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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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April 19, 2006                Page 4C

 

mr. joseph raymondboland

 

Mr. Joseph Raymond Boland, age 85, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2006, at his home.  Mr. Boland was born in Onondaga County, New York, on Friday, October 22, 1920, a son of the late Charles Frank Boland land Antoinette Marie Novak Boland.

A World War II veteran who served as a fighter pilot flying P47s in Europe, Joseph Ray Boland Joined the Army Air Corp in February 1939.  In 1942, he went to flight school at Mission, TX, and stayed on as an instructor in Gunnery and Fighter Transition in AT6 & P40.  He went to Wilmington, NC to receive fighter training in the P-47 Thunderbolt.  In 1944, he was shipped to England, where he joined the 36th Fighter group, 23rd Flight Squadron – just as they were moving to Belgium.  Ray went on to fly 83 missions, the last 16 of which his plane was hit at least one time each mission from ground fire.  Ray spent three months after the war in Burtonwood, England, a repair depot, awaiting a transport home.  Ray then went back to Mission, TX and drop dusted for 5 years with his own fleet of 6 planes.  While doing this, he also flew as executive pilot for an oil company flying the bamboo bomber and Beech D-28.  When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Ray was recalled to active duty and received his Instrument Instructor rating at Tyndall AFB.  Ray let the service in 1954 as a Major.  He stayed in the reserves and took a civilian job training military pilots at Hondo, TX, until 1955.  He then went to work for Riddle Airlines – later Air Life International, flying military cargo and civilians all over the world.  Ray did this for the next 25 years flying DC-4, British Argosy, C-46, DC-7, C-130 Alaska N. slope, and finally the DC-8 when he retired.  Ray accumulated between 30,000 and 35,000 flying hours in virtually every type aircraft flown in the military.  During his flying career, Ray was stationed out-of-country in Panama Canal Zone, Guam, France, Belgium, Germany, Okinawa, Philippines, Honolulu, New Zealand, Australia and others.  Ray received 2 Purple Hearts, Air Medal with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished flying Cross.  His aviation career is certainly something to be admired and respected.

Mr. Boland had lived in Blairsville since 1974, moving here from Perry, Georgia.  In the Blairsville community, he was active in the past with the Union County Volunteer Fire Department, and served as Station 2 Fire Chief for 10 years.

Mr. Boland was preceded in death by his wife, Christine, in 1998, and a son, Carl, in 1972.

Surviving family members include: son, John Boland, of Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Lynda Bird and Dale Michaels, of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Boland and Tom Mims, of Murphy, NC; son, Chris Boland, of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Annie and Lynn Bacon, of Perry, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Mary Kay Boland, of Blairsville; fourteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren; lady friend, Gladys Souza, of Blairsville; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 17, 2006, at 11 a.m., from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home, with Rev. Eric Lee officiating. 

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: W.C. Nelson, Bill Haney, John Byars, Jack Gesch, Richard Fiser, and Gene Pyburn.  The following gentlemen served as honorary escort to the family: Ty Cobb, John Hamler, Glenn Miller, and Max Cochran.  Joshua Craig presented Bagpipe Music at the airport, and members of North Georgia Honor Guard presented Military Honors at Blairsville Municipal Airport.  A “Missing Man” Flying Formation passed over Blairsville Municipal Airport, in honor of Mr. Boland.  Burial was Tuesday, April 18, 2006, in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.

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

 

 

NOTE:  The North Georgia News April 19, 2006 Page 2C Joseph Ray Boland remembered by Lamar Paris

 


The North Georgia News

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April 19, 2006                Page 4C

 

mrs. flora mae fann

 

Mrs. Flora Mae Fann, age 95, of Tractor Trails, Blairsville, formerly of Marietta, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2006 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Fann was born on Sept. 10, 1910 in Canton, GA, the daughter of the late Richard Turk Peardon and the late Georgia Bell Darby Peardon.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Leman Fann, son, Charles Lee Fann, daughter, Sally Mae Fann and by a granddaughter, Pat Christopher.  Flora Mae was a great mother, grandmother and friend.  She had a green thumb for gardening and was a good cook.  She loved to travel and enjoyed arts and crafts.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  Mrs. Fann was a member of Cooper Lake Baptist Church in Smyrna, GA.

Surviving Mrs. Fann are three daughters, Florine painter of Andrews, NC, Jo Brown of Blairsville, Peggy Corder of Carrollton, GA, two brothers, Gene Peardon of Dahlonega, Junior and Geneva Peardon of Marietta, six grandchildren, Lora Corder, Lolita Rodriguez, Tim Corder, Roy Brown Jr., Charaine Manwell and Lisa Downs.  A number of great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends also survive.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 1 p.m. from the Cherokee Memorial park Cemetery in Canton, GA with the Rev. Hubert Legg officiating. 

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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April 19, 2006                Page 5C

 

mr. fred rich

 

Mr. Fred Rich, age 91, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2006 at Union County Nursing Home.  Mr. Rich was born Wednesday, November 4, 1914 in Union County, Georgia, to the late Landon Rich and Melvina Flowers Rich.  He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and had written more than 500 gospel sons and numerous poems.  He was preceded in death by first wife, Edith Hughes Rich, second wife, Etta Lee Chastain Rich; five brothers and one sister.

Survivors include: daughter, Shirley Rich of Oakwood, Georgia; daughter & son-in-law, Kay and Charles Lewis of Braselton, Georgia; son & daughter-in-law, Presley and Jeannie Rich of Blairsville,; Step daughter, Susie Kelley of Blairsville; step-son and wife, Joe and Julia Gray of Blairsville; sister, Effie Payne of Blairsville; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 2 PM from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. William Lee and Rev. Clyde Coleman officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Baptist Cemetery.  The following gentlemen were asked to serve as pallbearers: Rick Gray, Jackie Adams, Wayne Hughes, Fred Gray, Tony Hughes, and Michael Potts.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, First Baptist Church of Young Harris Building Fund or Georgia Mountains Hospice.

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

 


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April 19, 2006                Page 5C

 

mr. marvin wesley fulghum, jr.

 

Mr. Marvin Wesley Fulghum, Jr., age 73, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Monday, April 10, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.  Mr. Fulghum was born Wednesday, October 5, 1932 in Thomas County, GA, to the late Marvin Wesley and Lillie (Hall) Fulghum.  He was a US Air Force,  Airman 1st class, Veteran, and had received the Good Conduct Medal and national Defense Service Medal.  Mr. Fulghum was retired from Florida Power Corp.  He was a member of Choestoe Baptist Church.

Survivors include: wife, Betty Fulghum of Blairsville; son, Marvin Wesley Fulghum, III of Blairsville; daughter, Tracy Wells of Maggie Valley, North Carolina; daughter, Sandy Ferrell of Anderson, South Carolina; son, Jimmy Fumet of Lanchester, Ohio; daughter, Diana White of Blairsville; sister, Rubye King of Thomasville, GA; sister, Lillie Bell Huddelston of Valley, AL; grandchildren: Dustin Wells, Sarah Fulghum, Wesley Fulghum, Megan Kimbrell, Daniel Fugett, Jessica Fugett, Tara Thomas, Savannah Denmark, Kristi Ferrell, Jacob Ferrell, and Matthew Ferrell; great-grandchildren, Zachary Thomas and Railee Stephens.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 2 p.m. from the Choestoe Baptist Church with Rev. Dick Stillwell officiating.  Music was provided by Chris and Dana King, Buddy Hunter, Tracy Wells and Jo Mosley.    Interment followed in Choestoe Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers:  W.C. Dampier, Bill Garrett, Al Tryan, Chris King, Donald Nicodemus, Daniel Garrett and Doc Garrett.

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