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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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September 18, 2013                               Page 11A

 

rodney byron mccombs

 

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville announces funeral services for Mr. Rodney Byron McCombs, age 80, of Blairsville, GA, who passed away Friday, September 13, 2013.

            Rodney was a faithful husband and father with an unfaltering love for his family. Rodney was born August 3, 1933 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to Mildred Elizabeth Neville and Howard Mason McCombs. He grew up with one brother and sister. He was preceded in death by Eugene (Gene) McCombs. He is survived by sister Barbara Hogan, 86.

            Rodney worked a variety of part time jobs in order to work his way through college. He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in finance. He began his banking career at the Dania Bank as a file clerk. In 15 years he reached the position of Executive Vice President. At the age of 40 he was appointed President, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

            After reaching the pinnacle of success in his profession he resigned his position as President to move his family to Blairsville, GA in 1977. For years his family had visited relatives in Blairsville. When the opportunity to buy a farm in Blairsville presented itself, Rodney risked all he had achieved to move his family. He loved the mountains and believed it would be the best environment to raise his family.

            At that time with only one bank in Blairsville, there were not many opportunities, so Rodney took a position as a Vice President at the First National Bank of Habersham County in Cornelia. He made the daily commute to Habersham for four years until a group of men approached him with the proposition of opening a new bank in Blairsville.

            In 1982, First National Bank of Union County was formed and Rodney was named the President and CEO. This opportunity allowed him to fulfill his dream of serving in a small town community while raising his family. During this time Rodney served on the Union County Chamber of Commerce and the Union County Historical Society. He was a charter member of the Union County Rotary Club and served as a president of the Quarterback and Tip-Off Clubs at Union County High School. Several years after a merger of First National Bank of Union County with Century South Banks, Rodney was blessed to have the opportunity to finish out his career working at United Community Bank in Blairsville with many people he respected and knew so well.

            Rodney is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia Ann McCombs: three children, and eight grandchildren: son, Byron McCombs, married to Diane of Blairsville, GA and their children: Matthew, 24; Morgan, 22; Rhett 18, and Parker, 15; daughter, Kim Griffin, of Lawrenceville, GA, and her children: Ryan, 25; and Megan, 22; son, Howard McCombs, married to Donna, of Blairsville, GA, and their children, Mason, 11, and Mia, 10.

            Rodney loved his family and loved supporting them. He would move heaven and earth to attend his children and grandchildren's school activities and sporting events. He had an unquenchable thirst to know how and what was going on in each of their lives. While very thankful for the many years we had together, Rodney will be sorely missed by his family and loved ones who look forward to seeing him again.

            Funeral services were scheduled for Monday, September 16, 2013 at 2 p.m.at First Baptist Church of Blairsville, with Dr. Fred Lodge and Rev. Jerry Helton officiating. Music provided by Minister Terry Hooper. The following gentlemen were selected by the family to serve as pallbearers: Matthew McCombs, Rhett McCombs, Parker McCombs, Ryan Griffin, Mason McCombs, Michael Dwyer, Robert Dwyer, and Terrell McCombs. Asked to serve as honorary escort to the family are the following gentlemen: Glen Bell, Andy Williams, Hank Langsenkamp, Bill Maus, Bill Moshier, P.A. Williams, and Tom Carter. Burial was in Shady Grove Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home Sunday evening from 5 until 8 P.M.

            Flowers are gratefully accepted; however, if you prefer, donations may be made to the Woodrow Wilson Chapter 11 of Disabled American Veterans, 227 Shadow Valley Rd., Blairsville, GA 30512 or to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.          

            Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.  You may visit www.cochranfuneralhonmes.com to view obituaries and send condolences to the family.

Rodney Byron McCombs


RODNEY BYRON McCOMBS
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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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September 18, 2013                               Page 11A

 

james william (JW) potts

 

James William (JW) Potts, age 65, of White, GA passed away September 9, 2013 at Kindred Hospital in Rome, GA after an extended illness. He was born June 21, 1948, in Blairsville, GA to James and Ella Mae Queen Potts. He attended Union County School, and then he made his home in White, GA. He was employed by Kenny Brown Construction and Ricky Bryant Construction retiring after becoming disable with thirty years of service installing water pipes throughout the Metro Atlanta area.

He enjoyed life, spending time with family and friends, especially fishing with his good buddy, uncle, David Cook. Loved the Bible and what it stands for and good Gospel music, great food (loved his hot pepper) wearing overhauls like (grand paw Queen) talking of days gone by, telling tales, watching the Atlanta Braves and NASCAR. He always made friends everywhere he went, loved his family especially his Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his dad and step-mother, James and Ethel Potts of Capac, MI, step-father N.A. Cook of Sugar Hill, GA, aunts and uncles, Robert and Lavonne Potts Duncan, Edward Cook and Mary Ova Lee Cook Murphy all of Blairsville, GA; uncles and aunts, uncles and aunts, Wymer and Jean Potts of Ringgold, GA,  and Ellen Queen of Blairsville, GA, a step sister-in-law Jackie Cook of Buford, GA, several step aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his loving wife of thirty-seven years, Betty Woody Potts, daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Brandon Larmore, five granddaughters, Laurel, Anna, Emily, Rowan and Stormie, one grandson, Levi all of White, GA, mother, Ella Mae Queen Potts Cook of Sugar Hill, GA, sisters and brothers-in-law, Waymon and Patricia Lovell, Ben and Libby Burrell all of Blairsville, GA, Randall and Lawanda Titshaw of Sugar Hill, GA, half-sister and brother-in-law, Thomas and Debrah Gunn of Clinton Township, MI, half-brothers and sisters-in-law, Dwain and Tammy Potts of Yale, MI, Bobby and Rhonda Potts of Richmond, MI, step-brother Vernon Cook of Buford, GA, sister-in-law, Carolyn Smith of Jefferson, GA; brothers-in-law, Jim Woody of Middlebrook, MO, Dallas Woody of Hiram, GA, aunt and uncle Robert and Hazel Brown of Dallas, GA, step-uncle David and aunt Betty Cook of Commerce, GA, step-aunts Lucille Sissom, Annabelle Grissom, Maude Harkins, Lillyann Criswell all of GA, several nieces and nephews, many cousins.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 2013, at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Abernathy and Rev. Tommy Jones officiating. Special music by Ben, Libby and Angie Burrell. Pallbearers were Tony Ball, Bryan Burrell, Chris Cook, Kevin Cook, Stephen Lovell, Michael Monkus, Wes Penn and Travis Titshaw. Honorary pallbearers were J.M. Grizzle, Jimmy Totherow, David Cook, Vernon Cook, Larry Reid and Joe Sosebee.

Interment followed in the Queen Cemetery with Rev. Waymon Lovell officiating. Special music presented by Dancia, Katilyn and Chrissy Ball. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mountain View Funeral Home in Memory of JW to help defray funeral expense.

            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


James William Potts

JAMES WILLIAM POTTS
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September 18, 2013                               Page 11A

 

william h. cross

 

Mr. William H. Cross age 98 of Voylestown Road, Blairsville, GA, formerly of Woodbourne, NY passed away on Wednesday September 11, 2013 at the Union County Nursing Home. Mr. Cross was born on June 26, 1915 in the town of Thompson, Sullivan County New York. He was the seventh of nine children born to the late William and Grace Cross.

He was a member of the Watch Makers Guild of America and fixing or repairing clocks and watches was his greatest pleasure. He fixed everything from home made clocks to an antique clock brought to him by a representative of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, VA. Mr. Cross was also a life member of the VFW post 7394 in Blairsville, a nursing home volunteer at the Union County Nursing Home and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Union County in Blairsville, GA. He was a Veteran of WWII serving three years in the United States Army and was in the Battle of the Bulge.

 Surviving Mr. Cross is his daughter Kathleen Wiley of Blairsville, grandsons, John Wiley of Blairsville and Christopher Wiley of Torrington CR, a great granddaughter Olivia Wiley, of Milwaukie, OR, many nieces and nephews.

 Memorial services were held on Saturday September 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with Rev. Eddie Herring officiating. Members of the VFW served as honorary pallbearers.

 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 H. Cross

WILLIAM H. CROSS
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September 18, 2013                               Page 11A

 

tabitha lee pratt

 

            Mrs. Tabitha Lee Pratt age 93 of Magenta Rd., Blairsville formerly of Duluth, GA, passed away on Thursday September 12, 2013 in the Chatuge Regional Nursing Home following an extended illness. Mrs. Pratt was born on March 9, 1920 in Tallassee, AL, the daughter of the late James Butler Anderson and the late Clarke C. Holman Anderson. Mrs. Pratt had made her home in Blairsville since 2000. She loved cooking, sewing, gardening, reading and traveling. She worked hard along beside her husband for many years in their construction business. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Luke Pratt in 1999, parents, James and Clarke Anderson and also by three sisters, Eron Wilkerson, Madge Osborne and Nellie Ruth Bowman and by two brothers, Eddie and Warren Anderson. Mrs. Pratt was of the Baptist faith.

            Surviving Mrs. Anderson are three daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara Formby of Atlanta, Patti and Jack Howington of Blairsville, Becki and Len McWilliams of Ellerslie, GA, one sister, Bertha Atkins of Eclectic, AL, six grandchildren, Tim Howington, Robert Formby, Tim, Karen, Alan and Ryan McWilliams, four great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Graveside services were held on Tuesday Sept. 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. from the North Atlanta Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Len McWilliams officiating. Special music was some of Mrs. Pratt’s favorite hymns. The following gentleman served as pallbearers, Tim Howington, Tim, Alan and Ryan McWilliams, Jack Howington, L.C. Bowman and Ricky Foster. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to Calvary Christian School in Columbus, GA, or to the First Baptist Church of Blairsville Music Ministry in memory of Mrs. Pratt. Interment followed in the North Atlanta Memorial Park Cemetery where she will rest next to her beloved husband, William.

            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

           

 


 

The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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September 18, 2013                               Page 11A

 

sherman leroy mcarthur

 

Mr. Sherman Leroy McArthur, age 77, of Apache Bend, Blairsville, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2013 in the Union General Hospital following a brief illness. Mr. McArthur was born on March 19, 1936 in Ellijay, GA, the son of the late Sherman McArthur and the late Edna Pratt McArthur. He was a veteran of the US Army. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM. Sherman was a builder who was very good with his hands. He was a very generous man with all he had. He loved the water and fishing and was a huge NASCAR fan. He was a loving father, brother, uncle and grandfather. Mr. McArthur was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Mr. McArthur are his former wife, Aileen McArthur, one daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Marty Groves of Blairsville, one son, Dustin McArthur of Atlanta, one sister, Lois Anderson of Villa Rica, GA, one grand daughter, Blair and Mitchell Foster, two nieces, Lyn and Gary Easterwood, Loris and John Clos, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday September 18, 2013 at 11 a.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Gary Rogers officiating. Interment will follow in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Ellijay.  The family will meet with friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 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


Sherman Leroy McArthur

SHERMAN McARTHUR
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The North Georgia News

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September 18, 2013                               Page 11A

 

judith "judy" ann stancil

 

Mrs. Judith “Judy” Ann Stancil, age 69, of Longview Drive, Blairsville, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at her home on Friday, September 13, 2013 following an extended illness. Mrs. Stancil was born on Oct. 12, 1943 in Ann Arbor, MI, the daughter of  Carmlee Harris and the late Harry Wilson. She had owned and operated the Tropical Topics Nursery for over eight years. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her father Harry and by her loving dogs, Samantha and Sabrina. Mrs. Stancil was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Blairsville.

Surviving Mrs. Stancil are her loving husband of fifty-five years, Chuck Stancil of Blairsville, one son, Robert Stancil of Jupiter, FL, two daughters and one son-in-law, Robin and Brian Berry of Aberdeen, NC, Debbie Prior of Jupiter, FL, one brother, Jimmy Wilson of WI, three grandchildren, Paige Lee Stancil, Collin and Connor Berry, many other relatives and friends from Georgia and Florida also survive.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Tuesday Sept. 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Burgess officiating. Special music was presented by Phyllis Baker. In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Mrs. Stancil’s memory. The family met with friends on Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. at the 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


Judith Ann Stancil

JUDITH ANN STANCIL
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