Jackson County Obituaries...

December 5, 2001

Roy L. Beck
Roy Lee “Leroy” Beck, 79, of Pendergrass, died Thursday, November 29, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Beck was born June 10, 1922, in Hall County, a son of the late Canie and Geneva Beard Beck.
He was a retired correctional officer. Mr. Beck was preceded in death by a daughter, Juanita Beck, and a grandson, Greg Beck.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 1, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Richard James and James Kanady officiating. Chad Beck, Ken Beck, Kevin Beck, Trey Beck, Mike Craven, Donnie Denton and Woody Tanner served as pallbearers.
Mr. Beck is survived by his wife, Irene Beck, Pendergrass; three sons, Harold Beck, Johnny Beck and Ronnie Beck, all of Pendergrass; one daughter, Lynn Beck, Pendergrass; two brothers, John Beck, Gainesville, and Lamar Beck, Dalton; two sisters, Judy Beck, Clermont, and Epsy Hayes, Dahlonega; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

Annie M. Payne
Mrs. Annie Mae Williams Payne, 86, of Commerce, died Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Williams was a daughter of the late Floyd Jackson and Lula McKie Williams. She was the wife of the late Malcom Payne.
Mrs. Payne was a retired LPN and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery, Franklin County.
Survivors include brother and sister-in-law, Horace and Mamie Lou Williams, Commerce; sister and brother-in-law, Pearl and M.D. Powers, Jacksonville, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Jerry and Judy Williams, Gainesville, Earl and Evelyn West, Middleburg, Fla., and George and Doris Homes, Winder; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Commerce Fellowship Hall Fund, P.O. Box 755, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

James M. Hooper
James Madison Hooper, 70, of Jefferson, died Sunday, December 2, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in Jackson County on April 20, 1931, Mr. Hooper was a son of the late Willie and Mozelle Wood Hooper.
He had been employed with Quality Foods and was a member of Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, at Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, Bud McDonald and Lillie Jolly officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Hooper is survived by his wife, Evelyn Nix Hooper, Jefferson; one son, Ricky Hooper, Jefferson; and one sister, Runelle Archer, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

Addie L. Sorrow
Mrs. Addie Lucille Sellers Sorrow, 67, of Commerce, died Sunday, December 2, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Sorrow was born May 8, 1934, in Abbeville County, S.C. She was a daughter of the late Malvin and Jessie Howington Sellers.
Mrs. Sorrow had been employed with Benton Elementary School and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Sorrow, and a grandson, Avery Sorrow.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Paul Sorrow, Commerce; one daughter, Mary Beck, Commerce; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

Emily H. Coker
Mrs. Emily Hill Coker, 38, of Rome, died Friday, November 30, 2001.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Coker was the daughter of Ralph Hill, Maysville, and Billy and Phyllis Jones, Commerce.
She was a member of Enon Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at noon Monday, December 3, at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Fowler officiating, assisted by the Rev. Ralph Jenkins. Burial was in East View Cemetery, Rome.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Coker is survived by her husband, Hoyt Coker, of the home; one son, Ryan Coker, Rome; maternal grandmother, Maryleen Evans, Commerce; and paternal grandmother, Mozelle Hill, Maysville.
The Heritage Chapel of Jennings Funeral Home, Rome, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

Neta M. Lavender
Mrs. Neta Mozelle Elder Lavender, 83, of Huntsville, Ala., formerly of Jefferson, died Thursday, November 29, 2001, in Huntsville, Ala., following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Lavender was a daughter of the late George Clifford and Bertha Woods Elder.
She was retired from the Alumni Office at the University of Georgia and was a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Lavender was preceded in death by her husband, John Marvin Lavender.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, at Galilee Christian Church with Minister Tom Plank officiating. A private burial was held.
Survivors include two sons, Conrad Lavender and John Barry Lavender, both of Jefferson; one daughter, Beth Reichert, Huntsville, Ala.; one sister, Leta Elder Laseter, Covington; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Galilee Christian Church Building Program, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

Harry E. Strickland
Harry Eugene “Strick” Strickland, 72, of Suwanee, died Wednesday, November 28, 2001.
A longtime native of Gainesville, Hall County, Mr. Strickland was retired from Mutual Savings Insurance Company. He was formerly employed with Dixie Hunt Company and was a former D.J. with WDUN radio station in Gainesville, where he was known as “Gene Corey.”
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Tim Strickland and Aaron Slaten officiating. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Jay Hawkins officiating at graveside.
Mr. Strickland is survived by his wife, Sandra Hall Strickland, Suwanee; sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Teresa Strickland, Jefferson, and the Rev. Tim and Renee Strickland, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Joe Banfield, Gainesville; daughter, Lisa Slaten, Flowery Branch; grandchildren, Jennifer and Murray Kogod, Dana Strickland, Matthew Strickland, Aaron Slaten, April Gearin, Andy and Katie Owens and Staci Strickland; great-grandchildren, Megan Gearin, Whitley Gearin and Brooklyn Kogod; sister, Mrs. Carrie Hopwood Wilson, Gainesville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leland and Winnie Pendley Hall, Suwanee; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

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Sara N. Seabolt
Mrs. Sara Nell Mabry Seabolt, 61, of Danielsville, died Saturday, December 1, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Seabolt was born June 29, 1940, a daughter of the late Anderson Goodrich and Vesta Elizabeth Bonds Mabry.
She was a retired postal worker and was a member of Hudson River Baptist Church. Mrs. Seabolt was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Seabolt.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, at Hudson River Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Anthony Seabolt, Danielsville, Greg Seabolt, Commerce, and Paul Seabolt, Hartwell; three daughters, Sheliah Mobley, Madison, and Rhonda Morrison and Nova Lee Seabolt, both of Danielsville; two brothers, Elbert Mabry, Maysville, and Goldman Mabry, Commerce; one sister, Elizabeth Benton, Powhatan, Va.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

Grady A. Jackson
Grady A. Jackson, 68, of Winder, died Friday, November 30, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in Hall County, Mr. Jackson was a son of Alice Peppers Jackson, Winder, and the late Alton Jackson. He had resided in Winder since 1977.
Mr. Jackson served in the U.S. Navy from 1950 to 1954 and was a retiree of Fulton Paper Company, where he served as assistant credit manager. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret T. Wood.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 2, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Rick Shockley officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include aunts and uncles, Joel and Robbie Embry, Dacula, and Leonard and Jean Beddington, Snellville; and a number of cousins.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

Frellie Lee
G. Johnson
Mrs. Frellie Lee Guynie Johnson, 83, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of the late Carl Williams and Mary Williams.
She was a homemaker and was a member of St. Paul First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 30, at St. Paul First Baptist Church with the Rev. Marvin Simmons officiating. Burial was in the Paradise A.M.E. Church cemetery.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband, Harold Johnson; and two brothers, Hubert Williams, Jefferson, and C.B. Williams, Royston.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

Luther H. Whitehead
Luther Harold Whitehead, 88, of Commerce, died Saturday, December 1, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Whitehead was a son of the late Luther Anderson and Eddie Vera Thompson Whitehead.
He retired from Carwood Manufacturing, with 52 years of service, and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church. Mr. Whitehead was also a member of the Monroe Masonic Lodge #20.
He was preceded in death by a son, Luther Randall Whitehead.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in the New Pentecost Methodist Church cemetery.
Mr. Whitehead is survived by his wife, Carryce H. Whitehead; one daughter, Millie Jane Whitehead, Palmetto; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Rogers Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Carlton Peters, 379 Mount Olive Church Road, Commerce, GA 30529.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

William C. Holman
William Clifford Holman, 65, of Statham, died Thursday, November 29, 2001.
Mr. Holman was a son of the late John J. Holman Sr. and Irene M. Holman.
He was retired from Nelson & Budd Construction and was a member of 926 Union of Operating Engineering.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, December 1, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Bill Ruff and Wade Grizzle officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Holman is survived by his wife, Sandra I. Holman; three daughters, Brenda Ann Childers, Sandra Hopkins and Patricia Anglin, all of Statham; two sons, William Clifford Holman Jr. and Joseph Michael Holman, both of Statham; two sisters, Margaret Brock, Winder, and Ellen Brownlee, Milledgeville; two brothers, John J. Holman, Hoschton, and Virgil Holman, Auburn; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

Ruth Hix
Mrs. Ruth Hix, 94, of Com-merce, died Wednesday, December 5, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Hix was born March 3, 1907, in Georgia. She was a daughter of the late William Whitfield and Launah Sellers.
Mrs. Hix was a retired seamstress with Oxford Manufacturing and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jason Hix, and a daughter, Margaret Short.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Chad Payne officiating. Burial will be in the Beaverdam Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Robert Hix, Dover, Ky.; one brother, Pierce Whitfield, Greer, S.C.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 5, 2001

H. Grady Bannister
H. Grady Bannister, 84, of Cumming, died Monday, December 3, 2001.
Mr. Bannister was a native and lifelong resident of Forsyth County. He attended North Georgia College and the University of Georgia.
Mr. Bannister retired from the Georgia Department of Agriculture in 1971, after many years of service. He served as director of the Motor Vehicle Department for the Georgia Department of Revenue during the 1950s and was responsible for moving the sale of vehicle tags from the State Capitol to the counties in Georgia.
Mr. Bannister was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in North Africa and the South Pacific. He was a charter and lifetime member of VFW Post #9143 in Cumming and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cumming.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 6, in the chapel of Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, with the Revs. Dennis Bottoms and Gerald Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Bannister is survived by his wife of 51 years, Zelma Reidling Warren Bannister, Cumming, a former Commerce resident; one step-son, William Warren, Washington D.C. and Charles Town, W.Va.; one sister, Grace Bannister Housley, Cumming; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Ingram Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 5, 2001


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