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Obituaries for May 24, 2012; Dwayne Holbert, ­­­­­Peter Uzzi, Daniel Sewell, Emma Williams, Russell Bennett. Donna Wilford, Frederick Omundson, John Giambra, Glenn Jarrett, Jack Hosford

Dwayne Holbert

Dewayne L. Holbert, 60, of Talking Rock passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Kennestone Hospital.

A Life Celebration will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Gayton officiating.  A Reception will be held following the service for family and friends.  Mr. Holbert was cremated.

Mr. Holbert served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Cheri Holbert of Talking Rock; mother, Elsie Holbert of Canton; children, Michael Holbert of California, Tony Holbert of Odum, GA, Lani Mason of Canton; siblings, Linda Tinsley of Jasper, Wanda Cornett of Jasper , Barbara Holbert of Ellijay, Darrell Holbert of Canton and Kenneth Holbert of Canton; 5 grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, GA is honored to serve the family. (770)479-2131.


­­­­­Peter Uzzi

Mr. Peter Uzzi, Loving Husband and Father, age 65 of Marble Hill, GA passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012 at his residence.

He is survived by his Loving Wife; Statia Uzzi, Marble Hill, Father; Dominick Uzzi, San Antonio, TX, 3 Daughters & Sons-in-Law; Nichole & Carlos Meza, Marietta, GA, Echo & Jimmy Uzzi-Owens, Woodstock, GA, Brandy Uzzi & Ryan Holt, Marietta, GA, 1 Brother; Richard Uzzi, San Antonio, TX, Sisters; Lori Uzzi, Coral Springs, FL, & Karen Hubbs, San Antonio, TX & 8 Grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be 3:30 PM Saturday, June 16 at his residence, 502 Hensley Way, Marble Hill, GA 30148.  (Come as you are) Cagle Funeral Home in Jasper, GA in charge of arrangements. For Further information


Daniel Sewell

Daniel Evans Sewell (June 4, 1921- May 8, 2012) civil engineer and land developer grew up in East Atlanta and was a long time member of Martha Brown Methodist Church. Dan was valedictorian of Tech High School (1939) and graduated from Georgia Tech (1947) with a degree in civil engineering. He served as a 1st Lt in WWII in Europe and later as a major in the Georgia National Guards 48th Division Artillery.

He moved to Savannah, GA in 1949 with his family and became a Chief Engineer for Thomas and Hutton. Then he began his own successful engineering firm, Sewell & Assoc., Inc in 1953. This firm was responsible for the design of buildings all over the state such as Candler Hospital in Savannah and the VA facility in Milledgeville. As a licensed instrument pilot, he loved his airplanes so he acquired Gunn Airfield in the Snapfinger Woods area of Atlanta.

Dan was Chairman of the City of Savannah Urban Renewal & Community Development Program, worked with the Ports Authority. He belonged to many civic groups such as the Masons, and Savannah Jaycees, and was President of the Men’s group at Wesley Monumental Methodist Church.  He was also a member of the Chatham Club and the Savannah Golf Club where he loved to win in tennis. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1965-1967 as a representative for Chatham County.

Dan moved to the beloved mountains of north Georgia to live in Bent Tree in Jasper from 1980 until 2008 where he pursued his career and passion in land development and engineering.

He married a childhood friend, Evelyn Knight and was active in the New Lebanon Presbyterian Church of which he designed and was instrumental in the construction of it. Singing in the choir, tennis, chess, the 18th Hole and bridge groups were favorite activities.

He donated land to Young Life and the Oglethorpe Monument given from his own property to the city of Jasper.

Dan returned to Savannah in 2009 married to Ann Franklin Chase of Skidaway Island. He is predeceased by his wives Patricia Johnson Sewell (29yrs), and Evelyn Knight Sewell (28yrs), and brother Earl (Lucille) Sewell. He is survived by his brother Jessie (Marylyn) Sewell, his son Van Sewell, daughters, Nancy Sewell-Hester, Patricia (Bob) Cresswell, Susan (Steve) Brantley, 9 grandchildren, and 5 great granddaughters.

A military honors burial service was held for the family at Historic Oakland Cemetery on Monday May 14, 2012. A Memorial Service will be held at New Lebanon Presbyterian May 27, 2012 at 3:00P.M. Memorial donations may be made to the New Lebanon Presbyterian Church, 389 Bent Tree Drive, Jasper, GA 30143 or the American Cancer Society.


Emma Williams

Mrs. Emma Williams, age 69 of Jasper, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2012, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

She is survived by her Husband; Alex Leon Williams of Jasper, 2 Sons & Daughter-In-Law: Don Williams of Jasper, Keith & Michelle Bennett of Cumming, 3 Daughters & Sons-In-Law: Adonna & Gary Walker of Marble Hill, Marian & Danny McArthur of Jasper, Renay & Brian Zimmel of Buford, 1 Brother & Sister-In-Law: Dan & Betty A. Hester of Free Home, 1 Sister & Brother-In-Law: Mary Levoyce & Don Croy of Forsyth County. 9 Grandchildren; Several Nieces & Nephews. Mrs Williams was preceded in death by 1 Son; Bance


Russell Bennett.

The funeral service was 11 am Wednesday, May 23, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, with Rev. Ben Mock officiating, the interment followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Cagle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For further information


Donna Wilford

Mrs. Donna Leanne Wilford, age 66, of Jasper, Georgia, passed away May 17, 2012 at her residence in Bent Tree following a period of declining health.

Born on January 8, 1946 in Atlanta, Georgia to the late Layman Barto Wingard and Laneva Reese Wingard, Mrs. Wilford worked for Hewlett-Packard as an administrative assistant. She was also a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church in Jasper.

She was survived by her Husband, Wayne Wilford, of Jasper, Georgia, Son, Michael Wilford, of Culver City, California, Daughter and Son-In-Law, Judy and Tony Knox, of Braselton, Georgia, Granddaughters, Maggie Knox, Luna Wilford, Erin Wilford, and Rachel Wilford, Grandson and Granddaughter-In-Law, John and Cindy Wilford, and Nephew, Cory Wingard of Sparta, Georgia. Several Cousins also survive.

At her request, Mrs. Wilford was cremated. There are no services scheduled at this time.


Frederick Omundson

Mr. Frederick L. Omundson, age 76, formerly of Griffin, Georgia and Charlotte, NC and most recently of Big Canoe, Jasper, Georgia died Wednesday, May 16, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 1pm Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Big Canoe Chapel with Reverends Len Walker, Lamar Helms and Jim McCormick officiating.

Mr. Omundson was born January 13, 1936 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Mr. Clifford R. Omundson and Eunice Louise Simon Omundson. He was raised in Elmhurst, Illinois along with his sister, Marilyn, and graduated from York Community High School in Elmhurst in 1954 and Iowa State University in 1957 with a BS in Forestry and Wood Utilization. Upon graduation, Mr. Omundson spent six years in service to this country through the Army and Army Reserves as an artillery Sergeant before starting his career in the wood industry.

During his early professional years, he was employed by Unit Structures, Inc. as a design estimator and later as a sales rep for office locations in Magnolia, Arkansas, Dallas, Texas and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 1966 Mr. Omundson joined Osmose Wood Preserving Company in Griffin, Georgia and served for 17 years as the Marketing Manager and Manager of the Wood Treating Division and continued this focus in 1983 when he accepted a position responsible for the Sales and Marketing of all wood preserving chemicals, products and services with Mineral Research and Development Corporation in Charlotte, NC. This company was purchased by Chemical Specialties Inc. (CSI) and in 1994, Mr. Omundson retired as the CSI Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, and continued to serve as an industry consultant, specializing in fire retardants for another 15 years.

During his career, he founded and participated in many committees and organizations nationwide with similar missions such as the American Wood Preservers Bureau, American Wood-Preservers Association, Society of American Wood Preservers, Society of American Foresters, Forest Products Research Society, American Management Association, and, most recently in Georgia, with the Big Canoe Conservation Committee. He has received numerous national, state and local awards during his career and was most recently honored by the Big Canoe Conservation Committee with the establishment of the ‘Fred Omundson Conservation Leadership Award’ for his consistent and insightful leadership in organizing Big Canoe’s conservation efforts including inspiring the project to save the Big Canoe hemlocks.

With a strong faith and love of his Heavenly Father, Mr. Omundson was very active in a church wherever he lived, the First United Methodist Church in Griffin, Georgia, the Sharon United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC, and the Big Canoe Chapel in Big Canoe, Jasper, Georgia. Giving generously of his time, talent and treasure, he served as a Sunday School Teacher, Small Group Leader, Committee Chair, and Stephen’s Minister and as a member of numerous Boards of Trustees.

His other interests and activities included Boy Scouts, After School Program for underprivileged children. He served on the Hospital Authority of the Griffin-Spalding County Hospital for three years as Chair of the Finance Committee.

He generously shared his woodworking talents with nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Good Samaritan Clinic, and many needy and elderly people in local communities that were in need of donated home repairs. His inspirational and motivational personality was valuable to many through his involvement as: Trustee for the Big Canoe Chapel; President for the Big Canoe Cemetery Corporation; Secretary for the Big Canoe POA Board; Member of the Big Canoe HOA Board; and Founding Board Member of Leadership Big Canoe.

As a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend, Mr. Omundson is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Marilyn Omundson Davis. Left to cherish the time they shared together are his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Shehan Omundson, a daughter, Laura Lee Omundson Moore and her husband Michael Hayden Moore, Sr. of Sugar Hill, Georgia; a daughter Anne Michelle Omundson Roberts and her husband Charles Edward Roberts of Ranger, Georgia; a grandson, Michael Hayden Moore, Jr. and his wife Jessi Rose Myers Moore of Huntsville, Alabama; a granddaughter Anna Lee Moore of Dallas, Georgia; a granddaughter Katie Lynn Chester Moore of Sugar Hill, Georgia; and two nieces Sara Lee Davis and her husband Christopher Haun of Chicago, Illinois and Nell Louise Davis and her husband Coy Theobolt of Denver, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Omundson has requested that memorial gifts be made to the Big Canoe Conservation Committee for the ‘Plant a Tree Program’ in Big Canoe, Georgia. He very much desired to do his part in preserving one of the greatest blessings in Big Canoe, the trees. Contributions can be made payable to ‘Big Canoe Conservation Committee’ with a notation for the ‘Plant a Tree Program’ in the memo section and mailed to Big Canoe Conservation Committee, 10586 Big Canoe, Jasper, Georgia 30143.


John Giambra

Mr. John Giambra, age 89 of Jasper, Ga. passed away at his home Friday, May 18, 2012.

He is survived by 2 sons: Steve Giambra of Jasper & Gene Giambra of Apolla Beach, Fl.  3 daughters; Terri Patzwald, Opollo, Fl., Diana Johnson, Buchanan, Tn., & Shana Hunt, Lutz, Fl., Daughter-in-law, Heather Giambra of Jasper.  14 Grandchildren; 3 Great-Grandchildren, and 1 on the way.

No memorial service planned.  The Family request in lieu of flowers or donate to Georgia Mountainside Hospice.

Cagle Funeral Home in charge of arrangments. For futher information please visit


Glenn Jarrett

Mr. Glenn Jarrett, age 77 of Jasper, passed away May 20, 2012, at Piedmont Mountainside Hospital.

He is survived by 2 daughters & son-in-laws; Helen Collis of Jasper, Angie& Mark Jones of Japser.  Brothers; J.T. Childers of Ludville Comm., & Jimmy Childers of Blue Ridge, Grandchildren; Haley & Cody Jones, Crystal & Phillip Landrum, Great-Grandchildren; Helaina Landrum and several nieces, nephews & cousins.

The funeral service was 2p.m. Tuesday May 22, at Sharp Top Baptist Church, with Revs. Robert Allen & Johnny Garrison officiating, the interment followed in the church cemetry.  The following served as pallbearers; Charlie Ledbetter, Joey Jones, Donnie Reynolds, Keith Mills, Michael Jarrett, Denny Jarrett & Nicholas Jones.  Honoray Pallbearers; were Little Bud Mills & Kevin Roper.

The family request in Lieu of flowers or make donations to Cagle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. Cagle Funeral in charge of arrangments. For futher information please visit


Jack Hosford

Jack I (born JI) Hosford died in Gainesville, Georgia on May 21st, 2012 after a brief and unexpected illness.  He was 87 years of age.

Jack was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 28, 1925 to Ann Bowen Hosford and James Isaac Hosford. Jack grew up in Atlanta along with three brothers, a sister, and two step-sisters.  He attended Boy's High, and later Oglethorpe College.

He married Helen Elizabeth (Betty) Akers from Atlanta in 1953, and they had a wonderful 59-year marriage.  Their son, David, was born in 1955.  Jack and Betty lived successively in Decatur, Atlanta, Big Canoe and Gainesville, Georgia.

Jack had a wide variety of careers. He was a Cadet in the Army Air Force during WWII, and was training as a bombardier when the war ended.                          Over the next several decades he was also a newspaper journalist, a realtor, and a custom home builder. He had many talents and he continued to volunteer his time and creative energies at both Big Canoe and Lanier Village Estates. He was a well-loved resident of Lanier Village Estates at the time of his death. More importantly he was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, an honorable role model for his family, and a trustworthy and faithful friend to many - in short, a true gentleman. We will miss his constant smile and legendary sense of humor.

Jack is survived by his wife, Betty, of Lanier Village Estates in Gainesville, Georgia; his son, David, and daughter-in-law, Sandy, of Durham, North Carolina; his granddaughters, Katherine and Anna of Durham, North Carolina; his brother, Bill, and sister-in-law, Julie, of Lawrenceville, Georgia; his sister-in-law, Prentiss Hosford, of Lanier Village Estates; and by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service and reception for Jack will be held on Friday, May 25th, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Georgia.  The church is located at 800 South Enota Drive NE, Gainesville, GA 30501. The service will begin at 10 AM, with the reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations to be made to First Presbyterian Church, or to the Ronnie Green Heart Center of NE Georgia Medical Center in Gainsesville.

The family thanks the many excellent doctors and nurses who took expert and loving care of Jack during his final days.