Jackson County Obituaries...

April 11, 2001

MR. BACHELOR
Welder
BRASELTON - Jason Bachelor, 19, formerly of Buford, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001.
Born in Gwinnett County, Mr. Bachelor was a son of James and Rhonda Bachelor, Braselton.
He attended Jackson County Comprehensive High School and was a welder.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Thomas Terry officiating. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include three sisters, Missy Bobo, Hartwell, Toni Bobo, Royston, and Amanda Hudson, Norcross; two brothers, Bobby Bobo, Braselton, and Billy Ray Bachelor, Arcade; grandparents, Billy Joe and Beverly Bachelor, Buford, and Barbara J. Dokor, Hartwell; great-grandmother, Arlie Foxworth, Hartwell; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MR. MARTIN
Retired carpenter
COMMERCE - Mack A. Martin, 82, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Martin was born October 20, 1918. He was a son of the late Ernest and Nolia Lord Martin.
Mr. Martin was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a retired carpenter. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Lottrell Purcell Martin.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Billy Shirley officiating. Burial was in the Chandler Family Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one sister, Rachel Martin, Commerce; three nephews, Brian Martin, Gainesville, Curtis Martin, Monroe, and Justin Martin, Commerce; and one niece, Jennifer Seagraves, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MR. JORDAN
U.S. Army veteran
NICHOLSON - Otha L. Jordan, 87, died Thursday, April 5, 2001.
Born in Homer, Mr. Jordan was a son of the late James Pleasant and Mary Lou Cheek Jordan.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II, and had worked at a filling station. Mr. Jordan was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Hoyt Johnson officiating.
Survivors include one son, James Wallace Jordan, Athens; two sisters, Burma Sue Smith, Danielsville, and Monti Ray Lu Allen, Commerce; two brothers, Allen Jordan, Ila, and Hayde Jordan, Orlando, Fla.; one grandchild, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MRS. TROWELL
Retired school teacher
COMMERCE - Mrs. Elizabeth Montgomery Trowell, 91, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Trowell was born February 23, 1910, a daughter of the late John Oliver and Ruby Alline Ritchie Montgomery.
She was a retired schoolteacher and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Trowell was also a member of the Daughters of American Revolution and the United Methodist Women.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Trowell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Warren Huddleston and Mera Head officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Trowell is survived by a cousin, Dr. Jessie Julia Mize, Athens; a niece, Carol Paolin, Pennsylvania; and a number of other cousins.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MR. PIERCE
World War II veteran
BALDWIN - William A. "Bill" Pierce, 78, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Pierce was born in Jackson County on June 12, 1922. He was a son of the late William Arthur and Mary Elizabeth Mize Pierce.
Mr. Pierce was a veteran of World War II, having served in U.S. Army.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 9, in the Dry Pond United Methodist Church cemetery with the Revs. Mera Head and Warren Huddleston officiating.
Survivors include four sisters, Mary Frances Delamater, Beth Pierce, Connie Wilson and Jo Wilson, all of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

SEXTON
Infant
COMMERCE - Cody Scott Sexton, 4 months, son of Clayton Randall and Angela Mauldin Sexton, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Infant Sexton was born November 19, 2000, in DeKalb County, Ala.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one brother, Zachary Smith, Commerce; maternal grandparents, Jimmy and Louise Mauldin, Commerce; paternal grandparents, Phil and Shirley Sexton, Danielsville, and Chris and Kathy Hansford, Ila; paternal great-grandparents, O.B. and Louise Sexton, Dabney Sorrow and Sarah Fortson, all of Danielsville; and a number of aunts and uncles.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MRS. PALMER
Jackson County native
MIAMI, FLA. - Mrs. Frances Marie Williamson Palmer, 85, died Monday, March 26, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Palmer was born September 19, 1915, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Burke and Annie Kelley Williamson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.C. "Red" Palmer.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 29, in the chapel of Palms Woodlawn Funeral Home, Naranja, Fla. Burial was in Palms Woodlawn Cemetery, Homestead, Fla.
Mrs. Palmer is survived by two daughters, Shirley Gail Hill, Homestead, Fla., and Chloe Louise Wilson, Gainesville, Fla.; three sons, Grady B. Palmer, Pembroke Pines, Fla., James F. Palmer, Miami, Fla., and William D. Palmer, California; two sisters, Chloe W. Huff, Jefferson, and Virginia Hoffman, Savannah; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Palms Woodlawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MRS. LEWALLEN
Homer Baptist
Church member
HOMER - Mrs. Thelma Duncan Lewallen, 92, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Lewallen was born January 25, 1909, a daughter of the late Alvin and Hattie Bray Duncan.
She was a homemaker and a member of Homer Baptist Church. Mrs. Lewallen was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff Lewallen, and a daughter, Doris Tucker.
Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer, with the Revs. Jim McClendon and Jerry Stowe officiating.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Lewallen, Homer; one brother, Hoyt Duncan, Commerce; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MRS. EDWARDS
Jackson
County native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Margie Bonds Edwards died Friday, March 23, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Edwards was born May 21, 1931, in Commerce, a daughter of the late John and Clara Bonds. Her youth, as well as her adult years, were spent in the Commerce, Jackson County area.
Mrs. Edwards accepted Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Pleasant CME Church. She later moved her membership to New Faith Methodist Church. Mrs. Edwards was retired from Peerless Laundry.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 26, at New Faith Methodist Church with the Rev. Frank Earls officiating, assisted by the Revs. Ken Sims and Willie Pattman. Burial was in Johntown Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Edwards is survived by her husband, Sam Edwards, Commerce; five children, Virginia Rollins (Clark), Samuel Bonds (Ruth) and Wayman Bonds (Nancy), all of Commerce, Peggy Dowdy, Jefferson, and Michael Maddox, Athens; two sisters, Louvenia Strickland and Ruby Rucker, both of Commerce; two brothers, Roger Bonds and Lonnie Bonds Sr., both of Commerce; 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; a devoted family member and best friend, Zeulla Bonds, as well as Mary Frances Reed, Commerce; special friend, Sarah Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

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MR. MCCURDY
Entrepreneur
UNION CITY - Claude Johnson "Mac" McCurdy Jr., 87, formerly of Chamblee and Danielsville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Christian City Convalescent Center of complications from Alzheimer's Disease.
Mr. McCurdy was born January 26, 1914, in Banks County, the fourth of seven children, to Blonnie Chambers McCurdy and Claude J. McCurdy Sr.
He spent most of his working years in the paint manufacturing industry. Mr. McCurdy was an entrepreneur who founded Maxi-Kote Paint Company and Mercury Spray Equipment in Chamblee, where he lived with his family for 30 years.
He was a devoted member of the Lions Club and served in various positions on the board. Mr. McCurdy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chamblee, and later Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, Danielsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Rosemary Speir McCurdy, his oldest son, C.J. McCurdy III, a grandchild, a brother, and a sister.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at at H.M. Patterson & Son Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, Atlanta. Burial will be in North Atlanta Memorial Park.
Mr. McCurdy is survived by his wife, Lyla Bennett McCurdy, Union City; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Glenn Jones, Norcross, and Margaret and Ernest Saunders, Hoschton; son and daughter-in-law, William and Anita McCurdy, Daytona Beach, Fla.; step-daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Steven Ekstrom, Paris, Texas; sisters, Monteen Winkleman, LeHigh Acres, Fla., and Blondine Andrews, Rainesville, Ala.; brothers, William McCurdy, Braselton, and George Wesley McCurdy, Royston; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christian City Convalescent Center in Union City, Ga., or to the Alzheimer's Association.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at H.M. Patterson Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, located at 4550 Peachtree Road.
H.M. Patterson Oglethorpe Hill Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MR. CAIN
Retired logger
COMMERCE - Waymon Cain, 68, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Cain was a son of Mattie Cain Lord, Commerce, and the late George W. Cain. He was a retired logger.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Troy Herbert, Donald Wilson and Mark Poston officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Jefferson.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Cain is survived by his wife, Louise E. Cain, of the home; one son, Ricky Cain, Commerce; five daughters, Kathy Sosebee, Betty Denton, Linda Kitchens, and Pam Weldon, all of Commerce, and Carolyn Wolfe, Cherokee, N.C.; one step-son, Dennis Bonds, Homer; two step-daughters, Kathy Strickland and Denise Wiley, both of Homer; two sisters, Willie Collins, Commerce, and Martha Carson, Baldwin; grandchildren, Shavone, Kim, Elaine, Chris, Latasha, Myranda, Christy, Heather, Tiffany, Amanda, Steven, Michael, Chasity, Jason, Jennifer, Dustin and Justin; and great-grandchildren, Misty, Kayla, Ashley, Autumn, Brandon, Kristian, Corbin, Jordan and Jared.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MRS. GUINN
Homemaker
MADISON - Mrs. Betty Guinn, 65, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Newton General Hospital.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Guinn was born December 3, 1935, a daughter of the late John and Mary Norris Grindle.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Diamond Hill Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Revs. Roger Whitley and Elmer Maddox officiating. Burial was in the Diamond Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Guinn is survived by her husband, Roger Guinn, Madison; five sons, Anthony Grindle, Gary Grindle, Stephen Grindle, Danny Grindle and Mitchell Grindle, all of Madison; one daughter, Sherry Rider, Gillsville; one brother, Randall Grindle, Gainesville; two sisters, Dorothy Nalley, Gainesville, and Shirley Nalley, Maysville; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MR. BATHURST
Automotive mechanic
HOMER - Gregory Bathurst, 54, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Bathurst was born March 9, 1947, in Olian, N.Y. He was a son of the late Howard and Anna Bathurst.
Mr. Bathurst was an automotive mechanic and was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Blood Warriors Motorcycle Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Vaughn Howington officiating. Burial was in the Silver Shoals Baptist Church cemetery, Homer.
Mr. Bathurst is survived by his wife, Carolyn Bathurst, Homer; one daughter, Rebecca Chapman, Toccoa; two brothers, Ronnie Zelle, Phoenix, Ariz., and Bill Bathurst, Olian, N.Y.; one sister, Letha Wilbanks, Saint Joe, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MRS. LEWIS
Grove Level Baptist member
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Stella Lewis, 88, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Scenic View Health Care Center.
Mrs. Lewis was born April 13, 1912, in Georgia, a daughter of the late Oliver D. and Lula Hooper Wilbanks.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her husband, Sharp Lewis, and a son, Regis Lewis.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Mize officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Jack Lewis, Robert D. Lewis, Jerry L. Lewis and Telvia S. Lewis, all of Maysville; three daughters, Henrietta Dorsey, Maysville, Penny Jordan, Gainesville, and Mary L. Glore, Mt. Airy; one sister, Lois Harper, Rutledge; 29 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MR. OWENSBY
World War II veteran
LILBURN - Roscoe Herbert Owensby, 78, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Owensby was born September 15, 1922, in Georgia, a son of the late Roscoe Herbert and Hettie Bell Barrett Owensby.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and had worked as a mechanic with Northwest Airlines. Mr. Owensby was a member of Lilburn First Baptist Church, Lilburn.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Owensby is survived by his wife, Geraldine Owensby, Lilburn; one son, Steven Owensby, Fayetteville; two daughters, Cathy Lord, Maysville, and Sandra Scoggins, Dacula; one brother, Bobby J. Owensby, Lincolnton; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001

MR. WOOD
Retired carpenter
HULL - Luther E. Wood, 81, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001.
Mr. Wood was a son of the late Hinton and Lenora Wilson Wood and the husband of the late Vera Youngblood Wood.
He was a retired carpenter.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Michael Newman Sr. officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Jefferson. Tommy Wood, Micha Quarles, Scot Carson, T.J. Clark, Willie Epps and Church Toney served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons, Luther E. Wood Jr., Neese, Stanley Wood, Nicholson, and Thomas Wood, Ila; five daughters, Marie Carson, Commerce, Dorothy Harper, Ocala, Fla., Mary Helen Quarles, Watkinsville, Patricia Wood, Hull, and Shelia Herring, Comer; one sister, Ethel Epps, Athens; 32 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 11, 2001


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