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OBITUARY PAGE - AUGUST 25, 1999 - COMMERCE, GEORGIA

Geraldine D. Pritchett
Mrs. Geraldine Dale Pritchett, 80, of Commerce, died Sunday, August 22, 1999, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Pritchett was born December 4, 1918. She was a daughter of the late Dock Harrison and Hattie Hudson Dale.
Mrs. Pritchett was a retired dietitian with BJC Medical Center, Commerce, and was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Pritchett, a sister, Clara Booth, and a brother, Hoyle Dale.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 24, at Madison Street Baptist Church with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Johnny Pritchett, Taylor, S.C.; two daughters, Betty Potts, St. Simons Island, and Gail Turner, Greenville, S.C.; four brothers, Albert Dale, Charlotte, N.C., Billy Dale, Commerce, Gene Dale, Marietta, and Lee Dale, Lilburn; six sisters, Frances Center and Pegi Murzynski, both of Athens, JoAnn Davis, Danielsville, Thelma Glenn, Commerce, Dot Jowers, Jacksonville, Fla., and Faye White, Carlton; brother-in-law, Edgar Pritchett, Nicholson; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 25, 1999

Nell Mauldin
Mrs. Nell Mauldin, 89, of Commerce, died Thursday, August 19, 1999, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
A native of Commerce, Mrs. Mauldin was born September 28, 1909. She was a daughter of the late Joseph Franklin and Lula Wright Fulcher.
Mrs. Mauldin worked as a nurse at BJC Medical Center, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilmer Mauldin.
Graveside services were held Saturday, August 21, at Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce, with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Elwyn Wilbanks officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruby Lynn Minish, Jefferson; one grandson, Lem E. Minish; and two great-grandchildren, David Christopher Minish and Lisa Marie Minish.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jackson County Department of Family and Children Services toward Christmas gifts for children in foster care.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 25, 1999

Cumi S. Keesee
Mrs. Cumi Sorrow Keesee, 83, of Commerce, died Wednesday, August 18, 1999, at her residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Keesee was born May 6, 1916. She was a daughter of the late Lonnie and Rilla Ingram Sorrow.
Mrs. Keesee was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and The Fabric Shop and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Henley Keesee.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 20, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Jesse Michael Keesee, Powder Springs, and Norman Henley Keesee, Hartsville, S.C.; two daughters, Christine Brooks, Commerce, and Carolyn Orr, Woodstock; one brother, Hilliard Sorrow, Maysville; one sister, Nomie Carter, Maysville; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 25, 1999

Dessie T. Wilbanks
Mrs. Dessie Turk Wilbanks, 91, of Jefferson, died Sunday, August 22, 1999, at her residence following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wilbanks was born September 2, 1907. She was a daughter of the late Jim and Lucy Allie Irvin Turk.
Mrs. Wilbanks was retired from the textile industry and was of the Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bee Wilbanks, and a daughter, Iris Carter.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 24, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Jesse Mealor officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park.
Survivors include five sons, Bennie E. Wilbanks, Allen Eugene Wilbanks, Wayne Wilbanks and Jarrell Wilbanks, all of Jefferson, and Jimmy Wilbanks, Loganville; three daughters, Addie Blanche Dills, Joyce Fowler and Sue Dalton, all of Jefferson; two sisters, Narcy Ginn, Jefferson, and Willa Mae Collins, Nicholson; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The Commerce News, August 25, 1999

Lois C. Tara
Mrs. Lois Coker Tara, of Sandy, Utah, died Saturday, August 21, 1999, at Alta View Hospital from stroke-related complications.
Mrs. Tara was born September 29, 1921, to Henry and Genie Hill Coker in Homer. She graduated from Banks County High School and attended Toccoa Falls College.
She married John Malcolm Tara in California on January 26, 1946. They lived in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., for 35 years. Following her husband's retirement from Western Airlines, Mrs. Tara resided in Hamilton, Mont., for 10 years, moving to Sandy, Utah, in 1994 to be near their daughter and grandchildren.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, said family members. She was very kind and generous and dedicated many years of service to the National Charity League in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Family members added that Mrs. Tara was a wonderful homemaker, loved to cook, garden and crochet and was an avid reader. She also liked to travel and one of her greatest joys was being with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Tara was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Guynelle Coker and Ruby Coker, and one brother, James Coker.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 26, at Homer Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Tara is survived by her husband of 53 years; daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Rick Carter, Sandy, Utah; son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Karen Tara, Homer; five sisters, Eloise Mann and Ruth Parsons, both of Marietta, Jessie Westbrooks, Homer, and Gloria Cotton and Sonja Baugh, both of Haines City, Fla.; one brother, Eugene Coker, Alto; three grandchildren, Tara and Christopher Carter, both of Sandy, Utah, and Jason Tara, Homer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross in Mrs. Tara's name, P.O. Box 3836, Salt Lake City, UT 84110-3836.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.
The Commerce News, August 25, 1999

Roy L. Gee
Roy Leon Gee, 67, of Commerce, died Monday, July 19, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Commerce, Mr. Gee was born May 13, 1932. He was a son of the late Riley L. and Bessie Anderson Gee.
Mr. Gee worked as a bus driver for Jackson County Schools.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 21, at Morning Star Baptist Church with the Revs. Mark Poston and Tommy Seay officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Nell Gee; one son, David Gee, Commerce; one daughter, Carolyn Gee, Columbia, S.C.; two step-daughters, Donna Ayers, Ila, and Debbie Looney, Center; one brother, Ralph Gee, Braselton; one sister, Louise Norris, Dry Pond; and five grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, August 25, 1999



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