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 November 8, 2000


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MR. WATKINS
U.S. Army veteran
NICHOLSON - Donald Pete Watkins Sr., 71, died Friday, November 3, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Watkins was a son of the late Roy and Pauline Potts Watkins.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War, and was a retired poultry farmer and school bus driver.
Mr. Watkins was a Christian member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church, where he served as a deacon for 25 years, as Sunday School superintendent and as church usher.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Runnette Herbert.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 5, at the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Howard Rhodes, Dennis Kesler and Junior Sosebee officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery.
Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife, Hilder Palmer Watkins, a long-time correspondent for The Jackson Herald; sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Deborah Watkins, Commerce, and Lamar and Pam Watkins, Nicholson; son, Bryan Watkins, Nicholson; and two granddaughters, Erin and Ashley Watkins, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

CARROLL
Infant
JEFFERSON - Donnie James Carroll, infant son of Donnie and Cheryl Carroll, Jefferson, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000, at a local hospital.
Graveside services were held Thursday, November 2, at Crooked Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Jesse Mealor officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a step-sister, Destiny Burdick, Jefferson; paternal grandparents, Vicky Moore, South Carolina, and Donnie Brail Carroll Sr., Jefferson; maternal grandparents, Larry Crouch, Homer, and Patricia Worley, Florida; and several great-grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
For further details and guest book, log on to www.legacy.com.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

MRS. BRUCE
Mother of seven
PENDERGRASS - Mrs. Addie Sue Bruce, 59, died Thursday, November 2, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bruce was born September 15, 1941, in White County. She was a daughter of the late Abraham Lincoln and Leola Major Satterfield.
Mrs. Bruce was retired from Mitsubishi and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 4, at Pond Fork Baptist Church, Pendergrass, with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Randall Cooper, Greg Evans, Clay Satterfield, Joey Satterfield, Mark Satterfield, Tracy Satterfield and Darrell Watson served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Bruce is survived by her husband, Horace Bruce; four sons, Barry Bruce, Jason Bruce and Todd Bruce, all of Pendergrass, and David Bruce, Nicholson; three daughters, Michelle Hardy and Jada Rooks, both of Jefferson, and Janet Mangum, Maysville; two sisters, Estelle Cooper, Chestnut Mountain, and Jean Steele, Griffin; three brothers, Charles Satterfield, Jefferson, Harold Satterfield, Talmo, and Walter Satterfield, Pendergrass; and 13 grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

MR. RAY
Funeral director
COMMERCE - William H. Ray, 81, died Thursday, November 2, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Ray was born March 14, 1919, in Commerce. He was a son of the late Henry Grady and Ellis Sellers Ray.
Mr. Ray was a funeral director and was a member and past master of the Hudson Masonic Lodge Number 294 in Commerce, where he had served as director of work of the lodge. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a York Rite Mason and was district deputy to the Grand Master of the Ninth Masonic District, State of Georgia. Mr. Ray was also a Shriner.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 4, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Lloyd Ray, Dallas; two daughters, Cynthia Ann Adams and Vivian Williams, both of Toccoa; two sisters, Emma Virginia Lankford, Douglasville, and Catherine Price, Commerce; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

MRS. THOMAS
Hudson River Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Clara S. Purcell Thomas, 84, died Sunday, November 5, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Thomas was born April 1, 1916, in Banks County, a daughter of the late William Morgan and Ellie Duncan Purcell.
She was a member of Hudson River Baptist Church. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Hoke Thomas.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Troy Herbert, Henry Webb and Ronnie Moon officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by two sons, Billy Dean Thomas, Gainesville, and Joe Thomas, Commerce; two daughters, Lois Bridges and Mary Fricks, both of Commerce; 13 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

MR. BENSON
Talmo First Baptist Church member
PENDERGRASS - Hall Monroe "H.M." Benson, 88, died Sunday, November 5, 2000, at Pine Oak Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Hall was born April 20, 1912, in Forsyth County. He was a son of the late Hall Monroe Benson Sr. and Mary Robbs Benson.
Mr. Benson was a graduate of Martin Institute, Jefferson, and was a retired driver for Uniform Co. He was a member of Talmo First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Mr. Benson was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Czaplinski, and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 8, at Talmo First Baptist Church with the Revs. H.F. Woodyard, Charles Jenkins, Paul Wade and Jeff Burt officiating. Burial was in the Pendergrass Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Benson is survived by his wife, Grace Elrod Benson; adopted daughters, Amy Woodyard Cornett, Suwanee, and Elaine Pearson Czaplinski; three sisters, Nora Crowe, San Antonio, Texas, Orene Evans, Talmo, and Billie Benson, Commerce; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Talmo First Baptist Church.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
For further details and guest book, log on to www.legacy.com.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

MRS. LEFFEW
Homemaker
DALLAS - Mrs. Mildred Irene Cooper Leffew, 79, died Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at Kennestone Hospital.
Mrs. Leffew was born February 26, 1921, in Cobb County. She was a daughter of the late James Horace and Lena Sue Brown Cooper.
Mrs. Leffew was a homemaker and was a member of Unity Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Leffew.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Don Voyles officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include four sons, Donald Leffew and Timothy Leffew, both of Cartersville, Joseph Leffew, Commerce, and Stephen Leffew, Colorado Springs, Colo.; four daughters, June Brown and Valerie Francisco, both of Mableton, Ellen Cantrell, Powder Springs, and Judy Smith, Lula; one sister, Louise Adams, Ellijay; 24 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

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MR. SIMMONS
Grey Hill
Cemetery rites
ATHENS - Dave Gordon Simmons, 21, died Sunday, November 5, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Simmons was born January 10, 1979, a son of June Elrod Ramos, Athens, and Bobby Simmons, Commerce.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, November 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Larry Gailey officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Simmons is survived by a daughter, Mercedes Seay, Danielsville; one brother, Robert Simmons, Athens; and one sister, Brandy Simmons, Athens; maternal grandmother, Ruth Elrod, Commerce, and paternal grandmother, Betty Free, Homer.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

MRS. WILLIAMSON
Faith Baptist member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Sallie Mae Williamson, 90, died Saturday, November 4, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Williamson was born August 6, 1910, in Jefferson, a daughter of the late John Moses and Lizzie Graham Qualls.
She was retired from Jefferson Mills and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Richard Williamson, a son, David Williamson, and a daughter, Annie E. McGinnis.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 6, at Faith Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Lizzie B. Beatty, Pendergrass; one son, James C. Williamson, Jefferson; one sister, Mattie Thompson, Homer; one brother, Sam Qualls, Homer; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
For further details and guest book, log on to www.legacy.com.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

MR. USSERY
Grey Hill
Cemetery rites
GRIFFIN - Wallace Milford Ussery, 78, died Wednesday, November 1, 2000, at Christian Ministries Hospice.
Mr. Ussery was born May 6, 1922. He had been employed in car sales.
Mr. Ussery was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Hawks Ussery.
Graveside services were held Saturday, November 4, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Harold Crawford officiating.
Mr. Ussery is survived by one son, Wally Ussery, Naples, Fla.; and one sister, Helen Higgenbbotham, Jacksonville, Fla.
Memorials may be made to Christian Ministries Hospice, 121 W. College St., Griffin, GA 30224.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

MRS. CROWDER
Mt. Pleasant UMC cemetery rites
HOMER - Mrs. Vivian Claudia Crowder, 79, died Friday, November 3, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Crowder was born January 8, 1921, a daughter of the late Pete and Lula Coker Whitfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy B. Crowder, and a daughter, Rosemary White.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 5, at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bill Ferguson and Rick Hartline officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Andy J. White, Jacksonville, Fla., Garland White, George O. White, Amarillo, Texas, and Leon White, Homer; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

MRS. SMITH
Retired nurse
WINDER - Mrs. Dorotha Jean Smith, 71, died Tuesday, October 31, 2000.
Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Robert Clay and Mary Emma Stapleton Freeny.
She was a retired nurse and a member of Atlanta Road Church of Christ in Gainesville. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis D. Smith.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 2, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jeremy Houck officiating. Burial was Sunday, November 5, in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Caddo, Okla.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Martha Smith, Miami, Okla.; daughter, Barbara Brumback, Winder; two sisters, Mary Peters, Caddo, Okla., and Bettye Lester, Durant, Okla.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

MRS. BRIDGES
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Martha Faye Wilbanks Bridges died Saturday, November 4, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Bridges was born May 2, 1929, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Morris J. and Olia Brock Wilbanks.
Mrs. Bridges was a homemaker and was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Larry Joe Wilbanks, Terry James and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Bridges is survived by her husband, Julian C. Bridges; one son, Mark Bridges, Ellijay; two daughters, Nancy Bridges, Commerce, and Karen Simmons, Hartwell; one brother, Silas M. Wilbanks, Commerce; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000

Gilbert B. Brown
Gilbert Boley Brown, 90, of Commerce, died Sunday, October 29, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Brown was born November 1, 1909, a son of the late Claude and Nina Lord Brown.
He was a machinist. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Clisby Lord Brown.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 31, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Beaverdam Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Brown is survived by one son, Travis Brown, Commerce; three brothers, Harold Brown, John Brown and Truitt Brown, all of Commerce; and two grandchildren, Bressa Brown and Brad Brown.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 8, 2000

Claud W. Brown
Claud Wilburn "C.W." Brown, 87, of Raleigh, N.C., died Friday, October 27, 2000, in Rocky Mount, N.C.
Mr. Brown was born in Banks County, a son of Claud A. Brown and Nina Lord Brown.
Services were held Monday, October 30, in Raleigh, N.C. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Ovelia Brown, Raleigh, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, David and Harriett Brown; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Tommy Burns; four brothers, Gilbert B. Brown, W. Harold Brown, John C. Brown and Truitt Brown, all of Commerce; and two grandchildren.
The Commerce News, November 8, 2000

MS. BURGHOFF
Banks Co. Memorial Gardens rites
HOMER - Ms. Michelle Adair Burghoff, 28, died Sunday, November 5, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Ms. Burghoff was born January 22, 1972, a daughter of Lila Couch Gray, Homer, and the late William Douglas Gray.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 8, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. James Dumas officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two sons, Douglas Axl Gray and Victor George Gray, both of Homer; two brothers, Kimsey Lamar Gray, Jefferson, William Richard Gray, Carnesville; and two sisters, Connie Denise Fountain, Homer, and Kathy Ann McIntyre, Toccoa.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 8, 2000


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