Jackson County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 1, 2003

Lee Hill
Lee Hill, 29, of Jefferson, died Thursday, September 25, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, after a sudden illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hill was born March 25, 1974. He was a plumber and attended Lebanon Methodist Church.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 28, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Dugar Strickland and Mike Thompson officiating.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Nickie Hill, Jefferson; his father, Horace Lee Hill Sr., Nicholson; his mother and step-father, Kathy and Ken Mize, Maysville; daughters, Chelsea Hill and Linsey Hill, both of Jefferson; brother, Kelly Mize, Maysville; sisters, Sherry Watson, Athens, and Nancy Wilson, Nicholson; and grandparents, Mary Hill, Commerce, and Margie Pugh, Maysville.
Memorials may be made to the MD Association.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Dovie M. Whisnant
Mrs. Dovie May Robinson Whisnant, 70, of Jefferson, died Monday, September 29, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Whisnant was a daughter of the late Gene and Lessie Powers Arnold. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Whisnant.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. George Wooten officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Larry Whisnant, Mike Whisnant and Wayne Billings, all of Jefferson, and Steve Whisnant, Pendergrass; one daughter, Jo Ann Whisnant, Gainesville; one brother, George Crisley, Madison; two sisters, Patsy Powers and Dianne Powers, both of Winder; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Edwinnie C. Blackstock
Mrs. Edwinnie C. Blackstock, 82, of Winder, died Monday, September 29, 2003.
Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Blackstock was a daughter of the late Will and Fannie Herndon Clack, and the wife of the late Thomas A. Blackstock.
She was a seamstress and had been employed with Carwood and H&H Manufacturing companies, retiring from H&H Manufacturing. She was a member of Pentecost United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Lisa Caine officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Brenda Blackstock, Winder; daughters and sons-in-law, Dale and Troy Richardson, Auburn, and Donice and Wayne Alexander, Jefferson; sister, Grace Rooks, Canton; sisters-in-law, Ruby Clack, Winder, Mascolene Clack, Auburn, and Celeste Townsend, Forest Park; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Suite A, Bogart, GA 30622, or to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Corporate Square, Suite 127, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Obbie B. Bankston
Obbie B. Bankston, 71, of Maysville, died Saturday, September 27, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Bankston was born May 20, 1932, in Taylor County, a son of the late Obbie Bardwell and Mary Hurdle Bankston.
He was retired from Dupont and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, September 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Bankston is survived by his wife, Allene Holland Bankston, Maysville; brother, William Bankston, Little Rock, Ark.; and sister, Rachel Athon, Greensboro.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Betty J. Silman
Mrs. Betty Jean Baxter Silman, 52, of Nicholson, died Saturday, September 27, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Silman was born in Jackson County on September 24, 1951, a daughter of the late Willie and Mamie McKie Baxter.
She was a homemaker and a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church, Commerce. Mrs. Silman was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Benjamin Silman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Rex Long officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a son, William Silman, Nicholson; daughter, Patricia Sullivan, Perry; brothers, Billy Baxter, Bishop, J.D. Baxter, Washington, and Jerry Baxter, Nicholson; sisters, Debbie Baxter, Nicholson, and Mary Ann Nix, Toccoa; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

C.R. ‘Roy’ Davis
C.R. “Roy” Davis, 90, of Demorest, died Friday, September 26, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on March 5, 1913, Mr. Davis was a son of the late Charlie Ross and Susie Henry Davis.
He was retired from Georgia Power Company and was a charter member of the North Georgia Ambassadors. He was also a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert Davis, Ben Davis and Max Davis, and a sister, Elsie Smith.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 28, at Cornelia United Methodist Church with the Revs. Wayne Smith, Marcus Martin and Robert L. Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Mildred Watson Davis, Demorest; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Charlie Wood, Demorest; son and daughter-in-law, Charles S. and Marie Davis, Cornelia; sisters, Gladys Oliver, Toccoa, and Sarah Martin, Gainesville; two grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Regency Hospice, c/o P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Ruth C. Brown
Mrs. Ruth Cannon Brown, 82, of Commerce, died Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born May 12, 1921, in Rabun County, Mrs. Brown was a daughter of the late Raleigh and Lola Swafford Cannon.
She was a homemaker and of the Methodist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cecil Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 26, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Jennifer Gooby officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two daughters, Yvonne Brannen, Loganville, and Rosalyn Wilson, Duluth; three sisters, Estelle Beavers, Conyers, Nora Mobley, Covington, and Doris Murphy, Gainesville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the United Hospice, 700 South Enota Street, Suite 202, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

James G. Griffeth
James G. Griffeth, 62, of Jefferson, died Saturday, September 20, 2003.
Funeral services were held at noon Monday, September 29, in the chapel of Mason’s Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Johntown Cemetery, Commerce.
Mason’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Rosie L. Turner
Mrs. Rosie Lee Turner, 60, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 1, in the chapel of Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home, Athens.
Survivors include two daughters, Crystal Johnson and Patricia Turner; four sons, Anthony Turner, Shannon Turner, Daryl Turner and Michael Turner; three sisters and five brothers.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

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Hugh D. Hart
Hugh D. Hart, 81, of Commerce, died Thursday, September 25, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Hart was born June 21, 1922, the son of the late Claude and Lelia Slaton Hart.
He was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was a member of the Commerce Church of Christ. Mr. Hart was preceded in death by a grandson, Kenneth Hart.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 27, at the Commerce Church of Christ with the Revs. Jeff Coalson and Ron Cope officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Hart is survived by his wife, Alice Louise Pace Hart, Commerce; two sons, Danny Hart and Larry Hart, both of Commerce; two daughters, Peggy Evans, Rome, and Carol Wilkes, Jefferson; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Samuel E.
‘Sam’ Brown
Samuel E. “Sam” Brown, 54, Commerce City Council member and prominent civic and religious leader, died Friday, September 26, 2003, at Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, following a major heart attack September 18 at his home, 469 Piedmont Street, Commerce.
In addition to being a city councilman, Mr. Brown was a member of the Commerce fire and rescue units, a past president of the Commerce Booster Club, a Mason, a Gideon and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. Brown was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was employed with the Athens Post Office and Sam Brown Landscaping.
Mr. Brown was born March 22, 1949, in Jackson County, the son of Jimmie McCoy Brown, Commerce, and the late Fred Brown.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Debbie Martin Brown, Commerce; two sons, Gary Brown and Michael Brown, both of Commerce; and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 28, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Revs. Verlin Reece and Eric Tyson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

LeRoy Pearson
LeRoy Pearson, 72, of Nicholson, died Thursday, September 25, 2003, at his residence.
A native of Clarke County, Mr. Pearson was born January 4, 1931. He was a son of the late Harvey and Bertie Mae Goodrum Pearson.
Mr. Pearson was retired from the United States Navy and was a member of Christian Life Worship Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, at Christian Life Worship Center with the Revs. Donald Elliott, John Ingham and Dan May officiating. Burial was in the New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Pearson is survived by his wife, Alice Archer Pearson, Nicholson; two daughters, Tonya Busbin and Tammy Jackson, both of Nicholson; four brothers, Eugene Pearson and Harold Pearson, both of Athens, Frank Pearson, Royston, and Vince Pearson, Watkinsville; six sisters, Rebecca Bradberry, Winterville, Blenda Smith, Athens, Willette Jackson, Center, Lorene Sorrow, Elberton, Vonnie Parnell, Nicholson, and Kathryne Swindle, Ila; and two grandchildren, Andy and Kayla Sorrow, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Phoebe Henderson
Mrs. Phoebe Henderson, 57, of Athens, died Saturday, September 20, 2003.
A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Henderson was a daughter of Frances Wilson and the late Hoyt Wheless.
She was formerly employed with St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, and was a member of New Covenant Worship Center.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 22, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Howard Conine officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her former husband, Jerris Henderson, Nicholson; daughter, Donna Henderson, Athens; sister, Vici Parr, Commerce; grandsons, Cody Henderson and Casey Henderson; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Claude and Doris Edwards, The Tolbert Family and Keith Barrett; and mother-in-law, Rachel Whitley.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Nellie M. Hitchcock
Mrs. Nellie Mae Freeman Hitchcock, 93, of Commerce, died Monday, September 29, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Hitchcock was a daughter of the late George B. and Annie Ginn Freeman.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Hitchcock was preceded in death by two sisters, Grace Gordon and Dorothy Escoe, and four brothers, Lee, Frank, Clinton and S.B. Freeman.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 2, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Dayton Logan and Mike McLemore officiating. Burial will be in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Stanley Watson, Dave Moon, Danny Smith, Jimmy Bird, Steve Whitington and Leon Swindell will serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Hitchcock is survived by her husband, William Crawford Hitchcock; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ruth and Calvin Smith, Comer; son and daughter-in-law, William and Nina Hitchcock, Danielsville; brother, George B. “G.B.” Freeman, Danielsville; sisters, Gladys Rowland, Anderson, S.C., and Callie McLeskey, Hartwell; grandchildren, Renee and Dave Moon, Commerce, Patti and Danny Smith, Cordele, and April and Stanley Watson, Danielsville; great-grandchildren, Mandy and Michelle Smith, Kendell and Parker Moon and Adrianna Watson; and step-great-grandchildren, Adam and Chris Watson.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Mae V. Bright
Mrs. Mae Viola Bright, 87, of Commerce, died Saturday, September 27, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
A native of the Ellijay Community of Franklin, N.C., Mrs. Bright was the daughter of the late Jim and Jane Loudermilk Webb. She was the wife of the late Luther Bright.
Mrs. Bright had worked at Harmony Grove Mill and Blue Bell Manufacturing Company in Commerce and was a member of Ellijay Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 29, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Curtis Green officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Claudette Wilbanks, Commerce; two sons, Dean Bright, Athens, and Roger Lee Bright, Commerce; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003

Dot Sewell
Mrs. Mary Dorothy “Dot” McCurdy Sewell, 88, of the Bold Spring Community, Carnesville, died Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at the Alzheimers Care Center in Commerce.
Born April 24, 1915, in Madison County, Mrs. Sewell was a daughter of the late Charlie Hoyt and Mary Ruby Haley McCurdy. She was married to the late William Raiford Sewell for 60 years, and was the mother of the late Billy Sewell and the sister of the late Annie Ruth Martin.
Mrs. Sewell was an elementary school teacher at the Sandy Cross, Bold Spring and Carnesville elementary schools for 33 1/2 years. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and a member of Bold Spring United Methodist Church, where she had served as pianist.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 25, at Bold Spring United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Deitle officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Bobbie Edwards, of the Bold Spring Community, Carnesville; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003
Mazie W. Dunahoo
Mrs. Mazie W. Dunahoo, 90, of Winder, died Wednesday, September 24, 2003.
A daughter of the late T.K. and Sara Ray Wilbanks, Mrs. Dunahoo was born in an area of Jackson County that later became Barrow County. She was a member of the Winder First United Methodist Church, where she served as church hostess for many years. She was also a member of The Winder Order of The Eastern Star and The Winder Lions Club Auxiliary.
Mrs. Dunahoo was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Dunahoo.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, September 26, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Terry Tippens officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Marie D. Smith, Jonesboro, Jerrye D. Purcell, Jefferson, and Jo D. Benton, Athens; three sons, H. Ray Dunahoo, Dunwoody, and W.T. Dunahoo and Donald H. Dunahoo, both of Winder; one sister, Vera Steed, Winder; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Winder First United Methodist Church, 280 North Broad Street, Winder, GA 30680.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 1, 2003


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