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Obituaries from July 9, 2020; David Johnson Sr., Shirley Wickham, Mildred Garner, Tex Bryant, Bobby Martin

David Johnson Sr.

Affectionately known by his family as “Ronnie”

U.S. Veteran

 

Ronald was born to David Johnson and Lucy Carreker on August 25, 1948 in Nelson, Georgia. In 1966 he graduated from Pickens High School as an honor student as well as a four-year letterman in football and basketball. Ronnie was one of three black students to be the first class to integrate the high school.

Ronald continued his education scholastically and athletically at Bethune Cookman College where he attended through his sophomore year.

In 1968 he joined the United States Marine Corps and specialized as a demolition expert. He fought for his country during the Vietnam War and received minor injuries. He returned home after proudly completing his tour and was honorably discharged.

Ronald’s military experience and desire to help others led to a career path that included being a bomb technician with the Atlanta Fire Department; ending as the first person of color to be a Director (Alcohol & Tobacco) for the Georgia Department of Revenue.

Upon retirement, Ronnie focused on health and family. He fought multiple myeloma  into remission for 14 years. During this period, he loved traveling and visiting family; often exposing them to the different treasures in life. He befriended everyone and shared with all. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents David Johnson and Lucy Carraker Giddens. Siblings Daniel Giddens, Curtis Giddens, Paul Giddens, Andrew Giddens, Pauline Luchrista Crawford, and Larcenia Thomas.

He leaves his wife, Diane Johnson; his sons, Ronald (Marlette) Johnson, Geoffrey (Kenita) Johnson; grandchildren, Thomas, David, Quinn, Sean, D’Angelo Ellis (Kenita) and D’Andre Ellis (Kenita); sister, Juel Anne Moore (Gene); and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Thank you to everyone who share with Ronald Sr. Special thanks to Cousin Vivian for her support and love during this time.

 

Shirley Wickham

 

Shirley Wickham, 83, of Jasper, GA passed away July 1, 2020.  

She was a longtime member of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper and a member of the PIA of Georgia.  Shirley was a lover of life. She adored her family, music, flowers, traveling and her work. She was a caring and driven professional who thought of her clients and staff as family. She is survived by her children, Wendy Wickham-LaMantia (Rich LaMantia), Susanne Wickham, Graham Wickham (Alana Wickham); seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Graham Wickham, Jr.  

A memorial will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Lakeside Beach Pavilion in Bent Tree, Jasper, GA. A reception to immediately follow.   

In leu of flowers, please donate to the Bent Tree Animal Foundation, 744 Noah Drive, #113, Jasper, Georgia 30143 in her memory.

www.mayeswarddobbins.com

 

Mildred Garner

December 29, 1933 - July 5, 2020

 

Mrs. Mildred Garner, 86, of Talking Rock, passed away Sunday July 5, 2020 at Pruitt Health in Jasper.

Mildred is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gary & Wanda Garner of Jasper; son, Bobby Garner of Talking Rock; daughter and son-in-law, Terresa & Russell Bunch of Jasper; sisters, Betty Godfrey of Talking Rock and Ruby Daugherty of Talking Rock; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Wednesday, July 8, 8 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at Cagle Funeral Home. Mrs. Garner will lie in state at Mt Zion Baptist Church from 1 p.m. until the funeral service.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Mt Zion Baptist Church, with Rev. Ben Mock, Rev. Larry Reece and David Johnson officiating.

Interment will be at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Steve Bramlett, Allen Evans, William Reece, Travis Rogers, Cody Godfrey and Joseph Godfrey. Honorary pallbearer: Jerry Hicks.

The family will accept flowers or donations can be made to Mt Zion Baptist Church.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Garner family.

 

Tex Bryant

April 13, 1942 - July 1, 2020

 

Mr. Tex Jerry Bryant, 78, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Seasons Hospice in Cumming, GA.

Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife, Carolyn Bryant of Jasper; sons & daughter-in-law, Chris & Nacole Bryant of Jasper, Cale Bryant of Jasper and Allen Bryant of Dawson County; step-son, Tom Fowler of Dawson County; daughter & son-in-law, Kim & Matt Fountain of Jasper; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bryant family.

 

 

 

Bobby Martin

July 22, 1930 - June 30, 2020

U.S. Veteran

 

Bobby Gray Martin, 89, of Jasper Georgia, passed away Tuesday evening, June 30, 2020. He was born July 22, 1930 in Ohatchee, Alabama to Lillie and Ronnie Martin. He married Betty Young Martin on December 19, 1953.

Bobby had a strong love for his God and his family, and a passion for education. He graduated from Jacksonville State College, and did his post graduate work at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, TN. He was a science teacher, principal at Rico, Church Street, College Street and Laurel Hills Elementary Schools. Last, he was named Executive Director of Staff Development, holding that position for 16 years. Most of his years of service were in the Fulton County School System. Bobby also served on the Fulton County Teachers Pension Board for many years and was active in organizations related to his work. He retired in 1989, an educator for 39 years. While living in Fairburn, Bobby served on the Fairburn City Council from 1980-1986. After retirement, Bobby and Betty operated an antique business on the Marietta Square. They moved to Bent Tree in Jasper, GA in 1997, attending First Baptist Church of Jasper serving as a deacon emeritus.

Bobby is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Martin; daughter, Darla Kemp of Roswell, GA; grandson and his wife, Jeremy and Sarah Kemp of Lakeland, FL; great grandchildren, Corban, Gray, and McKendall Kemp of Lakeland, FL. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Ronnie and Lillie Martin of Ohatchee, AL and brother and his wife, Don and Joyce Martin of Orlando, FL.

The funeral service was  held on Friday, July 3, at First Baptist Church of Jasper. A procession and short graveside service was at 12 at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Reverend Jeremy Kemp, Bobby's grandson, and Reverend Preston Jones officiated the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in Jasper, GA, and to First Baptist Church of Jasper, GA.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Martin family.

 

Masonic Resolution

Masonic Resolution on the Death of Brother Rodney Jack Roper

To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M. Jasper, Georgia.

Whereas, on June 17, 2020 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to Call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Rodney Jack Roper.

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

Keith Hales

John Banks

Gary Boyles

Committee

 

Masonic Resolution

Masonic Resolution on the Death of Brother Jerry Lowe Andrews

To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M. Jasper, Georgia.

Whereas, on June 5, 2020 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to Call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Jerry Lowe Andrews.

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

Keith Hales

John Banks

Gary Boyles

Committee

 

Masonic Resolution

Masonic Resolution on the Death of Brother Bobby Gray Martin

To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M. Jasper, Georgia.

Whereas, on June 30, 2020 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to Call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Bobby Gray Martin.

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

Keith Hales

John Banks

Gary Boyles

Committee

 

Masonic Resolution

Masonic Resolution on the Death of Brother Coy Arvil Lowe

To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M. Jasper, Georgia.

Whereas, on March 27, 2020 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to Call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Coy Arvil Lowe.

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

Keith Hales

John Banks

Gary Boyles

Committee