Jackson County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 29, 2004

Thomas Meadows
Thomas L. Meadows, 58, of Hull, died Friday, December 24, 2004.
A native of Madison County, he was the son of the late Elluis and Mary Hudgin Meadows. Mr. Meadows was a mechanic with Billy’s Battery and was a member of the New Haven Holiness Church.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Starrett Meadows; daughters, Janice McRee, Hartwell, Donna Williams and Pam Strickland, both of Danielsville, Carol Lyle, Winterville, and Tina Clements, Hull; son, Michael B. Meadows, Statham; sisters Eulla Mae Dobbs, Commerce; brothers, James Meadows and Ollie Joe Meadows, both of Danielsville, George Meadows, Alabama, Wayne Meadows, North Carolina, Kenneth Meadows, Jefferson and Carl Meadows, Savannah; and ten grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Monday, December 27, at the New Haven Holiness Church Cemetery with the Rev. Rufus Miller officiating. Pallbearers were Mark Meadows, Danny Meadows, Johnny Meadows, Scotty Meadows, Sherman Meadows, and Gordon Meadows.
Brown Funeral Home, Inc., Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

Correction
The obiturary for Bobby Weldon Stewart that ran in the December 22, 2004, issue should not have stated the following:
“Memorial donations may be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church, 4659 Brockton Road, Jefferson, Ga. 30549.”
This was an error and we apologize for any inconvenience that it might have caused.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

‘Bill’ Knight
Wilson “Bill” Knight, 86, of Jefferson, a World War II D-Day veteran, died Monday, December 27, 2004 following a brief illness.
He was born August 26, 1918, in White County, son of the late Johnston and Alice Sosebee Knight.
He served in the 29th Infantry Division of the United States Army on Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
Mr. Knight was retired from the United States Postal Service, was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, the Masons, Jefferson Lions Club, the McDonald’s “Coffee Club,” and of Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Geneva Thompson Knight, Jefferson; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Knight and Henry Fite, Jefferson; two sisters, Margaret Bentley, Jenkinsburg, and Helen Nix, Gainesville; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Kelby and Jaime Fite, Charlotte, N.C.; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Chantel (Fite) and Stacy Tolbert, Jefferson; and two great-grandchildren, Madalyn Tolbert and Callon Tolbert, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held today, Wednesday, December 29, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Johnny Ray, Hulon Hill, and Henry Webb officiating. Nephews served as pallbearers. Burial was at Evans Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1684 Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, Ga. 30605.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

Lula Maddox
Lula Reeves Maddox, 94, of Gainesville, died Sunday, December 26, 2004, in The New Horizons Nursing Home following an extended illness.
She was born in Lumpkin County, the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizah Reeves. She was a homemaker and a member of the Chestnut Mountain Church.
Survivors include daughters, Marelle Tate, Gainesville, and Mildred Seagraves, Braselton; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28, at Walnut Fork Baptist Church with the Revs. T.E. Flowers and John Jackson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

Correction
The obituary for Nelle Venable that ran in the December 22, 2004, issue should have had this addition:
“Memorial donations may be made to the Bethany United Methodist Church, 4659 Brockton Road, Jefferson, Ga. 30549.”
We apologize for this omission.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

James Robertson
James Bartow Robertson, 64, of Commerce, died Friday, December 24, 2004 at his residence.
Born July 30, 1940, in DeKalb County, he was the son of the late Owens and Camalee Robertson. He was retired from Vend. Inc. as a salesman.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Mae Lowry Robertson, Commerce; sons, Randy Buice, Tony Buice and Joey Buice, all of Commerce, Gary Buice, Lula; daughters, Barbara Britt and Amy Nelson, both of Maysville and Becky Brown, Union, S.C.; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Revs. John Mullinax, Lloyd Hoffer, and Gary Baker officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

Julia Griffin
Julia Eddie Payne Griffin, 90, of Commer-ce, died Sunday, December 26, 2004, at BJC Nursing Home following an ex-tended illness.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy Ann Griffin, Commerce; two special friends, Carol Ramsey and Katha Massey; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with Dr. Carlton Allen officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

Willie Hardeman
Willie M. Cheatham Hardeman, 89, of Commerce, died Sunday, December 26, at BJC Nursing Home.
She was born June 21,1915, in Madison County, and was the daughter of the late Charlie Crawford and Cynthia Lou Fields Cheatham. Previously she was an assistant at BJC Medical Center and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include three nieces, Janice Streetman Crocker, Piedmont, S.C., Pat Ingram and Virginia Manders, both of Commerce.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28, of Madison Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Stuart Lang officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

Paul Haxton
Paul Orin Haxton, 85, of Commerce, died Friday, December 24, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce following a sudden illness.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Brand Haxton, Commerce; two sons, John Paul Haxton, Mentone, Ala., and Joel Leon Haxton, Commerce; two daughters, Gwendolyn Joyce Williams, Dalton, and Renee Jean Waters, Jasper; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 27, at the Commerce First Baptist Church with Dr. Carlton Allen and the Rev. Ray Austin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Commerce First Baptist Church organ fund.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

Mary Nixon
Mary Hazel Nixon, 86, of Athens, died Wednesday, December 22, 2004.
A native of Oglethorpe County, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Blondy Jackson. She lived most of her life in Clarke County, where she was a beautician for many years, an active member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church and the Faith Sunday School Class.
Survivors include a son, Mike Nixon, Hoschton; daughter, Judy Carter, Watkinsville; two sisters; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Thursday, December 23, at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Ricketts officiating.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

Leo Brown
Leo Harrison Brown, 76, of Winder, died Friday, December 24, 2004.
He was born in Greene County, the son of the late Clifford and Jewell Brown Martin. Mr. Brown was a veteran having served for 27 years in the United States Navy, he was also a retired truck driver for Cardinal Transport Company and a member of New Life Worship Center.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Retha Timms Brown, Winder; three sons, Jimmy Hudgins, Cumming, Wayne Hudgins, Hoschton and Johnny Nash, Winder; four daughters, Bernice Herring, Beverly Garrett, Gail Eades and Rebecca Brown, all of Winder; many grandchildren; many great-children; and one great-great-granddaughter; sister and brother-in-law, Jewellee and Boyce Smith, South Dakota.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28, in the Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Revs. Walter Swain and Leon Pass officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Worship Center Building Fund, P.O. Box 436, Statham, Ga. 30666.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

Verine Dotson
Verine Dotson, 67, of Jefferson, died Thursday, December 23, 2004.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Dotson, Jefferson; mother, Azzie Dotson, Statham; sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Carol Dotson, Xenia, Ohio, Vernon and Marvida Dotson and Anthony Dotson, all of Dayton, Ohio; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Jeff Oliver, Patricia Dotson, Barbara Dotson-Demmons, Tina Dotson-Williams and Belinda Dotson-Moseley, all of Dayton, Ohio; brothers and sisters-in-law, J.C. and Evelyn Dotson and Rev. Clifford and Mary Dotson, both of Statham; sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Ray, Louisville, Ky., Nettie Elder, Statham, Josephine and Sylvester Bellamy, Jacksonville, Fla., and Gertha and Joseph Smalls, Columbia, S.C.; sister-in-law, Teresa Dotson; 14 grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 29, at Fairfield Baptist Church, Statham, with the Rev. Clifford Dotson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Eberhart & Son Mortuary of Winder was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.

Robert Green
Robert Dwayne Green, 27, of Maysville, died.
He was the son of Judy Hyde Green, Winder.
Survivors include his wife, Jessica Osborne Green, Maysville; a son, Robert Green and two daughters, Kathleen Green and Chelsey Green, all of the home; brother, Grady Lee Green, Jr., Winder.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Com-merce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 29, 2004.

James Robertson
James Bartow Robertson, 64, of Commerce, died Friday, December 24, 2004 at his residence.
Born July 30, 1940, in DeKalb County, he was the son of the late Owens and Camalee Robertson. He was retired from Vend. Inc. as a salesman.
Survivors include his wife, Nellie Mae Lowry Robertson, Commerce; sons, Randy Buice, Tony Buice and Joey Buice, all of Commerce, Gary Buice, Lula; daughters, Barbara Britt and Amy Nelson, both of Maysville and Becky Brown, Union, S.C.; 18 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Revs. John Mullinax, Lloyd Hoffer, and Gary Baker officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery, Nicholson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 29, 2004.

Julia Griffin
Julia Eddie Payne Griffin, 90, of Commerce, died Sunday, December 26, 2004, at the BJC Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy Ann Griffin, Commerce; two special friends, Carol Ramsey and Katha Massey; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with Dr. Carlton Allen officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 29, 2004.

Paul Haxton
Paul Orin Haxton, 85, of Commer-ce, died Fri-day, Decem-ber 24, 2004, at the BJC Medical Center, Commerce following a sudden illness.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Brand Haxton, Commerce; two sons, John Paul Haxton, Mentone, Ala., and Joel Leon Haxton, Commerce; two daughters, Gwendolyn Joyce Williams, Dalton, and Renee Jean Waters, Jasper; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 27, at the Commerce First Baptist Church with Dr. Carlton Allen and the Rev. Ray Austin officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Commerce First Baptist Church organ fund.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 29, 2004.

Hayes Pittman
Hayes Pittman, 57, of Commerce, died Monday, December 20, 2004, at his residence.
He was born February 2, 1947, in Jackson County, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Pittman, Sr. He attended Bryan High School in Jefferson and early in his life chose Christianity at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Commerce. He was a dedicated employee at BJC Medical Center for 28 years as a (CNA) Certified Nursing Assistant, caring for the young and the old.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Alice Thelma Chaney Pittman; four daughters and son-in-law, Teresa and Tyrone Rollins, Natasha Pittman, Anita Pittman, Commerce, Alicia Thomas, Jefferson; one son, Quincy Martin, Jefferson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Deloris Pittman, Ruth and Sam Bonds, Commerce, Phyllis P. Gardner, Atlanta, and Patricia and Mack Middlebrooks, Athens; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marcus Pittman, Atlanta, Jeffery and Jessie Mae Pittman, Arcade; brothers-in-law; Archie Chaney Jr. (Vivian), Samuel Chaney (Becky), Aaron Chaney, all of Commerce, Jimmy Chaney (Mary), Bloomington, Ind.; nine grandchildren, Travis, Devontre, Qulonna, Shaniqua, Danielle, Mylik, Johnathan, Jartarius, Natalia; three great-grandchildren; devoted and caring friends who helped with his care; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 26, at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. W.R. Brown, Pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Jackson Memorial Garden, Commerce. Honorary pallbearers were Lonnie Bonds and Aubrey Winters. Active pallbearers were Mt. Calvary Deacons. Flowers attendants were BJC Employees and friends.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 29, 2004.

Willie Hardeman
Willie M. Cheatham Hardeman, 89, of Commerce, died Sunday, December 26, at BJC Nursing Home.
She was born June 21,1915, in Madison County, and was the daughter of the late Charlie Crawford and Cynthia Lou Fields Cheatham. Previously she was a nurse assistant at BJC Medical Center and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include three nieces, Janice Streetman Crocker, Piedmont, S.C., Pat Ingram and Virginia Manders, both of Commerce.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28, in the Madison Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Stuart Lang officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 29, 2004.

‘Pee Wee’ Pruett
Herbert V. “Pee Wee” Pruett, 78, of Hull, died Friday, December 24, 2004, at ARMC.
He was born in Dodge County June 13, 1926, the son of Alexander Edward Pruett and Alice Dora Giddens.
He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and especially Pa as he was known to his family, according to loved ones. He was a veteran having served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Denver College with a degree in Food Science. Mr. Pruett retired from Westclox after 38 years of loyal service, then attended the University of Georgia for three years to work towards his degree in Journalism.
He has written many songs, one nationally recorded “The Rose in the Bible”. He and his sister, Peggy, in May 1948 began a country music singing career on WAGA as pioneers before moving to WRFC to host the live show “Pee Wee and Peggy and the Oconee River Boys”. They topped the Hillbilly Hit Parade in the early 50’s with the song Paper of Pins, and are also in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
While listening to Rev. Virgil Edwards on WRFC, he dedicated his heart and life to Christ, and then used his smooth and musical talents to direct church choirs for 51 years. Also, he, his wife, Janette, and the late Jim Murray formed the recording group the Blessed Hope Trio. They traveled all over the south to share the message of Christ in song. Mr. Pruett helped Rev. Edwards organize Northside Baptist Church of Athens, helped to organize Grace Baptist Church in Iva, S.C., and Brockton Road Baptist Church in Jefferson. He assisted Rev. James Brock in organizing a Christian camp for kids, Camp Maranatha of Ila.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Janette Self Pruett; sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley and Kathy Pruett, Danielsville, Daniel and Keribeth Pruett, Colbert; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy Pruett McCoy and Steve, Hollywood, and Vonda Pruett Peyton and Wes, Watkinsville; seven grandchildren, Thad Pruett, Priscilla Pruett, Andrew Pruett, Annabeth Pruett, Eddie Peyton, Eric Peyton, and Alec Peyton; sister, Peggy Pritchett, Nashville, Tenn.; brother, Walter Pruett, Cayce, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 27, at Joy Baptist Church in Hull where he attended church with the Revs. Barry Black, Buford Lockman and Jamie Doster officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Athens. Pallbearers were Leland Morgan, Thad Pruett, Jerry Self, Donnie Self, Lewis Self and William Chandler.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Camp Maranatha Inc., Pee Wee Pruett Memorial Fund, 170 Floyd Road, Ila, Ga. 30647.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, EAST, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 29, 2004.

Talmadge Stephens
Talmadge Stephens, 78, of Bethlehem, died Sunday, December 19, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late William Hugh and Beulah Skinner Stephens. He was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, and was employed by Southland Life for 27 years. Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by a son, Mark Stephens.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Stephens, Bethlehem; sons, Wayne Stephens, Clayton, and Doug Stephens, Acworth; daughter, Susan McElhannon, Winder; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, W.H. Stephens, Edward Stephens and Jarold Stephens, all of Winder; sisters, Iva Lee England, Gainesville, Clara Belle Kinney, Athens, and Nell Adcock, Monroe.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 21, at Bethlehem Methodist Church with Jay Tenney and the Rev. Billy Beard officiating. Burial was in the Bethlehem Methodist Church Cemetery.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 29, 2004.

Hazel Mann
Hazel Shelnutt Mann, 64, of Statham, died Tuesday, December 21, 2004, at her residence.
She was born in Clarke County, was a retired hairdresser, was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, and attended Calvary Baptist Church. Mrs. Mann was preceded in death by her father, Henry Shelnutt and a sister, Ann Shelnutt.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Mann, Statham; children, Debbie McCarty, Prattville, Ala., Carla Trippi, Athens, Eugene Mann, Hoschton, Scott Mann and Bobby Mann, both of Statham; mother, Lillie Butler, Crawford; three brothers, Marshall Shelnutt, Crawford, Tim Shelnutt and Roger Shelnutt, both of Watkinsville; fourteen grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 23, at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Ronnie Healan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Carter Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 29, 2004.


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