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Obituaries for February 11, 2020; Daryl Skaggs, Yvonne Pless, Bonnie Pierce, Hank Jenkins

Daryl Skaggs

 

We were saddened to say goodbye to our beloved father Daryl Thomas Skaggs who passed away peacefully December 18, 2020. 

He suffered a cardiac event and after being sent to the ICU at Northside Cherokee Hospital every effort was made to save the man we all loved. He was a hero even in death, as he chose to be an organ donor. We know he was unafraid and his love of God made him excited for the next chapter. 

He is survived by his brothers, Wayne Skaggs and David Skaggs; his daughters, Angela Herrin, Jennifer Hagaman, Ashleigh Simcox; and his son, Terry Skaggs along with many grandchildren. 

He was an amazing father, grandfather and friend.

 

Yvonne Pless

 

Yvonne Thomas Pless, a resident of the Outback community in north Pickens County, passed away on February 3, 2021. She lived here with her husband, William Pless, since 2004. Before this, they purchased a new home in Marietta in 1967 where they raised their son and lived for 37 years.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her father, John Arthur Thomas; mother, Bramer Myrick Thomas, both of Adger, Alabama; older sister, Edith Nell Wilks of Winter Haven, Florida; grandmother, Verner Myrick of Adger; two aunts, Iris Garner and Uvnell Garner, both from Walker County, Alabama; and a cousin, Jimmy Thomas.  

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, William Pless of Jasper; a son, William Pless II (Allison Rauscher) of Cumming; a grandson, Michael Pless of Cumming; a brother, John Wayne (Patsy) Thomas of Mulga, Alabama; a brother, Sylvie (Valery) Thomas of Bessemer, Alabama; a sister, Darlene (James) Smith of Trafford, Alabama; a niece, Donna Wilks of Winter Haven, Florida; a niece, Amanda Thomas of Charlotte, North Carolina; a nephew, John Thomas of Alabama; a nephew, Christopher (Brooke) Thomas of Birmingham, Alabama; a grandniece, Annsley Thomas; several cousins; and a step-nephew.

Yvonne was born and raised in several communities in Jefferson County, Alabama. She graduated from Hueytown High School in 1957. She immediately obtained a position of executive secretary to the owner and operator of a large firm in Birmingham. For several years she was the pianist and chief soloist at Houston Chapel Methodist Church in Bessemer where her father was Sunday School Superintendent. In September 1960 she married the son of the pastor at her church, William Pless. They moved to Huntsville, Alabama where he was employed as a physicist with the US Army Missile Command. Their son William II was born in March 1962 in Huntsville. They subsequently lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Orlando, Florida; and Marietta, Georgia.

Yvonne was a devoted wife, mother, and employee. Her priorities were always her family, home, and work. Her primary talents were music and fine cooking. She loved to prepare elaborate, delicious meals for her immediate and extended family, especially for family "get-togethers" and reunions, and loved serving her favorite dishes.

She had a strong work ethic, and for almost 50 years she balanced a devotion for home-making with professional office duties. She held positions as executive secretary, business analyst and credit manager in such companies as RCA Service Company, Swift Agriculture and Chemical Company, Armour Swift Eckrich, Beattrice Foods, and Conagra. The last job she held during the early 2000s before finally retiring was with the Hartman-Imbriale Law Firm in Jasper.

Yvonne was of high moral character, was truthful and faithful. She honored the potential and worthiness of every person, and disdained destructive and demeaning behavior. She was deeply spiritual and readily prayed for herself and anyone needing God's help and guidance. In her later years, she had Type II diabetes and suffered a major heart attack at the age of 62. She recovered and expertly managed her own health for the remainder of her years. She had several health issues that hindered extracurricular activities, but generally supported her husband's activities. She never gave up on fulfilling the life that God had given her, until it was no longer in her hands. She fulfilled the purpose that her Creator had given her. Now may she rest with Him forever.

The family will be receiving friends Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Roper Funeral Home

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

 

Bonnie Pierce

May 25, 1937 - February 7, 2021

 

Mrs. Bonnie Pierce, 83, of Ball Ground, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2021 at The Retreat at Canton.

Bonnie is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Billy & Rhonda Pierce of Jasper, and Gary & Chris Pierce of Canton; daughter, Judy Lynn Kimble of Zephyrhills, FL; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Pierce; and great-granddaughter, Charlotte Wisor.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Ken May officiating.

The family will accept flowers or donations can be made to Parkinson's Foundation.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pierce family.

 

Hank Jenkins

August 25, 1931 - February 4, 2021

U.S. Veteran  

 

Herndon "Hank" Jenkins, 89, passed away on February 4, 2021 at The Landings at Norcross. His wife, Dorothy "Dot" Jenkins, preceded him in death.

He was born in Atlanta, where he received his pubic education at Bass High School. At Clemson College, he was drafted into the US Army his sophomore year, serving from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. After discharge, he entered Georgia Tech, where he earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering. After five years in industry, he accepted a research engineering position at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He was at GTRI for 34 years as a project director working primarily in electronic communications and radio direction finding on military and intelligence agencies contracts. After retirement, he spent two years writing a technical reference book titled -- "Small-Aperture Radio Direction-Finding." He was cofounder for the volunteer Georgia-based Dolphin Project.

He had been a member of both the Dawson and Pickens county’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and SKYWARN. He was an early member of the Big Canoe Emergency Response Team (BCERT) and the Dawson Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

In his mid 30s, he took up running with 3-4 mile runs per day. In 55 years, he logged over 50,000 miles -- more than twice around the Earth. He ran the first four Peachtree Road races but quit because the "number of runners got too big." He was a part of the group that started the GT George Griffin Pi-mile Road Race at Georgia Tech. He ran this course daily during his years at GT.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Jo Ann Jenkins of Woodstock, GA; his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Ray Rex of Lemont, IL; and granddaughters Morgan and Audrey Rex.

The family will hold a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Big Canoe Volunteer Fire Department in Hank's honor.

 

Masonic Resolution

Masonic Resolution on the death of Brother Robert Beryal Kelley.

To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M.

Jasper, Ga. Whereas, on June 19, 2020 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Robert Beryl Kelley

And whereas we, his brethren, feel keenly his absence from our midst, and while we humbly bow to the will of our Infinite Creator, we desire to make a suitable Memorial, therefore:

Be it resolved that Pickens Star Lodge No. 220 F&A.M. express to the family of our departed Brother, deepest sympathy and wish to express our gratitude for his life of service among us.

Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family of our departed brother, a copy to be spread on our minutes and a copy be published in the Pickens County Progress.

Respectfully submitted:

Keith Hales, John Banks, Gary Boyles.

 

Masonic Resolution

Masonic Resolution on the death of Brother Jimmy Eugene Lowe.

To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M.

Jasper, Ga. Whereas, on January 22, 2021 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Jimmy Eugene Lowe.

And whereas we, his brethren, feel keenly his absence from our midst, and while we humbly bow to the will of our Infinite Creator, we desire to make a suitable Memorial, therefore:

Be it resolved that Pickens Star Lodge No. 220 F&A.M. express to the family of our departed Brother, deepest sympathy and wish to express our gratitude for his life of service among us.

Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family of our departed brother, a copy to be spread on our minutes and a copy be published in the Pickens County Progress.

Respectfully submitted:

Keith Hales, John Banks, Gary Boyles.

 

Masonic Resolution

Masonic Resolution on the death of Charles Bradley McKenney.

To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M.

Jasper, Ga. Whereas, on January 31, 2021 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother Charles Bradley McKenney.

And whereas we, his brethren, feel keenly his absence from our midst, and while we humbly bow to the will of our Infinite Creator, we desire to make a suitable Memorial, therefore:

Be it resolved that Pickens Star Lodge No. 220 F&A.M. express to the family of our departed Brother, deepest sympathy and wish to express our gratitude for his life of service among us.

Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family of our departed brother, a copy to be spread on our minutes and a copy be published in the Pickens County Progress.

Respectfully submitted:

Keith Hales, John Banks, Gary Boyles.