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William Brown
William Jesse Brown, 57, of Commerce, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at his residence, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Sam and Grace Parker Brown. He worked at CertainTeed Corporation of Athens for 30 years. Mr. Brown made a lot of friends that he considered family, loved ones stated.
Survivors include his wife, Angela Donnette Brown, Commerce; sons and daughters-in-law, Josh and Tiffany Brown, Alto, Nicholas and Kristy Sorrow, Pendergrass; daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Chad Bridges, Danielsville; sister and brother-in-law, Judy Brown and James O’Kelley, Maysville; brother and sister-in-law, Randall and Bonnie Brown, Cleveland; eight grandchildren, Damian Brown, Patience Chaney, Cody Sorrow, Chase and Kaceen Bridges, Thaddeus Freeman, Payton Freeman and Tori Freeman.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Kevin Burgess officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Riley Harris
Riley Harris Sr., 75, of Commerce, died Saturday, May 24, 2008.
He was born in Jackson County, the son of the late Henry and Mammie Slaughter Harris. He was retired from the University of Georgia and was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Mr. Harris was a veteran, retired from the United States Army.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Borders Harris, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Jerry Smauldon, Columbia, S.C., Patricia and Jasper Williams, Tyrone, Shirley Harris, Commerce; sons, Riley Harris Jr. and Randy Harris, both of Marietta, Raymond Harris, Commerce; brother, the Rev. R.L. Trammell, Athens; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 29, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. W.R. Brown officiating. Burial was at Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Dennis Highfill
Dennis Wayne Highfill, 46, of Rockmart, formerly of Commerce, died Thursday, May 22, 2008.
He was born on July 17, 1961, in Tampa, Fla., the son of the late John Newton and Sadie Lee Clark Highfill, and was employed at EBY-Brown.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Amber and Ben Coyle, Rockmart, and Megan Patrick, Commerce; and a granddaughter, Zoe Coyle, Rockmart.
Private memorial services will be held by the family at a later date.
Freeman Harris Funeral Home, Rockmart, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Aaron Chaney
Aaron B. Chaney, 67, of Commerce, died Saturday, May 24, 2008.
Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Archie Dean and Thelma Ikard Chaney. He was retired from the City of Commerce, where he worked in the water plant, and was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include children, Kerry Pattman, Stacey Rucker and Brittany Rollins; brothers and sisters-in-law, Archie Chaney Jr. and Vivian Chaney, and Samuel and Rebecca Chaney, all of Commerce, Jimmy and Mary Frances Chaney, Bloomington, Ind.; and a sister, Alice Pittman, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 28, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. W.R. Brown officiating. Burial was at Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Joe Vaughn
Joe Verner Vaughn, 78, of Homer, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, at BJC Hospital in Commerce.
He was the son of the late Dock and Mae Coker Vaughn and was retired from Garrison Lumber Company.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Vaughn, Homer; sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Sherry Vaughn, Hull, and Rickey and Dessie Vaughn, Commerce; brother, Olin Vaughn, Homer; sisters, Ruth Cotton, Cornelia, and Genell Carlan, Homer; four grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Don Blalock and Jerry Payne officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Gladys Crow
Gladys Waldrup Crow, 89, of Cornelia, died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at a local care facility.
She was born on August 4, 1918, in Banks County, the daughter of the late Augustine and Sarah Worley Waldrup. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cornelia and was retired from Ethicon, Inc., with several years of service. Mrs. Crow was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar N. Crow Sr.; three sisters; and two brothers.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah and Mark Gardner, Mt. Airy, Dorothy and Tim Lewis, Salem, S.C., Shelia Crow, Baldwin; sons and daughter-in-law, Edgar N. Crow Jr., Maysville, James Milton and Judy Crow, Mt. Airy; sister, Ellen Bramblett, Cornelia; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Whitfield Funeral Home with the Revs. Greg Walton and David Turner officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cornelia Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Minnie Mize
Minnie Lucille Seagraves Mize, 88, of Gainesville, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at the Oaks at Limestone, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Love Thirsten and Lucy Burroughs Seagraves. She was retired from New Holland Mill and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. Mrs. Mize was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Mize; grandson, Christopher Mize; one sister; and five brothers.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ellen and Leroy Brown, Gainesville, Louise and Doug Helton, Lula, and Laura and Robert Rider, Hartwell; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard L. and Betty Mize, Homer, Terry Lee and Brenda Mize, Lula, and Ross and Cheryl Mize, Cleveland; grandchildren, Gina Reed, Jeff Rider, Joey Rider, Nina Robinson, Richard L. Mize Jr., Richelle Mize, Michael Mize, Matthew Mize, Chris Burke, Jenny Massey, Patricia Vahey, Melissa Williams and Cathey Ferguson; sister, Ruth Pittman, Nicholson; brothers, Jimmy Seagraves, Commerce, and Felton Seagraves, Milledgeville; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 23, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Pittman and Chris Burke officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Pauline Aycock
Pauline Carter Aycock, 92, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008.
She was born on May 29, 1915, in Woodville, the daughter of the late Richard and Dinkie Martin Carter and was Baptist. Mrs. Aycock was preceded in death by her husband, James Horace Aycock; sisters, Carrie Brooks and Evie Smith; brothers, Bill, Albert, James and Reese Carter; and step-sons, Charles and Bill Aycock. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, and a cherished friend to many, loved ones stated.
Survivors include a daughter, Claudette Aycock, Cornelia; step-daughter, Mayzell Mauldin, Baldwin; son and daughter-in-law, Wesley “Buddy” and Gloria Griffith, Crawford; step-sons and daughters-in-law, George and Verna Aycock, Alto, and Melvin and Judy Aycock, Starr, S.C.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 23, at Whitfield Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris York officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Louise Fincannon
Louise Arnold Fincannon, 76, of Homer, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, at her residence following an extended illness.
Survivors include a son, Larry Roberson, Maysville; daughters, Dianne Langston, Royston, Carolyn Bathurst, Penny Noell and Tammie Arroway, all of Homer; brother, Charles Arnold, Homer; nine grandchildren; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 26, at Silver Shoals Baptist Church with the Rev. Perry Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Peggy Irvin
Peggy Joan Irvin, 79, of Cornelia, died Friday, May 23, 2008, at a local care facility.
She was born on August 5, 1928, in White County, the daughter of the late Lat and Harriett Houston Vandiver. She was a member of the Cornelia First Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and James Norton, Hull; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Gail Irvin, Homer; sister, Vivian Smith, Cleveland; brother, Dan Vandiver, Lula; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 25, at Whitfield Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Crowe officiating. Burial was in Gateway Memorial Gardens in Cleveland.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 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, Commerce.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Runell Anderson
Runell Nelms Anderson, 76, of Alto, died Sunday, May 25, 2008, at her residence, following an extended illness.
She was born in Jackson County on June 12, 1931, and was the daughter of the late Floyd J. and Eddie Hogan McDougald. She was a member of the White Creek Baptist Church and was a retired seamstress. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Anderson; sons, David and Dean Nelms; sister, Ruth Sosebee; brothers, Buddy and Paul J. McDougald; and a grandson, Chris Irvin.
Survivors include daughters, Annette Irvin, Toccoa, and Penny Smith, Murrayville; sons, Billy McDougald, Cornelia, Dale Nelms, Cleveland, and Darrell Nelms, Alto; sisters, Lunette Stover and Dora Mae Murphy, both of Gainesville, Shirley McKenney, Duluth; brothers, Duck McDougald, Cleveland, Curtis McDougald, Social Circle, and Floyd J. McDougald Jr., Cleveland; grandchildren, Morgan Smith, Avery Smith, Chris Nelms and Jerri Mason; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 27, at White Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Anthony Shore, Mark Gunter and Paul Flynn officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Cynthia Sorrow
Cynthia Gail Sorrow, 55, of Nicholson, died Monday, May 26, 2008.
She was born in Jackson County, and was the daughter of the late Horace and Helen Howington Seagraves. She was a homemaker and a member of Center Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Sorrow, Nicholson; daughter, Sonya Lee Sikes, Jefferson; sons, Todd Everett Sorrow and Bucky Ryan Sorrow, both of Nicholson; brothers, Waymon Seagraves, Jefferson, Allen Seagraves, Nicholson, and David Seagraves, Winder; sisters, Judy Kirby and Bobbie Archer, both of Nicholson; five grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 29, at 2 p.m. at Center Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Prather and Barry Bray officiating. Burial will be at New Harmony Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, May 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Fannie Arrowood
Fannie Bell Arrowood, 77, of Alto, died Thursday, May 22, 2008, at a private healthcare facility, following an extended illness.
She was born in Rabun County on January 27, 1930, the daughter of the late Alex and Reba Rogers Welborn. She attended Baldwin Congregational Holiness Church and had worked as a spinner in various textile mills. Mrs. Arrowood was preceded in death by her husband, Arling A. Arrowood; and sisters, Allene Hensley and Jewell Hensley.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Sue Fairclough, Alto; sons, Arthur James Arrowood, Gainesville, Alfred Junior Arrowood and Wayne Lee Arrowood, both of Alto; brothers, Alex Welborn Jr., Keith Welborn and James Welborn, all of Rabun County; a sister, Geneva Greene, Dillard; and 9 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 24, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell, Tim Beasley and Trent Campbell officiating. Burial was at Yonah Memorial Gardens.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.
Loyd West
Loyd Nelson West, 91, of Demorest, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, at a local medical center.
He was born in Gwinnett County on November 28, 1916, the son of the late E. Webb and Florence Puckett West. He was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills, where he worked for several years, was formerly employed with Edward Flor Saddle Tree Manufacturing Company for several years, and also worked in a CCC Camp. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Mullinax West; brother, Eston West; sisters, Zora Knight and Irene Sexton. Mr. West was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II, where he served as a military policeman.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Joyce and Leon London and Sylvia Woodall, all of Cornelia; sisters, Ruth Kelley, Lithia Springs, and Dorothy Wilson, Powder Springs; sister-in-law, Leota Mullinax, Clarkesville; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 29, at 2 p.m., at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Michael Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Clarkesville Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Habersham Home, P.O. Box 37, Demorest.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, May 28, 2008.



 

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