Ricky E. Crawford: Obituary


Ricky E. Crawford, 67, of Murphy passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at his residence. He was a native of Jackson County, Georgia. Ricky lived in Athens, Georgia for more than 20 years while working for Bridges Funeral Home. He then moved to the area in 1996, where he worked for Ivie Funeral Home for more than 20 years. He was a member of Tomotla Baptist Church, where he enjoyed playing the bass guitar. Ricky enjoyed building model cars, collecting old cameras, and especially photography.

He was the son of Mattie Crawford of Athens, Georgia and the late Howard Crawford. He was also preceded in death by a son, Avery Crawford.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 44 years, Debra Crawford; two sons, Emery Crawford of Murphy and Aaron Crawford and wife, Rei of Berea, Kentucky; a sister, Marsha Waters and husband, Tommy of Athens, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Tomotla Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold Stiles officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12-1:45 Saturday afternoon at the Tomotla Baptist Church prior to the services.

Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.


Lorraine B. Stiff: Obituary


Lorraine B. Stiff, 94, of Murphy passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at her residence.


Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.


Vernon Howard: Obituary


Vernon Howard, age 69 of Marble passed away Monday September 9, 2019 in Chattanooga, TN.

Vernon was the son of the late Greely Howard and Joyce Wiggins Howard. He enjoyed fishing and loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He worked for Mayfield Milk for many years and was known as “The Milkman”. He was an US Army Veteran. Vernon loved the Lord and was a member of Tomotla Baptist Church where he was a deacon, and choir director.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ella Howard; daughter, Vicki Olive and husband Brad; sons, David Howard and Richard Howard and wife, Ashley; grandchildren, Sara Hardy, Christian Olive, Tori Olive, Lily Howard, Molly Howard and Serenity “Pickle” Howard; brothers, Ed Howard and wife, Jan and sisters, Sheila Morris and husband,  Bobby and Gladys Waldroup and husband, Nathan.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm, Thursday September 12, 2019 at Tomotla Baptist Church. Rev. Doug Howard and Rev. Harold Stiles will officiate. Pallbearers will be Lonnie Mintz, Bobby Stalcup, Phil Craig, Richard Mathis, Alan Williams and Jim Palmer. Honorary pallbearers will be the mens Sunday School class of Tomotla Baptist Church. Burial will be in Tomotla Community Cemetery with military graveside rites being conducted by the American Legion Post #96 Murphy, American Legion Post 532 Hayesville, VFW Post 6812, Hayesville, NC and the Marine Corp League Marble, NC.

The family will receive friends from 6-8pm, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Tomotla Baptist Church in Marble.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL. 33607.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

You may send tributes to the family at www.mem.com


John Fillyaw: Obituary


John Fillyaw, 69, of Murphy passed away Monday, September 9, 2019 in a Murphy care facility.


Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy.


Carol Ann Day: Obituary


Carol Ann Day, age 74 of Murphy passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at her residence. She was born in Staten Island to the late Michael and Anna Tristaino Fava. Carol was a member of Ranger Baptist Church and a former member of Eastern Star of Martha’s Chapter.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,Jimmy Lee Day.

Carol is survived by her sons, Victor Marrone and Kevin Michael Flachofsky; daughter, Theresa Ann Marrone; grandchildren, Jennifer Mikulo, Chase Keiser, Shawn Marrone and Smantha Blahnik and great-grandchildren, Clark Anne Blahnik, Alyasa Mikula, Hunter Keiser and Zayne.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Townson-Rose Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Joel Keith Creasman: Obituary


Joel Keith Creasman, 78, of Andrews, NC, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019. He was born January 7, 1941 to the late Alvin Eugene Creasman and Mildred Russell Creasman. Mr. Creasman retired from Western Forge a furniture manufacturing business. He loved football, baseball and basketball games and he loved to garden and read. He was a member of Aquone Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, also a Sunday School Teacher and Sunday School Superintendent.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Barbara Creasman; two sons, Brian Keith Creasman (Valerie) of Kentucky and Joel Creasman (Nichole) of Andrews, NC; grandchildren, Jeremiah, Kenzie, Isabella, Micaiah, Hilkiah, Georgia, and Hannah Creasman; a sister, Erla Jean Jones of Andrews, NC.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm, Friday, September 6, 2019 at Aquone Baptist Church in Topton, NC, with Rev. Joel Creasman and Rev. Michael Grant officiating. Burial will be in the Aquone Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Townson-Rose Funeral Home in Andrews.

Pallbearers are Zach Shivers, Scott Ramsey, Doug Hampton, Scott Sutton, Ricky Breed and Mark Ashley.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Creasman family. Online condolences are available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.


Curtis Melvin Chambers: Obituary


Curtis Melvin Chambers of Atlanta passed away peacefully on September 4, 2019. He was 86.


Curtis was born in Birdie, Georgia on July 16, 1933 to the late James “Corbett” Chambers and Sallie Barrow Chambers. He was the eldest of six children, and a character guided by his entrepreneurial spirit throughout his life.


Curtis was raised in Mobile, Alabama, and was known in his community as a young entrepreneur who sold ice and candy, and delivered newspapers, groceries, and auto parts. Curtis was also known as an entertainer, regularly playing guitar and singing at his high school, and hosting his own radio show in Mobile. Curtis’s school principal once told him “You need to give up that hillbilly music, there’s no future in it.” That same principal also chased Elvis Presley off his high school stage for inappropriate moves.


In 1952, Curtis joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Kodiak, Alaska during the Korean War.  He served 4 years on aerial reconnaissance flights gathering intelligence from the Soviet Union, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, and the Good Conduct Medal.


After completing his service, Curtis arrived in Atlanta in 1956, and began working at Lockheed Corporation. Curtis often played the guitar at social gatherings in the city. Curtis met a red-headed woman while playing guitar at a house party in Atlanta. When she asked him why he came to the party, he replied “I’m looking for me a wife.” The rest is history.


Curtis married Madelyn Gibson in April, 1957, and welcomed their first son, Jeff, later that year. Sons Greg and Ron were born in 1960 and 1968, respectively.


Curtis opened Chambers Service Station in southwest Atlanta on December 26, 1957, becoming a Pure Oil dealer, and later a Union 76 dealer. Curtis expanded his business to include lawnmower repairs as a Snapper dealer, and became one of Atlanta’s first video rental businesses. Curtis’s customers included many prominent Atlantans in the 1960s and 1970s, including Hank Aaron, Dr. Joseph Lowery, United States Ambassador Andrew Young, and Martin Luther King Sr.


Curtis became a grandfather in 1992 and spent the next two and a half decades adoring his five “ugly bunch of grandkids.”


Curtis’s jovial presence could be felt in any room. If you’ve met him, there’s a good chance you counted the ‘Fs’ on the back of a Chambers Service Station business card, saw a picture of his “Pride and Joy,” and heard a story about one of his 15+ trips to Walt Disney World.


Curtis’s other accomplishments include evading formal healthcare for more than 40 years, representing himself in county court twice, ending a high-speed police chase by shooting out the tires of the suspect’s car as it drove by his business, and maintaining the only rotating commercial sign in Fulton County after 1988.


Curtis is preceded in death by his parents Corbett Chambers and Sallie Chambers; sisters Betty Chambers and Jean Cochran; and sons Greg Chambers and Ron Chambers. He is survived by his wife Madelyn Chambers of Atlanta, Georgia; son Jeff (Shari) Chambers of Acworth, Georgia; daughters-in-law  Nancy Chambers of Newnan, Georgia, and Melissa (Brian) Carlson of Auburn, Alabama; grandchildren Sarah Chambers of New York, New York, Kathryn (Nathan) Bohannon of Suwannee, Georgia, Kellen Chambers of Atlanta, Georgia, Paxson Chambers of Tallahassee, Florida, and Caraline Carlson of Auburn, Alabama; and sisters Barbara Coogler of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gail Roberts of Saraland, Alabama, and Peggy (Ben) Adams of Mobile, Alabama.


The visitation will be held from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2019 at H. M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring St, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at H.M. Patterson & Son, Spring Hill Chapel.  A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, 198 Shady Grove Rd, Murphy, NC 28906.


Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of local arrangements.


Keith Patton: Obituary


Keith Patton, 58, of Hayesville passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at his residence. He was born in Habersham County, Georgia, but was raised in Clay County from the age of two. He was a 1979 graduate of Hayesville High School and played in the band in both high school and college. He graduated from Western Carolina University, receiving his master’s degree in public health and administration. Keith worked in several states but the majority of his work took place in North Carolina as a health administrator. He attended the United Methodist Church. Keith was a charter member of the Franklin County Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed restoring furniture and photography.


He is the son of Jane Dailey Patton of Hayesville and the late Richard J. Patton, who died February 6, 2018.


Surviving, in addtion to his mother, are his wife, Kathy Patton; a son, Richard L. Patton of Oxford, North Carolina; and a niece and a nephew.


Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with the Rev. Jackie Sellers officiating. The interment will be in Union Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John B. Patton, Timothy Hall, Mike Hedden, Jimmy Patton, and Mitchell Dayton.


The family will receive friends from 2-2:45 Wednesday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville prior to the services.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Keith Patton to the Paws for People, 1121C – 324 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405.


Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.


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