Jackson County Obituaries...

AUGUST 4, 2004

Tim Dill
Timothy Eric “Tim” Dill, 40, of Toccoa, died Monday, July 26, 2004. He was the son of Sue Nell Davis Dill and the late James Evertt Dill and was born October 8, 1963 in Stephens County where he lived all his life. He was employed with Horizontal Unlimited in Westminister, S.C. and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.
Survivors in addition to his mother include one son, Jesse Dill, and one daughter, Devyn Dill, both of Toccoa; a brother and sister-in-law Dale and Karen Dill, Jefferson; and a grandmother, Martha Lou Davis, Toccoa.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 29, 2004 from the Hillcrest Chapel of the Acree-Davis Funeral Home with the Rev. Joel Bradberry officiating. The pallbearers were Dan Dansby, Kenneth Yearwood, Chris Yearwood, Greg Gunn, Alan Moore, and Quinton Bray. Burial was in Stephens Memorial Gardens.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

Jimmy Ledford
James Edward “Jimmy” Ledford, 65, of Talmo, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born in Hall County and was the son of the late Fred and Emma Elizabeth Smith Ledford. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bob and Luther Ledford.
Survivors include his son, Phillip Cruce, Alto; grandchildren, Alex, Michael and Steven Cruce; brothers, Richard Ledford, Gainesville, Jack Ledford and F.J. Ledford, both of Talmo, and Johnny Ledford, Dahlonega; sister, Ruth Shelton, Talmo; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24, 2004 in the Little-Davenport chapel with the Rev. Ricky Ledford officiating. Burial followed in the Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

Timothy Smith
Mr. Timothy Don Smith, 45, Jefferson, died Saturday, July 31, 2004. He was born January 16, 1959 in Gwinnett County and was the son of the late Alvin Donald Smith and Ruby Forrester Smith Young, Buford. He was recently employed as a Water operator at Mayfield Dairies and was a Baptist Minister serving several churches including Bethel Baptist, Harvest Fields and Living Hope.
Survivors include the mother of his three children, Rebecca Jean Smith, Duluth; sons, Ben Smith, Maysville, Jacob Smith, Jefferson, and T.J. Smith, Duluth; sister, Phyllis Smith Baker, Jefferson.
Funeral services were to be held today, Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Buford, with the Revs. John Jackson and Allen Stevens officiating. Burial was to be in the Bethlehem UMC Cemetery. His Sons will serve as pallbearers along with Tony Howington, AJ McIntyre, Chris Howington and Danny Smith. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make a contribution to the Bethlehem UMC Building Fund, Buford, or the Living Hope Baptist Church Building Fund, Braselton.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

Mary Quarles
Mary Helen Quarles, 56, of Watkinsville, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, following a long battle with cancer.
She was born in Commerce and was the daughter of the late Luther and Vera Youngblood Wood. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Rose Newman.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Quarles; children, Tim Quarles, Sr. (Lisa), Lincolnton, Linda Alewind (Bud), Lexington, Micah Quarles (Michelle) and Shirley Batchelor, Watkinsville; brothers, Luther Wood, Jr., Stanley Wood and Thomas Wood; sisters, Marie Carson, Dorothy Harper, Patricia Clark and Shelia Herring; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, 2004 at Lord and Stephens Chapel, EAST. The Revs. Mike Newman, Morris Bryant and Buck Bevins officiated. Burial was in Oconee Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Seth Quarles, Michael Newman, Jr., Joel Robison, Billy Quarles, Steve Quarles and James Collins.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home EAST was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

Claud Farmer
Claud B. Farmer, 80, Winder, died Sunday, August 1, 2004. He was born in Clarke County and was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in both World War II and The Korean War and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Mr. Farmer was a member of Center Methodist Church and was retired from General Service Administration and The University of Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Byron Farmer and Reba Smith Farmer Woodall.
Survivors include his wife, Eva “Pearl” Mills Farmer, Winder; sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Lisa Farmer, and Byron and Libby Farmer, all of Winder; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and L.H. Irvin, Athens, and Claudia and Jim Surface, Winder; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Arnell Farmer, Nicholson.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at Barrow Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Donnie Pennington officiating. Burial was at Barrow Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, Ga. 30604.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 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 niece, 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, August 4, 2004.

Frank Farlow
Frank Louis Farlow, 62, Gillsville, died Thursday, July 29, 2004 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Farlow was born in Asheville, N.C., but had made his home in Jackson and Hall County for the last 42 years. He was the son of the late Charles Oscar and Shirley Hawkins Farlow. Mr. Farlow was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church and was very active as Sunday School Superintendent, College and Career Sunday School Class teacher and Brotherhood Director. Mr. Farlow was the owner and operator of Bert’s Trim and Glass, Gainesville.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Smith Farlow, Gillsville; son, Nathan Farlow, Winder; daughters and son-in-law, Emily and Matthew McCoy, Gillsville; Megan Smith, Gillsville; grandchildren, Beren Farlow, Allisan Farlow, and Lukas McCoy; brothers and sister-in-law, Bruce and Linda Farlow, Tim and Brenda Farlow, and Al and Betty Farlow, all of Asheville, N.C.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lester and Joann Ragan, Maysville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 31, 2004 at Center Grove Baptist Church with Revs. Keith Sizemore and Matthew McCoy officiating. Pallbearers were Randy Ragan, Donny Minish, John Lipscomb, Nathaniel Clark, Jeff Jones and Jeff Robinson. Honorary pallbearers were: Scott McIntyre, Stephen McIntyre, Chris Garrish, Carey Ragan, Melinda Ragan, and Daniel Lipscomb, members from the College and Career Sunday School Class.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

Wayne Ruark
Wayne L. Ruark, 59, Duluth, passed away Wednesday, July 28, 2004.
Survivors include his father, Claude Ruark; former wife, Susie Ruark; his son, Rodney Ruark; brother Ricky Ruark; two sisters, Juanita Self and Mickey Hayes; nephew, Chris Ruark; niece, Bailey Ruark; and a host of other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held July 30, 2004 at the Chapel of R.T. Patterson Funeral Home with the Rev. Keith Breedlove officiating.
R.T. Patterson Funeral Home, Norcross, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

Deloris Jenkins
Deloris C. “Meme” Jenkins, mother of Chris and Ken Harmon, Nicholson, died July 26, 2004 at Wesley Manor, Dothan, Ala. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, James S. Jenkins and a son, Bill.
Survivors include her children and spouses, Jim and Allyn Jenkins, Athens, Patricia Chagnon, Bangkok, Thailand, Chris and Ken Harmon, Nicholson; Bill’s widow Doris, Wewahitchka, FL; fifteen grandchildren, Tara and Tom Jenson, Ken and Jacki Harmon, Jake and April Harmon, Shari and Michael Skinner, Mandy Prescott, Robert Prescott, Cecilia Jenkins, Kelly Jenkins, Dusty Jenkins, William Jenkins, Stephanie Chere, and Kara Norlein; ten great-grandchildren, Cody and Rachael Jenson, Zack and Ally Harmon, Austin and Tyler Skinner, Brittany Duke, Justin Chere, Kayson Norlein , and a very special little great-grandson, Gabe Prescott, whom she called “my boy”; caregivers, Colleen and Cary Florence, Dothan, AL.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, 2004 at Ward Wilson Chapel. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to Wesley Manor, Fountain of Love.
Ward-Wilson Funeral Home, Dothan, AL was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

Daniel Payne
Daniel L. Payne, 72, Commerce, died Friday, July 30, 2004 at Athens Regional Medical Center. He was the son of the late D.K. and Eva Luthi Payne. He was a native of Jackson County born April 18, 1931, and was the retired owner of Paynes’ Auto Parts. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce and a United States Air Force Veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Griffin Payne, Commerce; daughter Debra Cochran, Maysville, daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and David Hawks, Commerce, Beth and Tommy Haggard, Athens; brother George K. Payne, Hull; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held August 1, 2004 from the Chapel of little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

A.L. McDonald
A.L. (Mac) McDonald, 78, Statham, died July 27, 2004.
Mr. McDonald was the son of the late Asbury Luther and Bonnie Bell Frady McDonald. He was an employee of Garrett Paving and was a Baptist.
Survivors are his wife Lois White McDonald, Statham; four sons, Anthony McDonald and David Blackman, both of Statham, Jeff McDonald, Florida, and Victor Blackman, Comer; two daughters, Sue McDonald Miller, Morganton, N.C., and Clair Thurmond, Bogart; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Frances Cooper of Mulberry, Fla., Rachel Oswalt, Betty McDonald and Laurie McDonald, all of Gainesville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, 2004, at Bethabara Baptist Church cemetery.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 2004.

Martha Graham
Miss Martha Jeanie Graham, 50, Comer, died Saturday, July 31, 2004 at the Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens. She was born in Franklin County, August 6, 1953, daughter of Willie T. Graham, Comer, and the late Helen Coile Graham. She was a seamstress and member of the Faith Baptist Church.
Other survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, Ned and Linda Graham, Larry and Gwen Graham, Comer; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patsy and Don Crowe, Carolyn Beilew, Comer; three nephews; three nieces; four great-nieces.
Funeral services were held August 3, 2004 at the Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel, Royston, with the Rev. James Creason and Otis Graham officiating. Burial was in the Hill Crest Cemetery in Bowman.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 2004.

Patrick Dixon
Patrick Allen Dixon, 3, Alto, died July 27, 2004.
He was born in Hall County on October 17, 2000 and was preceded in death by his grandparents, Allen Charles Dixon, Sr. and Bill and Patricia Hargett.
Survivors include his father, Allen Dixon, Clarkesville; mother and step-father, Rachel and Ty Herring, Alto; two brothers, Marvin James Ramey and William Robert Ramey, both of Alto; grandparents, Cora Sue Dixon, Clarkesville, and Winnie and Arnold Wade, Demorest; great-grandmother, Cora Bell Chastain, Gainesville.
Funeral service were held Friday, July 30, 2004, from the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart with the Revs. Mickey Umbehant and Robin Martin officiating. Burial was in Harvest Christian Church Cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin and Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 2004.

Carl Seagraves
Carl Vernon Seagraves, 71, Athens, died July 28, 2004.
He was a native and lifelong resident of this area. Mr. Seagraves was the son of the late William Carlton and Annie Lee Rice Seagraves and was preceded in death by a brother. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean War and was retired from Champion-Dairy Pak. He was a member of Joy Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Doug Seagraves, Danielsville; one daughter, Lynn Thompson, Loganville; six brothers; eight sisters; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, 2004, at the chapel of Lord and Stephens, Danielsville, with Rev. Barry Black officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 2004.
Grace Threlkeld
Mrs. Grace Compton Threlkeld, 85, Comer, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at the Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.
She was born in Madison County September 29, 1918, and was the daughter of the late Webster G. (Boss) and Mazelle Lord Compton. She was a member of Vineyard’s Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Threlkeld was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer C. Threlkeld, an infant daughter, two brothers and one sister.
Survivors include two sons, James A. Threlkeld, Comer, and E. Grady Threlkeld, McDonough; two daughters, Sarah C. Mitchell, Lawrenceville, and Norma J. Toth, Comer; one brother, Fred W. Compton, Comer; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, 2004, at the Vineyard’s Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Coile, Dr. Larry Green and Mrs. Threlkeld’s grandson, Matthew Mitchell, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 2004.

Ida Vaughn
Mrs. Ida Rea Long Vaughn, 89, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at the New Horizon West Care Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Vaughn was born in Madison County, April 29, 1916, the daughter of the late John H. and Lenora H. Long. She was a homemaker and member of the Shiloh Baptist Church, Madison County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldridge Vaughn and a daughter, Mary Knapp.
Survivors include two brothers; six sisters; three grandchildren; and one niece, Linda Hollifield, Gainesville.
Graveside services were held Monday, August 2, 2004 at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Glenn Guest officiating.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 2004.


Mae Whisnant
Mrs. Mae Irene Whisnant, 76, Pendergrass, died Sunday, August 1, 2004. She was born May 28, 1928, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Lou Gaines and Florence Shoemake Gaines. She was a cutter with Wayne Poultry and was of the Holiness faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Whisnant and daughter, Florene Reed.
Survivors include three sons, James Vernon Whisnant, Statham, Dennis Whisnant, Pendergrass and David Whisnant, Jefferson; two daughters, Jessie Reed, Gainesville, Judy Weathers, Auburn; three half-brothers; two half-sisters; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 3, 2004, in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Douglas Gaines officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Mike Reed, Todd Reed, Scott Reed, Mark Weathers, Tommy Pruitt and Jason Whisnant.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

‘Junior’ Hayes
William A. “Junior” Hayes, 77, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, August 3, 2004.
He was a native of Forsyth County and was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired from Starboard Marina, Flowery Branch, and was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church, Hoschton.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Eileen Hayes, Jefferson; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Ellen Hayes, Flowery Branch; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Henry Satterfield, Flowery Branch, Martha and Donald Murphy, Hoschton, and Lisa Kilgore, Jefferson; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Beatrice Carlyle, Hoschton; sister-in-law, Mrs. Louise Hayes, Winder; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were to be held Thursday, August 5, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with the Revs. David Pruitt, Gary Carlyle, and Ollie V. Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Mulberry Baptist Church Cemetery, Hoschton. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 4, 2004, from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

Faye Cleveland
Mrs. Eleanor Faye Cleveland, 74, Hartwell, died Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at Hart Care Center.
Mrs. Cleveland was born September 19, 1926 in Hart County, the daughter of the late Otto A. and Edna Williams King. She was a former clerk with Harry Maret Supermarket and was owner of Cleveland Nursery/Greenhouse and was a member of the Hartwell First Baptist Church. Mrs. Cleveland was preceded in death by her brother, Bruce King and a grandchild, Melissa Faye Cleveland.
She is survived by her husband, J. Herman Clevelend, Sr., Hartwell; sons, James “Jim” H. Cleveland, Hoschton, and Steward D. Cleveland, Dewy Rose; sisters, Betty K. Bowen and Vernette K. Cleveland, both of Hartwell; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 5, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of the Strickland Funeral Home with the Rev. Keith McKenzie and Mr. Fred Greenway officiating. Burial will be in the Nancy Hart Memorial Park, Hartwell, with the Rev. Carter Tucker officiating at the graveside.
Strickland Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

‘Gene’ Holland
Robert Eugene “Gene” Holland, 64, of Alto, died Tuesday, August 3, 2004 following an extended illness.
Mr. Holland was born in Hall County on June 9, 1940 and was the son of the late Authur Russell Holland and Mary Catherine Chambers Holland. He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Rylee and was a retired truck driver and a member of Cornelia Congregational Holiness Church.
Survivors include his wife, Susie Stanley Holland, Alto; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne Holland and Charles L. Harrison, Sr., Alto; two granddaughters, Makesha Cook Murphy, Wilmington, N.C. and Makayla Cook, Alto; one great-grandson, Kaveri Holland Holcombe, Alto; one brother, Donald Holland, Clyde, Tex.; four sisters, Mary Ferguson, Gillsville, Joyce Sandidge, Jacqueline Wilson and Margaret Shockley, all of Alto.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 5, 2004 from Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, with Revs. Scott Ledbetter and Anthony Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, will be in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

Jeremy Wardlaw
Jeremy (Bubba) Wardlaw, 28, Braselton, died July 28, 2004.
He was born in Gwinnett County and was the son of Jerry and Melinda Wardlaw, Braselton.
In addition to his parents, survivors include grandmothers, Mrs. Ray Wardlaw and Mrs. Pearl McBrayer, both of Braselton; grandmother and grandfather, Robert and Rachal Stephens, Hoschton; one brother, Joshua Wardlaw, and one sister, Crystal Blythe, both of Braselton; .
Funeral services were Friday, July 30, 2004, at Smith Memory Chapel with Rev. James Gooch officiating. Burial was at Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.

Ruth Boyd
Mrs. Ruth Wilson Boyd, 78, Jefferson, died Sunday, August 1, 2004 after a brief illness. She was born on April 29, 1926 in Jackson County, a daughter to the late Fenn and Eliza Blackstock Wilson. She was a seamstress with the Wilkins Industries for 31 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Abner Boyd.
Survivors include two daughters, Pam Greene and Gail Barchuk, both of Jefferson; sisters, Sue Carithers, Clewiston, Fla. and Frances Shields, Jacksonville, Fla.; three grandchildren, Scott Greene, Jefferson, Josh Greene, serving his Country in Iraq and Matthew Barchuk, Jefferson.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 5, 2004, at 3 p.m., in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the Dry Pond Methodist Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Scott Greene, Matthew Barchuk, Joe Shields, Jimmy Shields, Barry King and Pat Quintana. Honorary pallbearer will be Josh Greene. Visitation will be Wednesday from 7-9 at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, will be in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 2004.


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