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OBITUARY PAGE - SEPTEMBER 15, 1999 - COMMERCE, GEORGIA

J.L. Tarpkins
Deacon J.L. Tarpkins, of Commerce, died Friday, September 10, 1999, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mr. Tarpkins was born December 17, 1917 in Dodge County. He was a son of the late Lewis and Ella Tarpkins.
Mr. Tarpkins was a dedicated member of Rogers Chapel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon in charge of devotion. He also served as superintendent of Sunday School for many years.
Mr. Tarpkins was preceded in death by five sons, J.L. Tarpkins Jr., Robert Tarpkins, Tony Nelson Tarpkins, Andrew Tarpkins and Clarence Westbrook.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 14, at Rogers Chapel Baptist Church with the Revs. Scotty Randolph, R.E. Glass, E.L. Pittman and David Aker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Nellie Yearby Tarpkins; five sons, the Rev. Roy Tarpkins, Jefferson, S.T. Tarpkins and Charles Tarpkins, both of Athens, Johnny Tarpkins, Atlanta, and Willie Tarpkins, Commerce; four daughters, Sara Nell Day, Atlanta, Agnes Ruth Tarpkins and Jaunita Tarpkins, both of Commerce, and Betty Jean Tarpkins, Athens; one sister, Ella Grace LeMore, Chattanooga, Tenn.; one brother, M.B. Tarpkins, Commerce; 39 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 15, 1999

Ronny M. Dowdy Sr.
Ronny Michael Dowdy Sr., 48, of Jefferson, died Friday, September 10, 1999, at his residence following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Dowdy was born December 2, 1950. He was a son of the late Harold "Boots" and Christine Dowdy.
Mr. Dowdy was a salesman and was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 13, at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Revs. Hulon Hill and Jesse Mealor officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Rod Dowdy and Chris Dowdy, both of Athens, and Ron Dowdy, Nicholson; three sisters, Martha Crawford, Mary Bray and Joy Wood, all of Jefferson; and two brothers, Charles Dowdy, Jefferson, and Jerry Dowdy, Gainesville.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 15, 1999

John Q. White
John Quinton White, 80, of Commerce, died Thursday, September 9, 1999, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. White was born February 22, 1919 in Madison County. He was a son of the late Willie and Texie White.
Mr. White was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II in the Philippines. He worked at Harmony Grove Mills, with 30 years of service, later retiring as a painting contractor.
Mr. White was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce, where he served his Lord and church as a deacon since 1973, family members said. He loved his family and friends and was well loved by them.
Mr. White was preceded in death by two brothers, J.W. White and Thomas White.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 11, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with Phillip Turner and the Revs. Don Paulson and Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Gee White; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jounior Dickerson, Commerce; two brothers, Billy White, Lexington, and Charles "Bootsie" White, Commerce; three sisters, Geraldine Tony, Homer, and Virginia Standridge and Sara Ann Daniels, both of Commerce; grandchildren and spouses, Phillip and Elaine Turner, Gainesville, Vickie and Scott Yaughn, Braselton, and Michele and Joseph Head, Commerce; four great-grandchildren, Etta and Lucas Yaughn, both of Braselton, and Zachary and Ashley Turner, both of Gainesville; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 15, 1999

Henry F. Lance
Henry Frank Lance, 63, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, September 7, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Lance was a retired diesel mechanic. He had lived in the Hall County area for most of his life and was a member of High Falls Church of God.
Funeral services were held Thursday, September 9, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Randall Hawkins and Eric Frazier officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Diane Lance, Salem, S.C.; six sons, Henry Lee Lance Sr., Jefferson, Michael A. Lance Sr. and Harvey Frank Lance, both of Maysville, Dennis Wayne Lance and Jarrett Thomas Lance, both of Salem, S.C., and Willie Ray Foxx, Florence, S.C.; one sister, Lucille Cruse, Gillsville; two brothers, Billy Joe Lance, Atlanta, and Bobby Lee Lance, Gainesville; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 15, 1999

Rena B. Johnson
Mrs. Rena Bell Jackson Johnson, of Middletown, Ohio, died Saturday, September 4, 1999.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of the late James W. and Addie Beath Brown Jackson.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 10, at Jones Chapel Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. J.B. Knuckles officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, James Johnson; one daughter, Casandra Johnson, Middletown, Ohio; three sons, Gary Johnson, Michael Johnson and Andrew Johnson, all of Middletown, Ohio; and two sisters, Willie Ree David, Middletown, and Mary Nell Pattman, Commerce.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 15, 1999

Thomas E. Reece
Thomas E. "Junior" Reece, 56, of Oakwood, brother of the Rev. Verlin Reece, Commerce, died Wednesday, September 8, 1999, at his residence following a sudden illness.
Mr. Reece was a lifelong resident of Hall County. He was a son of the late Thomas E. Sr. and Lola Mae Hudgins Reece.
Mr. Reece was a U.S. Marine veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. He had worked a number of years for Lanier Lincoln-Mercury, Hayes Chr-ysler and was retired from Blackshear Place Motors. Mr. Reece was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Eugene O'Kelley.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 10, in the chapel of Brewer & Wiley Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Scott Wilson and Sam Parsons officiating. Burial was in the Zion Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his brother, include his wife, Shirley Sexton Reece; one daughter, Sonia Maddox, Lilburn; one son, James Edward Reece, Oakwood; sister, Martha O'Kelley, Gainesville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Russell Murphy, Arrie Mae and Johnnie Wiley and Deborah and Roger Riley, all of Gainesville, Betty and Skip Hope, Oakwood, Barbara and Myron Harrison, Gillsville, and Shirley and Calvin Brewster, Dahlonega; sister-in-law, Lavonda Reece, Commerce; and one grandchild, Bailey Reece, Oakwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1101 N. Lake Destiny Road, #415, Maitland, FL 32751, or to Zion Hill Baptist Church, Atlanta Hwy., Flowery Branch, GA 30542.
Brewer & Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 15, 1999

Sarah M. Kidd
Mrs. Sarah Mazell Strickland Kidd, 73, of Gainesville, sister of Billy Lee and William Lee, both of Commerce, died Saturday, September 11, 1999, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Kidd was born in North Carolina, but had lived in Hall County for most of her life.
She was a homemaker and a member of House of Faith Church. Mrs. Kidd was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Kidd, a son, Jimmy Strickland, and a brother, Junior Lee.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 14, in the chapel of Brewer & Wiley Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Gary O'Steen and Roy Lee officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors, in addition to her brothers, include son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Joyce Lee, Gainesville; brothers, Jesse Lee and the Rev. Roy Lee, both of Gillsville; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Brewer & Wiley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, September 15, 1999



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