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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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March 5, 2008    Page 18A

 

bert leryoy shepard

 

Our beloved father, Bert Leroy Shepard, age 89, of Whatever Way, Blairsville formerly of Sarasota, FL, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2008 in Chatuge Regional Nursing Home following a brief illness.  Mr. Shepard was born on October 20, 1918 in New York City, NY, the son of the late Murray Shepard and the late Mae Shepard.  He was a veteran of the U.s. Army Air Core of WWII.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM, a member of the Sarsota Seniors Tennis League and a member of the Humane society in Blairsville and Sarasota.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Olga Cembolsky Shepard and also by a grandson, James Clark.  Mr. Shepard attended the Unitarian Church in Sarasota.

Surviving Mr. Shepard are two daughters and sons-in-law, Marcy and Keith Clark of Blairsville, Melissa and Bill Sykes of Knoxville, TN; three grandchildren, Bert Clark of Idaho, Mariel Sykes of Knoxville and Wyatt Sykes of Atlanta; one great-grandchild, Kitlyn Clark of Idaho; many other relatives and friends also survive.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Humane society Mountain Shelter in memory of Mr. Shepard. 

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.

 


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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anna mae burnett

 

Mrs. Anna Mae Burnett, age 85, of Suches, GA, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2008 at Union County Nursing Home.  Mrs. Burnett was born Monday, May 15, 1922 in Union County, GA to the late Ed Dyer and the late Bertha Hood Dyer.  She was a member of Zion Baptist Church and was preceded in death by husband, Tom Berry Burnett and brother, James Perry Dyer.

Survivors include: son & daughter-in-law, Thomas Harold and Doris Burnett of Gainesville, GA; daughter, Barbara Jean Adams of Suches, GA; daughter & son-in-law, Janice Burnett and J.R. Holloway of Suches, GA; son & daughter-in-law, Eddie and Donna Burnett of Elijay, GA; daughter, Karen Faye Burnett of Suches, GA; daughter & son-in-law, Melissa and Lenny parks of Suches, GA; sister, Lois Allen of Lithonia, GA; sister,, Wilma Mote of Decatur, GA; sister, Genell Burns of Young Harris, GA; brother, Harold Dyer of Blairsville, GA; sister, Sarah Ruth Payne of Cleveland, GA; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 2 p.m. instate 1:30 p.m., from the Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Gerald Edmondson and Rev. Russell Lyle officiating.  Interment was in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were: Wayne Adams, Gregg Holloway, Benjamin Parks, Heath Burnett, Tony Burnett and Chris Burnett.  Honorary pallbearers included: Eric, Levi, Steve and Tommy Burnett, Andy Adams and Kevin McCoy.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to Zion Baptist Church.

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


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Blairsville, GA  30512

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cleo valdee rutherford

 

Mrs. Cleo Valdee Rutherford, age 94, of Timber Lane, Blairsville, formerly of Dover, FL, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2008 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Rutherford was born on April 24, 1913 in Alachua County, FL, the daughter of the late James Barry and the late Mary Dixon Barry.  She was a member of the Hillsboro County Historical Society.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald V. Rutherford in 1975.  Mrs. Rutherford was a member of Pleasant Grove Assembly of God in Durant, FL.

Surviving Mrs. Rutherford are one son and daughter-in-law, Donald V. and Anne Rutherford of Blairsville; three sisters Irma Garner of Blairsville, Joyce Emerine of Blairsville and Winifred Dean of Brandon, FL; five grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the Hopewell Funeral Home Chapel in PLANT City, FL with the Rev. Eldon Brown officiating.  The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers, Leon Butts, Frank Emerine, Mitchell Burney, Barry Bartlett and Carl Porter.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove 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.


The North Georgia News

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grace m. edwards

 

Grace M. Edwards, just shy of 95 years, decided she needed a special way to exit this world and meet her Maker.  So, on February 29th (Leap Year Day) she leaped into eternity and into the arms of Jesus.  Grace was born in New York, but was a resident of Coral Gables, FL for over sixty years, having watched the community grow from sleepy little village into a community known as The City Beautiful.  She was known throughout her neighborhood as the lady ready to help anyone.  If she saw a newspaper on someone’s lawn late in the day, she suspected the homeowner was ill, and she would ring the doorbell to inquire.  She would then follow up with a gift of homemade soup, or tapioca, or some other treat to make the recipient “fell better.”  But it was her outgoing and caring way that was really the healing balm.  She worked nearly thirty years for Sears in Coral Gables, and received commendations from each manager she worked for.  She was active in the Retirees Club and looked forward to seeing them regularly.  She was often the catalyst for planning birthday parties and luncheons for them.  Grace was the mother of two, Arlene Gray (married to Bill Gray) of Blairsville, and George Edwards of Miami.  They blessed her with five grandchildren, Lt. Col. Bill Gray, Jr. (presently in Iraq), Christine Owen of Blairsville, and Scott gray of Minneapolis, MN (children of Bill and Arlene Gray); and Beth Anne Edwards and Nolene Barnette, of North Carolina, (children of George Edwards).  The grandchildren, in turn, added nine awesome great-grandchildren to her quiver: Stephanie Owen, Brandon Owen, Caleb Owen, Anneliese Owen, Jaziah Owen, Fiona Gray, Harley Gray, Billy Joe Gray, and Grayson Edwards.  Everyone above named, as well as those spouses related by marriage, experienced her love and affection by the bushel.

In addition to her immediate family, there are scads of nieces and nephews-and children of those nieces and nephews-who remember her delicious cooking and hospitality.  She definitely left an indelible mark on her family and friends.

Grace was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Alfred Edwards, and lived as a widow the last twenty-one years of her life.  But she didn’t slow down, and up until her early 90’s maintained membership in a local health club.

She spent several months a year visiting her daughter in Blairsville and attended House of Prayer during those times.  Pursuant to her wishes, she was cremated and her ashes will be strewn in Biscayne Bay, where her husband’s were strewn years ago.  A private memorial is being planned.  Those interested in remembering her in a special way can make a donation to Daily Bread Food Bank, 5850 N.W. 32nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142.

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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sharon gail rogers

 

Mrs. Sharon Gail Rogers, age 65, of Jim Davenport Rd., Blairsville passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, March 2, 2008 following a brief illness.  Mrs. Rogers was born on August 14, 1942 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of the late Albert Ferguson and the late Lillian Hildebrandt Ferguson.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, alert and Ronnie Ferguson.  Mrs. Rogers was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Surviving Mrs. Rogers are her loving husband of forty-six years, Rex Rogers of Blairsville; four sons and daughters-in-law, David and Lori Rogers of Blairsville, Brian and Rhonda Rogers of Lula, GA, Mark and Wanda Rogers of Greensboro, NC, Mike and Karen Rogers of Blairsville; one daughter, Karen Rogers of Blairsville; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Marilyn and Tom Newton of Taylor, MI, Lori and Fritz Jerguson of Warren, MI, Terri Benoit of Taylor, MI; two brothers, Gary Ferguson of Detroit, MI, Freddie Ferguson of Warren, MI; two brothers-in-law, max and Keith Rogers both of MI; several nieces, nephews, cousins; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, march 5, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Rayburn and Rev. Jerry Helton officiating.  Special music will be presented by Brenda Hemphill and the Ebenezer Church Choir, also the Troy Phillips Family with Rev. Jack Cochran.  Mrs. Rogers will lay in state at the church from 1-2 p.m.  The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers, Rick Evans, Daniel Byrd, Travis Henry, Gary Rogers, Larry Henderson and Brent Rogers.  Interment will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations may be made to the Humane Society or to the American Cancer Society in memory of Mrs. Rogers.  The family will meet with friends at the funeral home on Tuesday 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.


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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eleanor livingston hummel

 

Mrs. Eleanor Livingston Hummel, died at her home in Blairsville on February 25, 2008 at the age of 88.  She was born in 1919 in Amagansett, NY to William Livingston and Eloise Bennett Livingston.  She lived and went to school in South Hampton, NY.  After graduation she moved to Hollywood, FL, where she became Administrative Assistant to Ella Jo Stolhberg, Attorney at Law for 33 years.  During this time she was the president of the PTA at Hollywood Hills High School.  She retired in 1976 and retired to Blairsville, GA 15 years ago.

Mrs. Hummel is survived by her husband of forty-three years, Carl Hummel; daughter, Gail McGrath Dion of Ashland, MA; sister, Joan Zaluski of Water Mill, NY; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and four nephews living in Water Mill, NY.

A private memorial service will be held in the near future.  In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to Regency Hospice, PO Box 494, Hiawassee, GA 30546 in memory of Mrs. Hummel.

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.