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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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April 21, 2010                            Page 16A

 

Larry “bird” prather

 

            Larry “Bird” Prather, age 60, of Blairsville, GA, passed away at his home Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Larry was born in Ellijay, GA, a son of the late Homer and June (England) Prather.  He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran.  Larry was a member and past President of the Chatuge Gun Club, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He had worked as a Postal Clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Blairsville and Hiawassee since the early 1970s.  Larry was preceded in death by two brothers, jerry Prather and Johnny Prather. 

            Survivors include his soul mate, Karen McKin of Blairsville, GA, and brother, Kevin Prather of Blairsville, GA.

            Funeral services were held Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with rev. David Berrong officiating.  Music was by the Kelley Trio.  Pallbearers were Rex Patton, Doug England, Ed Terry, Chuck Gillispie, Knox Garrett and Bud Murphy.  Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Murphy, Ron Delong, Bob Hughes and Darrell England.  Interment was in West Union Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors by the North Georgia Honor Guard.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the guest register and send condolences @ www.cochranfuneralhomes.com


 Larry Prather

LARRY PRATHER
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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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April 21, 2010                            Page 16A

 

joseph “joe” smith

 

            Joseph “Joe” Smith, age 77, of Blairsville, Georgia, formerly of Lenoir, NC, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Joe was born in Lenoir, NC, a son of the late Thomas L. Smith  and Mary (Triplett) Smith.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of Coosa United Methodist Church.  He was a former member of the Blairsville Kiwanis Club and an active volunteer for the Meals on Wheels Program.  Joe was an avid golfer and boater.  He retired after 32 years of security service from Lockheed-Martin in Orlando, FL.  Joe was preceded in death by his brother, Tommie Smith. 

            Survivors include his loving wife and best friend of 43 years Dee Smith of Blairsville; brother, Eddie Smith of Lenoir, NC; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ida and Doug Cook of Lenoir; nephew, Beau Cook of Blowing Rock, NC; nephew, Tommy Cook of Hudson, NC; and loyal “four-legged” companion and friend, Sweet Pea.

            Memorial services will be held at Coosa United Methodist Church, on Wednesday April 21, 2010 at 11 AM with Rev. Earl Bishop and Rev. Steve Midkiff  officiating.  Music will be provided by Earl and Idalu Bishop and James Stephens.

            If you wish to do so, the family has requested any donations be made to the Union County Humane Society; 2079 Bowling Gap Circle, Blairsville, GA 30512; or the American Cancer Society, Southeast Division, Inc., Union Unit, P.O. Box 2984, Blairsville, GA 30514.

            Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA  You may sign the guest register and send condolences at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com


Joseph Smith

JOSEPH SMITH
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April 21, 2010                            Page 16A

 

billy a curlee

 

            MSGT Billy A. Curlee (USA Retired), age 80, of Blairsville, GA passed away April 18, 2010 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Curlee was born March 11, 1930 in Salisbury, NC to Sam and Nellie Curlee.  Bill served for 21 years in the US Army primarily as a First Sergeant of numerous Calvary Troops.  He was a decorated veteran of the Korean War.  He also taught ROTC in the Atlanta City School System for 23 years.  After retirement Mr. Curlee served with the North Georgia Honor Guard and served as its President for many years.  He was also a leader in the local community coaching many 4-H BB Gum Championship Teams and working with local veterans groups.  Bill was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  Bill was of the United Methodist Faith and was a faithful member and leader at Coosa United Methodist Church.  

            Surviving Mr. Curlee are his loving wife of 57 years, Rebecca L. Curlee, his brother Jack Curlee of Greenville, SC, his son and daughter-in-law Steve and Kit Curlee of Blairsville, GA, and Sam and Shelby Curlee of Blue Ridge, GA, and his daughter Terri Harris of Villa Rica, GA.  Also surviving Mr. Curlee are six grandchildren and four great granddaughters.

            A memorial service was held on April 20, 2010 at Coosa United Methodist Church, 767 Mulky Gap Rd., Blairsville, GA, at 11 a.m., with full honors by the North Georgia Honor Guard.  The gamily greeted visitors in the fellowship hall starting at 10 a.m. prior to the memorial service.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Bill Curlee Memorial Fund of Coosa United Methodist Church.

            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.


Billy A. Curlee

BILLY A. CURLEE
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April 21, 2010                            Page 16A

 

dan w. davis jr.

 

Dan W. Davis Jr., age 56 of Blairsville, GA, formerly of Key Largo, FL lost a 12 year battle to cancer and passed away Monday, April 12, 2010 in Blairsville, GA.

Before moving to Blairsville Dan had a home repair business in Key Largo.  He had worked in construction all his life, and also worked in security at Coconuts in Key Largo.  Dan was and avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing every weekend.  He was preceded in death by his father, Dan W. Davis Sr., and his grandparents, Clyde and Antoinette Markowski.

Survivors include: daughter & son-in-law, Stephanie Leigh and Robbie Anderson of Key Largo, FL; son, Matthew Daniel Davis of Key Largo, FL; mother, Rose Davis of Blairsville, GA; granddaughter, Kayla Leigh Anderson of Key Largo, FL; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Brad Sherman of Blairsville, GA; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held Saturday, April 17, at 11:00 am at Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery with Dr. John Kay officiating.

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


Dan W. Davis, Jr.

DAN W. DAVIS JR.
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April 21, 2010                            Page 16A

 

allan david jones, sr.

 

            Mr. Allan David Jones, Sr., age 72, of Pitt Rd., Blairsville, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Jones was born on May 5, 1937 in Pittsburg, PA, the son of the late Earl Oscar Jones and the late Alice Virginia Keefe Jones.  He was a veteran of the US Navy of the Korean War.  He retired from the Florida Power Corporation with over 34 years of service.  He was a member of the American Legion and the S.P.C.A.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Earl O. Jones in 2008.  Mr. Jones was of the Presbyterian faith. 

            Surviving Mr. Jones are his loving wife of fifty years, Eulalie Jones of Blairsville, one son, Allan David Jones, Jr. of Blairsville, one sister, Esther Albanese of Dunedin, FL, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Daniel R. and Judy Jones of Ocala, FL, Ross and Trish Jones of Clearwater, FL, two grandchildren, Ashley and Zachary Jones, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 23 at 3 p.m. from the Holly Hills Cemetery with Pastor Dan Jones and the North GA Honor Guard conducing military honors.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family request that memorials may be made to the North GA S.P.C.A., PO Box 781, Young Harris, GA 30582 in memory of Mr. Jones. 

            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.


Allan David Jones, Sr.

ALLAN DAVID JONES SR.
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April 21, 2010                            Page 16A

 

john rockwell kenyon, jr.

 

            Mr. Mrs.  John Rockwell Kenyon, Jr., of Blairsville, GA, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2010 in Union General Hospital.  He was 89.

Born April 1, 1921, in Charlotte, NC, John was the firstborn child to the late John Rockwell and Lillie (Crowell) Kenyon.  John graduated from high school in Charlotte and continued on to the University of North Carolina until he entered the military.

            A decorated World War II Veteran, John served as a Naval Aviator in the Pacific Theatre on the USS Enterprise.  He received numerous medals and ribbons, including the distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with three stars, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the American Campaign Medal.  John flew the F6F Grumman Hellcat, part of the first VF-90 night flight group participating in the campaigns of Okinawa, Iwo Jima and the first carrier strikes on Tokyo.

In 1947 he married Jess Clontz, from Monroe, NC.  They made their home in Dunwoody, GA, where together they raised three boys: John Rockwell, III, Robert Benton and David Sterling.

John worked 35 years for International harvester, and he and Jess retired to Niceville, FL in 1980.  They moved to Blairsville, GA in 2001, where they would remain until John’s death.

John and Jess enjoyed life together.  In their earlier years, they spent a lot of time on the golf course, loved playing bridge, and spending time with family.  John often quoted scripture and was a practicing Presbyterian.

Survivors include his wife, Jess C. Kenyon of Blairsville, GA; sons John R. Kenyon, III and his wife, Brenda, of Woodstock, GA; Robert B. Kenyon and his wife, Judy, of Austin, TX; and D. Sterling Kenyon and his wife, Kathryn, of Woodstock, GA; brother, George Kenyon of Charlotte, NC and sister, Betty Graham of Raleigh, NC; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  John was predeceased by his brother, William S. Kenyon, of Charlotte, N.C.

            Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 11:30 a.m. at North Lanier Baptist Church, 829 Atlanta Road, Cumming, GA.  Phone 770-781-5433, Military honors will be provided by the US Navy.  Preceding the service, the family welcomes friends at 10:30 a.m.

            Funeral arrangements were made by Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.  You may sign the guest register and leave condolences at  www.cochranfuneralhomes.com


John Rockwell Kenyon Jr.

JOHN ROCKWELL KENYON JR.
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Blairsville, GA  30512

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April 21, 2010                            Page 16A

 

garry william ciesielski

 

Garry William Ciesielski, age 67, Blairsville, GA, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010 in St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta.

Gary was born in Garden City, MI.  He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blairsville and did the Golf Cart Ministry at the church.  He took up the money for the Wednesday night suppers.

Survivors include sister and brother-in-law: Sherry and Dick Moriarty of Blairsville; brother Larry and Mary Ciesielski of AZ, Mickey and Anne Discher of Geneva, OH; half-brother, Timothy Vincent of CA; half-sister, Cindy and Dave Duley of Chulavista, CA, aunt, Florence Ruth Carnley of Blairsville, GA, several nieces and nephews, and his Church family.

Memorial Services were held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, following the meal with Dr. Fred Lodge officiating. Interment in Laurel Hills Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial donations be made to help defray funeral expenses and to buy a grave marker for Garry, to: Sherry Moriarty, 238 Ross Ridge Rd., Blairsville, GA 30512.

            The family received friends at the fellowship hall from 4 until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA in charge of arrangements.  You can sign the guest register and send condolences @ www.cochranfuneralhomes.com


Garry William Ciesielski


GARRY WILLIAM CIESIELSKI
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April 21, 2010                            Page 16A

 

susan g. howard

 

            Susan G. Howard, of Blairsville and Smyrna, Georgia, was united with her husband, Harry Howard, and our Heavenly Father, on Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

She was the daughter of the late Floy L. and E.T. Bradley, Sr.  Susan was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Harry V. Howard. 

            Surviving is her son, Richard “Rick” Howard of Powder Springs and Blairsville, Terry Howard-Hagen, son-in-law, Doug Rhodes and grandson, Bradley Hagen of Greenville, South Carolina.

            Susan was a cherished and adored wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  Her family-centered life was admired by all that had the pleasure of knowing and loving her.

            A private celebration of Susan’s life will be held with her immediate family in the  near future.  The family requests that memorials be made to Regency Hospice, P.O. Box 494, Hiawassee, GA 30546 or a charity of your choice, in her honor.

            Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville welcomes you to sign the family guest book and you may send condolences online at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com.


Susan G. Howard


SUSAN G. HOWARD
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April 21, 2010                            Page 16A

 

renee suzanne joyce

 

            Mrs. Renee Suzanne Joyce, age 49, of Pat Colwell Rd., Blairsville, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at her home following a brief illness.  Mrs. Joyce was born on April 2, 1961 in Corpus Christie, TX, the daughter of the late Corrine Palmer.  She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.  She enjoyed decorating and spending time with her family.  Mrs. Joyce was of the Episcopal faith. 

            Surviving Mrs. Joyce are her loving husband of twenty years, Fred Williams of Blairsville, one son, Nicholas Huey of Blairsville, one daughter and son-in-law, Desiree and Daniel Ford of Blairsville, one sister, Shawn Burrell of Blairsville, two brothers and one sister-in-law, Mark and Donna Zahn of Houston, TX, Roy Howard of Houston, TX, one grandchild, Claire Suzanne Ford, niece and nephew, Jessica and Charles Burrell, several other nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Helton officiating.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers, Fred Williams, Nicholas Huey, Daniel Ford, Charles Burrell, Mark Zahn and Roy Howard.  Interment followed in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Sunday 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.


Renee Suzanne Joyce

RENEE SUZANNE JOYCE
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