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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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December 29, 2004                    Page 4B

 

mr. raymond richard maxwell

 

Mr. Raymond Richard Maxwell, age 84, of Catch-A-Trout Road, Suches, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 in the Clay County Care Center following an extended illness.  Mr. Maxwell was born on December 2, 1920 in Middleton, MA, the son of the late Richard Maxwell and the late Alice Aldrick Maxwell.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps of WWII.  He was a machinist by trade.  He was an avid hiker.  Mr. Maxwell was a member of the Lebanon Baptist Church.

Surviving Mr. Maxwell are his loving wife of fifty years, Helen Blasingame Maxwell of Blairsville, one son and daughter-in-law, Skip and June Maxwell of Altamont, FL, three daughters and two sons-in-law, Bonnie Thompson of Jensen Beach, FL, Nancy and Jim Flemming of Rainier, VA, Joyce and Dennis Horcher of Suches, thirteen grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 2 PM from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Fred Whitley officiating. 

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

 


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December 29, 2004                    Page 4B

 

walter douglas “doug” williams jr.

 

Walter Douglas “Doug” Williams Jr., age 68, of Blairsville, GA passed away on December 22, 2004 at Kennestone Hospital following a long battle with leukemia.

 

Doug was born in Selma, Alabama on June 11, 1936, the son of Walter Douglas and Catherine Bolling Williams.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barbara Martin Williams; three children: James Edward Williams of Troy, OH, John Thomas Williams of Greer, SC, and Sarah Catherine Williams of New York, NY, and four grandchildren: Sommer Lynn Williams, Sierra Nicole Williams, Hunter John Williams, and Gabriel Davis Williams.

Donations to the First United Methodist Church of Union County (859 Hwy. 515, Blairsville, GA 30512) are requested in lieu of flowers.

Memorial services were scheduled for Tuesday, December 28, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Union County with Rev. Eddie Herring officiating.

Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville is in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

Doug was born in Selma, Alabama on June 11, 1936.  Doug’s father worked for the Southern Railroad, so in Doug’s early years he moved several times throughout Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee.  He became an Eagle Scout and was a YMCA camp counselor at Lake Ocoee.  It was at City High School in Chattanooga, TN that Doug met his future wife, Barbara martin.  After graduating from City High in 1954, Doug entered Georgia Tech, eventually graduating with highest honors in Civil Engineering in June of 1959.  Doug and Barbara were married on 13 September 1958 in Chattanooga, TN.

After graduation from Tech, Doug was commissioned a second Lt. in the Corps of Engineers serving his country in Fort Belvoir, VA.  After active duty, Doug worked with Esso in Baton Rouge, LA and then with Chemstrand Corp. in Decatur, AL.  Doug continued with Chemstrand, which was absorbed by Monsanto Co, in 1965, eventually moving to Greenwood, SC, where they stayed for six years.  During this time their three children were born: James Edward and John Thomas in May 1965 and Sarah Catherine in December 1967.

During their time in Greenwood, Doug and Barbara became active in starting a new Methodist church with 15 families.  Doug was a Trustee, a member of the Official Board and Chairman of the building committee.  The church continued to grow and the first building was constructed with Doug as Building Committee Chairman.  St. Marks United Methodist Church has continued to grow and now has many members and fine facilities.

An opportunity for overseas assignment was offered in 1969, so with three kids in tow, Doug and Barbara moved to Coleraine, Northern Ireland.  Living in Ireland was interesting and afforded the family opportunities to vacation throughout the British Isles and Europe.  When the project was completed in late 1971, the family returned to the U.S.  The family moved to St. Louis, MO, where Doug was assigned to Monsanto’s Corporate headquarters where he held several jobs including Cost Engineer and Senior Construction Engineer for a major local chemical plant.

In the fall of 1977, Doug was transferred to Monsanto’s Port Plastic Plant west of Cincinnati, OH and the family again packed up, sold their home and moved.  Beginning in St. Louis and now in Cincinnati, Doug and Barbara’s children were involved in competitive swimming and track.  The boys and Doug were also involved in Boy Scouts, twice journeying to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for two week backpacking treks.

In 1981, Doug was offered a position with Mound Lab in Dayton, OH.  Doug was eventually offered the position of Manager of Construction for the plant, a position he held until his early retirement in 1991.

With the kids growing up and heading off to college, Barbara and Doug decided to take some college courses in computers just to learn more about them.  This program got somewhat out of hand and before they knew what had happened they both were working on a Masters degree in Computer Science at Wright State University in Dayton.  In June 1991, they earned their Masters degree.

In October, 1991, Doug and Barb sold their house in Dayton and moved into a condo in Atlanta serving as their short term home until they could find an area in north Georgia where they could buy or build a retirement home.  They decided the area around Blairsville, GA would meet their needs and they bough land and contracted to have a home built.  The home was completed and they moved in October, 1992.

Doug and Barbara got interested in genealogy and traveled to California, Salt Lake City, Mobile, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York in this pursuit.  Doug joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Doug and Barbara are members of First United Methodist Church in Blairsville, GA.  Doug was on the Finance Committee, Technology Committee, Building Committee, Administrative Board, and taught Computers and Genealogy in the OASIS program.

Doug was also a member of Kiwanis and worked at the Sorghum Fair and helped cook chicken and flip pancakes at fund raising events.  He was Treasurer of the Sons of the American Revolution.

In January of 2000, Doug was diagnosed with leukemia.  He underwent various chemotherapies and hospitalization in December of 2003.  The in November of 2004, the leukemia went critical and they elected to try a radical new treatment, knowing that it could be life threatening.

Doug passed away at 8:37 on December 22, 2004.

 


 

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December 29, 2004                    Page 5B

 

mrs. carolyn dyer

 

Mrs. Carolyn Dyer, age 59, lifelong resident of Blairsville, GA, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2004, in Blairsville.

Mrs. Dyer was currently employed with Appalachian Community Bank in Blairsville, and was a former employee of The Bank of Hiawassee, and was a former bookkeeper at Alexander’s Store.  She was a member of Pinetop Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Doug Dyer, of Blairsville; sons and daughters-in-law; Sidney and Laura Dyer, and Shawn and Shana Dyer, all of Blairsville; brother, Calvin Dyer, of Blairsville; three sisters: Joan Akins, of Sugar Hill, GA, Sylvia Turnage, and Lynell Lackey, both of Blairsville; grandchildren: Curtis Dyer, Jade Dyer, Austin Dyer, Keaton Dyer, Sheyenne Dyer, T.J. Burgess, and Taylor Burgess.  Many friends and other relatives also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 23, 2004, at 2 p.m., at Pinetop Baptist Church, with Rev. Stacy Dyer, Rev. Jerry Young and Rev. Henry Loggins officiating.  Special music was presented by Scott Lance and Kim Thomas.  The following gentlemen were selected to serve as pallbearers: Curtis Dyer, Leslie Groves, Brandon Hood, Seth Dyer, Justin Collins, Andy Turnage, Aubrey Dyer, and Eddie Alexander.  Burial was in Pinetop Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish, memorial contributions may be made to Pinetop Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 5929 Pinetop Church Dr., Blairsville, GA 30512.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the register book, and send condolences to the family by visiting our website: www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

 


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December 29, 2004                    Page 5B

 

mr. james buell elliott

 

            Mr. James Buell Elliott, age 99, of Blairsville, GA, passed away Saturday, December 18, 2004.

            Mr. Elliott was born in Union County, GA, on Monday, January 9, 1905, a son of the late James L. Elliott and Leanna Chapman Elliott.  Mr. Elliott lived in Tullahoma, TN for 40 years, and then moved to Hiawassee, GA in 1995.  He spent the last years of his life in Union County.  Mr. Elliott was a member of Ivy Log Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Raper Elliott.

            Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Norman Bennett, of Hiawassee, GA; brother, Dale Elliott, of Blairsville; other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, December 21, 2004, at 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home, with Dr. John Kay officiating.  Special music was presented by Mrs. Jackie Hill.

            If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to Ivy Log Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 156, Blairsville, GA 30514.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA in charge of arrangements.  You may sign the guest register and view the video tribute at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.

 


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December 29, 2004                    Page 5B

 

mrs. anna b. murray

 

Mrs. Anna B. Murray, age 92, of Wesley Mtn. Drive, Blairsville, passed away on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.  Mrs. Murray was born on January 9, 1912 in Stewart County, TN, the daughter of the late Oscar Lewis and the late Laura Hayes Lewis.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James Herbert Murray, Sr., in 1971, two sons, Bill Murray Sr., in 2003 and James Herbert Murray Jr., in 1945.  Mrs. Murray was a member of the East Frasure Church of Christ.

Surviving Mrs. Murray are one daughter-in-law, Jean Murray of Blairsville, two grandchildren, William “Bill” Murray Jr. and wife Mirja of Young Harris, Lisa Whiteside and husband Dan of Birmingham, AL.  Many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the funeral chapel with Minister Terry Stuart and Minister Burny Leavitt officiating.  Interment followed from the Zion Cemetery in Elbridge, TN, on Thursday at 12 p.m.

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


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December 29, 2004                    Page 5B

 

mrs. ann shelley mckenna

 

Mrs. Ann Shelley McKenna, age 78, of Helton Creek Road, Blairsville, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at her home following a brief illness.  Mrs. McKenna was born on December 8, 1926 in Burlington, NJ, the daughter of the late Charles Shelley and the late Catherine Birkmire Shelley.  She had retired from teaching with the Burlington School system after several years of service.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John McKenna in 1974.  Mrs. McKenna was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Surviving Mrs. McKenna are one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Janelle McKenna of Blairsville, niece, Ellen Malaspina and a nephew, Jack Martin, two loving grandchildren, Timothy and Andrew McKenna both of Blairsville, many other relatives and friends also survive.

Memorial services were held on Monday, December 27, 2004 at 11 a.m. from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Richard Wise officiating.  Interment followed in St. Clare’s Columbarium.

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


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December 29, 2004                    Page 5B

 

mr. jesse kenyon west

 

Mr. Jesse Kenyon West, age 95, of Blairsville, GA, formerly of Warner Robins, GA and Madison, GA, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2004 in Blairsville, GA.

Mr. West was born February 27, 1909 in Shingler, GA, Worth County to Elizabeth Varner West and Kenyon Callaway West.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Bennett West, two grandchildren and a daughter-in-law.  He graduated from the University of Georgia, College of Agriculture in 1931 and worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a County Extension Agent.  Most of his career was in Morgan County, GA where he was active in church and community activities.  He enjoyed working with farmers and youth through the 4-H Club.  He is especially remembered for his yearly trips with 4-H Club members to the state and county fairs to show livestock and trips to summer camp.  Mr. West was a long time and avid member of the University of Georgia Bulldog Club and he and Mrs. West enjoyed attending football as well as basketball games at the University of GA.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Union County.

Mr. West is survived by his children, Ann W. Atkinson and husband Robert, of Young Harris, GA, Patricia D. Krick and husband Charles of Blairsville, GA, Barbara W. Bone and husband Bob of Young Harris, GA, and Jesse K. West Jr. of Jacksonville, AL.  He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.  A celebration of his life was held at the First United Methodist Church of Union County on December 29, 2004, Rev. Bob Bone officiating.  Interment was at Old Union Cemetery in Young Harris, GA.

Remembrances may be made to First United Methodist Church of Union County, 849 Hwy. 515, Blairsville, GA, or to y our favorite charity.

The Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA in charge of arrangements.  Friends may send condolences and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com


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December 29, 2004                    Page 5B

 

mr. benjamin frank denney, sr.

 

Mr. Benjamin Frank Denney Sr., age 89, of Blairsville, GA passed age Friday, December 24, 2004 in Augusta.  Mr. Denney was born Sunday, January 17, 1915 in Carroll County, GA to the late Virgil E. Denney and the late Mary Lou Key Denney.  He was a member of First Baptist Church of Blairsville, Allegheny Masonic Lodge #114 F&AM, American Legion Post 121 and DAV Chapter 11.  Mr. Denney was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Bowling Denney in 2003.

Survivors include: 2 sons, Frank Denney, Jr. of Marietta, GA and Ronald Denney of Kennesaw, GA; daughter, Shelby Deitz of Grovetown, GA; sister, Georgia Little of Carrollton, GA; 9 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services were scheduled for Monday, December 27, 2004 at 1 PM from the Cochran Funeral Chapel with Rev. B.A. Buchanan and Rev. Bill Honaker officiating.  Special music was presented by The Kelley Trio.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Todd Denney, Chris Denney, Kevin Coleman, Scott Deitz, Jim Conley, and Kenny Oberkofler.  Interment followed in the Union Memory Gardens with graveside military honors conferred by the North Georgia Honor Guard.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville, GA in charge of arrangements.  You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest book at www.cochranfuneralhome.com.