Jackson County Obituaries...

JANUARY 8, 2003

Martin L. Ledford
Martin Luther Ledford, 78, of Talmo, died Monday, December 30, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Ledford was born in Hall County, where he lived all his life. He was a son of the late Fred and Elizabeth Ledford.
Mr. Ledford was a U.S. Army veteran, and at the time of his death was working at the Cresent Drive Compactor Site. He was of the Holiness denomination.
Mr. Ledford was preceded in death by his wife, Lela Marell Ledford, and a son, James “Butch” Ledford.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Bryan Malcom and Paul Wade officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Ray Gunter, Braselton, and Clara and Lamar Cooper, Gillsville; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Tammy Ledford, Talmo; daughter-in-law, Jeanette Ledford, Talmo; sister, Ruth Shelton, Talmo; brothers, Richard Ledford, Clermont, Jack Ledford and Jimmy Ledford, both of Pendergrass, Johnny Ledford, Cleveland, and Fredrick Ledford, Gainesville; special friend, Cullie Minish, Gainesville; grandchildren, Danny and Tammy Gunter, Jefferson, Jeff and Amy Cooper, Gainesville, Steven and Kristy Cooper, Gillsville, and Tammy and Mike Norris, Kathy and Chuck Jarrard, Starr and James Gaines and Tonya and Jon Wilkes, all of Talmo; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Byron Sartain
Byron Carson Sartain, 47, of Carnesville, died Sunday, January 5, 2003, at Southwest Hospital in Atlanta.
Mr. Sartain was born January 5, 1956, in Franklin County, a son of Nancy Dobbs Sartain, Royston, and the late Carson Sartain.
He was a 1973 graduate of Franklin County High School and was self-employed. Mr. Sartain owned and operated Bargain City in Carnesville, and had been a mechanic and a van and auto dealer. He was an avid racer, owning several dirt and stock cars. Mr. Sartain was a member of Faith Christian Fellowship.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Connie Ware.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Revs. Kenneth Hendrix and David Coker officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, South, Royston.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Sartain is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Reid Sartain; two daughters, Ginger Powell, Hartwell, and Mandy Sartain, of the home; one granddaughter, Amber Powell; one brother, Larry Sartain, Elberton; and one sister, Linda Phillips, Maysville.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Zachery C. Caneup
Zachery Chance Caneup, infant son of Wesley J. and Nancy Trammell Caneup, Jefferson, died Monday, December 30, 2002, at Columbia Barrow Medical Center.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 4, 2003, in the Bethany United Methodist Church cemetery, Jefferson, with the Rev. David Strickland officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Jonathan Caneup, Jefferson; grandparents, Wayne and Judy Trammell and Bonnie Taylor, all of Jefferson, and Eddie and Susan Caneup, Acworth; and great-grandparents, Joe and Jessie Trammell, Jefferson, Ruby Taylor, Anderson, S.C., Barbara Adams, East Point, and Marie Caneup, Jonesboro.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Julia Isabella Caneup.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Fumiko
‘Ikey’ Foster
Mrs. Fumiko “Ikey” Foster, 76, of Maysville, formerly of Ashtabula, died Saturday, December 28, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Foster was born June 19, 1926, in Tokyo, Japan, a daughter of Kiyokatsu and Naoko (Ito) Nozawa. She had been an Ashtabula resident for 50 years before moving to Georgia in 1999.
Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Foster worked for RMI Sodium Plant as a seamstress. She was previously employed with YMCA as a masseuse.
A three-year dialysis patient at Gambro Health Care Center in Athens, Mrs. Foster attended Montgomery Heights Baptist Church and was a member of Harris Memorial Presbyterian Church, Ashtabula.
“She enjoyed shopping, flower gardening and cooking,” said family members.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Foster was preceded in death by her husband, George, in 1985, her former husband, Denzil Brenwald, and several brothers and sisters in Japan.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2003, in the chapel of Ducro Funeral Home, Ashtabula, with the Rev. James Dumas, pastor of Montgomery Heights Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Saybrook Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Harry Brenwald and Roy Brenwald, both of Maysville, and Tony Brenwald, Ashtabula; one daughter, June Retkofsky, Maysville; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the family.
Ducro Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Lattrelle
M. Holliday
Mrs. Lattrelle Mize Holliday, 92, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, December 31, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Holliday was born in Jackson County in 1910, the daughter of the late Robert F. and Minnie Anglin Mize.
She was a homemaker and a member of Lebanon Methodist Church. Mrs. Holliday was preceded in death by her husband, C.D. Holliday, and a daughter, Ruby Dell Turner.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2003, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Dugar Strickland and Charles Morrison officiating. Burial was in the Lebanon Methodist Church cemetery. Kenneth Mize, Douglas Mize, David Mize, Ernest Martin, Ben Martin and Joe Sikes served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two sons, John Holliday, Jefferson, and Larry Holliday, Charleston, S.C.; one daughter, Inez McKinley, Charleston, S.C.; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Charles Stanley
Charles Stanley, 76, of Athens (South Jackson), died Monday, January 6, 2003.
A native of Erie, Kan., Mr. Stanley was a son of the late Chris and Vera Hobson Stanley.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving as Staff Sergeant in the Philippines. Mr. Stanley was a supervisor with Colonial PipeLine, where he was employed for 24 years, and was past president of Parents Without Partners (PWP). He was a member of VFW Post 2872 and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Stanley was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy May Domitz Stanley, and a son, Louis Leon Stanley Sr.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Cooke and Vera Leathers, both of Athens; one brother, Bill Stanley, Chanute, Kan.; one sister, Bernice Meinke, Erie, Kan.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support, 240 Talmadge Drive, Athens, GA 30606.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Ruby B. Adams
Mrs. Ruby Belle Adams, 85, of Com-merce, died Monday, Jan-uary 6, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce, of an extended illness.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Adams was the daughter of the late Griffin and Maude Adams.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 9, in the Wesley Chapel Church cemetery, Madison County, with Dr. Kent Cranford and the Rev. Ray Austin officiating.
Mrs. Adams is survived by several cousins, Marlene Mashburn, Athens, Hoyt G. Adams, Grovetown, Willow Baxter, Commerce, Virginia Kell, Suwanee, Allen Crocker and Kevin Kell, both of Atlanta, Bette Gehr, Sykesville, Md., and Patty Williams, Augusta.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Rilla L. Borders
Mrs. Rilla L. Borders, 94, of Gainesville, died Monday, December 30, 2002, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Borders had lived in Hall County for a number of years. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, in the chapel of Ward’s Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Jeff Worley and Charles Barrett officiating. Burial was in the Berea Baptist Church cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Dorothy Borders, Gainesville; son, William L. Borders, New Jersey; daughters, Dorothy Shirley, Stone Mountain, and Betty Joann Wallis, Cumming; sister, Katherine Minder, North Carolina; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Ward’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Rev. Samuel
I. Dorsey
The Rev. Samuel Issac Dorsey, 68, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a sudden illness.
The Rev. Dorsey was a son of Grace S. Dorsey, Commerce, and the late Hillard Dorsey.
He retired from Roper Pump Company and served as a minister at the Baptist Tabernacle, Nicholson. The Rev. Dorsey was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Jean Bowles Dorsey, and a sister, Frances Richey.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 3, at the Baptist Tabernacle with the Revs. Henry Bennett and Doug Duncan officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Elizabeth B. Dorsey, of the home; daughter, Cindy Shockley West, Commerce; step-sons, Ricky Waldrop, Jefferson, Greg Waldrop, Toccoa, and Jeff Waldrop and John Waldrop, both of Commerce; step-daughter, Sherry Crane, Commerce; brothers, Edward Dorsey Sr., Commerce, and Curtis Dorsey, Nicholson; sisters, Sybil Kitchens, Commerce, and Brenda Smith, Jefferson; grandson, Christopher Shockley; five step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

George W. Ledbetter
George Washington Ledbetter, 89, of the Hudson River Church Community, died Tuesday, December 31, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Mr. Ledbetter was born February 17, 1913, in Hart County, a son of the late John Raford and Alphia Lee Grubbs Ledbetter.
Mr. Ledbetter was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a retired dairy farmer and school bus driver, and was a member of Hudson River Baptist Church, Commerce.
Mr. Ledbetter passed away on his 54th wedding anniversary.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, in the Hudson River Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Ronnie Moon officiating.
Mr. Ledbetter is survived by his wife, Velma Chandler Ledbetter, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, Col. George Hope Ledbetter and Col. Carmen Mezzacappa, Alexandria, Va.; daughter, Ester Ledbetter Wilson, Commerce; one brother; five sisters; and one grandson, Phillip Wilson, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the Hudson River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Ester Ledbetter, 91 Nowhere Road, Danielsville, GA 30633.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Coy C.
Williamson Jr.
Coy C. Williamson Jr., 66, of Athens, owner of Gardenview Funeral Chapel, Athens, died Monday, January 6, 2003.
Mr. Williamson was also the owner of Grandview Nursing Home and We Care Enterprises.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Gardenview Funeral Chapel. The family will be receiving friends at the residence.

Joyce A. Wheeler
Mrs. Joyce Ann Wheeler, 50, of Winder, died Monday, December 30, 2002.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Wheeler was a daughter of Helen Brock, Hoschton, and the late Edward Harbin.
She was a member of the Church at Winder.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2003, in Rose Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Donnie Pennington officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three daughters, Belinda Wheeler, Winder, and Melinda “Sissy” Wheeler and Crystal Wheeler, both of Monroe; one brother, Robert Harbin, Hoschton; three sisters, Rita Patterson, Jefferson, Jennifer Allen, Hull, and Gail Gordon, Franklin County; and seven grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Ruth R. Rucker
Mrs. Ruth R. Rucker, 68, of Commerce, died Saturday, January 4, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Rucker was a daughter of Thelma David Reed and the late Robert Reed.
She was employed with Bassett Walker Co. and was a member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, at Jones Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Patman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two daughters, Gail Collins (Barnett) and Crystell Rucker, both of Commerce; two sons, Fate Rucker, Henderson, Ky., and Keith Rucker, Commerce; four sisters, Bonnell Allen, Geneva Rucker (Billy) and Louise Banks, all of Commerce, and Victoria Daniel (Jewel), Nicholson; three brothers, Robert Lee Reed, Banks County, and John Reed and Samuel Reed (Shirley), both of Commerce; and five grandchildren.
Gardenview Funeral Chapel, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Calvin C. Hart
Calvin Crozzer Hart, 90, of Danielsville, died Monday, January 6, 2003.
Born in Franklin County, Mr. Hart was the son of the late Oscar S. and Etter Rowland Hart.
He was employed as a custodian with the Madison County Board of Education and was of the Holiness denomination. Mr. Hart was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Jannie Fortson Hart.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, at Meadow Baptist Church with the Revs. Steve Cole and Martha Hart Guest officiating. Burial was in Meadow Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Hilda Strickland, Commerce, and Dallis Elaine Hart and Janie Lucille Hart, both of Danielsville; two sons, William Cecil Hart, Danielsville, and Lewis C. Hart, Comer; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

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Matthew Tate
Edward Matthew Tate, 27, of Nicholson, died Saturday, January 4, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Tate was a graduate of Madison County High School and was employed with Escoe Mechanical Industrial Company. He was an avid sportsman.
Mr. Tate was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frances O. Tate, Herman Edward Tate and George Betts.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 6, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Robert Passmore officiating. Burial was in Oconee Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Tate is survived by his father, Jimmy Tate, Athens; his mother and step-father, Kathryn Betts Tate Orr and Victor Orr, Nicholson; a brother, Michael Paul Tate, Athens; and grandmother, Eloise Dickerson Betts, Hull.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Ray A. Cox
Ray Arthur Cox, 47, of Maysville, died Tuesday, December 31, 2002.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2003, in the Erastus Christian Church cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Cox is survived by his mother, Mazie Carthern Cox, Maysville; one sister, Patricia McElhannon, Maysville; two brothers, Roger Carthern, Arcade, and David Carthern, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Floyce H. Denton
Mrs. Floyce Hazel Denton, 80, of Maysville, died Friday, January 3, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mrs. Denton was a daughter of the late Richard Thomas and Lille Mae Williamson Drake. She was the wife of the late Buford Denton.
Mrs. Denton was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kevin Denton officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include four sons, Roy Denton, Gainesville, Paul Denton, Marietta, Tommy Denton, Maysville, and Jerry Denton, Homer; two daughters, Barbara Steed, Lawrenceville, and Brenda Denton, Maysville; one sister, Inez Murray, Commerce; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Ralph Y. Bagwell
Ralph Young Bagwell, 72, of Jefferson, died Monday, January 6, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Bagwell was born July 18, 1930, in Greenville County, S.C. He was the son of the late Young A. and Ellie Huey Bagwell.
Mr. Bagwell had been employed as a machine operator in the textile mill industry.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Bagwell is survived by his wife, Ruby Bagwell, Jefferson; one daughter, Deborah Huckabee, Johanna, S.C.; two sons, Jerry Bagwell, Johanna, S.C., and Ricky Bagwell, Greenville, S.C.; one sister, Evelyn Dunaway, Clinton, S.C.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Betty Wood
Mrs. Betty Wood, 58, of Hull, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003.
A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Wood was a daughter of the late James Alfred and Mozzell Gunter Harvey.
She was retired from Superior Pants as a seamstress and was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, Watkinsville. Mrs. Wood was preceded in death by her husband, James Wood Sr.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 4, at Ross Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Townsend officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Charles Self, Jackie McNair, Tim Harvey, Scotty Harvey, Shane Harvey and Johnny Harvey Jr. served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James Wood Jr. and Treana Wood, Jefferson; sisters, Jean Self, Watkinsville, Sarah Terrell, Monroe, and Linda Powell, Statham; brothers, Calvin Harvey, Bishop, Edward Harvey, Jefferson, Thomas Harvey, Statham, and Johnny Harvey and Jimmy Harvey, both of Bogart; grandchildren, Jessica Hope Wood and James Franklin Wood; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Wendy T. Leachman
Mrs. Wendy Truett Leachman, 22, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Leachman was born July 22, 1980, in Clarke County. She was a daughter of Wanda Whitehead Clark, Commerce, and the late Charles Timman Truett.
Mrs. Leachman was employed as a stock clerk at Wal-Mart, Commerce, and attended Living Word Worship Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 4, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Richard James and Kenny Baker officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Gene Leachman, Commerce; one sister, Sheila Clark, Commerce; and two brothers, Terry Clark and Tommy Clark, both of Commerce.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Philip M.
Krause Sr.
Philip Martin Krause Sr., 83, of Maysville, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Krause was born July 5, 1919, in Washington, D.C., a son of the late Joseph and Ida Hillary Krause.
He served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Marine Corps Band. In 1940, he joined the U.S. Army. A Master Sergeant, Mr. Krause was a veteran of the Normandy invasion and the European Campaign during World War II. He later worked in civil service with the U.S. Army Topographic Command.
Mr. Krause was a map maker and a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Landover Hills, Md. He was also a member of the VFW Post #8950, Lanham, Md., and the American Legion Post #108, Cheverly, Md.
Mr. Krause was preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph Anderson Krause, three sisters, Dorothy Bell, Ruth Streets and Helen Caruso, and three brothers, Fred Krause, Karl Krause and Norman Krause.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 4, at B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. James McLendon officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Mr. Krause is survived by his wife, Evelyn Allie Paksyla Krause; three sons, Philip M. Krause Jr., Fort Washington, Md., Paul Krause, Carnesville, and John Krause, Maysville; two daughters, Carol Garrett, Maysville, and Peggy Garrett, Carnesville; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Mickey Thompson
Mickey Thomp-son, 56, of Pendergrass, formerly of Sugar Hill, died Monday, January 6, 2003.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Thompson was a son of the late D.A. and Zeo Thompson.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was self-employed in the grading construction business. Mr. Thompson attended North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sugar Hill.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Thompson, and a niece, Deborah Johnson.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Charles Pirkle officiating.
Mr. Thompson is survived by his wife of 33 years, Diane Johnson Thompson, Pendergrass; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Tracy Beckett, Pendergrass, and Tammy Mosley and Chris House, Hoschton; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Rhonda Thompson, Buford; grandchildren, Leslie, Brandon, Kyle, Katie, Kayla, David, Cody and Preston; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vickie and Dwight Pierce, Commerce, and Becky and Jerry Payne, Alpharetta; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack Thompson, Mableton, Ricky and Judy Thompson, Maysville, and Steve and Beth Thompson, Buford; sister-in-law, Shirley D. Thompson, Sugar Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Irene Brown
Mrs. Gladys Irene Fair Brown, 59, of Hull, died Tuesday, December 31, 2002.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Brown was a daughter of the late Claude and Dollie Irene Sullivan Fair.
She was employed as a sewing machine operator in the textile industry and was a member of Victory Baptist Church, where she was recently recognized for her loyalty and dedication.
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Kenimer W. Brown, and a brother, Kenneth Fair.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2003, at Victory Baptist Church with the Rev. Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in Arnoldsville City Cemetery.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Cindy Colley, Jefferson; sister, Shirley Jean Self, Colbert; brothers, Claude Fair, Larry Fair and Vernon Fair, all of Athens, and Crawford Fair, Bogart; grandchildren, Wesley Colley and Rusty Colley, both of Jefferson; a special friend, Vernon O’Kelley; and several nieces and nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Reba H. Minish
Mrs. Reba Hanley Minish, 81, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Minish was a daughter of the late Charlie Lee Hanley and Minnie Hanley Hanley.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Roland Minish, a daughter, Shirley Lackey, and a grandson, John Michael Bellew.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 3, at Erastus Christian Church, Commerce, with the Revs. Jim Jacobs and Robert Passmore officiating. Burial was in Minish Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Ernest Minish and Leon Minish, both of Commerce; six daughters, Jeanette Ford and Sylvia Cochran, both of Commerce, Mary Jane Cadwell, Conyers, Helen Adams, Hull, June Bellew, Nicholson, and Naomi Denton, Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Paul Hanley and Bill Hanley, both of Commerce; three sisters, Cornelia Poe and Ruby Evans, both of Commerce, and Jane Schultz, Newnan; 21 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Minish Perpetual Care Cemetery Fund, c/o Jeanette Ford, P.O. Box 1496, Commerce, GA 30529.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Sandra A. Wilkes
Mrs. Sandra Ann Reaves Wilkes, 62, of McRae, died Wednesday, January 1, 2003.
A native of Dodge County, Mrs. Wilkes was the daughter of the late Fred C. and Ophelia Kirkus Reaves.
She was a homemaker and a member of McRae First Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilkes was an active volunteer for Red Cross, Pink Ladies and the Woodmen Youth Program. She was also a member of Woodmen of the World Lodge #688, McRae.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 3, at McRae First Baptist Church. Burial was in Oakgrove Cemetery.
Mrs. Wilkes is survived by her husband, Arthur Wilkes, McRae; son and daughter-in-law, John and Brandy Wilkes, Douglas; daughters and sons-in-law, Julie and Mark Joiner and Suzy and Dean Floyd, all of McRae; brothers and sisters-in-law, Keith and Millie Reaves, Brunswick, and Paul and Lee Reaves, Milan; and six grandchildren, Drew Joiner, Bailey Joiner, Chase Joiner, Cambry Floyd and Sawyer Floyd, all of McRae, and Dalton Wilkes, Douglas; as well as family in the Jackson County area.
Vaughn Funeral Home, McRae, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003

Omie O. Freeman
Mrs. Omie Oree Dodd Freeman, 92, of Commerce, died Friday, January 3, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born July 15, 1910, in Clarke County, Mrs. Freeman was the daughter of the late Marcus Miles and Lenor Freeman Dodd.
She was a homemaker and a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Freeman was preceded in death by her husband, Johnson Freeman.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 4, at Galilee Christian Church with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Jack Freeman, Oakwood; two daughters, Johnnie Bryson and Helen McCoy, both of Commerce; two brothers, Edward Dodd, Athens, and Jackson Dodd, Marietta; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 8, 2003


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