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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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November 9, 2011                                 Page 15A

 

john stanley odom

 

Mr. John Stanley Odom, age 63, of Blairsville, GA, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 29, 2011 in Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, GA.

Mr. Odom was born in Fannin County, GA, on Sunday, December 21, 1947, a son of the late J.C. Odom and the late Fleeta Chastain Odom.  Stanley was a member of New Union Baptist Church.  Over the years, Mr. Odom had been employed with Georgia Boot, Tennessee Chemical Company, and MGM Brakes.  He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.  Stanley liked to work outdoors too, doing truck farming, logging and bushhogging.  From his dining room table, he enjoyed watching the wild birds eating from the birdfeeder.  Stanley loved being outdoors and taking care of his dogs.  Besides his parents, he had been preceded in death by a brother, Robert "Bob" Odom.

Stanley was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but especially his family: his loving wife of 47 years, Kathy Ballew Odom; daughter, Lisa Odom Owenby, of Blairsville; son, Kirk Odom, of Blairsville; and daughter and son-in-law, Brittany and Shannon Kelley, of Blairsville; brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Debbie Odom, of Blairsville; grandson and his wife, Justin and Celeste B. Owenby, granddaughters, Adrian Owenby and Kristen Odom; grandson, Jesse Kelley; nieces and nephews: Kyle Odom, Krista and Chris Fox, Amanda and Daryl Eason, and great nephew, Bobby Eason; extended nieces and nephews also survive; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Stanley were held on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at 2 p.m., at New Union Baptist Church, with Rev. Harrison Bradley and Rev. Steve Odom officiating.  Special music was presented by New Union Baptist Church Choir, Angie Kelley, and Scott Lance.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Kirk Odom, Shannon Kelley, Jesse Kelley, Kyle Odom, Michael Chambers, Justin Owenby, Chris Fox, Jerry Ballew, and Chris Ballew.  Burial was in New Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home was held on Tuesday night, November 1, 2011, from the hours of 5 until 9 p.m.

If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to New Union Baptist Church Building Fund, 4159 Jones Creek Road, Blairsville, GA 30512.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville. Please join us in remembering Stanley by visiting our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com, where you can share fond memories and sign the guest registry.


John Stanley Odom


JOHN STANLEY ODOM
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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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November 9, 2011                                 Page 15A

 

marvin raper

 

Marvin Raper of Murphy, NC, passed away November 4, 2011 at Mission Memorial Hospital after a battle with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) brought about by complications from heart surgery. 

Marvin was born September 7, 1945 in Marietta, GA to Gertrude (Thomas) and Arthur William Raper.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother Hubert who passed away in February 2011.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 43 years Terry (Gibson) Raper; daughter & son-in-law, Tara & Derek Sena; granddaughters Marceline & Erika Sena; sons, Nathanael & Christopher Raper; mother, Gertrude Raper; brother, Hoyt Raper; sister, Lavaughn Fair; sister & brother-in-law, Verniece (Tootsie) & Joe Kilpatrick; sister-in law, Dorothy (Oliver) Raper; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Marvin grew up in Union County, GA and Cherokee County, NC, where he graduated from Murphy High School.  He was always friendly, energetic and outgoing. He was a zealot toward devotion to family and friends.  Moreover, Marvin was very civic minded.  He was always looking for opportunities to use his enthusiasm and drive for the betterment of Cherokee County and his neighbors.  In a word, he was a GIVER; whether it was tomatoes from his garden, a helping hand, stumping for his political party, working for the church or serving on a charitable committee, he had an infectious community spirit.

Marvin accomplished a plethora of notable achievements in the business and civic arena.  He started his professional career as a brick mason but soon became a grocery store proprietor in Andrews, NC.  Soon thereafter, he discovered his real passion and became a Real Estate Agent.  Along with his brothers Hubert and Hoyt, as well as his sister-in-law Dorothy, they built a well-respected Real Estate Development and Brokerage firm in Murphy, “Raper Realty” where Marvin served as president.

Other examples that demonstrate his energy and devotion to civic responsibility include his service on and/or as the following in Western North Carolina: President - Cherokee Chamber of Commerce; Chairman - Democratic Party - two terms; Commissioner - Cherokee County; Board Member - NC Department of Transportation, 14th District, where he was very instrumental in getting Highway 60 upgraded as well as many other roads in Cherokee County; Board Member - NC Engineering & Land Surveying Licensure Board, where he was Vice Chairman during 1981 – 1984; Director - Cherokee County Board of Health; Member - R.E.A.C.H. Board of Directors;
Member - Board of Directors Pisgah Girl Scout Council;
Chairman - S.M.E. Pisgah Council; Member - Pack Place Arts & Science Council; Member - United Community Bank Advisory Board, Murphy Branch.

Up until his passing he was very active in civic projects and politics.  Marvin was a dear friend and confidante to many and will be missed.  The family received friends between 11 AM and 1:30 PM on Monday, November 7, 2011 at Cochran’s Funeral Home in Peachtree.  His funeral service was in the Cochran Chapel at 2 PM.  Reverends Aud Brown and Calvin Murphy officiated.  Music by Susie Graham and Becky Brown.  Interment was in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Union County, GA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Marvin’s memory at:
The Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803, Attn: Caryl Dean - House Director or Bethany Baptist Church - Cemetery Fund, Attn: Glenda Herndon, 788 Old Culberson Road, Murphy, NC 28906.

Arrangements entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home of Murphy, NC.  You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


Marvin Raper


MARVIN RAPER
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Blairsville, GA  30512

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harrison alfred nix

 

Mr. Harrison Alfred Nix, age 93 of Cedar Mtn. Trout Farm Road, Blairsville passed away on Monday October 31, 2011 in the Union General Hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Nix was born on July 19, 1918 in Union County, the son of the late William Jasper Nix and the late Leona West Nix.  He was a native and lifelong resident of Union County. Harrison was a veteran of the US Navy.  He owned and operated Cedar Mtn. Trout Farm and Camping for over thirty-one years and over the years loved teaching children how to fish.  He enjoyed shooting and was a marksman with a rifle.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Gretchin Nix in 1998 and by a son, Paul W. Nix in 2007, two sisters, Esta Morgan and Gladys Nix, seven brothers, Kimsey, Andy, Newton, Donald, Walter, Mercer and Clayton Nix.  Mr. Nix was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving Mr. Nix are one daughter and son-in-law, Vyna Lou and Lawrence Frederick of Albany, OR., two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles W. and Gale Nix of San Jose, CA, Lewis N. and Linda Nix of West Port, TN, one sister, Rosa Lee Nix Owenby of Otis, MI, ten grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Thursday November 3, 2011 at 1 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Ray Potts officiating.  Interment followed in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6-9 p.m.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements.  You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com


Harrison Alfred Nix

          

HARRISON ALFRED NIX
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Blairsville, GA  30512

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November 9, 2011                                 Page 15A

 

larry dean green

 

Mr. Larry Dean Green, age 61, of Loving Road, Morganton passed away on Monday October 31, 2011 at his home following a brief illness.  Mr. Green was born on May 3, 1950 in Murphy, NC, the son of the late Andrew Green and the late Marie Sneed Green.  He was a lifelong resident of Union County.  He had owned and operated Greens Seamless Guttering for over fourteen years.  Larry enjoyed hunting, but most of all he loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.  He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather.  He was a member of Dooley Masonic Lodge.  Larry was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary Crawford and Connie Walker, four brothers, Andrew Jr., Samuel Jerry, Mickey and Daniel Green.  Mr. Green was a member of Household of Faith Baptist Church.

Surviving Mr. Green are his loving wife of forty-three years, Wanda Moore Green of Morganton, one son, Dewayne of Blairsville, one daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Scott Long of Morganton, two sister and brothers-in-law, Jane and David Kidd of Murphy, Dorothy and Jim Sanders of Parris, TN, one brother, Paul Green of Dalton, four grandchildren, Cody, Justin and Nathan Long and Daryl Green, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday November 2, 2011 at 2 p.m. from the Household of Faith Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Mashburn and Rev. Kyle Cody officiating.  Mr. Green lay in state at the church from 11-2 p.m.  Special music was presented by the Household of Faith Church Choir.  The following gentleman served as pallbearers, David, Mickey and Patrick Green, John and Jeff Crain and Fed Lee Walker.  Serving as honorary pallbearers were: Don and Jack Crisp, Daryl and Frank Crawford, Hubert Beaver, Dennis Rose, Jack Collins, David Kidd and Vernon Moore.  Interment followed in the Snow Hill Cemetery.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements.  You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com


Larry Dean Green


LARRY DEAN GREEN
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wayne thomas pafford

 

Wayne Thomas Pafford, age 71, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2011 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.  Mr. Pafford was born Tuesday, August 13, 1940 in Detroit, MI, to the late Nelson and Mildred Russell Pafford.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blairsville.  He was a member of the Followers Too Sunday School Class and was active in the Wood Ministry at First Baptist Church.

Surviving family members include his wife, Charlee Pafford of Blairsville; son, Anthony Wayne Pafford of Lincoln NE, and brother, Les Pafford of Wyondot, MI.

Private family services will be scheduled for a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA.  You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com


Wayne Thomas Pafford


WAYNE THOMAS PAFFORD
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Blairsville, GA  30512

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ruby jewell lance

 

Mrs. Ruby Jewell Lance, age 87, of Jefferson, GA, formerly of Blairsville passed away, Saturday, November 5, 2011 at her home following an extended illness.  Ruby Jewell was born February 4, 1924 in Union County a daughter of the late William Hamilton Nix and the late Fannie Townsend Nix.  She had worked as a case worker for the Department of Family and Children Services.  She spent her entire life serving God and loved gardening and family.  She was preceded in death by her husband Coy Lance, son, Harold Lance, daughter Gayle Lance, grandchildren, Kristi Gibbs and Timothy Lance, brother, Homer Nix and sister, Lorena Turner.  Ruby Jewell was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church.

Ruby Jewell was survived by a daughter, Judy Johnson of Jefferson, GA, son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Debbie Lance of Blairsville, GA, daughter-in-law, Anita Lance of Hayesville, NC, sisters, Charlotte Collins and Mary Lou Whitt both of Blairsville, GA, brothers, John Nix and Clayton Nix both of Blairsville, GA, Cranford Nix of Waterford, MI,  fourteen grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 7, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Bone, Rev. Jerry Helton and Rev. Winfred Pitts officiating.  Pallbearers were Jimmy Hood, Wesley Holbrooks, Christopher Keys, Cody Keys, Michael Lance and John Lance.  Interment followed in Shady Grove United Methodist Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers if you wish make memorials to Shady Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund or North East Georgia Hospice.  The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 6 until 9 p.m.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements.  You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com


Ruby Jewell Lance


RUBY JEWELL LANCE
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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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November 9, 2011                                 Page 15A

 

almarie atkins hamby

 

Mrs. Almarie Atkins Hamby, age 92, native of Blairsville, GA, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011 in Stonehenge Assisted Living in Blairsville.  Mrs. Hamby had been living at Stonehenge Assisted Living for several years, and enjoyed the excellent care they provided.   Saturday morning, they helped her get dressed and in her chair, and she was laughing and having a good time.  Thirty minutes later she had peacefully passed on to be with God.

Mrs. Hamby was born in Union County, GA, on Saturday, February 15, 1919, a daughter of the late Howard Atkins and Dessie Brackett Atkins.  She was the eldest of five children.  Mrs. Hamby was a lifelong Methodist and a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church for 74 years.  Always active in church events, Mrs. Hamby taught Adult Sunday School, served as secretary/treasurer, and helped to form the cemetery fund for perpetual care of the cemetery at Shady Grove.  She was a member of Blairsville Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and loved to bake and cook, especially baking wonderful pound cakes which she carried to all functions.  Over the course of several years, Mrs. Hamby worked in a jewelry store and in McClure's Furniture Store, and sold Tupperware and Sarah Coventry Jewelry.  She and her friend Mary Holt talked every day until Mary passed away.  Mrs. Hamby loved to read, and was extremely disappointed when she lost her vision.  Time spent reading was one of the things she treasured the most.  Her husband of 62 years, Manley Hamby, passed away in 1999.  She and Manley were married on October 9, 1937.  Two sisters, Marybelle Atkins and Josephine Lathem, preceded Mrs. Hamby in death.

Mrs. Hamby was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her, but especially her loving family: son and daughter-in-law, Glen and JoAnn Hamby, of Blairsville; son, Roy Hamby, of Blairsville; and daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Richard Williams of Gainesville, GA; a sister, Anna Mae Martin, of Blairsville; and a brother, Harold Atkins, of Blairsville; three grandchildren: Royce Hamby, Christopher Hamby, and Teresa Ritzert; ten great grandchildren and one great great grandson also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hamby were held on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Bone officiating.  Special music was presented by Elizabeth Smith and Cheryl Williams.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Royce Hamby, Paul Shook, Johnny Hamby, Dale Hamby, David Atkins and Kyle Owenby.  Burial was in Shady Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home was held on Monday evening, October 31, 2011, from the hours of 5 until 8 p.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.  We invite you to share your fond memories and condolences with the family at our website, www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.   


Almarie Atkins Hamby


ALMARIE ATKINS HAMBY
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