Darris Luther Stafford: Obituary

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Mr. Darris Luther Stafford, age 71, of Blue Ridge, GA, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 6, 2018.

He was born on May 17, 1947 in Dalton, GA to Darrell & Virginia Brown Stafford. Mr. Stafford was a member of Midway Baptist Church, as well as the Disabled American Veterans. He served his country during the Vietnam War in the United States Army. He goes n to meet his father, Darrell Stafford; daughter, Melinda Stafford and sisters, Lucille Stafford, Peggy Stafford Sewell and Betty Stafford Thomas. Darris will be remembered by all who knew him, but especially missed by his wife of 50 Years, Rhenda Dean Stafford; mother, Virginia Brown Stafford; daughter, Samantha Stafford Taylor (Jamey); siblings, Mary Staffors Smith, Johnny Stafford (Cheryl) and Norma Stafford Deneux (Jerry). Also sharing in his legacy are many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 2:00pm from the Midway Baptist Church in McCaysville, GA. Rev. Jerry Rice and Rev. Jack Buchanan will be officiating the service with special music provided by Midway Baptist Church Choir. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be: Jamey Taylor, Jack Buchanan, Darren Garland, Glen Hughes, Danny Murdock, Joe Hughes, Tim Day, Jason Deal and Fritz Baugh.

Henry-Cochran Funeral Home is honored to be serving in charge of the arrangments.

Thelma Welch Griggs German: Obituary

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Thelma Welch Griggs German, age 98, of Blue Ridge, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018. Thelma was born March 11, 1920, in Fannin County, GA to the late William M. Welch and Pearl Patterson Welch. She was a member of Hipps Chapel Church, enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. Thelma was preceded in death by husbands, Claude Griggs and Rev. Ernest German, brothers, Hoyle Welch, Kenneth “Nig” Welch, Walter “Dutch” Welch, and Tommy Welch, sisters, Billie Gantt and Bernice Goss, granddaughter, Amanda Brooke Lewis, and step-daughter, Shirley Panter,

Survivors include daughters, Lora (Sam) Griggs Lewis, and Claudette Griggs Earley, sister, Dorothy Jean Livingston, step-daughters, Jo Ann Clifford and Barbara Kimsey, grandchildren, Barron (Kim) Earley, Samantha (Titus) Pugh, great-grandchildren, Jamison Earley, Drake Pugh, Shayla Pugh, Toccoa Pugh.

Funeral services: Wednesday, August 8, at 2:00 PM at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Delmar Davenport officiating. Interment will follow in Copper Ridge Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers: Barron Earley, Jamison Earley, Titus Pugh, Drake Pugh, Toccoa Pugh, Scott Burger, Randy Goss, and Johnny Querry. Honorary pallbearers: Greg Panter, Rick Welch, Wes Kimsey, Jack Gantt, Jerry Goss, David Clifford, Pat Sharp, Roger Beaver, and Matt Kimsey.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening at the Finch Cochran Funeral Home 6-8 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 www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

Charles G. (Buck) Welch: Obituary

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Charles G. (Buck) Welch, age 82, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018, at Southwest Christian Care, Union City, GA. He was born on December 18, 1935, in Fannin County, GA to the late Harmon Gorden Welch and Edith (Chastain) Welch. Mr. Welch served as a paratrooper in the United States Army, was a Shriner for Forty years and served as the president for several years. He spent his adult career as an ironworker with Local 387 where he worked on many Atlanta landmark buildings. Buck was also an avid golfer for many years. Mr. Welch was a member of First Baptist Church of McCaysville/Copperhill, and he loved his Sunday School class. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Alvin, Paul, Edward, and Hoyt Welch, three sisters, Marie Jernigan, Mildred Arp, and Hildred Bennett.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Penny Couch Welch and brother, Bob (Sherry) Welch, three daughters, Kelly Maria (Mark) Amos of Locust Grove, GA, Tara Nicole (Ted) Smith of Atlanta, GA, and Misty Lea Mick of Atlanta, GA, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services: Sunday, August 12, 2018, at 4:00 pm from the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Matthew McDaniel and Mark Amos officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday, August 12, 2018, from 3:00 pm – 4:00 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 www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

Larry Laverne Hughes: Obituary

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Larry Laverne Hughes, age 71, of Cleveland, TN passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Larry was born in Copperhill to the late James Clarence and Lydia Trantham Hughes. He was a veteran of the Vietnam era serving in the U.S. Army. He was employed as a Truck Driver and Diesel Repairman with the Toptech Trucking Company.He was also preceded in death by his son, Skipper Hughes and daughter, Eva Dale Hughes.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jackie Ammons Hughes of the home; daughter, Paige Johnson; brothers, Polio (Shirley) Hughes and Doug (Carol) Hughes; daughter-in-law, Michelle Hughes; grandchildren, Molli Boyd, Seth Hughes and Sarah Hughes; four great-grandchildren, Aiden Hughes, Marilyn Shubert, Jaiden Boyd and Ryan Boyd

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill Chapel with Min. Jeff Shelton officiating. Music will be by Ryan and Holly Norton. Honorary pallbearers include Seth Hughes, Jamie Queen, Sambo Hughes, Mark Raper, Darren Hughes, Jason Boyd, Pat Suits and Dewayne Hughes.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until the funeral service hour of 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions in memory of Larry may be made to the funeral home to help defray final expenses. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Ann Humphrey: Obituary

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Mary Ann Humphrey, age 90, of McCaysville, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Pruitt Health Care in Blue Ridge. She was born on March 27, 1928 in Ducktown. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of McCaysville/Copperhill. She cared for her mother for many years and later gained her CNA License. She worked for many years with Fannin Regional Hospital and Amedisys Home Health, giving care to many. She enjoyed attending church and singing in the church choir.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Emin S. and Vera Braden Spargo; her husband of 63 years, Charles Frank Humphrey; and three brothers.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Becky Pack of McCaysville, Angie and Jimmy Hughes of Epworth; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Karren Humphrey of Marietta, Al and Brenda Humphrey of Conyers; grandchildren, Michael and Jennifer Pack, Jason Pack, Mark and Rhonda Pack, Andrew and Lindsey Humphrey, David and Katie Humphrey, Emily Kay Humphrey, Debbie and Brian Mott, Jennifer and Donnie Johnston, Lauren and Dirk Justice, Nathan and Emily Humphrey, and Elise Claire Humphrey; and great-grandchildren, Tyler (Iva), Dylan, Brady, Bryson, and Alex Pack.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm from the First Baptist Church of McCaysville/Copperhill with Rev. Matthew McDaniel officiating. Mrs. Humphrey will lie in state at the church on Friday from 1:00 pm until the service hour of 3:00 pm. Music will be provided by the church choir. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Jimmy Hughes, Michael Pack, Jason Pack, Mark Pack, Brady Pack, Bryson Pack, and Dylan Pack. Honorary pallbearers will be staff from the Pruitt Health Care of Blue Ridge. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.

Bessie Burch Buttram: Obituary

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Bessie Burch Buttram, age 85, went home to be with her Lord on August 6, 2018. Bessie was born March 18, 1933 to Walter Lee and Verna Roberts Burch of Inman, Georgia.  She was the eighth of ten children in a loving, caring family that has always remained close.

Bessie attended Berry College and, upon graduation, began her teaching career at East Fannin High School.  She taught in Fannin County Schools until her retirement–most of those years as a Junior English teacher.  She is remembered fondly by her students for bringing out their inner poet with “safe-kept memories” and setting the highest example of how to live. She was an excellent teacher–one who impacted and molded many young lives.

Mrs. Buttram was a member of the First Baptist Church of McCaysville/Copperhill where she had many life-long friends. During her 60 years there, she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, was the leader of the Gene Frye WMU group, and was an active member in several choirs until age got in the way. She never stopped singing! She continued to listen to the services each Sunday through the amazing technology of the computer and sang along–aloud and in her heart.

Mrs. Buttram was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Lee Ross Buttram.  She is survived by her three daughters and grandchildren: Fran Fowler (Andy), Nan Hendrix (David), Nell Buttram, and Ben (Kelly), Becky, and Drew Fowler.

She loved her Savior and Lord; she loved her family; she loved her friends. She lived a life of service to all. “{Her} Lord said unto{her}, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’”

A celebration of Mrs. Buttram’s life was held on Wednesday, August 8th  at 1:00 p.m. from the First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill with Rev. Harry Gilbert and Rev. Matthew McDaniel officiating. Music was provided by Clarence Burlingame, Rev. Harry Gilbert, Katie Gilbert, and Rev. Andy Fowler. Interment followed in the Crestlawn Cemetery with Ben Fowler, Drew Fowler, Gene Crawford, David Brooks, David Ballew, and Ryan Norton serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry and Joyce Hampton, Tom and Joyce Foster, Bob and Sherry Welch, Barbara Smith, The Joy Sunday School Class, and the Jean Fry Circle. The family is grateful for friends and extended family who encouraged and loved us through their presence and with their words. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church McCaysville/Copperhill at PO Box 867, McCaysville, GA 30555.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.

Charles “Luther” Mathis: Obituary

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Mr. Charles “Luther” Mathis, age 74, of Blue Ridge, GA passed away on August 2, 2018 at his home. Born in Fannin County, GA, he was the son of the late William Clarence Mathis and Flora Mae Franklin Mathis. After retiring from Commercial Contracting, Luther later retired again from the Fannin County Road Department as the Road Superintendent. He was a lifelong member of Lebanon Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon for many years and also served on the cemetery committee. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and was an avid outdoorsman. He was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Virginia Ritchie Mathis.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, Melinda and Richard Rymer, Betty Jo and Gary Stanley, Joe Joe and Dale Mathis and Wesley and Jessica Jones; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Fayrene Mathis, Clint and Betty Mathis, Tommy and JoAnn Mathis; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Anna Lou and Leland Postelle and Carol and Charley Thomas; grandchildren, Jarrod (Jessica) Stanley, Brady (Whitney) Stanley, Miranda (David) Stewart, Anthony (Sheena) Rymer, and Tyler Jones; great grandchildren, Roni Rymer, Brantley Stewart, Addie Davis, and Averi Davis.

Funeral Services were conducted on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. from the Lebanon Baptist Church with Min. Keith Ritchie and Rev. Charlie Wellham officiating. Music was provided by Robby Mathis, Raven Welch, Brett Cantrell and Kirk Barker. Interment followed in the church cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Brady Stanley, Jarrod Stanley, Robert Ensley, Tyler Jones, Anthony Rymer and David Stewart. Serving as honorary pallbearers were: Carl Franklin, Marcus Stahl, Jerry Hubbard, Steve Christopher, Charlie Thomas and Deacons of Lebanon Baptist Church. Flowers are acceptable, however donations may be made to the Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery Fund at P.O. Box 309 Epworth, GA 30541. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA was in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Everett Panter: Obituary

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Charles Everett Panter, age 76 of Blue Ridge, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018, at his home. He was born January 1, 1942, in Blue Ridge, GA to the late Loy Panter and the late Edna West Panter. Everett was a Member of O Zion Baptist Church and he owned and operated Panter’s Construction Company. His hobbies were Saw Milling and Farming. He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas Panter.

Survivors include: wife, Evelyn Bramlett Panter, daughters, Cindy (Jimmy) Underwood and Vivian (Charles) Garmon, son, Charles (Kim) Panter, Jr., brother, Edward Panter, sisters, Gail Price and June Brunny, grandchildren, Joshua Underwood, Amand Underwood Deal, Jeremy Underwood, Charles Rhett Panter, Reece Panter, Christa Garmon, and Caden Garmon, great-grandchildren, Jade Underwood, Emily Deal, and Ethan Deal.

Funeral services: Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the Salem # 1 Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Garrett and Dr. Roger Beck officiating. Music provided by Patsy Beaver and James McGill. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers: Joshua Underwood, Rhett Panter, Reece Panter, Danny Sanders, Vincent Davis and Saed Mahmoodi. Honorary pallbearers: Brad Thomas, and Stacy Vandzandt.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, Monday, August 6, 2018, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

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 www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

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