Donna Ruth Ledford: Obituary


Mrs. Donna Ruth Ledford age 84 of Jones St. Blairsville passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday October 16, 2019 following an extended illness. Mrs. Ledford was born on July 15, 1935 in Decatur, IL., the daughter of the late George Heston Traxler and the late Eva Pearl Cummins Traxler.  She was a lifelong resident of Union County and before her retirement had worked at Union County Nursing Home for many years. Donna had a passion for Gourds and loved collecting and decorating them. She loved all animals especially her dog, Baby and the cat, Panther. She was a loving and caring mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Ledford in 1986 and two sisters, Georgia Sowers and Betty Traxler. Donna was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Donna are two daughters and a son-in-law, Julie Fotes of Salt Lake City, UT., Tracy & Kevin Nelson of Dawsonville, GA., a son, Michael Ledford of Blairsville, GA., a brother, John Traxler of Lexington, SC., eight grandchildren, Amanda Lamb, Spero Fotes, Mike Fotes, Kevin Ledford, Sabrina Deyton, Sierra Nichols, Cadence Nichols, and Trinity Nichols, eight great grandchildren, Several nieces & nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday October 19, 2019 at 2:00pm from the Mountain View Chapel with Rev. Terry Sosebee officiating. Special music will be presented by Cadence & Trinity Nichols. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers; Tim Panter, Kevin Ledford, Paul Hamilton, Edward Gibson, Ben Hope, and Mike Brown. Interment will follow in Union Memory Gardens. The family will meet with friends on Friday evening from 6pm-9pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to help defray expenses in Donna’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


Lois Gail Devito: Obituary


Mrs. Lois Gail Devito age 72 of Appalachian Estates Road Murphy, NC., passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday October 17, 2019 following an extended illness. Mrs. Devito was born on March 29, 1947 in Thomasville, NC., the daughter of the late Samuel Faulkner and the late Imogene Hughes. She had lived in Murphy for the past 20 years. Lois loved all animals, especially her two dogs “Gee Gee” & “Joe Joe”. Lois was a very sociable person having had many friends whom she thoroughly enjoyed spending time with. She is preceded in death by two brothers, Gary W. Faulkner & David Faulkner, and a sister, Ginger Hankins. Lois was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Lois are two sisters and a brother-in-law, Brenda Faulkner of Thomasville, NC., Judy & Joe Lowe of Trinity, NC., and a brother and sister-in-law Samuel & Kathy Faulkner. Several other nieces & nephews also survive.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday October 20, 2019 at 6:00pm at the New Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant in Murphy, NC with Rev. Joy Stein officiating. The family will meet with friends following the celebration. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Logan’s Run Rescue & Thrift Store (3000 US-64, Murphy, NC 28906) in Lois’ 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


Shelby “Marie” Brown: Obituary


The Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville announces Funeral Services for Shelby “Marie” Brown, age 79 of Blairsville who passed away on Tuesday evening, October 15, 2019 at Union County Nursing Home.

She loved her Mom, Dad, and Brother. Marie was saved at 10 years old. Her Lord and Savior meant everything to her. She worked and sang in church. Growing up, Marie learned the value of hard-work. She picked beans, peppers, stripped cane, cut cane heads, and hoed corn. Then she would work in the chicken house gathering eggs and the egg house, scalding eggs and casing them.

When she was 16, Marie worked as a waitress in the summer months and on week-ends at Milton Motel until her graduation in 1959. It was there she met Mr. Glassberg who gave her an opportunity to work with the Blairsville Dress Factory that had just began. She was delighted to get paid $1.00/ hr. which was far better than 20 cents a bushel for picking beans! As time passed, more factories came to Blairsville and wages went up.

For almost 50 years, Marie worked until the factories left to Mexico, losing her job 3 months shy of her 62nd birthday. This turned into a blessing as she was able to love and care for her mom and dad. Her sweet mom went to be with Jesus on May 24th, 2006 then her daddy joined her on October 2. Marie took comfort that they were together in heaven celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

She will be warmly remembered by all who knew her, but especially missed by her family: brother, James Ray Brown (Alwayne) of Blairsville; niece, Cindy Hunter (Jerry); nephew, Jason Silvers; and great nephew, Joshua Silvers. Marie was preceded by her parents, Barney and Northa Brown.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019 from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. Danny White & Rev. Rusty Greenway officiating. Special Music to be presented by the New Liberty Baptist Church Choir. The following gentlemen have been selected to serve as pallbearers: Aubrey Dyer, Tim Bohannon, Marty King, Donald Hamilton, Jim Nash, and Tony Deyton. All the young men of New Liberty Baptist Church are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers.
Interment will follow at New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the service begins.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish, memorial donations may be made to New Liberty Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1078, Blairsville, GA 30514.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville


Karl Lee Edsall: Obituary


Mr. Karl Lee Edsall (Age 60) of Blairsville, passed away peacefully

on Tuesday October 15, 2019 following an extended illness.

Karl was born in Muskegon, MI to the late Joseph and Charlotte Edsall.

Karl, a longtime resident of both Florida and Michigan had a deep passion for

cars and motorcycles and a great love and respect for his country.

Karl proudly served as a SP4 in the United States Army for four years.

He was an experienced, military trained welder as well as an artist, and inventor.

Karl was of the Christian Faith and a member of Antioch Baptist Church.


Karl is survived by his two children Candice Cothren (Kyle Lance) of Murphy, NC. and Cody Edsall of Flowery Branch, GA; Grandsons Darrell Cothren and Able Lance, Sister Kari Edsall of Michigan, Brothers Kirk Edsall of Tennessee and Dan Edsall (Brenda Edsall) of Blairsville, GA as well as niece Katie Hamilton (Josh Hamilton, daughter Kaylee Hamilton) and nephew Steven Edsall.


A funeral service honoring Karl will be held on Sunday October 20, 2019 at 2:00pm in the Mountain View Chapel Blairsville, GA with Rev. George Cline officiating.

Military Honors will be conducted by the North GA Honor Guard.

Family will receive friends on Sunday from 12 – 2:00 pm.

Interment will follow at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA on Tuesday October 22, 2019.

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


Bob Allen Palmer: Obituary


Mr. Bob Palmer, age 91 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday October 15, 2019 at his residence.

Mr. Palmer is survived by his Son & Daughter-in-Law: Scott & Heidi Palmer of Dallas, Step-Son & Daughter-in-Law: Doug & Robyn Platt of Jasper; Daughters: Maureen McDowell of Douglasville and Barbara Barber of Marietta; ten Grandchildren; several Great-Grandchildren and several Great-Great-Grandchildren.

Visitation is Wednesday October 16, from 4:30 PM until 8:00 PM and Thursday October 17, from 8:00 AM until the funeral hour.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday October 17, 2019 at the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home, with Pastor Martin Barlow officiating.

Interment will be at Sunrise Memorial Gardens following the funeral service.

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Palmer family.


Union County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 10/7 – 10/13

Arrest Reports, Police & Government
Arrest Report

Arrest report provided by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.  The Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A. 50-18-70) allows for to obtain and post the arrest records of any and all individuals arrested in Union County GA. Those arrests are posted on for viewing pleasure. Please remember that all individuals listed have been arrested and charged, however, they are presumed innocent until guilt has been proven in a court of law.



Clayton “Bud” Hughes: Obituary


Clayton “Bud” Hughes age 87 of Maysville, GA, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on October 10, 2019, following an extended illness. He was born in Young Harris, GA, on October 12, 1931, son of the late Floyd & Annie Kuykendall Hughes. He served in the US Army with the 2nd Armored Division in Germany for 18 months and worked for 30 years at General Motors’ Lakewood plant in Atlanta. After retiring he worked in new home construction for many years.

He is preceded in death by his wife Opal Ledford Hughes, son Ricky Hughes, grandsons Rick and Blake Hughes, and two brothers, Albert & Frank Hughes of Marietta.

Survivors include his three children: Diane Cook of Commerce, Darlene & Randy Holman of Hoschton, GA., Marty Hughes of Maysville, GA., two siblings: brother, Lewie Hughes of Young Harris, sister Maudine Fortenberry of Blairsville, and sister-in-law Mable Hughes of Marietta, GA., four grandchildren: Misty Bleckly, Amanda Hofer, Matt Hughes, and Tyler Holman, three great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Bud loved his children and grandchildren very much. He loved being around people and friends and had a smile for everybody. Everyone said he was such a kind man and helped many people with his kind heart. He loved hunting with his dogs and being outdoors, and even from a young age he roamed the mountains of Towns County. He loved his chickens and going to chicken sales. He will be missed by his children, grandchildren, and many friends.

The family will receive friends on Saturday October 12, 2019 at 12:00pm from the Mountain View Chapel in Blairsville, GA., with the funeral following at 2:00pm with Pastor Ray Potts officiating. Special music will be presented by Perry McDonald. Interment will follow at Union Hill Cemetery in Hayesville, NC. Flowers are accepted in Bud’s memory.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences online at


Alice Dell Brooks: Obituary


Alice Dell Brooks, age 86 of Copperhill, TN passed away on October 11, 2019, in Blue Ridge, GA. Mrs. Brooks was born May 14, 1933, in Blue Ridge, GA to the late Marion Dillard and the late Lassie Ellis Dillard. A member of Fairview Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her first husband Rev. Buddy Ray; brothers, Sonny Craig, Reid Dillard, Walter Dillard, and Arnold Dillard; great-grandchildren, Davanee Dickey and Jentzen James Dickey; and sister, Orthel Cochran. Mrs. Brooks enjoyed being a caretaker and loved to cook. She will be greatly missed by her family.

Survivors include: husband, Keith Brooks; daughters, Wilda (Jimmy) Burger, Wanda (Willie) Burk, and Winona Walker; step-sons, Kent Brooks, and Scott (Paula) Brooks; sister, Jean Newman; ten grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

Funeral services: Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the Bethel Church with the Rev. Doug Payne, Rev. Scott Graves, and Rev. Scott Baugh officiating. Music provided by: Rick Curtis, Benny Picklesimer, T.C. Picklesimer, Jeremy Payne, Mary Kate Dickey, and the Bethel Church Choir. Interment will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery in Copperhill, TN. Pallbearers: T.J. Dickey, Josh Dickey, Jonah Dickey, Austin Dickey, Caleb Locke, and Tyler Bonds. Honorary pallbearers: Grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysivlle, GA Saturday, October 12, 2019, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Arrangements entrusted to the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysville, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at

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