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OBITUARY PAGE - OCTOBER 13, 1999 - JEFFERSON, GA

MR. BENOIT
Desert Storm veteran
HOSCHTON - John Andre "Jay" Benoit Jr., 33, died Monday, October 11, 1999, at Wilkes Memorial Hospital following injuries sustained in an auto accident.
A native of Kaplan, La., Mr. Benoit was a son of John Andre Benoit Sr., Lafayette, La., and Mary 'T'rouge' Abshire Wilkes, Pendergrass.
He was a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, and was a veteran of Desert Storm, having served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Benoit was employed with Seaboard Farms, Athens, as a truck driver.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 13, in the chapel of Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Billy Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Kaplan, La.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Karla Fowler Benoit, Hull; one son, Devon McKiney Benoit, Charleston, S.C.; three sisters, Vicki Marie Benoit, Hoschton, Cindy Glisson, Douglasville, and Janet Benoit, Pendergrass; one brother, Michael Dale Benoit, Pendergrass; maternal grandmother, Enix Lege, Kaplan, La.; and maternal grandfather, Paul Wilton Abshire Sr., Kaplan, La.
Jackson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MR. THOMAS
Business owner
WINDER - Gifton Thomas, 76, died Friday, October 8, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Thomas was a son of the late Benjamin Hershel and Lelia Pruett Thomas. He was the owner and operator of Thomas Wholesale, Winder, which he founded in 1962. Mr. Thomas was a member of Winder First Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 10, at Winder First Baptist Church with the Rev. John Talley officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Wages Thomas; one son, Larry Thomas, Bethlehem; one daughter, Mary Ann Floyd, Bethlehem; one brother, Randall Thomas, Bethlehem; and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Winder First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 340, Winder, GA 30680.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MR. WILLIAMS
Georgia Power retiree
TOCCOA - George W. "G.W." Williams, 83, died Sunday, October 3, 1999, at Stephens County Hospital.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Williams was born August 7, 1916. He was a son of the late George W. and Nancy Graham Williams.
Mr. Williams was a retiree of Georgia Power Company and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was also a member of the 220 Fellowship of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a member of the Ambassadors of Georgia Power Company.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 5, in the chapel of Whitlock Mortuary, Toccoa, with the Revs. Larry King and Jack Sosby officiating. Burial was in Stephens Memorial Gardens. George Camp, Ted Johnson, Cliff Collins, Ligon Gibson, Hugh Sharp and Joe Bell served as pallbearers. Ambassadors of Georgia Power and the Adult Men's Sunday School Class of Ebenezer Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Belle Gabriel Williams; one son, Larry Williams, Maysville; three sisters, Thelma Snelson, Statham, Lois Gabriel, Crawford, and Willie May Gabriel, Auburn; one brother, George Junior Williams, Jefferson; three grandsons, Tony Williams, Corpus Christi, Texas, Jonathan Williams, Gainesville, and Jeremy Williams, Maysville; and several nieces and nephews.
Whitlock Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MISS SMITH
Organist
GAINESVILLE - Miss Julia Smith, 81, died Sunday, October 3, 1999, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Miss Smith was a daughter of the late Robert Henry and Mamie Brice Smith. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church, where she faithfully served as the organist for 47 years.
Miss Smith was the granddaughter of Gainesville's first mayor, William Pugh Smith. Her father was the first fire chief.
Miss Smith was preceded in death by a brother, Paul H. Smith, two sisters, Verna S. Shivers and Christine S. Bell, and a niece, Patsy Smith Little.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 6, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. Robert Dunsmore and Don Hand officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Survivors include four nieces, Betty Shivers Brown, Sharpsburg, Hilda Smith O'Kelley, Maysville, Jean Smith Parker, Blue Ridge, Va., and Barbara Bell Rainey, Martinsville, Va.; and a number of great-nieces and nephews.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MRS. NIXON
Jackson County native
MACON - Mrs. Floy Miller Nixon, 93, died Tuesday, October 5, 1999, at her residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Nixon was a daughter of the late Floyd and Susie Moore Miller.
She had resided in Macon for 16 years. Mrs. Nixon was a homemaker and a member of Grace and Truth Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 8, in the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home, Macon. Burial was in the Prospect Methodist Church cemetery, Jackson County.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Nixon, Macon; one sister, Mildred Miller Whelchel, Macon; and five grandchildren.
Crest Lawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MRS. WARD
Princeton UMC member
ATHENS - Mrs. Mary Hale Ward, 86, died Saturday, October 9, 1999, at a local hospital.
A native and lifelong resident of Clarke County, Mrs. Ward was born April 11, 1913. She was a daughter of the late Homer G. and Effie Bramblett Hale Sr.
Mrs. Ward was retired from Chicopee Manufacturing Company and was a member of Princeton United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Breece Ward.
Graveside services were held Monday, October 11, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Russell Repetske officiating.
Survivors include four sisters, Emma S. Cofer, Nicholson, and Ida H. Kilgo, Faye H. Rice and Evelyn H. Fowler, all of Hull; and three brothers, Col. Homer G. Hale Jr., James E. Hale and Hugh R. Hale, all of Athens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Princeton United Methodist Church, 2390 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30606.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MRS. GINN
Homemaker
COMER - Mrs. Velda Lee Whitsel Ginn, 91, died Wednesday, October 6, 1999.
Mrs. Ginn was born in Franklin County, the daughter of the late William Albert and Martha Moore Whitsel. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Mrs. Ginn was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Ginn, four sons, one daughter and her step-mother, Maggie Hanley Whitsel.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 7, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel. Burial was in the Colliers Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Ginn Callaway, Comer, and Mary Ann Ginn Goldman, Ninety Six, S.C.; three sons, Bobby Ginn, Larry Ginn and Hal Ginn, all of Commerce; four sisters, Mary Lunsford and Ellie Jordan, both of Royston, Dot Brawner, Commerce, and Susie Garrett, Pelzer, S.C.; 30 grandchildren and a large number of great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MR. POPHOM
Father of countian
TOCCOA - Wiley Candler Pophom Jr., 60, died Thursday, October 7, 1999, at Stephens County Hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Pophom was born in Hall County, a son of the late Wiley and Flora Pophom.
He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 10, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Truett Broner officiating. Burial was in the Skitts Mountain Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Emmett Pophom; one son, Jessie Pophom, Commerce; three daughters, Joni Pophom, Emma Pophom and Marsha Whisant, all of Toccoa; three brothers, Dillard Pophom, Gainesville, Lee Pophom, Milledgeville, and Floyd Pophom, Greenwood, S.C.; and three sisters, Ruby Savage and Louise Emmett, both of Gainesville, and Marie Kelly, Griffin.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MRS. BRANNON
Atlanta native
PENDERGRASS - Mrs. Sandra Diane Brannon, 45, died Monday, October 11, 1999, at her residence.
A native of Atlanta, Mrs. Brannon was born May 5, 1954. She was a daughter of Walter Lawrence and Ruth Cash Allen.
Mrs. Brannon was a housewife.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, October 13, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Harold Crawford officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Allen Brannon; one brother, Glenn Allen, Jefferson; and one sister, Patsy Garman, Monroe.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MR. ARCHER
Truck driver
JEFFERSON - Billy Wayne Archer, 41, died Sunday, October 10, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A native of Fulton County, Mr. Archer was born August 1, 1958. He was a son of Helen "Tot" Archer, Jefferson, and the late Bill Archer.
Mr. Archer was a self-employed truck driver and was a member of Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 12, at Galilee Christian Church with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Edie Thompson Archer; one son, Bristol Archer, Jefferson; one daughter, Chessie Archer, Jefferson; and two brothers, Ronnie Archer, Jefferson, and Ricky Archer, Mableton.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MR. HARPER
Former
Atlanta resident
COMMERCE - Ellis David Harper, formerly of Atlanta, died Sunday, October 3, 1999.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 7, at Warren Chapel United Methodist Church, Commerce.
Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MRS. LUM
Retired journalist
COMMERCE - Mrs. Ruth Buffington Lum, 91, died Wednesday, October 6, 1999, at Alzheimer's Care, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Lum was a longtime resident of Maplewood, N.J., and of Silver Spring, Md. She was an employee at the Baltimore Sun during the 1920s, when she wrote for the paper.
Mrs. Lum was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Max Lum Sr.
Graveside services were held Saturday, October 9, in Druid Ridge Cemetery, Norcross.
Survivors include one son, Max Lum Jr., Davidsonville, Md.; and three grandchildren.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MR. ADAMS
Retired farmer
COMMERCE - Roy E. Adams, 90, died Wednesday, October 6, 1999, at Peachtree Plantation.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Adams was born June 27, 1909. He was a son of the late Callie D. and Addie Smith Adams.
Mr. Adams was a retired farmer and was a member of Erastus Christian Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Adams Adams.
Funeral services were held Friday, October 8, at Erastus Christian Church with Brother Jim Lugo and the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Ed and Janet Adams, Commerce; granddaughter and husband, Lisa and Steve Quinn, Jefferson; granddaughter, Jana Adams, Athens; and three great-grandchildren, Bryson and Kate Quinn, both of Jefferson, and Donny Quinn, Druid Hills.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Erastus Christian Church, 2050 Commerce-Neese Road, Commerce, GA 30529.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MRS. PETHEL
Calvary Baptist Church member
GAINESVILLE - Mrs. Dora Mae Simpson Pethel, 75, died Monday, October 4, 1999, at Bell-Minor Nursing Home.
A life-long resident of Hall County, Mrs. Pethel was a daughter of the late Bonnie Mac and Bertha Mae Nix Simpson.
She retired from J.D. Jewell Poultry Company and continued working in various assisted living facilities as a resident manager. Mrs. Pethel was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Zelus Dewell Loggins, and her second husband, Joel Raymond Pethel.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 6, in the chapel of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Doyal Conley officiating. Burial was in the Calvary Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Gail Loggins Ingram and Pete Ingram and Sandra Pethel Armour and Steve Armour, all of Gainesville, and Marcelle Loggins Cail and Robert Cail, Savannah; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis Ray and Ethelene Loggins, Jefferson; one brother, Thomas Irvin Simpson, Gainesville; grandchildren, Kevin Benjamin Ingram, Kerry Lynn Ingram, Victoria Armour and Stephanie Armour, all of Gainesville, Lisa Loggins Bryant and Jennifer Loggins, both of Jefferson, and Amy Loggins Cromer, Commerce; and nine great-grandchildren.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MISS EBERHART
First Federal retiree
COMMERCE - Miss Frellie Jurelle Eberhart died Wednesday, October 6, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, Miss Eberhart was born February 11, 1916. She was a daughter of Clyde Preston and Ada Lee Mullinax Eberhart.
Miss Eberhart was retired from First Federal.
Graveside services were held Thursday, October 7, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating.
Survivors include three sisters, Wilma Blackwell, Homer, Ramelle Cason, South Pasadena, Fla., and Susie Eberhart, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MR. POOLE
Brother of countian
CANTON - Nathaniel Spencer "Pete" Poole, brother of Pamela Swinford, Commerce, died Thursday, October 7, 1999.
Mr. Poole was born October 13, 1954.
Memorial services were held Sunday, October 10, in Sosebee Memorial Chapel, Canton.
Survivors, in addition to his sister, include his wife, Angie Poole; three daughters, Amanda Poole, Mansfield, and Candiace Simpkins and Jessica McClure, both of Canton; his mother, Kathryn L. Taylor, Griffin; four brothers, Daniel Poole and Jeff Taylor, both of Griffin, David Taylor, LaGrange, and Darrin Poole, Winder; sister, Beverly Poole Smith, Marietta; and several nieces and nephews.
Sosebee Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MR. MINISH
Retired auto mechanic
COMMERCE - John Berry Minish, 55, died Sunday, October 10, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center, following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Minish was born August 12, 1944. He was a son of R.F. Minish, Commerce, and the late Cozettie Faulkner Minish.
Mr. Minish was a retired auto mechanic.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, October 12, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Harris officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Minish; one son, Tony Berry, Commerce; and brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Dot Minish, Commerce.
Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to Saint Mary's Hospice.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999

MR.
WESTMORELAND
Truck driver
COMMERCE - Branson Westmoreland, 73, died Sunday, October 10, 1999, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Commerce, Mr. Westmoreland was born October 8, 1926. He was a son of the late Edmond Clyde and Ida Black Westmoreland.
Mr. Westmoreland was a former truck driver with Gold Kist.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Hilton Purvis and John Perkins officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Eddie Vera Westmoreland; four sons, Branson Westmoreland, Greenville, S.C., Chris Westmoreland and Ronson Westmoreland, both of Nicholson, and Wayne Westmoreland, Commerce; one daughter, Phyllis Westmoreland, Atlanta; two brothers, Otis Westmoreland, Maysville, and Tillman Westmoreland, Commerce; two sisters, Mildred McDonald and Dorothy Tatum, both of Commerce; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, October 13, 1999


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