Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
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In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee announces the death of Mr. Charles Lee Guatney, age 78, of Hiawassee, who passed away early Friday morning, November 16, 2012.
Mr. Guatney was born on January 11, 1934 in Coffeyville, Kansas. During the Korean War he served as an infantryman in the 11th Airborne Division. After discharge, as a GI Bill student he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Pittsburg State University (Kansas). While working in the field of education, he completed additional undergraduate and graduate programs at Rider University( New Jersey), St. Michaels College (Vermont) and Oklahoma State University.
His career as an educator included teaching high school and community college in New Jersey, twelve years as state supervisor in Vermont and more than twenty years as a professor at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. Prior to his retirement, the CWU student body selected him as Distinguished Professor of the Year. He treasured the friendships of the many former students who came to visit and kept in touch in many ways.
Following retirement Mr. Guatney and his wife Verna moved to Hiawassee in 1998. His retirement years were rich in both friendships and activities including extensive gardening, study of area plants and wildlife, woodcarving and editing the newspapers of both the Mountain Beekeepers and Towns County Retired Educators.
He was an active member of Christ the King Church in Hiawassee. Other memberships included: The American Legion, George Lee Post 532, Hayesville, North Carolina, Army Navy Garrison 66 in Young Harris and Towns County Retired Educators.
Mr. Guatney is survived by his wife of 56 years, Verna Gentry Guatney; daughter, Tanya Tarver of Washington and daughter and son-in-law, Ardath and Andrew Piston of Ketchikan, Alaska.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Christ the King Church with Rev. Don O'Malley officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Christ the King Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 285, Hiawassee, GA 30546.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Cochran Funeral Home of Hiawassee.
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