Jared Anthony Tatum: Obituary


Jared Anthony Tatum, age 42, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019. He was born on May 23, 1977 in Canton. He was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church.He was a 1996 Graduate of Fannin County High School and worked as a Carpenter for Beach Construction. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Junior and Estel Tatum of Marble Hill, J.D. and Ola Patterson of Epworth, Marjorie Woodall of Canton; and great-grandmother, Ruth Patterson of Epworth.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine Page Tatum; daughter, Destiny Aliya Tatum of McCaysville; parents, John and Kathy Tatum of Epworth and Melanie Westbrook of McCaysville; brothers, Bobby (Luz) Tatum of Lafayette, Russ (Melissa) Cohen Tatum of Jasper, Nathan Tatum of Epworth, Travis (Jennifer) Tatum of Epworth, and Everett Tatum of Epworth; sisters, Johnna Alderson of Clarksville, Raygan Tatum of Epworth, Lexie Tatum of Epworth, Emily (Drew) Dryer of Hiawassee, and Danielle Harkins of McCaysville; grandfather, Harold Woodall of Canton; special uncles, Robert “Bob” Patterson and David Patterson of Epworth; mother-in-law and father-in-law, David R. and Cort Mankin of Ellijay; brother-in-law, Travis A. Carter of Ellijay; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, family, and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Claude Mathis, Black Fox Kindred, Rev. Austin Leach, and Pastor Rick Cortis officiating. Music will be provided by Destiny Tatum and Randy Beach. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday Afternoon from 2:00 PM until the service hour of 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made for medical expenses to Josephine Tatum or to Cort Mankin. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.


Barbara Payne Sosebee: Obituary


Barbara Payne Sosebee, age 75 of Epworth, passed away on November 12, 2019. Barbara was born on September 16, 1944, in Copperhill, Tennessee to the late Howard T. Payne, Sr. and Evelyn Dunn Payne. She was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church.

Barbara was the second oldest of four children in a home of three sisters and a baby brother. Born in the midst of WWII, it was during her childhood and teenage years that she developed her enduring spirit and love and respect for the importance of family. She graduated from West Fannin High School in 1961 and in the same year married the love of her life, Robert Sosebee. Both having been born and raised in Fannin County, Robert and Barbara returned to Fannin County permanently after Robert graduated college. They made their home in Epworth and lived their lives together while raising their three children, Bob, Mike and Alison. Working since graduation from West Fannin, Barbara eventually took a position with the “Copper Company” in Copperhill and became a Benefits Administrator. She was known not only for her work ethic but for her compassion with those she assisted in her employment.

Family was Barbara’s passion and delight. Even as a full-time working mother, she always ensured she made time for her family whether it was baseball, basketball and football practices and games; ballet and piano lessons and recitals; or anything else in the world her children and grandchildren showed an interest in. She kept a home that was meticulously cared for, worked in the garden, canned every summer and made sure that home-cooked meals were served no later than six o’clock each evening for family dinners. Barbara was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family, most especially over the holidays. There were always leftovers a plenty with the rule being “it is always better to have too much than not enough.” After retiring, and indulging her love for travel, Robert and Barbara took many trips, had many wonderful adventures and without fail went each and every year to Wyoming for the summer and fall seasons. Most of all, retirement gave her the opportunity to spend time with her grandchildren.

A true Southern lady and a classic beauty, Barbara leaves a legacy of integrity, patience and faithfulness in God. In the midst of all of the family dinners; the birthday and holiday celebrations; the pick-ups and drop-offs; the traveling to and from; the wiping of tears and hugs of joy; the everyday conversations and the serious ones; Barbara in her own, gentle way, set an example to her loved ones of the importance in having an open heart; the willingness to speak a kind word; the ability to distinguish between those things to let go and those things to hold dear; and, most importantly, the understanding to always trust in the will of God. The love, support and unconditional acceptance Barbara gave her family is immeasurable and she will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Robert L. Sosebee, Sr.; son and daughter-in-law Robert L. Sosebee, Jr. and Cindy Prillaman Hall Sosebee of Epworth; son and daughter-in-law Michael Lynn Sosebee and Tracy Frances Sosebee of Blue Ridge; and daughter Barbara Alison Sosebee of McCaysville. Siblings include Carol Jean Fager of Sarasota, Florida; Dinah (Lamar) Paris of Blairsville, Georgia; and Howard T. Payne, Jr. of Sarasota, Florida. Grandchildren include Robert Christopher Sosebee, Joshua Holden Sosebee, Madison Michaela Hall, Brittani (Kendall) Peters, Michael Dakota Sosebee, McGwire Peyton Sosebee, Sarah Bethany Sosebee, Hannah McKenna Sosebee, Hallie Marie Sosebee, Nathaniel Lee Maloof and Grahym Sosebee Maloof. Great Grandchildren include Lynnox Lee Peters as well as many other special family members. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for Barbara and give their greatest and warmest gratitude.

For those who have known Barbara, funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 2:00 o’clock p.m. at Lebanon Baptist Church with Rev. Rubin Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Charlie Wellham officiating. Pallbearers include Robert Christopher Sosebee, Joshua Holden Sosebee, Michael Dakota Sosebee, McGwire Peyton Sosebee, Nathaniel Lee Maloof and Grahym Sosebee Maloof. Honorary Pallbearers include the Deacons, Lebanon Baptist Church; WMU, Lebanon Baptist Church; Mike Galloway’s Sunday School Class, Lebanon Baptist Church; Claude and Kathi Mathis; James Howard Galloway; Jimmy and Ann Cheatham; David and Jo McClendon; Aubrey and Pat Thomas; Wesley and Geraldine Payne; Larry and Brenda Payne; Catherine Dunn; Charles and Judy Dunn; Arlene Patterson; Larry Goss; Ronnie and Barbara Kimsey; Terry and Julie Arp; Thomas and Judy Graham; Chuck and Kay Thomas; Darrell and Kim Moore; and Stacy and April Galloway.

The family will receive friends at the Akins Funeral Home in Blue Ridge Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 4:00 o’clock p.m. until 9:00 o’clock p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to the Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. Any memorial donations may be sent to the Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 845 Lebanon Road, Epworth, Georgia 30541. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.akinsfuneralhome.com.


Phillip Cramer Reifschneider: Obituary


The Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville announces Memorial Services for Mr. Phillip Cramer Reifschneider, age 89 of Blairsville who passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019.

A Celebration of Mr. Reifschneider’s Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 823 Forge Mill Rd, Morganton, GA 30560. Full Military Honors will be presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard.

*Full obituary will be posted soon*


Helen Louise Beal Bair: Obituary


HELEN LOUISE BEAL BAIR, AGE 91, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 8, 2019. Helen is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Ross A. Bair. Also surviving are her cherished children Deborah (Thomas) Miller, Claudia (Philip) Scharer, Kathryn (Mark) Bolhofner, Grandchildren Calie (Kevin) Mckinnon, Ryan (Dawn) Scharer, Katelyn ( Jacob ) Harris , Ross ( Sara) Bolhofner, Taylor (Curtis) Barrett, Shelby (John) Buttimer, and Kevin Miller. Great Grandchildren Carter, Tyler, Chase and Cameron Mckinnon, Ryleigh, Samuel and Harper Scharer, Miles and James Buttimer, Livia and Jesse Harris, Cora and Mark Bolhofner. Brother John (Linda) Beal currently resides in Ohio, and Helen was preceded in death by sister Marilyn (Myron) Ferry. T

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 22, 2019 at Grace Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jon Jacobs and Dr. Mark Bolhofner officiating. Interment will follow at Laurel Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until the service begins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Grace Presbyterian Church, PO Box 105, Blairsville, Ga 30514.


Rowanda Anderson Lindley: Obituary


Rowanda Anderson Lindley, age 85, of Blue Ridge, GA, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. She was born March 20, 1934, in Mineral Bluff, GA, to the late Reid Anderson and Hazel Harrison Anderson. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Lindley, siblings Thelma Jarrard and Mary Kay Griffin, and grandson Ronnie Lynn Porter, Jr.

Survivors include: son, Ronnie Lynn Porter, Sr.; sister, Frances Earley; brother, Bobby (Ella Mae) Anderson; granddaughter Tracy Lynn Porter; great-grandchildren Alyssa and Mia Porter, and Carly and Ellie Wolfer; and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Rowanda and her husband owned and operated Lindley Cleaners in Marrietta, GA for a number of years. They retired in 1999 to Blue Ridge, GA where they resided until her passing. In her spare, time Rowanda enjoyed traveling and spending time with her sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Ferrell Earley.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 2:00 pm.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:00 pm – 2:00 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


Polk County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 11/4 – 11/10

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Arrest report provided by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for FetchYourNews.com to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Polk County. Those arrests are posted on FetchYourNews.com for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.


Carl Douglas “Doug” Gobble: Obituary


Carl Douglas “Doug” Gobble, age 69 of Turtletown, TN  passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Life Care Center of Copper Basin.  He was born on June 30, 1950 in Polk County, TN to the late Henry Raymond Gobble, Jr. and Mattie Lou Nari Gobble.  Doug was a truck driver for Superior Trucking.  He was an owner of Copper Basin Express.  Doug was a member of the Turtletown Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife of forty-nine years, Marsha Gobble of Turtletown, TN; sons, Michael Gobble (Althea) of Blue Ridge, GA, Jody Gobble (Ermelleana) of Ellijay, GA and Billy Gobble of Turtletown, TN; sisters, Lou Ellen Rose (Dennis, deceased) of Turtletown, TN, Marti Fowler (John) of Ducktown, TN and Maria Mull (Mike) of Ducktown, TN; sister-in-law, Greta Dalbeck (Gene) and two grandchildren, Victoria Ann Behrens and Jack Gobble also survive.

Funeral services were conducted on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill Chapel with Rev. Ray Harper and Rev. Luke Hall officiating.  Music was by Janice Reid and Trissie Harper.  Interment followed in Crestlawn Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Jack Gobble, Jeremy Hall, Daniel Hall, Chris Mull, Shad Fowler and Kenny Martin.  Honorary Pallbearers were Mike Mull, Michael Rose, Johnny Gobble, Johnny Fowler, Charlie Thomas, Danny Johnson, Dustin Wright, Jeffrey Wright, Andy Odom, Ronnie Fowler, Sid Jory, Gerald “Polio” Hughes, Sr., Local Teamsters Union #515, Life Care Center of Copper Basin, Tennessee Home Health, Fannin Regional Hospital ICU, Dr. Allen Uhlik, Dr. Mahmood Siddiqui and Dr. Richard Tanner.   Condolences may be sent to the family at www.akinsfuneralhome.com.  Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Pauline “Polly” Cain: Obituary


Mary Pauline “Polly” Cain, age 78 of McCaysville, GA passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at her home. She was born on November 30, 1940 in Murphy, NC to the late Lloyd Edgar Morrow and Alice Belle Graves Morrow. She was a butcher at Kroger. Polly was of the Baptist Faith. She loved her family and gardening. Polly was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Judy Garrett; five brothers, Ralph Morrow, Clint Morrow, Eldon Morrow, Ray Morrow and infant brother and two sisters, Hazel Reid and Dorothy Tootsie Fralick.

Survivors are son, Johnny Cain (Sheree) of Rydal, GA; daughter, Virginia “Jenny” Loudermilk (Scott) of Dallas, GA; brothers, Kenny Morrow of Turtletown, TN, Howard Morrow of Blue Ridge, GA, Donnie Morrow of Ducktown, TN and Glen Morrow of Farner, TN; five grandchildren, Derrick Dale, Todd Loudermilk, Tyler Loudermilk, Justin Loudermilk, Jeremy Loudermilk and Casey Cain and four great-grandchildren, Dylan Dale, Allie Dale, Katy Dale and Thor Loudermilk also survive.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to The American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org/donate or P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA  22215. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill was in charge of the arrangements.


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