Obituaries

Arnold Lee Hovis

Feb 5, 2022

Mr. Arnold Lee Hovis, age 76, of Hayesville, passed away Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital. Mr. Hovis was born December 29, 1945, in Stanley, NC, to the late Howard Lee Hovis and the late Mary Ellen Loftin Hovis. Coming from the Gastonia area, he lived in Clay County for the past forty-two years. Arnold was a...

Anthony Clyde Garrett

Feb 2, 2022

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville announces funeral services for Mr. Anthony Clyde Garrett, age 64, a native and resident of Suches, Georgia, who passed away on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, from an extended illness.



Anthony had worked alongside his father and uncles for over 25 years as a carpenter.  He was a Christian, and a loving father and husband.  He had...

Scottie Leon Hooper

Feb 1, 2022

Mr. Scottie Leon Hooper, age 49, of Hiawassee, passed away Tuesday,  February 1, 2022, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.  Mr. Hooper was born February 13, 1972, in Hiawassee, GA, to the late J. C. Hooper and Sarah Louise Ledford Hooper.  He was a member of Upper Hightower Baptist Church in Hiawassee, had many interests, and did activities he...

Cathy Nell Gaddis

Jan 28, 2022

Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysville announces Cathy "Nana" Nell  Gaddis, age 67 of McCaysville, passed away January 28th, 2022, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, surrounded by her loved ones.



Mrs. Gaddis was born July 14th, 1954, to Wade and Nola Payne. She was a devoted member of McCaysville Church of God and attended Bible study every Thursday. She also taught Sunday...

Richard Bruce Land

Jan 28, 2022

Mr. Rick Land, age 64, of Copperhill, passed away Friday, January 28, 2022, at Fannin Regional Hospital. Mr. Land was born on January 15, 1958, in Pueblo, CO, to the late Joseph Land and the late Norma Willard Land. He was a US Navy and US Army Veteran and served twenty years in the Army Reserves. After moving from Woodstock,...

Jean O. Buchanan

Jan 27, 2022

Jean Olson Buchanan, age 93, of Mineral Bluff, passed away Thursday, January 27, 2022, at her home. Mrs. Buchanan was born March 14, 1928, in Kaine, PA, to the late Axel Carl Olson and the late Minnie Florence Jones Olson. She was the oldest member of Concord Baptist Church and she and her first husband, Robert, owned and operated a...

Rowal Everett Kurtz

Jan 26, 2022

Rowal E. Kurtz of Blairsville,passed away peacefully Wed. Jan 26,2022 at his home. Rowal was born in Manitowoc,Wisc on September 18,1937.



He was preceded in death by his dad, Walter Kurtz and  his mom,Vera Kurtz and sister Beverly Damato Thompson . He was a US Navy Veteran. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy Sellstrom Kurtz, daughter...

Paul M Berger

Jan 26, 2022

Paul M Berger, age 90 of Morganton, GA, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at his home after a 19 month battle with cancer.  Mr. Berger was born December 27, 1931, in Noble, IL to the late Frank Berger and the late Mildred Bruner Berger. He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Berger Schwartz. He was a veteran...

Steve Allen Kelley

Jan 26, 2022

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville announces the death and funeral services for Steve Allen  Kelley, age 61, of Blairsville, Georgia, who  passed away January 26, 2022, at Chatuge Regional Nursing Home in Hiawassee, Georgia.



Steve was born in Young Harris, Georgia, a son of the late Jasper and Mary Kelley. Steve was a lifelong resident of Blairsville and worked as a...

Marie Morgan Brown

Jan 26, 2022

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville announces the death and funeral services for Mrs.Marie Morgan Brown, age 90, of Blairsville, who passed away on Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 in Clay County Care Center in Hayesville, North Carolina.



Mrs. Brown was born in Union County, Georgia, a daughter of the late Lon Morgan and the late Dovie Brown Morgan.  Besides her parents, she...

Eugene Wilburn Collie

Jan 25, 2022

Eugene "Gene" Wilburn Collie, age 76 of Bremen, GA passed away January 25, 2022 at his home.   He was born March 19, 1945 in Marietta, GA to the late Walter Collie and the late Thelma Motes Collie.

He was a Veteran serving in the US Marine Corp. He was preceded in death by his brother. Billy Collie, and his sister,...

Diane Arlene King

Jan 25, 2022

Diane Arlene King, age 82 of Blue Ridge, GA passed away Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at her home. Mrs. King was born August 28, 1939, in Bronx, NY to the late Clement Michael Mullings Sr. and the late Dorothy Emily Forbes Mullings. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Franklin King, Jr., and brother, Clement Michael Mullings, Jr....

Debra Ann Rayborn

Jan 24, 2022

Debra Ann Rayborn, age 64 of Blue Ridge, GA, passed away Monday, January 24, 2022, at her home after a twenty-six year battle with leukemia. Mrs. Rayborn was born April 9, 1957, in Atlanta, GA, to the late Carrol Finck and the late Eleanor Ann Finck. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Marty Finck, Rick Finck, David Finck,...

Robert "Bob" John Hurd

Jan 24, 2022

Robert John Hurd, of Morganton Georgia, born in Elmira, New York passed on to be with his Maker on January 24, 2022, peacefully in his favorite place, his home on his farm. Robert, known by all as Bob, had 76 wonderful and impactful years on this earth. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Hurd, his son Shawn Hurd and...

Charles Howard Raper

Jan 23, 2022

Rev. Charles Howard Raper, age 69, of Murphy, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital.  Mr. Raper was born February 19, 1952, in Murphy, NC, to the late James Oliver Raper and the late Lourina Mashburn Raper.  He was a member of River Valley Baptist Church.  Charles was well-known for his selling and trading business.  He...

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