August 01, 2014
Obituaries

Ernest Michael Merkelis
Ernest Michael Merkelis, 62, of Clayton, passed away July 26, 2014, at Heavens Landing Airpark. Born November 6, 1951, in East Chicago, Indiana, to Ernest and Helen Merkelis, he grew up in Calumet ...
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Ralph Jenkins Dickerson
Ralph Jenkins Dickerson, 97, of Clayton, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Mountain Lakes Medical Center in Clayton. Born in Hartwell, May 6, 1917, he was the son of the late V.C. Dickerson Sr. and M...
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Earl R. Lovell
Earl R. Lovell, 81, of Clarkesville, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, at his residence. Born in Rabun County on April 20, 1933, he was a son of the late John Lovell Jr. and Belle Martin Lovell. M...
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Johnny Ray Withrow
Johnny Ray Withrow, 72, of Brunswick, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, at Southeast Georgia Health System. He was born to the late John W. and Ruth Boyd Withrow in Brunswick on April 26, 1942. A ...
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Stephen Albert Thompson
Stephen Albert Thompson, age 85, of Rabun Gap, passed away July 17, 2014. He was born May 23, 1929. He was the son of the late Carley and Gladys Thompson and is also preceded in death by a loving b...
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James W. “Jimmy” Osborne
James W. “Jimmy” Osborne, Sr. 96, of Persimmon Road, Clayton, died Sunday July 20, 2014, at his home in the Persimmon community. He was born July 1, 1918 in Fitzgerald, to Olen Effie Osborne and Be...
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Mae Hardman
Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born Nov. 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 197...
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Thomas Fountain, Jr.
Thomas Fountain, Jr., 78, of Clayton, died Sunday July 20, 2014, at his residence. Born in Rabun Gap, Oct. 1, 1935, he was the son of the late Thomas Fountain, Sr., and Vassie Garland Fountain. He ...
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Robert Dewitt “Bob” Massee
Robert Dewitt “Bob” Massee, 83, of Tiger, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Mountain Lakes Medical Center in Clayton. He was born in Atlanta, Oct. 2, 1930, the son of the late Richard Drew Massee, Sr....
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Nancy Jo Lewis
Nancy Jo Lewis, of Dillard, (formerly of Orlando, Florida) went to be with the Lord on July 7, 2014. Local services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Head of Tennessee Church, Dillard. Nancy was born on...
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Judy Dotson Moore
Judy Dotson Moore, 61, of Alto, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. She was born July 7, 1953 in Clayton and was the daughter of the late Earl W. Dotson and Melb...
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Louise Queen Farmer
Louise Queen Farmer, 82, of Mountain City, Georgia, died Saturday night, July 5, 2014 in Habersham Medical Center, Demorest. Born in Mountain City, May 21, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Ar...
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Sally Irene Trapp
Sally Irene Trapp of Clayton, Georgia, and Jensen Beach, Florida, was called to the Lord on June 27, 2014. Sally was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, to George and Irene Thompson. Sally leaves behind he...
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Robert E. Ritchie
Robert E. Ritchie, 87, of Gainesville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014. He was born in Rabun County, and was the son of the late Ed and Varina Burrell Ritchie. In addition to his paren...
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Camilla “Milla” Ryann Watts
Camilla “Milla” Ryann Watts, newborn daughter of Kenneth Watts and Cass McDonald Watts of Clayton, entered into Heaven and into the arms of the Lord shortly after birth at Northside Hospital in Atl...
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Bernice Mollan Banschbach
Bernice Mollan Banschbach, 97, of Clayton, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Mountain View Health Care Center. She was born September 21, 1916, in Chicago, Illinois to Mark Mollan and Anna Wolfe Molla...
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Elizabeth “Lib” Frierson Kennedy
Elizabeth “Lib” Frierson Kennedy passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014. She was born November 22, 1914, in Florence, South Carolina to Alice Wilburn Frierson and William DeLancey Frierson.
 Upon t...
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Martin F. Scobee
Marvin F. Scobee, 80, of Clarkesville, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Mr. Scobee, born in Louisville, Kentucky, was a son of the late Marvin F. and Rachel Scobee. He was a 1956 graduate of Miami Univ...
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William Logan Speed
William Logan Speed, born January 13, 1957, of the Warwoman Community of Clayton, fought the battle of his life against cancer and left this earth on Friday, June 20, 2014, at 5:52 p.m. to join his...
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James Lester “Jim” Carpenter
James Lester “Jim” Carpenter, 66, of Tiger, died Tuesday June 17, 2014 at the home of his sister, Dot Webb on Syrup City Road, Tiger. He was born June 23, 1947 in Rabun County to Fred Lester Carpen...
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Melvin Lee Gagliano
Melvin Lee, “Mel” Gagliano, 72, of Clayton, died June 19, 2014, at his home after a 13 month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on January 24, 1942, in Coos Bay, Oregon. He was a United Sta...
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Gary James Pollard
Gary James Pollard, 45, of Alto, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Mr. Pollard was born March 25, 1969, in Clayton to the late James and Katherine Davenport Pollard. He was employed with Habersha...
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Delilah “Dolly” Watts Pitts
Delilah “Dolly” Watts Pitts, 84, of Rabun Gap, died Monday, June 16, 2014, at her residence. Born June 12, 1930, in Tiger, she was the daughter of the late Hubert D. and Ethel Baker Watts. She was ...
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Vicki Lynn Rogers
Vicki Lynn Rogers, 41, of Marsen Knob Drive, Rabun Gap, died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at her residence. Born in Franklin, North Carolina, July 25, 1972, she was the daughter of the late David Roy Roge...
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Donald Eugene Melton
Donald Melton, 80, died peacefully at his home in Tiger early Saturday morning, June 14, 2014, with caregiver Belinda Whitmire, brother Easton Melton, sister-in-law Peggy Melton and Father Steve Ha...
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Janie P. Taylor
Janie Pleasants Warren Taylor, 83, of Tiger, widow of Melvin Taylor, died on June 14, 2014. She was born on November 18, 1930, to the late Clyde Arrendale Pleasants English and Miles Otis Pleasants...
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Gwenda Lee Cannon
Gwenda Lee Cannon, 72, of Sandy Springs, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. She was born Aug. 12, 1941, in Rabun County to the late Clyde P. and Evelyn Carpenter Cannon....
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Linda Gail Holland Ritchie
Linda Gail Holland Ritchie, 65, of Clayton, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 9, 2014. She was born in Franklin, North Carolina, to the late Jack Lee Holland and Hilda Smith Holland. Sh...
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James Tinsley Holmes Sr.
James Tinsley “Jim” Holmes of Lake Burton, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014, after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by: a son James and wife Mary of Asheville,...
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Carey King Williamson Jr.
Carey King Williamson Jr., 91, of Clayton, died June 7, 2014. Carey was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Macon to the late Carey King Williamson and Iva Mae Weaver Williamson. As a child, he traveled with t...
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James Paul Wooten
James Paul Wooten, 85, of Clayton, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014, at his residence. He was born in Franklin, N.C., to the late Charlie Washington Wooten and Ruth Jane Brown Wooten. In addition...
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Capt. Clifford Cormier
Capt. Clifford Cormier of Van Buren and Bangor, Maine, died Friday, June 6, 2014, at his home in Mountain City. Born in 1931, in Van Buren, to Paul J. Cormier and Eva Theriault Cormier, he was a br...
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John Bradshaw
John Bradshaw, 87, of Clayton, died Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Mountain Lakes Medical Center. He was born March 8, 1927, in Yancey County, North Carolina, to the late Ralph and Mary Williams Bradsh...
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William ‘Bill’ A. Echols Jr.
William Allen Echols Jr., 86, of Murray, Kentucky, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at his home. He is survived by: his wife of 63 years, Agnes “Dolly” Echols; a son, William T. Echols of Clayton; three ...
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Dillard Wavery Barron
Dillard Wavery Barron, 79, of Clayton, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Mountain Lakes Medical Center. He was born Aug. 10, 1934, in Habersham County to Wavery Barron and Lexie Kastner Barron...
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Harriet Gravley Dayton
Harriet Gravley Dayton, 77, of Clayton, died Monday, May 19, 2014, at her home. She was born Oct. 17, 1936, in the Warwoman community of Rabun County to the late William Roy Gravley and Kancie Gall...
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Jay Robert Rogers
Jay Robert Rogers, 79, of Mountain City, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Murphy Medical Center in Murphy, N.C. He was of the United Methodist faith and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Mr. R...
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Wilhelmina Jean Justus Phillips
Wilhelmina Jean Justus Phillips, 72, of Westminster, S.C., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday morning, May 28, 2014. She was born Dec. 20, 1941, in Rabun County to the late Prelo D. a...
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Thurston Eugene ‘Gene’ Wilbanks Jr.
Thurston Eugene “Gene” Wilbanks Jr., 48, of Tiger, died Wednesday morning, May 21, 2014, at Mountain Lakes Medical Center. Gene was born Sept. 16, 1965, in Greenville, South Carolina, the son of th...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Charles Welborn Davis Sr.
Charles Welborn Davis Sr., 79, originally from Warthen, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Welborn was surrounded by his wife of 60 years and his four children. Welborn was born April 29, 1935, in ...
May 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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