Jackson County Obituaries...

APRIL 21, 2004

Madison Ward
Madison Nicole Kadance Ward, infant daughter of Robert and Meaghann Knight Ward, Jefferson, died Friday, April 16, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Chris Berry and Albert Whitlock officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her grandparents, Carolyn and Lee Knight, Nicholson, and Vickie Ward and Debbie Page, Jefferson.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Earnistine Griffeth
Mrs. Earnistine Griffeth, 77, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Jefferson, died Monday, April 12, 2004.
Mrs. Griffeth was born April 7, 1927, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Lummie Hicks and the late Bertha Mae Dale Hicks.
She was a retired seamstress, working for Bellgrade Manufacturing in Jefferson for many years. Mrs. Griffeth was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Griffeth, two sisters, Retha Bowles and Sarah Marlowe, and three brothers, Grady Hicks, Claybern Hicks and Daly Hicks.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Gaines officiating.
Survivors include her children, Henry E. Hoyle Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Celia Ann Griffeth, Jefferson; sisters, Ruby Howington and Louise Howington, both of Jefferson, and Mary Ruth Greene, Snellville; brothers, James “Hank” Hicks, Tampa, Fla., and John Henry Hicks, Winder; and six grandchildren, Amber Ochle, Rocky Ochle, Summer Ochle, Robbie Hoyle, Jackie Davis and Angela Hicks.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Timothy Smith
Timothy M. Winham Smith, 6 months, son of Katie Winham and Alan Smith, Jefferson, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at Egleston Children’s Hospital.
Timothy was born September 22, 2003, in Snellville.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Billy Autry officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a twin sister, Taylor Winham, Jefferson; maternal grandparents, Randy and Diane Winham, Snellville; paternal grandparents, Tim and Martha Smith, Jefferson; maternal great-grandparents, Jim and Kate Fox, Lawrenceville; paternal great-grandparents, Doyle A. Smith, Winder, and Ruby Autry, Jefferson; and a number of aunts and uncles.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Charles
L. Morris
Charles Lake Morris, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004.
Born in Olar, S.C., Mr. Morris was a son of the late Athen R. Morris and Bessie Lake Morris.
A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Morris graduated from Clemson University and retired from Charles Morris Realty in Jackson County. He was a member of the Gainesville First United Methodist Church.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 16, in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, with family member David Simpson officiating. A memorial service followed at 2:30 p.m. at the Gainesville First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Drs. Gerald Thurman and Hugh Cauthen officiating.
Mr. Morris is survived by his wife, Rose Antley Morris; son and daughter-in-law, Charles (Chip) Lake Morris Jr. and Deborah H. Morris, Gainesville; daughter, Tracy Rose Morris, Gainesville; grandchildren, Allison Lake Morris, Austin Jai Peal and Trevor Charles Morris, all of Gainesville; sister, Julia McKenna, Spartanburg, S.C.; sister and brother-in-law, Anita and Bert Lear, Walnut Creek, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, Athen Morris Jr. and Sarah Morris, Anderson, S.C.; a number of nieces and nephews; and his “little buddy,” Rosebud.
Donations may be made to the Gainesville First United Methodist Church.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

John S. Hartness
John Scott Hartness, 19, of Commerce, died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Born in Gwinnett County on December 14, 1984, Mr. Hartness was a son of Calvin and Lisa Oliver Hartness, Commerce.
A senior at Franklin County High School, John Scott was a two-time state pole vault champion and was tied for third on Georgia’s all-time best pole vaulter list. He possessed the meet record for pole vault at the Georgia Tech Invitational and was ranked sixth in the nation in pole vaulting. He was coached by Ric Moore.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Tommy Childress officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Seajae Hartness, Commerce; and grandparents, Newton and Amelia Oliver, Duluth, and Wilma Hartness and Calvin Hartness Sr., both of Atlanta.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Henrietta Hart
Mrs. Henrietta McEver Hart, of Royston, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at her home.
Born February 23, 1940, in Jackson County, Mrs. Hart was a daughter of the late Hubert and Louise McEver.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Hart was preceded in death by a brother, William McEver.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 19, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Earl Goode and Christopher Ayers officiating. Burial was in the Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Hart is survived by her husband, Roy Lee Hart; four daughters, Debbie McCollum, Sherrie Ayers, Sherry Combs and Melinda Dobbs, all of Royston; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Mary Meincke, Medway, Mass.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Thelma Fortson
Mrs. Thelma Evans Collins Fortson, 92, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Fortson was born in Madison County on September 15, 1911. She was a daughter of the late Ozzie and Jessie House Evans.
Mrs. Fortson was a homemaker and a member of Bethel M Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, DeVery Evans, and four sisters, Nobie Dalton, Etha Collins, Blanche Scarborough and Millie Burroughs.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, George Lovely and Kenneth Segars officiating. Burial was in the Meadow Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, James C. Collins, Danielsville, Wayne Collins, Ila, and Roger Collins, Hull; one sister, Lera Booth, Atlanta; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Lee M. Sorrow
Lee Morgan Sorrow, 21, of Gainesville, died Saturday, April 17, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Sorrow was born March 21, 1983, in Clarke County, the son of Cynthia Minish Sorrow, Gainesville, and the late Danny Sorrow.
He was employed at Kubota of Gainesville, and was a member of the Commerce First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at the Commerce First Baptist Church with the Rev. John Turlington officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Sorrow is survived by a sister, Jennifer Sorrow, Gainesville; and grandmother, Margaret Minish, Flowery Branch.
Contributions may be made to the Commerce Recreation Department, 204 Carson Street, Commerce, GA 30529, in memory of Lee Morgan Sorrow.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Ray H. Eddy
Ray Henry Eddy, 64, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, April 20, 2004, in Athens.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Rick Lane officiating.
Mr. Eddy is survived by his wife, Marilyn Eddy, of the home; two sons, Jeff DeGeorge, Nicholson, and Leroy Eddy, Sandusky, Ohio; one brother, Tom Eddy, Sandusky, Ohio; one sister, Judy Crump, Sandusky, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Jeffery DeGeorge, Eric DeGeorge and Justin Roby, all of Ohio.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Jewel C. Spencer
Jewel C. Spencer, 82, of Bogart, a native of Jackson County, died Thursday, April 15, 2004.
Mr. Spencer was the son of the late Finley and Esther Hale Spencer.
He was the owner of Spencer Jewelers, retiring in 1986, and was a member of Young Harris Memorial Methodist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theatre.
Mr. Spencer was on the Board of Directors for the Athens Lions Club and the Athens Boys and Girls Club and was a member of the Athens T.D. Club, the Athens Elks Lodge 790, the American Legion Post 185 and the Watkinsville VFW.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with Thomas Cochran officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Mike Lester, Sherry Lester, Carlos Allgood, Richard Brooks, Buck Adams, Tim Daniel and W.O. Thomason served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Elks Lodge of Athens and the Watkinsville VFW.
Mr. Spencer is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eva Lester Spencer; son and daughter-in-law, William R. and Ann S. Spencer, Athens; grandson, Christopher Spencer, Athens; granddaughter, Kimberly Spencer, Athens; and a number of cousins.
Contributions may be made to the Georgia Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Blvd. NE, Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345-3315, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Annie W. McKinney
Mrs. Annie Welborn McKinney, 75, of Jefferson, died Monday, April 19, 2004.
Mrs. McKinney was born May 16, 1928, a daughter of the late Horace Welborn and the late Delia Mae King Welborn.
She was a retired home extension agent for the State of Georgia and was a member of the Episcopal Church.
A private service will be held in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mrs. McKinney is survived by her husband, John McKinney, Jefferson; two children, Steven McKinney, Richmond, Va., and Cindy Smigelsky, Oakwood; one sister, Marion Anderson, Blueridge; one brother, Branson Welborn, Clarkesville; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 455 Abernathy Road N.E., Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30328.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Ralph W. Cook
Ralph Wyatt Cook, 77, of Dawsonville, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Cook was born August 5, 1926, the son of the late Russell Winfield and Kathryn Cook.
Mr. Cook was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during World War II, and had worked as a salesman with Electrical Supply Co.
Mr. Cook is survived by his wife, Miriam Cook, Dawsonville; a son, Russ Cook, Jefferson; and one grandchild.
No local services were held.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

J.W. Cooper
J.W. Cooper, 81, of Crawfordville, formerly of Winder, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Cooper had resided in Barrow County for almost all of his life. He was a son of the late June and Flora Simmons Cooper.
Mr. Cooper and his sons owned and operated J. & S. Hardware in Crawfordville. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Phillips Cooper, and his second wife, Sybil Hale Cooper.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Dorsey and Shelia Cooper, Jerry and Brenda Cooper and Kermit and Cindy Cooper, all of Crawfordville; six grandsons, Dean, Kenneth, Frankie, Talley, Adam and Chris Cooper; six step-grandchildren; sister, Rudeen Maddox, Winder; and brother, Lewis J. Cooper, Winder.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

James ‘Jim’ Crowe
James “Jim” Crowe, 63, of Bethlehem, brother of Nancy Anglin, Jefferson, died Monday, April 19, 2004.
Born in Walton County, Mr. Crowe was a son of the late Clarence Oscar Crowe and Lucy Kate Page Crowe.
He was employed as a truck driver for Wellington’s.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in Smith’s Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Hugh Crowe and Bishop G.H. Hammond officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Crowe is survived by his wife, Linda Parten Crowe, Bethlehem; daughter, Gail Jackson, Bethlehem; sons, Buggie Crowe and Billy Crowe, both of Bethlehem; brothers, Donald Crowe, Conyers, and Hugh Crowe, Helena; sisters, Carolyn Roberts, Winder, and Mrs. Anglin; and 10 grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Howell W. White
Howell W. White, 84, of Winder, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Gwinnett County, Mr. White was a son of the late J.T. and Eva Carolyn Hanes White.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. White served in the United States Army. He was a retired supervisor with the Georgia Department of Transportation and was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Gary Carlyle and Jack Pierce officiating. Burial was in the Mulberry Baptist Church Cemetery. Donnie Canup, Grady Rossenburg, Dewane White, Kelly White, Dennis White and Bill Wilkerson served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Washie P. White, Greensboro; grandchildren, Missy, Phillip and Erik; sister, Carolyn Wise, Winder; and several nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Frances O. Branning
Mrs. Frances O’Neal Hardman Branning, 72, of Ila, died Sunday, April 18, 2004.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Branning was a daughter of the late Royal Clayton and Edna Langston Hardman.
She was a graduate of Commerce High School and attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. She retired from the Internal Revenue Service as a division chief with 35 years of service.
Mrs. Branning was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Hardman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Bowen officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Branning is survived by her husband of 50 years, Thomas J. Branning, Ila; daughters, Terri Branning, Lisa Bishop and Beth Gardner, all of Alpharetta; son, Greg Branning, Houston, Texas; brother, Jack Hardman, Danielsville; sister, Nancy Hart, Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004

Charles R.
‘Ronnie’ Jordan
Charles Ronald “Ronnie” Jordan, 52, of Lula, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at his residence following a brief illness.
Born in Jackson County on February 16, 1952, Mr. Jordan was a son of the late Alonzo T. and Rushia Segars Jordan.
He was a 1970 graduate of Banks County High School, where he played basketball, and was a veteran of the United States Navy. Mr. Jordan was self-employed and of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 19, in the Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. David Harbin officiating.
Survivors include a brother, Douglas Roland Jordan, Lula; sisters, Doris J. Rowland, Augusta, Maxine J. Phinazee, Buford, and Ann J. Braswell, Jasper; and several nieces and nephews.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 21, 2004


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