UPDATE: Rabun has 139 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3 deaths

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July 23 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 139 and three deaths.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patients were a 68-year-old, white female who had underlying conditions, 37-year-old, white female, with no underlying conditions, and an 82-year-old, white male with underlying conditions. No other details were released about the individuals.

Also, 24 Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 94
  • Habersham – 904
  • Macon, N.C. – 424
  • Clay, N.C. – 49
  • Oconee, S.C. – 615

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

July 22 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 134 and three deaths.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patients were a 68-year-old, white female who had underlying conditions, 37-year-old, white female, with no underlying conditions, and an 82-year-old, white male with underlying conditions. No other details were released about the individuals.

Also, 24 Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 85
  • Habersham – 890
  • Macon, N.C. – 415
  • Clay, N.C. – 41
  • Oconee, S.C. – 585

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

June 23 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 36 and three deaths.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patients were a 68-year-old, white female who had underlying conditions, 37-year-old, white female, with no underlying conditions, and an 82-year-old, white male with underlying conditions. No other details were released about the individuals.

Also, 14 Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 36
  • Habersham – 644
  • Macon, N.C. – 256
  • Clay, N.C. – 9
  • Oconee, S.C. – 142

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

June 17 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 33 and three deaths.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patients were a 68-year-old, white female who had underlying conditions, 37-year-old, white female, with no underlying conditions, and an 82-year-old, white male with underlying conditions. No other details were released about the individuals.

Also, 15 Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 35
  • Habersham – 612
  • Macon, N.C. – 236
  • Clay, N.C. – 9
  • Oconee, S.C. – 95

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

June 15 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 32 and three deaths.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patients were a 68-year-old, white female who had underlying conditions, 37-year-old, white female, with no underlying conditions, and an 82-year-old, white male with underlying conditions. No other details were released about the individuals.

Also, 14 Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 35
  • Habersham – 596
  • Macon, N.C. – 231
  • Clay, N.C. – 9
  • Oconee, S.C. – 61

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

June 11 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 30 and two deaths.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patients were a 68-year-old, white, female who had underlying conditions and an 82-year-old, white male with underlying conditions. No other details were released about the individuals.

Also, 12 Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 32
  • Habersham – 576
  • Macon, N.C. – 159
  • Clay, N.C. – 8
  • Oconee, S.C. – 61

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

June 3 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 23 and one death.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patients were a 68-year-old female who had underlying conditions. No other details were released about the individuals.

Also, eight Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 24
  • Habersham – 530
  • Macon, N.C. – 89
  • Clay, N.C. – 8
  • Oconee, S.C. – 48

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

May 27 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 17 and back to one death.

Twice now DPH has reported multiple COVID-19 related deaths in Rabun only to drop the number back to one.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patients were a 68-year-old female who had underlying conditions. No other details were released about the individuals.

Also, six Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment. This is one down from previous reports.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 23
  • Habersham – 511
  • Macon, N.C. – 18
  • Clay, N.C. – 8
  • Oconee, S.C. – 48

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

May 18 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 15 and two deaths. This is the first DPH confirmed increase in cases since May 9.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patients were a 68-year-old female who had underlying conditions and a 25-year-old female with no underlying conditions. No other details were released about the individuals.

Also, five Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment. This is one down from previous reports.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 21
  • Habersham – 455
  • Macon, N.C. – 5
  • Clay, N.C. – 8
  • Oconee, S.C. – 41

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

May 9 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 14 and one death.

Cases could see a rapid increase because, on Friday, May 8 DPH opened testing up to all Georgians, whether they show symptoms or not. Anyone who wants to be tested needs to contact their local health department.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patient was a 68-year-old female who had underlying conditions. Also, five Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment. This is one down from previous reports.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 20
  • Habersham – 386
  • Macon, N.C. – 3
  • Clay, N.C. – 8
  • Oconee, S.C. – 29

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

May 4 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health now lists the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases as 13 and one death.

According to the DPH data, the deceased patient was a 68-year-old female who had underlying conditions. Also, five Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment. This is one down from previous reports.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 19
  • Habersham – 355
  • Macon, N.C. – 3
  • Clay, N.C. – 5
  • Oconee, S.C. – 27

Currently, DPH isn’t releasing recovery data in its reports. However, it should be noted that the majority of confirmed Rabun cases aren’t hospitalized – meaning they are probably recovering at home or experiencing mild symptoms.

May 1 update: RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health added another COVID-19 case to Rabun County’s tally bringing it up to 14 total.

No other details were provided. According to the DPH data, six Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 22
  • Habersham – 326
  • Macon, N.C. – 3
  • Clay, N.C. – 5
  • Oconee, S.C. – 24

April 30 update:

RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health added another COVID-19 case to Rabun County’s tally bringing it up to 13 total. Also, the previously listed death has disappeared from the report.

No other details were provided. According to the DPH data, five Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 21
  • Habersham – 257
  • Macon, N.C. – 3
  • Clay, N.C. – 5
  • Oconee, S.C. – 24

April 28 update:

RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health added another COVID-19 case to Rabun County’s tally bringing it up to 12 total. Also, as of 12 p.m. on April 28, the DPH provided notification of one COVID-19-related death in the county.

No other details were provided about the new case or death. According to the DPH data, four Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 21
  • Habersham – 212
  • Macon, N.C. – 2
  • Clay, N.C. – 5
  • Oconee, S.C. – 24

April 27 update:

RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health added another COVID-19 case to Rabun County’s tally bringing it up to 10 total.

No other details were provided about the new case. According to the DPH data, four Rabun County residents have been admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 treatment.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 20
  • Habersham – 119
  • Macon, N.C. – 2
  • Clay, N.C. – 5
  • Oconee, S.C. – 24

April 22 update:

RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health added another COVID-19 case to Rabun County’s tally bringing it up to nine total.

No other details were provided about the new case.

Counties surrounding Rabun:

  • Towns – 19
  • Habersham – 130
  • Macon, N.C. – 2
  • Clay, N.C. – 5
  • Oconee, S.C. – 19

April 8 update:

RABUN COUNTY, Ga – Georgia Department of Public Health added another COVID-19 case to Rabun County’s tally bringing it up to six total.

On the Rabun County EMA Facebook page, they asked the public to, “Please make sure you are staying home and let’s try and keep this number down.”

Health Department District Two also issued a letter on April 8 urging people to only travel when necessary and informed the public that some district staff has been reassigned to aid with contact tracing.

The letter also said that nurses are contacting individuals who might test positive and providing them with a course of action. This is the same procedure for any infectious disease. It didn’t address telling the public at large if a positive case attended any gatherings or events before developing symptoms.

Original story and April 7 update below:

RABUN COUNTY, Ga – In Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) April 7, 12 p.m. report, it confirmed that Rabun County has five cases of COVID-19.

The reports don’t provide details about individuals. Fetch Your News will update the story as information becomes available. Please keep the patient and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

Georgia now has 8,818 cases and 329 deaths.

Rabun County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency on Sunday, April 5.

In March, Clayton and Dillard announced city-wide closures for on-premise dining.

Towns County which neighbors Rabun has two cases. Habersham to the south has six confirmed cases.

Macon County, N.C. to the north has one case and one death. Clay County, N.C. has three cases. N.C.’s COVID-19 report is released daily by 11 a.m.

Oconee County, S.C. has eight confirmed cases as of April 6 at 4 p.m.

However, medical professionals have stated that Georgia and many states are almost a week behind on processed tests. It’s likely that more cases will be recorded as the labs catch up. Fetch Your News (FYN) has chosen to report only on cases confirmed by DPH, even though these aren’t necessarily to-the-minute because of lab backlogs. FYN’s also contacting other sources to gain more information.

Stay with FYN as we bring you up-to-date news about the spread of the virus in North Georgia and Western North Carolina. See the latest numbers here.

Rabun County Man arrested for the sexual exploitation of children

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Rabun Gap, GA (June 18, 2020) – On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Rabun County resident Aaron Andrews, 37, was charged with three counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC). GBI was assisted with the arrest of Andrews and with the search of his residence by the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office and the Clayton Police Department.

The search warrant and arrest warrant were related to an investigation being conducted by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit. The investigation began as a result of files containing suspected child pornography that Andrews was sharing online.

Andrews is currently in custody at the Rabun County Jail.

This investigation is part of the ongoing effort by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, housed within the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, to identify those involved in the child pornography trade. The ICAC Program, created by the U. S. Department of Justice, was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child pornography, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

Anyone with information about other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404-270-8870.

Rabun residents march in support of Black Lives Matter

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CLAYTON, Ga – On a Saturday afternoon in June, around 200 people took part in Black Lives Matter march from the Rabun’s Veteran Memorial Park to Main Street.

The peace march and vigil, as the organizers called it, demonstrated how people in North Georgia were ready to see a change. Marchers walked mostly in silence to Main Street, where they were told to continue in silence until marching back to Veteran’s Memorial Park.

The four women who planned the event all have ties to Rabun County. Three grew up there. Each of them strongly believed that the nation needs to address the disproportionate violence that occurs against black Americans. Before leaving, St. James Episcopal The Reverend Doris Graf Smith said the opening prayer. Everyone also repeated a peace mantra:

“I breathe in peace/I breathe out peace/A peaceful world begins with me/I am peace/We are one humanity/We are love/We are peace.”

Those in attendance received free water and a handout with the names of 72 black Americans who died unnecessarily and next steps for people to take. The “what’s next?” list included calling US Representatives, having conversations, holding others accountable for speech and actions, educating themselves on white fragility and antiracism, finding protests in the area, signing petitions for Black Lives Matter, and donating to protests bail funds.

Mandy Pileski, a psychologist and one of the organizers, stated:

“I think what you see all across the US and in the small towns now is that enough is enough at this point. You know I think that a lot of white people that we’re recognizing that there’s a lot that we haven’t been privy to for a long time. Now these things coming out on video and us seeing for ourselves what’s happening, we’re finally listening.”

She also brought up how Rabun can isolate the predominately white population from people of color. As a result, small-town America hasn’t confronted racial issues like people living in the cities or suburbs.

“Racism I think is imprinted on us in childhood, whether we grew up in racist families or not, just by the fact that we live in a mostly white area. All that we were exposed to as kids was pretty much the news. It didn’t always paint people of color in a positive way.

Pileski works closely with Sheriff Chad Nichols in her role as a criminal justice psychologist, and now, they’re identifying potential reforms for law enforcement.

“Another police friend of mine discussed creating accountability across the whole state, maybe having a statewide database, where these ‘bad apples’ that cross the line, do things they should be doing, it’s in a database. So, they can’t just skip on to the next town or go work somewhere else and keep doing what they’re doing.”

Sheriff Nichols outlined some of the reforms he is addressing in his office during the march’s opening:

“Being mostly absent from social media the past week allowed me the opportunity to reflect in the presence of peace and with absence of turmoil as I sought to understand how the nationwide unrest can and does impact our small agency. It is difficult to realize that any of these societal injustices are applicable in our area, yet as the leader of the RCSO, I strive daily to identify ways that I can make a difference for my employees and my community. At this time, I have planned mandatory biased-based policing training, social media training, and am in the beginning stages of organizing race relations training. Later today, our agency will partner with the Clayton PD to ensure participant and community safety.”

The march wound around to Main Street.

Other protesters stressed the importance of voting if people want to see real change. Republicans and Democrats have come and gone and still, police brutality continues to take place, particularly against those in the black community.

“Without getting political, I think a lot of it really has to do with our leadership right now. We’ve already heard someone say, ‘I can’t breathe,’ and everyone marched and now we’re doing it again. You know what I mean?” said a protester who remained nameless.

Another protester, Amy  Hayes, drove up from Habersham and brought her bi-racial son to the march. She believed it’s important that children see that they can make a difference and felt safe bringing him to this event.

“Racism still exists in this country, and people should not be treated differently because of the color of their skin or where they come from or their socioeconomic status. As a mother of a biracial child, I should not have to teach my child to behave differently in crowds, in public situations, around white people, with the police. It’s just time for a change. I’m tired of people having to live in fear. This nation’s better than that,” she declared.

Hayes also hoped that more white people would become aware of their privilege afforded to them because of their race. “We live in a bubble. We don’t know what people outside of our bubble are experiencing. I just hope that they learn. They educate themselves, and we shut up and we start listening to the people who’ve been struggling for so long,” she added before flipping her sign over to reveal the back. It read, “police reform now.”

An advocate for more training for law enforcement in de-escalation tactics, understanding people, and successfully restraining people, Hayes commended the steps Sheriff Nichols is taking with his officers.

At around 3:20 p.m., the marchers returned to Veteran’s Memorial Park and took part in the closing prayer.

FYN didn’t witness any detractors at the event. Everyone was supportive and law enforcement was present to ensure everyone was remained safe throughout the march.

See photos from the event here.

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Resources available for those in Rabun

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RABUN COUNTY, Ga -The community is responding to provide resources and aid to anyone in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fetch Your News will update this article with all available resources for people in industries financially affected by the virus.

Food Pantries

  • Food Bank of Northeast Georgia: Rabun Gap Presbyterian, once a month
  • Rabun County Schools, free meals to children from 2 to 18
  • Rabun Christian Food Ministry
  • American Legion
  • Sharing & Caring, Fridays

Clothing

  • Faith
  • Ninth District Opportunity/Sharing is Caring

Internet

  • Rabun County Library is offering free wi-fi in its parking lot.
  • TruVista has offered students 60 days of free internet.

Service Industry Assistance

  • The Giving Kitchen
  • Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation
  • One Fair Wage
  • Unite Here Education and Support Fund
  • ROC Disaster Relief Fund
  • Spill the Dish
  • USBG Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
  • Dining Bond Initiative
  • Southern Smoke Foundation
  • Give Local and Local for Later
  • World Central Kitchen

Rabun County Family Connection has a complete list of services within the county.

Small business owners can now apply for disaster relief loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Some local Rabun businesses are already reporting large layoffs due to closing in-dining services.

If you know of any additional resources for people in need, please email lauren@fetchyournews.com.

Clayton City Council shutdowns in-dining services

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RABUN COUNTY, Ga – In a special called meeting on March 23, Clayton City Council approved a two-week state of emergency for the city and closed all restaurant dining rooms.

Restaurants can still offer carry-out and drive-thru orders. The ban goes into effect on Wednesday morning.

The ban is a result of people in the community reaching out to the council about other disregarding the social distancing recommendations. The council wanted to keep everyone in Clayton healthy especially since the city has seen an influx of summer residents.

They still want everyone to visit the town and support local businesses but avoid the majority of person to person contact whenever possible.

Restrictions on alcohol have been lifted somewhat. If placing a to-go order, customers can add up to 35 oz. of beer of a bottle of wine to the order.

All other businesses are asked to only allow one customer per a hundred square feet. This excludes employees and staff.

A reevaluation will be made within a week’s time. Also, meetings will be broadcast over Facebook but closed to the public. Press and invited persons can attend city council meetings.

Dillard City Council also has closed all in-dining for restaurants, starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

SBA loans are open in the state of Georgia for small businesses that need them.

Jane Ramey Pysher: Obituary

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Jane Ramey Pysher, 82, of Tiger, Georgia passed away at her daughters’ home February 25, 2020.

 

Jane was born in Tiger, Georgia the daughter of the late Clyde Cannon Ramey and Effie Dawkins Ramey. Jane graduated from Rabun County High School and then attended Georgia State College for Women. She married the love of her life Dale Pysher.  Jane was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Jane enjoyed traveling with her husband all over the world. But she could not wait to get back to Rabun County her true home. She also enjoyed watching the birds on her bird feeder they had a special meaning to her.

 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Ramey, and two as infant brothers, Clyde Ramey Jr. and Bobby Ramey.

 

She is survived by her loving husband Dale Pysher, two daughters Jill Pysher Underwood (Jim) of Cornelia, Ga, Angie Pysher Moylan (Scott) of Hampton, Ga; one sister-in-law Marvenia Ramey of Clayton, GA; Six Grandchildren; ten Great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

The family will receive friends Saturday February 29, 2020 from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM with a funeral service to follow in the Chapel of Beck Funeral Home at 2:00 PM with Rev. Madison McCrackin officiating.

 

The family asks that donations in lieu of flowers be made to Rabun Paws4 Life 261 E. Boen Creek Rd, Tiger, GA 30576 in memory of Jane Ramey Pysher.

To send flowers to Jane’s family, please visit our floral section.

Larry Dean Mason: Obituary

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Larry Dean Mason, 73, of Clayton, Georgia passed away on February 25, 2020.

 

Born January 1, 1947 in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina to the late Thurman Stover Mason and Ruby Miller Mason.  He attended Rabun Gap Nacoochee School and served in the Army.  He was retired from the Toccoa Post Office and was a carpenter for many  years, as well as working in his younger years in the airline and Airforce maintenance industry in South Carolina.

 

Preceded in death by his brothers Chester Mason, Carlton Mason, Lewis Mason, Kenneth Mason, Jerry Mason and Ricky Mason and one sister, Christine Mason.

 

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jennifer McKinney Mason of  Clayton, Georgia;  son, Marvin Mason (Susan) of Hoschton, Georgia;  daughter,  Suzanne Mason Davis (Jon) of Clayton, Georgia;  three grandchildren,  Scott Mason (Andrea) of Winder, Georgia; Kayla Davis Sawyer (Will) of Clayton, Georgia; and Cara Mason of Hoschton, Georgia.  He was also Papaw to three very loved great-grandchildren,  Peyton and Kinley Sawyer and Lily Mason.

 

Larry is also survived by sisters Janice Matheson of Piedmont, South Carolina; Jewell Holt (Donnie) of Mountain City, Georgia; Darlene Robinson of Rabun Gap, Georgia; and Linda Barwick (Mike) of Piedmont, South Carolina.

 

The family will receive friends Friday, February 28, 2020 from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at Beck Funeral Home.

 

A graveside service will be held Friday, February 28,2020 following the visitation at Scaly Mountain Church of God Cemetery with Rev. Ray Conner.

 

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.

To send flowers to Larry’s family, please visit our floral section.

Lena Hunnicutt Gragg: Obituary

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Lena Hunnicutt Gragg, age 96, of Clayton, GA passed away on February 25, 2020 at Piedmont Athens Regional.

She was born on April 18, 1923 to Jable and Carrie Eller Hunnicutt in Rabun County, GA. She was a homemaker and a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ernest Lee Gragg, two daughters, Barbara Southards Tyler and infant Betsy Gragg, three sons, Bobby Southards, Bobby Gragg, and infant Lawrence Southards, three brothers, Russell, Ted, and Lewis Hunnicutt, and two sisters, Lorane Myers and Joy Singleterry.

She is survived by one son Tony Gragg(Janice) of Clayton, GA, three daughters Linette Alley(Lamar Jr.) of Lakemont, GA, Jetty Sue Hamilton(Leroy) of Clarkesville, GA., and Martha Strub of Clarkesville, GA., two brothers, Ed Hunnicutt of Tullulah Falls, GA., and Buster Hunnicutt of Otto, NC., and one sister Laura Peland of Mt. City, GA. Fifteen grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren also survive.

The body is at Hunter Funeral Home and visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 PM (the funeral hour) on Friday February 28, 2020 at Flat Creek Baptist Church with a Funeral service following at 1:00 PM conducted by the Rev. Mike Wilson. The burial will follow at Flat Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family is at the residence on Ms Lamar Hill and Louisiana Lane in Lakemont, GA.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An on-line obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com

Ouida Kay Ramey: Obituary

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Ouida Kay Ramey was born January 23, 1950 to Garnett Underwood and Nettie Lovell Underwood.

She was her Mothers pride and joy. On July 3, 1965, she married the love of her life Clifton Ramey.

They have been married 54 years. With proud and giving hearts they raised Rhonda, Jeff and Donna.

Each of which gave them their greatest joys, grand children Daniel, Vanessa, Makala, Isaac, Phyllip, Paul and great grandchildren Matthew, Emma Grace, Emery Lily and Beau. Mama loved her sons and daughter in laws with the same love she showed her own children.

Mama taught us to love Jesus and that we must accept him as our Savior to make it to Heaven. She taught us right from wrong. Praised us when we deserved it and told us when our lifestyle was contrary to God’s word. Her bible is worn and well-marked for she and Daddy read it almost daily.

Mama was forgiving and loved everyone. If she didn’t prefer your company, it was your fault not hers, and If you didn’t want the truth from her it was better not to ask her opinion.

She had said many times, “If I was a rich woman, I would have a home for every child that had no one to love it, and a place for elderly persons to live where they would be taken care of properly.

Mama was rich! She had accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior. She had friends and family who loved her and sought her counsel. Her children, grandchildren and their spouses loved her. Her husband Clifton and best friend loved, cherished and cared for her. She has been tough, strong and sassy.

Our Ouida Kay, our proverbs 31 woman has gone to wait for us in the presence of Jesus where she is now healed for all eternity.

Her children arise up and call her blessed: Her husband also and her praiseth her. Proverbs 31;28

Funeral services will be Thursday February 27, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with
Rev. Joe McCrackin officiating. Burial will follow in the Dixon Cemetery Clayton, GA.

The body is at Hunter Funeral Home where family will receive friends Thursday February 27, 2020 at 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. (The Service Hour). The family is at the home on Jeff Ramey Road Clayton, GA.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An on-line obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com

Betty Jo Woods Pineo: Obituary

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Betty Jo Woods Pineo, 51, of Snyder Valley Lane Tiger, GA., died February 15, 2020 at Mountain Lakes Medical Center Clayton, GA. She was the widow of Melvin Pineo.

Born in Rabun County Georgia., June 26,1968 she is the daughter of the Rev. Mickey Woods and Vickie Snyder Woods she was a home maker, and a member of The Plesant Hill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin Pineo, and is survived by her parents Rev. Mickey Woods and Vickie Snyder Woods. And Several cousins also survive.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday February 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home with Rev. Dexter James officiating. Burial will follow at Rabun Memory Park in Tiger Georgia.

The Body is at Hunter Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends Monday Night February 17, 2020 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Family is at the home on Snyder Valley Lane Tiger, Georgia.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
An on-line obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com

Russell Mark Clark: Obituary

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Russell Mark Clark, 66, of Evening Shade Lane Clayton, GA. died February 16, 2020 at his residence.

Born in Queens, New York., August, 14, 1953 he was The Son of Dorothy Cutolo and the late Henry Franklin Clark . He was Vessel Captain and a U.S. Air force Veteran and was of the Lutheran Faith.

He was preceded in death by his Father , Henry Clark and is survived by His Mother , one son, John Lee Clark , ., two brothers, William Clark of Queens, NY., and David Clark of Plantation, FL one sister Janet Garcia of Florida.

The body has been cremated A memorial Service at a later date. The family is at their respective residences.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An on-line obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com

Charles Langdon Bingham: Obituary

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Charles Langdon Bingham, age 56, went home to be with the Lord on February 15, 2020.

He was born on November 4, 1963 to the late James and Myra Bingham of Mt. City, Georgia.

He is survived by his loving wife of twenty four years Laura Denise Bingham, one son, James Bingham of the home, one daughter, Holly Hunter(Adam), five sisters, Eunice Hunter(Ronia), Dorthy Rider(James), Sandy Martin(Phil), Judy Higdon(Clark), Ginger Turpin(Fred) and one special other brother Mark Pruitt(Tina).

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday February 22, 2020 at The Torch Worship Center located at 800 Cannon Bridge Road, Demorest, Georgia 30535.

Courtesy of Hunter Funeral Home.

Doris Mae Dills MCcoy: Obituary

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Doris Mae Dills MCcoy 87, of Carnes Road Tiger Georgia Died February 15, 2020 at North East Georgia Medical Center Gainesville, Georgia. She was the widow of Fred Mccoy

Born in Macon North Carolina June 16, 1932 she was the daughter of the late Aurther Franklin Dills and Esther Capenter Dills . She was a Home Maker and a member of The Calvary Baptist Church

She was preceded in death besides her parents and husband by one son Kenneth Lee Mccoy four brothers Robert Dills, Horace Dills, Lester Dills , Dewey Dills. One sister Hazel Tolman. And is survived by one son Doug Mccoy of Tiger Georgia, two sisters Bernice Wood of Clayton Georgia and Martha (Charlie) Long of Otto North Carolina 3 grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.

Funeral Services will be at the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home Monday February 17, 2020 at 11:00 am with Rev. Bobby Cole officiating. The burial will follow at The Head of Tennessee Baptist Church Cemetery in Dillard Georgia.

The Body is at Hunter Funeral Home where the family will receive friends Sunday February 16, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The family is at the home on Carnes Road in Tiger Georgia.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
An on-line obituary and guest register is available at www.hunterfuneralhomega.com

David Cantrell: Obituary

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David Cantrell, 72, of Clayton, GA passed away February 21, 2020.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

 

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Robert Clyde Mashburn, Sr.: Obituary

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Robert Clyde Mashburn, Sr. (Bob) of Tiger, GA, age 91, died peacefully on February 13, after a brief period of illness.  Bob was born in 1928 in Union County, Georgia, to Jesse Clyde Mashburn and Vonnie Augusta Smith.

While serving in the U.S. Army Bob met and married JoAnne Ness in the Territory of Alaska. After an honorable discharge from the army in 1951 as a Private, First Class, they lived in Seattle, WA; Detroit, MI; and Blairsville, GA before setting in Rabun County in 1956. Bob was a long-time member of the Tiger Methodist Church. After retiring from Clayburne Manufacturing, Bob was known throughout Rabun County and the surrounding area for his vegetable stand.

Bob had a lifelong love of music that began in his youth at home, making music with his brothers. While at North Georgia Trade & Vocational School, Bob and Alvin Carnes started the Black Rock Quartet, which years later became High Country Bluegrass.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; brothers Buel and Junior, his wife Joanne Ness Mashburn; son, Robert (Bobby) Clyde Mashburn, Jr; and daughter, Luanne Mashburn Sosebee. He is survived by his brothers Edward (Shirley) Mashburn and Richard (Reba) Mashburn of Blairsville, GA; brother El (Cathy) Mashburn of Linden, MI; Dwight (Bonnie) Mashburn of Prospect, TN; sister-in-law Arlene Mashburn, Blairsville, GA; daughter Barbara Anderson (Mark Hannan) of Washington, DC; son Chuck (Amy) Mashburn of Tiger, GA; son Alan Mashburn of Tiger, GA; daughter Lori Angela (Hugh) Nobles of Suwanee, GA; seven grandchildren: Tonya (Joao) Godoy (Avon, CT), Anna (James) Bailey (Hartwell, GA), Suzanne (Danny) Merce (Hartwell, GA), Brenna (Ashley) Thomas (Hahira, GA), Elizabeth (David) Brown (Hartwell, GA), Andrew (Amy) Sosebee (Ashville, NC) and Lena Gillam Nobles (Suwanee, GA); and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Bob will be remembered by family and friends for his love of family and music. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 at Tiger United Methodist Church, with Rev. James Turpen officiating. A reception will follow.

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Fred Dennis Chamblee: Obituary

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Fred Dennis Chamblee, 72, of the Persimmon Community went to be with his LORD and Savior February 15, 2020 with family members by his side.  He was born December 15, 1947 at Clayton’s Maternity Home.  His parents were the late Fred Verdo “Lit” Chamblee and Zettie Lovell Chamblee.

 

He was a graduate of Rabun County High School Class of 1966 and North Georgia Technical School in 1968. He served in the US Army with Battery C, 94th Artillery Division Army Security Agency while stationed at the Germany Command during the Vietnam Era. He returned home to Rabun County in 1970 and worked at Rabun Metal Products before beginning his career with the state Department of Transportation where he retired in 2005 as a Surveyor Party Chief.  In 1979, he married Rosalyn Ethel Nichols. His daughter Jill Bray and her husband Chuck Bray live in the Persimmon Community and are parents to his three grandchildren, Jase Dennis Bray, Grady Willis Bray, and Lilly Carlene Bray.  His son Matthew Judson Chamblee and his wife Nikki Burau Chamblee currently reside in Monument, Colorado.  Dennis was preceded in death by one son Clifford Dennis Chamblee.

 

Dennis was very family oriented and spent the better part of his free time with his family. He was a lifetime church member holding various positions making sure his family attended regularly. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and an excellent marksman.

 

Being civic minded, Dennis was a founding member of the Tallulah-Persimmon Volunteer Fire Department where he faithfully served for over 40 years and answered “the call” many, many times.  He also served the community by being Chairman of the Board of the Persimmon Community Club.

 

The family will receive friends on Tuesday 18, 2020 at the Beck Funeral Home from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 19th at 11:00 a.m. at the Persimmon Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Richard Wright. He will be laid to rest at Persimmon Baptist Church Cemetery and received full fireman honors.

 

In lieu of flowers donations should be made in Dennis’s Memory to the Tallulah-Persimmon Volunteer Fire Department 344 Persimmon Road Clayton, GA 30525 or the Persimmon Community Club.

 

Beck Funeral Home, in Clayton, Georgia, is in charge of the arrangements. If there are any questions, please call 706-782-9599. An online Memorial Register Book is available at www.beckfuneralhome.com.

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