Mary Bailey Barksdale
April 26, 1940 – January 15, 2019
Mary Lucille Bailey Barksdale, age 78, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville, MS. Mary was born on April 26, 1940 in Griffin, GA to John and Lucille Bailey. Mary had spent the last few years living at The Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville, MS.
She graduated from high school in Blairsville, attended Young Harris College and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in elementary education. Before moving to Starkville, Mary lived in Blairsville, GA. She worked at Union County Schools as an elementary teacher. Mary was a member of First Baptist Church Blairsville. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents John and Lucille Bailey and former husband, Melton Barksdale.
Mary is survived by sons John Melton Barksdale (Denese), Ackerman, MS and Joel Douglas Barksdale; grandsons John Bailey Barksdale (Sarah Beth), Brantley Barksdale and Cody Barksdale; granddaughter Vivian Barksdale all of Starkville, MS.
Lee Ruth “Katie” Warren
Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville announces funeral services for Mrs. Lee Ruth “Katie” Warren, age 87, native and lifelong resident of Blairsville, who passed away on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.
Mrs. Warren was born in Blairsville, and was the daughter of Jewell Harkins and Edith Gillespie Harkins. A loving homemaker at heart, “Katie” loved to cook, and she was very good at it. She was very happy when cooking for large groups of family and friends. Her husband, Junior Warren, preceded her in death. “Katie” was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Family members and friends left behind to treasure the memory of Katie are her son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Darla Warren, of Blairsville; sisters, Louise Butts and Clara Nell Coker, both of Blairsville; a granddaughter, Heather Warren; many other relatives and friends also survive.
Funeral services have been scheduled for Sunday, January 20th, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., to be held in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville. The following gentlemen have been selected to serve as pallbearers: Daniel Harkins, J.M. Grizzle, Michael Warren, Marcus Warren, Joel Gooch, and Phillip Warren. Asked to serve as honorary escort to the family are Larry Harkins, Terry Warren, and Perry Groves. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation at the funeral home will be on Saturday evening, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Lee Ruth “Katie” Warren. Please share your condolences and sign the guest registry atwww.cochranfuneralhomes.com
December 1, 1941 – November 21, 2018
Opal Ann Kenna, age 76, of Blairsville, GA. passed away peacefully at home on November 21, 2018. She was born to parents Wayne & Lorene Holloway on December 1,1941 in Graham County, North Carolina.
She attended Robbinsville High School until 1957. She traveled for many years and made homes in Marietta, Ga, Nantahala, NC and finally settling in Blairsville, Ga.
She enjoyed feeding her birds and working outside in her many flower gardens.
Ann worked in the Hospitality industry for 40 years. She retired from Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris in 2015.
Ann spent many years with her companion Grover Rogers of Blairsville, Ga.
Ann is survived by two daughters, Tina Fletcher of Andrews, NC and Kim Sieck of Blairsville, Ga. She also had two granddaughters, Angela Keenan (Ken Keenan, husband) of Westwood, NJ and Ashley Gregory (Ricky Gregory, husband) of Blairsville, Ga; sisters, Pam Holloway of Robbinsville, NC, Sue Booth of Andrews, NC, and Rita Nesbitt of Houston, TX; and brother, Billy Holloway of Andrews, NC. Ann was blessed to have a great granddaughter, Zoe Keenan, numerous nieces and nephews and cousins whom she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne & Lorene Holloway; brothers, Dale, Gary & Terry Holloway; sisters, Jo Moore, Laura Reeves & Wanda Crisp
A Memorial and celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville.
December 25, 1941 – November 19, 2018
Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville announces Memorial Services for Frank Brentwood Kimmel, age 76 of Blairsville, Georgia, who passed away on Monday, November 19, 2018 at Union County Nursing Home.
Frank’s memory will be cherished by all who knew him, but especially by his family: loving wife of 47 years, Clare Van Orden Kimmel; daughter, Cynthia Kimmel; son, Jeff Smith (Kara); and granddaughter, Hillary Smith.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018 from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. Bob Crowe officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the service begins. Inurnment will follow at Union Memory Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard.
If you wish, Memorial Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Blairsville, 296 Blue Ridge St., Blairsville, GA 30512.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville.
October 10, 1937 – November 14, 2018
Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville announces memorial services for Mr. Andrew Franklin, better known as “Frank” Herbert, age 81, of Blairsville, who passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
Frank was a native of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but had been living in Blairsville since winter of 1981. He was widely known throughout our area as a general building contractor, both commercial and home construction. Frank developed a reputation of quality and was sought after for numerous and notable projects. For recreation, Frank enjoyed to waterfowl hunt, fish, and square dancing. Frank had been a Kiwanis Club member for many years, and served as President of the Club in 1991-1992. Frank was a proud supporter of Union County 4H Club’s Shotgun Team and believed in promoting responsible gun safety for children.
Family members that will cherish Frank’s memory are: wife, Virginia Humphries Herbert; son and daughter-in-law, Franklin E. and Debbie Herbert; son and daughter-in-law, Keith A. and Karen Herbert; and daughter and son-in-law, Mary L. and Stewart Blankinship; step-sons and their wives, Randy & Janet Tavlin and David & Michelle Tavlin; and step-daughter and her husband, Julie and Bob Smith; sister: Joyce McCleod and sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Richard Ehster; and brother and sister-in-law, David and Becky Herbert; eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren also share in his legacy.
Memorial services have been scheduled for Monday, November 19, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., to be held in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville. Myron Turner will present a eulogy. All past and present Kiwanians are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers for the service. The family will meet with friends at the funeral home for one hour before the service starts.
The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to either Blairsville’s Kiwanis Club, PO Box 1732, Blairsville, GA 30514 or Union County 4H, 165 Wellborn St. Box 5 Blairsville, GA 30512 please indicate Shotgun Team in the memo line of your check.
Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville is honored to be serving the family of Frank Herbert. Please send your condolences and sign the guest registry online atwww.cochranfuneralhomes.com.
Lavada Louise Cheek
August 21, 1956 – November 20, 2018
Mrs. Lavada Louise Cheek age 62 of Corn Flower Rd. Blairsville passed away peacefully with her husband by her side on Tuesday November 20, 2018 in the Union General Hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Cheek was born on August 21, 1956 in Union County, the daughter of the late C.A. Holbrooks and the late Bertha Duckworth Holbrooks. She was a native and lifelong resident of Union County. Lavada loved Gospel singing (She sang at many churches and for funerals), most of all she loved telling everyone that she met about Jesus, witnessing to them and the love that he had for them. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents and also two brothers, Calvin Holbrooks and Roy Edward Holbrooks and three sisters, Rita Faye Kelley, Eva Nell Smith and Barbara Ellen Holbrooks. Lavada was a member of the Day of Grace Baptist Church.
Surviving Lavada are her loving husband and best friend, Herman Cheek of Blairsville, five daughters, Amber Hernandez of Norcross, Tabitha Pacheco of Pasco, FL., Brittany Hunter, Jennifer Cascarano, Jamie George all of Blairsville, one son, Jonathan Hunter of Blairsville, three stepsons, Kevin Cheek of Blairsville, James and Gary Cheek of Hiram, GA., two brothers and one sister in law, Quinton and Wanda Holbrooks , Ted Holbrooks all of Blairsville, three sisters and two brothers in law, Phyllis and Melvin Fuller of Lawrenceville, Leona Hunter, Joyce and Herbert Teague all of Blairsville, seventeen grandchildren, one great grandchild, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday November 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm from the Mountain View Chapel with Rev. Lee Tanner and Rev. Patrick Odell. Special music will be presented by Lee and Cathy Griggs. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers, Joe Teague, Luis Hernandez, Davis Posey, Destin Posey, Ricky Hughes and Wayne Hughes. Interment will follow in the Woods Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Flowers are accepted or if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the Woods Grove Cemetery Fund in Lavada’s memory. The family will meet with friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-9:00 pm.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com
Michael Weslay Simmons
July 25, 1989 – November 20, 2018
Mr. Michael Wesley “Mex” Simmons age 29 of Fairview Rd. Andrews NC passed away at his residence on Tuesday November 20, 2018. Mr. Simmons was born on July 25, 1989 in Andrews NC, the son of Terry Simmons and Jeannie Sharp Simmons. Mex was a landscaper for several years. He was a member of the American Hunting Association and the NWTF. He loved hunting and fishing and could catch a fish out of a mud hole. He loved everyone, had many friends, and never met a stranger. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving Mr. Simmons are his mother and stepfather Jeannie & Jake Buchanan, his father Terry Simmons, his grandmother Linda Simmons, his son Isaiah, brother and best friend Steven Simmons and brother ,Ryan Simmons, sisters Amber and Madison Simmons, uncles Donnie and Chris Simmons and uncle Adrian Sharp, aunt Mandy Humphries, cousins Tony Sharp, Ashley Cochran, Holly Prather, Dakota Gibby, and Zakk Humphries. Many other relatives and friends also survive.
Funeral services will be held on Monday November 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm from the Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Andrews NC with Pastor Bo Phillips and Pastor Dr. Jack Hollowell officiating. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers, John Speagle, Matthew McTaggart, Shawn Beiker, Ryan Bevins, Justin Streeter, John Gaither, Donnie Simmons, and Scott Douthitt. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to help defray expenses. Interment will follow in the Valley River Baptist Church cemetery in Andrews NC. The family will meet with friends at the church on Monday evening from 12:30-2:00 prior to the service hour.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences online at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com
Rev. Harvey Lee Beasley
December 13, 1933 – November 19, 2018
Rev. Harvey Lee Beasley, age 84, of Mineral Bluff, GA formerly of Blairsville passed away peacefully on Monday, November 19, 2018 following an extended illness. Rev. Beasley was born on December 13, 1933, the son of the late Everett Beasley and Eva Collis Beasley in Sylvester, GA. Harvey had been an Evangelical Preacher for more than 50 years. When Harvey wasn’t serving the Lord, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, and working on cars in his spare time. Rev. Beasley was preceded in death by his sister, Vivian Griffin, Brother, Vester Beasley, and Daughters, Brenda Smith and Lora Beasley.
Surviving Rev. Beasley are his loving wife of 64 years, Magaline Duncan Beasley of Mineral Bluff, GA, son and daughter-in-law Jimmy and Cindy Beasley of Morganton, GA, daughter Deborah Parks of Mineral Bluff, GA, son Rodney Beasley of Mineral Bluff, GA, son and daughter-in-law Joe and Miranda Beasley of McCaysville, GA, sister Marice Clark of Jacksonville, FL, eleven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many other friends and relatives also survive.
Funeral services for Rev. Beasley will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 11:00am at Harris Chapel Church of God in Murphy NC, with the Rev. Jimmy Hall officiating The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers, Garrick Parks, Craig Beasley, Corey Parks, Rodney Beasley Jr., Jimmy Beasley Jr., and Shane Heatly. The family will meet with friends at the Harris Chapel Church on Friday, November 23, 2018 starting at 5:00pm. Interment will follow in the Harris Chapel Cemetery. Flowers are accepted, or in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Harris Chapel Church of God in memory of Rev. Beasley.
Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the family’s guest book and send condolences online at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com