Jackson County Obituaries...

APRIL 2, 2003

Virginia H. Peck
Mrs. Virginia Harper Peck, 81, of Watkinsville, died Friday, March 28, 2003.
A native of Morgan County, Mrs. Peck was a daughter of the late Austin Fred and Fannie Studdard Harper, and the wife of the late John A. Peck.
Mrs. Peck was a longtime resident of Oconee County, where she was a homemaker and a member of Freeman Creek Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Jessie, Shirley, Lou and Newton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, with the Revs. Durell Rice and Charles Giles officiating. Burial was in the Freeman Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Peck’s grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers. Members of the Oconee County Volunteer Fire Department served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include children and spouses, J.A. and Laverne Peck, Athens, John Douglas and Judy Peck, Colbert, Walter and Janice Peck, Commerce, Evelyn and Earl Helms, Madison, and Kenneth Peck, Jerry and Jerri Lynn Peck and Cynthia and Bobby Butler, all of Watkinsville; sisters, Frances Brown, Social Circle, Addie Ruth Harper, Hazel Craft and Willie Mae Carson, all of Bogart, and Martha Carter, Statham; brother, A.W. Harper, Boaz, Ala.; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Freeman Creek Baptist Church or the Cemetery Fund.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

Billie Hamrick
Mrs. Billie Hamrick, 92, of St. Ranger, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, in Peachtree City.
Mrs. Hamrick was born in Jackson County on February 26, 1911. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Essie Garrison Lord.
Mrs. Hamrick was a lifelong resident of Gordon County and was the postmaster in Ranger for over 20 years. She was a member of Ranger United Methodist Church and past president of the Georgia Chapter #43 of the N.A.P.U.S. Post Masters.
Mrs. Hamrick was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Fain Hamrick, in 1963.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, in the chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Hanna officiating. Burial was in Fain Cemetery, Calhoun. Mrs. Hamrick’s nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Pat Hamrick, Brooks; brother, Homer Lord, Athens; grandchild, Janet Lynn Batten; and great-grandchildren, Tricia Ann and Nathan Stephen Batten.
Thomas Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

Irene F. Williams
Mrs. Irene Faye Faulk Williams, 52, of Lavonia, died Sunday, March 30, 2003.
Mrs. Williams was a native of Lake Charles, La. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Williams Sr.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Robert Garrett and the Rev. Dr. Larry Finger officiating. Burial was in the Bible Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Candy Harris, Bowersville; sons, Robert Williams, Lavonia, and Gerald Williams, Jefferson; brothers, Elwin Faulk and Billy Faulk, both of Longville, La., and Haywood Faulk, Lafayette, La.; and seven grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

Bertie L. Brooks
Mrs. Bertie Lee Adams Brooks, 100, of Elberton, formerly of Maysville, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at Elbert Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Brooks was born March 6, 1903, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Gus and Dessie Reynolds Adams.
She was a homemaker and a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Brooks, a daughter, Frances Brooks, and a number of brothers.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Rev. Robert Scruton officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mrs. Brooks is survived by a son, James Roy Brooks, Maysville; a daughter, Louise B. Irvin, Elberton; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

Joseph
L. Fields
Joseph Lewis Fields, 61, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born April 18, 1941, in Jackson County, Mr. Fields was a son of the late Sylvester B. Fields and Evie Doretta Taylor Kesler.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was employed as a tower operator for Westinghouse Co. in Athens. Mr. Fields was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Fields.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Curtis Hammond officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Danny Akers, David Akers, Woody Brown, Benji Fields, Chuck Roberts and Dennis Roberts will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Fields is survived by his wife, Sara Frances Fields, Nicholson; daughters, Lisa Cash and Sandy Norris, both of Nicholson, Lisa Gillespie, Commerce, Lynn Norman, Hull, Jolene Peters, Athens, Amanda Reed, Jefferson, and Sissy Richardson, Westminster, S.C.; brothers, Charles Fields, Nicholson, and Wayne Fields, Lexington; and seven grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

Marie Roberts
Mrs. Lily Marie Shelton Roberts, 26, of Royston, died Thursday, March 27, 2003.
Mrs. Roberts was born November 21, 1976, in Clayton County.
She was a daughter of Charles and Rose Blount Shelton, Griffin, and the mother of the late Joseph Michael Roberts.
Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with the Rev. Leon Brown officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Roberts is survived by her husband, Joseph Roberts, Royston; brother, Joey Shelton, Griffin; sisters, Becki Henley, Griffin, and Debbie Roberts, Carnesville; and grandparents, Joe and Jean Blount, Stockbridge.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003


Michael Roberts
Joseph Michael Roberts, 8, of Royston, died Thursday, March 27, 2003.
Michael was born in Jackson County on November 5, 1994. He was the son of Joseph Roberts, Royston, and the late Lillie Marie Shelton Roberts.
Michael was a second grader at Providence Academy and was active in the Commerce Pee-Wee Baseball League.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Alto Congregational Holiness Church with the Rev. Leon Brown officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include his grandparents, George and Wyvonia Bryson, Homer, and Charles and Rose Shelton, Griffin; and great-grandparents, Joe and Jean Blount, Stockbridge, Dessie Davis, Griffin, and Betty Bryson, Cumming.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

Cleater J. Meaders
Cleater James Meaders, of Warner Robins, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003.
Mr. Meaders was born May 12, 1921, in White County. He was a son of James Meaders Sr. and Lilly Glover Meaders.
Mr. Meaders retired from Robins Air Force Base in 1979. He served in the U.S. Air Force with the Flying Tigers from 1943 to 1946, and in the Korean Conflict in 1951. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Asbury Sunday School Class and a member of the Masonic Order for over 50 years.
A nationally known potter, Mr. Meaders served as a Smithsonian Museum representative for the Georgia Folk Arts Display at the 1996 US Olympics in Atlanta. His art works are on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Arts and Science, the University of Georgia Museum and the Atlanta History Center. A number of books have been published featuring Mr. Meaders’ art. For 20 years, Mr. Meaders demonstrated his craft at the Mossy Creek Festival in Houston County.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 3, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial will be at 4:30 p.m. in Loudsville Cemetery, Cleveland.
Mr. Meaders is survived by his wife, Billie Webb Meaders, Warner Robins; children, Karan and Dr. John Slaughter, Mobile, Ala., Janna and Steve Gray, Perry, and Cleater and Ann Meaders, Hoschton; sister, Virgie Black, Cleveland; grandchildren, Dru and Paige Slaughter, Melanie and Kenneth Dreibelbis, Lena Ashley and Kevin Jackson, Adam Gray, Ashley Janna Gray, Clay Meaders and Cole Meaders; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, 129 South Houston Road, Warner Robins, GA 31088, or to the Loudsville Methodist Campground, Cleveland, GA 30528.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home, Warner Robins.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

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Sara E. Webb
Mrs. Sara Elizabeth Webb, of Mt. Airy, formerly of Maysville, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Webb was a daughter of the late P.D. and Clara Bell Cotton, and the wife of the late Woodrow Webb.
She was a member of Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church, Clarkesville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Grove Level Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Garroutte and Linda Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include five sons, Melvin Webb and Perry Webb, both of Winder, Richard Webb and John Webb, both of Gainesville, and Paul Webb, Maysville; two daughters, Carolyn Joyce, Clarkesville, and Elaine Webb, Baldwin; three brothers, Bill Cotton, Marietta, Butch Cotton, Homer, and Charles Cotton, Nicholson; and four sisters, Grace Crane, Maysville, and Pat Crane, Jo Wilbanks and Judy Wilson, all of Homer; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

Mozelle S. Lord
Mrs. Mozelle Sarah Lord, 65, of Commerce, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Lord was a daughter of the late William Harrison and Chester Parr Seay.
She was a retired school bus driver and para-professional for the Commerce City School System and was a member of Harmony Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Jerry Payne and Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Lord is survived by her husband, Paul Lord, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Toby Evans, Laura and Steve Boswell and Lisa Black, all of Commerce; grandchildren, Brandi Morrison, Dusty Black and Blakeley Whitmire, all of Commerce, and Carter Boswell, Denver, Colo.; brothers, Fred Seay, Gainesville, and Joseph Seay, Maysville; and sisters, Lucille Jacks, Maysville, and Mary Sue King, Bonaire.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

John
A. Peck
John A. Peck, 84, of Watkinsville, died Friday, March 28, 2003.
A native of Morgan County, Mr. Peck was a son of the late Joseph Emory and Pearl Lou Harper Peck, and the husband of Virginia Harper Peck.
Mr. Peck was a longtime resident of Oconee County, where he was a former school board member, and was instrumental in starting the South Oconee Volunteer Fire Department. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Mr. Peck retired from Westinghouse, was a farmer and a member of Freeman Creek Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and song leader. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Horace and Vernon, and a sister, Hilda.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, with the Revs. Durell Rice and Charles Giles officiating. Burial was in the Freeman Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Peck’s grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers. Members of the Oconee County Volunteer Fire Department served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include children and spouses, J.A. and Laverne Peck, Athens, John Douglas and Judy Peck, Colbert, Walter and Janice Peck, Commerce, Evelyn and Earl Helms, Madison, and Kenneth Peck, Jerry and Jerri Lynn Peck and Cynthia and Bobby Butler, all of Watkinsville; sisters, Edith Whitehead, Watkinsville, and Mary Anna Paulson, Ringgold; brothers, A.C. Peck, Watkinsville, and Fred Peck, Athens; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Freeman Creek Baptist Church or the Cemetery Fund.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003


Billie Hamrick
Mrs. Billie Hamrick, 92, of St. Ranger, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, in Peachtree City.
Mrs. Hamrick was born in Jackson County on February 26, 1911. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Essie Garrison Lord.
Mrs. Hamrick was a lifelong resident of Gordon County and was the postmaster in Ranger for over 20 years. She was a member of Ranger United Methodist Church and past president of the Georgia Chapter #43 of the N.A.P.U.S. Post Masters.
Mrs. Hamrick was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Fain Hamrick, in 1963.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, in the chapel of Thomas Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Hanna officiating. Burial was in Fain Cemetery, Calhoun. Mrs. Hamrick’s nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Pat Hamrick, Brooks; brother, Homer Lord, Athens; grandchild, Janet Lynn Batten; and great-grandchildren, Tricia Ann and Nathan Stephen Batten.
Thomas Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

Irene F. Williams
Mrs. Irene Faye Faulk Williams, 52, of Lavonia, died Sunday, March 30, 2003.
Mrs. Williams was a native of Lake Charles, La. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Williams Sr.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Robert Garrett and the Rev. Dr. Larry Finger officiating. Burial was in the Bible Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Candy Harris, Bowersville; sons, Robert Williams, Lavonia, and Gerald Williams, Jefferson; brothers, Elwin Faulk and Billy Faulk, both of Longville, La., and Haywood Faulk, Lafayette, La.; and seven grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

Mina F. Evans
Mrs. Mina Foster Evans, 82, of Snellville, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at New London Health Care.
Mrs. Evans was born April 11, 1920, in Buncombe County, N.C. She was a daughter of the late Chester and Zelma Presley Foster. Mrs. Evans retired from Scientific Atlanta and was a member of Tucker Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas Evans.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Joe Hardy officiating.
Survivors include one son, Darrell Thomas Evans, Snellville; three sisters, Darlene Camp and Frances Millican, both of Forrest Park, and Gladys Edwards, Jefferson; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003

Rev. Paul
E. Freeman
The Rev. Paul Edwin Freeman, 84, of Statham, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003.
Born in Barrow County, the Rev. Freeman was a son of the late Clifford and Sarah Sims Freeman.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served as former pastor of Calvary Baptist Church and Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. The Rev. Freeman retired from General Services Administration and was a member of Calvary Baptist.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Ronnie Healan officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
The Rev. Freeman is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lona Page Freeman, Statham; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Will H. Byrd, Columbia, S.C.; daughter, Janice Hart, Bogart; brother, Charles Freeman, Jefferson; sisters, Eunice Segars, Athens, and Lucy Korten, Seattle, Wash.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 2, 2003



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