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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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October 27, 2004                       Page 4B

 

mrs. anna mae nichols

 

Mrs. Anna Mae Nichols, age 86, native and lifelong resident of Blairsville, GA passed away Saturday, October 23, 2004 at her home.

Mrs. Nichols was a member of Confidence United Methodist Church, and had been preceded in death by her husband Willard Nichols, in 1996.

Surviving Mrs. Nichols are her daughters and sons-in-law; Connie and Tommy Duncan, and Cathy and Larry Brackett, all of Blairsville; a sister, Maudell Nicholson, of Blairsville; three grandchildren: Ronnie Duncan, Stephanie Hollis, and Shannon Brackett; great grandsons: Justin Duncan, Spencer Brackett, and Brooks Brackett, many nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 26, 2004, at 11 a.m., at Confidence United Methodist Church, with Rev. John Strickland officiating.  Special music was presented by The Kelley Trio.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Tommy Duncan, Ronnie Duncan, Larry Brackett, Shannon Brackett, Jeff Hollis, and Dormas Sullivan.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may send condolences to the family and view Mrs. Nichols’ video tribute by visiting our website at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


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October 27, 2004                       Page 5B

 

mrs. ethelene dyer

 

Mrs. Ethelene Dyer, age 85, a native and lifelong resident of Union County, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at her home.

Born in Union County on Sunday, December 22, 1918, Mrs. Dyer was a daughter of the late Bennett William Saxon and Ella Hood Saxon.  She was a homemaker and a member of Pinetop Baptist Church.  Her husband, Lester C. Dyer, passed away in 2003.

Survivors of Mrs. Dyer include a daughter, Audrey Ledford, of Blairsville; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Sheila Dyer, of Young Harris, Georgia, and son and daughter-in-law, Robert Melvin and Carole Dyer, of Kennesaw, Georgia; a brother, Comer Saxon, of Blairsville; eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 2 p.m., at Pinetop Baptist Church with Rev. R.L. Frizzell officiating.  Special music was presented by Wendy Tullis.  The following gentlemen were selected to serve as pallbearers: Grey Dyer, Bob Dyer, Justin Houser, Roger Houser, Fred Comer, Clifford Hobby, and James LaRoche.  Burial will be in the 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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October 27, 2004                       Page 5B

 

lisa gail dyer wilson

 

The Norman Medford-Peden Funeral Home of Marietta, GA announces the death of Gail Dyer Wilson, age 45.  Gail passed away at her home early Monday morning, October 18th as the result of a massive heart attack.

Gail is survived by her husband, Harold Wilson, sons, Mickey and Tony.  Also, brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Kim Dyer of Woodstock, GA.  Other survivors include an uncle and aunt Herbert and Anita Dyer; aunt Barthenia Dyer from Blairsville; aunt and uncle from Andrews, NC Ruby Nelle and Eugene Cook; uncle and aunt from Newman, GA James and Lillian Dyer.  Also, a host of local cousins and friends.

Gail was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Dyer, parents Clyde and Beulah Lee Hughes Dyer.

A memorial service is planned for Sunday, October 31st at 2:30 p.m. from the graveside at the Confidence Methodist Church in Blairsville, GA.


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October 27, 2004                       Page 5B

 

mrs. vandoria barnes ross

 

Mrs. Vandoria Barnes Ross, age 84, of Antioch Church Road, Blairsville passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2004 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Ross was born on August 28, 1920 in Union County, the daughter of the late Hillard Barnes and the late Ardella Rogers Barnes.  She had retired from Arbor Acres after several years of service.  She was a native and lifelong resident of Union County.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Walter Charlie Ross in 1978.  Mrs. Ross was a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church.

Surviving Mrs. Ross are one daughter and son-in-law, Sue and John Garrett of Blairsville, two sons and daughters-in-law, Walter H. and Martha Ross of Virginia Beach, VA, Charlie and Cathy Ross of Blairsville, two sisters, Lattie Legg of Blairsville, Margaret Payne of Blairsville, three brothers, Marvin Barnes of Columbus, Doris Barnes of Powder Springs, Oris Barnes of Blairsville, four grandchildren, Shirley Campbell of Nantahala, NC, Hillary Kienborts of Germany, Charlie E. Ross II, and Cory Ross both of Blairsville, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. George Cline officiating.  Special music was presented by Ken and Elaine Young.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers, Teddy Barnes, Charlie Ross II, Billy Payne, Craig Stewart, Emanuel Legg, Bill Cook and Cory Ross.  Interment followed in the Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

 

 

 

 

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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 is laid up for him an eternal life in the great beyond where no sickness, no sorrows and no tears ever all.

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.




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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, gather, 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 earthly 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 all.

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.




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November 10, 2004                    Page 2C

 

eulogy of william lake stroud sr.

november 11, 1924 – octrober 12, 2004

Given by Lisa E. Umbehant

 

William Lake Stroud was my grandfather, my “Pappaw.” Born November 11, 1924 in Union County to MayBelle Ownbey and Wade Nando Stroud Sr.  He had one younger brother, Wade Jr., who passed several years ago.

When Pappaw was a small child his father died.  MayBelle had a three year old and a 9 month old to raise so she moved in with her parents, Zach and Ms. Ad.   From what I understand, Zach felt that children were to be seen and not heard.  I cannot imagine Pappaw and Wade not being heard.  Though I know they loved each other those two bickered most every time I can remember.

It would be many years later that I finally got to meet my grandfather and even many more before we became friends.  In the meantime, he met and married my grandmother Lucy and had four great kids.  They would eventually divorce and he would go on to meet the love of his life, my grandmother Kathryn Willingham Stroud.

My earliest memories of papaw are not of him.  They are simply of a trailer in Marietta and the painting that hung over their couch.  The painting had brilliant fall colors and I believe that must have been what caught my eye.

Then there was a swing that hung out on the oak tree next to their driveway, up the road from here.  I can remember looking down at my feet and counting acorns.  It’s long gone now, but I loved that swing and have often asked Pappaw to put up another one.

As many of you know, Pappaw was very good at woodworking.  He has made many beautiful things.  As a child to walk into his basement was awesome.  So many machines and tools.  He would take the time to explain what they were and how they worked.  He would grab a piece of bent metal with a contraption on the end and say “You ever seen one of these?”  It was one of his many lessons.  He would grab a piece of wood and show me what it did, how to work it.  Then hand it to me to see if I could do it.  He would explain why the tool was made that way and where he got it.

I found a can of bent nails down there once.  He told me that they used to reuse nails.  Hammer then straight again.  He would say, “You just don’t know how hard it was.”  He war right.  What did I know?  I am only a child and he has had a lifetime of experience.  I wanted to know more and being around him was like turning on a faucet of history to family, ancestors, and Union County.

In high school I took an interest in photography.  It must have been contagious.  The next thing I knew the old man had a dark room built and fully equipped.  He was subscribing to Shutter Bug magazine and collecting old cameras.  He built a cabinet to display his collection.  Took hundreds of photos.  Began to copy pictures for the community.  He donated many to the hospital and Courthouse.

I went to the University of Georgian 1991.  On the weekends I would come over and stay a night.  I can’t count how many times I crossed the mountain, but every trip was worth it because I always wanted to come back again.  It was during this time we developed a true friendship.  I found myself picking up the phone and calling him more and more.  Just to say hello or ask a question.  We have covered a lot of ground since then.

One year during the fall we took a day trip to photograph waterfalls.  We woke up before dawn and were well on our way to Franklin by daylight.  I believe we saw seven waterfalls that day.  We hiked in and out of the woods, set up tripods and took many pictures.  By the end of the day we had traveled through North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.  I learned a lot about lighting and photograph in motion but more than anything I had a great time and now have a wonderful memory.

The photography craze died down and then came the chickens.  I remember many years ago when I was a child he had guineas.  This time it was bantams.  First there were just a few.  Then in true Pappaw fashion it was if he could not help himself but go head first into his new passion.  Uncle Bill helped him to build a chicken coup.  He was subscribing to chicken magazines.  He was hatching and cross breeding.  Before I knew it we were going to Dalton for the annual Chicken Show.  One year at the show Pappaw found a blue rooster.  It was one he had been looking hard for.  He needed this rooster to cross with another chicken.  I don’t recall the exact breed, but Pappaw called it a “Jam Up Good Rooster” and Mammaw and me had a good laugh all the way home.

That was the things about Pappaw.  He always had a way with words.  As he would say “I’m easy understood.”  Mammaw was always getting onto him about his bluntness.  He also was unwavering in his opinions.  We had many discussions about politics and religion.  Recently on the phone we were arguing over the upcoming election.  We disagreed vehemently.  However before we hung up we both agreed that we like each other enough to still be friends.

Each October our family meets up at the house for a day of fun and Brunswick stew.  Papaw would start early with the stew.  He would get out the old cast iron pot and set it in the back yard over a fire.  Meanwhile in the kitchen my mother starts her own version of Brunswick stew.  During the day we will all have a bowl of each and tell each one that theirs is the best.  This is my favorite time of year.  The trees are full of color, like the painting I saw for the first time so long ago.

Two weeks ago Pappaw was not feeling so strong and went to the hospital.  Last Thursday we were told he was cancer.  Over the weekend Pappaw assured us that he was not afraid to die.  Tuesday morning he passed in his sleep.  He was 79 years old.

When the wildflowers bloom each spring he will be on my mind.  Cosmos, trillium, lily of the valley, black-eyed susans, there are too many to name, he loved them all.  I will miss the Brunswick stew but am sure that one of the family will step up and take over Pappaw’s place at the pot.  I will miss the smell of freshly cut wood in the basement but will remember Papaw each time I look at the Grandfather clock he made, open my hope chest and use the step he made to reach for something high in the cabinet.  I will miss my Pappaw greatly.  I feel privileged to have known him and proud to say he was my friend.

Please share your memories of Lake Stroud with each other.  He was much more than my friend.  He was a friend to all that are here today and in this room are a lifetime of memories.  As we remember and share our stories we can also heal each other.