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Obituaries for February 8, 2024; • Richard Carter• DeborahDunbar• Larry Martin Sr.• DorthyRittenberry• Jane Swift

Larry Martin Sr.

March 2, 1935  – January 29, 2024       

            Larry D. Martin Sr., 88, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Monday, January 29, 2024 at Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain. He was born March 2, 1935 to Jesse and Bessie Martin in Barnesville, Georgia. Larry proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and the United States Army.

            Larry is survived by his wife, Pauline Martin of Jasper; daughters, Deanna Clerenger and Kelly Greenhill. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren also survive.

            He was preceded in death by son, Dean Martin; daughters, Vicky Sams and Donna Akins.

            Services were held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, February 5th at Georgia National Cemetery. Interment followed.  1080 Veterans Memorial Parkway; Canton, GA  30114.

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

Deborah Dunbar

July 11, 1949  – January 31, 2024

            Deborah Elaine Dunbar, 74, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024. Debbie was born on July 11, 1949 in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania and was the only child to her parents Dorothy Bort (Brest) and Laurin “Bud” Bort.

            Debbie grew up in McKean, Pennsylvania where she attended General McLane High School. While working nearby after high school, she met Leonard Dunbar who, as she told the story, was very persistent in convincing her to go on a date with his youngest son, Bruce. The rest, as they say, is history.

            Debbie married Bruce in 1969, and they moved to Girard where they had two daughters, Gale Elaine and Jennifer Grace. But Bruce’s desire to get away from those Erie winters and Debbie’s adventurous spirit led them to Arizona (where we were amazed by her ability to not burn and freckle), to Snohomish, Washington (where she learned to bowl like a boss), to Burbank, Washington (where she learned what to do with half a pig when you won the local raffle), and then back to Pennsylvania (where she remembered that Erie winters are awful). In 1982, they finally settled in Georgia to be close to Bruce’s family, living in several towns before settling in the Ball Ground and Jasper area.

            Debbie was always quick with a cheerful greeting and a kind word, and she befriended people with ease. One of the reasons Debbie was such a successful pharmacy technician is that she was a wonderful listener and possessed a genuine desire to help others. Debbie enjoyed gardening, was a compulsive doodler, adored her dogs, had perfect handwriting, and was a voracious reader, but her deepest devotion was reserved for Days of Our Lives (sorry, Bruce). 

            She was a trusted friend, a dedicated wife, and a loving mother. While her smile could light up a room, her infectious laugh could be heard from across the room (and down the street). Debbie lived her life looking for joy in the ordinary.

            Debbie was preceded in death by her father, Laurin Bort, her mother, Dorothy Bort, and her grandson, Joshua Teague.

            Debbie is survived by her husband, Bruce Dunbar; her daughters, Gale Stein and Grace Dunbar; her grandchildren, Corey Byrd [Mary Beth], Elizabeth Teague, Nathaniel Dunbar, and Noah Dunbar; and her great-grandchildren, James Teague, Silas, Maeven, and Lilah Byrd.

            A service in celebration of Debbie’s life will take place on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at Roper Funeral Home located at 206 Holly Street; Jasper, GA 30143. Family and friends will be received at 1:00 pm with the service beginning at 2:00 pm.

            In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests that you consider making a donation in Debbie’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Richard Carter

            Richard Aubrey Carter, 67, of Jasper, Ga. passed away, Monday, January 22, 2024 at 2:06 p.m. at Chattanooga Hospice Center.

            Richard was born March 4, 1956 to Herbert Aubrey Carter and Ollie May Money Carter in Miami, Fla.

            He was proceeded in death by his parents, Herbert and Ollie Mae, Carter; sister, Annette Cowart; and brother, Kenneth (Kenny) Carter.

            Richard is survived by his brother, Larry Carter of Jasper, Ga.; sister, Debra Bryant of Jasper, Ga.; niece, Theresa Pierce of Ball Ground, Ga.; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, other family and beloved friends.

            The memorial service will be held on February 18, 2024 at Refuge in Jesus Church, 735 Martin Rd., Jasper, Ga. at 3 p.m.

            All family and friends are welcome to join in remembrance of Richard.

            For further information, please contact John Black @ 706-299-6902.

Dorthy Rittenberry

November 26, 1938  – February 1, 2024

            Dorthy Marie Hensley Rittenberry, 85, of Talking Rock, Georgia went home to be with the Lord on February 1, 2024 surrounded by her family.

            Mrs. Rittenberry was born on November 26, 1938 in the Town Creek area of Gilmer County to the late Clifford Lorenzo Hensley and Katie Mary Smith Hensley. She was a member of Whitestone Baptist Church for 69 years. She loved to grow a garden and to take her family on a tour of her flower beds. She was a great seamstress and made quilts, clothes, wedding dresses, Halloween costumes, and doll clothes for her children and grandchildren. She loved to feed her family and will be remembered for her biscuits, pound cake, cornbread, okra, and mashed potatoes. She also loved singing with her sisters at church. And more than anything, she loved her family and serving the Lord.

            In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rittenberry is preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Jimmy Thomas Rittenberry and her sister, Elaine Hensley Logan.

            She is survived by her children, Arlene and Ricky Bryan of Ellijay, Larry and Dale Rittenberry of Shell Point, Florida, Garry and Brenda Rittenberry of Talking Rock, Randy and Charlene Rittenberry of Lake Arrowhead; sisters, Betty and Billy Reese, Mary Logan, Evelean and Deryl Hyde; grandchildren, Peri and Tony Chastain, Daniel Rittenberry, Jennifer and Robert Burton, Stephanie and Matthew Watkins, Jessica and Reid Cochran, Megan and Brett Hastings, Amber and Myles Mulkey, Amy Roberson; great-grandchildren, Owen and Gavin Moss, Landon and Alli Burton, Learh and Cash Rittenberry, Lena Cochran, Evelyn Mulkey, Henry and Rose Evans.

            Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Sunday, February 4, 2024 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Jerry Banks, Reverend Mark Johnson, and Reverend John Reece officiating. Interment followed in the Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers:  Tony Chastain, Landon Burton, Gavin Moss, Owen Moss, Matthew Watkins, and Myles Mulkey.

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

Jane Swift

January 5, 1950 -February 1, 2024

            Jane Swift, 74, died peacefully at The Retreat at Jasper February1st, 2024.                                    Jane was born January 5th, 1950 in Chickamauga, GA, and moved to Rome, GA in the summer of 1956. She graduated Model High School, then attended Berry College before graduating from GA State University. Later she moved to Athens to study law and earned a Law degree from the University of GA. After passing the Bar exam she represented the Cabbage Patch Kids at a law firm in Atlanta.

            Jane moved to San Francisco and became a member of the California Bar where she worked in private practice for a few years.  She was there in an office building in 1989 when the big earthquake hit the Bay area and had the terrifying experience of feeling the building swaying for several minutes. She decided to move back to Atlanta. She lived there until she retired after many years with the Georgia Emergency Management Authority. Jane lived independently while enjoying retirement, being with friends, listening to Rock music, going to movies, and reading until she developed early onset Dementia a few years ago. She was moved to Jasper in early 2023 to be near her brother and caregiver. Thank you to The Retreat and Compassus Hospice for their excellent care.

            Jane married and divorced in her 20s, did not remarry, and had no children. The youngest of three children, she will be missed by her sister and brother. She had two special friends who will also miss her. Ed Stansell, who amazingly dated her in middle school and still kept in touch with her through all the years. Last, but not least is Lanette Ward who was her best friend during Jane’s last 20 years.

            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; nephew, Larry Michael Treadaway; 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, Mark Bennett; and great nephew Mark Collett.

            Surviving family members are  sister, Brenda Swift Treadaway; brother, Bill Swift and wife Ellen Painter;  aunts, Margie Oaks and Imogene Lawrence; nieces Lori Collett and husband Robert, Julie Dougherty and husband Patrick, Erin Libby and husband Oliver; grand nephews, Brian Collett and Trey Fitts; and grand nieces, 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 graveside service was held Monday, February 5th at 1 p.m. at the Lake Forest Memorial Park. 

            Cagle Funeral Home is handling final arrangements.

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