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Obituaries for May 18, 2017; Jeffery Bennett, Richard Cole, Cheyanne Hass,

Jeffery Bennett

August 12, 1961 – May 11, 2017


Jeffery Lamar Bennett, 55, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.  He was born August 12, 1961 to the late Claude and Faye Bennett in Pickens County.

Jeff worked in the food service industry in Pickens County with the Pickens County School System, Amicalola House, Jasper Family Steak House; owner of Bennett’s Restaurant; and co-owner of Dough Boys. He also worked at Roper Funeral Home and most recently with the Pickens County Probate Court.

Jeff is survived by his spouse, Mike Degolier of Jasper; step-son, Mackenzie Degolier of Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, Dwayne Mark and Annette Bennett of Cleveland, Tennessee; nephew, Dylan Zachary Bennett of Jasper; niece, Lyndsey Claudia Bennett of Jasper; aunts and uncles, Dorthy Jean Bennett, Mary Lou Qualls, Mildred Taylor, Geneva Atkins, Bonnie Millians, Jerry Bennett, Louis Bennett, Don Duncan; and several cousins.

A celebration of Jeff’s life was held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home.    

The family requests in lieu of flowers, make a donation in Jeff’s name to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper, Georgia.

Online condolences can be made at


Richard Cole

Richard Arthur Cole ( Dick) -passed away May 12th, 2017 in Jasper, Ga. He is survived by his wife, Janet Cole, and his daughter, Jamie Cole Morris (Thad), both of Jasper. 

He was preceded in death by his youngest son, Airman First Class Richard A. Cole II. He was also a father to two step sons, Richard Lewis (Shelley) of Westerville Ohio and Michael Lewis of Eatonton, Ga. He was also a respected grandfather to three grandsons, Police Officer Taylor Lilley (Brianna) of Canton,Ga., log home builder Max Lilley (Hannah), and amazing student and Elvis tribute artist, Cole Posey. Two beautiful great-granddaughters, Stella Lilley and Raeleigh Lilley. And his pride and joy a spoiled rotten Golden Retriever “Sir Arthur’s Ezekiel” aka ZEKE.

He also had four sisters, Donna, Audrey, Arjenna and Betty.

Richard also had three children from his first marriage, David, William, and Marla Cole, and multiple grandchildren, all from Ohio. 

He was a faithful husband and provider to his family. He worked as a home builder, general contractor and a jack of all trades and mastered them all! 

He loved cars, planes, dogs, the Ohio State Buckeyes and most waitresses that didn’t spit in his food.

Richard was best known for his morning ritual of aggravating waitresses, cooks, and most democrats at the Waffle House, Maryanne’s, The Carriage House and The “ROMEO” Guys at Bojangles. He was also well know at The Home Depot which was a daily stop to visit helpful and often cute sales associates for an item to fix or repair something his wife drug home from the thrift store, or to complete a home remodeling project his daughter dreamt up after looking at Pinterest. He also enjoyed mowing his five acres of grass and working in his garage.

Richard was an honest man that met very few strangers, always had a quick wit and a snappy comical comeback and an amazing ability to solve any problem or issue with logical advice or the threat of a few bullets…..he was a lifelong NRA member, a protector of his wife and daughter, proud Republican, Trump supporter and NASCAR fan…until they allowed Toyotas in the races. Some of his best advice was “Buy the best you can afford so you won’t have to replace it often,” “Do what makes you happy because if you don’t you will regret it when you are older” and “Stay single and raise your kids up the same way” -funny coming from a man who was married the majority of his life…… 

He will be greatly missed, especially by his daughter who has a lot of projects and always went to him for advice on everything, a loving and extremely patient wife that has taken care of him for 35 years and served him dinner in his recliner nightly unless she set off a smoke detector or was “stalling” claiming to not know what to cook so he would take her to dinner. He loved the lord and we know he is rejoicing in heaven and finally home.

By request Richard chose to be cremated and placed next to his son and parents in his hometown of Wintersville, Ohio. 

Our family would like to give a special thank you to all of the healthcare workers, nurses and CNAs that were so caring and patient with him over the past few months (especially when he was stubborn and grumpy!), and also Pruitt Nursing and Rehab and Hospice.

Instead of flowers please tip your waitresses in his memory or donate to Pickens County Animal Rescue or Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue  FHGRR, Inc. – P.O. Box 9077 – Greenville, SC 29604


Cheyanne Hass

Cheyanne Nicole Hass,  22, of Raleigh, NC and Murphy, NC passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Raleigh, NC.

     She was a native of Cherokee County, NC and the daughter of Eric Hass and wife Maria of Murphy, NC and Dana Taylor Stone and husband Travis of Jasper, GA. Cheyanne was valedictorian of her graduating class at Hiwassee Dam High School in 2013 and then she became a student at North Carolina State University where she majored in Electrical Engineering. She was most recently an undergraduate researcher at the ASSIST Center Biointerface Lab. Cheyanne earned a spot on the Dean’s List for six semesters. She held internships in her field the past two summers. The first was being a Control/Systems Engineering Intern for Corning Incorporated and also she was an Electrical Engineering Intern at Eastman Chemical Company. Cheyanne graduated from North Carolina State University in May 2017 and also earned a full scholarship to Duke University to earn her PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Cheyanne could always be found on campus eating with her brother, Austin Hass. She loved changing the world. Cheyanne had a great smile.

     She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Howard Taylor and paternal great-grandmother, Leona (GG) Hedrick.

     In addition to her parents she is survived by her brothers, Austin Hass, Bryan Keasler and Jacob Crisp; sisters, Shaylee Stone and twins, Mixie Stone and Mollie Stone; paternal grandparents, Pete and Ann McKeon; and maternal grandmother, Rachel Taylor and great-grandmother, Mary Owens.

     Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. Rev. Ronnie Crisp officiated. Music was provided by Diane Crowder. Burial was held in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Terail Clonts, Isaac Hayes, Lucas Hayes, Tucker Tenbarge, Lee Hughes and Bob Hughes.

     In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Cheyanne Hass Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 561, Murphy, NC 28906.

You may send tributes to the Hass family at

Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


Card of Thanks

Our hearts are full of gratitude when we say many thanks to family members, friends and neighbors for all acts of kindness and sympathy: food, flowers, donations to  The Hinton Community Cementary, cards, visits, and kind words spoken to or family regarding the recent passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, D. H. (Ham) Childers.

We want to express special appreciation to Reverend’s Buck Parker and Gene Childers and to Johnny Barnes for their many kind words of comfort. To the Hightower family (Broken Ground Ministries) for the beautiful singing and to Cagle Funeral Home for their professional arrangements and caring service.

Ham will always be remembered for his friendship, warm smile and that twinkle in his eye.

Thank you Pickens Progress

The Family of 

D. H. (Ham) Childers

His wife, Linda Childers, His daughters, Connie Reichert and Tammie Chastain



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