Jackson County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 27, 2004

Gary Eberhart
Gary Irvin Eberhart, 55, of Lula, died Tuesday, October 26, 2004, after a sudden illness.
Born in Jackson County November 28, 1948, he was the son of the late Edgar and Ila Irvin Eberhart. He was a veteran having served in the United States Army in Vietnam. Mr. Eberhart was a carpenter, carving objects out of wood, including Santa Claus and award winning ducks, and he was a member of Talmo Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary “Dean” Eberhart.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Jane Eberhart, Macon; sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Fred Hemphill, Gillsville. Joan and Wayne Whiting, Pendergrass, Janice Crane, Danielsville; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Donna Eberhart, Cumming; one grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 28, at 11 a.m. at the graveside in the Talmo Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Roger Hardy officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Larry Grice
Larry D. Grice, 61, of Hoschton, died Tuesday, October 26, 2004.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, has charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Alice Bennett
Alice Johnson Bennet, 83, of Tallahassee, Fla. and Blairsville, died Saturday, October 23, 2004, following an extensive illness.
Born March 17, 1921, in Sylvania, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Curtis Johnson, M.D., and Ina Elizabeth Caston Johnson. Mrs. Bennett formerly lived in Jefferson, but lived most of her life in Tallahassee where she was retired from Florida State University as an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of Social Work. She was well known for her love of all crafts, but especially her skill in quilting, sewing, crocheting, and collecting and restoring of antique furniture, according to loved ones. She was a prior member of the Southside Methodist Church in Tallahassee, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Durwood Bennett;, two sisters, Jessie Latham and Lelia Poole, and two brothers, Murray Caston Johnson and A.O. Johnson.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Jenkins, Crestview, Fla. and Virginia “Ginger” Katherine Smith, Princeton, Tex.; son, Murray Ronald “Ronnie” Cornelius, Sr., Tallahassee, Fla.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, October 26, in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson, with the Rev. Johnny Ray officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Leon County Animal Shelter.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Helen Davidson
Helen Davidson, 83, of Jefferson, wife of Jack Davidson, prominent Jackson County attorney, died Friday, October 22, 2004.
She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, daughter of the late Henry H. and Mary Henderson Davidson. Mrs. Davidson was a homemaker, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson, the Jefferson Woman’s Club, former Superintendent of the Children’s Department of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson, a Girl Scout leader, member of the Jackson County Historical Society, and a supporter of Reinhardt College, Waleska.
Mrs. Davidson ran The Jackson Herald at times during the early 1960s when her husband served as president of the firm. She was in charge of the newspaper in 1965 when Herman and Helen Buffington purchased it from the Davidson group.
“Helen and Jack were largely responsible for our coming to Jefferson,” Herman Buffington, president of the firm today, states. “We will never forget how both of them helped us, not only with financial arrangements but also personally, as we moved to a new community and assumed the responsibilities of the business. Mrs. Davidson, being the on-site operator of The Herald, was particularly helpful. We will never forget her efficiency and her gracious manner.”
Survivors include her husband; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Daniel and James A. Daniel, Jr., LaGrange; son and daughter-in-law, Jack Davidson, Jr. and Robyn Davidson, Jefferson; six grandchildren, Robert D. Alexander, Jefferson, Aimee Alexander, Charleston, S.C., John Ryan Alexander, Atlanta, Charles Andrew Alexander, LaGrange, Scott Alexander Davidson, Tuscon, Ariz., and Katherine Leigh Davidson, Athens; granddaughter-in-law, Lori Alexander, Jefferson; and great-grandson, Jack Sullivan Alexander, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 24, 2004, at the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson. The Rev. Carey Gibson, pastor, Dr. Gerald A. Mitton, retired pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson, and Dr. Floyd Falany, president emeritus of Reinhardt College, officiated. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. Grandchildren were pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson, 188 Martin Street, Jefferson, Georgia 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

‘Dub’ Hutson
Charlie W. “Dub” Hutson, 84, of Conley, died Tuesday, October 26, 2004, at his residence.
Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Hutson; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Billy Peters, Ola; son, Danny Hutson, Senoia; sisters, Blondine Boggs, Braselton, Gwen Rolse, College Park, and Sue Summers, Smyrna; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 29, at 11 a.m. in Tanner’s Baptist Church, Ellenwood. Burial will be at White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, 6362 South Lee Street, Morrow, Ga. 30260, (706)961-2828.
Memorials may be made to Tanner’s Baptist Church Music Fund, 4482 Tanner’s Church Road, Ellenwood, Ga. 30294.
Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Melissa Miller
Melissa Leigh Marlow Miller, 22, of Nicholson, died Monday, October 25, 2004, from injuries received in an auto accident.
She was born August 29, 1982, in Gwinnett County, and was the daughter of Gary Randall Miller, Winder, and Sandra Dee Miller Smith, Nicholson.
Survivors other than her parents include daughters, Morgan Leigh Marlow and Kayleigh Stoy Anthony, both of Nicholson; sister, Ashley Vera Dee Miller, Nicholson; brothers and sister-in-law, Peter Randall Miller, Winder, Joshua and Ginger Miller, Winder; niece, Lilly Miller; fiancé, Lanier Boswell, Center; grandparents, Harold and Ginger Smith, Orlando, Fla.; aunts and uncles, Billy and Susan Smith, Orlando, Fla., Robert and Jolynn Smith, Loganville, Michael and Martha Smith, Roswell; great-grandmother, Lola Smith, Orlando, Fla.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 27, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in the Howington Cemetery, Nich-olson.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Bill Watkins
Bill Watkins, 81, of Hoschton, died Thursday, October 21, 2004.
Born in Barrow County, he was the son of the late William S. and Lilly Wehunt Watkins. Mr. Watkins was a retired farmer and a member of Center United Methodist Church, Hoschton. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike Watkins.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Johnson Watkins, Hoschton; daughters and son-in-law, Robbie Mauldin and Jean and Larry Beck, all of Hoschton; grandchildren, Bill and Terri Hales, Ken and Beverly Hales, Jeff and Renee Mauldin, Greg and Joy Mauldin; great-grandchildren, Brittany Mauldin, Paige Mauldin, Austin Mauldin, Alex Mauldin, Caroline Hales, and Ann Hales.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 23, at the Center Methodist Church, Hoschton, with the Revs. Howard Banks, Greg Dillard, and Glen Parrish officiating. Burial was at Barrow Memorial Gardens, Winder. Pallbearers were Jeff Mauldin, Greg Mauldin, Bill Hales, Ken Hales, Wendell Evans, and Stan Evans.
Memorials may be made to Jackson Trail Christian School, 371 Hope Haven Road, Jefferson, Georgia 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Correction
The Newell Long obit that ran in The Jackson Herald October 20, 2004, had an incorrect street number for Ebenezer United Methodist Church. It should have read: 1368 Ebenezer Church Road, Jefferson, Ga. 30549.

Peggy Lynch
Peggy Collins Farr Lynch, 70, of Hoschton, died Thursday, October 21, 2004, at her residence.
A native of Royston, she was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. E.H. Collins, Winder. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Episcopal Church, Winder, and was the founding director of Barrow County Child Development Center in 1974.
Survivors include her husband, Edmund Lynch; son, Rev. Beau Anthony Farr, Hoschton; daughters, Starr Elaine Farr, Norpelph, England, and Pamela Sue Brewer, Atlanta; grandchildren, Johanna Rachel Farr and Nicholas Emanuel Robb.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Episcopal Church Library Fund, 174 St. Anthony Drive, Winder, Ga. 30680.
Lord and Stephens, EAST, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.
Florence Aaron
Florence Lee Loggins Aaron, 72, of Athens, died Friday, October 22, 2004.
A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Calvin Kytle and Maggie Louise Jones Loggins. She was employed with Thomas Textile for 18 years and retired from Reliance Electric after 25 years. Mrs. Aaron was a member and kindergarten Sunday School teacher at New Covenant Worship Center.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Jake B. Aaron; brother, W.C. Loggins, Comer; sisters, Olivia Randolph, Athens, and Mamie Lou Watkins, Gainesville; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 24, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home with the Revs. Howard F. Conine and Michael Giddeons officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the New Covenant Worship Center, 1425 Newton Bridge Road, Athens, Ga. 30607, or to Vista Care Foundation, 767 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, Ga. 30606.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge or arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Posie Moon
Posie Goldsmith Moon, 85, of Commerce, died Wednesday, October 27, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald E. and Rhonda Bentley Moon, Commerce; a special friend, Horace (Dump) Roach, Commerce; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 29, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial will be in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, October 28, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Ivie Funeral Home, Com-merce, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.


‘Richie’ Freeman
Michael Richard “Richie” Freeman, 36, of Hoschton, died Wednesday, October 20, 2004, from injuries received in an automobile accident.
He was born in Barrow County on November 7, 1968, he was the son of William G. Freeman, Hoschton, and Juanita Robbins Freeman, Jefferson. Mr. Freeman was a framer in the construction business.
Survivors including his parents are a daughter, Michelle Freeman, Jefferson; sons, Michael Freeman and Will Freeman, both of Jefferson; sisters, Deborah Patton and Sandra Whitlock, both of Jefferson, Glenda Neher, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Janet Wilson, Commerce.
A memorial service was held Saturday, October 23, at the Arcade Community Church with the Rev. Palmer Pace officiating.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Paul Frazier
Paul Edward Frazier, 74, of Commerce, died Saturday, October 23, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Survivors include two sons, Dennis Frazier, Cumming, and Russell Frazier, Gainesville; step-son, Joseph Martin Hamby, Commerce; three daughters, Cinthia Frazier Hurst, Lilburn, Elizabeth Frazier Ray, Dallas, and Mary Frazier Bounds, Commerce; step-daughter, Lori Lynn Frazier, Gainesville; three brothers, Curtis Frazier, Lawrenceville, Glen Frazier, Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Herschel Frazier, Jasper; sister, Ruby Burbank, Stone Mountain; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, October 26, at Melwood Cemetery, Stone Mountain.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Imogene Cochran
Imogene Cochran, 83, of Athens, died Thursday, October 21, 2004, at her residence following a brief illness.
Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Helen Cochran, Ware Shoals, S.C. and Mildred Cochran, Athens; a number of nieces and nephews; and relatives in Commerce.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 23, at the Damascus Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Rogers and Gene Todd officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Matthew Cawthon
Matthew Curt Cawthon, 31, of Canon, died Monday, October 18, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
He was born in Franklin County, August 23, 1973, the son of Ty and Peggy Pitts Cawthon, Canon. Mr. Cawthon graduated from Franklin County High School and attended Emmanuel College and the University of Georgia. He worked with Milliken and was a member of the New Franklin Christian Church. He was an avid deer hunter and loved fishing, according to family members. He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, T.O. and Louise Chitwood Cawthon and maternal grandfather, Curtis McCay Pitts.
Survivors include his parents and brothers and sisters-in-law, Tim and Lisa Cawthon, Martin, and Sam and Lori Cawthon, Canon; niece and nephew, Cort and Fallon Cawthon, Martin; and maternal grandmother, Geneva Welborn Pitts, Martin.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 21, at the New Franklin Christian Church with Dennis Harris, Minister, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the New Franklin Christian Church Cemetery Fund, 4244 New Franklin Church Road, Canon, Ga. 30520.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Heraldl, October 27, 2004.

Arlie Leet
Arlie Holt Leet, 81, of Danielsville, died Sunday, October 24, 2004.
Born in Holly Springs, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Caswell and Lester Holt, and was a member of Joy Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Jack Leet; daughter, Kathryn Leet Ferguson; grandchildren, Melissa Jones Shrinner and husband Jason Shrinner, Calhoun, Jack Jones, Colbert, Joshua Ferguson, Hull; great grandchildren, Zoie and Regan Shriner, Calhoun, Sebastian and Alex Jones, Colbert; sisters, Oma Taylor, Raleigh, N.C., Laura Minard, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Helen Peterman, Frederick, Md.; brothers, Billy Holt, Holly Springs, N.C., Robert Holt, Middlesex, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, October 26, at Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were David Ferguson, Brandon Myers, Nathan Myers, David Jones, Micah Ferguson, and Bryan Acker.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Russell Weir, Jr.
Russell E. Weir, Jr., 61, of Danielsville, died Friday, October 22, 2004, at Emory Hospital.
Born in Indiana, he was the son of Russell E. Weir, Sr., and the late Bernice Hanson Weir. He had lived in Danielsville for fourteen years after moving from Florida and was a member of Amvets and the Elks Club.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Bales Weir; his father; daughter, Jill Wilson, North Carolina; son, Todd Weir, Florida; sister, Darla Huddleston, Florida; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 24, at Lord & Stephens, Danielsville Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Wiley officiating. Pallbearers were Jason Ainsworth, Doug Luthi, Richard Slay, Stacy Wooten, Raymond Hooper, Charles Seagraves, and Byron Bates. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

‘Pop’ Bales
Bookter “Pop” Bales, 70, of Colbert, died Wednesday, October 20, 2004.
He was the son of the late Joe and Lula Streetman Bales.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Mitchell Bales, Colbert; daughters, Cindy Elder, Watkinsville, Angie Bales, Comer, Faye Ray, Waycross, Debra Brown, Arcade, Mary Waters, Gastonia, N.C., Daphine Montgomery, Covington, Elizabeth McDaniel, Winder and Jennifer Hallbaker, Franklin, N.C.; sons, Bobby Bales, Danielsville, Rodney Bales, Comer, Terry Armistead, Covington, Gene Arwood, Chatsworth, Tim Arwood, Kings Mountain, N.C., Herbert Arwood, Monroe and Jimmy Meeks, Arcade; 41 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 23, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home with the Revs. Patsy Garrett and Walter Venable officiating. Burial was at Hill Haven Memorial Gardens, Monroe.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004.

Nell Rice
Nell Plyler Rice, 82, of Royston, died Sunday, October 24, 2004, at Brown Memorial Convalescent Center, Royston.
She was born in Lancaster, S.C., June 13, 1922, the daughter of the late William Henry and Mary West Plyler. She was retired from Oxford Manufacturing in Bowman and was a member of the Zidon Baptist Church She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bunyan Rice, son-in-law, William Garner Dove, three brothers, Luther, John Henry and Frank Plyler, three sisters, Willie Plyler Hatefield, Lizzie Plyler Hayes and Burtha Plyler Mongo.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Pete Byron Belk, Royston; grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law, Randy and Alice Dove, Christy and Walt Myers, and Brent and Jill Dove; great-grandchildren, Anna Dove, Ross Dove, Brandon Myers, and Jonathan Myers; special sister, Vallie Ree Chastain; special nieces, Lynn Rice and Renee Kyseth; and several other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 26, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, Paul Collins, and Dr. Grant Myerholtz officiating. Burial was in the Franklin Memorial Gardens-SOUTH.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 27, 2004

Coleen Gaines
Coleen Cain Gaines, 61, of Pendergrass, died Saturday, October 23, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late William Zed and Pearl Lee Cain. Mrs. Gaines was a homemaker and a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Jimbo Gaines, Pendergrass; two daughters, Donna Best and Deborah Bowden, both of Pendergrass; son, Vince Gaines, Pendergrass; two sisters, Carol Voyles, Braselton, and Marty Cain, Dawsonville; two brothers, Gene Cain and Junior Cain, both of Jefferson; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 26, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Douglas Gaines, Harold Gaines, and Bobby Bugg officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens. Pallbearers were Bobby Keith, L.B. Berry, Wenslo Denova, Junior Lee, Ricky Gaines, and Danny Gaines.
Evans Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.

Imogene Cochran
Imogene Cochran, 83, of Athens, died Thursday, October 21, 2004, at her residence following a brief illness.
Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Helen Cochran, Ware Shoals, S.C. and Mildred Cochran, Athens; a number of nieces and nephews; and relatives in Commerce.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 23, at the Damascus Baptist Church with the Revs. Roy Rogers and Gene Todd officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.

‘Reta’ Luker
Martha Lauretta “Reta” Luker, 74, of Homer, died Friday, October 22, 2004, at BJC Medical Center.
Born March 6, 1930, in Banks County, she was the daughter of the late Edward W. and Bessie Gregory Borders. Mrs. Luker was the owner of Reta’s School of Cosmetology and was a member of Homer United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, James E. Luker, Homer; son, John Luker, Commerce; daughter, Theresa Denton, Homer; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Revs. Bill Manus, Eddie Borders, and Mr. Kevin Denton officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.

Bobby Westmoreland
Bobby R. Westmoreland, 68, of Lula, died Wednesday, October 20, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born September 27, 1936, in Jackson County, he was the son of Lois Forrester Westmoreland, Lula, and the late Henry Westmoreland. He was a retired engineer from Kato, a former Banks County Commissioner, and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Louise Marlow Westmoreland, Lula; his mother; daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Joe Craven, Maysville; sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley and Vickie Westmoreland and Steve and Diane Westmoreland, all of Lula; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Revs. Ralph O. Smith and Swayne Carlan officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Westmoreland to the American Cancer Society, 1399 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30329.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.

Kathleen Brock
Kathleen Parson Brock, 68, of Maysville, died Wednesday, October 20, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens, following an extended illness.
Survivors include her husband, Winford Brock of the home; three sons, Joe Brock, Homer, Dennis Brock, and Terry Parson, both of Maysville; three daughters, Kathy Mealor, Maysville, Dianne Free and Debbie Hunter, both of Homer; seven brothers, Sam Parson and Waymond Parson, both of Commerce, Howard Parson, Gainesville, Charles Parson, Dairl Parson, Otis Parson, and Steve Parson, all of Maysville; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 22, at the Unity Christian Church with the Revs. Mike Thompson and Dennis Harris officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.

Ann Strickland
Ann Elizabeth Dixon Strickland, 56, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, October 19, 2004, at the residence of her sister.
Born in McCrae, she was the daughter of the late Grady and Pat Dixon. She worked as a seamstress for Superior Pants for 25 years and was a member of Bible Baptist Church. Mrs. Strickland was a devout Christian and professed her love of Christ, according to her loved ones. She said, “thou God slay me I still love him.”
She was preceded in death by her son, Russell Strickland.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Strickland, Hull; sisters, Carolyn Strickland, Mary Sorrow, Barbara Streetman, all of Nicholson, and Sherry Bramlett, Farmington; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 21, at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Revs. Robert Garrett and Robert Whatley officiating. Burial was in Winning Side Baptist Church Cemetery, Hwy 29, formerly Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Aaron Rainking, Danny Sorrow, Virgil Strickland, Paul Bramlett, Scott Bramlett, and Greg Reynolds.
Lord & Stephens, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.

‘Richie’ Freeman
Michael Richard “Richie” Freeman, 36, of Hoschton, died Wednesday, October 20, 2004, from injuries received in an automobile accident.
He was born in Barrow County on November 7, 1968, he was the son of William G. Freeman, Hoschton, and Juanita Robbins Freeman, Jefferson. Mr. Freeman was a framer in the construction business.
Survivors including his parents are a daughter, Michelle Freeman, Jefferson; sons, Michael Freeman and Will Freeman, both of Jefferson; sisters, Deborah Patton and Sandra Whitlock, both of Jefferson, Glenda Neher, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Janet Wilson, Commerce.
A memorial service was held Saturday, October 23, at the Arcade Community Church with the Rev. Palmer Pace officiating.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.

Paul Frazier
Paul Edward Frazier, 74, of Commerce, died Saturday, October 23, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.
Survivors include two sons, Dennis Frazier, Cumming, and Russell Frazier, Gainesville; step-son, Joseph Martin Hamby, Commerce; three daughters, Cinthia Frazier Hurst, Lilburn, Elizabeth Frazier Ray, Dallas, and Mary Frazier Bounds, Commerce; step-daughter, Lori Lynn Frazier, Gainesville; three brothers, Curtis Frazier, Lawrenceville, Glen Frazier, Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Herschel Frazier, Jasper; sister, Ruby Burbank, Stone Mountain; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, October 26, at Melwood Cemetery, Stone Mountain.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.

Florence Aaron
Florence Lee Loggins Aaron, 72, of Athens, died Friday, October 22, 2004.
A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Calvin Kytle and Maggie Louise Jones Loggins. She was employed with Thomas Textile for 18 years and retired from Reliance Electric after 25 years. Mrs. Aaron was a member and kindergarten Sunday School teacher at New Covenant Worship Center.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Jake B. Aaron; brother, W.C. Loggins, Comer; sisters, Olivia Randolph, Athens, and Mamie Lou Watkins, Gainesville; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 24, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home with the Revs. Howard F. Conine and Michael Giddeons officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Nephews served as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the New Covenant Worship Center, 1425 Newton Bridge Road, Athens, Ga. 30607, or to Vista Care Foundation, 767 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, Ga. 30606.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge or arrangements.
The Commerce News. October 27, 2004.

Arlie Leet
Arlie Holt Leet, 81, of Danielsville, died Sunday, October 24, 2004.
Born in Holly Springs, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Caswell and Lester Holt, and was a member of Joy Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Jack Leet; daughter, Kathryn Leet Ferguson; grandchildren, Melissa Jones Shrinner and husband Jason Shrinner, Calhoun, Jack Jones, Colbert, Joshua Ferguson, Hull; great grandchildren, Zoie and Regan Shriner, Calhoun, Sebastian and Alex Jones, Colbert; sisters, Oma Taylor, Raleigh, N.C., Laura Minard, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Helen Peterman, Frederick, Md.; brothers, Billy Holt, Holly Springs, N.C., Robert Holt, Middlesex, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, October 26, at Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were David Ferguson, Brandon Myers, Nathan Myers, David Jones, Micah Ferguson, and Bryan Acker.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.

Russell Weir, Jr.
Russell E. Weir, Jr., 61, of Danielsville, died Friday, October 22, 2004, at Emory Hospital.
Born in Indiana, he was the son of Russell E. Weir, Sr., and the late Bernice Hanson Weir. He had lived in Danielsville for fourteen years after moving from Florida and was a member of Amvets and the Elks Club.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Bales Weir; his father; daughter, Jill Wilson, North Carolina; son, Todd Weir, Florida; sister, Darla Huddleston, Florida; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 24, at Lord & Stephens, Danielsville Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Wiley officiating. Pallbearers were Jason Ainsworth, Doug Luthi, Richard Slay, Stacy Wooten, Raymond Hooper, Charles Seagraves, and Byron Bates. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.

Melissa Miller
Melissa Leigh Marlow Miller, 22, of Nicholson, died Monday, October 25, 2004, from injuries received in an auto accident.
She was born August 29, 1982, in Gwinnett County, and was the daughter of Gary Randall Miller, Winder, and Sandra Dee Miller Smith, Nicholson.
Survivors other than her parents include daughters, Morgan Leigh Marlow and Kayleigh Stoy Anthony, both of Nicholson; sister, Ashley Vera Dee Miller, Nicholson; brothers and sister-in-law, Peter Randall Miller, Winder;, Joshua and Ginger Miller, Winder; niece, Lilly Miller, Fiancé, Lanier Boswell, Center; grandparents, Harold and Ginger Smith, Orlando, Fla.; aunts and uncles, Billy and Susan Smith, Orlando, Fla., Robert and Jolynn Smith, Loganville, Michael and Martha Smith, Roswell; great-grandmother, Lola Smith, Orlando, Fla.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 27, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in the Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 27, 2004.


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