Jackson County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 19, 2003

Wendy L. Harris
Ms. Wendy Leann Harris, 22, of Commerce, died Saturday, February 8, 2003, at Atlanta Medical Center following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 13, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Ms. Harris is survived by her mother, Barbara Ann Couch Harris, Commerce; three daughters, Ashley Brooke Lewallen and Amber Lynn Lewallen, both of Homer, and Alisa Ivey Harris, Commerce; and one sister, Teresa Lynn Crumley, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Curtis Bonds
Curtis Bonds, 77, of Jefferson, died Saturday, February 15, 2003, at Winder Health Care Center following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Bonds was a son of the late Lee Bonds and Minnie Bonds Williamson.
He was retired from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard and was a member of Arcade Presbyterian Church. Mr. Bonds was a lifetime member of the Albert Gordon Post #4872 of the VFW.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 17, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Michael Jarrett officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Bonds is survived by his wife, Zora Lee Foster Bonds, Jefferson; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Jefferson Presbyterian Church, 243 Washington Street, Jefferson, GA 30549, or to Thornwell Homes for Children, Clinton, S.C., (864) 833-1818.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Roy E. Powell
Roy Edward Powell Sr., 81, of Commerce, died Friday, February 14, 2003.
Mr. Powell was born March 10, 1921, in Hart County, to the late Carl Benjamin and Janie Murray Powell.
He attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and graduated from the University of Georgia, receiving his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Mr. Powell taught vocational agriculture before serving his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following the war, he was a supervisor for the Veteran Farm Training Program and an area adult teacher. Mr. Powell ended his career as the supervisor of District III vocational agriculture.
Mr. Powell was awarded the Honorary Georgia Planter Degree and the Honorary American Farmer Degree by the Future Farmers of America. He received the Distinguished Service Award in Vocational Agriculture and the Outstanding Service Citation by the National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association. He was named a Charter Member of the Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame.
Mr. Powell was a member of the Banks County Cattlemen’s Association, receiving the 1992 Cattleman of the Year Award, a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club, where he was named a George F. Hixson Fellow, a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture and a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and in many other leadership positions. He was a past Commander of the American Legion Post #215.
Mr. Powell is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bonnie Carpenter Powell; son and daughter-in-law, R. Edward Jr. and Melinda H. Powell, Macon; grandchildren, Katie, Clare and Trey Powell, Macon; sisters and brothers, Louise P. Hickman, Hartwell, Carl B. Powell Jr., Atlanta, Betty P. Caton, Wilmington, N.C., Hugh A. Powell, Tallahassee, Fla., and James G. Powell, Hartwell; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 17, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Ken Cranford and Ron Hinson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce, The Georgia FFA, or to a vocational agricultural scholarship fund.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Joyce R. Chandler
Mrs. Joyce Roaden Chandler, 60, of Commerce, died Sunday, February 16, 2003.
Mrs. Chandler was a native of Kentucky. She was retired from the State of Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. She also volunteered for the American Red Cross.
Mrs. Chandler was preceded in death by a daughter, Stacie Amelia Chandler.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with Jerry Payne and Dr. Kent Cranford officiating.
Survivors include her mother and father, Jesse and Eula Roaden, Greenville, S.C.; her husband, Billy Chandler, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Lynn Chandler Crocker and Jeff Crocker, Gainesville; granddaughters, Kennedy Amelia Crocker and Katherine Chandler Crocker, Gainesville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth and Judy Roaden, Frisco, Texas, Glenn and Kay Roaden, Greenville, S.C., David and Sandra Roaden, Simpsonville, S.C., and Roy and Diane Roaden, Aiken, S.C.; five nieces and one nephew.
Memorials may be made to the Department of Family and Children Services Medicine Fund, 456 Athens Street, Jefferson, GA 30549, or to the First Baptist Church of Commerce Relay for Life Fund, 1345 South Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Neal Ferguson
Neal Ferguson, 78, of Braselton, died Monday, February 17, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Hall County, Mr. Ferguson was the son of the late Narvel Eschol and Mary Thomas Ferguson.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was a Professional Pilot. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Mr. Ferguson was preceded in death by his wife, Selba Nell Turk Ferguson, and a son, Steve Ferguson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 20, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Charles Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Eve F. and Karl Odom, Braselton; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Dana Ferguson, Gainesville, and Bobby and Sandi Ferguson, Cornelia; grandchildren, Amy Jarrard, Kristin Trott, Julie Doster, Kelly Wood, Karen Smotherman, Stephanie Ferguson, Krystal Odom, Drew Ferguson, Rob, Sam and Ben Ferguson and Kasey Odom; great-grandchildren, Jessica Trott, Morgan Smotherman, Ashley and Ansley Jarrard, Caleb Doster, Peyton Smotherman and Cooper and Cannon Wood; special niece, Lesa Turk Whitworth; a number of nieces and nephews; and special friends, Gene and Ann Schley, Murphy, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1546, Gainesville, GA 30503, or to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.
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.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

‘Bum Mama’
Dora Ford
“Bum Mama” Dora Jeanette Minish Ford, 62, of 542 Piedmont Road, Commerce, died Saturday, February 15, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Ford was born September 4, 1940, a daughter of the late David Roland Minish and the late Reba Hanley Minish.
She was a member of Erastus Christian Church. Mrs. Ford was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Lackey, and a nephew, John Michael Bellew.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Tommy Ford, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Dannette and Kenny Flint, daughter, Sandy Ford Hardy, grandchildren, Loren Flint, Kenny “Bugg” Flint and Clay Hardy, all of Commerce; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernest and Betty Minish and Leon and Peggy Minish, all of Commerce; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jane and Terry Cadwell, Conyers, Helen and Tommy Adams, Hull, Naomi and Andy Denton, Charlotte, N.C., Sylvia Cochran, Commerce, and June and John Bellew, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 17, at Erastus Christian Church with Pastor Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the Minish Family Cemetery. Pallbearers were Deanna Minish Richards, Brittany Whitfield, Raymond Daniel, Kevin “Gomer” Dean, Stacey Denton, Kenny “Bugg” Flint, Eddie Minish, Justin Whitfield and Wesley Adams.
Contributions may be made to the Minish Perpetual Care Fund, P.O. Box 1496, Commerce, GA 30529.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

James M. Doss
James M. Doss, 73, of Maysville, died Sunday, February 16, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Doss was the son of the late Embry and Flonie Black Doss.
He was a veteran of the Korean War and was retired from James Short Ford.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include a sister, Mildred Jordan, Maysville; three nieces, Polly Godfrey, Melodee Hall and Henrietta Thrasher; and two nephews, Michael Jordan and Jeff Carr.
Memorials may be made to the Oconee Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

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Randall
‘Cody’ Dutton
Randall “Cody” Dutton, 12, of Statham, died Thursday, February 13, 2003.
Born in Gwinnett County, Randall was a son of Jan Grizzle Dutton, Statham, and the late Ronnie Dutton.
He was an honor student at Barrow Christian Academy, where he was a member of the chorus. Randall played on the YMCA Soccer Team and was a member of Good News Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 16, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Jerry Thompson and Ray Fumea officiating. Burial was in Statham Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two brothers, Travis Dutton, Statham, and Charles Dutton, Commerce; sister and brother-in-law, Beth Martin Landress and Nathan Landress, Winder; nephew, Ben Landress, Winder; grandparents, Bob and Lorene Hanson, Lawrenceville, and Lewis Grizzle Sr. and Betty Grizzle, Statham; and aunts and uncles.
Memorials may be made in memory of Cody Dutton at The Peoples Bank, 71 N. Broad Street, Winder, GA 30680.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Christine
H. Jackson
Mrs. Christine Hardman Jackson, 69, of Commerce, died Sunday, February 16, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Jackson was born November 20, 1933, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Millard and Sally Hardman. She was the wife of the late Robert “Bobby” Jackson.
Mrs. Jackson was a homemaker.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy Jackson, Athens; two daughters, Debra Crawford, Murphy, N.C., and Betty Holloway, Commerce; two brothers, Millard Hardman, Kannapolis, N.C., and Ralph Hardman, Warner Robins; sister, Nancy Weir, Athens; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Tom B. Black
Tom Bell Black, 61, of Flowery Branch, a native of Jackson County, died Friday, February 14, 2003.
Mr. Black was the owner of Black Auto Salvage Co., Flowery Branch, and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Mr. Black is survived by his wife, Mrs. Laurie Mayer Black, Flowery Branch; two sons, Mitchell Black, Monroe, and Tommy Black, Flowery Branch; six daughters, Miss Jean Black, Atlanta, Mrs. Cindy Watkins and Mrs. Deborah Marlowe, both of Homer, Mrs. Crystal Adcock and Mrs. Kathy Grey, both of Buford, and Ms. Jena Black, Sugar Hill; two brothers, Randy Lamar Black and Bobby Black, both of Commerce; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Alice H. Marquise
Mrs. Alice Howington Marquise, 84, of Lecanto, Fla., formerly of Jackson County, died Thursday, February 13, 2003, at Life Care Center.
Mrs. Marquise was born March 14, 1918, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Daniel S. and Lula Coile Howington.
She was the owner of Alice’s Restaurant in Athens. Mrs. Marquise was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Marquise.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Marquise is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Frances Norton
Mrs. Frances Norton, 68, of Winder, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003.
Born in Royston, Mrs. Norton was a daughter of the late Luke Oliver Phillips and Mulbury Goss Phillips. She was the wife of the late Buford Norton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 15, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three sons, Marvin Norton, Commerce, and Travis Norton and Howard Norton, both of Winder; three daughters, Debra Kinley, Danielsville, Judy Skinner, Winder, and Sylvia Norton, Jefferson; two brothers, Buck Phillips and Ed Phillips, both of Athens; two sisters, Jeanette Phillips and Mary Harris, both of Danielsville; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Frank A. Strickland
Frank Alexander Strickland, 91, of Gainesville, a native of Jackson County, died Monday, February 17, 2003.
Mr. Strickland was a retired cabinetmaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, at McDonald & Son Hillside Chapel, Gainesville, with the Revs. Robbie Coleman, Paul Wade, Larry Peace and Boone Strickland officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mr. Strickland is survived by his loving wife, Nell Humphrey Strickland; daughters, Jeanette Stephens, Gillsville, and Ida Jo Strickland and Kathy Gee, Flowery Branch; sons, Frank Strickland, Knoxville, Tenn., Mike Strickland, Flowery Branch, and John Duncan, Gainesville; sisters, Eva Orr, Gainesville, and Lelia DeLong, Flowery Branch; brother, J.C. Strickland, Gainesville; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
McDonald & Son Hillside Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Walter C. Freeman
Walter Claudius Freeman, 77, of Athens, died Tuesday, February 11, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Freeman was a son of the late Roy and Berta Anderson Freeman.
He was retired from Seabord Airline Railroad and McClane Southeast and served as an Elder at Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church in Ila. Mr. Freeman was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Anderson Freeman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16, at Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Susan Reggin officiating.
Mr. Freeman is survived by a daughter, Tamera Freeman, Jefferson; and a special friend, Mary Mathews, Athens.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Suite A, Bogart, GA 30622.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003

Joe Stinchcomb
Joe Stinchcomb, 86, of Texarkana, Texas, died Thursday, February 13, 2003, at a local hospital.
Mr. Stinchcomb was born March 1, 1916, in Winder. He was a former Marshal for the City of Nash, Texas, and was of the Pentecostal denomination.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, February 17, at East Memorial Chapel of East Funeral Home, Texarkana, Texas, with the Revs. Gene and Marie Ross officiating. Burial was in Chapelwood Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Stinchcomb is survived by his wife, Wilma Stinchcomb, Nash, Texas; son, Bill Hicks, Gilmer, Texas; daughters, Pat Tyree, Nash, Texas, and Reba Page, Dry Pond Community; brothers, Gene Stinchcomb, Tommy Stinchcomb and Junior Stinchcomb, all of Winder, W.L. Stinchcomb, Watkinsville, and Randolph Stinchcomb, Auburn; sisters, Martha Garrett, Greyson, Lona Mae Sanders, Statham, and Helen Ruth Collins, Braselton; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
East Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003


Bessie I. Ambrose
Mrs. Bessie Inez Streetman Ambrose, 70, of Homer, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Ambrose was born November 18, 1932, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Manual and Magnolia Streetman.
She was a homemaker and a member of Homer Alliance Church. Mrs. Ambrose was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Ambrose.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 14, at Homer Alliance Church with the Rev. George Tubbs officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church cemetery, Lula.
Survivors include two sons, William Nation, Homer, and Jimmy Truelove, Cornelia; four daughters, Elain Dixon, East Dublin, Ethel Gosnell, Homer, Pat Hensley, Athens, Tenn., and Dorothy Wilkerson, Macclenny, Fla.; one sister, Lillian Robiason, Douglasville; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 19, 2003


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