Jackson County Obituaries...

January 3, 2001


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BLAND
Infant
NICHOLSON - Paigelyn Bland, infant daughter of Anthony and Darlene Wright Bland, Nicholson, died Friday, December 29, 2000, at her residence following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 1, 2001, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Maxwell Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a brother, Anthony Christopher Bland Jr., and sister, Christian Nicole Bland, both of Nicholson; grandparents, Roger and Pamela Pressley, Nicholson, Patricia Wright and Phillip Snead, Maysville, and Johnny William Wright Sr., Homer; great-grandparents, William J. and Vador H. Cauthen, Nicholson, Lonie Pressley, Maysville, and Minnie Bland, Chester, S.C.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MRS. CRONIC
Retired seamstress
HOSCHTON - Mrs. Ruth Tatum Cronic, 88, died Monday, January 1, 2001.
Born in Hall County, Mrs. Cronic had resided in Gwinnett County for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Will and Minnie Sheridan Tatum.
Mrs. Cronic was a retired seamstress and was a longtime member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Cronic, and a daughter, Rachel Fleeman.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 3, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include children, John Willie Cronic, Lois Love, Dorothy Cronic and Bobby Cronic, all of Hoschton, and Sarah L. Trinite, Winder; 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MRS. ELLIOTT
Grove Level
Cemetery rites
COMMERCE - Mrs. Adell P. Elliott died Saturday, December 30, 2000.
Mrs. Elliott was a daughter of the late H.C. Parr and Cora Ledford Elliott. She was the wife of the late Guy Elliott.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 1, 2001, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Grove Level Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Glorila Elliott, Griffin; brother, Clyde Parr, Commerce; sister, Ruth Bingham, Maysville; grandchildren, Connie and Jeff Carden, Zebulon, Randy Elliott Sr. and Rebecca Elliott, both of Griffin, and Rachel and Mark Henson, Winder; and seven great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MR. DEWATERS
Salesman
COMMERCE - John Dewaters, 67, formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., died Friday, December 29, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mr. Dewaters was born May 15, 1933, in Staten Island, N.Y., a son of the late Abram and Rose Mooney Dewaters.
He had been employed as a salesman.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 2, 2001, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Harold Crawford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Dewaters is survived by his wife, Marion Dewaters, Commerce; four sons, Arthur Dewaters, Welaka, Fla., Don Dewaters, New London, Conn., Raymond Dewaters, Louisiana, and Thomas Dewaters, Commerce; two daughters, Deann Dewaters, Hull, and Dorinda Hall, Maysville; one brother, James Dewaters, Staten Island, N.Y.; one sister, Mary Peters, Norwick, Conn.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MR. APPEL
Father of countian
CUMBERLAND, MD. - Leo Frederick Appel, 84, died Monday, December 25, 2000.
Mr. Appel was born August 9, 1916, in Little Orleans, Md., a son of the late John Crummbel Appel and Melesta Hester Martin Appel.
He was a retired equipment superintendent for the Eastern Region of the B & O Railroad (which then became the Chessie System).
Mr. Appel was preceded in death by two sons, George "Fred" Appel and Gary Lamar Appel Sr., a great-great-grandson, Robert Christopher Appel Price Jr., a sister, Mildred Appel Chaney, and three brothers, Earl Franklin Appel, John Watson Wright Appel and Carl Appel.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 28, in the chapel of Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., Cumberland, Md., with Pastor Timothy McGregor, grandson of Mr. Appel, officiating. Burial was in Restlawn Memorial Gardens. Gary Lee Appel, Gary Lamar Appel Jr., Timothy McGregor, Craig Appel, Carl Meagher and Ian Maddy served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Todd Appel and Charles Gay.
Mr. Appel is survived by his wife, Georgie L. McFarland Appel; son, John Appel, and friend, Judy Menges, Cumberland, Md.; sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Jeanie Appel and Leo and Shirley Appel, all of Cumberland, Md.; daughters and sons-in-law, Ina Rae and Galen McGregor and Carolyn and Carl Meagher, all of Cumberland, Md., Myrtle and Chuck Gay, Jefferson, and Patricia and Charlie Maddy, LaVale, Md.; daughters-in-law, Dona Jean Appel, Hancock, Md., and Jean Appel, Cumberland, Md.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul Joseph and Gladys Appel, Cresaptown, Md., and Robert and Gerry Appel, Frederick, Md.; brother-in-law, Oberlin "Cub" Chaney, Frostburg, Md.; sister-in-law, Amy Appel, Hancock, Md.; 31 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vicki Via Dotson Memorial Leukemia Foundation, 174 Centennial St., Frostburg, MD 21532, or to the Lighthouse of Hope, Warrior Drive, Cresaptown, MD 21502.
Upchurch Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MR. CASH
U.S. Army veteran
CARNESVILLE - Nelson Cash, 81, died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following a short illness.
Mr. Cash was born June 20, 1919, in Banks County, a son of the late Elijah and Nelar Purcell Cash.
He served on the Democratic Committee for 16 years, and was the Justice of Peace for 16 years. Mr. Cash was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.
At the age of 17, he began work as a poultry farmer, retiring after 64 years. Mr. Cash was a member of Damascus Baptist Church and a member of the Georgia Poultry Federation.
He was the last member of his immediate family.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 29, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Roy Rogers, Warren Wilkinson and the Rev. Loyd Martin officiating. Burial was in the Damascus Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Cash is survived by his wife, Emily Stowe Cash, Carnesville; three daughters, Ann Cash Rooks, Flovilla, June Cash Collins, Cleveland, and Bonnie Cash Meeler, Maysville; one son, Nelson Loyd Cash Jr., Commerce; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to The Gideons International, c/o Habersham South Gideons, P.O. Box 195, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MR. STEPHENS
U.S. Army veteran
ATHENS - Willard Stephens, 73, died Saturday, December 30, 2000.
A native of Clarke County, Mr. Stephens was a son of the late Alexander and Cleo Weathers Stephens.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired from Champion Dairy Pak. Mr. Stephens was a member of Oconee Heights Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the V.F.W.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Spratlin Stephens.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 2, 2001, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Tom Lang officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Richard Horne, Johnny Stephens, Norman Cockrell, Larry Landrum, Ricky Nixon and Dan Harrell served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two sons, Kim Stephens, Athens, and Gene Stephens, Maysville; two daughters, Terry Evans and Tina Blount, both of Athens; one brother, J.C. Stephens, Greenwood, S.C.; two sisters, Gertrude Fields and Deloris Horne, both of Athens; grandchildren, Kristy Gee and Jackie Evans, both of Athens, and Nick Stephens, Maysville; great-grandchildren, Shane and Amber Gee, Athens; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MR. WHITE
World War II veteran
WINDER - Joe W. "Papa Joe" White, 83, died Saturday, December 30, 2000.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. White had lived in Winder since 1982. He was a son of the late Luther White and Annie Caigle.
Mr. White was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy, and had worked in the textile industry. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at The Winder Worship Center with the Revs. Eugene Prichett and Doug Palmer officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Billy White, Jeff White, Rodney White, Gregg Cannon, Andy Cannon and John Strickland served as pallbearers.
Mr. White is survived by his wife, Louise White; four daughters, Margie Bell, Murrayville, Betty Hauser, Clarkesville, Wanda Hayes, Derby, Ind., and Sandra Cannon, Atlanta; three sons, Bill White, Gainesville, Larry Strickland, Newnan, and Jerry Strickland, Atlanta; 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Wise-Connolly Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

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MRS. LAMB
Sister of countian
CARNESVILLE - Mrs. Eva Lou Tiller Fitzpatrick Lamb, 89, died Thursday, December 28, 2000, at Cobb Health Care Center, Comer.
Mrs. Lamb was born May 9, 1911, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Eddie Lee and Lillie Mae Vaughn Tiller.
Mrs. Lamb had worked as a switchboard operator with Saint Joseph's Hospital and was a homemaker. She was a member of Ila Baptist Church.
Mrs. Lamb was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph G. Fitzpatrick, her second husband, D.T. Lamb, and a sister, Lucy Lester.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 30, at Ila Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Survivors include one daughter, Faye Hopson, Afton, Tenn.; four sons, Donald Fitzpatrick, Sanford, N.C., Edward Y. Fitzpatrick, Maryville, Tenn., Robert M. "Bob" Fitzpatrick, Carnesville, and Jimmy R. Fitzpatrick, McDonough; three sisters, Beatrice Carter, Madison, Mary Hooper Molis, Navaree Village, Ohio, and Sara Long, Commerce; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
For further information and guest book, see www.legacy.com.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MR. COWART
Purple Heart recipient
ATHENS - Paul E. Cowart, 78, died Wednesday, December 27, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Cowart was a son of the late Ernest Garfield and Annie Rosa Lee Smith Cowart.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served from 1942 to 1945, and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Mr. Cowart was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Pearson Cowart, a son, Paul Michael Cowart, and three brothers, Grady Cowart, Billy Cowart and J.C. Cowart.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 29, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. Jamie Doster officiating. Burial was in the Moons Grove Baptist Church cemetery. Glenn Sanders, Keith Sanders, O'Neil Doster, Allen Cowart, Derick Cleghorne and Chuck Haynes served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two children, Janice Archer, Alpharetta, and Gery Ray Cowart, Gainesville; three sisters, Lula Mae Doster, Sandy Cross, Nell Sanders, Crawford, and Waunette Langford, Arnoldsville; six grandchildren, John Dale Archer, Rebekah Christine Bynum, Casey Michael Archer, Briann Nicole Cowart, Andy Ray Cowart and Nicholas Brouson Cowart; three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MR. WARD
World War II veteran
BALDWIN - J.D. Ward, 77, died Sunday, December 31, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Ward was born February 5, 1923, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Lemuel and Nettie Payne Ward.
Mr. Ward was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and was a member of Grant Reeves Post #7720, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer, and the AARP. Mr. Ward was formerly employed with Carwood Manufacturing Company and was retired from Grady Garment Company.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rachel Blalock Ward, and a son, Steven Ward.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at Nails Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Rogers and Terry Rice officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Gene Todd officiating at graveside.
Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Pat Payne Ward, Baldwin; three daughters, Carol Elrod, Mt. Airy, Cathy Rogers, Lula, and DeAnn Downer, Cornelia; three sons, David Ward, Mt. Airy, Kirby Ward, Calhoun, and Milton Ward, Knoxville, Tenn.; one brother, Tom Ward, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Nails Creek Baptist Church, 2721 Highway 51 N., Homer, GA 30547, or to Level Grove Baptist Church, P.O. Box 416, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MR. PEPPERS
Retired custodian
WINDER - Hughlan G. Peppers, 72, died Saturday, December 30, 2000.
Born in Barrow County, Mr. Peppers was a son of the late George and Rilla Taylor Peppers.
He was a retired custodian with Barrow Medical Center and was a member of Chapel Christian Church.
Graveside services were held Sunday, December 31, in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Donnie Pennington officiating. Ricky Peppers, Steve Peppers, Jimmy Peppers, Kyle Peppers, Brad Peppers and Brian Peppers served as pallbearers.
Survivors include four sons, Larry E. Peppers, Ricky Peppers, Steve Peppers and Jimmy Peppers, all of Winder; four sisters, Robbie Embry, Dacula, Jean Beddington, Conyers, Alice Jackson, Winder, and Jodie Taylor, Lake City; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MRS. SEYMOUR
Retired
account analyst
GILLSVILLE - Mrs. Betty Sue Seymour, 70, died Monday, January 1, 2001, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
A native of Fulton County, Mrs. Seymour was a daughter of the late Gober and Lucy Booth Hall.
She moved to Hall County in 1984 after living in Bowman for a number of years. Mrs. Seymour was retired from Liberty National Insurance Company as an account analyst and had been employed with J&J Foods. She was a member of Montgomery Memorial Baptist Church.
Mrs. Seymour was preceded in death by a sister, Delray H. Sockwell.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 3, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Fulton Boswell officiating. Burial was in the Deep Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Dewey Rose.
Mrs. Seymour is survived by her husband, Perry Seymour, Gillsville; son and daughter-in-law, James Keith and Sheila D. Dickerson, Gillsville; daughter and son-in-law, Karen D. and Ronnie H. McDowell, Bowman; one brother, Carl Hall, West Minister, S.C.; one sister, Winnie Looney, Morrow; two grandsons, Andy McDowell, Lavonia, and James Kyle Dickerson, Gillsville; and a number of other relatives.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MR. NILES
Truck driver
COMMERCE - Richard Niles, 80, died Saturday, December 30, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Niles was a son of the late Robert and Anna Niles.
He attended Jackson County public schools. Mr. Niles drove a tractor trailer for 30 years and taught over 25 men to drive tractor trailers. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ailmera Jackson Niles, and a daughter, Mary Sue Harper.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 4, 2001, at Mount Calvary Baptist Church with the Revs. A.R. Brown, W.F. Pattmon and Elder W. Salley officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Willie Richard Niles, Rome, and Robert Lee Niles and Leroy Niles, both of Commerce; one brother, John B. Niles, Duluth; 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MRS. SMATHERS
Prospect UMC
cemetery rites
ATHENS - Mrs. Evelyn Clotfelter Smathers, 93, died Sunday, December 31, 2000.
A native of Athens, Mrs. Smathers was a daughter of the late John Leonard and Alice Petersen Clotfelter.
She was a member of Young Harris United Methodist Church. Mrs. Smathers was preceded in death by her husband, Troy O. Smathers.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, January 2, 2001, in the Prospect United Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Tom Lang officiating.
Mrs. Smathers is survived by one sister-in-law, Mrs. Leon Clotfelter, Cartersville; and nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 20001

MRS. DEAN
Southern Bell retiree
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Mary McDonald Dean, 77, died Tuesday, January 2, 2001, at New Horizon West Nursing Home following an extended illness.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Dean was retired from Southern Bell, where she worked in management. She was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church, a member of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Pioneer Club of Southern Bell.
Funeral services will be held at a later date.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Rae Greene, Gainesville; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Col. Jim Martin, Atlanta; grandchildren, Courtney and Matt Kistler, Chicago, Ill., and Hadley and Dr. Randall Smith and Wil Green, all of Athens; and two great-grandchildren.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001

MR. GOOCH
Farmer
JEFFERSON - Frank Gooch, 97, died Wednesday, December 27, 2000, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Gooch was born August 10, 1903, in Union County, a son of the late Harve and Arvie Ward Gooch.
He was an active farmer and was a member of Walnut Fork Baptist Church, Hoschton.
Mr. Gooch was preceded in death by his wife, Viola Mae McNeal Gooch, and a son, Myron Gooch.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 30, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Kenneth Brewer, Wesley Sanders and Lewis Gooch officiating. Burial was at Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Bobby Gooch, Donald Gooch, Dover Gooch, Jimmy Gooch, Tony Gooch and Charles Sessa served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Nell and Joe Dale, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Lewis and Gwen Gooch, Live Oak, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Navona Gooch, Jefferson; special friend, Jean Bryan, Jefferson; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 3, 2001


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