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Obituaries for Dec. 8, 2016; Ruth Henson, Fred Chastain, Emily Cumming

Ruth Henson
    Mrs. Ruth Johnson Henson, 81, of Blue Ridge passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016 at her home following an extended illness. Born in Pickens County, GA, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Victoria Cox Johnson. She enjoyed growing flowers and gardening and was a member of the Cattlemen's Association. Mrs. Henson was also a long time member of the Sugar Creek Baptist Church. Also preceding her in death was her husband, James Hobert Henson; and two siblings, Edith Johnson Henry and Harold Johnson.
    Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley and Angie Henson of Blue Ridge, GA and Greg Henson of Canton, GA; grandchildren, Wyatt Henson, Hunter Henson and Jamie Henson; brother and sister-in-law, Phillip and Kay Johnson of Talking Rock, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Don Bloodworth of Suches, GA; and one sister-in-law, Linda Johnson of Jasper.
    Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 3 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Williams and Rev. Billy Ray Queen officiating. Interment followed in the Barnes Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Dean Whitaker, Randy Young, Chris Young, Roger McTaggert, Nick Goggins and William McClure. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.

Fred Chastain
    Mr. Frederick Emerson "Fred" Chastain, 68, of Ellijay, Georgia passed on Friday morning, December 2, 2016, at the Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper. He was born July 11, 1948 in Jasper to his late parents Olen Brown Chastain and Flora Roselle Holt Chastain. Mr. Chastain was a graduate of Gilmer High School and was a self employed plumber. Fred was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church for 53 years and served his country honorably in the U.S. Army.
    Survivors include wife of 45 years, Patricia Newton Chastain of the home in Ellijay; daughter, Angelia Chastain of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law Alan & Tara Caylor of Canton; grandchildren Makaila Caylor, Seth Caylor & Matthew Caylor; sisters and brother-in-law Annette Hefner and Sara and Michael Cantrell, all of Ellijay; brother and sister-in-law, James & Karen Chastain of Chattanooga, TN; sister-in-law, Helen Nicholson of Jasper; several nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 4th from Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Cantrell and Rev. Gene Childers officiating. Music and vocals were by the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Choir.  Pallbearers were Wayne Holt, Johnny Chastain, Don Roberts, Matthew Caylor, Spencer Hefner, Jerry Wishon, Steve Siniard and Eddie Weaver. A military graveside service immediately followed in the Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with military rites performed by the North Georgia Honor Guard.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church c/o Jerry Wishon, 42 North Jones Mill Road, Ellijay, GA 30540, in memory of Mr. Chastain.
    Online condolences may be made to the family at www.loganfuneralhome.com

Emily Cumming

    Emily Wright Cumming, a multi-talented, dynamic fourth-generation Atlantan, died Nov. 27 at age 90 after a brief illness.
    She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Joseph B. Cumming, Jr.; four children; seven grandchildren, and three great-granddaughters. Together, Emily and Joe Cumming set in motion circles of friends who joined them across the decades in a creative life of work and play in Augusta, Atlanta, and Carrollton.
    She was a longtime member of the Habersham Garden Club, which her mother Gertrude Wright helped start in the 1920s, and wrote its “Modest History and Apocrypha.” A passionate environmentalist, she was also active in projects of the Georgia Conservancy and helped start a recycling program and tree-plantings in Carrollton. She was a member of the Colonial Dames, the Junior League of Atlanta, and the Episcopal Church Women of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.
    She was born in Atlanta on Sept. 2, 1926, the second of five children of Gertrude (Whittier) and Douglas Berry Wright. As she wrote to her namesake, her one-month-old great-granddaughter Emily Beckley, in 2014: “How lucky I was, from the beginning. First, to have two smart, shy parents, who were gifted, artistic, and really serious about raising healthy, unspoiled children. Second, to be raised in a deep forest in a big stone house, with plenty of room for playing or hiding, or privacy for reading, and great spaces for big dinners or dances when we were teenagers.”
    Emily was a competitive child athlete, winning state awards in diving and badminton. She was educated at St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines, Washington Seminary, Hollins College, and Agnes Scott College. In 1948, she married Joe Cumming and they moved to his ancestral home, Augusta, where all four children, Bryan, Doug, Walter, and Anne, were born. In 1956, the family moved to Atlanta. Joe worked there for 22 years reporting on the South for Newsweek magazine.
    Emily, through those years, managed a vibrant family life of jazz-band parties, literary house parties in a vacation home in north Georgia’s Tate Mountain Estates, and environmental activism. She worked in public relations for a clean-energy company and campaigned in Wisconsin for Jimmy Carter. In these years, “I discovered I could write,” she wrote to little Emily. She had an essay in Newsweek and Reader’s Digest, and wrote several privately printed histories, including one about the family tree of her great-grandfather Maxwell Rufus Berry (1823-1909).
    She and her husband were an energy-generating unit, in a marriage that Joe Cumming wrote about in Esquire magazine in 1977 proposing a new verb, “monog-ing,”  for the “dark magic practiced by certain married folk.” From that article:
    “. . .let me describe Emily as I see her: a broad-browed and smiling brunette with short, often unmanageable hair, as lithe and light of step as when I first met her in World War II (I won’t ask you to believe under the Biltmore clock, but it’s true), cool as a schoolgirl lit with mischief, yet warm in the womanly ways of a world-famed mistress. I could go on and mention qualities from the likes of Julie Andrews, Erma Bombeck and Annie Dillard, but it would embarrass her and make you suspicious.”
    Her surviving brother is Jim Wright (Emily), of Dixon Cove, Tenn. Siblings who preceded her in death were Whittier Wright (Sena), Oliver Wright (Mary Semmes), and Miriam Kiser (John). Besides her husband, she is survived by her children and their spouses, Joseph Bryan Cumming III (Holly) of Nashville; Douglas O. Cumming (Elizabeth) of Lexington, Va.; Walter W. Cumming of Holly Springs; Anne Cumming Preston (Clay) of Decatur. Also, grandchildren Anna (Cumming) Beckley (Gary), Alston Cumming (Julie), Helen Preston, Paul Preston, Daniel Cumming, William Cumming, and Sarah Rose Cumming; and great-grandchildren Ella, Katharine, and Emily Beckley.
    A memorial service was  held at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Annes Lane, Atlanta 30327, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Interment of cremated remains will be at Summerville Cemetery, Augusta, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Mountain Conservation Trust (P.O. Box 35, Jasper, GA 30143).

Masonic Resolution on the death of Brother Conrad Michael Giles
    To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M. Jasper, Georgia
    Whereas, on May 9, 2016 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Conrad MIchael Giles.
    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 be published in the Pickens County Progress.

    Respectfully Submitted
    W. Brother Gene Free
    Brother Gene Free
    Brother Grant Wade
    Committee