Jackson County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 19, 2003

Annie Jarrell
Mrs. Annie Bob Johnson Jarrell, 90, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, November 11, 2003.
Mrs. Jarrell was a 1933 graduate of the University of Georgia, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce and a member of the United Methodist Women. She, along with her husband, the late James E. Jarrell, owned the Roxie Theater and the Commerce Drive Inn.
Mrs. Jarrell was the daughter of the late James Augustus and Emma Carlton Johnson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 14, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. David Bowen and Mera Head officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, James H. and Meridith Jarrell, Columbus; two grandchildren, James E. Jarrell II, Dunwoody, and Laura Ann Jarrell, Palo Alto, Calif.; four great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and one brother, Jimmy Johnson, Jefferson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, or to the Galilee Christian Church Building Fund.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

Joe Pruitt
Joe Pruitt, 88, of Comer, a Purple Heart recipient, died Sunday, November 16, 2003.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Pruitt was a veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Pruitt, and two infant children.
Services were held Tuesday, November 18, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder.
Mr. Pruitt is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lucy and Richard Clifton, Comer; three grandchildren, Karen Fitzpatrick, Danielsville, Rodney Clifton, Comer, and Chad Clifton, Lawrenceville; and four great-grandchildren, Maura and Lauren Clifton and Levi and Logan Fitzpatrick.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

Farris Davis
Mrs. Farris Davis, 89, of Lawrenceville, died Tuesday, November 11, 2003.
Mrs. Davis had been a member of Prospect United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville since 1926. She was also a member of the Joyful Pioneer Senior Citizen group and the Christa Cole Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, J.A. “Jim Bo” Davis Jr.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 13, in the Lawrenceville Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, with the Revs. Donnie Joe Davis and Grady Mosley officiating. Burial was in the Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her children, Maxine and Jack West, Canon, Jack and Linda Davis, Gene and Faye Davis, Randall and Magidelene Davis and Brenda and Tommy McDaniel, all of Lawrenceville, James and Carolyn Davis, Carnesville, and Donnie Joe and Virginia Davis, Maysville; brother, George Foster Morgan Jr., Dacula; 21 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made in memory of Farris Davis to the Prospect United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1549 Prospect Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

Betty E. Thornton
Mrs. Betty Elizabeth Thornton, 73, of Nicholson, a native of Clarke County, died Friday, November 14, 2003.
Mrs. Thornton was the daughter of the late Thomas Franklin and Annie Mae Patterson Faulkner. She was the wife of the late Frank Thornton Jr., and was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Cody Flanagan.
Mrs. Thornton was a member of Center United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 16, at Center United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bobby Anthony officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Joe Faulkner, Todd Faulkner, Sam Jordan, Ian Mayberry, Randy Ogle and Mike Tolbert served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Shawn Stephens and Sandra McDevitt, both of Nicholson; one son, Scott Thornton, Arnoldsville; one brother, George Faulkner, Watkinsville; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003


Michael R. Turner
Michael R. Turner, 28, of Monroe, died Thursday, November 13, 2003.
A native of Randolph County, Mr. Turner was a resident of Monroe for one year, moving from Valdosta. He was employed as an EMT with Newton County Emergency Medical Services and was formerly employed by South Georgia Medical Emergency Medical Services, Valdosta.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, November 17, in Eastview Cemetery, Shellman, with the Rev. Olin Johnson officiating.
Mr. Turner is survived by his wife, Nancy Grimm Turner, Monroe; his adoptive parents, Perry and Millie Smith Turner, Cuthbert; his father and step-mother, Michael Richard and Geraldine Hodges, Nicholson; two sisters, Michelle Brooks, Coats, N.C., and Brandy Hanson, Jefferson; and one brother, Timothy Michael Hodges, Jefferson.
Arthur Bowick Inc. Funeral Directors, Monroe, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

George D. Case Sr.
George Daniel Case Sr., 79, of Huntsville, Ala., a World War II veteran, died Saturday, November 15, 2003.
Mr. Case was a graduate of Boy’s High of Atlanta, and the University of Georgia. He worked for Thiokol, Hayes, Lockheed and IBM, retiring from IBM in 1989. He was a member of the North Alabama Antique Automobile Club, the Huntsville Senior Center Band, the Republican Men’s Club, the VFW, the NRA, the American Legion, the National Woodcarving Association, the American Orchid Society and the National Welding Association.
Mr. Case was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Niblack Case, and a brother, Dr. Iverson Clark Case Jr.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 18, in the Walnut Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Hoschton, with the Rev. Tim Strickland officiating.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, George Daniel Case Jr. and Martha Gibson Case; daughter, Nancy Marie Case; and three grandchildren, Nancy Christine Case, Jonathan Daniel Case and Daniel Reese Case.
Memorial donations may be made to the Huntsville Senior Center.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of local arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

Harold Bates
Harold Bates, 74, of Commerce, died Monday, November 17, 2003.
A native and longtime resident of Clarke County, Mr. Bates had recently moved to Madison County before entering a nursing home.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 20, in the Bates Family Cemetery with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating.
The family will receive friends from noon until 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

Claire E. Watkins
Miss Claire Elizabeth Watkins, 88, of Leesburg, a former resident of Northminster Presbyterian Homes in Jefferson, died Saturday, November 15, 2003, at Lee County Health Care, Leesburg.
A native of Edison, in Calhoun County, Miss Watkins was the daughter of the late Tilden Winder Watkins and Clemmie Wiggins Watkins.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, in 1937, and a Masters degree in Education from George Peabody College for Teachers, Nashville, Tenn., in 1951. Miss Watkins taught English and coached girls basketball in Morgan, Soperton, Manchester and Rome, and began teaching in Athens in 1951. Her teaching career in Athens included 12 years as a teacher of English at Athens High School and 12 years as an instructor of English at the University of Georgia.
“Miss Watkins devoted her life to teaching,” said family members. “She was loved and respected by her students. She had tremendous faith in the ability of each individual student and demanded great things of every student with whom she came in contact.”
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 17, with the Rev. Jackie Williams officiating.
Survivors include nieces, LeClaire W. Bryan, Albany, and Mary Daugherty, Edison; and several other nieces and nephews and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Oconee Baptist Church Building Fund, 4554 Hwy. 82 N., Commerce, GA 30529.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

Shane A. Kokaly
Shane A. Kokaly, 25, of Gainesville, died Thursday, November 13, 2003.
Born in Tucson, Ariz., Mr. Kokaly was a son of Bill and Gail Kokaly, Gainesville.
He was employed with Badcock Furniture and attended Christian Hill Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jim Stephens officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kokaly is survived by two sons, Donivan and Jordan Kokaly, both of Hamilton, Ohio; one brother, Phillip Kokaly, Gainesville; one sister, Valerie Linebaugh, Jefferson; his grandparents, Virginia Bentley, Winder, and Joseph and Dolores Kokaly, Alamogordo, N.M.; and his fiancee, Crystal Robertson.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

Wynelle Broome
Ms. Wynelle Broome, 71, of Washington, died Sunday, November 16, 2003, at Hill Haven Nursing Home, Commerce.
Born in Oglethorpe County, Ms. Broome was a daughter of the late Benjamin Echols and Elizabeth Walker Echols.
She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, at County Line Baptist Church, Rayle, with the Rev. Albert Huyck officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gene Lindsey, Buck Echols, Doug Tyler, Benji Edwards, Perry Echols and Larry Tyler served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth Broome, Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Sherry Beatty, Jefferson; brothers, Elliott Echols, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and D.A. Echols, Philomath; sisters, Lois Rutherford, Union Point, and Gertrude Tyler and Marjorie Tyler, both of Washington; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church General Fund.
Hopkins Funeral Home, Washington, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

Ken Sorrow
Ken Sorrow, 31, of Com-merce, died Saturday, Nov-ember 15, 2003, at his residence of a brief illness.
Mr. Sorrow was a son of Hoyt and Dollie Denton Sorrow, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Terry James officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Sorrow is survived by three brothers, Tim Sorrow, Toccoa, and Wyatt Sorrow and Hoyt Mitchell Sorrow, both of Commerce; and two sisters, Linda Stukes, Commerce, and Tammy Chambers, Hull.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

Danny L. Bennett
Danny Lamar Bennett, 42, of Homer, died Sunday, November 16, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Bennett was born February 21, 1961, in Jackson County, the son of Betty R. Nix Bennett, Homer, and the late Bill Bennett.
He was employed in waste management and was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, at Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer, with the Revs. Brian David and Phil Ferguson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a daughter, Dana Bennett, Homer; and four sisters, Sandra Bonilla and Wanda McEntire, both of Homer, and Denise Dodd and Jane Roling, both of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003

Rose Parks
Mrs. Rose Bell Argo Parks, 74, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, November 11, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born April 17, 1929, in Franklin County, Mrs. Parks was a daughter of the late Joseph and Leona Burch Argo.
She was a homemaker and a member of Hebron Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Parks was preceded in death by her first husband, Reford Leonard Stansell, a brother, L. Argo, and two sisters, Magaloo Vandiver and Janie Ophelia English.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 14, at B. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Gary West and Bishop Willard Fitzpatrick officiating. Burial was in Cary Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Parks is survived by her husband, Ralph W. Parks; four sons, Robert Stansell, Joe Stansell and James Stansell, all of Royston, and Raymond Stansell, Commerce; four daughters, Linda McIntire and Ouida Brawner, both of Toccoa, and Evelyn Sundin and Betty Crumley, both of Commerce; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Hoke Argo, Royston, Ed Argo, Canon, and Alton Argo, Lula; and two sisters, Myrt Wojciechouski, Rogers, Ark., and Thelma Rousey, Canon.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003


Charles W. Occhipinti
Charles William Occhipinti, Major USMC Retired, 69, of Bogart, died Tuesday, November 11, 2003.
A native of Dunmore, Pa., Mr. Occhipinti was a son of the late Anthony and Mary Baldruhock Occhipinti.
He retired from the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the Catholic Center University of Georgia.
Mr. Occhipinti was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Vestal Occhipinti, and a son, Christopher William Occhipinti.
A funeral mass was held at 3 p.m. Friday, November 14, at the Catholic Center University of Georgia with Father Jack McDowell officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Anthony Michael Occhipinti, Gainesville, William Vincent Occhipinti, Commerce, and Charles William Occhipinti, Athens; four daughters, Theresa Ann Palmer, Watkinsville, Lisa Mae Smith and Patricia Ann Occhipinti, both of Hull, and Angela Powell, Winder; two brothers, Carl Occhipinti, Scranton, Pa., and Anthony Occhipinti, Washington, D.C.; one sister, Marie Manzano, Scranton, Pa.; 22 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 19, 2003


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