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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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June 20, 2012                            Page 13A

 

robert wayne laffoon

 

            With a heart as big as a manís chest ever contained, Bob Laffoon was never one to shy away from an opinion, no matter how controversial; nor avoid work on a project, no matter how difficult; nor say no to someone needing a helping hand, regardless of the level of sacrifice required. In his almost 79 years of life, he entertained an incalculable number of angels, of every race, color and creed, with absolute disregard for the beneficiaryís ability to ever repay the gift. He greatly loved the Lord God with all his heart and soul, his family and every friend and acquaintance he ever had. A complex and often misunderstood man with a life-long irrepressible sense of humor, he was born Robert Wayne Laffoon on July 3, 1933 in Oelwein, IA, the son of Donald and Donna (Simpson) Laffoon. After graduating from Oelwein High School in 1951, he spent two years serving his Country in the Pacific with the US Navy and then came home to professionally drive passenger buses across the country for 28 years until retirement from Greyhound Bus Lines. In 1953 he courted and married the lovely Verlee Shaw and for 59 years served as her faithful and dependable soul-mate and partner. Together they raised two children in West Palm Beach, FL: Donna (DeeDee) Siefken and Robert (Rob) Laffoon.

            Bob was for many years an active Kiwanian and Mason and for more than 20 years contributed countless hours of his time and considerable wood-crafting skills to the humanitarian effort to eradicate cancer in his life-time via Relay For Life.  From, 2003 until his passing, he was also an active member of Coosa Methodist Church.  Though officially retired, Bob was never one to spend too much time idle, so he stayed busy for many years working for BuilderWay Materials and subsequently, as an installer for his daughter and son-in-lawís Blairsville based Budget Blinds franchise. His favorite time of year was the fall when he could watch his beloved UGA Bulldawgs manhandle some lesser SEC opponent, enjoy his Miami Dolphins dominating a hapless AFC rival, and track the lap-by-lap winning strategies of Bill Elliot or Kasey Kahne in NASCAR. He was a passionately successful gardener and dilettante farmer who in his great zeal for the craft, never understood othersí lesser appreciation for it. He was also an accomplished league bowler, who held a respectable average but never quite mastered, much to his frustration, the hook. Of all his many hobbies and fanatical pursuits however, he was never more full of life and joy than when he was spending time with his beloved family, doing just about anything that served to bring them together.

            His grandchildren: Nick Frechette (wife Jessica, daughters Avery and Brooke) of Blairsville, GA; Shayla Frechette (daughter Kaly) of Blairsville, GA; Alec Laffoon & Cole Laffoon of Ft. Worth, TX. Bob also leaves behind a great number of additional family and close friends across the country. Bobís passing leaves a void in our lives that will not be filled on this earth. Life has changed and we will adjust, but only on the proposition that we will one day share love and laughs with him again, and then for all eternity.

            Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012 from Coosa United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Aiken officiating.  The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service began.

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society c/o Sue Upchurch, 3515 Mulky Gap Rd., Blairsville, GA 30512

            Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville. 


Robert Wayne Laffoon

ROBERT WAYNE LAFFOON
 Courtesy of Cochran Funeral Home



The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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June 20, 2012                            Page 13A

 

june weaver

 

            Mr. June Weaver, age 87 of Blairsville, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Union General Hospital. Mr. Weaver was born May 7, 1925 in Blairsville, GA to the late Tom Weaver and the late Iva Henderson Weaver . He was preceded in death by: sisters, Beulah Weaver, Hazel Weaver, and Wilma Allen, brothers, John Weaver and Lee Weaver and niece, Charlene McElhattan.

            Survivors include: niece, Carol Roberts of Cleveland, GA, great niece, Melanie Collins, great niece, Michelle (William) Gilstrap, great-great nephew, Will Gilstrap, and great-great niece, Ansley Gilstrap.

            Funeral services were held on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 2 p..m at the Cochran Funeral Home with the Rev. Guy Bradley and Rev. Michael Rogers officiating. Music provided by The Faith Singers. Interment followed in Union Memory Gardens. The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Charles Turner, Johnny Wilson, William Gilstrap, Larry Conley and J.M. Roberts. Honorary pallbearer: Wayne Henderson.

            The family received friends at Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, Thursday, June 7, 2012 6 pm.. until 8 p.m.

            Arrangements entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA.  


June Weaver


JUNE WEAVER
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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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June 20, 2012                            Page 13A

 

virgie lee bolin

 

            The Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville announces funeral services for Mrs. Virgie Lee Bolin, age 98, of Blairsville, GA and Auburndale, FL who went peacefully to be with the Lord on Sunday Afternoon, June 10, 2012 at Stonehenge Assisted Living Facility in Blairsville, where she had been receiving tender and loving care over the past three years.

            She was born December 28, 1913 in Lauderdale County, AL, the daughter of James Edward Hill and Louisa Sara Jane Swinney Hill. Virgie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 40 years, Thomas Bolin (1971); her parents; four brothers and two sisters. She was a member of Lena Vista Baptist Church in Auburndale where she served as a Sunday School teacher. Before moving to Blairsville, Virgie had lived in Florence, AL until her marriage and then moved to Auburndale. She packed citrus fruit for Adams Packing Company for 43 years, later working for Griffin Gift Citrus. During the early 1940's she worked one summer in Oak Ridge, TN on a secret military weapon production line. She loved reading all her life, passing that love along to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her great-great grandchildren.

            Survivors include: two daughters, Patsy Bolin Whatley (Bill) of Blairsville and Carlene Bolin Jernigan (Don) of Cedar Park, TX; seven grandchildren, Sandi Whatley Richardson (Paul) of Blairsville, Mike Whatley of New Hope, PA, Trish Whatley Efird (James) of Clemmons, NC, Bill Whatley, Jr. (Gail) of Brooksville, FL, Christy Jernigan Bloomingdale of Austin, TX, Cindy Jernigan Phillips of Austin, TX, Cheryl Jernigan Bailey (Bud) of Philadelphia, PA; fifteen great grandchildren: David Richards (Kelly) of Naples, FL, Angela Richards Howell (Shawn) of Cumming, GA, Jason Whatley (Kayla) of Sautee, GA, Mickey Whatley, Beth Whatley Deyton (Ryan) of Blairsville, Amy Graham of Raliegh, (sic) NC, Ginie Graham Cullins (Chris) of Auburndale, Jim Graham of Clemmons, NC, Mark Gresz of Ruskin, FL, Laura Gresz Kilmer (Shawn) of Lutz, FL, Nicholas Bloomingdale of Austin, TX, Scott Phillips & Courtney Phillips of Atlanta, GA, Katie Bailey of Philadelphia, PA, and Connor Bailey of Quantico, VA; fifteen great-great grandchildren: Hallie & Carly Richards, Tyler, Thomas & Andrew Howell, Trey and Emily Whatley, Lydia Babka, Landon Graham, Gavin Graham, Vanessa & Ethan Gresz, Luke, Hannah and Noah Kilmer. Several nieces, nephews and many friends also survive.

            Virgie was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend, loved by those who knew her and dearly missed by all of us, including the staff and residents of Stonehenge Building 3, for whom she always had a sweet smile and a wave of her hand.

            Services were held at Kersey's Funeral Home in Auburndale, FL at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012. The family received friends on Friday evening from 6 until 8 p.m.

            Local Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.  


Virgie Lee Bolin

VIRGIE LEE BOLIN
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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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June 20, 2012                            Page 13A

 

maryann elizabeth o'neill

 

            The Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville announces funeral services for Mrs. MaryAnn Elizabeth O'Neill, age 64, of Blairsville who passed away Saturday morning, June 16, 2012.

            MaryAnn was born in Queens, NY on July 26, 1947 to the late Steve and Mary (Petry) Gulla. She earned an Associates Degree in Accounting and worked in personal finance for the H.L Penn Company until her retirement in 1998. MaryAnn was a lover of all animals and had a special cat for 17 years named "Monky". She especially loved her family and enjoyed most being a loving wife and mother. She enjoyed passing time crocheting or watching a Boston Red Sox game on television. She had a personal relationship with Jesus and slept with a rosary under her pillow. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Stevie Gulla.

            She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her, but especially missed by her family: her loving husband, Allen O'Neill of Blairsville; son & daughter-in-law, Daniel and Karen O'Neill and son, William O'Neill, both of Carmel, NY. She is further survived by a special friend, Louise "Wheezie" LaMontagne, four cousins, 3 grand nieces and nephews and many friends.

            Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2012 from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 2 until 6 p.m. and again on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 6 until 9 p.m. Interment will follow in Laurel Hills Memorial Gardens in Hiawassee.

            Arrangements are entrusted to the Care of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.    

 

 

Maryann Elizabeth O'Neill

    MARYANN ELIZABETH O'NEILL
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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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June 20, 2012                            Page 13A

 

andrew peter sorenson

 

            Mr. Andrew Peter Sorenson, age 71, of Mockingbird Trail, Blairsville, passed away, Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Union County Nursing Home. He was born June 16, 1940 in Hinsdale, MT the late Christian and Clara Loven Sorenson. Mr. Sorenson moved here 6 years ago from Davenport, FL. He was preceded in death by a brother, Christian Sorenson. Mr. Sorenson was of the Lutheran Faith.

            Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Joyce Sorenson of Blairsville, children, Patricia Sorenson of West Warwick, RI, Linda Flowers of Blairsville and Andrew Sorenson, Jr. of Virginia Beach, VA, brothers, Clifford Sorenson and Floyd Sorenson both of West Warwick, RI, sister, Clara Sorenson of Coventry, RI, eight grandchildren also survive.

            Memorial services were held Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 4 p.m. at Meeks Park.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the family guest book and send condolences to the family on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com


Andrew Peter Sorenson


ANDREW PETER SORENSON
    Courtesy of Mountain View Funeral Home

           

 

The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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June 20, 2012                            Page 13A

 

joyce collins smith

 

            Mrs. Joyce Collins Smith, age 81, of Powder Springs, GA formerly of Norcross and Blairsville, GA passed away Sunday, June 10, 2012.  She was preceded in death by her second husband, Raymond Lee "Red" Smith and her first husband, Doyle Robertson.

            She is survived by her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Toni Roberson, Powder Springs, GA; beloved step-daughters, and step son in-law Maxine Smith Little, Buford, GA and Cheri Smith Davis and Dr. James G. Davis, Buford, GA; beloved step-son, Harold Smith, Flowery Branch, GA; grandchildren, Mendy Watson, Dallas, GA, Bradley Roberson, Powder Springs, GA; great grandchildren, Kanen Watson, Brooklen Southerland, Kennedy Watson; step-grandchildren, Susan Wallace, Buford, GA

            Mrs. Smith was born on April 19, 1931 in Aragon, GA.  She was a retired secretary and a 1949 graduate of Rockmart High School.  She and her husband R.L. "Red" Smith lived in Norcross and Blairsville, GA for many years.

             Graveside service was held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Buford, GA with Rev. Gerry Davis officiating.  The family received friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.  To express condolences, please sign our online guest book at www.flaniganfuneralhome.com

            Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133.


Joyce Collins Smith


JOYCE COLLINS SMITH
    Courtesy of Flanigan Funeral Home