H. Lamar James: Obituary


It is with great sadness that the family of H. Lamar James announce his passing on February 13, 2020. He was born on August 13, 1949 in Commerce, Georgia, the only child of Bud and Frances James. He was a graduate of the Jefferson High School Class of 1967, and earned a degree from Georgia Southern University in 1971. Through the years, he lived in several cities around Georgia and spent many years in Destin, Florida. He spent the past couple of years in a mountain home in Blairsville, Georgia, enjoying the view of Brasstown Bald.

Known to many as “Bubba,” he was a sports fanatic, an insatiable reader, an avid bowler and golfer, and a lifelong entrepreneur. He had a keen intellect and a sense of humor like no other. To know him was to laugh with him, probably until your stomach hurt.

He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert “Bud” James. He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Maria James; mother, Frances James; daughter, Melody Hanlon (Greg); son, Lee Garrison (Marie); and grandchildren, Lindsey Garrison, Jared Garrison, and Eleanor Hanlon; along with cousins and many great friends.

The family will celebrate his life at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to The American Stroke Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville.


Juanita Marie Prentice: Obituary


Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville announces the death and funeral services for Mrs. Juanita Marie Prentice, age 89, who passed away on Friday, February 21st, 2020 at her residence in Blairsville.

Mrs. Prentice was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, a daughter of the late Carl White and the late Jennie Crosley White. She had been living in Blairsville since 1992, moving here from Port St. Lucie, Florida. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Union County, and the Union General Hospital Auxiliary. She was lovingly known as “Grams” by her family. Her husband, Robert E. Prentice, passed away in 1999.

She is survived by her family members: daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Robert Roxbury; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Sally Prentice; son and daughter-in-law, James and Leonda Prentice; and son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Leora Prentice; Ten grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Prentice have been scheduled for Friday, February 28th, 2020, to be held at 2:00 p.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Robby Roxbury, Drew Prentice, Nathaniel Prentice, Andrew Jones, Harold Maybe, and William Prentice. Burial will be in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 27th, between the hours of 6 until 9 p.m.

Flowers are being accepted; however, if you wish to make memorial contributions, they can be directed to The Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Juanita Prentice. Please share your condolences and memories on our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


Juanita Dills: Obituary


The Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee announces the death of Juanita Dills, age 68 of Hiawassee who went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 14, 2020.

No services are planned at this time.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee.

*Full obituary pending*


Betty J Chastain: Obituary


Betty J Chastain, age 75 of Blue Ridge, passed away February 15, 2020, in Ducktown, TN. Mrs. Chastain was born February 17, 1944 in Turtletown, TN to the late Charles J Muncher and the late Floyd Patterson Muncher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Chastain, brothers, Tom Muncher, Jack Muncher, George Muncher, and Charles CJ Muncher, sisters, Lillie Faye Brown, Mary Alice Meredith, and Corene Mashburn.

Survivors include: son, James (Pam) Chastain, daughter, Tammy (Michael) Pierce, granddaughters, Kayla (Shannon) Bradburn, Brittany Pierce, and Haley Morgan Chastain, grandson, Nathan Chastain, and great-granddaughter, Addyson Bradburn, and great-grandson Izaiah Bradburn.

Memorial service: Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Bethel Church Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mrs. Chastain’s name to the charity of your choice.

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.


William “Bill” James Borowski: Obituary


The Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee announces a Funeral Mass for William “Bill” James Borowski, age 76 of Young Harris who passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory: loving wife of 31 years, Anna J. Borowski; father, Chester Borowski; son & daughter-in-law, Robert & Christina Borowski; daughter & son-in-law, Kimberly & Van Gurley; step-daughter, Andrea DePalma; step-son & daughter-in-law, Jeffery & Tabitha DePalma; brother & sister-in-law, Michael & Jean Borowski; and sister, Barbara Collins. Also, sharing in his legacy are grandchildren, Kyle Gurley, Kevin Gurley, Nathan Gurley, Jake Borowski, Joey Borowski, Stephanie Bellmore- DePalma, and Alison Depalma; and great grandson, Carson Zirbes.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Blairsville, Georgia. Interment will follow at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hayesville, North Carolina.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee.

*A complete obituary is pending family approval*


Lougene Lydia Lance: Obituary


Mrs. Lougene Lydia Lance, age 85 of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away peacefully in her home on February 20, 2020 following a brief illness. Lougene was born on January 10, 1935 in Towns County, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Jim and Lilly Cheek. She retired from Georgia Boot where she worked for over 50 years. Lougene was a long-time member of
Zebulon Baptist Church. She cherished her time spent with her family and having the joy of watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow over the years. Lougene’s favorite past time was attending concerts at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, most often with Mike and Peggy Callaway. With an open heart and an open door, she fed friends and family for over
six decades. Her beloved kitchen was visited by many throughout her lifetime.
She is preceded in death by many family members; daughter, Debbie Phillips, husband, Charles Lance, husband, Grover Thomas, sister, Bessie Mae Miller, sister, Wilma Brown, brother, J.T. Cheek, sister, Ruby Nelson, sister Lenora Wright, sister, Geneva Gantt, brother, Wayne Cheek, and several nieces.
Survivors include three daughters and son-in-laws and a son and daughter-in-law; Vickie and Earl Brackett, Rita and Terry Hughes, Kathy and Jeff Butt, Brian and Angie Thomas, seven grandchildren; Nikki Hughes, Ashley and John Davis, Nataley and Ethan Goins, Kayla and Travis Hemphill, Dustin Hughes, Lyndsey and Clay Smith, Brody and Kylie Thomas, eight great-grandchildren; Kamryn Mull, Gracie Hughes, Bristol Davis, Brylie Davis, Nixon Goins, Brecken Goins, Pearl Smith, Adelynn Thomas, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. R.L. Martin and Rev. Tommy Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens in Blairsville, Georgia. Serving as pallbearers are W.C. Nelson, Mike Callaway, Bobby
Ford, Dustin Hughes, Trey Jennings, and Brent Jennings.
The family will receive friends Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Cochran’s Funeral Home.
Cochran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhome.com


Hilda Susan Donaldson Bailey: Obituary


Hilda Susan Donaldson Bailey, age 94, passed away February 15, 2020 in McCaysville, GA. She was born July 17, 1925 in McCaysville, to the late Ernest Edwin Donaldson, Sr. and the late Jessie Roberta Dunagan Donaldson. Hilda graduated Salutatorian from Copperhill High School in 1941 and continued her education at Tennessee Wesleyan College graduating in 1943.

Over the years she enjoyed traveling to visit family, spending time with friends, cooking new recipes, and solving crossword puzzles. Mrs. Bailey was a faithful member of Copperhill First United Methodist Church. She was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother and dearly loved her family and church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Clement Miles Bailey; sister, Jane Donaldson Wiggins; brother, Ernest Edwin Donaldson, Jr.; and son-in-law, Larry Bartlett.

Survivors include her daughters, Susan Bartlett and Laurel Bailey; grandsons, Michael (Sue) Bartlett, Cole Bartlett, Gary (Amanda) Richmond; great grand daughters, Alex and Grace Bartlett; sisters-in-law, Colleen Bailey Henson and Susan O’Neal Donaldson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be conducted in the Copper Ridge Memory Gardens with Rev. Jennings Neeld officiating. No visitation will be held. A Celebration of Her Life will be held at a later date. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Copperhill First United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 538 Copperhill, TN 37317 or to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent online to www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA is in charge of the arrangements.


Charles Edward Arp: Obituary


Charles Edward Arp, age 71, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in his home. Born on November 22, 1948, in Murphy, he was the son of the late Howard Carlton Arp and Ettie Lee Cole. He was of the Baptist faith and worked as a mechanic.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of over 40 years, Jo Ann Arp; sons, William (Rebecca) Rhodes of Copperhill, Rickey Brown of Blue Ridge, and Randy (Virginia) Brown of Morganton; daughter, Sandy Waldropt of Burnsville, NC; grandchildren, Danielle (Christopher) Crowder, Austin Rhodes, and Dylan Rhodes; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Sue Crowder, Jon Crowder, Sawyer Rhodes, and Dominique Rhodes; and sisters, Darlene Collins, Marilyn Phillips, and Sara Arp.

Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 4:00 PM from New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Richard Peacock officiating. Elbie Cole, Austin Rhodes, Dylan Rhodes, Chris Crowder, Junior Bell, and William Rhodes will serve as pallbearers. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Saturday afternoon from 1:30 PM until 3:30 PM. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.


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