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Obituaries for September 8, 2011; Archie Collis, Janet Dorsey, Nancy Crawford, Thomas Holbrook, Dr. John Lundberg

Archie Collis

Mr. Archie Collis, age 64 of Chatsworth, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Collis was a retired truck driver. His favorite hobbies were Nascar and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn Stewart; survivors include his wife, Avis Collis, Chatsworth; children, Sheilah (Thomas) Cline, Dalton, Robin (Clay) Padgett and Arlene (Travis) White, all of Canton, and Casey (Brandi) Collis, Dalton; son-in-law, Tony Stewart, Chatsworth; sister, Reba (Jack) Buchanan, Canton; and brothers, Jerry (Janet) Collis, Jasper, Steve (Joann) Collis, Ball Ground, and Danny Collis, Calhoun. Eighteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, from the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Dane Gentry and Ken Clayton officiating. Interment followed in Town Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Janet Dorsey

Mrs. Janet Dorsey, age 67 of Jasper, passed early Wednesday morning, August 31, 2011 at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, Jasper.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Dorsey, Jasper; mother-in-law, Geneva Dorsey, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Bo and Kelly Dorsey, Ellijay; daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Daniel Goss, Jasper; brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Sarah Gay, Sterret, Al.;  grandchildren, Lindsey and Taylor Logan and John Daniel  Dorsey and Kerri Lee Dorsey,; and step-grandson, Seth Goss. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 2, at 1 p.m. from the Jasper First Baptist Church with Dr Jimmy Lewis officiating. Interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Rick, Ron, Mike and Jake Gay, Todd McGuire and Jeremy Logan. Honorary pallbearers were: Mitchell Bozeman and Tatem Dean. Cagle Funeral  Home in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Crawford

Mrs. Nancy Kidd Crawford, age 93 of Big Canoe, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at The Oaks at Post Road in Cumming, Ga., following a period of declining health.

Born Nov. 1, 1917, in Richmond, Va., she was the daughter of the late Richard and Rebecca Helmentoller Kidd. Mrs. Crawford was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon, and was also preceded in death by her husband, Howard Wayne Crawford, Sr. She was a veteran of the Women’s Army Corp having served during World War II and had worked at the Glen L. Martin Institute Library at the University of Maryland.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Kathy Crawford, Big Canoe; grandchildren, Alyce and Brian Ritchie, Michael and Natasha Crawford, Claire Crawford, Kerry and Major Jeremy Bowling and Sarah Crawford

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family with the remains placed in state at the Church  at 10 a.m. Rev. George S. Yandell will officiate with cremation to follow the service.  Interment of the cremains will be held at a later date in the Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Md. In lieu of flowers, those desiring to do so, may make contributions to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, 25th Anniversary Tree Planting, 202 Griffith Road, Jasper, Ga.  30143. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Holbrook

Mr. Thomas Young Holbrook, age 82 of Ball Ground, Ga., died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at the Fannin Regional Hospital in Blue Ridge, Ga., following a period of declining health.

Born Dec. 4, 1928, in Atlanta, Ga., he was the son of the late Johnny and Margaret Jeanette Johnson Holbrook.  Mr. Holbrook was a United States Army veteran and was a tree surgeon with Turner Tree Service.

Survivors include his son, David Holbrook, Ball Ground, Ga.;  and grandson, Jason Holbrook, Dawsonville, Ga..

At his request, Mr. Holbrook was cremated and a memorial service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Roper Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Von J. Hinton officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, 4 p.m. Wednesday until the funeral hour.

Dr. John Lundberg

John Lauren Lundberg of Alpharetta, Ga., died Sept. 2, 2011, at age 86.

He was born on Oct. 8, 1924, in St. Paul, Mn., the son of Karl John and Laura Carlson Lundberg. After graduating from Central High School in St. Paul, he served for two years in the U.S. Army Air Force as a navigator, completing two tours of duty comprising 35 missions over Germany and earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was very proud of the Eighth Air Force and the effort they put forth in helping to win the war. He often spoke of those years as an adventure in learning, travel and camaraderie among fellow crew members.

Upon returning to the states, John completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota and went on to earn a PhD in Chemistry at the University of California. He became a member of the technical staff of Bell Telephone Labs where he did research on polymers and published numerous articles on polymer chemistry, physics and engineering. During this time he also was an adjunct professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. His teaching career continued at Clemson University where he served as chairman of the Textile Department. He moved on to Georgia Tech as the Callaway Professor of Textile Engineering and retired as professor emeritus in 1991. Polymer chemistry and light scattering were his major fields of interest and he was internationally known as an innovative leader in these disciplines. Atlanta Magazine recognized John as “One of Atlanta’s Best and Brightest,” describing his research on gaseous solutions of polymers such as nylon, and light scattering by fibers and solutions such as silicon and butane gas.

Membership in nine scientific societies kept him busy in various leadership capacities as well as the lecture circuit. The American Chemical Society recently honored him as a 60-year member. He was president of the Fiber Society, a Life Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

John was often referred to as a Renaissance Man because of his expertise and knowledge in a wide variety of areas. History was his avocation and he spent many hours reading and studying science and current events. At one time he was a member of the Civil War Roundtable and he followed with great interest the background of his Swedish heritage.

In his retirement years John took up golf and loved the challenges of the course in Bent Tree, Jasper Ga., where he and his wife Barbara had 13 wonderful retirement years living in the mountains on a small lake.  They traveled the world and set foot upon all seven continents. One memorable trip was with Stephen Ambrose, noted historian, aboard the Black Prince from England to France on the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Fellow passengers relived their part of the invasion, some by air and some by sea. All were honored with a commemorative medal from the French government.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family in Jasper where he served on the vestry and several committees. Recently he was escorted to Washington D.C. with other WWII veterans to visit the war memorials and Arlington National Cemetery. This trip was sponsored by the Roswell Rotary Honor Flight program.

John is survived by his wife Barbara and by his family: son Tom and his wife Teresa, Sevierville, Tn.; daughter Kris and her husband David Thornsberry, Alpharetta; son Karl and his wife Juliana, Edmonds, Wa.; and daughter Kate and her husband Richard Quillian, Alpharetta. Grandchildren include Mark, Laura, Lisa and Justin Thornsberry and Robert, Erik and Kathy Quillian. His sister Lois Lundberg Colson predeceased him in 2001.

The memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family, 100 Griffith Road, Jasper, on Friday, Sept. 9, at noon (Holy Family Church is just off Cove Road at the intersection with Grandview). A private inurnment will be held at the Georgia National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Family Church. The money will be used for planting 25 trees encircling the Indian Ball Ground in celebration of the parish’s 25th anniversary in November.

Services provided by SouthCare Cremation and Memorial Centers – Alpharetta.                                      www.southcarecremation. com