Jackson County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 2, 2002

Sara Harris
Mrs. Sara Harris, 84, of Braselton, died Sunday, September 29, 2002, at Magnolia Estates in Winder.
Mrs. Harris was a homemaker and a member of Chapel Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dana Harris, and her parents, Richard L. and Effie O’Kellee.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Billy McKinney and John Batusic officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three sons, John L. Harris, Decatur, and Danny A. Harris and Kelly Harris, both of Braselton; two daughters, Linda Sue Harris, Gracewood, and Edie Harris Grogan, Gainesville; one sister, Mary Lucy Beckum, Winder; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

John F. Wallace
John Franklin Wallace, 46, of Maysville, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at his residence of an extended illness.
Mr. Wallace was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell Wallace.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson, Steve Whisnant and Lloyd Reed officiating. Burial will be in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Wallace is survived by his wife, Beth W. Wallace, of the home; his mother, Mrs. Claudia Wallace, Commerce; four sons, John Wallace and Jimmy Thompson, both of Maysville, and David Wallace and Dustin Wallace, both of Lula; four daughters, Miranda Blalock, Nicholson, Brittany Thompson, Maysville, and Ann Wallace and Latasha Wallace, both of Lula; two brothers, Carl Wallace, Hoschton, and Wayne Wallace, Homer; one sister, Marie Robinson, Homer; and seven grandchildren.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

Bobby H. Aaron
Bobby Harold Aaron, 57, of Jefferson, died Saturday, September 28, 2002, at Barrow Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born May 22, 1945, in Jackson County, Mr. Aaron was a son of the late James and Lizzie Craig Aaron.
He was employed as a vending mechanic with Pepsi Cola Company, with 30 years of service, and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
Mr. Aaron was preceded in death by a brother, James Aaron.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, at Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and Eric Shelton officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Aaron is survived by his wife, Carol Wills Aaron, Jefferson; one son, Chip Aaron, Jefferson; one daughter, Lorri Thompson, Buford; one sister, Edna Meeler, Jefferson; one brother, William Aaron, Jefferson; and two grandchildren, Jessica and Josh Thompson.
Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 2063 Hwy. 129 N., Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

Mary A. Smith
Mrs. Mary Annette Smith, 65, of Jefferson, died Sunday, September 29, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Smith was born July 24, 1937, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Curtis and Addie Jackson Dowdy.
She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by a brother, Lyndon Dowdy.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Cody Dowdy, Jerry Dowdy, Chris Nelms, Donald Segars, Curtis Smith, Lee Tompkins and Jerry Wilkes served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Jerry Smith, Jefferson; two daughters, Bonnie Anglin, Maysville, and Janice Nelms, Jefferson; one son, Curtis Smith, Ila; one brother, Branson Dowdy, Jefferson; and 11 grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church Emergency Fund.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

Jimmy Ferguson
James Issac “Jimmy” Ferguson, 85, of Diboll, Texas, formerly of Maysville, died Sunday, September 15, 2002.
Mr. Ferguson was a son of the late James and Willie Deen Ferguson. He was preceded in death by a son, Dwight Ferguson.
Mr. Ferguson served in the U.S. Air Force. During World War II, he fought in the Philippines and the Panama Canal Zone.
Mr. Ferguson retired from the military with 21 years of service in 1959. Afterwards, he retired with 16 years of employment with Pacific Gas and Electric in California. Mr. Ferguson was a member of Commerce Church of Christ before he and his wife moved to Texas this year.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, in the chapel of Corrigan Funeral Home with Raymond Wallace, Corrigan Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Stryker Cemetery, Corrigan, Texas.
Mr. Ferguson is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bonnie Bradley Ferguson, Diboll, Texas; six sons, Bill Ferguson, Wayne Ferguson and Troy Ferguson, all of California, David Ferguson, Missouri, Derral Ferguson, Georgia, and Tony Ferguson, Texas; three sisters, Clota Balleau, New Mexico, Mae Dickerson, Georgia, and Jennie Ramsey, Texas; sister-in-law, Hazel Parks, Georgia; and a multitude of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

Hazel M. Tate
Mrs. Hazel Marie Cook Tate, 72, of Pendergrass, died Thursday, September 26, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Tate was born February 23, 1930, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Herman and Montine Gee Cook.
Mrs. Tate was a homemaker and a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 28, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Jenkins and Jeff Langley and Northeast Georgia Hospice Chaplain officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Kip Beatty, Kyle Beatty, Pat Fletcher, Ricky Lee, Mike Newsome, J.R. Sablock and Bill Turner served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Tate is survived by her husband, Otis Tate, Pendergrass; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Sue and Jerry Fletcher and Judy and Ed Voyles, all of Pendergrass, and Hilda and Conrad Lavender, Jefferson; sons, Jeff Tate and Robert Cook Tate, both of Pendergrass; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Charles and Gloria Tate, Pendergrass; brothers, Bill Cook and Ted Cook, both of Pendergrass; sister, Dorothy Dean, Eatonton; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Northeast Georgia Hospice, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

Sherman Thomas
Charlie Henry “Sherman” Thomas, 83, of Jefferson, formerly of Athens, died Friday, September 20, 2002.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Thomas was a son of the late Henry and Bessie Byrd Thomas.
Services were held at noon Saturday, September 28, in the chapel of Winfrey’s Mutual Funeral Home, Athens, with Linda Davis officiating.
Mr. Thomas is survived by nieces and nephews.
Winfrey’s Mutual Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

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Sara W. Daniel
Mrs. Sara Wheeler Daniel, 85, of Doraville, died Thursday, September 19, 2002, at Gwinnett Extended Care, Lawrenceville.
Born in Maysville, Jackson County, on April 2, 1917, Mrs. Daniel was the daughter of the late Dan J. Wheeler and the late Ina Doss Wheeler.
She was retired from the Internal Revenue Service, where she was a claims clerk. Mrs. Daniel was preceded in death by her husband, Julian A. Daniel, and three sisters, Edna Mathis, Ora Wheeler and Alda Harbin.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 21, at Oconee Baptist Church, Dry Pond, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Jerrye, and husband, Dan Lail, Loganville, and Susan Daniel, Atlanta; grandchildren, Marie and Jimmy Leach, Lawrenceville, Ronda Wright, Atlanta, and Phillip Ellis, Doraville; great-grandchildren, Vance Leach, Daniel Leach and Brooke Wright; sisters, Wilda, and husband, Wilburn Martin, Maysville, and Nell Brown, Maysville; brother, Daniel J. Wheeler Jr., Commerce; aunt and uncle, Helen and Homer Howard, Austell; and a number of nieces and nephews.
R.T. Patterson Funeral Home, Norcross, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

Roger D. Cowart
Roger Dale Cowart, 44, of Braselton, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Mandy Cowart, Jefferson; his grandmother, Katie Bruce, Lawrenceville; his parents, Shirley and Waymon Brownlee, Lawrenceville; one sister, Melinda Black, Jefferson; and two nephews, Matthew and Mark Moon, Jefferson.
He was preceded in death by a son, Andrew Cowart, his father, Talvin Cowart, Hiawassee, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Brownlee, Lawrenceville, and Mamie and Lemuel Cowart, Hiawassee.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville.

Travis L. Echols
Travis Lee Echols, 56, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002.
Mr. Echols was born January 5, 1946, in Banks County to the late Andrew and Bertha Shubert Echols. He had lived in Hall County for the past 20 years.
Mr. Echols was a former supervisor with Milliken and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. He was preceded in death by a brother, the Rev. Doug Echols, and a sister, Lois Baggs.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 3, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Ralph O. Smith officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Mr. Echols is survived by his wife of 36 years, Annette Echols, Gainesville; daughters, Tammy Peterson and Trica Ritter, both of Gainesville; son, Ricky Echols, Gainesville; sisters, Dean Herbert, Atlanta, Dot Hill and Nancy Ledford, both of Commerce, and Joyce Carter, Clarkesville; brothers, Lloyd Echols, Gillsville, David Echols, Commerce, and Jimmy Echols, Danielsville; and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a Clinical Depression Charity.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Hillside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002
William L. Bohanan
William Lewis Bohanan, 61, of Bethlehem, died Thursday, September 26, 2002.
Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Mr. Bohanan was the son of the late William L. and Cleo Gladys Bentley Bohanan.
He was retired from General Motors, where he worked as a forklift operator. Mr. Bohanan had also been employed with Atlanta Daries for many years.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 29, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Bohanan is survived by his wife, Laverne Bohanan, Bethlehem; sons, Bentley Craig (Benny) Bohanan, Dacula, David Allen Bohanan, Jefferson, and Gregory Dean Bohanan, Bethlehem; sister, Barbara Chessher, Lawrenceville; and two grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

Ann G. Smith
Mrs. Ann Gayle Bennett Smith, 32, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Smith was born March 9, 1970, in Cuthbert, a daughter of Andrew and Gayle Bennett, Georgetown. She was employed as a Library Associate with The University of Georgia Law Library and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, Nicholson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 3, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Stowers officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 4, in Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Jeff Smith; brother and sister-in-law, Andrew N. Bennett Jr. and Kim Bennett, Dacula; niece, Elizabeth Bennett; and nephew, Blake Bennett.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

O.V. Owens
O.V. Owens, 90, of Toccoa, father of Vivian Haynes, Commerce, died Thursday, September 26, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Owens was a son of the late Vandiver L. and Cora Vaughn Owens. He was the husband of the late Louise Andrews Owens.
Mr. Owens was retired from LeTourneau and WABCO Cos., with 34 years of service, and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and was a member of the Men’s Sunday School Class.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 28, at New Hope Baptist church with the Rev. David Sosebee and Clarence Davis officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Jewell Gaines officiating. Mr. Owens’ grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his daughter, include two other daughters, Polly Whitworth and Jessie Martin, both of Toccoa; two sons, Talmadge Owens, Toccoa, and Travis Owens, Canton; 13 grandchildren 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002

Tammy Cowart
Mrs. Tamaron Yvonne “Tammy” Lingerfelt Cowart, 31, of Braselton, formerly of Suwanee, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002.
Mrs. Cowart was a native of Fulton County. She received her education at North Gwinnett High School and was employed with Fieldale Poultry Co. in Gainesville. Mrs. Cowart was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Marie Lingerfelt, and her husband, Roger Dale Cowart.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 4, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. McHoyt Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Old Suwanee Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Kenneth Lingerfelt, Suwanee; one sister, Sandy Lingerfelt, Suwanee; one nephew, Shaun Brumbalow, Suwanee; one great-niece, Rhiana Brumbalow, Suwanee; special cousin, Randall Lingerfelt, Gainesville; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Flanigan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 2, 2002


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