Jackson County Obituaries...

January 17, 2001


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MR. SMITH
Lanier
Raceway retiree
BRASELTON - Bobby T. Smith, 65, died Sunday, January 14, 2001, at Barrow County Medical Center.
Mr. Smith was born in Hall County, where he had lived most of his life, and had resided in Braselton for the past 15 years. He was a son of the late Ernest and Fannie Gravitt Smith.
Mr. Smith was retired from Lanier Raceway, where he had worked for a number of years, and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Hoyt Ivester and Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Jerry Owens, Gainesville; son, Jimmy Smith, Macon; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Stacy Smith, Flowery Branch; sister, Gaynell Allison, Gainesville; brother, Herman Smith, Gainesville; grandchildren, Ashley, Jessica, Shelley and Jonathan Smith and Shawn and Chad Owens; a special friend, Betty Woodring, Gainesville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MRS. HARPER
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Mary Lee J. Harper, 93, of Payneville Road, died Friday, January 12, 2001.
A native of White County, Mrs. Harper was born August 25, 1907, a daughter of the late Jessie and Anna Blalock Jackson. She was the widow of Lester Harper.
Mrs. Harper was a homemaker and was a member of Apple Valley Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 14, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Hulon C. Hill officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Ray Thomas, Charlie Thomas Jr., Wayne Harper, Marvin Poe, Brian Jackson and Johnny Stancil served as pallbearers.
Survivors include son, Lewis, and wife, Ellie Wier Harper, Decatur; two grandchildren, Gene, and wife, Karen Harper, Stone Mountain, and Nina Harper, Decatur; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Katherine Harper, both of Stone Mountain; three sisters, Pearl Wilkes, Forest Park, and Ruth Stancil and Louise Poe, both of Jefferson; two sisters-in-law, Helen L. Jackson, Lincolnton, and Eleanor P. Jackson, Jefferson; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. HAMILTON
World War II veteran
JEFFERSON - Sherrod Wesley Hamilton, 79, died Tuesday, January 16, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Hamilton was born April 9, 1921, in Clarke County, a son of the late William Leonard and Emma Lord Hamilton.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army with the Battery B 214th Coast Artillery AA. Mr. Hamilton was a retired pharmacist and was a member of Grace Fellowship Church, Watkinsville.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 19, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Pastors Terry Ross and Tracy Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Winder. Fred Glass, Fred Gurley, Alan Hamilton, Jason Hamilton, Jeremiah Hamilton and Joe Loyal will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Battery B 214th Coast Artillery AA.
Mr. Hamilton is survived by his wife, Mellie Anne Hamilton, Jefferson; five sons, Gary Hamilton, Durham, N.C., George Hamilton and Paul Hamilton, both of Starke, Fla., Jim Hamilton, Villa Rica, and Mark Hamilton, Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Pastor D. Jack Hamilton, Madison Heights, Va.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 3130, Gainesville, GA 30503-3130.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. WILSON
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - William Odell Wilson, 69, died Monday, January 15, 2001, at the V.A. Medical Center.
Mr. Wilson was born July 22, 1931, in Jackson County. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Johnny Wilson, Commerce; one brother, Russell Wilson, Commerce; two sisters, Virginia Archer, Nicholson, and Jannie Lee Ballenger, Carnesville; one granddaughter, Tonya Wilson, Commerce; and one niece, Betty Collins, Carnesville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. HOLLIDAY
Maysville native
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. - Bernard Jackson Holliday, 66, died Sunday, January 7, 2001, in a North Carolina hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Holliday was born October 2, 1934, in Maysville, a son of the late Joseph David Holliday and Faye Elizabeth Lord Holliday.
He attended Maysville schools and Clarkesville Technical Institute. Mr. Holliday served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Mr. Holliday was a retired electro-environmental technician with Charleston Air Force Base.
Funeral services were held at James A. Dyal Funeral Home, Summerville, S.C. A private burial was held in the Mount Olive Baptist Church cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Faye Holliday, Charleston, S.C.; one son, David Edward Holliday, Goose Creek, S.C.; one brother, David Kenneth Holliday, Gainesville; and two sisters, Joyce H. Beam, Douglasville, and Joan H. Miller, Bethesda, Md.
James A. Dyal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. PHARR
Retired dairy farmer
WINDER - John E. Pharr, 84, died Monday, January 15, 2001.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Pharr was a son of the late Claude and Pearl Williamson Pharr.
He had resided in Barrow County for most of his life and was a retired dairy farmer. Mr. Pharr was a member of Chapel Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, at Chapel Christian Church with the Rev. Jim Stephens officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Pharr is survived by his wife, Lillian Pharr, Winder; one sister, Mary Ruth Wall, Auburn; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. IRVIN
Former Irvin Implement Co. owner
ADRIAN - Hubert Cecil "H.C." Irvin, 92, died Friday, January 12, 2001, at Johnson County Nursing Home.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Irvin was a son of the late William E. and Daisy Phillips Irvin, and the husband of the late Janie McRae Irvin.
He graduated from Berry College, Rome, and was involved in several civic organizations, including the Swainsboro Exchange Club, Swainsboro Masonic Lodge, the Emanuel County Farm Bureau, the Emanuel Agri Business Club, and was a founding member of Emanuel County Historical Preservation Society.
Mr. Irvin was the former owner of Irvin Implement Company and was a John Deer Tractor dealer. He was a member of Corinth United Methodist Church and a longtime member of Swainsboro First Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 14, in the chapel of Hendley, Rountree and Powell Funeral Home, Swainsboro. Burial was in the Swainsboro City Cemetery with the Revs. Cecil Ruffin and Ramus Freeman officiating. Hubert Wayne Irvin, Jay Dwayne Irvin, Bruce McRae, Johnny McRae, Chris Whitehead, Mike Harrell, Mike Wayne Harrell and Nathan Foskey served as pallbearers.
Mr. Irvin is survived by his wife, Artie Lou Foskey Irvin; one daughter, Linda Winn, Lexington, N.C.; one son, Wayne Irvin, Adrian; one step-son, Hugh Foskey, Adrian; one brother, A.J. Irvin, Talmo; six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Hendley, Rountree and Powell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. BROWN
Brother of countians
HAMILTON, IND. - Charles Edwin Brown, 69, died Friday, January 12, 2001.
Born in Toccoa, Mr. Brown was a son of the late Paul J. and Mary Adams Brown.
He had been employed with the maintenance department of the Metropolitan schools of Steuben County, Ind., retiring in 1981, and the Gwinnett County schools of Georgia. Mr. Brown also managed the A&W Root Beer Stand, Angola, Ind., from 1966 to 1973, and retired from Walmart, Angola, Ind., in July 2000.
He was a member of Plesant Lake Baptist Church, the Angola Masonic Lodge #236, the Angola Moose Lodge, The Nightcrawlers and was a member of the Angola Fire Department for 11 years.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by a grandchild, Charles Robert Brown, and a sister, Pauline Dooley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville. Burial was in Meadow Cemetery.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Barbara Nelms Brown; two daughters, Paulette Crile, Stockbridge, and Patricia Rickman, Ashley; one son, Charles Dennis Brown, Clermont, Fla., formerly of Gas City, Tenn.; one sister, Ann Autry, Commerce; one brother, Oris Brown, Commerce; six grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and numerous step-great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MRS. BRADFORD
Mother of countian
CARNESVILLE - Mrs. Ruby Mae Wright Bradford, 65, died Thursday, January 11, 2001.
Mrs. Bradford was a member of Appalachee Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Ann Bradford.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, at Appalachee Baptist Church with the Revs. Sammy Everette and Richard Boone officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Bradford is survived by her husband, Kelley L. Bradford; son, Farion L. Bradford, Hoschton; daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Mark Bruce, Buford; brother, J.W. Wright, Statham; grandchildren, Brandy Marie Bradford and Scott Alan Bruce; and great-grandchildren, MaKinley Robinson and Noah Taylor.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Services, Inc., Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001


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MR. HALL
Winder First UMC member
WINDER - Foy S. Hall III, 52, died Thursday, January 11, 2001.
Born in Clarke County, Mr. Hall had resided in Barrow County for most of his life. He was a son of Julla M. Hall, Winder, and the late Foy S. Hall Jr.
Mr. Hall was co-manager of Ingle's Grocery Store, Winder, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Winder. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nettie and Foy Hall Sr.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 14, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Terry Tippens officiating.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Hall is survived by one daughter, Pyper Hall, Winder; one sister, Judy Ann Elcher, Winder; one brother, Forroll Hall, Gainesville; three nieces, two nephews and one great-niece.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 1903 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30339.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. GADDIS
Worked in
maintenance
GAINESVILLE - George Gaddis Sr., 63, died Wednesday, January 10, 2001, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Hall County, Mr. Gaddis was a son of the late Herman and Myrtie Rider Gaddis.
He was employed with CWT Farms, having worked in the maintenance department for several years. Mr. Gaddis was of the Baptist denomination.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jannie Underwood Gaddis, a daughter, Melinda Gaddis, and two brothers, Homer Rider and Idis Gaddis.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 13, in the Yellow Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Murrayville, with the Rev. Lonnie Baker officiating.
Survivors include one son, George Gaddis Jr., Dahlonega; one daughter, Jannie Wehunt, Homer; five brothers, Howard Gaddis, Webster Gaddis, Charlie Gaddis, Herman Gaddis and Winford Gaddis, all of Gainesville; three sisters, Rosalee Marsingile, Patsy Rider and Birdie Hatcher, all of Gainesville; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. KILEY
U.S. Navy veteran
HOSCHTON - Clyde Kiley, 61, died Monday, January 15, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Hospital.
Mr. Kiley was a son of the late Jesse and Bertha K. Kiley. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and had worked as a manager of a Fina Service Station.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 17, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Mike Phillips, Don Leaptrott and Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Kiley is survived by his wife, Brenda Kiley, Hoschton; one daughter, Renetta Kiley, Hoschton; one son, Chance Kiley, Hoschton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Buck and Jody Kiley, Carl, Troy Clenton and Annie Mae Kiley, Hoschton; brother, Marvin Kiley, Lawrenceville; sister, Jewel Miller, Social Circle; sister and brother-in-law, Gene and Carol Turk, Ila; brother-in-law, George Ward; mother-in-law, Jewell Gaddis, Hoschton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Zion Baptist Church Building Fund, Braselton, GA 30517.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. TABOR
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - Willie L. Tabor, 85, of Commerce, died Monday, January 15, 2001.
Mr. Tabor was a native of Banks County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served as a deacon at King Branch Baptist Church, Carnesville.
Mr. Tabor was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Tabor, and a daughter, Shirley Varnum.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 18, at King Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. James Ramey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Gloria Cochran and Andria Lee Tabor, both of Athens, and Evelyn J. Gober, Dacula; and one son, William Van Tabor, Homer.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. HARRIS
Truck driver
COMMERCE - Henry C. Harris died Monday, January 15, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Harris was born April 29, 1938, a son of the late Henry Richard Harris and Elizabeth Towe Harris.
He was a truck driver, having worked for D&D Transportation for many years.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Henry Webb and Johnny Loudermilk officiating. Burial will be in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer, with military honors.
Mr. Harris is survived by his wife, Barbara Cowart Harris, Commerce; one son, Tracy Harris, Hartwell; one brother, James W. Harris, Hartwell; four sisters, Virginia Billings, Starr, S.C., Henrietta O'Dell and Mary Clark, both of Hartwell, and Betty Hulsey, Mt. Airy; and two grandchildren.
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, January 17, 2001

MRS.
RICHARDSON
Retired from
Carwood Mfg.
BRASELTON - Mrs. Myrtie Grace Richardson, 86, died Monday, January 15, 2001, at Winder Health Care.
Mrs. Richardson was born December 15, 1914, a daughter of the late Andy and Jeanie B. McEver.
She was retired from Carwood Manufacturing and was a member of Walnut Fork Baptist Church. Mrs. Richardson was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Richardson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 17, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Fork Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph (Delain) Richardson, Dacula, and Clarence Dennis Richardson, LaGrange; one brother, Julius McEver, Atlanta; sisters, Cora Bell Williams, Dacula, and Julia Martin, Braselton; grandchildren, Clarence Ricky Richardson and Sharon Elizabeth Doerr, LaGrange, Brian Todd Richardson, Braselton, and Carla Dawn Cobb, Snellville; and six great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MRS. MEADOWS
Sister of countian
COMER - Mrs. Zorah Meadows died Friday, January 12, 2001.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 16, at Fairfield Baptist Church with the Rev. D.T. Jackson serving as pastor and the Rev. Ronald Gantt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Linton Meadows, Decatur, and Lanier Meadows, Comer; four daughters, Lizzie Carithers, Comer, Barbara Moore, Ellenwood, Berletha Bloodsaw, Phoenix, Ariz., and Rochelle Skelton, Hull; five sisters, Rosie Jones, Athens, Ida Brown, St. Paul, N.C., Trudy McKeever, Commerce, and Lula Colbert and Gladys Johnson, both of Danielsville; two brothers, Durham Johnson and James Johnson, both of Philadelphia, Pa.; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Gardenview Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MRS. COCHRAN
Alabama native
TALMO - Mrs. Willie Ruth Sizemore Cochran, 75, died Monday, January 15, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Cochran was born September 26, 1925, in Blount County, Ala. She was a daughter of the late Clifford and Stella Mae Gilbert Sizemore.
Mrs. Cochran was retired from McEver Packing Company and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elijah Newton Cochran.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 18, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jeff Langley officiating. Burial will be in the Pond Fork Baptist Church cemetery, Talmo. Conrad Ray, Darrell Moore, Joe Moore, Jeff Moore, Greg Howington, Michael Tate, Michael Buress, Chris Moore and Brent Moore will serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Cochran is survived by one son, Roger Cochran, Talmo; two daughters, Jeanette Bales and Ruthie Watson, both of Talmo; three brothers, Henry Sizemore and Leslie Sizemore, both of Cumming, and Junior Sizemore, Mary Ester, Fla.; four sisters, Pauline Anderson, Flowery Branch, Betty Hamby, Cumming, Jean Mooney, Buford, and Runell Wallace, Alpharetta; nine grandchildren, Conrad Ray, Ronda Tate, Tina Buress, Joel Cochran, Towanda Moore, Jeff Moore, Joe Moore, Darrell Moore and Elaine Howington, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MR. HESTER
Lumpkin
County native
GILLSVILLE - Bill E. Hester, 78, died Thursday, January 11, 2001, at Bell-Minor Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mr. Hester was born April 6, 1922, in Lumpkin County. He was a son of the late Lon and Ellen Perry Hester.
Mr. Hester worked as a machine operator in the textile industry and was a Baptist minister. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nishey Hall Hester, and his second wife, Montine Lockman Hester.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 13, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Bill Franklin, Robert Garrett, George Ward and Kevin Page officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church cemetery, Winder.
Mr. Hester is survived by two daughters, Frankie Hulme, Homer, and Sharon Walker, Gainesville; two sisters, Fannie McElroy and Frances Williams, both of Winder; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001

MRS. SAILERS
Harmony
Christian member
ORANGE PARK, FLA. - Mrs. Carrie Lee Shelnutt Sailers, 100, died Saturday, January 13, 2001, at Arbors of Orange Park.
Mrs. Sailers was born March 2, 1900, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Will and Lena Holcomb Shelnutt.
She was a homemaker and a member of Harmony Christian Church, Commerce. Mrs. Sailers was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Henry Sailers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 19, at Harmony Christian Church, with Jerry Payne officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, Jerry R. Sailers and William Lewis Sailers, both of Orange Park, Fla., and John W. Sailers, Acworth; 24 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 17, 2001


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