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Frank E. Mick Bryan

Mr. Frank E. Mick Bryan, 68, of Warlick Circle, Ellijay, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at his home.

Mr. Bryan was born Dec. 13, 1932, in Gilmer County, the son of Mary Tilley Bryan and Jake Bryan. He was retired from the Georgia State Department of Engineering, and Department of Human Resources, a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy in Korea, and a member of First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Huff Bryan; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Anne Bryan, Ellijay; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Lennie Upshaw, Heidelberg, Germany; three grandchildren, Amanda Upshaw, Mathew Upshaw, and Sarah Bryan; mother, Mary Goble, Ellijay; brother, Bob Bryan, Holly Springs; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Dorothy Mosley, Ruth Huff, Jim and Barbara Huff, all of Ellijay; and Bill and Peggy Huff, Blue Ridge.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. from First Baptist Church with Dr. Milton Perry, Rev. James Holt and Rev. Jess Posey officiating. Music was by The Ladies Trio, Bill McVey and Lisa Lacey.

Pallbearers were Merlin Upshaw, Larry Tankersley, Kenny Stokes, Ed Lacey, E.B. Fuller, Jr., Garvin Davis, Larry Davis, and Wallace Parks.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Evans, Martin Teem, and Bill McVey.

Interment was in the Ellijay City Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

John Patton

John Patton, 85, of Ellijay, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at North Georgia Medical Center.

Mr. Patton was born April 14, 1915, in Eccles, W. Va., the son of Roy Patton and Myrtle Claypool Patton. He was a 1934 graduate of Trap Hill High School, World War II U.S. Army Air Corp veteran, and crew chief on P47 fighter planes.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Combs Patton.

Survivors include a son, John Arlie Patton and wife Cherry of Flower Mound, Texas; two grandsons, John Andrew Patton, Covington, and Gregory James Welford, Macon; one granddaughter, Andreena Marie Patton, Macon; and one great granddaughter, Riley Michelle Patton, Covington; four brothers, Walter Patton, Eccles, Doff Patton, Beckley, Warren Patton, Huntington, and Frank Patton, Morgantown; and one sister, Edna Mae Tabor, Beckley.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Rev. Donald Ray Patton officiating.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley.

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley and Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Henry Clayton Smith, Sr.

Mr. Henry Clayton Smith, Sr., 69, of John Teems Road, Ellijay, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, in the North Georgia Medical Center.

Mr. Smith was born Feb. 1, 1932, in Oglethorpe County, the son of Henry Lawrence Smith and Hilda Harrison Smith. He was married to the late Mary Jean Smith, was a retired truck driver and member of First Baptist Church.

He is survived by children: Henry and Anne Smith, Paul and Carol Smith, Jason and Rebecca Smith, Richard Smith, Dan Bonner, all of Ellijay, Lisa and Mark Fiolich, Summerville and Gina and Claude Painter, Ellijay; 14 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brothers, Larry Smith and George Smith, both of Carlton; and sisters, Jessie Streat, Waycross and Barbara Cleveland, New Mexico.

Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. from the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Rev. Bryan Hensley, Rev. Russell Hood, and Rev. Cliff Nelson officiating. Music was by Leta Hood and the church choir.

Pallbearers were John Roberson, Alan Burton, Randy Taylor, Chris Padgett, Ron Towns, and Richard Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Roy Roberson, Byron Smith, Michael Padgett, and Warren Padgett.

Interment was in the Yukon Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Verla Mae Plumley Wikle

Mrs. Verla Mae Plumley Wikle, 84, of Turniptown Road, Ellijay, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001.

Mrs. Wikle was born Sept. 27, 1916, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Oscar Plumley and Julia Sellers Plumley. She was a housewife and member of the Turniptown Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Cathy Teague, Ellijay; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Jewell Bramlette, Cleveland; grandson, Mike Bramlette; great grandson, Michael Bramlette, both of Cleveland; and sister, Mrs. Odene Elliott, Holly Springs.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Ervin Smith officiating. Music was by the Samaritans.

Pallbearers were Hal Dooley, Harold Plumley, Leonard Davis, Lowell Jones, Rodney Plumley, and Willie Charles.

Interment was in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Edward Scott Thomas

Mr. Edward Scott Thomas, 32, of Cohutta, died Friday, February 23, 2001.

Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Teresa Diane Thomas; mother and stepfather, Donna and Doug Groves, Rocky Face; brother, Brian Groves, Rocky Face; grandmother, Gladys Pell; brothers-in-law, Bucky Franklin and Eddie Franklin; sister-in-law, Sally Franklin, and mother and father-in-law, Annie and Buster Franklin.

Services were Monday, February 26, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Kenemer Brothers Funeral Home with Rev. J.B. Kirby officiating.

Interment followed in the Poplar Springs Cemetery under the direction of Kenemer Brothers Funeral Home of Dalton.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Leonard H. Stewart, Sr.

Mr. Leonard H. Stewart, Sr., 98, of Whiteface, Texas, formerly of Ellijay, died Friday, February 23, 2001.

Mr. Stewart was survived by his son, Leonard Stewart, Jr., Texas; four grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Fordham, Texas, and Mildred Ward, Florida.

Graveside services were Tuesday, February 27, at Whitehead Cemetery with Minister Ken Darnell officiating.

Head Family Funeral Home of Lubbock, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Mrs. Glenis (Johnnie) Payne Simmons

Mrs. Glenis (Johnnie) Payne Simmons, 63, of Yukon Road, Ellijay, died Wednesday, February 21, 2001, in Cobb County.

Mrs. Simmons was born July 21, 1937, in Pickens County, the daughter of Glenn William Payne and Mary Visie Adams Payne. She was a carpet mill worker for 32 years, and a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Jesse Ward Simmons; sons and daughters-in law, Philip and Glenda Sumner, Jasper, Lloyd Alan and Mae Sumner, Florida; one grandchild, Dustin Sumner, Jasper; sisters, Lorene Mullinax, Ellijay, Mary Lou Porter and Linda Payne, both of Michigan, Eula Kirby, Blue Ridge, and Marcelle Bailey, Texas; and brother, J.B. Payne, Michigan. Services were Friday, February 23, at 2 p.m. from the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Blackwell and Rev. Wayne Long officiating. Music was by the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Choir and Rev. and Mrs. Wayne Long.

Pallbearers were Robbie Cantrell, Lee Edmondson, Matt Chastain, Donald Reece, Teddy Stanfill, and Phil Dillard.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Mrs. Winston Smith Shull

Mrs. Winston Smith Shull, 69, of Wesson Rd., Shelby, N.C., died Saturday, January 27, 2001, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center.

A native of Ellijay, she was born May 17, 1931, the daughter of Dr. Robert Winston Smith and Mary Elsie Moye Smith Birdsall. She worked with Cleveland County Health Department as a medical technician and was a member of Central United Methodist Church, serving on the altar guild, in the church choir and as a life member of United Methodist Women. She was a graduate of Wesleyan College in Macon, and the University of North Carolina in 1951. She taught needlepoint through Cleveland Community College, served on the board of directors of the Cleveland County Fair Association, was former chief registrar for Shelby Precinct No. 7 and a former member of the Cleveland County Board of Elections.

She is survived by her husband, George Henderson Shull; son and daughter-in law, Robert Bryan and Beth McCulloch Shull, Shelby; daughters and sons-in law, Sara Shull and Glenn Mertes, Charlotte, and Marywinn and Dicky Amaya, Shelby; and nine grandchildren.

The memorial service was at Central United Methodist Church with Dr. Joe Reeves officiating.

Interment followed in the Cleveland Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Altar Guild, Central United Methodist Church, 200 East Marion St., Shelby, NC 28150 or to Young Life, P.O. Box 1757, Shelby, NC 28151.

Palmer Mortuary of Shelby was in charge of arrangements.

Winston will be remembered by all her many friends in Ellijay and especially her classmates from the Gilmer County High School graduating class of 1947.

Mrs. Stella Estepp Parsons

Mrs. Stella Estepp Parson, 86, of Dalton, died Thursday, December 7, 2000, at Hamilton Medical Center.

Mrs. Parsons was born November 26, 1914, the daughter of Henry and Louise Champion Estepp of Ellijay. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar A. Parsons.

Mrs. Parsons grew up in Ellijay and married Oscar Parsons, whom she met while he was in the CCC in the 30s. He was working on the roads in Gilmer County. She later started working for Cabin Craft in the 1940's bedspread industry where she worked for many years. She was a pioneer member of Welcome Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Marjorie and Dale Dover, Tenn., Doris and Earl Brown, Lula and Joe McMillan and Vilinda and Ronnie Goss, all of Dalton; sisters, Della McCollum, Dalton and Ellive "Ina" Callaway, Atlanta; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.

Services were at Welcome Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Deems and Mr. Randy Vaughn officiating.

Interment was in the Whitfield Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Ardella Duisen Glosson

Mrs. Ardella Duisen Glosson, 70, of Ellijay, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at Haven House Hospice in Atlanta.

Mrs. Glosson was a retired nurse working in Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, and Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Glosson.

She is survived by her children, Douglas Longmire, Acworth, Bruce Longmire, Roswell, Neal Longmire, and Lee Ann Longmire, both of S.C.; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; and brother, Robert Duisen, Dixie Lee Junction.

Graveside services were Friday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. from the Lake View Cemetery with Rev. Don McConnell officiating.

Click Funeral Home of Lenoir City was in charge of the arrangements.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Mrs. Eula Cochran

Mrs. Eula Cochran, 87, of Dalton, died Sunday, March 4, 2001.

Mrs. Cochran was born July 15, 1913, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Henry Thad and Vanna Lou Weaver Ellis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Cochran.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Cecil and Patricia Cochran, and Reed Cochran, Dalton; sister, Annie Lou McCurdy, Dalton; very special friends, Jean Rigsby and Eda Dixon, both of Dalton; 13 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren, and a number of great-great grandchildren.

Services were Tuesday, March 6 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Ponders Funeral Home with Rev. Junior Williams officiating.

Interment was in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery under the direction of Ponders Funeral Home of Dalton.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Elbert Eugene (Butch) Smith, Jr.

Mr. Elbert Eugene (Butch) Smith, Jr., 35, of Gunstock Creek Ln., Ellijay, died Wednesday, February 28, 2001.

Mr. Smith was born December 12, 1965, in Whitfield County. He was a construction worker, veteran having served with the U.S. Marine Corp and of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn Cochran Smith; children, Megan Smith and Emily Smith, both of Ellijay; mother, Bobbie Holloway, Dalton; father, Gene Smith, Warner Robbins; sisters, Jan Morris and Lisa Godfrey, both of Dalton; grandmothers, Lisa Lee, Dalton and Gladys Smith, Warner Robbins; and father-in-law, J.W. Cochran.

Services were Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist Church with Dr. Milton Perry, Rev. Mike Hayden and Shannon Spillman officiating. Music was by Scott Eaton, Tim Harrison and Lisa Lacey.

Pallbearers were Terry Dills, Ronnie Thomason, James Morris, David Causby, Tony Chastain, and Stephen Wilson.

Interment was in the Yukon Cemetery with military rities by the North Georgia Honor Guard. Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Betty Jean Stewart Chouinard

Ms. Betty Jean Stewart Chouinard, 70, of Whitepath Springs Rd., Ellijay, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, in Kennestone Hospital.

Ms. Chouinard was born November 22, 1930, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Gladys Miller Stewart and Jennings Stewart. She was retired form the textile industry and was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sharon Chouinard, Tenn., and Marty Chouinard, Ellijay; daughter, Theresa Chouinard, Ellijay; mother, Gladys Stewart, Ellijay; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Services were Tuesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. from the Rock Creek Baptist Church with Rev. John Newton and Rev. Cleve Underwood officiating. Music was by the church choir.

Pallbearers were Billy Key, Keith Woodring, Mark Chouinard, Logan Chouinard, Caleb Chouinard, and Bryan Woodring.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Clifford G. (Duce) Williams

Mr. Clifford G. (Duce) Williams, 67, of Dalton, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at Hamilton Medical Center.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Stanford Williams; sons and daughters-in-law, H.C. and Teresa Williams, Ellijay and Tommy and Carolyn Williams, Dalton; daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Tim Bartley, Dalton, and Marsha and Kendall Sosebee, Lafayette; 10 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Lee Williams, Chatsworth; and sister and brother-in-law, Josephine and L.A. Jackson, Ellijay.

Services were Monday, March 5, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Cochran officiating.

Interment followed in the Hopewell Cemetery in Gordon County, under the direction of Peeples Funeral Home of Chatsworth.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Arnold LeRoy Westmoreland

Mr. Arnold LeRoy Westmoreland, 60, of Dalton, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at the St. Joseph's Hospital.

Mr. Westmoreland is survived by her son, Jackie Westmoreland, Chatsworth; mother, Viola Westmoreland, Chatsworth; one granddaughter; brother, Benny Westmoreland, Ellijay; sisters, Jackelyn Burell, N.C., and Donna Mooney, Chatsworth.

Services will be Thursday, March 8, from the chapel of the Peeples Funeral Home of Chatsworth, with Rev. Junior Luxford and Rev. Roy Griggs officiating.

Interment will be in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery in Wolf Creek, N.C. under the direction of Peeples Funeral Home of Chatsworth.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Herman Cleveland Pinson

Mr. Herman Cleveland Pinson, 62, of Pinson Road, Ellijay, died Saturday, March 2, 2001, at Northside Hospital.

Mr. Pinson was born June 21, 1938, in Gilmer County, the son of George Luther Pinson and Roxie Mattie Troglin. He was a master mechanic, member of Little Baptist Church and a veteran having served in the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Joe Ray Pinson; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Scott Huffman, Cherry Log; sons, Edward Eugene Pinson, Jimmy C. Pinson, and Robbie Pinson, all of Ellijay; 13 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; sister, Louise Cain, Smyrna; brothers, James Pinson and Albert Pinson, both of Covington; and stepfather, Roy Boring, Ellijay.

Services were Monday, March 5, at 2 p.m. from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Roy Scott and Rev. Ervin Smith officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Stephen Payne, Scott Huffman, Curtis Pinson, Justin Pinson, Josh Tipton, Jackie Eaton, David Tipton, Richard Smith, Sam Smith, and Lather Pinson.

Interment was in the Ellijay City Cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Ricky Lee Cochran

Mr. Ricky Lee Cochran, 53, of Canton, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at his home.

Mr. Cochran worked in the retail automotive industry and was a member of the Heritage Baptist Fellowship.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Cochran; son, Caleb Thomas Cochran; father, Leon Cochran; brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Wanda Cochran, all of Canton; and mother-in-law, Oleeta Sanford, Ellijay.

Services were Wednesday, March 7, from the Heritage Baptist Fellowship with Rev. J.R. Huddlestun officiating. Interment followed in the Oakdale Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Sosebee Funeral Home of Canton.


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