Jackson County Obituaries...

JUNE 5, 2002

Bethel I. Cash
Mrs. Bethel Irvin Cash, 85, of Hoschton, died Thursday, May 30, 2002.
A daughter of the late Marshall and Aava Skelton Irvin, Mrs. Cash was a lifelong resident of Jackson County. She was the wife of the late Ernest Cash.
Mrs. Cash was retired from Landress-Smith Company, Hoschton, and attended the First Baptist Church of Hoschton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the First Baptist Church of Hoschton with the Revs. John Mark Carpenter and Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in the Zion Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Runette Cantrell and Vernelle Boyd, both of Hoschton, Joyce Stephens, Washington, and Sara Mason, Ft. Valley; one sister, Eula Reynolds, Hoschton; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Ella E. Andrews
Mrs. Ella Elizabeth Myers Andrews, 79, of Blacks Creek Church Road, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Andrews was the daughter of the late J.D. and Inez Minish Tate.
She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing Co. Mrs. Andrews was preceded in death by her first husband, J.B. Myers, and her second husband, Roscoe Andrews, and a daughter, Peggy Sue Myers Bryant.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Doug Duncan and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Maxine Myers, Commerce, daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and William Varner, Commerce; brother, J.W. Tate, Winder; son-in-law, Lamar Bryant, Lavonia; step-son and daughter-in-law, Morris and Mozelle Andrews, Royston; 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

William Smith
William Smith, 54, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 2, 2002.
Mr. Smith was born in Banks County, where he attended public school. He was employed with Jefferson Mills until his retirement and was a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church, Commerce.
Mr. Smith was the son of the late Bertha Smith and Johnny Meyers, and was the husband of the late Jeanette Hancock. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Hancock Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Fair Play Baptist Church, Hull, with Pastor G. Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 11:30 a.m.
Survivors include three daughters, Varonica Anderson and Nancy Flemming, both of Commerce, and Virginia Curry, Gainesville; five sons, John R. Hancock, Jefferson, Roger Hancock, Ricky Hancock and Billy Hancock, all of Athens, and Terry Hancock, Commerce; two sisters, Louise Law Furr and Mary Law, both of Gainesville; three brothers, Alvin Meyers, Louvonia, William Law and Hubert Law Jr., both of Gainesville, and James Smith, Commerce; 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends at 314 Cedar Drive, Commerce.
Forestglen Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Sarah D. Perry
Mrs. Sarah Dell Adams Perry, 77, of Hull, died Monday, June 3, 2002, at Family Life Nursing Home.
Mrs. Perry was born November 20, 1924, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Charlie and Ora Berrong Adams.
Mrs. Perry was a homemaker and was a member of Gordon Chapel United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Perry.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Gordon Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Robert Passmore and Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, David Perry, Athens, and Rodney Perry, Hull; one daughter, Dianne Pless, Toccoa; one brother, Gene Adams, Danielsville; one sister, Nell Adams, Athens; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Bill Waller
Bill Waller, 77, of Commerce, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Waller was born April 19, 1925, in Wilkes County, a son of the late Thomas and Florence Thaxton Waller.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army, and was retired from Union Oil.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Brad Wilson and Verlin Reese officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Waller is survived by his wife, Betty Evans Waller, Commerce; three sons, Bill Perry, Dacula, James T. Waller, Commerce, and William F. Waller Jr., Douglasville; one daughter, Frankie Satterfield, Conway, Ark.; two sisters, Mary Berryman, Crawford, and Reba Pace, Nicholson; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Charles
N. Tolbert
Charles Nelson Tolbert, 68, of Jefferson, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, following an extended illness.
Born February 6, 1934, in Jackson County, Mr. Tolbert was a son of the late Charlie Almond and Ruby Louise Dalton Tolbert.
He was retired from self-employment in the floor covering business and was a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson. Mr. Tolbert was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean Conflict, and was a member of the VFW.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Doster.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Tom Miles and Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. Mike Cotton, Terry Cotton, Rob Edwards, Jeff Whitmire, John Whitmire and Wendell Whitmire served as pallbearers.
Mr. Tolbert is survived by his wife, Peggy Tolbert, Jefferson; daughters, Pam Loggins and Kaye Reynolds, both of Jefferson; son, Chuck Tolbert, Jefferson; sister, Janie T. Cotton, Jefferson; and four grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Ruby Dodd
Mrs. Ruby Dodd, 84, of Winder, died Sunday, June 2, 2002.
Born in Walton County to the late Billy and Annie Belle Westmoreland Malcolm, Mrs. Dodd had resided in Winder for the past 35 years.
She was a housewife and was a member of Riverside Baptist Church, Buford. Mrs. Dodd was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Dodd, and a son, Jack Dodd.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Riverside Baptist Church with the Revs. Harvey Langley and Arthur Sutherland officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Elizabeth Carey and Mary Lee Worsham, both of Winder, Dorothy Wilson, Ellijay, Margie Dodd, Florida, and Joyce McNeal, Locust Grove; two sons, Herman Dodd and Mark Dodd, both of Winder; two sisters, Rachel Everett, Winder, and Myrtice McDougald, Snellville; two brothers, Lillious “Lee” Malcolm, Winder, and William Malcolm, Jefferson; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

William C.
Rogers Sr.
William C. “Bill” Rogers Sr., formerly of Commerce, 1979 president of the National Newspaper Association (NNA) and president of National Newspaper Representatives from 1974 to 1977, died in Swainsboro on Friday, May 31, 2002, following a lengthy battle with cancer. The NNA is a nation-wide organization comprised of over 6,000 community newspapers.
Mr. Rogers served as president of the Georgia Press Association in 1969-1970. He began his newspaper career in 1950 as news editor of the Calhoun Times, served as assistant public relations director of the Central of Georgia Railway in 1955 and as editor of the Waynesboro True Citizen from 1956 until 1959, when he became editor-publisher of the Swainsboro Forest-Blade. He retired in 1990 when he sold the newspaper to his oldest son.
Mr. Rogers was a national recipient of Quill and Scroll. In 1981, he was presented “The Amos Award,” the highest honor given by the National Newspaper Association for “distinguished contributions to American Journalism.” In 1980, NNA and the GPA established the Bill Rogers Sr. Scholarship at the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism, University of Georgia, in recognition of his work.
Mr. Rogers has three publications to his credit: “Black Ash and White Clay,” a novel; “Emanuel Memories,” an informal history of Emanuel County 1776-1976; and “Ten Helpings of Grits,” a collection of his prize-winning newspaper columns.
He was a graduate of Commerce High School, held a bachelor of arts degree from Emory University and a masters of arts from the University of Georgia.
Mr. Rogers was first chairman of the Joint Development Authority of the City of Swainsboro and Emanuel County; former member of the Georgia Board of Humanities; member, Gridiron Secret Society, UGA; and was named “Emanuel County Citizen of the Year” in 2000. He was past chairman, administrative board, First Methodist Church of Swainsboro, a Sunday School teacher, lay leader and member of the board of trustees. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and an Eagle Scout.
Mr. Rogers was the husband of the late Virginia “Vicki” Kesler, Jefferson. He was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. A.A. Rogers Sr. and the brother of the late Dr. A.A. “Johnny” Rogers Jr., all of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in the First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Elick Bullington, Nita Crump-Howard and Benjy Varnell officiating. Burial was in the Swainsboro City Cemetery.
Steve Bullington, Frank Canady, Richard McNeely, Milton Gray, Denny Key, Wilder Smith Jr., J. Byrd Flanders, Jerry Cadle and Bill Simmons served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Gordon Fountain Jr. Sunday School Class, the Trinity Sunday School Class, the Swainsboro Exchange Club, the Mill Creek Foundation Board of Trustees, the First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, Garnett Stephens, Bill Rountree, members of the Georgia Press Association and employees of the Swainsboro Forest Blade during Mr. Rogers tenure as publisher.
Survivors include one daughter, Audrey Rogers Montgomery, Beaufort, S.C.; three sons, William Curran Rogers Jr., Swainsboro, Thomas Hamilton Rogers, Statesboro, and Richard Wade Rogers, Swainsboro; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to the Emanuel County Cancer Society.
Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary, Swainsboro, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Donald E. Hill
Donald E. Hill, 45, of Covington, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born in Fulton County on December 23, 1956, Mr. Hill was a son of the late David and Bessie Sams Hill.
He was employed as a H.V.A.C. contractor.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in the Hill Family Cemetery.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Jackie Hill, Covington; two sons, Cody Hill and Drew Hill, both of Covington; three brothers, Orion C. Hill, Covington, Thomas W. Hill, Comer, and David Hill Jr., Maysville; and three sisters, Jeanie Gordon, Covington, and Judy Redmond and Linda Scoggins, both of Maysville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Allie L. Wallace
Miss Allie L. Wallace, 95, of Winder, died Monday, June 3, 2002.
Born in Jackson County, Miss Wallace was a daughter of the late Wesley and Callie Wier Wallace.
She was a homemaker and was of the Methodist denomination. Miss Wallace was preceded in death by three sisters, Ina Myrdell Wallace, Annie Mitt Collins and Lottie Brock.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jerry Braselton officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Miss Wallace is survived by two sisters, Mildred Wallace and Dorothy Mauldin, both of Winder.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

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Clinton Paige
Clinton Paige, 50, of Commerce, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002.
Born in Fulton County, Mr. Paige was a son of the late Alwyn and Noble Lee Moody Paige.
He was retired from John Manville Co. and was a member of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Commerce, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Paige was a 33rd Degree Mason of Lincoln Lodge 62 and was assistant district deputy of OES Chapter #9.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. R.E. Cooper officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Members of Lincoln Lodge #62 served as pallbearers.
Mr. Paige is survived by his wife, Mary Reed Paige; one son, Franco Clinton Paige; and one grandchild.
Gardenview Funeral Chapel, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Joyce W. Crumley
Mrs. Joyce Wilma Crum-ley, 59, of Commerce, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce, of a sudden illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Roland Arrowood officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Crumley is survived by her mother, Mrs. Dot Seay, Commerce; one son, Bobby Crumley Jr., Commerce; one brother, Lloyd Seay, Danielsville; and two grandchildren, Nathan Cole Crumley and Anthony Paul Crumley.
Ivie Funeral Home, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Gerald W. Copeland
Gerald Wayne Copeland, 58, of Blairsville, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at MCG Hospital, Augusta, following a brief illness.
Mr. Copeland was born June 8, 1943, in Douglasville, the son of Louise Bragg Copeland, Jasper, and the late Robert L. Copeland.
He was the former owner of Waynes Wholesale Cars, Blairsville, and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at Liberty Baptist Church with the Revs. Brent Chatham and Allan Becker and Dr. David Gowder officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Special music was presented by Lita Gowder, Danita and Michael Kennedy and Todd Greene. Tommy Greene, David Gowder, Charlie Gregory Jr., Skip Payne, Kevin Payne, John Byers, James Prestridge and David McMahan served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Ed Ashe, John McMahan, Dwight Pendland, Gene Pendland, Jacky Jones, David Rodgers and Jack Drake.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Copeland is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra Kay Wood Copeland, Blairsville; daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Louie Blasingame, Blairsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Sheryl Copeland and Adam and Sarah Copeland, all of Blairsville; sisters, Kay Anderson and Joanne Higgins, both of Marietta; brothers, Gary Copeland, Jasper, Perry Copeland, Woodland, Ala., and Keith Copeland, Claxton; six grandchildren, Chase, Jordan and Tyler Blasingame and Chelsea Kinnersley, all of Blairsville, and Lacey and Leanne Copeland, Ashville, Ohio; and many other relatives and friends.
Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Lewis Harper
Lewis Harper, 71, of Decatur, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Emory University Hospital following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Harper was a son of the late Lester and Mary Lee Jackson Harper.
He was a retired accountant and was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church, Decatur. Mr. Harper also served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954 and was a member of the Unity Masonic Lodge #36 F & AM.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Minister Faegin Parrish officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Wayne Harper, Dennis Thomas, Richard Thomas, Marvin Poe, Dennis Stancil and Brian Jackson served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Ellie Wier Harper; a daughter, Nina Harper, Decatur; a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Karen Harper, Stone Mountain; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katherine and Andrew Harper.
Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation by calling (800) 327-4545.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Eddie M. Lang
Mrs. Eddie McDonald Lang, 88, of Commerce, died Monday, June 3, 2002.
Mrs. Lang was a retired first grade teacher with the Commerce City School System and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce. She was also a member of the Ladies Circle 1 and the Commerce-Jackson County Retired Teachers Association.
A native of Atkinson County, Mrs. Lang was the daughter of the late Edward C. and Mamie Deen McDonald. She was the wife of the late Woolard R. Lang.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Axson Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Charles Exley, Stone Mountain, and Lettie and Buddy Stallings, Yatesville; grandson and wife, Charles and Kiyoko Exley III, New Haven, Conn.; granddaughter and husband, Amanda and David Lower, Atlanta; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lang Memorial Scholarship, Commerce First United Methodist Church.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Carolyn B. Cronic
Mrs. Carolyn B. Cronic, 73, of Winder, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Walton County, Mrs. Cronic was a daughter of the late W.A. and Inez Panell Burnette.
She had resided in Barrow County for most of her life and was a member of Union Baptist Church. Mrs. Cronic was also a nurse’s assistant at Russell Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 30, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Kenneth Deaton officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Cronic is survived by her husband, Harold “Kudzu” Cronic, Winder; daughter, Melba Gunnells, Statham; sons, Jerry Cronic, Danielsville, and Gary Cronic, Winder; sister, Elizabeth Harwell, Winder; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Sybil H. Cooper
Mrs. Sybil H. Cooper, 80, of Winder, died Thursday, May 30, 2002.
Born in Clarke County to the late Albert and Myra Wallace Hale, Mrs. Cooper had resided in Barrow County for the past 36 years.
She was a retired bookkeeper with Russell-Daniel Irrigation Company, Athens, and was a member of Statham United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jerry Cooper officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Mrs. Cooper is survived by her husband, J.W. Cooper, Winder; three sons, Dorsey Cooper, the Rev. Jerry Cooper and Kermit Cooper, all of Winder; two sisters, Doris Cromer, Metter, and Jean H. Basart, San Diego, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Joe A. Farmer
Joe Allen Farmer, 71, of Toccoa, died Thursday, May 30, 2002.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Farmer was a son of the late Benjamin “Bill” and Eula Mae Kelly Farmer.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War, and was a retired carpenter. Mr. Farmer was a member of the Carpenter Union Local 277, Atlanta, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4346. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in the chapel of Acree-Davis Funeral Home with the Rev. Leon Miller officiating. Burial was in the Tates Creek Baptist Church cemetery with VFW Post 4346 members in charge of military services. Pallbearers were James Farmer, Johnny Farmer, Andrew Farmer, Steve Farmer, Jimmy Crawford and Aaron Bolman. Grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Pam DeFoor, Toccoa, and Sherri Ludwig, Seneca, S.C.; two sons, Calvin Glenn “Burch” Farmer, Toccoa, and Jimmy Farmer, Stone Mountain; one step-daughter Carol Gremmer, Toccoa; two brothers, Otis Winfred Farmer, Loganville, and Verlyn “Billy” Farmer, Commerce; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Annie M. Thomas
Mrs. Annie Mae Thomas, 94, of Athens, died Saturday, May 25, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Thomas was a daughter of the late Robert Lee Daniel and Mary Carter Daniel. She was the wife of the late Nathaniel Thomas.
Mrs. Thomas was a member of Nimno A.M.E. Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Nimno A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Roderick Bradford officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Joann Jennings, Athens; one son, James Andrew Edwards, Athens; one brother, George Lee Daniel, Louisville, Ky.; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Hurley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Lamar H. Brown
Lamar Hailey Brown, 48, of Ashland City, Tenn., died Tuesday, May 28, 2002.
A native of Athens, Mr. Brown moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1982. He lived on a farm named Buck Hollow — The Laughing Place Farm. He built a successful painting and home improvement company where many clients and co-workers became lifelong friends. He is remembered for his love of laughter and life, his gentle spirit and his quiet way of making people feel good about themselves. His last spoken words were, “I am going to come help you.”
A memorial service and celebration of his life was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, on the farm in Ashland City, Tenn., and at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, at Central Presbyterian Church, Athens.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Jo Sconyers Brown; daughter, Jessie Cinque-Brown Herr, her husband, Josh, and son, Jasper Malachi, Seattle, Wash.; his maternal grandparents are Katherine McKay Hailey and the late William Lamar Hailey, Hartwell, and his paternal grandparents were the late Nellie Charles and Clois Clifton Brown, Elberton.
Other survivors include his parents, Charlotte Hailey and James Charles Brown; his sisters, Laura Brown, Athens, Nancy Brown Dills and Richard and nephew, Charles Jackson Maddox, Commerce; his brothers, Julian and Anne Troutman Brown, and nephew Christian, Atlanta, and James Charles “Pete” Brown Jr. and Elizabeth Anne Broadnax Brown, and children, James Charles “Chase” Brown III and McKay and Parker, Athens.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

Greg Garrison
Greg Garrison, 39, of Gainesville, died Monday, June 3, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Garrison was a son of Regina Inez Miller Gunter and the late John H. Garrison.
He was a 1980 graduate of Johnson High School and was an avid race car driver at Lanier National Speedway, Braselton, where he raced in the Ministock Class, and in the PARTS Pro Truck Division. Mr. Garrison was an umpire with the Gainesville/Hall County Parks and Recreation Association in the Little League Class and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. M.A. Poole officiating. Burial was in the Timberridge Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his mother and father, Regina and Ronnie Gunter, Gainesville; his fiancée, Tammy James, Maysville; brother, Johnny Dale, Lula; sisters, Angie Ravan, Cleveland, and Laurie Bryant, Dahlonega; and a number of aunts, uncles and other relatives.
Memorials may be made to Gainesville/Hall County Parks and Recreation, Little League Association, 1086 Rainey Street, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 5, 2002

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