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APRIL 13, 2005


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‘LaVerne’ Del Rio
“LaVerne” Henson Del Rio, of Lawrenceville, died Sunday, April 10, 2005.
A native of Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Dwain Bush and Beulah LeCroy Henderson. A beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be missed by all who were blessed to know her, according to family members. Mrs. Del Rio was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Hoyt “T.H.” Henson.
Survivors include her husband, Dell Del Rio; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lori Del Rio, Lawrenceville; granddaughter, Christina Del Rio, Pensacola, Fla.; grandson, Anthony Del Rio, Lawrenceville; great-granddaughter, Skyler Campbell, Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Ruth Owens, Nicholson; two brothers, Harold Henson, Idaho, and Walter Henson, Ellijay; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 12, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Orene Evans
Orene Benson Evans, 94, of Pendergrass, died Thursday, April 7, 2005, following an extended illness.
Born April 19, 1910, in Forsyth County, she was the daughter of the late Hall Monroe and Mary Robbs Benson. She was a homemaker and was the oldest female member of the Mountain Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Alvin Evans; two grandchildren; 11 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Alice and Hansel Williams, Talmo and Sandra and Alton Edwards, Woodstock; son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Peggy Evans, Pendergrass; sisters, Nora Crowe, San Antonio, Texas, and Bille Benson, Commerce; sisters-in-law, Annie Mae Benson, Jefferson, and Ruby Dollar, Rockledge, Fla.; special caregiver, Laura Towery; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 9, at the Mountain Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Thomas Doster and Benson Bottoms officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Nathan Evans, Doug Pinion, David Stevens, Ronnie Satterfield, Steve Hulsey, Jimmy Benson, Narville Gee Jr., and Clelle Kinney.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Creek Baptist Church, c/o Jackie Buffington, 846 Mountain Creek Church Rd., Pendergrass, Ga. 30567.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Joe Wilson
Joe Wilson, 60, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, April 5, 2005.
He was a lifelong resident of Jackson County
Survivors include his wife, Mary Harris Wilson, Jefferson; three sons, Jeremi A. Wilson, Commerce, Vontae and Fabian Banks, Jefferson; his mother, Lucy Johnson, Athens; brother, Adam Wilson, Commerce; sisters, Odessa Watson and Bettye Dowdy, both of Jefferson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 9, at St. Paul Baptist Church with Pastor Fred Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Forestglen Mortuary Inc., Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Mary Helen Ramer
Mary Helen Childs Ramer, 79, of Orlando, Florida, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005.
Born in Commerce, she moved to Annapolis, Mary-land, around 1943. She worked and retired from both the State of Maryland and Nationwide Insurance Company. In 2001 she moved to Florida to live with her daughter. She was an active member of the Seniors First Program, where she rapidly developed many friends. Mrs. Ramer was preceded in death by her husband Henry J. “Jack” Ramer.
Survivors include a sister, Shirley Wofford, Commerce; son, Charles W. Ramer, Churchill, Md.; daughter, Patricia Gail Crawford, Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren, Jacqueline D. Lewnes, Kristina J. Taylor and Damian J. Ramer; two great-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 13, at John M. Taylor Funeral Home. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Annapolis, Md.
John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Annapolis, Md., was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Alvin Crain
Alvin K. Crain, 75, of Maysville, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at his residence following an extended illness.
Survivors include his wife, Lucile Jones Crain, Maysville; sons Greg Crain, Brett Crain and Brad Crain, all of Maysville; daughters, Cheryl Stiwinter and Susan Smith, both of Maysville, and April C. Wright, Jefferson; brother, Thurmon Crain, Clermont; sisters, Nora Lee Thomas and Bonnie Wehunt, both of Gainesville; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 8, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home. Burial was in Memorial Park, Gainesville.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Gary Moran
Gary Wayne Moran, 53, of Danielsville, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at Athens Regional Hospital of injuries received in an accident.
Survivors include sons, Chad Moran, Danielsville, and Dwayne Moran, Cornelia; daughter, Danielle Turpin, Commerce; his mother, Kathryn K. Moran; brother, Ronald Eugene Moran, Ila; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday, April 10, at King Mountain, North Carolina.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.
Lucille David
Lucille Martin David, 87, of Athens, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005.
A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Avery Lee and Minnie Zodie Berryman Martin. She was a member of Galilee Holiness Church and was active in the Senior Citizens Club of Edwards Chapel. Mrs. David was preceded in death by her husband, Worley David, brother, Roy Lee Martin, and sisters, Eula Hix and Gertrude Smith.
Survivors include sons, Donald David, Royston, W.D. David, Braselton, Freddie David, Commerce, Junior David and Darrell David, both of Nicholson; daughters, Sylvia Walls, Bogart, Maxine Myers, Danielsville, and Rose McDonald, Athens; 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 8, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Brian David officiating. Burial was in Galilee Holiness Church cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Edna Mitchell
Edna War-ren Bailey Mitchell, 76, of Sanders-ville, died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at the Medi-cal College of Georgia in Augusta from complications of a surgical procedure.
She was a former resident of Commerce, born in Chester, S.C., on April 21, 1928. She was the daughter of the late Frank Warren and Margaret Warren Carter. She had worked at the Central State Hospital in Milledgeville as a nurse and retired from BJC Hospital after 30 years of service in the nursing field. Mrs. Mitchell was Baptist and was preceded in death by her husband, R.L. Bailey, Hartwell.
Survivors in addition to her mother include a son and daughter-in-law, Curtis T. and Glinda Morris Bailey, Commerce; daughters and son-in-law Vera Rell Bailey and Jim Hanley, Sandersville, and Alice Bailey Utech, Natchitoches, La.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Research Center or to the American Cancer Society. The family appreciates all of your thoughts and prayers during this time.
Southern Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Thomas Alexander
Thomas J. Alexander, 55, of Crawford, formerly of Nicholson, died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at his residence following a painful battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He spent his final months in the care of his sister, Shirley Gabriel, and his niece, Michelle Minish.
Born April 18, 1949, in Jackson County, he was the son of Viola Alexander and the late Hooper Alexander of Nicholson. He was an honored veteran of the United States Army, serving in Vietnam, in the 101st Airborne’s 585 Transport Division. He earned many honors including bronze and silver stars.
He was best known by his family and friends as a talented musician. His great love in life was playing the guitar, playing in local bands including the “441 Express” which was the house band for the former J&J music center. He also toured with many nationally known country music celebrities.
Survivors include his mother, Viola Alexander, Nicholson; two daughters, Mariena Alexander, Watkinsville, and Flora Zimmer, Hull; seven grandchildren; three sisters, Shirley Gabriel, Crawford, Patty Ward, Cornelia, and Kathy Kitchens, Nicholson; two nieces, three nephews and many cousins, uncles, aunts, and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Allen Seagraves officiating. Burial was in the Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Pallbearers were Sam Ingram, Doug Moss, Jimmy McKie, Bobby Barnett, Todd Gabriel, and Sam Jordon. Honorary pallbearers were Hoyte and Vivian Anderson, Billy and Barbara Massey, Charlie Lee Massey, Jerry Farmer and David Chambers.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Dorothy Gillespie
Dorothy Ann Gillespie, 62, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Born October 3, 1942, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Floyd Elmer and Dorothy Standridge Waters. She was a beautician and a member of the River of Life Worship Center.
Survivors include three daughters, Regina Archer, Nicholson, Kim Cochran, Maysville, and Kay Hardy, Jefferson; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Kathy Waters, Winterville, and Judy Boswell, Athens.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 7, at the River of Life Worship Center with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the Howington Cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Michael Butler
Michael E. Butler, 51, of Maysville, died Monday, April 11, 2005, following an ex-tended illness.
He was the son of Theodore and Hazel Butler, Maysville.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Butler, Maysville; son, Shawn Butler, Danielsville; daughter, Michelle Weaver, Marietta, father and mother; three sisters, Janice Mattson, Lilburn, Shelia Cotton, Maysville, and Helen Scott, Cartersville; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Samuel McMahon officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Willie Grace Ivey
Willie Grace Kent Ivey, 75, of Jefferson, died Friday, April 8, 2005, following an extended illness.
Born September 26, 1929, she was the daughter of the late C.F. and Laura Thomas Kent. She was retired from Wayne Poultry where she worked as a deboner, and was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Mrs. Ivey was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Lee Ivey, Jr.
Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Smith, Lula; son, Donald Ivey, Jefferson; four sisters, Tina Gordon, Macon, Linda Heaton, Winder, Dorothy Adams, Florida, and Jimmie Worthan, Tennessee; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Sunday, April 10, at Faith Baptist Church with the Revs. Keith Cudd and Eric Shelton officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Ivey Family, P.O. Box 234, Jefferson, Ga. 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Miles David
Miles Milton David, 71, of Nicholson, died Monday, April 11, 2005, at Jefferson County Hospital.
Born June 9, 1933, in Jackson County, he was the son of the late John and Addie Duncan David. He was a retired brick mason and a member of Nicholson Methodist Church. Mr. David was a veteran having served in the United States Army.
He is survived by a brother, Hayden David, Nicholson.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 14, at 2 p.m., in the Antioch United Methodist Church with the Revs. Sanford Willard and Loretta Altman officiating. Burial will be in the Nicholson Cemetery, Nicholson. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Little-Ward Funeral Home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

Jeordin Goldsmith
Jeordin Sebastian Goldsmith, infant, died Saturday, April 9, 2005, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Survivors include his parents, David and Sara Saucier, Nicholson; grandparents, Denise and Darien Epps and Ronnie and Tammy Griffeth; three brothers, Jeremiah Saucier, Phillip Goldsmith and Joshua Goldsmith; and a sister, Jacqueline Saucier.
Funeral services will be Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Gerald Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The body is at the residence, 167 Hunters Ridge Lane, Nicholson, where the family will receive friends.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 13, 2005.

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