Jackson County Obituaries...

JANUARY 7, 2004

John H. Carter Jr.
John Hugh Carter Jr., 62, of Maysville, died Friday, January 2, 2004.
Mr. Carter was a carpenter and a member of Tabernacle International Church, Lawrenceville.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Carter is survived by his children, Catherine M. Carter, Lawrenceville, and John P. Carter and David P. Carter, both of Commerce; sister, Susan Carter, Louisiana; and grandchildren, Dashia Carter, Lawrenceville, and Caleb Carter, Commerce.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Ralph E. Cash
Ralph E. Cash, 79, of Maysville, died Sunday, January 4, 2004, at Emory University Hospital of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery.
Mr. Cash is survived by his wife, Faye Cash, of the home; one son, Stanley Cash, Maysville; two daughters, Gail Ussery, Maysville, and Debbie Prickett, Commerce; one brother, Tye Cash, Gainesville; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Cash was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelby McGahee.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Ida Taylor
Mrs. Ida Taylor, 76, of Braselton, died Saturday, January 3, 2004, at the Winder Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Taylor was born in Hall County where she lived most of her life. She was a daughter of the late John Stover and Jennie Collins Stover.
Mrs. Taylor was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Taylor, a son, Rodney Taylor, and a sister, Ozelle Barron.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 4, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Donald Tritt officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include two brothers, Howell Stover and Howard Stover, both of Gainesville; and one sister, Christine Bowen Sailers, Gainesville.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Jimmie D. Smith
Ms. Jimmie D. Smith, 84, of Doraville, formerly of Jefferson, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004, in the chapel of R.T. Patterson Funeral Home, Norcross, with the Revs. Jerry Hewatt and Ray Hewatt officiating. Burial was in Thrasher Cemetery, Mountainboro, Ala., with the Rev. Don Self officiating.
Ms. Smith is survived by three daughters, Mildred Delois Spears and Venice Spears, both of Maysville, and Linda Faye Holland, Doraville; three sons, Donald Smith, Conyers, Ronald Smith, Rowlett, Texas, and Randall Smith, Flowery Branch; two sisters, Henrietta Yancey, Dawson, Ala., and Claudell Humphrey, Attalla, Ala.; 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
“She was a loving mother and will be greatly missed,” said family members.
R.T. Patterson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Ceylon W. Smith
Ceylon Wayne Smith, 59, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at his residence of an extended illness.
Mr. Smith was born May 3, 1944, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Jesse G. and Irene Cooper Smith.
A Vietnam veteran, Mr. Smith served in the United States Army Reserves, retiring after 20 years. He also retired from the Gwinnett County Maintenance Department. He was a member of Union Baptist Church.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 10, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Christopher G. Bryant officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery, Jefferson. Former co-workers of Mr. Smith will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include three brothers, Henry C. Smith, Meridian, Miss., and James L. Smith and Jesse Junior Smith, both of Jefferson.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Hoyt F. Sorrow
Hoyt Franklin Sorrow, 76, of Nicholson, died Saturday, January 3, 2004, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Sorrow is survived by his wife, Dollie D. Sorrow, of the home; three sons, Tim Sorrow, Toccoa, and Wyatt Sorrow and Hoyt Mitchell Sorrow, both of Commerce; two daughters, Linda Stukes, Commerce, and Tammy Chambers, Hull; two brothers, Gene Sorrow and Ambery Sorrow, both of Commerce; one sister, Ruth Swain, Commerce; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Sorrow was preceded in death by a son, Ken Sorrow.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Mamie Strickland
Mrs. Mamie Elizabeth Sorrow Strickland, 93, of Commerce, died Saturday, January 3, 2004.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Strickland was a daughter of the late Sandy and Lizzie Mae Hall Sorrow. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest H. Strickland, daughters, Bertha Mae and Margaret Emma Strickland, three grandchildren, four brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Strickland was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 5, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Janice Loggins officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Mrs. Strickland’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Charles Strickland, Hull; daughters, Joanna Sutton, Winder, Betty Phillips, Hull, Sara Fisler, Lawrenceville, Tina Stephens, Athens, and Joyce Gabriel, Danielsville; step-daughter, Zara Cook, Winder; grandson, Keith Strickland, Colbert; granddaughter, Michelle Hannie, Atlanta; nine other grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Joseph C. Lyle
Joseph Clark Lyle, 96, of Maysville, died Wednesday, January 7, 2004.
Mr. Lyle was the son of the late Jim and Rosalie Sims Lyle. He was the husband of the late Ruby Elizabeth Brown Lyle.
Mr. Lyle was a deacon and the oldest member of Maysville Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army, and was a charter member of the Homer American Legion. Mr. Lyle was a retired row crop farmer and was retired from Oxford Manufacturing.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 9, at Maysville Baptist Church with the Revs. Jessie Mealor and Brian Stowe officiating. Burial will be in Sunrise Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jacquelyn and Kim Rylee, Maysville; sister, Charlotte Crumley, Athens; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Chip and Tracie McClure, Maysville; grandson, Corey McClure, Maysville; granddaughter, Missy McClure, Maysville; and great-grandchildren, Chance and Sydney McClure, Maysville.
The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Agatha I. Minish
Mrs. Agatha Ingram Minish, 84, of Commerce, died Monday, January 5, 2004.
Mrs. Minish was the daughter of the late Buren and Ora Duncan Ingram. She was the wife of the late William Berry “Dub” Minish.
Mrs. Minish retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Kent Cranford and Billy Owensby officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include a daughter, Jestean Faulkner, Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Wilma and Thurmond Alewine, Watkinsville, Beverly and Dr. Lawerence George, Commerce, and Wanda and Robert Purcell, Lilburn; son, Wilburn Minish, Atlanta; brother, Waymon Ingram, Fairburn; special friend, Ed Shorpshire, Atlanta; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce, 1345 S. Elm Street, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

George T. Davis
George Thomas Davis, 74, of Jefferson, a veteran of the United States Army, died Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at the Embracing Care Hospice facility following an extended illness.
Mr. Davis was born December 19, 1929, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Tom “T.P.” and Zipporah Hayes Davis.
Mr. Davis was a retired Forest Ranger with the Georgia Forestry Commission and was a member of Lebanon Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2004, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Phil Bryan, Bruce Davis, Henry Davis, Ricky Davis, Ricky Howington and Jack Pipkin served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Lewis Davis, Leonard Ginn and Howard Merk.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Mary Davis, Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Sandy Davis, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis and Rodney Ehl, Clermont, and Karen and Phil Bryan, Hoschton; sisters, Pansy Alexander, Jefferson, Mary Lou McDonald, Fitzgerald, and Vera Pace and Ellen Perry, both of Winder; brother, John Davis, Buford; five grandchildren; and special caregiver, Hayward Rogers, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the Galilee Christian Church Building Fund, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Shunda D. Rakestraw
Miss Shunda D. Rakestraw, 27, of Jefferson, died Monday, January 5, 2004.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 8, at Greater Barbers Creek Baptist Church, Statham. Burial will be in the Austin Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, Winder.
Miss Rakestraw is survived by her parents, Charlie and Judy Rakestraw, Jefferson; one son, Tryston D.M. Norman, Jefferson; eight sisters, Mary R. Peters, Evette Rakestraw, Cassandra Rakestraw, Vanessa Rakestraw, Annie Rakestraw, Pamela Rakestraw, Nikki Rakestraw and Norica Rakestraw, all of Jefferson; four brothers, Charlie Rakestraw, Duvan Rakestraw, Jarail Rakestraw and Mackiphest Rakestraw, all of Jefferson; grandmothers, Mary F. Wood, Atlanta, and Annie Barrett, Decatur; and grandfather, Hoyt Shields, Winder.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

John ‘J.B.’ Harris
John “J.B.” Harris, of Statham, died Monday, January 5, 2004.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 8, at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Jefferson. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Harris is survived by his wife, Mary Harris; five daughters, Mattie Hester, Marilyn Harris and Amanda Butler, all of Statham, Shirley Franklin, Stone Mountain, and Mary Rucker, Commerce; 12 sons, James Harris, Robert Harris, J.B. Harris Jr., Charles Harris, John Harris, Lawrence Harris, David Harris and Chris Harris, all of Statham, William Harris and Nathaniel Harris, both of Athens, Donald Harris, Danielsville, and Paul Harris Jr., Ohio; 57 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Hubert McCain
Hubert McCain, 93, of Winder, died Friday, January 2, 2004.
Mr. McCain was born in an area of Jackson County that was later incorporated into Barrow County. He was the son of the late Robert and Allie McEver McCain.
Mr. McCain was a farmer and a former co-owner of Jefferson Cleaners. He was a member of New Pentecost United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Men’s Club.
Mr. McCain was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Finch McCain, in 1989.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 4, at New Pentecost United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Wilkinson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Dixon Lomax, Clemson, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Elaine McCain, Winder; sister, Emmie Wall, Winder; grandchildren and spouses, Todd and Patty Jo McCain and Lisa and Jason Hester, all of Winder; great-grandchildren, Jake, Peyton and Emily Hester and Ron and Rachel McCain, all of Winder.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Ruby G. Sizemore
Mrs. Ruby Gilliland Sizemore, 91, of the Carl Community, Auburn, died Thursday, January 1, 2004.
Mrs. Sizemore was a daughter of the late Henry and Dora Etheridge Gilliland. She was the wife of the late Kermit Sizemore.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 4, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in the Auburn Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and George Morgan, Destin, Fla., Barbara and Don Morgan, Austell, and Jane and Grady Rice, Powder Springs; daughter, Shirley Fowler, Smyrna; son and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Kathy Sizemore, Bethlehem; son, Donald Sizemore, Canton; sisters, Lois Wehunt, Maude Gilliland and Joyce Carter, all of Hoschton, and Betty Brady, Cornelia; brothers, Quinton Gilliland, Hoschton, Charlie Gilliland, Talladega, Ala., and Roy Gilliland, Cleveland; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Amylee E. Shore
Mrs. Amylee Elizabeth Shore, 85, of Commerce, died Saturday, January 3, 2004.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Shore was a daughter of the late Amos and Eveline Embry Bennett. She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Shore, and a brother, A.G. Bennett.
Mrs. Shore retired from Sportswear Manufacturing.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 5, at Blacks Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Shore is survived by her husband, Jessie Shore, of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Joanne Shore and Waymon and Lucy Shore, all of Commerce; daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Kenneth Tanner, Commerce, and Rita and Dan Miller, Carrollton; sister, Leata Mae Watson, Commerce; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

James R.
‘Bob’ Murphy
James Robert “Bob” Murphy, of Hoschton, died Sunday, January 4, 2004, at University Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., after an extended illness.
Mr. Murphy was born December 11, 1923, in Gainesville, the son of Albert Daniel and Ella Mae Cronic Murphy. He spent most of his boyhood in Hoschton. He attended high school at Monroe A&M Preparatory School in Monroe, where he played basketball under Coach “Whack” Hyder. Mr. Murphy earned a B.S. degree from Piedmont College and an M.S. from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau social fraternity.
In 1941, Mr. Murphy was under contract with the New York Yankees baseball club, and was playing with their farm club in Butler, Penn., when war broke out. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the First Marine Division, serving in the Pacific Theater, including the Peleliu and Okinawa campaigns. After his honorable discharge from the Marines, he returned to play with the Yankees’ farm team in Augusta. In 1946, he played for the Tampa Smokers of the Florida International League (F.I.L.), where he won MVP honors in the F.I.L.-Cuban All-Star game in Havana, Cuba. Injuries forced an early retirement, whereupon he entered coaching. He continued to play semiprofessional baseball and basketball during his early coaching years.
Mr. Murphy returned to Piedmont College to complete his degree, and upon graduation in 1948, he accepted a position as head coach and teacher at Cuthbert High School in Cuthbert. World War II had taken its toll on the athletic program at Cuthbert and he played a major role in building it into a championship program in basketball, football and baseball. He was chosen to coach in the 1952 State North/South AllStar football game in Atlanta, and subsequently was elected by the Coaches Association as Georgia High School Coach of the Year. He remained at Cuthbert High School until he left coaching in 1959 to pursue a career in sales in Atlanta. In 1982, Mr. Murphy was elected to the Piedmont College Sports Hall of Fame, where he had earned letters in basketball and baseball.
While in Atlanta, he was a member of Wieuca Road Baptist Church, where he was active as a coach in the youth basketball programs.
“Bob’s favorite pastime was his weekly domino game that endured for 40 years with Doug Maag, Bob Bingham and Fred Jones,” said family members.
Mr. Murphy remained in private business in Atlanta until his retirement, when he returned to Hoschton. In Hoschton, he attended Hoschton First Baptist Church, VFW Post 4872, Masonic Rockwell Lodge #191 and The Oddfellows.
Mr. Murphy is survived by a daughter, Mary Jane Bennett (Sterling), Marietta; a son, James Robert Murphy Jr. (Amanda), Vestavia Hills, Ala.; two grandchildren, Margaret Claire and Garrett Parkman Murphy, Vestavia Hills, Ala.; three step-grandchildren, Michael Bennett, Colorado Springs, Colo., Megan Bennett Nordoff (Cy), Charleston, S.C., and Matthew Bennett, Exeter, N.H.; two sisters, Bernice M. Bryant and Alice M. Clark, both of Watkinsville; six nephews and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Lamar Murphy and Albert Murphy Jr.
A graveside service will be held at noon Friday, January 9, at the Hoschton City Cemetery, followed by a gathering of friends and family in the Family Life Center at Hoschton First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to the Bob Murphy Memorial Fund, c/o Piedmont College, P.O. Box 429, Demorest, GA 30535.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Ruth Pierce
Mrs. Ruth Roach Childs Pierce, 77, of Commerce, died Thursday, January 1, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center of a brief illness.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 4, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Pierce is survived by her husband, Bennie Pierce, of the home; son, Chris Gregory Childs, Athens; brother, Horace Roach, Commerce; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Nolia V. Webb
Mrs. Nolia V. Webb, 89, of Commerce, died Sunday, January 4, 2004, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 6, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating.
Mrs. Webb is survived by a son, the Rev. Henry Webb, Jefferson; sisters, Sammie Peek and Merty Peek, both of Commerce, and Margie Head, St. Louis, Mo.; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Webb was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Webb, a son, Dillard Webb, and a brother, Leo Vandiver.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Joseph L.
‘Joey’ Wilson
Joseph Lester “Joey” Wilson, 47, of Mt. Airy, died Saturday, January 3, 2004, at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Wilson was born February 27, 1956, in Biloxi, Miss. He was a son of Quinton and Frances Cowart Wilson, Clarkesville.
Mr. Wilson was an honor graduate of Habersham Central High School, where he played football and was president of the Student Council. He earned a BS degree in textile management from Georgia Tech and earned his master’s degree and his specialist degree in education from Piedmont College. Mr. Wilson was a teacher and a high school soccer league referee and coach and was active in the North Georgia Soccer Association. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. In the past, he had served as Sunday School teacher, R.A. Director and director of Children’s Church, at his church.
Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by a sister, Pamela Sharon Wilson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 5, at Antioch Baptist Church with the Revs. Brian Stephens, Walton Marsh and Billy Burrell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Londa Irvin Wilson, Mt. Airy; daughter, Meridee Lynn Wilson, San Francisco, Calif.; sons, Jarad Joseph Wilson, Atlanta, and Nathan Irvin Wilson, Mt. Airy; brother and sister-in-law, Robin and Martha Wilson, Jefferson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas T. “Tommy” and Bernice Irvin, Mt. Airy; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Elaine Irvin, Clarkesville, Johnny and Ann Irvin, Tallulah Falls, and James and Susan Irvin, Toccoa; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lisa and Bill Collier, Mt. Airy.
Memorials may be made to the North Georgia Soccer Association, P.O. Box 1378, Demorest, GA 30535.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Cecil P. Ayers Jr.
Cecil Paul Ayers Jr., 41, of Commerce, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Ayers was a son of the late Cecil Paul Ayers Sr. and Dorothy Martin Ayers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Mr. Ayers is survived by his grandmother, Mrs. Leo Ayers, Commerce; one brother, Ronald Ayers, Jefferson; and one sister, Jeanne Dawley, Commerce.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Marie Patrick
Mrs. Lillie Marie Brown Patrick, 92, of Athens, died Monday, January 5, 2004.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Patrick was the daughter of the late James Cicero Brown and Martha Jane Brown.
She had recently resided at ACC in Commerce, previously residing at 147 First Street from 1950-2001. Mrs. Patrick had been employed with Chicopee Mills, Snow White Cleaners and A&A Bakery. She was a longtime member of East Athens Baptist Church, having taught Sunday School for years.
Mrs. Patrick was preceded in death by her former husband, James Robert Patrick Sr., a son, James Robert Patrick Jr., a daughter-in-law, Ann Elizabeth Tiller Patrick, a grandson, Robert Gregory Patrick, and four sisters, Ruby Irene Brown Ireland, Laura Pearl Brown, Rosa Lee Brown Beck and Kathleen Brown.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 8, at East Athens Baptist Church with the Revs. David Shelley and Don Leaptrott officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Ree Patrick Martin and James Wyatt Martin, Carrollton, Texas; sisters, Gladys Frances Brown Jordan, Athens, and Alice Brown Williams, Jonesboro; grandson, James Wyatt Martin Jr., Austin, Texas; granddaughter, Kathryn Marie Martin Beck, Carrollton, Texas; great-grandsons, Taylor Crawford Martin and William Crawford Weaver, Austin, Texas; great-granddaughters, Taylor Marie Beck and Jaclyn Marie Beck, Carrollton, Texas; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Athens Baptist Church Building Fund, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Blvd. NW, Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Rinda T. Ferguson
Mrs. Rinda Tomlin Ferguson, 94, of Cornelia, died Monday, January 5, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Ferguson was born in White County on June 8, 1909, daughter of the late Allen Denton and Lila Chambers Tomlin.
She was a homemaker who loved to crochet and sew and was a member of New Bridge Baptist Church.
Mrs. Ferguson was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Ferguson, and a son, Millard Ferguson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 8, at New Bridge Baptist Church with the Revs. Verner London and Austin Kelley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Runette and Hershel Ansley, Cornelia, Elizabeth and Paul Burch, Sea Grove Woolley, Wash., Muarl and Lewis H. Davis, Jefferson, and Lenell and Benton Free, Clarkesville; son, Carroll Ferguson, Cornelia; sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Norman Morris, Powder Springs; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and caregivers, Sherry Segars and Genell Carlan.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004

Emogene
R. Lynch
Mrs. Emogene Rose Lynch, 89, of Commerce, died Saturday, January 3, 2004, at Athens Heritage Home in Athens, following a long illness.
Mrs. Lynch was born April 18, 1914, in West Virginia, to James and Louverna Moss.
She lived most of her life in Alliance, Ohio, before moving to Georgia, where she was a member of Commerce Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie L. Lynch; her parents, James and Louverna Moss; three brothers, Cecil Moss, Virgil Moss and John Moss, all of West Virginia; and three sisters, Susie Dye and Faye Hunt, both of West Virginia, and Millicent Goodrich, of Akron, Ohio.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, from the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Minister Jeff Colson officiating. Burial was in Georgia Memorial Park.
She is survived by two sisters, Frankie Allen, Commerce, and Gertrude Sydenstricker, of Dunbar, W.Va.; one brother, Rondel Moss, of Parkersberg, W.Va.; two step-daughters, Pam Brown, Woodstock, and Anne Cormack, of California; and several nieces and nephews whom she liked to call her own.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, January 7, 2004


 mainstreetnews.com
MainStreet Newspapers, Inc.
PO Box 908, 33 Lee Street, Jefferson, Georgia 30549
Telephone: (706) 367-5233 Fax: (706) 367-8056
NEWS / ADVERTISING / PRINTING

® Copyright 2002 MainStreet Newspapers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Copyright / Terms / Privacy

Home / Job Market / Real Estate / Automotive / Classifieds
News from Jackson / News from Madison / News from Banks / Sports
Jackson Community / Banks Community / Madison Community

Archives / Advertising / Printing / History / Links / Search Site
Send a Letter / Subscribe / Place a Classified Ad / Online Rates