Jackson County Obituaries...

April 17, 2002

Cynthia Louise Fowler
Mrs. Cynthia Louise Fowler, 80, Gainesville, died Monday, April 15, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Fowler was born June 16, 1921. Her fondest memories as a child are of growing up in Chicopee Village surrounded by her six brothers and sisters and her mother and father, George and Cammie Lee Smith. In 1942, she married Ralph “Zeke” Fowler. Family and friends say Mrs. Fowler was always known for her gentle words and giving heart. In 1968, she and Zeke co-founded the L&K Cafeteria on Broad Street in Gainesville which they named after their daughters.
While at L&K, Mrs. Fowler had the opportunity not only to show off her skills as a great cook and her quick wit and fun personality as well as her unashamed love for the Lord and her family. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. Family say that all who knew her loved her and that she will be missed.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home. The Revs. Wilburn Peeples and Jeff Benefield officiated. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Mrs. Fowler is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Johnny Tankersley, Cathy and Hank Holderfield; grandchildren, Todd and Amy Gooch, Tiffany and Anthony Richey, Neil Tankersley, Haley Holderfield, Joshua Holderfield; great-grandchildren, Caitlin Gooch and Lauren Gooch; step-grandchildren, Renee Holderfield, Holly Holderfield, Michael and Erin Holderfield; and special caregivers, her niece and nephew, Joyce and Herb Recor; and many other nieces and nephews.
Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Clyde David Martin
Clyde David Martin, 82, Talmo, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
A native of Hancock County, he was retired from the New Holland Textile Mill and was the son of the late Posey and Florene Martin. He was a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at Memorial Park Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Clark Stubbs and Brian Malcom officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Clyde Martin, Talmo; one daughter, Doris Friar, Watkinsville; one son, Theron Martin, Talmo; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Sandra Martin, Lula, Douglas and Sheila Martin, Jefferson, and Buddy and Judy Martin, Lawrenceville; one brother, Carl Martin, Talmo; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

James E. Collins
James E. “Rat” Collins, 82, of Commerce, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born in Hall County on January 20, 1920, Mr. Collins was a son of the late George H. and Clementine Boggs Collins.
He was the founder and the owner of Collins Cleaners for 42 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Mr. Collins was also a mail carrier and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Italy.
He was a former Commerce City Councilman and served on the Commerce City Board of Education.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Don Paulson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Louise Kidd Collins, Commerce; one son, Ricky Collins, McDonough; two daughters, Rhee Brown, Watkinsville, and Rosalyn Morris, Birmingham, Ala.; one brother, Charles E. Collins, Commerce; a special cousin, Kenneth D. Culp, Watkinsville; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3120 Raymond Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Julia McEver Martin
Julia McEver Martin, 84, Braselton, died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at New Horizons North Nursing Home, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born July 26, 1917, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Eugenia Bathelor and John A. McEver. Mrs. Martin was also preceded in death by her husband, Mendell Martin; a daughter, Joan White; grandchildren Bobby White and Jason Emmett; a brother, Paul McEver; and sisters Flora Mae Baird, Margie Berryman and Myrtie Richardson.
Mrs. Martin was a retired seamstress for Carwood Manufacturing Company. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church, Braselton.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, with the Revs. Mike Phillips and Billy Emmett officiating. Burial was at Walnut Fork Baptist Church, Hoschton.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Gail and the Rev. Billy Emmett, Oakwood; two sons and daughters-in-law, Max and Martha Martin, Hoschton, and Wendell and Cathy Martin, Roswell; a brother, Julius McEver, Decatur; a sister, Cora Bell Williams, Dacula; seven grandchildren, Cheryl Martin, Wayne Martin, Joannie Jones, Aimee Molina, Erin Martin, Eric Emmett and Terry Emmett; and one great-grandchild, Wyatt Martin and son-in-law, Ted White, Winder.
Donations may be made to: Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 329, Palmetto, GA 30268, or to the Jackson County Senior Center, 219 Darnell Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangments.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Kathleen Shirley Sears
Kathleen Shirley Sears, 45, Commerce, died Saturday, April 13, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Gainesville, she was born Feb. 3, 1957 and was the daughter of Mattie Wideman Sears, Commerce, and the late Dwayne H. Sears.
She was preceded in death by a niece, Susan Tiffany Sears.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at Ivie Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Carithers officiating. Burial was at Grove Level Baptist Church, Maysville.
Survivors in addition to her mother, include brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Karen Sears, Carnesville, Larry and Ava Sears, Cleveland, and Phillip Sears, Commerce; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eva and Jerry Peek, Commerce, Tammie and Tommy Pinnell, Commerce, Carolyn and Brent Jennings, Greenwood, S.C., and Tina Sears, Commerce; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Mack A. Donahoo
Mack A. Donahoo, 58, died Sunday, April 14, 2002.
A native of Lincoln, Ala., he was the son of Lucille Donahoo, Commerce, and the late Mack E. Donahoo.
Mr. Donahoo was a U.S. Army veteran, an ordained deacon and a Mason. A 29-year resident of Athens, he was retired from the University of Georgia. He was a member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church and a volunteer with WMSL Radio.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 16, at 1 p.m. at Prince Avenue Baptist Church with Revs. Bill Ricketts and John Verschuren officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Breathe Club.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Jenny Donahoo; his daughter, Jennifer Donahoo-Dobbins, Athens; son and daughter-in-law, Mack E. and Amye Donahoo, Watkinsville; sister, Dianna Savage, Commerce; two grandchildren, Christian Dobbins and Jackson Donahoo; several nieces and nephews; and extended family members, Eric and Penny Kirkland, Andrew, Alex and Kristin, Richmond, Va.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home East was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Otis Fortner
Otis Fortner, 69, of Auburn, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at University Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Mr. Fortner was a son of the late Oscar William and Lelia Gunter Fortner.
He was a poultry farmer. Mr. Fortner was preceded in death by a son, Gary Fortner.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. John Johnson officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Roger Fortner and Larry Fortner, both of Commerce; two daughters, Joyce McNab, Winder, and Louise Collins, Auburn; one brother, Eugene Fortner, Jefferson; two sisters, Ruth Thompson, North Carolina, and Annie Mae Reed, Virginia; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Ruth A. Holcomb
Mrs. Ruth Allen Holcomb, 71, of Cornelia, died Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in White County on November 16, 1930, 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 were 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 was 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.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Richard Kimsey Williams
Richard Kimsey Williams, 71, Nicholson, died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Madison County, he was born Sept. 27, 1930 and was the son of the late Hopie Chandler Williams and John Quilla Williams. He was a truck driver and a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Lee Hunter officiating.
Survivors include three sons, David Williams, New Orleans, La., Gary Williams, Commerce, and Jim Williams, Colorado Springs, Colo; two daughters, Kathy Coleman and Pat Williams, both of Athens; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Sam Bagwell Jr.
Sam Bagwell Jr., 80, Bath, S.C., died Sunday, April 14, 2002.
A native of Laurens, S.C., he was the husband of the late Vera Redd Bagwell and was the son of Samuel and Mary Lamb Bagwell. He was a Baptist and a member of Local Union #85.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley, S.C., with the Rev. Louis Swanson officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were Bobby Lamb, Hal Lamb, Robbie Bagwell, Walt Bagwell, Ron Duncan and David Hutto.
Mr. Bagwell is survived by his daughters, Linda Bagwell Lamb, Commerce, and Judy Bagwell Duncan, Langley, S.C.,; his sons, Jimmy Bagwell, Bath, S.C., and Ronnie Bagwell, Aiken, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Hatcher Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Saralene M. Brooks
Mrs. Saralene M. Brooks, of Commerce, died Friday, April 12, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
During her lifetime, Mrs. Brooks had been a floral designer and a homemaker, and she taught floral design through continuing education at Gainesville College.
“She enjoyed writing poetry, drawing and painting,” said family members.
A native of Dekalb County, Mrs. Brooks was the daughter of the late Will and Sarah Daniels Moore. She was a member of St. Catherine’s Laboure Catholic Mission, Commerce.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating.
Mrs. Brooks is survived by her husband of 54 years, Judge James L. Brooks, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and David Conley, Colbert; and two grandchildren, Hillary and James David (J.D.), both of Colbert.
Memorials may be made to St. Catherine’s Catholic Mission, 708 State Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Teresa A. Taylor
Mrs. Teresa Ann Taylor, 39, of Monroe, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002.
Mrs. Taylor was employed with Security Finance and was a member of Center Baptist Church, Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross. Burial was in Peachtree Memorial Park, Norcross.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her husband, Jody Martin Taylor, Monroe; two sons, John Paul Hardie-Armstrong, Nicholson, and Donald William Hardie, Arcade; three step-daughters, Kayla Michele Taylor, Jessica Emily Taylor and Chelsea Elizabeth Taylor, all of Stockbridge; her father, Robert Hood, Monroe; two brothers, Gregory E. Hood, Winder, and Robert C. Hood, Statham; one sister, Wendy L. Epperson, Virginia Beach, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002.

Wilda L. Franklin
Mrs. Wilda L. Pool Franklin, 58, of Commearce, died Thursday, April 11, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born January 10, 1944, in San Diego County, Calif., Mrs. Franklin was a daughter of the late Harold and Eva Pool.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating.
Mrs. Franklin is survived by her husband, Robert Franklin Sr., Commerce; one son, Robert Franklin Jr., Ohio; three daughters, Lucinda Hampton and Vicky Ann Morales, both of Long Island, N.Y., and Sandy Westfall, Gilbert, Ariz.; one brother, Ronald Pool, Anniston, Ala.; one sister, Marge Bardowicks, Mesa, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

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Danny N. Kirby
Danny Neil Kirby, 54, of Winder, died Tuesday, April 9, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Kirby served in the U.S. Marines and worked as a plant supervisor with Medical Packaging Tech Inc.
Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. John Johnson officiating.
Mr. Kirby is survived by his wife, Donna L. Davenport, Winder; two sons, Jason Davenport, Winder, and Jason Kirby, Lawrenceville; one daughter, Dana Waters, Buford; his parents, Aniel and Margaret Armstrong Kirby, Laurens, S.C.; two sisters, Cathy Smith and Teresa Kirby, both of Laurens, S.C.; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Suite B-2, Athens, GA 30605.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Debra
Reynolds Lee
Debra Reynolds Lee, 47, Winder, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002 at Barrow Community Hospital.
Mrs. Lee was the daughter of the late Bunyan Reynolds and Joyce Everette Reynolds and was a homemaker.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Terry Brock officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Marion Quinton Lee, Winder; two sons, Mac Lee and Myron Lee, Winder; one daughter, Sharon Wilson, Winder; three brothers, Phillip Ray Reynolds and Tony Reynolds, both of Winder, and Ronald David Reynolds, Athens; two sisters, Jackie Barnette, Statham, and Shirley Metcalf, Arcade; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Misty Pollard
Misty Pollard, 18, Blackburn Road Cleveland, Tenn., formerly of Gainesville, died Friday April 12, 2002, at Bradley Memorial Hospital, Cleveland, Tenn., following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A native of Fulton County, Miss Pollard is the daughter of Michael Pollard and Carol Nichols Pollard. She attended North Gwinnett High School in Buford and West Hall High School. She was a member of Gwinnett Hall Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home with the Rev. Ernest Nichols officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens.
Survivors include her daughter, Trinity Lee Yvone Smith, Cleveland, Tenn.; her mother and step-father, Carol Pollard and Rusty Kenneth Blazer, Gainesville; her father, Michael Pollard, Hampton; brothers, Michael Pollard, Gainesville, Jeremy Ellis, Commerce, and Marshall Ellis, Gainesville; sisters, Amber Blazer, Ashley Blazer and April Blazer, all of Gainesville; grandfather, Lloyd Pollard, Commerce; and two uncles, Louie Nichols, Toccoa, and Steve Nichols, Chatsworth.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Misty Pollard Memorial Fund, in care of BB&T, 2895 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, Ga. 30504
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangments.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Robbie ‘Blondell’ Reynolds
Robbie “Blondell” Reynolds, 87, Winder, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at Barrow Community Center.
She was a member of White Plains Baptist Church and she attended New Beginning Baptist Church in Monroe. She was retired from the Carwood Manufacturing Company. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Brewer and Lillie Fields Brewer and wife of the late Marion T. Reynolds.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at White Plains Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Turk and Kevin Paige officiating. Burial was in White Plains Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include her sons, Gene Reynolds, Winder, and David Reynolds, Crawford; daughters, Doris Lee, Commerce, Bonnie Jones, Jackson, Nan Pruitt, Jefferson, Katherine Camp, Winder, and Betty Pruitt, Jefferson; one brother, Herchel Brewer, Jefferson; one sister, Virginia Reynolds, Augusta; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Robert Charles ‘R.C.’ Smith
Robert Charles “R.C.” Smith, 77, of Jefferson died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at the V.A. Hospital following an extended illness.
Born April 21, 1924, in Dawson County, he was a son of the late Evie Madge Townsend and Robert Chelsey Smith. Mr. Smith was also preceded in death by sons Charles Eugene Smith and Raymond Earl Smith and brothers William Lawrence Smith, Ben Smith and Roy Smith.
Mr. Smith was retired from Jefferson Mills and was a farmer. He became a member of Crooked Creek Baptist Church at age 15. He attended the University of Georgia, where he majored in agriculture. Mr. Smith was a World War II veteran of the European Theater, 1061st Engineers Port Construction and Repair Group, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was later transferred to 3rd Army under Gen. Patton.
The funeral was held Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at 4:30 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial followed at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Robby Corpus, Matt Rintoul, Steve Satterfield, Brandon Smith, Chris Smith and Tim Smith.
Survivors include Mr. Smith’s wife, Ruth Smith, Jefferson; two daughters, Elise Corpus and Mary Lou Smith, both of Jefferson; four sons, Jimmy Smith, Augusta, Leonard Smith and Tony Smith, both of Jefferson, and Willard Smith, Evans; four sisters, Ruby Martin, Hapeville, Sybil Satterfield, Athens, Madge Thomas, Rockmart, and Sue Wier, Jefferson; seven grandchildren, Katherine Rintoul, Sandra Webb, Robby Corpus, Chris Smith, Tim Smith, Brandon Smith and Amber Smith; and one great-grandchild, Triston Webb.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Robert Edward Whatley Sr.
Robert Edward Whatley Sr., 60, Maysville, died Saturday, April 13, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born December 20, 1941, in Elbert County, he was a son of the late Lena Hix and Albert Whatley.
Mr. Whatley was a safety and training coordinator for Jackson EMC. Family members said, “Bob was and is a child of God.” He was a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson.
The funeral was at 4 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2002, at the Galilee Christian Church family life center, with minister Tom Plank and Harold Huff officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Benny Bagwell, Bill Burns, Tim Burns, Jim Smith, Phil Strickland and Jeff Vogt. Honorary pallbearers were Jackson EMC employees and Bob Whatley Sunday School Class.
Survivors include Mr. Whatley’s wife, Betty Maxey Whatley, Maysville; two daughters, Lyn Farmer, Jefferson, and Laura Whatley, Maysville; a son and daughter-in-law, Rob and Cherry Whatley, Maysville; two brothers, Robert Davis, Commerce, and Tommy Davis, Hull; one sister, Diane McGinnis, Commerce; his wife’s mother, Mildred Maxey, Watkinsville; a cousin, Harold Huff; three sisters-in-law; five grandchildren; and an “inherited mother,” Mrs. Susie Davis.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Galilee Christian Church Building Fund, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Larry James Thomas
Larry James Thomas, 51, Winder, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, in Doraville.
The son of James Jewell Thomas and Dorothy Frances Thomas, Winder, he was a member of Carter Hill Christian Church. He was employed as an inspector at General Motors. He served in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Terry Thomas.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at Carter Hill Christian Church. The Revs. Ned Davis and Harold Corbin will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at Smith Funeral Home, Winder.
Survivors include: son, Joshua James Thomas, Bethlehem; daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Michael Hughes, Bethlehem; daughter, Jennifer Anne Thomas, Bethlehem; girlfriend, Patsy Coleman, Milledgeville; brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Kathy Thomas, Bethlehem; sister, Diane Tiller, Winder; sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Sam Hardigree, Winder; and five nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Lonnie Worley
Lonnie Worley, 84, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born in Banks County, Mr. Worley was the son of the late Will and Carrie Lord Worley.
He had lived in Hall County since 1967 and was retired from the City of Gainesville Public Lands and Building Department, where he was assigned to the City of Gainesville Police Department. Mr. Worley was a member of Victory Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Chandler Worley.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Riverbend Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Payne, Chief Frank Hooper and Captain Shane Lazenby officiating. Burial will be in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Maxine and Dudley Trapnell and Elaine and Stanley Sexton, all of Gainesville, and Judy and Colie Lacey, Commerce; grandchildren, Keith and Laura Lacey, Mansfield, Texas, Kelly and Kirk Barrett and Sheri and Alvin Turk, all of Gainesville, Gail and John Beauchamp, Commerce, Jennifer and Shane Lazenby, Fayetteville, N.C., and Kristi and Greg Simmons, Winder; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Roy Worley, Helen, Jack Worley, Winder, and Bobby Worley, Nicholson; sisters, Ruby Standridge, Brockton Community, Mildred Green, Hull, and Myrtle Lawson, Nicholson; sister-in-law, Lola Mae Worley, Griffin; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Ellen Sophie Freeman
Ellen Sophie Freeman, 74, Jefferson, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at BJC Medical Center following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, she was born Oct. 25, 1927 and was the daughter of the late Florence “Loyd” Freeman and Gus Freeman. She was a retired spinner from Jefferson Mills.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 19, at Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson, with minister Tom Plank officiating. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Survivors include: one brother, Bob Freeman, Jefferson; brother-in-law, Royce Simmons, Jefferson, and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Galilee Christian Church Building Fund, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Ruth Bruner
Ruth Bruner, 89, Hoschton, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at Embracing Hospice.
Mrs. Bruner was a former resident of Pompano Beach, Fla. She was retired from Motorola in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where she worked as a secretary. She was the daughter of the late George and Amanda Gilck Burns and the wife of the late Otto Bruner.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, Winder. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Pompano Beach, Fla. The family will receive friends at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Roberta Bruner, Hoschton, and three grandchildren, Vickie Chames, Julie McKinnon and Donna Briner.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Suite B-2, Athens, Ga., 30605.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Billy Ray Epps
Billy Ray Epps, 65, Statham, died Monday, April 15, 2002, at his residence.
He was a member of Bethabara Baptist Church. Epps retired from General Cable in 1992. He was the son of the late John Epps and Grace Blackmon Epps. He was preceded in death by a brother, Curtis Epps, and a sister, Imogene Drake.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Revs. Frank Johnson and Asa Thomas officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Lou Pursley Epps, Statham; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Rosemary Epps, Homer; daughters and son-in-law, Rhonda and Ricky Collins, Nicholson, and Lesia and Charles Weaber, Statham; mother-in-law, Lona Mae Sanders, Statham; one brother, Johnny Epps, Watkinsville; one sister, Jeanette Smith, Winterville; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and four step-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made by Vista Care, 767 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, Ga., 30606.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002

Dartha B. Jackson
Mrs. Dartha Bray “Dot” Jackson, 76, of Buford, formerly of Carnesville, died Monday, April 15, 2002.
Mrs. Jackson was born October 23, 1925. She was a former Jackson County resident and was a member of Zidon Baptist Church, Royston.
“‘Mamaw’ was a treasure to all her family and will be missed deeply,” said family members.
Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Jackson, and a daughter, Rhonda Jackson Garvin.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford, with the Revs. Stanley Bray, James Dumas and Roy Lee Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Cleve Stanfield, Buford, and Betty and Don Davenport, Gainesville; grandchildren, Kevin Stanfield, Kyle and Gwen Stanfield, Gene and Jamey Garvin, Greg and Christy Garvin, Theresa and Mike Bennett, Charles and Connie Davenport, Jack and Terri Davenport and Terry and Jill Davenport; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Viola Cress, Carnesville, and Elsie Cook, Daleville, Ala.; and brothers, Seldon Bray, Royston, and J.C. Bray, Anderson, S.C.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 17, 2002


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