Roy William Ball: Obituary


Roy William Ball – March 10, 1949 – October 6, 2018


OCT 9. 05:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Henry-Cochran Funeral Home

3911 Appalachian Hwy

Blue Ridge, GA, US, 30513


Funeral Service

OCT 10. 01:00 PM

Henry-Cochran Funeral Home

3911 Appalachian Hwy

Blue Ridge, GA, US, 30513


Concord Baptist Church Cemetery

Hwy 60
Morganton, GA, 30560

Johnny Wayne Deal: Obituary


Mr. Johnny Wayne Deal, better known as “J.W.”, passed away on October 8, 2018, at age 46. Born in Copperhill, TN he was the son of the late Thomas H. Deal, Sr. J.W. had worked in construction installing Drywall for a number of years. He loved spending time in the mountains and was an avid Hunter and Fisherman. He also had a vast knowledge of many trees, plants and flowers from his experience outdoors. He loved playing the guitar and his canine companion, Ruthy.

Survivors include his mother, Yvonne Deal of Copperhill; two brothers and their children, James Martin “Marty” Deal and sons, Jacob, Isaac and Michael Deal; Thomas “Jr.” Deal and his daughter, Taylor Marie Deal.

Graveside services will be conducted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. from the Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. David O’Neal and Rev. Clifton Patterson officiating. Music will be by Kenny O’Neal. The following gentlemen were selected to serve as pallbearers: Gary Dobbs, Channon Morrow, Nathan Smith, Jameison Hyatt, Russell Locke and Danny O’Neal. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill, TN is in charge of the arrangements.

Willard “Snuffy” Smith: Obituary


Willard Smith, affectionately known to family and friends as “Snuffy”, age 95, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 6, 2018, in the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN. Willard was born in Polk County, TN on December 27, 1922, to the late Lucius Napolean Smith and Lula Bell Bradburn. He was a Deacon at Zion Hill Baptist Church. He retired from City Services where he worked as a Crusher Operator. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He is also preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

Willard is survived by his niece, Betty Jo (Glen) Hughes of Turtletown; great-niece, Karen (Ronald) Martin of Turtletown; and many other nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm from Zion Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Stephen Smith and Glen Hughes will officiate. Music will be provided by Glen Hughes and Ryan Norton. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Ronald Martin, Kenny Martin, Johnny Smith, Mark Taylor, Dwight Dilbeck, and Seth Mathis serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Rev. Bill Maughan, Doad Hughes, Glen Hughes, Doug Smith, Kenneth Martin, Rev. Stephen Smith, Terry Humberd, and the Deacons of Zion Hill Baptist Church. The family will visit with friends at the church on Monday Afternoon from 12:00 pm until the service hour of 3:00 pm. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Elizabeth Mack Taylor: Obituary


Helen Elizabeth Mack Taylor, age 79, of Soddy Daisy, TN, passed away Saturday, October6, 2018. Helen was born in Turtletown, TN to the late Olin and Jackie Griffith Mack. She was retired from the Interlink Corporation working as a telephone operator. She was a member of the Refuge Assembly of God Church in Soddy Daisy, TN and was preceded in death by her son, Toby Taylor.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Taylor of the home; children, Stephen Taylor of Dallas, GA, Johnathan (Marissa) Taylor of Columbus, GA, Jacqueline Michelle Chitwood of Lithia Springs, GA and Suzanna Shockley of Soddy Daisy, TN. Eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm from the Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill Chapel with Pastor Dennis Parillo officiating. Music will be provided by Pastor Dennis and Bobbie Parillo. Interment will follow in the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Dustin Taylor, Zack Taylor, Seaver Taylor, Logan Taylor, Andrew Shockley, and Dylan Taylor. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Sunday Evening from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill is in charge of the arrangements.

Marlene Payne: Obituary


Marlene Payne, age 84, of McCaysville, GA, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2018. Mrs. Payne was born in McCaysville, GA to the late William Lloyd and Elzie Estelle Bradley Pittman. She attended Bethany Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, R.V. Payne, daughter, Mary Lou Taylor and brother, Kenneth Pittman.

She is survived by children, Charles (Judy) Payne of McCaysville, GA, Donald (Lynn) Payne of McCaysville, GA, Linda Hancock of McCaysville, GA, Jannie (Tom) Hedden of Blue Ridge, GA; sister Eulene (Melvin) Harper of Mineral Bluff, GA. Seventeen grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill Chapel with Preacher Jimmy Dickey officiating. Music was by April Jones. Pallbearers included Cody Knight, Riley Hedden, Chris Prince, Chad Allen, Ryan Knight and Tyler Allen. Interment followed in the Mt. Liberty Baptist Church cemetery. Condolences to the family may be sent online to Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill was in charge of the arrangements.

Edith Sue Branyon: Obituary


Edith Sue Branyon, age 77, of Ducktown, TN passed away Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Mrs. Branyon was born in Gastonia, NC to the late Elmer and Pauline Burger Taylor. She was a member of the Victory Temple Holiness Church. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Branyon and brothers, Harold Taylor and Charlie Taylor, sister Dorothy Taylor.

She is survived by her children, Perry (Renee) Branyon of Blairsville, GA, James W. (Milisa) Branyon of Magnolia, TX, Linda (Gilbert) Johnson of Farner, TN; Brothers, Abe Taylor of Turtletown, TN, Tommy Taylor of Turtletown, TN, Junior Taylor of McCaysville, GA, Leroy Taylor of Rome, GA; sisters, Joy Davis of Ellijay, GA, Opal Loudermilk of Calhoun, GA; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill Chapel with Rev. Frank Jalbreath and Bro. Randall Nicholson officiating. Music was by Randall & Joel Nicholson. Pallbearers included Abe Taylor, Daniel Johnson, Tim Johnson, Jonathan Branyon, Micah Branyon and Samuel Branyon. Interment followed in the New Hope Holiness Church Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be sent online to Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill was in charge of the arrangements.

Evelyn Kilpatrick: Obituary


Evelyn R. Kilpatrick, age 97, of Copperhill, passed away October 2, 2018, at the Life Care Center. Mrs. Kilpatrick was born July 29, 1921, in Mitchell County, GA to the late Elton Fred Rackley and the late Georgia Ackerich Rackley. She was of the Pentecostal Faith. In addition to her mother and father, Mrs. Kilpatrick was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Kilpatrick, Sr.

Survivors include a son, Jess W. Kilpatrick, Jr., two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and eleven great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery in Murphy, NC, with Rev. Robert Young officiating.

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

GDOT proposed plans for a new McCaysville-Copperhill truck route

News, Press Release

Public encouraged to attend the meeting.

Blue Ridge, Ga–  A public information open house to view the proposed project to improve State Route (SR) 5 and construct a new location truck route in Fannin County, Georgia and in Polk County, Tennessee is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at the McCaysville Church of God, located at 1477 Blue Ridge Drive in the city of Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Residents interested in learning more about the proposed project are encouraged to attend the meeting and to visit the website at

The proposed project will improve State Route 5 from Old Flowers Road to Colton Avenue by resurfacing the existing two lanes on this portion and constructing 10-foot wide shoulders with 16-inch rumble strips for driver notification of roadway departure. The proposed project will transition to two lanes with curb and gutter with 5-foot sidewalks on both sides. At the intersection of SR 5 and School Street, the project proposes the installation of a roundabout. To learn more about the benefits of roundabouts, visit The proposed improvements continue northeast along the existing SR 5/Blue Ridge Drive alignment for approximately 0.4 miles to the Toccoa Avenue.

The project also proposes to construct a two-lane truck route along a new location alignment approximately 1.1 miles in length beginning at the proposed roundabout on existing SR 5 at School Street. The roadway continues northwest crossing into Tennessee, then turns to the northeast and bridges over W Tennessee Ave, the Ocoee River, the existing railroad and Tennessee SR 68/Ocoee Street. The roadway then loops around toward the southeast and ties into Tennessee SR 68/Ocoee Street near Colonial Avenue where a second roundabout is proposed.

Grant Waldrop, district engineer at the Georgia DOT office in Cartersville explains, “This meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to review the proposed project and see how the improvements will accommodate taking truck movements out of downtown McCaysville/Copperhill as well as enhance economic development opportunities within Fannin and Polk Counties and the Appalachian region by providing operational improvements along the corridor which may lessen crash frequency and severity.”

The Open House will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime between 4 and 7 p.m.  The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling Joseph Ciavarro at 678-721-5164.

Written statements will be accepted concerning this project until Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Written statements may be submitted to:

Mr. Eric Duff, State Environmental Administrator
Georgia Department of Transportation
Office of Environmental Services
600 West Peachtree Street, NW – 16th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

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