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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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January 5, 2005             Page 5B

 

mr. charles janka jr.

 

Mr. Charles Janka Jr., age 81, of Beal Court Road, Blairsville, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2004 in the Union General Hospital following an extended illness.  Mr. Janka was born on October 16, 1923 in Cleveland, OH, the son of the late Karl Janka and the late Olga Krouse Janka.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy of WWII, the Korean and the Vietnam wars where he served as Commander until his retirement in 1983.  He was also an aerospace engineer who worked on the Apollo Moon Project.  He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Janka III.  Mr. Janka attended Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving Mr. Janka are his loving wife of twenty-six years, Epkje Brouwer Janka of Blairsville; two son and daughters-in-law, Richard and Barbara Janka of Longwood, FL, Randall Ph.D. and Beverly Janka of Leesburg, VA; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Joseph Duffy of Rantoul, Il; five grandchildren, Patrick, Linda, Alexandra, Bethany and Victoria Janka, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Services for Mr. Janka were held on Friday, December 31, 2004 at 10 a.m. from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Victory McVay officiating.  Interment followed in the Arlington National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to Zion United Methodist Church, or to the American Cancer Society or to the Union County Republican Party in Mr. Janka’s memory.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of the arrangements.


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January 5, 2005             Page 5B

 

MRS. EFFIE S. PATTON COLWELL

 

            Mrs. Effie S. Patton Colwell, age 98, native and lifelong resident of Blairsville, GA, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2005 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Mrs. Colwell was born in Union County, GA, on Monday, March 26, 1906, a daughter of the late John Seabolt and Ara Jones Seabolt.  She was a homemaker. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Surviving are her daughters, Blanche Candler, and Patsy Davenport, both of Blairsville; grandchildren and their spouses: Tommie Candler Burrell and Mark Burrell; and Craig and Marsha Davenport; great grandchildren: Olivia Burrell, Ben Davenport, and Gretchen Burrell.  Many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were scheduled for Monday, January 3, 2005, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Herring and Rev. B.A. Buchanan officiating. The following gentlemen were selected to serve as pallbearers: Craig Davenport, Mark Burrell, Waymon (Doyle) Morgan, Troy Phillips, Carlton Colwell, and Billy Decker. The following gentlemen were selected to serve as honorary escort to the family: Dr. David Breedlove, Ray Rogers, Bud Nichols, Joe Satterfield, and Tom Gilliland. Burial was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.

If you wish, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 859 Hwy. 515, Blairsville, GA 30512, or to First Baptist Church of Blairsville Building Fund, P.O. Box 2058, Blairsville, GA 30514.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements. You may sign the guest register and send condolences to the family by visiting our website: www.cochranfuneralhomes.com


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January 5, 2005             Page 5B

 

gigi vonnoh

 

Gigi Vonnoh passed into heaven on Monday, December 27, 2004, where she joins the Lord after a courageous six-year fight with cancer.  She was born in New York City, grew up in Greenvillage, NJ, and raised two sons while living in Marathon, FL.  In addition to her love of family, she became an avid deep sea fisherman and tropical fish enthusiast.  While in Marathon, she was a member of the Marathon Hospital “Candy Stripers” where she devoted her spare time when she wasn’t working on an article for the Florida Keys Keynoter as a sports reporter.

After 30 years, she and her husband, George, decided to move to North Carolina where she took over the position of Editor of the Robbinsville Graham Star newspaper for 14 years.  During this time she received many awards and recognition for the work she did as well as being recognized in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of The National Publication Board.

After her retirement from the newspaper business, she and George needed more room for gardening and farming and they relocated to Morganton, GA.  They raised miniature horses, Pigmy goats and German Shepherds.  One time she remarked that she didn’t make a lot of money farming but that is sure was a lot of fun.

For physical reasons, she and George decided to see the farm and build a small home on Lake Nottely.  During her busy retirement years, Gigi always found the time to volunteer within the community.  She helped develop and organize the Lake Nottely Association where she held the position of secretary and treasurer for 2 years.  She also donated her time and efforts when the Union County Hospital Auxiliary was in need.  Gigi served as President for three years and did a great deal to further the importance of the organization within the community.  In her spare time, she also was a member of the Blairsville Garden Club, served as a member of the Council for Coosa United Methodist Church and was the church secretary for many years.  Anyone who knew Gigi said she was an incredible lady.

She is survived by her husband, George Vonnoh; sons Pen Reed of Grand Cayman Island BWI, Kent Reed and wife, Tracey, of Marietta, GA and three grandsons, Ryan, Knox and Stockton.

A memorial service was held at Coosa United Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 11:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, she asked that donations be made to the American cancer Society.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of the arrangements.


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January 5, 2005             Page 5B

 

rev. john claude walters, jr.

 

Rev. John Claude Walters, Jr., age 78, of Blairsville passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2004 in the Union General Hospital following an extended illness.  Rev. Walters was a native of Tampa, FL.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy of WWII.  He was ordained as a minister in 1949 in Tampa and attended both Stetson University, Deland, FL, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort worth, TX, receiving his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern in 1954.  Rev. Walters served as pastor at a number of churches in Florida over a span of almost forty years, including Riverside Baptist in Tampa, Webster Avenue Baptist in Lakeland, First Baptist in Lake Worth and Wayside Baptist in Miami and was active in local and state denominational work.  He concluded his career by serving as the assistant executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention for six years.  Following his retirement, Rev. Walters served as interim pastor at a number of churches, including Friendship Baptist Church in Murphy, NC, where he was a member at the time of his death.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John Claude Walters, Sr., and Myrtle Jerkins Walters; sisters, Lorene Little and Juanita Baxter.

Surviving Rev. Walters are his loving wife Mona D. Walters; daughters, Gwyn E. Walters of Nashville, TN, Vickie W. (Mark) Jackson of Chattanooga, TN; son, David L. (Betsey) Walters of Herndon, VA; two grandson, Eric John Walters and Scott Charles Walters both of Herndon, VA; brother, Oscar (Margie) Walters of Tampa, FL; several nieces, nephews including, Sharon Ewell and Carol Loggins of Tampa, FL.

Funeral services were held on Friday, December 31, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Parris and Rev. Glenn Rogers officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Friendship Baptist Church Building Fund in Rev. Walters memory.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of the arrangements.


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January 5, 2005             Page 5B

 

mr. thomas b. jirik

 

            Mr. Thomas B. Jirik, age 62, of Blairsville, GA, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at his home, following an extended illness.

            A native of Illinois, Mr. Jirik had lived in Blairsville since 1978, moving here from West Palm Beach, FL. He was a local realtor with Union Realty for many years, and was a member of Northeast Georgia Board of Realtors. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and had attended First Baptist Church of Blairsville.

Surviving are his wife, Linda, of Blairsville; his mother, Antoinette "Toni" Jirik, of West Palm Beach; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Dominic Corso, of Holly Springs, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Darleen and James Carter, of West Palm Beach; nephew, Jimmy Carter, niece, Amy Carter, great nephew, Bill Carter, and great nephew, Carter Armetta, all of West Palm Beach. Many friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 31, 2004, at 11:00 a.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, with Minister Harold Savage officiating.  Special music was presented by Mr. John Sutton.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jimmy Carter, Dr. Jerry Porter, John Grimes, Fred Poteet, Robert Sanchez, and Dominic Corso.  The following gentlemen served as honorary escort to the family: Harold Williams and Rick Redd.   Burial was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to Regency Hospice, P.O. Box 494, Hiawassee, Georgia 30546; or phone 706-896-1251.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements. You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register by visiting our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.




The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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January 5, 2005             Page 5B

 

mr. dewey junior henson

 

Mr. Dewey Junior Henson, age 66, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Tuesday, December 14, 2004 in Bremen, GA.

Mr. Henson was a lifelong resident of Union County. He had been preceded in death by his parents, Dewey Henson, and Azalle Payne Henson Chastain.

Surviving are a daughter, Sabrina Henson, and brother, Millidge Henson; three grandchildren also survive, along with many friends and other relatives.

Graveside services were held at Providence Methodist Church Cemetery, on Friday, December 31, 2004, at 3:00 p.m., with Rev. Randolph Jones officiating. Special music was presented by Josh Dills.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements. You may sign the guest register and send condolences to the family by visiting our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com