Our Obituaries

Walter Emory Mabry, Sr.

September 15, 2017

Mr. Walter Emory Mabry, Sr., 70, of Jane Hill Rd., Tignall, GA husband of Gayle Miller Mabry passed away Friday, September 15, 2017 at his home. Mr. Mabry was born September 1, 1947 in Toccoa, GA to Otho Mabry, Sr. and Mae Elise Adams Mabry. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Toccoa, was self-employed and was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran of the 554th Engineers Company E (Float...
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Frank Sanders Keener, Sr.

September 14, 2017

Mr. Frank Sanders Keener, Sr., age 86, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Hospice of North East Georgia Medical Center. Born April 9, 1931 in Rabun County, GA, he was the son of the late James Abraham Keener and Azilee Holmes Keener Powell. Mr. Keener was a United States Army Combat Veteran and served two tours during the Korean War. He was a member of Ebenezer...
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C. Ray Keeling

September 12, 2017

Mr. Clarence Ray Keeling, age 86, of Gainesville, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at his residence. Born August 6, 1931 in Stephens County GA, he was the son of the late Wilbur Spence Keeling and Lola Mae Terrell Keeling. He was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Gainesville Georgia and was a retired pharmacist and co-owner of Peachtree Pharmacy in Gainesville. He was...
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Sandy Jerry Steele

September 11, 2017

Mr. Sandy Jerry Steele, age 47, of Toccoa passed away Monday, September 11, 2017. Born March 24, 1970 in Tampa, FL, he was a son of Jerry Olin and Christine Murray Steele. Sandy was a life-long resident of Stephens County. Sandy was passionate about children, both professionally and personally. He spent countless hours working to improve the lives of many children in his community. His...
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Roy Collier

September 10, 2017

Mr. Roy Lee Collier, 74, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday morning, September 10, 2017, at Stephens County Hospital. Born October 5, 1942, in Stephens County, he was a son of the late Garnett L. Collier. Mr. Collier was a 1960 graduate of Toccoa High School, a 1964 graduate of Furman University, a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, National Society of Scabbard and Blade, and National Society of...
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Hazelene Standridge Crisler

September 8, 2017

Mrs. Hazelene Standridge Crisler, age 85, of Toccoa, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville. Born March 26, 1932 in Banks County GA, she was a daughter of the late Thurmond G. and Carrie Evans Standridge. She was a member of The Pointe Church, formerly the Toccoa Church of God, where she was a Sunday School Teacher, an Elder of the Church, and...
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Maurice William Thomas, Jr.

September 8, 2017

Mr. Maurice William "Bill" Thomas, Jr., age 71 of Toccoa, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 at Stephens County Hospital. Born April 21, 1946 in Sycamore, GA, he was a son of the late Rev. Maurice William Thomas, Sr. and Julia Antoinette "Anne" Johnson Thomas. He was retired from the United States Army and was of the Baptist Faith. Family members include his sister and brother-in-law,...
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Elma Ray Beard

January 20, 1956 - August 30, 2017

Mr. Elma Ray Beard, 72, of Royston, GA passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at the St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital in Lavonia, GA. Mr. Beard was born in Danielsville, GA on January 20, 1945, son of the late Keifer O'Dell Beard and the late Ella Mae Carithers Beard. He was a hatchery manager having worked with Seaboard Farms in Athens, GA and was of the Methodist faith. Survivors...
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Matthew Kevin Mitchell

March 23, 1982 - August 30, 2017

Mr. Matthew Kevin Mitchell, age 35, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at his home. Born March 23, 1982 in Royston, he was the son of Janice Reese Graham and the late Terry Graham. He was a graduate of Stephens County High School. Family members include his mother, Janice Reese Graham; a son Kadon Mitchell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dwain and Samantha Mitchell of...
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Joyce Barrett Kellar

April 15, 1937 - August 29, 2017

Sara Joyce Barrett Cooley Kellar, age 80, of Toccoa, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Stephens County Hospital. Born April 15, 1937 in Hull, GA, she was a daughter of the late Robert Bradford and Reba Lee Maxwell Barrett. She was a very active member of Sunnyside Baptist Church and was retired from Coats & Clark with 47 years of service. Joyce Volunteered at the Stephens County...
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Sherry Chastain Segars

August 24, 1955 - August 28, 2017

Sherry Gail Chastain Segars, age 62, of Toccoa, passed away Monday, August 28, 2017 at Pruitt Health Care of Toccoa. Born August 24, 1955 in England, she was a daughter of William Marshall "Hoss" Chastain and the late Sara Jane Howe Chastain. Sherry was a member of the Toccoa Christian Church and had a long career in the nursing field. Family members include her father, Hoss Chastain;...
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Louise Cash Cheek

May 4, 1920 - August 27, 2017

Mrs. Louise Cash Cheek, age 97, of Toccoa passed away Sunday, August 27, 2017 at the Clary Care Center. Born May 4, 1920 in Franklin County, GA, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Vera Martin Cash. She lived most of her life in Stephens County in Eastanollee, GA. Louise was the widow of the late Keller Cheek. They were married for almost 70 years. She was an active member of...
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Bobby Ray Smith

August 24, 2017

Mr. Bobby Ray Smith, age 77, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017. Born October 15, 1939, he was a son of the late Cicero Buren "CB" and Nellie Blanche Herron Smith. He was a member of Eastanollee Baptist Church and was retired from Tabor Motor Company. Bobby was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam Era. Family members include his sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and...
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Sara Howe Chastain

August 19, 2017

Mrs. Sara Jane Howe Chastain, age 87, of Toccoa passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville. Born September 20, 1929 in Franklin County, she was a daughter of the late William Samuel and Ella Voyles Howe. She was a member of the Toccoa Christian Church for 38 years. Sara was a Military Wife and traveled the world with the husband Hoss. She was a...
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Willie Collins Wilkinson

August 17, 2017

Mrs. Willie Collins Frazer Wilkinson, age 88, of Carnesville, GA, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 at her home. Born July 8, 1929 in Stephens County, she was a daughter of the late L. J. and Leila Stowe Collins. She was a member of Tates Creek Baptist Church and was retired from the Stephens County School System. Family members include her son, Ken Frazer of Carnesville; sisters and...
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Fred Thomas Neal

August 13, 2017

FRED NEAL Westminster – Fred Thomas Neal, 80, husband of Janice Emily Ramey Neal, 110 Ora Road, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the Cottingham Hospice House. Born in Homer, GA, he was the son of the late Harold and Ruth Carson Neal. Mr. Neal retired from Milliken & Company in Toccoa GA. He was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed watching and attending races. He was a loving husband,...
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Gwendolyn Farrow Williams Stroud

December 15, 1932 - August 8, 2017

Mrs. Betty Gwendolyn Farrow Williams Stroud, age 84, of Suwanee, GA, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Agape Hospice Discovery Village. Born December 15, 1932 in Franklin County, GA, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Fay Stancil Farrow. She was a graduate from Piedmont College and taught Special Education. Family members include, her husband Avery Stroud; sons and daughters-in...
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Randal Walter Cabe

March 23, 1953 - August 5, 2017

Mr. Randal Walter Cabe, age 64, of Baldwin, GA, formerly of Gainesville, GA, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Stephens County Hospital. Born March 23, 1953 in Athens, GA, he was a son of the late Guy Walter and Martha "Pinky" Glenn Pittard Cabe. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville, GA. Family members include sisters and brother-in-law, Donna and Mark Blaeser...
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Charles David Medlin

August 30, 1946 - August 1, 2017

MR. DAVID MEDLIN Mr. Charles David Medlin, age 70, of Toccoa, passed away Tuesday August 1, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospice House in Watkinsville, GA. Born August 30, 1946 in Martin, GA, he was the son of the late Joe R. and Dollie Mae Watkins Medlin. Mr. Medlin was retired from the United States Postal Service and was a member of Tom's Creek Baptist Church. Family members include his wife...
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Shirley Ann Sheriff Fulbright

July 26, 2017

Mrs. Shirley Ann Sheriff Fulbright, age 78, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Born July 4, 1939 in Oconee County, SC, she was a daughter of the late Homer and Eva Nell Baker Sheriff. She was a member of Carnes Creek Baptist Church, Rachel Sunday School Class, and worked in the nursery for over 40 years. Shirley was a devoted Wife, Mother,...
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Lloyd Ray Loudermilk

July 25, 2017

Mr. Lloyd Ray Loudermilk, age 73, of Toccoa, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at his home. Born December 26, 1943 in Roswell, NM, he was a son of the late Walter Don and Loretta Agnes Mounce Loudermilk. Mr. Loudermilk was of the Methodist Faith and was retired from Yellow Freight. Family members include his wife, Glennell Burdette Loudermilk; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Sandie...
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Bryant R. Howe

February 16, 1936 - July 21, 2017

Mr. Bryant R. Howe, age 81, of Toccoa, passed away on Friday July 21, 2017 at Habersham County Medical Center. Born February 16, 1936 in Carnesville, GA, he was the son of the late Floyd and Sally Bryant Howe. Mr. Howe was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He retired from Toccoa Casket Company. Family members include his wife Gwen Howe; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Daniel Keener...
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William Rusty Onley

December 22, 1953 - July 16, 2017

Mr. William Russell "Rusty" Onley passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Visitation will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church, 4600 Daniel Drive, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with funeral services following at the church from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Officiating will be Reverend Murray Snow. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Born December 22, 1953, Rusty...
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Jo Ann Edwards Cisson

June 29, 1933 - July 14, 2017

Mrs. Jo Ann Edwards Cisson, age 84, of Toccoa, GA, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at her home. Born June 29, 1933 in Greenville, SC, she was a daughter of the late Guy Herbert and Grace Queen Edwards. Mrs. Cisson had lived in Jacksonville, FL for most of her adult life. She was a member of the Disciples of Christ Church and was a homemaker. Jo Ann was actively involved in her church,...
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Brenda Sharps Griffin

April 1, 1940 - July 13, 2017

Mrs. Brenda Maureen Sharps Griffin, age 77, of Martin, GA, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at her home. Born April 1, 1940 in Aliquippa, PA, she was a daughter of the late Brent Elmer and Martha Shoaf Sharps. Mrs. Griffin was retired from Reliable Electric and was also a former employee of Milliken. Family members include her husband, Harry Griffin; daughter, Edna Mulkey of Martin;...
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Eulala Wilbanks Pace

July 14, 1926 - July 9, 2017

Mrs. Eulala Wilbanks Pace, age 90, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at her home. Born July 14, 1926 in Toccoa, she was a daughter of the late Luke Mitchell and Leila Belle Morgan Wilbanks. She was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church and was retired from the Stephens County School System. Eulala loved her Lord and her family. Family members include her daughters and sons-in...
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Lynn Phinney Moseley

August 7, 1937 - July 7, 2017

Ms. Lynn Lillian Phinney Moseley, age 79, of Martin, GA, passed away Friday, July 7, 2017 at her daughter's home. Born August 7, 1937 in Jacksonville, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Lynette Barker Phinney. She was a master seamstress and had worked for Gipps Manufacturing. She was of the Baptist faith. Family members include children and their spouses, Prince...
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Cathy Mae Mace

October 27, 1962 - July 6, 2017

Ms. Cathy Mae Mace, age 54, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Habersham Medical Center. Born October 27, 1962 in Anderson, SC, she was the daughter of the late Lossel and Lunie Jones Mace. She was a member of the Tabernacle of Hope in Westminster, SC and was an employee of Mountain View in Clayton, GA and Pruitt Healthcare of Toccoa. Family members include her daughter,...
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Michael Alan Dawson

May 17, 1974 - July 5, 2017

Mr. Michael Alan Dawson, age 43, of Demorest, formerly of Toccoa, GA, passed away July 5, 2017. Born May 17, 1974 in Toccoa, GA, he was a son of Patricia Dyer and Kermit Dawson. He was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church and was employed with Dawson Construction Company. Alan loved his children, Clemson Football, singing and dancing. Family members include his mother and step-father,...
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Jimmie Wilbanks Watson

July 5, 2017

Mrs. Jimmie Ruth Wilbanks Watson, age 98, of Martin, GA, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Pruitt Health of Toccoa. She was born March 24, 1919 in Martin, GA. She was a daughter of the late Fred Jones Wilbanks and Bessie Florence Lee Wilbanks. She was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church and was retired from Coats and Clark. Family members include her son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie...
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Josiah Anthony Lassiter

July 3, 2017

Little Josiah Anthony Lassiter, infant son of Mark Anthony Lassiter and Shaneka Tova McKinnon passed away July 3, 2017 at Stephens County Hospital. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitlockmortuary.net Whitlock Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
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Warren Scott

July 24, 1946 - June 27, 2017

Mr. Warren Yancey Scott, age 70, of Toccoa, GA, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Gentiva Hospice of Athens. Born July 24, 1946 in Kingsport, TN, he was a son of the late Edward William and Virginia Yancey Scott. He was of the Episcopal Faith and was retired from Process Unlimited. Family members include his wife, Elizabeth "Betsy" Draper Scott; daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth...
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John William Thurmond

August 26, 1943 - June 23, 2017

John William Thurmond, 73, of Simpsonville, SC , died Friday, June 23, 2017, after an extended illness, at the McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville, SC. The son of the late Raymond "Ray" LaFayette Thurmond and Gertrude "Gert" Poole Thurmond, he was born August 26, 1943, in Carnesville, GA. John retired from the Stephens County School System in Toccoa, GA and was an Elder of the Toccoa...
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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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