Jackson County Obituaries...

 March 1, 2000


MR. SMITH
World War II veteran
JEFFERSON - Sam "Alton" Smith, 91, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
Mr. Smith was born October 14, 1908, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late John Henry Butler Smith and Nancy Elizabeth Ayers Smith.
Mr. Smith was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy, and was retired from Jefferson Mills. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson, as well as many charitable organizations.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Bertrice Smith.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 1, at Faith Baptist Church with the Rev. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mr. Smith is survived by a sister-in-law, Roena Irvin, Jefferson; brothers-in-law, A.J. Irvin, Talmo, and H.B. Irvin, Adrian; and many nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 2063 Hwy. 129 N., Jefferson, GA 30549.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MRS. TOLBERT
Antioch UMC member
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Sybil Gwendolyn Wilson Tolbert, 67, died Monday, February 28, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Tolbert was born July 14, 1932, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Clifford and Grace Woodall Wilson.
Mrs. Tolbert was a homemaker and a member of Antioch United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 1, at Antioch United Methodist Church with the Revs. Richard Cathy and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Gene Tolbert; one daughter, Yvette Jones, Nicholson; two brothers, Leon Wilson and Winford Wilson, both of Commerce; two sisters, Geraldine Bruce and Vivian Poe, both of Commerce; one grandson, Austin Blakley Jones, Nicholson; and two granddaughters, Autumn Michelle Reno and Brianna Yvette Reno, both of Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MR. HOLLIFIELD
Madison Street
Baptist member
COMMERCE - Nelson Hugh Hollifield, 94, died Friday, February 25, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Hollifield was born May 31, 1905, in Lumpkin County. He was a son of the late John Hollifield and Ester Hollifield.
Mr. Hollifield was retired from Harmony Grove Mills, Commerce, and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Richey Hollifield.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Curtis Green officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Joe L. Hollifield, Commerce, and Charles Hollifield, Warner Robins; two daughters, Geraldine Carithers and Betty Mize, both of Commerce; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MRS. ELROD
Talmo Baptist member
TALMO - Mrs. Norma Jean Adams Elrod, 62, died Thursday, February 24, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Elrod was born November 28, 1937, in Hall County. She was a daughter of the late Decatur and Georgia Mae Ridling Adams.
Mrs. Elrod was retired from Gainesville College, having worked in food service for 28 years, and was a member of Talmo Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 27, at Talmo Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Wade, Pete Martin and R.E. Davis officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Jim Parks, Steve Parks, Rod Beatty, Mitch Mitchell, Mark McMullan and Brant McMullan served as pallbearers.
Survivors include her husband, Hoke Elrod; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Kathy Elrod, Talmo; daughters and sons-in-law, Gina and Trapper Brissey and Kay and Larry Joe Wood, all of Talmo; one brother, Richard Adams, Lanett, Ala.; and six grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MR. PHILLIPS
Sales representative
WINDER - Jason P. Phillips, 26, died Friday, February 25, 2000, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A native of Barrow County, Mr. Phillips was a son of Wayne and Sandra Phillips, Winder.
He had resided in the Winder area for most of his life and was employed as a sales representative with Delta Apparel. Mr. Phillips was a member of Pentecost United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Roy Duncan and Edward "Bo" Phillips.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 28, at Mars Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Jones officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Fork Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Rebecca Bolton Phillips; one son, Duncan Phillips, Winder; maternal grandmother, Omie Duncan, Winder; paternal grandmother, Maxine Phillips, Hoschton; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Debby Bolton, Watkinsville.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MR. MORRIS
Jackson County native
COMMERCE - John Morris Jr., 25, died Thursday, February 24, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Morris was born January 9, 1975, in Jackson County. He was a son of John Morris Sr., Jefferson, and Kathy Pace Morris.
Mr. Morris was employed with Alridge Inc.
Memorial services were held Saturday, February 26, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Ball officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Jennifer Kent, Maysville; and grandparents, John and Lois Morris, Commerce, and George Pace, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MR. HOLLIS
RC Cola
Company retiree
ATHENS - Hugh B. Hollis, 71, died Monday, February 21, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hollis was a son of the late Bertha Hollis.
He was a retired salesman with the RC Cola Company and was a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, February 23, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Jamie Doster officiating.
Survivors include one son, Tracy Hollis Sr., Danielsville; two sisters, Ruby Hollis and Frances Hollis, both of Charlotte, N.C.; one brother, W.D. Hollis; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MR. JORDAN
U.S. Army veteran
HOMER - Louis Bishop Jordan, 79, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Jordan was a son of the late Luther C. and Lillie Bell White Jordan.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in Europe where he was a Prisoner Of War.
Mr. Jordan was a retired inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was a member of the Homer American Legion. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Jordan was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Scales Jordan.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. John Umberhant, Ralph O. Smith and Dayton Sosbee officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Simmons Jordan; one daughter, Carolyn Allen, Lakemont; four step-children, Clarice Sosbee and Miles John Bonds, both of Alto, Faye Dunagun, Gillsville, and Gaye Galloway, Baldwin; one brother, Weldon Jordan, Homer; two sisters, Mattie Jean Ayers, Commerce, and Joann Jordan, Jacksonville, Fla.; one granddaughter, Michelle Pelot, Birmingham, Ala.; and one grandson, Louis Phillip Pelot, Royston.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MRS. POTTER
Homemaker
STATHAM - Mrs. Beulah Davis Potter, 80, died Sunday, February 27, 2000.
Mrs. Potter was born in Gwinnett County, a daughter of the late J. Scott and Alice Moore Davis.
She had resided in Oconee County for the past 26 years and was a homemaker and a member of Bethabara Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 1, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Frank Johnson officiating. Burial was in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Tucker.
Survivors include her husband, S.T. Potter; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Harold E. Thompson, Katy, Texas, and Sherrill and Rex Long, Statham; one sister, Nellie Davis, Lawrenceville; grandchildren, Laurey Long Tenglesen, Asheville, N.C., Mark Long, Bozeman, Mont., Jennifer Penland, Arlington, Texas, Don Thompson, Sterling, Va., and Ron Thompson, Dallas, Texas; and three great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MRS. NILES
Oglethorpe native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Gussie H. Niles, 59, died Thursday, February 24, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Niles was born in Oglethorpe, the daughter of the late Katie Mae Hudson McKenley.
She received her education in Jackson County.
Mrs. Niles was preceded in death by a brother, Roosevelt McKenley.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 26, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Draco Brown officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Niles; three sons, Robert Niles and Leroy Niles, both of Commerce, and Willie Niles, Rome; one brother, Bruce T. Hudson, Hephziba; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Forestglen Mortuary Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MR. ADDINGTON
Armed forces veteran
MILLEDGEVILLE - Jessie Lee Addington, 73, formerly of Hull, died Sunday, February 20, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Addington was a resident of the Georgia War Veterans Home. He was a son of the late Hubert Paul and Nancy Ledford Addington.
Mr. Addington was a veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mable Pauline Scoggins.
Graveside services were held Friday, February 25, in Athens Memory Gardens with the Rev. Mike Hudman officiating.
Survivors include nieces, Marian Thomas, Colbert, and Kay S. Pickett, Pocataligo; nephew, Larry Scoggins, Danielsville; and 21 other nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

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STOKES
Infant
BALDWIN - Patricia Christine Stokes, infant daughter of Steven and Robin Stokes, Baldwin, died Wednesday, February 23, 2000.
Infant Stokes was preceded in death by a grandmother, Patricia Mauldin Gailey.
Funeral services were held Friday, February 25, at New Birth Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Bray officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include grandparents, Johnny Gailey, Baldwin, Susan Williams, Toccoa, and Charlotte Burkes, Arcade; and great-grandparents, Hubert and Mazelle Mauldin, Baldwin, and Frank Bell, Batesville.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MRS. KITTLE
Sister of countian
ATHENS - Mrs. Angela Jean Thurmond Kittle, 24, of Athens, died Sunday, February 27, 2000.
Mrs. Kittle was born in Clarke County, a daughter of Wade Jasper and Kathy Clark Thurmond, Statham.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 1, at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Miles officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Marc Kittle; three daughters, Kayla N. Kittle, Andrea B. Kittle and Brianna M. Kittle, all of Athens; one son, Jeremy Marc Kittle, Athens; one sister, Melissa Thurmond, Jefferson; one brother, Michael Thurmond, Commerce; and a grandmother, Patsy Clark, Statham.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MRS. LEWALLEN
Mother of countian
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Alpha Charlotta Lewallen, 95, died Sunday, February 27, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Lewallen was born in Stephens County. She had lived a period of years in Banks County and the last 50 years in Hall County.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 29, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Ricky Elrod officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Baptist Church cemetery, Banks County.
Survivors include five daughters, Louise Wilson, Lula, Alice Gilbert and Scviller Wright, both of Gainesville, Thursey Howell, Commerce, and Lillie Rose Crow, Tampa, Fla.; three sons, William R. "Bob" Lewallen, Clermont, Bennie Lewallen, Pendergrass, and James Ellis Lewallen, Commerce; 38 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MISS CARROLL
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Miss Betty Jean Carroll, 62, died Monday, February 28, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Miss Carroll was born March 29, 1937, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Roy Carroll.
Miss Carroll was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include five sons, Pete Brooks and Michael Ollis, both of Atlanta, Dean Konrady, Yorkville, Ill., and David Ollis and Jimmy Ollis, both of Commerce; one daughter, Regina Phillips, Commerce; two brothers, Harley Carroll, Winterville, and Roy Carroll Jr. Maysville; two sisters, Montine Bowen, Chester, S.C., and Marie Knight, Covington, S.C.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MR. PARKER
World War II veteran
TALMO - William Hardy Parker, 76, died Monday, February 28, 2000, at Walton Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Parker was born December 16, 1923, in Gordon County. He was a son of the late William Luther and Susie Elizabeth Pharr Parker.
Mr. Parker was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and was retired from the Lookeed Corporation, with 33 years of service. He was a member of Rose Lane Baptist Church, Marietta.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 1, at Talmo Baptist Church with Dr. Charles B. Walls and the Rev. Jeff Burt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Ron Vincent, Roy Vaughn, Josh Holcomb, Lonnie Waller, Daniel Parker and Steve Parker served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Louise Kiker Parker; two sons, Michael William Parker, Marietta, and Marshall David Parker, Irwinton; two daughters, Sylvia Vaughn, Talmo, and Kimberly Vincent, Buford; two sisters, Nelle Davis, Dalton, and Sue Fourman, Hamilton; one brother, Delford Parker, Pine Mountain; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MRS. LAW
King's Branch
Baptist rites
COMMERCE - Mrs. Lillie Mae Law died Wednesday, February 23, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Law was born November 1, 1909, a daughter of the late Julius and Eula White.
Family members say Mrs. Law found Christ at an early age and united with King's Branch Baptist Church, Carnesville. She served God faithfully until her death, they said.
Mrs. Law was a devoted mother, valued family member and friend, family added.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Law, two sons and a daughter.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 26, at Neal's Grove Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. J.M. Thomas officiating. Burial was in the King's Branch Baptist Church cemetery. Friends of the family served as pallbearers and flower ladies.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Eula Mae and Lodgin Williamson, Alice and Columbus Rucker and Barbara and Bernard Dubose, all of Commerce, and Everine and Charles Ray Rivers, Mocksville, N.C.; daughters, Annie Lois Carson and Marie Carson, both of Atlanta; sons and daughters-in-law, Willie and Vickie Carson, Atlanta, and George and Rachel Law, Commerce; sons, Leon Carson, Jefferson, and James Carson, Atlanta; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and relatives and friends.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MR. SMITH
Painter
HOSCHTON - James Howard Smith Sr., 66, died Sunday, February 27, 2000.
Mr. Smith was born in Fulton County, a son of Ruby Louise Matthews and the late Joseph H. Smith.
He was employed as a painter and was a member of the IBPAT International Brotherhood of Painters.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Geraldine O. Pruitt; two daughters, Melody Wehunt and Emily Caroline Smith, both of Hoschton; four sons, James Howard Smith, Decatur, Claude Edgar Smith and Jonathan Douglas Smith, both of Hoschton, and Joseph Benjamin Smith, Jefferson; three brothers, Gene Smith, Snellville, Billy Ray Smith, Decatur, and Rex B. Smith, Corpus Christi, Texas; and seven grandchildren.
Wise-Connolly Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MRS. FERGUSON
Hall County native
BRASELTON - Mrs. Selba Nell Ferguson, 74, died Monday, February 28, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Ferguson was a daughter of the late Odus L. and Eva Mundy Turk.
She was a member of Memorial Park Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Ferguson was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Ferguson, a brother, Royce Turk, and a sister-in-law, Alma Turk.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 1, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Willard Baxter and Charles Gibbs officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include her husband, Neal Ferguson; daughter and son-in-law, Eve and Karl Odom, Braselton; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Dana Ferguson, Gainesville, and Bob and Sandi Ferguson, Cornelia; brother, Byron Turk; brother and sister-in-law, Winburn and Martha Jo Turk; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Billie and Royce Turk; granddaughters, Amy Jarrard, Kelley Wood, Kristin Trott, Karen Campbell, Julie Doster, Stephanie Ferguson and Krystal Odom; grandsons, Drew Ferguson, Rob Ferguson, Sam Ferguson and Kasey Odom; great-granddaughters, Jessica Trott, Morgan Campbell and Ashley Jarrard; a special niece, Lesa Turk Whitworth; and several nephews.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

MRS. ABERNATHY
New Liberty
Baptist member
BRASELTON - Mrs. Edith Carter Abernathy, 47, died Thursday, February 24, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Abernathy was a daughter of Estelle Carter, Braselton.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 28, at New Liberty Baptist Church with the Rev. Everett Carlisle officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include one daughter, Peggy Carlile, Braselton; one son, Danny Lee, Jefferson; two sisters, Edna Carter, Fayetteville, N.C., and Sheryl Carlile, Braselton; two brothers, Garnet Carter and William Carter, both of Braselton; and three grandchildren, Kelly and Dustin Carlile and Cody Lee.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000

HUBERT M. CHASTAIN
Hubert M. Chastain, 88, of Hull, died Thursday, February 24, 2000.
Mr. Chastain was born in Clarke County, a son of the late John E. and Daxie C. Chastain.
He was retired, having been self-employed as a metal operator, and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Chastain was preceded in death by his wife, Marcelene Williams Chastain.
Graveside services were held Saturday, February 26, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Luther Fouche officiating.
Survivors include two sisters, Ruth Epps, Dearing, and Janelle Vinging, Savannah; and one brother, Lawrence Chastain, Macon.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 1, 2000

MR. ARMSTRONG
Jefferson First
Baptist member
JEFFERSON - Jeff M. Armstrong, 93, died Monday, February 28, 2000.
Mr. Armstrong was born December 20, 1906, in Chester, S.C. He was a son of the late Forney Richard and Mamie Witherspoon Armstrong.
Mr. Armstrong was retired from the Georgia Power Company and served as past president of the Rotary Club. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, where he served as a past deacon.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson with Dr. Jon Appleton officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Frances K. Armstrong; one daughter, Janet K. Cassidy, Maryland; one sister and four brothers, all of South Carolina; two granddaughters and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 1, 2000


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