Jackson County Obituaries...

December 26, 2001

James A. Bulla
James Andrew “Jim” Bulla, 74, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, December 25, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born November 22, 1927, in Cumberland County, N.C., Mr. Bulla was a son of the late Daniel Jeff and Laura Lena Harris Bulla.
He was the former owner of Dixie Upholstery and was a member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church. Mr. Bulla was a U.S. Navy veteran and coached youth baseball programs in Little, Pony and American Legion Leagues.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 27, at the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Curtis Greene officiating. Burial will be in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dot Palmer Bulla, Nicholson; two sons, Charlie Bulla, Bogart, and Kevin Tolbert, Perry; three sisters, Berline Bodenheimer, Parkton, N.C., Dorothy Strickland, Godwin, N.C., and Pauline Tillman, Fayetteville, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Nathanel J. Brock
Nathanel James Brock, infant son of C. Wayne and Wendy Brock, Commerce, died Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 22, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Nails Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Ashley N. Brock, Commerce; paternal grandparents, Calvin and Maebelle Brock, Homer; maternal grandfather, Roger Dove, Canon; and maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Jackie and Steve Saylers, Royston.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Dr. John W. Beach
Dr. John Wendell Beach, 89, of Commerce, died Saturday, December 22, 2001, at his home following an extended illness.
Born in Devil’s Lake, N.D., on November 19, 1912, Dr. Beach was the son of the late James C. and Ida Mae Price Beach.
Dr. Beach was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He married Edna Blanche McElroy, of Winder, in 1947.
He and Blanche moved to Commerce in 1959, where he began his chiropractic practice until 1987.
Dr. Beach was preceded in death by two sisters, Decotah Ruth Beach Brown and Virginia Beach Sherer, California, and two brothers, Russel Beach, Michigan, and Kyle Beach, North Dakota.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 23, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jeff Appling officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edna Blanche McElroy Beach; one daughter and son-in-law, Michael Edward and Ginny Beach Anderson, Commerce; three grandchildren, Tiffany Marie Anderson, Amberly Michele Anderson and Dakota James Anderson, all of Commerce; and a number of relatives from Georgia, California and Minnesota.
Memorials may be made to the Grove Level Baptist Church Building Fund, 1702 Grove Level Road, Maysville, GA 30558.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Roland W. Sinquefield
Roland Wendell Sinquefield, 58, of Maysville, died Sunday, December 23, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Sinquefield was born April 18, 1943, in Edison. He was a son of the late Ronald B. and Lois Wilkerson Sinquefield.
Mr. Sinquefield was employed as a loan officer and vice president of Regions Bank in Homer and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce, where he was an inactive deacon. He was also a member and past president of the Commerce Lion’s Club and a member of the Optimist Club.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 26, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Kent Cranford and Donald Paulson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Mr. Sinquefield is survived by his wife, Katie Burt Sinquefield, Maysville; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Kristina Sinquefield, Acworth; daughter, Michelle Sinquefield, Madison; and sister, Ruby Hamilton, Dry Creek, La.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Dewey T. Poole
Dewey Thomas Poole, 84, of Commerce, died Sunday, December 23, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born February 25, 1917, in Banks County, Mr. Poole was a son of the late Henry Clay and Lucy Sorrow Poole.
He was retired from G.T.E. Telephone and was a member of Charity Baptist Church. Mr. Poole was also a member of the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Gordon Poole.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 24, at Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce, with the Rev. Vaughn Howington officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Jeanette Caudell, Commerce; one sister, Fannie Walker, Clarkesville; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

J.T. Baird
J.T. Baird, 94, of Commerce, died Monday, December 24, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Baird was born in Stephens County on November 16, 1907. He was a son of the late Joe Ervin and Ida Cannon Baird.
Mr. Baird was retired from Gold Kist and was a member of the Nicholson Fire Baptized Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Evelyn Baird.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ellis Cooper and Carroll Griffin officiating. Burial will be in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Baird is survived by his wife, Naomi Phillips Baird, Commerce; two sons, Joe Baird, Commerce, and Phillip Baird, Jefferson; one daughter, Cheryl Franklin, Commerce; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Hattie B. Owensby
Mrs. Hattie Belle Owensby, 93, of Commerce, died Saturday, December 22, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Owensby was a daughter of the late John W. and Alice Banks Wood. She was the wife of the late Wiley Owensby.
Mrs. Owensby was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, December 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Mark Poston and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, John Franklin Owensby, Trussville, Ala., and Wayne Darrell Owensby, Commerce; and one grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Roy L. Martin
Roy Lee Martin, 57, of Bostic, N.C., formerly of Commerce, died Thursday, Dece-mber 20, 2001, at his residence.
Born September 12, 1944, in Georgia, Mr. Martin was a son of Frances Martin Adams, Commerce.
He was employed as a clerk with Commerce Hardware and was of the Methodist denomination. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Jessie Mealor officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one son, Sammy Martin, Bostic, N.C.; one half-brother, Don Whitehead, Jefferson; three sisters, Lavonne Adams and Ann Anderson, both of Commerce, and Shirley Wilson, Nicholson; and five grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Gwynelle B. Weatherly
Mrs. Gwynelle Barnett Weatherly, 82, of Winder, died Tuesday, December 18, 2001.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Weatherly was a daughter of the late Homer Curtis and Alma Swindle Barnett.
She was a retired seamstress and was a member of Union Baptist Church, Hall County. Mrs. Weatherly was also a member of the Airstream Camping Club.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joie Baker, and a son, James C. Harrell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 20, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Patrick Chandler officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Athens. Mrs. Weatherly’s grandsons and great-grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include her husband, John D. Weatherly, Winder; one daughter, Janice Burden, Winder; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001


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George M. Harber
George McCoy Harber, 77, of Macon, died Friday, December 21, 2001, at a local hospital.
Reared in Commerce, Mr. Harber was a graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and an officer of the Harris Somerville Sunday School Class, and was a member of the VIP’s. Mr. Harber was a volunteer at the Methodist Children’s Home, Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army. He was also a member of the Big Brothers’ Organization and was past president of the Macon Golden K Kiwanis Club.
Mr. Harber was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II with the 565th Anti-Aircraft Battalion and Patton’s 3rd Army.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 23, at the First Presbyterian Church in Macon with the Revs. Chip Miller and Hal McNeely officiating. Burial was at 11 a.m. Monday, December 24, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with Dr. Tom Lewis officiating.
Mr. Harber is survived by his wife, Mildred “Millie” Harber, Macon; one brother, William N. “Buddy” Harber, Commerce; five sisters, Rebecca Dixon, Roberta Bolton and Mary Edna Harrison, all of Commerce, Alice Linton, Atlanta, and Janet Hicks, Shreveport, La.; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Harber and Emily Harber, both of Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Harris Somerville Sunday School Class, 682 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA 31201.
Hart’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements, with Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, in charge of local arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Dora Mae Beck
Mrs. Dora Mae Callaway Beck, 80, of Hull, died Thursday, December 20, 2001.
Mrs. Beck was the daughter of Cleve and Sindy Helton Callaway and was the widow of Fred Beck.
She was a retired seamstress and was the last Charter member of Grove Chapel Congregational Holiness Church. Mrs. Beck was also a member of the Madison County Senior Citizen Club.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 22, at Grove Chapel Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Sam Dorsey, Bobby Callaway and Raymond Duncan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Ronnie Williams, Ricky Busbin, Brandon Busbin, David Seagraves, Arnold Callaway Jr. and Jerry Helton served as pallbearers.
Survivors include her daughter, Margie Hart, Cornelia; son, Jack Gerrin, Hull; step-children, Donald Beck, Hull, Bill Beck, Jeanette Dorsey, Elizabeth Dorsey and Ann Baker, all of Commerce, and Mavis Barrett, Ninety Six, S.C.; sister, Irene Massey, Toccoa; sister-in-law, Catherine Callaway; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, several step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Colena F. Sauls
Mrs. Colena Freeman Sauls, 85, of Winder, died Friday, December 21, 2001.
Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Sauls was a daughter of the late Albert and Tiney Page Freeman.
She had resided in Barrow County all of her life and was retired from Cherokee Manufacturing Company. Mrs. Sauls was a member of Bethabra Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, Darrell Sauls.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 23, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Jack Burgess and Harold Evans officiating. Burial was in the Bethabra Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Sauls is survived by her husband, the Rev. James H. “Jack” Sauls, Winder; one daughter, Shirley J. McDougald, Macon; one son, Dennis L. Sauls, Winder; four sisters, Dorothy Giddens, Raleigh, N.C., Theoprice McKenzie, Statham, Allie Rooks, Braselton, and Louidean Beasley, Buford; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Sam J. Scarborough
Sam Joe Scarborough, 74, of Danielsville, died Sunday, December 16, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Scarbor-ough was a son of the late Samuel Grady Scarborough and Martha Patterson Scarborough.
He was retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Seabees for 26 years. Mr. Scarborough was a veteran of World War II, Vietnam and the Korean Conflict, and spent 15 years as a Navy civilian in the Naval Shipyard in Charleston, S.C. He was a lifetime member of V.F.W. Post 2872, Athens, and a lifelong member of Bluestone Baptist Church.
Mr. Scarborough was preceded in death by two sisters, Raye Riggs and Dorothy Mae Scarboro, and four brothers, John Scarborough, Candler Scarborough, Luther Scarborough and Kendall Scarborough.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, at Bluestone Baptist Church with the Revs. George Lovely, Ray Jenkins and Lamar Scarborough officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Alan Combs, Brian Combs, Mark Combs, Josh Combs, Tom Scarborough Jr. and Brian Scarborough served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Debi Combs, Colbert, and Janice Scarborough, Statham; two sons, Sam J. Scarborough Jr., Commerce, and Tom Scarborough, Danielsville; two sisters, Faye S. Harrison, Colbert, and Willie S. Fortson, Danielsville; one brother, Buddy Scarborough, Colbert; five grandchildren, Alan Combs, Brian Combs, Mark Combs, Josh Combs and Tom Scarborough Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 26, 2001

Frank Jackson
Frank Jackson, 66, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, December 25, 2001.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.

Rob Walker
Rob Walker, 61, of Homer, died Friday, December 21, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Walker was born August 7, 1940, in Pahokee, Fla. He was a son of the late William Robert Sr. and Eleanor Avera Walker.
Mr. Walker had been a resident of Homer for the past 10 years. He was an avid saxophone player and musician, and was a very free spirited person, said family members.
Mr. Walker was preceded in death by a son, Rob Walker III.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 24, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Lisa Walker, Homer; one daughter, Cindy Adams, Orange City, Fla.; one son, John David Walker, Homer; one sister, Eleanor Schlechter, Bell Glade, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 26, 2001


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