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Obituaries April 11, 2024: Jerry Bennett, June Breazeale, Allen Ellis, Charles Norton, Marilyn Owens, Toy Padgett, Diane Squires

Charles Norton

Charles Norton died April 2, 2024 at the age of 90. He was born in Marietta. He was predeceased by his parents, A.T. and Mary Norton, siblings, Shirley Turner, Sharon Smith, and Clifton Norton, his first wife, Peggy Goldman Norton, and his wife of 58 years, Annette Brannon Norton. His surviving siblings are A.T. Norton, Jr., Barbara Childres, Wilburn Norton, and William Norton. He is survived by his children: Kenneth Norton (Rosemarie) of Villa Rica, Kirk Norton (Patti) of Port Orange, FL, and Melissa Grable (Jeffrey) of Marietta. He leaves behind nine grandchildren: Jonathan Norton (Nakitta), Daniel Norton (Jessica), Jesse Norton (Bailey), Elizabeth Nicolas (Marcus), Andrea Fields (Thomas), Lydia Grimes (Eli), Erica Potter (Matthew), Nicole Whitaker (Joe) and Charles Grable, and 22 great -grandchildren. 

Services were held Saturday, April 6, at at 12:30 p.m. at Carmichael Funeral Home on Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Charles was interred at the Veterans Cemetery in Canton. 

June Breazeale

June Breazeale, formerly June Nethery, passed away February 28, 2024. June was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Nethery, and a sister, Judy Nethery. June was born on February 24, 1951, in Dallas, Texas.

June lived life to the fullest. She loved people and was a sister, aunt and best friend. She never met a stranger.

June was an accomplished pianist and served in various ministries throughout her life. She began piano lessons at 8 years old, but had no piano. Her aunt lived 5 blocks away, so after school, she would get on her bike and peddle to her aunt’s home who did have a piano, so she could practice. She was determined to learn how to play.

She was a self-taught organist and served in that capacity in several local churches. Her music meant so much to her. Some of her experiences included playing in the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre. She was also privileged to play the organ at the St. Lutheran Church in Atlanta, in addition to an Open House sponsored by Time Warner Productions, Southern Living magazine. June played for numerous weddings over the years and loved playing for every one of them. 

June initially thought she wanted to teach school, however, an attorney hired June, and she had a wonderful legal career for 25 years. In 1995, she switched careers to the hospitality industry. She retired from the Cobb Galleria Centre in April, 2013. She loved her job in the sales department. 

June loved adventure which led her to travel and to try and learn something new every day. 

June was a caregiver on several occasions. She persevered with love and a sweet spirit about her. 

A celebration of life was held on April 7, 2024 at Pueblo Cantina in Jasper at 2:30 p.m. Those who attended were asked to wear red, as that was her favorite color.

Survivors include her husband, Mike Breazeale; her brother, Robert Nethery of Canton, Georgia; a niece, Leslie Nethery; and a host of friends, some dating back to elementary school. 

In lieu of flowers, June requested that donations be made to Make a Wish Foundation, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or and Humane Society. 

Allen Ellis

February 20, 1991 – March 28, 2024

With a heavy heart Cagle Funeral Home announces the loss of Mr. Allen Ellis of Talking Rock, Georgia, who left this world on March 28, 2024 at the age of 33.

Allen was born on February 20, 1991 in Calhoun, Georgia to Ms. Sounya Dale Stokes. He was quiet and reserved, but he was also a fun-loving prankster, always pulling the best of jokes on his family. Allen was an Army veteran, serving two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. After returning home after his many tours he worked in the construction business but in his spare time he enjoyed working with the chickens and tending to the other animals with his dad. He also enjoyed shooting pool, playing video games and watching Youtube & TikTok. 

Even though Allen was taken too soon, he is now in Heaven with his brother, Matthew Ellis, sister, Jessica Richards, grandparents; Larry Long, Morris Dale and Carlan Bradley. 

His memory will live on with his son, James Ellis, mother and father, Sounya & James Stokes, sister, Kimberly and Eric McNemar, grandmother, Judy Long, uncles & aunts; Dan and Jessie Dale, Lisa and Raymond Cantrell, Stacey and Rodney Barnett, Amanda and Stephen Whitlow and nieces; Ericka, Chloe & Aaliyah McNemar. 

A funeral service for Allen was held Sunday, March 31, 2024, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Joseph Hightower officiating. 

The family deeply appreciates your support and accepted flowers. 

Please visit to leave online condolences and memories for the family. 

Cagle Funeral Home proudly serving Allen Ellis and family. 

Marilyn Owens

It is with great sadness that Cagle Funeral Home announces that Ms. Marilyn Rose Owens, of Talking Rock, Georgia, passed away peacefully at her home at the age of 88 on March 28, 2024. 

Memorial services for Ms. Owens will be scheduled at a later date. 

Cagle Funeral Home proudly serving Marilyn Owens and family.

Jerry Bennett

With a heavy heart Cagle Funeral Home announces the loss of Mr. Jerry Lee Bennett, who left this world on March 31, 2024 at the age of 74. 

Jerry was born on May 29, 1949 as the youngest of eight children to Mr. Herbert Bennett and Virgie Wooten Bennett, in Jasper, Georgia. 

Over the years Jerry took on many occupations, one being the first class of EMT students in Pickens County while working at Chapman Funeral Home, then going on to work at General Motors for over 30 years, but most importantly Jerry was a devoted and loving father, son, brother & friend. 

Jerry was greeted in Heaven by his late parents, his brothers, James & Claude Bennett and his sisters; Mildred Taylor & Geneva Atkins. 

His memory lives on with his daughter, Lea (Andy) Scott, brother, Louis Bennett, sisters; Dorthy Mathews & Bonnie Millians and his lifelong best friend, Donnie Low. 

A private interment was held at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery. 

The family deeply appreciates your support during this difficult time and asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Atlanta Community Food Bank at

Please visit to leave online memories and condolences for the family. 

Cagle Funeral Home proudly serving Jerry Lee Bennett and family.

Diane Squires

Diane Squires, 73, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Monday, April 1, 2024 at her home. She was born August 8, 1950 to Donald and Helen Freeborn in Mount Holly, New Jersey.  

Diane is survived by husband, Jeff Squires of Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew and Laura Squires of Atlanta, David and Taylor Squires of Houston, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Emma Mae Freeborn of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and grandchildren, Lucas Squires of Atlanta.

She was preceded in death by mother and father, Helen and Donald Freeborn.

A Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church with Father Tri officiating.  

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

Toy Padgett

Toy Eugene Padgett, 78, of Ball Ground, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at his home. He was born December 22, 1945 to Robert and Dean Padgett.  

Toy is survived by his daughters, Melissa Padgett of Ball Ground, Meredith Padgett of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Billie Jean and T. D. Childers of Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, Troy and Angela Padgett of Jasper; grandson, Trenton Wilson of Hill City and great-grandson, Aiden Wilson of Hill City.  Nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

He was preceded in death by grandson, Travis Wilson; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Willard Garrett.

A memorial service will be planned for a future date.

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

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