Jackson County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 11, 2004

Hazel P. Myers
Mrs. Hazel Pruitt Myers, 71, of Jefferson, died Thursday, February 5, 2004, at her residence following a sudden illness.
Born April 4, 1932, in Walton County, Mrs. Myers was the daughter of the late J. Paul and Iva Miller Pruitt.
She was a retired real estate broker and was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Myers was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Myers, and a son, Cody Myers Sr.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 7, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Eric Shelton officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Kay Duckworth, Thomson; two sons, Cody Myers and Paul Myers, both of Jefferson; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

David Goldsmith
David Goldsmith, 41, of Nicholson, died Sunday, February 8, 2004.
Mr. Goldsmith is survived by his mother, Maureen Goldsmith, Phoenix, Ariz.; a sister, Michelle Goldsmith, Phoenix, Ariz.; an ex-wife, Cindy Newell, Nicholson; and two step-daughters, Katie Bradley and Kelly Bradley, both of Nicholson.
Burial will be in Bronx, N.Y.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, has charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

Myrna F. Morris
Mrs. Myrna Franquise Bentley Morris, of Athens, formerly of Winder, died Sunday, February 8, 2004.
Mrs. Morris was born August 2, 1933, the youngest of 14 children, to the late Homer L. and Drue Willie Helton Bentley. She married Julian Thomas Morris on December 26, 1950.
Mrs. Morris was founder and director of Morris School of Dance until 1990. She was the first majorette captain and drum majorette at Winder High School and helped her brother-in-law, Robie Robison, with majorettes in Jefferson when he founded the band there.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 14, at the First Christian Church in Winder, with the Rev. Jim Brooks officiating.
Mrs. Morris is survived by children and spouses, Tom and Ginny Morris, Athens, and Debra and John Gilstrap, Winder; grandchildren, Michael Thomas Morris Jr., John Bentley Morris, Alexander Clayton Morris and Elizabeth Lanier Morris, Athens, and John Richard Gilstrap Jr. and Julian Cayce Gilstrap, Winder; sister, Helen Bachelder, Winder; and brother, Allen Bentley, Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Winder First Christian Church, the Winder-Barrow High School Band, the March of Dimes or the American Cancer Society.
The family will receive visitors following the service at 3 p.m. at the home of Debra and John Gilstrap, 396 N. Fifth Ave., Winder.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

Lewis Gee
Lewis Gee, 74, of Commerce, died Wednesday, February 4, 2004.
Born in Jackson County on July 2, 1930, Mr. Gee was a son of the late Charlie and Mattie Lou Gaddis Gee.
A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Gee retired from Oxford and was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 7, at Victory Baptist Church with the Rev. Swayne Cochran and Johnny Ayers officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Gee is survived his wife, Betty Garrett Gee, Commerce; one brother, Joe Gee, Atlanta; and two sisters, Myrtle Brewer, Jefferson, and Minnie Mae Slater, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

Robert L. ‘Junior’ Hattaway Jr.
Robert L. “Junior” Hattaway Jr., 72, of Danielsville, died Sunday, February 8, 2004, at his home.
Mr. Hattaway was born April 13, 1931, in Madison County. He was a son of the late Robert L. Sr. and Florida Mae Curtis Hattaway.
Mr. Hattaway was a heavy equipment operator and attended Old Canon Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Jack Evans and Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Danielsville. Mr. Hattaway’s grandsons served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Hattaway is survived by his wife, Bobbie Jean Phillips Hattaway, Danielsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Florence Hattaway, Danielsville, and Jerry and Margie Hattaway, Canon; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Frank Coile and Carol and Mike Hardy, all of Danielsville, and Judy Culpepper Downs and David Downs, Glencoe, Ky.; grandchildren, Scott Coile, Winterville, Jessica and Chad Hart, Hartwell, Jason Hattaway and Matt Hardy, both of Danielsville, Eric and P.J. Hattaway, Watkinsville, Kim and Kevin Little, Royston, Jeff and Michelle Culpepper, Nicholson, and Christy and Jason Goldman, Commerce; five great-grandchildren; brothers, John, LeRoy, Eugene and Billy Hattaway, all of Danielsville, and Elmer Hattaway, Waycross; and sister, Marjorie Hill, Danielsville.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

Brandon Turley
Brandon Michael Turley, 19, of Winder, died Wednesday, February 4, 2004.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Turley was a son of Lisa Turley, Monroe, and the late Terrance Dale Turley.
He was a senior at Winder Barrow High School.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 7, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Melanie McElhiney officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a brother, Anthony Joe Turley, Rockwall, Texas; sister, Kelly Valentine, Walnut Grove, Texas; and nieces, Catina Turley and Amber Dean, Fayetteville, and Stephanie Walden, Sharpsburg.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

Hazel C. Cooksey
Mrs. Hazel Corrine Joyce Cooksey, 68, of Commerce, died Wednesday, February 4, 2004.
Mrs. Cooksey was born May 30, 1935, in Bedford County, Tenn. She was the daughter of the late Edgar Minton and Annie Mae Henley Joyce.
Mrs. Cooksey was a retired school teacher and was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Swayne Cochran and Mike Hudman officiating.
Mrs. Cooksey is survived by her husband, Norman Cooksey, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

Bobby J. Herbert
Bobby Joe Herbert, 75, of Colbert, died Tuesday, February 3, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Herbert was a son of the late Otha and Lola Martin Herbert.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Magdlene Cook.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 5, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Paul Prather officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. David Scogin, Jerry Scogin, Bobby Cook, Tommy Herbert, Danny Herbert and Norm Wilkie served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a sister, Mattie Scogin, Colbert; brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Ellie Herbert, Gillsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

Johnny L. Sears
Johnny Lee Sears, 57, of Commerce, died Friday, February 6, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Sears was born August 25, 1946, in Jackson County, a son of Mary Uldene Crumley Sears, Commerce, and the late Roger Sears.
He was a construction worker and was a member of Community Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Sears is survived by his wife, Kathy Ivester Sears, Commerce; two sons, Brian Sears, Commerce, and David Sears, Homer; two daughters, Julie Garrett, Commerce, and Lee Ann Sears, Hoschton; three brothers, Michael Sears, Paul Sears and Wesley Sears, all of Commerce; one sister, Sybil Cornell, Commerce; and nine grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

Charles ‘Smokey’ McBrayer
Charles “Smokey” McBrayer, 66, of Winder, died Tuesday, February 10, 2004.
Born in Cumming, Mr. McBrayer had lived in Barrow County since 1985. He was the son of the late Clevland and Polly Hamby McBrayer.
Mr. McBrayer retired from General Motors and was a member of the United Auto Workers Union. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. McBrayer was preceded in death by his wife, Linda R. Fain McBrayer.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 13, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Ed Peavy and Larmon Barron officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a son, John Charles “Chuck” McBrayer, Winder; daughter, Tammy Morgan, Winder; sister, Nellie Wood, Braselton; and three grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

Grady P. Hall
Grady Parker Hall, 83, of Elberton, died Thursday, February 5, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 7, in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home. Burial was in Forest Hills Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis H. Jones, Elberton, and Joy H. Story, Hartwell; four sons, Clyde H. Hall, Lonnie P. Hall and Joey D. Hall, all of Elberton, and Delford R. Hall, Pendergrass; one brother, Buford R. Hall, Snellville; and eight grandchildren.
Berry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004

Walter E.
‘Eddie’ Elder III
Walter E. “Eddie” Elder III, 65, of Winder, died Friday, February 6, 2004.
Born in Barrow County, Mr. Elder was a son of the late Ernest and Sadie Hill Elder.
He was the former owner of Hill’s Office Equipment in Winder, and was serving as chairman of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 8, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Tom Vanlaningham and Jody Hice officiating. Burial was in the Chapel Christian Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Eva Smith Elder, Winder; daughter, Susan E. Crowe, Bethlehem; brother, David Elder, Winder; sister, Mary Ann Baker, Winder; and three grandchildren, Brandon, Justin and Alex.
Memorials may be made to The Ten Commandments — Georgia, P.O. Box 177, Bethlehem, GA 30620.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 11, 2004


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