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OBITUARY PAGE - AUGUST 4, 1999 - JEFFERSON, GEORGIA

MRS. MURRAY
Former schoolteacher
COMMERCE - Mrs. Willie Maude Murray, 96, 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 will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 30, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial will be 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.
The family was to have received friends on Wednesday.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, July 28, 1999
MRS. MASTERS
Mt. Carmel
Baptist member
GILLSVILLE - Mrs. Vertie Mae Morris Masters, 78, 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 Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MR. MCDONALD
Retired barber
GAINESVILLE - John F. McDonald, 70, 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 Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

Mrs. Hart
Homemaker
ROYSTON - Mrs. Katie Bell Hart, 89, 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 Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

BURNS III
Infant
COMMERCE - Frankie Mitchell Burns III, 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 Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MR. FREE
Retired carpenter
ATHENS - Lloyd Ottis Free, 68, 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 Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

Mrs. Porter
Sharon Baptist member
DACULA - Mrs. Clara M. Porter, 81, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Windward Nursing Home following an extended illness.
A native of Dacula, Mrs. Porter was a homemaker and a member of Sharon Baptist Church, Hoschton.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 1, in the chapel of Tapp Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev. Ricky Thrasher officiating. Burial was in the Sharon Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Mary Luther, Dacula; nephews and wives, Sam and Roberta Sloan, Dacula, and Frank and Diane Luther, Lithonia; and four nieces, Brenda Baucom, Stark, Fla., Movine Wingo and Mildred Brown, both of Gainesville, and Marie Orr, Jefferson.
Tapp Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MRS. GARVIN
Niece of countians
LOGANVILLE - Mrs. Rhonda L. Garvin, 50, niece of Clyde and Alice Jackson, Jefferson, died Saturday, July 31, 1999.
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 2, in the chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Roy Lee Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford.
Survivors, in addition to her uncle and aunt, include her husband, Robert Garvin; two sons, Gene Garvin and Greg Garvin, both of Winder; her mother, Dartha B. Jackson, Winder; two sisters, Debbie Stanfield, Buford, and Betty Stanfield, Gainesville; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Tim Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

Mr. House
Hall County native
GILLSVILLE - J.R. "Bob" House, 88, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at Columbia Lanier Park Hospital, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. House was a native and lifetime resident of Hall County. He had been a business partner with his father and together they operated D.C. House & Son General Store in Gillsville. They also owned and operated a farm and a cotton gin.
Mr. House served as office manager for the Hall County Tax Assessor's Office and had also served as the chief tax assessor for Hall County. He was a charter member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, Gillsville, where he also served as a deacon.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 1, at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Mr. House's nephew, the Rev. W. Sam Henderson, and the Rev. Darryl Womack officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Louise House, Gillsville; son and daughter-in-law, Charles R. and Joan House, Gillsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanette and James Irvin and Carolyn and Downey Bryant, all of Gillsville; two sisters, Margaret House Frankum, Cleveland, and Winnie House Perry, Atlanta; grandchildren Harriett and David Woodward, Lawrenceville, Robert and Angela House, Columbus, Priscilla and Andrew Stim, Alpharetta, Steven Irvin, Gillsville, Jan Bryant, Gainesville, Bobby Bryant, Dahlonega, and Karen and John Nickerson, Annadale, Va.; and five great-grandchildren.
Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MR. INGRAM
U.S. Navy veteran
BALDWIN - Robert E. Ingram, 42, died Thursday, July 29, 1999, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Ingram was born April 24, 1957, in Muscogee County. He was a son of Rosie Jacobs Ingram, Newnan, and the late Robert E. Ingram.
Mr. Ingram was a U.S. Navy veteran and was employed with BellSouth as a supervisor.
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 31, in Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Danny O'Kelly officiating. Burial was in the New Bethel Baptist Church cemetery, Carnesville.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Cindy Pritchett Ingram; three daughters, Wendy Robinson, Virginia, Sheree Ingram, Winder, and Candace Galloway, Baldwin; one son, Robert C. Ingram, Winder; one sister, Rosie Mae Smith, Columbus; and one grandchild.
Whitfield Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4,1999

MR. CROWE
Retired poultry farmer
HOSCHTON - J.W. "Bill" Crowe, 86, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Crowe was born in Catoosa County in 1913. He was a son of the late Marcus Ellie and Nellie Crowe.
Mr. Crowe was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Jefferson, where he served as chairman of the board of deacons and taught the Men's Bible Class for more than 30 years. He was a retired poultry farmer.
Mr. Crowe was preceded in death by his first wife, Margie Crowe, a daughter, Margaret C. Gann, three brothers, Wayman, J.D. and Mansul Crowe, and a grandson, Scott Crowe.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 30, at Faith Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Rev. D.F. Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Thompson Crowe; sons and daughters-in-law, William A. "Billy" and Mellie Crowe, Gainesville, and Marcus Derrell and Marsha Crowe, Jefferson; step-sons and daughters-in-law, John T. and Linda Bishop, Braselton, and James William and Linda Bishop, Cumming; sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Dan Phillips, Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Betty Crane, Ringgold; brothers and sisters-in-law, Houston and Margaret Crowe, Winder, and Bobby and Doris Crowe and Donald and Joan Crowe, all of Ringgold; sisters-in-law, Velma Crowe, Winder, Louise Crowe, Marshville, N.C., and Mildred Crowe, Athens, Ala.; grandchildren, Leisa and Frank Armour, Greg Crowe, Jimmy Crowe, Stephanie Benson, Marcus Crowe, Booni Bishop, Kip Bishop, Ryan Bishop, Jimmy Bishop and Karen Bishop, and adopted grandchildren, Lisa and Andrew Norris.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MRS. DOWDY
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Christine Wilkes Dowdy, 85, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Dowdy was a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Partain Wilkes.
She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson. Mrs. Dowdy was also a member of the Jackson County Senior Citizens AARP, a member of the United Methodist Women and a member of the Jolly Agers. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold "Boot" Dowdy.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 1, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Hulon Hill and Jesse Mealor officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Frankie Bray, Drew Bray, Mike Dowdy, Steve Dowdy, Hal Dowdy, Ron Dowdy, Rod Dowdy, Chris Dowdy and Mark Hardigree served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Dowdy and Ronnie Dowdy, both of Jefferson, and Jerry Dowdy, Gainesville; three daughters, Martha Crawford, Mary Bray and Joy Wood, all of Jefferson; one sister, Elizabeth Elder, Conyers; 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MR. WHEELER
Farmer
BRASELTON - Loyd Robert Wheeler Sr., 67, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 1999, at Crawford Long Hospital.
Mr. Wheeler was a son of the late J.G. and Marelle H. Wheeler.
He was a self-employed farmer and a member of Zion Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Wheeler was also a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Livingston Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his wife, Claris B. Wheeler.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Don Leaptrott and Greg Judd officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bob Wheeler, Braselton; one daughter, Teresa Wheeler, Braselton; two brothers, J.G. "Dick" Wheeler, Braselton, and James Henry Wheeler, Douglasville; and two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Zion Baptist Church Building Fund.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MRS. COLE
Commerce native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Clara Cole, 95, 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 Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999
MRS. REYNOLDS
Jackson County native
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Bonnie M. Smith Reynolds, 91, 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 Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MR. CARTER
New Liberty
Methodist rites
BRASELTON - Wilburn Carter, 43, died Friday, July 30, 1999, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Carter was born in Barrow County, but had lived in Jackson County all of his life. He was a son of Mrs. Estelle Carter, Braselton, and the late James Carter.
Mr. Carter had worked for Great Northern Construction Company and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Willis and Cecil Carter, and a sister, Susie Brock.
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 2, at New Liberty Methodist Church, Jackson County. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one daughter, Brandy Bishop, Jefferson; one son, Rodney Carter, Jefferson; three sisters, Edna Carter, Fayetteville, N.C., and Edith Abernathy and Sheryl Carlile, both of Braselton; three brothers, Garnett Carter, William Carter and Robert Carter, all of Braselton; and three grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MR. RYLEE
New Salem
UMC member
COMMERCE - James David Rylee, 81, 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 Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MRS. BRADY
Corinth Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Gladys Fleming Brady, 88, 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 Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999

MRS. PRUITT
Homemaker
CRESTVIEW, FLA. - Mrs. Cleo Pritchett Pruitt, 81, 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 Jackson Herald, August 4, 1999


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