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Obituaries for May 25, 2017; Edward Childers, Essie Roach, William Eubanks, Jr., Cathy Hedvall, Charlie (Dan) Robertson, Jr.

Edward Childers

Edward “Ed” Childers, 71, of Calhoun, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017 at his residence.

Ed was born on January 17, 1946 in Pickens County, GA to the late Omada Childers and Estelle Collis Childers. He was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church, and was past Master of Coosawattee Lodge #306. He was a Veteran serving with the United States Army in Germany and retired from Bowater Corp.. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Margie Weaver; and brother, Leon Childers.

Ed is survived by his wife, Monika Childers of Calhoun; son, Terry Childers of Sugar Valley; one granddaughter, Amanda Childers; two grandsons, Ryan Childers and his wife Brittany, and Austin Childers all of Calhoun; three brothers, Lenard Childers and his wife Gladys of Jasper, Wayne Childers and his wife Nancy of Jasper, and Tim Childers and his wife Kym of Cumming, GA; six sisters, Wanda Wigington of Jasper, Rachel Howard and her husband Mickey of Jasper, Flondell Thompson and her husband James of Jasper, Winnie Tanner and her husband Robert of Ranger, Joann Phillips and her husband Jerry of Calhoun, Patsy Webster and her husband Bill of Jasper; sister-in-law, Erika Childers of Jasper. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, May 22nd at 3 p.m. from Jerusalem Baptist Church in Pickens County with Reverend Nathan Smith and Reverend James Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with nephews serving as Pallbearers. Masonic Brethren will serve as Honorary Pallbearers. 


In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions in memory of Ed be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by phone (800)805-5856.

You may leave the family online condolences at

Thomas Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Edward “Ed” Childers of Calhoun.


Essie Roach

September 24, 1926 – May 16, 2017


Mrs. Essie Mae Roach,  90, of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Pruitt Healthcare in Jasper.  She was born September 24, 1926 to Willie and Lizzie Stephens in Sandersville, Georgia.  She married Truman J. Roach February 2, 1951.

Mrs. Roach is survived by her husband of 66 years, Truman Roach of Jasper; son, Willie Stephens; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and her extended family, the children of the late Dr. and Mrs. T. C. Boswell – Donna Boswell Kennedy, Sandy Lowe, Tommy Boswell, and Stacy Boswell.

The funeral service was  held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Tate with Reverend Tyrone Gates officiating.  Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park.   

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

Online condolences can be made at


William Eubanks, Jr.

William Dorsey Eubanks, 69, of Ball Ground, Ga, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at his home following a brief battle with cancer.  

Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, May 26th at 10 a.m. at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA, followed by a Noon service at Westminster Chapel, 9972 Ball Ground Highway, Ball Ground, GA. 30107 (next to Subway).  

Bill Eubanks was a native of Atlanta and attended Grady High School, Georgia Tech and graduated from the University of West Georgia.  He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served as a Radioman in the United States Navy. Bill was the son of William Dorsey Eubanks and Carolyn Inez Hathcox.  He retired from Herman Miller as a production engineer.  He enjoyed woodworking, photography, family and his church.  Bill was a founder and elder at Westminster Chapel.  He always looked for opportunities to serve and help others.   

Bill is survived by his family in Ball Ground, GA, wife, Sally Eubanks; daughter, Kimberley Harris and son-in-law Kirk Harris; his son David Eubanks and daughter-in-law, Mandy Eubanks; four grandchildren, Carolyne and Hannah Harris and William and Johnathan Eubanks; and Wanda Eubanks, sister-in-law of Stone Mountain, GA.  He was preceded in death by his brother James D. Eubanks.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Westminster Chapel, 9972 Ball Ground Hwy, Ball Ground, GA 30107.  


Cathy Hedvall

Cathy A. Hedvall, 54, of Jasper went home to be with the Lord on May 17, 2017. She was born December 20, 1962 in Honolulu, HI, the daughter of Peter and Sylvia Foret. She lived a life of honorable service both in the Coast Guard and overseas as a missionary for over 30 years. The Jasper community knew her best as the lady who delivered their mail. Cathy’s love for life and transparency was apparent to everyone who knew her. Knowing her own imperfections allowed her to be patient with others. She loved and excelled as a grandmother, wanting to be the world’s greatest! We know that only God decides the day of our death and we can be fully satisfied that she lived her life to the fullest. Understanding that she has left her body behind and has been released from her pain forever is a relief, even in our sorrow.

Cathy is missed by her husband, Ken; her children, Cammy, Erik, Jesse, Andy, Christopher, Callie as well as 11 loving grandchildren. She also leaves behind her mother, Sylvia, and siblings, Carrie, Christie, Cammy, Candi and Craig.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper to celebrate Cathy’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to Cathy’s Memorial Fund to help with medical expenses. Gifts and donations can be made out to Wellspring Bible Fellowship and mailed to: Cathy’s Memorial Fund, C/O Gigliotti, 59 Gallup Ln., Waterford, CT 06385.


Charlie (Dan) Robertson, Jr.


Charlie Daniel Robertson, Jr., 81, of Big Canoe, passed away peacefully May 11, 2017 at the Oaks on Post Road surrounded by his family. He was born May 4, 1936 to Martha Jackson Robertson and Charlie Daniel Robertson. He grew up in East Point, Ga. After high school he joined the Navy and was stationed at Moffett Naval Air Station in California as an Air Traffic Controller (Tower).

After service he returned to Atlanta to focus on his family and his career in sales in the office supply field. This ultimately took him to North Carolina where he was sales manager for S.P. Richards, headquartered at their distribution center. In 1999 he retired from corporate life and with his wife opened a retail office furniture store which they operated until retirement.

With children and grandchildren in the Atlanta area, Dan and Janet moved to Big Canoe. He immediately became involved in golf and volunteering at Good Samaritan Health and Wellness. His passions were his family, golf, gardening and fishing.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Janet; daughters, Dana Graham, Angela Hays, Sonya (Mark) Procacci and step son Matthew (Priscilla) Vrzal; brother, Allen (Sue) Robertson; niece and nephew, Tammy Sue and Timmy Robertson; grandchildren, Kristen Behringer, Michael Graham, Cory and Hannah Fields, Andrew, Tyler and Adam Vrzal; four great-grandchildren and several cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held later this summer at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, with burial at the National Cemetery in Canton. Any memorials may be made to the charity of your choice or Angels on Horseback, 335 Oglethorpe Mtn. Rd., #20750, Jasper, Ga. 30143.


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