Mr. Ralph Edwin Grady, age 85, of Hiawassee, Georgia passed away Friday, October 5, 2018 at Emory Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia. Ralph was born on September 1, 1933 to the late Fred Cass and Nannie Katherin (Copeland) Grady in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Grady was married to the love of his life, Mrs. Jean (Knight) Grady for 67 years as of August 3, 2018 and together they had three children; daughters and son-in-laws, Melody and Kirk Elliott of Dallas, Georgia and Sheila and Bill Kendall of Dallas; son and daughter-in-law Lamar and Mary Grady of Villa Rica, Georgia; and were further blessed with six grandchildren and twelve great grand children. Also surviving are two sisters; Sue Wheeler of Waverly Hall, Georgia and Laura Bell Tidwell of Cartersville, Georgia and a brother, Larry Wayne Grady Sr. of Lithia Springs, Georgia; a number of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends remain as well. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother Lewis Bartow Grady.
Mr. Grady was a member of McConnell Memorial Baptist Church where he was heavily involved with his Sunday school family and a member of the choir as well an ordained deacon. His passion for singing went further than his church choir, he actually had a singing group “Joyful Sounds” for a number of years. Before retiring he owned and operated Smyrna Radiator Service and Garage for close to 30 years. He was also a Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol from 1972 until 1993 helping complete many missions. As well as a Master Mason for over 65 years, most recently at Unicoi Lodge in Hiawassee as their chaplain, a Shriner and member of Scottish Rite since 1971. After retiring and moving to Hiawassee in1999 full time he joined the Lions Club where he was very active year round and enjoyed the fair season as well where he worked the Cat Fish booth.
Regardless of the many accomplishments Ralph achieved he will be most remembered for his heart and love for people. He was always the first to offer to help in any situation. He was such a people person and small business man that he often would help the Sanders Funeral Home across the street from his auto repair shop when they were busy. Ralph will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, a caring brother and a kind helping hand to many.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 5:00PM until 8:00PM in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home.
Services will in held Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 2:00PM at McConnell Memorial Baptist Church in Hiawassee, Georgia with the Rev. Danny Byers and John Grady Officiating.
Music will be provided by The Cheerful Sounds.
Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee, Georgia is in charge of the arrangements.
By Isaiah Garrett, TeamFYNSports reporter
The lady panthers got off to a slow start falling behind 16-14 at the end of the first. However, Senior Bailey Daniel led a lady panther 3 point parade by shooting 3-4 from downtown in the 2nd quarter.
Union led 31-26 at the half. Both teams were plagued with turnovers in the 3rd quarter, a combined 14 turnovers led to a score of 38-33 at the end of the 3rd. However, Darlington battled back to tie the game at 52 with only 57 seconds left in regulation.
Junior forward Adeline Dockrey made an incredible fade-away hook shot with 17 seconds left to grab the lead, a shot so impressive you had to see it to believe it. A Darlington 3-pointer at the buzzer fell inches short as it bounced off the rim. Union takes the win, 54-52.
Bailey Daniel led the panthers with 22. The lady panthers advanced to the semi-finals to play Murphy, NC at 4pm on Dec 28th. Full story to follow.
By Isaiah Garrett, FYN Sportswriter
Wednesday, Dec 27, Towns county hosted the 24th annual Battle of the States tournament. The Indians played rival Hayesville yellow jackets in both the girls and boys games.
The lady Indians led at the end of Q1 by a score of 12-6 led by junior guard #22 Kristen Byers who has 7 points. A game where bench players contributed to just as much playing time as the started due to fouls, there were a combined 21 fouls in the first half.
Hayesville kept battling as the score was 21-19 at the half. The lady Indians got off to a slow start coming out of hen half but finished Q3 on an 11-0 run to extend the lead 40-30 at the break. Towns held on to win the game by a final score of 52-42.
The Lady Indians hosted the 2X defending Battle of the States champion Hokes Bluff, AL at 7pm on Thursday, full story to follow.
The 24th Annual Battle of the States Christmas Tournament kicked off in Hiawassee, Georgia on Wednesday, Dec 27. The tournament consists of eight boys and eight girls teams, who represent GA, NC, TN, and AL. There will be eight games a day for all three days of the tournament.
Here are the the first day results from the girls’ side of the bracket:
In the 10am game, Murphy NC beat Lumpkin County Girls by a score of 76-55. Post, Jessica Beckner led the Lady Bulldogs with 24 pts. Lumpkin was led in scoring by Makenzie Pulley, who had 19 pts.
In the 1pm game, Hokes Bluff, Alabama defeated Polk County, TN by a score of 32 – 23. Amanda Noah led Hokes Bluff with 21 pts. Nikki Ball led Polk County with 11 pts.
In the 4pm game, Union County defeated Darlington Academy in a close fought contest. Union pulled out a 54-52 victory as Darlington missed a game-tying field goal as time expired. Adeline Mockery paced the Lady Panthers with 22 pts. Caroline Dingler led Darlington with 21 pts.
In the 7pm tilt, the Towns County Lady Indians defeated rival, Hayesville, NC by a score of 52-42. Towns County kept the lead the whole first half, taking a 22-19 lead into intermission. The two teams were tied at 26 before Towns County’s press stretched the lead to 43-30 at the end of the third. Towns closed the game with a 10pt victory. Freshman, Kennedi Henson led Towns with 16. Junior, Taylor Cornett gave 9 pts, with a trifecta of long distance shots. Senior Madison McClure had 8 pts, hitting four crucial free throws in the game’s final minutes. Hayesville was led in scoring by Junior, Savanna Annis with 18 pts. Hailea Rickett finished with 17 pts.
Day Two of the Battle of States tournament will feature 4 girls and 4 boys games through the whole day of Thursday, December 28th. The tournament will conclude on Friday, December 29th with 8 more games to determine Battle of the States’ Champions, as well as 2nd through 5th place for Boys and Girls.
Day 2 Schedule (Thursday, Dec. 28)
10 am – Lumpkin County vs Darlington Academy (Girls)
11:30- Piedmont, AL vs Lumpkin County (Boys)
1:00 – Polk County, TN vs Hayesville, NC (Girls)
2:30 – Polk County, TN vs Hayesville, NC (Boys)
4:00 – Union County vs Murphy, NC (Girls)
5:30 – Union County vs Murphy, NC (Boys)
7:00 – Towns County vs Hokes Bluff, AL (Girls)
8:30 – Towns County vs Hokes Bluff, AL (Boys)