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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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October 13, 2010                                   Page 4B

 

joyce ann smith

 

            Mrs. Joyce Ann smith, age 78, a resident of Blairsville for over 15 years, entered her rest in the Lord on Friday, October 7, 2010 at her home following an extended illness.    Mrs. Smith was born on June 28, 1932 in Battle Creek, MI, the daughter of the late Lawrence Graves and Teresa Downs Graves.  Joyce spent her final days with her children, praising the Lord in song and sweet fellowship, walking in the grace of God.  Joyce loved spending time with her family and hosting family gatherings, quilting, traveling, and playing cards with the girls.  She was always generous to her family, friends, and even strangers.  She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to many.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Don Paul LeSage, who passed away in 1965, and her husband, Robert E. Smith who passed away in 2003.  Mrs. Smith was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

            Surviving Mrs. Smith are five children: Mark and Pattie LeSage of Canton, GA, Scott and Melissa LeSage of Bellview, FL, Lori and Martin Drummond of Blairsville, GA and Miami, FL, Dale Smith of Maryville, TN, Keith and Justine Smith of Canton, GA; one sister, Janet Kravat of Hammond, LA; twelve grandchildren: Jennifer Horn, Robert and Larry Moshier, Christopher Pierno and Brian LeSage, Aaron, Nicole, Hailey, Garrett and Asa LeSage, Hannah and Cameron Smith; two great grandchildren, Jayden and Jordan Pierno; and many other relatives and friends.

            A memorial celebration was held on Sunday, October 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville.  A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, October 11 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Richard Wise officiating.  The following gentlemen served as honorary pallbearers, Robert and Larry Moshier, Christopher Pierno, Brian LeSage, Aaron LeSage, and Jim bob Horn.  Interment followed in St. Clares Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please make a gift in Mrs. Smith’s memory to Van Hook School, (864 Volunteer Drive Maryville, TN 37801), a home for adults with special needs where her son Dale resides or to The American Cancer Society.  You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on-line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com


Joyce Ann Smith

JOYCE ANN SMITH
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October 13, 2010                                   Page 4B

 

francis (sonny) mcdowall

 

            Retired Delta Air Lines Captain, Francis (Sonny) McDowall, age 89, of Blairsville, GA, formerly of Lawrenceville passed away on Sept. 25, 2010 in the Union General Hospital.  Mr. McDowall was born on July 19, 1921 in Evansville, IN, the son of the late John Kennedy McDowall and the late Frances Surmann McDowall.  Francis was raised in Jackson, MS.  He attended Auburn University before enlisting as a pilot in the US Navy during WWII.  He was a pilot with Delta Air Lines from 1945-1981 beginning his service flying the CD-3 and ending with the L10-11 as well as serving as Chief Pilot in Atlanta for a four year period.  Mr. McDowall was an active volunteer in the Gwinnett County community and was named Citizen of the Year in 1996 by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.  He continued being active after the move to union County, serving on the Community Council of the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center.  He was a lifelong Presbyterian serving in both Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church and later Mountain Presbyterian Church.  He was preceded in death by his only son, Warrant Officer Francis McDowall, Jr. in 1969 and his wife of 68 years, Dana Nichols McDowall on Sept. 4, 2010.

            Surviving Mr. McDowall are four daughters and three sons-in-law, Catherine and Glen Henderson of Blairsville, Susan and Robert Dinwiddie of Monroe, GA, Elizabeth and Jim Belcher of Greer, SC, Lucy Wright McDowall of Blairsville, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            A combined Memorial Service for Dana and Sonny was held on Sept. 25 from Mountain Presbyterian Church, Blairsville, GA, with the Rev. Travis Adams and Dr. William Schotanus officiating. 

            Graveside services were held from the Westview Cemetery in Atlanta with the Dr. William Schotanus officiating.  The family request that memorials be made to Mountain Presbyterian Church of Blairsville or to Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church in memory of the McDowalls.

            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

 

           


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October 13, 2010                                   Page 4B

 

norma fern hunter

 

            Mrs. Norma Fern Hunter, age 70, of Blairsville and Hiawassee passed away Thursday morning October 7, 2010 at Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

            Norma was born Friday, April 12, 1940, in Peoria, Illinois, to the late Guy and Vivian (Shamo) Pudney.  She had lived in this area since 1976, coming here from Tooele, Utah.  Norma had attended Liberty Hill United Methodist Church.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Hunter in 1980 and sons, Dewayne Edward Hunter in 1973 and Michael hunter in 2004.

            Norma is survived by daughter, Roxann Pudney of Nevada and daughter and son-in-law, Karen and G.W. Brong of Epworth, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Lillian Hunter of Hiawassee, Georgia; brothers, Junior Dalton of Nevada and James Ellison of Utah; seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive.

            No services are planned at this time. 

            Arrangements by Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA.  Please send condolences to the family and sign the guest registry at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com

 

           


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October 13, 2010                                   Page 4B

 

jack dixon smith

 

            Mr. Jack Dixon Smith, age 86, of Blairsville, Georgia, formerly of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away Saturday, October 9, 2010,  in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

            Mr. Smith was born Friday, May 23, 1925, in Homerville, Georgia, a son of the late Herbert Smith and the late Mary Taylor Smith.  Mr. Smith served in the U.S. Naval Reserve.  He had retired from NASA after 30 years of service.

            Surviving family members include his loving wife of 66 years, Clara O’Quinn Smith; daughter and son-in-law, Judy Smith Nagel and Conrad Nagel, of Tallahassee, Florida; son, Herbert Dixon Smith, of Rockledge, Florida; and daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Smith Wingertstahn and Mark Wingertstahn, of Blairsville; a sister, Gloria Coleman, of Lakeland, Florida; two brothers, Ted Smith, of Homerville, Georgia and Herman Brinkley, of Lakeland, Florida; ten grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren also survive.

            All services were conducted in Valdosta, Georgia, with arrangements entrusted to McLane Funeral Services. 

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, Georgia in charge of local arrangements.  You are invited to send your condolences to the family on our website, at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com


Jack Dixon Smith

JACK DIXON SMITH
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