Jackson County Obituaries...

March 6, 2002

Edith M. McDonald
Mrs. Edith Mae Miller McDonald, 90, of Maysville, died Sunday, March 3, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. McDonald was born January 4, 1912, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Will and Ada Ragsdale Miller.
Mrs. McDonald was a retired bookkeeper from Belks in Commerce and served as City Clerk of Maysville. She was a member of Maysville United Methodist Church.
Mrs. McDonald was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill Thompson, her second husband, G.L. Oldham, her third husband, W.C. McDonald, and a brother, Bryant Miller.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Edwin Smith officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include one son, Robert E. “Bobby” Thompson, Maysville; one daughter, Helen McClure, Tullahoma, Tenn.; one sister, Helen Harbin, Commerce; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Micheal S. Knight
Micheal Shawn Knight, 10, of Braselton, died Saturday, March 2, 2002.
Micheal was born in Barrow County, a son of Lawrence David Stancil Jr. and Lisa Knight.
He was a student at West Jackson Intermediate School and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the chapel of Wise-Connolly Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Robbie Black and Clinton Gooch officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two sisters, Amber Stancil and Crystal Stancil, both of Braselton; three brothers, Chris Knight, Matthew Knight and David Stancil, all of Braselton; paternal grandfather, Lawrence Stancil Sr.; and maternal grandparents, Freddie and Sarah Knight.
Wise-Connolly Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Dwight Fortson
George Dwight Fortson, 71, of Danielsville, died Wednesday, February 27, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Fortson was born in Madison County on June 26, 1930, a son of the late Lee and Ruth Crowe Fortson.
He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a retired stock broker with Dean Witter. Mr. Fortson was also a cattle farmer and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Dayton Logan and Tim Peek officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Baptist Church cemetery. Danny Brown, Doug Thomas, Phil Fortson, Lee Fortson, Mike Fortson and Guy Woody served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sisters, Betty Carey, Danielsville, Jackie Brown, Commerce, and LeNelle Chastain, Anderson, S.C.; one brother, Pat Fortson, Crawford; and several nieces and nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Howard A. Hicks
Howard Alton Hicks, 81, of Alpharetta, a former resident of Pendergrass, died Wednesday, February 27, 2002.
Mr. Hicks was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Mae Angel Hicks, and sons, Frankie, Gene, Fred and John Hicks.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, in the chapel of Ingram Funeral Home, Cumming, with the Rev. Ruel Martin officiating. Burial was in the Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Robert Reynolds, Darlene and Randy Carter and Racheal and Gene Brooks, all of Alpharetta, Patricia and Wendell Gooch, Braselton, Edna and Dennis Hartness, Cartersville, Gail and Litford Martin, Nicholson, and Margret and Johnny Murphy, Pendergrass; brothers and sisters-in-law, Herman and Bill Hicks, Alpharetta, and Fred and Betty Hicks, Maysville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice and Dick Phillips, Alpharetta, and Lois and Roger Fox, Duluth; 32 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Ingram Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Mary Dorsey
Mrs. Mary Dorsey, 72, of Nicholson, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Union County, Mrs. Dorsey was born July 28, 1929, a daughter of the late James M. and Emma Pauly Clark.
She was a seamstress, retiring from Commerce Sportswear. Mrs. Dorsey was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Dorsey.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Harold Crawford officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Eddie Dorsey, Commerce; one brother, Charlie Clark, Blairsville; and one sister, O’Hettie Farmer, Blairsville.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

James D. Parker
James D. Parker, 82, of Maysville, died Monday, March 4, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A son of the late J O Parker and Carrie Gailey Parker, Mr. Parker was born in Georgia on June 25, 1919.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, serving during World War II, and was a retired carpenter. Mr. Parker was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church, Maysville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Parker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Solid Rock Baptist Church with the Rev. Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, James B. Parker, Stuart, Fla.; one daughter, Diane Boswell, Maysville; one brother, Harold E. Parker, Indian Town, Fla.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Lamar T. Gearing
Lamar T. Gearing, 75, of Statham, died Sunday, March 3, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Gearing was a son of the late Fred and Mandy Gooch Gearing. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II, and was retired from Dave Gordon Auto Parts. Mr. Gearing was a member of Bible Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Revs. Robert Garrett and Charles Elrod officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Gearing is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Bond Gearing; daughters, Phyllis Allen, Colbert, and Samantha Doster, Comer; son, Ricky Moon, Jefferson; sisters, Gracey Dial, Canon, and Sharon Lucy Randall, Siginc, Mich.; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Hal Parks
Hal Parks, 77, of Carnesville, died Wednesday, February 27, 2002, at Ty Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Parks was born in Franklin County on October 10, 1924, a son of the late Thomas Fletcher and Annie Ruth Johnson Parks.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Air Force, and was a retired farmer. Mr. Parks was a member of Hebron Presbyterian Church, Commerce, and a member of the Hebron Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Louise Varner Parks.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Hebron Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Gary West officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Parks is survived by his wife, Ellen Parks, Carnesville; three sons, Alan Parks, Apple Valley, Tim Parks, Commerce, and Steve Parks, Flowery Branch; three brothers, Lamar Parks and Ned Parks, both of Jacksonville, Fla., and Ralph Parks, Carnesville; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hebron Cemetery Fund, c/o Pauline Martin, 455 Martin Road, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Hortense Benton
Miss Hortense Benton, 92, of Commerce, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Miss Benton was a daughter of the late Thomas Homer and Sara Elizabeth Harris Benton. She was born March 26, 1909, in Jackson County.
Miss Benton was a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and pianist for 39 years. She worked for 43 years with the Commerce Telephone Company, serving as switchboard operator, chief telephone operator and supervisor.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Vickery officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters, Zelma Williams, Lavonia, Allene Harris, Hartwell, and Annette Richey, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Cabin Creek Perpetual Care Cemetery Fund, 106 Nunn Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

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Robert D. Williams
Robert Donald Williams, 65, of Athens, died Monday, February 25, 2002.
A son of the late John H. and Mary V. Morgan Williams, Mr. Williams was born in Clarke County.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a retired maintenance supervisor with Central Soya and Harrison Poultry. Mr. Williams was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a member of the American Legion.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Revs. Scott Heitshusen and Tom Artlet officiating.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Amy Irene Williams, Athens; one daughter, Jeanine Meeler, Watkinsville; two sons, Donald Jeffrey Williams, Nicholson, and David Alan Williams, Commerce; two sisters, Mary Compton, Athens, and Nancy Showalter, Jefferson; three brothers, Johnny Williams, Madison County, Bobby Williams, Jackson County, and Bennie Hugh Williams, Athens; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2535 Jefferson Road, Athens, GA 30607, or to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Suite A, Bogart, GA 30622.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Dwight Fortson
George Dwight Fortson, 71, of Danielsville, died Wednesday, February 27, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Fortson was born in Madison County on June 26, 1930, a son of the late Lee and Ruth Crowe Fortson.
He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a retired stock broker with Dean Witter. Mr. Fortson was also a cattle farmer and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Dayton Logan and Tim Peek officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Baptist Church cemetery. Danny Brown, Doug Thomas, Phil Fortson, Lee Fortson, Mike Fortson and Guy Woody served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sisters, Betty Carey, Danielsville, Jackie Brown, Commerce, and LeNelle Chastain, Anderson, S.C.; one brother, Pat Fortson, Crawford; and several nieces and nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Terry E. Baxter
Terry Edward Baxter, 18, of Commerce, died Thursday, February 28, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Baxter was the son of Terry Lee and Ann Baxter, Commerce.
He attended Madison County High School and was employed as a vaccinator with Gold Kist Poultry. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Baxter was preceded in death by his grandfather, Eddie L. Baxter.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Baxter is survived by his fiancée, Meghan Bennett, Commerce; sister and brother-in-law, Angelia Baxter Cowart and Paul Cowart, Commerce; and grandparents, Pauline Baxter and Roy and Barbara Strickland, all of Commerce.
Memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, and Smith Funeral Home, Winder, were in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

The Rev. Harold D. Peek
The Rev. Harold D. Peek, 70, of Fitzgerald, died Friday, March 1, 2002, at his residence.
Born in Pendergrass on March 3, 1931, Mr. Peek was a son of the late Joseph Andrew and Nettie Satterfield Peek.
The Rev. Peek lived in the community since 1979. He was a former resident of Commerce, Gainesville, Fla., and Sebastian, Fla.
Before becoming a minister, Mr. Peek was a residential housing contractor. He served as pastor of Taft Lane Baptist Church and was a member of the Southern Baptist Ministerial Association. The Rev. Peek was also a member of the Ocilla Country Club.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, in the chapel of Paulk Funeral Home, Fitzgerald, with the Revs. Loy Reed and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Fitzgerald.
The Rev. Peek is survived by his wife, Margie M. Peek, Fitzgerald; four sons, Larry Peek and Johnny Peek, both of Commerce, and Alex Diakogiannis and John Diakogiannis, both of Fitzgerald; two daughters, Janice Steadman, Commerce, and Debra Hollis, Maysville; one sister, Jurell Stephenson, Maysville; 27 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Paulk Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Betty C. Sewell
Mrs. Betty Crout Sewell, 72, of Homer, died Thursday, February 28, 2002, at her residence.
Born February 23, 1930, in Cherokee County, Mrs. Sewell was a daughter of the late Thomas and Edna Peek Crout.
She was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating.
Mrs. Sewell is survived by her husband, John H. Sewell, Homer; four sons, Gary Sewell, Cumming, John D. Sewell, Homer, Mark Sewell, Gainesville, and Roger Sewell, Marietta; one daughter, Sis Sewell, Elberton; one brother, Stanley Crout, Spain; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Buard Barrett Sr.
Buard Barrett Sr., 87, of Commerce, died Saturday, March 2, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Barrett was born April 19, 1914, in Franklin County, a son of the late Carter and Emma Bellamy Barrett.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie Barrett, a son, Roger Daniel, and a daughter, Lois Busha.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. John Webber officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife, Allene Barrett, Commerce; two sons, Buard Barrett Jr., Carnesville, and Hoyt Daniel, Toccoa; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002

Mary Cofer
Mrs. Mary “Janie” Cofer, 81, of Athens, died Monday, March 4, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Cofer was a daughter of the late Berry A. and Ina B. Faulkner Seagraves.
She was a retired nurse and was a member of Central Baptist Church. She was also a member of V.F.W. Post 2872 Auxiliary.
Mrs. Cofer was preceded in death by her husband, Tucker Cofer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Robert Passmore officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Tommy Byrd Atkinson III, Lane Pace, Richard Little, Cheyne Pace, Jack L. Pace Jr., Steve Wilson and Phillip Shefflett served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Pace Atkinson, Austell; two sons, Col. Jack Pace, Lawrenceville, and Jerry Pace, Jacksonville, Fla.; one step-son, Jimmy Cofer, Athens; two sisters, Wilda Prickett, Spencer, N.C., and Golden Wilson, Commerce; one brother, Col. Berry A. Seagraves, Warner Robbins; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Suite B2, Athens, GA 30605.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 6, 2002



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