Jackson County Obituaries...

June 27, 2001

MR. BECK
Farmer
BRASELTON - Fred Lee Beck, 77, died Sunday, June 24, 2001.
Born in Hall County, Mr. Beck was a son of the late Leora and Idell Herndon Beck.
He was a farmer and was a member of Macedonia Community Church. Mr. Beck was preceded in death by a sister, Annie Bell Beck.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Howard Banks officiating. Burial was in the Macedonia Community Church cemetery.
Mr. Beck is survived by a number of cousins and other relatives.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 27, 2001

MS. LUTHER
Ohio native
COMMERCE - Ms. Mary Katherine "Kool-Aid" Luther, 40, died Friday, June 22, 2001, at Gwinnett Medical Center following an industrial accident.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Ms. Luther was born December 16, 1960, a daughter of the late Donald and Beverly Keith Luther.
She was employed as a truck driver with BFI.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Garland Dickens officiating. An additional service will be held Thursday, June 28, at Thompson Funeral Home in Youngstown, Ohio.
Survivors include her wife, Beverly Summers, Commerce; two daughters, Beth Summers and Brittany Joyce Summers, both of Commerce; one son, Christopher Summers, Com-merce; four sisters, Beverly Bonilla, Campbell, Ohio, Katsy Heck and Donna McCrae, both of Youngstown, Ohio, and Bonnie Luther, North Carolina; three brothers, Donald Luther, Bessemer, Pa., Frank Luther, Youngstown, Ohio, and Thomas Luther, New Jersey; and four grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 27, 2001

MR. CHEEK
Electrician
ATHENS - Melvin Robert Cheek Jr., 54, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.
A native of Oconee County, Mr. Cheek was born June 13, 1947, a son of the late Melvin Robert and Jettie Huguley Cheek.
He was a self-employed electrician and was a member of the South Jackson Fire Department, having served as a former chief.
Mr. Cheek was preceded in death by four brothers, Larry, Gerald and Frank Cheek and Jack Huguley.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens. Jack Cash, Chris Casper, Marty Casper, Johnny Nelms, Dean Stringer and Donny Wethersby served as pallbearers. Members of the South Jackson Fire Department served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Cheek, Athens; three sons, Dalton Casper, Dustin Casper and Melvin Robert Cheek III, all of Athens; one daughter, Stephanie Lynn Hill, Athens; one brother, Edwin Cheek, Florence, S.C.; two sisters, Betty Patterson, Watkinsville, and Mary Sidyler, Florence, S.C.; six grandchildren; and three nieces, Lisa Culberson, Linda Patterson and Lara Crowe.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 27, 2001

MRS. TAYLOR
Mother of countians
GASTONIA, N.C. - Mrs. Edna Ruth Taylor, 78, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
A native of Shooting Creek, N.C., Mrs. Taylor was a daughter of the late William Buford and Margaret Patterson Roderick.
She was retired from Pharr Yarns, McAdenville.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by a son, Buddy McClure, a brother, J.B. Roderick, and two sisters, Wila Mae Bateman and Gena Drucilla Reynolds.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 22, at Colonial Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, N.C., with the Rev. Paul Rhyne officiating. Burial was in Gaston Memorial Park.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her husband, Henry Milas Taylor; son, Scotty Taylor, Gastonia, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Tammy McClure, Talmo; daughter, Barbara Pimentel, Manaus, Brazil; brother, J.C. Roderick, Braselton; and grandchildren, Wade Lord, Talmo, Joshua and Ashley Taylor, Gastonia, N.C., and Tania, Tarcilo, Tonia, Tammia and Tamila Pimentel, all of Manaus, Brazil.
Carothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 27, 2001


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MR. BLACKWELL
Maysville native
TREASURE ISLAND, FLA. - William Thomas "Tom" Blackwell, 89, died Thursday, June 21, 2001.
Mr. Blackwell was born July 16, 1911, in Maysville, a son of the late Thomas Horton and Blanche Turk Blackwell. He was married to the late Jean Hill Blackwell for 50 years until her death in 1982.
Mr. Blackwell was a former Atlanta Police Officer, who along with Captain Jack Malcom, started the School Patrol. While an officer on the Atlanta Police Force, he served as a bodyguard for many celebrities when they visited Atlanta, such as Mae West, Winston Churchill, President Roosevelt and Olivia de Havilland, during the premiere of "Gone With The Wind."
During World War II, Mr. Blackwell built the burned roller coaster at Lakewood Park, which was destroyed years later during the filming of "Smokey and the Bandit." He also owned the Dodgem Cars, several concessions and the Club Casino Skating Rink.
Mr. Blackwell and his wife moved to Treasure Island in the 50's, and for several years they operated the cook house and pie car with Royal American Shows. For 38 years, he managed the Surf and the Sands motels and shopping center of Treasure Island. He retired at age 88.
Mr. Blackwell was a Mason with the Lakewood Masonic Lodge #443 and was a member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Atlanta, the Yaraab Shrine Temple in Atlanta and the Egypt Shrine Temple in Tampa.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Foster, and two brothers, Olin and George Blackwell.
"Happy," as his grandchildren like to call him, was a great cook, said family members. He will always be remembered for his warm smile and hardy laugh and for never meeting a stranger.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 25, at Westside Cemetery, Atlanta.
Survivors include his daughter, Tommie Jean Echols, Fayetteville; grandsons, Rusty Echols and wife, Snellville, and Chris Echols and wife, Paige, Hampton; two great-granddaughters, Kandace and Brooke Echols; sisters, Geneva Bourne, Atlanta, and Merdelle Revelle, Covington; brothers, Ralph Blackwell and wife, Jacksonville, Fla., and Bernard Blackwell and wife, Martha, Stone Mountain; and several nieces and nephews.
The Jackson Herald, June 27, 2001

MR. LYNCH
Airplane mechanic
COMMERCE - Ronnie W. Lynch, 86, died Sunday, June 24, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Lynch was born January 16, 1915, in Mayo, Fla. He had been employed as an airplane mechanic with Lockheed Aircraft Co. and was a member of the Church of Christ in Commerce.
Mr. Lynch was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Lynch, and two brothers, Johnny Lynch and Harlie Lynch.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Minister Jeff Coalson officiating. Burial was in the Georgia Memorial Cemetery, Smyrna.
Mr. Lynch is survived by his wife, Emogene Lynch, Commerce; two daughters, Pam Brown, Woodstock, and Anne Cormack, California; one brother, R.V. Lynch, Darling Park, Fla.; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 27, 2001

MISS BROCK
Retired seamstress
COMMERCE - Miss Elyta Brock, 85, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home.
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, in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery, Homer, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating.
Miss Brock is survived by a sister, Sue Weldon, Commerce; and 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 27, 2001

MR. TONEY
Freedom Baptist
Church member
COMMERCE - Chris Toney, 25, died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Georgia on February 3, 1976, Mr. Toney was a son of Warren Kim Toney and Angela Denise Smith Thompson, both of Commerce.
He was employed with Roper Pump Co. and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Danny Green officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Heather Toney, Commerce; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Toney, Commerce, and Gene and Grace Smith, Social Circle; and great-grandmother, Alva Wiley, Toano, Va.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 27, 2001


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