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Lottie B. McElroy
Mrs. Lottie Belle Williams McElroy, 78, of Commerce, died Friday, January 7, 2000.
Mrs. McElroy was a daughter of the late Dave Berry and Lula Ann Thurmond Williams.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church.
Mrs. McElroy had been married three times, first to the late Buford Dorsey Hix, second to the late Walker Mitchell Clegg, and third to the late Charles A. McElroy.
She was preceded in death by six brothers, Dorris Bennett Williams, Thurmond David Williams, Young Monroe Williams, Bernice Williams, Hoyt Williams and Ernest Williams, and one sister, Mattie Lee Fitzpatrick.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 9, at Rogers Baptist Church with the Rev. Carlton Petters and William Puckett officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, David Hix, Jefferson, Clay F. McElroy, Commerce, and Randy L. McElroy, Ila; three daughters, Wanda Horne, Commerce, and Vickie Eubanks and Inya Russell, both of Comer; one brother, J.D. Williams, Thomasville, N.C.; one sister, Flora Nell Wilkes, Commerce; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 12, 2000

Martha J. Milam
Mrs. Martha Jane Carson Milam, 63, of Sandy Springs, S.C., died Friday, January 7, 2000, at Anderson Area Medical Center.
Born in Franklin County, Mrs. Milam was a daughter of the late Chester and Ruth Glasure Carson and the step-daughter of the late John Alley.
She was a graduate of Flora McDonald College, Red Springs, N.C. Mrs. Milam was a farmer and a member of Mount Zion Presbyterian Church, Sandy Springs, S.C.
She was a former member of Hebron Presbyterian Church and was director of Christian education at Annie Linley, Varennes, Flatrock, Mount Zion, Townville, Nell Townsend, and Fairplay Presbyterian churches. Mrs. Milam served as elder, Sunday School teacher and president of the Presbyterian Women at Mount Zion Presbyterian Church.
She also served as a firefighter, chairman of the board, auxiliary president and treasurer of the Sandy Springs Volunteer Fire Department, president and treasurer of the Hebron Historical Society, commissioner and secretary of the Anderson County Museum, president of the La France Elementary PTA and was a member of numerous Foothills Presbytery Committees.
Mrs. Milam conducted genealogical research, authored "A Dipper of Reflection from Sandy Springs" and co-authored "Hebron Presbyterian Church, God's Pilgrim People."
Services were held Monday, January 10, at Mount Zion Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Harper Milam; two sons, William Milam, Knoxville, Tenn., and Stephen Milam, Salisbury, N.C.; one daughter, Elizabeth Milam Lomas, Sandy Springs, S.C.; two brothers, William Carson, Commerce, and Roy Coker, Charlotte, N.C.; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Zion Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, the Hebron Historical Society or to the Sandy Springs Fire Department Endowment.
Sullivan-King Mortuary, Anderson, S.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 12, 2000

Eric L. Hewell
Eric Llewellyn Hewell, 40, of Maysville, died Tuesday, January 4, 2000, at Stephens County Hospital.
Mr. Hewell was born September 15, 1959, in Orange County, Calif. He was a son of Henry and Pat Kelty Hewell, Commerce.
Mr. Hewell was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was employed with American Wood Mark. He was a member of Hollywood Baptist Church and was an avid folk art potter.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Lisa Barber Hewell; two sons, Bradley Lamar Hewell and Travis Joel Hewell, both of Jefferson; one step-son, Brian Savage, Maysville; one brother, Kurt Hewell, Hollywood; and three sisters, Tracy Alexander, Denise Jordan and Priscilla Wofford, all of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 12, 2000

Willie E. Hooper
Mrs. Willie Emmett Hooper, 81, of Maysville, died Saturday, January 8, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Hooper was born August 27, 1918, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Will Hope and Pearl Lewallen Emmett.
Mrs. Hooper was a retired seamstress. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Hooper.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Silver Shoals Baptist Church cemetery, Homer.
Survivors include two daughters, Glenda Ann Davis, Maysville, and Nadine Wardenga, Cleveland; two sisters, Mary Barnes and Doris McDonald, both of Commerce; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 12, 2000

Gilbert Pace
Gilbert Pace, 74, of Nicholson, died Saturday, January 8, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Pace was born July 12, 1925, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late William Haynes and Maude Reynolds Pace.
Mr. Pace was retired from Gold Kist.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Bradford Pace officiating. Burial was in the Antioch United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Michael Pace, Nicholson; granddaughter, Michelle Funderburk, Nicholson; grandson, Bradford Pace, Nicholson; two great-grandchildren and two nieces.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 12, 2000

Dorinda R. Whitfield
Mrs. Dorinda Renee Cochran Whitfield, 30, of Alto, died Sunday, January 9, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Whitfield was born July 16, 1969, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of Kenneth and Joan White Cochran, Commerce.
Mrs. Whitfield was employed with Baker & Taylor, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 12, at Rock Springs Baptist Church, Lula, with the Revs. Chris Webb and Tony Goss officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Barry Whitfield; one son, B.J. Whitfield, Alto; one daughter, Brittany Whitfield, Alto; two sisters, Kendra Cochran and Dianne McQuillen, both of Commerce; and grandparents, Frances White and J.L. White, both of Lula.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 12, 2000

Stanley Hollis
Stanley Hollis, 44, of Pendergrass, died Sunday, January 9, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hollis was born July 15, 1955. He was a son of the late L.J. and Annie Maude Crane Hollis.
Mr. Hollis was employed in dry wall construction and was a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church, Pendergrass.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 12, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was on the Pond Fork Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Hollis; one daughter, Stacy Hollis, Jefferson; one step-daughter, Amy Jo Edwards, Jefferson; three sons, Shane S. Hollis, Todd Hollis and Jason Hollis, all of Pendergrass; four sisters, Irene Funderburk and Judy Owens, both of Jefferson, Betty Hamilton, Maysville, and Debbie Poole, Gainesville; four brothers, J.D. Hollis, Lexington, and Hoyt Hollis, Danny Hollis and Jimmy Hollis, all of Pendergrass; and 11 grandchildren.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 12, 2000

Nettie McDuffie
Mrs. Nettie McDuffie, 66, of Alto, died Saturday, January 8, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. McDuffie was born February 28, 1933, in Hall County. She was a daughter of Josie Wade, Alto, and the late Arthur Pierce.
Mrs. McDuffie worked as a nursing assistant for a number of years at Scenic View Health Care Center and was a member of Alto Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy McDuffie.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 10, at Alto Baptist Church with the Revs. Sanford Kimbrell and Michael Parker officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Ernest Ivester officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include four daughters, Jane Ivie Harrison and Janice Ivie Pitts, both of Cornelia, Jean Ivie Savage, Homer, and Kathy Ivie Duncan, Alto; one son, Jimmy Ivie, Cornelia; two sisters, Betty Stewart and Allie Savage, both of Alto; one step-sister, Jewell Cook, Alto; three brothers, Benny Pierce, Alto, Marvin Pierce, Gainesville, and Tony Wade, Maysville; one step-brother, Randolph Wade, Cornelia; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 12, 2000

Elaine Crocker
Mrs. Elaine Crocker, 54, of Commerce, died Monday, January 10, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Crocker was a daughter of Ethel Gibson Slayton, Comer, and the late Matt Slayton.
She was employed with Baker & Taylor, Commerce, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 12, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Joe "Arkey" Crocker; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Scott Martin, Commerce; granddaughter, McClaine Martin, Commerce; and two special friends, Mary Evans and Roberta Bolton, both of Commerce.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 12, 2000

Charles B. Autry
Charles Burney Autry, 82, of Commerce, died Monday, January 10, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Autry was born September 22, 1917, in Social Circle. He was a son of the late Willie B. and Lurlene Few Autry.
Mr. Autry was preceded in death by three brothers, Hoke Autry, Elmer Autry and Robert Autry.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 12, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Ann Autry; three sons, Charles Autry, Monroe, and David Keyros and Steve Keyros, both of Commerce; three daughters, Mildred Lowe and Rebecca Peters, both of Monroe, and Barbara Robinson, Winder; one sister, Frances Autry, Sparta; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 12, 2000


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