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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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April 27, 2005                Page 5C

 

mrs. estella k. mcgaha

 

Mrs. Estella K. (Granny) McGaha, age 69, of Blairsville passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2005 in the Union General Hospital following a brief illness.  Mrs. McGaha was born on Sept. 17, 1935 in Murphy, NC, the daughter of the late Perry Abernathy and the late Zora Bruce Abernathy.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Abernathy, two sisters, Nell Abernathy and Marie Davis, a son-in-law, Robert Ballard.  Mrs. McGaha attended the Jones Creek Church of God.

Surviving Mrs. MaGaha are four daughters and three sons-in-law, Mary and Roger Weaver, Alice Ballard, Susie and Jerry Cheek, and Minnie Jane and Joe Williams all of Blairsville; two sons and daughter-in-law, Freddie and Pat McGaha, of Blairsville, Charles and Angie McGaha of Murphy; three sisters, Effie Davis of College Grove, OR, Libby Mashburn and Irene Abernathy both of Murphy, five brothers, Luther and Edwin Abernathy both of Charlotte, NC, Bruce and David Abernathy of Murphy, Henry Abernathy of Hayesville, fifteen grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. William Sisum and Rev. Mike Morrison officiating.  Special music was presented by Doug Hogsten.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers, Scott, Ronnie, Calvin, Dennis, Travis and Noah Beaver, Daniel Abernathy and Gene Cheeks.  Interment followed in the Valley Town Cemetery in Andrews.

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 27, 2005                Page 5C

 

charles burwell clakre iii

 

Rev. Charles Burwell Clarke III, age 27, of Wilmar Circle, Blairsville passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 in Butts County following a sudden illness.  Mr. Clarke was born on Aug. 21, 1977 in Boyonton Beach, FL, the son of Charles B. Clarke Jr., and Joan Barrow Clarke.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles B. Clarke Sr. and by an uncle, Michael Clarke.  Mr. Clarke was a member of Immanuel House Christian Center.

Surviving Mr. Clarke are his father, Charles B. Clarke Jr., step mother, Karolyn Clarke both of Blairsville; mother, Joan Barrow; grandmother, Deloris Clarke of Blairsville; step sister, Danniel Palacios of Blairsville; aunt, Linda S. Blanton of Lakeworth, FL; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, April 22, 2005 at 2 p.m. from the Immanuel House Christian Worship Center with the Rev. Alan S. Becker officiating.  Interment will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Immanuel House Christian Worship Center in Rev. Clarke’s Memory.

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 27, 2005                Page 5C

 

mr. watson benjamin dyer

 

Mr. Watson Benjamin Dyer, age 103, of Cave Spring, GA, died February 13, 2005 in Redmond Hospital, Rome, GA.

A native of Union County, GA, he was born July 27, 1901 at Choestoe.  His parents were Joseph Albert Dyer and Nina Collins Dyer.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jewel James Dyer in 1990, and a sister Sarah Grapelle Dyer Hood in 2001.

Survivors include a sister, Desma Frances Dyer of Demorest, GA, a brother, Odell Bluford Dyer of Gainesville, GA and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Educated in Choestoe Elementary School, the Blairsville Collegiate Institute and Fairburn, GA High School where his uncle, Dr. M.D. Collins was then serving as principal, Mr. Dyer taught school for five years.  The schools were eh taught were Pine Top and New Liberty in Union County, Asbestos School in White County, and Stonewall School in Fairburn, GA.  Later, he attended Draughon’s Business College in Atlanta.

Mr. Dyer was forty-two years of age when he joined the U.S. Navy in World War II. His major service was on the USS Bushnell, a submarine tender, which traveled between Hawaii and the Midway Islands providing supplies to the US submarine crews in the area.  He was ship’s photographer and took many pictures of young seamen that they sent home to grateful families.  For his military service, he was awarded the American Campaign medal, the World War II Victory medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal.

He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution, and a mason.  He was a member of First Baptist Church, Cave Spring.

His work included bookkeeping in Atlanta, assisting his Uncle, Vester Dyer, in a print shop in Cornelia, GA, work in the automobile industry in Detroit, Michigan, newspaper advertising in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and apprenticeship with engraver and printer Elvin Brown in Columbia, Missouri, where he learned the printing trade.  After moving back to Georgia and marrying Jewel James in 1953, for several years  he and his wife, Jewel, were on the staff of the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, GA where he managed the print shop, taught typesetting and printing and published the “School for the Deaf Standard,” the school’s newspaper.  His last job before his retirement in 1961 was with the State Department of Education in Atlanta as manager of the printing operations.

Prior to his retirement and following, he pursued his keen interest in genealogy which led him to produce five books of family history on the Dyer, Souther, Collins, Jackson, Ingram and related families.  All are now out of print but are in genealogy libraries throughout GA and elsewhere.  He and Mrs. Dyer were founding members of the Northwest Georgia Historical and Genealogical Society.  He served as president for 16 years and he and Mrs. Dyer edited and produced the Society’s quarterly publication.  He was active in the Dyer-Souther Heritage Association and attended yearly reunions in July through 2002.  Unable to travel the distance from Cave Spring to Blairsville, he missed the 2003 and 2004 gatherings.

Funeral services were conducted at the chapel of the Lester Litesey Funeral Home in Cedartown, GA at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 17.  Rev. Wayne Benefield, Rev. E. Keith Jones officiated. 

Interment was in the Aargon, GA city cemetery with military honors by the Polk County, GA Honor Guard.

Those wishing to make gifts in Mr. Dyer’s memory may contribute to the Dyer-South Heritage Association Cemetery Fund which provides care for the New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Choestoe, where many of his ancestors were buried.  Please send contribution to Mrs. Marie C. Knight, 1000 Knight’s Mountain Drive, Blairsville, GA 30512.


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April 27, 2005                Page 5C

 

mrs. alice ostrander

 

Mrs. Alice Ostrander, age 75, of the Murphy Hwy., Blairsville passed away on Monday April 18, 2005 at her home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Ostrander was born on July 31, 1929 in Oneida, NY, the daughter of the late Walter Dockstader and the late Josephine Burkardt.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Ostrander in 1999.  She had been living in the Blairsville area for the past five years.  He had also lived in New York and Zepher Hills, FL.  Mrs. Ostrander was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving Mrs. Ostrander are one son and daughter in law, Thomas and Nancy Taylor of Tacoma, WA, One daughter, Martha Taylor of Franklin, NC, One grandchild, Thomas Balunas of Franklin, NC, Many other relatives and friends also survive.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced.  Interment will follow in the Bushnell, FL National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Macon County Humane Society in Mrs. Ostranders memory. 

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 27, 2005                Page 5C

 

thomas coke penland

 

Services for Thomas Coke Penland of Thomasville are at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2005 at First United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Leigh Ann Raynor, Rev. Weyman Cleveland and the Rev. A. Box Dixon officiating and interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery.  Mr. Penland died Saturday, April 23, 2005 at his residence.  Born August 22, 1919 in Blairsville, GA, he was the son of the late Thomas Gordon and Annie Hughes Penland.  On April 11, 1943 in Boston, GA he married Evelyn Adams Penland who preceded him in death on May 29, 1988.  Then on July 9, 1990 in Thomasville he married Sarah M. Penland, who survives.  Mr. Penland graduated from the University of Georgia in December 1932.  While there he served as president of his freshman class and was a member of the Demosthenian Literary Society, Sphinx, Gridiron and X-Clubs.  During World war II he served in the 121st Infantry Regiment and was wounded at the Battle of Brest in France and received the Purple Heart.  After the war he completed Law school at the University of Georgia and began his practice in Thomasville in 1948.  He was a former member of the American Bar Association, Kiwanis Club and American Legion.  He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church, Thomasville, member of the Sue McTier Sunday School Class, and served on the Board of Trustees.  Other survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Deanna Penland Ramsey and Richard R. Ramsey, Jr., of Thomasville; daughter, Dr. Penelope Penland, Santa Fe, New Mexico and stepson and daughter-in-law, George L. Chick and Terri H. Chick; sister, Mary P. Cook of Blairsville, GA; granddaughter and spouse, Rosemary Ramsey Pearce and Stephen F. Pearce, grandson and spouse, Richard Rufus Ramsey, III, and Denise F. Ramsey; granddaughter, Rebecca Penland Ramsey, grandson, Robert Thomas Ramsey; step grandsons, Austin L. Chick, Kevin L. Miley; great grandsons, jack Harrison Ramsey, Thomas Joseph Ramsey and William Benjamin Pearce; numerous nieces and nephews.  Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 975, Thomasville, GA 31799; Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center, 116 Mimosa Drive, Thomasville, GA 31792 or Hospice of Southwest Georgia, 818 Gordon Avenue, Thomasville, GA 31792.  Visitors may sign the online guest register at www.allenfh.com.  Allen & Allen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

This notice courtesy of Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville.