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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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June 24, 1998                Page 7B

 

mr. john h. thomas

 

            Mr. John H. Thomas, age 77, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Monday, June 8, 1998 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

            Mr. Thomas was born in Towns County, Georgia, on Wednesday, November 17, 1920, a son of the late Ed Thomas and Fannie Cl0er Thomas.  He was a US Navy Veteran of World War II, and had served in the 93rd Seabees.  Mr. Thomas was a lifelong resident of this area and was a member of Zebulon Baptist Church, a member of Allegheny Masonic Lodge, #114, F&AM; and a member of the DAV, The American Legion, and the VFW.  He owned and operated City Barber Shop in Blairsville until his retirement.  Mr. Thomas was also a retired Baptist minister.

            Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Lena Mae Thomas, of the home; daughter and son in law, Barbara and Randall Edwards of Alpharetta, GA; son and daughter in law, James A. and Sharon Thomas of Lawrenceville, GA; daughter and son in law Byrdene and Bill Wilson  of Douglasville; son and daughter in law, Robert and Dorothy Thomas, of Dawsonville; daughter and son in law, Rebecca and Kenneth Dyer, of Blairsville; and daughter, Robin Thomas, of Alpharetta; 6 sisters: Vina Cook, Thelma Coker, Paulina Collins, Irene Collins, Flora Collins, and Mae Penland, all of Blairsville; brother in law, Medison Penland, of Blairsville; brother, Nathan Thomas, of Alabama; 5 grandchildren: Matthew Dyer, of Blairsville; Meredith Thomas, of Lilburn; Airman 2nd Class Thomas Scoot Edwards, of Okinawa, Japan; Allison Thomas, of Dawsonville; James Andrew Thomas II, of Lilburn; many nieces and nephews also survive.

            Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 10, 1998 at 2 p.m. from Zebulon Baptist Church with Reverend Hughes Chatham, and Reverend Guy Gradley officiating.  Special music was presented by R. Terry Hooper.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers:  Andrew Thomas, Kenneth Dyer, E.L. Cook, Matthew Dyer, Leon Davenport, and Rick Volker.  Interment was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery, with military honors by North Georgia Honor Guard.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements. 


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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

 

 

June 24, 1998                Page 7B

 

mr. guy water spiva

 

            Mr. Guy Water Spiva, age 75, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 1998, in Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.

Mr. Spiva was born in Union County, GA on February 28, 1923, a son of the late Guy Cook Spiva and Bessie Duckworth Spiva.  He was a World War II Army veteran.  Mr. Spiva was a member of the North Georgia Honor Guard, The American Legion, The VFW, The AMVETS, Forest Park Masonic Lodge #399, and the Grand Chapter of GA R.A.M., Forest Park, #75.  Mr. Spiva was of the Baptist faith.

            Surviving are his wife, Virginia Keen Spiva, of the home; daughters: Jennifer Rainwater of Roswell; Kristie Payne of Jasper; Anita “Cricket” Spiva of Blairsville; and Angie Thomas of Ellijay; sons: Keith Spiva of Woodstock, and warren Long of Marietta; sister: Dorothy Spiva of Savannah; brothers: Ulric and Leon Spiva of Blairsville; John Spiva of Canton; Paul Spiva of Savannah, and Larry Spiva of Jasper; four granddaughters and seven grandsons also survive.

            Funeral services were held Friday, June 19, 1998, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with rev. Willis Garrett and Rev. James Thomas officiating.  Special music was presented by Ken and Elaine Young.  Nephews served as pallbearers: Gene Spiva, Dickey Carisle, Robert Spiva, Randy Spiva, David Phillips, and Church Martin.  Interment was in Shady Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, with military honors presented by North Georgia Honor Guard. 

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was in charge of arrangements. 


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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

 

 

June 24, 1998                Page 7B

 

mrs. sara louise james

 

            Mrs. Sara Louise James, age 76, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at her home.

Mrs. James was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on July 24, 1921, a daughter of the late William A. Whitnum and Isabelle Hoffman Whitnum.  Mrs. James had lived in Blairsville for the past five years, coming here from Lake Worth, Florida.  She was a retired secretary for an auto parts company.

            Surviving are her husband, Norman James; sons, Robert Leslie James of Annapolis, Maryland and William Frederick James of Tallahassee, Florida; daughter, Susan Carole Lyle of West Palm Beach, Florida; sisters, Donna Ryerse of Port Dover, Ontario and Doris Mersbach of Saugatuck, Michigan; five grandchildren: Karl James, Kimberley Blanton, James Lyle, Matthew James, and Ashley James.  One great-grandson, Garrett Blanton, also survives.

            The family gathered with friends on Friday, June 19, 1998 from 6-9 p.m. at Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of arrangements.