John Albert Aicher: Obituary


John Albert Aicher

April 19, 1953 – February 7, 2019

Dr. John A. Aicher, age 65, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away Thursday evening, February 7, 2019 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia.

Dr. Aicher was born April 19, 1953 in Easton, Pennsylvania to his late parents Donald F. and Anna Hayder Aicher. He attended college and graduated from medical school at Emory University. John was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church and owned and operated Comprehensive Healthcare of North Georgia.

A funeral mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church with Father Byrd officiating. A private family interment service will follow in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his children and in-laws, Dustin and Briar Aicher of Rome, Ashley Aicher and Chris Beltran of Jasper, Brian and Allison Aicher of Canton, Natalie Aicher and Cory Brumbelow of Charleston, SC; grandchildren, Carley Beltran, Melissa Aicher, and Andrew Aicher; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Carol Aicher of Traverse City, MI and Gary and Sue Aicher of Virginia Beach, VA. His special dog Tazzie also survives.

Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church (1908 Waleska Highway 108; Jasper, GA 30143) or to the American Lung Association (2452 Spring Road SE; Smyrna, GA 30080) in memory of Dr. Aicher.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory
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Sherri Angela “Angie” Hughes: Obituary


Sherri Angela “Angie” Hughes

September 1, 1963 – February 5, 2019

Sherri Angela “Angie” Hughes, age 55 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at her home.

Survivors include her parents, Jack and JoAnn Norton of Jasper; grandchildren, Victoria JoAnn Wright and Christian Jacob Wright; and her aunt and uncle, Vicki and Ben Kiker of Ellijay. She was preceded in death by her daughters, Jodi Hollifield and Leah Hollifield Wright.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Steve Fields and Mr. Ben Kiker officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The family will accept flowers or memorial contributions may be made to Scottish Rite Hospital in Angie’s honor.

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

Online condolences can be made at .

Bobby Wallace Jordan: Obituary


Bobby Wallace Jordan

June 12, 1938 – February 12, 2019

Mr. Bobby Wallace Jordan was born on June 12, 1938 in Pickens County, where he was a life long resident.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dora Belle Jordan and Clyde Venson Jordan, and his sister Carolyne Sue Ellis.

In early adulthood, he was joined in matrimony to Lorine Wendy Poole. Later life he was married to Helen Hancock for 35 years.

He is survived by daughters: Wanda Jordan Young, Wendy Lee Stanfield, Wansley Sue Wilson, Vicky Salisbury and Son: Wesley Wallace Jordan. Also, 19 Grandchildren, 34 Great-Grand Children and One Great-Great Grandchild, and 5 nieces and nephews.

In early years he professed his faith in Christ and joined the church. He worked in various occupations including the poultry industry and the concrete bussiness.

In later years he enjoyed spending time with family, especially the children. He loved gardening, driving around on his golf cart and his tractor. His hobbies included whittling, watching westerns, football, and the Atlanta Braves on TV. He loved Kentucky Fried Chicken and Tia’s famous home- made banana pudding.

On February 12, 2019 he went home to be forever in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Visiting will begin February 13, 2019 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Funeral Service will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the Cagle Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment will be at the Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

The family will except flowers or donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Cagle Funeral Home is Honored to serve the Jordan Family.

Jonah Lane Rezoning under legal questioning


The Jasper City Council went into closed session in February to discuss their action on Jonah Lane from December 2019.

Mayor John Weaver told citizens they were discussing a legal issue with Jonah Lane and recognized City Attorney Bill Pickett to give the City’s official stance on the rezoning.

Pickett said that the Council did vote to re-zone the property to R-3 with a condition of receiving a letter from the Appalachian Regional Commission that it did not violate a grant the city had received. With no motion from the council to rescind the rezoning and no request from the property owner to rescind it, the rezoning is moving forward.

This statement comes after January’s Council meeting when public comments surged against the issue and urged the council to reconsider the effects it would have on neighboring commercial developments. The rezoning in question was a C-2 lot as well. Now the rezoning sets it to residential amid other commercial developments. Citizens began protesting the issue in the meeting saying that police would undoubtedly be called as many of the neighboring commercial business owners gave examples of their businesses operating in unusual hours and causing noise that would be acceptable in commercial but considered excessive in residential zones.

More complaints came in February as citizens began questioning the legality of the issue. One business owner claims he was not properly notified of the rezoning. He also claims he has proof of the failure to notify. A claim disputed by Pickett as he says the city’s department says they did notify the adjoining properties of the request. The business owner also suggested he has had difficulties receiving requested documents. These allegations, as well as others from another neighbor to the property, suggested the city would be seeing legal ramifications if they move forward with the rezoning.

Mayor Weaver closed discussions of the issue saying, “The council’s action in December was specific… we are to follow what the council did that evening and we are aware of the issue.”

Mayor Weaver did voice opinions against the rezoning in December and to possible issues arising from it, but as the voting council members voted in favor of the rezoning, it is the council’s votes that direct the city’s efforts.


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William Harrison Jones: Obituary


William Harrison Jones

May 1, 1934 – February 4, 2019

William Harrison Jones Jr., age 84 of Jasper passed away Monday, February 4, 2019 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. He was preceded in death by his father, William Harrison Jones Sr.; his mother, Addie Lou Godfrey Jones; and his wife, Mary Louise Caylor Jones.

Survivors include his stepdaughter, Pat Boutwell of Jasper; stepson, Charles Ray of Jasper; sister, Peggy Petty of Jasper; sister, Cordia Byers of Jasper; step-granddaughter, Becky Lee; step-grandsons, Dalton Boutwell, Stephen Ray, Tommy Ray Jr., Matthew Dunn; great-grandchildren, Steel Ray, Dominique Ray, Charles Lee Ray, Maddox Ray, Tucker Ray.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with Reverend Johnny Hollingshead and Reverend Harold Hightower officiating. Interment will follow at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

The family will be receiving friends at Roper Funeral Home, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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

Online condolences can be made at .

Karen Lordo: Obituary


Karen Lordo

September 16, 1948 – February 4, 2019

Karen P. Lordo, loving wife and devoted mother, passed away unexpectedly February 4, 2019 at the age of 70.

Karen is survived by her husband of 48 years, Charles D. Lordo; her children, daughter, Leigh Ann DiPuma, son, Michael Lordo, son-in-law, Tom DiPuma, and daughter-in-law, Adrianne Lordo; her five beloved grandchildren, Christopher DiPuma, Nicholas DiPuma, Emma DiPuma, Alexander Lordo, and Trevor Lordo; as well as parents Donna Phillips and James Phillips; and siblings Jimmy Phillips and Jan Phillips.
Karen was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on September 16, 1948. Her entire life was dedicated to taking care of others. She spent her career as a registered nurse and a full-time mom. Karen and Chuck recently returned to the North Georgia mountains which held a special place in Karen’s heart. Karen was a special lady who touched the lives of so many, and she will be missed beyond words.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel at Roper Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m., February 8, 2019 with interment following at Lake Forest Memorial Park. The family will be receiving friends beginning at noon.
Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home & Crematory in Jasper.
Online condolences can be made at .

Susanne Sparkman Newell: Obituary


Susanne Sparkman Newell

July 14, 1943 – February 4, 2019

Susanne Sparkman Newell, of Big Canoe, Georgia, passed away on February 4, 2019, from complications with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born in Tampa, Florida, on July 14, 1943. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bascom and Eleanor Sparkman.

Susanne was an art teacher for the Fulton County School System and she retired as the vice principal of Esther Jackson Elementary in Roswell, Georgia. She loved her students and her painting.

Susanne received her doctorate in Art Education from the University of Georgia. She spent many summers abroad studying art and painting with various techniques and mediums. She was an accomplished painter well known for the beauty of her paintings. She especially enjoyed painting with her friends at Big Canoe and the Blackberry Creek artists group.

Susanne is survived by her husband, Robert, and stepdaughters, Lisa Jackson and her husband, Sean, and their four children, Brendan, Brooke, Anna Claire and Brody; and Laura Mokhiber and her husband Jason and their daughters Olivia and Presley; as well as many cousins and friends. She will be greatly missed by all.

There will be a memorial service, Tuesday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Big Canoe Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in the name of Susanne Newell to The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

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

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