Jackson County Obituaries...

JANUARY 29, 2003

Janie T. Sutton
Janie Tompkins Sutton, 82, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Commerce, died Tuesday, January 21, 2003, in San Antonio.
Mrs. Sutton was the daughter of the late George Cornelius and Mary Lou Melton Tompkins. She was the widow of William Howard Sutton.
Mrs. Sutton attended Bob Jones University and Tennessee Wesleyan College and received a doctor of theology degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She came to the First Baptist Church of Commerce in 1955 as the church’s first secretary with the Rev. Bud Shivers, serving for nine years. She was active in every part of the church, serving long terms in many of the leadership roles, including director of the Woman’s Missionary Union, director of WMU in the Sarepta Baptist Association, director of Girls In Action, director of the Adult III Sunday School Department and director of Vacation Bible School for 30 years.
In 1967, Mrs. Sutton founded the Stacey Chandler Memorial Kindergarten and oversaw it until 1975. She was a member of the Sanctuary Choir, the Jolly Agers, the Arts and Crafts Mission Group, the Afternoon Current Mission Group and the Fidelis Sunday School Class. Mrs. Sutton participated in and organized the Youth Mission Trips USA, and at age 80, went on a mission trip to Russia.
She, along with her late husband, owned a part-time catering business and was a member of the Harmony Grove Garden Club.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with Dr. Kent Cranford and the Rev. Ray Morris officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Robert Bates, San Antonio, Texas; grandson, William Cody Sutton; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

Rev. Hoyt
E. Thomas
The Rev. Hoyt E. Thomas, 89, of Chamblee, died Sunday, January 26, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, the Rev. Thomas was a member of Harrell Grove Baptist Church, Chamblee, where he pastored for 33 years and was Pastor Emeritus. He also pastored Riverbend Baptist Church, Alpharetta, for seven years and was Chaplain for the Dekalb County Fire Department for 17 years. The Rev. Thomas was also Chaplain Emeritus for The Chamblee Masonic Lodge #444 F&AM.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at Harrell Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Gene Winfrey and Ray Hewett officiating. The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Peachtree Memorial Park.
The Rev. Thomas is survived by his wife of 70 years, Pearl Bennett Thomas, Chamblee; sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Ann Thomas, Lithonia, and Bobby and Fran Thomas, Pendergrass; daughters, Retha Evans, Douglasville, and Barbara Brogdon, Duluth; granddaughter, Janet Bullock, Atlanta; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel.
Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

Ann V. Mitchell
Ms. Ann V. Mitchell, 88, of Commerce, died Tuesday, January 21, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 24, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ron Bevins officiating.
Ms. Mitchell is survived by two sisters, Irene Blicka, California, and Florence Schroeder, Gwinn, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

Dorian W. Davis
Dorian Walter Davis, 42, of Maysville, died Sunday, January 26, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mr. Davis was born August 2, 1960, in Ingham County, Mich., a son of Harold Eugene and Augusta Mae Kapp Davis, Leslie, Mich.
He was employed as a Jackson County Corrections Officer with the Road Department and was a member of Unity Christian Church, Maysville.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at Unity Christian Church with Ministers Rick Dunn and Sid Tiller officiating.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Cathy Anglin Davis, Maysville; two sons, Justin Anglin and Jeremy Westmoreland, both of Maysville; one brother, Bill Davis, Lansing, Mich.; two sisters, Xaehnae Bearsley, Austell, and Chris Davis, Lansing, Mich.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Unity Christian Church, 70 Unity Church Road, Maysville, Ga., in memory of Dorian Davis for the Family Life Center.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

Mary G. Lee
Mrs. Mary Gibson Lee, 76, of Hull, died Monday, January 27, 2003.
A native of Telfair County, Mrs. Lee was a daughter of the late James Aubrey and Sallie Belle Damaron Gibson. She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Lee, and a son, Patrick (E.J.) Burch.
She was a member of Redstone United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, at Redstone United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jerry Varnado and Roy Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Lee’s nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Taylor, Hull, and Virginia Brown, Birmingham, Ala.; one son, Michael Fields, LaFayette, Tenn.; one brother, A.G. Gibson, Jefferson; five sisters, Sue Hawkins, Athens, Jean Morgan, Watkinsville, Carol Dills and Nell Archer, both of Jefferson, and Jackie Gibson, Royston; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

Patricia P. Langford
Mrs. Patricia Pittman Langford, 55, of Maysville, died Monday, January 27, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Langford was born in Jackson County on September 13, 1947, a daughter of the late Dr. Oliver Chandler Pittman and Frances Elizabeth Adair Pittman.
She was a teacher at Commerce Elementary School and a member of Holly Springs United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, at Commerce Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bob Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Holly Springs United Methodist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Langford is survived by her husband, Richard Langford, Maysville; three daughters, Lynn Fyffe and Ann Langford, both of Maysville, and Cindy Steinbrecher, Atlanta; one brother, Tim Pittman, Commerce; one sister, Mary Adair Mullin, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

Curtis H. Ellis
Curtis Hamton Ellis, 65, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Ellis was born December 26, 1937, in Greene County. He was a son of the late Clayton and Annie Ruth Finch Ellis.
Mr. Ellis was employed as a cook with the University of Georgia and was of the Baptist denomination. He was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Ellis.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 1, at Harvest Chapel Ministries, Jefferson, with the Revs. Vince Mercardante and Jack Lindsey officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Raymond Ellis and Robert Andrews Ellis, both of Jefferson; two daughters, Bonnie Hatton, Jefferson, and Laura Westwood, Hoschton; four brothers, Billy Ellis, White Plains, Lewis Ellis, Atlanta, Ronnie Ellis, Greensboro, and James Ellis, Meriesta, Fla.; three sisters, Elaine Ellis, Greensboro, Mary Lou Ellis, Eatonton, and Laura Yearwood, Union Point; and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harvest Chapel Ministries, 2106 Old Pendergrass Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

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Sandra Owens
Mrs. Sandra Ann Alewine Owens, 47, of Commerce, died Monday, January 27, 2003.
A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Owens was a daughter of Tony and Dorothy Alewine, Athens.
She was a lifelong resident of the area and was formerly employed with Gateway Restaurant.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 31, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Clay Huff officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Gilbert Owens; son, Montana Mace, Orlando, Fla.; sisters, Rose Patterson and Chris Garrison, both of Hull; and brothers, Mike Alewine, Ricky Alewine and Paul Alewine, all of Athens.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

Thomas A.
Davison III
Thomas A. Davison III, 82, of Nicholson, died Saturday, January 25, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Davison was born in Sumter County on November 29, 1920, the son of the late Thomas A. Davison Jr. and Lottie Hill Davison.
A Pearl Harbor survivor, Mr. Davison was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II 25th Infantry, serving in the South Pacific and Korea. He was retired from the State of Georgia as a security guard at the World Congress Center and was a member of Nicholson Baptist Church. Mr. Davison was a volunteer chaplain at the Veterans Hospital in Decatur for eight years.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 28, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ralph Easterwood and Terry Smith officiating.
Mr. Davison is survived by his wife, Betty Nadine Jenkins Davison, Nicholson; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Gary Underwood, Kingston Springs, Tenn.; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas A. Davison IV and Andre Davison, Fort Myers, Fla., Malcolm and Leslie Davison, Independence, Kan., William and Muriel Davison, Cumming, and Charles and Denise Davison, Columbia, S.C.; step-sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry William and Anne Owen, Arlington, Wash., Bryan Wayne Owen Sr. and Brenda Owen, Stockbridge, Jefferson Douglas Owen Sr. and Marcela Owen, Milstead, and Christerfer Berry and Kelly Jo Owen, Nicholson; 24 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Nicholson Baptist Church Building Fund, 71 Church Street, Nicholson, GA 30565.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

Mary L. Ray
Mrs. Mary Lois McAdams Ray, 82, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, January 22, 2003.
Mrs. Ray was a native of Gwinnett County. She was a homemaker and a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Howell “Pop” Ray, a daughter, Alice Thompson, and a son, Willie Ray.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 25, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Revs. Everest Carlisle and Gary Carlyle officiating. Burial was in the Hebron Baptist Church cemetery, Dacula.
Survivors include daughters, Anne Ray Nix, Hoschton, and Helen Ray Nesbitt, Auburn; daughters and sons-in-law, Estelle and Dean Carlisle, Winder, and Bobbie and the Rev. Everest Carlisle, Braselton; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Joyce Ray, Hull, David and Debbie Ray, Pendergrass, and Dale and Sandra Ray, Nicholson; step-brother, George McAdams, Berkley Lake; step-sister, Mrs. Rosalee Scott, Suwanee; 32 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

Harold J. Griffith
Harold J. Griffith, 78, of Maysville, died Saturday, January 25, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Mr. Griffith was born August 5, 1924, in Gwinnett County. He was a son of the late William Thomas and Burel (Bird) Peppers Griffith.
Mr. Griffith was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II, and had been employed in maintenance with Athens Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wives, Rosemary Dalton Griffith and Azalee Smallwood Griffith, a sister, Sallie Mae McCollough, and three brothers, Ray Griffith, Billy Joe Griffith and George Griffith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 27, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include two sons, Kent Griffith, Commerce, and Tommy Griffith, Homer; one daughter, Dillis Whitmire, Maysville; one step-son, Billy Griffith, Walnut Grove; two step-daughters, Mary White, Norcross, and Betty Worley, Jefferson; one sister, Ann Million, Irwinton; three half-sisters, Mary Denham, Jeanette Herrin and Janie Watson, all of Eatonton; four brothers, Jack Griffith, Johnny Griffith and Scott Griffith, all of Eatonton, and Troy Lee Griffith, Gillsville; 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003

Bettie P. Cleveland
Mrs. Bettie Patricia Andrews Cleveland, of Chamblee, died Sunday, January 19, 2003.
Mrs. Cleveland was a native of Augusta. She was a homemaker who was an avid gardener and who viewed her grandchildren as the roses of her garden, said family members. Let it be said of her that she has “pulled her last weed.”
Mrs. Cleveland served as a deacon at Northeast Baptist Church, Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter James Cleveland, in 1992.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, at McLane Chapel of Lowndes & McLane Funeral Home, Tucker, with the Rev. Jack Chalmers officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Cleveland is survived by her children, Dr. Douglas Cleveland, Jefferson, Anne O’Neal, Chamblee, and Susan VanDuren, Chaska, Minn.; grandchildren, Erin Roberts Lindsay and Molly Cleveland, Derek and Amanda O’Neal and Daniel and Nathan VanDuren; and a sister, Barbara Thomas, Atlanta.
Memorials may be made to Northeast Baptist Church, 4046 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, GA 30340.
Lowndes & McLane Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 29, 2003


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