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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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March 30, 2005              Page 6B

 

mrs. irene beattie

 

Mrs. Irene Beattie, age 83, of Blairsville, GA, passed peacefully to be with her precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Wednesday, march 23, 2005 surrounded by her caring family in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.

Irene was born to Charles and Helen (Jarvo) Lariviere on April 19, 1921 in Joliet, Canada.  She had lived in the Blairsville area since 1990, moving here from Lantana, FL.  She attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Blairsville.

It is with such great love and appreciation that we remember the life of our wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who met Irene.  She had a wonderful smile and her pretty blue eyes always reflected her joy upon seeing her family as they always meant so much to her.  She cared for each and everyone of us with great compassion and love in her heart.  The greatest joy of her life with the birth of each grandchild and great grandchild.  How precious was each child to Irene.

She loved to sew, knit, cook and raise parakeets.  She enjoyed traveling in the United States and Canada.  Camping trips brought great adventure and he was known at night to keep on eye open while she slept, as she was concerned that a bear might come to visit anytime.  Irene loved the ocean and could be found on many a day walking the beach to gather seashells or just sitting down to reflect.  Nature brought her great peace.

While living in Florida, Irene became a Eucharistic Minister in the Catholic Church.  Her face would glow when she gave communion to those who believed in Jesus Christ.  Often Irene shared how much happiness this brought to her heart as she was a very devout Christian.  Her Bible gave her great comfort and she was a woman of deep faith and prayer.  Looking through her Bible recently her daughter came across a letter written in long hand.  It began, “Dear Jesus.”  Irene wrote about her concerns and asked for help in dealing with areas of her life.  The letter ends, “Thank you, Jesus, Praise you, Jesus, Alleluia, Praise you.  I love you and thank you.  I’ll sign off for now, but thanks for listening to me.  Your Pal, Irene.”  So we come together to remember the life of Irene and rejoice with her as she sings with angels and celebrates Easter with Jesus.

Survivors include her loving husband, Arnold Beattie, of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Keith Piatt, of Dexter, Iowa; son and daughter-in-law, James Bruce and Sue Beattie, of Wellington, FL; and son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Holly Beattie, of Blairsville; nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren also survive.  She was preceded in death by an infant son, Brian.

Services were scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2005 at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville.  Burial was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, in charge of arrangements.  Please visit our website at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com, to sign the guest registry and view the video tribute.

 


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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March 30, 2005              Page 7B

 

kathryn mccormick oswald

 

Mrs. Kathryn M. Oswald, age 87, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2005 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.

Mrs. Oswald was a native of Michigan, and was of the Catholic faith.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Christian A. Oswald, and a sister, Mary Jane Ozbun.

Survivors include daughters: Rita A. Miller, of Blairsville; Mary A. McGillis, of Phoenix, Arizona; sons: Christian J. Oswald, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Lawrence E. Oswald, of Phoenix, Arizona; and Alexander C. Oswald, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Sterling Heights, Michigan. 

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may visit our website at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com and sign the guest registry and send condolences to the family.


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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March 30, 2005              Page 6B

 

mr. alexander john stefko

 

Mr. Alexander John Stefko, age 75, of Harlan Mason Spur, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2005 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Stefko was born on November 4, 1929 in Detroit, MI, the son of the late John Stefko and the late Elisabeth Kedves Stefko.  He was a veteran of the U.S. marines of the Korean War.  He was a meat cutter by trade and also had been a Deputy Sheriff with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.  Mr. Stefko was the first generation American born of parents who came from Hungary and Czechoslovakia.  He was preceded in death by a brother, William Michael Stefko in 1997.  Mr. Stefko attended the First United Methodist Church of Union County.

Surviving Mr. Stefko are his loving wife of thirty-seven years, Ruth Loertscher Stefko of Blairsville, two daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Dempsy Chappell of Kennesaw, GA, Robin Reynolds of Libertyville, IL, two sons and one daughter-in-law, Mark and Valarie Stefko of Indian Rock Beach, FL, Michael Stefko of Douglasville, GA; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Joan Stefko of Monroe, MI, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 1, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church of Union County with the Rev. Eddie Herring and Rev. Richard Rivera officiating.  Special music will be presented by Jeff Bauman and Jacob Craig.  The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers, Jeffrey, William, Ronald and Christopher Stefko, Drew Chappell and Matthew Knapp.  Interment will follow in the Union Memory Gardens Cemetery with the North GA Honor Guard conducting Military Honors.  Visitation at the funeral home will be on Thursday 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.


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March 30, 2005              Page 7B

 

mr. vernon “andy” anderson

 

Vernon “Andy” Anderson, age 80, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Monday, march 21, 2005 at his residence.

Vernon was born Thursday, April 17, 1924 , in Augusta, GA.  He had lived most of his life in Colorado and had lived in Deland, Florida before moving to Blairsville in 2000.  He was preceded in death by his former wife, Cecilia Anderson.

He was retired from the U.S. Navy as Chief Machinists Mate having served during WWII and the Korean Conflict where he received numerous medals.  After retiring from the military, he worked for the Civil Service where he received Awards of Recognition for recommending changes in existing machinery.

Survivors include: wife, Mary Marta Anderson of the home; daughter, Luana Swanson of Orange City, FL; son, Michael Anderson of Denver, CO; daughter, Sharon Ort of Deltona, FL; daughter, Starla LaLonde of Curran, Canada; step-daughter, Linda Akers of Tavares, FL; step-son, Michael Kapler of Blairsville, GA; step-daughter, Cynthia Hodal of Deland, FL; 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Thursday, march 24, 2005 at 11 a.m., from Unity Church of the Mountains with the Rev. Kathleen Clair McKevitt officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Union General Hospital Building Fund, c/o Kathy Hood, 214 Hospital Circle, Blairsville, GA 30512.

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


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March 30, 2005              Page 7B

 

mrs. lois donaldson

 

Mrs. Lois Donaldson, age 88, of Sullivan Trail, Blairsville passed away on Friday, march 18, 2005 in the Union General Hospital following a brief illness.  Mrs. Donaldson was born on August 31, 1936 in Hodge, LA, the daughter of the late George Stevenson and the late Susie Clark Stevenson.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Elton Donaldson.  Mrs. Donaldson was a member of Antioch Presbyterian Church.

Surviving Mrs. Donaldson are one son, David Donaldson of LA, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Alicia and Richard Cramer of Blairsville, Denton and Winfield Scott of Blairsville, Tana Gray of Harding Township, NJ, one sister, Geraldine Jones of Geneva on the Lake, OH, six  grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 10 a.m. from the Antioch Presbyterian Church in Quitman, LA, with the Rev. Jimmy Pyles officiating.  Special music was presented by the church choir.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Freddy and Claude Turner, Sammy Carter, Donny Defreese, Monty Hinton and Red Stuart.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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

 


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March 30, 2005              Page 7B

 

johnny jones

 

Johnny Jones, age 77, of Blairsville, GA passed away Sunday, March 20, 2005 in Blairsville.  Mr. Jones was born Friday, January 27, 1928 in Union County to the late Zelvia Jones and the late Carrie Rhodes Jones.  A lifelong resident of Union County, he was a Union County School Board member for many years and a member of the bluegrass group “Johnny and Gerald and the Georgia Mountain Boys.”  He was a member of Liberty Hill United Methodist Church.  Mr. Jones was preceded in death by son Faron Jones; brothers, Hugh Jones, Jewell Jones and Roney Jones; and sister Pauline Sisum.

Survivors include wife, Ruby Jones of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Andy Stephens of Blairsville; son, Randolph Jones of Blairsville; brother, James Arnold Jones of Blairsville; two grandsons, Andretti Stephens of Blairsville, Casey Jones of Blairsville; two granddaughters, Angel Jones of Blairsville; Leigha Jones of Marietta, GA; and a great granddaughter, Taylor Kate Mull of Blairsville.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Minister Butch Jones and Reverend Terrell Jones officiating.  Interment followed in the Liberty Hill Cemetery.  Music was presented by the Georgia Mountain Boys and by Casey Jones, Jonathan Adams, Brit Jones and Leigha Jones.  The following gentlemen were selected to serve as pallbearers: Ranny Jones, Gary Jones, William Sisum, Casey Jones, Andretti Stephens, Charles Brackett, Earl Brackett and Steve Wilson.  The following gentlemen were selected to serve as honorary pallbearers:  The Georgia Mountain Boys, Glen Davenport, Jerry Gilreath, Myron Turner, J.C. McKinney, Gene Dyer, Dallas Taylor, and Avery Jones.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, in charge of arrangements.  Please visit our website at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com, to view the video tribute and sign the guest registry.


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March 30, 2005              Page 7B

 

mrs. ruby c. warmbrod

 

Mrs. Ruby C. Warmbrod, age 92, of Notla Vista Drive, Blairsville, passed away on Tuesday, march 15, 2005 at her home following a brief illness.  Mrs. Warmbrod was born on March 19, 1912 in Belvidere, TN, the daughter of the late Edwin Janson and the late Amelia Liechty Janson.  Mrs. Warmbrod was a member of the First United Church of Belvidere.

Surviving Mrs. Warmbrod are two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Steve Bennett of Blairsville, Mary and Charles Washington of Peachtree City, GA; one granddaughter, Candace (Bennett) and David Christensen of Blairsville, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 18, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the First United Church in Belvidere, TN, with Minister Dale Barrington officiating.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the First United Church Cemetery fund in Mrs. Warmbrod’s memory.

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

 


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March 30, 2005              Page 7B

 

mrs. ruby corn hooper

 

Ruby C. Hooper, 91, of 389 North Farm Drive, Lititz, PA, died Monday evening, March 21, 2005 at Moravian Manor Nursing Home.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, T.N. Hooper, in 1993 and her eldest son, Herbert Hooper, who passed away in 1980.

Born in Blairsville, GA, on March 6, 1914, she was the daughter of Martha Jane (Rich) Corn and John C. Corn.

Mrs. Hooper was a housewife and active supporter of her husband’s trucing business.  She had been a member of the Cold Point Baptist Church in Plymouth Meeting, PA, where she participated in the Missionary Society and taught Sunday School.  After their retirement in 1975, Ruby and T.N. returned to their native state where Ruby became a member of the New Harmony Baptist Church and taught in Vacation Bible School.  Ruby enjoyed quilting, baking, gardening and reading the Bible.

Surviving are a son, Buell (Jack) Hooper, married to Marita Hooper of LaPorte, TX, and a daughter, Cynthia Jane Calabria, married to Alfred Calabria living in Lititz, PA.  In addition, she leaves seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.  The grandchildren are: Sheila McLean of Winston-Salem, NC; Herbert Hooper, of Wellesley, MA; Suzanne Huerth, of Charleston, SC; Kelli Wilson, of Pearland, TX; Kevin Hooper, of Manvel, TX; Gina Mell, of Chicago, IL; and Adam Calabria, of lake Oswego, OR.

Her viewing was held on Tuesday, March 29 at the Cochran Funeral Home, from 7-9 p.m.  The funeral service will be held at the Chapel of the Cochran Funeral Home at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, march 30, with burial immediately following at New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Moravian manor Benevolent Care Fund, 300 West Lemon Street, Lititz, PA, 17543 or Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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


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March 30, 2005              Page 7B

 

mr. pat hughes

 

Mr. Pat Hughes, age 74, of Blairsville, GA passed away Thursday, March 17, 2005 at his home.

Mr. Hughes had worked installing siding.  He was a member and deacon of Youngstown Baptist Church.  Preceding him in death was one brother and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Thomas Hughes, of Blairsville; daughter and sons-in-law, Diane and Harold Tolbert, of Clarksville, GA; Kathy and Dewey Bryson, of Cartersville, GA; Sheila and Keith Freeman, of Murphy, NC; Patsy and Glen Tanner, of Brazelton, GA; Karla and Wade Sprayberry, of Blairsville; son, Doug Hughes, of Blairsville; two stepdaughters and their husbands: Kathy and Joel Patterson, of Hayesville, NC; Karen and David Dyer of Blairsville, GA; two sisters: Opal Deyton, of Blairsville and Sybil Gaines, of Gainesville, GA; two brothers: Olin Hughes of Young Harris, GA and Worth Hughes, of Blairsville, GA; ten grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, 1 great grandson; 1 step great granddaughter; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, march 19, 2005 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. Jonathan Hood, Rev. Leon Henderson, Rev. Claude Thomas, and Rev. Mike Totherow officiating.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Wade Sprayberry, Rex Owenby, Gerald Owenby, Dustin Phillips, David Dockery, Joel Patterson, David Dyer and Bobby Deyton.  Clifford Owenby and Cecil Hughes served as honorary pallbearers.  Music was presented by Ned Wilcoxon, Rev. Henderson, and Rev. Totherow.

Burial was in Zebulon Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Friday night, from 6 until 9 p.m.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the guest registry and send condolences to the family by visiting our website: www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 


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Blairsville, GA  30512

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March 30, 2005              Page 7B

 

mr. byron hood

 

Mr. Byron Hood, age 89, of Blairsville, passed away Friday, march 25, 2005 in Gateway Nursing Home in Cleveland, GA.

Mr. Hood was born in Union County, GA on Sunday, May 23, 1915, a son of the late Rev. James “Jim” Jarrett Hood, and the late Ollie Saxon Hood.  He lived most of his life in the Blairsville area, and was a member of Union Baptist Church.  Preceding him in death besides his parents, was his wife, Alma, who passed away in 1998, and a son Harold Hood, who passed away in 1995.

Surviving are sister and brother-in-law, Clara Jane and Dewey Burnett, of Suches, GA; brother and sister-in-law, George and Helen Hood, of Cleveland, GA; grandson, Bryan Hood, of Blairsville; a niece, nephew, and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were scheduled for Sunday, march 27, 2005 at 4 p.m. from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Benny Nix officiating.  Special music was presented by The Mountain View Trio.  The following gentlemen were selected to serve as pallbearers: Eddie Hood, Calvin Hood, Fred Woodward, Steve Hood, Robert Burnett, and Kenneth Flood.  Burial was in Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may visit our website at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com, and sign the guest registry and send condolences to the family.