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March 15, 2006


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Erin Jones
Erin Fitzpatrick Jones, 23, of Hull, died Thursday, March 2, 2006.
A native of Clarke County, she was the daughter of Berry and Brenda Fitzpatrick of Hull. She was a homemaker and secretary of Custom Trailers and Welding. She was a loving wife, daughter and sister, and will be greatly missed by her friends and family, according to loved ones. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by a sister, Heather Lynn Fitzpatrick; and grandparents, Denver Campbell, Wilson and Mildred Fitzpatrick, and Causey Boswell.
Survivors include her husband, Jeff Jones; her parents; brothers, David Fitzpatrick, Hull, Scott Fitzpatrick, Savannah, and Ricky Fitzpatrick, Commerce; mother and father-in-law, Connie and Joe Jones, Nicholson; brother-in-law, Michael Jones, Athens; grandmothers, Winnie Mae Campbell, Colbert, and Zula Boswell, Hull; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 5, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home with the Revs. Timothy Campbell, Rabun Campbell and Terry James officiating. Burial was in Colbert Cemetery.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 15, 2006.

Troyce Price
Troyce J. Price, 75, of Winder, died Sunday, March 12, 2006.
He was the son of the late Andrew Jackson and Ila Elizabeth Freeman Price and was retired from Dixie Paving Company. Mr. Price was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Hays Price.
Survivors include step-children, Doyle Casper, Don Casper, and Rita Lumley, all of Winder, Dan Casper, Monroe, and Rena Adams, Monroe; nieces, Debra Kirk, Winder, Shirley Wood, Nicholson, Brenda King, Statham; and a nephew, Ricky Gaddis, Winder.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 15, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. James Weaver officiating. Burial was in Bethabra Baptist Church cemetery.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 15, 2006.

‘Mama Tab’
Pepper
Maggie Lee Pepper, 96, a native of Jackson County and a lifelong resident of Gillsville, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born on March 27, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Mollie Wilson. She was a brief resident of the Bell Minor Nursing Home and was a charter member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, where she attended enjoying worship and southern gospel music. She had worked at Gilford Hosiery Mill and, after retiring, contributed to the rearing of her grandchildren.
She was a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend to all who knew her, and will be greatly missed, according to loved ones. Mrs. Pepper was preceded in death by her husband, George Pepper; brothers, H.A. Wilson, Howard Wilson, Leonard Wilson; sisters, Willie Nell “Bill” Smith, Mary Lou Sanders; sons-in-law, J.C. Dale and Milton Reidling; granddaughter, Teena Denise Pepper.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Thelma Lucille Dale and Grace and Jobie Roberts, all of Gillsville; sons and daughter-in-law, Donald and Brenda Pepper, Gainesville, Wendell and Sarah Pepper, Flowery Branch; former daughter-in-law, Betty Jean Wilson, Cornelia; grandchildren, Rex and Sue Whidby, Terry and Wanda Dale, Scotty Roberts, all of Gillsville, Curtis and Patricia Collins, Clermont, Dr. Crandall and Dianne Autry, Durwood Pepper, Kenny and Sheryl (a special granddaughter who helped so much in the care of Mama Tab) Howard, Neil and Sandy Booth, all of Gainesville, Felipe and Lisa Alvarez Del Pino, Florida, Steve and Donna Severn, California; 21 great-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 14, at the Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Marshal Dale and Eric Buffington officiating. Burial was at the Pine Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 15, 2006.

Callie Bryant
Callie Simmons Bryant, 93, of Brookside Assisted Living in Buford, died Thursday, March 9, 2006.
She was born on April 24, 1912, in Jackson County, and was the daughter of the late George Alfred and Fannie Palmer Simmons. She was a longtime member of Sugar Hill First Baptist Church and was a 50 plus year member of Buford Chapter #317 Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her husband, Emory Kyle Bryant, and a son, Gary Bryant.
Survivors include children, Wanda Crumbley, Gray, Kenneth Bryant, Sugar Hill, Larry Bryant, Macon, and Kyle Bryant, Homer; grandchildren, Jimmy Bryant Minoa, New York, David Crumbley, Lewanda DeLoach, and Emory Crumbley, all of Gray; Kathy Bryant, Sugar Hill, Gayle Forrester, Flowery Branch, Meg Davenport, Titusville, Fla., Patrick Bryant, Clarkesville, Jodi Mathis, Buford, Sheffield Bryant, Cumming, Callie Bryant and Steve Stewart, both of Braselton; 23 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ila Womack, Alamo, and Evelyn Simmons, Loganville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Stewart officiating. Burial was in Walnut Fork Baptist Church cemetery in Hoschton. Pallbearers were David Crumbley, Emory Crumbley, Patrick Bryant, Sheffield Bryant, Jimmy Bryant and Alvin Manning.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 15, 2006.

Tom Ayers
Tom Watson Ayers, 91, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the Brown Convalescent Center in Royston.
Born on January 13, 1915, in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Milton and Pearl Garrison Ayers. He was a farmer, retired from Masters Furniture Company, and was a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by his children, Ruth Andrews, Jimmy Ayers and Dora Janelle Ayers; and a granddaughter, Pam Patillo.
Survivors include his wife, Marie C. Ayers, Canon; three sons, Watson Ayers, Toccoa, Doug Ayers, Canon, and David Ayers, Hartwell; a daughter, Patsy Pagan, Atlanta; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Ayers, Commerce, and Emerson Ayers, Westminister, S.C.; and two sisters, Mildred Norris and Troyce Kazee, both of Toccoa.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 13, at B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of the Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Revs. Randy Floyd and Harold LeCroy officiating. Burial was in the Middle River Baptist Church cemetery.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 15, 2006.

James Marlow
James Loyd Marlow, 64, of Maysville, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
He was born in Banks County and was the son of the late Dave and Zadie Shubert Marlow. He was a retired sergeant with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Marlow was a Vietnam Veteran, having served his country for 24 years in the United States Army. He was Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Belva Massey Marlow, Maysville; daughters, SiDonna Odum, Homer, and Sonya Hurt, Mt. Airy; brothers, Johnny Marlow, Redwood Falls, Minn., Bobby Marlow, Taylors, S.C., and Coy Martin, Maysville; sisters, Louise Westmoreland, Lula, Dianne Wills, Jefferson, Lena Griswell, Cornelia; grandchildren, Carrie Cruz and Cassie Elliot, both of Maysville, Trey Hurt and Gage Marlow Hurt, both of Mt. Airy; and a number of nieces, nephews, and little children.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 14, at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Swayne Cochran and Johnny Loudermilk officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 15, 2006.

Mera Head
Rev. Mera Gober Trawick Head, 86, died Friday, March 10, 2006, at BJC Hospital.
She was born on December 21, 1919, in Commerce, and was the daughter of the late Paul Bertram and Mera Gober Trawick. She taught elementary school in Dry Pond and Commerce before joining the faculty of Johnson Business College in Athens. She then founded and directed Northside Business College of Gainesville. She was also a member of the staff of the Continuing Education Center at the University of Georgia for 10 years.
A licensed Methodist minister, she pastored the Center United Methodist Church in Hoschton, was active in the Dry Pond United Methodist Church for decades, spearheading the restoration of the historic church building, and was a volunteer for Dial-A-Prayer until just before her death. She also taught the Tuesday Precept Bible Study in the Dry Pond community for many years, and recently created and taught a curriculum on “The Harmony of the Gospels” for the Wednesday Night Bible Study at Dry Pond UMC.
Always adventurous, she also managed a fire tower for the Forestry Service at one point, and led a travel group of five senior women for many years, driving them to such distant destinations as Canada and Arizona. In the 1970s, she set out with her husband and youngest child to visit all of the states in the contiguous United States, and wrote a travel series on their experiences for The Jackson Herald.
Mrs. Head was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Henderson Head; a brother, Paul B. Trawick, Jr.; sister, Emily Trawick Cook; and brother-in-law, Lawrence Cook.
Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Erskine Rice; five children and their spouses, Marcia and Tommy Hudson, Barbaranne and Joel Hammond, Michael and Brenda Head, Patrick and Beverly Head, and Christopher and Betsy Head; 20 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and 29 great- and step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 12, at the Dry Pond United Methodist Church with the Revs. Christopher Head and Phillip Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dial-A-Prayer, 26 Homer Street, Maysville, Ga. 30558
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 15, 2006.
Joyce Boswell
Joyce Ray Boswell, 64, of Homer, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at her residence.
She was born in Banks County and was the daughter of Jimmie Pritchett Ray of Homer and the late Ottis Ray. She was a member of Homer Baptist Church and was manager of Rob’s Supermarket. Mrs. Boswell was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Ray.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Rob and Tondra Boswell, Homer, and Mike and Patricia Boswell, Fairmont; her mother; a sister, Jane Hardman, Homer; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 15, at Homer Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Calhoun and Dwight Oakes officiating. Burial was in the Banks Memorial Gardens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 15, 2006.
George Fleming
George Clinton Fleming, 91, of Homer, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at a private care facility, following an extended illness.
He was born on May 27, 1914, in Franklin County, and was the son of the late George and Lucy Ariail Fleming. He was employed with Carwood Manufacturing Company for many years and was a member of Webb’s Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include a number of cousins.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 14, at Webb’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 15, 2006.

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