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Obituaries for Feb. 17, 2011: Mary Pagel, Dawn Wood, Ora Belle Carver, Marguerite Allen, Jim Johnson, Raymond & Cythina Campbell, Ludlow Porch, Linda Henderson, Jesse Ward, Sr.

Mary Pagel

Mary Bradley Douglas Pagel, age 89 of Jasper, Ga., died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at her residence following a period of declining health.
Born and raised in Montgomery, Al., on May 10, 1921, to Stephen and Lucile Douglas, Mrs. Pagel had a pioneering spirit from early on. She graduated from Margaret Booth School, as well as Huntington College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Art.
In 1949, the Pagels moved to Roberta, Ga., where Mrs. Pagel’s never-ending quest to learn instigated her creation of the first preschool in Crawford County. She went on to enjoy a successful career as a third grade public school teacher and then later worked as the county’s high school art teacher, developing her own art curriculum. It was as an art teacher she was able to share her love and appreciation of many different mediums of art. She worked in sculpture, fiber arts, ceramics, painting and drawing and later in life enjoyed wood carving, chair caning and stained glass. Mr. and Mrs. Pagel have long been involved in supporting community arts through promoting art shows, operating an art gallery and frame shop and teaching classes.
Two years after graduating college in 1941, Mrs. Pagel proudly volunteered to serve her country in the United States Navy during World War II. During her service as a Navy Wave she worked as an aviation machinist’s mate, as well as received her pilot’s license. While stationed in Corpus Christi, Tx., she met and married her husband of 65 years, John “Jack” T. Pagel, Jr. After her service in the Navy ended in 1945, Mr. and Mrs. Pagel moved back to Alabama where the couple worked as cattle ranchers. After moving to Jasper in 1995, Mr. and Mrs. Pagel became members of Jasper United Methodist Church. Mrs. Pagel enjoyed gardening and continued to be an artist until her death.
She is preceded in death by her beloved parents and two sisters, Dorothy Douglas Greene and Joyce Douglas Hartley; and two precious children, Stephen Douglas Pagel and Jessica Lynn Pagel.
Mrs. Pagel was a member of DAR, UDC, Retired Teachers and the United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jack; son, Johnny Pagel, and daughter-in-law, Bonny Pagel, Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter, Lucile Elkins, and son-in-law, Joe Elkins; and daughter, Jenny Pagel, all of Jasper; grandsons, John Pagel, Palmer, Alaska, James Pagel, St. Augustine, Fl., and Andy Pagel, Fairbanks, Alaska; granddaughters, Jessica White and Bonnie Elkins, both of Jasper, and Emma Elkins, Atlanta; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, from Jasper United Methodist Church with the Revs. Chip Wilson, Hoyt Jenkins and Al Larson officiating. Interment of the cremains was at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Roberta City Cemetery in Roberta, Ga., with U.S. Naval Military Honors. The Rev. Jim Hamlin officiated. The family asks that flowers be omitted and anyone desiring to do so may make contributions to the Jasper United Methodist Church. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Dawn Wood

Dawn Denise Wood went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011.
Dawn was born on Sept. 28, 1967. She was a graduate of Ridgeview High School. Dawn worked in her father’s, E. Warren Wood, Jr., salon in Buckhead prior to moving to her grandparents’ family home in Soperton, Ga. She loved nature, animals, crossword puzzles and was an avid reader.
Dawn is the beloved daughter of Mary Frances Wood (Gerald Massey) and E. Warren Wood, Jr. (Lauri Shaw-Wood). She is survived by her dearest love, Burke Hodges; siblings, Warren (Tammy), Jason (Kim), Scout and Levi Wood; and niece, Ashley Wood. She was the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wood, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. James Allan Higgs.
Friends and family visited the Wood home on Saturday, Feb. 12. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Laurens County Humane Society, 618 Firetower Road, Dublin, Ga. 31021; First Christian Church of Stockbridge, 102 Valley Hill Road, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281; or the Mentor’s Project of Bibb County, PO Box 13750, Macon, Ga. 31280. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Ora Belle Carver

Mrs. Ora Belle Carver, age 93 of Jasper, Ga., died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Grandview Healthcare Center in Jasper following a period of declining health.
Born May 20, 1917 in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Lela Sutton Simmons. Mrs. Carver had worked as a sales clerk with Robinette’s Store and had been a member of Refuge Baptist Church in Jasper since 1930. Singing and writing were Mrs. Carver’s passions in life.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Faye Simmons, Dalton, Ga.; and cousins, Grace Reece, Woodstock, Ga., and Kate Johnston, Canton, Ga. Other cousins, friends and neighbors also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rick Jarrett officiating. Interment followed in Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.


Marguerite Allen
Ms. Marguerite Sadie Allen, age 91 of Talking Rock, Ga., died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Wildwood Nursing Home following a period of declining health.
Born May 15, 1919 in Fulton County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late William Herbert Allen and Reba Annette Blair Allen. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Jasper.
Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Susan Reeves, Janet Hamrick, Allen Hamrick, and W. Gary Hamrick, Sr.; one great-nephew; four great-nieces; and two great-great-nephews.
The funeral service was held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11,  from the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Dr. Jerry Johnson officiating. Interment followed in the Hinton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Jasper or the American Cancer Society.


Jim Johnson
Mr. James Robert “Jim” Johnson, age 90 of Talking Rock, Ga., died Feb. 10, 2011, at his residence.
Born on April 5, 1920, in Fulton County, Ga., to the late William and Lenora Johnson, Mr. Johnson was owner/operator of JR Johnson Welding Company. He was also a member of the Ludville Church of God.
He was survived by his wife, Betty Johnson, Talking Rock; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Barbara Johnson, Ellijay, GA.; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Paul Wilson, Lithia Springs, Ga.; grandchildren, Amy and Mark Bezdek, Ball Ground, Ga., Susan and Brian Horton, Foster City, Ca., Brad and Elizabeth Wilson, Dallas, Ga., and Mark and Ann Wilson, Acworth, Ga.; sister, Betty Evans, Stockbridge, Ga., and step-children, Jim and Kim Evans, Douglasville, Ga., Deb and Phil Keaton, North Park, Fl., Pat and Alan Norton, Austell, Ga., Cindy and Derrick Goolsby and Donna and Randy Locke, all of Douglasville, Ga. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, from the Ludville Church of God with the Revs. Len Pirkle and Junior Craig officiating. Interment followed at 3 p.m. in the Mt. Harmony Memorial Gardens in Mableton, Ga. The family did accept flowers or donations can be made to the Ludville Church of God. Roper Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.


Raymond & Cythina Campbell
Raymond and Cythina Campbell, ages 55 and 53 of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. They were members of Grace Baptist Church in Ellijay.
Survivors include their children, Trinity Abbott, Ellijay, and Scott and Sandra Campbell (expecting first son, Jacob), Villa Rica; grandchildren, Eli, Israel, Phillip and Jeremiah Abbott. Raymond has three siblings surviving; Cythina’s mother, Veda McGinnis, survives as well as nine siblings; and a number of other family and friends also survive.
The funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. from Ingram Funeral Home Chapel in Cumming with the Rev. Phillip Trask officiating. Interment followed in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The family will be establishing a fund for the grandchildren at a later date.
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Ludlow Porch
Ludlow Porch was born Bobby Crawford Hanson on Oct. 11, 1934. He was an American radio humorist, popular throughout the United States and especially in his beloved South.  Anyone who has lived in the South very long has likely listened to the incomparable Porch and laughed for hours at his irreverent, yet genial and gentle humor.  Ludlow cared little for politically correctness or the vicious talk show radio that permeates the airwaves these days. Instead he made people laugh with his spoofs and conversations with his regular “Wackos.”
Ludlow Porch, a Chapel member, died a little after 6 a.m. on Feb. 11 following a stroke. The service will be at Big Canoe Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. with Dr. Jimmy R. Allen officiating. A memorial reception will follow in the Broyles Community Center adjacent to the Chapel and the Varsity will be catering the reception. 
Ludlow served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.  He was 17 years old and still flies a U.S. Marine flag in the yard of his mountain home with a back deck overlooking Amicalola Falls.  Ludlow’s stepbrother was the late humorist and Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Lewis Grizzard. It was Grizzard who introduced Ludlow to Sports Illustrated as a master of trivia. The magazine sent someone to interview Ludlow and his trivia knowledge was written up in Sports Illustrated. That was the springboard for Ludlow enter the radio business. He was a guest on WSB and then became the Ringmaster for WRNG Radio in the 1970s (now CNN Radio). His show was a great success and after a decade, he moved back to WSB where he remained for more than a decade. He then founded the Funseekers Network in 1994 and remained a radio talk show host until his health failed. Ludlow always ended his show with his famous line: “Whatever else you do today, you find somebody to be nice to!”
Ludlow was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2007 and is the author of a number of books.
At the time of his death, he was married to Nancy Hanson since 1996 after becoming a widower. He and Nancy were a team and even she did not escape his wacky sense of humor. When she was to receive an award from Florida State University, her alma mater, Ludlow reported on his Funseekers Network that the award was for a 62-yard field goal she kicked against Baylor.  (The award was a Centennial Laureate Award from the FSU College of Family and Consumer Sciences.)
In real life, Ludlow was a generous and kind-hearted man.  When Dr. Jimmy Allen’s late wife Wands took a terrible fall from a deck on Sanderlin Mountain, Ludlow gave a fundraising program of humor to benefit Wanda to help with huge medical bills. 
In addition to his wife Nancy, Ludlow Porch is survived by his children, Barbara Davison, Ashville, N.C., Philip Hanson, Marietta, Charles McGarvey, Washington, DC, and Kyle Harvey, Alpharetta; grandchildren, Liz and Will Lewis, Michael and Jennifer Franklin, Kathryn Hanson and Helen Hanson; and great-grandchildren, Hayley and Nathan Franklin. He was predeceased by a daughter, Leigh Ann Hanson.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 122 S. St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314 or to the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 5313, St. Mary’s, Ga. 31558


Linda Henderson
Mrs. Linda M. Henderson, age 89 of Jasper, passed away Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at her residence.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Ethel Henderson, Ellijay; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Tommy Wehunt, Jasper; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Gene and Betty Henderson, Jasper, and Joe Queen, Morganton; and sisters-in-law, Sue Henderson, Talking Rock, and Annie Henderson, Jasper. Four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Gay officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Ronnie and Ricky Kirk, Randy Banks, Gary Neal Banks, Jeremy Henderson and Keith Gilbert. The family did accept flowers or donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


Jesse Ward, Sr.
Mr. Jesse David Ward, Sr., age 102, passed away Jan. 28, 2011, at Grandview Health Care Center. A native of Newberry, S.C., he was the widower of Lois Wall Ward and the son of the late Marzie Livingston and Arthur Chester Ward.
He was a 1929 graduate of Newberry College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in Natural Sciences. He completed post-graduate work in the School of Chemistry, University of Alabama, where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in 1932. He received a certificate in Technical Writing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., in 1958.
A teacher of Chemistry and Physics and orchestra director, he had served in the high schools of Bowdon, Ga., Bay Minette, Al., and Rock Hill S.C.  In 1943 he taught chemistry in the Penn State War Training Program at Albright College, Reading, Pa.
After leaving the teaching profession in 1937, he joined the Glidden Company, Reading, Pa., as a chemist and formulator of paints, lacquers and enamels. Part of this service was spent in formulation of specification lacquers for the Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia, Pa. He left the Glidden Company to serve with the War Production Board in Washington, DC, and was assigned to the Office of the Rubber Director as an Associate Industrial Analyst. On his return to industry, he joined the Pigments Division of American Cyanamid Company, Wayne, N.J. He spent 27 years with Cyanamid, retiring in 1971 after serving as a Technical Service Chemist, Laboratory Supervisor, Technical Editor and the last ten years as Advertising Manager for the Pigments Division.
While residing in Westfield, N.J., he was a member of the First Baptist Church where he served two terms as chairman of the Board of Deacons.  When he moved to Spartanburg, he joined the First Baptist Church and was a member of the fellowship class. He was an Emeritus member of the American Chemical Society with membership dating from 1944. Since 1974 he was a member of the Spartanburg Lions Club and was named Lion of the Year 1979-80; he was honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Spartanburg Club and Lions International in 1990; in 1992 he was elected Lion Tamer. For 10 years he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the S. C. Lions Eye Bank, West Columbia. On Sept. 1, 1998, he moved to Jasper, Ga.   He was a member of the Jasper First Baptist Church, the Gideon Sunday School Class and a member of the Jasper Lions Club.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Joan Ward, Jasper; grandchildren, Margie Lindh, Judy Robertson, Hope Schobak and Richard Higinbothan.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, from Jasper First Baptist Church with Dr. Jimmy Lewis officiating.  Interment followed in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Spartanburg, S.C., at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, with Dr. Charlie Bogan officiating. Contributions may be made to either Jasper First Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Jasper Lions Club. Roper Funeral Home of Jasper in charge of the arrangements.