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Obituaries for March 24, 2016; Kathryn Roper Costello, Timothy Williams, Infant Baylee Jean Marie Velez, Father Joseph Nolan, Gary Mosley, William Neece, Sr.

    Kathryn Roper Costello
    Vada Kathryn Roper Costello was born April 20, 1942, to Dr. E. A. Roper and Elizabeth Morrison Roper in Jasper, Georgia. She lived her gracious and loving life all over the country, touching everyone she met with an unforgettable legacy of grace, kindness, compassion, charm, competence, and love. Kathryn crossed over from this life on March 20, 2016, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The cause of her death was complications from lung cancer.
    Kathryn had a stellar career in strategic planning and management as a university senior executive and international consultant to institutions of higher education, foundations, boards of directors and trustees, and other non-profit organizations.  She focused on university advancement, strategic planning, institutional positioning, and leadership development at the board level and within senior management. Her last position was at Western Kentucky University (WKU) beginning in January 2011 as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and President/CEO of the WKU Foundation. She served in these roles until her retirement in December 2015.  Under her leadership, WKU completed its largest capital campaign, raising an extraordinary $200 million and surpassing the campaign’s goal. Kathryn had more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy, development, strategic planning, and management. She served as Vice President for Development for the University of Buffalo; Vice President at Southern Methodist University, the University of Maryland, Rice University, and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; and Senior Vice President at the University of Georgia. Early in her career, she served as Associate Vice President at Vanderbilt University. In her 30 years of fundraising for institutions of higher learning, Kathryn implemented successful capital campaigns that raised more than $1 billion.
    She was a partner of Alexander Haas Martin and Partners in Atlanta, providing strategic planning, board, and leadership development, as well as counseling in philanthropy. In addition to her service in higher education, Kathryn operated her own consulting firm and worked with large and small institutions at the national and international levels. She served as a Trustee for CASE (the International Board of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and the Ford Foundation in South Africa when apartheid ended there in the 1990s. Kathryn was chosen to be part of Leadership Nashville and Leadership Texas, and she received the Woman of the Year Award from Nashville.
    Kathryn received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky and completed her coursework for a doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. She also completed coursework in the doctoral program for Policy Studies at Vanderbilt University.
    Kathryn loved family above all else and spent as much time as possible with them at the mountain home at Tate Mountain Estates in north Georgia.  Kathryn loved music and was an amazing dancer of any style from tango, foxtrot, waltz, and two-step to the shag. She was an athletic, beautiful woman accomplished in Pilates. On Wednesday, March 9, Kathryn went to her last Pilates class. After that class, Kathryn called her sister Beth in Atlanta and said, “I just had to tell someone, Beth. I just had the most amazing, energizing, and healing Pilates class, and the instructor told me she was amazed at how well I did. Isn’t that wonderful?”
    Kathryn is survived by her beloved sons, John Preston White III and Henry Cornelius White II, of Nashville, Tennessee; sisters Beth (Jack) Watson of Atlanta, Georgia, and Jan (Don) Elliott of Menlo Park, California; brother Dr. E.A. (Dale) Roper Jr. of Seattle, Washington; one niece and six nephews she praised and loved dearly; seven great nieces; and four great nephews.  She was so proud of each of them, always showing pictures and sharing stories about them with everyone she could.
    Kathryn's memorial service will be Friday, April 1, 2016, at 3 p.m., at the Augenstein Alumni Center, 292 Alumni Drive, on the campus of WKU in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Kathryn Roper Costello Memorial Fund, in care of the WKU Foundation, 292 Alumni Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101.

Timothy Williams
    Timothy Leon Williams, 56, of Jasper, Ga., died Thursday, March 3, 2016. 
    Mr. Williams was a retired police officer for the Jasper City Police Department and a member of Talking Rock First Baptist Church. He loved to spend time working on computers and his guns. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 38 years, Wanda Williams, who never left his side; sons, James Timothy Williams and Jonathan Christopher Williams (Lisa); parents, Leon and Betty Williams; sister, Tammy Williams; Grandchildren, Melanie Williams and Zachary Williams.  Online condolences may be expressed at


Roy H. Owenby Sr.
January 16, 1938 -
 March 18, 2016

    Roy H. Owenby Sr., 78, of Blue Ridge, GA, passed away on March 18, 2016. Leaving behind brother James Owenby; son and daughter-in-law: Hal and Paula Owenby; 3 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. The family requests in lieu of flowers donate to Cagle Funeral Home to help with the funeral expenses. Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Owenby family.

Infant Baylee Jean Marie Velez
January 28, 2016 -
March 12, 2016

    Infant Baylee Jean Marie Velez, 6 weeks, of Jasper, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
    Baylee Jean Marie Velez is survived by her parents, Danielle and Haley Jean Velez of Jasper; grandparents, Willie and Brenda Nelson of Jasper, Teresa Carman of Albany, Donald Velez, and Hiram Abernathy; brothers, Zander Steffy and Colton Steffy of Jasper; great-grandparents, Jean Abernathy of Alpharetta and Leroy Simonds of Jasper; uncles, Brandon Howard of Jasper and Anthony Phillips of Albany; and aunts, Jenna James of Cartersville and Rachel Masters of Augusta.
    The funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Pastor Bob and Nancy Trowell officiating. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Velez family.

Father Joseph Nolan
March 19, 1920 - March 11, 2016

Submitted by Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church
    The La Salette Father Joseph Nolan, 95, died Friday, March 11, 2016 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford, CT. Father Joe was born March 19, 1920 in Dorchester, MA, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 6, 1948.
    He served as pastor or administrator at various parishes and missions in Atlanta, Canton, and here in Jasper. His name is on the bronze plaque in our narthex as the administrator of OLM when our mission was founded in 1984. Fr. Joseph Nolan was much beloved by our local community here in Jasper (by Catholics and non-Catholics alike). Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Gary Mosley
July 22, 1947 – March 19, 2016

    Mr. Gary Mosley, 68, of Jasper passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016 at North Fulton Hospital. Mr. Mosley served our country during the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corp and then worked for and retired from Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation.
    He is survived by his wife, Sandra Mosely of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Donnie Arp of Jasper; grandchildren, Emily and Dylan Arp of Jasper; sister, Peggie Allen and her fiancé, Jim Fields. Nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.
    Gary was preceded in death by parents, Willie Mae (Bill) Fowler and Bill Fowler.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 21 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Thomas Shipman and Reverend David Abernathy officiating. The interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens with Local Chapter #47 in charge of Military Graveside Rites. 
    Pallbearers were Joey Cagle, Matt Cagle, Johnny Brock, Jim Dean, Marty Dean, and Jimmy Cagle.  Honorary pallbearers were Terry Mathis, R.L. Mathis, and Amicalola Electric Membership Corporation Employees.
    Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home.

William Neece, Sr.
June 1, 1947 – March16, 2016

    William (Bill) M. Neece, Sr.,  68, passed away March 16, 2016 in his sleep at home in Jasper, Ga.  Bill was born in Joliet, IL June 1, 1947 to Francis H. and Bery J. Neece. He grew up in La Salle, IL and was a 1965 graduate of La Salle-Peru Township High School.
    He is survived by his mother, Beryl J. Spurlock of Cape Coral, FL; his son, William M. (Lauren) Neece, Jr. of Jasper; daughter, Shelley A. ( Dennis) Kenkel of St. Charles, MO; three grandchildren, Jessica Thompson-Kenkel of St. Charles, MO, Beau (Tori) Neece of Oakland, MD,  and Scott Kenkel of Breckenridge, CO; one great-grandchild, Logan Sheets of St. Charles, MO; three sisters, Donna Sonnon of Gainesville, GA, Sheila Neece of Marseilles, IL, Pamela Hurley of Peru, IL and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Francis H. Neece; brothers, Robert H. Neece and Stephen Neece.
    Bill served as a member of the United States Air Force. He married Nancy A. Tomaszewski, the mother of his children. He spent 30 years in the produce business as owner of Sun-Rich in Florida and Georgia, before retiring to Marco Island, FL.
    He loved Key West, FL where he was a board member for the Florida Keys Outreach Center for the homeless (FKOC) and was the founder of The Neece Center of Homeless Recovery. He loved spending time in Key West and enjoyed his retirement in Marco Island, FL until  recently moving to Jasper, where he loved the area and the people of Jasper.