Jackson County Obituaries...

 July 5, 2000


MR. HOLT
Father of eight
HOMER - Jimmy Cermack Holt, 66, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at his residence.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating.
Mr. Holt is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Holt; five sons, Bobby Holt, John Holt and Roy Holt, all of North Carolina, and Greg Weldon and Brad Weldon, both of Homer; three daughters, Lynn Herbert, Nicholson, Beth Wallace, Homer, and Dottie Presley, North Carolina; two brothers, Ray Holt and Wilford Holt, both of North Carolina; two sisters, Grace Graham and Nora Turner, both of North Carolina; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MRS. HELTON
Retired seamstress
WINDER - Mrs. Odell Helton, 88, died Thursday, June 29, 2000.
Born in Clarke County, Mrs. Helton was a daughter of the late Ross and Pearlie Brock Austin.
She was a retired seamstress and was a member of Carter Hill Christian Church.
Mrs. Helton was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Helton.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 1, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Wayne Glass, both of Winder; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Kristi and Todd Hamilton, Winder; and great-granddaughter, Kallie Hamilton, Winder.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MRS. THOMPSON
Retired supervisor
ATHENS - Mrs. A. Lois Seay Thompson, 82, died Thursday, June 29, 2000.
A native of Banks County and a long time resident of Athens, Mrs. Thompson was a daughter of the late Harwell and Bessie Johnson Seay.
She was a retired supervisor with Thomas Textile and was a member of the 60 and More Club at Chapelwood Methodist Church. Mrs. Thompson was also a member of East Athens Baptist Church, where she was very active in the Senior Citizens Group and the Bykota Sunday School Class.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Lonnie Thompson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 1, at East Athens Baptist Church with the Revs. Don Leaptrott and David Shelley officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Patsy Sailors, Athens; son and daughter-in-law, Edward "Ed" and Shirley Thompson, Jefferson; one sister, Annie Ruth Sims, Colbert; grandchildren and spouses, Alan and Diane Thompson, Michael and Angie Thompson, David and Katie Sailors, Rhonda and Kent Kilpatrick, Philip and L'Resu Thompson and Vicky and Keith Treadway; and 14 great-grandchildren, Matt, Morgan, Kelly, Kory and Kevin Kilpatrick, Josh, Blake and Kelsey Sailors, Hannah and Jake Treadway, Bryan and Andrew Thompson and Chandler and Gage Thompson.
Memorials may be made to East Athens Baptist church, 4325 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MRS. VAUGHN
Commerce UMC
member
FLORENCE, KY. - Mrs. Morel Vaughn, 75, died Thursday, June 29, 2000, at Florence Park Care Center.
A native of Tennessee City, Tenn., Mrs. Vaughn was a daughter of the late Joseph Carroll and Lina Baker Johnson.
She attended Morehead State University and received a BA degree from the University of Kentucky. Mrs. Vaughn was a homemaker and later an elementary school teacher, teaching both in Kentucky and Georgia schools. She was a member of the local Homemaker Clubs in the towns in which she lived, the Ladies Missionary Prayer Circle and the Commerce 60 Plus Club. Mrs. Vaughn was also most recently a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Harold D. Vaughn, in 1992, who pastored Methodist churches in Bethany, Martinez, Summerville, Tignall, Moreland, Gainesville and Carnesville. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Maurine Miller.
Graveside services were held Monday, July 3, in Elizabethtown City Cemetery, Ky., with Dr. John C. Vaughn officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Harold LaRue Vaughn, Walton, Ky., and Dr. John Carroll Vaughn, Greenville, S.C.; one daughter, Nancy Kaye Whitaker, Woodbridge, Va.; one brother, Viston Johnson, Dickson, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Lila Vaughn, Elizabethtown, Ky.; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, Ky., was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MR. TUCK
Providence Christian Academy graduate
HOSCHTON - Kris Tuck, 22, formerly of Norcross, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, in Johannesburg, South Africa, following injuries sustained in a bus accident.
Born in Lawrenceville, Mr. Tuck was a son of Michael and Elaine Tuck, Hoschton.
A graduate of Providence Christian Academy, Lilburn, and a third-year student at Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Mr. Tuck had traveled to Johannesburg this summer to work with Campus Outreach at Rand Afrikaans University.
With his passion for living life and knowing God, he chose to spend the past three summers sharing his faith in Christ with other college students.
"He felt that it was his call to tell the world about what God had done for him," said his father. "His goal was to help people and change the harshness and problems and make each other love one another."
Mr. Tuck had played pitcher and shortstop for Providence Christian Academy's baseball team and held a black belt in karate.
At Georgia College, he was majoring in mass communication and was the vice president of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha.
Recently, Mr. Tuck had considered changing his major to something more ministry-related.
"His mission in going to South Africa was to find his mission in life and to win souls to Christ," said his mother.
"More than anything, you knew that he really cared," said Josh Romine, who directed the Campus Outreach at Georgia College. "The students saw him as someone who knew where he was going."
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at Rehoboth Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry St. Clair officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Tucker.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include sister and brother-in-law, Angela and Charles Beck, Dawsonville; brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Louise Cook, Cumming; brother, Kenneth Cook, Norcross; and grandparents, John and Margret Ragin, Decatur, and Mildred J. Tuck, Greer, S.C.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Providence Christian Academy, c/o Priss Dewitt, 4575 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn, GA 30047, or to Perimeter Church Campus Outreach, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth, GA 30097.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Lilburn/Tucker Chapel of Bill Head Funeral Home.
Bill Head Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MRS. HUNTER
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Lillie Mae Hunter, 76, died Saturday, July 1, 2000.
Mrs. Hunter was born in 1923, a daughter of the late Hershel Jackson and Jessie Mae Jackson.
She was a homemaker and a lifetime member of Sardis Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Hunter was instrumental in getting property secured at the present site of Sardis Presbyterian Church and was the first woman to serve on the Board of Trustees. She served as treasurer of the Sardis Women and as president of the Senior Choir.
She attended Sunday School and worship regularly and proudly did volunteer work at the Sardis Food Bank, family members stated.
Mrs. Hunter was educated in the public schools of Jackson County and had been employed in the school system at Bryan High School and Jefferson Elementary School, with 25 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Deacon Lamar Hunter.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 4, at Sardis Presbyterian Church, Jefferson, with the Rev. R.E. Cooper officiating. Burial was in the Fairfield Baptist Church cemetery, Statham.
Mrs. Hunter is survived by son and daughter-in-law, William H. Sr. and Gwen Hunter, Peachtree City; one sister, Lucille Jackson, Jefferson; two grandchildren, Kimberly Jatawn Hunter and William Hunter Jr., both of Peachtree City; three nieces, Joyce Jackson Hill, Ann Burley and Bessie Smith; and a host of great-nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Mack and Payne Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MRS. INGRAM
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Azalee Redd Ingram, 89, died Wednesday, June 28, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Ingram was born in Banks County, a daughter of the late Charlie Redd and Leah O'Donnell Redd.
She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Ingram was preceded in death by her husband, Emory Ingram Sr.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 30, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in the Bethany United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Emory Ingram Jr., Jefferson; one daughter, Judy Arnold, Jefferson; four sisters, Mozelle Ayers and Nola Hulme, both of Jefferson, Julia Lentz, Commerce, and Joanne Bradbury, Hoschton; two brothers, Ellis Redd, Jefferson, and Charles Redd, Ellijay; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MRS. THOMAS
Retired L.P.N.
BRASELTON - Mrs. Betty Genene W. Thomas, 62, died Thursday, June 29, 2000.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Thomas was a daughter of the late Hoyt C. and Thelma Manus Wood.
A former resident of Winder, she had resided in Jackson County for the past five years. Mrs. Thomas was a retired L.P.N. and was a member of New Liberty United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by a brother, H. Donald Wood.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 2, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Jaj Jones and Ronald Hewatt officiating. Burial was in the New Liberty United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald Thomas; two daughters, Diana McNulty, Seminole, Fla., and Cindy Thomas George, Blue Ridge; three sons, Daniel Thomas, Winder, Dennis Thomas, Treasure Island, Fla., and Bucky Thomas, Braselton; one sister, Bell Gilliland, Winder; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Liberty United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 95, Braselton, GA 30517.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MR. LACEY
Farmer
MAYSVILLE - Carl Alton Lacey, 75, died Tuesday, June 27, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Lacey was born December 15, 1924, in Commerce. He was a son of the late Odis Lacey and Sally Slaton Lacey.
Mr. Lacey was a farmer.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 29, at Solid Rock Baptist Church with the Revs. Swayne Carlan and Tommy Seay officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy E. Lacey; son and daughter-in-law, Ricky Carl and Melissa Ann Lacey, Maysville; one step-daughter, Jan Hill, Homer; two brothers, Royal Lacey and the Rev. R.M. Lacey, both of Commerce; one sister, Margie Ann Kinsey, Gainesville; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MRS. WRIGHT
Pond Fork Baptist Church member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Martha Mae Merck Wright, 55, died Monday, July 3, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Hall County, Mrs. Wright was a daughter of the late Joseph Hoyt Merck and Bertha Mary Bell Merck.
She was a homemaker and beautician and a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at Pond Fork Baptist Church with the Revs. Johnny Knight, Marion Prather and Rex Long officiating. Burial will be in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery. Mrs. Wright's brothers and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Wright; two sons, Tresler Wright, Jefferson, and Teharon Wright, Gillsville; two daughters, Terena Huffman and Trilla Wright, both of Jefferson; one sister, Mildred (Mick) Poole, Gillsville; seven brothers, the Rev. Richard Merck, Larry Merck, Jim Merck and Joe Merck, all of Gillsville, the Rev. Doug Merck, Cleveland, Johnny Merck, Eatonton, and Vernon Merck, Rome; and one granddaughter.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MRS. DAVID
Madison County native
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Gladys David, 91, died Saturday, July 1, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. David was born February 9, 1909, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late William Jackson and Sally Jane Matthews Burroughs.
Mrs. David was retired from Colonial Poultry and was a member of Nicholson Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kinchen Emory David.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 4, in the Nicholson Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Stowers officiating.
Mrs. David is survived by one son, Robert E. David, Nicholson; one daughter, Mary Jane Hilley, Nicholson; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MR. STEVENS
Flat Creek Baptist Church member
WINDER - Al Stevens, 31, died Friday, June 30, 2000.
Born in Fulton County, Mr. Stevens was a son of Dozier Stevens and Maria Reese.
He was employed with Plymart of Winder and was a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 3, in the chapel of Wise-Connolly Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Willie Frank Pattman officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Vickie Hammonds Stevens; three daughters, Chastaney Stevens, Ashely Warren and Brittney Warren, all of Winder; step-mother, Mary Stevens; step-father, Clarence Reese; one brother, Ryan Stevens, Jefferson; and several cousins.
Wise-Connolly Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MRS. BAERNE
Attica Baptist member
ATHENS - Mrs. Mildred Wheless Baerne, 85, died Friday, June 30, 2000, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Born in Clarke County, Mrs. Baerne was a daughter of the late Howard Wheless and Hester Lester Wheless.
She was a homemaker and a member of Attica Baptist Church.
Mrs. Baerne was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Baerne.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 2, at Redstone Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Conwell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Russell Tiller, Michael Tiller, Ryan Baerne, Chris Motes, Tom Wilson and Doug Moore served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two sons, Roy Baerne, Nicholson, and Jack Baerne, Athens; two daughters, Freda Tiller and Annie Jo Motes, both of Athens; two sisters, Polly Epps and Clyde Parham, both of Athens; one brother, James Wheless, Athens; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

MR. HARBIN
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - Hoyt H. Harbin, 81, retired former executive director of the Jefferson Housing Authority, died Sunday, July 2, 2000, at his residence.
Born in Gwinnett County, Mr. Harbin was a son of the late Thomas R. and Nancy Peavy Harbin.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. Mr. Harbin was a former member of the Commerce Kiwanis and Commerce Lions clubs and was a charter member of the Commerce Country Club. He also served as a former Commerce City Councilman.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 5, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Warren Huddleston and Tom Lewis officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen Miller Harbin; sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Judy Harbin, Commerce, and Keith and Shonda Harbin, Hull; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Gary Butler, Covington; one brother, Dr. Melton Harbin, Lake Junaluska, N.C.; and one sister, Mary Lou Bauer, Forth Worth, Texas.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 5, 2000

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