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Obituaries for March 2, 2017; Donald Hammontree, Arlettia Wood, Ruth Huff, Roger McDaniel, John Nardo,


Donald Hammontree

April 13, 1934 – February 22, 2017


Mr. Donald Eugene Hammontree, 82, of Jasper passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at his home. He was born April 13, 1934 to William Nelson and Katie Prather Hammontree in Jasper.  He was a member of Refuge Baptist Church and Pickens Star Lodge #220.

Donald is survived by his wife, Helon Hammontree of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Roger Weldy of Jasper; grandchildren, Stephanie and Shane Duncan of Jasper, Mandy and Nick Stewart of Jasper, Scotty and Tonya Hammontree of Jasper, great-grandchildren, Isaiah Roberts, Piper Duncan, Jack Jarrett, Willow Duncan, Lily Hammontree, Danny Hammontree, Turner Stewart; and sister, Grace Fronebarger.  Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.  He was preceded in death by his son, Danny L. Hammontree.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Edwin Weaver and Reverend Johnny McPherson officiating.  Interment will follow at Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory.

Online condolences can be made at


Arlettia Wood

July 21, 1923 – February 22, 2017


Arlettia Bonzeal “Bonnie” Jackson Wood, a resident of Hinton Community, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 after a long illness.

Born on July 21, 1923 in the Bethel Community of Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Stephen Arthur Jackson and Lily Gravley Jackson.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Jackson and a sister, Jewel Jackson Agee; by her granddaughter, Tami Duckett; and by her husband of 58 years, Carter Tate Wood.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca (Albert) Cantrell, Martha (Jerry) Sims, and Donna (Thomas) Duckett; by grandchildren Michael Worley, Scott Worley, Hallie Clemons, and Troy Duckett; by step-grandchildren Jo-el Sims Howell and Brett Sims; and by 15 great-grandchildren, 4 step-great-grandchildren,  and 2 (soon to be 3) great-great-grandchildren, as well as several cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Darryl Hill officiating.  Interment was at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Jasper, Georgia.   Pallbearers were Troy Duckett, Michael Worley, Scott Worley, Terry Wood, Rick Grant, Brett Sims, and Chad Sims 

The family accepted flowers, or memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity or to the Fairmount Church of Christ in care of Paul Hawkins; 723 Spring Place Road; White, GA  30184.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Ruth Huff

Nov. 28, 1948 – Feb. 24, 2017


Our dear Ruth of Marietta, Ga, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and so much more lost her battle with a long illness, Friday, February 24th, 2017. 

She is predeceased by her sister, Brenda Cantrell-Chatham; her brother, Gary Cantrell; and her mother, Gladys Cantrell-Geers. She is survived by her loving husband, Kevin Huff; son, Jerome Freeman; daughter in law, Sophie Freeman; cherished granddaughters, Abigail and Sydney Freeman; along with her sister, Pamela Faye Cantrell-Sel; brothers, Edwin Cantrell and Ronnie Cantrell. Her imprint on our lives will be with us always. 

Ruth’s family celebrated her life at 2 p.m., Monday, February 27th, 2017, in the Chapel of Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 2000 Cobb Parkway SE; Marietta, Georgia; 30060. Following the service, Ruth’s ashes were interred in Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery, followed by a reception of friends.


Roger McDaniel 

March 14, 1943 – February 21, 2017 


Roger D. McDaniel, of Canton, passed away on February 21, 2017. Services were held at the First Baptist Church of Forest Park on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. with Ronald Holbrook, Sr. officiating. Interment followed at Sherwood Memorial Park. 

He is survived by his wife, Diana Goodman McDaniel; sons, Colt and Krissy McDaniel, Jordan and Abi McDaniel, and Zane McDaniel; sisters, Janice Harris Goodwin and GeLaine & Gary Joachim; grandchildren, Maddi Rose, Madi Brooke, and Daisie Adeline, numerous nieces and nephews.

McDaniel was a long-time coach of the North Georgia Falcons, a homeschool football team serving Pickens County.

If so desired, in lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the North Georgia Falcons, P.O. Box 1647, Jasper, Ga.30143.


John Nardo


Mickey Nardo (John M. Nardo, MD) passed away on Sunday, February 19th at the age of 75. He was an esteemed and beloved psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and educator in the Atlanta and Emory Psychoanalytic and medical community. When Mickey first retired to Jasper, he built pole barns and a house with two close friends, he created maps and a web site for the Mountain Stewards Trail Tree Project, and he blogged about politics. After volunteering as a physician at the Good Samaritan Clinic in Jasper, GA, he began to see problems with how psychiatric drugs were being prescribed. As a result of these observations, Mickey’s blogging turned to the problems of corruption in the pharmaceutical industry, and he penned thousands of posts on this topic on his popular blog, In 2015, Mickey co-authored a landmark reanalysis of a large data set revealing the dangers of antidepressants in adolescents in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

In retirement, Mickey was also an active member of the Grandview Lake community, and he and his close friend Al Clayton often were the go-to barbecuers for lakefront events. If you knew Mickey, you probably have wonderful stories to share about him. Although Mickey spent his life trying not to be special, he was one of a kind. He had an epic sense of play and could sit for hours entertaining children with legos, clay, or toothpicks.

Mickey is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Nardo; his daughter Abby Nardo, a psychologist in Raleigh, NC; his son-in-law Christian Karkow, an adjunct professor of design; his semi-adopted daughter of 30 years, Caitlin Way, Associate Director of Development at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta; and his sister Anna Nardo, LSU emerita professor of literature, now living in Evanston, IL. A memorial gathering will be held in Atlanta at 2pm on March 18th at the Emory Brain Health Center (12 Executive Park NE). In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of the following three groups in the name of Mickey Nardo: Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine (http://firmfound.orgFoundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine 16 Cutler St, Suite 104, Warren, RI 02885  All Trials (; and Lown Institute ( 




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