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OBITUARY PAGE - DECEMBER 8, 1999 - COMMERCE, GA

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David Smith
David Smith, 82, of Commerce, died Friday, December 3, 1999, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Mr. Smith was born in Madison County, a son of the late Jordan and Pearl Lee Smith.
He was a retired farmer and a member of Homer First Baptist Church. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 5, at Homer First Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Smith's sons and grandsons served as pallbearers, with granddaughters serving as flower ladies.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Gertrude Smith; daughters, Lucile Smith, Nicholson, and Dottie Smith, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and William Borders, Commerce, sons and daughters-in-law, Garnett and Clara Smith and Donnie and Katrina Smith, all of Commerce, and A.D. and Eleanor Smith, Homer; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Mary Kirkpatrick and Mrs. Lucile Hill; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999

David A. Drake Jr.
David A. Drake Jr., 27, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, December 1, 1999.
Mr. Drake was born in Elandville, N.Y., a son of Virginia Artist Drake and the late David Abit Drake Sr.
He was employed with Triple D Welding and was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 4, at Macedonia Independent Holiness Church with the Rev. Artis Anglin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Tim Porterfield, Johnny Luthi, Pat Cromer, Preston Farmer, Kelly Farmer and Jonathan Towe served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Debra Yvonne Strickland Drake; six sisters, Sherie Cromer, Hull, Pamela Towe, Lexington, Ginny Porterfield, Danielsville, Alice Drake, Carnesville, Kristi Bell, Canon, and Elizabeth Luthi, Nicholson; and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999

Corrie A. Mason
Mrs. Corrie A. Beck Mason, 93, of Commerce, died Friday, December 3, 1999, at Chestnut Ridge Nursing Home, Cumming.
Mrs. Mason was born June 20, 1906, in Swayne County, N.C. She was a daughter of the late Harvey and Agnes Beck.
Mrs. Mason was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Homer Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Harold Mason.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 5, at Homer Presbyterian Church with Dr. Wade H. Bell Jr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, George Mason, Homer, Swayne Mason, Mt. Airy, and T.I. Mason, Baldwin; three daughters, Mae Evelyn Baldwin, Doraville, Helen Harrison, Gainesville, and Virginia Sue Hood, Sautee; 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999

Lilly Mae K. Wehunt
Mrs. Lilly Mae Kelly Wehunt, 82, of Commerce, died Tuesday, November 30, 1999, at Athens Heritage Nursing Home.
Mrs. Wehunt was born July 20, 1917, in Franklin County. She was a daughter of the late Repard Samuel and Lula Gertrude Argo Kelly.
Mrs. Wehunt was retired from the Banks County School System and was a member of Mt. Sinai Congregational Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Wehunt, a daughter, Lois Wehunt, and two sons, Oliver and Roger Wehunt.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 2, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Bill Autry officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy Wehunt, Commerce; five daughters, Lucille Beck, Jefferson, Dorothy Duncan and Martha Mize, both of Commerce, Sandra Starnes, Athens, and Francis Thomas, Lula; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999

Florence H. Minish
Mrs. Florence Hix Minish, 96, of Commerce, died Monday, December 6, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Minish was born January 19, 1903, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Luther and Pearl Bolton Hix.
Mrs. Minish was the former owner of City Appliance and Furniture Store. She was a member of Erastus Christian Church, Commerce, where she was the oldest member. Mrs. Minish was preceded in death by her husband, Walter N. Minish.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 8, at Erastus Christian Church with the Revs. Jim Lugo and Billy Glosson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Dr. J. Albert Minish, Commerce; one daughter, Hazel Benton, Commerce; two sisters, Azerlee Millican and Wilma Williamson, both of Commerce; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999

Nola M. Garmon
Mrs. Nola Mae Garmon, 85, of Maysville, died Monday, December 6, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Garmon was born in White County, a daughter of the late Noah Eurice and Eula Belle Popham McEntyre.
She had worked as an inspector at Carwood Manufacturing for many years and was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church, Pendergrass. Mrs. Garmon was preceded in death by her husband, John Floyd Garmon; son, Bobby Garmon, three brothers, Floyd McEntyre Sr. and Lee and Guy McEntyre, and two sisters, Mazzie Meeks and Edna Waldon.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 8, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens in Demorest.
Survivors include four sons, Bill Garmon, Eastanollee, Dwayne Garmon, Toccoa, John Garmon, Blairsville, and Ronnie Garmon, Maysville; one sister, Lessie Atkins, Cleveland; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999

Vivian J. Griffeth
Mrs. Vivian Juanita Griffeth, 81, of Athens, died Saturday, December 4, 1999.
A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Griffeth was a daughter of the late Carlton T. and Ella Mae Seagraves Venable.
She was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church, Athens.
Mrs. Griffeth was preceded in death by her husband, Hillman F. Griffeth.
Graveside services were held Monday, December 6, at Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include one sister, Annette Sanders, Athens; two brothers, William Robert Venable, Commerce, and Tommy Venable, Nicholson; one niece of the home, Susan Hendrix, Athens; one nephew of the home, Shane Haley, Winder; and other nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prospect United Methodist Church, 334 Prospect Church Road, Athens, GA 30607.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999

Tyler J. Norton
Tyler James Norton, 5 days, infant son of Jeremy and Jennifer Michelle Shelnut Norton, Jefferson, died Tuesday, November 30, 1999, at Egleston Children's Hospital.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 2, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in the Old Hull Cemetery, Madison County.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include grandparents, Audrey and Ricky Shelnut, Jefferson, and Virginia Ann Self, Cleveland; great-grandparents, Montine Hunter, Danielsville, Imogene Rowell, Forest Park, and Elbert and Velma Evans, Cleveland; and great-great-grandparents, Calvin Hutchinson, Ocilla, and Clyde McGree, Commerce.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999

J. Waymon Barrett
J. Waymon Barrett, 61, of Danielsville, died Wednesday, December 1, 1999.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Barrett was a son of Hubert J. Barrett, Commerce, and the late Tabbie Hart Barrett.
He was self-employed as a heavy equipment operator.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 3, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the New Haven Church cemetery. Dale Nash, Travis Hooper, Blain Smith, David Williamson, Eddie Freeman and James Argo served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include one daughter, Kathy Harper, Danielsville; three sons, Tommy Barrett, Mark Barrett and Terry Barrett, all of Danielsville; one sister, Patricia Cronic, Danielsville; one brother, Jerry Barrett, Danielsville; and four grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999

Eula J. Fields
Mrs. Eula Jewrell Fields, 80, of Colbert, died Tuesday, November 30, 1999.
Mrs. Fields was born in Oglethorpe County, a daughter of the late George Franklin and Amanda Coile Peterman.
She was a homemaker and a member of Colbert Baptist Church. Mrs. Fields was preceded in death by her husband, William Troy Fields.
Graveside services were held Thursday, December 2, in Colbert City Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Garrett officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Jerrie Ann Edwards and Joyce Bond, both of Danielsville; two sons, Jimmy E. Fields, Colbert, and William B. Fields, Danielsville; one brother, Jack Peterman; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999

Mary H. Harper
Mrs. Mary Helen Harper, 83, of Cumberland, Md., died Sunday, November 28, 1999, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md., from complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Born January 27, 1916, in Commerce, Mrs. Harper was a daughter of the late William "Bill" Edgar and Myrtie May Higginbotham Bailey.
She was married for 61 years, and until becoming incapacitated with Alzheimer's, was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. Mrs. Harper was an avid gardener, a community volunteer and an active member in the United Methodist church for years. Most recently, she was a member of Cresaptown United Methodist Church in Cumberland, Md.
Mrs. Harper was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph W. Bailey, and a sister, Frances B. McCree.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 4, in the chapel of Baker Funeral Home, Savannah. Burial was in Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Rex S. Harper Sr.; one daughter, Sharon Elizabeth Sokol, Mobile, Ala.; two sons, Rex S. Harper Jr., Marietta, and Max Christopher Harper, Savannah; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 919 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611-1676.
Baker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Commerce News, December 8, 1999


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