Jackson County Obituaries...

November 7, 2001

Willie L. Craig Jr.
Willie Lee Craig Jr., 69, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., died Thursday, November 1, 2001, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Craig was born August 25, 1932, in Jefferson, a son of the late Willie Lee and Grace Reynolds Craig.
Mr. Craig moved to Myrtle Beach in 1998 from Bennettsville, S.C., where he was a retired CEO with Marlboro Electric. He was past president of the Bennettsville Chamber of Commerce, Bennettsville Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow, and a former deacon and elder of Bennettsville Presbyterian Church. He received the S.C. Ambassador of Economics Development Award from the governor's office and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Mr. Craig was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 3, in the chapel of McMillan-Small Funeral Home, Myrtle Beach, S.C., with the Rev. Robert Wilkes officiating. Burial was in Jefferson.
Mr. Craig is survived by his wife, Wytonna (Tonnie) Craig; two sons, Mark Alan Craig, and wife, Teresa, Acworth, and Kerry Lee Craig, and wife, Judy, Florence, S.C.; and four grandchildren, Trisha McMichen, Kelly Craig, Brandon Braxton and Cameron Craig.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1306, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578.
McMillan-Small Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Elizabeth H. Kirkman
Mrs. Elizabeth Holloman Kirkman, 84, of McLeansville, N.C., died Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at Britthaven of Guilford after a short illness.
A native of Lenoir County, N.C., Mrs. Kirkman was born September 27, 1917. She retired from Cone Mills, with over 30 years of service, and was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church, McLeansville, N.C.
Mrs. Kirkman's husband, Robert Lee Kirkman, died on September 9, 1994. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Ronald Wayne Kirkman, and a daughter-in-law, Betty S. Kirkman.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 8, in the Lebanon Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, James Lee Kirkman, Jefferson, and David V. Kirkman (Pat), McLeansville, N.C.; one sister, Mary Gossett, Bristol, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Don Kirkman, Kenny Kirkman (Jerrie), Eddie Kirkman (Lisa), Chris Kirkman (Amy), and Kathy Gillespie (John); and six great-grandchildren, Kristy, Eva Grace, Anne Marie and Olivia Kirkman and Josh and Daniel Gillespie.
Memorials may be made to the Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Hicone Road, McLeansville, NC 27301.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Forbis & Dick Funeral Home, North Elm St. Chapel, North Carolina.
Forbis & Dick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Barbara N. Poole
Mrs. Barbara N. Poole, 67, of Commerce, died Thursday, November 1, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Poole was born February 8, 1934, in Anderson County, S.C. She was a daughter of the late Grady Henry and Elise Christina Miles Nichols.
Mrs. Poole was a retired emergency management coordinator for Gwinnett County and was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Banks County Planning Commission.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 4, at New Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Scott officiating. Burial was in the Poole Family Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Poole is survived by her husband, Roy Poole, Commerce; one son, Roy Poole Jr., Commerce; one daughter, Sherri Blackburn, Commerce; three brothers, David Nichols, Commerce, Gene Nichols, Lula, and James Ray Nichols, Maysville; one sister, Virginia Evans, Commerce; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

LaRue O. Burns
Mrs. LaRue O'Dillon Burns, 76, of Lavonia, Franklin County, died Saturday, November 3, 2001, at her home.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Burns was a daughter of the late Alvyn and Lillie Elder O'Dillon.
She spent her life in homemaking and devotion to her husband, five children, 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many friends and family.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, November 5, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Tom F. Lang officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Burns is survived by her husband, Alonzo Merritt Burns Sr., Lavonia; daughter and son-in-law, Janice Burns Dunning and Steve, Cary, N.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, Alonzo Merritt Burns Jr. and Barbara Jean, Mauricetown, N.J., Larry Blakely Burns and Mary Ann, Wauconda, Ill., Andrew James Burns and Mikki, Bremen, and Daniel Gilbert Burns and Carol, Isle of Palms, S.C.; 11 grandchildren, Meredith Dunning Decker, Nathan Dunning, Lisa Burrell, Gregory Burns, Christopher Burns and wife, Tiffany, Jessica Burns, Richard Burns, Kristin Burns, Ashley Burns, Brittany Burns and Carrie Burns; and four great-grandchildren, William Decker, Aaron Decker, Dillon Burrell and Lindsey Burrell.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Eugene G. Poole
Eugene Grafton Poole, 63, of Griffin, died Wednesday, October 31, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Poole was born in Homer on October 2, 1938, a son of the late William Fletcher Poole and the late Ida Mae Massey Poole.
He was a carpenter.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 10, at Webbs Creek Baptist Church, Banks County.
Mr. Poole is survived by his wife, Helen E. Poole; sons and daughters-in-law, Troy and Terri Poole and Tracy and Johnna Poole, all of Griffin, and Trent and Amy Poole, Locust Grove; two sisters, Barbara Jones, Lula, and Carolyn Wilson, Commerce; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 135-B Bradford Square, Fayetteville, GA 30215, in memory of Mr. Poole.
Friends may visit the family at the residence.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, Griffin, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Marshall C. Cauthen Jr.
Marshall C. Cauthen Jr., 79, of Winterville, died Sunday, October 21, 2001.
A native of Clarke County, Mr. Cauthen was the son of Mary A. Cauthen, Winterville, and the late Marshall C. Cauthen Sr.
He was retired from the University of Georgia and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Cauthen was a member of Center Methodist Church and a member of the Winterville Civitan Club.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Sanford Willard officiating. Burial was in the Winterville Cemetery. Members of the Winterville Civitan Club, along with Ed Fleeman, served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a sister and brother-in-law, Luann and William E. Orr, Winterville; one nephew and three nieces.
Memorials may be made to Center Methodist Church.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Marie Esco
Mrs. Marie Esco, 70, of Winder, died Friday, November 2, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Esco was a daughter of the late Henry R. Smith and the late Etta Bell Adams.
She was retired and attended the Church at Winder. Mrs. Esco was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Esco.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 5, in the chapel of Wise-Connolly Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Hoschton Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Smith, Vickie L. Hunt and Nina K. Allen, all of Winder; four sons, Bobby E. Esco, Tony L. Esco, Jimmy R. Esco and Timothy K. Esco, all of Winder; four sisters, Vera Duvall and Dale Sauls, both of Winder, Virginia Stewart, Braselton, and Mildred Smith, Auburn; three brothers, Steve Smith and Mike Smith, both of Winder, and Raymond Smith, Monroe; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Wise-Connolly Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001


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Marcella Bowers
Mrs. Marcella Bowers, 87, of Winder, died Monday, November 5, 2001.
Arrangements will be announced by Carter Funeral Home, Winder.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Montene
H. Watkins
Mrs. Montene Hendrix Watkins, 93, of Madison, died Tuesday, November 6, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Watkins was a daughter of the late William Arthur and Nora Whetzel Hendrix.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Watkins was preceded in death by her husband, Olin H. Watkins, and a son, Lyndon Watkins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8, at Beacon Heights Baptist Church with the Revs. Donald Berry and Jim Ross officiating. Burial will be in Baywood Gardens. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m.
Survivors include two daughters, Latrelle Stapp and Regina Broach, both of Madison; one son, Glenn Watkins, Madison; four sisters, Estell Wood, Dallas, and Hassieleen Ward, Gertrude Thurmond and Lena Moss, all of Madison; 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Simmons Funeral Home.
Simmons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

McDonald Washington Sr.
McDonald Washington Sr., 72, of Athens, died Wednesday, October 31, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Washington was a son of the late John and Alice Smith Washington.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Washington, and a son, McDonald Washington Jr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 5, at New Grove Baptist Church, Jackson County, with the Rev. Larry Norman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters, Orena Griffieth and Margie Washington, both of Athens, and Katie A. Lester, Atlanta; three brothers, Marvin Washington, Athens, Isaiah Washington, Jefferson, and George Washington, Seattle, Wash.; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Girlie G. Watkins
Mrs. Girlie G. Watkins, 85, of Winder, died Monday, November 5, 2001.
Mrs. Watkins was born in Barrow County, where she had resided for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Tom and Mae McDaniel Griffith.
Mrs. Watkins was a retiree of Barrow Manufacturing Company and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, D.J. Crowe, and her second husband, Steed Watkins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 8, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Greg Moore and Shane Crowe officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Imogene Garrett, Hiawassee; one son, Bo Crowe, Winder; one sister, Callie Borders, Gillsville; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Melba J. Bell
Mrs. Melba Jean Bell, 71, of Commerce, died Saturday, November 3, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Heard County, Mrs. Bell was born December 14, 1929, a daughter of the late Ambrose and Lizzie Mooty Purgason.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton Bell.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Stacy Phillips and Mike Martin officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Terry W. Bell, McDonough; one daughter, Susan Elane Bell Howard, Douglasville; two sisters, Mary P. Maratin, Augusta, and Helen Sims, Fayetteville; and five grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Louise P. Boswell
Mrs. Louise P. Boswell, 71, Commerce, died Tuesday, November 6, 2001.
Mrs. Boswell was born in LaFrance, S.C., a daughter of the late Clifford and Quida Ramsey Pitts.
She was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Boswell was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheila Jewell.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Boswell is survived by her husband, George Boswell, of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Cameron and Kelley Boswell, Commerce; one daughter and son-in-law, Candice B. and Shannon Hoxit, Danielsville; one sister, Caroldine DeLoach, Riverdale; three grandchildren, Sheila Cassidy and Madison and Montana Hoxit, Danielsville; a niece, Terrie Lynn Wood; and a number of other nieces and nephews.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Leila M. Carithers
Mrs. Leila Mae Carithers, 71, of Commerce, died Friday, November 2, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Carithers was born September 18, 1930, in Ocilla, Irwin County. She was the daughter of the late Gus Wright Gratham and Vera Wylene Parker.
Mrs. Carithers was a graduate of Berry College, Norman Park, earning a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She was a retired teacher. Mrs. Carithers was a member of Erastus Christian Church, Commerce, a member of the Retired Teachers Association and a member of the North Georgia Family Campers.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 4, at Erastus Christian Church with the Revs. Jim Lugo and Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the Carithers Family Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Carithers is survived by her husband, Hix Carithers, Commerce; one daughter, Cathy McDaniel, Commerce; one brother, William Gratham, Virginia; and one grandson, Anthony Licata.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001

Mary Shubert
Mrs. Mary Shubert, 78, of Commerce, died Thursday, November 1, 2001, at her residence.
Born May 14, 1923, in Habersham County, Mrs. Shubert was a daughter of the late Thad and Maggie Jones Brown.
She was of the Baptist denomination.
Mrs. Shubert was preceded in death by her husband, Garlin Shubert.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 3, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Troy Herbert and R.M. Lacey officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, James Shubert, Lavonia; two daughters, Becky Fitzpatrick and Jo Ann Jones, both of Commerce; one sister, Mattie Smith, Commerce; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 7, 2001


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