Jackson County Obituaries...

MAY 26, 2004

Mary F. Damons
Mrs. Mary Francis Starks Damons, 61, of Jefferson, died Monday, May 24, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in the chapel of Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson.
Mrs. Damons is survived by her husband, Freddie Gene Damons Sr.; three daughters, Ladena Tate and Sabrina Damons, both of Jefferson, and Sarah Damons, Athens; five sons, Freddie Damons Jr., Harry L. Damons, Danny Damons, Daniel Damons and Eddie Gene Young, all of Jefferson; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Forestglen Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Vassie G. Stewart
Mrs. Vassie Garrett Stewart, 89, of the Apple Valley Community, Jackson County, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Stewart was born in the Apple Valley Community, where she lived all of her life. She was a daughter of the late John Henry and Lou Gooch Garrett. She was the widow of the late James Milton Stewart, her husband of 55 years.
Mrs. Stewart, known as “MeMommy Stewart” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was a devoted wife, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a source of strength and support for her family and a generous and valued friend to many in her community, it was stated.
Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by five siblings, Viola Garrett Smith, Vester Garrett, Vennie Garrett, Virgil Garrett and Victory Garrett.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, at Apple Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Smiley officiating.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by her only child, Wilmon Woodrow Stewart, and daughter-in-law, Lynda Truluck Stewart, Gainesville; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Paige Stewart Green, Tallahassee, Fla., and Todd Woodrow Stewart, Atlanta; two great-grandchildren, Jack Wilmon Green and Elizabeth Garrett Green, Tallahassee, Fla.; and two sisters, Vera Garrett Smith, Commerce, and Veatrice Garrett Biddle, Atlanta.
Memorial contributions may be made to Apple Valley Baptist Church, Hwy. 15, Commerce, GA 30529, or to the Medical Center Foundation, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 115, Gainesville, GA 30501-9841.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

William T. Waldroup
William Timothy Waldroup, 34, of Com-merce, died Saturday, May 22, 2004.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Mr. Waldroup is survived by his parents, William Howard and Violet Kay Waldroup, Commerce; son, Timothy Lance Chambers, Danielsville; daughters, Haley Taylor Waldroup and Hayden Aleia Waldroup, both of Commerce; sisters, Robin Angel and Penny Roaden, both of Commerce; and nephews, Wesley and Jeremy Angel and Ryan and Jason Muse.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Arthur A. Greene
Arthur Allen Greene, 68, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, May 19, 2004.
Mr. Greene was born October 11, 1935, in Midville, the son of the late J.D. Greene and the late Georgia Finerty Greene.
Mr. Greene was a retired insurance salesman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helene Vandervelde Greene.
Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, May 22, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Alex Moon officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mr. Greene is survived by his son, Kenneth Greene, Monroe; and two grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Guynelle Adams
Mrs. Guynelle Barrett Adams, of Wildwood, formerly of Madison County, died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at her home.
Mrs. Adams was born in Madison County on August 23, 1923, a daughter of the late Guy and Ida Brown Barrett.
She was a machine operator and was a member of Community Baptist Church. Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her husband, Hope J. Adams, and a sister, Dorothy Seymour.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Phil Parks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryal Whipple, Wildwood, and Denise White, Balley Head, Ala.; one brother, Roger Barrett, Hull; three sisters, Magolene Hardy and Pat Purcell, both of Commerce, and Joyce Scoggins, Flowery Branch; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family is at their respective homes and will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Ruby V. Howard
Mrs. Ruby Varnum Howard, 91, formerly of Jefferson and Augusta, died in Riverdale on Saturday, May 22, 2004.
A memorial graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at the English family plot in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Mrs. Howard is survived by nieces, Shirley A. Phillips, McDonough, and Doris Allen, Columbia, S.C.; and niece and nephew-in-law, Audrey and Bill Leggett, Nicholson.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Nicole D. Baird
Ms. Nicole Deverie Baird, 41, of Bowman, died Monday, May 24, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Ms. Baird was a daughter of Doug Baird Sr., Lavonia, and the late Delorese Nunn Baird.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating.
In addition to her father, Ms. Baird is survived by a son, Nicholas McElreath, Bowman; daughter, Tiffany McElreath, Bowman; step-son, Frankie McElreath, Waycross; brother, Thomas D. Baird Jr., Commerce; sisters, Dawn Baird Chandler, Danielsville, and Danyelle Baird Shropshire, Clarkesville; and three grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004


Hughlon L.
‘Bud’ Culpepper
Hughlon Lee “Bud” Culpepper, 76, of Commerce, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hos-pital, Athens, of an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Bradley Duncan and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Culpepper is survived by his wife, Florella Culpepper, of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Linda Culpepper, Commerce; one brother, Ed Culpepper, Commerce; two sisters, Willard Denham and Belle Murray, both of Commerce; two grandchildren and their spouses, Stacy and Lisa Culpepper and Latricia and Norman Banks; and two great-grandchildren, Ethen and Colton Banks.
The family is at the residence of Stacy Culpepper, 144 Culpepper Road, Commerce, and will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Penny R. Gearing
Mrs. Penny Renee Gearing, 35, of Commerce, 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.; one daughter, Faith Hope Gearing, Commerce; step-mother, Peggy Cooper, Hobart, Okla.; four sisters, Pat Brandt, Willis, Texas, Sharon Hall, Bastrop, Texas, Debbie Day, Hobart, Okla., and Susan Adams, Conroe, Texas; and two brothers, John Clifton Cooper, Gonzales, Texas, and Chris Cooper, Washington. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, John E. Cooper and Juanita Sue Cooper.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Betty Jo Wood
Mrs. Betty Jo Sorrow Wood, 73, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, at her residence.
Mrs. Wood was born March 31, 1931, to the late Hope and Erma Holcomb Sorrow, in Jackson County.
She retired from Hardee’s and was a member of Berea Baptist Church, Commerce.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, in the Berea Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Don Blalock officiating.
Mrs. Wood is survived by her husband, Phillip Wood, Commerce; two daughters, Debbie Byrd and Phyllis Chandler, both of Commerce; one brother, Hayward Sorrow, Commerce; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Shirley A. Brown
Mrs. Shirley Ann Brown, of Jefferson, died Saturday, May 15, 2004.
Mrs. Brown was born November 7, 1962, in Georgia, the daughter of the late Hoke and Patricia Downs.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kristy Deanne Brown.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the First Apostolic of Oconee County.
Survivors include a daughter, Brandy Michelle Brown, Jefferson; a brother, Brandon Allen Downs, Newton; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of other family members and friends.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Margaret
E. Haynes
Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Haynes, 69, of Commerce, died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at her residence of an extended illness.
Mrs. Haynes was a daughter of Clyde Parr, Commerce, and the late Inez James Parr.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 24, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Junior Sosbee and Larry Dyer officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
In addition to her father, Mrs. Haynes is survived by her husband, Harold “Pete” Haynes, of the home; brother, Harold Parr, Commerce; sister, Mae Carlan, Homer; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Mary Jo Mealor
Mrs. Mary Jo Hopkins Mealor, 68, of Commerce, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004.
Born September 10, 1935, in Worcester County, Md., Mrs. Mealor was the daughter of the late Joseph H. and Mary Robison Hopkins.
She was a homemaker and a member of Sandy Plains Baptist Church, Marietta.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens, Winder.
Mrs. Mealor is survived by her husband, Johnny Mealor, Commerce; one son, John David Mealor, Canton; three daughters, Donna Guess, Kennesaw, Wanda Kaye Middlebrook, Polk City, Fla., and Gaye Norvell, Marietta; two brothers, Bob Hopkins, Lilburn, and Gene Hopkins, Winder; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Geneva F. Haynie
Mrs. Geneva Flanagan Haynie, Lt. Col. A.N.C. RET., 90, of Winder, died Monday, May 24, 2004.
Born in Bogart on July 26, 1913, Mrs. Haynie was the daughter of the late Warren and Jennie Flanagan. She spent most of her childhood living with her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Wilson, Winder, where she graduated from Winder High School.
Mrs. Haynie graduated from Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Atlanta. Following graduation, she moved to Miami, Fla., and accepted a job in the operating room at Jackson Memorial Hospital. In 1937, she left Miami to marry her husband, James Chandos Haynie, Manchester.
During World War II and after the death of her husband, Mrs. Haynie was on the nursing staff at Warm Springs Foundation, founded by President Roosevelt, until she joined the Army Nurse Corps. Upon completing her Officer’s Basic Course, Mrs. Haynie was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., where she served on the Officer’s Orthopedic Suite and on special assignments in the Presidential Suite. After a tour of duty in Europe, she separated from active duty and joined the Army Reserves. She was on the nursing staff at the V.A. Hospital in Miami for a number of years until she retired in 1973.
Mrs. Haynie moved to her townhome in Miami Lakes where she was an active member of Miami Lakes United Methodist Church and civic organizations. She was a life member of the Reserve Officers Association.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Scott Haynie.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 27, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jim Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Patricia Haynie, Conyers; grandson, Chandos Haynie, Conyers; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Flanagan, Winder; three nieces, two nephews and several cousins.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004

Sandra L. Maney
Mrs. Sandra Lee Maney, 63, of Commerce, died Tuesday, May 25, 2004, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Maney was a daughter of Mack Carter, Athens, and the late Grace Dixon Carter.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 28, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Johnny Ray officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to her father, Mrs. Maney is survived by a son, Michael Brackett, Lithia Springs; daughters, Shelia Coile, Nicholson, Karen Brackett, Aurora, Colo., and Angela Budreau, Marietta; sister, Kathy Thompson, Commerce; and 13 grandchildren.
The family is at the residence of Kathy Thompson, 34 Woodland Circle, and 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, May 26, 2004

Mary F. Whitlock
Mrs. Mary Frances Whitlock, 82, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Whitlock was born in Jackson County on March 28, 1922. She was the daughter of the late George W. Pinion and Mary Alice Pinson Pinion.
She was a retired seamstress with Wilkins Industries and was a member of Oconee Baptist Church.
Mrs. Whitlock was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Whitlock.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at Oconee Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Prater and Don Blalock and Andy Edwards officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with the Rev. Kevin Page officiating. Chad Cheatham, Mark Edwards, Caleb Edwards, David Morrison, Darrell Tullis, James Pinion, George Pinion, Sammy Smith, Doug Pinion, Bryan Bullock and Tim Rogers will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include three daughters, Ann Morrison, Mary Edwards and Martha Tullis, all of Jefferson; one son, Jimmy Whitlock, Jefferson; one brother, Charlie Pinion, Jefferson; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her care taker, Cindy Turpin, Homer.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, May 26, 2004


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