Jackson County Obituaries...

MAY 12, 2004

Bertie I. Bryant
Mrs. Bertie Irene Taylor Bryant, 91, of Jefferson, died Monday, May 10, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Bryant was born April 23, 1913, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Charles Taylor and the late Kanzadie Roberts Taylor.
A life-long resident of Jackson County, Mrs. Bryant was a homemaker and a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Odis Roscoe Bryant, and a brother, the Rev. Bunyon Taylor.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Kevin Page officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery. Jimmy Gooch, Bobby Gooch, Christopher Gooch, Justin Gooch, Blake Gooch and Jerry Nix served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a daughter, Navona B. Gooch, Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Horace R. and Mary R. Bryant, Canon; sisters, Ethel T. Gooch, Gainesville, Darrel Lewallen and Lillie Bruce, both of Homer, Mary Tuggle, Atlanta, and Martha Caudell, Cornelia; brothers, Robert Gary, Atlanta, and W.W. Gary Jr., Commerce; grandchildren, Virginia (Jennie) Bruce, Judy Duncan, David Bryant, Jimmy Gooch and Bobby Gooch; 14 great-grandchildren, 24 great-great-grandchildren and five great-great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Barbara G. Smith
Mrs. Barbara Gaye Bowers Smith, 54, of Jefferson, died Thursday, May 6, 2004.
Mrs. Smith was born May 6, 1950, in Pickens County, S.C., a daughter of Paige Hunter Bowers, Pickens, S.C., and the late John S. Bowers.
Mrs. Smith was a business manager with the University of Georgia and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, where she was the organist.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Ann Durham, brother-in-law, Otis F. Durham, and a grandmother, Inez H. Collins.
A funeral service was held at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Alan Saunders, Terry Smith, Rick Hayes and Ben Glosson officiating. A second funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 10, in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home, Pickens, S.C., with the Revs. Alan Saunders and Rick Hayes officiating. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Pickens, S.C.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Freddie Smith, Jefferson; daughter, Wendy Smith, Athens; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Danny Pilgrim, Liberty, S.C.; nephews, Derick Durham, and Devin Durham, and his wife, Angie; great-niece, Katelyn Durham; and beloved friends, Robin Fonclara and Karen Green Wilson.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Three Corporate Square, Suite 120, Atlanta, GA 30329, or to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Joyce B. Ethridge
Mrs. Joyce Beatrice Storey Ethridge, 91, of Jefferson, died Friday, May 7, 2004, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Ethridge was born March 7, 1913, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Clifford Taylor Storey and the late Eddie Beatrice Dickson Storey.
She was a graduate of the Martin Institute in 1929 and a graduate of Shorter College in 1934. Mrs. Ethridge was the founder of Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm Inc. in Jefferson. In 1992, she established the Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm Foundation.
Devoting life-long service to Jefferson and Jackson County, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, serving as a Sunday School teacher for various age groups. She was also a member of the history committee of the church, in which the history was written in 2001. In 2002, she received an award in recognition of long term service and teaching from the Dorcas Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Ethridge was a charter member of the Crawford W. Long Garden Club, serving as president, program chairman and in numerous capacities of the club; a charter member of the Jackson County Historical Society, serving as president for three consecutive years; a charter member of Crawford W. Long Museum Board of Directors; and a charter member of the Tumbling Waters Society, a society for the preservation of Hurricane Shoals Park. She also served as Vice Regent with DAR for three years and as chaplain. On September 18, 2002, Mrs. Ethridge received a DAR Certificate of Award for Community Service by the James Pittman Chapter. Other awards presented to Mrs. Ethridge were: September 22, 2002, Dedication and Service to the TWS and to the development and promotion of Hurricane Shoals Park; 1992, received a membership to The National Trust for Historic Preservation based on the history of the Farm; 1993, recognized by the Georgia Department of Agriculture as a “Georgia Centennial Heritage Farm”; 1997, received “Stewardship Award” from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for “preservation of historic properties through long-term care and maintenance”; 2000, recognized as “Georgia Woman in Historic Preservation” by the Georgia Department of the Secretary of State; and March 25, 2002, House Resolution of Georgia House of Representatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Lanis Ethridge, and a brother, Taylor Dickson Storey.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in the Shields-Ethridge Family Cemetery with Minister Tom Plank and the Rev. Cary Hillard officiating. Darrell Joseph Chaisson Sr., Robert Lindsey Lacey III, Darrell Joseph Chaisson Jr., Robert Lanis Chaisson, Robert Lindsey Lacey IV and Taylor William Lacey served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Dorcas Sunday School Class.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Elizabeth Ethridge and Darrell J. Chaisson Sr., Jefferson, and Ann Storey Ethridge and Bob Lacey, Valdosta; sister, Mabeth Storey Haley, Jefferson; grandchildren, Darrell Joseph Chaisson Jr., Lucy Elizabeth Chaisson Brehm and Robert Lanis Chaisson, all of Jefferson, and Robert Lindsey Lacey IV and Taylor William Lacey, both of Valdosta; two great-grandchildren, Ethridge Paul Chaisson and Ashley Elizabeth Brehm; and a niece, Posy Storey Henson.
Contributions may be made to Shields-Ethridge Heritage Farm Inc., 2355 Ethridge Road, Jefferson, GA 30549, www.shieldsethridgefarm.org.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Carrie
‘Granny’ Segars
Mrs. Carrie “Granny” Youngblood Segars, 87, of Gainesville, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at Limestone Heritage following an extended illness.
Born in Forsyth County, Mrs. Segars had lived in Hartwell for many years before moving to Gainesville 10 years ago. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Jenny Alexander Smith.
Mrs. Segars was a homemaker and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. She was a very faithful and devoted pastor’s wife, it was stated.
Mrs. Segars was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Garnett Youngblood, a daughter, Imogene Hanley, a son-in-law, Omer Cape, and a grandson, Terry Beck.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at Bethany Baptist Church with the Revs. Scott Culpepper, Lamar Purcell and Larry Youngblood officiating. Burial followed at 3 p.m. in the Tabernacle Baptist Church Cemetery in Hartwell.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and the Rev. Scott Culpepper and Betty and the Rev. Lamar Purcell, all of Gainesville, Mary and Paul King, Commerce, and Beth and Troy Beck, Mt. Airy; daughter, Helen Cape, Hartwell; son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Larry and Margaret Youngblood, Auburn; son-in-law, Henry Hanley, Danielsville; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives.
Memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite church or charity organization in memory of Mrs. Segars.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004


Robert L. Hall
Robert L. Hall, 71, of Winder, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens.
Born in Barrow County, Mr. Hall was a son of the late Mansel and Martha Spinks Hall.
He was a retired truck driver with Great Northern Construction and was a member of Living Hope Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Carl E. Bramlett officiating. Burial will be in the Center Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Hall is survived by his wife, Zeffie Hall, Winder; three daughters, Debra Jean Toney, Jefferson, Kim Tench, Flowery Branch, and Lynn Cronic, Winder; two sons, Willie Phillips, Winder, and Michael Phillips, Nicholson; one brother, Ciciro Hall, Winder; sister-in-law, Frances Hall, Bethlehem; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Penny Smith
Mrs. Penny Smith, 83, of Chamblee, died Sunday, May 9, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Smith was the daughter of the late Leondus Franklin and Polly Howard Matthews, and was the wife of the late Finney Smith.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jim Stephens officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two sons, David Michael Smith, Jasper, and Richard R. Smith, Canton; two grandchildren, Tammy Kirk and Jason Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Sarah Kirk and Savannah Kirk.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Annie Jo Owens
Mrs. Annie Jo Owens, 83, of Athens, died Thursday, May 6, 2004.
Mrs. Owens was born July 31, 1920, in Oconee County, a daughter of the late Howell P. White and Lena Hartley White.
Her adult life was spent in Athens where she retired from the J.C. Penney Company.
“Her loving ways were known to family and friends alike,” stated family members. “She embraced life and all its gifts with the heart of a child. Her generosity and spirit will live on through those whose lives she touched.”
Mrs. Owens was preceded in death by a son, Steve Turnell, a brother, C.T. White, and a sister, Runa Richardson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 10, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Thom Shores officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Scott, David and Leland Basham, Bill Hicks, Robert White and Greg Reeves served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Owens is survived by her husband of 52 years, Charlie Owens; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and June Turnell; daughter, Diane Mostiler; granddaughters, Suzanne Watt (Brian), Beth Turnell, Stephanie Mostiler and Andrea Ridgely (Randy); grandson, Cliff Mostiler (Stephanie); great-grandchildren, Avery Watt, Phillip Hamilton and Mercedes, Marlies and Sarah Baldwin; and best friend, Gwen Morton.
Contributions may be made to the Piano Fund or Renovation Fund at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 100 Janice Drive, Athens, GA 30606.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Charles Hardy Jr.
Charles Hardy Jr., 79, of Kathleen, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Perry Hospital.
Mr. Hardy was born in Wilcox County, but later made his home in Kathleen. He was a retired heavy equipment operator in the construction industry, having worked for Tom Chapman Construction and Dent Brothers Construction. He was a Christian.
Mr. Hardy was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Gail Hardy Sizemore, his parents, Charles Hardy Sr. and Florence Taylor Hardy, and four brothers, Albert Hardy, Ernest B. Hardy, Wayne Hardy and Andrew Hardy.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the chapel of McCullough Funeral Home, Warner Robins. Burial was in Perry Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Hardy is survived by his wife, Addie Geneva Hardy, Kathleen; son and daughter-in-law, C.L. “Lee” and Beverly Hardy, Perry; step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Andy and Debi Cannon, Centerville;
sister, Earlene DeBona, Warner Robins; brother, Jack Hardy, Perry; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one step-grandchild and two step-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Caitlyn’s Cause, P.O. Box 6685, Warner Robins, GA 31095, in memory of Charles Hardy Jr. Those desiring may sign an online registry for the family at www.mcculloughfh.com.
McCullough Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Dorothy D. Lord
Mrs. Dorothy Dane Wilson Lord, 77, of Commerce, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at Hill Haven Nursing Home.
Mrs. Lord was born July 26, 1926, in Banks County, a daughter of the late George Thomas and Eddie Didane Lord Wilson.
She retired from Oxford Manufacturing and was a member of Danielsville Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Mike Hudmon officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Lord is survived by her husband, Paul Lord, Commerce; one son, Larry Lord, Commerce; two daughters, Judy Bawner, Maysville, and Paulette James, Danielsville; one brother, Harry Lee Wilson, Athens; four sisters, Louise Anderson, Colbert, and Genell Chandler, Thelma Smith and Zelma Smith, all of Commerce; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Robert N. Fowler
Robert Ney Fowler, 83, of Jefferson, died Sunday, May 9, 2004.
Mr. Fowler was born October 15, 1920, in Monroe, N.C., to the late Jesse and Bleeker Long Fowler.
Mr. Fowler was in bakery management and was also a cattle and poultry farmer. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson.
“He was a wonderful father and grandfather,” family members said.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson with the Rev. John Moore officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Bill Ives, Harry Bryan, J.T. Wilkes, Don Elrod, Steve Clay and Van Bullock served as pallbearers.
Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth Nabors Fowler, Jefferson; one daughter, ReNey Fowler Murdock, Troutman, N.C.; one son, Rick Nabors Fowler, Mountain View, Ark.; four grandchildren, Lynn McAllum, Krista McMillan, Randy Murdock and Kerri Layne; two step-grandchildren, George Brown and Linda Greenway; and six great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Jefferson First United Methodist Church, 188 Martin Street, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Wilson Fitzpatrick
Wilson Fitzpatrick, 86, of Danielsville, died Friday, May 7, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Fitzpatrick was a son of the late Earnest and Chester Bonnie White Fitzpatrick.
He was a retired mechanic and a member of Erastus Christian Church. Mr. Fitzpatrick was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Minish Fitzpatrick, three brothers, J.D., Ellis and Obediah Fitzpatrick, and a sister, Mary Dobbs.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Carl Beckham and the Rev. Albert Vaughn officiating. Burial was in the Ila Cemetery.
Survivors include five sons, Kenneth Fitzpatrick, Johnny Fitzpatrick and Millard Fitzpatrick, all of Ila, Berry Fitzpatrick, Neese, and Kimsey Fitzpatrick, Colbert; five sisters, Jeffie Fitzpatrick, Commerce, Robbie Burnett and Martha Davis, both of Greenville, S.C., Chester Wylder, Stockbridge, and Vera Timms, Clermont; two brothers, Clyde Fitzpatrick, Danielsville, and Horace Fitzpatrick, Cleveland; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

John ‘David’ Smith
John “David” Smith, 75, of Monroe, died Sunday, May 9, 2004.
Born in Barrow County, Mr. Smith was the son of the late Henry Frank and Ida Finch Smith.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, in the New Pentecost United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Hunter officiating.
Mr. Smith is survived by a daughter, Linda Sue Smith, Jackson County; and three sisters, Eva S. Gardner, Fayetteville, Tempie S. Porterfield, Winterville, and Evelyn S. Day, Royston.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Reba W. Thompson
Mrs. Reba W. Thompson, 77, of Peachtree City, died Saturday, May 8, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Thompson was a daughter of the late George and Essie Watkins.
She founded the Flat Creek Ladies Golf Association in 1968 and has been honored with the naming of the FCLGA Reba Thompson Handicap Tournament. She was a founding member of the Fayette County Little League and the Fayette County Board of Realtors in 1969. Mrs. Thompson was a charter member of the First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City.
“She was well-known as an avid Georgia Bulldog fan,” family members stated. “Reba will be remembered for her kindness to others, her love for flowers and her strong community involvement; but her greatest accomplishment by far was her devotion to her extensive family, who will miss her dearly. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.”
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by two brothers, Buck Watkins and Doug Watkins, and a sister, Nita Watkins.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by her children, Claudia Pitts (Carl), Cathy Kirk (Billy), David Thompson, Billy Thompson (Anne), and Dicky Thompson (Laura); sisters, Virginia Moore (Joe), Sybil Highfield (Billy) and Dot Kent (Shelton); sisters-in-law, Ruth Howell and Nellie Watkins; grandchildren, Anne Shaffman, Michelle Borree (Geoff), Tracy Pitts Beatty, Johnny Pitts (Jana), Mike Bernhardt, Brandon Thompson and Katie Clements (John); step-grandchildren, Noel Charbonneau, Ryan Allgood (Christine) and Sarah Allgood; great-grandsons, Jack, Jadon and Will; step-great-granddaughter, Lauren; and nieces and nephews.
C.J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Peachtree City, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Donna B. McGinnis
Mrs. Donna Baxter McGinnis, 48, of Flowery Branch, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, after a sudden illness.
Mrs. McGinnis was born July 12, 1955, in Hawkinsville, a daughter of the late G.L. “Fate” Baxter and the late Helen Eva Farmer Baxter.
She was employed as a manager with AT&T for 18 years and was a member of Mill Creek Community Church, Buford. Mrs. McGinnis was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanette Henderson.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Tony McCollum officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens. Glenn Baxter, Sam Baxter, Chuck Baxter, John Cox, Wayne Jones, Tyson Baxter, Shane Brown and Jeremy Minish served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Todd Baxter, Todd Minish and Anthony Conner.
Mrs. McGinnis is survived by her husband, Douglas McGinnis, Flowery Branch; daughters, Danielle McGinnis, Homer, and Deonna McGinnis, Flowery Branch; sisters, Naomi Minish, Hull, Vickie Kesler and Sheryl Miller, both of Commerce, and Linda Stegal, Decatur; brothers, Glenn Baxter, Danielsville, Chuck Baxter, Commerce, Sam Baxter, Homer, and Nathaniel Baxter, Thomasville, N.C.; and two grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Curtis C. Nelms
Curtis Conrad Nelms, 63, of Braselton, died Monday, May 10, 2004, at Barrow Community Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Nelms was born February 26, 1941, in DeKalb County. He was a son of the late Van Curtis and Vivian Inez Burnette Nelms.
A disabled veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Nelms was a member of the Country and Western Dance Social Club and was a Country and Western Dance Instructor. He was also a member of the G.E.R.L.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 13, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Dee Dillon officiating.
Mr. Nelms is survived by three sons, Anthony Ray Nelms, Brian Nelms and Preston Nelms; two brothers, David Nelms, Manchester, Tenn., and Jimmy Nelms; two uncles and one aunt.
The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until the funeral hour Thursday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004

Marvin L. Brown
Marvin Lee Brown, 47, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 13, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Palmer Pace officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Brown is survived by a brother, Harry C. Thomas, Ila; and two sisters, Martha Worley, Homer, and Dorothy Garrett, Nicholson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hank Brown.
The family is at the residence of Dorothy Garrett, 5116 Hwy. 441 South, and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 12, 2004


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