Jackson County Obituaries...

APRIL 9, 2003

Elmer R. Martin
Elmer Roy Martin, 71, of Jefferson, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at his son’s residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Martin was born May 25, 1931, in Jackson County. He was the son of the late John and Selic Whitlock Martin.
Mr. Martin worked as a forklift operator with John Manville Corp. and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Chris Segars officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Rosie Martin, Jefferson; three daughters, Brenda Faulkner and Arlene Martin, both of Jefferson, and Wanda Jones, Statham; one son, Johnny Martin, Commerce; three sisters, Ruby Bagwell and Evelyn Davis, both of Jefferson, and Johnnie Carithers, Florida; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Martha A. Blackstock
Mrs. Martha Ann Blackstock, 51, of Hoschton, died Saturday, April 5, 2003.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mrs. Blackstock was the daughter of Marie K. Apel Davidson, Hoschton, and Wilburn N. Davidson, Mississippi.
She was employed as office manager of Twilight Construction Co. and attended St. Mary’s and St. Martha’s Episcopal Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Smith’s Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Blackstock is survived by her husband, John Michael Blackstock, Hoschton; and two children, Justin Blackstock, Hoschton, and Chris Cronic, Athens.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, or to the American Heart Association.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Carolyn S. Moon
Mrs. Carolyn S. Moon, 74, of Loganville, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003.
Mrs. Moon retired as a postal worker after 11 years with the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of Homer United Methodist Church.
“A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs. Moon enjoyed camping and farming on their old homeplace in Banks County,” said family members. “She also enjoyed traveling and staying active in her senior group, such as her Senior Citizen Bingo Group.”
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in the chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville, with the Revs. James McLendon and Fred Bedingfield officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Loganville.
Mrs. Moon is survived by her husband, L.T. Moon, Loganville; sons and daughters-in-law, Sam and Anne Moon, Homer, and Steve and Beverly Moon, Loganville; sister, Connie Hodges, Winter Park, Fla.; grandchildren, Matthew and Daphne Moon, Maysville, Samantha Moon, Fayetteville, N.C., Tanya Moon, Loganville, and Steven and Kelly Moon, Suwanee; great-grandchildren, Tyler Moon and Emily Moon, both of Maysville; and many nieces and nephews.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Mary L. Sims
Mrs. Mary Louise Gillispie Sims, 46, of Jefferson, formerly of Franklin County, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Sims was a daughter of the late Herman and Thelma Gillispie, and the wife of the late Larry Sims.
She was a housewife and an active member of Bush River Baptist Church, Maysville.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Bush River Baptist Church with the Rev. Julius Mack, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three children, Tina Starks, LaFredrick Gillispie and Nakenia Sims, all of Jefferson; five sisters, Lula Little, Pearl Gillispie and Betty Gillispie, all of Jefferson, Francine Collins, Athens, and Detra Watson, Winder; one brother, Jewell Gillispie, Jefferson; and five grandchildren.
Forestglen Mortuary, Inc., Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

John R. Parten
John R. Parten, 84, of Bethlehem, died Friday, April 4, 2003.
Born in Oglethorpe County, Mr. Parten was the son of the late John W. Parten and Eula Jane Dunagan Parten.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Parten was a carpenter and retired from Piedmont Builders. He was a member of Bethlehem First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jack Segars officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Parten is survived by his wife, Alvor K. Parten, Bethlehem; son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Rena Parten, Bethlehem; sister, Berthaleen Duck, Braselton; granddaughter, Tam Mull, Bethlehem; and great-grandson, Trenton Mull, Bethlehem.
Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or to the American Heart Association.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Ethel B. Routh
Mrs. Ethel B. Routh, 97, of Maysville, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Franklin County, N.C., Mrs. Routh was the daughter of the late Jerome and Mary Elizabeth Ball, and the wife of the late J.J. Routh.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Jack L. Routh, J. Edward Routh and Robert L. Routh.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Shannon Hills Chapel with the Rev. Charles Crawford officiating. Burial was in Gulford Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Cleta M. Noller, Maysville, and Nona L. Byrd, Brown Summit, N.C.; and many, many grandchildren and many, many great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of local arrangements, with Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home in charge of arrangements in Greensboro, N.C.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Paul Flowers
Paul Flowers, 60, of Baldwin, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native of Tennessee, Mr. Flowers was born October 30, 1942, a son of the late Wesley Thomas and Pauline Colley Flowers.
He received his masters degree in education from the University of Georgia and taught in the Jackson County School System for a number of years. He was also owner and operator of School Factory, a school supply company.
Mr. Flowers was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Conflict and was a member of the Cornelia Church of Christ.
“He gave more to life than he took from it,” said family members. “He will be woefully missed by friends and family, but mostly by his beloved son and wife.”
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with Ron Cope officiating.
Mr. Flowers is survived by his wife, Sara Stephens Flowers, Baldwin; son, Jason Flowers, Baldwin; step-son, Mickey Reynolds, Athens; step-daughter, Penny Nuss, Athens; sister, Paulette Flowers, Nashville, Tenn.; brothers, Dale Flowers and Charles Flowers, both of Nashville, Tenn., and Neil Flowers, South Carolina; and three step-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Cornelia Church of Christ, 429 S. Main Street, Cornelia, GA 30531, or to Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 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 were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Curtis Hammond officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Danny Akers, David Akers, Woody Brown, Benji Fields, Chuck Roberts and Dennis Roberts served as pallbearers.
Mr. Fields is survived by his wife, Sara Frances Fields, Nicholson; daughters, Lynn Norman, Hull, Sissy Richardson, Westminster, S.C., Lisa Gillespie, Commerce, Jolene Peters, Athens, Amanda Reed, Jefferson, and Lisa Cash and Sandy Norris, both of Nicholson; brothers, Charles Fields, Nicholson, and Wayne Fields, Lexington; and seven grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

O.C. ‘Cecil’ Murdock
O.C. “Cecil” Murdock, 94, of Commerce, formerly of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Murdock was born April 25, 1908, in Monahan County, Texas, the son of the late Sidney Estes and Nettie Gertrude Murdock.
He was a retired grocery man and a member of City View Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Chad Payne officiating. Burial was in the Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Murdock is survived by his wife, Anna Belle Mobley Murdock, Commerce; one son, Buddy Charles Murdock, Commerce; one sister, Erine Mae Harpole, Golden, Texas; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Lottie
‘Sparkie’ Rhoden
Mrs. Lottie “Sparkie” Rhoden, 73, of Winder, died Sunday, April 6, 2003.
Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Rhoden was a daughter of the late Nathan G. Bagwell and Florence M. England Bagwell, and the wife of the late Raynor Rhoden.
She was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jimmy Glaze officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mrs. Rhoden is survived by one brother, Richard Bagwell, Mitchell; two sisters, Eva Lou Gable, Colbert, and Ruth Cole, Hoschton; and several nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

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Mary A. Tate
Mrs. Mary Alice Thurmond Tate, 65, of Statham, died Friday, April 4, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Tate was born November 26, 1937, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Fred C. and Neva Adams Thurmond.
She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Statham. Mrs. Tate was preceded in death by a daughter, Autumn Reneé Tate, and a brother, Paul W. Thurmond.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Healan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Herman Carlyle, Jack Duncan, Greg Garmon, Wesley Greeson, Damon Tate and Freddy Thurmond served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Tate is survived by her husband, Doug Tate, Statham; and a daughter, Nyoka Tate Garmon, Statham.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Jan W. Moore
Mrs. Jan Wiley Moore, 52, of Homer, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
A native of Fulton County, Mrs. Moore was a daughter of James and Martha Wiley, Homer.
She was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the Nails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Paula Bond, Homer; daughter, Stacie Bond, Carnesville; brothers, Jimmy Wiley, Carnesville, and Donald Wiley, Commerce; sister, Melissa Beatty, Homer; and one granddaughter.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Taft ‘Pete’ Leach
Taft Lee “Pete” Leach, 68, of Cornelia, died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Born in Habersham County on August 10, 1934, Mr. Leach was a son of the late Monroe and Hattie Belle Tanksley Leach. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Leach was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Leach.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with the Revs. Roy Lee Mitchell and Lloyd Free officiating.
Survivors include two sisters, Delores Leach, Salisbury, N.C., and Christine Bowles, Gastonia, N.C.; one brother, Willis “Dub” Leach, Commerce; one grandson and several nieces and nephews.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Kathleen
H. Vaughn
Mrs. Kathleen Hix Vaughn, 84, of Commerce, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Vaughn was born April 14, 1918, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late C.L. and Roxie Reed Hix.
She retired from Commerce Manufacturing and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Vaughn was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Vaughn Sr.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Kent Cranford and Jessie Mealor officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Millie Vaughn, Commerce; granddaughter, Lisa Vaughn, Commerce; brother, Wayne Hix, Danielsville; and sisters, Sara Dell Hix and Agnes Whitlock, both of Commerce.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Charles A.
‘Tony’ Shoemake
Charles Anthony “Tony” Shoemake, 43, of Chestnut Mountain, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Shoemake was a son of Mary Louise Fricks Shoemake, Chestnut Mountain, and the late Winford Shoemake.
He was employed with Wrigley Manufacturing Co. and was a member of Chestnut Mountain Baptist Church. Mr. Shoemake was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Shoemake.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Truman Humphries officiating. Burial was in Hillside Memorial Gardens, Gainesville.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Shoemake is survived by his wife, Beverly Shoemake, Chestnut Mountain; son, David Anthony Shoemake, Chestnut Mountain; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Nicole “Nicky” and Charles Laurie, Chestnut Mountain; sister, Kathy Taylor, Chestnut Mountain; grandsons, Cameron Shoemake and Caleb Laurie, both of Chestnut Mountain; paternal grandmother, Lucille Shoemake, Chestnut Mountain; maternal grandmother, Margie Crawford, Chestnut Mountain; mother-in-law and father-in-law, David and Mary Simonds, Braselton; very special friends, David and Jennie Dempsey; and several nieces and nephews.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Anthony P.
‘Tony’ Kesler
Anthony Parks “Tony” Kesler, 52, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at his residence following a brief illness.
Mr. Kesler was born May 2, 1950, in Banks County. He was employed as the preparation spinning supervisor with Mt. Vernon Mills, Commerce, and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Roy Rogers officiating.
Mr. Kesler is survived by his wife, Lane Hill Kesler, Carnesville; son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Dianna Kesler, Carnesville; son, Matthew Kesler, Carnesville; his mother, Dorothy Maxine Bell Kesler, Carnesville; his father, Parks Kesler, Hartwell; brothers, Doug Kesler, Carnesville, and Henry Kesler, Robert Kesler and David Kesler, all of Hartwell; and a grandson, Seth Kesler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Barbara Fortenberry, 2062 Hwy. 115, Demorest, GA 30535.
The family was to have received friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Charlie Barrett
‘Mustang Man’
Charlie Barrett, 69, of Marietta, a native of Jackson County, died Sunday, April 6, 2003.
Mr. Barrett was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a retired PBX repairman with Lucent Technology. He was founding member #58 of the Mustang Club of America, the Dixie Ventures Auto Club and a founding member of the Marietta Auto Fair. Mr. Barrett was also a member of the C C Riders Car Club, and was known throughout the Marietta area as the “Mustang Man.”
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, in Jonquil Chapel of Castellaw Funeral Home, Smyrna, with the Rev. Ray Jones officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include two daughters, Candy Bennett and Karen Gooden, both of Marietta; two sons, Jeff Barrett, Mableton, and Tim Barrett, Marietta; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Castellaw Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (770) 435-9038.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Johnnie D. Collins
Mrs. Johnnie Denise Jones Collins, 45, of Commerce, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Born February 26, 1958, in Hall County, Mrs. Collins was a daughter of the late Talmadge Eugene and Winnie Blanch Smallwood Jones.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jim McLendon officiating. Burial will be in the Springway Baptist Church Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mrs. Collins is survived by her husband, Johnny “Cooter” Collins, Commerce; one brother, Travis Jones, Maysville; and three sisters, Janice Bost and Judy McCannon, both of Pendergrass, and Ruthie Kitchens, Comer.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003

Franklin
E. Crumley
Franklin Edward Crumley, 62, of Danielsville, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Crumley was a son of the late Walker and Ida Brown Crumley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Crumley is survived by his wife, Ester Crumley, of the home; three sons, Eddie Crumley, Ted Crumley and Chad Crumley, all of Danielsville; three brothers, William Crumley and Bobby Crumley, both of Commerce, and Dickie Crumley, Danielsville; four sisters, Deanie Sears, Ada Hammond and Loretta Barnes, all of Commerce, and Brenda Smith, Danielsville; and eight grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 9, 2003


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