(09/17/2002)
By Bob Weaver

I didn't make it to the funeral home for George Lawrence Bland yesterday, but on the way home last night I stopped at the Mt. Zion Cemetery for a few minutes to pay my respects. The 93-year-old died last week. I remember him well over 40 years ago, he and his wife Lillian raising their family in the large house above the ridge road. We had the pleasure of visiting with them on several occasions.

Sometime ago he gave his extensive collection of wood whittlings and carvings, a room full, to family members and friends. He was a gracious gentlemen, who enjoyed people and conversation.. It will be difficult to drive past his home and not see him puttering about, gardening or mowing grass.

Lawrence joined in death a Grantsville old-timer, schoolteacher Mary Proudfoot, who died September 10 at the age of 91. Before she left Grantsville she called to give me a box of old Calhoun Chronicles, which I graciously accepted. She was the wife of the late Thurl Proudfoot, a well-known "Cabot man" who was active in commmunity affairs.

We say Goodbye to them.

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