Jackson County Obituaries...

February 28, 2001

MR. BOND
Jackson County native
JEFFERSON - William D. "Billy" Bond, 58, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Bond was a son of the late Dallas Harper Bond and Idoomie Stephens Bond.
He was retired from the ABB Company, Athens, and was a member of the First Christian Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 23, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Minister Tom Plank, Dr. Franklin Scott and the Rev. Claude McBride officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. Cody Guined, Shane Guined, Jeff Ormsby, Mike Ormsby, Nicholas Smith, Eric Eliasson, Drew Benson and Matthew Chapman served as pallbearers.
Mr. Bond is survived by his wife, Shirley Roberts Bond, Jefferson; one son, Dallas Bond, Jefferson; one daughter, Elayna Bond, Jefferson; and two sisters, Mable Reems, Winder, and Dallas Ann Dennis, Dallas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway S.E., Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MRS. SWINDLE
Nicholson Baptist Church member
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Ella Tee Coleman Swindle, 86, died Friday, February 23, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Swindle was the daughter of the late Grover Huger and Flora Hood Coleman. She was the wife of the late Harold T. Swindle.
Mrs. Swindle was a member of Nicholson Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 25, at Nicholson Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Smith and Ervin Goss officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Jack Pirkle, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Jackie Swindle, Nicholson; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MR. MILFORD
Commerce
businessman
COMMERCE - Jimmy Milton Milford, 59, a Commerce businessman, died Saturday, February 24, 2001.
Mr. Milford was born in Gilmer County on July 28, 1941, a son of Everette Massey Milford, Commerce, and the late Ernest Milton Milford.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 26, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Milford is survived by his wife, Beverly Minish Milford, Commerce; daughter, Suzanne Milford, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Tracy and Marion Milford, Commerce; brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Barbara Milford, Commerce; sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Ken West, Commerce; one grandson, Blake Milford, Commerce; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MRS. GEARING
Clarke County native
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Mary "Elizabeth" Matthews Gearing, 56, died Sunday, February 25, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Gearing was born May 27, 1944, in Clarke County. She was a daughter of Thomas H. and Estelle Sorrow Matthews, Athens.
Mrs. Gearing was a homemaker and was a member of Living Waters Worship Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. William Whitfield and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the Center United Methodist Church cemetery.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gearing is survived by her husband, Ray Gearing, Nicholson; two brothers, Herbert Matthews, Danielsville, and James H. Matthews, Jefferson; four sisters, Dianne Compton, Comer, Edna Landrum and Louise Marlow, both of Athens, and Martha Patrick, Danielsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MISS MURRAY
Jackson County native
DALLAS - Miss Alma Sue Murray, 74, died Wednesday, February 23, 2001, at Phoebe Putney Memorial.
A native of Jackson County, Miss Murray was born November 28, 1926, a daughter of the late L.B. and Flora Bell McIntyre Murray.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 22, in Coleman-Stapler Cemetery, Nicholson, with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating.
Miss Murray is survived by three sisters, Hazel Lee Murray, Milledgeville, Wilma E. Richey, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Frances D. Turnor, Dallas.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MR. TATE
Former Jackson
County resident
CUMMING - Frank Hubert Tate, 85, formerly of Jackson County, died Saturday, February 24, 2001, at Chestnut Ridge Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mr. Tate was born June 4, 1915, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Robert and Julia Hulsey Tate.
Mr. Tate was retired from Lockheed and was a member of Chattahoochee Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 26, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass, with the Rev. Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Tate is survived by his wife, Lottie Mae Tate, Cumming; two daughters, Delores Lashley, Cumming, and Delaine McCarthy, Roswell; two sons, Benny Darrell Tate, Acworth, and Eddie Tate, Lilburn; two sisters, Lillie Mae Ferguson, Gillsville, and Maggie Pethel, Talmo; two brothers, Howard Tate, Eastman, and Otis Tate, Talmo; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MR. SAILORS
Nicholson native
ATHENS - Sam Roland Sailors, 70, died Friday, February 23, 2001.
A native of Nicholson, Mr. Sailors was a son of Hope Swindle Sailors and the late John Sailors.
He was retired as manager of Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES).
Funeral services were held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, February 26, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East. Burial was in the Erastus Christian Church cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Sailors is survived by his wife, Stella P. Sailors; two daughters, Sandy McKinley, Atlanta, and Sherry Tichenor, Lexington, Ky.; two sons, Sam R. "Rusty" Sailors Jr., Gilbert, Ariz., and Richard "Rick" Sailors, Yukon, Okla.; one sister, Wanda Hoffer, Conyers; one brother, Phillip Sailors, Jenson Beach, Fla.; and 14 grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

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MR. DAVIS
Tow truck driver for Peach State Speedway
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lamar Davis, 53, died Monday, February 26, 2001.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Davis was a son of the late Leon and Florene Davis.
He was employed as a tow truck driver for Lance Wrecker Service, with 35 years of service, and also worked for several years as a tow truck driver for Peach State Speedway, Jefferson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Rolland Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville. All employees of Lance Wrecker Service and affiliates with Peach State Speedway will serve as honorary escorts.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Lanetta Mundy Davis, Lawrenceville; children, Kevin Davis, Kathryn Davis and Keith Davis, all of Lawrenceville; sisters, Rita Dean and Gloria Moon, both of Lawrenceville; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MRS. CALHOUN
Mother of countians
ILA - Mrs. Thiara Rhudene Moreland Calhoun, 77, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001.
A native of Carroll County, Mrs. Calhoun was a daughter of the late Newton and Lottie Bell Moreland. She was the wife of the late J.C. Calhoun.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 24, at Emmanuel United Pentecostal Church, Nicholson, with the Rev. Jerry Wheeler officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Maxine Wright, Athens, Retanza Wheeler, Cartersville, Pamela Calhoun, Ila, and Carolyn Turner, Commerce; five sons, Rufus Calhoun, Decatur, Donnie Calhoun, Macon, Victor Calhoun and Ricky Calhoun, both of Ila, and Dexter Calhoun, Commerce; two sisters, Mildred Hammitt and Miriam Barringer, both of Dayton, Ohio; three brothers, James Moreland and Tommy Moreland, both of Dayton, Ohio, and Orville Moreland, Canton, Ohio; 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MRS. ROBERTS
General Time retiree
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Frances "Mie Mie" Parks Roberts, 74, died Tuesday, February 27, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Roberts was born December 15, 1926, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Henry Osborne and Lucille Segars Parks.
She was retired from General Time, Athens, and was a member of Dry Pond United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie B. Roberts, a sister, Ruby Swenney, and three brothers, Garnett Parks, Willie Parks and H.O. Parks.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Dry Pond United Methodist Church with Minister Tom Plank and the Rev. Phil Williams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ricky Hemphill, Tim Aiken, Michael "Tater" Davis, Larry Davis, Tommy Swenney, David Parks, Walt Parks and Jeff Streetman will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include one son, Gene Roberts, Newport News, Va.; two daughters, Shirley Bond, Jefferson, and Pat Stephens, Athens; three sisters, Betty Davis, Clara Hemphill and Alma Aiken, all of Jefferson; one brother, John Parks, Tifton; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MR. FIELDING
Brother of countians
COLBERT - Ret. Sgt. Al Fielding, 70, died Tuesday, February 20, 2001.
A native of Oconee County, Mr. Fielding was a son of the late Everett and Myrt Christopher Fielding.
He was a retired sergeant of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Fielding was also a member of Antioch Christian Church, Watkinsville.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 23, with full military honors.
Survivors include his wife, Jurlee Fielding; four daughters, Mary Brown, Athens, and Margaret Boles, Sandra Craven and Janet Moon, all of Hull; one son, James Fielding, Watkinsville; one step-daughter, Jenny Logan, Hull; three step-sons, Chris Bonner and Waymon Bonner, both of Athens, and Louie Bonner, Watkinsville; four sisters, Stella Harbin and Edna Pugh, both of Watkinsville, and Bessie Epps and Sarah Norton, both of Jefferson; 12 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MR. GARRETT
Mechanic
COMMERCE - Victor Royce Garrett, 67, died Monday, February 26, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Garrett was born May 6, 1933, in Abbeville, S.C. He was a son of Birdie Holcomb Garrett and the late Vester Garrett.
Mr. Garrett worked as a mechanic with Garrett Automotive. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Hassie Garrett.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, at Apple Valley Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, Johnathan Randall and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one son, Ricky Garrett, Commerce; two daughters, Kathy Anderson and Patsy Garrett, both of Commerce; one brother, Verner Garrett, Commerce; two sisters, Virginia Gailey, Commerce, and Mildred Wood, Toccoa; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001

MRS. SUGGS
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Olive Suggs, 87, of Crystle Springs Nursing Center, died Saturday, February 24, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Suggs was born June 2, 1913, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Leslie Williamson and Bertha Thurmond Williamson. She was the wife of the late B. Suggs.
Mrs. Suggs was a homemaker and a member of Berea Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb and Terry James officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Suggs is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 28, 2001


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