James Earl Mitchell, 74, Lookout Mountain
James Earl Mitchell, 74 of Lookout Mountain, Georgia went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday morning, July 17, 2017 and was joined by his loving wife of more than 56 years, Linda Ward Mitchell less than 12 hours later.
Mr. Mitchell was a lifelong resident of the North Georgia area and was of the Baptist faith. He had made a name for himself working most of his life as a Stone Mason. He lived to work, but he also enjoyed playing golf, fishing and spending time with his family & friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Melton & Mary Daisy Mitchell and his sister, Annie Thompson.
Survivors include his loving wife of more than 56 years, Linda Faye Mitchell who couldn’t stand the thought of living without James another day; children, James “Tim” Mitchell, Terry Mitchell all of Lookout Mountain, GA and Theresa Genter of Ringgold, GA; brother, Tony Mitchell; sisters, Brenda Higdon and Debbie Evans all of Lookout Mountain, GA; 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and dear friend, Danny Roberts.
Funeral services: 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2017 in the Fort Oglethorpe Chapel with Rev. Cecil Gravitt officiating.
Burial: Mount Olive Cemetery.
Visitation: Friday morning from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Online guest book at www. wilsonfuneralhome. com.
Arrangements: W. L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Homes, Fort Oglethorpe, GA.
Frank Andrew Foss, 46, Cairo, Ga.
Frank Andrew Foss, 46, of Cairo, Ga., passed away at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., on Monday, July 17, 2017.
Mr. Foss was born on May 20, 1971, in St. Petersburg, FL, to the late Frank E. Foss and Janice Copeland Laurence, who survives. He graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1989. He served his country in the United States Army from 1992 to 2001. On August 18, 2007, he married Michelle Smith Foss, who survives. Frank has lived in Lafayette, GA, Moultrie, GA, and currently in Cairo. He was employed by the Thomas County Tax Assessors Office in the mapping department. He was a former member of the Corinth Baptist Church in Lafayette, GA. He was a devoted Georgia Bulldog Fan.
Survivors include: his wife, Michelle Smith Foss of Cairo, GA; son, Hunter Avery of Cairo, GA; mother, Janice Copeland Laurence of Cairo, GA; sister, Angela Kelley of Moultrie, GA; stepgrandmother, Opal Holloway of Canton, GA; uncle, Franklin Copeland of Canton, GA; aunt, Glena Magee (Otis) of Rawson, OH; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family member. He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Chapel of Clark Funeral Home, Cairo, GA. Pastor Gwyn Hayes and Pastor David Avery will officiate.
Burial: With Military Honors, in Sunset Cemetery, Meigs, GA.
Active pallbearers: Lee “Button” Thomas, Jr., Alvin “Bitt” Shirah, Jamie Bynum, Larry Horn, Thomas Smith and Franklin Copeland.
Visitation: At Clark Funeral Home on Friday, July 21, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Guests may sign the online register at www. clarkfuneral.com.
Donna Jean Colvard, 54, Ringgold
Mrs. Donna Jean Colvard, 54, of Ringgold, went home to be with her Lord and Savior with her loving family at her side Monday July 10, 2017.
Donna graduated from Dalton State College with an A.A. degree in Medical Assistance to which she played a valued part in advocating the school implementing a program for medical assistant students; she was also a member of the American Association of Medical Assistance. Mrs. Colvard was a Volunteer with the North Georgia crisis center where she focused most of her time with families of domestic violence. Donna had a passion for helping other people and her courageous heart will be forever remembered by all who knew her. Mrs. Colvard was a lifelong resident of Ringgold and was a member of the Nellie Head Baptist in Tunnel Hill.
She is preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Homer and Agnes Holmes; maternal grandparents, Jack and Oma Mitchell, niece, Melissa Ball and great nephew, Grayden Whitmore.
Survivors include parents Charles and Doris Holmes husband David Colvard, children Brandi Hughes (Chuck) and Sidney Hullender, siblings, Barbara Holmes Goforth, Donald Holmes(Tami) and Jeffrey Holmes(Elizabeth). Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorial service: Thursday July 13, 2017 at 6 pm in the funeral home chapel.
Visitation: Wednesday from 6 until 9 pm at the funeral home.
Arrangements: Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel Ringgold, Georgia.
Jacky William Thomas, 67, Chickamauga
Jacky William Thomas, age 67, of Chickamauga passed away at Memorial Hospital Friday, July 14, 2017.
Born in Cedartown Georgia in 1950, Jacky was of the Baptist faith and was a selfemployed drywall installer. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lola Mae Thomas; brother, Frank Thomas; and nephew, DeWayne Thomas.
Survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Debbie Thomas; daughters, Holly (Danny) Claire, Heather Thomas Fleming, and Christy Thomas all of Chickamauga; grandchildren, Kaylee Claire, Jenna Claire, Sean Claire, Seth Claire, Emma Fleming, Benson Thomas, and Kynlee Ann; sisters, Betty Martin of Chickamauga and Marilyn (George) Baker of LaFayette; brothers, Wayne (Diane) Thomas and Curtis (Debbie) Thomas all of Chickamauga, and Ralph Thomas of LaFayette; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service: 6 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 in the Wilbanks Memorial Chapel.
Burial: LaFayette City Cemetery.
Visitation: At the funeral home Monday from 4 p.m. until hour of service.
Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.
Jorena Shepherd Joyner, 68, Rock Spring
Jorena Shepherd Joyner, age 68, of Rock Spring passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
She was the daughter of the late William Shepherd and Emma Polk Shepherd. JoRena was a
homemaker, devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and attended Oakwood Baptist Church.
Survived by her devoted and loving husband of 47 years, Larry Joyner of Rock Spring; daughter, Lindsey (Mac) McClure; sons, Greg (Joy) Joyner and Shannon Joyner all of Rock Spring; grandchildren, Blake Joyner, Brooke Joyner, Paxton McClure, Maya Joyner, Asa McClure, and Robee Joyner; sisters, ReGena Demere and Billie Schnider both of Macon, Ga., and DeAnn Borders of Byron, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
Celebration of life service: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 381 Wood Station Road, Rock Spring, GA 30739 with Pastor Frank Kelley officiating.
Private interment: Rock Spring Cemetery.
Visitation: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, July 21 at the funeral home.
Arrangements: Wallis-Wilbanks Funeral Home, LaFayette.
Dr. Thomas “Butch” Cochran Jr., 71, Fortson, Ga.
Dr. Thomas “Butch” Cochran Jr., 71, of Fortson, GA died Friday, July 14, 2017.
Dr. Cochran was born September 6, 1945 in Chattanooga, TN, son of Jo Cobb Cochran and the late Thomas A. Cochran, Sr. Dr. Cochran received his BS degree from the University of Georgia in 1967 and completed his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia in 1971. He continued his training with a surgical internship and three year surgical residency at Baylor University Hospital in Dallas, Texas. After completing a two year residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Dr. Cochran began practicing medicine in Columbus, Georgia in 1977. He was a board certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, and was on the staff of St. Francis Hospital, Columbus Regional and Doctors Hospital. Dr. Cochran has served on the board of directors of the Chattahoochee Council of Boy Scouts of America and served on the board of the St. Francis Hospital Foundation.
Outside of his medical practice, Dr. Cochran was an avid outdoorsman. He loved every aspect of hunting, fishing and enjoying God’s creations. Also, Dr. Cochran loved to support the Columbus Cottonmouths, and was an active participant in the adult hockey league. Dr. Cochran loved being with his family and was an active member of First Baptist Church of Columbus.
Survivors include his sons, Christopher Cochran, Kevin Cochran and his wife, Julie, and his daughter, Kendall Cochran; his grandson, Case Cochran; his mother, Jo Cobb Cochran; his sister, Gaye Smith; his brother, Randy Cochran, and
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