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Obituaries for June 1, 2023; Herman Biddy•Freebon Bruce•David Howe•Whitley Jenkins•Steven Moore•Charles Nutting•Jennie Oldham•Patsy Stanfield•Joy Summers

Herman Biddy

            Herman Jerry Biddy, 75, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2023 in Gilmer County, Georgia.  He was born June 28, 1947 to Bascomb and Ruby Biddy in Ball Ground, Georgia.

            Herman is survived by his sister-in-law, primary caregiver and second mother, Kathleen Biddy of Ball Ground; caregiver and niece, Mary (Larry) Chastain of Ellijay;  assistant caregiver and niece, Joyce (Micheal) Buchanan of Ball Ground.  Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other family members also survive.

            He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Bascomb and Ruby Biddy; brothers, Veston, Henry, Bill, David, Larry; sisters, Ruth Crisp, Jane Kilgore, Catherine Ingram, Laura Silver and several nieces and nephews.        

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Ted Estes and Reverend Butch Roberts officiating. Interment followed in the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery.

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fairvew Baptist Church – David Hollingshead; 1256 Talc Mine Road; Jasper, GA  30143.

            A Special Thanks to Georgia Mountain Hospice.

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

Patsy Stanfield

            Patsy Jane Lathem Stanfield, 88, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at The Retreat at Jasper.  She was born September 9, 1934 to Lee and Eula Lathem in Tate, Georgia.

            Patsy is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Colleen Stanfield of Talking Rock; daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Reeder Burch of Jasper; grandchildren, Justin and Laura Beth Stanfield, Tyler and Lauren Stanfield, Tucker and Annie Burch, Luke Burch; great-grandchildren, Mason Stanfield, Ally Stanfield, Charlie Mae Stanfield, Remi Stanfield, Andi Stanfield, Amelia Burch, and Graham Burch.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Luke “Peanut” Stanfield.

            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 26, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Preston Jones officiating. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper. Pallbearers were Tucker Burch, Luke Burch, Justin Stanfield, Tyler Stanfield, Tommy Lathem, James Cox, Bill Lathem, and Mason Stanfield.

            The family accepted flowers or contributions in memory of Patsy may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jasper.

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

Charles Nutting

            Charles R. Nutting, age 85, an American Veteran of Morganton, Georgia passed away May 21st, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time.

            Care and Trust was placed with In Their Honor of Jasper.

Steven Moore

            Steven Hugh “Bubbaman” Moore, 65, an Army Veteran of Jasper, Georgia passed away on May 23rd, 2023.

            Visitation was held May 28th at In Their Honor of Jasper, a service was held May 29th at Cool Springs Baptist Church and he was interred May 30th at Georgia National Cemetery.

            Care and Trust was placed with In Their Honor of Jasper.

Jennie Oldham

            Jennie T. Oldham, 91, of Jasper, Georgia passed away on May 27th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time.

            Care and Trust was placed with In Their Honor of Jasper

Freebon Bruce

            Freebon Estelle Silvers Bruce, 95, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2023 at Wildwood Health Care.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Donnie Bruce and sisters, Geneva Patterson and Clara Bunch.

            She was born January 8, 1928 to C. R. and Effie Smith Silvers in Pickens County.  Freebon was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. 

            Mrs. Bruce is survived by her daughter, Gloria Bruce Coffey of Chattanooga, Tennessee; son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Kathy Bruce of Jasper; grandchildren, Matthew Bruce and Whitney Adams of Jasper, Lacey and Chad Jones of Jasper, Christopher Coffey and Bride McWilliam of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Marissa and Jones Korogh of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Thirteen great-grandchildren also survive.

            A graveside service was held at 12 p.m., Tuesday, June 30th at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  There will be no visitation prior. 

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in honor of Freebon’s love of animals to Pickens Animal Rescue, 410 Old Whitestone Road Talking Rock, Ga. 301175 or the Alice Fund 310 Cherokee Boulevard, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405.  Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory. 

.David Howe

            David W. Howe of Big Canoe, Georgia passed away on May 22, 2023 at the age of 78.

            Howe was born in Hartford, CT in 1945, the oldest of three sons of the late Robert H. and Louise E. Howe.  He received a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY, 1967) and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania, 1969).  He entered the U.S. Navy in 1969 serving as a Supply Officer on a San Diego-based Destroyer, cruising the western Pacific during the Vietnam conflict.

            He began his business career with the Trane Company (La Crosse, WI) in 1972.  He moved to Atlanta in 1974 to become VP-Finance for Servidyne, Inc., a commercial air conditioning service company.  He left in 1979 to pursue his interest in small company finance and venture capital and founded Peachtree Capital, a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC).  He was active in the emerging venture capital community in Atlanta, serving as a founding director of the Atlanta Venture Forum.  Over the next 12 years, he invested in and consulted with several early-stage companies in software and payment services.

            He married Peggy Jones Turner in 1984.

            In 1991, he was a founding employee of Lynk Systems, Inc., an electronic merchant processing company that grew to one of the top ten U.S. merchant credit and debit card processors before being purchased in 2004 by the Royal Bank of Scotland.  He retired in 2004 and moved to Big Canoe, GA in 2008.

            In retirement, he remained active serving on the Pickens County Airport Authority (Chairman), Leadership Big Canoe, the Big Canoe Homeowners Association Board, North Georgia Veterans, the Board of Vets Help Vets, the advisory committee of the Shepherd Center serving veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD, the Board of Directors of Smoke Signals Community Services (Chairman), the Finance Committee (Chairman), and Endowment Committee (Chairman) of the Big Canoe Chapel, where he and Peggy were active members.

            Mr. Howe enjoyed a lifelong interest in astronomy, sailing, fitness, and aviation.  He became a licensed pilot in 1997 and Beechcraft Bonanza owner from 2000 to 2013.  He and Peggy enjoyed many hours of pleasant travel together throughout the U.S.  He became a certified flight instructor and an enthusiastic volunteer with Angel Flight, transporting primarily children suffering from chronic disease along with their caretakers at no charge to and from distant medical care, and Veteran’s Airlift Command, transporting wounded veterans and family members at no charge to and from veteran medical centers.  In 2015, he crewed on the Atlantic crossing of a 60-foot sailboat with close friends.  He enjoyed history and biography and was in a lifelong pursuit of a decent game of golf.

            In retirement, he and Peggy enjoyed traveling to many interesting places in the U.S. and world.

            Mr. Howe was the proud father of and is survived by a talented blended family, including stepdaughter actress, Stacey E. Fishburne with her husband, Chad of Los Angeles; son and Federal Express pilot, Robert G. Howe and his wife, Victoria, of Atlanta; daughter and nurse-practitioner, Regan H. Howe of Atlanta; step-granddaughter, Amanda King; and two younger brothers, Douglas E. Howe and his wife, Carla, of Reno, NV and Stephen B. Howe and his wife, Jane, of Marion, MA, both retired.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert H. and Louise E. Howe, and his stepson, Andrew Turner.

            His best years were with the love of his life, Peggy.

            A Memorial Service was held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 3, 2023 at the Big Canoe Chapel.

            In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Shepherd Center SHARE program; 2020 Peachtree Road NW; Atlanta, GA  30309 and Folds of Honor; PO Box 8245; Prairie Village, KS  66208.

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

Whitley Jenkins

            Little Whitley Grace Jenkins, 7 week old daughter of Makaila Hill and Todd Jenkins of Jasper, Georgia passed away Friday, May 26, 2023 at her home.

            Whitley is survived by her mother, Makaila Dionna Hill; father, Todd Lattan Jenkins; brother, Waylon Hill; grandparents, Tara & Alan Caylor, Dana & Larry Jenkins; great-grandmother, Frances Townsend; great-grandfather, Jim Hunt; great-grandmother, Cheryl Jenkins; great-grandparents, Linda & Chuck Rallis; uncles, Matthew Caylor, Seth Caylor; aunt, Lauren Garrison; cousins, Lilly Garrison and Lane Barron. 

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at Roper Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Keith Crowe, Reverend Alan Caylor, and Reverend Buck Parker officiating. Interment will follow in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery. Matthew Caylor, Seth Caylor and Kyle Hall will serve as pallbearers.

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour.

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

      Joy Summers

            Joy Lathem Summers, 88, passed away peacefully at her residence on Sunday, May 28, 2023.

            Daughter of Worth T. Lathem and Rachel Keith Lathem of Canton in Cherokee County, who she loved very much.  She wished that every boy and girl could have a Mother and Daddy like hers.

            She attended Canton Elementary School.  She remembered packing Red Cross boxes for the soldiers overseas during World War II.  She also remembered the school receiving big red apples from Washington State during the war.  She started playing the clarinet in the 4th grade and played in the Canton High School Band.  Joy graduated from Canton High School in 1954.  She was in the FHA, Tri-Hi-Y, and the Drama Club.  She lettered in tennis, where she played singles and mixed doubles.  Not only did she play in the band, but she became a majorette in the 10th grade and was Head Majorette for her last two years.  Some of the best years of her life were in school in Canton, Georgia.

            She attended Reinhardt Junior College, where she played with the Tallulah basketball team.  She was a member of the Speech Club.  In 1955 she was selected to represent Reinhardt in the Miss North Georgia Beauty Pageant.  She was an Elementary Education major. 

            She transferred to the University of Georgia in 1955, where she majored in Secondary Education and was a member of the PEM Club.  She classified herself as an Independent Woman on campus.

            After college she danced with the Lottie Henshel Dance Studios.  She served with the American Red Cross in several counties in North Georgia and taught advanced first aid.  She also worked for Sears at the Ponce De Leon Headquarters in Retail Personnel.  She returned to Canton and worked for the USDA in Soil Conservation and with the Georgia State Civil Defense in rescue operations.

            While attending the University of Georgia she met her future husband, Don Summers (Go Dawgs).  They were married on April 5, 1959, in Canton.  They had 64 wonderful years of marriage.  

            She owned her own real estate company and was a member of the Million Dollar Club in Houston, Texas. 

            Later she attended the Southern Baptist Seminary School in Louisville, Kentucky where she graduated.  She majored in Christian Education and Mission Training.

            Joy, Gina Pendley and Lynn Corliss, out of Northwest Home Health Care, started hospice programs in six north Georgia counties.

            She played tennis and golf and had a hole-in-one on the Big Canoe Choctaw course. 

            She had the opportunity to do quite a number of things in life and loved every minute of it.

            She is survived by her husband Don Summers, son Keith Summers, daughter Kandi Cavnar, son-in-law Eddie Cavnar, granddaughter Rachel Kate Cavnar (the gleam in her grandmother’s eye), sister-in-law Margaret Lathem several nieces, and nephews and quite a number of cousins.

            She was pre-deceased by her parents and brother Jim Lathem.

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2023 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Nathan Brandon officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 31 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Sosebee Funeral Home.

            Joy will be interred in the Historic Keith Cemetery in Keithsburg. The cemetery was managed for many years by Joy’s mother, Rachel Keith Lathem.

            In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Georgia Mountain Hospice. Their address is 70 Caring Way Jasper, Georgia 30143.

            She will be missed.

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

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