Jackson County Obituaries...

JULY 21, 2004

Roy Roberts
Roy Roberts, 62, Canon, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at the Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens.
Born February 2, 1942 in Franklin County, he was a son of the late Frank and Gladys Cheek Roberts. He was retired from Tenneco Automotive of Hartwell.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Roberts; son and daughter-in-law, Frankie and Susan Roberts, Canon; two daughters and a son-in-law, Tracy Roberts, Lavonia, and Kris and Kenneth Carle, Royston; brother, Ray Roberts, Toccoa; sister, Faye Chatham, Jefferson; and four grandchildren, Dawn Roberts, Dale Roberts, Danielle Carle and Justin Carle.
The funeral was Saturday, July 17, 2004, at the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home with pastors Johnny Stowe and Ron Jackson officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens North.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004

Johnnie McClure
Mrs. Johnnie Mae Downs McClure, 90, Athens, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at Grandview Care Center.
She was born August 28, 1913, in Forsyth County, the daughter of the late Mary Jane Pruitt and Bert Downs. Her husband, Albert Lawrence Taylor, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughters, Betty Deaton, Pendergrass, and Kay Green, Lawrenceville, and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Little-Ward Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Essie Payne
Mrs. Essie Hollis Payne, 88, Jefferson, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Payne was born in Oglethorpe County and retired from Jefferson Mills after nearly 50 years of service. Mrs. Payne was a member of Victory Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Payne; son Gary David “Skeets” Aaron; sisters Willa Mae McGee and Emmer T. Anderson; brothers L.J. Hollis and Paul Hollis.
Survivors include a son, Clarence Aaron Jr., Jefferson; sister, Lessie Gilstrap, Conyers; five grandchildren, Kaye Looney, David Wayne Aaron, Jackie Lynn Aaron, Clarence Kevin Aaron, and Skeeter Deann Aaron.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 17, 2004, from the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Swayne Cochran officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Sandra Rogers
Sandra Mae “Cindy” Anderson Rogers, 55, Hoschton, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Rogers was born in Cuyahoga, Ohio, May 9, 1949, the daughter of Captain Harry Axel Anderson and Louise Arlene Herman Anderson. She was an Assistant Manager of a natural food supplier. She attended Center United Methodist Church.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Glenn Anthony Rogers, Hoschton; four sons, Peter Eisel, Jupiter, Fla., Stephen Eisel, West Palm Beach, Fla., Brent Allen Rogers and Gregory Joseph Rogers, both of Jefferson; two sisters, Harriet Waller, Rochester, Mich., and Aruth Danio, Cleveland, Oh.; two brothers, Raymond Anderson, Stillwater, Min., and Rickard Anderson, Bowie, Md.; and a godson, Eric Anderson, Hammond, Wis.
Funeral services will be held at Center United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 24, 2004, at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Greg Dillard officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers make contributions to The Cindy Rogers Cancer Fund payable to Glenn Rogers, 55 Addison Lane, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Bernice Bryant
Mrs. Bernice Murphy Bryant, 87, died Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Grandview Care Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Garlin (Whitey) Bryant, and brothers, Albert Daniel Murphy Jr., Perry Lamar Murphy, and James Robert Murphy.
A native of Hoschton, Georgia, she was the daughter of Albert Daniel Murphy Sr. and Ella Mae Cronic Murphy. She was a member of Athens First Baptist Church where she was active in the Jenkins sunday school class and the Women’s Missionary Union for which she served as president for 14 years. She was also a member and past president of the Rose and Dahlia Garden Club.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Darrell Bryant, Watkinsville; two grandsons, James G. Bryant III, Hickory, N.C., and Bradley D. Bryant, Watkinsville; one great-grandson, Davis Scott Bryant, Hickory, N.C.; a sister, Alice Murphy Clark, Watkinsville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were July 17, 2004 at Athens First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jon Appleton officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Athens, 355 Pulaski Street, Athens, GA, 30601, or the Arthritis Foundation of Georgia, 1330 W. Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Rachel Webb
Mrs. Rachel Virginia “Ginny” Webb, 77, Jefferson, died Thursday, July 15, 2004. She was born in Jackson County on September 16, 1926, the only child of the late Jesse Brooks and the late Laura “Hoyt” Ramsey Brooks. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. She and her husband owned Owen Webb’s Snack Shack in Jefferson, where she worked for forty years.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, George Owen Webb, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Thelma Jo and Horace Stephens, Talmo, Sherry and Jim Webb, Dallas, Texas., and Phyllis and David Stancil, Gainesville; five grandchildren, Tiffany Wiley, Gainesville, Taff Stephens, Talmo, Kyle Stephens, Talmo, Stephanie Stancil, Gainesville, Laura Webb, Dallas, Texas; and one great-grandchild, Courtney Wiley, Gainesville.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, July 17, 2004, in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery, Pendergrass. The Revs. Hulon Hill and Johnny Ray officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Taff Stephens, Kyle Stephens, Scotty Webb and Steve Ellington.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Quentin Randolph
Dr. William Quentin Randolph, 83, Winder, died Thursday, July 15, 2004.
He was born in Barrow County to the late Evelyn and W.T. Randolph. Dr. Randolph attended medical school before serving in the Navy during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Emory University and Tulane University Medical School. He served in the Army Specialized Training Program while in medical school during World War II. He served two years, 1954-1956, during Korean War in the United States Navy, stationed one year in the Aleutian Islands and one in Charleston, S.C. He was honorably discharged with the rank of commander.
Dr. Randolph interned and served as a resident at Crawford W. Long Hospital. He established a private practice in Winder in 1945, which he maintained for more than 50 years. He served as the past chief of staff at Winder-Barrow Hospital. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Preceding him in death was his wife, Margaret Ann Randolph; a daughter, Margaret Ann Randolph; and two brothers, R.H. and John Randolph.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Ernest Smith, Winder; sister, Pat Russell, Winder; grandchildren, Scott Smith and Stephanie Jones, Winder, Stacie and Travis Conley, Flowery Branch; and great-grandchildren, Lauren Ally Conely, Gavin Jones and Grant Jones.
Funeral services were held July 17, 2004, at First Baptist Church, Winder, with the Dr. John Talley officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist church Building Fund.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Stanley R. Phillips
Mr. Stanley R. Phillips, 76, Winder, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Embracing Hospice in Snellville.
A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wynette Smith Phillips; his parents, Bud and Ada Tate Phillips; and his step-mother, Desma Phillips. Mr. Phillips was of the Baptist Faith and was a retiree of General Motors, where he served as the grounds superintendent.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Joe Watkins, Winder; brother Buddy Phillips, Hoschton; sister Syble Elliot, Riverdale; two grandchildren, Angie Humphries, Dacula, and Russell Watkins, Statham; and a great-granddaughter, Jillian Humphries, Dacula.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 19, 2004, from the chapel of Carter Funeral home with the Rev. James H. Williams officiating. Burial was at White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Terry Page officiating.
Memorials may be made to Embracing Hospice, 2160 Fountain Drive, Snellville, GA 30078.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Mary Licata
Mrs. Mary Licata, 96, Jefferson, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, of an extended illness.
Mrs. Licata was born in Starkeville, Colorado, the daughter of the late Bartolo and Josephine Ferranti Parivechio. Mrs. Licata was preceded in death by her husband Vincent “Jim” Licata and son-in-law, John Newton Lawson.
Survivors include one daughter, Anita Lawson, Jefferson; two sisters, Grace Avitabile, Lodi, N.J., and Josie Brown, California; a brother, Bill Parivechio, Marietta; six grandchildren, Suzanne Scogin, Jefferson, Jacqueline Carloss, Watkinsville, Janice Perry, Athens, Teresa Lawson Drake, Jefferson, Kelley E. Lawson, Florida, and Jonathan Ryan Lawson, Jefferson; eight great-grandchildren, Stacey Bearden, Jamie Scogin, Jenni Gooch, Chad and Coda Carloss, Jordan and Jackson Perry, and Terry Lynn Drake; and one great-great-grandchild, Allysa Gooch.
The time and date for memorial services will be announced at a later date. Burial services are to be held in New Jersey.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Doyle A. Smith
Mr. Doyle A. Smtih, 69, Winder, died Sunday July 18, 2004.
A native of Gwinnett County, and former Dacula resident, he was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Dove Smith and a son, Jeff Smith. He was a son of the late James L. and Lessie Mae Huff Smith. Mr. Smith was of the Baptist Denomination and was a retired residential contractor.
Survivors include children Tim Smith, Jefferson, Eddie Smith, Commerce, and Ted Smith, Dacula; brother Donald Smith, Loganville; sister, Elnora Garner, Norcross; and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Wednesday, July 21, 2004, from the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Fowler officiating. Burial was at White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

L.C. Smith Jr.
L.C. Smith Jr., 69, Auburn, died Sunday, July 18, 2004.
He was born in Jackson County, a son of Estelle Smith and the late Curtis Smith of Bethlehem. He married Margaret Smith, Auburn, who preceded him in death. Mr. Smith served in the Navy during the Korean War and was later a member of the VFW.
Survivors include daughters Sabra Lynn Hendrix, Durham, N.C., Diane Thornburg, Nicholson, and daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Joe Denard, Commerce; brothers Gene Smith, Cleveland, Jack Smith, Athens, Steve Smith, Winder, and Joe Smith, Lilburn; sisters Carolyn Harris and Barbara Smith, both of Bethlehem; sisters and brothers-in-law Martha and Raymond Louvin, Dacula, and Sara and Willard Haygood, Norcross; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at Smith Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Wood officiating. Burial was at Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Paul Whisanant
Paul Casey Whisanant, 16, Commerce, died Friday, July 16, 2004, at Athens Regional Hospital following a brief illness.
Survivors include his mother, Rhonda H. Whisanant; father and step-mother, Tim and Ann Whisanant, Wadley; two brothers, Daniel Reed Whisanant, Commerce, and Christopher Cody Whisanant, Wadley; two sisters, Gabriel Hope Whisanant, Commerce, and Adrianna Whisanant, Wadley; great-grandmother Fannie Lee Whisanant, Commerce; and grandparents Harold and Lois Whisanant, Arcade, and Ina and William Herron, Commerce.
Funeral services were Monday, July 19, 2004, from the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Mitchell Appleby and Steve Whisanant officiating. Burial was in Lebanon Church Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Carolyn Abernathy
Carolyn Wiley Abernathy, 49, Helen, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at her residence following a brief illness.
She was born in Jackson County, daughter of the late James and Thelma Dodd Wiley. She was a homemaker and a member of Dukes Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her daughter Christa Maria Abernathy; and a grandson.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Abernathy, Helen; daughters, Carrie Bolling and Cassie McArthur, both of Helen; sons, Roy Scott Abernathy, Cleveland, and Cale Lee Abernathy, Helen; brothers, Ed Wiley, Cleveland, Gerald Wiley and Jerry Wiley, both of Homer, and Buddy Wiley, Lula; sisters, Geneva Franklin, Cleveland, Bertha Murphy, Dahlonega, Maria Loggins, Demorest, and Katherine Fambro, Clermont; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were Sunday, July 18, 2004, at Dukes Creek Baptist Church, with the Revs. Brian Satterfield and Andy Caldwell officiating, Burial was in the church cemetery.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Gary Eberhart
Mr. Gary “Dean” Eberhart, 33, Lula, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004. He was born January 7, 1971 in Hall County and was in the construction business. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Edgar and Ila Eberhart and maternal grandfather, Clarence Matthews.
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Gary Irvin and Deborah Eberhart, Lula; mother, Carolyn Denise Matthews, Danielsville; daughter, Faith Smith, Danielsville; sisters, Penny Howington and Melissa Giles, Danielsville; maternal grandmother, Edna Matthews, Toccoa; aunts and uncles, Don and Donna Eberhart, Cumming, Fred and Barbara Hemphill, Gillsville, Wayne and Joan Whitney, Pendergrass, Janice Crane, Danielsville, Patrice Ayers, Donna Fortson, Nicholson, Rusty Matthews, Athens; and several cousins.
Graveside services and were held Friday, July 16, 2004, in the Talmo Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Frank Spivey officiated.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Lucy Watkins
Mrs. Lucy C. Watkins, 91, Martin, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Brown Convalescent Center, Royston.
Survivors include a daughter, Caroline June Lee, Martin; son, Jerry Watkins, Lavonia; sisters, Lottie Cisson and Hazel Macomson, both of Martin, and Sarah Loudermilk, Sautee; brother, John Gillis Cisson, Gillsville; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and two grandchildren raised in her home, Wesley Hooper, Mount Airy, and Kimberly Brown, Hull.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 16, 2004, at Allens United Methodist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Doris Langston
Doris Annette Jordan Langston, 77, Commerce, died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at BJC Nursing Home.
Mrs. Langston was the wife of the late Joseph Clifford Langston and the daughter of the late John Andrew and Annie Belle Greer Jordan. She was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church and a retired textile worker. She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Kevin Williams and Chad Langston.
Survivors are sons and daughters-in-laws, Randall and Betty Langston, Commerce, Michael and Cathy Langston, Athens; daughters and sons-in-laws, Phyllis and Ronnie Seymour, Commerce, Linda and Leon Williams, Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Lucille Saxon, Lumberton, N.C.; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 17, 2004, from the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Stuart Lang officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Curtis Ledford
Curtis J. Ledford, 80, Commerce, died Monday, July 19, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born March 28, 1924 in South Carolina, he was a son of the late Inda Mae and Dock Ledford. Mr. Ledford was retired from Gold Kist and was a farmer. He was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by two sons, Allen Ledford and Tommy Ledford.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Mary Beck Ledford, Commerce, include five sons, Donny Ledford, Steve Ledford, Kenneth Ledford, all of Commerce, Mark Ledford, Carnesville, and Terry Ledford, Lula; three daughters, Doris Leachman, Carol Pace and Susan Strickland, all of Commerce; four brothers, Aubrey Ledford, Bobby Ledford, Frank Ledford, all of Commerce, and David Ledford, Carnesville; seven sisters, Alice Bond, Linda Ledford, Mildred Thomas and Dot Wilbanks, all of Commerce, Ruth Bachman, Yatesville, Paulette Delozier, Buford, and Bertha Williams, Flowery Branch; 25 grandchldren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are to be held Thursday, July 22, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. at Ridgeway Baptist Church, with the Revs. Bill Manus and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Mettie Voyles
Mrs. Mettie Ann Harbin Voyles, 91, Jefferson, died Monday, July 19, 2004.
She was born on March 6, 1913, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late John Lewis and Hattie Wilson Harbin. She was a retired seamstress with the Empire Manufacturing Company and was a member of the Faith Baptist Church. Her husband, Mr. Clarence Voyles, daughter Linda and granddaughter, Stacey, preceded her in death.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Bobby Veal, Lawrenceville; son and daughter-in-law, Irey and Roberta Voyles, Watkinsville; sister, Katie Reynolds, Winder; ten grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 22, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Keith Cudd officiating. Burial will follow in the Jackson Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be Jason Veal, Jeff Veal, Johnny Highfill, Larry Reynolds, Brian Frantz, Jason Layne, Dewitt Johnson and Buddy Cowan. Visitation was to have been held on Wednesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Rebecca Stephens
Mrs. Rebecca Ann Stephens, 51, Jefferson, died Monday, July 19, 2004, following a sudden illness.
She was born in Fulton County on November 21, 1952, a daughter to the late Joe Quinton Camp and the late Lanelle Pate Camp. She was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence Allen Camp.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Living Hope Baptist Church in Braselton.
Survivors include her husband, Larry William Stephens Sr., Jefferson; sons and daughter-in-law, Larry William Stephens Jr., Jefferson, Michael Joe and Alicia Stephens, Dacula, and Jimmy Allen Stephens, Jefferson; sisters, Lisa Kelly, Auburn, and Vista Barrett, Lawrenceville; brother, Joe Camp, Stone Mountain; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 23, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, with the Revs. Gary Carlyle and Allen Stevens officiating. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the Mellwood Cemetery in Stone Mountain.
Serving as pallbearers will be Dale Barrett, Brad Barrett, Jamie Stephens, Barry Johnson, Matthew Kelley and Ricky Rowe.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.

Clifford Cofield
Mr. Clifford “Shorty” Cofield died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Lanier Park Campus, following an extended illness.
Mr. Cofield was born in Jackson County and was the son of the late Will and Ethel Cofield. His wife, Marjorie Cofield, brother, Bill Cofield and sister Mary Stockton, preceded him in death. He was employed by Carroll Daniel Construction for 51 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban crisis. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Brenda Cofield, Gainesville; grandchildren Josh, Justin, Kayla and Kory Cofield, Gainesville; brothers Sidney Cofield, Gainesville, Hoyt Cofield, Jefferson; sisters Jennie Stockton, Braselton, Nellie Watkins, Maysville, Bonnie Elrod, Commerce, Brenda Langford, Kennesaw, Linda Cofield, Commerce, Aggie Prickett, Thomasville.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 19, 2004, at Center Grove Baptist Church, with the Revs. Clack Stubbs and Brian Malcom officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangments.
The Jackson Herald, July 21, 2004.


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