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Paula Walden
Paula Ann Fields Walden, 52, of Jefferson, died Friday, June 6, 2008.
Born in Barrow County on August 13, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Billy Ray and Annie Geneva Gee Fields. She was a homemaker and was Baptist.
Survivors include daughters, April Smith, Ila, and Kimberly Moore, Hull; a son, Billy Ray Hawkes, Jefferson; sisters, Karen Fields and Susie Fields, both of Lula, Robin Parsons, Athens, and Tammy Johnson, Beachlake, Pa.; and 10 grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, June 10, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Palmer Pace officiating.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Bobby Wilson
Bobby R. Wilson, 68, of Jefferson, died Friday, June 6, 2008, at his residence.
He was born in Alabama, the son of the late Charles and Julia Wilson. Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Wilson.
Survivors include sons, Donny Wilson, Jefferson, Keith Wilson, Alabama, Bobby Wilson Jr. and Eddie Wilson, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughters, Sherry Wilson, Michelle Wilson and Sandy Gail Wilson, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers; three sisters; and eight grandchildren.
No memorial services are scheduled at this time.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008
Lorraine Little
Lorraine Pressley Little, 68, of Jefferson, died Saturday, June 7, 2008.
She was born on March 11, 1940, in Abbeville, S.C., the daughter of the late Joe Bill and Dora Ann Barrett Pressley. She was a homemaker and was Baptist. Mrs. Little was preceded in death by her husband, John Eathel Little; and a son, Jacob Little.
Survivors include daughters, Ruby Campbell, Jefferson, Barbara Freeman, Carnesville, Brenda Flynn, Gainesville; grandchildren raised in the home, John Little and Carrie Sims; sister, Barbara Jean Pressley, California; brothers, Ralph Pressley, Melvin Pressley, Eddie Pressley, Franklin Pressley, all of Chester, S.C., B.L. Pressley, Athens, Donnie Pressley, Commerce, Willie Pressley, Pendergrass, and Roger Pressley, Nicholson; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 10, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Melvin Pressley and Darrell Smith officiating. Burial was in White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Charles Shirley
Charles Glenn Shirley, 77, of Jefferson, died Saturday, June 7, 2008.
He was born in Jackson County, the son of the late Leo B. and Lauree Park Shirley. He was a Mason, a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church, a retired general contractor, and owner of Charles Shirley, Inc. Mr. Shirley was preceded in death by brothers, Dow, Cecil, Richard and Samuel Shirley; and a sister, Lanelle Vandiver.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Payne Shirley, Jefferson; sons and daughters-in-law, Buster and Pat Shirley, Chris and Sharon Shirley, all of Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Phillip Patterson, Jefferson; brothers, Gene Shirley, Winder, Ben Shirley, Commerce; sisters, Betty Lord and Carolyn Merk, both of Commerce, Marion Salter, Forest Park; grandchildren, and spouse, Bess and Chad Barnett, Ben Shirley, Aubrey Shirley, Natalie Shirley, all of Jefferson; great-grandchildren, Gradeigh Barnett, Lucy Barnett; and a long time companion border collie, “Nookie”.
A celebration service was held Monday, June 9, at the Bethany United Methodist Church with Chris Shirley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Honored as pallbearers were John Boy Stringer, Buster Shirley, Chris Shirley, Ben Shirley, Aubrey Shirley and Phillip Patterson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 3205 Brockton Rd., Jefferson, Ga. 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Helen Bone
Helen Ruth Bone, 86, of Braselton, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008, following an extended illness.
She was a native of Fulton County, a lifelong resident of Metro Atlanta, and a member of Belmont Baptist Church in Conyers. Mrs. Bone was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Bone Sr.; and an infant son, Charles Allen Bone.
Survivors include sons, Cliff Bone Jr. and Ronnie Bone, both of Braselton; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Ron Strickland, Hoschton; grandchildren, Jason Strickland, Amanda Plunkett, Kimberly Vickrey, Tina Jones, Cristy Roberts and Gary Whenman; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert B. Kelley.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 12, at 11 a.m., Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Bone officiating. Burial will be in Green Meadow Memorial Gardens in Conyers. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Larry Puckett
Larry Vernon Puckett, 64, of Talmo, died Monday, June 9, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, following a sudden illness.
Born in Gwinnett County, he was the son of the late Alton Vernon and Frances Mardell Buice Puckett. He was retired from General Motors, but was presently working with the United States Post Office. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army. Mr. Puckett was preceded in death by father-in-law, James McNeal; brothers-in-law, Bill McNeal, Ray Hooper and Winston McNeal.
Survivors include his wife, Martha McNeal Puckett; daughters, Linda Denise Puckett and Lisa Puckett Bagwell; granddaughter, Katie Denise Bagwell; sisters and brother-in-law, Shirley and Junior Ledford, Betty Puckett, Catherine and Ralph Savage; sisters-in-law, Shirley McNeal, Loretta Hooper and Louise McNeal; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 12, at 3 p.m., in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Revs. Jeff Gailey and Scott Reese officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, June 11, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Edd Davis
Edd Davis, 83, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at his residence.
He was born in Jackson County, the son of the late Claude B. and Novie Turpin Davis. He was retired from Jefferson Mills and was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Davis, Jefferson; sons, Edward Davis Jr. and Allan Davis, both of Athens; brother, John Davis, Hull; sisters, Hazel Smith, Roberta Wood and Claudia Chastain, all of Jefferson; and three grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, June 12, at 10 a.m., at Jackson Memorial Gardens conducted by Scott Martin.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Otis McNeal
Otis H. McNeal, 80, of Braselton, died Saturday, June 7, 2008.
He was born in Jackson County, and was the son of the late Rev. Jack McNeal and Bessie Henderson McNeal. He was a member of Walnut Fork Baptist Church and was a retired sales manager with Gold Kist Pork. He was the owner of Mac’s Garage.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Isabell Holland McNeal, Braselton; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Rick Rogers, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Buddy and Cheryl McNeal, Bradley, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 9, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Ricky Thrasher officiating. Burial was in Walnut Fork Baptist Church cemetery. Honored as pallbearers were T.L. Gordon, Hugh Gordon, John Boone, Larry Stancil, Larry Beck, Chip McEver. Honored as honorary pallbearers were Lloyd McEver, Robert McEver, Wylie McEver, Joe Kinney, Donald Sorrells, Bill Cook, Dub Davis, Rick Murphy, Ray Gunter, Pat Graham and Arlen Berryman.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Russell Brihn
Russell Brihn, 78, of Maysville, died Friday, June 6, 2008, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Born in Polk County, Wis., he was the son of the late August and Bertha Gerlot Brihn. He was a retired millwright.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Boswell Brihn, Maysville; sons, Robert Brihn, Danridge, Tenn., Allen Brihn, Waterford, Wis.; daughters, Catherine Brihn, Spooner, Wis., Mary Ellen Koss, Gleencoe, Minn., Lisa Brihn, Bloomington, Minn.; brother, Leo Brihn, Amery, Wis.; sister, Marion Anderson and Irene Larson, both of Clear Lake, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral home with the Rev. Grady Jordan officiating.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Betty Ann McDaniel
Betty Ann McDaniel, 64, of Winterville, died Monday, June 9, 2008.
A native of Clarke County, she was the daughter of the late Emory and Winona Duncan Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. McDaniel Jr.; sisters, Lillian Jones and Ethel Bridges; and brothers, Billy Jones and Grady Jones.
Survivors include her companion, Charles Lester, Nicholson; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Catherine McDaniel, Crawford; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Darrell McElreath, Danielsville; siblings, Vivian Bradberry, Athens, Frances and Eugene Burkhalter, Winterville, Robert Jones, Danielsville, Charles and Mildred Jones and Clifford and Effie Jones, Lynda and Walter Smith and Carol Porterfield, all of Winterville, Paul and Vi Jones, Watkinsville, Dot Lovett, Jefferson; sister-in-law, Melba Jones, Nicholson; grandchildren, Jamie, Jason and Jessica.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 11, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Wiley Carney officiating. Burial was in Arnoldsville Cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews, Jeff Jones, Steve Jones, Chris Jones, Matt Jordan, Shawn Loden and Steve Carter.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Elsie Fletcher
Elsie Stally Fletcher, 81, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospice House in Athens.
Survivors include her husband, William; a sister, Connie Downing; children, Carol Abersoll, William Fletcher, Connie Over, Dorothy Edwards; grandchildren, Donna Ledford, Jennifer Davis, Benjamin Edwards; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 14, at 1 p.m., at Emmanuel Church in Athens.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in her name to St. Mary’s Hospice House, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, Ga. 30604.
Cremation Society of Georgia is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Anna Burton
Anna M. Burton, 80, of Commerce, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at BJC Hospital in Commerce.
Born in Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Henry Daily and Cora Ada Shown Myers. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Frank Burton Jr.
Survivors include daughters, Linda T. McGinnis, Charleston, S.C., Janet Childress, Hernando, Miss., Sandra B. Pounds, Hoschton; a son, John F. Burton III, Hernando, Miss.; brother, Walter J. Myers, Johnson City, Tenn.; grandchildren, Lance McGinnis, Kelly M. Thiel, Joshua Childress, Deb Pounds, Heather Wright; great-grandchildren, Rachel McGinnis, Colby Wright, Marley Thiel.
Graveside services were held Saturday, June 7, at the Floral Hills Cemetery in Tucker.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Brian Kennedy
Brian Douglas Kennedy, 34, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 8, 2008.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 10, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Tuan Tarpkins
Tuan Diamelen Tarpkins, 34, of Atlanta, formerly of Commerce, died Monday, June 2, 2008.
She was the daughter of R.D. Newells and Jennifer Staples.
Survivors in addition to her parents, include children, Brittney, Daisha, Allona and Elijah; siblings, Simcimilla, Dontaze, Chaka, Skyy and Joel.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 7, at Chapel Forestglen Mortuary. Burial was at the family cemetery.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Annabell Murdock
Annabell Mobley Murdock, 96, of Commerce, died Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at BJC Medical Center in Commerce.
She was born on July 30, 1911, the daughter of the late Ike and Olive Howze Mobley. She was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Mrs. Murdock was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Cecil Murdock; and two young children.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Buddy C. and Clarice Murdock, Commerce; brother, Don Mobley, Archer City, Texas; grandson and wife, Steven and Gina Murdock, Colorado; granddaughter and husband, Luanne and Kenneth Pendley, Commerce; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews in Texas.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, at the Beaverdam Baptist Church with the Rev. Chad Payne officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Lawrence Wood
Lawrence Judson Wood Sr., 77, of Watkinsville, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008.
A native of Oconee County, he was the son of the late Leo and Nettie Mae Savage Wood and was preceded in death by a daughter, Kelly Wood Anderson. Mr. Wood was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force.
Survivors include his lifelong companion, Polly Fields, Watkinsville; children, Chelsea Wood and Lawrence Judson Wood Jr., both of Watkinsville, Karen Freeman, Athens, Ricky Fielding, Statham; sisters, Loretta Allen, Rutledge, June Carithers, Nicholson, Jeanette “Jan” Christian, Watkinsville; brother, Doyle Wood, Athens; and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Sybil Allison
Sybil West Allison, 92, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at her residence.
Born in Dawson County, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Samuel A. West and Lillian Tabor West. She had lived in Gainesville for many years and was a graduate of North Georgia College, class of 1937. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gainesville. Mrs. Allison was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Franklin Allison; and sons, Richard Allison and Wayne Allison.
Survivors include a son, Blaine Allison, Flowery Branch; daughter, Wauneita Allison, Gainesville; son, Michael Allison; special friend, Tracy Reed, Braselton; grandchildren, Robert Buerke, Springfield, Mo., Natalie Brock, Gainesville, Fla., April Patel and Emily Allison, both of Buford, Carey Beaumel and Sydney Allison, both of Flowery Branch; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, at Mason & Ward Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Mason & Ward Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Sandra Butler
Sandra Kay Butler, 61, of Watkinsville, died Tuesday, June 3, 2008.
A native of Athens, she was the daughter of Harvey Pledger of Watkinsville and the late Lucille Freeman Pledger. She was a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church and recently retired as system support manager at Athens Regional Medical Center. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, according to loved ones.
Survivors in addition to her father, include her husband, Lamar Butler, Watkinsville; daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Clint Cornell, Athens; son and daughter-in-law, Derrick and Anetta Fitzgerald, Savannah; brother, Perry Pledger, Oglethorpe County; sister, Mary Ellen LaRue, Watkinsville; grandchildren, Justin, Kristjan and Nicholas Fitzgerald, all of Savannah, Lily Cornell, Athens; step-children and spouses, Beth and Ken Wilbanks, Keith Butler, Vickie and Scott Smith, all of Watkinsville, Tony and Cathy Butler, Cleveland; and nine step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 6, at Mars Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Jones officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support, 1199 Prince Ave., Athens, Ga. 30606.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Bessie Younes
Bessie Viva Younes, 83, of Athens, died Thursday, June 5, 2008.
She was born on September 13, 1925, in Blue Ridge, the daughter of the late Rose Godfrey. She was a registered nurse, graduating from the Emory University School of Nursing. She was also a nurse cadet, caring for the servicemen in Atlanta who were wounded in World War II. Mrs. Younes was preceded in death by a son, George Younes Jr.
Survivors include her husband, George Younes, Athens; a son, Glynn Younes, Athens; and grandchildren, Amanda and Brandon Younes.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 8, at the graveside with the Rev. Richard Moeller officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens in Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Clifford P. Palmer, 86, of Loganville, died Sunday, June 8, 2008, at the Our Heritage Residential Care Home.
He was born in Oglethorpe County, the son of the late William Oscar and Annie Barnett Palmer. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during World War II and was a retired State of Georgia Wildlife Ranger for 34 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Palmer was preceded in death by a son, Paul Palmer; brothers, George Palmer and Charlie William Palmer; and sisters, Cathel Chester, Annie Ruth Ward and Billie Frances Palmer.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Lovell Palmer, Loganville; sons, Jeff Palmer, Loganville, Peter Palmer, San Antonio, Texas, and Rex Palmer, Auburn; a brother, John Palmer, Nicholson; sisters, Hilda Watkins and Myrtle Fouche, both of Nicholson, Lottie Moore, Jacksonville, Fla., Ruby Borkman, Alpharetta, Linda Middleton, Hayesville, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 12, at 3 p.m., at River of Life Worship Center in Nicholson with the Revs. Mike Stowers and Vernon Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Howington Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Horace Oneal “Okie” Flanagan, 64, of Winterville, died Saturday, June 7, 2008.
A native and lifelong resident of Clarke County, he was the son of the late Horace R. and Frances Miller Flanagan. He was employed for the last 10 years with C.C. Dickson Heating and Air Conditioning. He was an avid University of Georgia football fan and was also a locally recognized softball player for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda F. Flanagan; daughter and son-in-law, Samantha and Kevin Backer, Commerce; granddaughter, Jessica Backer; sister, Elvena Smart, Bishop; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held Monday, June 9, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Davison officiating.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.
Paula Sonja Hunt Mitchell, 69, of Athens, died Saturday, June 7, 2008.
She was born on March 29, 1939, in Troup County, the daughter of the late William and Vera Smith Hunt. She was a retired accountant with the Corps of Engineers and was Baptist.
Survivors include a daughter, Sonya Seagraves, Athens; and granddaughter, Amanda Seagraves, Athens.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 10, in the Evans Memory Gardens with the Rev. Doyle Sims officiating.
Memorials contributions may be made to the Commerce Veterinary Hospital, 1012 S. Broad St., Commerce, GA 30529.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 11, 2008.



 

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