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OBITUARY PAGE - DECEMBER 8, 1999 - JEFFERSON, GA

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MR. SMITH
Retired farmer
COMMERCE - David Smith, 82, 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 Jackson Herald, December 8, 1999

MRS. TOMPKINS
First Christian
Church member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Joan Wills Tompkins, 82, died Saturday, December 4, 1999, at Russell Nursing Home, Winder, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Tompkins was born September 7, 1917, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late James Edwin and Claire Niblack Wills.
Mrs. Tompkins was a retiree of Jackson Electric Membership Corporation and was a member of First Christian Church in Jefferson. She was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Tompkins Sr.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 6, at Galilee Christian Church, Jefferson, with Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Keith Hayes, Rod Johnson, Zak Johnson, Chuck McClure, Edwin McClure and Mack Rogers served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons, Benny Tompkins, Athens, and Earle Tompkins and Don Tompkins, both of Jefferson; two sisters, Jean Lee, Athens, and Virginia McClure, Jefferson; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Galilee Christian Church, 2191 Galilee Church Road, Jefferson, GA 30549, or to Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 8, 1999

MR. DRAKE
New York native
NICHOLSON - David A. Drake Jr., 27, 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 Jackson Herald, December 8, 1999

MRS. MASON
North Carolina native
COMMERCE - Mrs. Corrie A. Beck Mason, 93, 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 Jackson Herald, December 8, 1999

MRS. BURNS
Paradise A.M.E. Church member
JEFFERSON - Mrs. Joyce M. Burns, 66, died Monday, November 29, 1999.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Burns was a daughter of Essie Burns and the late Jesse Bennett Burns.
She was retired from the Jackson County Department of Family and Children Services and was a member of Paradise A.M.E. Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 4, at Paradise A.M.E. Church with the Revs. Fred Wilson, Service Hurst, R.E. Cooper and J.B. Lester officiating. Burial was in Paradise A.M.E. Memorial Garden.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, John W. Burns; three daughters, Anita B. Crosby, Atlanta, Rinda McDaniel, Stone Mountain, and Kimberly Gower, Lithonia; one son, Ronald C. Burns, Fort Drum, N.Y.; one brother, Charles Davis, Jefferson; and eight grandchildren.
Hurley Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 8, 1999

MRS. MINISH
Erastus Christian Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Florence Hix Minish, 96, 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 Jackson Herald, December 8, 1999

MRS. GARMON
Center Grove
Baptist member
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Nola Mae Garmon, 85, 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 Jackson Herald, December 8, 1999


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