Jackson County Obituaries...

July 3, 2001

MR. HOOD
U.S. Army veteran
HOSCHTON - Charles H. Hood, 58, a veteran of the U.S. Army, died Friday, June 29, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Fulton County, Mr. Hood was a son of the late Arnold and Myra Mae Scott Hood.
He was a former resident of Monticello and was employed by Riverdale Paving Company.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Hood is survived by his wife, Viola Butler Hood, Hoschton; one step-son, Wayne Allen, Hoschton; one sister, Nancy Farmer, Helen; one brother, Harold Hood, Forest Park; three granddaughters, one grandson, one great-granddaughter, two great-grandsons, two nieces and one nephew.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 4, 2001

SMITH
BCES student
COMMERCE - Miss Heather Elizabeth Smith, 8, died Thursday, June 28, 2001, at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital.
Miss Smith was born October 7, 1992, a daughter of Phillip Allen and Helen Smith, Commerce.
She was a second grade student at Banks County Elementary School and was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Cave Springs Baptist Church with Pastor Chad Rising and Pastor Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by four sisters, Kimberly Hebert, Melisa Hebert, Jessica Smith and Michelle Smith, all of Commerce; grandmother, Gloria Bourgeois, Alto; and grandfather, Mel Vlasic, Atlanta.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 4, 2001

MRS. GORDON
Nails Creek Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Sarah Gordon, 80, died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Gordon was born January 28, 1921, a daughter of the late Groover Carlan and Elizabeth Ayers Gordon.
She retired from Westinghouse, where she had worked as an assembly line technician, and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Commerce. Mrs. Gordon was preceded in death by her husband, George M. Gordon, and a son, Wayne Gordon.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Swayne Carlan, Ben Johnson and James Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Webbs Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Gordon, Lula, and Wayne Gordon; two daughters, Carol Lott, Commerce, and Elaine Yoder, Toccoa; two sisters, Jean Gordon, McDonough, and Ossie M. O'Kelley, Carnesville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 4, 2001

MR. PARKER
Jackson County native
JEFFERSON - Stephen Michael Parker, 51, died Friday, June 29, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Parker was born October 31, 1949. He was the son of Marion Elizabeth Wilson Holland and the step-son of Buck Holland, Hull.
Mr. Parker was a lumber yard worker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Charles Elrod and Vaughn Howington officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his mother and step-father, include his wife, Rita Faye Denton Parker, Jefferson; one son, Michael Jones, Commerce; three daughters, Melissa Denton, Hoschton, Brandie Parker, Commerce, and Ginnie Ruark, Jefferson; one sister, Leta Ann Privette, Charlotte, N.C.; and seven grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 4, 2001

MRS. BAIRD
Retired schoolteacher
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Vernelle Ivey Baird, 94, died Saturday, June 30, 2001.
Mrs. Baird was born March 1, 1907, in the town of Richland, Stewart County.
She graduated from Braselton High School in 1924, the first graduating class, and married Fred Hilliard Baird, a member of the same class, in 1924. Mrs. Baird taught elementary school in Braselton and high school in Jefferson for 32 years. She took a leave of absence in 1962 to complete her degree at the University of Georgia. While there, she served as housemother and lived at the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.
Mrs. Baird retired from teaching in 1969 and continued to live in Hoschton. She was very active in Zion Baptist Church, Braselton, and served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the Women's Missionary Union. After retirement, she also became active in Hoschton and Jackson County civic affairs, including the Hoschton Civic Club and the Jackson County Historical Society.
Mrs. Baird was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, one daughter, Anne Baird McGarity, one sister and five brothers.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Phillips officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Myron Allen, Salem, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Nan Baird, Gulf Breeze, Fla.; son-in-law, John McGarity, Dahlonega; brother, Robert Ivey, Indian Springs; special sister-in-law, Juanita Ivey, Cornelia; and grandchildren, Myron Allen III, Laramie, Wyo., Virginia Allen King, Virginia Beach, Va., Mary Allen Piekarski, South Plainfield, N.J., Larry Baird Jr., St. Louis, Mo., Cherry Baird Dickinson, Laguna Beach, Calif., Michael McGarity, Braselton, and Scott McGarity and Carrie McGarity Woodcock, both of Gainesville.
Memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church, Braselton, GA 30517.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 4, 2001


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MRS. KOLLEN
Fulton County native
WOODSTOCK - Mrs. Martha Anglin Kollen, 65, died Monday, July 2, 2001.
Mrs. Kollen was born May 2, 1936, in Fulton County, a daughter of the late Clyde and Susie Lord Anglin.
She was self-employed in cleaning services and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 5, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Boggess officiating. Burial will be in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Boggess, Paris, France, and Betty Scearce, Kennesaw; one brother, Jimmy Anglin, Maysville; five sisters, Freada Baxter and Patricia Holt, both of Maysville, Nancy Roberts, Winterville, Mary Wade, Norcross, and Alice Whitener, Danielsville; and six grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 4, 2001

MR. AYERS
Poultry farmer
ALTO - Levi Ayers, 90, died Sunday, July 1, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Ayers was born May 15, 1911, in Banks County, a son of the late Jim and Mary Ayers Ayers.
He was a poultry farmer and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Ayers was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Sims Ayers, and four sons, Alvin, David, Henry and Donald Ayers.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Claudine Lewallen, Lula, and Leola Edwards, Commerce; four sons, Frank Ayers and Coy Ayers, both of Lula, J.T. Ayers, Flowery Branch, and Doug Ayers, Alto; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 4, 2001

MRS. HUFF
Retired office manager
ATHENS - Mrs. Caroline Storey Huff died Sunday, June 24, 2001, following a long battle with cancer.
A native of Columbia, S.C., Mrs. Huff was a daughter of the late Taylor Dickson Storey and Dorothy Parris Storey.
She was retired office manager of parking services with the University of Georgia and was a member of Emory Hill United Methodist Church, Tucker. Mrs. Huff was also a member of the American Hosta Society.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Dickey Storey.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson with the Rev. Gary Whatley officiating.
Mrs. Huff is survived by her husband, Adam Huff, Athens; children and spouses, Dwight and Lynn Howard, Lilburn, Beth and Joe Newhouse, Anchorage, Clifford and Hope Howard, Doraville, and Timothy and Sherry Howard, Decatur; sister, Posy Storey Henson, Athens; grandchildren, Sadie, Cameron, Taylor, Zachary, Erin, Tena, Samantha and Morgan; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support, Athens Regional Medical Center, 1199 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30606.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 4, 2001

MRS. GARRETT
Cornelia C.H.C. member
ALTO - Mrs. Glenda L. Garrett, 55, died Saturday, June 30, 2001.
A native of Towns County, Mrs. Garrett was a daughter of the late Thomas B. and Grace Lee Beck Garrett.
She was a former employee of Carwood Manufacturing and Scovill Manufacturing, and was also employed with Garrett's Trucking Company. Mrs. Garrett was a member of Cornelia Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 2, in the chapel of Whitfield Funeral Home, South, Baldwin, with the Revs. Ronald Mote, James Kennedy and Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Garrett is survived by her husband, Ernest Garrett; daughter, Cindy Lee Kitchens, Baldwin; sisters, Virginia Ross, Baldwin, and Barbara Adams, Cleveland, and twin sister, Brenda Foster, Cleveland; brother, James Garrett, Cornelia; half-brothers, Lee Garrett, Thomas Garrett and Junior Garrett, all of Cornelia, Ben Garrett, Cleveland, and Tony Garrett, Nicholson; and one grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 4, 2001

MR. BENTON
Banker, WWII veteran
COMMERCE - Thomas Frazer Benton, 80, died Saturday, June 30, 2001.
Mr. Benton was a farmer and president of Commerce Milling Company for many years. In 1956, he became affiliated with Commerce Building and Loan, and in 1972 became president and CEO. After a merger with Athens First Bank and Trust, Mr. Benton served as vice president, branch manager and served on the board of directors until his retirement in 1983.
He was a graduate of Martin Institute, attended Emory at Oxford and received a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia. Mr. Benton was a World War II veteran, where he served in the 517 Regimental Combat team; European Theatre. He was a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club, the BJC Hospital Authority, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church Administrative Board. Mr. Benton was a former member of the Hudson Lodge #294 F&AM, the Tumbling Waters Society, served as former chairman of the Commerce Board of Education and was a 30-year member of the Jackson County Planning and Development Commission.
Mr. Benton was the son of the late T.T. and Sallie Kate Frazer Benton. He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Benton Shi.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 2, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Warren Huddleston, Dan Maxey and Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Benton is survived by his wife, Matilda Housch Benton, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Karen Benton, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen Benton and Jimmy T. Hooper, Maysville, and Matilda Benton and Robert Wangerien, Turlock, Calif.; daughter, Elizabeth Benton, Commerce; grandchildren, Leigh Ann Benton Weaver, Dalton, Thomas H. Benton Jr., Jefferson, Frances Hooper Whitlock, Buford, Wyatt Benton Hooper, Maysville, and John Terrell, Turlock, Calif.; great-grandson, Samuel Thomas Weaver, Dalton; niece, Katherine Shi Parsons, Phoenix, Ariz.; and sister-in-law, Marion Housch Hutcheson, Rossville.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce or to the National Brain Tumor Foundation.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 4, 2001


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