Jackson County Obituaries...

July 25, 2001

DAY TWINS
Infants
COMMERCE - Andy Alan Day and Alison Ann Day, infant twins of Hardy and Debra Day, Commerce, died Friday, July 20, 2001.
Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to their parents, include two brothers, Nathan and James Day, both of Commerce; two sisters, Amber and Christina Day, both of Commerce; maternal grandparents, Joan White, Social Circle, and Joe Dyer, Commerce; and paternal grandparents, James and Doris Day, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MR. BETTIE
U.S. Air Force veteran
HOSCHTON - William "Bill" Bettie, 69, died Monday, July 23, 2001, at Peachtree Christian Hospice, Duluth, following an extended illness.
Mr. Bettie was born in Madison County, Tenn., a son of the late Tom and Callie Lee Hale Bettie.
He was a member of Lathem's Chapel Baptist Church, Lavinia, Tenn., and was a member of Auburn Lodge #228, F. & A.M. and the Chamblee Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons. Mr. Bettie was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and was retired from Greyhound Bus Lines. He was preceded in death by a brother, John T. "Elmo" Bettie.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Sharon Baptist Church with the Revs. Marion Prather and Robbie Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Bettie is survived by his wife, Mary Coleman Bettie, Hoschton; children, Dianne Bettie, Hoschton, and Chuck Bettie and Wanda Pentecost, both of Winder; grandchildren, Jeremy Bettie, Tiffany Bettie, Max Pentecost and Britt-Elise Pentecost, all of Winder; brother, Thomas Edward Bettie, Medina, Tenn.; two sisters, Sue Rogers, Memphis, Tenn., and Nettie Sue Bratcher, Gibson, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Carter Funeral Home, Winder.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MR. MCCLAIN
Jackson County native
JEFFERSON - Paul McClain Jr., 65, died Monday, July 23, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. McClain was born June 4, 1936, a son of the late Paul McClain Sr. and Grace Kimsey McClain.
He was employed in construction. Mr. McClain was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Aikens McClain, and a sister, Emma Lou Dills.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Chad Rising and Bill Franklin officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. Jeremy Dills, Jerry Dills, Mike Dills, Roger Dills, Gary Gee and Johnathan McClain served as pallbearers.
Survivors include six sons, Alan Aikens and Dale Aikens, both of Dacula, Billy Pursley, Hull, Joe Pursley, Jefferson, Timmy Pursley, Commerce, and Tommy Pursley, Colbert; two daughters, Janet Kimsey and Runnelle Wilbanks, both of Jefferson; two brothers, David McClain and Donnie McClain, both of Jefferson; one sister, Mary Jane McClain, Jefferson; 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MR. BROCK
Retired truck driver
BRASELTON - Joe Milton Brock, 58, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Brock was born November 30, 1941, a son of the late Fred Leonard and Lizzie Hooper Brock.
He was a retired truck driver.
A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Mr. Brock is survived by his wife, Martha Ann Smith Brock, Braselton; three sons, Tony M. Brock and Barry Joe Brock, both of Braselton, and Scott Lance, Dahlonega; three brothers, Harry Lee Brock, Athens, Oscar Brock, Gainesville, and Wylie Brock, Commerce; and four grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MR. GORSKI
Milwaukee native
MAYSVILLE - Dean J. Gorski, 46, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 19, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Gorski was born in Milwaukee on May 13, 1955, to the late Joseph and Esther (Nee: Heidt) Gorski.
He attended St. John's Military Academy and was employed in Georgia as an electrical engineer.
On August 18, 1979, he married Gail (Nee: Weiss) Gorski.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Gorski was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Barbara Garcia.
Funeral services were held at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, Wisconsin, with Deacon Gene Kempka officiating.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 22 years, Gail Gorski, Maysville; sister, Nancy (Jerome) Strasser, West Allis; aunt, Orphia Grain, and cousin, Michael Grain; sisters-in-law, Doreen (Patrick) Douglas and Michelle (Steve) Osburn, both of Waukesha; brother-in-law, Charles (Jill) Weiss, Waukesha; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family members say that in lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated.
Randle-Dable Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MRS. FLEEMAN
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Eva Tolbert Fleeman, 79, died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Fleeman was born March 30, 1922, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Johnny and Flora Sailors Phillips.
Mrs. Fleeman was a homemaker and was a member of Freedom Church of God, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Warren C. "Red" Tolbert, and her second husband, Watson Fleeman.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Freedom Church of God with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, Tim Garrett and Thomas Whitfield officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Bobby Tolbert, Commerce, Harold Tolbert, Newnan, Jimmy Tolbert, Forsyth, and Warren Tolbert, Nicholson; two daughters, Carol T. Benton and Joyce Standridge, both of Commerce; one brother, Grady Phillips, Greenwood, S.C.; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MR. BROCK
General Motors retiree
HOSCHTON - Clyde Brock, 71, died Saturday, July 21, 2001.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Brock was retired from General Motors.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 23, in the chapel of Tapp Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Charles Pirkle officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Olinda and Tony Rominger, Hoschton, and Reba and Tony Bowman, Lilburn; four grandchildren, Dawn Rooks, Dusty Edminten, Tony Bowman Jr. and Ryan Bowman; and one great-granddaughter, McKenzie Edminten.
Tapp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MR. WHITLOCK
Maintenance
technician
DANIELSVILLE - Donald LaFayette Whitlock, 55, died Monday, July 23, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Whitlock was a son of Katheleen Smith Whitlock and the late Comer Whitlock.
He was employed as a maintenance technician on heavy equipment with Dinsmore Grading Co., Carnesville, and was a member of Community Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Community Baptist Church with the Revs. Tony Crawford and George Pate officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Whitlock's nephews served as pallbearers.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Whitlock is survived by his wife, Mildred Austin Whitlock; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Richard Frank, Danielsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Cindy Whitlock, Commerce, and Ricky and Trixie Whitlock, Nicholson; three sisters, Joyce Carroll, Commerce, and Marion Hardigree and Linda Weaver, both of Winder; one brother, James Whitlock, Commerce; and grandchildren, Paul Frank, Cody Whitlock, Jessica Frank, Gabrielle Whitlock and Kristin Whitlock.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001


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MRS. SHAW
New Salem Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Annie Mae Shaw, 79, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001.
Mrs. Shaw was the daughter of the late Jim and Lennie Shackleford Tate, and was the stepdaughter of the late Early Johnson. She was the widow of Paul Shaw Jr. and was preceded in death by a son, Ricky.
Mrs. Shaw was a member of New Salem Baptist Church, where she served as a pastor's aide and was in the choir.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at New Salem Baptist Church with minister Hazell Quarles and the Revs. R.E. Cooper, Fred Wilson and Steve Jackson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Shaw is survived by four daughters, Mary Williams and Dorothy Varnum, both of Commerce, and Betty Rakestraw and Dannie Wingfield, both of Athens; four sons, Paul Shaw Jr. and Charles Shaw, both of Athens, Robert Shaw, Jefferson, and James Shaw, Commerce; one sister, Doris Stephens, Gainesville; 23 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MR. GALBRAITH
Illinois native
COMMERCE - Donald Ray Galbraith, 67, died Monday, July 23, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Christian County, Ill., on January 31, 1934, Mr. Galbraith was a son of the late Luther and Ruth Mansville Galbraith.
He was retired from Gibson Music Company.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ruth Dnby officiating.
Mr. Galbraith is survived by his wife, Erika Helm Galbraith, Commerce; one son, Christopher Galbraith, Commerce; one daughter, Jennifer Boyer, Commerce; one brother, Raymond Galbraith, Kincaid, Ill.; two sisters, Jerry Lesko, Kincaid, Ill., and Leola Miller, Anaheim, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MRS. WILBANKS
Art teacher
HARRIMAN, TENN. - Mrs. Teresa Susan Sims Wilbanks, 50, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wilbanks was a daughter of Lucille McGinnis Sims, Maysville, and the late Billy Sims.
She was an art teacher with Oliver Springs High School, Oliver Springs, Tenn., and was a member of Childs Memorial Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilbanks was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Sims.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Wilbanks is survived by her husband, Larry Joe Wilbanks, Harriman, Tenn.; one son, Charles Jason Wilbanks, Knoxville, Tenn.; two daughters, Kimberly Moore, Eastman, and Alissa White, Hendersonville, Tenn.; and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oliver Springs High School Art Dept., P.O. Box 309, Oliver Springs, TN 37840, to establish a scholarship in her name.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MRS. HUNTER
Poplar Springs
Baptist member
ATHENS - Mrs. Lillie Bailey Hunter died Saturday, July 21, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Hunter was a daughter of the late William Bailey and Annie Mae Phillip Bailey.
She was retired from Gold Kist Poultry and was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Poplar Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Mayweather officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Memorial Garden.
Survivors include three daughters, Gloria Hunter, Conyers, Joyce Muckle, Bogart, and Denise McKinney, Athens; one son, Dexter Hunter, Athens; five sisters, Lula Echols, Stone Mountain, Lessie Thrasher and Louise Strickland, both of Decatur, Roberta Massey, Atlanta, and Annie Broddie, Riverdale; and six grandchildren.
Winfrey's Mutual Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MR. GOBER
Jackson County native
ATHENS - Gene T. Gober, 70, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Gober was a son of the late Henry Brannon Gober and Ruby Minish Gober.
He received a BS degree in Ag Engineering from the University of Georgia and his MS degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Mr. Gober served two years in Korea with the Signal Corps and was an independent insurance agent for 42 years.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 20, at Beech Haven Baptist Church with Dr. Stuart Simms Jr. and the Rev. Hilton Purvis officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Gober is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary Kathryn Thompson, Athens; son and daughter-in-law, Ben and Sonya Gober, Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Rabun Neal, Greensboro; granddaughters, Lauren and Elizabeth Neal; grandson, Chandler Gober; sister and brother-in-law, Estell and Doug Kidd, Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia, 2951 Flowers Road, South, Ste 211, Atlanta, GA 30341, or to Beech Haven Baptist Church, 2390 W. Broad St., Athens, GA 30606.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MRS. STEPHENSON
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Brenda Stephenson, 55, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at her residence.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Curtis Green and David Harbin officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MRS. HOGAN
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Grace Phillips Hogan, 71, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001

MRS. MARTIN
Homemaker
HOMER - Mrs. Emma Frances Martin, 56, died Thursday, July 19, 2001, at her residence.
A native of South Carolina, Mrs. Martin was born December 28, 1944. She was a daughter of Trudy Burke Stone, Commerce, and the late Herman Reed.
Mrs. Martin was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Willard Martin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Perry Smith officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include sons, James J. Martin, Homer, Chuck Cox, Gillsville, and Steve Cox, Commerce; daughters, Stacy Durham, Liberty, Ky., Tracy Ervin, Winder, and Linda Anderson, Vero Beach, Fla.; step-sons, Randall Martin, Commerce, Perry Martin and Thomas McCrackin, both of Homer, and Eric Mitchell McCrackin, Walhalla, S.C.; step-daughters, Michelle Martin, Commerce, and Tracey Morris, Gillsville; brothers, Jerry Reed, Homer, and James Reed, Seneca, S.C.; sisters, Jean Brown and Helen Johnson, both of Seneca, S.C., and Tammy Stevens, Commerce; step-sisters, Becky Reed and Rachel Reed, both of Seneca, S.C.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 25, 2001


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