Linda Alice Mitchell, age 74, of Blue Ridge, GA passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Ms. Mitchell was born on October 17, 1945 in Oak Ridge, TN to the late Claude Falls and Ruth Hawkins Falls. She worked in the local banking industry and was also a preschool and kindergarten teacher for a number of years. Ms. Mitchell was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Copperhill, TN.
She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Rhonda Smith and Tracy Smith of Snellville, GA; Angie Mitchell and Tim Brown of Atlanta, GA; two grandchildren, Maria Bouloukos of Austin, TX and Alex Bouloukos of Birmingham, AL; brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Sandy Falls of Cleveland, TN; sister, Mary Kate Mull of Cleveland, TN; and five nieces, Cindy (Jeff) Clabough, Carla (Craig) Foster, Caryn (Butch) Gibson, Kathy (Eric) Silvers, and Gina Mull. She is also survived by several great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. from the Akins of Blue Ridge Chapel with Charlotte Sisson officiating. Eulogies will be by Lisa Adkisson and Kathy Silvers. Pallbearers will be Jeff Clabough, Craig Foster, Butch Gibson, Eric Silvers, Chris Clabough, Daulton Foster, and Conner Clabough. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday evening from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Linda may be made to the Tommy Mitchell Scholarship Fund c/o First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 538 Copperhill, TN 37317. Condolences may be sent to the family online at akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of arrangements.
Ora Lee Townson, age 78, of Murphy, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. She was born on February 12, 1941 in Andrews. She is preceded in death by her husband, L.J. Townson; daughter, Annette Townson; and mother, Frances Louise Haney.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Richard Grzelewski; son, Ricky Townson; grandchildren, Misty Beavers, Brandon Beavers, and Bryson Cole; and great-grandchildren, Makaylee Clore, Waylon Beavers, and Jayle Beavers.
Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM from the Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Blairsville with Rev. Nathan Chancey officiating. Ricky Townson, Richard Grzelewski, Brandon Beavers, and Robbie Barfield will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill is in charge of the arrangements.
Frankie Lafaye Worley, age 70 of Cherry Log, passed away on February 10, 2020. She was member of the Helping Hand Fellowship Church. Frankie had worked for Pilgrim’s Pride in Ellijay, GA until her retirement. She was preceeded in death by her parents Charles H. and Carzelle Payne Coleman; and one brother, Harvey.
Surviving is her husband Harold Worley of the home; daughter Renee (Steve) Holloway; Special Friend Linda (Wayne) Johnson; brother Bill (Linda) Coleman; granddaughter Brittany (Jason) Burnett; niece Dana Payne; nephews Michael Coleman, Kevin Coleman, and Donnie Coleman; and 13 great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge Chapel with the Rev. Denny Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Helping Hand Fellowship Church Cemetery with the following gentleman serving as pallbearers, Michael Coleman, Kevin Coleman, Johlon Coleman, Donnie Coleman, Steve Holloway, and Wayne Johnson. The family will meet with friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. – until the service time of 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.
Karen Elizabeth Cantrell, age 65 of Blue Ridge, passed away on February 9, 2020. She enjoyed being a homemaker and loved working in her flowers. She was a member of the New Life Fellowship Church. She was preceded in death by her father, William Newton and grandson, James Cantrell.
Surviving is her husband Marvin Cantrell of the home; daughters, Michelle (Gerry) Harper of Ellijay, GA., Gina (Arthur) McKinish of Mineral Bluff, son; Paul (Jaime) Cantrell of Blue Ridge; mother, Esther Newton of Blue Ridge; sister, Kathrin (Ron) Emslie; grandchildren, Trey Beckett, Perrin Farien, Jesse Logan, Camielle Cantrell, Oliver Beckett and Ashlyn Beckett; niece, Scarlet Smith and nephew, Justin Emslie also survive.
Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. from the Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge Chapel with the Minister Shannon Spurling officiating. Interment followed in the Patterson Cemetery with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers, Trey Beckett, Perrin Farien, Lee Logan, Jared Brasher, Jeremy Smith and Justin Emslie. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to help defray final expenses. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his son, Tony (Tammy) Underwood of Crestwood, KY; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Weaver of Blue Ridge, Teresa and Patrick Tolan of Waleska, GA, Doris Underwood and James McPherson of Marietta, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Brannon and Kathleen Underwood of Orangeburg, SC; sisters and brothers-in-law Carmi and Kenneth Wood of Morganton, GA and Anne Underwood Fleeman of Blue Ridge, GA;six grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge Chapel with the Rev. Harold Willis, Rev. Bradley Elliott and Dr. Roger Beck officiating. Music was by Greg Norton, Ashley Whealton, Tara Mudd and Pamela Trusty. Interment followed in the Copper Ridge Memory Gardens with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers, Kevin Brown, David Underwood, Nick Tolan, Dylan Underwood, Major Alexander Whealton and John McClure. Honorary pallbearers were Roy Hughes, Walter Taylor, Luke Strobel, Jacob Strobel, and Josh Strobe. Military Honors were provided by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritans at P.O. Box 1865, Blue Ridge, GA. 30513. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements
Mrs. Louise Beatrice Sparks, age 94, of Blue Ridge, GA, passed away on February 13, 2020 in the Cameron Hall in Canton, GA. Born at her residence on February 12, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Henry Parker and Alma Celia Williams Phillips. Mrs. Sparks was a devoted member of the Barnes Chapel Baptist Church. She loved camping and being outdoors, and loved being with her family. She had previously worked for Harbor Road in Blue Ridge. Her husband, Mr. Cleaston Sparks also precedes her in death.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Ray and Cathy Sparks of Dawsonville, GA, Larry and Cris Sparks of Blue Ridge, GA and Sherry Sparks and Jamey Nicholson of Delano, TN; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Joyce Phillips of McCaysville, GA; sisters, Tommy Bennett and Nita Patterson; grandchildren, Shelly and Tony Todd, Wesley Sparks, Kerri Helm, Stephanie and Garrett Owens, Drew Sparks and Anna Sparks; great grandchildren, Audrey Sparks, Peyton Sparks, Lily Helm and Kate Helm; and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. from the Akins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Weeks officiating. Interment will follow in the Damascus Baptist Church with the following gentlemen serving as pallbearers: Wesley Sparks, Drew Sparks, Tony Todd, Jerry Pack, Julio Ruiz and Speck Callihan. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. until the 3:00 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
Mrs. Eva Mae Adams, age 65, of Murphy, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. She was born on January 12th, 1955, in Clay County, NC, to the late Jake & Clara Belle Walker Trout. She worked at Moog for thirty-plus years and was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend. Eva loved everyone she came in contact with and always placed other people’s needs ahead of her own. She goes on to be with her parents, as well as her two brothers, Junior Trout and Bobby Ray Trout and sister Wanda Kay Trout McTaggart. She will be remembered by all who knew her, but especially missed by her husband, Vernon Adams; son Kevin Adams; sister, Faye (Donald) Teems; and brothers, JC (Joyce) Trout, and Arnold (Nancy) Trout. Also sharing in her legacy are several nieces and nephews, as well as, many wonderful friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 2:00 pm from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy, with Rev. Clark Moss officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until the service hour at the funeral home. Shane McTaggart, Dwayne McTaggart, Alan Morgan, Wesley Morgan, Corey Teems, Michael McGaha, Steve McDonald, and Dale Fleming have been selected to serve as pallbearers.
Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy is honored to be serving the family.
The Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville announces Funeral Services for Ira Thomas “I.T” Harkins, age 100 of Suches, Georgia who passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
Born March 15, 1919 in the “Flat Lands” of Suches, Georgia “I.T.” was the first of six children of James H. Harkins and Lola N. Abercrombie Harkins. Ira had four younger brothers, Eldo, twins Ralph and Harley, and Clyde. His baby sister, Stella Mae was his fifth sibling. Ira was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eldo Harkins, Ralph and Harley Harkins; and his wife, Pauline N. Jarrett Harkins. Ira is survived by his brother, Clyde Harkins of Suches, Georgia and Stella Mae Hayes of NC.
He is also survived by his two sons and their families: Son, Thomas H. and Karen W. Harkins (GA); Granddaughter, Jodi D. Johansen; Great Grandchildren: Benjamin A. Johansen, Gavin A. Johansen, and Virginia R. Johansen; Son, Robert L. and Lyn T. Harkins (SC); Grandson, Eric P. and Toni A. Harkins; Great Grandchildren: Logan G. Harkins, and Brooklyn A. Harkins.
He was blessed with an extended family of nephews and nieces, too numerous to list but all of whom he appreciated and loved.
He met his future wife, Blairsville native Pauline Neel Jarrett (deceased 2013), at Young Harris College. They married in 1945 and he continued to be a devoted husband for 68 years.
A career military man, he served in the US Army for 31 years, 4 months, and 17 days, retiring in Fort Hood, Texas as Sergeant Major on April 1, 1973. Drafted November 12, 1941 just before America’s entry into WWII from Baxter, GA for one year of service. He ended up making it his career. His tour of duties included Panama Canal Zone, Ft Lewis Washington, Atlanta General Depot, Philippines, Ft. Benning, GA, Germany, Ft. Hood, Texas, Korea, Vietnam and other US posts.
He became a devout Christian in his early married life. From that moment on, throughout his adult life he lived his faith. Wherever he was stationed or settled he was active and supportive in a local church. He served as a deacon, a Sunday School teacher, and wherever the Church or community needed his services. His most recent church family whom he loved, was Zion Baptist Church in Suches.
His Army travels and retirement, never diminished or changed his longing to come back to the place of his birth and the experiences of his childhood…Union County and Suches, Georgia. Moving to Suches in 1980, Ira became involved in local activities. He was a board member of the Suches/Morganton Community Clinic, Suches Coordinator for Keep Georgia Beautiful, Blairsville Lions Club, North Georgia Honor Guard, Commander of the Blairsville VFW, and Life Time Member of Union County Historical Society. He was very active in helping to preserve the old Union County Court house and creating the book Heritage of Union County, Georgia, 1832-1994.
He was a passionate local historian, amateur archeologist, gardener, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved God, his immediate and extended family, Union County, and anyone he met. He never met a stranger.
He was of the generation of Faith, Flag, and Family.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Corinth Baptist Church in Suches with Military Honors presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Friday evening at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m.
Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville.