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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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May 19, 2004                 Page 4C

 

mary cannon devane harris

 

Mary Cannon DeVane Harris of Valdosta died on May 13, 2004 after a lengthy illness.  Born Mary Leila Cannon in Montezuma, GA, the daughter of the late Dr. Harry Cannon and Mrs. Lila Davis Cannon, she was a life-long resident of this area.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Floyd DeVane of Brooks County and Valdosta, who died in 1967, and later bt Turner Tillman (Tim) Harris of Valdosta, in 1990.

Mrs. Harris survived by four children and her stepdaughter, Marilyn Harris of Valdosta.  Her children are: Judy DeVane Hutcherson (David), of Valdosta; Betty DeVane Hatcher (Carey) of Albany, Mary Jane DeVane Washnock (Bill) of DeVane Farms, Brooks County and Jimmy DeVane (Marianne) of Mandeville, LA.  Her grandchildren are Mike McLeod (Julie) and Kyle McLeod, all of Valdosta; Shannon Hatcher Stewart (Sam) of Waycross, Melissa Hatcher Brennen (Bob) of Savannah, N. Carey Hatcher III (Bo and Mandy) of Albany; Lara Wetherington Buffaloe (Rob) of Atlanta, Leslie Wetherington Sherwood (Trey) of Valdosta; Christy Vaccaro of Hammond, LA, Whitney DeVane Costin (Greg) of Moultrie and Elizabeth DeVane of Mandeville.  Her great grandchildren are Ross, Mary Catherine and Rhett McLeod, Sam and Caroline Stewart, Catherine and William Brennan, Abbie Jane Sherwood and Chandler Vaccaro.  She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Helen Cannon Burkhalter and Mrs. Frances Cannon Fowler and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by a sister Elizabeth Cannon Blake and a brother, Harry Cannon, Jr.

She was devoted member of the Baptist faith in Valdosta, first at Lee Street Baptist Church and for the last few years at Northside Baptist.  She maintained a summer home in Blairsville, GA for many years and particularly enjoyed participation in the First Baptist Church of Blairsville, where she taught in the preschool children’s ministries and was a dedicated vocalist with the “Silver Ties” choral group.

Her dedication to the preservation of the antebellum farm structures at DeVane Farms led to the recognition and designation of the estate as Georgia Centennial Farm site.  Mrs. Harris was an avid gardener who created beautiful landscapes of flower and vegetable gardens wherever she lived.

Graveside funeral services were held at Campground Cemetery near Morven, GA at 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 16 with Dr. Charles P. Adams officiating.  The family received friends on Sunday from 1:00 until 2:00 pm prior to the service at the Carson McLane Funeral Home.  Those wishing to honor her memory may send a memoriam to the Mary Harris Fund for Children’s Ministries, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2058, Blairsville, GA 30514.

 


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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May 19, 2004                 Page 5C

 

kenneth ray lauver, sr.

 

Mr. Kenneth Ray Lauver, Sr., age 58, of Old River Td., Blairsville, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2004 in Fannin County from injuries received in an automobile accident.  Mr. Lauver was born on Jan. 7, 1946 in Altoona, PA, the son of the late William Howard Lauver and the late Hazel Thelma Spetch Lauver.  He had moved to Union County from Woodstock, VA.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tina Louise Lauver in 1967.  Mr. Lauver was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Mr. Lauver are his loving wife of thirty nine years, Phyllis Ann Dougherty Lauver of Blairsville; one daughter and son-in-law, April and Gabino Jimenez of Blairsville; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Linda Lauver of Coldport, PA, Kenneth Lauver of Woodstock, VA, Don Lauver of Woodstock; five brothers, Ernie Lauver, Sr., William, Thomas, Ronald Lauver, all of Altoona, PA, Dennis Lauver of Coldport, PA; five sisters, Patti, Nancy, Pamela, and Gloria Lauver, Betty Sanchez, all of Altoona; Step brother, Robert Keller of Strasburg, VA; twelve grandchildren, three great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Memorial services were held on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at 7:00 pm from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Mike Hardy officiating.  Mr. Lauver’s favorite hymns were presented for the service.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of the arrangements.

 

 


 

The North Georgia News

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May 19, 2004                 Page 5C

 

martha lou henson long

 

Mrs. Martha Lou Henson Long, age 78, of Philadelphia Church Rd., Blairsville, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2004 at her home following a sudden illness.  Mrs. Long was born on October 31, 1925 in Fannin County, the daughter of the late J.B. Henson and the late Marnie Hughes Henson.  Before retiring she was employed with Owenby’s of Blairsville and Brumby’s in Young Harris for several years.  She was preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Ruth Ann Long and by her husband Hubert Long who passed away in 2002.  She was a very loving and caring mother and a friend of all who knew her.  Mrs. Long was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church.

Surviving Mrs. Long are two daughters and one son-in-law, Virginia Taylor of Blairsville, Joan and Donald Fortenberry of Blairsville, three sons and two daughters-in-law, Raymond Long of Blairsville, Steve and Brenda Long of Blairsville, Charles and Denise Long of Blairsville.  Sixteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild and many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Monday, may 17, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Charles Abernathy, Rev. Waymon Lovell and Rev. Earl Pickelsimer officiating.  Special music was presented by Dorothy Pickelsimer, Oreane Wright and Brandon Davenport.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jeff, Donnie, and Jonathan Fortenberry, Matthew and Michael Taylor, Brent, Bryan and Tony Long, Randy and Chris Hampton.  Interment followed in the Jones Cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of the arrangements.

 


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May 19, 2004                 Page 5C

 

helen deboer cook

 

Mrs. Helen Deboer Cook, age 75, of Trackrock Church Road, Blairsville, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2004 in Union General Hospital following an extended illness.  Mrs. Cook was born on June 13, 1928 in Mt. Vernon, OH.  The daughter of the late Paul George Harding and the late Hazel Clarissa McGuqin Harding.  She retired as a nurse with the Mercy Hospital with over twenty years of service.  Mrs. Cook was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Mrs. Cook are her loving husband of twenty three years, Albert Cook of Blairsville, two daughters and son-in-laws, Cheryl and Jay Wages of Booners Ferry, ID, Sandra and Rick George of Harrison, AK; three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Anna Ford of Walden, AK, Steven and Amy Deboer of Port Falls., ID, Jamie and Janet Deboer of Fort Smith, AK, one brother and sister-in-law, James and Carolyn Harding of Jonesboro, Indiana.  Thirteen grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Memorial services were held on Sunday at 2 p.m. from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. jerry Young and Rev. Harley Hunter officiating.  Special music was presented by Calvin Collins.  In Lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Old Liberty Church building fund in Mrs. Cook memory.

 Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of the arrangements.


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May 19, 2004                 Page 5C

 

verdie may rhodes

 

Mrs. Verdie May Rhodes, age 78, of Morganton, GA, passed away Friday, May 7, 2004, at her home.

Mrs. Rhodes was born in Union County, May 13, 1926, a daughter of Marion Columbus and Becky Odom Davenport.  She had lived in this area all of hr life, was a homemaker, and enjoyed gardening and working in her flowers.  She attended Liberty Hill United Methodist Church for many years.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, may 9, 2004, in the chapel of Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Mathis and Rev. Tim Garrett officiating.  Music was by Saved by Grace.

Interment was in the Liberty Hill Cemetery with Arnold Watkins, Ray Watkins, Randall Woody, Howard Woody, C. W. Woody and Clyde Woody serving as pallbearers.

Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge in charge of arrangements.