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 December 20, 2000


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MR. STRICKLAND
Pepsi Cola retiree
JEFFERSON - D. Wayne Strickland, 55, died Thursday, December 14, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Mr. Strickland was born December 31, 1944, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late William Dewey and Reutrell Baxter Strickland.
Mr. Strickland was retired from Pepsi Cola Co., with 22 years of service, and was employed as a truck driver with Stone Transport Co. He was a member of Living Word Worship Center, where he served as treasurer of the Brotherhood Committee and served on the Board of Trustees.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 17, at Living Word Worship Center with the Revs. Richard James and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Dale Dill, Greg Huckaby, Chris Motes, Kendall Strickland, Rick Strickland and Lee Swain served as pallbearers.
Mr. Strickland is survived by his wife, Wanda Strickland, Jefferson; daughter, Margaret Amanda Strickland, Jefferson; sons and daughters-in-law, Nathan Dennis and Michelle Strickland and Russell Glenn and Lisa Strickland, all of Jefferson, and Timothy Wayne and LuWanna Strickland, Covington; five brothers, Daniel Strickland, Athens, and David Strickland, Donald Strickland, Dwight Strickland and William D. Strickland, all of Jefferson; three sisters, Faye Swain, Jefferson, Peggy Usry, Lawrenceville, and Patricia Warren, Charleston, S.C.; and two grandchildren, Nathan Wayne Strickland and LeAnne Marie Strickland.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MRS. MARLOW
Blue Bell Mfg. retiree
COMMERCE - Inez Dills Marlow, 93, died Thursday, December 14, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home.
Mrs. Marlow was born January 25, 1907, a daughter of the late Charlie and Nora Smith Brown.
She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing Co. Mrs. Marlow was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde Dills, her second husband, Herman Marlow, son, Gartrell Dills, son and daughter-in-law, Aubrey and Barbara Dills, two brothers, Charles Brown and Garnett Brown, and three sisters, Nellie Barrett, Imogene Adams and Lillie Hayes.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 16, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, John and Ruth Dills, Commerce, and Ralph and Evelyn Dills, Villa Rica; three brothers, James O. Brown, Sam Brown and Tom Brown, all of Commerce; three sisters, Francine Beck and Lizzie Connally, both of Athens, and Pauline Edwards, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MR. THOMAS
Welder
JEFFERSON - John William Thomas, 73, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Thomas was born August 25, 1927, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late William and Myrtie Green Thomas.
Mr. Thomas had been employed as a welder.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 15, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Fred Wilson and Luther Wilkes officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Virginia Thomas, Jefferson; one daughter, Judy Reeves, Hapeville, one step-daughter, Joy Cochran, Jefferson; two sons, Jerry Thomas, Milledgeville, and Larry Thomas, Jefferson; two step-sons, Bill Reeves, Jefferson, and George Reeves, Cornelia; three brothers, Clarence Thomas and Leonard Thomas, both of Athens, and Luther Thomas, Cornelia; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and special friends, Jackie and Gloria McClusky.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MRS. ARNOLD
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Mattie Lee Arnold, 77, died Saturday, December 16, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Arnold was born February 2, 1923, in Hall County. She was a daughter of the late Hilliard Styles and Leola Buffington.
Mrs. Arnold was a homemaker and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson. She was preceded in death by a son, Don Stover, and a great-grandchild, Joshua Harris.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 17, at Faith Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Arnold is survived by her husband, Lester Arnold; one daughter, Linda Harris, Jefferson; one step-daughter, Susan Honie, Conyers; one son, Roger Stover, Auburn; one step-son, Mike Arnold, Jefferson; one sister, Louise Tatum, Jefferson; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MISS WOMACK
Infant
PENDERGRASS - Miss Angel Nicole Faith Womack, infant daughter of William Thomas and Sandra Saucier Womack, Pendergrass, died Thursday, December 14, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Miss Womack was born in Clarke County.
Graveside services were held Saturday, December 16, in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery with Brother Gerald Bishop officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include one sister, Jacquline Saucier, Pendergrass; one brother, Jeremiah Saucier, Pendergrass; grandparents, Ronnie and Denise Griffeth, Pendergrass, and Willie and Eunice Lee, Jefferson; and great-grandparents, Fred Palmer, Augusta, and Judy Collins and Letha Griffeth, both of Monroe.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MR. MCELROY
Carpenter
DANIELSVILLE - J.C. "Jake" McElroy, 84, died Monday, December 18, 2000.
Born in Madison County, Mr. McElroy was a son of the late Ben and Susie Roberts McElroy.
He was retired from maintenance with the University of Georgia and was a carpenter. Mr. McElroy attended Bethel M Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Merle Booth McElroy, and a son, James Ronald McElroy.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 20, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Ray Jenkins and Robert Thomas officiating. Burial was in the Bethel M Baptist Church cemetery. Mr. McElroy's grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ellen McElroy Sims, Danielsville; two sons, Troy Lee McElroy, Danielsville, and Gene McElroy, Jefferson; three sisters, Annie Sue Royston, Royston, Gladys King, Greenwood, S.C., and Florie House, Danielsville; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MR. WADE
Commerce resident
COMMERCE - Tommy Lee Wade, 54, died Wednesday, December 6, 2000.
Mr. Wade was born July 7, 1946, a son of the late Howard and Florine Alexander Wade.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 10, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby officiating.
Mr. Wade is survived by a sister, Connie Cochran, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

ANGEL
Infant
COMMERCE - Curtis Ryan Angel, infant son of Ralph Angel Jr. and Tonya Conner Angel, died Wednesday, December 6, 2000, at Winder Barrow Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Hudson River Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two brothers, Joey Angel and Martin Angel, both of Commerce; grandparents, Ralph and Bonnie Angel, Michael Conner and Margret Sheridan, all of Commerce; great-grandfathers, Eugene McDaniel, Madison, and Tildon Sheridan, Commerce; and great-grandmother, Shiron Angel, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MR. KORP
Father of countian
LAWRENCEVILLE - Walter Daniel Korp, 87, died Saturday, December 16, 2000.
Born in Ferrell, Pa., Mr. Korp moved to Georgia in 1991. During his retirement years, he was affectionately known as "The Rolling Stone" as he traveled to all 50 states, often sharpening knives, scissors, etc. for the Salvation Army and many other charities.
Mr. Korp was a member of the Mother Church and the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Gainesville. He was also a Master Mason.
Mr. Korp was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Evelyn Korp.
Mr. Korp is survived by one daughter, Barbara J. Epstein, Hoschton; three sons, Walter C., Chatsworth, Calif., John W., Ocoee, Fla., and Paul C., Charleston, S.C.; one sister, Johanna Scheye, Colorado; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 519 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MRS. BELK
Sister of countian
HULL - Mrs. Diane Grizzle Belk died Saturday, December 16, 2000, at her residence.
Mrs. Belk was born February 16, 1946, in Franklin County, a daughter of the late Virgil Roosevelt Grizzle and Elsie Gaddis Grizzle.
She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Worship Center.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 18, at New Hope Worship Center with the Rev. Dennis Kesler and Raymond Duncan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Sam Bird, Alfred Burns, Waymon Wynn, Keith Watson, Broden Holloway and Stewart Whitaker served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Aaron Moon, Etherage Phillips, J.B. Chastain and Travis Fowler.
Mrs. Belk is survived by her husband, Pete Belk, Hull; daughter and son-in-law, Shelley Booth Jordan and Lee Jordan, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Audrey Booth, Ila; two step-daughters, Meloni Snyder, Hull, and Missy Pruitt, Winterville; one step-son, Grant Belk, Danielsville; five sisters, Lois Bird, Commerce, and Helen Watson, Mary Hart, Betty Jean Wynn and Elizabeth Burns, all of Royston; five brothers, Jerry Grizzle, Benjamin Grizzle and Ellis Grizzle, all of Royston, Roger Grizzle, Savannah, and Donald Grizzle, Alabama; and six grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MISS LORD
Retired cashier
COMMERCE - Miss Bessie Mae Lord, 86, died Wednesday, December 20, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Miss Lord was born December 11, 1914, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Marion Luther and Mary Virginia Hix Lord.
She was a retired drug store cashier and was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, December 22, at Blacks Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Lee Hunter and Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Miss Lord is survived by one sister, Minnie Ruth Lord, Commerce; one niece and a number of nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

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MR. ARMOUR
Father of countian
LULA - Lem "Dock" Armour, 89, died Saturday, December 16, 2000, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Armour was born October 12, 1912, in Hall County, a son of the late Ben and Katie Davis Armour.
He was a self-employed logger and a member of Living Mission United Methodist Church. Mr. Armour was preceded in death by a daughter, Loutene Anderson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 19, at Living Mission United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jacob Armour officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Armour is survived by his wife, Paralee Thomas Armour, Lula; one daughter, Mary Lou Simonds, Braselton; one son, Bud Armour, Lula; one brother, Leco Armour, Alto; one sister, Ida Jones, Dahlonega; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MRS. HOOPER
Erastus Christian Church member
ILA - Mrs. Annie Adams Hooper, 90, died Monday, December 18, 2000, at Saint Mary's Hospital, Athens.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Hooper was the daughter of the late Will and Lizzie Smith Adams and the widow of the late Willard Ray Hooper Sr.
Mrs. Hooper was retired from Blue Bell and was a member of Erastus Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her son, Willard Ray Hooper Jr.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 20, at Erastus Christian Church with Billy Glosson and Keith Weekley officiating. Burial was in the Ila Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law and husband, Joe and Jane Hooper Yuhas, Ila; grandson and wife, Dr. Robert and Traci Hooper, Ila; and one sister, Golden Adams, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MRS. AARON
Attica Baptist member
ATHENS - Mrs. Grace Kenney Aaron, 86, died Friday, December 15, 2000.
A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Aaron was a daughter of the late Samuel P. and Georgia Kimsey Kenney.
She had made her home in Oglethorpe and Clarke counties all of her life and was a member of Attica Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for a number of years.
Mrs. Aaron was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph C. Aaron.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 17, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. John Davidson Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Attica Baptist Church cemetery. Dean Upchurch Jr., Enoch Aaron, Matthew Toole, Stanley Toole, George Smith Jr. and Dave Dowdy served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Jan A. Upchurch, Athens, and Christine A. Toole, Colbert; two sons, Joe S. Aaron, Hull, and J. Kenney Aaron, Colbert; one brother, W.D. Kenney, Athens; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Attica Baptist Church Van Fund or to the charity of one's choice.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MRS. DAVIS
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Freddie Ruth Davis, 85, died Wednesday, December 20, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Davis was born September 15, 1915, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Claude W. and Mitie Spear Doss.
Mrs. Davis was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus M. Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 23, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Davis is survived by one son, Charles Davis, Albany; one brother, Clyde Doss, Winder; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to BJC Nursing Home, 70 Medical Center Drive, Commerce, GA 30529.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Evans Funeral Home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MR. ALLEN
World War II veteran
GAINESVILLE - Sherman Joe Allen died Sunday, December 17, 2000, following an extended illness.
Mr. Allen served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was retired from Wrigley's. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 19, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. David Matthews, Fulton Boswell and Charlie Harper officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Springs Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Allen is survived by his wife, Nell Braselton Allen, Gainesville; sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Linda Allen, Cumming, Kevin and Patsy Allen, Pendergrass, Glen and Renee Allen, Marietta, and Stanley and Donna Allen, Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Tony Wages, Flowery Branch, Janie and Joseph Rimler, Baldwin, and Jayn and Russell Miller, Gainesville; grandchildren, Tonya Sheuring, Lisa Oliver, Lorrie Day, Melissa Allen, Shelia Allen, Jay Allen, Jed Allen, Michael Wages, Alicia Wages, Amoreena Hart, Shawnee Rimler, Samantha Allen, Cody Miller, Matthew Miller, Craig Oliver and Jonathan Oliver; and great-grandchildren, Leighanne Allen, Elijah Sheuring and Douglas Day.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MR. HARRISON
Hurricane Grove Baptist member
COMMERCE - Bunyon Harrison Sr., 86, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Harrison was a son of the late John and Fannie Neal Harison.
He was a member of Hurricane Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Harrison was preceded in death by his wife, Lois May Kesler Harrison.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 16, at Hurricane Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. James Bailey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Branch, Charlotte, N.C., and Betty Rucker and Mary Yancey, both of Commerce; four sons, Bunyon Harrison Jr., John Harrison and Jack Harrison, all of Commerce, and Willie Harrison, Maysville; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MRS. WILHITE
Jackson County native
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Stella Wilhite, 93, died Thursday, December 14, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wilhite was a daughter of the late Bert and Vick Shields.
She was a member of Maxey Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilhite was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Wilhite, and a daughter, Charlene E. Wilhite.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 18, at Maxey Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Ambrose M. Jackson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a great-niece raised in the home, Janet J. Sims; five great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Masons Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MR. COFER
Father of countian
ELBERTON - Harris Donald Cofer, 71, died Tuesday, December 19, 2000.
A native of Wilkes County, Mr. Cofer was a sn of the late Harris Martin Cofer and Lois Hackney Cofer.
He was a retired OMS Shop Chief of the Georgia National Guard, Washington, and was a member of Elberton First Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 21, in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home with Dr. C.E. Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Elmhurst Cemetery. Roger McCannon, Kevin Clary, Mark McCannon, Jim Faust, Brandon Clary and Robert A. Bond will serve as pallbearers. Ernie Parham and Carlton Mills, along with members of the Victory Sunday School Class, will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Mr. Cofer is survived by his wife, Francia Dawkins Cofer; two daughters, Dixie Fran Watkins, Braselton, and Cynthia Lynn Rogers, Elberton; one brother, Lamar Cofer, Washington; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Elberton First Baptist Church Building Fund.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Berry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MRS. JONES
Cross Roads
Baptist member
CORNELIA - Mrs. Mary Ester Jones, 83, died Thursday, December 14, 2000.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Jones was a daughter of the late Henry and Anna O'Shields Jones.
She was a homemaker and a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Paul Jones Sr., a daughter, Janette Eller, and a son, Roy Jones.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 17, at Cross Roads Baptist Church with the Revs. Luther Williams and Anthony Shore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Joel Shadburn officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Janelle Murphy, Cornelia, and Linda Weathers, Alto; three sons, Paul Jones Jr. and Troy Jones, both of Braselton, and J.H. Jones, Lawrenceville; two sisters, Beulah Arthur, Union Point, and Julia Faulkner, Milledgeville; 22 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000

MRS. SCHWARTZ
Retired teacher, writer
ATHENS - Mrs. Mary Hollingsworth Schwartz, 76, died Monday, December 18, 2000.
A native of Alabama, Mrs. Schwartz had lived in Athens for the past seven years. She was a daughter of the late H.O. and Flossie Hale Hollingsworth.
Mrs. Schwartz was a retired teacher, writer and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, David J. Schwartz, and a son, David Jefferson Schwartz.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 20, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Luther Fouche officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Michelle Schwartz, Jefferson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Neola and Webster Cleveland, Rebecca and Charlie Harrell and Patsy and Vic Herring; brother and sister-in-law, O'Neill and Alma Hollingsworth; sister-in-law, Johnnie Faye Hollingsworth; and three grandchildren, David J. Schwartz, Sara Ann Schwartz and Abilgil Schwartz.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
For further information and guest book, see www.legacy.com.
The Jackson Herald, December 20, 2000


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