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Obituaries for January 19, 2023; • Lyle Bishop Jr.• Keith Blaisdell • Lona Buchanan • Herman Cochran • Edna Cole • Gretchen Crawford • James Densmore • Donald DiPentima • Robert Forrester • Herschel Frazier • Bobby Gordon • Doug Hanley • Cody Jones • Ronald McGraw • Charles Morris • William Pless Sr. • EJ Rich III • Mark Thomas • Joy Ward

          Cody Jones 

Mr. Cody Jones, 31, of Jasper, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2023 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

            Cody is survived by his parents, Mark & Angie Jones of Jasper; sister and brother-in-law, Haley & Jeff Huong of Jasper; his uncle Ronnie and Baba; several other special uncles, aunts, and cousins.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. James Thompson, and Rev. Harold Cantrell officiating.

            Interment was at Antioch Baptist Church following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Ronnie Jones, Charles Jones, Josh Jones, Phillip Landrum, Jeff Roden, Lamar Logan, and Sam Foster. Honorary pallbearer: Joey Jones.

            The family accepted flowers but would greatly appreciate donations to help with funeral expenses.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jones family.

Lona Buchanan

            Mrs. Lona Buchanan, 85, of Marble Hill, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023 at Pruitt Health Care.

            Mrs. Buchanan is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry & Holly Buchanan of Marble Hill; daughters and son-in-law, Janice Taylor of Marble Hill, Linda & Roger Emory of Talking Rock, and Lisa Amos of Marble Hill; brothers, Howard Stamey of Nelson, and Hollis Stamey of Jasper; sisters, Louise Sims of Jasper, and Ruth Cooper of Jasper; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Ensley & Myrtle Stamey; husband, Jim Charlie Buchanan; son, Jerry “J.J.” Buchanan; brothers, Clay Stamey, and Paul Stamey; sisters, Lorene Cantrell, Helen Stamey, and Ruby Heard.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 16, 2023 at Four Mile Baptist Church, with Rev. Aaron Adams and Rev. Curtis Roland officiating.

            Interment was at the church cemetery following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Larry Buchanan, Randall Buchanan, Steven Padgett, Nathan Taylor, Joshua Amos, and Jacob Edwards. Honorary pallbearers: Jason Buchanan, Seth Ritz, and Joshua Ritz.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Buchanan family.

Robert Forrester

            Robert Dan Forrester passed away on January 13, 2023 at the age of 82.

            He was preceded in death by: his father Wendom Forrester, his mother Oshie Forrester, and his brother Harold Forrester.

            He is survived by his brother Ronnie Forrester (wife Mamie); his wife of 62 years Rebecca Darnell Forrester; his 3 daughters: Darlene O’Connell (husband David), Dawn Brown (husband David), and Diane Langford (husband Andy).

            He has six grandchildren: James Lu (Laurel), Meghan O’Connell, Evan Brown (Destiny), Cloe Brown, Alexis Stephenson (Sam) and Graham Langford. He also has 2 great grandchildren: Avery and Adelaide Stephenson.

            He had a long and illustrious career of 42 years in the field of banking and finance.

            He was an active member in his community, being involved in many philanthropic organizations.

            He was also an active member and Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Jasper (Jasper, Georgia). He loved the people there and enjoyed working on many of their committees.

            He will be remembered as a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-daddy, and friend.

            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2023 at First Baptist Church of Jasper, with Rev. Preston Jones, and Rev. Charlie Boggan officiating.

            Interment was at Morrison-Darnell Cemetery following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Andy Langford, David Brown, David O’Connell, James Lu, Evan Brown, and Graham Langford.

            In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jasper.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Forrester family.

Edna Cole

            Edna Cole, 77, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at Grandview Healthcare. 

            Survivors include:  son and daughter-in-law, Mike and April Cole of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Patty and William Grier of Jasper; son, Shane Cole of Jasper; sister, Carolyn Martin of Douglas; grandchildren, Samantha White, Jamie Glancie, Timothy Cole, Mathew Grier, Jacob Grier, Jonathon Cole, Amanda Cole, and Joshua Cole; great-grandchildren, Bree White, Alie White, Evan Glancie, Mason Glancie, Braelyn, Isaiah, and Marjorie.

            Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Cole.    

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

Bobby Gordon

U.S. Veteran 

            Mr. Bobby Gordon, 92, of Ranger, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023 at Calhoun Health Care.

            Mr. Gordon was in the Air Force for four years and served in the Korean War. He later worked at Railway Express for three years, Overnight Transportation for 31 years, then he was a school bus driver for Pickens County for 10 years.

            He is survived by his wife, Hazel Gordon of Ranger; daughters and sons-in-law, Melaney Gordon of Ranger, Sherry & Neal Devane of Barnesville, and Charlotte & Jack Ford of Cedartown; brother and sister-in-law, Edward & Mary June Gordon of Alaska; sisters, Marcia Gordon Williams of McDonough, and Lucille Gordon Greene of Harrisburg, VA; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2023 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel.

            Interment was at Sunrise Memorial Gardens following the funeral service, Military honors will be provided by The Local Chapter 47 DAV.

            The family accepted flowers or donations may be made to VA or American Legion.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gordon family.

William Pless Jr.

            William Pless, 88, a former resident of the Outback Community in north Pickens County, passed away on January 8, 2023. He lived there with his wife, Yvonne Pless, since 2004. Before that, they purchased a new home in Marietta in 1967 where they raised their son and lived for 37 years. William was one of eleven children born to the Reverend and Mrs. David Pless of Alabama, a pastor in the North Alabama Methodist Conference.

            William is survived by his son, William Pless II; grandson, Michael Pless; and great-granddaughter, Evie, all of Cumming, Georgia; two brothers, James Pless of Goodrich, MI and Gerald Pless of Titusville, FL; seventeen nieces and nephews and their families and descendents. He was preceded in death by his wife; his father and mother; five sisters; three brothers; two sisters-in-law; five brothers-in-law; one niece; and one nephew.

            William was born in Phil Campbell, Alabama and raised in numerous towns and communities throughout north Alabama. He graduated from Handley High School in Roanoke, Alabama in 1952, served in the US Marine Corps for four years, seeing duty in Korea. He then attended the University of Alabama for four academic years, receiving a BS Degree in Physics in 1960. He and Yvonne were married by his pastor father in September 1960. They moved to Huntsville, AL where William already had a job with the US Army Missile Command. Their son, William II, was born in 1962. In September 1963, he enrolled in the University of Alabama Graduate School where he pursued advanced courses in physics and math for 16 months. They subsequently lived in Orlando, FL (two years) and Marietta, GA (37 years) where William had professional jobs with aerospace companies and Yvonne worked in positions of executive secretary and financial analyst. They moved to the Outback Subdivision in north Pickens County in 2004.

            William began his professional career developing communications for use in battlefield tactical guidance systems and deep space probes; inspection technology for ballistic and anti-missile missiles; technology for metal fatigue and corrosion detection in structure of military transport aircraft; structural inspection studies for the Space Shuttle program; and computer fire propagation review for on-board use on the US Space Station. In 1982, William assisted in the establishment of the Lockheed Space Operations Company and helped it obtain the Shuttle Processing Contract with NASA at Kennedy Space Center to refurbish, process, and assemble the Space Shuttle for launch.

            Since June 2007, William has been an active member of the Marine Corps League North Georgia Mountains Detachment 1280. He was on the Board of Directors for planning and construction of the Pickens County Veterans Memorial Park in Jasper.

            William was a devoted husband, father, and employee. His priorities were always his family, home and work. His primary talents were writing and painting, and he loved the outdoors and gardening.  After retiring from his profession in the mid-1990s, he turned to writing. He has written and published two books, “The Spiritual Foundations of the Universe” and “After the Resurrection” (Amazon) and numerous articles and letters. 

            William was of high moral character, truthful and faithful, and was deeply spiritual and readily prayed for himself and anyone needing God’s help and guidance.  He always enjoyed the loving support of his wife. In their later years he and Yvonne had several health issues that hindered their activities.

            He fulfilled the purpose that his Creator had given him. Now may he rest with Him forever.

            A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, February 11, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home.

            The family will receive friends the same day starting at noon until the funeral hour.

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

Ronald McGraw

            Ronald Eugene McGraw “Quickdraw” of Jasper passed away January 9, 2023 at 67 from cancer. He was a truck driver all his life. He was a great friend to a lot of people and always helped whoever needed it.

            He is the son of Melvin McGraw from Alabama and Lorretta Jean Smith of Kansas who passed away the next day, January 10th.

            He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bonnie Lynn McGraw of Jasper, Ga.; stepfather Jeff Smith of Kansas and siblings Barbara Cochran of Carrollton, Chuck McGraw of Kansas and predeceased by his sister Linda West of Kansas, and nieces and nephews.

            Ronald requested a cremation and his ashes will be scattered at his favorite lake. In his remembrance we ask his friends and family to remember him every time you go fishing.

            We love you Ronald “Quickdraw” McGraw. You will be missed.

James Densmore

            James D. Densmore, 85, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. 

            James is survived by his son, Skip Densmore of Ball Ground; daughters and son-in-law, June Sanders (Vince) of Nelson, Janet Reid of Jasper; granddaughters, Tonya Dodd of Ball Ground, Tammy and Matt Butler of Ball Ground, Jessica and Matt Dawkins of Jasper, Lesley and Nathan Chester of Jasper; great-grandchildren, Nate, Declan, Khloe, Clara, Chase, Colin,  and Maci.  Several other relatives also survive.        

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Evan Howell officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Doug Hanley

            Doug Hanley, 72, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Heritage Hospice. 

            Doug is survived by his wife, Diane Hanley of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Prescott and Heather Hanley of Kennesaw; granddaughter, Peyton Hanley of Kennesaw.  Cousins, friends, and other family members also survive.    Doug was preceded in death by his parents, George and Virginia Hanley.

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2023  in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Big Canoe Cemetery.

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Saturday, January 21 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

            In lieu of flowers, please donate in Mr. Hanley’s honor to Big Canoe Animal Rescue.

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

EJ Rich III

            Earl “EJ” Rich III, 38, of Douglasville, Georgia passed away on January 2nd, 2023.

            A memorial service was held on January 7th, 2023.

            Care and trust was placed with In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations.

Keith Blaisdell

            Keith M. Blaisdell, 66, an Army Veteran of Ellijay, Georgia passed away on January 3rd, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time. In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations.

Herschel Frazier

            Herschel A. Frazier, 86, of Jasper, Georgia passed away on January 4th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time. In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations.

Joy Ward

Donald DiPentima

            Joy Ward, 73, of Ellijay, Georgia passed away on December 25th, 2022.

            No services are scheduled at this time. In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations.

            Donald A. DiPentima, 75, of Ellijay, Georgia passed away on January 6th, 2023.

            Services will be held on January 20th, 2023 in Florida. In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations.

Gretchen Crawford

            Gretchen Crawford, 85, of Jasper, Georgia passed away on January 7th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time. In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations.

Charles Morris

            Charles L. Morris, 92, of Dawsonville, Georgia passed away on January 12th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time. In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations.

Mark Thomas

            Mark L. Thomas, 63, of Ellijay, Georgia passed away on January 15th, 2023.

            A celebration of life will take place on Thursday, January 19th, 2023. Visitation will be from 12-3 p.m. with a service promptly following at 3 p.m. in the chapel of In Their Honor of Jasper.

            In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations.

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