Jackson County Obituaries...

March 20, 2002

Oscar N. Murphy
Oscar Newton Murphy, 87, of Pendergrass, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Murphy was born December 28, 1914, in Jackson County, to the late Walter and Estie Gaddis Murphy.
He was a farmer and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Murphy was preceded in death by his wife, Lela Morris Murphy, and two brothers, David Murphy and Freeman Murphy.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass, with the Revs. Johnny Knight and Larry Buffington officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Emma Reed, Maysville, and Betty Adams, Pendergrass; four sons, Johnny Murphy, Gene Murphy, Ike Murphy and Paul Murphy, all of Pendergrass; four sisters, Faye Duckett, Gertie Smith, Ruth Hosch and Ora Pearl Murphy, all of Gainesville; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

James L. Langford
James L. “Jim” Langford, 57, of North Augusta, S.C., died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at Doctor’s Hospital, Augusta, following a sudden illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Langford was born December 30, 1944, a son of Vivian Webb Langford, Gainesville, and the late W.R. “Dick” Langford.
He was a retired civil service electronic instructor and was a member of Holly Springs United Methodist Church, Pendergrass. Mr. Langford was preceded in death by a sister, Wilda Grace Marlowe.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Holly Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Lewis officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Arthur Marlow, Terry Marlow, Dennis Marlow, Bill Sanders, Jimmy Benson and Donald Vaughn served as pallbearers.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Langford is survived by his wife, Lynn Duncan Langford, North Augusta, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Denise Langford, Maryland; step-son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Alison Parrish, Augusta; daughter, Molly Langford, Maryland; sisters, Sara Nichols, Pendergrass, Vikki Parham, Social Circle, and Jackie Fichter, Gainesville; brothers, Richard Langford, Maysville, and Dwight Langford, Pendergrass; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Holly Springs United Methodist Church, 7441 Holly Springs Road, Pendergrass, GA 30567.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Thomas W. McLaughlin
Thomas W. McLaughlin, 44, of North Huntingdon, Pa., died Thursday, March 7, 2002, in Jeannette District Memorial Hospital.
Mr. McLaughlin was born March 25, 1957, in McKeesport, Pa., a son of the late George C. and Rhoda Simpson McLaughlin.
He was formerly employed 22 years by Wrights Plastic Factory in Chamblee. Mr. McLaughlin had been a resident of Jackson County for 16 years before returning to Pennsylvania a year ago. He was a member of West Hempfield Legion in Darragh, Pa.
“Thomas was a man who worked hard all of his life and who lived for his children,” said family members. “He will be forever loved and forever mourned.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Herman.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, in the chapel of Shirley-Kukich Funeral Home Inc., Clay Pike, Circleville, North Huntingdon, Pa., with the Rev. Bruce Zarnick officiating, and Rita McLaughlin speaking on her fathers behalf, followed by interment in Bigley Family Cemetery. Those serving as pallbearers included his son, Thomas W. McLaughlin Jr., his daughter’s fiancé, Ronald Lynch, his brother, Allen McLaughlin, and nephews, Robert and Hoss Grimm, Arthur McLaughlin, Eugene Duklis, and brother-in-law, Gary Grimm.
He is survived by his daughter, Rita McLaughlin, Jefferson; two sons, Thomas W. McLaughlin Jr., Jefferson, and David McCracken, New Alexandria, Pa.; three brothers, George C., Glassport, Pa., and Allen and Frank, North Huntingdon, Pa.; and five sisters, Rebecca Grimm, Darragh, Pa., Rhoda Grimm, Irwin, Pa., Angie McLaughlin, Herminie #2, Pa., Janie McLaughlin, Herminie, Pa., and Elizabeth McLaughlin, Pennsylvania.
Shirley-Kukich Funeral Home Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 27, 2002

Laura C. Gee
Mrs. Laura C. “Kris” Gee, 73, of Pendergrass, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Hall County, Mrs. Gee had lived in Jackson County for a number of years. She was the daughter of the late Dock Monroe Buffington and Bessie Beck Buffington.
Mrs. Gee was a homemaker and was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville, with the Revs. Chad Rising and Charles Jenkins officiating.
Mrs. Gee is survived by her husband, Narville “Junior” Gee, Pendergrass; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Margaret Gee, Talmo, and David and Teresa Gee, Pendergrass; granddaughter, April Lynne Harder, Greensbora; grandsons, Stephen Gee and Andrew Scott Gee, both of Pendergrass; great-granddaughter, Azlynn Sierra Harder, Greensbora; and a brother, Monroe Beck, Gainesville.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Marc A. Brown
Marc Alexander “Alex” Brown, four months, son of Mark and Michelle Tredway Brown, Commerce, died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Marc was born November 9, 2001, in Jackson County.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the Short Family Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two brothers, Seth Brown and Timothy Brown, both of Commerce; grandparents, Jim and Kay Greene, Spartanburg, S.C., Jack Brown and Elaine Beauchamp, both of Commerce, and Linda Brown, Homer; and great-grandparents, Bill and Mary Morrison, Salem, Va., Myrtle Lee Brock, Bowman, and Linda McLennan and James and Grace Brown, all of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Gary Head Sr.
Gary “Sonny” Head Sr., 70, of Jefferson, died Thursday, March 14, 2002.
A native of the Tucker area, Mr. Head lived in Jefferson for 20 years. He was a son of the late Richard “Buddy” and Ann L. Sharpton Head.
Mr. Head was a veteran of the Korean War and had worked as a barber. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the Alcovy Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Winford Page officiating.
Mr. Head is survived by his wife, Mary Everett Head; three daughters, Cathy Lippert, Lilburn, Rhonda Jones, Atlanta, and Tracy Johnson, Ellabell; three sons, Shane Head, Jefferson, Ronnie Head Jr., Athens, and Anthony Brock, Winder; one brother, Glen Head, Lawrenceville; eight grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Wise-Connolly Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Edgar C. Dailey
Edgar Coleman Dailey, 89, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Dailey was a son of the late Nesby and Eula Coleman Dailey.
He was retired from Commerce Sportswear. Mr. Dailey was preceded in death by a step-son, Donald Sailors.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at New Covenant Worship Center with the Revs. J.D. Sosebee, Howard Conine and Mack Goddard and Beth Stephens officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Dailey is survived by his wife, Sarah Frances Hardy Dailey, Nicholson; one son, Eddie Dailey, Macon; one daughter, Jean Thomas, Nicholson; two step-sons, Jerrell Minish, Athens, and Thomas Minish, Nicholson; six step-daughters, Vickie Kittle and Connie Archer, both of Nicholson, Brenda Boring, Jefferson, Linda Crumley, Commerce, Jackie Griffith, Homer, and Jimie Hulsey, Buford; one brother, J.H. Dailey, Tucker; 32 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Marie Ivester
Mrs. Marie Ivester, 78, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Ivester was born September 21, 1923, near Teplice, Czech Republic. She was a daughter of the late Karl and Anna Kroupova Jicinsky, and was preceded in death by her first husband, William Stefankiewicz.
Mrs. Ivester came to America in 1949 and resided in Maryland and Georgia. She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Larry Whitfield officiating.
Mrs. Ivester is survived by her husband, Henry E. Ivester, Cornelia; two sons, Karl Stefankiewicz, Sachse, Texas, and Roger Ivester, Hoschton; three daughters, Barbara Mutolo, Greensboro, Md., Kathryn Hill, Aurora, Colo., and Karen O’Daire, Colonial Heights, Va.; two sisters, Anna Hortigova and Olga Pospisilova, both of the Czech Republic; four brothers, Joseph Jicinsky, Eric Jicinsky, Kaya Jicinsky and Milan Jicinsky, all of the Czech Republic; 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Hospice Fund, 743 Spring Street, Gainesville, GA 30501-9841, or to the Shirley Grove Baptist Church Building Fund at United Community Bank in Clarkesville.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Savannah L. Booth
Savannah Lauren Booth, 21 months, of Nicholson, died Friday, March 15, 2002.
Savannah, a native of Jackson County, was born June 11, 2000. She was the daughter of Todd and Rhonda Booth, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Stowers and Phillip Parks officiating. Burial was in Nicholson Cemetery, Nicholson. Tracy Booth, Tim Booth, Warren Standridge, Pierce Nelms, Tony Nelms and Lamar Watkins served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include one brother, Trevor Booth, Nicholson; grandparents, Bobby and Peggy Booth and Dwight and Sara Nelms, all of Nicholson; and great-grandparents, Emmett and Sara Duran, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Playground Fund, P.O. Box 398, Nicholson, GA 30565, in memory of Savannah Booth.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Ruby B. Mealor
Mrs. Ruby Banks Mealor, 98, of Gunner, Texas, formerly of Commerce, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Hilltop Haven Nursing Home.
Mrs. Mealor was born October 13, 1903, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Edgar Power and Lucy Murray Banks.
Mrs. Mealor was a homemaker and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Comer Mealor.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two daughters, Sue Fenn, Commerce, and Pat Nuckols, Sherman, Texas; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Billy R. Ledbetter
Billy R. “Bill” Ledbetter, 61, of Winder, died Thursday, March 14, 2002.
Mr. Ledbetter was a retired roofer and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
“On Saturday nights, he was at the race track,” said family members.
Mr. Ledbetter was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Rossie Belle Ledbetter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Joel Shadburn officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Ledbetter is survived by his wife, Sheryl Adams Ledbetter, Winder; daughter, Tina Latham, Houston, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Jeff Rohme, Winder; sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Angie Ledbetter, Commerce, Billy Ray and Susan Ledbetter, Jefferson, and Tony and Anita Ledbetter, Winder; brother, Charles Ledbetter, Lawrenceville; sister, Ruby Autry, Norcross; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002


Mack Esco
Mack Esco, 59, of Winder, died Friday, March 15, 2002.
Mr. Esco was a resident of Barrow County for most of his life. He worked for Stepan Chemical Company in Winder and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Carl.
Mr. Esco was a son of the late Charlie Esco Sr. and Lucy Esco.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Larry Youngblood officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Esco is survived by his wife, Brenda Cummings Esco, Winder; one son, Richard Esco, Winder; one daughter, Cynthia Esco Loebl, Auburn; six sisters, Ann Esco and Linda Robertson, both of Hoschton, Patsy Maddox, Buford, Joyce Estelle Blocker, Jefferson, Kay Blocker, Carlton, and Shirley Sorrow, Elberton; two brothers, Terry Esco, Braselton, and Zeke Esco, Winder; and four grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

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Lillian V. Howington
Mrs. Lillian V. Howington, 76, of Commerce, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born July 26, 1925, in Banks County, Mrs. Howington was a daughter of the late Richard and Mittie Saville Boswell.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Cornelia Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mrs. Howington is survived by her husband, Albert Howington, Commerce; and two sisters, Faye Brihn, Maysville, and Mary E. Seay, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Reba M. Hawks
Mrs. Reba M. Hawks, 75, of Commerce, died Sunday, March 17, 2002.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. W.R. Brown, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Johntown Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty L. Gholston and Cathy Westbrooks; three sisters, Ollie Lee Porter, Roberta Adams and Cinderella Rucker; one brother, Daniel Martin; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Calvin C. Briscoe
Calvin Coolidge Briscoe, 73, of Dacula, died Sunday, March 17, 2002.
A native of Walton County, Mr. Briscoe was a son of the late Albert Daniel Briscoe and Rosa Lee Jones Briscoe.
He had worked as a weaver in the textile industry and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Mac Palmer officiating. Burial was in the Appalachee Baptist Church cemetery, Auburn.
Mr. Briscoe is survived by his wife, Ann Briscoe; one daughter, Vanessa Briscoe Hay, Athens; one son, Anthony Briscoe, Presque Isle, Maine; four sisters, Rachel Briscoe, Grayson, Martha Holcombe, Clarkston, Ellen Atkinson, Franklin, and Runelle Williams, Gainesville; two brothers, James Holland Briscoe, Lawrenceville, and John Briscoe, Commerce; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 672648, Marietta, GA 30006-0045.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Leatrice W. Aker
Mrs. Leatrice Wheeler Aker, 66, of Jefferson, died Monday, March 11, 2002.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Cleveland Grove FBH Church, Carnesville, with Pastor Emma Fortson and Elder E.T. Moore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Aker is survived by her husband, Donald “Doc” Aker; one daughter, Sheconda Benton, Jefferson; one sister, Brenda McGlockling, Carnesville; three brothers, Willie Frank Wheeler and Terry Wheeler, both of Carnesville, and Carlton Wheeler, Toccoa; and one granddaughter.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Carol A. Howington
Mrs. Carol Ann Westra Howington, 63, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
A native of Ohio, Mrs. Howington was born February 24, 1939. She was a daughter of the late John Poth and Carrie DeYoung Anthony.
Mrs. Howington was a homemaker, and she, along with her husband, operated Howington Feed & Seed Farm Supply in Jefferson for many years.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler and Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Howington is survived by her husband, Jack Howington, Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Cheryl Howington, Jefferson; son, Jack Howington Jr., Jefferson; daughters, Kim Howington and Teresa Howington, both of Jefferson; brothers, Chuck Anthony and Tim Anthony, both of Jefferson, and David Poth and Frank Poth, both of New Jersey; sister, Charlotte Giarrusso, New Jersey; and two grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Rev. William H. Ginn
The Rev. William Henry Ginn, 88, of Danielsville, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at Brown Memorial Convalescent Center, Royston.
Born in Franklin County on February 24, 1914, Mr. Ginn was a son of the late James “Jimmy” Ginn and the late Lena Hart Ginn.
The Rev. Ginn served as a minister for 32 years and was employed in the textile industry for 13 years. He was a member of the Evangelical Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ginn was preceded in death by four brothers, J.T. Ginn, George Ginn, Milton Ginn and James Ginn, and two sisters, Mattie Lou Ginn Atkinson and Mary Sue Ginn.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Evangelical Methodist Church with the Revs. Billie Frank Carey, Tim Peek, Lee Smith and Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Everette Carey, Daryle Kirk, Winfred Carey, Malcolm Dove, Buddy Sexton, Joe B. Sartain, Thomas Dudley and Phil Crowe served as pallbearers.
The Rev. Ginn is survived by his wife, Cornelia Carey Ginn, Danielsville; and two sisters, Rachel Ginn Barrett, Jefferson, and Janie Ruth Ginn Dean, Royston.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Thelma N. Kelley
Mrs. Thelma Newsome Kelley, 69, of Baldwin, died Saturday, March 16, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Kelley was born in Banks County on April 22, 1932. She was a daughter of the late Kermit and Mae Smith Newsome.
Mrs. Kelley was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Clarkesville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Kelley.
Funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 18, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church with Father Luis Zarama officiating. Burial was in the Union Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan Caplinger, Braselton; two sons, Randy Kelley, Baldwin, and Mark Kelley, Fayetteville, N.C.; three sisters, Lois Johnson, Doraville, Lila McClure, Cumming, and Estelle Sharpe, Summerville, S.C.; one brother, Ronald Newsome, Alpharetta; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Woodrow W. Tanner
Woodrow Wilson Tanner, 89, died Saturday, March 16, 2002, at Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Tanner was born October 7, 1912, in Hall County, a son of the late Robert Clinton and Vera Wilson Tanner.
He lived in the Fairview Community of Jackson County for the last 57 years. Mr. Tanner grew up in the Tanners Mill area of Hall County and attended Candler School. He was a graduate of Oakwood High School and graduated from Young Harris College in the Class of 1934, where he played on the basketball team.
Mr. Tanner was a salesman, a poultry and cattle farmer and was a member of the Optimist Club. He was also a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass, and served as deacon and treasurer for many years, and as a member of the building committee during the church restoration.
Mr. Tanner was preceded in death by his wife, of 63 years, Lydia Latrelle Murphy Tanner, a son, Woodrow Weldon Tanner, a brother and sister-in-law, Marvin and Gaynelle Tanner, a brother, Tillman Tanner, and a sister, Rilla Nelle Tanner.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. John Mark Carpenter and Jeff Langley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Sidney Wilson and Carol Tanner, Hoschton, and Victor Franklin and Jean Tanner, Brooksville, Fla.; granddaughter, Chelsea Elizabeth Tanner, Brooksville, Fla.; granddaughter and husband, Kelly and Pep Matus, Atlanta; grandsons and wives, Travis Wilson and Shellum Tanner, Hoschton, and Samuel Ryan and Cari Tanner, Coppell, Texas; grandson, Jonathan Murphy Tanner, Brooksville, Fla.; great-grandson, Owsley Jerome Tanner, Hoschton; great-granddaughters, Nina Marie Matus and Sadie Nicole Matus, both of Atlanta; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Winnie Claire and Dr. L.G. Hicks, Clarkesville; sisters-in-law, Rachelle Caffey, Wyoming, and Margaret Tanner, Gainesville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Mountain Creek Baptist Church, 1116 Mountain Creek Church Road, Pendergrass, GA 30567.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Emmie R. Greenway
Miss Emmie R. Greenway, 90, of Winder, died Friday, March 15, 2002.
Born in Jackson County, Miss Greenway was a daughter of the late John Jackson and Mary Mariah Hill Greenway.
She was a lifetime member of Chapel Christian Church.
Miss Greenway was preceded in death by six brothers, John Greenway, Ernest Greenway, Hershel Greenway, Bert Greenway, Toye Greenway and Lester Greenway, and three sisters, May McDonald, Nora Lyle and Ruby Greenway.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Chapel Christian Church with the Revs. Jim Stephens and Tom Vanlaningham officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Dr. James R. Hardy
Dr. James R. Hardy, of Chicago, Ill., died Monday, March 11, 2002.
Dr. Hardy was born September 20, 1922, in Jackson County, to the late Boston and Mary Catherine Griffeth Hardy.
He was a graduate of Englewood High School and continued his education at the Baptist Institute. He later received his D.D. and Ph.D. from the New World Bible Institute, Hayti, Mo.
Dr. Hardy served in the U.S. Army in 1942 and 1943. After leaving with an honorable discharge, he began his career with the Illinois Central Railroad, where he worked for 24 years.
Dr. Hardy began his ministry in 1956 and was licensed by the late T.E. Brown of Progressive Baptist Church. He was later ordained by the Rev. Emanuel King of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
On June 13, 1957, Dr. Hardy organized True Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, where he remained for 41 years.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ida Hardy.
Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, March 16, at Progressive Baptist Church, Chicago, Ill., with the Rev. J.B. Riddle officiating. Burial was in Cedar Park Memorial Park, Calumet Park, Ill. Jeffery Harvey, Willie Lindsey, Jimmie Harrell, James Smith, David Derokey and Thomas Hardy served as pallbearers. Dr. Hardy’s nephews served as honorary pallbearers.
Dr. Hardy is survived by his wife, Alma Hardy; two daughters, Pearl Derokey (David), Atlanta, and Tiona Hardy, Chicago, Ill.; four sons, Jeffery Harvey (Mattie), Cordaro Hardy, David Hardy and Xavier Hardy, all of Chicago, Ill.; two grandchildren, Khristi and David Derokey, Atlanta; two children he raised, Tierra and Joshua Johnson, both of Chicago, Ill.; mother-in-law, Hattie B. Harvey, Flint, Mich.; sisters-in-law, Emma Hardy and Irene Hardy, Gainesville, Mattie Hardy, Jefferson, Thelma Hardy, Athens, Easter (Earnest), Hazel (Solomon), Carolyn (J.C.) and Belinda, all of Flint, Mich., and Joyce (Thomas), Durant, Miss.; brothers-in-law, Willie (Vera) and Melton (Genva), both of Flint, Mich.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Gatling’s Chapel, Chicago, Ill., was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002

Bertha Downs
Mrs. Bertha Downs, 74, of Branford, Fla., died Saturday, March 16, 2002.
Mrs. Downs was born in Fulton County on October 14, 1927. She was a daughter of the late Hampton and Annie Pendergrass Adams.
Mrs. Downs was a homemaker and was a member of Gordon Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, James Cheek, two grandsons, James Ray Cheek and Charles Melvin Cheek Jr., four sisters, Maude Passmore, Elsie Grizzle, Gladys Grizzle and Pauline Hambrick, and a brother, Huntley Gaddis.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Gordon Baptist Church with the Rev. James West officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Anthony Hambrick, Jonah Downs, William Downs, Kenneth Dove, Donald Grizzle and John Hunter served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Downs is survived by her husband, Riley Downs, Branford, Fla.; three sons, Charles Cheek and Otis Downs, both of Commerce, and William Downs, Madison; two daughters, Ann Elrod, Carnesville, and Jean Head, Hiawassee; two sisters, Roberta Peace, Canon, and Dorothy Nell Arnold, Manchester, Tenn.; eight grandchildren and nine-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 20, 2002


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