Jackson County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 25, 2002

Dennis C. Savelle
Dennis Christopher Savelle, 29, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Savelle was born March 21, 1973, in Shreveport, La. He was a son of Dennis Jimes, Monroe, La., and Ester Savelle Lee, Tennessee.
Mr. Savelle was employed with Bell’s Supermarket, Jefferson, and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. M.A. Poole and James Ransom officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens, Jefferson.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Savelle is survived by his wife, Sandra Lynn Gaines Savelle, Jefferson; brother, Dwayne Jimes, Monroe, La.; and sisters, Tracey Jimes, Louisiana, and Jeanne Lee, Tennessee.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

Nellie M. Brown
Mrs. Nellie Mae Wheeler Brown, 97, of Maysville, died Friday, December 20, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Brown was born May 20, 1905, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Daniel J. Wheeler Sr. and Bernice Doss Wheeler.
She was a retired school teacher and was retired from Blue Bell. Mrs. Brown was a member of Oconee Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Brown, and a son, Bill J. Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Daniel J. Wheeler Jr., Commerce; one sister, Wilda “Bill” Martin, Maysville; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

George W. Elston Jr.
George William Elston Jr., 77, of Gillsville, died Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born June 15, 1925, in Marion County, Ind., Mr. Elston was a son of the late George William Elston Sr. and Bertha Mae Bartley Elston.
He was a member of Peachtree Corner Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Elston was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Cleveland.
Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 19, in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church cemetery, Lula, with the Rev. John Wood officiating.
Mr. Elston is survived by his wife, Faye Highsmith Elston, Gillsville; two sons, Blake Elston and George William Elston III, both of Gillsville; one daughter, Cheryl Sanders, Gillsville; one brother, Richard D. Elston, Plant City, Fla.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

Maude L. Barnett
Ms. Maude Lee Martin Barnett, 91, of Snellville, died Saturday, December 21, 2002.
Ms. Barnett was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Clayton County.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 23, at Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Survivors include a son, Bill Barnett, Flowery Branch; a sister-in-law, Betty Hutchins; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

Samuel F. Kelly
Samuel Franklin Kelly, 79, of Jefferson, died Monday, December 23, 2002, from complications from pneumonia.
A native of Jefferson, Mr. Kelly was the son of the late Robert Judson and Blondine Hardy Kelly.
He graduated from Martin Institute in 1941, attended North Georgia College in Dahlonega, from 1941 to 1943, and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1951 with an I.M. Degree. He was a member of KA Fraternity.
Mr. Kelly served during World War II in the U.S. Army and Air Force, retiring as a Sergeant and receiving the American Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was general manager of Slash Pine Electric Membership Corporation, Homerville, for 25 years and retired back to Jefferson, where he loved woodworking and had his private pilots license. Mr. Kelly was a member of the Rotary Club in Monroe and Jefferson, and a member of the Lion’s Club in Homerville.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 27, at the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson with the Revs. John Moore and Scott Hearn officiating. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mr. Kelly is survived by his wife, Imogene McBrayer Kelly, Jefferson; daughter, Melissa Kelly, Avondale Estates; daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Kelly and Gary Sonnier, Neshanic, N.J.; sister and brother-in-law, Martha Anne Kelly and Dr. Paul E. Morrow, Rochester, N.Y.; and grandsons, Andrew Brian and Alexander Kelly.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

John W. Bradford
John W. Bradford, 81, of Bogart, formerly of Buford, died Sunday, December 22, 2002.
Mr. Bradford was a native of Gwinnett County, the “Duncan Creek Community.” He was a retired automotive mechanic and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Bradford was preceded in death by his wife, May Bradford, and his father, Willie Bradford.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Cedric Banks officiating. Burial was in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Willie J. and Jimmie Bradford, Buford, William and Deborah Bradford, Bogart, and Ricky and Nina Bradford, Flowery Branch; daughters and sons-in-law, Joann and Harold Brannon, Ethelene Powers, Brenda and Jerry Seabolt and Renee and James Terry, all of Buford, and Janice and Henry Knight, Flowery Branch; mother, Mrs. Omie Davis Bradford, Hoschton; sisters and brother-in-law, Mrs. Doris Bradford McCranie, Norcross, and Quinne “Tina” and J.W. Wright, Watkinsville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ed and Ellen Bradford and Morris and Elizabeth Bradford, all of Hoschton, C.W. “Dub” and Doris Bradford, Auburn, Junior and Wilma Bradford, Winder, and Kelly Bradford, Maysville; 26 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

Lera G. Groover
Mrs. Lera Grace Groover, 72, of Hoschton, died Wednesday, December 18, 2002, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Groover was a native of Fort Valley. She was retired from Emory Health Care System and the Panoz Auto Development Company, where she was an administrative assistant. Mrs. Groover was a member of Columbia Drive Baptist Church, Decatur.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Groover.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 20, at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford, with the Rev. Charles Gilliland officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth.
Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Davenport, Hoschton; son and daughter-in-law, John and Ann Groover, Alpharetta; grandchildren, Sheridan Davenport and Ashley Groover; brother and sister-in-law, David and Carol Ayers, Conyers; sister-in-law, Doris Akins, Conyers; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

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Pearl J. Freeman
Mrs. Pearl Jewell Freeman, 88, of Pendergrass, died Wednesday, December 18, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Freeman was born April 26, 1914, in White County. She was a daughter of the late Wiley Augustus and Minnie Belle Dickerson Freeman.
Mrs. Freeman was a homemaker and a member of Pendergrass Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Lou Potts, a brother, Wiley Morris Freeman, and two sisters, Lessie Jean Rainwater and Mamie Freeman.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 20, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Ross Palmer officiating. Burial was in the Pendergrass Baptist Church cemetery. Charles Freeman, Hugh Freeman, Richie Freeman, Terry Hix, Clark Rainwater and Mike Rainwater served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one brother, William G. Freeman, Hoschton; four sisters, Vannie Lee Hix, Jefferson, Doris Jones, Lawrenceville, Annie Mae McDonald, Pendergrass, and Ruth Reed, Talmo; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

Franklin E. Martin
Franklin Eugene Martin, 69, of Nicholson, died Thursday, December 19, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Martin was a son of the late Guy and Ester Ruth Martin. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Jean Martin.
Survivors include his wife, Fay Martin, Nicholson; two daughters, Deborah Ann Martin, Colbert, and Sonya Martin, Philadelphia, Pa.; two brothers, Jesse Martin, Nicholson, and Guy Martin Jr., Jefferson; six sisters, Louise Tillman, Griffin, Mary Copeland, Jacksonville, Fla., and Frances Adams, Nora Brock, Nina Watkins and Betty Lou Matthews, all of Nicholson; a sister-in-law, Shirley Armour, Winterville; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

Bonnie E. Mize
Mrs. Bonnie Evans Mize, 83, of Marietta, died Friday, December 20, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Mize was retired from McLaurens Hosiery in Marietta. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Powder Springs, where she was very instrumental in the beginning of Calvary Children’s Home.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 23, at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Snyder Turner officiating. Burial was in Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery, Marietta.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty McCowan, Covington, Martha Stanley, Canton, and Louise Bolling, Chatsworth; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, Marietta, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

Samuel T. Nichols
Samuel T. Nichols, 76, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, December 18, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in York County, S.C., on September 24, 1926, Mr. Nichols was the son of the late Teal Caldwell and Beulah Smith Nichols.
He was a retired farmer and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Clover, S.C. Mr. Nichols was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memory Gardens, York, S.C.
Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, Sarah Wallace Nichols, Nicholson; son, Steve Nichols, Nicholson; sister, Jane N. Falls, Blacksburg, S.C.; and four grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

Wesley T. Reece
Wesley Terry Reece, 43, of Gainesville, died Monday, December 23, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Reece was born September 2, 1959, in Jackson County, a son of Mrs. Bobbie Jean Smith Reece, Gainesville, and the late Wesley Reece Jr.
He was a self-employed sheet metal worker and a member of Sugar Hill Baptist Church, Gainesville. Mr. Reece was preceded in death by a sister, Vanessa Lynn Reece, and grandparents, Pratt and Jeanette Reece and Allen and Rowena Smith.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 27, in the Sugar Hill Baptist Church cemetery with Billy Chambers officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Arlene Reece, Gainesville; three sons, Wesley Chad Reece, Terry LeWayne Reece and Christopher Shane Reece, all of Gainesville; one daughter, Amber Nicole Reece, Gainesville; and two sisters, Pam Wright, Jefferson, and Wanda Jones, Gainesville.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hillside Funeral Home, Gainesville.
Hillside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002

Hazel T. Graves
Hazel Trutt Graves, 84, of Hoschton, died Thursday, December 19, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Graves was born in Chesterfield, S.C., on September 27, 1918. He was the son of the late Dick and Ella Lampley Graves.
Mr. Graves was a retired maintenance engineer with Fulton Cotton Mills, Atlanta, and was retired from Lion Country Safari, Stockbridge. He was a member of Walnut Fork Baptist Church and a member of the Masons of Grant Park, Atlanta.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Tim Strickland officiating. Burial was in the Haines Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Snellville.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandy Collins, Francestown, N.H., and Sally Jefcoat, Cumming; two sons, David Graves and Jack Graves, both of Hoschton; three sisters, Joline Ball, Pillipp, W.Va., and Carolyn Rymes and Newell Turnage, both of Chesterfield, S.C.; former wife, Mary Cox Graves, Hoschton; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to a local Hospice Society.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 25, 2002



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