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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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January 6, 1999             Page 10A

 

mr. jake burton “j.B.” Kelley, jr.

 

            Mr. Jake Burton, “J.B.” Kelley, Jr., age 76, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 1998 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.

            Mr. Kelley was born Tuesday, September 19, 1922, and he had lived all his life in Union County.  He was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Tommy, Frank and Paul, and one sister, Minnie Duckworth.  Mr. Kelley worked at Blairsville Hardware with Paul Paris and Bruce Hunt until change of ownership.  The he worked with Blairsville Electric, and Mr. Bud Nichols, until he retired.

            Survivors include his wife, Brittle, of the Gilmer Nursing Home, whom he loved and cared for very much; two sons: Roger and Wayne; also two daughters: Evelyn Jones and Opal Barnes, all of Blairsville; two sisters: Maude Powers, of Michigan, and Julia Head of Atlanta; one brother, Virge, who is a resident of Union County Nursing Home; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren also survive.

            “Parting is Sad” but in words comfort, he assured his children that he was saved and knew Jesus as his Savior.”

            Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 23, 1998 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral home of Blairsville with Rev. Leon Henderson and Rev. Jimmy Tanner officiating.  Special music was presented by Ken and Elaine Young.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Donald Weaver, Chris Fortenberry, Sam Gentry, Bretney Barnes, W.H. Hood, and Terry queen.  Mr. Kelley was eulogized by Mr. Bud Nichols.  Interment was in Blairsville City Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements. 

 


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January 6, 1999             Page 10A

 

mr. billy j. brewer

 

            Mr. Billy J. Brewer, age 71, of Blairsville, Georgia passed away Saturday, December 26, 1998 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville, Georgia.  Mr. Brewer was born on Sunday, January 2, 1927, in Union County, Georgia, a son of the late Billy Brewer and Lula Young Brewer.  He was a lifelong resident of this area and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.

            Survivors include his wife, Rita Sue Brewer, of the home; son Billy Brian brewer, and daughter, Kristi Nicole Brewer, both of Blairsville.  Many friends and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 29, 1998 at 2 p.m. from Liberty Baptist Church, with Rev. Jerry Helton and Rev. Tommy Jones officiating.  Special music was presented by The Kelley Trio.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jerry Brewer, Cecil Brewer, Bobby Warren, Michael Monkus, Jerry Cheek; and Alvin Dyer.  Interment was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to in memory of

            The Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements. 


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January 6, 1999             Page 10A

 

mrs. juanita kelley

 

            Mrs. Juanita Kelley, age 72, passed away Thursday, December 24, 1998 at her home in Branan Lodge early in the morning, quietly in her sleep.

            Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by her parents: Arnold and Nell Butt.  She was born in Union County, on February 3, 1926, and lived in Union County all of her life.

            Mrs. Kelley is survived by four children: Roger, Wayne, Opal Barnes, and Evelyn Jones, all of Blairsville; also surviving are eight grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by seven sisters: Lucille Jordan, of Blairsville, Ruby Hyde of Dalton, GA, Louise Owenby of Blairsville, betty Patterson, of Dalton, GA, Pauline Stephens, of Blairsville, Barbara Coker, of Blairsville, and Claudine Souther of Blairsville, and one brother, Sammy Butt of Blairsville.

            She was a member of the Jones Creek Church of God.  Mrs. Kelley worked at the dress factory for a number of years.  Then was employed at the shoe factory where she was later retired.  Mrs. Kelley enjoyed working with her flowers in her yard and enjoyed sewing and talking with her many friends on the phone.

            Funeral services were held Saturday, December 26th, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home.  Special music was presented by Luther and Jane Sandodal with Hillary Kelley and Ken and Elaine Young.  Ministers were Rev. Tommy Jones, Rev. Ray Potts, and Rev. Terrell Jones.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Donald Weaver, Ronnie Coker, Chris Fortenberry, Sam Gentry, Danny Owenby and Sammy Owenby.

            Juanita’s children know their mother’s love could only be measured by God’s love, everlasting.

            Interment was in Union Memory Gardens, Cochran Funeral Home Blairsville in Charge of arrangements.


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mr. gordon schuknecht

 

            Mr. Gordon Schuknecht, age 66, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, December 26, 1998 in Union County, Georgia.

            Mr. Schuknecht was born on Tuesday, August 9, 1932, in Allegany County, New York, a son of the late Kenneth and Laura Pike Schuknecht.  He has lived in this area for 18 years, coming here form Williamsfield, Ohio.  Mr. Schuknecht was a local builder, and was retired form Coosa Water Authority.  He also had been employed with nelson’s Depot.  Mr. Schuknecht was an avid hunter and trapper and enjoyed woodworking.  He was a member of Liberty Hill Methodist Church.

            Survivors include his wife, Betty, of the home; children: David Schuknecht of Orwell, Ohio; Becky Bullard, of Andover, Ohio; Stephen Schuknecht, of Blairsville; Susan Donaldson, of Gustavus, Ohio; and James “Willis” Schuknecht, of Epworth, Georgia; brother, Harry Schuknecht, of Portland, NY; mother in law, Olive Bennett, of Silver Springs, NY’ 15 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 29, 1999 at 11 a.m. from Liberty Hill Methodist Church, with Rev. Juel Sealey officiating.  Special music was presented by Mary Newton and Teresa Ross.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: David and Jeremy Schuknecht, Joseph Donaldson, Jason Donaldson, Christopher Bullard, and Joel Schuknecht.  Grandchildren served as honorary escort to the family.  Interment was in the church cemetery.

            The Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements. 


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January 6, 1999             Page 10A

 

mr. edmond ervin fortenberry

 

            Mr. Edmond Ervin Fortenberry, age 80, of Rydal, Georgia, formerly of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Monday, December 28, 1998 in Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.

            Mr. Fortenberry was born on Wednesday, August 7, 1918 in Union County, Georgia, a son of the late Thomas Noah Fortenberry and Minnie Lee Potts Fortenberry.  He was a retired farmer and had lived in Rydal for the past 13 years, living most of his years in Union County.  He was a member of Allegheny Masonic Lodge, #114, F & AM, for over 25 years.

            Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Everett Fortenberry, of Blairsville, Daughter, Frankie Carney, of Blairsville, daughter, Montine Burke, of Panama City, FL., daughter, Myrtle Sedgwick, of Blairsville, son Donald Wilbur Fortenberry, of Blairsville, and son Bruce Ervin Fortenberry, of Calhoun, Georgia, Sister in law, Annette Everett, of powder Springs, Georgia, sister, Bennie Lee Brown, of Blairsville, and brother. W.D> Fortenberry, of Dahlonega, Georgia, 18 grandchildren 19 great grandchildren, along with many friends and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 31, 1998 at 2 p.m. from Coosa Methodist Church with Rev. Horace Potts and rev. Tommy Jones officiating.  Special music was presented by The Faith Singers.  Members of The Allegheny Masonic Lodge #114, F&AM served as pallbearers: Terry Rogers, Jim Allison, Johnny Burnette, Tim Heard, Dennis Garrett, and wade Smith.  Other masons served as honorary escort and the lodge members also presented Masonic rites.  Interment was in the Coosa Methodist Church Cemetery.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements. 


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January 6, 1999             Page 10A

 

thelma mae nelson fair

 

            Mrs. Thelma Mae Nelson Fair, age 91, of Blairsville passed away Wednesday, December 16, 1998 at her home.  Mrs. Fair was born January 1, 1907 the daughter of john Festus and Martha Lee Berry Nelson in Union Count.  She was a member of Zebulon Baptist Church and had lived most of her life in Union County.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert “Bob” Fair; a son, Johnny Richard “Dick” Fair; a grandson, Brent Hollaran; and a granddaughter, Carolyn Fair.

            Survivors include: Son and Daughter in law, Robert M and Patricia Fair of Acworth, GA; daughter and on in law, Ann and Larry Patterson of Blairsville; daughter and on in law, Johnny and Tammy Hollaran, Adairsville, Georgia, Peggy and Bill Martin of Cornelia, GA; sister, Lorene Nicholson of Jasper, GA; 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 18, 1998 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of The Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. Danny Parris officiating.  Eulogies were provided by two of her grandchildren, Mr. Jeff Patterson and Mrs. Cheryl Painter.  Mrs. Debbie Hamby provided music for the service.  Interment was in the Union Memory gardens Cemetery.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers; John Fair, Rob Fair, Jeff Patterson, Richard Hollaran, Jim Poteete, Jim Pinkard and Fred Painter.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements. 


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andrew weldon martin

 

            Mr.  Andrew Weldon Martin, age 81, of Blairsville, Georgia, formerly of Gainesville, passed away Friday, January 1, 1999.

            Mr. Martin was a native of Fulton County, and was a retired Post Office employee.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and served during World war II.  Mr. Martin had lived in Gainesville from 1972, until 1987, and then he moved to Blairsville.  Prior to 1872, he had resided in Atlanta.  Mr. Martin was a member of Coosa United Methodist church, a member of the Mason, Gainesville Lodge, #219; a member of the local Chapters of NARFE and AARP.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Jobson Martin, in 1994.

            Surviving are his son, Michael Weldon Martin, of Lilburn; daughters, Karen Martin, of Blairsville and Susan Taylor, of Buford, GA; brothers, Lindsey Martin of Conyers and Don Martin of Stone Mountain; sister, Jane King of Stone Mountain; 7 grandchildren survive.

Memorial services were schedule for Wednesday, January 6, 1999 at 1 p.m. from Coosa United Methodist Church with Rev. Earl Bishop officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, Memorials are suggested to Coosa United Methodist Church Parsonage Fund, PO Box 2225, Blairsville, GA, 30514.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements. 


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mrs. marguerite elizabeth pearson katsch

 

            Mrs. Marguerite Elizabeth Pearson Katsch, age 87, of Leicester, NC, formerly of Blairsville and Brannan Lodge, passed away Thursday, December 31, 1998 in Asheville, NC.

            Mrs. Kitsch, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, had lived in Blairsville from 1974 until 1996, at which that time she moved to be closer to her son.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Union County and was a former businesswoman, having owned a dress shop in Blairsville.  Mrs. Katsch had also been a member of the Union General Hospital Auxiliary.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edgar Katsch, Sr., in 1997.

            Survivors include her son, James Edgar kitsch, Jr. of Leicester, NC; daughter, Marguerite Webb of Greenville, NC; 4 grandchildren, Timothy Charles Katsch, James Aaron Katsch, Kris Spangler and Anne Britt, and 4 great grandchildren, Beth Spangler, Denny Spangler, Tiffany Nicole Katsch and Megan Katsch. 

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 2, 1999 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. David Warren officiating.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Timothy Katsch, James Katsch, Rick Britt and Bob Webb.  Interment was in the Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.


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mr. ray h. sales

 

            Mr. Ray H. Sales, age 54, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 1998 following an extended illness.  Mr. Sales was a lifelong resident of this area and was a member of the Hickory Stand Methodist Church in Brasstown, NC.  Ray was born October 25, 1944 in Cherokee County, NC the son of Wallace and Bertha Johnson Sales.  He has worked for the Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation for the past 23 years.  Ray was also an avid sportsman.

            Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Sales of the home; mother, Bertha Sales of Lenoir City, TN; daughter and son in law, Tracey and Bobby King, of Blairsville; daughter, Kim Sales, of Blairsville; brother and sister in law, Jack and Bettye Sales of Lilburn, GA.; grandson, Heath King and granddaughter, Hallye King, both of Blairsville.  Many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were scheduled Friday, January 1, 1999 at 2 p.m. from the Blairsville First Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Parris and Rev. B.A. Buchanan officiating. 

Music was presented by the First Baptist Church Quartet and Mrs. Elizabeth Plott.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jim McAfee, Gerald Nelson, David Conley, Curtis Young, Mike Kelley and Morris Mashburn.  Men of the Blue Ridge Mountain RMC acted as honorary escort.  Interment was in the Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.