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Obituaries for May 4; Harley Shane “Buck” Prather, Glenn Joseph Watson, Georgia Lou Bruce Stansel, Ruby Lee Stirzaker, Ronald Bailey Watson,

Harley Shane “Buck” Prather                                      

December 1, 1936 - April 29, 2017

 

   Harley Shane “Buck” Prather, age 80 of Jasper, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at his home.  Buck was born December 1, 1936 in Pickens County to Harley and Georgia Henderson Prather.  Mr. Prather was a member of the Refuge Baptist Church where he was a deacon. 

   Buck is survived by his wife, Jessie Prather of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Jan Prather of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Joanna and Chris Holcomb of Jasper; grandchildren, Phillip Clark, Nick Clark, Megan Clark, Carlee Nelson, Brandon Nelson, Christy Richards, P.J. Holcomb, and Justin Holcomb; great-grandchildren, Cohen and Colson Clark, Brooke, Dacoda, and Cheyanne Holcomb, and Gabby Richards. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   Funeral Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Monday, May1, 2017 at Refuge Baptist Church with Reverend Ron Grant and Reverend Jess Posey officiating. Interment will be in the Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.

   The Prather Family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until the funeral hour.

   Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory in Jasper.  

 

Glenn Joseph Watson

February 19, 1953 – April 29, 2017

 

    Mr. Glenn Watson, age 64 of the Hinton Community, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017.  He was employed by Amicalola EMC as a line foreman.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Viola Watson and sister, Mary Ellen Cannady.  

   He is survived by his wife, Paulette Watson of the Hinton Community; children, Brandy Watson, Michael Ponders, Dennis Ponders, and Angie Ponders all of Talking Rock; grandchildren, Zaylee Higgins, Chandler Ponders, David Ponders,  Bradley Fowler, and John Harley Ponders all of Talking Rock and Caitlin Carlile of Alabama; brothers and sisters-in-law, Emory and Edna Watson of Blue Ridge, Larry and Johnette Watson of Hinton, Mike and Janie Watson of Jasper, sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Wayne Phillips of Calhoun. Several nieces and nephews also survive.  

   The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Shannon Kelley officiating.  Interment will follow in the Hinton Community Cemetery.  The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

   Arrangements have been entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory of Jasper.  

 

Georgia Lou Bruce Stansel

May 21, 1942 – April 9, 2017

 

   Georgia Lou Bruce Stansel, age 74 of Canton, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at North Fulton Regional Hospital.  She was born May 21, 1942 to the late Jack and Lucille Bruce in Commerce, Georgia.

   She is survived by children, Vicki Stansel Davenport of Canton, Tonya Stansel of Canton, Jeff and Tanya Stansel of Calhoun; Godson, Bradley and Heather Bruce; grandchildren, C. J. Davenport, Cole Davenport, Gabi Turem, Claude Stansel IV, Willow Grace Stansel, Raden Bruce; sisters, Peggy Ann Lowe of Tate, Colleen and Ray Roberts of Jasper; brother, Billy Jack Bruce of Dalton.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

   She was preceded in death by sister, Jane Bruce; brother, Jimmy Bruce; sister, Nancy Roper; and brother, Coleman Bruce.

   A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Johnny Padgett officiating.  The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the Georgia Stansel Memorial Fund in care of Roper Funeral Home.

   Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, Georgia.

   Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

 

Ruby  Lee Stirzaker

September 11, 1937 – April 5, 2017

 

   Ruby Lee Stirzaker, 79, of Big Canoe, GA passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Grady Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born September 11, 1937 in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Harold and Kathleen Hesketh. 

   She is survived by her husband of 56 years, John Stirzaker Jr. Ruby and “Jack” married September 12, 1959 in Wilmington, Delaware. Survivors include her brothers William Hesketh and Thomas Hesketh of Lewistown, PA; her sister Kathleen Houser of Lancaster, PA. Her children John Stirzaker III and his wife Charlene Stirzaker of Marietta, GA. Her daughter Annette Gossett of Newnan, GA. Her grandchildren Nicole Edwards and her husband Michael Edwards, Lauren Stirzaker, and Justin Stirzaker, Brittany Hand and her husband Alex Hand, and Tyler Beal. As well as, her great grandchild Rilynne Beal. 

   Ruby’s passions were God, family, volunteering, traveling, and baking. She volunteered at Dover General Hospital in Dover, New Jersey, Clearlake Medical Center in Clearlake, Texas, Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers, Georgia as treasurer, and Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, Georgia as treasurer. After her children were out of school she became a travel consultant for 10 years. Her family was her special passion. She was always the happiest when she was around family. You could always find her in the kitchen; baking for every holiday or for any occasion! 

   The service to honor the life of Mrs. Ruby Lee Stirzaker will be held in Big Canoe, GA at the Big Canoe Chapel on May 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Big Canoe Chapel. 

   Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. 

 

Ronald Bailey Watson

September 21, 1957 – April 30, 2017

 

   Mr. Ronald Bailey Watson, age 59 of the Ludville Community, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.  He was born September 21, 1957 to the late Fred and Aline Watson in Gordon County.  

   Ronnie is survived by his wife, Frances Watson of the Ludville Community; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Bobby Timms; son and daughter-in-law, Jesse & Heidi Perry; grandchildren, Doug and Taylor Timms, Carrie Timms; brothers, Ricky and Lily Watson, Chris and Tammy Watson; sisters, Patsy and Ed Puckett.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

   A memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Bobby Timms officiating.  The family will be receiving friends Tuesday at Roper Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

   Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, Georgia.

   Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Wendell L. Wilkie

   Wendell L. Wilkie, 76, of Dawsonville passed away Tuesday April 18, 2017 at Northside Forsyth Hospital following a sudden illness.

   Born October 7, 1940 in Pickens County to the late Garnie and Clifford Wilkie, he had lived in Dawson County for over 50 years.  A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Wendell was involved in several business adventures.  He was a very devoted Christian and was a member of Juno Baptist Church.  Wendell was also preceded in death by his sister, Ramona Wilkie, and a brother, Neil Wilkie.

   Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Bernice Wilkie, Dawsonville; sons and daughters in law, Brian and Mary Ann Wilkie, Winder, Preston and Misty Wilkie, Dawsonville; grandchildren, Eli, Sadie, Adley, Michal, Chloe, Achan; and a number of other relatives.

   Funeral services were held Friday April 21, 2017 at 2 o’clock at Juno Baptist Church with the remains placed in state at 1 o’clock.  Rev. Brody Hughes, Rev. Tim Biddy, Rev. Dennis Bottoms and Rev. Tommy Weldy officiated.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Juno Baptist Church.

   Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.