Jackson County Obituaries...

AUGUST 27, 2003

R.B. Stinchcomb
R.B. Stinchcomb, 60, of Braselton, died Tuesday, August 26, 2003.
Born in Barrow County, Mr. Stinchcomb was a son of Lola B. Gaddis Stinchcomb and the late Robert Lee Stinchcomb.
He was a retired plant manager with Vulcan Materials.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 28, at the Church of God of Prophecy with the Revs. Richard Cole and Thomas Holmes officiating. Burial will be in the Hoschton City Cemetery.
Mr. Stinchcomb is survived by his wife, Wanda Baird Stinchcomb, Braselton; sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck and April Patterson Stinchcomb, Suwanee, T.J. and Angie Adams Stinchcomb, Hoschton, and Chip Patrick and Christi Stewart Stinchcomb, Braselton; son, Mike Pruitt, Braselton; daughter and son-in-law, Kim S. and Eddie Butler, Hoschton; grandchildren, Brittany Butler, Erica Butler and Elijah Butler, all of Hoschton, and Payton Stinchcomb and Chandler Stinchcomb, both of Braselton; brothers, Bud Stinchcomb, Braselton, and Charles Stinchcomb, Hoschton; sisters, Johnnie Cole, Auburn, Martha Bartlett, Braselton, Sybil Clark, Hoschton, and Jackie Sims and Cathy Greeson, both of Winder; and mother-in-law, Lourene Baird, Braselton.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home, Winder.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Mary A. Bergeron
Mrs. Mary Anna Bergeron, 86, of Braselton, died Tuesday, August 26, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Joann and Gary Smith, Braselton; sons and daughters-in-law, R. Cotton and Sharon Wilson, Nags Heads, N.C., and Carl and Donna Bergeron, Milledgeville; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Roy B. Payne Jr.
Roy B. Payne Jr., of Jefferson, died Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at home in Jefferson, after an extended illness.
The only son of Roy B. Payne Sr. and Elizabeth Pierce Payne, he was born in Atlanta on December 19, 1953, moving with his parents to Suwanee in 1957. Growing up in Suwanee, Mr. Payne made lifelong friendships at Suwanee Elementary and North Gwinnett High Schools and the Suwanee First United Methodist Church. He pursued a 30-year career in residential and commercial construction.
Mr. Payne followed his interest in construction at an early age beginning his career as a carpenter’s helper in his teen years — first, working for his grandfather, George Pierce Sr., as he made renovations of The Emporium store building in Suwanee. He rose to Master Carpenter.
“His skilled craftsmanship, leadership and work ethic led to positions as a residential construction supervisor building 40 homes a year,” it was stated, “and a 13-year career with Thomas Concrete Company in Atlanta in sales, customer service and plant management.”
He was heavily involved in many projects related to the 1996 Olympics. Mr. Payne left Thomas Concrete in 1998 to begin a new career in technology construction with J.P. Construction Inc. Using his knowledge of construction and concrete, he oversaw construction and erected many cell towers, platforms and other technical projects in Atlanta, the Southeast and nationally until his illness in November 2002.
“During his illness, he fought with everything he had to keep going,” said longtime friend, J.V. Cheek, Suwanee.
Mr. Payne demonstrated his love of and skill at historic preservation by restoring his wife’s grandparents’ home place on Brockton Road in Jefferson, it was added.
“After two years of painstaking work, he commented on his restoration of the Whitehead Home Place, ‘Grandma would have loved it,’” shared his wife, Debbie.
He also created folk art paintings of home and Suwanee for his family.
“He loved his family and many friends,” said family members, “especially enjoying family trips to the beach and Annual Bike Week in Daytona Beach.”
Recalling her father’s earlier days as a motorcycle enthusiast, Melissa Payne said, “Daddy loved to clean and polish ‘Precious’ all week just for a one-hour ride with his friends on the weekend.”
“Roy had a quiet wit and loving spirit that all of his family and many, many friends will greatly miss,” said his sister, Anita Payne Smith, Gainesville.
Her husband, Dr. Rodney L. Smith, added, “He was the best brother-in-law in the world.”
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Dean Head and Jesse Mealor officiating. Burial was in the Galilee Christian Church Cemetery, Jefferson. Jeff Burnette, Jimmy Burnette, Dave Pierce, Mike Pierce, Randy Pierce, Tim Pierce and David Reed served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Cape, Jerry Carey, J.R. Cheek, Danny Jones, Donnie Jones, Jim Lyle, Mike Nolan and Jeff Wallace.
Mr. Payne is survived by his wife, Debbie Jacks Payne, Jefferson; five children, Matthew Pierce Payne, Suwanee, Michael Wade Payne, and his wife, Kelley Garmon Payne, Buford, Melissa Leigh Payne, Stockbridge, Donald Jason Merritt, and his wife, Amy Michelle Merritt, Jenkinsburg, and Dustin Michael Gertsch, Jefferson; one grandson, Turner Pratt, Stockbridge; his mother, Elizabeth Pierce Payne, Suwanee; sister and brother-in-law, Anita Payne Smith and Dr. Rodney L. Smith, Gainesville; mother-in-law, Ruth Whitehead Jacks, Jefferson; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dianne and Dale Quinn, Loganville; nieces, Elizabeth Garner, Carrollton, and Tammy Vining, Buford; and cousins, aunts and uncles whom he loved very much. Mr. Payne’s father, Roy B. Payne Sr., preceded him in death on July 21, 2003.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Relay for Life by contacting Susan McWhorter at The Peoples Bank of Winder, 770-867-9111.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

James Moon
James Moon, of Jefferson, died Saturday, August 23, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, at Maxey Hill Baptist Church, Jefferson, with the Rev. Mitchel Applebee giving the eulogy. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Moon is survived by a daughter, Shená Moon Gresham, Jefferson; a son, James Kenneth Moon Jr., Jefferson; brother, Lary Moon, Jefferson; brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Louise Moon and Nathaniel and Alice Moon, all of Jefferson; and sister, Hazel Summerorer, Cleveland.
Mason’s Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Robert H. Poole
Robert Herman Poole, 69, of Athens, died Saturday, August 23, 2003.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Poole was a son of the late Charlie and Sally Pruitt Poole.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was retired from Gulf Oil. Mr. Poole was an active member of West End Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and usher and was a member of the Long Sunday School, Brotherhood and the Tuesday Morning Crew.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Poole, two sisters, Lucille Hooper and Bert Smith, and three brothers, Conrad Kesler, J.T. Kesler and John Poole.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, August 25, at West End Baptist Church with Drs. Larry Elliott and Larry Finger officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Poole is survived by his wife, Patricia Segars Poole, Athens; daughter, Marilyn Barnett Meadows, Winterville; daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Chuck Garrett, Bogart; sons, Robert A. Poole, Carlton, and John Mark Poole, Bogart; sister, Nell Shaw, Hartwell; brothers, Charles Poole and Verner Poole, both of Hartwell; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, 890 Boulevard, Athens, GA 30601.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Morris Stewart
Morris Junior Stewart, 61, of Toccoa, died Saturday, August 23, 2003, at his home.
A son of the late John Robert Sidney Stewart and Winnie Fox Stewart, he was born September 13, 1941, in Forsyth County.
He grew up in Forsyth County, raised his family in Braselton and had lived in Toccoa for the last 15 years. Mr. Stewart was a member of Cross Plain Baptist Church and was an equipment operator in the construction industry.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, in the chapel of Whitlock Mortuary, Toccoa, with the Revs. Harlon Noles and Tony Owenby officiating. Burial was in Roselane Cemetery, Toccoa. Jerry Adams, Brent Adams, Waymon Love, James Savage, Greg Jackson and Buddy Cheek served as pallbearers.
Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife, Mary Scruggs Stewart, of the home; four daughters, Robin Eddy and Regina Hollis, both of Hoschton, Rhonda Wilson, Medford, N.J., and Rosalyn Love, Braselton; three sons, Jimmy Wilson, Braselton, and Jonathan Stewart and Jeff Stewart, both of Toccoa; three sisters, Doris Bagby, Dorothy Stewart and Marjorie Scruggs, all of Cumming; and five grandchildren.
Whitlock Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Mary G. Varsakelis
Mrs. Mary Grace Gordon Varsakelis, 59, of Gallatin, Tenn., died Tuesday, August 19, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Varsakelis was a daughter of Dorothy Gordon, Commerce, and the late John Berry Gordon.
She was a homemaker and a member of Laguardo Baptist Church, Lebanon, Tenn. Mrs. Varsakelis was preceded in death by a son, Robert Henderson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, at Webbs Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. John Gordon officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Varsakelis is survived by her husband, Pete Varsakelis, Gallatin, Tenn.; daughters, Donna Garrison, Maysville, and Deborah Stone, Portland, Tenn.; sisters, Polly Brown and Emily Gaines, both of Commerce; brother, John Gordon, Crawford; grandchildren, Amber Garrison, Matthew Garrison, Hannah Garrison, Seth Garrison, Markie Stone and Robert Stone.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Janis L. Haulbrook
Mrs. Janis Leigh Haulbrook, 54, of Marietta, died Friday, August 22, 2003.
A native of Cedartown, Mrs. Haulbrook had lived in the Cobb County area since 1960. She retired from the Cobb County Parks and Recreation Department and was a member of Macland Church of Christ.
Mrs. Haulbrook was preceded in death by a son, Rob Haulbrook, and her father, Gordon Craton.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, August 25, at Macland Church of Christ with Phillip Satterfield officiating. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 26, in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mrs. Haulbrook is survived by her husband, Robert L. Haulbrook, Marietta; daughter, Jamie L. Haulbrook, Marietta; her mother, Mrs. Margaret Craton, Marietta; sisters, Mrs. Julie C. Urbaniak and Mrs. Jettie C. Smelcer, both of Powder Springs; brother, David G. Craton, Kennesaw; grandson, Robbie Haulbrook, Marietta; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Haulbrook, Maysville; and many nieces and nephews.
West Cobb Funeral Home, Marietta, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

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Fay S. Moore
Mrs. Fay Saraglyn Elder Moore, 70, of the Macedonia Community in Greene County, died Wednesday, August 20, 2003, at Putnam General Hospital.
Born in Oconee County on November 6, 1932, Mrs. Moore was the daughter of the late Inus Cornelius Elder and Emma Thelma Robison Elder.
She graduated from Greensboro High School in 1949, and during her teenage years, worked for Hunter’s Drug Store. As a homemaker, she and her husband had operated a family dairy in the Macedonia Community for the past 52 years. Mrs. Moore was an election poll officer, a member of the University of Georgia Co-op Creamery and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where she taught Training Union.
She married Ralph Alvin Moore on August 29, 1951. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, it was stated, who loved to garden, cook and preserve fruits and vegetables.
“She had a warm and friendly attitude to all and was caring, cheerful and overflowing with love,” family members added. “She was always there to help others and doted on her grandchildren with loving hugs, bright smiles and encouraging words. She will be sadly missed.”
Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Elder and Jack Elder.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, August 22, at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Joel Sorrow officiating. Burial was in the Macedonia Cemetery. Alan Moon, Wilbur H. Moore Jr., Dewitt Price, Kevin Nichols, E.G. “Billy” Copelan Jr., Stuart Nichols and Freddie Gilbert served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were C.W. Buchanan, James Price, David Rice and Joe Vaughn.
Mrs. Moore is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ralph Alvin Moore, of the Macedonia Community; two daughters, Dale Dianne Moore Bennett, Alma, and Carolyn Teresa Moore Churchwell, and husband, Barry Gene, Maxeys; four grandchildren, Chad David Bennett, and wife, Angel, Adam Clay Bennett, and wife, Ivey, Dustin Gene Churchwell, and wife, Amanda, and Nancie Joyce Churchwell; and two great-grandchildren, Alexis Betsill and Dustin Kyle Churchwell.
Memorials may be made to Macedonia Baptist Church, 3000 Macedonia Road, Union Point, GA 30669.
McCommons Funeral Home, Greensboro, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Golden E. Adams
Miss Golden Elizabeth Adams, 88, of Commerce, died Monday, August 25, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Miss Adams was born September 20, 1914, in Madison County. She was the daughter of the late Will and Lizzie Adams.
Miss Adams was a homemaker and a member of Erastus Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, at Erastus Christian Church with the Rev. Billy Glossen and Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Miss Adams is survived by a sister-in-law, Lula Mae Adams, Commerce; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Arthur Mae
‘Geny’ Sheridan
Mrs. Arthur Mae “Geny” Sheridan, of Royston, died Tuesday, August 19, 2003.
Mrs. Sheridan was born in Franklin County, a daughter of the late Arthur and Mary Bennett Langford.
She retired from Oxford Manufacturing Company and was a talented seamstress and crafts person, it was stated. Mrs. Sheridan was a member of Franklin Springs Baptist Church and a faithful attendee of Faith Christian Fellowship Church.
“She was known for her quiet, giving spirit,” added family members, “blessing all she met and loved by all.”
Her husband was the late Buscum W. “Bass” Sheridan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, at Franklin Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Williard Crider, Frankie Sheridan and David Coker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Anne Sheridan, Commerce; son, Dan Sheridan, Royston; daughter, Lenonia Brown, Royston; daughters and sons-in-law, Dixie and Tony Akins, Clearwater, Fla., and Sallie and Danny Prewett, Toccoa; sisters, Dessie Hill, Royston, and Ruby Hill, Ila; 10 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Luisa M. Trebec
Mrs. Luisa M. Trebec, 81, of Commerce, died Sunday, August 24, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 26, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Trebec is survived by her husband, Frank S. Trebec, of the home; three sons, Behrand Schroeder, Willoughby, Ohio, Dieter Schroeder, Mentor, Ohio, and Richard Schroeder, Madison, Ohio; one sister, Lydia Brugaen, Germany; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Rudolph Gutsche.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Dr. Joel B. Tonge
Dr. Joel Bradford “Brad” Tonge, 51, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 19, 2003.
A native of Bibb County, Dr. Tonge was a son of the late Jack Stephens Tonge Sr. and Eloise Pope Tonge.
Prior to moving to Madison County, Dr. Tonge practiced optometry for several years in Brunswick. He and his family maintained a second home in Livingston, Mont., and was a member of the Episcopal Church.
Burial will be at a later date at St. Johns Episcopal, Bainbridge.
Dr. Tonge is survived by his wife, Brenda Cross Tonge; daughter, Tegan Elizabeth-Eloise Tonge, Commerce; sons, Cole Bradford Tonge and Samuel Davis Tonge VI, both of Commerce; brothers, Dr. Jack Stephens Tonge Jr., Winder, and Timothy Palmer Tonge, Covington; brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Davis Tonge V, and Sharon Varner Tonge, Waycross; 11 nieces and nephews and several cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Ste. B2, Athens, GA 30605, or to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Ste. A, Bogart, GA 30622.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Jeanette Cates
Mrs. Jeanette Cates, 53, of Braselton, died Thursday, August 21, 2003.
Mrs. Cates was a daughter of C.W. Stephens, Pendergrass, and the late Mandy Lou Stephens. She was a member of Living Hope Baptist Church, Braselton.
“She loved her family very much,” stated family members.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 23, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, South Chapel, Flowery Branch, with Clinton Gooch and Allen Stevens officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park South Cemetery.
In addition to her father, Mrs. Cates is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Marvin L. Cates; daughter, Angela Whitley, Monroe; son, Mark Campbell, Wrightsville; brothers, Billy Ray Stephens, Gainesville, John Stephens, Braselton, and Homer Stephens, Sparta; sisters, Dorothy Massey, Pendergrass, Linda “Willie Jo” Spriggs, Gainesville, Mildred Stephens, Virginia Marlow and Martha Gooch, all of Braselton, Bobbie Ann Kinsey, Maysville, and Marie Hix and Linda Long, both of Jefferson; and three grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Linda F. Kesler
Mrs. Linda Faye Seagraves Kesler, 58, of Nicholson, died Monday, August 25, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Kesler was born December 20, 1944, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late William Horace and Helen Elizabeth Howington Seagraves.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, at Nicholson Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Smith and Gary Prather officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mrs. Kesler is survived by her husband, John T. Kesler, Nicholson; four sons, Danny Kesler, Ila, Derrick T. Kesler, Hull, and Kim Kesler and Kirby Kesler, both of Nicholson; two daughters, Lisa Abbott, Commerce, and Leslie Kesler, Nicholson; five brothers, Allen Seagraves, Thomas Seagraves and Paul Seagraves, all of Nicholson, David Seagraves, Winder, and Weymon Seagraves, Jefferson; four sisters, Bobbie Archer, Brenda Kirby and Gail Sorrow, all of Nicholson, and Carol Ivey, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003

Lori D. Clark
Mrs. Lori Gay Dottery Clark, 40, of Statham, died Thursday, August 21, 2003.
A native of Hawaii, Mrs. Clark was the daughter of William Boyd and Linda Morphew Dottery, Watkinsville.
She was a homemaker and a member of Sonlight Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 25, at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church with the Rev. Doyle Sims officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Clark is survived by her husband, Ernest Eugene Clark, Statham; daughter, Ashley Rebecca Wheat Dempsey, Winder; brother, Jimmy Dottery, Norfolk, Va.; and two grandchildren.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 27, 2003



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