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Obituaries for November 18, 2021; Billy Goldman, Frederick Walsh Sr., Mark Pilla, Mark Rittenberry, Kathleen Wilkins, Edward Hamrick, Terry Elliott, Loretta Brackett, Kelly Perry, Horace Privette, Earl Hyde, Jr. Carlos Cole, Phillip James

Billy Goldman

            Mr. Billy Gene Goldman, 87, of Fairmount, Georgia, passed away peacefully from this life to a better place while at his home on the afternoon of Thursday, October 21, 2021, after a long struggle with congestive heart failure.  

            Billy was born January 20, 1934 in Amity, Georgia, a son of the late Alec S. and Sally Jones Goldman. He was the last of his generation of ten brothers and sisters.

            He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Louise Rozier Goldman and many nephews and nieces in Georgia, and South Carolina.  

            He was retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carter’s Dam and served as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Fairmount, Georgia.  Billy was a Mason and a member of Fairmount Morning Star Masonic Lodge #349.  Billy proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a ship fitter and boiler operator.  Billy loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping across the United States with his beloved wife, Louise.  He greatly appreciated meeting new people and never met a stranger.

            Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Billy Gene Goldman will be held, Monday, November 22, 2021 at 12 p.m. noon at Ponders Fairmount Chapel with Reverend Mark Owens officiating.  Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia, with Bobby Rozier, Tommy Rozier, Randall Barrett, Woody Rozier, Rodney Mitchell and Jimmy Woods honored to serve as pallbearers. 

            The family will receive friends at Ponders Fairmount Chapel from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, November 21, 2021 and after 11 a.m. Monday until the service hour.

            The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 22324. New York, NY, 10087 of First Baptist Church of Fairmount, GA, P.O. Box 186, Fairmount, GA, 30139. 

            Condolences may be expressed to the family at

            Arrangements by Ponders Fairmount Chapel, 2566 Hwy 411, Fairmount GA 30139.

Frederick Walsh Sr.

            Frederick Eugene Walsh, Sr., our precious Gramps, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend went to be with our Lord and Savior on November 1, 2021. Fred passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family.

            Fred loved God and was a faithful and devoted servant. He loved and cared for all who entered his life. He had a heart for those in need and would always lend a hand. Quiet by nature, all who knew Fred sought him out for advice, support, and comfort.  Most importantly, he was a loving husband and was blessed to share a wonderful life for 56 years with his true love, Mary Ann.

            Fred was an accomplished furniture builder, avid reader, lover of history and the arts, and an encyclopedia of knowledge of many subjects. He loved sunsets on the beach, steam locomotives, and fast roller coasters. He had a successful career with Dow Chemical for 54 years, returning as a consultant following retirement.

            Fred was preceded in death by his mother, Garnet S. Walsh; grandparents, Catherine and Joseph Schroeder; mother- in-law, Lavenia P. Pafford; daughters-in-law, Jacqueline F. Walsh and Lynda C. Walsh; and brother-in-law, Bill Roe.

            Fred leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Mary Ann; sons, Frederick, Jr. “Rick”, and Rick’s wife Wendy and Christopher “Chris”; daughter, Janell Bankhead; grandchildren: Steven Walsh, Mary Walsh Dillander and Mary’s husband, Greg, Sydney Walsh, Dillon Walsh, Alexander Chunn, and Kathryn Chunn; great grandson, Zach Dillander, great granddaughter, Sophia Walsh; brother, Stephen J. Walsh; and sister, Maureen Walsh Roe.

            A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church followed by prayers of committal at Our Lady of Mercy Columbarium.

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Charities, such as Little Sisters of the Poor or St. Vincent de Paul.

Mark Pilla

U.S. Veteran 

            Mark James Pilla, 79, of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away September 4, 2021. He was born on August 11, 1942, in Gary, Indiana to his parents Leonard and Margaret J. (Fabri) Pilla. He was a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He served as a Green Beret with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He worked as a civil engineer for MasTec at the time of his retirement.

            He married the love of his life Macy J. (Trausi) Pilla and was married for 36 years until the time of her death. He was a devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather. He was a loyal follower of Christ and a member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church in West Palm Beach, Florida.             Survivors include his son, Leo D. Pilla and his wife, Anna Gladin Pilla of Jasper, Georgia; grandsons, Justin T. Pilla of Jasper, Georgia, and Lucas H. Pilla of Bentonville, Arkansas. Special friend Tish Hart of Napierville, Illinois.        Also, his church family at Cornerstone Fellowship Church of West Palm Beach, Florida.

            In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cornerstone Fellowship Church in memory of Mark J. Pilla at 13969 Orange Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33412.

            The funeral service will be held Monday, November 22, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Logan Home Funeral Home Pavilion with Rev. Michael Ferguson. Condolences may be sent to the family at Logan Funeral Home & Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Mark Rittenberry

            Mark M. Rittenberry, 57, of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at Well Star Tranquility Hospice in Marietta, Georgia. He was born March 6, 1964 to Doyle Hugh and Elizabeth Faye “Big Betty”  Rittenberry in Tate, Georgia.

            Mark was a welder by trade. He owned  Bubba’s Mobile Welding for over a decade oftentimes saying he could weld a broken heart if there was a rod for it.

            Mark was an avid hunter and fisherman of deer, turkey, and bluecats. He loved his overalls, guns, and fishing rods.

            There wasn’t much of anything that Mark couldn’t do but he will most be remembered as being a gentle giant.  He was kind and loving and will be forever missed.

            Mark is survived by his wife of 39 years, Renea Rittenberry of Talking Rock; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Megan Rittenberry of Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Brittany and Randy Herrick of Talking Rock; sister, Regina Davis of Jackson; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia (Sissy) and David Patterson of Calhoun; aunt and uncle, Sally Ruth and Leroy Stenberg of Ellijay; grandson, Elijah Rittenberry; father-in-law, Kenneth McArthur of Talking Rock.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

            He was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers, David Rittenberry and Tim Rittenberry; and sister, Mildred Rittenberry.

            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 12, 2021 at Whitestone Baptist Church with Reverend Jamie Kerr and Reverend Byron Tillery officiating. 

            “I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14

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

Kathleen Wilkins

            Kathleen C. Wilkins, 65, of Jasper, Georgia passed away November 9, 2021 in her home surrounded by her family after a brave journey with cancer.

            Kathy was born January 25, 1956. She was the only child of Dorothy Kelley. She is survived by her husband of over 40 years, Douglas Wilkins; daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Ryan Harbour; son, Chris Wilkins; grandchildren, Sarah Wilkins, Jacob Wilkins, Selena Harbour and Rylan Harbour; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Danny and Jimmie Nell Wilkins. Several nephews, other relatives and many friends also survive.

            Kathy was a devoted and loving wife, mother and Nana. She enjoyed being with her family and friends as much as possible. The legacy she leaves behind is to hold close the ones that you love.

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

Bessie Buchanan

            Bessie Marjorie Buchanan, 86, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at The Retreat at Canton. She was born November 14, 1934 to Marshall Clementine and Mary Covington in Dawsonville, Georgia.

            Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Linda Brady of Jasper; grandchildren, Chris and Sarah Brady of Canton, Morgan and Tyler Beck of Jasper; great-grandchildren, Greyson Brady, Rylan Brady, Carter Beck; grandchildren, Brandon Lathem of Jasper, Rebecca Lentz of Atlanta; special friends, Darlene Handy, Kristi Buchanan, Suzy Buchanan, and Bobbie Mosley.  Many other friends and relatives also survive.

            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, November 11, 2021 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

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

Edward Hamrick

            Edward James Hamrick, 68, of Fairmount, Georgia passed away Monday, November 8, 2021 at Northside Hospital Cherokee. He was born February 12, 1953 to James and Reva Mae Hamrick in Fairmount, Georgia.

            Mr. Hamrick is survived by his wife, Selena Hamrick of Fairmount; son and daughter-in-law, Steven D. and Jessica Hamrick of Talking Rock; daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Kevin Hamrick of Ranger; brothers, Jerry Hamrick of Ranger, Glenn Hamrick of Ellijay, Billy Hamrick of Calhoun; sisters, Rachel Atkins of Cartersville, Jean Hight of Adairsville, Melissa Jones of Jasper; grandchildren, Jesilyn Hamrick of Talking Rock, Katilyn Hamrick of Talking Rock, Joseph Hamrick of Talking Rock, Timothy Hamrick of Talking Rock, Ashlynn Hamrick of Ranger; and three great-grandchildren.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.  He was preceded in death by his father, James Hamrick and mother, Reva Mae Hamrick.    

            Funeral services were held at 3 p.m.,  Wednesday, November 10, 2021 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Harold Hightower officiating.  Interment followed in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Terry Elliott

            Terry James Elliott, 60, of Ranger, Georgia passed away Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton, Georgia. He was born April 30, 1961 in Tate, Georgia. 

            Terry is survived by his wife, Rachel Elliott of Ranger; children, Calvin and Casey Elliott of Jasper, Robbie and Brandy Elliott of Ellijay, Kati Bachman of Ohio, Ryan Rampley of Jasper, Charles Cantrell of Talking Rock; brothers, Solomon Elliott of Yellow Creek, Roger Elliott of Blue Ridge, Cecil Elliott of Woodstock; sister, Beverly Elliott; and four grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, November 12, 2021 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend William Blackwell and Reverend Bill Jones officiating.   Interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park in Jasper. Pall Bearers were Charles Cantrell, Henry Cantrell, Justin Godfrey, Conner Culverhouse, Stuart Fincher, and Alex Morrell.

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

Loretta Brackett

            Loretta Ruth Brackett, 82, of Ball Ground, Georgia passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at her home. She was born May 24, 1939 to Rufus Wesley and Etta Mae Blackwell in Marble Hill.

            Loretta is survived by her children, Debbie and Bobby Brooks of Ball Ground, Randy Brackett of Ball Ground, Freddy Brackett and Cherie Martin of Ball Ground, Carrie and John Hillhouse of Jasper;  sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Ollie Holden of Ball Ground, Selma and Jimmy Dobson of Ball Ground, Carolyn and Gene Hyde of Ball Ground; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Eddie Brackett and son, Ronnie Brackett.

            Funeral services were  held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Yellow Creek Baptist Church with Reverend William Blackwell officiating. Interment followed in the Yellow Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Kelly Perry

            Mr. Kelly Austin Perry, 46, of Fairmount, Georgia, departed this life Friday morning, November 5, 2021 at Northside Atlanta Hospital. Kelly was born August 31, 1975 in Rome, Ga. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Egan and Nell Perry and Floyd and Mary Keener and sister-in-law, Melissa Pinyan. Kelly loved the Lord and was an active member at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Eton, GA. He enjoyed hunting and fishing when not working and most of all spending time with his family and being at service for his church family. He was the co-owner of North Georgia Classic and Collision in Jasper, GA.

            Kelly is survived by his wife, Hellen Dale Perry; daughters, Elizabeth Perry of Fairmount, GA, Brooke Perry of Adairsville, GA; granddaughter, Braelyn Evans, parents, David and Annie Ruth Perry of Fairmount, Ga; brother, Keith and Carla Perry of Fairmount, GA; mother-in-law, Shirley Parker of Sonoraville, father-in-law, Jimmy and Linda Dale of Sonoraville GA; and  many family and friends.

            Service to celebrate the life of Kelly Austin Perry was held Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 5 from Ponders Fairmount Chapel with Pastor Bobby Timms officiating.

            Condolences may be expressed to the family at

            Arrangements by Ponders Fairmount Chapel, 2566 Hwy 411, Fairmount GA 30139.

Horace Privette

April 5, 1934 -November 10, 2021

U.S. Veteran 

            Mr. Horace Privette, 87, of Canton, passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at his residence.

            Mr. Privette is survived by his wife, Donna Privette of Canton; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Privette of Jasper, George & Miranda Klein of Jasper, and Jonathan & Martha Elischer of Jasper; daughters and son-in-law, Jacqueline Elischer of Canton, and Joy & Chuck Swancy of Jasper; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jerry Johnson officiating.

            Interment of cremains was  at Sunrise Memorial Gardens at a later date.

            In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Georgia Mountain Hospice.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Privette family.

Earl Hyde, Jr.

April 28, 1961 – November 13, 2021

            Mr. Earl Hyde Jr., 60, of Jerusalem Community, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

            Earl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and was always helping others. He is survived by his wife, Connie Hyde of Jerusalem Community; mother-in-law, Mary Bunch of Ludville Community; daughters and sons-in-law, Shannon & Eric Hutson of Jerusalem Community, and Katrina & Jason Atkins of Blue Ridge; brother and sister-in-law: Jerry & Jill Hyde of Ellijay; sisters and brother-in-law, Sandy Hyde of Ellijay, and Lisa & Steve Ledford of Ellijay; granddaughter, Erica & Ethan Logan of Jerusalem Community; several nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Joseph Hightower officiating.

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

            Pallbearers: Matthew Hutson, Jeff Burnett, Jeremy Burnett, Jake Burnett, Michael Hutson, Ethan Logan, and Boone Bunch.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hyde family.

Carlos Cole

U.S. Veteran 

            Carlos Edward Cole, 78, of Jasper, Georgia passed away at his home in Bent Tree on November 14, 2021.  Carlos was born July 11, 1943 to Carlos and Mary Cole in Owensboro, Kentucky.

            Carlos is survived by wife, Faye Cole of Jasper; son, Scott Cole of Senoia; daughter, Carla Kapreilian Feightner (Weldon) of Newnan; step-son, Martin William Greene (Suzanne) of Bogart; brother, Robert “Bob” Cole (Linda) of Spicewood, Texas; sister, Dorothy Elkins of Sturgis, Kentucky; sister, Sunga Bacon (Ed) of Hillsboro, Oregon; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  Numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces also survive.

            He was preceded in death by parents, Carlos and Mary Cole; sisters, Patricia Cole Ross and Margaret Cole.

            After college, Carlos served 20 years in the United State Army.  He had tours in Vietnam, Korea, and Germany.  The old saying “once a soldier, always a soldier” was Carlos to a tee.  He tried to live by their creed every day of his life.

            He then taught Industrial Arts to high school students in Fulton County.  He retired from teaching in 2003.  Carlos was a real craftsman in wood working.  He was extremely proud of all the furniture he built for his home.  Everyone who visited from Hospice, Pastor, Church members, golfing buddies and even the Funeral Director of Roper Funeral Home (Kevin Roper) had to be given the tour.

            He was a resident of Bent Tree for 24 years. He loved playing golf and working crossword puzzles. He and his friend, Bob Lake, made a video entitled “Golfing with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.”  They were basically trying to help golfers with lung problems continue playing golf while on oxygen therapy.

            Carlos will be missed and remembered by all of us who love him.

            The family will be receiving friends Wednesday, November 17 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Carlos will be buried at Georgia National Cemetery.

            In lieu of flowers, make donations to one of the following:

            Georgia Mountain Hospice

            IPF Foundation

            Wounded Warrior Project

            St. Jude Children’s Hospital

            Disabled Veterans Organization

            Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

            Charity of Your Choice

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

Card of Thanks From the family of

Sue James

December 5, 1936 –

October 17, 2021

            The family of Sue James wishes to express our sincere gratitude for all the many acts of kindness extended to us during the loss of our loved one. Thank you for the cards, visits, calls, emails, food, monetary gifts and the lovely floral arrangements. Most of all, thank you for your many prayers.

            We want to express special appreciation to Reverend Harold Bottoms and Reverend Alan Day for their comforting words and support. Thank you Darrek Cornelison for your beautiful music and songs. Thanks to the nursing staff of United Hospice for your care over the past year. To those who served as pallbearers – Brett Bozeman, Brady Clayton, Justin Fellenbaum, Ron Fellenbaum, Mike James, Timothy James, Jacob Lambert and Kenny Payne – we thank you for your service. A special thanks to the staff of Cagle Funeral Home for their compassion and caring service.

            Phillip James

Lois Ridings, Rebecca Lambert, Melissa & Kenny Payne and Families

Jerry & Lynn James, Jenny & Ron Fellenbaum, Mike & Michelle James and Families

Eliza & Larry Ray, Amanda & Brady Clayton & Family

Brett & Julie Bozeman & Family

Card of Thanks

            The family of D.W. Mullinax wishes to express our gratitude to everyone who supported the family during D.W.’s illness and passing.

            Your thoughtfulness and generosity are much appreciated by the entire family.

Dot, Ricky, David

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