Jackson County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 24, 2003

Clarence
W. Stephens
Clarence Woodrow Stephens, 91, of Pendergrass, died Sunday, December 21, 2003, at his home after a long illness.
Born in Gwinnett County, Mr. Stephens lived in Pendergrass for a number of years. He was a member of Mercy Baptist Church.
Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his first wife, Mandy Lou Stephens, two sons, Clarence Stephens Jr. and Richard Stephens, and two daughters, Helen Parks and Jeanette Cates.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 23, in the chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch, with the Revs. Brandan Stephens and Clinton Gooch officiating. Burial was in the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Flowery Branch.
Mr. Stephens is survived by his wife, Betty Stephens; sons, Billy Stephens, Gainesville, and Homer Stephens and John Stephens, both of Pendergrass; daughters, Dorothy Massey, Pendergrass, Mildred Stephens, Virginia Marlow, Martha Gooch, Bobbie Kinsey, Marie Hix and Linda Long, all of Jackson County, and Willie J. “Linda” Spriggs, Murrayville; nine step-children; brother, Golden Stephens, Hoschton; sister, Cammie Roebuck, Gainesville; 22 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Gail S. Roberts
Mrs. Gail Silman Roberts, 68, of Jefferson, died Sunday, December 21, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Roberts was born in Jackson County, daughter of the late Robert Ralph and Kathleen Couch Silman.
She worked for the Jefferson City School System many years as the secretary to the principal and was employed for several years before that at The Jackson Herald. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Jefferson.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 23, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Minister Robin Self officiating.
Mrs. Roberts is survived by her husband, James Davis Roberts Sr., Jefferson; daughter, Kathi Roberts Bray, Jefferson; sons, James Davis Roberts Jr., Jefferson, and First Lt. Clay A. Roberts, of the United States Air Force, based in Ramstein, Germany; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Henry Nelle Stromberg, Molene, Ill., and Dawn Duke, Jefferson.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720, or to the Jefferson School System Foundation, 575 Washington Street, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Janie Osley
Mrs. Janie Lee Brooks Osley, 75, of Royston, died Monday, December 22, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Born in Madison County on March 23, 1928, Mrs. Osley was a daughter of the late Johnny and Minnie Mann Brooks.
She was a homemaker and a member of Bible Baptist Church. Mrs. Osley was preceded in death by her husband, William Buck Osley, and a daughter, Priscilla Ann Atkins.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 24, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Robert Garrett officiating. Entombment will be in Franklin Memorial Gardens, South. Jason Wynn, Michael Wynn, Monty Wynn, William Cowart, Ben Grizzle and Kelvin Compton will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include five sons, Larry Wynn, Hull, Waymon Wynn and Jake Dodd, both of Royston, Paul Wynn, Commerce, and Wilmer Wynn, Comer; two brothers, Coy Brooks, Comer, and Ray Brooks, Danielsville; one sister, Brenda Coker, Danielsville; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Waymon Wynn, 2679 Careytown Road, Royston, and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

John A.
Florentine Jr.
John Anthony Florentine Jr., 42, of Hoschton, died Thursday, December 18, 2003, at Northside Hospital following an extended illness.
Born in Rome, N.Y., Mr. Florentine was a son of John Anthony Florentine Sr., Panama City, Fla., and the late Rosemarie Ladagana Florentine.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Florentine was a Regional Director with Solectron Telecommunications Company. He was of the Catholic denomination.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 20, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with Father Jaime Barona serving as celebrant.
In addition to his father, Mr. Florentine is survived by his wife, Sue Florentine, Hoschton; children, Corwin Boucher, Massachusetts, and Trevin Boucher, Tyler Boucher, John Anthony Florentine III, Kassia Florentine and Alexis Florentine, all of Hoschton; two sisters, Lillian Vozzolo, Windsor Locks, Conn., and Rosemary Dipasquale, Canton; and two brothers, Robert Florentine, Clearwater, Fla., and Lawrence Florentine, Gainesville.
Memorials may be made to The Bone Marrow Unit, Northside Hospital, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30342.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Elizabeth
F. Mobley
Mrs. Elizabeth F. Mobley, 70, of Nicholson, died Sunday, December 21, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 24, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Mike Stowers officiating, followed by burial in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Kendall Folds, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Robert H. Mobley, Nicholson; one daughter, Elaine Ward, Baltimore, Md.; one brother, Randy Fleeman, Nicholson; and two sisters, Jane Gary, Nicholson, and Pat Dalton, Jefferson.
Mrs. Mobley was preceded in death by a son, Aaron Folds.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Allie Fleeman
Mrs. Allie Bragg Fleeman, 90, of Bowman, died Monday, December 22, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Fleeman was born June 23, 1913. She was the daughter of the late Joe Bragg and Tillie Pearson Bragg, and the step-daughter of the late Lee Sartain Bragg.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Fleeman was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Fleeman, a daughter, Lottie Smith, and a son, Anthony Fleeman.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. James Gunn and Clint Harper officiating. Burial will be in the Mill Shoal Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Joe Fleeman and Archie Fleeman, both of Royston, James Fleeman, Nicholson, and Roger Fleeman, Bowman; one daughter, Louise Andrews, Royston; 13 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Archie Fleeman, 222 Woodridge Way, Royston, and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Lewis E. Gilbert
Lewis Edwin Gilbert, 87, of Hoschton, died Tuesday, December 23, 2003.
Mr. Gilbert was the son of the late Addison Jones Gilbert and the late Adeline Elizabeth Bailey Gilbert.
He was self-employed, having dealt with rental property, and was a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 26, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Vince Mercardante and Kevin Page officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Gilbert is survived by his wife, Marthena Holland Gilbert, Hoschton; three daughters, Kay Costantino, Grayson, Lyn Thornton, Hoschton, and Janet Hilliard, Woodstock; three sons, Gene Gilbert, Gerry Gilbert and Lewis E. “Eddie” Gilbert Jr., all of Hoschton; 15 grandchildren, Beverly, Craig, Chris, Ronnie, Brian, Brandon, Stacy, Lindsey, Lavoy, Eric, Chase, Cameron, Zack, Jarrard and Wesley; and five great-grandchildren, Jesse, Cole, Ava, Katie and Arlene.
The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Lucille G. Garrett
Mrs. Lucille Gipson Garrett, 73, of Commerce, died Monday, December 22, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
Mrs. Garrett was born in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Tarsus and Leona Baird Gipson.
Mrs. Garrett, along with her husband, operated a community store in the Thyatira Community for many years and served the Lord in music ministry at several Holiness churches. She was the devoted wife of Verner Garrett for 54 years.
Mrs. Garrett was preceded in death by two brothers, Max Gipson and Howard Gipson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 24, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jacob Armour officiating. Burial will be in Maxwell Cemetery, Nicholson. Clint Garrett, Ben Register, Ray Gailey, Mark Gailey, Rickey Garrett and Terry Watkins will serve as pallbearers.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Garrett is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Norma Faye Garrett, Royston, and Darrell and Diane Garrett, Stephens; four sisters, Lois Phillips, Nicholson, Jean Watkins and Ruth Nunn, both of Union Point, and Birdie Dockery, Riverdale; two brothers, Horace Gipson, Grayson, and Dennis Gipson, Carnesville; grandchildren, Clint and Jennifer Garrett, Tara Garrett, Ellen and Ben Register and Katie McCannon; great-grandchildren, Farah Weller, Garrett Register and Clinton Garrett; and special caregiver, sister-in-law Virginia Gailey.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Frank Echols
Frank Echols, 76, of Maysville, a veteran of the United States Army, died Monday, December 22, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Echols was born October 15, 1927, in Jackson County, a son of the late Luther and Curtis Davis Echols.
He retired from BJC Medical Center. Mr. Echols was preceded in death by a daughter, Emma Mae Echols.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ron Glaze and Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial will be in the Solid Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Echols is survived by his wife, Hazel Parr Echols, Maysville; one son, James “Buster” Echols, Maysville; one brother, Henry Echols, Maysville; and two grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Bobbie J. Sears
Mrs. Bobbie Jean Sears, 69, of Commerce, died Friday, December 19, 2003, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Sears was a daughter of the late James Hoyt Martin and Lillie Belle Ayers Martin. She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Martin, and two sisters, Margaret Crane Kyte and Polly Martin Jacks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 22, at Nicholson Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Smith, Danny Hill and James Dumas officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Sears is survived by her husband, Arthur G. Sears, of the home; five sons, Carl Veal, Nicholson, Steve Sears and Greg Sears, both of Commerce, Grant Sears, Winder, and Billy Veal, Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Bonnie Baker, Maysville, and Melissa Sears, Commerce; two brothers, Swain Martin, Clermont, and Paul Martin, Stone Mountain; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Willene Bailey
Mrs. Willene Bailey, 78, of Winder, died Thursday, December 18, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Bailey was the daughter of the late Jim and Lillie Mae Smith Hawkins.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 19, at Bethlehem First Methodist Church with the Rev. Billy Beard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Bailey is survived by her husband, Dean Bailey, Winder.
Memorials may be made to Magnolia Blooms, 1250 Nicholsville Road, Monroe, GA 30656.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Mary ‘Doll’ Ray
Mrs. Mary “Doll” Nix Ray, 56, of Maysville, died Saturday, December 20, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Ray was born January 23, 1947, in Jackson County, to the late Bill and Ola Lance Nix.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Nix.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 22, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Bo Whisnant and Charles Elrod officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mrs. Ray is survived by her husband, Kenneth Ray, Maysville; one son, Billy Ray Casper, Social Circle; two daughters, Donna Fowler, Bethlehem, and Tammy Whisnant, Jefferson; three sisters, Cora Mae Childs, Nicholson, Sue Duke, Royston, and Tiny McDaniel, Winder; one brother, Billy Nix, Pendergrass; and four grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Mary E. Walker
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Walker, 67, of Cornelia, died Saturday, December 20, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Walker was born in White County on December 19, 1936, to the late Tommy and Hassie Hamilton Dooley.
She was a homemaker who loved to fish and attended Cornelia Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 24, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. Scott Ledbetter officiating, followed by burial in the Friendly Mission Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Jackson, Alto, and Patsy Winiski, Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, Austin Beasley, Jacksonville, Fla., and Roger Johnson, Baldwin, Fla.; one brother, Tommy Dooley, Gainesville; two sisters, Frances Webb, Jefferson, and Ann Gaddis, Gainesville; and several grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003
Johnny W. Wilson
Johnny William Wilson, 51, of Salem, Ariz., died Thursday, December 18, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Wilson was born January 6, 1952, in Jackson County. He was the son of Pauline Wood Wilson Scoggins, Commerce, and the late Odell Wilson.
Mr. Wilson had been employed as a telephone engineer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Douglas Duncan, Eddie Gordon and James Meaders officiating. Burial was in the Galilee Fire Baptized Holiness Church Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Wilson is survived by a daughter, Tonya Wilson, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

Ernest
F. Hayes
Ernest F. Hayes, 88, of Winder, died Thursday, December 18, 2003.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Hayes was a son of the late Thomas B. and Lucy W. Mobley Hayes. He was the husband of the late Virginia Kennedy Hayes, and was preceded in death by two sisters, Beulah Mae Johnson and Hazel Boyce.
Mr. Hayes was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II.
Survivors include a half-brother, Willie T. Mobley, Winder; and several nieces and nephews.
No services were held. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003

James H. McAlister
James Harold McAlister, 73, of Demorest, died Sunday, December 21, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. McAlister was born in Anderson, S.C., on August 19, 1930. He was a son of the late Thomas and Nellie Holbrook McAlister.
Mr. McAlister was a scrap metal dealer for 50 years and was a member of Cleveland Full Gospel Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles McAlister and W.J. McAlister.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 23, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Revs. John Wood, Troy Knox and Jeff Appling officiating, followed by entombment in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Mr. McAlister is survived by his wife, Beatrice Elliott McAlister, Demorest; daughters, Judy Plant, Demorest, Elva Kulinsky, West Palm Beach, Fla., Paula Morgan, Gainesville, and Donnice Mitchell, Commerce; son, Alpheus McAlister, Demorest; brother, Claude McAlister, Pontiac, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 24, 2003


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