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Obituaries from Dec. 5, 2019; George Thomas Preisinger, Natasha Green, Ardith Stanley

George Thomas Preisinger

George Thomas Preisinger, age 94, formerly of Bent Tree, in Jasper, Georgia, joined his wife Helen in eternal life on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019.  

Born August 31, 1925, in Pittsburgh, Pa., George was the son of John J. and Margaret Kane Preisinger. He grew up in Badin, N.C., across the street from Stanly County CC, where he played golf with friends Earl Estridge, and Bill, Wallace and Johnny Palmer. George graduated in 1942 from the Badin School, enrolled at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, then enlisted in the V-12 Naval program in Hoboken, N.J., to be a Naval Aviator. He attended Naval Flight Prep School at the Univ. of Pennsylvania, followed by Naval Pre-Flight School at UNC, finishing in the top five percent of all of his naval training programs.  He completed active service in 1945. 

He attended N.C. State, playing on the golf team from 1946-1949.  After graduating in ’49 with a degree in engineering, he re-enlisted in the Navy.  He attended Naval Flight School in Corpus Christi, Texas. and Pensacola, Fla., and earned his wings in 1951.  George flew an F6F hellcat and AF2W radar plane on the U.S.S. Sicily and U.S.S. Princeton carriers, flying most of his missions at night, which left time to play golf during the day with Commander Elmar S. Waring.

George’s love of golf continued throughout his service. He competed on the Navy golf team and played in Guam, where he won the All Navy Tournament in 1953. George returned to North Island to marry the love of his life, Helen, in June of 1953. After a final tour of duty, he concluded his service in 1955, as Lieutenant Jr. grade, and declared himself a professional golfer later that year. George and Helen began their journey together on the road driving across the country, competing in PGA Tour events and starting a family. A son, George, Jr., and a daughter Tina, were born.

After a few years on Tour, George and Helen settled in Georgia and two more children were born, son Mark and daughter Carol. George began his career as a club professional, serving as Assistant Golf Pro at Capital City Club, Brookhaven, from 1959-1962. His first Head Golf Professional position was at Marietta Country Club, Marietta, Ga., in 1963, earning Class A status in the PGA of America in 1964.  During his time at MCC, George was instrumental in the design and construction of a second nine holes. In 1975, George became Bent Tree Head Golf Professional, retiring in 1985. During his tenure as a Head Golf Professional, George enjoyed competing with members in Pro-Am tournaments at popular courses around the country, like Sea Island and Pebble Beach Resort. He developed a great reputation as a teacher, and is known for saying, “golf is a simple concept, its just not easy to play.” In 2010, George was honored by the PGA as a member of The Half-Century Club. 

George was preceded in death by his wife Helen Preisinger; brother Jack Preisinger; and sister Marilyn Vann.  He is survived by a younger sister, Margie Haines, of Greensboro, NC.; son George, Jr. and wife Ro Preisinger of Sandy Springs; daughter Tina and husband Steve Vaughters of Oakman; son Mark Preisinger of Atlanta; daughter Carol Preisinger of Charleston, SC.; son-in-law Jerry Thomas of Jasper; daughter-in-law Ashley Preisinger of Atlanta; and six grandchildren, Michael Thomas, Katie Preisinger, Brooke Preisinger, Eva Joyner, Sami Preisinger, and John Preisinger. Private Interment will be at the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Ga. A Celebration of Life for George and Helen will be held at a later date.

John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.


Natasha   Green

Ms. Natasha Green, age 47 of Ball Ground, passed away November 29, 2019 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

Ms. Green is survived by her Mother: Sarah Pauline Dean Dorris of Ball Ground; Sons: Demetris Green Bridges of Jasper, Devontay Green Bridges of Ball Ground, Deondra Bridges of Minnesota and Demarcus Bridges of Ball Ground; Brother: Charlton Paul Green of Ball Ground; Sister: Judy Lynn Holden of Jasper; Grandchildren: Isabella Rose Bridges and Aleakay Jane Bridges, both of Jasper. 

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 at Sharp Mountain Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Ball Ground, with Joseph Byers officiating. 

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Green family.


Ardith  Stanley

Mrs. Ardith Stanley, age 98 of Canton, Ga. passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 at The Retreat of Canton.

Mrs. Stanley is survived by her husband of seventy-three years, Tom Stanley of Canton. Sons and Daughters-in-Law; Fred Thomas III & Carol Stanley of St. George, Fla., and David & Bobbie Stanley of Canton. Daughters & Sons-in-Law; Connie & Mike Ethridge of Woodstock and Jo & Mark Hall of Waleska. Sisters; Catherine Roberts of Live Oaks, Fla. and Juanita Seegmiller of Daytona Beech, Fla. Eleven grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren also survived.

The family received friends Sunday, Dec. 1st from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 2nd, 8 a.m. until the funeral hour.

Funeral Services were held at the Jasper United Methodist Church, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 at 2 pm. Rev. Greg Meadows and Rev. Hoyt Jenkins officiating.

Interment will be at Macedonia Memorial Park in Canton, immediately following the funeral services.

Pallbearers: Jason Stanley, Chad Stanley, Cliff Ethridge, Dustin Hall, Trevor Hall, Luke Hall, Daniel Stanley and Sean Stanley.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the Jasper United Methodist Church.  

Cagle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Stanley family.