Jackson County Obituaries...

July 11, 2001

MRS. DEATON
Zion Baptist member
HOSCHTON - Mrs. Nell Baird Deaton, 84, died Monday, July 2, 2001, at Medical Arts Health Facility, Lawrenceville, following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Deaton was born June 29, 1917, a daughter of the late Henry Baird and Ritta Moon Baird. She was a homemaker and was a member of Zion Baptist Church, Braselton. Mrs. Deaton was preceded in death by her husband, Willie T. Deaton.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Mike Phillips officiating. Burial was in the Zion Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Deaton is survived by nieces and nephews.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MR. BECK
DOT retiree
BRASELTON - Homer Lee Beck, 80, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mr. Beck was a son of the late John Roland and Pearl Howington Beck.
He was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation, with 34 years of service, and was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church where he served as a former deacon.
Mr. Beck was preceded in death by his wife, Amanda Loggins Beck, and a brother, L.C. Beck.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Jack Pierce officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Gayla Beck, Suwanee, and Ronnie and Denise Beck, Watkinsville; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Neal Watkins, Lula; granddaughters, Brandi Beck, Hailey Beck, Allie Beck and Stacey Witham; grandsons, Beau Beck, Chris Beck, Whit Beck, Scott Watkins, Kevin Watkins and Patrick Conway; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and J.B. Mitchell, Flowery Branch; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MR. STEPHENSON
Reliance
Electric retiree
COMMERCE - Benny Leon Stephenson, 65, died Saturday, July 7, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Stephenson was born December 11, 1935, a son of the late Willie Odell and Johnnie Sue Wood Stephenson.
He was retired from Reliance Electric and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Stephenson was preceded in death by a son, Bobby "Bird" Stephenson, and a sister, Joan Stephenson.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Curtis Greene and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Cowart Stephenson, Commerce; two sons, Josh Stephenson, Danielsville, and Mickey Stephenson, Commerce; four brothers, Bobby Stephenson, David Stephenson, Jimmy Stephenson and Tommy Stephenson, all of Commerce; three sisters, Linda Adams, Nicholson, Shirley Bell, Jefferson, and Kay Franklin, Horton, Ala.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MCLANE
Infant
COMMERCE - Michael David McLane, infant son of Molly Sears and Joshua McLane, Commerce, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include maternal grandparents, Cherryl Burrow, Commerce, and Michael Sears, Homer; paternal grandparents, Rick and Tammy Davis, Walhalla, S.C., and Greg and Nita McLane, Maysville; maternal great-grandmothers, Ruth Hambrick and Mary Sears, both of Commerce; paternal great-grandparents, David and Martha McLane and Doc and Ethel Standard, all of Anderson, S.C.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MR. MARTIN
World War II veteran
COMMERCE - Hoyle Ego Martin, 84, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Martin was born July 29, 1916, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late George Hampton and Myrtle Lyndaman Martin.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Martin served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a farmer and was a member of Oconee Baptist Church, Jefferson. Mr. Martin was also a member of the Jackson County Cattleman's Association.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Oconee Baptist Church with the Revs. Ken Barrett and Swayne Carlan and Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery. Jimmy Alford, Randall Carlan, Richard Duke, Eddie Hunter, Emory Merk and Hansel Wilson served as pallbearers.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Jennie Sue Martin, Commerce; two sons, Randy Martin and Sammy Martin, both of Commerce; and two sisters, Judy Duke, Washington, and Sodena Hunter, Athens.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MR. HODSDON
Landscaper
COMMERCE - Eric Richard Hodsdon, 46, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at Atlanta Medical Center, Fulton County, following a short illness.
Mr. Hodsdon was born May 30, 1955, in Jackson County, a son of Stan and Velda Edwards Hodsdon, Commerce.
He was employed as a landscaper.
A private service will be held at a later date.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hodsdon is survived by one brother, Pat Hodsdon, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MRS. O'KELLEY
BJC Medical
Center retiree
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Henri Quinn McElroy O'Kelley, 81, died Friday, July 6, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. O'Kelley was born January 15, 1920, a daughter of the late Lester Brantley and Paulina Safrona Vaughn McElroy.
She was a retired purchasing agent for BJC Medical Center and was a member of Maysville United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Maysville United Methodist Church with the Revs. Grady Jordan and Dugar Strickland officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mrs. O'Kelley is survived by her husband, James A. O'Kelley, Maysville; one son, Guy Hudson, Wrightville, N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MR. BROWN
Chatham
County native
COMMERCE - James Grant Brown Jr., 76, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Chatham County on December 25, 1924, Mr. Brown was a son of the late James Grant Brown Sr. and Carol Buckner Brown.
He was retired from Atlanta Gas Light Company and was a member of Commerce Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and past treasurer. Mr. Brown was also a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at Commerce Presbyterian Church with Dr. Tom Lewis officiating.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Lou Davis Brown, Commerce; one son, Grant Brown, Nicholson; one daughter, Tish Lashley, Lilburn; and one grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Commerce Presbyterian Church, 89 Lakeview Drive, Commerce, GA 30529, or to St. Mary's Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MR. ROBERTS
Retired carpenter
BRASELTON - Julian U. "June Bug" Roberts, 83, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Roberts was a son of the late Early and Ester Duck Roberts.
He retired from the State of Georgia Poultry Laband and was also a retired carpenter. Mr. Roberts was a member of New Liberty United Methodist Church, Braselton. He was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Damaris and Jimmy White, and a brother-in-law, Webster Cantrell.
He was very generous in giving to children and his neighbors, said family members.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at New Liberty United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Benefield officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife, Ruenell Poole Roberts, Braselton; daughter and son-in-law, Myra and Randall Wofford, Buford; grandson and wife, the Rev. Jeff and Tamara Benefield, Chestnut Mountain; great-grandchildren, Alli Benefield, Ansley Benefield, A.J. Benefield and Adam Benefield; sister, Velma Cantrell, Gainesville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lola and Robert Fossett, Sandy Springs, Mildred and Dan Fuller, Marietta, and Evelyn and Bill Kinzie, Florida; brother and sister-in-law, Early and Betty Roberts, Clermont; brother, Billy Roberts, Braselton; brother-in-law, Jimmy Poole, Denver, Colo.; special nieces and nephews, Juanita and Ken Kornberg, Rosilyn George, Lynn Teague, Ricky Fuller, Rebecca Bastain, Joshua Kinzie, Dennis White, Darrell White, Tony Roberts, Laquita Dooley, Elaine and Terrell Gunter, Pam and David Miller, David and Lee Roberts and Kami and Matt Warder.
Memorials may be made to New Liberty United Methodist Church, Braselton, GA.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MR. EDWARDS
Retired from Roper Pump Company
COMMERCE - Loy M. Edwards, 85, died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Edwards was born December 10, 1915, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Jim and Molly Short Edwards.
Mr. Edwards was retired from Roper Pump Company and was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Johnny Ray officiating.
Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Tharra Varner Edwards, Commerce; one brother, Stoy Edwards, Commerce; and one sister, Maryleen Evans, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

 

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MRS. COLLEY
Homemaker
ARNOLDSVILLE - Mrs. Karen Shiflet Colley, 43, formerly of Athens, died Wednesday, July 4, 2001.
A native of Greenwood, S.C., Mrs. Colley was a daughter of Helen McAbee, Roebuck, S.C., and the late Jim Shiflet.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Morgan County.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Jamie Doster officiating. Burial was in the Sandy Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Doyle Colley, Arnoldsville; one daughter, Tammy Colley, Jefferson; four sisters, Jan Chewning, Alexandria, Va., Jimmie Ann Barrett, Eastanollee, Brenda Warren, Savannah, and Mary Whitworth, Virginia.; three brothers, Rick Shiflet, Gastonia, S.C., Eddy Shiflet, Elberton, and Steve Richardson, Evans; one grandson and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MRS. COOPER
Co-founder of Joy Hallmark Shoppe
WATKINSVILLE - Mrs. Carol B. Cooper, 75, co-founder of the Joy Hallmark Shoppe in Commerce, died Thursday, July 5, 2001.
A native of Cordele, Mrs. Cooper was a daughter of the late Jackson Brown and Sara Smith Brown.
A former resident of Commerce, she served as pianist and organist for over 20 years for the First Baptist Church of Commerce and the Commerce Presbyterian Church. She also wrote a column for The Commerce News in the early 80's.
After moving to Watkinsville in 1984, Mrs. Cooper became associated with the Oconee Public Library and was an active member of Beech Haven Baptist Church, Athens, where she was a member of the Ladies Joy Class.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 8, in Arthur Bowick's Oconee Chapel, Watkinsville, with Drs. Stewart Simms and Ray Austin officiating. Burial was in Oconee Memorial Park.
Mrs. Cooper is survived by her husband, O. Grady Cooper; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Jimmy Calamia and Rebecca and Vince Pearson, all of Watkinsville, and Kathy and John Wolfe, Athens; three sisters, Edythe B. Noble, Warner Robins, Betty B. Edge, Cordele, and Mary B. Owens, Pelham; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Beech Haven Baptist Church Library Fund, 2390 W. Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606.
Arthur Bowick's Oconee Chapel Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MRS. WARD
Banks County native
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Lois Beatrice Chambers Ward, 86, died Friday, July 6, 2001.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Ward was a daughter of the late Melvin and Lillie Patton Chambers. She was the wife of the late Jack Ward.
Mrs. Ward was retired from North Georgia College and State University, where she worked in the Bookstore. She was a member of Dahlonega Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Robert Green officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Bill Gerspacher, Gainesville; granddaughter, Kristan De La Rosa, Alpharetta; grandson, Mark Gerspacher, Bremen; great-grandchildren, Claudia De La Rosa and Thomás De La Rosa, both of Alpharetta, and Allison Gerspacher, Bremen; and sister, Robbie Sue Conner, Tampa, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Olive Baptist Church, Commerce, or to Dahlonega Baptist Church, Dahlonega.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MRS. PETTIT
Grey Hill
Cemetery rites
WELLFORD, S.C. - Mrs. Imogene Bolton Pettit, 72, died Monday, July 9, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Jefferson County, Mrs. Pettit was a daughter of the late Frank Bolton and Texas Embry Bolton.
She was a graduate of Roebuck High School and had worked at the Piccadilly Cafeteria for over 15 years. Mrs. Pettit was a former member of Mount Calvary Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Herchell Bolton, and a sister, Elaine Bolton Mabry.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, in the chapel of Lanford-Pollard Funeral Home, South Carolina, with Dr. B.E. Pettit officiating.
Committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three daughters, Sheila P. Marshall, Chesnee, S.C., Sandra P. Sprouse, Spartanburg, S.C., and Susan P. Hodge, Prague, Czechoslovkia; four sons, Roy E. Pettit Jr., Winston-Salem, N.C., Gerald L. Pettit, Spartanburg, S.C., Michael B. Pettit, Mayo, S.C., and David B. Pettit, of the home; the father of the children, Roy Edward Pettit Sr.; two brothers, Mack Bolton and Donald Bolton, both of Spartanburg, S.C.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Mobile Meals, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. til the time of the service at the funeral home.
Lanford-Pollard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MRS. GARY
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Willie Lee Gary, 82, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Gary was born February 2, 1919, a daughter of the late John Wade and Annie McGalliard Wade.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Harmony Christian Church. Mrs. Gary was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred "Fats" Gary.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the First Baptist Church of Nicholson with the Revs. Terry Smith and Jerry Payne officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include: five daughters and sons-in-law, Sara and Tommy Mitchell, Carnesville, Peggy and Harold Price and Pat and Lamar Sellers, all of Commerce, Easter and Johnny Smith, Nicholson, and Lib and Linton Little, Stephens; one son and daughter-in-law, Alvin and Sarah Gary, Commerce; one sister, Freddie Ruth Bray, Monroe; 13 grandchildren, Angie Gary, Amanda Myler, Shane and Heather Price, Jimmy Smith, Linda Love, Nick and Charles Little, Vickie Varner, Brenda Hill, Michelle Sears, Pam Gary and Jenny Reid; 15 great-grandchildren, Sheila McClure, Tim Varner, Kimberly and Tiffany Hill, Nicole, Christine and Doug Sears, Shannon Morris, Andrew Reid, Cody Price, Zack, Caleb and Ethan Smith and Daniel and Seth Love; and one great-great-grandchild, Ruby Varner.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

MRS. GORDON
Nails Creek
Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Sarah Gordon, 80, died Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Gordon was born January 28, 1921, a daughter of the late Grover Carlan and Elizabeth Ayers Carlan.
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. Saturday, June 30, 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 one son, Jerry Gordon, Lula; two daughters, Carol Lott, Nicholson, 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 11, 2001

MR. STOCKTON
Retired engineer
COMMERCE - Ralph Douglas Stockton, 56, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, following a short illness.
Mr. Stockton was born February 4, 1945, in Jackson County, a son of the late Wiley Stockton and Zelma Voyles Stockton.
He was a retired engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Pastor Larry Henderson officiating. Burial was in the Dry Pond Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Kevin Stockton, Commerce, and Jeff Stockton, Watkinsville; two daughters, Tina Turpin, Watkinsville, and Stacy Stockton, Arcade; one brother, James Stockton, Jefferson; two sisters, Ruth Hudson, Maysville, and Kathy Stockton, Ila; and three grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001

Vivian S. Holbrook
Mrs. Vivian Smith Holbrook, born March 6, 1915, to Bernice and Millard Smith, died Thursday, July 5, 2001.
She graduated from Portland Oregon High School and attended Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
She moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she met Lt. Thomas Holbrook, who was then stationed at Wheeler Field, Hawaii. They returned to the U.S. at approximately the same time and both were on the West Coast. Their friendship flourished over the next year and they were married on January 3, 1942.
Over the course of Mr. Holbrook's Air Force career, they lived in many foreign countries, including Japan, the Philippines, Paris, France and Guam. After his retirement, they lived in Athens, where she was active in the Presbyterian Church and did volunteer work at Athens General Hospital and Recording for the Blind.
In the fall of 1988, Mr. and Mrs. Holbrook moved to Air Force Village II, San Antonio, Texas, where she became active in the Dabblers and in the Juice Patrol at the Health Care Center.
Because of many friendships, her life at the Village was one of the happiest periods in her life, said family members.
A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 9, at the Main Chapel at Air Force Village II, San Antonio, Texas.
Mrs. Holbrook is survived by her husband of 59 years, Col. Thomas H. Holbrook, USAF (Ret); sons, Thomas H. Holbrook Jr., Smyrna, and Lawrence M. Holbrook, Eugene, Ore.; daughter, Nancy H. Megley, Philadelphia, Pa.; and sister, Beverly Howe, Eugene, Ore.
Memorials may be made to Air Force Village II Health Care Center, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78245.
Porter Loring, San Antonio, Texas, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, July 11, 2001

MRS. EVANS
Former
lunchroom manager
HOSCHTON - Mrs. Nell Evans, 78, died Monday, July 9, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Evans was born February 19, 1923, a daughter of the late Ernest Brooks and Rose Haggard Brooks.
She was a former lunchroom manager for the Jackson County School System and was a member of Walnut Fork Baptist Church, Hoschton. Mrs. Evans was also a member of the Eastern Star.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Kenneth Brewer and Minister Robin Self officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Fork Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Evans is survived by her husband, Reece A. Evans, Hoschton; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and James Deaton, Hoschton, Gail and Dennis Elrod, Pendergrass, and Martha and Ledley Symmes, Orange Park, Fla.; daughter, Frances Nehring, Hoschton; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Jean Evans, Jefferson; son, Randy Evans, Hoschton; step-mother, Hester Tanner Brooks, Hoschton; sisters, Virginia Bradford, Conyers, Emma Dennis, Atlanta, Patricia Maddox, Statesboro, and Kathleen Murphy, Flowery Branch; brothers, Bill Brooks, Smyrna, Davis Brooks, Rome, Emory Brooks, Lawrenceville, and James Brooks, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Jefferson, c/o Frances Sauls, 461 Vandiver Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 11, 2001


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