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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA 30512

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August 29, 2012                                 Page 16A

 

berniece alexander gibson

 

           Mrs. Berniece Alexander Gibson, age 90, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Sunday morning, August 19, 2012 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville. Mrs. Gibson was born in Blairsville, on Tuesday, March 7, 1922, a daughter of the late Ed Alexander and the late Hattie Alice Hunter Alexander. She was a homemaker and had been preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Ralph William Gibson, Sr. She was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church in Blairsville. Besides her parents and her husband, Mrs. Berniece was preceded in death by other family members: brothers: Hoyt, Tommie, and Jimmy Alexander; great granddaughter, Lauren Grace Elliott Miller and infant great grandson, Matthew Jake Gibson; and aunt, Dora Hunter Spiva.

           Mrs. Gibson will be fondly remembered by many, and especially missed by her loving family: children and their spouses: Clarence Edward Gibson, Sr, and Wanda Gibson, of Blairsville; Hattie Ruth Harkins Thompson and William Thompson, of Alto, GA; Patricia Ann Gibson Elliott and J.D. Elliott, of Gainesville; and Ralph William Gibson, Jr., of Blairsville; sister-in-law, Thelma Gibson McClure, of Hayesville, NC; brother-in-law, Leonard Gibson, of Hiawassee, GA; and sister-in-law, Martha Alexander, of Blairsville; twenty-one grandchildren, forty-four great grandchildren, and fourteen great great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and many friends also survive.

           Funeral services for Mrs. Gibson were held on Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home, with Dr. Don Pruitt, and Rev. Danny White officiating. Special music was presented by Calvin Collins. The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Scott Gibson, Mike Elliott, Jonathan Elliott, Shawn Gibson, Michael Harkins, and Edward Gibson. Serving as Honorary Escort to the family was Tracy Elliott, Terry Elliott, Jeff Elliott, Sam Gibson, and Carson Elliott Miller. Burial was in New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home was held on Tuesday evening, August 21, 2012, from 5 until 9 p.m.

           Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville. You may share your condolences with the family and view Mrs. Gibson's life tribute video on our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.    

Berniece Alexander Gibson

BERNIECE ALEXANDER GIBSON
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larry southerland

 

           Mr. Larry (better known as Joe) Southerland age 55 of Crescent Rd., Blairsville passed away on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 at his home following an extended illness. Mr. Southerland was born on June 28, 1957 in Hiawassee, GA, the son of the late Grapelle Brown and J.P. Southerland. Joe was a lifelong resident of Union County. He always enjoyed being outdoors. He was a loving son, father, brother and grandfather. Joe was of the Baptist faith.

           Surviving Mr. Southerland are three children, Joanna and Bryan Martin of Dahlonega, Stacye Bishop of Marietta, Michael Gardner of Canton, father, J.P. Southerland and step mother, Beulah Davis of Blairsville, four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Jim and Jackie Southerland of Marietta, GA, Larry and Glenda Davis of Blairsville, Michael and Tina Davis of Dahlonega, Ben Hope of Blairsville, one sister, Glenda Jones of Blairsville, seven grandchildren, Braxton, Hunter, Payton and Summer Martin, Brook Allen, Brianna Noel and Aaron Cox, several nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

           A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced. Interment will follow in the Owltown Church of God Cemetery. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made help defray expenses.

           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.mountainviewfuenralhome.com


Larry Southerland

LARRY SOUTHERLAND
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ruby pearl brown sexton

 

           Mrs. Ruby Pearl Brown Sexton, age 82, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Saturday evening, August 18, 2012 in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville. Mrs. Sexton was born in Blairsville, on Monday, March 3, 1930, a daughter of the late Henry Brown and Collesta Thomason Brown. She was a lifelong resident of Blairsville, and a member of Mountain Grace Baptist Church in Young Harris, GA. Ruby was a homemaker, and also worked at a dress factory; she was an excellent seamstress. Mrs. Sexton was a dedicated church worker and enjoyed convention singings. Besides her parents, she had been preceded in death by two sisters: Cleo Hooper and Ellen Collins; and eight brothers: Elbert Brown, Lewis Brown, Paul Brown, Harmon Brown, Emory Brown, Clayton Brown, Barney Brown, and Homer Brown.

           A wonderful mother and grandmother, Mrs. Sexton will be lovingly remembered by many, but especially her family: her loving husband of 64 years, Everett, of Blairsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Richard Morgan; Brenda and Herman Garrett; and Kathy and Kyle Moss, all of Blairsville; sisters: Connie Galloway of Gastonia, NC; Frankie Dunaway, of Rockmart, GA; and Ethel Self, of Columbia, SC; eight grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren also survive.

           Funeral services for Mrs. Sexton were held on Tuesday, August 21st, at 3 p.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, with Rev. Denny Moss and Rev. Dewey Cox officiating. Special music was presented by the Denny Moss Family. The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jody Moss, Wesley Garrett, Justin Moss, Travis Morgan, Zachary Coker, and Evan Jaco. Burial was in Mountain Grace Baptist Church Cemetery in Hayesville, NC.

           Visitation at the funeral home was held on Monday evening, August 20, 2012, between the hours of 6 until 9 p.m.

           Arrangements entrusted by the family to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville. Please share your condolences with the family and view Mrs. Sexton's life tribute on our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

Ruby Pearl Brown Sexton

   
 RUBY PEARL BROWN SEXTON
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william rocco smith

 

           Mr. William Rocco Smith age 76 of Hoover Rd., Blairsville passed away on Thursday Aug. 23, 2012 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness. Mr. Smith was born on July 22, 1936 in Unionville, NY, the son of the late Howard Eber Smith and the late Theresa Petito Smith. Mr. Smith was a veteran of the US Army of the Korean War. He was a loving father, brother and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family, which was his life. He loved watching TV, eating and living life to its fullest. He was preceded in death by his wife, Prudence Martin Smith in 1985, a son, Rocco William Smith in 2001, two brothers, Howard and Tommy Smith and one sister, Lorraine Olah. Mr. Smith was of the Catholic faith.

           Surviving Mr. Smith are two daughters, Toni Wasko of Blairsville, Melanie Rich of Blairsville, one son, Billy Smith of CA, seven brothers, Robert, George, John, Jim, Donald, Danny and David Smith, three sisters, Teresa Labado, Ann Brussells, Joan Witkowski, grandchildren, Kaley, Mikayla, Matthew, Lauren and Jordan, many other relatives and friends also survive.

           A celebration of life service will be held on Friday August 31, 2012 at 7 p.m. from Brasstown Valley Resort. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to Regency Hospice of Hiawassee in Mr. Smith’s memory.

           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


William Rocco Smith

WILLIAM ROCCO SMITH
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mari a. bloom

 

           Mrs. Mari A. Bloom, age 72, of Blairsville, GA, formerly of Denver, CO and Washington, D.C., passed away on Monday, August 20, 012 after a courageous and lengthy battle with ovarian cancer.

           Mari was born in Soux City, IA on September 12, 1940. Mari was retired from a successful career as a comptroller in several large companies in Denver and in Washington, D.C.

           Surviving Mrs. Bloom are her daughter, Janet Bloom, of Blairsville, GA; her mother, Mrs. LaNeel Pierce of Las Vegas, NM, her grandchildren, Ava Nicole Gormley and Peirce Robert Gormley of Charlotte, NC, and her brother, Michael Pierce and his wife Jackie of Ridgecrest, CA.

           Mari was pre-deceased by her husband and best friend for 48 years, Edward William Bloom of Blairsville; she was also pre-deceased by her brother, Leon Joseph Pierce, during the Vietnam War.

           Mari is also survived by other relatives and friends, her PEO sisters, and her wonderful friends from the First Baptist Church. Also missing her love and kindness is her “best buddy”, her Maltese “Bo”.

           Mari was an active member and Sunday School teacher at the First Baptist Church of Blairsville.

Services were held on Saturday, August 25, 2012 from the First Baptist Church Rock Chapel at 2 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mari’s name may be made to: Shriners Children Hospital, c/o Appalachian Shrine Club, P.O. Box 2116, Blairsville, GA 30514 or First Baptist Church, PO Box 2058, Blairsville, GA 30514, Attn. Dr. Fred Lodge, Pastor.

Mountain View Funeral Home will be in charge of the services, you may leave condolences and sign our guest book online at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com

Mari A. Bloom
  
MARI A. BLOOM
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patricia louise howard

 

           Patricia Louise Howard, 66, passed away in her home on August 21, 2012 following an extended illness. She was born on June 21, 1946 in Beacon, NY and has lived in Blairsville, GA since 1996. She was the only daughter of Lewis and Marion Wood, both preceding her in death. Also preceding her, her granddaughter Patricia Maria Howard.

           Patricia was dedicated to those she loved and always gave support and care to all those around her. She loved to cook, was avid reader and shopper, and was completely devoted to the animals she cared for. She had a unique prospective on life and was always willing to share it with anyone who took the time to listen. She was a fighter, instilling in those around her, especially her children, with a strong sense of self. Her guidance and example gave her children and those close to her the ability to deal with adversity with great strength and courage.

Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Richard Lee Howard, son & daughter-in-Law John & Toni Jo Howard, daughter Kathleen Howard, daughter Deborah Howard, son and daughter-in-law Robert & Misty Howard, grandchildren David, Caitlin, & Caleb, brother and sister-in-law Donald & Susan Wood, sister-in-law and husband Betty & Edward Zelinsky, nieces Cassandra, Victoria, Joni, Jill, Victoria; nephew Christopher, and step-grandchildren Danielle, Timothy, & Ariel. Special friends and family include Sandra Mills, Irene Hince, Sue Cuccia, Brenda Lycan, Helene Moerlins & Jessica Pierce along with many, many others.

Funeral services were held at Mountain View Funeral Home on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 3 p.m. The family received friends from 12 until the time of the funeral. Deacon John Paul McGuire officiated. The family requests in lieu of flowers that individuals donate to their local area Hospice services.

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

            

 

            

 

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jeffery lynn lauver

 

           Mr. Jeffery Lynn Lauver age 44 passed away on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at his home. Mr. Lauver was born on April 28, 1968 in Altoona, PA, the son of Phyllis Ann Dougherty Lauver and the late Kenneth Lauver. Jeffery loved to fish and hunt and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a loving son, father, brother and grandfather. Mr. Lauver was of the Baptist faith.

           Surviving Mr. Lauver are his mother, Phyllis Lauver of Blairsville, two daughters, Darlene Meyers of Indiana, Lindsey Franklin of Millvale, PA., one sister and brother-in-law, April and Gabino Jimenez of Blairsville, two brothers, Kenneth Lauver Jr. of Blairsville, Donnie Lauver of Woodstock, VA, three grandchildren, Konner Franklin, Angel and Brittany Gochenour, 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 American Cancer Society or to the Diabetes Foundation in memory of Jeffery.

           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.mountainviewfuenralhome.com

            

 

            

 

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david lee wood

 

           Mr. David Lee Wood, age 31, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Thursday morning, August 23, 2012 in Kindred Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.

           David was born in Gainesville, GA, on July 24, 1981, a son of Betty Brown Cruse and the late Bill Wood. He was a lifelong resident of this area and a member of Owltown Church of God.

           Surviving family members include his mother, Betty Cruse, of Blairsville; step-father, Robert Cruse, of Ellijay, GA; brother, Jesse Cruse of Blue Ridge, GA; sister, Eloise Shumake, of Blue Ridge; step-brother, Anthony Cruse; step-sister, Lori Patterson; step-sister, Lisa Odom; all of Blairsville; grandmother, Lula Payne and great grandmother, Mary Seabolt, all of Blairsville.

           Graveside services were held on Friday morning at 10:30 a.m., August 24th, at Owltown Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Tommy Jones officiating. The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: John Jackson, Jesse Cruse, Cody Hughes, Timmy Harkins, and Jeff Holder.

           Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville. Please sign the guest registry on our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

David Lee Wood

DAVID LEE WOOD
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