Michelle Lea Campbell Sowers: Obituary


Lt. Michelle Lea Campbell Sowers of Blue Ridge, GA, passed away on Tuesday August 20, 2019 at the age of 44, following an extended battle with cancer. Michelle was born on April 19, 1975 in Copperhill, TN. She is the daughter of Derryl and Diane Parker. Michelle leaves behind two sons, Tyler Robertson and Aden Self. She was blessed with a beautiful daughter-in-law, Kaylee. Her greatest joy was her granddaughter, Mia. Michelle also leaves behind her brother and sister-in-law, Jamie and Crystal Campbell; brother, Creed Parker; and a sister, Brianna Parker. One of Michelle’s favorite past times was spoiling her nieces and nephews, Haley and Cody Falls, Zack Campbell, Kharcee Hughes, Abby Campbell, Lexi Jeffers and Daniel Gibson. Michelle was preceded in death by her grandparents, Rev. and Mrs. Charlie Jones, and aunt, Janet Jacobs.

Michelle served the residents of Fannin County for 17 years as a Paramedic/Firefighter. She also served as a Deputy Coroner for Fannin County. She devoted her life to serving others. Michelle loved Clemson football, Bon Jovi, the Golden Girls, Jeep rides, the color purple, Coca-Cola, grape bubble gum, Chicken Salad Chicks cookies, Fruit Loops and strawberry sundaes. During her 7 year battle with cancer, Michelle continued to wear a smile on her face. When asked how she was, she would answer, “Good” and turn the conversation to the other person. She was selfless. Michelle will forever be remembered for her servants heart, love for others, infectious smile, contagious laugh, big hair and love for Sugar!!

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. from the Bethel Church with Rev. Doug Payne officiating. Music will be provided by Raven Welch Harris and Jeremy Payne. Interment will follow in the Copper Ridge Memory Gardens Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Bobby Long, Joey Cox, Cody Falls, Drake Pugh, Creed Parker, Zackary Campbell, Devin Aaron and Nikki Highley. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the Fannin County Fire and Fannin County EMS, Darrell Payne and Larry Thomas. A Fireman’s Last Call will be provided by the Fannin County Fire Department. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5-9 p.m. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Michelle Sowers Memorial Fund, c/o Nikki Highley or Devin Aaron at the United Community Bank in Blue Ridge, GA. These funds will be used to carry out Michelle’s Ministry of helping others in the community during their time of need. Condolences may be sent to the family online at akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA is in charge of the arrangements.


Martha Elaine Akins Crain: Obituary


Martha Elaine Akins Crain, age 74, of Kennesaw, formerly of Polk County, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Born in Polk County on March 10, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Akins and Ebbie Pack Akins. She was a member of Turtletown Baptist Church. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Crain; children, Wendy Crain and Lisa Eller; and siblings, Jean Black, Margaret Richardson, Kenneth Akens, and Katherine Billings.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sandi Eller of Kennesaw, GA; sister, Rebecca Chastain of Blairsville, GA; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other family also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill Chapel. Interment will follow in the Shoal Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Friday Evening from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill is in charge of the arrangements.


Luva (Lu) Marie Stoll Whetstone: Obituary


It is with sadness that the family of Luva (Lu) Marie Stoll Whetstone of Mineral Bluff, Georgia announces her death on Friday, August 16, 2019. Lu Whetstone was born in Geauga County, Ohio on November 13, 1928, to Derlin Stoll and Pearl Kightlinger Stoll. She is preceded in death by her husband, John H. Whetstone, her sister, Arlene Gotham, and brother Rowland Stoll.

In early adulthood, Lu Whetstone worked as a bank teller and later was trained in cosmetology, operating a salon out of her home in Parkman, Ohio. After the family moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1963, she was a homemaker.

Lu Whetstone is survived by four children, William John Whetstone (and wife Jan) of Dawsonville, Georgia; Gary Lee Whetstone (and wife Diane) of Athens, Georgia; Mona Lynn Johnson (and husband Scott) of Blytheville, Arkansas; and Pamela Gailey (and husband Mike) of Mineral Bluff, Georgia; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; members of her loving, extended family (Joe Whetstone, Fannie Detweiler, Anna Whetstone, Marvin Whetstone, Mary Weaver); nieces and nephews.

Lu Whetstone was a member of the Williamstown United Methodist Church in McCaysville, Georgia. A service of celebration will be held there on Monday, August 19, 2019, at 11:00 am with the Rev. Beth Starling officiating. Memorials can be sent to Williamstown United Methodist Church, 37 Williamstown Rd., Mineral Bluff, Georgia 30559.


Clair “Scotty” Maddox: Obituary



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McCaysville, GA, 30555


Luther “Ed” Edward DeFoor, Jr.: Obituary


The Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee announces Funeral Services for Mr. Luther “Ed” Edward DeFoor, Jr., age 81 of Hiawassee who passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Chatuge Regional Nursing Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Byers officiating. Special music will be presented by Wayne Hundley and the Cheerful Sounds. Interment will follow the service at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until the service begins.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee.


Sheila Ophelia Jones: Obituary


Mrs. Sheila Ophelia Jones, age 69, of Farner, TN, passed away on August 16, 2019, in the Hospice of Chattanooga. Born in Gastonia, NC, she was the daughter of the late James Arthur and Hazel Juanita Lawless Moody. She was of the Christian Faith, loved spending time with her grandchildren and dogs, and working crossword puzzles. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, James Stephen Moody, Shirley Thackerson, Bobbie Depree; and one grandson, Daniel Eugene Teague.

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Charles Jones of Farner, TN; children, Wanda Ogden of Dallas, NC, Ronnie Eugene Dunn of Farner, TN, Harry Daniel Cordell, Jr. of Dallas, NC and Sandra Juanita (Robert) Teague of Coker Creek, TN; grandchildren, Jessica Conner, Tony Conner, Kayla Buff, Josh Dunn, Erica Jordan, McKayla Brady McCurry, Marissa Dunn, Lacey Cordell, Kacy Cordell, Brandon Teague and Donna Teague; and several great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mitchell Allen officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, August 25, 2019 prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. until the Funeral hour of 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill, TN is in charge of the arrangements.


Edna Hedden: Obituary


The Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville announces the death of Mrs. Edna Hedden age 64 of Blairsville who passed away on Wednesday evening, August 14, 2019 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville.


Louise Hitch Knight: Obituary


Louise Hitch Knight, 87, of Blue Ridge, Georgia, died peacefully in her home on Thursday, August 8, 2019. She was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia, on November 1, 1931, to Frank Hitch and Agnes Martin Hitch. She graduated from North Georgia College in 1951. Lou married Gordon E Knight in 1956. For many years she lived in Atlanta and worked for General Services Administration of the Federal Government until her retirement in 1993. She then worked for The Arthritis Foundation. In 2001, she moved to Blue Ridge. Lou loved cats, the color blue, reading books, working crossword puzzles, and her church. She had a great sense of humor and could light up a room with her smile. Lou is survived by her daughter, Marilou Knight (Rebecca Williams) and her daughters in love, Pam Garrett and Denise Ellwanger. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on September 7, 2019, at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church at 10:00 AM. To honor Lou, please wear blue and cat items. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of your choice and to Georgia Mountain Hospice.


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