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Obituaries for March 16, 2023; Jimmie Sue Godfrey, Michael Grant, Randy Hicks, J.C. Hightower, James Kozacek, Lisa McCoy, Larry Reiter Sr., James Royer, Vickie West, Ronald Woods

Jimmie Sue Godfrey

May 3, 1941 – March 7, 2023

            Mrs. Jimmie Sue Godfrey, 81, of Talking Rock, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.

            Mrs. Godfrey is survived by her son, Billy Joe Godfrey (Ronda Mullins) of Talking Rock; daughter, Laverda Godfrey (Peggy Schmid) of Cumming; brother, Gary Nicholson of Jerusalem Community; sisters, Charlotte Wilson of Hill City, and Wanda Carver of Jasper; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Randall Godfrey; son, Randy Godfrey; daughter, Donna Garrow; brother, Kenneth Nicholson; and sister, Pete Coker.

            Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Crossroads Baptist Church, with Rev. Buck Parker, and Rev. Charles Holbert officiating.

            Interment was at the church cemetery following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Andy Johnson, Louis Johnson, Alex Johnson, Ryan Godfrey, Jacob Godfrey, and Kevin Miller.

            Flowers were accepted or donations can be made to Crossroads Baptist Church.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Godfrey family.

Randy Hicks

            Randy Hicks, a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend passed away on March 5, 2023, at the age of 70, leaving a void in the hearts of those who knew him.  Through it all, he persevered.  Even when hospitalized he would joke with the nurses.  When they would ask him his name, he would say, “Most people call me Precious.” 

            Born on June 7, 1952, to Ralph and Patsy Hicks, Randy was raised in the picturesque mountain town of Jasper, in Pickens County, along with his brother Michael.  Randy graduated from Pickens High School a year early in 1969, eager to begin a new chapter in his life in Atlanta. 

            Randy attended Dekalb College earning a degree in Electronics. He relied on his trusty bicycle for transportation.  There he met his wife, Patty.  They recently celebrated 50 years of marriage and were blessed with three children:  Allison, Joey, and Maggie. 

            Randy’s professional career began at the U.S. Postal Service.  He spent nearly a decade there before exploring a new job opportunity, becoming a service technician for Sumitomo, a plastic injection molding company.  In 1992 he continued in the injection molding field with Sumitomo sister company and leading manufacturer NETSTAL.  He spent over 21 years working for NETSTAL where he excelled in sales, setting company records and receiving numerous awards.  As stated in his retirement letter from NETSTAL, “Randy was a natural born salesman, and it wasn’t long before he moved from service technician to sales.  He often led the sales team in “sold machines” and “sales volumes” along with setting a company sales record his last year of work.”  NUSA stated, “What made him a good salesman was he always put the customer first, and he treated them as friends.”    

            Randy retired from NETSTAL on 11/12/13 after 21 years. Through his jobs, he was able to travel extensively throughout the U.S. as well as internationally from Japan to Switzerland and points in between.   

            Randy was an avid hunter and fisherman.  One of his favorite places was his deer club in south Georgia #regulatorsmountup. His most memorable hunt was a moose hunt in Canada that he was fortunate enough to share with his dad.   

            Randy was the Norm Crosby of the South…he could murder the English language. He was a man who loved music and taught his children the greats from The Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Willie and Waylon to Bruce Hampton and Frank Zappa. He taught them the love of photography, how to take their time when handling a project, how to speak Japanese, how to drive,and hunting and fishing skills.  He was a man who never missed his grandsons’ sporting, school or church events.  He was a man that could stare cancer, bypass/knee/eye/ lung surgery and multiple car wrecks in the eye and say, “Not today boys; we still have some good living to do.” He loved his church, Philadelphia Baptist Church. He loved vacations with family to the beach or national parks. He loved his dogs, a good joke and good Southern cooking. He loved his friends, and above all, he loved his family. He was a larger-than-life character who was one of a kind. He will be truly missed, but his legacy will live on. 

            Randy is survived by his wife, Patty, children Allison (Chris) & Joey, brother Michael (Diane), grandchildren Ethan, Landon & Addie, cousins, nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by daughter Maggie, his mom and dad Ralph & Patsy Hicks, his grandparents Sallie & Roy Higgins, Sam Tripp, Mamie & Arvil Hicks. 

            Funeral services were held in the chapel of McDonald and Son Funeral Home on Saturday, March 11th, 2023, at 12 p.m. Interment  followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Jasper, Georgia at 2:30 p.m.

            Condolences may be expressed at www.mcdonaldandson.com.

            Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040 (770) 886.9899 

Ronald Woods

            Ronald Charles Woods, 80, a Navy Veteran of Canton, Georgia passed away on March 9th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time.

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

Michael “Tiny” Grant

January 21, 1949 –  March 9, 2023

            Mr. Michael “Tiny” Grant entered into eternal rest on March 9th, 2023 at his home surrounded by love and prayers. He was a 74-year-old resident of Jasper, Georgia who will be missed tremendously by those who loved him.

            Mr. Grant was preceded in death by his father and mother; Paul & Frances Grant; brothers Jimmy and Kenneth Grant; sisters, Becky and Patty Grant. He is survived by his daughters, Michelle Grant (Charles Jeffery McClure), Kristy Holmes (Tony Holmes), and Sandy Martin (Shalandra Martin); sisters, Polly Moxley (Mark Moxley), and Norma Grant; grandchildren, Zac Childers, Blake McClure (Lauren McClure), Macey Byrd, Dante Holmes, Madison Creamer, Kati McClure, and Jordan Holmes; as well as beloved nephews, many family members, and treasured friends.

            Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 11th, 2023 at Corinth Baptist Church, with Rev. Richie Gibbs and Rev. Richard Martin officiating.

            Interment was in the church cemetery following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Von Headrick, Kyle Headrick, Justin Cross, Mark Moxley, Zac Childers, and Ronald Barnes. Honorary pallbearers: Michael Cantrell, J. C. Boling, Randall Brooks, and Dean Cantrell.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Grant family.

Larry Reiter Sr.

            Larry Glenn Reiter Sr., 69, of Jasper, Georgia, formerly of Smiths Creek, Michigan died Friday, March 3, 2023.  He was born October 13, 1953 in Port Huron to the late Frederick and Sarah Reiter. He married Teresa Garcia on November 10, 1973 in Port Huron.

            Larry was employed with International Automotive Components for 42 years. He has worked part-time for the past three years at Cherokee Closeout in Jasper. He enjoyed fishing, Keno and going to the casino. He was a member of Jasper United Methodist Church in Jasper, Georgia and was a former member of the Marysville United Methodist Church.

            Larry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Teresa; daughter, Annmarie (Mike) Hohmann; five grandchildren, Lexi, Larry, Lani, Lena and Charlie; brother, Fred (Lorraine) Reiter Jr. and Ray (Lisa) Reiter; sisters, Brenda (Bob) Firtch and Beth (Mark) Law; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Reiter Jr.; and brother, Leonard Reiter.

            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2023 in the Marysville United Methodist Church.  The Reverend Curtis Clarke officiated. Pallbearers will be Larry Wofford, Brett Warchol, Brian Romzek, Carter Romzek, Taylor Strickland, and Luke Forrester. Burial will be in Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville. 

            Memorial contributions may be made to the Marysville United Methodist Church. To send condolences, visit marysvillefuneralhome.com

Lisa McCoy

            Lisa Annette McCoy, 52, of Chatsworth, Georgia passed away on March 4th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time.

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

J.C. Hightower

            J.C. Hightower, 88, of Jasper, Georgia passed away on March 7th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time.

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

James Kozacek

            James Earl Kozacek, 79, of Ranger, Georgia passed away on March 6th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time.

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

Vickie West

            Vickie D. West, 77, of Woodstock, Georgia passed away on March 9th, 2023.

            A graveside service will be held Friday, March 17th, 2023 in Wyandotte, Oklahoma.

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

James Royer

            James Orvel Royer, 65, a Navy Veteran of Dawsonville, Georgia passed away on March 12th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time.

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

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