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Obituaries for March 3, 2011 - Martha Cantrell, H.J. Payne, Annie Ruth Ledford, Millard Allen, Roscoe Richards, Jr., Arthur Heard, Gerald Hvizdak, Faron Young, Howard Collins

Martha Cantrell

Martha Ann Cantrell, age 57 of Greer, S.C., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Regional Hospice Home in Spartanburg, S.C.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Gumbiner, Greer; sons, David Cantrell, Jasper, and Leonard Cantrell, Canton; brothers, Charles McCoy, Jasper, and Arnold McCoy, Ball Ground; and sisters, Mary Byess, Jasper, Eva Biddy, Ball Ground, and Dorothy Hendrix,  Jasper. Two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, from Fairview Baptist Church with the Revs. Troy Davis, Horace Biddy and Buck Parker officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Sosebee Funeral Home, Canton, in charge of arrangements.

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H.J. Payne

Mr. H.J. Payne, age 69 of Waleska, Ga., died Feb. 23, 2011, at Northside Hospital Cherokee following a period of declining health.

Born on Jan. 23, 1942, in Cherokee County, Ga., to the late Carl and Norma Lee Payne, Mr. Payne was a truck driver for Pilgrims Pride.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Payne, Waleska; sons, Donald Payne, Waleska, and Jeffery Payne, Murphy, N.C.; daughters, Patricia Greenway, Jasper, Sherry Lynn Qualls, Cartersville, and Lora Ann Erdman, Jasper; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers, James Payne, Free Home, Ga., C.L., Carl Jr., Earl and Ervin Payne, all of Canton, Ga.; and sister, Genelee Hulsey, Canton, Ga.

The funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, from the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home with the Rev. James M. Holt officiating. At his request, Mr. Payne will be cremated following the funeral service.

Annie Ruth Ledford

Mrs. Annie Ruth Ledford of the Tate Community, age 78, passed away Feb. 23, 2011. Services were held Saturday from the Chapel of Roper Funeral Home, Jasper, Ga., with Pastors Harold Bottoms and Michael Mize officiating.

Ruth was born on March 23, 1932, to Franklin Leonard and Eula Hammontree Bruce. She grew up in Marble Hill, Ga., and married the love of her life, J.W. “Shorty” Ledford who predeceased her in 2006 after more than five decades of marriage. As a homemaker, she was an expert quilter and her elaborate designs resulted in beautiful quilts that are now un the homes of relatives and friends.

She was an active member of Marble Hill Baptist Church as well as a loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Gary Ledford (Annette), and grandson, Eric Ledford, of the Tate Community; sisters, Betty Byess (Bill), Shirley Chumley Forrest (Tracy), Violet Morrison and Gail  Garrison (Tommy); and special sister-in-law, Edith Heath. Brothers include Gene Bruce (Eliana) and Roy Bruce (Paulette). A brother, James Bruce, predeceased her in 1990. Several special nieces and nephews and many loving friends also survive.

Those serving as pallbearers were: David Byess, Ramon Cook, Michael Garrison and Barry, Kenny and Tommy Heath.

Millard Allen

Mr. Millard Allen, age 74 of Jasper, passed away Friday evening at the Heritage Health Care.

Mr. Allen was born April 14, 1936, in Fannin County, Ga., to Turner Cleveland and Cora Phillips Allen. He was a member of the Salem Baptist Church. Mr. Allen served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Allen, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Grady Sue Allen, Jasper; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Kelly and Brian Fendley, Talking Rock, and Katy and Michael Saunders, Jasper; and brothers and sister-in-law, Kenith and Dianne Allen, Upland, Ca., and Guy Allen, Ft. Stockton, Tx.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday from Salem Baptist Church with the Revs. Eugene Childers and Wayne Wright officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Brian Fendley, Michael and Greg Wright, Michael Saunders, Danny McArthur, Dan Mosley and Ewiel Hice. Roper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Roscoe Richards, Jr.

Mr. Roscoe Richards, Jr., age 88 of Jasper, passed away early Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at his residence.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Doris Richards, Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Charles Padgett, Laneve and James Anderson and Janet Penrod, all of Jasper; brothers, James Richards, Alabama, and Henry Richards, South Carolina; sister, Joyce Sweat, Smyrna; sisters-in-law, Minnie Richards, Smyrna, Judy Floyd, Tennessee, and Jewell Brooks, Jasper; and brother-in-law, Thurman Wilson, Jasper. Nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, from the Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Edwin Weaver, Tim Pearson and Johnny Dean officiating. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens with local Chapter 47 DAV in charge of military graveside service. Pallbearers were: Jason Anderson, Jeremy Young, Steven and Dolphus Padgett, Blake Lancaster, Mitchell Boyd, Joe Chastain and Kim Jones. The family did accept flowers or you may make donations to Advantage Hospice in Ellijay.

Arthur Heard

Arthur Heard, age 84 of Canton, Ga., passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at Grandview Health Care Center.

Mr. Heard was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Betty Heard.

Survivors include his sons, Larry (Sandra) Heard, McDonough, and Robbie Heard, Clayton; daughters, Annette (Ronald) Rutledge, Canton, and Diane (Fred) Harmon, Clayton; and sister, Alma Cain, Canton. Ten grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, from Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Allen, Bobby Seagers and Calvin Ball officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. South Canton Funeral Home and Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Gerald Hvizdak

Gerald (Jerry) Daniel Hvizdak, 77 of Jasper, Ga., died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.

The family feels blessed that before his passing he was able to fulfill his life’s dream of taking his family and grandchildren on a cruise. These wonderful memories and a lifetime of others provided by this amazing man will comfort the family through this difficult time.

He was born May 30, 1933, in Sharon, Pa., to the late Rev. Andrew and Anna Hvizdak. Mr. Hvizdak attended Ohio University and after graduating served in the United States Army.  Upon completion of his service in the Army, he taught and coached high school in Ohio.  After leaving his teaching position to pursue a Master’s degree from Boston College, he was recruited by the FBI where he served for 22 years.  After retiring from the Bureau, he worked for Delta Airlines in Corporate Security for 13 years.

He had just recently helped found the King of Kings Lutheran Church in Jasper, Ga. He was a man of faith who loved his Lord and family deeply.

Mr. Hvizdak is survived by his wife of 43 years, Helen Heard Hvizdak; his son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Dana Hvizdak, Roswell; his daughter and son-in-law, Kerri and Greg Weber, Marietta; his daughter, Cindy Hvizdak, Tampa, Fl.; his grandchildren, Jackson Hvizdak, Luke Hvizdak, Harrison Weber and Hollis Weber; his four sisters and brother, Olga Abel, Irene Shestina, Anne Foelber, Ruth Secrest and George Hvizdak.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 3, from 6-8 at H.M. Patterson & Sons Canton Hill in Marietta. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 4, at Rivercliff Lutheran Church in Sandy Springs. Interment will follow at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Friends and Family are invited to celebrate his life at a reception to be held at Club Tamarack in Bent Tree at 4 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to King of Kings Lutheran Church, 744 Noah Drive Suite 113-132 Jasper, GA 30143-8706.

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Faron Young Memorial Service

The family of Faron Miles Young will have a memorial service Saturday, March 5, at 4 p.m. The service will be held at Yukon Cemetery in Ellijay, Ga. All family and friends are welcome to attend. For more information call Carolyn Y. Padgett at 706-692-0018.

Howard Collins

Howard E. Collins passed peacefully into the Heavenly Kingdom on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.

He was born on May 7, 1921, in Smoker Hollow, Tate, Ga., the third son of Olin A., Sr. and Julia (Carter) Collins. Howard left home at the tender age of 16 after years of toiling hard on the land and at his books. He left home to further his education as his high school, “Tate Colored High School,” only went to the 10th grade at that time.

Onward and upward, young Howard pursued his high school diploma in 1938, 160 miles away at Fort Valley Normal Industrial High School in Fort Valley, Ga. After completion of his high school years, he enrolled at Fort Valley State College where he received his BS in Education in 1942.

After a short stint of serving as a teacher and principal in Burke County, Ga., he came north to aid the war effort and retained employment at Curtis Wright Air Corp which manufactured the “Hell Diver” airplane. There he met the love of his life, Eleanor Griffin, whom he wed in 1945. Though no children came from this union, they had 50 years of devotion to each other.

In 1948, Howard attended Ohio State University and completed his thesis toward his master’s degree. He was an avid hunter and gardener which showed in the flowers, vegetables and food he would harvest and give as he did to the citizens of the McDowell and Jenkins Senior Citizens Tower.

Howard was a member of Second Baptist Church, a man of the people and for the people as his work in the church and in society reveals:  pres. of Alpha Omega Bible class, Young Men’s Basketball Coach; member of the Scholarship Committee, Usher Board, Drama Club, Men’s Fellowship group and  Men’s Church Quartette; assisted with Boy Scout Group, Kitchen Committee, Church Heritage Day, occasionally taught Sunday School; a recipient of a  50-Year Membership Award from the 170th Church Anniversary Committee, Senior Citizen Recognition Award, Boy’s Industrial School  Certificate of Recognition, Fairfield School for Boys Certificate of Appreciation, State of Ohio Certificate of Achievement - Ohio Youth Commission, the Columbus Youth Corps Awards, State of Ohio Certificate - Jury Service, Governor’s Special Recognition by Gov. Richard F. Celeste, Good Neighbor Award- City of Columbus by Mayor Dana G. Rhinehart, Volunteer Community Service Award- Alum Crest Acres, the Columbus Dispatch Community Service Award, the Southsider of the Year Award - Parsons Ave. Merchants Association, the City of Columbus Clean Community Recognition Award, Honor and Recognition Certificate by Mayor of Columbus, Greg Lashutka; Community Service Award - Council of Southside Organization, Certificate of Appreciation - Adopter of the Year by Columbus Board of Education, National Rife Association, 1995 Honor Roll, State of Ohio Director’s Award - Fairfield School for Boys, the State of Ohio Senate “One of Ohio’s Finest Citizens,” Senator Stanley Arognoff, Senator Eugene Watts, 121st General Assembly of Ohio, Certificate of Appreciation for Devoted Service Marion Franklin High School, Public School Superintendent Sounding Board, treasurer of Ridgeview Garden Club, treasurer of Griffin Strickland Family Reunion, treasurer of Collins Cross Country Connection; Employed by the Court of Domestic Relations (Juvenile Division), past president of the Council of Southside Organizations, past vice president of Alum Crest Acres Assoc.; a member of the Franklin County Teachers Association,  the Ohio Education Association, Teacher Guidance Councilor, Audio- Visual Coordinator, Activities Coordinator, Guidance Councilor, Supervisor of Guidance-Principal, Fairfield School for Boys; one of the original founders of the Marion Franklin High School Business Consortium; associate member of the Parsons Ave. Merchant Association, Columbus Urban League, NAACP member of Franklin County, Social Worker, Association Program Committee Chairman, Central Ohio Science Association, Council of Personnel Association-Central Ohio Branch; principal, teacher and administrator at Fairfield School for Boys, formerly known as “Boys Industrial School,”  from which he retired after 44 years.

He was preceded in death by parents, Olin A., Sr. and Julia (Carter) Collins; his beloved wife, Eleanor Collins, to whom he was married for over 50 years; brothers, twin boys (unnamed), George Miller and Olin A. Collins, Jr.; niece, Sandy Branblette; sisters and brothers-in-law, Leatrice (Poindexter) Collins, Donald Holt, Willie Mae Howell, Belle (Ernest) Daughty, Lottie Wilson, Robert “Pete” Griffin, Thomas (Gladys) Griffin, Patrick (Clara) Griffin, and Clarence “CB” (Madeleine) Griffin, of Columbus, Oh.; special friend and confidant, Janet Spencer.

Survivors include his sisters, Margaret Catherine Holt, Columbus, Oh., and Emma Julia (Eddie) Washington, Jasper, Ga.; nieces and nephews, Donna Holt, Atlanta, Ga., Lurleen (Benjamin) Sims, Hiram, Ga., David Branblette, Jasper, Ga., Carolyn Collins of Dayton, Oh., Dexter (Tammy) and Olin B. Collins and Ronald Holt, all of Columbus, Oh., and Rev. Michael Howard (Sandra) Collins, Canton, Ga.; sister-in-law, Charlotte Griffin, Tallahassee, Fl.; nieces, Leslie (Atty. Derrey) Harper, Tallahassee, Fl., Serema M. Wills, Los Angeles, Ca., and Juanita (George) Hodge, Columbus, Oh. Nine great-nieces; six great-nephews, two great-great nieces, three great-great nephews and many other cousins, relatives and friends, including his Second Baptist Church family, also survive.

The family received friends on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the chapel of C.D. White & Son Funeral Home. The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Howard Washington officiating. Interment followed in Franklin Hills Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Columbus Foundation in honor of the Eleanor Griffin Collins Scholarship Fund, 1234 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Oh.  43205.