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Judy Pafford
Judy Bradberry Pafford, 63, of Commerce, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008.
She was born in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Connie W. and Pauline Hogan Bradberry. She was a member of Union Baptist Church and was employed as an assistant manager in sales at the Lodge Cast Iron.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy Pafford, Commerce; sons and daughters-in-law, Rhett and Jessica Childers, Commerce, Travis and Donna Childers, Bogart; daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Robert Faulkner, Statham; 13 grandchildren; a brother, Bobby Bradberry, Nicholson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 16, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Donald Clark officiating. Burial was at Union Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice House, 1660 Jennings Mill Rd., Bogart, Ga. 30622.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Mattie Sears
Mattie Roberta Wideman Sears, 73, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 18, 2008.
She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Selma Wideman and was a homemaker. Mrs. Sears was preceded in death by her husband, Dwayne Sears; a daughter, Kathy Sears; brothers, Ralph Wideman, Jim Frank Wideman; and sisters, Maude Wideman Dallas and Cleo Wideman Brewer.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Ava Sears, Allardt, Tenn., Jerry and Karen Sears, Carnesville, and Phillips Sears, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Brent Jennings, Greenwood, S.C., Eva and Jerry Peek and Tina Sears, all of Commerce, Tammie and Tommy Pinnell, Lula; brothers, Thomas Wideman and Mason Wideman, both of McCormick, S.C.; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Danny Oliver and David Carithers officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Freddie Wood
Freddie Alma Short Wood, 96, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
She was born on September 20, 1911, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Thomas Coy and Hettie Moss Short. She was the oldest female member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, where she had been a member since joining at age 11. She was a retired Seamstress from Commerce Sportswear and Oxford. Mrs. Wood was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Brown Wood; and a sister, Ada Fay Webb.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Barbara and Raymond Adams, Chamblee, and Marie and Wendell Perry, Gainesville, Carolyn Hayes, Sautee-Nacoochee; sister, Jane Short Irvin, Gillsville; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, at Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Revs. Derry Oliver and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Charlie Smith
Charlie Ellington Smith, 83, of Baldwin, died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at a private care facility, following an extended illness.
He was born in Pickens County, S.C., on August 15, 1924, the son of the late George Earl and Mary Elizabeth Anderson Smith. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Banks County. He served his community faithfully in law enforcement, having retired as Chief of Police with the Demorest Police Department and formerly served in the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the Cornelia Police Department. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Tench Smith; brothers, George Earl Smith Jr., Raymond Smith, Walter Smith; and sisters, Sadie and Annie Nations.
Survivors include daughters, Sandra and Billy Joe Barrett, Hollingsworth, Phyllis Smith and special friend, Steve Sosby, Toccoa, Wanda and Phil Perry, Cornelia, Denise and Steve Holland, Hollingsworth; sister, Rachel Davis, Gastonia, N.C.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, at Whitfield Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Smith and Larry Whitfield officiating. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, Banks County.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Rev. Jimmy Owensby
Rev. Jimmy Powell Owensby, 67, of Commerce, died Wednesday, May 14, at his residence.
Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Allen and Mattie Simms Owensby. He served his community as a minister.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Dalton Owensby, Commerce; sons, Ricky Bennett and Mitchell Owensby, both of Royston, Wesley Bennett, Danny Owensby, Darren Owensby, all of Commerce; brothers, Bernice Owensby and Tom Owensby, both of Commerce; sister, Kate Lacey, Commerce; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Wendell Hanley and Curtis Greene officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Russell Koons
Russell Koons, 35, of Tellico Plains, Tenn., formerly of Maysville, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008.
Born on March 23, 1973, he was the son of Mary Koons of Vonore, Tenn. and the late Bob Koons. Mr. Koons was preceded in death by a baby son, Ryan Koons.
Survivors include his wife, Kim; a son, Andrew Koons, Acworth; daughter, Jenna, Tellico Plains, Tenn.; step-daughter, Jessica, Tellico Plains, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Kathy Koons, Madisonville, Tenn.; sister and brother-in-law, Felicia and Thomas Moon, Maysville; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held at Biereley-Hale chapel and burial was in Coppinger Cemetery in Tellico Plains, Tenn.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Thomas Souther
Thomas Watson Souther, 90, of New Horizons Nursing Home, Gainesville, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, following an extended illness.
He was born in Union County, the son of the late Rev. Jasper Gilliam Souther and Stella Ruth Watkins Souther. He was retired from Chicopee and was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae McIntyre Souther; brothers, Aaron, Isaiah, Oliver, Arvil and John Souther; sisters, Ulmer Dyer, Willie Turpin and Frankie Cowart. He was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Gainesville and was also a charter member of East Hall Baptist Church.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Roger Allen, Gainesville, Delores Edge, Flowery Branch, and Frances and Ronnie Spain, Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Lois Souther, Gainesville; grandchildren and spouses, Phil and Jan Strickland, Tim and Theresa Strickland, all of Gainesville, David and Catherine Strickland, Scotty and Nancy Souther, all of Lula, Brian and Sonya Souther, Kevin Spain, Christy and Keith Sutton, all of Cleveland, Shaun Edge, Flowery Branch; great-grandchildren, Madison Strickland, Joshua Souther, Ethan Edge, Bo Souther and Briana Sutton; sister, Mary Hart, Gainesville; brothers, Paul Souther, Cleveland, and L.D. Souther, Gainesville; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 17, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Revs. Jack Pierce, Bobby Jones and Farrell Presley officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Mark Bounxayseng
Mark Souk Bounxayseng, 65, of Baldwin, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at his residence, following an extended illness.
He was born on August 6, 1942, in Nongkhai, Thailand, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Verne Bounxayseng. He was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills with 20 years of dedicated service and was a member of the Wat LaoKhambouengheung in Baldwin. Mr. Bounxayseng was preceded in death by a son, Phet Bounxayseng.
Survivors include his wife, Phou Bounxayseng, Baldwin; daughters, Sai Bounxayseng and Amy Bounxayseng, both of Baldwin; grandchildren, Caitlyn, Jacob and Joseph Bounxayseng.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 24, at the Whitfield Funeral Home with the Monks from the Wat LaoKhambouengheung officiating.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, May 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, May 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Freder Wade
Freder Roberts Wade, 84, of Alto, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on March 19, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Ben Roberts and Lou Eller Wade. She attended the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. Mrs. Wade was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow B. Wade; a brother, Lonnie Roberts; and sisters, Mae Wade, Maude Dodd, Leler Goodson, Montine Purdy, Josie Wade and Inez Roberts.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Archie Browning, Clarkesville; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Brenda Boling Wade, Alto, and Benford and Jennifer Lee Wade; sister, Pauline Thomas, Alto; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and special granddaughter, Melinda Wade Mull.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 16, at the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church with Pastors Mike Franklin and Pennie Eddy, and the Revs. Danny Masters and Carlton Bates officiating. Burial was at Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Revs. Clyde Garrison and Don McLean officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Freder Wade Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, Ga. 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Tommy Dale
Tommy Junior Dale, 65, of Maysville, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.
Born in Hall County, he was the son of the late Tom and Bernice Greenway Dale. He worked 36 years at Milliken, New Holland Plant and was an active member of Unity Christian Church in Maysville. He loved fishing, Nascar Racing, football and writing poetry. His favorite thing was racing grandsons to the mail box and back, loved ones stated.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Dale, Maysville; a son, Steve Dale, Commerce; daughters, Cynthia Bradburn, Flowery Branch, Crystal Hughes, Jefferson; brother, Bobby B. Dale, Maysville; sister, Lethia Pethel, Gainesville; grandchildren, Parker, Clayton and Abigail Hughes, Avery, Thomas, Anna and Jonathan Dale, Isaiah Stephenson, Dawson and Kaylah Paige Bradburn; and a special little friend, Isabella Smith.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 21, at the Unity Christian Church in Maysville with the Rev. Mike Thompson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Tommye Nicholas
Tommye J. Nicholas, 78, of Baldwin, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at a private care facility.
She was born on October 30, 1929, in Fulton County, the daughter of the late Thomas Elmer and Mary Anna Akin Reeves. She was a member of the Mableton First Christian Church and was retired from Benefits and Service Records Company with 15 years of service.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, William Nicholas, Baldwin; sons, Marvin Wayne “Butch” Nicholas, Knoxville, Tenn., Edward Thomas “Bubba” Nicholas, Baldwin; and two grandchildren.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Habersham Home East, P.O. Box 37, Demorest, Ga. 30535.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.
Jack Townsend
Jack Richard Townsend, 79, of Athens, died Saturday, May 17, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospice House.
Born in Spruce Pine, N.C., he was the son of the late Colonel Calvin Townsend and Janie King Townsend and was Methodist. A resident of Athens since 1975, he was the owner and operator of BET-Townsend Hearing Aids, traveling into numerous areas with his business. He was a graduate of Akron University, Life Time member of the Athens Lions Club, Georgia Associating for Hearing Care Professionals, where he served as president and vice president. Also, he was a member of VFW Post #2872, Athens Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Federation for Independent Businessmen. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Townsend was preceded in death by wives, Julene Townsend and Barbara Edenfield Townsend.
Survivors include children, Colleen Lewis, Oxford, Glen Townsend, Monticello, Bruce Townsend, Jackson, Rick Townsend, Baxley; sister, Wilma Pritchard, Marion, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his loving cat Katie.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m., at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville, with military honors accorded with the Rev Will Lewis officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Georgia Society for Hearing Care Professionals Foundation, P.O. Box 91, Clarkston, Ga. 30021, or the Lions Club Georgia Lighthouse, 1775 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, Ga. 30033.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 21, 2008.



 

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