Jackson County Obituaries...

 March 22, 2000


MRS. MCGINNIS
Mother of six
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Annie Williamson McGinnis, 66, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. McGinnis was born March 22, 1933, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of Sally Mae Qualls Williamson, Jefferson, and the late Charlie Williamson.
Mrs. McGinnis was a retired poultry processor and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl McGinnis, and a brother, David Williamson.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 19, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. Clayborn Saxon, Matthew Gravely, Paul Crane, John McGinnis, Wallace Evans and Sonny Adams served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three sons, Dwight McGinnis, Martinez, Larry Dwayne McGinnis, Jefferson, and Tony McGinnis, Flowery Branch; three daughters, Shirley Gravely, Jefferson, Mary Ann Young, Gainesville, and Linda Crane, Flowery Branch; one sister, Lizzie Belle Beatty, Pendergrass; one brother, James Williamson, Jefferson; and 11 grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MR. HARRIS
Mt. Zion Baptist
cemetery rites
NICHOLSON - Donald Keith Harris, 35, died Saturday, March 18, 2000.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 21, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Eddie Cane and Leon Arwood officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetery, Suches.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Connie and Richard Jackson, Nicholson; his father and step-mother, Donald and Ritna Harris, Oakwood; four brothers, Mitchell Jackson, Homer, Jeremey Harris, Commerce, and Chris Harris and Isaiah Harris, both of Oakwood; three sisters, Regina Pilgrim, Commerce, Rhonda Jackson, Jefferson, and Marlena Twiggs, Oakwood; five nieces and five nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MRS. BIRD
Retired seamstress
COMMERCE - Mrs. Rosie Benton Bird, 98, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bird was born November 17, 1901, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Wiley Benton and Maggie Ingram Benton.
Mrs. Bird was a retired seamstress with Blue Bell Inc., Commerce, and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Neri Esli Bird.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Rogers Baptist Church with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Nell Segraves, Commerce; two brothers, Ollie Benton and Vernon Benton, both of Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MR. CHESTER
Retired carpenter
NICHOLSON - William T. Chester, 82, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Chester was born August 24, 1917, in Johnson County. He was a son of the late Isaac Tillman and Lula Vaden Brantley Chester.
Mr. Chester was a retired carpenter and was a member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Isaac Thomas Chester.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, H.L. Moore and Howard Rhodes officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Cathel Mae Palmer Chester; four sons, Kenneth Christopher Chester, Jefferson, Oral Chester, Comer, and Ray LaVaughn Chester and William Randall Chester, both of Nicholson; four daughters, Pamelia Jan Daniel, Catherine Phyllis Vaughn and Wanda Elizabeth Weldon, all of Nicholson, and Barbara Jean Wilson, Watkinsville; one brother, Harrison Chester, Virginia; one sister, Mildred Ollis, Atlanta; 25 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MRS. WARD
Jackson County native
ATHENS - Mrs. Pearl Stamey Ward, 81, died Sunday, March 19, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Ward was a daughter of the late Harry Lenton and Ruby Kittle Fields.
She retired from Athens General Hospital in 1982 and was a member of Sun Light Baptist Church.
Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by her first husband, William Francis Stamey, her second husband, Drennan Durell Ward, two sons, Charles W. Stamey and James E. Stamey, two brothers, Jonnie C. Fields and Harry E. "Gene" Fields, and a sister, Ruby Nell Atkins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Dan Corbett officiating. Burial will be in Nizpah Cemetery. Mrs. Ward's grandsons will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include four daughters, Virginia Stamey Anthony, Athens, Nettie Stamey Smith, Bryon, Peggy Stamey, Colbert, and Patricia Stamey Warner, Augusta; two sons, Frank Stamey, Stafford, Va., and Roy L. Stamey, Saudi Arabia; three sisters, Ellie Mae Shedd and Virginia Ann Grammer, both of Macon, and Frances Ophelia Horne, Cochran; two brothers, Thomas "Buddy" Fields, Oxford, and Charles T. Fields, Ila; three step-sons, two step-daughters, 27 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, one uncle and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Bridges Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MRS. TANKERSLEY
Alabama native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Cora Elizabeth Tankersley, 53, formerly of Cumming, died Monday, March 20, 2000.
Mrs. Tankersley was born in Cullman, Ala. She had been employed at Corporate Printing, Cumming.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the chapel of L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home, Cumming.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Tankersley; daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Shane Kirby, Cumming; one son, Robby Tankersley, Commerce; one sister, Sandy Jeffries, Dallas; and one granddaughter, Taylor Kirby, Cumming.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MRS. LORD
Homemaker
WINTERVILLE - Mrs. Mary Brooks Lord, 62, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mrs. Lord was born July 6, 1937, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Walter and Lucy Ayers Brooks.
Mrs. Lord was a homemaker and a member of Family Worship Center.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 19, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jeff Burt officiating. Burial was in the Talmo Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary Rebecca Martin, Gainesville, Brenda Funderburk, Jefferson, Michelle Rogers, Winterville, and Melanie Hudson, Clermont; two sons, James David Cannon, Carnesville, and Michael Cannon, Winterville; two brothers, John Brooks, Athens, and Scotty Brooks, Pendergrass; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

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 MR. SAVAGE
U.S. Army veteran
HOMERVILLE - John Verdell Savage, 78, formerly of Habersham County, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Clinch County Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Savage was born in Habersham County, a son of the late John Thomas Savage and Bertie Mae Whitworth.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Paris Whitworth, Donnie Elliott, Curtis Woods and Autry Gosnell officiating. Burial will be in the Unity Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Anna Savage; two daughters, Mary Glenn Smith, Homerville, and Cathy Cunningham, Alto; five sons, David Savage, Hoschton, Randall Savage, Homerville, Tony Savage, Oakwood, Danny Savage, Cornelia, and Roy Savage, Lula; two brothers, Lavaughan Savage and Samuel Lewis, both of Winder; two sisters, Denise Gragg, Toccoa, and Lillie Mae Nix, Demorest; 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MR. MCEVER
Banks County native
MADISON, TENN. - Henry Wiley McEver, 92, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Tennessee Christian Medical Center.
Mr. McEver was born April 15, 1907, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Jake and Carrie Bruce McEver.
Mr. McEver was a retired pipe fitter and was a member of Silver Spring Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Katharine Wagner McEver.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Russ Stevens, Charles Hamlin and Al Adams officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Billy Rozerl, Madison, Tenn.; one daughter, Lucille Barrett, Madison, Tenn.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MRS. HARRISON
Jackson County native
BETHLEHEM - Mrs. Julia Patrick Harrison, 88, died Thursday, March 16, 2000.
Mrs. Harrison was born in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Miles and Ara House Patrick.
She taught from 1930 through 1969 at Rockwell, County Line, Holsenbeck and Bethlehem Elementary Schools. Mrs. Harrison was a member of Rockwell Universalist Church and attended Bethlehem United Methodist Church since 1947.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest C. Harrison.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 18, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. William H. Kirby and Dr. Rebecca Jones officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters, Nell Fleeman, Winder, Lucille McDonald, Gainesville, and Peggy Harrell, Athens; one brother, Clyde "Cope" Patrick, Winder; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MR. MILLER
Father of countian
WINDER - Ray G. Miller, 82, father of Emily Miller Jester, Hoschton, died Friday, March 17, 2000.
A native of Haralson County, Mr. Miller was a son of the late Elbert Stanley and Tina Emaline Bowman Miller.
He was the owner of a marina.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 19, in Crest Lawn Memorial Park, Atlanta, with the Rev. Wilburn Hill officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his daughter, include his wife, Helen West Miller; daughter, Brenda Miller Townsend, Winder; three step-daughters, Elaine Tannehill, Henderson, Nev., Karen Brownlee, Rutledge, and Sherry Minton, Loganville; one step-son, Gary McCullough, Rutledge; three sisters, Ruth Lassiter, Centre, Ala., Irene Gill, Waycross, and Atha Styles, Marietta; one brother, G.B. Miller, Centre, Ala.; three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MRS. WHITE
Retired lunchroom manager
SANFORD, FLA. - Mrs. Olive S. White, 73, died Friday, March 17, 2000.
Mrs. White was born in Crawfordville, a daughter of the late Clarence Blakely and Minnie Olive Park Smith, Winder.
She moved to Sanford, Fla., following retirement as the lunchroom manager for the East Baton Rouge, La., School System. Mrs. White was a member of Upsala Community Presbyterian Church.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 21, in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Rary officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Jack W. White Jr.; one daughter, Sandra W. Kearney, Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; two sons, Michael Blake White, Altamonte Springs, Fla., and Robert Ward White, Playa del Rey, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MR. RICE
Shady Grove
Baptist member
HIGH SHOALS - Edgar M. Rice, 96, formerly of Mineral Bluff, died Monday, March 20, 2000.
Mr. Rice was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Hawkins Rice, and a son, Paul Rice.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 22, at Shady Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Billy Driskell, Ned Golden and Jerry Rice officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Irene Bailey, Braselton, Margaret R. Clay, Buford, and Nell Cloud, Lilburn; two sons, David R. Rice, Lexington, and Herbert Rice, Auburn; one brother, George Rice, Mineral Bluff; 10 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Henry Cochran Funeral Home, Blue Ridge, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

MRS. WILLIS
Sister of countian
ELBERTON - Mrs. Susie Mae Reed Willis, 90, of Elberton, sister of Clara Strong, Commerce, died Saturday, March 18, 2000.
A native of Wilkes County, Mrs. Willis was a daughter of the late Tom and Nellie Reed.
She was a member of Fortson Grove Baptist Church.
Mrs. Willis was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Willis.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 22, at Fortson Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her sister, include one grandchild; and a niece and nephew raised in the home, Susie Smith and Joe Harper, both of Elberton.
McKinney-Neal Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 22, 2000

ADELE JOHNSON
Miss Adele Johnson, 91, of Athens, died Friday, March 17, 2000.
Miss Johnson was a native of Maysville. She was a daughter of the late Sam and Sallie Grant Johnson.
Graveside services were held Monday, March 20, in East Lawn Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Hood officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Rosa Mae Jefferson, Athens; a granddaughter of the home, Sallie Walker Hood, Elberton; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, March 22, 2000


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