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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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December 9, 1998          Page 7B

 

mrs. laura pickelsimer parker

 

            Mrs. Laura Pickelsimer Parker, age 93, of Blairsville passed away Monday, November 23, 1998, at Union General Hospital.  Mrs. Parker was born in Fannin County, the daughter of the late Elijah and Mary Emma Cook Pickelsimer.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Newman J. Parker, son Earl Parker, grandson Joe Parker, and granddaughter Tonia Parker Tanner.  Mrs. Parker was a homemaker, and a member of pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

            Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Jack and Peggy Parker of Blairsville; Zane and Charlotte Parker of Greensboro, NC; Bill and Pat parker of Blairsville; son Ray Parker of Blairsville; daughters and sons-in-law Barbara and Wayne Colwell of Blairsville; Jean and Bill Kendall of Hiawassee; Jane and Jim Collins of Blairsville; daughter-in-law Betty Spiva Parker of Athens; brother and sister-in-law Roy and Grace Pickelsimer of Akron, Ohio; 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, with the Rev. Emon Jones officiating.  Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  Pallbearers were: Mike Parker, Gary Kendall, Jason Brown, Greg Parker, Justin Collins and Mickey King, Jr.

 


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December 9, 1998          Page 7B

 

mrs. peggy o’brien cleaves

 

            Mrs. Peggy O’Brien Cleaves, age 72, of Blairsville, Georgia, formerly of Jacksonville, FL, lost her battle with cancer Saturday, December 5, 1998.

            She was born in Miami, FL the daughter of Eugene and Bessie Tinnons O’Brien, but had lived in the Georgia mountains for the past 20 years.

            In the last few years, she worked as a volunteer for the local American Cancer Society as a support group coordinator.

            Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Charles A. Cleaves of Blairsville, GA; daughter and son-in-law Charlene and Doug Stewart of Pembroke Pines, FL; sons, Michael Cleaves, Charles S. Cleaves and wife Romona Cleaves all of Jacksonville, FL; six grandchildren: Steven O’Brien Stewart, Mary Kathleen Stewart, Heidi Cleaves, Joshua O’Brien Cleaves, Wesley Partington all of Jacksonville, Fl and Wesley Cleaves of Gurley, AL. many other relatives and friends also survive.

No services were held.  In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the union County Unit of the American Cancer Society, Blairsville, GA. 

            Banister Funeral Home of Young Harris, GA was in charge of arrangements.


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December 9, 1998          Page 7B

 

mrs. anna lou gray nichols

 

            Mrs. Anna Lou Gray Nichols, age 81, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998 at her home.

            Mrs. Nichols was born in Union County, on Saturday, Nov. 24, 1917, a daughter of the late James Lafayette Gray and Lula Laura Patterson Gray.

            She was a homemaker and had lived most of her life in this area.  Mrs. Nichols was a member of faith Baptist Church, and in fact, was a Charter Member.

            She had been preceded in death by a son, Edward Nichols; son-in-law, Cline Davenport, grandson, Benny Joe Jones, and great-granddaughter, Brandie Ann Nichols.

            Surviving are her husband, Rev. Ellard Nichols, of Blairsville; daughter, Linda Davenport, of Morganton; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Leigh Ann Nichols, of Statesville, NC; son and daughter-in-law, Theresia Nichols, of Morrow, GA; sisters-in-law, Etta Lee Rich and Anna Mae Nichols, both of Blairsville, and Edna Gray, of Blue Ridge, 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren also survive, along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998 at 12 noon from faith Baptist Church with Bro. James Brock and Bro. Homer Wilson officiating. 

The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Terry Jones, Billy Nichols, Victor Nichols, Alex Davenport, Tony Davenport, Mike Davenport, Keith Jones, Jimmy Nichols, Josh and John Nichols.

Interment was in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

You may, if you wish, make memorial contributions to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, for to Faith Baptist Church Mission Fund.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was in charge of arrangements. 


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December 9, 1998          Page 7B

 

mrs. virginia stanley messer

           

            Mrs. Virginia Stanley Messer, age 74, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Friday, Dec. 4, 198 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville following an extended illness. 

            Mrs. Messer was born in Fannin County, GA, on Sunday, Aug. 3, 1924, a daughter of the late Walter Stanley and Mary Belle Stanley.

            Mrs. Messer lived in Decatur, GA, for 33 years, the moved to Blairsville in 1983.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blairsville.

            Surving are son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Mary Messer of Buford; brothers, hall and Curtis Stanley, of Blur Ridge; sisters, Lois Nell Long, Eugene Davenport, and Helen Tipton, all of Blue Ridge; Winnie Dillingham, and Flora Belle Mashburn, both of Morganton; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephew and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 5, 1998 at 2 p.m. from First Baptist Church of Blairsville, with Rev. Danny Parris officiating. 

Specially selected music was presented by R. Terry Hooper; the following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Rick Stanley, Curtis Dillingham, Gerald Long, Jeff Tipton, Chris Mashburn, Ronald Green, Billy Messer, and Gary Stanley.

Interment was in Big Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was in charge of arrangements.


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December 9, 1998          Page 7B

 

mr. neal w. collins

 

            Mr. Neal W. Collins, age 83, of Blairsville, GA. Passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 1998 in Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN/ from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.

            Mr. Collins was born in Union County, on Saturday, June 26, 1915, a son of the late John Collins and Lena Lance Collins.  He was a lifelong resident of Union County and a member of the First Baptist Church of Blairsville, where he was a trustee.

            Mr. Collins was a member of Allegheny Masonic Lodge, #114, F&AM, for over 50 years; he was a local businessman and a former County Ordinary.

            Surviving are his wife, Elena Collins, of Blairsville; daughters: Jo Neal Ward of Lake City, FL; and Kay Beaver of Blairsville; sisters: Doris Colwell and Ruth Hood, both of Blairsville; and Docia Loh, of Orlando, FL; grandchildren: Cassie Giebeig, of lake City, FL; Daryl Sargent, of Quincy, FL; Dana Beaver, of Blairsville; and Henry Neal beaver, of Dawsonville; four great-grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1998 at 2 p.m. from First Baptist Church of Blairsville, with Rev. Danny Parris and Rev. B.A. Buchanan officiating. 

            The Eulogy was presented by Mrs. Robie Colwell Weaver.  Special music was presented by Terry Hooper and the First Baptist Church Choir.

Members of the Allegheny Masonic Lodge served as pallbearers, and Honorary Escort to the family, and also presented Masonic Graveside Services.

Interment was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.

If you wish, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, POB 2058, Blairsville, GA.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.