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Obituaries for October 28, 2021; Truett Thompson, Dave Moore, Randy Mathews, Deborah Hewatt, Dolores Clyma, Nancy Thawley, Orville Johnson, Judy Howell,

Truett Thompson

            George “Truett” Thompson, Jasper, Georgia, 69, passed from this life Wednesday, October 20, 2021, after a 2- year battle with strokes and Parkinson’s Disease.

            He was born July 20, 1952 and was named after his father and his father’s WWII Army buddy, Truett Blackwell. Known for his Super Bee, #68 loved playing football for the Yellow Jackets, even surviving Parker’s Paradise, the most colorful if not the most comfortable football camp in the Altamaha Swamp, and graduated from Wayne County High School in 1971. Truett spent his work and hobby life as a carpenter and home builder, a passion he learned from an early age from his father, with his breeches nailed to the roofs of the houses his father was building. He loved hunting and fishing on the Altamaha River Basin and cheered on his Dawgs every fall without fail. He was a devoted father attending dance recitals, baton contests, soccer games, and many football games, cheering louder for his majorettes at halftime than the team during the game. After growing up in the Anderson Drive Baptist Church, Truett later found a church family at Unity Church of God. His retirement years were spent in the north Georgia mountains, spoiling his grands and helping his girls.

            He is loved and greatly missed by his wife of 44 years, Vickie Bacon Thompson; his daughters, Jereme and Richard Breedlove, with grands, Ansley, Hadley, and Brooks of Watkinsville, Ga, and Allison and Brian Neal, with grands, Ryley and Coleton of Jasper, Ga. His sisters are Betty (James) Moxley and Lisa (Dale) Lanham both of Jesup, Ga. His sisters-in-law are Molly (Greg) Whetzel of Williamsburg, Va. and Livia (Michael) McMahon of Savannah, Ga. Numerous nieces and nephews will miss his unguarded humor at family gatherings. His beloved Bassadore, Beau, is lost without him.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, George “Buck” and Eunice Thompson, and sister, Mona Thompson.

            A great part of Truett’s life was enjoying time with hunting and fishing buddies, Danny and Denise Griffis, Bill and Sandy Thurmon, Bill and Nell Tyre, and growing up as a part of the Anderson Drive Gang. His last year was made much richer by special friends and devoted caregiver Dana Strickland Dunsmore.

            Celebration of Life was held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 25, 2021 at Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor George Moxley officiating. A private interment will be held by his family.

            Memorials are requested to: George Moxley Ministries, 2416 Georgia Highway 203, Jesup, Ga 31545

912 256-1362.

            Rinehart and Sons Funeral Home of Jesup, Ga. is in charge of arrangements.

            “It was no accident me finding you

Someone had a hand in it

Long before we ever knew…”

The Keeper of the Stars

Dave Moore

U.S. Veteran

            L. David “Dave” Moore, PhD., 89, passed away suddenly and peacefully on 18 Oct. 2021 at Mountainside Hospital, Jasper, Georgia, a few short weeks before his 90th birthday.

            Dave was born at home in Mount Hope, West Virginia, in 1931, the second child and only son of parents Leslie Darl Moore and Bonnie Wilson Moore.  

            He graduated from Morgantown High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from West Virginia University. Dave served his country during the Korean War in the US Army Corp of Engineers. He won an Army $1,500 scholarship, which paid full tuition to the University of Akron, Ohio, where he acquired his Master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry. Purdue University awarded Dave his Doctorate in Polymer and Organic Chemistry in 1959, and years later, he attended Harvard University’s Masters for Executives program and achieved a Masters in Business Administration. 

            He met Janet Beach on campus in Akron, and they married in 1956. Devoted to each other over 65 years, their union brought four children. Surviving Dave is his beloved wife, Jan, and children, Sheryl Moore (Jasper, GA), Jeff Moore (wife Catherine Cortright, Marietta, GA), Amy Nesbit (husband Scott, Land O’ Lakes, FL), and David Moore (wife Danah, Jasper, GA), and three grandchildren: Heather Nesbit (Miami, FL), Robert Nesbit (wife Catherine, Cypress, TX), and Amber Moore (Jasper, GA). Also surviving him are his nephews, Tim Toothman (wife Jessica Andrews, Tucson, AZ) and Michael Toothman (wife Therese Comyns, Ardmore, PA); cousins Connie Dunning, Bonnie Remers, and Alyce Ashcraft, and other extended family members.

            Dr. Moore had a successful 30-year career highlighted with directing technology for the world’s leading chemical companies specializing in creating remedies for environmental problems, serving as a Group Vice President heading all chemical operations, Director of a Fortune 300 chemical company, a VP and Director of a Fortune 50 company, and President of Interchem Corp. After Interchem sold, Dave “retired” to write, authoring four books, and lecturing. In 1997, Dave and Jan bought mountain property in Jasper, where he designed and built their forever home, cut trails through the forest, built a platform over the wondrous waterfalls, and spent the last 24 years of his life.

            Dave had a lifelong interest in religious activities, taught Sunday school for over 20 years, and practiced  Christianity throughout his business career.  His interests included reading religious works, writing, and lecturing on these subjects. He enjoyed numerous spiritual journeys to many parts of the world, including Jerusalem, Easter Island, and Egypt. Pursuing these interests and once an avid golfer and a Pro-Am Golf Tournaments winner, his golf game deteriorated beyond recognition.

            Dave’s parents, stepfather Ivan C. Owens, stepmother Helen Beck Moore, his only sibling, Eileen Hayhurst, and her husband, Russell, many extended family members and ancestors predeceased him.

            As a whole-body donor, the Genesis Legacy Foundation compassionately transported Dave to Memphis, Tennessee, where he is participating in essential medical research and helping train medical professionals from around the world at the Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI). Once he completes his participation and his ashes return, the family will later plan a private celebration of his life at home, scattering his ashes in the waterfalls on the property he loved so much.

Randy Mathews

            Mr. Randy Joe “Boo Boo” Mathews, 64, of Fairmount, Georgia, departed this life Sunday October 24, 2021 at AdventHealth Gordon in Calhoun, Georgia.

            Boo Boo was born February 4, 1957 in Whitestone, Georgia, a son of the late Homer Lonis and Geraldine Guyndelin Hightower Mathews. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sybil Diane Crider and his brothers, Charles Kenneth “Rosey” Mathews, Jerry Norman “Lum” Mathews, and James “Flute” Mathews. He was an auto mechanic by trade and was owner of Mathews Garage in Cartersville, Georgia.

            He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Cheryle Burch Mathews of the residence; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph “Jo Jo” and Kelly Mathews; grandchildren, Karissa Renee Mathews and Tate Joseph Mathews all of Fairmount, GA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen and Tony Cannon of Plainville, GA, Gail Burch of Calhoun, GA, Sandra and David Burch of Fairmount, GA, Steve Crider of Fairmount, GA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene “Bull” and Sherry Mathews of Jasper, GA, Ann Mathews of Plainville, GA, Donald “Goat” and Deborah of Ludville, GA,  Patricia Mathews of Cartersville, GA, Tim “Waldo” and Teresa Mathews of Fairmount, GA; several nieces and nephews.

            Graveside services to celebrate the life of Mr. Randy Joe “Boo Boo” Mathews will be held Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery, 311 Goshen Way, Waleska, GA, 30183, with Brother Vandell Collins officiating.  Jo Jo Mathews, Josh “Crow Bar” Johnson, Railyn Mathews, Casey Mathews, Cameron Mathews, Jerry Burch, Sam Woodall, Justin DeLong, Andrew “Andy” Mathews and Ross Mathews will be honored to serve as pallbearers.

            The family will receive friends at Ponders Fairmount Chapel after 11 a.m. Wednesday until the service hour.                  

            Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com.

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

Deborah Hewatt

            Deborah Hewatt, 64, of Jasper, Georgia, was called home to heaven on October 22nd, 2021.

            She was preceded by her parents, Joseph and Jerri Jackson; sister-In-law, Diane Jackson; and nephew, Craig Randell Jackson. Debbie is survived by her husband, Jack Hewatt; daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Chris Hoover; granddaughter, Kennedie Hewatt; and her siblings, Ricky and Donna Jackson, Melody Jackson Sims, and April Jackson.  Several nieces, nephews, great- nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews also survive.

            No service is planned at this time.

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

Dolores Clyma

            Dolores Elaine Clyma, known to all as Doe, died peacefully the morning of October 22, 2021 in Canton, Georgia. Doe was born in 1935 to Elmer and Evelyn Clyma in Detroit, Michigan. She grew up, married and raised her family in Detroit. In 2002 Doe retired to Jasper, Georgia to be closer to her children and grandkids.  

            Dolores was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Marilyn Langrill and Grace Ralph; and husbands, Kenneth Rupkey and John Strainovici.

            She is survived by her brother, Elmer Clyma; her children, Kendolyn and Craig Belt, John and Carrie Rupkey, Jay and Sue Strainovici, Pete and Leanne Strainovici; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

            Due to COVID restrictions, a private family memorial is planned for a later date.

            The family wishes to express great appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the staff and volunteers at Provident Village, Doe’s residence of the last five years. Our appreciation and thanks also extend to the staff and awesome healthcare workers at Amedisys Healthcare who assisted Doe in every way during the last 10 months.

Nancy Thawley

            Nancy Jernigan Thawley passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the age of 79. 

            She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Charles Brooks Thawley; their three daughters, Lauren Thawley, Deborah Williams (George) and Brooke Thawley; grandchildren, Brittany Fowler (William), Jordan Linder (Kim), Sarah Williams, and Zachary Ortman, and 5 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Judge and Mrs. John Wesley Jernigan.

            Nancy was a retired nurse and spent many years focusing on pediatric care.  She had a tremendous gift of caring for others, especially children.

            Her hobbies were cooking, baking, sketching, drawing, sewing, and knitting.  She had a love for the outdoors and most especially the mountains where she lived out the remaining years of her life with her loving husband.  She loved her family immeasurably, and touched countless people with such care.

            A private funeral service will be held at a time to be determined.

            In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to:

            IPF Foundation: https://ipffoundation.org or The American Lung Association idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis

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

Orville Johnson

October 22, 1925 -October 22, 2021

U.S. Veteran 

            Today we celebrate the life of our Daddy, Pop, Poppop, Orville “Chip” Johnson. He was the beloved father of Josie, Jaime, and Chris, who he proudly raised with beautiful Marion, his Muzz, who was the love of his life from the moment he laid eyes on her as a teenager, until he left this earth and stepped back into her arms on October 22, 2021, so they could celebrate his 96th birthday together.

            Our Poppop was the Sunday caller, fishing partner, birthday card sender, article sharer, and chief storyteller to his grandchildren, Ried, Barton, Keeley, Kenny, and to his great-grandchildren Zach, Holden, Gavin, Izzy, Annabelle, Madeline, Drew, and Duncan. He was the adopted father and grandfather of Margo, Steven, Leigh, and Alex, who he teased and loved as if they were his own. We were awed by his stories and will tell our grandchildren and great-grandchildren the one about young Chip standing at a fence near his home in New Jersey on May 6, 1937 where he was witness to the historic explosion of the Hindenburg at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station.

            Chip was the second youngest of seven and is survived by his youngest sister, Verna Sprinkle, who will miss her brother’s calls and birthday cards. He loved to chat with his siblings and kept up with many of his nieces and nephews, including visiting one of his nephews on a warship in Okinawa when he was there during World War II. Chip was very proud of his service in the United States Army Corps during World War II. He joined when he was 18 and served as a tail gunner until the war ended. When he returned home from World War II, he attended college and received his degree with the support of the GI Bill. Education was important to Chip, and he helped many students reach their educational goals by establishing the HC Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of his father, who was an elementary school principal.

            Chip remembered so many of us, that his bank calendars just overflowed with birthday and anniversary reminders. Each year we all received a bank calendar of our own filled out with birthdays and anniversaries, along with a gentle reminder from him that family is what matters.

            Don’t worry, Pop, we will stay in touch.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Johnson family.

Judy Howell

            Mrs. Julia “Judy” M. Howell, 85, of Jasper, born April 30, 1936 passed away Friday, October 22, 2021, at Pruitt Health Hospice and Palliative Care.  She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

            She was preceded in death by her mother and father, beloved siblings, and her loving husband, Ulysses “Beck” Howell.

            Judy is survived by her three sons, Victor Smith of Gary, Indiana, Don Howell (Robin) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ulysses “Joe” Howell (Deanna) of Cobb County, Georgia; three grandchildren, Joey (Christi) Smith of Talking Rock, Georgia, Alyce Howell and April Howell of Chattanooga, Tennessee; three great-grandchildren, Andrew Smith, Ashton Smith, Georgia Smith all of Talking Rock, Georgia and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.

            A Graveside Service was held at 1 pm, Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Jasper, Georgia with Reverend Leland Jones officiating.

            In lieu of flowers, Judy’s family request donations be made to her home church, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

The family would like to express thanks and sincere gratitude to Bill and Cindy Tate, Mrs. Dorothy Gist, Rev. Leland Jones, the whole of the collaborative care team at Pruitt Health Hospice and Palliative Care, and Roper Funeral Home. 

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

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