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Obituaries for Feb. 24: Jeffrey Smith, Lois Heath, Tom Popa, Randy Williams, Jerrie Hall, Herman Ray, Bobbie Childers, Mona Lawson

Jeffrey Smith

Mr. Jeffrey Lee Smith passed away on Jan. 25, 2011. He was born Nov. 20, 1968.

Survivors include his wife, Pansy Renee Smith; son, Cody Lee Smith, Ball Ground; daughter, Kimberly Diane Meade, and husband Christopher, Ball Ground; grandchildren, McKinzie, McKalah, Easton, Natallee and Kaylee Rhae; and mother, Lola Human Smith, Jamestown, Tn. A host of family and friends also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, J.T. Smith; brother, Joey Smith; and sister, Janet Smith Featherston.

The memorial service will be held at New Bethel Baptist Church, Victoria Road, Woodstock, Ga., on March 5 at 2 p.m.

Lois Heath

Mrs. Lois Belle Heath, age 86 of Marble Hill, Ga., died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tn., following an extended illness.

Born May 11, 1924, in Pickens County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Oscar Lee and Lillie Belle Padgett Holcomb. Mrs. Heath was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her sons, Michael David and Boyd L. Heath, Jr., both of Marble Hill; and sister, Mrs. Florence Mitchell, Canton, Ga. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, from Four Mile Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Gay, Larry Beck and William Blackwell officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Tom Popa

Mr. Thomas Michael “Tom” Popa, age 62 of Talking Rock, Ga., died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at his residence with his family by his side.

Born Sept. 30, 1948, in Mount Clemens, Mi., he was the son of the late Mike and RoseMary Sears Popa. Tom was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He had a deep love for his wife Melody and his family.

He loved Michigan and the Wolverines, “Go Blue.” Mr. Popa was owner/operator of TMP Construction and was a member of the Foothills Community Church.

Survivors include his wife, Melody Popa, Talking Rock, Ga.; sons and daughter-in-law, Thomas, Jr. and Angela Popa, Tampa, Fl., and Lance Disharoon, Dawsonville, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Caleb Warren, Newnan, Ga.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Michaeleen and Tom Schippert, Shelby Township, Mi., Lolita and Ken Pegelo, Harrison Township, Mi., Diane and Bill Destross, Mount Clemens, Mi., Cynthia and David Hankins, Lanesville, In., and Dawn and Alan Adamcyzk, Harrison Township, Mi.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dennis and Heather Popa, Greenville, S.C.. Phillip and Sharon Popa and Keith Popa, all of Port Charlotte, Fl., and Mark and Geri Popa, Harrison Township, Mi. Numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

At his request, Mr. Popa was cremated. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at Foothills Community Church with Dr. John Reale will officiating. Flowers were accepted; however, those desiring to do so, can make contributions to the Foothills Community Church, in memory of Thomas Michael Popa, 13724 Highway 53 E., Marble Hill, Ga. 30148. Roper Funeral Home of Jasper in charge of the arrangements.

Randy Williams

Randy Almon Williams, age 58 of Canton, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Williams, Canton; sons, Damon (Donna) and Zac Williams, all of Canton; daughter, Heather (Adam) Whatley, Cartersville; parents, James and Ruth Williams, Canton; brothers, Daryl (Kathy) and Van (Cindy) Williams, all of Canton; sisters, Lana (Tim) Blanton and Lynn (Ervin) Ensley, all of Canton; and grandchildren, Cole Jones, Erin and Sean Whatley and Mason Williams.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with the Revs. Ted Estes, Kent Samples and Grant Wade officiating. Interment followed in Cherokee Memorial Park.

Jerrie Hall

Mrs. Jerrie Hall, age 75 of Ball Ground, passed Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Atlanta Medical Center.

Survivors include her husband, George Hall; son and daughter-in-law, George III and Susan Hall, Woodstock; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Danny Morgan, Butler, Ga., and Jennifer and Tim Pinnell, Talking Rock; brothers, Chuck, John and Denny Fatheringham, all of Ohio; and sisters, Beverly Thompson, Pennsylvania, and Mary Raga and Jeannie Hootmocker, both of Ohio. Eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Wiles.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, from Jasper United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chip Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Macedonia Memorial Park, Cherokee County. Pallbearers were: Danny and Brian Morgan, Tim Pinnell, Tom Wiles and Andy and Michael Hall. The family did accept flowers or memorials may be made to Jasper United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Herman Ray

Mr. Herman “Mutt” Ray, age 92 of Ball Ground, Ga., passed early Saturday morning, Feb. 19, 2011, at Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Jean Ray, Gainesville, Ga., and Joe and Debra Ray, Ball Ground; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Dewey Wigington, Jasper; sweet heart friend, Bernice Phagan, Canton; and sister, Clara Wood, Cumming. Six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. Mr. Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ray; and a great-granddaughter, Jessica Ray.

The funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. from Gospel Temple Church in Ball Ground with the remains placed in state at the church from 1:30 p.m. until the funeral hour. Brother A.W. (Butch) Roberts officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Jeff, Anthony and Matthew Ray, Edwin Wigington, Ric Seymour and Frankie Reed. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Bobbie Childers

Mrs. Bobbie Jenkins Childers, age 79 of Talking Rock, passed Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

Survivors include her husband, Emmitt Childers, Talking Rock; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Pam Jenkins, Cartersville, Ga., and Tim Jenkins and Jeanett, Marion, N.C.; and daughters and son-in-law, Peggy and Frank Casteel, Thomaston, Ga., and Myra Jenkins, Jasper. Eleven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at noon on Saturday, Feb. 19, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Daniel Ishee officiating. Interment followed in Greers Chapel Cemetery in Kennesaw, Ga. Pallbearers were: Trenton, Brandon, Robert and T.J. Casteel, Michael Jenkins and Scott Starnes. The family did accept flowers or you may donate to a charity of your choice.

Mona Lawson

The life of Mona Stewart Lawson was remembered on Feb. 6, 2011, with a gathering of friends and family at her son’s home in the Bent Tree community in Jasper, Ga.

It is appropriate that Mona’s life was celebrated with a party rather than memorialized with a funeral, since Mona was a consummate hostess, known for being able to easily host both large, elegant Christmas parties and spontaneous fish-fries. Mona had a knack for making and keeping friends. Those attending the party included people who had known and loved Mona for over 30 years and for only three weeks.

Mona Lucille Stewart was born in Pensacola, Fl., in 1938 to Shelby and Lucille Stewart of Troy, Al. She received her bachelor’s degree from Troy State University and her master’s degree from the University of West Georgia. She was married to Gerald Green Lawson of Josie, Al., from 1959 until his death in 2007.

Mona worked as an English teacher and guidance counselor in the Fayette County, Ga., school system before moving to Jasper, Ga., where she worked as a counselor for Dawson County High School until she retired.

Mona died on Feb. 2, 2011, as her daughter, Camden Lawson Eng, wife of Timothy Eng, was reading one of her favorite books to her. She is also survived by her son, Joshua Caraway Lawson, husband of Teresa Jordy Lawson; and daughter, Mona Louise Lawson. In addition to her children, she leaves behind grandsons, Benjamin Caraway Lawson, husband of Linden Brown Lawson, and Nathan Cade Eng, and granddaughters Rachel Wrenn Lawson, Jordan Shelby Eng and Margaret Claire Eng, plus a multitude of extended family and friends who will miss her greatly.