Jackson County Obituaries...

 August 2, 2000


MR. TATE
Retired auto mechanic
HOSCHTON - John Nathaniel Tate, 82, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, following a brief illness.
Mr. Tate was born September 17, 1917, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Tom and Julie Cody Tate.
Mr. Tate was a retired auto mechanic and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Polly Ann Wilson Tate.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, August 2, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Kenneth Brewer officiating.
Mr. Tate is survived by two sons, Douglas Tate and Damon Tate, both of Statham; two sisters, Maggie Pethel, Talmo, and Lillie Mae Ferguson, Gillsville; three brothers, Howard Tate, Eastman, Hubert Tate, Cumming, and Otis Tate, Talmo; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, S.E., Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067-6481.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

MR. BOWEN
Calvary Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Michael T. Bowen, 21, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000.
Born in Clarke County, Mr. Bowen was a son of James T. Bowen Jr. and the late Margaret Strickland Bowen.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 29, at Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Bowen is survived by one sister, Jeanette A. Bowen, Athens; and one brother, Timothy B. Bowen, Hull.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

MRS. RICHEY
Webbs Creek Baptist cemetery rites
COMMERCE - Mrs. Nura T. Richey, 91, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at BJC Medical Center.
Mrs. Richey was born January 1, 1909, a daughter of the late Ollie and Lula Smith Thomas.
She was preceded in death by a son, Joe Davis, and a daughter, Bennie Lou Banks.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Danny Greene and Bobby Hill officiating. Burial was in the Webbs Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Richey is survived by her husband, Ernest Richey; one son, Ted Davis, Hartwell; two brothers, Howell Thomas and Reeves Thomas, both of Commerce; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

MR. TARPKINS
Father of 12
COMMERCE - M B Tarpkins, 85, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Tarpkins was born in Dodge County, a son of the late Lewis and Ella Tarpkins.
He worked faithfully at Rogers Chapel Baptist Church, family members stated.
Mr. Tarpkins was married to the late Rennie Bell Jarrells Tarpkins. He was the father of 12 children, one of whom, Johnnie Lou Gaither, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a brother, J L Tarpkins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 2, in the chapel of Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, with the Rev. R.E. Glass officiating. Burial was in the Tarpkins Family Cemetery.
Survivors include sons, Melvin Flemming, Phoenix, Ariz., James Tarpkins, Commerce, and Edward Cooper, Athens; sons and daughters-in-law, Lewis and Cindy Tarpkins and Oland and Carol Tarpkins, all of Commerce, and William and Mary Dukes, North Carolina; daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Obie Westbrook, Carrie and John Greer, Edna and Willie Rucker and Jennifer and Clifford Stroud, all of Commerce, and Veverly and Earl Horne, Atlanta; one sister, Ella Grace McLemore, Chattanooga, Tenn.; 31 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.
Forestglen Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

MR. BRANAM
Painter
COMMERCE - Warren John Branam, 84, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Branam was born January 28, 1916, a son of the late Elihah and Ethel Shuggard Branam.
He had worked as a painter.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 31, 2000, at The Church of God with the Revs. Louis Gaddis and Melvin Kramer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Branam is survived by his wife, Florence Branam; five sons, Frank Branam, Commerce, Ronnie Branam, Clearwater, Fla., Howard Branam, Chestnut Mountain, and Randy Branam and Warren Branam Jr., both of Galion, Ohio; two daughters, Mary Goins, Galion, Ohio, and Jerri Hanley, Shelby, Ohio; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

MR MANUS
Systems analyst
OAKWOOD - Russell Lee Manus Jr., 49, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Manus was born in Jackson County, a son of Helen Gee Manus, Gainesville, and the late Russell L. Manus Sr.
He worked as a systems analyst and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 29, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Kevin Page officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Diane Dalton Manus; two sisters, Diana Dyer, Hoschton, and Zelda Manus, Gainesville; mother-in-law, Leora Dalton, Jefferson.
Memorials may be made to White Plains Baptist Church, 3650 Hwy. 124 W., Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

MRS. SEYMOUR
Jackson County native
ATHENS - Mrs. Hilda Hardy Seymour, 87, died Saturday, July 29, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Seymour was a daughter of the late Guy S. Hardy and Nell Hardy Archer.
She was a member of Young Harris United Methodist Church, where she was very active as an MYF Counselor, served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the United Methodist Women.
Mrs. Seymour was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Seymour, and a grandson, Thomas Madison Strickland Jr.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jean S. and Larry P. Porterfield, Watkinsville, and Patricia S. and Joe M. Whittemore, Hartwell; two sisters, Margaret H. Pierce, Duluth, and Elizabeth Archer, Jefferson; five grandchildren, Natalie Camp, Lance Strickland, Jan Maness, Joanne Frantz and Sabrina Turner; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the St. Mary's Hospice or to Young Harris United Methodist Church.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000


MRS. HARDY
Homemaker
DACULA - Mrs. Hazel G. Hardy, 65, a former resident of Barrow County, died Monday, July 31, 2000.
Mrs. Hardy was born in Barrow County, a daughter of the late Dewey and Lula Nell Wilson Gaddis.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 2, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with the Revs. Billy Crocker, Sammy Everett and Chris Yancey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Hardy is survived by her husband, Roy H. Hardy Jr.; children, Larry Hardy, Winder, Eddie Hardy, Social Circle, Regina Holcombe, Bethlehem, Mike Hardy, Winder, Steve Hardy, Braselton, Susan Bagwell, Bethlehem, Mark Hardy, Commerce, and Lisa Sturgeon, Auburn; one sister, Johnnie Griggs, Dacula; three brothers, Gerald Gaddis, Buford, Tommy Gaddis, Braselton, and Sammy Gaddis, Jefferson; 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

MR. CHAPIN
U.S. Army veteran
ATHENS - Arthur R. Chapin, 65, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. 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, Mo.; 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, August 2, 2000

MRS. SMITH
Office manager
ATHENS - Mrs. Dianne Dills Smith, 46, died Saturday, July 22, 2000.
A native of the Athens area, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of Betty Thurmond and the late Amos E. Faulkner.
She was a 1972 graduate of Madison County High School and had worked as office manager for G. Michael Smith and Associates, CPAs. Mrs. Smith was a member of Beech Haven Baptist Church, Athens, and had formerly served as president of the Athens Gideons Auxiliary. She was also a founding member of the Athens Legal Secretaries Association.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by two brothers, Pledger Dills and Tim Brown, and a grandmother, Janie Dills.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 25, at Beech Haven Baptist Church with the Revs. John Walker and Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Danny Dills, Randall Brewer, Dwayne Roberts, Vernon Potts, James Thomas McDonald and Jeff Whelchel served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Weldon Hardman, David Kilgore, Joel Tench, Alex Mazeika, John Snyder, Mike Wilson, Phil Sheffield and John O'Kelly.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, G. Michael Smith; two daughters, Staci Smith and Paige Smith; step-father, Paul Thurmond; step-mother, Jesteen Faulkner; grandfather, Curtis A. Dills Sr.; eight brothers, Curtis A. Dills Jr., David Dills, Roger Dills, Jerry Dills, Stanley Brown, Mark Brown, Greg Faulkner and Patrick Faulkner; and six sisters, Hazel Brewer, Jeanett McDonald, Shirley Roberts, Martha Whelchel, Carolyn Hill and Kathy Beasley.
Memorials may be made to the Beech Haven Youth Ministry Building Fund, 2390 W. Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606, Camp Maranatha Inc., P.O. Box 53, Ila, GA 30647, or to the Neighborhood Gospel Ministries, P.O. Box 789, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

MR. WHITE
53 Truck Stop owner
BRASELTON - Tony H. White Jr., 57, died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. White was born May 12, 1943, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Jackson Harrison and Evie Grier White.
Mr. White was the owner of the former 53 Truck Stop in Braselton. He was a CPO in the United States Navy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 4, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson. Burial will be in the Zion Baptist Church cemetery, Braselton.
Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn White Carney, Braselton, and Agatha Laura White, Hoschton; two sons, Petty Officer 2nd Class USN Alexander William Francesco Harrison White, stationed in Norfolk, Va., and Anthony Christopher Aldo White, Hoschton; one brother, John Larry White, California; two grandchildren, Daniel and Amber; and two nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

MR. HARBER
Commerce Drug
Co. owner
COMMERCE - Long-time Commerce businessman James J. "Sonny" Harber Jr., 72, died Saturday, July 29, 2000.
Mr. Harber was owner of Commerce Drug Co., the last independently owned drug-store in Commerce and a mainstay of the downtown business area.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Harber was a son of the late James Jasper Harber Sr. and Drucilla McCoy Harber.
He was a pharmacist for more than 50 years, having begun his career in Commerce with Veal's Pharmacy, a predecessor of Tri-County Pharmacy. When an opening came at Commerce Drug under Dr. J.C. Hope, Harber began his life-long affiliation with the local business. In 1979, he purchased full control of the business and worked full-time until 1997 when he "semi-retired." In a 1998 interview, Mr. Harber said of his retirement: "I don't miss the work, but I miss seeing the people."
Mr. Harber was a member of Commerce Presbyterian Church, where he was a past elder. He was also a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club and Hudson Lodge #294 F&AM, and served as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels of Jackson County.
In his spare time, Mr. Harber loved to read and collect antiques. Some of his collection of old photographs of Commerce was recently used in a local patriotic play during the July 4th holidays.
Memorial services for Mr. Harber were held Monday, July 31, at Commerce Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Thomas G. Lewis officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Harber is survived by his wife, Elaine Yankee Harber; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James J. and Jeanne Harber III, Greenville; daughter and son-in-law, Helen Harber and Chris Singer, Atlanta; two brothers, George Harber, Macon, and William N. "Buddy" Harber, Commerce; five sisters, Roberta Bolton, Rebecca Dixon and Mary Harrison, all of Commerce, Alice Linton, Atlanta, and Janet Hix, Shreveport, La.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Atlanta, or to the Jackson County Senior Citizens Center Meals on Wheels, 219 Darnell Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

MR. DEWATERS
Supervisor
COMMERCE - Michael John Dewaters, 47, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Dewaters was born June 21, 1953, in Staten Island, N.Y. He was a son of Marion Moerlins Dewaters, Commerce, and the late Arthur Dewaters.
Mr. Dewaters was employed as a supervisor at Athena Warehouse, Athens. He attended Pleasant Acres Baptist Church, Maysville.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 28, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Harold Milsap officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Mr. Dewaters' son, Michael Arthur Dewaters, Commerce, served as honorary pallbearer. Pallbearers were Thomas Dewaters, George Sweet, Thomas Wood, Eric Hall, Lewis Hall and Ron Graham.
Survivors, in addition to his mother and son, include his wife, Lisa Juanita Dewaters; one daughter, Dena Rae Dewaters, Commerce; step-father, John Dewaters, Commerce; four brothers, Arthur Dewaters, Florida, Don Dewaters, New London, Conn., Raymond Dewaters, Louisiana, and Thomas Dewaters, Commerce; and two sisters, Deann Dewaters, Hull, and Dorinda Hall, Dry Pond.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 2, 2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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