Jackson County Obituaries...

MARCH 12, 2003

Donna K. Couch
Ms. Donna Kay Couch, 50, of Talmo, died Monday, March 10, 2003.
Ms. Couch was born March 10, 1953, in Vidalia.
Survivors include one daughter, Shelly D. Wrinkle, Talmo; one granddaughter; three brothers; two sisters; and her fiancé, John Burns, Talmo.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

Fabin Stovall Sr.
Fabin Stovall Sr., 84, of Braselton, died Thursday, March 6, 2003.
Mr. Stovall was born in Nacogdoches County, Texas, a son of the late Gilford T. and Bessie Ione Beard Stovall.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired pipeline welder. Mr. Stovall was a member of Local Union 798 and of the Baptist denomination.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Lou Willie Barrett Stovall and Mattie Gene Sessons Stovall.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Scott Sims officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Ernie and Ronnie Stovall and Frank and Nancy Stovall, all of Braselton, Fabin Jr. and Deborah Stovall, Ronnie Stovall and Mitchell Nolan, all of Sandersville, and Dennis Nolan, Cheraw, S.C.; daughters and sons-in-law, Bobbie Lou and Tony Brown, Rockport, Texas, and Jo Ann Martin, Sandersville; brother, Freddie Stovall, Trinity, Texas; 30 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hoschton Jr. Lodge, P.O. Box 221, Hoschton, GA 30548.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

Doris W. Davis
Mrs. Doris Wright Davis, 92, of Cornelia, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Davis was born September 5, 1910, in Commerce. She graduated from Commerce High School as valedictorian of the Class of 1927.
Mrs. Davis was a homemaker and a member of Friends of the Library and the First Baptist Church of Cornelia, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and was a member of the Volunteer Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Ethel Shirley Wright, and her husband, Ulysses Davis.
She was a dedicated mother, said family members.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the First Baptist Church of Cornelia, with Dr. T. Logan Smith, Ronnie Parham and Wink Verdery officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jane Davis Foster and Blake Foster, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, John Wright Davis and Jean Davis, Cornelia; sister, Lucille Singleton, Dillard; brothers, James Wright, Cornelia, and Bill Wright, Commerce; grandchildren, Allison Davis Smith, Joshua Kennon Davis and Emily Doris Foster, all of Cornelia, and John Wright Davis Jr., Atlanta; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Food Service Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

Martha H. Heaton
Mrs. Martha Helen Palmer Heaton, 55, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Mrs. Heaton was born March 25, 1947, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late George and Helen Whitehead Palmer.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Living Word Worship Center with the Revs. Richard James, Howard Rhodes and Mike Stowers officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mrs. Heaton is survived by her husband, J.D. Heaton, Nicholson; one son, James Heaton, Athens; two daughters, Darlene Briscoe, Royston, and Shanda Meacacke, Nicholson; two brothers, Clayton Palmer and William Palmer, both of Nicholson; one sister, Gayle Barnett, Nicholson; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

Julian L. Strickland
Julian Lamar Strickland, 86, of Comer, died Sunday, March 9, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Strickland was a son of the late Howard and Ida Comer Strickland. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles H. Strickland.
Mr. Strickland was retired from Southeastern Stages Inc. in Athens, and was a member of Comer United Methodist Church. He was a former member and Past Master of Fergus Lodge #135, Loganville, a Past Master of Shannon Lodge #404, Comer, and a Master Mason for more than 50 years.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Strickland served in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers in the Pacific Theater.
He was a devoted husband and father, said family members.
Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Comer United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike McLemore officiating. Interment was held in a private family ceremony at Comer Cemetery.
Mr. Strickland is survived by his wife, Josephine Palmer Strickland; two sons, Kenneth Strickland, Morganton, and Keith Strickland, Woodstock, N.Y.; one daughter, Kathy Thomason, Commerce; one brother, Willis C. Strickland, Comer; and three granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to Comer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 38, Comer, GA 30629, or to the Comer Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, P.O. Box 65, Comer, GA 30629.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

Wretha J. Baxter
Mrs. Wretha Jeanette Adams Baxter, 89, of Commerce, died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Baxter was born August 5, 1913, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Young and Willie Lindsey Adams.
Mrs. Baxter was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh M. Baxter, and a son, Hugh Jerrell Baxter.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at Morning Star Baptist Church with Dr. Clif Crews, the Rev. Rick Lane and David Poston officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Nathan Baxter, Commerce; three brothers, Dewitt Adams and Odine Adams, both of Thomasville, N.C., and Talmadge Adams, Roseboro, N.C.; three sisters, Reba Baxter and Edna Klugh, both of Smyrna, and Betty Joyce Hanley, Commerce; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Morning Star Baptist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

Bennie W. Compton Sr.
Bennie W. Compton Sr., 81, of Athens, died Sunday, March 2, 2003.
A lifelong resident of Jackson County, Mr. Compton was born March 4, 1921, in Madison County.
He was retired from the Jackson County School System as a bus driver for 19 years and was self-employed in construction. Mr. Compton served in the U.S. Air Force.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Revs. Gary Hosch and Billy Fowler officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. Mr. Compton’s grandchildren, B. Scott Compton, Michael S. Compton, Steven P. Compton, Chris N. Compton, Sherry C. Henderson and Tammy C. Kittle, served as pallbearers.
Mr. Compton is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary W. Compton; two sons, Bennie W. Compton Jr., Nicholson, Gene N. Compton, Redstone, and their wives; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren with two on the way; one brother, Jones E. Compton, Arnoldsville; three sisters, Beatrice Compton, Winterville, and Mary Garrett and Rose Little, both of Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

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Louise L. Short
Mrs. Louise L. Williams Short, 94, of Maysville, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born in Jackson County on February 13, 1909, Mrs. Short was a daughter of the late Thurston and Florence Prickett Williams.
She was a homemaker and a member of Wilson United Methodist Church. Mrs. Short was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Short.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Wilson United Methodist Church with the Rev. Grady Wigley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Howard Short and James Short, both of Maysville; three daughters, Betty Brooks and Pat Nix, both of Maysville, and Dorothy Davidson, Grayson; one sister, Annette Holden, Greensboro, N.C.; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

James W. Morris
James W. Morris, 82, of San Diego, Calif., died Saturday, March 1, 2003.
Born in Georgia, Mr. Morris was a civil service sheet metal worker for North Island Naval Air Station.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, Calif.
Survivors include his daughters, Bonnie Madore and Bobbie Garcia, San Diego, Calif., Sharon Galarneau, San San Marcos, Texas, and Deborah Kaucher, Elgin, Texas; sisters, Kittie Roberts, Gainesville, Minnie Eulene King, Homer, Mary Lou Savage, Lula, and Ruby Buff, Cherryville, N.C.; brother, John Morris Jr., Commerce; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Greenwood Mortuary, San Diego, Calif., was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

Myrtle
‘Maggie’ Bruce
Mrs. Myrtle Magdalene “Maggie” Jones Bruce, 82, of Maysville, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bruce was born September 4, 1920, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late John and Margaret Harrington Jones, and was preceded in death by her husband, Odis Lee Bruce, a daughter, Barbara Haynes, sisters, Mamie Jones Dykes and Roberta Jones, and brothers, Earnest E. Jones and John Jones Jr.
Mrs. Bruce attended Young Harris College and Piedmont College. She taught school at Hickory Flat School, taught piano lessons, and was a writer for the Banks County Journal for many years. She was a member of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Hickory Flat United Methodist Church with Bishop Bevel Jones III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Brenda Lee Jameson, Hartselle, Ala., Rebecca Warfield, Canton, Texas, Dorcas Williams, Maysville, and Faythe Willis, Buford; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and her closest cousins, Christine Harris and Nelle Jones, both of Lula.
Memorials may be made in her honor to Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, 3409 Hwy. 51 South, Lula, GA 30554.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

David C. Nix
David C. Nix, 66, of Gillsville, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce, of a sudden illness.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Nix was a son of the late Floyd Nix and Jane Taylor Nix.
He was a retired farmer and a member of Diamond Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Nix was Past Master of Phi Delta Masonic Lodge and Past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star.
He was preceded in death by two daughters.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Perry Smith and Donald Tritt officiating. Burial was in Gillsville Cemetery.
Mr. Nix is survived by his wife, Ruby Nix, of the home; one son, Kenneth Nix, Gillsville; one daughter, Linda Nix, Gillsville; his step-mother, Imogene Nix, Gainesville; four brothers, Charles Nix and Earl Nix, both of Gillsville, Herman Joe Nix, Charleston, S.C., and Timmy Nix, Lavonia; one sister, Betty Passmore, Homer; one grandson and one great-grandson.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

Louise Anderson
Mrs. Louise Anderson, 91, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at Winder Health Care Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Anderson was born January 5, 1912, in Georgia. She was a daughter of the late Albert Morgan and Mamie Evans Evans.
Mrs. Anderson was the owner of Anderson Furniture Store in Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Anderson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the First Christian Church of Jefferson with the Rev. Robin Self officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Ernest R. Anderson, Huntsville, Ala., and Francis Anderson, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; four sisters, Nell Craft, Statham, Jean Treadwell and Alice Wages, both of Lawrenceville, and Jurelle Turk, Gray; one brother, Harold Evans, Winder; four grandchildren, Jack Anderson, Cape Coral, Fla., Ken Anderson, Florida, Regina Anderson-Doyle, Jefferson, and Brent Anderson, Tucker; three great-grandchildren, Tristan Anderson, California, Jessica Mary Hill, Jefferson, and Sydney Monroe Anderson, Tucker.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Jefferson, 104 Lee Street, Jefferson, GA 30549.
The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church of Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003

Louise
‘Boo Boo’ Duke
Miss Louise “Boo Boo” Duke, 81, of Jefferson, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Miss Duke was a daughter of the late Dave and Lollie Lyle Duke.
She was retired from Georgia Power and had worked for the Bell Bomber Lockheed Aircraft Plant in Marietta. Miss Duke was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and a member of the UMW.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include one brother, Jack Duke, Jefferson; one sister, Jane Segars, Jefferson; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 12, 2003


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