Jackson County Obituaries...

February 21, 2001

MRS. BLACK
Banks County native
PENDERGRASS - Mrs. Ethelene Black, 88, died Monday, February 19, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Black was born May 30, 1912, a daughter of the late Henry and Genie Presley Hagwood.
She was a homemaker and a member of Free Chapel Worship Center, Gainesville. Mrs. Black was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest J. Black, and a daughter, Eloise Brown.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jake Davis officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Ruby Wall and Ann Garrett, both of Winder, Edna McClain, Pendergrass, and Gladys Faulkner, Talmo; four sons, Ralph Black, Larry Black and Gene Black, all of Pendergrass, and Harold Black, Banks County; three sisters, Jewell Lynn, Flowery Branch, Mozelle Miller, Chamblee, and Linnis Davis, Monroe; 25 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

LANDRETH
Housewife
COMMERCE - Ms. Marilyn Landreth, 66, formerly of Winder, died Wednesday, February 14, 2001.
Born in Blue Ridge, Ms. Landreth was a daughter of the late Samuel and Minnie Edwards Bennett.
She was a housewife and was a member of St. Anthony's Episcopal Church, Winder.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 17, in the Young's Chapel Baptist Church cemetery, Blue Ridge, with the Rev. Max Curtis officiating.
Survivors include one son, George Henson, Commerce; one sister, Birda Garrin, Blue Ridge; and two brothers, Don Bennett, McCaysville, and Wendel Bennett, Epworth.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MRS. BAXTER
Retired dietician
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Frances Baxter, 52, died Friday, February 16, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Baxter was born August 30, 1948, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of Mamie McKie Baxter, Nicholson, and the late Willie Baxter.
Mrs. Baxter was a retired dietician and was a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 18, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Kenneth Segars officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three brothers, Billy Baxter, Bishop, J.D. Baxter, Washington, and Jerry Baxter, Nicholson; three sisters, Debbie Baxter and Betty Silman, both of Nicholson, and Mary Hix, Toccoa; and several nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MR. MOON
Father of countian
WINDER - Clark Gable "Gabe Pop" Moon, 65, died Friday, February 16, 2001.
Mr. Moon was a native of Walton County. He was a farmer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 19, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Steve Whisnant officiating. Burial was in the Bay Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Loganville.
Mr. Moon is survived by his wife, Linda Moon, Winder; two daughters, Linda Wallace, Commerce, and Gayla Novlah, Winder; one son, William Walter Moon, Winder; two brothers, Mosey Moon, Loganville, and Jimmy Moon, Bethlehem; one sister, Nell Crisswell, Loganville; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MR. VENABLE
U.S. Air Force retiree
COMMERCE - William Venable Jr., 50, died Sunday, February 18, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Venable was born February 9, 1951, a son of William Venable Sr. and Annie Ruth Standridge Venable, Commerce.
He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Living Word Worship Center.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, Howard Rhodes and Ronald Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Venable is survived by his wife, Roberta Wilson Venable, Commerce; one son, Larry Venable, Copperas Cove, Texas; one brother, Allen Venable, Lula; two sisters, Connie Garner, Maysville, and Diane Matthews, Commerce; and three grandchildren.
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 21, 2001

MRS. WARD
Jackson County native
FLOWERY BRANCH - Mrs. Ruby Gillespie Ward, 83, died Thursday, February 15, 2001.
Mrs. Ward was a native of Jackson County. She was a member of the Fountain of Faith Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 18, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Revs. Blake Foster and James Vickers officiating. Burial was in the Fountain of Faith Congregational Holiness Church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Stoy Ward, Flowery Branch; daughters and sons-in-law, Louise and Doyle Foster, Statham, Shirley and David Scogin, Colbert, Pat and Alan Martyn, Athens, and Deborah and Donald Jennings, Flowery Branch; sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Jane Ward, Ft. Valley, and Jimmy and Beverly Ward, Flowery Branch; son-in-law, Ferrell "Cotton" Bray, Flowery Branch; sisters, Ann Chastain, Greenville, S.C., and Frances Moon, Marietta; brothers, Sloan Gillespie, Murrayville, and Cecil Gillespie, Athens; 24 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MR. BENTON
Commerce native
COLUMBIA, S.C. - W. James "Jim" Benton, 80, died Friday, February 16, 2001, at Bernardin Hospice House.
Born in Commerce, on November 9, 1920, Mr. Benton was the oldest child of the late Roy and Blanche Gibbs Benton, Commerce.
He had lived in Columbia since 1973 and was retired from the U.S. Army and Defender Services Inc. Mr. Benton was married to the late Margaret C. Dillard Benton for 52 years.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and retired at the Pentagon in 1972. During that time he served in many locations around the world which included the European and Pacific Theaters of War during World War II. Mr. Benton served in the Korean Conflict in 1950 and 1951.
In 1949, he was promoted from the enlisted rank of Sergeant Major to Warrant Officer in the regular Army. He participated in atomic bomb tests in the Nevada desert in 1953.
Mr. Benton received many military decorations and awards. He was assigned to the diplomatic duties, he served in the U.S. Defense Attaché' offices in the U.S. Embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Khartoum, Sudan in Africa and Paris, France. He performed his duties in the Pentagon and the Washington, DC area, where he was assigned as an instructor in the U.S. Army and U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency attaché' schools.
His last tour of military duty was with the Office of the Inspector General, Defense Intelligence Agency in the Pentagon.
Mr. Benton joined the Defender Services Inc. in Columbia in 1972 and worked there as vice president, administrative until retirement in 1992.
Private services were held.
Survivors include four sisters, Theola B. Samra and Betty Ann Morgan, both of Hapeville, Jeanette Beaver, Montezuma, and Mary Wynn Benton, Athens; seven sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Carolina Children's Home, 3201 Trenholm Road, P.O. Box 4465, Columbia, SC 29240, or to the Bernardin Hospice House, 90 Finley Road, Columbia, SC 29203.
Greenlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MR. HUNTER
Retired bus driver
JEFFERSON - Seth Edward Hunter, 65, died Wednesday, February 21, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hunter was born December 1, 1935, a son of the late Sam William and Mary Lenora Casper Hunter.
He was a retired bus driver with the University of Georgia and was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church, Jefferson. Mr. Hunter was preceded in death by a grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 23, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Roy Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Lebanon United Methodist Church cemetery.
Mr. Hunter is survived by his wife, Mary Lee Hunter; two sons, Timothy Seth Hunter and Sam William Hunter, both of Jefferson; two sisters, Carolyn Arnold, Athens, and Sammie Harrelson, Hoschton; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Jackson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

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MR. ISBELL
Retired educator
TALMO - James Monroe Livingston Isbell, 91, died Sunday, February 18, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Isbell was a son of the late Levis Ebulis Livingston and Daisy Belle Blackstock Isbell.
He was a retired timber and cattle farmer and a retired educator of 42 years, having served with the Jackson County, Hall County, Elbert County and North Carolina school systems. Mr. Isbell was a member of Talmo Baptist Church for 56 years, where he served as a deacon and as a Sunday School teacher. He was also a member of the Georgia Cattleman's Association, the Middle Oconee Soil and Water Association and was a church delegate to the Chattahoochee Baptist Association. Mr. Isbell was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army Medical Corp.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, at Talmo Baptist Church with Dr. James Merritt and the Rev. Bill Baker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Members of the Men's Awareness Sunday School Class served as honorary pallbearers.
Mr. Isbell is survived by his wife, Mary Nelle Langford Isbell, Talmo; one son, James Michael Isbell, LaGrange; two daughters, Cheryl Ann Fletcher, Talmo, and Mary Lynn Orr, Winterville; and six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Athens Chapter of Georgia Counsel of the Blind, P.O. Box 853, Athens, GA 30603, to Talmo Baptist Church, P.O. Box 98, Talmo, GA 30575, or to Holly Springs Methodist Church, 7441 Holly Springs Road, Pendergrass, GA 30567.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MRS. MULLIGAN
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Myrtle Virginia Mulligan, 72, a homemaker, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Mulligan was born April 15, 1928, in Dekalb County, a daughter of the late Vernon Harrison and Minnie Frances Burton Beard.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 22, at Adam's Place Cemetery, located at 530 Neal Road, Commerce. The Revs. David Gregory and Teri Hagwood will officiate.
Survivors include five daughters, Mary Ashley, Camilla, Virginia Fuller, Shady Dale, Deannie Gossett, Thomasville, Dorothy Kimbrell, Commerce, and Dianne Taylor, Pendergrass; one son, John Mulligan, Braselton; 22 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
The body and family are at the residence of daughter, Dorothy Kimbrell, 530 Neal Road, Commerce.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MR. SWINDLE
Madison Co. native
COMMERCE - Tom Watson Swindle, 87, died Monday, February 19, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Swindle was a son of the late Henry and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Swindle.
He was retired from Harmony Grove Textiles, with more than 40 years of employment, and was a member of Blacks Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Mr. Swindle was also a member of John H. Jones Masonic Lodge #348, A&FM, Danielsville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Albert Vaughn and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in Ila Cemetery. Billy Culbertson, Junior Shields, Greg Singleton, Donald Seagraves, Pat Seagraves and Myron Seagraves served as pallbearers.
Mr. Swindle is survived by his wife, Mattie Lou Haggard Swindle; son and daughter-in-law, Leon and Carolyn Swindle, Gainesville; sisters, Hedy King and Lurene Dora, both of Florida, Blanche Swindle, Gainesville, and Henrietta Kellum, Commerce; brother, Ford Swindle, Fayetteville; grandchildren, Tommy and Nancy Swindle, Terry and Tricia Swindle and Mark Swindle, all of Gainesville; great-grandchildren, Ashley and Katie Swindle; and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001
MR. HOSCH
Nephew of countian
BUFORD - Jonathan T. Hosch, 32, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Hosch, Braselton, died Thursday, February 15, 2001, following a sudden illness.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Hosch was a 1988 graduate of Duluth High School. He was a farmer and a member of New Liberty United Methodist Church, Braselton.
Mr. Hosch was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Carolyn Mauldin Hosch, in 1999.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 18, at New Liberty United Methodist Church with the Revs. J.J. Jones and Gaylon Beard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his uncle and aunt, include his father, Paul Hosch Jr., Buford; brother and sister-in-law, Hugh and Missie Hosch, Buford; niece, Melanie Hodgkins, Gainesville; nephews, Cody and Josh Hosch, both of Buford; great-niece, Madeline Hodgkins; and great-nephew, Nicholas Hodgkins.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MR. WILEY
U.S. Army Air
Corp. veteran
AUBURN - James G. Wiley, 83, died Wednesday, February 14, 2001.
Born in Abbeville, S.C., Mr. Wiley had lived in Barrow County for most of his life. He was a son of the late Scott Wiley Sr. and Mollie Tanner Wiley.
Mr. Wiley was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp., having served during World War II, and was a retiree of Genesco, Lawrenceville. He was a member of Bethabra Baptist Church, Hoschton.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, February 16, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Terry Hawkins officiating. Burial was in the Bethabra Baptist Church cemetery. Joseph Clack, Stephen Clack, Neal Ballew, Brad Stephens, Travis Clack and Emily Clack served as pallbearers.
Survivors include brother and sister-in-law, Quentin and Ola Wiley, Auburn; sister, Katreen Hogan, Winder; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ellen and Dillmus Venable, Cumming, and Bobbie and Vernon Giles, Sandston, Va.; sister-in-law, Hayzeen Wiley, Auburn; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Bethabra Baptist Church, 1054 Old Thompson Mill Road, Hoschton, GA 30548, or to the charity of one's choice.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MRS. KELLEY
Relative of countians
ANDERSON, S.C. - Mrs. Vernell Meeks Kelley, 76, died Saturday, February 17, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Anderson, S.C., Mrs. Kelley was born February 24, 1924, a daughter of the late Charlie E. and Eve Culpepper Meeks.
She was retired from White Jones Hardware and was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Temple. Mrs. Kelley was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Meeks, and four sisters, Odesa Jordan, Ruth Owens, Ola Barnes and Ollie Meeks.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, February 19, at Gethsemane Baptist Temple with the Rev. Sam Duncan officiating. Burial was in New Silverbrook Cemetery, Anderson, S.C.
Survivors include two sons, Johnny Kelley and Steve Kelley, both of Anderson, S.C.; two daughters, Shelby Jean Pruitt and Janie Baxter, both of Starr, S.C.; a special friend, Henry Wilson, Anderson, S.C.; two brothers, Thomas Meeks and Troy Meeks, both of Anderson, S.C.; one sister, Betty Parnell, Anderson, S.C.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson, S.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MRS. COWART
Mother of two
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Fannie Cowart, 79, a homemaker, died Friday, February 16, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Cowart was born March 8, 1921, a daughter of the late Hoyt and Mary Olive Day Adams.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hiram Shewbert, and her second husband, Hoyt Cowart.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 18, at Maysville Baptist Church with the Revs. Brian Stowe and Les Vinluan officiating. Burial was in Gillsville Cemetery, Gillsville.
Survivors include one son, James Shewbert, Powder Springs; one daughter, Jo Ann Crumley, Maysville; one sister, Martha Buffington, Norcross; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001

MRS. WESTMORELAND
Housewife
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Aldah L. Westmoreland, 86, died Monday, February 19, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Westmoreland was born November 27, 1914, a daughter of the late Columbus V. and Ann Jeanetta McDonald Wilson.
She was a housewife.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, at Maysville Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Westmoreland is survived by her husband, Otis Westmoreland, Maysville; one daughter, Mariane Wilson, Greenville, S.C.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 21, 2001


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