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Obituaries for March 22, 2023; • Gerald Baggs • Lewis Brendle Jr. • Wannetta Felice • Ernestine Holcomb • Catherine Jones • Debra Martin • Jerry Millsapps • Elizabeth Parris • Bob Payne • Inez Poole • Beverly Pozerycki • Sue Williams

Inez Poole

December 7, 1928 – March 14, 2023

            Mrs. Granny Inez Poole, 94, of Hill City Community, passed away Tuesday March 14, 2023 at her residence.

            Mrs. Poole is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Larry Poole of Jasper, Ray & Sheila Poole of Canton, and Kenneth Poole of Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Marcia & Danny Garrett of Jasper, and Patsy & Jerry Brooks of White; brother, Lloyd Thompson of Jasper; sister, Arlene Crowe of Jasper; seven grandchildren, Malissa Robertson, Craig Poole, Gary Poole, Neal Poole, Jeff Poole, Kim Partain, and Jamie Garrett; thirteen great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other family members.

            She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Poole; parents, Sam & Onnor Thompson; and sister, Leo Darnell.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2023 at Philadelphia Baptist Church with Rev. Huey Holloway, Rev. Richie Gibbs, and Rev. Jimmy Gayton officiating.  

            Interment was at the church cemetery following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Joey Thompson, Brian Johnson, Troy Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Poole, and Neal Poole. Honorary pallbearer: Paul Bradshaw.

            The family accepted flowers or donations can be made to Georgia Mountains Hospice.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Poole family.

Bob Payne

            Robert Lewis Payne, 83, of the Jerusalem Community, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at his home. 

            He was born August 12, 1939 to John Lloyd and Erma Dale Payne in Whitestone, Georgia. On June 28, 1958, Bob married his wife of 64 years, Mary Ellen Bruce. He attended Talking Rock Elementary School, Pickens High School and North Georgia College with a degree in Business Administration (June 61). He served in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Rucker Alabama and then in the U. S. Army Reserves. He was honorably discharged from U. S. Army (Res.) with rank of Captain. He was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lloyd and Erma Payne; brother, Tony Payne and brother-in-law, Bill Benson.

            Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Payne of the Jerusalem Community; sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Trisha Payne of the Jerusalem Community; Mike and Andrea Payne of Canton; Todd and Sherry Payne of Jasper; grandchildren, Brent (Corina), Greg (Brittany), Megan (Daniel), Andy, Bailey (Hunter), Ty, and Luke; great-grandchildren, Covey, Calla, Nova, Hartley, Lillie, Arthur, Hudson; sister, Patsy Payne Benson; sisters-in-law, Sandra Payne, Jerrie Dean; and brother-in-law, Rick (Kay) Bruce. Several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

            Bob loved to play baseball and grew up playing with his lifelong friends in Whitestone and the surrounding area and was a four-year letterman at North Georgia College. He worked in numerous businesses in Jasper over the years, including Jasper Banking Co., Lawson Chevrolet, Moore Insurance and Amicalola EMC where he retired as CEO in 2007. Bob was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Jasper. He loved collecting coins from an early age and was a member of the Jasper Coin Club. His greatest joy was his wife, friends, and family, especially his grandchildren.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Interment followed at Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery Fund at 171 Bass Drive, Jasper, GA 30143.

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

Elizabeth Parris

            Elizabeth Ann Parris, 52, of Talking Rock, Georgia, passed away Monday, March 13, 2023 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. She was born January 4, 1971 in Marietta, Georgia.

            Ann is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Estelle W. Chance of Talking Rock; stepfather, Steve Chance of Talking Rock; sons, Brandon Scott Parris of Talking Rock, Bobby Ray Parris of Talking Rock; sister, Robin Ramirez of Talking Rock; nephew, Dustin Ronald Clark of Jasper; aunt and uncle, Mary and Paul King of Tulsa, Oklahoma; uncle, Jerry Davis of Jasper; uncle and aunt, Jack and Helen Davis of Jasper;  two cousins, King family in Tulsa, Oklahoma; four cousins, Davis family in Jasper; and four cousins, Young family in Monroe, Louisiana.    

            She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Ray Beasley; step-father, Ronald Wallace Wright; grandmother, Nora Elizabeth Davis; aunt, Frances Young and aunt, Carol Davis.

            Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2023 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Pastor Lee Gaddis officiating. Interment followed at 2 p.m. in the Rolling Hills Memory Gardens in Acworth, Georgia.

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

Catherine Jones

            Catherine G. Jones, 65, of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away on March 16th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time.

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

Sue Williams

July 28, 1948 – March 16, 2023

            Mrs. Sue Williams, 74, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2023 at her residence.

            Mrs. Williams is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David & Brenda Ray of Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Diane & Jon Ligon of Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Rick & Diane Adams of Canton; one grandchild, Riley; four great-grandchildren, Wesley, Sawyer, Savannah, and Stetson; several nieces and nephews.

            Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Williams.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2023 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Mike Mullinax officiating.

            Interment was at Sunrise Memorial Gardens Mausoleum following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Russell Bultman, Stetson Hall, Austin Adams, Mark James, Shawn Ellis, and William Wade.

            The family requests in lieu of flowers, make donations to American Cancer Society.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Williams family.

Jerry Millsapps

July 6, 1957 – March 15, 2023

            Mr. Jerry “Country” Millsapps, 65, of Talking Rock, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at his residence.

            Mr. Millsapps is survived by his wife, Angela Millsapps of Talking Rock; sons and daughter-in-law, Jeremy Daniel Millsapps of Jasper, and Sammy Andrew Jr. & Lisa Chumley of Ellijay; daughters and son-in-law, Leanna Millsapps of Jasper, and Brandy Lynn & Gary Hunt of Jasper; sisters and brother-in-law, Sarah Lowe of Cartersville, and Maxine Price & William Stancil of Dawsonville; sister-in-law, Lillian Beasley; sixteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Terry Millsapps; parents, William Clinton & Mary Lillian Millsapps; brother, R. L. Millsapps; sister, Margaret Davis; grandson, Tyler Gilreath; and great-grandson, Brantley Fitts. 

            Visitation is Wednesday, 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Thursday, 8 a.m. until the funeral hour.

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Harold Mull and Rev. Tim Hyde officiating.

            Interment will be at Old Macedonia Cemetery; 298 Macedonia Rd. White, GA, following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Tom Shackelford, Greg Hartman, Chris Brannon, James Saye, Keith Reece, and Michael Giefing. Honorary pallbearers: Earl Gates, Mike Tatum, Michael Rucker, Danny Burgess, Ronnie Perkins, Joey Smith, Keith Simmons, and Erwin Aycock.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Millsapps family.

Lewis V. Brendle, Jr.

July 24, 1947 – March 14, 2023     

 U.S. Veteran  

            Lewis V. Brendle, Jr. of Jasper, 75, passed away March 14, 2023.

            “Lew” was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Sr. and Elizabeth Harrison Barrett Haffey. Lew is survived by his son, Lewis Brendle, III (Bren) and Heather of Ponchachula, LA; and his sister, Ramona Brendle of Cumming, GA.

            After Lew’s combat service in the United States Army, during the Vietnam conflict, he first joined the City of Smyrna Police Department and later the State of Georgia. He retired an Assistant Commander from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

            The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Affinity Hospice, Wickshire Senior Care of Canton, and Danny and Georginna Bruce.

            A service is not planned at this time; however, a burial service honoring Lew will be held at a later date.

Debra Martin

            In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to or a charity of your choice.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Brendle family.

            Debra F. Martin, 66, of Fairmount, Georgia passed away on March 17th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time.

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

Beverly  Pozerycki

            Beverly L. Pozerycki, 83, of Canton, Georgia passed away on March 18th, 2023.

            No services are scheduled at this time.

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

Wannetta Felice

            Wannetta Felice, 90, of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on March 16th, 2023.

            The service and burial is taking place in Michigan.

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

Gerald Baggs

            Thomas Gerald Baggs, 79, recently of Brunswick but originally from Blackshear, died March 14, 2023.

            Born in Townsend on January 1, 1944, he was the son of Ralph and Cleo Davis Baggs. He was pre-deceased by his parents, a special friend, Grant Whitfield, and siblings, Lawton Baggs, Emory Baggs, Marion Baggs, Stanford Baggs and Melba Baggs Walters.

            Mr. Baggs was retired from the education profession, having worked in public schools in Georgia for some 47 years. Nearly 40 of those years were in the field of special education, where he worked first as a classroom teacher and later as an administrator of special education programs. He retired from the Thomaston-Upson school system, in which he worked for 38 years. His first teaching positions were with the Pickens County School system, where he taught kindergarten before moving into special education.

            A 1962 graduate of Blackshear High School, he was a proud alumni of Young Harris College. He also earned degrees in the education field from Georgia Southern University, the University of West Georgia, and the University of Georgia.

            Mr. Baggs’ entire adult life was spent in service to others. Prior to becoming employed as a teacher, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil and was enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he trained as a medic and worked at the Walter Reed Army Hospital as a nurse.

            Mr. Baggs loved to travel, often with friends and family. He made trips to Egypt, Brazil, England, Ireland, and Mexico as well as road trips across much of the United States and to Alaska. He admired things of beauty, whether it be fine art hanging in a museum or a colorful bird in his backyard. He enjoyed cooking for others, including playful experiments with food colors, and was a voracious reader, especially of Stephen King novels.

            But more than anything, Mr. Baggs loved his family and interacted with siblings, nieces and nephews at every opportunity. He served as caretaker for some family members, mentor and counselor to others, and was always available to help in whatever manner was needed. He enjoyed genealogy and served as the family historian, having traced roots of the family tree back several generations. 

            He is survived by sisters Joyce B. Waters of Brunswick, Glenda Fay Baggs of Blackshear, and Barbara (Doug) Maple of Cedar Key, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Sherleen Baggs of Newberry, Fla. and Yvonne Baggs of Brunswick.  A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

            Funeral services were held Friday, March 17 at 11 o’clock with Rev. Hampton Williams officiating and Mr. Norman Baggs, nephew, delivering the eulogy. Burial was at 3 o’clock in the Baggs family cemetery in Ludowici.

            Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

            Pearson-Dial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ernestine  Holcomb

            Ernestine Caylor Holcomb, 86, of Ball Ground, Georgia passed away March 6, 2023 at her home with all of her children around her.                She is preceded in death by her husband Coy Marshall Holcomb, Sr.; infant sons Rhett and Jeremy Holcomb; parents, Ernest and Eunice Caylor; sisters, Edith Wilson, Denise Jackson; she is survived by her 10 children, Cheryl Holcomb, Melody Day(Alan), Coy Marshall Holcomb, Jr.(Hilda Grace), Yvette Eddy(Bob), Wyatt Holcomb(Michelle), Eric Holcomb(Tracey), April Hamby(Jay), Holly Trammell(Tim), Edie Koller(Karl), Ashley Holcomb; 25 grand-children, 11 great grand-children; a brother Lamar Caylor; sisters, Christine Neal(James) and Joan Juhan(Nile); and many nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services were held March 14, 2023 at Sharp Mt. Baptist Church with burial at the Georgia National Cemetery. Sosebee Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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