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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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January 30, 2008                        Page 16A

 

sue juanita sistrunk

 

Mrs. Sue Juanita Sistrunk, age 85, of Blairsville, GA formerly of Young Harris, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2008 following a period of declining health.  Mrs. Sistrunk was born in Clay County, NC to the late Lewis and Dollie Smith Fuller.  She was preceded in death by her husband, David Sistrunk, Sr. and a sister, Odell Shook.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Dolly Sue Rogers of Blairsville, GA, Mrs. Colleen Swanson of Blairsville, GA, Mrs. Julie Queen of Brasstown, NC; six sons, Robert David Sistrunk, Jr. of Young Harris, GA, James Stuart Sistrunk of Brassstown, NC, Jerry Lewis Sistrunk of Sac City, LA, Ernie Lee Sistrunk of Carercro, LA, John Glenn Sistrunk of Charleston, SC, and Ronnie Warren Sistrunk of Hayesville, NC; five sisters, Lois Price of Hayesville, NC, Magnolia Ballard of Gainesville, GA, Idell Shook of Hiawassee, GA, Jeanette Fonville of Tunnel Hill, GA, Joy Crow of Monroe, GA; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 29, 2008 from the Woods Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Gerald Heard, Rev. Wofford Kelley, and Rev. Jimmy Rogers officiating.  Interment was in the Laurel Hills memory Garden.  Music was provided by Sarah and Wofford Kelley and Everett Moss.  Her sons served as pallbearers and grandsons as honorary pallbearers.

Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee in charge of arrangements.

 


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minnie watkins

 

Mrs. Minnie Watkins, age 80, of Suches, GA passed away on Friday, January 25, 2008.  Mrs. Watkins was born December 11, 1927 in Fannin County, GA.  She lived most of her life in Union County and was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Suches, GA.  She was the daughter of the late James Joseph and Ida Cantrell Parke.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Watkins; brothers, Hobart, Hayden, and Henry Parker, and sister, Mary Gooch.

Mrs. Watkins is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Jimmie Ruth Pruitt of Dahlonega, GA, Janice and Prat Shah of Marietta, GA; brothers, Hastle Parker of Suches, GA, Harold Parker of Morganton, GA, James Parker of Romulus, MI, Gene Parker of Atlanta, GA; sisters, Adell Floyd of Stockbridge, GA, Gladys Gilreath of Cartersville, GA; granddaughters, Paige Pruitt, Alena Shah, and Alexa Shah; a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Suches, GA.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 until 6 p.m.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega, GA in charge of arrangements.


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January 30, 2008                        Page 17A

 

sidney c. mahan

 

Mr. Sidney C. MaHan, age 73, of Blairsville, GA passed away Thursday, January 24, 2008 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.  Mr. MaHan was born Tuesday, July 24, 1934 in Gordon County, GA to the late Tom MaHan and the late Verna Ray MaHan.  He was a member of Allegheny Masonic Lodge, #201, F & AM, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo and his parents, Tom and Verna MaHan.  He was a barber in Blairsville, and was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include: son & daughter-in-law, Sonny and Rhonda MaHan of Blairsville; daughter & son-in-law, Jodi and Garry Rogers of Blairsville; sister, Annie Ray Foster of Blairsville; grandchildren: Jennifer MaHan, Devan MaHan, Jacob Rogers, and Jordan Rogers; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray Potts officiating.  Members of the masons served as pallbearers, with honorary escort to the family: Joe Dyer, Gordon Dyer, Bobby Plott, Eric England, Roy Rose, and Bill Kuykendall.  Interment followed in Union memory Gardens.  The family received friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Friday, January 25.  If you wish, the family suggests that donations may e made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2984, Blairsville, GA 30514.

Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  Please sign the guest registry and send condolences to the family at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

 


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annie “sis” inez hodges mcphee

 

Annie “Sis” Inez Hodges McPhee, age 79, of Blairsville, GA, formerly of Ft. Myers, FL, passed away Monday, January 21, 2008.

Surviving family members include sons and daughters-in-law: Steve and Barbara McPhee of Blairsville; Dallas McPhee and Janet Hamilton of Statesboro, GA; brother, Pat Hodges of Bonita Springs, FL; grandchildren: Steve III, and Kelley McPhee, Darren and Faye McPhee, and Dallas McPhee, II; and great-grandchildren: Dallas McPhee, III, Emily McPhee, Miley McPhee, Wesley McPhee, Brandon McPhee, and Nathaniel Fred also survive.

No services have been planned at this time.  If you wish the family suggests memorials be made to the local hospice, or to the Diabetes Foundation. 

Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville is in charge of arrangements.  Please send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


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January 30, 2008                        Page 17A

 

eurith “dick” russell weaver

 

Mr. Eurith “Dick” Russell Weaver, age 70, of Molena, GA, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at Upson Regional Medical Center.  Mr. Weaver was born in Union County, Ga.  He was retired from Transport Corp with 25 years of service   He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving with the Signal Corp in Germany.  Mr. Weaver was an avid gardener.

Mr. Weaver is survived by his daughter, Dawn Campbell of Concord, GA; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Wesley Weaver of New Port Beach, CA and Kelley and Kim Weaver of Milne, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Chandler and Carol Weaver of Enon, OH; three sisters, Janice Morgan of Forest Park, GA, Grace Daniels of Young Harris, GA, and Bobbie Ann Payne of Blairsville, GA and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Foundation. 

Coggins Funeral Home of Thomaston, GA in charge of the arrangements.


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January 30, 2008                        Page 17A

 

thomas o’hagan dupree, jr.

 

Mr. Thomas O’Hagan DuPree, Jr. age 89 of Blairsville, GA, passed away Thursday night, January 24, 2008.  Mr. DuPree was the son of a North Carolina family who moved to Miami, Florida in 123 when he was 4 years old.  He graduated from  Miami Senior High School in 1937 and was headed to the University of Florida when his summer employer offered him a business partnership which led to a very successful 50 year career as a contractor and flooring subcontractor in Florida and Georgia.  Taking leave of his business during WWII he joined the Army Air Corps as a young officer and piloted B23 missions over both Europe and Asia.  After the war he returned to Miami to his business and growing family.  Mr. DuPree discovered the North Georgia mountains during the 70’s and traveled there frequently.  Subsequently, he built a home there.  By 1988 he had retired and moved to Blairsville permanently.  His passions include anything automotive.  He raced sports cars competitively until he was in his early 60’s and he always enjoyed “call of the open road” as he traveled in his various motor homes through or to all 49 continental United States and much of Canada.  He never lost the twinkle in his eye and his smile could light up a room.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan Shafer DuPree of Blairsville; son, Daniel Dupree of Atlanta; son, Joseph DuPree of Fernandina Beach, FL; daughter, Anne Jones of Chicago, IL; step-daughter Pamela Easley of Hendersonville, NC; sister, Ysobel Litchfield of Washington, NC; sister, Jeanne Patterson of Miami, FL; grandchildren: Joseph DuPree, Bradford DuPree, Tommy DuPree, Caitlan DuPree, Boone DuPree, Susan Jones, Mary Jones, and Laura Anne Jones.  The family received friends at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. Saturday evening, January 26th.  If you wish, the family suggests that Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633

Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville, GA is in charge of arrangements.  You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


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January 30, 2008                        Page 17A

 

leslie wayne seaborn

 

Mr. Leslie Wayne Seaborn, age 37, of Shuler Rd., Blairsville passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2008 from injuries received in an automobile accident.  Mr. Seaborn was born on December 29, 1970 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the son of Leslie Seaborn and Pat Harrison Seaborn.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  Wayne was a builder in the local area.  Wayne was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Mr. Seaborn are his loving wife, Lisa Norton Seaborn of Blairsville; mother, Pat Harrison of Blairsville; father and step-mother, Leslie and Mary Seaborn of Blairsville; three sons, Stephen, Harrison and Ryan all of Washington; one sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Joseph Johnson of Blairsville; nieces and nephews, Joshua and Jamie Bowyer, Jeri Curtis, James and Darby Norton and Alison Holloway, great-nephew, Colin Curtis father and mother-in-law, Joe and Frances Norton of Young Harris; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the funeral home chapel with minister Terry Stuart and Rev. Billy Stiles officiating.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers, Gerald Patterson, Jamie Bowyer, Joshua Bowyer, Craig Flowers, Keith Boatwright and Scot Sisum.  Serving as honorary pallbearers were Bone Carpenter and Gary Jones.  Interment followed in the Old Brasstown Baptist Church Cemetery with the North Georgia Honor Guard conducting military honors. 

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


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January 30, 2008                        Page 17A

 

glenys mcallister kersey

 

Mrs. Glenys McAllister Kersey, age 68, of Wild Hog Creek Circle, Suches, GA passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2008 following a brief illness. Mrs. Kersey was born on November 9, 1939 in McCombs, MS, the daughter of the late Percy McAllister and the late Mae Brewer Copeland.  Glenys loved animals, flowers and gardening.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles R. Kersey in 1997.  She was a member and long time leader at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Suches.

Surviving Mrs. Kersey are five step-children, Charles and Sherry Kersey of Marietta, GA, David and Sherry kersey of Norcross, GA, Robert and Sherry Kersey of Royse City, TX, Cathy and Ronnie Scates of Rowlett, TX, Becky and John Miller of Ada, OK; one sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Dr. Hal D. Bishop of Memphis, TN; two nieces, Teresa E. Patterson of Ackworth, GA, Linda P. Iannuzzi of Germantown, MD; nephew, Mercer H. Patterson of Marion, IL; one step-brother, Murray Patrick Copeland of Columbus, OH; sixteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; Survivors

Graveside services were held on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11 a.m. from Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery with Dr. Clarence Drummond officiating.  In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials may e made to the American Cancer Society in Mrs. Kersey’s memory. 

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


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January 30, 2008                        Page 17A

 

raymond j. durkee

 

Mr. Raymond J. Durkee passed away on January 21, 2008.  He was born on February 27, 1923 in Lynn, MA, the first child of Leslie R. and Marion H. Durkee.  In 1933, the family moved to New Hampshire.  He graduated in 1940 from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.  IN 1941, Mr. Durkee was employed by General Electric Company as an apprentice tool and die maker until March 1942, when he enlisted in the Navy.  He received four battle stars and the rank of Chief Petty Officer for actions in the North African Campaign and invasions of Sicily, Italy and Normandy.  He also served in the Philippines from 1945-1947.  Raymond married the former Marion Flueck in Cleveland, OH on June 16, 1945.  His military career continued in the Army, serving in Kentucky, Alaska, Texas, Georgia and France; he was discharged as a Master Sergeant inn 1955.  In 1956, Mr. Durkee enlisted in the USAF, stationed in Arizona, Wyoming, Texas, Alaska, Colorado, Georgia and California.  During the Army and USAF years, three children were born to this union-Robert (1954), Carol (1957) and Susan (1960).  He retired from the military in 1965 and spent the next twelve years employed as a maintenance superintendent and a postal letter carrier.  Mr. Durkee has been retired since 1977, residing in Blairsville, GA.  Mr. Durkee had been a member of the Nazarene Church, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Air Force Sergeants Assn., and the retired Enlisted Assn.

He is survived by his wife, Marion of the home; one brother and spouse, Leon and June Durkee of Seabrook, NH; one sister-in-law, Joy Durkee of Phoenix, AZ; three children and their spouses, Robert and Karen Durkee of lantana, FL, Carol and Avery Mason of Blairsville, GA; five grandchildren (and spouses) Bobby and Shelley Durkee Tommy Murphy, Jr., Tonya and Christopher Woodard, Jesse mason, Jordan Mason; one great-grandchild, Silas Raymond Woodard; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ivan Rexroth and Rev. Danny Bohler officiating.  Special music was presented by Mary Nell Yahl, Mildred LeCroy and Hwy 76.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers, Robert Durkee, Jr., Tommy Murphy, Jr., Jesse and Jordan mason, Christopher Woodard and Brian Nix.  Serving as honorary pallbearers were, Edgar Mason, Harold Betts, Veron Scharer, French Trogden, Toby Laster and Otto Jordan.  Interment followed in the Union memory Gardens Cemetery with the North Georgia Honor Guard conducting military honors.

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


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January 30, 2008                        Page 17A

 

lloyd stanford allen

 

Mr. Lloyd Stanford Allen, age 62, of Mulkey Gap Rd., Blairsville passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at his home following a brief illness.  Mr. Allen was born on February 25, 1945 in Gilmer County, A, the son of the late Stanford Allen and the late Hazel Hollifield Allen.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Pickelsimer Allen in 2007 and by a brother, Edward Johnson.  Mr. Allen was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Mr. Allen are two sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Roy Davis of Blairsville, Linda and Jimmy parks of Ellijay; several nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 28, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bryan Mason and Rev. Ric Hurd officiating.  Special music was presented by the Kelley Trio and Caleb, Casey and Cody Bearden.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers, David Davis, Bill Butt, Randy Shope, Caleb, Casey and Cody Bearden.  Interment followed in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.

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


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January 30, 2008                        Page 17A

 

alice gail carlton

 

Mrs. Alice Gail Carlton, age 71, of Blairsville, GA, passed away as a result of Lou Gehrigs Disease (ALS) on Thursday, January 24, 2008, at her home in Blairsville.  Mrs. Carlton was born Friday, November 6, 1936 in Tower City, PA, to the late Richard Jeremiah Paul and the late Elma Katura Carl Paul.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Blairsville and was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Jeremiah Paul and Elma Katura Carl Paul.  Alice Carlton’s life may best be remembered by the footprints she left on the many trails of her earthly existence.  Sometimes the footprints betrayed her physical limitations, following many, many surgeries on her knees after a fall.  Sometimes they slowed while she bore the agony of Lou Gehrig’s Disease so valiantly.  She never, ever faltered in her service to her God, her family, and her friends.

The footprints along the trail of her family were her pride and her joy.  Tom and Alice decided at the time of their marriage that no children in their merged family would ever be viewed as step-children, and this gang of seven grew up with equal love.  The love that these seven young adults now share with each other as well as their own families if a lasting legacy to Alice, or Nan, as she is called by the multitude of wonderful grandchildren.  Alice’s family has always been her pride, her joy and her focus, and deepening these footsteps by instilling a love of Christ had been her aim.  She leaves her family behind with the full assurance that Christ is welcoming here with open arms, proclaiming “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”  Alice, Mom, Nan, the clearly marked footprints along the trail that you left for us will make you easy to find, as those you loved so much come to join you later.

Survivors include: husband, Tom Carlton of Blairsville; son, Mike Morgan of Arlington, TX; son, Thom Morgan of Greensboro, GA; son, Steve Carlton of Orlando, FL; son, Rev. Dr. Jeff Morgan of Barnesville, GA; son, Mark Carlton of Washington’s Crossing, PA; daughter, Paula Carroll of Winter Springs, FL; son, Todd Carlton of Winston-Salem, NC; sister, Shirley Earnest of Elizabethtown, PA; sister, Betty Grabbe of Harrisburg, PA; brother, Rich Paul of Temecula, CA; 18 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren also survive, along with many friends.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 11 a.m. from the First Baptist Church Of Blairsville with the Dr. Fred Lodge, Rev. Dr. Jeff Morgan, and Minister Debbie Weisemann officiating.  The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church of Blairsville for one hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may e made to your choice: First Baptist Church of Blairsville Benevolence Fund; Emory University ALS Center; Muscular Distrophy Association; or to Regency Hospice.

Arrangement entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home and Crematory of Blairsville, GA.  You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.