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Obituaries for Sept. 8, 2016; Rebecca Ray, Jo Ann Collett, Leon Goodwin, Betty Lawson, Rebecca Jarrett, Robert Cagle, Sherman Wehunt, Walter Wright,

Rebecca Ray
    Dr. Rebecca Ann Ray, 78, of Ball Ground, GA passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016 at her residence.
    A Celebration of Life was held at 4 p.m., on Tuesday, August 23, from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with Bishop Lance Johnson, and Dr. Sharon Gorman officiating.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Ray; daughter, Sherry Ray Poole; parents, Florence and Dewey Wood; one sister and two brothers.
    Survivors include daughter & son-in-law, Jorene and Billy Cleghorn; grandson,  Jacob Cleghorn and Fiance Maggie Mcenerny; granddaughter, Jodi and Jason Frank; great granddaughter, Jemma Frank.
    Donations can be made to the Ball Ground Historical Society in memory of Dr. Ray. 
    South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Jo Ann Collett
    Jo Ann Collett, 55, of Canton, GA passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.
    Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., on Saturday, September 03, 2016, from the Chapel of South Canton Funeral Home with Pastor Rusty Haradon officiating. Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park.
    She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents​, James and Ethel McDonald;  
paternal grandparents​, Crussie and Ruth Morgan;     ​g​reat-nephew,​ Preston Scott Prince; aunt​,​ Patricia Peg Carter; uncles​,​  Doug, Dick and Bob Morgan.
    Survivors include her mother, Elizabeth (Libby) Morgan; step-daughter, Ashley Collett; step-sons, Josh Collett and Eric Collett; brothers & sister-in-law, Dannie and Jamie Morgan, Jr. and Jerry and Kim Morgan; sister & brother-in-law,  Sherri and Nathan White; half-sisters, Susan and Forrest Ferris and Mary and Guy Morgan; step-grandchildren , Ethan and Autumn Collett, Kylie and Jackson Laird;    nieces and nephews, Alexandria and Jeremy Prince, Jeremiah and Whitney Adkins, Krista and Miles Phillips, Devon Newsome, Cheyenna and Kylie Morgan, D. J. Morgan, Brett Morgan;    great-nieces and nephews,  Bradley, Peyton and Easton Prince, Myles and Nia Adkins, Mia Phillips; and a host of friends and other family members.
    South Canton Funeral Home, dedicated to the families we serve, 770-479-3377. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Leon Goodwin
    Rev. Leon Goodwin, 86, of Fairmount, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.
    Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Union Arbor Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby McFarland, Rev. Wayne Wright, Rev. Frankie Ellis and Rev. Larry White officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 
    Rev. Goodwin was an Ordained Baptist Minister and a member of Union Arbor Baptist Church. He enjoyed bird hunting, gardening and working outdoors.
    He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Beatrice Goodwin; children, Shelby Croft and David Goodwin; sister, Ella Mae Goodwin; grandchildren, Shannon Miller, Jon Croft and April Foster; and 6 great grandchildren.
    Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.

Betty Lawson
September 14, 1932 - August 30, 2016

    Mrs. Betty Ingram Lawson, 83, of Nelson, passed away Tuesday August 30, 2016 at her residence.
    Mrs. Lawson is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie Roper & Jerry Buttram of Nelson and Roseanna & David Harden of Ball Ground; grandchildren, Rhonda Pope, Stephanie Ray, Amanda Prather, and Logan Harden; 3 great-grandchildren; and a host of special loved ones that all called her Granny.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 2, 2016 at Bethesda Baptist Church in Nelson with Scott Pope and Steven Chapman officiating. Interment followed at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: John Black, Shawn Black, Jack Owenby, Jordan Prather, Tim O'Bryant, and Troy Thacker.
    The family accepted flowers or make donations to Georgia Mountains Hospice.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lawson family. Online condolences may be made at

Rebecca Jarrett
July 28, 1977 - August 31, 2016

    Rebecca Leigh Jarrett, 39, of Talking Rock, Georgia, passed away August 31, 2016 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. Rebecca was diagnosed in January 2016 with breast cancer.
    Rebecca was a 1995 graduate of Pickens High School and was an outstanding athlete in many sports, including softball, basketball, tennis, track and shot put. She received a softball scholarship and attended the University of West Georgia. She later transferred and attended Kennesaw State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She worked at Ball Ground Elementary School in Special Education, R.M. Moore Elementary School and at Chattahoochee Technical College/GED Program. She was also self-employed for many years owning and operating Superior Cleaning of North Georgia and worked for several businesses  in the Pickens, Gilmer and Fanning County areas.
    She is survived by her parents, E.E. "Red" and Wanda Jarrett of Talking Rock; her loving puppy "Aaley"; sisters and brother-in-law, Paula and Marty Dean of Talking Rock, Vicki and Tony Golden of Jasper; aunt and uncle, Janis and Bill Simms of Marietta, GA; two nephews, Justin Dean and Tyler Golden; two nieces, Erin Dean and Vanessa Golden; one great-nephew, Kase Dean; and several cousins.
    Funeral services were held Friday, September 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Allen and Rev. Thomas Shipman officiating.  Interment followed at Refuge Baptist Church, Jasper.  Pallbearers were Dorsey Jones, Joey Jones, John Jones, Darren Jarrett, Justin Dean and Tyler Golden. Honorary Pallbearers were Gene  Teague, Doug Patterson, Dawson Hamrick, Nicholas Jones, Devin Eaton and Ben Childers.
    Rebecca was a very special person and touched the lives of many people. She was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
    Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Jarrett family.

Robert Cagle
August 9, 1931 - August 27, 2016

    Mr. Robert A. "Bob" Cagle, 85, of Jasper, passed away Saturday August 27, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Cagle is survived by his wife, Helen Cagle of Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, David Cagle of Jasper, Bill & Thelma Cagle of Jasper, Keith & Anita Lowe of Chatsworth, Kenny & Jeannie Lowe of Waleska; daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy & Johnny Clark of Jasper and Becky & William Mullins of Jasper; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and extended family, JJ Girard, Layne Arnold, and a special thank you to Jack Green for the extensive and loving care he gave Bob and the entire Cagle family.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p..m. Wednesday August 31, 2016 at the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Dr. Kenneth Meadors and Pastor Ithiel Jones officiating. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Gardens Chapel Mausoleum. Pallbearers were: Jack Green, Ricky Rittenberry, Barry Heath, Horace Williams, Russell Teague, Charles Padgett, and Gerald Faulkner.
    The family requested no flowers and to please donate to Georgia Mountains Hospice or The Chapel Church.
    Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cagle family. Online condolences may be made at

Sherman Wehunt
    Sherman Leon Wehunt, 78, of Ball Ground, Ga., passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at his residence. He retired from AT&T and was a U.S. Army Veteran that served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
    Visitation services will begin on Tuesday, September 6 from 12 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, September 7 from 10 a.m to 12 p.m at Darby Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 7 at 2 p.m. at Mica Baptist Church. Reverend Tommy Estes, Reverend Clyde Boling, and Reverend Kenny Sutton will officiate the service. The body will remain in state at the church from 1:30 p.m. until the funeral hour. Interment will follow in Mica Baptist Church Cemetery.             Survivors include his wife, Martha Jane Fletcher Wehunt of Ball Ground, Ga.; sisters, Oveida Revis of Nelson, Ga., and Lois Stewart of Opelika, Al.; brother, Kenneth Wehunt of Barnesville, Ga.; sister-in-laws, Margaret Stancil of Ball Ground, Ga., Willie Grace Bannister of Ball Ground, Ga., and Sandra Wehunt of Jasper, Ga.; numerous nieces and nephews also survive including Linda Stead, Rebecca Bannister, Marquieta Tyson, Tony Stancil, Kyle Stancil, Kirby Stancil, Frank Hatch, Danny Fletcher, Richard Cowart, Stanley Cowart, and David Cowart.
    Darby Funeral Home accepted flowers or donations may be made to Mica Baptist Church, 479 Roscoe Collett Rd., Dawsonville, Ga. 30534. The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wehunt family. Online condolences may be sent
to Darby Funeral Home 770-479-2193.

Hazel Castleberry                                        

May 19, 1932-September 3, 2016

    Mrs. Hazel Buchanan Castleberry, 84, of Marble Hill passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Brian Center in Canton.  Mrs. Castleberry was born on May 19, 1932 to the late Cale and Bertha Roper Heath.
    Mrs. Castleberry is survived by her daughter, Diane Buchanan of Marble Hill; sons and daughters-in-law, Ed and Margaret Buchanan of Jasper, Fred and Tonya Buchanan of Tate, John and Stephany Castleberry of Marble Hill; son, Ronnie Ray of Jasper; brothers, J. M. and Dorothy Heath of Marble Hill, Billy and Carolyn Heath of Marble Hill; sister, Tina Liedherr of Acworth; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.  Several nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her son, Ted Buchanan.
    Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Jerry Cantrell officiating.  Interment followed at The Four Mile Church Cemetery.
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.
    Online condolences can be made at

Walter Wright
    Walter Whittier ("Whitt") Wright was born in Atlanta on June 2, 1924, and died peacefully in his home in the north Georgia mountains on August 30, 2016. He was a fourth generation Atlanta native. His paternal great-grandfather, Josiah Ivy Wright, a lawyer from East Tennessee, had moved here in 1871 after the Civil War. Whitt's grandfather, James Oliver Wright, married into another prominent Atlanta family, the Maxwell Berrys. They had moved to Atlanta in 1854, had withstood Sherman's invasion, living in the yard while the Yankee officers occupied their house, and later helped to rebuild the city. James married Francis ("Fannie") Adeline Berry in 1889, and their son, Douglas Berry Wright married Gertrude Whittier of Chattahoochee, Georgia in 1923. Douglas built a fieldstone house on a wooded lot on West Andrews Drive where they raised their five children.
    Whitt, their first son, graduated from North Fulton High School and attended Vanderbilt University, studying physics, until WWII intervened. Through the Navy’s V-12 program, he attended Sewanee, Bowdoin, MIT, and the Naval Academy at Annapolis before returning to Vanderbilt to graduate.  After a post-graduate program in mathematics at the University of Virginia, he earned his Masters Degree in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech.
    He worked as an electronics engineer for Scientific Atlanta before starting two companies of his own, RMS and Systerm. He also held a position on the board of Georgia Freezer until he retired.
    In 1948, he married Sena Arnold of Washington, D.C. They raised their three children in Ansley Park and at Tate Mountain Estates, near Jasper, Georgia. They were members of the Cathedral of St. Philip, the Piedmont Driving Club, and Whitt was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. In 2000, Whitt and Sena moved to the Wilmington River district of Savannah. They became members of St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Oglethorpe Club.
    After Sena's death in 2009, Whitt moved to Tate Mountain Estates to live out his days. He had been a prominent force in the Tate Mountain Community, serving as President four times. In addition to his business acumen, he volunteered his engineering expertise and is remembered for his help in building the two tennis courts, the Pavilion, repairing the Gym, the Boat House, Bridge and Dock. He is especially loved for his detailed history of the place entitled Tate: the First Sixty Years, 1930-1990.  
    Whitt was pre-deceased by two of his siblings, Oliver and Miriam Wright Kiser. He is survived by his sister, Emily Wright Cumming of Atlanta and his brother James Wright of Sequatchie Cove, TN; by his three children, Madeline Wright Kytle of St. Simon's Island, GA, Louellen Wright Murray (Tim) of Lake Forest, IL, Whittier Arnold Wright (Erin) of Tate Mountain; also by his six grandchildren, Beth Kytle Chandler (Zeb), Richard Kytle (Lulu), Patrick, Philip (Anna) and Eleanor Murray, and Nigel Wright; and by three great-granddaughters, Coral and Iris Murray, and Clara Chandler.
    A memorial service will be held September 24th, from 2- 4 p.m. at the Pavilion at Tate Mountain. Any charitable donations should be made to:
    The Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center
175 Samaritan Drive
Jasper, GA 30143
    Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, Georgia.
    Online condolences can be made at

Card of Thanks
    Thank you to all of the family, the friends, and the friends who've become family over the years. You've lifted us up at the lowest time of our lives and we thank you for everything you've said and done. The love, respect and honor that has been shown to Marty will never be forgotten.
    Sometimes we forget just how much good and how much love there is in this world... Thank you all for reminding us.

The Allreds (Marion, Sue, Chris and Lacy)

Card of Thanks
    With sincere gratitude from the Jarrett Family  to Cagle Funeral Home and staff, Pickens County Sheriff's Department, Pickens County EMS, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital and Emergency Room staff.  The family would also like to thank the offices of Dr. Carl McCurdy and staff, Dr. Nahib Sultana and staff, Dr. Hunter Moyer and staff and Dr. Bryan Geller and staff.
    Special thanks to Rev. Robert Allen and Rev. Thomas Shipman, Refuge Baptist Church, choir Cindy Hammontree, Pianist and all our church family members and our many friends, relatives and loved ones for all the love, support, thoughts and prayers during our time of loss.

Don't grieve for me for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God made for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call.
I turned my back and left it all.

I cold not stay another day.
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things too, I will miss.

Be not burdened with time of sorrow,
I wish you the sunrise of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I enjoyed much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free.