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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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February 16, 2011                                  Page 16A

 

billy joe cook

 

Mr. Billy Joe Cook, age 65, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Billy Joe was born in Union County, GA on June 30, 1945, a son of the late Quinton H. Cook and the late Dolly Ross Cook.  He was a school bus driver for Union County School System, and a member and deacon at Youngstown Baptist Church.  Billy Joe was also a Mason, and belonged to Young Cane Masonic Lodge, #597, F & AM.

Billy Joe will be missed by everyone who knew him, but especially his family.  His loving wife of 46 years, Wanda; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Opal Cook, of Griffin, GA; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Harry Daniels, of Smyrna, GA; several nieces and nephews, and many, many friends.

Funeral services for Billy Joe were held Saturday, February 12, 2011, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, with Rev. Jonathan Hood, Rev. Marvin Young, and Rev. Ned Wilcoxon officiating.  Special music was presented by Rhonda Hood, Martha Davenport, Casey Jones, and Cody Short.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Stanley Garrett, Buddy Legg, Billy Poteete, Ronnie Dyer, Bruce Dillinger, and Kevin Garrett.  The following gentlemen served as honorary escort to the family: J.M. Grizzle, Albert Davenport, Jim Stewart, Angus McGillis, Union County School Bus Drivers; and Deacons of Youngstown Baptist Church.  Burial was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery, with Masonic Graveside Rites presented by Young Cane Masonic Lodge.  Visitation began on Friday, February 11, 2011, after 6 p.m., with the family especially meeting with friends from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

If you wish, in lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to Youngstown Baptist church, Building Fund.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.  Please join us in remembering Billy Joe by visiting our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com, where you may sign the guest registry and view the Life Tribute.


Billy Joe Cook


BILLY JOE COOK
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neil deloss stone, jr.

 

Neil DeLoss Stone, Jr., age 72, of Blairsville, formerly of Kennesaw, GA, passed away on Monday Feb. 7, 2011 at Piedmont Hospital following an extended illness.  Mr. Stone was born on March 30, 1938 in Chipley, GA, the son of Ruby Mallory Barkwell and the late Neil DeLoss Stone Sr.  Neil grew up in Smyrna, GA, and graduated from Campbell High School.  He retired from Lockheed Martin Corporation with over thirty years of service.  He was a veteran of the US Navy.  Neil was a member of the Heart of Georgia Travelers.  He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather.  Mr. Stone was of the Methodist faith.

Surviving Mr. Stone are his loving wife of thirty-one years, Jane Owens Stone of Blairsville, mother, Ruby Barkwell of Ellijay, three daughters and one son-in-law, Laura Stone and Catherine Stone of Scotts Valley, CA, Neia and Tom Gwaltney of Coral Springs, FL, one brother and sister-in-law, Dennie and Jean Stone of Blairsville, one sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Walt Broom of Ellijay, nine grandchildren, Michael Urbani, Lindsay Urbani, Ryan Genovese, Jake Bergman, Tyler Long, Cara Long, Tory Schmitz, Jenna Gwaltney, Will Gwaltney, and several niece, nephews.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday Feb. 9, 2011 at 4 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel.  Interment and graveside services were held on Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Baldwin Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Milledgeville, GA.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the United Methodist Children Home in Decatur, GA. in memory of Mr. Stone.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. prior to the service.

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


Neil Deloss Stone, Jr.


NEIL DeLOSS STONE, JR.
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jc odom

 

Mr. J.C. Odom, 86, native and lifelong resident of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2011 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Mr. Odom was born in Union County, Georgia, on September 8, 1924, a son of the late Gordon Odom and Leila Thomas Odom.  Mr. Odom served during World War II in the U.S. Navy, and was a member of New Union Baptist Church.  Over the years, JC had been a construction worker, a school bus driver, a sawmill operator, and was retired from Georgia Boot in Blairsville with over 30 years of service there.  He really loved farming and gardening, but his greatest love of all was his family.

JC had been preceded in death by his first wife, Fleeta Chastain Odom; a son, Bob Odom; parents, Gordon and Leila Odom; sisters, Irene Odom, Winnie Odom Bruce; and a brother, James E. Odom.

Surviving family members include his wife, Mildred Hunter Newman Odom; son & daughter-in-law, Stanley and Kathy Odom, of Blairsville; son and daughter-in-law, Tim & Debbie Odom, of Blairsville; Granddaughter, Lisa Odom Owenby; Grandson, Kirk Odom; granddaughter and husband, Brittany and Shannon Kelley; granddaughter and husband, Amanda & Daryl Eason; grandson, Kyle Odom; and granddaughter and husband, Krista and Chris Fox.  Great-grandchildren: Justin Owenby, Adrian Owenby, Kristen Odom, Jesse Kelley, and Bobby Eason.  Many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services for JC were held Friday, February 11, 2011, at 2 p.m., at New Union Baptist Church, with Rev. Harrison Bradley and Rev. Larry Williams officiating.  Special music was presented by new Union Baptist church Choir and Casey Jones.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Kirk Odom, Kyle Odom, Shannon Kelley, Chris Fox, Travis Parker, Justin Owenby, Daryl Eason, and Chris Waters.  Burial was in New Union Baptist Church Cemetery.  Visitation was at the funeral home on Thursday evening, with the family especially meeting with friends from 5 until 9 p.m.

If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to New Union Baptist Church, 4159 Jones Creek Road, Blairsville, GA 30512.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.  Please join us in remembering the life of JC Odom by visiting our website at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com, where you can send condolences to the family and view the Life Tribute.       


J. C. Odom

J. C. ODOM
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bertha lee payne garner

 

Bertha Lee Payne Garner, age 89, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Monday, January 17, 2011 in Austell, GA.

Ms. Garner was born in Union County, GA, on March 30, 1921, a daughter of the late Ed Payne and Emma Harkins Payne.  She had worked at Meade Products in Atlanta, GA for 30 years, and was a member of Mt. Pleasant #1 Baptist Church.  Bertha loved gardening, especially flowers.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Emma Jane Payne; sisters: Mattie Plott, Bessie Gilreath, and Bonnie Payne; brothers: Willie "Bill" Payne, J.P. Payne, and Hobert L. Payne.

She is survived by the following family members: daughter, Shirley G. Groves, of Douglasville, GA; son, Charles Paul Garner, of Woodstock, GA; sister and her husband, Nora and Joe Evans, of Douglasville; sister, Martha Hawkins, of Auburn, GA; sister, Mary Hensley, of Blairsville; and sister and husband, Grapelle and Eugene Rich, of Blairsville; grandchildren: James E. Groves, Jr., of Douglasville; Charles Jory Garner, of Connecticutt (sic); Jennifer Lea Hyndman, of Maine; Millissa Janene Garner, Millinda Renee Glover, and Jason Eric Groves.  Many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 21, 2011, at 11 a.m., at the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, with Rev. Ray Potts officiating.  Special music was presented by The Kelley Trio.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jamey Groves, Gary Payne, Billy Payne, Jory Garner, Perry Evans, and Eddie Rich.  Serving as honorary escort to the family was: Jason Groves, Glenn Payne, Jerry Payne.  Burial was in Mt. Pleasant #1 Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Pleasant #1 Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Doug Hughes, 145 Willie Circle, Blairsville, GA 30512.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.  Please send your condolences and share fond memories with the family at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com


Bertha Lee Payne Garner


BERTHA LEE PAYNE GARNER
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gerda hilde jones

 

Mrs. Gerda Hilde Jones, age 85, of Wesley Mountain Dr., Blairsville, passed away on Wednesday February 9, 2011 at the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Jones was born on April 18, 1925 in Karlrue Germany, the daughter of the late Julius Schillenger and the late Hildegard Bescla.  Gerda moved to the area in 1987.  She was the past President of the Georgia Mtn. unit of Church Women United.  Gerda was a member of NARFE and volunteered at S.A.F.E House.  She enjoyed gardening and was a self employed seamstress.  Mrs. Jones was a member of the St. Clare’s Episcopal Church.

Surviving Mrs. Jones are her husband Larry Jones of Blairsville and four step children Brian, Bruce, Sandy and Karen.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jones will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday February 19, 2011 at St. Claire Episcopal Church with the Reverend Frank F. Wilson officiating.  In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family asks that memorials be made to St. Clare’s Episcopal Church.  The family will meet with friends following the services at the church.

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


Gerda Hilde Jones

           

 GERDA HILDE JONES
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everett garfield payne

 

Rev. Everett Garfield Payne, age 82, of Rex Payne Rd., Blairsville, passed away on Sunday Feb. 6, 2011 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Payne was born on May 16,1928 in Union County, the son of the late William Payne and the late Laura Cook Payne.  He was a native and lifelong resident Union County and had been a Minister for over fifty years.  He always had a strong faith in God and his family.  Everett was a compassionate and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.  He was preceded in death by two sons, Troy Payne in 1961 and William Buck Payne on Jan. 31, 2011, seven brothers, Charles, James, Grady, Herbert, Leonard, Arvil and Willard, two sisters, Lillie Franklin and Stella Dyer.  Rev. Payne was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving Rev. Payne are his loving wife, Patsy Payne of Blairsville, one son, John Payne of Blairsville, five daughters and one son-in-law, Betty and Frank Gray of Blue Ridge, Bonnie Payne of Winter Haven, FL, Mary Payne of Ellijay, Janie Rogers of Jasper, TN, Sarah Payne of Jasper, GA, one daughter-in-law, Danna Payne of Hiawassee, two sisters, Myrtle Cook of Blairsville, Vesta Stroup of Blairsville, one brother, Luther Payne of Blairsville, thirteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday Feb. 8, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Dexter Dockery and Rev. Terrell Jones officiating.  Special music was presented by Michelle Webb.  The following gentleman served as pallbearers, Frank Gray, Brandon Rogers, Stephen Kirtley, Matthew, Danny and Gary Payne.  Serving honorary pallbearers were Aaron Payne, Bill Kirtley, Randy Rogers, Paul Tanner and Travis Sanders.  Interment followed in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6-9pm.

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


Everett Garfield Payne


EVERETT GARFIELD PAYNE
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mary sue brown huggins

 

Mrs. Mary Sue Brown Huggins, age 84, of Wesley Mtn. Drive, Blairsville, passed away on Tuesday Feb. 8, 2011 at Stonehenge following an extended illness.  Mrs. Huggins was born on Aug. 18, 1926 in Andrews, NC, the daughter of the late Ulysses Grant Brown and the late Florence Mae Puett.  Sue and Tom left behind a legacy in which they raised their family and their Christian values.  Sue was a caretaker of people in need in the community.  She volunteered at the Union General Hospital for several years.  She was a loving , wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Morgan Huggins in 2000, by two brothers, Ulysses (Bill) Brown Jr. and James Martin Brown, and by two sisters, Edna Mae Brown Nichols and Thelma Faye Brown Hunt.  Mrs. Huggins was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.

Surviving Mrs. Huggins are three daughters and one son-in-law, Diana Stephens of Tate, GA, Jamie  and Jim Kinnersley of Blairsville, Sheila Huggins Dean of Lilburn, GA, two sons and one daughter-in-law, Johnny Huggins of Dunwoody, Joel and Amy Huggins of Blairsville, twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Friday Feb. 11, 2011 at 1 p.m. from the Old Union Baptist Church in Young Harris with the Rev. Larry Allison officiating.  Special music was presented by Cathy Gregory, Gloria Griggs and Mildred LeCroy.  Mrs. Huggins lay in state at the church on Friday from 12-1 p.m.  The following gentleman served as pallbearers, Kevin and Brian Kinnersley, Nathanael Stephens, Cole, Dusty, Jeramy, Cody and Joshua Huggins.  Interment followed in the Old Union Church Cemetery.  Flowers are accepted or in lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Gideons for Bibles or to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mrs. Huggins.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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


Mary Sue Brown Huggins


MARY SUE BROWN HUGGINS
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February 16, 2011                                  Page 17A

 

william patrick o’keefe

 

Mr. William Patrick O’Keefe, age 87, of Murphy Hwy, Blairsville, passed away on Thursday February 10, 2011 at the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mr. O’Keefe was born on November 8, 1923 in New Rockford, ND, the son of the late Patrick O’Keefe and the late Cather Herilihy.  William moved to the area in 1961.  He served in the Air Force in World War II where he received two Presidential Citations and four Air Medals.  He worked as a general manager of the Ables Auto Company for several years.  Mr. O’Keefe is preceded in death by three sisters Catherine, Madilyn and Alice, a brother John O’Keefe and a daughter Joy O’Keefe Russell.  Mr. O’Keefe was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving Mr. O’Keefe are a son Ryan O’Keefe of Murhpy (sic), NC, three daughters and sons-in-law, Joni and Bryan Stockton of Murphy, NC, Gail and Rick Dillard of St. Simons, GA and Kelly and Mike Mull of Ringgold, GA, a sister Madilyn O’Keefe, four grandchildren Kayla Ramey, Daniel Brown, Amber Russell and Matthew Russell, three great grandchildren Brady Ramey, McKenzie Russell and Mason Ramey and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Mr. O’Keefe were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday February 13, 2011 from the Mountain View Chapel with the Minister Terry Stuart officiating.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Bryan Stockton, Rick Dillard, Mike Mull, Matthew Russell, Dan Brown, Jeremy Ramey and Nathan Stockton.  Interment followed at the Meadow View Cemetery with the North GA Honor Guard conducting military honors.  The family met with friends on Saturday evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

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


William Patrick O'Keefe


WILLIAM PATRICK O'KEEFE
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darlene payne thompson

 

Mrs. Darlene Payne Thompson, age 60, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Friday evening,  February 11, 2011.  She was born September 4, 1950 the daughter of Dan and Wynnelle Turner Payne.  Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker whose life was centered around her family and she enjoyed doing crafts.  Darlene was preceded in death by her husband, George Grady Thompson, in April of 2010; and her father. Dan Payne.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by her mother, Wynnelle, sons and daughters-in-law; Kyle and Tabetha Thompson of Canton, GA; Grady and Joyce Thompson and Perry and Christy Thompson, both of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Marty Payne of Blairsville; brother, Joe Payne; sisters, Bonnie Bell, Jean Debord, Patsy Payne and Gaye Nelle Simonds; and grandchildren, Trish, Nikki, Kalen, Ashley, Christopher and Lynette Thompson, Shauna and Josh Dyer, Kevin and Ashley Walker and Kamiya Potts and Sarah Knight.  Many other relatives and friends also survive.  She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Sunday, February 13, 2011 from the Chapel of the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. Jerry Helton and Rev. Michael Anderson officiating. Special music was presented by The New Life Singers and Jimmy and Judy Thompson.  Interment was in the Union Memory gardens Cemetery.  The family received friends Saturday evening at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Derrick Arrowood, Kenneth Arrowood, Wayne Thompson, Lamar Simonds, Will Simonds and Alex Castillo.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may log onto www.cochranfuneralhomes.com to send condolences to the family and sign the guest register.


Darlene Payne Thompson

DARLENE PAYNE THOMPSON
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mary k. segraves

 

Mrs. Mary K. Segraves, age 74, of Choestoe Valley Circle, Blairsville, passed away on Sunday Feb. 6, 2011 in the Union General Hospital following a brief illness.  Mrs. Segraves was born on July 2, 1936 in Redbank, TN, the daughter of the late Ansley Keels and the late Louise Thornton Keels.  Mary was a Registered Nurse before her retirement. She enjoyed growing flowers and traveling with her husband.  She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.  Mrs. Segraves was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blairsville.

Surviving Mrs. Segraves are her loving husband of fifty-three years, William Segraves of Blairsville, two daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Bryan Smith of Loganville, GA, Anna and Roger Conlin of Haymarket, VA, two sons and daughters-in- law, Allen and Betsy Segraves of Farragut, TN, Ansley and Rhonda Segraves of Cumming, GA, one sister, Jane Brasovan of Woodsland, TX, six grandchildren, Benjamin, Paul and Julia Smith, Patrick, Quinn and Katie Segraves, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday Feb. 9, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with Dr. Fred Lodge officiating.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Glenda Gooch House in memory of Mrs. Segraves.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 1-2 p.m.

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


Mary K. Segraves


MARY K. SEGRAVES
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