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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

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December 30, 2009                    Page 11A

 

zona zachery redd

 

            Mrs. Zona Zachry Redd, age 86, of Blairsville, Georgia, passed away Friday, December 25, 2009 in Chatuge Regional Nursing Home in Hiawassee, GA.  Mrs. Redd was born Saturday, August 25, 1923 in Meridian, MC, the daughter of the late Clarence Wesley Zachry, Sr. and the late Maggie Belle Rogers Zachry.  She had been a Blairsville resident for the past 12 years.  Prior to this, she lived in Albany, GA, and Atlanta, GA.  She loved her Lord and Savior above all else.  In true southern tradition, she loved and enjoyed her family and friends, always displaying honesty and compassion.  Her hobbies were Bible study, genealogy and cooking.  Zona was a member of the First Baptist church of Blairsville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Edwin Redd and brother, Clarence Wesley Zachry, Jr.   

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Yvonne Redd of Blairsville. 

            Funeral services were held on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 1 PM from the Chapel of the Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville with Dr. Fred Lodge officiating.  Special music was presented by Minister of Music R. Terry Hooper.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers:  Keith Franks, James Jones, Ronnie McDonald, Jimmy Tallent, Royce Hamby and Hoyt Raper.  Burial followed in the Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.  The family received friends at the funeral home Monday from 12 until 1 PM.

            In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Blvd., Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345 or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.           

            Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville.


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charles gilbert

 

            Charles Gilbert, 82, of Blairsville, GA died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009 in Union County Nursing Home.  He was a native of Cherokee County, but had lived in Union County most of his life.  He had worked for Mundy’s Veneer Mill and was a member of the Moccasin Creek Baptist Church.  Charles was the son of the late Fred McKinnley and Emma Lena Roberson Gilbert. 

            Surviving are a sister, Freda Rudder of Cochran, GA; a niece, Lynn Carter of Hayesville; a great niece, Celestine Pandolph of Blairsville; five great nephews, Joshua Passmore and wife, Lena, Jeremiah Passmore, and James Passmore all of Blairsville, Caleb Passmore of Murphy, and Nathaniel Passmore of Hayesville; and several other nieces and nephews.

            Funeral services will be held at 2PM Saturday, Dec. 26 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy with the Rev. Frank Dockery officiating.  Interment was in Bellview Community Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Jeremiah, James, Caleb, and Nathaniel Passmore, Robby Turner, and Ricky Gilbert Sr. 

            The family received friends from 12-1:45 Saturday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy prior to the services.

            Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

An online guest register is available at “Obituaries” at www.iviefuneralhome.com.

           


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carl carmean

 

            Mr. Carl Carmean, age 68, of High meadows Rd., Blairsville passed away on Friday, Dec. 25, 2009 in the N.H.C. Healthcare in Hendersonville, TN, following an extended illness.  Mr. Carmean was born on Nov. 1, 1941 in Flint, MI, the son of the late Merle and Nina Carmean.  He was a veteran of the US army.  Carl loved flea markets, both buying and selling.  He enjoyed bowling, bingo and was a race car driver in his youth but never lost his love for cars.  He delivered newspapers for many years.  Mr. Carmean attended Fairview Baptist Church. 

            Surviving Mr. Carmean are seven children, Carl and Tabitha Carmean, Jr. of Hendersonville, TN, Carla and Herman Walters of Flint, MI, Christy and Tracy Owenby of Hendersonville, TN, Casey and Ashleigh Carmean of Hendersonville, Chrisandra Harrington of Hendersonville, Carrie Carmean of Hendersonville, Chad Carmean of Hendersonville, one brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Bonita Carmean of Bellview, FL, twelve grandchildren, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 29,2 009 at 2 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Jones officiating.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers, Lucas Harrington, Paul Lozier, Adam Blackwell, Damion Blackwell, Craig Carmean, Brandon Carmean.   Interment followed in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Monday from 1-10 p.m.

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

           


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karlton f. van cour

 

            Karlton F. Van Cour, age 78, of Blairsville, GA, passed away December 19, 2009 after an extended illness. 

            Karlton worked for Reed and Martin as a machine operator for several years.  He moved to Florida and worked his way up to a utilities foreman for the city of Plantation.  When he retired, the mayor gave him a key to the city for his outstanding work ethic.  Loving the mountains and nature, Karlton moved to Blairsville with wife Doris to retire.  He was her caregiver for many years due to her declining health, resulting in her death in 2007.  He will be greatly missed.

            Survivors include: daughter Susan Wilson of Blairsville; son Robert Van Cour of Taunton, MA; granddaughter Bethany Wilson, grandson Robert S. Van Cour, and 5 great grandchildren.  Other friends and relatives also survive.

            Cochran Funeral Home Blairsville, GA www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com in charge of arrangements. 


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betty louise rhyan

 

            Mrs. Betty Louise Rhyan, age 79, of R. Burnette Drive, Blairsville passed away on Sunday Dec. 20, 2009 in the Heritage Healthcare Center following an extended illness.  Mrs. Rhyan was born on Nov. 25, 1930 in Savannah, GA, the daughter of the late Claude Evans and the late Alberta Rosa.  She had been a part of the community since 1980, moving here from Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Betty enjoyed reading, puzzle books, eating out and singing in the church choir.  She was a member of the W.M.U., Secretary Treasurer of Vacation Bible School.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Rhyan in 1991 and by a sister, Eleanor Rahn.  Mrs. Rhyan was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. 

            Surviving Mrs. Rhyan are two daughters and one son-in-law, Donna Hugney of Blairsville, Lonna and Michael Lovas of Clearwater, FL, two grandchildren, Heather and John Stuart of Morganton, GA, Sean and Amy Anderson of Dallas, GA, four great-grandchildren Lauren, Cameron, Warren and Madeline, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. from the Mountain View Chapel with the Rev. George Cline officiating.  Special music was presented by Danita Kennedy and Debbie Owenby.  Interment followed in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family met with friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2-5 p..

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

           


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francis eugene dyer

 

            There are numerous ways to remember Eugene Dyer.  Certainly most people will remember him as the white-haired farmer, sitting happily on his tractor, working endlessly every day on his acreage across the Nottely River from his grocery store.  This image of the hard-working farmer who loved his land and his crops will remain vivid in the thoughts of his many friends and family!

            The many customers in his general store will also remember him as an honorable friend who was willing to lend an ear over the pot-bellied stove on a winter’s day and send them on their way with whatever they needed, be it groceries, gas, feed or fertilizer.  For those who couldn’t pay at the time, he would often barter or “put then down on his books.”  He was a generous man who truly cared about his neighbors and friends, all the while working hard and succeeding in being a really efficient and admired businessman.  Eugene bought the store in 1947 and ran his business until 1984.  He farmed until two weeks before his death, going up on his mountain with Tim, his son, to cut wood just one more time!

            While they were in school, all of his children remember him being dedicated to going to the Union County Board of education meeting every month.  He believed in education and wanted to make a contribution of this time and energies not only for his own children but for the good of all the children attending school in Union County.  He served a member of the Board of Education for 26 years, the longest service in this office in Union County history, and, for that matter, in the state of Georgia.

            Eugene enlisted in the Air Force during World War II where he served as a Sergeant in the 515th bomber squadron.  He was an aerial nose gunner on a B-24 plane called Sweet Meat.  He flew many missions, the most famous one being to defend an oilfield in San Pan Pazio, Italy.  One engine had been shot out completely upon their return and, when counted, there were 300 holes in the fuselage of the plane---but the crew was unharmed and the oilfield had been retained by the Allies!  However, his luck as a gunner eventually gave way to a dark side when the plane’s oxygen system was shot and the plane crashed, killing all on board except for Eugene and another member of the crew that he pulled out of the burning wreckage of the plane.  For this heroic action, he deservedly was awarded a coveted Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster, earned for heroism, something he has been proud of his entire life.  Sgt. Eugene Dyer also was awarded a Soldier’s metal as well as the Purple Heart for injuries he endured from the plane crash, wounds mainly sustained by his legs and involving a lengthy hospital stay.  He also has the Good Conduct Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern theater ribbon with five campaign stars, and the Distinguished Union Badge with two oak leaf clusters.

            Francis Eugene Dyer was born to Jewell Marlon Dyer and Azie Collins Dyer on February 25, 1921 and lived on Route 2 in the Choestoe section of Union County during his youth.  He married Dorothy, a fellow Union Countian whom he met when she visited his new general store as a customer.  Their marriage has lasted for more than 60 years and they happily worked together all this time on tending their farm, maintaining a thriving store, and raising three children.

            Eugene is survived by many who have loved him for so many years; Dorothy Dyer, his wife, and his children and their families---Connie Dyer of Alpharetta/Johns Creek, GA; Ivan and Margaret Dyer of Andalusia, AL, and their children Jason and Alexandra; Tim and Nancy Dyer of Blairsville, GA, and their daughter, Emily.  Eugene also had the fortune of many loving brothers and sisters.  His brother, Bluford, preceded him in death, but his surviving brothers and sisters include: Louise Dyer of Commerce, GA.; Ethelene Jones of Milledgeville, GA., Brenda Murphy, Linda Fortenberry, Gail Hedden, Troy Dyer, Janice Lance and stepbrother, Lloyd Shelton, all of whom still live locally here in Union County. 

Eugene Dyer lived to the advanced age of 88 and is, indeed, a man to be admired.  He loved his parents; he served a country that he also loved with heroic ability; he loved his wife and children and was a model citizen, husband and father; he loved and doted on his grandchildren; he loved his work of farming, tending the land that nourished and upheld him for so many years; he loved his neighbors and customers who traded with him at Dyer’s Grocery, treating everyone with respect and concern; but, most importantly, he loved life itself, a precious commodity to him, a thing to be cherished and lived to its fullest.  And, bless him, he did live life to its fullest!  He will be remembered….

Eugene became a Christian as a young boy and was an active, faithful member of Choestoe Baptist Church.  His body was entrusted to Cochran’s Funeral Home in Blairsville, GA.

            Funeral services were held at Choestoe Baptist Church, where the body lay in state for 30 minutes prior to the service, on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 11 AM, with Reverend Ken Zollinger officiating.  The following gentlemen served as pallbearers: Jason Dyer, buddy Hunter, Bill Collins, Keith Jones, Bob queen, Carlos Berrenquer, and Sylvan Dyer.  Music was furnished by Eddie Owens, Linda Thornton, Jo Mosley and Martha Collins.  Interment followed in Choestoe Baptist church Cemetery, with military honors conducted by The North Georgia Honor Guard.  

            The family received friends at Cochran Funeral Home Tuesday, December 22, 2009 from 6 PM until 9 PM.

            If you wish to do so, the family suggests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or Regency Hospice.  Arrangements entrusted to Cochran Family of Funeral and Cremation Services of Blairsville.  You are invited to view the Life Tribute and send condolences to the family at www.cochrannfuneralhomes.com