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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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July 2, 2008       Page 4C

 

jerrold jason jenkins

 

            Mr. Jerrold Jason Jenkins, age 57, of Mary’s Way, Blairsville, passed away peacefully on Saturday June 28, 2008 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Jenkins was born on Dec. 21, 1950, in Chicago, IL, the son of the late William Edward Jenkins and the late Florence Marie Jason Jenkins.  He was a veteran of the US Army of the Vietnam War.  He owned and operated Jerry’s Handyman Service.  He loved NFL football.  Jerrold was kind hearted and his door was always open to anyone in need.  Mr. Jenkins was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

            Surviving Mr. Jenkins are his children, Christopher Rozell of FL, Linda Marie Jenkins of FL, earl Lee Jenkins of Alaska, Tabitha Ann Jenkins of FL, Jennifer Newell of NY< Christopher John Jenkins of Alaska, two sisters and one brother-in-law, Mary Jenkins of Blairsville, Linda and Patrick Swayne of Lawrenceville, several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 10 a.m. from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Richard Wise officiating.  The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers, Pat Swayne, Jonathan Jenkins, Brian Morrell, Stephen Smith, George Holland and O.J. Reiss.  Interment will follow in St. Clare’s Columbarium.  Military honors will be conducted by the North GA Honor Guard.

            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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July 2, 2008       Page 4C

 

john “jack” wargo, jr.

 

            Mr. John “Jack” Wargo, Jr., age 76, of Wargo Drive, Blairsville, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in the Garden View Hospital in Gulfport, MS., following a sudden illness.  Mr. Wargo was born on Oct. 14, 1931 in McKeesport, PA, of the late John V. Wargo, Sr. and the late Alma Schimpf Wargo.  He was a veteran of the US Army of the Korean War.  He retired from Gulliver Academy in Coral Gables, FL, with over twenty five years of service.  Jack was a member of the Knights of Columbus and ICL at Young Harris College.  Mr. Wargo was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

            Surviving Mr. Wargo are his loving wife, Lillie Uhl Wargo, of Blairsville, three sons and one daughter-in-law, Vincent Wargo of Blairsville, Tom Wargo of Miami, Paul and Angela Wargo, of Niceville, FL, one daughter and son in law, Beth and Richard Wright of Denver, CO, one brother and sister in law, Frank and Barbara Wargo of Melbourne, FL, four grandchildren, John and Jacob Wargo, Robert and Maggie Wright, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            A memorial service was held on Saturday June 28, 2008 at 10 a.m. from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Monsignor James Young officiating.  In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105-1942, in memory of Mr. Wargo.  The family met with friends following the services at the church.

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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July 2, 2008       Page 5C

 

randy william ratliff

 

            Mr. Randy William Ratliff Jr., age 41, of Brookhaven Drive, Blairsville passed away on Sunday June 22, 2008 from a drowning accident.  Mr. Ratliff was born on April 25, 1967in Hardinsburg, KY, the son of Randy William Ratliff, Sr. and Lois Arlene Triplett Ratliff.  Randy loved being outdoors and enjoyed being with his family.  He was a loving husband, father, son and brother and will be greatly missed by all.  Mr. Ratliff was of the Catholic faith.

            Surviving Randy are his wife, Dawn Phillips Ratliff, of KY, two children, Amanda Ratliff of Brasstown, NC, Kaylee Ratliff of KY, parents Randy and Lois Ratliff of Blairsville, three sisters and two brothers in law, Darlene and Tony Masterson of Irvington, KY, Ginny and Jeff Dowell of Brandenburg, KY, Rhonda Ratliff of Atlanta, two brothers, Paul Ratliff of Atlanta, Shawn Ratliff of Blairsville, and many other relatives and friends also survive.

            A memorial service was held on Wednesday June 25, 2008 at 4 p.m. form the Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stacy Dyer officiating.  The family met with friends following the services at the funeral home.

            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

           
NOTE:  There were previous articles in The North Georgia News regarding the search of Mr. Ratliff before the body was found.


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July 2, 2008       Page 5C

 

charles henry michael III

 

            Mr. Charles Henry Michael III, age 64, of Old Embers Rd., Blairsville, passed away on Wednesday June 25, 2008 in St. Josephs Hospital following an extended illness.  Mr. Michael was born on Dec. 1, 1943 in Tularosa, NM, the son of the late Charles Henry Michael, Jr. and the late Evelyn brasher Michael.  Charles retired from the Pinellas Par Fire Department after thirty two years of service.  He was a member of the Elks Club, the I.A.F.F. Union and the Firefighters Breakfast Club.  He loved the outdoors, playing golf, building things and jewelry making.  He especially loved his grandchildren and Christmas.  Charles was preceded in death by tow brothers John and Ed Michael.  Rm. Michael was of the Baptist faith.

            Surviving Mr. Michael are his loving wife, Barbara Felzer Michael of Blairsville, six children, Charles Henry Michael IV and Sharon of Clearwater, FL, mark and Terri Michael of Pinellas Park, FL, Lance and Alicia Michael of Clearwater, FL, John and Susie Haffner of Daytona beach, FL, Jacki and Doug Twitty of Tampa, FL, Gina Scarpetta of largo, FL, one sister, Michelle Dehart of Sarasota, FL, two sisters in law, Carol Michael of Newport Ritchie, FL, Donna Winkler of Blairsville, several cousins, nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            A memorial service was held on Saturday June 28, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain view Funeral Home Chapel with Father George Clouster officiating.  IN lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials my be made to Shands Lung Transplant Assistance Fund, PO Box 100223, Gainesville, FL, 32610 in memory of Mr. Michael.  The family met with friends following the services.   

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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July 2, 2008       Page 5C

 

shirley gay lyle

 

            Mrs. Shirley Gay Lyle, age 85, of Wesley Mtn. Drive, Blairsville, passed away on Monday June 23, 2008 in the Chatuge Regional Nursing Home following a brief illness.  Mrs. Lyle was born on Feb. 1, 1923 in Pittsburg, KS, the daughter of the late Edward Winter Gay and the late Anna Alice Elsing Gay.  Shirley loved animals.  She was a very creative person and enjoyed painting, making jewelry, and candle making.  Late in life, she started a massage therapy practice and was in business for over thirty years.  Shirley had a joy for living.  Mrs. Lyle was a member of the Unity Church.

            Surviving Mrs. Lyle are one daughter and son in law, Lisa and Bradley Waggoner of Murphy, NC, a niece, Bobbie Sue Bagnell of Garden City, KS, a host of friends at Branan Lodge, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Services will be held at the home of Lisa and Brad Waggoner on Saturday, July 26 at 4 p.m.  IN lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Valley River Humane Society of Murphy, NC in memory of Mrs. Lyle.

            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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July 2, 2008       Page 5C

 

stephen “steve” bertsel earnst

 

            Stephen “Steve” Bertsel Earnst, age 58, of Suches, GA, died Monday, Junes 23, 2008 at his resident.

            Steve was born in Fulton County, GA, had lived in Atlanta for several years and in Florida for 20 years, before moving to Suches 10 years ago.  He was an Air Force veteran.

            He was preceded in death by his parents, Bertsel and Alberta Bridges Earnst.  He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Frankie Earnst of Charleston, SC, nephews Brad and Daniel Earnst, and a special friend, Joel Gooch.

            Graveside services for Mr. Earnst were held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Sugar Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Suches.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega is in charge of arrangements.


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July 2, 2008       Page 5C

 

john ralph ericson

 

            Mr. John Ralph Ericson age 42, of Blairsville, formerly of Lakeland, FL, passed away on Friday, June 27, 2007 from injuries received from a motorcycle accident.  Mr. Ericson was born on Nov. 24, 1965 in Hartford, CT, the son of Ralph Ericson and Eleanor Capetta Ericson.  John was an outdoorsman and loved riding motorcycles.  He also was a self-taught guitarist.  Mr. Ericson was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving Mr. Ericson are his parents, Ralph and Eleanor Ericson of Lakeland, FL, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Eddy and Chris Ericson of Irwin, PA, Jim and Ruth Ericson of Lakeland, FL, one sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Gary DaBelko of palm Coast, FL, uncle, John Captetto of Hartford, CT, aunt, Rose Faiola of Lakeland, close friends and extended family, Steven, Sue Ellen, Kyle and Madison Morlock of Blairsville, several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            A memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Mr. Ericson’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

 

NOTE:  Additional story North Georgia News, July 2, 2008 front page and page 3A  Union has five deaths with some unusual circumstances”

           


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July 2, 2008       Page 5C

 

michael christopher west

 

            Mr. Michael Christopher West, age 42 of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 26, 2008.  Mr. West was born Friday, July 9, 1965 in Fulton County, Georgia, to Robert M. West and Linda Gunter West.  Mr. West was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and had lived in Blairsville since 2003, moving here from Conyers, Georgia.  He was of the Presbyterian faith.  Coach West was a teacher at Union County High School, and Union County High School coach for Girls Basketball and the Head Coach of Union County High School Boys Soccer.

            Surviving family members include: wife, Jeanna West and sons, Christopher Andrew West and Michael Clayton West of Blairsville; father, Robert M. West of West Palm beach, Florida; mother and step-father, Linda and Wayne Angel of Decatur, Georgia; sister, Wendy Smith of Gainesville, Georgia; brother, Andrew L. West of Cumming, Georgia; sister, Jenny-Lind Angel of Decatur; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Hicks West of Westminster, Colorado and mother-0in-Law, Leonila Chavez of Blairsville.  Many other relatives and a host of friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held Monday, June 20, 2008 at 2:00 PM from the First Baptist Church Of Blairsville with the Rev. Bob Crowe and Minister Terry Stuart officiating.  Music was provided by Mrs. Elizabeth Plott.  Serving as pallbearers were the following gentlemen: Dave Smith, Andrew L. West, Earl Sullivan, Chris Dyer, Rick Thomas and Kyle Thomas.  Honorary escort to the family included members of the Union County High School Girls’ Basketball Team, Boys Soccer Team and former Newton County Girls Basketball Team members.  Burial was in Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  Military honors were presented by North Georgia Honor Guard.

            The family received friends at the funeral home from 5-11, Sunday, June 29.

            The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to a fund established at United Community Bank for the benefit of Coach West’s children.

            Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home – Blairsville Chapel.  Family and friends are requested to view Coach West’s video tribute, send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at  www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com

 

NOTE:  North Georgia News, July 2, 2008 front page “Community mourns death of Coach West”

 

Additional story North Georgia News, July 2, 2008 front page and page 3A  Union has five deaths with some unusual circumstances”

 


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July 2, 2008       Page 5C

 

betty borman

 

            Mrs. Betty Borman, age 87, of Blairsville, Georgia, formerly of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2008 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.  Mrs. Borman was born Tuesday, may 3, 1921, in Emanuel County, Georgia, a daughter of the late John Robert Wallace and Vannie Mae Akeridge Wallace.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane Borman.  Mrs. Borman had been living in Blairsville for the past 3 months, moving here from Jacksonville.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, where she had been active in the women’s organizations within the church.

            Surviving family members include daughter, Gloria Grimmer, of Huntington Beach, California; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and James Blitchington, of Blairsville; and grandchildren: Carol Haymond, Tina Tobon, Cindy Davis, and Karen Baudet; great grandchildren: Tyler Davis, and Evan and Emily Haymond.

            Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. from the Coosa United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Steve Midkiff officiating.  The following gentlemen have been selected to serve as pallbearers:  Jack Butler, Paul Little, George Upchurch, Ed Cook, Ron Moss, and Tyler Davis.  Interment  will follow in Coosa United Methodist Church Cemetery.

            Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home-Blairsville Chapel.  Family and friends are invited to condolences to the family and sign the guest register www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com


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July 2, 2008       Page 5C

 

inda helton evans

 

            Mrs. Inda Helton Evans, age 81, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2008 at Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.  Mrs. Evans was born Thursday, October 21, 1926 in White County, GA to the late Jake Helton and the late Alice Seabolt Helton.  Mrs. Evans was a lifelong resident of this area.  She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and was preceded in death by brothers: Gus, Wiley, Newman, Harley and Herschel Helton; and a sister, Lavada Helton.

            Survivors include her husband, Richard Evans of Blairsville; son, J.W. Jones; son & daughter-in-law, Paul and Kay Jones; daughter & son-in-law, Carol and Harold King; sister, Lillie Warren, all of Blairsville; brother, Roy Helton of Cleveland, GA; grandchildren: Stacy Jones, Gina Jones and Dallas Jones; great grandchildren, Tyler Crockett, Matthew Jones and Emily Jones.

            Funeral services were held Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Garrett and Rev. Ray Potts officiating.  Music was provided by Ruth Bramlett.     Interment followed in Mr. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were the following gentlemen: Grady Jones, Charles Totherow, J.E. Corn, Jerry Everett, Harland Underwood and Harold King.  The family received friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 21.  If you wish to make memorial contributions in honor of Mrs. Evans, the family suggests that donations may be made to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.  Interment  followed in

            Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home-Blairsville Chapel.

Friends and family may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com