Doris “Dee” Yvonne Tingle: Obituary


Doris Yvonne Tingle

October 29, 1935 – October 29, 2018

Doris “Dee” Yvonne Tingle, age 83 of Morganton, GA passed away October 29, 2018 in Blue Ridge, GA. Mrs. Tingle was born October 29, 1935 in Fort Sumner, NM to the late William Dirickson and the late Lucille Stewart Dirickson. Dee was a graduate of Albuquerque High School in Albuquerque, NM and an alumnus of Tyler Junior College in Tyler, TX. She enjoyed numerous careers during her life including: race car driver, telephone switchboard operator, seamstress, homemaker, and a pastor’s wife. Mrs. Tingle is preceded in death by her first husband (and father of her children) Harold Noble. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Survivors include: her husband of 25 years, Rev. Jim Tingle of Morganton, GA; two sons, Allen (Carla) Noble of Oklahoma City, OK and Dale (Colleen) Noble of Norfolk, VA; daughter, Sheri Upton of Hobbs, NM; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and step children also survive.

Memorial Service: Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm from the Cherry Log Christian Church in Cherry Log, GA with the Rev. Adam Bradley presiding.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cherry Log Christian Church.

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

Evelyn Virginia Prather: Obituary


Evelyn Virginia Prather

May 27, 1934 – November 2, 2018

Evelyn Virginia Prather, age 84, of Blue Ridge, passed away November 2, 2018, at her home. Mrs. Prather was born May 27, 1934, in Blue Ridge, GA to the late Albert Green and the late Mattie Queen Green. She was a member of New River Baptist Church. Evelyn enjoyed watching the squirrels in her yard, feeding her birds, painting, and flower gardening. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Green, mother, Mattie Queen Green, her husband, Bobby Prather, and grandson, Robert Prather.

Survivors include a son, Rodger (Gladys) Prather, daughter, Susie (Bill) Kendall, daughter, Linda (Joey) Davenport, daughter, Wynoka (Mark) Chitty, daughter, Lisa Sanders, 12 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services: Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 3:00 pm at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel of McCaysville, with Bill Kendall officiating. Interment will follow in the Welcome Hill #2 Baptist Church Cemetery on Ada St. in Blue Ridge. Pallbearers: Bryan Dills, Gary Dills, Dylan Sharp, Jimmy Smith, Christopher Davis, Levi Prather.

The family will receive friends at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Geraldine White Bruce: Obituary


Geraldine White Bruce

August 26, 1953 – November 6, 2018

Mrs. Geraldine White Bruce, age 65, of Ellijay, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in her home. Born on August 26, 1953 in Blue Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Willy R. and Velvia Lewis White. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Ellijay. She retired from Levi Strauss where she worked as a Seamstress and later in Quality Control. She is also preceded in death by her siblings, Wendell White, Clarence White, Frances White, and Helen Gibbs.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Thomas Bruce of the home; son, Bobby Wishon and his fiancé Michelle Evans of Ellijay; son and daughter-in-law, Rodney and Vanessa Wishon of Villa Rica; granddaughter, Sarah Elizabeth Wishon; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Tommy and Annie White of Atlanta, Kimsey and Lula White of Blue Ridge, and Junior and Pauline White of Blue Ridge.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 pm from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Dan Rosser will officiate. Interment will follow in the Welcome Hill #2 Baptist Church Cemetery. Bobby Wishon, Rodney Wishon, Paul Gibbs, and Tony Parr will serve as pallbearers. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Mrs. Bruce to the American Cancer Society at Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Arabella Ballew: Obituary


Ruth Arabella Ballew

July 11, 1922 – November 4, 2018

Mrs. Ruth Arabella Jones Ballew of Epworth, Georgia passed away Sunday,
November 4, 2018 at Pruitt Health in Blue Ridge, Georgia. She was 96 years old.

She was born July 11, 1922 to the late Hicks and Dorothy Jones. She was
preceded in death by her husband Clarence Ballew, her parents, and brother Homer Jones (Inez). Ruth is survived by daughters Judy Byler (Phil), Connie Ramey (Buford), and son Mike Ballew (Sherri). She is also survived by five grandchildren: Tim Byler (Cindy), Wendy Walters (Todd), Debbie Sorrells, Sarah Welch (Chris), and Michael Ballew (Ashley). She had eight great grandchildren: Heather Byler, Josiah Byler, Benjamin Byler, Gracie Byler, Kathryn Walters, Emily Houston (Rhett), Joshua Walters, and Addison Welch. She is also survived and known by Donna Jo, Beth, Sheila, the Arps, and many other “family” members as Mamaw. Numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends survive as well.

Ruth grew up in Wolf Creek, North Carolina and graduated from Murphy High School in 1939. Ruth and Clarence were married August 10, 1940. Ruth traveled with Clarence during WWII when he was not overseas, and if it had been a different world, she might have pursued a career in law. After the war ended, Clarence and Ruth became residents of Epworth in 1950. She believed in the power of education, and she participated in the local school system as a grade mother and as a volunteer later in life.

Ruth was active in Epworth First Baptist Church until she moved into Pruitt Health. She taught Sunday School, Bible School, and helped keep the nursery for 40 plus years. Ruth was a founding member of the Quilting Ministry at Epworth First Baptist Church, which is still operating and providing blessings to individuals and families today. She was a fierce prayer warrior until the very end, serving as an intercessor for anyone in need.

Ruth served as a Cub Scout leader for many years. In addition, her home was the local gathering place for the community boys. Playing ball and eating snacks provided by Mrs. Ballew were the order of every day.

Ruth was a “people person” with an infectious sense of humor. She loved fellowship with family and friends for food, fun, lots of laughter and love. She would welcome
anyone into her house, and no one left hungry. Ruth had a quick smile (along with her quick wit) and a twinkle in her eye. She had a passion for collecting clean jokes, and she was known to have a little good-natured mischief on occasion. She was a joy to be around.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. from the sanctuary at Epworth First Baptist Church; Dr. Tom Jordan and Dr. Philip Byler will be officiating. Music will be provided by the Rev. Doug Simonds, Dr. Tim Byler, and Emily Houston.
Interment will follow in the Epworth Baptist Cemetery with the following individuals serving as Pallbearers: Tim Byler, Michael Ballew, Ron Ross, John Corn, Chris Welch, Todd Walters, Jonathan Farmer, and Jordan Farmer. Debbie Sorrells and Joe Arp will also serve. Honorary Pallbearers will be the ladies of the Quilting Ministry and the Deacons of Epworth First Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 9, 2018 from 2:00 until 3:45 p.m., prior to the service at the Epworth First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Epworth First Baptist Church Quilting Ministry. Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA.

Fannin County HS Marching Band Bring Home Superior Ratings Again!!!

Fannin County High, Rebel's Corner

Congratulations to the Fannin County High School Marching Band for earning all Superior Ratings at the Northeast Georgia Band Championships. The competition help place at Cass High School last weekend, October 27th. Superior ratings were earned in Drum Major, Colorguard, Percussion, and Band. Fannin Marching Band held the highest overall band score out of 12 bands in Class 1A-4A. The percussion section help the second highest score out of 12 bands in Class 1A-4A. Fannin Marching Band also gained the Brass Section Grand Champion Award and Drum Major Lora Gwatney earning the Grand Champion Drum Major Award. Both the Brass Section and Drum Major Gwatney holding the highest score of the day out of all bands in attendance. Job well done Fannin County HS Marching Band!

Photo Credit: Mary Gordon

Imogene McVey Stewart: Obituary


Imogene McVey Stewart

October 13, 1937 – October 30, 2018

Mrs. Imogene McVey Stewart, age 81, of Blue Ridge, GA, passed away on October 30, 2018 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Stewart; parents, Rev. Wm. Isaac and Una Cox McVey; siblings, Everette McVey, William “Junior” McVey, Eva Mae Mull and Bonnie Harper; and nephew, Roger Mull.

Family was very important to her and her home was always open when family members needed a place to live. It was quite often the site for many gatherings of family and friends. Music was a very important part of Imogene’s life, even as a child. She sang in a quartet as a teenager and always sang in the Church Choir. Many times she was called on to sing at many funerals over the years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge for about 30 years and then most recently was a member of the Temple Baptist Church. She believed in giving back to the community and did so much in many ways. She served a 6 year term on the Jury Commission and a 5 year term on the Mental Health Community Service Board. She was a member of the Homemakers Club for 48 years and served several times as President. She participated in many projects and was the Harvest Sale Chairman for 12 years. Imogene enjoyed doing hand crafts and was an avid quilter. In 2009, she was name the Georgia Outstanding Homemaker Club Member of the Year.
She along with her late husband, owned and operated Blue Ridge Motorsports Park for many years. Their son, Scott had raced at various other tracks too, and the family gained many friends in the racing Community.

Survivors include two sons, Scott Russell Stewart and Lee Roy Stewart, Jr.; sister, Anna Belle Sowers; grandchildren, Chip Stewart, Amberley Stewart, Caleb Stewart and Abby Stewart; and many extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Willis officiating. Interment will follow in the Sugar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Harold Weeks officiating. The following gentlemen have been selected to serve as pallbearers: Jeff Panter, David Humphrey, Kenny Tankersly, Kyle Panter, Nip Adams and Dean Whitaker. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Junior Mason, Ted Weaver, James Bearden and Allen Ward. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5-9 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Lee King: Obituary


Robert Lee King

November 23, 1936 – October 25, 2018

Robert Lee King, Sr. age 81 of Ducktown, TN passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018. Robert was born in Oneida, TN to the late Kermit Edmond and Christine Vincent King. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, a Past Master of Ducktown Lodge #241 F & AM and a member of the Alhambra Shrine in Chattanooga, TN. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a paratrooper. He was a retired Manager from the McClean Trucking Company. Mr. King is also preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Yvonne Swain King; a daughter Wendy Yvonne King Ballew; siblings, J.D. King, Kathy King Cline, and Raymond A. King.

He is survived by children, Bobby (Kaye) King of Franklin, NC, James Michael King of IA, Timothy Randall (Heather) King of South Lake, TX; sisters and one brother-in-law, Sue (Adolph) Jett of North Augusta, SC, Lana Turner and Reva Smith, both of Lafollette, TN; grandchildren, Nichole McCollum, Robert Lee King III, Evan Blake King, Roger Kent, James Michael King, Jr., Jennifer Michelle Smith, Joshua Matthew King, Randy King, Trevor King, Miranda King, Trey King, Kayla Mihalcik, Holly Ballew and Courtney Ballew; great-grandchildren, Macy, Cooper, Molly, Bo, Korey, Savannah, Jackson, Colton, Morgan and Mason; son-in-law, Eric Ballew of Ellijay, GA; and one sister-in-law, Annette King of Mineral Bluff, GA; .

Graveside services were conducted on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. from the Zion Hill Baptist Church cemetery with Rev. Luke Hall officiating. Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. King may be made in his honor to the Alahambra Shriner Club at

Condolences to the family may be sent online to Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill was in charge of the arrangements.

Susan Kendall Summey: Obituary


Susan Kendall Summey

August 31, 1951 – October 26, 2018

Susan Kendall Summey, age 67, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018. She was born August 31, 1951 in Copperhill, TN to the late Ross and Paula Kendall from Morganton, GA. Susan was known for her beautiful voice, great smile, and loving heart. She was a devoted member of Salem #2 Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband Jimmy Summey.

Survivors include: sister, Cathy Kendall Hunt; brother, Bill Kendall and wife Suzie Kendall; nieces, Dawn Kendall; Shawn (Stephen) Bradley; Brandi Kendall; and Cortney (Robert) Turner; and many great nephews and nieces survive.

Funeral services: Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Hooper officiating. Music by Keith Barnes, Randy Hooper, and Beth Pless. Honorary pallbearers: Henry Hooper, Keith Barnes, Jason Postell, Tony Watkins, Doug Heaton, Roger Prather, A.C. Caylor, Waldo Davis, Ricky Green, and Tom Elrod.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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