Jackson County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 18, 2004

Doris F. Hogan
Mrs. Doris Frances Rouse Hogan, 85, of Hoschton, died Friday, February 13, 2004.
Born in Clarke County, Mrs. Hogan was the daughter of the late Major Rutherford and Mattie Colbert Rouse.
She was a retired seamstress and was a member of Zion Baptist Church. Mrs. Hogan was preceded in death by her husband, M.D. “Slim” Hogan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 15, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Ricky Thrasher officiating. Burial was in the Hoschton City Cemetery. Joel Banks, Jeffrey Bell, Steve Evans, David Hogan, Shorty Hogan and Larry Stancil served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one son, Dean Hogan, Hoschton; two daughters, Brenda Cheek, Hoschton, and Denise Hogan, Winder; four grandchildren, Stacey Richardson, Gregg Stinchcomb, Dean Hogan Jr. and Melanie Cheek; and two great-grandchildren, Grant Richardson and Gracie Richardson.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Fredrick W.
‘Fred’ Robinson
Fredrick Willard “Fred” Robinson, 79, of Jefferson, died Sunday, February 15, 2004.
Mr. Robinson is survived by a daughter, Crystal Robinson, Jefferson; and three grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Dorothy V. Inmon
Mrs. Dorothy Val Inmon, 63, of Braselton, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at her residence.
Born in Anderson, S.C., Mrs. Inmon was a daughter of Virginia Hill Davis, Braselton, and the late Robert C. Davis.
She was an L.P.N. Mrs. Inmon was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Inmon, a daughter, Virginia Teresa Welsh Humphries, and a sister, Martha Jean Davis.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 19, in Greenville Memorial Gardens with the Rev. William Swink officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include four daughters, Lynn Welsh York, Charlotte, N.C., Deborah Jean Ritter Deschen, East Point, Karen Ann Ritter Higginbotham, Greenville, S.C., and Mary Susan Ritter, Spartanburg, S.C.; one sister, Barbara Lane Davis Wilson, Braselton; one brother, Robert Glenn Davis, Greenville, S.C.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Carter Funeral Home, Winder.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Floyd
‘Buddy’ Ayers
Floyd Eugene “Buddy” Ayers, 75, of Hoschton, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, after an extended illness.
A native of DeKalb County, Mr. Ayers was a son of the late George Leonard and Martha Shuttlesworth Ayers.
He was a member of St. Timothy’s Methodist Church, Stone Mountain.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Henry Webb and John Ayers officiating. Burial was in Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens, Snellville.
Mr. Ayers is survived by his wife, Dorothy Nell Fredrick Ayers, Hoschton; two sons, Gene Ayers, Jefferson, and Rick Ayers, Hoschton; one sister, Sara Ringler, Orlando, Fla.; and two brothers, Frank Ayers, Marietta, and the Rev. John Ayers, Cleveland.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Mr. Ayers.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Genette E. Stiff
Mrs. Genette Elrod Stiff, 76, of the Heardmont Nursing Home, Elberton, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Stiff was a daughter of the late Early Elrod and Myrtie Reese Elrod. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Earl Stiff.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in the Antioch Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include children and spouses, Calvin Edward Fitzgerald, Anderson, S.C., Ronnie and Mary Fitzgerald and Judith and Harvey Newton, all of Six Mile, S.C., Grover Andrew Fitzgerald and Kelly Rae Benavente, both of Greenville, S.C., and Bonnie and Rick Gibat, Chattanooga, Tenn.; brother, Marvin Elrod, Toccoa; sisters, Sarah Ruth Prickett, Commerce, and Mary Nell Freeman, Gainesville; 14 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

James F.
‘Jim’ Kirk Jr.
James F. “Jim” Kirk Jr., 57, of Hoschton, formerly of Buford, died suddenly on Saturday, February 14, 2004, while visiting in Pensacola, Fla.
Mr. Kirk was a graduate of Roswell High School and a graduate of the University of Georgia, class of 1968. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was actively involved in coaching children’s sports, baseball, basketball and softball with the Buford and North Gwinnett Athletic Associations. He was also treasurer of the Buford Athletic Booster Club.
Mr. Kirk began his career at Wolf & Company CPA’s in Atlanta. At the time of his death he was a self-employed CPA in Buford. He was an avid fisherman at Lake Lanier and on the west coast of Florida and was a member of New Prospect United Methodist Church, Buford.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 19, at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford, with the Rev. Charles Walls officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Kirk is survived by his wife, Ellen Kirk, Hoschton; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Kyle Openo, Tucker; daughter, Ginny Kirk, Pensacola, Fla.; son, Tripp Kirk, Hoschton; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and William Bellinger, Marietta; and mother-in-law, Virginia Boisseau, Colonial Heights, Va.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Suite A, Bogart, GA 30622.
The family was to have received friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Harry S. Breazeale
Harry S. Breazeale, of Decatur, died Friday, February 13, 2004.
Mr. Breazeale was born in Jackson County. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army, and served with the Georgia State Patrol in Villa Rica. He retired from General Motors as Chief of Security and was a charter member of Briarlake Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 15, at Briarlake Baptist Church with Dr. J. Hoffman Harris officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mr. Breazeale is survived by his wife, Wyolene R. Breazeale; daughter, Patti Breazeale, Decatur; sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Pat Breazeale, Lawrenceville, and Ronny and JoAnna Breazeale, Decatur; sisters, Thelma Sarnpogana, Leigh High Acres, Fla., and Mary Nell Ramsey, Helendale, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Briarlake Baptist Church Building Fund.
A.S. Turner & Sons, Decatur, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004
Willis H. ‘Totsy’ Wilbanks Sr.
Willis H. “Totsy” Wilbanks Sr., 77, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, after a brief illness.
Mr. Wilbanks was born August 17, 1926, in Jackson County, a son of the late John Elmer Wilbanks Sr. and the late Nettie Wilson Wilbanks.
He was a retired personnel manager with Roper Pump Company and was a member of Jefferson Christian Church. Mr. Wilbanks was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 20, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce. Daniel Gasaway, Drane Wilbanks, Bennie Sauls, Ken Wall, Jimmy Wall, Johnny Wilbanks, Kenneth McDonald and Harrison McDonald will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Wilbanks is survived by his wife, Carrie Dean Wall Wilbanks, Jefferson; son, Willis H. Wilbanks Jr., Milledgeville; sister, Martha W. Meade, Jefferson; brother, Wilson Wilbanks, Jefferson; and grandson, Will Wilbanks, Jefferson.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice in memory of Mr. Wilbanks.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Maxine P. Lance
Mrs. Maxine Patton Lance, 42, of Commerce, formerly of Habersham County, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Jackson County on March 24, 1961, Mrs. Lance was a daughter of Bennie Patton, Clarkesville, and the late Betty Willis Patton.
She was an employee of Ingles in Commerce and Hull and was a member of Demorest Church of God. Mrs. Lance was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Varnes, a grandson, Dakota Varnes, and a grandmother, Matilda Willis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 19, at Demorest Church of God with the Rev. William Cox officiating. Burial will be in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include two daughters, Natasha Varnes, Cottonwood, Ala., and Stephanie Bishop, Commerce; two sons, Michael Varnes, Carnesville, and Jason Varnes, Danielsville; one sister, Kathy Williams, Cornelia; one brother, Rocky Potts, Hollywood; and four grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Jewel E. Gowder
Mrs. Jewel E. Gowder, of Shannon, sister-in-law of Hazel Strickland, Maysville, died Wednesday, February 11, 2004.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 15, in the chapel of Jennings Funeral Home, Rome. Burial was in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her sister-in-law, include two daughters, Patricia Stewart and Joan Morris; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Jennings Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Marjorie
‘Marie’ Fritts
Mrs. Marjorie “Marie” Fritts, 62, of Vernon, Fla., died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at Gulf Coast Community Hospital in Panama City, Fla.
A native of Worth County, Mrs. Fritts grew up in Albany and the Dougherty County area and moved to Vernon, Fla. from Lee County four years ago. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Fritts was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Halley Rogers, her mother, Annie Pearl Rogers, and several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, in the chapel of Mathews Funeral Home, Albany, with the Rev. Mike Weeks officiating. Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Fritts is survived by her husband, Richard Fritts, Vernon, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Joanna and Mike Jones, Maysville, and Lynn and Andy Coursey, Lyons; daughters, Kathy Bridge, Albany, and Pam Lewis, Stone Mountain; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Karen Cook, Leesburg; brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Carolyn Rogers, Albany; 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mathews Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Peggy A. Looney
Mrs. Peggy Ann Whisnant Looney, 50, of Nicholson, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Looney was born November 5, 1953, in Morgan County, a daughter of Hazel Gilstrap Whisnant, Gainesville, and the late Manuel Whisnant.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. Looney was preceded in death by a son, Larry Blake Looney.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 19, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. John Ingram and Steve Whisnant officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce. Jeronny Jackson, Jerry Hart, Dereck Looney, Bo Whisnant and Sketer Whisnant will serve as pallbearers.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Looney is survived by her husband, Larry Looney, Nicholson; children, Teresa Ann Owen, Flowery Branch, Phillip Andrew Whisnant, Pendergrass, Mark Anthony Whisnant, Watkinsville, and Nancy Inez Whisnant, Gainesville; step-children, Penny Looney Jackson and Shelby Looney, both of Athens, and Shane Looney, Comer; sisters, Susie Grindle, Gainesville, Wanda Hart, Jefferson, and Jeannie Haywood, Murrayville; brothers, Kenneth Joe Whisnant and Jeffery Ray Whisnant, both of Gainesville, and Teddy Lamar Whisnant, Lula; and 13 grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends until 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Norman Cooksey
Norman Cooksey, 81, of Commerce, died Thursday, February 12, 2004, at Grady Health Care.
Born November 17, 1922, in Dickson County, Tenn., Mr. Cooksey was a son of the late George T. Cooksey Sr. and Eleanor Crouch Cooksey.
A retired school teacher, Mr. Cooksey was a United States Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church and a member of the Commerce Lions Club.
Mr. Cooksey was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Corrine Joyce Cooksey.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Mike Hudman and Swayne Cochran officiating. Burial was in the Cooksey Family Cemetery, Dickson, Tenn.
Survivors include two brothers, Haden Cooksey, Nashville, Tenn., and Henry L. Cooksey, Dickson, Tenn.; two sisters, Margaret Swift, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Margaret West, Dickson, Tenn.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Geneva Phillips
Mrs. Geneva Lee Goodman Phillips, 83, of Royston, died at her home Sunday, February 15, 2004, after an extended illness.
A native of Gold Hill, N.C., Mrs. Phillips was born September 23, 1920, to the late Paul T. and Emma Arey Goodman.
She graduated from Appalachian State University and taught math and physical education in Kannapolis, N.C., Canon and Lavonia. Mrs. Phillips was a retired school teacher and homemaker.
She married Robert Lee Phillips on June 13, 1947, and they moved to the Sandy Cross Community of Franklin County in 1951, where she lived the rest of her life. She was a member of Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by two daughters, Reva Arlette Phillips and Karen Lynn Phillips, three brothers, Emerson Goodman, Paul T. Goodman Jr. and Dwight Goodman, and three sisters, Gertrude Hemrick, Mabel Carpenter and Ruth Hammill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, at Pennington Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. John Ingham and Gary Osteen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Phillips’ grandsons, Jason Phillips, Eric Phillips, Nathan Phillips, Jonathan Phillips and Justin Phillips, and grand-nephew, Steven Till, served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Joshua Phillips and Caleb Phillips.
Mrs. Phillips is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Phillips, Royston; sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Kinsey and Joy Phillips, Commerce, and Kirby and Kay Phillips and Kevin and Laura Phillips, all of Royston; brother, Harry Goodman, Denton, N.C.; sister, Rachel Hahn, Stanfield, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 767 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, GA 30606.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Nannie Pruitt
Mrs. Nannie Buffington Hill Pruitt, of Maysville, died Saturday, February 14, 2004.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Pruitt was a daughter of the late Frank and Ruth Buffington.
She was a homemaker and a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church. Mrs. Pruitt was preceded in death by two sons, W.F. and David Hill, a son-in-law, Derrell Griffin, a brother, Obe Buffington, and a sister, Frankie B. Dunagan. She was first married to the late Homer Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 16, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating, assisted by the Rev. Swayne Carlan and Jeff Williams. Burial was in the Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Pruitt is survived by her husband, Ivan Pruitt; son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Tinita Hill, Maysville; daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and Randall Brock, Gainesville; daughter, Judy Griffin, Gillsville; sister, Inez Chandler, Baldwin; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Joe Waters
Joe Waters, 84, of Commerce, died Monday, February 16, 2004.
A longtime businessman in Commerce, Mr. Waters was co-owner of Waters Brothers Furniture Company. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Juanita W. Shippey.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Robert Flippo officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Mr. Waters is survived by his wife, Pauline Waters, of the home; two sons, Oliver Waters, Commerce, and Palmer Y. Waters, Memphis, Tenn.; a foster son, Bobby Blake, Augusta; two daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Lucy) Hagy, Commerce, and Mrs. Duane (Susan) Mathis, Redlands, Calif.; one brother, Dan Waters, Commerce; one sister, Mrs. Lottie Gary, Commerce; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Ruby Frix
Mrs. Ruby “Maw-maw” Frix, 87, of Winder, died Sunday, February 15, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Frix was a daughter of the late Rueben and Ora Anglin Twitty. She was the wife of the late Vinson Frix, and was preceded in death by a daughter, Doris Frix Huey, a son, Willie J. Frix, a granddaughter, Susan Michele Brown, a sister, Tessie Mae Adams, and three brothers, Willie Motes, Crawford Motes and Manuel Motes.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 18, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Robert Whitehead officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanie and Mike Bramlett, Bethlehem, and Linda and Hinnard Suggs and Annie Bob Gray, all of Winder; grandchildren, Dustin, Corey and Brian Bramlett, Bethlehem, Eddie Brown, Statham, Vickie Brown, Winder, Paula and Derek D’Alonzo and Pat and Wayne Geiger, all of Lawrenceville, and Vince and Tammy Suggs, McDonough; great-grandchildren, Peyton Rylee Suggs, McDonough, and Alexia, Ambria, Ashlyn and Aspen D’Alonzo, Lawrenceville; daughter-in-law, Bernice Greeson Frix, Lawrenceville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004

Grace R. Simmons
Mrs. Grace Rumsey Simmons, 74, of Commerce, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Simmons was born in Banks County on June 13, 1929. She was a daughter of the late Russell and Lillie Pritchett Rumsey.
Mrs. Simmons was a homemaker and a member of Timber Ridge Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, Malcom Phillip Simmons.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Simmons is survived by her husband, Johnny Lawrence Simmons, Commerce; son, John Gregory Simmons, Commerce; sister, Joyce Jordan, Homer; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, in memory of Mrs. Simmons.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 18, 2004


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