Jean (John) Louis Drouault: Obituary


Obituary Pending

Banister Funeral


Luva (Lu) Marie Stoll Whetstone: Obituary


It is with sadness that the family of Luva (Lu) Marie Stoll Whetstone of Mineral Bluff, Georgia announces her death on Friday, August 16, 2019. Lu Whetstone was born in Geauga County, Ohio on November 13, 1928, to Derlin Stoll and Pearl Kightlinger Stoll. She is preceded in death by her husband, John H. Whetstone, her sister, Arlene Gotham, and brother Rowland Stoll.

In early adulthood, Lu Whetstone worked as a bank teller and later was trained in cosmetology, operating a salon out of her home in Parkman, Ohio. After the family moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1963, she was a homemaker.

Lu Whetstone is survived by four children, William John Whetstone (and wife Jan) of Dawsonville, Georgia; Gary Lee Whetstone (and wife Diane) of Athens, Georgia; Mona Lynn Johnson (and husband Scott) of Blytheville, Arkansas; and Pamela Gailey (and husband Mike) of Mineral Bluff, Georgia; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; members of her loving, extended family (Joe Whetstone, Fannie Detweiler, Anna Whetstone, Marvin Whetstone, Mary Weaver); nieces and nephews.

Lu Whetstone was a member of the Williamstown United Methodist Church in McCaysville, Georgia. A service of celebration will be held there on Monday, August 19, 2019, at 11:00 am with the Rev. Beth Starling officiating. Memorials can be sent to Williamstown United Methodist Church, 37 Williamstown Rd., Mineral Bluff, Georgia 30559.


Clair “Scotty” Maddox: Obituary


Clair Alexander Scott “Scotty” Maddox, age 34, of Benton, passed away August 13, 2019, at his home. Mr. Scotty was born July 10, 1985, at Youngtown Ohio to Terry Scott and Lucinda Cordell.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Maddox; son, Trent Adams; daughter, Heidi Tyner; son, Abbel Maddox; son, Damion Maddox; daughter, Katie Maddox; son, Kayden Maddox; son, Dakota Maddox; daughter, Audrey England; parents, Terry Scott and Lucinda Cordell; sister, Franny (Kenny Tully) Maddox; sister, Terri (Perry Chinn) Maddox; brother, Robert Maddox; and, brother, Chris (Heather) Maddox.

Pallbearers: Trent Adams, Loyd Ingram, Perry Chinn, Chris Maddox, Loyd Ingram Sr. , and Terri Maddox.


Luther “Ed” Edward DeFoor, Jr.: Obituary


The Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee announces Funeral Services for Mr. Luther “Ed” Edward DeFoor, Jr., age 81 of Hiawassee who passed away on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Chatuge Regional Nursing Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Byers officiating. Special music will be presented by Wayne Hundley and the Cheerful Sounds. Interment will follow the service at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. until the service begins.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee.


Towns County Sheriff’s Office Report 8/12 – 8/18

Arrest Reports, Police & Government

Arrest report provided by the Towns County Sheriff’s Office with images.  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 Towns County. 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.


Randy Barnes, Sr.: Obituary


Mr. Randy Barnes, Sr., age 59, of Hiawassee, GA passed away August 14, 2019. Randy was born February 14, 1960 to Lula Bell (Arrowood) Barnes and the late Van Barnes. Randy is what most would call a “Salt of the Earth Man”. You rarely saw him without his cowboy boots, hat, cellphone and his sunglasses.  He loved his family including his dog Ella; he and his wife, Lorene were happily married for 39 years, raised two children who then blessed them with grandchildren. He loved being a grandfather, was fun, and lived to entertain his grandchildren and all children really. Randy was a hardworking man who was devoted to his work and loved his coworkers at Southwire like family. He was a social butterfly, never met a stranger and made friends everywhere. In fact most mornings he would meet a few coworkers at Main Street Grill for a biscuit and if he was not going to be there he would call and let them know they didn’t need to make his biscuit that day. When he was not enjoying his normal biscuit you could find him at the hospital cafeteria complimenting the cooks on their cooking, especially their biscuits and gravy. He loved to ride his motorcycle, hunt, fish and watch sports whether it was the Atlanta Braves, Georgia Bulldogs or his grandkids playing. Randy was a happy man as long as his family was happy. He and Lorene enjoyed just sitting on their porch listening to country or gospel music until Lorene told him to put on his earphones.  Randy is preceded in death by his father Van Barnes and his brother Jeff Barnes. He is survived in death by his wife Lorene Barnes; mother Lula Bell Barnes; daughter and son-in-law Nikisha and Bradley Clampitt of Hayesville, NC; son Randy Barnes; brother and sister-in-law Tim and Delores Barnes of Hiawassee; brother Danny Barnes of Hiawassee; sister and brother-in-law Lecia and Robin Bryan of Hayesville, NC, Kathie and Dave Griffin of Alpharetta, GA and Sandra and the late Lester Craig of Hiawassee; grandchildren Natalie Barnes, Briley Clampitt, Brody Clampitt, and Lily Clampitt; and a number of nieces and nephews. Also surviving are many friends that will dearly miss him.


Pallbearers: Bruce Ledford, Stephen Ledford, Joe Ledford, Randy Parker, Josh Barnes, Jacob Barnes, Sean Bryan, Blake Craig

Visitation: Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Banister Funeral Home

Service: Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm at Banister Funeral Home with Rev Glenville Nichols officiating

Interment will follow in the Laurel Hills Memory Gardens cemetery.

Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee is honored to handle arrangements for Mr. Barnes.


Edna Hedden: Obituary


The Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville announces the death of Mrs. Edna Hedden age 64 of Blairsville who passed away on Wednesday evening, August 14, 2019 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

Cochran Funeral Home & Crematory of Blairsville.


Louise Hitch Knight: Obituary


Louise Hitch Knight, 87, of Blue Ridge, Georgia, died peacefully in her home on Thursday, August 8, 2019. She was born in Fitzgerald, Georgia, on November 1, 1931, to Frank Hitch and Agnes Martin Hitch. She graduated from North Georgia College in 1951. Lou married Gordon E Knight in 1956. For many years she lived in Atlanta and worked for General Services Administration of the Federal Government until her retirement in 1993. She then worked for The Arthritis Foundation. In 2001, she moved to Blue Ridge. Lou loved cats, the color blue, reading books, working crossword puzzles, and her church. She had a great sense of humor and could light up a room with her smile. Lou is survived by her daughter, Marilou Knight (Rebecca Williams) and her daughters in love, Pam Garrett and Denise Ellwanger. There will be a Celebration of Life Service on September 7, 2019, at the Blue Ridge United Methodist Church at 10:00 AM. To honor Lou, please wear blue and cat items. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of your choice and to Georgia Mountain Hospice.

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