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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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January 29, 1997           Page 6B

 

mrs. leila stephens

 

            Mrs. Leila Stephens, age 96, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Monday, January 13, 1997 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville. 

Mrs. Stephens was born in Cherokee County, North Carolina on July 31, 1900, a daughter of the late Joseph Pierce and Callie Nelson Pierce.  She was a homemaker and a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church.  Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Harve Stephens, in 1956 and two sons, Jimmy Stephens and H.D. Stephens and great grandson, Stephen England. 

            Surviving are daughter and son-in-law, Mary and George Rogers of Montgomery, Alabama; daughter, Ruth Holloway of Lawrenceville, GA.; son and daughter-in-law, Loyd “Jeep” Stephens and Lela Stephens of Blairsville; daughter Cora Dixon of Blairsville; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Maxine Stephens of Aiken, South Carolina and daughter-in-law Madge Stephens; brother, Everett Pierce and sister, Cora Lee Hackney, both of Dalton, GA.; eighteen grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

            Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 15, 1997 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. Harley Hunter and Rev. Horace Potts officiating.  Special music was presented by Sarah Kelley, Louise Delong, and Susie Phillips.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Ferrell Penland, Junior Duckworth, Harold Crump, Gene Nelson, Danny Stephens, and Craig Stephens.  Interment was in Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.    


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January 29, 1997           Page 6B

 

mr. howard a. dyer

 

            Mr. Howard A. Dyer, age 86, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, January 5, 1997 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville. 

Mr. Dyer was born in Union County, Georgia on August 7, 1910, a son of the late Narve Dyer and Laura Townsend Dyer.  He was a lifelong resident of this area and was a retired farmer.  Mr. Dyer was a member of Pinetop Baptist Church and had served as a deacon for forty-five years.  Preceding him in death was a son, Jimmy.   

            Surviving are his wife, Nell Sweatman Dyer, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Calvin and Hazel Dyer of Blairsville; daughter, Joan Akins of sugar (sic) Hill, GA.; daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Billy Turnage of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Doug Dyer, also of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Lynell and Barry Lackey of Roswell, GA.; brother, Ishmael Dyer of Blairsville; sister, Norma McDonald of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; ten grandchildren: Kenneth Akins, Aubrey Dyer, Keith Dyer, Andrew Turnage, Sidney Dyer, Shawn Dyer, Debbie Akins, Karen Turnage Merrill, and Heather and Brooke Lackey; five great grandchildren also survive.

            Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 7,  1997 at 2 p.m. from Pinetop Baptist Church with Rev. Henry Loggins and Rev. Stacey Dyer officiating.  Special music was presented by Dayton Dyer and Kim Thomas.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers:  Kenneth Akins, Aubrey Dyer, Sidney Dyer, Shawn Dyer, Andrew Turnage, and Eddie Alexander.

Interment was in Choestoe Cemetery.  

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


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January 29, 1997           Page 6B

 

mrs. edna terrell

 

            Mrs. Edna Terrell, age 77, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, January 11, 1997 in the Clay County Care Center in Hayesville, N.C.  Mrs. Terrell was born in Union County, Georgia on December 15, 1919, a daughter of the late Harvey A. and Fannie Collins Souther.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren R. Terrell. 

            Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Doris Souther, of Young Harris, GA.; one uncle, C.R. Collins of Blairsville.

            Funeral services were held Monday, January 13, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. from Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Blairsville with rev. B.A. Buchanan officiating.  Music was by Louise Delong, Sarah Kelley and Susie Phillips.

            In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the American Heart Association.         

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


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January 29, 1997           Page 6B

 

mrs. ora reece foster

 

            Mrs. Ora Reece Foster, age 91, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, January 18, 1997 in Chatuge Regional Hospital in Hiawassee, Georgia. 

Mrs. Foster was born in Union County, Georgia on September 7, 1905, a daughter of the late Eli Reece and Sally Stephens Reece.  She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of this area.  Mrs. Foster was the widow of the late Ernest Foster, Sr., who passed away in 1973.  She was a member of new Harmony Baptist Church. 

            Surviving are sons, Ernest F. Foster, Jr., and William Reece (Jack) Foster, both of Panama City, FL., Clifton Eugene “Gene” Foster and Marion Foster, both of Blairsville; daughters, Margie Sparks and Sue Sparks, both of Blairsville; sisters, Inez Lance and Florence Queen, both of Blairsville; and brother, Weldon Reece of Augusta; thirty-two grandchildren and forty great grandchildren also survive.

            Funeral services were held Monday, January 20, 1997 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. Willis Garrett and Rev. Jimmy Rogers officiating.  Special music was presented by Louise Delong, Susie Phillips, and Sarah Kelley.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Shawn Foster, Robbie Brown, James Arrant, Terry Kelley, Billy Burnette, Stacy Dyer, Ernie Pruitt, Kevin Mullins, Charles Long, and Ben Moore.  Interment was in New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.  

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.

             


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January 29, 1997           Page 6B

 

mr. oscar m. fortenberry

 

            Mr. Oscar M. Fortenberry, age 49, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, January 18, 1997 at his home. 

Mr. Fortenberry was born in Union County, Georgia on May 28, 1947, a son of the late Frank Fortenberry and Hattie Gibson Fortenberry  He was a member of Gesthemene (sic) Baptist Church. 

            Surviving are his wife, Becky Thompson Fortenberry, of the home; daughter, Melinda Fortenberry, of the home; daughters, Lisa Akins, Leslie Fortenberry, and Amy Fortenberry, all of Greenwood, Indiana; brother, Tommy Fortenberry of Rock Springs, GA.; sister, Mary Jo Dewberry of Florida; half-brother, John  Fortenberry and half-sisters, Pam, Lisa, and Patricia  Fortenberry, all of Russel Springs, Kentucky; four grandchildren also survive.

            Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 21,  1997 at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. Waymon Lovell and Rev. Earl Pickelsimer officiating.  Special music was presented by Dorothy Pickelsimer, Kenneth and Elaine Young, and the New Life Singers.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers:  Jeff Fortenberry, Donnie Fortenberry, Randy Hampton, L.J. Brown, Wayne Thompson, and Robert Kitchens.  Interment was in Coosa Methodist Church Cemetery.  

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


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January 29, 1997           Page 6B

 

mrs. belva van dyke mccray

 

            Mrs. Belva Van Dyke McCray, age 94, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, January 11, 1997 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville. 

Mrs. McCray was a native of Illinois, and was the wife of the late Frank Stanley McCray.  She came to this area in 1963 from Davenport, Iowa, and she was a member of Edwards Congregational Church in Davenport.     Mrs. McCray’s body was taken to Sulpher Springs Cemetery in Loami, Illinois for interment. 

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


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January 29, 1997           Page 6B

 

mr. George E. ramsey

 

            George E. Ramsey, age 68, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, January 23, 1997 after a brief illness.  He was born in Vicksburg, Michigan in 1929.   He resided with his family in West Palm beach, Florida from 1959 until he retired form Pratt and Whitney and moved to Blairsville in  1987.  During his ten years in Blairsville, he mastered the art  of woodcarving, having studied carving at the John C. Campbell School of Folk Art.  Mr. Ramsey was an active member of The Mountain Woodcarvers Club since 1992.  he was predeceased by his father, Harry L. Ramsey, Sr., and his wife, June.

He is survived by his four children: daughters, Meredith Ramsey and Susan Ramsey of Lawrenceville, GA.; Gael Alyson Dutros, TSGT, NSAF, COTA of Medway, Ohio; and son, Charles Todd Ramsey, CPO, ISN of Virginia Beach, VA.; his mother, Clara Mae Ramsey of Canton, Michigan; his sister, Charlene Kenny of Canton, Michigan; his brothers, Harry Ramsey of Detroit, Michigan and William Ramsey of New Baltimore, Michigan; and two grandsons, Jarrod and Garrett Dutrow; and his dear friend, Jean Frey of Murphy, N.C. 

            A celebration of the life of George Ramsey was held Tuesday, January 28, 1997 at 6:00 p.m. from the Blairsville Civic Center. 

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.