Obituaries

Mrs. Dorothy Lee Gates Abee

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Mrs. Dorothy Lee Gates Abee, 97, of Valdese, N.C., passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health.

Blaine Free

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Mr. Blaine Free, 86, of Cherry Log, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

He was born May 10, 1933, in Fannin County, to the late Homer and Mary Bearden Free. He was a farmer. 

Mrs. Sally Stiles

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Mrs. Sally Stiles, 80, of Andrews, N.C., died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in a Chattanooga, Tenn., hospital. She was a native and lifelong resident of Cherokee County, N.C.

Grady Gayton

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Mr. Grady Gayton, 83, of Jasper, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at his residence.

Mrs. Jeanette McArthur Royston

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Mrs. Jeanette McArthur Royston, 82, of Austell, formerly of Ellijay, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Wellstar Tranquility Hospice in Austell.