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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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January 6, 2010             Page 12A

 

elizabeth knopp

 

            Mrs. Elizabeth Knopp, age 76, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Monday, December 28, 2009 North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay, Georgia. 

Mrs. Knopp was born in Bristol, Virginia, on October 4, 1933, a daughter of the late Ted Layafette (sic) and Pauline Houser Nidiffer.  She had lived in Baltimore, Maryland before moving to Blairsville in 1984.

Elizabeth had been predeceased by her parents; a sister, Betty Smith; a brother, Joe Nidiffer; and a daughter, Pamela Mace. 

            Surviving family members are her husband, Robert Knopp, of Blairsville; son and daughter-in-law, Robert, Jr., and Debra Knopp, of Baltimore, Maryland; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Wayne Seymour, of Conyers, Georgia; brother, Ted L. Nidiffer, Jr., of Baltimore; sister, Joyce Beatty, of Baltimore; sister, Nancy Groen, of Blairsville; sister, Pamela Kent, of Pueblo, Colorado; and sister, Barbara Houston, of Orlando, Florida; Grandchildren: Jennifer Arnold, Sandra Baldwin, Joshua Seymour, Jeffrey Seymour, Megan Knopp, Katelyn Seymour, and David Knopp; two great grandchildren: Nathan Arnold and Dodge Arnold.

            Funeral services were held Thursday, December 31, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., at the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville Chapel, with Rev. Jerry Helton officiating.  The following gentlemen were selected to serve as pallbearers: Joshua Seymour, Jeffrey Seymour, David Knopp, Larry Swanson and Jim Kent.  Burial was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery. 

           


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January 6, 2010             Page 12A

 

hobert l. payne

 

            Hobert L. Payne age 87, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2010 at his residence.

            Hobert was born on June 6, 1922 in Suches, GA, to the late Edward and Emma Jane Harkins Payne.  He was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by sisters Mattie Plott, Bessie Gilreath, and Bonnie Payne; brothers, Willie “Bill” Payne and J.P. Payne. 

            Survivors include: wife of 57 years, Evelyn Everett Payne of the home, daughter & son-in-law, Rachel & Marshall Lance of Cumming, GA, son, Gary Payne of Blairsville, sisters, Bertha Garner of Blairsville, GA, Martha Hawkins of Auburn, GA and Mary Hensley of Blairsville, GA, sisters and husband, Nora & Joe Evans of Douglasville, GA and Grapell & Eugene Rich of Blairsville, GA, grandson & wife, Chris & Amanda Anderson, grandson, Matthew Lance, granddaughter, Krista Dayton and  great grandson, Landon Anderson.  Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

            Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM from the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Karnes and Rev. Earl Bishop officiating.  Pallbearers were Billy Payne, Paul Garner, Eddie rich, TJ Plott, Shane Payne and Perry Evans.  Honorary pallbearers were Jurl Gilreath, Jerry Payne and Glenn Payne.  Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant #1 Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family received friends at the Cochran Funeral Home, Blairsville, Monday, January 4, 2010 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. 

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Pleasant #1 Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.         

            Cochran Funeral Home Blairsville, GA is in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the guest register and send condolences to the family at www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com

 

 


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January 6, 2010             Page 13A

 

james russell legg

 

            Mr. James Russell Legg, age 54, of Hogback Drive, blue ridge, formerly of Blairsville, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in the Fannin Regional Hospital following a brief illness.  Mr. Legg was born on Jan. 30, 1944 in Towns County, GA the son of Hubert Legg and the late Betty Ann Tanner Legg.  Russell was employed with Lance Trucking at the time of his death.  He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and grandfather.  Mr. Legg was a member of Youngstown Baptist Church. 

            Surviving Mr. Legg are his loving wife of eighteen years, Charlotte McFarland Legg of Blue Ridge, one son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Tiffany Stanley of Blue Ridge, three daughters and one son-in-law, Trish and Brad Thomas of Blue Ridge, Candace Legg of KY, Sabrina Legg of KY, seven grandchildren, Hailee and Hannah Mealer, Emilee Thomas, Logan DeWitt, Kalliee, Madison and Parker Stanley, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 from the Mountain View chapel with the Rev. Ned Wilcoxin and Rev. Lee Griggs officiating.  Special music will be presented by Lee and Kathy Griggs and the Ned Wilcoxin family.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers:, David Tanner, Adam Wetzel, Brad Thomas, S.R. Abercrombie, Danny McFarland and Kurt Wetzel.  Serving as honorary pallbearers were Jack Liu, Ryan Shealy, Chad Gassaway, Larry Lance, Casey Dozier, Buddy Pittman, Johnny Davis, Randall Colwell, Coy Colwell and Jonathan Hood.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Baptist church Cemetery.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 1-9 p.m.  

            Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of the arrangements.  You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com.

                       

 


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January 6, 2010             Page 13A

 

richard “dick” roberts

 

            Richard “Dick” Roberts, age 77, of Blairsville, Georgia who resided with his wife Laura and sister-in-law Barbara Adair, was taken to Union General Hospital on the evening of Dec. 27, 2009.  His family was gathered together as he died peacefully, several hours later on the morning of Dec. 28, 2009, the result of kidney failure due to diabetes, heart disease, and CMT/Muscular Dystrophy. 

            A retired small business owner, he was preceded in death by his mother Esther Ruth (Nye) Roberts, his father Charles Raymond Roberts, a brother Stanley Roberts and a half brother Vaughn Roberts.

            He was the eldest son of Esther and “Charlie”, born in Cortland, New York.  He graduated from Groton Central High School, Groton, N.Y. in 1950 and married on Dec. 14, 1950.

            He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Laura Jean (Dassance) Roberts, his 3 children; Ramona Allyn (Roberts) Steward and Tim Eugene Roberts of Florida, and Kanina Marie (Roberts) Palmer, husband John Palmer of New York, 4 beloved grandchildren; Tyler John Palmer, Kierstyn Allyn Palmer, Arianna Roberts Palmer, Nathaniel Thomas Palmer of New York, a brother Harold Roberts (Florida), a sister Phyllis Ellis (Florida), a brother David Roberts (Florida), and a sister Dorothy Nemecek (New York).  He is also survived by many brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  He held a special place in all our hearts and will be deeply missed.

            At his request, Dick was cremated and his ashes will be taken to the Pultneyville Fire Co. in New York to be scattered on Lake Ontario.  Memorial Services will be planned in Florida and New York at a later due (to be announced).

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

            An online form is available for printing and mailing at http://www.mda.org/help.donate/snailmail.html.

            Select “Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)”, select “in memory of”, write the honorees name as Richard D. Roberts.  Notification should go to Laura D. Roberts, 3272 Ivy Log Rd., Blairsville, GA 30512, and Ramona A. Steward, 3615 N. Linda Pt., Hernando, Florida, 34442.  Donations can also be made by phone: 888-HELP-MDA (888-435-7632) or by credit card online via secure website https://secure.mdausa.org/donate.

            Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville, Georgia; you are invited to send condolences to  www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com

           

 


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January 6, 2010             Page 13A

 

ethel frances yarrington

 

            Mrs. Ethel Frances Yarrington, age 74, of Tomahawk lane, Blairsville, formerly of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 1020 at her home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Yarrington was born on March 6, 1935 in Richmond, VA, the daughter of the late Richard Francis Cummings and the late Beatrice Margaret Brown Cummings.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ray Yarrington in 2007 and also by a brother, Richard Cummings.  Ethel retired from the Indian River County School Board in 1993 with over twenty five years of service.  She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Ethel and Ray loved spending time and going camping with their grandchildren.  One of Ethel’s hobbies was doll collecting.  Mrs. Yarrington was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach, FL. 

            Surviving Mrs. Yarrington are four daughters and two sons-in-law, Margaret Yarrington of Blairsville, Mary Lou and Mark Odum of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Laura and Donald Plante of Peachtree City, GA, Linda Yarrington of Ft. Mill, SC, one brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Shirley Cummings of Richmond, VA, six grandchildren, Emily and Andrew Odum, Alex Cole, Amanda Brantley, Stephen and Daniel Plante, and one great-grandchild, London Ray Brantley.  Many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Danny Bohler officiating.  Special music will be presented by Tommy and Susie Murphy.  Flowers are accepted or donations may be made to the Union County Dialysis Center in memory of Mrs. Yarrington.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m.  

            Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of the arrangements.  You may sign the family guest book and send condolences online at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com.


Ethel Frances Yarrington

ETHEL FRANCES YARRINGTON
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richard lee smith

 

            Mr. Richard Lee Smith, age 77, of Blue Ridge Hwy, Blairsville, formerly of Gadsden, AL and Akron, OH, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 at his home following a brief illness.  Mr. Smith was born on Sept. 9, 1932 in Akron, OH, the son of the late William H. smith and the late Mary Edna Lowry Smith.  Richard loved motorcycles and loved to work.  He was a craftsman and a tool collector.  His favorite saying was “If I don’t do something everyday, it’s a day wasted out of my life.”  He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard and James Smith and one sister, Kathryn Shank.  Mr. Smith was of the Baptist faith. 

            Surviving Mr. Smith are his loving wife, Donna Jo Perry Smith of Blairsville, three sons and one daughter-in-law, Bill and Deborah Smith of Blairsville, Rick Smith and Jim Smith of Akron, OH, two daughters and one son-in-law, Vickie Baxter of Loganville, GA, Mary Kay and Jack Skinner of Willis, TX, step-children, Neal Johnson of Hawaii, Don Johnson of WA, Monica and Edward Brown of Akron, Tami and Kevin Green of Canton, OH, six grandchildren, Tammy Harris, Stacey Arning, Dawn Simmons, Marcus Baxter, John Baxter and Lyndsay Smith, ten great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, nine step-great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Young officiating.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Monday from 11:00-2:00 p.m.

            Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of the arrangements.  You may sign the family guest book and send condolences online at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com.