Tom Foster: Obituary


Tom Foster

December 1, 1935 – February 7, 2019

Tom Foster, Jr. and Joyce Pruitt Foster died together unexpectedly on February 7, 2019 in at the ages of 84 and 82.

Tom and Joyce are survived by siblings Howard and Jeannie Pruitt, Talmo, Georgia; Wallace and Janice Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; Sue and Ronnie Graham, McCaysville, Georgia; nephews (second parents), Stephen and Cecelia Pruitt, Atlanta; Wally and Laurie Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; Matt and Baya Pruitt, Flowery Branch, Georgia; and Joseph Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; great nieces and nephews (second grandparents), Samuel Foster and Abigail Joy Pruitt, Atlanta, Georgia; Erin and Hugh Pruitt, Gainesville, Georgia; Parker, Carson, Quinn, and Cameron Pruitt, Flowery Branch, Georgia.

Tom was born on December 17, 1935 in Lenoir City, Tennessee to Tom, Sr. and Willie Foster. He graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1958 with a degree in education. “Coach Tom” as he was known throughout Fannin County began his teaching and coaching career at West Fannin High School in 1958 where he amassed an impressive coaching record, but he believed his greatest accomplishments were influencing the lives of many young men and women. Joyce Pruitt was born on May 27, 1936 to Howard Young, Sr and Arie Pruitt. Joyce worked for more than 3 decades with the Dickey McCay Insurance Agency as an accountant. Joyce received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brenau University, an accomplishment she undertook with great pride. Tom married Joyce in 1960. Over the greater part of the next 60 years, the couple welcomed many family, students, friends, and children into their home. Each person who entered their home was treated as family. Tom and Joyce were very proud of their careers and had many accomplishments along the way, but it was their love and personality that changed the world of each person who met them.

Their love of travel was well known to all, but their capacity for love was legendary. Tom loved golf and Joyce loved travel and cold weather. They both loved the University of Tennessee football program and could usually be found on Fall Saturdays at Neyland Stadium cheering on the Vols. But, besides each other, their greatest love were people. They spent many hours working and volunteering at First Baptist McCaysville where Tom served as deacon while Joyce served many roles at the church. Most recently they served as best friend to Senior Pastor Matthew McDaniel. They were still close to the Fannin County School System and worked diligently with the athletic departments in Fannin County and Lenoir City with their Halls of Fame, both of which Tom was an inductee. Most of all, they took great pride and pleasure in their family and the nephews and great nephews and nieces that they saw as their children and grandchildren. Each of them know their lives were better for having Tom and Joyce as a beacon of light giving them love, hope, and guidance. They and all those who learned from and were cared for by Tom and Joyce, in turn, are grateful to be their legacy.

The family will be receiving family and friends on February 11, 2019 at Finch-Cochran Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A celebration of life is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill. Senior Pastor Matthew McDaniel will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tom and Joyce’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill at P.O. Box 867, McCaysville, Georgia, 30555. The family would like to thank Matthew McDaniel for his friendship, support and service and the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office for their persistence, professionalism, and kindness.

Mark Edward Tuttle: Obituary


Mark Edward Tuttle

October 19, 1939 – February 5, 2019

Mr. Mark Edward Tuttle, age 79, of Mineral Bluff, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the home of his son, Mark. Mr. Tuttle was born October 19, 1939, in Morgantown, WV to the late Mark Hayden and Margurite Lemley Tuttle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marsha, two spouses, Loni Tuttle and, Marsha Waters Tuttle and son-in-law, Rick Addison. Mark had a successful career as a home builder and served his country enlisting in the US Army. In his spare time, he enjoyed working in his yard and fixing old cars and trucks.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Mark Jeffrey and Roseann Tuttle, daughter, Marni Addison (with the late Rick Addison), five grandchildren, Jill Karlsen, Mark Benjamin Tuttle, Charitty Tuttle, Joshua Addison and Sydni Addison and one great-grandchild, Amalie Karlsen.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home in McCaysville. The family will receive friends from 1-2 pm before the service.

Arrangements entrusted to the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysville, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at

Charlie Victor Cochran: Obituary


Charlie Victor Cochran

Charlie Victor Cochran, age 75, of Kennesaw, Georgia passed away on Tuesday February 5, 2019. Charlie was a veteran of the US Navy who served our country honorably on the USS Saratoga. Most of Charlie’s working career was spent as a Truck Driver with Complete Auto Transit but he also was employed with Cobb County School System as a Bus Monitor for several years as well. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, and, according to his family, talking. Charlie never met a stranger.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Betty White Cochran; daughter Leelannee White Cochran; brother Steve Cochran and brother Max Cochran; several nieces and nephews.

A visitation for Charlie will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152. A chapel service will follow the visitation. Burial will take place at Pineridge Memorial Park, 2950 North Cobb Pkwy, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152.

Betty Jean Cooper: Obituary


Betty Jean Cooper

May 31, 1940 – February 8, 2019

Betty Jean Cooper, age 78, of Mineral Bluff, GA, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019. Born on May 31, 1940 in Fannin County, GA, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Beedie Montgomery Dockery. She was a devoted member of World Harvest North Church. Mrs. Cooper participated in the “Awake America” Prayer group and the Intercessory Team. She was well versed and educated in the Word of God. She loved to go to yard sales, appreciated art, cooking and taking time with her family. Mrs. Cooper retired from Chryler Corporation as a Upholstery Seamstress after a number of years. Also preceding her in death was her siblings; Christine Curtis, Willa Barclay, Helen Pless, Mary Lou Aggapotis, Lilly McKinish, Ruby Miller, Billie Dockery, Geneva Salatka and Herbert Dockery, Jr; and one granddaughter, Jaylen Watkins.

She is survived by her son, Steve Cooper of Roseville, MI; daughter, Shirley Johnson of Mineral Bluff, GA; brother, Clarence Franklin Dockery of Mineral Bluff, GA; grandchildren, Steven (Tracy) Watkins, Scott Watkins, Stacy Watkins, Sean Watkins; great grandchildren, Destiny Watkins, Kiersten Twiggs, Taylor Watkins, Jada Watkins, Jackie and Rachel Epperson and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 12:00 pm from Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge Chapel with Pastor Asa Dockery officiating. Music will be provided by Lydia Long and Martha Smith. Interment will follow in the Chastain Memorial Park. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.

Jo Lynn Foster Johnson: Obituary


Jo Lynn Foster Johnson

October 31, 1950 – February 7, 2019

Jo Lynn Foster Johnson, age 68, of McCaysville, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Northside Cherokee Hospital in Canton. She was born in Higdon, on October 31, 1950 to the late John Doyle “J.D.” and Reathel Brown Foster. She was a member of Hipps Chapel Church for over 58 years. She is also preceded inn death by her husband, Jerry Johnson and niece, Jessica Boles.

She is survived by her son, Christopher Matthew Jones of Centerville, OH; granddaughters, Lauren and Hannah Jones; sisters, Sandra Rooks of McCaysville, Jonene Sartin of Madison, MS, and Cheryl Boles of Acworth; and brother, John Michael Foster of Newnan.

Memorial services will be conducted on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 2:00 pm, from Hipps Chapel Church with Rev. Delmar Davenport officiating. Music will be provided by Glenda Davenport, J.W. Patterson, and the Hipps Chapel Church Choir. Eulogies will be given by Johnny Phillips, Jr., Jeannie Watson, Barbara Lee, and Jonene Sartin. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will visit with friends prior to the service at the church from 1:00 pm until the funeral hour of 2:00 pm. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.

Hugh Hansell Wallace: Obituary


Hugh Hansell Wallace

January 2, 1939 – February 5, 2019

Hugh Hansell Wallace, age 80, of Morganton, GA, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019 peacefully at his home. Mr. Walllace was born in Ducktown, TN to the late William Shields and Edith Taylor Wallace. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War Era and later worked and retired from the General Motors Corporation, where he worked as an Assembly Line Worker. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Henrietta Wallace and infant son, Robert Wayne Wallace.

He is survived by siblings, Bob (Cathy) Wallace of Seneca, SC, Jim (Susie) Wallace of Alexa, NC, Shirley (Bennie) Loudermilk of Turtletown, TN; brother-in-law, Paul Ray (Diane) White of Turtletown, TN; sisters-in-law, Jenny (David) Smith of Acworth, GA, Diane (Ron) Prince of Hiram, GA; several nieces and nephews, along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm. from the Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill Chapel with Rev. Dr. Tom Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbreares: Jimmy Wallace, Gary Wallace, Terry Smith, Lance Smith, Tim Prince and Ray White. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Saturday prior to the service from 12:00 pm until the funeral hour of 1:00 pm. . In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital at or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill is in charge of the arrangements.

Johnny Lee Moore: Obituary


Johnny Lee Moore

June 2, 1960 – February 4, 2019

Mr. Johnny Lee Moore, age 58 of Murphy, NC passed away on February 4, 2019 in the North East Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA. Born in Cherokee County, NC, he was the son of the late Raleigh Lloyd and Elsie Hazel Rich Moore. He had worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for Shepherd Construction for a number of years.

Survivors include his brothers, James Dale (Robin) Moore of Atlanta, GA, Lonnie Howard Moore of Blue Ridge, GA, Fred William (Vanda) of Marble, NC, Frank Ford Moore and Robert Max (Joann) Moore all of Murphy, NC; sister, Mary Payne of Mineral Bluff, GA; nieces and nephews, Timmy Cordell, Lonnie William Moore, Tyler Issac Moore, Leslie and Alyssa Payne, Amanda Holloway and Michael Ellis; great nieces and nephews, Landon and Scarlet Holloway and Jacob and Jordan Moore.

Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Ike Raper and Rev. Roger Stiles officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery in Murphy, NC. Memorial Contributions may be made to help defray final expenses. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA was in charge of the arrangements.

Advanced Disposal contract up for discussion

Community, News

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Tony Sidebotham, Advanced Disposal Operations Manager for the North Georgia Area, met with the Board of Commissioners (BOC) recently to discuss the terms of the upcoming waste disposal contract renewal.

The current contract was signed and agreed upon 2016, and is up for renewal on Sept. 1 of this year. According to the current contract the county must give Advanced Disposal 180 day notice if there are requests for changes or negotiation discussions that need to take place.

Currently Fannin County pays $54.16 per ton for waste disposal, and in the current contract this price is subject to increase by three percent annually. Advanced Disposal has approximately 150 to 170 tons of waste that move through their facilities daily.

“So your company hasn’t gotten to a point to where you felt like it would be fair not to utilize the three percent increase?” Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson questioned and added that at the current rate the county will be paying close to $60.00 per ton by the end of another 3 year contract. “$60.00 per ton is quite a bit higher than surrounding areas.”

Sidebotham explained that the three percent increase covers his cost of operations. He told commissioners that not only does pricing go up for the services Advanced Disposal utilizes but he also has to consider his employees and their raise requests and benefits.

Fannin County Chairman Stan Helton questioned how Fannin County’s pricing compares to those of surrounding counties.

“It’s hard to compare contract to contract,” Sidebotham replied and explained that each county has different needs and different circumstances.

One of the circumstances affecting the pricing in Fannin County is that with the exception of the Aska Road facility, which is county owned property, Advanced Disposal owns its own properties in the county.

Helton further questioned, “Is it feasible to look, if we own one facility of having a different rate at the place we own?”

Sidebotham replied that anything is up for discussion, and acknowledged the Union County does have different pricing because the county owns its own facilities.

“It’s going to hard because they own their facilities and in other counties they (the counties) own their facilities, so in the years past these contracts, being as they own the only transfer station in the county, our rates are automatically going to be higher,” Johnson expressed his opinion on what drives the pricing higher for our area.

Johnson also pointed out that when the contract was last up for renewal Advanced Disposal was the only bidder: “We’re where we’re at because there’s one company. You can’t get a competing price when no one else will bid.”

Johnson pointed out that Fannin County only allows for one transfer company to be present. He feels that this also plays a role in being unable to obtaining competing pricing.

Glass recycling was also discussed as it has been a concern for numerous residents since the option of recycling glass was discontinued.

As for now it looks like the possibility of this recycling option will not return to Fannin County. Sidebotham explains, “The easiest way I can explain it is, there’s no easy way to recycle glass now a days. For companies that recycle glass the most profitable way to make a return on it is to sort it by color and so to do that you need a large area of space, a large area to heat the glass. And then the shipping of it, there’s no returns on it. Even recyclers that we use, they’ve all gone away. There’s no place for us to get rid of the glass.”

A glass recycling facility in Pa. shows the large property needed to accommodate this type of recycling.

Advanced Disposal and their employees have taken proactive steps to become a positive impact on the community during the current contract.
Recently the business agreed to extend holiday hours in an effort to help Fannin County with their unique circumstances that causes an influx of visitors during these time.

Previously the waste disposal facilities in Fannin County were closed six days a year in observance of different holidays. Advanced Disposal agreed to open half days for three of these major holidays (Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Memorial Day) and only remain closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year day.

Advanced Disposal has also donated dumpsters and containers for community clean up events, and have recently agreed to pick up certain colored garbage bags from sides of roadways where litter collection has taken place.

The Fannin County Fire Department also benefits from the collection of aluminum cans at the Advanced Disposal sites. 100 percent of proceeds from these collections go to fund the fire department’s educational outreach programs.

A full time litter personnel was recently hired and will soon be seen in Fannin County two days a week to help combat the ongoing litter issue.

Sidebotham expressed that he would continue efforts at the facilities to hold trash haulers responsible for securing their loads. He explained that aside from having clear signage posted pertaining to the law, with first time offenders he often will have them pull to the side and secure their load before being allowed to tip.

“I have found that sometimes the inconvenience of having to do that, you know taking an extra 10 – 15 minutes, the next time they come through they would know that it has to be secured,” Sidebotham said of the effect the effort has on those pulled aside.

A new scale house will be seen at the Hwy. 60 waste disposal facility. The scalehouse will be placed to allow direct and immediate contact between Advanced Disposal personnel and drivers. This move will help to combat the issue of unsecured loads as well, as it can be addressed immediately upon the vehicle entering the scales.

While negotiations are expected to take place concerning the current waste disposal contract, all three commissioners acknowledged the work being done by Advanced Disposal in Fannin County and showed appreciation for the company’s willingness to get involved.

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