The Celebration of Life for “Colonel” Oscar Poole

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On this day of June 3rd 2020, family and friends of “Colonel” Oscar Poole gathered around to celebrate his life and legacy, at Pooles BBQ. He was loved by many and was always friends with any person he came across. He may be gone, but never forgotten.

Tammy Renee Hicks Dillard: Obituary

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Tammy Renee Hicks Dillard, age 51, of Mineral Bluff, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020. She was born on September 15, 1968 in Atlanta. She was of the Baptist faith. She worked as a Housekeeper for Vacasa. She is preceded in death by her father, Howard Harvey Hicks, Jr.; sons, Nathan Mashburn and Steven Hicks; and siblings, James Michael Hicks, William Scott Hicks, and Angela Michelle Rhodes.

She is survived by her daughter, Maranda Hicks; son, Brandon Hicks; mother, Mary Jane Gibbs; grandchildren, Kayla Henley, Amariana Hicks, Brantley Elkins, and Jaxon Elkins; and brother, Howard David Hicks.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Lee Garner and Rev. Hal Panter officiating. Interment will follow in the Chastain Memorial Park with Rev. Eric Davenport officiating. Austin Norton, Robert Grimes, Jason Norton, David Elliott, Rev. Jerry Lee Garner, and Gage Garner will be serving as pallbearers. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to help defray from funeral expenses. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.

Earl “Skip” Lynn Peters: Obituary

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Earl “Skip” Lynn Peters from Young Harris, GA went Home suddenly to be with the Lord on February 21, 2020 while working in Hiawassee, GA. Skip was born on May 13, 1951 in Aberdeen, MD and was 68 years old.
Skip served in the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta Force from 1969-1992. Among many awards bestowed upon Skip during his career, for his valor, he received the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th highest awards of a soldier: Distinguished Service Cross in 1989, Distinguished Service Medal in 1982, Silver Star in 1970. In addition, Skip received two Purple Heart medals, one in 1970 and 1990 for wounds received in action. He received The Humanitarian Service Medal in 1980, two Soldier’s Medals in 1980 and one Soldier’s Medal in 1982.

In addition to his military career, Skip was a professional home builder and owned his own construction company for 25 years building conventional and log homes and home improvement projects in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia until he retired in 2008. He then relocated from North East, MD to Orlando Florida with his wife to care for his two widowed stepsisters. In 2011, Skip and his wife found their final home together in Young Harris, GA. The couple worked together in partnership with the Shaklee Corporation achieving many awards since 1980. Skip recently began working as a Project Manager for T.L. Thompson Construction, Inc. in Hiawassee, GA, returning to his love for the construction industry.

Skip grew up on Alliance St. in Havre de Grace, MD where he learned to love the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing and boating most of his life. Skip loved God and His Word, his country, his family and friends and humbly served others throughout his life. He valued his place in God’s Army and considered himself a warrior for God.
Skip was an active member of Warriors Veteran Outreach in Murphy, NC. He was a member of the World Harvest Church North in Blairsville, GA and the North Mount Zion Church of God in Hiawassee, GA. He was a former member of Life Community Church in Newark, DE. He served in Towns County Food Bank and the Food Bank at North Mount Zion Church of God.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Georgia Lee (Deamer) Peters and by three sons and a daughter: Michael Lee Peters (Julie), Jeffrey Lynn Peters (Rachel), Nathan Lee Peters (Heather), and Christine Lynn Peters Glenn (David). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and by his stepbrother, Steve Foust from Havre de Grace, MD. He is preceded in death by his father, Earl L. Peters and his mother, Irene Scroggins Peters, his step siblings Herbert Pates, Jeannette Peters (Charles) Miller, Ramona Peters (John) Ondeck and Ladonna Peters (Joseph) Baldwin.

Celebration services will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at Sharp Memorial UMC on Young Harris campus, 1114 Main St. Young Harris, GA at 11:00 a.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee.

Carlton Harold Bailey: Obituary

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The Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee announces Funeral Services for Carlton Harold Bailey, age 91 of Jackson, Michigan (formerly Hiawassee, Georgia) who passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020 at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Taylor and Rev. Danny Byers officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 am until 2:30 pm on Monday at Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee. Military Honors will be presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Graveside Services and Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Green Meadow Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Conyers, Georgia. Firefighter Honors will be presented by DeKalb County Fire Department.

Hilda Susan Donaldson Bailey: Obituary

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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

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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.

Earl Juan Chambers: Obituary

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U.S. Veteran

Earl Juan Chambers, age 85, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Piedmont Hospital of Atlanta. He was born July 2, 1934 to the late Calvin and Myrtle Chambers. Earl was a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he proudly served his country for 20 years, including a tour in Vietnam. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Lily M. Chambers; brothers, Jay Chambers, Ray Chambers, Jerry Chambers, Cecil Chambers, Roger Chambers, sisters, Marie Burnette, Ellavee Gerean, Audrey Sheffield, and Rachel Chambers.

Earl is survived by his son, Mike (Denise) Chambers of Morganton; brother, Winston (Peggy) Chambers of Blairsville; sister, Retha Overstreet of Blairsville; grandson, Michael E. (Adrian) Chambers of Mineral Bluff; granddaughter, Jodie (Michael) Bennett of Blairsville; three great-grandchildren, Lily Bennett, Maci Bennett, and Bronson Chambers. Also special friend and companion of 15 years, Jo Millholland. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

After retiring from the military, Earl worked for the city of Callaway near Panama City, Florida. He later moved to Fannin County where he worked a short time for the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office. He was then employed by the Fannin County School System as a bus driver, where he also retired. He spent most of the rest of his life traveling to various states, hosting campgrounds for the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service.

Earl was an avid outdoorsman, who loved hunting, fishing, and camping with friends and family. He also dedicated many years of his life serving as a Boy Scout leader and was a member of the the Blue Lodge Masons. Earl was a member of New Canaan Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. William Gravitt officiating. Music will be provided by Christina Rush. Interment will follow in the Toccoa Baptist Church Cemetery with Michael Chambers, Jr., David Davis, Ryan McDaris, Michael Bennett, Paul Robinson, and Steve Chambers serving as pallbearers. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Air Force. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of New Canaan Baptist Church. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 6:00 PM until 9:00 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.

Rev. Marvin Joel Poole Sr: Obituary

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Rev. Marvin Joel Poole Sr., age 89, of Blue Ridge, GA, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020. Rev. Poole was born on April 2, 1930 in Blue Ridge. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a retiree of General Motors in the trim department. He was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle of McCaysville, GA. Rev. Pool was an avid hunter, along with his wife, loved Atlanta Braves Baseball, and thoroughly enjoyed country living.

He is survived by his wife Joanne (Deal) Poole; sons, Marvin J. “Joey” Poole Jr., Harold Reed Poole, Lenard Harvey Poole, and Johnny Lynn Poole; one daughter, Linda Diane Williams; and brothers, Dennis Poole, and Delana Poole.

Funeral services were Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel of Blue Ridge with Rev. Scott Baugh and Rev. Delmar Davenport officiating. Eulogy was by Sondra Johnson. Music was by the Gospel Tabernacle of McCaysville. Pallbearers were Jeff Queen, Chris Queen, James Lee Whitener, Charlie Baugh, Rodney Patterson and Mann Patterson. Honorary Pallbearers were Donnie Davenport, Kenny Queen and Benny Ensley. Interment followed in the Barnes Chapel Baptist Cemetery with military honors provided by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Condolences may be sent to the family online at akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of arrangements

Clyde Wilburn Hughes: Obituary

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Mr. Clyde Wilburn Hughes, age 94, of Dahlonega, GA, passed away on February 14, 2020. Born in Dial, GA, he was the son of the late William J. and Nancy Kendall Hughes. Clyde was a sheet metal worker/machinist in both Pheonix and Atlanta. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing (but would never eat them) and cruising around in his red 1968 Ford XL Galaxy ake his “hot rod”. He was the last of six children, being preceded in death by his sisters; Ruth Ward, Dean Dean, Owa Allen, Odell Hicks and Chloe Culley. He was also preceded death by two daughters, Ellen Thompson and Nancy Hughes.

Survivors include his children and their spouses, William Hughes of Phoenix, AZ, Mike (Geri) Hughes of San Juan Capistrano, CA, Mark (Mariana) Hughes of San Jose, CA, Cathy (Brian) Baldwin of Mesa, AZ and Lisa (Ramiro) Rodriguez of Phoenix, AZ; 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and old friends. Clyde spent his last year at the Gold City Community Care Home where he enjoyed the residents and the medical staff who cared for him.

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Tom Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in the Chastain Memorial Park Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Michael Hughes, William Hughes, Mark Hughes, Roger Ward, Jason Tanner and Ray Davis. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA is in charge of the arrangements.

The family wishes to thank their entire Georgia family and the residents and staff at the care facility for loving and helping their Dad.

Donald William MacLean, Jr: Obituary

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Donald William MacLean, Jr., age 71, of Blue Ridge, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020. He was born on January 4, 1949 in Passaic, NJ to the late Donald William MacLean, Sr. and Johanna VanEenennaam MacLean. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He later worked as a Dry Wall Contractor. He was an avid gardener and coached soccer in Fannin County for many years. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Billy MacLean.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy Anderson MacLean; daughters and sons-in-law, Carly Hanna and Austin Allen Adams, Macy Rae and Colton DeCou, and Dilyn Vaughn and Zachary Cox; and a “grand dude” to his grandchildren, Garrett Anderson DeCou, Jillian Mae Adams, and Addilyn Truett Cox; and siblings, Joann Bohler, Robert MacLean, and Douglas MacLean.

Memorial services will be conducted on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Roger Beck officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.

Johnnie William Newborn, Jr: Obituary

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Mr. Johnnie William Newborn, Jr., age 66 of Ellijay, GA passed away on February 17, 2020 at his home. Born in Atlanta, GA on September 5, 1953. John was a talented machinist, mechanic, carpenter and just about anything. He was also of the Church of God Faith. His father, Johnnie Williams Newborn, Sr. precedes him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Mrs. B.J. Newborn of the home; children, Dustin McArthur of Marble Hill, GA, April Moss of Woodstock, GA and Alan Newborn of Marietta, GA; mother and step-father, Sandra and Hollis Carter of Woodstock, GA; one brother, Scott Newborn of Cartersville, GA; several grandchildren, aunts, uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Newborn’s wishes were to be cremated and no services are planned at this time. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA is in charge of the arrangements. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA was in charge of the arrangements.

Bob Repp Thomas: Obituary

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Bob Repp Thomas, age 87, of Blue Ridge, passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. He was born in Fannin County on July 7, 1932 to the late Frank Thomas and Jennie Brown Thomas. He was a member of Mobile Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ermal Sue Thomas; step-children, Patty Harper, Brenda Perkins, and Bruce Patterson; and siblings, Betty Nicholson, Billy Thomas, and Lewis Thomas.

He is survived by his brother, Rev. James Howard Galloway and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Danny Queen officiating. Music will be provided by Ed Vest. Interment will follow in the Barnes Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Kevin Thomas, Keith Thomas, Russell Thomas, Jamey Nicholson, Troy Harper and Jeff Forrester. The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Thursday Evening from 6:00 PM until 8:00 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.

Juanita Marie Prentice: Obituary

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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.

H. Lamar James: Obituary

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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 Dills: Obituary

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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

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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.

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