Jackson County Obituaries...

MARCH 19, 2003

Jerry L. Barnes
Jerry Loyd Barnes, 44, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, following a sudden illness.
Born June 25, 1958, in Texas, Mr. Barnes was a son of J.L. Barnes, Tom Bean, Texas, and the late Modena Attaberry Barnes.
He was employed as a truck driver.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, at Mr. Barnes’ residence with the Rev. Curtis Lee Hammond officiating. Burial was in Leonard, Texas.
In addition to his father, Mr. Barnes is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Barnes, Jefferson; four sons, Brandon Barnes, Oklahoma, Chris Bradley and Chris Hardigree, both of Jefferson, and Eric Bruce, Tom Bean, Texas; three daughters, Tina Bruce Bruce, Tom Bean, Texas, and Angela Hardigree and Jammie Hardigree, both of Jefferson; one brother, Danny Barnes, Leonard, Texas; one sister, Sherrie Degormos, Sherman, Texas; and 11 grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Imogene V. Patterson
Mrs. Imogene Velda Patterson, 77, of Com-merce, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at her residence following a brief illness.
Mrs. Patterson was a daughter of the late Johnce and Mattie Davis McGill. She was the widow of Oscar Patterson.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Steven Horne and Harold Crawford officiating. Burial was in the Bold Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include nephews, Edward McGill, Ty McGill and Casey McGill, all of Commerce, and Paul McGill, Athens; and niece, Annette Carey, Royston.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Gladys
‘Dell’ Mangum
Mrs. Gladys “Dell” Mangum, 74, of Gainesville, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Mangum was born April 8, 1928, in Floyd County. She was a daughter of the late Gilbert and Lydia Watkins McDougald, and was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Mangum.
Mrs. Mangum was a homemaker and a member of Sugar Hill Baptist Church, Gainesville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial was in the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Dyer and Sandra Ivie, both of Gainesville; two sons, Gilbert Lee Mangum, Gainesville, and Chris Marvin Mangum, Habersham Mills; one sister, Betty Jean Humphries, Gainesville; one brother, Joseph William McDougald, Commerce; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Nathaniel A. Westmoreland
Nathaniel A. Westmoreland, 26, of Nicholson, died Friday, March 14, 2003.
Mr. Westmoreland was born May 6, 1976, in Hall County, a son of Christopher and Jenny Lord Westmoreland, Nicholson.
He was employed in waterline construction and was of the Methodist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Center Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Westmoreland is survived by two brothers, Joseph C. Westmoreland and Noah A. Westmoreland, both of Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Luther
‘Reeves’ Thomas
Luther “Reeves” Thomas, 100, of Commerce, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Thomas was born September 3, 1902, in Madison County, a son of the late Ollie and Lou Smith Thomas.
He was a retired row crop farmer and a member of Erastus Christian Church. Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Hughes Thomas.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Odell Thomas, Commerce; one daughter, Mozelle Dabbs, Commerce; one brother, Howell Thomas, Commerce; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Doris Nabers
Mrs. Doris Clementine Nabers, 73, of Athens, died Friday, March 14, 2003.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Nabers was a daughter of the late James Carl and Eunice Clementine Prickett Sparks. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Nabers, a daughter, Marsha Nabers, and two brothers, James Sparks and Bob Sparks.
Mrs. Nabers was a member of Forest Heights Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, with the Rev. Leigh Sparks, niece of Mrs. Nabers, and the Rev. Mike Ricks officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Brantley Davis, Matthew Davis, Jimmy Sparks, Drew Sparks, Darrell McGinnis and Sam Cutler served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Jeff Davis, Athens; sisters, Sylvia Sewell, Carnesville, and Kathleen McGinnis, Commerce; brothers, Donald Sparks, Kennesaw, David Sparks, Jonesboro, and Bill Sparks, Doraville; grandchildren, Brantley Davis, Hannah Davis and Matthew Davis; great-grandchildren, Lee Davis and Whit Davis; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Briarwood Baptist Church Youth Mission Trips.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

James E. Buice
James Edward Buice, 48, of Winder, died Friday, March 14, 2003.
Mr. Buice was a son of William J. Buice, Elberton, and the late Jeanette Breault.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 17, in Smith’s Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder.
In addition to his father, Mr. Buice is survived by two daughters, Jamie Fogle and Georgia Buice, both of Winder; one sister, Nancy Smith, Jefferson; two brothers, William “Billy” Buice, Winder, and Timothy Buice, Columbia, S.C.; one step-brother, Brian Cash, Commerce; one step-sister, Jennifer Mitchell, Duluth; and five grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Louise M. Palmisano
Mrs. Helen Louise Mize Galloway Palmisano, 92, of Athens, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at St. Mary’s Long Term Care.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Palmisano was a daughter of the late Frances Patterson “Bud” and Toccoa Ward Mize.
She lived in Athens most of her life and was retired from Add Drug Store, where she was known and loved by the many lunch counter customers, it was stated.
Mrs. Palmisano was a long time member of Central Baptist Church and more recently Prince Avenue Baptist Church. She had also been a resident of Lanier Gardens for seven years.
Mrs. Palmisano was preceded in death by her first husband, Dawson D. Galloway, her second husband, Leonard A. Palmisano, two brothers, Charlie Mize and Paul Mize, and three sisters, Willie Mize, Ruth Mize Conley and Mary Mize Pierce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Luther Fouche officiating.
Survivors include nephews and nieces, Joe and Pam Mize, Athens, Connie Wilson, Beth Pierce, Billie Jo Wilson, Mary Frances Delamater and Matt Mize, all of Commerce, Joy Harris, S. Pittsburgh, Tenn., Jann Leverett, Lincolnton, Bobby Conley, Franklin, N.C., and Eddie Galloway, Nicholson; sister-in-law, Viola Galloway Ellison, Athens; 19 great-nieces and nephews and 20 great-great-nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Prince Avenue Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1112, Athens, GA 30603, or to the Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, 120 Florida Ave., Athens, GA 30605.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Willie J. McLendon
Mrs. Willie Jewel McLen-don, 84, of Commerce, died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. McLendon was a daughter of the late Willie and Rosa Lee Davis. She was the widow of Bill McLendon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Doug Duncan and Andy Bond officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Jimmy McLendon, Robert McLendon, Albert McLendon and Tommy McLendon, all of Commerce; one sister, Sara Culpepper, Commerce; 8 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Hiram Williamson
Hiram L. Williamson, of Jackson County, died Saturday, March 15, 2003.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Hurricane Grove Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Revs. Morris Atkism and Jerry David officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Williamson is survived by eight children, four sisters and four brothers.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

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Addie L. Aldridge
Mrs. Addie Lou Aldridge, 91, of Auburn, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Aldridge was the daughter of the late William Ed and Cammie Baird Stewart. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theo Aldridge, in 2001.
Mrs. Aldridge was a retired seamstress, and prior to her death was the oldest living member of Bethabra Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 14, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Terry Hawkins officiating. Burial was in the Bethabra Baptist Church Cemetery. Ken Aldridge, Chris Aldridge, Bo Aldridge, Buddy Stone, Wayne Aldridge and Ray Bramlett served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Charles Green, Orlando, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Sue Aldridge, Auburn; brother, Herbert Stewart, Waynesboro; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Bethabra Baptist Church Building Fund, 1054 Old Thompson Mill Road, Hoschton, GA 30548.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Mary L. Hall
Mrs. Mary L. Hall, 76, of Oakwood, died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Hall was a native of Carroll County. She was a homemaker and a member of Pinecrest Baptist Church.
Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Hall.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the chapel of McDonald & Son Hillside Chapel, Gainesville. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include her daughters, Nelia Turner, Gastonia, N.C., Pam Davis, Oakwood, Cindy Wood, Jefferson, and June Quattlebaum, Oakwood; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
McDonald & Son Hillside Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Fran Black
Mrs. Frances Mae “Fran” Black, of Hull, died Saturday, March 15, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Black was a daughter of the late Clarence and Effie Meadow Brewer.
She was a retired security guard for Oxford Security and was of the Holiness denomination. Mrs. Black was preceded in death by a daughter, Frankie Greene.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Wayne Wills officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Harold Vaughn Greene, Monroe, Ray Mattox, Commerce, and Vernon McDonald, Winterville; two daughters, Deborah Dubin, Florida, and Charlotte Compton, Sandy Cross; two brothers, Joel Sorrow, Elberton, and Quincy Sorrow, Winterville; two sisters, Joyce Pursley, Winder, and Rosa Lee Brooks, Arnoldsville; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Oglethorpe-Madison County Animal Shelter.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Marjorie Cofield
Mrs. Marjorie Cofield, 58, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on June 26, 1944, Mrs. Cofield had lived in Hall County since 1962. She was a homemaker and a member of Oakgrove Baptist Church.
Mrs. Cofield was preceded in death by her father, Lonnie Craig, and a brother, Henry Craig.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Center Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Earl Pirkle and Brian Malcomb officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Cofield is survived by her husband, Clifford “Shorty” Cofield, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Phillips David and Brenda Cofield, Gainesville; grandchildren, Josh, Justin, Kayla and Kory Cofield; her mother and step-father, Sarah and Raymond Church, Hoschton; brothers, Johnny Craig, Clarkesville, and Tim Craig, Cornelia; and sister, Carolyn Porter, Jefferson.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

William B.
‘Dub’ Minish
William Berry “Dub” Minish, 88, of Commerce, died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Minish was born in Jackson County on October 10, 1914. He was a son of the late R.A. and Cammie Segars Minish.
Mr. Minish was a retired brick mason and a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge #294 F&AM.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Minish is survived by his wife, Agatha Minish, Commerce; son, Wilburn Minish, Atlanta; daughters, Jestean Faulkner and Beverly Milford, both of Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Wilma and Thurmond Alewine, Athens, and Wanda and Robert Purcell, Lilburn; brothers, Frances Minish and Jake Minish, both of Commerce; sisters, Sarah Holden, Greensboro, N.C., Dorothy Pritchett, Anderson, S.C., and Jane Williams, Lakemont; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Ed Shorpshire, Atlanta.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce, 1345 South Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529, or to the Vista Care Foundation, 767 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, GA 30606.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003

Clifton S. Kinney
Clifton S. Kinney, 86, of Statham, died Thursday, March 13, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Kinney was a son of the late James Steven and Emma Lacome Kinney.
He was the retired owner and operator of a grocery store.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Kinney is survived by his wife, Dorothy “Nell” Kinney, Statham; daughter, Phyllis Bettis, Statham; grandchildren, Tabitha and Oliver Bettis; and several nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003


Earle Toney
Francis Earle Toney, 86, of Athens, died Sunday, March 16, 2003.
A native of Spartanburg, S.C., Mr. Toney was a son of the late J. Foster and Corrie Lowe Toney.
He was a retired insurance salesman with Life and Casualty Insurance Company and a member of Christian Life Worship Center, where he had led the choir, served as a deacon and taught Sunday School for over 30 years. Mr. Toney was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Christian Life Worship Center with the Rev. John Ingham officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Mr. Toney is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Harrison Toney; son and daughter-in-law, Myron and Judy Toney, Greenwood, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Stanley Strickland, Watkinsville; brother, Louie Toney, Elberton; step-brothers, Alva Ray and Hollis Ray, both of Jefferson, and Bernard Ray, Columbia, S.C.; step-sister, Doris Gooch, Commerce; grandchildren, Glenn and Donna Toney, Royston, Melody and Todd Jones, Greenwood, S.C., Jennifer and Chris Lancaster, Athens, and Barry Strickland, Watkinsville; great-grandchildren, April and Bethany Toney, Royston, and Graham and Julianna Jones, Greenwood, S.C.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, 155 Oglethorpe Ave. #200C, Athens, GA 30606.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 19, 2003


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