Jackson County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 15, 2003

Nell Roberts
Miss Nell Roberts, 93, of Jefferson, died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at Briarcliff Haven Healthcare, Decatur, following an extended illness.
Born November 15, 1909, in Jackson County, Miss Roberts was the daughter of the late T.O. and Nancy Porter Roberts.
She retired from Alltel as a telephone operator and was a member of Jefferson First Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 12, in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating.
Miss Roberts is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Association.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Virginia P. Cook
Mrs. Virginia Payne Cook, 71, of Pendergrass, died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Cook was born September 19, 1932, in Walton County, the daughter of the late Robert Lewis and Gladys Irene Ivey Payne.
She worked as a secretary with McEvers, GoldKist and Mulberry Farms and was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church, Pendergrass. She was also a member of the Daughters of American Revolution.
Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Cook.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Jeff Langley and Stan Hopwood officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Tom Buffington, Joe Cook, Michael Cook, Buddy Hunt, Kirk Jackson and Robert Tate served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jackie and James Buffington and Debbie and David Jackson, all of Pendergrass; son, Ronnie Cook, Pendergrass; brother, Rudolph Payne, Commerce; and grandchildren, Kirk Jackson, Thomas Buffington and Kathy Buffington.
Memorials may be made to Johnnie Hill’s Lodge #748, or to Mountain Creek Baptist Church.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Lucile J. Lyle
Mrs. Lucile Jarrett Lyle, 95, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, October 15, 2003, at Peachtree Plantation Nursing Home of an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Lyle was the daughter of the late Jarrell Robins and Wirt Farris Anthony Jarrett.
She was a teacher and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson. She was a member of Center United Methodist Church while growing up.
Mrs. Lyle was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Aubrey Lyle.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 18, in the Center United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. John Moore officiating.
Mrs. Lyle is survived by several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until the funeral hour Saturday at the graveside.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Virgie V. Christian
Mrs. Virgie Vell Christian, 89, of Mount Carmel, Tenn., died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at Peachtree Christian Hospice following an extended illness.
Born in Greene County, Tenn., on June 26, 1914, Mrs. Christian was a daughter of the late George and Sindy Compton Smith.
She was a homemaker and a member of Freedom Baptist Church, Mount Carmel, Tenn.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 11, in the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home, Church Hill, Tenn., with the Rev. Andy Sensabaugh officiating. Burial was in Fudges Chapel Cemetery, Surgoinsville, Tenn.
Survivors include four sons, Darrell Christian, Dacula, Franklin Christian, Jefferson, Jimmy Christian, Rogersville, Tenn., and Stewart Christian, Hoschton; five daughters, Sara Dobbs and Rose Waterpool, both of Homassassa, Fla., Charlene George, Hoschton, Marie Russell, Mount Carmel, Tenn., and Clyde Stanifer, Jefferson; one step-daughter, Frankie Woods, Church Hill, Tenn.; one sister, Mona Pendley, Flowery Branch, Tenn.; one brother, Frank Smith, Lakeland, Fla.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of local arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

John Stringer
John Stringer, 89, of Commerce, died Wednesday, October 8, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Stringer was a son of the late William Floyd and Anna Allen Stringer. He was married to the late Hattie Stringer.
A Staff Sergeant in the United States Army, Mr. Stringer served in World War II in the 53rd Fighter Squadron. He was self-employed and was a farmer.
Mr. Stringer was preceded in death by a brother, Ned Stringer.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at Academy Baptist Church, Jefferson, with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Bill Stringer, Liberty, S.C., and John Stringer and Bobby Stringer, both of Jefferson; one brother, Millard Stringer, Jefferson; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Idell P. Irvin
Mrs. Idell Phillips Irvin, 84, of Pendergrass, died Monday, October 13, 2003, at Willow Woods Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Irvin was born August 26, 1919, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late James Robert and Onie Elizabeth Williams Phillips.
She was a homemaker and a member of Walnut Fork Baptist Church, Hoschton. Mrs. Irvin was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Marcus Irvin.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, at Walnut Fork Baptist Church with the Revs. Tim Strickland and Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Doster, Pendergrass; a sister, Bertha Morris, Jefferson; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Virginia M. White
Mrs. Virginia M. White, 77, wife of the late M.H. White, of North Augusta, S.C., died Thursday, October 9, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Jefferson, Mrs. White had lived in North Augusta for the past 33 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of North Augusta, where she was a Vacation Bible School worker and a Sunday School teacher. She was also a member of the Christian Women’s Club.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 12, in the chapel of Rowland Funeral Home, North Augusta, S.C., with Dr. Gary C. Redding officiating. Burial was in Pineview Memorial Gardens. Ray Griffin, Scott Smith, Anthony Hammond, Matt Avera, Philip Lamar and Tim Tuten served as pallbearers.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Dan White and Mrs. Joyce White, Appling, S.C., and Donald H. and Stephany White, North Augusta, S.C.; sister, Annie Belle Shelnutt, Snellville; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of North Augusta Children’s Center Building Fund, 602 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, SC 29841.
Rowland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003


Edith S. Sullivan
Mrs. Edith Syble Chambers Sullivan, 86, of Homer, died Saturday, October 11, 2003, at Southern Pines.
Born October 27, 1916, in Banks County, Mrs. Sullivan was the daughter of the late Emory and Mae Wood Chambers.
She was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse and was a member of Homer United Methodist Church. Mrs. Sullivan was preceded in death by her husband, Emory K. Sullivan.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 13, at Homer United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jim McLendon and Charles Crabbe officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Sullivan and David Sullivan, both of Homer; one daughter, Syble Holland, Acworth; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Hill, Homer; seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Homer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Homer, GA 30547.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Charles W. Sims
Charles Winston Sims, 55, of Gainesville, died Sunday, October 12, 2003.
Dollar Funeral Home, Atlanta, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Lavern B. Burks
Mrs. Lavern Brannon Burks, 55, of Braselton, died Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at her residence following a brief illness.
Mrs. Burks was born in Georgia on August 22, 1948. She was a daughter of the late Marshall and Lora Jennings Fowler Brannon.
She was employed in clerical work in accounts payable.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial will be in Peachtree Memorial Park, Norcross.
Mrs. Burks is survived by her husband, Bobby Lee Burks, Braselton; two sons, Lee Burks, Commerce, and Mark Burks, Braselton; one sister, Wanda Lafavre, Kissimmee, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Elizabeth Evans
Ms. Elizabeth Evans, 83, of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Ms. Evans was a daughter of the late William Melvin and Ruth Wood Evans. She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Evans.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a son, Bennie Evans, Commerce; a sister, Eloise Ward, Commerce; four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Amy Jo
‘Judy’ Cash
Mrs. Amy Jo “Judy” Cash, 76, of Winder, died Friday, October 10, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Cash was a lifelong resident of Barrow County. She was a daughter of the late Jeff and Madgie Wilson Brown.
Mrs. Cash was a retired seamstress, with 17-1/2 years service at Empire Manufacturing Company, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Cash, a son, Jackie Dean Cash, and a host of brothers and sisters.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 12, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with Dr. Rusty Newman and Jill Cash officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Nan Slingluff, Comer, and Jan Cash, Winder; four sons, Bill Cash, Statham, Randall Cash, Winder, Damon Cash, Nicholson, and Dana Cash, Danielsville; one brother, Donis Brown, Winder; three sisters-in-law, Regina Brown, Bessie Lee and Agnes Brown, all of Winder; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Suite B-2, Athens, GA 30605.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Bruce M. Barron
Bruce Milton Barron, 61, of Commerce, died Sunday, October 12, 2003, of an extended illness.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Barron was a son of the late Marvin Ray and Ora Inez Brown Barron.
A graduate of Southern Technical Institute of Marietta, he retired from Roper Pump Company and was a former Justice of the Peace. Mr. Barron was a Shriner, a past Master of Hudson Lodge #294 F.&A.M. and past president of the Commerce Jaycees.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Barron.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Henry Webb and Rusty Floyd officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Barron is survived by his wife, Glenda Wood Barron, of the home; daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Mike Gunter, Toccoa, Kim and Billy Samples, Jefferson, and Leigh and Greg Barnes, Nicholson; brother, Julian Barron, Greenville, S.C.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the BJC Nursing Home Support Group, c/o Jimmy Pardue, 100 Medical Center Drive, Commerce, GA 30529.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

J. Blake
Dunson Sr.
J. Blake Dunson Sr., 90, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 14, 2003.
Mr. Dunson was a retired industrial chemist and served as a former mayor of Dade City, Fla. He was also the former business manager of the First Baptist Church of Dade City, Fla.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 18, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, James B. Dunson Jr., Newark, Del., and William A. Dunson, Galax, Va.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carpenter Home Special Fund, c/o Carpenters Home Manor, Lakeland, Fla.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour Saturday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Fannie R. Martin
Mrs. Fannie Ruth Eubanks Martin, 82, of Elberton, died Sunday, October 12, 2003, at Elbert County Hospital.
Mrs. Martin was born April 25, 1921, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Lunnie R. and Martha McCoy Eubanks.
She was retired from Oxford Manufacturing and was a member of Webbs Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer W. Martin, two daughters, Sandra Hector and Martha Martin, a sister, Bertha Morrison, and a brother, Homer Eubanks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Joe Slocum and Alton Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Webbs Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Verner Martin, Statham; daughters, Doris Dunn, Elberton, and Brenda Peppers, Statham; sister, Evelyn Stevens, Commerce; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Lester L. Wood
Lester L. Wood, 79, of Commerce, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, died Monday, October 13, 2003, at his residence.
Born in Banks County on August 16, 1924, Mr. Wood was a son of the late Lester Paul and Allie Lee Burroughs Wood.
He was retired from the United States Army and was also a retired Civil Engineer. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and the VFW.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Verlin Reece officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Theodelinde Emma Weiss Wood, Commerce; one daughter, Linda Strickland, Commerce; six brothers, Dink Wood, John Wood and Jimmy Wood, all of Commerce, Harold Wood, Hollywood, Ralph Wood, Clarkesville, and Teddy Wood, Conyers; three sisters, Eunice Ann Banks, Commerce, Brenda Welch, Marietta, and Mary Sue Wood, Lavonia; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003

Edward L. Howell
Edward Lee Howell, 87, of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
A native of Lumpkin County, Mr. Howell was the son of the late Eli and Alice Key Howell.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Howell was a retired maintenance supervisor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Mae Loggins Howell, and four children, Donald Howell, Dillard Howell, Doris Linkous and Judy Nation.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 16, at Harmony Christian Church with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Jerry Payne officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include five sons, Bobby Lee Howell, Nicholson, Buford Howell, Eddie Howell and Waymon Howell, all of Commerce, and Freddie Howell, Comer; four daughters, Jeanette Roberts, Comer, Geneva Floyd, Hartwell, and Barbara Coker and Betty Floyd, both of Gainesville; 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003
James E. Elrod
James Edward Elrod, 72, of Athens, a Korean War veteran, died Sunday, October 12, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born May 1, 1931, in Barrow County, Mr. Elrod was a son of Ruth Jacks Elrod, Athens, and the late J.T. Elrod.
Mr. Elrod was a retired Staff Sergeant with the United States Army, with 22 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Lefkovits Elrod.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Jesse Mealor officiating. Burial was in the Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Elrod is survived by two step-daughters, Susan Beaumarchais, Bon Aire, and Janet Kaplan, Orlando, Fla.; one step-son, Steve Kaplan, Florida; one brother, Theo Elrod, Fruitland Park, Fla.; and three sisters, Betty Gibson and Claire E. Venable, both of Jefferson, and Martha Nelms, Athens.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 15, 2003


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