Jackson County Obituaries...

JULY 17, 2002

Ethel S. Cofield
Mrs. Ethel Sealy Cofield, 90, of Commerce, died Monday, July 15, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Cofield was born May 12, 1912, in Sweetwater, Okla., a daughter of the late Thomas and Vestie Ivie Sealy.
She was a homemaker and was a lifelong member of Cave Springs Baptist Church. Mrs. Cofield was preceded in death by her husband, Will Cofield, and a son, Walter Bill Cofield.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Center Grove Baptist Church, Pendergrass, with the Rev. Kenny Sizemore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Clifford and Marjorie Cofield and Sidney and Betty Cofield, all of Gainesville, and Hoyt and Sarah Cofield, Jefferson; daughters, Linda Cofield and Bonnie Elrod, both of the home, and Mary Stockton and Nellie Watkins, both of Maysville; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Gary Langford, Kennesaw, Agnes and Lester Prickett, Thomasville, and Jennie and David Stockton, Braselton; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

William Smith
William (James) Smith, 66, died Friday, July 12, 2002, at his residence.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 15, in the chapel of Harry L. White Funeral Home, Conyers. Burial was in Green Meadow Memorial Gardens, Conyers.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Maggie Smith, Maysville; sons, William Nelson Smith, Newnan, Harold Douglas Bunn Jr., Bremen, Tommy Lewis Bunn, Gainesville, and Johnny Neal Bunn, Maysville; daughters, Donna Rogers, Toccoa, Brenda Smith, Whitesburg, and Mary Casper, Maysville; 22 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Harry L. White Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

Edna M. Drake
Mrs. Edna Mae Drake, 76, of Hull, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002.
Born in Oconee County, Mrs. Drake was a daughter of the late J.W. and Mattie Mae Mozell Bowman.
She was a textile worker with Puritains Cordmill in Athens, and was of the Holiness denomination. Mrs. Drake was preceded in death by a son, Grady Drake.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Macedonia Holiness Church with the Revs. Roy David Sorrows and William Anglin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Ricky Davis, Cory Davis, Jamie Thurmond, Johnny Scarborough, Thorne Fortson and Wayne Nelms served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Morgan Mena and Braxton Hill.
Mrs. Drake is survived by her husband, Luther Drake; four daughters, Patsy Drake and Debbie Lesueur, both of Hull, and Alice Sorrell and Virginia Scarborough, both of Danielsville; three sons, Roy Lee Drake, Nicholson, David Drake, Alto, and Kelly Drake, Hull; six sisters, Brenda Patton, Linda McConnell and Lillie Sorrow, all of Athens, Mary Chambers, Winder, Susie Moody, Commerce, and Lizzie Baxter, Hull; seven brothers, Henry Toole and Junior Toole, both of Winder, William Toole, Buford, Jack Toole, Colbert, Elmer Butler, Athens, Jimmy Toole, Danielsville, and Bob Toole, Hull; nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

Margie B. Frizzell
Mrs. Margie B. Frizzell, 72, of Pendergrass, died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Frizzell was born April 17, 1930, in Sylva, N.C. She was a daughter of the late Ovied M. and Alice N. Green Beck.
Mrs. Frizzell was retired from food management and was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church, Pendergrass.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Center Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Gerald Mitton and Kenny Sizemore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Robert Frizzell, Chris Garish, Daniel Lipscomb, Jonathon Lipscomb, Matt McCoy and Terry Samples served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Frizzell is survived by her husband of 56 years, Rex Frizzell, Pendergrass; son and daughter-in-law, William W. and Paula Frizzell, Pendergrass; daughter and son-in-law, Tava and Jim Kirk, Atlanta; brother and sister-in-law, Bobby Gene and Ruth Beck, Sylva, N.C.; sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and W.O. Dills, Lawrenceville; granddaughter, Kathlee Frizzell; grandson and wife, Robert and Christy Frizzell; two great-grandsons and two step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

Joe S. Jackson
Joe S. Jackson, 84, of Cornelia, died Friday, July 12, 2002, at Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Jackson was born October 1, 1917, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Claud E. and Willie Sailors Jackson.
Mr. Jackson was the owner and operator of Habersham Mini-Storage, former owner of Hazel Creek Apple Orchard and the original owner of the Skyland Motel. He was a member of Cornelia Christian Church.
Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by brothers, Frank Jackson, John P. Jackson, Tom Jackson, Clint Jackson and J.C. Jackson, and sisters, Gladys Catlett, Leo Tucker and Elizabeth Parks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with David Terrell officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park.
Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife, Kathleen Tabor Jackson, Cornelia; son, Terrell Edward Jackson, Demorest; son and daughter-in-law, Andy C. and Sharon P. Jackson, Cornelia; brother, Carlos Jackson, Commerce; grandson, Dylan Andrew Jackson; and granddaughter, Sarah Paige Jackson.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

Eloise C. Mann
Mrs. Eloise Coker Mann, 79, of Marietta, died Friday, July 12, 2002.
Mrs. Mann retired as an executive secretary with Lockheed Company, after 36 years of service.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one brother, Eugene Coker, Alto; four sisters, Ruth Coker Parsons, Marietta, Jessie Westbrooks, Homer, and Gloria Cotton and Sonja Baugh, both of Dundee, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Homer Presbyterian Church.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

Ralph T. Echols Jr.
Ralph Tolbert Echols Jr., 74, of Royston, died Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Echols was born in Wilkes County on March 15, 1928. He was a son of the late Ralph Tolbert Echols Sr. and the late Ella Ree Carlton.
Mr. Echols worked as a Structural Engineer contracted by Speed Check Company located in Atlanta. He retired at the age of 62, then built his retirement home on acreage with a stream in Royston.
“This was his lifelong dream,” said family members. “He traveled and worked all over the United States and Canada, and even traveled as far as Hawaii. He enjoyed his travels very much and talked of his trips often.”
Mr. Echols’ hobbies included target shooting, reading and taking care of his dream home.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Standard.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Rick Standard officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Bowman. Brandon Echols, Shawn Holland, Jonathan Echols, Kenny Bennett, Bobby Bennett and Jimmy Bennett served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda M. Holland, Lawrenceville; three sons, David E. Echols, Hoschton, Joseph A. Echols, Duluth, and C. Douglas Echols, Monroe; two sisters, Elizabeth Bennett, Loganville, and Jane Davis, St. George Island, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Franklin County Chapter, c/o Martha Little, P.O. Box 147, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

Mary J. Broom
Mrs. Mary Jean Broom, 83, of Commerce, died Monday, July 15, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Broom was born May 6, 1919, in Franklin County, a daughter of the late Willie F. and Vassie Lewallen Gordon.
She was retired from Harmony Grove Mills and was a member of Webbs Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Broom was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Broom.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Swayne Carlan and Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the Webbs Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include five brothers, Ben Gordon, Maysville, Eugene Gordon, Mableton, Robert Gordon, Jonesboro, William Gordon, Commerce, and Winfred Gordon, Carnesville; and two sisters, Catherine Bookout, Commerce, and Reba Ogles, Mableton.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

Billy L. Scarborough
Billy Lewis Scarborough, 58, of Carlton, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Scarborough was the son of the late Billups White and Annie Mae Jordan Scarborough.
He was a mechanic and of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Dewey Mallory officiating.
Survivors include one sister, Dephane Coile, Hull; and two brothers, Dennis Scarborough, Nicholson, and Terry Scarborough, Colbert.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

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Gladys C. Smelley
Mrs. Gladys Culpepper Smelley, 68, of Suwanee, a retired educator, died Thursday, July 11, 2002.
Mrs. Smelley was born in Jackson County on December 23, 1933. She retired from the Gwinnett County School System in 1986 after a 30-year teaching career that also included stints in Hall and Clayton counties. Mrs. Smelley received her bachelor of science degree in education from The Berry School, Rome, in May of 1955. She later earned both a masters in education degree and an education specialist degree from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Smelley began her teaching career in Lula, in the fall of 1955, then taught a short time at Mountain View Elementary in Clayton County before moving to Suwanee Elementary in 1962. Although Mrs. Smelley did also teach for a short time at North Gwinnett High School and Lanier Middle School, she spent the greater part of her career at Suwanee Elementary School, initially teaching all subjects to sixth and seventh graders, then closing out her career as physical education instructor to grades K-5. She was also active in the Suwanee Community. She was a member of Suwanee First Baptist Church from 1962 to 1982, then was a founding member of Shadowbrook Baptist Church in 1982. Mrs. Smelley was also a member of the Gwinnett County Tax Equalization Board and was a supervisor of the Suwanee polling location in local, county, state and national elections.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Shadowbrook Baptist Church with the Revs. Bobby Linkous and Ken Allen officiating. Burial was in Bellton Cemetery, Lula.
Mrs. Smelley is survived by her husband of 45 years, Nathan Smelley, Suwanee; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Debbie Smelley, Peachtree City; daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Art Jones, Suwanee; her mother, Mrs. Nelle Culpepper, Talmo; granddaughters, Jennifer Banan, Lawrenceville, Lauren Higgins and Wendy Jones, both of Suwanee, and Jamie Smelley and Shannon Smelley, both of Peachtree City; one great-grandson, Ethan Banan, Lawrenceville; sister and brother-in-law, Dot and Harold Kinney, Talmo; brothers and sisters-in-law, J.D. and Marilyn Culpepper, Sandersville, Scott and Ann Culpepper, Gainesville, and Jack Culpepper, Monroe; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Shadowbrook Baptist Church Building Fund, 4187 Suwanee Dam Road, Suwanee, GA 30024, in memory of Mrs. Gladys C. Smelley.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

Dr. Henry
B. Morris
Dr. Henry Bradford Morris, 92, died Friday, July 12, 2002.
Dr. Morris was born on September 9, 1909, in Maysville, the son of Mary Parks and William Franklin Morris.
He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1930, with a B.S. in chemistry, and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. In 1938, he received his M.D. degree from Emory University, where he was a member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity. Mr. Morris entered a residency in Surgery at Hillman Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., serving as chief resident in 1941.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-45. After an assignment as Battalion Surgeon in Trinidad, Mr. Morris reported to the 106th General Hospital in Bournemouth, England, arriving in May 1944, just prior to D-Day. Captain Morris served as Chief of Septic Surgery there until March 1945 and volunteered for duty as Combat Surgeon for the Third Army under General Patton.
He practiced medicine in Birmingham from 1945 until 2000, when he retired at the age of 91. In addition to his private practice, he served for many years as the company doctor for Sloss Sheffield.
Mr. Morris was a clinical professor of surgery at UAB School of Medicine and was on the staff of many Birmingham hospitals, primarily South Highlands (now Health South) in his latter years. He had a life-long pursuit of knowledge, said family members. A skilled surgeon, he was devoted to the practice of medicine and to those under his care.
Dr. Morris held professional memberships in the Birmingham Surgical Society, the Jefferson Co. Medical Society, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, the American Medical Association, the Emeritus Club of St. Vincent’s Hospital, and the 801 Breakfast Club. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. The American Medical Association awarded him a Certificate of Merit for 50 years of practicing medicine.
Dr. Morris was also a member of The Club and a charter member of Vestavia Country Club.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Dr. Morris is survived by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn Billingsley Morris, and three devoted children: daughters, Susan Morris Cameron, Atlanta, and Brenda Morris Dixon, and husband, Richard Dixon, Wilmington, N.C., and son, Henry Bradford Morris Jr., and wife, Renee Hand Morris, Maysville; grandchildren, Andrew Christian Cameron and Eleanor Morris Cameron, Atlanta, and Texys Virginia Morris, Henry Bradford Morris III and William Franklin Morris, Maysville; sister, Helen Morris Reynolds, Mechanicsburg, Pa; and brothers, William Franklin Morris, Hazelhurst, and Dr. Joseph Henry Morris, Panama City, Fla.
Memorials may be made to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at UAB Medical School, 720-20th Street South, Kaul Human Genetics Building, Birmingham, AL 35294.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002
Frank C. Smith
Frank C. Smith, of Jonesboro, died Thursday, July 11, 2002.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Dale Smith.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie and Denise Smith, Hoschton, and Robert and Caroline Smith, Brooks; daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Jim Roop, Meansville; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Smith was buried Saturday, July 13, in Flo Villa. Arrangements were handled by Haisten Funeral Home, Jackson.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

Mary M. Chandler
Mrs. Mary Minish Chandler, 57, of Commerce, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mrs. Chandler was the daughter of Cecile S. Minish, Commerce, and the late Ferris Minish.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Erastus Christian Church with the Rev. Carl Beckhman, Leroy Wallace and the Rev. Billy Glosson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Chad Wilkins, Sheldon Stewart, Dusty McElreath, Matthew Steed, Buck Holloway and Scott Coile will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Donald Chandler, of the home; three sons, Grant Gillespie, Colbert, Greg Gillespie, Commerce, and Grason Gillespie, Hull; one step-son, Dan Chandler, Commerce; one step-daughter, Dawn Sams, Maysville; two brothers, Lammie Minish, Commerce, and Johnny Minish, Ila; six sisters, Nelda Whitsel and Susan Steed, both of Ila, Jean Harris and Madge Stewart, both of Commerce, Glenda Hogan, Hoschton, and Nita Bellamy, Athens; nine grandchildren, Justin, Eric and Luke Gillespie, Gabriel, Golston and Grace Gillespie, Dylan and Daley Chandler and Sara Grace Sams; and one great-grandson, Chace Myers.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002

Frank
W. Clark
Frank Washington Clark, 59, of Fairfax Station, Va., died Monday, July 8, 2002, at Mariner Health Nursing Home.
Mr. Clark was born June 23, 1943, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Roscoe and Louise McEver Clark.
Mr. Clark was retired from the U.S. Army and was a member of Carol Estates Baptist Church, Gainesville, Fla.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one daughter, Marnie Clark, Gainesville, Fla.; and one brother, Carroll Clark, Fairfax Station, Va.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002
Rev. Charles L. Bray
The Rev. Charles L. Bray, 49, of Baldwin, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Haber-sham County Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mr. Bray was born July 30, 1952, in Jackson County, to the late David L. Bray Sr. and Cora Lee Dodd Bray.
He was employed as an insulation installer with Certainteed Insulation Company and was a member of Charity Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Charity Baptist Church with the Revs. Vaughn Howington and James Dumas officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Bray is survived by his wife, Janice Lewallen Bray, Baldwin; three sons, William Bray, Stark, Fla., Chuck Bray, Homer, and Johnny Bray, Baldwin; one daughter, Rebecca Howard, Toccoa; two brothers, David Bray, Athens, and Danny Bray, Manchester; two sisters, Rosa Lee Tice, Toccoa, and Brenda Roberts, Homer; and seven grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 17, 2002


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