Jackson County Obituaries...

JANUARY 22, 2003

Coil L. Minish
Coil Lee Minish, 71, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 15, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce, of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Minish was a son of the late Melvin and Ruby Mae Green Minish.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired as superintendent of the Gas Department for the City of Commerce. Mr. Minish was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jane Dispain.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Jimmy Owensby and Curtis Green officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Minish is survived by his wife, Sarah Tanner Minish, of the home; one son, Kenny Lee Minish, Commerce; three daughters, Deborah Elaine Patrick, Homer, Audrey Denise Robertson, Maysville, and Wanda Faye Doss, Jefferson; three brothers, Rudolph Minish, Maysville, Douglas Minish, Royston, and Ronnie Thomas Minish, Homer; three sisters, Frances Brown, Homer, Rebecca Williamson, Jefferson, and Linda Jordan, Commerce; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003

Bertha J. Martin
Mrs. Bertha Josephine Martin, 81, of Jefferson, formerly of Smyrna, died Friday, January 17, 2003, at Barrow Medical Center, Winder, following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Martin was born in Barrow County in 1920, to the late Frank and Lelia Jane Pritchett.
She was a retired cloth inspector and a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Marietta. Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar E. Martin, and a daughter, Gloria J. Baker.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 19, in Georgia Memorial Park, Marietta, with Brother Bill T. Patrick Jr. officiating.
Survivors include one son, Donald E. Strickland, Stockbridge; three daughters, Gwen S. Scott, Cleveland, Mary S. Benton, Jefferson, and Jackie S. Moore, Panama City, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003

Irene Rhodes
Mrs. Arminda Irene Dunson Rhodes, of Athens, died Sunday, January 19, 2003, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Rhodes was a native of Jackson County and had resided in Clarke County for most of her life. She was a daughter of the late Julius Owen and Eula Emma Burns Dunson.
Mrs. Rhodes and her husband, the late J.M. “Mack” Rhodes, were the former owners of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Athens. She was a member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church and the Faith Sunday School Class.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, at Prince Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Ricketts officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Rhodes’ grandsons and great-nephews served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Faith Sunday School Class of Prince Avenue Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Julie Rhodes, Watkinsville; daughter and son-in-law, Rea and Melton Long, Athens; four grandchildren, Randy and Tanya Long, Comer, and Tracy and Barkley Smith, Royston; one great-grandchild, Camilla Long, Comer; and several nieces and nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003

Omie D. Bradford
Mrs. Omie Davis Bradford, 102, of Hoschton, and the Duncan Creek Community, died Sunday, January 19, 2003.
Mrs. Bradford was a native of Gwinnett County. She was a homemaker and a member of Lawrenceville Church of Christ.
Mrs. Bradford was preceded in death by her husband, John Willie Bradford, and two sons, John Bradford and Bobby Bradford.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. J.T. McMillian, Preacher Paul Nicholson and Evangelist Richard Boone officiating. Burial was in the Alcovy Baptist Church cemetery, Dacula.
Survivors include a daughter, Doris Bradford McCranie, Doraville; daughter and son-in-law, Quinne “Tina” and J.W. Wright, Statham; son, Kelley Bradford, Carnesville; sons and daughters-in-law, James Ed and Ellen Bradford and Morris and Elizabeth Bradford, all of Hoschton, C.W. “Dub” and Doris Bradford, Auburn, and Junior and Wilma Bradford, Winder; 26 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren, 61 great-great-grandchildren, three great-great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003

Wardell E. Rucker
Wardell E. Rucker, 63, of Warner Robins, died Tuesday, January 14, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Rucker was a son of the late Forrest and Hattie Mae Pinkston Rucker.
He was a member of Neals Grove Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 18, at Neals Grove Baptist Church with Johnny F. Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Rucker is survived by his wife, Louise Rucker; six daughters, Teresa Cherry, Carolyn Cherry and Linda Bell, all of Gray, and LaTonya Burnett, Brenda Mays and Chasity Clark, all of Atlanta; seven sons, Tony Williams, Union City, André Rucker and Alfred Rucker, both of Macon, Steve Haynes, Carlos Rucker and Casey Clark, all of Atlanta, and Corey Clark, Warner Robins; one sister, Jessie M. Pittman; four brothers, LeRoy Rucker, Commerce, David Rucker, Bogart, Garnett Rucker, Perry, and Nelson Rucker, Warner Robins; 38 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Gardenview Funeral Chapel, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003

Chev S. Vang
Chev Shoua Vang, 70, of Commerce, died Sunday, January 19, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Laos, Mr. Vang was a son of the late Chue and Ying Yang Vang.
He was a member of Hmong Alliance Church.
Funeral services will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, January 24-26, and at 10 a.m. Monday, January 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Wang Lee Moua, Wang Chue Yang and Pang Yer Xiong officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Vang is survived by his wife, La Lee, Commerce; daughters, Mao Vang Heu, France, Sho Vang Xiong, Detroit, Mich., and Ploua Vang Heu, Commerce; sons, James Chong Vang, Lacross, Wis., and Travis Vang, Commerce; brothers, Song Yee Vang, Milwaukee, Wis., Jou Lor Vang, Greenbay, Wis., and Moung Vang, Laos; and 25 grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003

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Bonnie F. Ferguson
Mrs. Bonnie Frances Bradley Ferguson, 77, of Moscow, Texas, formerly of Maysville, died Wednesday, January 15, 2003, in a Lufkin hospital in Texas.
Mrs. Ferguson was born October 20, 1925, in Franklin County. She was the daughter of the late Clint and Lessie Anne Boone.
Mrs. Ferguson was a homemaker and a member of Corrigan Church of Christ. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Ferguson, and a son, Dwight Ferguson.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 18, in the chapel of Corrigan Funeral Home with Brother Raymond Wallace officiating. Burial was in Stryker Cemetery. Jeremy Ferguson, Charlie Hodge, Scott Cayton, Ashley Bacon, Edgar Damien and James Oleinik served as pallbearers.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Donna Ferguson and Wayne Ferguson, all of Marysville, Calif., David and Burness Ferguson, Rolla, Mo., Troy Ferguson, Sacramento, Calif., Derral Ferguson, Warner Robins, and Tony and Ann Ferguson, Moscow, Texas; sister, Hazel Parks, Pendergrass; 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Corrigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003

Charlie J. Barber
Charlie John Barber, 73, of Winder, died Monday, January 20, 2003.
Mr. Barber was born in Walton County. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of High Shoals Holiness Church. He was also a teacher in the Rev. Joe C. Dickens Bible Class.
He was a minister of the gospel since 1967 and was a loving father to everyone, said family members.
Mr. Barber was preceded in death by his parents, Bevert L. Barber and Alice Waters Barber.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 23, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Waymon Whitehead officiating. The body will lie in state beginning at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Barber is survived by his wife, Carolyn Barber, Winder; son, Keith Barber, LaBelle, Fla.; daughters, Jonnie Selph, Ft. Pierce, Fla., Theresa Myers, Sunrise, Fla., Angelia Childs, Duluth, and Sharon Latta and Marie Caywood, both of Winder; step-mother, Louselle Lassiter, Jefferson; brothers, Roy Barber, Jefferson, Wayne Barber and Jerry Barber, both of Ashburn, and Jimmy Barber, Hull; sisters, Grace Skinner, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Beverly Patterson and Dorthy Jean Williamson, both of Jefferson, Annie Sue Coker, White Hall, and Rebbecca Bell, Watkinsville; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003

Hoyt Carlan
Hoyt Carlan, 68, of Maysville, died Monday, January 20, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mr. Carlan was a son of the late Johnny and Annie Mae Reid Carlan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Jacob Armour, Ralph Smith and Robert Johnson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Carlan is survived by his wife, Mae P. Carlan, of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Wesley and Dottie Carlan, Homer, and Melvin and Becky Carlan, Maysville; brothers, the Rev. Swayne Carlan and Randall Carlan, both of Maysville; brothers and sisters-in-law, the Rev. Gene and Mrs. Martha Jo Carlan, Commerce, and Paul David and Sarah Carlan, Lula; sisters, Mildred Wilson, Lula, and Thelma Brown, Homer; sisters and brothers-in-law, Grace and Harold Gowder, Maysville, Evelyn and Jim Baker, Center, and Brenda and John Garrison, Gainesville; special friend, Angela Scrotts; and grandson, Jeremy Carlan.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003
Bobby T. Ginn
Bobby Thurs-ton Ginn, 68, of Commerce, died Monday, January 20, 2003, at his residence of an extended illness.
Mr. Ginn was a son of the late Joe Thomas and Velda Whitsel Ginn.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Doug Duncan, Donald Wilson and Jimmy Owensby officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Ginn is survived by his wife, Juanita Robinson Ginn, of the home; sons, Robert Ginn, Ricky Ginn and Randy Ginn, all of Commerce; daughters, Rhonda Ginn and Kelly Burroughs, both of Commerce; brother, Larry Ginn, Commerce; sisters, Betty Callaway, Comer, and Mary Ann Goldman, Ninety Six, S.C.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003

Ettie T. Moon
Mrs. Ettie Torbush Moon, 80, of Winder, died Thursday, January 16, 2003.
A native of DeKalb County, Mrs. Moon was a retired leather worker and of the Baptist denomination.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Arthur Moon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 19, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Revs. Phillip Williams and Joel Shadburn officiating. Burial was in the Gravel Springs Baptist Church cemetery, Buford.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and the Rev. Quinton Waycaster, Martin, Laverne and Rayford Day, Commerce, and Patricia Moon, Winder; sons and daughters-in-law, Willard Moon and John and Betty Moon, all of Winder, James Herman and Charlene Moon, Gainesville, Ted and Chris Moon, Commerce, and Tim and Sally Moon, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 27 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; brother, John Torbush, Yatesville; sisters, Pauline Williams, Bethlehem, and Geneva Croft, Buford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 22, 2003


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