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Verdell M. Thomas

Verdell M. Thomas, 81, of Ellijay passed away Friday May 10, 2013 at Emory Hospital following a period of declining health.

Born May 20, 1931 in Lumpkin County to the late Frank and Docia Mincey, she had lived in Gilmer County since 2000 having moved from Lilburn. A devoted wife and mother, she loved gardening and sewing. Verdell was a member of Nimblewill Baptist Church and was also preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Wishon; and brothers, Johnnie Mincey and Leon Mincey.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Wayne E. Thomas, Ellijay; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Pam Thomas, Lilburn, Keith and Cerena Thomas, Dahlonega; sisters, Nina Moss, Dahlonega, Opal Beaver, Lilburn; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville. Dr. Jim Gaines officiated. Interment followed in the Old Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Young Harris.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, was in charge of arrangements.

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Billy Carl Copeland

Mr. Billy Carl Copeland, age 60, of Dahlonega, died April 27, 2013.

Mr. Copeland was an automotive body technician and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by daughter, Tina C. Easter, Dahlonega. One brother, four sisters, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of other relatives also survive.

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Marie Grogan Grizzle

Mrs. Marie Grogan Grizzle, age 89, of Dahlonega, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013.

She had been a resident of Foothills Personal Care Home in Lumpkin County for the past 4 years and had lived in Lumpkin County since 1965, coming from Marietta, Ga.

She was the daughter of the late William Alfred and Missouri Turner Grogan, and was also preceded in death by her husband, Albert Grizzle; three brothers and four sisters.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Veronica Grizzle, of Gainesville, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law Don and Jean Grizzle, of Dahlonega; sons, Dennis Grizzle of Dahlonega and Charles Grizzle of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Susan and Robby McMahan, Rodney and Kelly Grizzle, Ashleigh, Jake and Shane Grizzle; great grandchild, Sam McMahan. Several nieces and nephews, and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Marie were held Monday May 13, 2013 at Banister Funeral Home Chapel.

Rev. Stephen Adams officiated.

Interment followed at Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery in Dahlonega.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Bill Hanson

Cobb County and the State of Georgia recently lost a human services icon with the death of Bill Hanson. Mr. Hanson was integrally involved in the creation of the Cobb Community Collaborative Inc.

Bill died suddenly on April 17 at his home in Dahlonega at the age of 66.

The Cobb Communty Collaborative, formed in 1997 and tracing its roots back to the 1970s, is a membership of nonprofits, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, professional organizations, local government, businesses, associations and citizens who share ideas, expertise and resources to meet the needs of Cobb County.

A native of Maryland, he interned at NASA after graduation from the University of Maryland with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

He found his true calling after enrolling as a VISTA Volunteer in 1969 and coming to Georgia as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. Bill went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration and finance.

Bill volunteered with many service organizations to address homelessness, poverty and unsafe housing. He demonstrated his commitment for safe, affordable housing as a grant proposal writer, project manager and program developer in Marietta with a focus on multi-faceted collaborative efforts with private, local, state and federal entities to upgrade shelters, run-down apartment complexes and private homes.

Bill was an advisory board member of the Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness. He founded Help in Housing in Lumpkin County to build houses that were affordable for low-income families. In accordance with his life’s work, the family asked that donations be made in Bill’s memory to the Lumpkin County Habitat for Humanity.

Bill Hanson was a behind-the-scenes guy who was very influential in bringing new resources to the community. He was an extremely special person. While he operated quietly and without fanfare, he did tremendous community based work. He was able to rally volunteers and social services together around resource sharing and collaboration for a common purpose to help those in need.

Bill helped create an esprit de corps and an environment of cooperation among the human service organizations in Cobb County that you don’t often see in many other counties.

Where there was a need for help, an idea of how to assist or a group organziing to fill a need, Bill was very likely involved with how it all got pulled together.

The Cobb Community Collaborative’s Policy Council on Homelessness honored his service by creating the William E. (Bill) Hanson Collaboration Award.

The state of Georgia and the Cobb County human services community will be eternally grateful for the work of Bill Hanson over his decades of dedicated and tireless work.

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Doris Jean Jarrard

Mrs. Doris Jean Jarrard, age 78, of Enterprise, Alabama, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Enterprise Medical Center.

Mrs. Jarrard was a Missouri native and former resident of Lumpkin County who had lived in Enterprise, Alabama for the past several years. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was the daughter of the late Roland and Bertha Bailey Cramer, and was also preceded in death by her husband, P.J. Jarrard.

Mrs. Jarrard is survived by her daughter, Sherry Piezon, Enterprise, Alabama; and her son, Ronald Jarrard, Dahlonega. Several other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jarrard were held May 10, 2013, at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. J. .R Fields officiated.

Interment followed in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Dorothy Foy Gantt

Dorothy Foy Gantt, Trudy, as she was known, passed away May 7, 2013 in Dahlonega, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents Janet and Erle Foy of Atlanta.

A native of Atlanta, Trudy graduated from Cross Keys High School and attended Auburn University. For the past 40 years she and her family have lived outside Dahlonega in her beloved north Georgia mountains.

She was a devoted wife and mother, as well as an expert in the needle arts. She also had a gift for weaving, a huge talent for knitting and was a superb teacher.

Trudy is survived by her husband William (Corky) Gantt, sons Graham McGhee, Ashley McGhee, Jason Gantt , and daughter Janet Welch, as well as five grandchildren. In addidtion she is survived by sister Nancy Foy Carson.

Cremation by Dahlonega Funeral Home.

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Joseph P. Hollis, Jr.(Joey)

Joseph P. Hollis, Jr. (Joey), age 69, passed away May 8, 2013.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Meryl Hollis, Dahlonega; grandparents, Jim and Dee McGahee; and brother-in-law, Chris Baker.

Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara; sisters, Carole Justus and Susan Baker; son, Blake; daughter, Kelly; nephews, Tim Justus, Chris Justus and Mikey Justus, and three grandchildren.

He attended Lumpkin County School System. In 1965 Joe was commissioned from North Georgia College as a 2nd Lieutenant. After serving for 23 years in the U.S. Army he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Joe was employed for 22 years at AUSA (Association of the United States Army) in Arlington, Va.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia with full military honors.

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Obituaries (5-15 edition)
May 15, 2013 | 3870 views | 0 0 comments | 979 979 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Verdell M. Thomas

Verdell M. Thomas, 81, of Ellijay passed away Friday May 10, 2013 at Emory Hospital following a period of declining health.

Born May 20, 1931 in Lumpkin County to the late Frank and Docia Mincey, she had lived in Gilmer County since 2000 having moved from Lilburn. A devoted wife and mother, she loved gardening and sewing. Verdell was a member of Nimblewill Baptist Church and was also preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Wishon; and brothers, Johnnie Mincey and Leon Mincey.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Wayne E. Thomas, Ellijay; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Pam Thomas, Lilburn, Keith and Cerena Thomas, Dahlonega; sisters, Nina Moss, Dahlonega, Opal Beaver, Lilburn; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville. Dr. Jim Gaines officiated. Interment followed in the Old Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Young Harris.

Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.

Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, was in charge of arrangements.

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Billy Carl Copeland

Mr. Billy Carl Copeland, age 60, of Dahlonega, died April 27, 2013.

Mr. Copeland was an automotive body technician and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by daughter, Tina C. Easter, Dahlonega. One brother, four sisters, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of other relatives also survive.

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Marie Grogan Grizzle

Mrs. Marie Grogan Grizzle, age 89, of Dahlonega, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013.

She had been a resident of Foothills Personal Care Home in Lumpkin County for the past 4 years and had lived in Lumpkin County since 1965, coming from Marietta, Ga.

She was the daughter of the late William Alfred and Missouri Turner Grogan, and was also preceded in death by her husband, Albert Grizzle; three brothers and four sisters.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Veronica Grizzle, of Gainesville, Ga.; son and daughter-in-law Don and Jean Grizzle, of Dahlonega; sons, Dennis Grizzle of Dahlonega and Charles Grizzle of Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Susan and Robby McMahan, Rodney and Kelly Grizzle, Ashleigh, Jake and Shane Grizzle; great grandchild, Sam McMahan. Several nieces and nephews, and a number of other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Marie were held Monday May 13, 2013 at Banister Funeral Home Chapel.

Rev. Stephen Adams officiated.

Interment followed at Dahlonega Memorial Park Cemetery in Dahlonega.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Bill Hanson

Cobb County and the State of Georgia recently lost a human services icon with the death of Bill Hanson. Mr. Hanson was integrally involved in the creation of the Cobb Community Collaborative Inc.

Bill died suddenly on April 17 at his home in Dahlonega at the age of 66.

The Cobb Communty Collaborative, formed in 1997 and tracing its roots back to the 1970s, is a membership of nonprofits, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, professional organizations, local government, businesses, associations and citizens who share ideas, expertise and resources to meet the needs of Cobb County.

A native of Maryland, he interned at NASA after graduation from the University of Maryland with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

He found his true calling after enrolling as a VISTA Volunteer in 1969 and coming to Georgia as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty. Bill went on to earn a master’s degree in public administration and finance.

Bill volunteered with many service organizations to address homelessness, poverty and unsafe housing. He demonstrated his commitment for safe, affordable housing as a grant proposal writer, project manager and program developer in Marietta with a focus on multi-faceted collaborative efforts with private, local, state and federal entities to upgrade shelters, run-down apartment complexes and private homes.

Bill was an advisory board member of the Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness. He founded Help in Housing in Lumpkin County to build houses that were affordable for low-income families. In accordance with his life’s work, the family asked that donations be made in Bill’s memory to the Lumpkin County Habitat for Humanity.

Bill Hanson was a behind-the-scenes guy who was very influential in bringing new resources to the community. He was an extremely special person. While he operated quietly and without fanfare, he did tremendous community based work. He was able to rally volunteers and social services together around resource sharing and collaboration for a common purpose to help those in need.

Bill helped create an esprit de corps and an environment of cooperation among the human service organizations in Cobb County that you don’t often see in many other counties.

Where there was a need for help, an idea of how to assist or a group organziing to fill a need, Bill was very likely involved with how it all got pulled together.

The Cobb Community Collaborative’s Policy Council on Homelessness honored his service by creating the William E. (Bill) Hanson Collaboration Award.

The state of Georgia and the Cobb County human services community will be eternally grateful for the work of Bill Hanson over his decades of dedicated and tireless work.

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Doris Jean Jarrard

Mrs. Doris Jean Jarrard, age 78, of Enterprise, Alabama, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Enterprise Medical Center.

Mrs. Jarrard was a Missouri native and former resident of Lumpkin County who had lived in Enterprise, Alabama for the past several years. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was the daughter of the late Roland and Bertha Bailey Cramer, and was also preceded in death by her husband, P.J. Jarrard.

Mrs. Jarrard is survived by her daughter, Sherry Piezon, Enterprise, Alabama; and her son, Ronald Jarrard, Dahlonega. Several other relatives also survive.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jarrard were held May 10, 2013, at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.

Rev. J. .R Fields officiated.

Interment followed in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery in Lumpkin County.

Online condolences may be made at www.banisterfuneralhome.net.

Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.

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Dorothy Foy Gantt

Dorothy Foy Gantt, Trudy, as she was known, passed away May 7, 2013 in Dahlonega, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents Janet and Erle Foy of Atlanta.

A native of Atlanta, Trudy graduated from Cross Keys High School and attended Auburn University. For the past 40 years she and her family have lived outside Dahlonega in her beloved north Georgia mountains.

She was a devoted wife and mother, as well as an expert in the needle arts. She also had a gift for weaving, a huge talent for knitting and was a superb teacher.

Trudy is survived by her husband William (Corky) Gantt, sons Graham McGhee, Ashley McGhee, Jason Gantt , and daughter Janet Welch, as well as five grandchildren. In addidtion she is survived by sister Nancy Foy Carson.

Cremation by Dahlonega Funeral Home.

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Joseph P. Hollis, Jr.(Joey)

Joseph P. Hollis, Jr. (Joey), age 69, passed away May 8, 2013.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Meryl Hollis, Dahlonega; grandparents, Jim and Dee McGahee; and brother-in-law, Chris Baker.

Joe is survived by his wife, Barbara; sisters, Carole Justus and Susan Baker; son, Blake; daughter, Kelly; nephews, Tim Justus, Chris Justus and Mikey Justus, and three grandchildren.

He attended Lumpkin County School System. In 1965 Joe was commissioned from North Georgia College as a 2nd Lieutenant. After serving for 23 years in the U.S. Army he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Joe was employed for 22 years at AUSA (Association of the United States Army) in Arlington, Va.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia with full military honors.

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