Jackson County Obituaries...

JANUARY 1, 2003

Willo Nell
‘Pal’ Blackstock
Mrs. Willo Nell “Pal” Blackstock, 83, of Jefferson, died Saturday, December 28, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Jackson County on July 28, 1919, Mrs. Blackstock was a daughter of the late Lee and Beulah Adams Covington.
She was a retired cafeteria manager for Jefferson City Schools, with over 30 years of service, and was a member of Academy Baptist Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Blackstock was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Robert Blackstock, four sisters, Cleo Covington, Inez Crocker, Mildred Covington and Gert Marlow, and a brother, Hoke Covington.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 30, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Clark Ivey and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Jeff Gower, Bobby Gower, Greg Bell, Buck Covington, Andy Tonge and Mark Roncadori served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Jane Davis and Stevie Gower, both of Jefferson; two brothers, J.C. Covington, Jefferson, and Ralph Covington, Carnesville; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003

Miriam L. Fowler
Mrs. Miriam L. Fowler, 56, of Cornelia, died Thursday, December 26, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born April 26, 1946, in Baxley, Mrs. Fowler was a daughter of Matha Luke Lynn, Oakwood, and the late James Walter Lynn.
She was a retired weaver with Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of Return Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 28, at Return Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Burrell officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery, Stephens County.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Fowler is survived by her husband, Jody C. Fowler, Cornelia; daughters, Angie Stinespring and Wanda Batson, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; sons, Ronnie Fowler and Scott Fowler, both of Mountain City; brothers, Jimmy Lynn, Oakwood, David Lynn, Baldwin, and Kenneth Lynn and Roger Lynn, both of Pendergrass; sisters, Barbara Dayton, Cornelia, Kay Bowen, Pendergrass, and Sylvia Wood, Clarkesville; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003

Edith E. Wilson
Mrs. Edith Ethel Wilson, 91, of Braselton, died Thursday, December 26, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Wilson was born September 18, 1911, in Georgia, a daughter of the late William and Barbara Maddox Roberts.
She was a seamstress and a member of Zion Baptist Church, Braselton. Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Wilson, two sisters, Corinne Hosch and Jewel Cruce, and three brothers, Herman Roberts, Kontz Roberts and Rueben Roberts.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 28, at Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Phillips and Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Dalton Wilson, Jacksonville, Fla., James K. Wilson, Evans, and Roger Wilson, Pendergrass; six grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003

Roy L.
‘Peanut’ Hudson
Roy Lee “Peanut” Hudson, 71, of Danielsville, died Thursday, December 26, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Hudson was a son of the late Luther Parks and Decie Lorine Dixon Hudson.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a retired machinist. Mr. Hudson was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Athens. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Haaf Hudson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 29, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Hudson’s nephews, Danny Campbell, Dwayne Campbell, Will Campbell, Marvin Gooch, Ralph Gooch and Billy Hudson, served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Michael Louis Hudson, Milledgeville; daughters and sons-in-law, Freda and Landon Mitchell, Anniston, Ala., and Patricia and Danny Nix, Colbert; daughters, Judy Hudson, Nicholson, and Phyllis Hudson, Danielsville; step-son, James Fielding, Hull; step-daughters, Margaret Boles, Mary Brown and Janet Moon, all of Hull; brother, Edward Hudson, Madison Heights, Mich.; sisters, Lorine Fields, Hull, and Margie Crawford, Nicholson; his former wife, Billie Jean Hudson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003

Linda Gravitt
Mrs. Linda Gravitt, 54, of Gainesville, died Sunday, December 22, 2002, at her residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Dawson County, Mrs. Gravitt had lived most of her life in Hall County. She was a homemaker and a member of Fair View Baptist Church. Mrs. Gravitt was a former employee of the Hall County Tax Commissioner’s office.
She was preceded in death by her father, H.P. Eller, a brother, Bobby Eller, and a sister, Sue Gooch.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 24, in the chapel of Ward’s Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. James Lemley officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include her husband, Roger Gravitt, Gainesville; daughter, Vickie Parker, Lawrenceville; son and fiancée, Roger Gravitt Jr. and Christina Fox; granddaughter, Toria Parker, Lawrenceville; her mother, Mamie Eller, Commerce; brother, Daniel Eller, Gainesville; sisters, Ollie Mae Riddle, Patricia Pierce and Lisa Eller, all of Gainesville, Martha Simmons, Orlando, Fla., and Marie Ford and Wanda Eller, both of Commerce; and a special friend, Vicki Kirksey, Gainesville.
Ward’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003

Madge L. McClure
Mrs. Madge Lee Hollingsworth McClure, 90, of Commerce, died Sunday, December 29, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. McClure was born December 3, 1912, in Morgan County. She was a daughter of the late George Lester and Beulah Mason Hollingsworth.
Mrs. McClure was retired from Blue Bell and was of the Presbyterian denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas David McClure.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Vaughn Howington officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. McClure is survived by a daughter, Martha McClure, Commerce; and a sister, Joy Perry, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003

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Charles T. Taylor
Charles Tyrone Taylor, 63, of Jefferson, died Sunday, December 29, 2002, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Taylor was born March 29, 1939, in Jackson County, a son of the late Doug and Myrtle Childs Taylor.
He was a retired automobile salesman and a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson. Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Taylor.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Tommy Seay and Tully Griggs officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mr. Taylor is survived by three sisters, Glenda Seay, Austell, Connie Wheeler, Jenkinsburg, and Alice Auguletto, Stockbridge.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003

Eleanor A. Dunson
Mrs. Eleanor Adams Dunson, of Lakeland, Fla., died Sunday, December 22, 2002, in Lakeland of an extended illness.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 27, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Dunson is survived by her husband, J. Blake Dunson, of the home; sons, James B. Dunson Jr., Newark, Del., and William A. Dunson, Englewood, Fla.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003

Sadie B. Cooper
Mrs. Sadie Bailey Cooper, 98, of Braselton, died Sunday, December 29, 2002.
Mrs. Cooper was born December 21, 1904, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Frank Bailey and Lizzie Wood Bailey.
She lived the majority of her life in Braselton, but was a resident of Four Seasons Independent Living Community in Winder for the past 2 1/2 years. Mrs. Cooper attended Braselton High School and was the oldest living member of Zion Baptist Church, Braselton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Frank Cooper Sr., in 1993, and a brother, Brunell Bailey.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, at Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Phillips officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gene Ruark, Roger Ruark, Earl Cooper, Cooledge Cooper, Tommy Cooper and Bob Waldorf served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert F. “Bob” Cooper Jr. and Jo Ann Cooper, Liberty Community in White Plains; granddaughter, Susan Ayers, Braselton; granddaughter and husband, Sheryl and Howard Scott, Rome; great-grandchildren, Chris Bailey, Janna Lemus and David Williams; sister-in-law, Myrlene Bailey, Atlanta; and niece, Barbara Henry, Atlanta.
Memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church, 401 Zion Church Road, Braselton, GA 30517.
McCommons Funeral Home, Greensboro, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003

Gerald W. Wilmoth
Gerald Wayne Wilmoth, 54, of Homer, died Monday, Dec-ember 23, 2002, at his residence of a sudden illness.
A native of Arkansas, Mr. Wilmoth was a son of the late Herschel and Mae Bell Wilmoth.
He was employed with Gold Kist.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Wilmoth is survived by his wife, Jewell Alline Wilmoth, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Vanessa Wilmoth, Hartford, Mich.; step-daughter, Donna Segall, Commerce; brothers, Bobby Wilmoth, Watervelet, Mich., Sam Wilmoth, Hartford, Mich., and Billy Wilmoth, Hartsville, Tenn.; sister, Janet Goucher, Hartsville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jacob and Isaac Wilmoth; and step-grandchildren, Matthew and Erica Segall.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003

Nellie M. Brown
Mrs. Nellie Mae Wheeler Brown, 97, of Maysville, died Friday, Decem-ber 20, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce.
Mrs. Brown was born May 20, 1905, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Daniel J. Wheeler Sr. and Ina 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 a brother, Daniel J. Wheeler Jr., Commerce; a sister, Wilda “Bill” Martin, Maysville; a daughter-in-law, Ann Brown, Cochran; three grandchildren, Andy Brown, Woodstock, Greg Brown, Sandersville, and Christy Brown Beddenfield, Macon; and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 1, 2003


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