Jackson County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 10, 2003

James R. Kincaid
James Ralph Kincaid, 57, of Jefferson, died Saturday, December 6, 2003.
Mr. Kincaid was born in Furman, S.C., the son of Meda Phyllis Greeson Chambers, Jefferson, and the late James Raymond Kincaid.
He was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 8, in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Forest Park.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Kincaid is survived by four sisters, Juanita Thomas, Grandberry, Texas, Beatrice Long, May, Texas, Peggy Pearson, Jefferson, and Jenny Johnston, Winder.
Memorials may be made to the Cerebal Palsy Foundation, P.O. Box 8217, Wichita, KS 67208.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Bobby J. Mullinax
Bobby Joe Mullinax, 39, of Braselton, died Friday, December 5, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Larry and Toby Dyer officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Mullinax is survived by his wife, Mildred Mullinax, of the home; his parents, Willie and Stella B. Mullinax, Commerce; step-sons, Barry Brock, Commerce, and Tony Brock, Oakwood; brothers, Thomas and David Mullinax, Commerce; sister, Doris Ann House, Center; and four step-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Cecil Lunsford
Cecil Thomas Lunsford, 64, of Nicholson, died Sunday, December 7, 2003, at Hill Haven Nursing Center in Commerce.
Born December 10, 1938, in Franklin County, Mr. Lunsford was a son of the late Lonnie and Annie Mae Hill McCollum Lunsford.
He was employed as a general manager for 41 years with the Varsity Restaurants in Atlanta and Athens.
Mr. Lunsford is survived by three brothers, Ernest and Jerry Lunsford, Carnesville, and Donald Lunsford, Greenwood, S.C.; two sisters, Faye Brown, Franklin Springs, and Mae Brown, Elberton; half-brother, Herman Lunsford, Jacksonville, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mr. Lunsford was cremated. No funeral services will be held.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Althea Tunnell
Mrs. Althea Tunnell, 88, of Jefferson, formerly of Winder, died Friday, December 5, 2003.
Mrs. Tunnell was a retired seamstress, having been employed with Carwood Manufacturing and Empire Manufacturing.
She was a daughter of the late Jessie Holmer Wootan and Julia Frances Sewell Wootan, and the wife of the late Willard B. Tunnell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 8, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two sons, Willard Coy Tunnell, Jefferson, and Rickey Tunnell, Winder; one daughter, Margie Brooks, Jefferson; one brother, James A. Wootan, Winder; one sister, Jessie Lee McDaniel, Statham; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

George D. Jones
George Dewell Jones, 84, of Statham, died Thursday, December 4, 2003.
Born in Barrow County, Mr. Jones was a son of the late George C. and Berta Mobley Jones.
He was a member of Statham First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 6, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Gordon Thornton officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Josephine “Jo” Jones, Statham; daughters and sons-in-law, Delores and Donald Aycock and Debbie and David Huth, all of Statham; grandchildren, Tangela and Dale Bernius, Statham, and Latrelle Aycock, Bethlehem; step-grandson, Eric Huth, Statham; great-grandchildren, Micaela and Jeremy Bernius, Statham; brothers, Darius Jones, Tacoma, Wash., and Bobby Jones, Commerce; sister, Betty Benson, Cumming; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Opal E. Hughes
Mrs. Opal Elizabeth Hughes, 69, of Maysville, formerly of Hayesville, N.C., died Saturday, December 6, 2003, at her residence after an extended illness.
Mrs. Hughes was a native of Clay County, N.C., but had lived in Georgia for the past 48 years. She was a daughter of the late Richard Lee and Lassie Mae Donaldson Ledford.
Mrs. Hughes was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Hughes.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 8, in the chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, N.C., with the Rev. Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery. Joey Bleckley, Billy Mack and Alvin Ray Ledford served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Hughes is survived by her husband, Clayton Hughes; daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Ralph Cook, Commerce, and Darlene and Randy Holman, Buford; son, Marty Hughes, Commerce; sisters, Mattie Stillwell, Hayesville, N.C., and Janet Ledford, Asheville, N.C.; brothers, Kenneth and Alvin Ledford, both of Hayesville, N.C.; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Memorials may be made to the Union Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o JoAnn H. Woody, 685 Thumping Creek Road, Hayesville, NC 28904.
Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Jack R. Yarbrough
Jack R. Yarbrough, 66, of Toccoa, died Friday, December 5, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Paul Wright officiating. Burial was in the Wilson Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Pamela (Pam) Yarbrough, Maysville; brother, Carl Yarbrough, Monroe; sisters, Blanche Williams, Alpharetta, Boyce Martin, Gainesville, Agnes Barfield, Smyrna, Mary Jean Sullens, Toccoa, and Ruth Davis, Griffin; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

James
‘Spud’ Palmer
James Rogers “Spud” Palmer, 79, of Nicholson, a United States Navy veteran of World War II, died Thursday, December 4, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born November 3, 1924, in Jackson County, Mr. Palmer was a son of the late James Frank and Clara Belle Howington Palmer.
He was a retired construction worker and a member of Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Marty Smith officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife, Frances Clark Palmer, Nicholson; son, James R. Palmer Jr., Nicholson; brother, Harry Palmer, Watkinsville; sisters, Dorothy Bulla, Frances Haggard, Eloise Miller and Nell Shope, all of Nicholson, and Ethelyn Waters, Louisville, Ky.; and a granddaughter, Jamie Palmer, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Mary Ann Bond
Mrs. Mary Ann Pearson Bond, 61, of Athens, died Friday, December 5, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
Mrs. Bond was the daughter of Thelma Louise Roberts Pearson, Athens, and the late Robert Elco Pearson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Hulon Hill and Johnny Ray officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Thomas Pearson, Michael Pearson, Charles Pearson, Shane Pearson, Tommy Patton and Brian Patton served as pallbearers.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Bond is survived by her husband, Terry Bond, Athens; four sons, Robert Puckett Jr. and John A. Puckett, both of Athens, William Puckett, Jefferson, and Shane Pearson, Birmingham, Ala.; one daughter, Jessie Pearson, Athens; four brothers, Wayne Pearson and David Pearson, both of Athens, James Pearson, North Carolina, and Billy Pearson, Danielsville; and three grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Reedy P. Farmer
Mrs. Reedy Pauline “Granny Farmer” Farmer, 107, of Gainesville, died Thursday, December 4, 2003.
Born Tuesday, May 5, 1896, Mrs. Farmer was a daughter of the late John Reed Dodd and Frances Caroline Crook.
Her family moved from South Carolina to Georgia when she was 11 days old. The family farmed wherever they could, including milking cows, growing crops and cutting and selling wood.
Mrs. Farmer remembered growing cotton in Gillsville, wood in Commerce and sweet potatoes in Maysville. The family also lived in Douglasville and Lula.
Mrs. Farmer also spoke of a time she visited Commerce one Christmas Eve and saw the fireworks.
She was employed with Liberty Commerce Cotton Mill for a while before moving to Gainesville, then worked at Alene’s Flower Shop until she turned 90.
She married Robert Brock in 1917 and had three children.
After her first husband died, she remarried Luther “Jack” Farmer, and they had four children.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 6, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville.
Survivors include a son, Dennis Farmer, Gainesville; two daughters, Janey Lou Evans and Naomi Evans, both of Gainesville; and a large number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, her first and second husband and four children, Mrs. Farmer was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Reba L. Parks
Mrs. Reba Lorene Bryant Rider Parks, 85, of Dahlonega, died Thursday, November 27, 2003, at her daughter’s residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Parks was born in Jackson County on May 28, 1918, the daughter of the late Charlie and Julie Phillips Bryant.
She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lumpkin County. Mrs. Parks was preceded in death by three brothers, C.H. Bryant, Otis Roscoe Bryant and Garth Bryant, two sisters, Evon Bryant Hogan and Juanita Bryant Pursley, a half-sister, Florence Cash, and three half-brothers, Lillious Bryant, Ellis Bryant and Lester Bryant.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 30, in the chapel of Banister Funeral Home, Dahlonega, with the Revs. Terry Head and Dean Bryant officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem-Jones Chapel Cemetery in Lumpkin County.
Mrs. Parks is survived by her husband, Lee Parks, Dahlonega; daughters and sons-in-law, Arlean and Eugene Barrett and Verba Jean and Dewey N. (John) Gilreath, all of Dahlonega, and Marvine and Daniel K. Wanamaker, Arlington, Va.; son, Larry Rider, Winder; grandchildren, Joan Greenwalt, Jacksonville, Fla., Stephen Rider, Lawrenceville, Wayne Barrett, Dahlonega, Rodney Sean Rider, Ohio, and Carl Jeffery (C.J.) Rider, Winder; great-grandchildren, James Greenwalt, Katy Greenwalt and Jennifer Greenwalt, all of Jacksonville, Fla., Dylan Rider and Dustin Rider, both of Ohio, and Hannah Barrett, Dahlonega; step-children, Daniel Parks, Joyce Link and Donald Parks; step-grandchildren, Jolie Parks, Matthew Link, Heidi Parks and April Parks; brother, Roosevelt Bryant, Jackson County; brothers and sisters-in-law, S.J. and Kathleen Cameron Bryant, Jackson County, and Julian and Imogene L. Bryant, Greenville, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Bertie Irine Bryant Taylor and Darlene Bryant, both of Jackson County; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Banister Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Mary P. Farmer
Mrs. Mary Irene (Aunt Bay) Pittman Farmer, of Nicholson, died Monday, December 8, 2003, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Farmer was born December 4, 1912, in Jackson County. She retired from Thomas Textile and was a member of Antioch United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Farmer was the last surviving child of the late Marion B. and Mary Stephens Pittman. She was preceded in death by 15 siblings.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Richard Cathy officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Larry Pittman, Billy Pittman, Greg Pittman, Brandon Pittman, Jerry Childs and Larry Farmer served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Farmer is survived by her husband of 61 years, T. Crawford Farmer; and was beloved by a large number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Antioch United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Gene Tolbert, 490 Tolbert Trail, Nicholson, GA 30565.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Herpao C. Yang
Herpao C. Yang, 46, of Commerce, died Tuesday, December 2, 2003, at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Yang was born July 15, 1957, in Laos, a son of the late Seu Yang and Kao Her Yang.
He was a mechanical engineer with the United States Postal Service and was a member of Hmong Christian Alliance. Mr. Yang was also president of the Asian Community Service.
Funeral services will be held from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday, December 14, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with XF Wang Chue Yang officiating. Burial will be in Georgia Memorial Park, Marietta.
Mr. Yang is survived by his wife, Phoua V. Yang, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Rocky and Shee Yang, Commerce; son, John Yang, Commerce; daughters, Nancy Yang, Arlene Yang and Hillary Yang, all of Commerce; sister and brother-in-law, Txia and Gelee Lee, Des Moines, Iowa; brothers, Seng Yang, Fresno, Calif., Shoua Yang, Des Moines, Iowa, and Sou Yang, Jefferson; and grandchildren, Allen Michael Yang, Alexander Yang, Mark Anthony Yang and Faye Yang.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Howard B. Hope
Howard Bartow Hope, 89, of Lula, died Wednesday, December 3, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Banks County on June 6, 1914, Mr. Hope was the son of the late George and Maggie Jones Hope.
He was a United States Army veteran, having served in the South Pacific with Company A 596th S.A.W. BN during World War II. Mr. Hope was a parts manager with Haynes & Gailey and loved working on old cars and small engines. He was also an active member of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church.
Mr. Hope was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Sue Garrison Hope, a brother, Clarence E. Hope, and a sister, Fay Garrison.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with Bishop Bevel Jones and the Rev. Jerry Cameron officiating. Burial was in Lula Belton Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Mattie Garrison, Lula; and nieces and nephews, Peggy Hope Etheridge, Lavonia, Jimmy Hope, Homer, Linda Hickman, Lula, Elaine Dawson, Williamsburg, Va., Maria Poole, Commerce, Katheryn McGlaun, Junction City, and Jane Evans, Gainesville.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, c/o McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Naomi
‘Jimmie’ Waters
Mrs. Naomi “Jimmie” Archer Waters, 84, of Athens, died Sunday, December 7, 2003.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Waters was a daughter of the late Edward E. and Anna Lou Oliver Archer.
She was connected with Davidson Department Stores for a number of years and was of the Methodist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 9, in the Redstone United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Dayton Logan officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Terry L. Waters, Athens, and Charlie F. Waters, Clarkesville; one sister, Florence Miller, Smyrna; three brothers, Ned Archer, Athens, Dean Archer, Monroe, and Jack Archer, Nicholson; two grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

James E.
Wheelus Jr.
James Everett Wheelus Jr., 42, of Alto, died Monday, December 8, 2003, at his residence.
Born June 3, 1961, in Fulton County, Mr. Wheelus was a son of James Everett Wheelus Sr., Greenville, and Betty Jean Taylor Wheelus, Birmingham, Ala.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 11, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Carl Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery, Lula.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a son, Chipper Wheelus, Alto; daughter, Hannah Mae Wheelus, Alto; sisters, Paula J. Masters, Loganville, Sandra Ann Wheelus, Dahlonega, and Pamela Elizabeth Wimpey, Hartwell; and brother, Tim Wheelus, Jefferson.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Elizabeth W. Elder
Mrs. Elizabeth Wilkes Elder, 84, of Conyers, died Tuesday, December 9, 2003, at Portsbridge Hospice in Conyers.
Mrs. Elder was born in Jackson County. She retired from McConnell Cloth Shop, Conyers, and was active in the Maxwell Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church of Conyers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 12, at the First United Methodist Church of Conyers with Dr. Sturart Greene and the Revs. Randy Byrd and Hulon Hill officiating. Burial will be in Green Meadow Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Elder is survived by her husband of 57 years, David O. Elder Sr.; son and daughter-in-law, David O. Elder Jr. and Debbie Elder; daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and Larry Ricks, Kay and Ronald Maddox and Beverly and Ray Miller; seven grandchildren, Dana Hammonds, David Elder, Daniel Elder, Adam Ricks, Jennifer Miller, Karen Hays and Matt Maddox; and four great-grandchildren, Madison, Mallory and Dawson Hammonds and Cole Hays.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Conyers First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Harry L. White Funeral Home, Conyers.
Harry L. White Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Belvia M. Bradley
Mrs. Belvia Mae Bradley, 84, of Winder, died Tuesday, December 9, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, N.C., Mrs. Bradley was the daughter of the late Hicks and Lucie Ingle Revis, and the wife of the late Dan Bradley.
Mrs. Bradley was a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two sons, Wayne and Denice Bradley, and a daughter, Blanche Page.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 12, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. C.M. Carruthers officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Daniel Bradley and Willard Bradley, both of Auburn, Jimmy Bradley, Commerce, and Kenneth Bradley, Nebo, N.C.; one daughter, Helen Cheek, Winder; 26 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003

Mildred H. Maxey
Mrs. Mildred Hinesley Maxey, 86, of Watkinsville, died Wednesday, December 3, 2003.
A native and lifelong resident of Oconee County, Mrs. Maxey was the daughter of the late Willie Rix and Mable House Hinesley.
Following her retirement from Puritan Cordage Mill, she worked for Thaxton Turkey Farms and for Norge Village Laundromat. She was a member of Ashford Memorial United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Maxey was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Samuel Maxey, and a daughter, Hazel Crowe O’Connell.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 5, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, with Mrs. Maxey’s grandson, Robert Whatley, and the Rev. Odell Elrod officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. John Prescott, Bobby Kinman, John Delay, Harold Townley, Reece Cooper and Eddie Shumate served as pallbearers.
Survivors include four daughters, Sybil Lucas, Athens, Shirley Patterson, Atlanta, Betty Whatley, Maysville, and Brenda Bales, Watkinsville; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 10, 2003


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