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OBITUARY PAGE - AUGUST 4, 1999 - COMMERCE, GEORGIA

Willie M. Murray
Mrs. Willie Maude Murray, 96, of Commerce, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Maysville, Mrs. Murray was born February 16, 1903. She was a daughter of the late Franklin Hogan and Burnice Eugena Prickett Adams.
Mrs. Murray had worked as a schoolteacher for the City of Commerce and taught in Gadsden, Ala., and Mississippi. She also served as an in-home missionary to families in the mountains of Kentucky.
She was married to the late Lieut. Col. Eugene Murray, an Air Force Chaplain, and assisted him in his ministry within the United States and abroad.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one brother, Frank E. Adams, Tavares, Fla., and two nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

Bonnie M. Reynolds
Mrs. Bonnie M. Smith Reynolds, 91, of Nicholson, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Reynolds was born January 28, 1908. She was a daughter of the late William Tramell and Betty Venable Smith.
Mrs. Reynolds was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was of the Holiness faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Reynolds.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Daniel Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Beauchamp and Emma Beauchamp, both of Nicholson; one sister, Gladys Walker, Smyrna; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

James D. Rylee
James David Rylee, 81, of Commerce, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Rylee was born October 22, 1917. He was a son of the late Leon and Fannie Bray Rylee.
Mr. Rylee was retired from McCann Machine Shop and was a member of New Salem United Methodist Church, Commerce. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Rylee.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 1, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Luis Ortiz officiating. Burial was in the New Salem United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Bernell Rylee Rylee; one son, Ronald Rylee, Lula; two daughters, Gladyne Davison, Carnesville, and Brenda Nichols, Commerce; one sister, Francine Tucker, Atlanta; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999
Clara Cole
Mrs. Clara Cole, 95, of Commerce, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Commerce, Mrs. Cole was born June 26, 1904. She was a daughter of the late George Washington and Haseltine Berrong Tanner.
Mrs. Cole had been employed with Blue Bell Manufacturing. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Theron Cole.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one daughter, Marguerite Chandler, Commerce; granddaughter, Louisa Chandler; grandson and wife, Mrs. and Mrs. Benny Chandler; and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

Gladys F. Brady
Mrs. Gladys Fleming Brady, 88, of Commerce, died Friday, July 30, 1999.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Brady was born March 22, 1911. She was a daughter of the late Thomas Grayson and Mary Gordon Fleming.
Mrs. Brady was a homemaker and a member of Corinth Baptist Church, Stone Mountain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Reid Brady, and a son, Danny Brady.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 1, at Corinth Baptist Church with the Revs. Don Richards and Bob Hill officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one step-daughter, Joyce Slade, Tucker; two brothers, John Marvin Fleming, Decatur, and Odis H. Fleming, Cornelia; one sister, Ruth Segars, Commerce; nieces, Jennie Jett and Sarah Borders, both of Commerce; and other nieces and nephews.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

Katie B. Hart
Mrs. Katie Bell Hart, 89, of Royston, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Hart was born July 21, 1910. She was a daughter of the late Jim and Delree Fowler Haley.
Mrs. Hart was a homemaker, an avid fisherwoman and a member of Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Hart, one brother, Rob Haley, and five sisters, Geneva Carey, Mayola Fowler, Emma Bray, Wilma Smith and Gertrude Randall.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 1, at Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Revs. Gary Osteen and Burt Synan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Hart's grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include five sons, James Hart, Commerce, Jerry Hart, Danielsville, Perry Hart, Canon, Barney Hart, Hartwell, and Jackie Hart, Comer; six daughters, Annie Ree Phillips, Mamie Lee Beard and Georgie Gibby, all of Royston, Bobbie Sue Boleman, Danielsville, Sara Nell Voyles, Carnesville, and Judy Pace, Nicholson; 36 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, seven step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild.
Flowers are optional or memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Madison or Franklin County.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

Frankie M. Burns III
Frankie Mitchell Burns III, of Commerce, infant son of Frankie Burns II and Karen Lowe, died Tuesday, July 27, 1999, at the home of his grandmother in Commerce.
Burns was born January 10, 1999. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Frankie Burns Sr.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 31, at Bush River Baptist Church, Homer, with the Rev. Julius Mack officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Michelle Mackey; three step-sisters, Hope Dowdy, Chris Bonds and Barbara Bonds, all of Jefferson; one step-brother, Mitchell Dowdy; grandmother, Hazel Burns; great-great-great-grandmother, Etta Jones; aunts, Mary Howard, Athens, and Judy Nsong, Gainesville; godmother, Johnnie Gillespie, Commerce; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

John F. McDonald
John F. McDonald, 70, of Gainesville, formerly of Murphy, N.C., died Saturday, July 24, 1999, at a Hall County hospital.
A native of Cherokee County, Mr. McDonald was a son of the late Andrew J. "Andy" and Ellie Abernathy McDonald.
He had lived in Gainesville since 1977 and was a retired barber. Mr. McDonald was a member of Boiling Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, N.C., with the Rev. Dallas Crowder officiating. Burial was in the Hanging Dog Baptist Church cemetery. Kim and David Cordin, Roy Ward, Paul and Larry Dockery, Edward Carter and Stephen and Thomas Curtis served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Nell Carter McDonald; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy M. and David R. Dolin, Commerce; three sisters, Dorothy "Dot" Beaver and Mary Lou Cordin, both of Murphy, N.C., and Iowa "Toots" Marcus, Pleasant Hill, Ore.; brother-in-law, Cliff Killian, Andrews, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, North Carolina, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

Vertie M. Masters
Mrs. Vertie Mae Morris Masters, 78, of Gillsville, died Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, at Vencor Hospital.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Masters was born October 18, 1920. She was a daughter of the late Dillard and Annie Lee Ferguson Morris.
Mrs. Masters was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.D. Masters, and a son, Franklin Masters.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Wesley Morris and Pete Wing officiating. Burial was in Gillsville Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Buddy Masters, Gillsville, and Sonny Masters, Cumming; two brothers, Benny Morris, Gillsville, and James Morris, Nicholson; one sister, Annie Read Sims, Gillsville; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

Lloyd O. Free
Lloyd Ottis Free, 68, of Athens, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at his residence.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Free was born November 28, 1930. He was a son of the late Luther and Iola Lord Free.
Mr. Free had lived in the Athens area for most of his life and was a retired carpenter. He was connected with Christian Hardware for a number of years. Mr. Free was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva E. Gearing Free, and a son, Ottis Lloyd Free.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, at Community Baptist Church with the Revs. David Strickland and Dub Adkins officiating. Burial was in the Union Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Jean Gordon, Athens, Patricia Ann Booth, Ila, and Juanita Irwin, Nicholson; two sons, David Free and Terry Free, both of Athens; three sisters, Worlene Ford, Rogersville, Tenn., Kathline Strickland, Jefferson, and Martha Jane Shiver, Athens; one brother, Henry Free, Athens; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

Boyce G. Herring
Mrs. Boyce G. Herring, 74, of Hull, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Herring was born January 18, 1925, the daughter of the late John and Janie Jordan Glenn.
She had been employed with Blue Bell Manufacturing as a sewing machine operator. Mrs. Herring was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Herring.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Ila Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Johnny Leon Herring, Bishop; one daughter, Virginia Evelyn Rams, Hull; a niece raised in the home, Birdie Nix; two sisters, Gladys Sellers, Supply, N.C., and Lillian Dykes, Macon; five grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

Dr. Herman Peskin
Dr. Herman Peskin, 71, of Augusta, formerly of Commerce, died Thursday, July 15, 1999, at his residence.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Peskin was a physician of internal medicine for 40 years.
As a boy, Dr. Peskin lived in Commerce during the early 1930s. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was a graduate of the University of Georgia and of the Medical College of Georgia.
Mr. Peskin was a member of the Richmond County Medical Association, the Georgia Medical Association, the 10th District Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine. He was an associate member of the Fellowship of American College of Physicians, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at MCG and was active in the Crohn's-Colitis Foundation. Dr. Peskin was a member of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, where he was a past chairman of the federation of Jewish Charities and a board member.
He was beloved by his patients, family members said. He always made time for them. He was a doting, loving father, grandfather and husband.
Graveside services were held Friday, July 16, at Westover Memorial Park, Augusta, with Rabbi Maynard Hyman officiating. Milton Ruben, Gerald Ehrlich, Daniel Kleinman, Sanford Schwartz, Bernie Silverstein, Phillip Peskin, Irvin Levy, Jim Bernstein, Harold Lefkoff and Abram Serotta served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Ruben Peskin; two sons, Steven Peskin, Princeton, N.J., and Stuart R. Peskin, Atlanta; one daughter, Julie Peskin Kleinman, Atlanta; one brother, Phillip Peskin, Atlanta; and six grandchildren.
Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999

Cleo P. Pruitt
Mrs. Cleo Pritchett Pruitt, 81, of Crestview, Fla., formerly of Jefferson, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at West Florida Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Pruitt was born May 1, 1918. She was a daughter of the late Clarence and Lola Wood Pritchett.
Mrs. Pruitt was a homemaker and a member of Apple Valley Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Toy Pruitt.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Vaughn Howington Jr. officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Pruitt, Atlanta, Jerry Pruitt, Maysville, and Johnny Pruitt, Bogart; three daughters, Robbie Cartledge, Crestview, Fla., and Martha Chambers and Diane Davis, both of Jefferson; four brothers, Harold Pritchett, Cornelia, Nolan Pritchett, Maysville, Roy Pritchett, Commerce, and Swayne Pritchett, Anderson, S.C.; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 4, 1999



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