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Obituaries for June 18, 2020; Sandra Ahern, Harold Colley, Teri Ellen Burnette Gibson, Jerry Andrews, Johnny Rich, Patricia Allen, Donald Fountain, David Whitaker

Sandra Ahern

 

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Sandra Ahern passed away peacefully at the age of 81.  

Sandra was born on April 2, 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia.   She retired from the United States Forestry Service after 32 years.  After moving from Loganville to Jasper, Georgia, Sandra became a member of Foothills Community Church. She was an avid sewer and loved to quilt.  She loved her family dearly and nothing gave her more pleasure than to be surrounded by them.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Ahern.  Sandra is survived by her children, Russell Smith, Rita Preves, Sammy Ahern, and Bruce Ahern as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at Eternal Hills Memory Gardens on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 11 a.m. 

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

Online condolences may be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com.

 

Harold Colley

Harold E. Colley, 66, of Jasper,  passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at his home.  He was born October 21, 1953 to Ed and Vina Colley in Jasper.  

Harold is survived by his children, Michelle Vazquez of Woodstock, Michael Colley of Jasper, Jason Colley of Jasper, Jennifer Reddin of Jasper, Malesa Bryan of Jasper, Jeanette Denton of Jasper, Tina Colley of Jasper; siblings, Jewl Davis of Ellijay, Patsy Fox of Jasper, Brenda Franklin of Ball Ground and Clara Johnson of Jasper, 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jessica Colley Sams.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Pastor Brandon Western  officiating.  Interment followed in the Sharp Top Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com.

Teri Gibson

 

Teri Ellen Burnette Gibson, 57, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. She was surrounded by family and friends. After courageously fighting her battle against pancreatic cancer, she is now resting and is at peace; undoubtedly, Jesus wrapped his loving arms around her and whispered: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Together they are watching over her loved ones below.

Born on August 4th 1962 in Pickens County, she was the daughter of Billy and Betty Burnette. Teri was a proud graduate of Gilmer High School in 1980. Always remembered fondly for her positive personality, caring heart, mothering nature and genuine love for every person she met – Teri was a light to all that she met. Chances are, if you knew Teri for long enough, you probably received a greeting card from her at one point in time. She always kept a healthy collection of cards at the ready, just in case someone needed a “Congratulations,” a sympathy card or just a word of encouragement.

She is preceded in death by her daddy, Billy Burnette, mother & father-in-law, Hoot and Edna Gibson, brother-in-law, Alvin Gibson and sister-in-law, Peggy Gibson.

Teri is survived by the love of her life and husband of 37 years, Jeff Gibson; her pride and joy – her daughter and son-in-law, Candace and Brian Poole; the light of her life and answered prayer, her grandson – Cooper Poole; her beloved mother, Betty Sue Hicks Burnette, her baby sister, Paula Holder and favorite brother and his wife, Brett & Stephanie Burnette.

On February 4, 1983, the Gibson family welcomed Teri into their family and loved her like one of their own.  She also leaves behind several brothers and sisters-in-laws, Bob and Joyce Gibson; Jim Gibson;  Sue and Lindsey Petty; Ann and Joe Clark and Oma Tribble.   Uncle and Aunts that Teri loved dearly, Tommy & Linda Burnette, Helen Mashburn and Eloise & Hayden Pritchett.  Teri’s love of her nieces and nephews was never in question –  she leaves behind Baylee, Bethany and Bree Burnette; Holli Holder; Greg and Jackie Gibson; Bobby Gibson; Stacy and Phillip Mullins; Michelle Bell; Tracy and Chris Hensley; Tony and Angel Gibson; Janet and Brent Wheeler; Wes Clark; Terry Gibson; Jill & Joseph Warren; Jenny and Doug Turney; Nathaniel and Lauren Petty.  Seventeen great nieces and nephews, three great-great nieces and nephews also survive her.

Countless cousins, friends, neighbors, co-workers, bosses and classmate are also remembered and considered part of her family.  Each of these people touched her life in some way, and there is no doubt she touched theirs.  She loved each one of them deeply.   Pallbearers to carry to her final resting place – Ty Burnette, Bryson Totherow, Phillip Mullins, Justin Stover, Mark Bridges and Gary Watkins.

Teri’s highest calling in this life was as a wife, mother and grandmother – we know her greatest wish would be to leave her grandson, Cooper, a great legacy and to have a lasting impact on his life.  Therefore, her family asks that if you are so moved, please make a contribution to Cooper’s college fund at South State Bank in Ellijay.

Graveside services were held Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11 a.m. in the Keeter Cemetery with Rev. David Nicholson and Rev. Larry Stover officiating. Singing was by Melisa Sales, Karry Burnette, Mandy Ralston, Whitney Burnette, Mati Teague, Sophie Burnette, Sonni Ralston, Jilly Burnette, and Olivia Grace Goggin to play.

Online condolences may be left at www.bernhardtfh.com.

Bernhardt Funeral Home in in charge of arrangements.

Contributions to Cooper’s college fund may be submitted to: South State Bank, attn: Lisa Parks  489 Highland Crossing, East Ellijay, GA 30540. You can make checks to Cooper Poole.

 

Jerry Andrews

March 7, 1942 - June 5, 2020

 

Mr. Jerry Andrews, 78, of Tate, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

Mr. Andrews is survived by his wife, Peggy Andrews of Tate; brother & sister-in-law, Allen & Sherry Andrews of Jasper; sister, Shirley McDonald of Foley, AL; sister-in-law, Annie Ruth & Roger Weaver of Carnesville, GA; two grandchildren: Jake and Nate Andrews of Tate.

Mr. Andrews was preceded in death by his son, Mickey Andrews.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 8, 2020 at Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Randy Weaver officiating.

Pallbearers: Jimmy Cagle, Judd Blackwell, Tony Eubanks, Ronnie Weaver, Brett Weaver, Justin Stanfield, Tyler Stanfield and Jimmy Priest.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CARES Weekend Snack Program, P.O. Box 78  Tate, GA 30177.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Andrews family.

 

Johnny Rich

September 20, 1935 - 

June 11, 2020

U.S. Veteran

 

Mr. Johnny Rich, 84, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Morristown-Hamblen Heath Care Center in Morristown, TN.

Mr. Rich is survived by his son & daughter-in-law, Jamie & Michelle Rich of Morristown, TN; brother, Roger Rich of Tate, GA; grandsons, Adam Rich, Ian Rich and Evan Rich; three great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Friendship Baptist Church, with Rev. Jason Hancock and Rev. Ronnie Ray officiating.

Interment was at the church cemetery following the funeral service.

Pallbearers: Adam Rich, Ian Rich, Evan Rich and Dalton Moore.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Rich family.

 

Patricia Allen

January 26, 1940 - June 12, 2020

Mrs. Patricia Allen, 80, of Talking Rock, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

Mrs. Allen is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Dub & Angie Allen of Talking Rock; daughter & son-in-law, Cheryl & Tim McFarland; grandchildren, Cole & Amanda Blackwell, Blake & Britany McFarland, Cody & Tanya McFarland, Brooke Allen, Brandi & Brandon Price, Audrey Allen; great-grandchildren: Mac Blackwell, Lauren Blackwell, Knox Blackwell, Callie & Tanner McFarland, Jace McFarland, Logan Mathis, Eli Mathis, Jude McFarland, Tate McFarland and Naomi McFarland.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Birmingham Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Autry Dean and Rev. James Thompson officiating. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Allen family.

 

Donald Fountain

 

Donald Franklin Fountain, age 71 of Jasper passed away, Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. He was born June 7, 1949 to Otis and Mary Fountain in Jasper Georgia. 

Mr. Fountain is survived by wife Helen Fountain, sons, Dennis Hollifield (Donna), Don Fountain (Walt Welch), Ben Fountain (Shirley); daughters, Patricia Payne (Jeff), Dixie Grove (Tim) and Crystal Estes;  nine grandchildren; sister Shelby Wofford (Richard); and brother, Ronald Fountain (Katherine).  Several nieces, nephews and other family members also survive. 

He was proceeded in death by one daughter, Elizabeth Harvley; two grandchildren, Justin Collette and Timmy Payne;  as well as his mom, Mary Jewel and father, Otis Fountain. 

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home and Crematory on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. He will remain in the care of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory as he is cremated. 

Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.  

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com 

 

 

David Whitaker

David F. Whitaker, age 63 of Jasper, passed away Monday, June 8, 2020 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.  He was born March 15, 1957 to Frank and Fanny Whitaker in Ellijay, Georgia.

David is survived by his wife, Gloria Whitaker of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Chris Walls of Jasper; grandson, Dylan Walls of Jasper; mother, Fanny Whitaker of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Sherri and David Terry of Tennessee; sister, Judy Whitaker of Blairsville; nephew, Paul and Lindsay Whitaker of Ellijay.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Whitaker; brothers, Marlan Whitaker, Benny Whitaker; sister, Patricia Thomas; and nephew, David Thomas.

Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend David Abernathy officiating.  Interment will follow at Lake Forest Memorial Park.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.  

Online condolences may be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com.