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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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January 9, 2002             Page 4B

 

mr. leon weaver colwell

 

Mr. Leon Weaver Colwell, age 81, of Blairsville, Georgia, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 2, 2002.

Mr. Colwell was born on Wednesday, March 31, 1920 in Union County, Georgia, a son of the late Patrick Norvill Colwell and Hattie Weaver Colwell.  Leon and Madelyn Copeland of Athens, Georgia were untied in marriage on September 19, 1947.  Mr. Colwell obtained his Associates degree from Young Harris College and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Georgia State University.

During the couples; residency in Atlanta, Mr. Colwell was very active in the community.  From 1947-1981. Mr. Colwell was a member of the first United Methodist Church of Atlanta and taught junior high Sunday school class for 19 years.  Mr. Colwell was employed by Lockheed, in which he helped to establish the Buckhead Branch of the Junior Achievers Program.  After 32 years of service, Mr. Colwell retired from Lockheed in 1982.  Mr. Colwell was also a Little League Coach.

Mr. Colwell was also very active in the Blairsville community.  He was a past president of the Union County Historical Society as well as a past president of the Union County Lions Club.  Mr. Colwell was a member of Coosa United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his loving wife, Madelyn Copeland Colwell of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Marta Victoria and Clive Mead, of Blairsville; son and daughter-in-law, Mark Alan and Kathy McAfee Colwell of Athens, Georgia; brothers Carlton H. Colwell and Robert Colwell, both of Blairsville; 5 grandchildren: Katherine Tinsley Colwell, Clayton William Colwell, Katherine Mead, Martha Mead, and Kyle Mead; many  friends and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 5, 2002 at 4 pm from Coosa United Methodist Church of Union County, with Rev. Earl Bishop and Rev. Charles Black officiating.  Special music for the service presented by Martha Cone.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jim Baggett, Lester Deavers, Ira Kelley, Travis Colwell, Jim Colwell, and Steve Colwell.  Serving as an honorary escort to the family was Dale Elliot, Bill Taylor, Harry Bishop, Ed Fain, Ralph Clark, and Walter Tanner.  Interment was at the Coosa United Methodist Church Cemetery in Blairsville.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.

 


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January 9, 2002             Page 4B

 

mrs. bobbie hernden

 

Mrs. Bobbie Hernden, age 73, of Blairsville, Georgia, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 2, 2002.

Mrs. Hernden was born on Wednesday, February 22, 1928, in Dade County, Florida, a daughter of the late Robert Yancey and Florence Hill Yancey.  She and her husband moved to Blairsville in 1981 from Miami, Florida.  Mrs. Hernden was a member of The Union County Historical Society and Union County Chamber of Commerce.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Union County, where she was involved in church activities, including teaching Sunday School.  Bobbie was a co-owner of 7 Creeks Housekeeping Cabins.  She was a member and faithful supporter of numerous charitable organizations, local and worldwide, for many years.

Surviving are her loving husband, Marvin, of Blairsville; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Ellen Hernden, of Blairsville and Ralph and Michelle Hernden, also of Blairsville; three grandchildren, Angie Hernden Pollard, Jessica Hernden, Ashley Harris; great granddaughter, Isabella Pollard; many friends and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 5, 2002 at 2 pm from First United Methodist Church of Union County with Rev. Eddie Herring and Rev. Asbury Craft officiating.  The eulogy was presented by her daughter-in-law, Michelle.  Special music for the service was presented by Martha Cone, Keith DeFoor and Jeff Baumann.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Les Myers, Bill Curlee, Glen Kite, Fred Williams, Paul Colditz, Don Kemp, Cal Pollard, Ralph Hernden, and Robert Hernden.  Serving as honorary escort to the family was Tommy Rogers, Bud Akins and Carlton Shaw.  Interment was in Choestoe Cemetery in Blairsville.  In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 859 Hwy 515, Blairsville, GA 30512.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


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January 9, 2002             Page 4B

 

mrs. emma grace lawson crane

 

Mrs. Emma Grace Lawson Crane, age 86, of Stonehenge Dr., Blairsville, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at her home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Crane was born on Jan. 15, 1915, in Leroy, NY, the daughter of the late Lewis Lawson and the late Lena Couse Lawson.  She and her husband were the owners of a RV Business in Vero Beach, FL, and was in the Nursing Cadet Core in WWII.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter E. Crane in 1990.

Surviving Mrs. Crane are one daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Robert Hutchinson of Blairsville; three sons and two daughters-in-law; Robert and Doris Gardiner of Jasper, NY, Bruce E. Crane of Rochester, NY, David and Patricia Crane of Canandaiga, NY; sister and brother–in-law, Mae and Ray Ernst of MI; eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

A private family service was held on Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Bill Honaker officiating.  In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to your local Hospice in Mrs. Cranes memory.  A memorial service will also be held in NY at a later date.   

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


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January 9, 2002             Page 4B

 

mrs. sharon gregory

 

            Mrs. Sharon Gregory, age 51, of the Murphy Hwy. Blairsville, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2001 at her home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Gregory was born on May 21, 1950 in Lumpkin County, the daughter of the late Charlie E. Gregory Sr. and Edna Grace Abercrombie Gregory.  Mrs. Gregory had worked several years with the Blue Ridge Mountain EMC.  She was preceded in death by her father Charlie Gregory Sr. in 1999.  She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church.

            Surviving Mrs. Gregory are daughter, Dana Stephens of Athens, GA; one son, Derek Stephens of Blairsville; mother, Edna Gregory of Blairsville; one sister, Joy Gregory of Conyers; two brothers and sister-in-laws, Charlie and Jenni Gregory of Blairsville, Lindsay and Cathy Gregory of Ellijay, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at 12 noon from the Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. George Cline and Rev. Jerry Helton and Rev. Jared Henson officiating.  Special music was presented by Michael and Danita Kennedy and Tammy Blassingame.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Bryon McCombs, Josh Gregory, Tyler Gregory, David Stephens, Tyson Chambers, and Chad Berry.  Interment followed in Antioch Cemetery.

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

 


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January 9, 2002             Page 4B

 

mr. marvin arthur gooch

 

Mr. Marvin Arthur Gooch, age 58, of Wenatchee, WA, formerly of Suches, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2001 at his home in Wenatchee following a brief illness.  Mr. Gooch was born on February 14, 1943 in Union County, the son of William A. Gooch and the late Maggie Lee Summerhour Gooch.  Mr. Gooch was retired from the Alcoa Aluminum Plant after thirty eight years of service and was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He was a Union County native and was of the Christian Faith.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Maggie Lee Gooch and a sister, Wanda Gooch Avila.

Surviving Mr. Gooch are his fiancée, Connie Powell of Wenatchee, WA; father, William Arthur Gooch of Suches; four sisters, Helen McQueen of Dallas, TX, Pat Melton of McCaysville, GA, Linda Berry of Lexington, SC, Joyce Gooch of Lindale, TX; four brothers, Ralph Gooch of Ketchican, AK, Earl Gooch of Melrose, MA, Dale Gooch of Acworth, GA and Robert Gooch of Chattanooga, TN, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 5, 2002 at 11:30 am from the Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Brock officiating.  Special music was presented by the Kelley Trio.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jerry McQueen, Buddy Berry, Alex Avila, Sabastain Avila, Joccoa Melton and Danny King.  Michael Bachelor served as an Honorary pallbearer.  Interment followed in the Coosa Methodist Cemetery.

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


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January 9, 2002             Page 4B

 

mr. arthur kuykendall

 

Mr. Arthur Kuykendall, age 86, of Plott Town Road, Young Harris passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2002 in the Chatuge Regional Hospital following an extended illness.  Mr. Kuykendall was born on November 24, 1915 in Union County, the son of the late Alfred Kuykendall and the late Maggie Henson Kuykendall.  He was assistant manager with the Davis Brothers Cafeteria for several years and was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was a member of the Old Union Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by two sisters, Gustie Silvey and Bertha Nichols, and also four brothers, George Willie (Burnt), Fannin and Harrison Kuykendall.

Surviving Mr. Kuykendall are four sisters, Annie Hughes, Essie Hood, Alma Gibson and Inez Townsend, all of Young Harris, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 5, 2002 at 2 pm from the Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ricky Rogers and Rev. Lester Sutton officiating.  Special music was presented by Tammy Blassingame and Lyda Gowder.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Lewie Hughes, Frank Hughes, Jeff Hughes, Brian Weaver, Jerry Hood and Alvin Gibson.  Serving as honorary pallbearers were: Buck Kuykendall, Tommy Kuykendall, Alfred Kuykendall and Odell Plott.  Interment followed in the Old Union Baptist Cemetery.

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

 


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January 9, 2002             Page 4B

 

mr. charles (charlie) a. dunn, jr.

 

Mr. Charles (Charlie) A. Dunn, Jr. of Blairsville, Georgia, formerly of Miami, Florida, passed away January 3rd at his daughter’s home following an extended illness.  Mr. Dunn was born in Thomas County, Georgia, on December 29, 1922, the son of Charles Alexander Dunn, Sr. and Frances Demaris Smith Dunn, who were born and raised in Dalton, Georgia.  The family moved to Miami, Florida around 1924 where he and his wife lived until 1965, when they moved to Homestead, Florida.  In 1998, they moved to Roxboro, North Carolina, and moved to Blairsville, Georgia in September 2000 to live with his daughter and son-in-law.  Mr. Dunn was a retired vegetable farmer and past president of Homestead Pole Bean Co-op.  He was a 53 year member of the Masonic Lodge, F & AM in Miami, West Dade #388.  Mr. Dunn was also a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II on the aircraft carrier USS Cowpens, where he served in the Pacific Theatre.  Mr. Dunn served as a Boy Scout Master of Troop 461 at Allatpattah Methodist Church in Miami, where he helped build the sanctuary and had been a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.

Surviving Mr. Dunn are his loving wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Mozell Bedgood Dunn of Blairsville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and John L. Byars, Sr. of Blairsville, GA and Betty and Karl Lenzen of Roxboro, North Carolina; son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Sandy Dunn of Homestead, Florida; seven grandchildren, John L. Byars, Jr. of Blairsville, Jenny Byars of Gainesville, FL, Rhonda Dunn of Orlando, FL, Rick Dunn and James Dunn of Homestead, and Sky Lenzen and Lesane Lenzen of Raleigh, NC.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 5, 2002 at 11 am from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville, with Minister Terry Stuart officiating.  Memorial services for family and friends in Florida will be held at a later date and will be announced.  In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise, Florida, 51 Main Street, Enterprise, Florida 32725.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


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January 9, 2002             Page 4B

 

mr. richard ray bartholomew

 

Mr. Richard Ray Bartholomew, age 73, of Chrissman Rd., Blairsville, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, in the Union General Hospital following a brief illness.  Mr. Bartholomew was born on June 1, 1928, in Canton, OH, the son of the late Luther Reynolds Bartholomew and the late Florence Mae Whitmore Bartholomew.  He was a member of the Ohio Grange and was a member of the House of Prayer.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Wanda McCoy in 1989.

Surviving Mr. Bartholomew are his loving wife of fifty two years, Polly Ann Campbell Bartholomew, of Blairsville, one daughter and son-in-law Sherry and Dan Houghton of Blacksburg, VA; three sons and one daughter-in-la: William Bartholomew of Windham, CT, Gregg Bartholomew of Akron, OH, James and Tracy Bartholomew of Columbus, OH; one brother and sister-in-law, Don D. and Rose Bartholomew of Massillion, OH, ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Jan. 7, 2002 at 3 p.m. from the Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Helton and Rev. Bill Honaker officiating.  Services were also held on Friday, Jan 11, 2002, at 11:00 from the Fisher Funeral Home in Danville, OH.  Interment followed in the Union Grove Cemetery in Gambler, OH.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


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January 9, 2002             Page 5B

 

mr. percy george reader

 

Mr. Percy George Reader, age 81, of Fern Valley Lane, Blairsville, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2002, in the Union General Hospital, following an extended illness.  Mr. Reader was born on Nov. 22, 1920, in Fairmont, MN, the son of the late John William Reader and the late Lucia Toothacher Reader.  He was a veteran of the US Army in WWII and was a POW.  Mr. Reader was a member of the VFW and was a member of the Bellview Methodist Church.

Surviving Mr. Reader are his loving wife of twenty one years, Caroline Long Reader of Blairsville; two sons and one daughter-in-law: Stephen and Tammy Powers of Canton, GA, and Mark Powers of Canton; one brother and sister-in-law, Alden and Marie Reader of Naples, FL; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at 2 p.m., from the Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Patt Miller officiating.  Special music was presented by Jeri Ruth Roberts.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Steve Powers, Mark Powers, Ted Green, Reid Hopkins, Kelly Hopkins, and Lee Marsh.  Interment followed in the Holly Hill Cemetery with the North GA Honor Guard conducting the graveside services.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.