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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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March 31, 2004              Page 6B

 

mrs. willie may taylor

 

Mrs. Willie Mae Taylor, age 92, of Beale Court Drive in Blairsville, passed away on Friday, march 19, 2004 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Taylor was born on September 19, 1911 in Eatonton, GA., the daughter of the late George Howard McMahon and the late Hixie Spruce McMahon.  She retired from Eastern Airlines in 1970.  She had made her home in Blairsville since 1990, moving here from Blue Ridge, where she had lived for over twenty years.  She was a lifelong Methodist and faithfully attended church here and in Blue Ridge.  She was a member of the Fannin County Hospital Auxiliary for a number of years.  She loved Square Dancing and the Atlanta Braves.  Preceded in death by her first husband, William Sam Deloach in 1956 and by her second husband, Ernest E. Taylor in 1994.  Mrs. Taylor was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Union County.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, William and JoAnna Deloach of Blairsville; two nieces, Betty Anderson Bogle of Dublin and Susan Waldrop of Madison, FL; one nephew, George Howard McMahon of Gadsen, AL; four grandchildren, Debbie Jameson of Belaire, TX., Scott Deloach of Adventura, FL., Vickie Hornick of Riverview, FL., Curtis Deloach of Summerset, KY; eleven great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends also survive.

Visitation was held on Thursday, March 25, 2004 from 4-6pm at the Mountain View Funeral Home.  Graveside services followed in the Chastain Memorial Park Cemetery in Blue Ridge.

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

 


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March 31, 2004              Page 6B

 

mona “jean” wiggins

 

Mrs. Mona “Jean” Wiggins, age 74, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2004 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Mrs. Wiggins was born in Polk County, Tennessee, on Friday, February 14, 1930, a daughter of the late Ray James Duncan and Jessie Lee Deaver Duncan.  She began her career in nursing in Fannin County, working with Dr. Gilliam in the 1950’s.  She graduated Cleveland State Community College in 1969.  The family established their home here in the early 1970’s and retired here in the 1980’s.  Mrs. Wiggins was a former Director of Nurses at Union General Hospital and Fannin Regional Hospital.  She taught the first LPN class in Union County.  Her life was totally dedicated to her nursing career.  Mrs. Wiggins was a member of First Baptist Church of Blairsville.  Her husband, Arnold Wiggins, preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Dillard-Grimsley, of Atlanta; a brother, Frank Duncan, of Copperhill, Tennessee; two sisters: Kate Davis, of Kingsport, Tennessee, and Merle Chapman, of New Port Richie, Florida; two grandchildren:  Melannie Dillard of Canton, Georgia, and Jeremy Ray Dillard, of Woodstock, Georgia; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 11:00 a.m., from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville, with Rev. Danny Parris officiating.  Special music was presented for the services by Mrs. Martha Patterson.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jeremy Dillard, Steve Chapman, Chet Grimsley, Eric Williams, Hoyt Chapman, and Mike Patterson.  Burial was in Blankenship Cemetery in Bryson City, North Carolina.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the arrangements.

 


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March 31, 2004              Page 6B

 

willie “bill” payne

 

Mr. Willie “Bill” Payne, age 79, native and lifelong resident of Union County, Georgia, passed away Friday, March 26, 2004 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Mr. Payne was born in Union County, Georgia, on Friday, August 1, 1924, a son of the late Ed Payne and Emma Harkins Payne.  He was a poultry farmer, and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.  Other than his parents, Mr. Payne was preceded in death two sisters: Mattie Plott and Bonnie Payne; and a brother, J.P. Payne.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Barnes Payne, of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Denisa and Craig Stewart, of Blairsville; and Billy and Ashly Payne, also of Blairsville; six sisters: Bessie Fortenberry, of Suches, Georgia; Bertha Garner, of Blairsville; Nora Evans, of Douglasville, Georgia; Martha Hawkins, of Winder, Georgia; Mary Hensley, and Grapelle Rich, both of Blairsville; a grandson, Andrew Stewart also survives, along with other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 28, 2004, at 4:00 p.m., from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home, with Rev. Jerry Helton officiating.  Special music was presented by members of The House of Prayer Church Choir.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jerry Payne, Glen Payne, T.J. Plott, Eddie Rick, Paul Garner, and Evan Legg.  The following gentlemen served as honorary escort to the family: Emanuel Legg, Ted Barnes, and Jural Gilreath.  Burial was in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.

If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, The House of Prayer Building Fund, or to Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the arrangements.


 

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March 31, 2004              Page 6B

 

jane emma mcclure little

 

Mrs. Jane Emma McClure Little, age 75, of Culberson Rd., Blairsville, passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2004 in the Murphy Medical Center Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Little was born on April 7, 1928 in Cherokee County, NC, the daughter of the late Tom McClure and the late Amy Lovingood McClure.  She was a lifelong resident of Union County.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ford Little in 1989, and by five brothers, Noah, Lloyd, Albert, Porter and Jerry McClure, one sister, Virginia Richards.  Mrs. Little was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church.

Surviving Mrs. Little are three daughters and two son in laws, Joanne Gower of Lawrenceville, GA, Jackie and Danny Dillard of Blairsville, Janie Little and Mike Postell of Blairsville, two sons and daughter in law, Johnny and Betty Little of Murphy, NC, Reid Little of Blairsville; two brothers and sister in laws, Hadley and Geneva McClure of Blairsville, Bobby and Marie McClure of Culberson; one sister, Pearl Richards of Morganton; sister in laws, Lillie McClure and Minnie McClure; seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, march 23, 2004 at 2:00 pm from the Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. David Timmer and Rev. Waymon Lovell officiating. 

Special music was presented by Dianne Parker.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Travis and Kevin Stalcup, Justin Dillard, Johnny and Jimmy McClure and Daniel Webster.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.

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


 

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March 31, 2004              Page 6B

 

mr. neal james davenport

 

Mr. Neal James Davenport, age 60, of Blairsville, Georgia passed away Tuesday, march 23, 2004 in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Decatur, Georgia.

Mr. Davenport was born in Cherokee County, North Carolina on Tuesday, October 12, 1943.  Mr. Davenport grew up in Marietta, Georgia and was of the Baptist faith.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam war, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant.  Preceding him in death was a son, Neal James Davenport II; his father, Ira Davenport; more recently, his mother, Grovie Cleo Rogers Davenport Scoggins; and a brother, Kenneth Davenport.

Surviving him is his son, Alex Davenport, of Blairsville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Keith Barnes, of Blairsville, and Leah and Tim Hunt, of Seven Points, Texas; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Ernest Scyphers of Woodstock, Georgia, and Neva and Larry Henry of Avondale Estates, Georgia; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Davenport of Blairsville; two grandchildren, Storm Johnston and Tawnni Johnston.

Funeral services were held on Friday, march 26, 2004 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Blairsville with Rev. Randy Hughes officiating.  Special music was presented by Mrs. Martha Davenport.  The following gentlemen served as Pallbearers: Keith Barnes, Jonathan Lovins, Travis Henry, Christopher Cole, Ty Henry, J.L. Davenport and Albert Davenport.  Burial was in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors presented by North Georgia Honor Guard.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the arrangements.

 


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March 31, 2004              Page 6B

 

grovie cleo rogers davenport scoggins

 

Mrs. Grovie Cleo Rogers Davenport Scoggins, age 87, a resident of Kennesaw, Georgia, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2004 after a prolonged illness.

A native of Union County, Georgia, Mrs. Scoggins was a Baptist and attended Greers Chapel Baptist Church.  Known for her love of camellias, Mrs. Scoggins had a loving heart and was known for her giving spirit.

Mrs. Scoggins was recently predeceased by two sons, Kenneth Davenport, and Neal Davenport.  A grandson, Jimmy Davenport, also preceded Mrs. Scoggins in death.  Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Betty Davenport Scyphers and Ernest Scyphers, of Woodstock, Georgia; daughter and son-in-law, Neva Davenport Henry and Larry Henry of Avondale Estates, Georgia; daughter-in-law, Sylvia Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia; 14 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at 2:00 p.m., at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Blairsville, with Rev. Randy Hughes  officiating.  Special music was presented by Granddaughter, Terrie Fisher and Niece, Martha Davenport.  Burial was in the church cemetery.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Doug Davenport, Travis Henry, Jonathan Lovins, Phillip Hungate, Ken Lambert, Alexander Davenport, Daniel Tucker, and Michael Tucker.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the arrangements.

 


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March 31, 2004              Page 6B

 

mary f. munson

 

Mary F. Munson, 87, of Blairsville, Georgia passed away March 19, 2004.  Mrs. Munson was born in Great Falls, Montana and came to the Blairsville area from Miami, FL in 1985.

Mrs. Munson was a homemaker, teacher and social worker.  She was a member of the Miami Historical Society, a founder of the Poetry Society of South Florida, a leader of the Christian Family Movement from 1964 to 1968, a founder and organizer of the Marriage Encounter from 1968 to 1972, a tutor of English at Barry University and the director of the Volunteer Services (Christian Community Service Agency).  She was a Hospice and a Vogel volunteer.  Mrs. Munson was a member  of the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Blairsville, GA.

Survivors include two daughters: Mary Elizabeth Munson, Gainesville, FL and Susanne Munson Lindstrom (Richard), Miami, FL; three sons: Robert Munson, III (Margie), Ft. Worth, TX; John William Munson (Janie), Gainesville, FL; Dr. Peter Timothy Munson (Sheila), Lady Island, WA; sister Susan M. Allen, Baton Rouge, LA; and seven grandchildren.

Services were held at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Gainesville, FL with Father John Gillespie officiating.  Interment was in Blairsville, GA.

Williams-Thomas Funeral Home of Gainesville, FL in charge of arrangements.

Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to Pax Christi, 348 E. 10th Street, Erie, PA 16503.


 

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March 31, 2004              Page 6B

 

merrell collier elliott

 

Merrell Collier Elliott, 74, passed away on February 23, 2004.  He was born on February 13, 1930 in Atlanta, GA to Homer and Algene Elliott.  Mr. Elliott was a graduate of The McBurney School in New York, New York.  He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in forestry.

He was a former resident of Wilmington, NC where he worked for Southern Imports and later Southco, Inc.  While living there, Mr. Elliott was active in St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church.  He retired to Blairsville, GA and was a member of Mountain Presbyterian Church.  He loved gardening, sporting events, travel and being with his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Fields Elliott; his brother, Henry Homer Elliott, Jr.; his parents, Homer and Algene Elliott.  He is survived by his children, Lynn Talley of Kemp, TX; Dough Coulter of Norman, OK; Missy Minkin of Anniston, AL; and Sally Zinter of Katy, TX; sister, Genie Sime of Blairsville, GA; sister, Charlotte McCord of Atlanta, GA; 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held on March 27 at 12:oo P>M> at Mountain Presbyterian Church in Blairsville, GA.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to the charity of your choice.

 


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March 31, 2004              Page 6B

 

mr. bobby franklin hoberty

 

Mr. Bobby Franklin Hoberty, age 73, of Wills Way in Blairsville passed away on Friday, March 26, 2004 in the Union General Hospital following an extended illness.  Mr. Hoberty was born on March 27, 1930 in Clark County, Ohio, the son of the late Walter F. Hoberty and the late Bessie Putney Hoberty.  He was a veteran of the US Army in the Korean war.  He was a member of the Eagles, the VFW and the American Legion.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Lee Hoberty, in 1984.  Mr. Hoberty was of the Methodist faith.

Surviving Mr. Hoberty is his loving wife of fifty years, Virginia Joyce Corwin Hoberty; one daughter and son-in-law, Terri Lynn and Tom Mescher of Tip City, OH; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Dreamy Hoberty of Port St. Lucie, FL., Michael and Mary Hoberty of Cambridge, NE., one sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and William Herier; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Rick and Mary Hoberty, Ron and Carolyn Hoberty, all of Springfield, OH; six grandchildren, Nicole Slaton, Stephen Barker, Robert, Jenifer and Schyler Hoberty, Cameron Druse; two great grandchildren, Kori and Donovan Slaton; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 29, 2004 from the Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brent Chatham officiating.  Mr. Hoberty’s favorite hymns were presented for the service.  Military honors were presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society in Mr. Hobert’s memory.

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

 


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March 31, 2004              Page 7B

 

john carter willits

 

Mr. John Carter Willits, age 65, of Southermill Overlook in Blairsville passed away on Friday, March 26, 2004 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Willits was born on May 9, 1938 in Hillsdale, MI., the son of the late Howard Willits and the late Muriel Carter Willits.  He was a member of the ATO, Georgia Bar Assn., a former member of the Riverdale Bass Club, a member of the Georgia Bass Federation and was a fund raiser for the Boy Scouts of America.  He was an Attorney., where he practiced Real Estate law in Jonesboro, Georgia for over twenty seven years.  John had a great passion for fishing.  He and his sons had taken many fishing trips to Lunding, MI., Canada and Alaska.  He was preceded in death by a brother, James Howard Willits.  Mr. Willits was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Union County.

Surviving Mr. Willits is his loving wife of thirty eight years, Sharon Lee Olson Willits of Blairsville; two sons and one daughter-in-law, James and Charlene Willits of McDonough, Georgia, John Willits of Scottsdale, Arizona; two grandchildren Arron Lunsford and Benjamin Rust; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Memorial services were held on Friday, April 2, 2004 from the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Eddie Herring officiating.  Special music was presented by Jeff Bauman and Cindy De Foor.  If you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to Regency Hospice or to the First United Methodist Church of Union County in Willits memory.

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

 


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March 31, 2004              Page 7B

 

charlie williamson

 

Mr. Charlie Williamson, age 100, native and life long resident of Union County Georgia, passed away on Friday, march 26, 2004 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Mr. Williamson was born in Union County, Georgia on Saturday, July 11, 1903, a son of the late Charles W. Williamson and Betty Henderson Williamson.  He was a farmer and a member of Many Forks Baptist Church in Young Harris, Georgia.  Preceding him in death was his wife, Nellie and a son, James Williamson.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Willa Mae Williamson of Gastonia, North Carolina; son and daughter-in-law, Carroll and Rachel Williamson; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Williamson, of Cramerton, North Carolina; grandson, Ray Covington; grandson, Tony Williamson; granddaughter, Dewanna Williamson, granddaughter, Karen Williamson; seven great grandchildren, and one great great grandson also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, march 28, 2004 at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home, with Rev. R.L. Martin  officiating.  Special music was presented by Lavon Bennett, (Alicia Covington’s mother).  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Bill Williamson, Phil Williamson, Kenneth Davis, Gene Little, Sheldon Henderson, and Larry Williamson.  Burial was in Many Forks Baptist Church Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the  arrangements.

 


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March 31, 2004              Page 7B

 

george c. jackson

 

Mr. George C. Jackson, age 93, of Chatuge Regional Nursing Home in Hiawassee, Georgia, formerly of Blairsville, GA, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2004.

Mr. Jackson was born in Union County, Georgia, on Saturday, July 30, 1910, a son of the late Zack Jackson Easter Davis Jackson.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served during World War II.  He was of the Methodist faith.  Preceding him in death besides his parents was his wife, Mary Lou Jackson who passed away in 2000.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Walt and Wilma Jackson, of Marietta; son, Harold Jackson, of Peoria, Illinois; a granddaughter, Christina Jackson, a medical student at the University of Alabama; four great grandchildren: James, Joseph, Jody, and Jordan Jackson, all of Illinois; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville, with Rev. Eddie Herring officiating.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Clyde Collins, Robert Rogers, David Hancock, Hoyt Hamby and Ferrell Penland.  Burial was in Choestoe Cemetery, with military honors presented by The North Georgia Honor Guard.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the arrangements.