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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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May 24, 2006                 Page 4C

 

mr. william h. (monty) Montgomery

 

Mr. William H. (Monty) Montgomery, age 81, of Blairsville, GA, formerly of Atlanta passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at Union County Nursing Home.

Mr. Montgomery was born Friday, March 6, 1925 in Johnson County, Georgia to the late William H. and Valley Robinson Montgomery.  He was retired from the U S Army Corps of Engineers.  Mr. Montgomery had a great love for music, and he owned and played the trumpet with the Montgomery Orchestra.  He also wrote music.

Survivors include: cousins, Ann D Rich of Blairsville, Georgia; Jeanne and Ben Hammonds of Covington, Georgia; Darlene and Ralph Hammonds of Luthersville, Georgia; niece, Jan Pridmore of Melbourne Beach, Florida; other cousins and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Harley Hunter and Rev. Dick Stillwell officiating.  Music was by Martha Collins.  Pallbearers were Woody Childs, Jarred Leach, Joe Kidd, Tommy Brodsky, and Sean Lickey.  Burial was in Choestoe Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

 

 


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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May 24, 2006                 Page 5C

 

mr. leo lewis matte

 

Mr. Leo Lewis Matte, age 86, of Chrisman Rd., Blairsville passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Matte was born on March 10, 1920 in Wilbraham, MA, the son of the late George Matte and the late Rosa Ann Dutilly Matte.  In his earlier years he played with a band and could play several different instruments, but the banjo was his favorite.  He was best known around the Stock Car tracks, Mr. Matte’s names is listed in the Vintage Racing Hall of Fame, having built racing engines for over twenty five years.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a friend to all who knew him.  He was preceded in death by a son, Alan Matte in 1968.  Mr. Matte was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving Mr. Matte are his loving wife of sixty-three years, Patricia Matte of Blairsville, one daughter and son-in-law, Lucille and Paul Cislak, Blairsville, two sons and one daughter-in-law, Robert and fiancée Ingrid, Matte of Hinsdale, NH, William and Helen Matte of West Springfield, MA, ten grandchildren, Michael and Linda Boutet, Robert, John, Nicole and Eden Cislak, William, Alan, Anthony and Nickolas Matte, two great grandchildren, Amber and Nathan Boutet, 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 St. Thomas cemetery in West Springfield, MA.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Center for Human Development Our Lord and Savior Community, Box 5, Trenton, FL 32692 in Mr. Matte’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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May 24, 2006                 Page 5C

 

mrs. ida a. cooper

 

Entered into rest, May 20, 2006, Mrs. Ida A. Cooper of Blairsville.  She was the mother of Jetta Joyce Cooper of Blairsville, Dr. Paul A. Cooper of Newport News, VA, and Mr. Joel M. Cooper of Arizona.  Another daughter, Carol Holland Whiting, predeceased her.

Ida was born in Odessa, Russia in the time of the Czars in 1905.  She died aged 101.  In those years, she demonstrated her ability to adapt, to triumph, to survive.  Arriving here in May 1911 at the age of six with not a word of English, she entered school that September with a full command of the language and spent her life speaking English and Yiddish with equal fluency and panache.

In the age where most immigrant children left school by the sixth grade, in order to help the family’s finances, Ida persevered, working nights and going to school days until she attained her goal, a High school diploma.  In the depressions years of the 1930’s she invented a new profession, account bookkeeping, whereby she was able to keep hard pressed small business men from succumbing under the weight of a burdensome payroll by going from account to account doing all the financial work by the day or the hour, replacing full time held which had became unaffordable.  After a successful career she retired to “good works”.  The family archives are full of newspaper clippings attesting to the tutoring she gave ghetto children, the mentoring she provided as camp grandmother during summer vacations.  She was an indefatigable fund raiser for numerous charities and in her late eighties and early nineties she conducted humanities seminars for seniors at the local college, produced and directed the most popular television show on the college’s local cable channel and was the oldest recipients of its Gold Key award, an honor bestowed on people who had given extraordinary support to the college family.  Through al this she maintained a gorgeous garden, spread love among her six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, one a college student and the other an almost one year old boy, the pride of her life, little Benjamin Rafael.

Ida Cooper has been cremated and will be laid to rest beside her husband in Massachusetts after a life well lived.

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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Blairsville, GA  30512

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May 24, 2006                 Page 5C

 

mrs. ethel grizzel gooch

 

Mrs. Ethel Grizzel Gooch, age 87, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2006 at Union General Hospital.  Mrs. Gooch was born Wednesday, July 10, 1918 in Union County, Georgia, to the late John Homer Grizzel and the late Flonnie Cruse Grizzel.  Mrs. Gooch lived most of her life in Union County.  She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and was also a member of the Jubilee Choir at Antioch Baptist.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Gooch and a son, Gerald Gooch.

Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Jeanie Madison of Blairsville; son and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Sandra Gooch; daughter and son-in-law, Lita and David Gowder; sister, Dorothy Richards, all of Blairsville; grandsons: Neal Madison, Glenn Madison, and Joel Gooch; granddaughters: Kristi Conley, Sarah Wright, Laura Gowder, and Rachel Gowder; great-grandchildren: Alexander Madison, Jackson Madison, Abrigeal Kiepke and Kendall Conley.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, may 23, 2006 at 11 a.m. from the Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. George Cline, Rev. Bill Gowder, Steven Hyde and Dr. David Gowder officiating.  The body lied instate at the church Tuesday morning from 10:30 until 11 a.m.  Music was provided by Nelson and Mildred LeCroy.  Interment followed in New Union Baptist Church Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were: Neal Madison, Glenn Madison, Joel Gooch, Kevin Conley, Bo Wright and Tim Grizzel. 

The family received friends at the funeral home from 7-9, Monday, May 22.

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