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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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January 18, 2012                                   Page 12A

 

horace cheek

 

            Mr. Horace Cheek, age 67, of Arkaqua Rd., Blairsville passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in the Landmark Hospital in Athens following an extended illness.  Mr. Cheek was born on Sept. 23, 1944 in Hayesville, NC, the son of the late Charlie Cheek and the late Lena S. Ferguson Cheek.  Horace was a lifelong resident of Union County. He was a loving brother, uncle and was a friend to many.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Ruth Jones Cheek who passed away on Dec. 24, 2011.  Mr. Cheek was of the Baptist faith.

            Surviving Mr. Cheek are one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Edward Mashburn of Blairsville, three brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Nedra Cheek of Blairsville, Herman and Lavada Cheek of Blairsville, Jerry and Susie Cheek of Blairsville, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Danny White officiating.  Special music was presented by the Son’s of Light Singers.  The following gentleman served as pallbearers, James and Gary Cheek, Brian Mashburn, Dale Tanner, Derrick Tanner and Eddie Beavers. The following gentleman served as honorary pallbearers, Kevin Cheek, Tommy McAuliffe and Kenneth West.  Interment followed in the Union Memory Gardens Cemetery where he will rest next to his wife, Ruth.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Lung Association in memory of Mr. Cheek.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m.

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


Horace Cheek


HORACE CHEEK
    Courtesy of Mountain View Funeral Home

 

 


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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January 18, 2012                                   Page 12A

 

thomas “tommy” lee burnett, sr.

 

 

 

            Mr. Thomas "Tommy" Lee Burnett Sr., age 80, of Huckleberry Hills Rd., Blairsville passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Burnett was born on Nov. 3, 1931 in Union County, the son of the late Edley Burnette and the late Alvia Alwayne MaHaffey Burnette.  He was a veteran of the US Army. Tommy had retired from General Motors after over thirty years of service.  After retiring from General Motors he was a poultry farmer for over fifteen years.  He was preceded in death by three sisters, Alwaine Totherow, Norma Jean George and Brenda Lee Sosebee two brothers, Eugene Burnette and Gearl Lee Burnett.  Mr. Burnett was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.

            Surviving Mr. Burnett are his loving wife, Peggy Ann Lovell Burnett of Blairsville, one son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Dannella Burnett of Gainesville, GA., one daughter Debbie Burnett of Hoschton, GA, one stepson and daughter-in-law, Jamie and Shannon Garrett of Milwaukee, WI, four brothers and sisters-in-law, Franklin and Carneal Burnette of Buford, GA, Richard and Barbara Burnette, Junior and Brenda Burnette and David and Mary Burnette all of Blairsville, two sisters and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Wayne Dills of Lawrenceville, GA, Wanda Brophy of Jefferson, GA, three brothers-in-law, Lawrence Totherow of Blairsville, Edward George of Stone Mtn., and Randy Sosebee of Morganton, one sister-in-law, Wanda Burnette of Blairsville, four grandchildren, J.B. Burnett, Emma Burnett, Luke Garrett and Olivia Garrett, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at 1 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Waymon Lovell and Rev. Chad Underwood officiating.  Tommy’s nephews will serve as pallbearers.  Interment will follow in the Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will meet with friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m.  In Lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be made to the Union County Dialysis Center.

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


Thomas Lee Burnett, Sr.


THOMAS LEE BURNETT, SR.
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January 18, 2012                                   Page 13A

 

alberta barris

 

 

 

                Mrs. Alberta Barris, age 93, of Murphy Hwy, Blairsville, passed away, Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Stonehenge.  She was born December 4, 1918 daughter of the late Albert and Nora Brandt Konert.  She had lived here for the past 5 years coming here from Lawrenceville, Ga. (sic)  Mrs. Barris was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Barris in 1996.  She was of the Protestant Faith.

            Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Douglas Myers of Blairsville, three grandchildren, Jeffrey, Melissa and Kelly, seven great grandchildren.

            Memorial services will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers make memorials to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

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

Alberta Barris

    

 ALBERTA BARRIS
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January 18, 2012                                   Page 13A

 

haskel “bill” H. drake

 

                Mr. Haskel “Bill” H. Drake age 81, of Murphy Hwy., Blairsville, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2012 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Drake was born on Oct. 18, 1930 in Union County, the son of the late Haskel H. Drake and the late Willie Colwell Drake.  He was a native and lifelong resident of Union County.  Bill was a veteran of the US Army of the Korean War.  He was a brick mason for many years than was employed with the Georgia Department of Transportation where he retired after many years of service.  His hobbies were his grandchildren, hunting and fishing, he loved camping, traveling, gardening and water skiing.  He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Haskel Drake in 1964, a brother, Jack Drake in 2011 and a sister, Lois Lance in 1998.  He was a member of the Allegheny Masonic Lodge # 114 F&AM.  Mr. Drake was a member, Deacon and served as a Trustee of Antioch Baptist Church for over fifty years where he was a former Sunday School teacher, former Sunday School Superintendant, and was involved with the AWANA Program.

            Surviving Mr. Drake are his loving wife of fifty-six years, Melva Lynn McAfee Drake of Blairsville, one son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Carla Drake of Blairsville, one daughter and son-in-law, Sabrina and Ricky Rich of Blairsville, aunt, Mary Grace Hemphill of Blairsville, four grandchildren, Madison Rich, Ralston Drake, Matthew Rich and Sawyer Drake, four step grandchildren, Chad, Kaye, Trint and Christa Rich, five step great grandchildren, Lance, Cayden, Katie, Bentley and Blakley Rich, several nieces, nephews, cousins, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at 2 p.m. from the Antioch Baptist Church Family Life Center with the Rev. George Cline, Rev. Billy Rabern officiating.  Eulogy by Dr. David Gowder.  The following gentleman will serve as pallbearers, Britt, Brannon and Brad McAfee, Chad and Trint Rich, Scott Lance, Joey, Tim and Alan Colwell.  Interment will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery with the North GA Honor Guard conducting Military Honors.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Antioch Baptist Church Renovation of Sanctuary Fund in memory of Bill.  The family will meet with friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m.

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


Haskel H. Drake

 

 

  HASKEL H. DRAKE
             Courtesy of Mountain View Funeral Home        

 

 

 


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January 18, 2012                                   Page 13A

 

thomas “tom” dewitt passmore

 

                Thomas “Tom” Dewitt Passmore, age 85, of Blairsville, GA, passed away on January 11, 2012 after battling a long illness.  Tom was born in Mayo, FL on December 31, 1926 to Thomas Dewitt and Claudia Cooper Passmore.  Shortly after birth, Tom's family returned to Hayesville, NC where Tom grew up until he joined the United States Navy at the age of 16.  Tom served during World War II as a gunnery instructor.  Tom left the Navy due to injuries to his ears and split the majority of his time between Jacksonville, FL and Clay County, NC where he had numerous friends and family.  After leaving the Navy, Tom began work as a business machine repairman and worked for Remington, Royal, Underwood and Buroughs Business Machine companies, to name a few.  Tom eventually opened his own business machine companies in Jacksonvillle, FL (Florida Business Machine Company) and Waynesville, NC (Haywood Typewriter Company).  In 1969, Tom moved his family to Blairsville, GA, where he would spend the remainder of his life.  He opened Mobile Home Step & Supply Company and distributed his products throughout the Southeastern United States.  During his career, Tom belonged to various clubs and organizations such as the Toast Masters, Moose Club, and Kiwanis Club and served as president of the Dad's Club at Inglewood Elementary School in Jacksonville, FL.

As hobbies and past-time, Tom loved to play poker with his friends and family. He also had a passion for reading and writing poetry.  Tom has written several poems that have been published in various area newspapers and at times would contribute his thoughts and opinions to "Letters of the Editor" of the local paper.  Tom was also very active in the political process.  He would enjoy meeting his friends and discussing politics over a meal or a cup of coffee.  He would always cast his vote and even while battling his illness during his final hours, Tom made it known who he was for in the upcoming election.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Dewitt and Claudia Cooper Passmore, his sister Emma Dane Carter, his sister Lucille Passmore, and his brother-in-law John F. Carter of Hayesville, NC.  Tom is also preceded in death by his son Thomas “Tommy” Eugene Passmore, his son James Allen Passmore, and his grandson Israel Hughes of Blairsville, GA., and his longtime friend Wally Langford.

Tom is survived by his wife Mary Elizabeth Passmore, his daughter Loella Passmore, and his daughter Carol Renae Rockwood of Blairsville, GA, his son and daughter-in-law George and Debbie Passmore and his son and daughter-in-law David and Lianne Passmore of Honolulu, HI, and by his son and daughter-in-law Mark and Jennifer Passmore of Gainesville, GA.

Tom is survived by his grandchildren James Wesley Passmore, Jeremiah Passmore, Celestine Pandolph, Joshua Passmore, Caleb Passmore, Nathaniel Passmore, Adrian Hughes, Justin "Gus" Hughes, Thomas Roy Passmore, Brian Passmore, Jamie Naboa, Karissa Passmore, Zachary Passmore, Patrick Passmore, Jordan Watase, Jake Watase, Jace "J.T." Watase, Houston Rockwood, Bonnie Rockwood, Randall Rockwood, Skyler Passmore, Keelan Passmore and Austin Passmore.

Tom is survived by his great grandchildren Julian Hughes, Celina Hughes, Emmanuel Hughes, Samuel Hughes, Adriana Hughes, Charles "Charlie" Hughes, Haley Passmore, Kameron Passmore, Ethan Passmore, Ashlynn Passmore, Alisha Passmore, Elijah Passmore, Gabriel Passmore, Matthew Passmore, Isiah Passmore, Issac Passmore, Connor Passmore, Emma Shine Pandolph, Daysha Joy Pandolph, Chasen Passmore, Jayden Passmore, Lucas Passmore, Hunter Passmore, Logan Passmore, Zoe Naboa and Zander Naboa.

            Tom is also survived by his cousin Janie Mease Snowden and his nephew and wife, Brent and Lynn Carter of Hayesville, NC, his niece Karen Hasenauer of Knoxville, TN, and his lifelong friend Rubin "Doc" Ledford of Hayesville, NC and Canton, OH.  He is also survived by numerous other friends and relatives.

Tom will be having a traditional funeral at the Mountain View Funeral Home located at 513 #3 Murphy Hwy., Blairsville, Ga. (sic)  Visitation will be on Thursday, January 19, 2012 from 6 p.m. To 9 p.m. and services will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 beginning at 2 p.m.  His burial will follow at the Hayesville Methodist Cemetery located at 161 NC69 Hwy., Hayesville, N.C.

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


Thomas Dewitt Passmore

 

THOMAS DEWITT PASSMORE
    Courtesy of Mountain View Funeral Home

 


 

 


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Blairsville, GA  30512

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January 18, 2012                                   Page 13A

 

charles thomas graves

 

            Mr. Charles Thomas Graves, age 61, of Pat Haralson Drive, Blairsville, formerly of Riverview, FL, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at his home following a brief illness.  Mr. Graves was born on October 28, 1950 in Tampa, FL, the son of the late Frank R. Graves and the late Twila O. Adams Graves.  Charles had been a Tropical Fish Farmer for the most part of his life.  After moving to Blairsville seven years ago he had a carpentry business.  Charles was an avid hunter and a true sportsman.  He loved the people of North Georgia and the mountains.  Mr. Graves was of the Baptist faith.

            Surviving Mr. Graves are one daughter, Crystal Graves of Brandon, FL, one brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Sharon Graves of Cody, WY, two sisters, Judy Raimondi of Cleveland, GA, Nancy Junda of Dothan, AL, one grandchild, Chloe Perez of Brandon, FL, many other relatives and a host of friends also survive.

            A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mr. Graves.

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


Charles Thomas Graves


CHARLES THOMAS GRAVES
    Courtesy of Mountain View Funeral Home