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Obituaries for May 12, 2015; Charlene Terrell, Kenneth Southern, Lois Cantrell, Loy (Wayne) Chumley

Charlene Terrell
    Long-time Big Canoe resident Charlene T. Terrell passed away on May 4, 2016 following complications from a stroke.
    Charlene was a native of Forsyth County, Georgia and the descendant of several pioneer families. She was the oldest of six children born to Hill and Irene Tallant. After graduating from Georgia State University, she pursued a career in accounting; however, she always enjoyed writing and her first writing job began when she was only 15. She was a correspondent from her home county for the Gainesville Times. Charlene later went into the commercial real estate business and she and her late husband, Dave Terrell, formed their own company, Select Investments.
    Charlene and her husband bought Big Canoe property in 1978 and became full time residents in 1984. They became members of the chapel at Big Canoe in October of the same year.
    Charlene was the Administrator for the Big Canoe Chapel for over  two decades and served eight years as a member of the Friendship Force International Board of Directors. She and Dave were charter members of the local Friendship Force Club and in October of 2011 Charlene won the Wayne Smith Medal, which is given to those who have shown exceptional leadership in advancing the Friendship Force mission in their communities. This award is a tribute to the memory of Friendship Force founder and Big Canoe resident, Wayne Smith.
    Charlene was the author of three books. Her first book, Wolfscratch Wilderness, is now in its fifth and final printing and is still selling well. Wolfscratch is the story of those who lived on the land that is today’s Big Canoe and part of Bent Tree.  The book won the Lila M. Hawes award from the Georgia Historical Society for the best book on Georgia regional history in 1994. 
    Charlene wrote two more books, The Other Side of the Mountain, the history of The Friendship Force, and in 2007, Church in the Wildwood, the history of Big Canoe Chapel from 1976-2006.  She was a gifted and experienced speaker and storyteller.
    Charlene is survived by her two children, Lyta Norman of Big Canoe and Stephen Shadburn of Ohio. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Mackenzie Martin, Austin Shadburn, Will Norman, Shandon Shadburn, and Sydney Shadburn and her great grandchildren Emma Harvey, Paxton Martin, and Macon Shadburn. Other survivors are her siblings Carol Tallant, Joe Tallant, and Sarah Callahan. She was predeceased by her brothers Phil Tallant and John Tallant.
    Charlene was beloved, respected, and admired by her family and her community. She will be greatly missed.
    A memorial service for Charlene will be held on Wednesday, May 11, at 2 p.m. at the Big Canoe Chapel.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Friendship Force International at

Kenneth Southern
    Mr. Kenneth Reginald “Reggie” Southern, 56, of Fairmount, died Sunday May 1, 2016.
    Mr. Southern was born May 12, 1959 in Fulton County the son of the late Larry William and Dorothy Dean Bearden Southern.  He worked as a truck driver for Mohawk Industries.
    He is survived by his children and spouses, Katrina and Chad McDonald, Melody and Clint White, Ronald and Bridgette Southern, grandchildren, Conner, Brenna and Cora McDonald, Kendall and Olivia White and Emmett Southern; siblings, Vickie Southern Chacha, Brian Southern, and Tammy Southern, along with numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
    A celebration of life is being planned.
    Online condolences may be made at
Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lois Cantrell
April 28, 1948 - May 5, 2016

    Mrs. Lois Cantrell, 68, of Jasper, passed away Thursday May 5, 2016 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.
    Mrs. Cantrell is survived by her husband, Wade Cantrell of Hunters Ridge Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Norma Jean & Jack Smalley of Hunters Ridge Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, W.L. & Charlotte Wilson of Jasper; sisters and brother-in-law, Pauline Hightower of Jasper; Betty & David Parton of Ball Ground and sister-in-law, Ella Mae Reece of Jasper; grandchildren Brandy Smalley and Victor and wife Jessie Smalley; great-grandchildren, Megan Smalley, Ethan Smalley, and Hunter Smalley; and several nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2016 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Timms officiating.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cantrell family.

Loy (Wayne) Chumley
March 16, 1943 - May 2, 2016

    Mr. Loy (Wayne) Chumley,  73, of Jasper, passed away May 2, 2016 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
    Mr. Chumley is survived by his wife, Joyce Chumley of Jasper; step daughters, Dixie Dean of Jasper and Dawn Brown of Savannah; sisters and brother-in-law, Joan & Dean Cantrell of Marble Hill and Brenda & Don Jetter of Villa Rica; and three step grandchildren.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday May 6, 2016 from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Revs. Richie Gibbs and Larry Holden officiating. Interment at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Brooks, Randall Brooks, Greg Chumley, Johnny Chumbley, Johnny Wigington, and Dean Cantrell.
    The family accepted flowers or donate to Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Chumley family.