Jackson County Obituaries...

MAY 19, 2004

Roy N. Smith
Roy Neal Smith, 82, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at home after an extended illness.
Mr. Smith was a lifelong resident of Jackson County, born December 2, 1921, growing up in the Cabin Creek area, and later raising his family in the Antioch Community near Nicholson. He was a 1940 graduate of Benton High School.
“He was a father and example to his family, dedicated to his Lord through service, and an active community volunteer,” it was stated. “He loved his Lord Jesus Christ and served in the Antioch United Methodist Church as lay leader, Trustee and in numerous leadership and service roles.”
Mr. Smith was a distinguished veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was Missing in Action for over four months after his B-29 was shot down behind enemy lines in the Pacific Theater. He and his crew walked 1,300 miles across China to safety.
Mr. Smith was active in his community. He served as a member of the Jackson County School Board from 1962-1972. He was a leader in the Benton Elementary School PTA and in the Commerce High School Band Parents Association. He was a long time volunteer with the American Heart Association.
Mr. Smith retired in 1984 from the U.S. Postal Service where he served as a Rural Letter Carrier for 33 years. He was an active leader in the Georgia Rural Letter Carriers Association where he served as District President. He was honored in 1976 as the Outstanding Carrier in Georgia.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Antioch United Methodist Church in Nicholson with the Revs. Richard Cathy and Bob Bone officiating. Burial will follow on the church grounds.
Mr. Smith is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Beulah T. Smith; sons, Greg N. Smith, and wife, Jennie, and Gary D. Smith, and wife, Liza, all of Nicholson, and Glenn B. Smith, and wife, Terri, Macon; daughters, Gloria Agnew, and husband, David, Savannah, Greta Ivey, and husband, Terry, Commerce, and Gina Cavender, and husband, Keith, Franklin, Tenn.; six grandsons and five granddaughters; and a brother, Hoyt R. Smith, Nicholson. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gail K. Smith, and his parents, Oscar and Emma Smith, Nicholson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Antioch United Methodist Church Building Fund, or to the American Heart Association.
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, May 19, 2004

Roberta Rupp
Mrs. Roberta Gray Rupp, 87, of Athens, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004.
Born in Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Rupp was a daughter of the late William P. and Delphia Kidd Gray, and the wife of the late Charles Albert Rupp Jr.
Mrs. Rupp was a 1936 graduate of Athens High School and became a Registered Nurse in 1939 through Middle Georgia Hospital in Macon. She retired in 1974 from Bay Pines V.A. Hospital, St. Petersburg, Fla. She was a life member of the VFW, a member of NARFE and the former president of Selama Cauldron. Mrs. Rupp was also a member of Bethlehem OES #169, St. Petersburg, Fla., a member of St. Petersburg Porcelain Artists and a member of the First Baptist Church of Indian Rock, Largo, Fla.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart. Burial followed at 3 p.m. in Summerville Cemetery, Augusta.
Survivors include a sister, Louise Collins, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004

Jon T. Puckett
Jon Thomas Puckett, 57, of Jefferson, died suddenly on Thursday, May 13, 2004.
Mr. Puckett was born October 8, 1946, in Floyd County, a son of Tom T. Puckett, Snellville, and the late Polly Wilkes Puckett.
He was a retired police officer with the City of Atlanta, with 17 years of service, and served with the Gwinnett County Police Department for 13 years, where he was attached to the crime prevention unit. He often spoke to community groups about how to avoid victimization by criminals and also coached kids on resisting drugs. He was described as a “sweetheart of a cop.”
Mr. Puckett was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, a member of the Peace Officers Association of Georgia and was of the Methodist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Ronnie Puckett officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens. Chris Brooks, Richie Pye, Ray Dunlap, Troy Roach, Matt Lavender and Craig Smith served as pallbearers.
In addition to his father, Mr. Puckett is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Prigmore Puckett, Jefferson; son, Jon Puckett Jr., Orlando, Fla.; daughter, Pepper Puckett Thomas, Jefferson; sisters, Joan Roach, Spartanburg, S.C., and Patti Aver, Frostberg, Md.; and one grandchild, Christian Michael Brooks.
Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Attn: ADA Web, P.O. Box 1833, Merrifield, VA 22116, The National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, Suite 1100, New York, NY 10016, or to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Suite A, Bogart, GA 30622.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004

William R. Kay
William Russell Kay, 89, of Athens, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004.
A native of Oglethorpe County and a resident of Clarke County for over 83 years, Mr. Kay was the son of the late Ernest R. and Carrie Dunback Kay.
He lived in the Athens area for most of his life, with the exception of three years during World War II, while he lived in the Panama Canal Zone and was employed by the Panama Canal. Mr. Kay was a member of the First Christian Church since 1939 and was a founding member of the BYKOTA (Be Ye Kind One To Another) Sunday School Class. He also served as deacon and elder for many years and he and his wife actively worked with the youth groups.
Mr. Kay retired as an engineer from the University of Georgia in 1982. During his life and into retirement, he enjoyed working with metal and wood. He hand crafted much of the furniture in his family’s c. 1840 home, and could fashion almost anything in metal or wood.
“Mr. Kay was loved for his quick wit and outgoing nature,” said family members. “He was a voracious reader and could converse on almost any topic.”
Mr. Kay was preceded in death by two sisters, Georgia Kay and Clara Kay Pendley, and two brothers, Kenneth Kay and Bill Kay.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the First Christian Church in Athens with the Revs. Patrick Chandler and Ray Austin and Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in the Galilee Christian Church Cemetery, Jefferson. Rick Kay, Michael Kay, Ray Grimmer, Henry Fite, Kevin Nash and Mike Cheek served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were elders and deacons of the First Christian Church and good friends, Mike Appling and Robert Lester.
Mr. Kay is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Melba White Kay; two sisters-in-law, Frances Kay, Athens, and Gladys Kay, Atlanta; a number of nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Hoke and Sara Nash and family.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 268 W. Dougherty Street, Athens, GA 30601.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004

Roger
D. Rylee
Roger Douglas Rylee, 49, of Maysville, died Thursday, May 13, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Rylee is survived by two brothers, Danny Rylee and Randy Rylee, both of Maysville; one sister, Kathy Rylee, Maysville; one niece, Cynthia Rylee; and two nephews, Randall Leverett and Matthew Rylee.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004

Montine M. Morgan
Mrs. Montine Murray Morgan, 86, of Winder, died Thursday, May 13, 2004, at Barrow Community Hospital following an extended illness.
Born February 13, 1919, in Franklin County, Mrs. Morgan was the daughter of the late Judge and Mandy Crump Murray.
She was a retired seamstress and a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Morgan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Steve Silvey and Minister Robin Self officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Billy Morgan, Jeff Morgan, Charles Murray, Roger Pritchett, Tris Smith and Kenneth Wade served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Morgan is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and Robin Self, Winder; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Anne Morgan, Anderson, S.C.; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Jefferson, to Galilee Christian Church or to Covenant Baptist Church, Anderson, S.C.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004

David P. Hall
David Preston Hall, 41, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, May 12, 2004, at his residence of a sudden illness.
Born in Barrow County on March 9, 1963, Mr. Hall was a son of Andrew Preston Hall, Athens, and Brenda Elrod McGee, Maysville.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hall is survived by a brother, Mark Lane Hall, Braselton; a sister, Natalie June Hall, New Orleans, La.; grandmothers, Marjorie Elrod, Jefferson, and Mrs. George B. Parham, Athens; and a faithful canine companion, Puck.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004

William D. Knudsen
William D. Knudsen, 51, of Athens, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a sudden illness.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in Lambert Cemetery, Marks, Miss.
Mr. Knudsen is survived by his wife, Rita M. Knudsen, of the home; and a son and daughter-in-law, David and Josette Knudsen, Nicholson.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004

Marguerite Clinton
Mrs. Marguerite Elizabeth Clinton, 80, of Athens, died Thursday, May 13, 2004.
A native of Mt. Airy, Mrs. Clinton was a daughter of the late Robert Ingram and Dollye Elizabeth Ponder.
She lived in this area for 47 years and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Mrs. Clinton retired from St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, in 1988 and was a member of Hebron Presbyterian Church, Commerce. She was a lifelong supporter of the University of Georgia.
Mrs. Clinton was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Clinton Sr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Gary West officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. Robbie Clinton, Tommy Clinton, Mark Clinton, Charlie Bowden, Ben Clinton, Carey Clinton and Russell Clinton served as pallbearers.
Survivors include seven children, Donald C. Clinton Sr., and wife, Mymie, Vidalia, Rocky (R.H.) Clinton Jr., and wife, Vicky, Lilburn, Barry Clinton, and wife, Patsy, Franklin, N.C., Toni Wooten, and husband, Rick, Fletcher, N.C., Larry Clinton, and wife, JoAnn, Loganville, Greg Clinton, and wife, Sun, Lawrenceville, and Mardee Clinton, Commerce; two sisters, Sheryl, and husband, Jay Toci, and Mary Evelyn Petrosky, all of Watkinsville; one brother, Bob (R.I. Jr.), and wife, Jo Thompson, Cleveland, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004

Maggie L. Pethel
Mrs. Maggie Lorraine Pethel, 83, of Talmo, died Monday, May 17, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County on June 9, 1920, Mrs. Pethel was a daughter of the late Thomas Robert and Julia Hulsey Tate.
She was a member of Talmo Baptist Church, where she retired as church custodian with 40 years of service.
Mrs. Pethel was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd “Zeke” Pethel, and two grandsons, Larry J. Pethel Jr. and Shane Wood.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Talmo Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Jenkins and Mark Spence officiating. Burial was in the Talmo Baptist Church Cemetery. Shannon Love, Tim Love, Edward Pethel, Keith Pethel, Randy Pethel, Tommy Pethel, Brandon Standridge, Brian Standridge and Jeremy Standridge served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three daughters, Demaris Love, Pendergrass, Pam Wilburn, Gainesville, and Gail Wildonger, Commerce; five sons, Charles Pethel and Eddie L. Pethel, both of Jefferson, Larry Pethel, Pendergrass, Roger Pethel, Athens, and Sammy Pethel, Talmo; one sister, Lillie Mae Ferguson, Commerce; two brothers, Howard Tate, Eastman, and Otis Tate, Nicholson; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004

George C. Gary
George Christopher Gary, 42, of Commerce, died Monday, May 17, 2004, at his residence.
Mr. Gary was born December 13, 1961, in Jackson County. He was the son of James and Ethel Pendergrass Gary, Commerce.
Mr. Gary was employed as a machinist.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Nicholson Fire Baptized Holiness Church with the Revs. Marty Smith and Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Gary is survived by his wife, Pamela Sellers Gary, Commerce; one son, James E. Gary, Garfield Heights, Ohio; one daughter, Shannon L. Morris, Athens; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004

Penny R. Gearing
Mrs. Penny Renee Gearing, 35, of Com-merce, died Friday, May 14, 2004, at her residence of a sudden illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Tom West officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Gearing is survived by her husband, Bobby Gearing Jr., of the home; one daughter, Faith Hope Gearing, of the home; her parents, John and Peggy Cooper, Texas; two brothers, Cliff Cooper, Texas, and Chris Cooper, Washington; and four sisters, Pat Brant, Susan Adams and Sharon Hale, all of Texas, and Debbie Day, Holbort, Okla.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 19, 2004


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