Jackson County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 10, 2004

Thelma Moon
Thelma Madge Moon, 78, of Commerce, died Monday, November 8, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness.
She was a member of The Sports Atlanta Blue 1947 World Champion Women’s Basketball Team playing for the World Title in Madison Square Gardens, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004 in Springfield, Mass.
Survivors include her husband, Julius R. Moon, Commerce; sons, Stanley L. Moon, Lawrenceville, and Leland Ray Moon, Commerce; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 10, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Thompson officiating. Burial was in the Cross Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 10, 2004.

Montine Hardman
Montine Sorrow Hardman, 89, of Commerce, died Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at her residence.
She was born March 23, 1915, in Banks County, and was the daughter of the late John and Hassie Skelton Sorrow. She was a homemaker and was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include sons, David Hardman, Danielsville, Bobby Hardman, Savannah, Dr. William Hardman, Athens, and Mike Hardman, Cleveland; brothers, Charles Sorrow, Conyers, and Noble Sorrow, Brunswick; and sister, Johnnie Spray, Arnoldsville.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 5, at Blacks Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 10, 2004.

Mary Lawson
Mary Lou Lawson, 78, of Lawrenceville, died Saturday, November 6, 2004, after an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, she lived in the area all of her life. She was a homemaker, member of Unity Church, Maysville, and attended Whitehall Baptist Church, Lula.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, John Wayne and Brenda Lawson, Dacula and Ron and Donna Lawson, Lula; grandchildren, Jennifer and Robert Benca, Snellville, Christina and Noah Ryan, Dacula, Kenny and Sondra Thompson, Lula, Dina Thompson and Jason Thompson, Lula; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Grace Ivey, Commerce, Dot Adams, Florida, Jimmie Wortham, Lawrenceville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and Bert Heaton, Bethlehem, Tina and Howard Gordon, Macon; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 8, in the Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dwayne Ryals officiating. Burial was in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens, Cumming.
Memorials may be made to Life Care of Lawrenceville, 210 Collins Industrial Way, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30045.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel and Gardens, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 10, 2004.

Cody Massey
Cody Massey, 93, of Cornelia, died Friday, November 5, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Born October 12, 1911, in Banks County, he was the son of the late William Curt and Hattie Short Massey. He was retired from Gold’s Department Store with 30 years of service and was a member of the Cornelia First Baptist Church. Mr. Massey was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Louise Gailey Massey, a sister, Murwyn Moody, and a granddaughter, Jan Marie Massey.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Billy C. and Sara Massey and Bobby L. and Jeri Massey, all of Cornelia; sisters, Everette Milford, Commerce, Ebbie Hill, Columbia, S.C., and Janell Chandler, Dalton; brothers, Shelby Massey, Commerce, and Norman Massey, Virginia; four grandchildren, James and Debbie Massey, Cornelia, Joel Massey, Gainesville, Chris and Chuck Adams, Royston, Sandy and Tony Pheifer, Waterford, Wis.; seven great-grandchildren, Austin Massey, Ashby Massey, and Avery Massey, all of Cornelia, Chase Adams and Cayla Adams, both of Royston, and Frank Pheifer and Nick Pheifer, both of Waterford, Wis.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 7, at the Cornelia First Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Doran officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Cornelia, GA 30531.
Whitfield Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 10, 2004.

Steve Dyer
Steve Dyer, 28, of Alto, died Wednesday, November 3, 2004.
He was born in Hall County on May 20, 1976, and was a graduate of Habersham Central High School. He was assistant produce manager with Quality Foods in Cornelia, was a Paramedic and EMT with Habersham and Banks Counties, and worked with the Habersham County Fire Department. Mr. Dyer was a member of Dewberry Baptist Church #2 in Gainesville. He was a loving son, father and devoted husband, according to his loved ones.
Survivors include his wife, Deane Smith Dyer, Hollingsworth Community; mother and step-father, Diane Mitchell Carpenter and Stacey Carpenter, Cornelia; father and step-mother, Wendell and Angela Hickman Dyer, Lula; daughter, Maggie Kaitlyn Dyer, Hollingsworth Community; brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Cindy Dyer, Demorest; step-brothers, Tyler Carpenter, Jordan Carpenter and Anthony Carpenter, all of Cumming; maternal grandparents, the Rev. Roy Lee and Naomi Mitchell, Cornelia; paternal grandparents, Jack and Christine Dyer, Cornelia; niece, Shannah Dyer, Demorest.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 13, at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Baptist Church with the Revs. Milton Harris, Roy Lee Mitchell and James Harvey officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Thursday, November 11, and Friday, November 12, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to the Trust fund for Deane and Maggie Dyer, C/O United Community Bank, P.O. Box 428, Cornelia, GA 30531 or to Little Dreamer’s Academy.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 10, 2004.

Bond Carlton
Bond Monroe Carlton, 79, of Canon, died Wednesday, November 3, 2004, at Anderson Area Medical Center.
Born in Hart County, he was the son of the late Henry England and Irene Bond-Carlton. He was retired from the Georgia Department of Human Resources as Court Services Worker (Juvenile Probation Officer) and retired farmer. Mr. Carlton was a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher, former S.S. Superintendent and Lay Leader. Mr. Carlton was a member of Hart County Cattlemen’s Association, former President of Hart County Farm Bureau, a member of Bowersville Masonic Lodge #595, Fred E. Lee Chapter #86, Royal Arch Masons in Lavonia, a former member of the Bowersville Volunteer Fire Department, and was a United States Navy Veteran having served during WWII. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles England Carlton.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Jo Marett Carlton, Canon; sister, Mrs. T.J. (Ann) Cordell, Canon; and brother, James B. Carlton, Canon.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 6, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home with the Rev. Claude Herbert officiating. Burial was in Nancy Hart Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Macedonia United Methodist Church Paving Fund, 210 Beaverdam Farm Road, Canon, Ga. 30520.
Strickland Funeral Home, Hartwell, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 10, 2004.


William McAlister
William Raymond McAlister, 68, of Dothan, Alabama, died Monday, November 8, 2004, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.
He was born February 20, 1936, the son of William and Sara McAlister. He was a lifelong resident of Houston County and was retired from the Houston County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. McAlister was an avid fisherman and loved spending time with his family, according to loved ones.
Survivors include his wife, Myra Quinn McAlister, Dothan; daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Bill Perry, Panama City, Fla., and Alicia and Lincoln Andrews, Commerce; sons and daughters-in-law, David Lee and Susan McAlister and Ernest Joel and Julie McAlister, all of Birmingham, Ala.; nine grandchildren, Carolyne Perry, William Perry, Sarah Catherine Perry, Lee McAlister, Sam McAlister, Reid McAlister, Justin McAlister, Rebecca McAlister and Lorin Andrews; and brother and sister-in-law, Jerry “Skeet” and Sandra McAlister, Slocomb, Ala.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 11, at 3 p.m. (CST) in the chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Dothan, Ala., with the Revs. Buddy Hood and Dicky McAlister officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:45 (CST) until 2:45 (CST) Thursday, prior to the service. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory. Flowers are welcomed or memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Southern Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Dothan, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 10, 2004.

Katherine Jones
Katherine Nix Jones, 90, of Turnerville, died Saturday, November 6, 2004, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.
Born in Fulton County on October 3, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Mallie Hawkins Nix. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Shuford Jones, Sr.
Surviving include sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Shuford Jones, Jr., and Ann Jones, Winder, Wayne and Grace Jones, Baldwin, David and Janet Jones, Sautee-Nacoochee, Glenn and Susan Jones, Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lynn Jones and Bill White, St. Petersburg, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three foster-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 9, in Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Revs. George Deadwyler, Shuford Mark Jones III, and Dr. Bill Cashion officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 10, 2004.

‘J.R.’ Dodd
John Robert “J.R.” Dodd, 73, of Jefferson, died Saturday, November 6, 2004.
Born in DeKalb County, he was the son of the late A.L. and Nima Motes Dodd. He was a retired electrical worker and a member of Galilee Christian Church and I.B.E.W. Mr. Dodd was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Blackstock Dodd.
Survivors include daughters, Pamela Dodd Motes, Jefferson, Nancy Dodd Reeves, Lilburn, and Barbara S. Dodd, Richmond, Va.; sister, Dot Hensley, Jefferson; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 8, at the Galilee Christian Church with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to Galilee Christian Church, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, Georgia 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 10, 2004.

Doyl Dotson
Doyl Dotson, 53, of Statham, died Sunday, October 31, 2004.
Mr. Dotson was a native of Barrow County and was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa Dotson, Statham; daughters and son-in-law, Angela Dotson, Atlanta, and Lekesha and Quincy Bennett, Statham; mother, Azzie Lee Sims Dotson, Statham; grandchild, Tierra Bennett, Statham; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nettie Elder, Statham, Josephine and Sylvester Bellamy, Jacksonville, Fla., Betty Cox, Louisville, Ky., and Gerthia and Joe Smalls, Columbia, S.C.; brothers and sisters-in-law, J.C. and Evelyn Dotson and Clifford and Mary Dotson, all of Statham, and Vereen Dotson, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 6, at Fairfield Baptist Church, Statham, with the Rev. Alfred Hazel officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Garden, Winder.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, November 10, 2004.

Norman Mann
Norman Mann, 78, of Colbert, died Tuesday, November 9, 2004, at his home.
A native of Madison County, he was the son of the late Eugene and Dena Sorrow Mann. He was retired from Vend, Inc. after over 28 years of service and was a member of Colbert First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hoyt Mann.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary Anne Maynard Mann; daughters and sons-in-law, Freda and Martin Rankin, Surprise, Ariz., and Donna and John Sawyer, Martinez; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Wanda McGinnis Mann, Colbert, and Cindy Beck Mann, Auburn, Wash.; grandsons, Michael Mann, Benjamin and Ryan Sawyer; two sisters, Lottrell Culbertson, Colbert, and Bobbie Jean Murray, Comer; two brothers, Ramie Mann and Carl Mann, both of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 11, at 11 a.m. at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Athens with the Rev. Ervin Goss officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Colbert First Baptist Church building fund, P.O. Box 318, Colbert, Ga. 30628.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Heraldl, November 10, 2004.

Jonathan Desso
Jonathan Desso, 22, of Watkinsville, died Wednesday, November 3, 2004.
He was a graduate of Prince Avenue Christian School, was listed as Who’s Who Among American High School Students 1999/2000, and received the Atlanta Coca Cola Bottling Company basketball award for outstanding accomplishment in academic and athletic performance. Mr. Desso was currently attending the University of Georgia and was scheduled to graduate in Spring 2005.
Survivors include his parents, Rob and Jane Desso, brother, David Desso, and a sister, Rebekah Desso, all of Watkinsville; grandparents, Richard and Jean Desso, Colbert, and Julia Kelly, Athens; uncle, Harold Kelly, Athens; aunt and uncle, Anne and Gerry Hagan, Savannah; and a number of great aunts, great uncles and cousins.
Memorial services were held Friday, November 5, at Prince Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Ricketts officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Simpson, Lee Leathers, Micah White, Jay Florence, Andy Smith, Rob Gregg, Ben Carson and Matthew Lavender.
Memorials may be made to Prince Avenue Christian School.
Lord and Stephens, West, Bogart, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 10, 2004.

‘Johnny’ Aldrich
John Clifford “Johnny” Aldrich, 45, of Lavonia, died Friday, November 5, 2004, at his residence.
Born April 4, 1959, in Royston, he was the son of the late Clifford and Martha Eavenson Aldrich. He was an avid fisherman and devoted family man, according to his loved ones. Mr. Aldrich was owner of Lakeview Body Shop, located in the Gumlog community and was a member of Middle River Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Jean Aldrich.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Busby Aldrich; three daughters, April McDowell, Carnesville, Brandi Warren, Lavonia, and Courtney Aldrich, Lavonia; brother, David Michael Aldrich, Royston; sisters, Lynn Coker, Lavonia, Linda Carson, Carnesville, Janice Byrum and Kellie Aldrich, both of Lavonia; and five grandchildren, Jazmin Aldrich, Tyler Warren, Kelsea McDowell, Johnathan Warren, and Chloe McDowell.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 7, at the Middle River Baptist Church with the Revs. John Swanger and Leon Carson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 10, 2004.


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