Jackson County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 31, 2003

Rosella ‘Rose’ Smith
Mrs. Rosella “Rose” Clark Smith, 69, of Jefferson, died Saturday, December 27, 2003, at Gwinnett Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mrs. Smith was born in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Omie Carroll Clark and Coile Clark.
She was a retired cashier and a member of Living Word Worship Center.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Richard James and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, George Edward Smith, Jefferson; one daughter, Vicki Berns, Winder; one step-daughter, Georgette Salters, South Carolina; four sisters, Daisy Porter, Sadie Highfield and Lillie Mae Jackson, all of Jefferson, and Beatrice Conner, Ellenwood; one brother, Odel Clark, Jefferson; three grandchildren, Chuck Layson, Shawn Berns and Bradley Berns; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Emily Layson; and two step-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Mary L. Barrett
Ms. Mary L. Barrett, of Commerce, formerly of Jacksonville, Fla., died Wednesday, December 24, 2003, at her residence of an extended illness.
Ms. Barrett was a native of Corbin, Ky. She was a homemaker and a member of Victory Chapel Holiness Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 29, in the chapel of George H. Hewell Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Fla. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
Ms. Barrett is survived by a daughter, Debbie Trammell, Commerce; son, Tom Rogers; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of local arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

W.D. ‘Bill’ Simmons
W.D. “Bill” Simmons, 94, of Baldwin, died Sunday, December 28, 2003, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
Mr. Simmons was born October 31, 1909, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Jasper N. and Addie Maxwell Simmons.
Mr. Simmons served on the Governor’s Staff under Governor Ernest Vandiver and was a retired farmer and grassing contractor, with 57 years of service. He was a member of the Hollingsworth Masonic Lodge #355 F & AM, the Banks County Cattlemen’s Association, the Banks County A.A.R.P. and Mtn. View Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Gene Todd officiating. Burial will be in the Mtn. View Baptist Church Cemetery with Jerry Payne officiating at graveside. Masonic graveside services will be conducted by members of the Hollingsworth Masonic Lodge #355 F & AM.
Mr. Simmons is survived by his wife, Jeanette Wood Simmons, Baldwin; sons and daughters-in-law, William Pat and Anne Simmons, Morganton, and Ricky and Carolyn Simmons, Commerce; brother, Ledger Simmons, San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Pam Bettridge, New York, N.Y., Becky Hughes, Knoxville, Tenn., and Ginny Simmons and Bill Simmons, both of Atlanta; and great-grandchildren, Lucy Hughes, Catherine Bettridge and Will Bettridge.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Ruth Chambers
Mrs. Ruth Chambers died Tuesday, December 23, 2003, in Escondido, Calif.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Chambers is survived by a son, Harold Chambers, Commerce; daughters, Gladys Kettler, Escondido, Calif., and Glenda Chenault, Millford, Va.; brothers, Paul Garrett and Hubert Garrett, both of Hiawassee; sister, Geneva Anderson, Hiawassee; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Barbara A. Dudnick
Mrs. Barbara Ann Walker Dudnick, 65, of Commerce, died Friday, December 26, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Dudnick was born September 6, 1938, in Fulton County, a daughter of the late Ann Ruff Meadows Walker. She was the wife of the late Harvey Dudnick.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Rabbi Ronald Greson officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Dudnick is survived by two sons, Chuck Colwell, Centerville, Tenn., and Jimmy Nichols, Jonesboro; three daughters, Beverly Fransen, Winter Park, Fla., Marlene Holbrooks, Toccoa, and Natalie Pinson, Commerce; one sister, Fran Stuls, Canton; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Roger H. McConnell
Roger Harben McConnell, 89, of Carnesville, brother of Helen M. Smith, Jefferson, died Saturday, December 27, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Born June 2, 1914, in Carnesville, Mr. McConnell was a son of the late John Freeman and Mary Ophelia Stevenson.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. McConnell served in the United States Army. He was a lawyer and a federal investigator with the United States Labor Department. Mr. McConnell was also a historian and a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer, where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of the Carnesville Lions Club and served as past president of the Franklin County Historical Society.
Mr. McConnell was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene C. McConnell and David McCall McConnell.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 29, at Nails Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Duane Eller and Harold Sangster officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his sister, include two other sisters, Rea M. Harris, Carlton, and Mary Sewell, Carnesville.
Memorials may be made to Nails Creek Baptist Church, 2721 Hwy. 51 N, Homer, GA 30547.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Rev. J.W.
‘Dub’ Helton
The Rev. J.W. “Dub” Helton, 76, of Hoschton and the Mulberry Community, died Monday, December 22, 2003.
Born in White County, the Rev. Helton had lived in the Mulberry Community for over 54 years.
Having been in the ministry for over 44 years, the Rev. Helton pastored churches in Forsyth, Gwinnett and Jackson counties. He was a member and deacon of Mulberry Baptist Church for over 50 years. He was retired from Georgian Art Lighting in Lawrenceville.
The Rev. Helton was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. MaeBell Helton, in 1996, and a son, Roger Helton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 24, at Mulberry Baptist Church with the Revs. David Pruitt, Jacky Stewart and Ollie V. Hayes officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Ernie Sauls, Auburn; grandchildren, Angela Renee and Bobby Nix, Arcade, and Jerry W. and Sherry Sauls, Hoschton; great-grandchildren, Joseph Lee Sauls, Ashley Truesdell, McKayla Truesdell, Jessie Sauls and Garrett Sauls; several nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, Anne Nix, Hoschton.
Donations may be made to the Mulberry Baptist Church Building Fund, 5954 Jim Crowe Road, Flowery Branch, GA 30542, in memory of the Rev. J.W. Helton.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003


Lois D. Crocker
Mrs. Lois Dodd Crocker, 80, of Cornelia, died Sunday, December 28, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Crocker was born July 12, 1923, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Sam and Clothy Lynch Dodd.
Mrs. Crocker was a homemaker and a member of Antioch Fire Baptized Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Sammy Crocker, a sister, Nellie Thomas, and a brother, Monroe Dodd.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 31, at the Baldwin Church of God with the Revs. Mike Franklin, Bill Trotter and Luther Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Crocker is survived by her husband, Marlow Crocker, Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Bonnie Crocker, Baldwin; sisters, Gladys Crocker and Sue Standridge, both of Cornelia, Bernice Owensby, Commerce, Eveline Murray, Dacula, and Betty Elrod, Cleveland; and grandchildren, Jeffrey Cleveland, Cleveland, and Dianne Carter and Christy Pruitt, both of Banks County.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Baldwin Church of God, P.O. Box 965, Baldwin, GA 30511.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Alice H. Tanner
Mrs. Alice Haynes Tanner, of Commerce, died Friday, December 26, 2003, at the Bell-Minor Home in Gainesville.
Mrs. Tanner was born July 6, 1914, in the Clermont-Wauka Mountain area of Hall County, a daughter of the late Benson Cleveland and Mary Head Haynes. She was the wife of the late Fred Homer Tanner.
Mrs. Tanner was a graduate of Chattahoochee High School and of Athens Business College. She was a member of Commerce First United Methodist Church, where she was pianist for the Sunday School Assembly for almost 30 years. She was also a member of the Ruth and Naomi Sunday School Class.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, at Commerce First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Hoyt Allen and Asbury Craft officiating. Mrs. Tanner willed her body to Emory University School of Medicine long ago.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Terrell Benson and Martha Cash Tanner, Oxford and Ellijay; daughters and sons-in-law, Amanda and Hardman Jones Jr., Powhatan, Va., and Nancy and Carter Stewart, Baldwin; brother, Benson William Haynes, Hemet, Calif.; sisters, Evelyn Kephart, Gainesville, and Ree Miller, Stockbridge; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Linda J. Lord
Miss Linda Jane Lord, 81, of Athens, died Tuesday, December 23, 2003.
Miss Lord was a daughter of the late Dr. C.B. Lord and the late Lunice Hutcherson Lord.
She was a graduate of Tift College and the University of Indiana, where she earned her graduate degree. She also attended Vanderbilt University. Miss Lord was a social worker and was a District Director for DFACS, encompassing several Georgia counties. She was a member of Milledge Avenue Baptist Church, Athens.
Miss Lord was preceded in death by a brother, Stuart Lord.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 26, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Claude McBride officiating. Burial was in the Bold Springs Methodist Church Cemetery, Carnesville.
Survivors include a sister, Carolyn Lord Ash, Smyrna; brother, C.B. Lord, Athens; seven nieces and nephews, 14 great-nieces and great-nephews and four great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to Milledge Avenue Baptist Church or to the Jefferson First Baptist Church.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Grace E. Ervin
Mrs. Grace Eubanks Ervin, 67, of Commerce, died Saturday, December 27, 2003, at her residence.
Mrs. Ervin was born in Banks County on January 21, 1936. She was a daughter of the late Tommy and Margie Crane Eubanks.
Mrs. Ervin retired from BJC Medical Center, Commerce, and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Marshall Smith and Henry Webb officiating.
Survivors include a son, David Ervin, Commerce; four brothers, Arthur Lee Eubanks, Johnny Eubanks and Bobby Eubanks, all of Commerce, and George Eubanks, Gainesville; three sisters, Betty Barrett and Lillie Mae Benton, both of Commerce, and Sharon Chamberlain, North Carolina; one grandson, Christopher Ervin, Commerce; and one granddaughter, Mary Beth Ervin, Commerce.
Donations may be made to the Lowe Syndrome Association, 222 Lincoln Street, West Lafayette, IN 47906, in honor of Christopher Ervin.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Eugene Bray
Arthur Eugene Bray, 70, of Royston, died Sunday, December 28, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mr. Bray was born in Franklin County on December 28, 1933, son of the late Dozier and Emma Haley Bray.
He worked as a logger in the pulp-wood industry and also worked for Candlewick Yarns. Mr. Bray was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Minervia Bellamy Bray, a daughter, Carrie Bray, three brothers, Morris, Lloyd and Hubert Bray, and a sister, Linda Bray Brown.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Earl Goode officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Harvey Bray, Jason Bray, Little Roger Bray, Corey Hart and Tony Martin will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include two sons, Roger Bray, Carnesville, and Raymond Bray, Hartwell; two daughters, Jean Brawner, Commerce, and Mary Smith, Danielsville; one brother, Mitchell Bray, Colbert; one sister, Ludez Belk, Iva, S.C.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of Gene and Jean Brawner, 330 Hebron Church Road, Commerce, and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Bill Siple
Bill Siple, 60, of Auburn, died Thurs-day, December 25, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Vermont, Mr. Siple was a son of Yvonne Siple, Vermont, and the late Joseph Siple.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War, and was a mechanic with Frank’s Outboard Marine, Forest Park.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 28, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Mike Kelly and Wayne Shoemaker officiating. Burial was in College Park Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Siple is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Siple, Auburn; two daughters, Barbara Siple and Sabrina Boyd, both of Hoschton; four sons, Robert Siple, Hoschton, Richard Siple, Winder, Thomas Siple, Germany, and Duane Siple, Texas; three step-sons, Luc Siple, Auburn, Nick Goris, Washington, and Alenka Goris, Italy; two sisters, Gayla Siple and Vonnie Lacaillade, both of Vermont; one brother, Joseph Siple, Vermont; 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003

Paul Hayes
Paul Hayes, 82, of Buford, died Wednesday, December 24, 2003, after a short illness at Joan Glancy Hospital in Duluth.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hayes was retired from Georgian Art Lighting in Lawrenceville and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, Buford.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 27, in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Revs. Raleigh T. Parks and Gary Carlyle officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Hayes is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mrs. Lucille Waycaster Hayes, Buford; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Charlotte Hayes, Lawrenceville; daughter, Jeanette Hayes, Flowery Branch; one grandson; five granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Hayes, Buford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Flanigan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 31, 2003


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