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April 26, 2006


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Nell Rackley
Nell Burnette Dover Rackley, 86, of Jefferson, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at BJC Medical Center in Commerce.
Born on July 16, 1919, in Franklin County, she was the daughter of Robert Sherman and Eurika Whiten Burnette. She lived most of her life in Greenville, S.C., and the past few years in Commerce. She was retired from Stone Manufacturing Company in Greenville, S.C., with 35 years service, was a member of Judson Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., and was the W.M.U. Director of the Church. Mrs. Rackley was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Dover, and her second husband, Troy Rackley; three brothers, Doyle Burnette, Fred Burnette, and Morris Burnette; three sisters, Jimmie Davis, Vera Watkins and Sara Froug.
Survivors include two sisters and brother-in-law, Lois Duvall, Eastanollee, and Jean and Ronnie Garmon, Jefferson; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Carol Burnette, Covington, Bobby Burnette, Doraville, and Dean and Pam Burnette, Dunwoody; sister-in-law, Ann Burnette; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 26, in the Hillcrest Chapel of Acree-Davis Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Allens United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

Bryan Hantus
Bryan James Hantus, 44, of Jefferson, died Saturday, April 22, 2006.
He was born in Millville, N.J., and was the son of Michael N. and Beatrice Dalacroix Hantus of Jefferson. He was a computer technician.
Survivors in addition to his parents include two sisters, Ruthcharlotte McFearin, Jefferson, Glory Elliott, Pendergrass; three brothers, Richard Michael Hantus, Jefferson, Stephen Timothy Hantus, Cleveland, Ohio, and Luke Davis Hantus, Calhoun.
Memorial services were held Monday, April 24, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

Lauren Ogburn
Lauren Taylor Ogburn, 11, of Hoschton, died Wednesday, April 19, 2006.
She was born in DeKalb County and was the daughter of Lonny Cagle and Deanne Ogburn Cagle of Hoschton. She was a Baptist.
Survivors other than her parents include a brother, Dewayne Cagle, Hoschton; and grandparents, Michael and Carolyn Ogburn, Statham, and Marvin and Rita Presley, Eatonton;
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 23, at Smith Memory Chapel. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006

‘Hot Rod’ Castleberry
J.D. “Hot Rod” Castleberry, 65, of Pendergrass, died Friday, April 21, 2006.
He was born in Dade County and was the son of the late William Paul and Alma Irene Pryor Castleberry. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Pond Ford Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sisters, Nellie Dyer, Gainesville, and Mary Lee York, Ringgold; three brothers, Billy Castleberry, Eastridge, Tenn., Eddie Castleberry, Flinstone, and Roy Castleberry, Trenton; and an extended family, Jeff, Dana and Jacob Hogan, Pendergrass.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 23, at Pond Fork Baptist Church, Pendergrass, with the Revs. Johnny Knight and Jeff Hogan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

W.O. Thomason
Winfred Oliver Thomason, 81, of Athens, died Saturday, April 22, 2006.
Born in Madison County, he was the son of the late Joe and Laura Fitzpatrick Thomason. He was retired as manager of Petrolane LP Gas Company and was a member of the Young Harris Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. Mr. Thomason was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Virginia Pinson Thomason; and a sister, Candice Thomason.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Adams, Athens; sisters, Geraldine Allen, Charlotte, N.C., Laura Berryman, Athens, and Eva Craft, Ila; brothers, Jack Thomason, Buddy Thomason, and Aubrey Thomason, all of Ila, Caiphas Thomason, Watkinsville, Walter Thomason, Summerville, S.C., and the Rev. W.D. Thomason, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Shannon Marie Adams and Joshua Scott Adams.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Vista Care Hospice.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

Betty Vandiver
Betty Seagraves Vandiver, 73, of Evans, died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at her residence.
She was a native of Nicholson, a member of West Acres Baptist Church, and the Gideon’s International Auxiliary. She was a graduate of Athens Business College, Athens. Mrs. Seagraves was a loving wife, homemaker, and mother, according to loved ones. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Roger C. Vandiver, Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Roger C. Vandiver; son and daughter-in-law, Michael E. and Ruth Vandiver, Martinez; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice V. and Jim Braswell and Sharon V. and Kenny Raborn, all of Martinez; two grandchildren, Ken Raborn and Brittany Raborn; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and O’Neal Martin, Commerce; ten nephews; and five nieces.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 26, at West Acres Baptist Church with the Revs. Larry C. Harmon and Robert C. Daniels officiating. Burial was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Darrell Seagraves, Ted Seagraves, Marty Seagraves, Randy Seagraves, Rick Yonce, Steve Yonce, Billy Vandiver, and Tommy Vandiver. Honorary pallbearers were the Gideon’s of Augusta Southwest Camp and the Love I and II Sunday School classes.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1899 Central Ave., Augusta, Ga. 30904, or The Gideon International Augusta Southwest Camp, P.O. Box 204454, Martinez, Ga. 30917.
Platt’s Funeral Home, Evans, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

Robert Dain
Robert Dain, 65, of Sugar Hill, died Thursday, April 20, 2006.
He was born in Crawford County, Penn., and was the son of the late Myron and Doris Marcy Dain. Mr. Dain was preceded in death by brothers, Charles and Kenneth Dain; sisters, Janis Dain and Evelyn Gibbons.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Dain, Sugar Hill; children, Ann Dain, Sherry Pacheo, Andrew Dain, Rhonda Lewis, Robin Merino; brother, Richard Dain; sisters, Marilyn Corlew, Susan Ward; grandchildren, Jamie Smith, Rance Smith, Robert Bearman, Tiffany Baxter, Terrance Baxter, Malachi Pacheo, Ashton Pacheo, Zoe Pacheo; and a great-grandchild, Peyton Smith.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his wife.
Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

‘Dot’ Hardman
Dorothy Bolton Shell Hardman, 94, of Augusta, died Friday, April 21, 2006.
She was born on June 4, 1911, in Mobile, Ala., and was the daughter of the late Dr. Henry Hilliard Shell and William “Willie” McCurdy Shell. She grew up in Bainbridge, where her father served as pastor of the First Baptist Church. She graduated with honors from Shorter College, majoring in music, piano, and organ, and taught piano in Bainbridge before her marriage and moving to Commerce, where she was an involved member of the community for 62 years.
Known to her family and friends as “Dot”, she participated with her husband in textile and banking activities nationally. Her service on boards included the Georgia Federation of Woman’s Clubs, the Tallulah Falls School, and the Garden Club of Georgia. She played a significant role in the development of the Commerce Public Library, was an organizing member of the Commerce Study Club, shared her musical talent through piano and organ recitals, and was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church. She spent summers at a home in Nacoochee Valley, and moved in 1996 to Brandon Wilde in Augusta, where she enjoyed cultural events and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Hardman was preceded in death by her husband, Lamartine Griffin Hardman Jr.; and a son, Lamartine Griffin Hardman, III.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. John Barnett Hardman and Laura Jones Hardman, Atlanta; daughter and son-in-law, Shell Hardman Knox and Wyckliffe Austin Knox, Jr., Augusta; daughter-in-law, Mary Talmadge Hardman, Athens; grandchildren, Lamartine Griffin Hardman IV and wife, Catherine Clapp Hardman, Wyckliffe Austin Knox III, Shell Knox Berry and husband, Lawrence Reab Berry III, Sam Talmadge Hardman, John Hardman Knox, Davis Purcell Knox and wife, Gina Neely Knox, William Benjamin Hardman, Laura Hardman Collins and husband, John Richard Collins, John Boisfeuillet Hardman, Hilliard Barnett Hardman; five great-grandchildren; four nephews; and three nieces.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 24, at First Baptist Church of Augusta. Burial was in Commerce at the Grey Hill Cemetery adjacent to the First Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dorothy Shell Hardman Music Scholarship Fund at Mercer University, 1400 Coleman Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31207, or a charity of one’s choice.
Platt’s Funeral Home, Augusta, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

JoAnn Pilgrim
JoAnn Mealor Pilgrim, 71, of Royston, died Saturday, April 22, 2006, at the Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens.
She was born in Madison County, on June 2, 1934, and was the daughter of the late Boyd and Florence Horne Mealor. She was a seamstress and a member of the Price Chapel Church of God. Mrs. Pilgrim was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred Pilgrim; sons, Jimmy and Tommy Pilgrim; and a brother, John Mealor.
Survivors include two sons, Johnny Dean Pilgrim, Colbert, and Greg Pilgrim, Athens; three daughters, Martha Anne Evans and Judy Carey, both of Athens, and Faye Burnette, Canon; a brother, Charles Mealor, Commerce; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 24, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Revs. Johnny Stowe and Jerome Hill officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Royston.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

Annie Lou Lord
Annie Lou Stockton Lord, 90, of Jefferson, died Saturday, April 22, 2006.
She was born in Hall County and was the daughter of the late Guy David and Ida Clements Stockton. She was a home-maker and a member of the Cave Springs Baptist Church for 73 years. Mrs. Lord was preceded in death by her husband, Price Lord.
Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte Lord, Jefferson; five sons, Harold Lord and Don Lord, both of Jefferson, James T. Lord, Gainesville, Jimmy Lord, Athens, and Jerry Lord, Maysville; a sisters, Susie Cofield, Pendergrass; brother, Alvin Stockton, Conyers; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and thirteen great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 24, at Cave Springs Baptist Church, Pendergrass, with the Revs. Chad Rising and Don Blalock officiating. Burial was in Dry Pond Methodist Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cave Springs Baptist Church, 3274 Holly Springs Road, Box B, Pendergrass, Ga. 30567.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

Deborah Austin
Deborah Kay Kinmen Austin, 48, of Bogart, died Saturday, April 22, 2006, following a sudden illness.
Born on December 10, 1957, in Oconee County, she was the daughter of the late Harold C. and Runa Kinmen. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mars Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Greg Richard Austin, Bogart; daughter, Jennifer Fields, Athens; son, Herman Fields, Athens; sister, Christine Horne, Bogart; brother, Bobby Kinmen, Watkinsville; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 26, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Watson officiating. The remains were cremated.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

‘Ben’ Hardman
William Benjamin Hard-man, 29, of Athens, died Sunday, April 23, 2006.
Born on September 28, 1976, in Athens, he was the son of Mary Talmadge Hardman of Athens and the late Lamartine Griffin Hardman III. He was a graduate of Athens Academy and the University of Georgia, where he earned a B.A. in history
He loved playing basketball and being outdoors in the peace of nature, according to loved ones. He fished and hunted, and the preservation of streams and forest was important to him. He loved and was loved by his family and friends.
Survivors include two brothers and sister-in-law, Lamartine Griffin Hardman IV and Catherine Clapp Hardman, and Sam Talmadge Hardman; niece, Catherine Madry Talmadge Hardman; and a nephew, Lamartine Griffin Hardman V.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. at Athens First Presbyterian Church (185 East Hancock Avenue). The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3715 Northside Parkway, 400 Northcreek, Suite 300, Atlanta, Ga. 30327, or the Hardman Farm Fund, c/o North Georgia Community Foundation, 615-F Oak Street, Suite 1300, Gainesville, Ga. 30501.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2006.

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