Search billions of records on Ancestry.com

The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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

 

 

August 22, 2012                         Page 15A

 

wilma louise herren

 

            Mrs. Wilma Louise Herren, age 85, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Monday evening, August 13, 2012 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.

            Mrs. Herren was born on Sunday, December 26, 1926, in Coffee Springs, AL, a daughter of the late Brady Myers and Lucille Mott Myers. She had been living in Blairsville since 2008, moving here from Albany, GA. Mrs. Herren grew up on a farm in Alabama, raising food crops. Louise had a true servant's heart, and helped to raise over 20 foster children, and worked as a nurse's aide at West Georgia Medical Center. All of her family was spoiled by her cooking, and she was well-known for her collection of hats! Louise was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church in Blairsville, and Thomas Memorial Baptist in Albany. Her husband, Alton Joe Herren, passed away in 2000; and a son, Everett Deloy Herren also preceded her in death. A brother, Travis Myers, has also preceded her in death.

            Louise was dearly loved and will be greatly missed, especially by her family: daughter and son-in-law, Myra A. Duffey and Claude W. Duffey; sisters: Betty Hudson, Jeanette McEachin, and Joyce Watson; grandchildren: Brian Anthony Duffey, Joel W. Duffey, Paul A. Duffey, and Pamela D. Shook. Thirteen grandchildren also survive.

            Graveside services were held on Friday, August 17, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Crown Hill Cemetery in Albany, where she was laid to rest beside her husband, Alton.  Rev. Wallace Willis officiated the service. Special music was presented by Claude Duffey and Jerry McEachin. The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Brian Duffey, Joel Duffey, Justin Duffey, Kolby Duffey, Winston Herren, and Vincent Herren.

            Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville. Please sign the guest registry and share your condolences with the family on our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.        


Wilma Louise Herren


WILMA LOUISE HERREN
  Courtesy of Cochran Funeral Home

 

           

 

 

The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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

 

 

August 22, 2012                         Page 15A

 

joann marvel

 

            JoAnn Marvel, loving and devoted mother and grandmother, deceased; parents: William Edgar Vinson, Chrystan B. Vinson, survivors: son and daughter-in-law: Terry S. Marvel and Faith Ng Marvel, of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; daughter and son-in-law: Kelly L. Heilig and Jeffery W. Heilig, of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; daughter: Dawn M. Ledesma, of Blairsville, GA; son and daughter-in-law: Robby A. Marvel and Jolanta Marvel, of San Marcos, CA.; grandchildren: her pride and joys: Cristina R. Ledesma, Sydney N. Heilig, Joshua A. Marvel, Jacob W. Heilig, Caitlyn R. Ledesma, Cayla R. Ledesma, Jillian S. Marvel, and Maksymilian S. Marvel; brothers and sisters-in-law: Donald E. Vinson and Marlene Vinson, of Murphy, NC; Daniel Vinson and Rachel Vinson, of Murphy, NC; sisters: Patricia Ann Vinson and Mary Louise Vinson, of Newport, VT.

             "SnoJo" (as her mother called her) was born October 6, 1939 in Orlando, FL to the late William Edgar Vinson and Chrystan B. Vinson. JoAnn graduated from William R. Boone High School in 1957. After graduation she helped support her family by working as a switch board operator for General Telephone (she patched a call once for Dennis Weaver – which was a big thrill for her). She married in 1963. For the next eight years her family grew by 4. She was happy to finally have children of her own. The family moved from Florida to California in 1975 due to her husband being transferred (he worked for Honeywell). While her kids were growing up, she realized an unmet life goal and enrolled in a community college where she earned a Registered Nursing degree, with a near 4.0 GPA. She worked as a RN at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, CA for many years. JoAnn enjoyed camping, road trips (like the Blue Ridge Parkway), and vacationing in Hawaii. In 1989 JoAnn followed her husband to Holland on a temporary work assignment. While there she traveled to many European countries such as: Germany, England, Russia, Scotland, and many others. She so enjoyed traveling and seeing new places. Her other interests were craft-making, working in her yard, and collecting recipes. However, by far her favorite pastime was going to the Disney parks with her family. Many a Christmas Eve was spent at Disneyland with her family. It was always about being with family that made her the happiest. She moved to Blairsville, GA, in 2005 with her daughter and three granddaughters to escape the big cities (she loved the trees and the country living) and to be closer to her two brothers who both live in Murphy, NC.

            JoAnn believed that nothing can ever take the place of family, not money or anything else (her words). She was very proud of the accomplishments of her children, which she held in high regard. They were all very dear to her heart.

            When her grandchildren come along she showered them with love and enjoyed helping take care of each of them. Of course she spoiled them just like all good grandma’s do.

            To all her children, grandchildren, family, and friends she wanted you to know that she loved you and wishes you only the best. She leaves you with the following poem: Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.

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

JoAnn Marvel

JOANN MARVEL
    Courtesy of Mountain View Funeral Home




           

The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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

 

 

August 22, 2012                         Page 15A

 

thomas lee bird

 

            Mr. Thomas Lee Bird, age 66, of Shore Acres, Blairsville passed away Friday, August 17, 2012 in Union General Hospital following a brief illness. "TBIRD" was born May 23, 1946 in Blue Island, IL, and moved to Blairsville 2 years ago from Atlanta. TBIRD was a Christian, as well as a US Air Force Vietnam veteran. In addition, he was a beloved, retired teacher of the Dekalb School System. TBIRD will be missed for his professional advice giving and patriotism, and will best be remembered for his love of motorcycling, bowling, and all things action packed.

            Survivors include his fiancée, Gayle Porster, of Atlanta, his mother, Dorothy McIntyre of Terre Haute, IN, and his children, Niki and Aaron Baker of Atlanta, Elizabeth and Andy McDonald of Cumming, GA, Thomas Bird and his fiancée, Corey Tost of Atlanta.

            Memorial services will be held Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the McDonald Residence, 7665 Austin Harbor Dr., Cumming, GA. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donation be to your local D.A.V.

            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 online at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com


Thomas Lee Bird
Thomas Lee Bird

           

 

THOMAS LEE BIRD
    Courtesy of Mountain View Funeral Home