Jackson County Obituaries...

JULY 28, 2004

Dannie Farmer
Mrs. Dannie Marguerite Farmer, 57, Winder, died Sunday, July 25, 2004.
Mrs. Farmer was born in Barrow County, a daughter of Marguerite Bennett Austin, Winder, and the late Willie T. Austin. She was a member of Union Baptist Church.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Mr. Billy Farmer, Winder; two daughters, Tonya Brock and Donna Farmer, both of Winder; a sister, Deborah Russell, Clayton; 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Smith Memory Chapel, with the Rev. Mary E. Murphy officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorials should be made to The American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA 30605.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Lucille Cook
Lucille Watkins Cook, 91, Alto, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Born in Banks County, December 10, 1912, she was the daughter of the late William and Ethel Watson Watkins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Julishus W. Cook; son Edward Lee “Ed” Cook; brothers Tom, John and Hubert Watkins and a sister Ruby Watkins. She was a homemaker and a member of Lamar Christian Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Hazel Brady Baldwin; two sons John Cook, Alto and Ralph Cook, Commerce; one sister Janell Watkins, Baldwin; three brothers Clyde Watkins, Demorest, Fred Watkins, Mt Airy and Wilton Watkins, Baldwin; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24, 2004, at Whitfield Funeral Home South Chapel, with the Revs. Ronnie Thurmond and Mike Franklin officiating. Burial was in Wade Cemetery.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, July 28, 2004.

W.C. Duncan
Mr. W.C. Duncan, 85, Danielsville, died July 24, 2004, at the Banks-Jackson-Commerce Medical Center.
Mr. Duncan was the son of the late Johnny and Hester Whitsel Duncan. He was retired from Harmony Grove Mills and was a United States Army Veteran of WW II and a member of Liberty Church.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Stewart Duncan; son and daughter-in-law Jimmy and Jane Duncan, Danielsville; daughter, Elizabeth Collins, Danielsville; two grandchildren, Wesley and Dale Duncan, Danielsville, and one great-granddaughter, Courtney Duncan, Danielsville.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, July 27, 2004, from Liberty Church, with the Revs. Tommy Watson and Paul Bone officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Francine Beck
Francine Brown Beck, 90, Athens, died Thursday, July 22, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Beck was a homemaker and was employed by Belk for many years in downtown Athens. She was a Charter Member of Central Baptist Church where she was a member of the Dorcas Sunday School Class and taught Sunday School. She held the title of Beauty Queen at St. Mary’s Long Term Care Facility and was first runner-up in Mrs. Georgia Nursing Home in 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Andrew Beck Sr. and daughter, Frances Beck Adams.
Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Pat and Carl Sewell, Athens, Marie Richards, Gainesville; sons and daughters-in-law, Claude and Rita Beck, Yutan, Neb., Winfred and Annette Beck, Comer, Samuel Beck, Comer, Harry and Vonnie Beck, Decatur; sons-in-law Marvin Adams, Athens, Deke Richards, Gainesville; sister, Elizabeth Conley, Athens; brothers, Sam Brown, Tom Brown and James Brown, Commerce; grandchildren, Mark and Pam Adams, Alpharetta, Robert and Dana Hughes Adams, Athens, Jeff and Susan Yarbrough, Watkinsville, Karen Yarbrough, Athens, Michelle and Jesse Carter, Gainesville, Bill Beck and Charlie Beck, Yutan, Neb., Cindy and Clayton Mann, Seattle, Wash., Tommy, Cody, Tamara and Vonnie Beck, Comer; great-grandchildren, Will, Drew and Kyle Adams, Alpharetta, Megan Adams, Athens, Kayla and Megan Yarbrough, Watkinsville, Jesse Allen Carter Jr., Gainesville, Madeleine Beck, Omaha, Neb.; special friends, Tom and Martha Harvill.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 25, 2004, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with Dr. Bob Nash officiating. Burial followed in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Sue Wier
Sue Lilliam Wier, 79, formerly of Commerce, died Friday, July 23, 2004, in the Athens Regional Hospital of an extended illness.
She was the daughter of the late Grogan and Susie Seagraves Short and the widow of Clarence Elliott (Red) Wier.
Survivors include a son, Charles Wier, Greensboro, and two daughters, Sharon fields, Lavonia, and Martha Sargent, Commerce; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Sunday, July 25, 2004 from the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Douglas Duncan, Tim Garrett and Carl Beckman officiating. Burial was in the Erastus Church Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004

Christopher Westmoreland
Christopher Westmoreland, 52, died Friday, July 23, 2004 at his residence in Nicholson.
He was the son of Eddie Vera (Jackson) Westmoreland and was preceded in death by his father, Branson Westmoreland.
Survivors include his wife Jenny Lord Westmoreland, Nicholson; two sons, Joseph Westmoreland and Noah Westmoreland, Nicholson; three grandchildren; two brothers, Ronson Westmoreland, Nicholson, and Wayne Westmoreland, Commerce; one sister, Phyllis Farley, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 25, 2004 from the Center United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bobby Anthony and Griff Carithers officiating.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004

Russell Sanders
Russell Sanders, 69, East Point, died Sunday, July 25, 2004 at Christian Minstries Hospice.
He was born on July 30, 1934 in Jackson County and was the son of the late Margaret Louise (Waldroup) Sanders and Howard Sanders. He was a member of the Connally Drive Baptist Church and a retired snack stand owner.
Survivors include two aunts, Sarah Howington, Jefferson, and Katie Wilson, Charleston, SC.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 29, 2004 in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, will be in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Aubrey Wade
Aubrey Wallace Wade, 83, Commerce, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Hillhaven Nursing Home.
Mr. Wade was born April 26, 1921 in Madison County, the son of the late Polly Wade.. With his wife, Wilda Cheek Wade, Commerce, he owned and operated several retail businesses in the Commerce area, including Wade’s Grocery and Burger Kreem. He was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2004, at the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home in Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial will take place at Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Steven Turpin
Steven Lynn Turpin, 32, Commerce, died Thursday, July 22, 2004, at BJC Hospital of a sudden illness.
He was the son of the late Gene and Jeannette Roach Turpin and was in the construction profession.
Survivors include a special friend, Melinda Bowen, Commerce; two sons, Steven Lynn Turpin Jr, Pendergrass, and Brent Edward Turpin, Jefferson; three brothers, James Turpin, Homer, Bobby Turpin, Commerce, and Jerry Turpin, Sandy Cross; four sisters, Martha Harbert, Royston, Judy Roberts and Tammy Turpin, both of Commerce, Jessie Beavers, Calhoun; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tonya Thomas.
Funeral services were Monday, July 26, 2004, from the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Hardy officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Franklin Gregg
Franklin “Ike” Gregg, 71, Winder, died July 24, 2004.
Born in Walton County he was a former resident of Good Hope and a resident of Barrow County for the past 34 years. He was a member of Cedar Creek Baptist Church and a United States Air Force Veteran, having served in the Korean War. He was also a retiree of the University of Georgia Physical Plant with 25 years of service.
He was the son of the late Joseph Claude and Tinnie Davis Gregg.
Survivors include his wife, Drucilla B. Gregg, Winder; daughter Susan Brantley, Winder; two sons, Phil McDaniel, Auburn and Hoyt McDaniel, Lawrenceville; four grandchildren, Cody Brantley, Clay Brantley, Kristen McDaniel and Kaleb McDanel; brother, Joe Gregg, Maysville.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 26, 2004 from the Chapel of Carter Funeral Home and Revs. Shuford Jones and Brook Braswell officiated. Burial was at Barrow Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Jeremy Holder, Justin Holder, Cody Brantley, Clay Brantley, Kaleb McDaniel & Bernard Brantley.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Faye Sikes
Faye Sikes, 65, of Winder, died on Wednesday, July 21, 2004.
A native of Barrow County, she lived most of her life in Winder. She was of the Baptist faith, and retired from Empire Manufacturing Company.
Mrs. Sikes was the daughter of the late John Hamby and Mabel Cooper Hamby. Her husband, David Sikes, preceded her in death.
Survivors include a son, Mike Sikes of Jefferson; two daughters, Irene Moubray of Watkinsville and Carol Wood of Jefferson; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother Paul Hamby of Bishop; and a sister Jackie Hiles of Dayton, Ohio.
Funeral services were Friday, July 23, at Smith Memory Chapel. The Rev. Lane Moubray, Pastor Tilley Welborn, and Bishop Douglas Hammond officiated. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, Ga. 30605.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Bobby Cochran
Bobby J. Cochran, 66, Hoschton, died on Tuesday, July 20, 2004.
He was a native of Cherokee County and was the owner of West Jackson Taxi Service. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Betty Brown Cochran, Hoschton; four children; five step-children; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Pat Gibby, Flowery Branch and Barbara Jean and Billy Brown, Buford; several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 22, 2004 in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with the Revs. Hubert Watkins and Wayne Long officiating. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Billy Jordan
Billy Ray Jordan, 65, Danielsville, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at his home.
He was born in Clarke County, October 16, 1939, the son of the late Jessie Thomas and Geneva Dye Jordan. He was a parts manager and was of the Baptist Faith.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Wood Jordan, Danielsville; three sons, Ricky Jordan, Lawrenceville, Mark Jordan, Danielsville, and Michael Jordan, Bishop; daughter, Denese McClellan, Cleveland, TN; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services are to be held Friday, July 30, 2004, 3 p.m., at Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Peek officiating. Graveside Services will follow at 5 p.m. in the Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens. Pallbearers will be Randy McFall, Scott Harwell, Jerry Harwell, Kevin Kirk, Jerry Bowen and Rangy Logsdon. The family will receive friends at Pruitt Funeral Home in Royston from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 29, 2004.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Hattie Foster
Hattie Pearl Foster, 91, Athens, died Monday, July 26, 2004.
A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Blanche Williams Gordon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy P. Foster; son, Ronnie Foster; grandson, Wade Foster. She was retired from McClellan’s Dime Store and a member of Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Royce Foster, Athens; four grandchildren, Curtis Foster, Wendy Foster, Kelli Maxey and Kim Foster; ten great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are to be held Friday, July 30, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. in Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Luther Fouche’ and Robert Passmore officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Bernstein Funeral Home Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Edgar Pritchett
Edgar Milton Pritchett, 88, Commerce, died Sunday, July 25, 2004 at his home.
Mr. Pritchett was born February 1, 1916 in Jackson County, the son of the late Virgil and Emma Williams Pritchett. He was retired from Harmony Grove Mill and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Zilpha Herbert Pritchett, Commerce; a son, Harold Pritchett, Nicholson; a daughter, Sharon Norris, Commerce; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were to be held Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral home, with the Rev. Curtis Greene officiating. Burial was to be in Howington Cemetery in Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Dennis Bowens
Dennis F. Bowens, 59, of Jefferson, died Monday, July 19, 2004.
Survivors, in addition to his wife Linda Bowens, Jefferson, include daughters Carmelia Bowens, Jefferson, and Pamela Pulliam, Gainesville; brother Joseph Bowens, Gainesville; sisters Bernice Fields, Gainesville and Lillie Bell Bowens, Rome and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, July 23, at Cedar Grove Methodist Church in Jefferson. Pastor Palmer Pace was the officiating minister.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Thomas Waite Jr.
Thomas David Waite Jr., 40, Carnesville, died Friday, July 23, 2004 at BJC Hospital of a brief illness.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Loree Might Waite, of the home; four sons, Joshua D. Waite, Four Oaks, N.C., Tyler Waite, Fountain Inn, S.C., Thomas Allyn Waite and Nolan Chase Waite, both of Carnesville; four sisters, Paula Schwartz, Benecia, CA., Vicki Mehta, Southern Pines, N.C., Kendra Might, Carnesville, and Jeannie Hardman, Atlanta.
Funeral services were to be held Tuesday, July 27, 2004, from the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Bruce Hollett officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Timothy Bingham
Timothy Alexander Bingham, 45, Athens, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center from injuries received in an accident.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy Bingham, Pendergrass; his mother, Virginia Campbell Bingham, Athens; two sons, Timothy Bingham and David Charles Bingham, Talmo; three daughters, Connie Bingham, Pendergrass, Linda Bingham, Talmo, and Virginia Jean Bingham, Gainesville; three brothers, David Bingham, Chicago, Ill., Larry Bingham, Royston, and Donald Bingham, Gainesville; four sisters, Polly Pierce, Athens, Martha Nell Brooks, Raleigh, N.C., Linda Cape, Danielsville, and Brenda Flowers, Dahlonega; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangments.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Adam Wilson
Mr. Adam Justain Wilson, 16, Danielsville, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004.
He was a native of Gwinnett County and had attended school in the Jackson County School System until the age of 12. He was preceded in death by his father, James Alford Wilson Jr.
Survivors include his mother, Melissa Brown Sims; step-father, John Sims II; sister, Amanda Wilson; and step-brother, John Paul Sims III; grandparents, Larry and Miriam Wilson, Jefferson; James and Viola Wilson, Commerce; Don and Susie Brown, Danielsville, and John and Teresa Sims, Danielsville.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 15, 2004, at Brown Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Vince Mercardante officiating. Burial was at Dry Pond United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Brown Funeral Home Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Birdie Sutton
Birdie Stine Sutton, 77, Hoschton, formerly of Ellijay, died Saturday July 24, 2004, at the North East Medical Center.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Dallas and Anita Knight, Hoschton; one grandson, Dallas Knight, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Amberly Knight and Jeremey Knight; one great great-grandson, Treston Contresas; one sister, Louise Merrill, Hoschton; one brother, Mark Garrett, Hoschton.
Funeral services were to be held Tuesday, July 27, 2004, from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jerry Banks officiating. Burial was in Liberty Baptist Church cemetery.
The Logan Funeral Home and Chapel of Ellijay, Georgia was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 2004.

Florence Smith
Mrs. Florence Mathews Smith, 98, Crawford, formerly of Oglethorpe County, died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at Quiet Oaks Health Care Center.
Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Lester and Jettie Burt Matthews. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Glade Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Smith.
Survivors include a brother-in-law, J.P. “Jake” Smith, Carlton; a sister-in-law, Syble Smith, Carlton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 25, 2004, at the chapel of Hicks Funeral Home in Elberton, with the Rev. John Griffeth officiating. Burial was in the Glade Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Johnny Reynolds, Mike Reynolds, Ricky Drew, Shane Smith, Lester Taylor Smith and J.C. Watson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Glade Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 646 Ruffs Road, Carlton, GA 30627.
Hicks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 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 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 22, 2004, at 11:00 a.m. at Ridgeway Baptist Church, with the Revs. Bill Manus and Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, July 28, 2004.


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