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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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February 23, 2005                      Page 4B

 

mr. francis edward crump

 

Mr. Francis Edward Crump, age 71, of Blairsville, GA passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2005 in Augusta, GA.  Mr. Crump was born Monday, September 25, 1933 in Union County, GA to the late Francis Lafayette Crump and the late Carrie Lovell Crump.  He enjoyed square dancing and was a U.S. Army veteran.  Mr. Crump lived in Marietta for 32 years and retired from Lockheed Aircraft Corporation.  After his retirement, he moved back to Blairsville in 1980.

Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, John and Joy Crump of Kennesaw, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Tim Collins of Dallas, GA; 3 grandsons, Jonathan Crump of Kennesaw, GA, Daniel Crump of Kennesaw, GA, Cody Boyd of Acworth, GA; 5 granddaughters, Bonnie Crump of Kennesaw, GA, Melissa Crump of Kennesaw, GA, Cristine Boyd of Acworth, GA, Brandi Collins of Carrollton, GA, Ashlan Collins of Carrollton, GA; 2 brothers, Harold Crump of Blairsville, GA; J.D. Crump of Griffin, GA; 3 sisters, Joyce Tanner of Snellville, GA, Janie Turner and Billie Jo Cardot, both of Lilburn, GA; many friends and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were scheduled for Sunday, February 20, 2005 at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville, with Rev. Stacy Dyer officiating.  Interment followed in the Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, with military honors presented by North Georgia Honor Guard.  The following gentlemen were selected to serve as pallbearers: Jonathan Crump, Daniel Crump, Dusty Sidwell, Kevin Tanner, Russell Cardot, and Richard Brooks.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA in charge of arrangements.  You may send condolences to the family, view the video tribute, and sign the guest book at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

 

 


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February 23, 2005                      Page 4B

 

elisabeth anne divita

 

Elisabeth Anne DiVita of Blairsville, GA, passed away February 19, 2005.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Alex DiVita, daughters, Sandra Watson (Glynn), Diane Frazier (Daniel), Barbara Duttenhaver, and son, David DiVita, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Betty was a loving wife and mother, and an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Union County.  A memorial service is scheduled at the First United Methodist Church of Union County on Highway 515 in Blairsville on Saturday, February 26, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Eddie Herring officiating.  Special music will be presented by Jeff Bauman and Keith Defore, with visitation between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or to the First United Methodist Church of Union County.

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


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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February 23, 2005                      Page 5B

 

mrs. clara ruth rexrode potter

 

Mrs. Clara Ruth Rexrode Potter, age 101, of Wesley Mountain Road, Blairsville, passed away on Monday, February 14, 2005, Valentine’s Day at Union General Hospital following an extended illness.  Mrs. Potter was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1903 in Manassas, VA, the daughter of the late James Harry Rexrode, a Lutheran minister and the late Sarah Catherine Kibler Rexrode.  She graduated nursing school in 1927 in Washington, D.C. and was a registered nurse before her retirement in 1964.  Mrs. Potter was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church.  Mrs. Potter was preceded in death by her husband the late Chauncey C. Potter in 1955.

Surviving Mrs. Potter are her loving daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Gene Potter of Blairsville; two grandchildren, Chauncey Winkler of Phoenix, AZ and Christin Winkler of Winston-Salem, NC; a sister Mrs. Catherine Potts of Lilburn, GA.  Many other nieces and nephews and friends also survive.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the All Saints Lutheran Church with the Pastor Charles Houska and Vicar Dave Wesche officiating.  Special music was provided by her grandchildren.

The following gentlemen served as honorary pallbearers, Chauncey Winkler, Gene Potter, Tom Potter, Vicar Dave Wesche, Dr. John Quigley and Mark Causey.

Interment services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 24, 2005 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.  Grandson Rev. Chauncey Winkler will conduct the graveside services.  In lieu of flowers if you wish memorials may be sent to the Building Fund – All Saints Lutheran Church in memory of Clara Potter.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


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February 23, 2005                      Page 5B

 

mrs. gaynelle (bowen) rogers jenkins

 

Mrs. Gaynelle Ruth Bowen (Rogers) Jenkins, 65, of Blairsville, Georgia died Tuesday, February 8 at Wesley Woods Hospital in Atlanta.

Mrs. Jenkins graduates from Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Michigan I 1957.  She attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Education in 1962.  She also attended graduate courses at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

A resident of Blairsville, GA for 25 years, Mrs. Jenkins held positions as Educational Director and Church Secretary in various Methodist Churches in Michigan, South Carolina, and Florida.  She later worked for several years as Social Service Director and Assistant Activities Director at Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville, Georgia.  She retired in 1992.

Mrs. Jenkins is preceded in death by two husbands, Mr. Samuel J. Rogers and Mr. Richard Jenkins.

Survivors include her son, Michael Rogers (Teresa), and granddaughter, Megan Rogers, of Marietta, GA; four brothers, Mildred Bowen Jr., of Charlottesville, VA; Llewelyn Bowen of Lawrence, MI; Lauren Bowen of Louisville, KY, and David Bowen of Oklahoma City, OK; and one sister, Mrs. Marcile Garrod of Grand Rapids, MI.

Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Lawrence, MI on Sunday, February 20.  Interment followed at Hill Cemetery in Lawrence.


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mr. watson benjamin dyer

 

Mr. Watson Benjamin Dyer, age 103, of Cave Spring, GA, died February 13, 2005 in Redmond Hospital, Rome, GA.

A native of Union County, GA, he was born July 27, 1901 at Choestoe.  His parents were Joseph Albert Dyer and Nina Collins Dyer.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jewel James Dyer in 1990, and a sister, Sarah Grapelle Dyer Hood in 2001.

Survivors include a sister, Desma Frances Dyer Fry of Demorest, GA, a brother, Odell Bluford Dyer of Gainesville, GA and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Educated in Choestoe Elementary School, the Blairsville Collegiate Institute and Fairburn, GA High School where his uncle, Dr. M.D. Collins was then serving as principal, Mr. Dyer taught school for five years.  He schools were he taught were Pine Top and New Liberty in Union County, Asbestos School in White County, and Stonewall School in Fairburn, GA.  Later, he attended Draughon’s Business College in Atlanta.

Mr. Dyer was forty-two years of age when he joined the U.S. Navy in World War II.  His major service was on the USS Bushnell, a submarine tender, which traveled between Hawaii and the Midway Islands providing supplies to the US submarine crews in the area.  He was ship’s photographer and took many pictures of young seamen that they sent home to grateful families.  For his military service, the was awarded the American Campaign medal, the World War II Victory medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal.

He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution, and a mason.  He was a member of First Baptist Church, Cave Spring.

His work included bookkeeping in Atlanta, assisting his Uncle, Vester Dyer, in a print shop in Cornelia, GA, work in the automobile industry in Detroit, Michigan, newspaper advertising in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and apprenticeship with engraver and printer Elvin Brown in Columbia, Missouri, where he learned the printing trade.  After moving back to Georgia and marrying Jewel James in 1953, for several years he and his wife, Jewel, were on the staff of the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, GA where he managed the print shop, taught typesetting and printing and published the “School for the Deaf Standard,” the school’s newspaper.  His last job before his retirement in 1961 was with the State Department of Education in Atlanta as manager of the printing operations.

Prior to his retirement and following, he pursued his keen interest in genealogy which led him to produce five books of family history on the Dyer, Souther, Collins, Jackson, Ingram and related families.  All are now out of print but are in genealogy libraries throughout GA and elsewhere.  He and Mrs. Dyer were founding members of the Northwest Georgia Historical and Genealogical Society.  He served as president for 16 years and he and Mrs. Dyer edited and produced the Society’s quarterly publication.  He was active in the Dyer-Souther Heritage Association and attended yearly reunions in July through 2002.  Unable to travel the distance from Cave Spring to Blairsville, he missed the 2003 and 2004 gatherings.

Funeral services were conducted at the chapel of the Lester Litesey Funeral Home in Cedartown, GA at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 17.  Rev. Wayne Benefield, Rev. E. Keith Jones officiated. 

Interment was in the Aragon, GA city cemetery with military honors by the Polk County, GA Honor Guard.

Those wishing to make gifts in Mr. Dyer’s memory may contribute to the Dyer-Souther Heritage Association Cemetery Fund which provides care for the New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Choestoe, where many of his ancestors were buried.  Please send contribution to Mrs. Marie C. Knight, 1000 Knight’s Mountain Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512.