Union and Towns Partner for the 2020 Census

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Blairsville, Ga – Union and Towns County formed the Trusted Voices committee for assistance with the 2020 census.

With the 2020 Census rapidly approaching – April 1, 2020, Union, Towns, Blairsville, Hiawassee, and Young Harris partnered with the Patrick Malone to form the Trusted Voices committee to ensure maximum participation.

“We had a meeting six week ago with a lady from the Governor’s Office, Anna Miller,” said Mayor Jim Conley “Commissioner Paris put together an agreement with Mr. Patrick Malone who is here tonight that puts [Malone] in charge of the working end of the Census.”

Mayor Jim Conley

Mayor Conley asks for committee members for Trusted Voices.

In the 2010 report, Union recorded around 85 percent of the total population. Towns recorded 87 percent.

Malone hopes to increase Census participation in 2020. The organization serves to encourage individuals to answer the survey through door-to-door visits and community engagements. These efforts will gear up in the fall to promote awareness.

“The committee’s known as the Trusted Voices Campaign. The responsibilities are really minor. It’s just being aware what’s going on with the Census and make sure that we exceed last Census’ participation rate,” explained Malone.

Blairsville City Council appointed Councilman Mary Ruth Cook and Councilman Rhonda Mahan to serve on the Trusted Voices committee to represent Blairsville’s interest. They will have one meeting with Malone and then spread the word in the community.

The city paid Trusted Voices $500 to utilize the service. Hiawassee and Young Harris also paid $500, but Union and Towns are expected to cover the rest of the cost.

Dylan Mark Headrick: Obituary

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Dylan Mark Headrick

June 5, 1996 – June 2, 2019

Mr. Dylan Mark Headrick age 22 of Davenport Court Blairsville formerly of McDonough, GA. passed away peacefully on Sunday June 2, 2019 at Northeast GA Medical Center following a brief illness. Dylan was born on June 5, 1996 in Watsonville, CA., the son of Mark C. Headrick and Thea Nina Powell Headrick. Dylan has been described as one of the kindest, purest hearts you’d ever meet, and brilliant beyond his years. He had attended Georgia Tech and was an amazing woodworker, musician, tinkerer, mechanic and engineer, but most importantly, a loving, caring son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend. In his short life, he touched the lives of so many who knew him. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Johnny Powell and an uncle, Kip Headrick.

Surviving Dylan are his parents, Mark and Thea Headrick of Blairsville, one sister and her fiancé, Carly Mae Headrick of Blairsville and Andrew Moody of McDonough, grandparents, Dave and Shirley Hulligan of East Wenatchee, WA., Jay and Joan Headrick of Magalia, CA., aunts and uncles, Jim and Carmen Darcey of Squaw Valley, CA., Clark and Eileen Headrick of Clarkston, MI., several cousins and many other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Dylan’s Life will be held at a later date and will be announced. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the charity closest to your heart in Dylan’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

Herbert Joseph Teague: Obituary

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Herbert Joseph Teague

February 04, 1942 – June 03, 2019

Mr. Herbert Joseph Teague, age 77 of Blairsville passed away peacefully at his home on June 3, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones.

Herb was born in Union County to the late Joe & Alean Teague. He loved his Lord and always looked forward to the many special days at church. He was a devoted member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where he was the Sunday School Teacher.

Herb was a loving and caring Dad and Papaw. He loved to play the guitar, spending time with his friends at the car shows, and riding his lawn mower with Jackson & Sydney.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Alean Teague; his loving daughter, Mrs. Stephanie Teague Sharrock; sisters, Thelma Truitt & Frances Lee; along with his brother, Harold Teague.

Surviving Mr. Teague is his best friend and loving wife, Joyce; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Kelly Teague of Blairsville; two brothers, Randall and Judy Teague and Robert and Mary Teague; His very special grandchildren, Sydney Sharrock of Canton, GA; Jackson & Adalynn Teague of Blairsville. There are many relatives, along with nieces and nephews that were so loved by Herbert.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday June 6, 2019 at 11:00am from the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Jones & Rev. William Kerr officiating. A eulogy will be given by Herbert’s son Joe. Special music will be presented by Jimmy & Judy Thompson, Angie Burrell, and Will Potts. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers; Joe Teague, Ricky Hughes, Bobby Warren, Bart Hoibraten, McCoy Walker, and Charles Baugh. The following gentleman will also serve as honorary pallbearers; Tim Jones, Will Potts, Roy Fortenberry and Gerald Potts. Interment will follow in the Union Memory Gardens Cemetery with Military Honors being conducted by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Flowers are accepted but if you wish, the family requests that donations be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. The family will meet with friends on Wednesday 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

Seth Paul Ratliff: Obituary

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Seth Paul Ratliff

August 01, 1961 – June 02, 2019

Seth Paul Ratliff August 1, 1961-June 2, 2019 Born the eldest son of Randy and Lois Ratliff on August 1, 1961 in Pequannock New Jersey, Seth Paul Ratliff entered eternal rest following a brave battle with cancer on June 2, 2019 in Blairsville, Georgia. Paul was preceded in death by his younger brother, Randy Ratliff, Jr., maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Seth Paul Triplett and paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shaffer. Paul is survived by his son, Eric Paul Ratliff, Kissimmee, Fl.; former spouse Lisa Pearson Ratliff, St. Cloud, Fl.; parents, Randy and Lois Ratliff, Blairsville, Ga.; sisters, Ginny Ratliff, Danville, KY.; Rhonda Ratliff-Wagoner (Bryan), Macon, Ga.; brother Shawn Ratliff, Blairsville, Ga.; and several precious nieces and nephews.

Paul was blessed with exceptional artistic ability, working his entire life as a skilled craftsman, carpenter and stone mason. Many homeowners and businesses throughout Florida and Georgia benefitted from Paul’s talent, making his creations a lasting testament and legacy to Paul’s strong work ethic and skill.

Paul was instantly recognizable with fire red hair and a personality to match. He truly lit up a room with his wide smile, booming laugh and lively spirit. Paul loved nature and traveling. Among his favorite memories was a family vacation and road trip to Alaska, where he spent time in the beautiful outdoors with those he loved. Always the artist, Paul developed an interest in clock-making in later years, pursuing it with his typical passion and pride. Paul’s eternally positive outlook benefitted him in life, especially as cancer took hold. He kept a smile to the end, grateful for the kindness and care shown to him by hospice, nurses and relatives.

Paul’s departure weighs heavily on his family, but we are certain Heaven is full of music, laughter and celebration with the arrival of his beloved spirit. Special thanks and recognition are extended to the staff at Union County Nursing Home, Blairsville Georgia for their exceptional care and support during Paul’s final days. Keeping with Paul’s wishes, a celebration of life is planned at the home of his parents, Randy and Lois Ratliff, Blairsville, Georgia.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com

Russell Townsend Berglund: Obituary

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Russell Townsend Berglund

August 09, 1930 – May 31, 2019

Mr. Russell Townsend Berglund age 88 of Blairsville passed away peacefully at his home on Friday May 31, 2019, under the care of Hospice, with his son next to his side. following an extended illness. Mr. Berglund was born on August 9, 1930 in Cambridge, MA., the son of the late George W. Berglund and the late Grace Townsend Berglund. He was a veteran of the US Navy of the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW. Russell was a loving father, He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Goss Berglund in 2005 his brother Paul W. Berglund of Tallahassee, FL Mr. Berglund attended the Unity Church.

Surviving Mr. Berglund are one daughter , Virginia Ann Berglund – McCabe of Ogdensburg, NY., his son, George Stanley Berglund of Blairsville, a close friend, Mary Anderson of Blairsville, one grandchild, three great grandchildren, and Ne Ne his favorite four legged buddy.

A memorial service will be held at a later date . with interment to follow in the Holly Hill Cemetery will be announced. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made in Mr. Berglund’s memory. to Pruitthealth Hospice of Blue Ridge GA

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

Reverend James Marshall Lee: Obituary

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Reverend James Marshall Lee

September 22, 1938 – May 30, 2019

Reverend James Marshall Lee, of Young Harris, GA age 80, passed away at his home on Thursday, May 30th. After a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He Loved God and loved working for God (reading his bible, preaching the gospel and adding more Christian’s to GOD’s flock) His love for his family and friends were beyond measure. In his pass time he enjoyed spending time with his loved ones (Family and Friends) visiting, helping and praying with his neighbors, drawing, painting, woodworking, fishing, gardening, and rock hunting, His hard working careers included: Grocery Store Manager, Owner/CEO of Lee’s Janitorial Service, Bus Driver for Towns County School System, Arbor Acres, and Union County Road Dept.

He was born the son of Joe Van Lee and Clyde Carter Lee, of Hayesville, NC.

He was proceeded in death by his Father (Joe) and Mother(Clyde), of Hayesville, NC His Brother and (best buddy) Ralph Lake Lee, of Warne, NC. Infant Son Daniel Jerome Lee, Infant Daughter Marrissa LeAnn Lee, Mother in Law: Estee “Edna” Ramey Bradley Chastain Three Brother in Laws Rev. Frank Dockery, Robert E. Brown, and Robert Dye Two Nephew’s: Zyndall Dye, and Mark Dockery, one Niece: Shirley Mae Dockery Grizzle and two Great Nephew’s: Andrew Brown and Jeff Brown.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Geneva Chastain Lee, Son: Jason James and wife Wendy Marie Lee, of Young Harris, GA Daughter: Meda Lorinda Lee-McWhorter and Husband Benny of LaGrange, GA. Sister: Ruby Lee Dockery, Blairsville, GA. four grandsons: Justin and wife Sara Lee, Hayesville, NC, Brandon and wife Keltsey Lee, Blairsville, GA, Jordan Lee, Young Harris, GA , Ben A., Jr and wife Ashley McWhorter. one granddaughter: Kim and husband Brian Huckleberry Eight great-grands: Alex McVay, Jacob J, Lee, Jenna H. Lee, Cohen McWhorter, Jackson, Garrett, Addison Huckleberry, and MaryKalen Bryant. two sister-in-laws: Annie Mae Bradley Brown and Genette Chastain Dye, Brother in Law: Ernest and wife Sue Chastain all of Young Harris, GA, As he always said; at the end of his sermons: “He loved everybody, each and everyone of you.”

Funeral services will be held on Sunday June 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm from the Mountain View Chapel with Pastor Ray Potts and Rev. Jimmy Rogers officiating. Special music will be presented by Alice McDonald and Spirit Led. The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers, Justin Brandon and Jordan Lee, Alex McVay, Benny McWhorter and Scottie Brown. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Clearance Kirby, James (Buddy ) Mason and Jacob Lee. Interment and graveside services will be held in the Many Forks Baptist Church Cemetery with the North GA Honor Guard conducting Military Honors. Flowers are accepted or if you wish, donations may be made to the Many Forks Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in Rev. Lee’s memory. The family will meet with friends at the funeral home on Saturday 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

James William Gregory Leheup: Obituary

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James William Gregory Leheup

June 18, 1954 – May 31, 2019

Mr. James William Gregory Leheup age 64 of Morganton, GA., formerly of Orlando, FL. passed away peacefully at his home on Friday May 31, 2019 following an extended illness. Mr. Leheup was born on June 18, 1954 in Orlando, FL., the son of the late Eldred Delmer Leheup and the late Betty Pearl Paul Leheup. James was a computer enthusiast . He also enjoyed cars, car racing and motorcycles. He was a loving brother and uncle. He was preceded in death by his parents and also two sisters, Betty Jean Thornton and Dorothy Ellen Shedd. Mr. Leheup was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Mr. Leheup are four sisters and one brother in law, Janet Hull, Della D. Frye, Nancy and Harold Johnson, Linda S. Sprenkle all of Orlando, two brothers, Eldred Leheup of CA., and Jack Leheup of Orlando, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

No services are planned at this time. Interment will follow at a later date from the Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, FL. where he will rest next to his parents. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the Church On The Drive, 1914 Edgewater Drive Orlando, FL. 32804 in memory of James.

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

Deborah “Debbie” Ann Hotrum: Obituary

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Deborah “Debbie” Ann Hotrum

October 26, 1957 – May 30, 2019

Ms. Deborah “Debbie” Ann Hotrum age 61 of Foggy Meadow Drive Blairsville passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at her home on Thursday May 30, 2019 following an extended illness. Debbie was born on October 26, 1957 in Plainwell, MI. Up until she became ill she was employed with the Union County Pet Hospital. She had a passion for animals. She loved them all. She was a loving and caring daughter, companion sister and aunt. Debbie was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving Ms. Hotrum are her parents, JoAnn and Gene Strickland of Blairsville, family, Crystal Winch of Blairsville, three daughters, Becky Sykes of Orlando, FL., Kelly Florer and Ciara Florer of Zephyr Hills, FL., one sister, Pattie Wagner of Zephyr Hills, three brothers and one sister in law, Michael Hotrum of Zephyr Hills, Michael and Brenda Strickland of Tampa, Andy Strickland of Macon, GA., nieces and nephews, Cory Hotrum, Joshua and Kayla Wagner, Brant and Paxton Strickland, many other relatives and friends also survive.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday June 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm from the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Cloud officiating. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the Union County Humane Society in Debbie’s memory. The family will meet with friends following the services at the church.

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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