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‘Polly’ Pittman
Dorothy Pauline “Polly” Pittman, 85, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at BJC Nursing Home.
Born in Clarke County, she was the daughter of the late Clarke and Wreathea Burroughs Crowe. She was a member of the Gordons Chapel United Methodist Church and was a homemaker.
Mrs. Pittman was preceded in death by her husband, John “Dub” Pittman.
Survivors include a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Keith and Manda Barnett, Commerce; granddaughter and friend, Wanda Barnett and Mark Perry, Nicholson; great-grandchild, Kady Barnett, Commerce; niece, Patsy Doster, Colbert.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 2, at Nicholson Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Smith and Bob Habeck officiating. Burial was in the Gordons Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 7, 2008.
Shaun Whitehead
Staff Sergeant Shaun J. Whitehead, 24, of Ft. Campbell, Ky., formerly of Maysville, died Thursday, April 24, 2008, on dismounted foot patrol in Iskandariyah, Iraq.
He was a native of Commerce, the son of Rebecca Whitehead of Maysville. He was a member of the United States Army serving in Alpha Company, 2 ND Battalion, 502 ND Infantry, Fort Campbell, Ky., as a part of the 101 ST Airborne Division. He had been enlisted in the Army since 2003.
Survivors in addition to his mother, include his wife, Janie Whitehead, Fort Campbell, daughter, Janna Whitehead, Fort Campbell; son, Gabriel Whitehead, Fort Campbell; sister, Amber Whitehead, Maysville; grandfather, Coy O’Shields, Maysville; and many brothers still serving in Iraq.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 3, at the Grove Level Baptist Church with Chaplain Scott McKosh officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 7, 2008.
Carrie Coker
Carrie Miranda Coker, 26, of Jefferson, died Sunday, May 4, 2008.
She was born on July 4, 1981, in Jackson County, the daughter of Bobby Scott Coker of Watkinsville and Sherri and step-father Jerry Dills of Jefferson. She was a graduate of Jackson County Comprehensive High School and a member of Crooked Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors in addition to her parents, include a brother, Nicholas Sanchas, Jefferson; step-sister, Erica Coker; grandparents, Nancy Showalter and Bobby Coker, both of Jefferson, Sonny and Jean Morgan, Watkinsville; great-grandparents, Richard and Judy Budge, East Andover, N.H.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Willard Thomas officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were Chris Bowles, Wayne Dills, Jeremy Dills, Paul Kent, Justin “Pubs” Smith and Scott Carter.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 7, 2008.
‘Bill’ Barnwell
William Edgar “Bill” Barnwell Jr., 63, of Lilburn, died Wednesday, April 30.
Born on December 1, 1944, he was the son of the late William E. Barnwell Sr. and Lillian Poole Barnwell. He was a property insurance adjuster, and was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. Mr. Barnwell was Baptist, a member of the Indian Creek Baptist Church, and a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include a daughter, Marie Barnwell, Jefferson; sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn and Dr. Michael Payne, Kettering, Ohio; one niece; two nephews; and several cousins.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 4, at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson with the Rev. Chuck Cook officiating. A private family burial preceded the service in Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 7, 2008.
Edward Dodd
Edward Marcus Dodd, 85, of Athens, died Wednesday, May 30, 2008.
Born on October 18, 1922, in Hall County, he was the son of the late Marcus Miles and Nora Freeman Dodd. He was a member of the Galilee Christian Church, where he was a former elder and a charter member of the Athens Christian Church. He was a residential and commercial carpenter, and was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Dodd was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Anglin Dodd; a sister, Omie Freeman; and brothers, Green Dodd and Dorsey Dodd.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and Jim Lord, Athens, Debbie and Eddie L. Pethel, Jefferson, Yvonne and Mike Settles, Longmont, Colo.; brother, Jackson Dodd, Marietta; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and beloved best companion, Chancey.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 2, in the Galilee Christian Church with Minister Tom Plank and the Rev. Russell Ruark officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Christian Anglin, Jeff Ruark, Gerald Mize, Tyre Dodd, Jack Freeman and Ronald Dodd.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Galilee Christian Church Building Fund, 2191 Galilee Church Rd., Jefferson, Ga. 30549, or the St. Mary’s Hospice House, 1660 Jennings Mill Rd., Bogart, Ga. 30622.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 7, 2008.
Owen Sudderth
Owen William Sudderth, infant son of Russell and Shauna Sudderth of Maysville, died Friday, May 2, 2008.
He was born April 17, in Gainesville.
Survivors in addition to his parents, include a brother, Evan Sudderth; grandparents, Billy and Sybil Highfield and Bill and Barbara Sudderth; aunts and uncles, Sherry Smith, Charlene and Doug Gazaway, Sharon and Tony Davidson, Darren and Michele Highfield, Sheila and Ken Armstrong, Keenan and Kim Highfield, Vicky and John Krish, Jane and David Smith, Grant Sudderth; and numerous cousins.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 6, at the Holly Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery with Pastor Tom Fish officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, 1687 Tullie Circle, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30329, or the March of Dimes, 2955 Horizon Park Dr., Suite B, Suwanee, Ga. 30024.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 7, 2008.
Michael Benefield
Michael Ray Benefield, 50, of Carnesville, died Monday, May 5, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born in Hall County, he was the son of Willie M. King of Carnesville and the late Cecil William Benefield. He was married to Sherry Faye Benefield, who died from injuries sustained in the same automobile accident.
Survivors in addition to his mother, include daughters, Tina Ann Benefield and Tammy Faye Benefield, both of Carnesville; brothers, Terry, Billy, David and Randolph Benefield, all of Carnesville, and Thomas Benefield, Winder; sisters, Alice Middlebrooks and Michelle Arthur, both of Winder, Linda Mayfield, Jackson County, Yvonne Crist, Louisiana, Dana Gloss, Stephens County; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 7, 2008.
James Higgins
James Billy Higgins, 71, of Alto, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at Heartland Hospice, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on November 17, 1936, he was the son of the late James Ferd and Lula Martin Higgins. He was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church, and was a former chicken farmer with Fieldale Farms. He enjoyed spending time with his children and great-grandchildren as well as gardening, loved ones stated. Mr. Higgins was preceded in death by a son, James Marion Higgins; sisters, Brenda Sue Higgins, Betty (Sweet Pea) Farmer and Martha (Mot) Garner; brothers, Bobby Higgins, Frank (Buddy) Higgins and Royce Higgins.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Garner Higgins, Alto; sons and daughter-in-law, Tim and Penny Higgins, Baldwin, and Larry Higgins, Winder; daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Robert Thompson, Toccoa, Jackie and Marcus Mangum, Alto, Janet Higgins and Jodie Higgins, both of Alto; sister, Peggy Payne, Baldwin; brothers, Melvin Higgins and Donald Higgins, both of Cornelia, Preston Higgins, Eatonton, and Johnny Higgins, Lincolnton, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 1, at Mt. View Baptist Church with the Revs. Marvin Beasley, Marcella Beasley and Tim Beasley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 7, 2008.
Timothy Brooks
Timothy Wright Brooks, 48, of Athens, died Saturday, April 26, 2008.
A native of Charleston, S.C., he was the son of Jean Dixon of Danielsville and the late Jimmie Wright Brooks.
Survivors in addition to his mother, include his companion, Margie Lavender; children, Timothy Brooks, Athens, and Angel Brooks, Colbert; siblings, Kim Brooks and Steve Woodall, both of Athens, Melody Crouch, Commerce, Curt Woodall, Lebanon, Tenn., and Wayne Woodall, Waynesville, N.C.; grandchildren, Taylor Brooks, Autumn Brooks, Trey tRossi and Jakob Hayes.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 30, at Welcome Avenue Congregational Holiness Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 7, 2008.
Junior Ivester
Junior Ivester, 72, of Commerce, died Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at BJC Medical Center in Commerce.
Born in Stephens County on March 8, 1936, he was the son of the late Lemmie Martin and Eppsie Cheek Ivester and was Baptist.
Survivors include sisters, Edith Morrison, Crawford, Betty McLendon, Mary Whitlock and Bertie Gordon, all of Commerce.
Graveside services were held Thursday, May 1, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 7, 2008.




 

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