Jackson County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 23, 2002

Kinney Gee
Kinney Gee, 66, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Gee was born June 7, 1936, in Jackson County, a son of the late Narville and Nell Smith Gee.
He was a retired farmer and a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau. He was also a member of the National Poultry Federation and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Rev. Michael Jarrett officiating. Burial will be in the Mountain Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Pendergrass. Tim Franklin, Randall Griffith, Terry Hix, Dean LaMarque, Chris McEver, David Sailors and Durand Turner will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Bowen, Ronald Canup, Joel Davis, Dover Gooch, Keith Hall, Ed McKinney and Doug Parks.
Mr. Gee is survived by his wife, Sarah B. Gee, Jefferson; two sisters, Alma Fulbright, Carnesville, and Deanie Richardson, Hoschton; two brothers, Calvin Gee, Jefferson, and Narville Gee Jr., Pendergrass; a special friend, Malina Turner, Cleveland; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson, the American Heart Association or to the American Kidney Foundation.
The family was to have received friends from noon until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002

Raymond
‘Hollis’ Catlett
Raymond Hollis Catlett died Saturday, October 19, 2002.
Born April 26, 1920, Mr. Catlett was a son of Thomas Gibson and Belle Chrisler Catlett. He grew up in Commerce and finished high school in Boca Grande, Fla. Mr. Catlett joined the Army Air Corps in 1940 and traveled around the world by rail, boat and plane. He served overseas during World War II and again during the Korean Conflict.
After receiving his degree from the University of Georgia, Mr. Catlett met and married Louise Lester Clark, Sanford, Fla. He began working at Lockheed Aircraft Company at what had previously been the Bell bomber plant in Marietta. Mr. Catlett spent his entire career at Lockheed, serving as a manager on the Jet-Star, C-130, C-141 and C-5A programs.
After retiring from Lockheed in 1985 as plant manager, he designed and built his home on the family land in Maysville. While there, Mr. Catlett took time to enjoy his family, gardening, landscaping, canoeing and sharing his cuttings and vegetables with friends and neighbors.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the Wilsons Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Elaine Standridge officiating.
Mr. Catlett is survived by Les and their three adult children and their families, Reed Catlett and John Stern, Atlanta, Ray, Carole and Christina Catlett, California, and David Catlett, Rhode Island, as well as Cristina and Marcelo Silva, Atlanta, and Pete. He is also survived by two sisters, Frances Sizemore, Maysville, and Elizabeth Smith, Cordele; and one brother, Ralph Catlett, Cleveland.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002

Robert ‘Bobby’ Tankersley
Robert “Bobby” Tankersley, of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at his residence.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 17, in the chapel of L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home, Cumming, with the Rev. Fred Reeves officiating. Burial was in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Tankersley is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Misty and Shane Kirby, Cumming; a son, Robby Tankersley, Commerce; a brother, Jimmy Tankersley, Chattanooga; a sister, Gail Rose, Inverness, Fla.; and a granddaughter, Taylor Kirby, Cumming.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Elizabeth Tankersley.
L.W. McDonald & Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002

Bobby L. Archer
Bobby Lee Archer, 77, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Archer was born in Madison County on April 21, 1925. He was a son of the late David Anderson and Carrie Savannah Pace Archer.
Mr. Archer was the owner of Archers Garage and Wrecker Service and was a member of Center Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Joe Archer, and a daughter, June Archer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 19, at Red Stone Methodist Church with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Buford Lockman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Archer is survived by his wife, Nell Gibson Archer, Jefferson; three sons, David Archer and Dean Archer, both of Athens, and Eddie Archer, Jefferson; two daughters, Barbara Campbell, Greensboro, and Helen Rider, Fort Worth, Texas; one brother, Ralph Archer, Nicholson; one sister, Mozelle Jackson, Commerce; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002

Carvel H. Wisenbaker
Carvel H. “Garbo” Wisenbaker, 80, of Webster, Fla., and of Commerce, died Wednesday, October 16, 2002, in Webster, Fla.
Mr. Wisenbaker was born in Goldsboro, N.C. He worked for Eastern Airlines for 32 years and was manager of Facilities and Fire Protection. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge.
Formerly of Pembroke Pines, Fla., Mr. Wisenbaker moved to Sumter County 17 years ago. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Masonic services were held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 17, in the chapel of Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, Fla. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 18, in the chapel of Purcell Funeral Home with the Rev. Haig Medzarentz and Mr. Wisenbaker’s son, Chaplain Skip Wisenbaker, officiating. Burial was in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla., with military honors rendered by the Marion County Honor Guard.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Wisenbaker, Webster, Fla.; his son, Chaplain Wisenbaker, Atlanta; two daughters, Pamela Tetu, Shiloh, and Julie Knight, Longwood, Fla.; one brother, Zeke Wisenbaker, Blue Ridge; one sister, Harriet Symington, Boynton Beach, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Lake & Sumter Inc., 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778-9972.
Purcell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002

Donald R. Fischer
Donald R. Fischer, 68, of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Fischer was a native of Allegheny County, Pa. He was the son of the late Fredrick A. Fischer and Susanna Davies Fischer and the step-son of the late John S. Shafer.
Mr. Fischer was a retired vice president in charge of operations at Baker & Taylor Co., Commerce, and was a member of the Commerce First United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club and the Athens Country Club, and was named “Kiwanian of the Year” this year by the Commerce Kiwanis Club.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 24, at Commerce First United Methodist Church with Dr. Tom Lewis and the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Fischer is survived by his wife, Loette Craft Fischer, Commerce; sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Andrea Fischer and Michael and DeLisa Fischer, all of Commerce; granddaughter, Ashley Fischer, Commerce; and grandson, Jackson Fischer, Commerce.
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, October 23, 2002

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Allie E. Collins
Miss Allie E. Collins, 55, of Commerce, died Sunday, October 20, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Miss Collins was born May 21, 1947, in Jackson County, a daughter of Pauline Benton Collins, Commerce, and the late Thomas Collins.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Curtis Greene officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to her mother, Miss Collins is survived by a sister, Brenda Stowe, Commerce; niece, Lisa Ginn, Commerce; nephews, Mikel and Mathu Stowe, both of Commerce; and great-nieces, Summer and Savannah Ginn, both of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002

Wendy Rowden
Miss Wendy Rowden, 17, of Clarkesville, died Saturday, October 19, 2002, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Miss Rowden was born September 20, 1985, in Hall County. She was a student at North Georgia Technical College and worked part-time at K-Mart. She was of the Baptist denomination.
Miss Rowden was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charles Rowden, and great-grandfathers, Swayne Wood and John Barron.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Revs. Billy Burrell and Tony Goss officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery.
Miss Rowden is survived by her mother and step-father, Kay West Loudermilk and Dennis Loudermilk, Clarkesville; her father, Phillip Rowden, Clarkesville; two brothers, Jonathon Loudermilk, Toccoa, and Chase Loudermilk, Clarkesville; grandparents, William and Carol Barron, Clarkesville, and Shirley Rowden, Nicholson; and great-grandparents, Mildred Wood, Clarkesville, Evelyn Barron, Demorest, and Elizabeth Carey, Baldwin.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002

John ‘B’ Smith
John Billy “B” Smith, 63, of Commerce, formerly of Gainesville, died Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Smith was born September 9, 1939, in Jackson County, a son of Harvey Smith, Dawsonville, and the late Lois Parr Smith.
He was employed as a maintenance supervisor with Millken Inc., Gainesville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include two sons, Micheal Smith and Steve Smith, both of Commerce; four daughters, Lisa Adams, Nicholson, Kathy Jackson, Jefferson, and Sue Zimmerman and Billie J. Overby, both of Gainesville; one brother, Billy Smith, Dawsonville; and 12 grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002

Nancy L. Smith
Mrs. Nancy Louise Barber Smith, 62, of Athens, died Friday, October 18, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of Thurston Barber Sr., and Sarah Helen Sims Barber. She was the widow of Jack Ray Smith.
Mrs. Smith lived most of her life in Athens and was retired from Westclox/General Times Corp. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 20, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Ralph Arnold officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Baptist Church cemetery. Randy Dorsey, Danny Hoopaugh, Johnny Barber, Mark Collingsworth, Wayne Jones and Brandon Hayes served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Jennifer Smith, Athens; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Matthew Allen, Athens, and Elaine and Dee Prince, Comer; brother, Thurston Barber Jr., Hull; sister, Ann Dorsey, Jefferson; grandchildren, Casey and Brooke Allen and Sydney Prince; and several nieces and nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002

Nellie
L. Lacey
Mrs. Nellie L. Lacey, of Knox-ville, Tenn., mother of Millie Gray, Maysville, died Thursday, October 17, 2002. Mrs. Lacey had just undergone surgery. She would have been 72 in December.
Mrs. Lacey had been employed with a hospital in Tennessee many years ago, but left work to raise her family. Her husband, the late Bill Lacey, who preceded her in death in 1990 of cancer, grew up with Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff.
Mrs. Lacey never learned how to drive a car, said family members, and said she didn’t want to. She was a good Christian woman.
“We had just talked to her Wednesday night,” said son-in-law, Jim Gray. “She said her faith was with Jesus. We will miss her.”
Survivors, in addition to her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gray, Maysville, include daughter, Sandra Angel, Tennessee; sons, Stan Lacey, Kenny Lacey and Mark Lacey (a fireman with Knox County), all of Tennessee; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002

Julia E. Darnell
Mrs. Julia Elizabeth Darnell, 90, of Commerce, died Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at her residence.
Born in Richmond County on August 22, 1912, Mrs. Darnell was a daughter of the late Walter Lee and Cora Lee Cowart Epps.
She was retired from the textile industry and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Darnell was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Darnell.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Vivian Darnell officiating. A graveside service was held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday following the chapel service in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Augusta.
Survivors include a son, Aubrey Darnell, Commerce; two sisters, Jessie Matteson, Hinesville, and Thelma Sizemore, Appling; four grandchildren, Michael D. Darnell, Commerce, Marilyn Strand, Crescent City, Calif., Shelia Samples, Jefferson, and Michelle Darnell, Dahlonega; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002
Mildred H. Carter
Mrs. Mildred Hutcherson Carter, 81, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at Athens Heritage Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Carter was born in 1921 in Franklin County, a daughter of the late Roderrick and Lucille Gunnells Hutcherson. She was an avid home gardener and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson. Mrs. Carter was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Carter.
Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Dickie Hoard officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce. Damon Gause, Cary Carter, Joshua Spivey, Jordan Spivey, Brent Carter and Casey Williams will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, David Carter, Calhoun; daughters, Kaye Waddell and Carole Carter Sheffield, both of Jefferson; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 23, 2002


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