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Obituaries for March 14, 2024; Martha Gibson, Myron cost, Roger Queen

Martha Gibson

            Martha Tatum Gibson, 77, of Talking Rock, Georgia, passed away Friday, March 8, 2024 at Manor Lake Assisted Living in East Ellijay.  She was born March 4, 1947 to James and Ellen Tatum in Canton, Georgia. 

            Martha was a member of County Line Baptist Church.

            Martha is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Teri Gibson of Marietta; daughter, Amy Gibson of Jasper;             grandchildren, Ellie, Brady, Evan, and Tatum.

            She was preceded in death by parents, Reverend James Tatum and Ellen Tatum; brothers, Eddie Tatum and Reverend Gene Tatum.

            Martha blessed countless folks with her singing, whether it was with a quartet, in church or at a family’s request at a funeral. Many in the Jasper community will likely recall her singing either “Far Away” or “Holy Angels” at a service for a friend or loved one at some point through the years. Martha loved her kids, her grandkids and her wonderful friends that meant so much to her.  She was a sensitive soul and loved all things Christmas and angels, but she was also tough as nails, having survived breast cancer and a rare esophagus disorder that made it very hard for her to swallow much of her life. More than anything, though, Martha was grateful to Jesus Christ for saving her and sustaining her throughout her life.

            The family wishes to express special thanks to the caregivers at Manor Lake Assisted Living in East Ellijay, Georgia Mountain Hospice and Northside Cherokee Hospital who gave her such wonderful care as her time was drawing to a close.

            A Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 11, 2024 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Jess Posey and Reverend Alan Gibson officiating.  

            The family accepted flowers or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice at 70 Caring Way; Jasper, Georgia.

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

Myron Cost

            Myron W. Cost, 81 of Jasper, Georgia passed away peacefully on March 2, 2024. Myron was preceded in death by his parents Harold Cost and Zora Louise Noe Cost, his sisters Elizabeth Jane Cost Kiser, Rusene A. Rittenhouse Hicks and step son Shane T. Rippey. Myron is survived by his wife Marjorie “Jake” Cost, his sister Rebecca J. Rittenhouse Harvey, (Michael) step son Curt A. Walker (Angela) grandchildren Caleb, Hannah and Luke. Daughter-in-law Lori Rippey, grandchildren Brandy Kohler and Robert Koehler, great grandchildren Carter, Joseph “Chief”, Bryson and Bently. A host of nieces, nephews and other family members. Myron was born in Ohio and taught airplane aerobatics at Ohio State University, raced cars in Ohio and Florida. He was a dedicated educator in Palm Beach County, FL. He was especially proud of his accomplishments as Principal of South Tech Academy. Many years were spent living on a boat and cruising the Caribbean Islands as well as traveling the USA and Canada for 6 months in a motorhome. Then moving to the mountains of Ellijay, GA in a beautiful log cabin before finally settling down in Jasper, GA. Myron lived a full life with no unfulfilled bucket list items. During his retirement, his love was playing golf with the “Creepy Crawlers” at Whitepath Golf Course.

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Amedisys Foundation or your local Hospice. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Florida. Care and Trust placed with “In Their Honor” of Jasper Funeral and Cremation.

Roger Queen

            Roger Glenn Queen, 65, of Ellijay, Georgia passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2024. He was born on April 12, 1958 in Copperhill, Tennessee to Claud Queen, Jr. and Norma Lea Mathis Queen.

            Roger was known for his impeccable character, intelligence, integrity, and strength. He was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church. He was a man of faith who was grateful for all of God’s blessings, even through the hardships. Roger graduated from Fannin County High School in 1976 as salutatorian and Star Student. He played his favorite sport, baseball, throughout his high school career. He went on to West Georgia to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Mathematics in only three years. He started law school at The University of Tennessee and received his Juris Doctorate in two and a half years. He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1981. After three years, he became the youngest elected District Attorney in Georgia’s history. He went on to serve as the Appalachian Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney for 20 years.

            Roger loved to deer hunt and fish. While known throughout the community for his extraordinary work ethic and playing ball with his kids, he still found time to laugh at reruns of his favorite show, Andy Griffith. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Atlanta Braves, but his favorite team was the Gilmer Bobcats, because he loved to cheer for his kids in multiple sports throughout the years.

            On March 18, 2003, Roger fell down a flight of stairs at the Gilmer County Courthouse which resulted in him becoming a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic. Over the almost 21 years that he was paralyzed, Roger overcame many physical challenges with determination that was unmatched.

            Roger was a man that loved his family immensely. He married the love of his life, Debbie, on July 7, 1984. You would hear him often say that his family was his greatest accomplishment. They were truly his pride and joy. His legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren. He was a special husband, Dad, and Granddaddy and he will be deeply missed.

            He is preceded in death by his father, Claud Queen, Jr.; brother-in-law, Ken Andrews; sisters-in-law, Lola Mae Pelfrey and Mary Lou Millsaps; and mother-in-law, Myrtle Millsaps Ash.

            He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Debbie Queen of the home; children, Julie (Travis) Greene of Ellijay, GA, Chase Glenn (Amanda) Queen of Ellijay, GA, and Tyler Roger Queen of Augusta, GA; grandchildren, Millie Greene, Libbie Greene, Taylee Queen, Collins Queen, and Cruise Queen; mother, Norma Lea Queen of Blue Ridge, GA; siblings, Mildred (James) Johnson of Blue Ridge, GA and Raymond Queen of Blue Ridge, GA; sisters-in-laws: JoAnn Andrews, Linda (Bob) Buchanan and Jan Millsaps; brothers-in-law: Donnie Pelfrey, Bobby (Polly) Millsaps, and Tommy (Wanda) Millsaps; several nephews, nieces, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

            The family would like to express immense gratitude to all of the special nurses and caregivers of Roger over the past 21 years. We are incredibly grateful and blessed for your dedication. We consider you a part of our family.

            Also, a special thank you to Ken and JoAnn Andrews and Lola Mae and Donnie Pelfrey for their continuous help and unwavering support throughout the years after Roger’s accident.

            Funeral services were conducted on Monday, March 11, 2024 at 1 p.m. from the Akins-Cobb Blue Ridge Chapel with Rev. Chad Kelly and Rev. Delmar Davenport officiating. Music was provided by Nancy Watkins, Joel Collis, and Megan Smith. Interment followed in the Crestlawn Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Travis Greene, Bill Fincher, Hon. Russell Vineyard, Will Britt, Rick Byers, and Johnny Russell. Serving as honorary pallbearers were all the local members of the Bar, law enforcement, Shirley Russell II, and all other court personnel that Roger felt honored to work with. The family visited with friends at the funeral home on Sunday, March 10, 2024 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. The family did accept flowers or donations may be made to “The Roger G. Queen Future Lawyer Scholarship Fund” at any United Community Bank location or donations can be made in memory of Roger to The Shepherd Center Foundation.

            Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins-Cobb Funerals & Cremations of Blue Ridge, GA was in charge of these arrangements.

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