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William Kent
William Dwight Kent, 60, of
Maysville, died Tuesday, January
8, 2008.
Born in Jackson County, he
was the son of Virginia Moore
and step-father, Joe Moore, of
Maysville, and the late Thurston
William Kent. He was a member
of Center Grove Baptist Church,
a graduate of Commerce High
School, and an avid race car
driver and fan. Mr. Kent was preceded
in death by sons, Kyle and
Chad Kent.
Survivors include a daughter,
Amber Kent, Los Angeles, Calif.;
brother and sister-in-law, Darrell
and Carol Kent, Hoschton; nephew
and wife, Brandon and Jill
Kent, Hoschton; niece and husband,
Danielle and Laray Cross;
and a number of other relatives.
Funeral services were held
Friday, January 11, in the chapel
of Little Davenport Funeral
home. Burial was in Center Grove
Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions
may be made to Center Grove
Baptist Church Cemetery Fund,
5154 Pond Fork Church Rd.,
Pendergrass, Ga. 30567.
Little Davenport Funeral Home,
Gainesville, was in charge of
arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Jessie Benton
Jessie Belle Garrison Benton,
75, of Commerce, died Thursday,
January 10, 2008.
A native of Jackson County, she
was the daughter of the late Fred
and Dessie Highfield Garrison.
She was a homemaker and a
member of Faith Baptist Church.
S u r v i v o r s
include her husband,
Jimmy
H. Benton,
Comme r c e ;
daughters and
s o n - i n - l aw,
Carol Pound
and Joni and
Joe Patrick, all
of Jefferson;
step-granddaughter, Melissa
Patrick, Commerce.
Funeral services were held
Sunday, January 13, at Faith
Baptist Church with the Revs.
Keith Cudd and Alan Saunders
officiating. Burial was in Jackson
Memorial Park. Pallbearers were
Mike Moon, Lee Goza, Larry
Benton, Joe Merk, Roy Garrett
and Billy Cain.
Memorial contributions may be
made to the Faith Baptist Church
Building Fund.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson,
was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
David Sprinkles
David Lee Sprinkles, 45, of
Winterville, died Wednesday,
January 9, 2008.
He was the son of Annette
Gipson Sprinkles of Nicholson,
and the late Edward Lee Sprinkes.
He owned operated Sprinkles
Garage and was a member of
Winterville First Baptist Church.
Survivors in addition to his
mother, include his wife, Sandra
Marcus Sprinkles; a daughter,
Casey Lynn Sprinkles; sister
and brother-in-law, Brenda
Sprinkles and Wesley Marquina,
Colbert; grandmothers, Bert
Gipson and Myrl Sprinkles,
both of Nicholson; father-in-law
and mother-in-law, Charlie and
Betty Marcus, Hull; sister-in-law,
Sheree Hardigree (Lynn), Hull;
niece, Ashley Hardigree; longtime
friend, Wendell Toney; and
aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held
Saturday, January 12, at Lord &
Stephens Funeral Home with
the Revs. Don Fuller and Joel
Dover officiating. Burial was in
Evergreen Memorial Park.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home,
East, Athens, was in charge of
arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Callie Sue Garrison
Callie Sue Garrison, 86, of
Commerce, died Wednesday,
January 9, 2008, at Hill Haven
Nursing Home in Commerce.
Born in Jackson County, she
was the daughter of the late
Claude and Lucy Lord Shore.
Mrs. Garrison was preceded in
death by her husband, Mack P.
Garrison.
Survivors include sons and
daughter-in-law, Ray Grimsley,
Ball Ground, Charles and Jane
Garrison, Commerce; a brother,
Francis Shore, Commerce; sister,
Sarah Fleming, Hull; eight grandchildren;
and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held
Friday, January 11, at Blacks Creek
Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill
Carpenter officiating. Burial was
in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce,
was in charge of services.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Ford Allen
Ford D. Allen, 60, of Danielsville,
died Wednesday, January 9, 2008,
at St. Mary’s Medical Center in
Athens.
He was the son of the late
Ben P. and Fannie
Cannon Allen, and
worked in the maintenance
department
at Commerce High School,
retiring after 31 years. He was
a member of Rogers Baptist
Church, where he served as a
deacon for 38 years. Mr. Allen
was a veteran, having served in
the United States Army during
World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 60
years, Syble Clark Allen; daughter
and son-in-law, Mary and
Leon Fitzpatrick, Danielsville;
brother, Wallace Allen, Gastonia,
N.C.; grand-daughter and spouse,
Christy and Mitch Porterfield;
great-grandchildren, Mason and
Connor Porterfield.
Funeral services were held
Friday, January 11, in the chapel of
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home
with the Revs. Wayne Douglas,
Johnny Thompson, Carlton Peters
and Mike Sarna officiating. Burial
was in Rogers Baptist Church
Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeff
Rogers, David Rogers, Steve
Savage, Terry Canup, Donnie
Drew and David Stephenson.
Honorary pallbearers were the
Staff of Commerce High School.
Lord & Stephens Funeral
Home, Danielsville, was in charge
of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Peggy Gilmer
Peggy Bryan Gilmer, 76, of
Gainesville, died Monday,
January 7, 2008, at the Bell-Minor
Home in Gainesville, following
an extended illness.
She was born on December
7, 1930, in Jackson County, the
daughter of the late Bunch and
Edna Webb Bryan. She was a
member of Blackshear Place
Baptist Church, and also a member
of the Young at Heart Bible
Study Class. Mrs. Gilmer was
preceded in death by her husband,
A.C. Gilmer; sisters, Lois
Bryan Burke, Thelma Bryan Kent
and Marion Bryan Gee.
She was a very devoted wife,
mother and grandmother, according
to loved ones.
Survivors include a son and
daughter-in-law, Lanier and Carol
Gilmer, Gainesville; daughters
and sons-in-law, Sandra and
James Duncan, Homer, Nancy
and Rodney Middlebrooks,
Snellville, and Tina and Jack
Queen, Gainesville; grandchildren,
Jeromie Gilmer, Heather
Gilmer Marshall, Tracie Duncan
Hammond, Warren Duncan, Jerry
C. Cheeks, and Hollie Crowe; 13
great-grandchildren; and a host
of other friends and relatives.
Funeral services were held
Thursday, January 10, in the chapel
of Memorial Park Funeral
Home with the Revs. Dave
Channell and James Duncan officiating.
Burial was in Memorial
Park Cemetery.
Memorial Park Funeral Home,
Gainesville, was in charge of
arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Roger Whitehead
Roger N. Whitehead, of
Danielsville, died Tuesday,
January 1, 2008.
A native of Jackson County,
he was the son of Eula Jean
Whitehead of Ila and the late
Edward Paul Whitehead and was
a retired truck driver.
Survivors in addition to
his mother, include children
and spouses, Cindy and Ray
Billups, Colbert, Brandy and
James Martin, Toccoa, Rhonda
and Jesus Leanos, Gainesville,
Lisa Brookshire and Devon
Brookshire, both of Jefferson; sisters
and brother-in-law, Sheila and
Tony Osborn, Carnesville, Paula
Leanos, Ila; brothers and sistersin-
law, Billy and Cindy Whitehead,
Commerce, Wayne Whitehead,
Hull, and Paul Whitehead Jr., Ila;
grandchildren, Michael, Nicolas,
Gracie and Desirae.
Funeral services were held
Friday, January 4, in the chapel of
Arthur Bowick Funeral Home with
the Rev. Tommy York officiating.
Burial was in Hill Haven Memory
Gardens. Pallbearers were Pete
Whitehead, Roy Whitehead,
Dean Whitehead, Neil Cox, Mike
Whaley and Kenneth Dailey.
Arthur Bowick, Inc. Funeral
Directors, Monroe, were in
charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Gale Strickland
Gale Phillips Strickland, 61, of
Hull, died Wednesday, January
9, 2008.
A native of Franklin County, she
was the daughter of the late Dillard
F. and Mozelle James Phillips.
She was a member of Union
Baptist Church. Mrs. Strickland
was preceded in death by brothers,
James Douglas Phillips, Utah
Phillips, Belton R. Phillips; and a
sister, Genomie Patrick.
Survivors include her husband,
James H. Strickland; a son and
daughter-in-law, Sammy and Beth
Brooks, Colbert; step-son, Bert
Strickland, Hull; sisters, Louise
Dudley, Commerce, Sue Minish,
Shiloh; brothers, Thomas M.
Phillips, Danny Wayne Phillips,
both of Royston, Bobby Phillips,
Canon; and two step-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held
Sunday, January 13, at Union
Baptist Church with the Revs.
Billy Owensby and Ben Smith
officiating.
Memorial contributions may be
made to the Madison/Oglethorpe
County Animal Shelter or the
Athens Regional Medical Center
Palliative Research.
Lord & Stephens Funeral
Home, Danielsville, was in charge
of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Imogene Seabolt
Imogene Seabolt, 83, of
Commerce, died Wednesday,
January 9, at Bentley Assisted
Living in Jefferson.
Born in Banks County on May
15, 1924, she was the daughter
of the late Albert and Sally Mae
Thompson Eubanks Sr. She was
a homemaker and a member
of the First Baptist Church of
Commerce. Mrs. Seabolt was
preceded in death by a sister,
Francine Eubanks; and brother,
Billy Eubanks.
Survivors include her husband,
Thomas Grady Seabolt,
Commerce; sons and daughtersin-
law, Jim and Sue Seabolt,
Anderson, S.C., and Laney and
Gloria Seabolt, Commerce;
grandchildren and spouses, Ellen
and Chip Cochran, Augusta,
Kathy and Chris Fitzhugh,
Tampa, Fla.; brother, Albert
Eubanks, Taylors, S.C.; sisters,
Mildred Wilson, Warner Robbins,
Rebecca Bennefield, Hampton,
Peggy Standridge, Loganville,
and Jane Bare, Stockbridge.
Funeral services were held
Friday, January 11, in the chapel
of Little-Ward Funeral Home
with Dr. Carlton Allen officiating.
Burial was at Jackson Memorial
Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be
made to the First Baptist Church
of Commerce, 1345 South Elm
St., Commerce, Ga. 30529, or
Vista Care Hospice, 150 Ben
Burton Rd., Bogart, Ga. 30622.
Little-Ward Funeral Home,
Commerce, was in charge of
arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Jennie Puckett
Jennie Hayes Puckett, 75, of
Commerce, died
Friday, January
11, 2008, at her
residence.
She was born
in Banks County,
the daughter of
the late Ernest
and Willie Mae
Sears Haynes.
Survivors include her husband,
James Puckett, Commerce; a son,
Johnny Hayes, Atlanta; daughter
and son-in-law, Brenda and
Joe Parr, Commerce; brother,
Pete Haynes, Commerce; sisters,
Estelle Denton and Jean Hooper,
both of Commerce; grandchildren,
Christie Chambers, Jake
Hayes, Kimberly and Kevin
Smallwood; and one great-grandchild,
Jordan Tanner.
Funeral services were held
Sunday, January 13, in the chapel
of Ivie Funeral Home with
the Rev. Lonnie Bennett officiating.
Burial was in the Grey Hill
Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce,
was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Bonnie Hensley
Miss Bonnie Marie Hensley, 82,
of Lula, died Thursday, January
10, 2008, at Northeast Georgia
Medical Center in Gainesville,
following a sudden illness.
Born in Hall County, she was
the daughter of the late John
Wesley and Roxie Ann Brown
Hensley. She was retired from
Swift & Co., and was preceded
in death by brothers, John
Henry Hensley, Amos Monroe
Hensley and Kinsey Hensley; sisters,
Augusta Ann Gee and Ethel
Montine Powers.
Survivors include a sister, Mary
Louise Bishop, Gainesville; and
special friends, Billy McCrackin
and Sherri Holcombe, both of
Lula.
Funeral services were held
Sunday, January 13, in the chapel
of Memorial Park Funeral Home
with the Revs. Dean Bryant and
James Dumas officiating. Burial
was in Midway Methodist Church
Cemetery in Gillsville.
Memorial contributions may be
made to Hospice of Northeast
Georgia Medical Center, 2150
Limestone Parkway, Gainesville,
Ga. 30501.
Memorial Park Funeral Home,
Gainesville, was in charge of
arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Eleanor Reid
Eleanor Nervia Gowder Reid,
81, of Clarkesville, died Friday,
January 11, 2008, at her residence,
following an extended illness.
She was born in Banks County
on January 25, 1926, the daughter
of the late William Edward and
India Parsons Gowder. She was
a dental assistant, having worked
for Dr. Randy Daniel with 25
years of dedicated service. She
was a member of Calvary Baptist
Church in Morrow, and attended
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Mrs.
Reid was preceded in death by
her husband, Luther Coy Reid;
sisters, Dr. Fredna Waters and
Callie Burke; and brothers, Frank
Gowder and Swayne Gowder.
She was an avid Braves baseball
fan, enjoyed watching game
shows, and listening to gospel
music. She was very musically
inclined, having played the piano
for several years, but most importantly,
she was an exceptional
grandmother, according to loved
ones.
Survivors include a son and
daughter-in-law, David and
Angy Reid, Sautee; sisters,
Edna Elrod and Ethel Tanner,
both of Clarkesville; grandchildren,
Matthew and Sherry Reid,
Kristena and Coenraad Brand,
Liberty Nelligan and Beatrice
Nelligan; great-granddaughter,
Brooke MaryElle Reid; sister-inlaw,
Frances Gowder, Macon;
brother-in-law, M.L. Burke,
Atherton, Calif.; and special
caregivers, Betty Jackson, Judy
Weaver, Sharon Jones and Betty
Seabolt.
Funeral services were held
Sunday, January 13, at Mt. Carmel
Baptist Church in Banks County
with Dr. Randy Daniel and the
Rev. Swayne Carlan officiating.
Burial was in the church cemetery
with the Rev. James Duncan
officiating.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart
Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in
charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
Bobby Lee Dowdy
Bobby Lee Dowdy, 63, of
Jefferson, died Monday, January
7, 2008, at his residence, following
an extended illness.
He was born on May 7, 1944,
in Jackson County, the son of
the late John E. Dowdy Sr. and
Sallie Mae Shackleford Dowdy.
He attended public schools
in Jackson County and joined
Summer Hill Baptist Church at
an early age. He was a hardworking
man, starting at age 12 and
ending at the age of 62. He was
a skilled multi-tasker, and always
encouraged his children to do the
best they could and work hard at
whatever they chose to do.
Survivors include his wife,
Peggy Bonds Dowdy; daughters
and sons-in-law, Christy Dowdy
and Jeff Swinney, Barbara Dowdy
and Rodney Collins, Kimberly
Dowdy and Kenny Poole, all
of Jefferson; a son and daughter-
in-law, Mitchell and Tamela
Dowdy, Athens; step-daughter,
Danette Bonds, Athens; brothers
and sisters-in-law, John E.
Dowdy Jr. and Jewell Dowdy,
Larry T. and Sheila Dowdy, all
of Jefferson; sisters, Josephine
Dowdy Harris and Janice H.
Dowdy, both of Jefferson; uncle,
Douglas Shackleford, Indiana;
aunt, Pearline Billups, Tampa,
Fla.; sisters-in-law, Bettye Wilson
Dowdy, Jefferson, and Virginia
Bonds Rollins, Commerce; ten
grandchildren; three great-grandchildren;
a host of nieces, nephews
and friends; and a special
devoted friend whom he loved
and cherished, Martha Lee
Collins.
Funeral services were held
Saturday, January 12, at
Summerhill Church.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson,
was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 16, 2008.
THE COMMERCE (GA) NEWS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2008 - PAGE 9A
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