North Georgia Chairmen urge Kemp to close State Parks

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – Twelve Commission Chairmen from North Georgia counties have joined together and signed a letter asking Governor Brian Kemp to shut down the State Parks.

“It appears that these nonresidents believe our area is a safe haven because of its rural nature. To the contrary, the influx of people into our communities has had a staggering detrimental effect on our resources,” the letter to Kemp read in part.

Georgia, North Georgia, Governor, Brian Kemp, State Parks, Close, Shut Down, Letter, Chairmen, Habersham, Rabun, Franklin, Towns, White, Gilmer, Dade, Fannin, Union, Lumpkin, Stephens, Banks, Travis Turner, Tim Stamey, Greg James

Habersham County Commissioner District 5 Tim Stamey

The letter goes on to outline the resources in our area that have been affected by the out-of-towners looking to seclude themselves, including in these resources are food, dry goods and fuel.

It goes on to inform Kemp that our area is not equipped medically: “Our communities simply do not have enough hospital beds or medical personnel to care for the inflated population.”

Though only serving as a commissioner for a little over three months, Habersham County Commissioner District 5 Tim Stamey felt he needed to be proactive in bringing a solution to this problem: “I am a retired special operator and we don’t sit around talking about things, we get it done.”

Stamey who sits on the County Health Board said, “I’m on the County Health Board and talk to Healthcare workers in my county on a daily basis. They are the heros/heroines in all this. This virus does not spread itself on the wind.”

Moccasin Creek State Park, situated just North of Unicoi State park has been “crazy, 4th of July crazy” for the past three weekends according to Stamey, who has witnessed the impact on his county first hand.

Stamey initially contacted Rabun County Chairman Greg James and White County Chairman Travis Turner.

“I started this by just trying to get border counties on board,” Stamey said and added, “Then Chairmen were like well, did you call such and such, I know they feel the same way. It just kept getting bigger and bigger.”

Stamey said that all Commission Chairmen were helpful, on board, and taking the matter seriously: “I talked to most of them several times and for up to an hour each time.”

Stamey, along with the 12 county chairmen and many residents, is hoping that this letter will get the attention of Kemp. The letter in closing states: “On behalf of the many citizens that live in North Georgia who entrust us as County Commissioners to represent their interests, we respectfully ask you to close all of the state parks located in our area immediately.”

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Jeanette Alexander Nunnally: Obituary

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Jeanette Alexander Nunnally

July 26, 1934 – February 26, 2020

Jeanette Nunnally, age 85 of Cleveland, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland.

John Robert “Bobby” Dockery: Obituary

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Mr. John Robert “Bobby” Dockery, age 55, of Cleveland, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2020.

 

Mr. Dockery was born in Hall County to John Robert and the late Patrica Raven Dockery. In addition to his mother, he is also preceded in death by daughters, Crystal Dockery and Daisy Dockery; grandson, Wesley Garrison; and mother-in-law, Gertrude Edge.  Mr. Dockery was a truck driver and a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church.

 

Survivors include his wife, Tammy Dockery; daughter and son-in-law, Maranda and Thomas Garrison; daughter, Ashley Garrison; father, Robert Dockery; sisters and brothers-in-law, Christy and Ricky Bell, Robin and Ricky Buttler, and Brad and Sheree Dockery; grandchildren, Kimberly Garrison, Shaylee Garrison, and Carson Garrison; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 PM Tuesday, February 25 from the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home.  The Rev. Danny Kastner, Rev. Kip Lee, and Mr. Mike Gooch will officiate. Interment will follow in Damascus Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, February 24 at Barrett Funeral Home.

The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made to help assist with funeral expenses.

To share a memory or to leave the family a condolence please visit www.barrettfh.com.

 

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Janette Hodges: Obituary

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Janette Hodges age 77, of Cleveland passed away Monday February 17, 2019.

Mrs. Hodges was born in Massachusetts to the late Harold and Robie Dodge Gullic. She went to Widefield High School in Security Colorado and attended Blair Business College where she was a member of the Alpha lota Sorority. Mrs. Hodges loved to play softball and was nicknamed “Bubblegum”. She dearly loved her family. Mrs. Hodges was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Simmons.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Robert Hodges, Cleveland; daughter, Leigh Anne Padilla, Cleveland; twin sister, Jane Barrett, Cornelia; grandchildren, Jordanne Thomas, Adriana Padilla, Arielle Padilla, Roberto Padilla; great grandchildren, Bonham, Anabel, Analise and Arizonia.

No services will be held.

Online condolences may be made to the family at barrettfh.com.

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Betty Doris Abernathy: Obituary

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Betty Doris Abernathy, age 77, of Cleveland, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020.

 

Mrs. Abernathy was born on January 24, 1943, in Gainesville, Georgia, to the late Arthur and Beatrice Irvin Goss.  In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Winford Abernathy; son, David Abernathy; and daughter, Karen Abernathy.  Mrs. Abernathy worked for the White County School System and was of the Christian Faith.

 

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Darryl Carter, Cleveland, and Wanda and Tony Brewster, Dahlonega; grandchildren, Shane, Crystal, Ethan, Greg, and Shannon; and sisters, Sue and Janie.

 

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the funeral home.

 

Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Johnny Harold Cronan: Obituary

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Johnny Harold Cronan age 68, of Cleveland passed away Tuesday February 18, 2020.

 

Mr. Cronan was born in Fulton County the son of the late Carl and Mary Andrews Cronan.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Ann Cronan.  Mr. Cronan was a self employed Plumber.

 

Survivors include his wife, Doris Cronan, Cleveland; daughter and son in law, Tracey and Donald Butler, Cumming; daughter, Angela Ertzberger, Dawsonville; step children, Stanley (Cotton) Thompson, Cleveland, Adam Thompson, KY., Wendy Gooch, Cleveland; brother and girlfriend, Jimmy Cronan and Janice Burns, Dahlonega; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home.  The Rev. Spencer Anderson, Rev. W.A. Jenkins and the Rev. Donnie Wilkes will officiate.  Burial will follow at Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends 1-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to assist the family in care of The Bridge Church, 607 Hulsey Rd. Cleveland, GA 30528 or online at The Bridge Church at the bridgeonline.cc

 

Online condolences may be made to the family at barrettfh.com.

 

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Vivian Geneva Gooch: Obituary

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Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland announces the death of Vivian Geneva Gooch, age 75 of Gainesville. Ms. Gooch passed away Friday, February 21, 2020.

 

Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced soon.

 

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland. 706-865-3101.

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Jessie Darline Gunter: Obituary

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Mrs. Jessie Darline Gunter, age 73, of Cleveland, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020.

Mrs. Gunter was born November 9, 1946 in Murphy, NC to the late Zed-Worth Youngblood and Wilda Sims Youngblood. Jessie was a homemaker and a member of Center Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Roger Youngblood and Lonnie Youngblood.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Gunter Sr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Marline and John Rider; Arline and Tom Jackson; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Beverly Gunter Jr.; son, Jeff Gunter; daughter, Karen Gunter; brother, Harold Hollifield, 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at The Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. Dr. Don Pruitt will officiate. Interment will follow in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, visit barrettfh.com.

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James Daniel Smallwood, Jr: Obituary

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Our Angel is home. Mr. James Daniel Smallwood, Jr. left this earthly world to be with Jesus on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Mr. Smallwood was born on August 8, 1924, in Commerce, Georgia, to Mr. and Mrs. James Daniel Smallwood, Sr. James graduated from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia with a degree in Chemistry. He and his wife of 76 years, Runette Taylor Smallwood, lived in Helen, Georgia for many years. They moved to Greenville, South Carolina to be close to their daughter and their granddaughters after they were born.

Mr. Smallwood had a long and distinguished military career with the United States Army Air Corps which was later named the United States Air Force. You could not find a greater patriot. He was a World War II veteran who participated in the invasion of Normandy, France three days after D-Day. After receiving his honorable discharge from active duty, he worked for the United States Department of Agriculture until his retirement. During his USDA employment, he continued to serve his country as a member of the United States Air Force Reserves. He was a proud member of Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, South Carolina, the Gainesville Masonic Lodge #219, and the Scottish Rite. He also received a Quilt of Valor on February 10, 2019 in recognition of his service to our country.

Survivors include his wife, Runette Taylor Smallwood, their daughter and son-in-law, Shawn S. Hammond and William C. Hammond, Jr; and granddaughters, Victoria Brooke and Olivia Campbell.

Funeral services are scheduled for 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Dennis Turner will officiate. Interment will follow the funeral service at Helen Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Helen, Georgia.
Full Military Honors will be provided by the White County Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Wednesday, prior to the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Smallwood’s memory may be made to Christ Church Episcopal – 10 North Church Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601.

To share a memory or to leave a condolence to the family please visit www.barrettfh.com.

Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland, Georgia is in charge of funeral services

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