Jackson County Obituaries...

AUGUST 25, 2004

Ellen Adams
Ellen Fortson Adams, 87, died August 24, 2004 at her home away from home, Abundant Living, Comer.
She was born in Colberton April 21, 1917 the daughter of the late James Ira and Maude Jane Garrett Fortson. On May 4, 1935, Ellen Fortson married Charles Edward Adams. They were married for 59 years until his death in 1994. Mrs. Adams was a member of Bluestone Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years and was a member of the Joy Sunday School Class. Mrs. Adams humor, love, kindness, generosity and spirit will remain forever in our hearts. She will be remembered for her delicious fried apple pies and peach cobblers. She was a devoted wife, wonderful mother and friend, according to family members. She was preceded in death by her son, Charles Ronald “Chuck” Adams.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas W. “Bill” and Peggy Adams, Danielsville; daughter Joyce Adams Merkel, Silverdale Wash.; four grandchildren and their wives, Ted and Trish Adams, Greg and Karen Sartain, all of Danielsville, Chris and Lori Sartain, Comer, and Carrie Jane Merkel, Silverdale, Wash.; three great-grandchildren, Aaron and Adam Sartain, both of Danielsville, and Alexis Sartain, Comer; brothers, Tom and Frank Fortson, both of Colbert, and Carl Fortson, Ohio; sister, Mrs. Hoyt (Rilla) McGinnis, Nicholson; many nieces and nephews; the Rev. Dennis Wester and his wife, Deborah; and her wonderful friends at Abundant Living.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 26, 2004 at Bluestone Baptist Church with the Revs. Ray Jenkins and Dennis Wester officiating. Burial will be in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Ted Adams, Greg Sartain, Chris Sartain, Sonny Fortson, Keith McGinnis, and Greg Vincent.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to Abundant Living Personal Care Home, Comer, GA.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

Beatrice Doster
Mrs. Beatrice Skelton Doster, 80, of Hoschton, died Monday, August 23, 2004 after an extended illness.
She was born October 14, 1923 in Jackson County and was a daughter of the late John and Ila Phillips Skelton. She was a homemaker, a seamstress, and a member of the White Plains Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lude Doster.
Survivors include sons, David Doster, Hoschton, and Donald Doster, Braselton; a daughter, Linda Evans, Monticello; sisters, Lessie Cooper and Ila Jane Roberts, both of Jefferson; brother, Harold Skelton, Jefferson; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Kevin Page and Bascom Skelton officiating. Burial was in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

Beverly Gaddis
Beverly Boles Gaddis, 77, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at a local health care facility.
She was born August 5, 1927 in Augusta and was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Jessie Mozelle Bonnett Boles. Mrs. Gaddis was a high school graduate, attended Maryland University and was retired from the Humana Hospital in Augusta. She was a Baptist and was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert T. Widgeon and brothers, Charles H. Boles, Jr. and Colden Boles.
Survivors include her former husband, Jerry Gaddis, Lula; one son, Bruce W. Widgeon, Edgefield, S.C.; two daughters, Susan Y. Widgeon, Commerce, Lisa W. Miller, Maysville; one brother, Gene Boles, Augusta; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. from the Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Revs. David Bowen and Perry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Silver Shoals Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2004.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

Virginia Autry
Virginia Ann Autry, 66, of Baldwin, died Monday, August 23, 2004 at her residence.
She was born in Barrow County on September 23, 1937, the daughter of the late Paul J. and Mary Lena Adams Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Autry.
Survivors include two sons, Steve Keyros, Baldwin, and David Keyros, Jefferson; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother Oris Brown, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Wednesday August 25, 2004 in the Chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

Fred Mitchell
Fred Thomas Mitchell, 59, of Carnesville, died Thursday, August 19, 2004 at St. Mary’s Hospital.
He was born May 29, 1945 in Hall County and was the son of Minnie Elrod, Lula. Mr. Mitchell was retired from Roper Pump.
Survivors other than his mother, include his wife Sara Gary Mitchell, Carnesville; two sons, Kip Mitchell, Commerce, and Rusty Mitchell, Bogart; three step daughters, Brenda Blanton, Columbus, Ohio, Vicky Varner, Commerce, and Alicia Sears, Homer; two brothers, Frankie Mitchell, Atlanta, and Wesley Mitchell, Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Margaret Smith, Gainesville, and Joyce Mitchell, Houston, Tex.; two half sisters, Daphine Parker, Statham, and Lerline Mitchell, Gainesville; foster parents, Charles and Maggie Hardy, Nicholson; foster brothers, Tommy Whitehead and Andy Hardy, both of Nicholson; and foster sister, Rhonda Hardy, Nicholson; .
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 21, 2004 at the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Revs. David Strickland and Charles Hardy officiating. Burial was in the Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

‘Dee’ Looney
Delores “Dee” Evelyn Blalock Looney, 43, of Jefferson, died August 21, 2004 after an extended illness.
She was born on February 18, 1961 in Madison County, the daughter of Gene and Robbie Storell Blalock of Danielsville. Mrs. Looney was a homemaker and attended Christian Life Fellowship Center.
She is survived by her husband, John Looney, Jefferson, as well as her parents and daughters, Amanda Brooke Looney and Jamie Lynn Pressley, both of Jefferson; son, Bradley Blalock, Danielsville; sister, Arlene Blalock, Alabama; brothers, Danny Blalock, Watkinsville and Barry Blalock, Athens.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 23, 2004 at the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. John Ingram officiating. Burial was in the Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

William Strickland
Mr. William Delean Strickland, 66, of Jefferson, died August 21, 2004 after a sudden illness.
He was born on October 31, 1937 in Madison County, the son of the late W.D. and Reutrell Baxter Strickland. He was a veteran of the United States Army, was a Sales Manager, and was a member of the Jefferson Lions club (Past President). Mr. Strickland was a member of the Galilee Christian Church, where he was a past Deacon and Elder. He was preceded in death by a son, William E. Strickland and brothers, Wayne and Roger Strickland.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Free Strickland, Jefferson; son and daughter-in-law, Kendall and Darlene Strickland, Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Dale Dill, Jefferson, Rosie and Jack Cash, Statham, Diane Mendez, Athens, Mickey Miller, Jefferson; brothers, Donald, Dwight, and David Strickland, all of Jefferson, Daniel Strickland, Athens; sisters, Faye Swain, Jefferson, Peggy Usry, Lawrenceville, Patricia Warren, Charleston, S.C.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 23, 2004 at Galilee Christian Church with the Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in the Crooked Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Rick Strickland, Dennis Strickland, Tim Strickland, Lee Swain, Johnathan Strickland and Chris Motes.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Transplant Assistance Fund, 3475 West Chester Pike, Suite 230, Newton Square, PA 19073 - in honor of Kendall Strickland.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

Sarah Miller
Sarah Ann Miller, 18, of Hoschton, died on Thursday, August 19, 2004 from injuries received in an automobile accident.
She was born December 20, 1985 in Fulton County, the daughter of Donald John and Ann Margaret Schmutzler Miller, Hoschton. She was a 2004 Honor Graduate of Jackson County High School where she was a member of the BETA Club and the Student Council. She was enrolled in the University of Georgia where she planned to study Forensic Psychology.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, are a sister, Emily Ann Miller, Hoschton; a brother, Adam Miller, Hoschton; grandparents, Wanda Schmutzler, Indianapolis, Ind., Maxine and Robert Miller, Mt. Clemens, Mich.; great-grandparents, Julia Pianfetti, St. Clair Shores, Mich.; and several aunts, uncles and great aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 23, 2004 in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Kirkland officiating.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

‘Mickey’ Meeks
Luther H. “Mickey” Meeks, 82, of Gainesville, died Friday August 20, 2004 at his daughter’s residence. He was formerly of Elberton, and was born in Monroe. Mr. Meeks was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army. He operated Mickey’s Auto Body Shop in Atlanta for many years.
Survivors include his two daughters, Subrina Turk, Gainesville, and Linda Cary, Pendergrass; one brother, Joel Meeks; one sister, Geneva Holman, Monroe; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday August 24, 2004 at the Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Monroe.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

Letia Ivey
Mrs. Letia Carole Seagraves Ivey, 46, of Surfside Beach, S.C. died Sunday August 22, 2004.
She was the daughter of the late William Horace and Helen Howington Seagraves. Mrs. Ivey was employed by Builders First Sourse and was a member of Nicholson Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Keith Ivey, Surfside Beach, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law Jason and Amy Cromer, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Chris Evans, Maysville; brothers Paul and Allen Seagraves, both of Nicholson, Thomas Seagraves, Commerce, David Seagraves, Winder, Waymon Seagraves, Jefferson; sisters Gail Sorrow, Bobbie Archer, Judy Kirby, all of Nicholson; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the Nicholson Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Howington Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, August 25, 2004 from 6 until 8 p.m.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 25, 2004.

Joyce Love
Joyce S. Love, 74, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at the Athens Regional Medical Center.
She was a homemaker and was the daughter of the late C.L. and Ruth E. Murphy Sweet. Mrs. Love was preceded in death by a son, Michael Love.
Survivors include her husband, James Robert Love; children, James L. Love, Tucker, Ralph D. Love, Chickasha, Okla., and Linda G. Clark, Marietta; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, R.L. Sweet, Orange Park, Fla.; and a sister, Della R. Peightal, St. Augustine, Fla.
There are no funeral services planned. The family wishes to omit flowers and donations may be made to the American Heart Association in memory of Mrs. Love.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 25, 2004.

‘Danny’ Brooks
Daniel Lee “Danny” Brooks, 41, of Commerce, died Tuesday August 17, 2004.
Born November 5, 1962, he was the son of the late Curtis Eugene and Mary Elizabeth Collins Brooks. He attended Greene County Schools and was self-employed as a painter and plumber. He was a member of Centennial Baptist Church of Rutledge. Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Jean Brooks.
Survivors include his wife, Ronda Ulbrich Brooks, Commerce; one daughter, Olivia Hedi Brooks, Rayle; a stepdaughter, Roni Lee Boyer, Commerce; one son, Joseph Daniel Brooks, Rayle; a stepson, Ronald Eric Boyer, Commerce; one sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Dan Hardy, Greensboro; one brother and sister-in-law, Curtis and Janice Brooks, Greensboro; and a number of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday August 21, 2004 at Bethel Baptist Church in Union Point with the Rev. Colin Duncan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were George Brooks, David Brooks, Glenn Barnett, Jared Copeland, Lee Tarpley and Russell Scarbrough.
McCommons Funeral Home, Greensboro, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 25, 2004.

Robert Law
Robert Lee Law, 71, of Jackson County, died Monday, July 19, 2004.
He was born in Jackson County on May 15, 1933 and was the son of the late Bud Mac and Maggie Bell Colbert Law. He attended Hurricane Grove Elementary School and Bryan High School, obtained a degree in Masonry from Beulah Rucker School, Gainesville, and was a veteran serving two years in the United States Army being honorably discharged. He was a member of Sardis Presbyterian Church where he was an ordained Elder, organized and stuccoed the fellowship hall, and for many years Sardis won 1st Place in many Christmas Parades with floats designed and crafted by Mr. Law. He was a member of the choir and served as a volunteer with the Sardis Food Bank. He was employed by the Northeast Georgia Presbytery for six years, the University of Georgia Environmental and Custodial Services for 22 years and worked at the Grandview Nursing Home.
Survivors include his wife, Ardie Bell Elder Law; three children, Stanley and Douglas Law and Dalphene (Billy) Watson; eight grandchildren, Connie (Mitchell) Dowdy, Douglas Law Jr, LaBrenza Law, Travoski Harris, Stantez Law, Shakristan Law, Shakia Law, and Justin Law; two great-grandchildren, Trent and Tevin Dowdy; four brothers William (Lavern) Law, Lovett (Lucille) Law, Frank Law, and George (Rachel) Law; one sister, Sammie Sue (Luther) Rucker; extended family, nine step- brothers and sisters, step-mother, Lillie Mae Carson Law, mother-in-law, Minnie Mae Chandler, three sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 24, 2004 in the Santuary of Sardis Presbyterian Church, Jefferson, with the Rev. Harold Harris and Dr. Ralph Aker officiating. Pallbearers were John Hardy, Thomas Hardy, Charles Usher, Floyd Harrison, Jerry Williamson, and Joe Colbert. Honorary pallbearers were William Gathright, Eglesper Rucker, John Harrison, Morris Little, Bunion Harrison, and Edgar Hardy. Flower ladies were Luvenia Reed, Sarah Harrison, Christine Burrows, Maggie Harrison, Theodora Reed, Chris Mahone, Lisa Peppers, and Shirley Williamson. Burial was in the Jackson Memorial Cemetery.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 25, 2004.

J.T. Thomason
J.T. Thomason, 84, of Ila, died Monday, August 16, 2004. Born in Ila on April 23, 1920, he lived his entire life there except for the two years he served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946. He was the only son of Mattie Fitzpatrick and Jake Thomason. Until his retirement in 1980, Mr. Thomason was a building contractor and from that time until recently he operated his farm. He was a member of Erastus Christian Church and rebuilt their church facility following the fire that destroyed the church in 1978.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Reather Freeman, China Grove, N.C. and Marie Lou Jones, Danielsville.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mildred Daniel Thomason of the home; two sons and daughter-in-law, Sammy and Kathy Thomason, Commerce, and Steven Thomason, Ila; six grandchildren, Jill Thomason Boyd, Wake Forest, N.C., Jacob, Clark, Samuel Jr., and Seth Thomason, all of Athens, and Laura Van Patten, Smyrna; and one sister, Ethyl Keaton, Peachtree City.
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 19, 2004 at Erastus Christian Church with the Revs. Billy Glosson and Doris Thomason officiating. Burial was in the Ila Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Ila Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 203, Ila, Georgia 30647.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 25, 2004.

Florence Branam
Florence Edith Branam, 88, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 17, 2004 of an extended illness.
Survivors include five sons, Howard Branam, Winder, Junior and Randy Branam, both of Galion, Ohio, Ronnie Branam, Fla., and Arnold Branam, Commerce; two daughters, Mary Going and Jerri Hanlon, both of Galion, Ohio; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, August 20, 2004 from the Church of God with the Revs. Melvin Kramer and Sam McMahom officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

‘Sue’ Holland
Mona Susan “Sue” Shelton Dawson Holland, 51, of Carnesville, died Monday, August 16, 2004, at her residence.
Born May 5, 1953, in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of the late Wanda Shelton and John Addair, and was raised by her grandparents, the late Fred and Bertha Shelton. She was preceded in death by sisters, Virginia, Dorothy, Helen and Ruth, and a brother, John Shelton. She was a homemaker and was a Baptist.
Mrs. Holland is survived by her husband, Randy Holland, of the home; two daughters, Angel Thaxton, Commerce, and Michelle Saucier, Talmo; she is also survived by her father, John Addair, Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren, Justin, Billy, Cheyanna Fennell, Savannah and Hunter Saucier; seven brothers, George Wagner, N.C., Glen Wagner, Baltimore, MD, Clarence, Doug, Teddy, Lloyd and Wayne Shelton, all of Virginia; and six sisters, Angela Gholston, Commerce, Vaquel Sutherlin, Jessie Watson, Bertha Windsor, all of Baltimore, MD, Margaretta and Sada Shelton, both of Virginia.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 20, 2004 at the Center Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth L. Sizemore officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

Carole Ivey
Letia Carole Seagraves Ivey, 46, of Surfside Beach, S.C. died Sunday August 22, 2004.
She was the daughter of the late William Horace and Helen Howington Seagraves. Mrs. Ivey was employed by Builders First Sourse and was a member of Nicholson Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Keith Ivey, Surfside Beach, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law Jason and Amy Cromer, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Chris Evans, Maysville; brothers Paul and Allen Seagraves, both of Nicholson, Thomas Seagraves, Commerce, David Seagraves, Winder, Waymon Seagraves, Jefferson; sisters Gail Sorrow, Bobbie Archer, Judy Kirby, all of Nicholson; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 2 p.m. from the Nicholson Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Howington Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, August 25, 2004 from 6 until 8 p.m.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

Dora Allen
Dora Lou Allen, 51, of Commerce, died Thursday, August 19, 2004.
Survivors include her father, Curtis Leachman, Commerce, and her mother, Bobbie Redmon, Homer; two sons, Robert and Wesley Allen, both of Commerce, and Michael Spivey, Carlton; two daughters, Crystal Cox and Crystal Gail Sherrill, both of Commerce; four brothers, Stoney, Horace and Jeffery Leachman, and Johnny Redmon, all of Homer; two sisters, Dorothy Richey, Commerce, and Robbie Leachman, Homer; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 20, 2004, from the Chapel of Ivie Funeral Home. Burial was in Howington Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.

Judith Gardner
Judith Ann Willoughby Gardner, 54, of Jefferson died Sunday, August 22, 2004 after a brief illness.
She was born November 10, 1949 in Danville, Ill., the daughter of the late Raymond A., Sr. and Lucy Ellen Gillum Willoughby. She graduated from Atwood-Hammond High School in 1967 and was a graduate of Eastern Illinois University in 1971. She was a retired educator teaching at Atwood-Hammond High School for 25 years. She enjoyed puzzles and gardening.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Gardner, Jefferson, whom she married May 31, 1970; a daughter and son-in-law, Regina Kim and Brian P. Mitsdarffer, Jefferson; brothers, Raymond Willoughby, Jr., Milwaukee, Wisc., Steven and Norman Willoughby, both of Atwood, Ill.; one grandchild, Rayann Kay Mitsdarffer, Jefferson; and one uncle, Jack Willoughby Sr., Atwood, Ill.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. in the Atwood-Hammond High School Gymnasium with the Rev. Kenneth Roedder officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, before the service in the gymnasium.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a contribution to the Judith A. Gardner Memorial Scholarship Fund, 222 West Magnolia, Atwood, Ill. 61913.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, will be in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 25, 2004.


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