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Obituaries for February 29, 2024; Chuck Allen• Brenda Blackwell• Douglas &Maxine Cochran• Malvie Duckett• Rick Holmes• Linda McGhee• Brenda Treadaway

Douglas & Maxine Cochran

            Douglas Gary Cochran, 82, of Rome, Georgia, passed away on January 7, 2024. He was born to parents Robert Doyle Cochran and Roberta Bonnie Dooley Cochran on April 6, 1941, in Pickens County, Georgia.

            Maxine McMurrain Cochran, 79, of Rome, Georgia, passed away on January 17, 2024. She was the daughter of MT McMurrain and Aline Payne McMurrain, born on May 10, 1944, in Pickens County, Georgia. Both Gary and Maxine graduated from Pickens County High School.

            Maxine met Gary, a good friend of her brother, when she was 13 years old and never looked at another. Was it because Gary took her flying in a small single-engine airplane on their first date, or was it his guitar playing? Whatever it was, they began a lifetime of adventures that resulted in a marriage of 60 years. As Maxine so deeply expressed from her heart after Gary died, they would be “together forever,” which was proven when she joined him in heaven ten days later.

            Gary and Maxine began their married life in Jasper, Georgia, and lived there until Gary was hired for his dream job as a corporate pilot for the Georgia Kraft Paper Company in Rome, where they remained. In addition to flying, Gary spent his free time at Russell Field Airport with the skydivers and would pack and modify their parachutes and the all-important reserve chute, which required special certification from the FAA. Many have told Gary that he saved their lives by his expertise and precision in packing their only chance for survival when their main chute would not open.

            Maxine began her medical career when she was hired by the beloved Dr. G.H. Perrow to work as a medical assistant in his Jasper clinic. Having found her true calling in life, she later pursued a career in the field of nursing as she continued her education, earning a BSN and various certifications. Her love of caring for and helping others in their time of need through nursing continued until only four years ago when she finally retired after 40 years of dedicated service to Floyd Medical Center. She was working as a full-time hospice nurse until the last day of her career and was known as the angel who cared for so many families during their most difficult days.

            For years, Gary, along with his dad, was a Yaarab Temple Shriner and was a part of the band known as “The Entertainers.” In later years, Gary had another dream come true experience when he became a member of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) and met Chet Atkins. He could hardly wait for the annual convention each year so he could play his guitar and visit these amazing people who loved Chet Atkins as much as he did.

            Gary and Maxine had one child, Kimberly McBurnett, two grandchildren, Lauren and Ben McBurnett, and one very special great-grandchild, Chandler Achirica, who brought so much happiness to their lives in the past five years. Maxine is survived by one sister, Kathleen Clark (Larry), and one brother, Tom McMurrain (Marsha), and a number of nieces and nephews.

            The graveside service will be held on their 61st anniversary on March 16th at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper, Georgia. For more information, please contact Kimberly McBurnett at for details.

Brenda Blackwell

            Brenda Dianne Blackwell, 76, of Jasper, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. She was born February 16, 1948 to John and Edna Thompson in Canton, Georgia. Brenda worked many years in the cafeteria at school where she asked the kids to call her “Fat Nanny.”

            Brenda is survived by her husband, Jerry Blackwell of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Michael Waters of Jasper; grandchildren, Ashley and Brandon Blevins of Blue Ridge, Kayla and Brandon Esparza of Jasper, Christopher and Victoria Waters of Blue Ridge, Kristen and Austin Cornelius of Acworth; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Marie Pipgras of Whtie; and very special friend, Ty Coleman of Jasper.  Several nieces, nephews, an infinity of adopted children, and several other family members.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Edna Thompson; four sisters; and four brothers.   

            A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 3, 2024 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Mark Mitton officiating. 

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 3, 2024 from 9 a.m. until the 2 p.m.

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

Linda McGhee

            Linda Mabry McGhee, 78, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 at The Lodge at Stephens Lake. She was born December 23, 1945 to Ernest and Edna Mabry in Jasper.

            Linda is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Lori and Tony Smith of Talking Rock, Leslie and Kevin Roper of Canton; grandchildren, Colton and Alexis Crook, Trey Edge, Chandler and Kenzie Smith, William Roper, Thomas Roper; great-grandchildren, Ella Crook, Chandler Smith Jr., Noble Smith, and Liam Whatley Roper.  Nieces, nephews and other family members also survive.

            She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Sammy McGhee; parents, Ernest and Edna Mabry; and brother, Steve Mabry.    

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 22, 2024 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Preston Jones and Kevin Roper officiating. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers will be Colton Crook, Trey Edge, Chandler Smith, William Roper, Thomas Roper, and Joe Mabry.

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

Malvie Duckett

            Malvie Lou Duckett, 87, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at The Retreat at Jasper. She was born March 18, 1936 to Homer and Mandy Henderson in Ellijay, Georgia. She was married to Winfred “Wimp” Lamar Duckett.

            Mrs. Duckett is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Lou Ann and William J. Owens of Jasper, Sandi and Mike Denson of Jasper; grandchildren, Jeremy Mullins, Shena Wilmarth, Holly Miller, Justin Denson; seven great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Demmie and Lou Price of Kentucky; sister, Carolyn Mathews of Ohio; and sister-in-law, Lois Henderson. 

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred Duckett; parents, Homer and Mandy Henderson; and eight brothers and sisters.

            A Graveside Service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Sunrise Memorial Gardens with Kevin Roper officiating. 

            In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mount Pisgah Cemetery Fund or Compassus Hospice Care.

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

            Mount Pisgah Cemetery Fund, Randall Ponders, 5351 Mount Pisgah Road, Ellijay, GA  30540.

            Compassus Hospice Care

583 Highland Crossing Suite 120, Ellijay, GA  30540

Chuck Allen

            Charles “Chuck” Gleason Allen of Port St. Joe, Florida, formerly of Jasper, Georgia, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024, at the age of 81. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and grew up in Mobile, Alabama. Chuck graduated from Murphy High School in 1960, and upon graduation attended the University of Alabama, where he majored in education. After college he began a forty year career in education, earning two masters and specialist degrees from the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia. Chuck lived twenty plus years in DeKalb County, Georgia, then moved to Dalton, Georgia where he taught, coached, and was a principal. Even after retirement Chuck stayed involved with the students and schools by working as the North Georgia Director with FCA, continuing as the principal of Christian Heritage School in Dalton, and eventually returning to public schools as a teacher, assistant principal, and coach in both Pickens County and Hall County Georgia.

            Chuck was a die-hard Alabama fan, believing in the school so much that he named two different K-9 companions “Bama”. Before and after every Alabama football game, he and his brothers would chat on the phone about game plans and review the results, joking that they should be consulted before the next game.

            Chuck and his wife, Carolyn, moved to Port St. Joe in 2021. He was an avid golfer and a member of the St. Joseph Bay Country Club. Chuck loved his family and often bragged about the accomplishments of his sons and grandsons. He cherished every moment spent with them. Chuck was also a very dedicated church member and lay-leader, helping to plant churches and serving for many years in leadership roles in the churches where he belonged.

            Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, R.H. Allen and Hazel Oglesby Allen, as well as his step-granddaughter Jordan Honeycutt.

            Chuck is survived by his precious wife of fifty-five years, Carolyn Allen of Port St. Joe, Florida; two sons, Pete Allen (Celita) of Port St. Joe, Florida, and Bobby Allen (Jessica) of Tampa, Florida; two brothers, Dick Allen (Betty) of Fairhope, Alabama, and Ronnie Allen (Grace) of Spanish Fort, Alabama, as well as three grandchildren, Chip Allen (Brittany), Judah Allen, and River Allen, along with several nieces and nephews.

            A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

            In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Chuck’s memory to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, or to your local humane society.

            Condolences may be submitted at

            Arrangements are entrusted to the caring staff of Comforter Funeral Home in Port St. Joe, Florida.

Rick Holmes

            Rick Holmes, 59, of Talking Rock, Georgia gained ultimate joy Sunday, February 25, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. Rick found joy each and every day of life.  He taught us to seek joy in the small things… the joy in the sunshine…, the joy in the rain.  Let us embrace the joy.

            Rickey Guin Holmes (Homer) was born on March 21, 1964. His joy came from life-long partner and love, Connie Suzette Quinton Holmes; children, Maria Campano, Candra Lee Holmes (Levi) Sellers and Tyler Guin (Shania) Holmes.  Grandchildren, Kragen and Kylee Nichols, Jonas and Josiah Sellers brought more joy. Other survivors are sister, Janet Holmes Davis and niece, Lina G. Davis; mother-in-law, Vivian Quinton; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas and Kathy Quinton; several nieces and nephews, Jessica (Ben) Wells, Fred (Alexis) Quinton and Josh (Kaitlyn) Quinton, Tripp (Erin) Shaw and Cooper (Taylor) Shaw and several great nieces and nephews, and many dear cousins.

            He was preceded in death by parents, Guin Vernon Holmes and June Lee Henderson Holmes; sister, Judy Lee Shaw and brother-in-law, Thomas M (Tommy) Shaw and dear grandmother (Adopted 2nd mother) Ruby Teems and father-in-law, John Quinton.

            Rick lived a life of celebration. He celebrated the lives of family and friends.  He was a skilled craftsman who gave a new life to items old and new.  These are now treasures to his family and friends.  His legacy is to love all, to welcome all, to care for all and laugh a little along the way.  In his words, “find the joy, find the love, celebrate life and give each and every day.”         

            Services were held Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Janet Davis officiating. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

            Flowers are accepted or donations can be made to the family for medical expenses.

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

Brenda Treadaway

May 14, 1943 -February 19, 2024

            Brenda Joy Swift Treadaway died peacefully at her residence in Plant City, FL February 19, 2024. 

            Brenda was born in LaFayette, GA, and moved to Rome, GA in the summer of 1956. She graduated Johnson High School, then attended Tift College before graduating from Floyd Junior College (now known as Georgia Highlands College).

            Brenda moved to Lake Worth, FL for several years before she returned to Rome, GA. She lived there until she retired after many years as a librarian. After retirement she moved to Jacksonville, FL to be near her daughter Lori before they moved as a family to Plant City, FL in 2019.

            She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Lola Lee (Doty) McKaig, Webb McKaig, and Fred Lawrence, William Harvey Swift and Effie (Greer) Swift; parents, James Milton Swift and Dorothy Lee (Lawrence) Swift; her son, Larry Michael Treadaway; grandson, Mark Christopher Collett; her sister, Jane Swift; uncles, Fred Lawrence, Harlon Swift, Ray McKaig, William Harvey Swift, Jr., Charles McKaig, and Julian McKaig; aunts, Gladys (Swift) Crowe, Altha (Swift) Cagle, Dartha Lee (Swift) Bennett, and Myrtis Martha (Swift) Shipp Fitzpatrick, and Laura McKaig;  cousins, Debbie Lawrence, Terresa Green, and Karen Whitchurch, and Mark Bennett.

            Surviving family members are daughter, Lori Treadaway Collett and her husband Robert Collett; grandson, Brian Collett; brother, Bill Swift and wife Ellen Painter; ex-husband and father of her two children, Larry Treadaway; aunts, Margie Oaks and Imogene; nieces, Julie Dougherty and husband Patrick, Erin Libby and husband Oliver; grandnephew, Trey Fitts; and grandnieces, Katelyn Dougherty, Eve Libby, and Nora Libby;  cousins, Anita Johnston and family, Gary Wayne Oaks, Sheryl Bennett, Peg Carrell and family, Randall Cagle and wife Beth and family, Steven Crowe and wife, Marilyn (Swift) Doremus, Donna (Swift) Peppers and Sharon McKaig.

            A memorial service was held in the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home on Tuesday February 27 at 1 p.m.  A private interment of her ashes will be scheduled for a later date.

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