Jackson County Obituaries...

April 24, 2002

Joyce Wilkerson
Mrs. Mary Joyce “Bootie” Farr Rogers Wilkerson, 63, of Pendergrass, died Saturday, April 20, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Wilkerson was born December 21, 1938, in Hall County. She was a daughter of the late Charles Luther and Pearl Mayellen Wofford Farr.
Mrs. Wilkerson was a homemaker and was a member of Pendergrass Baptist Church, Pendergrass. She was also a member of the Pendergrass City Council for 11 years.
In addition, Mrs. Wilkerson volunteered her time by raising funds to benefit Cerebral Palsy and the American Cancer Society.
Family members said, “she was a dedicated, loving mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren.”
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Lee Hunter officiating.
Mrs. Wilkerson is survived by her loving husband of 17 years, R.C. Wilkerson, Pendergrass; daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Ron Monday, Baldwin, Judy Rogers and Jane Nichols, Gainesville, and Rachel and Travis Gabriel, Pendergrass; sons and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Susan Rogers, Spartanburg, S.C., and Charles Rogers, Commerce; step-daughters, Barbara Morrow and Donna Pearson; sisters, Lorene Benefiel and Janice Thompson, both of Gainesville, and Doris Wallace, Flowery Branch; brother, Zeke Farr, Gainesville; seven grandchildren, Andrea Faulkner and Cassie Monday, both of Baldwin, Derrek Moody, Athens, Dylan and Austin Rogers, Spartanburg, S.C., and Whitney and Vanessa Gabriel, Pendergrass; five step-grandchildren; one great-grandson, Evan Faulkner, Baldwin; and a beloved friend, Sandy Beck, Pendergrass.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002

Ralph L. Harrison
Ralph Lamar Harrison, 84, of Tignall, died Wednesday, April 17, 2002.
Mr. Harrison was born September 16, 1917, in Walton County.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 19, in the chapel of Meadows Funeral Home, Inc., Monroe, with the Revs. Roonie Wilson, Lamar Casper and Don Malcom officiating. Burial was in Hill Haven Cemetery. Ray Sanders, Kevin Harrison, Steven McClure, Sheldon Davis, Nicholas Harrison, Stanton Girod and Todd Phillips served as pallbearers.
Mr. Harrison is survived by his wife, Myrtice Mobley Harrison, Tignall; children, Jimmie and Sarah Harrison, Tignall, Calvin and Dianne Harrison, Lynn and Judy Harrison and Ed and Lisa Harrison, all of Monroe, Sandra and Darrell McClure, Commerce, Wayne and Janet Harrison, Crawford, and Shelia Harrison and Vinny Failla, both of Acworth; brothers, Walter Harrison, Decatur, and Milton Harrison, Donald Harrison and Dillard Harrison, all of Monroe; sisters, Martha Heathcoe, Tampa, Fla., Mary Weathington, Snellville, and Levie Cook, Athens; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002

Eulos G. Maddox
Eulos G. Maddox, 75, of Gainesville, formerly of Hoschton, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Maddox was a son of the late Early J. and Lois Davis Maddox.
He was a former supervisor of inspectors with Cagle Poultry and was a member of Sharon Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Sharon Baptist Church with the Revs. Dwayne Ryals and Gary Carlyle officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol Ann Brown, Conyers; two sons, William Maddox, Monroe, and Alvin Maddox, Alpharetta; one brother, Roger Maddox, Braselton; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002

Betty J. Free
Mrs. Betty Jean Rumsey Free, 69, of Maysville, died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at her residence following a short illness.
Born in Banks County on June 17, 1932, Mrs. Free was a daughter of the late Russell and Lillie Pritchett Rumsey.
She was formerly employed with Carwood Manufacturing Company and was a member of Cornelia Christian Church. Mrs. Free was preceded in death by her husband, William Ford Free.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with David Terrell officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include four sons, Preston Free, Edward Simmons, Hawaii, and James Simmons and Bobby Simmons, both of Maysville; two sisters, Grace Simmons and Joyce Jordan, both of Maysville; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002

Essalene
S. Wheeler
Mrs. Essalene Smith Wheeler, 87, of Lula, died Sunday, April 14, 2002 at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on September 5, 1914, Mrs. Wheeler was the daughter of the late William Sheldon and Thanie Cagle Smith.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Bellton Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Bellton Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Nix, Paul Morris and Cecil Thomas officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Floyd Wheeler, Lula; three daughters, Wanda Poole, Lula, Hilda Hood, Cleveland, and Wilma Parker, Toccoa; one son, Delmer Wheeler, Jefferson; two brothers, Troy Smith and Leroy Smith, both of Lula; one sister, Lucille Smith, Lula; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002

Bonnie M. Culver
Mrs. Bonnie M. (Pursley) Culver, 77, of Winder, died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at Winder Health Care.
Mrs. Culver was a daughter of the late Harrison Mell Pursley and Ethel Sullens Pursley, and was the wife of the late David M. Culver.
She was of the Baptist denomination.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Culver was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice Culver, and a son, Jimmy Culver.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Clarence Reynolds and Roy Turk officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth Allen Culver, Good Hope; four daughters, Carole McDonald, Commerce, Janet Gillett, Toccoa, Patsy Shipman, Culbert, and Gayle Boyd, Bethlehem; two sisters, Pauline Peppers, Winder, and Nellie Pruitt, Athens; 21 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002

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Wayne Murphy
Wayne Murphy, 49, of Hoschton, died Saturday, April 20, 2002.
Born in Gwinnett County, Mr. Murphy had resided in Jackson County for most of his life. He was a grandson of the late Claude and Stella Landers and the late Herman and Julia Murphy.
Mr. Murphy was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Mitchell Ray Chadwick.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Ollie V. Hayes and Gary Carlyle and Benny Parker officiating. Burial was in the Mulberry Baptist Church cemetery. Benny Parker, the Rev. Gary Carlyle, Michael Murphy, Michael McDaniel, Michael Helton and Ricky Parker served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Chadwick, Michael Chadwick and Greg Chadwick.
Mr. Murphy is survived by his parents, the Rev. Leonard and Ora Murphy, Hoschton; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Winfred Chadwick, Lawrenceville; nephews and spouses, Gary and Cecily Chadwick, Auburn, Michael and Heather Chadwick, Monroe, and Greg and Stacy Chadwick, Buford; several cousins and a host of friends.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002

Colie F. Wilson
Colie Frank Wilson, 73, of Winder, died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Wilson served in the Korean War and had been employed with Fleet Transport as a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manson Wilson and Janie Flowers Wilson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Warren Gardener officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jeannette S. Wilson; sons, William (Billy), Davis and Jeff Wilson, all of Winder; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Joan Wilson, Winder; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Bobby Canup, Winder; sister and brother-in-law, Edna and W.C. Smith, Decatur; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Delores and Roger Potts, Jefferson; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James and Faye Simmons, Winder; brother-in-law, Almond Mote, Decatur; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to New Life Presbyterian Church.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002

Wilda Higginbotham
Mrs. Wilda Ariail Higginbotham, 86, of Commerce, died Thursday, April 18, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born March 11, 1916, in Franklin County, Mrs. Higginbotham was the daughter of Robert and Ruby Mize Ariail, and the wife of the late James D. Higginbotham.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Bold Spring United Methodist Church, where she served as past secretary of the UMW.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Higginbotham was preceded in death by two sisters, Elsie Neal and Loise Bramlett.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Bold Spring United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stephen Horne and Stewart Lang officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, June Blankenship, Commerce; grandson, Michael Blankenship, Athens; granddaughter, Michelle Hill, Montgomery, Ala.; and one great-grandson.
Memorials may be made to the Bold Spring United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Sybil Franks, 1970 Holbrook Road, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002

Julie Townsend
Ms. Julie Townsend, 70, of Snellville, died Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at Embracing Hospice, Snellville.
Ms. Townsend was born September 19, 1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Anthony and Susan Masie Paduano.
A resident of Jackson, Ga., for seven years, she had been a resident of Snellville for the past three years. A member of Providence Congregational Methodist Church, Jackson, Mrs. Townsend enjoyed working with the Salvation Army in Jackson. She also enjoyed cooking, painting and activities with the church, said family members, and was known as a loving and devoted grandmother.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Providence Congregational Methodist Church with the Revs. Ken Stephens, Will Lewis and Mary Jo Willoughby officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Will Lewis, Oxford; sons and daughters-in-law, Glen and Jenea (Cricket) Townsend, Snellville, Bruce and Susan Townsend, Covington, and Rick and Carolyn Townsend, Jefferson; sister, Fran Kwasniowski, Adams, Mass.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, Covington, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002

Clara M. Williams
Mrs. Clara M. Williams, 77, of Commerce, died Friday, April 19, 2002, at BJC Nursing Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Williams was born July 11, 1924, in Franklin County to the late Claude L. Hart and Leila Slaton Hart.
She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her first husband, David E. Pace, and a brother, Charlie L. Hart.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Freedom Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Green officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include her husband, Eugene Williams, Commerce; two sons, Joseph E. Pace, Dahlonega, and Robert L. Pace, Gainesville; one daughter, Brenda P. Williams, Commerce; one brother, Hugh Hart, Commerce; and three grandchildren, Chad Williams, Sheila Pace and Syble Pace.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 24, 2002


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