Jackson County Obituaries...

October 24, 2001

'Johnnie' H. Whitmire
Mrs. "Johnnie" Horton Whitmire, 85, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, October 23, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Whitmire was born February 15, 1916, in Eddy, Texas, a daughter of the late Hugh and Nannie Clark Horton.
She was a homemaker.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 25, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Margaret Freeman officiating.
Mrs. Whitmire is survived by her husband, John Whitmire, Jefferson.
The family will receive friends at the residence following the service.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Lynn Marlow
Lynn "Chig" Marlow, 77, of Maysville, died Saturday, October 20, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Marlow was born February 15, 1924, in Jackson County, a son of the late Delone Dickson and Woodie Brown Marlow.
He was a farmer and was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church, Pendergrass.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 22, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Dennis Harris, Ed Voyles and Martin Prather officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Cora Anderson, Maysville, and Kate Ingram, Birmingham, Ala.; and one brother, Dee Marlow, Pendergrass.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Onel M. Littlefield
Onel M. Littlefield, 80, of Commerce, died Monday, October 22, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Waldo County, Maine, Mr. Littlefield was a son of the late Manson G. and Rose Larrabee Littlefield.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church and was a World War II veteran and a retired machinist and mechanic. Mr. Littlefield was a past Mason and a member of the American Legion.
He made a lot of furniture, as he loved working with wood, said family members. He also always had a garden to work in.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Littlefield is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marion Littlefield, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Oneal and Debbie Littlefield, Edinburg, Texas; daughter, Irene Marion Littlefield, Margate, Fla.; brother and wife, Ernest and Jane Littlefield, Lincolnville, Maine; sisters, Mary Littlefield and Winifred Stanley, both of Canden, Maine; two granddaughters, Deanna Littlefield and Debra Schmidt, both of Massachusetts; and two great-granddaughters.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Christopher
M. Merk
Christopher Michael Merk, 19, of Maysville, died Saturday, October 20, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an accident.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Merk was born April 5, 1982. He was a son of Mike Merk, Maysville, and Diana Kesler Merk, Jefferson.
Mr. Merk was a 2001 graduate of Jackson County Comprehensive High School and was a member of Oconee Baptist Church, Jefferson. He was active with the Jackson County F.F.A. and was a member of the Harrisburg Fire Department. Mr. Merk was entering the Georgia National Guard.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 22, at Oconee Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken Barrett officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Joey Barrett, Larry Barrett, Rob Sander, Jeremy Smith, Jonathan Stancil and John Watson served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Harrisburg Fire Department and Kyle Presley.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Chad Merk, Maysville; and grandparents, Walter and Alice Kesler, Jefferson, and Emory and Carolyn Merk, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the Oconee Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Carolyn Merk, 241 Mitchell Road, Commerce, GA 30529.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

James G. Patrick
James Gregory Patrick, 29, of Commerce, died Saturday, October 20, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Patrick was born September 23, 1972, in Georgia.
He was employed with Southeast Toyota and was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, at Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Patrick is survived by his wife, Tammy Patrick, Commerce; son, Cade Patrick, Commerce; daughter, Taylor Patrick, Commerce; mother and step-father, Alene and Aruthur Duncan, Commerce; father and step-mother, Edward and Deborah Patrick, Commerce; and two sisters, Michelle Harrison and Shannon Patrick, both of Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Martha S. Cash
Mrs. Martha Sue Cash, 64, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Cash was born in Hall County where she lived most of her life. She was a homemaker and was a member of Tyrus Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 20, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Charles Elrod officiating.
Survivors include daughters, Edith O'Kelly and Lisa Whisnant, both of Bogart; son, Steven Williams, Athens; mother and step-father, Essie and Cleveland Simpson, Jefferson; sisters, Brenda Lott, Greensboro, Betty Jo Carroll, Pendergrass, and Janie Wheeler, Jefferson; brothers, J.C. Dover, Florida, Gary Dover, Oakwood, and Wayne Dover, Macon; one grandchild and a number of other relatives.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Claude T. Hand
Claude Thomas "Tommy" Hand, 50, of East Point, died Tuesday, October 16, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Hand was born April 14, 1951, in Jackson County, a son of Laura Boswell Livingston, East Point, and the late Walter J. Hand. He was the step-son of Terry W. Livingston, East Point.
Mr. Hand was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Swayne Cochran officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother and step-father, include one daughter, Heather Leigh Hand, Stockbridge; one son, Clinton Thomas Hand, McDonough; and one brother, Walter Hand, Cumming.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Willie J. Dills
Willie J. Dills, 68, of Jefferson, died Thursday, October 18, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Dills was born November 10, 1932. He was a son of the late Claude Levi and Inez Dalton Dills.
Mr. Dills was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict, and worked as a machine operator for CSX Railroad. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Lou McClain Dills.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include four sons, Brian Dills, Jerry Dills and Mike Dills, all of Jefferson, and Roger Dills, Cumming; one daughter, Regina Dills, Jefferson; one brother, Dave Dills, Homer; one sister, Mildred Giles, Gainesville; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Kyle S. Steele
Kyle Spencer Steele, 2, of Bogart, died Tuesday, October 16, 2001.
A native of Bogart, Kyle was a son of Joshua and Paula Sears, Bogart, and Jonathan Steele, Statham.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 19, at Living Word Baptist Church with the Revs. Larry Davison and Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Caleb Paul Steele, Bogart; two sisters, Katie Suzanne Steele and Cassidy Hope Steele, both of Bogart; grandparents, Jimmy and Susan Mewborn, Bogart, Steven and Carolyn Sears, Commerce, and Chuck and Bobbie Steele, Statham; great-grandmother, Martha Frye, Hartwell; uncles, David Mewborn, Bogart, and Chad Sears, Commerce; aunt, Stephanie Sears, Commerce; and a number of other uncles, aunts and cousins.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Glenn Turk
Glenn Turk, 83, of Braselton, the Chestnut Mountain Community, died Sunday, October 21, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Turk was born in Jackson County, but had lived in Hall County most of his life. He was the son of the late Claud and Ella Turk.
Mr. Turk was retired from the State of Georgia as a fuel oil inspector and was a member of Chestnut Mountain Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hoyt and Royce Turk.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 24, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Ronnie Wales and Jamie Prickett officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mr. Turk is survived by his wife, Etta Eolene Woody Turk, Braselton; daughter and son-in-law, Johnnie and Gene Newell, Braselton; grandson and wife, Gary Glenn and Kim Newell, Braselton; great-grandson, Joshua Newell, Braselton; sister, Kathryn T. Cooper, Braselton; brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Margaret Turk, Braselton; and sister-in-law, Grace Turk, Braselton.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

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Max D. Bennett
Max Durward Bennett, a resident of Blairsville and Tallahassee, Fla., and formerly of Jefferson, died in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday, October 19, 2001, after an extended illness. He was 82 years old. Preceding him in death were his parents, Samuel D. Bennett and Charlotte L. Bennett, brother, Sam Dean Bennett, and brother-in-law, Ralph McWilliams.
Mr. Bennett was a graduate of Young Harris College and of the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., as a civil engineer. He worked for the Army Map Service in Washington, D.C., and for the State Road Department in Frankfort, Ky., Cheyenne, Wyo., and Tallahassee, Fla.
Mr. Bennett was a veteran of World War II, assigned to the 76th Medical BN, 6th Armored Division. Later, he was assigned to the 99th Bomber Group, 15th Air Force, based in Foggio, Italy. His B-17 pilot and crew safely completed 13 missions over the North Appennines, Po Valley and the Rhineland, and returned to the USA in October 1945.
He leaves behind a loving family and many caring friends, family members stated.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, October 22, in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors, include his wife, Alice J. Bennett, Tallahassee, Fla.; sister, Ann B. McWilliams, Maryville, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Mary Louise Bennett, nieces, Barbara Carelli and Nancy Carlson, two grandnephews, one grandniece and two great-grandnieces, all of California; son-in-law, Ronnie Cornelius, Tallahassee, Fla.; and daughter-in-law, Ginger Smith, McKinney, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 96, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Penny D. Elliott
Mrs. Penny Davis Elliott, 41, of Martinez, died Friday, October 19, 2001, at the Medical College of Georgia.
Mrs. Elliott was born in Athens on June 29, 1960. She was a homemaker and was a member of The Vineyard Church, as well as a number of Bible Study classes.
Mrs. Elliott was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy Drake Davis.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 23, at the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson with the Rev. Gary Whatley officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mrs. Elliott is survived by her husband, Michael Elliott, Grovetown; daughter, Christy Lee Elliott, Martinez; father and mother, Joe and Sara Davis, Jefferson; brothers, Joe Davis IV, Athens, and Billy Duke, Jefferson; and sisters, Robin Davis, Bradford, Mass., and Cathy Hooper, Oakwood.
Memorials may be made to the Jefferson First United Methodist Church Trustees Fund, 188 Martin Street, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Billy Nicholson
Billy Nicholson, 66, of Soperton, formerly of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 23, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Nicholson was born July 27, 1935, in Jackson County, a son of the late William R. and Bessie Mae Odum Nicholson.
He was a retired businessman and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 26, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. John Wood and John Brantley officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Nicholson is survived by his wife, Sallie Toler Nicholson, Soperton; one son, Billy Nicholson, Winder; two daughters, Susan McCarthy, Commerce, and Sheryl Wallace, Sugar Hill; two brothers, Rogers Nicholson, Commerce, and Thomas Nicholson, Hull; two sisters, Martha Fitzpatrick, Commerce, and Joyce Wood, Nicholson; and six grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family is at the residence of Martha Fitzpatrick, Maysville Road, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Margaret
A. Gabriel
Mrs. Margaret Ann Gabriel, 55, of Athens, died Friday, October 19, 2001.
A native of Scranton, Pa., Mrs. Gabriel was the daughter of the late James M. and Helen T. Williams.
She was the nurse manager of the endoscopy department at Athens Regional Medical Center and was a member of Compass Community Church.
Services were held Sunday, October 21, with the Rev. Jim Carpenter officiating.
Mrs. Gabriel is survived by her husband, Larry Gabriel; sons and daughters-in-law, Troy and Crystal Gabriel, Danielsville, Travis and Rachel Gabriel, Pendergrass, and Todd and Valerie Gabriel, Watkinsville; sisters, Virginia Cheezum, Montclaire, Va., Joyce Burger, Bogart, and Nancy Lewis, Athens; brothers, Howard Williams, Lexington, Roger Williams, Crawford, and Bill Williams, Arlington, Va.; and six grandchildren, Jeremy and Matthew Gabriel, Danielsville, Whitney and Vanessa Gabriel, Pendergrass, and Taylor and Shelby Gabriel, Watkinsville.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Bobby J. Owensby
Bobby Jack Owensby, 68, of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 16, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Owensby was a son of Roscoe H. Owensby and Hettie Bell Owensby.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Roscoe Owensby Jr., and two sisters, Fairer Bell Davis and Alma Daves.
Mr. Owensby is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Yvonne Owensby; a step-daughter, Rayeanne Childers Queen; and grandchildren, Malaea Lemmond and Lauren Worley, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the Cremation Society of the South, 2201 South Cobb Drive, Smyrna, GA 30080.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Dewitt
'Dee' Marlow
Dewitt "Dee" Marlow, 89, of Pendergrass, died Tuesday, October 23, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Marlow was born July 29, 1912, in Jackson County, a son of the late Delone Dickson and Woodie Brown Marlow.
He was the owner and operator of Marlow's Store, one of the few country stores left in the area, for over 53 years. Mr. Marlow was a member of Holly Springs United Methodist Church, Pendergrass.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, October 26, at Holly Springs United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bob Lewis, Dennis Harris and Greg Porterfield officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mike Garrett, Shane Guined, Ned Klugh, Dickson Marlow, Jeff Sanders, Ben Shadburn and Chip Shadburn will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Marlow is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances Parks Marlow, Pendergrass; three sons, Arthur Marlow, Oakwood, and Dennis Marlow and Terry Marlow, both of Pendergrass; three daughters, Joann Marlow, Pendergrass, Delene Shadburn, Maysville, and Janet Standridge, Jefferson; two sisters, Cora Anderson, Maysville, and Kate Ingram, Birmingham, Ala.; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Holly Springs United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall), 7441 Holly Springs Road, Pendergrass, GA 30567.
The family will received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Ben Sargent
Ben Sargent, 81, of Jefferson, died Saturday, October 20, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Sargent was born July 29, 1920. He was a son of the late John Benjamin and Omie Ellison Sargent.
Mr. Sargent had been employed as a processor for a meat packing manufacturer and was a member of Oconee Baptist Church, Jefferson.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Sargent.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 23, at Lighthouse Congregational Holiness Church, Commerce, with the Revs. Loy Reed, Steve Whisnant and Luther Campbell officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Sargent is survived by his wife, Louise Sargent, Jefferson; sons, Jimmy Sargent, Arcade, and Donald Sargent, Winder; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Tony Deyton, Blairsville; sister, Annie Lee Patterson, Jefferson; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001

Versa Reese
Mrs. Versa Reese, 82, of Homer, died Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a brief illness.
Mrs. Reese was born February 7, 1919, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Turk.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Toby Stokes officiating. Burial was in the Homer Presbyterian Church cemetery, Homer.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Willard and Alton Matthew Reese, both of Homer; one daughter, Judy Lynn Reese Dingler, Lanett, Ala.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 24, 2001


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