Our Obituaries

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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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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Joyce Johnson Andrews

October 5, 1940 - October 11, 2016

Mrs. Joyce Johnson Andrews, age 76, passed away, Tuesday, October 11, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nerea Bell Reynolds and Walter Johnson, grandmother, Aubrey Bell and step son, Tim Andrews. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church. Survivors include her husband, Clarence Andrews, son Travis (Donna) Marshall, two grandchildren, Taylor and Camden Marshall, step...
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Max Leon Alewine

July 1, 1931 - October 8, 2016

Max Leon Alewine, age 85, of Commerce got his wings on Saturday, October 8, 2016 and went to be with his Heavenly Father. Born July 1st, 1931, in Toccoa, he was the son of the late Claude B. Alewine and Nobie Weaver Alewine. Max grew up on a farm in Hartwell. He was a veteran of the US Air Force, where he attained the rank of Staff Sgt. and was an instructor supervisor from 1951 to 1959. Mr...
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Anthony Brian Hunt

October 6, 2016

Mr. Anthony Brian Hunt, age 51, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016 at his home. Born September 7, 1965 in Stephens County, he was a son of Nancy Adams Hunt and the late Robert Lee Hunt. He was a member of Zebulon Baptist Church and was employed with Sloan Construction Company. Family members include his mother, Nancy Adams Hunt of Toccoa; three sons and a daughter-in-law,...
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Agnes Bruce Phillips

November 17, 1930 - October 6, 2016

Mrs. Agnes Bruce Phillips, age 85, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016 at The Oaks At Scenic View in Baldwin. Born November 17, 1930 in Franklin County, she was a daughter of the late Lee Sloan and Jewell Smith Bruce. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Naomi Sunday School Class, and was retired from Coats and Clark with 25 plus years of service. Family members...
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Edgardo Melendez

October 4, 2016

Mr. Edgardo Melendez, age 53, of Toccoa, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at his home. Born May 23, 1963 in Morovis, Puerto Rico, he was a son of Ramona Elba Marrero and the late Jesus Manuel Melendez. He was of the Christian Faith and was self-employed. Family members include his mother, Ramona Melendez; his wife, Amy Melendez of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Alexandra and...
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Jerry Edward Lord

November 25, 1935 - October 1, 2016

Mr. Jerry Edward Lord, age 80, of Commerce died Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Athens Regional Medical Center. Mr. Lord was born in Commerce to the late, Edward Watson and Easter Kathleen Nicholson Lord. Mr. Lord was retired from Jackson County where he worked as a building inspector and he was a member of Maysville Baptist Church. Mr. Lord is survived by his wife, Rebecca Geraldine Brock...
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David Ronald "Ronnie" Rice

September 29, 2016

Mr. David Ronald "Ronnie" Rice, age 84, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Picture of Life Personal Care Home. Born April 21, 1932 in Stephens County, he was a son of the late Thomas Wake Rice and Vesta Mulkey Rice Landers. He was a member of St. James Methodist Church and was a United States Army Veteran. Mr. Rice was employed with Snyder Brothers for 50 years and...
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Sara Cash Barrett

September 25, 2016

Mrs. Sara Josephine Cash Barrett, age 82, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born April 19, 1934 in Stephens County, she was the daughter of the late William Lon and Nancy Dea Griffin Cash. She was a member of Tom's Creek Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Family members include, her husband of 62 years Landreth Melvin Barrett; daughter and...
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Patricia Mealing Setzer

October 16, 1934 - September 23, 2016

Patricia Mealing Setzer formerly of Toccoa, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at Palmetto Health Baptist following an extended and courageous battle with cancer. Pat spent her youth in North Augusta, South Carolina and graduated with honors from Furman University. A blind date between the Furman cheerleader "Pat" and a handsome Citadel Cadet "Hugh" led to a marriage that lasted 58 years...
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Nancy Nash

September 21, 2016

Mrs. Nancy Alexander Nash, age 74, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born May 26, 1942 in Stephens County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Fred and Era Ruth Cash Alexander. She was the widow of Bruce Edward Nash. She was member of Toccoa Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Nash worked at Western Sizzlin for 5 years and Regions Bank in Toccoa...
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Alice Josephine Friday

September 21, 2016

Mrs. Alice Josephine Friday, age 75, of Martin, GA, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Hartwell Health and Rehab. Born May 25, 1941 in Akron Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Williams, Sr. and Alice Zimmerman Williams. She was the widow of Norm Friday. She attended Poplar Springs Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Family members include her sister, Sarah Fritts of...
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Mildred Mickey Turpin

September 19, 2016

Mildred "Mickey" Turpin, age 63, of Eastanollee went home to be with the Lord her Savior, Monday Morning September 19, 2016 at the home of her sister, Mary Turpin. Born July 7, 1953 in Toccoa, she was a daughter of the late George and Prather Turpin, of Eastanollee. She was a lifetime member of Eastanollee Baptist Church and loved her church family dearly. Surviving family are: Siblings:...
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Linda Lee Ehlers

September 18, 2016

Linda Lee Ehlers, age 64, of Toccoa, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016. Born December 13, 1952 in Baltimore, MD, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Lloyd and Evelyn Mae Henneman Ehlers. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and was a CNA with ResCare of Toccoa. Family members include her son, Sean Richard Ehlers of FL; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas L. Ehlers, Jr. and...
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David Leon McClain

September 15, 2016

CW5 David Leon McClain, age 64, of Murrells Inlet, SC, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Born September 21, 1951 in Stephens County, GA, he was a son of the late Isac Loron "Pete" McClain and Ruby Allene Whiten McClain. He was a member of the First Baptist Murrells Inlet and was retired from the United States Army. David began his career with the...
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Jefferson W. Minchew

September 15, 2016

Mr. Jefferson Wilbur "Jeff" Minchew, age 82, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Northeast GA Medical Center. Born March 19, 1934 in Willacoochee, GA, he was a son of the late Herbert Wilbur and Mary Metts Minchew. He was a member of Tates Creek Baptist church and was the owner of Georgia Pools Company in Toccoa. Mr. Minchew was retired from the United States Air Force...
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Asa Clarence Davis

July 14, 1918 - September 9, 2016

Mr. Asa Clarence Davis, born July 14, 1918, entered into rest September 9, 2016 at his home. Brother Clarence was a quiet and humble man; a beloved husband, much loved father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, pastor, and special Godly friend to many. He was the last member of his immediate family and was preceded in death by his parents, Asa Chandler and Anne Holcomb Davis....
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Harold Pruitt

September 5, 2016

Mr. Harold Pruitt, age 86, of Toccoa, GA passed away Monday, September 5, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born November 27, 1929 in Toccoa, GA, he was the son of the late Ben and Annie Collins Pruitt. He was a self-employed Barber for 42 years and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Juanita Pruitt; daughter, Diane Westbrook, son-in-law, Kenneth Westbrook, and their...
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J. C. Caudell

April 21, 1939 - September 1, 2016

Mr. J. C. Caudell, age 77, of Toccoa, GA passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born April 21, 1939 in Banks County, GA, he was the son of the late Hayward and Ann Wilkinson Caudell. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, was retired from Georgia Power Land Department, and United States Army National Guard Veteran. J. C. loved his family and being a...
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Charles Larry Camp

August 25, 2016

Mr. Charles Larry Camp, age 69, of Martin, GA passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016. Born January 3, 1947 in Atlanta, GA, he was a son of the late John David and Johnnie Parlee Jameson Camp. He was retired from General Motors/AC Delco. Family members include his wife of 47 years, Mary Schwarz Camp; son and daughter-in-law, Taft Anthony and Stacie Camp of Braselton; daughter and son-in...
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Clinton Mac Cheek

August 25, 2016

Mr. Clinton Mac Cheek, age 70, of Canon, GA passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at St. Mary's Hospice House in Athens, GA. Born October 17, 1945 in Canon, GA, he was the son of the late Frank Benson and Janet Cheek. Mac was retired from Old Castle and later worked at Floyd Farms in Canon, Ga. He was of the Baptist Faith. Family members include his wife, Donna Kay Duncan Cheek of the...
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Perry Andrew Shelton

August 18, 2016

Mr. Perry Andrew Shelton, age 73, of Lavonia, GA, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016 at his home. Born September 12, 1942 in Stephens County, he was a son of the late Andrew Lester and Rose Zelia Massey Shelton. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was employed with Tugalo Gas Company. He loved his family, and enjoyed trout fishing and camping. Perry was a...
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Betty D Cape

August 17, 2016

Mrs. Betty Dorenda Blount Cape, age 87, of Martin, GA, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at her home. Born February 28, 1929 in Atlanta, GA, she was a daughter of the late William Clarence and Delia Mae Maddox Blount. She was a member of Martin Baptist Church and was a retired bookkeeper from Maxwell Hitchcock. Family members include daughters, Marie Cape; son and daughter-in-law,...
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Paul Jonathan Tubbs

August 15, 2016

Rev. Paul Jonathan Tubbs, 64, of Toccoa, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, August 15, 2016. Born July 25, 1952 in Lockport, NY and was the son of Rev. George W. Tubbs and the late Martha Jenny Kowles Tubbs. He was a member of the First Alliance Church, attended the Central Alliance Church and taught the Adult Sunday School Class. He enjoyed the outdoors and he studied...
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Mary Thompson Martin

August 14, 2016

Mrs. Mary Runell Thompson Martin, age 90, of Royston, GA, formerly of Siler City, NC, passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Bentley's Assisted Living in Jefferson, GA. Born March 8, 1926 in Pine Hill, North Carolina, she was the oldest of seven children born to the late Lindzie and Nellie Thompson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James (Jim) Chalmer Martin; a...
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Janice Calhoun Clark

June 23, 1954 - August 12, 2016

Janice Calhoun Clark passed away peacefully into her heavenly father's arms with her loving family around her bedside at her home in Cumming, GA on August 12th, 2016. Janice was born on June 23rd, 1954 in Toccoa, GA but lived most of her adult life in Cumming. She was the daughter of Leon & Flewellyn Calhoun. Janice was a registered nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for 16 years and...
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Marvin Tomkins Mauldin, Jr.

August 11, 2016

Mr. Marvin Tomkins Mauldin, Jr., age 89, of Eastanollee, GA, went home to be with the Lord on August 11, 2016. Born August 11, 1927 in Oconee County, SC, he was a son of the late Marvin Tomkins Mauldin, Sr. and Nelle McGuire Mauldin. He was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church and he was a charter member and deacon of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Aiken, SC. Mr. Mauldin was a graduate...
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Mary Hill Harrison

October 23, 1934 - August 2, 2016

Mrs. Mary Bell Hill Harrison, age 81, of Toccoa, passed away on Tuesday August 2, 2016 at her home. Born October 23, 1934 in Banks County, she was the daughter of the late Other Hill. She was the widow of Mr. Joe W. Harrison. Mrs. Harrison was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church, the Lydia Sunday School Class, the church choir, and several other church committees. She was formerly a...
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Gertrude Chambers

July 5, 1920 - July 31, 2016

Mrs. Myrtle Gertrude Miller Chambers, age 96, of Martin, GA, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Gentiva Hospice of Athens Regional. Born July 5, 1920 in Ardossen, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late George Kelly and Roma Dolin Miller. She was the widow of Mr. Luther M. Chambers. Mrs. Chambers was a bookkeeper for Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and was a member of...
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Steve Terrell LeCroy

July 30, 2016

Mr. Steve Terrell LeCroy, age 75, of Seneca, SC, formerly of Toccoa, died, Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca, SC. Born in Stephens County on April 8, 1941 he was a son of the late Clarence Parker and Blanche Sailers LeCroy, and had lived most of his life in Toccoa. Mr. LeCroy retired from Coats and Clark and the Stephens County School System as a Bus Driver. He...
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Evelyn King Walters

October 14, 1939 - July 26, 2016

Mrs. Evelyn King Walters, of Toccoa, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the age of 76. Born October 14, 1939 in Franklin County, she was a daughter of the late James and Dora Porterfield King. Mrs. Walters was owner and operator of Walters Grocery for a number of years. She enjoyed Antiques and yard sales. She was the widow of Melvin Wade Walters and was of the...
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Sally Sayer Campbell

July 20, 2016

Mrs. Sally Mae Sayer Campbell, age 92, of Cape Canaveral, FL, formerly of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Born November 4, 1923 in Toccoa, she was a daughter of the late John Henry "Bub" and Vivian Cole Sayer. She was a member of Carnes Creek Baptist Church where she attended since she was a little girl. Mrs. Campbell retired from Coats and Clark with 25 years of service. ...
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David-Micheal Paul Hornick

July 19, 2016

Mr. David-Micheal Paul Hornick, age 20, of Martin, GA, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Born September 13, 1995 in Stephens County, he was the son of Benji Paul Hornick and Beatrice Marie King Fellars. He was employed with Carry On Trailers in Lavonia, GA. Family members include his wife, Kelly Craig Hornick of Athens; daughter Joanna Kay Hornick of Athens; step-son, Ryan Daniel...
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Conner Stephens Payne

July 14, 2016

Conner Stephens Payne, age 14, of Toccoa gained his Angel Wings on July 14, 2016. Born June 23, 2002 in Gainesville, GA, he was the son of Charles Stephens and Connie Lawson Payne. He was a member of Welcome Home Baptist Church in Mt. Airy, GA and he was a student at Stephens County Middle School. Family members include his parents Chuck and Connie Payne of the home; sister, Caraigh...
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Bertha Bell Elrod

July 13, 2016

Mrs. Bertha Bell Elrod, age 101, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the Clary Center. Born January 27, 1915 in Stephens County, she was a daughter of the late Asbury and Lizzie Whiten Bell. She was a member of Zebulon Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Bert loved fishing with Louise and her family. Family members include her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Louise...
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John Lewis Pritchett

July 9, 2016

Mr. John Lewis "Hooter" Pritchett, age 53, of Jefferson, GA, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Gentiva Hospice in Athens, GA. Born April 30, 1963 in Duluth, GA, he was a son of Royce Edward Pritchett and the late Jeanette Cash Pritchett. He was a member of Peoples Baptist Church in Tucker, GA. Family members include two sons, Dalton Pritchett and Chance Pritchett both of Commerce;...
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William "Big Bill" Gastley

July 5, 2016

William (Big Bill) Gastley of Smyrna, GA entered heaven's gates July 5, 2016 after a brief but courageous fight against cancer. He was 64. He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Swafford Gastley of Toccoa, GA, his father Ray Gastley of Covington, KY and his brother Robert (Bobby) Gastley of Eastanollee, GA. Bill was born and raised in Toccoa, GA and attended Toccoa High School. ...
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Benjamin Wayne Payne, Jr.

July 1, 2016

After a brief illness, Benjamin Wayne Payne, age 90, died July 1, 2016 in Toccoa, GA. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Toccoa First United Methodist Church at two o'clock with the Reverend Dr. John Brown and the Reverend Jerrell Beatty officiating. Burial will follow at Stephens Memorial Gardens with the Georgia National Guard providing Military Honors. The...
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Robert Eric Crain

June 29, 2016

Mr. Robert Eric Crain, age 77, of Martin, GA, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at his home. Born May 16, 1939 in Waco, TX, he was a son of Hughie and Bernice Earickson Crain. Mr. Crain was retired from Allstate Insurance Company and was a United States Marine Corp Veteran. Family members include his wife, Jean Hicks Crain; daughters, Lynda Crain Knowles of Buford, GA and Cheryl...
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William Joseph Dietrich

March 28, 1931 - June 27, 2016

Mr. William Joseph "Bill" Dietrich, age 85, of Toccoa, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born March 28, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA, he was a son of the late Morris J. and Helen Marie Thompson Dietrich. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was retired from Orbit Manufacturing. Mr. Dietrich was a United State Army Korean War Veteran. He served...
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Nancy Ann Sutton

July 6, 1968 - June 25, 2016

Nancy Ann Sutton, age 47, of Toccoa, Georgia passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at her residence. Nancy was born in Atlanta, Georgia on July 6, 1968, daughter of the late Charles "Bo" McDougal and Jacqueline Blankenship McDougal. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, camping, cooking and traveling. Nancy loved taking care of her home and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother,...
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Merle Cromer Brown

June 23, 2016

Mrs. Merle Cornelia Cromer Brown, age 93, of Toccoa, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Habersham County Medical Center. Born April 5, 1923, she was a daughter of the late David Omer and Pearlie Mandy Roach Cromer. She was a member of the Toccoa Pentecostal Holiness Church and was retired from the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. Family members include her husband, Henry...
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Dennis Richard Nolan

September 29, 1941 - June 23, 2016

Mr. Dennis Nolan, age 74 of Eastanollee, GA, passed away, Thursday June 23, 2016 at his home. He was a Loving Husband, Daddy, PaPa and Brother. Born September 29, 1941 in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was a son of the late Edward John, Sr. and Emily Coulsen Nolan. Mr. Nolan was a member of The First United Methodist Church and was a truck driver for 46 years. He was last driving for Jack...
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James Ivan McClain

March 18, 1927 - June 22, 2016

Jim McClain Mr. James Ivan "Jim" McClain, age 89 of Toccoa, GA, passed away, Wednesday June 22, 2016 at his home. Born March 18, 1927 in Red Hill, Ga, he was a son of the late Isaac Horton and Alivia Lillie Mullinax McClain, and the husband of Katherine Louise Stonecypher McClain. Mr. McClain worked for his father on the family farm in Franklin County before joining the U. S. Army in...
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Samuel Roland Cobb

January 25, 1925 - June 20, 2016

Mr. Samuel Roland "Sam" Cobb, age 91 of Toccoa, GA, passed away, Monday June 20, 2016 at Stephens County Hospital. Born January 25, 1925 in Franklin County, he was a son of the late Tillman and Martha Bell Cobb. He was a member of Rock Creek Baptist Church and was retired from WABCO with 40 plus years of service. He also worked with Cobb's Roofing for 20 years. Sam was an avid Stephens...
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Danyel William Seeley

December 1, 1999 - June 18, 2016

Mr. Danyel William Seeley, age 16, of Martin, GA, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at his home. Born December 1, 1999 in Toccoa, he was a son of Bryon Steven and Devon Marie Henderson Seeley. Danyel was a sophomore at Stephens County High School where he was involved with JROTC. He was also a member of North Trinity Baptist Church. One of Danyel's highlights was being able to meet...
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Evelyn Williams Cheek

September 27, 1947 - June 16, 2016

Mrs. Evelyn Williams Cheek, age 68 of Eastanollee, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016 at her home. Born September 27, 1947 in Stephens County, she was a daughter of the late James and Estelle Keller Williams. She was a member of Carnes Creek Baptist Church and was a retired Parapro from The Stephens County School System, after 25 years. Family members include her husband, Leon Cheek;...
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Margaret Moore Copeland

June 8, 2016

Mrs. Margaret Moore Copeland, age 76, of Toccoa, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at her home. Born June 12, 1939 in Plant City, FL, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Dorothy Bell Moore. She was a member of the Church of Christ and was retired from Stephens County School System. Family members include her husband, Sonny Copeland, Jr. of the home; daughters and sons-in...
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Harley Wilson Smith

August 6, 1942 - June 6, 2016

Mr. Harley Wilson Smith, age 73, of Toccoa, passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Born August 6, 1942 in Toccoa, he was a son of the late Thomas James "T. J." and Edna Hill Smith. He was of the Baptist Faith and was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam Era. He also retired from the United States Army with 25 years of service. Harley loved...
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Bernice Queen Kovacic

April 29, 1926 - June 5, 2016

Mrs. Bernice Queen Kovacic, age 90, of Toccoa, Ga., passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at her home. Born April 29, 1926 in Clayton, GA she was a daughter of the late Cecil Augustus and Bertha Moore Queen. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Dorcas Sunday School Class and a Children's Sunday School Teacher for many years. Mrs. Kovacic was very strong in her Faith. She enjoyed...
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Judson Fain Herron

June 4, 2016

Mr. Judson Fain Herron, age 76, of Eastanollee, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016 at his home. Born September 11, 1939 in Franklin County, he was a son of the late G. P. Herron and the late Bonnie Sue Brown Westmoreland. He was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church and was self-employed. Mr. Herron served in the United States National Guard. Family members include his wife of 57 years,...
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Esther Mae Grabel

May 7, 1931 - May 31, 2016

Mrs. Esther Mae Carter Grabel, age 85, of Martin, GA, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Born May 7, 1931 in North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Lonnie Cleveland Carter, Sr. and Mary Jannie Hubbard Carter. She was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church and was retired from Lockheed Martin. Esther and Ramon would have celebrated 12 years of marriage on Thursday, June 2, 2016. ...
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Pauline Sarah Thomas Powers

May 30, 2016

Mrs. Pauline Sarah Thomas Powers, age 81, of Lavonia, died Monday, May 30, 2016 at Habersham Medical Center. Born February 8, 1935 in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Jones and Rudell Little Thomas. She retired from Cobb Memorial Hospital as a nursing assistant after 18 years of service. She was a member of the Lavonia Garden Club and the Lavonia First Baptist Church. In...
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Fred Poole Holcombe

May 27, 2016

Mr. Fred Poole Holcombe, age 86, of Martin, GA, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at his home. Born January 9, 1930 in Stephens County, he was a son of the late Charlie Lee and Trudy Ella Outz Holcomb. He was of the Baptist Faith and was a Truck Driver. Mr. Holcombe was a United States Navy and United States Air Force Veteran. Family members include his wife, Cerelle Freeman Holcombe of...
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