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Obituaries for February 23, 2023; • Thomas Daniel • Kelly Hammond • Dan Huth • Phillip Landrum Jr. • Audrey Wells • Ann Wilson • George Yohler



Phillip Landrum Jr.

            Phillip Mitchell Landrum, Jr. passed away in his home February 15, 2023.  He was 85 years old.  He is survived by his spouse of 60 years, Elaine Sayers Landrum; his son and daughter-in-law, Phillip M. Landrum, III and Crystal Landrum; his daughter and son-in-law, Laura Landrum Maguire and Kevin Maguire, and grandchildren Susan Helaina Landrum, Sarah Patricia Maguire, and Charlotte Claire Maguire.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip M. Landrum, Sr. and Laura Brown Landrum, his sister Susan Landrum, his Springer Spaniel Ellie, his Labrador retrievers Gypsy and Buck, and his English Setter Pat.

            The Georgia Marble Company hired Phil’s dad, Phil, Sr., as the principal of the company’s school in Nelson where his wife, Laura, also taught. Phil Sr. and Laura lived in the dormitory the school provided for its staff when Phil Jr. was born. By all accounts, he was an unholy terror in the dormitory and surrounding environs, and it was with a collective sigh of relief when World War II saw Phil Sr. enlist in the Army Air Corps and Laura move back to her family’s home in Dewy Rose, Georgia, with her young son and many sisters. Phil Jr.’s failure to murder any of his aunts, most particularly the youngest one, Miriam, during this time led to a life free of any felony convictions.

            Phil eventually enrolled in the University of Georgia to play baseball, and after obtaining a one-year degree in excessive partying, he was enrolled in The Citadel by Phil Sr. He found success and an identity at The Citadel which was recognized by its administration in naming him Fourth Battalion Commander, and more importantly to him, recognized by his classmates in naming him commander of The Summerall Guards, the elite drill team selected from the rising senior class.

            After graduating from The Citadel in 1959, he joined the U. S. Army and became a Pathfinder and Ranger instructor. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Elaine, and married her in Columbus, Georgia in 1962 (after explaining to Elaine’s grandmother that he was going to marry Elaine whether or not she approved).

            Against his better judgment, he left the Army and went to Emory University where he obtained the law degree that eventually led him to a 30-plus-year law practice in Jasper, Georgia, that he shared with his sister, Susan, and son, Phil III.

            However, as many judges, colleagues, and staff will attest – especially his late sister – the out of doors interested him far more than law books, particularly when the out of doors led to hunting bobwhite quail or pheasant or pulling the occasional redfish from Appalachiacola Bay.

            He will be missed.

            Funeral  services were held at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 18, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory with Reverend Max Caylor officiating.  

            In lieu of flowers, make donations in honor of Mr. Landrum to Camp Sunshine – mycampsunshine.com; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital – stjude.org; Cure Childhood Cancer – Curechildhoodcancer.org.

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

Kelly Hammond

            Kelly Reasor Hammond left us on February 14, 2023. She was met in Heaven by her maternal Papaw and Mamaw, Jack and Jo Nell Perry, and her Uncle Randy Perry.

            She is survived by her entire world, husband, Brian and son, Walker. Kelly is also survived by her mother, Robin Reasor, and stepfather, Greg Crutchfield of Ranger, GA; father, Charles Reasor of Marietta, GA; sister, Keri Reasor Giuliano and brother-in-law, Jason Giuliano of Canton, GA; nephew, Dylan Giuliano; niece, Bella Giuliano; mother- and father-in-law, Scotty and Donna Hammond of Thomaston, GA; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

            Kelly’s smile was the light that lit up our world. She was a beautiful soul who brought sunshine to all who knew her. She was a dedicated teacher, who truly cared about each of her students. Her creativity, imagination, and originality brought her classroom to life. Kelly’s legacy will live on in each of her students, whose lives she touched and hearts she inspired.

            When Kelly wasn’t in the classroom, she could often be found traveling. Kelly loved the Gulf Coast; she and Walker spent a lot of time as beach bums. She also frequently made trips to see her large extended family. She loved them fiercely and deeply, even the ones that wore “that puke orange.” As a true Georgia girl, one of Kelly’s favorite travel destinations was indulging her greatest passion, watching the Bulldogs play football. She attended many games every season, both at home and on the road. When she could not attend, she cheered loudly from wherever she was watching.

            Kelly loved with her whole heart and was unapologetically herself at all times. Wherever she went, she was the life of the party. We will miss her yelling at the TV during Georgia games as if they could hear her, her spontaneous fun trips, her flip flops, and her infectious laugh. Kelly, you were a light to everyone you met, and we will miss you more than we can say. We would say “rest in peace,” but that wasn’t your style, so, until we meet again: go Dawgs!

            A Community Celebration for Kelly is being planned and details will be shared in the coming weeks.

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

Audrey Wells

            Audrey Diane Pulliam Wells, 83, of Jasper, GA, passed away on February 18th, 2023 peacefully in her sleep. Diane was born on November 13th, 1939 in Steamboat Springs, CO to Audrey and Roy Pulliam.

            Diane is survived by her husband Donald Wells, their three children; Mark Wells, Lynn Wells, and Roy Wells, four grandchildren; Patrick Wells, Ansley Hiles, Jenna Pearson, and Addington Hobbs, and two great-grandchildren; Ashton Wells and Audrey Hiles.

            Diane and her husband Don started dating when they were sophomores at Albany High School in Albany, GA where they graduated together in 1957. Diane attended Georgia Southern University and Don attended the University of South Carolina. They were married at 5 p.m. on June 1st, 1962 after Don was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy at 8 a.m. and graduated from University of South Carolina at 10 a.m. on the same day. They spent 28 years as a Navy couple in the Civil Engineer Corps and retired together in 1990 after Don was relieved as the Commanding Officer of the Navy Civil Engineering Laboratory in Port Hueneme, CA. They enjoyed 60 years of happy marriage together.

            Diane taught junior high school for 20 years and also ran a tutoring center for students with learning difficulties in Alexandria, VA. She was an active member of the Daughter’s of the King at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper, GA where Don and Diane are church members.

            Don is the president of the Mountain Stewards, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Jasper, GA. Don and Diane have been the principal researchers for the Indian Cultural Heritage Program. Together they published two books; The Mystery of the Trees and Deciphering the Signs, Sacred Indian Trees and Places, and one documentary with the help of Bob Wells; The Mystery of the Trees. They have also documented and written the history of the mountain communities in North Georgia and many other reports on Indian culture.

            A Celebration of Life will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper, GA with more details to be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mountain Stewards to carry on her remarkable legacy.

Thomas Daniel

            Thomas King Daniel, 88, of Jasper, passed away Monday, February 13, 2023 at his home. He was born June 9, 1934 to William Thomas and Cleo Daniel in Covington, Georgia. 

            He received his education from Jefferson High School and Southern Tech. Tom served in the Army in Korea.  He started his career with Vitro in 1958 in Dawsonville, Georgia and helped open up the Lockheed Nuclear Facility there. In 1969, he helped close the plant down in Dawsonville as a nuclear engineer. He was transferred to Lockheed in Marietta where he worked as a senior design aerospace engineer.  There he worked on the C-5, the L-1011, the F-22 Raptor, perfected the F-22’s blackbox, and worked on Lockheed’s Skunk Works project.  He retired from Lockheed after 32 years. 

            Tom was a ballroom dancer, semi-professional bowler bowling on several semi-professional leagues, and was a very good ping-pong player. He loved music and singing. He was a deacon at Long Swamp Baptist Church for nearly 50 years where he also served as clerk and treasurer at various times. 

            Tom is survived by his wife, Patsy Daniel of Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Dana Daniel of Jasper, Anna and Mark Stevenson of Acworth, Thelma “Bay” and Bill Cagle of Jasper; grandchildren, Katie Cagle of Jasper, Nathan Cagle of Easton, Maryland, and Sydney Barnes of Acworth; sister-in-law, Helen Pharr of Jasper.  Nieces, nephews and other family members also survive.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, William Thomas and Cleo Daniel; sisters, Bebe Wells, Elaine Potts; infant son, Jason Carter Daniel.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 18, 2023 at Long Swamp Baptist Church with Reverend Jerry Watkins and Reverend Lamar Frady officiating. Interment followed in the Long Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery. 

            In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Long Swamp Baptist Church or Cares, Inc.

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

George Yohler

            George Edward Yohler, 81, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Thursday, February 16, 2023 at his home. George was retired from NASA and had served as project manager on the Space Station.

            George is survived by his wife, Joyce Yohler  of Big Canoe; daughter and son-in-law, Christi and Christopher Cawley of Cumming; son and daughter-in-law, David and Delores Yohler of Elberton, and son, Steven Yohler of Fredrick, MD; grandchildren, Sarah Yohler, Rebekah Yohler, Setton Cawley, Ryan Cawley, Jacob Yohler, and Maddox Yohler.

            George was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Nobbe.   

            Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2023 from the chapel of Roper Funeral Home followed by the funeral mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 25, 2023 at Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church with Father Tri officiating. 

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home on Friday, February 24, 2023 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

            In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice, www.georgiamountainshospice.org.

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



Dan Huth

            Dan (Chandler) Huth of Bent Tree, passed peacefully on February 7, 2023 at age 84. 

            He was born in Valders, WI (12/04/1938), and raised on Anna Maria Island, FL.  He had a lifelong career in radio, TV, movies and commercials.  He was insatiably curious, and loved learning.  He was an avid reader, writer, song writer and photographer. He enjoyed volunteering and was a supporter of The Boys and Girls Clubs and the Community Thrift Store. He lived an amazing life, helped many people and families, was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and a mentor, counselor and friend to those who knew him. He will be greatly missed, but friends and family know he is finally at rest with The Lord.

            He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Penny, his brother John, his two sons, Brian (Judy) and Paul (Gina); and four grandsons, Dallas, Judson (Kennedy), Spencer (Ashley), and Robert (Avery). 

            If you wish to remember Dan, please contribute to The Boys and Girls Club of North Georgia (https://bgcng.org/).  Dan did not want a funeral or memorial service.  His wish was for anyone even considering attending a service to take that time and enjoy—really treasure and appreciate—the day The Lord made–and to sing (or at least hum) “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.”  Really.  He’s now in a joyous place.

Ann Wilson

            Ann Settles Wilson, 79, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at Northside Hospital Cherokee after a long fought battle with leukemia. Ann was born March 2, 1943, in Cuthbert, Georgia to Luther Ernest and Adrianna Bacon Settles. She graduated from Shellman High School in Shellman, Georgia. She was a third-generation graduate of the Women’s College of Georgia at Milledgeville, now known as Georgia College, with degrees in French and English and an education certificate. She subsequently earned a master’s degree from Georgia College in English and Reading and an Education Specialist Degree from the University of Georgia.                  

            Ann taught English at several public and private high schools, Darton College, and for the last 20 years before retirement at Albany Technical College. Ann and Allen retired in 2005 and moved from Albany, Georgia to the mountains of the Bent Tree Community near Jasper, Georgia to be near their children and grandchildren. 

            She is survived by her husband of 53 years of Allen Wilson of Jasper, Georgia; son, Martin Wilson and his wife Beverly of Big Canoe, Georgia; daughter, Adrianna Wilson Cumby and her husband Will of Johns Creek, Georgia; grandchildren, Lauren Wilson, Nathan Wilson, Blake Wilson, Liam Cumby, and Archer Cumby; brothers, Ernie Settles, Bill Settles, Bob Settles; sister, Ruth Levesque; and many other loving family members.

            Ann was a member of the Holy Family Episcopal Church where she was an avid book club member and a volunteer member of the Flower Guild.  She was also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Society, Georgia Retired Educators Association, Pickens County Retired Educators Association, and the Niners Golf Group of Bent Tree.  She enjoyed reading, gardening, playing golf, living in Bent Tree, and spending time with family.

            A funeral service was held Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 1 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family Outreach or your favorite local charity.

            Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.  An online obituary and register are available at www.roperfuneralhome.com.

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