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The North Georgia News

Blairsville, GA  30512

www.nganews.com

 

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July 16, 2003                 Page 7B

 

Mrs. Mary Ellen Drugmand Smith

 

Mrs. Mary Ellen Drugmand Smith, age 72 of Holly cove Circle, Blairsville, passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2003 in the Union General Hospital following an extended illness.

Mrs. Smith was born on May 5, 1931 in Imperial, PA, the daughter of the late Ely N. Drugmand and the late Anna Esia Drugmand.  She was of the Methodist faith.

Mary Ellen is survived by her husband Bob; sister, Wanda; nieces, Jackie, Pam and Tippy; nephews, David, Daryl and Tom and by her special friends of forty years, Jon and Sandra and twenty five years, Don and Retha.  She is also survived by her many treasured friends at the Senior Bowling League, Blairsville and Wal-Mart, Murphy associates.  In addition, a special note of thanks to her Friday night dinners and card playing buddies, Bob, Betty, Don, Barbara, Ron and Clair for helping make her life so pleasantly wonderful.

Mary Ellen also wants to say a very special thank you to her newly found friends, The Guardian Angels here on earth, the wonderful people at Hospice, Tony, Cat, Andrea, Linda, Nancy, Michelle, Mary and Guynelle.  These heavenly souls were with Mary Ellen to the last moment and made her final days so much more peaceful and comfortable.  We also thank the kind, gentle and caring people at Union General Hospital and Dr. Mary Beth Wiles, Kathy and Cybil.  All of these wonderful people made sure Mary Ellen had no suffering.

Mary Ellen will always be remembered for her love of fellow man, all of nature and wildlife and her witt and humor (even to her last moments).  We also warmly thank friends, Bill, Dee, Bud, Marsha, Harry, Loretta, Pamela, Vickie, Linda, Don, Retha, Tom, Claudia, Jim, Peg, Don, Joanna, Bob, Della, Tom, Pat, Ron, Helen, Marie, Jeanne, Gerry and Sarah for being with Mary Ellen during her final moments.  We also thank a very special friend (identity yet unknown) who perfectly placed a Guardian Angel statue in Mary Ellen’s new garden of love.  It is so beautifully placed that it is as if God sent and Angel to place it.

Mary Ellen requested that no special services, as she wanted to caused no further grief or suffering by her family and many friends.  Instead she wants to be remembered by her love of life, her flowers and vegetable gardens, her animal and bird friends.  She also wants to be remembered for her recently created “garden of love” (and her “orphaned” rock collection) placed in the garden and the value added to her life by the works of artists Thomas Kinkade.

Mary Ellen requested no flowers, but if you would like, donations may be made to Regency Hospice, P.O. Box 586, Clayton, GA 30525.

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

 


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July 16, 2003                 Page 7B

 

Mrs. Austelle Colwell DeVilbiss

 

            Mrs. Austelle Colwell DeVilbiss, age 88, of Nashville, TN, formerly of Blairsville, GA passed way Wednesday, July 2, 2003 at her home following an extended illness.

            Mrs. DeVilbiss was born in Union County, GA, an Friday, November 27, 1914, a daughter of the late Homer and Eula England Colwell.  She was a beloved mother, warm friends, and community activist.  Mrs. DeVilbiss had served as former president of Women’s Auxiliary of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, and Board member Emeritus of Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association.  Mrs. DeVilbiss was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil F. DeVilbiss; brother, Robert E. Colwell; father, Homer Colwell and mother Eula England Colwell.

            Surviving are her three sons, Cecil “Chip” and Carl DeVilbiss, of Nashville and Cyrus of Chattanooga, TN; and seven grandchildren:  Matthew, Eric, Laura, Blaire, Marty Beth, Clay and Samantha.

            Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville with Rev. Eddie Herring officiating.  Burial was in Union Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Memorial services were held at Calvary United Methodist Church in Anderson Chapel, in Nashville on Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 1 p.m. with a gathering for the friends and family following.

            In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Camp Fire USA Georgia Council, 100 Edgewood, Ave., NE, Suite 528, Atlanta, GA 30303; www.campfireusaga.org.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


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July 16, 2003                 Page 7B

 

Verna Deyton Howell

 

            Verna Deyton Howell, 80, of Hayesville died Monday, July 7, 2003 in Chatuge Regional Hospital.

            Verna was raised in Green Mountain, NC and she moved to Hayesville in 1963.  She was the daughter of the late Bass and Etta Deyton and the wife of the late Phillip J. Howell, who died January 9, 1982.  She was a graduate of the Fort Sanders Hospital School of Nursing in Knoxville, TN.  She was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US navy Nursing Corp.  She loves her work as a registered nurse and those she worked with and she had a deep compassion for all she cared for.

            Surviving are three daughters, Brenda Sellers and husband, Jackie.  Alice Howell and Donna Crowell and husband, Glenn all of Hayesville; two sons, Greg Howell and wife, Mary of Charleston, SC and Own Howell and wife, Fran of Murphy; a sister, Evelyn Wilkerson of Green Mountain, a brother, Yates Deyton of Green Mountain; eight grandchildren, Mary Kirby and husband, Greg, Jeanne Davis and husband Casey, Amy Dills and husband, Greg, John Coker and wife, Meagan, Justin Howell, Jonathan and Justin White, and Michael Crowell; and four great grandchildren, Sydney and Katherine Davis, Alexander Kirby, and Haley Coker.

            Funeral services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2003 in the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home in Hayesville with Dr. Pete Taylor officiating.  Graveside services at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2003 in Fairview Cemetery in Green Mountain.  Pallbearers:  John Coker, Greg Dills, Justin Howell, Jonathan and Justin White and Casey Davis.

            In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Hayesville First United Methodist Church, PO Box 85, Hayesville, NC 28904.

            Ivie Funeral Home in Hayesville in charge of all arrangements.

 


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July 16, 2003                 Page 7B

 

MRS. ANNE ELLIS LOHNER

 

Mrs. Anne Ellis Lohner, 95 of Blairsville, GA passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2003 in Union General Hospital in Blairsville.

            Mrs. Lohner was born in Paducah, Kentucky on Thursday, June 11, 1908, a daughter of the late porter and Eugenia Taylor Ellis.  Mrs. Lohner, a former resident of Birmingham, AL., was a former member of the Red Mountain Church there, and was employed by S.H. Kress & Co. for 42 years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack in 1982.  Mrs. Lohner was a member of Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Blairsville.

            Surviving are children:  Jack E. and Jill Lohner of Gretna. LA; Gail and Richmond Huggins of Blairsville, GA; sister Mona Fetter of Medway, OH; seven grandchildren:  Martha Anne Elliott of Mandeville, Louisiana; Jack E. Lohner, Jr., of Dallas, TX; Gerald Lohner of Marrero, Louisiana; Missy McDaniels of New Orleans, Louisiana; Renee Williams of Gretna, Louisiana; Richmond Huggins, Jr. of Jupiter, FL and James Huggins of Port St. Lucie, FL; twelve great grandchildren also survive.

            Memorial services were held Friday, July 11, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Grace Community Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Ross Bair officiating.  Special music was presented by Bobby Sims.

            If you wish, memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 521, Blairsville, GA 30514or to Grace Community Presbyterian Church Building Fund.

            Cochran Funeral Home of Blairsville was entrusted by the family for the arrangements.


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July 16, 2003                 Page 7B

 

JULE CLYDE WOOD

 

            Mr. Jule Clyde Wood, age 69 of Young Harris, GA passed away on July 10, 2003.  Mr. Wood was born in Towns County, GA on July 31, 1934 to the late Robert and Annie Foster Wood.  He was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Louise Wood.  He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict.  Surviving Mr. Wood are his wife, Mrs. Donnie Wood of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Glenda Hooper of Hayesville; Mrs. Golda Kolvder of Blairsville and Mrs. Barbara Tucker of Hiawassee; one son, Mr. Dale Wood of Young Harris; two brothers, Mr. Pope Wood of Hiawassee and Mr. Sam Wood of Canton, Ohio; four grandchildren, Timothy Wood, Craig Wood, Adam Tucker and Hope Kolvder; one great grandchild, Dustin Hooper.  Nieces and nephews also survive.

            Funeral services for Mr. Wood were held on July 13, 2003 at 2:00 pm at Lower Hightower Baptist Church with Rev. Harrison Bradley and Rev. Harold Ledford officiating.  North Georgia Honor Guard conducted the military honors.  Interment was also in Lower Hightower Baptist Church Cemetery.  Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee was in charge of the arrangements.


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July 16, 2003                 Page 7B

 

MR. FREEMAN CURTIS WATSON

 

            Mr. Freeman Curtis (better known as Curt) Watson, age 65 of Souther Ridge, Blairsville, passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2003 at his home.

            Mr. Watson was born on April 2, 1938 in Manning, SC, the son of the late Freeman Curtis Watson and the late Frances Lottie Graham Watson.  He was a veteran of the US Army where he was in the Army Airborne.  He had retired from the Homestead Air Force Base in Florida, where he served as the utilities superintendent for over twenty-seven years.  Mr. Watson was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner and a member of the Scottish Rite in Miami.  He was a lifetime DAV member.  Mr. Watson was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Union County.

            Surviving Mr. Watson are his loving wife of fourteen years, Norma Jean Watson of Blairsville, three step-sons, Raymond Beerman of Atlanta, Charles Beerman of Monuement, CO, David Beerman of Ofpembroke Pines, FL; one sister, Frances Shirley Firestine of Barto, PA; two brothers, Lewis Allen and Kevin Allen, many other relatives and friends also survive.

            Memorial services were held on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 at 2 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church of Union County with the Rev. Eddie Herring officiating.  Special music was presented by Jeff Bauman and Keith Defoor.  Interment followed in the Holly Hill Cemetery.

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


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July 16, 2003                 Page 7B

 

J.B. McFALLS, JR.

 

            Mr. J.B. McFalls, Jr., age 56, of Hiawassee, GA passed away Thursday, July 10, 2003 in Atlanta at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

            Mr. McFalls was born October 21, 1946 in Towns County, a son of the late J.B. and Ruby (Gibson) McFalls.  He was a member of South Hayesville Church of God.

            Survivors include:  his wife of 39 years, Jean McFalls of the home; daughter, Melissa Winkler of Hiawassee, GA; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Kristy McFalls of Hiawassee, GA; stepfather, Ellis Rogers of Hiawassee, GA; sisters, Mary Polly, Wilma Cote’ and Sheryl Tench, all of Hiawassee; brother, Ray Rogers of Hiawassee; grandchildren, Mandy Harwood, Branden McFalls and Corbin Williams, all of Hiawassee.

            Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 13, 2003 at 2:00 pm at the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Truman Foster and Ronnie Coffee officiating.  Music was provided by James Goodwin.  Pallbearers were Jerry Turpin, Cleveland Wade, Derek Burch, Jimmy Ledford, Jay Polly and Sammy Johnson.  Honorary Pallbearer was Ray Rogers.  Interment was in Lower Bell Baptist Church Cemetery.

            Arrangements were made by Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee, GA.