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Obituaries for June 23, 2016; Howard Marran, Perry Ligon, Jimmy Carter, Myrtle Foster, Shurman Chastain

Howard Marran
August 24, 1938 – June 18, 2016

    Howard Richard Marran, better known as Dick or 'Ol Dad' passed away on June 18, 2016. He will be sorely missed by many. Although he was born in White Plains, NY on August 24, 1938, Dick became a "Southerner" by choice and spent the last several decades of his life first in Marietta, and later in his beloved community of Bent Tree.
    He graduated from Rutgers University in 1960, the first of his family to attain a college degree, much to the pride of his parents, Howard and Moira Marran. He served in the Navy aboard the heavy cruiser, U.S.S. Newport News during the early sixties and married his wife Mary Irene nee~ Riendeau in 1963, whereupon he began his career at Eastman Kodak. A family quickly followed, with three daughters, and the Marrans were fortunate enough to live in some wonderful places around the country-Rochester, NY,  Chicago, San Francisco and ending up in the Atlanta area where Dick retired in 1992 after more than 30 years with Kodak. He spent much of his leisure playing ALTA and doubles tennis in his neighborhoods of Princeton Lakes and Princeton West where he developed many life-long friendships. 
    In 1997 as empty nesters, Dick and Mary moved to the mountains of Jasper, where they both were avid volunteers in their community. They also enjoyed travelling the country and much of the world, always happy to return to their home in Bent Tree. With Mary's death in 2011, Dick continued to help with various committees and enjoyed his daily walks with his dog, Dontae.
    He is survived by daughter, Michele  and son-in-law Tim McLain, daughter Kathleen and son-in-law Ron Peterson, daughter Diane, sister Gail Griffin and brother-in-law Harry, as well as six grandchildren, Christopher, Ali, Michael, and Daniel McLain, Gage and Savana Stewart,  great-grandchild Chad McLain, and many nieces and nephews.
    The celebration of Dick's life and legacy will be held at Roper Funeral Home in Jasper on Saturday, June 25. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed immediately by a ceremony in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. After the ceremony all are welcome to attend a reception at Club Tamarack in Bent Tree, Jasper GA (Little Pine Mountain).
    In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in his name to the Bent Tree Foundation, Inc. (Keep Bent Tree Beautiful fund).
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home in Jasper.
    Online condolences can be made at

Perry Ligon
November 21, 1944 – June 18, 2016

    Mr. Perry Arthur Ligon, 71, of Jasper passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016. He was born on November 21, 1944 to Arthur and Grace Ligon.  Mr. Ligon was a long time resident of Jasper and was married 43 years to the late Lee Etta Ligon. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
    Perry was a graduate of University of Alabama and worked his entire career in the mining business. He was a Division Manager for Lafarge Industry in Ball Ground, Georgia. His favorite saying was:  “Alabama football is in my heart, and racing is in my blood.”
    He is survived by daughter, Pam Long (Terry) of Talking Rock; sons, Marcus Ligon (Kevin Price) of Athens, Rusty Ligon (Carol Ann) of Gainesville; grandchildren, Ryan Mosley, Tyler Mosley, Aley Mosley, Meya Mosley, Eli Ligon, Emily Ligon; step-grandson, Codey Long; and special friend, Thrissea Johnston of Jasper. He was preceded in death by wife, Lee Etta Ligon.
    The service was held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 21 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Jess Posey officiating.
    The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made in honor of Eli Ligon to CURE Childhood Cancer; 1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite N-402; Atlanta, GA  30338; 770-986-0035; or
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home in Jasper.
    Online condolences can be made at

Jimmy Carter
May 5, 1935-June 17, 2016

    Jimmy Frank Carter, 81, of Bent Tree passed away Friday, June 17, 2016 at his home.
    Jimmy was born May 5, 1935 in Dawson County to Frank and Macie Carter. He served his country in the United States Air Force.
    He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Carter; mother, Macie Carter; children, Denise Strong (Mark), Dwayne Carter (Debra), Demetra Bailey (Charlie), Daryl Carter ( Deborah), Scott Jordan (Sherry), Lisa Sherman, Mark Jordan(Lisa), sister, Sadie Cato, brother, Steve Carter, 13 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren also survive.
    Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Ben Laughlin officiating. Interment followed at 12:30pm at GA National Cemetery in Canton, Ga with military honors by the United States Air Force.
    In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Dr., Jasper, GA. 30143, or Homestead Hospice 10888 Crabapple Rd., Roswell, GA 30075 and at
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.
    Online condolences can be made at
Andy Johnson
    Mr. Andy Johnson, 61, of Canton passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Johnson was cremated.  A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
    Andy was the owner of Johnson's Mini Mart.  He enjoyed playing golf, watching football and spending time with his family.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Tava Johnson; grandson, Derius Scott and brother, Johnny Johnson.  Survivors include his wife, Dawn Johnson; daughters, April Burkhart and Bethany Burton; siblings, Herby Johnson and Donna Murphy; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
    Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.

Myrtle Foster
March 30th, 1937 - June 8, 2016

    This beautiful woman, friend, mother, wife and follower of God passed away Wednesday, June 8th at noon. She was in the presence of her faithful and loving husband and family friend. Homestead Hospice was providing amazing care and education in the process.
    Mrs. Myrtle was 89 years old and left behind her husband Chuck Foster; her three children, Benjamin, Deborah and Jacquelyn; three grandchildren, David, Sharon and Grace; her godson Sean Rayhall; many nephews and nieces; one sister Bertha and one sister in law Kate. Of Special interest to Myrtle is her spiritual-intellectual buddy and niece Theresa.
    Myrtle attended the Methodist Church in Douglasville before moving to Jasper 10 years ago. She was a member of Trinity Tabernacle in Jasper for the last 10 years and has many family and friends in this church family.
    Thank you for all your prayers and concerns for our family. We would love your attendance at her memorial on June 25th, Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Tabernacle, which is located at 239 Allred Mill Road, Jasper, Ga 30143. The Church is providing lunch for all of Myrtle’s family members before the memorial at noon. Jimmy Huggins, her loving Pastor will be presiding over the Memorial. His wife Marsha will be singing as well as her nephew Josh. Please bring any stories or pictures that you would want to share of your experiences with Myrtle.  Condolences can be left at

Shurman Chastain
November 14, 1937 - June 16, 2016

    Mr. Shurman Chastain, 78, of the Ludville Community, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Chastain is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Randall & Mary Chastain of Ludville community, and Dale & Susie Chastain of Ludville Community; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy & Randy Lacy of Ludville Community, Hassie & Tony McDonald of Ludville Community, and Angie & Terry Lumpkin of Dalton; stepson, William & Becky Gravley of Canton; stepdaughter, Wanda Joann & Dodie Cole of Gordon County; brothers, Clifford Chastain of Hinton Community, Olin Chastain of Hinton Community, and Ben Chastain of Hinton Community; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
    Preceded in death by wives, Nellie Chastain and Wanda Chastain.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 at Black Knob Baptist Church with Revs. Bobby Tims and Roger Elliott officiating. Interment at Black Knob Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers served: Nickey Chastain, Nakia McPherson, Ricky Mullinax, Mitchell Sheppard, Ed Lee Wilkie, Dick Young, Travis Price and honorary Jerry Hightower.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chastain family.

    Masonic Resolution on the death of brother Robert James Dorsey
    To the Worshipful Master, Warden and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M. Jasper, Georgia
    Whereas, on May 16, 2016, it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and earth to call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Robert James Dorsey
    And whereas we, his brethren, feel keenly his absence from our midst and while we humbly bow to the will of our Infinite Creator, we desire to make a suitable Memorial, therefore:
    Be it resolved that Pickens Star Lodge No. 220 F&A.M. express to the family of our departed Brother, deepest sympathy and wish to express our gratitude for his life of service among us.
    Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family of our departed brother,
    A copy to be spread on our minutes and a copy to be published in the Pickens County Progress.
    Respectfully submitted
    W.B. Keith Hales
    W.B. Jem Hames
    W.B. Steve Kirk