Jackson County Obituaries...

MAY 15, 2002

Inez S. Martin
Mrs. Inez Stamey Martin, 74, of Jefferson, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Martin was born June 21, 1927, in Brevard, N.C. She was a daughter of Mable Corn Flanagan, Travelers Rest, S.C., and the late Reid Stamey.
Mrs. Martin was a homemaker and a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Henry Martin, and a son, James Ronald Martin.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Herman Buffington, John Crenshaw, R.L. Griffeth, Greg Keith, Forrest Seabolt and Thomas Wilbanks served as pallbearers.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Martin is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Henry Doster, Jefferson; sister, Nell Case, Brevard, N.C.; brothers, Bobby Flanagan, Piedmont, S.C., and Tom Flanagan, Liberty, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Lou Ellen Hamilton and Juanita McKinney; special friend, Charlie Horn, Athens; grandchildren, Tammy and Scott Buffington and Darrell Doster, and fiancée, Lisa Duffy; great-grandchildren, Martin Lee Buffington and Brittany Buffington; adopted grandchild, Kelly Pritchett; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Galilee Christian Church Building Fund, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Ernest E. Donehoo
Ernest Edward Donehoo, 79, of Toccoa, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at Stephens County Hospital following an extended illness.
Mr. Donehoo was born April 4, 1923, in Atlanta, a son of the late Harold A. and Lillian Beatrice Bruce Donehoo.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, in Crestlawn Memorial Park, Atlanta.
Mr. Donehoo is survived by one brother, Emory Eugene Donehoo, Atlanta; and two sisters, Dorothy Marie Elrod, Lilburn, and Rosa Lee Gee, Pendergrass.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Seabron
B. Watkins
Seabron B. Watkins, 71, of Athens, died Monday, May 13, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Watkins was a son of the late John Willie and Blanche Drake Watkins.
He was retired from A&P Food Store, with 36 years of service. Mr. Watkins was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the American Legion, Amvets Post 10 and the Moose Lodge. He was also a member of Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Revs. Robert Passmore, Buford Lockman and Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in the Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery. Beachum Thomas, Dit Powell, Stanley Watkins, David Watkins, Charlie Watkins and Frankie White served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers included members of Amvets Post 10.
Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife, Marvella Watkins; daughter, Karen Watkins, Athens; son, Michael S. Watkins, Nicholson; two brothers, Troy Watkins, Union Grove, N.C., and Frankie Watkins, Hull; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Martin R. Babb
Martin Richard “Marty” Babb, 45, of Jefferson, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at Emory-Dunwoody Medical Center following an accident.
Mr. Babb was born in Jacksonville, Fla., on October 30, 1956. He was a son of Edna Elizabeth Reynolds Babb, Jefferson, and the late Joe Edward Babb.
Mr. Babb was employed as an electrician with Phoenix Electric Co., Lawrenceville, and was a member of Covenant Faith World Outreach, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Monday, May 13, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jason Gratehouse officiating. A private burial was held.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Babb is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe Edward Jr. and Martha Babb, Commerce, and Larry and Tammy Babb, Jefferson; and sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Finn Jensen, Tampa, Fla.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Shirley A. Patrick
Mrs. Shirley A. Patrick, 65, of Statham, died Friday, May 10, 2002.
Mrs. Patrick was a daughter of the late Clifford Hamby and Helen Mathis.
She was a homemaker and attended Grace Baptist Church, Watkinsville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with Pastors Ed Strickland and Billy Driskell officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Patrick is survived by her husband, Morris Patrick, Statham; sons, Ronald Patrick and Chad Patrick, both of Bogart, Stanley Patrick, Winder, and Tracy Patrick, Commerce; daughter, Shelby Nalley, Statham; sisters, Margaret Hall, Dacula, and Patsy Cline, Statham; brothers, Eddie Cash and Jack Cash, both of Statham, and Joe Cash, Bogart; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Charles R. Stanfield
Charles Raymond Stanfield, 69, of Nicholson, died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Stanfield was born May 17, 1932, in Lees County, Fla., a son of the late Harold and Louise Stanfield.
He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, at New Harmony Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth Dillard and Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Stanfield is survived by his wife, Shelley Silvers Stanfield, Nicholson; four sons, Michael Stanfield, Nicholson, Spencer Stanfield, Tampa, Fla., Steven Stanfield, Daytona, Fla., and Charles Stanfield Jr., Memphis, Tenn.; three daughters, Jennifer O’Neal, Tampa, Fla., Rashell Stanfield, Nicholson, and Debbie Webster, Key Largo, Fla.; one brother, Jack Stanfield, Bogart; one sister, Linda Insignia, Simpsonville, S.C.; and one grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Herman Walters
Herman Walters, 47, of Lavonia, died Friday, May 10, 2002.
A native of Oconee County, S.C., Mr. Walters was a son of the late George and Polly Walters.
He was employed as an electrician and was a member of the Northeast Georgia Saddle Club. Mr. Walters was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include one daughter, Brooke Sims, Commerce; one sister, Diane Floyd, Hartwell; his fiancée, Tammy Haley, Lavonia; and one grandchild.
Hamby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Edith Oliver
Edith Oliver, 87, of Flint, Mich., died Thursday, May 9, 2002.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 13, in Flint, Mich.
Survivors include her sister, Margie Dundore, Commerce.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Allene W. Duck
Mrs. Allene White Duck, 85, of Braselton, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, in Patterson, Calif., following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Duck was born December 23, 1916, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Thomas and Rilla M. White.
Mrs. Duck was a homemaker and was a member of Zion Baptist Church, Braselton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gibson Lewis Duck, and a son, Ray Duck.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mrs. Duck is survived by a son, Stan Duck, Patterson, Calif.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

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Emma J. Berrong
Mrs. Emma Jane Gibbs Berrong, 104, died Monday, May 13, 2002.
Mrs. Berrong was born in Jackson County near Commerce on February 16, 1898, but lived most of her life in Habersham County. She was a daughter of the late Leonard Hamilton Gibbs and Minnie Elizabeth Burns Gibbs, and was the last surviving member of her family.
Mrs. Berrong was an Alumna of Piedmont College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a teacher in the Habersham County school system for 16 years. She was the oldest living member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia, where she served as organist and pianist during its early years. She later taught Adult Sunday School Class and Circle Bible Studies.
For nine years, Mrs. Berrong was a housemother at Brenau College and co-manager of the College Bookstore. She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Joseph Leroy Berrong, a daughter, Lorraine Burns Berrong, and a son-in-law, Donald L. Rowlee.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at the First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia with the Rev. Blaine Walker officiating.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Wynne and James C. Davis Jr., Carlisle, Mass., Joanne Rowlee, Ellicott City, Md., Yvonne and Bomar Olds, Cornelia, Jane and Stephen Engquist, Mt. Airy, Elaine and Vaughn Earl Hartsell, Max Meadows, Va., and Phyllis and Charlie Gary, Alomogordo, N.M.; 13 grandchildren, Martha Burns Davis, James C. Davis III, Jane Davis Williams, Susan Rowlee Testoff, Barbara Rowlee Ford, David Rowlee, Derek Engquist, Benjamin Engquist, Rand Hartsell, Molly Hartsell Robosson, Paige Hartsell DuPont, Tamara Gary Swilley and Reid Gary; and 17 great-grandchildren, Simone Nicastro, James C. Davis IV, Page Wynne Williams, Gaelyn Williams, Bryn Williams, Aaron Testoff, Tucker Testoff, Johnathan Ford, Daniel Ford, Parker Kellner, Vaughn DuPont, Sukha DuPont, Elam Swilley, Matthew Swilley, Lauren Gary, Kayla Gary and Amber Gary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Global Missions, First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 165, Cornelia, GA 30531.
The family was to have received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Billy Poole
Billy Poole, 61, of Bethlehem, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002.
Mr. Poole had been employed as a machine operator with AMI, Doraville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James M. and Dora Poole, and a brother, Jack Poole.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder. Entombment was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Poole is survived by two sons, Tony Poole, Nicholson, and Ronald Poole, Suwanee; two daughters, Brenda Watson, Winder, and Caren Poole, Bethlehem; two sisters, Inez Adkins, Maysville, and Joanne Rogers, Dahlonega; two brothers, Jerry Poole, Lawrenceville, and Randy Poole, Buford; special friend, Barbara Howington, Helen; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Clarence J. Whitehead Jr.
Clarence J. Whitehead Jr., 79, of Commerce, formerly of Greenville, S.C., died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Whitehead was a son of the late Clarence J. Sr. and Willie Hodge Whitehead.
He was retired from the textile industry as senior vice-president of Harmony Grove Mill, Commerce, and from Woodside Mills, Fountain Inn, S.C. Mr. Whitehead was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the Sixth Marine Division in the South Pacific.
He was a graduate of Clemson University Class of 1951 and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Commerce.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, in Woodland Memorial Park, Greenville, S.C., with the Rev. Ron Davis officiating.
Mr. Whitehead is survived by his wife, Barbara Matthews Whitehead, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Samuel E. and Susan R. Whitehead, Greenville, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Beth W. and Ray Mattox, Commerce; brothers, Billy M. Whitehead, Greenville, S.C., and Charles E. Whitehead, Jamestown, N.C.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, or to the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, Greenwood, S.C.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Modell C. Sorrow
Mrs. Modell Carrie Baker Sorrow, 72, of Crawford, died Sunday, May 12, 2002.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Sorrow was the daughter of the late Arvil and Cora Lee Watkins Baker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank T. Sorrow, a son, Frank (Bimbo) Norris, and a brother, Alfred Baker.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in Crawford Cemetery with the Rev. Jamie Doster officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Henry Paul Sorrow, Commerce, and Mark Thomas Sorrow, Crawford; two daughters, Janice Sheridan, Crawford, and Lawana Faye Sorrow, Athens; seven brothers, W.C. Baker, Commerce, Horace Baker, Lonnie Baker, Calvin Baker, Bob Baker and Wendy Baker, all of Maysville, and Shirley Baker, Alto; one sister, Jean Richey, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Chapel, Crawford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Bobbie J. Day
Mrs. Bobbie Jean Manders Day, 72, of Winder, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at Barrow Community Hospital.
Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Day was a daughter of the late Clarence and Rozie Bentley Ensley.
She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 13, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Chris Yancey and Clarence Ensley Jr. officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Manders is survived by her husband, Jimmy Day, Winder; son and daughter-in-law, Hal and Pam McElhannon, Winder; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Jean and Ronnie Goodson, Winder; step-children, Sherry Graham, Elaine Anderson and Dale McDaniel, all of Winder; brothers, Clarence Ensley Jr., Atlanta, Willard Ensley, Forest Park, Douglas Ensley and Gerald Ensley, both of Baltimore, Md., and Jimmy Ensley, Clemson, S.C.; grandchildren, Chuck and Michelle McBrayer, Chris and Justin McElhannon, Chris and Nicole Hatcher and Olivia Skinner; great-grandchild, Erica McBrayer; 10 step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to The Gideon Camp, 1019, P.O. Box 449, Winder, GA 30680.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002

Sadie H. Elder
Mrs. Sadie Hill Elder, of Winder, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at her residence.
Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Elder was a daughter of the late Myrtie Edward and Nancy Wright Hill.
She was a member of Chapel Christian Church. Mrs. Elder was married to the late Ernest Elder for 64 years.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Chapel Christian Church with the Revs. Jim Stephens and Tom Vanlaningham officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Eddie and David Elder, both of Winder; one daughter, Mary Ann Baker, Winder; two sisters, Mary Patrick, Winder, and Evelyn Weatherford, Gainesville; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, Athens.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 15, 2002


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