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Obituaries for March 21, 2024; Martha Allen, Angie Cantrell, Jackie Voyles

Martha Allen


            Martha Elizabeth Romaine Allen, 81, of Jasper passed away Friday, March 15, 2024. She was born November 23, 1942, to Charles Romaine, Sr. and Elizabeth Thomason Romaine, at the United States Military base in Columbus, Georgia. Her early childhood years were spent in Connecticut, before moving back to Pine Mountain Valley, Georgia. After graduating from Harris County High School in 1960, Martha went to Berry College where she earned her bachelor’s degree with a major in Business and a minor in Home Economics. She entered the workforce as a secretary at Georgia Marble then she settled into her long career of teaching. Her first teaching job was in Adel, Georgia where she taught first grade. From there she had a short stint at Lowndes County High School before returning to Pickens County where she spent the next 5 years teaching Business Education at what was then Pickens Area Vocational Technical School. The remainder of her working years was spent at Tate Elementary from where she retired after 26 years.  Martha dedicated her life to teaching in a classroom, but she taught others to be caring, generous, and kind because she always led by example. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Jasper where she enjoyed participating in and assisting with teaching the Lamp Lighters Sunday School class, sang in the Joy Choir, and served on various committees throughout the years. Pursuant to her love of teaching and education, she was an active member of Georgia Retired Educators Association, served as an officer in the Pickens County Retired Educators Association, and was the acting secretary of the Pickens County chapter of Beta Eta.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Sr. and Elizabeth Romaine Stewart, and brother, Charles Romaine Jr. This loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother is survived by her adoring husband of 60 years, K. Gerald Allen of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Dwight Barnett of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Jeannie Allen of Jasper; four grandsons, Damien Allen, Tanis Dimsdale, Chase Allen, and Presley Barnett, one great-grandson, Kaiden Allen; and two step granddaughters.

            The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on March 19, 2024, at First Baptist Church of Jasper with Rev, Preston Jones officiating. Martha was laid to rest at Lake Forest Memorial Park in Jasper.

            The family accepted flowers or memorial donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Jasper or the Pickens Chapter of Beta Eta. Donations to Beta Eta will be for the scholarship fund dedicated to a young woman entering the field of education and should be sent to Nancy Teague; 234 Frontier Road; Jasper, GA 30143.

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




Angie Cantrell


            Andrea Lee “Angie” Cantrell, 80, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Friday, March 15, 2024 at Heritage Hospice in Marietta. She was born August 1, 1943 to Lester and Mary Loss Sr. in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Angie married Larry Cantrell and moved to Pickens County to become a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a teacher and inspiration to many during her 39 years of teaching.

            Angie is survived by her husband of 59 years, Larry Cantrell of Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherri Cantrell and Dale Davenport of Canton, Joan and Scott Wilkins of Talking Rock; grandchildren, Aspen Danielle Edwards, Bryce James Wilkins; and great-granddaughter, Aurora Lee Edwards.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

            She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Mary Loss Sr. and brothers, Lester Henry Loss Jr., and Charles Orville Loss.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 17, 2024 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral with Reverend Cody Ingram officiating. Interment followed in the Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

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


Jackie Voyles


            Jackie Lamar Voyles, 79, of Tate, Georgia, passed away Monday, March 11, 2024 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. He was born March 27, 1944 to T. R. and Zena Voyles in Jasper, Georgia.

            He was a dedicated lay baseball coach for many years at Pickens High School.  Outside of coaching, Jackie also enjoyed bluegrass music, was an avid Braves fan, and loved spending time with his family.

            Jackie is survived by his sister, Linda Satterfield of Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Faye Voyles of Jasper; grandchildren, Courtney McCoy of Jasper, Corey Voyles of Jasper, Brittany Miller of Jasper; and Brandi Voyles of Jasper.  Several nieces, nephews, and other family members also survive.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, T. R. and Zena Voyles; son, Judd Voyles; and daughter, Tammy Bell.                           Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Jasper with Reverend Grant Wade and Reverend Charles Holbert officiating. Interment  followed in the church cemetery.

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

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  1. Tonya M Moss Tonya M Moss March 26, 2024

    In a remarkable display of community spirit, neighbor in Pickens came to the aid of the Evans family, whose home was tragically engulfed in flames on February 28, 2024. Local former residence Tonya Moss expressed profound gratitude towards the vigilant neighbors who’s timely alter allowed the family to escape unharmed. Despite the loss, I want the Evans family remains surround by support. I know what it is like to lose things that I loved in Pickens, and it depends on who is involved. Hurt is hurt, losses are losses, but good support is hard to find.

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