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Obituaries for May 2, 2024; Thelbert Carroll, Helen Free, Rachel Goss, Cheryl McAdams

Helen Free

Mary Helen Free, 85, of Jasper, passed away Friday, April 26, 2024 at Pruitt Health Care in Jasper, Georgia. 

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Hershel and Willie Mae Eller; brother, Joe Eller; and sister, Pat White.

Mrs. Free is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Eugene Free of Jasper; daughter, Jeannine Lindsey and her fiance, Jr. Watkins of Ball Ground; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Pam Free of Epworth; sister, Judy Biddy of Austell; grandsons, Buddy Linderman of Epworth, Shaun Free & Randi Foster of McCaysville, and John Lindsey of Dahlonega. Nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2024 at Jerusalem Baptist Church with Reverend Thomas Wheeler, Reverend Grant Wade, and Reverend James Thompson officiating. Interment followed in the Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Cheryl McAdams

Cheryl Ann McAdams, 65, of Talking Rock, Georgia, passed away peacefully in her home on April 12, 2024. She was born February 4, 1959, to Roy Walter McCarthy and Betty Ruth McCarthy (Gamble) in Warren, Ohio.

Cheryl married the love of her life, Morgan Garrett McAdams on November 22, 1996. Cheryl’s skills in business, organization and being the “Boss” helped Morgan and Cheryl build a successful sign business together. Recently, they started cruising and traveling the world. 

Cheryl would consider her greatest accomplishment to be her three beautiful daughters, Lori, Leigh Ann, and Jennifer. She encouraged her children to attend college and empowered them to be strong, independent women. She felt it was very important for them to find joy in everyday life. 

She loved her grandchildren and took such joy in attending special events and making their birthday and Christmas’ memorable with homemade and unique gifts. She made sure every detail in the wrapping of gifts was very special and unique. She was devoted to supporting her community, specifically her local women’s shelter with her homemade blankets, cards, and gifts. She also routinely supported her local senior centers, Toys for Tots programs, animal shelters and first responders by donating needed items, adopting pets, and baking her world-famous Christmas cookies. She was an avid gardener, a crocheter, and a lover of animals (especially cats). 

Cheryl is best known for her strong will and tenacity, but she’s also known for her caring heart for others. Cheryl lived a full life focused on family and supporting others. 

All who loved her dearly will never forget her tenacity, wit, charm, and grace. She will be missed and forever in our hearts. 

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Morgan; three daughters, Lori (Ray) King of Jefferson, GA., Leigh Ann (Chad) Linn of Jefferson, GA., Jennifer (David) Scheller of Ball Ground, GA.; six grandchildren, Alexander Scheller, Eliza Linn, Savannah Bailey King, Brooke King, Sophia Linn, and Oliva Linn. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Thelbert Carroll

Thelbert Owen “T.O.” “Tabby” Carroll, 75, of Tate, Georgia passed away Monday, April 29, 2024 at his home. He was born April 21, 1949 to Robert and Vivian Carroll in Ellijay. 

T.O. is survived by his wife, Annette Carroll of Tate; son, Wade Carroll of Tate; son and daughter-in-law, Neal and Dawn Carroll of Jerusalem; daughters and sons-in-law, Brandy and Paul Shoemake of Marble Hill, Tracy and Ronnie Jones of Hinton, Nicole and Ryan Doody of Jasper; four grandchildren, Sidney, Naomi, Christina, Wyatt; great-grandchildren, Owen, Ava, Haden, Lila Ann, and one-on-the-way, Elisha; sisters, Judy Webb Colwell, Lynette Carroll; brothers, Joe Carroll, Ernie Carroll.  Several nieces, nephews, friends, and the members of Refuge Baptist Church also survive.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Vivian Davenport Carroll and Robert Carroll; several brothers; and grandson, Tony Carroll.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2024 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. The interment will follow in the Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour.

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

Rachel Goss

Rachel Goss, 84, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Sunday, April 28, 2024.  She was born December 19, 1939 in Hapeville, Georgia.  Rachel was married to the late, Willis “Cotton” Goss. She served as Pickens County Tax Commissioner for several years.

Rachel is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca and Greg Jones of Jasper, Regina and Michael Smith of Jasper; grandchildren, Joshua and Ingrid Ellis, Justin and Katie Ellis, Emma Clark, Gregory Clark, Ansley Smith, Adam Smith; and sister, Anne Bryson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Goss.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, 2024 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Greg Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Tuesday, April 30, 2024 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour.

The family will accept flowers or memorial contributions may be made to the Pickens Animal Rescue.

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

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