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02/26/09 12:00 AM

Thelma Gaydon
Mrs. Thelma Fay Gaydon, age 75 of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her spouse, Silas Gaydon, Jasper; and sons, William Thomas Gaydon, Lavonia, and David Ricky Gaydon, Jasper. Five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.
Mrs. Gaydon was cremated. Sosebee Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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John Overla
Mr. John Daniel Overla, age 47 of Jasper, passed Friday morning, Feb. 20, 2009 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Surviving are the wife, Sandra Adams Overla, Jasper; father, John Overla, Sr., Tennessee; son, Nathan Shores Overla, Jasper; sisters, Leota Bittner, April McCreery and Cathy Overla, all of Michigan, and Sheila Lolppo, Texas; aunt, Jolen Martinez, Michigan; and grandchildren, Cody Turner and Samantha Crocker.
The family held a memorial visitation Monday, Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m. at Cagle Funeral Home and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Barbara Bice
Barbara Mary Bice, age 59 of Canton, Ga., passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009 at Piedmont Hospital.
Survivors include her son, Steven Bice, Biloxi, Ms.; brothers, Joe Pomes III, Jasper, and Anthony Pomes, Covington; and sister, Linda Birkhoff, Roswell, Ga.
The funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. from Darby Huey Funeral Home, Canton. Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery in Blairsville, Ga. with Deacon Charlie Carignan officiating. Donations may be made to the Cherokee County Humane Society, 5900 Bells Ferry Road, Acworth, Ga. 30102.

James Flathers
Mr. James Flathers, age 75 of Fairmount, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 at his residence.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Flathers, Fairmount; son, Jeffery Flathers, Fairmount; daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie Flathers, Lisa Wilkie, Sheila and Junior Hancock, Paula and Tony Peace, all of Fairmount; Carolyn and Jackie Bagley, Adairsville; Donna and Lynn Wheeler, Ball Ground, Amy and Chad Thacker, Jasper, and Becky and Todd Dobson, Hill City Community; and sisters, Melrose Norton, Canton, and Myrna Broviak and Melba Gomes, both of California. Twenty grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive. Mr. Flathers was preceded in death by brothers, Merlin and Truman Flathers.
The funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Rembert Hancock and Luke Wheeler officiating. Interment was in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Chad Thacker, Todd Dobson, Kelley Bagley, Mark and Brandon Pack, Casey Loudermilk and Kevin Reddin.
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Violet Leonard
Ms. Violet H. Leonard, age 90 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper.
Survivors include her niece, Catherine Taylor, Blairsville, Ga.; and great-nephew, Randy Taylor, Tunnel Hill, Ga.
A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Jerry Peele, Hoyt Jenkins and Chip Wilson officiating. Interment of the cremains will be held at a later date at Spring Place Cemetery in Murray County. The family requests donations be made to Jasper United Methodist Church or Spring Place Cemetery.
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Joseph Bridges
Mr. Joseph ?Clyde? Bridges, age 61 of Jasper, Ga., died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009 at the Metropolitan Hospice in Marietta, Ga. following a period of declining health.
Born July 8, 1947 in Washington, Ga., he was the son of the late Mark, Sr. and Laura Moore Bridges. Mr. Bridges was a US Army veteran having served in Vietnam.
Survivors include his sisters, Minnie J. Howell, Margaret Love and Glenda B. Finch, all of Atlanta, Laura Mae Johnson, Miami, Fl., Emma Jean Veal, Sandersville, Ga., and Willieaiter Hill, Milledgeville, Ga.; brothers, Mark Bridges, Jr., Jasper, George W. Bridges, Woodstock, and Henry Bridges, Sandersville, Ga.; and God-son, Sidney Hooks, Jasper. A host of nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20 from Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Morgan officiating. Interment followed in Georgia National Cemetery with military honors. Pallbearers were: Alan Weaver, Russell Burger, Cecil Stephens, Timothy Green, Clyde Davis, Jr. and James A. Stephens. Donations may be made to Mt. Calvary Men?s Ministry, 1141 Smokey Hollow Rd., Tate, Ga. 30177. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Kenneth Petty
Mr. Kenneth Petty, age 71 of Jasper, Ga., died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta following a period of declining health.
Born May 1, 1937 in Pickens County, he was the son of the late Clifford and Lassie Holloway Petty. Mr. Petty was a US Army veteran. He was self-employed, doing construction work.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Petty, Jasper; daughter, Cheryl Lynne Petty Martin, Jasper; son, Michael Anthony Petty, Marble Hill, Ga.; grandchildren, Casey and Zach Petty, both of Marble Hill, Brittany Melissa and Kristin Brooke Martin, both of Jasper; sister, Mary Martin, Austell; and brother, Paul Petty, Talking Rock. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20 from Sharptop Baptist Church with the Revs. Autry Dean and Gene Childers officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Zach and Keith Petty, Trevor Odom, John Kirkdoffer, Joey Martin and Greg Payne. Donations may be made to Sharptop Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Robbie Heard, 34 Upper Bethany Rd., Ball Ground, Ga. 30107. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Helen McArthur
Mrs. Helen Evans McArthur, age 71 of Jasper, Ga., died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009 at her residence following a brief illness.
Born Feb. 5, 1938 in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late John Clayton and India Wheeler Evans. Mrs. McArthur had worked as a machine operator at the Lee Company, LAT Sportswear and ERBS of Woodstock until she retired. She was a member of Price Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, John L. McArthur, Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Bobbie Sue and Jimmy Poole, Tate, Betty Lou Poole and Pegi Ann and Tony Pendley, all of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Marian McArthur, Jasper; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Piccola Holcomb, Jasper, and Ollie Dobbs, Canton; brothers, Robert Lee Evans, Fairmount, Ga., and Elmer Evans, Woodstock, Ga. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 from Price Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Jason Phillips, Robert Allen and Lamar Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Frankie Roper, Donald Allen, Dan Mosley, Wayne Ball, Alex McArthur and Doug Evans. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Bonnie Peters
Mrs. Bonnie Stipp Peters, age 92 of Jasper, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.
Mrs. Peters was born on Nov. 20, 1916 in Stonega, Va. She was the daughter of the late Jarvis J. and Mary Ann Johnson Stipp. She worked the textile industry and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Jasper. Her husband, Hugh Frank Peters, and a son, T.J. Carlisle, precedes her in death.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Larry Reece, Whitestone; and son, James W. Carlisle, Loachapoka, Al. Seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Bros. Larry Reece and David Parks officiating. Music was by Vicki White and Missy Reece. Pallbearers were: Ricky Reece, Guy and Kevin McCullough, Donnie Holmes, David Parks and John Greenweizch. Interment was in the Jasper City Cemetery.
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Kadin Wilson
Kadin Gerald Wilson, age 5 of Acworth, passed away at Emory Hospital at Johns Creek Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Chandra and Stacy Blackwell, Acworth; father, Michael O?Dea, Buford, Ga.; grandparents, Jerry and Judy Wilson, Jasper, Mary Jane O?Dea, Pennsylvania, and Walter Eugene and Dorothy Blackwell, Acworth; brothers, Larkin Wilson and Connor Blackwell, both of Acworth; special aunt, Crystal Grant, Acworth; and special cousin, Alexis Grant, Acworth. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Feb. 25 from Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Ben Langley and the Rev. Ben Mock officiating. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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03/05/09 12:00 AM

William Buckner
William ?Bill? Buckner of Jasper passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009.
Born Dec. 28, 1934 in Hazard, Ky., Bill came to work in Atlanta as an anchorman for Channel 11 WAll TV in the early 1960?s. He went on to serve as Executive Director of the Georgia Public Service Commission, with Cobb County Board of Commissioners, Assistant City Manager of Marietta, City Manager of Canton and ultimately City Manager of Marietta where he served from 1993 until his retirement in 1999. Bill enjoyed fishing with friends, gardening and wood carving.
Bill is survived by his wife, Shelia L. Buckner; sons, Sean and Jeff Buckner; daughter, Lee Ann Weehunt; aunt, Virginia Beuris; and step-son, Michael Poole. Bill was preceded in death by his son, Greg Buckner. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice, Inc., P.O. Box 580, Jasper, Ga. 30143 or The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Ok. 73123-1718.

John Bryant
Mr. John Herbert Bryant, age 36 of Jasper, Ga., died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper following a sudden illness.
Born March 18, 1972 in Cobb County, Ga., Mr. Bryant worked as an equipment operator with Cohutta Contracting. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert G. Bryant.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Marie Bryant, Jasper; children, Karen, Joshua and Joseph Gibson, all of Jasper; grandchild, Sabrina Shipman; mother and step-father, Cindy and David Thacker, Jasper; brothers, Clinton and Jarrod Thacker, both of Jasper; and grandmother, Mrs. Genita Dover Taylor, Jasper. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Dean officiating. Interment followed in Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Clint and Jarrod Thacker, Joshua and Joseph Gibson, Joey VanSant, Jody Poole, Tony and Andy Weaver and Jon Neighbors. Honorary pallbearers were: Steven Hamrick, Mitchell Bozeman, Shane Hollifield, Jacob VanSant, J.B. Callahan, Brian Brown, Allen Padgett and Doug Anderson.
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Oscar Wilbur, Jr., MD
Mr. Oscar M.Wilbur, Jr.,MD, known to family and friends as ?Jim,? died at his home Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 following a brief illness.
He was born in Bangor, Me. on April 15, 1921. He grew up in Orono and Cape Elizabeth, Me. Jim graduated from the University of Maine in 1943 and from Boston University School of Medicine in 1946. He interned in Rochester, N.Y. where he met Louise Wells from South Carolina. They were married in 1946 and celebrated their 62nd anniversary last November.
After serving two years in the Army Medical Corps, he went to Georgetown for a year?s residency in Internal Medicine and then to John Hopkins for a five-year residency in Pathology. He was certified by the American Board of Pathology in both Anatomic Pathology and in Clinical Pathology. Jim loved teaching and spent much of his career on the teaching staff at medical schools. He also served as a surgical pathologist and as director of clinical laboratories in several hospitals.
His hobbies included growing orchids and playing the piano, oboe, clarinet and saxophone. He was an instrument-rated single-multi-engine pilot. Jim became an Acolyte in the Episcopal Church at age 11 and continued as a Lay Reader, Lay Eucharistic Minister and finally as Verger, a position he held at Holy Family for 10 years.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Louise Wilbur, Bent Tree; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and John DeGostin, Terryville, Ct., and Ann and Richard Hathaway, Athens, Ga.; granddaughters, Julia Niego, New York City, N.Y., and Amy Perujo, Seville, Spain; grandson, William Reynolds, Atlanta, Ga.; and brother and sister-in-law, John and Susan Wilbur, Kennebunk, Me.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 6 from the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family with Father Ted Hackett officiating. Interment for his cremains will follow in the Holy Family Memorial Gardens. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Willard Croft
Willard Lee Croft, age 64 of Sugar Hill, Ga., passed away Feb. 24, 2009.
Survivors include his daughters, Maria Lynnell Jones, Canton, and Nichole Settambrino (Mike), Buford, Ga.; step-daughter, Pamela Knight, Senoia, Ga.; step-son, Michael Cook, Murraysville, Ga.; sisters, Irene Queen (Malbert) Cedar Bluff, Al., and Kathy Nichelson (Jackie Niblett), Hoakes, Bluff, Al.; brothers, Arthur Lee Croft (Gladys) Ellijay, Andrew Croft (Ethel), Lake Hartwell, Ga., and William Croft (Shelby, Talking Rock; and grandchildren, Brittany and Brianna Roberts, Chuck, Brad and Chris Settambrino and Josh Knight. Many nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. from Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Cumming, Ga. with the Revs. Ray Gober, Vernie Worley and Barry Kershner officiating. Woodstock Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Elene Rich
Mrs. Elene Rich, age 74 of Jasper, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 at St. Mary?s Hospice House in Bogart, Ga.
Survivors include husband, Johnny Rich, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Michelle Rich, Toccoa, Ga.; brother, Carl Bryant, Swainsboro, Ga.; sister, Velma Grimes, Cartersville, Ga; and grandchildren, Adam, Ian and Evan Rich.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Rembert Hancock and Ronnie Ray officiating. Interment followed in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. The following served as pallbearers: Adam, Ian and Evan Rich, Scott Reed, Carlan Miller and Bill Barrett.
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John Driscoll
Mr. John (Jack) Driscoll, age 77 of Big Canoe, Ga., passed Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 at Veranda ALF Home in Roswell, Ga. as the result of Alzheimer?s.
Survivors include his wife, Therese Driscoll, Big Canoe; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Kimberly Driscoll, Cumming, Ga.; daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Keith Keeney, Alpharetta; brother, Philip Driscoll, Rockford, Il.; sister, Maureen Anderson, Rockford, Il.; and four grandchildren, Alana and Tara Driscoll and Erin and Emma Kenney. Mr. Driscoll was preceded in death by a daughter, Colleen Ann Driscoll.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 2 from Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper with Father Frank Richardson officiating. The family requests in lieu of flowers, make donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Our Lady of the Mountains, 1908 Waleska Hwy., Hwy. 108, Jasper, Ga. 30143 or Georgia Chapter Alzheimer?s Association, 855 Abutment Rd., Ste. 6, Dalton, Ga. 30721. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Harold Dunn
Mr. Harold Dunn,age 84 of Jasper, formerly of Bessemer, Al., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009 at Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton.
Mr. Dunn was a veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Jacqie Dunn, Jasper; sister, Octavia Franklin, Bessemer, Al.; and grandchild, Macey Dunn, Wetumpka, Al.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 7 from Raimund Heights Baptist Church in Bessemer. The family requests donations be made to Raimund Heights Baptist Church, 233 Elrie Blvd., Bessemer, Al. 35020. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Earnie Breeding
Earnie Rowe Breeding passed away Feb. 27, 2009. He was 69 years old.
Survivors include his mother, Marie Breeding; his wife, Caroline Kay Jones Breeding; and daughters, Jennifer McLean Ross and Leah Breeding Jelly. He also has four grandchildren.
His funeral was held Wednesday, March 4 at noon from Canton First United Methodist Church in Canton. In lieu of flowers, Earnie requested donations be made to the Latvian Mission Building Fund at the church, 930 Lower Scott Mill Rd., Canton, Ga. 30115. He was buried in the National Cemetery with full military and fire honors. Sosebee Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Grady Holcomb
Mr. Grady P. Holcomb, age 86 of Ball Ground, Ga., died Sunday, March 1, 2009 at Heartland Hospice in Cartersville, Ga. following a period of declining health.
Born Oct. 25, 1922 in Cherokee County, he was the son of the late Jim and Aslee Godfrey Holcomb. He was a US Army veteran having served during World War II and had worked as an engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation. Mr. Holcomb was a member of the Ball Ground Masonic Lodge #261 F&AM.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bessie Mae Holcomb, Ball Ground; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Shirley Holcomb, Perry and Sharon Holcomb and Brenda Holcomb, all of Ball Ground; grandchildren, Christy and Keith Allen, Brett and Ashley Holcomb and Shannon Holcomb; and great-grandchildren,l Lauren Allen and Tanner and Bryson Holcomb. Other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Greg Hamilton and James Rich officiating. Interment followed in Ball Ground Baptist Church Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites.
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Joe Beasley
Mr. Joe Dean Beasley, age 70 of Ball Ground, passed away Monday, March 2, 2009 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
Survivors include his wife, Laverne Beasley, Ball Ground; son, Kenneth Beasley, Ball Ground; daughters and son-in-law, Lilly Beasley, Ball Ground, and Angela and Jerry Millsaps, Talking Rock; brothers, Quinton and Charles Beasley, both of Jasper, and Jack Beasley, Clayton, Ga.; sister, Blanch Beasley, Ball Ground; and grandchildren, Sammy Chumley, Jr. and Brandy Hunt. Fifteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Cloer officiating. Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park in Jasper. Pallbearers were: Jerry Millsaps, Sammy Chumley, Jr., Paul Wilder, Lorenzo Guiterrez, Coty Hunt and Tony Griggs.
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03/12/09 12:00 AM


James McDaniel
Mr. James Leon McDaniel, age 59 of Ranger, Ga., departed this life Monday morning, March 2, 2009 at Piedmont Healthcare in Jasper.
James was born Feb. 22, 1950 in Gordon County, a son of the late James Lloyd and Annie Ruth Mulkey McDaniel. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sally Sanford.
James was a hard worker and loved his family. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, James R. McDaniel and Dena Ledford, Chatsworth; daughters and son-in-law, Renee and Scottie Childers, Fairmount, and Jamie McDaniel, Ranger; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marvin and Linda McDaniel and Brian and Bonita McDaniel, all of Fairmount, Doug and Brenda McDaniel, Rydal, Danny McDaniel, Ranger, and Junior and Karen McDaniel, Calhoun; sisters and brothers-in-law, Deborah and Donald Mathews, Calhoun, Angela and Shane Kirby, Ranger, Retha Chastain and Janice Smith, both of Fairmount, and Margaret Bradley, Adairsville. Seven grandchildren and 23 nieces and nephews also survive.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. McDaniel was held Thursday, March 5 at 2 p.m. from Friendship Baptist Church in Ludville, Ga. with the Rev. Reggie Temples officiating. He was laid to rest in the church cemetery with Jason and Bradley McDaniel, Kyle Smith, Shane Kirby and Dustin and Cody Patterson serving as pallbearers. Ponders Funeral Home of Fairmount was in charge of arrangements.

Elbert Evans, Jr.
Elbert (Bud) Evans, Jr., age 71 of Cleveland, Ga., passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2009 at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Evans was born Oct. 6, 1937 in Dawson Count, Ga. to the late Elbert Astor and Ethel V. Gee Evans. He lived in Cleveland and was a retired electrician. Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his daughter, Candy Evans; brother, Bill Evans; and sister, Janie Evans.
Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, Velma Evans, Cleveland; daughters and son-in-law, Kathleen Workman, Clermont, Va., Ann Self, Cleveland, Joy Davis, Clermont, and Nancy and Gene Self, Murrayville; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Lynn Evans, Cleveland; sisters, Evelyn Buchanan, Dorthy Heath, Linda Buchanan, Louise Evans, Judy Baker and Jean White; and brothers, Cotton, Bob, Tom and Tadpole Evans. Fourteen grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held Monday, March 2 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. The Revs. Harold Evans and Charlie Buchanan officiated.

Leoma Young
Mrs. Leoma Hambrick Young, age 80 of Fairmount, Ga., passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009 in Cartersville Medical Center following an extended illness.
Leoma was born in Pickens County on May 20, 1928, the daughter of the late Jim and Ollie Hales Shephard Hambrick. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Doyle Young; son, Randall Young; and brothers, James and Henry Hambrick.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Marcella and Billy Hawsell and Hazel Gravley and her late husband, Walter Gravley, all of Fairmount, Carolyn and Jackie Parker, Calhoun, and Suelane and James Reed, Rydal; and sons and daughters-in-law, M.C. and Connie Young, E.J. and Phylis Young, Qullian and Penny Young and Tracy Young and his late wife, Rhonda, all of Fairmount; brother, Sammy Shephard, Fairmount. Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, great-great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held Sunday at 3 p.m. from Friendship Baptist Church in Pickens County with the Rev. Eddie Brannon officiating. Music was arranged by Travelers by Faith signers. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Joey Payne, Brent and Sonny Parker, Kim and Tim Redd, Billy and Brandon Bradshaw, Russell, Redd and Raymond Hall and Keith, Eric, Steve and M.C. ?Jourin? Young.
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Billy Dutton
Billy Dutton, age 37 of Mountain City, Tn., passed away due to injuries sustained in an auto accident on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.
Billy was born in Calhoun, Ga. on June 2, 1971 to the late Grady Dewey and Martha Ann Johns Dutton.
Survivors include his daughters, Amanda Dutton, Adairsville, Ashley Dutton McCarroll, Douglas, Brittney Dutton, Calhoun, and Brittany Grogan, Tampa, Fl.; sisters, Ann Knight, Jasper, Nellie Coe, White Top, Va., Debrah Cordell, Resaca, and Donna Dutton, Mountain City; and fiance, Tina Lynn Woods, Georgia. Several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles also survive.
The funeral service was held Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Max Brannon Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Reddin officiating. Interment followed in Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery.
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Loree Hinton
Loree M. Hinton passed away on March 6, 2009.
Mrs. Hinton was born Oct. 10, 1926 to the late Grover and Flora McKinney.
She is survived by her husband, William K. Hinton; three sons, William, Mark and Dan Hinton; and brothers, Hoyt and James McKinney.
A private service was held Monday, March 9 from Griffin Leggett Funeral Home.
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James Howell
Mr.  James Monroe Howell, age 80 of Jasper,Ga., died Monday, March 2, 2009 at Delmar Gardens in Smyrna, Ga. following a period of declining health.
Born April 14, 1928 in Pickens County, Ga., he was the son of the late Arnold and Vada Roper Howell and was also preceded in death by his wife, Emma Lou Cox Howell. Mr. Howell had worked as a carrier for the US Postal Service. He was a member and deacon of Liberty Baptist Church in Cherokee County.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Beverly Howell, Smyrna, and Gary and Tracy Howell, Tampa Fl.; grandchildren, Julie Noles, Sugar Hill, Jeff Howell, Atlanta, Justin Howell, Miami Beach, Fl., Laura Howell, Beaufort, S.C., Sarah Howell, Charleston, S.C., and Meleah Howell, Tampa, Fl.; and niece, Elnora Reece, Canton. Other relatives also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 6 from Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gene Childers and Dr.Charlie Boggan officiating. Interment followed in Cherokee Memorial Park Cemetery in Canton. Pallbearers were: Jeff and Justin Howell, Chris Noles, Jeff Jones, Jimmy Fann and Rayson Beckner.
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Lois Crowe
Mrs. Lois Sue Crowe, age 72 of Ball Ground, Ga., passed away Friday, March 6, 2009 at her residence.
Mrs. Crowe was born in Pickens County to Rich and Edna Goss. Sue attended Nelson Elementary School, Tate High School and technical schools in Marietta and Atlanta. She retired after 25 years as a civil service employee in the accounting department with the US Navy. She is preceded in death by her mother, father and three brothers.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Crowe, Ball Ground; son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Suzie Crowe, Acworth; daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Charles Bowers, Canton; brother, Kenneth Goss, Woodstock; and sisters, Denise Williams, Ball Ground, Dianne Mitchell, Woodstock, and Brenda Reece, Holly Springs. Four grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survives.
The funeral service was held Monday, March 9 at 1 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Billy Edmondson and Harace Smithwick officiating. Interment followed in Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Danny Crowe, Wes Morris, Andrew Turner, Chris Carlile and Matt and Mark Williams.
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Ozella McAfee
Mrs. Ozella McAfee, age 87 of Jasper, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2009 at Heritage Health Care in Jasper.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Maxine McAfee, Ranger; sister, Dorothy Medlin, Mississippi; step-brother, E.C. Owen, Ringgold; and step-sister, Parris Holt, Jasper. Six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Terry Burrus officiating. Interment followed in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Ranger. Pallbearers were: Ronnie Reece, Rodney Kelley, Chuck and Curtis Robinson, Danny Clark, Jim Falls and Perry Dixon.
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Eugene Cochran
Mr. Eugene Cochran, age 62 of Nelson, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2009 at Woodstock Nursing Rehabilitation.
Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, J.M. and Shirley Cochran, Buford, and Fred and Betty Cochran, Flowery Branch; sisters and brother-in-law, Bertha and Wayne Long, Nelson, Ga., Beatrice Free, Pendergrass, Ga., Lola Drummond, Midville, Ga., and Ruby Meadows, Clayton, Ga.; and special niece, Sandra Hansen. Other nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7 from Arbor Hills Baptist Church in Pickens County with the Revs. Jimmy Chester, Greg Long, Wayne Long and Mike Byess officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Dennis Free, David Cochran, Cole and Bruce Hansen, Andrew Long and Ricky and Lee Faucett.
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03/19/09 12:00 AM

Lloyd Zook
Mr. Lloyd W. Zook, age 69 of Ball Ground, Ga., went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, March 7, 2009.
He was born and raised in Newton, Ks. Mr. Zook graduated from Southwestern University, Winfield, Ks., and The Institute of Court Management, Denver, Co.
Mr. Zook was the court administrator for District Courts in McPherson, Ks., Topeka, Ks., Las Vegas, Nv. and Tacoma, Wa. After 18 years of court administration, Mr. Zook served as the executive director of Boys Village, Seattle, Wa.; Bailie Memorial Youth Ranch, Mesa, Wa.; and Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, Waleska, Ga. After his retirement from Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, Mr. Zook became the director of the Canton, Ga. Salvation Army Family Service Center, the position he held until his death.
Mr. Zook and his wife of 47 years, Ardith, were foster parents to 35 children in four states over a period of more than 30 years. He believed God called him to be a father to the emotionally, spiritually and literal fatherless. Their children are, sons, Erick Harrington, Kennesaw, Ga., Steven Zook, Fall Brook, Ca., James Zook, Canton, Ga., and Jamie Zook, Ball Ground, Ga.; daughter, Tracy Skipper, Warsaw, In. They have 13 grandchildren. Mr. Zook?s brothers were Arthur Zook, Wenatchee, Wa., and Bill Zook, Olathe, Ks.; and sisters, Marjorie Zook Cregio, Wichita, Ks., and Marian Zook Heidner, Newton, Ks. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Zook; and his parents, George and Gladys Zook.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12. The family requests that donations be made to the Lloyd Zook Memorial Fund, Cherokee Bank, PO Box 4250, Canton, Ga. 30114. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Bill Saint
Mr. Bill Saint, age 80 of Ball Ground, Ga., passed away Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Northside Hospital-Cherokee.
Survivors include his children, Patti Glover, Canton, Rachel Gowan, Montgomery, Tx., Ralph and Roger Saint, both of Falkville, Al., and Randy Saint, Cullman, Al.; step-children, Owen and William Pittman, both of Milledgeville, and Madlyn Mickler, Eatonton; sister, Thelma Smith, Florence, Al., granddaughters, Britney Wigington, Ellijay and Taylor Glover, Canton; and great-granddaughter, Addi Wigington. Several grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel William Low
Mr. William C. ?Bill? Low, age 80 of Ball Ground, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
A veteran of WW II, Mr. Low served in the United States Army. He was a rural mail carrier in Jasper for many years. In 1992 he retired after 32 years of service with his last position as Postmaster in Greenville, Ga. Mr. Low was a member of the Jasper First Baptist Church and Pickens Masonic Lodge #220. He was, most of all, a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and son.
Survivors include his wife, Opal Virginia Low, Ball Ground; mother, Lois Low, Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Jim Willcox, Kennesaw, and Sharon and Gary Pardue, Lawrenceville; sister and brother-in-law, Peggie and Charles Chapman, Jasper; grandchildren, Monica and Tony Marra, High Point, N.C., James ?Skip? and Cynthia Willcox, Sandersville, Kelley and Jason Lee, Sugar Hill, Shea Buckley, Athens, and Will Buckley, Lawrenceville; great-grandchildren, Tony Marra, High Point, N.C., and Carter Lee, Sugar Hill; and niece and nephews, Leslie C. and Mark Miller and Clint Chapman, all of Jasper. Mr. Low was preceded in death by his father, Carter C. Low; and a brother, Eugene A. Low.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12 from Jasper First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Jimmy Lewis and the Rev. Charles O. Walker officiating. Interment followed in Talking Rock Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the American Heart Association or the American Kidney Foundation. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Randy Daniel
Mr. Randy Steve Daniel, age 53 of Ball Ground, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at his residence.
Mr. Daniel was the owner and operator of Etowah Pest Control. He was a member of Tate United Methodist Church and an avid outdoorsman.
Survivors include his mother, Mary E. Daniel, Canton; and brothers, Henry Daniel, Acworth, Troy Daniel, Holly Springs, Ray Daniel, Ellijay, Joe Daniel, Avery Community, Ricky Daniel, Holly Springs, and Paul Daniel, Canton. A host of nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 13 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Robert Bruce and Parker Benson officiating. Entombment followed in Cherokee Memorial Park Mausoleum. Flowers were accepted or donations may be made to Tate UMC in memory of Randy Daniel, PO Box 116, Tate, Ga. 30177. Sosebee Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Nancy Smith
Mrs. Nancy Smith, age 49 of Talking Rock, Ga., passed Sunday afternoon, March 8, 2009 at Wellstar-Kennestone Hospital, Marietta.
Survivors include her husband, David Smith, Talking Rock; mother, Betty Rodgers, Smyrna; mother-in-law, Amelia Sanders, Jasper; daughter, Allison Smith, Talking Rock; brothers, Jeff and Steve Rodgers, both of Smyrna; sister, Donna Anderson, Gainesville; and sister-in-law, Kathy Smith, Marietta.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, March 11 at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Davis officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Jasper. Pallbearers were: Rick Wingard, Bobby Anderson, Brian and Jody Poole, Shane Baker and Chris Whitaker.
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Terry Arnold
Mr. Terry L. Arnold, age 53 of Jasper, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Childers Arnold, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Crystal Arnold, McDonough; daughters, Destiny Arnold and Bridgett Fitzgerald, both of Jasper; brothers, Robert Arnold, Chattanooga, and Gene and Alan Arnold, both of Chicamauga; and grandchild, Chole Arnold. Nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 16 from Refuge Baptist Church with the Revs. Larry Johnson and Carter Payne officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Arnold and Jamie Payne, Zach Goss, Jeremy Cochran, Kenney Childers and Hugh Bozeman. The family did accept flowers or make donations to help with funeral expenses. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Troy Mooney
Mr. Troy Cotes Mooney, age 32 of Jasper, passed away Friday, March 6, 2009 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Decca Mooney, Jasper; mother, Patricia Mooney, Dawson County; son, Austen Mooney, Jasper; daughter, Anna Belle Mooney, Jasper; brother, William Mooney; and sister, Shelia Hill. Eleven nieces and one great-niece also survives. He was preceded in death by his father, Troy Mooney.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10 from Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Dawson County with the Revs. Gary Keown and Steve Chadwick officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Steve Morris, Adam Brown, Bobby and Josh Smith, Carl and Thomas Darnell, Anthony Patton, Josh Hill, Scotty McCoy, Jeremy Millsapps and Kenny Chumley. Honorary pallbearer was Doug Hollifield. The family did accept flowers or donations may be made to help with the funeral expenses. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Richard Gallagher
Richard ?Mickey? Allen Gallagher was a simple, honest, loving, hard-working husband, soldier and man of God born August 4, 1929.
A veteran, he honorably served our country as a Merchant Marine during the Korean War. A loyal husband, he remained faithful and dedicated to his one and only bride of 55 years, Margaret Gallagher, who survives him. A father, he loved Bruce and Bob Clarke as his own. A grandfather, he loved Bobby Clarke, Jim Clarke, Susan Staley and Kathy Silverglate as his own. He raised Susan and Kathy like daughters after Bruce died and stood in the gap as a father to them. A great- grandfather to Jordan, Ryan, Erin, Morgan and Cameron, he leaves a legacy of faith.
A selfless provider, he worked as a professional surveyor in NJ and then in Jasper, Ga. as VP at Big Canoe Corp. A sold-out disciple of Jesus Christ, Richard was a founding member of The Chapel in Jasper, Ga. and was instrumental in sharing the truth of Jesus Christ with hundreds of men, women and youth during his life. He would consider this his greatest legacy. The funeral was held on March 17 from the Lowe Funeral Home, Charlotte, 3 p.m.

Bess Young
Mrs. Bess Stancil Bearden Young, age 99 of Jasper, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009 at Cameron Hall Assisted Living in Canton.
She is survived by a sister, Faye Tippens, Canton; and grandchildren, Anthony Richards, Milledgeville, Kimberly Rainwater, Newnan, Angela Creason, Sharpsburg, and Stacie Young, Jasper. Five grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 17 from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Leo Beller officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery. The family did accept flowers or you may make donations to Jasper UMC or Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Pallbearers were: Mason and Brian Rainwater, Jim Price, Jon Creason, Danny Tippens and Al McCallister.
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J. Mike Hollomon
J. Mike Hollomon, age 58 of Woodstock, died Tuesday, March 10, 2009.
Mr. Hollomon was born in Sikeston, Mo. He lived most of his life in Georgia, growing up in Marietta. He was a member and deacon of Central Baptist Church in Marietta. He was self-employed as a heating and air contractor and was a member of the Masons Lodge 96 in Atlanta.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Frances Hollomon, Woodstock; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Jay Foust and Lynn and Brian Keener, all of Jasper, and Crystal and Todd Ensworth, Marietta; brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Deborah Hollomon, Woodstock, Tim Hollomon, Anderson, Ca., and Jimmy and Anita Hollomon, Powder Springs; and grandchildren, Aaron and Seth Foust, Tate and Brodie Keener and Amelia Ensworth. Nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14 from Central Baptist Church in Marietta with the Rev. Johnny Daniels officiating. Interment followed in Kennesaw Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church, 1502 South Cobb Dr., Marietta, Ga. 30060.
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Charlie Raisor
Charles Edward Raisor, 56, departed this life Monday, March 16, 2009 surrounded by family at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Susanne Glazebrook Raisor; two daughters, Erin O?Regan, Richmond, Va., and Alex Raisor, Lexington, Ky.; a son, Chase Raisor, Jasper; a sister, Patty Ann Miller, Jeffersonville, In.; and two brothers, Ken Raisor, Chino, Ca., and Glenn Raisor, Lakewood, Ca.
Charlie was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Elmo Raisor; his mother, Verna Lee Kramer; and his younger brother, Scott Raisor.
Born in Long Beach, Ca., Charlie spent the majority of his childhood in California and Kentucky and joined the Army in 1971, where he met and fell in love with Susanne. Following several years in Charleston, S.C., they moved to Jasper and were married in 1978. Charlie called Jasper home for the remainder of his life, working as an RN, historic renovator, restauranteur and horse breeder. His finest endeavor was as a loving husband, father, brother and friend whom was never too busy for a visit, too tired for a chat or too far away to lend a helping hand. He is and will be painfully and regretfully missed.
A memorial service will be held at three o?clock Sunday afternoon at First Baptist Church of Jasper. The family will receive friends one hour before the service time at the church.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Pickens County Public Library, First Baptist Church of Jasper or Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center.

Merita Cotner
Merita Ann Cotner, age 78 of Talking Rock, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2009 at her residence.
She was a Registered Nurse and a member of First Baptist Church Canton.
Survivors include her granddaughters, Nichole Cotner, Michelle Brooks and Sara West; special friends, Vi Finney, Dorothy West and Jeannie Davis.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 at the home of Vi Finney in Jasper with the Rev. Ben Lofton officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jasper Community Children?s Choir, c/o New Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Dr., Jasper, Ga. 30143.
South Canton Funeral Home & Chapel, Canton, in charge of arrangements.

Mary Ellen Childree
Mary Ellen Childree, age 63 of Jasper, Ga., passed into eternity Thursday evening, March 12, 2009 to be with her risen Lord.
Mary Ellen was born on April 13, 1945 to Charles W. Harter, Sr. and Mattie E. Hendrix Harter in Augusta, Ga. She received a BS Ed degree at Augusta College and a MS Ed degree at the University of Georgia. She taught in public schools in Decatur, LaGrange and Augusta and at DeKalb Junior College in Clarkston, Ga.
In April 1969 she married the love of her life, Bobby R. Childree. After moving to Jasper, Ga. in 1977, she was instrumental in the founding of the Chapel Christian Academy. She served at various times as instructor, board member and principal. Later she was among the early pioneers of the current home-schooling movement, diligently home-schooling her two sons for 14 years. She enjoyed hiking, camping, bicycling and gardening. She was a Blaine Homemakers Club member for over two decades and was a Georgia Master Gardener.
Mary Ellen loved life! She loved children and she loved young mothers. In 1985 she was instrumental with others in the founding of the Appalachian Crisis Pregnancy Center, serving Pickens, Gilmer and Fannin counties. Other counties started their own centers eventually, and in 1994 the Pickens center was renamed the Pickens Pregnancy Center. Mary Ellen served willingly in every capacity at various times, still serving as a volunteer counselor n 2008. She was an active member for many years in the Georgia Right to Life organization.
Having been raised in a military family, Mary Ellen loved her country. She wanted to serve her country in politics, and her strong Christian values led her into the Christian Right political movement, which has always been strongly Republican and pro-life. For over 20 years she distinguished herself as a leader in the Pickens County Republican Party, the Ninth District Republican Party and the Georgia Republican Party. She was a volunteer worker at the international G-8 Meeting in Savannah several years ago and at the time of her death she was serving as a State Committee member of the Georgia Republican Party.
Mary Ellen loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and her church, Trinity Evangelical Church where she taught Sunday School for some years. She was hosting a Beth Moore Bible Study, Jesus the One and Only, at her home just three weeks before succumbing to a cancer she had battled for nine years.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Bob Childree; their son Carl and his wife Janelle and their son Wesley, and son Tim and his wife Jenny; sister, Becky, and brother-in-law, Bob Smith, Evans, Ga.; brother, Chuck, and sister-in-law, Adella Harter, Murfreesboro, Tn., and brother, Joe Harter, Augusta, Ga.
The funeral service, a marvelous celebration of her life and her faith, was held Sunday, March 15 from Jasper First Baptist Church, officiated by her Pastor, Jeff Falkowski of Trinity Evangelical Church. The service was enriched by Katy Simmons, Michael Parham, Norman James, Jerald Brown, Dr. George Callahan and Chris Ridler. Interment was at Lake Forest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were David Slade, Tim Harr, Mike Haswell, Bob Curry, Tommy James and Charles ?Butch? Cox. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pickens Pregnancy Center, 1549 East Church St., Ste. C, Jasper, Ga. 30143.
Mary Ellen?s life was a life well lived. She will be missed by many.
Roper Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Womack
Ms. Mary Paula Womack, age 66 of Big Canoe, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, Ga. following a period of declining health.
Paula was born Dec. 3, 1942 to the late A.B. and Lucille Thomas Womack. She was a native of Chattanooga, Tn. She was a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and member of Pi Beta Phi. Paula later graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School of Law and was a member of the Georgia Bar Association. She had practiced law for many years in Atlanta and North Georgia.
Survivors include her brother, Bob Womack, Big Canoe; nephews, Mark Womack, Birmingham, Al.; great-nephews, Beau Womack, Tuscaloosa, Al. and John David Womack, Birmingham, Al.; great-niece, Suzanne Spenser, Tuscaloosa, Al.; sister-in-law, Mable Womack, Tuscaloosa, Al.; and cousins, Donald Hodges, Birmingham, Al. and Tom Hodges, Guntersville, Al.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family. The family will receive friends immediately after the service. The family asks in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to either Holy Family Episcopal Church, 202 Griffeth Rd., Jasper, Ga. 30143 or CARES, PO Box 1342, Jasper, Ga. 30143. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.