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The North Georgia News

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September 14, 2011                   Page 16A

 

kenneth “kenny: ray beaver (sic)

 

Mr. Kenneth "Kenny" Ray Beaver, age 34, of Beaver View, Blairsville went to be with his Lord on Monday September 5, 2011 from the University of Maryland Medical center following an extended illness.  Mr. Beaver was born in Union County on December 17, 1976, the son of Hubert Beaver and Shirley Wishon Beaver.  He was a native and lifelong resident of Union County and graduated from Union County High School.  Kenny enjoyed hunting, fishing and working with his dad on the farm.  He also loved spending time and hanging out with his many friends.  Kenny was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alonzo and Edith (Allen) Beaver and Clifford (Bill) and Bertha (Burkhart) Wishon.  Kenny was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and also attended Zion Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving Kenny are his loving parents, Hubert and Shirley Beaver of Blairsville, two sisters, Sandy Griffith of Oak Harbor, WA, Lisa Beaver of Sidrowooly, WA, three brothers and one sister-in-law, Doug Beaver of Madisonville, TN, Rodney and Becky Beaver of Blairsville, Lee Beaver of Blairsville, nieces and nephews, Kristian Groberg, Valerie Griffith, Austin and Kayleigh Beaver, two great nieces, Jordan Griffith and Olivia Groberg, many other relatives and friends also survive.

A celebration of Kenny’s life was held on Sunday September 11, 2011 at 3 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the (sic) Luther Thomas and Rev. William Sisum officiating.  Special music was presented by Heather Sisum, Tammy and Brad Caylor, Misty Hooper and Julie Payne.  The following gentleman served as pallbearers, Tony and Tommy Watkins, Rod and Brian Holbrooks, Eddie Davis and Ryan England.  Interment followed in the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.  Flowers are accepted or if you wish you may make donations to Kenny’s transplant fund c/o United Community Bank in memory of Kenny.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-9 p.m.

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


Kenneth Ray Beaver


KENNETH RAY BEAVER
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elsie jordan vaughn

 

Mrs. Elsie Jordan Vaughn, of Blairsville, GA, formerly of Jonesboro, GA, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2011.  She was 81 years of age.

Elsie is survived by and will be lovingly missed by many - but especially her family: her loving husband of 60 years, Travis Vaughn, of Blairsville; son, Travis Vaughn, III, sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Susan Vaughn; Glenn and Susan Vaughn; and daughter, Evelyn Gavin; six grandchildren: Allison and Audrey Vaughn, Carey and Meredith Vaughn, Erin and Megan Noble, Erin and Michael Gavin, sisters, Katherine Lancaster, Jo French, and Sue Brewster.

Elsie, a native of Hollywood, FL, grew up from a young age in Comer, GA.  She received her BA in Mathematics from Piedmont College, where she met Travis, and where she was a member of the varsity basketball team.  She was eventually inducted into the Piedmont College Hall of Fame in the sport.  She went on to obtain a MA from Georgia State University, and eventually retired after a long career teaching math in Coweta County and Clayton County Public Schools.  She then taught math for fifteen years at Clayton State College.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro for many years, and for the past seven years had been an active member of First Baptist Church of Blairsville.

Visitation with the family was held at Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville on Wednesday evening, September 7, 2011, during the hours of 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.  Graveside services were held on Thursday, September 8, at 12 noon in Comer Cemetery with Dr. Fred Lodge officiating.

If you wish, in lieu of flowers, Mrs. Vaughn requested donations be made to the Benevolence Committee of First Baptist Church of Blairsville, P.O. Box 2058, Blairsville, Georgia 30514.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.  You may send your condolences and share fond memories with the family by visiting our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


Elsie Jordan Vaughn


ELSIE JORDAN VAUGHN
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christopher marion fortenberry

 

            Mr. Christopher Marion Fortenberry, age 37, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 at his home.  Christopher was born on September 19, 1973 in Union County, the son of Claxton and Linda Dyer Fortenberry.  Chris was always helping people who were in need.  He was a very caring person and was always dependable.  He loved dogs and horses.  Chris attended New Liberty Baptist Church.

            Surviving Christopher are his parents, Claxton and Linda Fortenberry of Blairsville, two brothers and one sister-in-law, James and Karen Fortenberry of Blairsville and David Fortenberry of Blairsville, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Danny White officiating.  Special music was presented by Merle Fortenberry.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers, Shawn Mashburn, Mark Dyer, Terry Collins, Joel Turner, Marty Rhodes and Don Garver.  The following gentlemen served as honorary pallbearers, Chris Butler, Tracy Cook and Keith Nichols.  Interment followed in the Shady Grove Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-9 p.m.

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


Christopher Marion Fortenberry


 


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jose verhoeven lusby

 

Mrs. Jose’ Verhoeven Lusby, age 87, of Union County Nursing Home Blairsville, passed away, Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at Union General Hospital after an extended illness.  Mrs. Lusby was born September 16, 1923 in Antwerpt, Belgium a daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (Houbregt) Verhoeven.  She lived in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge of WWII.  Mrs. Lusby became an American Citizen and pledged her allegiance to the United States in Yankee Stadium.  She then married her late husband, Alvin Lusby, and they lived in Palm Beach, FL for several years.  They retired and moved to Franklin, NC.  After the death of her husband she moved to Blairsville and lived in Branan Lodge for 20 years.  Mrs. Lusby was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Mrs. Lusby is survived by many friends and her Church family.

Memorial services for Mrs. Lusby were held Friday, September 9, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Liem Ngugen officiating.  In Lieu (sic) of flowers if you wish make memorial contributions to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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


Jose Verhoeven Lusby


JOSE VERHOEVEN LUSBY
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ruth johnson

Mrs. Ruth Johnson, age 84, of Golden Ridge Rd, Blairsville, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2011 at Union General Hospital following an extended illness.  Mrs. Johnson was born December 13, 1926 on Ocalla, (sic) FL.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Mac Boyles, a sister, May Neal and her husband, William Johnson.  Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother and great-great-grandmother (sic) and was a friend to many.  Mrs. Johnson was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

            Surviving Mrs. Johnson are a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Michael Lecesse of Benton, NC, granddaughter, Kimberly Leeds, grandson Rickey Jernigan, great- grandchildren, Alexandrya and Megan Leeds, Ian Jernigan, Liza and Leilah Jernigan, many other relatives and friends also survive.

No services are planned at this time.  In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Glenda Gooch House in memory of Mrs. Johnson.

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


Ruth Johnson


RUTH JOHNSON
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agnes irene jones

 

Mrs. Agnes Irene Jones, age 82, of Ralph Jones Rd., Blairsville, GA passed away on Friday September 9, 2011 at her home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Jones was born on June 26, 1929 in Fork Ridge, TN, the daughter of the late Charlie Combs and the late Rosie Allen Combs.  She was a lifelong resident of Union County.  Irene enjoyed quilting and being with her family.  She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ralph Jones in 2010, two sisters, Cleo Reason and Jeannette Smith, one brother, Albert Combs and son-in-law, Jim McCarter.  Mrs. Jones was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

Surviving Mrs. Jones are two daughters, Janice Erwin of Blairsville, GA and Lillian McCarter also of Blairsville, GA, three sons and daughters-in-laws, Bill and Jean Jones of Blairsville, GA, Donald and Bonnie Jones of Blairsville, GA and Ronald and Sheila Jones of Blairsville, GA, one sister, Lillian Dingman of Gaylesville, AL, three brothers, Lewis Combs of South Lyon, MI, Kenneth Combs of Anderson, IN, and Charlie Ray Combs of Indianapolis, IN, ten grandchildren, Nicole Queen, Jessica Hill, Jonathan Jones, Tiffany Atkins, Sheena Jones, Shauna Jones, Kile Jones, Blake Cunningham, Isaac Jones and Emily Jones, nine great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Monday Sept. 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Helton, Rev. Tony Black and Rev. Gary Rogers officiating.  Special music was presented by Phillip Thomas.  The following gentleman served as pallbearers, Jonathan Jones, Matt Queen, John Hill, Leslie Groves, Blake Cunningham, Donald Jones, Michael Ringenberg, Kile Jones and Brian Griffin.  Flowers are accepted or if you wish, the family requests donations to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church #1 Cemetery Fund.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6-9 p.m.

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


Agnes Irene Jones


AGNES IRENE JONES
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joseph c. thomas

Joseph C. Thomas, 79, of Blairsville, GA died peacefully in his home on September 7, 2011.  He died as he lived, surrounded by family and loved ones.  He was a child of the Great Depression, born October 25, 1931 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of the late Charles and Anna Thomas.  He was the oldest of three siblings.  On June 19, 1953 he married the woman of his dreams, his beloved wife, Sarah, who survives his passing.

Mr. Thomas's zest for life led him to varied interests and hobbies, from stained glass window production and wine making to line dancing.  He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman.  But his life-long affinity for children, and they for him, distinguished him.  He was a long time volunteer at Connor's Nursery in West Palm Beach, FL working with HIV infected and drug addicted infants.  He continued his ministry to children by volunteering at several other church sponsored nursery programs over the years.  Mr. Thomas was a member of First Baptist Church of Blairsville, and served in the nursery there, in the nursery, rocking the babies.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corp in the early 1950s.  After his honorable discharge, he engaged in various career pursuits including television production in New York City and as the owner of a hair salon in Pittsburgh, PA before settling on a career in the construction trades as a plasterer.  He worked in this field in both Pittsburgh and from 1972 onward, in Palm Beach County FL.  His final 15 working years were spent at The Palm Beach County School Board, retiring in 2000 to Blairsville, GA.  There he built with his own hands, two beautiful log homes and a happy life.

Besides his beloved wife of 58 years, Sarah, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Martha Thomas of Franklin, NC; his sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and Dave Richie of Bethel Park, PA; his sister-in-law, Dolly Perotti of Pittsburgh, PA; his four children and their spouses including daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Gary Thomas of Alpharetta, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Sarah Thomas, Jr. of Atlanta, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Mike Wilson of North Palm Beach, FL; and daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Scot Gregory of Laguna Beach, CA.  He is survived by eight remarkable grandsons and one exceptional granddaughter who were collectively his greatest joy.  The eldest of these grandchildren, Michael Thomas of Blairsville, GA, served as his primary caregiver as he courageously dealt with his final illness.  He is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, his remains will be cremated.  A memorial service was held Monday, September 12, 2011 at 11 a.m. at The Little Rock Chapel of First Baptist Church of Blairsville, 290 Blue Ridge Street, Blairsville, GA with Dr. Fred Lodge officiating.  Special music was presented by Mrs. Jackie Hill and Mr. Homer Payne.  Visitation with the family was held for one hour prior to the service at 10 a.m. in the historic church building.  Military Honors will be presented by North Georgia Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children's Ministry of First Baptist Church of Blairsville, P.O. Box 2058, Blairsville, GA 30514.

He lived as he died, with dignity and a love of the Lord.  May God welcome him into His presence.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville has been entrusted by the family for the arrangements.  Please send your condolences and fond memories to the family at our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


Joseph C. Thomas


JOSEPH C. THOMAS
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lucille jordan

Mrs. Lucille Jordan, age 92, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Friday, September 9, 2011 at Union General Hospital in Blairsville.  Mrs. Jordan was born Sunday, October 6, 1918.  She was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of Zebulon Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Jordan, parents, Arnold and Nellie McGaha Butt; sisters, Ruby Hyde and Juanita Kelley and brother, Sammy Butt.

Mrs. Jordan will be missed by all who knew her, but especially her family; daughters and sons-in-law, JoAnn and Farris Brown and Eloise and Kenneth Cook, all of Blairsville; sisters, Pauline Stephens, Louise Owenby, Barbara Coker and Claudine Souther, all of Blairsville and Betty Patterson of Dalton, Georgia, grandchildren, Lois Taylor, Mary Jo Johnston, Oran Cook and Kendra Cook and great grandchildren, Megan Mullins, Kayla Mullins and Emily Taylor, Stephen Brown, Christopher Jones, Candice Perez, and a great great granddaughter, Carina Martin.  Many nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jordan were held Monday, September 12, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Zebulon Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Jenkins and Rev. Ray Potts officiating.  The body was in state at the church Monday from 1:30 until 2 p.m.  Music was provided by the Zebulon Baptist Church Choir.  Interment followed in Union Memory Gardens in Blairsville.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: David Chatham, Leonard Sosebee, Neal Rusk, Kenneth Cook, Olin Hughes and Marty Ledford.  Serving as honorary escort to the family was George Coker.

The family received friends at the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, Sunday, September 11, 2011 6 - 9 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, Georgia.  You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at  www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


Lucille Jordan


LUCILLE JORDAN
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virginia booker poe

 

            Virginia Booker Poe born in Meriwether County, GA, met her husband, Jim Poe (deceased), and raised her family in Homestead, FL, now a resident of Blairsville, GA residing at the Union County Nursing Home passed away on September 11, 2011 at the age of 85.

            Survivors include a son, Sonny and his wife Jan Poe of Blairsville, daughters Debbie Dillon of Nashville, TN and Ann Poe of Blairsville; two beloved grandson, Alan Poe and his wife Linda of Kendall, FL and Chris Dillon and his wife Nikki of Panama City, FL.  She was also blessed with five great-grandchildren, James, Olivia and Helena Poe and Calie and Cadence Dillon; Sister Vrana and family, also sister-in-law Maxine Booker and family.

            Viewing will be at Mountain View Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 11 a.m. with funeral following at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to support the troops.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville I 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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james cecil tatman

 

Mr. James Cecil Tatman, 82, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011, in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.  Mr. Tatman was a member of Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church in Young Harris.  He had a love for music and played the piano, organ and baritone horn.  He had formerly been a member of the Wilmington City Marching Band.  He taught the Agape Sunday School Class at Sharp Memorial.  He served as Youth Choir Director and Methodist Youth Fellowship Counselor at various congregations in the Atlanta area.  Mr. Tatman was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Sons of Union Veterans and was proud of his service as a Civil Defense Policeman during World War II.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Zillah Tatman, brother, Ira Addicks Tatman, Jr. and sisters, Elizabeth Tatman and Jane Bornsheuer.

Mr. Tatman is survived by his family: his loving wife of 55 years, Guinnetta Mixon Tatman of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Kenneth Klase of Greensboro, NC; and G. Cecile and Ian Harwood of Conyers, GA; sons, Lewis William Tatman and Robert Wesley Tatman, both of Blairsville; brother and sister-in-law, John and Donna Tatman of Buena Park, CA; grandsons Jonathan (Jessica) Tatman, David (Lanay) Fonda, William Fonda, Christopher Tatman, Marietta Klase and Carrie Klase and great grandchildren, Keegan Tatman and Julianna Tatman.

Graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 12 p.m. from Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Campground Cemetery in Griffin, Georgia, with Rev. Darris Baker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church, designated for Elevator Fund or Pastor's Discretionary Fund; P.O. Box 66, Young Harris, Georgia 30582.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


James Cecil Tatman


JAMES CECIL TATMAN
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junior a. grizzle

 

Mr. Junior A. Grizzle, age 81, of Suches, GA died Monday, September 5, 2011 at the Northeast GA Medical Center in Gainesville, GA.  Junior was born in Marietta, GA and had lived in Suches for most of his life.  He was a retired farmer and was a member of Mt. pleasant (Hill) Baptist church #2 in Suches.  He was the son of the late Arthur and Lillian Gooch Grizzle and was also preceded in death by a son, Billy Grizzle.

Junior is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, David and Terisa Grizzle, Cumming, GA, Jeff Grizzle, Gainesville, GA, chuck and Debbie Grizzle, Suches, GA; daughter, Brenda Kenimer, Pensacola, FL; brothers, Robert Grizzle, Suches, GA, Wayne Grizzle, Marietta, GA; sisters, Virginia Anderson, Dahlonega, GA, Retha Lee, Woodstock, GA; grandchildren, Delaney Grizzle, Patricia Dills, Dusty Kenimer, great-grandchildren, Jessie Burnett and Dakota Kenimer.  A large number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were schedule for 2 PM Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at the Mt. Pleasant (Hill) Baptist Church #2 in Suches.  Rev. Evan Hughes officiated.  Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Mr. Grizzle laid in state at the church on Wednesday from 1 PM until 2 PM.

The family received friends at Banister Funeral Home in Dahlonega on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from 5 PM until 9 PM.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega is in charge of the arrangements.