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.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest registry at

Randy E. Ray: Obituary


Mr. Randolph “Randy” Erwin Ray, age 64, of Blue Ridge, passed away on October 14, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Wyandotte, MI to the late Boon Robert Ray and Helen Lucille Cross Ray. He graduated from Flat Rock High School in Flat Rock, MI in 1972.  Mr. Ray had worked as a painter and carpenter for many years. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and time with his wife visiting flea markets and parks. Also preceding him in death was a brother, Ron Ray; and one niece, Clarissa Ray.


Survivors include his loving wife, Mona Hicks Ray; children, Hope Ray Longworth and husband of Tampa, FL, Dwayne, Phillip Ray of TX, Nathan Ray of MI and Billy Wayne Sisson of Savannah, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Rob and Sherry Ray of McCaysville, GA; sisters, Janet Ray Shepherd of Jasper, GA, Joyce Ray Hogan of Orange Park, FL, Juanita Ray of Cleveland, TN, Jeneva Ray Long and husband Franklin of Dalton, GA and Sunshine Ray Davenport and husband Jeremy of Tunnel Hill, GA; grandson, Jacob Longworth; special nephew and caregiver, Corey Ray of Blue Ridge, GA; many nieces, nephews, friends locally and from Flat Rock Creek, MI and his canine companion, Rosie.


Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. from the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Larry Hughes officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 12:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help defray final expenses. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Dale “Joe” Bennett: Obituaries


Jerry Dale “Joe” Bennett, age 65, of Blue Ridge, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at his home. Jerry was born in Copperhill, TN. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his father, Wendell Bennett and brother, Danny Bennett.

He is survived by his mother, Billie (Tommie) Bennett; sons Erik (Alison) Bennett, Jason Imler, and Chad (Lisa) Bennett; grandchildren, Jordan Bennett, Ryland Bennett, Carson Bennett, Kayla Imler, and Brittany Imler.

Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Harold Weeks officiated. Interment followed in the Barnes Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Jason Norton, Andy Rogers, Larry Sparks, Speck Callihan, Jordan Bennett, and Billy Lawrence served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Bradburn, Steve Campbell, Rodney Phillips, Ray Sparks, Jeremy Bradburn, Scott Bradburn, Michael Bennett, Ryan Campbell, Josh Tipton and Dr. Michael Galambos. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.

Ethan “Patrick” Noah Griffin: Obituary


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