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OBITUARY PAGE - FEBRUARY 2, 2000 - COMMERCE, GA

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Jo E. Allison
Mrs. Jo Eller Dyer Beck Allison, Commerce, 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 Commerce News, February 2, 2000

Nell M. Atkins
Mrs. Nell M. Atkins, 66, of Commerce, died Thursday, January 27, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Atkins was a daughter of the late George and Ary Salter McDonald.
She was co-founder of Norcross Tag Company, located in Jefferson, and was a member of Center United Methodist Church, Vidalia.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, February 2, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Teddi Dial and Sam Dial officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur Laing Atkins; son and daughter-in-law, Al and Krista Ginn Atkins, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Laing and Mark A. Hayes, Commerce; brother and sister-in-law, Lake and Pearl McDonald, Vidalia; sister, Juanita Mann, Atlanta; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Jack Sickterman, Venice, Fla, Erleen and Andre Garr, Georgetown, S.C., and Lee and Phil Hoke, York, Pa.; and three grandsons, Michael Hayes, Robert Hayes and Gregory Hayes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Winship Cancer Fund at the Emory University Clinic in Atlanta, or to Center United Methodist Church, c/o Dean McDonald, Treasurer, 307 Arnau Street, Vidalia, GA 30474.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000

Florence S. Butts
Mrs. Florence S. Butts, 82, of Atlanta, died Friday, January 28, 2000, at Walton County Medical Center, Monroe, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Butts was born December 10, 1917, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a daughter of the late Charles P. and Geanette Gumpert Schou.
Mrs. Butts served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II in North Africa, where she met her future husband, a captain in the Army.
She lived most of her life in Monroe, but was a resident of Athens and Atlanta during her last years.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 1, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Monroe, in which she was a member. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery, Monroe.
Survivors include her husband, Joel Bernard Butts; two daughters, Barbara Beardsley, Commerce, and Susan Foster, Atlanta; two sisters, Georgine Mulholland, Rutland, Vt., and Dorothy Metzler, Ambler, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
Arthur Bowick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000

John A. Dorothy
John Allen Dorothy, 61, of Hull, died Wednesday, January 26, 2000.
Mr. Dorothy was born in Rehobeth, Mass., the son of the late Charles and Adrianna Caldwell Dorothy.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired from Crosby Valve & Gage Company. Mr. Dorothy was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Paradis Dorothy.
Funeral services were held Friday, January 28, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Joy Nellisery officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. Shane Couch, Terry Morgan, John Bellew, JR Bellew, Charlie Rush and Danny Ford served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia L. Rush, Carlton, and Laurie A. Kidder, Wrentham, Mass.; one son, Michael J. Dorothy, Commerce; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000

Terry L. Kitchens
Terry Leonard Kitchens, 42, of Comer, died Saturday, January 29, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Kitchens was a son of the late Lovic and Estelle Roberts Kitchens.
Graveside services were held Monday, January 31, in the Indian Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Franklin County.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Ruth Kitchens; two daughters, Kerry Marie Kitchens, Comer, and Amy Marie Mathis, Homer; one son, Timothy Leonard Kitchens, Commerce; two sisters, Ruth Vaughn, Homer, and Joyce K. Brock, Danielsville; one brother, James Edward Kitchens, Danielsville; and one grandson.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000

Robert S. Berry
Robert S. "Chip" Berry, 49, of Kennesaw, formerly of Commerce, died Thursday, January 27, 2000, at Kennestone Hospital.
Mr. Berry was born September 25, 1950, in Habersham County. He was a son of the late Robert S. and Josephine Andrews Berry.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating. Entombment was in Stephens Memorial Garden, Toccoa.
Mr. Berry is survived by four cousins, Jimmy Andrews, Thomasville, N.C., Mike Andrews, Kennesaw, Rusty Andrews, Charlotte, N.C., and Kim Newman, Bristol, Tenn.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Heart Association or to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000

Kenneth Johnson
Kenneth "Jackson County Red" Johnson, 39, of Atlanta, died Monday, January 24, 2000.
Mr. Johnson was a son of Herman and Ruby Johnson, Jefferson. He was self-employed.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 27, in Willis Chapel of Mack & Payne Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. William Jennings officiating. Burial was 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.
Mack & Payne Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000

Lillie M. Wilkie
Mrs. Lillie Muriel Barrett Wilkie, 76, of Danielsville, died Friday, January 28, 2000, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Wilkie was born April 27, 1923, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late William A. and Myrtle Allen Barrett.
Mrs. Wilkie was a homemaker and a member of Community Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 31, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Strickland officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include her husband, James E. Wilkie; two sons, Major William D. Wilkie, Hampton, Va., and Ronald S. Wilkie, Cleveland; one brother, Charles E. Barrett, Stockbridge; one sister, Bessie Wheeler, Danielsville; and eight grandchildren.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000

Coy E. Leachman
Coy E. Leachman, 70, of Homer, died Monday, January 31, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Leachman was a son of the late Claude W. Leachman and Roxie Gosnell Leachman.
He was a retired truck driver.
Mr. Leachman was preceded in death by a sister, Charlie Lou Leachman.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 2, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Brenda Clark and David Garrison officiating. Burial was in the Ridgeway Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sue E. Leachman; two sons, Larry Leachman, Cornelia, and William Claude Leachman Jr., Charlotte, N.C.; one daughter, Linda Neisler, Commerce; six step-sons, Curtis McIntire and Steven Hagan, both of Nicholson, Frank McIntire, Louisville, Ky., Gary McIntire, Nashville, Tenn., J.C. Gable, Cornelia, and Roy W. Gable, Villa Rica; six step-daughters, Paula Underwood, Dawsonville, Teresa Marsingill, Dry Pond, Stephanie Hagan, Commerce, Shelia Norman, Louisville, Ky., Shirley Hagan, Nicholson, and Patsy Garrett, Flowery Branch; two sisters, Evelyn Baker, Maysville, and Bessie Mae Callaham, Athens; 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000

Esther H. Burden
Mrs. Esther Hulsey Burden, 83, of Danielsville, died Saturday, January 29, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Burden was born November 24, 1916, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Isiah Zade and Pearlie Ann Bridges Hulsey.
Mrs. Burden was a retired seamstress and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, L.C. Burden.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 1, at Friendship Baptist Church with the Revs. Dayton Logan and Mark Palmer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Burden's grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Joyce Floyd, Anderson, S.C., Patricia Anne Binns, Travelers Rest, S.C., and Donna Jean Lakey, Adona, Ark.; four sons, Rupert Kendell Dean, Wayne Douglas Dean and James Tony Dean, all of Danielsville, and Dwight Winston Dean, Nicholson; three sisters, Edna Anderson and Mazelle Stowe, both of Toccoa, and Beatrice Drake, Danielsville; one brother, Oren Hulsey, Eastanollee; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000

Michael L. Wright
Michael Lee "Tink" Wright, 39, of Comer, died Thursday, January 27, 2000.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Wright was a son of the late Freddy B. Wright and Hazel Ann Alexander Wright.
He was a skilled craftsman and a full-time father.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 6, on top of Currhea Mountain, Toccoa, with the Rev. Steve Welch officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Tracy A. Bales, Nicholson; three daughters, Dustie Leeann Kitchen, Winder, and Mychael Tori Wright and Juanita Ann Wright, both of Comer; one brother, James H. Wright, Lexington; one sister, Nita Wright Phillips, Danielsville; and one granddaughter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the "Michael 'Tink' Wright" Memorial Fund, c/o Nita Phillips, Merchants and Farmers Bank, P.O. Box 520, Hull, GA 30646.
The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 6, at the home of Randy and Sherry Miller, Toccoa.
Cremation Society of the South, Austell, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000

Margie R. Brown
Mrs. Margie Rich Brown, 57, of Danielsville, died Thursday, January 27, 2000.
Mrs. Brown was born in Madison County, the daughter of Annie L. Booth Rich and the late Charles L. Rich.
She was employed as a plant manager with Scientific Atlanta and was a member of Providence Baptist Church. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Brown.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 29, at Providence Baptist Church with the Revs. Albert Vaughn and Johnny Tucker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Phil Brown, Chris Carver, Nelson Stovall, Larry Evans, Jr. McGee, Billy Booth, Tim Hardeman and Jr. Shields served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Cindy Brown, Danielsville and one grandchild, Logan Cash Brown.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 2, 2000


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