Jackson County Obituaries...

February 7, 2001

MRS. PUCKETT
Retired supervisor
HOSCHTON - Mrs. Janette Church Puckett, 67, died Thursday, February 1, 2001, at Emory University Hospital following an extended illness.
Mrs. Puckett was born August 27, 1933, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Ollie Lee and Clara Doster Church.
Mrs. Puckett was a retired quality control supervisor in the textile industry and was a member of Revival Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Church, and a sister, Thelma Camp.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 4, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Hoyt Skelton and Winford Page officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Puckett is survived by her husband, Herbert H. Puckett, Hoschton; two sons, Randell Puckett and Ricky Puckett, both of Hoschton; one brother, Raymond Church, Hoschton; and three grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MRS. BRYANT
White Plains Baptist Church member
HOSCHTON - Mrs. Margaret Marlow Bryant, 76, died Saturday, February 3, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bryant was born March 10, 1924, in Barrow County, a daughter of the late William Harrison and Susan Shelton Marlow.
She was a homemaker and a member of White Plains Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 5, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Kevin Page officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church cemetery. Donnie Boyd, Charles Bryant, Ricky Bryant, James Capes, Shorty Hogan and Bob Vest served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Bryant is survived by her husband, Rooselvelt Bryant, Hoschton; one son, Mickey Bryant, Hoschton; two sisters, Memphis Lingerfelt, Winder, and Mary Nell McElhannon, Hartwell; and one grandson, Zachary Bryant, Hoschton.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MR. BARRETT
World War II veteran
JEFFERSON - Joseph Elwyn Barrett, 77, died Sunday, February 4, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Barrett was a son of the late J. Early and Ermine Park Barrett.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army during the Philippines, and was a retired farmer and bus driver for the Jackson County Board of Education. Mr. Barrett was a member of Apple Valley Baptist Church, the VFW and the American Legion.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 6, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Hulon Hill and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in the Apple Valley Baptist Church cemetery. Jackie Barrett, Alan Parks, Sam Thompson, Tommy Dean, Jerry Ginn and Danny Sheridan served as pallbearers.
Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife, Rachel Ginn Barrett, Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Laverne Barrett, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Bobby Gooch, Jefferson, and Kathy and Alan Kennedy, Commerce; two sisters, Virginia B. Parker, Commerce, and Edna Earl Potts, Jefferson; one brother, Jack Barrett, Commerce; grandchildren, Joey and Lynn Barrett, Matthew Barrett, Kristi and Donnie Johnston, Kelli Sheridan, Justin and Blake Gooch and Justin and Taylor Kennedy; and great-grandchildren, Logan and Tyler Johnston.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MR. BROCK
U.S. Army retiree
COMMERCE - William Luther Brock, 80, died Thursday, February 1, 2001, at Georgia Veterans Home, Milledgeville.
A native of McMinn County, Tenn., Mr. Brock was a son of the late George and Laura Williams Brock.
He was retired from the U.S. Army, with 22 years of service, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Inglewood, Tenn. Mr. Brock was also a member of the VFW.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Brock is survived by his wife, Betty Saxon Minish Brock, Commerce; four sons, Carter Brock, Rogersville, Mo., Kerry Brock, Springfield, Mo., Robert Brock, Belton, Texas, and William L. Brock Jr., Madisonville, Tenn.; three daughters, Carolyn Estes and Teresa Thompson, both of Athens, Tenn., and Darla Lord, Champaign, Ill.; step-sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Teresa Minish and Ricky and Angie Minish, all of Commerce; step-daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Charles Fouche, Hull; two sisters, Lee Holland, Miami, Fla., and Sue Middleton, Cape Coral, Fla.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MRS. RUARK
Retired seamstress
WINDER - Mrs. Mildred Lance Nix Ruark, 77, died Sunday, February 4, 2001, at her residence following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Ruark was born January 19, 1924, in Lumpkin County. She was a daughter of the late Dee and Dessie Ryder Lance.
Mrs. Ruark was a retired seamstress with Carwood Manufacturing and was a member of Hightower Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Nix, and children, Danny Lee Nix, Janie Marie Phillips and Dusty Lee Nix.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, at White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson, with the Revs. Kevin Page and Ron Hewitt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Ruark is survived by her husband, Claude Ruark, Winder; two daughters, Claudette "Bootsie" Austin and Judy Hogan, both of Hoschton; two sons, Billy Joe Nix and Dale Nix, both of Winder; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MR. DISPAIN
Gainesville Iron
Works retiree
GAINESVILLE - Harvey "Junior" Dispain, 65, died Saturday, February 3, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
A native of Cherokee County, Mr. Dispain was a son of the late Harvey and Mirinda Ridley Dispain.
He was retired from Gainesville Iron Works, with 30 years of service, and was a member of Victory Baptist Church, Gainesville. Mr. Dispain was preceded in death by a brother, Marion Dispain, and three sisters, Irene Dispain, Della Mae Edwards and Lillie Bell Dispain.
Family members say Mr. Dispain was a loving daddy, papa and friend to all.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 5, at Victory Baptist Church with the Rev. Edmond Harris officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Ruby Nell Dispain, Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and David Gee, Pendergrass, Lesa and Freddie Williams Jr., Gainesville, and Janet and Danny Stowers, Clermont; daughter, Mirinda Gay Grogan, Cleveland; brothers, Homer Dispain and Johnny Dispain, both of Gainesville; sisters, Fanniloue Martin, Dawsonville, and Jewell Sullens and Shirley Harris, both of Gainesville; grandchildren, Freddie Williams III, Joshua Williams, Brett Williams, Preston Williams, Melessa Williams, Stephen Gee, Andrew Scott Gee, April Gee Harder, Kayleigh Pinion and Kelsey Stowers; and one great-granddaughter, Azalynn Harder.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MRS. CHANDLER
Nurse
COMMERCE - Mrs. June Chandler, 63, died Monday, February 5, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Chandler was born May 23, 1937, in Thomas County, a daughter of the late Robert and Mary Miller Odom.
She was employed as a nurse with BJC Medical Center, Commerce, and was a member of Berea Baptist Church, where she served as an Adult Ladies Sunday School class teacher.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Grady Jordan and Terry James officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Chandler is survived by her husband, James J. Chandler Sr., Commerce; one son, James Chandler, Commerce; one daughter, Malinda Chandler, Gainesville; and one brother, Burton Odom, Conyers.
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, February 7, 2001

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MR. MEALOR
Brother of countian
ROYSTON - John Otis Mealor, 60, died Monday, February 5, 2001.
Mr. Mealor was born March 1, 1940, in Madison County. He was a son of the late John Boyd and Florence Horne Mealor.
Mr. Mealor was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a truck driver. He was a member of the Red Hill Masonic Lodge and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Paul Creason and Johnny Ashworth officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Than Royston, Jerry Bennett, Randy Spears, Kermit McGee, Bobby Singleton, Douglas Fowler, Ernest Fowler, Ronny Adams, Hugh Roach, Herbert Adams and Henry Rice served as pallbearers.
Mr. Mealor is survived by his wife, Myrtle Garner Mealor, Royston; one daughter, Rhonda Beasley, Canon; two sons, Roger Mealor, Canon, and Rodney Mealor, Royston; one sister, JoAnn Pilgrim, Royston; one brother, Charles Mealor, Commerce; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, 3300 N.E. Expressway Building 9, Atlanta, GA 30341.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MRS. WATTS
Mother of countian
CONYERS - Mrs. Gwenda Latham Watts died Monday, February 5, 2001.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 7, in the chapel of A.S. Turner & Sons, Decatur, with the Revs. Charles Jenkins and Herb Jones officiating. Burial was in Floral Hills Memory Gardens.
Mrs. Watts is survived by her husband, Fred R. "Bobby" Watts; daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Barry King, Jefferson, and Karen and Herb Jones, Douglasville; step-daughter and son-in-law, Carol and John Cacciola, Conyers; step-son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Wanda Watts, Griffin; step-son, Chuck Watts, Bremen; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Harris Hughes, Clarkesville; sisters, Mary Jane West, Demorest, Martha Clay, Riverdale, and Harriett Kirkpatrick, Punta Gorda, Fla.; brother, Phillip Kirkpatrick, Punta Gorda, Fla.; grandchildren, Neil and Kristy Arnold, Douglasville, Tommy and Elizabeth Jones, Powder Springs, Scott Jones, Frankford, Germany, Katie King, Jefferson, Anna King, Jefferson, Jenifer and Nicholas Cacciola, Conyers, Brett Watts, Griffin, and Robert Watts, Bremen; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Those desiring may send contributions to the American Cancer Society.
A.S. Turner & Sons was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MR. SPIES
Carwood Mfg. retiree
WINDER - Fred Spies, 80, died Friday, February 2, 2001.
Born in Macon, Mr. Spies was a son of the late Gus and Arminda Owens Spies.
He was a former resident of Toccoa and had lived in Winder since 1971. Mr. Spies was a retiree of Carwood Manufacturing Company, Winder, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Winder.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, February 4, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Terry Tippens officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Spies is survived by his wife, Imogene Spies, Winder; two daughters, Susan Yearwood, Winder, and Sally Leonard, Duluth; two sisters, Octavia Heidt, Albany, and Rose Mary Harbour, Chattanooga, Tenn.; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Winder First United Methodist Church, 280 North Broad Street, Winder, GA 30680.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MRS. CASH
Homemaker
BOGART - Mrs. Helen Mathis Cash, 83, died Friday, January 26, 2001.
Mrs. Cash was born in Oconee County, a daughter of the late Ollie and Maybell Tarpley Mathis.
She had resided in Bogart for the past 54 years and was a member of Hope Baptist Church. Mrs. Cash was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Dunn, and a brother, the Rev. Ollie Junior Mathis.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 28, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. James H. Williams officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Bryan Cash, Scott Cash, Danny Cash, Chad Patrick, Stanley Patrick and Ronald Patrick served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Cash is survived by her husband, Louie Cash, Bogart; three daughters, Shirley Patrick and Patricia Klein, both of Statham, and Margaret Hall, Dacula; three sons, Eddie Cash and Jack Cash, both of Statham, and Joe Cash, Bogart; three sisters, Joyce Sellers, Perry, and Peggy Casper and Charlotte Edgar, both of Winder; one brother, the Rev. J.L. Mathis, Winder; 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MRS. SMITH
Homemaker
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Dora B. Smith, 94, died Friday, February 2, 2001, at the BJC Nursing Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Smith was born January 14, 1907, in Towns County, a daughter of the late David Jasper Underwood and Julia Elizabeth Clark.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 4, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Christian Church cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, B. Paul Smith, Pleasanton, Calif., and Jack T. Smith and James R. Smith, both of Maysville; one daughter, Betty Sims, Byron; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

MRS. BROWN
Grey Hill
Cemetery rites
COMMERCE - Mrs. Aretha Lucille Brown, 82, died Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Brown was born June 4, 1918, a daughter of the late Sam and Cora Chastain Waldroup. She was the wife of the late Telford Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 1, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Lonnie Bennett officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two daughters, Stella Mullinax and Annie Lee Waldroup, both of Commerce; one brother, Ralph Waldroup, Commerce; one sister, Katie May Wilson, Charleston, S.C.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 7, 2001

Lois S. Smallwood
Mrs. Lois S. Smallwood, 78, of Loganville, died Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at Life Care Center of Lawrenceville.
Mrs. Smallwood was born October 13, 1922, in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Smallwood was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Aubrey Smallwood, and a son, Capt. Jackie Smallwood, who was reported missing in action in 1973.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 2, at Blacks Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include son, Danny Smallwood, Lawrenceville; three brothers, Noble Sorrow, Brunswick, Charles Sorrow, Conyers, and Claude Sorrow, Crawford; three sisters, Montine Hardman, Commerce, Johnnie Spray, Crawford, and Grace Toney, Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, February 7, 2001


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