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Obituaries for December 6, 2013; Pat Patterson, Verlon Silvers, Howard Collins, Cindy Tatum,

Pat Patterson
    Ella (Pat) Patterson, age 95 of Calhoun, Ga., passed away Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at Gordon Hospital.
    She was born in Pickens County, Ga., on May 16, 1918, the daughter of the late Arthur Hugh and Lula Belle Carroll Patterson.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, the Revs. Luther and Alfred Patterson, Elbert, the Rev. Lloyd and Arthur Lee Patterson; and sisters, Lois Carver, Geraldine Johnson, Faye Clark and Odell Silvers.
    Pat was retired from O’Jay Mills as a machine operator. She was a member of Ball Creek Baptist Church in  Pickens County.
    Survivors include her sisters, Gladys Jones, Marietta, Ga., and Ruth Garlin, Calhoun. Several nieces, nephews and other relative also survive.
    The funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home with the Revs. Gene Childers and Jason Phillips officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove (Ryo) Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Mitchell and Ricky Patterson, Mike Westmoreland, Jimmy Pate, Danny Clark and Gary Prater. Honorary pallbearers were: Thurman and Troy Carver.
    www.maxbrannonandsons. com

Verlon Silvers
    Mr. Verlon (Junior) Silvers, age 71 of Talking Rock, Ga., past away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at his residence following several months of declining health.
    Mr. Silvers was born on Oct. 31, 1942, in Gordon County, Ga., the son of the late Joe and Mamie Silvers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Felton Silvers and his wife, Agnes, and Gordon Silvers; sister, Cloismae Pack; and brothers-in-law, Ernest Mulkey and Herman Pack.
    Prior to his retirement he was employed as an equipment operator for M&M Construction at Jasper, Ga.
    Mr. Silvers is survived by his wife, Martha Ann Pack Silvers; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Mike Reece, Talking Rock, Paula and Ben Belk, Christina Dowdy and Charity Clemente, all of Calhoun, Ga.; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Rhonda Silvers and Edward and Renee, all of Calhoun; sisters and brother-in-law, Lois Mulkey and Annis and Ed Mulkey, all of Ranger, Ga.; brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Delamae, Ranger; grandchildren; Randall Wilkins, Brooke Reece, Jonathon Hembree, Jessica and April Silvers, Brittany Belk, Ashley, Autumn, Amber and Brianna Silvers and Brandon, Bryson and Faith Dowdy. Great-grandchildren, Kristyane, Jaieson, Ally, McKenzie, Brooke Lynn, Gabriel, Carson and Layne. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
    The funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Chapel of Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home with Bros. Kenneth Freeman and David Nix officiating. Singing was arranged by Reggie Hendrix and the Gift of Life Singers. Pallbearers were: Donnie Nickelson, Larry Mulkey, Chris, Rembert and David Pack and Randy Silvers. Burial followed the service at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery at Ranger.
    www.maxbrannonandsons. com


Howard Collins
    Mr. Howard L. Collins, age 93 of Jasper, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013.
    He is survived by his wife, Marie Collins, Jasper; and daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and David Mueller and Anna Lee and R.J. Moss, all of Jasper, Ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, at Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Allen, Grant Wade and Thomas Merritt officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery with Pickens Star Lodge 220 Masonic graveside service. Pallbearers were: Leo Rodriguez, Benjamin Moss, Ryan Mueller, Rocky Collins, Jack Williams and Mark Cochran. Cagle Funeral Home was honored to serve the Collins family.
    www.caglefuneralhome.com

Cindy Tatum
Patricia “Cindy” Tatum, age 61 of Toccoa, G., passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Emory University Hospital, Clifton Road in Decatur.
    She was born in Jasper, Ga., March 22, 1952, daughter of the late Tony and Frances E. “Frankie” Tatum. She graduated from Pickens County High School and earned both Bachelor’s degree, cum laude and a Master’s degree from North Georgia College.
    She was a business education teacher for Stephens County High School for 31 years, retiring in 2005.  She was honored as Teacher of the Year by Stephens County High School in 2005.  She belonged to varied professional associations during her career and continued her interest in education through involvement with Georgia and Stephens County Retired Educators Associations. She received their Community Service Award in both 2009 and 2010 because of her continuing contributions to her community.
    Before and following retirement, she was a devoted community volunteer where she was an active member of First Baptist Church of Toccoa for 39 years. She served as a teacher for different age groups in the church and served on several church committees. She sang in the Sanctuary Choir from 1978-2005 when she began to play the church organ, a job she adored and served in that role until she became ill in May 2013. Prior to that she had served as piano accompanist for different choral groups in the church and was the church pianist from 1994 until her illness. 
    She was also very active in Pilot Club International from 1985 until her death. She served in different leadership positions in the local club including President for five different terms and served in numerous positions at the Georgia District level as well as one term of Governor for the Georgia District in 1999-2000.
    She was a very active member of the Stephens County Historical Society from 2005 until her illness. She served as a Board member, 2007-her death, Corresponding Secretary 2007-08 and president, 2010-13. She became a Charter member of Camp Toccoa at Currahee in 2012. Both organizations focus on the importance of Stephens County in the training of paratroopers during WW II.
    She is survived by her sister, Sandra Haisten and David, Jackson Ga.; niece, Amy Haisten, Jackson Ga.; nephew, Michael Haisten and Melissa, Smyrna, Ga.; and great-nephew, Evan Haisten of Smyrna, Ga. She also leaves a host of cousins and dear friends.
    The funeral service for Cindy will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home of Jasper. The Rev. David Ritcey will officiate.  Visitation was held Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the funeral home and again Thursday morning before the service.  Interment will be in the Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Tate, Ga. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Cindy’s preferred charities, Stephens County Historical Society, Inc., 160 N Alexander St., Toccoa, G. 30577, or to Camp Toccoa at Currahee, Inc. www.camptoccoaatcurrahee.org
     
Pickens Star Lodge No. 220 F&AM, Jasper
Masonic Resolution on the death of Bro. Leon Marvin Childers
    To the Worshipful Master, Warden and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&AM, Jasper, Ga.:
    Whereas: On Nov. 15, 2013, it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from labor to refreshment our beloved Brother Leon Marvin Childers;
    Whereas: We, his brethren, feel keenly his absence from our midst and while we humbly bow to the will of our Infinite Creator, we desire to make a suitable memorial;
    Therefore: Be it resolved that Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&AM express to the family of our departed brother deepest sympathy and wish to express our gratitude for his life of service among us.
    Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family of our departed brother, a copy to be spread on our minutes and a copy to be published in the Pickens County Progress.

Respectfully submitted,
Freddie Eller
Ron Matthews
Joshua Foulk
Committee


Pickens Star Lodge No. 220 F&AM, Jasper
Masonic Resolution on the death of Bro. Howard Leslie Collins
    To the Worshipful Master, Warden and Brethren of Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&AM, Jasper, Ga.:
    Whereas: On Nov. 15, 2013, it was the will of the Grand Architect of Heaven and Earth to call from labor to refreshment our beloved Brother Howard Leslie Collins;
    Whereas: We, his brethren, feel keenly his absence from our midst and while we humbly bow to the will of our Infinite Creator, we desire to make a suitable memorial;
    Therefore: Be it resolved that Pickens Star Lodge #220 F&AM express to the family of our departed brother deepest sympathy and wish to express our gratitude for his life of service among us.
    Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the bereaved family of our departed brother, a copy to be spread on our minutes and a copy to be published in the Pickens County Progress.

Respectfully submitted,
Gene Free
Phil Thomason
Rodney Roper
Committee