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Ruth Rogers
Ruth Standridge Rogers, 95, of Cleveland, died Friday, April 6, 2007, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following a period of declining health.
Born in Hall County, she was the daughter of the late Branson and Lona Caroline Staton Standridge. She was a retired lunchroom manager for White County Schools and a member of County Line Baptist Church. Mrs. Rogers was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Rogers; brothers, Ben Standridge, Dewey Standridge, Fred Standridge, Howard Standridge; and great-grandson, Jacky Ray Holland.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Laquita Holland, Gainesville, Angela Nix, Floy and Sid Crowe, all of Cleveland, Margarette and Ron Wiley, Lula, Rebecca and Steve Davis, Athens; a son, James Rogers, Cleveland; sisters, Jane Brown, Cleveland, and Dot Dorsey, Gainesville; brothers and sister-in-law, Talmer Standridge, Cleveland, and Bud and Louise Standridge, Clermont; sister and brother-in-law, Vera and Willis Garrett, Gillsville; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 9, at County Line Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Irvin and Loyd Martin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Thelma Stockton
Thelma Jane Stockton, 76, of Panama City Beach, Fla., died Monday, March 26, 2007, at her residence.
Born in Banks County, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Bessie Sheridan. Mrs. Stockton was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Stockton.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, William and Becky Stockton, Jersey, Richard and Bertha Stockton, Franklin and Renea Stockton, and Paul Stockton, all of Panama City Beach, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Michael Dionise, Key West, Fla.; sisters, Sylvia Gale, Hull, Rossly Shook, Commerce, Earline Simmon, Lavonia, Carolyn Sheridon, Banks Crossing; brother, Leon Sheridon, Nicholson; and 12 grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at the Grove Level Baptist Church in Maysville on Saturday, April 14, at 2 p.m., with John Wood, Missions Pastor, officiating.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Geneva Peyton
Geneva Payne Peyton, 82, of Homer, died Sunday, April 8, 2007, at BJC Nursing Home.
She was born on April 27, 1924, in Oconee County, S.C., and was the daughter of the late William Payne and Sarah McMillan. She was a homemaker and a member of Silver Shoals Baptist Church. Mrs. Peyton was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Peyton; and sons, Jerry Peyton and Terry Peyton.
Survivors include a son, Michael Peyton, Commerce; and a grandson, C.J. Peyton, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 11, at Silver Shoals Baptist Church in Lula with the Rev. Sam Parsons officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Zedah Bertucci
Zedah Siris Anderson Bertucci, a retired teacher and native of New Orleans, La., died Thursday, April 5, 2007.
She was the daughter of the late Frederick Julius and Ora May Faller Anderson and was a resident of River Ridge, La., for 43 years until she relocated to Jefferson in 2006, as a result of Hurricane Katrina. She was a rare lady who exemplified virtue, grace, courage, honor and beauty, according to loved ones. Mrs. Bertucci was preceded in death by her husband, John Louis Bertucci; sisters, Freda Anderson Mashburn, Muriel Anderson Stiegler, Thurma Anderson Peyronnin, Ecetra Anderson Nippert, Orpha Anderson Cheatham, Corinthia Anderson Campbell; and brothers, Frederick Anderson, Donald Anderson and Austin Anderson.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Gwenn Bertucci and Edward Mark Nachman, Jefferson; granddaughter, Rachael Faller Nachman, Jefferson; and nieces, nephews and friends.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, April 11, in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, La.
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, New Orleans, La., was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.
Gene Albea
Gene Albea, 79, of Winder, died Sunday, April 8, 2007.
Born in Greenwood, S.C., he was the son of the late Melvin Anderson and Elsie Lucille Lindsay Albea. He was a member of the Winder First Baptist Church and was retired from Walton Clothes. Mr. Albea was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Verleen Stowe Albea, Winder; son and daughter-in-law, Doyle and Donna Albea, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Jimmy Purvis, Greenwood, S.C.; grandsons and spouse, Andy and Christina Albea, Jefferson, Michael Albea, Japan, James Purvis, Greenwood, S.C.; and great-grandchildren, Alex and Chloe Albea, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 10, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Pennington officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 625 Jefferson Hwy., Winder, Ga. 30680.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Doris Savage
Doris Veal Savage, 73, of Maysville, died Sunday, April 8, 2007, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens.
Born on May 21, 1933, in Banks County, she was the daughter of Newt and Lucille Jacks Veal. She was a cloth inspector at Harmony Grove Mills and was Baptist. Mrs. Savage was preceded in death by a son, Roger Savage.
Survivors include her husband, Junior Savage, Maysville; sisters, Mildred Smith, Gastonia, N.C., and Frances Austin, Ila; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Revs. Doug Duncan and Bradley Duncan officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens in Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

James Duncan
James Roy Duncan, 65, of Danielsville, died Friday, April 6, 2007, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a brief illness.
Survivors include a son, Richard Duncan, Danielsville; daughter, Angelia Hubbard, Maysville; brothers, Harold Duncan, Arnoldsville, Billy Duncan, Danielsville, Larry Duncan, Commerce, and Rev. Douglas Duncan, Ila; a sister, Susan Cook, Hull; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 9, at the Liberty Church with the Revs. Douglas Duncan and Wendell Hanley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Johnnie Spence
Johnnie Spence, 54, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, April 4, 2007, following an illness of lung cancer for the past year.
He was the son of the late Curtis and Lucille Grier Spence and was a dedicated employee of Leon Farmer & Company, Athens, for 34 years.
Survivors include his wife and companion of 25 years, Susan Kincaid Spence, Jefferson; best friends, Checker & Speedway; close friends who have never missed a day calling Johnnie and giving their support during his fight with cancer, Judy and Jim Flanagan, Robyn England, Hank and Sarah Smith, Daytona Beach, Fla., Dover Gooch, Sara Lynn Shoe and all employees of Leon Farmer & Company; uncles and spouse Lamar and Sarah Grier, and Herschel Spence; a sister, Gloria Spence Henderson, Duluth; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Hardy officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers were Greg Gillespie, Rick Shepard, Hank Smith, Shane Brown, Bobby Martin, Leon Farmer III, Hal Pruitt and Chris Collins.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 150 Ben Burton Road, Bogart, GA 30622.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, April 11, 2007.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.
Herbert Harper
Herbert Henry Harper, 77, of Jefferson, died Sunday, April 8, 2007.
Born on November 10, 1929, he was the son of the late George Washington and Addie Edith Chapman Harper. He was a driller in the gas and oil well industry and was Baptist. Mr. Harper was preceded in death by children, Betty Jo McCune and Bobby Joe Harper.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes Senter Harper, Jefferson; daughters and son-in-law, Wanda Warring, Florida, Janet Eggleton, Charleston, W. Va., and Patricia and Joseph Foster, Jefferson; sons and daughter-in-law, Roger Wilson, Elkview, W. Va., and George and Joy Harper, Winder; a sister, Dollie Steele, Hartwell; brother, Roy Harper, Hartwell; grandchildren, Deneika and Bill Reynolds, Oswego, N.Y., and Robert and Rachael Eggleton, Clay, Samantha and Jamie Neal, all of W. Va., Gary and Terri McCune, Sissonville, W. Va., Terry Kidd, Charleston, W. Va., Joseph Foster and Jessica Foster, both of Jefferson; great-grandchildren, William Reynolds, Robert Reynolds, Valerie Reynolds, Nicole Reynolds, Christy McCune, Rebecca Eggleton, Rasheal Eggleton, Robert A. Eggleton, Rosalind Eggleton, and Matthew Kidd.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 12, at 2 p.m., in the chapel of Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview, W. Va. Burial will be at Harper Cemetery, Frame, W. Va. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home in W. Va.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of local arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Nancy Weller
Nancy Lynn Halstead Weller, 55, of Pendergrass, died Friday, April 6, 2007.
She was born on February 2, 1952, and was the daughter of the late Frank and Rena Barrett Halstead. She worked in hotel management and was Baptist.
Survivors include a son, Frank Russell Weller, Chandler, Ariz.; sister, Linda Halstead Cicuzza, Pendergrass; brother, Richard Allen Halstead Sr., Harker Heights, Texas; four grandchildren; nephews, Richard Michael Calbreath Jr., Richard Allen Halstead Jr.; niece, Shauntelle Rose Halstead.
Private funeral services will be held at a later date.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Lewis Shirley
Lewis W. Shirley, 78, of Jefferson, retired executive of Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, died Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens.
He was born at his parents’ residence in Apple Valley on June 7, 1928, and was the son of Lena Mae and Opal Preston Shirley.
He graduated from Martin Institute, Jefferson, in 1945, and attended North Georgia College, Dahlonega, after which he served in the United States Army. Mr. Shirley worked at Jackson Electric for 36 years, retiring as its operations manager. He was a member of the Jefferson First Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Julia Hawkins Shirley; a daughter, Diane Ariail, and her husband, Keith Ariail, Jefferson; one son, Todd Shirley, and his wife, Ann, Acworth; two sisters, Ruth Brown, Griffin, and Vivian Vandiver and her husband, Bill, Gainesville; four grandchildren, Tyler Truelove and wife, Carla, Jefferson; Taylor Truelove and fiancée, Brittany Buffington, Jefferson; Will and Julianna Shirley, both of Acworth; and two great-grandchildren, Gracie Beth and Lewis Ty Truelove, both of Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Jefferson First Baptist Church with Dr. Cary Hilliard officiating.
Special music was presented by Becky Gilbert and Scotty Piotrowski.
Interment was in the Apple Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Billy Vandiver, Tommy Harbin, Gary Crowe, Lee Hawkins, Mike Hulsey, John Blackstock and Luther Wilkes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 395, Jefferson, Ga. 30549, or to the Judy Piotrowski “For Her Glory” memory fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdonaldandson.com.
McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory, Cumming, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.
Dorothy Adams
Dorothy K. Adams, 70, of Winter Springs, Fla., formerly of Jackson County, died Monday, April 2, 2007.
Born on December 31, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Kerry and Lura Thomas Kent. She was an accountant in the oil business.
Survivors include a daughter, Yvonne, C. Adams, Winter Springs, Fla.; son, James R. Adams, Apopka, Fla.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Linda Heaton, Winder, Jimmie Wortham, Knoxville, Tenn., and Tina Gordon, Macon.
Graveside services were held Monday, April 9, at the the Unity Christian Church Cemetery in Maysville.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Jack Dyer
Jack J. Dyer, 81, of Cornelia, died Sunday, April 8, 2007, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on June 29, 1925, he was the son of the late Angile and Fannie Jones Dyer. He was retired from Cornelia Textile and also was a farmer. He was a member of the Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, lifetime member of VFW Post #7720, and lifetime member of Woodmen of the World. Mr. Dyer was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II in the 117th General Hospital as a medic and a cook. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and in his later years enjoyed painting, according to loved ones.
Mr. Dyer was preceded in death by brothers, Angile Jr., James, and Edgar Dyer; a sister, Lillian Lyons; and grandson, Wendell Steve Dyer.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Whitlock Dyer, Cornelia; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Tia Dyer, Hollywood, Wendell and Angela Dyer, Lula, and Angile and Dede Dyer, Demorest; daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and Leon Williams, Demorest, Susan and Mitchel Smith, Cornelia; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life was held Tuesday, April 10, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with Dr. Tom Mewborn and the Rev. Brian James officiating. Burial was in the Yonah Memorial Gardens with full military honors by the Rabun D.A.V. Chapter #15 and the Habersham County American Legion Post #84.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

‘Pardoo’ Partington
Matthew L. “Pardoo” Partington, 18, of Commerce, died Monday, April 2, 2007, in Woodlawn, Tenn., from injuries received in a car accident.
He was born on January 24, 1989, in Fort Campbell, Ky., and was the son of Lou R. Partington of Commerce and Teresa P. Bleigh, Woodlawn, Tenn.
Matthew was a senior at Jackson County Comprehensive High School and was a member of Blooming Grove Baptist Church. According to family members, he loved to hunt, fish and play golf.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his step-father, Steve Bleigh, Woodlawn, Tenn.; a brother, Roby Partington, Commerce; maternal grandparents, Travis and Wilma Webb, Counce, Tenn.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial services were held Friday, May 6, in the chapel of McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home, Clarkesville, Tenn., with the Rev. Ricky Reynolds officiating. The remains were cremated.
McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home, Clarkesville, Tenn., was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Julia Matthews
Julia Estelle Sorrow Matthews, 91, of Commerce, died Sunday, April 8, 2007, at BJC Medical Center in Commerce.
Born in Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Garth and Mollie Lou Sailors Sorrow. She was a member of the Holiness faith and was a homemaker. Mrs. Matthews was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Herbert Matthews Sr.; daughters, Edna Wortie Landrum and Mary Elizabeth Gearing; and a son, Guy Thomas Matthews.
Survivors include daughters, Louise Marlow, Athens, Martha Patrick, Danielsville, and Dianne Compton, Athens; sons, James H. Matthews, Jefferson, and Thomas Matthews Jr., Danielsville; a sister, Mary Bruce, Winder; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Terry Fowler officiating. Burial was in the Athens Memory Gardens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

‘Gene’ Yarbrough
Carl E. “Gene” Yarbrough, 84, of Athens, died Saturday, April 7, 2007.
Born in Clarke County, he was the son of the late James and Estel Duffell Yarbrough. He was retired from General Times, a member of East Athens Baptist Church, VFW, and American Legion. Mr. Yarbrough was a veteran, having served his country during World War II aboard the USS MT. Ranier.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Wilkes Yarbrough, Athens; step-children, Patti and Billy Bradford, Cole and Ali; Debbie and James White and Josh; Brad and Patti Duffell, Laura and Hailey; Kathy Johnson, Dusty, Kelli and Will, and Rodney Simmons, Jennifer and Mathew.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, April 10, at the East Athens Baptist Church with the Revs. Don Leaptrott and Dugar Strickland officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the East Athens Baptist Church Building Fund, 4325 Lexington Road, Athens, Ga. 30605.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Clyde Parham
Clyde Parham, 84, of Athens, previously of Jackson County, died Thursday, March 22, 2007.
Mrs. Parham was preceded in death by grandsons, Stanley Hall and David Hall.
Survivors include her husband, George B. Parham, Athens; sons and daughter-in-law, Jerry B. and Myrtie Hall, Bogart, and Preston Hall, Philippines; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Saturday, March 24, at Athens Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Arthur Cato
Arthur Calvin Cato, 83, of Flowery Branch, previous vendor at the Pendergrass Flea Market for 15 plus years, died Monday, April 9, 2007, following a brief illness.
He loved sports, outside gardening and flowers, according to loved ones. Mr. Cato was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II, receiving the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross. He was the last member of a family of ten of the Cato family.
Survivors include his wife of 59-1/2 years, Sybil Cato; son and daughter-in-law, Anthony J. Cato Sr. and Nell Cato, Flowery Branch; grandson and spouse, Anthony Cato Jr. and Gena Cato, Jefferson; great-grandchild, Nicholas Anthony Cato; step-grandchildren and spouse, Debbie and Warren Roper and Dianne Carder, all of Gainesville; step-great-grandchildren, Heidi, Dylan, Megan; step-great-great-grandson, Kaden.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 12, at 2 p.m., at Memorial Park South Chapel with the Rev. Fulton Boswell officiating. Burial will be at in Memorial Park South Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Ga. 30542, 770-967-5555, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 12, 2007.

Johnnie Harris
Johnnie Lee Harris, 65, of Jefferson, died Saturday, April 7, 2007, at his residence.
Survivors include brothers, Lloyd Billups and Emory Harris, both of Maryland, Lonnie Harris, Augusta, and Jerry Harris, Jefferson; and sisters, Thelma Laws and Elnora Lumpkin, both of Athens.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 12, at 11 a.m., at Summer Hill Baptist Church in Jefferson. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mack and Payne Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.

Dennis Daughtry
Dennis Ray Daughtry, 59, of Oakwood, died Saturday, April 7, 2007, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
Born in Hall County, he was the son of the late B.C. “Bill” and Alma Joyce Narvil Daughtry. He was employed at Mahalo Advertising and was Baptist. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Daughtry was preceded in death by grandparents, Dan and Jessie Daughtry, Jesse C. and Alma Narvil. He loved to golf, fish and spend time with his granddaughters, according to loved ones,.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Frady Daughtry, Oakwood; daughter and son-in-law, Deanna Renae and Aaron Kipp, Oakwood; son, David Daughtry, Italy; granddaughters, Stephanie and Autumn Kipp, Oakwood; step-son, Richard Frady, Oakwood; sister and brother-in-law, Kaye and Stan Clark, Gillsville; nephew and family, Chris and Dawn Hunt, Gainesville; special cousin and lifelong friend, Jerry C. Narvil, Gainesville; a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 11, in the chapel of Mason & Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Phil Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation Support Group, c/o Marie Bridges, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 404 Washington St., Gainesville, Ga. 30501.
Mason & Ward Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2007.



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