Jackson County Obituaries...

November 28, 2001

C.L. Patterson
C.L. "Pat" Patterson, 81, of Pendergrass, died Thursday, Nov-ember 22, 2001, at Lanier Park Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Patterson was a native of Forsyth County and a former resident of Gainesville. He served as a flight engineer with the rank of S/Sgt. in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and participated in 35 bombing raids in the Middle East and European theaters. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, seven Air Medals and Presidential Citations.
Mr. Patterson demonstrated a consistently high degree of performance as an aerial gunner on heavy bombardment aircraft. His skill and valor under fire contributed to the successful combat operations of the 98th Pyramiders Bombardment Group. He won the Air Medal for meritorious achievement for more than 300 hours of operational flights.
Mr. Patterson graduated from Perry Business College. He served as a policeman for the City of Gainesville for five years and served seven years as chief examiner with the Georgia Industrial Loan Commission. Mr. Patterson retired after five years as chief auditor with the Walter E. Helier Co. of Chicago, Ill.
He was self-employed as a poultry grower for many years and was an active member of Holly Springs United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer of the Men's Club.
Mr. Patterson and his wife, Mary Koch Patterson, shared a love of camping and travel, and visited all 48 continental states. He had a passion for fishing and gardening, excelling in both.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Patterson was preceded in death by his parents, J.H. and Maude Wingo Patterson, all of Gainesville.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, November 25, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville. Burial was in the Holly Springs United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Charlotte Patterson, Jefferson; brother and sister-in-law, Wilburn and Lupe Patterson, Cullman, Ala.
Memorials may be made to the Holly Springs United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Bradley M.
Hardie-Armstrong
Bradley Martinez Hardie-Armstrong, 15, of Nicholson, died Thursday, November 22, 2001.
Bradley was a 10th grade student at Jackson County Comprehensive High School. He was a member of the FFA and played football for West Jackson Middle School. Bradley was also a member of Center Baptist Church in Center.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 25, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross. Burial was in Peachtree Memorial Park.
Survivors include his mother, Teresa Ann Taylor, Monroe; his father, Paul Martinez Armstrong; and two brothers, John Paul Hardie-Armstrong, Nicholson, and Donald William Hardie, Arcade.
Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Elzora Beasley
Mrs. Elzora Beasley, 71, of Commerce, died Monday, November 19, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Franklin County, Mrs. Beasley was the daughter of the late Jerry L. and Maude Goss Beasley. She was the wife of the late G.B. Beasley.
Funeral services were held at noon Friday, November 23, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, Commerce. Burial was in the Melvin Hill C.M.E. Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Elaine Hancock, Nicholson, and Mrs. Donna Bonds and Miss Elmira Beasley, both of Commerce; two sons, Dennis Beasley and Paul Beasley, both of Commerce; one sister, Mrs. Roberta Wheeler, Toccoa; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Eva M. Owensby
Mrs. Eva Mae Waters Owensby, 77, of Commerce, died Thursday, November 22, 2001, at her residence.
Born September 8, 1924, in Clarke County, Mrs. Owensby was a daughter of the late Arthur and Minnie Cowart Waters.
She was retired from Waters Cafe and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Owensby was preceded in death by her husband, Otha Owensby, and a son, Mike Owensby.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 24, at Madison Street Baptist Church with the Revs. David Harbin and Tom Lang officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Dwayne Owensby, Commerce; one sister, Lucille Jordan, Commerce; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Olis H. Blackstock
Mrs. Olis H. Blackstock, 93, Gainesville, a longtime resident of Jefferson, died Monday, November 19, 2001, at Bell Minor Nursing Home following a brief illness.
Mrs. Blackstock was born January 15, 1908, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Lula Langford and Francis Taylor Hartley.
She was a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a retired teacher with the Jackson County School System, with 40 years of service. Mrs. Blackstock was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson, where she was a member of Ester Circle and served as children's music director.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh L. Blackstock Sr., and a daughter-in-law, Treva Glosson Blackstock.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Gary Whatley officiating. Burial was in the Academy Baptist Church cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include a son, Hugh Blackstock Jr., and his fiancée, Shirley Klein, Gainesville; granddaughters and husbands, Anita and Jimmy Fowler, Murrayville, and Kim and David Gabrielle, Flowery Branch; granddaughter, Sonja Terrell, Gainesville; grandson, John Blackstock, Gainesville; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Children's Home.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Herbert R. Cannon
Herbert Randolph Cannon, 87, of Hull, died Sunday, November 25, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Cannon was a son of the late John Jefferson and Ann Lemley Cannon.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and was employed as a painter with AB Griffeth, of Athens. Mr. Cannon was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, Danielsville.
He was preceded in death by a son, Bobbie Cannon.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. David Snelgrove and Mike Campbell officiating. Burial was in Glenhaven Memorial Gardens. Benny Melton, William White, Curtis Edwards, David Moore, Ronald Gordy and Mike Olerad served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Addis Gordy and Don Moore.
Mr. Cannon is survived by his wife, Patricia Williams Cannon; step-daughters, Susie Moore, Ila, and Blanch Snelgrove, Hawkinsville; son, Benny Cannon, Nicholson; son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Pat Cannon, Nashville, Tenn.; step-sons, Richard Bullard, Hull, Addis Gordy, Danielsville, and Paul Jackson, Clarksdale, Miss.; four grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Shirley J. Hazlegrove
Mrs. Shirley Junita Matthews Hazlegrove, 55, of Nicholson, died Saturday, November 24, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Hazlegrove was born March 9, 1946, in Jackson County. She was a homemaker and was a member of Antioch United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, at Antioch United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Cathy officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Hazlegrove is survived by her husband, SGM (Retired) Donald Hazlegrove, Nicholson; one son, Donald Hazlegrove Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio; one daughter, Michelle Looney, Jefferson; her mother, Hallie Matthews, Nicholson; one brother, Martin Kesler, Jefferson; three sisters, Mary Nell Ivie, Jefferson, Marie Kesler, Nicholson, and Louise Martin, Dahlonega; and six grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Joyce R. Stewart
Mrs. Joyce R. Muckus Stewart, 66, of Commerce, died Wednesday, November 21, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Stewart was born July 2, 1935, in Summit County, Ohio. She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Irma Hagelbarger Muckus.
Mrs. Stewart was a homemaker and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church, Commerce.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, at Freedom Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Green officiating.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by her husband, Albert L. Stewart, Commerce; one son, Jeffrey Stewart, Commerce; two daughters, Susan Gerry, El Paso, Texas, and Cindy Watson, Murrayville; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, 20732 U.S. Hwy. 441 S., Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Mamie V. Baxter
Mrs. Mamie Vastine McKie Baxter, 77, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Baxter was born August 24, 1924. She was a daughter of the late Robert and Cynthia Ayers McKie.
Mrs. Baxter was a homemaker and was a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Baxter, and a daughter, Frances Baxter.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Kenneth Segars officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Billy Baxter, Bishop, J.D. Baxter, Washington, and Jerry Baxter, Nicholson; three daughters, Debbie Baxter and Betty Silman, both of Nicholson, and Mary Hix, Toccoa; one sister, Reba Segars, Toccoa; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

 


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Barbara J. Walker
Mrs. Barbara J. Walker, 70, of Pisgah Forest, N.C., died Tuesday, October 23, 2001.
No funeral services are planned.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her husband, H. Alla Walker, of the home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Ray H. Lancaster
Ray H. Lancaster, 90, of Gillsville, died Monday, November 26, 2001, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Lancaster was born February 7, 1911, in Hall County, to the late D.J. and Cynthia Hudgins Lancaster.
He retired from MARTA, where he was employed in Transportation Operations, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Gainesville, where he served as a deacon for 30 years. Mr. Lancaster was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Gladys Langford Lancaster, three brothers, Guyton, Lewis and D.J. Lancaster, and three sisters, Ann Perkins, Ruby Bradberry Lancaster and Eva Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 29, at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Williams and John Latty officiating. The body will lie in state from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Lancaster is survived by his wife, Lillian Simpson Lancaster, Gillsville; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Bobbie Lancaster, Dahlonega, and Jack and Beckie Lancaster, Gainesville; son, Gene Lancaster, Gainesville; step-children, James and Betty Simpson, Gainesville, Jacky and Virginia Simpson, Commerce, Jeffery and Mozelle Simpson, Cleveland, Linda S. and Frank Harrison, Bartlesville, Okla., and Gloria S. and Glenn Jones, Dahlonega; brother-in-law, Frank Perkins, Seneca, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Bernidete Lancaster, Dunwoody, and Imogene Lancaster, Gainesville; grandchildren, Tonia and Chris White, Jefferson, Jackie and Mike Simpson, Winder, Kevin Lancaster, Greenville, S.C., Jeff and Janice Lancaster, Alpharetta, Lance Lancaster, Orlando, Fla., and Laura Lancaster, Raleigh, N.C.; step-grandchildren, Gus Simpson, Greg Simpson and Angela Simpson, all of Gainesville, Doug Simpson and Melissa Kent, both of Commerce, Gabe Jones, Dahlonega, Blaine Harrison, Pittsburgh, Texas, Amy Crane, Jeffery Simpson and Erica Simpson, all of Cleveland, and Carrie Simpson, Jefferson; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville.
All deacons of Calvary Baptist Church are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers and to assemble at the church at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 1370 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville, GA 30507.
Hillside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Minnie D. Bowles
Mrs. Minnie Dell Leachman Bowles, 73, of Commerce, died Sunday, November 25, 2001, at her residence.
Born in Jackson County on July 17, 1928, Mrs. Bowles was a daughter of the late George and Ella O'Kelly Leachman.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Baptist Tabernacle Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, at Baptist Tabernacle Church with the Revs. Sam Dorsey, Mike Hudman and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Bowles is survived by her husband, Frank Bowles, Commerce; three sons, Carson Bowles, Commerce, Donald Bowles, Danielsville, and Steve Bowles, Salem, Ark.; four daughters, Deborah Biova, Dell Cowart and JoAnn Teatue, all of Commerce, and Peggy Hill, Maysville; two brothers, Curtis Leachman and Howard Leachman, both of Commerce; one sister, Maybell Wilkes, Hartwell; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Mary W. Thornton
Mrs. Mary Williams Thornton, 91, of Dallas, died Saturday, November 24, 2001, at Wellstar Paulding Nursing Home.
A resident of Paulding County since 1942, Mrs. Thornton was born November 18, 1910, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late George Luther and Susie Ash Williams.
Mrs. Thornton grew up in Neese until 10 years of age and moved to Danielsville. She was a supporter of the University of Georgia Alumni Association and the Bulldog Club. She was also a major supporter at the time Paulding Memorial Hospital was constructed.
Mrs. Thornton began working for Billy Byrd in 1943, and later purchased Byrd Insurance Agency. She was a member of Dallas First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for many years, and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thornton was preceded in death by her husband, Price Thornton, in 1984, and two sisters, Marcelene Reynolds, in 1971, and Myra Hardman, in 1985.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, at Dallas First United Methodist Church with Dr. Ken Ray officiating. Burial was in Dallas Memory Gardens. Music consisted of congregational singing, with pianist Charles Cole.
Henry Wood, Dean Hardy, Ken Thigpen, Mike McKinney, Bill Hardman and David Williams served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Thornton is survived by a brother, George Williams, Dallas; eight nieces and nephews and seven great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Dallas First United Methodist Church Building, 141 East Memorial Drive, Dallas, GA 30132.
Jeff Eberhart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Syble H. Olshinski
Mrs. Syble Holcomb Olshinski, 78, of Thomasville, N.C., died Wednesday, November 21, 2001, at Thomasville Medical Center.
Mrs. Olshinski was born January 23, 1923, in Madison County, a daughter of Albert Edward Holcomb and Myrtle Bray Holcomb.
She was a retired employee of Commercial Carving Co. Inc., Thomasville, and was formerly associated with Vogue Beauty Shop and House of Beauty in Thomasville. Mrs. Olshinski was a charter member of Our Lady Catholic Church, Thomasville, N.C., and was past president of the Gray Ladies volunteer group with the former City Memorial Hospital.
On July 4, 1942, she was married to Matthew John Olshinski, who preceded her in death on May 3, 1994.
She was a loving and devoted mom, said family members.
Mrs. Olshinski was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Clendaniel.
A Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 24, at Our Lady of the Highways Catholic Church with Father Thomas Fitzpatrick officiating. Burial was in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rosary was held at 7 p.m. Friday, November 23, in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel, Thomasville, N.C.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, John and Judy Olshinski, Charleston, S.C., and Philip and Yana Olshinski, Douglas and Lynn Olshinski and Tim and Susan Olshinski, all of Thomasville, N.C.; son, Ronald Olshinski, of the home; sisters, Mrs. Edna Martin and Dorothy Williams, both of Commerce, and Georgia Bean, Thomasville, N.C.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Highways Catholic Church, 943 Ball Park Road, Thomasville, NC 27360.
J.C. Green & Sons was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Ollie Roach
Mrs. Ollie Roach, 86, of Winder, died Wednesday, November 21, 2001.
Mrs. Roach was born in Ravenscroft, Tenn., to the late Jeff and Clara Bell Heulett Pace.
She had resided in Winder since 1980 and was a retiree of the L.S. Brown Company, Atlanta. Mrs. Roach was a member of the Winder Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Frank L. Roach.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Bob Knox and Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, College Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Winifred McWhorter, Monroe, Doris Strickland, Winder, and Gail Sliger, Loganville; two sons, Terry Roach, Woodstock, and Ralph Roach, Pineville, La.; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Betty E. Weise
Mrs. Betty Epps Weise, 71, of Colbert, died Monday, November 26, 2001.
A native of Madison County Mrs. Weise was a daughter of the late James Gordon and Mary Griffeth Epps.
Mrs. Weise was a member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Weise.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. Bill Ricketts and Dr. Tony Smith officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Debi Combs, Colbert, and Janice Scarborough, Statham; one son, Sam J. Scarborough Jr., Commerce; two sisters, Peggy E. Patton, Gainesville, and Pat Hughes, Knoxville, Tenn.; one brother, H. Jackson Epps, Newnan; four grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001

Sarah A. Pace
Mrs. Sarah Ann Pace, 66, of Nicholson, died Saturday, November 17, 2001.
Born in Eddiewall County, Ala., Mrs. Pace was a daughter of the late Johnny Wesley and Mammie Odesa Ellis Strickland.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Pace was preceded in death by a son, Jessie Don Coleman.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, in the New Town Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Chuck Black officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Ann Howell, Colbert; one son, Donald Coleman, Colbert; one brother, John W. Strickland, Commerce; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 28, 2001


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