Jackson County Obituaries...

 July 26, 2000


MRS. BUTLER
Jackson County native
BALDWIN - Mrs. Gussie Jackson Butler, 88, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Butler was born April 12, 1912, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Frank and Inda Dover Jackson.
Mrs. Butler was retired from New Holland Cotton Mill, with 35 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Butler; two sisters, Gertrude Chitwood and Woodie Mae Jackson, and three brothers, Leonard Jackson, Russell Jackson and Walter Jackson.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 24, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Leon Brown, Hudson Thomas and Scott Ledbetter officiating. Burial was in the Belton Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Eloise Smith, Baldwin; one son, Ralph Butler, Lula; three grandchildren, Tony Smith, Baldwin, Loretta Stiarwalt, Alto, and Annette Sledge, Cleveland; and five great-grandchildren, Brody Stiarwalt, Corey Smith, Chancy Herrin, Jeremy Brown and Chris Brown.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MR. JONES
Friendship Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Weldon F. Jones, 92, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at BJC Medical Center.
Mr. Jones was born February 1, 1908, in Hall County. He was a son of the late Warren and Ada Ivey Jones.
Mr. Jones was retired from Harmony Grove Mill and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 23, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Curtis Hammond, Dennis Kesler and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Ester Lynch Jones; one son, Gene Jones, Nicholson; two daughters, Betty Carithers, Nicholson, and Lucille McDonald, Jefferson; one sister, Ruby Lord, Danielsville; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MR. STANDRIDGE
World War II veteran
ALTO - Kelley B. Standridge, 79, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center following a short illness.
Mr. Standridge was born October 18, 1920, in Jackson County, a son of the late George Thurmond and Carrie Evans Standridge.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Army. Mr. Standridge was also a farmer and had been formerly employed with Habersham Mills. He was of the Holiness faith.
Mr. Standridge was preceded in death by four brothers, Otha, Coy, Bruce and Horace Standridge, a sister, Bertha Petite, a half-brother, Clyde "Shorty" Standridge, and a half-sister, Lorene Craven Turpin.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 23, at the Alto Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Jacob Armour, Ralph Smith and Donald Wade officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Standridge is survived by his wife, Janie Phillips Standridge; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Roy Thomas, Alto, Mildred and Howard Ivester, Hollywood, and Joyce and Leon Gibbs, Baldwin; sons and daughters-in-law, Wendell and Rose Standridge, Alto, and Wayne Standridge and Judy Gilbert, Cumming; five sisters, Bessie High, High Shoales, N.C., Lee Fuches, Augusta, Hazelene Crisler, Toccoa, Edna Higgins, Lincolnton, N.C., and Mary Alice Bedenbaugh, Lincolnton, N.C.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alto Congregational Holiness Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 578, Alto, GA 30510.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MR. HARDY
World War II veteran
WINDER - George P. Hardy, 74, died Friday, July 21, 2000.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Hardy was a son of the late Clarence A. and Lourene Sims Hardy.
He had resided in Barrow County for most of his life and was a retired bookkeeper.
Mr. Hardy was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army and the United States Navy, and was a member of Union Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 22, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Rusty Newman officiating. Burial was in the Bethabra Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Ruth "Pat" Hardy; one daughter, Linda Jones, Loganville; one sister, Edna Rowden, Winder; and two granddaughters, Melanie Marks and Michelle Jones, both of Loganville.
Memorials may be made to Union Baptist Church, 527 Union Church Road, Winder, GA 30680.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MISS BENNETT
Franklin County native
COMMERCE - Miss Virginia Bennett, 74, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at BJC Medical Center.
Miss Bennett was born January 26, 1926, in Franklin County. She was a daughter of the late Tom and Neta Hayes Bennett.
Miss Bennett was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 26, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Willie Herring officiating. Burial was in the Trinity Methodist Church cemetery, Royston.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Bennett, Commerce, and William Floyd Bennett, Woodstock; two sisters, Annie Bell Scoggins and Gladys Waters, both of Commerce; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MR. SHIELDS
Retired U.S. Navy chief hospital corpman
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - HMC William Roland Shields, 74, formerly of Jefferson, died Sunday, July 23, 2000, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Shields was a son of the late Joe David Shields and Ethaline Kesler Shields.
He was a retired United States Navy chief hospital corpman, serving 24 years in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. Mr. Shields was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 27, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial will be in the Dry Pond United Methodist Church cemetery.
Mr. Shields is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Wilson Shields; two sons, Joe David Shields and Jimmy Roland Shields, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter, Linda Joan Rice, Atlanta; six grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Evans Funeral Home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MRS. ANTHONY
Jackson County native
TIGNALL - Mrs. Sara Frances Anthony, 51, died Sunday, July 23, 2000.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Anthony was a daughter of the late George Thomas and Mary Helen Bennett.
She had lived in Jackson County for most of her life and worked as a beautician.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 27, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Revs. Elmer Butler and Mitch Elder and Pastor Patsy Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Mrs. Anthony is survived by her husband, Mike W Anthony; one daughter, Kimberly Michele Anthony, Tignall; four sons, Neal Cox and Greg Cox, both of Winterville, Scott Cox, Carnesville, and David Cox, Nicholson; two sisters, Tina Kujaneck, Winterville, and Charlotte Boyd, Carnesville; two brothers, George Bennett, Commerce, and Tommy Bennett, Marietta; 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MR. WELBORN
Former 4-H leader
JEFFERSON - S.L. "Spud" Welborn, 87, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at Morningside Assisted Living Facility, where he had resided for two years.
Born on November 15, 1912, in Jackson County, Mr. Welborn lived in various communities in Northeast Georgia. He was the son of the late Horace L. Welborn and Delia King Welborn.
Mr. Welborn was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Sara, in 1999.
Prior to his retirement in 1973, he was employed by the Cooperative Extension Service in Union County, and then Jackson County. From 1952 until 1973, Jackson County, under Mr. Welborn's leadership, had many outstanding 4-H state and national winners.
In his career, he touched hundreds of young lives that went on to be extremely successful citizens as adults, family members stated.
He received many honors as a county agent, including serving as president of the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents (GACAA), the professional improvement association for county agricultural agents in Georgia. In addition, Mr. Welborn was a charter member of the Blairsville Kiwanis and an active member of the Jefferson Lions Club. He and his wife were both very active members of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, teaching various Sunday School classes, as well as serving on numerous committees.
After his retirement, Mr. Welborn stayed active by working as a bank appraiser and chairman of the board of the Commerce Savings and Loan. In the early 1980s, he was recruited by the late Colonel Tuttle Smith to volunteer many hours for several years to the development of Jackson County's Hurricane Shoals Park. Mr. Welborn, along with many other volunteers, was instrumental in building the grist mill and the amphitheater at the park. After the park opened, he spent many hours grinding corn meal in the grist mill.
"Spud" always said he was a man of many functions and served the public throughout his life, family members said. He enjoyed the people he was with and life itself to the end.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 22, at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson with the Rev. Cary Hillard officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Members of the Baraca Sunday School Class served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Anita Welborn, Covington; one brother, Branson Welborn, Clarkesville; two sisters, Marian Anderson, Blue Ridge, and Ann McKinney, Jefferson; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jefferson First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MR. BRUMBALOW
U.S. Army veteran
PENDERGRASS - Robert Lee Brumbalow, 75, died Monday, July 24, 2000, at BJC Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Brumbalow was born in Jackson County, where he had lived all of his life. He was a son of the late James L. Sr. and Nellie Gee Brumbalow.
Mr. Brumbalow served in the United States Army and had worked as a mechanic for the Gainesville Ford Company for a number of years. He was a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church.
Mr. Brumbalow was preceded in death by two sisters, Annie Belle Forrester and Bobbie Nell Murphy, and a brother, Nat A. Brumbalow.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 26, in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery, Jackson County, with the Rev. Kenny Sizemore officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Smith, Clarkesville; one brother, James L. Brumbalow Jr., Pompano Beach, Fla.; one sister, Lucille Wright, Pendergrass; three grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MR. CHAPIN
U.S. Army veteran
ATHENS - Arthur R. Chapin, 65, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at his residence.
Mrs. Chapin was born August 9, 1934, in Framingham, Mass. He was a son of the late George and Viola Leary Chapin.
Mr. Chapin was a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army. He attended various Army technical schools.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, July 25, in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jesse Mealor officiating.
Mr. Chapin is survived by his wife, Doris Wetter Chapin; two daughters, Linda Reyholt, Friendswood, Texas, and Debbie Whetham, Eagle River, Alaska; two sons, Ron Chapin, Athens, and Thomas Chapin, Defiance, Miss.; two sisters, Janice Herrick, Highsprings, Fla., and Wendy Circoni, Sarasota, Fla.; one brother, Richard Chapin, Glovesville, N.Y.; step-father, Floyd Cox, Dowling Pk., Fla.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

BENNETT
Homemaker
JACKSON COUNTY - Deborah Sue Bennett, 43, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at her residence.
Bennett was born June 24, 1957, in Clarke County. She was a daughter of George and Kathleen Bennett.
Bennett was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 24, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Henry Bennett officiating. Burial was in Coile Cemetery, Hull.
Survivors include two sons, SRA. Kevin Puckett, U.S. Air Force, Panama, Fla., and B.J. Puckett, Jackson County; three brothers, Steve Bennett, Watkinsville, Wesley Bennett, Lincolnton, and SSGT. Randy Bennett, U.S. Air Force, Omaha, Neb.; and step-father, Amborse Bennett, Jackson County.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MR. HAYES
Southern
Railway retiree
HOSCHTON - Luther H. Hayes, 87, died Saturday, July 22, 2000.
Born in Hall County, Mr. Hayes was a son of the late Wilburn and Anna Hawkins Hayes.
He had resided in Jackson County for most of his life and was retired from Southern Railway.
Mr. Hayes was saved at the age of 6 and was ordained as a deacon at Center Union Baptist Church on August 24, 1968. He was a member of Rolling Hills Baptist Church.
Mr. Hayes was preceded in death by a son, Winfred Hayes, two sisters, Winnie Ruark and Lois Overby, and a brother, Wilford Hayes.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 24, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Wilbur Shaffer and Jeff Grubb officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Buford.
Mr. Hayes is survived by his wife, Mildred Ivey Hayes; son and daughter-in-law, Quinton and Betty Hayes, Braselton; son, Travis Hayes, Hoschton; two daughters, Barbara Key, Braselton, and Phyllis Cooper, Winder; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MRS. LANCE
Peachtree Road Baptist member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Reeda Michele Lance, 30, died Friday, July 21, 2000, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Lance was employed with the Georgia State Pardon and Parole Board. She was a member of Peachtree Road Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 24, at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford, with the Revs. Preston Moore and Randy Rhye officiating. Burial was in Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Taylor Morgan Lance, Clermont; mother and step-father, Linda and Joe Jefferson, Jefferson; father, Marvin C. Brown, Murryville, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Gregory L. and Kathleen K. Brown, Lawrenceville; brother, Keith Brown, Dacula; step-sister, Debra Bartlett, Lawrenceville; step-sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Johnny Deeb, Stockbridge; grandmother, Reeda Norris, Jefferson; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel and Gardens was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MR. ANTHONY
Carpenter
COMMERCE - Roger Dewitt Anthony, 74, died Saturday, July 22, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Anthony was born March 7, 1926, in Commerce. He was a son of the late Ardell and Ethel Howington Anthony.
Mr. Anthony was a carpenter. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Katherine Hill, and a sister, Louise Manley.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 25, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Anthony is survived by his wife, Frances L. Anthony; one son, Jimmy Ardell Anthony, Commerce; three daughters, Deborah S. Benton, Danielsville, Julie Cooper, Maysville, and Wanda Kay Giddons, Commerce; one sister, Annie Lou Manley, Jefferson; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MRS. MARTIN
Homemaker
HOSCHTON - Mrs. Cynthia Haynes Martin, 82, of the Mulberry Community, died Friday, July 21, 2000.
Mrs. Martin was a native of Jackson County and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Martin, and a son, William Martin.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 23, in the chapel of Tapp Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Shane Jenkins and Amos Clark and Charles Martin officiating. Burial was in the Martin Family Cemetery, Jackson County.
Mrs. Martin is survived by three daughters, Maxine Moss, Concord, N.C., Betty Langley, Chesterfield, S.C., and Annete Beck, Buford; three sons, Gene Martin, Lilburn, William Tony Martin, Duluth, and Kenneth Martin, Hoschton; two sisters, Dorothy Staples, Florence, S.C., and Lois Wood, Commerce; 33 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Tapp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MISS SHERARD
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Miss Mary Susan Sherard, 96, died Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at Athens Heritage Nursing Home.
Miss Sherard was born September 10, 1903, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Neal and Mary Susan Anderson Sherard.
Miss Sherard was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. She was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Sherard.
A memorial service was held Monday, July 24, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Don Paulson officiating.
Survivors include one brother, Wiley Sherard, Suffolk, Va.; two nephews, Christopher Sherard and Sammy H. Sherard, both of Suffolk, Va.; and a cousin, Walter Freeman, Danielsville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MRS. COLEMAN
Retired
product manager
WINDER - Mrs. Marilyn Tunnell Coleman, 58, died Saturday, July 22, 2000.
Mrs. Coleman was a daughter of Althea Tunnell, Winder, and the late William Benton Tunnell.
She had retired as product manager for Electro Air Corporation.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 25, in Smith's Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Johnnie Wright and Capt. Barry Corbitt officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include one son, Richard Coleman, Winder; one daughter, Marilyn Yevonne Williams, Athens; two brothers, Coy Tunnell, Jefferson, and Ricky Tunnell, Winder; one sister, Margie Brooks, Jefferson; and two grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

MRS. HAWKS
Nicholson
UMC member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Lula Black Hawks, 87, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
Mrs. Hawks was born March 13, 1913, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Henry and Ida Pertaine Black.
Mrs. Hawks was retired from Blue Bell, where she worked as a sewing machine operator, and was a member of Nicholson United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy D. Purcell and Virgil B. Hawks, and two sons, Edwayne S. Purcell and George Purcell.
Graveside services were held Monday, July 24, in Grey Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating.
Mrs. Hawks is survived by two granddaughters, Susan Purcell, North Augusta, S.C., and Renee Girardeau, Aiken, S.C.; and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 26, 2000

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