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OBITUARY PAGE - OCTOBER 6, 1999 - COMMERCE, GEORGIA

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Ouida S. Smallwood
Mrs. Ouida Sue Shields Smallwood, 90, of Commerce, died Sunday, October 3, 1999, at her residence.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Smallwood was born April 20, 1909. She was a daughter of the late Johnny William and Mattie Ruth Martin Shields.
Mrs. Smallwood was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott Littleton Smallwood.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 5, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Mark Polston and David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one brother, J.W. Shields, Commerce; one sister, Ruth S. Barnett, Warner Robins; and a special friend, Inez Thompson, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 6, 1999

Howard J. Roberts
Howard Jessie Roberts, 79, of Maysville, died Sunday, October 3, 1999, at his residence.
A native of Homer, Mr. Roberts was born April 18, 1920. He was a son of the late Enoch and Ella Scott Roberts.
Mr. Roberts was a minister.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 5, at The Church of God with the Revs. Melvin Kramer, Louis Gaddis and Henry Webb officiating. Burial was in Midway Cemetery, Gillsville.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Roberts; four sons, Clayton Greenway and Doug Roberts, both of Gainesville, Terry Greenway, Macon, and Leon Roberts, Maysville; two daughters, Reba Morgan, Gainesville, and Bonnie Parson, Maysville; two brothers, Robert Roberts, Gainesville, and Ted Roberts, Homer; three sisters, Ruby Edge, Gainesville, Ruth Strickland, Homer, and Roberta Watkins, Gillsville; and a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 6, 1999

Reba P. Ballenger
Mrs. Reba Pendergrass Ballenger, 76, of Commerce, died Friday, October 1, 1999, at St. Mary's Longterm Care Center.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Ballenger was born February 5, 1923. She was a daughter of the late Thad and Bessie Maebelle Snipes Pendergrass.
Mrs. Ballenger was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Grove Level Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick Esco Ballenger.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. John Turlington officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Donald Adams, Toccoa; three daughters, Sybil Looney and Shirley Sorrow, both of Commerce, and Helen Venable, Nicholson; three sisters, Lillie Clark, Royston, Ethel Gary, Commerce, and Maebelle Motes, Porterdale; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 6, 1999

Lloyd C. Simmons
Lloyd Clyde Simmons, 77, of Maysville, died Sunday, October 3, 1999, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mr. Simmons was born March 5, 1922, the son of the late William and Omie West Simmons.
He was a veteran of World War II and had worked in the textile industry. Mr. Simmons was preceded in death by two brothers, Hoyt Y. Simmons and Roy L. Simmons.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, October 5, in Banks County Memorial Gardens with the Rev. William Buzzie Simmons officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Bobby Simmons and J.R. Simmons, both of Commerce, and Edward L. Simmons, Mililani, Hawaii; one brother, Johnny Simmons, Commerce; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 6, 1999
Elmo B. Stoyle
Mrs. Elmo Blanche Stoyle, 76, of Danielsville, died Thursday, September 23, 1999.
A native and lifelong resident of Madison County, Mrs. Stoyle was a daughter of the late John Jackson Graham and Leona Fitzpatrick.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Stoyle was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Stoyle.
Graveside services were held Sunday, September, 26, with the Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three daughters, Winona Fields, Danielsville, Gloria Bellew, Commerce, and Stephanie Hanley, Hull; one sister, Shirley G. Jones, Ila; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 6, 1999

Reba Gailey
Miss Reba Gailey, 92, of Maysville, died Monday, October 4, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Miss Gailey was a daughter of the late John T. and Kittie Vaughn Gailey.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Miss Gailey was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Gailey and Clinton Gailey.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 6, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Revs. Brad Wilson, George Cobb and Brent Lord officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three nieces, Betty Cobb, Scottsboro, Ala., Beverly Lord, Commerce, and Peggy Jo Paul, Warner Robins; nephews and cousins.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 6, 1999

Clarence J. Elrod
Clarence J. Elrod, 77, of Hull, died Wednesday, September 29, 1999, following an extended illness.
Mr. Elrod was born August 20, 1922 in Carnesville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens.
Survivors include his wife, Omie N. Elrod; one son, Fred Elrod, Gainesville; two daughters, Sandra Ann Elrod, Gainesville, and Wanda Patton, Greer, S.C.; two step-sons, John Norris, Carnesville, and Tommy Norris, Toccoa; one step-daughter, Bonnie Manley, Greer, S.C.; three brothers, the Rev. Charles Elrod, Commerce, Clifford Elrod, Statham, and Dale Elrod, Hull; and two sisters, Bessie Mae Crawford, Commerce, and Ruth Slater, Center.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 6, 1999

Raymond V. DeWaters
Raymond V. DeWaters, 77, of Austell, formerly of Commerce, died Thursday, September 30, 1999.
Mr. DeWaters retired after 21 years of service with the rank of Master Sergeant with the U.S. Army. He was a Prisoner Of War of World War II and received several medals, including the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Meritorious Unit Emblem, the American Campaign Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, with three bronze service stars for participation in Rhineland, Central Europe and Ardennes-Alsace campaigns. Mr. DeWaters also received the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp, the Korean Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge and the United Nations Service Medal.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 4, in the chapel of Davis Struempf Funeral Home, Austell. Full military honors were held at Marietta National Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Cofield, Commerce; two brothers, John DeWaters, Commerce, and James DeWaters, Staten Island, N.Y.; one sister, Mary Peters, Connecticut; and several nieces and nephews.
Davis Struempf Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 6, 1999

Carolyn Adams
Mrs. Carolyn Adams, 61, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, September 29, 1999.
Mrs. Adams was born in Fulton County, the daughter of the late Harry Thomas Smith and Lizzie Mae Peterman.
She was a housewife and was a member of Prince Avenue Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held Saturday, October 2, in the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Sanders, Jefferson, and Donna Standridge, Athens; three sons, Timmy Adams, Statham, Danny Adams, Athens, and Tommy Adams, Nicholson; one sister, Martha Carter, Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Harry Smith, Athens; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, October 6, 1999



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