Jackson County Obituaries...

JUNE 19, 2002

Virginia Y. Beane
Mrs. Virginia York Beane, 79, of Hoschton, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at Winder Health Care Center, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Beane was born January 17, 1923, in Eldorado, Ill., a daughter of the late Henry and Laura Haines York.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. Beane was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Arthur Beane Sr.
No local services were held. Burial was in Our Lady of Mercy, Miami, Fla.
Survivors include one son, Raymond Arthur Beane Jr., Jupiter, Fla.; one daughter, Deborah Kaye Lorenzo, Hoschton; and three grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Robert W. Motyka
Robert William Motyka, 46, of Jefferson, died Friday, June 14, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Motyka was born in Pinellas Co., Fla., on October 7, 1955. He was a son of the late Roman Joseph Motyka and June Melba Penderson Dunn.
Mr. Motyka was a carpenter.
Funeral services were held in Florida.
Survivors include three sisters, June Clubbs and Joyce Nichols, both of Navarre, Fla., and Norma Looney, Jefferson; and two brothers, John Dunn, Navarre, Fla., and Ronald Motyka, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Charles
H. Wall
Charles Henry Wall, 75, of Hoschton, died Thursday, June 13, 2002, after losing his battle against cancer.
Born April 12, 1927, in Barrow County, Mr. Wall was a son of the late Odis and Flora Rutledge Wall. He was named after a man he later admired, Charles Lindbergh.
Mr. Wall was a lifelong resident of Georgia, except for the two years he served his country in the U.S. Navy. This adventure began at the young age of 17 when he convinced his mother to sign his enlistment papers. He had a love for flying that began at an early age and was the first person to fly off the new Winder Airport.
Mr. Wall continued to serve his fellow man as a member of the Masonic Organization (Davison Lodge #103) for over 30 years. He retired from Mosler Safe Company after 24 years of service, and attended Hoschton First Baptist Church.
After retirement, Mr. Wall and his wife, Vera, moved from Decatur to Hoschton, where he divided his time enjoying his new life, family and friends there, and at his beloved campsite near Lake Burton, family stated. In addition to his services and accomplishments, he had quite a gift for repairing many types of machinery and became a handyman to all that knew and loved him.
“However, Charles’ greatest accomplishment in life was his family,” said family members. “He and his wife raised four children, one girl and three boys. They all love to reminisce on the memories they shared to the end of his 75 years. Charles cherished his grandchildren dearly. He would travel far to watch them in all their sports and just spend time with them. His grandchildren will always treasure the fun adventures of flying in his plane as Daddy Wall’s co-pilot. Most of all, we will all have his love and spirit with us in our hearts.”
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. John Mark Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Clay Hayes, Troy Hill, Paul Jones, Phil Bailey, Danny Bailey, Darrel Wall, Dennis Wall and Adam Wall served as pallbearers.
Mr. Wall is survived by his wife, Vera Hayes Wall, Hoschton; daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Mike Jutras, Acworth; sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Tracy Wall, Greenville, Keith and Carnie Wall, Cumming, and Todd and Cindy Wall, Elora, Tenn.; sisters, Geri Jones, Monroe, and Joyce Wall, Winder; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Hulan Bailey, Winder; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Martha Jane Wall, Winder, and Ross and Frances Wall, Lawrenceville; eight grandchildren, Chase Jutras, Brian, Darin and Justin Wall, Sarah Jutras, Scarlet Wall, Jessica Wall and Marianne Nash; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Hoschton First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 223, Hoschton, GA 30548.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Bobby J. Wright
Bobby Joe Wright, 70, of Pendergrass, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at BJC Hospital, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Wright was born in Warrenton, but had lived in Hall County for a number of years. He was the son of the late James Talmadge Wright and Martha Ballew Wright.
Mr. Wright was a retired auto mechanic and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Willard Thomas officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Geraldine Wright, Pendergrass; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Penny Wright, Lula; daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Tim Kuykendall, Talking Rock, Terri and Gene Sampson, Maysville, and Roxane and Michael Hadzimihalis, Cumming; step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Cathy and Phillip Ash, Pendergrass; brother, James Dorsey Wright, Alto; sister, Jean Green, Greenville, S.C.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Inez McDonald
Mrs. Inez McDonald, of Rochester, N.Y., formerly of Jefferson, died Saturday, June 15, 2002.
Mrs. McDonald was born April 11, 1910, in Jefferson.
She was a migrant worker who worked very hard, said family members. She gave birth to 13 children.
“Our mom has taught us patience, understanding and how to be secure,” her children said. “Last, but not least, she has taught us the fear of God, which means to us to reverence, praise and worship Him. She is loved dearly and will truly be missed.”
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, in the Paradise AME Church cemetery.
Mrs. McDonald is survived by nine children, Otis Victrum, Vivian Freeman, Daisy Hughes, Missie Brown, Joann Daniels, Henry White, Helen Taylor, Florine Young and Charlie Cross; 89 grandchildren, a host of great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, prior to the service.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Paul E. Link
Paul Edward Link, 61, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Link was born March 12, 1941, in Polk County, Tenn., a son of the late Woodrow and Aretta Mathis Link.
He was a carpenter and was of the Pentecostal faith.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Larry Phillips and Daniel Gissendaner officiating. Burial will be in Evans Memory Gardens, Jefferson. Jerry Chambers, David Johnson, Joey Link, Lewis Martin, Donnie Montgomery and Oscar Stapp will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Link is survived by his wife, Mozelle Marie Link, Jefferson; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Wendy Link, Monroe, and Jeff and Vicki Link, Cleveland, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Mike Tatum, Commerce; brothers, Melvin Bain, Lockport, Ill., and Ronnie Link, Social Circle; sisters, Brenda Cheek, Cindy Davis, Joyce Starnes and Sherry Vanhorn, all of Social Circle, and Carolyn Pittman, Dacula; and seven grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002
Mary V. Speight
Mrs. Mary V. Speight, 83, of Loganville, formerly of Maysville, died Monday, June 17, 2002, at her residence of an extended illness.
Mrs. Speight was the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Pricilla Watson Sego. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charlie Lewis Kennedy, and her second husband, Fred T. Speight.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ron Glaze and James Richter Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, L.J. Kennedy, Cresent City, Fla.; three daughters, Dorothy M. Boss, Loganville, Evelyn Tomlin, Ellenwood, and Sandra Kennedy, Cresent City, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a number of great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Dorris
W. Queen
Dorris W. Queen, 80, of Winder, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002.
Mr. Queen was born in Atlanta, a son of the late Riley and Nannie Carlisle Queen.
He was a retiree of The Georgia Power Company and was instrumental in founding the Youth Baseball Program in Lawrenceville. Mr. Queen served in the U.S. Coast Guard, Atlantic and Pacific Theatres, during World War II. He was a former resident of Lawrenceville and was a member of The Georgia Power Ambassadors and Winder First Baptist Church.
Mr. Queen was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Frances Sells Queen, and a son, Ricky Queen, in 1991.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Winder First Baptist Church with Dr. John E. Talley officiating. Burial will be in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville.
Survivors include four sons, Ellery Queen and Michael Queen, both of Lawrenceville, Frankie Queen, Orlando, Fla., and Gary Queen, Winder; one sister, Martha Lou Sells, Winder; one brother, Olan Queen, Cornelia; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Winder First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 340, Winder, GA 30680.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Carter Funeral Home, Winder.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Paul C. Roberts Jr.
Paul Corbet Roberts Jr., 54, of Commerce, died at his residence.
Mr. Roberts was the son of the late Corbet and Bernice Scales Roberts.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one daughter, Michelle Johnson, Commerce; one brother, Phillip Roberts, Homer; and one sister, Mary Moore, Homer.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Runette M. Kesler
Mrs. Runette Manders Kesler, 90, of Winder, died Thursday, June 13, 2002.
Mrs. Kesler was a daughter of the late Emmett M. and Martha Mobley Manders. She was the wife of the late Harold Kesler.
Mrs. Kesler was born in a portion of Gwinnett County that was later incorporated into Barrow County. She was a lifelong resident of Winder.
Mrs. Kesler was a retired seamstress with Barrow Manufacturing Company, Winder, and was a member of the Winder First United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, James R. Kesler Sr., and his wife, Sue, Hartwell; daughter, Jane Riley, and her husband, Jim, Riverdale; sisters, Lillie Ferguson, Essie Lou Wilkins and Mavis Kesler, all of Winder; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Betty F. Lester
Mrs. Betty Faye Bray Lester, of Gaffney, S.C., formerly of Clarke County, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Lester was a daughter of the late James C. and Lucille Bray.
She was a retired nurse with St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in Athens Memory Gardens.
Survivors include three daughters, Donna Hicks, Debra Adler and Judy Lester, all of Gaffney, S.C.; one son, Joe Lester, Gaffney, S.C.; five sisters, pat Payer, Leola Carey and Jimmie Scott, all of Hull, Viola Hayes, Athens, and Shirley Hardy, Arcade; three brothers, Clinton Bray, Snellville, Bobby Bray, Flowery Branch, and Michael Bray, Athens; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, prior to the service.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, is in charge of arrangements.

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Ruby Irvin
Mrs. Ruby Irvin, 81, of Gainesville, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Hall County, Mrs. Irvin was a daughter of the late Jennings Hulsey and Mellie Charlotte Oliver Hulsey.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Clemmons’ Chapel Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Irvin was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Irvin, four sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. J.R. Savage Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Skitts Mountain Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Brenda McDonald and Deborah Jarrard, both of Gainesville, and Carmen Simmons, Pendergrass; three sons, Byron Irvin, Gainesville, and Charles Irvin and Joseph Irvin, both of Lula; mother-in-law, Vallie Irvin, Lula; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Sarah O. Bone
Mrs. Sarah Oliner “Poodle” Duncan Bone, 88, of Danielsville, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Bone was born November 2, 1913, in Madison County, a daughter of the late Johnny G. and Hester Whitfield Duncan.
She was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Liberty Community Church, Danielsville. Mrs. Bone was preceded in death by her husband, J. Howard Bone.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, at Liberty Community Church with the Revs. Wendell Hanley and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Paul Bone, Danielsville; one daughter, Hazel Flynn, College Park; one brother, W.C. Duncan, Danielsville; one sister, Lunice Bonds, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Olin S. Whitehead
Olin S. Whitehead, 89, of Nicholson, died Thursday, June 13, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born November 11, 1912, in Jackson County, Mr. Whitehead was a son of the late Walter Thomas and Addie Brooks Whitehead.
He was retired from Gold Kist and was a member of Antioch United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Howard Rhodes officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Whitehead is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Betty R. Edwards
Mrs. Betty Ruth Poole Edwards, 69, of Jefferson, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Edwards was born May 29, 1933, in Banks County, a daughter of the late James Wilson and Florence Louticia Poole.
She was a retired seamstress with Warren-Featherbone and was a member of Welcome Home Baptist Church, Gainesville. Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Edwards, a granddaughter, Aimee Fleeman, a sister, Annie Sue Greenway, and three brothers, Howard Poole, Billy Poole and Mitchell Poole.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Robbie Ledford and Chris Segars officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery. Johnny Pursley, Tim Harper, Greg McDonald, Kerry Farmer, James Dumas and Josh McClain served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Shelia and Chris Lane, Jefferson, and Melinda and Joe Satterfield, Maysville; sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew and Pam Edwards, Commerce, and Phillip and Nan Edwards, Jefferson; sisters, Virginia Pruitt, Homer, Myrtle Lewallen, Rachel McNabb and Linda Chapman, all of Baldwin, Francine Elsner, Carnesville, and Julia McConnell, Cornelia; brothers, Rudolph Poole and Kenneth Poole, both of Baldwin, and Donald Poole, Cornelia; grandchildren, Eddie Fleeman, Sierra, Jamie and Tara Wheeler, Brantley Prickett, Brittany and Breelee Satterfield, Christopher Lane, Taylor Satterfield, and Cole and Chelsea Edwards; and a special friend, Frances Vandiver, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Daniel L. Strickland
Daniel Lee Strickland, 48, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Strickland was an employee of the City of Commerce, with 27 years of service. He was a son of the late Frank and Marjorie Shook Strickland, and was preceded in death by twin sons, Rodney and Ronnie Strickland.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Manus and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Ridgeway Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Strickland is survived by his wife, Susan Ledford Strickland, of the home; one daughter, Angela Strickland, Commerce; three brothers, Frank Strickland Jr., Hull, David Strickland, Commerce, and Johnny Strickland, Nicholson; five sisters, Dorothy Webb, Joshua, Texas, Nell McDonald and Martha Ledford, both of Commerce, Mary Ann Gearing, Danielsville, and Helen White, Homer; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Mildred L. Childs
Mrs. Mildred Lee Childs, 86, of Sharpsburg, died Monday, June 17, 2002.
Born November 28, 1915, in Jackson County, Mrs. Childs was a daughter of the late Milton Tucker and Leo Jackson Tucker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Childs.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Higgins Funeral Home, Hillcrest Chapel, Newnan. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Alford Quinton and Cora Mae Childs, Carlton, Jimmy and Judy Childs, Nicholls, and Mack and Shirley Anne Childs, Toccoa; daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and Charles Ervin, Sharpsburg, and Shirley and Johnny Pledger, Jefferson; 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Higgins Funeral Home, Hillcrest Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

Ruth Sears
Mrs. Ruth Sears, 61, of Nicholson, died Monday, June 17, 2002.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Sears was a daughter of the late Hubert and Grace Vaughn Owensby.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Center Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Prater and Vaughn Howington officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Caudell, Homer, and Tammy Wynette Prater, Commerce; three sons, Robert Lewis Payne, Nicholson, William Allen Payne, Tucker, and David Anthony Payne, Maysville; three sisters, Lois Middleton and Helen Watts, both of Commerce, and Jane Gaines, Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Dillard Owensby, Madison County, and James Owensby, Homer; and eight grandchildren.
The family requests that all flowers be sent to Center Baptist Church, 9368 Commerce Road, Athens, GA 30607, by noon on Friday.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

James H.
Wilson Sr.
James Harry Wilson Sr., 62, of Commerce, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born August 30, 1939, in Baltimore County, Md., Mr. Wilson was a son of the late Charles Earl and Bertha Wilson.
He was retired from Folks Restaurant and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial will be in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Julia Dobbs Wilson, Commerce; two sons, Charles Earl Wilson III, Jefferson, and James Harry Wilson Jr., England; one daughter, Donna Green, Commerce; one step-son, Raymond Dobbs; two brothers, Carroll Wilson and Scott Wilson, both of Baltimore, Md.; three sisters, Elya Chachulski and Marilyn Heacock, both of Baltimore, Md., and Verna Kasarda, Fayetteville, N.C.
The family will receive friends from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002
George
V. Brewer
George Verner Brewer, 79, of Commerce, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002.
Mr. Brewer was born December 17, 1922, in Banks County, a son of the late Farris and Clara Adamson Brewer.
He was a retired Civil Service employee from DLA in Lake City, Fla., and was a former Deputy Sheriff of Banks County. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of the VFW and was of the Methodist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. James Dumas officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Brewer is survived by his wife, Helen Kesler Brewer, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Deedra Brewer, Winder; son, David Brewer, Lake City, Fla.; sister, Bonnie Massey, Commerce; and grandsons, Kyle and Jacob Brewer, both of Winder.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002

The Jackson Herald, June 19, 2002


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