Jackson County Obituaries...

September 5, 2001

MISS SEAGRAVES
2001 JCCHS graduate
NICHOLSON - Miss Gina Lynne Hazel Seagraves, 19, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Miss Seagraves was born August 29, 1982, in Clarke County. She was a 2001 graduate of Jackson County Comprehensive High School and was enrolled at Athens Tech.
Miss Seagraves was employed with the Bakery Department at Ingles Grocery Store.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 1, at Redstone Methodist Church, Athens, with the Revs. Doug Conwell and Bud McDonald officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her father and step-mother, Rickey and Shirley Seagraves, Bogart; her mother and step-father, Sally and Joel Harper, Nicholson; her fiancée, Derek Gabriel, Nicholson; two sisters, Jessica Nicole Rainey, Bogart, and Amanda Leigh Seagraves, Athens; two brothers, David Edward Seagraves, Nicholson, and Michael Aaron Seagraves, Bogart; and grandmother, Hazel Seagraves, Bogart.
Memorials may be made to the family in care of Evans Funeral Home, P.O. Box 234, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MRS. SEGARS
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Wilda Prickett Segars, 90, died Saturday, September 1, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Segars was born April 15, 1911, in Banks County, a daughter of the late William Stairett and Junia Lord Prickett.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church. Mrs. Segars was preceded in death by her husband, Rothel Wade Segars, and a daughter, Shirley Segars Richardson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 2, at Beaverdam Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Pruitt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three granddaughters, Shari Sewell, Covington, Lori Smith, Union Point, and Rene Breedlove, Commerce; five great-grandchildren; and Ray Richardson, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MR. BENTLEY
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - James R. Bentley, 78, died Thursday, August 30, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Dallas County, Texas, Mr. Bentley was born October 22, 1922, a son of the late Marion Eli and Virdie Owens Bentley.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a retired Justice of the Peace for Ward County, Texas. Mr. Bentley was a member of South Side Baptist Church, Monahan, Texas.
A private memorial service was held.
Mr. Bentley is survived by his wife, Vra Bentley, Commerce; two daughters, Janice Bentley and Linda Kay Parker, both of Commerce; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MRS. HALL
Dietitian
OAKWOOD - Mrs. Barbara Joyce Hall, 56, died Tuesday, September 4, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Hall was born May 12, 1945, in Clarke County, a daughter of the late George Thomas and Geraldine Edna Carroll Whitehead.
She was employed as a dietitian with Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Whitehead.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 6, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Swayne Cochran and Gary Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mrs. Hall is survived by her husband, Charles D. Hall, Oakwood; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy D. and Rodney Gowder, Maysville, and Celeste D. and Charlie Tatum, Gainesville; daughter, Charlotte D. Hall, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Chris D. and Gail Hall, Flowery Branch; brother, Don Whitehead, Jefferson; aunts, Lois Archer, Jefferson, Mildred Medlin, Cumming, and Grace Myers, Atlanta; and 13 grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MRS. GARDINER
Maysville native
WESLEY WOODS - Mrs. Lois Jesse Parks Gardiner, 95, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001. She was a longtime resident of the Morningside Community, and most recently resided at Budd Terrace of Wesley Woods, where she died.
Mrs. Gardiner was born August 9, 1906, at home in Maysville, to Floyd Andrew Parks and Love Sheridan Parks. Just prior to and following her marriage to Anderson John Gardiner in 1928, she resided in Atlanta. Mr. Gardiner preceded her in death in 1984.
Mrs. Gardiner was an active member of Jackson Hill Baptist Church for 73 years.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 1, at Jackson Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Hugh Roberts and Paul Garrison and Dr. Quinn Pugh officiating. Mrs. Gardiner's grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Paul Campbell, David Woodburn, David Gardiner, Charles Gardiner, Mark Gardiner, Lee Gardiner, Ted Riley, Mike Gardiner, Rick Wallace and Phillip Welch, served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Gardiner is survived by a daughter, Bonnie L. Gardiner Campbell, Dublin, and her husband, C. Grady Campbell, MD; sons, Donald Parks Gardiner, Columbia, S.C., and his wife, Mary Ann Durrance Gardiner, and James David Gardiner, Lawrenceville; half-sister, Rosa Pope Vincent, Athens; 10 grandchildren, Paul Campbell, Chris Campbell Woodburn, David Gardiner, Charles Gardiner, Lee Gardiner, Mark Gardiner, Nancy Gardiner Riley, Mike Gardiner, Jill Gardiner Wallace and Kerry Gardiner Welch; 18 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
H.M. Patterson & Son Funeral Home, Spring Hill, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MR. VANDIVER
Commerce native
GAINESVILLE - Luke Vandiver Jr., 73, a native of Commerce, died Sunday, September 2, 2001, following a brief illness.
Mr. Vandiver was born in Jackson County to the late Luke Vandiver Sr. and Clara Whitehead Vandiver.
He served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy and was retired from Southland Insurance Company after 35 years as an agent.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Clack Stubbs officiating.
Mr. Vandiver is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Blackstock Vandiver, Gainesville; three daughters, Pat Powell, Atlanta, Lynn Wallis, Buford, and Jane Jordan, Brookfield, Conn.; one son, Mark Vandiver, Lawrenceville; three granddaughters, Jessica Powell, Jamie Powell and Meredith Jordan; two brothers, Roger Vandiver, Evans, and William B. Vandiver, Commerce; one sister, Eutelle Yonce, Martinez; and an aunt, Sallie Mae Bawell, Commerce.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MR. RYLEE
Retired school teacher
GAINESVILLE - George Preston Rylee Sr., 64, died Friday, August 31, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Rylee was born November 22, 1936, a son of the late Grover and Buris Lewallen Rylee.
He was a retired elementary school teacher with Hall County and was a member of Living Water Baptist Church. Mr. Rylee was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Riley Rylee, and two brothers, G.H. Rylee and Otis Rylee.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 2, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Chris Pope officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughter, Gayle Rylee, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Chris Pope, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Preston and Teresa Rylee, Gainesville; two sisters, Floy Elliott and Lucille Rylee, both of Mansfield; and grandchildren, Michelle, Lauren and Stephen Pope and Carolyn and Stephanie Rylee, all of Gainesville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

DR. PURCELL
World War II veteran
CALHOUN - Bill Purcell, M.D., died Friday, August 24, 2001, at Redmond Regional Medical Center, Rome, following a brief illness.
Mr. Purcell was born on January 1, 1922, in Pendergrass, the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Purcell.
He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1945 after service during World War II, and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps Reserves.
Mr. Purcell was a graduate of Martin Institute, Piedmont College and the Medical College of Georgia, where he received the doctor of medicine degree in 1950. After an internship at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, he began practicing medicine in Calhoun in 1951. He retired from the active practice of medicine in 1995.
Dr. Purcell belonged to the Calhoun First United Methodist Church, where he served as chairman of the Administrative Board, served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the Jack Lance Bible Class. He was a member of various civic and professional organizations, including the Medical Association of Georgia, the Rotary Club, the Gideons, as well as various beagle clubs. He was an avid tennis player and participated in several competitive leagues.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 25, at Calhoun First United Methodist Church, Calhoun. Mr. Purcell's grandsons served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Jack Lance Bible Class.
Dr. Purcell is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen Pirkle Purcell; five children, Carol Land, Jefferson, Jim Purcell, Augusta, Nan Hall, North Augusta, S.C., Joel Purcell, Abancay, Peru, and Beth Goble, Calhoun; one brother, Jack Purcell, Jefferson; 16 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MS. LOWE
Nurse
ATHENS - Ms. Lavonia Lowe, 50, died Thursday, August 30, 2001.
Ms. Lowe was a daughter of the late George and Essie Mae Jerrells.
She was a private duty nurse.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Sunday, September 2, in the chapel of Mack and Payne Funeral Home with the Rev. G.T. Bolton officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Edith Ramona Wiley, Danielsville; one son, Greg Wiley, Commerce; four sisters, Sadie Wiley, Commerce, Anna Mae Jarrells, Athens, Dima Jarrells, Comer, and Georgia Ann Jarrells, Hull; three brothers, Lammatine Jarrells, Nicholson, George Willie Jarrells, Athens, and Cecil Jarrells, Commerce; a special companion, Jimmy Blakely, Athens; and six grandchildren.
Mack and Payne Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MRS. JONES
Homemaker
BUFORD - Mrs. Willie Mae Jones, 90, died Saturday, September 1, 2001.
Mrs. Jones was a native of Hall County. She was a homemaker and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Buford.
Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Jones.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 3, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Mark Whiting officiating. Burial was in the Zion Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter, Sybil Jordan, Flowery Branch; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Larry Martin, Buford; son, Cyrus Jones, Gainesville; sisters, Fannie Lou Pierce, Chestnut Mountain, and Ruby Gee, Gainesville; sister and brother-in-law, Altha and Buck Kendrick, Clermont; brother, Paul Hanes, Braselton; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Jessie Hanes, Cleveland, and Talmadge and Connie Hanes, Braselton; sister-in-law, Rachel Hanes, Buford; brother-in-law, Bert Harrison, Chestnut Mountain; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

 


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MR. WALLACE
Rose Hill
Cemetery rites
WINDER - Charles Lee Wallace, 65, died Thursday, August 30, 2001.
Mr. Wallace was a son of the late Hoyt Lee and Leona Shedd Wallace and had resided in Winder for all of his life.
He was a member of the Winder First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 2, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. John Talley officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include two aunts and one uncle, Lillie Bell and C.B. Lynch, Winder, and Betty King, Lawrenceville; and two cousins, Danny and Tina King, Winder.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MRS. BROCK
Homemaker
WINDER - Mrs. Dorothy Jean Brock, 64, died Thursday, August 23, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Brock was a daughter of the late Ezra Allen and Lois Belle Page Brown.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Brock.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 25, at Oak Grove Baptist Church with Robbie Black and Tim Skelton officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two sons, Pastor Terry Brock, Conyers, and Tim Brock, Bogart; one daughter, Tammy McIntyre, Winder; two sisters, Ruth Knight, Winder, and Marilyn Lee, Winder; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MR. SIMS
U.S. Army veteran
WINDER - Maurice M. Sims, 76, died Saturday, August 25, 2001.
Mr. Sims was born in Barrow County, a son of the late George and Ora Harbin Sims.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II in Rhineland and Central Europe. Mr. Sims was retired from Belks Department Store with 38 years of service and was a member of the Winder First Baptist Church.
He was also a member of the Rotary Club, the American Legion, the V.F.W. and the Chamber of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, August 27, in Smith's Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. John Talley and Dr. Doug Thrasher officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Sims is survived by his wife, Hazel Sims, Winder; two sons, Mike Sims and Randy Sims, both of Winder; one daughter, Debbie Thrasher, Athens; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Winder First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 340, Winder, GA 30680, or to Tuckston United Methodist Church, 4175 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MR. ANTHONY
Retired industrial arts, history teacher
TIGNAL - Ralph Anthony, 67, died Thursday, August 30, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mr. Anthony was a graduate of Benton High School and a graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a retired teacher with the Commerce City School System, where he taught industrial arts and history. Mr. Anthony was a veteran of the Korean War.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 2, at Anthony Shoals with Jeff Prickett, Jimbo Stephenson and Don Watkins officiating.
Mr. Anthony is survived by his wife, Frances Carolyn Anthony, of the home; son, Mike Anthony, Tignal; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Joel Colquitt, Athens; brothers, J.D. Anthony, Rock Hill, S.C., William Anthony, Athens, and Bobby Anthony, Royston; mother-in-law, Gwynelle Turner Watson, Commerce; three grandchildren, six nieces and two nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MR. BELL
Korean War veteran
COMMERCE - Carlton Dock Bell, 70, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Bell was born April 17, 1931, in Georgia. He was a son of the late Jess and Clemmie Anderson Bell.
Mr. Bell was a veteran of the Korean War and was retired from BellSouth, where he worked as a cable splicer. He was a member of Webbs Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 1, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Stacy Phillips and Bob Hill officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Bell is survived by his wife, Melba Jean Bell, Commerce; one son, Terry W. Bell, McDonough; one daughter, Susan Howard, Douglasville; one brother, James Bell, Commerce; five sisters, Agnes Bennett, Ila, Gladys Catalano, Homer, Grace Busha, Carnesville, and Brenda Segars and Louise Pruitt, both of Commerce; and five grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MR. CARTER
Barrow County native
WINTERVILLE - Silas Lindsey Carter, 90, died Monday, August 27, 2001.
A native of Barrow County, Mr. Carter was a son of the late Thomas McKinley and Ella Willard Carter.
He was retired from the University of Georgia Agriculture Department, with 39 years of service, and received the "Employee of the Year" award in 1976. Mr. Carter was a member of Winterville First Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon Emeritus, and was a member of the Pope Spratlin Sunday School Class.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with Drs. Stan Annandale and Rick Standard officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Edwin Fleeman, Elliott Williams, Heyward Sloan, Ron Mize, Homer Hancock and J.B. Giles served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Pope Spratlin Sunday School Class and Deacons of the Winterville First Baptist Church.
Mr. Carter is survived by his wife of 65 years, Katie Mae Stewart Carter; daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Larry Dendy, Winterville; sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Linda Carter, Darien, and Harry Ray and Michele Carter, Comer; sister, Opal Griffin, Athens; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas Edward and Ruthie Carter, Athens; brother, Lloyd D. Carter, Hull; sister-in-law, Hazel Carter, Commerce; four grandchildren, Tracie and Bobby Greene, Bristol, Tenn., Brian Carter, Lexington, Tony Carter, Atlanta, and Christopher Dendy and wife, Rozy Park, both of Athens; two great-grandchildren, Katie Greene and Nathan Greene, both of Kingston, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MISS CHANDLER
Licensed
Practical Nurse
ATHENS - Miss Blondine Chandler, 81, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Miss Chandler was born February 5, 1920, in Jackson County, to the late Berry Jim "Bud" Chandler and Grace Hix Chandler.
She was of the Baptist faith and was a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 1, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson and nephew Steve Allen officiating.
Survivors include six nephews, Jimmy Allen, Larry Allen, Nathan Allen and Steve Allen, all of Anderson, S.C., and Wayne Chandler, Buford, and Michael Drake, Athens; and five nieces, Mary Jean Allen and Barbara Ham, both of Anderson, S.C., Carol Rikard, Greenwood, S.C., Brenda Duncan, Danielsville, and Patricia Towe, Athens.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Up-State, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MRS. HAMBRICK
Retired floral designer
COMMERCE - Mrs. Ruth Hambrick, 80, died Tuesday, August 28, 2001, at BJC Nursing Center, Commerce.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Hambrick was born September 24, 1920, a daughter of the late George Lester and Reba Handcock Butler.
She was a retired floral designer with Vivian's Florist and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church, Commerce. Mrs. Hambrick was preceded in death by her husband, William Edwin Hambrick, a son, Charles Hambrick, and a great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, August 30, at Madison Street Baptist Church with the Rev. David Harbin and Pastor Debbie Love officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one daughter, Cherryl Burrow, Commerce; three brothers, Emmitt Butler, Commerce, Larry Butler, Maysville, and Floyd Butler, Athens; three sisters, Lila Crawford, Evelyn Scoggins and Sue Pruitt, all of Commerce; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MRS. GRINDLE
Mother of countian
ATHENS - Mrs. Estelle Grindle, 86, died Saturday, September 1, 2001.
A native of Lumpkin County, Mrs. Grindle was a daughter of the late Luther and Bessie Christy Anderson.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Phillipi Baptist Church, Dahlonega. Mrs. Grindle was preceded in death by her husband, Renold Hugh Grindle, a son, Allen Grindle, and a daughter, Sue Evans.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, at Phillipi Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Fay Martin, Nicholson, and Shirley Armour, Winterville; sisters, Edis Ellis, Lumpkin County, and Sonnie K. Couch, Hall County; brother, Ray Gene Anderson, Lumpkin County; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001

MRS. MONK
Mother of countian
FORSYTH COUNTY - Mrs. Betty Ann Monk, 67, died Tuesday, August 28, 2001.
Mrs. Monk was a member of North Lanier Baptist Church, Cumming.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 30, at North Lanier Baptist Church with the Rev. Rusty Ricketson officiating.
Mrs. Monk is survived by her husband, Carnes C. Monk, Cumming; children, Steve Monk, Hoschton, Ray Monk, Cumming, and Debbie Hair, Sumter, S.C.; two granddaughters and one grandson.
Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 5, 2001


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