Jackson County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 11, 2002

Devin B. Cronic
Devin Blake Cronic, 15, of Jefferson, died Friday, December 6, 2002, at Columbia Barrow Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Cronic was born June 30, 1987, in Hall County. He was a ninth grade student at Jackson County Comprehensive High School and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Cronic played baseball for the J.C.C.H.S. Panthers and was a member of Future Farmers of America.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 9, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. John Mark Carpenter and Flaviu Pop officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville. Tyler Cronic, Shane Grindle, Chris McDowell, Jody Murphy, Chad Pardue and Rodney Rider served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Panthers baseball team.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Susan Michelle Shubert McDowell and Patrick Kevin McDowell, Jefferson; his father, Kevin Wayne Cronic, Oakwood; brothers, Eric Todd Dale and Kevin Drew Cronic, both of Jefferson, step-sister, Jennifer McDowell, Newnan; maternal grandmother, Martha Carolyn Blackwell, Gainesville; and paternal grandparents, Ralph and Nell Cronic, Flowery Branch.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002

Freddie Garrison
Freddie Garrison, 59, of Dawsonville, died Saturday, December 7, 2002, at Northside Hospital Forsyth, Cumming.
A native of Hazard, Ky., Mr. Garrison was a son of the late Grover Cleveland Garrison and Hester Sizemore Garrison.
He was self-employed as an architect in the steel construction business and was of the Church of God faith. In addition to his parents, Mr. Garrison was preceded in death by a grandson, Brandon Conway Williams, and two sisters, Freda Durwood and Irene Miles.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday December 9, in the chapel of Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Wayne Marcus officiating. Burial was in Hillside Gardens, Gainesville.
Mr. Garrison is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Garrison, Dawsonville; daughters, Darla Elaine Chappelear, Toccoa, Angela Kay Williams, Eastanollee, Becky Garrison, Lithonia, Maria L. Fielder and Kimberly Shipman, both of Nicholson, Carrie Ann Strickland, Commerce, and Shelia Halcomb, Cumming; sons, Fredrick “Heath” Garrison, Gainesville, Franklin C. McIntosh, Cumming, and Jeffry Lee McIntosh, Commerce; sisters, Dot Eddington, Audrey Engle, Kaye Blalock, Beulah Deaton and Wilma Brown; brother, Dean Garrison; and 25 grandchildren, Randy R. Chappelear, Ronnie R. Chappelear, Austin S. Chappelear, Aaron R. Chappelear, Andrew Lamar Williams, Adam Lamar Williams, Addraine Kay Williams, Ashley M. Garrison, Anna R. Garrison, Abegail L. Garrison, Christina Nicole Garrison, Jerri Denise Garrison, Valerie Kimberlynn Fielder, Alexis Deline Shipman, Kyle Lane Shipman, Celina Leigh Shipman, Justice William Shipman, Franklin Bruce Strickland, Jimmy B. Strickland, Stacy A. Strickland, Kaylee M. McIntosh, Nicki L. McIntosh, Stephanie A. McIntosh, Jeffry L. McIntosh Jr. and Brian S. Halcomb; and a number of other relatives.
Hillside Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002

Kenneth L. Hart
Kenneth Larry Hart, 31, of Commerce, died Saturday, December 7, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Hart was born October 31, 1971, in Jackson County, a son of Larry and Hilda Long Hart, Commerce.
He was employed with Atlas Cold Storage.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Roy Neal officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hart is survived by his wife, Kimberly Hambrick Hart, Commerce; son, Kristopher Hart, Commerce; daughter, Kassady Hart, Commerce; and grandparents, Hugh and Louise Hart, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002

James T.
‘Bubba’ Bruce
James Terry “Bubba” Bruce, 53, of Lavonia, died Sunday, December 8, 2002, at his home.
Born in Jackson County on May 31, 1949, Mr. Bruce was the only son of Mrs. Lillie Gary Bruce, Homer, and the late James T. Bruce.
He was retired from 34 years of service with the Georgia Department of Transportation and was a member of Abundant Life Baptist Church, where he was active in the Explorer Sunday School Class, was a member of the Teller’s Committee, was a “Team Kid” Leader and was an inactive deacon of the church. Mr. Bruce was active in various Christian recreation leagues and had been active in years past with Little League as coach and in other positions. He was also a founding member of the Homer Fire Department, a former member of the Lavonia Fire Department and a former member of the Lavonia Lions Club.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, in the chapel of Hamby Funeral Home, Lavonia, with the Revs. Ted Kelley and Tommy Seay officiating. The Rev. Grant Myerholtz and Mrs. Penny Kelley ministered in music. Burial was in the Lavonia City Cemetery with Bishop Willard Fitzpatrick officiating at graveside. Larry Wertan, Winston Roberson, Harry Banks, William Bruce, Jimmy Myerholtz, Lanny Crain, David Dunson, Cliff Hill, Roy Holland, Sherill Mullinax, Jimmy Carroll and Bill Bowen served as pallbearers. Honorary escort consisted of employees of the Georgia Department of Transportation and active and inactive deacons of Abundant Life Baptist Church.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Bruce is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Bailey Bruce, of the home; and two sons, Wesley Bruce and John W. Bruce, both of the home.
Memorials may be made to Abundant Life Baptist Church, P.O. Box 237, Hartwell, GA 30643.
Hamby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002

George Roberts Jr.
George Roberts Jr., 66, of Monroe, died Wednesday, December 4, 2002, at Emory Hospital.
Mr. Roberts was born October 5, 1936, to the late George Roberts Sr. and Amanda Roberts.
He was a member of The Apostolic Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Winder.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7, at The Apostolic Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with the Rev. Tommy Baker and Bishop G.H. Hammond officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife, Sara Roberts, Monroe; godson, Ricky Phillips Jr., Monroe; brothers, Jack Roberts, Social Circle, and Paul Roberts, Jefferson; and sisters, Mary Lynch, Winder, and Doris Snyder, Augusta.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002

Runell C. Turk
Mrs. Runell Cooper Turk, 77, of Flowery Branch, died Monday, December 9, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Turk had lived most of her life in Hall County. She was a homemaker and a member of Chestnut Mountain Church. Mrs. Turk was preceded in death by her first husband, Homer Ellis, and her second husband, Selby Turk.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, at Chestnut Mountain Church with the Rev. Terry Page officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Theo Johnson, Flowery Branch, Shirley and Larry Forrester, Braselton, and Gail and Johnny Stepp, Gainesville; daughter, Jackie Parr, Flowery Branch; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Linda Ellis, Mt. Airy; step-children, Jerry Turk, Joan Turk and Jeanette Benefield, all of Chestnut Mountain; sister, Alma Stinchcomb, Pendergrass; brother, Odis Dean Cooper, Chestnut Mountain; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Wards Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002

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Mattie Johnson
Mrs. Mattie Lou Starr Johnson, 92, of Commerce, died Monday, December 9, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born October 9, 1910, in Franklin County, Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of the late Claude C. and Vanna McDuff Starr.
Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and of the Methodist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Redford Raymond Johnson, a son, Redford Starr Johnson, and four sisters, Gladys Fricks, Eulalia Starr, Vehna Martin and Ethel Martin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 12, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Furman Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Rutledge City Cemetery, Rutledge.
Survivors include one daughter, Kay Francis Johnson, Commerce; and seven nieces and nephews, Polly M. Casey, Canon, Jeanette M. Lewis, Clarkesville, Sara M. Ayers and Jarrell Martin, Royston, Roger Fricks, Commerce, and Johnny Martin and Ray Martin, Jackson, S.C.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Ginn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002

Max M. Davis
Max Marvin Davis, 85, of Demorest, died Friday, December 6, 2002, at a private nursing home.
Mr. Davis was born on August 16, 1917, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Charlie Ross and Susie Henry Davis, and was preceded in death by his wife, Louella Skelton Davis, two brothers, James Benjamin Davis and Robert Henry Davis, and a sister, Elsie Kate Smith.
Mr. Davis was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and was the owner of Davis 5 & 10 Store in Cornelia. He was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 8, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Wayne Smith, Marcus Martin and Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Gladys Scott Oliver, Toccoa, and Sarah Francis Martin, Buford; one brother, Charles Roy Davis, Demorest; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Cornelia United Methodist Church, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002

Lily A. Suttles
Mrs. Lily Ann Christian Suttles, 75, formerly of Greenville, S.C., died Friday, December 6, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born in Clark County on September 16, 1927, Mrs. Suttles was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Leila Cobb Christian.
She was retired from W.R. Grace Company and was of the Baptist denomination. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Suttles was preceded in death by her husband, Julian Edward Suttles, two brothers, J.C. and George Christian, and two sisters, Willie Adams and Alma Borders.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 8, in the chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home, Westminster, S.C. Burial was in the Crossroads #2 Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Michael “Mike” Suttles, London, Ky., and Julian “Butch” Suttles, Greenwood, S.C.; two daughters, Jane Loftis, Greenville, S.C., and Judy Adams, Commerce; one brother, Charles Christian, Powder Springs; three sisters, Lucy Elizabeth Wilburn, Georgia, Mary Frances Moss, Fort Payne, Ala., and Bessie Mae Bell, Conyers; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 706 Grove Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
Sandifer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002

Helen P. Bridges
Mrs. Helen Parham Bridges, 75, of Danielsville, died Thursday, December 5, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Bridges was born in Madison County on June 21, 1927. She was a daughter of the late John M. and Nora Mae Wall Parham.
Mrs. Bridges was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Claude, J.W. and Allen Parham, and a sister, Edna Parham.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Calvin Coile officiating. Burial was in the Meadow Baptist Church cemetery. Johnny Bridges, Roger Ownbey, Barry Cary, Talmadge Bridges, Eugene Green and Larry Gooch served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Bridges is survived by her husband, Donald N. Bridges, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, Stanley and Detsy Bridges, Danielsville; daughter, Judy Bridges, Danielsville; brother, Donald E. Parham, Colbert; sisters, Allene Carithers, Commerce, Evelyn Parham, Danielsville, and Carollette Cary, Ila; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002

Lillie M. Ferguson
Mrs. Lillie M. Ferguson, 97, of Winder, died Thursday, December 5, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Ferguson was born in Gwinnett County to the late Emmett and Martha Mobley Manders. She had resided in Barrow County for most of her life.
Mrs. Ferguson was a housewife and a member of The Winder First Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jim Brooks officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Jack Ferguson, Atlanta; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Elaine Ferguson, Jefferson; sisters, Essie Lou Wilkins and Mavious Kesler, both of Winder; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Greg and Jamie Ferguson, Huntersville, N.C.; grandchildren, Joel Ferguson, Tucker, and Holly Ferguson, Herndon, Va.; great-grandson, Coleman Ferguson, Huntersville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 11, 2002


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