Jackson County Obituaries...

JUNE 30, 2004

Dr. Joe L. Griffeth
Dr. Joe L. Griffeth, prominent Commerce physician and community leader, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at his home in Commerce.
He was born in the Plainview area of Jackson County, son of the late Robert Howell and Lucile Hancock Griffeth. He graduated from Martin Institute, Jefferson, and North Georgia College, Dahlonega, where he served as cadet lieutenant-colonel. Dr. Griffeth served his country in the U.S. Army as technical sergeant with the 77th Infantry Division during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.
Following his discharge, he entered the University of Georgia and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in education. He remained a proud and enthusiastic University of Georgia alumnus. Dr. Griffeth served as principal of Commerce Grammar School for two years and earned his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia. Following an internship at Macon Hospital, Macon, and residency in surgery at Medical College of Georgia Hospitals, he began his medical practice in Commerce, serving the area for 42 years.
Dr. Griffeth was chief of the medical staff at BJC Hospital and Hospital Authority Chairman for many years and was active in the 9th District and state medical organizations. He achieved Board Certification in Family Practice and was a preceptor for Mercer University and the Medical College of Georgia where he assisted in the medical education of many medical students. He was the team doctor for the Commerce Tigers football program for decades. For his dedicated service, the Tigers honored Dr. Griffeth in September 2000 with a granite likeness placed at the field’s entrance.
The physician was a member of the Commerce First United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of the Board of Stewards for nine years. He served on the executive board of the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was devoted to the Kiwanis organization where he served over the years as local president, Georgia governor, International Trustee and International Vice President. He thoroughly enjoyed his friendships and service through Kiwanis, said family members. He was a member of Unity Masonry Lodge #36, and was a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner of Yaarah Temple. He served as a director of nBank Corporation for many years until his retirement.
“Dr. Joe loved his community. He considered it his privilege, and it certainly was his passion, to serve the families of the area,” said a family member. “He delivered over 3,400 babies and enjoyed taking care of patients of all ages.”
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 2, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce, with the Revs. David Bowen and Hoyt Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the Holly Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Dr. Griffeth is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann Thurmon Griffeth; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Carine Griffeth, Asheville, N.C., Dr. Jack and Barbara Griffeth, Gainesville, and Joe Jr. and Linda Griffeth, Davidson, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Jacline, Robert and Joanna, Will, Kirkley Ann and Jackson, Patrick and Daniel; and one sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Ray Bauerband, Jefferson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Joe L. Griffeth, M.D. Scholarship Fund, c/o the North Georgia Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1583, Gainesville, GA 30503, or to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 755, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Doris F. Gaines
Mrs. Doris Faye Queen Gaines, 46, of Nicholson, died Thursday, June 24, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Gaines was born in Habersham County on November 19, 1957. She was a daughter of the late Jack and Theodosia Purdy Queen.
Mrs. Gaines was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Antioch United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Coker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Gaines is survived by her husband, Gene Gaines, Nicholson; one son, Daniel Gaines, Columbus; one brother, David Queen, Dawsonville; four sisters, Delores Garrett and Debrel Moore, both of Athens, Drucilla Hall, Danielsville, and Diann Williams, Hull; one grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Fannie R. Beck
Mrs. Fannie Ruth Beck, 92, of Commerce, died Monday, June 28, 2004, at her residence of an extended illness.
Mrs. Beck was a daughter of the late William Parker and Margie Westbrooks Bennett, and the wife of the late Luther Beck. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia R. Crane.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Nails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Frances E. Fortson, Commerce; a son, Hoyt Beck, Homer; a sister, Geraldine Gardiner, Commerce; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

James D. Powers
James David Powers, 90, of Canon, died Thursday, June 24, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mr. Powers was born in Franklin County on June 24, 1914, a son of the late William F. and Lula Crowe Powers.
He was a retired farmer and a member of Riverside Baptist Church. Mr. Powers was preceded in death by his wife, Margie Leola Hart Powers, two grandsons, David Coile and Neal Powers, four brothers, Aubrey, Jessie, Moody and Durey Powers, and three sisters, Ila Hemphill, Susie Stone and Cora Singleton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Bill Avant and Roger Elrod officiating. Entombment was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, South. Terry Scoggins, Kenny Powers, Matt Human, Darrell Hart, Charles Crow, Thomas Crow, Greg Fleming and Sam Blalock served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons, Melvin Powers and Bobby Powers, both of Canon, and Mitchell Powers, Royston; four daughters, Florence Coile, JoAnn Bond and Betty Lord, all of Royston, and Helen Scoggins, Ila; two sisters, Rena Crow, Jefferson, and Reba Johnson, Hartwell; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Richard T. Purdy
Richard T. Purdy, 51, of Commerce, died Thursday, June 24, 2004, at a local hospital following a sudden illness.
Mr. Purdy was born September 23, 1952, in Fulton County. He was a son of Leonard Lee Purdy Sr., Commerce, and the late Vivian Clara Parker Purdy.
Mr. Purdy was employed as a stock room manager for K-Mart, with 33 years of service. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
In addition to his father, Mr. Purdy is survived by four brothers, Leonard Lee Purdy Jr., Douglas Dwayne Purdy and Larry Wayne Purdy, all of Commerce, and Johnny David Purdy, Flowery Branch.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Georgia P. Parson
Mrs. Georgia Pauline Craig Parson, 79, of Lula, died Friday, June 25, 2004, at Lanier Park Hospital.
Born October 8, 1924, in Banks County, Mrs. Parson was the daughter of the late Guy William and Mae Shumake Craig.
She retired from Carwood Manufacturing in Cornelia and was a singer. She was of the Holiness denomination.
Mrs. Parson was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Parson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 28, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dugar Strickland and Katie Franklin officiating. Burial was in the Hickory Flat United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lula.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Craig, Homer, and Ramon Parson, Lula; one daughter, Annette Parson, Lula; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Coy W. Pardue
Coy William Pardue, 83, of Cleveland, died Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Pardue was a native and lifelong resident of White County. He served with the United States Navy during World War II with the 25th Seabees Naval Construction Battalion. He was a retired builder and a member of Loudsville United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 25, at Loudsville United Methodist Church with the Revs. John Mann and John Heckman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Walter Pledger, Thomson; son and daughter-in-law, Wesley and Pat Pardue, Cleveland; brothers, Claud Pardue, Talmo, and Rufus Pardue, Commerce; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to United Hospice, c/o Alexander’s Gateway Chapel, P.O. Box 1514, Cleveland, GA 30528.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Billy J. White
Billy Joe White, 75, of Lexington, died Monday, June 28, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mr. White was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Willie White, Commerce.
“He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” said family members.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. David C. Carson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce. Mr. White’s grandsons, Michael White, Joshua McKie and Phillip Carson, and grandsons-in-law, Tommy Stanton, Michael Cook and Jim Foster, served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Shelton, Wes and Cass Stanton, Marvin Howard Jr. and Daniel Powell.
Mr. White is survived by his wife, Faye Dale White; daughters and sons-in-law, Thane and Jimmy McKie, Lexington, and Pam and the Rev. David Carson, Willow Springs, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Sandra White, Lexington; son, Jeff White, Roswell; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Charles “Bootsey” White; and sisters, Geraldine Toney, Virginia Standridge and Sarah Ann Daniels, all of Commerce.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004


Edward H.
Smith Sr.
Edward Harold Smith Sr., 70, of Lula, died Friday, June 25, 2004, at Lanier Park Hospital of an extended illness.
A member of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church, Mr. Smith was also a member of Phi Delta Masonic Lodge in Homer. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and was a Shriner.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Cameron officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Katie Smith, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Leah and Paul Wiltsie, Lula; a son, Edward H. (Hal) Smith, Miramichi, New Brunswick; and four grandchildren, Jennifer Wiltsie and Jessica Wiltsie, both of Lula, and Matthew Smith and Kenton Smith, both of Miramichi, New Brunswick.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

John S. Lord
John S. Lord, 53, of Newton, N.C., died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 24, 2004, at Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, N.C.
Born June 18, 1951, in Jackson County, Mr. Lord was a son of Betty Shirley Lord, Commerce, and the late Telford Lord.
He was the former owner of Papa’s Pizza in Mountain View, N.C., and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Hickory, N.C.
In addition to his father, Mr. Lord was preceded in death by a brother, Bert Lord.
A service of remembrance was held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27, in the chapel of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, N.C., with Bishop Chris Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the Conover City Cemetery. Jason Lord, Jacob Lord, John Williams, S.W. Williford, Wayne Fleming and John Pike served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife of 29 years, Louise Stant Lord, of the home; sister and brother-in-law, Marvalee and Billy Townsend, Marietta; brother and sister-in-law, Robin and Jean Lord, Commerce; and sister-in-law, Patty Lord, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.willisreynoldsfuneralhome.com.
Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Donald E. Williams
Donald Edward Williams, 65, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 27, 2004, following an extended illness.
Mr. Williams was born in Hall County on July 17, 1938. He was a son of the late Leonard Jasper Williams and the late Lena Merle Lancaster Williams.
Mr. Williams was a retired bus driver with the Jackson County Board of Education and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Howard Banks and Phil Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the Center Methodist Church Cemetery. Bill Clements, Ray Anderson, P.A. Underwood, Lamar Langston, Howard Merk and Leonard Ginn served as pallbearers.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Trisha Dianne Whiting Williams, Commerce; three daughters, Melinda Durkas, Gainesville, Gail Ebersole, Commerce, and Lynn Little, Jefferson; two sons, Chris Williams, Commerce, and Hubert Williams, Jefferson; two brothers, Douglas Williams, Talmo, and Terry Williams, Gainesville; his step-mother, Nell Williams, Gainesville; and seven grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Thomas L. Cheatham
Thomas Luther Cheatham, 78, of Bluffton, S.C., formerly of Commerce, died Monday, June 28, 2004.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Cheatham served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific on Iwo Jimo.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Sauls Chapel in Bluffton, S.C. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 2, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Cheatham is survived by his wife, Jessie Niver Cheatham, Bluffton, S.C.; sons, Steven T. Cheatham, Cumming, and Bill Cheatham, Bluffton, S.C.; daughter, Kathy Ann Cheatham, Bluffton, S.C.; brother, Charles Cheatham, Martinez; sisters, Elizabeth (Lib) Chastain, Commerce, and Kathryn Gray, Greenwood, S.C.; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of local arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Bonnie G. Phillips
Mrs. Bonnie Geneva Phillips, 75, of Winder, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004.
Mrs. Phillips was a daughter of the late Lucius and Almer Wilson Brewer.
She was a homemaker and a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Jerry Flanigan and Truman Humphries officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Phillips is survived by her husband, Ralph Phillips, Winder; daughter, Diane Phillips, Winder; daughter and son-in-law, Gail and David Shedd, Winder; brother, the Rev. Kenneth Brewer, Braselton; sisters, Ann Keith, Winder, Carol Keith, Braselton, and Betty Joe Sloan, Alto; two grandchildren, Holly Shedd and Justin Shedd; and two great-grandchildren, Joshua Shedd and Kelsie Shedd.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Judi H. Transue
Mrs. Judi Hoffman Transue, 56, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004.
Mrs. Transue was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Theodore Dwight and Helen Mailler Hoffman.
She was a homemaker.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 2, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.
Mrs. Transue is survived by her longtime companion, Robert Mitchell O’Shields, Jefferson; daughters, Candi Grisson, Jefferson, and Donnette Bowman, California; sons, Tommy Transue, Jefferson, and Theodore Transue, Oakwood; and eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Wayne T.
Bonnette
Wayne T. Bonnette, 64, of Commerce, died Wednesday, June 23, 2004.
A native of New Orleans, La., Mr. Bonnette was a resident of this area for over four years. He was the son of the late Milbon and Birdie Guillery Bonnette.
Mr. Bonnette was a veteran of the United States Navy and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Carl Beckman officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens.
Mr. Bonnette is survived by his wife, Louella T. Bonnette; step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Mary Giles and Patrick Kelley, Waggaman, La.; step-sons and step-daughters-in-law, Tommy and Lynne Giles, Hull, and Johnny and Deneen Giles, Comer; grandchildren, Jonathan Giles, Crystal Kelley, David William Giles, Michael Giles, Melinda Giles, Matthew Giles and Mitchell Giles; step-grandchildren, Melissa Gordon, Patrick Kelley Jr. and Michael Kelley; and great-grandchildren, Christopher Kelley and Darren Kelley.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Crawford Watson
Crawford Watson, 58, of Jefferson, died Saturday, June 26, 2004.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at Maxey Hill Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include six children, Sandra Wiley and Kenneth Watson, both of Statham, Shelia Shields, Monethea Wells and Sapata Watson, all of Jefferson, and Stephone Lester, Pontiac, Mich.; four brothers, Bobby Watson, Charlie Watson, Billy Watson and Robert Watson, all of Jefferson; and 12 grandchildren.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Garnett H. Patton
Garnett Homer Patton, 82, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Patton was born in Franklin County on December 4, 1922. He was a son of the late J.M. Patton and Mary Euline Whitsel Patton.
Mr. Patton retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Cannon Patton, and three sons, James, Junior and Wayne Patton.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 1, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial will be in the Talmo Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Jean Patton, Pendergrass, and Judy Patton, Maysville; one son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Barbara Patton, Jefferson; two sisters, Betty Davis and Polly Patton, both of Pendergrass; one brother, Bobby Patton, Gainesville; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Charlie F. Tiller
Mrs. Charlie Faye Tiller, 55, of Hull, died Sunday, June 27, 2004.
A native of Perry, Tenn., Mrs. Tiller was the daughter of the late Charlie Franklin and Gussie Mae Turner Carroll.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Billy Fowler officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Tiller is survived by her husband, Lewis Tiller; two daughters, Sheryl Moore and Renee Toole, both of Hull; one son, Roger Dale Tiller, Hyrom; one brother, Paul Carroll, Tennessee; and four grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Karen Gerbovaz
Karen Gerbovaz, 58, of Danielsville, died Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at her residence.
Mrs. Gerbovaz was a daughter of Sylvia Girardi Brown and the late Marshall Brown.
She was employed as a radiology technician and was a member of the U.G.A. Catholic Center.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 28, at the U.G.A. Catholic Center.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Gerbovaz is survived by her husband, Jay Gerbovaz; daughter, Sylvia J. Gerbovaz, Atlanta; son, Jay Allan Gerbovaz, Atlanta; brothers, John, Charlie and Jimmy Brown; and sisters, Burnedette Miton and Kathleen McBride.
Donations may be made to the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support; Athens Regional Medical Center, 1199 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30606; or to OASIS, a Hispanic Support Group, c/o Hand Maids of Sacred Heart, 1465 Hwy. 29 N., Lot G21, Athens, GA 30601.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Edward C. Lewis
Edward Calvin Lewis, 76, of Bogart, a retired painter, died Saturday, June 26, 2004.
Born in Franklin, N.C., Mr. Lewis was the son of the late G.W. and Dana Royal Lewis. He was the husband of the late Martha Jacqueline Duncan.
Services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Lewis is survived by a daughter, Jackie Belinda Jakubowicz, Bogart; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, has charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004

Joe Harwell Jr.
Joe Harwell Jr., of Winder, died Friday, June 25, 2004.
Born in Clarke County, Mr. Harwell was a son of Frances G. Harwell and the late Joe C. Harwell Sr.
He was a member of Union Baptist Church and Davidson Lodge. Mr. Harwell was also a member of the Historical Society and the Georgia Surveyor Association.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 27, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with Dr. Ronald Hewitt and Charles Walden officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Harwell is survived by two sisters, Beth Nix and Jennie Mitchell, both of Winder; one brother, Chris Harwell, Winder; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or to The Lighthouse for the Blind.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 30, 2004


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