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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA30512

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Mrs. margaret m. stafford

 

Mrs. Margaret M. Stafford, age 91, of Blairsville, GA. passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2001, in Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville.

Mrs. Stafford was a former first grade teacher at North Sumter Primary School in Wildwood, FL.She began her teaching career September 15, 1918, in a country, one-room wood frame school house with outdoor toilet facilities, and a pitcher pump for drinking water.A pot-bellied stove was used in the school and wood was used for fuel.The parents of the students would take turns in providing lunch for the pupils, which consisted mostly of great northern beans and rice.She taught students from the first grade to the eighth grade.Because there were no school buses provided for the studentís transportation, she used her automobile to carry students who did not live within walking distance of the country school.

Mrs. Stafford had the honor of being the Valedictorian as well as a member of the first graduating class of Wildwood High School.At this time in FL. A person could begin teaching upon graduation from high school by passing the teacherís examination that was given each year in June by the State Department of Education.Salary ranged from $25 to $55 per month which was based on the type of certificate issued by the Department of Education.During the school terms and summers, she earned both her Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts in Education from the University of Florida by taking correspondence courses and attending summers at the University.

At the time of her retirement from teaching, she had earned 30 hours past her Masterís degree requirement.Mrs. Margaret Stafford, who taught her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and who wanted to be a teacher since she was 8 years old, stated that ďI believe that the Lord has a purpose for all our lives.Iím so thankful that He chose me to be a teacher.Children are the nationís treasure.I thank God because I have had an opportunity to help mould this precious treasure. The children are my life.Ē

Having taught 43 years in the Sumter County School System, from the county school house located in Adamsville, to elementary schools located in Coleman, Webster, and finally Wildwood, she reluctantly retired.However, the next school term she was back in school at the beginning of the school to help primary students improve their academic skills.She was recognized by the Florida Department of Education as a Volunteer of the Year for the State of Florida.She taught as a volunteer for three years, totaling 45 educational years in total for her teaching career.

Mrs. Margaret Stafford was a member of First Baptist Church of Coleman, FL, where she served as a pianist and then organist in her later years since the age of 12.She taught Sunday School and worked with both young and senior groups for many years in her church.

Mrs. Staffordís professional affiliations include Delta Kappa Gamma, Sumter County Educational Association, the Florida Educational Association and the National Educational Association.She was a lifetime member of the Wildwood Womanís Club. F.E.A., SCEA, and Delta Kappa Gamma.She held a two-year term as Delta Kappa Gamma President of her Chapter, and also held other positions in her professional affiliated organizations.

Mrs. Stafford moved to Blairsville, GA. in 1989, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blairsville.

Surviving are: two daughters: Dr. Mignon S. Tucker and Mary M. Brock of Blairsville; grandchildren: Winton Neil Traylor of Montgomery, AL, Tammy Brock Beeler, of Blairsville, GA, Chad Brock, of Nashville, TN; great grandchildren: Brian Stafford Traylor of Dalton, GA, Kipling Mignon Traylor and Winton (Wyn) Neil Traylor of Montgomery, Christa Nichole Beeler, and Cara Ann Beeler of Blairsville.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 2, 2001, at First Baptist Church of Coleman, FL with burial in Adamsville Cemetery.

Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.

 


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MR. karl-heinz zimm

 

Mr. Karl-Heinz Zimm, age 75, of T. Alexander Dr., Blairsville passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at his home following a sudden illness.Mr. Zimm was born on Sept. 27, 1925 in Essen Germany, the son of the late Henry Zimm and the late Paula Zimm.Mr. Zimm was a WWII veteran.He was of the Lutheran Faith.

Surviving Mr. Zimm are one son and daughter-in-law, Michael H. and Diane Zimm of Manhassett, NY; two grandchildren, Julia Ann and Eric Michael Zimm, both of Manhassett, NY; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 2, 2001 at 2 p.m. from the Fair Child Funeral Home Chapel in Manhassett.Interment followed in the Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington, NY.

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

 


The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA30512

www.nganews.com

 

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

 

 

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MR. john patrick mccann

 

Mr. John Patrick McCann, age 81, of Woodland Dr., Blairsville passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2001 in the Union General Hospital following and extended illness.Mr. McCann was born on May 14, 1920 in Philidelphia, PA, the son of the late John McCann, Sr. and Genevieve Brennan McCann.He was preceded in death by one son, Patrick McCann.Mr. McCann was of the Catholic faith and attended St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Surviving Mr. McCann are his loving wife of twenty eight years, Jacqueline Mikvlsky McCann of Blairsville; five sons: Paul Causey of Mt. Carmel, PA, Gary Causey of Alvin, TX, Bill Causey of Conroe, TX, John Causey of Marlboro, MA, and Bob Causey of Tampa, FL, one sister, Lou McCann of Mt. Carmel, PA; one brother, Bob McCann of Wilmington, NC; eleven grandchildren; one great grandchild; many other relatives and friends also survive.

Memorial services were held on Monday, June 4, 2001 at 10 a.m. from St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Balappa Selvaraj officiating.Interment followed in St. Clares Columbarium.In lieu of flowers, if you wish, the family requests that memorials may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church or to your favorite charity in Mr. McCanns memory.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.