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 April 26, 2000


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MR. COLLINS
Flat Creek
Baptist member
BRASELTON - James William "Jimmy" Collins, 61, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Stephens County Hospital following a sudden illness.
Mr. Collins was born in Jackson County, a son of Fannie Collins, Braselton, and the late James Ernest Collins.
He had lived all of his life in Hall and Jackson counties and was employed as a truck driver. Mr. Collins was a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Melanie Ann Collins.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 24, in the chapel of Brewer & Wiley Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Elmer Maddox officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one son, Brad Collins, Gillsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Melody and Tony Scarborough, Gainesville, and Julie and Chris Segars, Gillsville; the mother of his children, Hazel Davidson Collins, Oakwood; and three grandchildren, Trey Scarborough and Grayson and Madison Segars.
Brewer & Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MR. LEDFORD
Gold Kist driver
COMMERCE - Allen Ledford, 54, died Thursday, April 20, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Ledford was a son of Curtis and Mary Beck Ledford, Commerce.
He was employed as a truck driver for Gold Kist Feed Mill and was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church. Mr. Ledford was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Ledford.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 23, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Manus and Mike Faulkner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Martha Strickland Ledford; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Kim Ledford, Commerce; five brothers, Kenneth Ledford, Steve Ledford and Donny Ledford, all of Commerce, Mark Ledford, Carnesville, and Terry Ledford, Lula; three sisters, Doris Leachman and Carol Pace, both of Commerce, and Susan Strickland, Carnesville; and two grandchildren, Kyle and Kevin Ledford, both of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MRS. POTTS
Registered nurse
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Lois Faye Baker Potts, 70, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Northminster Presbyterian Retirement Village.
A native of Reynolds County, Mo., Mrs. Potts was born February 9, 1930. She was a daughter of the late Elisha and Nellie Asberry Baker.
Mrs. Potts was a registered nurse and was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Melbourne, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Potts.
Survivors include one son, David Potts, St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, Claude Baker and Loyd Baker, both of Columbia, Mo.; and two sisters, Mary Lou Marshall, Homer, and Betty Ann Smith, Peoria, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 225, Commerce, GA 30529, or to St. John's Episcopal Church, 610 Young Street, Melbourne, FL 32935.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MRS. KING
Blue Bell
Company retiree
COMMERCE - Mrs. Ruth Jane King, 88, died Saturday, April 22, 2000.
A native of Towns County, Mrs. King was a daughter of the late Dave and Julia Elizabeth Clark Underwood.
She was retired from Blue Bell Company and was a member of Wilson United Methodist Church. Mrs. King also attended Unity Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred P. King, and two sons, Frank King and Robert King.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Harris and Dennis Short officiating. Burial was in the Wilson United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter-in-law, Mary Sue King, Bonaire; one sister, Dorie Smith, Commerce; sister-in-law, Ruth Underwood, Thomasville, N.C.; one granddaughter, Janie Boyd, Bonaire; and three great-grandchildren, Tonya Boyd, Judd Holland and Jesi Holland, all of Bonaire.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Hospice, 700 S. Enota Street, Gainesville, GA 30501, or to Unity Christian Church, 70 Unity Church Road, Maysville, GA 30558.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MRS. SANDERS
Fulton County native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Christine Diane Sanders died Friday, April 21, 2000.
Mrs. Sanders was born January 12, 1945, in Fulton County. She was a daughter of the late Ralph Bartlett and Beauloh Stanfield Bartlett.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 25, at Fairburn First Baptist Church, Fairburn.
Survivors include her husband, Lewis Sanders; one sister, Helen Bartlett McWhorter; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Beth and Dennis McWilliams, Marsha and Steve Perry and Pam and Don Wiley; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, David and Jennifer Sanders; and mother-in-law, Margaret Sanders.
Higgins & Son Funeral Home, Fairburn, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MRS. ALLEN
Homemaker
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Lela S. Allen, 83, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Allen was born January 30, 1917.
She was a housewife. Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Allen.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 21, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Claude Terry officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Greg Wells, Maysville; one daughter, Beluah Bohlander, Brandon, Fla.; one brother, Winford Sipe, Cleveland, Tenn.; two sisters, Melba Hickman, Etowah, Tenn., and Lurine Stanfield, Cleveland, Tenn.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MR. EUBANKS
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - Billy L. Eubanks, 68, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mr. Eubanks was born January 2, 1932, in Buncombe County, N.C. He was a son of the late Albert and Sallie Mae Cochran Eubanks.
Mr. Eubanks was a U.S. Army veteran and was a retired grocery store manager. He was of the Baptist faith.
Private memorial services are scheduled for a later date.
Survivors include three daughters, Gena Billa, Jacksonville, Fla., Karen Simpson, Thomaston, and Janet Troutman, Clearwater, Fla.; one brother, Albert Eubanks Jr., Taylors, S.C.; five sisters, Jane Bare, Snellville, Rebecca Bennefield, Hampton, Imogene Seabolt, Commerce, Peggy Standridge, Stockbridge, and Mildred Wilson, Warner Robins; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the hospice of one's choice.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MR. WEST
World War II veteran
MAYSVILLE - Lamar E. West Sr., 86, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. West was a son of the late O.B. West Sr. and Annie Hood West.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army and was the former owner of West Insurance Agency in Gainesville.
Mr. West was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church and a former member of Lakewood Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Gainesville Masonic Lodge #219 F & AM.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Robert and Peggy W. Porter, Cumming; one son, Dr. Lamar West Jr., Maysville; one sister, Janie Testerman, Sautee; two grandsons, Jason and Brad Porter, both of Cumming; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1546, Gainesville, GA 30503.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MR. WELLMAN
Retired T/Sgt.
U.S. Air Force
COMMERCE - Max Wellman, retired T/Sgt. U.S. Air Force, 78, died Sunday, April 23, 2000.
A native of Hart, Oceana County, Mich., Mr. Wellman was a son of the late E.Z. and Viola Loncor Wellman.
Mr. Wellman entered the service prior to World War II and remained until his retirement.
He was a veteran of World War II and of the Korean War. Mr. Wellman was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, the Hudson Lodge 294 and the Yaarab Temple. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and was a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. A. Calvin Forrester and Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with Masonic rites.
Survivors include his wife, Blondine Herbert Wellman; one son, C.E. Wellman, Colleyville, Texas; two daughters, Reabecca DeGruson, Pittsburg, Kan., and Viola Weisinger, Leavenworth, Kan.; two step-sons, Charles Westmoreland, Commerce, and Scott Westmoreland, Coral Springs, Fla.; six grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MRS. FREEMAN
Jackson County native
DANIELSVILLE - Mrs. Susie B. Freeman, 75, died Thursday, April 20, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Freeman was a daughter of the late Harvey and Chester Toney Brooks.
She was retired from Georgia Sportswear and was a member of Victory Baptist Church. Mrs. Freeman was preceded in death by her husband, George T. Freeman, and two brothers, William Brooks and Claude Brooks.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 22, at Victory Baptist Church with the Revs. Elmer Butler and Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Ila Cemetery. Members of the Athens-Clarke County Fire Department Honor Guard served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, June and Gary Beale, Rabun Gap; sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Gail Freeman and Terry and Pam Freeman, all of Ila, and David and Tamara Freeman, Nicholson; one sister, Myrtle Gordon, Colbert; 10 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MRS. ROBERTS
Homemaker
LAVONIA - Mrs. Gladys Towe Roberts, 93, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Stephens County Hospital.
Mrs. Roberts was born February 10, 1907, in Fannin County. She was a daughter of the late Newt and Rose Anne Harpkins Towe.
Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hamp Roberts.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Henry Neill officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Perry Roberts, High Falls; one brother, Joe Towe, King Mountain, N.C.; and one grandson, Glenn Roberts, Conyers.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MRS. TOLBERT
Homemaker
ATHENS - Mrs. Dora Mae Tolbert, 72, died Thursday, April 20, 2000.
A native of Polk County, Fla., Mrs. Tolbert was a daughter of the late Alvin Reuben and Lucille Harvey Adams.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Bruce Hollett and Bryan Tolbert officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include her husband, John G. Tolbert; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny L. and Janna Tolbert, Nicholson; daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Keith Humphries and Deborah and Oral Chester, all of Nicholson; three brothers, Melvin Adams, Chatsworth, and Harold Dean Adams and Jerry Adams, both of Nicholson; two sisters, Wynelle Gustin and Sherry Lee, both of Nicholson; a special friend, Nancy Dougherty, Nicholson; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

BOBBY KNIGHT
Pond Fork Baptist member
GAINESVILLE - Bobby Gene Knight, 52, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Gwinnett County, Mr. Knight had lived in Hall County since 1969. He was a son of the late George Herbert and Pauline Henderson Knight.
Mr. Knight was employed at Peachtree Doors and was a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 21, at Pond Fork Baptist Church with the Revs. Dwayne Smith, Johnny Knight and Larry Knight officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Knight; son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Timothy Jason and Tonia Knight, Talmo; daughters and sons-in-law, Angela D. and Tony Craft, Gainesville, and Kristy and the Rev. Scott Lance, Pendergrass; daughter and son-in-law-to-be, Rebecca Knight and Matt Woodall, both of Gainesville; two sisters, Shirley Mahaffey and Ann Jordan, both of Gainesville; four brothers, the Rev. M.J. Knight, Dacula, the Rev. Wendell Knight, Auburn, the Rev. Johnny Knight, Gainesville, and the Rev. Larry Knight, Pendergrass; five grandchildren, Ashlyn, Caleb, Ryan, Kennedy and Cassie; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MUNDAY
Corinth UMC member
WINDER - Karen Ragland Munday, 40, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000.
Born in Davenport, Iowa, Munday was a daughter of Dr. Clyde and Grace Ragland, Winder.
She had resided in Barrow County for most of her life and was an instructor with the Northeast Georgia Mentally Handicapped Center in Winder. Munday was a member of Corinth United Methodist Church, where she served as secretary-treasurer.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 21, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Lisa Caine and Larry Rary officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include brothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. David and Johanna Ragland, Winder, and Scott and Becky Ragland, New Haven, Conn.; fiancé, Robert Mann, Atlanta; one niece, Brittni Ragland, Winder; and two nephews, Cameron Ragland, Winder, and Wesley Ragland, New Haven, Conn.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MR. ROGERS
World War II veteran
LULA - Delmous Watson "Sam" Rogers, 84, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Rogers was born in Hall County on December 6, 1915, to the late George McCury and Emma Wiley Rogers.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked in the sawmill. Mr. Rogers was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lula.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Lee Hogan Rogers, and a son, Curtis Irvin.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 22, at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Revs. Melvin Baugh, Wayne Strickland and Jewell Thomas officiating. Burial was in the Chattahoochee Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Gene Worley, Brenda and Harold Smith, Gail and Ronald Rylee and Karen and Ricky Gilstrap, all of Lula, and Linda and Jimmy Allen, Maysville; daughter, DeAlease Carlan, Cornelia; daughter-in-law Betty Ann Irvin, Lula; sons and daughters-in-law Tommy and Bernice Irvin, and Carroll and Dot Irvin, all of Mt. Airy, and Ernest and Judy Rogers and Dennis and Lisa Rogers, all of Baldwin; sons, Roy Rogers and Jerry Rogers, both of Lula; one sister, Georgia Forrester, Gainesville; 35 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MRS. ARCHIBALD
Retired social worker
AUGUSTA - Mrs. Eva Leenell Archibald, 64, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at the University Hospital of Augusta following an extended illness.
Mrs. Archibald was born in Cleveland, Miss., a daughter of the late Lester and Ben Roby Finley Stanton.
She was a retired social worker. Mrs. Archibald was preceded in death by her husband, Millard Price Archibald.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 27, in Peachtree Memorial Park, Norcross.
Mrs. Archibald is survived by one brother, Robert Stanton, Mt. View, Tenn.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MR. PYKE
U.S. Army veteran
BRASELTON - Donald C. Pyke, 56, died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Barrow County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Pyke was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., a son of the late William and Emma Pyke.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed as an account executive with A.D.P. Dealer Services. Mr. Pyke was of the Methodist faith.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 24, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Mack Riley officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Cheri Springer Pyke; daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy Pyke and Barry Hammock, Braselton, Amy Pyke and Chad Hardeman, Lawrenceville, and Kim Pyke and Chris Chastine, Bethlehem; one son, William Thomas Pyke, Lawrenceville; one sister, Ruth Miller, Sharpsburg; two brothers, Bill Pyke, Dallas, Texas, and Dick Pyke, Friendswood, Texas; one granddaughter, Ashley Katelyn; and four grandsons, Blake Anthony, Hunter Ross, Joshua David and Brandon Davis.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MR. GILREATH
Father of countian
GAINESVILLE - Roy James Gilreath, 71, father of Peggy Leigh Cleveland, Jackson County, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at Emory East Side Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Gilreath was born in Madison County, but had lived most of his life in Hall County.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 26, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. James Ransom and Lewis Walsh officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his daughter, include his wife, Jo Nell Gilreath; daughters, Windee Ann Allison and Patricia Jane Brown, both of Gainesville, and Joan Elaine Allison, Cumming; two brothers, Alton Junior Gilreath, Gainesville, and Edward Gilreath, Cornelia; one sister, Sue Welch, South Carolina; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and other relatives.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000

MR. MITCHELL
Brockton Road Baptist member
JEFFERSON - Gerald Randall "Jerry" Mitchell Sr., 60, died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Mitchell was born October 26, 1939, in Jackson County. He was a son of A.G. and Lottie Toney Mitchell, Jefferson.
Mr. Mitchell was a co-owner of Mitchell Hardware and Lumber, Jefferson, and was a member of Brockton Road Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 23, at Brockton Road Baptist Church with the Revs. Jesse Mealor and Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in the Bethany United Methodist Church cemetery. Bill Mitchell, Billy Norris, Joe Elrod, Jeff Potts, Danny Hart, Lamar Roberts, Timmy Little, Talmadge Green and Clay Dale served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Linda Scales Mitchell; one son, Mitch Mitchell, Jefferson; one daughter, Shane Chaisson, Jefferson; one brother, Billy Mitchell, Jefferson; and three grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 26, 2000


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