Jackson County Obituaries...

 March 15, 2000


MRS. LONGMATE
Retired schoolteacher
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Gola M. Longmate, 87, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Longmate was born February 21, 1913, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late William and Annie Moore Morgan.
Mrs. Longmate was a graduate of Brenau College for Women, Gainesville, and a graduate of Columbia University of New York, where she received a master's degree in English literature.
She was a retired schoolteacher and a member of Elmhurst Baptist Church, New York.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Vernon Grimes officiating. Burial was in Albany, N.Y.
Survivors include her husband, Harrison Longmate; one daughter, Annie Lynne DeVito, New York; two sons, Morgan Dean Longmate, Albany, N.Y., and Robin Halbert Longmate, West Babylon, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brenau College, Gainesville, Georgia.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MRS. SIMS
Former Apple Valley Baptist pianist
COMMERCE - Mrs. Frances Sims, 101, of the Apple Valley Community, died Thursday, March 9, 2000.
Mrs. Sims was a daughter of the late Truman Jarrett and Sarah Jane White Barber.
She served as church pianist at Apple Valley Baptist Church for 65 years and was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Mrs. Sims was preceded in death by her husband, Colquitt Sims Sr.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 12, at Apple Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Clark Ivey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Dr. Colquitt Sims Jr., Anderson, S.C., Eddie F. Sims, Melbourne, Fla., and Johnny C. Sims, Konstanz, Germany; one daughter, Mary Helen Sims Bannister, Ila; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Apple Valley Baptist Church, c/o Don Seagraves, 1454 Mauldin Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MRS. MAYFIELD
Johntown
Cemetery rites
COMMERCE - Mrs. Selma M. Mayfield, 94, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at BJC Nursing Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Mayfield was a daughter of the late Henry and Pearlie Hopaon White.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Mayfield, and a son, Columbus Mayfield.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 12, at Warren Chapel United Methodist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Willie Frank Pattman officiating. Burial was in Johntown Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, George Mayfield, Commerce; two daughters, Edna David, Commerce, and Mary Ruth Marion, Ohio; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MR. DALTON
World War II veteran
CARNESVILLE - Oscar Junior Dalton, 74, formerly of Jackson County, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Dalton was born June 22, 1926, in Hall County. He was a son of the late Oscar Charles and Lottie Dalton.
Mr. Dalton was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was retired from Jefferson Mills, with 30 years of service, where he worked as a machine repairman. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Dalton was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Drake Dalton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 14, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Edward Patterson officiating. Burial was in the Nails Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Ricky Dalton, Carnesville; three sisters, Betty Jo Gulley, Eatonton, Rena Mae Wright, Social Circle, and Vader Craig, Kannapolis, N.C.; four brothers, Leonard Dalton and Billy Dalton, both of Jefferson, Bob Dalton, Marietta, and Jim Dalton, Kannapolis, N.C.; and two grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MR. MCGAHA
U.S. Air Force veteran
CARNESVILLE - James R. "Buddy" McGaha, 60, died Saturday, March 11, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. McGaha was born March 14, 1939, in Ware County. He was a son of Roscoe S. and Annie Maude Jackson McGaha.
Mr. McGaha was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had been employed with General Times. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 13, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ray Jenkins and Fred Heard officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Paulette Gorman McGaha; one son, Thomas McGaha, Athens; three step-daughters, Larri Gorman and Cheryl Kitchens, both of Commerce, and Paula Malia, Royston; four brothers, Douglas McGaha, Bogart, Eldon McGaha, Las Vegas, Nev., Sammy McGaha, Royston, and Tommy McGaha, Aledo, Texas; four sisters, Dolores Belk and Jeneva Coile, both of Danielsville, Frances Jordan, Royston, and Annelle Maxwell, Lavonia; and seven grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association or to the charity of one's choice.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MRS. WELLMAN
Housewife
WINDER - Mrs. Dorothy Kirkley Wellman, 78, died Friday, March 10, 2000.
Mrs. Wellman was born in Douglasville, a daughter of the late Benjamin R. and Grace Todd Kirkley.
She had resided in Winder for the past 15 years. Mrs. Wellman was a housewife and attended the Winder First Methodist Church. She was a member of the Barrow Medical Center Auxiliary.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 12, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in Rose Haven Memorial Gardens, Douglasville.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Wellman; four daughters, Kathy Haynes, Snellville, and June Terry Shuman, Joan Terry Foster and Dorothy Jane Ridley, all of Douglasville; one brother, Floyd R. Kirkley, Hixon, Tenn.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Barrow Medical Center Auxiliary, 316 North Broad Street, Winder, GA 30680.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MRS. LORD
Commerce First Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Retha Nell Minish Lord, 90, died Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Lord was born March 19, 1909, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Gratt and Leola Benton Minish.
Mrs. Lord had worked as a sewing machine operator and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Morgan Lord.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby Lord, Royston, Gerald W. Lord, South Pittsburg, Tenn., and Steven Minish Lord, Dahlonega; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce, 1345 South Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MR. TANNER
Jackson County native
GAINESVILLE - Woodrow Weldon Tanner, 60, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at Columbia Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Tanner was born March 17, 1939. He was a son of Woodrow Wilson Tanner, Pendergrass, and the late Lydia Latrelle Murphy Tanner.
Mr. Tanner had lived and worked in Gainesville for the last 36 years. He was a 1957 graduate of Braselton High School and a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he was a member of A.T.O. Fraternity.
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Tanner served as a food broker with various companies, the last of which was Prime-Pak Foods Inc., Gainesville, as vice president of sales and marketing. He was owner of the local office of the Abby Insurance Company.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass. Mr. Tanner will lie in state from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include daughter and son-in-law, Joan Kelly Tanner and Pep Matus, Atlanta; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sidney Wilson and Carol F. Tanner, Hoschton, and Victor Franklin and Jean Tanner, Brooksville, Fla.; granddaughter, Nina Matus, Atlanta; three nephews, Travis Tanner, Hoschton, S. Ryan Tanner, Dallas, Texas, and Jonathan Tanner, Brooksville, Fla.; one niece, Chelsea Tanner, Brooksville, Fla.; and one great-nephew, Owsley Jerome Tanner, Hoschton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation, 2951 Flowers Road South, Suite 211, Atlanta, GA 30341.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

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MR. SCHWARTZ
Father of three
JEFFERSON - David J. Schwartz, 48, died Thursday, March 9, 2000.
Services were held Friday, March 10, in Arlington Memorial Park with Rabbi Scott Saulson officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle Schwartz; two daughters, Abigail Schwartz and Sara Ann Schwartz, both of Jefferson; one son, David James Schwartz, Jefferson; and his mother, Mary Hollingsworth Schwartz.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
H.M. Patterson and Son Arlington Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MISS CAREW
Former JCES teacher
ATHENS - Miss Mardon Anne "Mardie" Carew, 62, died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at her residence.
Miss Carew was born in Toronto to Marjorie Pooler Carew, Amhert, Mass., and the late Donald F. Carew.
She became a resident of Athens in 1969. Miss Carew was a graduate of Ohio University and the University of Georgia, completing a master's degree and advanced graduate studies in education.
She was a classroom teacher and educational consultant in northeast Georgia, spending 35 years in service to public education. Miss Carew taught at Jackson County Elementary School from 1991 to 1998.
Her involvement in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens was an important part of her commitment to the community, family members stated. Her caring concern for her extended family was pivotal in her life. She was dedicated to enhancing and strengthening her family's bonds.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 15, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include one son, Richard Climo, Sacramento, Calif.; one daughter, Marjorie Climo Shelnutt, Athens; one brother, Don Carew, Amherst, Mass.; one sister, Susan Carew-Rice, Highland Village, Texas; two grandchildren, Meisha Climo and Beau Climo, both of Sacramento, Calif.; eight nieces and nephews and 11 great-nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens or to the National Audubon Society.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MRS. CARITHERS
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Edith Thomason Carithers, 51, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000.
Mrs. Carithers was born November 13, 1948, in Winder. She was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Gladys Hill Wilson Thomason.
Mrs. Carithers was a homemaker and of the Christian faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Danny Lee Carithers Sr.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include one daughter, Tracie Carithers Tuggle, Jefferson; one son, Danny Lee Carithers Jr., Jefferson; three sisters, Linda Highsmith, Gainesville, and Dolores Dunn and Donna Farmer, both of Winder; one brother, Larry Thomason, Bogart; two grandchildren, Casey Carithers Tuggle and Dylan Lee Carithers, both of Jefferson; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MRS. WARD
Carwood Mfg. retiree
CORNELIA - Mrs. Frankie Waldrep Ward, 94, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Ward was born January 31, 1906, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Billups Waldrep and Florence Stewart Waldrep Edwards.
Mrs. Ward was retired from Carwood Manufacturing Company, with 30 years of service. She was a member of the Demorest Church of God for over 50 years where she taught the Adult Ladies Sunday School class for many years.
Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her husband, James Ward, a daughter, Myrtis Garrett, two brothers, Ralph and William Edwards, and four sisters, Claudine Harris, Essie Waldrep, Blondine Church and Vivian McEntire.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11, at the Demorest Church of God with the Revs. Darvin Slaton and Johnny Wills officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with the Rev. William Cox officiating at graveside.
Survivors include one son, Buford Ward, Mt. Airy; one sister, Bessie Nicholson, Clarkesville; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MR. CANTRELL
Brother of countian
GAINESVILLE - Charlie J. Cantrell, 76, brother of Dorothy Smith, Talmo, died Thursday, March 9, 2000, following a brief illness.
Mr. Cantrell was a native and lifetime resident of Hall County. He was a son of the late Charlie and Irene White Cantrell.
Mr. Cantrell was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II. He retired from the construction industry as a carpenter and had worked for Ira H. Hardin Company. Mr. Cantrell was a member of Sardis Baptist Church, where he served as a former deacon, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent and song leader.
He was preceded in death by a brother, the Rev. Joe Cantrell, and a sister, Lorene Patterson.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 12, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Gene Griffith officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors, in addition to his sister, include his wife, Willene Roper Cantrell; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Doug Looney, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Dee Dee Cantrell, Winder; sisters, Cleon Furchess, Betty Hudgins, Sally Sargent, Barbara Cantrell and Polly Mooney, all of Gainesville; one brother, Bobby Cantrell, Alabama; one granddaughter, Heather Pugh, Gainesville; and a host of friends.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MRS. INGEBORG
Native of Germany
DANIELSVILLE - Mrs. Ingeborg M. Gulledge, 57, died Friday, March 10, 2000.
Mrs. Gulledge was born in Augsburg, Germany, a daughter of the late Waldmar Eldwon and Maria Baitinger Kraus.
She was employed with Buhler Yarn Manufacturing and was of the Catholic faith.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 15, in the chapel of Brown's Funeral Home, Danielsville.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond E. Gulledge; five daughters, Angie Swaigan, Old Town, Fla., Pamala Gulledge and Krystal Gulledge, both of Ozark, Ala., Carolin Davis, Selma, Ala., and Suzan Drewniak, Jack, Ala.; one sister, Renate Wactor, Covington; and one grandchild.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

MR. BROOKS
Farmer
JEFFERSON - Loyd Matthew Brooks, 86, died Monday, March 13, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Brooks was a son of the late Lester and Kizzie Lee Brooks.
He was a farmer and was retired from the State Highway Department. Mr. Brooks was a member of Revival Baptist Church, Hoschton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Jane Lee Brooks, and several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Revival Baptist Church with the Revs. Bascomb Skelton, Howard Sprull and Joel Shadburn officiating. Burial will be in the White Plains Baptist Church cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Mae Smith and Nettie Mae Carter, both of Jefferson, and Francis Skinner, Bethlehem; three sons, Harrison Brooks, Donald Brooks and Alfred Brooks, all of Jefferson; two brothers, Ray Brooks and Otis Brooks, both of Jefferson; 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family was to have received friends Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at noon, at Mr. Brooks' residence located at 103 Doster Road, Jefferson.
Brewer & Wiley Funeral Home, Gainesville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 15, 2000

EMMA L. SAULPAW
Mrs. Emma Lou Saulpaw, 81, of Nicholson, 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 Jones, 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 Commerce News, March 15, 2000


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