Jackson County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 1, 2004

Cathline Bell
Cathline Millsap Bell, 85, of Hoschton, died Tuesday, November 23, 2004.
Born April 10, 1919, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Ora and Bertha Haywood Millsap. She went to school in the public schools of Jackson County and at an early age, joined New Hope A.M.E. Church, where she remained a faithful member until her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wylie Bell.
Survivors include nephews and spouses, Charles A. Turner, Sr. and Phyllis Turner, Henry Witt, Winder, Michael and Virginia Turner, Atlanta; nieces and spouses, Bernice and A.J. Turner, Carie Turner Rosemond, Cheryl Turner, all of Atlanta, Mildred Hosch and Nell Sims, both of Winder; sisters-in-law, Nora Finch, Covington, and Leora Hughey, Conyers; and a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends, including life-long friend, Maccilla Scruggs, Hoschton.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 27, in the New Hope A.M.E. Church, Hoschton, with the Rev. Vonshurii Wrighten, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were great-nephews.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 1, 2004.

Mary Smith
Mary Freeman Smith, 83, of Bogart, died Wednesday, November 24, 2004.
A native of Athens, she was the daughter of the late Randall Stanley and Lilly McCall Freeman. She was retired from Sears where she was a long time employee and was a member of the Golden Globes of Milledge Avenue Baptist Church, the Retired Employees of Sears and past president of the St. Mary’s Auxiliary. Mrs. Smith was also a member of the LIFT and the First United Methodist Church of Athens. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Edward Smith, Jr., “Buck” and son, George B. Smith, “Skipper”.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Patti and John Walshe, Watkinsville, Lynn Balch, Jefferson; daughter-in-law, Catherine Smith, Signal Mountain, Tenn.; grandchildren, Craig and Anna Marie Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Tricia and Jon Massey and Evan Walsh; great-grandchildren, Maddie Smith, Kate and Lauren Massey; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Sunday, November 28, at Oconee Hill Cemetery with memorial services following at Highland Hills Village with the Revs. Jon Appleton and Grady Wigley and Dr. Bill Britt officiating.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice House, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, Ga. 30604.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 1, 2004.

Allen Witt
Allen Witt, 67, of Hoschton, died Saturday, November 20, 2004, at Jones Hospital.
Born September 4, 1937, he joined New Hope A.M.E. Church at an early age. As a teen he worked in construction and made that a career of ten years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Molly Billy Witt.
Survivors include two step-children, Darthy Williams and Lionel Billing; cousin, Ruth Harris; and two friends, Annie May Campbell and Earnest Thrasher.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 27, at New Hope A.M.E. Church with the Revs. Vonshurii S. Wringten, C. Champion and K. Cooper officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Eberhart and Son Mortuary, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 1, 2004.

Jerry Lord
Jerry Jerome Lord, 63, of Lawrenceville, died Monday, November 22, 2004, from complications of a massive heart attack.
He lived his entire life in the Buford/Lawrenceville area and was a well known and respected business owner in Buford. He devoted his life to God and doing God’s work through his local church, Yellow River Baptist Church and to the support of foreign mission work, according to loved ones. Mr. Lord was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Danita Kaye Lord and grandson Dustin David Lord.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Banks Lord, “who loved and adored Jerry for their 46 years of marriage and companionship,” state family members; son and daughter-in-law, David and Tracy Lord, Buford; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Donny Elder, Buford, and Dana and Marty Schaub, Lawren-ceville; his loving dog, Bichon Bouncer; nine grandchildren who adored their “Papa”, Hillary Lord, Buford, Kristin, Jordan and Kacey Smucker, Jason and Josh Elder, all of Buford, Jonathan Litsky, Bailey and Tyler Schaub, all of Lawrenceville; two great-grandchildren, Dustin Patrick Ridenour and Caleb Wayne Bckebrede, both of Buford; father, J.P. Lord, Buford; sisters and brothers-in-law, Charlotte and Kenneth Allen, Buford, Cindy and Keith Pass, Flowery Branch; and brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Darleena Lord, Hoschton.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 26, in the Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Jerry Cline and Jimmy Greer officiating. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Memorials may be made to Yellow River Baptist Church, 3650 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lilburn, Ga. 30047, or to Good Samaritan Baptist Mission, P.O. Box 430, Villa Rica, Ga. 30180.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 1, 2004.

Robert Danner
Robert C. Danner, 78, of Commerce, died Tuesday, November 23, 2004, at BJC Hospital following an extended illness.
He was preceded in death by a son, David Danner and a sister, Maxine Shoenbeck.
Survivors include a daughter, Janice Sue Russo, Commerce; a brother, Richard Danner, What Cheer, Iowa; a sister, Margaret Slyter, Davenport, Iowa; one grandchild, Danielle Mitchell; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 26, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. John Webber officiating.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 1, 2004.

‘Michelle’ Seabolt
April “Miche-lle” Seabolt, 28, of Braselton, died Friday, November 19, 2004, at Macon Manor Nursing Home following an automobile ac-cident.
Born April 21, 1976, she was the daughter of the late Earnest Seabolt and she was a Baptist.
Survivors include her mother, Tempy Humphries; a son, Tyler Joe ‘T.J.” Metcalf; daughters, Brittnay Lord, Destiny Lord, Makayla Metcalf, and Leann Brock; and brothers, Mitchell Seabolt and Jerome Barnett.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, November 24, at Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Russell Page officiating. Burial was at Mulberry Baptist Church.
The Jackson Herald, December 1, 2004.

Jaye Wallace
Jaye Lynn Wallace, 38, of Buford, died Monday, November 29, 2004, following an extended illness.
Jaye was a loving wife and mother and a life-long resident of the area, according to members of her family. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Buford, where she formerly taught in the church preschool and Mission Friends program. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Parker.
Survivors include her husband, John Wallace, Buford; daughter, Taylor Wallace, Buford; mother and father, Brenda and Don Griffis, Braselton; brother, Joshua Parker, Kennesaw; grandmother, Bertha Miller, Duluth; grandparents, Melvin and Louise Griffis, Decatur; aunt and uncle, Shirley and Charles Wilder, Lawrenceville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cecil and Evelyn Wallace, Buford; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Vicky and Howard Ivey, Chestnut Mountain; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Becky Wallace and Kenneth and Allison Wallace, all of Buford; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 1, at Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel with the Rev. G. Stephen Wood officiating. Burial was in Hamilton Mill Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 1, 2004.

‘Vickie’ Banks
Victoria Ann Banks, 46, of Jefferson, died Saturday, November 27, 2004, at BJC Hospital, Commerce, following a massive heart attack.
Born October 2, 1958, she was the daughter of the late Leroy Harris. She was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Harris.
Survivors include her husband, Sanford Banks, Jefferson; two sons, Fabian Banks and Vontae Banks, both of Jefferson; mother, Alice Mabel Harris, Jefferson; sisters, Leatrice Lester, Athens, and Mary Wilson, Jefferson; one brother, Roy Lee Harris, Jefferson
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 3, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul First Baptist Church, Jefferson, with the Rev. Marvin Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, noon to 7 p.m. at Forestglen Mortuary.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jeffer-son, is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 1, 2004.

‘Bob’ Heath
Dr. Robert W. "Bob" Heath, 67, of Franklin Springs, died Saturday, November 27, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Born in Tulsa, Okla., August 15, 1937, he was the son of Sue Wever Heath, Tulsa, Okla., and the late A.J. (Jack) Heath. He was a retired college professor at Emmanuel College and also had taught at Oral Roberts University and Southwestern Bible College. Before his death, he was teaching online for the University of Maryland. Dr. Heath was an ordained minister in the Pentecostal Holiness Church and attended The Grove in Maysville. He was a member of Georgia Communication Association, Georgia Golf Association, Family Motor Coach Association and the Georgia Newmar Motor Coach Association. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Lynne Heath, and a half-sister, Jacqueline Heath Hume.
Survivors include his wife, Hester L. Henderson Heath, Franklin Springs; son, Robert D. Heath, Alpharetta; daughter, Susan Heath Johnson, Monroe; his mother; brothers, A.J. (Jim) Heath, Tulsa, Okla., and Charles Heath, Wellington, Fla.; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 30, at the Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Glen Howard and Pastor Jeff Appling officiating. Burial was in Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, Snellville.
Memorials may be made to the Robert W. Heath Memorial Scholarship Fund at Emmanuel College or to The Brain Tumor Clinic at Duke University.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 1, 2004.


‘Dan’ Miller
Max Daniel “Dan” Miller, 58, of Carnesville, died Friday, November 19, 2004, at the Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.
Born April 20, 1946, in Franklin County, he was the son of Sarah Evelyn Sanders Miller and the late Max Vincent Miller. He was a 1964 graduate of Franklin County High School. Before retirement, he was a manager with the Advanced Auto Parts in Commerce. Mr. Miller was a member of the Cross Roads Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jeanell Segars Miller, Carnesville; mother, Sarah Evelyn Sanders Miller; daughter, Janet Williams, Carnesville; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Cathy Miller, Carnesville; and seven grandchildren, Alex Williams, Jordan Williams, Madison Williams, Emily Miller, Brittany Miller, Mike Miller, Jr. and C.J. McDaniel; two sisters, Sandra Mansfield, Burke, Va., and Sharon McKillip, Athens.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 21, at Cross Roads Baptist Church with the Revs. Grady Jordan, Tommy Childress and Merritt Young Deer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 1, 2004.

Laura Bradshaw
Laura Mae Conwell Bradshaw, 78, of Athens, died Monday, November 22, 2004.
A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Salley Echols Crowe. She was a seamstress for Blue Bell Sewing Plant, a former member of Meadow Baptist Church and currently had been a member of Oconee Heights Baptist Church. Mrs. Bradshaw was preceded in death by her first husband, Dallas Conwell, and her second husband, Robert Bradshaw, a son, Wesley Conwell, four brothers, Crawford, Henry, George and Robert Crowe, and four sisters, Lucy Adams, Mary Patton, Edna Patton and Cornelia Pass.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Marks, Athens; two sons, James Conwell, Nicholson and Dennis Conwell, Ila; a brother, the Rev. William Crowe, Gainesville; eight grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 24, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with the Revs. Tommy Cowart, Chris Camdon, and Terry Stutes officiating. Burial will be in the Meadow Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Conwell, Shawn Conwell, Ben Nunley, Cory Coile, Robert Abbott and John Kinman.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday, November 23, from 6 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, Ga. 306045.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 1, 2004.

Cathline Bell
Cathline Millsap Bell, 85, of Hoschton, died Tuesday, November 23, 2004.
Born April 10, 1919, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Ora and Bertha Haywood Millsap. She went to school in the public schools of Jackson County and at an early age, joined New Hope A.M.E. Church, where she remained a faithful member until her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wylie Bell.
Survivors include nephews and spouses, Charles A. Turner, Sr. and Phyllis Turner, Henry Witt, Winder, Michael and Virginia Turner, Atlanta; nieces and spouses, Bernice and A.J. Turner, Carie Turner Rosemond, Cheryl Turner, all of Atlanta, Mildred Hosch and Nell Sims, both of Winder; sisters-in-law, Nora Finch, Covington, and Leora Hughey, Conyers; and a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends, including life-long friend, Maccilla Scruggs, Hoschton.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 27, in the New Hope A.M.E. Church, Hoschton, with the Rev. Vonshurii Wrighten, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were 0great-nephews.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 1, 2004.

Mary Smith
Mary Freeman Smith, 83, of Bogart, died Wednesday, November 24, 2004.
A native of Athens, she was the daughter of the late Randall Stanley and Lilly McCall Freeman. She was retired from Sears where she was a long time employee and was a member of the Golden Globes of Milledge Avenue Baptist Church, the retired employees of Sears and past president of the St. Mary’s Auxiliary. Mrs. Smith was also a member of the LIFT and the First United Methodist Church of Athens. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thoedore Edward Smith, Jr., “Buck” and son, George B. Smith, “Skipper”.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Patti and John Walshe, Watkinsville, Lynn Balch, Jefferson; daughter-in-law, Catherine Smith, Signal Mountain, Tenn.; grandchildren, Craig and Anna Marie Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Tricia and Jon Massey and Evan Walsh; great-grandchildren, Maddie Smith, Kate and Lauren Massey; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Sunday, November 28, at Oconee Hill Cemetery with memorial services following at Highland Hills Village with the Revs. Jon Appleton and Grady Wigley and Dr. Bill Britt officiating.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice House, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, Ga. 30604.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 1, 2004.

Vivian McConnell
Helen Vivian Hamilton McConnell, 86, of Rock Hill, S.C. died Saturday, November 27, 2004, at Westminister Nursing Care Facility in Rock Hill, S.C., following an extended illness.
She was born in Greenwood, S.C. on August 20, 1918, the daughter of the late John Gary and Ruby Corley Hamilton. Prior to moving to Rock Hill, Mrs. McConnell lived in Clemson, S.C. and then in Seneca, S.C. “Mama” loved flowers, both growing them and arranging them and could identify any bird that would come to her bird feeders. She was a Christian lady who loved her family dearly, according to family members. Mrs. McConnell was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Lt. Col. F.M. “Mack” McConnell, a brother, H.G. “Bo” Hamilton, a sister, Miriam Guthrie, and a brother-in-law, Jim Willis.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert M. “Bob” and Elaine McConnell, Fort Mill, S.C.; daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Dan Gunnels, Jefferson, and Sue and Hank Higgins, Fort Mill, S.C.; six grandchildren, John Gunnels, Tommy Gunnels, Mac Gunnels, Corley Higgins, Mitchell McConnell and Marissa McConnell; grand-daughter-in-law, Dawn Gunnels; sister, Kathryn Willis, Huntsville, Ala.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Cecil and Alice Heaton, Seneca, S.C.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 1, at Richland Presbyterian Church, Richland, S.C. with the Rev. Charles Riekenbach officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were John Gunnels, Tommy Gunnels, Mac Gunnels, John Heaton, Eddie Cochran and Hal Alexander.
Seneca Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 1, 2004.

‘Lonnie’ Smith
Alonzo “Lonnie” P. Smith, 69, of Braselton, died Wednesday, November 24, 2004.
Born in Atlanta, he was the son of the late Alva Ellis and Mary Velma Andrew Smith. Mr. Smith was retired from Gaylord Containers and was a member of Hoschton United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Ora Lee Young Smith, Braselton; sons, Gary and Norman Smith, both of Braselton and Mark Smith, Glendale; daughters, Mary Baird and Tracy Howington, both of Braselton; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sister, Martha Brock, Braselton.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 27, in the Hoschton United Methodist Church with the Revs. Paul Youngblood and Mike Phillips officiating. Burial was in the Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hoschton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 155, Hoschton, Ga. 30548.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 1, 2004.


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