Jackson County Obituaries...

JUNE 23, 2004

Rev. Richard James
The Rev. Richard James, 47, of Jefferson, died Saturday, June 19, 2004.
The Rev. James was born June 7, 1957, a son of the Rev. Lewis and Mrs. Mary James, Griffin.
He was minister of Living Word Worship Center, Jefferson, for 14 years, where he orchestrated the construction of the new church building.
Funeral services were held at noon Tuesday, June 22, at Living Word Worship Center with the Revs. Ronald Wilson and Horace Martin officiating. A graveside service and burial followed at 4 p.m. in Oakhill Cemetery, Griffin, with the Revs. Tommy Powell and Lee Roberts officiating.
In addition to his parents, the Rev. James is survived by his wife, Jan Walraven James, Jefferson; daughter, Deanna Brooke James, Jefferson; son, Davis Richard James, Jefferson; sisters, Darlene Jones and Kathy Slade, both of Griffin; brother, Johnny James, Griffin; godbrother, Ernest Steve Melton, Griffin; and several nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to Living Word Worship Center, c/o Building Fund, P.O. Box 674, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Frances B. Pittman
Mrs. Frances Braddock Pittman, 90, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Pittman was born in Morganfield, Ky., the daughter of the late Charles and Stella King Braddock.
She was a retired registered nurse.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 24, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating.
Mrs. Pittman is survived by her husband, Guy Owen Pittman, Jefferson; and a number of nieces and nephews.
No visitation is planned.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Robert D. Sturdivant
Robert Deshon Sturdivant, 32, of Jefferson, died Monday, June 14, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Greater Barbers Creek Baptist Church, Statham. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Sturdivant is survived by his wife, Donna Hunter Sturdivant; his parents, Robert and Sarah Sturdivant, Atlanta; two children, Shadondra Sturdivant, Athens, and Deshonne Sturdivant, Atlanta; three step-children, Lastaica Damon, Johnathan Porter and Savannah Porter, all of Jefferson; two sisters, Kim Sturdivant and Sharon Mattox, both of Atlanta; three brothers, Tavarris Sturdivant, Gordon Mattox and William Mattox, all of Atlanta; and one step-grandson.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Rubye D. Holloway
Mrs. Rubye Doster Holloway, 94, of Winder, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Holloway was the daughter of the late David L. and Neta Hogan Doster. She was the wife of the late Charlie Holloway.
Mrs. Holloway was a member of Morningside Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 24, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. J.L. Yopp officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Holloway is survived by nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Cola S. Murphy
Mrs. Cola Sue Page Murphy, 60, of Pendergrass, died Monday, June 21, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Murphy was born in Cherokee County, a daughter of the late Thomas Bura and Lorie Kirby Page.
She was a homemaker and a member of Revival Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Cave Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry Hagwood, James “Pete” Page and Chad Rising officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Kevin Page, Terry Page, Michael Page, Alan Patton, Jason Patton, Edward Watts, Lonnie Patton and Bobby Murphy will serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Murphy is survived by her husband, Douglas Franklin Murphy, Pendergrass; daughter and son-in-law, Donna M. and Johnny Shook, Hoschton; sons, Ronnie F. Murphy, Larry Joe Murphy and Tony M. Murphy, all of Pendergrass; sister, Viola Johnson, Blackey, Ky.; brother, Winford F. Page, Pendergrass; and grandchildren, Suzanna Murphy and Joseph Murphy.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Lanelle W. Miller
Mrs. Lanelle Wilkes Miller, 82, of Jefferson, died Sunday, June 20, 2004, of an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Miller was the daughter of the late Herbert and Bertha Dowdy Wilkes. She was the wife of the late John A. Miller.
Mrs. Miller was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include a son, Chuck Miller, Jackson; and a brother, Harry Wilkes, Buford.
Memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 4659 Brockton Road, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Allie R. Myers
Mrs. Allie Ree Myers, 84, of Gainesville, died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Myers was a resident of Hall County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Luther W. and Mae Darnell Burton.
Mrs. Myers was a member of West Side Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Bunyon Myers, a son, Nathanael W. Myers, and a son-in-law, Ralph Howard.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Jerry Scott and J.L. Yopp Jr. officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Marie Howard, Gainesville; granddaughters and husbands, Pat and Wayne Delong, Gainesville, and Sherry and Jody Howell, Flowery Branch; granddaughters, Kim Johnson and Jenny Myers, both of Valdosta; grandson and wife, Frankie and Darlene West, Gainesville; daughter-in-law, Dianne Myers, Valdosta; special friend, Elly Brown, Gainesville; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, Ga.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Doris S. Wright
Mrs. Doris Scales Wright, of 74 Washington Street, Commerce, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at her residence of an extended illness.
Mrs. Wright was a daughter of the late Paul W. and Calla L. Scales.
She was a member of the Commerce First United Methodist Church, where she was a sponsor of the MYF.
Mrs. Wright graduated from Young Harris College and taught school at Hickory Flat School and Davis Academy. She later was proprietor of Wrights Ace Hardware and Gift Shop.
Mrs. Wright was preceded in death by three brothers, David F. Scales, Paul W. Scales Jr. and Peyton S. Scales, and one sister, Bess Scales Crawford.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Commerce First United Methodist Church with Dr. David Bowen and the Rev. Jim McLendon officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Wright is survived by her husband, William C. (Bill) Wright, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Frankie and Jay Cook, Athens; a daughter, Paulette Wright Arnold, Birmingham, Ala.; a sister, Eleanor Scales Whitfield, Commerce; four grandchildren, Lea Anne Wallace, Robert E. Arnold Jr., Aimee Forbus and Jay Wright Cook; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Leonard C. Sanders Jr.
Leonard Clarence Sanders Jr., 69, of Nicholson, died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Sanders was born May 13, 1935, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Leonard Clarence Sanders Sr. and Myrtle Farmer Sanders.
Mr. Sanders was a mechanic.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Antioch United Methodist Church with the Revs. Kelby Maxwell and Bobby Anthony and Dave Ladd officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Buffington Sanders, Nicholson; three sons, Brian Sanders and Jimmy Sanders, both of Nicholson, and Tim Sanders, Jefferson; three daughters, Deborah Harris, Commerce, Holly Sanders, Nicholson, and Vickie Watkins, Jefferson; three brothers, Charles Sanders, Pendergrass, Doug Sanders, Seattle, Wash., and Thomas Sanders, Nicholson; one sister, Mary Lou Barnett, Nicholson; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Anelle T. Nowell
Mrs. Anelle Turner Nowell, 87, of Commerce, died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, at St. Paul C.M.E. Church, Lexington.
Mrs. Nowell is survived by her husband, Cleve Nowell; and two step-daughters, Barbara Wood, Commerce, and Shelia Johnson, Athens.
Mason Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Jerry J. Brooks
Jerry J. Brooks, 70, of Norcross, died Monday, June 21, 2004.
Mr. Brooks was a native of Jackson County. He was a 1952 graduate of Reinhardt College and a 1958 graduate of the Atlanta Law School.
Mr. Brooks retired in 1988 as a mortgage banker for the Federal Reserve Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and had been a very active genealogist since his retirement. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Atlanta.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in the Lilburn/Tucker Chapel of Bill Head Funeral Home.
Mr. Brooks is survived by his wife, Patsy Brooks, Norcross; son, John Alan Brooks, Roswell; daughters, Lynn Brooks Graham, Woodstock, and Pamela Brooks Baldwin, Bethlehem; grandchildren, Heather Lasseter, Chelsea Baldwin, Hunter Baldwin and Rebecca Graham; brother, Talmadge Brooks, Winder; and sister, Jeanette Smith, Commerce.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Scholarship Fund of Reinhardt College in memory of Mr. Brooks.
The family will receive friends following the service Saturday at Bill Head Funeral Home.
Bill Head Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Rea Harris
Mrs. Rea McConnell Harris, 99, of Carlton, died Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Brown Convalescent Center in Royston.
Born March 22, 1905, in Franklin County, Mrs. Harris was a daughter of the late John F. and Ophelia Stevenson McConnell.
Mrs. Harris was a retired high school teacher, having taught in the Madison and Walton County School Systems, and was a member of Carlton Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Harris, and three brothers, Roger McConnell, Eugene McConnell and David Mack McConnell.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Bill Stacey officiating. Burial was in Carlton Cemetery.
Survivors include a step-daughter, Frances Kelly, Elberton; sisters, Mary M. Sewell, Carnesville, and Helen M. Smith, Jefferson; and several nieces and nephews.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Hazel V. Epps
Mrs. Hazel V. Epps, 81, of Danielsville, died Thursday, June 17, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 20, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Epps is survived by a daughter, Gwennell Epps Lerch, Danielsville; sons, Charles Edward Epps, Athens, and Aubrey Lee Epps, Danielsville; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

Hilda V. Ware
Miss Hilda Vann Ware, 77, of Statham, died Wednesday, June 16, 2004.
Born in Statham, Miss Ware was a daughter of the late Paul V. and Mattie Burson Ware.
She retired from the banking industry and was of the Methodist denomination. Miss Ware was preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Clarke and Sarah Irwin.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 18, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder. Burial was in Statham Cemetery.
Miss Ware is survived by grandchildren, Michael Scott and Angie Taylor, Dallas, and J. Barry Taylor, Atlanta; and great-grandchild, Brooke Nicole Taylor, Dallas.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004

‘Boy Red’ McCannon
Lamar “Boy Red” McCannon, 69, of Carlton, died Monday, June 21, 2004.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. McCannon was the son of the late Alvin Lewis and Jimmie Mae Goode McCannon.
He retired from Mize Granite Company and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Chester Hall and Glenn Guest officiating. Burial was in the Carlton Cemetery. Doug Sorrow, Jake Amason, Wayne Sorrow, Mike Leadley, Mike Watkins, Gary Sisk and John Sisk served as pallbearers.
Mr. McCannon is survived by his wife, Sybil Sisk McCannon; daughter, Mary Teresa McElhannon, Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Robert Culbertson, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, David and Elizabeth McCannon, Carlton; sister-in-law, Grace McCannon, Aberdeen, Md.; grandchildren, Sheri and Philip Guest, Matthew McCannon and Andy McCannon, all of Carlton, Bethany Culbertson and Jeremy Scarborough, both of Danielsville, and Shannon Hardeman, Travis McElhannon and Amber McElhannon, all of Clarkesville; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 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 Ministers Tom Plank and Kevin Page officiating.
Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Nellie Jo Moore, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Eddie Johnson, Jefferson; and grandson, Sean Robert Johnson, Jefferson.
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 23, 2004

Lonnie R. Elrod
Lonnie Randall Elrod, 52, of Hull, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Elrod was a son of Emma Greene Elrod, Hull, and the late Lonnie Fred Elrod.
He was employed with Power Partners Services, was a charter member of Hull Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of Hull Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Hull Baptist Church with the Revs. Randy Crowe and Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Curtis Anderson, Buddy Logan, Billy Barnett, Marvin Wooten, Sammy Jones, Brad Ward and Frankie Cleveland served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Homer Bagwell, Earl Wilkins, Robert Bagwell and employees of Power Partners.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Elrod is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward and Pat Elrod and David and Barbara Elrod; and nieces, Angela and Amy Elrod, both of Charlotte, N.C., and Melanie and Melissa Elrod, both of Hull.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 23, 2004


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