Jackson County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 26, 2003

Florence
‘Mil Mil’ Lance
Mrs. Florence Mildred “Mil Mil” Scogin Lance, 57, of Pendergrass, died Sunday, February 23, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Lance was born in Madison County on August 10, 1945. She was saved and baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in Athens, and was an active member of Pond Fork Baptist Church, Pendergrass, since 1964, where she served the Lord in several ministries through the years. Mrs. Lance was employed as an assembly technician with Caterpillar.
“‘Mil Mil’ has been considered a second mother and grandmother to many children in her life and was an inspiration to everyone she met,” said family members. “She will be loved and missed by all who knew her. She was loved and will never be forgotten by her husband, James Lance.”
Mrs. Lance was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Louise Carter Scogin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, at Pond Fork Baptist Church with the Revs. Johnny Knight, Larry Buffington and Preston Moore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Lance is survived by her husband, James L. Lance, Pendergrass; father and step-mother, George Robert and Ruby Scogin, Colbert; son, Greg Lance, Pendergrass; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Kristy Lance, Pendergrass; sisters, Peggy Elrod, Commerce, and Sandra Hardman, Ila; brother, Billy Scogin, Colbert; two grandchildren, Kennedy and Taylor Lance, Pendergrass; and friends and co-workers of the Caterpillar plant in Jefferson. She was also guardian to Stephanie Lance and Jessie Lance.
Memorials may be made to the Pond Fork Baptist Church Building Fund, 2615 Pond Fork Church Road, Pendergrass, GA 30567.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Mary
E. Ellis
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Ellis, 62, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Ellis was born May 11, 1940, in Philadelphia, Pa., a daughter of the late Robert and Agnes Ladeau Andrews.
Mrs. Ellis was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a registered nurse.
“She loved to ride motorcycles,” said family members.
A memorial service was held at noon Saturday, February 22, at Harvest Chapel Ministries, Jefferson, with the Rev. Vince Mercardante officiating.
Mrs. Ellis is survived by a son, Robert Andrews Ellis, Jefferson; and a daughter, Bonnie Hatton, Jefferson.
Memorials may be made to Harvest Chapel Ministries, 2106 Old Pendergrass Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Ruby Lester
Mrs. Ruby Harris Lester, 82, of Athens, died Tuesday, February 25, 2003.
A native of Jackson County, and a former resident of Toccoa, Mrs. Lester was a daughter of the late Edd and Claudia Nunn Harris.
She was a member of Georgia Power Ambassadors and of Forest Heights Baptist Church. Mrs. Lester was preceded in death by her husband, Henry William Lester.
“She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,” said family members.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 27, at Forest Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Purdy officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park. Steve McElroy, Randy Meadows, Kevin Meadows, Danny Thomas, Jeff Scott and Kenneth Wood will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Georgia Power Ambassadors.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Melba and David Hawkes, Conyers, and Paulette and Jackie Anderson, Watkinsville; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Debbie Lester, Winterville; sister and brother-in-law, Edna and Felix McElroy, Athens; sister, Ina Belle Benton, Commerce; grandchildren and spouses, Kristi and Jamie Johnson, Lisa and Justin Shelton, Scott and Amy Lester and Stacie Lester; great-grandchildren, Sydney Johnson, Will Johnson, Gavin Lester and Logan Shelton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Forest Heights Baptist Church.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Arthur E. Blankenship
Arthur Earl Blankenship, 58, of Pendergrass, died Sunday, February 23, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Blankenship was born July 18, 1944, in Nashville, Tenn. He was a son of Charlotte Bell Sitton, Etowah, N.C., and the late Herbert Ray Blankenship.
Mr. Blankenship had been employed as a real estate appraiser with Kaiser, Mitsch and Associates, Atlanta, and attended the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson.
He was a wonderful family man who dearly loved his children and wife, it was stated.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 26, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Gary Whatley officiating.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Blankenship is survived by his wife, Jolee Ann Blankenship, Pendergrass; four daughters, Bell Egan Blankenship, Jamie Louise Blankenship and Josie Raye Blankenship, all of Pendergrass, and Debbie Martinez, Illinois; one son, Dylan Earl Blankenship, Buford; one brother, Mickey Blankenship, Gastonia, N.C.; one sister, Louise Halford, Hendersonville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Arthur Blankenship Children’s Memorial Fund, c/o Community Bank and Trust, 71 Memorial Drive, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

James T. Evans
James Timothy Evans, 49, of Commerce, died Thursday, February 20, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Evans was a son of Norine Hayes Evans, Commerce, and the late William V. Evans. He was preceded in death by a grandchild.
Mr. Evans was a retired truck driver.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include three sons, David Evans, Cody Evans and Justin Evans, all of Commerce; three daughters, Sherry Williams, Hull, and Tina Evans and Marie Evans, both of Ellijay; one brother, William Larry Evans, Danielsville; and six grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Curtis O. Barrett
Curtis Owen Barrett, 76, of Athens, died Thursday, February 20, 2003.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Barrett was the son of the late Leonard and Edna Augustine Seebert Barrett.
He was a veteran of the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army. Mr. Barrett was a sales representative for Sun Electric Corporation for 10 years and served the rest of his working career in the automotive field with Johnson and Johnson. He was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at New Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in the Pittman Cemetery, Sanford Community.
Mr. Barrett is survived by his wife, Margie Boone Barrett, Athens; one daughter, Vicki Haddon, Conyers; three step-sons, James Doster, Crawford, Bradley Lord, Athens, and Barry Lord, Winterville; one step-daughter, Wanda Wright, Hoschton; 18 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

June Kalinyak
Mrs. June Goetling Kalinyak, 76, of Jefferson, died Sunday, February 23, 2003.
A native of Miami, Dade County, Fla., Mrs. Kalinyak was the daughter of the late Alfred F. and Erma C. Tilton Goetling. She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Kalinyak.
Mrs. Kalinyak was employed with National/PanAm Airlines for 38 years, based in Miami, and was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church, Pendergrass. She was also a member of the Moose Club.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 28, in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Burkett officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Renee Mims, Jefferson; sons, Robert D. Corbett, DeLand, Fla., Alfred B. Corbett, Chattanooga, Tenn., and James H. Corbett, Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support, c/o Athens Regional Medical Center, 1199 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30606.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Ervin B. Lucas
Ervin Belyeu Lucas, 95, of Jefferson, formerly of Manchester, died Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Lucas was born November 23, 1907, in Mauk, the son of the late Curtis Bell Lucas and the late Mrs. Leila Estelle Belyeu.
He was retired from Callaway Mills and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Manchester.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Lucas was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Mae Walker Lucas.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 22, in the Douglas Chapel of Jones-Wynn Funeral Home, Douglasville, with Dr. Marion Beaver officiating. Burial was in Meriwether Memory Gardens, Manchester.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Ann and James Tweedell, Forest Park, Myrtis and Fred Woodruff, Jefferson, Leila and Tommy Chapman, Pine Mountain, and Emily Martin, Hiram; sons and daughters-in-law, Dallas Jr. and Betty Sue Lucas, Iowa City, Iowa, and Leigh and Elsie Lucas, Columbus; 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Jones-Wynn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

LaJaren L. Linnell
LaJaren Lee Linnell, 50, of Winterville, died Monday, February 17, 2003.
A native of Mile City, Mont., Mr. Linnell was a son of the late LaJaren Roy Linnell and Pearl Louise Patch Linnell.
He was a rancher and a computer technician. Mr. Linnell was also a truck driver and of the Baptist denomination.
Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 22, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, Hartwell.
Mr. Linnell is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Linnell; a daughter, Jasmine Linnell, Boseman, Mont.; a son, Chris Linnell, Corvallis, Mont.; step-daughters, Misty Treadwell, Commerce, and Kristy Baxter, Colbert; step-son, Christopher Treadwell, Chesapeake, Va.; sisters, Diana Holliday, Great Falls, Mont., and Darlene Jaeger, Big Stone City, S.D.; brothers, James Allen Linnell, Fort Worth, Texas, and Jerry Stoltz, Hawaii; and one grandchild.
Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

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Jack Roberts
Jack Roberts, 71, of Winder, died Thursday, February 20, 2003.
Born in Barrow County, Mr. Roberts was a son of the late George Roberts Sr. and Amanda Roberts. He attended the Church of Lord Jesus Christ.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 22, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. G.H. Hammond officiating. Burial was in the Chapel Christian Church cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Paul Roberts, Jefferson; two sisters, Mary Lynch, Winder, and Doris Snyder, Augusta; and several nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Louise E. Frady
Mrs. Louise E. Frady, 65, of Cornelia, died Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at a private residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Frady was born in Habersham County on April 9, 1937. She was a daughter of the late Thomas Lawrence and Belle Childs Frady.
Mrs. Frady was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of Bethesda Fellowship Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, T.L. Frady, and a sister, Ester Burrell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 20, at Bethesda Fellowship Church with the Revs. Clarence Reynolds and Kevin Jones officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy Crow, Mt. Airy, and Shirley King, Alto; one son, Calvin Frady, Lula; two sisters, Ada Mae Gibson, Turnerville, and Betty Garrett, Commerce; one brother, Robert Frady, Virginia; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Timothy Topa
Timothy Topa, 16, of Commerce, died Saturday, February 22, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Timothy was born June 9, 1986, in Jackson County. He was a son of Ronald Topa, Sugar Hill, and Susan Thompson Topa, Commerce.
Timothy was a student at James Madison High School and was a member of Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Commerce.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, February 27, at Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses with the Rev. Sam Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Isiah Topa, Commerce; a sister, Sohia Topa, Commerce; grandparents, Charles and Venita Thompson, Maysville, and Elsa Voight, Germany; and great-grandparents, Thelma Crumley, Commerce, and J.W. and Catherine Thompson, Iva, S.C.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Bradly L. Fields
Bradly Logan Fields, 5-month-old son of Roseanna Burel Griffith and Jody Randall Fields, both of Commerce, died Tuesday, February 18, 2003, at his residence.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 21, at Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson, with the Revs. Ray Banks and Walter Venable officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to his parents, Bradly is survived by two sisters, Candice Fields, Jefferson, and Brittany Elrod, Commerce; three brothers, Cody and Cory Fields, Jefferson, and Brently Fields, Commerce; grandparents, Janice Fields, Commerce, Johnny Fields, Jefferson, Troy Griffith, Gillsville, and Ginger Kennerly, Jefferson; great-grandparents, Gladys Ray, Pendergrass, Alviree Fields, Betty Beatty and Troy Griffith Sr., all of Jefferson, and Peggy Nolan, Athens; and great-great-grandmother, Bertha Hyde, Gainesville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Josie Toney
Mrs. Josie Toney, 74, of Lawrenceville, died Thursday, February 20, 2003.
Mrs. Toney was a 32-year employee with Dick Lynotte Sports Wear in Duluth, and was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church, Lawrenceville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rayford Toney, in 1997, and a son, Captain Marcel Toney of the Gwinnett County Police Department, in 1986.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 23, in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. J.T. McMillian officiating. Burial was in East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens, Lawrenceville.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Josette and Johnny Herrington, Jefferson, and Ruby and Richard Dutton, Lawrenceville; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Almera L. Palmer
Mrs. Almera Lord Palmer, 88, of Nicholson, died Friday, February 21, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Palmer was born June 5, 1914, in Madison County, a daughter of the late George Earl and Mary Berrong O’Kelley.
She was retired from Thomas Textile and was a member of Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church. Mrs. Palmer was preceded in death by her first husband, William French Lord, her second husband, Frank Palmer, and a son, Ronald Lord.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 23, at the River of Life Worship Center with the Revs. Howard Rhodes, Dennis Kesler, Mike Stowers, Charles Hardy, Aubrey McIntire and Marty Smith officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Donald Lord, Nicholson, and Harry Palmer, Watkinsville; six step-children, Dolly Jean Bulla, Eloise Miller, Frances Haggard, Nell Shope and Spud Palmer, all of Nicholson, and Totsie Waters, Kentucky; three brothers, G.E. O’Kelley, Carnesville, and Henry O’Kelley and Wilburn O’Kelley, both of Nicholson; one sister, Joyce Moore, Atlanta; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Beatrice
‘Bea’ Anthony
Mrs. Beatrice Virginia “Bea” Anthony, 81, of Jefferson, a 25-year resident of Haines City, Fla., died Saturday, February 22, 2003.
Born in Bessemer City, N.C., Mrs. Anthony was a daughter of the late Samuel and Minnie Bell Boone Absher.
Mrs. Anthony attended Union Baptist Church and was a member of Landmark Baptist Church, Haines City, Fla.
“She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,” said family members.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Rusty Newman officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Anthony is survived by her husband, Malcolm C. Anthony Sr., Jefferson; two sons, Malcolm Anthony Jr., Winder, and Larry Anthony, Taylor, Mich.; three sisters, Betty Mathney, Ellenbourgh, N.C., Katherine London, Gastonia, N.C., and Robbie Wheeler, Clearwater, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Union Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Drawer 1660, Winder, GA 30680.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Gary Brown
Gary Brown, 43, of Homer, died Friday, February 21, 2003, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, following a brief illness.
Born in Jackson County on October 16, 1959, Mr. Brown was a son of Ruth Gudger Mason, Homer, and the late Ernest Brown.
He was an electrician, an avid fisherman and a member of Timber Ridge Baptist Church. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by two brothers, Keith and Bruce Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 24, at Timber Ridge Baptist Church with the Revs. Chris York and Jesse Savage officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Edwina Simmons Brown, Mt. Airy; sister, Carol Baker, Gainesville; grandparents, Bell Gudger, Clarkesville, and Carrie Brown, Gainesville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Wanda C. Montgomery
Mrs. Wanda Christean Mont-gomery, 40, of Commerce, died Saturday, February 22, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a sudden illness.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, at Riverside Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Segars officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Montgomery is survived by her husband, Wayne E. Montgomery, of the home; two sons, James and Matthew Montgomery, both of Commerce; one daughter, Krystal Montgomery, Commerce; her mother, Ruth Knight, Spartanburg, S.C.; one brother, Randy Free, Union, S.C.; four sisters, Dorothy Knight, Texas, and Ella Horne, Anita Rose and Patti Rogers, all of Union, S.C.; and one grandson, Todd Guy Henderson.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003

Felton A.
‘Doc’ Ariail
Felton A. “Doc” Ariail, 85, of Alto, died Monday, February 24, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Ariail was born December 7, 1917, in Franklin County, a son of the late Claude and Vastie Bellamy Ariail.
He was retired from Ford Motor Company and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer. Mr. Ariail was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Anglin Ariail.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 26, at Nails Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Robertson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Don Ariail, Lawrenceville; two brothers, Kermit Ariail and Olin Ariail, both of Carnesville; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 26, 2003


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