Johnnie Lee Watkins: Obituary


Mrs. Johnnie Lee Watkins, age 84, of McCaysville, GA, passed away on December 4, 2019 in the Chatuge Regional Nursing Home. Born in Fannin County, GA, she was the daughter of the late Carl Clifford and Nona Margaret Cobb Crawford. She had worked as a Machine Operator for both Van Raalte and Shaw Industries. Mrs. Watkins was also a member of the Kingtown Baptist Church. Also preceding her in death was three brothers, Brownie Crawford, Bob Crawford and Jack Crawford.

Survivors include her husband, Myles Joe Watkins; son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Kim Watkins of Hartwell, GA; brothers, Carl “Pete” Crawford of Nashville, TN, Gene Crawford of Morganton, GA, Joe Crawford of Toccoa, GA and Jim Crawford of Blue Ridge, GA; sister, Doris Olnick of Blue Ridge, GA; grandchildren, Jessica Watkins, Holly Cobb, Amanda Wesp and Taylor Gunter; great grandchildren, Jenna Wesp, Logan Cobb and Chelsea Cobb.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Delmar Davenport officiating. Eulogies were provided by Bryan Watkins and Gene Crawford. Interment followed in the Sugar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Gary Crawford, Greg Crawford, Kevin Watkins, Wayne Watkins, Randall Watkins, Mike Grindstaff and Len Crawford. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Perry Crawford, Brett Crawford and Kevin Bowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA was in charge of the arrangements.


Russell Lee Inman: Obituary


U.S. Veteran

Russell Lee Inman, age 93, of Blue Ridge, GA passed away Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in Blue Ridge, GA. Mr. Inman was born on November 15, 1926 in Birmingham, AL to the late Samuel Martin Inman and Florence Isabella Moore Inman. He worked in Sales Management at Stockham Valves and Fittings. He was a member of Blue Ridge United Methodist Church and served in the United States Army Air Corps. Mr. Inman was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Lou Estes.

He is survived by three daughters, Beth Ellen Inman of Morganton, Nancy Lea Evick of Tucker, GA and Martha Jane Inman of Lawrenceville, GA; a sister, Florence Isabella Scott of Birmingham, AL; and three grandchildren, Katherine Rae Wise, Sarah Elizabeth Kody, and Nathaniel Edward Erick.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Woody: Obituary


Patricia Woody, age 67, of Suches, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019, at her home in Suches. Mrs.Woody was born January 5, 1952, in Dahlonega, GA, to the late Ray Jay Rider and the late Thelma Satterfield Rider.

Survivors include her husband, James Randall Woody, daughters, Kim (Nathan) Garrett, Miranda Woody, and brother, Ray Rider, Jr.

Funeral services: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Garrett officiating. Interment will follow in the Sugar Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers: Robert Woody, Howard Woody, Clyde Woody, Jason Booker, Michael Harper, and Daniel Murphy.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested any donations are welcomed to help with funeral expenses.

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


Beatrice Edith (Lemon) Tremblay: Obituary


This is the story of Beatrice Edith (Lemon) Tremblay. Beatrice was an amazing woman, mother, grandmother and daughter who was very much loved, is already missed and will be forever cherished.
Beatrice’s story started in the small town of Ware Massachusetts where on May 24, 1924 she was born the second to the youngest to Arthur and Louise Lemon. She lived her life in the same town, the same house until after graduating high school, she left to attend nursing school in Boston Massachusetts. Here is where she met the love of her life having been set up on a blind date with the brother of one of her patients. It was a whirlwind romance and ended with her flying to where her betrothed was stationed in Denver Colorado to get married. It was a standing joke in our household as to how she chased him down and how, on the very day they got married, Roland, her now husband and flight engineer in the Air Force took flight and crashed. After three days, she finally learned of his safety and they went on to have four children and their first home in Marlboro, Mass.
Beatrice was known for her positive attitude, winning smile, and love for her family and friends. She was strong willed and a fighter to the very end. She passed peacefully at her home in Mineral Bluff, Georgia on December 1, 2019.
She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Roland Tremblay and her son, Roland Tremblay Jr. She is survived by her three daughters and their partners, Donna Tremblay and Christine Kohl of Holly Springs, Georgia, Paula Tremblay and Melissa Morrissette of Mineral Bluff, Georgia and Shari (Tremblay) Evans and husband Daniel Evans of Blairsville, Georgia along with two grandchildren, Jonathan Evans and Aysel Tremblay.
Committal Service to be held in the chapel of the Henry Cochran Funeral Home in Blue Ridge Georgia on Friday, December 6 at 2 pm. Interment to follow at the Crestlawn Cemetery in Copperhill, Tennessee.


Balinda Gale Hymen: Obituary


Balinda Gale Hymen, age 46, of Blue Ridge, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Piedmont Hospital. Ms. Hymen was born on January 31, 1973, in Pahokee, FL, to Gale Stinnett Hymen. Balinda graduated from Moorehaven High School in Florida. She was active in the FFA program and loved all animals, especially cows. Coming from Moorehaven, Florida, Ms. Hymen made Fannin County her home for the past 31 years. She was a member of Liberty Hill Methodist Church.

Survivors include her father, Carl Eugene Hymen, mother, Gale Hymen, and spare mother, Anne Hymen.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

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


James Franklin McCrickard: Obituary


Obituary for James Franklin McCrickard

Obituary incomplete at this time.


DEC 14. 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

Henry-Cochran Funeral Home

3911 Appalachian Hwy

Blue Ridge, GA, 30513


Fannin County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 11/24 -12/1

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report provided by the Fannin County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 35-01-18) allows for to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Polk County. Those arrests are posted on 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.


Small town tradition continues to grow : Light Up Blue Ridge and The Basin

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Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in Blue Ridge.

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Nothing rings in the holiday cheer like a small town celebration! That’s why Hallmark has literally over 100 holiday-themed small town movies for its viewers, and if Hallmark were to ever need a new setting, Fannin County would not disappoint.

The City of McCaysville kicked off the festivities hosting Light Up McCaysville and Copperhill at the newly renovated Riverwalk Shops. Festivities began at 4 p.m. on Friday with visitors enjoying holiday music while shopping at local businesses.

At 7 p.m. McCaysville lit the tree. In its new location, on the terrace in front of the Riverwalk Shops, the tree along with the lighted steel truss bridge, cast a beautiful reflection on the river below, leaving spectators in awe of the stunning display.

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Rain didn’t deter the crowd as the Christmas Parade made its way through downtown.

In keeping with tradition, the Blue Ridge Business Association lit up the City of Blue Ridge with its annual Light Up Blue Ridge celebration held on Saturday.

The festivities officially began as Santa and Mrs. Claus rolled into town on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. Hundreds lined the tracks and children of all ages cheered as the train blew its whistle to signify their arrival.

Throughout the day families enjoyed the small town wholesome feel as carollers walked the streets singing Christmas favorites and a strolling Barbershop Quartet made its way around town.

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The Great Tree in downtown Blue Ridge.

Of course, what Light Up Blue Ridge celebration would be complete without Tuba Christmas, and a Tuba Christmas there was!

Visitors and locals had pictures made with Santa and visited the Gingerbread Village set up at the Art Center (Blue Ridge Mountain Mountain Arts Association), while awaiting the parade later in the evening.

The parade began at 5:30 p.m. Despite the weather, raining with brief periods of heavy rainfall, spectators lined East Main Street. Children gladly caught candy thrown from the numerous floats and vehicles. There were grinches, dancing elves, carolling snowmen, a marching band, and ending the parade was Santa wishing all a good night.

As the parade wound down the crowd made its way to the park for the lighting of the Great Tree. 

With the traditional countdown, the 27 foot tree was lit, marking that the holiday season has officially begun for Fannin County.


Featured Image : Light Up McCaysville and Copperhill. Courtesy of Michelle Degner (Crescent Moon Images).


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