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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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January 7, 2009             Page 10A

 

harold wayne higdon

 

            Mr. Harold Wayne Higdon, age 62, of Town Mtn. Rd., Blairsville, GA, formerly of Gadsden, AL, passed away on Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 in the Union General Hospital following an extended illness.  Mr. Higdon was born on Sept. 20, 1946 in Gadsden, AL, the son of the late Joseph Osco Higdon and the late Leathie Euell Mitchell Higdon.  He was a veteran of the US army of the Vietnam War.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Lynette White in 1990, brothers, David, Paul and Robert Higdon, a sister, Amy Lou Puckette.  Mr. Higdon was of the Baptist faith.  

            Surviving Mr. Higdon are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Violet Higdon of Gaston, AL, Michael Wayne Higdon of Gaston, three sisters, Leathie Mae Champlan of IN, Ruby Joe Higdon of WA, Brenda Irwin of IN, close friends, Ervin and Terri Key of Blairsville, Wayne’s best friend, Crickett, five grandchildren, Joseph Wayne, Michael Jerrod, Tammy Lynette, Katie Sue and Dylan Wayne Higdon, many other family and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009 at 11 a.m. from the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeremy Henderson officiating.  Interment and graveside services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 at 12 p.m. from the Pine Grove Cemetery in Glencoe, AL, where he was laid to rest next to his daughter, Tammy.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Mr. Higdon.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 4-8 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.

           


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January 7, 2009             Page 10A

 

edna josephine shope

 

            Mrs. Edna Josephine Shope, age 87, of Morganton, GA, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville, GA.

            Edna was born Thursday, January 13, 1921 in Honea Path, SC, to the late Cecil Greenlee Davis and the late Maggie Sentell Davis.  She was a member of St. Francis United Methodist church.  Mrs. Shope started working at Woolworths in Greenville, SC, when she was 16.  In Greenville, she ran The Dollhouse, and later on in life, retired from Fairchild-Hiller in Hagerstown, MD.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Shope, and a grandson, Michael Dutrow, and a sister Ethel Gibbs.

            Surviving family members include: three daughters, Sarah Shope of Morganton, GA; Margaret Smith of Woodruff, SC; and Mary Katherine Dutrow of Hagerstown, MD; granddaughters: Patricia Moody, Rene Dutrow, Beth Dutrow and Michelle Dutrow; grandson, Joseph Dutrow; nine great grandchildren and a brother, Cecil Gilford Davis of Greenville, SC.

            A memorial service will be held at a later date.

            Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home – Blairsville Chapel.  You are invited to send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com

 


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January 7, 2009             Page 11A

 

johnnie pauline nicholson

 

            Miss Johnnie Pauline Nicholson, age 78, of Blairsville passed away on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 in the Chatuge Regional Hospital following an extended illness.  Miss Nicholson was born on Nov. 27, 1930 in Union County, the daughter of the late John E. Nicholson and the late Huldia Davenport Nicholson.  She was a native and lifelong resident of Union County.  She was preceded in death by three sisters, Myrtle Deaver, Maude Rich and Flora Towery, two brothers, Carl and Paul Nicholson, three nieces, Delores Deaver, Bobbye Rogers and Doris Collins, three nephews, Jerry Towery, Larry and Dennis Rich.  Miss Nicholson was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.     Surviving Miss Nicholson are three nephews, Raymond Rich of Calhoun, Jess Deaver of Blairsville, Jimmy Towery of Atlanta, seven nieces, Frances Howell of Dalton, Margie Williams of Dalton, Wanda Sims of Dalton, Sara Hankins of Rocky Face, GA, Peggy Henson of Blairsville, Kathy Walton of Hiawassee, LaVaughn Turner, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2008 (sic) at 11 a.m. from the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Vernon Davenport officiating. Interment followed in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.  Flowers are accepted or in lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery Fund in memory of Miss Nicholson.  You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at  www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com.

           

           


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January 7, 2009             Page 11A

 

christine tate thompson

 

            Mrs. Christine Tate Thompson, age 78, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at Union General Hospital in Blairsville.  Mrs. Thompson was born Thursday, August 7, 1930 in Union County, GA, to the late Ocean Tate and the late Irene Little Tate.  She was a member of Ivy Log Baptist Church, The Order of the Eastern Star and The Gideons Auxiliary, and was preceded in death by a brother, Earlen Tate and a niece, Pam Anderson. 

            Surviving family members include her loving husband, Elmer Thompson of Blairsville; son & daughter-in-law, Michael and Mildred Thompson of Blairsville; granddaughter, Leah Thompson of Blairsville; brother, Jewell Tate of Kirbyville, TX; niece Sheila Garland of Athens, GA; nephew, Jewell Tate, Jr., also of Athens.  Many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held Friday, January 2, 2009 at 2 PM from the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Karnes and Rev. Tony Black officiating.  Music was provided by Martha Davenport, Kenneth and Elaine Young.  Interment followed in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were the following gentlemen: Junior Puett, Bruce Gray, Harold Atkins, Darrin Bridges, Darrel Bridges and Gerald Owenby.  

            The family received friends at the funeral home from 6-9 PM, Thursday, January 1.

            If you wish, the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to your choice: The Gideons Internationl (sic), P.O. Box 521, Blairsville, GA 30514; The Lions Lighthouse Foundation, 1775 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033-4005’ or Bethany Baptist church Cemetery Fund.

            Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home – Blairsville Chapel.  You are invited to view Mrs. Thompsons’ Life Tribute, send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com


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January 7, 2009             Page 11A

 

william cline dennis

 

            William Cline Dennis passed away January 4, 2009 at Union County Nursing Home.  Bill was born in Hot Springs, AR, November 25, 1920. He resided most of his life in Michigan where he worked for General Motors, retiring in 1979.

            Bill served five and a half years in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII, spending time in the North Atlantic on submarine watch and then on light ship duty off the New England coast.

            Bill was loved by all who knew him for his wonderful sense of humor and exciting stories of life at sea.  He loved visiting with friends and with his “Ohio” family where he lived for some of his childhood years.

            Bill leaves his wife, Barbara, whom he married in 1945, and his daughter, Marcia Johnson and husband, Allen, of Blairsville, son, Howard and wife Tammy of Owosso, MI, son David of Blairsville, grandsons Aaron and Brian of Owosso, MI, grandson Matthew of Florence, SC, one nephew John Palsgrove and many beloved cousins.

            He was preceded in death by his father, mother, stepmother and sister. 

            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.

           


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January 7, 2009             Page 11A

 

irma m. mason

 

            Mrs. Irma M. Mason, age 71, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at Union General Hospital in Blairsville.  Mrs. Mason was born Thursday, January 7, 1947 in Surry County, NC, to the late Robert Lee Matthews and the late Ollie Hall Matthews.  She was a member of Providence United Methodist Church and Georgia Teacher’s Association.  She taught school for the blind for 35 years and was active in the Cub Scouts for the blind.  She was a loving mother to a lot of children.  She was preceded in death by her sisters, Martha Ann Pennix, Janie Nunn and Mary Frances Baldwin, and a brother, Bobby Matthews.  

            Surviving family members include: husband, Worth Mason of Blairsville; daughter, Michelle Mason of Acworth, GA; son, Michael mason and fiancée, Colleen Mosely of Macon, GA; sister, Christine Culler of Mt. Airy, NC; brother, Roger Matthews, also of Mt. Airy; sister-in-law and husband, Barbara Mason Poole and Paul Poole of Blairsville; niece, Stephanie Poole of Blairsville; several nieces and nephews also survive, along with many friends.

            Funeral services were held Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 2 PM from the Providence United Methodist Church with Dr. Chuck Gillespie officiating.  Music was provided by Donald Midkiff.   Interment followed in Providence Methodist Church Cemetery.   Serving as pallbearers were the following gentlemen: Wilson Cobb, Richard Hyer, Bill Moesker, Bryan Mascoe, Ray Tiburski and Paul Poole.  

            The family received friends at the funeral home from 6-9 PM, Friday, January 2.

            If you wish, the family suggests that donations may be made to Providence United Methodist Church.          

            Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home – Blairsville Chapel.  You may view Mrs. Mason’s Life Tribute, send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com


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January 7, 2009             Page 11A

 

richard gerald gray

 

            Mr. Richard Gerald Gray was born in Rockport, IL, on January 25, 1919, to William D. and Emma Byxbee Gray.  In 1941, at the onset of the U.S. involvement in World War II, he began working at the Packard factory in Detroit producing Parkard Merlin fighter aircraft engines.  While in Detroit he met his future wife, Eloise, who had also come to Detroit to help with the war effort.  Shortly after their marriage in 1942, Richard enlisted in the Army and was shipped off to Europe where he fought in several campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge.  After the war he returned to civilian life for a few years only to return to military service with the newly formed U.S. Air Force.  He retired a Senior Master Sergeant from the Air Force in 1973 and settled in Blairsville, GA, his wife’s childhood home.  He was a member of the Blairsville VFW #7394 and acted as Chaplain for his post.  He loved life, his family and friends and will be truly missed.

Richard is survived by Eloise, his wife of 66 years; two daughters, Jerry Sue Bowersox and Anna Lee Huffman; two sons-in-law, Terry L. Bowersox and Wayne L. Huffman; four grandchildren: David S. Bowersox, Dianna L. Dell, Gary R. Huffman and Gregory T. Huffman; nine great grandchildren; sister, Virginia Leim, of Kinderhook, IL, and several nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, of (sic) Alzheimer’s Association.

Visitation will be held in the Rock Chapel of First Baptist Church of Blairsville on Thursday, January 8, 2009, from 1 to 2 p.m., with the service following immediately after.  Funeral services will be officiated by Rev. Danny Parris, with burial in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery, with North Georgia Honor Guard conferring Military Honors.

            Cochran Funeral Home – Blairsville Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.  You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com

 

 


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January 7, 2009             Page 11A

 

andrew nmichael steele

 

            Andrew Michael Steele 23, formerly of Blairsville, died December 24, 2008.  Andrew was born November 15, 1985 in Miami, FL, to Robert and Victoria Steele.  Andrew was an athletic youth and excelled in sports and academics.  He worked for Tru-Green in Jacksonville as a lawn technician.

            Surviving Andrew are his bride, heather Steele, and two children, Logan and Trevor; his parents, Robert and Victoria Steele of Blairsville, GA; brothers Joseph and Thomas; sisters Christina and Sarah; grandparents Earl and Barbara Quinn of Wayland, OH, and Dr. James and Sallye Jude of Coral Gables, FL; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins. 

            The family received friends Friday, January 2, 2008 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home.  Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. in the Chapel.  Interment will following Riverside memorial Park.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Town and Country Funeral Home 7242 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205.

            In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Turning point, 210 Commerce Drive, Blairsville, GA. 30512 Attention: Kimberly Cole.  

           


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January 7, 2009             Page 11A

 

barbara c arnold

 

            Blairsville resident Barbara C. Arnold, 96, passed peacefully, surrounded by her children on December 31, 2008.  A memorial service honoring Barbara’s life was held on Saturday January 3, 2009 at 1 PM at The House of Prayer in Blairsville with Pastor Jerry Helton officiating.  A later memorial service is also planned for June 2009 where Barbara will be laid with her husband in Massachusetts. 

            Born on June 20, 1912, in Somerville, MA, Ms. Arnold was the daughter of Irving and Ethel Colman.  She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art with a masters in fine arts education from the University of new Hampshire and became an accomplished artist and writer leaving behind her timeless works of literature and paintings.  Barbara was a lady whose dedication to her family and to all of humanity was expressed in the most practical of ways through her giving and her art.  Adored and admired by all who knew her for her courage and spunk and an unparalleled commitment to personal growth and learning.  Barbara danced through this portion of her life in a liturgy that affected all who knew her.

            Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband George Leonard Arnold and her beloved son Ross Arnold.  Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law Chip and Tish Arnold of Blairsville and Anne Arnold Pierce and Skip Pierce of Venice, FL, and special family members Gail Arnold of Blairsville and Steve Huntoon of Hiawassee.  Barbara was grandmother to Charles Arnold, Jr., of Alexandria, VA, Kim Tufts and ross (six) Arnold of Goffstown, NH, Kelly brown of Fredericksburg VA, Grace Arnold Arthur of Athens, GA, Sarah Arnold Olver and Faith Arnold Allen of Blairsville, Rebekah Arnold Conley and Joanna Arnold of Kennesaw, GA, Andrew Huntoon of Somerville, MA, Joshua Huntoon of South Yarmouth, MA, and Amy Huntoon of Sarasota, FL.  She was great grandmother to sixteen great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Blairsville Chapter of The Habitat for Humanity or the Safe House.

            Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home – Blairsville Chapel www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com

 


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January 7, 2009             Page 11A

 

evans “buddy” christensen

 

            Mr. Evans “Buddy” Christensen, age 84, of Nottley Dam Rd., Blairsville, formerly of W. Palm Beach, FL, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 in the Union General Hospital following an extended illness.  Mr. Christensen was born on Dec. 12, 1924 in Morehead City, NC, the son of the late Lawrence Christensen and the late Teresa Custis Christensen.  He was a veteran of the US Marines of WWII.  Buddy was a sports buff, enjoyed playing golf and had coached soccer just a few years ago.  He was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen Dufour Christensen in 1995 and by a sister, Dorothy Bonniwell in 1978.  Mr. Christensen was of the Protestant faith. 

            Surviving Mr. Christensen are two sons and one daughter-in-law, John Christensen of Blairsville, David and Candace Christensen of Blairsville, two daughters and one son-in-law, Theresa Cantrell of Blairsville, Joan and Jeff hall of Blairsville, seven grandchildren, William Patrick martin, Chris Cantrell, Justin and Jennifer Christensen, Michael Colwell, Ryan and Tyler Hall, three great grandchildren, Wyatt Cantrell, Amber and Katlyn Martin, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Waymon Lovell officiating.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Mr. Christensen.  

            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.