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Roy S. Nalley
Roy Slim Nalley, 72, of Maysville, died Sunday, November 14, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jefferson, Mr. Nalley was born October 9, 1927.
He had worked as a heavy equipment operator.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Elmer Maddox and Larry Buffington officiating. Burial was in the Diamond Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Gee Nalley; five sons, Clarence Nalley, Hull, Steve Nalley, Waco, Texas, Jimmy Nalley, Gainesville, Roger Nalley, Lakeland, Fla., and Mike Nalley, Bogart; two daughters, Margie Emmett, Talmo, and Peggy Sullens, Gainesville; six step-sons, Alvin Gee, Gainesville, Jeffery Gee and Jerry Gee, both of Maysville, Jimmy Gee, Gillsville, Joe Gee, Pendergrass, and Roger Grindle, Demorest; two brothers, Eugene Red Nalley, Gainesville, and Horace Nalley, Maysville; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 17, 1999
Ottis Ray
Ottis Ray, 86, of Homer, died Friday, November 12, 1999, at his residence.
Mr. Ray was born August 9, 1913, in Banks County. He was a son of the late George Jeff and Mary Elizabeth Lewallen Ray.
Mr. Ray was a cattle and poultry farmer and was a member of Homer Baptist Church, where he served as a member of the board of deacons.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 14, at Homer Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Crabbe, Dwight Oakes and Lamar Purcell officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Pritchett Ray; one son, Leon Ray, Homer; two daughters, Joyce R. Boswell and Jane Hardman, both of Homer; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 17, 1999

William C. James
William Charles "Bill" James, 64, of Danielsville, died Saturday, November 13, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. James was born December 3, 1934, in Madison County. He was a son of the late Earl W. and Lettie Mae Hilley James.
Mr. James was a retired brick layer and a member of the Evangelical Methodist Church, where he was a charter member of the "Young at Heart."
Funeral services were held Monday, November 15, at the Evangelical Methodist Church with the Rev. Tim Peek officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Mr. James' nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a twin brother, Robert T. "Bob" James, Danielsville; one brother, Earl "Dick" James Jr., Royston; five sisters, JoAnn J. Beusse, Danielsville, Armanell J. Shelton, Athens; Sarah J. Kennedy, Commerce, and Lucy J. Graham and Linda J. Harris, both of Canon.
Flowers are optional, or memorials may be made to the Evangelical Methodist Church, c/o Irene Sexton, 4220 Hwy. 174, Danielsville, GA 30633.
Pruitte Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 17, 1999

George Beck
George Beck, 78, of Hull, died Tuesday, November 9, 1999, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Beck was born April 2, 1921. He was a son of the late Frank and Mary Flanagan Beck.
Mr. Beck was a poultry worker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Adams Beck.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 11, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Allen Seagraves officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include one step-son, Darrell Brooks, Hull; two brothers, Curtis Beck, Jefferson, and Rufus Beck, Commerce; five sisters, Sara Covington and Eddie Pearle Wiley, both of Homer, Vernell Evans, Nicholson, and Era Belle Maney and Mamie Turner, both of Commerce; a number of grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 17, 1999

Margaret S. Dunson
Mrs. Margaret Shankle Dunson, 92, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Monday, November 8, 1999, at Skylyn Health Center.
Mrs. Dunson was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Shankle, Commerce.
She received her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Georgia, teaching for 25 years in Athens and for six years in Greensboro, N.C. public schools. Mrs. Dunson was active in educational and cultural organizations and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Athens. She was preceded in death by her husband, Linton Reese Dunson, Athens.
Graveside services were held Thursday, November 11, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Frank Granger officiating.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Linton R. Dunson Jr., Spartanburg, S.C.; sisters, Rebecca Shankle, Commerce, and Harriet Wright, Milledgeville; brother, Col. Willard Shankle, Milledgeville; and granddaughters, Katharine and Julia Dunson, Spartanburg, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 3211 Reidville Road, Ste. E, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
J.F. Floyd Mortuary, Spartanburg, S.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 17, 1999

Elsie E. McClain
Mrs. Elsie Evelyn McClain, 60, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, November 9, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. McClain was born September 7, 1939, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late Claude and Grace Aikens.
Mrs. McClain was retired from the textile industry. She was preceded in death by a brother, William Aikens.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 11, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Bill Franklin officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. Members of the Unity Lodge served as pallbearers.
Survivors include her husband, Paul McClain Jr.; six sons, Alan Aikens and Dale Aikens, both of Dacula, Billy Pursley, Hull, Joe Pursley, Jefferson, Timmy Pursley, Commerce, and Tommy Pursley, Colbert; two daughters, Janet Kimsey and Runelle Dockery, both of Jefferson; one brother, Wayne Aikens, Winder; 21 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 17, 1999

Grover Whitlock
Grover Whitlock, 65, of Gillsville, died Monday, November 1, 1999, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
Mr. Whitlock was born in Jackson County, a son of the late Samuel and Ethel Whitlock. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 3, 1999, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Bradley Elliott officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include one son, Scott Whitlock, Gillsville; six sisters, Willie Stockton, Conyers, Rachel Heery, Decatur, Sara Benton, Commerce, Mary Brooks, Athens, Eleanor Yates, Bakersfield, Calif., and Carolyn Autry, San Andreas, Calif.; two brothers, Jimmy Whitlock, Commerce, and Max Whitlock, Knoxville; granddaughter, Whitney Whitlock; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 17, 1999

Frances Parks
Miss Frances Parks, of Pineville, N.C., died Thursday, November 11, 1999, at Lakeview Living Center, Pineville, N.C.
Miss Parks lived most of her life in the Ashland Community in the western part of Franklin County. She moved to Charlotte, N.C., in 1980 to be near her cousin, Roy W. Coker. Miss Parks lived 12 years at East Haven Retirement Center and seven years at Lakeview Living Center.
She graduated from Franklin County High School, Carnesville, in 1932, and from the University of Georgia, Athens, in 1937, Phi Kappa Phi, with a BS degree in home economics and science. Miss Parks was a charter member of the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Home Economics Honor Society.
She taught in the Georgia school system for 36 years, including Model High School, Rome, Walton County High School, Monroe, Lavonia High School, Lavonia, and Franklin County High School. While teaching at Model High School, she served as advisor to student teachers in home economics. At Franklin County High School, she served as faculty advisor to the Junior Tri-Hi-Y Club.
Miss Parks was an active member of the Hebron Church, and at various times served as president of the Women of the Church, advisor to the Youth and Church Historian. She began the movement to have the church, the Hebron School and Cemetery listed on the National Historical Register.
Funeral services were held in her home church, Hebron Presbyterian Church, Commerce, where she was a lifetime member.
Miss Parks is survived by cousins, Roy W. Coker and Mary Carol C. Michie, both of Charlotte, N.C., Stacy A. Coker, Laurel, Md., Herbert Coker, Commerce, Louise C. Burtchaell, Birmingham, Ala., Virginia Gillespie and Marvin Bramlett, both of Carnesville, Virginia P. Atkins, Jacksonville, Fla., Daniel and Hal Bramlett, both of Winterville, and Sara B. Whitmoore, Athens.
Carolina Funeral & Cremation Center, Charlotte, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 17, 1999

Sarah D. Martin
Mrs. Sarah Davidson Martin, 75, of Athens, died Friday, November 12, 1999, at a local hospital.
Mrs. Martin was born August 31, 1924, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late William Minor and Sibyl Prickett Davidson.
Mrs. Martin was a graduate of Martin Institute, Jefferson, and a graduate of Athens Business College. She was retired from the U.S. Government Civil Service, with 32 years of service.
Mrs. Martin was a longtime resident of Athens and a longtime member of Young Harris Memorial United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Garden Club, NARF, a charter member and past president of the Secretaries Club and an honorary member of the Elks Club in Athens.
Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, William Luther Martin.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 15, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Revs. Michael Marsingill and Dayton Logan officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Ed Conley, Mark Watson, Jamie Jarrard, Stanley Watson, Troy Davidson and Wayne Martin served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sisters, Margaret Brown, Gainesville, Bertie May Watson, Danielsville, and Allie Dishman, Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.; two brothers, Bronson L. Davidson, Gainesville, and Gene Davidson, Maysville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, November 17, 1999


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