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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512


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October 11, 2006                       Page 4C


earl a. fortenberry


Mr. Earl A. Fortenberry, age 64, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2006, at his residence.

Mr. Fortenberry was born Friday, February 13, 1942 in Blairsville, Georgia to the late Garn Fortenberry and Bonnie Kirby Fortenberry.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Fortenberry.

Survivors include: daughter & son-in-law, Cathy and Allen Spence of Atlanta; son & daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Sharon Fortenberry of Concord, North Carolina; daughter & son-in-law, Sheila and Rodney Collins and son & daughter-in-law, Merle and Angie Fortenberry, all of Blairsville; sisters, Mary Ruth Garrett, Barbara Ann Everett and Betty Turner, all of Blairsville; brother, Claxton Fortenberry of Blairsville; 6 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also survive, along with many friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 6, 2006 at 2:00 P.M. from the Cochran Funeral Home with the Rev. Evan Hughes officiating.  Music was provided by Jonathan Adams.  Interment followed in the Shady Grove Methodist Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were the following gentlemen: James Fortenberry, Chris Fortenberry, David Fortenberry, Joel Turner, Larry Garrett and Bill Allen.  Honorary pallbearers included: Kenneth Moody and Brandon Collins.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish, memorial donations may be made to: Earl Fortenberry memorial Fund, c/o United Community Bank, 59 Hwy 515, Blairsville, Georgia 30512. 

The Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.  You may view Mr. Fortenberry’s Video Tribute, send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512


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October 11, 2006                       Page 4C


david b. hinman


David B. Hinman, age 80 and a day, passed away at Alexian Brothers Health Care Center in Chattanooga, TN, after a short illness.  Mr. Hinman, born September 25, 1926 in Greenwood, MS, and made his home in Blairsville, GA after retiring in 1993.

Survivors include Dorothy, the love of his life for more than 53 years; his sister Pat Mitchell of Franklin, NC; four children, James Hinman, Memphis, TN; Mark; and Gail (Hinman) Horne, Chattanooga, TN; Michael Hinman, Blairsville, GA; and Mike and Susan (Hinman) Griffin, Birmingham, AL; and five grandchildren, Melissa and Gregory, Daniela, Jessica, and Madeline.

Retiring as Director of Security from Alabama Power Company, he established a Corporate Security Department to protect company assets and designed a nuclear power plant security program to be promulgated by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  At Birmingham, Hinman founded and chaired a Chapter of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).  He served ASIS as a regional, Vice President, Chairman of the ASIS National Public Utility Committee, and received his professional certification (CPP) in ASIS.

Through his accreditation he received the ASIS “Paul Hansen Award”.  Because of his committed endeavors, he was awarded a Life Membership in ASIS and was the first recipient of the “David B. Hinman Award” which continues to be awarded annually by the Birmingham ASIS Chapter to upstanding individuals.

IN 1986, Hinman was appointed Chairman of the Security Committee at the Edison Electric Institute where he assisted the North American Electric Reliability Council in testimony about security before select members of the U.s. Senate.  Hinman was also presented a Life membership in the Birmingham Chamber where he chaired the CrimeStoppers Committee for two years.

Prior to joining Alabama Power Company he was employed by South Central Bell Telephone Company at Memphis, TN as Division Security manager.  His security activities spanned 12 years, during which time he was certified as an expert court witness in certain locking devices and provided testimony in several state criminal courts aiding state prosecutors.

He was truly a gentleman and a scholar in his own right with a passion for inventing automated electronics to enhance life.  He loved history, nature, woodworking, and photographing wildlife.  He loved all of his and his children’s dogs.  He tremendously enjoyed and sang barbershop music, and spoke humbly of his investigative career fortunes and comical mishaps.  He was always the investigator, and creating handy gadgets.

He was a loving husband who treasured every relationship with his children and grandchildren.  We will always cherish the memories we have of him.

A sister, Iris Tellin and brother, Munson Hinman preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, David’s family suggests that contributions be directed to Hospice of Chattanooga, national Audubon Society or the Humane Society.

A memorial gathering of David’s family and friends was held at the home of mark and Gail Horne in Signal Mountain, TN on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at 6 p.m.