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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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February 23, 2011                                  Page 14A

 

bonnie louise sexton starnes

 

Mrs. Bonnie Louise Sexton Starnes, age 81, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Sunday, February 13, 2011 in Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, GA.  Mrs. Starnes was a native of Union County, GA, and had lived in Jonesboro, GA, for many years before moving back to Blairsville in 1996.  Bonnie was born on Tuesday, April 23, 1929, in Blairsville, to Ed and Fannie sexton.  She was a member of Trackrock Baptist Church and enjoyed flower gardening.  Preceding her in death her parents, Ed and Fannie Gillespie Sexton; two brothers, Neal Sexton and Worth Sexton; and a sister, Ruth Cook.

She will be missed especially by her family members: her husband, Horace C. Starnes, of Blairsville; two daughters, Janice Johnson and Karen Haney, both of Morrow, GA; a sister, Clara Mathis, of Blairsville; three brothers; Everett Sexton, Bobby Sexton, and Edward Sexton, all of Blairsville; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Starnes were held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville. With Rev. Harley Hunter and Rev. Denny Moss officiating.  Burial was in Trackrock Baptist Church Cemetery.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Kenneth Cook, Stan Mathis, Brandon Haney, Jerry cook, Larry Johnson, and Jantson Haney.  Visitation at the funeral home was held on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, after 6 p.m., with the family especially meeting with friends from 6 until 9 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville. Please visit our website at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com to view the Life Tribute, sign the guest registry and send condolences to the family.


Bonnie Louise Sexton Starnes


BONNIE LOUISE SEXTON STARNES
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frances b. merrill

 

               Frances B. Merrill, born 1918 in upstate New York, was the widow of Kenneth Merrill.  She passed away February 14, 2011.  Frances Merrill was the daughter of Stanley and Lillian Beuner.  She is survived by one son, Russell Merrill, one grandson, Timothy Merrill and also by many loved ones as well as her kind caregivers at Stonehenge Assisted Living.  The memorial service for her was at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Paradise Rd., in Blairsville on Saturday Feb. 19, 2011 at 2 p.m.

            As a footstep follower of Christ Jesus, she and her husband moved to Union County in 1989 to help establish a congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.  She was a joyful and loving person and will be greatly missed.

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


Frances B. Merrill


FRANCES B. MERRILL
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aubrey thomas phillips

 

Mr. Aubrey Thomas Phillips, age 88, of Ryan Road, Blairsville, passed away on Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta following an extended illness.  Mr. Phillips was born on July 30, 1922 in Calcutta, India the son of the late Shirley Phillips and the late Ella Mae Balmforth.  He was a Reverend Doctor and was a retired minister of the Hillcrest Assembly of God.  He had served as a minister since 1980’s.  He also served on the board of Elim Bible Fellowship of Canada and worked for British Airways for over 36 years as an airport manager.  He loved his family, Savior, Church and playing piano.  He was preceded in death by his sister Cynthia Phillips and his wife Dorothy Phillips.

Surviving Mr. Phillips are three children, a son Jeffrey Phillips of Roswell, GA, a son and daughter-in-law Rod and Elia Phillips of Haywood, CA, and a daughter and son-in-law Shirley and Jess Graves of Roswell, GA, a sister Hillary Gaines of Franklin, NC, a sister and brother-in-law Lynette and Errol Alchin of Ontario, Canada and seven grandchildren, Claire, Vanessa, Jonathan, Gavin, Marie, Adam and Calvin.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Assembly of God in Hayesville, NC, with the Reverend Rod Phillips and the Reverend Aline Mosteller officiating.  Interment will follow at the Hillcrest Assembly of God Cemetery.  The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Jackie Bounds, Johnny Bounds, Gary Bounds, Norman Cooper, Roy Mostello and Mike Patterson.  The family will meet with friends at the funeral home on Wednesday afternoon 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.mountainviewfuenralhome.com


Aubrey Thomas Phillips


AUBREY THOMAS PHILLIPS
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william ruel avery galbreath

 

            William Ruel Avery Galbreath, Jr. “Ruel”, 76 of Blairsville, GA and Fruitland Park, FL, passed away on Thursday, February 10, 2011 after a brief illness.  Born on December 24, 1934 in Tampa, FL, he graduated from South Broward High in Dania, FL and attended the University of Georgia where he played football with this (sic) brother, Pat.  He earned a BA in Education from F.A.U., an MS in Vocational education from F.I. U. and his Educational Specialist degree from Nova University.  He taught History, Horticulture and Floral Design in Broward County for over 24 years, motivating and molding the lives of young people.  He loved fishing with his grandchildren, spoiling his dogs and spending time with his many friends.  He was a part-time resident of Union County for over 30 years.  Predeceased by his father, William Ruel Avery Galbreath, Sr.; his mother, Geneva Beck Galbreath; and his younger brothers, Patrick Gough Galbreath and Michael Lewis Galbreath. 

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 54 years, Patricia Anne Fulenwider Galbreath of Blairsville, GA and Fruitland Park, FL; his daughter, Kim Galbreath Fleming and her husband, Jeff, of Blairsville, GA; his daughter, Kathi Melgarez and her friend, Mark of Leesburg, FL; his beloved grandchildren, Dawn Whitmire and her husband, LaVell; Sean Melgarez and Andrew Chen, as well as many, many friends.

            A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Beyers Funeral Home in Leesburg, FL.

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.  

 


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pia rita largess

 

Mrs. Pia Rita Largess, age 95, of Wesley Mtn. Drive, Blairsville, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Largess was born on June 27, 1915 in South Bridge, MA, the daughter of the late Matthew and Agnes Benveuti.  Pia moved to N. Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 1960 and was employed with Uniris Inc. and Tells Originals for several years.  In 1986 she moved to Blairsville.  She was a member of the VFW Auxillary (sic) and the Catholic Counsel Womens Society.  She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley W. Largess, a grandson, Manny McGill and three brothers, Earnest, William and Emo Benveuti.  Mrs. Largess was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Surviving Mrs. Largess are one daughter, Patricia A. McGill of Blairsville, one son, John W. Largess of Blairsville, two brothers, Henry J. Benveuti of Boynton Beach, FL, Matthew Benveuti of South Bridge, MA, five grandchildren, Jared Paul, Jon McGill, Brec Bowers, Molly Sisum and Pia Kluth, twelve great-grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday Feb. 15, 2011 at 1 p.m. from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Richard Wise officiating.  Special music was presented by Ron Gaucher.  Interment and graveside services were held on Thursday Feb. 17, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6-9 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


Pia Rita Largess


PIA RITA LARGESS
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February 23, 2011                                  Page 14A

 

hilda virginia mccaskill

 

Mrs. Hilda Virginia McCaskill, age 94, of Pine Ridge Acres, Blairsville, passed away on Saturday Feb. 5, 2011 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mrs. McCaskill was born on Jan. 17, 1917 in Conley Springs, NC, the daughter of the late Gordon Berry and the late Bessie Griffin Berry.  She was a veteran of the US Army.  She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother.  Mrs. McCaskill was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Surviving Mrs. McCaskill are her loving husband of sixty-five years, Ed McCaskill of Blairsville, one daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Ron Schultz of Blairsville, two sons and daughter-in-laws, Ed "Buddy" and Barbara McCaskill of Weirsdale, FL, Daniel and Nancy McCaskill of Jacksonville, FL, one sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and Cutcliffe of Waycross, GA, nine grandchildren, several great and great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

A memorial service was held on Friday Feb. 11, 2011 at 11 a.m. from the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Richard Wise officiating.  Special music was presented by Ron Gaucher.  Interment followed in St. Clares Memory Gardens.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in memory of Mrs. McCaskill.

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.mountainviewfuenralhome.com


Hilda Virginia McCaskill


HILDA VIRGINIA McCASKILL
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February 23, 2011                                  Page 15A

 

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 Dyer 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 at 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 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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