Jackson County Obituaries...

APRIL 28, 2004

Bobbie S.W. Harris
Mrs. Bobbie S.W. Harris, 78, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at her residence after an extended illness.
Mrs. Harris was born April 19, 1926, in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Thomas Standridge and the late Picola Jarrett Standridge.
She grew up at the Methodist Orphanage Children’s Home in Atlanta and attended LaGrange College, LaGrange, for two years. Mrs. Harris worked for the Jackson County Board of Education for 14 years, was a clerk at the Jackson County Courthouse for five years and retired from the DEFACS office in Jefferson. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson.
Mrs. Harris was preceded in death by her first husband, Lovic D. Wier, and her second husband, Hope Harris.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 23, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Johnny Ray and Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery. Tony Beatty, Bill Barney, Steve Marlow, Dean Standridge, Steve Smith and Gerald Standridge served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Dr. Allen D. Wier, Jefferson; a daughter, Margie Wier, Jefferson; and a granddaughter, Jasmine Wier, Jefferson.
The family would like to offer a very special recognition to the Golden Girls, Frankie Howard, Barbara Benson and Merriam Porter, for their outstanding efforts of friendship for her terminal period and funeral. She loved them.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Thomas H. Boyd
Thomas H. Boyd, 81, of Winder, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Boyd was a son of the late Clyde and Bertha Lackey Boyd.
He was a retired brick mason and a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II. He was a member of Bethabra Baptist Church.
Mr. Boyd was preceded in death by his son, David Boyd, in 1996.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 23, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Kevin Burgess and David Matthews officiating. Burial was in the Bethabra Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Boyd is survived by his wife, Sally Jo Boyd, Winder; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Kevin Burgess, Winder; brothers, Frank Boyd and Robert Boyd, both of Braselton; sisters, Lucile Rainey, Stone Mountain, Nell Giles, Winterville, and Sara Skinner, Winder; grandchildren, Melinda Kerklin, Amanda Hewatt, Alex Burgess and Joshua Boyd; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Elizabeth S.
‘Libby Sue’ Woody
Mrs. Elizabeth Susan “Libby Sue” Whitmire Woody, 65, of Pendergrass, died Sunday, April 25, 2004.
Mrs. Woody was born in Monroe on April 6, 1939. She was a daughter of the late Wendell and Johnnie Whitmire.
Mrs. Woody was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin R. Woody.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Talmo Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Spence officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Kim Vulgamore, Stockton, Calif., Kip Duke, Jefferson, and Kendall Marchman, Flowery Branch; sister, Judy Waddell, Jefferson; and grandchildren, Lacey and Dylan Duke.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Hoyt Shields
Hoyt Shields, 75, of Winder, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Smith Chapel Baptist Church, Bethlehem. Burial was in the Austin Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Shirley Harris, Statham, Dale Peters, Winder, Cindy Tarpkin, Commerce, and Shelia Scott, Bethlehem; four sons, Charlie Rakestraw and Wayne Shields, both of Jefferson, Willis Shields, Winder, and Jimmy Shields, Bethlehem; four sisters, Georgia Mae Peter, Peggy Shields and Catherine Alexander, all of Winder, and Dania Smith, Monroe; 35 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Thomas
A. Chappell
Thomas Alexander Chappell, 44, of Commerce, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at his residence.
Born November 13, 1959, in Fulton County, Mr. Chappell was the son of the late Paul and Annie Ruth Martin Chappell.
He was employed with the City of Commerce Gas Department and was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Chappell is survived by his wife, Tina Greenway Chappell, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, T.J. and Ginger Chappell, Commerce; sisters, Carolyn Holder and Pam Mathis, both of Commerce, and Lucy Reed, Maysville; and grandson, Patrick Chappell, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Richard F. Minish
Richard Francis Minish, 93, of Commerce, died Thursday, April 22, 2004, at his residence.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Dorothy Minish, Commerce; a grandson, Todd Minish, Louisville, Ky.; a granddaughter, Carla Wright, Gainesville; two great-grandchildren, Chip Wright and Rachel Wright, both of Gainesville; three sisters, Jane Williams, Clayton, Dorothy Prichett, Anderson, S.C., and Sarah Ann Holder, Greensboro, N.C.; and a brother, John Claude (Jake) Minish, Commerce.
Mr. Minish was preceded in death by his wife, Cozettie F. Minish, and a son, John Berry Minish.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Jose M. Guereca
Jose Miguel Guereca, 35, of Hoschton, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004.
Mr. Guereca was born November 29, 1968, in Durango, Mexico.
He was employed as a supervisor with Georgia Foundation.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Tim Strickland officiating. Burial will follow on Thursday, April 29, in Hermelinnd Galeana Cemetery in Durango, Mexico.
Mr. Guereca is survived by his wife, Frances Eileen Claunch Guereca, Hoschton; and his children, Roxie Guereca, Zachary Guereca, Miguel Guereca and Alicia Guereca, all of Hoschton.
Memorials may be made to a trust account at First Commerce Bank, Hoschton, in memory of Jose Miguel Guereca.
Evans Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Dewey H. Bennett
Dewey Harrison Bennett, 69, of Commerce, died Monday, April 26, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Bennett was a son of the late Boyd and Cora Stubblefield Bennett.
He was a retired carpenter and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Kay Bennett.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating, assisted by the Revs. Eric Tyson, Kelby Maxwell and Verlin Reece. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife, Glenda Logan Bennett, Commerce; daughter and fiance, Gina Bennett, Commerce, and Steve Blalock, Nicholson; brother, Paul Bennett, Commerce; and sisters, Doris Sears, Baldwin, and Martha Ann Eubanks and Patricia Bennett, both of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004
Louise Gearin
Mrs. Louise B. Gearin, 75, of Athens, died Thursday, April 22, 2004.
Born in Salisbury, N.C., Mrs. Gearin was a daughter of the late Earl Brown and Dorothy Bayliff.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Mrs. Gearin is survived by her husband, Charles Gearin; her children, Douglas Drew, Talmo, Gail Morris-Schoomer, Nor-cross, and Michael Drew, Jefferson; sister, Lois Carter, Salisbury, N.C.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Jennie S. Chitwood
Mrs. Jennie Sue Chitwood, 80, of Jefferson, died Monday, April 26, 2004.
Born in Stephens County, Mrs. Chitwood was a daughter of Sula Dooley, Toccoa, and the late Estes S. Dooley.
She was a homemaker and a member of Wood’s Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Chris Gaddis officiating. Burial will be in the Hog Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Chitwood is survived by her husband, Robert Chitwood, Jefferson; son, Ken Chitwood, Buford; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bobby Savage, Jefferson; sisters, Betty McCall, Joyce Martin and Sandra Hughes, all of Toccoa, and Barbara White, Arizona; brothers, Paul Dooley, Toccoa, and Harold Dooley, Hartwell; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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 28, 2004
James B. Seagraves
James Buford Seagraves, 76, of Nicholson, died Friday, April 23, 2004, at Southern Pines.
Mr. Seagraves was born July 17, 1927, in Jackson County, the son of the late Jewell and Belle Martin Seagraves.
He retired from Dairy Pak and was a cattle farmer. He was a member of Gordon Chapel United Methodist Church. Mr. Seagraves was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Louise Seagraves.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Billy Pittman and Allen Seagraves officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include four sons, Darrell Seagraves, Marty Seagraves, Randy Seagraves and Ted Seagraves, all of Nicholson; two sisters, Carolyn Martin, Commerce, and Betty Vandiver, Augusta; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Geneva R. Sims
Mrs. Geneva R. Sims, of Jefferson, died Thursday, April 22, 2004.
Born September 15, 1931, in Jackson County, Mrs. Sims was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William (Ella) Randolph.
She joined Maxey Hill Baptist Church, Jefferson, where she served faithfully on the Mother Board and as a devout member of the choir for many years. Mrs. Sims was employed as chief cook at Bruce’s Restaurant for 23 years.
“Geneva was a really great cook,” stated family members, “and everyone in Jefferson became aware of this.”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Sims, and four children.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 26, at Maxey Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Mitchell Appleby officiating. Mrs. Sims’ nephews served as pallbearers and nieces served as flower ladies.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Ernest Brown, Commerce; daughter, Cheryl A. Gwinn, Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Elaine Sims, Milledgeville; sister, Lydia Young, Athens; two grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a devoted niece and nephew-in-law, Lisa and Joe Peppers, Jefferson; a loving care giver, Odetta Anderson, Jefferson; a devoted friend, Elizabeth Poole, Jefferson; six sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; a host of nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Forestglen Mortuary, Inc., Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

James Ledford
James Ledford, 79, of Ila, died Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at his home in Ila.
A native of Macon County, Mr. Ledford was a son of the late Harley and Nellie Watts Ledford.
He was self-employed in construction work and was of the Baptist denomination. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ledford was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue Cowart Ledford, who died in 2002, a son, Dennis Ledford, a grandson, Allan Ledford, two brothers, John and Glen Ledford, and three sisters, Bessie Ledford, Kate Speed and Irene Ledford.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Gillespie Chapel Methodist Church, Franklin, N.C., with the Revs. Bobby Cloer and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by members of VFW Post 7339 and American Legion Post 108. Kevin Ledford, Keith Ledford, Eddie Daniel, James Watkins, Ricky Ledford and Dale Ledford served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one son, Steve Ledford, Danielsville; one brother, Bob Ledford, Marietta; three sisters, Mary Hodgin, Franklin, N.C., Betty Daniel, Commerce, and Linda Ledford, Danielsville; and one great-grandchild.
Macon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Joseph P.
‘Jody’ Domingue
Joseph Paul “Jody” Domingue, 18, of Com-merce, died accidentally in Cumming on Saturday, April 24, 2004.
Mr. Domingue was born July 18, 1985, in Georgia, a son of Susan Ranow, Colorado Springs, Colo., and the late Joseph Thurmond Domingue.
He was employed as a plumber.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 30, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Brenda Montgomery officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Hill Cemetery, Sugar Hill. James Coberly, Kenneth Cox, Samuel Cox, Donnie Morales, Cecil Morales III, Ryan Ranow and Timothy Ranow will serve as pallbearers.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Domingue is survived by two brothers, Ryan Ranow, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michael Thompson, San Padre Island, Texas; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Florene L. Hudgins
Mrs. Florene Lillian Hudgins, of Gainesville, died Saturday, April 24, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a long illness.
A native of Forsyth County, Mrs. Hudgins moved to Gainesville as a child and was a 1955 graduate of Gainesville High School. In 1972, she and her family moved to Winder, where her husband was publisher of The Winder News. From 1980 until 2001, they lived in Franklin, N.C., where he was publisher of The Franklin Press. They returned to Gainesville in 2001.
Mrs. Hudgins had served as choir director at a number of Baptist churches, where she was a member. She and her husband joined Blackshear Place Baptist Church after returning to Gainesville.
Mrs. Hudgins was preceded in death by her parents, Garland W. and Eddie Darracott, and a sister, Pansie Sue Darracott.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, in the chapel of Ward’s Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Shawn Edwards, Jeff Cook and S.T. McGinnis officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mrs. Hudgins is survived by her husband, Kenneth Hudgins, Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Michael Richards, Gainesville, and Beth and Adam Navage, St. Petersburg, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Sharon Hudgins, Watkinsville; son, Winn Hudgins, Athens; sister, Wilma Hosch, Norcross; brothers, Bunyan Darracott, Buford, Carroll Darracott, Marietta, Gene Darracott, Gainesville, and Tony Darracott, Hoschton; and grandchildren, Jeremy Walters, Charleston, S.C., Jason Walters, Gainesville, Caitlin Bozarth, Maxeys, Nicholas and Aidan Navage, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Andrea, Emily and Samantha Tillman, Watkinsville.
Ward’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

Priscilla M. Hill
Mrs. Priciliana “Priscilla” Marina Hill, of Nicholson, unexpectedly died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, while vacationing in the country of Costa Rica.
Funeral services were held in the small town of Orosi, with numerous family members and friends in attendance, including her husband, Benjamin Albert Hill Sr., her son, Benjamin Albert Hill Jr., and her grandson, Christopher Benjamin Hill.
In addition to her husband and son, Mrs. Hill is survived by a daughter, Nellita Hill; 12 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Gonzalo F. Mora, and a daughter, Sarah Hill.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004

James B.
‘Jim’ Cram
James B. “Jim” Cram, 66, of Commerce, died Monday, April 26, 2004.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home, Covington.
Mr. Cram is survived by his wife, Barbara Cram, Commerce; a son, Burt Cram, Covington; his father, Paul B. Cram, Covington; a brother, Jerry P. Cram, North Carolina; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Wheeler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, April 28, 2004


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