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Obituaries for September 30, 2021; Elizabeth Edmunds, Doug Patterson, Gerard Brown Sr., Mary Pross, Jack Griffith, Joey Russell, Sukhdevbhai Patel, Jana Godfrey, Linda Hightower, Jackie Jones, Alfred Thomas, Ronald Hannahs, Odean Padgett, Annie Mae Dean, Charles Leverette

Elizabeth Edmunds

            Elizabeth Rita Edmunds, 86, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021 at her home. 

            Liz is survived by her husband, Joe Edmunds of Jasper; sons, Rick Edmunds of Durham, North Carolina, Randy Edmunds of San Diego, California, Ronnie Edmunds of St. Petersburg, Florida; sisters, Ruth Ann Statham of Valrico, Florida and Henrietta Hazelton of Austin, Texas.

            A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 2, 2021 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Betty Estes officiating.

            Memorial contributions in Mrs. Edmunds’ honor may be made to your favorite charity.

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

Doug Patterson

            Douglas Lee Patterson, 56, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Friday, September 24, 2021 at Northside Hospital Cherokee. 

            Doug is survived by his wife, Layla Patterson of Talking Rock; sons and fiances, Jake Patterson and Britney Mooney of Jasper; Tyler Patterson and Gracie Ghorley of Jasper; son Garrett Patterson of Talking Rock; and son and daughter-in-law Cody and Emily Grant of Jasper; daughter, Alice Harkins; brothers, Dan Patterson of Fairmount, David Patterson of Soldonta, Alaska; grandson, Carter Coulter. Several aunts, uncles, other relatives and a host of friends also survive.

            Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Shirley Patterson.

            Funeral services were held on Monday, September 27, 2021 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home at 4 p.m. with Pastor Mark Porado officiating. Entombment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

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

Gerard Brown Sr.

U.S. Veteran

            Gerard Brown, Sr., A United States Veteran, 70, of Dekalb County, Georgia passed away and no services are planned at this time.

            Care and trust placed with In Their Honor of Jasper Funeral Home.

Mary Pross

            Mary Wilson Pross, 59, of Bonneau, South Carolina passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021. No services are planned at this time.

            Care and trust placed with In Their Honor of Jasper Funeral Home.

Jack Griffith

U.S. Veteran

            Jack Robert Griffith of Marietta, Georgia, passed away peacefully on September 19, 2021, after a courageous and inspiring battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 93 years old. Jack met life’s challenges with humor and grace, and he taught everyone around him that a person is capable of enduring just about anything with the will to do so. 

            Jack was born on August 1, 1928, in Tate, Georgia. He attended North Georgia College, served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and then began a career at Lockheed that spanned almost 40 years. An avid baseball player in his youth and dedicated Braves fan, Jack allowed only one thing to distract him from the game, and that was his cherished grandkids. His grandchildren will always fondly remember “Grandpa G” for the tractor rides and the fresh veggies he prepared for them.            Though Jack’s gardens reduced in size over the years, they always yielded plenty of mouth-watering tomatoes, green beans, and squash. Jack also enjoyed repairing old clocks, woodworking, golf, and banjo music. 

            Predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy “Jackie” Duncan Griffith; Jack is survived by his son, Stephen; his daughter, Amy, and son-in-law, Mark Denicore; grandchildren, Sophie (“Dahlia”), Daisy, and Tucker; his sister, Mary Jane Griffith; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

            Jack’s family would like to thank the nurses, respiratory therapists, CNAs, and everyone else at Chulio Hills Rehabilitation Center in Rome, Georgia, for their love and care for Jack, especially during the COVID-19 lockdowns. 

            In lieu of sending flowers, please vaccinate against COVID, wear a mask, and make a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation to advance research toward a cure. 

            A graveside service was  held at 11 a.m., Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Tate.

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

Joey Russell

            Joey Maurice Russell, 61, of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.  He was born November 6, 1959 in Tate, Georgia.

            Joey is survived by his children, Shaquita Russell of Cartersville, Joey Russell Jr. “JoJo” of Cartersville; grandchildren, Jordan Russell, Jayden Russell, Cali Russell; sister, Janice Williams of Jasper; brothers, James E. Bridges of Smyrna, Jeffery C. Bridges of Washington, D. C.; uncles, Owen Russell, Clayxton Russell, Perry Russell; mother of the children, Jackie McKinney; nephews and nieces, Montavious and Courtney Bridges and their children, Ayden & Malaysia; niece, Ashley Bridges, and many more nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and other family members.  Also surviving are special friends Brandy Wofford, Alana Wofford, Willie Stephens, Ian Stephens, and Issac Bridges.

            He was preceded in death by his mother, Emily Bridges; his father, Jorelle Russell; son, Torey Russell; sister, Jerarld Bridges; and special friend, Brenda Wofford.

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with  Pastor Tyrone Gates, Reverend Leo Hampton, and Elder Linda Durham officiating. Interment will follow at Lake Forest Memorial Park.  Mr. Russell will lie-in-state at the church from 1:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.

            The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

            The family request masks be worn for visitation and the funeral service.

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

Sukhdevbhai Patel

            Sukhdevbhai Lallubhai Patel, 73, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Friday, September 24, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. 

            He is survived by his spouse, Lalita Patel of Jasper; son, Nayan Bhai Patel of Jasper; daughter-in-law, Divya Nayan Patel of Jasper; daughters, Pravinaben Patel of Panama, Hina Khushal of Trinidad, Sunita Patel of Little Rock; and grandson, Rishi Patel of Jasper.

            Services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 30, 2021 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home.  

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

Jana Godfrey

            Jana Sue Godfrey, 63, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.

            She is survived by her husband, Danny Godfrey of Jasper; daughter and son in law, Karla and Charlie Roper of Jasper; sister and brother in law, Carol and Doug Marshman of Dalton, mother in law, Jewell Godfrey of Jasper and grandchildren, Abbie Roper and Hailey Roper.            

            Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 2 p.m. in the Roper Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Charlie Bogan and Pastor Shannon Kelly officiating. The interment followed at Lake Forest Memorial Park.

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

Jeanene Moore

            Jeanene S. Moore of Jasper, Georgia passed away in Glendale, Arizona on the evening of January 8, 2021 at the age of 83 after complications of COVID-19.                           Jeanene was born April 28, 1937 in her parents’ home in Cleveland, Georgia. After graduating from Cleveland High School in 1955, she got a job at the telephone company and moved to Atlanta and lived in a Church Home with 4 other girls. In December 1955, she met her husband, Ernest, on a blind date and they were married six months later on June 30, 1956 and began their family right away.  Jeanene worked at C&S Bank as a bank teller for a short time, then became the bookkeeper for the title company she and Ernest began in 1986.  Upon selling the title company in 1997, she and Ernest retired to Jasper, Georgia in a beautiful mountain lakeside home. She enjoyed the next 20 years golfing, traveling and being with family & friends. Due to health reasons, they moved to Glendale, AZ in August 2018.  Upon the passing of Ernest on October 17, 2018, Jeanene remained in their new apartment in the Assisted Living Community of Orchard Pointe of Arrowhead in Glendale, AZ that she absolutely loved.

            The last years of Jeanene’s life were troubled with dementia.  She lost interest in activities she previously loved to do and was just happy to sit in her chair reading or doing paint-by-number paintings of scenery, children and snowmen.  She stated many times over the last few years she was ready to go anytime God was ready for her, and her family takes comfort in knowing she is now with God through her belief in Jesus.

            She was survived by her brother Raymond Simmons (Gainesville, GA); brother Leroy Simmons (Marietta, GA); daughter Cyndi Kennedy (Auburn, GA); daughter Donna Moore (Glendale, AZ); son David Moore (Atlanta, GA); grandsons Ethan & Evan Kennedy; great grandchildren Ella & Easton Kennedy; and many nephews and nieces. She is predeceased by her mother, Nellie Simmons; her father, Grover Simmons; her sister, Evelyn; her sister, Helen; her brother, Hansel; her brother, Hoyt; her brother Hayne; and her husband, Ernest.

            In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, Texas 75380.

            The funeral service was postponed due to COVID-19, but is now scheduled for October 3, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Jasper United Methodist Church, 85 Church Street, Jasper, GA  30143.

Linda Hightower

July 15, 1956 – September 27, 2021

            Mrs. Linda Hightower, 65, of Ludville Community, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021 at her residence.

            Mrs. Hightower is survived by her husband, Phillip Hightower of Ludville Community; son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy & Teresa Cheshire of Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Sabrina & Earl Everett of Jasper; stepdaughters, Jennie Quinton of Jasper, and Casey Hightower of Alabama; brother and sister-in-law, Craig & Georgie Darby of Carnesville; nine grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

            Visitation is Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Thursday from 8 a.m. until the funeral service hour.

            Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Johnny Hollingshead and Rev. Harold Hightower officiating.

            Interment will be at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: Skyler Everett, Dawson Johnson, Jason Garrett, William Darby, Jason Long, and Jonathan Long.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hightower family.

Jackie Jones

June 9, 1965 – September 24, 2021

            Mr. Jackie Jones, 56, of Jasper, passed away Friday, September 24, 2021 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

            Jackie is survived by his companion, Tommy Sue Cox of Jasper and their children, Dustin Wright, Melinda Blackwell, and Nikki Dodd; and grandchildren, Wyatt Blackwell, Ozzy Mulkey, Faith Anderson, Johnathan Dodd, Makayla Dodd, Ethan Dodd, and Skylar Wright; father: Seth Jones Jr. of Marble Hill; stepfather, Samuel Herbert Wofford; brother, Jerry Jones; sisters, Joyace Jones of Ellijay, and Janet Lee Alexander of Ellijay; several nieces and nephews.

            He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lee Wofford.

            A memorial service will be held at a later date.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jones family.

Alfred Thomas

U.S. Veteran

            Alfred Edward Thomas, A United States Army Veteran, 80, of Powder Springs, Georgia passed away Monday, September 20, 2021. No services are planned at this time.

            Care and trust placed with In Their Honor of Jasper Funeral Home.

Ronald Hannahs

U.S. Veteran

            Ronald Hannahs, A United States Army Veteran, 73, Fairmount, Georgia passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021. Military services are to be planned.                         Care and trust placed with In Their Honor of Jasper Funeral Home.

Odean Padgett

U.S. Veteran

            Odean Southerland Padgett of Woodstock, GA left this world from her home surrounded by her family on the afternoon of September 11, 2021, after a long fight with health issues.

            Odean was one of the original proprietors of the Biskit Barn in Canton, GA. She enjoyed playing Bingo at the Canton Moose Lodge and spoiling her grandkids.

            Odean was born the youngest child of a large family on July 1, 1946 in Talking Rock, GA and was preceded in death by her parents, Columbus “Lum” Southerland, Sr. and Mollie L. Bennett Kincaid; several brothers and sisters; her husband, Floyd L. Padgett; sons, Mitchell and Kevin Padgett and daughter-in-law, Deb Padgett.

            Odean is survived by her daughter, Angela Padgett Ray of Woodstock; sons, William Padgett (Linda) and James Padgett (Lori) of Jasper; grandsons, Brody and Bryson Padgett; granddaughters, Emily Strickland (Shawn) and Kristyn Baker; and great-grandsons, Archer and Owen Strickland.

            Odean chose to be cremated with a Celebration of Life held on September 26, 2021 in her honor. Proverbs 31:25-30 KJV

Annie Mae Dean

June 20, 1941 – September 22, 2021

            Mrs. Annie Mae Dean, 80, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at The Retreat at Jasper.

            Mrs. Dean is survived by her son, John Dean of Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, Horace & Sue Williams of Jasper; nephew, Randy Dean; niece: Rhonda Harris; several great-nieces and great-nephews.

            Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bill Lawrence officiating.

            Interment was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at Georgia National Cemetery.

            In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Masonic Home of Georgia in Macon.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Dean family.

Charles Leverette

January 17, 1956 – September 25, 2021

U.S. Veteran 

            Mr. Charles “Rick” Leverette, 65, of Talking Rock, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.

            Mr. Leverette is survived by his wife, Dorothy Leverette of Talking Rock; sons and daughter-in-law, Joshua & Dana Leverette of Canton, and Joseph Leverette of Talking Rock; daughter, Jessica Leverette of Jasper; sister, Patsy Dempsey of Atlanta; three grandchildren, Victoria Fisher, Lea Leverette, and Ryan Leverette.

            Visitation is Thursday, September 30, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., and Friday, October 1, from 8 a.m. until the funeral hour.

            Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 1, 2021 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Preacher Jerry Stewart officiating.

            Interment will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Leverette family.

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