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Obituaries for January 26, 2023; Stephen Honea Jr.; Margie Mullins; Christopher Addison; Robert Forrester; Betty Aiken; Elizabeth Pittard; Dorothy Heath

Stephen Honea Jr.

            Stephen Honea, Jr, 82, of Canton, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Northside Cherokee Hospital.

            Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ken May and Mr. Robert Barber officiating. Interment will follow in Cherokee Memorial Park Cemetery. 

            Stephen was blessed with many gifts and talents. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, woodworking and being outdoors. Stephen was a talented craftsman and musician.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Honea; parents, Noel and Luna Honea; and siblings, Watson Honea, Harold Honea, Geraldine Honea Ginger Snipes and Bonnell Honea Montgomery; survivors include his children, Carol Ann Harris (Boyce), Tammy Williams (Michael), Richard Honea (Lisa), Angela Young (Stanley), Robin Rogers (Wayne) and Kyle Honea (Tamra); 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

            Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Williams, Stanley Young, Wayne Rogers, Cody Williams, Logan Honea, Ryan Stevens and Levi Honea.

            Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family. 770-479-2131.

Margie Mullins

            Margie Mullins, 87, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2023 surrounded by her family at home. 

            Margie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kathy Mullins of Jasper; daughter, Melody Mullins of Talking Rock; daughter, Machielle Mullins Hamilton of Talking Rock; son, Marshall Mullins of Talking Rock; son, Myrick Mullins of Jasper; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.  Several nieces, nephews, and other family members also survive.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Olen A. Mullins; son, Alan Mullins; daughter, Marlene Mullins; parents, Carl and Rozella Watson.

            Margie was  “Grandmother” to the whole community.       

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2023 at County Line Baptist Church with Reverend Jess Posey officiating.   Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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

Christopher Addison

            Mr. Christopher Michael Addison, 51, of Jasper, passed away Saturday, January 7th, 2023.

            Mr. Addison was born on December 17th, 1971 in Marietta to Johnny Michael Addison and Melony Chris Steed Addison. He was the owner and proprietor of Crossroads Painting and was a member of Gospel Outreach Church in Ball Ground.

            Survivors include his wife, Sonya Addison; five sons, Jacob (Danielle) Holden; Damond Addison, Cannan Addison, Jesse Addison, and Corban Addison; two daughters, Candace (Matt) Chumley and Kristen Addison; sister, Megan Boling; and seven grandchildren, Lawson Chumley, Rylan Holden, Weston Holden, Charlie Holden, Breelyn Chumley, Ezra Holden, and Negam Addison.

            Funeral services were held Monday, January 23rd, 2023 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Stuart officiating. Interment followed in Harvest Missionary Church Cemetery.

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bernhardt Funeral Home at 163 River Street, Ellijay GA to help the family with Mr. Addison’s funeral expenses.

            Bernhardt Funeral Home of Ellijay is in charge of arrangements.

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.

Betty Aiken

July 29, 1927 -January 18, 2023

            Betty Greenman Aiken of Bent Tree, Jasper, GA, passed away January 18, 2023.

            Born in Jacksonville, Florida on July 29, 1927, Betty was the seventh of seven children of Mina Marie Morrison and Arnie Lee Greenman. Growing up in Jacksonville, she met her future husband, C.R. “Bud” Aiken at Andrew Jackson High School. They married on August 3, 1945. Betty and Bud had two sons, Michael Lee and Robert Scott. Her husband Bud Aiken predeceased her in 2008.

            Betty and Bud lived in Jacksonville and Coral Gables, moving to Georgia in 1959. They resided with their sons in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, with short residencies in California and North Carolina. Relocating to Bent Tree in Jasper, they spent their final thirty years enjoying the peace and tranquility of the mountains and friendships in the local community.

            Betty had many active interests, especially playing ladies golf at Bent Tree and painting watercolors with her good friend Jean Boring. She was an early member of the Sandy Springs Garden Club, along with her longtime friend Garnett Cobb. She studied to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and was proud to have worked at Northside Hospital in the premature babies ward.

            Betty converted to Catholicism in 1957 and with her husband Bud was a loyal parishioner in several parishes, including St. Jude the Apostle in Dunwoody and Our Lady of the Mountains in Jasper.

            She is survived by her two sons, Mike, Scott (Noelle), her cherished granddaughters, Ansley (Zachary) Webb and Caleigh Aiken, nephew Paul (Jana) Phillips of Bent Tree, and many other nephews and nieces throughout Georgia, Florida, and the United States. Betty was the last surviving child of her loving and close family, known for their joy in living and their strong loyalties to each other through thick and thin.

            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2023 at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper.

            Interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2023 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Aiken family.

Elizabeth Pittard

            Elizabeth Ann Pittard, 81, went to be with the Lord on January 21, 2023. She passed peacefully in her sleep at home.

            Ann was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Ezekiel Burson, her mother, Ruth Morris Burson, and her brother, James Burson. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles (Charlie) Pittard, sons: Dave Pittard (Mendi), Tommy Pittard (Aimee) and grandchildren: Daniel Pittard (Leslie), Timothy Pittard, Toree Pittard, Tyler Pittard (Claudia), and Tanner Pittard.

            Ann was born in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Campbell High School in Smyrna, GA. In June of 1961, she married the love of her life, Charlie, and soon after welcomed their twin sons, Dave and Tom, into their family. She spent some time as a stay-at-home mother before pursuing her career with the Georgia Lung Association. She was a very skilled seamstress and crafter, leaving the family with special keepsakes. Later in life, Ann and Charlie moved to Jasper, Georgia, where she was an active participant in her church and neighborhood community. As an avid traveler, Ann especially enjoyed their trips to visit Alaska and Australia. Ann was a loving mother, grandmother, and wife. She faithfully loved her family and The Lord.

            In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Baptist Church of  Jasper in memory of Ann Pittard.  (198 E Church Street; Jasper, GA 30143)

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 26, 2023 at the First Baptist Church of Jasper with Reverend Preston Jones officiating.  Interment will be at Georgia National Cemetery, 2 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2023.

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the First Baptist Church of Jasper, Thursday, January 26, 2023 from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.

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

Dorothy Heath

            Dorothy Nell Heath, 83, of Ball Ground, Georgia, passed away Monday, January 23, 2023 at her home.  She was born June 29, 1939 to Elbert and Ethel Evans in Dawsonville, Georgia. 

            Dorothy is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Jane and Jerry Cantrell, Betty and Paul Keeble        ; grandchildren, Brandi, Candice, Elisha, Armanda, Amberly, Jade; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Donna Evans, Tadpole and Brenda Evans; sisters and brothers-in-law, Evelyn Buchanan, Linda and David Buchanan, Louise Evans and Larry Grant, Judy and Freddy Baker, Jean and Larry White.  Several nieces, nephews, and other family members also survive.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, JM Heath; daughter, Patricia Ann Heath; father, Elb Evans; mother, Ethel Evans; brothers, Bud Evans, Cotton Evans, Bill Evans, Bob Evans; sister, Janie Evans.

            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, January 26, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Charlie Buchanan officiating. Interment will follow in the Four Mile Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ricky Walker, Chris Moss, Theran Woody, Larry White, Tyler Faucett, Bryan Evans.  Honorable pallbearer will be Tadpole Evans.

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

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

Masonic Resolution on the death of Brother William Horace Williams

            To the Worshipful Master, Warden, and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&A.M. Jasper, Georgia.    Whereas, on December 2, 2023 it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from Labor to Refreshment our beloved Brother William Horace Williams

            And whereas we, his brethren, feel keenly his absence from our midst, and while we humbly bow to the

will of our Infinite Creator, we desire to make a suitable Memorial, therefore:

            Be it resolved that Pickens Star Lodge No. 220 F&A.M. express to the family of our departed Brother, deepest sympathy and wish to express our gratitude for his life of service among us.

            Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family of our departed brother,

            A copy to be spread on our minutes and a copy be published in the Pickens County Progress.

Respectfully Submitted:                     Keith Hales

                        Gary Waters

Jem Hames

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