Jackson County Obituaries...

May 16, 2001

MRS. MINISH
Berea Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Eunice Evans Minish, 77, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Minish was born April 28, 1924, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Buff and Laura Trotter Evans.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Berea Baptist Church. Mrs. Minish was preceded in death by a son, Dembres Minish.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Terry James and Grady Jordan officiating. Burial was in the Erastus Christian Church cemetery.
Mrs. Minish is survived by her husband, J.D. Minish, Commerce; three sons, Gerald Minish, Terry Minish and Tommy Minish, all of Commerce; one daughter, Jean Hardman, Ocala, Fla.; one sister, Pauline Meadows, Danielsville; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MRS. DALE
Unity Christian
Church member
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Bernice Dale, 80, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Dale was born January 17, 1921, a daughter of the late Charlie Greenway and Bessie Barnes.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Unity Christian Church, Maysville. Mrs. Dale was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Dale.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Unity Christian Church with Ministers Mark Kent and Dennis Harris officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby B. Dale and Tommy J. Dale, both of Maysville, and Ricky C. Dale, Oakwood; one daughter, Lethia Pethel, Gainesville; one brother, Jerry Greenway, Maysville; one sister, Meryl Garrett, Oakwood; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MR. MCCLURE
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - James Daniel "Dan" McClure, 80, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home.
Mr. McClure was born April 19, 1921, in Stephens County, a son of the late John L. and Elizabeth Rothell McClure.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II, and was a retired maintenance supervisor with Westclock. Mr. McClure was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Warren Huddleston and Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. McClure is survived by his wife, Sara Minish McClure, Commerce; three sons, James Aubry McClure, Tullahoma, Tenn., John Michael McClure, Marietta, and Thomas Daniel McClure, Milton, Fla.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory of Mr. McClure.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MR. LOONEY
Retired farmer
JEFFERSON - Joe Colley Looney, 76, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Looney was born December 1, 1924. He was a son of the late Otha and Mattie Crowder Looney.
Mr. Looney was a retiree of Harmony Grove Mill and was a retired farmer. He was a member of Living Word Worship Center.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Rod Hill, Todd Hill, Ken Looney, Daniel Wofford, David Pursley and Roy Looney served as pallbearers.
Mr. Looney is survived by one daughter, Pat Hill, Jefferson; two sons, Rex Looney and Steve Looney, both of Commerce; two sisters, Georgia Scoggins, Jefferson, and Deedie Slaton, Porterdale; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MRS. MITCHELL
Jefferson native
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Judy Marlowe Mitchell, 52, lost her battle to cancer after 13 years on Friday, May 11, 2001.
Mrs. Mitchell was a native of Jefferson and a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church.
She was outgoing, always mindful of the needs of others, dedicated to her family and friends and loved the beach, said family members.
Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by her father, N.C. "Buck" Marlowe, and a brother, Donald Marlowe.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson with Dr. Mickey Kirkindoll, the Rev. Cary Hillard and Claire Adams Byrd officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. John Marlowe, Brad Marlowe, Andy Marlowe, Steve Marlowe, Wade Wilkes, Judd Wilkes, Mitch Mitchell and Tom Carter served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her mother, Grace Jarrett Marlowe, Jefferson; her husband, Billy Mitchell, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Kellie M. and Tom Fletcher, Athens, and Karen M. and John Canupp, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Patty Mitchell, Jefferson; brother, Eddie Jarrett Marlowe, Jefferson; sister, Jackie Marlowe McElwee, Athens; sister-in-law, Jackie Brooks, Pendergrass; and seven grandchildren, Alex Kinney, Connor Kinney, Brittany Fletcher, T.D. Fletcher, Will Fletcher, Craigan Mitchell and Chanzlee Mitchell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, Holy Nativity Pageant, P.O. Box 395, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MRS. BURKE
Banks County native
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Sallie Veal Burke, 84, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Burke was born May 24, 1916, a daughter of the late Walt and Lillie Fricks Veal.
She was retired from Harmony Grove Mills and was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church. Mrs. Burke was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Burke.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jessie Mealor officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three daughters, Austine Adams, Thomasville, Wilma Barnett, Nicholson, and Lorell Ward, Cornelia; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MR. PATTON
U.S. Navy veteran
NICHOLSON - Henry Grady Patton, 72, died Thursday, May 10, 2001.
Born in Oglethorpe County, Mr. Patton had lived in the area for most of his life. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and had worked as a dietitian at Athens Heritage Nursing Home. Mr. Patton was a lifetime member of the VFW.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include stepchildren; granddaughter, Karla Patton, Colbert; and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001
MRS. LIGHTFOOT
South Carolina native
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Bessie Lula Mae Lightfoot, 68, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Lightfoot was born March 7, 1933, in South Carolina. She was a daughter of the late Dewey and Mary Jane Kuykewdall Shipman.
Mrs. Lightfoot had been employed as a weaver and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Crestlawn Memorial Park, Atlanta.
Survivors include daughter and friend, Debbie Lightfoot and James Lynch, Maysville; sister, Ann Loggins, Conyers; grandchildren, Doug and Lisa Brogdon and Kyle Brogdon; and many loving family members through Georgia and South Carolina.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MR. WILSON
Father of countians
LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Robert Michael Wilson, 51, died Saturday, May 12, 2001.
Mr. Wilson was a native of Gwinnett County.
He was a loving husband, brother and son, stated family members.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, in Wages Lawrenceville Chapel of Tom M. Wages Funeral Service with the Rev. Raymond Wilson officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Lynne Wilson, Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, Jeffery Wilson, Commerce, and Andrew Wilson, Toccoa; three daughters, Janie Garrett, Commerce, Jennifer Wilson, Toccoa, and Kimberly Drummond, Gillsville; his mother, Margaret B. Wilson, Bethlehem; one sister, Pat Hill, Bethlehem; one brother, the Rev. Raymond Wilson, Lawrenceville; and four grandchildren.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MR. MOORE
Carpenter
JEFFERSON - Eddie Moore, 47, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Moore was born July 16, 1953, in Dallas, Texas. He was a son of the late Billy and Patsy Gossette Moore.
Mr. Moore was employed as a carpenter. His hobbies and interests included fishing, motorcycles and "Old Henry," his truck.
The family held a prayer service on Wednesday, May 2, at Athens Chapel, and a memorial service was held for family and friends at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Moore's residence.
Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Marilyn Moore, Jefferson; two sons, Kris Kline and Kurtis Kline, both of Jefferson; two daughters, Dallas Moore, New River Air Station MCAS, and Rachel Lehrer, St. Louis, Mo.; three sisters, Judy Atteberry, Flint, Texas, and Debbie Cambell and Becky Gates, both of Garland, Texas; one brother, David McNally, Dawsonville; two grandchildren, Dustin Matthews and Kristina Kline, both of Jefferson; and grandmothers, Grandma Moore, Flint, Texas, and Grandma Gossette, Garland, Texas.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MRS. SMITH
Bethany UMC member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Katherine Standridge Smith, 64, died Monday, May 14, 2001, at her residence following a sudden illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Smith was born July 1, 1936, a daughter of the late Wootson and Annie Belle Payne Standridge.
She had been employed as an insurance rater and was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Ricky Beatty, Deryl Standridge, Dwight Standridge, Gerald Standridge, Marty Standridge and Warren Standridge served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Dwain R. Smith, columnist for The Jackson Herald, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Rene and Steve Franke, Cumming, and Marie and Jerry Miller, Aragon; daughter, Sheryle Rondeau, Roswell; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Donna Smith, Powder Springs; sons, Mike Smith, Rome, and Steve Smith, Calhoun; sister, Betty Beatty, Jefferson; brothers, Dean Standridge and Harold Standridge, both of Jefferson, and L.C. Standridge, Hartwell; and 10 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Methodist Children's Home, c/o Bethany United Methodist Church, 4659 Brockton Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001


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MRS. HAYNES
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Willie Mae Haynes, 93, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at BJC Nursing Center.
Mrs. Haynes was born April 7, 1908, a daughter of the late George and Cora Hill Sears.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Victory Church of God, Commerce. Mrs. Haynes was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Haynes.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Lonnie Bennett and Claude Terry officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Oscar Haynes and Pete Haynes, both of Commerce; three daughters, Estelle Denton, Homer, and Virginia Puckett and Jean Hooper, both of Commerce; two brothers, Arthur Sears and Jack Sears, both of Commerce; two sisters, Wreatha Nelle, Commerce, and Gertrude Satterfield, Greenville, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MRS. LEE
Hoschton Garment Mfg. retiree
WINDER - Mrs. Nellie P. Lee, 79, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001.
Born in Hall County, Mrs. Lee was a daughter of the late Ben and Fannie Anderson Perry.
She was a retiree of Hoschton Garment Manufacturing Company. Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Lee, and a son, Larry Lee.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 11, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Howard C. Banks officiating. Burial was in the Nazareth United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Wayne Foster, Midway, and Opal and Jimmy Hanson, and Judy and Douglas Skinner, all of Winder; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Charlotte Lee, Flowery Branch; son, Jimmy Lee, Winder; sisters, Annie Pritchett, Jefferson, and Maude Hayes, Winder; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MRS. GRIFFETH
Mother of countians
DANIELSVILLE - Mrs. Janette W. Griffeth, 88, died Sunday, May 13, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Griffeth was a daughter of the late Jack Andrew and Lynn Dillard Williams. She was the wife of the late J. Dwight Griffeth Sr.
Mrs. Griffeth retired from New Way Dry Cleaners and was a member of Moon's Grove Baptist Church, where she was active in the Ladies Overcomers Sunday School Class, the Moon's Grove Super Senior Adult Group and the Moon's Grove Ladies Prayer Circle.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma W. McElroy.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Moon's Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Lee officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery. David Griffeth, Joe Griffeth, Jason Griffeth, Tim Arthur, Randy Barrett and Alton Rowe served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Bobbie Griffeth Freeman, Jefferson, and Anne Griffeth Sisk, Danielsville; two sons, Dwight Griffeth Jr., Danielsville, and Thomas J. Griffeth, Jefferson; one sister, Serena D. Williamson, Hull; one brother, Dillard M. Williams, Langham, Md.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MR. CRANE
Commerce native
ROCKDALE - James Nelson "Sonny" Crane, 70, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001.
Mr. Crane was born September 27, 1930, in Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Rosehaven Chapel of Rosehaven Funeral Home, Douglasville, with the Rev. Ken Stephens officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.
Mr. Crane is survived by one brother, Lannie Crane, Homer; one sister, Wanda Eubanks, Commerce; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and many friends.
Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MRS. JACKS
Sister of countian
WINTER GARDEN, FLA. - Mrs. Annie Ruth Jacks (Polly), 62, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, after a long bout with cancer.
Mrs. Jacks was born May 21, 1939, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Hoyt Martin, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 5, at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter Garden, Fla.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Debbie Gum and Nancy Jacks, one son, Randy Jacks, and four grandchildren, all of Winter Garden, Fla.; two brothers, Swayne Martin, Cleveland, and Paul Martin, Woodbridge, Va.; and one sister, Mrs. Arthur G. Sears, Commerce.
Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MRS. SIMMS
Sister of countian
DANIELSVILLE - Mrs. Mary Ellen Simms, 58, died Thursday, May 10, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Simms was a daughter of the late J C and Jonnie Merle Booth McLeroy.
She was employed as a machine operator with Whellens Design.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Ray Jenkins and Johnny Stowe officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Simms is survived by her husband, Hugh Simms; three sons, William David Simms and Hugh Daniel Simms, both of Danielsville, and Donald Jason Simms, Royston; two brothers, Gene McLeroy, Jefferson, and Troy McLeroy, Danielsville; and four grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MR. MCLOCKLIN
Agribusiness leader
STATHAM - Ernest L. "Dock" McLocklin, 88, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Statham, Mr. McLocklin was a son of the late Mae Boyd McLocklin and John Nathaniel McLocklin. He was the husband of the late Mrs. Vera Sims McLocklin.
Mr. McLocklin was a farmer, agribusiness leader, churchman and family man, said family members.
A veteran of World War II, he returned to Statham after his discharge from the U.S. Army to farm, his lifelong vocational passion. He cooperated with other farmers in Barrow County to start the Farmer's Mutual Exchange ("Co-op Store") later to become known as Gold Kist, and served as its manager until it became a stable business. In 1954, Mr. McLocklin began his employment with Production Credit Association and served most of his 20 years with PCA as agency director. He retired in 1974 to return to full time farming.
In his retirement, Mr. McLocklin remained very active in church, civic and agribusiness activities. He was a faithful member of Statham Baptist Church and was proud to provide service to several organizations, including the Board of Directors of Jackson Electric Membership Cooperative, Oglethorpe Power, Barrow County Chamber of Commerce, Barrow County and Georgia Cattlemen's Association, North East Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission, Georgia Council of Farm Cooperatives, Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation District and Future Farmers of America Alumni Association. Mr. McLocklin was a charter member of the first FFA chapter formed in the state of Georgia. In these and other organizations, he served leadership roles and received many Distinguished Service Awards.
Mr. McLocklin was preceded in death by two brothers, James McLocklin and Chester McLocklin.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Edgar Williams and Gordon Thornton officiating. Burial was in the McLocklin Family Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Boyd and Susan McLocklin; one sister, Odanious Lackey; brothers, Euranous, C.W. and Bunt McLocklin; granddaughters, Cyndi White, Millie Calhoun and Abby McLocklin; great-grandchildren, Jesse and Emily White and Stephanie and Nicholas Calhoun; and many nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MR. WILDONGER
U.S. Navy retiree
LEXINGTON - Henry William Wildonger, 63, father of Henry Wildonger Jr., Commerce, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001.
A native of Sikesville, N.J., Mr. Wildonger was a son of the late Henry and Regina Olive Smires Wildonger.
He was retired from the U.S. Navy and lived in the area since 1987. Mr. Wildonger was employed with Carrier Transicold.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Jane Wildonger.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the chapel of Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his son, include one daughter, Melissa Wildonger, Lexington; and three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001

MR. STAFFORD
U.S. Army Air
Corps veteran
WINDER - D.E. "Ed" Stafford, 75, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, following a brief illness.
Mr. Stafford was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran and was employed by WSB TV, Channel 2 as a control engineer until his retirement in 1974, after which he joined his wife, Betty, in their local business, Betty's Variety Shop. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Winder.
A man of many talents and infinite wisdom, he will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched, stated family members.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Terry Tippens and Jeff Benefield officiating, along with R.L. Presley. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Stafford is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Presley Stafford; son, George E. Stafford, Winder; daughter, Patricia Hardegree, Winder; grandchildren, Jarett Stafford, Justin Stafford, Cassie Stafford and Travis Hardegree and Kristy Hardegree, all of Winder; and great-grandchild, Brooke Hardegree, Winder.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 16, 2001


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