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Vietnam Veteran
MISSOURI - James Dwight Ferguson, 50, died Sunday, June 20, 1999.
A native of Riverside, Calif., Mr. Ferguson was born November 21, 1948. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James I. Ferguson, Maysville.
Mr. Ferguson attended Jefferson High School during his sophomore year. After graduating from Marysville High School in California, he immediately joined the U.S. Army and became a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne assigned to the Green Berets, Fort Bragg, N.C.
While serving in Vietnam, Mr. Ferguson was a POW, but he escaped and later was wounded in battle. He was transferred back to the United States to recover from his injuries.
After recovering, Mr. Ferguson enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Load Master at Travis Air Force Base, California. Following his service in the Air Force, he worked several civilian jobs, but decided to make a career in the military and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Before retirement in 1995, Mr. Ferguson worked in the Pentagon.
Mr. Ferguson's numerous medals include three Bronze Stars, six Purple Hearts and a Silver Star.
Full military services were held at the Jefferson Barracks National Memorial Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo., on Tuesday, June 29. A memorial service was held at the Church of Christ in Commerce on Sunday, June 27, with Jeff Colson officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one daughter, Christina Ferguson, Rolla, Mo.; one son, Richard Ferguson, Rolla, Mo.; six brothers, Bill Ferguson, Wayne Ferguson and Troy Ferguson, all of California, David Ferguson, Missouri, Derral Ferguson, Michigan, and Tony Ferguson, Texas; a local aunt and uncle, Buster and Hazel Parks, Pendergrass; and many nieces and nephews.
The Jackson Herald, July 14, 1999

Retired seamstress
WINDER - Mrs. Betty Suggs, 86, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at Barrow Medical Center following a brief illness.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Suggs was a daughter of the late Robert and Minnie Lee Patterson Sailors.
She had resided in Barrow County for most of her life and was a member of Eastside Baptist Church, where she attended the Mother's Sunday School Class. Mrs. Suggs was a retired seamstress from Cherokee Manufacturing Company of Winder.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Suggs.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 10, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Kenneth Deaton officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, LaAnn Patrick, Snellville; two sons, Hinnard Suggs, Winder, and Johnny Suggs, Hoschton; one sister, Mary Brown, Eastonnollee; six grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 14, 1999

COMER - Mrs. Beveline L. Swaims, 84, died Wednesday, July 7, 1999.
A native of White County, Mrs. Swaims was a daughter of the late Calvin Kytle and Maggie Louise Jones Loggins.
She was a member of Comer First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 10, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Douglas Duncan, Danny Whistle and David McDonald officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Henry W. Swaims; two daughters, Maggie D. Watkins, Eastonnollee, and Evelyn Keithbrock, Nicholson; two sons, Jay Swaims, Comer, and Thomas Swaims, Albuquerque, N.M.; four sisters, Olivia Randolph and Florance Aaron, both of Athens, Mamie Lou Watkins, Gainesville, and Elizabeth Ledbedder, Clayton; one brother, W.C. Loggins, Comer; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 14, 1999

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mrs. Martha Gartman Hill, 78, died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at Gwinnett Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Hill was a native of Chorus, Ala. She was a homemaker and a member of the Flowery Branch Church of God.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 11, at the Flowery Branch Church of God with the Revs. Ben Coggins and Barry Len Pirkle officiating. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Survivors include seven sons, David Hill, Cumming, William Hill, Maysville, Bobby Hill, Cartersville, Ralph Hill, Buford, Jimmy Hill and Johnny Hill, both of Blue Ridge, and Albert Hill Jr., Flowery Branch; one daughter, Jean Barton, Dalton; one brother, Joseph Gartman, Gadsden, Ala.; one sister, Stella Hurst, Fort Payne, Ala.; 32 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Tapp Funeral Home, Buford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 14, 1999

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