William “Bill” Clement: Obituary

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Mr. William “Bill” Clement, age 77 of Jewell Mason Road, Blairsville, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday January 15, 2020 following a brief illness. Mr. Clement was born on February 12, 1942 in Union County, the son of the late Lester Clement & late Arvie Brackett. Bill loved his Jesus as well as gospel singing. He was saved at a tent revival in 1959, which he was very proud of. Bill was an avid fisherman as well as being a native & life-long resident of Union County. He is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda McClure, a sister, Odena Moore, and four brothers, Lewin Dills, Gentry Dills, Willard Dills, and Dewy Clement. Bill was a member of Liberty Hill Methodist Church.

Surviving Bill are one stepson , Gary and Teresa Patterson of Blairsville, six grandchildren, several great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 2:00pm from the Mountain View Chapel with Brother Buck Dills officiating. Interment will follow in the Liberty Hill Methodist Church Cemetery. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers, Tommy Abercrombie, Jacky Cook, Jeremy Duvall, Josh Dills, Aaron Dills and Jacob Dills. The family will meet with friends on Thursday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the funeral home.

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

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Margaret Charleen Browning: Obituary

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Mrs. Margaret Charleen Browning, age 94, of Town Creek School Road in Blairsville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday January 14, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Browning was born on November 7, 1925 in Blairsville, GA., the daughter of the late Moody Watson Collins & late Martha Aria Collins. In her free time, she enjoyed cooking, quilting, gardening, and puzzles. Margaret was a native & life-long resident of Union County. She is preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Paige Browning in 2015, a daughter, Martha Clark, and a son, Joey Browning. She was a member of Union Baptist Church.

Surviving Mrs. Browning is a daughter & son-in-law, Cherry & Eddy Hood of Blairsville, son-in-law, Jim Clark of Blairsville, GA, five grandchildren; Penny & Ben Fitzgerald, Abbey Clark, Calley Hood, Haley & Mitch Henderson, Adam & C J Clark. Also, ten great-grandchildren; Faith, Lathan, Cyrus, Emily, Zoe, Natalie, Lane, Charlee, Jackson, and Madison.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00pm from the Mountain View Chapel with Rev. Tommy Hunt officiating. Interment will follow in the New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers; Steve Efird, Paul Browning, Jeff Browning, Mike Morris, Ray Seabolt, and Ray Brown. Also, the following gentleman will serve as honorary pallbearers; Adam Clark, Mitchell Henderson, Ben Fitzgerald, and Nikki Smith. Flowers are accepted, or if you wish the family requests that donations be made to Homestead Hospice or the New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery fund in Charleen’s memory. The family will meet with friends from 12:00pm-2:00pm prior to the services on Saturday.

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

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Roy Lee Cook: Obituary

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    Mr. Roy Lee Cook age 74 of. Young Harris passed away peacefully Friday, January 17, 2020 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness. Mr Cook. was a native and lifelong resident of Union County. He was a veteran of the US Army of the Vietnam War. Roy loved watching westerns on TV. He loved all of the staff in the nursing home and enjoyed joking with them. Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Patterson Cook in 2016, his parents and also two brothers, Don Cook and Wayne Cook. Roy was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Mr. Cook are one daughter and son in law, Marie and Daniel Dockery of Young Harris, two sons and one daughter in law, Roy and Jennie Cook Jr. of Marble, NC., Tim Roper of Blairsville, two sisters, two brothers, six grandchildren:  Heather, Alison and Rylee Cook, Stephen Richardson, Emily and Erin Roper, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm from the Mountain View Chapel with Rev. Dwayne Patterson officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with the North Georgia Honor Guard presenting Military Honors. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers: Larry Cook, Dean Cook, Eddie Terry, Wesley Cook, Jack Cook, Josh Cook, and honorary pallbearers: Johnny Cook, Don Terry, and Daniel Dockery. The family will meet with friends Sunday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

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

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Doyce Bryan Loudermilk: Obituary

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Doyce Bryan Loudermilk of Epworth Georgia passed away on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, at the age of 85. Doyce was born on February 25th, 1934, to the late George and Cressie Loudermilk at their home in Fannin County. He married Loretta Odom in 1954, and the couple recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Doyce was a faithful member of Copperhill First United Methodist Church and the Sunday School Superintendent for most of the years he spent there at the church. He enjoyed camping, model airplanes, fixing just about anything, watching the Braves play baseball, and, most importantly, spending time with his family. Doyce spent his entire life serving others, loving his family, and taking care of all those around him. “Papaw,” as we all referred to him, made every one of us feel loved and special.
Doyce was preceded in death by his parents George and Cressie Loudermilk; son, Darrell Roger Loudermilk, and his siblings Dennis Loudermilk, Sue Williams, Sibyle Whitlow, C.G. Loudermilk, and Austin Loudermilk.
He is survived by his wife Loretta Loudermilk, son Randy Loudermilk, daughter and son in law Ramona and Kenny Cook, brother Donald Loudermilk, and sister Annette Loudermilk; Grandchildren Alex and Lisa Loudermilk, Daniel and Haley Loudermilk, Gary Loudermilk, Hope Loudermilk, and Chloe and Nolan Walker. Also, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Doyce’s life will be held Saturday, January 18th, 2020, at Copperhill First United Methodist Church. Rev. Tom Reed and Rev. Jennings Neeld will be officiating. The interment will follow at Barnes Chapel. The family is requesting donations to the Pastor’s discretionary fund, but flowers are also welcome. Those serving as honorary pallbearers are the First United Methodist Men of Copperhill.

Finch-Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to be serving the family.

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Beatrice Kathleen Johnson Sherwood: Obituary

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Mrs. Bea Sherwood, age 93 of Blue Ridge, passed from this earth January 12, 2020. Fondly referred to as Miss Bea, she was originally from Clyattville, GA. She and Reamer Sherwood moved to Chamblee, GA in 1951. She was a graduate of the Clyattville High School. She grew up on her parents farm and her favorite chore was always house cleaning. She loved a clean house and was constantly cleaning out cabinets and closets. Cleaning was not her only interest. She loved to read and learn more about history and politics. While two of her children were in college, she took courses at DeKalb Community College in Atlanta and made an A in each class. It was a brief college experience, but she loved every minute. She was chosen to participate in an experimental project at Emory University assisting Dr. Ellen Fuller in a laboratory project with sheep. She was recognized by Dr. Fuller as an excellent technician.
She was an avid lover of sports. She especially loved the Atlanta Braves, UGA Football and the Duke Basketball team. They were among several families who established the Church of Christ meeting at the Lawson Chapel in Chamblee, GA and then were involved in building the congregation at Chestnut Drive in Doraville, GA. Their family worshipped at the Chestnut Drive Church of Christ where she was a bible school teacher & elders wife. Being the mom of five children, she was a stay at home mom as her main job. Miss Bea was also a member of the local garden club in Chamblee, GA.
Mrs. Sherwood was predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Reamer Y. Sherwood, Jr., from Valdosta, GA. She is survived by her children and their families: Bess (Dick) Sumner, Pat (Charles) O’Cain, Claire Sherwood, Yeargin (Kim) Sherwood and Rena Roberts. Grandchildren: Ryan (Carla) Sumner, Scott Sumner, Jonathan (Amanda) Sumner, Patrick O’Cain, Robbie O’Cain, Chris (April) Sherwood, Blake (Kimberly) Sherwood, Wesley Sherwood, Rachel Roberts, Rebecca (Nate) Smith. Great-grandchildren: (Ryan’s children) Lexi & Anna Claire, (Jonathan’s children) Caleb & Emersyn, (Rebecca’s son) Kilian, , (Blake’s sons) Grant & Owen, (Chris’s daughter) Peyton.
She was also predeceased by her parents, Rufus and Bessie Johnson of Valdosta, GA, her brothers Charles R. Johnson of Casper, Wyoming, Julian Johnson of Valdosta. She is survived by three siblings, Mary Nell Wells, Gene (Carolyn) Johnson and J. Winston Johnson along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She and Mr. Sherwood built a weekend cabin in Blue Ridge in 1979 where they visited on weekends. After his passing she moved to Blue Ridge in 1994. She joined several Senior Clubs in Blue Ridge and traveled with them. She worshipped at the Blue Ridge Church of Christ, and was involved in teaching Bible classes, mailing cards to encourage members of the Blue Ridge church as well as to people in the community. She mailed church bulletins to previous members, shut in, military service people and students in college. She loved to cook and was known by her friends and family for her cabbage (always served in a blue bowl) chicken casserole and cornbread at every monthly potluck fellowship dinner at church over the years. Sunday Lunch was at her house every week with a home cooked meal.
She always loved plants and could make anything grow. Her sun porch was a haven for plants and orchids as well. She loved sending fresh cut flowers from the florist to people. Her local florist even sent fresh flowers to her in appreciation for her business.
She was a Christian first: serving the Lord in all she did. She prayed daily naming family members and friends by name. She was a daily Bible reader. You never left her presence without a bible verse quote and a reminder “God is in control.” As a loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother and friend she will be deeply missed, but her memories will remain in our hearts forever. We are all blessed to know we had her as an influence in our lives as long as we have.
Her greatest desire was to go to Heaven and we are promised if we do his will, we will join him. She was prepared to meet her Lord and join loved ones gone on before.

Funeral services: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1:30 pm at the Blue Ridge Church Of Christ. Interment will follow in Chastain Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at the Blue Ridge Church Of Christ of Blue Ridge, Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Flower acceptable or donations can be made to the American Heart Association or Georgia Agape Adoption Agency, Atlanta, Georgia or Blue Ridge Church of Christ, Blue Ridge, GA.
Arrangements entrusted to the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, GA. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

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CWO Ronald W. Caudill: Obituary

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The Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville announces a Celebration of Life Service for CWO4 Ronald Wayne Caudill, USN(Ret.)

Chief Warrant Officer Ronald W. Caudill, U.S. Navy (retired), wrote the below in September of 2019 for a Navy publication that asked veterans to share their experience and advice to benefit young sailors. We think his own words best sum up his life and his legacy:

“I learned through my 26 years of military service to value my family. I enlisted in the Navy in 1964 and served on 11 ships. In the first three years of my Navy service, I was single and wasn’t really sure about making it a career. After my third year was over, I returned from Vietnam and met my soul mate, Sue, on my 24th birthday (February 8, 1967). Sue made all the difference in my life and encouraged me to make the Navy my profession. She gave up a very promising career in Atlanta to start our married life in the Navy town of San Diego, California. Throughout my time in the Navy, Sue inspired and encouraged me in my work and helped me attain the ranks of Chief Petty Officer and Chief Warrant Officer. More importantly, she gave me two wonderful boys who we raised together to become men of character. Our oldest son, Shannon, served 25 years in the Air Force with two tours in Iraq, retired as a Colonel, and is now working on his doctoral degree. Our youngest son, Matt, is a licensed social worker and therapist who does amazing work helping veterans overcome their mental health challenges at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Atlanta. Our boys and their wonderful wives (Corinna and Carissa) have given us four grandchildren whom we adore. Military service helps clarify what is important in life: your family and the love they give you. My advice to shipmates serving today is to write or e-mail your loved ones often, call when you can and be very involved with your family when ashore. To my former shipmates, thank you for your friendship, service and camaraderie. Fair winds and following seas to all.”

As a family, we are filled with pride, joy and love as we thank our Lord for the blessing of this wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and Vietnam veteran. Thank you for being with us to celebrate the life of this loving and kind man. We wish Ronnie fair winds and following seas as this old sailor joins his loved ones and our Savior in the great beyond.

He will be warmly remembered by all who knew him, but especially missed by his family: loving wife of 52 years, Sue Rich Caudill; and sons & daughters-in-law, Shannon & Corinna Caudill and Matthew & Carissa Caudill. Also, sharing in his legacy are 4 grandchildren, Thomas Caudill, Nicholis Caudill, William Caudill, and Gavin Zindle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dean & Leona Caudill; and 3 brothers, Lowell, Vernis, and Clifford.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jaunuary 17, 2020 from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors presented by the United States Navy and the North Georgia Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the service begins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project online at woundedwarriorproject.org or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville.

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Ruth Nickerson Curtis: Obituary

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Mrs. Ruth Nickerson Curtis age 73 of Raven Lane Murphy passed away peacefully on Saturday January 11, 2020 in the Erlanger Western Carolina Medical Center following an extended illness. Mrs. Curtis was born on June 7, 1946 in Belfast, ME., the daughter of the late Kenneth Nickerson and the late Alice Reynolds Nickerson. Ruth had made her home in Murphy for the past ten years. She loved reading, bowling, playing bingo and watching games shows on T.V. Ruth was a loving and caring mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Curtis in 2011. Ruth was of the Christian faith.

Surviving Mrs. Curtis are two daughters and sons in law, Patricia and Steve Haynes of Hudson, FL., Terry and Martin Gunn of Murphy, one brother, Kenneth Nickerson of Belfast, ME., five grandchildren, Michael Haynes, Robert Kendrick Jr., Brittany Trull, Tyson Haynes, Samuel Kendrick, four great grandchildren, James Trull, Ella Trull, Addie Jo Kendrick and Mason Kendrick, many other relatives and friends also survive. As per Ruth’s wishes, no services are planned. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Hospital in Ruth’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 www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com

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Ida Townsend: Obituary

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Mrs. Ida Townsend age 80 of Ed Townsend Drive Blairsville, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday Jan 11, 2020 following an extended illness. Mrs. Townsend was born on April 16, 1939 in Towns County, the daughter of the late Jack McClure and the late Sue Puett McClure. Ida was a lifelong resident of Union County. She loved growing flowers, gardening and her passion was washing windows. She always believed windows should be spotless. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She adored her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Sonny McClure and a sister, Doris Roberts. Ida was of the Methodist faith.

Surviving Mrs. Townsend are her loving husband and best friend of sixty years, Roy Townsend , one daughter, Debbie Lynn Townsend , one son and daughter in law, Tommy and Christy Townsend, one brother and sister in law, George and Shelby McClure, brother in law, Earl Roberts, sister in law, Noretta McClure, three grandchildren, Megan and Michael Kimsey, Maggie Townsend, Nikki Royston one great grandchild, Lawson Kimsey, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Graveside services will be held on Monday January 13, 2020 at 11:00 am from the Shady Grove Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Winfred Pitts and Rev. Bob Rollins officiating. Special music will be presented by Tommy Townsend and Winfred Pitts. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers, Michael Kimsey, Poley Seabolt, Ray Seabolt, Johnny Barnes, Terry Roberts and Terry Rogers. The family will meet with friends at the Shady Grove Methodist Church on Sunday evening from 4-6:00PM.

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

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