Lt. Col. Edgar George David, Jr.
Lt. Col. Edgar George David, Jr., U.S. Army (ret.), lost a brave four-year battle with cancer on September 20, 2012 in the home of his daughter surrounded by the love of his family and the prayers of his friends.
Lt. Col. David was born January 13, 1929 in Tampa, Fla. to Edna Mona Anderson and Edgar George David, Sr. He was a member of the Oglethorpe Athletic Hall of Fame and President of his class for four years.
After a 20 year career in the U.S. Army, he returned to Dawson County, his childhood home, in 1974 and began his final tour of duty devoted to his community, his family and the mountain land he loved.
His roots in the Georgia Mountains are deep. His maternal great-great-great grandfather, Joseph McKee, discovered Porter Springs, one of the most historic sites in the old south, and pastored one of the oldest Methodist churches in North Georgia, McKee’s Chapel United Methodist Church. His ancestors settled in Gilmer County in the 1840’s and gradually moved east to Dawson and Lumpkin Counties. As a boy, he wandered the old growth forests on ridges and in creek valleys while occasionally living with his grandparents, Milt and Monnie Anderson. They loved him dearly and taught him to plow, hoe, shuck corn, pull fodder and to know the land that was to be his legacy. As an adult, he was never more comfortable that when he was in the woods.
Lt. Col. David is a celebrated graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy, North Georgia College, and the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and lettered on the boxing team. After retiring from the military, he received a Master of Education degree in Recreation and Park Administration and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Georgia.
His 20-year military career in the United States Army included wartime tours in both Korea and Vietnam. He earned The Master Parachutist Badge, The Combat Infantryman Badge with Star, The Ranger Tab, The Air Medal, The Korean Service Medal, The Vietnam service Medal, The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and The Vietnamese Parachutist Badge. In the Korean War he was a Heavy Mortar Platoon Leader. In Vietnam he served as both a Detachment Commander and Senior Army Advisor in the 5th Special Forces Group (the Green Berets).
He was an Airborne and Ranger Instructor at Fort Benning, Ga. when he met his wife of 48 years, Marie Alston David. Later he taught mountain and arctic survival skills in Colorado and Alaska, where he also served as the U. S. Army Communications Advisor for the state of Alaska. He returned to the “lower 48” to serve as a Professor of Military Science at Georgia Tech and Ouachita Baptist University and an instructor with the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, N.C. He retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1971.
After retiring, Lt. Col. David spent three years in Gainesville, Ga. where he was District Supervisor for VISTA. In 1974 he returned to his childhood home of Dawson County to serve his country from his childhood home with courage, diligence and passion.
He was a member of the Board of Education for eight years, a member of the Board of Elections and the Board of Equalization, a president of the Booster Club, a president and secretary of the Dawsonville Lions Club, a charter member of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Lanier Property Owners Association, an advisor to the Dawson County Homeowners Association, a secretary-treasurer of the Dawson County Development Authority and Industrial Building Authority, and Chairman of the Dawson County Municipal Planning Commission, where he co-authored the first zoning rules and regulations for Dawson County.
He was also a founder, charter member, secretary and director of the Board of Directors of the Etowah Water and Sewer Authority, a co-founder of the Dawson County Humane Society, and was instrumental founding the Dawson County Republican Party, which both he and his wife chaired for a number of years. In recognition for his outstanding contributions to the Dawson County community, he was the inspiration and first recipient of the Dawson County Stewardship Award. Shortly after this 78th birthday he was also recognized on a statewide level when Senate Resolution 407 was passed, commending his lifetime of achievements. It was presented to him under the Capital’s dome plated in gold from the hills of Dahlonega, the first American home of his oldest maternal ancestors.
Lt. Col. David’s dedication to his country is surpassed only by his devotion to his family. He shared 48 years of marriage with the late Marie Elinor Alston David, and provided unconditional love, support, and guidance to his mother, three brothers and sisters, five daughters, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He earned the respect of six generations of Georgians and brought honor to his country, family, community, and the State of Georgia. He was also preceded in death by his mother, Edna Anderson Noblin, father, Edgar George David, Sr., sister, Nancy Forsyth Noblin, and granddaughter, Erica Danielle Helton.
Surviving are his children, Jennifer C. David, Dawsonville; Dana and Ben LaChance, Dahlonega; Claire and Garry Sharp, Dahlonega; Melanie E. David Nelson, Dahlonega; Dorian Elise David, Dahlonega; David and Jean Carpenter, Duluth; sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Paul Becotte, Quincy, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Susan David, Wadmalow Island, S.C.; grandchildren, Chapin LaChance, Naomi LaChance, Keith Pounds, Helen Cartledge, George Cartledge, Taylor Hulsey, Mayson Hulsey, John Brian MacBeth; great-grandchildren, Aiden MacBeth, Ayla MacBeth, Klayton Cartledge, Jaxon Wade Fleeman; nieces and nephews, Grainger, Haynes and Maggie David, Alex Halimeh, Katie Odom, and Savannah Becotte.
Funeral services were held September 25, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Dawsonville. Dr. Jim Gaines officiated. Interment followed in the Dawsonville City Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dawson County Humane Society, 633 Martin Road, Dawsonville, Ga. 30534 or the George David, Jr. Junior Citizen Scholarship Fund, c/o Dawsonville Lions Charity, Inc., P. O. Box 408, Dawsonville, Ga. 30534.
Condolences may be expressed at www.beardenfuneralhome.com.
Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, was in charge of the arrangements.
Shirley Foss Brown
Shirley Foss Brown died on Sept. 20, 2012, at the age of 83. Born to Edmund and Jennie Foss in Port Huron, Mich., Shirley grew up on a farm. She was married to photographer Bob Brown from 1951-1979, and lived in the Lansing, Mich., area until moving to Atlanta in 1980. She retired and moved to the north Georgia Mountains in 1997 with her life partner of nearly 24 years, Carol Ann Padgett.
Shirley Brown earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Michigan State University. During college, Shirley volunteered at the Listening Ear Crisis Intervention Center and fell in love with counseling, which she pursued professionally.
A lifelong sesquipidalian (lover of big words), her alternative life path would have been as a linguist, anthropologist and world traveler. She traveled to all of the United States but five, Canada, Jamaica and Greater Exuma. Another love was music; she sang with the Presbyterian church choir all of her married years, and later sang with the Atlanta Feminist Women’s Chorus and the Sautee-Nacoochee Community Chorale.
She volunteered with the Community Helping Place in Dahlonega, Ga.; Meals on Wheels of Lumpkin County; and the Lumpkin County Library. She mentored at White County High School. Shirley and the Dreem Teem were three-time champions of the annual Lumpkin County Adult Literacy Coalition Spelling Bee.
Survivors include Frances Brown Simon, a writer living in New Orleans, and Virginia Brown, a librarian and singer living in Chicago. Other survivors include son-in-law Bob Simon; grandson, Daniel Simon; Milly Kivlehan, her Scrabble partner until her dying day; and hundreds of friends.
A memorial service to celebrate Shirley Brown’s life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church in Dahlonega.
Redden Franklin Brinkley
Redden Franklin Brinkley, MSG, USA, Ret., 74, of Dahlonega, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Union County Nursing Home, Blairsville.
He was a 26-year veteran of the United States Army, where he did two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Purple Heart. He was a loving father and grandfather who loved anything from the Western years, gardening and traveling.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Graham and Bertie Brinkley; wife, Frieda Brinkley.
He is survived by his children, Herman and Sandra Brinkley of Norton, Va.; David and Pam Brinkley of Dahlonega; Diane and Stuart Lawrence of Salisbury, Maryland; Brenda and Tony Abee of Conyers, Ga..; sisters and brothers, Mollie and Clarence Philyaw, James and Carolyn Brinkley, Kenneth Brinkley, Bobby Brinkley, Graham Brinkley, Jr.; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the Dahlonega Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was held on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Mt Hope Cemetery, Dahlonega, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the American Lung Association.
Jeremy Daniel Head
Jeremy Daniel Head, age 25, of Cleveland, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
Jeremy was a native and former resident of Lumpkin County who had lived in White County for the past 10 years. He was an artist and motorcycle hobbyist, and was of the Christian faith.
Jeremy was preceded in death by his grandfather, Vernon Head; and his stepfather, Richard Nave.
He is survived by his son, Braydon Head, Cleveland, Ga.; mother, Beth Abercrombie Nave, Cleveland, Ga.; father and stepmother, Danny and Evonne Head, Dahlonega; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jonathan and Christa Bryan, Clarkesville, Ga., Jearred and Mary Bryan, Dahlonega, Jordan and Judy Head, Gainesville, Ga.; sister and brother-in-law, Melanie (Head) and Dakota Meeks, Cleveland, Ga.; grandparents, Ford and Mary Reece, Fannie Head, Johnny and Helen Abercrombie. Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.
Funeral services for Jeremy were held Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the Banister Funeral Home Chapel in Dahlonega.
Pastor Ricky Stepp and Rev. J.R. Fields officiated.
Interment followed in Yonah Memorial Gardens in White County.
Banister Funeral Home of Dahlonega was in charge of the arrangements.
Anthony Frank Raspanti
Anthony Frank Raspanti, age 84, died September 20, 2012. Funeral services will be held in Rochester, N.Y. at a later date. Dahlonega Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.