Jackson County Obituaries...

April 10, 2002

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Azalee A. Gaines
Mrs. Azalee Akins Gaines, 81, of Pendergrass, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at her residence following a brief illness.
Mrs. Gaines was born June 6, 1920, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late B. Akins and Pearlie Manders Akins.
Mrs. Gaines was a homemaker and was a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church, Pendergrass. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gaines, a son, Tim Gaines, and three sisters, Margie Hicks, Ruby Buggs and Susie Hollis.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Bobby Buggs and Douglas Gaines officiating. Burial was in the Mountain Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Pendergrass. Mrs. Gaines’ family members served as pallbearers.
Survivors include five sons, Danny Gaines, Villa Rica, Harold Gaines, Talmo, Mac Gaines, Jefferson, and Ricky Gaines and William “Jimbo” Gaines, both of Pendergrass; two daughters, Janie Keith and Para Lee Perry, both of Jefferson; one sister, Sara Lee, Pendergrass; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Timothy R. McCoy
Timothy Rogers McCoy, 51, of Jefferson, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on August 26, 1950, Mr. McCoy was a son of Roger McCoy, Inglis, Fla., and the late Sadie Martin McCoy.
He was employed as a dispatcher with Shoffner Industries, Jefferson, and was a retired Jefferson Volunteer Fireman, with 21 years of service. Mr. McCoy was a member of Living Word Worship Center, Jefferson.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kelly Teresa McCoy, and a sister, Dana McCoy Bowman.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, with the Revs. Richard James and Vernon Wilson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Billy Arnold, Mike Arnold, Douglas Duncan, Don Elrod, Bradley Honea, Daryl Rogers and Johnny Swain served as pallbearers.
Mr. McCoy is survived by his wife, Elaine Arnold McCoy, Jefferson; his father, Mr. McCoy; one daughter, Kimberly Banister, Jefferson; four sisters, Pat Duncan, Danielsville, Deborah McCoy, Maysville, Diane McCoy, Nicholson, and Samantha McCoy, Homer; and one brother, Donnie McCoy, Homer.
Memorials may be made to the Tim McCoy Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 234, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Hattie P. Brock
Mrs. Hattie Patton Brock, 98, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Brock was born July 3, 1903, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Dave and Mary Jean Towell Patton.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Victory Baptist Church. Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her husband, John Calvin Brock.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Elmer Butler, Dennis Kesler and Howard Rhodes officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include four sons, Grant Brock, Commerce, Odean Brock and Paul Brock Jr., both of Nicholson, and Thomas Brock, Statham; three daughters, Sarah Adams, Arcade, and Josie Gary and Francine Willoughby, both of Nicholson; 34 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Justin Wood
Clifford Justin Wood, 13, of Braselton, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at Columbia Barrow Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born May 31, 1988, in Fulton County, Justin was a son of Clifford and Mary Wicker Wood, Braselton.
He was an eighth grade student at West Jackson Middle School and was very active in school sports, including wrestling, football and baseball. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church, Braselton.
Justin was preceded in death by a grandmother, Jeanette Wood.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Phillips officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Jacob Wood, Braselton; sister, Jessica Wood, Braselton; grandparents, Jessie and Charles Wicker and Frank Wood, all of Norcross; and great-grandmother, Edith Brown, Augusta.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Bertha Kitchens
Mrs. Bertha Kitchens, 91, of Griffin, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Kitchens was born March 23, 1911, to the late Charlie Q. and Ola Holdsclaw Gurley, in Madison County.
She was a retired yarn spinner with Compton Mill and was a member of Devotie Baptist Church, Griffin. Mrs. Kitchens was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Kitchens.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Devotie Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Howard officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Griffin.
Survivors include one son, Billy Kitchens, Florida; one daughter, Pretty Girl Kitchens, Commerce; two sisters, Jeanette Gurley, Alma, and Gladys Williamson, Arcade; and three grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Ralph Cox
Ralph Cox, 81, of Maysville, died Monday, April 1, 2002.
Visitation and funeral services were held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Oak Lawn Chapel of Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Inc., Lawrenceville.
Mr. Cox is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Joe Davis, Maysville, and Brenda and Juan Vega, Delaware; daughter, Kitty Stewart, Delaware; brother, Buck Cox, California; grandchildren, Josh, Amanda, Jordan, Jarron, Jett, Mari, Tyler, Jaymyn and Jamie; and friends, Bulldog, Betty Boop, Lambert and Golden Earring and Silver Dollar, all of Delaware.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jeni Cheyenne Davis.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Inc., Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Barbara Grace
A. Vickery
Mrs. Barbara Grace A. Vickery, 68, of Commerce, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Vickery was born August 24, 1933, in Murrayville, to the late John Abernathy and Zora Bruce Abernathy.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, where she taught Sunday School for over 30 years, and was a member of the Methodist WMU. Mrs. Vickery was a graduate of Berry College, Rome, was a former teacher with the Commerce School System and assisted her husband, Dr. Sam Vickery, in his medical practice in Commerce.
She was preceded in death by a grandson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Warren Huddleston and Dan Maxey officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park.
Mrs. Vickery is survived by her husband, Dr. Sam Vickery, Commerce; one son, Ricky Vickery, Commerce; two daughters, Dr. Gwen Morgan and Melanie Stanley, both of Cordele; two brothers, Paul Abernathy, Greensboro, and Bill Abernathy, Blairsville; one sister, Dorothy Byers, Blairsville; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the William Vickery Memorial Fund, c/o the First United Methodist Church, 54 Cherry Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Vivian J. Weeks
Mrs. Vivian J. Weeks, 82, of Hoschton, formerly of Atlanta, died Sunday, April 7, 2002.
Born in Little York, Ill., Mrs. Weeks was a daughter of the late James D. and Norma Shuckman Tippett.
She was a charter member of The St. James United Methodist Church, served as a former volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital and was a member of the Dunwoody Country Club.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Hoschton First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Darrell McGinnis officiating. Burial was in the Hoschton City Cemetery.
Mrs. Weeks is survived by her husband, David I. Weeks, Hoschton; daughter, Nancy A. Fortune, Signal Mountain, Tenn.; two sons, David J. Weeks, Columbia, S.C., and J. Daniel Weeks, Hoschton; sister, Nancy Cissna, Des Moines, Iowa; and 10 grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Genett W. Parr
Mrs. Genett Wade Parr, 66, of Commerce, died Monday, April 8, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Parr was born June 10, 1935, in Habersham County, a daughter of the late Selton and Dovie Arena Dodd Wade.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Howard Conine officiating. Burial was in the Antioch United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Boyd Douglas Parr, Athens; three daughters, Barbara Reed, Ila, Jennie Smith, Nicholson, and Tricia Watkins, Commerce; one brother, William Wade, Toccoa; one sister, Leona Jones, Cornelia; five grandchildren, Amy Smith, Melanie Reed, Elizabeth Solomon, Emily Parr and Jacob Parr; one great-granddaughter, Claira Solomon; and one nephew, Louis Reeves.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Penny O. Mann
Mrs. Penny Owens Mann, of Nicholson, died Monday, April 8, 2002.
Born in Stephens County, Mrs. Mann was a daughter of Troy and Ruth Henson Owens.
She was a member of Union Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Walter Singletary and Marion Prather officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church cemetery. James Adams, Rick Autry, Donald Smith, Ray Hooper, Henry Shaw and Darrell Coile served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include one son, Dylan Mann, Danielsville; two sisters, Troyce Ann Owens Pawlowski, Colbert, and Barbara Owens Elrod, Diamond Hill Community; and nieces, Melanie and Melissa Elrod.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002


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Mariam F. Hunt
Mrs. Mariam Fincher Hunt, 82, widow of Cecil Lee Hunt, died Sunday, April 7, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born May 30, 1919, in Franklin County, Mrs. Hunt was a daughter of the late Robert Knox and Florence Crenshaw Fincher. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Mrs. Hunt was a homemaker and was a member of Allens United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Ladies Sunday School Class, the United Methodist Women and the Sunshine Club.
Mrs. Hunt was preceded in death by a daughter, Linder Ann Hunt, and a son, George McKay Hunt.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Allens United Methodist Church with the Revs. Merritt Waters and David Sosebee officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Hunt’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two sons, Leon Hunt, Martin, and Robert Hunt, Toccoa; two daughters, Martha Embrick, Jefferson, and Louise Wills, Martin; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and a special friend, Curtis Segars, Martin.
Memorials may be made to the Allens United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 12, Carnesville, Georgia.
Whitlock Mortuary, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Denver Roberts
Denver Roberts, 82, of Danielsville, died Monday, April 8, 2002, at Joan Glancy Hospital following an extended illness.
A native of Fulton County, Mr. Roberts was a son of the late Tommy and Mazie Philips Roberts.
He was a retired metal worker and was a veteran of World War II. Mr. Roberts was a member of Community Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at Community Baptist Church with the Revs. Phil Parks and George Pate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Frances Lorene Roberts, of the home; two brothers, Randall Roberts, Woodstock, and J.T. Roberts, Canton; three sisters, Mary Wood, Alpharetta, Gladys Mulkey, Canton, and Marie Glover, Cumming; brothers and sisters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Theron Lester, Ila, Mr. and Mrs. Avery Lester, Jefferson, Bonnie Lester, Danielsville, and Barbara Roberts, Smyrna; and several nieces and nephews.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Lottie E. Boleman
Mrs. Lottie Eden Boleman, 87, of Gainesville, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, following an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mrs. Boleman was retired from Leece-Neville Corporation, with 26 years of service. She had also worked at Owen-Osborne Hosiery Mill for more than 20 years. Mrs. Boleman was a member of Central Baptist Church for 61 years, where she taught the 2-year class for many years.
“She will be remembered for her warm smile, quick wit and loving personality,” said family members.
While a resident at New Horizons West, Mrs. Boleman was crowned winner of the home’s annual beauty pageant, and went on to Atlanta where she participated in the state pageant.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Wiley Eden and Alice Lancaster Eden, her husband, Hugh H. Boleman, and a son, Ricky Boleman.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. James Elrod officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Don Elrod, Oakwood; granddaughters, Amy (Mrs. Steve) Browning and Betsy Elrod, both of Gainesville, and Donna (Mrs. Mickey) Latimer, Gillsville; great-grandchildren, Anna Kaye Browning and Emily Eden Browning, both of Gainesville, and Luke Jackson Latimer, Gillsville; and sister, Mrs. Steve Latimer, Chicopee.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Alexander
B. Mason
Alexander Burch Mason, 73, of Lincolnton, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at Willis Memorial Hospital, Washington, Ga.
Mr. Mason was a retired educator of the Lincolnton County School System and was an active member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was also active in the Lincolnton County community.
A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Lincolnton. A homegoing service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the church with the Rev. Roy D. Andrews officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Hilda Ivey Mason; two sons, Alvin (Kim Pharr) Mason, Marietta, and Ivan (Adrienne Wyne) Mason, Albany; three daughters, Cathy Mason (Hubert) Pearson, Stockbridge, Einita Mason (Melvin) Mariney, Stone Mountain, and Gilletta Mason (Andrew) Gray, Smyrna; and two brothers, Welcome (Rubye) Mason, Lincolnton, and Julius (Lila) Mason Sr., Jefferson.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, and Wright & Jones Funeral Home, Lincolnton, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

J.B. Byers
J.B. Byers, of Maysville, formerly of Canton, Ohio, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Byers was a retiree of Timken Co. in Canton, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville, with the Rev. Phillip Banister officiating.
Mr. Byers is survived by his wife, Shirley Byers, Maysville; his mother, Katie Bruce, Lawrenceville; two sons, Jay B. Byers Jr., Canton, Ohio, and Arthur Byers, Maysville; two daughters, Tammy James and Pamela Young, both of Maysville; four brothers, Frank Byers and Sonny Byers, both of Canton, Ohio, Verlin Byers, Commerce, and Terry Byers, Maysville; two sisters, Lois Jean Henson, Mt. Airy, and Shirley Brownlee, Lawrenceville; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, after which time the body will be carried to Reed Funeral Home, Canton, Ohio, for viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 12.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002
Ruth A. Holcomb
Mrs. Ruth Allen Holcomb, 71, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, April 10, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born November 16, 1930 in White County, Mrs. Holcomb was a daughter of the late Frank and Cona Berrong Allen.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Nacoochee Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. David Harbin and Terry M. Rice officiating. Burial will be in the Nacoochee Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Holcomb is survived by her husband, J.D. Holcomb, Cornelia; daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and James Short, Maysville, and Teresa and Ricky Simmemon, Alto; sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Debbie Holcomb, Demorest, and Wayne and Wilda Holcomb, Baldwin; son, Phillip Holcomb, Cornelia; sister and brother-in-law, Velma A. and Charles Jenkins, Decatur; sister, Frankie Allen, Sautee; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Martha R. Hopkins
Mrs. Martha Randolph Hopkins, 73, of Jefferson, died Sunday, April 7, 2002.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Sardis Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Harold Harris officiating. Burial will be in the New Salem Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Sue Rucker; one son, James Hopkins Jr.; and two sisters, Geneva Sims and Lydia Young.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mason Funeral Home, Commerce.
Mason Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Sara F. Lay
Miss Sara Frances Lay, 88, of Athens, died Sunday, March 31, 2002.
Born in Jackson County, Miss Lay was a daughter of the late William Daniel and Sara Gertrude Garrison Lay.
Miss Lay was a retired school teacher, having taught in Jackson and Clarke counties. She was a member of Dry Pond United Methodist Church, Maysville.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Dry Pond United Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Edwin Smith officiating.
Miss Lay is survived by a number of cousins.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002

Irene Wade
Mrs. Irene Wade, 85, of Auburn, died Friday, April 5, 2002.
Born in Gwinnett County to the late Apsi and Georgia Lee Bowman Walls, Mrs. Wade had resided in Barrow County for most of her life.
She was a housewife and was a member of Alcovy Baptist Church. Mrs. Wade was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Wade, and a grandson, Lee Wade.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Carey Hudson officiating. Burial was in the Alcovy Baptist Church cemetery. Keith Wade, Chris Cooper, Eric Cooper, James Wilson, Keith Hardy and Thomas Healan Jr. served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Healan, Auburn, and Judy Cooper, Bethlehem; four sons, James Woodfin Wade, Hoschton, William Wade, Winder, Wayne Wade, Morganton, and Wyndell Wade, Statham; three sisters, Evelyn Cronic, Buckhead, and Bonnie Evans and Annie Lou Wheeler, both of Winder; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 10, 2002


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