Jackson County Obituaries...

January 16, 2002

Martha M. Miller
Mrs. Martha Mazelle Dye Miller, 77, of Nicholson, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Miller was born May 26, 1924, in Oglethorpe County, a daughter of the late Emory W. and Susie Moore Dye.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and David Strickland officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, Grady Miller, Nicholson; one son, Michael Miller, Nicholson; three daughters, Regina Adams and Elaine Highfield, both of Commerce, and Janice Manus, Nicholson; one sister, Brady Sue Coile, Winterville; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Laynette Fincher
Mrs. Laynette Fincher, 52, of Commerce, died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Fincher was born May 20, 1949, in Vallejo, Calif. She was a daughter of Deloris Miller Massey, Commerce, and the late Wilton Ernest Massey.
Mrs. Fincher was employed as a manager with Presto BP Station, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Jim McLendon officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Mark Fincher, Commerce; two daughters, Charman Baker, Maysville, and Tammy Williamson, Commerce; one brother, William Massey, Commerce; and 10 grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Clyde W. Watson
Clyde Wallace Watson, 83, of Commerce, died Monday, January 14, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mr. Watson was the son of the late John and Effie Berrong Watson. He was born in Madison County on July 7, 1918.
Mr. Watson was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 16, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Carlton Peters and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Leata Mae Bennett Watson, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Ray Jones and Karen and Tony Davis, all of Commerce; and five grandchildren, Nicole Davis, Shae Davis, Carrie Savage, Tobie Jones and Tate Jones, all of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Guy S. Miller
Guy Suddath Miller, 88, of Maysville, died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at Southern Pines Personal Care Home, Maysville.
Born in Maysville on January 8, 1914, Mr. Miller was a son of the late Thomas K. and Ethel Suddath Miller. He had spent several years in Rabun County.
He was educated at Maysville High School, the Monroe A&M Prep School and the University of Georgia. Mr. Miller was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theatre of Operations. He was a professional baseball player, having played in the Texas League, the South Atlantic League and the Pacific Coast League.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Jones Miller.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include two sons, Tommy Miller, Panama City Beach, Fla., and Tim Miller, Athens; one daughter, Melodee Taylor, Meritt Island, Fla.; one sister, Evelyn Gurnee, Lake Worth, Fla.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Hunter Funeral Home, Clayton, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Jean Kimbrel
Mrs. Jean Kimbrel, 60, of Hoschton, died Tuesday, January 15, 2002.
Mrs. Kimbrel was originally from Jackson County and was retired from Gwinnett County Public Utilities.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Aaron W. Kimbrel.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 17, at Wages Lawrenceville Chapel of Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, with the Rev. Greg Banks officiating. Burial will be in Gwinnett Memorial Park.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Elizabeth Holland, Hoschton; brothers and sisters, Martha Jo White, Dry Pond, Lois Fabris, Chuck Ayers and Wanda Haggard, all of Danielsville, Buddy Ayers and Steve Ayers, both of Commerce, Judy Kelly, Carnesville, and Christie Sosebee, Lilburn; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

John L. Culbertson
John L. Culbertson, 72, of Bogart, died Thursday, January 10, 2002.
A native of Barrow County, Mr. Culbertson was a son of the late John Culbertson Sr. and the late Bertie Lou Whitfield Towe.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Gunter Culbertson.
A private service was held.
Survivors include two daughters, Louise Towe, Clermont, and Ramona Parker, Waco, Texas; four brothers, Harrison Towe, Nicholson, Harvey Towe, Watkinsville, Bobby Towe, Arnoldsville, and Bennie Towe, Sandy Cross; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Kathryn W. White
Mrs. Kathryn W. White, 76, of Warner Robins, died Monday, January 14, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. White was a daughter of the late Leonard Coy and Clara Baxter Williamson. She was the widow of William Thomas White.
Mrs. White was a member of Central Baptist Church, Warner Robins, where she was a member of the New Beginnings Sunday School class and Central 5-0.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, at Central Baptist Church with the Rev. Sydney Odom and Dr. H. Owen Bozeman officiating. Burial was in the Berea Baptist Church cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sherri White, Woodstock; and sister and brother-in-law, Francine and Toby Williamson, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 1605 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, GA 31088, or to the Hospice of Houston County, 2066 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins, GA 31093.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Fred A. Gulley
Fred A. Gulley, 86, of Warner Robins, died Sunday, January 13, 2002.
Born in Commerce, Mr. Gulley was a son of the late Lonnie and Mollie Gulley Welch.
He was retired from Robins Air Base, where he was an engineering technician, and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Carnesville. Mr. Gulley was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a veteran of the World War II conflict.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia Carol Gulley, and a son, Bobby Harold Gulley.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, in the chapel of Heritage Memorial Funeral Home, Warner Robins. Burial was in Magnolia Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Hautell Langston Gulley, Warner Robins; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Hoyet Brown, Warner Robins; daughter-in-law, Pamela Gulley, Kathleen; grandchildren, Kenneth and Erin Brown, Cumming, Jennifer Brown, Lawrenceville, and Melissa and Bill Kirksey, Warner Robins; brother, Edd Gulley, Athens; sisters, Winifred Arnold and Geneva Standridge, both of Commerce, Ruby Poole, Anderson, S.C., and Frances Burns, Greenville, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Centerville Building Fund, 108 E. Church Street, Centerville, GA 31028.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Sandra E. Payne
Mrs. Sandra Elizabeth King Payne, 56, of Homer, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native of Union County, Mrs. Payne was born March 1, 1945, a daughter of the late Clayton Doyle and India Estelle Helton King.
She was a homemaker and was a member of the House of Prayer.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Blairsville, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Payne is survived by her husband, Arlie Payne, Homer; one son, Darren Payne, Homer; one daughter, Kim Ledford, Commerce; two brothers, Buddy King and Charles King, both of Blairsville; and four grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

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Nancy S. Meadows
Mrs. Nancy S. Meadows, 56, of Danielsville, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Meadows was born June 2, 1945, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Roy and Annie Sue Bridges Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Tim Garrett officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Meadows is survived by her husband, James Meadows, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, William and Kathryn Booth, Commerce; sons, Clifford Paul Booth, Commerce, and James Mitchell Meadows and Dennis Michael Meadows, both of Danielsville; brothers, Leroy Hill and Paul Donald Hill, both of Danielsville, and Ralph Hill, Athens; and four grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Mary Morgan
Mrs. Mary Nell Morgan, 80, of Lavonia, died Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Morgan was a daughter of the late William Marcus and Mammie Blalock Aaron. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Bud Morgan, and two sons, Jack Morgan and T.J. Morgan.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, January 17, at Tyrus Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy White officiating. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Larry J. Morgan, Lakeland, Fla.; three daughters, Clara L. Bolt, Smith Station, Ala., Mary A. Olgetree, Commerce, and Debra Crawford, Canon; two sisters, Martha Godfrey, Athens, and Daisy Porter, Nicholson; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Zeffrey Duckworth
Mrs. Sarah Zeffrey Duckworth, 98, of Comer, died Monday, December 31, 2001.
Born January 29, 1903, in Union County, Mrs. Duckworth was a daughter of the late Francis Ervin and Mary Jane Duckworth Collins, and the widow of Oliver Thomas Duckworth.
She was preceded in death by four sons, Claude Milton Duckworth, Walter Samuel Duckworth, Hoyt Eugene Duckworth and Carl William Duckworth, a daughter-in-law, Shirley Duckworth, two infant sons, and a great-grandson, Tony Scott Willoughby.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Carlton Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2002, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Buddy Coile and Chester Hall officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Wayne Collins, Raymond Collins, Roger Collins, Tennyson Simmons, Cecil Moore and Shane Couch served as pallbearers. John A. Brown was honorary pallbearer.
Survivors include one daughter, Helen Duncan, Comer; one son, J.T. Duckworth, Carlton; six grandchildren, Deborah Duckworth Moore, Tony Lee Duckworth, Janet Duckworth Simmons, Bobby Eugene Duncan, Connie Duncan Swain and Jane Duncan Ledford; 15 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Sue H. Cranford
Mrs. Sue Harris Cranford, 85, of Decatur, died Monday, January 14, 2002.
A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 17, at Briarlake Baptist Church, located at 3715 LaVista Road, Decatur, with the Rev. Hoffman Harris and Dr. Bill Patterson officiating. A reception will follow in the church.
Mrs. Cranford is survived by son and daughter-in-law, L. Frank and Nancy Cranford, Lilburn; three grandchildren, Russell Cranford, Acworth, Randy Cranford, Temple, and Ryan Cranford, Lilburn; and sister-in-law, Alma Harris, Hayesville, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Charles B. Eberhart Cancer Center, 2665 N. Decatur Road, Suite 130, Decatur, GA 30033.
The National Cremation Society is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Wilma Rice
Mrs. Wilma Rice, 70, of Nicholson, died Monday, January 14, 2002.
A native of Oconee County, Mrs. Rice was a daughter of the late Charlie and Sunie Brewer Williams.
She was a homemaker and was a member of East Athens Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 17, in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Nash officiating.
Mrs. Rice is survived by her husband, Gene Rice, Nicholson; daughters, Gail McCarty, Athens, and Deborah Shannon, Winterville; sons and daughters-in-law, William Harvey and Marilyn Rice, Kershaw, S.C., Phillip Anthony and Freida Rice, Winterville, and Kenneth Bradford and Sebrina Rice, Winder; brother, Chester Williams, Nicholson; sisters, Gladys Pittman, Nicholson, Lyda Spratlin, Bogart, and Joyce Maddox, Atlanta; one grandchild and four great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Mae W. Hancock
Miss Mae Willie Hancock, 73, of Winder, died Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital Long Term Care Facility.
Miss Hancock was a daughter of the late W.E. Hancock and Jewel Stanley Hancock.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 17, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Don Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Visitation was to have been held from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Paul Thurmond
Paul Thurmond, 67, of Statham, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Thurmond was the owner of Thurmond’s Garage and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Neva A. Thurmond.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Calvary Baptist Church with the Revs. Ronnie Healan and Leon Pass officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Thurmond is survived by his wife, Betty Thurmond, Statham; son and daughter-in-law, Freddy and Janice Thurmond, Statham; daughters, Dale Thurmond, Statham, and Paula Crowder, Bethlehem; three step-children; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Doug Tate, Statham; three grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren; and one niece, Nyoka Garmon.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 235 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 675, Atlanta, GA 30303, or to Calvary Baptist Church, 2064 Hwy. 82, Statham, GA 30666.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Gladys Peppers
Mrs. Gladys Peppers, 75, of Auburn, died Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Fulton County, Mrs. Peppers was a daughter of the late Lou Whitfield and Lewis L. Collins Sr.
She had resided in Barrow County since 1972 and was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 11, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Mike Sullivan and Billy Ray Banks officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Peppers is survived by her husband, Jack Peppers, Auburn; son, Dennis Peppers, Auburn; son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Linda Peppers, Auburn; sister, Gelena Harper, Hapeville; brother, the Rev. Lewis L. Collins Jr., Fayetteville; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002

Emma V. Ray
Mrs. Emma Viola Ray, 88, of Atlanta, formerly of Winder, died Monday, January 7, 2002.
Born in Winder, Mrs. Ray was a daughter of the late Albert and Minnie McDaniel Griffith.
She had resided in Atlanta since 1940. Mrs. Ray was a housewife and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Stephens Ray Sr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 10, at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Wright officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Lawrence R. Ray, Atlanta, and Steve Ray, Bethlehem; one brother, Howard Griffith, Bethlehem; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 16, 2002


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