Henry Hedden

Born: Thu., Sep. 21, 1922
Died: Mon., Dec. 5, 2011

Funeral Service

Location: Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church

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Mr. Henry Hedden age 89 of Hiawassee, GA passed away on December 05, 2011 in Chatuge Regional Nursing Home following a period of declining health. He was born to the late Carl and Pearl (Puett) Hedden on September 21, 1922 in Hiawassee, GA. He was a member of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Towns County Lions Club and Retired Teachers Association for many years. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Gwen and Paul Gourley, of Dahlonega, GA; son, Donald Henry Hedden and husband Lou Wilcott, of Seattle, WA; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Margaret Hedden, of Hiawassee, GA; Bob and Pat Hedden, of Acworth, GA; two granddaughters, Emmalyn and Henrietta Dyer; one great granddaughter, Kayleigh Dyer; two step-granddaughters, Yvonne and Valerie Gourley; and a number of nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services were held on Friday, December 09, 2011 at 1:00 from Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church in Young Harris, GA, with Rev. Darris Baker and Rev. David Tinsley officiating. Music was provided by Terry Hooper, Debbie Smith and Ruth Strickland. Pallbearers were: Billy Nicholson, Ralph Mills, Greg Smith, Jeff Hedden, Jim Barker, Brian Hedden, Josh Hedden and Jerry Nichols. Interment was in Macedonia Baptist Church cemetery. Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee in charge of arrangements.

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Yvonne and Valerie Gourley
   Posted Wed December 07, 2011
Henry was my stepgrandfather he will be truly . We have many memories
with Henry. He took us and Paul and Gwen and Larry to Hawaii. That was one of his favorite places to go on Vaction.God Bles Henry and his family.
He is in Haven with the Lord.
Gourley and Valerie

   Posted Wed December 07, 2011

   Posted Wed December 07, 2011
Henry was a very nice gentleman and friend to me. He was my brother Pauls Father in law. I had the privilege of taking several trips with Henry on vacation including a trip in 2008 to Fredericksburg, Texas where they held the 67th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Survivors meeting on December 7, 2008. I will always treasure that week that I got to spend with Henry to attend the 67th anniversary. It made me appreciate the great things that all our veterans especially the World War 2 Veterans did for us and the sacrifice that they made for our freedom that we enjoy in the this great country. Thank you Henry for the great memories that you have provided to me and all of my family. May God bless you and your family. You be missed by me and many other people.

Larry Gourley

Charlie Warner (YHC class of 69)
   Posted Wed December 07, 2011
So very sorry to hear about your Dad, Gwen. He touched so many lives and I'm proud to have known him as a former student at Young Harris. Always only a text away if you need anything.

Peggy Giles
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Gwen and family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Peggy Giles

Gwen Gourley
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
This land is your land and this land is my land from California to the New York Islands, to the Red Wood Forest, to the Gulf Stream waters. My dad shared the experience of traveling across America with my mother, brother, and myself in a very simple manner. He shared travel with friends and family through slides, pictures, stories, and many times the experience of traveling with him. Camping, fishing, walking, driving, looking, and taking pictures was a love of the land for him. In addition to gardening for food and flowers.
My dad touched many lives through teaching math and many other lessons. Yet he felt touched by the students and learned many lessons of life. Towns County changed in many ways for my dad, his family, and friends. However talking about the changes and finding photos to document the change was a hobby. This hobby became true when at Young Harris College, Towns County schools, Raburn County Schools, Cherokee County Schools, and Sharp Memorial Methodist Church. The latest passion that was shared was the experience of Pearl Harbor being stationed at Fort Ruger during this battle. However the growing experience of sharing with traveling back to Hawaii several times many years later was his greatest joy to share with mom, family, and friends.
Dad one day the sun will come up to take me home with you. My dad's prayer is that we all be ready for the sun to come up to be free and know the Oh Happy Day when our sins are washed away.

Shirley Chastain
   Posted Thu December 08, 2011
Gwen, Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Shirley and Ralph

Eddie Rushton
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
Gwen & Donald,

So sorry to hear about Henry. We sure had some great times growing up. All the cookouts we had in the back yard, the croquet games we played where we tried to knock each others ball all the way to the creek. Gwen, sorry for all the aggravation I caused you when you were baby sitting me. Sorry for aggravating B.B. too. Actually, B.B. was a pretty cool dog best I remember. I will always cherish the good times. Take care...Eddie

Terry and Rowe Harting
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
So very sorry for your loss. A truly great man - he will be missed by so many.
God bless you all.

Barbara and Jim Hale
   Posted Fri December 09, 2011
What a beautiful service. Darris did a wonderful job. We send you our deepest sympathy.

Barbara and Jim Hale

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