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Hartwell Sun Obits 5.29.14
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Virginia Parham

Mrs. Virginia Bailey Parham, 87, of Athens, passed away May 26, 2014, at the Bickford Assisted Living facility in the Buckhead community of Atlanta. Virginia was born in Hartwell, on Sept. 1, 1927, the child of the late Mr. and Mrs. Eber Bailey. Her husband, Charles Wallace Parham preceded her in death in 1999. Also deceased are a sister, Elizabeth Bailey Atkinson of Elberton, and a brother, Carey Bailey of Hartwell.

Virginia is survived by her brother, Harold Bailey of Atlanta, plus three nieces, Ann Atkinson of Atlanta; Cynthia George of Denton, Texas; and Camille Patton of Toccoa, plus numerous cousins and nephews.

Virginia was a radio announcer in Hartwell, prior to marrying the love of her life, Charles Parham of Athens. After her marriage in 1960, Virginia served the Clarke County School System for over 30 years, first at Clarke County High School and then at Clarke Middle School as the head accountant. In retirement, she was a part of the volunteer group at Athens General Hospital. Always quick with a laugh and a word of encouragement, Virginia was an avid Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Braves fan. Very active, she loved to golf, exercise and travel. Most importantly, family and friends were Virginia's passion and delight.

A celebratory service honoring Virginia's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the chapel of Lord and Stephens WEST, 1211 Jimmy Daniel Road, in Bogart, with the Rev. Bill Ricketts officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately after the service. Private interment will be in Evergreen Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support Virginia's sister's foundation, The Lee and Elizabeth Atkinson Scholarship Fund for Elbert County High School Seniors c/o Ken Sanders, CPA, P. O. Box 957, Elberton, Georgia 30635 or to one of your favorite charities in her name.

Arrangements for Mrs. Virginia Bailey Parham are in the care of Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, WEST. You may express condolences to the family at

Cruz Thomas

Deputy Steven LaCruz Thomas, 26, of Canon, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center in Lavonia. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at The Swails Center in Franklin Springs with the Rev. Paul Creason, Rev. Jamie Dove, Rev. Roger Hardy, and Rev. Eldon Massey officiating. Interment followed in the Bowers Memorial Gardens with full Masonic Rights. Memorials may be made to the Taliya LaCruz Thomas Fund at Athens First Bank and Northeast Georgia Bank. Pruitt Funeral Home in Royston was charge of arrangements.

Hoyt Baker

Hoyt H. Baker, 85, of Oakcrest Drive, Hartwell, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at his home.

Born on Nov. 7, 1928, in Hartwell, he was the son of the late Sherman Baker and Dessie Carnes Baker. He was retired from Monroe Auto Equipment Company, a Mason and was a member of the Abundant Life Baptist Church. Mr. Baker was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Bowen Baker; a daughter, Linda Smith of Salem S.C.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ginger Ann Hyde; a son, Dennis H. Baker; two brothers, Curtis Baker and Fred Baker and three sisters, Lizzie Mae Nixon, Lena Patterson and Effie Gee Rumsey.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, in the Chapel of the Strickland Funeral Home of Hartwell with the Rev. Ken Brewer and Mr. Fred Greenway officiating. Entombment followed in the Memorial Garden of Prayer. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Thermon Hunt

Thermon Hunt, 45, of Hartwell, died May 22, 2014.

Survivors include his wife, Francie Hunt; children, Desi Allen, Marquisha Hunt, Latarria Hunt, and Tametric Hunt; brothers, Jimmy Lee Hunt, Nathaniel Hunt, Rayford Hunt and Joel Dennis Hunt; sisters, Shirley White and Mary Rucker; and six grandchildren.

Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, at Rucker's Grove Baptist Church, Elberton. Burial was in the church cemetery. Funeral arrangements announced by Mack's Funeral Home Hartwell Chapel. Condolences may be made at

Jean Zoha

Jean Nilsen Zoha, 88, of Greenville, S.C., widow of Joseph Charles Zoha, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Rolling Green Village.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Sven Nilsen and Martha Anderson Nilsen.

Mrs. Zoha was retired from the Elwood School System in Long Island, N.Y. and was a member of John Knox Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed participating in church volunteer work, playing cards, and gathering with her best friends from the "Lap and Yap" group.

She is survived by sons, Steven Zoha (Cheryl) of Woodbine, Md., David Zoha (Debbie) of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandchildren, Christina Zoha of Greenville, S.C., Trisha Zoha of Columbia, S.C., and Jonathan Grossman-Zoha of Woodbine, Md. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by daughter, Susan Zoha.

A Memorial Service will be held at John Knox Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 29. Burial will follow on Friday at Genola Cemetery in East Northport, N.Y.

Condolences may be made to the family at