Jackson County Obituaries...

January 02, 2002

Franklin L. Jackson
Franklin Lamar “Bo” Jackson, 66, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, December 25, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Mr. Jackson was born July 30, 1935, in Upson County. He was a son of the late Francis Marion and Irene Johnson Jackson.
Mr. Jackson was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict, and worked as a truck driver for Norman Paschal Company, Peachtree City. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 27, at Faith Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Upson Memorial Gardens, Thomaston. Chris Hendricks, Roy Herren, Samuel Herren, Timothy Herren, Jeremy Herren and James Jackson served as pallbearers.
Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife, Madelyne Jackson, Jefferson; one daughter, Christa Spring Berryhill, Jefferson; three sons, Roy Gene Herren Jr., Griffin, Samuel Herren, Jonesboro, and Timothy Jay Herren, Atlanta; two sisters, Patricia Downs, Phoenix City, Ala., and Lequin Fountain, Thomaston; one brother, James Jackson, Thomaston; and 12 grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Dee W. Lord Jr.
Dee W. Lord Jr., 72, of Maysville, died Saturday, December 29, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Lord was born May 8, 1925, in Banks County to the late Dee W Lord Sr. and Addie Jane Gee Lord.
He was retired from Stein Steel of Atlanta as a steel fabricator and was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church. Mr. Lord was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict.
He was preceded in death by a son, David Lord.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 31, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Charles Hardy officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Lord is survived by his wife, Clarice Stowe Lord, Maysville; one son, Jeffery Alan Lord, Maysville; three daughters, Joyce Cooper, Pendergrass, Lisa Seagraves, Hull, and Tracy Maxwell, Nicholson; two brothers, Hugh Lee Lord, Hephzibah, and Worth Lord, Hoschton; two half-brothers, Charles Lord and Thurmond Lord, both of Augusta; one sister, Joyce Orr, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

James C. Doster
James C. “Jimmy” Doster, 65, of Jefferson, died Monday, December 31, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Doster was born August 30, 1936. He was a son of the late Arthur Guy and Rosella Pollard Doster.
Mr. Doster was employed as a painter.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2002, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in the White Plains Baptist Church cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include three sons, Ronny Doster and Wayne Doster, both of Jefferson, and Tim Doster, Concord, N.C.; one brother, Billy Doster, Jefferson; one sister, Joyce McWherter, Durham, N.C.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Virgil White
Virgil White, 42, of Athens, died Wednesday, December 26, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. White was a son of the late D.J. and Sarah Williamson White.
He was a member of Hurricane Grove Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 30, at Hurricane Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry David officiating. Burial was in Hurricane Grove Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Virginia Green, Norfolk, Va.; one son, Ronald Green, Norfolk, Va.; four sisters, Rachel (Dennis) Beasley, Regina (Shelton) Bush, Denise (Richard) Gillespie, and Patricia (James) Wood, all of Commerce; one brother, Delano (Jennifer) White, Commerce; a special friend, Regina Green; and a host of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.
Gardenview Funeral Chapel, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Emily S. Cash
Mrs. Emily Stowe Cash, 78, of Carnesville, died Wednesday, December 26, 2001, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Atlanta, following a short illness.
Mrs. Cash was born in Stephens County on February 13, 1923. She was a daughter of the late Cross and Texanne Busha Stowe.
Mrs. Cash was retired from Ethicon Inc., with 14 years of service, and had worked as shift manager with Wendy’s at Banks Crossing in Commerce for the past several years. She was a member of Damascus Baptist Church.
Mrs. Cash was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Cash.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. Gene Todd and Roy Rogers officiating. Burial was in the Damascus Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Ann Cash Rooks, Flovilla, June Cash Collins, Cleveland, and Bonnie Cash Meeler, Maysville; one son, Nelson Loyd Cash Jr., Commerce; two brothers, Alfred Stowe, Toccoa, and M.C. Stowe, Eastanollee; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Damascus Baptist Church Building Fund, 2826 GA Highway 198, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Mary H. Mealor
Mrs. Mary H. Mealor, 81, of Commerce, died Sunday, December 30, 2001, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Mealor was born December 12, 1920, in Hart County to the late Mr. and Mrs. C.C. McCollum.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church, Maysville. Mrs. Mealor was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Eugene Mealor.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2002, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Manus and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Virginia Mealor, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Juanita and James Mintz, Maysville; step-son, Thurston Mealor, Lilburn; step-daughter, Mary Lee Dutton, Loganville; sisters, Reba Heard, Cumming, and Florence McCollum, Commerce; 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and special friends, Kim and Juanita Ledford and Linda Crumbley.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Mary C. Blasingame
Mrs. Mary Cody Blasingame, of Rex, died Monday, December 24, 2001.
Born in Jefferson, Mrs. Blasingame was a daughter of the late William Thomas and Myra Williamson Cody.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Ann Blasingame, and a sister and brother-in-law, Marie Cody and Dan G. Butler.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, in the chapel of A.S. Turner & Sons, Decatur, with the Rev. Greg Howell officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Atlanta. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department served as honorary escort.
Mrs. Blasingame is survived by her husband, Charles C. Blasingame, Rex; one son, Mark Blasingame, Rex; two brothers, John Cody, Jefferson, and Joseph Cody, Fort Valley; two aunts, Chloe Huff, Jefferson, and Virginia Hoffman, Wilmington Island (Savannah); and several nieces and nephews.
A.S. Turner & Sons was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Felice B. McCreery
Mrs. Felice B. McCreery, 38, died Monday, December 31, 2001.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Mrs. McCreery was the daughter of the late William and Lizabeth Viviani Armstrong.
She graduated from Berry College in 1985 and received a master’s degree in social works from the University of Georgia. Mrs. McCreery was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2002, at the Jefferson Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Wilson Lathmore officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Jackson A. McCreery, Jefferson; and two brothers, Roger Armstrong, Long Island, N.Y., and Albert Armstrong, Chicago, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter, 12 Perimeter Center East Suite 1200, Atlanta, GA 30346.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Dessie M. Seagraves
Mrs. Dessie Mae Williams Seagraves, 93, of Hull, died Thursday, December 27, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Seagraves was a daughter of the late Will H. and Rosa Lee Dixon Martin.
She was retired from Chicopee Mills and was a member of Victory Baptist Church. Mrs. Seagraves was preceded in death by her husband, James Roy Seagraves Sr., and a son, Halford Seagraves.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Revs. Elmer Butler, Dayton Logan and Dr. Virgil Edwards officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery. Mrs. Seagraves’ grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include five daughters, Hershelene Vickery, Commerce, Betty Smith, Royston, Val Tyner, Charleston, S.C., Trudy Evans, Hull, and Linda Bourn’e, Athens; two sons, Roy Seagraves Jr., Hull, and Larry Seagraves, Bishop; two sisters, Sue Edwards, Hull, and Vera Brewer, Athens; two brothers, Gene Martin, Hull, and Ovin Martin, Athens; 22 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Woodrow W. Gowder
Woodrow Wilson Gowder, 88, of Shannon, died Thursday, December 27, 2001, at a Rome hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Gowder was born August 18, 1913, in Banks County, a son of the late John Gowder and Nellie Ward Gowder.
He had been a resident of Shannon since 1938. Mr. Gowder was retired from Brighton Mills, with 39 years of service. In earlier years, he played baseball as a pitcher for the Brighton Mills Textile Baseball Team. He had a life-long interest in baseball, said family members.
Mr. Gowder was a member and past master of Shannon Lodge #100, F&AM, the Scottish Rite Bodies, the York Rite Bodies and was a member of Yaarab Shrine. He was a member of the Floyd County Low 12 Club and the Shannon Chapter #368 Eastern Star. Mr. Gowder was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rome and the Scrap Iron Bible Class. He was also a member of AARP and the Model Farm Bureau and was the Banks County Sunday School Chairman for many years.
Mr. Gowder played Santa Claus at the Shannon Children’s Christmas party for over 20 years.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at Heritage Chapel of Jennings Funeral Home, Rome, with Drs. Joel Snider and Floyd Roebuck officiating. Burial was in Sunset Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery, with graveside rites provided by Shannon Lodge #100 F&AM. Craig Craver, Jim Bowling, Rick Stewart, Lane Tucker, Chris Gross and Trent Strickland served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Scrap Iron Bible Class and members of Shannon Lodge #100 F&AM.
Mr. Gowder is survived by his wife, Jewel Dailey Gowder, whom he married October 21, 1936; daughter, Mrs. Patricia Stewart, Canton; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Mark Morris, Duluth; sisters, Lillie White, Gainesville, Janie O’Kelley, Covington, Hazel Strickland, Maysville, and Sybil Stowe, Commerce; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Jennings Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

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Jeanette Dial
Mrs. Jeanette Dial, 65, of Lula, died Saturday, December 29, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Carroll County, Mrs. Dial was a daughter of the late Walter M. (Red) Jiles and Mary Frances Ashmore Jiles.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Mount Sinai Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, December 31, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Richard James officiating. Burial was in the Mount Sinai Congregational Holiness Church cemetery.
Mrs. Dial is survived by her husband, the Rev. Charles Dial, Lula; son, Tony Dial, Lula; sons and daughters-in-law, Alan and Amy Dial, Jefferson, and Terry and Diane Dial, Clermont; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Chris Mizer, Gillsville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Keneth Bradley, Bowdon, and Carol and Jimmy Smith, Wrightsville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Keneth and Sue Jiles, Whitesburg, Tommy and Elaine Jiles, Carrolton, and Randy and Gladys Jiles, Shannon; nine grandchildren, Tabitha, Brittany and Devon Dial, Britt and Charles Dial, Clay and Amelia Dial and Jeremy and Austin Mizer; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Thomas J. Purcell
Thomas Joel “Tommy” Purcell, 52, of Covington, died Thursday, December 27, 2001, at Grady Hospital following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Purcell was born September 19, 1949, in Clarke County, a son of the late Harold Lamar and Thelma Langford Purcell.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in Vietnam, and worked as an inspector with Affordable Fire Protection in Norcross. Mr. Purcell was of the Baptist denomination.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Lamar Purcell.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 30, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jim Moore officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. Gene Armour, Jeff Ekard, Faron Frederick, Walter Giles, Bradley Gooch, Tim Hulsey, Rusty Jones and Mike Murphy served as pallbearers.
Mr. Purcell is survived by his wife, Denise Purcell, Covington; four daughters, Lori Frederick, Rome, Ann Jones and Brooke Purcell, both of Covington, and Nikki Murphy, Cartersville; one son, Craig Purcell, Atlanta; six sisters, Sally Ekard and Patti Shumake, both of Jefferson, Dianne P. Johnson, Cumming, Judy Lewis and Helen Loggins, both of Gainesville, and Becky Merritt, Flowery Branch; and six grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

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, January 2, 2002

Ernest Perry
Ernest Perry, 87, of Statham, died Friday, December 28, 2001.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Perry was a son of the late Alonzo and Hattie Casey Perry.
He had resided in Jackson County for most of his life. Mr. Perry was a retired plumber and was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Herbert Elder Perry.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 30, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Doyle Sims and Bud McDonald officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Perry is survived by his wife, Alma Perry, Statham; two daughters, Sue Griffiths, Lexington, and Ann McCune, Athens; one son, Bud Perry, Statham; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Mary L. Hutchins
Mrs. Mary Lou Hutchins, 84, of Bethlehem, died Sunday, December 23, 2001.
A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, Mrs. Hutchins was a daughter of the late Walter and Stella Martin.
She was a retiree of Carwood Manufacturing and Duck Head Apparel, with over 50 years of service, and was a member of Midway United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hutchins was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Hutchins, and a granddaughter, Linda Griffith Emerson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 26, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with Drs. Robert Hoffmann and Donald Brett officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Hilda and Howard Griffith, Bethlehem; grandson-in-law and granddaughter-in-law, Ronnie and Terri Emerson, Bethlehem; special great-grandchild, Christopher Emerson, Bethlehem; and several nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Henry C. King
Henry C. King Jr., 74, of Cornelia, died Saturday, December 29, 2001, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., on August 13, 1927, Mr. King was a son of the late Henry Clay King Sr. and Thelma Bishop King.
He was a retired floor covering installer.
Mr. King was preceded in death by his wife, Selma Barrett King, a daughter, Patricia King, and a son, Bradley King. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 31, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, with the Rev. Darvin Slaton officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include four daughters, Wanda Ayers, Conyers, Janice Morris, Lula, Diane Hogan, Baldwin, and Jackie Wallace, McDonough; three sons, Stanley King, Cumming, Greg King, Commerce, and Wesley King, Baldwin; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Belle Patrick
Mrs. Belle Patrick, 89, of Winder, died Thursday, December 27, 2001.
Born in an area of Gwinnett County that was later incorporated into Barrow County, Mrs. Patrick was a daughter of the late W.A. and Sallie McDaniel Helton.
She was a retiree of Barrow Manufacturing Company. Mrs. Patrick was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn B. Patrick, in 1998, and her siblings.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Sanford Willard and James Helton officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Myron and Carolyn Patrick, Winder; son, Ernest “Butch” Patrick, Winder; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Karen Patrick, Winder; six granddaughters, Kim Folger, Blue Ridge, and Kandice Clark, Robyn Patrick, Valerie Maynard, Ashley Patrick and Janna Patrick, all of Winder; three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Joseph H. Griffith
Joseph Hill Griffith, 40, of Atlanta, died Monday, December 24, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Dekalb County on May 7, 1961, Mr. Griffith was a son of the late S. Clarence Jr. and Christine McClure Griffith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 28, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Mr. Griffith is survived by two brothers, Bobby Griffith, Jacksonville, Fla., and Sam Griffith, Milledegville; and his grandmother, Marsha Long, Athens.
Memorials may be made to any favorite children’s charity of one’s choice.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002

Billy P. Chitwood
Billy Paul Chitwood, 69, of Lula, died Sunday, December 30, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Chitwood was the son of the late Luther and Onie Crenshaw Chitwood.
He was a retired counselor for Vocational Rehabilitation with the Department of Human Resources and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the military police. Mr. Chitwood was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 31, in the Mount Carmel Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating.
Mr. Chitwood is survived by his wife, Barbara Stubbs Chitwood, Lula; daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Vann Trotter, Anchorage, Alaska, and Paula and Allen Morris, Lula; granddaughter, Erin Morris, Lula; brothers, Charles Chitwood, Lithia Springs, and Ray Chitwood, Lula; and sister, Hazel Pair, Cumming.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 2, 2002


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