Jackson County Obituaries...

APRIL 23, 2003

Mary L. Arnold
Miss Mary Louise Arnold, 81, of Maysville, long-time columnist for The Jackson Herald and The Banks County News, former Maysville mayor and retired teacher, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Miss Arnold was born December 5, 1921, a daughter of the late Noah Avery and Tressie Hill Arnold.
She was a member of Maysville Baptist Church and a member of the Retired Teachers’ Association. She is remembered for devoting herself to teaching Sunday School in Maysville and Vacation Bible School throughout Georgia.
Miss Arnold attended elementary school in Maysville with her two older sisters, Helen and Hilda. She graduated from Maysville High School in 1939, then attended Piedmont College and Toccoa Falls College.
Like her mother before her, Miss Arnold also chose the teaching profession and spent her teaching years at Dry Pond, Gillsville and Alpharetta. She is remembered for “seeming to never forget a face, a name, or detail.” She returned to Maysville after retiring from teaching. After retirement, Miss Arnold served as the mayor of Maysville in the 1970s, and, in fact, was the first female mayor in Jackson County.
Also like her mother, who wrote a news column for many years for The Jackson Herald, Miss Arnold continued that family tradition. She incorporated stories of her students, her beloved Maysville community and general local news in her columns for both the Jackson and Banks county newspapers.
Miss Arnold frequently mentioned her friend and housemate, Medora Adams, her nephew Dr. John Arnold, her sister, Hilda Candler, and other family members and friends in her weekly writings, usually submitted to the newspaper as handwritten on yellow or white legal paper.
In recent Maysville News “social” columns, Miss Arnold encouraged Maysville residents to join in the effort to clean up the town, wrote about the town’s centurians, passed along information about who was ill at the time of writing and whose family had suffered a loss. She provided addresses for Maysvillians now living elsewhere, told who had entertained visitors or traveled out of town, and applauded the accomplishments of local students.
Miss Arnold’s final social column for The Jackson Herald and The Banks County News was published on March 26, 2003. It began: “The rain has really been making the grass grow fast. It is quite different from last year. Also it is very welcome in that we hope the summer won’t be a dry one.” After continuing with commentary on the Vidalia onion crop, a listing of visitors and an account of the previous Sunday’s sermon, Miss Arnold ended her column with a wish for the soldiers fighting overseas.
She wrote: “Our prayers go out to all the boys in the war and to their families. We who have lost loved ones know the real meaning of this.”
Miss Arnold, who remembered the World War II days, was featured in the Jackson and Banks county papers in 2001 commenting on the revival of a World War II cookbook that was organized during the early 1940s by the Maysville PTA and teachers, including her mother.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Maysville Baptist Church with the Revs. Brian Stowe and Robert Scruton officiating. Dr. John Hardin and Barbara Holcomb also participated. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Miss Arnold is survived by a sister, Hilda Candler, Rome.
The family suggests that any contributions in Miss Arnold’s memory be made to Maysville Baptist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Bobby N. Barrett
Bobby Nelson Barrett, 61, of Commerce, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Barrett was born April 6, 1942, in Jackson County, a son of Beulah Savage Barrett Archer, Hartwell, and the late Frank Barrett. He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Barrett, and a brother, Willis Barrett.
Mr. Barrett was a retired employee of the textile industry.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Bible Way Church of God with the Revs. Carroll Griffin and Lonnie Bennett officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Barrett is survived by a son, William Barrett, Toccoa; a daughter, Tiffany Smith, Toccoa; step-daughters, Paula Allen, Toccoa, Sharon Chappelear, Lavonia, and Kim Thompson, Eastanollee; brothers, Johnny Barrett, Grove Town, and Richard Barrett, Hull; sisters, Bertie Bagwell and Nizzie Mae Barrett, both of Commerce, Judy Baxter and Mary Lou Wynn, both of Hull, and Betty Bennett, Hartwell; and nine grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Thomas
‘Tommy’ Wood
Thomas “Tommy” Wood, 67, of Maysville, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Kindred Hospital.
Born June 10, 1935, in Onion County, Tenn., Mr. Wood was a son of the late Roy Rush and Mary Lou Coleman Wood.
He was retired from dry wall construction and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Wood was preceded in death by two sons, Tony Wood and Phillip Pittman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Solid Rock Baptist Church with the Rev. Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Thomas Wood, Maysville; four sons, Junior Pittman and Scott Wood, both of Maysville, Ralph Pittman, Jefferson, and Danny Wood, Cumming; one daughter, Wanda Atkins, Gainesville; one brother, Jack Wood, Dawsonville; one sister, Maybelle Aughtry, Honey Path, S.C.; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Jimmy L. Hardwick
Jimmy Lee Hardwick, 42, of Winterville, N.C., died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at his home.
A native of Winder, Mr. Hardwick attended Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, and East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. He was a resident of New Bern, N.C., for many years, and in 1986 moved to Greenville, N.C.
Mr. Hardwick is survived by two children, Christine LaRue Hardwick and Luke Austin Lee Hardwick, and their mother, Debbie Boswell Hardwick, all of the home; his parents, Dennis and Ruby Hardwick, Commerce; four brothers, David Hardwick, Dennis Hardwick, Danny Hardwick and John Hardwick; and one sister, Ruth Best.
In accordance with his wishes, Mr. Hardwick’s remains were bequeathed to the Medical College of Georgia to benefit diabetes research. The family will conduct private services in Georgia at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Georgia Chapter, 400 Perimeter Center Terrace, #750, Atlanta, GA 30346.
Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory, Greenville, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Johnny P. Howington
Johnny Paul Howington, 56, of Commerce, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, in Augusta.
Mr. Howington was born September 24, 1946, to the late Verner and Elizabeth Standridge Howington in Jackson County.
He was a retired package store owner.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Gene Doss, Hoschton, and Dr. David Howington, Moultrie; two daughters, Debbie Cheatum, Jefferson, and Chris Shimkus, Woodstock; one sister, Rita Howington, Jefferson; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a niece, Carmen Gary, Jefferson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Viola B. Waycaster
Mrs. Viola Butler Waycaster, 96, of Buford, died Sunday, April 20, 2003.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mrs. Waycaster was co-owner of Waycaster General Store in Buford and was a member of Hog Mountain Baptist Church, Dacula.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Avery Waycaster, and a daughter and son-in-law, Everlean Waycaster Cheek and Paul Cheek.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Raleigh T. Parks officiating. Burial was in the Hog Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Elvira Waycaster Buice, Buford; a son, Avery Waycaster Jr., Marietta; eight grandchildren, Barbara Ann Cheek, Linda Nell Montgomery, Janet Cheek, Dwight Cheek, David Cheek and Paul Cheek Jr., all of Hoschton, Renee Trenholm, Alpharetta, and Tony Cheek, Flowery Branch; five great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

George A.
Vatter Jr.
George A. Vatter Jr., 70, of Hoschton, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003.
Mr. Vatter was born in Chicago, Ill. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of service and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with Dr. Frank Cox officiating. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens with full military honors.
Mr. Vatter is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mrs. Pat T. Vatter, Hoschton; daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Mark Boegemann, Sugar Hill, and Laura and Jason Carter, Lawrenceville; son, James F. Mulkey, Hoschton; seven grandchildren, one niece and one nephew.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Ralph M. Buffington
Ralph Meldrim Buffington, 96, of Pendergrass, retired architect, artist, author, genealogist, World War II veteran and world traveler, died Friday, April 18, 2003.
Mr. Buffington was born February 7, 1907, the seventh child of the late Marion Cook and Frances L. Moss Buffington, at White Sulphur in Hall County. His parents owned the village store and his father was postmaster, station and express agent for the Southern Railroad, paymaster of the Currahee Gold Mine and ran their three small farms. His mother ran the boarding house.
Marion Cook Buffington and family moved to a recently purchased 400-acre farm in Jackson County, some 15 miles south of White Sulphur, on December 26, 1907. Mr. Buffington recalled that he attended Randolph Hall Elementary School for six months in the year, stating that it had “inadequate and antiquated equipment and poorly trained teachers.” He said that when he reached the seventh grade, his father and two other patrons supplemented the pay of the teacher and secured Miss Lena Porter. Buffington described her as “a miracle teacher who seemed to compensate for all the failings of earlier teachers.” He said she equipped him to meet the standards of the high schools he attended at Maysville, Chattahoochee High (a Baptist boarding school at Clermont) and his senior year at Gainesville High. In the latter two schools, he received the highest grades in the class.
After high school, Buffington attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, which he said “proved a wise choice and happy place to study architecture.” He attended from 1924 until his graduation in 1928 with a B.S. degree in architecture. After a year’s work in an architect’s office in Gastonia, N.C., Buffington studied architecture in Europe in 1929-30 on a private scholarship given by H.S. Shonnard of the Inner J.P. Morgan Group of New York.
In Paris, France, Buffington passed the exam to I’Ecole Speciale d’Architecture and entered the Atleier of Auguste Perret. Learning that his first two years of work was a duplication of work done at Georgia Tech, “perhaps less well taught,” he said, his last year was directed by two visits per week as “P” expounded his theories of “Construction Apparent” in the design of a port and industrial areas.
Buffington withdrew from the Ecole, studied with private teachers and visited various areas of France, Italy, England, Belgium and modern work in the Rhineland. He visited Willem Marinus Dudok at Hilversum, Holland, beginning a life-long friendship with one of the world’s greatest architects. While in England, he spent two days at Oxford sketching and enjoying the medieval architecture.
Buffington returned to the family farm in October, 1930, expecting to get a job in an architect’s office after a three-week visit. However, work didn’t come until 23 months later when he went to work as principal of a high school. The time was brightened for Buffington as the High Museum of Art exhibited 65 of his watercolors and drawings in October, 1931, and he was chosen Atlanta’s Artist of the Month. He was able to help his family by cutting wood, feeding the hogs and milking the cow. Buffington said he also found time to work on his watercolors and read “the great novels of the world.”
Buffington worked in the development of Georgia parks, headed by E.B. Stone Jr. and Blanton Clement. In five months of work for the Rural Resettlement Administration, he traveled some 15,000 miles, studying large land purchases by the RRA. He visited sites in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina, making reports and recommendations for their development. He also went to Washington, D.C. as an assistant architect on the Greenbelt Towns.
Buffington settled in Houston, Texas, in December, 1936, where he lived for 47 years, except for some three years in the Central Pacific in World War II. Remaining in the U.S. Army Reserves, he retired as a lieutenant colonel at age 60. He had graduated from the associate course of the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth.
In addition to work in Texas, Buffington was also a registered architect in Hawaii, California, Georgia, Connecticut and NCARB. He did eight of the Houston schools, the Christian Cathedral in Oakland, Calif., and the Baptist Seminary in Taipeh, Taiwan. In 1948, Buffington volunteered a tithe of his time to the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board.
Buffington has been listed in some 10 editions of Who’s Who in America and six editions of Who’s Who in the World, one of the first 16,000 people of world-wide interest. He was head of the vast program to do a history/genealogy of the Buffington family, publishing a book on the family, and was also the author of “Building for God, a Spiritual Adventure” and other books. His art work is in public and private collections in many states and five foreign countries. He continued painting until his early 90s, with flowers being his specialty. He also produced a book on the art of George Cope, a realist of the late 19th century and early 20th century who also was a Buffington descendant.
Along with the flowers on canvas, Buffington collected an extensive array of live plants over the years and brought many to his family’s farm home in North Jackson when he retired there in the early 1980s. He renovated the 100-year-old farm home, adding a room on the back that featured skylights and a big chimney. Photography was another hobby of the Jackson Countian.
The retired architect often recalled seeing Haley’s Comet in 1910 when he was three years old and also recalled that his mother had been told when he was an infant that he was not well and might not grow to adulthood.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the chapel of Ward’s Funeral Home, Gainesville. Entombment was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include the following nieces and nephews: Ruth Howell, Dunwoody, Marion and Lew Davis, Kings Mountain, N.C., and Marion Buffington, Gainesville.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Habersham County Medical Center Foundation, Demorest, GA 30535.
Ward’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

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Bob ‘Lefty’ Mitchell
Bob “Lefty” Mitchell, 76, of Braselton, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at his residence in Château Élan after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Mitchell was born March 21, 1927, in Sugar Hill. He was a graduate of Tech High in Atlanta, where he was Justice of the Supreme Court, the highest honor given, and where he was an outstanding athlete. Mr. Mitchell was in the Army’s Entertainment Division in the Korean War and played first base for the Dodgers when they were in Brooklyn.
Returning to Atlanta, he started a very successful company, Georgia Sprinkler Company, with his best friend, Harold L. “Leo” Corley.
Mr. Mitchell raised his family in Tucker and Stone Mountain, where he was active in the community and in youth sports. He retired at age 50 to play golf and raise cattle. Mr. Mitchell was a member of Berkley Hills Golf Club and the Legends at Château Élan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Wood officiating. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tomi Mitchell, Braselton; children and spouses, Doug and Carol Mitchell and Jan and Bob Baker, all of Braselton, Lane Mitchell, Vinings, Darrell and Gina Mitchell, Canton, and Keith and Ejna Mitchell, Buford; and grandchildren, Rob and Jeff Mitchell, Meredith and Michael Mitchell, Erin and Ric Mitchell, Annabeth and Jake Mitchell, Mitchell and Carey Christopher and Jana Christopher.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Flora N. Wilkes
Mrs. Flora Nell Wilkes, 78, of Commerce, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Wilkes was born April 22, 1924, in Madison County. She was the daughter of the late Dave Berry and Lula Ann Thurmond Williams.
Mrs. Wilkes was retired from Wilkins Industries and was a member of Erastus Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Erastus Christian Church with Carl Beckham and the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Ronnie Wilkes, Athens; one daughter, Brenda Minish, Commerce; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Larry L. Hill
Larry Lane Hill, 45, of Athens, died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at Grady Hospital.
Born in McKeesport, Pa., on June 24, 1957, Mr. Hill was a son of Larry and Hazel Johnson Hill, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Hill was a Doctor of Pharmacy with Stephens County Hospital and was a member of Athens Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Ministers Richard Kiser and Vance Sims officiating.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Suzanne Stone Hill, Athens; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lili Hill, Athens; son, Shawn Hill, Athens; step-sons, James Kirk, Washington, and Joseph Kirk, Athens; step-daughter, Jennifer Kirk, Gainesville; sisters, Debbie Friday and Cathy Sleppy, both of Virginia; brother and sister-in-law, David and Heidi Hill, Hoschton; and niece, Jessica Sleppy, Virginia.
Memorials may be made to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Ride for Kids, 302 Ridgefield Court, Asheville, NC 28806.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Otis H. White Jr.
Otis Hensel White Jr., 50, of Jefferson, died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at Gwinnett Med-ical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. White was born March 14, 1953, in Bluefield, W.Va., a son of the late Otis H. White Sr. and Lois Kidd White.
He was a self-employed businessman, a member of the Jackson County Republican Party and a member of Galilee Christian Church. Mr. White was also a member of the Jackson County Relay for Life Committee and an honorary co-chairman of this year’s event.
Funeral services were held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Galilee Christian Church with Ministers Tom Plank and Don Hardison officiating.
Survivors include three sisters, Janice Gail Beacraft, Rockville, Md., Anna Key, Auburn, and Connie Lerch, Villa Rica; one brother, A. Wayne White, Tarpon Springs, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Galilee Christian Church Building Fund, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Kathy G. Matt
Mrs. Kathleen “Kathy” Gunter Matt, 66, of Athens, died Sunday, April 20, 2003.
A native of Jefferson, Mrs. Matt was a daughter of the late James and Annie Ruth Ayers Whitehead.
She was an administrative secretary with the University of Georgia for 30 years, including the UGA Press and the Office for Academic Affairs. Mrs. Matt was a member of the Northeast Georgia Rose Society, Briarwood Baptist Church and the Sue Kennon Sunday School Class.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter E. Gunter, and a grandson, Beau Anderson Gunter.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Briarwood Baptist Church with the Rev. Dan Fuller officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Doc Bradham, Scott Murwin, Michael Murray, Gary Tyre, Pat McKeown and Robert Allison served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Sue Kennon Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Matt is survived by her husband, Steve Matt, Athens; sons and daughters-in-law, Cris and Cameron Gunter, Watkinsville, and Allen and Harriett Gunter, Bishop; step-daughters, Kristin Matt, San Diego, Calif., and Tracy Pharr, Buffalo, Minn.; sister, Alice Latty, Cedar Bluff, Ala.; brothers, the Rev. Robert Whitehead, Bogart, and Daniel Whitehead, Gillsville; and grandchildren, Lacey Gunter, Walter C. Gunter and Gus Gunter.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

James N. Key
James Noel Key, 41, of Commerce, died Monday, April 21, 2003, at his residence of a sudden illness.
A native of Georgetown, S.C., Mr. Key was a son of Katie P. Key, Commerce, and the late Edward Key. He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Key.
Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dean Fripp officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Kimberly S. Key, Commerce; two sons, Bryan Mitchell Key and Matthew Noel Key, both of Commerce; and two sisters, Debra Ellan Key, Commerce, and Ava Key Sears, Cleveland.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 4 p.m. until the funeral hour.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

June S. Maselli
Mrs. June Stansell Maselli, 67, of Commerce, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Maselli was born November 5, 1935, in Henry County, a daughter of the late Howard and Nell Williams Stansell.
She was a minister and a member of the Church of Winder.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donnie Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Maselli is survived by her husband, Nicholas J. Maselli, Commerce; two daughters, Melody G. Easterwood, Stockbridge, and Maleia G. Smith, Canton; three step-daughters, Pamela Craft, Villa Rica, Vickie Shoop, Buford, and Michelle Milk, Las Vegas, Nev.; two step-sons, Ricky Maselli, Fayetteville, and Rocky Maselli, West Palm Beach, Fla.; one sister, Jacqueline Hightower, Conyers; 12 grandchildren; and a special friend, Mavis Peevey, Norcross.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Charles B. Wood
Charles Benson Wood, 76, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Wood was born in Jackson County on April 20, 1927. He was a son of the late Elmer and Willie Catherine McGinnis Wood.
Mr. Wood retired from Jefferson Mills, with 35 years of service, having worked in maintenance, and was a member of Berea Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.
Mr. Wood was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger Wood and Darce Wood, and a sister, Yvonne Blalock.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Terry Chambers and Shane Moore officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Ryan Fulcher, Chad Fulcher, Kevin Charles Wood, Jimmy Chastain, Richard Smith, Willard Blalock and Tony Blalock will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Roberta Davis Wood, Jefferson; children, Bradley C. Wood, Linville, Tenn., and Diana W. Fulcher, Kerry Dale Wood and Toni Marie Kline, all of Jefferson; sisters, Betty Bolton and Rachel Hawke, both of Commerce; brothers, Henry Ford Wood and Phillip Wood, both of Commerce; 10 grandchildren and two great-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 23, 2003

Janice Thomas
Mrs. Janice G. Phelps Thomas, 63, of Athens, died Thursday, April 17, 2003.
A native of Morgan County, Mrs. Thomas was the daughter of the late Elvin Gas and Martha Bell Green Phelps.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Sammy Bowen officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Leonard Thomas, Lawrence Thomas, Donnie Wright, Eddie Thomas, Paul Green, Rodney Peters and Mike Harrison served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, Clarence J. Thomas, Athens; a daughter, LaVerne Moate, Monroe; grandchildren, Christina Peters, Janice Holly Moate and Joshua William Moate; and great-grandchildren, Briana Christine Peters and Kimberly Faith Peters.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003

Wendy C. Epps
Mrs. Wendy Carol Fields Epps, 34, of Commerce, died Sunday, April 20, 2003.
Born in Clarke County, Mrs. Epps was a daughter of Gillard Wayne Fields and Evie Simmons Baker.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Ila Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Canady officiating. Greg Gillispie, Johnny Minish, Jerry Simmons, Jake Epps, Charlie Epps and Tommy Sanders served as pallbearers.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Epps is survived by her husband, Derrick Epps; one daughter, Ashley Nichole Wingate, Royston; and two brothers, Waymon Fields and Benji Fields, both of Lexington.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 23, 2003


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