Jackson County Obituaries...

April 4, 2001

MR. WRIGHT
Cave Springs
Baptist member
COMMERCE - Randy Thomas "Fat Back" Wright, 31, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Wright was born August 25, 1969, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Marion and Mildred Holman Wright.
Mr. Wright was self-employed in landscaping and was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Cave Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Blalock officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery, Pendergrass.
Survivors include two sisters, Katie Grizzle and Pamela Kitchens, both of Jefferson; four brothers, David Wright, Danielsville, Ricky Wright, Hull, Andy Wright, Nicholson, and Jerry Wright, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MRS. IRVIN
Homemaker
BRASELTON - Mrs. Doris Baird Irvin, 83, died Friday, March 16, 2001, at Gwinnett Medical Hospital following a short illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Irvin was a daughter of the late James Baird and Sarah Reynolds.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Zion Baptist Church, Braselton. Mrs. Irvin was preceded in death by her husband, Henry J. Irvin, two brothers, James T. Baird and Ira Lee Baird, and five sisters, Estelle Hall, Mazelle Holland, Cora Bell Stover, Ludie Adams and Mildred Baird.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Phillips and Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters-in-law, Lourene Baird and Eulene Baird, both of Braselton, and Naola Baird, Gainesville; and many nieces and nephews.
Wise-Connolly Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MR. PITTMAN
U.S. Air Force veteran
NICHOLSON - Henry Grady Pittman, 66, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Pittman was born January 30, 1935, in Jackson County, a son of the late Theo and Pauline Seagraves Pittman.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was retired from Dairy Pak. Mr. Pittman was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Darrell Dale and David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the New Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Pittman is survived by his wife, Beverly Dean Matthews Pittman, Nicholson; two sons, Matthew Pittman and Phil Pittman, both of Winder; two daughters, Tara Hembree, Nicholson, and Deborah Jarrard, Hull; one sister, Hazel Lester, Nicholson; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001
MR. WILEY
Coach, teacher
BRASELTON - Coach Terry Wiley, 54, died Monday, April 2, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Wiley was born November 22, 1946, a son of Jerome Wiley, Winder, and the late Marie H. Wiley.
He was a 1964 graduate of Winder Barrow High School and a 1969 graduate of Georgia Southern College. Mr. Wiley began his teaching career in Winder, and from 1971 to 1975 taught and coached at Johnson High School, Hall County. He also taught and coached for the Winder Barrow School System from 1976 to 1999.
Mr. Wiley was a member of Hoschton United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge #333. He was also a Shriner.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Hoschton United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jon Herrin and Darrell McGinnis officiating. Burial was in the Hoschton City Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Susan Wiley, Braselton; one son, Brian Wiley, Alto; one daughter, Mariah Wiley, Braselton; one brother, Bobby Wiley, Winder; and one sister, Marcia Smith, Winder.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hoschton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 155, Hoschton, GA 30548, or to the Barrow-Jackson Cancer Society.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MR. CRUNKLETON
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - James M. Crunkleton, 82, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Crunkleton was born September 7, 1918, in Rabun County. He was a son of the late Joseph H. and Lilly Mae Wall Crunkleton.
Mr. Crunkleton was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He had been employed as a salesperson and was of the Baptist denomination.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Whitlock Chapel.
Mr. Crunkleton is survived by his wife, Eleanor Artemis Pappas Crunkleton, Commerce; two sons, Robert J. Crunkleton, Orlando, Fla., and Wayne Crunkleton, Silver Spring, Md.; one daughter, Penelope Crunkleton, Silver Spring, Md.; one brother, J.H. Crunkleton, Tiger; and one sister, Lauren Cabe, Tiger.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MRS. ANDERSON
Beaverdam Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Johnnie McElroy Anderson, 85, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Anderson was born May 7, 1915, a daughter of the late Albert Benton and Mary Elizabeth Carson McElroy.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Currie Anderson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Beaverdam Baptist Church with the Revs. Marshall Smith and Chad Payne officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one step-son, Bill Anderson, St. Petersburg, Fla.; one step-daughter, Ann Urbanski, Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Felix McElroy, Athens; one sister, Roberta Sparks, Commerce; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MR. MINISH
Jackson County native
COMMERCE - Lenward L. Minish, 77, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Minish was born November 28, 1923, in Jackson County, a son of the late Foster and Lottie Richey Minish.
He was retired from the auto business and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Swayne Cochran officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Minish is survived by his wife, Margaret Lord Minish, Commerce; two sons, Dennis Minish, Commerce, and Sam Thurmond, Maysville; five daughters, Linda Hendrix and Cynthia Sorrow, both of Commerce, Cathy Minish, Gainesville, Dianne Mooney, Huntland, Texas, and Linda Kay Reed, Sumitt, Utah; one brother, Columbus O. Minish, Charles City, Va.; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MRS. WRIGHT
Homemaker
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Iris I. Wright, 83, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at New Horizon West Nursing Home.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wright was born April 29, 1917. She was a daughter of the late Marion H. and Sadie Pressley Ivie.
Mrs. Wright was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, J W Wright, two sisters, Irene Bowles and Inez Leachman, and two brothers, Ernest Ivey and Elbert Ivey.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Faye Bauman, Summerville, S.C.; one son, Dennis Wright, Gainesville; two sisters, Cora Aldredge and Myrtice Pendley, both of Sharpsburg, formerly of Gainesville; one brother, Ed Ivey, Gainesville; sisters-in-law, Lois Edwards and Reba Mathis, both of Jefferson; four grandchildren, Alan Bauman, Lakeworth, Fla., Andrew Bauman, Summerville, S.C., Carl Wright, Statesboro, and Ivey Wright, Boone, N.C.; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MR. MARTIN
World War II veteran
MACON - George Martin, a World War II veteran and native of Jackson County, died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the Georgia War Veteran Home in Milledgeville following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Martin was a son of the late Lee O. and Leila Tolbert Martin.
He served in the European Theater of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Mr. Martin was a retiree of Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins.
Burial was in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Martin is survived by one daughter, DeJuan Neilson, Gray, two grandsons, Cliff Holmes and T.J. Neilson, both of Gray; one sister, Mrs. Hazel Spencer, Athens; and one brother, W.L. Martin, Maysville.
Crest Lawn Funeral Home, Macon, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MRS. CRANE
Mother of countian
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Jimmie Lou Garrison Crane, 76, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at New Horizon Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Crane was born in Banks County, but had lived in Hall County for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Nellie and Tencie Sheridan Garrison.
Mrs. Crane retired from Georgia Chair Company and was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie Crane.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the chapel of Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Clifford Allen officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery, Lumpkin County.
Survivors include four sons, Marvin Crane, Gene Crane and Larry Crane, all of Gainesville, and Lee Roy Crane, Jefferson; one brother, George Alvin Garrison, Jackson County; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ward's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001


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MR. HAWKINS
U.S. Navy veteran
WINDER - H.B. "Hill" Hawkins, 81, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001.
A lifelong resident of Barrow County, Mr. Hawkins was a son of the late Henry and Lizzie Mae Everett Hawkins.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a retiree of General Motors. Mr. Hawkins was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Imogene Davis Hawkins.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Union Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. J.C. Mitchell and Chris Conner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Sammy Hawkins, Winder; three daughters, Bobbie Shipley, Bethlehem, Patsy Haney, Winder, and Suzy Spratlin, Monroe; one brother, Jack Hawkins, Auburn; two sisters, Mildred Willard, Lawrenceville, and Ruby Thornhill, Hoschton; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Carter Funeral Home, Winder.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MR. VOYLES
Owner of
Voyles Used Cars
BRASELTON - William Voyles, 62, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Voyles was a son of Eva Irvin Voyles, Braselton, and the late Horace C. Voyles.
He was the owner of Voyles Used Cars for over 25 years and was a member of Suwanee Congregational Holiness Church.
In addition to his father, Mr. Voyles was preceded in death by a brother, Lewis Voyles.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Wayne Thomason and George Wooten officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Mr. Voyles is survived by his wife of 28 years, Imogene Voyles, Braselton; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Loyce Shoffeitt, Cleveland; sons, Eugene Cagle, Lula, and Allen Voyles, Henderson, N.C.; daughter, Betty Shoffeitt, Lula; daughters and sons-in-law, Geneva and Larry Jones, Flowery Branch, Joyce and Bobby Southers and Cheryl and Bobby Knapp, all of Gainesville, and Jane and Mike Lassiter, Henderson, N.C.; mother, Mrs. Eva Voyles; brothers, Bobby Voyles, Gainesville, Harold Voyles and Steve Voyles, both of Jefferson, and Elbert Voyles, Pendergrass; sisters, Betty Stephens and Mary Lee, both of Pendergrass, and Geraldine Brooks, Walhalla, S.C.; extended family, Mary and the late William L. Robinson, Kittrell, N.C.; 11 living grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MRS. BOREN
Homemaker
ATHENS - Mrs. Irene Katie Boren, 82, died Saturday, March 31, 2001.
Mrs. Boren was born September 11, 1918, in Georgia. She was a daughter of the late Mac C. and Bertha Louise Murphy Boren.
Mrs. Boren was a homemaker.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in Gillsville Cemetery with the Rev. Terry James officiating.
Mrs. Boren is survived by a brother, Robert Boren, Danielsville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MRS. LEE
Grandmother
of countian
WINDER - Mrs. Reunette M. Lee, 87, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001.
A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, Mrs. Lee was a daughter of the late Carse F. and Era Casper Morrow.
She was a retiree of Barrow Manufacturing Company, Winder. Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Lee, and two sons, William Lee and Mike Lee.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jeff Grubbs officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Christian Church cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Betty Skinner, Winder; three grandchildren, Staci Heaton, Commerce, Stephanie Coker, Monroe, and Chris Lee, Winder; seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MR. WILLIAMSON
Father of countians
WINDER - Willie Williamson, 71, a native of Barrow County, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 1, at Eberhart & Son Mortuary with the Rev. James Lyles officiating. Burial was in Appalachee Shoals Baptist Church, Bethlehem.
Survivors include one daughter, Dorothy Brickford, Jefferson; seven sons, Harry Hayes and James K. Hayes, both of Winder, Norris Williamson and Michael Williamson, both of Jefferson, David Williamson, Athens, and Willie Williamson, Buffalo, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

CHAMBERS
Sister of countian
BETHLEHEM - Grace Mae Chambers, 84, died Sunday, April 1, 2001.
A native of Barrow County, Chambers was a daughter of the late John William Chambers and Shara Watkins.
She had worked as a casket manufacturer and was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Winder, with the Revs. Ricky Tuggle and Lee Ayers officiating. Burial was in the Cedar Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Gazaway, Winder; two sisters, Frances Hall, Bethlehem, and Maggie Dean, Commerce; one brother, Willie Chambers, Winder; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Wise-Connolly Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MRS. LANDERS
Jackson County native
AUBURN - Mrs. Pauline B. Landers, 80, died Sunday, April 1, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Landers was a daughter of the late Marion and Estelle Howington Beck.
She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. Mrs. Landers was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Landers.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. William Clark and Joel Shadburn officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Nix, Winder, and Kathy Gunter, Watkinsville; two sons, Donald Landers, Winder, and Billy Landers, Statham; one sister, Louise Landers, Braselton; one brother, Charles Beck, Winder; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MR. COSTLEY
Owner of Costley Enterprises
AUBURN - Mack Costley, 63, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001.
Born in DeKalb County, Mr. Costley was a son of the late Ralph and Claudine Perry Costley.
He had resided in Auburn for the past 30 years and was the owner of Costley Enterprises.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2001, in the Harmony Grove United Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Nathaniel A. Long officiating.
Mr. Costley is survived by his wife, Ann Costley, Auburn; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Lane Costley, Auburn; granddaughter, Katy Costley, Auburn; sisters, LaVerne Garrett, Suwanee, Sara Rappaport, Tucker, and LuAnn Duncan, Conyers; brothers, Billy Costley and Jerry Costley, both of Tucker, Ben Costley, Loganville, and Joe Costley, Marietta; mother-in-law, Lorene Allen, Atlanta; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bob and Bernice Hendrix, Grayson; and brother-in-law, Michael Allen, Lawrenceville.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MR. CARLAN
World War II veteran
VALDOSTA - Ulysses Grant Carlan, 87, died Thursday, March 15, 2001.
Born in Banks County, Mr. Carlan was a son of the late Cashmir Pulaski Carlan and Theresa Mae Brooks Carlan.
He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College at Carlilse Barracks, Penn., received his J.D. at Georgetown University and his B.S. at the University of Georgia. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Carlan retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel.
He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Carlan.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 19, in the chapel of Carson McLane Funeral Home, Valdosta, with the Rev. Robert Willis officiating. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.
Mr. Carlan is survived by his wife, Dorothy Davison Carlan; one son, Stephen James Carlan, Orlando, Fla.; one daughter, Col. Laura Elizabeth Carlan Battle, Valdosta; two sisters, Bertha Thomas, Jefferson, and Kathleen Pruitt, Homer; and six grandchildren.
Carson McLane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MRS. ELROD
Mother of 10
COMMERCE - Mrs. Ruth G. Elrod, 70, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Elrod was born in Georgia on March 5, 1931. She was a daughter of the late Johnny Dalton and Lillian Dill Baker.
Mrs. Elrod was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include five sons, Bamm Bamm Elrod and Dennis Elrod, both of Homer, Chris Elrod and Branham Elrod, both of Commerce, and Davy Elrod, Starr, S.C.; five daughters, Barbara Clark, Lula, June Ramos, Athens, Sandara Willis, Homer, Katina Elrod, Commerce, and Ruth Ann Smith, Baldwin; 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MR. POTTER
World War II veteran
COMMERCE - Harold Potter, 80, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at Athens Regional Medial Center.
Mr. Potter was born March 29, 1921, in Coopertowns, N.Y. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and had worked as an inspector.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Gordon's Church cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Mike Crowe officiating.
Mr. Potter is survived by his wife, Beverly Potter, Commerce; six children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 4, 2001

MR. WHITLOW
U.S. Air Force veteran
DECATUR - Charles "Slim" Whitlow, 57, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001.
Mr. Whitlow was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and had been employed at Ansley Golf Club for 28 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gabriel Horace and Evelyn Dunson Whitlow.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Stone Mountain Chapel of Wages & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Miriam Dunson officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.
Survivors include brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Diane Whitlow, Fortson; sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Bill Dobbs, Forsyth; five nieces, Jeri Chauta, Janice Williams, Lisa Gilbert, Crystal Lairsey and Jodi Whitlow; and one nephew, Jimmy Dobbs.
Wages & Sons Funeral Home, Stone Mountain, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, April 4, 2001


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