Laura Francis Edwards: Obituary

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Laura Francis Edwards

February 20, 1931 – May 31, 2019

Laura Francis Edwards, age 88 of Memphis, passed away May 29, 2019, at Germantown Hospital Tenn.. Edwards was born February 20, 1931, in Blue Ridge, GA to the late Arvil Johnson and the late Ruth Mull. She was preceded in death by father, Arvil Johnson, mother, Ruth Johnson, husband, Jack Edwards.

Graveside service will be held Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 at Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Mineral Bluff, Ga.

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.

William Thomas (WT) Pittman Jr.: Obituary

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William Thomas (WT) Pittman Jr.

January 1, 1924 – May 30, 2019

William Thomas (W.T.) Pittman, Jr. age 95 of Blue Ridge, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019. W.T. was born January 1, 1924 in McCaysville, GA to the late Pete and Nina Forrester Pittman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Wallace Pittman, and brothers-in-law, Tunney Brown and Hoyt Holloway.

W.T. is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Nelle Farmer Pittman, daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Gene Hitchcock, son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Alice Pittman, three grandchildren, Stan Hitchcock, Daniel (Sarah) Gray, and Anna Gray, five great-grandchildren, Aidan Gonzalez, Andrew Gray, Dawson Cleland, Kalli Cleland and Tori Hitchcock, brother and sister-in-law, Max and Geree Pittman, sister, Charlotte Brown, sister, Doris Holloway, sister-in-law, Othella Pittman, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

W.T. was a WWII Navy Veteran, and retired from Lockheed-Martin in Marietta in 1986, and they moved back to Fannin County after retirement. W.T. was a very active member and Deacon of Lebanon Baptist Church, and he loved church work, helping others with projects, along with sharing the harvest of his garden with everyone. Loving his family, church, friends, and helping others was his lifelong theme, and he was blessed to lead a very healthy life until recently. He never met a stranger, loved conversations with people, and making friendships lasting forever.

Celebration of life services will be held Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 3:00 pm at the Lebanon Baptist Church and he will lie in state at 2:30 pm. Interment will follow in the Copper Ridge Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be the Deacons of Lebanon Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 4-7 pm. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to Lebanon Baptist Church, PO Box 309, Epworth, GA 30541, or to Wellstar Community Hospice-Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain, c/o Wellstar Foundation, 805 Sandy Plains Rd., Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30066.

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.

Mary Sue Spivey: Obituary

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Mary Sue Spivey

October 11, 1946 – May 22, 2019

Mrs. Mary Sue Spivey, age 72 of Morganton, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at her home. Mrs. Spivey was born October 11, 1946, in Polk Co., TN to the late Frank Prince and the late Ethelene Allen Prince. She was a member of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by her sisters, Lucille Bryant, Louise Cross, Lunelle Prince; and her infant daughter, Charlotte Spivey.

Survivors include: husband of 48 years, Charles Spivey; sister-in-law, Josephine Millholland; and special cousins, Don (Dorothy) Adams and Steve (Linda) Ledford.

Funeral services: Friday, May 24, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with the Rev. William Gravitt officiating. Music provided by Missy Taylor. Interment will follow in Copper Ridge Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Blue Ridge, GA.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue RidgeGA, Thursday, May 23, 2019, 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 www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

Randall Earnest Hunter: Obituary

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Randall Earnest Hunter

September 22, 1937 – May 20, 2019

Randall Earnest Hunter, age 81 of Marietta, GA passed away Monday, May 20, 2019, in Kennesaw, GA. Mr. Hunter was born September 22, 1937, in Blue Ridge, GA to the late Lloyd Hunter and the late Ella Hunter. A member and Deacon of Gospel Light Methodist Church in Marietta, GA. Mr. Hunter also served as an usher and a member of the Board of Stewards. He graduated from East Fannin high in 1958, served in the US Army, and worked as Supervisor of Security for Sears & Roebuck. Mr. Hunter was also a 50 year member of the Dooly Masonic Lodge #367 and was preceded in death by his infant brother, Robert Hunter, and his sister, Pauline Craig.

Survivors include: wife, Betty Lou Hunter; sons, Randy Earnest (Donna B.) Hunter, Jr., Robert Lewis (Ronda) Hunter, and Russell Scott (Donna Rae) Hunter; grandchildren, Devin Lloyd Hunter, Ivan Lawless Hunter, Kaitlin Star Hunter, William Dylan Krenz, Erin Nicole Krenz, Michael Briele, Santana Philip; and great-grandchildren, Tommy Buck Hunter and Gavin Krenz.

Funeral services: Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 4:00 pm from the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Blue Ridge, GA, with the Rev. James Parham officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morganton, GA. Pallbearers: Devin Lloyd Hunter, Ivan Lawless Hunter, Mike Price, Eddie Thackston, Adam Dobbins, Mark Dobbins. Honorary pallbearers: Dylan Krenz, Michael Briele.

The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons International PO Box 1375 Blue Ridge, GA 30513. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

James Robert Brumbelow: Obituary

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James Robert Brumbelow

April 13, 1926 – May 18, 2019

James Robert Brumbelow, age 93 of Morganton, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 at Fannin Regional Hospital. Mr. Brumbelow was born April 13, 1926 in Aragon, GA to the late Horace William Brumbelow and the late Molene Daniel Brumbelow. He was a veteran of the US Army and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ina Sue Ferguson Brumbelow, and grandson Ryan Brumbelow. In his spare time, James enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law James Roland (Jim) and Susan Currie Brumbelow, daughter and son-in-law Jane and Ross Benadum, three grandchildren, Kelly (Christy) Brumbelow of College Station, TX, Ben Benadum of Enterprise, AL, and Casey Benadum of Dalzell, SC, also five great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in the Hemptown Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Benjamin Benadum, Kelly Brumbelow, Luke Ross, Steve Ross, William Pertet, William Mubanda, and William Nichols.
The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, Monday May 20, 2019 , 1:00-2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, c/o Brenda Crawford, 18425 Morganton Hwy, Morganton, GA 30560.

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.

Thomas Tingley: Obituary

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Thomas Tingley

July 5, 1937 – May 18, 2019

Thomas David Tingley, 81, of Mineral Bluff, Georgia, passed away on May 18, 2019, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born to parents Walter and Ada Tingley, on July 5, 1937, in Seminole, Oklahoma. He attended New London High School in Texas and later enlisted with the United States Air Force. Tom was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as a Security Policeman on two tours of duty, one at Phù Cát and one at Da Nang. Family and friends can attest to the fact that the sense of patriotism instilled in him from over 20 years spent in the military serving his country never left him.

He is survived by his wife Betty of 31 years, whom he married on New Year’s Day, 1988. Tom also leaves behind his children, Deborah Tingley, Richard Tingley and wife Azucena, Kohnie (Tingley) Stickley and husband Neil, Ray Norman and wife Sandy, Robert Norman and wife Holly, as well as grandchildren Daryl, Rachel, Scot, Lauren, Tyler, Conner, Christian, Ashley, and Teala, eleven great-grandchildren, and sister Carla Traverner. Tom was predeceased by parents Walter and Ada Tingley, siblings Ray, Bill, Robert, and Noah, and children Cindy Bradley and Nancy Bullard.

Since boyhood, Tom always had a soft spot for animals. Throughout his life, he had dogs as pets who he loved like children and spoiled. He would be moved to tears watching an animal movie or hearing about an animal being mistreated. It was very important to him to do his part, no matter how small. So, whenever he was able, he would donate to organizations that protect the welfare of animals.

Both family visitation and the funeral service will be held at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. Family visitation will be on Monday, May 27, 2019, from 6-8 p.m., and the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at 2 p.m. A military interment will take place on May 29, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that “in memory/honor of” donations be made to the following charities that Tom was passionate about:

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWF) strives to give independence back to our nation’s “most severely wounded veterans”.

www.woundedwarriorproject.org

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) seeks to protect the well-being of all animals.

www.aspca.org

Alberta Mae Cochran: Obituary

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Alberta Mae Cochran

September 9, 1935 – May 10, 2019

Alberta Mae Cochran, age 83 of Morganton, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, at Chatuge Regional Nursing Home. Mrs. Cochran was born September 9, 1935, to the late Francis LaVoy and Lucille Ras LaVoy, Klosowski. She enjoyed attending church services at Chatuge Nursing Home, taken care of people, baking, volunteering, playing bingo and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Walter Cochran, Jr., sisters, Ginny Tipton and Donna Tipton, brothers, William LaVoy and Sonny LaVoy, and grandson, Aaron Cochran.

Survivors include daughter, Barbara (Randy) Hughes, sons, Walter K (Sarka) Cochran, Michael (Mary) Cochran and Terry Cochran, Grandchildren Chad Cochran, Sandy Cochran Morris, Toby Cochran, Mollie Hughes Pritchett, Benjamin Hughes, Michael Cochran Jr. Matthew Cochran, Mark Cochran, Justin Cochran and step-grandchildren Mitchel Browning, Jennifer Beach, and Christopher Durand, twenty-four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services: Monday, May 6, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Garrett officiating. Interment will follow in Chastain Memorial Park. Pallbearers: Chad Cochran, Michael Cochran, Jr. Randy Hughes, Ben Hughes, Terry Pritchett, and Kelly Towe.
The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, Monday, May 13, 2019, 12:00 noon – 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.

Rethal Mae Martin: Obituary

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Rethal Mae Martin

May 5, 1931 – May 9, 2019

Celebration of Rethal Mae Martin’s (Little Mama) life at Henry-Cochran Funeral Home, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm. She was known as “Little Mama” to all her friends.

Little Mama was born May 5, 1931 in Fannin County, Georgia to loving christian parents. She had nine brothers and sisters that have all gone on before her. She loved to sing in church and started singing at five years old. She grew up and met Olan Martin and they both got saved at Cherry Log Baptist Church in 1952. In three months they married on July 6, 1952 and moved to Cleveland, OH where their daughter Joy was born in 1953. Two years later, they moved to Mobile, AL where their son Rex Martin was born in 1959. They moved back to Georgia in 1966 and they lost their son in a car wreck in 1990. She had two grandsons, Scott Sharpe and Monteville Rex Martin, three great-grandchildren, Keegan Sharpe, Chloe Sharp, and River Martin. Her husband, Olan passed away in 1999, after sharing 47 wonderful years together.

Little Mama loved her family but she loved her sweet Jesus most of all. She loved to go to gospel singings and to her church where she attended City of Praise in Cartersville, GA. She loved everyone there especially her Pastors Jeff and Marie Phillips. She sang at many churches all over GA, but she loved to visit Trinity Faith Church in Mobile, AL. Little Mama also sang with the Gospel Bluegrass Association where she would sing on the riverboat in Chattanooga, TN and Helen, GA. They honored her with an award and trophy for singing for over 80 years for the Lord Jesus Christ. They made her an honorary member and inducted her into the hall of fame.

Little Mama enjoyed traveling with her daughter Joy to many places; Disney World, The Holy Land experience, Branson, Missouri, The Grand Ole Opry, and to Elvis’ Mansion in Graceland three times, but her favorite place to go was to Jimmy Swaggart’s Church in Baton Rouge, LA. Joy had taken her twelve times and she was looking forward to being there for her 88th birthday, but God had other plans. He needed a precious singing angel to sing in that Heavenly choir. She passed away at Memorial Hospital in Gulf Port, Mississippi on May 9th, 2019. Her daughter Joy would take her to lots of beautiful places and Little Mama would say there is a lot of beauty for the eye to see but nothing compares to what Heaven will be.

She would sing and tell everyone about her sweet Jesus. She wanted everyone to know her sweet Jesus and to meet her in Heaven. Little Mama would sing her favorite song “The Ladder Song” to everyone and now she has climbed that ladder up to Heaven and now she is where she has always looked forward to going, to see her sweet Jesus and to be with him forever.

Her services were officiated by Rev. Sanford Lawrence, Rev. Shannon Knight, and Rev Marie Phillips. The gentlemen that served as Pallbearers were, Keegan Sharpe, Levi Green, Mathew Lillard, Billy Nealey, Rodney Deese, and Shannon Knight.

Little Mama was laid to rest between her husband and son at Maggies Chapel Cemetery in Martins Creek, NC on May 14, 2019.

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.

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