James W. Dobson, Jr.
James W. Dobson, Jr. was honored during one of the ceremonies. Jim was the son of the late James Walter and Tennie Gillespie Dobson, and a native of South Carolina, but lived most of his life in Blairsville, Georgia. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Blairsville. Jim received his B.S. degree from Clemson University and a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia. He was associate professor emeritus of agronomy and former superintendent of the University of Georgia Mountain Experiment Station (now called the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center). Jim retired from the station in 1991 after 38 years of service. He devoted his life to family and public service. Rest in peace, Jim!
Evan Clyde “Cuz” Bruce
Clyde Bruce was born May 10, 1938 in Union County, the son of the late Willard Bruce and Winnie Ann Odom. He was a native and lifelong resident of Union County. Clyde was a member of Young Cane Lodge #597, worked for the Tennessee Copper Company and for 12 years worked within the Union County Recreation Department. Clyde was a loving husband, father, brother, stepfather, and grandfather and a member of New Union Baptist Church. Clyde was very proud of Meeks Park and kept the park in pristine condition. We miss you, Clyde!
Ab and Grapelle Colwell
Union County was home to Ab and Grapelle Colwell for their entire lives. They were devoted citizens who never traveled far beyond its boundaries, with the exception of a tour of duty Ab served in France and Luxembourg during World War I. Along with his brother, Arthur Colwell, Ab managed the West End Service Station for several years. Grapelle devoted her life to being a homemaker and full-time mother to A.C., Max, Jack, and Dottie. Their children and grandchildren believe that Ab and Grapelle would be very pleased that the property they purchased in their beloved Union County many years ago has been preserved as recreational “green space” for many people to enjoy as an extension of Meeks Park.