Jackson County Obituaries...

MAY 22, 2002

Tina M. Simpson
Mrs. Tina Merritt Simpson, 36, of Pendergrass, died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
Born in Rabun County on July 8, 1965, Mrs. Simpson was a daughter of the late George and Fannie Giles Merritt.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Blue Heights Baptist Church, Clayton.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Pendergrass Baptist Church cemetery with the Revs. Greg Bagley and Danny Cannon officiating.
Mrs. Simpson is survived by her husband, James Simpson, Pendergrass; one son, James David Simpson Jr., Pendergrass; one daughter, Vivian Rose Simpson, Pendergrass; and one brother, Chris Collins, Gainesville.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002

Buddy E. Lewis
Buddy E. Lewis, 61, of Winder, died Tuesday, May 14, 2002.
Mr. Lewis was born in Cedartown and had resided in Winder for the past three years. He was a retired service station operator and was of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by his wife, Annette Austin Lewis, and his father, Roland L. Lewis.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with Pastor Donald McGaha officiating. Burial was in Mellwood Cemetery, Decatur.
Survivors include one daughter, Robin Lewis, Knoxville, Tenn.; three sons, Michael Lewis, Woodstock, Jeffrey Lewis, Winder, and Scott Lewis, Newnan; his mother, Mary Lewis, Winder; three sisters, Dorothy Jo Chambers, Grantville, and Sara Parker and Mary Jane Huff, both of Stockbridge; five brothers, Billy Lewis, Stockbridge, Wayne Lewis, Auburn, David Lewis, Pendergrass, Earl Lewis, Stockbridge, and Donnie Lewis, Winder; and nine grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002

Johnnie R. Casper
Mrs. Johnnie Rice Davis Casper, 65, of Danielsville, died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at her home.
Mrs. Casper was born in Jackson County on October 22, 1936, a daughter of the late John Henry and Mamie Lee Watson Davis.
She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Casper is survived by her husband, William “Red” Casper, Danielsville; three sons, Mark Rice, Ila, and Jeff Rice and Grayson Casper, both of Danielsville; two daughters, Paula Caudell, Danielsville, and Wendy Guntharp, Ila; one brother, Bob Davis, Royston; one sister, Judy Cagle, Hull; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002

Paul Whitlock
Paul “Tom” Whitlock, 67, of Lula, died Monday, May 20, 2002, at Lanier Park Hospital.
Mr. Whitlock was born March 15, 1935, in Jackson County. He was the son of the late Marvin and Lillie Mae Dills Whitlock.
Mr. Whitlock was a retired poultry farmer. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tammy Inez Brock.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, in Banks County Memorial Park with the Rev. Luther Williams officiating.
Mr. Whitlock is survived by his wife, Mary Helen Whitsel Whitlock, Lula; one daughter, Peggy Collins, Lula; three sons, Steve Whitlock, Gillsville, Darrel Whitlock, Commerce, and Jeff Whitlock, Homer; one sister, Mary Lee Tolbert, Baldwin; and six grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002

Donna Morris
Mrs. Donna Rae Phillips Morris, 64, of Watkinsville, died Friday, May 17, 2002.
A lifelong resident of Watkinsville, Mrs. Morris was the daughter of the late Buford and Grace Irene Phillips.
Mrs. Morris was a homemaker and was a member of Johnson United Methodist Church, Watkinsville. She was preceded in death by a brother, Grady Gene Phillips.
Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Revs. Odell Elrod and Bob Murphy officiating. Burial was in Colbert Cemetery. Rick Morris, Joe Lamar Morris, Dane Bishop, Mark Phillips, Allen Phillips and Jason Nelms served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Morris is survived by her husband, Joe Donald Morris; two sons, Ricky Joe Morris, Athens, and Tony Lamar Morris, Panama City, Fla.; one brother, Herbert Hoyle Phillips, Warner Robins; two sisters, Sandra Phillips Bishop, Titusville, Fla., and Debra Phillips Nelms, Gainesville; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002

James L. Rutledge
James Lester Rutledge, 86, of Winder, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Rutledge was retired from R & R Manufacturing Company, where he worked as a sewing machine mechanic, and was a member of the First Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucile Rutledge, and his parents, Moses Rutledge and Fannie Estelle Williams Rutledge.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 20, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Terry Tippens officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Rutledge, Camarillo, Calif., and Wayne Rutledge, Lakewood, Calif.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002

James F. Smith
James Franklin Smith, 79, of Athens, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002.
Born in Madison County, Mr. Smith was a son of the late Lester Smith and Lula Sorrow.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired from self-employment in pest control.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 17, in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Luther Fouche officiating.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Mae Porterfield Smith, Athens; one sister, Rachel Adams, Royston; one brother, Otis A. Smith, Hartwell; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002

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Herbert W. Hattaway Jr.
Herbert W. Hattaway Jr., 68, of Commerce, died Monday, May 20, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Hattaway was born November 19, 1933, in Richmond County, a son of the late Herbert W. Hattaway Sr. and Octavia Maloney Hattaway.
He was a graduate of Gibson High School and the Junior College of Augusta. Mr. Hattaway was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was the former owner and operator of Tenderland Meat Market in Athens.
He hosted a radio program for seven years on WNGC, Athens, and managed WJJC Radio Station in Commerce for 15 years. Mr. Hattaway was a former member of the Commerce Lions Club and the Commerce Kiwannis Club, and was a member of Victory Baptist Church, Athens.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Elmer Butler and Donald Wilson officiating. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. in Westover Memorial Park, Augusta.
Mr. Hattaway is survived by his wife, Annie Mae Morris Hattaway, of the home; one daughter, Susan Hattaway, Mitchell; one brother, Thad E. Hattaway, Aiken, S.C.; a special friend, Edna Carson, Bogart; two grandchildren, Reid W. Rhodes and Shannon Rhodes, both of Mitchell; and two aunts, Alice Kennedy and Helen Speltz, Augusta.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002

Ruby P. Bagwell
Mrs. Ruby Pugh Bagwell, 85, of Suwanee, died Tuesday, May 21, 2002.
Mrs. Bagwell was a native of Gwinnett County. She was a homemaker and was a member of Peachtree Road Baptist Church, Suwanee.
Mrs. Bagwell was preceded in death by her husband, A.D. “Red” Bagwell, a son, A.D. Bagwell Jr., and a granddaughter, Connie Everett Finn.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Peachtree Road Baptist Church with the Revs. Preston Moore and Jerry Moore officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Janis and Tom Johnson, Doraville, Joyce and Tommy Doster, Commerce, Elaine and Roy Flanigan, Buford, and Bonita and Dennis Evans, Suwanee; sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Linda Bagwell, Hartwell, and Benny and Teresa Bagwell, Lawrenceville; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and four nieces.
The family was to have received friends from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford.
Flanigan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002

Charles M. Chambers
Charles M. Chambers, 81, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002.
A native of Cartersville, Mr. Chambers was a son of the late Charlie and Mabel Owens Chambers. He was the husband of the late Martha Looney Chambers.
Mr. Chambers was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. William Anglin officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens.
Survivors include two sisters, Ida Mae Weaver and Louise Gerrin, both of Danielsville.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002

Joseph
“Joe” Pollard
Joseph Theron “Joe” Pollard, 76, of Comer, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mr. Pollard was born in Smithfield, N.C., on February 26, 1926, a son of the late Carl Louis Pollard and Victoria Evans Pollard.
Shortly thereafter, the family moved to LaGrange, N.C., where he attended school until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Being in the military meant he needed a third name, thus the Joseph was added.
He and Elease Hayes were married June 6, 1958, and they lived in the Atlanta area until his transfer to Charlotte, N.C. There he retired from Allison-Erwin Company after 38 years of service.
Mr. Pollard was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys P. Casey.
“Joe has been blessed with general good health most of his 76 years; however for some time now, the Alzheimer’s disease has robbed him of his thinking and memory capabilities,” said family members. “Complications of this disease and a heart condition contributed to his death. May his soul rest in peace.”
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Henry Shelton and Layman Margaret Britt officiating. Burial was in the Rice Creek Church cemetery. Keith Seymour, Mark Olson, Russell Olson, Trint Baird, Tom Langley and Danny Walker served as pallbearers.
Mr. Pollard is survived by his wife, Elease Hayes Pollard, Comer; and one sister, Margaret Britt, Forest Park.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 22, 2002



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