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Obituaries for September 14, 2017; Wayne VanValkenburgh, Alice Ghorley, Zelma McClure

Wayne VanValkenburgh

January 31, 1929 – September 7, 2017

 

Wayne VanValkenburgh, 88, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 at his home.  Wayne was born January 31, 1929 to Fay and Lottie VanValkenburgh in Warren, Arkansas.  He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Louise VanValkenburgh of Jasper; children, Steven Wayne and Kathy VanValkenburgh of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Kathryn G. Thompson of Acworth, Georgia, Blake A. VanValkenburgh of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Billy VanValkenburgh, Steven M. VanValkenburgh, Alex Thompson, Kyle Thompson, Lauren VanValkenburgh, Anna VanValkenburgh; great-granddaughter, Eliza Johnson.  He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Lillian Johnson.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, September 14 at the Jasper United Methodist Church with Reverend Greg Meadows officiating. The family will be receiving guests at the funeral home Wednesday, September 13 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Mr. VanValkenburgh will be cremated after the funeral service and his cremains will be interred at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton.

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

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com

 

Alice Ghorley

Mrs. Alice Elaine Lathem Ghorley, 72, of Jasper passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at Woodstock Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 10 from the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Rev. Kent Samples officiating.  Interment followed in Macedonia Memorial Park Cemetery.  

Mrs. Ghorley was a member of Arbor Hill Baptist Church. She loved fishing, bird watching and planting flowers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenny Ghorley; parents, Berner and Lorene Lathem; brother, Oscar Westbrook; and stepson, Dave Ghorley.  Survivors include her sons, Dwayne (Lea Anne) Mercer and Ronnie Lathem; step children, Doug (Sheri) Ghorley, Connie Ghlorley and Scott (Karla) Ghorley; siblings, Dianne (Kenneth) Hopkins and Tony Westbrook; grandchildren, Tiffany Dixson, Randy Buchanan, Jessica "Cheyenne" Hill, Autumn Scott and Amber Scott; 8 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family.  Sosebeefuneralhome.com  770-479-2131

 

Zelma McClure

August 17, 1922 – September 7, 2017

 

Mrs. Zelma McClure, 94, of Jasper, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Grandview Health Care Center.  She was born August 17, 1922 in Camp Hill, Alabama.

Zelma is survived by her daughters, Bernice Jones of Dallas; Idella Hawkins of Dallas; sister, Ennerrea Jennings; grandchildren, Bion and Jolani Grady of Dallas, Brandon and Promise Jones of Atlanta, Devi Hawkins of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Rashaan Grady of Austell, Langston Jones of Atlanta, John Sulapas of Dallas, Jerry Sulapas of Dallas, Trent Hawkins of Dallas; and brother-in-law, Robert McClure of Jasper.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 14 at Friendship Baptist Church in Jasper with Reverend Scott McClure, Reverend R. S. Thomas, and Reverend Willie Render officiating.  Interment will follow at Norton Cemetery.  She will lie in state Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church.  The wake will be Wednesday, September 13 from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Roper Funeral Home.

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

Online condolences can be made at www.roperfuneralhome.com