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OBITUARY PAGE - JANUARY 19, 2000 - COMMERCE, GA

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Travis Simmons
Travis Simmons, 75, of Commerce, died Friday, January 14, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Simmons was born July 10, 1924 in Homer.
He had been employed with Garrison Brothers Lumber Company and was a member of Leatherwood Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 16, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Leroy Chastain and Tom Garrett officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Simmons; five sons, David Simmons, Samuel Ray Simmons, Thomas Elex Simmons and Travis Simmons Jr., all of Commerce, and Jimmy Gregg Simmons, Columbia, S.C.; six daughters, Julia Echols and Carol Parr, both of Danielsville, Angela Elrod, Homer, Shirley Samples, Hull, and Rita Seabolt and Belinda Simmons, both of Commerce; one brother, George Husley, Helen; 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 19, 2000

Beatrice W. Saxton
Mrs. Beatrice Williams Saxton, 80, of Nicholson, died Monday, January 17, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Saxton was born January 25, 1919, in Clarke County. She was a daughter of the late Jim and Margie Cody Saxton.
Mrs. Saxton was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Troy Herbert officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Survivors include two daughters, Glinda Blalock, Nicholson, and Marian Wheless, Danielsville; four sisters, Rachel Andrews and Grace Brook, both of Athens, Betty Fort, Charleston, S.C., and Daisy Tantsley, Savannah; four granddaughters, Kim Butler, Colbert, Beverly Gaddis, Nicholson, Donna Smith, Danielsville, and Cindy Stancil, Jefferson; one grandson, Mitch Wheless, Danielsville; and 10 great-grandchildren, Nicole, Dustin and Bryson Temple, all of Colbert, Jonathon Stancil, Jefferson, Brandon Smith, Crawford, Justin Smith and Jessica, Whitney and Austin Wheless, all of Danielsville, and Holly Gaddis, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 19, 2000

Darlene S. Potts
Mrs. Darlene S. Potts, 68, of Nicholson, died Thursday, January 13, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Potts was born June 20, 1931, in Ogden, Utah. She was a daughter of the late Eldo and Elizabeth Harrison Slater.
Mrs. Potts was retired from Reliance Electric and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 15, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Mike Stowers officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include one daughter, Stacey Standridge, Nicholson; son and daughter-in-law, Warren and Tammy Standridge, Nicholson; one step-son, Marty Standridge, Athens; three sisters, Jill Williams, Washington State, Jackie Ward, Nevada, and Sheila Standridge, Athens; three brothers, Gary Slater and Michael McKane, both of Nevada, and Tom Slater, Utah; and one grandson, Colton Standridge, Nicholson.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 19, 2000

Joseph P. Denham
Joseph Paul Denham, 82, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 12, 2000.
Mr. Denham was born May 16, 1917, in Alabama.
He was a World War II veteran and was retired from Coats & Clark, Toccoa. Mr. Denham was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 14, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Doug Duncan and Danny Whitsel officiating. Burial was in Stephens Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Willard Denham; and two sisters, Helen Jones, Panama City Beach, Fla., and Cathryn Taylor, Montezuma.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 19, 2000

Danny T. Tucker
Danny Thomas Tucker, 43, of St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Tifton, brother of Dorothy Tucker Purvis, Commerce, died Thursday, January 13, 2000.
Mr. Tucker was born January 19, 1956, in Sparks, Ga. (Cook County). He was a son of the late Ben J. and Grace Rowan Tucker.
Mr. Tucker was employed as an electrician and was of the Baptist denomination. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Tucker, and a sister, Frances T. Brewer.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 17, in the chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Funeral Home, Tifton, with the Rev. Hilton Purvis officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Buddy Brewer, Jack Tucker, Greg Tucker, Terry Tucker, Christopher Tucker, Shane Tucker, Bo Purvis, Johnny Tucker Jr., Jimmy Purvis, Joey Hampton and Burton Ritchi served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his sister, include one son, Ben Tucker, United States Navy; four brothers, Jimmy Tucker, Tifton, Johnny Tucker, Nashville, Billy Tucker, Pace, Fla., and Ben Tucker, Jacksonville, Fla.; and sister, Kathy Tucker, Atlanta.
Bowen-Donaldson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 19, 2000

Dewey R. Kelley
Dewey Rose Kelley, 50, of Colbert, died Thursday, January 13, 2000.
Mr. Kelley was born in Madison County, a son of the late Bunyan Monore and Flora Garrett Kelley.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during Vietnam, and had been employed with Fowler Products Company. Mr. Kelley was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held Monday, January 17, in the Collier Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Don Fuller officiating.
Survivors include two sisters, Brenda Faye Damron, Colbert, and Addie Cloe Hill, Holly Hill, Fla.; and one brother, Reuben Ben Kelley, Elberton.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 19, 2000

A.B. Carlan Sr.
A.B. Carlan Sr., 80, of DeSoto, died Thursday, January 6, 2000, at Perfect Care, Americus.
A native of Commerce, Mr. Carlan was born June 29, 1919. He was a son of the late Count Pulaski and Therise Brooks Carlan.
Mr. Carlan attended public schools in Banks County, graduating from Banks County High School in 1938. He was a 1943 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture, with a BSA degree major in agricultural economics.
Mr. Carlan served in the 3rd United States Army Infantry 357th, 90th division during World War II. He was Infantry Unit Commander, Rifle Company in European Theater of Operations and was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster for Bravery In Action. Mr. Carlan was also awarded the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster (wounded twice), five Battle Stars and the Victory Medal.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 8, at DeSoto United Methodist Church with the Revs. Emory Gilbert, Claude Fullerton and Jerry Lillard officiating. Burial was in DeSoto City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nancy Sumerford Carlan; daughter and son-in-law, Kitty Carlan and Roy Fricks, Americus; sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur Buell and Paula Carlan, St. Marks, Fla., and William Lawrence and Susan Carlan, Monroe; two sisters, Bertha Mae Thomas, Jefferson, and Kathleen Pruitt, Commerce; one brother, Ulysess Grant Carlan, Valdosta; and six grandchildren, Arthur Buell Carlan III, Tallahassee, Fla., Sidney Frances Carlan, St. Marks, Fla., William Austin Fricks and Christopher Carlan Fricks, both of Americus, and Hannah Adeline Carlan and Jake Cobb Carlan, both of Monroe.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Bill Harris, 1801 Rose Ave., Americus, GA 31709; DeSoto United Methodist Church, DeSoto, GA 31743; or to Eterna Club University of Georgia School of Agriculture, Conner Hall, Athens, GA 30606.
Harvey's Reese Park Chapel Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 19, 2000

Eleanor P. Burger
Mrs. Eleanor Prickett Burger, 89, of Jefferson, died Friday, January 14, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Burger was born June 29, 1910, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Lovic and Bell Garrison Prickett.
Mrs. Burger had worked as a secretary and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Burger.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 16, at Dry Pond United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phil Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two great-nieces, Barbaranne Hammond, Jefferson, and Marcia Hudson, Forest Park; and three great-nephews, Christopher Head, Roanoke, Va., Michael Head, Wilmington, N.C., and Patrick Head, Marietta.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 19, 2000

Emma L. Kent
Mrs. Emma Lucille Savage Kent, 88, of Toccoa, died Monday, January 17, 2000.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Kent was a daughter of the late Allen and Emma Harrington Savage.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Toccoa, where she served in the Chancel Choir and was a member of the Rhodes Sunday School Class, the Friendship Club and the Offbeat Band.
Mrs. Kent was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie I. Kent.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 19, at the First United Methodist Church of Toccoa with the Rev. Jack Lamb officiating. Burial was in the Holly Springs United Methodist Church cemetery. Chuck Hughes, Allen Hughes, Tony Kent, Bill Zanca, Kevin Boydston and Gene Price served as pallbearers. Those who served as honorary escort were Kyle Purcell, Andy Crawford, George Ware, Tony Smith and Jack Eldridge.
Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Hughes, Charlottesville, Va.; one son, Donald Kent, Cleveland; four sisters, Bonnie Brown, Ollie Henry and Evelyn Lipscomb, all of Maysville, and Louise Tolbert, Gainesville; one brother, Denver Savage, Maysville; and five grandchildren.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 19, 2000

Margaret Maddox
Mrs. Margaret Maddox, 79, of Danielsville, died Thursday, January 13, 2000.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Maddox was a daughter of the late Russell Collie and Lottie Quillan Landers Carithers.
She was retired from Colbert Manufacturing Company and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mrs. Maddox was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Maddox.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 15, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Tony Lee officiating. Burial was in the Meadow Baptist Church cemetery. Jeff Dillard, Shane Smith, Walter Smith, Tommy Dillard, Edward Duncan and Darral Scoggins served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Dillard, Danielsville; two sisters, Alma Parham, Comer, and Mary Ann Rigby, Jonesboro; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, January 19, 2000


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