Jackson County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 17, 2003

Rickey M. Mize
Rickey Mitchell Mize, 44, of Commerce, died Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thurs-day, December 18, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church with the Revs. Ralph Smith and James Duncan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Mize is survived by his mother, Lillie P. Mize, Commerce; two brothers, James T. Mize, Hoschton, and Tyrone Mize, Commerce; and one sister, Willie Lou Stoyle, Danielsville.
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, December 17, 2003

Glenda J. Howington
Ms. Glenda Jean Wilbanks Howington, 65, of Nicholson, died Monday, December 1, 2003.
Ms. Howington was the daughter of Ruth B. Wilbanks, Nicholson, and the late Milton L. Wilbanks.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 4, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Donald Evans, Walter Wilbanks, Ricky Blalock, Jimmy Smith, Howard Wilbanks and Bobby Beck.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include an aunt, Geneva Wilson, Alabama; three uncles, Hubert Blalock, Maysville, Verner Wilbanks, Nicholson, and Leatus Wilbanks, Athens; and a number of cousins.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

Herman H. Massey
Herman H. Massey, 87, of Commerce, died Friday, December 12, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born December 8, 1916, in Jackson County, Mr. Massey was the son of the late J. Claude and Onie Ray Massey.
He retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. A World War II veteran, Mr. Massey served in the United States Army.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating.
Mr. Massey is survived by his wife, Revelle Ariail Massey, Commerce; one son, Michael Massey, Commerce; one step-son, Ray Mosley, Byron; three step-daughters, Brenda Harrelson, Inverness, Fla., Janice Forsyth, Waycross, and Debbie Yoshimura, Atlanta; seven step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce, 1345 S. Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

Willie Mae Buffington
Mrs. Willie Mae Buffington, 71, of Braselton, died Sunday, December 14, 2003, at Limestone Heritage Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Buffington was born in Habersham County to the late Carrie Bell Ballew and Tommy Aron Cantrell.
She had worked for many years in the spinning room at Chicopee Mills and was a member of Center Union Baptist Church. Mrs. Buffington was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Long, and her second husband, Robert Eugene Buffington.
“She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother,” said family members.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Truman Humphries and Todd Humphries officiating. Burial was in the Revival Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Jeanie Banks and Carol Presley, both of Maysville, Joy Turpin, Braselton, and Stephanie McDonald, Commerce; one son, Stacey Buffington, Braselton; three brothers, Lewis Cantrell, Elijay, Lanier Cantrell, Oakwood, and Leroy Cantrell, South Carolina; two sisters, Beatrice Irvin, Lula, and Verdina Reynolds, Gainesville; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

Albert Morrow
Albert Morrow, 63, of Monroe, died Saturday, December 13, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, at Faith Baptist Church. Burial was in the Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Morrow is survived by his wife, Barbara Morrow; seven daughters, Sandra Malcom, Patsy Sedberry and Becky Burrow, all of Monroe, Peggy Wood, Nicholson, Tammy Boss and Mechelle Cooper, both of Watkinsville, and Bobbie Jo Evans, San Jose, Calif.; two sons, Albert Morrow Jr., Monroe, and John Morrow, Albany; four sisters, Patsy Vanderkoii, Bogart, Peggy Craig, Danielsville, Lavenia Stowe, Toccoa, and Betty Jo David, Whitehall; three brothers, Billy Morrow, Danielsville, Tommy Morrow, Athens, and Bud Morrow, Bogart; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Meadows Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

Nettie M. Gosnell
Mrs. Nettie Mozell Gosnell, 82, of Hull, died Thursday, December 11, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 12, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville. Burial was in the Line Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Gosnell is survived by a son, Jim Gosnell, Winterville; a brother, Jimmie Daniel, Commerce; sisters, Annie Lee Beck, Hull, and Nellie Shuler and Nezzie Sorrow, both of Alabama; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

Daryl G. Farley
Daryl Gene Farley, 39, of Gulf Shores, Ala., a former resident of Carnesville, died Monday, December 8, 2003, in Mobile, Ala.
Mr. Farley was born August 28, 1964, in Macon, a son of Millard Robert Farley, Lavonia, and Rosie Lee Bridgeman Farley, Carnesville.
He was a contractor and carpenter.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 12, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Brad Crowe officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include three sons, John Wayne Farley, Winder, Christopher Gene Farley, Gulf Shores, Ala., and Joseph Daryl Farley, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three brothers, Denny Farley, Commerce, Shannon Farley, Starr, S.C., and Bobby Wayne Farley, Lavonia; and three sisters, Sharon Diane Farley, Moody, Ala., Myron Lynn Allen, Toccoa, and Charlene Farley Fensel, Pensacola, Fla.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

Jack B. Yarbrough
Jack B. 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 17, 2003

Mildred A. Reed
Mrs. Mildred Alene Reed, 83, of Oakwood, died Sunday, December 14, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Reed was born in Hall County, where she lived all of her life. She was a daughter of the late Albert and Essie Mae Bell Ferguson.
Mrs. Reed was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for many years and worked in the nursery for many years. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Alma Reed, four sisters, Jeanette Wigley, Beulah Mae Barrett, Grace Scroggs and Elizibeth Ferguson, and two brothers, Dean Ferguson and Tanner Ferguson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 18, at Emmanuel Baptist Church with the Revs. David Harbin, Wilburn Peeples and Barry Barron officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mrs. Reed is survived by her husband, Emory (Hamp) Reed, Oakwood; son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert and Evelyn Reed, Braselton; son, Jerry Reed, Flowery Branch; daughters and sons-in-law, Angelyn and the Rev. Marlon Thomas and Linda and Frank Grizzle, all of Gainesville; granddaughters, Tara Fields and Jill Gilleland, both of Flowery Branch, Mia Danari, Sugar Hill, Kim Thomas Reed and Delene Hendley, both of Gainesville, and Tracie Morris, Dahlonega; grandsons, Chris Thomas, Talmo, Doug Grizzle, Commerce, Carlos Reed, Pendergrass, and Vince Reed, Flowery Branch; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, James Ray Ferguson, Portsmouth, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville. The body will lie in state from 1:30 p.m. until the funeral hour Thursday at the church.
Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

Jerry ‘JB’ Lewellen
Jerry Bob “JB” Lewellen, 50, of Hoschton, formerly of Little Rock, Ark., and Dumas, Ark., died at his home on Thursday, December 11, 2003, after a brief illness.
Mr. Lewellen was born April 21, 1953, in El Paso County, Texas. He graduated from Dumas High School and was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Mr. Lewellen was employed by Office Depot at the Distribution Facility in Buford.
“He loved the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter,” said family members.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 15, at the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson with the Rev. John Moore officiating.
Mr. Lewellen is survived by his wife, Dolores King Lewellen, Hoschton; his parents, Tom and Polly Lewellen, Little Rock, Ark.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. Thomas and Mary Lewellen, Dumas, Ark., and Dr. John and Melinda Lewellen, Gainesville; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon and Danny Sumrall, Memphis, Tenn., Becky and David McNeely, McGehee, Ark., and Cindy and Larry Deno, Little Rock, Ark.; and his beloved dog, Molly.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, GA 30501, or to the Jefferson First United Methodist Church.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

Mildred H. Wimberly
Mrs. Mildred Hazel (Kelley) Wimberly, 78, of Covington, sister of Mrs. Sybil Camp, Jefferson, died Tuesday, December 9, 2003, at Newton General in Covington.
Mrs. Wimberly was born in Carroll County, a daughter of the late Carl Gordon Kelley and Sarah Murphy Kelley.
Mrs. Wimberly had retired from the First National Bank of Florida and moved back to Coweta County. She was a member of Amco Baptist Church and also served as church clerk.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 14, in the chapel of McKoon Funeral Home, Newnan, with the Rev. Charles Watkins and Dr. C.A. Jernigan officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Newnan.
Other survivors include one son, Charles M. Yarbrough, Covington; two other sisters, Barbara Ann Jones, Sharpsburg, and Nancy Jean Higginbottam, Raeford, N.C.; one brother, Elliott Kelley, Newnan; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
McKoon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

Ronald
‘Steve’ Sauls
Ronald Steven “Steve” Sauls, 53, of Jefferson, died Monday, December 15, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Sauls was born September 27, 1950, in Clarke County, a son of Frances Wall Sauls, Jefferson, and the late Junious Ross Sauls.
He retired as a state traffic signal engineer with the Georgia Department of Transportation and was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson. Mr. Sauls was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during Vietnam.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Becky Sauls Hudson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 18, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Johnny Ray and Hulon Hill and Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Joel Anderson, Billy Cain, Dennis Cain, Tommy Childress, Dwight Langford and Al Westmoreland will serve as pallbearers.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Sauls is survived by his wife, Peggy Sosebee Sauls, Jefferson; daughter, Christy Potts, Jefferson; son, Blake Sauls, Jefferson; brothers, Bennie Sauls, Lavonia, and Ed Sauls, Jefferson; and three grandchildren.
Memorials are optional and may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2200 Lake Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30319.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

Oma Jean Shockley
Mrs. Oma Jean Shockley, 93, of Gainesville, a native and lifetime resident of Hall County, died Friday, December 12, 2003, at Scenic View Nursing Home, Baldwin.
A homemaker, Mrs. Shockley had worked at New Holland Mill and Chicopee Mill. She was a charter member of Community Baptist Church.
Mrs. Shockley was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Shockley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 15, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Steve Dyer and Phil Ferguson officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include four daughters, Susan Arlene Ervin, Commerce, Barbara Dill, Eustis, Fla., and Sydney Wofford and Helen Jocelyn Shockley, both of Gainesville; one son, Richard Shockley, Bellingham, Wash.; one sister, Betty A. Gabriel, Winder; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003

James E. Brown
James Enoch Brown, 81, of Jefferson, died Friday, December 12, 2003, of an extended illness at Embracing Hospice Care in Snellville.
Mr. Brown was born in Jackson County, a son of the late Marion N. and Annie Bell Stepp Brown.
He served his country during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps based in Russia, where airplanes were loaded with bombs for raids across Europe.
Mr. Brown was the Valedictorian of his class at Martin Institute where he was captain of the basketball team and was a graduate of Piedmont College where he was a Gold Glove Boxer.
After his time in the military, Mr. Brown attended UGA Graduate School and was an accomplished artist and metal sculptor. He also had several books of poetry published.
Mr. Brown was co-owner of Brown’s Grocery in Jefferson, along with his brother, for many years.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Audrey Brown and Polly Brown Wood, and a brother, Rutherford “Tubby” Brown.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 14, in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson, with the Rev. Richard Hoard officiating. Thomas Patrick Williams Jr., James David Williams, John Mark Williams, Joseph Michael Williams, Andy Brown, Patrick Ryan Herring and Ernest L. Howard II served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a sister, Wineva Brown Williams, Jefferson; sister and brother-in-law, Frances Brown Howard and Ralph Howard, Decatur; brother-in-law, Calvin Wood, Ellenwood; and sister-in-law, Betty Brown, Jefferson.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice in memory of Mr. Enoch Brown.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 17, 2003


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