Jackson County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 22, 2004

Medley O’Dell
Gaines Medley O’Dell, 68, of Maysville, died Sunday, September 19, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Preceded in death by his parents, Marion Jack and Georgia O’Dell, he was born in 1936 in Chicopee. Mr. O’Dell was formerly of South Hall County, graduated from Oakwood High School, and was a veteran of the United States Army. In 1992 Mr. O’Dell retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he worked 33 years. He was an accomplished athlete, achieving stellar success in basketball and baseball, attracting the attention of college and professional coaches. Upon completing high school, he was offered a collegiate basketball scholarship and invited to major league baseball tryouts. His influence on local athletics, youth recreation and competitiveness was legendary. Ever the player and coach, he mentored countless on fundamentals, intricacies, strategies, relations and genuine love for the games. As a player and coach, he helped raise the level of competition among the adult softball leagues of Hall County, according to family members.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Hutchins O’Dell; three children, Cynthia (Cindy) O’Dell Collins, Michael Joseph (Joey) O’Dell, and Jeffrey (Jeff) O’Dell; eight grandchildren; four brothers, Rogers O’Dell, Oakwood, Tony O’Dell, Kennesaw, Charlie O’Dell, Chestnut Mountain, and Stanley O’Dell, Norcross, and a sister, Carolyn Hammond, Oakwood.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, in the chapel of the Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Hutchins officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Northeast Georgia Medical Center Foundation, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 115, Gainesville, 30501, or to the Boys & Girls Club, PO Box 691, Gainesville, 30503.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

‘Junior’ Wehunt
Hamp “Junior” Wehunt, 60, of Bold Springs Community, died Monday, September 20, 2004, at his residence.
Born May 5, 1944, in Franklin County, he was the son of the late Hamp Wehunt, Sr. and Ruth Goodwin Wehunt. He was a truck driver with Floyd Hughes Hauling, was a resident of Winder for seven years, and was a Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Joyce Hughes Wehunt of the home; mother, Ruth Goodwin Wehunt, Lavonia; four sons, Christopher H. Wehunt, Maysville, Donald G. Wehunt, Carnesville, Thomas S. Wehunt, Hoschton, and David L. Wehunt, Carnesville; one daughter, Lori Bickerstaff, Lavonia; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Terrell and Larry Wehunt, both of Lavonia; and three sisters, Glenda Harrison, Royston, Evelyn Helms, Lavonia, and Rosita Dicaro, Winder.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, in the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home with the Rev. Dorsey Holmes officiating. Burial was in the Bowers Memorial Cemetery, Canon.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

O.B. Ramsey
O.B. Ramsey, 80, of Commerce, died Thursday, September 16, 2004, at BJC Hospital of an extended illness.
He was the son of the late William H. and Mattie Lee Caithers Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey was preceded in death by his wife, Corean T. Ramsey, and a daughter, Joannie Wilkes.
Survivors include two sons, Robin Ramsey, Commerce, and Randall Ramsey, Maysville; a daughter, Sherra Ann Gilstrap, Jefferson; sister, Lucille Ayers, Baltimore, Md; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 18, at the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Robert Johnson and Harold Crawford officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

Fannie Whisnant
Fannie Lee Whisnant, 84, of Commerce, died Wednesday, September 15, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.
She was born September 10, 1920 in Banks County and was the daughter of the late Mark and Mary Flowers Smith. Mrs. Whisnant was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Whisnant.
Survivors include five sons, Nathneil Whisnant, Commerce, Harold Whisnant, Arcade, Homer Whisnant, Commerce, U.V. Whisnant, Arcade, Buster Whisnant, Wadley; three daughters, Alice McDaniel, Statham, Mary Lou Norris, Nicholson, and Eunice Kittles, Ila; 22 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 17, at Oconee Baptist Church with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Bo Whisnant officiating. Burial was in Oconee Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

Charles Mabrey
Charles P. Mabrey, 54, of Commerce, died Saturday, September 18, 2004.
He was a correctional officer with the State of Georgia at I.W. Davis Detention Center in Jefferson. Mr. Mabrey was preceded in death by his father, Frank Mabrey of Lawrenceville.
Survivors include his wife, Pat (Mauldin) Mabrey; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Kristen Mabrey; granddaughter, Kaci Mabrey, all of Commerce; mother Marie Mabrey, Lawrenceville; sisters, Melba Dolan, Fort Pierce, Fla., and Bonnie Parshal, Lawrenceville; brother, David Mabrey, Lawrenceville; and aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the family residence, 2720 B. Wilson Road, Commerce, GA 30529, (706) 336-8517, on Saturday, September 25, beginning at 1 p.m. for family members and 2 p.m. for friends.
Wages Funeral Home, Stone Mountain, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

Lowell Wheeler
Lowell Wheeler, 86, of Auburn, died Monday, September 20, 2004.
He was born in Jackson County, the son of the late Atticus B. and Ester Puckett Wheeler, was a former deacon at First Baptist Church of Carl, and had been attending Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Buford. Mr. Wheeler was a rural letter carrier from 1950-1979 in the Auburn area, and was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army Signal Corps.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Eberhart Wheeler, Auburn; daughters, Shari Stover and Janis Gravely, both of Auburn; grandchildren, Dara Stover, Drew Stover, Adria and Caleb Gravely; and a sister, Frances Kilgore, Winder.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 23, at 11 a.m. in Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Tim Taffer officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity or Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 329, Palmetto, Ga. 30268.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge of the arrangements
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

Dru Thomas
Dru Willie Thomas, 91, of Winder, died Tuesday, September 14, 2004.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Barrow County and was a daughter of the late John William and Massey Narcissis Wall Wilburn. Mrs. Thomas was a retired seamstress and was a member of Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earlie L. “Buck” Thomas, and a grandson, William Gerald Thomas, Jr.
Survivors include a son, Gerald Thomas, Braselton; five grandchildren, Diana McNulty, Daniel Thomas, Dennis Thomas, Bucky Thomas and Cindy George; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, September 16, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home with the Rev. David Fahner officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Rodney Broach, Robert Thomas, Preston Still, Bill McNulty, Daniel Thomas, and Justin McNulty.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004

Larry Blake
Larry Blake, 42, of Winder, died Wednesday, September 15, 2004.
Born in Barrow County, he was the son of the late Howard Glen and Hazel Martin Blake and was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Millie Evans Blake, Winder; son, Russell Blake and daughter, Amy Blake, both of Winder; four brothers, Steve Blake, Winder, Bobby Blake, Augusta, Terry Barrett, Winder, and Greg Martin, Arcade; mother and father-in-law, June and Bud Kitchens, Jefferson; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 17, in Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. Steve Wilson officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

Therese Legg
Therese Evans Legg, 91, of Commerce, died Wednesday, September 15, 2004, after an extended illness.
She was born on January 22, 1913, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Alvin Edgar and Eunice Boggs Evans. Mrs. Legg was a homemaker and was a member of Dry Pond Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gerdine Legg.
Survivors include two sons, William E. and Jerry Legg, both of Commerce; daughter, Rita Legg Gunter, Jefferson; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ralph and Grace Evans Freeman, Hoschton, Vernon and Ruth Evans Carter, Jefferson, and Hoyt and Martha Evans Voyles, Coco Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Deanna Maxwell and her husband Keith, Holly Gunter, and Wayne Lee and his wife, Heather; and two great-grandchildren, Alea and Kiyah.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 18, at Dry Pond Methodist Church with the Rev. Phil Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Legg, Jack Legg, Damon Gause, Cary Carter, Jimmy Voyles, and Danny Voyles. Burial was in Dry Pond Methodist Church Cemetery.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

Robert Feiler
Robert L. Feiler, 65, of Maysville, died Saturday, September 18, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
He was born in Sedgwick, Wichita, Kansas, and was a computer engineer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Hatzel Feiler.
Survivors include three children, Justine Cook, Anderson, Ind., Ursula Woodson, Louisville, Ky., and Tara Paris, Edgeville, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, in the chapel of Little Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. David Bowen officiating.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 22, 2004.

Howard Henderson
Howard Henderson, 62, of Commerce, died Monday, September 20, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was the son of the late Swain and Letty Hortence Greene Henderson. Mr. Henderson was a retired textile worker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Jean Embrick Henderson.
Survivors include two sons, Eugene (Petey) Henderson and Bruce Clayton, both of Commerce; two daughters, Michelle Henderson, Commerce, and Melissa Henderson, Watkinsville; one brother, Edward Henderson, Commerce; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, September 22, at Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Len Bernat officiating.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 22, 2004.

Herschel Dyer
Herschel Joe Dyer, 67, of Danielsville, died Saturday, September 18, 2004, in BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
He was born in White County, April 25, 1937, the son of the late Joe and Clifford Thomas Dyer. He was a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle.
Survivors include sons and daughers-in-law, Daniel and Kimberly Dyer, Danielsville, Sam and Brenda Dyer, Hull, David and Pam Dyer, Ila, and Paul Dyer, Danielsville; two brothers, Hubert Dyer, Lula, and Dwey Dyer, South Carolina; and two sisters, Lucille Hooper, Nicholson, and Ethlene Meadows, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 20, at the Full Gospel Tabernacle with the Revs. Toby Dyer and Larry Dyer officiating. Burial was in the Howington Cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 22, 2004.

Kenneth Carlan
Kenneth Herman Carlan, 35, of Commerce, died Tuesday, September 21, 2004, at his residence of a sudden illness.
He was a heavy machine operator and long distance truck operator.
Survivors include his mother, Genell Vaughn Carlan, Homer; daughter, Kristen Ann Carlan, Carnesville; two brothers, Mike Carlan, Homer, and Freddie Carlan, Gillsville; and sister, Marie Carlan, Homer.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 24, at 2 p.m. at the Nails Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Dwayne Eller and Tommy Childers officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

Mary Berryman
Mary Patti Berryman, 57, of Commerce, died Monday, September 20, 2004.
A native of Elbert County, she was the daughter of Robert and Charlotte Martin Blackmon and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, William Berryman, Commerce; daughter, Lori Dean, Elberton; brother, Robert A. Blackmon, Elberton; and two grandchildren, Bobby and William Dean, Elberton.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

L.W. ‘Hoop’ Eberhardt, Jr.
Linton Webster Eberhardt Jr., 91, of Athens, died Monday, September 20, 2004.
He was born on a farm in Jackson County and was the son of the late Linton Walton and Josephine Wheeler Eberhardt. Mr. Eberhardt attended public school in Maysville and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1936 with a BS in Forestry. He served 35 years with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service and was State Director for the last eight years. He served seven years as Executive Director of the Georgia Cotton Commission. He was a member and Deacon Emeritus of the Athens Baptist Church, a charter member of the Milledge Avenue Baptist Church, serving as deacon and treasurer from its organization until the sanctuary was completed. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Blue Key, Gridiron Secret Society, University of Georgia President’s Club, AGHON, Forestry School Alumni Association Hall of Fame, and the College Agriculture Alumni Association Hall of Fame. He served on the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board, Georgia 4-H Advisory committee, Athens Regional Library Board and as President of the College of Agriculture Alumni Association. He received the United States Department of Agriculture superior service award, The Progressive Farmer “Man of the Year” award in Georgia Agriculture, the Georgia Association of County Commissioners “Man of the Year” award, and the University of Georgia Alumni Society’s Special Alumni and Faculty Service Award.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Eleanor Bailey Eberhardt; sons and daughters-in-law, Lint and Alice Eberhardt, Royston, and Guy and Melanie Eberhardt, Macon; sisters, Jeanette Seaton, Hartwell, and Golden Mason, Tifton; grandchildren, Dr. Linton Eberhardt, IV, Atlanta, Laura Eleanor Stille, Spartanburg, S.C., Guy B. Eberhardt, Jr., Macon, and Susan Kennedy, Macon; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 23, at the Athens First Baptist Church with Drs. Jon Appleton and Bill Ross officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park., Athens, The family will receive friends from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Bernstein Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial contributions be made to the Athens First Baptist Church, 355 Pulaski Street, Athens, Georgia.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

‘Mike’ Craddock, Sr.
Robert “Mike” Fleming Craddock, Sr., 69, of Arnoldsville, died Saturday, September 18, 2004, after an 18 month battle with cancer.
He was born in Hanover County, Virginia, January 15, 1935, and was a veteran having served as a Navy Hospital Corpman. He joined the Navy in 1952, and on October 3, 1956, he married his sweetheart, Norma Snow of Leaksville, N.C. “Pop” did the usual Navy tours and stateside duty, but as a combat medic, he saw hazardous duty in both the Korean and Vietnamese Wars, including the Battle of Chu-Lai from October 1965 through February 1966. His flight orders assigned him to Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing FMFPAC. He was stationed in Athens in 1961 and the family stayed in the area through his last duty station at Dobbins Air Force Base, Marietta. “Pop” retired in 1972. He worked at the Athens Regional Medical Center for most of the time in the mental health unit. In 1985, he received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia and continued to work at the hospital until retiring again in January 2000, according to family members.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert, Jr. and Dameron Craddock.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Norma Snow Craddock; four children, Robert Flemind Craddock Jr., Narvon, Pa., Eddie and Kathy Craddock, Commerce, Mark and Anne Craddock, Decatur, and Catherine and Paul Cassidy, Pompano Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Catie Beth Martin and Emily Craddock, Narvon, Pa., Alexandra and Madeline Craddock, both of Decatur; one great-grandchild, Mekayla Martin, Narvon, Pa.; brother, Kenneth Hill, Ruffin, N.C.; sister, Iris Hill, Danville, Va.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 22, at Central Presbyterian Church, Athens, followed by a graveside service at Arnoldsville City Cemetery.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of the arrangements,.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

Hershell Butters
Hershell Butters, Jr., 45, of Braselton, died Saturday, September 18, 2004.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershell and Helen Butters.
Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Tempie and Don Smith, Braselton; nephew, John Riley Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah; aunts and uncles, Lois and Charles Shaw, Braselton, Francis and Oswald Akin and Hazel Frazier, all of Mobile, Ala.; and a host of cousins.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 23, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch, with Pastor Mark Byrd officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Park South Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday night, September 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

Brenda Joyce Bagley
Brenda Joyce Swafford Bagley, 53, of Commerce, died Sunday, August 29, 2004. She was a homemaker and a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Survivors include her husband, Donnie Bagley, Commerce; children, Greg and Martha Bagley, Jefferson, Mark Bagley, Tracey and Kevin Head, all of Commerce; mother, Bertha Swafford, Commerce; brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Sandra Swafford, Jefferson; grandchildren, Amber Bagley, Justin Bagley, and Tiffany Bagley, all of Jefferson, Troy head, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Friday, September 24, at 7 p.m. in the White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Flowers will be appreciated or memorials to any Regions Bank may be made to the memory of Brenda Bagley Memorial Fund.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.

Mary Frances Pruitt
Mary Frances Hill Pruitt, 85, of Commerce, died Friday, September 17, 2004. She was the daughter of the late Luther and Ada Wilbanks Hill. Mrs. Pruitt was a native of Banks County, a homemaker, and a member of New Salem United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray M. Pruitt.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Milton and Sharon Pruitt, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 18, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, with the Revs. Allen Carmichael and Jim McLendon officiating. Burial was in New Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 22, 2004.


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