James William Waters, age 87, of Copperhill, TN passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at his home. Mr. Waters was born in Copperhill, TN on February 10, 1932 to the late Martin Luther Waters and Zellie Allen Waters. He was retired from Tennessee Copper Company where he worked as a rigger, and he was also retired from the Polk County Road Department. Mr. Waters was of the Baptist faith, was a member of Copperhill Lodge #656 F&AM, and a member of Friendship Chapter #499 O.E.S. He was preceded in death by two sons, Mark Lynn Waters and William Waters, and a sister, Myrtle O’Neal.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Waters of the home; sons, Sidney Freeman and Jeff Waters, both of Copperhill, TN; daughters, Vickie Talbert of Epworth, GA and Ethel Waters of Cleveland, TN; brothers, Josh Waters, Charles Waters, and Wendall Waters, all of Copperhill, TN, and George Waters of Benton, TN; 6 grandchildren, Nicholas Waters, Laveta O’Neal, Jeffen Waters, Holly Waters, Samuel Wright, and Franklin Waters; and 7 great grandchildren, Raven Ross, T.J. Ross, Isla Waters, Wyatt Waters, Chance Waters, Emily Wright, Alex Wright, Cohen Davis, Kora Davis and Cane Davis.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 12 noon from the Akins of Copperhill Chapel with Rev. Billy Waters officiating. Masonic rites will be by Copperhill Lodge #656 F&AM. Brethren of Copperhill Lodge #656 and Ducktown Lodge #241 will serve as pallbearers. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion (Tumbling Creek) Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the cemetery fund of your choice or Copperhill Lodge #656 F&AM Orphan Fund P.O. Box 105 Copperhill, TN 37317. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.akinsfuneralhome. Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Joyce Lynn Rogers, age 68, of Blue Ridge, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Born on June 3, 1951, in Clayton, MO, she was the daughter of the late Ira and Trina Satterfield Lambert. She was a member of Helping Hand Fellowship Church. She was a foster parent, who throughout the years, helped to foster more than 200 children. She was bright and happy and enjoyed singing. She traveled throughout Missouri singing with a Southern Gospel Group, the Inspirationals. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Don Lewis Rogers.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Chris and Susan Canote, Jason and Tracy Canote, Christopher Rogers, Lannie and Amber Stewart, Linda and James Fitts, Donna Whitener, and Glenda Rogers; sister, Iris Teague; grandchildren, Phoenix Lewis, Gabriel Lewis, Emily Lewis, Ezekiel Stewart, Samantha Carey, Adam Canote, Zachary Canote, Alexander Canote, Johnathan Canote, Allison Canote, Natalie Canote, Charlotte Canote, Victoria Canote, Nicholas Canote, Darrin Canote, Jeremiah Canote, Aleah Canote, Blake Canote, Kimberly Canote, Julie Queen, Nathan Fitts, Brandon Whitener, Eric Whitener, and Kristen Weaver; and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge Chapel with Rev. Wesley Davenport officiating. Interment will follow in the Sweet Gum Baptist Church Cemetery with Darrin Canote, Jeremiah Canote, Blake Canote, Phoenix Lewis, Jimmy Lake, and Wayne Jones serving as pallbearers. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Tuesday Afternoon from 12:00 PM until the funeral hour of 2:00 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.
Mary Susie Patterson Green, age 82, of Blue Ridge, GA, went home to be with the Lord early Wednesday morning, November 13, 2019. She was born in Cherry Log, GA, on May 29, 1937, to the late Virgil & Fannie Cornwell Patterson. Mary Sue was a devoted member of Welcome Hill #2 Baptist Church and attended every time she could be there. She enjoyed a simple life, filled with love, family, friendship, and laughter, but more than these, she enjoyed a life filled with Christ. She goes on to be with her parents, as well as, her husband, James “Hoyt” Green; Brothers, Havern Patterson and Avery Patterson; Sisters, Hazel Thomas Cordell, Mazie Payne, Martha Nell Jones, Lassie Allen, Ruth Dotson, Louise Green Allen, and Ruby McClure. She will be remembered by all who knew her but especially missed by a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and many friends and neighbors.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 2:00 pm, from the Welcome Hill #2 Baptist Church with Pastor Brent Carter officiating and Tammy Kaylor providing special music. A graveside service will follow in the church cemetery, officiated by Minister Jeff Fair. The family will receive friends, at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home Of Blue Ridge, on Friday, November 15, 2019, from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
Henry-Cochran Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family.
G. Wayne Croy, age 73 of Blue Ridge, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at home. Mr. Croy was born August 4, 1946, in Moultrie, GA to the late Otis Darnell Croy and the late Sally Carrington Croy.
Survivors include: spouse, Irwin McQueary; sister, Joanne (John) Perkins; nephews, Mark Perkins, David Perkins, and Matt Perkins.
No services are planned at this time.
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.
Lila Lee Lankford Taylor, age 99, of McCaysville, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019, at Life Care Center of Copper Basin. Mrs. Taylor was born April 26, 1920, in McMinn County, TN, to the late Jess D. Lankford and the late Mary Ann Setzer Lankford. She was a member of Copperhill First United Methodist Church and was a Cosmetologist for over 55 years. While still in high school, Lila would go to a local beauty shop to work in the evenings. She opened Lila’s Beauty Shop in 1960. She was also an avid Georgia Bulldog fan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Taylor, and a great-grandson, Taylor Thuma.
Survivors include: daughter, Lynne (Phil) Hurst, son, Steve (Karen) Taylor, grandchildren, Terri Burger, Dana Thuma, Jeffrey Taylor, Jill Lambert, great-grandchildren, Joel Burger, Jordan Burger, Nolan Thuma, Cash Lambert, Aniston Lambert, Grayson Taylor, Evie Taylor, great-great-grandchildren, LilaKate Burger, Baby Max Burger, special caregiver Anita Greene, nieces and nephew also survive.
Funeral services: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3:00 pm at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tom Reed and Pastor Larry Russell officiating. Music provided by Jeri Sue Massengale and William Wright. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers: Jeffrey Taylor, Joel Burger, Jordan Burger, Joshua Lambert, Nolan Thuma, Marty Burger, and Tim Thuma.
The family will receive friends at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home, Sunday, November 17, 2019, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Flowers are accepted, but donations may be made to your favorite pet rescue.
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.
Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville announces the death of Austin Lee Gilleland, age 24, of Blairsville, who passed away on Friday, November 15th, 2019.
Austin was born in Athens, Georgia, a son of Dwayne Gilleland and Amee Fowler Gilleland. He had lived in Blairsville for the past year and a half, and attended First Baptist Church of Blairsville, moving here from Athens, Georgia.
Besides his parents, Austin is survived by his wife, Samantha, of Blairsville; daughter, Emma Grace; brother, Avery Keith Gilleland; and grandparents Ben and NiEata Telenko and Dennis and Linda Fowler. Many other relatives and friends also survive.
Funeral services are incomplete at this time and will be announced when available.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville. Please share your condolences and sign the online guest registry at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.
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, 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.