Jackson County Obituaries...

 June 14, 2000


MRS. LILLEY
Real estate broker
BLOWING ROCK, N.C. - Mrs. Ethel P. Lilley, formerly of Nicholson, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at Watauga Medical Center, Boone, N.C.
Mrs. Lilley was born in Forsyth County in 1904. She was a daughter of the late Francis Marion and Lillian Purcell.
Mrs. Lilley received a law degree in 1929, and as the second woman licensed as a real estate broker in Georgia, was considered a pioneer in that field. She operated her own real estate company in the Emory area for 42 years.
A woman of deep religious faith, Mrs. Lilley studied and taught the Bible for many years. Her family is deeply indebted for this legacy, it was stated.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E.D. "Ed" Lilley.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 14, in the chapel of Tom Wages Funeral Home, Lawrenceville. Burial was in Gwinnett Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Jane Lilley Street, Blowing Rock, N.C., and Marian Lilley Moore, St. Simons Island; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home, Shelby, N.C., is in charge of out-of-town arrangements, while Tom Wages Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MR. BARNETT
New Harmony
Baptist member
NICHOLSON - Otis C. "Junior" Barnett, 63, died Tuesday, June 13, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Barnett was born June 12, 1937, in Jackson County. He was a son of Ovida Mildred Wilson Barnett, Nicholson, and the late Otis Barnett.
Mr. Barnett was retired from Dairy Pak and was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Pittman Barnett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at New Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one son, Keith Barnett, Nicholson; one daughter, Wanda Barnett, Nicholson; five brothers, Bobby Barnett, Arnoldsville, Jimmy Lee Barnett, Rome, N.Y., Mickey Barnett, Athens, and Weldon Barnett and Wendell Todd Barnett, both of Nicholson; and four sisters, Walla Mae Butler, Danielsville, Gail Edwards, Hull, Agnes Peterman, Nicholson, and Betty Ann Poole, Anderson, S.C.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MRS. STANCIL
Homemaker
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Liddie Carolyn Stewart Stancil, 51, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Stancil was born November 23, 1948, in Stephens County. She was a daughter of the late Johnny J. and Carriene Shirley Stewart. Mrs. Stancil was a homemaker.
Memorial services were held Sunday, June 11, at Mercy Baptist Church, Gainesville, with the Rev. Clinton Gooch officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Stancil; two sons, Lawrence David Stancil Jr., Gainesville, and Roy Hanes Stancil Sr., Braselton; three sisters, Dorothy Frances Arnold and Margaret Cleveland, both of Gainesville, and Effie Sue Barrous, North Carolina; one brother, John Dover Stewart, Winder; and 10 grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MRS. MYERS
Retired retail clerk
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Guynell Wilson Cheatham Myers, 75, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville.
Mrs. Myers was born January 23, 1925, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late John C. Wilson and Ella Mae McElreath.
Mrs. Myers was a retired retail clerk and was a member of Oconee Baptist Church, Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer C. Myers, a son, Clarence Cheatham Jr., two brothers, John C. Wilson and Woodrow Wilson, and two sisters, Lucy Smallwood and Sarah Jackson.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 12, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Billy Fowler officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy N. Eubanks, Gainesville; grandchildren, George Eubanks Jr., Dahlonega, and Tracey, Chris and Kevin Eubanks, all of Gainesville; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Julie and Greg Martin, Commerce; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MRS. DIXON
Victory Baptist
Church member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Johnnie Loue Hollis Dixon, 84, died Wednesday, June 14, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Dixon was born September 25, 1915, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Evelyn Hollis.
Mrs. Dixon was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Victory Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Buford Dixon.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Charles Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include one son, Roger Dixon, Jefferson; one daughter, Peggy Lance Cannon, Jefferson; one sister, Annie Jarrett, Athens; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
The family will receive friends Thursday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MRS. ABNEY
Jackson County native
ATHENS - Mrs. Mary Ray Abney, 90, died Sunday, June 11, 2000.
A native of the Ridgeway Community of Jackson County, Mrs. Abney was a daughter of Samuel Sylvestus Ray and Leila Chandler Ray.
Mrs. Abney had resided in Athens since her marriage in 1938 to the late Howard Teasley Abney Sr. She taught primary school prior to her marriage.
Mrs. Abney was an active member of Athens First Baptist Church and its choir. As a member of the Athens Pilot Club, she was recognized in 1999 for 35 years of volunteer service to Athens Regional Medical Center.
Following her husband's death, Mrs. Abney continued to manage his independent insurance agency in the Southern Mutual Building.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Abney was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosemary Abney Sheuring and 13 siblings.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 14, at Athens First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jon Appleton officiating. Burial was in Oconee Hills Cemetery. Bobby Ray, Clyde Ray, Jim Neal, Howard "Sonny" M. Abney Jr., Randall Ray and Chandler Ray served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers included members of the Tuesday afternoon Bible study, the Jenkins Sunday School class and the Athens Pilot Club.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Howard T. Abney, Athens, and Dr. Ray Chandler Abney, Brattleboro, Vt.; one daughter, Jane Abney Hawkins, Riverside, Calif.; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hewitt-Trussville High School for the "Mary R. Abney Scholarship Fund" in care of Lee Anne Abney, 33 Harden Hill Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MR. MORGAN
Former Herald
shop foreman
GAINESVILLE - James H. Morgan, 68, formerly of Jefferson, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at his residence.
While living in Jefferson, Mr. Morgan was employed as shop foreman of The Jackson Herald.
He was born January 27, 1932, in Tin Bridge, Va., a son of the late Thomas Verlin Morgan and Lula Mabel Gillenwater Morgan.
Mr. Morgan had resided in Gainesville for 17 years and had been employed by Duplicating Products Inc. He was an avid fisherman.
Mr. Morgan was preceded in death by seven brothers and three sisters. He was the last survivor of his original family.
Memorial services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Julius Mack and Nathan Goss officiating.
Mr. Morgan is survived by three minor children, Lindsey Susan Morgan, James Michael Morgan and John Thomas Morgan.
The family will receive friends at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children's Higher Education Fund at Bank America, Gainesville.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MR. MCELVAINE
U.S. Army veteran
JEFFERSON - John C. McElvaine, 62, formerly of Buford, died Thursday, June 8, 2000.
Mr. McElvaine was born in Freehold, N.J. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired superintendent of Owens Illinois Company. Mr. McElvaine was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church, Buford, and a member of the American Legion.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 11, at Sardis United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles Hagood officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. McElvaine is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mrs. Doris L. McElvaine; one son, John Robert McElvaine, Stone Mountain; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Frances McElvaine, WestAmpton, N.J.; sister-in-law, Margaret Greenman McElvaine, Clarkesburg, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000
MRS. MARTIN
Former
Jefferson resident
HAMPTON - Mrs. Susan Gould Martin, 53, formerly of Jefferson, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000.
Mrs. Martin was born December 3, 1946.
She was a member of St. Phillip's Benizi Catholic Service.
Memorial services were held Friday, June 9, at Brooks United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randy Kanipe officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Tony Martin; children, Christopher and Deborah Martin, Fayetteville, and Jon Martin, Tampa, Fla.; mother, Grace Gould, Cape Cod, Mass.; brothers, George Gould, Albuquerque, N.M., and Christopher Gould, Philadelphia, Pa.; sisters, Jan Muhie, Philadelphia, Pa., and Elizabeth Sherman, Lilburn; and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Georgia Cancer Treatment Center, P.O. Box 962619, Riverdale, GA 30296, Attention: Scott Egan or the American Cancer Society.
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

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MR. ELROD
Retired supervisor
TALMO - Hoke Smith Elrod, 65, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Elrod was born April 6, 1935, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Joe and Lois Gee Elrod Sorrells.
Mr. Elrod was a retired live haul supervisor with the Conagra Poultry Company and was a member of Talmo Baptist Church. He also served on the Board of Directors of North Georgia Farm Credit Service.
Mr. Elrod was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Adams Elrod.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 11, at Talmo Baptist Church with the Revs. Chad Rising, R.E. Davis and Paul Wade officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include 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; two sisters, Betty Parks, Dahlonega, and Barbara Middlebrooks, Talmo; and six grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

REV. GRIFFIN
Temple Baptist
Church founder
MAYSVILLE - The Rev. Barney Griffin, 55, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Griffin was born August 26, 1944, in Banks County. He was a son of Eva Redmon Griffin, Maysville, and the late Barnell Griffin.
Mr. Griffin attended Fort Wayne Bible College and Toccoa Falls Bible College. He was the founder and pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Homer, until the early 70s, and pastored several other churches in Jackson, Banks and Franklin counties. The Rev. Griffin was a member of Maysville Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 13, at Grove Level Baptist Church with the Revs. Jeff Appling, Gerald Mitton and Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Donna Cox Griffin; two sons, Jeremy Griffin and Matthew Griffin, both of Maysville; five daughters, Cynthia Bartow, Angela Mason, Rebecca Plemmons and Teresa Yale, all of Ashville, N.C., and Elizabeth Wilson, Pendergrass; three brothers, Billy Griffin and Bobby Griffin, both of Athens, and Jerry Griffin, Oakwood; three sisters, Wilma Abney, Kennesaw, Martha Cotton, Homer, and Joyce Griffin, Smyrna; 10 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MRS. PITTMAN
Homemaker
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Pauline Seagraves Pittman, 88, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home.
Mrs. Pittman was born March 15, 1912, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Arb and Nobie Gunnells Seagraves.
Mrs. Pittman was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theo Otis Pittman, and two sons, Otis Pittman and Billy Pittman.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Henry Pittman, Nicholson; one daughter, Hazel Lester, Nicholson; one brother, J.B. Seagraves, Kannapolis, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MR. HUMPHRIES
Truck driver
COMMERCE - J.B. Humphries, 74, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Humphries was born October 21, 1925, a son of the late Allie and Genevie Smith Humphries.
He had been employed as a truck driver.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, at New Bridge Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Manus and Verner London officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Flora Gerrell Humphries; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Malcolm Turner Vest, Commerce; one brother, Reeves Humphries, Demorest; three sisters, Vavanelle Keenan and Kathryn London, both of Cleveland, and Everene Stover, Gainesville; two granddaughters, Malinda and Jennifer Vest; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MR. MOORE
U.S. Army veteran
JEFFERSON - John Ludwell Moore Jr., 81, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Moore was born November 21, 1918, in Hall County. He was a son of the late John Ludwell Sr. and Nettie Smith Moore.
Mr. Moore was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a school bus driver, with 14 years of service. He was also a retired farmer and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson.
Mr. Moore was preceded in death by a grandson, Rodney Duran.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Fred Wilson and Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Denver Moore, Wesley Moore, Thomas Moore, Andy Tonge, Eric Skelton, Wade Skelton and Dan Skelton served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Johnson Moore; one son, Johnny Moore, Gainesville; two daughters, Betty Tonge and Suzanne Skelton, both of Jefferson; two sisters, Annie Bell Shelnut, Grayson, and Virginia White, Augusta, S.C.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MR. COLLINS
Retired auditor
MAYSVILLE - Jimmy Hamilton Collins, 64, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Collins was born October 17, 1935, in Jackson County. He was a son of Charles E. and Faye Tucker Collins, Commerce.
Mr. Collins was a retired auditor and a member of Madison Street Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Anne Collins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 14, at Madison Street Baptist Church with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Sandra Carter Collins; two sons, Jay Hamilton Collins, Atlanta, and Jimmy David Collins, Ila; one daughter, Robin Renee Scoggins, Ila; two step-sons, Casey Evans, Maysville, and Edward Chuck Evans, Gainesville; one sister, Charla Lowe, Commerce; a foster brother, Gerald Mullins, Redding, Calif.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MR. FAULKNER
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - Amos Earl "Rusty" Faulkner, 70, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Faulkner was born July 31, 1929, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Patrick S. and Essie Porter Faulkner.
Mr. Faulkner was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War, and was retired from Delta Airlines. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and a member of Hudson Lodge #294 F&AM.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Jestean Minish Faulkner; two sons, Greg Faulkner, McDonough, and Patrick Faulkner, Monroe; one daughter, Diane Smith, Athens; one brother, M.S. Faulkner, Snellville; one sister, Florence Voyles, Commerce; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MRS. CARLAN
Banks County native
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Josephine Redmon Carlan, 81, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Carlan was born March 1, 1919, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late George Wiley and Leaner Baker Redmon.
Mrs. Carlan was a homemaker and a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walton Oliver Carlan.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Swayne Carlan and Jeff Appling officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, James Carlan, Winterville, Jimmy Carlan, Homer, and Larry Carlan, Maysville; three sisters, Ruby Bales, Imogene Redmon and Viola Redmon, all of Maysville; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MR. LORD
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - Telford Bert Lord, 53, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Lord was born November 25, 1946, in Jackson County. He was a son of Betty Shirley Lord and the late Telford L. Lord.
Mr. Lord was a graduate of Commerce High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War, and was retired from BellSouth.
Private graveside services were held Wednesday, June 14, at Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with Randy Wilhite officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Patty Lord; three daughters, Denise Roberson, Athens, Teresa Wilhite, Buford, and Jeanna Skelton, Braselton; one sister, Marvalee Townsend, Marietta; two brothers, Robin Lord, Commerce, and John Shirley Lord, North Carolina; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

MRS. DOSS
Jackson County native
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Flora Belle Doss, 88, died Monday, June 12, 2000, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Doss had lived in Hall County for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Jered and Gennie Beaty Pethel.
Mrs. Doss was retired from the lunchroom at Miller Park School and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Fred Pethel, Jake Pethel and E.J. Pethel.
"Granny, your loving smile and laughter will always be remembered," it was stated.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 14, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Wilburn Peeples officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 69 1/2 years, Bert Doss Sr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Coley Justice, Athens, and Sandra and Derrell Hughes, Anderson, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Bert Jr. and Shirley Doss, Gainesville; one sister, Nell Bloodworth, Talmo; sisters-in-law, Flora Bell Pethel, Hiram, and Winnie Pethel and Beatrice Pethel, both of Talmo; grandchildren, Clint and Debbie Sloan, Oakwood, Tim and Cindy Mackey, Athens, Cindy Beth and Steve Ellzey, Nicholson, Krystal Doss, Gainesville, Todd and Leigh Ann Doss, Yuma, Ariz., Thomas and Tonya Williams, Pendleton, S.C., and Lisa and Pat Campbell, Anderson, S.C.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000


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