Tommy Frank Williams: Obituary


Tommy Frank Williams, age 92, of McCaysville, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018. He was born January 20, 1926, to the late Claude Williams and the late Jessie Quintrell Williams. He enjoyed growing up in the Copper Basin Area with his sisters Martha and Mary, along with his many friends. After graduating from Copperhill High School in 1943, Tommy attended Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tennessee and served in World War II in The United States Navy. Tommy was a member of McCaysville First Baptist Church. He retired from Tri-State EMC after 50 years of service. In his spare time, he enjoyed mowing grass and cleaning cars.

Tommy was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Doris King Williams. Survivors include nieces and nephews, Rene Bidez, Jennifer Walker, Becky Eaker, Richard Marlette, Terry Marlette, Bill Marlette, Kristin King, Courtney Fosco, Lindsey Williams, Lauren King, Patrick King, Brittney King, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services: Friday, October 19, 2018, 1:00 p.m., at the Finch Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mathew McDaniel and Rev. Tom Reed officiating. Interment followed in Crestlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers: Mark Burger, Bob Welch, Bill Stuart, Jerry Pack, Jim Patterson, Jim Quintrell, and Gerald Middlebrooks. Honorary pallbearers: Rene Bidez, Paul Walker, Jeff Walker, Richard Marlette, Terry Marlette, Bill Marlette, and David Eaker.

The family will receive friends at the Finch Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysville, Friday, October 19, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

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

Donald Frank Carlson: Obituary


Donald Frank Carlson

September 9, 1922 – October 15, 2018

A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 1 pm at the home of Mr. Carlson’s daughter, Yvonne Robles.

Alice Fern Rigby Carlson: Obituary


Alice Fern Rigby Carlson, 94, died peacefully on October 19, 2018, in Blue Ridge, GA with her family at her side.  Born in Everett, WA, on October 29, 1923, to Donald and Fern (Brown) Rigby, she was the oldest of five children.  She attended Reed College in Portland, OR for one year and the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD for one year.  She met Arthur Carlson in Seattle, and they married in 1945 during his wartime service in the U.S. Navy.  Following the war, they made Anacortes, WA, their home where they had three children.

Arthur’s work in the building products industry moved the family to Rock Hill, SC, in 1963, to New City, NY, in 1969 and to Marietta, GA in 1970.

Alice recently moved to Blue Ridge Assisted Living where she continued to be known for her vibrant and caring personality.  Alice is survived by daughter Janice (Gale) Glascock of Blue Ridge; three siblings:  Enid Sherman of NH; Iris Broad and Jim (June) Rigby of Everett, WA; sister-in-law Margret Rigby of Portland, OR; daughter-in-law, Peg Carlson of Marietta; six grandchildren:  Rebecca Gale Glascock of Denver, CO; Chris Glascock, Derek Carlson, Lisa Carlson, and Jennifer Carlson of Atlanta; and Nikki Carlson of Auckland, NZ; and cousin David Rigby of Washington DC.  Alice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Arthur Carlson, her brother, Donald Rigby, her son Dennis Carlson, and her daughter, Edith Carlson.

Alice was a sixty-four-year member of P.E.O., philanthropic educational organization, whose mission is supporting women in post-secondary education through scholarships, grants, awards, and student loans.  Alice was initiated into the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter W in Anacortes, WA on April 4, 1954.   During her years with PEO, Alice was part of several different P.E.O. chapters across America, getting involved with the work in the chapters where she lived.  Alice’s passion for P.E.O. and its goals led her to be elected president of the Georgia State Chapter in 1992.  Most recently, she was an active member of P.E.O. Chapter BE of Marietta.

Following years of volunteer work, Alice joined Harry Norman Realtors in Marietta in 1970 until her retirement in 2003 at age 80.  Alice’s commitment to her family, church, and work exemplifies her ability to successfully blend her varied interest and passions for living a full life.


A memorial service for Alice is planned for 11am Friday, October 26th at Faith Presbyterian Church, 56 Mountain Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 with Dr. Jim Simpson officiating.

The family will hold a visitation from 2-3 pm Saturday, October 27th in the library at First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060

A private graveside service will follow with family in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to one of the programs Alice supported

  • PEO

To “P.E.O. Foundation” in memory of Alice F Carlson on memo line

Mail to:

P.E.O. Foundation

3700 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA  50312


  • Faith Presbyterian Church new sanctuary

To “Faith Presbyterian Church” Alice Carlson Memorial Fund on memo line

Mail to:

Faith Presbyterian Church

PO Box 2668

Blue Ridge, GA 30513.

Lola Mae Pelfrey: Obituary


Mrs. Lola Mae Pelfrey, age 78, of Epworth, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 at her home. She was born on May 10, 1940 in Epworth, to the late Floyd and Myrtle Mae Davis Millsaps. She retired from Levi Strauss, Inc. where she worked as a Sewing Machine Operator. She attended Hipps Chapel Church.

She is survived by her husband, Don Pelfrey; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Velda Pelfrey of McCaysville; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Steve Hayes of Gainesville, VA; brothers, Tommy Millsaps of Blue Ridge and Bobby Millsaps of Mineral Bluff; sisters, Mary Lou Millsaps of Blue Ridge, Jo Ann Andrews of Duluth, Linda Buchanan of Canton, Jan Millsaps of Green Cove Springs, FL; and Debbie Queen of Ellijay; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Delmar Davenport officiating. Music was provided by Carol Thomas. Interment followed in the Crestlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Luke Pelfrey, Terry Dillard, Terry Pelfrey, Chase Queen, Steve Hayes, Mike Pelfrey, and Edd Stepp. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.

Larry Guinn Eller: Obituary


Larry Guinn Eller, age 69, of Murphy, passed away October 3, 2018, at his home. Mr. Eller was born April 5, 1949, in Copperhill, TN, to the late Willie Guinn Eller and Georgia Mae Graves Eller. He was a member of Iron Workers Local Union 387 Atlanta. Larry loved the Lord and his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed his friends, watching wrestling and riding four-wheelers. Mr. Eller was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Helton Eller.

Survivors include: mother, Georgia Mae Eller, son, Chris (Tammy) Eller, son, Eric (Emily Hamby) Eller, daughter, Mandy (Ray Thomas) Eller, sister, Phyllis (Frank) Beeam, sister, Rita (Ronnie) Ross, grandchildren, Hallie Thomason, Katlynn Eller, Jeffrey Eller, Storm Eller, Mehgan Eller, Miranda Eller, great-grandchildren, Grayson Howe and Caymen Thomason.

Funeral services: Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Josh Ledford. Music provided by Paula Culver. Interment will follow in Sweet Gum Baptist Church Cemetery in Mineral Bluff, GA. Pallbearers: Jeffery Eller, Storm Eller, Brandon Howe, Chad Beeam, Brett Ross, Shannon Owensby, Treylyn Owensby, and Cason Owensby.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 5 to 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

Phillip Cecil Collis: Obituary



Phillip Collis, age 69, of Mineral Bluff, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018, at his home. Mr. Collis was born August 9, 1949, in Ducktown, TN to the late Cecil & Bertha Collis. He was a member of New River Baptist Church and Mineral Bluff Masonic Lodge #483 F&AM. Mr. Collis retired from Fannin County as Assistance Road Department Supervisor after 46 years of service. Mr. Collis enjoyed collecting guns, was a die-hard Chevrolet fan, and was devoted to his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenda Ruth Collis.

Survivors include: sons, Neil (Rachael) Collis, Paul (Jennifer) Collis, and Chuck (Karen) Collis, granddaughters, Samantha Collis, Brittany Collis, and Cheyenne Collis, grandsons, Austin Collis, Grant Collis, Phillip Collis and Blake Gray,brother, Michael (Tammy)Collis, sister, Cindi (Danny) Shinpaugh, great-grandchildren, Wesley Gray, Haegen Collis, and Jaxson Swaney.

Funeral services: Monday, October 15, 2018, at 3:00 pm at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Collis officiating. Interment will follow in Chastain Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers: Danny Shinpaugh, Denton Petty, Bryan Dillback, Craig Dutton, Butch Culberson, and David Howard. Honorary pallbearers: Ryan Dutton, Ernie Sellers, Kent Foster, Hoyt Green.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, Sunday, October 14, 2018, 5:00 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

Shirley Ann Seabolt: Obituary


Shirley Ann Seabolt, age 83, of Dallas, GA, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at Overlook at Cedarcrest Assisted Living and Memory Care in Acworth, GA. Mrs.Seabolt was born June 15, 1935, in Blue Ridge, GA, to the late Clyde Buchanan and the late Alma Pruitt Buchanan. Mrs. Seabolt was a homemaker, a loving mother to her children, and a dedicated wife to her husband. She was very involved and always by her husband’s side while serving in the ministry. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, four brothers and one sister, and by her husband, Evan Seabolt, and son, Grady Seabolt.

Survivors include her daughters, Melanie Yvonne (Lindsey) Gaspard, Judy (Eddie) Wallace and brother, Jack (Martha) Buchanan, granddaughters, Jeanine Smith and Amber Gaspard, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018, at 2:00 pm at the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Suches, GA, with Rev. Jack Buchanan officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. You may send condolences

Kathleen (Kathy) Porter: Obituary


Mrs. Kathleen (Kathy) Porter, 76, of Blue Ridge, was escorted home by the angels, Sunday, October 7, 2018 surrounded by the love of family and friends. Mrs. Porter was born June 22, 1942 in Fannin County to the late John Oliver Porter and Gertrude Abercrombie Porter Galiher.

Along with her parents, Kathy is preceded in death by brothers Lloyd, Junior, Eugene and Wayne; sisters, Hazel and Martha; step-father Clarence Galiher; very special sisters-in-law Aubree and Jennie Porter; nephews Jim and Lynn Porter, and father of her children Tony Sampson.

She is survived by sons Stacey (Cristy) Sampson of Kingsport, TN; daughters Rhonda Sampson Helton (Mark Whitaker) of Gray, TN, Tracey Sampson (Bruce Collins) of Morganton, and Jennifer Sampson Holt (Alan) of Blue Ridge; grandchildren Kim McCallister, Samantha Crow, Sydney Helton, Derek and Dylan Jarnagin, Brandi Jarnagin Greene (Chase), Evan Collins, Austin (Kristy) Hawkins, Logan, Payton and Morgan Holt, and the loves of her life, her great-grandbabies Aubrey Gracen, Kaylee Jane, Kenley and Trip.

Kathy leaves behind her sisters Grace, Christine, Bernice, Charlotte and Wanda whom she considered the very best parts of her life.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 12, 2018 at 1pm at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Eric Kincaid officiating. Interment will follow at the Hot House Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 6-9 pm.

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