Jackson County Obituaries...

January 23, 2002

Sara B. Allen
Mrs. Sara Bryan “Sally” Allen, 81, of Jefferson, died Thursday, January 17, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Allen was born October 23, 1920, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Morris and Mildred Southworth Bryan.
She was a retired librarian with Commerce Middle School and was a member of Jefferson Presbyterian Church.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, January 21, at Jefferson Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Joyce Rife officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include two sons, Albert Allen, Snellville, and Bryan Allen, Bathell, Wash.; one daughter, Sara Allen, Jefferson; two sisters, Martha Bryan and Rebekah Bryan, both of Jefferson; one brother, Tom Bryan, Jefferson; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Jefferson Presbyterian Church, The Ark of Jackson County or the Jefferson Public Library.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Alliefair B. Ingram
Mrs. Alliefair Baxter Ingram, 79, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at Alzheimer’s Care of Commerce.
Mrs. Ingram was born June 1, 1922, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Ella Baxter.
Mrs. Ingram was a retiree of Lyon’s Manufacturing and was a member of Erastus Christian Church, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Ingram.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, January 18, at Erastus Christian Church with Minister Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Ingram is survived by a number of cousins.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Irene I. Bryant
Mrs. Irene Irvin Bryant, 82, of Gainesville, died Thursday, January 17, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bryant was born in Hall County on February 28, 1919. She was a daughter of the late Jesse Elbert and Mandy Clements Irvin.
Mrs. Bryant was a homemaker and was a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd C. “Shorty” Bryant, a sister, Ruby Beatty, and a brother, Horace Irvin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 20, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Gary Davis officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include three sisters, Estelle Abernathy and Eva Voyles, both of Jefferson, and Agnes Davis, Maysville; and one brother, Elbert Irvin, Marietta.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Marie Mocko
Mrs. Marie Mocko, 81, of Commerce, died Saturday, January 19, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Mocko was born March 31, 1920, in Hungary. She was a retired housing contractor and was of the Catholic faith.
Mrs. Mocko was preceded in death by her husband, John Mocko.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include one son, Richard Mocko, Nicholson; one sister, Ulgia Peterson, Woodhaven, N.J.; two granddaughters, Jacqueline Carnes, Watkinsville, and Tammy Mocko, Athens; and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Nellie C. Whitmire
Mrs. Nellie Carter Whitmire, 102, of Raleigh, N.C., died Monday, December 24, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Whitmire was born December 28, 1898, a daughter of the late Webster and Minnie Pittman Carter.
She graduated from Georgia College in Milledgeville, and worked for many years as a high school teacher in the Georgia and Florida school systems.
Mrs. Whitmire was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Lee Whitmire, in 1976.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 27, at Saint Philip Lutheran Church, Raleigh, N.C., where she was a member. Graveside services were held in Miami, Fla.
Survivors include two daughters, Caroline Patterson, and her husband, Bob, Raleigh, N.C., and Betty Mizell, Wheatridge, Colo.; five grandchildren, Lee Patterson, and wife, Heidi, Raleigh, N.C., Edward Patterson, and wife, Holly, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Susan Todd, and husband, Richard, Colorado, Troy Mizell, and wife, Lori, Ohio, and Carol Barrett, and husband, Ray, Nevada; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Grace Carter, Lawrenceville; one sister-in-law, Elise Carter, Georgia; and many loved nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Saint Philip Lutheran Church, 7304 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Brown-Wynne Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Barbara L. Gonzalez
Mrs. Barbara Lowe Gonzalez, of Clarkesville, died Sunday, January 20, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Augusta, Mrs. Gonzalez had lived most of her life in Habersham County. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Floria T. Koss.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, at Dearing Full Gospel Church, Dearing, with the Rev. Freddie Dempsey officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta.
Mrs. Gonzalez is survived by her husband, Jefferson W. Gonzalez; three sons, James Lowe, Lavonia, and M.C. Lowe and Chris Lowe, both of Alto; one daughter, Carlene Lowe Sanchez, Nicholson; her father, James L. Koss, Grovetown; four sisters, Katie Dempsey and Susan Folger, both of Harlem, Donna Justice, Dearing, and Jane Lewis, Augusta; one brother, James L. Koss II, Augusta; and 17 grandchildren.
Starling Funeral Home, Harlem, was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Whitfield Funeral Home, Baldwin.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Pamela K. Pritchett
Mrs. Pamela Kay Pritchett, 46, of Lula, died Monday, January 21, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on March 31, 1955, Mrs. Pritchett was a daughter of the late Elzie Felton Pritchett and Omanell Jordan Pritchett.
She was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, at Rock Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. David Harbin and Shane Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include sisters, Jewell Pritchett and Edna Pritchett, both of Lula; sisters and brothers-in-law, Evelyn and James Franklin, Cornelia, Gaynelle and David Vanbockern, Knoxville, Tenn., and Betty and Dan House and Helen and Clyde Pirkle, all of Gainesville; brothers, Larry Pritchett, Gainesville, and Johnny Pritchett, Lula; brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Vicki Pritchett, Gainesville; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Challenged Child and Friends, 2360 Murphy Blvd., Gainesville, GA 30501.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Martha E. Watkins
Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Hood Watkins, 86, of Jackson, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at Sylvan Grove Hospital in Jackson.
She was born in Jackson County on July 28, 1915, a daughter of the late O’kee and Annie Douglas Hood.
Mrs. Watkins received her B.A. degree in home economics and journalism in 1937 from the University of Georgia. Her first job was in Hart County, where she taught home economics and sixth grade reading. Following several years of teaching, she went to Butts County in 1943, where she was the home demonstration agent for the Georgia Extension Service.
In 1947, she was hired by the Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation as home economist to promote the use of electricity. She covered 16 counties. She later became the director of membership services. While director, Mrs. Watkins was presented an award by the National REA for having the best women’s organization in the entire nation. She served the EMC for 38 years until her retirement in 1985.
Mrs. Watkins was an avid civic and religious leader in Jackson and Butts County. She was an active member of the Jackson Presbyterian Church, where she had served as an elder and several times as president of the women of the church.
Mrs. Watkins’ pride and joy was being an active member of the Sylvan Grove Hospital Auxiliary. For the 10 years she was president of the auxiliary, she was instrumental in raising thousands of dollars needed for hospital equipment.
Mrs. Watkins was a Master 4-H life member and was a member of the Cherokee Garden Club. She as an avid gardener and grew beautiful prize roses, said family members. Mrs. Watkins hosted the annual Butts County Flower Show in 1991 for the Garden Club Council which won first place in Georgia.
In 1993, Mrs. Watkins was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Butts County Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the William McIntosh Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. In 2000, Mrs. Watkins was presented with a “Certificate of Award” by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution for “Excellence in Community Service.”
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 19, at Jackson Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Mauldin officiating. Private burial services were held in the Jackson City Cemetery.
Mrs. Watkins is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jackson attorney Richard W. Watkins Jr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Rachael W. and James C. Browning, Jackson, and Ann W. and Marc F. Gustafson, Isle of Palms, S.C.; daughter, Virginia Watkins, Jackson; grandchildren, Carson Watkins Browning, John Richard Browning, Grier Elizabeth Gustafson, Marc F. Gustafson Jr., Bradley Garrett Gustafson and Ketelyn Ann Gustafson; brother, Zilmon Hood, LaFayette; sisters, Eloise Hood Ashe, Gainesville, and Jeanette Hood Edwards, Rome; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Sylvan Grove Hospital Auxiliary, 1050 McDonough Road, Jackson GA 30233, or to Jackson Presbyterian Church, 240 N. Oak Street, Jackson, Georgia.
Haisten Funeral Home, Jackson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Henrietta M. Broome
Mrs. Henrietta Moon Broome, 82, of Washington, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in Oconee County, Mrs. Broome was a daughter of the late William I. and Willie Gertrude Jones Moon. She had lived most of her life in Wilkes County.
Mrs. Broome was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church, as well as a member of the Vannie Spratlin Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.B. Broome.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 25, in Resthaven Cemetery, Washington, with the Revs. Albert Huyck and Dr. John Childers officiating. Kermit Hocutt, Al Buhler, David Thomas, Steve Singleton, Steve King and Jay Linebarger will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include one son, Bill Broome, Stone Mountain; one daughter, Gladys B. Thomas, Commerce; three sisters, Doris M. Davis and Ruth M. Lynn, both of Panama City, Fla., and Bettie M. Crawford, Grovetown; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the “Together We Build” Program at Washington First Baptist Church, 105 W. Robert Toombs Ave., Washington, GA 30673.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hopkins Funeral Home, located at 416 East Robert Toombs Ave., Washington.
Hopkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Josh Phillips
Josh Phillips, 12, of Winder, died Monday, January 21, 2002, at Barrow Community Hospital.
Josh was a son of Steve and Wendy Phillips, Winder.
He was a student at Winder Barrow Middle School, where he played on the football team.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 23, in Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Terry Wofford officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Danielle Phillips, Winder; grandparents, Danny and Roda Wofford and Sam and Annette Phillips, all of Winder; and great-great-grandmother, Ellen Perry, Winder.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

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Hugh L. Lord
Hugh Lee Lord, 78, of Hephzibah, died Friday, January 18, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital.
A native of Jefferson, Jackson County, Mr. Lord had lived most of his adult life in Richmond County. He retired from King Mill as a shipping clerk and was president of John’s Lawn Service.
“He was a father, grandfather and devoted husband of 54 years who was loved by his family and friends,” said family members. “He will be greatly missed.”
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 21, in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta, with the Rev. George Holcombe officiating. Ben Parnell, Brice Parnell, Mark Clark, William Johnson, Brad Lord and Barry Lord served as pallbearers.
Mr. Lord is survived by his wife, Ethel Arrington Lord, Hephzibah; one daughter, Judy Whitaker, Evans; two sons, Jeffery Lee Lord and John David Lord, both of Hephzibah; one brother, Worth Lord, Hoschton; two half-brothers, Charles Lord and Thurmond Lord, both of Grovetown; one sister, Joyce Orr, Fountain, Colo.; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph In House Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904.
DeLoach Funeral Home, Hephzibah, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Irene W. Fuller
Mrs. Irene Wright Fuller, 70, of Jefferson, died Thursday, January 17, 2002, at her residence following a sudden illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Fuller was born July 10, 1931, a daughter of the late Bill and Lizza Lovell Wright.
She was a nurse and was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church, Pendergrass. Mrs. Fuller was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Haden Fuller.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 21, at Center Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Don Blalock and Teddy Allen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Jerry Fuller, Netza Gonzalez, Ron Jewett, Clifford Shubert, Johnnie Shubert and Johnnie Shubert III served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Vicki Darlene Jewett, Cleveland; two sons, Clifford Shubert, Killeen, Texas, and Johnnie L. Shubert Jr., Fayetteville, N.C.; two sisters, Louise Morrison, Oakwood, and Inez Sealey, Jefferson; one brother, Wayne Wright, Pendergrass; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Eloise R. Ray
Mrs. Eloise Rucker Ray, 85, of Commerce, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Ray was born April 6, 1916, a daughter of the late Fred J. and Fannie Manoliz Henderson Rucker.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Homer Baptist Church. Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by her husband, J.B. Ray.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 24, at Homer Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Crabbe and Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include one son, Ronnie Ray, Commerce; one daughter, Charlotte Massey, Commerce; four sisters, Mildred Allison, Margaret Chambers, Frances Cox and Lee Miller, all of Gainesville; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Homer Baptist Church, P.O. Box 499, Homer, GA 30547, or to the Jackson County Senior Citizens Center, 19 Darnell Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
The family was to have received friends from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

James W. Hill
James Walter Hill, 61, of Commerce, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at his residence.
Born in Hart County on February 13, 1940, Mr. Hill was a son of Evelyn Graham Cheek Hill, Canon, and the late Cleo Hill.
He was retired from the Commerce City School System and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 25, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Verlin Reese officiating. Burial will be in the Sardis Baptist Church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Mary Schiflet Hill, Commerce; two sons, Brian Hill, Hartwell, and Chris Hill, Commerce; one daughter, Angela Short, Hartwell; and four grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

James A. Jenkins Jr.
James Albert Jenkins Jr., 61, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at Northside Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Jenkins was born in Fulton County on November 9, 1940. He was a son of Nellie Florence Dunn Jenkins, Hartford, Ala., and the late James Albert Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins was employed as a truck driver with BFI Trucking Company.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 25, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Ricky Wilson and Bill Eidson officiating.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Jenkins is survived by his wife, Hazel Jenkins, Jefferson; one step-daughter, Tina Strickland, Jefferson; one step-son, Kerry Weathers, Conyers; two sisters, Sara Cotropia, Hartford, Ala., and Peggy Hjorth, Geneva, Ala.; one brother, Jerry Jenkins, Hartford, Ala.; and three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

James B. Davis
James B. “Jim” Davis, 78, of Jefferson, a Purple Heart recipient, died Saturday, January 19, 2002, at Life Care Center, Lawrenceville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Davis was born March 29, 1923, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Thomas Purdy and Zipporah Hayes Davis.
Mr. Davis was a farmer and was a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and received the Bronze Star, the Silver Star and the 1st Oak Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Minister Tom Plank and Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Montine Evans Davis, Jefferson; three sons, Bruce Davis and Jerry Davis, both of Jefferson, and Ricky Davis, Seneca, S.C.; four sisters, Pansy Alexander, Jefferson, Mary Lou McDonald, Fitzgerald, Vera Pace, Braselton, and Ellen Perry, Winder; two brothers, George Davis, Jefferson, and John Davis, Buford; and eight grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

William T. Hale
William “Tom” Hale, 95, of Athens, a native of Jackson County, died Sunday, January 20, 2002.
Mr. Hale was a son of the late John T. and Ada Overtree Hale.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a bookkeeper with the Consolidated Lumber Corporation of Miami, Fla., retiring after over 50 years of service. Mr. Hale was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church, Athens.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Stephen C. Haskill officiating. Burial was in the Prospect United Methodist Church cemetery. Mr. Hale’s nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Jeannette H. Butler, Mrs. George H. Smith and Miss Virginia Hale, all of Athens; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Prospect United Methodist Church, 334 Prospect Church Road, Athens, GA 30607.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

John R. Hayes
John R. Hayes, 79, of Winder, died Friday, January 18, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Hayes was born in Oglethorpe County, a son of the late Joseph and Ethel Hayes. He was the husband of the late Shirley Coile Hayes.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 20, in Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Ronald Hewett and Jackie Wyrick officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two sons, Ricky Hayes and Mike Hayes, both of Winder; one daughter, Tammy Weatherford, Winder; one brother, Pete Hayes, Arnoldsville; three sisters, Thelma Doster and Ruby Clements, both of Watkinsville, and Hazel Carter, Commerce; and eight grandchildren, Brandon and A.J. Hayes, both of Colbert, Emily Johnson, Kaela, Cassie and Cameron Hayes and Mackinzie and Sarah Grace Weatherford, all of Winder.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002
Islina Bohannon
Mrs. Islina Bohannon, 82, of Athens, died Tuesday, January 15, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Bohannon was a daughter of the late James Damron and Elizabeth Walls Damron.
She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal Holiness faith.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, January 18, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. John Boyd officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include five sons, Charles L. White and James Bohannon, both of Canton, Frank Bohannon, Palestine, Texas, Ed Bohannon, Woodstock, and John Bohannon, Jefferson; three sisters, Bessie Bearden, Danielsville, Mary Belle Bearden, Kennesaw, and Josophine Keown, Athens; 11 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002

Melvin A. Tolbert
Melvin A. “Boots” Tolbert, 73, of Athens, died Saturday, January 19, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Tolbert was a son of the late Lovett and Alice Blanch Venable Tolbert.
He was a retired woodworker and was of the Methodist faith.
Funeral services will be held at a later date.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy Ray Tolbert, Athens; one sister, Sara Gee, Pendergrass; and one brother, Richard Nixon, Athens.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 23, 2002


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