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Obituaries for June 30, 2016; Lois Poole, George Clark, Bettie Gilreath, Ben Whitmore, Annie Jones, Randall Lawson, James Boyd, Nina Cowart, Darlene Caron

Lois Poole
May 30, 1920 - June 25, 2016

    Ms. Lois Irene Poole, 95, of Jasper, passed away at Grandview Nursing Home on Saturday June 25th, 2016. Lois was born on May 30th, 1920 to Dolph Sherman and Rora Mae Moss Poole. Ms. Poole spent several years at the Roosevelt Center for the Blind in Warm Springs, which enabled her to work at Pickens Technical School from the early 1970s until the late 1980s.
    She is survived by her sisters, Betty and Ray Ferrell of Jasper, Hazel Mullinax of Jasper, Cora Bell Chastain of Gainesville; and brother, Charlie Poole of Jasper. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
    Lois was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Bob, Lanier and Leo Poole; and nephew, Charles Poole.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 27 at County Line Baptist Church with Reverend Jess Posey officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Ms. Poole was a charter member of County Line Baptist Church.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.
    Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.roperfuneralhome.com      

George Clark
    Mr. George Lamar Clark,  68, of Jasper, Georgia passed on Sunday evening, June 19, 2016, at his residence.
    Mr. Clark was born April 2, 1948 in Jasper, Georgia to his late parents George Lamar and Louvelle Gayton Clark. He was a member of Arbor Hill Baptist Church, was formerly employed by Pickens County as a maintenance worker, and also sold produce. He is preceded in death by his wife, Inez Hooper Clark, and sisters, Velma Wood, Lillie Florence and Evon Clark.
    He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Jody and Angel Clark and Nathan and Norma Beasley, all of Ellijay, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Chris Pittman of Ranger, GA; 8 Grandchildren; 2 Great grandchildren; brothers, Rommy and Cindy Clark of Waleska, GA, Jimmy and Sue Clark of Jasper, GA and Randy and Jackie Reed of Waleska, GA; Sister-in-law and spouse Shirley and Ricky McDowell of Jasper, GA also survive.
    Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24th at the Arbor Hills Baptist Church in Jasper, GA with Rev. Mike Bice officiating. Music and vocals will be by the Bice girls and the Arbor Hills Baptist Church Choir. Pallbearers were Alex Pittman, Christopher Pittman, Dustin Lingerfelt, Rocky McDowell, Ricky McDowell, and Gary Matthews. Carroll Parker will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
    In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Jody Clark at 4446 Roundtop Road, Ellijay, GA 30540 in memory of Mr. Clark.
    Online condolences may be made to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com

Bettie Gilreath
March 21, 1941 – June 21, 2016

    Bettie Sue Gilreath, 75, of Talking Rock, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.  She was born March 21, 1941 to Clyde and Grace Gilreath in Dawson County.
    She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Rachel Susan and David  Wells of Jasper; son, Billy David Goss of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Danny Joe and Patty Goss of Platka, Florida; grandchildren, Mattie Elizabeth Goss Hollar of Cumming, Gauge Goss of Holiday, Florida, Lacey Danielle Goss of Platka, Florida; step-grandson, Ryan Collins of Platka, Florida; and brother, Clyde Gilreath, Jr. of Dawsonville.  Several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends also survive.
    A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, Georgia.
    Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.roperfuneralhome.com


Ben Whitmore
January 24, 1940 – June 23, 2016

    Mr. Ben Frank Whitmore,  76, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at his home. Ben was born January 24, 1940 to Barney Lee and Ellen Whitmore in Jasper. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.
    He is survived by his wife, Nancy Whitmore of Jasper; daughter, Kelly Whitmore of Jasper; son, Samuel Nathan Whitmore of Jasper; sister, Peggy Ray of Jasper.  Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 3 p.m., Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Greg Meadows officiating.  Interment will follow at Jasper City Cemetery with Military Honors by Pickens DAV Chapter 47 and Masonic Graveside by Pickens Star Lodge #220. 
    The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Georgia Masonic Children’s Home through Pickens Star Lodge #220.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, Georgia.
    Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.roperfuneralhome.com

Annie Jones
April 17, 1922 - June 25, 2016

    Mrs. Annie Agnes Jones, 94, of Talking Rock, passed away at her home on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Annie was born on April 17, 1922 to James Biege and Violet O’Shields Wooten.
    She is survived by her husband, Clarence Jones of Talking Rock; son, Charles and Jackie Grant of Jasper; granddaughter, Niki Eubanks; great-grandchildren, Darla Satterfield, Cody Grant, and Kayla Eubanks; great-great-grandchildren, Grant and Peyton Satterfield and Addy and Cole Grant.  Several nieces and nephews also survive. 
    Mrs. Jones was preceeded in death by her parents, Biege and Violet Wooten; sisters, Ila May Stanfield, Vergie Lou Bennett, and Mami Lee Widenhouse; grandson, Tony Grant.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Autry Dean and Reverend Randy Weaver officiating.  Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, Georgia.
    Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.roperfuneral home.com.        


Randall Lawson
    Mr. Randall Steve Lawson, 61, of Lithia Springs, formerly of Jasper, passed away Thursday June 16, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Lawson is survived by his mother, Lillian Lawson of Bent Tree in Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Dillon & Sue-Ping Lawson of San Fransisco, CA and Graham & Anya Lawson of Smyrna.
    Preceded in death by his brother Roger Harold Lawson and father Bill Lawson.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with interment following at Mica Baptist Church Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were Barry Butler, Charles Stargel, Curtis Stargel, Gary Anderson, Ryan Woolridge and T.W. Roberts. 
    The family request in lieu of flowers donate to Mica Baptist Church.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lawson family.
www.caglefuneralhome.com

James Boyd
October 16, 1944 - June 20, 2016

    Mr. James "Jimbo" Boyd,  71, of Jasper, passed away Monday June 20, 2016 at Wildwood Health Care.
    Mr. Boyd is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, John & Kathy Boyd of Jasper; nieces and nephews, Rachel & Kim Jones, Brandy Mann, Mitchell & Michele Boyd; great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and special friends of Burnt Mountain Center and Wildwood Health Care.
    Mr. Boyd is preceded in death by his mother Callie B. Boyd.
    The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Cantrell, Chaplain Roland Nelson, and Monroe Flowers officiating. Interment at Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers that served: Travis Jones, Kim Jones, Scott Jackson, Tyler Smith, Mitchell Boyd, and John Headden.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Boyd family.

Nina Cowart
December 15, 1950 - June 25, 2016

    Ms. Nina Cowart, 65, of Dawson County, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Chatsworth Health Care.
    Ms. Cowart is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Loye & Susie Cowart of Dawson County; sisters and brother-in-law, Juanita & Roger Robinson of Dawson County and Eula Jean Reynolds of Dawson County; and several nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2016 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Dawson County with Revs. Clyde Boling and Rodney Pilcher officiating. Interment at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers that served: Joey Reynolds, James Burnett, Bob Gibson, Jeff Cowart, Billy Jones, Logan Crisp, Eddie Guy, Jason Cowart, and Victor Gonzales.
    The family accepted flowers or donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cowart family.

Darlene Caron
    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Darlene Beverly Caron (Née) Gordon, 80, of Jasper GA. on Sunday 26 of June 2016.
    Much loved mother, grandmother and wife of the late Robert (Bob) Paul Caron. Survived by her three children and their families, Michael and Anne (Vancouver, BC, Robert and Kim (Marble Hill, GA), Lisa and Shane (Nelson, New Zealand).
    Sadly missed 'Grandma' to Stephanie, Leah, Shannon, Jonathan, Giselle and
Tate.
    A private family celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
    Condolences can be left at GeorgiaFuneralCare.com.

Card of Thanks
    The family of Jennifer Jones Galligan wish to express their appreciation for everything that was done to help us during Jennifer’s sickness and passing. For every kind word, the prayers, donations, the food, and the transporting of children, we say thank you.
    Kevin Roper and the caring staff at Roper Funeral Home we thank you for the compassion shown to us and the attention to every detail. God bless all of you.

    Keith, Eli, Owen and Stella Galligan, Lois & Rodney Gibson

Masonic Resolution
E. W. Hightower Lodge #679 F & AM
    Whereas the Supreme Architect of the Universe in His infinite wisdom saw fit on June 23, 2016, to call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Ben Franklin Whitmore and whereas he was a true and faithful member of our Lodge for many years and held in high respect by Master Masons everywhere and all that knew him;
    Now, therefore, be it resolved that E. W. Hightower Lodge #679 F & AM has lost a valuable Brother, his family has lost a wonderful loved one, and his community has lost a good neighbor;
    Now be it further resolved the Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of E. W. Hightower Lodge #679 extend to his bereaved family our deepest heartfelt sympathy, our prayers in their behalf and sincere assurance of our will to help, aid and assist them in every way possible.
    Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be spread upon the minutes of the Lodge, a copy sent to Brother Whitmore’s bereaved family, and a copy ordered published in the Pickens County Progress.
Respectfully submitted,

Joshua W. Tippens, Worshipful Master
Christopher Lee, Past Master, Treasurer
Ralph O. Dennis, Past Master, Secretary