Jackson County Obituaries...

June 20, 2001

MR. MIDDLEBROOKS
Owner of Jefferson Chevron Station
TALMO - Charles Preston "Creek" Middlebrooks, 67, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Middlebrooks was born November 21, 1933, in Oconee County. He was a son of the late Thomas Preston and Anna Lucille Nard Middlebrooks.
Mr. Middlebrooks was the owner and operator of the Jefferson Chevron Station and was a member of Longstreet Baptist Church, Cumming.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 18, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Pete Martin officiating. Burial was in the Talmo Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Middlebrooks is survived by his wife, Barbara Elrod Middlebrooks, Talmo; daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Lamar Faulkner, Talmo; daughter, Terri Middlebrooks, Talmo; brothers and sisters-in-law, Herschel and Judi Middlebrooks, Derby, Kan., and Jerry and Lorraine Middlebrooks, Gray, Tenn.; grandchildren, Rod and Rachel Beatty, Angel Pinion and Andrew Faulkner; and great-grandchildren, Charley and Hunter Beatty and Logan Pinion.
Memorials may be made to Longstreet Baptist Church, Camp Ground Road, Cumming, GA 30040.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MR. WELCHEL
Musician
HOSCHTON - Malbert Van Welchel, 65, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mr. Welchel was born September 12, 1935, in Polk County. He was a son of the late James Rubin and Lula Bell Hyde Welchel.
Mr. Welchel was employed as a Sand Dredge Operator and was a member of Union Baptist Church.
He was a talented musician, said family members.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Donnie Elliott and Timothy Copeland officiating. Burial was in the Hoschton Cemetery. Michael Gable, Jay Holder, Darrell Masters, Brent Peek, Chad Richardson and Jimmy Rouse served as pallbearers.
Mr. Welchel is survived by his wife, Sybil Darlene Welchel, Hoschton; daughter, Angela Ann Welchel, Hoschton; son and daughter-in-law, James Anthony and Kacey Welchel, Braselton; brothers, Charles Welchel, Rockmart, Frank Welchel, Hoschton, Gene Welchel, Resaca, and James Daniel Welchel, Centre, Ala.; and one granddaughter, Macey Alexus Welchel.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MR. WHITEHEAD
Poultry farmer
NICHOLSON - Jessie Frank Whitehead, 84, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born March 7, 1917, in Jackson County, Mr. Whitehead was a son of the late Walter Thomas and Addie Brooks Whitehead.
He was a poultry farmer and was a member of Antioch United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Mike Stowers officiating. Burial will be in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Whitehead is survived by one brother, Olin Whitehead, Nicholson.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MR. SMITH
U.S. Army retiree
AUBURN - David Gene Smith, 56, died Monday, June 18, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Smith was a son of Nora Adell Parker Smith, Dacula, and the late Dave Ralph Smith.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and retired after 12 years of service with the Jackson Correctional Institute. Mr. Smith had also worked as a corrections officer at Gwinnett Correctional Institute.
He was retired from the U.S. Army, with 22 years of service.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 22, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Loyd Eldon Hoffer officiating. Burial will be in the Smith Family Cemetery with full military honors.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Carol Jean Smith, Auburn; two daughters, Peggy Sue Thomas, Cumming, and Tracy Morris, Winder; one step-daughter, Paula Wood, Auburn; one step-son, Paul Bentley, Auburn; two brothers, Larry Smith, Griffin, and Harold D. Smith, Augusta; five sisters, Sue Harvey, Dacula, Margie Barnette, Auburn, Vernice Davis, Decatur, Linda Hill, Sharpsburg, and Dixie Moon, Dacula; three grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MR. STEPHENSON
Jackson County native
COMMERCE - Bobby Dwight "Bird" Stephenson, 42, died Saturday, June 16, 2001.
Mr. Stephenson was born April 11, 1959, in Jackson County. He was a son of Leon and Frances Cowart Stephenson, Commerce.
Mr. Stephenson was employed with Roper Pump Company. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Johnnie Sue and Odell Stephenson.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Stephenson is survived by his wife, Tammy Reed Stephenson, Commerce; two sons, Michael Reed and Bobby Stephenson, both of Commerce; and two brothers, Josh Stephenson, Danielsville, and Mickey Stephenson, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MR. MCINTOSH
Kentucky native
COMMERCE - Franklin Clay McIntosh, 53, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Hazard, Ky., Mr. McIntosh was a son of Johnny Clay McIntosh, Gainesville, and the late Geneva Turner McIntosh.
He was employed as a dry wall delivery man.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Lester Turner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include two sons, Franklin Clay McIntosh II, Cumming, and Jeffrey Lee McIntosh, Nicholson; two daughters, Sheila Halcomb, Cumming, and Carrie Strickland, Nicholson; four sisters, Rella Fay Fletcher, Frankfort, Ky., Linda Lou Turner Lane, Gainesville, Mary Elizabeth McIntosh, Jefferson, and Jallie Louise Caudill, Alpharetta; two brothers, Kelly Ray McIntosh, Versailes, Ky., and Jerry McIntosh, Maron, Ohio; and eight grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MRS. MCELHANNON
Union Baptist member
WINDER - Mrs. Anita Sims McElhannon, 103, died Thursday, June 14, 2001.
Mrs. McElhannon was born in an area of Jackson County that later became Barrow County. She was a daughter of the late Fayette Luther and Olevia Chandler Sims.
Mrs. McElhannon was a member of Union Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stewart McElhannon Sr., a daughter, Hazel M. Freeman, a son, Dr. Fayette M. McElhannon Sr., a grandson, Mark E. McElhannon, and a granddaughter, Angela McElhannon.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Grover J. Thomas III officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, William A. McElhannon, Baytown, Texas, Stewart McElhannon Jr., Decatur, and Walter S. McElhannon, Winder; one daughter, Vera Ann McElhannon Thomas, Epworth; one sister, Ouida Sims Herndon, Atlanta; 27 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MRS. NEWBURY
Mother of countian
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Mrs. Mabel Sanders (Sandy) Newbury died Monday, June 4, 2001, in Jacksonville, Fla., following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Newbury was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Newbury, and a daughter, Kathleen Newbury.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Church, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Michael Newbury, Commerce; two daughters, Judith Shedd, Jacksonville, Fla., and Janet Daurity, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MRS. HUGHES
Mother of three
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Bennie Mae Hughes, 65, died Monday, June 18, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Hughes was a native of Hall County and had lived in the county for a number of years. She was a member of Oakwood Church of God.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Oakwood Church of God with the Revs. Mike Grizzle and Ray Turpin officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Jones, Flowery Branch, and Lynn Blume, Winser, S.C.; one son, Arthur Roy "Sammy" Hughes Jr., Maysville; one sister, Vera Wiley, Gainesville; five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MISS BROCK
Retired seamstress
COMMERCE - Miss Elyta Brock, 85, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at BJC Nursing Center.
Miss Brock was born February 28, 1916, in Georgia, a daughter of the late Henry and Mittie Lee Smith Brock.
She was a retired seamstress with Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church, Commerce.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at Grove Level Baptist Church, Homer, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating.
Miss Brock is survived by three nieces.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

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MRS. TUCKER
Former school teacher
ATHENS - Mrs. Ellie Merle Tucker, 90, died Sunday, June 17, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Tucker was born August 7, 1910, a daughter of the late Luther and Cora Allen Ginn.
She was a former school teacher in Madison County during the 1930s and was a member of the First Christian Church of Athens. Mrs. Tucker was active in Brownie and Girl Scouts as a leader, as well as the Cub and Boy Scouts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Allen Tucker.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Minister Jerry Payne officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Christian Church cemetery. Leonard Ginn, Joe Ginn and Mike Lacey served as pallbearers. Mrs. Tucker's nephews, Boyd Drake, Coley Lacey, Dennis Drake, Ricky Dalton and Dr. Sam Vickery, served as honorary pallbearers, along with friends, Donald Cofer and George Hart.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Sid and Karen Tucker, Granbury, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Pat Tucker Garrison and Billy Garrison, Commerce; grandchildren, Sidney L. Tucker Jr., Rowlett, Texas, Thomas Lloyd Allen Tucker, Augusta, Kan., Joe Allen Tinsley Jr., Valdosta, and Patricia Ann Tinsley, Atlanta; and a great-grandson, Sidney L. Tucker III, Wichita, Kan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3120 Raymond Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MR. CASPER
Cartey Electric Motor Services retiree
ATHENS - James Roy Casper, 71, a native of Barrow County, died Sunday, June 17, 2001.
Mr. Casper had lived in the Athens-Clarke County area for most of his life and was retired from Cartey Electric Motor Services.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Syble Casper Shelton, and two brothers, Victor E. Casper and Robert F. Casper.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Leon Pass officiating. Burial was in Whitworth Cemetery. Melvin Cheek, Travis Ingram, Marty Casper, Richard Gordon, Bobby Ramsey, Keith Cartey, Jonathan Casper and Steven Casper served as pallbearers. Members of The Dirty Dozen Hunting Club served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sara Brown Casper; son, Steven Casper, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Kathy Casper, Nicholson; two step-grandsons, Steve Atkins, Memphis, Tenn., and Travis Ingram, Nicholson; one step-great-granddaughter; one step-great-grandson; one sister, Anne Finch, Athens; brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Johnnie Casper, Danielsville, and Gene and Patty Casper, Nicholson; sister-in-law, Diane Casper, Bogart; and several nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MS. ARCHER
Homemaker
LILBURN - Ms. Geneva Archer, 58, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Eastside Heritage Center following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Ms. Archer was born February 18, 1943, a daughter of the late Jack and Latrell Carlyle Archer.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Muscadine Baptist Church, Muscadine, Ala.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Chester Pesnell and Malcolme Burgess officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include two daughters, Beth Carlisle, Lilburn, and Judy Vaughn, Tallapoosa; one son, John Chandler Jr., Tallapoosa; three brothers, Jerry Archer, Jimmy Archer and Ralph Archer, all of Monroe; and eight grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MR. STANDRIDGE
U.S. Military retiree
GALVESTON, TEXAS - Tommy Andrew Standridge Sr., 65, died Friday, June 8, 2001, in Galveston, Texas.
Mr. Standridge was born in Jackson County, in 1936, and resided in South Carolina for 21 years before retiring to Crystal Beach, Texas, in 1993. He retired after 21 years of dedicated service from the Lexington, South Carolina, Post Office after having retired with 21 years of service from the U.S. Military. Mr. Standridge achieved the rank of First Sergeant in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Bronze Star and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
He was married to Sandra Elizabeth Standridge on May 7, 1959.
Mr. Standridge was an active member of the Crystal Beach Fire Department, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #3719 and was a Mason with Lodge 152 AFM, Lexington, S.C.
"Mr. Standridge was a loving individual dedicated to his family and actively involved to improve the quality of life for his community," said family members.
"He always had a kind word and smile for everyone who crossed his path. His many friends and relatives that shared the laughter, the beauty and the special unforgettable moments that will be forever etched in their memories, by having shared their lives with Tommy, will miss him."
Funeral services were held at 12 noon Tuesday, June 12, at Bay Vue United Methodist Church, Crystal Beach, Texas, with the Rev. Malcolm Monroe officiating. Graveside services were held at Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Texas, with Military Honors.
Mr. Standridge is survived by his wife, Sandra Elizabeth Standridge; four sons, Tommy A. Standridge Jr., Russell B. Standridge, Robert D. Standridge and Lee A. Standridge; six grandchildren, which he adored; sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann and Jerry Chitwood and Mary and Kenneth Danials; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Diane Standridge, Samuel and Hossie Standridge, Paul and Shirley Standridge and Bobby and Elaine Standridge.
Memorials may be made to the Bay Vue United Methodist Church Building Fund, or to a charity of one's choice.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001
MRS. HOUSE
Jackson County native
WINDER - Mrs. Minnie Belle House, 83, died Thursday, June 14, 2001.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. House had resided in Barrow County for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Charlie and Mary Chambers Mote.
Mrs. House taught primary education at Victron, County Line and Auburn Schools and was a member of Bethabra Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitch House.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Larry Youngblood and Bill Gardner officiating. Burial was in the Nazareth United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Addie Jane Skelton, Bethlehem; two sisters, Nora Deaton and Joyce Binnion, both of Winder; three brothers, Quenton Mote and Herman Mote, both of Winder, and Danny Mote, Dacula; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MR. ETERNO
Retired locksmith
HOMER - Joseph Sebastian Eterno, 80, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at his residence.
Born February 8, 1921, in Wayne County, Mich., Mr. Eterno was the son of the late Vincent William and Frances Nazione Eterno.
He was a retired locksmith and was a member of St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Mission. Mr. Eterno was also a member of the American Legion, Gainesville Lodge #219 F&AM and the Fraternal Order of Police.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Mission with Father Richard Tibbetts officiating.
Mr. Eterno is survived by his wife, Mary Lois Jones Eterno, Homer; one son, Vincent Eterno, Homer; three daughters, Rose Adams, Maysville, Jenifer Perry Hinson, Cornelia, and Francine Salbatore, Armada, Mich.; two sisters, Jennie Pernicano, San Diego, Calif., and Frances Turner, New Baltimore, Mich.; and 13 grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MRS. STILL
Homemaker
DACULA - Mrs. Verlin Still, 72, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001.
Born in Gwinnett County, Mrs. Still was a daughter of the late James and Cora Lee Simmons Ellington.
She had resided in Gwinnett County for most of her life and was a homemaker. Mrs. Still was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Still Jr., and a son, Tim Still.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder. Burial will be in the Appalachee Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Becky Adams, Sylvia Still, Teresa Holbrook and Fay Maddox, all of Winder, and Lisa Beasley, Oakwood; five sons, Ray Still, Conyers, Billy Still and Bruce Still, both of Auburn, Alfred Still, Dacula, and Don Still, Bethlehem; three sisters, Mary McCullers, Campton, Brownie Ragsdale, Loganville, and Ethel Johnsey, Cartersville; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001

MRS. SCHUNKE
Homemaker
HOSCHTON - Mrs. Tennile Piatt Bon Schunke, 24, died Monday, June 18, 2001, at her residence.
Born in Grovetown, Mrs. Schunke was a daughter of Ginger Piatt, Oklahoma, and Allen Piatt, Texas.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Pastor Arlene Smith officiating.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Schunke is survived by her husband, Allen Michael Schunke, Hoschton; one daughter, Nicole Marie Bon, Dunwoody; and one sister, Melissa Hughes, Ellijay.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 20, 2001


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