Jackson County Obituaries...

March 13, 2002

James R. Underwood
James Releford Underwood, 79, of Pendergrass, died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Underwood was born July 26, 1922, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Paul and Sara Smith Underwood.
Mr. Underwood was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II, and was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Mr. Underwood was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Gee Underwood, and a son, Tony Underwood.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in the Pendergrass Baptist Church cemetery, Pendergrass. Jack Beatty, Dennis Elrod, Jerry Love, Thomas Underwood, Luther Pruitt and Mike Pruitt served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Angela Fegley, Colbert, and Sonya Whitsitt, Fort Collins, Colo.; four sisters, Sara Nell Bruce, Annie Laura Elrod, Roberta Love and Lucinda Sorrells; two brothers, Henry Underwood, and J.A. Underwood; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Rev. C.K. Wood
The Rev. C.K. Wood, of Hoschton, died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at his home.
The Rev. Wood preached the gospel for 46 years, serving most of that time as pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church, Stone Mountain. He eventually relocated to Loganville.
“He was a loving father and a ‘Man of God’ who dedicated his life to serving God,” said family members.
The Rev. Wood was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Cora A. Wood, and a grandson, Greg Watts.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the Snellville Chapel of Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Inc. with the Revs. Preston Moore and Marshall Yancey officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his children, Janice and John Johnson, Maysville, Theresa and Sam Hulsey, Hoschton, Lamar and Becky Wood, Snellville, and Marvin Wood, Hoschton; sisters and brother, Essie Lewis, Ealer Archer, Montine Hall, Bernice Brewton and Ross Wood; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Inc., Snellville Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Randall Smith
Randall Smith, 71, of Nicholson, died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at his residence.
Born in Jackson County on December 19, 1930, Mr. Smith was a son of the late George Ellis and Ina Eugene Wood Smith.
He was a retired poultry farmer and was a member of Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Howard Rhodes, Dennis Kesler and J.D. Sosebee officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Gwynelle Barnett Smith, Nicholson; one son, Jerry Greene, Nicholson; one brother, Ray Smith, Nicholson; one sister, Ezzelle Wilson, Nicholson; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Kenneth S. Payne
Kenneth Samuel Payne, 38, of Maysville, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Clarke County on March 16, 1963, Mr. Payne was a son of David and Brenda Hardy Sullivan, Homer.
He was a self-employed gunsmith and was a member of Homer Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer, with the Rev. Charles Crabbe officiating.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Payne is survived by his wife, Sherry Hill Payne, Maysville; two sons, Emory Payne and Nigel Payne, both of Maysville; and grandmothers, Edna Hardy and Mammie Payne, both of Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Mr. Payne.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Trilla M. Bruce
Mrs. Trilla Mae Bruce Bruce, 79, of Homer, died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Bruce was born July 9, 1922. She was a daughter of the late George Wesley and Emmie Seay Bruce.
Mrs. Bruce was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Homer Eubanks, her second husband, Bill Butler, and her third husband, Carlton Bruce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Tommy Seay officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Paul Bruce and Young Bruce, both of Homer, Roger Butler, Commerce, and Frank Eubanks, Colbert; one daughter, Judy Brown, Commerce; one brother, Edgar Bruce, Commerce; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Evelyn R. Hooper
Mrs. Evelyn Ruth McMichens Hooper, 83, of Commerce, died Monday, March 11, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born March 6, 1919, in Fulton County, Mrs. Hooper was a daughter of the late William and Dosser Lowery McMichens.
She was the retired owner of a home improvement company.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Hooper is survived by her husband, James D. Hooper, Commerce; one daughter, Sheila Foster, Cleveland; two step-sons, David Hooper, Toccoa, and Larry Hooper, Lavonia; one step-daughter, Deborah McGinnis, Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Claude McMichens, Douglasville, and William McMichens, Decatur; one sister, Jewell Wyah, Decatur; and nine grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Doug Harper Sr.
Clyde Douglas “Doug” Harper Sr., 68, of Athens, died Thursday, March 7, 2002.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Harper was a son of the late Clyde E. and Nannie Lou Combs Harper.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was a self-employed vending machine operator. Mr. Harper was preceded in death by a daughter, Angelia Harper.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Barry Brown officiating. Todd Phillips, Jeff Short, Chris Short, Chad Glass, Jonathan Brown, Archie Chaney and Clarence Bryant served as pallbearers.
Survivors include Rita B. Harper, Monroe, the mother of his son; his son, Butch Harper, Monroe; step-sons, Randy Short and Michael Short, both of Monroe; step-daughter, Donna Kesler, Jefferson; brothers, Charles Edward Harper and David B. Harper, both of Athens; sister, Lluana Brown; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Sarah E. Long
Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Tiller Long, 80, of Commerce, died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Long was born July 23, 1921. She was a daughter of the late Ed and Mae Vaughn Tiller.
Mrs. Long was a homemaker and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Dr. Ray Richardson and the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Ila Cemetery, Ila.
Mrs. Long is survived by her husband, S.A. Long, Commerce; and two sisters, Beatrice Carter, Madison, and Mary Molis, Canton, Ohio.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Rachel Turner
Mrs. Rachel Turner, 52, of Maysville, died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at Emory University Hospital.
Born in Clarke County on January 6, 1950, Mrs. Turner was a daughter of the late William Howard and Martha Dean Bond Parr.
She had been employed as a seamstress with Mt. Vernon Mills. Mrs. Turner was preceded in death by a brother, William Howard Parr Jr., and a sister, Judy Parr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 11, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Dry Pond United Methodist Church cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include one son, Timmy L. Adams, Maysville; one daughter, Martha V. Emmett, Maysville; one step-son, Mark Turner, Homer; four brothers, Michael L. Parr, Lawrenceville, Steven T. Parr, Maysville, Paul A. Parr, Covington, and Tommy J. Parr, Athens; one sister, Elizabeth Nunn, Winder; and three grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

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Edwin C. Foy
Edwin Charles “Eddie” Foy, 41, of Winder, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Foy was a son of Charles E. Foy Jr. and Gertrude Miller Foy, Winder.
He was a 1977 graduate of Winder Barrow High School and was employed as a plumber with Eastern Mechanical. Mr. Foy attended the Monroe Church of God.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Foy is survived by his wife, Sandra J. Foy, Winder; two daughters, Tabatha Lauren Foy and Hannah Elizabeth Foy, both of Winder; four brothers, David Foy, Tim Foy and Charles David Foy, all of Winder, and Johnny Foy, Arcade; one grandchild and several aunts and uncles.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Milton K. Adams
Milton Kytle Adams, 76, of Nicholson, died Sunday, March 10, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Adams was a son of the late Joseph Alvin and Mary Blanche Henderson Adams. His wife, Ernestine Hutchins Adams, also preceded him in death.
Mr. Adams was a retired radio terminal tester with Southern Bell and was a member of Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Passmore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bill Adams, Nicholson; one daughter, Tracy Bales, Madison County; one brother, Joseph B. Adams, Madison County; one sister, Juanita Houston, Blackley; three grandchildren, Stacy Bales, Stephanie Bales and Willis Bales; and two great-grandchildren, Laney Bales and Haley Bales.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Florine S. Freeman
Mrs. Florine (Renie) Sauls Freeman, 89, of Winder, formerly of Braselton, died Monday, March 11, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Freeman was a daughter of the late Russell W. and Etta H. Sauls.
She was a retiree of Cherokee Manufacturing and was a member of Zion Baptist Church and the Martha Sunday School class. Mrs. Freeman was preceded in death by her husband, Gordie E. Freeman.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Michael Phillips officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Richard Mattocks, Athens; granddaughters and husbands, Elaine and Guy Reid, Augusta, and Sandy and Michael Phillips, Grayson; great-grandchildren, Matt Reid and Alex and Ben Phillips; brothers, Jack Sauls and J.C. Sauls, both of Winder; sister, Alline Reynolds, Winder; brother-in-law, A.B. (Andy) Healan, Winder; sisters-in-law, Frances Sauls, Jefferson, and Louise Sauls and Evelyn Sauls, both of Winder.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Jason C. Holbrook
Jason Caleb Holbrook, 7 months, of Statham, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with Jeff Holbrook officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his parents, Jason and Nikki Holbrook, Statham; brother, Ian Carl Holbrook, Statham; grandparents, Linda Hardy, Arcade, Connie and Phil Cudak, Statham, and Marie and Kenneth Holbrook, Winder; great-grandparents, Frank Autry, Statham, J.A. Hardy, Lawrenceville, Bill and Winnie Kenyon, Franklin, Karl and Betty Holbrook, Buford, and Larry and Betty Lewis and Don Cox, all of Winder; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Betty J. Gilmer
Mrs. Betty Jean Gilmer, 69, of Winder, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Gilmer was a daughter of the late Jack and Lillian Smallwood McDaniel.
She was retired from Winder Rug Mill and was a member of Eastside Baptist Church. Mrs. Gilmer was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Edward Gilmer.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Steve Cole officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Renee Worley, Commerce, and Sarah Hunter, Winder; one brother, Billy Fred McDaniel, Bethlehem; two sisters, Sybil Sheridan, Alabama, and Jodi Anderson, Spartanburg, S.C.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Pentecostal Church, 1992 Winterville Road, Athens, GA 30605.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Leatrice W. Aker
Mrs. Leatrice Wheeler Aker, 66, the wife of Donald “Doc” Aker and the mother of Mrs. Sheconda Benton, 254 Akers Road, Jefferson, died Monday, March 11, 2002.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Mason Funeral Home, Commerce.
The family will receive friends at the residence.

Gene Yearwood
Pearl Harbor survivor
Gene Yearwood, 79, of Jefferson, a Pearl Harbor survivor, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Mr. Yearwood was born June 29, 1922, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Ebe and Clara Barnett Yearwood.
Mr. Yearwood and three other young men form this area joined the U.S. Marine Corps on November 7, 1939. After training at Parris Island, S.C., and Hilton Head, S.C., he was put on a ship that went through the Panama Canal and eventually took him to Hawaii.
He was stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and was asleep in a Marine barracks there on the morning of December 7, 1941, when the Japanese struck. He and others in the barracks ran to a nearby gun shed and gathered up their guns, but there was little they could do. He said that at one time he could easily see the face of one of the pilots who could have fired into the men on the ground but declined to do so.
Mr. Yearwood was sent to Midway Island in June 1942 and saw duty there, as well as on Guadalcanal and Guam, before returning home at the end of the war.
The Jefferson man has attended numerous reunions of the Pearl Harbor survivors, and on one occasion, a group of the Japanese pilots who had bombed Pearl Harbor met with the American survivors there. Yearwood said he took the occasion to express thanks for the fact that the pilot who could have fired into his group on the ground at Pearl Harbor did not do so.
Mr. Yearwood was a carpenter and a member of Thyatira Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of VFW Post 4872, American Legion Post 56, Amvet Post 10, Athens and Jefferson, and a member of the 3rd Marine Defense Battalion.
Mr. Yearwood was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta B. Yearwood.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Stan Sizemore officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Mack Abbott, Vernon Carter, William McCurdy, Pete Petering, Denver Gray and Jack Seabolt will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include his adopted family, Eileen Tate, Mike and Dell Tate, Michael Tate, Storey and Laura Tate and Paul and Austin Tate, all of Jefferson; a brother, Roy Yearwood, Thomson; and a great-niece and great-nephew.
The family was to have received friends from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002

Thomas Seay
Thomas Seay, 78, of Commerce, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Seay was born October 3, 1923. He was a son of the late Dan and Willie Cleghorn Seay.
Mr. Seay was a retired machinist with Roper Pump and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Seay is survived by his wife, Dot Seay, Commerce; one son, Lloyd Seay, Danielsville; one daughter, Joyce Crumley, Commerce; and four grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 13, 2002


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