Jackson County Obituaries...

November 21, 2001

Bertha M. Thomas
Mrs. Bertha Mae Carlan Thomas died Friday, November 16, 2001, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Thomas was born January 11, 1916, in Banks County, the daughter of the late Count Pulaski and Thersie Brooks Carlan.
She graduated from Banks County High School in 1938 and had lived most of her adult life in the Brockton Community of Jackson County.
Mrs. Thomas was a faithful Christian worker who taught Sunday School for more than 50 years, said family members. She was a real Christian example at home as well as in public.
Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker and was a charter member of Brockton Road Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Allen Thomas, and a grandson, Kenneth Allen Thomas.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 18, at Brockton Road Baptist Church with the Revs. Jesse Mealor and R.M. Lacey officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Clarence Allen and Gladys Thomas, Jefferson; sister, Kathleen Carlan Pruitt, Commerce; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Timothy Allen and Leigh Ann Thomas and Kenneth Harold and Rebecca Thomas, all of Jefferson; six great-grandchildren, Samuel David Allen Thomas, Hannah Eve Thomas, Isaac Luke Thomas, William Revard, Joseph Revard and Jessica Thomas; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

Mike Shockley
Mike Shockley, 42, of Commerce, died Saturday, November 17, 2001, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Shockley was born July 26, 1959, in Stephens County. He was a son of Woodrow Wilson and Lois Irene Keeling Shockley, Homer.
Mr. Shockley was employed as a technician with Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, and was a member of Baptist Tabernacle, Commerce, where he served as a deacon and song leader. He was preceded in death by a sister, Debra Carol Shockley, and his mother-in-law, Betty Dorsey.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, at Baptist Tabernacle with the Revs. Tommy Watson, Milford Daniels and Stanley Trammel officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Shockley is survived by his wife, Cindy Dorsey Shockley, Commerce; one son, Christopher Shockley, Commerce; one sister, Brenda Dooley, Toccoa; and father-in-law and wife, the Rev. and Mrs. Sam Dorsey, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

Frances C. Merritt
Mrs. Frances C. Merritt, 89, of Commerce, died Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Merritt was born August 12, 1912, in Fulton County. She was a daughter of the late William Oscar and Mattie Pearl Atchison Collins.
Mrs. Merritt was a retired city clerk of East Point and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel Merritt, a son, Oscar Griffith, and a daughter, Gwendolyn Payne.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 17, in the Rock Springs Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Swayne Cochran officiating.
Survivors include one son, Robert Griffith, Lower Salem, Ohio; one sister, Helen Jones, Newnan; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

Archie Cox
Archie Cox, 74, of Maysville, died Saturday, November 17, 2001.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Will Herring officiating. Burial was in the Erastus Christian Church cemetery.
Mr. Cox is survived by his wife, Mazie Cox, of the home; one son, Ray Cox, Maysville; one daughter, Patricia McElhannon, Maysville; two step-sons, David Carthern, Commerce, and Roger Carthern, Jefferson; one sister, Esalee Herring, Commerce; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

Catherine
B. Browner
Mrs. Catherine B. Browner, 52, of Hull, died Tuesday, October 23, 2001.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Browner was a daughter of the late Sam and Irene Morris Bush.
She was employed with Advantage Behavioral Health Systems and was a member of Melvin Hill C.M.E. Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27, at Bush River Baptist Church with the Rev. Julius Mack officiating.
Mrs. Browner is survived by her husband, Truman Browner; one daughter, Terri Browner, Hull; three sisters, Ida H. Gibson, Columbia, S.C., and JoAnn Bush and Avie Sue Shivers, both of Commerce; one brother, Shelton Bush, Jefferson; and an uncle and aunts.
Gardenview Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

Cora M. Lord
Ms. Cora Mae Lord, 93, of Commerce, died Monday, November 19, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, of an extended illness.
Funeral services were to have been held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 21, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Harris and Frank Sailors officiating. Burial was to have been in the Chandler Family Cemetery.
Ms. Lord is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

Marjorie Chambers
Mrs. Marjorie Chambers, 74, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at her residence.
Born August 22, 1927, in White County, Mrs. Chambers was a daughter of the late Andrew Webb and Sallie Bell Epps Gary.
She was a seamstress and was a member of Harvest Hill Worship Center. Mrs. Chambers was preceded in death by her husband, James Leonard Chambers.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 16, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Samuel Dale officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, James T. Chambers and Steve M. Chambers, both of Jefferson; two daughters, Mary G. Lance, Jefferson, and Susan S. Lewallen, Martinez; three brothers, Albert Gary, Cornelia, Willie F. Gary, College Park, and Theo Gary, Commerce; three sisters, Molene Anderson, Homer, Sallie Wilson, Murrayville, and Mazel Davis, Jefferson; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

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Stiles Herbert
Stiles Herbert, 68, of Atlanta, died Sunday, November 18, 2001, at Odyssey Hospice at Decatur Hospital.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Herbert was born December 27, 1932, a son of the late Stiles and Mary Love Herbert.
He had worked as a parts clerk and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were to have been held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Vurgil Smith officiating. Burial was to have been in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Herbert is survived by his wife, Cauldine Herbert, Atlanta; three daughters, Gail Rush, Whitesburg, Gwen Weaver, Randolph, Vt., and Cheryl Taylor, Covington; two sisters, Zelpha Pritchett, Nicholson, and Annie M. Seagraves, Commerce; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

Charles W. Veal
Charles William Veal, 62, of McDonough, died Wednesday, November 14, 2001.
Mr. Veal was born in Banks County on June 7, 1939. He was a son of the late Hubert and Margurite Hambrick Veal.
Mr. Veal was a retired plumber.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, in the Veal Family Cemetery, Maysville.
Mr. Veal is survived by two sons, Mike Veal, Pampa, Texas, and Jeff Veal, Acworth; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

Walter T. Walls
Walter Thomas Walls, 75, of Danielsville, died Friday, November 16, 2001, at Saint Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mr. Walls was born in Jackson County on September 17, 1926, a son of the late Early Mose and Anna Lee Tolbert Walls.
He retired from American General-Life and Casualty Insurance Company after 20 years of service. Mr. Walls was also a retired U.S. Navy veteran of 22 years, having served in World War II where he received the Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the Navy Occupation Medal. While serving in the Korean Conflict, he received the United Nations Medal and the Korean Service Medal. Mr. Walls also served his country during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, the John Jones Masonic Lodge #348 in Danielsville, the Yaarab Temple in Atlanta and the Harrison McCreary V.F.W. Post #4828 in Royston. Mr. Walls was also a Shriner.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lou Walls, and five sisters, Maude Burroughs, Lucille Crenshaw, Frances Coleman, Betty Krason and Evelyn Adkins.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 19, at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Thomas Elliott and Carroll Miller officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mike Fowler, Rick Hannay, Thomas Walls, Kenneth Hanley, Tony Phillips and Dwight Fortson served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the J.H. Jones Masonic Lodge #348, the Harrison McCreary V.F.W. Post #4828 and the Jones Chapel United Methodist Church's Men's Sunday School Class.
Mr. Walls is survived by his wife, Helen Joyce Beard Walls, Danielsville; one daughter, Polly Ann Walls Penson, Danielsville; two sons, Terry Walls and Samuel Wayne Walls, both of Danielsville; two sisters, Mary W. Phelps, Royston, and Eleanor W. Turnbull, Bishop; two brothers, John C. Walls, Baltimore, Md., and James E. Walls, Oakwood; and several nieces and nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

Martha S. Hunter
Mrs. Martha Sue Hunter, 80, of Winder, died Sunday, November 18, 2001.
A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, Mrs. Hunter was a daughter of the late T.H. Smith Sr. and Maude Manus Smith.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Midway Christian Church. Mrs. Hunter was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Hunter, a sister, Rebecca Newton, and a brother, T.H. Smith Jr.
Funeral services were to have been held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. John Burchfield officiating. Burial was to have been in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Tiller, Winder; one son, Jimmy Hunter, Pompano Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Hugh E. "Brownie" Smith and Kenneth H. Smith, both of Winder; four grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001

Bessie M. Harrison
Mrs. Bessie Minish Harrison, 91, of Commerce, died Friday, November 16, 2001, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Harrison was a daughter of the late James Luther and Fannie McGinnis Minish. She was the wife of the late William Harrison.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Kay Patrick, Savannah; sisters, Dorothy Burroughs and Polly Holcomb, both of Athens; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 21, 2001


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