Obituaries

Ms. Rita Katherine VanOrsdal

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Ms. Rita Katherine VanOrsdal, 70, died July 22, 2020, in Blairsville.

She was born May 23, 1950, in Mobile, Ala., to the late Ira Austin VanOrsdal.  

Mrs. Claudia V. Murphy

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Mrs. Claudia V. Murphy, 89, of Ellijay, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

She was born Sept. 21, 1930, in Gilmer County, to the late J.S. and Eula Knight Cloninger. 

Cecil Elmer Defoor

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Mr. Cecil Elmer Defoor, 89, of Ellijay, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at his residence. 

He was born March 12, 1931, to the late William Lee and Era Annis (Buckner) Defoor, in Ellijay.

Mrs. Rebecca Ray Smith

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Mrs. Rebecca Ray Smith, 42, of Talking Rock, died Thursday, July 30, 2020.

She was born Sept. 4, 1977, in Fulton County, to  Freddie and Janet Davenport Ray. 

Teddy Fae Oliver

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Mr. Teddy Fae Oliver, 64, of Ellijay, died Saturday, July 25, 2020.

He was born Aug. 28, 1955, in Gilmer County to the late Eugene and Oma Sanford Oliver. He worked as a handyman.

James E. Pinson

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Mr. James E. Pinson, 93, of Covington, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

He was born May 22, 1927, in Gilmer County, to the late George Lather and Roxie Troglin Pinson. 

Ricky David McClure

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Mr. Ricky David McClure, 61, of Ellijay, died Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Regency Park Health & Rehabilitation in Dalton.

He was a Christian and of the Baptist faith.