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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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October 20, 2004                       Page 4C

 

mr. john howard laughner

 

Mr. John Howard Laughner, age76, of Woodland Drive, Blairsville passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mr. Laughner was born on March 3, 1928 in Springfield, OH, the son of the late John Howard Laughner, Sr. and the late Louise January Laughner.  HE was a veteran of the U.S. Navy of WWII.  He had retired as an executive with the Ford Motor Company.  Mr. Laughner was of the Protestant faith.

Surviving Mr. Laughner are his loving wife of forty-nine years, Shirley Ann Lueker Laughner of Blairsville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cheri Laughner and Russell Kirkland of NC, Jackie and Jim Hughes of Blairsville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jake and Kim Laughner of Boston, MA, Jim and Christine Laughner of Lincoln, NE; one sister, Peg Lindermann of FL; three grandchildren, Kellie Hughes, Angela Hughes and Kyle Laughner, many other relatives and friends also survive.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the national Parkinson Disease Association in Mr. Laughner’s memory.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.
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October 20, 2004                       Page 5C

 

mr. lake stroud, sr.

 

Mr. Lake Stroud, Sr., age 79, of the Gumlog Community in Union County, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2004 in Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Lanier Park Campus in Gainesville, GA.

Mr. Stroud was a native of Union County, born Tuesday, November 11, 1924, a son of the late Wade N. Stroud, Sr., and May Belle Ownbey Stroud.  He was a veteran of World War II, Army Air Force.  He lived and worked for many years in Marietta, and moved back to Blairsville in 1983.  Mr. Stroud was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Allegheny Masonic Lodge #114, F & AM.  Lake was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wade Stroud; a grandson, William Lake Stroud, III; and step-grandson, David Hughes.  Surviving Mr. Stroud are his wife, Kathy Willingham Stroud, of Blairsville; a son, William lake “Bill” Stroud, Jr., of Marietta; daughter, Peggy A. Stroud, of Marietta; son  tom Stroud, of Villa Rica, Georgia; daughter, Barbara Payne, of Marietta; step-daughter, Jean Hughes of Atlanta; step-sons, Rex Pryor of Birmingham, AL; Roger Pryor, of Madeira Beach, FL; Gary Pryor, of Marietta; and Joel Mack Pryor, of Madeira Beach; grandchildren, Stacie Williams, Jennifer Pryor, Brandon Stroud, Brittany Stroud, Anthony Jones, and Lisa Umbehant, of Vinings, GA; nine step-grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren also survive, along with a host of friends.

Funeral services were Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, with Rev. Tom Ford and Rev. Troy Acree officiating.  Special music was presented by Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir, and Edward and Shirley Mashburn.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Brandon Stroud, Anthony Jones, Cris Jones, John Pryor, J.D. Williams, and Israel Umbehant.  Masonic rites were presented at the graveside at Ebenezer by member of Allegheny Masonic Lodge.  Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may view the video tribute and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

The North Georgia News

October 27, 2004

Page 9C

 

 

Allegheny Lodge #114

Resolutions of the

Life and Character

 

William Lake Stroud, Sr.

 

            It is with great sadness that the Lodge contemplates the death of Brother Stroud.  He was born on Tuesday November 11, 1924.  On Tuesday October 12, 2004 Brother Stroud was call to the Celestial Lodge above to hear the welcome words “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

            Brother Stroud was an upright honorable citizen.  He served his country honorable during WWII in the Army Air Corp, a faithful loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

            His smile, and his extended hand to all will always be remembered of Brother Stroud.  He captured by his photography many beautiful scenes and precious memories for all and displayed them in the hospital, nursing home and Allegheny Lodge.  Brother Lake served on the Union County Historical Society for many years for his knowledge of Union County History.

            Brother Stroud’s early work is done.  He fought a good fight and he kept the faith.  Henceforth there is laid up for him an eternal life in the great beyond where no sickness, no sorrows and no tears ever fall.

            Therefore be it resolved

            1st That the Lodge has sustained a great loss of our Brother

            2nd That while we deplore his death yet in humble submission we bow to the will of “God in His great providence”

            3rd That this Lodge extends its sympathy to the family of our deceased Brother

            4th That this preamble be spread upon the minutes of this Lodge and that a copy be furnished to the local paper and a copy be furnished to the family of our deceased Brother.

 


The North Georgia News

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October 20, 2004                       Page 5C

 

mrs. helen wellman johnson

 

Mrs. Helen Wellman Johnson, age 87, of Blairsville passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2004 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Johnson was born on January 29, 1917 in Blockville, NY, the daughter of the late J. Willard Wellman and the late Ethel Smith Wellman, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Lucille Bacon, Priscilla Young, Marjorie Cross, and Marion Summerfield and by her husband, Albert Johnson.  She was a hospital volunteer with Apopka Hospital and a member of the U.M.U. where she served as treasurer of the Orlando District.  Mrs. Johnson was a member of the United Methodist Church in Apopka, FL.

Surviving Mrs. Johnson are one son and daughter-in-law, William and Patricia Johnson of Blairsville, one sister, Shirley Bergman Waterman of Jamestown, NY, one grandson, William Allen Johnson, Jr., of Jacksonville, FL, four great grandchildren, Bryan, Matthew, Alyson and Jonathan all of Jacksonville, FL, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Interment will be held at the Grant Cemetery in Niobe, NY, at a date yet to be determined.  In lieu of flowers if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to the U.M.U. of Apopka, FL in Mrs. Johnson’s memory.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


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Blairsville, GA  30512

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October 20, 2004                       Page 5C

 

mrs. ellavee allen payne

 

Mrs. Ellavee Allen Payne, age 57, of Nottley Dam Rd., Blairsville passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 in the Union General Hospital following a brief illness.  Mrs. Payne was born on Jan. 20, 1947 in Fannin County, the daughter of the late Elgin Allen and the late Grova Mae Stover Allen.  She was a lifelong resident of Union County.  Mrs. Payne was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Mrs. Payne was preceded in death by a grandson, Scotty Hampton in 1988.  Surviving Mrs. Payne are her loving husband of twenty-seven years, Charlie Payne of Blairsville; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Randy and Kathy Hampton of Blairsville, Anthony Payne of Blairsville, Kevin and Vickie Payne of Blairsville; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Debra Hampton of Blairsville, Rehnee and Cliff Herr of Blairsville, Teresa and Joey Colwell of Blairsville; two brothers, Gerald Allen of Canton, GA, Jackie Allen of Blairsville; two sisters, Christine Cosby of Washington, GA, Geraldine Roper of Acworth; twelve grandchildren, Brandy and Christopher Hampton, Larry and Sandra Law, Jessica and Cliff Herr, Jr., Tyler Henderson, Julia Colwell, Kirsten, Kayce, Courtney and Karlee Payne,

Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Steve Youngblood and Rev. Earl Pickelsimer officiating.  Special music was presented by Dorothy Pickelsimer, Mindy Combs, and Michael and Danita Kennedy.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers, Randy and Christopher Hampton, Cliff Herr, Joey Colwell, Kevin Payne and Kerry Allen.  Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

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


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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October 20, 2004                       Page 5C

 

matthew allen king

 

Matthew Allen King, age 21, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Friday, October 15, 2004 in Egleston Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Matthew was born in Towns County, Georgia, on Saturday, December 11, 1982.  Matthew lived most of his life in Union County, Georgia.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Cleo King, and his maternal grandfather, Carl Friel.

Survivors include his father, John Allen King, of Blairsville; his mother, Cynthia Friel, of Blairsville; his brother, John Daniel King, of Blairsville; paternal grandfather, Rouse King, of Blairsville; maternal grandmother, Elise Friel, of Roswell, Georgia; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 18, 2004, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, with Rev. Avery Beavers  officiating. 

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Craig Friel, John Allison, Justin Allison, Eugene Bridges, Brett Bridges, and Mikey Cushing.  Burial was in Old Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may view the video tribute and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


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Blairsville, GA  30512

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October 20, 2004                       Page 5C

 

mr. frank merritt

 

Mr. Frank Merritt, age 92, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2004 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Mr. Merritt was a native of Hall County, Georgia, but had lived in Blairsville since 1952.  He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blairsville, and Allegheny Masonic Lodge, #114, F & AM.  Preceding him in death was his wife, Louise, who passed away in 1998, and a daughter, Sue Helton, who passed away in 1984.

Survivors include a daughter, Lynda Merritt Logan, of Wilmington, NC; three grandchildren: Rhonda Helton Lampkin, Billy Logan, and Brannon Logan; three great grandchildren: Stephanie Lampkin, Mekenzie Logan, and Christopher Logan.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were Friday, October 15, 2004, at 11 a.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, with Rev. Danny Parris, Dr. James Merritt, and Rev. Bethel Buchanan officiating.  Special music was presented by The Kelley Trio.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Pat Phillips, Eric England, Frank Wildes, Robert Butt, Calvin Dyer, and Rufus Everett.  The following gentlemen served as honorary escort to the family: D.L. Martin, Leon Davenport, Charles Brackett, Harold Cook, Esco Wimpey, Harold Dyer, Edwin Cook, Allen Conley, J.W. Payne and Lamar Paris.  Burial was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may view the video tribute and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


The North Georgia News

October 27, 2004

Page 9C

 

 

Allegheny Lodge #114

Resolutions of the

Life and Character

 

Brother

Frank Merritt

 

It is with great sadness that the Lodge contemplates the death of Brother Merritt.  On October 12, 2004, he laid down the working tools of this life and began his journey to that place where no traveler returns.

            Brother Merritt was an upright and honorable citizen, a faithful, loving husband, father, and grandfather.

            Brother Merritt was a man of few words.  He always had a smile on his face and an extended hand to any fellowman.  He was always ready to help any way he could and wanted no recognition for his deeds.  He represented the character of a mason through out his life.

            Brother Merritt’s earthly work is done.  He fought a good fight and he kept the faith.  Henceforth there I laid up for him an eternal life in the great beyond where no sickness, no sorrows and no tears ever fall.

            Therefore be it resolved

            1st That the Lodge has sustained a great loss of our Brother

            2nd That while we deplore his death yet in humble submission we bow to the will of “God in His great providence”

            3rd That this Lodge extends its sympathy to the family of our deceased Brother

            4th That this preamble be spread upon the minutes of this Lodge and that a copy be furnished to the local paper and a copy be furnished to the family of our deceased Brother.

The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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October 20, 2004                       Page 5C

 

mr. leonard fredrick toensing

 

Mr. Leonard Fredrick Toensing, age 89, of Blairsville, Georgia, formerly of Sarasota, Florida, passed away Wednesday, October 13, 2004, in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Mr. Toensing was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on Wednesday, April 28, 1915, a son of the late Fredrick Toensing and Louise Seek Toensing.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, who passed away in 2003.

Survivors include two daughters, Dianne Richard, of Blairsville, and Lauren Kratz, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and a son, Thomas Toensing, of Bedford, Ohio; five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren also survive.

No services are planned at this time.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.