Jackson County Obituaries...

JULY 31, 2002

Troy L. Landers
Troy Lee Landers, 77, of Braselton, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Landers was born in Gwinnett County. He was the son of the late Claude Sr. and Stella Forrester Landers.
Mr. Landers had resided in Jackson County for most of his life and was a retiree of Chicopee Manufacturing Company. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Landers was preceded in death by two brothers, Claude Landers Jr. and Luther Landers, a sister, Nell Lancaster, and two grandchildren, Tina Pruitt and Chris Ward.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. J.C. Ivey officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Fork Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Landers is survived by his wife, Louise Beck Landers, Braselton; three daughters, Stella Ross, Jefferson, Carolyn Gaines, Hoschton, and Debbie Murphy, Pendergrass; five sisters, Ora Murphy and Ruth Stinchcomb, both of Hoschton, Dessie Walker, Gainesville, Ella Holcomb, Lawrenceville, and Beatrice Rockmore, Winder; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Wanda Hanson
Mrs. Wanda “Diane” Hanson, 41, of Jefferson, died Monday, July 22, 2002.
Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Hanson was a daughter of Jane Brown Ferrell, Winder, and the late Doyle Ferrell.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Pentecost United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, at Pentecost United Methodist Church with the Revs. Danny Barton and Lisa Caine officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Jefferson.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Hanson is survived by her husband, Charlie Hanson, Jefferson; one son, Brian Wesley Hanson, Jefferson; one sister, Bonnie Sue Ferrell, Winder; one brother, Michael Bruce Ferrell, Winder; her grandmother, Mary Brown, Winder; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Sally McDougal
Mrs. Sally McDougal, 76, of Winder, died Sunday, July 28, 2002.
Mrs. McDougal was born in Barrow County, where she had resided for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Ben and Parilee Montgomery Wilkins.
Mrs. McDougal was a retiree of Empire Manufacturing Co. and was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robie McDougal, and a daughter, Janice McDougal.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Kenneth Brewer, Shuford Jones and Robert Whitehead officiating. Burial was in the Cedar Creek Baptist Church cemetery. Josh Mathews, Justin Mathews, Jeremy Mathews, Jack McDougal, David Wilkins and Phillip Wilkins served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Gary Mathews, Winder; grandson and wife, Josh and April Mathews, Woodstock; grandsons, Justin Mathews and Jeremy Mathews, both of Winder; brother and sister-in-law, Hoyt and Charlene Wilkins, Hoschton; sister, Nina McDougal, Maysville; and sisters-in-law, Cora Mae Wilkins, Essie Lou Wilkins and Imogene Wilkins, all of Winder.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Grace L. Martin
Mrs. Grace Langford Martin, 91, of Gillsville, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Martin was born August 18, 1910, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late James B. and Lula Victoria Hancock Langford.
Mrs. Martin was a retired educator with the Hall and Jackson County School Systems, with 38 years of service. She was a lifetime member of Holly Springs United Methodist Church, Pendergrass, and was a member of the Hall County Retired Teachers Association.
Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert J. Martin, and eight brothers, Hoyt Langford, Dick Langford, Royce Langford, Clyde Langford, Egbert Langford, J.B. Langford Jr., Edgar Langford and Roscoe Langford.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Bob Lewis and Doug Merk officiating. Burial was in the Holly Springs United Methodist Church cemetery. Mike Isbell, Dwight Langford, Richard Langford, Hope Loggins, Whit Martin and Nick Massengill served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a step-son, Billy J. Martin, Gainesville; sisters, Mary Nell Isbell, Talmo, and Allene Porter, Jefferson; brother, Grady Langford, Gillsville; grandchildren, Wesley Martin and Angela Massengill; and five great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Thomas F. Erdman Jr.
Thomas F. Erdman Jr., 79, of Ferguson, Mo., and formerly of Athens, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002.
Mr. Erdman was born in Baltimore, Md., a son of the late Thomas F. Sr. and Mary A. Norton Erdman.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and was a retired Southern Baptist minister. Mr. Erdman was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 29, at New Harmony Baptist Church with the Revs. Howard Garrison and Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Curt Hockemeyer, Ken Seabolt, James Loggins, Andy Seabolt, Davis Ray and Jason Lowe served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were nieces and nephews.
Mr. Erdman is survived by his wife, Dorothy L. Hawks Erdman, Ferguson, Mo.; one daughter, Georgia Whinery, Ferguson, Mo.; one son, Tom Stone-Erdman, Palatka, Fla.; one sister, Edith Wardell, Baton Rouge, La.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, 12101 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 102, St. Louis, MO 63141.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Mildred L. Burnette
Mrs. Mildred Lusk Burnette, 81, of Commerce, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Burnette was born September 29, 1920, in Stephens County. She was a daughter of the late Tom and Sally Terrell Lusk.
Mrs. Burnette was a homemaker and was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Joe Burnette.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Billy Burnette, Decatur, Ill., and Ray Burnette, Toccoa; five daughters, Linda Barrett, Martin, Pam Cox, Great Mills, Md., Faye Fitzpatrick and Brenda Gillis, both of Commerce, and Autumn Garrett, Dahlonega; one sister, Fleta Mulkey, Dover, Del.; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Joseph R. Faillo
Joseph Robert Faillo, 81, of Pendergrass, died Saturday, July 27, 2002.
Mr. Faillo was born in Melrose Park, Ill., to the late John and Nancy Giallombardo Faillo. He was the husband of the late Mable Everett Faillo.
Mr. Faillo was a retired security guard.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, at the Winder Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Ms. Julia Bossie and Jerry Cooper officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Rodney Faillo, Peachtree City, and John Faillo, Anniston, Ala.; daughter, Jacqueline Cooper, Pendergrass; brother, Sam Failla, Berkley, Ill.; sister, Corrine Euliano, Henderson, Nev.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Ellie Jordan
Mrs. Ellie Whitsel Jordan, 87, of Royston, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mrs. Jordan was born in Franklin County on May 27, 1915, a daughter of the late Albert Whitsel and the late Maggie Hanley Whitsel.
She was a seamstress, a member of Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church and was active in the African Violet Society. Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by her husband, Stuard Jordan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Revs. Bert Synan and John Ingham officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Jerry Jordan, Royston; two sisters, Susie Garrett, Pelzer, S.C., and Dorothy Brawner, Commerce; one grandson and one great-grandson.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Edward L. Carlyle
Edward L. Carlyle, 77, of Hoschton, died Thursday, July 25, 2002.
Born in Forsyth County, Mr. Carlyle was a son of the late Robertson and Minny Parker Carlyle.
He was a retiree of York Casket Company and was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Leonard Murphy and David Pruitt officiating. Burial was in the Mulberry Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Carlyle is survived by his wife, Beatrice Hayes Carlyle, Hoschton; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Randall Faulkner, Hoschton; daughter, Kathy McDaniel, Hoschton; sisters, Eileen Hayes, Jefferson, and Dot Nix, Stockbridge; brothers, the Rev. Gary Carlyle, Hoschton, the Rev. Everest Carlisle and Bobby Carlisle, both of Braselton, and Dean Carlyle, Winder; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

James
M. Bryant
James Marvin Bryant, 77, of Jefferson, formerly of Franklin County, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Bryant was born in Franklin County on February 8, 1925. He was a son of the late James Washington Bryant and the late Liza Jane Looney Bryant.
Mr. Bryant was a retired farmer and was of the Baptist denomination. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by three children, J.M. and A.M. Bryant and Annie Sue Bryant, one brother, Thomas Bryant, and three sisters, Ella Ware, Addie Whited and Susie Hill.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 26, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Robbie Black and Buddy Barron officiating. Burial was in the Zidon Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife, Lula Mae Dowell Bryant, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen and Leonard Jones, Jefferson; brother, Lonnie O. Bryant, Lilburn; sister, Ethel Barnes, Royston; grandchildren, Brian Keith Jones, Hoschton, and Melissa Ann Jones, Jefferson; and great-granddaughter, Samantha Chase Jones, Lawrenceville.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

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Wilbur C. Wilkes
Wilbur Clyde Wilkes, of Lake City, died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Fayette Community Hospital.
Mr. Wilkes served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a retired foreman for Truck Line.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Parkway Garden Chapel, Forest Park, with the Revs. Bill Thomas and Lee Lacey officiating. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery.
Mr. Wilkes is survived by his wife, Pearl Wilkes, Lake City; a son, Michael Wilkes, Morrow; a sister, Lanelle Miller, Jefferson; a brother, Harry Wilkes, Buford; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Parkway Garden Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Howard C.
‘Red’ Hinesley
Howard Carlton “Red” Hinesley, 82, a native of Jackson County and a longtime resident of Athens, died Friday, July 26, 2002.
Mr. Hinesley was the son of the late Henry and Ola Lavender Hinesley.
He was a Chevron Dealer in Normaltown until his retirement after 36 years of service, and was a member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church. Mr. Hinesley was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Air Force in Europe.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Bill Ricketts officiating. Burial was in Oconee Hill Cemetery. Charles Byrd, James Haligan, Victor Nix, Hugh Logan, Richard Jafiulevicius, A.O. Parks, Keith Summers, Jimmy Hale and Jack Holcomb served as pallbearers.
Mr. Hinesley is survived by his wife, Rosena Barry Hinesley, Athens; brother and sister-in-law, Wilbur and Betty Hinesley, Dawsonville; and sisters-in-law, Ina Rumsey Hinesley and Katie Lousie “Sally” ZeBerg.
Memorials may be made to the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1112, Athens, GA 30603.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Larry D. Downey
Larry Dale Downey, 52, of Commerce, died Thursday, July 25, 2002.
Born in Lynn County, Ala., Mr. Downey was a son of the late Floyd Monroe and Dorothy Ann Cooper Downey.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during Vietnam, and was employed as a dispatcher for McClains, Athens. Mr. Downey was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Sam Dorsey officiating.
Mr. Downey is survived by his wife, Karlene Hill Downey; one daughter, Paris Dawn Epps, Winterville; one son, Shawn Keith Stilwell, Danielsville; one sister, Billie Owsley, Fayetteville, N.C.; one brother, Robert Downey, Tampa, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Tyler Stilwell, Trenton Epps, Alexys Stilwell and Ashlyn Stilwell.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Hubert S. Williams
Hubert S. Williams, 77, of Jefferson, died Thursday, July 25, 2002.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Williams was a son of the late Carl and Mary Williams.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Ruth Williams.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, in the chapel of Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, with the Rev. Derrick Jackson officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery, Homer.
Mr. Williams is survived by a brother, C.B. Williams, Roswell.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Trudie Hooper
Mrs. Trudie Green Christian Hooper, 91, of Watkinsville, died Saturday, July 27, 2002.
A native of Madison County and a longtime resident of Oconee County, Mrs. Hooper was born May 2, 1911, a daughter of the late William Franklin Christian and Alice Leitha Porterfield Christian. She was the wife of the late Arthur Hooper.
Mrs. Hooper was a homemaker and a member of Freeman Creek Baptist Church.
“She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and neighbor,” said family members. “One of her passions was quilt making. She also enjoyed gardening and cooking for her family and enjoyed their visits to her home.”
Mrs. Hooper was preceded in death by two sons, Ralph Hooper and Robert Hooper, daughter-in-law, Ellie Lee Hooper, and sisters and brothers, Coy Christian, Claude Christian, Bill Christian, Izora Graham, Cornelle Christian and Ruth Huff.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Freeman Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Giles and Hoyt Johnson officiating. The Rev. Elmer Butler provided music. Burial was in Farmington Cemetery. Mrs. Hooper’s grandchildren served as pallbearers and honorary escort.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Loretta Hooper, Pendergrass, Rufus and Betty Hooper, Monroe, Roy and Vivian Hooper, Colbert, and Raymond and Rita Hooper, Statham; daughter-in-law, Connie Hooper, Farmington; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and special friend, Mrs. Jessie Mitchem.
Arthur Bowick’s Oconee Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Jimmy C. Hembree
Jimmy Charles Hembree, 56, of Anderson, S.C., died Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Hembree was born July 8, 1946, in Jackson County. He was a son of Coley and Faye Sears Hembree, Anderson, S.C.
Mr. Hembree was retired from the U.S. Navy and was of the Church of God faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Morris Hembree.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 2, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Roy Puckett officiating. Burial will be in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery, Maysville, with full military honors.
Survivors include two sons, Jeffery Lynn Burnip, Rockport, Texas, and Robert Glen Burnip, San Antonio, Texas; two daughters, Juanita Jeanette Mangum, San Antonio, Texas, and Susan Ann Rousseau, Kingsville, Texas; one brother, David Hembree, Huntsville, Ala.; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 1, at Little-Ward Funeral Home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Russell G. Strickland
Russell Glenn Strickland, 32, of Jefferson, died Monday, July 29, 2002, in Atlanta, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Strickland was born March 11, 1970, in Clarke County, a son of Wanda Truett Strickland, Jefferson, and the late Wayne Strickland.
He worked as a landscaper and attended Living Word Worship Center, Jefferson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 2, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Richard James and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Strickland is survived by his wife, Lisa Strickland, Jefferson; step-sons, Chris Pelham and Daniel Pelham, both of Jefferson; step-daughter, Rachael Pelham, Jefferson; sister, Amanda Strickland, Jefferson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Nathan Dennis and Michelle Strickland, Jefferson, and Timothy Wayne and LuWanna Strickland, Covington; nephews, Nathan and Dalton Strickland, both of Jefferson; niece, LeAnne Strickland, Covington; and several aunts and uncles.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Evans Funeral Home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Barry G. Reeves
Barry Gilbert Reeves, 41, of Jefferson, died Monday, July 29, 2002, in Atlanta, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Reeves was born November 9, 1960, in Cobb County. He was a son of the late Thomas C. and Dorothy Jean Truett Reeves.
Mr. Reeves was an electrician.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 2, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Richard James and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Reeves is survived by a brother, Kirk L. McClure, Bethlehem; nephews, Dwayne and John McClure; a niece, Madeline McClure; and several aunts and uncles.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Evans Funeral Home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002

Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002; 0Rachael Christy
Byron L. Christy
Rachael Christy, 19, and Byron Lee Christy, 31, of Pollock, La., died Wednesday, July 24, 2002.
Mrs. Christy was born August 26, 1982. Mr. Christy was born July 14, 1971.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Prospect Pentecostal Church with the Revs. Mike Russell and Leland Briggs officiating. Burial was in Urania Cemetery.
Mrs. Christy is survived by her father, Dennis Williams, Griffin; her mother, Terri Williams, Commerce; step-sons, Dalton Lee Christy and Dylan Scott Christy, both of Mora, La.; step-daughter, Jessica Lynn Christy, Mora, La.; sister, Lisa Diane Abernathy, and husband, Thomas, Commerce, and nieces, Tiffany E. Abernathy and Tanya J. Abernathy; sister, Jennifer Leigh Williams, Griffin; grandmother, Opel Williams, Griffin; and maternal great-grandmother, Annie Gresham, Cleveland.
Mr. Christy is survived by sons, Dalton Lee Christy and Dylan Scott Christy; daughter, Jessica Lynn Christy; father and step-mother, Marvin Lee and Anna Kay Christy, Dayton, Texas; mother, Tina/Linda Woodruff, and step-father, Larry Tullis, both of Pollock, La.; brother, Marvin Paul Christy, serving in the U.S. Army in Korea; sister, Laurie Ann Christy, Pollock, La.; step-brother, James Tullis, Pollock, La.; step-sister, Krissy Tullis, Pineville, La.; paternal grandparents, Charles Lee Christy and Dorothy Jean Christy, Port O’Conner, Texas; and paternal great-grandmother, Nora P. Christy, Pineville, La.
Donations would be greatly appreciated to help cover burial expenses due to no insurance, said family members.
Donations may be sent to: Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 801, Homer, GA 30547.
Hixson Brothers Funeral Home, Louisiana, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 31, 2002


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