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Obituaries for August 11, 2022; Edd Christopher, Russell Pendley, Eddie Reynolds, Jeff Corbin, Hoyal Fendley, Bobby Milam

Edd Christopher

            Charles Edward Christopher “Edd” passed away peacefully in Ponte Vedra, Florida on August 3rd surrounded in love with his wife and children. 

            Born June 24, 1948 to Clarence and Irene, Edd was proud to call Sevierville, Tennessee home. He graduated in 1970 from The University of Tennessee. He began his career as a CPA in Marietta, GA. Edd enjoyed his time as a Scout leader and little league coach with his son, spending many a weekend saddling horses for his two daughters, and later hosting his fellow Vol fans and the stray Rebel and Dawg at his ultimate tailgates. Edd and Sue enjoyed their travels, especially to Scotland golfing and seeing dear friends at St. Andrews. He gave all of his children a well-rounded appreciation and love of music and deep respect for their country. He was loved by his family, friends, and clients and known equally for his generosity and wisdom. He will be missed by all who were blessed enough to know him and his words of wisdom and wit known as “Eddisms” will be cherished and shared with generations to come. 

            He is survived by his wife Sue, son Chase (Bentley) Christopher, daughters Caroline (Phil) Peevy and Hanna (Chris) Ketchey, grandchildren Chase, Hanna, Stella, Charlie, and Aubrey, and brother Bob (Margaret) Christopher.

            In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations are made in Edd’s name to Tunnels to Towers.

Russell Pendley

            Russell Pendley, 75, of Jasper, Georgia, a United States Army Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, passed away Friday, July 29, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family. 

            Funeral service was Sunday, July 31 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens with Military Honors by DAV Chapter 47 of Jasper. 

            Mr. Pendley is survived by his wife of 53 years Linda Pendley; son Scotty Pendley and wife Jamie, of Jasper, Georgia; daughter Crystal Walker and husband Marcus, of Jasper, Georgia; brothers Larry Pendley and wife Bessie “Dolly,” of Marble Hill, Georgia; Tom Pendley and wife Gina, of Jasper, Georgia; sisters Joyce Chumley and husband Ronnie, of Tate, Georgia; Mary Lee and husband Tony, of Jasper, Georgia; Martha Elischer and husband Jon, of Tate, Georgia; grandchildren Brooklyn, Isabelle, Julia, Elliemae, and Elijah. 

            Russell was honored to serve his country in the Vietnam conflict. He worked for Coca Cola Company as a fleet mechanic for 33 years. He also enjoyed summer and fall gardening, cutting wood, working on cars, hunting, watching television and being a great provider for his family. Care and trust placed with In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations, 481 Noah Drive, Jasper, Georgia 30143. 706-253-5060.

Eddie Reynolds

            William Edward “Eddie” Reynolds, 60, of Jasper, Georgia passed away Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Northside Cherokee Hospital in Canton.  

            Survivors include his wife, Sandra Thacker Reynolds of Jasper; mother, Betty Reynolds of Jasper; sister, Regena and Kevin McTaggart of Jasper; son, Wesley and Tiffany Reynolds of Nelson, stepdaughters, Valarie and Johnny Reece of Jasper and Rhonda and Lance Yoakem of Jasper; grandchildren, Bryce and Bailey Reynolds, Madison, Olivia, and Noah Yoakem, and Shelby and Colin Reece.       Eddie was preceded in death by his dad Gene Reynolds.

            Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 7th, 2022 at Roper Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ricky Jarrett officiating. Honorary Pallbearers were Johnny Reece, Colin Reece, Lance Yoakem, Jace Franklin, Chris Burden, and Noah Yoakem. 

            Arrangements are entrusted to the staff of Roper Funeral Home and Crematory.

Jeff Corbin

            Jeffery “Jeff” Hugh Corbin, 63, of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away Saturday, August 6, 2022 surrounded by family at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital after a brief illness. 

            Jeff loved fishing, being a diesel mechanic, a lumberjack, and a Jack of All Trades. 

            Jeff is preceded in death by brother Bud Corbin. He is survived by daughters Manilinda Jimenez, of Talking Rock, Georgia; Katie Corbin, of Jasper, Georgia; sisters Sally Wilson, of Jasper, Georgia; Jo Anne Mewborn, of Jasper, Georgia; grandchildren Joseph Corbin Soto, Miguel Jeffery Soto; Ashley Lynn Jimenez; cousin Brenda Chambers, of Talking Rock, Georgia; many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. 

            The family had a service Sunday, August 8 in The Chapel of In Their Honor of Jasper Funerals and Cremations, 481 Noah Drive, Jasper, Georgia 30143. 706-253-5060.

Hoyal Fendley

August 26, 1936 – August 5, 2022

U.S. Veteran  

            Mr. Hoyal Fendley, 85, of Jasper, passed away Friday, August 5, 2022 at his residence.

            Mr. Fendley is survived by his wife, Jean Fendley of Jasper; daughter, Rhonda Violet of Jasper; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold Fendley of Clayton Community, Charles & Linda Fendley of Jasper, and James & Debbie Fendley of Jasper; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean & Robert Richards of Douglasville, Opalene & Forest Martin of Cumming, Charmet & Carl Vining of Grayson, Ruth Ann Sims of Canton, Linda Chadwick of Canton, and Nancy Fendley of Montrose, Colorado; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren; lots of nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ruby Fendley; and brother, Ricky Fendley.

            Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Buck Parker officiating.

            Interment was at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery, following the funeral service.

            Pallbearers: James Fendley, Charles Fendley, Shane Fendley, Bill Ledford, Herman Painter, and Tim Prather.

            Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Fendley family.

Bobby Milam

            The honorable Bobby C. Milam passed away August 3, 2022, from natural causes. He was predeceased by his wife Jackie Milam and son Riley Milam. He is survived by his sister Margie Watkins, brother-in-law Jene Cook, children Philip and Lisa Milam, Joy Hice, Lynn and Anthony Hughes, grandchildren Hannah and Nick Duran, Cole Hice, Alexandra Milam, Emily and Harrison Styles, Christina Milam, Riley Hice, and great grandchildren Hayden Hughes, Luke Duran, and Collin Duran.

            Bobby Milam was born December 15, 1930, in Fairburn, Georgia. The youngest of six kids, Bobby grew up on a farm working the land along side his father and brother. After graduating from Campbell High School, he joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 16 seeking adventure and exploration. His brief stint with the merchant marines was followed by joining the US Marine Corps, serving two tours of duty during the Korean War.

            After his military service Bobby enrolled at the University of Georgia to pursue his dream of becoming an attorney. While focusing on his academic pursuits, he also joined the university dive team and even tried out for the football team. Bobby also pursued the love of his life, Jackie Cook, whom he had known since his childhood, from a chance encounter at a football game. They married May 28, 1955, and began their long life together with Jackie working and supporting Bobby while he finished his undergraduate and law degree.

            Bobby graduated from law school in Georgia in 1959 and began his legal career by clerking for Atlanta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Jesse Wood for two years. He then joined the US District Attorney’s Office in Atlanta Georgia as an Assistant US District Attorney for four years. Bobby had the opportunity to join Herman Spence in private practice in Blue Ridge, Georgia. In 1965 he moved his family to the north Georgia mountains, never looking back. Bobby represented individuals throughout north Georgia as well as various businesses and corporations and was instrumental in industrial development and in bringing a hospital to Fannin County. He served as legal counsel for Tri-State Electrical Membership Corporation, Fannin County Bank, Fannin County Board of Education, and the Fannin County Hospital Authority. 

            In 1983 the Appalachian Judicial Circuit was formed from the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit with Bob being appointed as the circuit’s first Superior Court judge by Governor Joe Frank Harris. Judge Milam served as a Superior Court judge for the Appalachian Circuit until his retirement in 1996. He remained active as a Senior Judge for several years throughout the state. Judge Milam had the distinction of serving as the Administrative Judge of the Ninth Judicial Court Circuit for two years and sitting as an honorary judge on the Court of Appeals.

            Judge Milam was very active in the community and his church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at the First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge.

            A memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 13, 2022, at the Ridge Community Church, 5004 Appalachian Hwy, Blue Ridge, GA at 2 p.m. with Dr. Chan Mitchell officiating. The family will receive friends at the Ridge Community Church from 11:30 a.m. until the service hour. In lieu of flowers the family request donations in honor of Judge Milam be made to the Fannin Christian Learning Center online at www.fanninclc.com or the Family Connection of Fannin, Gilmer, or Pickens County. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.akinsfuneralhome.com.

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