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Donald Purcell
Donald Sanford Purcell, 70, of Commerce, died Monday, June 16, 2008, at his residence.
Born in Banks County, he was the son of the late Albert and Ruby Ensley Purcell.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Seagraves Purcell, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jon Embrick, Commerce; grandchildren, Madison and Matthew Embrick.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.
Virginia Waters
Virginia Love Waters, 87, of Maysville, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at her residence, following a period of declining health.
She was born November 5, 1920, in Laurens, S.C., the daughter of the late Earl Luther and Ola Sue Owings Love. She was a retired insurance clerk and a member of Oconee Baptist Church. Mrs. Waters was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Love Jones.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia W. and Bobby J. “Pee-Wee” Garrison, Maysville, Nancy W. and Ron Harrison, Clermont; sister, Mary Love Langston, Tucker; grandchildren and spouses, Debbie and Ronnie Smith, Jefferson, Tammy and Larry Sauls, Winder, Mark and Donna Garrison, David and Jodi Garrison, Adam and Francy Garrison, all of Maysville, Dawn H. and Mike Schaeffer, Philadelphia, Timothy Harrison, Clermont; great-grandchildren, Dylan Kilgore, Nick Smith, Laura Smith, Jeremy Smith, Amber Garrison, Matthew Garrison, Jessica Garrison, Hannah Garrison, Seth Garrison, Kaleb Garrison, Kasey Garrison, Ryan Schaeffer; great-great-grandchild, Kane Smith; and niece, Carolyn Notheis.
An evening of remembrance was held Monday, June 16, at the funeral home with the Rev. Gene Carlan officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, Ga. 30502.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.
Dr. William Fletcher
Dr. William Hains Fletcher, 85, of Nicholson, died Friday, June 13, 2008, at his residence of natural causes. Following graduation from the University of Georgia veterinary school, he practiced veterinary medicine for over 50 years. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force during World War II as a bomber pilot and was a prisoner of war for 15 months.
Survivors include his children, Carol Abersoll, William Fletcher, Connie Over, and Dorothy Edwards; grandchildren, Donna Ledford, Jennifer Davis and Benjamin Edwards; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Saturday, June 14 at Emmanuel Church in Athens.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice House, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, Ga. 30604.
Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.
Diane Muise
Diane L. Muise, 59, of Auburn, died Monday, June 9, 2008.
She was born on May 15, 1949, the daughter of the late Rev. Elmer Lee and Lutrelle Patterson Branyon of Commerce. She was a graduate of Madison County High School in Danielsville. She was a professional gospel singer traveling extensively on the east coast from Prince Edward Island, Canada, to the Florida Keys and as far west as Illinois. Many were blessed and touched by her songs and storytelling in concert and will be missed by all, loved ones added.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Leo G.J. Muise; a daughter, Linda Muise, Auburn; sons, David Muise, Costa Rica, Michael Muise, Auburn, Maine, and Marc Muise, Tampa, Fla.; granddaughters, Christina and Morgan Kirk, Auburn; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Donna and Marvin Woodson, Mesquite, Texas, and Denise and Jerry Smith, Greene, a brother and sister-in-law, Jonathan and Pamela Branyon, Greenwood, S.C.; and nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephew and many aunts and cousins.
Memorial services were held Friday, June 13, at the Court Street Baptist Church with Pastor David Clark officiating. Burial will be private at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 170 Route 1, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105
Dillingham & Son Memorial Chapel & Tribute Center, 62 Spring St., Auburn, Main 784-6449, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.
‘Don’ Cox
Donald “Don” Cox, 68 of Winder, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, at his residence.
A native of Roanoke County, Va., he was the son of the late Jack and Hazel Campbell Cox. A former resident of Gwinnett County, he had resided in Barrow County for the past eight years. He was a retired carpenter and a member of Red Hill Baptist Church of Roanoke, Va. Mr. Cox was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara McGee Cox.
Survivors include children and spouse, Maria Holbrook, Sissy Rowland, Carla Wagner, all of Winder, Hope Thompson-McDowell, Hoschton, Karen Archer, Commerce, Ricky and Joy Phillips, Buford; sisters, Florence Gray, Roanoke, Va., and Linda Smith, Auburn; brother, William Cox, Roanoke, Va.; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 17, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with the Rev. Dee Dillon officiating. Burial was in Duncan’s Creek Congregational Church Cemetery.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.
Dean Fordham
Dean Nix Fordham, 78, of Athens, died Friday, June 13, 2008.
Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie W. and Lillie Barrett Nix. She was a retired dental hygienist and a member of the Church of the Nations in Athens.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Joe Fordham, Athens; daughter, Linda Davis, Hartwell; sisters, Mayrelle Duke, Dorothy Doster, Annie Phillips, all of Jefferson, Pansy Ward, Covington; brothers, Billy Nix, Commerce, Donald Nix, Snellville; grandchildren, Tamara Waddell, Jefferson, Dean Free, Clarkesville; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Dr. Mel Holmes officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery in Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.
Jewel Odom
Jewel Elizabeth Odom, 71, of Nicholson, died Thursday, June 12, 2008.
She was born on August 15, 1936, in Rockdale County, the daughter of the late Ore Lee and Lena Shelton McCullough. She was a nurse’s assistant and attended the Nicholson Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald C. Odom.
Survivors include children and spouses, Jackie and Mark Dyer, Jefferson, Steven C. Johnson, Nicholson, James H. and Venus Johnson, Villa Rica; sister, Erlene Odom, LaGrange; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 15, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in the Crestlawn Memorial Park in Atlanta with grandsons serving as pallbearers.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.
Margaret Watkins
Margaret Susie Crowe Watkins, 75, of Gainesville, died Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at the Bell Minor Nursing Home in Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Crowe and Edna Duncan Eberhardt. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and was retired from Dixie Bearing Company.
Survivors include her husband, Loy Watkins, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Watkins and Chris Cook, Jasper; son and daughter-in-law, Lesley “Cotton” and Myra Watkins, Gainesville; sister and brother-in-law, Lila and Leroy Couch, Toccoa; brother-in-law, Bradford Watkins, Gainesville; brother and sister-in-law, Vernon and Ada Mae Watkins, Cornelia; sisters-in-law, Virginia Watkins, Gainesville, and Frieda Watkins, Athens; and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 14, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Rev. Ronnie Wales and Scott Ledbetter officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.
Sammy Harper
Sammy Lee Harper, 55, of Athens, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008, following a brief bout of lung cancer.
He was born in Madison County on August 9, 1952, the son of Genelle Wise Harper and the late Sam Harper. He was a member of Rogers Chapel Baptist Church. Mr. Harper was preceded in death by a brother, Charlie Harper.
Survivors in addition to his mother, include his wife, Diane Harper; a son, Terante Harper; daughters, Tamara and Kristie Harper; grandchildren, Jasmine, Jada, Zoria and India; sisters, Mary Ann Harper, Amy Nell Harper, Carolyn Walker, Linda Tabor, Elmira Wheeler and Pamela Harper; brothers, Jerry Harper, Michael Harper and Gregory Harper; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Walker, Van Tabor, Edwin Wheeler, Willie Otis Daniels; sisters-in-law, Bessie MacWhorter and Phyllis Daniels; mother-in-law, Annie Mae Daniels; special friend, James “Boo-Boo” Witcher; and a host of friends and relatives.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 14, at Rogers Chapel Baptist Church in Commerce with the Rev. Scotty Randolph officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to his wife, Diane Harper, 260 Catalpa Dr., Athens, Ga. 30601.
Gardenview Funeral Chapel, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.
Barbara Ann Hull
Barbara Ann Hull, 69, of Baldwin, died Sunday, June 15, 2008, at her residence.
She was born on August 10, 1938, in Newark, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ernest Wayne and Dorothy Lucille Souslan Johnson and was a member of the Clarkesville First Presbyterian Church. She was a homemaker and was formerly the manager of the women’s department of K-Mart, was also formerly employed with the Helendorf Inn, Morrison’s Cafeteria, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Davis Brothers’ Cafeteria and S & S Cafeteria.
Survivors include her husband, Phillip N. Hull, Baldwin; daughters and sons-in-law, Cherrie Ann and Charles Bergandi, Chippewa Falls, Wisc., Carrie Marie and John Sheehan, Lawrenceville; sister, Ellen Mae Johnson Mann, Ft. Myers, Fla.; grandchildren, Ryan Porter and Catherine Marie Sheehan.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 19, at 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Clarkesville with the Rev. Lisa Graves officiating. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. The family will also receive friends from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour on Thursday at the Clarkesville First Presbyterian Church.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.
Ruth White
Ruth Gee White, 89, died Tuesday, June 17, 2008, following an extended illness.
She was born on June 23, 1918, the daughter of the late Homer and Eula Mae Brooks Gee. Mrs. White was preceded in death by her husband, John Quinton White; brother and sister, Nolan Gee and Grace Truelove. She was a faithful member of The First Baptist Church of Commerce and of the Berean Sunday School Class. She worked at Harmony Grove Mill in Commerce and was an agent for American Family Life Insurance Company.
She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She has touched the hearts of many in her long life and her love and the memories of her will linger in all our hearts forever, loved ones stated.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda White Dickerson and Livingston M. Dickerson Jr., Commerce; grandson and spouse, Phillip K. and Elaine Turner; granddaughters and spouses, Vickie D. and Scott Yaughn, Michele and Joseph Head; great-grandchildren, Etta Yaughn, Zachary Turner, Ashley Turner, Lucas Yaughn and Lily Ruth Head; brothers and sisters, Irene Allison, Bobbie Bryan and H.W. Gee.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 19, at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with Dr. Carlton Allen, the Revs. David Harbin and Lee Ritchie officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. White’s wishes were in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Building Fund at the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, June 18, 2008.



 

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