Jackson County Obituaries...

APRIL 14, 2004

Mary B. Smith
Mrs. Mary B. Smith, 103, of Pendergrass, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Born in Hall County, Mrs. Smith lived most of her life in Hall and Jackson counties. She had worked at New Holland Mill for a number of years and was a member of New Holland Baptist Church.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Wes Smith, and four sons, Arnold, John, Delano and Grady Smith.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, it was stated.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the chapel of Ward’s Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Charles Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include a daughter, Lois Gee, Pendergrass; son-in-law, Hoyt Garrett, Pendergrass; sister, Ellie Mathews, Marietta; brother, Roy Browning, Gainesville; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to their own children, Mr. and Mrs. Smith raised another child, Martha Samples.
Ward’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

David W. Kelsey
David William Kelsey, 48, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, from a long battle with cancer.
Mr. Kelsey was born in Norfolk, Va., a son of William and Juanita Staggs Kelsey, Vera Beach, Fla.
He was a truck driver.
A private memorial service was held by the family.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Kelsey is survived by his wife, Nancy Wheeler Kelsey, Jefferson; his children, Keith Rice, Adam Rice and Kyle Kelsey, all of Jefferson; a sister, Phyllis Kelsey, Vera Beach, Fla.; and a brother, Stanley Kelsey, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

Lewis J. Doster Sr.
Lewis Jerome Doster Sr. died Sunday, April 11, 2004, at his home in Hoschton.
Born November 24, 1923, in Barrow County, Mr. Doster was the son of the late Young B. and Mary Doster. He was preceded in death by his only brother, Howard.
Mr. Doster lived all of his life in the Winder area. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the United States Army as a Platoon Sergeant in the liberation of Italy. He received the European African Middle Eastern Theatre Service Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, a World War II Victory Medal and a Combat Infantry Badge.
Mr. Doster belonged to Atlanta Union #72 Plumbers & Steamfitters Union, the Winder Moose Lodge and the Winder Post 53 American Legion, recently receiving his 60-year membership certificate. He was also a member of the Winder V.F.W. Post No. 1187 and the Masonic Lodge #333 and a member of Nazareth Methodist Church.
He was a beloved husband and father, it was stated.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in the Nazareth Methodist Church Cemetery, Winder.
Mr. Doster is survived by his wife of 33 years, Janice Brock Doster, and children, Martha Doster Clark, and her husband, Derrell, Bogart, and Betty Wood, Winder; children by his first wife, Donna Doster Bauman, and her husband, Tom Bauman, Jacksonville, Fla., Rhonda Doster Stemen, and her husband, Matt Stemen, Loganville, Wally Doster, and his wife, Pat Doster, Winder, Lynn Doster Boutell, and her husband, Bob Boutell, Hoover, Ala., and Lewis Jerome Doster II, Winder; 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

Brenda N. Fortner
Mrs. Brenda Nabors Fortner, 62, of Jefferson, died Monday, April 12, 2004.
Mrs. Fortner was born August 31, 1941, a daughter of the late William Broughton Nabors and the late Thelma Geneva Wilkes.
She was a Licensed Practical Nurse, working at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, for many years, and was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson.
Mrs. Fortner was preceded in death by a son, Troy Potter.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 16, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Johnny Ray and Hulon Hill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Todd Potter, Wisconsin, Deanne Glenn, Cartersville, and Bridgette Clawson, Cleveland; sister, Sherri Nabors Edwards, Jefferson; brother, Tommy Nabors, Winder; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

William B. Boyd
William Barnett Boyd, 49, of Commerce, died recently.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. James Dumas officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Boyd is survived by one son, William Taylor Boyd, Suches; three daughters, Beth Long, Baldwin, and Marie Boyd and Julie Boyd, both of Commerce; and two sisters, Barbara Hill, Rome, and Lucile Goins, Fayetteville.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

Clyde
R. Ray
Clyde Robert Ray, 88, of Athens, died Saturday, April 10, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Ray was the son of the late S.G. Ray and Lillie Mae Gailey Ray, Athens. He moved to Athens in 1918 and was a graduate of Athens High School.
Mr. Ray was a postal employee from 1936 to 1964 at the Athens Post Office in the positions of clerk, carrier and supervisor. He entered the University of Georgia in the night school in 1956 while working full-time at the post office. He graduated with honors (B.B.A. Degree) in 1962 and later attended Graduate School in Business and History. He received an appointment as a Federal Agent with the National Labor Relations Board in 1964 from which he retired in 1972.
Mr. Ray was a World War II veteran who stayed in the Army Reserve after World War II ended, and retired from the Army Reserve in 1975. He was an active member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church since 1932.
Mr. Ray married Bronzie Lee Harris in 1936. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Robert Ray, a grandson, Thomas Stephen Wray, and two brothers, Bill and Hoyt Ray.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Prince Avenue Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Ricketts and Randy Smith officiating and Sam Prince giving the eulogy. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Richard Williamson, Steve Ray, Robert Prince, John Prince, Bobby Ray and Dr. Howard T. Abney served as pallbearers.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Ray is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Jean Wray, Athens; granddaughter and husband, Joni and Travis Thomason, Colbert; sister and brother-in-law, Nell and Bob Prince, Augusta; sister, Betty Williamson, Monroe; sister-in-law, Jerry Ray, Athens; and several nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the Prince Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

Earnistine Griffeth
Mrs. Earnistine Griffeth, 77, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Jefferson, died Monday, April 12, 2004.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.

Stephen
‘Mark’ Brown
Stephen “Mark” Brown, 35, of Statham, died Friday, April 9, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Brown was a son of Betty Dills Thurmond, Statham, and the late Charles W. Brown.
He was employed as a heavy machinery mechanic.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Apple Valley Baptist Church Cemetery with the Revs. Leon Pass and Bud McDonald officiating.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Brown is survived by a son, Stephen Lee Brown, Maysville; brother, Stanley Brown, Homer; sister, Kathy Beasley, Danielsville; and his fiancée, Billie Labrada, Statham.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

James H. Holland
James Henry Holland, 76, of Pendergrass, died Friday, April 9, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mr. Holland was born April 7, 1928, in Jackson County, a son of the late Joseph Henry Holland and the late Mayzelle Baird Holland.
He had been employed as a heavy equipment operator in the construction business.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 12, at Pendergrass Baptist Church with the Rev. Greg Bagley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, James R. (Jim) Holland, Joseph (Joe) Holland and Edmund Edward Holland, all of Pendergrass; three sisters, Charlotte Roberts, Chestnut Mountain, Frances Thrasher, Winder, and Farrice Boyd, Gainesville; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the funeral account of James Henry Holland, P.O. Box 234, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

Ruth J. Jones
Mrs. Ruth Jackson Jones, 90, of Jefferson, formerly of Alpharetta, died Sunday, April 11, 2004.
Mrs. Jones was the owner and operator of the Ruth Jones Store in the Newton Community from 1938 to 1963. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward H. (Bill) Jones.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the chapel of Northside Chapel Funeral Directors, Roswell, with the Revs. Todd Skinner, Mickey Wheeler and Allen Swofford officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Jackson Swofford, Jefferson; grandchildren, Leonard Glenn Swofford, and his fiancée, Renee Benefield, Jefferson, and Michael Ray Swofford, and his fiancée, Erika Greene, Winder; several cousins and a large circle of friends.
Northside Chapel Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

Melvin B. Jacks
Melvin Bradford Jacks, 62, of Homer, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Jacks was born September 29, 1941, in Jackson County. He was the son of Lucille Seay Jacks, Maysville, and the late Blanton B. Jacks.
Mr. Jacks was a veteran of the United States Navy and was an electrician. He was preceded in death by a son, Donnie Jacks.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Charity Baptist Church, Homer, with the Revs. Vaughn Howington and Billy Burrell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Jacks is survived by his wife, Verdina Parker Jacks, Homer; daughters, Nikki Garrett, Homer, and Lisa M. Marlowe, Jefferson; sister, Martha J. Yarbrough, Maysville; and three grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

William
‘Buster’ Peck
William Richard “Buster” Peck, 47, of Jefferson, died Thursday, April 8, 2004.
Mr. Peck was born in Barrow County on December 27, 1956, a son of the late William Albert Peck and the late Amanda Jane Stowe Peck.
He was a 1975 graduate of Jefferson High School and worked for the Jefferson City School System for 22 years. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Faith Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include two sisters, Regina Tiller, Winder, and Audrey Burkhead, Danielsville; one brother, Leland Peck, Nicholson; three nieces, two nephews, one grand-niece and one grand-nephew.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

Joseph
‘Gene’ Wyatt
Joseph E. “Gene” Wyatt, 60, of Jefferson, died Friday, April 2, 2004, of cardiac arrest.
A native of Rome, Mr. Wyatt was a son of A. Knox Wyatt and Kathryn Henley Wyatt.
He attended Darlington School and graduated from Deveroux School in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He attained his associates degree from Abraham Baldwin College. Mr. Wyatt moved to Jackson County in the mid 1970’s where he was in the land management business. An avid fisherman and traveler, he would often go to Alaska for salmon or South America for bass and had just returned from a trip to Antarctica.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in Sunset Hills, Rome.
Survivors include his step-mother, Carol Waugh Wyatt, Fernandina Beach, Fla.; brothers, Alex K. Wyatt Jr., Alpharetta, and David H. Wyatt, Athens; sister, Kay W. Cheves, Greenville, S.C.; and six nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Darlington School, 1014 Cave Spring Road, Rome, GA 30161.
Daniel’s Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Rome, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004
Lillie F. Morris
Mrs. Lillie Frances Blalock Morris, 72, of Commerce, died Saturday, April 10, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Wilson and Winford Bingham officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Cemetery.
Mrs. Morris is survived by three sons, George Blalock and Timothy Ledford, both of Commerce, and Joe Blalock, Camden, S.C.; three daughters, Antoinette Veal, Kershaw, S.C., Karen Whitfield, Commerce, and Sandra Bates, Jefferson; two brothers, J.B. Underwood, Commerce, and John Henry Underwood, Smyrna; and two sisters, Wilma Holden, Acworth, and Wanda Sue Hill, Homer.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, George Ralph Blalock Sr., and her second husband, Russel Morris.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004

Charles E. McGill
Charles Edward McGill, 57, of Commerce, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his residence of a brief illness.
Mr. McGill was a son of Winnie B. McGill, Royston, and the late Tyrus McGill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Harold Crawford officiating. Burial was in the Hudson River Baptist Church Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. McGill is survived by his wife, Patsy McGill, of the home; two sons, Edward Casey McGill and Charles Tyrus McGill, both of Commerce; one brother, Paul Tyrus McGill, Watkinsville; and one sister, Annette Carey, Royston.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 14, 2004


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