Obituaries

Mary Lois Bentley Cook

Mary Lois Bentley Cook, age 97, of Alto, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023.

Born on August 16, 1925, in the Leaf Community of White County, she was a daughter of the late Hubert Lee Bentley 
and Daisy Mae Humphries Bentley. Mrs. Cook retired from Chicopee/Ethicon, and was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, cross stitching, needle point, gardening, reading, shopping, and 
traveling (especially to the beach).

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer E. Cook; brother, Grady Bentley; sisters, Fannie Ruth Wade, and Mildred Holbrook.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Cook Gerrin (Steve) of Alto; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Cook
(Kim) of Alto; grandchildren, Julie Gerrin Parker (Chad) of Homer, Stephanie Gerrin Shubert (Brent) of Cornelia, 
Brandy Cook Anderson (Matt) of Clarkesville, and Jacob Pitts of Alto; great grandchildren, Emily Parker, and Melody Parker both of Homer, Zach Shubert, Addie Shubert, and Sydney Shubert all of Cornelia, Harold Anderson, and Ely Anderson both of Clarkesville, Charlie Pitts, Jackson Pitts, and Trey Smith all of Mt. Airy, and Hazel Bea Pitts of Wisconsin; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 pm on Sunday, March 19, 2023 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Kenneth McEntire and Rev. Chad Parker officiating. Interment will follow in Mud Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Ray Turpin officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the funeral home.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

John Walton Davis

John Walton Davis, age 79 of Baldwin, passed away on March 15, 2023.

Born on October 10, 1943, he was the son of the late Thomas Walton Davis and Christine Lolly Motes Davis. Mr. Davis was retired from Henkel Chemical Company, where he was a customer service supervisor for 20 years, and previously worked at American Hospital Supply for 12 years. He was a former chairman of Banks County Democratic Party and a deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Ocala, Florida. In his spare time, John was an artist, a collector of local lore, and a competitive card player, who enjoyed playing golf, and tennis. He loved his family and loved all kinds 
of animals, particularly cows, dogs, cats, and guineas.

Survivors include his loving wife, Margaret Tester Davis of Baldwin; daughters, Elizabeth Davis McWhinnie of Erlanger, Kentucky, and Katherine Davis Rinck of Lebanon, Ohio; grandchildren, Ellie, Emmy, and Jake McWhinnie, Maggie, Charlie, and Lucy Rinck; sisters, Pauline Anderson of Norcross, and Salina Durham of Baldwin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

No formal services will be held. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

James "Richard" Dalton

James “Richard” Dalton age 87, of Demorest, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2023.

Born on April 13, 1935, in Baldwin, he was the son of the late Buford Dalton and Stella Duckett Dalton. Mr. Dalton 
attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and was a retired flight test engineer with Lockheed and Gulfstream 
Aerospace Corporation. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church in Baldwin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by grandsons Jonathan Dalton and John Coggins.

Survivors include his wife, Wanice Gale Ward Dalton, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Anthony Richard Dalton 
(Loretta) of Baldwin; daughters, Julie Batson of Demorest, Laurie Holtshouser of Demorest, and Vicki Ellen Coggins 
of Madison; grandchildren, David Holton, Jessica Herrin, Brittany Ferguson and fiancé Chad Gibson, Justin Ferguson, 
Caroline Jones (Eric), and Michael Batson; great grandchildren, John Herrin, Kyle Ferguson, Lexi Ferguson, and Haley Ferguson; great-great grandchildren, Caiden Jones, Natalie Jones, Matthew Jones.  

Memorial services are 2 pm on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Terry Rice officiating.  

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the service hour on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at the funeral home. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Joan Ellenburg Saville

Joan Ellenburg Saville, age 67 of Cornelia, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

Born on April 29, 1955, she was a daughter of the late Roy Lee Ellenburg and Mary Ann Thompson Ellenburg. Mrs. Saville is retired from Advantage Contracting Services. Joan was a member of New Birth Baptist Church where she served as the treasurer. She loved her family fiercely, and in her spare time enjoyed gardening and canning.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Lee Ellenburg.

Survivors include her loving husband, Clifford “Chip” Saville of Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Angelia “Angie”
Chazelle (Donald) of Thomson; grandchildren, Tayler White, and C.J. White (Ande); great grandchildren, Cooper and Carter White; brother, Larry Ellenburg; sister, Rebecca Lovell both of Clarkesville; brother-in-law and spouse, 
Glenn Ivie (Gail); sisters-in-law, Cindy Brookshire and Cheryl Ellenburg; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 pm, Saturday, March 4, 2023 in the Chapel of McGahee ~ Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Mike Wilson and Rev. Shannon Irvin officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Baptist Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 pm until the service hour on Saturday at the funeral home.
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Trudy Cook

Trudy Cook, age 89, of Baldwin, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2023.

Born on July 25, 1933, in Sophia, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late John C. Mills and Elsie Woods. Mrs. Cook was a retired secretary for the City of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  She was known by all for her kind and loving personality, and her volunteer efforts in her local church and community.  She gave tirelessly of her time and resources. Most recently, she was a member of Mt. Zion Church of God in 
Hiawassee, who enjoyed her animals, music and just having fun.  

In addition to her birth parents, she was preceded in death by the parents who raised her, Joseph Farley and Ninivia Leara Farley; daughter, Tami Taylor; and sister, Virgie Schumate.

Survivors include husband, Don Cook of Baldwin; sons and daughter-in-law, Aaron Zeebrook of Delaware, and
Kurt Cook (Shannon) of Ohio; daughter and son-in-law, Tara DeJarnette (Gregory) of Michigan; grandchildren
and spouse, Jennifer Sutton (Thomas) of Cleveland, A.J. Zeebrook of New York, Austin Zeebrook, and Adrianne 
Zeebrook both of Delaware, Luke Cook, Ella Cook, and Anna Cook all of Ohio.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2 pm on Saturday, March 4, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Gregory DeJarnette officiating.  

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made in Trudy’s honor to Alzheimer’s Association at 


https://www.alz.org/?form=alz_donate or mail to Alzheimer’s Association National Capital Area Chapter, 
8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, Virginia 22102. 
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Linda Kay Herrin

Linda Kay Herrin, age 69 of Clarkesville, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at her home, 
surrounded by family.

Born on January 24, 1954, she was a daughter of Stella Smith Cleveland and the late Talmadge Watson Herrin. Ms. Herrin worked in accounting and bookkeeping for 25 years. At the age of 63, she received her Bachelors degree in accounting from Piedmont College and continued work towards her Masters degree. Ms. Herrin was proud of growing up on Mud Creek, and was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church, where her grandfather, the late John Herrin, pastored in her childhood. Ms. Herrin was a friend to all who met her 
and known for her wit and laughter. She enjoyed sharing family genealogy and childhood stories with her children and grandchildren. Favorite pastimes included singing, quilting, reading, puzzles, auctions, coin collecting, and she loved the smell of jasmine in the summer. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her loved ones.

In addition to her father, Ms. Herrin is preceded in death by her brother, Clinton Herrin; sister, Shelby Jean Breeding Herrin; step-father, Grover Cleveland; niece, Amy Baugh Stagner; paternal grandparents, John and Effie Herrin; and maternal grandparents, Luther and Martha Smith.

In addition to her mother, survivors include sons, Adam Arrowood and Kevin Dodson; daughters, Jill Arrowood and Shayna Arrowood; grandsons, Austin and Peyton Kinnarath; granddaughters, Nevaja and Isabella Brown; brothers James and Watson Herrin; sister, Martha Ann Galloway; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 pm, Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. John Umberhant officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 1:30 pm at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. 
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Susan Farmer Duckett

Susan Farmer Duckett, age 73, of Cornelia, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Born on December 22, 1949, in Toccoa, she was a daughter of the late Bill Farmer and Bonnie Sullens Farmer. Mrs. Duckett worked as a school teacher in the Hall County School System for 24 years and was an all-around great person. She was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, and flowers.

Survivors include her husband, Spencer S. Duckett of Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly Duckett Wiley (Todd C.) of Cornelia; grandson, Xander Wiley of Cornelia; sister, Julie Harper, formerly of 
Toccoa; mother-in-law, Flois Duckett of Demorest; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

No formal services will be held.  
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Robert Howard Jordan

Robert Howard Jordan, age 90, of Lula, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

Born on October 13, 1932, in Alto, he was a son of the late Chalmers Howard Jordan and Willie Pearl Segars Jordan.  Mr. Jordan was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.  For 37 years he was in the fur trade industry. Mr. Jordan also owned and operated Katfish Korner for some 
years, and was a poultry grower for 14 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed big game hunting in Canada, Alaska, Africa and the United States.  Some of his favorite pass times were watching wildlife shows, as well as Johnny Carson (which he never missed), and he was an avid reader.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alexa Jones Armstrong.

Survivors include wife of 69 years, Oletha Louise Davidson Jordan of Lula; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy Cochran (Randy) of Baldwin, and Teresa Martin (Ronald) of Alto; grandchildren, Jake Robert Stargel and Cody Rex Martin; brother, Swayne Jordan of Alto; sister, Virginia Jordan of Alto; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 11 am on Friday, February 24, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Dr. Kent Barrett officiating and military honors provided by the Grant Reeves Veteran’s Honor Guard. Interment will follow in Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. David Harbin officiating.  In 
the case of inclement weather, the graveside service will be held in the chapel.

The family will receive friends from 10 am until the service hour on Friday, February 24, 2023, at the 
funeral home. 
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

David Earnest Porter

David Earnest Porter, age 72 of Cornelia, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2023.

Born on August 24, 1950, in Cornelia, he was a son of the late James Thomas Porter and Dorothy Hogsed Porter.  Mr. Porter was a U.S. Army veteran, and was a retired Coach, Assistant Principal, Physical Education teacher.  During his career in education, he was employed with Habersham County School System 
and also in Cartersville.  Mr. Porter was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church and a former member of the Cornelia Kiwanis Club.  In his spare time, he worked with the Recreation Department, was a builder and Jack of all trades, and was an avid sports fan.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Rosa Jean and Vernon
White, and a brother-in-law, Bill Barden.

Survivors include wife, Judy Parker Porter of Cornelia; sons and daughters-in-law, Adam Porter of Cornelia, Jake Porter (Jennifer) of Clarkesville, and John David Porter (Carla) of Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law, Amy Kinney (Heath) of Mt. Airy; grandchildren, Lindsey Wood, Ayden and Easton Brooksher, Sutton, Reece, Maggie and Ellie Kate Porter; great grandchildren, Luke, Porter, Kreed and Gatlin Wood; brother and sister-in-law, Tommy Porter (Lassie) of Demorest; sister, Jane Barden of Cornelia; several nieces 
and nephews.

Funeral services are 2 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Terry Rice and Mr. Ricky Kimsey officiating.  Interment will follow in Level Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at the funeral home.

 

 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Rita "Mama Rita" Rena Burton

Rita “Mama Rita” Rena Burton, age 57, of Cornelia, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2023.

Born on January 4, 1966, in Gainesville, she was a daughter of Phyllis Pruitt Burton and the late Arnold Burton. Mama Rita’s life-long passion was children, and she worked for many years in childcare, most recently with Foundation Academy. So, naturally she loved her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren. She was of the Baptist faith, and was an avid Goodwill shopper in her spare time.

In addition to her mother, survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, Anthony Fournier (Ashley) of Homer,
and Logan Fournier of Demorest; grandchildren, Lola Rena Fournier, Silas McCoy, and Malachi McCoy; brother and sister-in-law, Chuck Burton (Wendy) of Mt. Airy; sister and brother-in-law, Lisa Welborn (Don) of Clarkesville; nieces and nephews, Candace Carver (Jamie), Josh Welborn (Lydia), Zach Welborn, 
Chesney Burton, and Lexi Burton; and several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm on Friday, February 24, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Danny O’Kelly officiating. Interment will follow at Friendly Mission Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm, on Thursday, February 23, 2023, at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made at Foundation Academy to aide with funeral expense. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Jean Franklin

Jean Franklin, age 76, of Alto, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2023.

Born on March 24, 1946, in Alto, she was the daughter of the late William Sanford Thompson and Cora Puckett Thompson Whiteside. Mrs. Franklin was a homemaker who was of the Holiness faith. In her spare time she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, listening to music, especially George Jones, watching wrestling, receiving flowers, putting puzzles together and going to 
yard sales. Oramer enjoyed sitting on her front porch and having people dropping in to visit, and from then on you were considered part of the family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James William “Bill” Franklin; brothers, James William Thompson, Royce Edward “Pete” Thompson; and father of her children, Leon Davidson.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Randall Davidson (Denise) of Baldwin, and David Westmoreland
(Sharon) of Mt. Airy; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha Ivester (Michael), and Toni Church (Eddie) all ofAlto; grandchildren, Blake Church, James Ivester, Shawn Ivester (Tiffany), Stephanie Church (fiancé, Juan Lucas), Samantha Ivester, Kathy Underwood (Branson), Dasha Davidson, and Ralee Davidson; six great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law; Sanford Thompson (Dianne) of Alto, and Melvin Thompson (Janell) of Lula; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Robbie Campbell and Rev. Fred Enlow officiating. Interment will follow in Baldwin City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at the funeral 
home. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Doris E. Free

Doris E. Free, age 82, of Demorest, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2023.

Born on March 30, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Hoyt Standridge and Hassie Fortenberry Standridge. Doris was a homemaker who enjoyed life with her late husband, Lane Free. She was of the Holiness Faith.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Jimmy, Billy, Bobby, and Estee Standridge: sisters, Raynell Autry, Irene Nations, and Jean Casper.

Survivors include sons, Anthony Lane Free of Cleveland, and Tommy Dwayne Free of Demorest; daughters, Angela Mae Freeman of Demorest, and Robin Marie Sims of Clarkesville; sister, Brenda Wiley of Alto; five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 pm, on Saturday, February 18, 2023 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Kenneth McEntire officiating. Interment will follow at Yonah Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 12 pm until the service hour on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at www.stjude.org/donate or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

J. B. Addis

J.B. Addis, age 99, of Clarkesville, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2023.

Born on October 8, 1923, he was a son of the late Arthur James Addis and Frances Lola Allison Addis. Mr. Addis was retired from Ethicon, where he worked as a supply clerk, he was also 
retired from Habersham County school system where he worked as a bus driver for 10 years, and also had worked in maintenance. In his spare time, he enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, 
gardening & plowing with a mule. J. B. was a friend to all and could play multiple musical instruments. He was a member of Hollywood Baptist Church, Soque Saddle Club and Instrumental 
in opening Traditions Pick’n Parlor in Wahalla.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-son, Tony Vandiver; grandson, Kristopher Addis, brothers, James Addis, Junior Addis and Wilford Addis; sister, Minnie Holcomb.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Bynum Addis of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Addis (Cynthia) of Batesville, and Ronnie Addis (Lisa) of Fairview; daughters and sons-
in-law, Dorothy Day (Steven), Thelma Stamey (John) of Clarkesville, and Kayla Addis of Clarkesville; 18 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren; sister, Marcella Freeman of Cornelia; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm, Sunday, February 19, 2023 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Don Samples and Rev. Alvin Burdette officiating. Interment will follow at Hollywood Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 pm until the service hour at the funeral home. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Joan Lee Franklin Hunter Smith

Joan Lee Franklin Hunter Smith, age 89, of Mt. Airy, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2023.

Born on March 30, 1933, in Eatonton, she was a daughter of the late William Burns Franklin and Vinnie Lee Allison Franklin. She worked as a supervisor and trainer at Southern Bell. After 
retirement, she worked as a private duty personal care aide. Mrs. Smith was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and AT&T Pioneers. She enjoyed antique shopping and loved the beach.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Lewis Hunter and several brothers and sisters. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Survivors include her husband, Bennie Smith of Mt. Airy; son and daughter-in-law, Don Hunter (Teri) of Woodstock; daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah Hunter Campbell (Jim) of Atlanta, 
Illinois and Denise Hunter Jenkins (Daniel) of Buford; grandchildren and spouses: Wesley Campbell (Allyson), Shelley Jenkins Randall (Keith), Stephen Jenkins (Heather), Branden Hunter 
(Ashley), and Paige Hunter; great-grandchildren: Riley Campbell, Davis Campbell, Noah Randall, McKenna Randall, Caleb Randall, Turner Jenkins, Luke Hunter, and Tate Hunter; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 18, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Pastor Chris Webb and Rev. Walter Singletary officiating. Interment will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 2-6 pm on Friday, February 17, 2023, and from 11:30 am-1:30 pm on Saturday, February 18, 2023, both at the funeral home.  

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Evelyn Cochran Herrin

Evelyn Cochran Herrin, age 96 of Cornelia, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at her residence following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family and 
numerous friends.

Born on December 10, 1926, in Homer, Georgia. She was a daughter of the late William O. and Mabel Carter Cochran. Mrs. Herrin and her family have owned and operated Forest Lane Mini Mart for many years. She loved gardening! She and her sisters would plant and harvest 
sufficient vegetables every year to supply multiple families and her floral display around her house gave pleasure to many passersby. Above all, she loved and enjoyed her family – especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren!

Evelyn was a very active and long-time member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church. She enjoyed attending Sunday School and had, for years, participated in Bible Schools, choir, providing meals, and countless other activities sponsored by her church. Evelyn believed in the power 
of prayer and was a prayer warrior who continually prayed for those in need. She touched the lives of many in her community.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Perry Herrin; sisters, Margaret Maney, Eloise Shirley, and Joann Cochran; brothers, Jewell, Harold, Bobby, W.O., Theron, and Wilton Cochran.

Survivors include her daughter, Rita Herrin of Cornelia; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy Herrin (Janice) and Rodney Herrin (Kelley) all of Cornelia; grandchildren, Jonathan Herrin (Emily) of Clarkesville, Jessi Herrin of Cornelia, and Sam Herrin of Auburn, GA; great 
grandchildren, Hamp, Price, and Bennett Herrin; sisters, BJ Bohler of Snellville, and Laverne Walls of Greenville, South Carolina; brother and sister-in-law, Swayne Cochran (Sue) of Lula; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family expresses a special thank you to her caregivers, the Pruitt Health Hospice team, and to all who visited, called, 
or sent cards during her illness.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Swayne Cochran, Dr. Michael Shirley, and Rev. Daniel Parker officiating. Interment will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until funeral time on Thursday, February 16, 2023, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to B.C. Grant Baptist Church, 1405 B.C. Grant Road, Alto, Georgia 30510. 
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Paul E. Reubens

Paul E. Reubens, age 71 of Alto, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2023.

Born on July 2, 1951 in Rochester, New York, he was a son of the late Clarence E. Reubens and Wyonia Davis Reubens. 
Mr. Reubens was a self-employed painter, who never met a stranger. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Lindsey Reubens of Henderson, Nevada, and Jessica McKay (Josiah) of 
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; granddaughter, Jade McKay; brother, Jimmy Reubens of Alto; sisters, Sharon Reubens and Sandy Reubens both of Decatur; nephew and spouse, Michael Reubens (Sally) of North Carolina.

No formal services are scheduled at this time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to McGahee ~ Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, PO Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531, to assist with final expenses. 
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Rayford Poole

Rayford Poole, age 84, of Alto, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

Born on April 11, 1938, in Cornelia, a son of the late J.C. Poole and Lola Poole. Mr. Poole retired from the U. S. Forest Service after 30 years, and after retiring was self-employed in pay phones. He was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church, the Shriners, Masons, Fraternal Order of Eagles Erie Lodge in Gainesville, and the Loyal Order of the 
Moose Winder Lodge #262. In his spare time he enjoyed deep sea fishing and was a Ham Radio Operator. Rayford is 
described by his family as being a hard worker and being loyal to his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by granddaughter, Virginia Grace Poole, sister, Betty Sue Elrod; brothers, Terry Poole and Telford Poole.  

Survivors include his loving wife, Lillian Poole of the home; sons and daughter-in-law, Ronnie Poole of Alto, and Tim 
Poole (Connie) of Union Grove, Alabama; grandchildren, Timothy Poole (Chesli), Nathan Poole (Lacey), Caleb Poole (Laura), Jesse Poole (Hannah), Judah Jones(Jonathan), David Poole, Jacob Poole, Sara Poole, Justice Poole, and Josiah Ray Poole; great grandchildren, Wonder Poole, Eden Poole, Shepherd Poole, Ruby Virginia Poole, and Lillian Grace Poole; sisters,Mozelle Wilbanks and Barbara Robinson both of Cornelia.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 am on Saturday, February 4, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart. 
Interment will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 pm on Friday, February 3, 2023 at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Pruitt Health Hospice for their care of Mr. Poole during his illness. 
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Osborne Lee "Spud" Dotson

Osborne Lee “Spud” Dotson, age 75, of Gillsville, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2023.

Born on November 23, 1947, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Claude Lee “Red” Dotson and Susie Bell Ramey Dotson. Spud was a mechanic and was a drive train specialist. His family described him as a hardworking man who loved music and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren to play. He was of the Christian faith.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jean Welborn.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Chris Dotson (Loretta) of Gillsville, son, Martin Dotson, son and fiancé, 
Jason Dotson (Heather Baker) of Flowery Branch; daughter, Jeanie Worley of Clayton; grandchildren & fiancés, Joshua Robertson, Dakota Dotson (Anna Wesson), Noah Dotson (Laura Denny); great grandchildren, Everly Robertson and Ellie Knight; step-grandchildren, Caleb Baker, Hannah Baker and Carsyn Baker;  sister, Katie Dotson of Clermont; best friend and uncle, Ronnie Dotson; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 am,  in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart, Thursday, February 2, 2023 with Rev. Austin Kelley officiating. Interment will follow at Welcome Baptist Cemetery, 604 Welcome Church Road, Westminster, South Carolina 29693.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Ronald "Ronnie" Allen Stewart

Ronald “Ronnie” Allen Stewart, age 66, of Martin, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023.

Born on March 14, 1956, in Demorest, he was the son of the late Walter Allen “Dub” Stewart and Imogene Smith Stewart. Mr. Stewart was previously a self-employed truck driver and currently was employed by Wilcorp Environmental. He was a United States Marine Corp veteran. In his spare time, he enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping, fishing, old country music, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Survivors include his loving wife Colleen Stewart of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Caz Stewart (Hannah) of Clarkesville, Jason Ayers (Donna) of Flowery Branch, Joel Ayers (Shellye) of Martin; daughters and son-in-law, Latisha Marcus (Jeffery) of Banks County and Sabrina Stewart of Martin; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Jean Lee (Tony) of Clarkesville; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for 3 pm, February 12, 2023 at Christ Fellowship in Toccoa with Rev. Scott Collett officiating.  

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in honor of Ronnie Stewart to the American Heart Association 
https://www.heart.org/ or 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Lai Chun Tang

Lai Chun Tang, age 97, of Cornelia and Duluth, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023.

Born in China on August 18, 1925, Lai Chun immigrated to the USA in 1991. She was part owner of the Bamboo House restaurants of Cornelia and Toccoa. She was a devoted Catholic and enjoyed playing mahjong with her family.

She is survived by her children, Lucia (Barry) Lipsitz, Stephen (Cecilia) Leung, Christina (Stanley) Mok, Connie Leung,
Miranda (Tony) Liu, Wendy Leung; 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 pm on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 am on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Deacon Richard Marinchak officiating. Interment will follow in Level Grove Cemetery.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Nellie "Nell" Mae Hulsey

Nellie “Nell” Mae Hulsey, age 88, of Lula, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023.

Born on February 6, 1934 in Cumming, she was a daughter of the late John Royston Bolton and Annie Holbrook Bolton. In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Hulsey worked for Wayne Wilson Pottery for 30 years, she also worked at Shuler’s Deer Cooler and Jaemor Farms. Nell participated in the Peachtree Road race for 10 years beginning at the young age of 75. She was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Emily McCoy and Grace Samples; brother, Ernest Bolton; son, Roy Jeffery Hulsey; and daughter, Sandra Jo Hulsey.

Survivors include her loving husband of 67 years, Joe Paul Hulsey of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Paul M. Hulsey 
(Norma) of Lula; daughter, Brenda Roundtree of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, Kristina, Jason, Parker, Evan and John; great grandchildren, Tina, Ashley and Nicholas; great great grandchildren, Spencer, Justin, Ricky and Sophia; sister, Lillie “Lil” Belle Caine of Cumming; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are scheduled for 11 am on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at Enon Baptist Church with Pastor David Jones officiating. All family and friends are asked to assemble at the church at 10:45 am prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers donations made be made in memory of Nellie Hulsey to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

 https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

However, any floral deliveries should be delivered to Enon Baptist Church by 9:00 am on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Kerry "Monk" Wiley

Kerry “Monk” Lee Wiley, age 65, of Lula, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mr. Wiley was the son of the late A.W. and Versie Wiley. He retired from Hall County School System and was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend. He loved to joke. In his younger days, Monk loved team roping and anything with a motor and wheels. In his later years, he enjoyed crossfitting with his kids and playing with his grandson. On Friday nights, you could find Monk playing cards with his brothers and friends. Mondays were always reserved for the “junk sale”.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by mother-in-law, Esther Hawkins; brother-in-law, Jack 
Hawkins and sister-in-law, Melba Wiley.

Survivors include his loving wife of 44 years, Donna Wiley; son and daughter-in-law, Kyle and Danielle Wiley of Clermont; daughter and son-in-law, Cassidi and Matthew Woodman of Gainesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Junior Wiley of Lula, Jackie and Rita Wiley of Murrayville, and Tommy and Debbie Wiley of Cleveland; grandson, Rogue Wiley; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

The family would like to say a special “thank you” to Dr. Nadella and her team; the Infusion nurses at Northside Cancer Institute; Dr. Levy of Northside Radiology; Dr. Nadelson with Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic; and Northeast Georgia Hospice for the care and love given to Mr. Wiley.  

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 pm on Sunday, January 29, 2023, in the Chapel of Lakewood Baptist Church,
2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, Georgia 30501, with Dr. Tom Smiley officiating.

The family will receive friends, at the Chapel of Lakewood Baptist Church, from 2 pm until the service hour on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made “In Monk’s Honor” to Northeast Georgia Hospice, 2150 
Limestone Parkway #222, Gainesville, GA 30501;

www.nghs.com/foundation/hospice; American Cancer Society, 2565 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 114, Gainesville, GA 30501;

 https://donate3.cancer.org/; or Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501, www.lakewoodlife.org/give/.

However, any floral deliveries should be delivered to the Chapel of Lakewood Baptist Church by 12:30 pm on Sunday. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Martha Jean "Marti" Anderson

Martha Jean “Marti” Anderson, age 61 of Dahlonega, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023.

Born on January 07, 1962, in Savannah, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Jerome Arnold and Mildred Harn. Mrs. Anderson was formerly employed as a Lieutenant with the Georgia Department of Corrections, and was also a Habersham County Communications Officer for some time. She was a member of Dahlonega Baptist Church, who was loved by all who knew her.  In her spare time, Mrs. Anderson enjoyed sewing, fishing, 
gardening, flowers, and especially baking.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brother, James Arnold.

Survivors include husband, Michael R. Anderson of Dahlonega; daughters and sons-in-law, Jessica Ward (Shane) 
of Turnerville, Sarah Montgomery (Corey) of Atlanta, and Mary Blair Dorsey (Dustin) of Dahlonega; nine  grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary Thompson (Melanie) of Coco Beach, 
Florida, and Ron Arnold (Kelly) of Maryland; father of children, Tony Callahan; numerous extended relatives 
and friends.

Funeral services are 2 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at Dahlonega Baptist Church with Rev. Tyler Hughes  officiating.  All family members are requested to meet at the church at 1:15 pm on Saturday.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-8 pm on Friday, January 27, 2023 at the funeral home. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Frank Joseph Murray, Sr.

 Frank Joseph Murray, Sr., age 75, of Cornelia, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2022.  

Born on October 30, 1947, in Clarkesville, he was the oldest son of the late Levis Murray and Elvedia Cruz 
Murray. Frank worked in the family business, Murray’s Insulation, for many years.  Over the years, he worked on many large and small construction sites, insulating heating and cooling systems around the state and beyond.
He retired after 48 years of service.  He enjoyed watching football in his spare time, especially the Georgia Bulldogs, who were his favorite team. Frank loved his grandchildren dearly, and was a kindred spirit who will be missed by all who knew him.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons, Frank Murray, Jr., and Shane Murray; sister, 
Jeannie Burrell; brother, Mike Murray.  

Survivors include wife of 56 years, Geraldine “Geri” Maney Murray of Cornelia; son, Adam Murray; grandsons, 
Jordon Flanagan, Jared Murray, and Dalton Murray (Rebekah); granddaughters, Tori Murray, Livie Murray, Reese Banford (Dana), and Kassidy Murray; great granddaughters, Avery, Oaklie, and Emersyn Murray, Colbie Banford, and Baby Aelin Flanagan; sisters, Janice Crane and Barbara Ann McCallister; numerous extended relatives and friends.  

The family would like to express their gratitude for your thoughts and prayers during this time.  

Funeral services are 2 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Pastor Scott Smith officiating.  Interment will follow in Level Grove Cemetery.  

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the service hour on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at the funeral home. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Martha Ann LaPrade "Motsy" Garrin

Martha Ann LaPrade “Motsy” Garrin, age 84 of Cornelia, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2023, surrounded by those who loved her most.

Born on June 18, 1938, in Clarkesville, she was a daughter of Connie Chester LaPrade and Martha Viola Brookshire LaPrade. Mrs. Garrin was an independent and hardworking mother, who retired from Clarkesville Mill and later from NOK. She was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Demorest. She particularly enjoyed caring for her pets, and the strays that came to her home from time to time.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings; Garnett LaPrade, Roy LaPrade, J.C. 
LaPrade, Helen Thomason, Janelle Burrell, Betty Sue Whitmire, Imogene Trotter, and Marilyn Griffin.  

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Curtis Garrin (Paula) of Clarkesville, Connie Garrin (Denise) of Demorest, Chris Garrin (Tammy) of Alto, Eric Garrin of Dallas, Texas, and Jason Garrin of Cornelia; six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and her loving dog, Pandy.

A private celebration of Mrs. Garrin’s life will be held at a later date.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Sara Moores

Sara Moores, age 72, of Clarkesville, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. 

No formal services will be held. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

James William "Jimmy" Hurt

James William “Jimmy” Hurt, age 85, of Cornelia, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

Born on June 11, 1937, in Mt. Airy, he was a son of the late James Clarence “JC” Hurt and Ollie James Hurt. Mr. Hurt was a heavy equipment hauler and of the Baptist faith. He was recognized by his family as a “jack of all trades” and loved working outside, playing the guitar, singing, and camping.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Johnny Lee Hurt and sons-in-law, Kim Lawson 
and Terry Osborn. He was the last of seven siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Janice L. Hurt of Cornelia; daughters and son-in-law: Elaine and Wayne Higgins, Cathy Hurt Lawson, and Myra Osborn, all of Cornelia; six grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Pruitt Health Hospice for their excellent care.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 20, 2023, at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Austin Kelley and Rev. Danny O’Kelly officiating.  

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10-10:30 am on Friday, January 20, 2023, at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Lisa Andrews Glore "Aunt Lili"

Lisa Andrews Glore “Aunt Lili”, age 60, of Cornelia, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Born on May 9, 1962, in South Boston, Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Randolph Carson Andrews and Barbara Rogers Andrews. Mrs. Glore worked for a number of years at Community Bank & Trust before working at Walmart as a pharmacy cashier. Some of her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, classic cars, and animals. She was an avid reader and wonderful cook. Mrs. Glore was a generous and kindhearted person that stood by her word and was a friend for life. Above all, she was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. Mrs. Glore was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and had a dedicated, strong faith in Christ.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her biological father, Junior Lawson King.

Survivors include her loving husband of 36 years, Tim Glore of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy N. Glore and Jessica Glore of Baldwin; grandson, Judah Franklin Glore; brothers and sister-in-law: William King of Texas, Tony Andrews of Richmond, VA, and Donald and Lori Andrews of Danville, VA; sisters and brothers-in-law, Tammy and David Barton of Hampton, GA and Tina and Jamie Whited of Seymour, TN; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm on Friday, January 20, 2023, at Antioch Baptist Church with Pastor 
Chris Webb and Dr. Steve Woodworth officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with Mr. Stephen 
Frady officiating.  

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, Georgia 
30511. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com. 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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David Wright Sherman

David Wright Sherman, age 89, of Cornelia, passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2023.

Born on March 17, 1933, in Winchester, Massachusetts, he was a son of the late Edgar Jay Sherman and Mary Alden Whittington Sherman. Mr. Sherman worked in home owner marketing services at Errors and Omissions 
Insurance. He was previously an Active Director of United Way in Florida as well as a Real Estate Broker. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia where he served as an Elder and was active in the men’s fellowship. Mr. Sherman was a member of Habersham Rotary with 26 years of perfect attendance. He enjoyed fishing, antique cars, gardening, and feeding deer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Edgar Jay Sherman III, John Alden Sherman, and Richard Whittington Sherman.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Martha Lee Sherman of Cornelia; son, Michael David Sherman of Gainesville; 
daughters and son-in-law: Kimberly Anne Sherman of Cornelia, Elizabeth Kay Sherman of Monroe, Christine Angel 
Levesque and Mark of Clayton, and Michelle Anne Sherman of Woodstock; grandchild, Colten Sloan Sherman of Dallas; three great-grandchildren; brother, William Sherman of San Francisco, CA; family friend, Michael G. Kohr of Cornelia; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia with Rev. Andy S. Chambers officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made ‘In Honor of David Sherman’ to First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia, 469 North Main Street, Cornelia, Georgia 30531.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at https://link.edgepilot.com/s/de6a48ec/Ma9RwlrsLESuRH_Afdcg9g?u=http://www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com/.   

 

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175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Brandon Deshun Browner

Brandon Deshun Browner, age 43, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 5, 
2023.

Brandon grew up in Habersham County and dedicated his life to sports (Go Tarheels). He was a devoted coach to 
many and sought to inspire the next generation of athletes and young men. Brandon coached and played on many 
sports teams in his lifetime, influencing countless lives in the process. Most recently, he coached football at Two Rivers Middle School in Nashville, Tennessee, and helped organize a men’s softball team on which he also competed.

Brandon worked as a paraprofessional at Murrell School in Nashville, where he was affectionately known as Coach B. He was a loving father to his two children, Brannon and Bryona Browner. Brandon had a great sense of humor and was an animated storyteller. His infectious laugh never failed to put a smile on people’s faces.

Born on July 16, 1979, in Demorest, Georgia, he was a son of JL and Betty King Browner. He was preceded in 
death by his twin sister, Brandi Browner and mother, Betty King Browner. Brandon leaves behind his high school
sweetheart, Rebecca Browner; two children, Brannon and Bryona; father, JL Browner; brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Lynn Browner; nephews, Brison and Brett Browner; niece, Brisa Browner; and great niece, Brea Browner.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am EST on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Pastor Marlon Mimbs officiating. Interment will follow in Level Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm EST on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to any Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Paul Douglas King

Paul Douglas King, age 63, of Cornelia, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Born on July 12, 1959, in Demorest, he was a son of the late Silas James King and Sarah Louise Gibson King. Mr. King worked at Magnolia/Westlake Windows and Doors for a number of years. He loved fishing, photography, driving, eating, storytelling, and was a good swimmer. Paul put everyone else before himself which was shown by how greatly he loved his family and community. Mr. King was a dedicated member of Shady Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, choir member, and trustee.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, David Alexander King; brother, Michael Orlando King; and grandchildren: Braédon Amir Quillian and Kanon Trombly.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Benard-King of Cornelia; sons, Jermiah King, Clarkesville and Clinton Benard, Atlanta; daughters and sons-in-law: Ashley King, Tucson, AZ, Shunquella and Willie Mayfield, Cleveland, Sharniece Quillian, Demorest, Aleyah Malone, Clarkesville, Najhia Butler, Alpharetta, Jacquline Benard, Miami, FL, Kaylatee and Mobolaji Odetola, Sandy Springs, and Diamond Harris and William, Brooklyn, NY; 13 grandchildren; special friends, Billy Joe Jenkins and Chance; special aunt, Winnie Gibson; numerous other special aunts and uncles; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 am on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Bishop Ernest Burns officiating.  

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, January 13, 2023, at the funeral home. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Velma Moore Sewell

Velma Moore Sewell, age 87, went to be with the Lord on the evening of Thursday, January 5, 2023.  

She was born in Turnerville to the late Virgil and Mae Ivester Moore. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Brenda Sewell Jones; sisters: Louise Ivester, Fannie Moore, Inez McGahee, Nancy Tillotson, Valaree Ivester, Ila Ivester; and brothers, Willard Moore and Claude Moore.  

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Greene (Steve); five grandchildren: Billy Miller (Connie), Mark Miller (Doug), Ryan Garcia (Rob), Jessica Scardina (Todd), Candice Bracken (David); ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. She is also survived by two brothers, Randy Moore (Betty) and Charlie Moore (Jewel) and a loving sister-in-law, Gwen Galloway (Larry). She was blessed to have numerous nieces and nephews.

She worked in textiles in South Carolina before retiring back home to Georgia where she spent many years enjoying 
spending time with her siblings before moving back to South Carolina. She was passionate about two things – her family, which meant the world to her and NASCAR. She was lovingly referred to by her NASCAR family as “Queen Mother”.

The family would like to extend gratitude to the staff of Oaks of Seneca and Agape Hospice Care for their caring 
love and support.

A graveside service will be held 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Zion Church Road, Clarkesville, Georgia, with Rev. Austin Ivester officiating.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Velma’s honor to Agape Care Group, 145 Thomas Greene Boulevard, Suite 209, Clemson, South Carolina 29631. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Evelyn Carrie Warwick Freeman

Evelyn Carrie Warwick Freeman, age 87, of Cornelia, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

Born on June 18, 1935, in Cleveland, she was a daughter of the late Oscar Warwick and Iva “Iver” Irene Jackson
Warwick. Mrs. Freeman worked as a seamstress for many years at Carwood Manufacturing, Clarkesville Garment, 
and Baldwin Garment. Evelyn loved flowers and cooking coconut cake, but above all, she loved her family and 
“Peanut”. She enjoyed walking and babysitting and was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Baldwin.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Willie, Claude, and George Warwick; great-great-granddaughter, Ava Marie Green; daughter-in-law, Stacy Freeman; and granddaughters, LaNá Freeman and Hannah Cheek.

Survivors include her son, Ronnie Freeman of Clarkesville; daughters and sons-in-law: Deborah and Steve Trotter of Demorest, Teresa Wheeler of Toccoa, and Ann and Donnie Sosebee of Mt. Airy; grandchildren: Jeff, Derek, Brittany, Kyle, Deven, Karian, Jason, Justin, and Deanne; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Edward Warwick of Marietta; sisters, Patricia Weidner of Dahlonega and Brenda Reed of Cleveland; best friend of 60 years, Neice Warwick; special friend, Juanita Umbehant; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 am on Saturday, January 7, 2023, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Bobby Griffin and Rev. Danny O’Kelly officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. View Baptist Church Cemetery in Cleveland.  

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Friday, January 6, 2023, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Habersham Humane Society, P.O. Box 1442, Clarkesville, 
Georgia 30523.  

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Katlyn "Katie Rose" Gase

Katlyn “Katie Rose” Gase, age 25, of Alto, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023.

Katie Rose was born on October 21, 1997, in Atlanta. She was a loving person who never met a stranger, and 
even in the end helped others out by being an eye donor to at least four others. Katie Rose enjoyed music and singing and was very much loved by her family.

She was preceded in death by her biological father, Toby Gase; sister, Ashley Gase; and grandparents, Eugene 
and Celeste Hoose and Dan and Judy Gase.

Survivors include her parents, Chad and Cynthia Hoose of Alto; brother and sister-in-law, Brandon and Victoria Gase of Florida; sister, Brooke Gase of Illinois; stepmother, Jennifer Gase of Illinois; grandparents, Clifford Galloway of Alto and Rosita Galloway (Gary Allen) of Clarkesville; special uncle, Patrick Hoose of Alto; special aunts, Carol Allen of Cornelia and Stacey Pike (Wade) of Cornelia; and numerous other uncles, aunts, cousins, extended relatives, and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at Connextion Church, 193 N Main Street, Cornelia, Georgia 30531. Stan Crump will officiate.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, 
Georgia 30531, to assist with final expense.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Clifford Vaughn Murphy

Clifford Vaughn Murphy, age 66, of Cleveland, passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.

Survivors include wife, Shelby J. Murphy of the home; six grandchildren; daughters and son-in-law, Jill Hyde 
(Jerry) of Ellijay, Kelly Pendley of Ellijay, Amanda Murphy of Westminster, South Carolina, and Whitney Murphy of Cleveland; sister and brother-in-law, Camilla London (Bo) of Cleveland; and one niece.  

Memorial services are scheduled for 2 pm, Saturday, January 7, 2023 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart
with Pastor Josh Flynn officiating.  

The family will receive friends from 1 pm until the service hour at the funeral home.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Mary Magaleen Armour Oliver

Mary Magaleen Armour Oliver, age 82, of Lula, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2022.

Born on December 3, 1940, in Hall County, she was a daughter of the late Taft Armour and Leler Belle Dodd 
Armour. Mrs. Oliver retired from Lanier Timber, where she was an office manager for 42 years. She was of the 
Holiness faith and attended New Haven Congregational Holiness Church in Gainesville. Mrs. Oliver was steadfast
in her love for her family; a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. Mrs. Oliver was an avid shopper and always carried herself in elegant fashion. She was truly one in a million and will be forever missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, David Armour, Moses Armour, and Jerry 
Armour; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Wiley, Leon Almand, and Rev. Robert Magness; sisters-in-law, Frankie Armour, and Mattie Jean Armour.

Survivors include her loving husband of 62 years, Freeman Lewis Oliver of Lula; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Daisy Oliver of Lula; grandchildren and spouses: Roxie Miller (Josh), Jared Oliver (Michaela), Jessie Beasley (Todd); great grandchildren: Eliza Miller, Logan Miller, Blakely Oliver, and Millie Reed 
Beasley; brothers and sisters-in-law: Daniel Armour (LouNell) of Lula, Rev. Jacob Armour (Sue) of Alto, and Joseph Armour (Doris) of Alto; sisters, Ann Magness of Alto and Rachel Wiley Almand of Lula; numerous nieces, 
nephews, extended family, and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 8 pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm on Thursday, December 29, 2022, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Tim Beasley and her son, Rev. Danny Oliver officiating. Interment will follow Living Mission United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lula.  

 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Jesse Montgomery Buntin, Jr.

Jessie Montgomery Buntin, Jr., age 71, of Mt. Airy, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022.

Born on February 12, 1951, in Orlando, Florida, to the late Jesse Montgomery Buntin, Sr. and Ida Mae Ballance Buntin. Jessie was a part of the Avita Community Partners in Demorest. He enjoyed gardening, painting, helping others, and taking care of his home.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Buntin and sister, Pat McElreath.

Survivors include his loving wife, Patricia Buntin of the home; brothers and sister-in-law, Kenny and Patty Buntin of Watkinsville and Tommy Buntin of Athens, Alabama; sister, Judy Cowart of Cornelia; nieces, Ruth Ward and Angie Radabaugh, both of Mt. Airy; one great niece; and four great nephews.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at Hazel Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Trent Smith and Mrs. Denise Eller officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  

The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until the service hour on Tuesday, at the church.

 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Kathryn "Kathy" Farmer Bellotte

Kathryn “Kathy” Farmer Bellotte, age 59, of Lula, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2022.

Born on April 28, 1963, in Demorest, she was a daughter of the late William and Opal Farmer. Kathy was a 1981 graduate of White County High School. She worked for Dr. A.C. Johnson Family Medicine as the Office Manager for 15 years and most recently for First Choice Chiropractic. Kathy was a proud Mama and Nana who loved her family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them. She also was a caregiver for those around her. In her spare time, she enjoyed music, gardening, and especially flowers.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Grover and Katie Miles, William Farmer, and Lillie Farmer Standridge; and brother, Jimmy Farmer.

Survivors include her husband, James Bellotte of Lula; sons and daughter-in-law, Allen Dover of Cleveland, Adrian Bellotte of Sebring, Florida, and Dustin Bellotte (Cindy) of Homer; daughters and son-in-law; Amanda Dover (fiancé, Ryan Latty) of Cleveland, Layla Padgett (Chris) of Toccoa, and Latasha Bellotte of Lula; grandchildren, Elizabeth Bellotte, Alexis Gee, Jessie Gee, Austin Bellotte, Ayden Bellotte, David Worley, Chase Gee, CJ Padgett, and Evelyn Padgett; sisters and brother-in-law, Barbara Huckeba of Cleveland and Teresa Adams (Michael) of Cleveland; and numerous extended family members.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at McGahee – Griffin & Stewart.

Funeral services are 2 pm on Thursday, December 22, 2022, at Blue Creek Baptist Church with The Honorable 
Garrison Baker officiating.  

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/ or 255 N. 
Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Arthur G. Cook


Arthur G. Cook, age 78, of Mt. Airy, passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2022.

Born on June 20, 1944, in Gainesville, he was a son of the late B.W. Cook and Lessie Wade Cook. He retired after 32 years of service from Milliken as a machine fixer. Arthur’s greatest joy was his family and he will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed buying and selling used campers and was an avid gardener. He loved hunting, fishing, and camping, but most of all, he loved the Lord. Mr. Cook was of the Holiness faith and attended Hollywood Church of God, where he played the bass guitar with the choir.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Rosco Cook, Lamar Cook, G. B. Cook, and Carl Cook.  

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Sandra “Laverne” McEntire Cook of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley and Sherry Cook of Cornelia and Stanley and Robbie Cook of Baldwin; grandchildren and spouses: Brandon Cook (Amber) of Batesville, Brent Cook (Nichole) of Cornelia, Darren Cook (Jess) of Lula, and Cameron Cook (Jennifer) of Clarkesville; great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn Cook, Ryder Cook, Natilee Cook, Rayna Cook, Cora Cook, Ella Cook, Amelia Cook, and Scarlett Cook; brother, Bobby Cook of Alto; sister and brother-in-law, Beatrice Cantrell (Ronnie) of Alto; special grandson, Ethan Wilder; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends; and two special fur babies, Dexter and Copper.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm on Friday, December 16, 2022, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with Rev. Scott Ledbetter and Mr. Bradley Cook officiating. Interment will follow in the Wade Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 5-7 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at the funeral home. 
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Evelyn Loudermilk Batson

Evelyn Loudermilk Batson, age 92, of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

Born on March 27, 1930, in Chamblee, she was the daughter of the late William Cannon Loudermilk and Velma Holt Loudermilk. Mrs. Batson was a homemaker, and a loving mother and grandmother. She was a very active 
member of New Hope Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for the primary students for many years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Phillip Eugene “Gene” Batson, Sr.; son, Phillip Eugene Batson, Jr.; daughter, Vicky Batson Hicks; and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include daughter, Cecilia Batson Rosenkrans of Cleveland; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 
brothers, Billy Ray Loudermilk, and James Loudermilk; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Private services will be held with Rev. Robert Nix officiating. 
 
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Joseph "Joe" Scott


Joseph “Joe” Scott, Jr., age 80, of Cornelia, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

Born on January 4, 1942 in Banks County, he was the son of the late Joe Scott, Sr. and Charity Moss Scott. Mr. Scott retired from Cornelia Veneer after 35 plus years of service. In his spare time, he enjoyed working in his garden and also enjoyed flowers, old cars, guns, and listening to music. He especially loved his family and his church family
at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Maggie Gibson; first cousin, Mildred Moss; and son, Tony Scott.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Connie Swilling Scott of the home; daughters, Sandra Wilson Holloway of Stone Mountain, Beverly Scott of Los Angeles, California, Maria Scott (Michelle) of Cornelia, and Pamela Hardeman (Charles) of Commerce; daughter-in-law, Denene Scott of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Tinisha Combs, Darius   Maxwell,   Joshua   Scott,   Selethia   Gregory   (Steven),   Amberly Evans (Jarrell), Nyah Williams, Hannah Scott, Ryan Taylor (Jaylene),
and Erin Taylor; a host of great grandchildren; a very special, treasured
cousin, within the home, Joyce Latner; special friends, Marvin and Ben; first cousin, Ralph Beckham; Kenny Pettijohn; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Mr. Scott will lie in state from 8:30 am until the service hour of 2 pm on
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart. 
Rev. Ann Nicely will officiate. Interment will follow in Level Grove Cemetery.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated.
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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James Howard Sutton


James  Howard  Sutton,  age   87,  of   Alto,  passed  away  on  Friday,
December 2, 2022.

Born on June 17, 1935, in Waynesboro Tennessee, he was a son of the
late Sherman Thomas Sutton and Pearl Gobbell Sutton. Mr. Sutton was
a United States Air Force veteran, and was retired from Shell Oil Company.   
He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church, where he served as a Missionary,  Head Elder, and international Lay Minister. Mr. Sutton hosted Loving the Truth on WFMH Radio, and was a Field Representative for Adventist World Radio. He was also a member of Kiwanis, Rotary, and served as Deputy Sheriff. He enjoyed being outdoors on his cattle ranch, as well as, fishing and hunting in his spare time. Mr. Sutton was an avid storyteller, who also played the Doghouse Bass in the Bluegrass/Gospel band, Back Porch Harmony.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brother, Sherman Thomas Sutton, Jr.; twin brothers, Bobby Gene Sutton and Harold Dean Sutton; sister, Helen Pearl Beard. Survivors include wife, Carolyn Roth Sutton of Alto; sons and daughter-in-law, James Matthew Thomas Sutton of Walnut Creek, California, and Andrew Kent Rathbun (Pamela) of Flowery Branch; grandchildren, Eden Grace, Zion Kent, and Avianne Faithe; two nieces, one nephew, and sister-in-law; a host of extended family, neighbors, and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Rev. Hampton Michael "Mike" Ferguson

Rev. Hampton Michael “Mike” Ferguson, age 67, of Alto, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2022.

Born on July 23, 1955, in Demorest, he was the son of the late John Hampton Ferguson and Beatrice Smith Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson retired from Mt. Vernon Mills after 46 years, and was of the Congregational Holiness faith.  He loved his family and cherished spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, and his dogs and cats.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Linda Armour Ferguson of Alto; son and daughter-in-law, John Michael Ferguson (Kelsey) of Mt. Airy; daughter and son-in-law, Amanda South (Brandon) of Jefferson; grandchildren, Judah, Lydia, and Adalyn South, Joel Ferguson, and special granddaughter, Patsy Armour; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty McCollum (Hansel) of Cleveland, and Beverly Costa (Larry) of Demorest; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services are 3 pm on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with Pastor Scott Ledbetter and Pastor Brandon South officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends, at the church, from 1:30 pm until the service hour on Sunday, December 4, 2022.
 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Patricia Sue Palmer Keith

Patricia Sue Palmer Keith, age 75, of Toccoa, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

Born on October 15, 1947, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late Harry Palmer and Ethel Muller Palmer. Patricia was a nurse for 47 years.

Survivors include her son, Erik Keith of Baldwin; sister, Alice Novello of Hampton, New Hampshire; and many 
other family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made in Patricia’s memory to Habersham County Humane Society, PO Box 1442, Clarkesville, 
GA 30523. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Charlotte Louise Dunaway Kell

Charlotte Louise Dunaway Kell, age 88, of Mt. Airy, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2022.

Born on February 26, 1934 in Rome, she was a daughter of the late Jack Dunaway and Emily Broom Dunaway. 
Charlotte was retired from Wal-Mart as a sales associate, and was previously employed with Celanese Textile Mill. In her spare time she enjoyed photography, especially weddings. She loved her family dearly, and is described by her family as a giver. Charlotte was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Horace Eugene Kell; daughter, Krystal 
Connie Eller; and granddaughter, Brandy Nicole Fowler.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-laws, Daniel Fowler (Cheryl) of Mt. Airy, Steve Fowler (Susie) of Cave Springs, and David Fowler of Rome; daughter and son-on-law, Kechara Partin (Doug) of Cleveland; 22 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; sister, Nellie Duke of Carrolton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 4 – 6 pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 am, on Thursday, December 1, 2022 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Phillip Yarber officiating. Interment will follow in Hazel Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Charlotte’s honor at https://www.cancer.org/ or American Cancer Society, PO Box 6704 Hagerstown, MD 21741.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Richard Dale Greenway

Richard Dale Greenway, age 62, of Demorest, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2022.    

Born on September 23, 1960 in Atlanta, he was a son of the late Quillian J. Greenway and Annie Sue Poole 
Greenway. Mr. Greenway had worked in residential construction and was a talented wood worker. In his spare 
time he enjoyed playing the drums and going fishing and taking the boat on the lake. Richard loved his family and his greatest achievement was being a Poppa. His Christian faith was the rock of his life. He loved to help those who needed it, and donated money to different organizations.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Sandra Greenway; sisters, Brenda 
Bell and Beverly Roebuck.

Survivors include son, Jonathon Greenway of Demorest; daughter, Brittany Maichryc of Demorest; grandchildren, Matthew J. Greenway, Haley Greenway, Aubrey Maichryc, Allison Maichryc, Zoey Maichryc, and Maci Maichryc; brother, Scott Greenway of Alto; sisters, Susan Jaworski of Alto, and Genieve Colston of Mt. Airy; uncle, 
Kenneth Poole; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and special dog, Leroy Greenway.    

The family will receive friends from 3 – 5 pm and 6 – 8 pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at McGahee – Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home.

No services are planned at this time. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Kim Andrews Couch

Kim Andrews Couch, age 60, of Mt. Airy, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2022.

Born on August 31, 1962, in Toccoa, she was the daughter of Pat Andrews of Baldwin and the late Edwin Andrews.
Kim worked with Standard Telephone, Community Bank & Trust, and Edward Jones. In her spare time, she enjoyed 
doing crafts, working in the garden, and spending time with her cats. She was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Tony Shirley and her second husband, Eddie Couch.

In addition to her mother, survivors include daughter, Bridget Shirley of Mt. Airy; son, Andrew Shirley of Mt. Airy; granddaughter, Brianna Ivester; brother and sister-in-law, Jim Andrews (Chrissy) of Mt, Airy; and special caregivers, Marsha Rakes and Stephen Allen.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 pm on Monday, November 28, 2022, in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin and 
Stewart with Dr. Brian James officiating. Interment will follow in Level Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 pm until the service hour on Monday, at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be to Level Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 416, Cornelia,
Georgia 30531. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Eloise Christine "Weezy" Parson Wade

Eloise Christine “Weezy” Parson Wade, age 89, of Homer, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022.

Born on May 17, 1933, in Maysville, she was a daughter of the late Ervin Carter Parson and Minnie Magnolia Powell Parson. Mrs. Wade graduated from Banks County High School. Over the years, she was employed by the 
following: Baker & Taylor in Commerce, where she retired after 20 years; the Hosiery Mill in Gainesville; the Golden Pantry in Homer; Banks County High School where she retired from nutrition. Mrs. Wade was a member of Temple Baptist Church, who also attended Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She was a lifelong resident of Banks County, but recently resided at Jackson Oaks Senior Living in Jefferson. She was loved by many, who knew her for her wonderful recipes that she enjoyed cooking. In her spare time, she also enjoyed puzzles, and traveling the United States, which she did until age 89.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie D. Wade; grandson, Adam Tailor 
Wade; brothers, Paul Carter Parson and Edward Parson.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, David Wade of Phoenix, Arizona, Danny Wade (Crystal) of Homer, 
Dwight Wade (Jean) of Homer, and Derek Wade (Lisa) of Homer; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Jasper “Jack” Parson of Warner Robins; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene Magnolia Griggs of Anderson, South
Carolina, Bonnie Parson Marchbanks (Edward) of Demorest, Vickey Parson Thomas of Homer, and Debrah Rose David (Walter) of Homer; brother-in-law, Grady White of Hall County; sister-in-law, Mary Davidson of Demorest; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 pm on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Lula,
with Rev. James Duncan, and Rev. Lamar Purcell officiating. Interment will follow at Temple Baptist Church 
Cemetery. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
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Stacy Gunter Freeman

Stacy Gunter Freeman, age 59, of Clarkesville, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022.

Born on July 19, 1963, she was a daughter of the late Royce Allen Gunter and Lonia Mae Pilgrim Gunter. Stacy 
was a homemaker and an L.P.N for 40 years. She was employed at Black Bear Lodge. She loved her family, enjoyed working with the elderly and was a Facebook enthusiast.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughters, Hannah Diane Cheek and Lana Freeman; sisters, Carolyn Wade, Marilyn McAllister and Linda Lee; grandson, Kylen Stamey.  

Survivors include her loving husband Ronnie Freeman of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Kyle Stamey (Melinda) of Demorest, Jeff Freeman (Melinda) of Flowery Branch, and Derek Freeman (Teresa) of Alabama; daughter and son-in-law, Brittany Bryan (Zack) of Clarkesville; seven grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Don McAllister (Janice) of Cornelia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Teresa Free (Gary) of Clarkesville, Nikki Pritchard (Keith) of Jackson, Tennessee; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 3 pm until the service hour on Sunday, November 20, 2022, at the funeral 
home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 pm on Sunday in the Chapel of McGahee – Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Garvis Kinsey officiating. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
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J. R. Reems

J.R. Reems, age 79, of Baldwin, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022.

Born on April 21, 1943 in Alto, he was a son of the late Myrtle Inez Norton Reems. Mr. Reems was retired from Southern Seed and worked for various companies to include; Cornelia Fire Department; served as the Chief of Baldwin Fire Department; Habersham Hardware, previously known as C & S Builders Supply and in masonry 
construction. He was known as a hardworking man, who especially loved his family and his dogs. Mr. Reems 
enjoyed racing and was a member of Good News Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wendell Reems.

Survivors include his loving wife or 59 years, Ann McDuffie Reems of the home, daughter and son-in-law, Lawanda Wilbanks (Tim) of Baldwin; grandson and spouse, Chris Wilbanks (Danielle) of Baldwin; great grandchildren, Blake Johnson and Hannah Johnson; sisters, Hazel Lunsford of Clarkesville and Evelyn Holbrooks of Baldwin; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 6 pm on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at the funeral home.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 pm on Monday, November 21, 2022, in the Chapel of McGahee ~ Griffin & Stewart with Dr. Kenneth Franklin officiating. Interment will follow in Baldwin City Cemetery with Mr. Robbie Campbell officiating. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
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Cathy Ann Lee

Cathy Ann Lee age 61, of Gainesville, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

Born on October 23, 1961, she was a daughter of the late John Verdale Savage and Lois Whitfield Savage. 
Cathy had been employed by Schnadig Corporation and had previously worked at Hardee’s, and Holiday Inn. In her spare time she enjoyed going fishing, cooking for her family, listening to music, and especially enjoyed spending time with her family. She attended Alto Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband David Cunningham; and three brothers, Tony, Randall, and David Savage.

Survivors include her husband, Hugh Don Lee of Gainesville; son, John Murray of Bryson City, North Carolina; step-son, Neil Lee of Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Christy Pye (Ronnie) of Bryson City, North Carolina, and Nancy Cunningham Smith (Brandon) of Cornelia; eight grandchildren; brothers, Roy Savage of Alto, and Danny Savage of Cornelia; sister, Mary Glenn Smith of Homerville; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 11 am – 1 pm on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart 
funeral home. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

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PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
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Harrison Adams

Harrison Adams, age 47, of Clarkesville, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2022.

Born on October 5, 1975 in Gainesville, he was a son of Sarah Adams of Clarkesville, and the late John Adams. 
Mr. Adams was self-employed in lawn care, and was a member of Wauka Mountain Baptist Church. He is described as a kind hearted person who loved his family, and enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time.

In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his wife, Sheena Adams.

In addition to his mother, survivors include sons, Shawn, Kyle and Kevin Adams, all of Clarkesville; brothers 
and sister-in-law, Keith Adams of Clarkesville, and Kent Adams (Melissa) of Mt. Airy; sister and brother-in-law, 
Sissy Riggins (John) of Clarkesville; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends; special friend, 
Nikki Braswell.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 pm on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to assist with final expense, to McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral 
Home, PO Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.

 An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Ann Maxwell Arwood

Ann Maxwell Arwood, age 85, of Clarkesville, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2022.

Born on January 7, 1937, in Baldwin, she was a daughter of the late Tatum Lafayette Maxwell and Wilma Ayers 
Maxwell. Mrs. Arwood was a homemaker who loved all of her family, and especially her grandchildren. Above all she loved the Lord and her church at Bethesda Fellowship.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Junior Arwood; son, Curtis Arrowood;
sister, Margaret Seymore; and brothers, T.L., Edwin, and Eugene Maxwell.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, James Arrowood (Dorothy) of Clarkesville, Earnest “Byrd” Arrowood
(Pam) of Clarkesville, and Benny Arrowood; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; brother, Jerry Maxwell of 
Mt. Airy; sisters, Sybil Durham of Baldwin, Frances Hill of Baldwin, Jewell Watts of Mt. Airy, and Viola Wade of Demorest; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  

The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 pm and 6 – 8pm on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 am on Thursday, November 10, 2022 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & 
Stewart with Rev. Clarence Reynolds, Rev. Terry Benfield and Rev. George Dean officiating. Interment will follow the service in Blue Creek Cemetery. 

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

Billy Umberhandt

Billy Umberhandt, age 68, of Baldwin, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Born on January 28, 1954, he was a son of the late Lewis David Umberhandt and Evelyn Carpenter Umberhandt. Mr.
Umberhandt retired from Scovill after 18 years of employment. In his spare time Billy enjoyed taking rides through the mountains, loafing around and sitting in his man cave.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, James Umberhandt, Ronnie Umberhandt, J. D. 
Umberhandt, and a twin brother; and sister, Linda Umberhandt.

Survivors include, wife, Deborah Umberhandt of the home; son and daughter-in-law, BJ Umberhandt (Leslie) of Baldwin; step-sons and daughters-in-law, Keith Smith (Elaine) of Alto, and Ryan Smith (Tonya) of Clarkesville;
numerous grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Carl Golding, Jr. of Tyty, Georgia, Dewey Smith of Pearson; sisters-in-law, Judith Childs of LaGrange, Janice Edmondson of LaGrange, Gail Turner of Tifton, and Sylvia Umberhandt of Clarkesville; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 ~ 8 pm on Friday, November 4, 2022, and from 11 am until the service hour on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday, November 5, 2022, with the Rev. Lester Cowan officiating. Interment will follow at Baldwin City Cemetery following the service.

Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to Deborah Umberhandt, 102 Lenora Lane, Baldwin, GA 30511, to help with funeral expenses.  

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.

 

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home
PO Box 725
175 VFW Post Rd
Cornelia, GA 30531
706-778-8668
706-776-9257 (FAX)
 

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