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OBITUARY PAGE - JUNE 30, 1999 - COMMERCE, GEORGIA

Gertrude B. Strickland
Mrs. Gertrude Bridges Strickland, 82, Commerce, died Friday, June 25, 1999, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Strickland was born February 13, 1917. She was a daughter of the late Clifford Lee and Ada Phelps Bridges.
Mrs. Strickland was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, W.F. Strickland.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 26, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Moons Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Troy Strickland, Commerce; and two grandchildren.
The Commerce News, June 30, 1999

Robert C. "Bob" Garrard III
Robert C. "Bob" Garrard III, 41, of Commerce, formerly of Dublin, died Saturday, June 19, 1999, in Roanoke, Va.
Born in Ben Hill County, Mr. Garrard was a son of Kathryn Lee Garrard, Dublin, and the late Robert Conns Garrard Jr.
He was a graduate of Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, and attended both Middle Georgia College and Gainesville Junior College. Mr. Garrard was employed as a truck driver with Estes Express Lines and was a professional photographer. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Dublin.
Mr. Garrard was an advocate for professionalism and safety standards in the trucking industry and was a profound nature lover.
Memorial services were held Thursday, June 24, at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Sally Franklin officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Mary Ann Gaillard Garrard; one son, Joshua Paden Garrard, Commerce; two step-sons, Malcolm C. Warren, Rentz, and James T. Warren, Commerce; sister and brother-in-law, Rachel G. and Berry Simmons, Suwanee; brother and sister-in-law, Lee W. and Amy Garrard, Walterboro, S.C.; and nieces and nephews, Ramsey Simmons, Rob Simmons, Molly Simmons and William Simmons, all of Suwanee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or to the Nature Conservancy.
The Commerce News, June 30, 1999

Edith B. Franks
Mrs. Edith Benton Franks, 93, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Franks was born July 12, 1905. She was a daughter of the late Theo and Mary Sanders Benton.
Mrs. Franks was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert H. Franks.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 28, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Fred Heard officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews.
The Commerce News, June 30, 1999

Dennis L. Edwards
Dennis Lee Edwards, 68, of Jefferson, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Edwards was born July 16, 1930. He was a son of the late Samuel Preston and Della Church Edwards.
Mr. Edwards was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War, and was retired from the poultry industry. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. Mr. Edwards was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amy Fleeman.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 29, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Wesley Purcell, Luther Williams and Thomas Doster officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery. James Dumas, Thomas Love, Brantley Prickett, Greg McDonald, Vince Mercardante and Danny Sudderth served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Poole Edwards; sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew and Pam Edwards and Phillip and Nan Edwards, all of Jefferson; daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and Chris Lane, Jefferson, and Melinda and Joe Satterfield, Maysville; three brothers, William Edwards and James Edwards, both of Jefferson, and Doug Edwards, Spartanburg, S.C.; nine grandchildren; special nephew and niece, Johnny and Lynn Martin; and a special friend, Frances Vandiver.
The Commerce News, June 30, 1999

Barbara P. Brown
Mrs. Barbara Patricia Horne Brown, of New Bern, N.C., died Tuesday, June 22, 1999.
Mrs. Brown was born in Atlanta August 2, 1933, the daughter of Willie Patricia "Pat" Anderson Horne Simmons and the late Robert Fouche Horne Sr.
She attended Sacred Heart High in Atlanta, and worked as church secretary at the First Presbyterian Church of Orange, Calif., the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, and Colonial Church in Prairie Village, Kan.
Mrs. Brown was married to the late Thomas N. Brown in 1950 at Ponce de Leon Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 28, at Winship Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, with the Rev. Herb Archer officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two daughters, Nannette Patricia Brown Rod, Overland Park, Kan., and Barbara Lilleen Brown Hammond; four brothers, Robert Fouche Horne Jr., James Morgan Simmons, Jerry Thomas Simmons and George Gerald Simmons; one sister, Donna Miller; and one granddaughter, Ashley Fouche Hammond, Greenville, N.C.
The Commerce News, June 30, 1999

Melba L. Nicholson
Mrs. Melba Lou Landers Nicholson, 58, of Demorest, sister of Janice Ward, Commerce, died Saturday, June 26, 1999, at her residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County, Mrs. Nicholson was a daughter of Fannie Lou Harris Landers, Hollywood, and the late Charles W. Landers.
She was a homemaker and a member of Victory Baptist Church, Clarkesville. Mrs. Nicholson was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Leon Nicholson.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 28, at Victory Baptist Church with the Revs. Richard Horn, Jan Conley and Kenneth McEntire officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her sister and mother, include one daughter, Sandi Densmore, Clarkesville, one son, Dennis Nicholson, Demorest; one brother, Randal Landers, Hollywood; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hand in Hand Hospice, 157 Hodges Street, Cornelia, GA 30531.
The Commerce News, June 30, 1999

Nathaniel H. Shelnutt
Nathaniel Henry Shelnutt, infant son of James Anthony and Brenda Amanda Lynn Giddeons Shelnutt, Dan-ielsville, died Thursday, June 24, 1999.
Graveside services were held Saturday, June 26, in Colbert Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Giddeons officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Toni Dennise Shelnutt, Danielsville.
The Commerce News, June 30, 1999

Frank W. Gaines
Frank William Gaines, 76, of Hartwell, died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Elbert Memorial Hospital, Elberton.
A native of Hart County, Mr. Gaines was a son of the late Leonard Gaines and Mae Stamps Gaines.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was retired from the City of Hartwell Sanitation Department. Mr. Gaines was also a farmer. He was a member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church and was a member of the United Methodist Men's Club. Mr. Gaines was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Gaines, and a sister, Mary Frances Gaines.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 29, at Cokesbury United Methodist Church with the Revs. Al Key and Curtis Parker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Members of the United Methodist Men's Club served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Mayola Lawrence Gaines; one son, Ricky Gaines, Hartwell; three daughters, Patricia Parker, Comer, Connie Eaves, Hartwell, and Brenda Carruth, Hartwell; and seven grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 2207 Cokesbury Highway, Hartwell, GA 30643 or to United Hospice, 700 South Enota, Suite 202, Gainesville, GA 30501.
The Commerce News, June 30, 1999

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