Jackson County Obituaries...

MAY 28, 2003

Nettie L. Wheeler
Miss Nettie Louise Wheeler, 80, of Jefferson, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at her residence following a sudden illness.
Born in Jackson County on July 28, 1922, Miss Wheeler was a daughter of the late Jim and Tinnie Whitlock Wheeler.
She was a homemaker and farmer and a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Miss Wheeler is survived by a brother, Carlton Wheeler, Jefferson; a sister, Evie Lou Wheeler, Jefferson; and several nieces and nephews.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Essie J. Simpson
Mrs. Essie Jane Simpson, 84, of Jefferson, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born and raised in Hall County, Mrs. Simpson was the daughter of the late Ernest Robert Collins and Alice Smith Collins.
She was a homemaker and a member of Harmony Hall Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Bo Whisnant officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mrs. Simpson is survived by her husband, Cleveland Simpson, Jefferson; three sons, Gary Dover, Oakwood, Wayne Dover, Macon, and J.C. Dover, Ocala, Fla.; three daughters, Betty Jo Carrol, Pendergrass, Brenda Loft, Greensboro, and Janie Wheeler, Jefferson; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Winlyn Baker
Winlyn Moses Arvil Baker, 10 months, infant son of Wendy Baker, Commerce, died Thursday, May 22, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Midway Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a sister, Sheena Baker, Commerce; and grandparents, Winlyn and Vickie Baker, Commerce, and Julian and Janice Wilson, Pendergrass.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Beulah B. Gragg
Mrs. Beulah Brock Gragg, 83, of Lula, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on April 9, 1920, Mrs. Gragg was the daughter of the late David Enos and Susan Brock.
She was a homemaker and a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church, Rabun County.
Mrs. Gragg was preceded in death by her husband, Edmond James Gragg, two sons, Jimmy Ray Gragg and Amiel Burgess Gragg, two daughters, Robin Michelle Gragg and Debra Sue Gragg, and a grandson, Wayne Wood.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Flat Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Austin Kelley, Thomas Gragg and David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include eight daughters, Rosa Gailey, Lula, Carolyn Wood, Cornelia, Louise Wilbanks, Commerce, Willene Garner, Cleveland, Shirley Bradshaw, Clarkesville, Louann Gardiner, Homer, Rachel Jimenez, Duluth, and Dottie Morris, Alto; two sons, Rick Gragg, Alto, and Tony Gragg, Homer; one brother, Vance Henry Wilson, North Carolina; 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, GA 30501.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Charles T. Barnett
Charles Thad Barnett, 32, of Nicholson, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Barnett was born December 4, 1970, in Jackson County, a son of Mary Lou Sanders Barnett, Nicholson, and the late Sport Barnett. He was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Barnett.
Mr. Barnett was employed as a tile setter.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Antioch United Methodist Church with the Revs. Richard Cathy and David Bowen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a daughter, Brittany Barnett, Nicholson; and three brothers, Todd Barnett and Trey Barnett, both of Nicholson, and Tony Barnett, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Obie S. Williams
Mrs. Obie S. Williams, 77, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 25, 2003.
Born in Madison County, Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late J.O.M. and Bessie Hardeman Smith.
She was retired from the Federal Building in Athens, where she was employed with the Soil Conservation Department, and was a member of Ila Baptist Church. Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Williams.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, in Ila Cemetery with the Rev. Phil Parks officiating.
Mrs. Williams is survived by three sons, Ronnie Williams, Danny Williams and David Williams, all of Commerce.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Roy W. Reese
Roy William Reese, 57, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 25, 2003.
Mr. Reese retired from Gwinnett County after 23 years of service. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Winfred Reese, in 1972, and Gerald Reese, in 1995.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Hughes officiating. Burial was in Gwinnett Memorial Park, Lawrenceville.
Mr. Reese is survived by his wife, Linda A. Reese, Commerce; children, Sharon Reese, Kenneth Reese and LeAnn and Roger Wills, all of Lawrenceville; brothers, Donald Reese, Commerce, and Glyndon Reese, Dacula; sister, Janice Coker, Lawrenceville; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Dr. Charles
W. O’Rear Jr.
Dr. Charles W. O’Rear Jr., 68, of Greenville, N.C., died Sunday, May 25, 2003.
A native of Commerce, Dr. O’Rear attended Commerce High School and was a graduate of Darlington School in Rome and of Georgia Tech. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict.
Dr. O’Rear taught at Tallulah Falls School, Inc., Tallulah Falls, for three years. He received his Masters Degree from East Carolina University and his PhD from Virginia Tech. For over 30 years Dr. O’Rear was a professor of Biology at East Carolina University. He was a member of Xi Sigma Pi, Phi Sigma Society, Phi Delta Kappa and the American Fisheries Society.
Dr. O’Rear was a Ham Radio operator, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, was a member of the Pitt County Historical Society and was a member and former president of the Mended Hearts. A member of the First Presbyterian Church, he served as an elder and deacon and taught the Covenant Sunday School Class.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, N.C.
Dr. O’Rear is survived by his wife, Janice Rhem O’Rear; son, Charles W. “Chip” O’Rear III, Greenville, N.C.; grandson, William Charles O’Rear, Greenville, N.C.; sister-in-law, Louise O’Rear, Lawrenceville; nephews, David Carson O’Rear and Al D. O’Rear, both serving in the U.S. Army, and George W. O’Rear, Jackson, Miss.; and a niece, Maggie O’Rear Smith, Atlanta.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3015 S. Memorial Drive, Suite A, Greenville, NC 27834, the American Cancer Society, 930-B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834, or to the First Presbyterian Church, 1400 S. Elm Street, Greenville, NC 27858.
Wilkerson Funeral Home, Greenville, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Frances P. Marlow
Mrs. Frances Parks Marlow, 86, of Pendergrass, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Marlow was born in Jackson County on October 14, 1916. She was a daughter of the late Arthur Guy Parks Sr. and Myrt Langford Parks.
Mrs. Marlow was a homemaker, and along with her late husband, operated the Dee Marlow Store for 51 years. She was a member of Holly Springs United Methodist Church, Pendergrass.
Mrs. Marlow was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Deewitt “Dee” Marlow, two grandchildren, Terry Deewitt “Witt” Marlow Jr., and Geri B. Standridge, and two brothers, Arthur Guy Parks Jr. and Mack Parks.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Holly Springs United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bob Lewis and Tom Fish officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mike Garrett, Shane Guined, Ned Klugh, Dixon Marlow, Jeff Sanders, Ben D. Shadburn and Lewis Franklin “Chip” Shadburn Jr. served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Marlow was the devoted mother of Arthur D. Marlow, Gainesville, H. Dennis Marlow, Joann Marlow and Terry D. Marlow, all of Pendergrass, Delene M. Shadburn, Maysville, and Janet M. Standridge, Jefferson. In addition to her children, she is also survived by a sister, Jean P. Savage, Maysville; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Holly Springs United Methodist Church Building Fund, 7441 Holly Springs Road, Pendergrass, GA 30567.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Annie R. Chapman
Mrs. Annie Ruth Maddox Cary Chapman, 79, of Royston, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Chapman was born August 13, 1923, in DeKalb County, a daughter of the late Curtis and Millie Nett Lowe Maddox.
She was a homemaker and of the Methodist denomination. Mrs. Chapman was preceded in death by her first husband, Carval A. Cary, a brother, Joe D. Maddox, and a sister, Geraldine Silvey.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Wendall Hanley and Randall Porter officiating. Burial will be in Cary Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Chapman’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Chapman is survived by her husband, Boyce S. Chapman, Royston; four sons, Herbert Carey, Commerce, Anthony Cary and Ronald Carey, both of Royston, and David Chapman, Sandy Springs, S.C.; four daughters, Janice Isbell, Royston, Ann Cary Monnier, Hartwell, Marie Carey Chapman, Sandy Springs, S.C., and Sandra Cary Stephenson, Danielsville; two sisters, Kathleen Maddox, Hull, and Mary Evelyn Maddox Porter, Commerce; 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
The family is at their respective homes and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Wilma J. Samples
Mrs. Wilma J. Prather Samples, 66, of Jefferson, died Monday, May 26, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a sudden illness.
Mrs. Samples was born March 29, 1937, in Clarke County, a daughter of the late Odell and Mattie Madison Prather.
She was a homemaker and a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Samples was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Samples.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson, with the Rev. Don Harber officiating.
Survivors include three daughters, Pee Wee Dyer, Blacksburg, S.C., Debra Smith, Virginia, and Susan Voyles, Jefferson; three sons, Frankie Samples, Ila, Gary Samples, Danielsville, and Steve Samples, Jefferson; two sisters, Lemma Ladd, Augusta, and Alma Self, Commerce; three brothers, Claude Prather, Quinlin, Texas, Richard Prather, Texas, and Wayne Prather, Arizona; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Donald E. O’Kelley
Donald Eugene O’Kelley, 70, of Commerce, died Monday, May 26, 2003.
Mr. O’Kelley was born in Jackson County on April 11, 1933. He was the son of the late Alton and Irene Hartley O’Kelley.
Mr. O’Kelley retired from Coca Cola Foods in California. He was preceded in death by two sons, Tony O’Kelley and Donald O’Kelley Jr.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating.
Mr. O’Kelley is survived by his wife, Barbara Brown O’Kelley, Commerce; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Joan O’Kelley, Hoschton; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Patrick Roper, Jackson, Miss.; grandson, Patrick O’Kelley, New York, N.Y.; and a niece, Laurie Roper.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Ruby L. Gunter
Ms. Ruby Lee Gunter, 70, of Colbert, died Friday, May 23, 2003.
A native of Jackson County, Ms. Gunter was a daughter of Lila O’Kelley, Arnoldsville, and the late Claud W. O’Kelley.
No services were held.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two daughters, Roxanne Gunter, Winterville, and Judy Lance, Colbert; one son, Walter E. Gunter; four sisters, Frances Shiflet, Hartwell, Sue Melton and Peggy Smith, both of Hull, and Betty Human, Royston; two brothers, George O’Kelley, Tignall, and Johnny O’Kelley, Colbert; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice Services, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

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Irene M. Miller
Mrs. Irene Moore Miller, 84, of Social Circle, formerly of Commerce, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003.
A native of Denton, Mrs. Miller was a daughter of the late William and Mattie Chaney Moore.
She lived in Commerce for 35 years and was retired from the textile industry. She was a member of Jesus Saves Baptist Church, Commerce.
Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lee Miller, and two sons, Bobby Lee Miller and Larry Miller.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 23, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Bill Autry officiating. Burial was in the Whitehall Baptist Church Cemetery. Mike Thornton, Mike Meadows, Fred Whatley, Vernon Pearson and Jeff Thornton served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Edward M. Miller, Social Circle; a sister, Mattie Lou McCraken, Swainsboro; and two grandchildren.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Ethel W. Minish
Mrs. Ethel W. Minish, 84, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
A native of Towns County, Mrs. Minish was a daughter of the late Dee and Sarah Alice Smith Wood.
She retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing Company after 42 years of service.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with the Revs. David Bowen and Henry Webb officiating.
Mrs. Minish is survived by her husband, John C. (Jake) Minish, of the home; niece, Jane Scott, Commerce; and nephew, Tom Morrison, Commerce; along with other nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Gideons.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Tonya I. Thomas
Mrs. Tonya Ingram Thomas, 24, of Commerce, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Thomas was born January 19, 1979, in Jackson County, a daughter of Mike Ingram and Judy Turpin Roberts, both of Commerce.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, William Thomas, Commerce; son, Chaz Thomas, Commerce; daughter, Bryanna Thomas, Commerce; sister, Amanda Ledford, Danielsville; step-brother, Derrick Minish, Commerce; and grandfather, Dwight Ingram, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Georgia
‘Judy’ Davis
Mrs. Georgia Jurell “Judy” Davis, 94, of Buford, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Davis was born December 21, 1908, in Jackson County, and had lived most of her life in Buford. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Buford and a member of the Lela Whitener Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Davis retired from Georgia Shoe and the Buford City School System.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford, with the Rev. G. Stephen Wood officiating. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter, Tommie Ann Leachman, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Cris and Ron Brooks, Buford; sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Vickie Davis, Canton, and Bobby and Barbara Davis, Buford; brothers, Paul Hamilton and Lewis Hamilton, both of Buford; sister, Mary Floyce Bramblett, Kingsport, Tenn.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Trudy L. McKeever
Mrs. Trudy Lee Johnson McKeever, 74, of Commerce, died Saturday, May 24, 2003.
Mrs. McKeever was born June 8, 1928, in Madison County, a daughter of the late Henry and Lillie Johnson.
She was a homemaker and a member of Fairfield Baptist Church. Moving to Commerce, Mrs. McKeever joined Warren Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was an active member until her health failed.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Jean Pittman and Kathryn E. Almond.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 27. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Dough Childers officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Lillie Ann Almond, Commerce, and Estelle Nowells, Decatur; three sisters, Lula Colbert, Danielsville, Rosa Jones, Athens, and Ida Brown, Raleigh, N.C.; two brothers, James Johnson and Durham Johnson, Philadelphia; an aunt, Ann Chappell, Comer; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Grover
‘Jack’ Maddox
Grover “Jack” Maddox, 81, of Winder, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003.
Mr. Maddox was born in Jackson County to the late Scott and Nettie Holland Maddox.
He was a retired automobile mechanic and was a member of Duncan’s Creek Congregational Church.
A graveside service was held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 22, in the Duncan’s Creek Congregational Church Cemetery with the Rev. A.J. Mullinax officiating.
Mr. Maddox is survived by his wife, Rudene Cooper Maddox, Winder; daughter, Sara Ann Ford, Jefferson; son, Donald Dean Maddox, Gainesville; sister, Mary Phillips, Toccoa; brother, Holland Maddox, Dacula; six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Alice K. Herrera
Mrs. Alice K. Gallagher Herrera, 94, of Woodstock, died Monday, May 26, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Herrera was born in Colma County, Calif., on August 15, 1908. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Louise Veerkamp Gallagher.
Mrs. Herrera was a retired educator and of the Catholic denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Abe Herrera.
Entombment will be Saturday, May 31, in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Sacramento, Calif.
Mrs. Herrera is survived by a brother, Frank Gallagher, Sacramento, Calif.; and nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Gail McCoy
Mrs. Gail McCoy, 54, of Commerce, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. McCoy was a daughter of Lillie Parson Mize and the late E.B. Mize.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ralph O. Smith and Phil Parks officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. McCoy is survived by her husband, David McCoy, of the home; three brothers, James Thomas Mize, Hoschton, and Ty and Ricky Mize, both of Commerce; one sister, Willie Lou Stoyle, Danielsville; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Fred and Ruth McCoy, Commerce.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Roy B. Daniel
Roy Bryan Daniel, 33, of Flowery Branch, formerly of Duluth, died Friday, May 23, 2003, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia, N.C., following a sudden illness.
Mr. Daniel was born September 25, 1969, in DeKalb County. He was a son of Dean Daniel Farris Rice, Flowery Branch, and the late Roy C. Daniel.
Mr. Daniel was employed as a truck driver with Edmondson Trucking and was a member of Lucia Baptist Church in North Carolina.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Mike Davis officiating. Burial was Peachtree Memorial Park, Norcross. Dara Ballard, Chad Daniel, Christopher Daniel, Marty Edmondson, Lowell Farris and Mark Holdbrooks served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include three daughters, Heather Nicole Daniel, Schai Kymberly Daniel and Tasha Lynn Daniel, all of Winder; and one brother, Bret Daniel, Hoschton.
Memorials may be made to the Crone’s Disease Foundation.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Essie M. Lewis
Mrs. Essie Mae Lewis, 91, of Stockbridge, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Lewis had been employed as a bookbinder with J.M. Marbut Co., where she retired in 1970. She was a charter member of Oakwood Baptist Church in Gwinnett County.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 26, in the Fairview Chapel of Horis A. Ward Funeral Home with Pastor Preston Moore officiating. Burial was in Fairview Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar (Hazel) Walls, Maysville, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny (Barbara) Chapman and Mr. and Mrs. John (Marilyn) Gann, all of Stockbridge, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl (Joyce) Thomas, Snellville; son, Richard Lewis, Stockbridge; brother, Ross Wood; sisters, Ealer Archer, Montene Hall and Bernice Brewton; 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Fairview Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Ruby B. Watts
Mrs. Ruby Bell Watts, 88, of Commerce, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
A native of Franklin, N.C., Mrs. Watts was a daughter of the late Harvey and Ellie Ivie Watts.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 30, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial will be in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Ruby Nell Watts, Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Bobby and Helen Watts, Commerce; brother and sister-in-law, Hoyt and Mary Sue Jackson, Homer; sisters, Bonnie Short, Lexington, N.C., Eddie Vera Westmoreland, Commerce, and Bessie Loggins, Cleveland; four grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour Friday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

David A. Martin
David A. Martin, 54, of Talmo, died Saturday, May 24, 2003.
Mr. Martin was a native of Commerce. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed by Cargill Foods. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, at McDonald & Son Funeral Home, Hillside Chapel, Gainesville, with the Rev. Lee Benton officiating. Burial was in Hillside Memorial Gardens, Gainesville.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Barbara Carney Martin; a daughter, Kenia Smith, Dahlonega; a son, Tim Carpenter Jr., Talmo; a sister, Francis “Sis” Martin, Jefferson; an aunt, Rachel Massey, Jefferson; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Hospice organization of one’s choice.
McDonald & Son Funeral Home, Hillside Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003

Tony D. Lucas
Tony Dwayne Lucas, 36, of Hull, died Monday, May 19, 2003.
A native of Atlanta, Mr. Lucas was a son of the late William Thomas and Carol Roach Lucas.
He was a painter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Lucas is survived by his wife, Stefanie Brooks Lucas, of the home; son, Tony Blake Lucas, of the home; daughters, Heather Lucas, Miranda Lucas and Clarissa Lucas, all of Anderson, S.C.; brother, William Thomas Lucas III, Braselton; sisters, Katrina Talley, Oxford, Ala., and Elizabeth Lucas, Atlanta; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 28, 2003


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