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Obituaries for Jan. 12. 2023; • Glenn Arp • Emolise Carver • Bob Davis • Robert Dobbs • Jamie Eaker • Clyde Ellison Jr. • Deborah Fitts • Jennie Hobson • Henry Smith Jr. • Carolyn Williams

Jennie Hobson

            Jennie Hobson, 78, of Bent Tree Community, passed away January 3, 2023 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, attended by her daughter and close friends. She was born May 27, 1944 in Memphis, TN, to father Volney Earl Edwards and Martha Miller Edwards.

Jennie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy Toney and Tim Toney of Boulder, CO; her daughter, Helen Hobson of Marietta; grandchildren, Jenna, 17 and Jake, 13; her cousins Fred, Eva, and Neal Miller; her long-term companion, Art Wickman of Marietta; and the multitude of other relatives and friends who were blessed by her presence and grieve her passing. She is preceded in death by her husband, Fred Crimi of Atlanta/Bent Tree.

            Jennie was an ardent teacher in the public schools of Memphis, Chattanooga, and Bartow County as well as an environmental educator and animal rights activist. After retirement, she continued to serve at Pickens School District as a substitute teacher and at the ACES Children’s shelter in Jasper. Jennie was an active member and leader of several churches and nonprofit organizations throughout the Atlanta, Pickens, and Gilmer areas. She was a strong supporter of liberal religious values and social justice. Jennie loved the Blue Ridge Mountains and was determined to live out her life nestled between Burnt Mountain and Mount Oglethorpe. Her happiest memories were of long days spent backpacking with friends and family on mountain trails.

            A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at the Bent Tree Pavilion, with the assistance of Jennie’s dear friend, the Reverend Greg Pope, pastor at First Baptist Church of Fitzgerald and former pastor of Jasper First Baptist Church. The celebration will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person. For important details regarding attendance, please email Art Wickman at wickmanart@gmail.com.       Online condolences may be submitted to the Roper Funeral Home website.

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

Deborah Fitts

            Mrs. Deborah “Jane” Fitts, 72, of Hogansville, formerly of Jasper, GA., passed away on Saturday, January 7th, 2023, at The Oaks Carrollton surrounded by her loving family.  She was born October 15, 1950, in Tate, GA, the daughter to the late Henry Harold and Billie Faye Raye Fitts.

            Deborah, known as Jane to many family and friends, grew up in Tate, Ga.  During her life she was an avid horse lover, having owned and boarded numerous horses over the years, she also enjoyed her dogs and cats. Jane was known for her cookouts and spending time with her family whom she cherished.  Jane also enjoyed working in her garden, she certainly had a green thumb as her family would enjoy the rewards of her hard work.

            Survivors include her daughter, Holly Abbott of Lagrange, Ga., her brother, Jeffery Fitts and his spouse, Teresa, of Hogansville, two grandchildren, Will and Kayley Abbott, she is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

            Her family will have a celebration of life memorial service at a later date and time.

            Condolences may be expressed online at www.mckoon.com

            Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations in Jane’s name to a charity of the donor’s choice.

            McKoon Funeral Home & Crematory.

Emolise Carver

April 19, 1935 – January 4, 2023

            Emolise Carver, 87, of Ludville Community, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Wildwood Health Care.

            Emolise is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Ted Long of Big Ridge Community, Lonnie & Dawn Fountain of Ludville Community, and Donnie & Audrea Fountain of Jerusalem Community; daughters and son-in-law, Vivian Hightower of Ludville Community, and Vickey & James Chastain of Fort Payne, AL; daughter-in-law, Judy Long of Big Ridge Community; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren; twenty-six great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her son, Larry Long, and son-in-law, David Childers.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2023 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Steven Chastain officiating.

            Interment was at Ludville Church of Jesus Christ Cemetery, following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Jeff Holmes, Jonathan Chastain, James Lumpkin, Nate Lumpkin, James Long, Chris Martin, and Riley Long.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Carver family.

Bob Davis

January 14, 1957 – January 4, 2023

            Mr. Robert “Bob” Earl Davis, 65, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at his residence.

            He was born January 14, 1957 in Phenix City, AL, to Willie and Mary Davis.

            Mr. Davis is survived by his daughters, Ashley Davis of Charleston, TN, and Rebecca Jordan of Jasper, TN; nine grandchildren; brother, James Underhill Davis of Phenix City, AL; uncle, Roy Scroggins of Glendale, AZ; aunts, Imogene Corbitt of Fort Mitchell, AL, and Louise Scroggins of Dothan, AL; and several cousins.

            A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Davis family.

Carolyn Williams

January 24, 1943 – January 2, 2023

            Carolyn Elizabeth Williams White left this world peacefully while surrounded by family on January 2, 2023, following complications from Covid.

            Carolyn was born to Mary and George Williams on January 24, 1943. After graduating from Sandy Springs High School, she petitioned her way into the all-male psychology department at Georgia Tech. One of the self-proclaimed “early girls,” she was among the first 100 women to study at Tech and paved the way for generations of female students. Her pioneering ways continued as she worked in the male-dominated field of mergers & acquisitions in the 1980s, culminating in her position as Executive Vice President for a Fortune 500 company.

            Although she achieved much professional success, Carolyn would say that her greatest accomplishment was that of a mother and grandmother. She commuted to Chicago on a daily basis, but never failed to provide a home-cooked meal, help her kids with homework, and just hang out and talk. She was an amazing role model and truly fit the definition of “super mom” in her selfless devotion to her family. Carolyn also relished her role as a grandmother. She was never happier than when she spent time with her grandkids. She adored getting to know each of them as individuals and passing down family traditions to the next generation.

            In her free time, Carolyn was an avid bridge player, both online and in person. She was a voracious reader and would frequently devour mysteries in one sitting. Her garden was a source of joy and she prided herself on having the biggest hanging ferns. Carolyn also loved to travel and visited most states and many countries over her lifetime.

            Despite significant health challenges during the last part of Carolyn’s life, she demonstrated tremendous strength and courage. She never complained and always approached each day with a positive attitude.

            Carolyn is survived by her husband of 50 years, Richard; her children, Sarah (Pascal) and Danny (Julie); her grandchildren, Claire, Alex, Elle, Avery, and Hardy; her cat, Cocoa; and her dog, Winston.

            Carolyn touched all those she came in contact with and was an easy person to love.

            A service for Carolyn was held at Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville, GA at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 5th, with a reception immediately after at 61 Main.

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Guide Dogs for the Blind (www.guidedogs.com).

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Williams/White family.

Henry Smith Jr.

            Henry Clayton Smith Jr., 65, of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at Pruitt Health Care in Jasper. He was born October 14, 1957 to Henry Clayton Smith Sr. and Mary Jean Grant Smith in Athens, Georgia.

            Henry served in the US Navy and worked at different times for Carrier, Arcadis Surveying, and Goldkist.  In recent years he had  been retired due to health issues

            Hank is survived by his wife of 31 years, Anne Smith of Talking Rock; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dan Bonner of Jasper, Paul and Carol Smith of Ellijay, Jason Smith of Talking Rock; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lisa and Mark Fiolich of Lafeyette, Gina and Claude Painter of Talking Rock.  Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Jean Smith; brother, Richard Smith.

            Hank will live forever in our hearts; he is walking today on streets of gold with Jesus.

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

Clyde Ellison Jr.

            Clyde Ellison, Jr., 91, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Friday, January 6, 2023 at Northside Cherokee Hospital. Born in Montezuma, GA in 1931, he was a USAF Korean War veteran, a graduate of Georgia State University, and enjoyed a career as a successful executive in retail and financial services. He loved his farm in Pickens County and was often seen riding his golf cart with his faithful dog JJ.

            He is preceded in death by his wife, Gloria (Warren), and his parents, Clyde and Estelle (Childers) Ellison.  Survivors include his children, Pamela (Neilson) Mackay, Melbourne Beach, FL, Susan (Jerry) Rau, Boonville, MO, Scott (Nancy) Ellison, St. Clairsville, OH, brother Bobby Ellison, Monroe, GA, sister, Patricia Rich, Snellville, GA, grandchildren Tommy (Jackie) Ayers, Central City, IA, Chris (Beth) Ayers, Mt. Vernon, IA, Caroline (Mason) Smith, Indialantic, FL, Candace (Brian) Viertel, Boonville, MO, David (Katie) Rau, Boonville, MO, Sarah (Max Svirin) Rau, Aurora, CO, Anthony (Amber Harris) Ellison, St. Clairsville, OH, Travis (Johnnie) Ellison, Tucson, AZ, Natalie (Eric Williams) Ellison, Brilliant, OH, Nathaniel Ellison, St. Clairsville, OH, and 12 great-grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. The interment will follow in Georgia National Cemetery on Friday at 11 a.m. with military honors.

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour.  In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to Wreaths Across America.

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

Robert Dobbs

            Robert F. Dobbs, 76, of the Hinton Community passed away Friday, January 6, 2023 at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. 

            Survivors include his  wife, Betty W. Dobbs; daughter and son-in-law, Robin & Stephen Taylor; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy & Chris Bright; son and daughter-in-law, Kevin & Amy Dobbs; brother, Denny Dobbs; brother, Jimmy Dobbs, grandchildren, Zach Bright, Ansley Bright,  Christopher Thompson, Mathew Bright, Andrew Thompson.

            Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Rev. Jess Posey officiating.   Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  

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

Glenn Arp

            Glenn Arp, 61, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Monday, January 9, 2023 at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.  He was born July 25, 1961 to Francis Elbert and Arrie Pauline Arp in Tate, Georgia.

            Glenn is survived by his wife, Kim Arp of Jasper; children, Brittany and Kyle Heck of Tallapoosa, Georgia, Graham and Julie Arp of Chatsworth, Chad and Marcy Ivy of Jasper; five grandchildren, Josiah Arp, Tobias Arp, Lydia Arp, Zoey Ivy, Aria Ivy; sister, Virginia Arp of Jasper; brothers, Virgil Arp of Blue Ridge, Melvin Arp of Jasper, Margaret Arp of Jasper.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Elbert and Pauline Arp and brother, Marvin Arp.         

            Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Graham Arp officiating.  

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Friday, January 13, 2023 from  11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

            The family asks that no food be brought to the funeral home.

            In lieu of flowers, donations in Glenn’s memory may be made to Woodstock Church Jasper – Benevolence Fund at 5335 Hwy 53 West; Jasper, GA  30143 or wcj.church.

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

Jamie Eaker

            Jamie LeAnne Wade Eaker peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2023 after her years long battle with melanoma cancer.  She was born July 18, 1983 in Marietta, Georgia.  She grew up in Talking Rock, Georgia before moving to Port St. Lucie, Florida. There, she met her husband as high school sweethearts.

            She was a caring woman, dedicating most of her young life to social work and helping others. Jamie enjoyed camping and taking pictures of her loving family. While she had a moment to herself, she enjoyed playing video games with Stardew Valley being her favorite.

            She was predeceased by her mother, Wanda Rowell; Nanny, Audrey Hightower; Grandmother Jennie Wade; sister, Samantha Wade; and her uncle, Scott Hightower.

            Survivors include her husband, Charles “Grant” Eaker; her young boys, Gabriel Eaker and Sylar Eaker; father, Keith Wade; sister, Caitlin Chisholm; stepfather, William Rowell; along with a host of step siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

            Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Jim Schlicht officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home Thursday, January 12, 2023 from 5 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday, January 13, 2023 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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

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