Jackson County Obituaries...

 March 8, 2000


MR. EVANS
Jackson Memorial Gardens rites
COMMERCE - Raguel Cleave Evans, 73, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 6, at the Commerce Church of God with the Rev. John Webber officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three brothers, Joel B. Evans, Trinity, N.C., and Bobby Evans and Jarrel Evans, both of Commerce; one sister, Nadine Waters, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MR. LIPSCOMB
General Motors retiree
MAYSVILLE - John Wirron Lipscomb Sr., 83, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Lipscomb had lived in Doraville for 20 years, where he worked for General Motors until he retired. He then returned to Jackson County to run the family farm. Mr. Lipscomb was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 20 years. He was preceded in death by a son, James Phillip Lipscomb.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 5, at Center Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenny Sizemore and Clack Stubbs officiating. Burial was in the Holly Springs United Methodist cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Savage Lipscomb; sons and daughters-in-law, David S. and Tami Lipscomb, Duluth, and John W. Jr. and Pat Lipscomb, Gillsville; daughter and son-in-law, Luann Lipscomb and Douglas Purcell, Warner Robins; one sister, Sara Lipscomb Davidson, Gainesville; and seven grandchildren, Jennifer Lipscomb Anderson, Gainesville, Matthew Purcell, Rome, Jonathon Lipscomb and Daniel Lipscomb, both of Gillsville, Wiley Purcell, Warner Robins, and Samantha Lipscomb and Taylor Lipscomb, both of Duluth.
Brewer & Wiley Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. BROWN
Jackson County native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Fannie Lucille Brown, 71, died Thursday, February 17, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Brown was born January 16, 1929, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Richard Embrick and Fannie Burroughs Embrick.
Mrs. Brown had been employed as a repair and control technician for Reliance Electric Company.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Garnett Brown Jr., Commerce; one brother, Walter Embrick, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. DOBBS
Former nurse, teacher
COMMERCE - Mrs. Elizabeth Beard Dobbs, 87, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Dobbs was a daughter of the late Wilburn and Lucy Hamilton Beard.
She had worked as a private duty nurse, caring for newborn babies and new mothers, and later became a kindergarten and day care teacher. Mrs. Dobbs was the founder of the Literacy Program for Jackson County, receiving much recognition for her achievements.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lilburn Dobbs.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Robert Eberhert and Richard Gasser officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Dobbs is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Joe Waters, Commerce; sister, Glynn Dalen, Holiday, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. BRUCE
Pond Fork
Baptist member
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Brenda Gene Bruce, 43, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bruce was born in Florida, but had lived most of her life in Jackson County. She was a daughter of R.L. and Nina Funderburk, Maysville.
Mrs. Bruce was a homemaker and a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 6, at Pond Fork Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Samuel J. Bruce; three daughters, Darlene Stamm, Columbus, Jenny Bruce, Nicholson, and Tammy Bruce, Maysville; one son, David Bruce, Maysville; two brothers, Johnny Funderburk and James Funderburk, both of Maysville; four sisters, Kathleen Gregory, Jacksonville, Fla., Julie Reed, Jefferson, Carol Mensik, Maysville, and Nina Tyner, Cornelia; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. BOYETTE
Homemaker
HOSCHTON - Mrs. Lora Gale Wolfel Boyette, 55, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Boyette was born March 26, 1944, in Fulton County. She was a daughter of Lillie Mae Carden Wolfel, Hoschton, and the late John Henry Wolfel.
Mrs. Boyette was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stoncil Monroe Boyette Sr.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson. Burial was in Lauderdale Memorial Park, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two sons, Stoncil "Monny" Boyette Jr., Atlanta, and John Phillip Boyette, Hoschton; and two sisters, Bernelia Battle, Suwanne, and Beverly Hardiman, Lawrenceville.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. WATERS
Jackson County native
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Mary Eula Parks Waters, 85, died Friday, February 11, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Waters was a daughter of the late Ernest and Minnie Day Parks.
She was a member of Central Baptist Church. Mrs. Waters was preceded in death by her husband, James Ernest Waters.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 13, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with Dr. Larry Tomlin and the Rev. Phil Parks officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, James Michael and Debbie Allison Waters, Flowery Branch; sons, Tommy Parks Waters and Stephen Day Waters, both of Gainesville; one daughter, Mary Waters Farmer, Flowery Branch; two brothers, John David Parks, Athens, and Bobby Parks, Hull; one sister, Grace Edwards, Jacksonville, Fla.; and five sisters-in-law, Billie Parks, Flowery Branch, Agnes Parks, Watkinsville, Leila Parks, Commerce, and Helen Waters and Cathleen Waters, both of Gainesville; grandchildren, Michael and Wendy Farmer and Mark and Janice Farmer, all of Gainesville, and Melinda Allison Waters and Whitney Jade Waters, both of Flowery Branch; and one great-grandson, Brayson James Farmer, Gainesville.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. ORR
Educator
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TENN. - Mrs. Thelma Potts Orr, 91, formerly of Nicholson, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Alexian Health Care Center.
Mrs. Orr was born February 6, 1909, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Lester William and Vessie Alberta Hutchins Potts, and was the widow of Fred L. Orr.
She was a graduate of Central High School, Chattanooga, Tenn., and a 1930 graduate of the University of Chattanooga. Mrs. Orr received a master's degree in education in 1952 and a specialist's degree in education in 1971 from the University of Georgia. She began her career as a teacher at Benton High School in Nicholson, then became county curriculum director for Jackson and Madison Counties. She ended her career as a vocational education specialist with the Georgia Department of Education.
Mrs. Orr was a member of Nicholson Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Orr.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 7, at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Allen Seagraves officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, William J. Orr, Chattanooga, Tenn., one granddaughter, Lori O. Stansell, Signal Mountain, Tenn.; one grandson, William J. Orr Jr., Austin, Texas; and four great-grandchildren, Trey Stansell and Will Stansell, both of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Katie Orr and Mary Orr, both of Austin, Texas.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. BROOKS
Retired seamstress
CONYERS - Mrs. Bonnie Louise Duncan Brooks, 96, formerly of Center, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Starcrest of Conyers.
Mrs. Brooks was born July 15, 1903, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Gus and Mattie Martin Duncan.
Mrs. Brooks was a retired seamstress and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Luther Brooks.
Graveside services were held Friday, March 3, in the Center United Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Richard Cathy officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry J. Brooks, Norcross, and Talmadge J. Brooks, Winder; one daughter, Jeanette B. Smith, Commerce; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

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MR. SMITH
Fulton County native
HOSCHTON - James Howard Smith Sr., 66, died Sunday, February 27, 2000.
Mr. Smith was born in Fulton County, the son of Ruby Louise Matthews Smith and the late Joseph Howard Smith.
He was a retired field supervisor with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, with 33 years of service. Mr. Smith was a member of the IBPAT International Brotherhood of Painters.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Geraldine O. Pruitt Smith; 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 8, 2000

MRS. ERICKSON
Homemaker
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Jennifer Law Erickson, 35, died Friday, March 3, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native and lifetime resident of Hall County, Mrs. Erickson was the daughter of Harold V. and Sandra Law, Gainesville.
She attended Gainesville High School and Brenau University.
Mrs. Erickson was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ferrell Neuthon and Willena Johnson, Macon, and George Hammond Sr. and Helen Law, Gainesville.
Graveside services were held Monday, March 6, at Alta Vista Cemetery with Dr. Steve Brown and the Revs. Fletcher Law and Melissa Hartley officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, James P. Erickson Jr.; one stepdaughter, Lisa Erickson, Gainesville; one brother, Ferrell Law, Gainesville; brother and sister-in-law, Griff and Nikki Law, Gainesville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James P. Sr. and Louise Erickson, Tucker; sister-in-law, Patricia Girdner, Braselton; a great-aunt, Mildred Gillespie, Decatur; two nieces, Emmy Law and Jennifer Hensler; and two nephews, Van Law and Jason Akins.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. KNOX
New Faith
Methodist rites
COMMERCE - Mrs. Mary Harper Knox, 83, died Saturday, February 26, 2000.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, at New Faith Methodist Church, Commerce.
Mrs. Knox is survived by an adopted son, Arthur Miller, Atlanta; one sister, Charlie Ann Griffith, Cleveland, Ohio; and one brother, Cepeus Harper, Commerce.
Mason's Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. HARDY
Homemaker
WINDER - Mrs. Montine C. Hardy, 78, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Hardy was born April 25, 1921, a daughter of the late Willie and Emma Mae Pope Clark.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Hardy was the wife of the late Ralph Gordon Hardy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 9, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Kenneth Brewer and Ricky Thrasher officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Sam Hardy, Houston, Texas; one daughter, Judy Griggs, Winder; one brother, Willie Clark, Jefferson; one sister, Jeanie Raney, Athens; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MR. HARDY
U.S. Army veteran
WINDER - Ralph Gordon Hardy, 79, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Hardy was born January 15, 1921, a son of the late Clarence Allen and Lourine Sims Hardy.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was self-employed as a poultry farmer.
Mr. Hardy was the husband of the late Montine C. Hardy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 9, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Kenneth Brewer and Ricky Thrasher officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Sam Hardy, Houston, Texas; one daughter, Judy Griggs, Winder; one brother, George Hardy, Winder; one sister, Edna Rowden, Winder; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. SAULPAW
Pleasant Grove
Baptist member
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Emma Lou Saulpaw, 81, died Monday, March 6, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Saulpaw was a daughter of the late Allen Robert and Evie Lee Barnett Wilkes.
She was retired from Delmar Industry and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Saulpaw was preceded in death by her husband, George L. Saulpaw, and a sister, Marguerite Sockwell.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, March 8, in Pittman Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Wood officiating.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Gail A. and Lane Lester, Hull; son and daughter-in-law, Ernest J. "Joe" and Connie Saulpaw, Nicholson; one sister, Yvonne Reeves, Stone Mountain; two brothers, Bobby Wilkes, Stone Mountain, and Eddie Wilkes, Ellenwood; three grandsons, two granddaughters, two great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. PETTY
Homemaker
HIRAM - Mrs. Annie Shelton Petty, 79, formerly of Jackson County, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at DeKalb Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Petty was born March 31, 1920, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Edward and Ila Mae Brooks Shelton.
Mrs. Petty was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Petty.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 9, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Gardens, Paulding County.
Survivors include one son, Frankie Petty, Chester; four daughters, Ann Hooper and Deborah Bettis, both of Hiram, Doris Ledford, Jefferson, and Peggy Howard, Winder; three sisters, Flosie Gosnell, Gainesville, Neda Holland, Pendergrass, and Frances Ledford, Braselton; two brothers, Howard Shelton and L.H. Shelton, both of Talmo; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MISS PARKER
Church member
for 68 years
GAINESVILLE - Miss Ina Bell "Shine" Parker, 90, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Miss Parker was a daughter of the late Lester and Ola Boswell Parker.
She had lived most of her life in Gainesville and was retired from the Gainesville Mill. Miss Parker had been a member of Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church for 68 years. She was preceded in death by a brother, Willie Lee Parker, and two sisters, Eula Mae Kendrick and Mamie Parker.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, in the chapel of Brewer & Wiley Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Larry Boswell officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Survivors include several cousins, great-nephews and a number of friends.
Brewer & Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

MRS. BURNS
Paradise A.M.E. Church member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Essie Burns, 92, died Saturday, February 26, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Burns was a daughter of the late Charles and Myrtle Miller Stephens.
She was a member of Paradise A.M.E. Church.
Mrs. Burns was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Bennett Burns.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, at Paradise A.M.E. Church with the Revs. F.J. Wilson, J.B. Lester, R.E. Cooper, Sandra Miller and William Jennings officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Burns is survived by one son, Charles Davis, Jefferson; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Hurley Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000


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