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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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May 11, 2005     Page 5C

 

virginia louise mcginnis

 

Long time Jacksonville, FL resident, Virginia L. McGinnis, died Sunday, May 8, 2005, in Blairsville, GA, at the Union County Nursing Home of heart failure.  She was 84 years old.

She was born in Atlanta on September 2, 1920 to parents Hiram W. and Ida Marie McGinnis.  The family home was on Oakdale Road in Atlanta.

In 1931 the family moved to Jacksonville, FL where Miss McGinnis lived for seventy years before coming to Blairsville, GA four years ago.

A graduate of Andrew Jackson High School, she began her working career with the Federal Government in 1939 as an elevator operator in Jacksonville’s Federal Building.

During WWII she worked for the Federal War Assets Administration and after the war with the U.S. Reconstruction Finance Corporation.  She late moved to a position with the U.S. Army Corps of engineers in their Comptroller Division.  Miss McGinnis received several distinguished awards while with the Corp, including a special citation from the Department of the Army for her performance in the Mediterranean Division from November 1972 to November 1974.  She served a tour of service with the Corp in Italy at a U.S. Base for some five years before her retirement in Jacksonville.

Virginia cared for her mother for 25 years after her father died.  Her mother lived to 103 years.  Their home was located in the Pearl Court section of Jacksonville and later in Arlington.

A lover of music and the performing arts, she was for many years an annual ticket holder to Jacksonville’s concert programs.  She also was a patron of the theatre offerings in Jacksonville, including the Symphony.

Her friends recognized her love for humor and the stories she and her Irish family could tell so well.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

She is survived by her brother, Richard W. McGinnis of Duluth/Blairsville, GA, and his wife, Shirley.  Nephews are Douglas R. McGinnis and wife Teri, of Norcross/Blairsville; Bradley W. McGinnis and wife, Teshia, of Cary, NC; niece, Cynthia M. Kirksey and husband John, of Norcross, GA; plus eight great nieces and nephews.

Miss McGinnis’ friends and relatives gathered at Cochran Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at 11 a.m. in Blairsville for a brief memorial service.

The family respectfully requests that no flowers be sent; however, if you wish, donations my be made in memory of Miss McGinnis to:  Union County nursing Home; Benevolent Fund; 550 Nursing Home Circle; Blairsville, GA 30512.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the guest register and send condolences to the family by visiting our website: www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 


 The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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May 11, 2005     Page 5C

 

thomas eugene cochran

 

A memorial celebration for Thomas Eugene Cochran age 66 of Blairsville, Ga. Will be held on Saturday May 14, 2005 at 2:00 pm at the Unity Church of the Mountains in downtown Blairsville.  Tom died on May 5, 2005 and is survived by his wife, Sandra Kirschner Cochran, his three sons and their wives, Tony Anthony (Tony) Cochran, Marty and Peggy Cochran, Scott and Donna Cochran, his grandchildren are Samuel Thomas and Julia Nicole Cochran, and Sarah and Tabitha Jongsma.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Edward and Roberta Lee Cochran, and his sister, Bonnie Lee Cochran.

Tom owned and operated a custom printing company TEC Business Systems in Pinellas County, Florida for over twenty five years and worked with All-In-One Printing before retiring last year.  He was born in Atlanta and grew up in Austell/Mableton, Ga before moving to Largo, Fl., around 1970.

Retirement gave Tom more time to enjoy his hobbies and family.  He loved spending time with his grandkids, taking them fishing, swimming and whitewater rafting.  Tom was an avid golfer, and loved to play penny ante poker with friends.  As a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA) for more than 40 years, Tom sang in numerous men’s choruses and quartets.  His singing friends called him the “Tag Man’ because he always enjoyed singing the last few measures of song (or tag).  Often he sang these tags with three barbershop buddies until the wee hours of the morning.

Tom never met a stranger.  His easy going manner made him loved and respected by those who knew him.  He always lent a hand to anyone in need and volunteered in his community.  His family and friends will greatly miss his joyous, fun loving nature.

If you would like to make a gift in Toms names to his favorite barbershop charity, contact The Harmony Foundation, Inc., 7930 Sheridan Rd., Kenosha, WI, 53143 or visit HarmonyFoundation.org/donate.html or call 1-800-876-7464 ext. 8447.

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.


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

(no corrections have been made; this is exactly as it appeared in paper)

 

 

May 11, 2005     Page 5C

 

mr. thomas harold souther.

 

Thomas Harold Souther of Lutz, Florida, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2005, at University Community Hospital following an extended illness.  He was preceded in death by his father and mother, the late Harve and Fannie Collins Souther, and his sister, Edna Terrell.

Harold is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Doris; and stepson Bill Mitchell.

Harold was born in Blairsville, on February 1, 1926.  he moved to Tampa in 1947 after serving the 1st Infantry Division during World War II.  HE was an avid sportsman, a lifetime education, and retired principal of Erwin Vocation Center.  He was a member of Oak Grove Church of God.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 30, 2005, where friends and family gathered.