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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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May 22, 2002                 Page 7B

 

mr. woodrow j. mccomas

 

Mr. Woodrow J. McComas, age 88, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed from this life on Monday, May 13, 2002, following a brief illness.

Mr. McComas was born in Lee County, Virginia, on Friday, May 8, 1914, a son of the late Wilson McComas and Sally Moore McComas.  He had been living in the Blairsville area for 15 months, moving here from Charleston, West Virginia.  Mr. McComas had been employed in the chemical manufacturing industry.  Mr. McComas had been very active in church, and was attending House of Prayer Interdenominational Church at the time of his death.  He had been preceded in death by his wife, Katie Kenna Moses McComas.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, James C. and Elaine McComas of Land O Lakes, Florida; son and daughter-in-law, Mervin E. and Mary Lou McComas of Fayetteville, North Carolina; son and daughter-in-law, Leonard P. and Pat McComas of Blairsville; nine grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 3 pm from the House of Prayer Church with Rev. Bill Honaker officiating.  Special music was presented by Nelson and Mildred Leroy.  The body was cremated following services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, c/o Sue Upchurch, 4344 Mulkey Gap Road, Blairsville, GA 30512 or to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 521 Blairsville, GA 30514.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville entrusted by the family for the arrangements.

 


The North Georgia News

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May 22, 2002                 Page 7B

 

mrs. irene salyers sherrod

 

Mrs. Irene Salyers Sherrod, age 78, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2002 in Chatuge Regional Nursing Home in Hiawassee, Georgia.

Mrs. Sherrod was born in Williamson County, Illinois, on Saturday, September 1, 1923, a daughter of the late Luther Dennis Salyers and Mattie Winters Salyers.  She was a nurse, and had been living in Blairsville since 1991, moving here from Pavo, Georgia.

Survivors include her husband, Stafford Sherrod, of Blairsville; step-son, James Stafford Sherrod, II of Placerville, California, and Donald Glenn Sherrod of King, North Carolina; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, along with many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 19, 2002 at 2 pm from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. Terrell Jones officiating.  Special music was presented by Jaron Weaver.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Donald Weaver, Jaron Weaver, Tony Lee, Mark Sherrod, Eddie Seabolt, and Mike Gurley.  Interment was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery in Blairsville.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the arrangements. 


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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May 22, 2002                 Page 7B

 

mrs. ruby w. fortenberry

 

Mrs. Ruby W. Fortenberry, age 90, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed from this life on Monday, May 13, 2002 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.

Mrs. Fortenberry was born in White county, Georgia, on Saturday, April 6, 1912 a daughter of the late Lafayette Winkler and Luraney Burnette Winkler.  She was a lifelong resident of this area and was a member of Coosa United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Fortenberry was preceded in death by her husband, Hartzell Fortenberry, in 1984; a son, Waymon Fortenberry, in 1971, and a grandson, John Fortenberry, Jr. in 1986.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Maggie and David Sedgwick; son and daughter-in-law, Verlin and Jane Fortenberry; son, Wayne Fortenberry; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Rick Dyer, all of Blairsville; twelve grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren also survive, along with many friends and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 4 pm from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Rev. John Herrin and Rev. Earl Bishop officiating.  Special music was presented by Mrs. Tammy Blasingame.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Tommy Sosebee, Tim Sosebee, Randy Sosebee, Adam Fortenberry, Sam Fortenberry, and Randy Fortenberry.  Interment was in Coosa United Methodist Church Cemetery.

If you wish, memorials may be made to Coosa United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 2225, Blairsville, GA 30514.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, Georgia entrusted by the family for arrangements.


 

 

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May 22, 2002                 Page 7B

 

rev. orville n. nelson

 

Rev. Orville N. Nelson, age 91, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed from this life on Saturday, May 18, 2002.

Orville N. Nelson was born in Milan, Minnesota, on Friday, February 24, 1911.  He graduated from the Milan High School in 1929.  In the year 1931 he was converted at a revival meeting held in the Milan Methodist Church.  A few months later he felt God calling him to the Ministry.  He entered college at John Fletcher College at Oskaloosa, Iowa, but was unable to proceed after his freshman year.  Rev. Nelson then went to a Christian Missionary Alliance Bible School.  Following graduation he went to Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois, graduating in the spring of 1938.  He continued his seminary training on the same campus at the Garrett Evangelical Seminary.  In the fall of 1935 he assumed a pastorate at Forest Glen Methodist Church in Chicago and continued in this pastorate until graduation from Seminary in 1940.  He was married to Verona Alspaugh of Miami, Florida in 1939.  She was the youth director at the White Temple Methodist Church in Miami.

They continued their ministry in full time youth work in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Iowa.  In 1950 they came to the Florida Methodist Conference as White Temple Associates.  Other churches served were Fulford, Trinity in Lighthouse Point, Miami Springs, First Church Winter Park, and Swain in Jacksonville.  He was a member of The Florida Annual Conference of United Methodist Church Ministers, and had also been a member of The Blue Ridge Masonic Lodge #92 F&AM, of Walhalla, South Carolina for 53 years.  In retirement in 1976 they lived at Lake Wales and later moved to Wesley Mountain Village in Blairsville, Georgia.  This is a Methodist Retirement Center operated by the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Rev. Nelson moved to the Blairsville area in 1982, coming here from Lake Wales, Florida.  In retirement he served as pastor of The Coosa United Methodist Church in Blairsville for eight years.

After Mrs. Nelson’s death on February 21, 1990, he gave his time to raising funds for the Endowed World Mission Scholarship Fund at Asbury Theological Seminary at Wilmore, Kentucky in memory of Mrs. Nelson.  This fund bring international students to Asbury, trains them, and upon graduation returns them to their own country for Christian Service.  The fund has now grown to over one million dollars.  He continued to be active in the Lord’s work until his death on Saturday, May 18, 2002.

Rev. Nelson is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Merrell Nelson of Los Alamos, New Mexico; two granddaughters, and five great grandchildren.  Numerous friends also survive.  Besides his wife, Rev. Nelson had been preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn, in 1948.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 2 pm from Coosa United Methodist Church, with Rev. John Herrin and Rev. Earl Bishop officiating.  The body will lie instate at the church for one hour prior to the service.  Specially selected music will be presented by Mr. John Gurley.  The following gentlemen have been selected to serve as pallbearers: Jim Bishop, George Upchurch, Carlton Sparks, Robert Ball, David Carter, and Kirk Sugars.  Interment will be in Coosa United Methodist Church Cemetery.  Visitation at the funeral home will begin on Wednesday, from 6-9 pm.

Flowers are accepted; however, if you wish, memorials may be made to Endowed World Missions Scholarship Fund, 204 N. Lexington Avenue, Asbury, Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky 40390-1199.

“Dad, you were a faithful servant of our Lord,” Ronald Orville Nelson.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville entrusted by the family for the arrangements.