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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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October 9, 2002             Page 6B

 

mrs. hermia f. “sam” ellis steward

 

Mrs. Hermia F. “Sam” Ellis Steward, age 87, of Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2002.

Mrs. Steward was born in Rangeley, Maine, on Monday, November 30, 1914, a daughter of the late Lynwood Ellis and Marion Oakes Ellis.  Mrs. Steward was a graduate of Rangeley High School and Bliss College of Auburn, Maine.  She was a Pythian Sister, and a member of The American Legion Auxiliary, and an honorary member of Union General Hospital Auxiliary.  Mrs. Steward had been a Certified Tax Assessor of Maine, and served as the first assessor for Dallas Plantation, where she was a prior residents.  She was employed at the U.S. Post Office in Rangeley, Maine, and also was a school bus driver for many years for the children of Dallas Plantation.  Mrs. Steward was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Beal Steward.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Frances and David Copp, of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Mickey and Paul “Oz” Field of Blairsville; son, Al Steward of Lowell, Massachusetts; grandchildren and their spouses, Susan and James Buchanan, Mikal and Auralee Copp, Johnny and Dawn Field, David and Denise Steward, Doug Steward, Valerie Field; four sisters, Christine Davis of Auburn, ME, Marie Aho of Templeton, MA, Estella Sziymicik, of Otta River, MA; Greta Pratt of Weld, ME; two brothers, Harry Ellis of new Vinard, ME and Paul Ellis of Rangeley, ME; seven great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren also survive.

Memorial services will be held in Evergreen Cemetery of Rangeley, Maine on Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 10 am.  A reception, graciously sponsored by the members of the church, will follow the services and be held in the undercrofts of The Church of The Good Shepherd.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union General Hospital Auxiliary, 214 Hospital Circle, Blairsville, GA 30512, where Mrs. Steward had served so faithfully.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville entrusted with the arrangements.


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October 9, 2002             Page 6B

 

doris elizabeth ray griggs

 

Mrs. Doris Elizabeth Ray Griggs, age 65, of Doris Drive, Blairsville, passed away on Friday, Oct 4, 2002 in the Union General Hospital following a brief illness.  Mrs. Griggs was born on Nov. 14, 1936 in Logan, WV, the daughter of the late William (better known as Memphis) Ray and the late Dora Cook Ray.  She and her husband had made their home in Blairsville since 1969, moving here from Cleveland, TN.  Mrs. Griggs was employed by The Blairsville Restaurant.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lum Marvin Griggs in 1996.  Mrs. Griggs was the most unselfish and loving mother and grandmother and was a friend to all who knew her.  Mrs. Griggs was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving Mrs. Griggs are one daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Wallace Brackett of Blairsville; three sons and two daughter-in-laws, Richard and Gloria Griggs of Blairsville, Robert Griggs of Blairsville, Rev. Tully and Joy Griggs of Blairsville; two sisters, Betty Davenport of Montgomery, AL, Jewell Faye Parks of Chatsworth, GA; six grandchildren, Collin, Codie, Tosha, Taylor, Chelsea and Tommy Griggs, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002 at 3:00 pm from the Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Seay and Rev. Brent Chatham officiating.  Special music was presented by the Kaylor Family, Promised Land and Scott Lance.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Sam Walker, Ivan Walker, Adam Walker, Junior Graham, Jeff Graham and Johnny Huggins.  Serving as Honorary Pallbearers were many of her long time friends.  Interment followed in the Barnes Chapel Cemetery in Fannin County.  

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

 


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October 9, 2002             Page 6B

 

stephen bruce curtis

 

Mr. Stephen Bruce Curtis, 52, of Blairsville, GA, died Saturday, October 5, 2002 at St. Marys Hospital.  He was born June 11, 2002 in Morganton, NC a son of John I. Curtis and the late Della Raye Hampton Curtis.  Survivors include his loving wife, Eva M. Curtis; a step-daughter, Kristine Margaret Olson of Hesperia, CA; two step-sons, Anthony Joseph Olson and Dwayne Christopher Olson, both of Blairsville, GA; two sisters, Della Ruth Spence and husband, Mack of Wayne, WV, Hope Faith Nelson and husband Donnie of Lavalette, WV; two brothers, Johnny Curtis and wife Rita of Concord, NC, Stanley Thomas Curtis and wife, Donna of Warner Robins, GA; one half sister, Tammy Curtis of Blairsville, GA; one half brother, Joe Curtis and wife Lorie of Blairsville, GA; nine grandchildren.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 12, 2002 at Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, GA.

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

 

NOTE:  date of birth is of course incorrect; should be 1950 based on his age


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October 9, 2002             Page 7B

 

mr. lon cook

 

Mr. Lon Cook, age 92, of Morganton, Georgia, passed away Friday, October 4, 2002 in Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

A native of Union County, Georgia, Mr. Cook was born on Sunday, April 24, 1910, a son of the late James Cook and Ellen Voyles Cook.  He was a lifelong resident of this area and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his loving wife, Virginia Annie Lee Brown Cook, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Karen Cook; daughter and son-in-law, Rose Marie and Jim Terry; daughter, Laura Ann Cook; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Kathleen Cook; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Frances Cook; son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Geneva Cook; and son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Judy Cook, all of Blairsville; twenty grandchildren, and eighteen great grandchildren also survive, along with many friends and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 6, 2002 at 3 pm from Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Waters officiating.  Special music was presented by Martha and Albert Davenport.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Eddie Terry, Johnny Cook, Dean Cook, Roy Lee Cook, Jr., Dennis Reid and Larry Cook.  The following gentlemen served as honorary escort to the family: Don Terry, Jackie Cook, Mike Cook, David Reid, Wesley Cook, Josh Cook, Kevin Terry, Dustin Terry, and Daniel Cook.  Interment was in the church cemetery with graveside services officiated by Rev. Loys Waters.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville entrusted with the arrangements.  


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October 9, 2002             Page 7B

 

edward m. nutt

 

Mr. Edward M. Nutt, age 50, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2002, in Union General Hospital in Blairsville following an extended illness.

Mr. Nutt was born in Fulton County, Georgia, on Tuesday, April 8, 1952, a son of the late William Jesse Nutt and Margie Lee Brown Nutt.  He was a carpenter and worked in housing construction.  Mr. Nutt had lived in Blairsville since 1982, moving here from Atlanta.  He attended The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Hiawassee, Georgia.

Survivors include his loving wife, Gwen Chitwood Nutt, of Blairsville; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Tammy Nutt, of Stockbridge, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Randy Patton, of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Andrew Hamler, of Blairsville; and son, Jacob Nutt, of Blairsville,; two brothers: David Nutt of Hardwick, GA; Darrell Nutt, of Pensacola, GA; and sister, Brenda Nutt, of Stockbridge, GA; grandchildren: Tyler, Tabitha, and Travis Nutt; and Paige, James and Levi Patton.  Many friends and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 4, 2002, at 2:00 p.m., from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Brother Phillip Fuller officiating.   Special music was presented by Mrs. Faye Fuller.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Andrew Hamler, Randy Patton, James Morrel, Greg Morrel, Charles Lands, Dewayne Wheeler, and David Elliott.  Interment was in Owltown Church of God Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville entrusted with the arrangements


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October 9, 2002             Page 7B

 

libby duke

 

Mrs. Libby Duke, age 55, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Friday, October 4, 2002, in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Mrs. Duke was born in Towns County, Georgia, on Friday, February 7, 1947, a daughter of the late Grady McNabb and Hazel McGaha McNabb.  She was a cosmetologist and a lifelong resident of this area.  Libby was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Survivors include her loving husband, John, of Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Holly and James Cook, of Blairsville; daughter, Samantha Criswell, also of Blairsville; sister and brother-in-law, Vivian and Tommy Jones, of Blairsville; two grandchildren: Kailynn and Clay Cook.  Many friends and other relatives survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 5, 2002, at 1:00 PM, from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville, with Rev. Tommy Jones and Rev. Ray Potts officiating.  Special music was presented by The New Life Singers.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Bobby King, James Sparks, Jamie Duke, Timmy Duke, Clifford Cook, Roger Duke and Ben Burrell.  The following gentlemen served as honorary escort to the family: Junior Graham, and Ivan Walker.  Interment was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville entrusted with the arrangements.


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October 9, 2002             Page 7B

 

sydney svrcek

 

Mr. Sydney (better known as Satellite Syd) Svrcek, age 68, of Gainesville Hwy., Blairsville, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Svrcek was born on March 7, 1934 in Czechosolvakia, the son of the late Leopold Svrcek and the late Lada Svrcek.  He was a member of the AmVets and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was the owner of Experience Satellite Professionals of Blairsville.  Mr. Svrcek was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Miller Svrcek, in 2000.  He was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving Mr. Svrcek are four daughters and son-in-laws: Linda and Jeff Bennett of Wheaton, IL, Pamela and Dave Best of Chicago, IL, Sharon and Jerry Dockery of Young Harris, Vickie and Bonnell Thomas of Blairsville; four sons and daughter-in-laws: Rusty and Dawn Fortenberry of Blairsville, Roy and Michelle Fortenberry of Blairsville, Tom and Kate Svrcek of Chicago, IL, John and Elisha Fortenberry of Blairsville, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002 at 2P00 pm from the Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brent Chatham officiating.  Special music was presented by the Kelley Trio.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Tom Svrcek, Russell Fortenberry, Roy Fortenberry, John Fortenberry, Bonnell Thomas and Blu Ratley.  Interment followed in the Union Memory Gardens Cemetery with the North Georgia Honor Guard conducting military honors.  

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of the arrangements. 
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October 9, 2002             Page 7B

 

Hobert Anderson

 

Mr. Hobert Anderson, age 74, of Vina Drive, Blairsville, passed away on Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mr. Anderson was born on Aug. 8, 1928 in Union County, the son of the late Abraham Anderson and the late Mae Ledford Anderson.  He was a native and life long resident of Union County.  Mr. Anderson was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving Mr. Anderson are one brother, Garnett Anderson of Blairsville, several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends also survive.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to your favorite charity in Mr. Anderson’s memory.

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


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October 9, 2002             Page 7B

 

Betty s. haines

 

Mrs. Betty S. Haines, age 77, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2002, in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.

Betty (Severns) Haines began life in a rural area near Lima, Ohio on Saturday, December 13, 1924.  Her father was a machinist in the in the Lima Locomotive Factory and they lived in a rural setting near Lima for the first seven years of Betty’s life.  Betty recalled that her country experiences included the warming of ducks in the kitchen, which had been entrapped in ice in the homestead stream.

She was almost five years old when she was placed in a two-room county school.  The reason she started school at such a young age was because one of the two teachers was a relative and wanted to “balance” the first grade class with two girls and two boys.  Thus, since Betty was always a good student, she was usually the youngest student in her classes all the way through high school.

Betty and her family left Ohio when she was seven and moved to Washington, D.C., where her father was employed by the U.S. Navy Yard shops.  A few years later, the family moved into a new Sears and Roebuck house, built by Betty’s father, in Riverdale, Maryland.  Betty and her two sisters all attended Riverdale Elementary School and later Bladensburg High School.  It was there that Betty was first exposed to the Haines family, as Charles’ mother was one of Betty’s teachers.  It was only after Betty’s graduation from high school that she met her future husband and father of her children, on a blind date.

A few years later when WWII was in progress, Betty went to Camp Blanding, Florida, to marry Charles in the post Chapel, on July 6, 1944, with full army company participation in the ceremony.  Betty continued as a true army bride and wife by accompanying Charles to several military post assignments during his three years of military service.

 After Charles completed military obligations, Betty encouraged and supported him in the completion of requirements for several college degrees.  In between college degrees, Betty and Charles spent three years in Honduras, Central American and additional years in Maryland and Florida.  Then, Betty, Charles, and their three children, settled in Belle Glade, Florida, where she was employed as an elementary school secretary.  During the eight years in Belle Glade, Betty was also extremely active as a Cub Scout Den Mother and the mother of two Boy Scouts.  She also served as a Sunday School Teacher and a Red Cross Instructor.

The next stage of Betty’s life consisted of living in foreign countries while accompanying her husband on long term assignments in Brazil, Paraguay, Bahamas and Saudi Arabia.  The Charles’s last professional assignment was in Washington, D.C. with short-term visits to other countries.  Betty was able to accompany her husband to some of these short tours to England, Italy, Greece, Indonesia, Spain, Kenya, and Japan.  Betty was indeed a very supportive wife and would always respond to her husband’s considerations of new assignments by saying, “Where ever you want to accept employment, I will go with you.”  Betty willingly often withstood inconvenient and awkward living conditions in many developing countries in which they lived.  The children usually blended into the difference cultures quite well.

During Betty’s spare times, while gainfully employed and in retirement life, she instruction in bridge, part-time bookkeeping, accomplished beautiful needlepoint, embroidery and crotchet.  She also enjoyed refinishing small antique pieces and displayed a strong interest in Civil War history.  When time and conditions permitted, she planned and organized personal tours to numerous Civil War battlefields with her husband.  However, most importantly, she was always a patient, kind and loving mother and understanding wife.

Betty is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles; three children: C. Edwin Haines, George S. Haines and Bonnie C. Kendrick; three grandchildren: Casey Haines, Ross Haines, and Valerie Kendrick and one sister, Ruth Huggins.  Betty was also loved by the spouses of her children, their friends and a total of twelve nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 5, 2002, at 11 AAM, from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, with Father Victor Morgan officiating.

If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Betty. 

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville entrusted with the arrangements