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Towns County Coroner’s Office Welcomes New Deputy Coroner

Tamela Smith

Tamela Smith

Towns County Coroner, Hon. Tashina L. Eller, is pleased to welcome Tamela Smith to the Coroner’s Office.

Tamela Smith is a 2012 graduate of Gupton- Jones College of Mortuary Science where she received an Associate’s Degree in Funeral Science. She has worked in the North Georgia area for the past 4 years to complete her hands-on training, as well as worked under and alongside fellow coroners.

Before joining the funeral industry, she was an operations manager for a locally owned answering service for 7 years after completing a business degree at Gainesville State College. Her main goal is to comfort the family in their time of need and make sure all cases are handled as personal and professional as possible.

When asked why she chose a career in the funeral industry and coroner’s office, her response is always the same “I give order, peace and comfort in a time of confusion, chaos and heartache”.  Smith is the mother to 3 children, recent resident of Towns County and a member at North Mt Zion Church of God.

“I believe Tamela will be a wonderful addition to the Coroner’s Office and will represent my principles and work ethic while on scene as deputy coroner,” stated Hon. Eller. Tamela completed her Coroner Basic Training in July at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forysth, GA.

Towns County Coroner’s Office now consists of three individuals, the Coroner, and two Deputy Coroners, Micah Lynn and Tamela Smith.   Eller states, “I am simply blessed to have both Tamela and Micah on my team and representing the Coroner’s Office.”

Towns County 2Micah Lynn joined the Coroner’s Office at the beginning of the year. Micah is currently a member Gwinnett County Fire. He is married with three children and a resident of Young Harris.

The purpose of the Coroner’s office is to help establish a manner and cause of death in an unattended death while working closely with all agencies involved in the death investigation. However, the roles and responsibilities go much further than that.   Eller reports, “I believe the Coroner’s Office should focus on the loves ones dealing with the loss as well. This position is a very humbling one and I consider it an honor to serve the people of this county.”

Please feel free to contact the Coroner’s Office anytime at 706-489-9519 or

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