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 November 15, 2000


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MRS. STRINGER
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Hattie Leona Skirlock Stringer, 79, died Sunday, November 12, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Stringer was born April 28, 1921, in Dallas, Texas. She was the daughter of the late Calvin C. and Ethel Worthy Skirlock.
Mrs. Stringer came to Jefferson 55 years ago with her husband, John Floyd Stringer. She was a homemaker and a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Mrs. Stringer was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Skirlock.
She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend, said family members.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 15, at Academy Baptist Church, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Stringer is survived by her husband, John Floyd Stringer; three sons, William C. Stringer, Newby, S.C., and John T. Stringer and Bobby M. Stringer, both of Jefferson; Helen Deese, Uriah, Ala., Ruby Martin, Dallas, Texas, Joyce Henry, Illinois, and Wanda Chance, Abiline, Texas; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 219 Darnell Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MRS. STRICKLAND
Maysville UMC
member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Nellie Grace Strickland, 79, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Strickland was born May 31, 1921, in Hall County. She was a daughter of the late Harry Wright and Clara Belle Dills Craig.
Mrs. Strickland was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Maysville United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurston Strickland, and a daughter, Virginia Strickland.
Funeral services were held November 10, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Robbie Fields, Cassidy Kesler, Phillip Kesler, Rodney Kesler, Andy Strickland, Carey Strickland and John Strickland served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of Unity Lodge #36.
Mrs. Strickland is survived by two sons, Doyle Strickland, Homer, and Dugar Strickland, Jefferson; two brothers, Edgar Craig, Commerce, and Herman Craig, Homer; one sister, Mazie Venable, Jefferson; 12 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MR. KELLER
St. Gregory Episcopal Church member
NICHOLSON - Russell C. Keller, 43, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Mr. Keller was a son of Bill and Ruth Bridges, Lilburn.
He had been employed with Saint Mary's Hospital, Athens, for over 18 years and was a member of St. Gregory Episcopal Church.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 11, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, with Chaplain Mark Fite officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Sandra Thornton Keller; one daughter, Mandy Keller, Nicholson; one son, Chad Keller, Watkinsville; two step-sons, Brian Flanagan and Joshua Flanagan, both of Nicholson; four sisters, Vickie Baskins, Hartwell, Donna Parker, Winterville, Darlene Bennett, Watkinsville, and Diane Rice, Danielsville; one brother, Bobby Bridges, Gainesville; grandmother, Edna Owsley, Lake City, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
For further details and guest book, log on to www.legacy.com.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MR. IVIE
Established Ivie Funeral Home
COMMERCE - John Kelly Ivie, 78, died Saturday, November 11, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Ivie was born January 1, 1922, in Cornelia, Habersham County. He was a son of the late Paul and Malinda Ivie.
Mr. Ivie graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater as part of the Airsea Rescue Unit.
Mr. Ivie moved from Cornelia to Commerce in 1953 and was employed by Sanders Funeral Home until 1963, at which time he purchased and established Ivie Funeral Home.
He was a member of the Lion's Club of Commerce and a member of the Hudson Masonic Lodge #294 F.A.M. for over 50 years. Mr. Ivie served as a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Commerce and was retired from the Commerce Volunteer Fire Department. He served on the Commerce Board of Education and had been a Commerce City Councilman for many years.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 13, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Don Paulson, Kent Cranford and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Grace Black Ivie, Commerce; daughters, Kathy Marshbank, Greenville, S.C., Kay Buechler, Acworth, and Kelly Woodham, Gainesville, and sons-in-law; sister, Mrs. Frank Haslett, Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, John Buechler, Joy Epps and Bob Whitehead; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

COOK
Retired librarian
JEFFERSON - Patricia Ann Cook, 69, died Wednesday, November 8, 2000, in Atlanta.
She was a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in history and geography. She also held a master's degree in library science from Peabody Teacher's College. She was retired from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she worked as a librarian.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and several other genealogical societies. She founded the Hodgepodge Children's Library, a non-profit organization. She was also a member of several philatelic, historical, miniature and railroad societies and Morningside Presbyterian Church.
A native of Atlanta, she had lived about the last 10 years of her life in Jackson County with her brother, David, who passed away in April 2000.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, November 15, at Westview Cemetery with the Rev. A. Coite Estes officiating.
She is survived by several cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morningside Presbyterian Church, 1411 N. Morningside Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 39396.
Cremation Society of the South, Austell, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MRS. HOLLAND
Homemaker
PENDERGRASS - Mrs. Nita Holland, 71, died Saturday, November 11, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Holland was born November 1, 1929, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Edward and Ila Mae Brooks Shelton.
She was a homemaker and a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church, Talmo. Mrs. Holland was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Chasity Holland, and a sister, Annie Petty.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 13, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Charles Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Pendergrass Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Holland is survived by her husband, James Holland; sons, James R. Holland and Edward Holland, both of Pendergrass; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Sharon Holland, Pendergrass; two sisters, Flousie Gosnell, Gainesville, and Frances Ledford, Braselton; two brothers, Howard Shelton and L.H. Shelton, both of Talmo; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MR. HALEY
Brother of countians
DANIELSVILLE - Junios Edward Haley, 70, died Monday, November 13, 2000.
Mr. Haley was born in Franklin County, a son of the late Doc Calloway Haley Sr. and Paulene Harris Haley.
He had been employed as a cotton mill worker with Chicopee. Mr. Haley was preceded in death by a son, Marvin Haley.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 15, in the chapel of Brown's Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. J. Paul Hood officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church cemetery. Scott Haley, Christopher Haley, Russell Conn, Kelton Conn, Keith Haley and Kevin Haley served as pallbearers.
Mr. Haley is survived by his wife, Vivian Brown Haley; four daughters, Evelyn Whitsel and Vivian Peeples, both of Carnesville, Aileen Conn, Dewey Rose, and Kay Horne, Danielsville; three sons, Edward Haley, Troy Haley and Kirby Haley, all of Danielsville; three sisters, Paulette Graham, Alabama, Pearl Sanders, Nicholson, and Nancy Edwards, Commerce; two brothers, Bob Haley, Florida, and Cleo Haley, Gainesville; 26 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

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MRS. PATTON
Homemaker
PENDERGRASS - Mrs. Jessie Jeanette Patton, 73, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Patton was born December 13, 1926, in Towns County. She was a daughter of the late Hoyt and Ellie Mae Cannon.
Mrs. Patton was a homemaker and a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church, Talmo. She had lived in Jackson County for most of her life.
Mrs. Patton was preceded in death by three sons, James, Junior and Wayne Patton.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 10, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was in the Talmo Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Patton is survived by her husband, Garnett Patton; two daughters, Jean Patton and Judy Patton, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Barbara Patton, Pendergrass; one sister, Alice Chadwick, Alto; two brothers, Jimmy Cannon, Commerce, and Danny Patton, Pendergrass; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MRS. DUNCAN
World War II veteran
MONROE - Mrs. Margot Rivera Duncan, 80, formerly of Hartwell, died Saturday, November 11, 2000, at Eastside Medical Center, Snellville.
Born in Puerto Rico, Mrs. Duncan was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Juan Rivera.
She was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. Mrs. Duncan was also a homemaker and a member of Bio Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Vandiver Duncan Jr.
Mrs. Duncan was the last member of her immediate family.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 13, at Bio Baptist Church with the Rev. James Dumas officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Marion Vandiver Duncan III, Monroe; two daughters, Mollie D. Morris, Commerce, and Sara Margaret D. Torzsa, Miami, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Strickland Funeral Home, Hartwell, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MR. COKER
U.S. Army veteran
HOMER - Oliver Glen Coker, 70, died early Monday, November 13, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Coker was born March 6, 1930, in Banks County to the late Earl Coker and Lula Vaughn Coker.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was an employed LP Gas driver. Mr. Coker was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church.
He was married to the late Kathleen Kitchens Coker.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Gordon Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Coker is survived by two sons, Wayne Earl, Ohio, and Gregory Michael, Homer; one brother, Odell Coker, Toccoa; one sister, Betty Manley, Macon; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MRS. MORRIS
Retired seamstress
WINDER - Mrs. Vennie Patton Morris, 89, died Wednesday, November 8, 2000.
A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, Mrs. Morris was a daughter of the late Carlton and Abby Clack Patton.
She was a retired seamstress with Barrow Manufacturing Company and was a member of Winder First Christian Church, where she attended the Loyal Daughters Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her husband, Clint Morris.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 10, at Winder First Christian Church with Dr. Peggy Mayfield officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Shelby and Sid Griffin, Winder; son and daughter-in-law, Grady and Lovey Morris, Panama City Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MR. HOUSE
Retired mechanic
WINDER - R.B. "Richard" House, 69, died Monday, November 13, 2000.
Mr. House was born in Barrow County, a son of the late Alvin and Jodie Casper House.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a retired mechanic with Tabor Pontiac. Mr. House was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Daphne Rouse House.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 15, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Floral Hills Cemetery, Tucker.
Mr. House is survived by one daughter, Sherry Harper, Winder; one sister, Ruby Clack, Winder; and one grandson.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MR. JARRARD
Tyrus Baptist member
JEFFERSON - Hayward N. Jarrard, 71, died Tuesday, November 14, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Jarrard was born December 19, 1928, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late George Marion and Addie Pauline Martin Jarrard.
Mr. Jarrard was retired from BJC Medical Center, Commerce, with 15 years of service, and was a member of Tyrus Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Jarrard, and a son, Roger Jarrard.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Charles Elrod and Joel Shadburn officiating. Burial will be in the New Harmony Baptist Church cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Jarrard is survived by his wife, Dessie Jarrard, Jefferson; one daughter, Ann Gaines, Commerce; four sons, Charles Jarrard and Daryl Jarrard, both of Jefferson, Grady Jarrard, Sparta, and Marlon Jarrard, Hull; one brother, L.G. Jarrard, Anderson, S.C.; one sister, Geraldine Thrasher, Anderson, S.C.; and 13 grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MR. MARSINGILL
Truck driver
MAYSVILLE - Johnny Edward Marsingill, 62, died Monday, November 13, 2000, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
A native of Barrow County, Mr. Marsingill lived in Jackson County for most of his life. He was employed as a truck driver for the City of Gainesville.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 13, in the chapel of Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville, with Robert G. Rankin and Curtis Hester officiating. Burial was in the Center United Methodist Church cemetery, Jackson County.
Mr. Marsingill is survived by his wife, Ruby Gaddis Marsingill, Maysville; four sons, Johnny Wayne Marsingill, David Marsingill and Terry Marsingill, all of Maysville, and Eddie Marsingill, Commerce; two daughters, Teresa Cruce and Ruby Pressley, both of Maysville; one sister, Yvonne Reynolds, Winder; and 11 grandchildren.
Ward's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000

MRS. MEISTER
Habersham Co. native
BALDWIN - Mrs. Verdina V. Meister, 72, died Tuesday, November 14, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Meister was born June 1, 1928, in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Gordon and Vesta Gibbs Kimsey.
Mrs. Meister was the owner and operator of J.C.'s Bait and Tackle Shop, Baldwin. She was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Meister was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Meister, and a daughter, Helen Meister.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 16, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Ken Coomer, Larry Barnes and Hoyt Skelton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, David Meister, Alto; two granddaughters reared in the home, Lisa Bohannon, Clarkesville, and Amy Goldsmith, Baldwin; one brother, Elbert Kimsey, Baldwin; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 15, 2000


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