Jackson County Obituaries...

January 30, 2002

Kelly D. Anderson
Mrs. Kelly Denise Wood Anderson, 30, of Crawford, died Thursday, January 17, 2002, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, after an extended bout with cancer (leukemia and lymphoma).
A native of Oconee County, Mrs. Anderson attended school in Oconee County where she served as the school mascot during part of her high school years. She was a born-again Christian and was a member of Crawford Pentecostal Church. Mrs. Anderson was the daughter of Ola Stevens Wood, formerly of Banks County, Watkinsville, and Lawrence Wood Sr., Watkinsville.
She was a loving Christian wife, mother, homemaker and floral designer, said family members. She was extremely well loved and will be sorely missed.
Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Stig Stevens.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 20, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Athens. Burial was in Crawford Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Tracy Anderson Sr., a disabled former Watkinsville Police Officer; two daughters, Brittany Anderson, 8, and Brooke Anderson, 6; one son, Tracy Anderson Jr., 4; and one brother, Judson Wood (U.S. Air Force, Warner Robins), Fort Valley. In addition to her other relatives, local relatives include one half-sister, Karen Noell, Braselton; two nieces, Michelle Noell, Braselton, and Chelsea Wood, Watkinsville; one nephew, Christopher Noell, Braselton; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Izora Stevens, Commerce (Banks County); two uncles, John and Linda Stevens, Commerce, and Lester and Lynn Stevens, Danielsville; five aunts, Bessie and Payton Minish, Commerce, Betty and Bob Harris, Jefferson, Nora and Curtis Waters, Toccoa, Mary and Dave Allen, Danielsville, and Mildred and Ricky Bell, Watkinsville; and a number of cousins.
Donations for the family in Kellyıs memory and to help pay her medical expenses can be made to the ³Kelly Anderson Fund² in care of Oconee State Bank, Watkinsville, GA 30677.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Dora H. Henderson
Mrs. Dora Hamrick Henderson, 81, of Hoschton, died Thursday, January 24, 2002.
Mrs. Henderson was a homemaker and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dan Hamrick and Forest Henderson, a son, James Virgil Hamrick, and a grandson, Kenneth Davis Jr.
Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 26, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross. Burial was in Peachtree Memorial Park, Norcross.
Survivors include one daughter, Pat Davis, Hoschton; three sons, Hubert Hamrick, Sugar Hill, Joe Hamrick, Hoschton, and Dan Hamrick, Athens; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the White Plains Baptist Church Building Fund, 3650 Hwy. 124 West, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Roberta A. Humphrey
Mrs. Roberta Amanda Baker Humphrey, 81, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at her residence.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Humphrey was born July 6, 1920. She was a daughter of the late James Franklin and Lillian Amanda Dye Baker.
Mrs. Humphrey was a retired secretary and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Lloyd Goethals Humphrey.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with Dr. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Lloyd and Kathy Humphrey, Flowery Branch; daughter, Vivian Humphrey, Athens; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Ruby P. Segars
Mrs. Ruby Purcell Segars, 90, of Commerce, died Friday, January 25, 2002, at Alzheimerıs Care of Commerce.
Mrs. Segars was born December 15, 1911, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Robert P. and Lula Wiley Purcell.
Mrs. Segars was a former field representative for the American Cancer Society and was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Elvin Segars, and a son, Larry Segars.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, January 27, at New Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Johnny Ray officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, James Segars, Lawrenceville, and Nelson Segars, Stone Mountain; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Basil E. Benton
Basil E. Benton, 75, of Commerce, died Saturday, January 26, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Benton was born May 14, 1926. He was a son of the late Edgar E. and Sarah Wood Benton.
Mr. Benton was a retired carpenter and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lottie Bell Wood Benton.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, January 28, in the Friendship Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby, Matt Mize and Mike Mize officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Elaine Bennett, Commerce; one brother, Claude E. Benton, Easley, S.C.; three sisters, Sara Brister and Pauline Collins, both of Commerce, and Betty Ann Minish, Royston; and one grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Mary N. McDaniel
Mrs. Mary Neal Hendrix McDaniel, 70, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, January 22, 2002, following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 24, at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford. Burial was in Broad Lawn Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Mrs. McDaniel is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Leon and Mildred McDaniel, Buford, Lamar and Brenda McDaniel and Ernest McDaniel, all of Flowery Branch, Steve McDaniel, Jefferson, and Terry and Christine McDaniel, Braselton; brother, Jerry Wheathers, Dacula; sister, Frances Knight, Dacula; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

L.C. McDaniel
L.C. McDaniel, 80, of Jefferson, died Saturday, January 26, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. McDaniel was born December 13, 1921, in Hall County, a son of the late Felt and Mattie Maddox McDaniel.
He was a farmer and logger and was a member of Zion Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Brother Larry Lee and the Rev. John Mullinax officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Fork Baptist Church cemetery, Hoschton.
Mr. McDaniel is survived by his wife, Betty Jean McDaniel, Jefferson; seven daughters, Janie Andrews, Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Margie Kemper and Helen Morrison, both of Commerce, Jennifer McDaniel, Lula, Carolyn Roberts, Statham, Louise Smith, Maysville, and Mattie Smith, Jefferson; two sons, L.C. McDaniel, Cartersville, and Paul McDaniel, Jefferson; two sisters, Estelle Carter, Braselton, and Ardell King, Winder; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002
Jewel Watkins
Mrs. Jewel Watkins, 95, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, January 29, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, in the Nicholson Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Glaze officiating.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Miguel and Pam Dempsey, Nicholson; daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Tully Westmoreland, Nicholson; brothers, John A. Miller, Jefferson, and Grady Miller, Nicholson; sister, Mae Bell Brock, Nicholson; three grandchildren, Edmon and Joseph Dempsey and Dillard Westmoreland; one step-grandson, Robert Moore; and three great-grandchildren, Jessica Cain and Elizabeth and Jonathan Dempsey.
Memorials may be made to the Georgia Sheriffs Boys Ranch or to the Homer Church of God, Box 89, Homer, Georgia.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Jackie D. Cash
Jackie Dean Cash, 52, of Winder, died Thursday, January 24, 2002, at St. Maryıs Hospital, Athens.
A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, Mr. Cash was a son of Amy Brown Cash and the late Melvin Cash.
He was employed as a heavy equipment operator.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 26, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Leon Pass officiating.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jeremy and Deanna Cash, Statham; his mother, Amy J. Cash, Statham; brothers, Bill Cash, Statham, Randall Cash, Winder, Damon Cash, Nicholson, and Dana Cash, Danielsville; sisters, Nan Slingluff, Comer, and Jan Cash, Winder; grandson, Justin Hollifield, Statham; granddaughter, Kerrigan Cash, Statham; and several nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

William A. Hall
William Alvin Hall, 80, of Oakwood, died Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Coweta County, Mr. Hall was a son of the late Alvin and Dora Mae Roberts Hall.
He was retired from Doyle Electrical, where he was employed as an electrician. Mr. Hall was a member of Pine Crest Baptist Church and a member of the Coweta Mason Lodge #60.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 25, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. James Mills officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Mary L. Hall, Oakwood; daughters, June Quattlebaum and Pam Davis, both of Oakwood, Nelia Turner, Gastonia, N.C., and Cindy Wood, Jefferson; sisters, Maggie Hart and Frances Morrell, both of Newnan; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

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Katherine Anderson
Mrs. Mary Katherine Palmer Anderson, 90, died Tuesday, January 8, 2002, at the Life Care Center of Collegedale, Tenn.
Born September 14, 1911, Mrs. Anderson was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga, Tenn., area and retired from a long secretarial career with State Farm Insurance. She was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church in Ooltewah, Tenn., and a former member of Tyner United Methodist Church. She served both churches as a teacher of the Ladies Bible Class.
Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by two husbands, James Rush Palmer and William D. Anderson, her parents, Ernest K. and Pearl M. Wood, two sisters, Romie W. Gray and Winifred W. Hullander, and a brother, E.K. Wood Jr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 10, in the Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home, Chattanooga, Tenn., with the Rev. R. Paul Smith officiating. Her first grandson, B.J. Benton, Suwanee, offered the eulogy. Burial was in Tyner Cemetery. Mrs. Andersonıs grandsons and grandsons-in-law served as pallbearers.
Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn P. Benton, Harrison, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, James R. and Dorothy Palmer, Jefferson; son, C. Kenneth Palmer, Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters, Ernestine W. Philpott and Rose W. Skillington, both of Chattanooga, Tenn.; several grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Highway 58 Chapel of Turner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Joseph B. Turk
Joseph Benny Turk, 66, of Gainesville, died Thursday, January 24, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Turk was born in Jackson County on April 12, 1935. He was a son of the late George Elmer and Hattie Maddox Turk.
Mr. Turk was a retired repairman with the General Motors Company and was a very active member of Grace Baptist Church, where he worked with the nursery and Vacation Bible School, and served as an usher. He was also a member of the United Auto Workers Club.
Mr. Turk was preceded in death by a brother, Guy Turk, and a sister, Blondine Stone.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 26, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Jeff Worley officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mr. Turk is survived by his wife, Paulette Norris Turk, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Mitch Williamson, Flowery Branch; step-children, Gregg and April Lunsford and Patti and Darrell Bynum, all of Gainesville; brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Mary Turk, Gainesville; brother-in-law, Lloyd Stone, Gainesville; grandchildren, Brian Senter and Joey Senter; and step-grandchildren, Devin Bynum, Bradley Bynum and Cody Lunsford.
Memorials may be made to the Grace Baptist Church Building Fund in Gainesville.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Kenneth D. West
Kenneth Douglas West, 56, of Maysville, died Friday, January 25, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born June 5, 1945, in Barrow County, Mr. West was a son of the late Dewey and Lucille Herbert West.
He was employed as a staff manager with American General Life Insurance and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m Sunday, January 27, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. West is survived by his wife, Julie West, Maysville; two sons, Kasey West and Shane West, both of Maysville; and one sister, Linda West, Athens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Rachel J. Maddox
Mrs. Rachel Joyce Maddox, 62, of Winder, died Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Maddox was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Garnett and Zeldi Jane Baker Metcalf, and her husband, William C. Maddox.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, January 25, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Russell Page and Tommy Baker officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Maddox, Monroe, and William G. Maddox and John Wayne Maddox, both of Statham; two daughters, Barbara Chamber, Winder, and Opal Hicks, Maysville; two brothers, Jim Metcalf, Alpharetta, and Larry Metcalf, Winder; four sisters, Emmie Ruth Ledbetter, Mary Ann Roberts and Ethel Mae Green, all of Winder, and Ruby Ethel Pruitt, Commerce; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Mildred R. Johnson
Mrs. Mildred Reed Page Johnson, 80, of Athens, died Thursday, January 24, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of the late Will and Bertha Bolton Reed.
She was a beautician in Athens for over 40 years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence ³Tater² Page, her second husband, William E. ³Billy² Johnson Sr., a son, Pat Page, a grandson, David McGill, and a brother, Davey Reed.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 26, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Bill Ricketts officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Luther Fouche officiating. Mike Bowers, Tim Reed, Wayne Talley, Rodney Davis, Duke Aycock, Steve Johnson and Jay Cliett served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy McGill, Athens; a son, Ernie Johnson, Jefferson; a brother, Doyle P. Reed, Habersham County; grandchildren, Paula Pleger, Kevin McGill, Ashley Ann Johnson and William E. Johnson III; and great-grandchildren, Kristin Casper, Sophie Pleger and Tyler McGill.
Memorials may be made to the Extra Special People, P.O. Box 615, Watkinsville, GA 30677.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Winston C. Morris
Winston Charles Morris, 82, of Smyrna, died Friday, January 25, 2002.
A native of Cherokee County, N.C., Mr. Morris was a son of the late Dovie Mathis Morris and John B. Morris.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was retired from Servomation Vending Co., Atlanta. Mr. Morris was a member of Welcome All Baptist Church, Smyrna, where he served as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Delia M. Morris.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27, in the chapel of Castellaw Funeral Home, Smyrna, with the Rev. James Wigington officiating. Burial was in Cheatham Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include two step-sons, Henry Mitchell and Donald Mitchell, Smyrna; three step-daughters, Frances Morris, Powder Springs, Jeanette Campbell, Jonesboro, and Emily Leitch, Cumming; one sister, Annie Morris Crenshaw, Jefferson; and a number of nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Castellaw Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Chuck Brooksher
Chuck Brooksher, 43, of Winder, died Thursday, January 24, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Brooksher was a son of Nelda B. Brooksher, Winder, and the late Charles Hillie Brooksher Sr.
He was a 1977 graduate of Winder Barrow High School and a 1982 graduate of the University of Georgia. Mr. Brooksher was employed with Liberty Mutual Insurance in risk track management and was a member of New Pentecost United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. John Wilkerson officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one brother, Andy Brooksher, Winder; one sister, Anita Hayes, Jefferson; and two nephews, Hunt Hayes and Drew Brooksher.
Memorials may be made to New Pentecost Methodist Church, c/o the Rev. John Wilkerson, 1323 Hwy. 211 NE, Winder, GA 30680.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Wilhelmina
F. Austin
Mrs. Wilhelmina Fite Austin, 88, of Winder, died Thursday, January 24, 2002, at Winder Health Care.
Mrs. Austin was a member of the First Christian Church and was a charter member of the Pilot Club and of the Eastern Star. She was the owner of Winder Shoe Repair for 22 years and then worked as a salesperson for Richıs department store.
Mrs. Austin was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Solman Fite and Pearl Guffin Fite, her first husband, James Frank Sell, and her second husband, Horace J. Austin Sr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 26, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, James H. Sell, Winder; one daughter, Sue Ann Sell Ridgeway, Lawrenceville; one sister, Nancy Kate Fite, Jefferson; two grandchildren, Alan Ridgeway, Chamblee, and Brian Ridgeway, Loganville; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 275 North Fifth Avenue, Winder, GA 30680, or to Galilee Christian Church, 2191 Galilee Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002

Marion D. Hightower
Marion Davis Hightower, 73, of Braselton, died Wednesday, January 23, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Pickens County, Mr. Hightower was a son of the late William and Agnes Hightower.
He was retired from County Pride Poultry Co. and was a member of Center Union Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 25, with the Rev. Thurman Humphries officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include a daughter, Janet Weaver, Chestnut Mountain; sons, David Hightower, Braselton, and Rex Hightower, Arcade; sisters, Gertrude Chastain, Talking Rock, and Emily Brookshire, Kickleville; brother, John T. Hightower, Hinton; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 30, 2002


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