Fannin’s Hunter Gray Makes Verbal Commitment


Fannin High School Senior Hunter Gray has made a verbal commitment to further his education and continue his baseball career at Lipscomb University.

In speaking to this young man it is quickly revealed that he is genuine and humble.  Gray knows that without the support of his parents David and Rachal but also his brothers Daniel and Cody, he would not have the opportunity that lies before him.    Gray took the field for the first time at 3 years old and has never looked back.  Playing in what the local recreation department labeled as the Diaper League, Hunter found his love for the game that he plays today and will continue to play in the future for Lipscomb University.  Hunter Gray played several years of travel baseball as well as other sports into his freshman year at Fannin County High School.  Gray was a part of the Rebels’ basketball program as a 9th grader before choosing to walk away giving him more time to both play football and baseball.  Gray’s sophomore year could have detrimental to his future in the game he loves.  In a pre-season football game, Gray suffered a tear of his ACL and Meniscus.  The surgery to repair the tears doesn’t come with an easy rehabilitation.   The average recovery time in getting back to full action is right at 9 months.  Gray missed 2 years of high school football and a year of Rebel baseball as well as his travel ball schedule for the East Cobb Astros out of Marrietta, GA.  Through hard work and dedication to getting his leg stronger, Gray is ready to take the field.

In Gray’s time on the diamond, he has played with several travel organizations as Gilmer Co., Cherokee Reds, Kennesaw, Team GA and is currently part of the East Cobb program.  As a freshman for the Rebels, Gray led the team at the plate and was awarded the offensive player of the year and earned his varsity letter in 3 sports.  Hunter’s mother(Rachal) said ” Hunter is a very humble young man.  He is the same person whether he strikes out or hits a home run.”  Hunter is very thankful and blessed that his parents and siblings are there for him and looks forward to having his support system with him as he heads to Lipscomb University after high school.

Congratulations to Hunter Gray on his verbal commitment to Lipscomb and as you prepare for the upcoming season for the Fannin Rebels.


Rebecca Lu “Becky” Bailey: Obituary

Rebecca Lu Bailey

November 9, 2018

Mrs. Rebecca Lu “Becky” Bailey passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018 in Chattanooga, TN. She was born in Copperhill, TN to the late Walter Lee Harris and Evelyn Vestel Newberry Harris. For many years she worked as a clerk with the United States Postal Service. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, William Lynn Harris and Ronal Lee Harris.She is survived by her daughter, April Pack of Blue Ridge; a brother, Gary Lane Harris; a sister, Linda Sue Barton; and two grandchildren, Amberly Postell and Kayla Baliles.

Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Akins Funeral Home with Rev. Renny Ryder officiating. Interment followed in the Stanley Church of Christ Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: James Gibbs, Joe Postell, Fabian Baliles, Mike Jacobs, Bimbo Barton, and Tony Barton.  Condolences may be made online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of arrangements.

Gary Thurmond Herring: Obituary


Gary Thurmond Herring

October 7, 1950 – November 12, 2018

Mr. Gary Thurmond Herring, age 68 of Morganton, GA passed away Monday, November 12, 2018 in Chattanooga, TN.

Mr. Herring was born October 7, 1950 in Atlanta, GA to the late William Herring and the late Mamie Jo Herring.

A member of Highland Baptist Tabernacle, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Joyce Herring.

Survivors include: daughters, Jenny and her spouse, Warren, and Kathy and her spouse, Arthur; son, Chris and his spouse, Seema; grandchildren, Zach, Saralyn, David, Julia, Dean, Mary Stuart, Ajay, and Nik; three brothers and three sisters also survive.

Gary’s Hobbies and Interest include fishing, antiquing, and furniture restoration. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Avondale High School. Upon moving to Blue Ridge in 1997, he worked as builder, at Ace Hardware, and Blue Ridge Antiques.

A private memorial service will be conducted by the family on Friday, November 16th at 2PM at Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough, GA
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

James Lowell Harrison Jr.: Obituary


James Lowell Harrison Jr.

February 23, 1942 – November 8, 2018

James L. Harrison, age 76 of Cherrylog, GA passed away November 8, 2018 at his home. Mr. Harrison was born February 23, 1942 in Atlanta, GA to the late James Lowell Harrison Sr. and the late Mary Gertrude Harrison. Mr. Harrison was a Mason and a Shriner for fifty plus years and enjoyed woodworking and “piddling” in his spare time. Mr. Harrison worked as a Sheet Metal Fabricator with BHW Sheet Metal Local 85 for over fifty years. Mr. Harrison was married to his wife Patty for fifty seven years and loved and enjoyed his family very much. He was a very unselfish and giving husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family.

Survivors include: wife, Patty Pasley Harrison, daughter, Holly Hansard; son, Shane (Brooke) Harrison; grandchildren, Christopher (Kristen) Hansard, Cody (Cara Searcy) Hansard, Cory (Erica) Hansard, and Jarrett McArthur.

The family will conduct a private service at a later date.

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

Margie Mae Davis: Obituary


Margie Mae Davis

July 25, 1932 – November 15, 2018

Margie Mae Davis, age 86, of McCaysville, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Pruitt Healthcare in Blue Ridge. Ms. Davis was born July 25, 1932, in McCaysville, GA to the late George Washington Davis and the late Mae Grantham Davis. She was a member of Williamstown United Methodist Church, enjoyed cooking, baking cakes, and spending time with family and friends

Survivors include a sister, Jeanette Dockery, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services: Sunday 2:00 PM, from the Finch Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Godfrey officiating. Interment will follow in Barns Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Finch Cochran Funeral Home Saturday evening from 5 PM till 8 PM.

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

Eric Lee Mueller: Obituary


Eric Lee Mueller

July 15, 1969 – November 13, 2018

Eric Lee Mueller, age 49 of Blue Ridge, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at his home. Eric Was born July 15, 1969 in Akron, OH to Dennis Mueller and the late Lee Linton Mueller.

Services will be held at a later date.

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

Frederick Raymond Barrett: Obituary


Frederick Raymond Barrett

June 7, 1937 – November 14, 2018

Frederick Raymond Barrett, age 81, of Morganton, GA passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, GA. Mr. Barrett was born in Calhoun, GA on June 7, 1937 to the late Raymond Barrett and Alma Cook Barrett. He was retired from the Fannin County Road Department and was a United States Army veteran serving in combat of the Korean Conflict. He was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Raymond Barrett, and a sister, Carmaletia Brawley.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Barrett of Morganton; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Amanda Barrett of Mineral Bluff, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Greg Rogers of Blue Ridge, GA; sisters, Nancy Kindall of Jefferson, GA, Rachael Burnette of Blue Ridge; and Jenny McDaris of Morganton; three grandchildren, Alicia Rose, Travis Barrett, and Jade Underwood; and one great grandchild, Kennedi Rose.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins of Blue Ridge Chapel with Rev. Tim Garrett officiating. Music will be by Renee Watkins, David Brawley, and Billy Brawley. Pallbearers will be Jade Underwood, David Brawley, Billy Brawley, Greg Rogers, Ryan McDaris, and Scott Rose. Interment will follow in the Concord Church Cemetery with full military honors provided by North Georgia Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of arrangements.

Mitchell Adams: Obituary

Mitchell Adams

January 27, 1950 – November 12, 2018

Mitchell Adams, age 68, of Turtletown, TN passed away Monday, November 12, 2018. Mitchell was born in Polk County, TN, to the late Clarence and Mildred Marie Adams. He had worked in Maintenance for Shaw Industries and was of the Holiness Faith.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Mary Jones Adams of the home; sons, Chuck Adams and Stacy Adams, both of Turtletown, TN; brother, Daniel (Dorothy) Adams of Turtletown, TN; sister Sharon (Abe) Taylor of Turtletown, TN; three grandchildren, Cody Adams, Dustin Adams and Jennings Adams. Many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill Chapel with Rev. Roy Trantham and Rev. Jonathan Smith officiating. Music will be by the Smith Sisters. Pallbearers selected to serve include, Jeremy Jones, Michael Jones, Jonathan Smith, Jody Smith, Dewayne Adams, Randall Allen and Mickey Loudermilk. Interment will follow in the Craig Family cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Condolences to the family may be sent online to Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill is in charge of the arrangements. - Dedicated to serve the needs of the community. Provide a source of real news-Dependable Information-Central to the growth and success of our Communities. Strive to encourage, uplift, warn, entertain, & enlighten our readers/viewers- Honest-Reliable-Informative.

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