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Obituaries from February 16, 2017; Vann White, Leon Gay, JoAnn McClellan, Charlotte Geirrein, Roy Johnson

Vann White

October 17, 1964 – February 7, 2017


Our gentle witty Vann William White, 52, entered heaven on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. We know he is gazing at the most incredible wonders of nature his blue eyes have ever seen.

If you ever met Vann you would have loved Vann. He loved Chevy trucks, John Wayne, Elvis, NASCAR, Georgia Dawgs, hunting, fishing, Christmas Vacation, World War II movies, teaching science, personal notes from his students at Carter High School which he displayed proudly on his refrigerator, playing “Got you last” with his nieces and nephews, his crazy sayings, his dogs, and most of all his family.

Vann loved God and was loved by God. He could clearly see that the natural world we live in was created with great purpose. He would point out the engineering mind of the honey bee in building a honeycomb to exact precision, the feat of strength and teamwork ants show in building a bridge to maneuver food, and how the earth was suspended in the atmosphere and if it were only a few feet closer we would all burn up. Vann believed God has revealed himself to every person through the powerful works of his creation so that no person is without excuse.  With all wisdom and understanding,  he[a] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,  to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.     Ephesians 1:8-10 NIV

Vann leaves to cherish his memories of humor to his three children, Case White of Knoxville, Tennessee, Colby White of Nashville, Tennessee, and his forever sweetheart Kendall White of Leander, Texas who simply adore their father; to his favorite love his mother Beverly White of Jasper, Georgia who taught him to love unconditionally, preceded in death by his father Richard H. White of Jasper, Georgia; to his brother and sister-in-law Rick and Cindy White of Jasper, Georgia; sister and brother-in-law Agayla Jane and Gerald Young of Jasper, Georgia; to the mother of his children Patti White of Leander, Texas; to his in-laws Doyle and Betty Naramore of Jasper, Alabama; to his sister-in-law Joann Lawhorn of Liberty Hill, Texas; to his nieces and nephews Chelsie White, DeLauren White, Hayley Lawhorn, Autumn Young, Ryan Lawhorn, Chandler White, Tyler Lawhorn, and Reid Young, great-niece Abagail Prucka; and his dogs Zoe, Pebbles and Bam Bam.

To honor their father, the children set up a Science Scholarship Fund to be awarded to one student pursuing a degree in science at Carter High School in Sweetwater, Tennessee where he taught science and one student at Pickens High School in Jasper, Georgia where he attended high school, in lieu of flowers.

Services were held at Roper Funeral Home on Saturday, February 11 at 2 p.m.  Vann was cremated and returned to nature on Sunday, February 12. 

We are heartbroken for ourselves but we rejoice knowing Vann is in heaven and we will be united with him again.  Vann the teacher would encourage you to “show proof” that you know the answer to where you will go.  He would tell you that you want Jesus Christ to say “Got You Last!”


Leon Gay

February 26, 1947 – February 8, 2017


Mr. Leon Gay, 69, of Canton, passed away Wednesday, February 08, 2017. He was born February 26, 1947 to Hubert and Inez Satterfield Gay in Canton.  

Leon is survived by his wife, Deborah Gay of Canton; son, William Gay of Canton; daughter, Rebekah Gay of Canton; brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Rachel Gay of Canton; brother-in-law, John Stanfield of Ball Ground; and sister-in-law, Casey Childers of Canton. Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive. He was preceded in death by brothers, Marvin Gay and Douglas Gay; and sister, Martha Tippens.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 11 at the First Baptist Church of Jasper with Reverend Greg Pope officiating.  Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.  

The family accepted flowers or memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jasper; 198 East Church Street; Jasper, Georgia  30143.

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

Online condolences can be made at


JoAnn McClellan

Mrs. JoAnn Pettitt McClellan, 82, of Ball Ground, passed away Monday February 6, 2017 at her residence. 

Mrs. McClellan is survived by her husband, William McClellan of Ball Ground; daughter, Elizabeth Renee McClellan of Ball Ground; brothers, Allen Pettitt of Jasper, Phillip Pettitt of Nelson, and Joel Pettitt of Gainesville; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 9 at Gospel Temple Church in Ball Ground with Brothers Butch Roberts, Bill Lewis, and Daniel Reeves officiating. Interment at Gospel Temple Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Lloyd, Will Bennett, Edward Wilkie, Nathan Pettitt, Cody Pettitt, and Matt Huffman.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the McClellan family. Online condolences may be made at


Charlotte Geirrein

Ms. Charlotte Geirrein, 75, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Pruitt Health – Jasper.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12 at the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Ray Gober officiating.  Interment followed in Hillhouse-Haygood Cemetery. 

Ms. Geirrein loved her dogs and enjoyed reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Ruby Hillhouse Haygood; sister, Edith Morrison; brothers, Jimmy Haygood and Jack Haygood.  Survivors include her children, Lisa (Randy) Carver and Steve (Tracie) Geirrein; sister, Mary Decker; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.



Roy Johnson

August 16, 1927 – February 13, 2017


Mr. Roy Wallace Johnson, 89, of Jasper, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home.  

He is survived by his wife, Geneva Johnson of Jasper; children, Randall Wallace Johnson and wife, Kimberly, of Jasper, Anthony Brown Johnson and wife, Margaret, of Ball Ground, Gina Leigh Seidel of Canton, Daniel Roy Johnson and wife, Delane, of Mobile, Alabama; brothers, Lloyd H. Johnson of Fayetteville, Robert Earl Johnson of Adairsville, 12 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.  He was preceded in death by his brother, James D. Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Davis officiating.  The family will receive friends on Wednesday at Roper Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Reinhart University or to your favorite charity in honor of Mr. Johnson.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Card of Thanks

The family of Iona Clark Camp would like to thank everyone for their kind words and prayers, the beautiful flowers and food you lovingly provided during the loss of our beloved sister and aunt.

A special thank you to Pickens EMS, Piedmont emergency room nurses and doctors. The second floor nurses and doctors. Dr. McCurdy and the in-house hospice nurses, who treated our loved one with respect and compassion in her final hours as well as caring for our family. There are truly angels among us.

Thank you to Rev. Kenny Green for his comforting words and wonderful message that honored our loved one. Thank you to the Hightower family for the beautiful music, it was as if the angels were singing.

We would also like to thank Cagle Funeral Home for their dedication to not only caring for our loved one but also caring for our family.

Gone from our lives but not from our hearts. May God bless each of you that touched our hearts with loving kindness.

The family of 

Iona Clark Camp




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