Jackson County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 25, 2004

Dwain R. Smith I
Dwain Richard Smith I, 73, of Jefferson, a weekly columnist for The Jackson Herald, died Saturday, February 21, 2004, after a sudden illness.
Mr. Smith was born August 12, 1930, in Chattanooga, Tenn., the son of the late William Robert Smith and Beatrice Eurilla Boydston Smith.
A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Smith served during the Korean War. He was a retired Aviation Electronic Engineer with Lockheed and wrote the Brockton News social column for The Herald. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou Hall Smith, and his second wife, Katherine Standridge Smith.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 25, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Hulon Hill and Johnny Ray officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, D. Richard Smith II, Powder Springs, Micheal D. Smith, Silver Creek, and Steven R. Smith, Jefferson; three daughters, Marthell Miller, Aragon, Sheryl Rondeau, Roswell, and Rene Franke, Cumming; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Salesain Missions, Department AD, P.O. Box 8002, New Rochelle, NY 10802.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Melvin D. Farr Sr.
Melvin Douglas Farr Sr., 61, of Winder, died Wednesday, February 18, 2004.
Mr. Farr was born in Jackson County. He worked in law enforcement for over 20 years and was a member of Living Word Worship Center, Jefferson. From 1979 to 1989, he was employed with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Department, the Statham Police Department and the Winder Police Department.
Mr. Farr was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Farr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 20, at Living Word Worship Center with the Rev. Richard James officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mr. Farr is survived by his wife, Shirley Farr, Winder; sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin D. Farr Jr. and Frankie Farr, Dacula, Wayne and Janet Farr, Winder, and Lee and Renee Farr, Commerce; step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Chris and Rhonda Kelly, Jefferson; step-son, Kevin Kelly, Jefferson; step-daughter, Missy Kelly, Jefferson; mother and step-father, Lucille and J.W. Lee, Winder; sister, Norma Jean Fowler, Winder; and seven grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Myrtle Martin
Mrs. Myrtle Martin, 85, of Pendergrass, died Sunday, February 22, 2004, at her residence following a brief illness.
A native of Hall County, Mrs. Martin lived in Jackson County for the last 50 years of her life. She was a dedicated homemaker and a faithful member of her church and community.
Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred Martin, her parents, James Cash and Hester Cooper Cash, a brother, Hoyt Cash, a brother-in-law, Edmond Martin, and a sister-in-law, Daisy Grace Martin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, at Mountain Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Thomas Doster, Bill Compton and Jeff Langley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Martha Martin; grandson and wife, David and Clara Martin; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Ruby Cash, Bessie Allison and Kathleen Hutchins; and many other friends and relatives.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Mary
‘Polly’ Waters
Mrs. Mary Pauline “Polly” Waters, of Commerce, died Wednesday, February 18, 2004, at her residence of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce.
Survivors include 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.; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Waters was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Waters, and a daughter, Juanita W. Shippey.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Waldo B. Royal
Waldo B. Royal, 63, of Commerce, died Friday, February 20, 2004, at his residence of a brief illness.
A native of Screven County, Mr. Royal was a son of the late Thomas and Florence Davis Royal.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was employed as a supervisor at Wal-Mart.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 22, at Blacks Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Carpenter and Keith Royal officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Royal is survived by his wife, Wanda M. Royal, of the home; a son, Wendell Royal, of the home; a daughter, Wendy Royal, Flowery Branch; a brother, Thomas Royal, San Marcos, Texas; and a sister, Betty Cowart, Augusta.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

James A. Chambers
James Ashley Chambers, 49, of Commerce, died Saturday, February 21, 2004, at his residence.
Born February 11, 1955, in Jackson County, Mr. Chambers was a son of the late John and Lonnie English Chambers.
He was a carpenter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Shane Maynard and Charles Crabb officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery, Maysville.
Mr. Chambers is survived by his wife, Katie Dill Chambers, Homer; one son, James Cory Chambers, Homer; two daughters, Heather Chambers and Misty Chambers, both of Homer; one brother, Johnny Chambers, Fairmont; three sisters, Myrtle Cowart and Betty Minish, both of Commerce, and Elois Greggory, Fairmont; and one grandson, Little John, Homer.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Shirley N. McDonald
Mrs. Shirley Nuckolls McDonald, 67, of Pendergrass, formerly of Norcross, died Tuesday, February 24, 2004.
Mrs. McDonald was a former member of the Eastern Star and before moving to Pendergrass, had been very active in the First United Methodist Church of Norcross. She retired from Coats and Clark Thread Company in Doraville and Scientific Atlanta in Norcross.
“She was a beloved mother and grandmother,” said family members.
Mrs. McDonald was preceded in death by her husband, Jack McDonald.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 27, at Norcross First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Robin Jones and Stevie Brannon, Pendergrass; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Martine McDonald, Woodstock; grandsons, Jason Allen Brannon, Wesley Allen McDonald and Ian Gordon McDonald; granddaughter, Kimberly Bowles; brother and sister-in-law, Hubert and Bobbie Nuckolls, Enterprise, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at RT Patterson Funeral Home, 5275 North Buford Highway, Norcross.
RT Patterson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Modean J. Collins
Mrs. Modean J. “Mama” Collins, 87, of Monroe, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at Park Place Nursing Facility, Monroe.
Mrs. Collins was a homemaker and the mother of nine, the grandmother of 20 (two deceased), the great-grandmother of 25 and the great-great-grandmother of one.
She loved her Lord, her home and her family, it was stated.
Mrs. Collins was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, L.D. Collins, also of Monroe.
Services were held Thursday, February 19, in the chapel of Meadows Funeral Home, Monroe. Burial was in West Lawn Cemetery.
Jackson County survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Larry Rouse, Braselton; granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Mindy (White) and Keith Allen and Tiffany (White) and Brad Jones, all of Braselton; grandson, Terry Treadwell, Pendergrass; and great-grandsons, Kody Love, Nicholas Jones and Lucas Allen, all of Braselton.
Meadows Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Edgar M. Fletcher
Edgar Monroe Fletcher, 83, of Jefferson, a World War II veteran, died Sunday, February 22, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mr. Fletcher was born May 3, 1920, in Jackson County to the late Marion Fletcher and Eunice Davis Fletcher.
He was a retired assemblyman with General Motors and a retired farmer. He served in the United States Army and was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and was a past Sunday School Superintendent.
Mr. Fletcher was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Annie Lou Wright Fletcher.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Tom Lewis, Chad Rising and Mark Spence and Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Pat Fletcher, Douglas Roig, Ray Fletcher, John Fletcher, Russ Fletcher, Zac Fletcher and Ryan Fletcher served as pallbearers.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Guynelle Fletcher, Jefferson, Jerry and Brenda Fletcher, Pendergrass, Larry and Cathy Fletcher, Commerce, and Charles and Cheryl Fletcher, Talmo; daughter, Linda Stalker, Athens; sisters, Velner Echols, Winder, Geraldine Mathis and Sarah Cofield, both of Jefferson, and Geneva Weldon and Ferrel Allen, both of Commerce; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Janie S. Hewell
Mrs. Janie Sue Reed Hewell, 76, of Commerce, died Saturday, February 21, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Hewell was born November 21, 1927, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Ed and Cora Veal Reed.
She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Hewell was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Hewell.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 23, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Darrell Womack and Chris Humphries officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Wayne Hewell, Lula; a daughter, Deloris Parks, Lula; four sisters, Maxine Clark, Baldwin, Mary Belle Cromer, Commerce, Gladys Fitzgerald, Tempe, Ariz., and Shirley Morris, Gillsville; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Nola M. Hulme
Mrs. Nola Mae Redd Hulme, 83, of Jefferson, died Sunday, February 22, 2004, after a sudden illness.
Mrs. Hulme was born in Jackson County on December 23, 1920. She was a daughter of the late Charles Redd and Leah O’Donald Redd.
Mrs. Hulme was a retired seamstress and a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Mera Head and Johnny Ray officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gregg Redd, Mark Arnold, Shane Kerns, Rick Mobley, Josh Cochran and Emory Ingram Jr. served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Hulme is survived by her husband, Harold Hulme, Jefferson; children, Kay Simmons Wilson, Charlotte, N.C., Dwain Hulme, Homer, and Karen Hightower, Flowery Branch; sister, Joan Bradberry, Hoschton; brothers, Ellis Redd, Jefferson, and Charles Redd, Ellijay; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Theodore R.
‘Theo’ Gary
Theodore Roosevelt “Theo” Gary, 85, of Commerce, died Monday, February 23, 2004.
Mr. Gary was a son of the late Webb and Sally Belle Epps Gary.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Gary was the owner of Gary Mechanical and Scale Co. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlie Willie Gunter Gary, and a son, Joe Gary.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. David Carithers and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Charlie T. Gary, Alamogordo, N.M., and Donald Gary, Nicholson; one daughter, Sheila Elrod, Commerce; two brothers, Albert Gary, Cornelia, and Willie Frank Gary, Griffin; three sisters, Mazelle Davis, Jefferson, Molene Anderson, Homer, and Sallie Wilson, Murrayville; 11 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Shirley M. Perry
Mrs. Shirley Mae Humphries Perry, 73, of Jefferson, died Saturday, February 21, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Perry was born January 26, 1931, in Knoxville, Tenn., a daughter of the late V.E. Humphries Sr. and the late Iva Arwine Humphries.
She retired from Lavender Insurance Agency and Ideal Dress Shop in Jefferson, which she owned for 17 years. Mrs. Perry was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, where she taught Sunday School, and was a member of the Jefferson Pilot Club and the Jefferson Women’s Club.
Mrs. Perry was preceded in death by her husband, Donald R. Perry Sr., and four sisters, Corrine Kain, Betty Moffett, Louise Humphries and June Phillips.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson with the Rev. Cary Hillard officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Fred Gurley, Damon Wilbanks, Nick Bledsoe, Keith Ariail, Art Hall, David Sjostrom and Kyle Gordon served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Barry Lavender, Bill Trupp and Don Duke.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Don Perry Jr. and Jan Perry, Athens, and Charles and Dawn Perry, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Perry and David McEver, Talmo, and Joni Perry and Jimmy Odum, Bethlehem; sister, Chrys Sjostrom, Hudson, Fla.; brothers, V.E. Humphries Jr., Hialeah, Fla., and Johnny Mulligan, Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Sandi McEver, Macon, Meredith McEver, Gainesville, Jordan Perry and Jackson Perry, both of Athens, Madison Odum, Bethlehem, and Cara Sanders, Jefferson; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to the Jefferson First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 395, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Farris O. Baird
Farris O’Dean Baird, 69, of Commerce, died Thursday, February 19, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in Jackson County on November 15, 1934, Mr. Baird was the son of the late Joe Haskel and Sadie Smith Baird.
He was a retired electrician and was a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Marty Smith and Toby Dyer officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Baird is survived by his wife, Sarah Baird, Commerce; sons and daughters-in-law, Marty and Ashley Baird and Randy and Judy Baird, all of Commerce; daughters, Myra Kitchens and Sheila Tanner, both of Commerce; sister, Louise Maxwell, Nicholson; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Horace L. Williams
Horace Lee Williams, 78, of Commerce, died Saturday, February 21, 2004.
Born in Franklin County, Mr. Williams was the son of the late Floyd and Lula McKie Williams.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kelly Hannon officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Mamie Lou Beck Williams, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Lee and Judy Benton Williams, Gainesville; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Leighanne W. and Reid Fallyer, Jacksonville, Fla.; and grandsons, Theron Lee Williams, Commerce, and Jared Benton Williams, Gainesville.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004

Reatha M. Bowles
Mrs. Reatha Mae Bowles, 78, of Commerce, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, February 20, at Harvest Hill with Terry Chambers officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Bowles is survived by five sons, Al Corbin Bowles and Raymond Bowles, both of Commerce, John Bowles, Ft. Bragg, N.C., Ricky Bowles, Orlando, Fla., and Ralph Bowles, Pennsylvania; one daughter, Tammie Bowles, Commerce; two brothers, John Henry Hicks, Winder, and James Wyley Hicks, Tampa, Fla.; four sisters, Ruby Howington and Louise Howington, both of Jefferson, Mary Ruth Greene, Snellville, and Ernestine Griffeth, Jacksonville, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 25, 2004



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