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Elberta Denton
Elberta Hooten Denton, 76, of Commerce, died Thursday, May 8, 2008, at BJC Hospital in Commerce.
She was the daughter of the late Lewis Hooten and Lola Fowler Scoggins.
Survivors include a son, David Moats, Jonesboro, Donald Denton, Elberton, David Denton, Athens; daughters, Betty Aaron, Jefferson, Linda Casper, Colbert, Janis Bowles, Commerce; 26 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 10, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Henry Webb and Tommy Watson officiating.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Frances Turner
Frances Belle Turner, 82, of Gillsville, died Saturday, May 10, 2008.
A native of Banks County, she was born on September 2, 1925, the daughter of the late Henry and Imogene Lewallen. She was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Turner; stepdaughter, Charlotte Harris; grandson, Blake Cochran; and brother, John Henry Lewallen.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, according to loved ones.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Alisha Turner and Bill and April Turner; stepdaughters and sons-in-laws, Linda and Donald Wilson, Gail and Calvin Johnson, and Nancy and Jewell Cochran; a sister, Joann Kimbrell; a brother, Felton Lewallen; grandchildren, Tracey Cochran Thompson, Ginger Wall, Shelley Blackwell, Russell Johnson, Casey Turner, Blaze Turner, Logan Nix and Cody Nix; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 12, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Calhoun officiating. Burial was at the Hickory Flat Methodist Church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
‘Mildred’ Hamilton
Carrie “Mildred” Hamilton, 74, of Winder, died Thursday, May 8, 2008.
Born in Henderson, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Frank G. and Margaret Bright Hardy and was a member of Hope Baptist Church. Mrs. Hamilton was preceded in death by her husband, Fred G. Hamilton, Jr.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Lynne Hamilton, Winder; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Clint Albea, Washington; grandchildren, Corrie Hamilton, Jacob Hamilton and Jenna Grimaud; great-grandchild, Kaylee Grimaud; brothers, Charlie Hardy, Commerce, and Joe Hardy, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 10, at First Baptist Church with Dr. John Talley officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
James Spivey
James Clifford Spivey, 65, of Braselton, died Friday, May 9, 2008.
A native of Gwinnett County, he spent most of his life in the Gainesville area, and was the son of the late James and Jesse Mae Chronic Spivey. He was a member of Mercy’s Call Fellowship Church and was retired from the City of Gainesville after 27 years of service. Mr. Spivey was preceded in death by a son, William J. Spivey; and a sister, Frances Spivey.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Hulsey Spivey, Braselton; sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Franklin J. Spivey and Donna Spivey, Talmo, Eric R. Spivey, Braselton, Jody M. and Amanda Spivey, Commerce; grandchildren, Franklin James Spivey II, James Edgar Spivey, Drake Dean Benton, Aidan Anthony Millward, Kesiah Olivia Spivey, Breyen William Spivey and Price Avery Spivey; sisters and brother-in-law, Elizabeth Grindle and Linda and Lamar Saine, all of Braselton, Christine Spivey, Gainesville; mother-in-law, Louise M. Hulsey.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 12, at Mason and Ward Funeral home with the Revs. Frank Spivey and Ernest Carlile officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy’s Call Fellowship Church, 11389 U.S. Highway 129 North, Talmo, Georgia 30575.
Mason and Ward Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
J.D. Pritchett
J.D. Pritchett, 83, of Lula, died Friday, May 9, 2008, at an assisted living home.
He was born on July 24, 1924, in Banks County, the son of the late Will F. and Callie Nunn Pritchett. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and Sunday School Superintendent for a number of years. He was in the C.C.C. Camp and was a retired employee of Milliken with 47 years of service. Mr. Pritchett was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Sue Williams Pritchett.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Wayne Murray and Wanda and Phil Parks, both of Lula; sisters, Estelle Whitfield and Rosa Lee Parker, Gainesville; grandchildren and spouses, Chad and Lisa Parks, Chanda and Jeff Banks, Casey and Amanda Murray; great-grandchildren, Madison Parks, Jake Parks, Riley Banks and Ryan Banks.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 11, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Phil Parks and James Duncan, and Shane Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Donald Grizzle officiating.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Ruth Hardin
Ruth Hardin, 73, of Bogart, died Friday, May 9, 2008.
A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Jackson and Alma Ophelia Stephens Dailey.
Survivors include her husband, Will Hardin, Bogart; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and JoAnn Parr, Bogart; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Henry Thompson, Athens; sisters, Josephine Jones, Statham, and Pat Mize, Commerce; brother, Ted Dailey, Jefferson; grandchildren, Brandon Archer, Athens, Amy Welch, Commerce, Misty Edwards, Westminster, S.C., Kenya Lynch, Laurens, S.C., and Chad Parr, Bogart; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 12, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral home with the Rev. Larry Davidson officiating. Burial was in Oconee Memorial Park.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Charles Garrison
Charles Calvin Garrison, 68, of Cornelia, died Monday, May 12, 2008, in a private care facility.
He was born on August 27, 1939, in Habersham County, the son of the late Vandiver and Sula Adderholdt Garrison. He was a member of Level Grove Baptist Church and was retired from Habersham Broom Company with several years of service.
Survivors include sisters, Eva Mae Thomas, Alto, Louise Robinett, Versailles, Mo.; brother, Emory Garrison, Cornelia.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home with the Revs. Garry Garrison and Chad Shook officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Melvin Collins
Melvin Jesse Collins, 85, of Gainesville, died Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of Hall County, he was the son of the late Lam and Ida Winters Collins. He was Baptist and was a retired mechanic with Crains Auto Service. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Collins was preceded in death by a brother, George Collins; and sisters, Lizzie Mae Smallwood and Annie Lou Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Benton Collins, Gainesville; daughter, Virginia Bell, Gainesville; son, Steve Collins, Dawsonville; step-daughters and son-in-law, Aletha Lance and Sherry and Tim Allison, all of Gainesville; step-sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Donna Dyer, Billy and Jean Dyer, and David and Wanda Dyer, all of Gainesville; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, Hubert “Bud” Collins; mother-in-law, Lucy Benton, Commerce; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 13, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with Dr. Gerald Atkins officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Maliece Lord
Maliece Martin Lord, 79, of Elberton, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008.
Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Steve and Vista Ingram Martin. She was a member of the Dewy Rose Baptist Church and was retired from Oxford Industries.
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Vaughn, Bowersville; sons, James Lord, Elberton, and Steve Lord, Danielsville; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 9, at Memorial Chapel of Berry Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Purvis officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hills Cemetery in Commerce.
Pallbearers were Steve Hall, Cale Smith, Nathan Heaton and Derek Lord.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dewy Rose Baptist Church.
Berry Funeral Home, Elberton, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Laura Bell Shumake
Laura Bell Shumake, 80, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008.
She was born in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Grover and Connie Ferguson Shumake. She was a homemaker and a member of Academy Baptist Church. Ms. Shumake was preceded in death by brothers, Jack Shumake, Clarence Shumake and Douglas Shumake Sr.
Survivors include brothers and sister-in-law, F. Nelson and Christa Shumake and Ned and Brenda Shumake, all of Jefferson, Danny and Nancy Shumake, Monroe; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 9, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home. Burial was in the Woodbine Cemetery in Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Terry Allen
Terry William Allen, 57, of Augusta, died Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at the Medical College of Georgia.
Born in Commerce, He was a resident of Gracewood Nursing Facility and was the son of Myra Patterson Smith of Hull and the late William Ralph Allen. Mr. Allen was preceded in death by his step-father, Lonnie Lee Woods Sr.; step-brothers, Mylon Woods and Lonnie Lee Woods Jr.; and step-sister, Ann Hill.
Survivors in addition to his mother, include sisters, Colette Woods, Hull, Lisa Chandler, Danielsville; step-brother, Mike Woods, Colbert; step-sister, Linda Cartildge, Commerce; and all of his Gracewood family.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 9, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating. Burial was at Evergreen Memorial Park.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Jenny Allen
Jenny Allen, 58, of Hull, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008.
Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Helen Brock of Hoschton and the late Edward Thomas Harbin and was a homemaker. Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by sisters, Joyce Wheeler and Rita Patterson.
Survivors in addition to her mother, include a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Sammy Gregory, Winder; daughters, Jennifer Crowe and Helen Allen, both of Winder, and Molly Allen, Hull; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Robert Harbin, Rockingham, N.C.; and a sister, Gail Gordon, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 10, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Al Garvin officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jennifer Helen Allen Fund.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Myrtie Bell Williams
Myrtie Bell Gee Williams, 95, died Monday, May 5, 2008, following a period of declining health.
She was born on January 16, 1913, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Jack and Callie Gee. She had lived in Hall County for many years. Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, H. Jackson Williams; and all of her siblings.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Callie and Buford Johnson, Carolyn and Al Sims, and Cheryl and Randy Hendricks, Charlotte Ash, all of Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Jack C. and Linda Williams, Gainesville; grandchildren and spouses, Danny and Kathy White, Sue and Lee Price, Chris and Sabrina Williams and Jeff and Tiffani Hendricks, all of Gainesville, and Dr. Keith Ash and Lindsey Ash, Commerce; great-grandchildren, Tori White, Garrett Ash and Andrew-Parker Hendricks, Carter Williams and Anslee, Hunter and Jackson Price; and a special nephew and wife, Worth and Margie Lord.
Visitation was held at Little-Davenport Funeral Home on Friday, May 9. Following visitation, a graveside memorial service was held at Airline Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Bradley Elliott officiating.
She was a long-time member of Air Line Baptist Church and the family requests that memorials may be sent to Airline Baptist Church Building Fund, 3368 White Sulphur Rd., Gainesville, Ga. 30501.
Little Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Sherry Benefield
Sherry Faye Benefield, of Carnesville, died Monday, May 5, 2008, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was married to Michael Ray Benefield, who died from injuries in the same accident. Born in Tillsburg, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Martin and Nelda Jean Olgles McSherdon.
Survivors include daughters, Tina Ann Benefield and Tammy Faye Benefield, both of Carnesville; three grandchildren; grandmother, Pearl Word, Covington; brothers, Harvey Pitts, Covington, Tracy McSherdon, Stockbridge; aunt, Janice Adams, Porterdale.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, after which the body will be cremated.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.
Wilma Williamson
Wilma Hix Williamson, 93, of Commerce, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens.
She was born in Madison County, the daughter of the late Luther and Pearl Bolton Hix. She was a member of Berea Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Williamson.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Darrell and Eleanor Williamson, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Ronnie Ray, Commerce; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Julie and David Trejo, Rome, Mollie and Mark Brower, Kailua, Hawaii, and Lauren and Jonathan Milford, Commerce; great-grandchildren, Addie Grace and Darrell Trejo, both of Rome.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 15, at 11 a.m., at Berea Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry James, Verlin Reece and Grady Jordan officiating. Burial will be in the Williamson Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the funeral home.
The family asks that flowers be omitted and donations be made to the Berea Baptist Church or the Berea Baptist Church Community Center, c/o Shirley Stephenson, 545 A.C. Smith Rd., Commerce, GA 30530.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 14, 2008.




 

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