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Obituaries for January 6, 2022; Jim Quinton, Alton Beck Sr., Mary Pendley, Hobbie Kirk, Marion Harris, Wayne Brown, James Delay, Nancy Young

Jim Quinton

            James (Jim) Waldroup Quinton of Talking Rock Georgia passed away peacefully on the morning of December 28, 2021. Jim was born March 29 1929 in Marble Hill and was the oldest of six children born to Jess and Kate Quinton. Jim was saved when he was 14 years old on a Saturday night in Talking Rock Baptist Church. He was a faithful member of the church and had strong faith that was very evident in his life.

            He left home when he was 20 and moved to Atlanta to find work. After several jobs he began working at Westinghouse and developed some friendships that continued throughout his life. When Westinghouse closed, Jim went to work for ArtSteel and became very well known in the steel industry around Atlanta. After several years, he had the opportunity to go into partnership and own his own business  – Northwest Iron. He continued with this business until he retired.

            Not long after moving to Atlanta, Jim met the love of his life, Annette, on a blind date. They married when he was 19 and she was 17. They celebrated 70 wonderful years together before her passing in January of 2020. Their marriage was truly a love story that was evident to everyone who knew them. They had three children Mike, Lynn and Debbie. They raised their family in Decatur and after Jim retired they moved to Talking Rock and built a home they both dearly loved. After three months he saw retirement was not for him so he began working as a bailiff part time at Pickens County Courthouse and enjoyed working there until 2016.

            In 1952 Jim was honored to become a Free Mason. He wore his Masonic ring with pride. In October of 2021 he received his 70th year apron. He always enjoyed coaching incoming Masons at the Pickens County Lodge.

            He was predeceased by his wife, Annette Powell Quinton; parents, Jesse James and Kate Ophelia Quinton of Talking Rock; brothers, Tom and John Quinton; and sister, Ann Parks.

            He is survived by a son, James Michael (Cynthia); daughters, Lynn Marie Murphy (Jack) and Mary Deborah Callahan (Mark); grandchildren, Shanda Roberts (Chris), Lisa Pietro, Katie McCallen (Mike), Michael Quinton (Erica), Quinton Callahan (Karen), Cody Callahan (Taryn) and Kelly Callahan; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Don Quinton and sister, Sue Gilbert (Fred) and many nieces and nephews he dearly loved.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Talking Rock Baptist Church with Reverend Buck Parker and Reverend Grant Wade officiating. Interment followed in the Talking Rock Baptist Church Cemetery where he was honored with a Graveside Masonic Service. Pall Bearers were Cody Callahan, Quinton Callahan, Michael Quinton, Jeff Quinton, Donnie Matthews, Mike McCallen, Thomas Quinton and Chris Roberts. Honorary Pall Bearers are Tony Parks, Parker Roberts and Tanner Roberts.

            The family accepted flowers or donations may be made to Talking Rock Baptist Church. 

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

Alton Beck Sr.

            Alton Beck Sr., 80, of Jasper, passed away Friday, December 31, 2021 at his home.

            Alton is survived by his son and daughter in law, Alton Jr. and Donna Beck of Jasper; son, Bruce A. Beck of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Shannon Dailey of Ball Ground;  sister, Janice Beck of Guntersville Alabama; grandchildren, Andy Beck, Heather Spiva, Chris Beck, Brandon Beck, Reese and Cason Dailey, Joshua Beck and  great-grandchildren, Logan Blackwell, Landon Blackwell, Elijah Beck, Ryley Beck, Dawson Beck and Slade Beck.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

            He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Beck; parents Thomas and Esther Beck; three brothers and two sisters.

            Pallbearers include Andy Beck, Josh Beck, Brandon Beck, Shannon Dailey, Jason Spiva and Landon Beck.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 4, 2022 in the Chapel of  Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Tommy Fox officiating. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

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

Mary Pendley

            Ms. Mary Brenda Pendley, 77, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Saturday night, January 1st, 2022, at Piedmont Hospital in Ellijay. Brenda was a true Southern Appalachian Christian woman who was a retired teacher from the Pickens County Board of Education. There was nothing she loved more than to garden, sew, take drives in the mountains, and spend time with her family and friends.  

            Ms. Pendley was preceded in death by her parents, J. Garland and Lemma Holbert; brother, G. Earl Holbert; brother, Andrew Holbert; sister Elizabeth Forrester; and son-in-law, James “Bo” Champion. She is survived by her daughter, Janice Champion; granddaughter, Jana Champion; grandson James “Bo” Champion, II; nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.  

            Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2022, in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Buck Parker and Reverend Noland Wade officiating. Interment will follow at Crossroads Baptist Church cemetery.  Pall Bearers will be James “Bo” Champion II, Roy Dobbs, Marcus Kinser, Michael Hancock, Samuel “Gus” Welburn, Aaron Bruce, George Davis, and Robert “Bob” Davis.

            The family will accept flowers or those who desire may make donations to Crossroads Baptist Church.  

            Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home. 

Hobbie Kirk

            Horace “Hobbie” R. Kirk, 96, of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Pruitt Health in Jasper. He was born November 14, 1925 to Clarence and Mendy Kirk in Pickens County.

            Hobbie is survived by sons, Ronnie Kirk of Talking Rock, Hugh Gravely of Jasper; grandson, Keith Gravely of Talking Rock; siblings, Norman Kirk of Jasper, Kenneth Kirk of Talking Rock, Donnie Kirk of Ludville, Joe Kirk of Talking Rock, Marie Stevens of Woodstock, Shirley Grant of Jasper; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 1, 2022 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Bobby McFarland and Reverend Jason Segers officiating. Interment followed in the Talking Rock Baptist Church Cemetery at 3914 Hwy 136 West; Talking Rock, GA 30175.

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

Marion Harris

            Marion Harris, a veteran of the Vietnam War and longtime resident of Jasper, passed away on January 3, 2022 surrounded by his family. “Wormy” as he was known to many in the U.S. Army was born October 12, 1947 to Dolphard and Kate Harris. He studied agricultural science at The University of Georgia before he enlisted in the U.S. Army. As a Chief Warrant Officer 4 Pilot, Marion saw action in at least 10 countries across Europe and Asia. He and his family had a special opportunity to live in Germany during his time there.

            Marion was recognized by the U.S. Army for many awards. He was most proud of his Distinguished Flying Cross for Bravery, the 4th highest honor, specifically for his heroic action on Christmas Day in 1969. On that day, he flew a Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter to rescue trapped U.S. soldiers who were surrounded by the Viet Cong.

            In addition to serving 39 years in the U.S. Army, Marion served 34 years as a pilot in the National Park Service. After retiring from both the Army and the National Park Service, Marion became the Pickens County Airport Manager and beloved member of “The Front Porch Gang” where he made some of his best friends in Jasper. Retirement wasn’t part of Marion’s vocabulary and during his time at the airport and for several years after, Marion was the Airspace Coordinator for the USDA Forest Service. Marion helped block off air space to allow planes to fight off the terrible wildfires for many seasons out West. He was recognized with the United States Forest Service Airward for exceptional performance during this time.

            Marion was preceded in his death by his father, Dolphard Harris, and his mother, Kate (Kay) Harris.  He is survived by his wife, Page Harris; his daughers, Rachael Harris, Samantha Chodavarapu, Regan Medzhibzher; his sons, Nathan Harris and Neil Harris; 8 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. In addition, there are 3 surviving siblings, Neill D. Harris, Lynette McElroy, and Karen Hunter.

            His family has organized a visitation at Roper Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

            The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 6, 2022 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home.  A military memorial burial service will be held on Friday January 21st at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton at 11 a.m. (The motorcade will leave Roper Funeral Home at 10 a.m.)

Wayne Brown

            Wayne Milton Brown, 91, of Ball Ground, Georgia passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at his daughter’s home. He was born February 7, 1930 to J.W. and Melinda Brown in Ball Ground, Georgia.

            Wayne is survived by his daughter, Yolande Fletcher of Brunswick; daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Rick Bruce of Jasper; grandchildren, April and Lewis Williams of Brunswick, Steven and Mary Beth Fletcher of Evans, Eric and Angela Reinhardt of Jasper, Josey and Misty Reinhardt of Jasper; and 10 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo Brown; and son, Will Brown.

            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, December 31, 2021 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park.

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

James Delay

            James Albert Delay, 70, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2022 at his home.  He was born April 7, 1951 to William Ray Delay and Oveline Roxie Delay in Lafayette, Georgia.

            Mr. Delay is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Jessica Delay of Dublin, Virginia; daughter, Beverly Hounshell of Wythewill, Virginia; brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Joyce Delay of Jasper; sister, Dianne Duford of Jasper; sister, Jean Harrah of Jasper; special friend and her daughter, Emily Poole and Christine; grandchildren, Isaac Delay and Zeb Delay.  Several nieces, nephews, and a host of family and friends also survive.

            He was preceded in death by his father, William Ray Delay; his mother, Oveline Roxie Delay; and brother, Rocky Lee Delay.    

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Thursday, January 6, 2022  from  4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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

Card of Thanks

            The family of Earl Hyde Jr. would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your kindness and support. We want to thank you for the cards, visits, food, flowers, phone calls and, most importantly, your thoughts and prayers.

            Thank you Rev. Joseph Hightower and the Hightower family for singing. A special thank you to Pilgrim’s Pride and Dr. Hooker’s office for your support during this time and Cagle Funeral Home. I also want to thank Jeremy Burnett for your words of kindness.

            Thank you again and may God bless each of you.

Connie, Shannon, Katrina

Nancy Young

February 2, 1943 -December 31, 2021

            Mrs. Nancy Young, 78, of Ludville Community, passed away Friday, December 31, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

            Mrs. Young is survived by her son, Wayne Young of Fairmount; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa & Jackie Brannon of Jerusalem Community, Jane Findley of Fairmount, Vicky & Jack Ma of Jasper, and Carol Sue & Carl Hollingshead of Nelson; sisters, Bonnie Burton of Hinton, and Minnie Hancock of Ludville; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-eight great grandchildren.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 3, 2022 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stanley Mulkey, Rev. Johnny Hollingshead, and Rev. Bobby Timms officiating.

            Interment was at Ebb Bunch Cemetery in Ludville Community, following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Drandy Young, Greg Findley, Joe Goss, Robbie Hales, David Tanner, and Jonathon Crook.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Young family.


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