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OBITUARY PAGE - SEPTEMBER 15, 1999 - JEFFERSON, GA

MRS. PHILLIPS
Blue Bell Mfg. retiree
COMMERCE - Mrs. Flora Sailors Phillips, 96, died Tuesday, September 14, 1999, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Phillips was born May 7, 1903. She was a daughter of the late Zelotus and Susan Elizabeth White Sailors.
Mrs. Phillips was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was of the Holiness faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny L. Phillips, and a son, Howard O. Phillips.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 16, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Curtis Hammonds and Luke Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Grady L. Phillips, Lithonia; one daughter, Eva Tolbert, Commerce; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MRS. KIDD
Sister of countians
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Sarah Mazell Strickland Kidd, 73, 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 Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MRS. HEALAN
Mars Hill Baptist Church member
CARL - Mrs. Ann Healan, 87, died Monday, September 13, 1999.
Mrs. Healan was born in an area of Jackson County that was later incorporated into Barrow County, the daughter of the late Fred and Mamie Thomas Parker.
She was a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church and of the Barrow County Historical Society. Mrs. Healan was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Claud A. Healan Sr., in 1970, a son, the Rev. Claud A. Healan Jr., in 1997, and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Healan, in 1936.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 15, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with Billy Ray Banks and the Revs. Autry Waters and Charles Jones officiating. Burial was in Carl Cemetery.
Survivors include daughter-in-law, Elaine Healan, Bogart; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and James Murphy, Carl; grandson and wife, Greg and Sherry Healan, Bogart; granddaughter and husband, Rebekah and Jason Jones, Watkinsville; great-grandson, Ryan Healan, Bogart; niece and husband, Jane and Steve McDaniel, Winder; niece, Joan Murphy, Carl; and three great-nephews, Jamison and Corey McDaniel, both of Winder, and Jim Murphy, Carl.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MR. REECE
Brother of countian
OAKWOOD - Thomas E. "Junior" Reece, 56, 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 Chrysler 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 Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MR. UNDERWOOD
U.S. Army veteran
JEFFERSON - Jimmy Irvin Underwood, 57, died Friday, September 10, 1999, at Barrow Medical Center following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Underwood was born May 29, 1942. He was a son of the late William Tommy and Stella Mae Underwood.
Mr. Underwood was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam, and was retired from Bellsouth. He was a member of Pleasant Acres Baptist Church and of the Pioneers and CWA. Mr. Underwood was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Bradford Underwood.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Harrill Millsaps officiating. Burial was in the Pendergrass Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Emily Kaye Wood Underwood; one son, William Todd Underwood, Jefferson; three sisters, Blanche Kinney, Pendergrass, Joan Cody, Jefferson, and Shirley Channell, Athens; three brothers, Charles Underwood, Talmo, and Harry Underwood and Thomas Underwood, both of Pendergrass; and two grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MR. MOODY
U.S. Air Force veteran
JEFFERSON - David L. Moody, 48, died Thursday, September 9, 1999, at Athens Heritage Home following an extended illness.
A native of Kennett, Mo., Mr. Moody was born May 11, 1951. He was a son of the late Troy and Virginia Moody.
Mr. Moody was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in Vietnam, and was a farmer.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in the Bethany United Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Helen Stark, Belleview, Fla.; and four brothers, Bill Barney, Jefferson, John Barney, St. Louis, Mo., Tom Stark, Fostoria, Mich., and Jim Garner, Port Huron, Mich.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MR. DOWDY
Salesman
JEFFERSON - Ronny Michael Dowdy Sr., 48, 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 Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MR. LANCE
Retired diesel mechanic
JEFFERSON - Henry Frank Lance, 63, 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 Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MR. TARPKINS
Rogers Chapel
Baptist member
COMMERCE - Deacon J.L. Tarpkins 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 Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MR. WHITE
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE - John Quinton White, 80, 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 Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MRS. WALDEN
Walnut Fork
Baptist member
WINDER - Mrs. Lillian Walden, 83, died Friday, September 10, 1999, at her residence following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Walden was a daughter of the late John and Alice Ann Smith Gregory.
She was member of Walnut Fork Baptist Church. Mrs. Walden was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Walden.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 12, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jimmy Strickland officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Fork Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Juanita Hayes, Cumming, Bettie Wallace, Winder, Rebecca McDaniel, Rome, Patricia Womack, Carl, and Joyce Knight, Mansfield; one son, Darrell Walden, Winder; two sisters, Lorena Williams, Winder, and Delithea Williams, Lilburn; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and a number of great-great-grandchildren.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MISS PATRICK
Barrow County native
WINDER - Miss Frances "Sook" Patrick, 77, died Saturday, September 11, 1999, at Russell Nursing Home following an extended illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, Miss Patrick was a daughter of the late Miles and Ara House Patrick.
She attended Rockwell Universalist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 13, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial was in the House Family Cemetery.
Survivors include four sisters, Julia Harrison, Bethlehem, Nell Fleeman, Winder, Lucille McDonald, Gainesville, and Peggy Harrell, Athens; one brother, Clyde "Cope" Patrick, Winder; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MRS. JOHNSON
Jackson County native
MIDDLETOWN, OHIO - Mrs. Rena Bell Jackson Johnson 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, Ohio, and Mary Nell Pattman, Commerce.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MRS. BATES
Retired cashier
HOSCHTON - Mrs. Gladys Harkins Bates, 84, died Monday, September 13, 1999, at a private nursing home following an extended illness.
A former resident of Hall County, Mrs. Bates was born November 27, 1914. She was a retired cashier and was a member of Concord Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 15, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home, Clermont, with the Rev. Glen Cox officiating. Burial was in the Concord Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, James and Mildred Bates, Hoschton; son, Donald Bates, Clermont; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MR. JENKINS
Father of two
JEFFERSON - Keith Lloyd Jenkins, 45, died Friday, September 10, 1999, at Newton General Hospital, Conyers, following a sudden illness.
Mr. Jenkins was born May 4, 1954 in Colquitt County. He was a son of Virginia Owens Harrison, Moultrie, and the late James W. Jenkins.
Mr. Jenkins was employed in the construction business and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Jenkins.
Family members said, "Keith loved fishing."
Funeral services were held Monday, September 13, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Brother Charles House officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Carol Trapp Jenkins; one daughter, Stacey Marie Jenkins, Jefferson; one son, Keith Todd Jenkins, Jefferson; five sisters, Betty Roads, Dolly Spell, Janet Bailey, Jeannie Plymel and Betty Jean Gregory, all of Moultrie; four brothers, Lloyd Jenkins, Moultrie, Kent Jenkins, Watkinsville, Tony Harrison, Covington, and Charles Harrison, Atlanta; one grandson, Keith Cody Jenkins, Jefferson; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MRS. WILLIAMSON
Homemaker
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Stella Elizabeth Cooper Williamson, 84, died Sunday, September 12, 1999, at Hart Medical Center following an extended illness.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Williamson was born October 17, 1914. She was a daughter of the late Oswald Patrick and Sara Harris Cooper.
Mrs. Williamson was a homemaker and of the Presbyterian faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Boyce Williamson, and a son, David Boyce Williamson.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 15, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Kenneth Hendricks officiating. Burial was in the Williamson Family Cemetery. Russell Williamson, David Williamson, Chris Williamson, Andrew Williamson, Rick Allen, Eric Hammer and Josh Hammer served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one son, Gene Williamson, Watkinsville; four daughters, Martha Wright, Lavonia, Faye Allen, Bowersville, Annie Gurley, Jefferson, and Mary Hammer, West Lake Village, Calif.; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999

MRS. WHEELER
Mother of three
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Margie Nell Wheeler, 57, died Sunday, September 12, 1999, at Gwinnett Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Wheeler was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the daughter of the late William and Lucille Avery.
She was of the Baptist faith.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 15, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Danny Newburn officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Lunden Wheeler; one son, James Avery, Hoschton; two daughters, Patricia McKinney, Homosassa, Fla., and Bobbie Jo Stephens, Norcross; four sisters, Barbara Harbuck, Hartselle, Ala., Dora Franks, Carnesville, Martha Juhan, Snellville, and Debbie Finch, Gainesville; two brothers, Gene Avery, Fayetteville, and Bill Avery, Cumming; 10 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Kidney Fund, 7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, September 15, 1999


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