Jackson County Obituaries...

JUNE 12, 2002

Flossie M. Ash
Mrs. Flossie Murphy Ash, 76, of Pendergrass, died Monday, June 10, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Born in Jackson County on April 23, 1926, Mrs. Ash was a daughter of the late William and Eliza Skelton Murphy.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass.
Mrs. Ash was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Ash.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jeff Langley officiating. Burial was in the Mountain Creek Baptist Church cemetery. David Ash, Gary Buffington, Greg Evans, Jimmy Murphy, William Murphy and Clarke Rainwater served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one son, Ralph Byron Ash, Pendergrass; four sisters, Buna Buffington, Gainesville, Lilly Evans, Pendergrass, Florence Narvil, Chicopee, and Clara Thomas, Bartow; and three brothers, Edward Murphy, Melvin Murphy and Woodrow Murphy, all of Pendergrass.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Myrtle J. Fox
Mrs. Myrtle Jane Tumlin Greer Fox, 69, of Gainesville, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Fox was born in Jackson County, but had lived most of her life in Hall County. She was a daughter of the late Lewis and Martha Wofford Tumlin.
Mrs. Fox was retired from home care and was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a sister, Donia Bell Tumlin Bales.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Gerald Jordon officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville. Mrs. Fox’s grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Greer Sosebee and Gail Patterson, both of Gainesville; one son, James Horace Greer, Gainesville; one sister, Janice Tumlin Kitts, Winter Haven, Fla.; one brother, Harold Dean Tumlin, Maysville; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Randy A. Martin
Randy Austin Martin, 17 months, of Hoschton, died Friday, June 7, 2002.
Born in Gwinnett County, Randy was the son of Dean Andrew Martin Jr. and Tabitha Amanda Meeks.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 10, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his parents, Randy is survived by a sister, Sierra Rayne Martin, Hoschton; a brother, Richard Alan Martin, Hoschton; his grandparents, Tony Ambers Meeks, Dean Andrew Martin Sr. and Phyllis Ann Wilkins, all of Hoschton, and Melody Ann Meeks, Maysville; great-grandparents, Geneve Meeks, Monroe, and Mary Moulder and Frank and Nancy Stovall, all of Hoschton; and great-great-grandparents, Mary Ellen Court and Favin Stovall, both of Hoschton.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Joe C. Dyer
Joe C. Dyer, 93, of Danielsville, died Sunday, June 9, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in White County on March 10, 1909, Mr. Dyer was the son of the late Joe and Maude Smith Dyer.
He was a farmer and was a member of Full Gospel Holiness Church. Mr. Dyer was preceded in death by his wife, Clifford Thomas Dyer, and a son, Charlie Dyer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Full Gospel Holiness Church with the Revs. Lanier Tatum, Woodrow Hix and Stanley Dyer officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include two daughters, Lucille Hooper and Ethelene Meadows, both of Commerce; three sons, Hubert Dyer, Lula, Hershel Dyer, Commerce, and Dewey Dyer, Blacksburg, S.C.; 23 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Edward L. McDonald
Edward Louis “Ed” McDonald, 86, of Homer, died Monday, June 10, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. McDonald was born September 7, 1915, in Franklin County, to the late Harrison D. McDonald and Lulu J. Calloway McDonald.
He was a retired antique and grocery store owner and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Freedom Baptist Church with Pastor Danny Green officiating. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife, Vinnie Caryle McDonald, Homer; one son, E.J. McDonald, Commerce; two brothers, Homer McDonald, Commerce, and H.D. McDonald, Indiana; one sister, Lobada Carter, Commerce; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Joan P. Ryder
Mrs. Joan Partridge Ryder, 70, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Ryder was born June 29, 1931, in DeKalb County. She was a daughter of the late Arthur and Sadie Martin Partridge.
Mrs. Ryder was a retired Chief Financial Officer for the Society of Georgia CPAs and was retired from SouthTrust Bank, Jefferson. She was of the Baha’i’ faith.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with speaker Jim Martin. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens, Jefferson.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol R. Carroll, Jefferson; one sister, Sara Maveety, Winston; one brother, Bill Partridge, Houston, Texas; and one granddaughter, Kristin L. Carroll, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Cora S. Barnett
Mrs. Cora Skinner Barnett, 82, of Winder, died Saturday, June 8, 2002.
Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Barnett was a retired seamstress with Carwood Manufacturing and was a member of Bethabra Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Barnett, her daughter, Joyce Mobley, and her father, Than Skinner.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Don Pennington officiating. Burial was in the Bethabra Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Werna Vanderford, Winder; one son, Roger L. Barnett, Winder; one sister, Louise Patton, Winder; three brothers, Bryan Skinner and Myron Skinner, both of Winder, and Verlyn Skinner, Maysville; three sisters-in-law, Hazel Skinner, Winder, Hazel Barnett, Athens, and Virginia Barnett, Maryland; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Mattie M. Pittman
Mrs. Mattie Mae Stringer Pittman, 90, of Jefferson, died Sunday, June 9, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Pittman was born May 11, 1912, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Millard and Frellie Elrod Stringer.
She was a retired weaver in the textile industry and was a member of Brockton Road Baptist Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Pittman was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Pittman, and a daughter, Louise Pittman Kittle.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Brockton Road Baptist Church with the Revs. Jesse Mealor, Bill Carpenter and Irby King officiating. Burial was in the Crooked Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Athens.
Survivors include one son, Charles Pittman, Jefferson; three brothers, Dan Stringer, Homestead, Fla., Hoyt Stringer, Lilburn, and Willie Ed Stringer, Morrow; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

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Barbara S. Miller
Mrs. Barbara Sue Birchfield Miller, 48, of Jefferson, died Sunday, June 9, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Miller was born in Logan, W.Va., a daughter of the late Hobart and Dorothy Phillips.
She was a homemaker.
No funeral services are planned at this time.
Mrs. Miller is survived by a daughter, Brandy Killion, Jefferson; and five grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Matthew
E. Hunnicutt
Matthew Elijah Hunnicutt, 32, of Winterville, formerly of Maysville, died Monday, June 10, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hunnicutt was the son of Charles Emory Pruitt and Hazel Sanders Hunnicutt.
He had attended Bible Baptist Christian School in Royston and was associated with Matthew’s Gifts and Design in Maysville. Mr. Hunnicutt was a member of Maysville Baptist Church, where he had served as pianist for two years.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mamie and Arthur Sanders, Maysville, and Toy and Cleo Pruitt, Jefferson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Chad Rising officiating. Burial will be in Athens Memory Gardens. Tony Pruitt, David Lee, Jeff Sanders, Bert Sanders, Darrin Cain and Johnny Pruitt will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Melissa Cain, Loganville.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Nicholas A. Spears
Nicholas Anthony Spears, 3, of Carnesville, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Stephens County Hospital of an extended illness.
Nicholas was born January 7, 1999, in Hall County.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Childers officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Shane and Angela Bray, Carnesville; one brother, Lucas Spears, Carnesville; two sisters, Katie and Emily Bray, both of Carnesville; maternal grandparents, Linda and Thomas Spears, Maysville; paternal grandparents, Mark and Gail Sullivan, Maysville, and James and Tracy Bray, Eastanollee.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Stephen C. Cothran
Stephen C. “Rooster” Cothran, 37, of Loganville, died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, following injuries sustained in a racing accident on June 1.
Mr. Cothran raced in the Modified Ministock Division at Lanier National Speedway, Braselton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the Snellville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Hugh Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Cothran is survived by his wife, Lisa Cothran; three children, Peyton Cothran, Jesse Cothran and Josie Cothran, all of Loganville; his mother, Fran Cothran, Daytona Beach, Fla.; his father, Charlie Leet; and three brothers, Frank Leet, Scott McEver and Al McEver, all of Atlanta.
Memorials may be made to the Stephen “Rooster” Cothran Memorial Fund at any Bank of America branch.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Snellville Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

David R. Vernon
David R. Vernon, 53, of Prosperity, S.C., formerly of Charlotte, N.C., died Friday, June 7, 2002, at his residence after a battle against cancer.
Mr. Vernon was born in Rome, a son of Charles H. and Jean Beadles Vernon, Jefferson.
He was a graduate of Newberry High School and the University of Georgia and was a partner in and co-founder of Arch Consulting, Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Vernon was a member of Macedonia Lutheran Church and a member of the Chi Psi Fraternity. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Newberry Family YMCA, was a former Eagle Scout and was very active with the Adult Literacy Program - ABLE in Charlotte.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10, lakeside at Macedonia Lutheran Church with the Revs. Randall Derrick and John Harrington officiating. Honorary pallbearers were John Hatchell, Walter Shealy, James Williams, John Paul Whitaker and Warren Burgess.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Vernon is survived by his wife, Kathy Davis Vernon, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne V. and Lane Godsey, Arden, N.C.; daughter, Jessica V. Shoemaker, Watkinsville; son, Ben E. Vernon, Charlotte, N.C.; granddaughter, Lillian Ruth Godsey; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betsy V. and John W. Harrington, Coral Gables, Fla., Donna D. and Lewis Hawkins, Spartanburg, S.C., and Janice D. and Hap Pearce, Charlotte, N.C.; mother-in-law, Dorothy Harmon Davis, Newberry, S.C.; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Newberry Family YMCA, P.O. Box 662, Newberry, SC 29108.
Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, S.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Judith A. Howard
Mrs. Judith Ann Howard, 59, of Winder, died Friday, May 24, 2002, at Barrow Medical Center from a brain tumor.
Mrs. Howard was born February 18, 1943, in Macon, Ill. She was a daughter of Ivan D. Jones, Cerro Gordo, Ill., and the late Ruth Marie Harvey.
Mrs. Howard was a nurse’s aide and had a special interest in crafts. She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Mathias, formerly of Decatur, Ill.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include two sons, Franklin Howard, Portland, Ore., and David Ragland, Royston; three daughters, Ruth Mahoney and Jennifer Howard, both of Winder, and Rebecca Howard, Reno, Nev.; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for July in Cerro Gordo, Ill.
Tom Wages Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Louvie G. Morris
Mrs. Louvie Gunnells Morris, 91, of Commerce, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Morris was a daughter of the late John and Cordie Wilkins Gunnells. She was the wife of the late Ralph Morris Sr.
Mrs. Morris was a retired teacher with the Franklin County School System and was a member of Melvin Hill C.M.E. Church, Carnesville. She was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Morris Jr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Melvin Hill C.M.E. Church with the Revs. Arthur Jones and W.L. Welchel officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Mae C. Beasley and Mary D. Bell, both of Commerce, Helen R. Bailey, Clewiston, Fla., and Rebecca Scott, Danielsville; two sons, Charles E. Morris, Louisville, Ky., and Melvin D. Morris, Lithonia; 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002

Bertha L. Wilbanks
Mrs. Bertha Lee Massey Wilbanks, 85, of Commerce, died Tuesday, June 11, 2002.
Mrs. Wilbanks was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a retired dietitian for Commerce High School and BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wilbanks was the daughter of the late Lester and Emma Alexander Massey. She was preceded in death by her brother, Sanford Massey.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Terry Smith and Dr. Bill Ross officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Wilbanks is survived by her husband, Elwyn Wilbanks, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Grier Dawson, Athens; daughter, Nancy Lee Wilbanks, Athens; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Sandra Wilbanks, Commerce; grandchildren, David Watkins and Charles Watkins, Hull, Rodney Wilbanks, Commerce, and Angela Wilbanks Rodriguez, Gainesville; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Kevin and Nicholas Wilbanks, Commerce, and Chloe Rodriguez, Gainesville; sisters, Gladys Chandler, Doraville, and Juanita Smith, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 12, 2002


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