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OBITUARY PAGE - JANUARY 26, 2000 - JEFFERSON, GA

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MRS. JENNINGS
Former retail clerk
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Mildred Jennings, 74, died Thursday, January 20, 2000, at her residence following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Jennings was a native of Florida. She had been employed as a retail clerk.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
Mrs. Jennings is survived by one son, Al Jennings III, Johns Island, S.C.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MR. CRONIC
U.S. Army veteran
BRASELTON - Bob R. Cronic, 68, died Thursday, January 20, 2000, at Barrow Medical Center.
Mr. Cronic was born in Barrow County, but had resided in Jackson County for most of his life. He was a son of the late Henry and Lois Fagan Cronic.
Mr. Cronic was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict, and was a retired heavy equipment operator. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 22, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Larry Youngblood and Everest Carlisle officiating. Burial was in the New Liberty United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Ann Cronic; two daughters, Bobbie Jean Cronic, Hoschton, and Marty S. Mote, Winder; two sons, Joey Cronic, Gainesville, and Terry Troy Cronic, Hoschton; one sister, Mary Bowen, Jonesboro; four brothers, H.N. "Red" Cronic Sr., Charles Cronic and Jerry Cronic, all of Winder, and Bill Cronic, Huguenot, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MRS. HANCOCK
Mother of eight
COMMERCE - Mrs. Jeanette P. Hancock, 72, died Wednesday, January 19, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Hancock was a daughter of the late Hattie Pittman.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 22, at Fair Play Baptist Church with the Rev. G. Mitchell officiating.
Survivors include her husband, William Smith, Commerce; five sons, Roger Hancock, John Ralph Hancock, Ricky Hancock, Billy Hancock and Terry Hancock, all of Commerce; three daughters, Nancy Fleming, Toccoa, Vernoica Anderson, Commerce, and Virginia Curry, Gainesville; one sister, Mae T. Witcher, Athens; and one brother, John S. Pittman, Commerce.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MRS. HOOPER
Seamstress
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Estelle E. Hooper, 89, died Wednesday, January 19, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Hooper was born July 14, 1910, in Homer. She was a daughter of the late Colonel and Vassie Ayers Shubert.
Mrs. Hooper had worked as a seamstress with Blue Bell Manufacturing.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Hooper, a son, Kenneth Hooper, two brothers, Weldon and Dillard Shubert, and a sister, Grace Reid.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 21, at Maysville Baptist Church with the Revs. Bob Watson, Bob Scruton and Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in the Silver Shoals Baptist Church cemetery, Homer.
Mrs. Hooper is survived by a daughter-in-law, Jennell Hooper, Maysville; and a sister-in-law, Annie B. Shubert, Maysville.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MR. RUCKER
Jefferson native
JEFFERSON - Ezekiel Rucker died Wednesday, January 19, 2000.
Mr. Rucker was born June 29, 1945, in Jefferson. He was a son of Sandy and Sarah Rucker, Jefferson.
Mr. Rucker received his education from the Jefferson school system and joined Old Sardis Church at an early age under the leadership of the Rev. James Robinson.
He was an employee of Jefferson Mills and had been employed with Studivant's Service Center until his failed health.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 22, at Sardis Presbyterian Church, Jefferson. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Katherine (Sally Ann) M. Rucker; two step-children, Michael Williams and Dorothy Collins; two sisters, Dorothy Ann Gaithers, Athens, and Eloise Beasley, Gainesville; two brothers, Eglesper Rucker, Jefferson, and Cecil Rucker, Atlanta; sister-in-law, Evelyn Bloodshaw; brother-in-law, Pastor Bobby Bloodshaw; four aunts, Lucy Johnson, Odessia Newton, Mildred Johnson and Activa Usher; one uncle, Richard Johnson; four grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MR. TILLMAN
Mail carrier
HOSCHTON - Joseph Gordon Tillman, 59, died Saturday, January 22, 2000, at Atlanta Medical Center, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Tillman was born August 11, 1940, in Jasper County. He was a son of the late Henry Leon and Sarah McElheney Tillman.
Mr. Tillman was employed as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the Rockwell Masonic Lodge.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, January 25, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Richardson Tillman; one son, Randy Tillman, Mililani, Hawaii; two daughters, Jona Consentino, Winder, and Rachel Marshall, Gainesville; two sisters, Rena Wilson, Warner Robins, and Beth Layson, Lawrenceville; one brother, Mack Tillman, Monticello; and seven grandchildren, Joey, Lia, Tommy, Sean, Heather, Michael and John.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MRS. ERTZBERGER
Sister of countian
BUCHANAN - Mrs. Mary Ann Ertzberger, 61, sister of Lewis Minnix, Commerce, died Friday, January 21, 2000.
Mrs. Ertzberger was born in Atlanta.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 24, in the chapel of L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home, Cumming.
Survivors, in addition to her brother, include her husband, Marvin Ertzberger; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Mike Carson, Cumming; four sons, Russell Ertzberger, Troyce Ertzberger and Rodney Ertzberger, all of Buchanan, and Tony Ertzberger, Cumming; one sister, Sylvia Minnix, Atlanta; brother, Terry Minnix, Buchanan; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MRS. SMITH
Jackson County native
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Maybelle Baugh Smith, 82, died Sunday, January 23, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Andrew and Cynthia Cagle Baugh.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Oliver Smith.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 25, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Hoyt Eugene Smith, Atlanta, Calvin Smith, Homer, and Randy Smith, Liberty, S.C.; one daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Brake, Maysville; one brother, Juluis Baugh, Maysville; one sister, Imogene Wilson, Gillsville; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MR. STOUDENMIRE
Asst. principal, coach
MAXEYS - James D. Stoudenmire Sr., 59, died Friday, January 21, 2000.
A native of Uniontown, Ala., Mr. Stoudenmire was a son of Mary Hill Engler, Maxeys, and the late Julian D. Stoudenmire.
Moving from Jefferson, he had lived in the Maxeys area for 19 years.
Mr. Stoudenmire served as an assistant principal and a physical education teacher for the last 35 years. During this time, he also coached football for a total of 32 years. Beginning in Jefferson, he served for 17 years, two years in the Monroe area and the last 13 years at Oglethorpe County High.
Mr. Stoudenmire was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 23, at Lexington Baptist Church, Lexington, with the Revs. Harry Warren, Billy Tucker and George Hall officiating. Burial was in Clarke Cemetery. Bill Nunnally, Cooper Dyer, Hamilton Weston, Billy Sanders, Jim Lofton and Jimmy Germany served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Carlene C. Stoudenmire; sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Melanie Stoudenmire, Jefferson, Ken and Lisa Stoudenmire, Pelham, and Tim and Penni Stoudenmire, Madison; daughter and son-in-law, Leigh and Brent Griffiths, Winterville; and two granddaughters, Rachel and Rebecca Stoudenmire, both of Jefferson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lexington Baptist Church, P.O. Box 302, Lexington, GA 30648, or to the American Cancer Society, Brain Cancer Division, 1060 Gaines School Road, Athens, GA 30605.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MR. BENTON
U.S. Navy veteran
COMMERCE - Lofton Benton, 83, died Sunday, January 23, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mr. Benton was born April 10, 1916, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late William McDaniel and Mary Frances Porter Benton.
Mr. Benton was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II, and was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Mr. Benton was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Hood Benton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Brad Wilson and Verlin Reese officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two daughters, Glenda Herbert, Commerce, and Michelle Jacobs, Macon; one sister, Dannie Lee Wilbanks, Commerce; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MR. HOOPER
Father of four
WINDER - John L. Hooper, 70, died Friday, January 21, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Hooper was born March 19, 1930, in Hall County. He was a son of the late Eston V. Hooper Sr. and Hattie Hooper.
Mr. Hooper was a retired bricklayer and was a member of the Bricklayers Union.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 22, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson. Burial was in the Sugar Hill Baptist Church cemetery, Hall County.
Survivors include four sons, John Wayne Hooper, Belton, S.C., Geryl Hooper, Social Circle, and Randy Hooper and Gary Hooper, both of Winder; one sister, Ruby Jack Walsh, Sacramento, Calif.; two brothers, Eston V. Hooper Jr., Commerce, and Horace Hooper, Waco, Texas; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MRS. MORRIS
Homemaker
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Clarice Morris, 73, died Saturday, January 22, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Morris had lived in Jackson County for the past four years. She had lived most of her life in Hall and Lumpkin counties.
Mrs. Morris was a homemaker and a member of Browns Chapel Church, Lumpkin County. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. W.L. "Luke" Morris.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 25, at Browns Chapel Church with the Revs. Bobby Scott and Junior Evans officiating. Burial was in the Springway Baptist Church cemetery, Hall County.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Diane Massey, Maysville; one brother, Lewis Allen, Blue Ridge; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several other relatives.
Banister Funeral Home, Dahlonega, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MR. DEATON
Brother of countian
MACON - James Utah Deaton, 85, formerly of Barrow County, died Wednesday, January 19, 2000.
Mr. Deaton was a son of the late Thomas and Mattie Parks Deaton.
He was a retired grocery store owner and was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church, where he attended the Harold Beatty Sunday School Class.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 23, in the chapel of Ingleside Funeral Home, Macon, with the Rev. Ronnie Culpepper officiating.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Teresa Deaton, Jesup; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Bob Green, Northville, Mich.; daughter, Angela Vickers, Jacksonville, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Golden and Opal Deaton, Hoschton; and seven grandchildren.
Ingleside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MRS. ALLISON
Former manager
COMMERCE - Mrs. Jo Eller Dyer Beck Allison, 81, formerly of Hall County, died Monday, January 24, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Allison was born in White County, but had lived in Hall County for a number of years before moving to Commerce to live with her daughter.
She was a daughter of the late Lester and Annie Dyer.
Mrs. Allison was a retired manager from the Roses Cafeteria and was a member of the Gainesville Church of God. She was preceded in death by her first husband, C.P. Beck, and her second husband, Clyde Allison.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 26, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. C.A. Residter and Theo Arnett officiating. Mrs. Allison's grandchildren delivered the eulogy.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Buddy Ayers, Commerce, Mary and Joe Wright, Buford, and Donna and Chuck Kennedy, Punta Gorda, Fla.; sons and daughters-in-law, Willard and Patsy Beck, Punta Gorda, Fla., and Leonard and Brenda Beck, Flowery Branch; one brother, Clinton Dyer, Gainesville; one sister, Myrtle Elinburg, Commerce; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MR. JOHNSON
Brother of countians
ATLANTA - Kenneth "Jackson County Red" Johnson, 39, died Monday, January 24, 2000.
Mr. Johnson was a son of Herman and Ruby Johnson, Jefferson. He was self-employed.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 27, in Willis Chapel of Mack & Payne Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. William Jennings officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Debora Johnson; two sons, Travis Johnson, Athens, and Jarvis Lee, Winder; three sisters, Glenda Harrison, Maysville, Sharon Richardson, Jefferson, and Marcia Penson, Woodstock; one brother, Herman Laray Johnson, Jefferson; grandmother, Lula Cox, Jefferson; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family is at 4594 Jefferson River Road.
Mack & Payne Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MR. HUNTER
Jackson County native
GAINESVILLE - Ed Hunter, 56, died Thursday, January 20, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hunter was a son of the late Junior Hunter and Sarah Ruth Hunter-Thompson.
He was retired from Mar-Jac, Gainesville.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 23, at Rucker Memorial Baptist Church, Gainesville. Burial was in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Frankie Hunter; two daughters, Teresa Lott and Garfainia Shields, both of Gainesville; one son, Robert Heard, Gainesville; 12 sisters, Emmalene Wood, Doris Mintz, Charity Wheeler, Cheryl Thompson, Laurie Thompson, Ollie Stephens, Annie Lois Brawner and Caroline Buffington, all of Gainesville, Conchita Shepard, Battle Creek, Mich., Shirley Borders, Jefferson, Gwendolyn Summers, Gary, Ind., and Gloria J. Mendal, New York; six brothers, Donald J. Hunter, Ralph Thompson, Henry Thompson, James Earl Thompson and Ken Thompson, all of Gainesville, and Gerald Griffith, Jefferson; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MRS. WOODS
Gainesville native
COMER - Mrs. Florence Woods, 71, died Tuesday, January 18, 2000, at Cobb Health Care.
Mrs. Woods was born February 28, 1928, in Gainesville. She was a daughter of the late Carl Thomas and Tressie Wilson Lord.
Mrs. Woods had been employed with Harmony Grove Mills.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Woods.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Jimmy Owensby officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Marvin Brown, Homer, and Harry Columbus Thomas, Danielsville; two daughters, Dorothy Garrett, Comer, and Martha Worley, Homer; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000

MRS. LORD
Mt. Olive Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Linda Joyce Maney Lord, 51, died Thursday, January 20, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Lord was born April 18, 1948, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Lee Edgar and Vera Beatrice Crumley Maney.
Mrs. Lord was employed with the Jackson County Health Department and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 23, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce. Steven Cash, Todd Bramlett, Eddie Hubbard, Cary Hubbard, Ricky Hogan and Kenneth Campbell served as pallbearers.
Survivors include her husband, Mike Lord; two sons, Derrick Lord and Dustin Lord, both of Commerce; three sisters, Brenda Cash, Homer, Vernell Hubbard, Lula, and Gwen Maney, Commerce; and two grandchildren, Bailee and Jessie Lord, both of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 26, 2000


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