Our Obituaries

Bobby Lynn Stancil

August 23, 1945 - June 23, 2017

Mr. Bobby Lynn Stancil, age 71, of Toccoa, GA, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017 at Pruitt Health of Toccoa. Born August 23, 1945 in Toccoa, he was a son of the late David and Anne Jarrett Stancil. He owned and operated Bobby Stancil Plumbing for many years. Family members include his children; Bobby Cale and Krista Stancil of White Oak, GA, Kelly Lamar Stancil of Toccoa, and Sabrena...
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William Ed Roberson

August 16, 1926 - June 22, 2017

Mr. William Ed Roberson, 90, of Toccoa, GA passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Reliable Health and Rehab in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Roberson was born in Homer, GA on August 16, 1926, son of the late Thomas Lee Roberson and the late Eurith Umbehant Roberson. He was a poultry farmer; Army Veteran having served during WWII; and was a member and former deacon of Old Canon Baptist Church. ...
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Gary Howard Pike

June 7, 1947 - June 21, 2017

Mr. Gary Howard Pike, age 70, of Martin, GA, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at his home. Born June 7, 1947 in Dansville, NY, he was a son of the late Nelson O. and Oramae Chasey Pike and had lived in Martin, GA since 1989. He was of the Methodist Faith and was a United States Air Force Veteran serving in Vietnam. Gary was a member of the Lavonia Moose Lodge, the DAV, and was ASA...
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James "Haskell" Payne

March 19, 1943 - June 21, 2017

Mr. James "Haskell" Payne, age 74, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at North Ridge Health and Rehab in Commerce, GA. Born March 19, 1943 in Toccoa, he was a son of Bonnie Sue Cobb Payne and the late George Lee Payne. He was a member of Tugaloo Baptist Church and was retired from Jervis B. Webb Company of GA. Family members include his Mother, Bonnie Sue Cobb Payne;...
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Milton "Porky" Neal

June 20, 1944 - June 21, 2017

Mr. Milton "Porky" Neal, age 73, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Brown Health and Rehab in Royston, GA. Born June 20, 1944 in Stephens County, he was a son of the late William Harold and Annie Ruth Carson Neal. He attended Toccoa High School and was retired from Coats American and Trogdon Furniture Company. Milton was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. ...
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Jerry Kenneth Peeples

December 15, 1939 - June 16, 2017

Mr. Jerry Kenneth Peeples, age 77, of Toccoa, GA passed away Friday, June 16, 2017 at his home. Born December 15, 1939 in Homer, Ga, he was a son of the late S. P. and Reeda Caudell Peeples. Mr. Peeples was a three-year veteran of the United States Air Force and had worked for 37 years in heavy civil construction building highways, airports, and dams among other things. He served for eight...
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Faye Duvall Miller

June 14, 2017

Martha Faye Duvall Miller, age 75, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospice House in Athens. Born January 13, 1942 in Toccoa, GA, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Marjorie Crump Duvall. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Faithful Workers Sunday School Class. Faye was retired from Badcock Home Furnishings, was a substitute teacher for 10...
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Elsie Jane "Susie" Dawson

January 15, 1944 - June 14, 2017

Mrs. Elsie Jane "Susie" Eiler Dawson, age 73, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Pruitt Health of Toccoa. She was born January 15, 1944 in Kirksville, MO. Susie worked for Stephens County High School Cafeteria for many years and she had also worked at Mr. Sandwich and the State Restaurant. Family members include grandchildren, Katie Dawson Grizzell, Carly Pruitt, Amanda...
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Everage Terrell Payne

November 7, 1923 - June 11, 2017

Mr. Everage Terrell Payne, age 93, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at his home. Born November 7, 1923 in Toccoa, he was a son of the late Andrew Jackson and Maude Holcomb Payne. Mr. Payne served in WWII on the Tinian Islands in the South Pacific and also served in Saipan. While in the South Pacific he saw planes taking off with Atomic Bombs and fought in several battles. He...
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Connie Wright Canup

February 23, 1966 - June 10, 2017

Funeral services for Connie Wright Canup age 51, of Covington will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday, June 16, 2017 from the Hillside Memorial Chapel with Rev. Craig Brown Officiating. Interment will follow the service in Bethel Temple Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service on Friday from 2-4 PM. 

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Wayne Thomas Johnston

August 26, 1961 - June 5, 2017

Mr. Wayne Thomas Johnston, age 55, of Lavonia, GA passed away Monday June 5, 2017 at Anmed Health in Anderson, SC. Born August 26, 1961 in De Graff, Ohio, he was the son of the late Wayne Thomas and Joan Princess Manahan Johnston. Mr. Johnston was a general technician for Tennecco. Family members include his partner Tammie Damroze; sons and daughter-in-law, Thomas Johnston, Anthony...
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Thomas N. Howell

June 3, 2017

Thomas Newcomb Howell, age 70, of Royston, GA, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017. He was born in Henderson, North Carolina to Marvin and Illene Faulkner Howell. He professed faith in Jesus Christ during adolescent years, was baptized, and became an active member of New Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Henderson, North Carolina. He earned his BA degree from Furman University, Greenville,...
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Juan Garnica

February 2, 1945 - June 2, 2017

Mr. Juan Garnica, age 72, of Toccoa, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 at his home. Born February 2, 1945 in La Paz, Bolivia, South America, he was a son of the late Martin and Leucadia Flores Garnica. He was a former member of Fellowship of Living Praise in Clermont, GA and a valued visitor at First Alliance Church in Toccoa. Juan was retired from Patterson Pump. Family members include...
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Ronnie Joe Tutterow

March 30, 1948 - May 31, 2017

Mr. Ronnie Joe Tutterow, age 69, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at his home. Born March 30, 1948 in Mocksville, NC, he was a son of the late Sara Tutterow Woodard. He was a member of Christ Fellowship and was disabled for the last 5 years. Ronnie was a cancer survivor since 2006. Family members include his daughters, Donna Warr and Shannon Polk, both of Kannapolis, NC...
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Mary Page Welch

April 26, 1926 - May 27, 2017

Mrs. Mary Lee Page Welch, age 91, of Toccoa, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Pruitt Health of Toccoa. Born April 26, 1926 in Rabun County, GA, she was a daughter of the late Horace and Mable McKay Page. She was a member of Zebulon Baptist Church and was retired from WABCO with 32 years of service. Family members include her sister, Ellie Russell of Charlotte, NC; brothers and...
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George Wesley Ware

October 14, 1930 - May 24, 2017

Mr. George Wesley Ware, age 86, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Stephens County Hospital. Born October 14, 1930 in Lincolnton, GA, and was a son of the late Fred and Lila Drinkard Ware. He was a member of The First United Methodist Church of Toccoa, and retired from The Bank of Toccoa after many years of service. Mr. Ware was a United States Air Force Veteran serving in...
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Jerry Wayne Livingston

March 17, 1942 - May 21, 2017

Mr. Jerry Wayne Livingston, 75, a resident of Port St. Lucie, FL, departed this life Sunday, May 21, 2017. Jerry was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joann Livingston, and their son, Wayne Livingston. He is survived by his sons, Vincent Livingston, of Port St. Lucie, FL, and Victor Livingston, of Toccoa, GA; grandchildren, Raymond and Burgandy Livingston, both of Toccoa, GA; great...
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Audrey Walters Gibson

May 17, 2017

Mrs. Audrey Walters Gibson Jun 18, 1935 - May 17, 2017 Mrs. Audrey Walters Gibson, 81, of Bowersville, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Hart Care Center. Born June 18, 1935, in Hart County, she was the daughter of the late Roscoe and Stella May (Ramey) Walters. Prior to retirement she worked as a seamstress at Hartwell Garment Company. She was of the Church of God faith. In addition to...
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Sara Kelley Whitlock

May 14, 2017

Mrs. Sara Kelley Whitlock, age 87, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Pruitt Health of Toccoa. Born March 10, 1930 in Toccoa, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Emily Edwards Kelley. She was a member of Rock Creek Baptist Church. Sara was a registered Nurse with Toccoa Clinic and had worked with Dr. Payton and Dr. Pittard for many years. Family members include her...
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Charles Robert Johns

May 13, 2017

Mr. Charles Robert Johns, age 94, of Toccoa, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Stephens County Hospital. Born February 5, 1923 in Toccoa, he was a son of the late Andrew Paul and Ola Willingham Johns. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and was retired from Coats and Clark. Charles was a United States Army World War II Veteran serving in the European Theater. He was at the D-Day...
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Jimmy Frank Evans

May 12, 2017

Mr. Jimmy Frank Evans, age 69, of Eastanollee, GA, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at his home. Born March 12, 1948 he was a son of the late Benny Woodrow and Ethel Lee Winters Evans. He was formerly employed with Elliott Caudell Construction Company. Family members include his daughters, Brandy Evans, April Moore, and Laurie Nix; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and John H. Martin;...
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Wilkes Anderson Turner

May 4, 2017

Mr. Wilkes Anderson Turner, age 75, of Royston, GA, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospice House in Athens. Born July 30, 1941 in Lincoln County, GA, he was a son of the late James Anderson and Willie Bell Turner Turner. He was a salesman with Orkin and Terminex Pest Control. Family members include his wife, Charlotte Collins Turner; children, Tommy Turner of Vidalia,...
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Doris Wilbanks Farmer

May 4, 2017

Doris Wilbanks Farmer, age 82, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Pruitt Health of Toccoa. Born March 1, 1935 in Banks County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Lula Vaughn Wilbanks. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and was retired from Coats and Clark. Family members include her daughter, Debbie Heaton of Toccoa; her son, Michael Farmer of Toccoa; sisters,...
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Kathy Raper Simmons

May 3, 2017

Mrs. Kathy Raper Simmons, age 64, of Eastanollee, GA, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. Born September 8, 1952 in Habersham County, she was a daughter of Bernice Sosbee Raper and the late Ralph Milton Raper. She was a very active member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church and was the Director of the Sunday School Department. Kathy was retired from Oxford...
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Clara Whitworth Watts

April 30, 2017

Mrs. Clara Madian Whitworth Watts, age 98, passed away on Sunday morning in the quiet of the beginning of the new day. Our darling Mother was carried by Angels to her heavenly home. Her parting was so hurtful for us all, but we know your heavenly reward was so special. We are sure your Mother and Dad were there to welcome you to your heavenly home along with Jan and your brothers and sisters...
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Melissa Yearwood Canady

August 5, 1969 - April 30, 2017

Melissa Elree Yearwood Canady, age 47, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017 at her home. Born August 5, 1969 in Toccoa, she was a daughter of the late Homer and Betty Irene Hardy Yearwood. She was a member of Old Toccoa Baptist Church and was a former employee of Stephens County Hospital Family members include her husband and father of her children, Tim Canady and his domestic...
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Miriam Stewart

April 29, 2017

Miriam Stewart, age 88, of Donalsonville, GA, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Donalsonville Hospital. The family will receive visitors on Tuesday, May 2nd from 5:00 until 7:00 at Evans-Skipper Funeral Home in Donalsonville, Georgia. Funeral services will be led by the Rev. Raymond Gutterman and Rev. Dan Jessop at the First Presbyterian Church in Donalsonville, Georgia on Wednesday,...
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Dolores White Sharps

November 8, 1929 - April 28, 2017

Mrs. Dolores White Sharps, age 87, of Mt. Airy, GA, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 at her home. Born November 8, 1929 in Aliquippa, PA, she was a daughter of the late Calvin and Ina White. Dolores was a homemaker, and a Wonderful Mother and Grandmother. She was retired from Reliable Electric and was a member of Lavonia Presbyterian Church. Family members include her daughters and...
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Lola Bateman Whiteside

August 31, 1924 - April 28, 2017

Mrs. Lola Bateman Whiteside, age 92, of Toccoa, GA passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 at her home. Born August 31, 1924 in Laurel, Maryland, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Lamond and Catherine Murphy Bateman. She was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic Church and Treasurer's Aide of the Cabrini Literary Guild. She was also treasurer of the Toccoa Woman's Club and a member of the Down...
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Randall Harold Long

April 25, 2017

Randall Harold Long, age 52 of Commerce, GA passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Born in Toccoa, GA, Mr. Long was the son of Samuel David Long and the late Lillian Ramsey Long. He was a machine operator with Resilux of America and a member of Tyrus Baptist Church. Survivors in addition to his father include sons, Charles Stiwinter, Jefferson, Justin Stiwinter, Commerce; brother, Richard...
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Clyde Jesse Whitworth, Jr.

April 24, 2017

Clyde Jesse Whitworth, Jr., age 83, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at The Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, West Virginia. Born on November 9, 1933 in Toccoa, Georgia, Clyde was the only child of the late Bertha Chappelear Whitworth and Clyde Jesse Whitworth, Sr. He was also preceded in death by infant son Clyde Jesse Whitworth, III in 1966, his uncles H. M. Chappelear and Hoyt...
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James Lee Massey

April 19, 2017

Mr. James Lee Massey, age 65, of Eastanollee, GA passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at his home. Born August 30, 1951 in Toccoa, he was a son of the late James Frank and Leila Sheriff Massey. He was a member of Eastanollee Baptist Church and was retired from Coats and Clark. Family members include his wife, Eva Gilpin Massey; step-daughter and son-in-law, Deana Bell and Don; step-son,...
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Marvin Tracy Kay

March 1, 1965 - April 6, 2017

Mr. Tracy Kay, 52, of Martin, GA, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Grady Memorial Hospital. Born March 1, 1965 in Toccoa, he was the son of Marvin and Patricia Kay. Family members include his parents; his wife, Diane Johnson Kay; son and daughter-in-law, Joshua "Nish" and Danielle Kay; daughter and son-in-law, Estelle Marie and Nick Alexander; sister, Sara Juanita Kay Weber; six...
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Charles Luther "Luke" Terrell

June 17, 1947 - March 31, 2017

Mr. Charles Luther "Luke" Terrell, age 69, of Toccoa, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Born June 17, 1947 in Toccoa, he was a son of the late Charles Henry and Martha Naomi Smith Terrell. He was of the Christian Faith and was the owner of Currahee Utility Company. Luke was a United States Army National Guard Veteran. Family members include his son,...
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Leon Brown

March 26, 2017

Mr. Leon Brown, age 77, of Eastanollee, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Landmark Hospital in Athens. Born July 5, 1939 in Franklin County, GA, he was a son of the late Nathan Lamar and Mary Ellen Sailers Brown. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and retired from Buck's Superette with 32 years of service. Leon served six years in the United States Army Reserves. Family...
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Karen Shaffer Thompson

March 25, 2017

Mrs. Karen Shaffer Thompson, age 81, of Carnesville, GA, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at her home. Born April 1, 1935 in Shamokin, PA, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Elizabeth Carne Shaffer. She attended New Bethel Baptist Church and was a retired Nurse with Toccoa Clinic. Family members include her son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Deanne Thompson of Eastanollee;...
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Gladys Wilson Jackson

March 21, 2017

Gladys Wilson Jackson, age 93, of Concord, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Mrs. Jackson was born on August 24, 1923, in Franklin County, Georgia, to the late Garnet F. and Florence Brock Wilson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter M. Jackson; sister, Mary Wilson Bentley; brother, Frank Wilson; stepmother, Amanda Pritchett Wilson; and great-granddaughter,...
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Paul Sam Trotman

April 29, 1937 - March 19, 2017

Mr. Paul Sam Trotman age 79, of Seneca, SC formerly of Martin, GA passed away Sunday March 19, 2017 at his home. Born April 29, 1937 in Habersham County, GA, he was a son of the late W. A. Trotman, Sr. and Christabel Foster Trotman. He was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church and had worked with Big Star and Ingles Grocery Stores. Family members include a daughter, Denise Kelly and...
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Frances Bray Gloss

June 12, 1930 - March 19, 2017

Mrs. Frances Bryant Bray Gloss, age 86, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Born June 12, 1930 in Anderson, SC, she was a daughter of the late Amos and Macy McGill Bryant. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Sanctuary Choir and taught Sunday School for most of her life. Frances was a homemaker and loved painting, gardening, reading, and...
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Juanita Ross South

March 17, 2017

Mrs. Frances Juanita Ross South, age 72, of Martin, GA, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 at Stephens County Hospital. Born February 25, 1945 in Atlanta, GA, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Mamie Haynes Ross. She was a member of Confidence United Methodist Church and was a Legal Assistant. Family members include her husband, Samuel David South, IV; two sons, Samuel David South, V...
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Hayley Jill Whitlock

March 15, 2017

Ms. Hayley Jill Whitlock, age 38, of Crawfordville, Florida, formerly of Toccoa, passed away March 15, 2017 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident. Jill attended St. Petersburg College. She was previously employed with Dr. Beck Dental Services as a dental hygienist. She more recently worked in construction and recycling. Jill loved working with...
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Gary Neil Merritt

March 15, 2017

The world grew slightly dimmer when Gary Neil Merritt, 78, appeared in the presence of the Lord on Wednesday, March 15th. He was met by those loved ones preceding him in death, parents E.N. 'Jack' and Christine Merritt, wife Martha Ann Stevens Merritt and precious daughter Mariann Merritt Holder. Left to mourn him are wife Frances Massey Merritt, daughter and son-in-law Melinda and Michael Nix,...
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Patricia Anne Sheriff Bell

March 15, 2017

Mrs. Patricia Anne Sheriff Bell, age 78, of Eastanollee, GA, received her Angel Wings, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Born October 19, 1938 in Martin, GA, she was a daughter of the late J. B. and Lottie Lou Herron Sheriff. She was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church. Anne and her husband Howard owned and operated Bell's Gas and Grocery for many...
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Lee "Nickie" Murray Garrett

March 14, 2017

Mrs. Lee "Nickie" Murray Garrett, age 86, of Toccoa, passed away Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Pruitt Health of Toccoa. Born October 17, 1930 in Toccoa, she was a daughter of the late Willard and Mary Clifford Cash Murray. She attended regularly at Bethel Holiness Church and was a homemaker. Family members include her husband, J. R. Garrett; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard...
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Ila Mae Turner Bolman

July 12, 1913 - March 14, 2017

Mrs. Ila Mae Turner Bolman, age 103, of Eastanollee passed away Tuesday morning, March 14, 2017 at her home. Born July 12, 1913 in Stephens County, she was a daughter of the late John and Almeda McCurley Turner. She was a member of Eastanollee Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Family members include her sons and a daughter-in-law, Harold and Mary Sue Bolman of Toccoa and Hershel Bolman...
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Ruby Summers Griffin

February 1, 1937 - March 11, 2017

Mrs. Ruby Christina Summers Griffin, age 80, of Toccoa, entered into the presence of Heaven A Shoutin' on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at her home. Born February 1, 1937 in Toccoa, she was a daughter of the late John and Essie Rackley Summers and the widow of Jimmy Griffin. Ruby was a Christian Woman and was known as "Minnie Pearl" in her ministry at the jail and nursing home. She...
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Timothy Arend Greenfield

March 18, 1955 - March 9, 2017

Rev. Timothy Arend Greenfield, age 61, of Toccoa Falls, Ga, passed into the presence of the Lord, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Stephens County Hospital. Born March 18, 1955 in Story City, Iowa, he was the son of Arland George and Geraldine Lee Hobbs Greenfield of Jewell, Iowa. Mr. Greenfield was an International Missionary with the Christian and Missionary Alliance for 17 years in Chile and...
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Ruby Williamson Williams

July 21, 1927 - March 9, 2017

Mrs. Ruby Louise Williamson Williams, age 89, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 at her home. Born July 21, 1927 in Columbia, Mississippi, she was a daughter of the late Mike and Annie Dale Williamson. She was a member of the Toccoa First Baptist Church and was a Southern Baptist Missionary. Ruby and her husband served in Niamey, Niger, and West Africa before retiring and...
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Mary Lucille Davis

October 22, 1918 - March 6, 2017

Mrs. Mary Lucille Miller Davis, age 98, of Toccoa passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at Pruitt Healthcare of Toccoa. Born October 22, 1918 in Stephens County, she was the daughter of the late Lummie and Mae Justus Miller. She was the widow of John B. Davis, Jr. Family members include her daughters, Mary Lee Meeks and Marcille Cantrell; brothers, Starling Miller, Guyton Miller, and Richard...
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David Ralph Moseley

February 28, 2017

Mr. David Ralph Moseley, age 67, of Granburry, Texas, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017 in Granbury, Texas. Ralph was born September 11, 1949 in Toccoa, Ga, where he spent his early years. He then moved with his family to Stamford, Connecticut where he went to school, played sports, and enjoyed snow skiing at Mt. Snow, Vt. In his early 20s, Ralph moved back to Georgia with his family...
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Evelyn Fowler Gaines

August 31, 1928 - February 28, 2017

Mrs. Evelyn Fowler Gaines, age 88, of Toccoa passed away Tuesday February 28, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Born August 31, 1928 in Royston, Ga, she was the daughter of the late John Harrison Fowler, Sr. and Decie Fowler Fowler. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Harrison Fowler, Jr. Family members include her husband of 69 years, Roy Gaines; daughter, Connie Gaines...
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James Edward Farmer

November 3, 1942 - February 26, 2017

Mr. James Edward Farmer, age 74, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Stephens County Hospital. Born November 3, 1942 in Buford, GA, he was a son of the late W. L. and Lois Lavern Sudderth Farmer. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a welder. Mr. Farmer was a United States Navy Veteran. Family members include his wife, Ann Louise Tanner Farmer; son and...
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Sarah Katherine Scott

February 22, 2017

Sarah Katherine Scott, age 95, of Smyrna, GA, died Wednesday February 22, 2017. Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 pm Saturday, February 25, 2017, in the Jonquil Chapel of Castellaw Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Georgia Memorial Park, Marietta, GA. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry...
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Richard Miller Kelley

February 21, 2017

Richard Miller Kelley, age 76 of Cleveland, Georgia, formerly of Toccoa, Georgia passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at his residence following an extended illness. Richard was born July 02, 1940 in Toccoa, Georgia, to the late Harold Kelley and Sara Louise Miller Kelley. He retired from Georgia Power Company in 2002 after 39 years of service. He always enjoyed the fellowship of the...
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John Allen DeFoor

May 23, 1961 - February 15, 2017

John Allen DeFoor, age 55, of Clarkesville, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2017. John was born in Toccoa to the late Wofford and Elaine Deaton DeFoor. He had lived the past six years in Habersham County. He is survived by his loving wife, Yvonne Smith DeFoor of Clarkesville; two sons, John Deaton DeFoor of Toccoa and Robert "Rocky" Taft DeFoor of Cumming; step-daughter, Mary Grace ...
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Willie Mae Alexander Herron

August 28, 1942 - February 11, 2017

Mrs. Willie Mae Alexander Herron, age 74, of Eastanollee, GA, passed away Saturday, February 11, 2017 at her home. Born August 28, 1942 in Habersham County, GA, she was a daughter of the late Herschel Carter and Dora Belle Clark Alexander. She was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church and was retired from Georgia Baptist Assembly. Family members include sisters and brothers-in-law, Wilma...
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John Joseph McStay IV

February 4, 2017

Mr. John Joseph (Jack) McStay, IV, age 48, of Hephzibah, GA, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017. Born September 24, 1968 in Atlanta, GA, he was a son of Judy Sprinkle McStay and the late John Joseph McStay, III. Family members include his mother, Judy McStay of Titusville, FL; sister, Marilyn McStay Lucas of Rockledge, FL; uncles, Charles Edward McStay of Midwest City, OK and David...
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Ashley James Cassell

February 2, 2017

Ashley James Cassell CHAPIN - Ashley James Cassell, age 33, of Chapin, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Ashley was born in Phoenix, AZ, March 30, 1983. He was the husband of Kelsey Deaton Cassell, a 2001 graduate of Fort Dorchester High School in Charleston, SC, and attended Midlands Technical College. Ashley owned his own heating and air company, Cassell's Heating...
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Ruth Webber McStay

June 21, 1926 - January 26, 2017

Mrs. Christine Ruth Webber McStay, age 90, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Pruitt Healthcare of Toccoa where she had been a resident for 4 ½ years. Born June 21, 1926 in Cleveland, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late John P. and Christine Blouminshine Webber. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Willing Workers Sunday School Class, and the Women's...
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William Stanley Fricks

January 23, 2017

Mr. William Stanley "Stan" Fricks, age 64, formerly of Toccoa, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017. A native of Toccoa, he was the son of the late Cline Thomas Fricks, Sr. and Vivian Maxine Fricks. Stan was a longtime baseball coach and teacher. He had served as head baseball coach in Rockmart, Rockdale, most recently retiring after 15 years as teacher and head coach from The Oconee County...
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John T. Smith

July 10, 1935 - January 22, 2017

Mr. John T. Smith, age 81, of Martin, GA, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Born July 10, 1935 in Toccoa, he was a son of the late Bud Jeff and Lillian Virginia Haddock Smith. He was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church. He was an Ordained Deacon and a United States Air Force Veteran. John loved his Lord and his church, lawn care, and gardening. He...
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Cecilia Baverstock Battersby

January 19, 2017

Cecilia Baverstock Battersby passed peacefully to her heavenly home on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the age of 82. Cecilia deeply loved her family; she prayed for us daily; she laughed, smiled and found delight in all of God's creation. She moved to north Georgia after her husband died in Florida last June. Cecilia was preceded in death by her husband C. Brenton Battersby; son Clinton...
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Mary Frances Harper

January 19, 2017

Mrs. Mary Frances Adams Harper, age 81, of Martin, GA, passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Pruitt Health Care of Toccoa. Born August 4, 1935 in Franklin County, GA, she was a daughter of the late Doyle and Fannie Watson Adams. She was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church and was a Nurse's Aide for twenty five years with Pruitt Health Care, formerly the Toccoa Nursing Center. ...
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Vera Burdette Banks

April 4, 1922 - January 14, 2017

Mrs. Vera Clyde Burdette Banks, age 94, of Toccoa, GA, passed away Saturday, January 14, 2017 at The Clary Care Center. Born April 4, 1922 in Fayette County, GA, she was a daughter of the late W. J. and Eunice Spear Burdette and was the widow of Albert Rufus Banks. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and retired from Rich's Department Store. Family members include, a son and...
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Mark W Dotson

March 14, 1958 - January 7, 2017

Mark W. Dotson, 58, of Dunlap Street, Clayton, GA., died Saturday January 7, 2017 in Dillard, Georgia. Born March 14, 1958, the son of the late Tom and Joyce Angel Dotson. Mark was a pawn broker and was a Baptist by Faith. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Joyce Angel Dotson and a sister, Dawn Dotson Smith and is survived by a daughter, Jessie Taylor Dotson of Toccoa, GA....
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Larry Childs

January 4, 2017

Mr. Larry Childs, age 67, of Grayson, Ga, passed away January 4, 2017. Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM on Friday, January 6, 2017 in the Monroe Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Cash, Dr. James Merritt and the Rev. Steve Traylor officiating. There will be a Private Family Interment. Mr. Childs was a member of The Cross in Loganville. He was an Acoustical...
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Beverly Stowe Patterson

January 2, 2017

Beverly Ann Stowe Patterson, age 60, of Martin, GA, passed away Monday, January 2, 2017 at Athens Regional Medical Center. Born April 27, 1956 in Toccoa, GA, she was a daughter of Buren Stowe and the late Betty Elrod Stowe. She was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church Family members include her father, Buren Stowe of Martin; sons and daughter-in-law, Kurt and Tiffany Patterson of...
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Laurell Martin Shockley

January 2, 2017

Mrs. Laurell Martin Shockley, age 95, of Toccoa, passed away Monday, January 2, 2017 at her home. Born March 27, 1921 in Banks County, GA, she was a daughter of the late Uly and Rilla Caudell Martin. She was a member of Damascus Baptist Church. Mrs. Shockley was a very talented hairdresser and operated Shockley Beauty Box for over 40 years. She loved growing flowers, having a garden, and...
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Melinda Richardson Gowell

December 31, 2016

Mrs. Melinda Gail Richardson Gowell, age 54, of Toccoa, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Athens Regional Medical Center. Born May 8, 1962 in Hartwell, GA, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Bernice Wood Richardson. She was of the Baptist Faith and was a homemaker. Family members include her husband, Marvin Gowell of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Kevin...
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Joy Walters

December 30, 2016

Cecelia "Joy" Walters, a resident of Pelham, AL, was born in Red Jacket, West Virginia on August 9, 1940 and she passed away peacefully on December 30, 2016 at the age of 76. Joy was always smiling and she loved everyone. She loved her family dearly and enjoyed every moment she spent with them. She loved attending the Church of the Highlands. Joy was preceded in death by her parents,...
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Beatrice Westmoreland Phillips

December 30, 2016

Mrs. Beatrice Westmoreland Phillips, age 92, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital after a short illness. Born January 20, 1924 in Stephens County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Minnie Pannell Westmoreland. A lifelong resident of Toccoa she was a Charter Member of Calvary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the adult choir. Mrs....
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Joshua Wayne Davis

December 29, 2016 - December 29, 2016

Baby Boy, Joshua Wayne Davis, passed away Thursday December 29, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Family members include his mother, Constance Cheri Davis; and his grandparents. Whitlock Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
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Willie Mae Wood Sewell

December 27, 2016

Mrs. Willie Mae Wood Sewell, age 97, of Toccoa passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at her home. Born June 14, 1919 in Franklin County, GA, she was a daughter of the late W. P. and Clara James Wood. She was a member of Broad River Baptist Church and was retired from Coats and Clark with 37 years of service. Family members include a sister, Azalee McMurry of Toccoa; brother, Leon Wood...
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Julie Thomas Ritchie

December 22, 2016

Mrs. Julie Mae Thomas Ritchie, age 44, of Toccoa, GA, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016. Born April 1, 1972 in Toccoa, she was a daughter of the late James Edward and Wanda Elaine Singleton Thomas. She was of the Baptist Faith and was a homemaker. She loved fishing, the outdoors, and her pets. Family members include her husband, Jessie Ritchie of Toccoa; her brother and sister-in...
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Larry Lee Black

December 21, 2016

Mr. Larry Lee Black, age 76, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born January 15, 1940 in Elks County, PA, he was a son of the late Lonnie Myrl and Myrtle Martha McCracken Black. He was a member of the Toccoa First Alliance Church and was a retired math teacher after 20 years at Stephens County High School. Larry enjoyed reading, traveling,...
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Gerald "Jerry" "Smitty" Smith

December 9, 2016

Gerald W. "Jerry" "Smitty" Smith Mr. Gerald W. "Jerry" "Smitty" Smith, age 69, of West Monroe, Louisiana, passed away after a brief illness, Friday, December 9, 2016. Born March 23, 1947, in Toccoa, he was the son of the late Hurbert and Blanche Smith. He was a member and Elder of Christ Church and retired from the Ouachita Parish Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Connie...
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Joshua Brady White

December 7, 2016

Mr. Joshua Brady White, age 40, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at his home. Born May 2, 1976 in Atlanta, GA, he was a son of Mary Beth Harmon Fewell and the late Ricky Ralph White. Family members include his mother and step-father, Mary Beth and Ken Fewell of Toccoa; step-sister, Leslie Madden of Buford; step-brothers, Scott Fewell of Lilburn and Ken Fewell, Jr. of...
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Lorraine Newman Bell

October 28, 1926 - December 1, 2016

Lorraine Newman (Mama B) Bell, 90, of Clermont was called home to her Lord and Savior, and her husband on Thursday Dec. 1, 2016. Born and raised in northern California, she moved to Georgia and attended Toccoa Falls College. In the 1940's she began working at her uncle RG Le Tourneau's plant in Toccoa, where she met her husband, J. P. "Cuz" Bell. They married in 1946 during a private...
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Doris Bach Weaver

November 30, 2016

Mrs. Doris Elaine Bach Weaver, age 81, of Eastanollee, GA, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Young At Heart Personal Care Home. She was born July 17, 1935 in Philadelphia to Harry and Helen Smith Bach. In 1941 the family moved to New Jersey, living in Monroeville, NJ and later, Pitman, NJ where Doris graduated from high school in 1953. She enrolled in Delaware...
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Clifford John "Cliff" Neal

November 27, 2016

Mr. Clifford John "Cliff" Neal, age 93, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born July 4, 1923 in Hiawassee, GA, he was a son of the late Alex and Cora Dills Neal. He was a member of Rock Creek Baptist Church and was a retired accountant. Cliff loved horses, gardening, camping, and traveling. He was a WWII United States Army Air Corp Veteran...
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James Royce Thomason

November 20, 2016

Mr. James Royce Thomason, age 81, of Carnesville, GA, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Athens Regional Gentiva Hospice. Born August 18, 1935 in Franklin County, he was a son of the late Fred and Marie Jones Thomason. He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church and was a retired farmer. Mr. Thomason was United States Army National Guard Veteran. Family members include his son...
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Shirley Ann Lacount Weeks

November 19, 2016

Mrs. Shirley Ann Lacount Weeks, age 79, of Martin, GA, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016 at her home. Born November 28, 1936 in Mt. Airy, GA, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Dorothy Tellor Lacount. Shirley was a homemaker. Family members include her husband, Jesse William Weeks; children, Curtis Weeks of Martin, Sherrie Weeks Dreger and Jeff of Lawrenceville, Susan Weeks...
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James Derrell "Sonny" Copeland, Jr.

November 19, 2016

Mr. James Derrell "Sonny" Copeland, Jr., age 79, of Toccoa, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016 at his home. Born December 7, 1936 in Dasher, GA, he was a son of the late James Derrell Copeland, Sr. and Stella Dykes Copeland. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was retired from Rico Chemicals. Sonny enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Family members include his daughters...
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Ruby Omans Brock

November 18, 2016

Mrs. Ruby Omans Brock, age 55, of Toccoa, passed away Friday, November 18, 2016. Born October 27, 1961 in Brevard FL, she was a daughter of the late James David and Eva Mae Chitwood Omans. Family members include her daughter and son-in-law, Marlena Brock Sweeney and Stuart Sweeney of Maysville, GA; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Deborah Burgess Shelton

November 14, 2016

Mrs. Deborah (Debbie) Kay Burgess Shelton, age 65, of Easley, SC, formerly of Toccoa, went home to be with our Lord, Sunday, November 13, 2016 after a brief illness. Born May 20, 1951 in Stephens County, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Lester Robert and Christine Kellar Burgess and was the widow of James Roger Shelton. She was a member of George's Creek Baptist Church in Easley, SC. She...
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Anthony Lee Duncan

November 10, 2016

Mr. Anthony Lee Duncan, age 65, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Oaks at Scenic View. Born July 13, 1951 in Palatka, FL, he was a son of the late William P. Duncan and Nellie Tanner. He was of the Christian Faith and was a security guard. Mr. Duncan was a drummer and he knew Tom Petty, and was friends with Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Eagles. Family members include...
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Hilton J. Gann

November 10, 2016

Mr. Hilton J. Gann, age 76, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Gwinnett Medical Center. Born August 18, 1940 in Hamilton, Alabama, he was the son of the late J. C. and Nettie Palmer Gann. Mr. Gann was self-employed. Family members include daughters, Tarassa Eubanks of Toccoa, Hilda Barron of Atlanta, Penny Allish of Monks Corner, S.C.; special friend, Beth Bruce of...
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Frances Jones Tatum

November 9, 2016

Mrs. Frances Paulette Jones Tatum, age 74, of Eastanollee, GA passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. Born August 24, 1942 in Henderson, NC, she was a daughter of the late Maurice Paul and Margaret Dickerson Jones. She was of the Baptist Faith and was a homemaker. Frances was a devoted Mother and also was a former employee for K-Mart in Cornelia. ...
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Ronnie D. Harrison

November 7, 2016

Mr. Ronnie Dale Harrison, age 71, of Eastanollee, GA, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born November 12, 1944 in Stephens County, GA, he was a son of the late William Frank and Gene Sue Herron Harrison. He was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church and was retired from Coats and Clark. Ronnie was a United States Army National Guard Veteran. ...
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Vernon Lunsford

November 7, 2016

Mr. James Vernon Lunsford, age 76, of Toccoa, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born April 30, 1940 in Franklin County, GA, he was a son of the late William Albert and Annie Lou Allen Lunsford and the mother that raised him, the late Inez Chatham Lunsford. He was of the Baptist Faith and was retired from Coats and Clark. Mr. Lunsford...
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Gary Todd Lowen

January 31, 1955 - November 5, 2016

Gary Todd Lowen, born January 31, 1955, entered into his eternal home Saturday, November 5, 2016. He was a beloved husband, father, step-father and grandfather. He was a deacon and an adult Sunday School teacher at Martin Baptist Church. He was retired with 30 years of loyal service to the State of Georgia, employed by the Department of Family and Children Services. He was a special godly man...
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Bobby Glaze, Jr

November 2, 2016

Mr. Robert David "Bobby" Glaze, Jr., age 64, of Toccoa, died Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Landmark Hospital in Athens following an extended illness, surrounded by his children. Born January 11, 1952, in Atlanta, he was the son of Robert David Glaze, Sr. and Peggy (Hensler) Glaze. He was a graduate of Franklin County High School. He formerly worked at Coats and Clark as a material handler....
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Mozelle Yearwood Floyd Cabe

November 1, 2016

Mrs. Mozelle Yearwood Floyd Cabe, age 88, of Toccoa, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Pruitt Health of Toccoa. Born July 12, 1928 in Hart County, GA, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Pearl Chitwood Yearwood. She worked for the Stephens County School System as a cook. Family members include her son, Steve Floyd of Toccoa; daughter-in-law, Judy Floyd; grandchildren, Kristy...
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Laura Burrell Harrison

November 1, 2016

Mrs. Laura Jane Burrell Harrison, age 74, of Eastanollee, GA, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family. Born March 4, 1942 in Franklin, North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Herbert Lee "Hub" Burrell and Maebell Clement Love Burrell. She was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Harrison had worked for Coats and Clark, owned a fabric shop,...
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Royce "Doc" Pritchett

October 31, 2016

Mr. Royce Edward "Doc" Pritchett, age 85, of Jefferson, GA, entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 31, 2016 at Athens Regional Gentiva Hospice. Born July 19, 1931 in Toccoa, he was a son of the late Henry and Ethel Whisnant Pritchett. Mr. Pritchett was a cabinet maker for 50 years in Norcross, Lilburn, and Hoschton, GA with his sons, Mark and Lewis. He was also a United States Air...
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Hazel Aileen Dacus

October 31, 2016

Hazel Aileen Dacus, age 88, of Martin, GA, passed away Monday, October 31, 2016 at the Halcyon Hospice in Atlanta. Born July 29, 1928 in Cumming, GA, she was a daughter of the late Arch and Maybelle Mooney Dacus. She was a member of the Christian Vision Center and was retired from the Mead Corporation. Family members include sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and Alton Pinson of Martin,...
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Christine Kellar Burgess

October 29, 2016

Mrs. Evelyn Christine Kellar Burgess, beloved mother and treasured grandmother, age 83, of Eastanollee, GA went home to be with her Lord after a period of illness on October 29, 2016, surrounded at her home with her family she loved. Born in Franklin County, GA, Mrs. Burgess was the second daughter of the late Robert Dan and Annie Mae Keller Kellar, and wife of the late Rev. Lester Burgess,...
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Samuel David McJunkin

September 5, 1941 - October 24, 2016

Mr. Samuel David McJunkin, age 75, of Toccoa, passed away Monday morning, October 24, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born September 5, 1941 in Toccoa, he was a son of the late Trenton Samuel and Aileen Means McJunkin. He was retired from WABCO, also worked for Stovall Building Supply and was a United States Army National Guard Veteran. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid outdoors man. ...
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Bobby Stanford Bolemon

September 29, 1955 - October 15, 2016

Mr. Bobby Stanford Bolemon, 61, of Hull, GA passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Mr. Bolemon was born in Royston, GA on September 29, 1955, son of Bobbie Sue Hart Bolemon of Danielsville, GA and the late Orville Haley Bolemon. He was a machinist and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Scott (Sandra) Bolemon of Toccoa, GA; daughter Alisha (Brian) Scott of...
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Kevin Tyron Payne

October 11, 2016

Mr. Kevin Tyrone Payne, age 46, of Toccoa, passed away October 11, 2016 at his home. Born July 7, 1970 in Stephens County, he was a son of the late Herman Morris and Frankie Faye Andrews Payne. He was of the Christian Faith and was self-employed. Family members include his son, Jacob "Jake" Payne of Toccoa; step-sons, Rick Sertain of Atlanta and Ethan Bolman of Carnesville; sister-in-law...
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