her sisters, L.M. DeLong, Gladys Chambers and Lois Cox; by her brothers-in-law, Bob Chambers and Jack Farmer; sister-in-law, Pearl Farmer; and nephew, Bob Farmer, and his wife Marian Anne.
Survivors include her niece, Sissy Pledger and husband Ed; her nephews, Bobby Chambers and wife Patti, Frank DeLong III and wife Lise, Jimmy Farmer and wife Jane, Len Farmer, Travis Farmer and wife Pat; brothers-in-law, Frank DeLong Jr. and wife Dollie and Robert Farmer; sister-in-law, Major Farmer; great-nephews, Rob Chambers, Jim, Bob and Sean Farmer; great-nieces, Sally Kirchner, Emilie DeLong, Nicole DeLong and Leslie Farmer; and a number of great-great-nephews and nieces and by several cousins. She is also survived by Mary Gillespie, Odessa Richie, Joyce Woodard and Betty Chester, who were her loving caretakers and dear friends.
A memorial service is scheduled for Feb, 13, 11 a.m. at Milledge Ave. Baptist Church, 1690 South Milledge Ave, Athens, Ga. Dr. Edward R. Bolen will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in Estelle C. Farmer?s memory to Milledge Ave. Baptist Church, 1690 Milledge Ave., Athens, Ga 30605.
Rev. John Mullins
Rev. John J. Mullins, age 58 of the Hill City community. passed Thursday morning, Feb. 4, 2010 at North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene Mullins, Hill City; step-mother, Pauline Mullins, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Marjorie Mullins, Fort Drum, N.Y.; daughters and son-in-law, Shena and Eric Wilmarth and Rachel Mullins, all of Jasper; brother, Bill Mullins, Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ruth and Reggie Weaver, Ellijay; and grandchildren, Makayla and Jared Angel and Jesse, Cameron and Elizabeth Mullins.
The funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. from County Line Baptist Church with the Revs. James Sanders, Hershel Ledford and Ralph Harper officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery with Pickens Star Lodge #220 in charge of the Masonic graveside service. Pallbearers were: Bill, William and Alan Mullins, Danny Buchanan, Greg Davis and Eugene Bruce. Honorary pallbearers were: Jesse and Cameron Mullins and Makayla and Jared Angel. The family did accept flowers or memorials may be made to the grandchildrens education fund. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. C.J. Mulkey, age 61 of Augusta, Ga. and formerly of Tate, passed early Saturday morning, Feb. 6, 2010 at the Veterans Medical Center-Downtown in Augusta.
Mr. Mulkey was an Army veteran having served with the 173rd Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1968-1970 and honorably discharged in 1974.
Survivors include his wife, Shelia Hall Mulkey, Augusta; daughters and sons-in-law, Becky Estes, Jasper, Shannon and Brad Hill, Homer, Ga., Shawna and Roger Levine, Watkinsville Ga., and Brandie and Daniel Rogers, Ellijay; brothers, Kenneth and Mark Mulkey, both of Tate; sisters, Jean and Roy Roberts, Tate, Helen and Alan Roland, Ranger, and Susan Mulkey, Jasper; second mother, Irene Anderson; his cats, Alex and PeeWee; and his beloved dog, Arttie. Nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleadus and Clewell Mulkey; brother, Buddy Mulkey; and sisters, Deborah and Evelyn Mulkey.
The funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. from Gospel Temple in Ball Ground with the Rev. A.W. (Butch) Roberts officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery with local Chapter #47 DAV in charge of military graveside services. Pallbearers were: Gary and Donald Anderson, Daniel Rogers, Roger Levine, Brad Hill and Derick Mulkey. The family did accept flowers; however, memorials may be made to Alliance Hospice, Augusta, or the American Cancer Society. A special thank you to the staff of Alliance Hospice and the doctors and medical staff at the Augusta Veterans Medical Center-Downtown. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ms. Denise Higgins Martin, age 50 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 at her residence.
Ms. Martin was employed in the retail business and was an active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jasper. Denise loved animals and needlepoint.
She was preceded in death by her father, O.A. Higgins; her twin sister, Diane Scott; and her grandparents, Ed and Dessie Spain. Survivors include her mother and step-father, Jean and Michael Hogue; and sister, Becky Higgins. Numerous other relatives and friends also survive.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jasper with Pastor Ben Mock and Pastor Tony Ramirez officiating. Interment was held Friday at Highland Memorial Gardens in Birmingham, Al. with the Rev. Steve Thomas officiating. Contributions can be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1036 N Main St., Jasper. Ga. 30143. Sosebee Funeral Home in Canton in charge of arrangements.
Charlie Arnold Lee Cochran of Cartersville died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010.
Mr. Cochran was born Feb. 29, 1917 in Fannin County, the son of Fred and Kansas Cochran. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and was a mechanic for over 40 years. He loved raising a garden, fishing and hunting. He lived in the Center Community in Cartersville and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Ludville, Ga. Mr. Cochran was a beloved father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Mae Cochran; his parents; two infant sons, Donald and Richard; brother, Cecil Cochran; and sisters, Essie Rogers, Ella Roy and Ora Eads. He has one surviving sister, Ruby Nelson of Washington State.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Robert Henry and Latrice Cochran, Cartersville; grandchildren Robert Lee and Julie Cochran, Clint and Bridget Cochran and Tifney Deputy and Jason Neal; and great-grandchildren, Tyler and Alex Cochran, Elijah and Adam Deputy and Ruby Cochran.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Ludville, Ga. Burial was in the church cemetery. Owen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.