Jackson County Obituaries...

JUNE 16, 2004

Gennie F. Martin
Mrs. Gennie Faye Martin, 51, of Nicholson, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a sudden illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, at Emanuel United Pentecostal Holiness Church, Nicholson, with the Rev. Jerry Wheeler officiating. Burial was in Maxwell Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband, Charles Martin, of the home; her mother, Minnie Mae Gee Slater, Commerce; son, William Martin, Nicholson; daughter, Amanda Faye Martin, Gainesville; brothers, Johnny Slater, Clifford Slater and Willie Slater, all of Commerce; and sisters, Dorothy Kitchens, Hull, and Barbara McEver, Minnie Lou Carroll and Gertrude McDaniel, all of Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Ruth Howington
Miss Ruth Howington, 88, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Miss Howington was born April 13, 1916, in Jackson County. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Dora Tolbert Howington.
Miss Howington retired from Commerce Sportswear and was a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church. She also attended Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church. Miss Howington was the last immediate survivor of her family.
“She was a beloved aunt, loved by her nieces and nephews and all who knew her,” it was stated.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Curtis Greene officiating. Burial was in the Cabin Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Miss Howington is survived by 25 nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

William
‘Bill’ Moore
William “Bill” Moore, 80, of Jefferson, formerly of Atlanta, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004, at his residence after a sudden illness.
Mr. Moore was born March 15, 1924, in Fulton County. He was the son of the late Arthur and Gloria Dixie Pitts Moore.
A veteran of the United States Army, Mr. Moore served during World War II. He was a printer, and later worked as a security officer. He was a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson.
Mr. Moore was preceded in death by two daughters, Darlene Luke and Deborah Bodiford.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Galilee Christian Church with Minister Tom Plank officiating.
Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Nellie Jo Moore, Jefferson; a daughter, Cheryl Johnson, Jefferson; and a grandson, Sean Robert Johnson.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Van Replacement Fund, P.O. Box 873, Oakwood, GA 30566.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Kay A. Page
Mrs. Kay Arnold Page, 51, of Athens, died Friday, June 11, 2004.
Born in Jackson County on March 5, 1953, Mrs. Page was the daughter of the late Clyde and Elizabeth Potts Arnold.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. William Whitfield officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Page is survived by her husband, Dwight Page, Athens; one son, Travis Page, Athens; two daughters, Tiffany Barnett and Terri Dalton, both of Athens; three brothers, Frankie Arnold, Hope Arnold and James Arnold, all of Athens; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Dr. Dennis McWilliams
Dr. Dennis McWilliams, 51, of Eatonton, formerly of Commerce, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at his residence of a sudden illness.
Dr. McWilliams was a member of Commerce First Baptist Church, where he served as organist for 26 years. He was superintendent of the Putnam County School System and was past assistant superintendent of Commerce City Schools. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club, Eatonton.
Dr. McWilliams received his doctorate from the University of Georgia.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 13, at Commerce First Baptist Church with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Dr. McWilliams is survived by his wife, Beth S. McWilliams, of the home; his mother, Nettie Mae McWilliams, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Kiah and Ruth McWilliams, Hamilton; daughter and son-in-law, Holley and Jason Mullis, Commerce; and grandchildren, Sean Mullis, Erik Mullis and Dylan McWilliams.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Richard A.
Spinks Sr.
Richard Autry Spinks Sr., 65, of Jefferson, died Saturday, June 12, 2004.
Mr. Spinks was born in Cobb County, a son of the late Harvey Hoyt and Myrtice Westbrooks Spinks. He was preceded in death by his wife, Inez Phillips Spinks.
Mr. Spinks was retired from Union Camp Corporation.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Terry Hagwood officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Lawrenceville. R.J. Jones, John Darling, Kenneth Peppers, Charles Peppers, Jason Phillips and Larry Caughman served as pallbearers.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Brady Eric Spinks and Linda, and Richard Autry Spinks Jr. and Dawn, all of Jefferson, and Robert Frank Spinks and Kelly, Loganville; sisters, Katherine Kanigge, Minnesota, and Alma Deaton, Tucker; brothers, Roy Lee Spinks, Atlanta, and Harvey Houston Spinks, Newnan; five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Ruby Hill
Mrs. Ruby Lankford Hill, 92, of the Brown Memorial Convalescent Center, Royston, formerly of Danielsville, died Friday, June 11, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Hill was born in Madison County on March 24, 1912. She was a daughter of the late Arthur Lee and Mary Jean Bennett Lankford.
She was a homemaker and a member of Franklin Springs Baptist Church. She also attended New Hope Worship Center.
Mrs. Hill was preceded in death by her husband, Tyrus Clifford (T.C.) Hill, a granddaughter, LeAnne Carey, a brother, Charlie Lankford, and two sisters, Gennie Sheridan and Georgia Hill.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 12, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the Franklin Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Faye and Mitchell Carey, Danielsville; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, DiAnne C. and Billie J. Tribble, Nicholson; great-granddaughters, Bonnie and Kerri Stith, Danielsville; sister, Dessie Hill, Royston; and 11 nieces and nine nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004


Ralph Waldroup
Ralph Waldroup, 84, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at his residence.
Born May 25, 1920, in Jackson County, Mr. Waldroup was the son of the late Sam and Cors Chastain Waldroup.
Mr. Waldroup retired from Harmony Grove Mill.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Christine Wood Waldroup.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Lonnie Bennett, Tim Garrett and Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Waldroup and Mike Waldroup, both of Ila; one daughter, JoAnn “Jody” Scoggins, Ila; one sister, Katie Mae Wilson, Charleston, S.C.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Mary S. Guffin
Mrs. Mary Syble Guffin, 68, of Winder, died Monday, June 7, 2004.
Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Guffin was a daughter of the late Howard J. and Rosa Mae Deaton Borders. She was the wife of the late Billy Guffin.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, in Smith’s Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Randal and Kay Guffin and Ronald and Robin Guffin, all of Winder; brothers, Tillman Borders, Villa Rica, Bobby Borders, Jefferson, and Paul Borders, Winder; sisters, Peggy Cochling, Buford, and Frances Casper, Bethlehem; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Earl Cade
Earl Cade, of Oakwood, died Saturday, June 5, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Lanier Park Campus, Gainesville.
Mr. Cade was born on February 6, to Robert and Alice Cade in Kokomo, Ind. He was raised on the family farm, where he learned of his early love of animals. Farming a large portion on the family farm, he learned to love and appreciate the land.
Mr. Cade graduated from Kokomo High School in 1954, having been very active in athletics. He went on to receive a degree in engineering from Indiana University. While in Kokomo, Mr. Cade worked as an industrial engineer at Satellite for many years. Then, he started a business he loved called Cades Sporting Goods. He was active in sports, playing basketball, and he also helped establish the slow-pitch softball league in Kokomo.
Mr. Cade later moved to Gainesville, where he met and married his wife. They established The Gainesville Accounting Firm which they operated for 22 years.
“Earl loved to hunt,” said family members. “The deer that he killed were donated to help feed the less fortunate. There will be a great void in the hearts that knew him as a husband, daddy, grandfather and great-grandfather.”
Mr. Cade was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kelly Hight, and a special aunt, Alta Bell.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Fred Wilson, Larry Buffington and Mike Palmer officiating. Burial was in New Holland Cemetery.
Mr. Cade is survived by his wife of 25 years, Gwen Cade, Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Jack Hight, Galveston, Ind., and Tammy and Pat Crumley, Kokomo, Ind.; sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Darla Cade, Kokomo, Ind., and Tracy and Jinni Gooch, Jefferson; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Marvin Highfield
Marvin Highfield, 60, of Winder, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, Mr. Highfield was a son of the late Ben and Marion Porter Highfield.
He was self-employed in underground utilities.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 17, in Smith’s Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Gordon Thornton officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Highfield is survived by his wife, Lynda Conner Highfield, Statham; son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Lisa Everett, Montgomery, Ala.; daughter and son-in-law, Katy and Van Cooper, Statham; grandchildren, Conner Cooper, Josh Everett and Heather Pritchett; brothers, Horace Highfield, Statham, Tony Highfield, Bishop, Benny Highfield, Lithonia, William Highfield and Lamar Highfield, both of Commerce, and Dennis Highfield, Athens; and sister, Sally Wood, Jefferson.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Sandra E. Jacobs
Sandra Elaine Jacobs, 51, of Talmo, died suddenly on Monday, June 14, 2004.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford.

Kay G. Bauerband
Mrs. Kay Gentry Bauerband, 43, of Gainesville, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, after a long bout with breast cancer.
Mrs. Bauerband was a 1979 graduate of Warner Robins High School. After two years at the University of Georgia, she went to the Medical College of Georgia, where she received degrees in dental hygiene and nursing.
“Despite her illness, Kay was an avid tennis player and exercise enthusiast, as well as being a loving wife and homemaker,” said family members.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Gainesville. Burial will follow in the Holly Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jackson County.
Mrs. Bauerband is survived by her husband, Dr. James Bauerband, Gainesville; three daughters, Joy, Caroline and Hallie, all of Gainesville; her mother, Mary Gentry, Gainesville; and one brother, the Rev. C. Ray Gentry, Lawrenceville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westminster Christian School or to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1397 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Marguerite Parks Nix
Marguerite Parks Nix, age 91, died June 12, 2004, at BJC Medical Center Nursing Facility. She was born on March 31, 1913, in Gainesville, Georgia.
She was the daughter of Edward Thomas “Ned” Parks, Sr. and Era Blanche Bird, of Gainesville, and the great-great-granddaughter of Benjamin Parks, of Dahlonega Gold Rush fame. Mrs. Nix was also a survivor of the 1936 Gainesville tornado.
Mrs. Nix was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, J. Nelson Nix, and her brothers, Edward, Jr. and Curtis, Sr., and sisters, Myrtle and Emma.
She is survived by a son, J. Nelson Nix, Jr., of Chicago, Illinois. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Curtis Parks, Sr., of Gainesville, and Mrs. Dillard Nix, of Augusta, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Nix had retired in 1971 from Commerce Public Schools where she is often remembered as a Fifth Grade teacher. She began her teaching career at Riverbend School in Gainesville and then Davis Academy in Banks County. A graduate of Breneau College, she also attended the University of Georgia and was certified to teach English, French and German languages. She had been active in the Retired Teachers Association.
Proud of her homemaking skills, she was well known for her baked goods. Mrs. Nix was a patriot who also served at home standing by the two men in her family through wartime military service. She also supported her husband in many years of political endeavors.
Mrs. Nix was a dedicated member of many years at the Commerce First Baptist Church, where she had served as church secretary and as Junior Department Sunday School teacher.
Funeral services were held at the Commerce First Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 15, at 11 a.m.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Connie F. Shumake
Mrs. Connie Ferguson Shumake, 92, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004.
Mrs. Shumake was born in Hall County, a daughter of the late Dowell Ferguson Sr. and Sally Bell Burke Ferguson.
She retired from Jefferson Mills and was a member of Academy Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Shumake was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Shumake, and three children, Clarence, Jack and Douglas Shumake.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Mark Spence and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. Tracy Shumake, Steve Shumake, Wayne Shumake, Lee Shumake, Eric Shumake, Douglas Shumake Jr., Jeff Shumake and Troy Shumake served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a daughter, Laura Shumake, Commerce; sons and daughters-in-law, Ned and Brenda Shumake and Nelson and Christa Shumake, all of Jefferson, and Danny and Nancy Shumake, Monroe; daughters-in-law, Peggy Shumake, Jefferson, and Sue Shumake, Grayson; sisters, Peggy Pilgrim, Woodstock, and Mae Bell Day, Monroe; 21 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Parks C. Gailey
Parks Carter Gailey, 89, of Commerce, died Monday, June 14, 2004.
Mr. Gailey was born August 10, 1914, in Jackson County, a son of the late Claude Hampton and Woodie Cathrine McDonald Gailey.
Mr. Gailey retired from Harmony Grove Mill and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Claudine Milford Gailey.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Verlin Reece officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Fleming Weaver, Gainesville; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Kimberly and Jonathan Ballew, Roswell; great-granddaughter, Sydney Ballew, Roswell; brother, Harold Gailey, Commerce; and sisters, Cathrine Thompson, Iva, S.C., and Inez Davis, Dunwoody.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mount Olive Baptist Church Building Fund, 190 Mt. Olive Church Road, Commerce, GA 30529.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004

Samuel
‘Sammy’ Martin
Samuel “Sammy” Martin, of North Carolina, formerly of Commerce, died Sunday, June 13, 2004.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Tina Willoughby Martin, Tampa, Fla.; his mother, Brenda Martin, Tampa Fla., formerly of Commerce; one son, Cory David Martin, Tampa, Fla.; five daughters, Maranda Leigh Martin, Angel Brooke Martin and Flossie Shayla Martin, all of Tampa, Fla., and Deanna Ochelle Laws and Melissa Renee Martin, both of Spindale, N.C.; one brother, Rodney Wade, Lula; one sister, Melissa Wade, Lula; and aunts, uncles, numerous cousins and friends.
No public visitation or viewing is planned.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 16, 2004


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