James Jones, Jr.
James William (Bill) Jones, Jr., age 79 of Jasper, Ga., found peace and rest in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, May 24, 2010, following a hard fought battle with cancer.
A native of Copperhill, Tn., Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, James William Jones, Sr. and Leila Richard Jones, as well as his half-sister, Kathleen Jones Johnson.
Mr. Jones was honored to have served his country during the Korean War as a hospital corpsman for the United States Navy. He attended Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tn. for two years, graduated from the Cincinnati School of Embalming (currently Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science) in Cincinnati, Oh. and also attended the Georgia State College of Business Administration (currently Georgia State University) in Atlanta. As a young man, Mr. Jones was an employee of the Spring Hill Chapel of H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Directors. Following a career change and 29 years of service, he retired as the Southern Regional sales manager for William H. Rorer, Inc. (currently Sanofi-Aventis), where he was honored as an inductee into the William H. Rorer, Inc. Hall of Fame. After an additional five years of service with Schwarz Pharma LLC, he elected to enter into permanent retirement. Mr. Jones served as a faithful member and deacon of Foothills Community Church in Marble Hill, Ga. In recent years, he considered it a blessing to act as a volunteer in a local prison ministry, thereby touching many lives at the Pickens County Jail.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Jacqueline Hague Jones, Jasper; daughter, Catherine Jones, Suwanee, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law, W. Douglas and Wanda C. Jones, Lake St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, James William Jones III and Laura Lenae Jones; and brother and sister-in-law, Wendell Millard and Connie D. Jones, Chattanooga, Tn. Nieces and nephews also survive. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 27 from Foothills Community Church in Marble Hill with the Rev. John Reale and Dr. B.V. Franklin officiating. Entombment followed at 2 at Sawnee View Gardens in Cumming, Ga. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Foothills Community Church Building Fund, 13724 Hwy. 53 E, Marble Hill, Ga. 30148.
Mr. Willie Leonard Pye, age 74 of Nelson, Ga., died Monday, May 24, 2010 at Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton, Ga. following a sudden illness.
Born Oct. 9, 1935 in Bartow County, Ga., he was the son of the late James W. Pye, Sr. and Carolyn Johnson Pye. Mr. Pye was a U.S. Army veteran having retired after 30 years of service and had work as an Insurance Agent for 10 years with the Independent Life Insurance Company.
Survivors include, daughters, Natalie Riley and Kim Jones, both of Canton; son, Leonard Pye, Hampton, Ga.; step-sons, Trent, Kelly, Shane and Renfus Pye, all of Canton; sisters, Emma Mullins, Union City, Ga., Virginia Pye, Douglasville, Ga., Vivian Chatman, Holly Springs, Ga., Sandra Thomas, College Park, Ga., and April Pye, of Douglasville; brothers, Jesse Pye, Atlanta; Leon Pye, Decatur, and James Pye, Jr., of Nelson; grandchildren, Chonsie, Javaun and Jordan Pye, Synitta Riley, LaQuita Foster and Peltrie Jones; and great-grandchild, Anijah Jones. A host of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 28 from True Life Church (formerly World Harvest Church) with the remains placed in state at the church at 9 a.m. Revs. John H. Brown and Robert Holmes officiated, with interment at 12:30 at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton with full military honors.
James Edwin Riherd, age 89, died May 24, 2010, at Wildwood Nursing Home in Jasper. He was born in Cave City, Ky. on Feb. 24, 1921.
James went on and pursued a higher education at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky. At Georgetown, he excelled at math and theological studies. He also attended and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Tx.
He spent the next almost 30 years as a full-time minister. He then got into the school system as a teacher and administrator while continuing to pastor part-time. When he retired from the school system, he continued to pastor and teach Sunday School well into his 80?s in South Georgia. Along with spreading the gospel, he was an avid farmer and loved being in his garden.
James was a loving man that enjoyed the simpler things in life. He could always be counted on for stimulating conversation, wonderful stories about life on a farm, or just a good laugh. He will be dearly missed, but we know he is with his Heavenly Father and that he is whole once again.
He is survived by his son, Ed Mark Riherd, New York; daughter, Donna Miller, Tallahassee; and grandchildren, Chelsey, Jasper, Stephanie, Mississippi, and Stephen, Monticello. Seven great-grandchildren also survive.
A memorial service will be held on June 8 at 11 a.m. from Mt. Hope Community Church at 5335 Hwy. 53 W, Jasper, Ga. 30143. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mt. Hope Community Church in James Riherd?s memory.
Mr. Ben Jim Brooks, age 81 of Jasper, passed away at his residence Sunday, May 16, 2010.
Survivors include his wife, Jewell Brooks, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Kay Brooks, Chattanooga, Tn.; daughter, Joan Stone, Chattanooga, Tn.; brothers and sister-in-law, Gene and Christine Brooks, Jasper, and Ernest Brooks, Canton; sisters, Marie Fountain and Opalene Parton, both of Canton, Ilene Rogers, Ethel Norton and Lemmer Graves; and sister-in-law, Frances Brooks. Four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Brooks.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Ernest Hughes and Buck Parker officiating. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Keith Cantrell, Chad Lathem, Roger Mulkey, Bobby Newsome, Jeremy Wilson and James Pumpkin Stokes.
Mrs. Betty Wilson Dean, age 56 of Canton, passed away Tuesday June 1, 2010 at Northside Hospital-Cherokee.
Mrs. Dean was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Rydal. She was employed by Goss Tractor for over 37 years. She was a devoted grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Tom Dean, Canton; daughters and sons-in-law, Tammie and Jason Anderson, Canton, Connie and Jason Phillips, Cartersville, and Deanna Clackum, Canton; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Christy Dean, Jasper; sisters, Darlene Fountain and Dixie Byers, both of Jasper, Eunice McCoy and Doris Dean, Ball Ground; brother, John Wilson, Ball Ground; and grandchildren, Jake Dean, Tucker Dean, Joshua Phillips and Will Anderson. Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her sister, Pat Gentry.
The body remains at Roper Funeral Home with visitation all day Wednesday and Thursday until the funeral hour. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday from the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with the Rev. Huey Holloway officiating. Interment will follow in the Panwill Cemetery in McCaysville, Ga. The family will accept flowers or those who desire may make contributions to the Ronald McDonald House.
Mrs. Edith Evans Fields, age 83 of Jasper, passed away June 1, 2010 at Heritage Healthcare of Jasper.
She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law: Ronnie and Stacy Fields, Jasper, Jim Fields and his fiance, Peggy Allen; and grandchildren, Brittany Fields Gaddis, Jacob Thomas Fields, Ethan Evan Fields, Ellie Andreah Fields and Emily Frances Fields, all of Jasper. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with the Revs. Grant Wade and Autry Dean officiating. Interment followed in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.