Jackson County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 3, 2004

Robert Geter
Robert Lee Geter, 60, of Tignall, died Thursday, October 28, 2004, at Wills Memorial Hospital, Washington.
A native of Hart County, he was the son of the late Henry and Nina Lee Rucker Geter.
Survivors include his very special friend, Betty Walton, Tignall; sons, Alan Johnson, James Robert Geter and Jeremy Geter, all of Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Robby Bailey, Winder, Paula and Lee Tate, Gainesville, Mary and Mitchell Law, Commerce, and Laverne Graham, Gainesville; brother, John Geter, Hartwell; sisters, Gail Geter, Iva, S.C., Dorothy Parris, Ocala, Fla., and Margaret Dade of Alexandria, Va.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 1, at St. John C.M.E. Church, Hartwell with the Rev. B.H. Bailey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mack’s Funeral Home, Hartwell, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 3, 2004.

Atha Wingate
Atha Mae Wingate, 83, of Jefferson, died Friday, October 29, 2004, following an extended illness.
She was born on October 12, 1921, in Harrisburg, N.C., daughter of the late Samuel Avery Wallace and Minnie Leola Flowe. Mrs. Wingate was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Wingate.
Survivors include three daughters, Malinda Fiskeaux, Nashville, Cindy Holman and Rhonda Christian, both of Jefferson; sister, Wilma Stilwell, Mathews, N.C.; brother, Reid Wallace, Harrisburg, N.C.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; twelve nieces; and fourteen nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 31, at Galilee Christian Church with Minister. Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Athens, GA 30605, and/or St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 3, 2004.

Larry Grice
Larry D. Grice, 61, of Hoschton, died Tuesday, October 26, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Fulton County, he was the son of the late O.T. and Annie Ruth Mahaffey Grice. He was a former Lawrenceville resident and had resided in this area for the past 32 years. Mr. Grice attended the Winder First Baptist Church and was retired from General Motors, where he served as the chief clerk of the parts department. He was most recently employed with The Home Depot of Hamilton Mill.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Reynolds Grice, Hoschton; three daughters and son-in-law, Casey Simmons, Jefferson, Lisa Grice, Hoschton, and Danielle and Jason Austin, Winder; three grandchildren, Justin Simmons, Dylan Simmons and Jackson Austin; three sisters, Barbara Sudderth, Sugar Hill, Rena Clark, Auburn, and Ann Smith, Dacula; brother, Jack Grice, Auburn.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 29, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with Dr. John E. Talley officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Larry Parker, Billy Greer, Danny Barnes, Bobby Mayfield, Jimmy Cook and Patrick Gault.
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, Georgia 30605, or The Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, Georgia 30501.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 3, 2004.

Evelyn Hunter
Evelyn Hunter, 73, of Athens, died Monday, October 25, 2004.
Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn Joyce Dotson, Statham; sons, Tommy Hunter and Dilmus Hunter, both of Jefferson; step-son, Frank Gresham, Jefferson; sisters, Ruth Aker, Vera Harris and Betty Gresham, all of Jefferson, and Mattie Patman, Athens; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 29, at Poplar Spring Baptist Church, Jefferson, with the Rev. George D. Aker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 3, 2004.

‘Tony’ Lynn, Sr.
Anthony M. “Tony” Lynn, Sr., 80, of Watkins-ville, died Sunday, October 31, 2004.
A native of Barbour County, Ala., he was the son of the late Anthony M. and Lilly Mae Adams Lynn. He was a veteran, having served on the USS Oakland in the United States Navy during World War II. He was retired from the University of Georgia’s Animal Science Department and was a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Mr. Lynn was a resident of Oconee County most of his life. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Maude Whitaker Lynn, and two sons, James M. Lynn and Joseph W. Lynn.
Survivors include daughter, Dianna L. Bowden, Watkins-ville; four sons, John H. Lynn and Edward L. Lynn, both of Bogart, Tim W. Lynn, Watkinsville, and Anthony M. Lynn, Jr., Nicholson; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, November 2, in the Watkinsville City Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Strickland officiating.
Arthur Bowick’s Oconee Chapel, Watkinsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 3, 2004.

‘Becky’ Gooch
Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Gooch, 33, of Braselton, died Thursday, October 28, 2004.
She was born on May 10, 1971, in Jackson County, daughter of the late Bertha Lee Hightower Pettyjohn and Leroy Gooch of Pendergrass. She was a certified dental hygienist, was currently a homemaker, and was a Baptist.
Survivors in addition to her father, include daughters, Brittany Leigh Gooch and Kari Lynn Reed, both of Braselton; life-partner, Brian Reed, Braselton; step-mother, Charlotte Gooch, Pendergrass; sisters, Bobbie Darlene Pendley, Ellijay, Vicky Robinson, Gainesville; brother, Mike Gooch, Pendergrass; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 31, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Joel Shadburn and Jeffrey Langley officiating. Burial was in the Talmo Baptist Church Cemetery, Talmo. Pallbearers were Stanley Gooch, Wendell Gooch, Jr., Douglas Reed, James Reed, Randy Reed, and Greg Motes.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 3, 2004.

Randall Seabolt
Randall Seabolt, 44, of Hoschton, died Tuesday, October 19, 2004, at his home following an extended illness.
Born in Pendergrass March 21, 1960, he was the son of the late Ernest and Gladys Seabolt. Mr. Seabolt was a carpenter and enjoyed drawing, according to his loved ones. He was preceded in death by brothers, Ernest “Bug” Seabolt, Jr., and Dennis “Dinky” Seabolt.
Survivors include a sister, Alethia Boone, Hoschton; brothers, Dearl Seabolt and Jerry Wright, both of Hoschton, Douglas Wright, Oakwood, and Lonnie Wright, Marietta; eight nieces; and six nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 24, in Mt. Creek Church, Pendergrass. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 3, 2004.

Dorothy MacLean
Dorothy Frank MacLean, 80, of Hoschton, died Monday, November 1, 2004.
Born August 18, 1924, in Pittsburgh, Penn., she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Helen Cooke Frank and was a mortgage servicing officer at Dollar Bank for 25 years. Mrs. MacLean was a lifelong member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Dormont chapter, past Mother Advisor of the International Order of Rainbow, Mt. Lebanon Chapter, was a volunteer at St. Clair Hospital in Mount Lebanon and a volunteer at Carolina Medical Center-Mercy Hospital, Charlotte, N.C. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Lebanon. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert MacLean, and brother, Charles Frank.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Jacquelyn and Richard Gray, Ft. Myers, Fla., Nancy Thomas and Timothy Cates, Athens, and Diane and Ken Totherow, Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Meredith Thomas and Ryan Thomas, both of Athens, Courtney Totherow Smith and husband, Matthew David Smith, Raleigh, N.C., and Christopher Totherow, Charlotte, N.C.
Funeral services have not been announced.
Memorials may be made to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, is in charge arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 3, 2004.

Grace Benson
Grace Elrod Benson, 89, of Pendergrass, died Wednesday, November 3, 2004, following an extended illness.
Born December 12, 1914, she was the daughter of the late John and Eula Elrod. She was retired from Sears and Roebuck, Atlanta, and was a member of the Talmo Baptist Church. Mrs. Benson was preceded in death by her husband, Hall Monroe “H.M.” Benson and a daughter, Peggy Benson Czaplinski.
Survivors include sisters, Geraldine Elrod, Pendergrass, and Martha Sheridan, Commerce; brothers, Edward Elrod and Bruce Elrod, both of Pendergrass; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 5, at 11 a.m. at Talmo Baptist Church with the Revs. Herbert F. Woodyard, Charles Jenkins, and Mark Spence officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 3, 2004.

Edward Bennett
Edward Cecil Bennett, 53, of Danielsville, died Friday, October 29, 2004, following an extended illness.
He was the son of the late Claude and Reba Bennett.
Survivors include sons, Chad Bennett and Robert Bennett Wood, both of Commerce; daughter, Jennifer Bennett, Gainesville; three brothers, Claude Bennett, Jr., Chula Vista, Calif., Sherman Bennett and Jimmy Bennett, both of Commerce; three sisters, Mary Ann Wood, Commerce, Eloise Alewine, Toccoa, and Shirley Sexton, Danielsville; two grandchildren; special friends Martha Gary and Rhonda Couch, both of Danielsville.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 30, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Webb and Ronnie Alewine officiating.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 3, 2004.

James Myers
James Robert Myers, 61, of Danielsville, died Thursday, October 28, 2004, at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta.
Born in Jackson County September 5, 1943, he was the son of the late J.B. and Elizabeth Tate Myers. He was a veteran having served in the United States Navy. Mr. Myers was the retired owner of a convenience store and a member of the New Hope Congregational Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Bryant.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine David Myers, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Robyn and Jeff Lenhart, Orlando, Fla., and Pam and Doug Kesler, Danielsville; son and fiancé, Rodney Myers, Royston, and April Fowler; sister, Pat Varner, Commerce; three grandchildren; two adopted grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 30, at New Hope Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Brian David officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 3, 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 were held Thursday, October 28, at the graveside in the Talmo Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Roger Hardy officiating.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 3, 2004.

Posie Moon
Posie Goldsmith Moon, 85, of Commerce, died Wednesday, October 27, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
She was the daughter of the late John and Nora Jean Rowland Goldsmith. Mrs. Moon was retired from Harmony Grove Mill and was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church.
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 were held Friday, October 29, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 3, 2004.

‘Don’ Fitzpatrick
Donald “Don” Ralph Fitzpatrick, 74, of Sanford, N.C., died Monday, November 1, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Ila, he was the son of the late Ralph Fitzpatrick and Eva Tiller Lamb. He was employed by Gordon’s Potato Chip Company for 20 years and retired as regional manager at Cliff Weil, where he worked for 17 years. He was a member of Cool Springs Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school superintendent. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty B. Fitzpatrick, and by a grandson, Travis M. Fitzpatrick.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Dismukes Fitzpatrick; five sons and daughters-in-law, Donald Stephen Fitzpatrick, Raleigh, N.C., Mark and Roxanne Fitzpatrick, Olivia, N.C., Daniel and Denette Fitzpatrick, Dan and Joan Fowler, and Scott Fowler, all of Sanford, N.C.; daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Arthur Bullard, Pamela and Randy Gunter, all of Sanford, N.C.; and Susan and Ingo Brelewski, Charlotte, N.C.; brothers, Robert M. Fitzpatrick, Carnesville, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Georgia, and Edward Fitzpatrick, Lebanon, Tenn.; sister, Faye F. Hobson, Tennessee; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 4, at 2 p.m. in Cool Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Ira Sutton and Donald Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Sanford, N.C.
Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home, Sanford, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 3, 2004.

Atha Wingate
Atha Mae Wingate, 83, of Jefferson, died Friday, October 29, 2004, following an extended illness.
She was born on October 12, 1921, in Harrisburg, N.C., the daughter of the late Samuel Avery Wallace and Minnie Leola Flowe. Mrs. Wingate was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Wingate.
Survivors include three daughters, Malinda Fiskeaux, Nashville, Cindy Holman and Rhonda Christian, both of Jefferson; sister, Wilma Stilwell, Mathews, N.C.; brother, Reid Wallace, Harrisburg, N.C.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; twelve nieces; and fourteen nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 31, at Galilee Christian Church with the Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Athens, GA 30605, and/or St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athewns, GA 30604.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 3, 2004.

Clarence Shelton
Clarence Lee Shelton, 72, of Danielsville, died Sunday, October 31, 2004.
A native of Clarke County, he was the son of the late Willie and Inez Shelton. He was retired from the Athens- Clarke County Water Department and was a veteran having served in the Korean conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Alma Jean Walls Shelton; two sons, Mike Shelton, Statham, and Edward Shelton, Danielsville; two sisters, Connie Bryant, Gray, and Lisa Zilaro, Lakeside, Conn.; three brothers, Billy Shelton, Oakville, Conn., Henry Shelton, Florida, and Lloyd Shelton, Waterberry, Conn.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 3, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Burial was in the Colbert Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Shelton, Justin Elder, Dennis Fry, Darrell Nunnally, Dillard Nunnally and David Cootz.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 3, 2004.

Dorothy Brooks
Dorothy Elizabeth Brooks, 70, of Comer, died Friday, October 29, 2004.
A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Reese and Mary Emma Owens Brooks. She was a retired master cosmetologist and a member of Oconee Street United Methodist Church. Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by a brother.
Survivors include her husband, Carlton V. Brooks; children, Della B. Sims and Steve Brooks; five sisters; one brother; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 1, from the graveside in Kidd Cemetery with Rev. Todd Staton officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 3, 2004.

‘Tom’ Childers
Thomas “Tom” Childers, 34, of Colbert, died Wednesday, October 27, 2004.
A lifelong resident of Colbert, he was the son of Herman and Peggy Eberhart Childers and was employed with Carrier Transicold.
Survivors in addition to his parents include his grandfather, Thomas Eberhart; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Mark Beach; nieces and nephews, Ashli, Matt, and Caroline Beach, all of Colbert.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 30, from the graveside at Colbert Cemetery with the Rev. Gerald Brunson officiating.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, 1500 Oglethorpe Avenue, Suite 200-C, Athens, Georgia 30606, or to Madison County Sheriff’s Office Bullet Proof Vest Fund, P.O. Box 65, Danielsville, Georgia 30683.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 3, 2004.



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