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Obituaries from August 3, 2017; Junior Fountain, Yolanda Heiss, Walter Haun, James Cook, Sandra McBee, Glenda Ryan

Junior Fountain

June 19, 1942 – July 25, 2017

  Junior Fountain, 75, of Ludville passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at his home.  He was born June 19, 1942 to Alfred and Bernice Duncan Fountain in Calhoun, Georgia.

He is survived by his wife, Geneva Fountain of Ludville; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Brian Perry of Ludville, Tonya and Adam McReynolds of Fairmount; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Gail Fountain of Ludville; daughter-in-law, Cindy Fountain of Talking Rock; grandchildren, Brittany Anderson, Whitney Moss, Ethan Perry, Cody Perry, Cassidy McReynolds, Colton McReynolds, Shelby Fountain, Hailey Fountain, Hannah Fountain; great-grandchildren, Mia Moss, Emma July Anderson; brother, Ronnie Fountain of Jasper; sister, Linda Townsend of Jasper; half-brothers, Donnie Fountain of Jerusalem Community, Lonnie Fountain of Ludville; half-sisters, Kathy Tilley of Talking Rock, and Vickie Chastain of Alabama.

He was preceded in death by son, Terry Fountain; mother, Bernice Duncan Fountain; father, Alfred Fountain; and brother, Jerry Fountain.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 27, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Bobby Timms and Reverend Bill Tatum officiating.  Interment followed at Black Knob Baptist Church Cemetery. 

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

Online condolences can be made at


Yolanda Heiss

Yolanda Elizabeth Stabe Heiss, 92, of Fayetteville, PA and formerly of Big Canoe, GA, passed away on July 15, 2017. Born July 2, 1925 in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of the late Charles Wilhelm and Lillian Stilley Stabe.

Yolanda was a 1943 graduate of Western High School in Baltimore and a Victory Volunteer. She and her husband Walter met on February 15, 1943, when she came to work at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, where Walter was working as a mail clerk. For Walter, it was love at first sight, but Yolanda told him he was too young for her. However, by May 1, 1943, they were going steady. They were married on December 15, 1946 after Walter was discharged from the Marine Corps. Their son, John Stabe Heiss, was born October 29, 1949. He preceded her in death in 1985 after a battle with cancer.

Yolanda and Walter lived most of their lives together in Big Canoe, GA; an 8,000 acre community in the North Georgia mountains. While Walter worked for the US Forest Service, Yolanda owned and operated an arts and crafts business known as Corner Cupboard Crafts. She was a very talented artist and teacher of art. Yolanda was an active member of her community. She loved animals and was an officer in the Big Canoe Animal Rescue. She also enjoyed golf as a pleasure sport.

“If there is a God, and I believe there is, I give thanks to him for sending Yolanda into my life to be my best friend and the love of my life for 74 wonderful years.”

Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Condolences and memories may be shared on her Book of Memories page at


Walter Haun

January 28, 1925 – July 23, 2017

Walter Bruce Haun, 92, of Jasper, GA. passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Kennestone Wellstar Hospital in Marietta, GA.

Born January 28, 1925 to Walter Reid Haun and Minnie Pearl (Powell) Haun in Little Rock, AR, he is survived by daughters, Meredith Haun Carter (Nathan) of Jasper, Christina Haun Hurd of Savannah, granddaughter, Amanda Hutson of Savannah, brother, Warren Scott Haun (Claire) of North Little Rock, AR. and a host of cousins. 

He is predeceased by both of his parents, son, Walter Reid Haun ll, and his beloved Claire.

Walter was a graduate of Memphis State University and spent the majority of his work career as a structural materials sales representative. Serving in the U.S. 3rd Army during  WWll and as a CID agent in Korea, he was awarded the Purple Heart. Known for his love of history and birding enthusiast, he spent his retirement in the fellowship of these interests. 

Following cremation, a memorial celebration of life will be held on August 26, 2017, at North Little Rock First United Methodist Church; 6701 JFK Blvd.; North Little Rock, AR  72116.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association; P.O. Box 96011 Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or  (800) 272-3900 . 

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

Online condolences can be made at 


James Cook

Mr. James Donald “Pete” Cook, 88, of Jasper, GA passed away on July 28, 2017 at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Cook, of Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Claudia Drum-Cook, of San Francisco, California; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Kathryn “Kitty” and Eric Schreppel, of Tracey, California; grandchildren, Steven Schreppel, and Eliana Schreppel; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

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


Sandra McBee

May 20, 1954 – July 31, 2017

Sandra Lee McBee, 63, of Jasper, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017 at her home in Jasper.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Russell of Cumming, Georgia; sons, Darrell Russell of Ball Ground, Georgia,  Derrick Allen of Tallahassee, Florida; sister, Debbie Hair of Ocoee, Tennessee; brothers, Terry McBee of Jasper, Larry McBee of Cartersville, Junior McBee of Panama City, Florida; grandchildren,  Heather Jordan, Hunter Jordan, Avery Russell, Brody Russell, Laney Allen, Bayleigh Allen, and Hayleigh Allen.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Michael Silvers officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Glenda Ryan

January 1, 1960 – July 30, 2017

Glenda Gail “Maw” Ryan, 57, of Jasper, GA passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Northside Hospital Cherokee. Glenda was born January 1, 1960 in Fairmount, GA to Homer Glenn and Haley Stone.

She is survived by her husband, Richard “Rick” Ryan, of Jasper; mother, Haley Stone, of Jasper; children, Tosha and Randy Baggs, of Ellijay, Corena Goldey, of Danville, IL, Christopher and Aja Goldey, of Jasper, Michael Price, of Jasper, Kelly and Doug Wood, of Jasper, Shelly Cochran, of Ellijay; brother’s, Glenn Stone, of Talking Rock, Lynn Stone, of Talking Rock; sister, Linda Richards; 15 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. She was preceded in death by her father, Homer Glenn Stone.

Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 in the Roper Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

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


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