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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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April 10, 1996                            Page 4B

 

mr. fred lebrone fortenberry

 

            Mr. Fred Lebrone Fortenberry, 61, of Blairsville, Georgia,  passed away Saturday, March 30, 1996 at his home.

Mr. Fortenberry was born in Union County, Georgia, on March 4, 1935, a son of the late Thomas Harrison Fortenberry and Fena Milsap Fortenberry.  He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran.  Mr. Fortenberry had lived most of his life in Union County, and was a member of the Owltown Church of God. 

            Surviving are his wife, Martha Seabolt Fortenberry, of the home; five sons, Steve Fortenberry of Genesia, Illinois, Daniel Marolf of Alto, GA, Russell, Roy and John Fortenberry, all of Blairsville; two daughters, Freda Cantrell of Alto, GA, and Victoria Thomas of Blairsville; six step children, Jerry Payne, Glen Payne, Doris Grizzle, and Janie Dyer, all of Blairsville, Cathy Payne of Rossville and Rachel Ramey of Morganton; two sisters, Virginia Dyer and Verdie Mae Davis, both of Michigan; two brothers, Frank Fortenberry of Illnois (sic) and Charlie Fortenberry of Blairsville; 11 grandchildren and nine step grandchildren also survive.

            Funeral services were held Monday, April 1, 1996 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Willis Garrett officiating.  Special music was presented by  the Nottley River Boys.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Pete Kirksey, T.J. Plott, Joe Sosebee, Robert Sosebee, Leonard Sosebee, and Johnny Burnett.  Interment was in Coosa Methodist Church Cemetery.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was in charge of arrangements.


The North Georgia News

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April 10, 1996                            Page 4B

 

mr. james randall nicholson

 

            Mr. James Randall Nicholson, age 82, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 1996, after a period of declining health.  He was a life long resident of Union county.  Born the son of Robert Lee and Mary Sullivan Nicholson.  Mr. Nicholson had worked for the Tennessee Copper Company as a Smelter.

            Surviving are his wife: Maudell Nicholson of the home; his son, James Robert Nicholson of Blairsville, Georgia; two sisters, Willie Mauney of Blairsville, Georgia, Beulah Deitz of Young Harris, Georgia, and a number of nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services were held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, April 4, 1996 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Kenny Beavers officiating.  Interment was in Union Memory Gardens.  Music was provided by Amy Hudson.  Pallbearers were Wayne Hedden, J.E. Hudson, Claxton Fortenberry, bobby Lance, Bud Davis, and Ricky Davis.  Honorary pallbearers were, Larry Hudson, Blueford (sic) Dyer, Tom Stanley, Ed Towery, Earl Batton and Bobby Joe Queen.  Banister Funeral Home of Young Harris, Georgia in charge of arrangements.


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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April 10, 1996                            Page 4B

 

mr. james garlin thomasson

 

            Mr. James Garlin Thomasson, age 89, of Blairsville, passed away Thursday, April 4, 1996 in Union County Nursing Home.  Mr. Thomasson was born in Cherokee County, North Carolina a son of the late Charles Wesley and Sophronia Griffith Thomasson.  He had lived in this area since 1935, coming here from Murphy, NC.  He was a retired farmer and a member of the Upper Peachtree Baptist Church in Murphy, NC. 

            Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Flora Stephens Thomasson, of the home; son and daughter-in-law James Homer and Marilyn Thomasson, of Marietta, Georgia; daughter and son-in-law Bennie Jo and Ed Jenkins, of Jasper, Georgia; brothers Wesley Thomasson, of Kings Mountain, NC, Hill Thomasson, of Murphy; sisters, Irene Lundsford and Zelda Thomasson, both of Murphy, NC and Fan McGuire, of Maryville, TN; granddaughters, Cindy Shearin, of Manhattan Beach, CA, Pamela Farris, of Acworth, Georgia, Jan Jenkins, of Roswell, Georgia, and Amy Dotson of Perry, Georgia; great grandson, Samuel Dotson, of Perry, Georgia.

            Funeral services were held Saturday, April 6, 1996 at w p.m. from the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Gowder officiating.  Music was provided by Patsy Davenport, Jerry Hemphill and Debbie Owenby.  Pallbearers were Ken Jenkins, Charles Jenkins, Bill Drake, jack Drake, Harold Plott and Cecil Lance.  Interment was in Antioch Baptist Cemetery.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, Georgia in charge of arrangements.


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April 10, 1996                            Page 4B

 

mr. arnold ray wiggins

 

            Mr. Arnold Ray Wiggins, age 70, of Blairsville passed away Wednesday, April 3, 1996 at his home.   Mr. Wiggins was born in Swain County, North Carolina a son of Will and Marie Cooper Wiggins.  He had lived in this area since 1970, coming here from McCaysville, Georgia.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and the U.S. navy and served during World War II and the Korean War.  Mr. Wiggins was a member of Mr. (sic) Carmel Baptist Church in Bryson City, NC, a member of Mineral Bluff Masonic Lodge and the VFW.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Wiggins, in 1977, and a brother, Carroll Wiggins in 1985.

            Survivors include his wife Mrs. Jean Duncan Wiggins, of the home; daughter, Donna Dillard, of the home; granddaughter, Melanie Dillard and grandson, Jeremy Dillard both of Woodstock, GA; father, Will Wiggins, of Bryson City, NC; brothers, R.L. Wiggins and Will Wiggins, Jr., both of Belmont, NC; sister, Mae Clemmer of Belmont, NC and Velva Phillips of Bryson City, NC.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

            Funeral services were held Saturday, April 6, 1996 at 2 p.m. from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Stillwell officiating.  Music was provided by Martha Patterson.  Interment was in Blankenship Cemetery in Buckner Branch with Swain County Veterans providing Military Honors and Bryson City Masonic members providing Masonic graveside rites.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, Georgia in charge of arrangements.


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April 10, 1996                            Page 4B

 

leona anderson thomas douglas

 

            Leona Anderson Thomas Douglas, 70, died Wednesday, April 3, 1996 at West Paces Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

She was a native of Madison County, Florida, then moved to Tampa, Florida.  She then moved to Blairsville, Georgia and has resided there since 1985.  She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Blairsville, Georgia.  She was also a member of American Legion Auxiliary in Land of Lakes, Florida.  She was a homemaker. 

            She is survived by her husband, Ray Douglas of Blairsville, Georgia; 1 son, Emory Thomas of Tampa, Florida; 2 daughters, Barbara Thomas Bell of Hayesville, NC, and Patricia Thomas Youngblood of Tampa, FL; 1 brother, Leslie Anderson of Tallahassee, FL; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

            Funeral services were held Saturday, April 6, 1996 at 2 p.m. in Beggs Chapel, Madison, FL.  Interment will follow in the Midway Cemetery, Madison County, FL.

T.J. Beggs, Jr. & Sons Funeral Home, Madison, FL, in charge of arrangements. with the Rev. officiating. 

 


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April 10, 1996                            Page 4B

 

mrs. effie foster

 

            Mrs. Effie Foster, age 86, of Blairsville passed away Wednesday April 3, 1996 in  Union General Hospital.  Mrs. Foster was born in Union County, a daughter of the late John Adam and Callie Rector Nichols.  She was a member of New Union Baptist Church.  Mrs. Foster was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Foster in 1987. 

            Survivors include daughters and sons-in-aw, Pat and Bill Abernathy and Beverly and Bobby Jackson all of Blairsville, Georgia; sisters, Bonnie Owenby of Blairsville, Georgia and Flossie Wise of Marietta, Georgia; brother and sister-in-law Rev. Ellard and Anna Lou Nichols and sister-in-law Anna Mae Nichols all of Blairsville, Georgia; six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

            Funeral services were held Friday, April 5, 1996 at 2 p.m. from New Union Baptist Church with Rev. Harrison Bradley and Rev. Danny Parris officiating.  Eulogy was given by granddaughter Lydia Jackson Sartain.  Music was provided by the New Union Baptist Church Choir.  Pallbearers were Phillip Abernathy, Randy Abernathy, Mike Mashburn, Phillip Sartain, Edward Nichols, Steve Nichols, San Nichols and Johnny Foster.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, Georgia in charge of arrangements.


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April 10, 1996                            Page 4B

 

james milo brown

 

            James Milo Brown, age 89, of Young Harris, Georgia, died Saturday, April 6, 1996, in a Towns County, Georgia nursing home.

He  was a native of Union County, Georgia.  He was a retired farmer and a member of the Gum Log Baptist Church in Young Harris, Georgia.  He was a son of the late Milton and Lillie Scroggins Brown and was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne Brown and Glen Brown; two sisters, Nellie Brown Gibson and Nova Brown Stephens. 

            He is survived by his wife Ruby Pauline Phillips Brown of Chatuge Regional Nursing Home, Hiawassee, Georgia, a son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Marlene Brown of Morrow, Georgia; a granddaughter, Paula Ackermann of Orlando, Florida; and a grandson, Alan Brown of Atlanta, Georgia.

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 8, 1996, at the Townson Rose Chapel, Hayesville, NC.  The Rev. Willis Garrett will officiate.  Burial will bee in the Ebenezer Baptist church cemetery, Union county, Georgia.  Pallbearers will be Bryan Souther, Suell Souther, Vernon Barnes, Brad Barnes, Harold Gibson, and Ralph Brown.

Townson Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.