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Harold Dean Hedgecock: Obituary


Harold Dean Hedgecock

May 25, 1948 – March 1, 2019

The Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville announces Funeral Services for Mr. Harold Dean Hedgecock, age 70 who passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Family left behind to cherish his memory are: daughters, Suzette Thomas (Jimmy Price) of Chatsworth, GA and Charlotte Ward and James Fowler of Dalton, GA; son, David Hedgecock (Amy Payne) of Dalton, GA; siblings, Virginia (Lawrence) Beaver, Frances (John) Foster, Richard Hedgecock, and Peggy Mashburn all of Blairsville; and his children’s mother, Corine Douthitt of Dalton, GA. Also, sharing in his legacy are 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Laban & Ivalee (Ledford) Hedgecock; daughter, Rosette Hedgecock; and sister, JoAnn Hedgecock.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard. The following gentlemen have been selected to serve as pallbearers: Nick Price, Cody Price, Devin Ward, and Dylan Ward. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the service begins.

Patricia Petitpierre Larrick Bell: Obituary


Patricia Petitpierre Larrick Bell

November 5, 1926 – February 24, 2019

Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville announces funeral services for Mrs. Patricia “Pat” Bell, of Blairsville, who went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, February 24th, 2019.

Mrs. Bell was born in Richmond, Virginia, a daughter of the late Jonah Lupton Larrick and the late Berthe Marthe Petitpierre Larrick. In the past, Pat had worked for NCR- National Cash Register, and also worked in real estate with her business partner and best friend of over 40 years, Vee Laffoon. She loved teaching 2-3 year old children in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and will be remembered as always having her Bible by her recliner. Pat was a member of First Baptist Church of Blairsville, and she believed in the power of prayer, and would try to pray for everyone on the prayer list. Pat enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing piano, reading books, writing poems, and loved the challenge of those 1000 piece puzzles! When the children were younger, Pat had sewed mother/daughter dresses and elaborate Halloween costumes. She enjoyed collecting coins and stamps, and traveled across the United States with her grandchildren in tow going to shows. Pat had been preceded in death by her husband, James D. Bell, who passed away on April 4th, 2008. They were married on May 1, 1948, blessed by almost 60 years of marriage.

Pat will be greatly missed by all who knew her, and her memory will be especially treasured by her loving family members: son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Brenda Bell, of Stuart, Florida; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Ricky Allen of Blairsville; granddaughter, Casey Williams, of Coral Springs, Florida; granddaughter and her husband, Rebecca and Seth Fortenberry of Cornelia, Georgia; granddaughter and her husband, Dana and Jay Hommerbocker, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; and great grandchildren, Jayla Hommerbocker and Alec Fortenberry. Many friends and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, February 27th, 2019, at 11 am, from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville, with Pastor Fred Lodge officiating. Special music will be presented by Minister of Music Ed Lawrie. The following gentlemen were asked to serve as pallbearers: Jay Hommerbocker, Jim Brown, Doug Davenport, Glen McCullers, Ken Hatley, and Dave Garcia. Interment will follow in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family will gather with friends on Tuesday evening, from 5 until 8 p.m at the funeral home.

Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Patricia Bell, of Blairsville. Please sign the online guest registry at

Dee Rennie: Obituary


Dee Rennie

Mrs. Dee Rennie, age 65, of Blairsville, GA, passed away on Monday, February 18th, 2019 at her home. She was born on February 9, 1954 in Albany, GA, to the late William & Patricia Brown Johnson. A member of the United Methodist Faith, Mrs. Rennie was a devoted care giver and case manager with Homestead Hospice. She was an avid reader and would read any books she could get. On December 9, 1972 in North Miami Beach Florida she married the love of her life, Robert Edward Rennie and had two sons. She will be remembered by all who knew her, but especially missed by her loving husband, Robert Edward Rennie and sons, Dr. Robert William Rennie and Christopher Brett Rennie.

There are no services planned at this time. Mrs. Rennie will be placed in rest at Union Memory Gardens in the Columbarium.
Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory Of Blairsville is honored to be serving the family.

Christopher Wade Mason: Obituary


Christopher Wade Mason

Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville announces the death and graveside services for Christopher Wade Mason, age 67, of Fair Oaks Range, Texas, who passed away on Friday, February 15th, 2019 in Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Mr. Mason was born in Copperhill, Tennessee, a son of Geraldine Grizzle Mason, and the late Wade Robert Mason. He lived for many years in Buford, Georgia.

Surviving family members include his mother, Mrs. Geraldine Mason, of Winder, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law, David Christopher and Lana Mason, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; and son and daughter-in-law, Andrew Lee and Cristy Mason of Yellville, Arkansas; a brother, Gregory Mason, of Grayson, Georgia; three grandchildren: Hayleigh Mason, Kamryn Mason, and Sarah Mason. Many other relatives and friends also survive.

UPDATE: DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER MEMORIAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT COCHRAN FUNERAL HOME’S CHAPEL (NOT AT GRAVESIDE) ON Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, at 12 noon. Interment will be held later at Providence United Methodist Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville. Please share your condolences and sign the online guest registry at

Major E. Joyce Miller: Obituary


Major E. Joyce Miller

May 2, 1931 – February 8, 2019

Major E. Joyce Miller, 87, of Hiawassee, GA, passed away after a short illness at Union County Hospital, in Blairsville, GA, Feb. 8, 2019. Joyce was born in Chauncey, Ohio to Ronald and Juanita Miller, May 2, 1931. Joyce graduated from Middleport High in Middleport, Ohio, in 1949. While a senior she read, “Sally Joins the WAC” which influenced her to join the US Army following graduation. After basic training she was sent to Fort Jay, NY, where a view out her barracks window included the Statue of Liberty. She then was sent to Heidelberg, Germany, where she served with the post WWII Army of Occupation. In 1953, she returned to civilian life to attend San Diego University and the school of Art in Dayton, Ohio. She rejoined the Army, attended Dental Tech School at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX, and after graduation served as a Dental Tech instructor. While at Fort Sam, she competed with male and female soldiers for 4th Army’s “Soldier of the Year,” which she won. She then attended WAC OCS at Fort McClellan, AL and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. A highlight of her Army career was serving as Commander, 5th Army, WAC Detachment, Fort Sheridan, IL. After the Army, she became a member of the Department of Defense workforce and retired as an Army civilian, after working at the US Army Depot in Anniston, AL, as a technical writer for overhaul and repair of Army tanks and combat weaponry. She will be remembered for her many interests including RVing and president and co-owner of American Heritage RV Park in Williamsburg, VA, then president of Fairoaks Condo Association in Eustis, FL. Her summers were spent raising vegetables and RV traveling to Ohio and Sault Ste Marie, MI to spent time with family and friends. Additionally, she was an accomplished artist, wood worker and animal humanitarian. Joyce, our wonderful partner, friend, “adopted Mom,” sister and aunt will be remembered and missed greatly.
Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory Of Blairsville is honored to be serving the family.

David Anthony Reusing: Obituary


David Anthony Reusing

December 14, 1954 – March 05, 2019

Mr. David Anthony Reusing age 64 of Eagle Drive Blairsville passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Tuesday March 5, 2019 in the North East GA Medical Center following a brief illness. Mr. Reusing was born on December 14, 1954 in Bellevue, KY., the son of the late Leonard Reusing and the late Jane Steinmetz Reusing. David was a veteran of the US Navy of the Vietnam War where he served on the Midway Aircraft Carrier. He retired from Kroger after over thirty years of service. At the time of his death he was employed with Ingles. David was an animal enthusiast and loved all animals. He was co-owner of Essence of Rose in Blairsville where he served as Graphic Designer, Marketing Strategist and Display Engineer. He was a loving and caring husband, father, brother and grandfather. David was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving Mr. Reusing are his loving wife and best friend, Glenna Kinman Rose of Blairsville, five children, Daniele, Lesley, Hillarey and Kelly all of Kentucky and Richard of Tennessee, one brother, Terry Reusing of KY., twelve grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Kentucky. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the Union County Humane Society Mountain Shelter in David’s memory.

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

Marie Elaine Fortenberry: Obituary


Marie Elaine Fortenberry

February 08, 1949 – March 03, 2019

Mrs. Marie Elaine Fortenberry age 70 of Cardinal Rd. Calhoun, GA formerly of Blairsville passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Sunday March 3, 2019 in the Kindred Hospital in Rome following an extended illness. Mrs. Fortenberry was born on February 8, 1949 in Morganton, GA., the daughter of the late Rev. Vernon Davenport and the late Ellv Elsie Newman Davenport. Marie loved growing flowers, camping, fishing and spending time with her family who she loved dearly. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents and also her son, Mike Gilreath, a sister, Anita Olmos, a brother, Jackie Davenport and a brother in law, Louis Henderson. Marie was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Surviving Mrs. Fortenberry are her loving husband and best friend of forty three years, Bruce Fortenberry of Calhoun, two daughters and sons in law, Angie and Jeff Dodd of Calhoun, Dora and Berry Floyd of Calhoun, one son and daughter in law, Nick and April Fortenberry of Adairsville, three sisters and two brothers in law, Betty Henderson, Doris and Roy Hefner all of Blairsville, Shirley and Wayne Aldridge of Cleveland, GA., six grandchildren, Jeffrey, Destiny, Jordan, Avery, Garrison and Bayleigh, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesaday March 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm from the Mountain View Chapel with Pastor Ray Potts officiating. Special music will be presented by the Faith Singers. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers, Jeff Fortenberry, Donnie Fortenberry, Jonathan Fortenberry, Casey Henderson, Isaac Stokes, Avery Dodd and Garrison Baumgardner. Interment will follow in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. Flowers are accepted or if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in Marie’s memory. The family will meet with friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5-8:00 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 - Dedicated to serve the needs of the community. Provide a source of real news-Dependable Information-Central to the growth and success of our Communities. Strive to encourage, uplift, warn, entertain, & enlighten our readers/viewers- Honest-Reliable-Informative.

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