Jackson County Obituaries...

January 24, 2001

MR. HOLDER
White Plains Baptist Church member
JEFFERSON - Fred Holder, 72, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Holder was born August 16, 1928, in Jackson County, a son of the late William "Doc" and Endie Barrett Holder.
He was a retired truck stop owner and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church. Mr. Holder was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Phillips Holder, and a son, Dale Holder.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, January 25, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial will be in the White Plains Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Freddy Holder, Maysville, and Lewis Holder and Larry Holder, both of Atlanta; three daughters, Shirley Medley, Commerce, Brenda Holder, Athens, and Ann Holder, Atlanta; two sisters, Beatrice Varnum, Jefferson, and Eula Jean Whitehead, Danielsville; and six 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, January 24, 2001

MR. PORTER
Purple Heart recipient
JEFFERSON - Lum Harvis Porter, 80, died Friday, January 19, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Porter was born November 27, 1920, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Robert Lee and Mary Wilson Porter.
Mr. Porter was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the European Theater during World War II, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a retired inspector with Roper Pump Company and was a member of Living Word Worship Center, where he served as a deacon for 48 years.
Mr. Porter was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Brookshire Porter, and a son, Thomas Leonard Porter.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 21, at Living Word Worship Center with the Revs. Richard James, Dennis Kesler and Mark Mobley officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Kasey Hanley, Stacy Hanley, Jason Mobley, Gary Porter, Kelly Porter and Tommy Porter served as pallbearers.
Mr. Porter is survived by his wife, Daisy Porter, Jefferson; three daughters, Pat Hanley, Ann Mobley and Brenda Thompson, all of Jefferson; three step-daughters, Brenda Lunsford, Hiawassee, and Linda Reidling and Diane Wood, both of Commerce; one son, Butch Porter, Jefferson; two step-sons, David Stowe, Hoschton, and Jimmy Stowe, Pendergrass; one sister, Marguerite Duncan, Jefferson; 14 grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Living Word Worship Center Building Fund, P.O. Box 674, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MR. SMITH
World War II veteran
NICHOLSON - Grady H. Smith Sr., 76, of Jefferson Drive, died Monday, January 22, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Smith was born July 9, 1924, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Curtis and Bessie Howington Smith.
Mr. Smith was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and was retired from Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce. He was a member of Nicholson Baptist Church and was a member of Hudson Lodge #294 F & AM.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, at Nicholson Baptist Church with the Revs. Ervin Goss and Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Runelle McClure Smith, Nicholson; one son, Howard Smith, Commerce; three brothers, Charlie Smith, Dwayne Smith and Herman Smith, all of Nicholson; two sisters, Lanette Carter and Myrtice Clifton, both of Nicholson; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MR. AIKENS
Retired carpenter
NICHOLSON - James E. Aikens, 75, died Thursday, January 18, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Aikens was born September 19, 1925, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late James Dick and Elsie Mae Aikens.
Mr. Aikens was a retired carpenter and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Kenneth Dillard and James Ransom officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Aikens is survived by his wife, Joyce M. Aikens, Nicholson; two sons, David Aikens, Braselton, and Edward Aikens, Commerce; three daughters, Bertie Hix, Maysville, Peggy Vandergriff, Pendergrass, and Janet Woodall, Nicholson; one brother, Richard Aikens, Gainesville; one sister, Mary Franklin, Braselton; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MR. STEWART
Retired supervisor
JEFFERSON - Woodrow Hershel Stewart, 82, died Saturday, January 20, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Stewart was born April 9, 1918, in Jackson County, a son of the late George W. and Jessie Stevens Stewart officiating.
He was a retired supervisor of Jefferson Mills and was a member of Apple Valley Baptist Church. Mr. Stewart was preceded in death by a son, Leroy Stewart.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, January 22, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Lee Hunter and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Lenward Carder, Jerry Griffin, Roger Hill, David Pursley, Johnny Pursley and Ray Pursley served as pallbearers.
Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife, Sara Nell Stewart, Jefferson; one daughter, Jane Willis, Jefferson; one sister, Eula Stewart, Athens; one brother, Olin Stewart, Jefferson; five grandchildren, Kenneth Willis, Don Willis, Ray Pursley, Johnny Pursley and David Pursley; and seven great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MRS. MOODY
Commerce First Baptist member
ATHENS - Mrs. Murwyn Massey Moody, 86, formerly of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 17, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Moody was a daughter of the late Curt and Hattie Short Massey. Her husband was the late Art Moody.
Mrs. Moody was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with Ray Austin and the Rev. Frank Granger officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Moody is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Greg Bickley, Athens; grandson, Matthew Bickley, Athens; brothers and sisters-in-law, Shelby and Rosemary Massey, Commerce, and Norman and Betty Massey, Goshen, N.J.; brother, Cody Massey, Cornelia; sisters, Ebby Hill, Columbia, S.C., and Everette Milford, Commerce; and sister and brother-in-law, Janell and Dan Chandler, Dalton.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MRS. EDWARDS
Bold Springs
UMC member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Mary Nell Edwards, 88, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at Hart County Hospital.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Edwards was born December 11, 1912, a daughter of the late T.O. and Maude Segars Varner.
She was a member of Bold Springs United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 25, in the Bold Springs United Methodist Church cemetery with the Revs. Eddie Gordon and Tom Arnold officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Cecelia Martin, Carnesville, and Melba Miller, Commerce; one son, Ronald Edwards, Carnesville; four sisters, Tharra Edwards, Marguerite Herbert and Betty Jean Gordon, all of Commerce, and Kathleen McCoy, Cornelia; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MRS. GARRETT
Apple Valley
Baptist member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Dessie Watkins Garrett, 97, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Garrett was born August 7, 1903, in Union County, a daughter of the late Alfred and Rachel Gooch Watkins.
She was a homemaker and a member of Apple Valley Baptist Church. Mrs. Garrett was preceded in death by her husband, James Albert Garrett, a son, James Edwin Garrett, and two daughters, Eddie Ruth Johnstone and Lois Garrett.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 25, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Don Blalock and Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial will be in the Apple Valley Baptist Church cemetery. Jimmy Hobson, Mike Beatty, Gary Skinner, William Campbell, Michael Moore and Clay Skinner will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Roy and Maureen Garrett, Jefferson, and Hoyt and Lois Garrett, Pendergrass; daughter, Willie Nell Garrett, Jefferson; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

 


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MRS. GARRETT
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Eva Hassie Garrett, 65, died Monday, January 22, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Garrett was born January 11, 1936, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Elijah Redmond and Bessie Smith Redmond.
She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Worship Center, Danielsville.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 25, at New Hope Worship Center with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, Jonathan Randall and Walter Venable officiating. The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Garrett is survived by her husband, Victor Garrett, Commerce; one son, Ricky Garrett, Commerce; two daughters, Patsy Garrett and Kathy Anderson, both of Commerce; one brother, Richard Redmond, Maysville; two sisters, Molly Parson and Daisy Shubert, both of Maysville; two grandchildren, Chris Garrett and Daniel Anderson, both of Commerce; and one great-grandchild, Ricky D. Garrett, Commerce.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MISS HILL
Atlanta native
HULL - Miss Gina Hill, 40, died Saturday, January 20, 2001, at Scottland Memorial Hospital, Laurinburg, N.C.
Miss Hill was born July 23, 1960, in Atlanta. She was a daughter of Jean Hill, Maysville, and the late Clark Hill.
Miss Hill was employed with Red Lobster, Athens, and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her mother, Miss Hill is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Miranda Jean and Stacy Batchelor Sr., Marston, N.C.; two grandchildren, Brittany and Stacy Jr.; her fiancé, Wes Roberts, Athens; five sisters, Cindy Baird and Christy Phelps, both of Maysville, Pat Clinton, Commerce, Marcia Sullivan, Wagram, N.C., and Jennifer Wright, Conyers; two brothers, Bill Hill, McDonough, and Obie Faulkner, Maysville; six nieces, 13 nephews, two great-nieces and one great-nephew.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MR. WORLEY
Banks County native
HOMER - Leon Worley, 80, died Friday, January 19, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Worley was born July 11, 1920, a son of the late Rubin and Carrie Davis Worley.
He was retired from Garrison Lumber Company and was a member of Bethany Christian Church. Mr. Worley was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa Bruce Worley, and a brother, Rubin Worley Jr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Jerry Payne and the Rev. William Campbell officiating. Burial was in the Silver Shoals Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four brothers, Bobby Worley, Nicholson, Jack Worley, Winder, Lonnie Worley, Gainesville, and Roy Worley, Helen; three sisters, Mildred Green and Myrtle Lawson, both of Nicholson, and Ruby Standridge, Brockton Community; and nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MR. HAIRE
Father of countian
LAVONIA - Reuben Dean Haire, 51, died Sunday, January 21, 2001, at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 27, at the residence.
Mr. Haire is survived by his wife, Darine Doster Haire; five children, Hope Abbs, Commerce, Donnie Ray Lewis, Lawrenceville, Carlton Lewis, Gainesville, Timothy Hiland, Canon, and Christine Brock, Lavonia; two brothers, Billy Haire, Hartwell, and Harvey Haire, Baytown, Texas; one sister, Edie Counts, Idabele, Okla.; and three grandchildren, Page, Kyle and Randall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.
National Cremation Society, Lilburn, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MRS. WHITEHEAD
Jackson County native
ATHENS - Mrs. Ella Virginia Wier Whitehead, 80, died Monday, January 22, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Whitehead was a daughter of the late Charlie and Mattie Pinson Wier.
She was a homemaker and a member of Cornerstone Christian Church. Mrs. Whitehead was preceded in death by her husband, Willie B. Whitehead, and a daughter, Martha Ann Baker.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 25, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Hal Tapp officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Mattie Sorrow, Athens, and Brenda Sue Carithers, Nashville, Tenn.; one son, Anthony Flores, Hull; two sisters, Inez Standridge, Jefferson, and Lounette Hardeman, Roopville; 18 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MRS. GIPSON
Homemaker
CARNESVILLE - Mrs. Ebbie Gladys Chambers Gipson, 86, died Friday, January 19, 2001, at the Comer Nursing Center, Comer.
Mrs. Gipson was born March 17, 1914, in Banks County, a daughter of the late William S. and Mae Wood Chambers.
She was a homemaker and a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church. Mrs. Gipson was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Frank Gipson Jr., and a brother, J.M. Chambers.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 21, at B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Revs. Michael Bell and John H. Swanger officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two sons, Sonny Gipson and Tim Gipson, both of Carnesville; one daughter, Susie Coleman, Charleston, W. Va.; one sister, Edith Sullivan, Commerce; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
For further information and guest book, see www.legacy.com.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MRS. FREEMAN
Tuckston UMC member
ATHENS - Mrs. Angie Sell Freeman, 86, died Monday, January 15, 2001.
A native of Barrow County, Mrs. Freeman was a daughter of the late J.C. and Bertha Sell Burroughs.
She was connected with the Food Services Department of the University of Georgia for over 26 years, retiring in 1984. Mrs. Freeman was a member of Tuckston United Methodist Church.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 18, in the Hoschton Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Lang officiating.
Survivors include a sister, Thelma Fair, Colbert; grandchildren, Tracy Oldham, Jefferson, Ronnie Hamilton, Palmyra, Pa., Jerry Hamilton, Stone Mountain, and Terry Hamilton, Harwick; four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2550 North Druid Hills Road, Suite 275, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MR. HAUGEN
Father of countian
GRAND RAPIDS - Robert N. Haugen, 84, died Thursday, January 18, 2001, in the Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 21, in the chapel of Peterson Funeral Home, Coleraine.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jane (Norlander) Haugen; children, David (Kay) Haugen, Jefferson, John (Tina) Johnson, Olustee, Okla., and Roy (Linda) Johnson, Pottsboro, Texas; two granddaughters, two grandsons and one great-grandson.
His parents, Christian and Effie Haugen, a granddaughter, Barbara Ann Johnson, a sister, Noreen Thomas, and a brother, Earl Haugen, preceded him in death.
Peterson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

MR. SORROW
Carpenter
COMMERCE - Danny Morgan Sorrow, 51, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Greenville County, S.C., Mr. Sorrow was born August 19, 1949, a son of the late James Verner Sorrow and Jenny Standridge Sorrow Waters.
He was a carpenter and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. John Turlington officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Lee Sorrow, Commerce; one daughter, Jennifer Sorrow, Commerce; one brother, Bryan "Huck" Sorrow, Commerce; five step-sisters and one step-brother.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001

REV. MATHIS
Minister of Dove Creek Holiness Church
STATHAM - The Rev. Ollie Junior Mathis, 81, died Monday, January 22, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Mathis was a son of the late B.O. Mathis and Maybell Tarply Mathis.
He was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation, with 30 years of service, and was the minister of Dove Creek Holiness Church. Mr. Mathis was preceded in death by his wife, Bennie Ruth Mathis, and a daughter, Mildred Dunn.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
The Rev. Mathis is survived by children, Sandra Phillips, Bethlehem, Benny Mathis, Commerce, and Randall Mathis, Statham; a nephew like a son, Tony Womack; brother, the Rev. J.L. Mathis, Winder; sisters, Helen Cash, Bogart, Joyce Sellars, Perry, Peggy Casper and Charlotte Edgar, both of Winder; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 24, 2001


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