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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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August 4, 2004               Page 5C

 

mrs. grovie p. grizzle

 

Mrs. Grovie P. Grizzle, age 78, native and lifelong resident of Union County, Georgia passed away Sunday, August 1, 2004 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville, GA.

Mrs. Grizzle was born in Union County on Thursday, November 26, 1925, a daughter of the late Andy W. Pickelsimer and Mary Elizabeth Payne Pickelsimer.  She was a homemaker and member of Corinth Baptist Church in Suches, GA.  Mrs. Grizzle had been preceded in death by her husband, Richard David Grizzle.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Vaughn and Kathy Grizzle of Dahlonega, GA., Walton and Kay Grizzle, also of Dahlonega, GA., Randy and Shirley Grizzle, of Blairsville, GA; five grandchildren, Haley Grizzle, Katie Cantrell, Jake Cantrell, Josh Cantrell and Jody Weaver; several nieces and nephews also survive, along with many friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville with Rev. Frank Dockery and Rev. Waymon Lovell officiating.  Special music will be presented by Voices of Praise.  The following gentlemen have been selected to serve as Pallbearers, Paul Carder, Doyle Carder, Robert Bridges, Jimmy Snider, Mike Henderson and Randy Zimmerman, Jr.  The following gentlemen were selected to serve as Honorary escort to the family, Jake Cantrell, John Cantrell, Jody Weaver and Randy Zimmerman, Sr.  Burial will be in Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhome.com.


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August 4, 2004               Page 5C

 

mrs. diane perry jones

 

Diane Perry Jones, age 59, died July 22, 2004, in Atlanta after a courageous battle with cancer.  Diane was born in Weslab, Texas, and moved to lake Wales, Florida, with her family, at age 14.  She graduated from Lake Wales High School, as Valedictorian, in 1963.  She attended Florida State University, where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, received many honors, was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities, and received a Bachelor’s degree in 1967.  After graduation, she moved to Atlanta, where she met and married the love of her life, Taylor W. Jones, in 1971.

Diane was the oldest child of John A. Perry, of Lake Wales, Florida, who predeceased her, and Virginia Mears Perry, presently of Hiawassee, Georgia.  She is also survived by her husband of 33 years, Taylor W. Jones, of Blairsville, her daughter, Allison M. Jones, of Blairsville, her sister, Michelle S. Perry of Atlanta, her brother, Jon A. Perry II, of Albany, Georgia, and several nieces and nephews.

Diane was an extraordinary lady, who will be remembered for her sense of humor, her zest for life, her gardening skills, and her ability to make friends of the many people she met.  She always remained faithful to her beliefs, including her love for the Lord.  She was a real estate agent with the family’s company, Taylor Made Properties of Blue Ridge, Georgia, but her chief focuses in life were raising her daughter and being a good wife for her husband.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, July 27, at 2 p.m., at H.M Patterson and Son Spring Hill Chapel, followed by graveside services at Arlington Memorial Park.

Courtesy of Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, GA.

 

 

 


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mr. richard harding wheeler

 

Mr. Richard Harding (better known as Junior) Wheeler, age 77, of Holbrook Place in Blairsville, GA., passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2004 in the Union General Hospital, following a brief illness.  Mr. Wheeler was born on February 9, 1927 in Fannin County, the son of the late Richard H. Wheeler, Sr., and the late Pearl Hicks Wheeler.  He was a lifelong resident of Union and Fannin counties.  He was past master and Director of Works of the Young Cane Masonic Lodge #597.  He was preceded in death by three sons, James Leonard, Larry and Gary Wheeler; two brothers, Sam and Jack Wheeler; sisters, Edna Gibson and Francis Holland; stepchildren, David, Billy, Larry Holbrook and Peggy Lawrence and by his first wife, Ester Mae Rhodes Wheeler.  Mr. Wheeler was a member and Deacon of the Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Surviving Mr. Wheeler is his loving wife of twenty one years, Edith Walker Wheeler of Blairsville; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Richard Samuel Wheeler of Blairsville, Jeffory Douglas and Diane Wheeler of Morganton; one daughter and son-in-law, Eva Susan and Anthony White of Epworth; stepchildren, Randy, Sammy and Linda Gail Holbrook of Blairsville; four sisters, Bonnie Sowers of Epworth, Irene Smith of Blairsville, Becky Woodyatt of MI., Dixie Smith of MI; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several step grandchildren; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 from the Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Vernon Davenport and Rev. Cotton Harris officiating.  Special music was presented by the Bethlehem Church Choir.  The following gentlemen served as Pallbearers, Louis Henderson, Richard Tanner, H.L. Rogers, Roy Hefner, John Harding and Larry McCollum.  Serving as Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Young Cane Masonic Lodge.  Interment followed in the Liberty Hill Methodist Church Cemetery with Young Cane Lodge conducting Masonic Rites.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville was in charge of the arrangements.


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August 4, 2004               Page 5C

 

wilton augustus burnette

 

Mr. Wilton Augustus (better known as “Shorty”) Burnette, age 63, of Berry Road in Blairsville, GA., passed away on Friday, July 30, 2004 at his home following a brief illness.  Mr. Burnette was born on march 29, 1941 in Byron, GA., the son of the late Robert Burnette and the late Flowice Phillips Burnette.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jerry King Burnette in 2000.  Mr. Burnette was a member of the East Albany Church of God.

Surviving Mr. Burnette is a daughter, Juanita D. Trumbo of Albany, GA; son, Terry Allen Burnette of Dalton, GA; three sisters, Betty Hubbard of Blairsville, Leila Asbel of Macon, GA., Patsy McDaniel of Byron, GA; seven grandchildren, Tonia Schmidt, Heather Smithwick, Kayla Phillips, Richard Phillips, Elake Trumbo, Perin Foote and Matthew Foote; five great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends also survive.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced by the family. 

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville was in charge of the arrangements.


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August 4, 2004               Page 5C

 

helen lee henderson sparks

 

Helen Lee Henderson was born in Murphy, North Carolina on January 7, 1948 to Oscar Lee and Susie Mae Hood Henderson.  The first five years of Helen’s life were spent in North Georgia.  The following eleven years were spent on Gippy Plantation in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.

Helen and her family returned home to Gum Log during her last two years of high school.  In 1966 Helen graduated from Union County High School with the double honor of being chosen as Valedictorian and Class President.

At Young Harris Junior College she met James Carlos Sparks, whom she married on July 28, 1967.  She graduated in 1970 with a History major from Berry College.

In October, 1970 a motor vehicle accident changed life forever for Helen and her family.  At that time Helen was two months pregnant and the accident left her a quadriplegic.  Helen’s hospital stay was a long one that led to the miracle birth of a healthy baby boy on May 18, 1971.  They named him for his father, James Carlos Sparks, who had been killed in the automobile accident.

Oscar and Susie cared for Helen and Jamey in their home in Gum Log.  There they had close family support and enjoyed many happy years together before Oscar was struck and killed by a car, in front of their house.

Jamey grew to become a man, married and produced a daughter whom Helen adored.

Helen authored two books; the first book, The Hope of a Gentle Miracle, the story of her life.  The second book, not yet published, is an accumulation of stories and tales from Gum Log.

Helen’s faith in God, her good sense of humor and her interest in people have touched many lives throughout her lifetime.  Although paralyzed, Helen’s life touched many people.  She was a keen observer of all around her, especially of people and their stories.

She went to her rest on July 8, 2004 at 7:15 pm surrounded by her family.

Helen Sparks is survived by her mother, Susie Mae Hood Henderson,; a son and daughter-in-law, Jamey and Terrie Sparks; brother and sister-in-law, Sheldon and Nelle Henderson; a nephew, Davy and her beloved granddaughter, Chelsea.  She was preceded in death by her father, Oscar.