Jackson County Obituaries...

MARCH 10, 2004

John ‘Ricky’ Usher
John Franklin “Ricky” Usher, 46, of Jefferson, died Thursday, February 19, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Mr. Usher was born August 10, 1957, in Jefferson, a son of the late Henry and Mary Lois Usher.
He had been an employee of Wayne Farms, Jefferson Motors, Porter Truss and Bobby & Sons Insulation. Mr. Usher was a member of St. Paul First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 23, at St. Paul First Baptist Church with Pastor Marvin Simmons officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Usher’s nephews served as pallbearers, and nieces served as flowergirls.
Mr. Usher is survived by his wife, Joyce West Usher; son, Percy Evans; daughter, Tomeka Usher; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Norman Stephens and Barbara and J.B. Brooks; sisters, Linda Allen, Beverly Usher and Angela Usher; brothers and sisters-in-law, Arthur and Maxine Oliver, Samuel and Shana Usher, Charles and Sarah Reed Usher and Fredrick and Amanda Usher; and a very special friend, Theresa Appleby.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

William Johnson
William Johnson, 69, of Braselton, a veteran of the United States Army, died Thursday, March 4, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Johnson was a son of the late Freeman A. and Lovella Emmett Johnson.
He was a retired mechanic with Arrington Blount Ford and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, Braselton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Revs. Leroy Cooper and Fred Benefield officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Jane Johnson, Braselton; daughter, Susan Pethel, Braselton; grandson, Greg Pethel; brothers, Cecil Johnson, Lavonia, and Ray Johnson, Horace Johnson and Freeman Johnson Jr., all of Hoschton; sisters, Dorothy Haynie, Murrayville, Margaret Maddox, Hoschton, and Gaynell Hurley, Chicopee; and a special friend, Gary Vogt, Dunwoody.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Agnes S. Lott
Mrs. Agnes Scott Roberts Lott, 89, of Valparaiso, Ind., formerly of Winder, died Monday, March 8, 2004, in Valparaiso, Ind.
Mrs. Lott was born April 23, 1914, in Jackson County, to Andrew Scott and Essie Elder Roberts. She attended Martin Institute in Jefferson, and was a member of the class of 1933.
She married J. Paul Lott, of Braselton, on January 5, 1935. He preceded her in death.
In 1949, Mrs. Lott and her family moved from Georgia to Hamlet, N.C., where she was employed by Western Auto first, then in Rockingham, N.C. In 1986, she returned to Georgia, living in Winder until 2002, when she moved to Indiana. Mrs. Lott was a member of the Winder First Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 12, in the Macedonia Community Baptist Church Cemetery, Braselton, with Dr. John E. Talley officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia (Dana) Downing, Valparaiso, Ind., and Paula (Mark) Phillips, Callaway, Md.; five grandchildren, Donna (Jon) Conway, Wilton, Conn., Dana (Mary) Downing II, Strongville, Ohio, Deborah (David) Pettenuzzo, Joliet, Ill., J.C. Choplin, Columbia, S.C., and Ian (Lynn) Choplin, Knoxville, Tenn.; 11 great-grandchildren, David, Scott and Lelah Conway, Christian, Jacob and Noah Downing and Jessica, Alexandra, Michaela, Andrew and Daniel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Winder First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 340, Winder, GA 30680-0340.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Carter Funeral Home, Winder.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Darlene Maresh
Ms. Darlene Gift Maresh, 38, of Jefferson, died Friday, March 5, 2004.
A native of Neubrucke, Germany, Ms. Maresh was a daughter of Guy and Shirley Maresh, Olympia, Wash.
She was employed by the Clarke County School District and had worked at Clarke Central High School for 14 years.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a son and daughter-in-law, Jahn and Rose Yen, Jefferson; daughter, Dana Yen, Jefferson; sister, Jennie Maresh, Olympia, Wash.; brothers, Guy Maresh, Salem, Ore., and Eddie Maresh, Lawrenceville; and granddaughter, Mia Noel Yen.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Edward Parson
Edward Parson, 75, of Maysville, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Luke Parson, Robert Johnson and David Terrell officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Parson is survived by his wife, Ganil Trantham Parson, of the home; two daughters, Shelia Pritchett and Dorothy Griffin, both of Maysville; one brother, Jack Parson, Warner Robins; five sisters, Eloise Wade and Debbie David, both of Homer, Irene Grigg, Cherryville, N.C., Bonnie McCay, Cleveland, and Vickey Thomas, Kennesaw; three grandchildren, Scotty Peppers, Nicky Peppers and Misty Gardiner Lee; and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Parson was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Parson.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Talmadge Hardy
Talmadge Hardy, 84, of Commerce, died Saturday, March 6, 2004.
Born in Banks County on March 15, 1919, Mr. Hardy was a son of the late M.L. and Bessie Bennett Hardy.
He retired from Blue Bell and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church and the Jolly Agers. Mr. Hardy was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel M. Hardy.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Danny Green and Stuart Land officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Hardy is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Moss Hardy, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Sharon Hardy, Commerce; daughter, June Westbrook, Commerce; step-son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Joyce Moss, Danielsville; step-daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Doug Goddard, Maysville; step-daughters, Sandra Purdom, Decatur, and Lynn Bernier, Camilla; brothers, Charles Hardy, Nicholson, and Albert Hardy, Jefferson; sister, Eva H. Toney, Commerce; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Gideon International.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Travis E. Jones
Travis Eugene Jones, 42, of Maysville, died Sunday, March 7, 2004.
Mr. Jones was born February 4, 1962, in Hall County, the son of the late Talmadge and Winnie Blanch Smallwood Jones.
He was employed in road construction and was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Cave Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Chad Rison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Lisa Jones, Maysville; three sons, Adam Jones and Hoke Jones, both of Maysville, and Isia McElreath, Arcade; one daughter, Amy Jones, Maysville; three sisters, Janice Hart, Arcade, Annie Kitchens, Comer, and Judy McCannon, Pendergrass; and one grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Nellie I. King
Mrs. Nellie Inez Hill King, 77, of Hartwell, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at Hart Care Center, Hartwell.
Born July 28, 1926, in South Georgia, Mrs. King was a daughter of the late Richard and Maggie Lee Clark Hill.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Mrs. King was first married to the late Frank Junior Willis, and then to the late George E. King. She was preceded in death by two sons, Billy Alton Willis and Larry Junior Willis, a grandson, Darron Martin, a sister, Dorothy Payne, and a brother, Melvin Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Terry Meeks officiating. Burial was in the Ruhamah Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Martin, Toccoa, and Gail Richardson, Hartwell; two sons, Marshall Willis, Toccoa, and Roger King, Hartwell; five brothers, Dewey Hill, Nicholson, Claude Hill, Commerce, Roy Hill and Dwain Hill, both of Carnesville, and Clinton Hill, Lavonia; two sisters, Mildred McFarlin and Virginia Adams, both of Carnesville; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1543 Anderson Highway, Hartwell, GA 30643, or to the Hospice Foundation.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Ronald E. Coffman
Ronald Eugene Coffman, 74, of Maysville, died Monday, March 8, 2004, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Coffman was born in Shelby County, Ohio, to the late Bryon and Cora Davis Coffman.
He retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service, and was a retired police officer with 20 years of service. At the present time, Mr. Coffman was employed with EKG Security. He was a member of the Faith Interdenominational Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 12, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Jim Gilstrap officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Coffman is survived by his wife, Darlene Coffman, Maysville; daughters, Kathy Granger, Sidney, Ohio, Susan Hollon, Jefferson, and Sandra Thomas, Gainesville; sons, Kenny Huffman, Sidney, Ohio, Anthony Coffman, Maysville, and Steven Woods, Clarkesville; sister, Barbara Corvolt, Sidney, Ohio; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Charlie R. Stephenson
Charlie Ray Stephenson, 74, of McDonough, died Tuesday, March 9, 2004, at Henry Medical Center.
Mr. Stephenson was born August 2, 1929, in Franklin County, to the late Irene Odessa Bailey and the late Henry Keeling Stephenson.
He served his country in the United States Navy during Vietnam and Korea and retired after 20 years as a Seabee, also serving in the South Pole, Morocco, Guam and the Annawetock Islands in the South Pacific during the atomic test.
Mr. Stephenson also retired after 20 years as a Department of Justice employee, having served in the Department of Correction in Lorton, Va., and the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, retiring in 1991 after 40-plus years with the federal government. He was a member of Flippen United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Men and the American Legion.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 11, in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home, McDonough, with the Rev. Gary DeMore officiating. Burial will be in Haisten/Eastlawn Memorial Park with full military honors.
Mr. Stephenson is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jean Marie Crandall Stephenson; children and spouses, Dan Stephenson, Forest Park, Mary and Jerry Duffey, McDonough, David and Pamela Stephenson, Ball Ground, and Michelle and Wesley Wilkerson, Locust Grove; grandsons, Matthew, Brian and Jeremy Duffey and George Alexander Stephenson; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Ralph Harper, Jackson; and brother and sister-in-law, Brandon and Shirley Stephenson, Commerce.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 672648, Marietta, GA 30006, in memory of Mr. Charlie Stephenson.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Haisten Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Phyllis A. Headrick
Mrs. Phyllis Ann Simerly Headrick, of Hoschton, died Thursday, March 4, 2004, at the residence of her son, Mark Headrick. She was surrounded by her family as she concluded her fierce battle with cancer that had spanned 3-1/2 years.
Mrs. Headrick was born November 27, 1937, in Blount County, Tenn., to Hobert L. Simerly, Maryville, Tenn., and the late Mayme Valentine Simerly. She graduated from Walland High School in 1957, and married Don E. Headrick, moving first to Florida before settling in Georgia. She was a homemaker and member of Bethabra Baptist Church.
“She devoted her life to her husband and family who will always remember her quick smile, gentle spirit, determination, generosity and laughter,” it was stated.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Headrick was preceded in death by her husband.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Greg Long officiating. Burial was in the Bethabra Baptist Church Cemetery. Richard, Wendell, Jack, Steve and Devin Simerly and Dan Headrick served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include a daughter, Mrs. Allen (Gayle) Brown, Winder; son, Mark E. Headrick, Hoschton; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Melissa Headrick, Hoschton; grandchildren, Brandi and Dustin Brown and Josh and Amber Headrick; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Flora Simerly and Wendell and Euretha Simerly, all of Maryville, Tenn., and Jack and Pam Simerly, Knoxville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Sara N. Johnson
Mrs. Sara Nell Wright Johnson, 70, of Winder, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Embracing Hospice in Snellville.
Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of the late Clarence and Sallie Belle Orr Wright.
She was a homemaker and a member of Union Baptist Church. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Johnson, and two brothers, George Daniel Wright Sr. and Charles Emory Wright.
Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Marion Prather officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Janie and Dennis Butler, Hoschton; daughter, Mariel Wallace, Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Jimmy Wright, Winder; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mariel and Bill Evans, Fitzgerald; grandchildren, Mary Anne Butler, Jackie Nell Butler and Martha Jane Butler, all of Hoschton, Patti Sanders, Las Vegas, Nev., and Pam De Koning, Seattle, Wash.; five nephews and one niece.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Bessie G. Maxwell
Mrs. Bessie Ginn Maxwell, 101, of Commerce, died Sunday, March 7, 2004.
Mrs. Maxwell was born in Madison County, a daughter of the late Hamilton F. and Dovey Black Ginn.
She was a homemaker and a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Maxwell was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest F. Maxwell, and a son, James Maxwell.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Wayne Douglas officiating, assisted by the Rev. Kelby Maxwell. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Doyle and Nell Maxwell, Atlanta; daughter-in-law, Louise Maxwell, Nicholson; brothers-in-law, Vernon L. McEntire, St. Louis, Mo., and Roy Maxwell, Commerce; sisters-in-law, Edna Ginn, Boone, N.C., Montine Ginn, Sylva, N.C., Nora Ginn, Commerce, Mae Byers, Thomasville, N.C., and Reba Barrett, Mullins, S.C.; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Charlotte
G. Fowler
Mrs. Charlotte Gaines Fowler, 45, of Jefferson, died Sunday, March 7, 2004, at her residence.
Mrs. Fowler was born February 3, 1959, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of Callie Wright Gaines, Royston, and the late Eugene Gaines.
Mrs. Fowler was a homemaker and a member of Walnut Fork Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Robert Fowler.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Tim Strickland and James Ivey officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a son, Will Fowler, Jefferson; daughter, Ranee Fowler, Jefferson; brothers, H.L. Gaines, Royston, Kenneth Gaines, Talmo, Larry Gaines, Braselton, and Tommy Gaines, Oxford; and sisters, Betty Hinson, Stockbridge, Peggy Ivey, Conyers, Minnie Murphy, Talmo, and Nora Tiller, Flowery Branch.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Richard M. Merritt
Richard M. Merritt, 45, of Watkinsville, died Friday, March 5, 2004.
A native of Greene County, Mr. Merritt had resided in Watkinsville for one month prior to residing in Arcade for four years. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 8, at Arthur Bowick’s Oconee Chapel, Watkinsville, with the Rev. Carlton Shelton officiating. Burial was in Oconee Memorial Park.
Mr. Merritt is survived by a daughter, Tamara Merritt, Monroe; his mother and step-father, Marjorie Shelton Williams and Carey Williams, Watkinsville; his father, Bobby Merritt, Augusta; brothers, Ronnie Merritt, High Shoals, and Donnie Merritt, Farmington; half-sister, Karen Wagers, Covington; and half-brother, Stan Williams, Watkinsville.
Arthur Bowick’s Oconee Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Grace L. Missler
Mrs. Grace Lucille Bohnstedt Missler, 78, of Houston, Texas, died Wednesday, March 3, 2004.
Mrs. Missler was born February 10, 1926, in Delaware, Ind., to the late Henry and Hazel Dillon Bohnstedt.
She was a retired seamstress and of the Methodist denomination. Mrs. Missler was preceded in death by a daughter, Margie Murphy.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Roger Lingerfelt officiating.
Mrs. Missler is survived by her children, Steve and Linda Missler, Houston, Texas, Stanley and Jill Missler, Maysville, Marsha and Raymond Potts, Nicholson, and Joy Missler; brothers, Howard Bohnstedt, Islamorida, Fla.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004

Bobby L. Green Jr.
Bobby Lee Green Jr., 43, of Tennessee, formerly of Jackson County, died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Green was employed as a heavy equipment operator and attended First Apolistic Church of Tennessee.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Friday, March 5, at First Apolistic Church with the Rev. Carpenter officiating.
Mr. Green is survived by his wife, Becky Green; son, Jake Green, Mississippi; daughter, Kimberly Green, Atlanta; step-sons, Rodney London and Nathaniel Elmore, Tennessee, and Micheal London, Florida; step-daughters, Kelly Bowling and Elizabeth Elmore, both of Tennessee; and seven grandchildren.
The Jackson Herald, March 10, 2004


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