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Obituaries for July 20, 2017; Preston Wade Stokes, Karl Dix, Ruthann Beck, Randy Hunt, Lamar Nichols,

Preston Wade Stokes

August 14, 1935-July 1, 2017

Preston Wade Stokes, 81, a gentleman to his core, died July 1, 2017 after a short, ever-optimistic, and dignified battle with cancer. Preston was born August 14, 1935 in Jackson, MI, the son of Wade Hopkins Stokes, Jr. and Lou Ada Williams Stokes, both 1927 graduates of Millsaps College.  The family moved several times with the USO, but Preston spent most of his childhood in Charleston, SC, graduating from Charleston High School in June, 1953.

Preston graduated from Clemson Agricultural College in South Carolina in 1957 majoring in Civil Engineering.  Following Clemson, he joined the Army Corps of Engineers and was stationed in Fort Benning, then Thule, Greenland for two years.  

After finishing his time in the Army, Preston helped build the George Washington Bridge in Washington, DC and then joined the Henry C. Beck Company in Atlanta which sent him to Albany, GA for a project.  On a blind date in Albany, he met Linda Leeger, who became his partner for the last 54 years.  Linda and Preston had two children: Presley (born in Atlanta, GA) and Wade (born in Chapel Hill, NC), who grew up in the 14 years the family lived in Richardson, Texas.  

While in Dallas, Preston continued to work for Henry C. Beck and Rosewood, Corp. on projects that spanned the Dallas skyline. In 1985, Preston and Linda moved back to Atlanta for a new position with Cousins Real Estate.  He later unexpectedly found his most enjoyable work at Haverty’s Furniture, helping plan and build new stores in the greater southeast.  Throughout his career, the pleasure of his work was based on the people with whom he worked rather than the projects he managed.  

In 1996, Preston was honored to serve as the envoy for the team from the Sudan at the Atlanta Olympics.  The experience of this multi-year volunteer position was one of his favorites:  living in the Olympic Village, learning the Sudanese culture, spending time with the Sudanese dignitaries and athletes, and entertaining them at their home on Huntcliff Trace.    

In 2005, Preston and Linda built their dream house in Big Canoe, a community in North Georgia that inspired them with its hiking trails, mountains and warm, welcoming people.  A showcase for Linda’s art and Preston’s meticulous and high building standards, the stunning house on Ridgeview Drive hosted many shindigs, gatherings, book clubs and dinner parties.  From Big Canoe, Preston and Linda hiked the state parks of north Georgia and beyond, taking favorite hiking trips to Jasper and Banff, Canada, New England, the Lake District of England, as well as many trips to visit their children and beloved grandchildren in California, and   Estonia, including a favorite family gathering in St. Wolfgang, Austria.  For their 50th wedding anniversary, the family all met in Hilton Head, SC, the location of their honeymoon in 1963.   

Preston was a true believer in making a difference in his community and his impact will be felt for years to come.  His longest running efforts were with the Boys and Girls Club, where he began volunteering in 1982 in Texas, and continued in every city he lived thereafter.  He was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club of Georgia Hall of Fame in 2015 which he considered his greatest honor.  He was able to help design and facilitate the building of a new home for the Boys and Girls Club of Pickens County during his time there.  His passion for the Pickens County community and residents was evident through his work with Good Samaritan Health Clinic’s Property & Design team and the Pickens Youth Enrichment program.   

Preston was a collector of friends and kept in close touch with people from all parts of his life.  He had golf friends, book club friends, opera friends, hiking friends.  To those who knew him, he was larger than life yet humble, optimistic, a saint, honest, gentle, patient, an officer and a gentleman.  He could gauge a person’s character by their golf game, and was forever committed to his friends and family.  In his last week, he explained that his four greatest accomplishments in life were:  finding Linda, becoming a father, working to be able to provide the educations of his children's dreams, and his wide circle of friends.  He explained that although work may have been on that list at one time, upon reflecting, it was merely a means to the end.  Preston showed us what a life well lived looks like. 

He leaves behind his wife, Linda, daughter Presley (Saratoga, CA) and son Wade (Tallinn, Estonia) and their families including: Steve, Wade, Amelia, and George Troyer; Kristi, Katarina, and Peter Stokes; as well as his many beloved cousins.  

Plans for services will be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia, Inc.

PO Box 649

Jasper, GA 30143

Memo:  Preston Stokes/Pickens Club

They are a 501c3 and their Federal Tax ID# is 20-2957153.

All donations are tax-deductible and will receive an acknowledgement.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.ashevilleareaalternative.com 

 

Karl Dix

Karl Alfons Dix, 89, formerly of Jasper, Georgia and Neenah, Wisconsin passed away Tuesday, July 11 at Sunrise at Five Forks in Lilburn Georgia. Mr. Dix served in the United States Army in Regensburg, Germany and Vienna, Austria. He graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Forestry.  Thereafter, Karl Dix enjoyed a 36 year career in the pulp and paper industry with the Kimberly Clark Corporation starting as a process engineer, earning promotions in research & development, and finishing as a Quality Manager. He started his career at the Niagara, Wisconsin Mill where he worked for 10 years. He worked for the next 10 years in Neenah, Wisconsin in various mills and in the research facility. He completed his career in Roswell in the research and development facility and retired at age 62. 

Mr. Dix married his wife of 66 years in Bergen, Germany, across the border from Salzburg, Austria. Margarete Maria Dix (maiden name Lieder) predeceased her husband in 2014.  Mr. Dix is survived by his four children, Teresa Maria Jersild (married to Chris Jersild) of Snellville, GA, Marguerite Katherine Johannes of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Karl Frederick Dix (married to Barbara Dix) of Atlanta, GA and Anthony Thomas Dix (married to Carrie Dix) of Roswell, GA. Mr. Dix is also survived by nine grandchildren: Stephen Baisch, Kelley Jersild, Julie Johannes, Nick Johannes, Karl Albert Dix, Kenny Dix, Katie Dix, David Karl Dix and Brian Dix. 

The family will celebrate a funeral mass for him at 11 a.m. on July 21, 2017 in the Chapel next to the Main Church Hall at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church, 801 Tom Smith Road SW, Lilburn, Georgia 30047 with Father Sunny J. Punnakuziyil and Deacon Michael Hayward presiding.  Immediately after the mass, the family will be receiving friends at a reception in the church banquet hall. Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC at the Snellville Funeral Home location in Snellville, GA.

 

Ruthann Beck

Ms. Ruthann Beck, 62, of Nelson, passed away Monday July 10, 2017 at Northside Cherokee Hospital. 

Ms. Beck is survived by her sons, Kenneth Beck of Tate and Scott Beck of Nelson; brothers, J.R. Totherow of Ball Ground and Jimmy Totherow of Jasper; sisters, Marie McTaggart of Nelson, Martha Ray of Nelson; Dottie Hamby of Nelson, and Joella Forest of Jasper; and four grandchildren. 

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday July 12, 2017 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Revs. Leroy Kelly, Clyde Boling, and Junior McTaggart officiating. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers that served: Keith Totherow, Terry Ray, Brian Totherow, David Hamby, Kevin McTaggart and Eddie Ray.

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Beck family. Online condolences may be made at www.caglefuneralhome.com.

 

Randy Hunt

July 14, 1954 – July 14, 2017

 

Mr. John Randolph Hunt, 63, of Jasper, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital following an accident. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and was preceded in death by his father, John Irby Hunt.

Randy graduated from Young Harris College and Berry College, where he made many lifelong friends. He and his wife Peggi owned and operated The UPS Store in Roswell, Georgia for 23 years. A fan of all Georgia sports teams, he especially loved the Atlanta Falcons. He played the guitar and passed his great love of music on to both of his sons. Randy was so easy to turn to for calm wisdom and insight. He knew the sky and shared the stars with his family effortlessly.

He is survived by his loving wife, Peggi O’Brien Hunt of Jasper; mother, Marjorie Kemlein Hunt of Ellicott City, Maryland; children, Jeff Hunt and Elizabeth of Washington, DC, Travis Hunt and Ashley of Cumming, Georgia; sister, Lynn McCloskey and Rich of Ellicott City, Maryland. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Randy was cremated and the plans for his life celebration at Jasper United Methodist Church are as follows: Friday, July 21, 1 p.m. visitation, 2 p.m. memorial service, followed by a reception at the church. Rev. Greg Meadows officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in Randy’s name to Pickens Animal Rescue, www.pickensanimalrescue.org, or Habitat for Humanity Pickens County, pickenshfh.org.

 

Lamar Nichols

April 27, 1942 – July 17, 2017

 

Mr. Lamar Nichols, 75, of Talking Rock passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 at his home.  He was born April 27, 1942 to Olan and Shirley Nichols in Pickens County.  He was a member of Blaine Lodge F&AM #534.

He is survived by his children, Tim and Rachel Nichols of Talking Rock, Tina and Donnie Craig of Talking Rock, Tammy and Tony Brown of Talking Rock; sister, Janice Low; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held11 a.m., Friday, July 21, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Huey Holloway officiating.  Interment will be at Cagle Cemetery in Talking Rock.  

Visitation will be at Roper Funeral Home Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.; Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.; and 9 a.m. until the funeral hour on Friday.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com