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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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November 22, 2006                    Page 5C

 

clarence everett hogsed

 

Mr. Clarence Everett Hogsed, age 94, of Wind Chime lane Blairsville passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at his home following an extended illness.  Mr. Hogsed was born on May 20, 1912 in Cherokee County, NC; the son of the late George Hogsed and the late Myrtle Hartness Hogsed.  He was a lifelong resident of Union County.  He was a veteran of the US Army of WWII, enlisting on January 6, 1940 at Fort McPherson, GA.  He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign medal with three Bronze Stars and the American Defense Service Medal for his service to his country.  He owned and operated Hogsed’s gas station and general merchandise store on the Georgia and North Carolina line for over for years.  He was a member of the Dooley Masonic Lodge, the American Legion Post of Blairsville and the D.A.V.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Minise Payne Hogsed and by his second wife, Beatrice Davis Hogsed.  Mr. Hogsed was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving MR. Hogsed are one brother and sister-in-law, Ralph L. and Evelyn Hogsed of Blairsville; one sister, Etta Mae Watkins of Akron, OH; several nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 8 p.m. from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Tony Roberson and the Rev. Stacy Dyer officiating. Special music was presented by Stacy and Deyton Dyer.  Interment followed in the Whitmore Cemetery.  Military Honors were presented by the North Georgia Honor Guard.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. prior to the service.

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.

 


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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November 22, 2006                    Page 5C

 

clifton neal efird

 

Clifton Neal Efird, age 68, of Blairsville, GA, passed away at his residence on Sunday, November 12, 2006, after an extended illness.  Neal was born April 16, 1938 in Kinston, NC, to the late Benton Blalock Efird and Ada Wimpey Efird Plott.  Also preceding him in death was his step-father, Albert Jake Plott.

Neal was a faithful and dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Blairsville for 35 years.  He served as a Deacon, including Chairman of the Board of deacons, and he served on the Music Committee, chairing it as well.  Neal was on the Music Committee when the church called Reverend Terry Hooper as music director.  He also was a member of the Allegheny Masonic Lodge, F & AM.

Neal was employed by John H. Harland for a number of years before moving back to his beloved home in the mountains in 1971.  he opened Efird’s Restaurant, which he operated for five years.  While operating Efird’s Restaurant, he began working for the Georgia Department of Transportation.  After a short tenure, he obtained a lateral transfer to the Game and Fish Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, becoming the Wildlife Manager of Cooper’s Creek, which he loved!

Neal never gave up his love for the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and the mountains he had been surrounded by all his life.  He had a tremendous faith in God which seemed to grow even stronger after a near death experience six years ago.  Although he was very weak and frail, he never turned down an opportunity to share his deep love for his precious Savior and the many blessings He bestowed upon him and his family.  His tremendous sense of humor and love of people always left one feeling a little more lighthearted.  Neal’s memory will live on in our hearts, and may we all be a blessing to others as he was to us.

Survivors include: wife of 47 years, Patsy Puett Efird; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Kathy Efird; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Tommy Brown, all of Blairsville, GA; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Dean Staples of Gainesville, GA; grandchildren: Whitney and Blake Brown, Michael and Matthew Efird, and Courtney and Mackenzie Staples; sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Gerard O’Brien; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Peggy and Ernest Norton; niece Anita O’Brien; nephews, Reverend Craig O’Brien, Christ Norton, and Jonathan Norton; several great nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 2 P.M. from the First Baptist Church Of Blairsville with the Rev. Danny parries and Rev. B.A. Buchanan officiating.  The body was in-state at the church Thursday from 1 until 2 p.m.  Special music was presented by Minister of Music R. Terry Hooper and Joshua Craig on the bagpipes.  Interment followed in harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were the following gentlemen: Hoyt Raper, Bud Akins, Jack Boles, Chris Miller, Harold Dyer and Eugene Roper.  The family received friends at the funeral home from 6-9, Wednesday, November 15.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to either First Baptist Church of Blairsville Music Ministry or to the First Baptist Church of Blairsville Building Fund, P.O. Box 2058, Blairsville, Georgia 30514; or to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 521, Blairsville, GA 30514.

The Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA was in charge of arrangements.  You may view Neal’s Video Tribute, send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

(no corrections have been made; this is exactly as it appeared in paper)

 

 

November 22, 2006                    Page 5C

 

stephany m. goergen

 

Stephany M. Goergen, age 76, of Blairsville, GA, formerly of largo, FL went to e with her Lord on November 19, 200 at Parkridge medical Center, Chattanooga, TN after an extended stay.  She was a loving and devoted wife and mother and served her Lord for over 25 years in his Charismatic Renewal.  She was a member of St. William Catholic Church, Murphy, NC.

She was born in Buffalo, NY, on December 25, 1929.  The daughter of the late Michael Zubrzycki and the late Helen Rozwadowska Zubrzycki.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Emily Siepierski of Buffalo, NY.

Surviving Mrs. Goergen are her loving husband of 55 years, Leo M. Goergen; her sons and daughters-in-law David H. Goergen and Barbara E. Goergen and family of Blairsville, GA; Kenneth P. Goergen and Helene V. Goergen and their children Frank and Patrick of Seminole, FL; Thomas M. Goergen and Lavada J. Goergen and their children Christopher, Benjamin, Emil, Zach, and John of Rapid City, SD; her son Stephen R. Goergen of Blairsville, GA, her daughter Barbara H. Goergen of Blairsville, GA, and her daughter and son-in-law Cynthia M. Spaulding and Robert G. Spaulding and their children Jacob, John and Marissa of Blairsville, GA, many great-grandchildren; a brother, Henry Zubrzycki of jasper, NY; a sister, Frieda Vetter of Portland, OR and many loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA on Friday, November 24, 2006 from 6 -8 p.m. with a Mass of the Resurrection at St. William Catholic Church in Murphy, NC on Saturday, November 25, 2006, at 11 am.

You may sign the family guest book and send condolences on line at www.mountainviewfuneralhome.com.