Jackson County Obituaries...

MAY 14, 2003

Hugh L. Culpepper
Hugh Lee Culpepper, 73, of Jefferson, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gaines-ville, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on March 29, 1930, Mr. Culpepper was the son of the late Claude and Grace Pruitt Culpepper.
He was a superintendent for Hurricane Shoals Park and was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Rev. Mark Spence officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens, Jefferson. Kenneth Aldridge, James Black, Dennis Bullock, Jerry Culpepper, George Edmondson, James Tullis, Harry Underwood and Max Snelling served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Coffee Club.
Mr. Culpepper is survived by his wife, Edith Faye Culpepper, Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Lisa Culpepper, Jefferson; daughter, Debbie Stewart, Jefferson; and grandchildren, Keri Stewart and Jackson Culpepper, both of Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Brian L. Bennett
Brian Lucas Bennett, infant son of Brian K. and Lisa Evans Bennett, Jefferson, died Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the Mountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Spence officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Abigayle Bennett, Jefferson; grandparents, Cicero and Brenda Bennett, Statesboro, and Wallace and Lilly Evans, Pendergrass; a great-grandmother, Mary Ruth Craig, Cleveland; and several aunts and uncles.
Brian was preceded in death by a grandmother, Gayle Bennett.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

John P. Knight Sr.
John Perry Knight Sr., 88, of Demorest, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at Rabun County Memorial Hospital.
Born in White County on October 22, 1914, Mr. Knight was a son of the late Johnson and Alice Sosebee Knight.
He retired after several years of service as a mechanic with Reeves Hardware Co. in Clarkesville, and was a member of Nacoochee United Methodist Church. Mr. Knight was preceded in death by a son, Robert Jasper Knight, and a daughter, Carolyn Annette Knight.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. Milton Harris and Lyndon Eubanks officiating. Burial was in the Nacoochee United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Knight is survived by his wife, Annie Mae Holcomb Knight, Demorest; a daughter, Betty Bryant, Demorest; a son, John P. Knight Jr., Demorest; sisters, Helen Nix, Gainesville, and Margaret Bentley, Atlanta; brother, Bill Knight, Jefferson; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Dora L. Roberts
Mrs. Dora Lee Reid Roberts, 74, of Hoschton, died Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Roberts was born November 17, 1928, in White County, a daughter of the late Charles Wesley and Fannie Brown Reid.
She was a homemaker and a member of Hoschton United Methodist Church. Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by a grandson, Stephan Ledford.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Hoschton United Methodist Church with the Revs. Darrell McGinnis and Mike Phillips officiating. Burial was in the Hoschton City Cemetery. Jason Brown, Danny Ledford, David Ledford, Matthew Ledford, Dwayne Smith and Cal Waldorf served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Roberts is survived by her husband, James P. Roberts, Hoschton; daughter, La Jauna Duck, Braselton; sons, Joe Ledford, Cleveland, Kenneth Ledford, Toccoa, and Michael Ledford, Jasper; sister, Edna Autry, Stone Mountain; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hoschton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 155, Hoschton, GA 30548, or to the Stephan Ledford Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 155, Hoschton, GA 30548.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Aaron D. Cain
Aaron Dewayne Cain, 33, of Homer, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Cain was a son of Thomas Aaron Cain and Callie Franklin Helton.
He was employed with Milliken Industries in Toccoa.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Wade officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Mary Cain, of the home; three sons, Austin Cain, Justin Cain and Dustin Cain, all of the home; two brothers, Joe Cain, Murrayville, and Jason Cain, Gillsville; and one sister, Lisa Cain, Pendergrass.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

James M. Schultz
James Monroe Schultz, 82, of Jefferson, died Saturday, May 10, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Schultz was born October 26, 1920, in Triadelphia, W.Va. He was the son of the late Harland and May Lark Schultz.
Mr. Schultz was employed as a paint inspector with Ford Motor Co. in Detroit, Mich., retiring after 32 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star.
A memorial service was to have been held from noon until 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the residence, 480 B. Whitfield Road, Jefferson.
Mr. Schultz is survived by his wife, Roxie Rose Schultz, Jefferson; a daughter, Estella Mae Graham, Duluth; a son, Ralph Monroe “Monty” Schultz, Westland, Mich.; a sister, Annie Matos, California; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Eugene Reed Jr. &
Victoria L. Reed
Eugene Reed Jr. and his wife, Victoria Louise Reed, of Oakwood, died Thursday, May 8, 2003.
Mr. Reed was born August 2, 1951, in Hall County. He was employed as a supervisor with Cargill in Gainesville and was a member of Gillsville Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Reed Sr., and his step-father, Robert Lee Burell.
Mrs. Reed was born in Hall County on January 17, 1956. She was a homemaker and a member of Gillsville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil Stephens.
Joint funeral services were held for the couple at 3 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Bill Calhoun and Brent Roberts officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include three daughters, Regina Willhouse, Maysville, Misty Reed, Gainesville, and Crystal Reed, Oakwood; six grandsons, Michael, Brandon, Chazmen, Collinn and Nicholas Willhouse and Deandrea Hollis; and one granddaughter, Aleigha Roll.
Mr. Reed is also survived by his mother, Lovenia Burell, Gainesville; sisters, Karen Orr, Pam Parker and Dorothy McEver, all of Oakwood; and brothers, Pat Reed, Robert Burell, Ricky Burell and Ronnie Lee Burell, all of Gainesville.
Mrs. Reed is also survived by her mother, Bessie Mae Stephens, Alabama; sister and brother-in-law, Debra and Earl Bell, Gainesville; sister, Sybil Croy, Dahlonega; brother, Donald Stephens, Florida; and nephew, Stanley Gravitt.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Louise S. Peppers
Mrs. Louise Smith Peppers, 74, of Jefferson, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Peppers was born September 24, 1928, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Edwin Smith and the late Thelma Roberts Smith Potts.
She had been employed as a nurse’s aide and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Peppers was preceded in death by her husband, Billy S. Peppers, and a brother, Wilton Smith.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include two sons, Daniel D. Peppers, Danielsville, and W. Phillip Peppers, Jefferson; four daughters, Glenda P. Bell, Brenda P. Craig and Billie P. Hollis, all of Jefferson, and Linda P. Bishop, Braselton; one step-son, Nicky Peppers, Jefferson; one brother, Amory Eugene Smith, Lexington; 12 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Colquitt
Sims Jr., M.D.
Colquitt Sims Jr., M.D., of Anderson, S.C., died Monday, May 12, 2003.
Born in Jackson County on May 25, 1922, Dr. Sims was the son of the late Colquitt Sims Sr. and Frances Barker Sims, Apple Valley.
He was the founder of Children’s Clinic of Anderson, where he practiced for 47 years, 40 of those years with Dr. Henry B. Hearn. Mr. Sims was a charter member of Boulevard Baptist Church and served as Sunday School teacher, Royal Ambassador leader, deacon and on various committees.
He was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II and a past president of the South Carolina Pediatric Society in 1969. Dr. Sims served five years on the board of Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and practiced 27 years with the outpatient pediatric clinic of the Anderson County Health Department. He was a member of the medical staff of Anderson Memorial Hospital from 1950 to 1997, Vice Chief of Staff in 1970 and Chief of Pediatrics in 1968 and 1975.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson, S.C., with Dr. Johnny McKinney and the Rev. Ed Matheny officiating.
Dr. Sims is survived by his wife, Doris Wolfe Sims; sons, Phillips Colquitt Sims, and wife, Linda McNalley Sims, Canon, and David Strother Sims, and wife, Wendie Brown Sims, Anderson, S.C.; daughter, Lori Sims Jarman, and husband, Clyde Andrew Jarman, Anderson, S.C.; sister, Mary Helen Sims Banister, Ila; brothers, Eddie Francis Sims, Melbourne, Fla., and Johnny Clark Sims, Konstanz, Germany; granddaughter, Elizabeth Sims Cashion, and husband, Christopher Cashion, and their children, Christopher Sims Cashion and Strother Elizabeth Cashion, Anderson, S.C.; grandson, Kelly Warfield Smith, Richmond, Va.; and granddaughter, Karson Graeme Smith, Dahlonega.
Memorials may be made to the Boulevard Baptist Church Activity Center, 700 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621; Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29648; Anderson Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615; Anderson Interfaith Ministries, P.O. Box 1136, Anderson, SC 29624; or to the Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.
The body is at The McDougald Funeral Home, 2211 N. Main Street, Anderson, S.C. The family is at the residence, 1604 Sandy Hollow, Anderson, S.C., and will receive friends Thursday immediately following the graveside service.
The McDougald Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

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John C.
McDuffie Jr.
John C. McDuffie Jr., 67, of Commerce, a U.S. Army veteran, died Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born February 3, 1936, in Banks County, Mr. McDuffie was a son of the late John C. McDuffie Sr. and Leona Moore McDuffie.
He retired from Martin Mechanical Contractors and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with Pastor Stuart Lang and the Rev. David Harbin officiating.
Mr. McDuffie is survived by his wife, Carolyn Haggard McDuffie, Commerce; son, Ricky Dean McDuffie, Jefferson; daughter, Cindy Cox, Thomson; brothers, Gene McDuffie, Joe McDuffie and Leon McDuffie, all of Commerce; sisters, Betty McClung, Dorothy Mizelle, Mamie Payne and Johnnie Shubert, all of Commerce, Winnie Roach, Fayetteville, and Gracie Shubert, Lula; three grandsons and one step-granddaughter.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Dorothy F. Pinion
Mrs. Dorothy Faye Elder Pinion, 82, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Pinion was born January 7, 1921, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Edward and Ola Hanson Elder.
Mrs. Pinion was a homemaker and a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial will be in the Galilee Christian Church Cemetery. Jeffrey Adams, Butch Elder, Jerry Johnson, Barry Lavender, Douglas Mize and George Pinion will serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Pinion is survived by her husband of 62 years, Charlie Pinion, Jefferson; daughter, Martha Erb, Lawrenceville; sons, Charles Pinion, Braselton, James Pinion and Joel Pinion, both of Jefferson, and John Pinion, Douglasville; sisters, Leola Adams, Hartwell, Joyce Carlisle, Decatur, and Lenora Langford and Mildred Pinion, both of Lawrenceville; brother, David Elder, Conyers; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family was to have received friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Naomi E. Baird
Mrs. Naomi Estelle Phillips Baird, 86, of Commerce, died Friday, May 9, 2003, at St. Mary’s Longterm Care Center.
Mrs. Baird was born February 18, 1917, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Talmadge and Tempie Mae Hembree Phillips.
Mrs. Baird was a homemaker and a member of Nicholson Pentecostal Fire Baptized Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.T. Baird, and a daughter, Evelyn Baird.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12, at Nicholson Pentecostal Fire Baptized Holiness Church with the Revs. Ellis Cooper and Marty Smith officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include two sons, Joe Baird, Commerce, and Phillip Baird, Jefferson; one daughter, Cheryl Franklin, Commerce; one brother, Okie Phillips, Commerce; two sisters, Myrtle Lee Brock, Elberton, and Mary Ann Loggins, Statham; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Willard D. Sanford
Willard Doyle Sanford, 79, of Hoschton, died Friday, May 9, 2003, at Piedmont Hospital after a brief illness.
Mr. Sanford was born in Gilmer County on June 4, 1923. He was a son of the late Joseph Emory and Mary Quarles Sanford.
Mr. Sanford was a retired commercial printer with Equifax and was a member of Zion Baptist Church, Braselton, where he served as a member of the Building Committee and was past Sunday School teacher. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 114th Infantry, and was a member of the West Jackson Lions Club.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Phillips and Col. William Kinney officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Sanford is survived by his wife, Juanita Derden Sanford, Hoschton; daughter, Judy Sanford Brooks, Canton; son, Ray David Sanford, Atlanta; sister, Ella Vee Parks, Loganville; brothers, Clell Sanford and Roy Sanford, both of Ellijay, Clifton Sanford, Pembrooke, Mass., and Wilmer Sanford, Dalton; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Zion Baptist Church Building Fund, 401 Zion Church Road, Braselton, GA 30517, or to the West Jackson Lions Club, c/o Col. William Kinney, Pinecrest Lane, Braselton, GA 30517.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Mary J. Tumlin
Mrs. Mary Jane Bond Tumlin, 83, of Jefferson, died Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Athens Re-gional Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Mrs. Tumlin was born April 27, 1920, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Riley and Lizzie Holland Gee.
She retired from the textile mill industry as a machine operator and was a member of Tyrus Baptist Church. Mrs. Tumlin was preceded in death by her first husband, Lewis N. Bond, and her second husband, Willis W. Tumlin.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. William Anglin and Charles Elrod officiating. Burial was in the Lebanon Methodist Church Cemetery. Kenny Bond, Larry Bond, Chris Haygood, Ricky Moon, Charlie Tumlin, Gene Whisnant and Timothy Whisnant served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Calvin Freeman and Lois and Harold Whisnant, all of Jefferson; daughter, Mary Gearing, Statham; several step-children; eight grandchildren, Teresa and Chester Tumlin, Ricky and Cathy Moon and Linda Lancaster, all of Jefferson, Billy and Michelle Tumlin and Gene and Marsha Whisnant, all of Pendergrass, Charles Tumlin, Snellville, Timothy Whisnant, Louisville, and Debra and Mike Holtrh; several step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one nephew.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003

Willie R. Martin
Willie R. Martin, 89, of Commerce, died Tuesday, May 6, 2003.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Martin was a son of the late Ed and Ollie Bush Martin.
He was a custodian for the City of Commerce and was a member of Melvin Hill C.M.E. Church, Carnesville.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Melvin Hill C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Arthur Jones officiating. Burial was in Melvin Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Willie Ruth Martin, Commerce; five sons, Hoyt Martin, Horace Martin and Odell Martin, all of Commerce, and Charlie W. Martin and James Martin, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Eddie Mae Baker and Helen Prather, both of Toccoa; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003


Ruby ‘Helen’ Hayes
Mrs. Ruby “Helen” Hayes, 92, of Statham, died at Walton Medical Center.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Hayes was a daughter of the late Richard Pickett and Mary Adellia Hayes.
She was a retired seamstress from Carwood Manufacturing Co. and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Monroe.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 16, at Calvary Baptist Church, Statham, with the Rev. Chris Conner and the Rev. Foster officiating. Burial will be in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Margie Blackmon, Statham, and Lois Maynard, Winder; 19 nieces and nephews and a host of great-nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Smith Funeral Home, Winder.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 14, 2003


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