Jackson County Obituaries...

APRIL 16, 2003

Byrd M. Bruce
Byrd Martin Bruce, 73, former mayor of Jefferson, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Bruce was born August 6, 1929, in Jackson County, a son of the late William Franklin and Elizabeth Ann Huntsinger Bruce.
He served as mayor of Jefferson for 26 years and was the former owner for 40 years of Bruce’s Fine Foods. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Bruce was a member of the Masons and a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. Mike Arnold, Franklin Gilbert, Rodney Johnson, Jack Seabolt, Ed Thompson and Theron Kesler served as pallbearers. Jimmy Pruitt was honorary pallbearer.
Mr. Bruce is survived by his wife, Ann Bruce, Jefferson; two daughters, Cindy Davis and Wanda Herndon, both of Jefferson; two brothers, J.F. Bruce, Stone Mountain, and Ted Bruce, Winder; one sister, Bessie Craddock Martin, Jacksonville, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Ethan M. Cosby
Ethan Matthew Cosby, infant son of Roger Matthew and Tracey Michele Brady Cosby, Nicholson, died Thursday, April 10, 2003.
Graveside services were held Sunday, April 13, in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Revs. Joe Reagan and Bill Mounts officiating. A 4 p.m. service was held at Friendship Presbyterian Church following the committal service.
In addition to his parents, Ethan is survived by two brothers, Collin Benjamin Cosby and Nicholas Brady Cosby; his grandparents, Marvin and Olivia Brady, Toccoa, and Robert Benjamin and Barbara Bailey Cosby, McDonough; and great-grandparent, Boyce Brady, Homer.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Horace M. Mize
Horace Matt Mize, 81, of Commerce, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Mize was born February 12, 1922, in Clarke County, a son of the late Luther B. and Ola Wilbanks Mize.
He was the owner of City Radio and T.V. and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, where he served as Sunday School Secretary for 30 years and served with the church tape ministry. A World War II U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Mize was also a member of Hudson Lodge #294 F&AM and the Mended Hearts B.J.C. Chapter 171.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marty Mize, and a grandson, Clint Mize.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. David Bowen, Hoyt Allen and Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in the New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Mize is survived by his wife, Inez Barron Mize, Commerce; two sons, Mike Mize and Todd Mize, both of Commerce; four grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, or to the Mended Hearts B.J.C. Chapter 171.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Emery R. Wilson
Emery Ray Wilson, 37, of Hoschton, died Friday, April 11, 2003, at Grady Memorial Hospital following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born September 4, 1965, in Beckley, W.Va., Mr. Wilson was a son of Dennis R. and Bobbie Jean Stapleton Wilson, Beckley, W.Va.
He was employed as a senior technician with Dow Chemical, Research & Development Department and attended Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were to have been held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial will be on Saturday, April 19, in Beckley, W.Va.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Tena M. Wilson, Hoschton; son, Matthew Scott Wilson, Hoschton; daughter, Natalie Brook Wilson, Hoschton; brother, Dennis Matthew Wilson, Greenville, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Donations may be made to the Emery Wilson Memorial Fund, c/o CB&T, 71 Memorial Drive, Jefferson, GA 30549.
The family was to have received friends following the service Wednesday at the funeral home until 8 p.m.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Yi Kong
Mrs. Yi Kong, 70, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Kong was born June 3, 1932, in Laois. She was a homemaker and a member of Hmong Christian Alliance Church in Winder.
Mrs. Kong was preceded in death by her husband, Chia Chue Heu, her father, Jua Pah Kong, and three brothers, Txaj Tsaab Heu, Npaj Txoov Heu and Nkag Pov Heu.
Services were held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Wang Chue Yang officiating.
Survivors include daughters, Vang Cha, Australia, and Phoua Kong and Phang Kong, both of California; sons, Cha Xiong Heu, California, Jou Vang Heu, Commerce, and Savanh Heu and ViVanh Kong, both of Jefferson; sister, Ger Vang, California; and 41 grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Louise B. Samples
Mrs. Louise Boss Samples, 88, of Snellville, formerly of Buford, died Monday, April 14, 2003.
Mrs. Samples was a native of Buford. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Snellville.
Mrs. Samples was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. H.W. Samples, who pastored in Jackson County, a son, Gerald Samples, a daughter, Eloise Crowe, and infant, Joyce Louise Samples.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with Dr. James Merritt and the Rev. Fred Bedingfield officiating. Burial will be in the Sugar Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Shelby and Larry Suggs, Janice and Douglas Price and Juwan and Don Mayo, all of Snellville; sons and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Faye Samples, Atlanta, and Joel Samples, Snellville; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and several cousins.
The family was to have received friends from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Flanigan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Claudia S. Fowler
Mrs. Claudia Sargent Fowler, 80, of Jefferson, died Saturday, April 12, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Fowler was born in White County on December 19, 1922. She was a daughter of the late Clem and Maver Collins Sargent.
Mrs. Fowler had been employed as a spinner in the textile industry and was a member of The Gospel Tabernacle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoke Washington Fowler Sr., two sons, Verlin Fowler and Junior Fowler, and a sister, Faye Sargent.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Bud McDonald officiating. Burial was in the Attica Baptist Church Cemetery, Athens. Sammy Fowler, Terry Fowler, Travis Fowler, Wesley Fowler, Caleb Hayes, Tracey Phillips and Aubrey Roach served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two sons, Hoke Washington Fowler Jr., Jefferson, and Randy Fowler, Flowery Branch; two daughters, Jean Phillips, Jefferson, and Rachel Roach, Commerce; one sister, Shirley Sargent, Jefferson; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Gracie R. Sims
Mrs. Gracie Rucker Sims, 52, of Ila, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Born in Jackson County on September 21, 1950, Mrs. Sims was a daughter of Willie Mae Brown, Jefferson, and the late Frank Rucker.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Graveside services were held at noon Monday, April 14, in Evans Memory Gardens, Jefferson, with the Rev. Charles Stabnow officiating.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Sims is survived by her husband, Alvin Sims, Ila; sons, Orenthal Jermaine Sims, Jefferson, and Dexter Leon Wingfield, Erie, Pa.; sisters, Hazel Mack, Jefferson, and Debra Sue McCluskey, Hoschton; brothers, Jerry Rucker, Gainesville, and Steve Rucker, Jefferson; and a grandson, Nathaniel Leon Wingfield.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

George A. Vatter Jr.
George A. Vatter Jr., 70, of Hoschton, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford. Burial will be in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Flanigan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary L. Arnold
Miss Mary Louise Arnold, 81, of Maysville, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Maysville Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Cornelius
‘C.B.’ Warren
Cornelius Brown “C.B.” Warren, 60, of Jefferson, died Monday, April 14, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Warren was born December 2, 1942, in Candler County. He was a son of DeAlva Brown Warren, Jefferson, and the late Herbert Warren.
A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Warren served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He retired as Captain from the DeKalb County Fire Department and was a member of Stillmore Baptist Church. He also attended Brockton Road Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Brockton Road Baptist Church with the Revs. Jesse Mealor and Bob Walk officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens, Jefferson.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Warren is survived by his wife, Edna H. Warren, Jefferson; daughter, Sharon Warren Huber, Loganville; brothers, Herb Warren, Eatonton, and Jim Warren, Jefferson; and a grandson, David Warren Huber.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003
Jeanette R. Clark
Mrs. Jeanette Riester Clark, 69, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at Peachtree Christian Hospice following an extended illness.
Mrs. Clark was born January 25, 1934, in Huntingburg, Ind., a daughter of the late Ralph and Louise Gercken Riester. She was the wife of the late Charles Wesley Clark.
Mrs. Clark was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was at noon Monday, April 14, in Highland Memory Gardens, Forest City, Fla.
Survivors include daughters, Kim Clark, Ocala, Fla., and Kristen Morrison, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Chuck Bussey, Jefferson, and Sarah and Shane Thompson, Nicholson; sisters, Kay Elliott, Jasper, Ind., Mary McRae, Hopkinsville, Ind., Martha Olinger, Huntingburg, Ind., and Shirley Richelhoff, Bedford, Ind.; brother, Gary Riester, Crowley, Texas; and grandchildren, Jamie L. Morrison, John “J.D.” Morrison, Alana M. Morrison, Wesley “Tad” Bussey and Troy Thompson.
Memorials may be made to the Mitchell Camp Fund, c/o Regions Bank.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Dorothy L. Barron
Mrs. Dorothy Lyle Barron, 88, of Maysville, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Barron was born April 22, 1914, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late James John and Rosalie Sims Lyle.
Mrs. Barron was retired from the state department of education and was a member of Maysville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Erenus “Red” Barron.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in the Clarkesville City Cemetery.
Mrs. Barron is survived by a brother, Joseph Lyle, Maysville; a sister, Roselyn Hunt, Commerce; a sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Newell Crumley, Athens; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Maysville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 329, Maysville, GA 30558.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Carl L. Lavender
Carl L. Lavender, 91, of Watkinsville, died Friday, April 4, 2003.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Lavender was a son of the late Robert L. and Bessie Mae Sanders Lavender.
He was married to Lizzie Ruth Fambrough until her death in 1997. Mr. Lavender was a retired farmer, having been in beef farming, daisy farming, cultivation and poultry farming. He was a member and Elder Emeritus of Antioch Christian Church and was a member of the Oconee County Cattleman’s Association.
Mr. Lavender was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford Lavender.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 7, at Antioch Christian Church with the Rev. David Perkins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Joe Lavender, Zach Richardson, Tim Woodworth, Randy Wilkes, Rick Clabo and George Rauhuff served as pallbearers. Elders of Antioch Christian Church served as honorary escort.
Mr. Lavender is survived by his wife, Mary Wise Jennings Lavender; one sister, Hazel L. Hardigree, Watkinsville; one brother, Clarence Lavender, Winterville; and several nieces and nephews.
Arthur Bowick’s Oconee Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Randolph
J. Hembree
Randolph James Hembree, 72, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at his residence of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hembree was the son of the late James Thomas and Mary Ruth Wilson Hembree.
He was active in Gospel Tracts and Bibles and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Hembree was preceded in death by a son, Aaron Hembree.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ralph Arnold officiating. Burial will be in the New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Hembree is survived by his wife, Barbara M. Hembree, of the home; four sons, Jim Cecil Hembree, Hull, Audrey Hembree and John Hembree, both of Nicholson, and Fabian Hembree, Athens; one daughter, Mary Dudley, Winterville; four sisters, Mary Pugh, Loganville, Betty Brown and Jean Scoggins, both of Commerce, and Louvie Threlkel, Murrells Inlets, S.C.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family is at the residence.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003

Larry Swords
Larry Swords, 59, of Winder, died Sunday, April 13, 2003.
Mr. Swords was born in Barrow County, a son of the late Paul C. and Ila Bell Miller Swords.
He was a retired security guard and a member of New Covenant Worship Center, Athens. Mr. Swords served in the U.S. Navy for six years.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Swords.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Howard Conine officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include six sons, Brian Swords and Brad Crowe, both of Winder, Paul Swords, Bogart, Daniel Jones and Chad Adkins, both of Athens, and David Jones, Comer; two brothers, Nolan Swords and Milton Swords, both of Winder; one sister, Joyce Stowe, Columbus; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to New Covenant Worship Center, Attn: Howard Conine, 1425 Newton Bridge Road, Athens, GA 30607.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003
Mildred B. Jackson
Mrs. Mildred Burell Jackson, 82, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mrs. Jackson was a daughter of the late John Lee and Ruth Jones Burell. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Lee Burell.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Scott Culpepper officiating. Burial will be in the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Charles and Barbara Shuler, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Virginia Jackson, Pendergrass; sister, Betty Hanes, Flowery Branch; and seven grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 16, 2003


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