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Obituaries from February 2, 2017; Trula Cantrell, Garrie Kitchen, Gladys Harris, Elaine Garrett, Lois Gilleland, Billy Buchanan, Ila Moss, Tracy Silvers

Trula Cantrell

May 29, 1927 – January 23, 2017


Trula Fannie Cantrell, 89, of Jasper, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017 at Wildwood Nursing Home. She was born May 29, 1927 to Henry Elmer and Alice Davis in Fannin County.  

Trula is survived by her children, Harold and Diane Cantrell, Billy and Linda Cantrell, Mary Alice and Scott Perkins, Helen Bailey, Henry Cantrell, and Shirley Lee; daughter-in-law, Regina Cantrell; sisters, Faye Payne of Cleveland, Gladys Wheeler of Cleveland; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by children, Charles Cantrell, Danny Cantrell, and Jerel Cantrell.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Bethesda Baptist Church with Reverend Larry Eubanks and Reverend Greg Long officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

The family will accept flowers.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Garrie Kitchen

December 2,1936 –January 29, 2017


Garrie Baird Kitchen, a resident of Bent Tree Community in Jasper, Georgia, passed away after a long illness, on Sunday, January 29, 2017.  

Born on December 2, 1936 in Caro, Michigan, he was the son of the late Wilfred Kitchen and Marjorie Baird Kitchen. Garrie had one sister, Cherri. He was also preceded in death by his beloved daughter Jill Kitchen Conable.  

The love he had will be carried on through his wife of 56 years, Janet Kitchen; and his son and daughters and their families. Julie and Roger Miller of Dublin, Georgia, Sharon and Robert Shafer of Kennesaw, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Lori Kitchen of Roswell, Georgia; grandchildren, Justin Miller, Kendell Miller, Whitney Miller, Zachary Campbell, Taylor Kitchen, Morgan Kitchen, Preston Conable, Avery Conable, Laine Conable. Sister and Brother-in-law, Cherri and Jim Hawkins of Cleveland, Tennessee. Several cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.  

Garrie graduated from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance (in his freshman year he met Janet, the love of his live). Prior to college, Garrie served proudly on an aircraft carrier in the United States Navy. He was a true patriot. He made sure that there was a flag pole with the American flag flying high at every home they lived in. He even had a flag flying on his red Jeep.

Garrie started his career in Miami, FL working for General Electric Credit Corporation. The Kitchens moved out out the South East several times between 1962 and 1975, finally landing in East Cobb County. In 2000, he retired while working for Chrysler First. Janet retired the same year, from her teaching job, and they moved to Bent Tree.  Here he enjoyed the mountains, golf, community activities and traveling.  

Any one that knew him enjoyed his quick-witted humor and practical jokes. It was easy to see his love of life and family in his smile and sparkling blue eyes.

   A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. -8 p.m., Thursday, February 2 at Roper Funeral Home in Jasper.  The celebration of Garrie’s life and legacy will be at 11 a.m., Friday, February 3 at Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church with Father Charles Byrd officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall. Interment will be at Georgia National Cemetery at 11:30  a.m. on Monday, February 6, in Canton, GA. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Georgia Mountain Hospice as they have been such a resource and support to both Garrie and his family.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Gladys Harris

Mrs. Gladys Burgess Harris, 95, of Carrollton, Georgia passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Mrs. Harris was born in Jasper, Georgia on December 6, 1921, the daughter of the late Carter Burgess and Mamie McWhorter Burgess. She retired as Executive Assistant for Pickens Technical Institute now known as Chattahoochee Technical College and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jasper, GA.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Frank Gill of Dallas, TX, Nancy and Dr. Robert Auburn of Gig Harbour, WA, Wina and Michael Low of Vinings, GA; grandchildren, Judson and ZoeAnn Bailey, Sam Burtz, III, Cody and Kelli Jennings, Dr. Christopher and Dr. Cari Low, Alexandra Low; great grandchildren, Abby, Katelyn and Georgia Bailey, Annabelle and Josie Low; sisters, Faye Weeks of Jacksonville, FL, Ruth Roland of Jasper, GA; special friend, considered as a granddaughter, Carla Swain. 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Harris.

The funeral service was held Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Jasper with Dr. Steve Davis and Rev. Greg Pope officiating.

Pallbearers were Judson Bailey, Dr. Christopher Low, Cody Jennings, Michael Low, Dr. Robert Auburn and Frank Gill.

Interment at Sunrise Memorial Gardens, Highway 53, Jasper, Georgia 30143.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Carrollton Legacy, 102 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117 or the First Baptist Church of Jasper, Georgia, 198 E. Church Street, Jasper, Georgia 30143.

Messages of condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Almon Funeral Home of Carrollton has charge of arrangements.


Elaine Garrett

Ms. Elaine Garrett, 65, of Jasper, passed away Monday January 24, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

Ms. Garrett is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Betty Millwood of Los Fresnos, TX and Jason and Kimberly Garrett of Ball Ground; daughter, Krissy Garrett of Tifton, GA; brother, Craig Darby of Commerce, GA; sister, Linda Hightower of the Ludville community; and 9 grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 26th from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. David Chadwick officiating. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Jason Garrett, Michael Millwood, William Darby, Skylar Everett, Mikal Millwood, and Earl Everett.

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


Lois Gilleland

Mrs. Lois Cagle Gilleland, age 86 of Jasper, passed away January 26, 2017 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. 

Mrs. Gilleland is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ben & Kim Gilleland of Jasper; daughter, Rosemary Gilleland of Jasper; sisters, Betty Bruce of Jasper and Peggy Hulsey of Jasper; nephews, Tom Hulsey and David Bruce; grandchildren, Emily Byrd and Hannah Gilleland; and great grandchild, Colton Byrd. 

The funeral service was  held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28th at Bethany Baptist Church in Jasper with Revs. Grant Wade and Moss Fountain officiating. Interment at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Peter Darnell, Tom Hulsey, Marty Dorsey, Terry Cagle, David Bruce, and Jimmy Cagle.

The family accepted flowers or donations may be made to Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery fund. 

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


Billy Buchanan

Mr. Billy H. Buchanan,  79, of Marble Hill, passed away January 26, 2017 at Pruitt Health Care in Jasper. 

Mr. Buchanan is survived by his mother, Azzie and Olen Fann of Jasper; son, Billy L. Buchanan of Marble Hill; daughter and sons-in-law, Pam & Sonny Richardson of Ball Ground and Peggy & Curtis Roland of Jasper; brother, Junior Buchanan of South Carolina; sister, Peggy Griffith of Jasper; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Buchanan was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Barbara A. Buchanan. 

The funeral service was held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 28th from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Revs. Danny Baker and Curtis Roland officiating. Interment at Four Mile Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Billy L. Buchanan, Curtis Roland, Sonny Richardson, Dustan Mullins, Charlie Holden, and Eddie McDowell.

The family request in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. 

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


Ila Moss

February 17, 1922 – January 25, 2017


Mrs. Ila Rae Moss, 94, of Jasper, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Rock Creek Manor in Jasper.  She was born February 17, 1922 in Ranger.

Mrs. Moss is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney and Veda Moss of Ball Ground, Terry and Cindy Moss of Canton, Mickey and Nena Moss of Tennessee; sister, Addie Davis of Smyrna; 6 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 27, 2017 in the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Ben Mock, and Reverend Ben Langley officiating. Interment followed at Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, make memorial contributions to your favorite charity or Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

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

Online condolences can be made at


Tracy Silvers

May 25, 1973 – January 26, 2017


Tracy Michelle Silvers,  43, of Fairmount,  passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Zachary, Louisiana.

She is survived by her fiancé, Alvin Moss of Fairmount; children Caleb Silvers of Canton, Megan Moss of Fairmount, Renee and Ronald Patterson of Chatsworth, Shawn and Cheryl Moss of Jasper; father, Eugene Smith of Marietta; brother, Tim Smith of Canton; and four grandchildren. Several other family members and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by her mother, Deborah Wilson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January, 31, 2017 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home, with Brother Jason Hancock and Reverend Ted Estes officiating. Interment will follow in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made to the Tracy Silvers Memorial Fund c/o Roper Funeral Home.

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

Online condolences can be made at


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