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Obituaries January 13, 2011 - Frances Lyons, Eunice Ballew, Mildred Pearson, Lou Ola Forrester, Zebbie Richards, Elizabeth Mullins

Frances Lyons

Mrs. Frances Smith Lyons, age 89 of Rome, Ga., and a former resident of Big Canoe, passed away Monday evening, Jan. 3, 2011, in a local hospital.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 11, 1921, daughter of the late Walter Kennedy Smith, Sr. and the late Marie Schroeder Smith. She was a graduate of Mundelein College, received her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago and was a retired Chemistry and Biology teacher.

Mrs. Lyons was a veteran of WW II, having served as a Pharmacist Mate First Class in the U.S. Navy. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was married to Raymond Stanton (Stan) Lyons and he preceded her in death in 2002.

Survivors include a daughter, Ms. Mary Frances Lyons, Woodbridge, Ct.; son, Raymond (Ray) Lyons, and his wife, Melinda, Rome; brother, Walter K. Smith, Denver, Co.; sister, Mrs. Marcie Hermanson, Chicago, Il; and grandchildren, Abigail Lyons, Rome, and Benjamin Volvovitz, Cy. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A funeral Mass was held on Friday, Jan, 7 at 1 p.m. from St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Ed Danneker celebrating the Mass. There was a reception and visitation with the Lyons family in the Parish Hall after Mass. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Eunice Ballew

Mrs. Eunice Ballew, age 91 of Fairmount, passed away Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Gordon Health Care Center.

Mrs. Ballew was a native of Gordon County. She was born on August 11, 1919, to the late Bob and Audrey Shirley Brannon. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Perry Ballew. Mrs. Ballew was retired from Lacey Mills.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Nancy Ballew, Fairmount; daughter, Doris Haddock, Conyers; sisters, Willene Cochran, Acworth, and Dymple Childers, Fairmount. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Kelly Haddock Brown and Paige Fouts and her husband Terry; and great-grandchildren, Chris Fouts, Sydney Kate Brown and Savannah Coley Brown. Many other friends and relatives also survive.

The funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home with the Revs. Eddie Brannon and Freddie Craig officiating. Interment followed in the Ryo (Pleasant Grove) Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Kenny and Ronnie Childers, Randy, Blake and Steve Brannon and Larry Rogers. Honorary escort was management and staff of Gordon Health Care Center.

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Mildred Pearson

Mrs. Mildred Pearson, age 83 of Ball Ground, passed away on Jan. 3, 2011, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Mrs. Pearson was born on Nov. 26, 1927, in Jackson County, Ga., and was the daughter of Luther and Lillie Flanagin Brookshire. She was a retired head cook at two Cumming Nursing Centers and had also worked as a laundry assistant. She was a member of Four Mile Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Melinda Sams, Calhoun; and daughter, Barbara Lewis, Ball Ground. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 6,  from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Clyde Boling and Jeff Wilkie officiating. Interment followed in Four Mile Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Steve and Derrick Sams, Phillip James, Randall Haynes, Kenneth Nix and Morris Puckett.

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Lou Ola Forrester

Mrs. Lou Ola Forrester, age 91 of Jasper, passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Grandview Health Care Center.

Survivors include her son, Charles Jordan, Talking Rock; and daughters, Martha J. Mathews, Jasper, Judy Ingram, Gainesville, and Emily Wiederhold, Fl. Seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Steven Chapman officiating. Interment followed in Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Scotty, Alex and Joshua Jordan, Chris Walker and Austin and Will Mathews. The family did accept flowers or donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Zebbie Richards

Mrs. Zebbie Stiles Richards, age 81 of Elizabeth St., Jasper, Ga., died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010.

Mrs. Richards was born on March 28, 1929, in Cherokee County, N.C.  She was the daughter of the late Edgar and Josie Cearley Stiles. She was a housewife and a member of the Bible Way Church. Mrs. Richards was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Richards.

Survivors include her daughters, Joyce Pendley, Ellijay, and Karron Stewart, Hinton; and sons:, Aaron Richards, Jasper, Darron Richards, West Virginia, and Farron Richards, Jasper Eleven grandchildren, five great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with the Revs. Johnny Hollingshead and John Hulen Ridings, Sr. officiating. Music was by Daniel Reeves, Raymond and Omie Mashburn and Harold Fouts. Pallbearers were: Jonathan Parker, Jessie Richards, Jamie Fowler, Michael Taylor, Eric McNemar, Zack McAllister and Clint Turpin. Interment followed in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Pickens County.


Elizabeth Mullins

Mrs. Elizabeth Mullins, age 107 of Talking Rock, Ga., died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Heritage Healthcare in Jasper, Ga., following a period of declining health.

Born Sept. 10, 1903, in Fairburn, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Dr. William Howard Elder and Lillian Shannon Elder. Mrs. Mullins majored in music at Tift College, had a conservatory diploma in piano performance and a degree in education from Oglethorpe University. She studied piano pedagogy at Washington University and was state and nationally certified as teacher of piano and held emeritus certificates in both.

 Mrs. Mullins taught in the DeKalb County Schools for 20 years and then retired to spend full-time with music. She taught piano privately and served as a volunteer for Life Enrichment Services.

Mrs. Mullins was a member of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, Ga., where she served as pianist and organist for many years.

Survivors include her son, Irvin Mullins, Talking Rock; daughter, Carolyn Bragg, Melbourne, Fl.; and grandchildren, Jon Bragg, of Melbourne, Fl., and Sgt. Michael Bragg, U.S. National Guard, Fl. Three great-grandchildren and eight nieces and nephews also survive.

At her request, Mrs. Mullins was cremated and a memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Jasper United Methodist Church in Jasper with the Rev. Chip Wilson will officiating. Roper Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.