Mrs. Sara Suarez, age 57 of Jasper, passed away Friday, August 5 at
Northside Cherokee Hospital in Canton.
Survivors include her husband, Luis Suarez, Jasper; son and
daughter-in-law, Hosea and Wanda Suarez, Jasper; daughters and son-in-law,
Juanita Suarez and Gabriela and Luis Hernandez, all of Jasper, and Lupita
Leonardo Rangel, Chatsworth; brothers, Samuel, Miguel and Benjamin Orrusco,
all of Texas, Heysus Orrusco, Mexico; sisters, Lola Espinosa, Dalton,
Angelina and Soledad Orrusco, both of Mexico. Eight grandchildren also
The funeral service was held Monday, August 8 at 3 p.m. from Our Lady of
the Mountains Catholic Church with Padre Jesus David officiating.
Pallbearers were: Hector Espinoza, EnRique and Antonio Pimentel, Horace
Wofford, Sergio Delgado, Luis Hernandez and Leonard Rangel. The family did
accept flowers or donations to the American Cancer Society. Cagle Funeral
Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Martha Ann Norton, age 70 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, August 9,
2005 at the Brian Center in Canton.
Survivors include her sons, Danny Norton, Jasper and Roger Norton, Tate;
brother, John Champion, Woodstock; sisters, Ella Mae Blackwell, Chamblee,
and Eva Hollifield, Canton. Four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two
step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Thursday, August 11 at 2 p.m. from the
Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Phillip Padgett and Greg
Hamilton officiating. Interment was in Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Johnny and Rodney Ridings, Tommy Champion, Jamie and
Brandon Norton and Chris Cloud. Serving as an honorary pallbearers was
Hazel McWhorter, age 91 of Marietta, passed away Friday, August 12, 2005.
She was a member of Noonday Baptist Church and of the Dogwood Camper Club.
Survivors include her daughter, Martha Hughes of Marietta; son, Grady L.
McWhorter of Roswell; brother, Herbert Coleman Worley of Baltimore, Md.
Three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, nieces and nephews also survive.
The service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Noonday Baptist Church with the
Rev. Larry Sandridge officiating. Interment was in Mt. View Cemetery.
Donations may be made to Noonday Baptist Church Building Fund, 4121 Canton
Rd., Marietta, Ga. 30066. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in charge of
Mr. James Thomas Benefield, age 62 of Ellijay, passed away on Friday,
August 12, 2005 at North Georgia Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith
and was employed in the heating and air business.
Survivors include his sons, Danny Benefield of Canton and Steve and
Robert Benefield, both of Ellijay; daughters, Gail Kennedy of Jasper and
Laura Benefield of Marietta; father, John Benefield of Canton; brother,
Herman Benefield of Canton; sisters, Bobbie and Annie Tierce, both of
Alabama, Inez Fowler and Frances Pruitt, both of Canton. Eleven
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, August 15 from the Mt.
Peran Baptist Church in Alabama with the Rev. Wayne Pike officiating.
Interment followed in the church cemetery. Sosebee Funeral Home of Canton
was in charge of the arrangements.
Dr. Chloe Doby Little
Dr. Chloe Doby Little, wife of Dr. Charles Howard Little of Evans, Ga.,
entered into rest on Sunday, August 14, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 16 at 7 p.m. from the
Chapel of Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Chaplain Frankie
May officiating. Interment will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the Jasper City
Cemetery, Jasper, Ga.
Dr. Little was a native of Pell City, Al. and a retired Professor of
Physical Therapy from the Medical College Of Georgia. She received degrees
from both Emory University and Duke University and graduated with a doctoral
degree from the University of Georgia in 1995. She practiced physical
therapy in Gainesville, Ga., Saudi Arabia and at Central State Hospital in
Milledgeville, Ga. She taught physical therapy at Western Carolina
University in Cullowhee, N.C. for 5 years. She was a member of the Delta
Additional survivors include: her daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine
and Brian Finnegan of Athens, Ga., Jennifer and Phillip Chivers of
Milledgeville and Elisabeth Little of Gainesville; one son, Jeff Little of
Gainesville. Grandchildren, Ashlee Little of Augusta, Whitney Little of
Gainesville, Caitlyn and Chloe Chivers both of Milledgeville and Emily
Little of Augusta; one brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Kay Doby of
Augusta; one uncle, Vassar Rackley of Ft. Valley, Ga.; one aunt, Joyce Davis
of Pelham, Ga.; two nephews, Lee Doby of Augusta and Ricky Little of Jasper;
one niece, Mary Chadwick of Atlanta.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Chloe Rackley Doby Drummond
Scholarship Fund c/o Reinhardt College Office of Institutional
Advancement,7300 Reinhardt College Circle, Waleska, Ga. 30183.
Mrs. Mildred O. Meador, age 80 of Jasper, Ga., passed Tuesday evening
August 9, 2005 at her residence.
Surviving are the daughters and sons-in-law, Lea and Pat Gallagher of
Jasper, Paula and Dennis Testerman of Concord, N.C. and Beth and Mark Meyer
of Boulder, Co. Four grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held Sunday, August 14 from the Chapel of Cagle
Funeral Home with the Rev. James Kelso officiating. Interment followed in
Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper.
Mrs. Louvene Adams, age 65 of Jasper, passed at her residence Tuesday morning, August 15, 2006. She attended Ludville Church of God.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Derek and Cathy Adams, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Russell Lowery, Jasper; brothers, Howard Stephens, Cumming, and Ronald Stephens, Smyrna; sister, Nadine Monday, Smyrna; and grandchildren, Dustin, Kacie, Kara and Drew Adams and Dawson Lowery.
The funeral service was held Thursday, August 17 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Chris Taylor and Matt Wigley officiating. Interment followed in Tickenatley Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery (Gilmer County) with Dustin, Jimmy and Drew Adams, Russell Lowery, Josh Cantrell, Carlon Hampton and Howard and Jeff Stephens serving as pallbearers.
Mrs. Sara Pat Byers, age 55 of Jasper, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2006 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Byers, Jasper; mother and step-father, Leila and Ralph Holcomb, Hill City; son and daughter-in-law, James Elliott and Brandy Byers, Waleska; daughters and son-in-law, Kaitlin Young Byers, Jasper, Mandy Byers, Acworth, and Shannon Byers and Jerry Bonner, Buford; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Elaine Parks, Hill City; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley Fambrough, Hill City, Sharon and Hubert Sexton, Tennessee, and Sandra and Jim Wiley, Tifton, Ga. Eleven grandchildren also survive.
The funeral service was held Sunday, August 20 at 3 p.m. from Long Swamp Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Allen, Terry Dean, Bobby Segars and Jim Wiley officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Mathew Parks, Guy Sultan, Keith and Billy Ray, Steven Byers and David Beck. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Bill Forest, Sr.
William (Bill) Franklin Forest, Sr., 82, a Georgetown, Tx. resident for 51 years, passed away on August 20, 2006 at Georgetown Hospital. Bill Forest was born and raised in Jasper, Ga., the oldest of seven children of Granville Wade and Eva Dora Forest.
Widely known as a family man of many skills and few words, Bill was a land surveyor, a carpenter, an avid golfer and a ham/CB radio enthusiast. Wife Mickey and their four children, W.F. Forest Jr., Kathryn Heidemann, Duncan Lee Forest and Beth Ann Forest, survive him. He was also blessed with seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Sisters Betty Stenger and Martha Ann Mobley remain in Georgia "amongst" their family members. Brother James Wade Forrest lives with his family in Central Texas and brother Tracy Grant Forest has settled his family in Tennessee.
Bill served in the Army Air Corps as weather forecaster. In 1944, prior to departing for action in Italy, he and Mickey were married. Bill relocated his family to Georgetown in 1955, serving as county surveyor and founding a land surveying business that occupied his time and energy until his retirement in 1989. As part of his legacy, Forest Surveying & Mapping Co. continues to be run by his family.
Always involved in the life of the community, some of his civic interests and pursuits included: Georgetown Country Club, Optimist International and the Texas Surveyor Association, being the 101st surveyor to be registered in the state of Texas.
Although Bill left Georgia years ago, the speech patterns of the mountains and his "kin" never left him. Family members who resided near Sharp Top Mountain along the Blue Ridge chain in Georgia precede Bill in death. Brothers John Henry Forest and Larry Lee Forest "passed on yonder" to join their parents and other family members who settled the Baptist and Quaker communities along the Appalachian Trail between Virginia and Georgia. A family member will return Bill's ashes to his roots in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Georgia to rejoin his many relations of the "Forrester family." Interrelated to the family names of Cantrell, Chastain, Fields, Graham, Haas, Hightower, Mullinax, Norton, Pendley, Pugh, Taylor, Shipman and West, these families were the early settlers of Pickens and Gilmer counties. He'll see "you'uns" when you get there.
At his request, the Forest clan will gather to remember Bill and recount the joys and triumphs of his life. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or a favorite charity.
Arrangements by Cook-Walden/Davis Funeral Home, Georgetown, Tx.
Dock Edwards, Jr.
Mr. Dock L. Edwards, Jr., age 73 of Ball Ground, passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at Roswell Nursing Home. He was a retired bus driver and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his sons, Tim Edwards of Ball Ground and David Edwards of Carrollton; brothers, Grady Edwards of Ball Ground, Wyndell Edwards of Dawsonville and Roger Edwards of Canton; sisters, Juanita Barns of Canton, Gwendyln Padgett and Jeanette Bell, both of Cumming. Two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 21 from Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Clyde Boling and James Rich officiating. Interment followed in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.
William Ronald Tipton, MD, age 71, son of William Howard and Ruth Ferrell Tipton, died Sunday, August 20, 2006 at his home in Big Canoe, Ga. after a long battle with cancer.
Dr. Tipton graduated from Dalton High School in Dalton, Ga., served as a page in the US Senate and graduated from the US Capital Page School in Washington D.C. He received degrees from the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia and was Board Certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology.
He started a neonatal nursery at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in Dalton, Ga. where he served as a partner in the Pediatric Clinic of Dalton for 13 years. Upon leaving private practice, he re-entered in the US Army as a medical officer and retired as a Bird Colonel. Returning to Georgia as medical director of PruCare of Atlanta (Southeastern Health Services), he later became the CEO and medical director for Emory's statewide network, Georgia First. He was an active and dedicated member of the Big Canoe Chapel.
Survivors include his wife, Pat; children, Michelle Hutcheson-Tipton, and Ron and Frank Tipton; step-sons, David and Mark Turner; sisters, Brenda Lieberman and Betty Bonnell. Twelve grandchildren also survive.
A memorial service will be held at Big Canoe Chapel on Saturday, August 26 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Big Canoe Chapel, 10455 Big Canoe, Jasper, Ga. 30143. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson & Son, Marietta.
Mrs. Ethel Parker, age 96 of Jasper, passed away Monday, August 15, 2005
at her residence.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Arlie and Mabel Parker,
Gadsden, S.C., R.L. and Eloise Parker and Tommy and Geraldine Parker, all of
Talking Rock; daughters and sons-in-law, Olean Patterson, Marietta, Helen
Robinson, Hinton Community, Dorothy and James Godfrey, Talking Rock, Betty
Cook, Jasper, and Joann and James Harden, Ball Ground; sisters, Odell Wooten
and Emelesse Townsend, both of Fairmount. Seventeen grandchildren 29
great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, August 17 at 2 p.m. from the
Hinton Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Childers officiating. Interment was
in Hinton Community Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Dwayne Lackey, Kenny, Jamie
and Robbie Parker, Roger Robinson, Jamie Keith, James Haley, James Harden
and Hunter Quarles. Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Dwight David Tanner, age 58 of Blue Ridge Health Care, passed away
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 following an extended illness. Mr. Tanner was
born in Polk County, Tn to the late Dennis Clyde Tanner and Alma Jane Verner
Talley. Mr. Tanner was a beloved father and friend to many and was the owner
and operator of Tanners Service Station in Blue Ridge. Mr. Tanner was also
preceded in death by one sister, Brenda Jo Sams, and one nephew, Jimmy
Survivors include his son, Nathan Tanner of Blue Ridge, Ga; one daughter,
Kathy Tanner of Young Harris, Ga; one brother and sister-in-law, Glen and
Ann Tanner of Epworth, Ga; nephews, Robert and Jerry Wright; niece, Cindy
Neal; many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The funeral service was conducted Thursday, August 18 at 2 p.m. from the
Akins of Copperhill Chapel with Rev. J.D. Thomas officiating.Music was by
Andy Wallace. Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Rick Goss,
B.R. Ledford, Dennis Eshleman, Randy Hensley, Charles Mathis, Ricky Wright
and Roy G. Tipton.
Joseph Patrick Rabel of Ball Ground, Ga., passed away August 17, 2005
from respiratory failure due to complications from bacterial meningitis.
Although Joe lived for only 34 days, he touched the lives of many through
his inspirational struggle. He showed an unwavering display of strength,
courage and bravery during his battle with his illness, and was encouraged
and supported by hundreds of family, friends and strangers across the
country and around the world who followed his remarkable story. “Amazing
Joe” brought a lot of happiness into the lives of those who knew him. Many
will mourn the loss of this beautiful baby who taught us all exemplary
lessons about faith and love.
He is survived by his parents, Huitt and Katie Rabel of Ball Ground.
Additional survivors include his grandparents, Bill and Judi Rabel of
Atlanta and Don and Eileen Nahser of Alpharetta; great-grandparents, Frances
and Dick Hansen of Oakland Park, Fl.; his aunts, Nicole Rabel of Atlanta,
Danielle Rabel of Smyrna and Elizabeth Nahser of Manassass Park, Va.; and
his aunt and uncle, Donna and Jeremy Blalock of Atlanta.
The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 20 from the
Episcopal Church of the Holy Family with Mother Mary Johnson officiating.
Interment followed in Lake Forest Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made in his name to the Playground Fund in care of the
Episcopal Church of the Holy Family. Roper Funeral Home was in charge of the
Ms. Peggy McEntyre Jeter, age 71 of Jasper, passed away at Piedmont
Mountainside Medical Center on August 20, 2005. Ms. Jeter was of the
Pentecostal faith and employed in sales.
Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Kuffrey, Jasper; brother, Marvin
McEntyre, Buchanon; sisters, Barbara Ann Hayes, Jasper, Patricia Hemphill
and Connie Wells, both of Jonesboro, and Deborah Caldwell, Griffin. A host
of nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. She was preceded in death by
her son, Mocke Aven Kuffrey, Jr.; daughter, Rose Marie Kuffrey; parents,
John and Hazel McEntyre; brothers, John, Larry and Charles McEntyre.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, August 23 at 11 a.m. from the
Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Larry Phillips officiating. Interment
was in Oak Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Steve Patterson, age 46 of Jasper, passed away Sunday, August 14,
2005 at his residence.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Willene and James Buchanan,
Jasper; father and step-mother, Billy T. and Shirley Patterson, Dawsonville;
daughters, Tammy Patterson, Canton, and Jessica Patterson; and one
step-sister, Valerie Burgess.
The funeral service was held Thursday, August 17 at 11 a.m. from the
Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronald Goss officiating.
Interment was in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Andy and Danny
Holden, Matt Butler, Skipper Densmore, Rick Banks and Greg Burgess.