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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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November 5, 2003                                  Page 4B

 

bert schwarz

 

Bert Schwarz was born in New York City on December 3, 1915.  His parents were Max Schwarz and Sadie Rubinger Schwarz, both deceased.  Bert’s body was found on Wednesday, October 29, 2003 after he had been missing all night.  He died on his property and was discovered during a search hat included police, rescue personnel, neighbors and friends.

Bert grew up in New York, and in 1941, enlisted in the Army Air Corps, now the Air Force.  He was sent, along with the 42nd Airborne Division, to the Philippines, but when their planes didn’t arrive before the Japanese forces did, was forced to fight as infantry.  After 99 days, they surrendered and began what was the defining experience of Bert’s life.

For the next 29 months, Bert endured the Bataan Death March and internment in various Japanese prison camps.  During transport to another camp, Bert’s ship was struck by American forces unaware of its cargo of prisoners.  Bert was one of the fortunate few who escaped.

Finding his way back to the States, Bert married Laura Graham Gibbons, and their first son Rocky was born.  When the American government asked Bert to go to Japan to head a company to reconstruct the country’s textile industry, he agreed.  Japan was the birthplace of their daughter, Sukoshi.  In a year, he had gone from being tortured in a Japanese prison camp to being the boss of 20,000 Japanese workers.  Some of those people remained his friends for life.

In 1956, Bert and Laura moved to Chappaqua, NY where they lived for the next 24 years.  Their son William was born in Mt. Kisco, the nearest town with a hospital.  Bert worked as a textile engineer in New York City, traveling the world, living part-time in Hong Kong and visiting China in the earliest days of open trading.

When Bert retired, he helped his long time friend Bob Macauley establish the Americares Foundation, an international relief organization from which Bert retired as a director in September of this year.  He traveled to many “hot spots” from Afghanistan to Beirut to the Sudan, using his diplomacy and ability to get along with all kinds of people to distribute medicines and other necessities to people in crisis.

In 1980, Bert and Laura moved to Blairsville, and immediately became involved in the local community.  Bert continued to travel for Americares, and also began a long-standing commitment to the young people of this area.  His first involvement was with the Wilderness Scouts.  He used his connections as a great fundraiser for them, even getting Donald Trump to donate a bus!  He was recently instrumental in founding the Friends of Children, Georgia Chapter.  He also developed a program to bring veterans to the schools to tell their stories first hand to history class students so they would have a greater appreciation of the sacrifices made for their comfort and freedom.  In 2001, at the age of 85 realizing the Blairsville did not have a Memorial Day Parade, Bert started one.  Veterans from Atlanta’s Round Table have driven up to participate, and local organizations create floats that illustrate their feelings of patriotism.

Bert is survived by Laura, his wife of 58 years.  His son Rocky lives in New York City, and his daughter Sukoshi Rice lives in Blairsville.  Son Will and daughter-in-law, Kathie Alvce live in Marshfield, VT.  His grandchildren are Rasta Sherman of California, Pablo Sherman of Blairsville, Lucas Alyce-Schwarz of Marshfield, VT.  His sister Shirley Frank lives in Toronto, Ontario with her son and daughter.

Bert will be remembered by countless people for his great sense of humor, his willingness to help, and his generosity and kindness to people in need.  The family asks in lieu of flowers contributions be sent to the Friends of Children at P.O. Box 1004, Blairsville or to Americares Foundation, 161 Cherry St., New Canaan, CT 06840.  We can remember and honor Bert by upholding the values he lived for.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, November 2, 2003 at 2 p.m. from the Union County War Memorial with Chaplin Bob Huggins officiating.  Bert was eulogized by Roy Hamby, Leon Davenport, Jimmy Tallent, Rev. John Morrett, Damon Gause and Robert Schwarz, The North Georgia Honor Guard conducted the Military Honors.  Interment will follow on Thursday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m. fro the Andersonville National Cemetery.

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

 

 

 


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November 5, 2003                                  Page 5B

 

willie c. “sunshine” payne

 

Mrs. Willie C. (“Sunshine”) Payne, age 61, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2003 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Mrs. Payne was born in Cherokee County, North Carolina, on Sunday, June 28, 1942, a daughter of the late Robert Luther Chastain and Ida Maeola Morton Chastain.  She was a member of New Martin’s Creek Baptist Church.  Mrs. Payne was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Annie Mac Chastain, Dixie Jones and Ruby Augleria; three brothers, Grover Chastain, J.B. Chastain and Ernest Chastain.

Mrs. Payne was a songwriter and is best known for writing the song, “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus”.  Other songs written by “Country Sunshine” are “Go Forth Each Day”, “The Beginning of the Rest of Your Life”, “I Didn’t Know You Already Had a Wife”, “Show Me Preacher Man”, “Your Ring Turned Green on My Finger” and “The Rough Road”.  She won the KFC Billboard Annual Song Contest five times and was honored with a tribute from the Country Gospel Music Association for her achievements.

Surviving are her husband, Jesse Payne of Blairsville; three sisters, Amanda Lou Sosebee, of Marble, NC., Helen Ashe and Mary Alice McCoy, both of Murphy, NC; sis brothers, Frank Chastain and Ben Chastain, both of Chatsworth, GA., Billy Chastain (Mrs. Payne’s twin brother) of Hiawassee, GA., L.C. Chastain, Phillip Chastain and Lee Chastain, all from Murphy; nieces nephews and other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 11:00 am from New Martin’s Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Ray Morgan and Rev. Aud Brown officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the arrangements.

 


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November 5, 2003                                  Page 5B

 

william patrick “pat” hunt

 

Mr. William Patrick “Pat” Hunt, age 81, native and lifelong resident of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2003 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

Mr. Hunt was born in Union county, Georgia on Friday, July 7, 1922, a son of the late Jason C. (“J.C.”) Hunt and Randy Teague Hunt.  He was a cattle and chicken farmer and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in Italy.  He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his sister, Grace Payne of Blairsville; brother, Hayden Hunt of Taft, California; four nieces, Barbara Reeds of Los Angeles, California, Beverly Thomas, of Alexander City, Alabama, Blanche Huddleston of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Nancy Bryant of Lawrenceville, GA; nephew, Myron Brooks of Cheyenne, Wyoming; many other friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 31, 2003 at 11:00 AM from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Youngblood officiating.  The following gentlemen served as Pallbearers: Gordon Payne, Kenneth Dyer, Garner Butt, David Bryant, Brooks Bryant and Ray Davis.  Burial was in Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the arrangements.

 


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November 5, 2003                                  Page 5B

 

troy k. patterson

 

Mr. Troy K. Patterson, age 73, a native and lifelong  resident of Union County, Georgia, passed away, October 31, 2003 at his home following an extended illness.

Mr. Patterson was born in Union County on Friday, August 1, 1930, a son of the late James Milton Patterson and Bessie Belle Rhodes Patterson.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean war.  Mr. Patterson had been employed as a school bus driver for the Union County School System.  He attended Youngstown Baptist church where he was active in church activities.  He was an avid fisherman.  Mr. Patterson had been preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ronnie Patterson and a sister, Jean Edmondson.

Surviving are daughter, Linda Jean Overcash, of Buford, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Troy and Denise Patterson, of Conley, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Danny Gary and Ann Patterson, of Blairsville, GA; daughter, Tina Denise Lucas, of Blairsville, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Jonathan Hood, of Blairsville, GA; son, John Anthony Chitwood, of Blairsville, GA; son, William Dean Chitwood, of Blairsville, GA; son, Bart Arthur Chitwood, of Blairsville, GA; daughter, Gwendolyn Naomi Nutt, of Blairsville, GA; daughter, Edna Osborn, of Salisbury, NC; daughter, Frances Patterson, of Blairsville, GA; fourteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 3, 2003 at 2:00 pm from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Jonathan Hood, Rev. Don Hood and Rev. Hubert Legg officiating.  Military honors were presented by North Georgia Honor Guard.  Special music was presented by Ned Wilcoxon, Ralph Grice, Kelley Brewer and Howard Brys.  The following gentlemen served as Pallbearers: Dayton Dyer, Stanley Garrett, Stacy Dyer, Troy Dockery, Billy Joe Cook, Buddy Legg and Bruce Dillinger.  Burial was in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the arrangements.

 


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November 5, 2003                                  Page 5B

 

lester calvin dyer

 

Mr. Lester Calvin Dyer, age 89, of Blairsville, Georgia passed away Saturday, October 25, 2003 in the Union County Nursing Home.

Mr. Dyer was born August 17, 1914 in Union County, a son of the late Andrew and Margaret Dyer.  He was a member and deacon of Pinetop Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ethelene Saxon Dyer of the home; daughter, Audrey Ledford of Blairsville; sons and daughters-in-law, jack and Sheila Dyer of Young Harris, Georgia and Robert Melvin and Carole J. Dyer of Kennesaw, Georgia; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and many other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 1, 2003 at 2 p.m. from Pinetop Baptist Church with Rev. R.L. Frizzell officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville entrusted by the family for the arrangements.

 


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November 5, 2003                                  Page 5B

 

mr. willis cecil rhinehardt

 

Mr. Willis Cecil Rhinehardt, age 84, of Blairsville, Georgia formerly of Hiawassee, GA passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2003, in Blairsville.

Mr. Rhinehardt was born in Towns County, Georgia, on Wednesday, February 26, 1919, a son of the late Joseph Asbury Rhinehardt and Osie Love Rhinehardt.  Mr. Rhinehardt was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served during World War II, he was a medic during the storming of Normandy.  In Korea he was a military advisor.  Mr. Rhinehardt was retired from the Army as a Master Sergeant.  While living in Chatsworth, GA, he had been employed as a security guard in the carpet manufacturing industry.  He had been preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jeffrey Lynn Rhinehardt; brother, James Rhinehardt; brother, Aude Rhinehardt; and sister, Stella Rhinehardt.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Wendall and Darlene Rhinehardt of Chatsworth, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Kenneth Nix of Blairsville, GA; brother, Troy Rhinehardt of Cass City, Michigan; sister, Christine Burch of Hiawassee, GA; and sister, Vinnalou Parkerson of Orange Park, FL; grandchildren, Wendy Rhinehardt, Wesley Rhinehardt, Kristy Nix, Ronda Nix, Jeffrey Rhinehardt Jr., great granddaughter, Alisa Soto; and a special nephew, John Burch, Jr. also survive, also with many friends and other relatives.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Hiawassee, with Rev. Mitchell Rhinehardt and Rev. Curtin Ledford officiating.  Military honors were presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard.  If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, or to The American Cancer Society.

Cochran  Funeral Home of Hiawassee was entrusted by the family for the arrangements.