Jackson County Obituaries...

MARCH 26, 2003

Allene L. Porter
Mrs. Allene Langford Porter, 100, of Jefferson, author, farmer, teacher and long-time columnist for The Jackson Herald, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at her residence following a brief illness.
Born October 1, 1902, in Jackson County, Mrs. Porter was a daughter of the late James Bradley “Doc” and Lula Victoria Hancock Langford.
She was a retired school teacher, having served many schools in Jackson County, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson and Holly Springs United Methodist Church, Pendergrass. Mrs. Porter also was a member of the Woman’s Club of Jefferson, the Jolly Agers, AARP and the Senior Citizens Center.
Her columns were regulars in the social pages of The Jackson Herald for close to 50 years. She wrote the Dry Pond community news at first and then a “Looking Back” column. She included memories of growing up in the Holly Springs community, living and working on her family’s farm and teaching school. Her last column was printed in the April 26, 2000, edition. In that column, she reflected on her “ramblings in the woods with my brothers,” including climbing tall saplings and “riding them down” to the ground.
Some of her other topics through the years have been about her experiences as the sixth child and first girl in a family of 12; her early school days at Plainview in 1910; homemade entertainment; seeing an automobile for the first time; having one pair of shoes and going barefoot much of the time as a child; her early teaching days at Diamond Hill School near Gillsville; and teaching first and second graders and, later, third and fourth graders, at the Dry Pond School after she married Carl Floyd Porter in 1938 and moved to the community.
Mrs. Porter is also known for her books, “I Remember Model-T Days” and “Model-T Days and More.”
After high school, Mrs. Porter furthered her education at North Georgia College and the University of Georgia, returning to Jackson County to teach elementary school students when she was just 17 years old. After her marriage and the birth of her daughters, Mrs. Porter left teaching to devote herself to her family.
After her husband’s death, she took over his farming operation and business.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Martin, and eight brothers, J.B. Langford, Edgar Langford, Clyde Langford, Hoyt Langford, Egbert Langford, Roscoe Langford, Royce Langford and Dick Langford.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Holly Springs United Methodist Church with the Revs. James McLendon, Phil Williams and Bob Lewis officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mike Isbell, Ben Langford, Dwight Langford, Richard Langford, Billy Martin and Larry Sailors served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Loggins, Jack Seabolt and Scott Snare.
Mrs. Porter is survived by two daughters, Carlene Porter Loggins and Jennie Porter Snare, both of Jefferson; one sister, Mary Nelle Isbell, Talmo; one brother, Grady Langford, Gillsville; grandchildren, Carl and Sabrina Loggins, Hope and April Loggins, Jon and Marla Loggins, Brad and Samantha Loggins and Ann Snare; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Holly Springs United Methodist Church Building Fund, 7441 Holly Springs Road, Pendergrass, GA 30567.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

Velva T. Blackstock
Mrs. Velva Tanner Blackstock, 87, of Talmo, died Friday, March 21, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mrs. Blackstock was the daughter of the late Moses Skelton and Elizabeth Cash Tanner.
She was a dietitian with Talmo School, North Jackson School and Gainesville College and was a member of Talmo Baptist Church. Mrs. Blackstock was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Blackstock.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Talmo Baptist Church with the Revs. Verno Grimes, Mark Spence and Charles Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Sewell and Mary Grace Blackstock, Talmo; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Tracy Gross, Dallas, Texas; son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Jim and Jan Henderson, Talmo; sister, Mrs. Hester Brooks, Pendergrass; grandchildren, Tommy and Tammy Blackstock, Cynthia and Ronnie Williams, Susan and Jeff Barkley, Millie and Mark Love, Michelle and Jeff Jaeger and Stephen South; great-grandchildren, Kodi and Kelli Blackstock, Charlie and Tanner Williams, McKenna, Chandler and Jackson Barkley and Jordan Ladd; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Alice Tanner, Mrs. Lurlene Tanner and Mrs. Mildred Wallace; and a number of nieces, nephews, relatives and a lifetime of good friends.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

Annie R. Irvin
Mrs. Annie Ruth Irvin, of Athens, died Monday, March 17, 2003.
Mrs. Irvin was born in Jackson County on January 19, 1913, a daughter of George Norman and Cora Brown Breazeale.
She was a homemaker and had been a member of Green Acres Baptist Church since 1963.
“She enjoyed a full, happy life and took great pride in reaching the milestone of her 90th birthday in January, 2003,” said family members.
Mrs. Irvin was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edgar Irvin, in 1978, two brothers, Elmer and Charlie Breazeale, and a sister, Louise Hutson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Revs. Don Leaptrott and Fred Rowell officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include a son, Dr. T. Rick Irvin, Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Barry Still, Denver, N.C.; grandchildren, Tracy and Will Bates, Huntersville, N.C., and Tommy and Saralyn Still, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Kenon and Karley Bates, Huntersville, N.C.; brother, Harry Breazeale, Decatur; and sisters, Thelma Sampoyna, Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Mary Ramsey, Helendale, Calif.
Memorials may be made in remembrance of Annie Ruth Irvin to Green Acres Baptist Church, 2085 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

Thomas J. McMullan
Thomas Jenkins McMullan, 72, of Jefferson, died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Towns County on June 28, 1930, Mr. McMullan was a son of the late J.L. and Ethel Jenkins McMullan.
He retired as president of First Federal Savings & Loan and was of the Methodist denomination. Mr. McMullan was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during World War II, and was an avid golfer.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Mr. McMullan is survived by his wife, Faye Knott McMullan, Jefferson; daughters, Teri F. McMullan, Jefferson, and Gay M. Truelove, Murrayville; brothers, Jimmy McMullan, Dublin, Pat McMullan, Roswell, and Joe McMullan, Talmo; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Suite B2, Athens, GA 30605.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

Elizabeth S. Peck
Miss Elizabeth Sara Peck, 22, of Maysville, died Thursday, March 20, 2003, of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Miss Peck was the daughter of Eddie Peck, Maysville, and the late Ruby Carter Peck.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jesse Mealor officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include her step-mother, Debra Peck, Maysville; maternal grandmother, Sadie Carter, Hoschton; step-brother, Kenneth Bryson, Homer; and step-sisters, Sandy King, Maryville, Tenn., and Michelle Bryson, Maysville.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

James
‘Jim’ Wheeler
James Henry “Jim” Wheeler, 66, of Lithia Springs, died Monday, March 24, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Wheeler was a son of the late Jueth Gordon and Marelle Hulsey Wheeler.
He was a 1972 graduate of Berry College and was a member of Lithia Springs Assembly of God. Mr. Wheeler served in the U.S. Air Force.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at New Liberty United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Cowan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Wheeler is survived by his wife, Martha Cronic Wheeler, Lithia Springs; daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Shane Wilson, Lithia Springs; brother, J.G. “Dirk” Wheeler, Braselton; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Georgia Alzheimer’s Foundation, 1841 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

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Mary C. Timms
Mrs. Mary C. Timms, 76, of Maysville, formerly of Gwinnett County, died Thursday, March 13, 2003.
Mrs. Timms was a native of Banks County. She was a homemaker and attended Welcome All Congregational Holiness Church, Norcross.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth Chapel.
Mrs. Timms is survived by two sons, Troy Timms, Sugar Hill, and Johnny Timms, Maysville; four daughters, Pat Hart, Comer, Cathy Pines and Judy Sanders, both of Sugar Hill, and Sherry Evans, Pageland, S.C.; one brother, Calvin Crocker, Lula; two sisters, Nora Groover, Commerce, and Cara Mae Edison, Dacula; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Bill Head Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

Wylie Bell
Wylie Bell, 79, of Hoschton, died Sunday, March 23, 2003.
Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, March 27, at New Hope A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Vonshurii Wrighten officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Bell is survived by his wife, Catherine Bell, Hoschton; and two sisters, Nora Finch, Hoschton, and Leora Hughey, Lithonia.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

Wanda L. Carter
Miss Wanda Lynn Carter, 32, of Statham, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Winder Health Care.
Miss Carter was born August 6, 1970, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of Maxie Lee Carter, Statham, and the late Mary Frances Cromer Carter.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to her father, Miss Carter is survived by a brother, David Carter, Statham; and sisters, Debra Brock, Statham, and Brenda Palmer, Braselton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Winder Health Care & Rehab Center Activity Department, 588 May Street, Winder, GA 30680.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

Juanita A. Moore
‘Sister’
Miss Juanita Allene Moore, 46, of Poinciana, Fla., died Monday, March 17, 2003, at her residence following a brief illness.
Miss Moore was born November 25, 1956, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Tom Ross and Asleen Matthews Moore.
She was a health care worker in Kissimmee, Fla.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 21, in the Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Miss Moore is survived by three sisters, Glenda Conwell, Greer, S.C., Betty Freeman, Nicholson, and Carol Walker, Panama City Beach, Fla.; and five brothers, David Moore, Danielsville, Doug Moore, Nicholson, and H.T. Moore, James Moore and Ronnie Moore, all of Athens.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

Annie R. Sims
Mrs. Annie Reed Sims, 73, of Gillsville, died Friday, March 21, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Sims was born March 17, 1930, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Dillard and Annie Lee Ferguson Morris.
She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Chris Humphries and Ray Newman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Sims is survived by her husband, John Sims, Gillsville; son, Nathan Sims, Gillsville; daughters, Jan Hulsey, Flowery Branch, and Joyce Miller, Gillsville; brothers, Benny Morris, Gillsville, and James Morris, Center; and four grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003
Ethel I. Loyd
Mrs. Ethel Iola Helton Loyd, 67, of Winder, died Sunday, March 23, 2003.
Born in Jackson, Madison County, Tenn., Mrs. Loyd was a daughter of the late Haynes H. and Mary Louise Clarke Helton, and the wife of Jerry Austin Loyd.
She had been employed with Johns Bottoms Garment Co. and attended Faith Baptist Church. Mrs. Loyd belonged to the Dixie Cruisers Car Club.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Chris Yancey officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Hillcrest Cemetery, Jackson, Madison County, Tenn.
Mrs. Loyd is survived by two daughters, Teresa Groome, Jefferson, and Patricia Jordan, Jackson, Tenn.; one brother, Ernest Helton, Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Susie Dudley, Jackson, Tenn., and Dorothy Glover, Winder; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003

Jerry A. Loyd
Jerry Austin Loyd, 68, of Winder, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003.
Mr. Loyd was born in Humbolt, Crockett County, Tenn., a son of the late Sanford and Autrey Ashmore Loyd. He was the husband of Ethel Iola Helton Loyd.
Mr. Loyd retired from Oxford Transportation and was a member of the Dixie Cruisers Car Club and the Gold Wing Club.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Chris Yancey officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Hillcrest Cemetery, Jackson, Madison County, Tenn.
Mr. Loyd is survived by two daughters, Teresa Groome, Jefferson, and Patricia Jordan, Jackson, Tenn.; three brothers, Wayne Loyd and Ronnie Loyd, both of Virginia Beach, and Murlin Loyd, Huntinton, Tenn.; one sister, Peggy Wilson, Pinson, Tenn.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 26, 2003


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