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OBITUARY PAGE - SEPTEMBER 1, 1999 - COMMERCE, GEORGIA

Jerry M. Chambers
Jerry Michael Chambers, 49, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 24, 1999, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Chambers was born October 30, 1949. He was a son of J.T. and Imogene Chambers, Homer.
Mr. Chambers was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War.
Graveside services were held Thursday, August 26, in Banks County Memorial Gardens, Homer, with the Rev. Jerry Stowe officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Sharon Chambers; two step-sons, Greg Abernathy, Gillsville, and Jermy Abernathy, Gainesville; and two sisters, Rita Chambers and Judy Miller, both of Homer.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 1, 1999

Charlie E. Kennedy
Charlie Edward Kennedy, 57, of Maysville, died Sunday, August 15, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
A native of Cordele, Mr. Kennedy was born April 13, 1942. He was a son of Mary Sego Speight, Maysville, and the late Charlie L. Kennedy.
Mr. Kennedy was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, a member of Local #926 Operating Engineers and of Local #302 Seattle Washington.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Ron Glaze and James Richter officiating. Burial was in Banks County Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one son, Chuck Kennedy, Dallas; three daughters, Stephanie Kennedy and Vickie Logan, both of Dallas, and Scarlett McClellan, Hiram; two brothers, L.J. Kennedy, Crescent City, Fla., and Ronald Oshs, Maysville; two sisters, Dorothy Smith, Monroe, and Evelyn Tomlin, Jonesboro; and three grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 1, 1999

Odessa V. Smallwood
Mrs. Odessa Veal Smallwood, 86, of Lilburn, formerly of Commerce, died Saturday, August 28, 1999, at Eastside Medical Center.
A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Smallwood was born September 14, 1912. She was a daughter of the late Arthur and Roxyanna Grey Veal.
Mrs. Smallwood was a homemaker and a member of Morning Star Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Smallwood.
Funeral services were held Sunday, August 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Mark A. Poston Sr. officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 1, 1999

Jerry J. Thornton
Jerry Junior Thornton, 44, of Toccoa, brother of Mary Wallace, Commerce, died Friday, August 27, 1999.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Thornton was a son of Margaret Haley Thornton and the late Robert L. Thornton.
He attended Franklin County Schools and was a member of Melvin Hill C.M.E. Church, Carnesville.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 1, at Melvin Hill C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Arthur L. Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother and sister, include his wife, Janice Thornton; one daughter, Shaleta Gartrell, Toccoa; two sons, Tyrekus Gartrell and Terrance Gartrell, both of Toccoa; and sisters, Jessie Thornton and Ida Ruth Gillespie, both of Toccoa.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 1, 1999

Clifford M. Dyer
Mrs. Clifford Melissa Dyer, 87, of Danielsville, died Sunday, August 29, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Dyer was born January 14, 1912 in Gainesville. She was a daughter of the late James and Gertrude Weaver Thomas.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 1, at Full Gospel Holiness Church with the Revs. Lester Haynes and Larry Dyer officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Collie Dyer; three sons, Dewey Dyer, Blacksburg, S.C., Herschel Dyer, Danielsville, and Hubert Dyer, Lula; two daughters, Lucille Hooper, Nicholson, and Ethelene Meadow, Commerce; three brothers, Billy Thomas, Gainesville, and Bobby Thomas and Charlie Thomas, both of Baldwin; five sisters, Pearlee Armour, Belton, Vadie Armour, Dorothy King and Phoebe Thomas, all of Alto, and Winnie Ward, Seneca, N.C.; 25 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 1, 1999

Roy L. Elrod
Roy Lee Elrod, 81, of Carnesville, brother of Sarah Ruth Prickett, Commerce, died Tuesday, August 24, 1999.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Elrod was a son of the late Early Andrew and Myrtie Matida Reese Elrod.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Mr. Elrod was a member of Harrison McCrary V.F.W. Post 4828 and was a member of Providence Baptist Church, Madison County. He was preceded in death by a son, Roy Edward Elrod.
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 26, in the chapel of Pruitte Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Gary Osteen and Charles Goldsmith officiating. Burial was in Cary Memorial Gardens. Mr. Elrod's nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his sister, include his wife, Emily Frances Phillips Elrod; one daughter, Patsy Ann Coker, Carnesville; one son, Larry David Elrod, Carnesville; sisters, Jeanette Stiff, Elberton, Mary Freeman, Gainesville, and Sue Holbrooks, Toccoa; one brother, Marvin Elrod, Toccoa; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pruitte Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 1, 1999

Sara W. Kitchens
Mrs. Sara Ward Kitchens, 67, of Macon, died Monday, August 30, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Kitchens was a daughter of the late Will and Carzola Parr Ward.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 2, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Harvey Smith and Tim Lumley officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Scott Kitchens, Macon; one daughter, Carol Kitchens, Warner Robins; and one sister, Bertha Roberts, Homer.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 1, 1999



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