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Betty Sue Freeman, 88, of Cleveland, passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.
Mrs. Freeman was born in White County, to the late Virgil and Mary Lloyd Ramey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Robert Hamp Freeman; sons, Ronnie Freeman and Donnie Freeman; and brothers, Dewey, RB, Herbert, Jack, and Harold Ramey. Mrs. Freeman was a member of Blue Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Christie Freeman; daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Lynn Whitener, Glenda and John Essigman, and Penny and Glenn Sims; daughters-in-law, Judy Freeman and Jeanie Freeman; sisters, Ruth Winkler and Ruby Ravan; 15 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Freeman was a strong woman of God who loved her husband and family foremost. She was an accomplished gardener and homemaker. She was kind, loving, and no one ever left her home hungry.
Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in the Barrett Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Phillip Robinson and Rev. Michael Seabolt officiated. Interment followed at Blue Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the White County Food Pantry, 1342 Hwy 254, Cleveland, GA 30528.
To share a memory or to leave the family a condolence, please visit www.barrettfh.com.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.
White County News Cleveland, Georgia
October 22, 2020
Betty Sue Freeman

In Memoriam

Jack William Tinsley, 78, of Cleveland, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at his home. A longtime resident of Conyers, Mr. Tinsley had resided in Cleveland since 1990.
Mr. Tinsley was born June 7, 1942, in Mineral Bluff, Georgia, to the late Catherine and Harold Tinsley. He was preceded in death by his son, William "Bill" Tinsley; and brothers, Steve Tinsley and Marvin Fortner. He was a member of the Yonah Masonic Lodge #382 F&AM and a member of Old Nacoochee Baptist Church, and received the ordinance of baptism in 1993.
Survivors include his spouse, Syble Tinsley of Cleveland; his son and his son's spouse, Bryan and Mickey Tinsley of Covington, Georgia; his daughter and his daughter's spouse, Lisa and Ben Walden of Summerville, South Carolina; his grandchildren, Jackson Walden, Parker Walden, McKenna Brannen, and Chase Sickler; sisters, Linda Vaughters of Powder Springs, Shirley Watkins of Acworth, Barbara Swanson of Acworth, Beverly Tinsley of Las Vegas, Nevada; brother, Larry Tinsley of Jasper, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at the chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. Interment followed at Yonah View Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be made to the family at barrettfh.com.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.
White County News Cleveland, Georgia
October 22, 2020
Jack William Tinsley

In Memoriam

Jane U. Thomas, 86, of White Mills, Pennsylvania, was called home to heaven, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.
Jane was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, to the late Charles Bradshaw and Louisa Griffiths. She is preceded in death by brothers Charles, William, Donald and Russell Bradshaw; first husband Albert Gunther; second husband Lloyd Thomas; and son-in-law George Blauvelt Jr.
Jane is survived by her children, daughter Kathie Lane and husband Dutchey, son David Gunther and wife Pamela, and son Russell Gunther and wife Deborah, seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Jane moved to White County in 2000 and was a resident for 18 years. She attended and volunteered at the White County Senior Center, where she made many friends. Jane truly lived life to the fullest and enjoyed time spent with family and friends. She will be deeply missed by those who had come to know her.
White County News Cleveland, Georglia
October 22, 2020
Jane U. Thomas

In Memoriam

John Wesley Shreffler, Jr., 64, of Cleveland, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.
Mr. Shreffler was born on Nov. 28, 1955, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to the late John Shreffler, Sr. and Mary Lee Patterson Shreffler. He grew up in Waco, Texas, moving to White County in 2005 from California. He was a member of Cleveland United Methodist Church. He was a peer support specialist with Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network.
Survivors include his partner, Eileen Lugo, Cleveland; daughter, Kelly Shreffler; son, Brandon Shreffler; brothers, Harry Savio and Bob Glass; sister, Kathy Glass; and eight grandchildren.
A gathering of friends was held Friday, October 16, 2020, at Barrett Funeral Home.
It is requested that flowers be omitted and donations be made to Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network - 46 Knaus Dr., Cleveland, GA 30528 - www.gmhcn.org
To share a memory or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.barrettfh.com
Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland.
White County News Cleveland, Georgia
October 22, 2020
John Wesley Shreffler, Jr.

In Memoriam

Lewis "Dick" Everett Birdyshaw, 82, passed away on Oct. 10, 2020.
He was born in Roanoke, Alabama, to the late Lum and Arbell Birdyshaw on Aug. 10, 1938. In addition to his parents, Mr. Birdyshaw is preceded in death by his sister in law, Joyce Elizabeth Birdyshaw.
Mr. Birdyshaw is survived by his brother, Corben "Ben" Birdyshaw; his nephew, Alan D. Birdyshaw and his wife, Donna; his niece, Brenda Birdyshaw; his great nieces and nephews, Nikki and Eric Womble, Jennifer and David Cochran, Clay and Miranda Birdyshaw, Jim and Lindsay McClendon, and Wes and Leda McClendon; his several great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and other extended family; his many special friends including Gayle and Bob Oliver and Ruth Chambers. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this challenging time.
The family received friends at Higgins Funeral Home at Hunter-Allen-Myhand on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. The funeral service directly followed the visitation hour, and was held at Shadowlawn Cemetery in LaGrange. Pastor S.T. Janey officiated the service.
Higgins Funeral Home at Hunter Allen Myhand, LaGrange, Georgia.
White County News Cleveland, Georgia
October 22, 2020
Lewis "Dick" Everett Birdyshaw

In Memoriam

Peggy Ione Freeman Biggers, 89, of Cleveland passed away Oct. 15, 2020, at home, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Biggers was born on Aug. 29, 1931, in Cleveland to the late Fred and Jessie Freeman. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Daniel Lewis Biggers; and her brothers, Paul Freeman, Glen Freeman, Pierce Freeman, Gene Freeman and Jack Freeman.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Mitchell and Charmane Biggers, Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law Russell and Laura Biggers, Toccoa; son Nelson Biggers, Cleveland; grandson and granddaughter-in-law Heath and Tasha Biggers, Cleveland; grandson and granddaughter-in-law Dustin and Chelsea Biggers, Cleveland; granddaughter and grandson-in-law Emilee and Blake Fulbright, Madison; grandson Mason Biggers, Toccoa; grandson and fianc e, Preston Biggers and Madison Turner, Cleveland; sisters, Vera Horton, Marietta, Pauline Kinnear, Cleveland; and Yvon Caudell, Cleveland; great-grandchildren, Trace Biggers, Cleveland; Lane Biggers, Cleveland; Honor Biggers, Cleveland; Riley Biggers, Cleveland; Wynn Fulbright, Madison; Elijah Biggers, Cleveland and Dolly Biggers, Cleveland; along with several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Biggers graduated from Cleveland High School in 1949, and married the late Daniel Biggers in 1950. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Biggers farmed the land near Yonah Mountain where they lived, which they cleared in 1951 when they returned to Cleveland. Beginning with chickens and beef cattle, and later phasing out their chicken production, Mr. and Mrs. Biggers farmed for 58 years. When Mr. Biggers passed away in 2009, Mrs. Biggers continued her involvement in the cattle farm. Mr. and Mrs. Biggers enjoyed square dancing together for many years.
Mrs. Biggers was very involved in politics, and voted in every national, state and local election. She was a Christian of the Baptist faith.
With a strong work ethic and commitment to her family, Mrs. Biggers rarely left her home, and tended the land around it beautifully. She was happiest at home in her garden, working daylight to dark on her prolific vegetables and lovely flowers. Mrs. Biggers loved to share her garden's fruits and vegetables with her family and friends, and fed them often at her kitchen table.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, at the chapel at Barrett Funeral Home, with Mrs. Biggers' grandson, the Rev. Dustin Biggers, officiating. Rev. Doug Merck officiated the graveside service and Mrs. Frances Hatcher gave the eulogy. Burial followed at Gateway Memorial Park in Cleveland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at www.barrettfh.com.
The Biggers family would like to thank Mrs. Biggers' caregivers, Diane Fain, Shirley Crane and Norma Webb.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.
White County News Cleveland, Georgia
October 22, 2020
Peggy Ione Freeman Biggers

In Memoriam

Teresa Lynn Payne, known affectionately by all as Sissy, went to her Heavenly Home on Oct. 13, 2020.
Sissy was born on May 29, 1959, to Faye Davis Payne and the late Loy Clayton Payne. Survivors include her mother, Faye; her brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Teresa Payne; sister and brother-in-law, Holly and Tim VonWald; niece and her husband, Brittany and Mitchell Edge; great-nephew, Conner Edge, and great-niece, Chloe Edge.
Sissy was a light in the lives of all who knew her, bringing the unconditional love that only those with Down syndrome know how to give to everyone she ever met. If you knew her, you couldn't help but love her. And if you were really on her favorites list, you know what fun it was to let her take you out to get her a double cheeseburger and a Coke! She loved Jesus, her family, music, and taking rides. Her favorite singers were Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, and Charley Pride.
Her family would like to say a special thank you to the amazing staff of Suncrest Home Health, the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, and Northeast Georgia Medical Center Barrow, all of whom loved on her during her walk Home to be with Jesus and her Daddy. They would also like to thank the many friends and family who visited, called, and texted during this time.
There are no services scheduled at this time. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made in honor of Sissy to the White County Special Olympics.
Arrangements by the Cleveland Funeral Home
White County News Cleveland, Georgia
October 22, 2020
Teresa Lynn Payne

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