Jackson County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 18, 2002

Roy J. ‘Jett’ Dowdy
Roy J. “Jett” Dowdy, 86, of Jefferson, died Thursday, December 12, 2002, at Crystal Springs Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on May 16, 1916, Mr. Dowdy was a son of the late Frank D. and Mary Lou Venable Dowdy.
He was retired from Roper Pump Company and was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson. Mr. Dowdy was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Barrett Dowdy, four sisters, Bertha Wilkes, Mattie Trammell, Estelle Shirley and Gertrude McCree, and three brothers, Carl Dowdy, Curt Dowdy and Harold “Boots” Dowdy.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Hulon Hill and Roy Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Will Barrett, Frankie Bray, Jerry Dowdy, Rod Dowdy, Edward Pass, Frank Pass, Thad Richey, Junior Trammell and Henley Wilkes served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Drew Bray, Branson Dowdy, Charles Dowdy, Mike Dowdy, Frank Remion, Joe Trammell and Allen Wood.
Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn Dowdy, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Lou and Jerry Duke and Barbara and Jerry Wilkes, all of Jefferson; and a granddaughter, Teresa Loggins, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 2002

Bernice D. Carr
Mrs. Bernice Doss Carr, 76, of Maysville, died Thursday, December 12, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Carr was a daughter of the late Embry and Flonie Black Doss. She was born September 3, 1926, in Jackson County.
Mrs. Carr was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Carr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. James Dumas officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include one son, Jeff Carr, Maysville; one daughter, Henrietta Thrasher, Carlton; one brother, James Doss, Maysville; one sister, Mildred Jordan, Maysville; and six grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 2002

Johnnie L. McDaniel
Mrs. Johnnie Lou McDaniel, 88, of Winder, died Saturday, December 14, 2002, at Winder Health Care Center.
A native of Barrow County, Mrs. McDaniel was the daughter of the late William Taplin Williamson and the late Anna America Cronic Williamson.
She was a retired life insurance agent and a member of Union Baptist Church. Mrs. McDaniel was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. McDaniel.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, December 16, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jack Segars officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Delford and Ann McDaniel, Winder; five grandchildren, Melissa Harbin, Chris McDaniel and Mickey and Scott Thornton, all of Winder, and Phil McDaniel, Hoschton; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 2002

Dennis C. Savell
Dennis Christopher Savell, 29, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, December 17, 2002.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.

John W. Evans Jr.
John William Evans Jr., 39, of Jefferson, died Sunday, December 15, 2002, at his residence of an extended illness.
A native of Muscogee County, Mr. Evans was the son of Jane B. Kitchens, Jefferson, and the late John William Evans Sr.
He worked with Adams Tile and Terrazzo Co.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Steve Wilson and Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in the Bold Springs Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a daughter, April Evans, Athens; maternal grandmother, Beatrice Pinkston, Winder; step-father, Bud Kitchens, Jefferson; brother, Fred Evans, Monroe; sisters, Kaye Phillips and Lynn Evans, both of Nicholson, and Millie Blake, Winder; step-sisters, Linda Kitchens, Athens, and Lisa Kitchens, Danielsville; step-brother, Anthony Kitchens, Danielsville; several nieces and nephews and one great-nephew.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 2002
Alvin Love
Alvin Love, 66, of Pendergrass, died Wednesday, December 11, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Love was born July 3, 1936, in Jackson County, a son of the late Clarence Alvin and Blondine Bryant Love.
He was a retired self-employed mechanic and a member of Pendergrass Baptist Church. Mr. Love was also an avid fisherman.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Ray Love.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 13, at Pendergrass Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Jenkins and Greg Bagley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Love is survived by his wife, Hilda Love, Pendergrass; four daughters, Tammy Epps, Hoschton, Sonja Jones, Destin, Fla., Selena Kellum, Watkinsville, and Cindy Minish, St. Louis, Mo.; three sons, Scott Vaughn, Commerce, Shannon Love, Hoschton, and Tim Love, Pendergrass; two sisters, Melissa Baxter, Commerce, and Janice Wilbanks, Jefferson; four brothers, Hoyt Love, Larry Love and Wayman Love, all of Lavonia, and Thomas Love, Jefferson; special friends, Raymond and Loraine Smith; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 2002

Samuel T. Nichols
Samuel T. Nichols, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, December 18, 2002.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.

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Eva R. Griffin
Mrs. Eva Redmon Griffin, 85, of Maysville, died Wednesday, December 11, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Griffin was born May 1, 1917, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Joe and Mandy Baker Redmon.
Mrs. Griffin was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was the oldest living member of Grove Level Baptist Church, Maysville. She was also a quilt maker.
Mrs. Griffin was preceded in death by her husband, Barnell Griffin, a son, Barney Griffin, and a daughter, Janie Griffin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 13, at Grove Level Baptist Church with the Revs. Jeff Appling, David Bailey and Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Billy Griffin, Jefferson, Bobby Griffin, Athens, and Jerry Griffin, Oakwood; three daughters, Wilma Abney, Kennesaw, Martha Cotton, Homer, and Joyce Griffin, Maysville; one sister, Pauline Nunn, Commerce; 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 2002

Pamela K. Walker
Mrs. Pamela Kay Walker, 52, of Nicholson, died Friday, December 13, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Walker was born in Midland, Mich., in 1950, a daughter of the late Russell and Ethel Dove Mercier.
She was retired from Dupont and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, December 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jeff Bridges officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson. Tom Watson, Larry Guthrie, Don Hinsley, Tom Ford, Raymond Farr and David Conners served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Walker is survived by her husband, Jimmy Walker, Nicholson; son, Bart Walker, Nicholson; daughter, Tammy Gary, Nicholson; sister, Spryng Southerland, Lakeland, Fla.; brothers, Lynn Mercier and Lyle Mercier, Lakeland, Fla.; and grandchildren, Nick Walker, Brent Gary and Kayla Gary.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, Athens.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 2002

Mike Rainey
Mike Rainey, 55, of Nicholson, died Thursday, December 12, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Rainey was born February 25, 1947, in Atlanta. He was a son of the late Elisha Lee and Tommie Singleton Rainey.
Mr. Rainey was a retired building contractor and attended Crooked Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 14, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Tom Miles officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens, Jefferson. Smokey Cardell, Kevin Dearth, Pete Garmon, Tim Garmon, Andy Rainey and Michael Rainey served as pallbearers.
Mr. Rainey is survived by his wife, Becky Rainey, Nicholson; son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Mandy Rainey, Nicholson; son, Michael Lee Rainey Jr., Nicholson; daughter, Melissa Lynn Rainey, Nicholson; sister and brother-in-law, Ronnie and Pat Moore, Covington; brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Cheryl Rainey, Covington; sister-in-law, Jenny B. Franklin, Lawrenceville; brother-in-law, John Roy Bradberry Jr., Lawrenceville; and grandson, Drew Rainey.
Memorials may be made to Crooked Creek Baptist Church, Jefferson River Road, Athens, Ga.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 2002

Zelda
‘Claudette’ Wilson
Mrs. Zelda “Claudette” Wilson, 65, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Mrs. Wilson was the daughter of the late Howard Q. Sheridan and the late Bessie Naomi Kimbrell Sheridan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Leatus Wilson, a son, Bobby Ray Wilson, and special friend, Clyde Jesse Reeves Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, December 20, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include four sons, Greg Wilson and Jess Reeves, both of Carnesville, and Kenneth Wilson and Ronnie Wilson, both of Hull; two daughters, Becky Wilson Phillips, Athens, and Retha Wilson, Hull; two brothers, Gerald Sheridan, Texas, and Leon Sheridan, Athens; five sisters, Thelma Stockton, Panama City Beach, Fla., Sylvia Gale, Hull, and Rossly Shook, Earline Simmons and Carolyn McDonald, all of Commerce; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 2002
Glen H. Evans
Former Hoschton mayor and councilman Glen H. Evans, 69, of Hoschton, died Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Evans was born May 17, 1933, in Jackson County, a son of Ralph and Mary Lee Wilson Evans, Hoschton.
He was retired from Yellow Freight Systems, with 40 years of service, and was a former Jackson County Magistrate Judge for 20 years. Mr. Evans was Deacon Emeritus at Hoschton First Baptist Church, was a Master Mason and a former Shriner.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 19, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. John Mark Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Hoschton City Cemetery. Jack Carter, David Duck, David Hall, Scott Holder, Randy Johnson and Larry Rouse will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Skip Adams, Zak Evans and John Simmons.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, Tabitha Evans, Hoschton; daughters, Vicki Adams, Hoschton, and Kimberly Hardigree, Winder; son, Steve Evans, Hoschton; sisters, Brenda Evans and Linda Holder, both of Hoschton; brother, Gene Evans, Buford; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to Hoschton First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 223, Hoschton, GA 30548.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 2002


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