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‘Dot’ Palmer
Dorothy “Dot” Lee Kesselberg Palmer, 71, of Jefferson, died Sunday, May 18, 2008.
Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late J.C. and Blanche Lockett Kesselberg. She was Methodist and was a homemaker. Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Kesselberg; and sister, Dixie Rackley.
Survivors include her loving husband of 51 years, Jim Palmer, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Greg Winn, Jefferson; grandchildren, Fallon and Shane Metcalf, Rush and Heather Winn, all of Jefferson; great-grandchildren, Max and Luke Metcalf and Destiny Winn; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were Donald Phillips, Robert Phillips, John Landers, Fulton Wilson, Gary Black and Chad Black. Honorary pallbearers were Earl Carithers, Johnny Cannon and Jim Wadley.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.
‘Jim’ Jolly
James M. “Jim” Jolly, 70, of Jefferson, died Thursday, May 15, 2008.
He was Jehovah’s Witness, was a master brick mason, avid motorcyclist, and a beloved husband, father and grandfather, loved ones stated.
Survivors include his wife, Vicki Jolly, Jefferson; son, James D. Jolly, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Mark Miller, Auburn; son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Penny Jolly, Hoschton; grandson, Seth Miller; and granddaughter, Samantha Miller.
Memorial services were held Saturday, May 17, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Braselton with Elder Joe Scibetta Sr. officiating.
Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.
Linda Phillips
Linda Phillips, 66, of Braselton, died Saturday, May 17, 2008.
Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Eva Fagen Gunter. She was a member of Walnut Fork Baptist Church and had worked in the meat department of Big Star Grocery before retiring.
Survivors include a son, Ricky Martin, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Robby and Ron Goss, Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Cindy Martin, Monroe; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Kay Page, Jefferson; and brothers, Donald and Terrell Gunter, both of Braselton.
Funeral services wereheld Tuesday, May 20, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Revs. Terry Page, Johnny Knight and Ed Strickland officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, 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 Jackson Herald, 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 Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.
James Ogletree
James Robert Ogletree, 57, of Gainesville, died Friday, May 16, 2008, following a sudden illness.
Born in Jackson County, he was the son of Billie N. Ogletree and step-father, Dan Stringer, of Homestead, Fla., and the late Bennie Ogletree. He was a truck driver. Mr. Ogletree was preceded in death by a brother, Bennie “Skipper” Ogletree Jr.; sister, Jo Ann Ingram; and nephew, Chad Whirlow.
Survivors include his wife, Patti Ogletree, Gainesville; daughters and son-in-law, Melissa and Kevin Savage and Crystal Little, all of Lula; sister and brother-in-law, Kay and John Whirlow, Flowery Branch; brother and sister-in-law, William “Bill” and Jane Ogletree, Clermont; grandchildren, Hayden, Logan and Karsyn Savage, Caleb and Haley Little; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 19, in the Memorial Park Chapel with the Revs. William Baker and Ernest Fuller officiating. Burial was in Center Grove Baptist cemetery.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, 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 Jackson Herald, 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 Jackson Herald, 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 Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.
Willie Mae Maddox
Willie Mae Maddox, 97, of Winder, died Friday, May 16, 2008.
A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Robert T. and Mary Ann Elizabeth Jenkins Venable. She was a retiree of the Barrow County School System, where she served as a lunchroom manager. She was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church. Mrs. Maddox was preceded in death by her husband, L.C. “Doc” Maddox.
Survivors include children, David Maddox, Winder, and Cynthia Reed, Alpharetta; grandchildren, Chastain Reed, John David Reed, Nathan Reed and Andrea Reed, all of Alpharetta.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 19, at the Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Crews and Richard Lumpkin officiating. Burial was in Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church cemetery.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.
‘Toppie’ Hamilton
Juanita “Toppie” Hamilton, 83, of Atlanta, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Ada F. Sumner Bramlett. She was a member of The First Alliance Church of Atlanta, and was a retired hairdresser. Mrs. Hamilton was preceded in death by her husband, Sanders W. Hamilton.
Survivors include sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Burgess, Auburn, Phyllis Bowens, Betty and Jack Hazan, all of Hoschton; two nieces; two nephews; two great-nieces; two great-great-nephews; and one great-great-niece.
Graveside services were held Saturday, May 17, at The Greenwood Cemetery in Atlanta with the Rev. Kevin Goins officiating.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.
Blanche Kinney
Blanche Underwood Kinney, 72, of Pendergrass, died Monday, May 19, 2008.
She was born in Jackson County, the daughter of the late William Thomas and Stella Mae Culpepper Underwood. She was a retired secretary with the Georgia-Tennessee Supply Company after 32 years of service; and was a former Employee of the Year with Gainesville College. She was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church and also attended Talmo Baptist Church and the Flea Market Church. Mrs. Kinney was preceded in death by brothers, Johnny Underwood, Jimmy Underwood; and a nephew, Greg Beck.
She was a loving mother to her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. She sought people to minister to and served as a volunteer with the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Association for many years, loved ones stated.
Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Clelle Kinney, Pendergrass; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and John Cody, Jefferson; sister and special friend, Shirley Channell and Otis Childs, Athens; sister-in-law, Kay Underwood, Jefferson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Linda Underwood and Charles and Jan Underwood, all of Talmo, Harry and Sheila Underwood, Pendergrass; nieces and nephews, Joy Godfrey, Kathy Underwood, Julie Moore, John Underwood, Dawn Cody, Scott Cody, Judy Pearson, Jennifer Underwood and Todd Underwood.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 21, at Talmo Baptist Church with the Revs. Thomas Doster, Joe Hardy, and Dr. Mark Spence officiating. Burial was in the Mountain Creek Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers were Thomas Underwood, Harry Underwood, Charles Underwood, James Deaton, Radford Murphy and Lloyd Craven.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, Ga. 30502, or the Johnnie’s Hill Lodge, 2444 Mountain Creek Church Rd., Pendergrass, Ga. 30567.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.
Bonnie Casper
Bonnie Ruth Casper, 66, of Winder, died Thursday, May 15, 2008.
She was born in Gwinnett County, and was the daughter of the late James T. and Sarah Stancil Boggs. She was Christian and was a member of the Winder Pilot Club and the Red Hatters. She had been employed by Winder Finance. Mrs. Casper was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Casper Jr.; and a brother, Donald Boggs.
Survivors include sisters and brother-in-law, Betty and Larry Lewis, Winder, and Cathy Boggs, Jefferson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 18, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Dee Dillon officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, 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 Jackson Herald, 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 and 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 Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.
‘Bobby’ Hembree
Robert Edward “Bobby” Hembree, 71, of Fayetteville, formerly of Nicholson, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at his residence, following an extended illness.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Smith Hembree; daughters, Sherrie Sutton, Karen Hembree and Wendy Dowell; a son, Robert N. Hembree; eight grandchildren; six brothers; and seven sisters.
No public funeral services are planned at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Announcement courtesy of Ivie Funeral Home.
The Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.
Billy Martin
Billy James Martin, 73, of Gainesville, died Saturday, May 17, 2008.
Born in Hoschton, he was a lifelong resident of Hall County, was a member of the 1951 graduating class of Sardis High School, and graduated from North Georgia College. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. He was a member of the Antioch United Methodist Church. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert James and Belle Roark Martin; a brother, Eugene Roark Martin; and step-mother, Grace Langford Martin.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Margaret Jarrard Martin; son and daughter-in-law, Wesley and Greta Martin, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Nick Massengill, Marietta; five grandchildren; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Norma and Donald Roper, Gainesville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, under the arbor at Antioch Campground with the Revs. Greg Burgner, Whit R. Martin, grandson of Mr. Martin, and Rev. Dr. Terry Walton officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Antioch United Methodist Church, 2922 Antioch Church Rd., Gainesville, Ga. 30506.
Mason & Ward Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.
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 Jackson Herald, May 21, 2008.



 

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