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Obituaries for November 23, 2017; Ed Marger, Walter Doster, Wilma Cantrell, James Buchanan, Johnie Stanley, Diana Biddy

Ed Marger

A truly extraordinary man has died. 

Edwin (Ed) Marger passed away on November 13, 2017. Ed was at home in Jasper with his loving wife Susan, his family, and his loyal dog Spree.

Ed was a man for all people and all seasons. He was born in the Bronx during the Depression era to Russian Jewish immigrant parents. His childhood was spent on the streets of New York City with visits to his grandfathers’ house in the Catskills. His family moved to Miami where, at the age of 10, he was selling donated tin cans in order to buy and sell newspapers for the Army mess hall in Miami. Ed bent the truth about his age and, at the age of 15, he entered the first of three branches of the military, becoming a veteran of World War II after serving in the Army, Coast Guard, and the Air Force.

While working several jobs as a doorman, busboy, and valet, he graduated from the University of Miami with an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a law degree. He began his practice of law in 1953 in Miami. Ed ran for Justice of the Peace, he represented Papa Doc the president of Haiti, the Partagas Cigar Company in Cuba, owned a hotel and airline in Haiti and ditched a DC-3 airplane in the water off the east coast of Andros Island in the Bahamas.

In the early sixties, he started a new chapter in his life and moved to Charleston, South Carolina. There he became heavily involved in the civil rights movement, and directed the Office of Economic Opportunity. With his Aerocommander he flew through the Southeast, reeking havoc during Ku Klux Clan meetings and heading up civil rights rallies. 

Ed loved to practice law. The courtroom was his stage and his forte. His practice took him to over 25 states in the US and around the world. The stories of his courtroom talents and acumen are legendary. Ed was highly respected by the judiciary and was an advocate for young lawyers, giving them inspiration, propelling them forward to their own practices and the judiciary.

Ed was an avid aviation enthusiast, a commercial and instrument rated pilot, with over 13,000 logged hours. He flew the Atlantic over 20 times in small, single-engine planes to Europe and Africa. Ed made friends all over the world no matter the venue from the smallest village to the largest city. He would find a friend no matter their walk of life.

In the early 1970s Ed left Charleston for Atlanta. The Atlanta years saw Ed representing royalty, drug smugglers, and mercenaries. Ed represented the Island of Abaco in the Bahamas, appearing in Parliament. He opened a law office in Key West to indulge his love of deep sea fishing and sailing.

In 1987 Ed moved to Jasper, Georgia where he became a “Georgia country lawyer”, well-known for his trademark red suspenders. Eventually, the Law Offices of Edwin Marger moved from Atlanta to Jasper. He represented corporate executives, a king, world renown arms dealers, murderers, and everyday working folks around the world. 

Ed would travel anywhere and everywhere for a good meal. A connoisseur of food, wine and good cigars, it was not uncommon for him to be in one city for breakfast and another for lunch. He never traveled without a fishing rod and reel. He kept a rod in his plane, his car, his truck and his law office.

Ed’s adventures took him to many settings: they included, but were not limited to, a trip on a nuclear submarine, hunting wild hogs in Florida and fox in Germany, chasing raccoons on muleback in West Virginia, fishing in Alaska and ditching a plane on the ice in Greenland.

Ed had clients who were presidents, dictators, kings, and paupers. He was a fervent advocate of the little guy, he was open to people of all faiths, ethnicity, color and culture. A man of brilliant intellect, with a brave and adventurous spirit he never turned anyone away whether they needed counsel, comradery or a meal.

Ed’s handprint on the heart of Pickens County and the world is indelible. His advice about living is summed up in what he wrote to his youngest daughter: Invest in the good life, companionship, food, travel and fun - they are the only things that do no go down in value and the memories cannot be bought for gold.

Ed and his wife Susan were married for 30 years. Ed is survived by his children Sandy, Charlye, Phinney, Shari and Diane, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Ed stated that he did not want a funeral, that he wanted the people who knew him to celebrate his life, to tell stories in the spirit of friendship that he engendered throughout his life. A joyful gathering was held at the Law Offices of Edwin Marger last week. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to CASA, Pickens Animal Rescue or Georgia Mountains Hospice. 


Walter Doster

January 27, 1938 –November 18, 2017


Walter Plin Doster, 79, of Talking Rock passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at his home. Walter was born January 27, 1938 in Atlanta, Georgia to Walter Preston and Evelyn Vann Doster. He proudly served his country for 34 years in the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Vesta Doster of Talking Rock; son, Todd Doster of Talking Rock; daughter, Allison Soncrant of  Marietta; grandson, Dillon Doster.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 21st at the First Baptist Church of Jasper with Dr. Jimmy Lewis officiating. Interment followed in Turtletown Baptist Church Cemetery in Turtletown, Tennessee.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice; 70 Caring Way; Jasper, GA 30143.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at


Mary Rucker

Mary Della Lee Rucker, better known as Bobbie of Copperhill, TN, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in Ducktown, TN.  Bobbie was born on June 9, 1921 in Springtown, TN to the late Rev. Bill and Mattie Lee.  

She was preceded in death by her parent, her husband, Rev. Arthur Rucker and son, Bill Rucker. Bobbie was saved and joined Springtown Baptist Church as a child and never forgot her Lord and Savior. She attended and was considered to be a member of McCaysville Gospel Tabernacle. Bobbie was a member of the Joy Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church of McCaysville. Her life revolved around people and she shared her love for people. She spent most of her life in radio broadcasting. Bobbie did not retire until she was 79 years old. She was known as the voice of the Copper Basin and North Georgia. Bobbie began her career at WLSB Radio in Copperhill, TN and then at WPPL in Blue Ridge, GA. She bought a second home in Jasper, GA after becoming the owner of WLJA Radio in Ellijay, GA. Bobbie managed her son’s radio stations WYYZ in Jasper, GA and WKRP in Dallas, GA prior to his death. She sang in a gospel quartet, “The Lee Family”, for several years.  Bobbie was honor in Who’s Who of American Women in 1993/1994 by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board.

Survivors are daughter, Rita Rucker of the home; grandson, Bill Rucker, Jr.;   granddaughters, Audrina Ward and Natalie Ashton; nine great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Patsy Barr; brother, J.W.  Lee; sisters, Lennie Messmore and Essie Stanfil and caregivers, Jan Cook, Anita Green and Emma Lou Ledford. 

Funeral services were conducted on Friday, November 17, at 11 a.m. from Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge Chapel with Rev. Ronnie Crisp, Rev. Matthew McDaniel, Rev. Scott Baugh, and Rev. Nathan Stuart officiating.  Music was by the McCaysville Gospel Tabernacle Choir.  Interment follow in the Campground Baptist Church Cemetery.  Great-Grandsons and Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The Joy Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church of McCaysville, Pastor Denise Caldwell, Becca Simmons, and Deacons of McCaysville Gospel Tabernacle served as honorary pallbearers.  

Condolences may be sent to the family at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.


Wilma Cantrell

June 1, 1941 - November 16, 2017


Mrs. Wilma Jean Cantrell, 76, of Talking Rock, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Pruitt Health Care of Jasper.

Mrs. Cantrell is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy & David Tippens of Talking Rock and Jackie & Dale McClain of Calhoun, Louisiana; sister and brother-in-law, Erma & Larry Burrell of Jasper; sister, Betty Kozlawski of Blairsville; sister and brother-in-law, Diane & Clayton Hodge of Dahlonega; brothers, Billy Westmoreland of Eupora, Mississippi; brother and sister-in-law, Ricky and Debbie queen of Dahlonega; grandchild and spouse, Ted Michael & McKenzie Lakus.

Jean is preceeded in death by her parents, Persian Westmoreland and Elizabeth Queen; husband, Howard Cantrell; grandchild, Brian Adam Lakus and step-brother, Charles Queen.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 at Talking Rock Baptist Church in Talking Rock. Rev. Kenneth Kirk and Rev. Moss Fountain officiating.

Interment was held in the Talking Rock Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Ted Lakus, Tony Tippens, Michael Tippens, Chris Tippens, Thomas Cantrell and Stephen Cantrell.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cantrell family.


James Buchanan

May 28, 1940 – November 18, 2017


James Jackie Buchanan, 77, of Jasper  passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at his home. James was born May 28, 1940 in Marble Hill to Hansel and Savilla Buchanan.

He is survived by his wife, Willene Buchanan of Jasper; grandchildren, Tammy and Matthew Butler of Ball Ground, Jessica and Matthew Dawkins of Jasper, Vallon and Joshua Underwood of Fairmount; great-grandchildren Clara Butler, Colin Butler, Declan Dawkins; brother and sister-in-law, Troyet and Avis Buchanan of Jasper. He was preceded in death by his children, Valerie Burgess and Steve Patterson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 20, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Rev. Ronald Goss officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice; 70 Caring Way; Jasper, GA 30143.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at


Johnie Stanley

July 30, 1960 - November 14, 2017


Mr. Johnie Stanley, 57, of Talking Rock passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

Mr. Stanley is survived by his mother, Ruby Stanley of Blue Ridge; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Stacy Stanley of Ball Ground, David & Jennifer Stanley of Jasper and Joshua and Kristen Stanley of Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Sheyenne & Jesse Chappelone from Calhoun; brother, Jack Stanley of Atlanta; sister and brother-in-law, Jimmie & Ronnie Priest of Canton; seven grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. 

Johnie is preceded in death by his father, Prince Stanley and sister, Carolyn Jean Stanley.

Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 17th at Hickory Flats Cemetery in Fannin County.

Pallbearers were: Don Stanley, Steve Davis, Mitchell Stanley, Eddie Stewart, Jerry Johnson and Charlie Carpenter.

Rev. Mike Harris officiated.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.



Diana Biddy

September 9, 1970 - November 7, 2017


Ms. Diana Biddy, 47, of Alpharetta, Ga. passed away Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at her residence. 

Lee is survived by her parents, MJ and Judy Biddy of Austell; twin sister, Dee Biddy Hertlen of Winston, Ga.; niece, Lucinda & Trevor Blalock of Winston, Ga.; nephew, Travis Hertlen of Winston, Ga..

Ms. Biddy is preceeded in death by her grandparents, Hershel and Bill Eller of Jasper and Fletcher & Agatha Biddy of Tate; aunt, Mamie Lee Biddy of Tate.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 18th in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.  Matthew Meers officiating.

The family accepted flowers or donate to Cool Springs Baptist Church in her memory.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Biddy family.