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Richard Nosti: ObituaryObituaries November 1, 2018
Richard Nosti of Hayesville passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Although he was a native Floridian, he considered Hayesville, North Carolina his second home from the moment he and his wife, Sara Nosti, retired to the mountains in 1988.
Richard graduated from the Plant High School in South Tampa, Florida and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Upon returning from the Navy, he married Sara Parrish and started a family, eventually welcoming Carol Swain, Diana Jo, Martha Sue, and Jennie Lou to their small family. In life, he was fond of saying that he was surrounded by women, that even the goldfish, cats, dogs, and hamster were ladies. So, it is only fitting that he had four granddaughters as well as daughters, Sara Worsham, Shana Worsham, Jessica Gentry, and Andrea Suarez.
Richard was the son of the late Manuel and Josephine Pickett Nosti and the husband of the late Sara Nosti. He was also preceded in death by his daughters, Carol Nosti and Martha Monaldi; his siblings, Harold Nosti and Eugennie Gibson; and his granddaughter, Shana Worsham.
Surviving are “his girls’, daughters, Diana Gentry and Jennie Shaver and husband, Buck; three granddaughters, Sara, Jessica, and Andrea Suarez and husband, Randy; two grandsons, Buddy Shaver and wife, Lizbeth and David Shaver and wife, Carolyn. Richard leaves behind many grieving friends and family, but we are comforted by knowing that while he is no longer with us, he has been reunited with his wife, Sara; daughters, Carol and Marti; and granddaughter, Shana; in addition to many lifelong friends.
There will be no funeral services at this time. However, a Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring of 2019. His ashes, and the ashes of his beloved wife, will be scattered in Boca Grande Pass in Boca Grande, Florida at a later date. It is fitting that their final resting place will be together, in the waters off the island where they created a lifetime of memories.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of arrangements.
Stella Mae Wright Mason: ObituaryObituaries November 1, 2018
Stella Mae Wright Mason, age 92 of Topton, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018 at a Jackson County hospital. She was a native and lifetime resident of Topton. Stella was a life long member of Red Marble Baptist Church. She loved to sing and sang for many years with the Red Marble Quartet and Trio. Stella was also a lifetime Yankees fan and also enjoyed watching Peyton Manning play.
She was the daughter of the late William Rush and Hassie Nichols Wright and the wife of the late Bob Mason, who died April 2, 1983. She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Beatrice, Irene, Olive, Lorene, and Betty Lou and three brothers, Jack, John, and Clifton Wright.
Surviving are two daughters, Gaye C. Mathis and husband, Ricky of Topton and Teresa A. Mejia and husband, Chris of Olathe, Kansas; three sons, Hal Mason and wife, Nancy of Garner, North Carolina, Ronnie J. Mason and wife Jennilou of Topton, and Lanny R. Mason and wife Eloise of Topton; nine grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Evelyn Reighard and Debbie Wood for being special caregivers.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 28, 2018 at Red Marble Baptist Church with Rev. Mickey Stewart and Rev. Donald Colvard officiating. The interment was in Red Marble Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Bateman, Mike Reighard, Roy, Tim, and David Wright, Ricky Postell, and Danny West. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Reighard, Alvin Wright, and Shane Laughter.
The family received friends from 1:00-2:45 p.m. Sunday, October 28th at Red Marble Baptist Church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Stella Mae Wright Mason to the Red Marble Baptist Church, c/o Martha Postell, 1201 Red Marble Road, Andrews, NC 28901 or to the Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.
William Alvin Freeman Sr.: ObituaryObituaries November 26, 2018
October 30, 1933 – October 7, 2018
William A. Freeman, Sr., at the age of 84, of Murphy, NC, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, October 7, 2018, at Clay Care Care Center in Hayesville, NC. Mr. Freeman was born October 30, 1933, to the late Alvin E. Freeman and Ada Norris Freeman.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Freeman. They were blessed with a marriage of 66 years. Bill is also survived by his children; son, William Alvin Freeman, Jr., wife, Cathy Freeman, daughter, Robin Freeman McGrew and husband, Tommie McGrew, daughter, Cindy Freeman Shepherd and spouse, Steve Shepherd, Sr., son, Ronney Dale Freeman, Sr. and wife, Patricia Flanagan Freeman, and loving sister, Nadine Freeman Cloer, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Bill was in the Air Force Military for Twenty-two years as a Flight Engineer and also as an instructor for sixteen years at Emory Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was a deacon at Liberty Baptist Church in Murphy, a devoted husband, and father. Bill never met a stranger and his home was always opened to family and friends. He was deeply loved and will be missed by many. His biggest passion was flying and his family.
A celebration of his life will be conveyed to the family and friends at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to the Finch-Cochran Funeral Home Murphy, NC. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.
Marcella Grant Deal: ObitauryObituaries November 1, 2018
Marcella Grant Deal, age 72, of Hickory, formerly of Nantahala, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018 at her residence. She was a native of Macon County, and had lived in Hickory for over forty years. Marcella loved going to flea markets and yard sales. She was of the Baptist faith.
She was the daughter of the late Rev. Clint & Irene Grant and was the wife of the late John Adams and her second husband, Sam Deal. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Jeffrey and Dewayne Adams; and two brothers, Joseph and Jerry Grant.
Surviving are a son, Bobby Joe Adams of Hickory, North Carolina; a sister, Janice Owenby and husband, Darrell of Asheboro, North Carolina; two brothers, Marvin Grant and wife, Linda of Plant City, Florida and Rick Grant and wife, Mary of Trinity, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Pamela Adams, Mitchell Adams, and Brandon Grant; four great grandchildren and many step-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 29, 2018 at the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews with Rev. Daniel Stewart officiating. The interment was in Union Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brad and Brandon Grant, Tristan Smith, Tom Jones, Eric Accosta, and Chris Giddens.
The family received friends from 12:00-1:45 p.m. Monday at the Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Marcella Grant Deal to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.
Ivie Funeral Home, Andrews in charge of all arrangements.
Joe Poteat: ObituaryObituaries November 1, 2018
Joe Poteat, 78, of Murphy passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018 in an Atlanta, Georgia hospital. He was a native of Spindale, North Carolina. Joe served more than 35 years in the United States Coast Guard as a helicopter rescue pilot. He retired from the Coast Guard as a Commander and pilot. Joe moved on to work for the Florida Division of Forestry as a firefighter helicopter pilot. He graduated with a criminal justice degree from Corning Community College in Corning, New York. He was a member of the Cherokee Masonic Lodge No. 146 and the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Murphy. Joe enjoyed boating and eating at Waffle King with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Justin Walter Poteat; his mother, Euzelea “Susie” Northy Groom; his step-father, Lawrence E. Groom Jr.; a sister, Patricia Smith; and a brother, Lawrence E. Groom III.
Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Mary O’Connor Poteat; his first wife and mother of his children, Mary Margaret Cleary Poteat and the extended Cleary family; two sons, Joe Frank Poteat, and Jon Alan Poteat and wife, Denise; a daughter, Paula Marie Poteat, all of Horseheads, New York; a brother, Robert Poteat and wife, Linda of Gilmer, Texas; four granddaughters, Janaye Poteat and fiance, Cody Wall, Danielle Poteat Smith and husband, Stephen, Justine Poteat Schneider and husband, Dan, and Sara Poteat Lowe and husband, Jared; two great grandsons, Camden Joseph Crowley and Thomas Baker-Lowe and a great granddaughter, Evelyn Mare Schneider.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 in Oak Grove Baptist Church, Murphy with the Revs. Ronny Crisp, Randy Johnson, and Gerald Derreberry officiating. The interment was in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Murphy American Legion Post 96, Hayesville VFW Post 6812, and Hayesville American Legion Post 532, and with masonic graveside rites. Pallbearers were Reggie Pendley, Dennis Fetzer, Loye Reid, Jimmy Bailey, Keith Allen, and Jeremy Hall.
The family received friends from 6-8 Wednesday evening at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy where the body remained until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.
Battle of the States: 1st Round RecapTeam FYN Sports December 28, 2017
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)
Hurricane Irma prompts school closings in GeorgiaNews September 10, 2017
* Union County Schools will be CLOSED Monday, September 11th, 2017 due to Gov. Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia. Please continue to monitor here for further updates.
- Fannin County Schools will be closed for students and all personnel on Monday, September 11.A great deal of consideration has been given to this decision. Governor Deal has us under a State of Emergency. Severe weather conditions, such as severe winds (especially at higher elevations), debris, dangerous road conditions, and downed power lines are all possible for our area beginning tomorrow(Monday) morning.Weather predictions are not always accurate, but this storm is massive and cannot be ignored. It is my hope that our community is spared from this, but it is better to err on the side of caution when safety is in question. Please stay safe!
- Pickens County Schools closed Jasper, Georgia — Due to inclement weather conditions,the Pickens County School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 11th – TWELVE MONTH EMPLOYEES REPORT AT NORMAL TIME. Schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12. Twelve month employess will be contacted late Monday as to whether they will be required to come to work on Tuesday. All school activities, including athletic events and after-school programs, will be canceled. Information will be posted on the Pickens County School District website at www.pickenscountyschools.org, the Infinite Campus parent portal, district and school websites and social media sites, and sent to local media.
* Gilmer County Schools closed Release from Gilmer County School School Closed – Monday, September 11, 2017Gilmer County Schools will be closed Monday September 11 due to Hurricane Irma. We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds especially at higher elevations, debris, dangerous road conditions and downed power lines left in its wake. We understand that weather predictions are not always accurate, but this storm is massive and cannot be ignored. It is our hope that our community is spared from the force of this storm, but we will always choose to err on the side of caution when our students’ safety is in question.
* Dawson County Schools Closed Based on information from the NWS, Dawson County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017. Twelve month employees report.
* Lumpkin County Schools Closed Due to the weather forecast for our area, Lumpkin County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 11, 2017. The anticipated high winds pose a significant threat to our students and staff. We understand that weather predictions are not always accurate, but we cannot ignore the potentially dangerous situation that this storm poses. Our number one priority is to keep our students and staff safe! Decisions for future closings will be made as more information becomes available. Thank you for supporting Lumpkin County Schools!
* Towns County Schools will be closed Monday for all students and staff. A decision about Tuesday will be made tomorrow afternoon.
* White County Schools Closed Due to the severe weather forecast, White County Schools are closed for students and staff Monday, September 11, 2017. Please be safe!
* Murray County Schools Closed Murray County Schools will be closed Monday September 11 and Tuesday September 12, due to the possible impact of Hurricane Irma. We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds, debris, dangerous road conditions, and downed power lines. We understand that weather predictions are often incorrect, but the size of this storm cannot be ignored. It is our hope that Murray County is spared from any of this storm’s impact, but we will always choose to error on the side of caution. All events planned for Monday and Tuesday evenings are also cancelled. This includes the September 11 MCPS Board meeting. This meeting will be rescheduled for Thursday, September 14 at 6:15 p.m. All maintenance, grounds crew, and transportation employees will meet at the transportation office.
Paulette H. Wren: ObituaryObituaries November 1, 2018
Paulette H. Wren, 75, of Hayesville passed away Saturday, October 27, 2018. She was a native of Rome, Georgia, but lived most of her life in Fayette County, Georgia, where she worked for the Federal Aviation Authority. Upon her retirement, she moved to Clay County in 2003. Paulette enjoyed painting and gardening and being active with the exercise group at Hayesville First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Truett Memorial First Baptist Church.
She was the daughter of the late Paul Gary and Jane Rucker Hammond and was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Irvin Dozier, who died November 14, 2005.
Surviving are her husband, Henry Wren; three sons, Scott Dozier and wife, Tracy of Greenville, South Carolina, Todd Dozier and wife, Suzie of Newnan, Georgia, and Chris Dozier and wife, Dixie of Ludowici, Georgia; a sister, Kat Hammond of Egypt; a brother, Danny Hammond of Greenville, North Carolina; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018 in the Truett Memorial First Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Foster officiating. The interment will be in the Laurel Hills Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Scott, Todd, and Chris Dozier, Jeff Souza, Ray Davis, Jimmy Etheridge, Scott Kelley, and Greg Nease.
The family will receive friends from 1-2:45 Friday afternoon at the Truett Memorial First Baptist Church prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Paulette H. Wren to the Truett Memorial First Baptist Church, PO Box 464, Hayesville, NC 28904.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.
Lady Bulldogs 76, Lumpkin Co 55Murphy Bulldogs, Murphy High, Team FYN Sports December 28, 2017
The Murphy Lady Bulldogs can play, folks. They opened the Battle of the States tournament at Towns County High School against a quality opponent, the Lumpkin County Lady Indians. Lumpkin (4-4, 1-1) was coming off a big 51-24 win at home against Mt Zion, after a tough 2-pt loss at Gilmer. Lumpkin’s biggest win of the season so far was against region rival Dawson County (46-39). The fact of the matter is – Lumpkin County is no push-over.
All that being said, Murphy’s varsity girls (6-1, 1-0) may carry the most talented roster TeamFYNSports has seen step onto a basketball court.
Nine different Lady Dawgs scored in the game, as Murphy head coach Ray Gutierrez worked to spread the playing time among his elite corps of hoopsters. Murphy senior Jessica Beckner was easily the TeamFYNSports player of the game, as she scored 24 points with 9 field goals and she went 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
Junior Ellie Martin, one of three Lady Dawgs to hit shots from beyond the perimeter, was the second-leading scorer with 12 points, two of her baskets coming from outside the arch.
Juniors Aubrey Clapsaddle and Bri Moore each scored 8 points in the game, followed by sophomore Sydni Addison and senior Hailey Thompson with 7 points each. Freshman Kaiya Pickens scored 6 points in the game. Senior Brittin Johnson and freshman Sarah Pulliam each scored 2 points for Murphy, respectively.
The first quarter was all Murphy – scoring 21 points and holding Lumpkin to only two points of offense, both points coming by way of free throws made by Raven Chester of the Lady Indians. With a 21-2 first quarter, most expected this game to be over before it even began.
However, the Lady Indians’ offense came alive in the 2nd quarter, ignited behind the effort by Karlee Armstrong, who hit two 3’s and a field goal to put up 8 of Lumpkin’s 18 points. Makenzie Caldwell hit a three-pointer and Clara White put up six points in the effort as Lumpkin fought to challenge Murphy’s dominant start.
Murphy’s offense was as consistent and accurate in the 2nd as it was in the 1st quarter, despite the offensive push-back by Lumpkin County. The Lady Dawgs put up 21 points (again) and led 42-20 going into the locker room at halftime.
Throughout the second half, both teams saw surges in which Murphy would increase their lead, followed by Lumpkin patiently chopping away at it. Ultimately, the margin would prove too great for the Lady Indians to overcome.
Murphy won the game by a final score of 76-55, advancing to face Union County in the second round, Thursday afternoon. Lumpkin’s varsity girls moved to the other side of the bracket, facing Darlington (GA) Thursday morning.
Bud Lawerence Brown: ObituaryObituaries November 1, 2018
Mr. Bud Lawerence Brown is more alive than he has ever been and with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born October 31, 1928 in Elf, North Carolina, Bud passed into glory on October 30 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care. Bud was preceded in death by parents, Ben and Goldie Brown; two sisters, Dorothy Lundvall and Barbara Bracken; and twin brother, Benjamin Brown. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Betty Moore Brown; his daughter, Deborah J. Brown; and two sons, Lawrence E. and Brenin K. Brown. He is also survived by brother, James Brown and wife, Frances, of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Lee Brown of Hayesville; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Raised as a farm boy in Clay and Cherokee Counties, Bud later joined and served twenty years in the U. S. Army in Europe and Asia, thirty-six years with Bernhardt Furniture travelling extensively around the world on their behalf. He was very active in his community, serving on numerous boards; in church, serving as Sunday School Teacher, youth leader, Missions Committee chair, chair of the Board of Deacons, Elder, Clerk of Session and Trustee of Lenoir Presbyterian Church. He also served forty years as a volunteer of the Department of Defense branch, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), retired as State Chair with a rank of 2-star General, being dubbed “father of ESGR” in North Carolina. The “Bud Brown Award for Excellence” is given each year to a deserving member of ESGR. He and Betty served as Hospice volunteers for 30 years.
Bud carried a suitcase of Bibles throughout Asia for many years and testified to God’s love for all people through Jesus Christ. He also enjoyed home remodeling with his daughter, farming with his children, painting and drawing, woodworking, leather tooling, furniture making, and handcrafting with his wife.
Funeral and visitation will be held at Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, North Carolina at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018. A memorial service will be held at Lenoir Presbyterian Church in Lenoir, North Carolina at 3:00 p.m. on November 11, 2018. Memorials may be given to Lenoir Presbyterian Church, 1002 Kirkwood Ave. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Ave., Lenoir, NC 28645, or Yokefellow Christian Ministries, POB 2422, Lenoir, NC 28645.
The family deeply appreciates the staff of Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Caldwell Hospice and faithful caregivers Christy Pearson, Tammy Parsons, Kaitlyn Miller, Morgan Preik, as well as Sarah Eckard of Caregivers By Design.
The family expresses special thanks to Lenoir Presbyterian Church for their support during Bud’s illness, Harris Chapel Baptist Church for their prayers and many visits, Hyatt’s Creek Baptist Church for prayers and care. Most special thanks to Pastor Rob Hinman and Pastor Ron Burgett who will conduct the service.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.
Union Girls top Darlington, Boys force ‘Mercy Rule’ against PeidmontTeam FYN Sports December 31, 2017
By Isaiah Garrett, TeamFYNSports reporter
Wednesday Dec. 27, Union County played in the 24th annual Battle of the States tournament. The lady panthers tipped off at 4pm playing against Darlington School.
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.
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Wayne Alvin Sutton: ObituaryObituaries November 1, 2018
Wayne Alvin Sutton, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Born on October 26, 1940, the youngest child of Willard Alvin and Mary Evelyn Sutton in Saint Petersburg, Florida, he grew up in Waycross, Georgia, where he graduated from high school in 1958. He attended Georgia Tech, graduating in electrical engineering.
Wayne’s early life was full of interesting and fulfilling roles, including serving as a combat pilot in Southeast Asia, and engineer designing and constructing heavy industrial plants, a home builder and real estate developer. Wayne’s hobby was restoring World War II, Korean, and Vietnam era military aircraft and flying in airshows and performing aerobatic competitions.
Wayne considered his life to begin at the age of 64 ½ when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in a tent along the Appalachian Trail, where he had journeyed to fast and seek out his Savior. On June 16, 2005 in the early morning hours, Wayne fell on his knees for the first time in his life in acceptance of his Lord. Wayne said, “I felt as if I had wasted sixty-four years of my life and I promised God that I would serve him the remainder of my life.”
In 2007, he enrolled in Liberty University, where he graduated with a Bachelor degree in Religion. Wayne went on to receive a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies in 2012, and a Doctor of Ministry in Mission, Evangelism and Church Growth in 2014.
Wayne was accepted in the Pastoral Ministry program of the United Methodist Church in mid-November of 2009, and began his first appointment to Grantville First United Methodist Church in January 2010. Wayne served as Minister of Mission and Evangelism at Brooks United Methodist Church, pastor of Luthersville United Methodist Church, Fayetteville Friendship United Methodist Church and Reid’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He was active in the Walk to Emmaus, Chrysalis youth, and Kairos prison ministry.
Wayne’s final request was to be cremated and have his ashes spread over Plumb Orchard Gap on the Appalachian Trail, where he first accepted his Lord.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia Cox Werner Sutton; four children, Wayne Andrew Sutton of Atlanta, Georgia, Diana Lynn Monk of Macon, Georgia, Lisa Ann Thomas of Cumming, Georgia, and Brian Michael Sutton of Peachtree City, Georgia; along with eight grandchildren and 1 coming great grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Reid’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Mike Ayers and Fred Kolshorn officiating.
The family will receive friends from 12-12:50 Saturday afternoon at the Reid’s Chapel United Methodist Church prior to the services.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Can’t Never Could, www.cantnevercouldinc.com, c/o Coweta Community Foundation, PO Box 236, Newnan, GA 30264.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.
Live Coverage: Gilmer Parks & Rec BasketballBusiness January 24, 2018
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*UPDATED* School Closings Due to Severe Weather ConditionsNews September 11, 2017
- Union County Schools will be CLOSED Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th due to Gov. Nathan Deal declaring a state of emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia. Please continue to monitor here for further updates.
- Fannin County Schools will be closed for students and all personnel on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12, for students, as well as all faculty and staff, except for 12-month personnel, district directors, and principals. As long as it is safe to do so, all 12-month personnel, as well as district directors and principals, should anticipate reporting by 9:00 a.m. on September 12. These personnel should note, though, that this expectation may be revised, depending on the weather conditions overnight; nonetheless, if you ever believe it is unsafe to report, please notify your immediate supervisor. In addition, the Board of Education work session meeting that was scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, has been cancelled. Please continue to stay safe!
- Pickens County Schools closed Monday, September 11th – TWELVE MONTH EMPLOYEES REPORT AT NORMAL TIME. Schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12. Twelve month employees will be contacted late Monday as to whether they will be required to come to work on Tuesday. All school activities, including athletic events and after-school programs, will be canceled.
- Gilmer County Schools will be closed Monday, September 11th and Sepember 12th due to Hurricane Irma. We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds especially at higher elevations, debris, dangerous road conditions and downed power lines left in its wake. Only 12 month staff should report if safe to do so.
- Dawson County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Twelve month employees will operate on a 2 hour delay.
- Lumpkin County Schools closed due to the weather forecast for our area, Lumpkin County Schools will be closed on Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The anticipated high winds pose a significant threat to our students and staff. We understand that weather predictions are not always accurate, but we cannot ignore the potentially dangerous situation that this storm poses. Our number one priority is to keep our students and staff safe! Wednesday will still be a early release day as planned so that teachers will be available for parent conferences. 12 month employees should report if it is safe to do so.
- Towns County Schools closed Monday, September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th for all students. All employees should report at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 12th if safe to do so.
- White County Schools due to the severe weather forecast, White County Schools are closed for students and staff Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Please be safe!
- Murray County Schools closed Monday September 11 and Tuesday September 12, due to the possible impact of Hurricane Irma. We have made this decision after consultation with local emergency management authorities and careful consideration of safety factors, such as the probability of severe winds, debris, dangerous road conditions, and downed power lines. We understand that weather predictions are often incorrect, but the size of this storm cannot be ignored. It is our hope that Murray County is spared from any of this storm’s impact, but we will always choose to error on the side of caution. All events planned for Monday and Tuesday evenings are also cancelled. This includes the September 11 MCPS Board meeting. This meeting will be rescheduled for Thursday, September 14 at 6:15 p.m. All maintenance, grounds crew, and transportation employees will meet at the transportation office.