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OBITUARY PAGE - DECEMBER 22, 1999 - JEFFERSON, GA

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MR. POTTER
U.S. Navy veteran
JEFFERSON - John Jewell Potter, 86, died Wednesday, December 15, 1999, at Barrow Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mr. Potter was born June 13, 1913, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late John Wesley and Lillie Mae Dillard Potter.
Mr. Potter was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II. He was an active farmer and a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.
Mr. Potter was preceded in death by his wife, Lottie Tate Potter.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 18, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Wayne Hembree officiating. Burial was in the Ebenezer United Methodist Church cemetery. Doc Berryman, Joe Simmons, Randall Simmons, Bill Pardue, Don Roberts and Mike Brown served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Potter, Winder; one sister, Winona Jacobssen, Mobile, Ala.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 18, 1999

MRS. JOHNSON
Homemaker
NICHOLSON - Mrs. Edna Ruth Parker Johnson, 83, died Friday, December 17, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Johnson was born August 28, 1916, in Buncombe County, N.C. She was a daughter of the late Leonard Clifton and Edna Morgan Parker.
Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker and a member of Center United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ponder Johnson Jr.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 19, at Center United Methodist Church with the Revs. Howard Conine and Richard Cathy officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Clifton Johnson, Delaware, and John Johnson, Atlanta; one daughter, Barbara Farmer, Nicholson; one sister, Hilda Swimm, Asheville, N.C.; and a number of grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 22, 1999

MR. PLEDGER
World War II veteran
JEFFERSON - Robert Alexander Pledger, 82, died Saturday, December 18, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Mr. Pledger was born July 6, 1917, in Clarke County. He was a son of the late Rufus Alexander and Mina Burger Pledger.
Mr. Pledger was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army in Europe. He was a retired auto mechanic and was a member of Lebanon Methodist Church.
Mr. Pledger was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Kenny and Debbie Logan.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 20, at Lebanon Methodist Church with the Rev. Howard Banks officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. John Holliday, Dennis Sikes, Roger Carthern, Terry Fulcher, Don Brown and Walt Temple served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Jones Pledger; one son, Alex Pledger, Jefferson; one daughter, Janice Logan, Jefferson; five sisters, Mary Pledger, Estelle Pledger, Ruth Hopkins, Doris Jones and Agnes Smith, all of Athens; one brother, Harvey Pledger, Jefferson; and two grandchildren, Amy Fitzgerald, High Point, N.C., and Kevin Pledger, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 22, 1999

MRS. BACLE
Ridgeway Baptist Church member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Dorothy Elizabeth Thaxton Bacle, 79, died Wednesday, December 15, 1999, at her residence.
Mrs. Bacle was born September 10, 1920, in Greenville County, S.C. She was a daughter of the late Ben and Gladys King Thaxton.
Mrs. Bacle was retired from Sears and was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church, Commerce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mathews Bacle.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 17, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bob Bacle, Commerce; one daughter, Gail Bacle, Hull; one brother, Hoyt Thaxton, Fountain Inn, S.C.; one sister, Annie Etta Imbastaro, Greenville, S.C.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 22, 1999

MRS. EVANS
Commerce First Baptist member
COMMERCE - Mrs. Laura Belle Evans, 88, died Tuesday, December 14, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Evans was born July 28, 1911, in Commerce. She was a daughter of the late Ed and Alice Bailey Payne.
Mrs. Evans was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing in Commerce, with 50 years of service. She was a member of Commerce First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Evans was preceded in death by her husband, B.T. Evans, and a son, Deputy Edward Monroe "Eddie Row" Evans.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 16, at Commerce First Baptist Church with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one sister, Julia Griffin, Commerce; daughter-in-law, Frances Evans Forston, Commerce; two grandchildren, Phyllis Kay Brewer, Nicholson, and Edward Charleston Evans, Commerce; two great-granddaughters, Melissa Brewer, Commerce, and Amanda Brewer, Nicholson; two great-grandsons, Casey Evans and Chuck Evans; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 22, 1999

MRS. ROGERS
Homemaker
COMMERCE - Mrs. Sarah Mason Rogers, 78, died Monday, December 20, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Rogers was born June 13, 1921, in Banks County. She was a daughter of the late Clate and Ruth Sims Mason.
Mrs. Rogers was a homemaker and was a member of Lyons Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, David A. Rogers Sr.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
Survivors include two sons, Daniel Wayne Rogers, Gainesville, and David A. Rogers Jr., Douglasville; two brothers, Gerald Mason, Marietta, and Walter Mason, Griffin; three sisters, Blanche Fuller, Powder Springs, Evelyn Lewallen, Atlanta, and Lois Whitfield, Cornelia; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 22, 1999

MRS. ALMAND
World War II veteran
ATHENS - Mrs. Werner C. Almand, 76, died Sunday, December 19, 1999, at a local hospital.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Almand was born April 16, 1923. She was a daughter of the late Paul D. and Cynnie Dillard Collins.
Mrs. Almand was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army Air Corps.
She lived in Clarke County for most of her life and was a member of Center United Methodist Church.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, December 21, at Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Richard Cathy officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas A. Almand; one sister, Harreitta Coleman, Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, William T. Collins, Decatur, and George D. Collins, Athens; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Center United Methodist Church, c/o Alelia Baird, 10911 Commerce Road, Athens, GA 30607.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 22, 1999

MR. HOWELL
Painter
COMMERCE - Dillard Howell, 58, died Thursday, December 16, 1999, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Howell was born April 7, 1941, in Commerce. He was a son of Edward Howell, Commerce, and the late Lillie Mae Loggins Howell.
Mr. Howell was self-employed as a house painter.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Howell; one daughter, Mandy O'Kelley, Commerce; five brothers, Bobby Howell, Athens, Buford Howell, Snellville; Eddie Howell and Waymon Howell, both of Commerce, and Freddie Howell, Comer; four sisters, Barbara Coker and Betty Floyd, both of Gainesville, Geneva Floyd, Hartwell, and Jeanette Roberts, Comer; and one grandchild.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 22, 1999

MRS. LAWSON
Housewife
COMMERCE - Mrs. Stephanie Denise Lawson, 38, died Sunday, December 19, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Lawson was born June 12, 1961, in Commerce. She was a daughter of the late Guy and Mary Lou Doss Napier.
Mrs. Lawson was a housewife and was a member of Oconee Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 20, at Oconee Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Barrett officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Phillip Lawson; two sons, Blake Gooch and Justin Gooch, both of Jefferson; and one brother, George Mathis, Maysville.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 22, 1999

MRS. MCDUFFIE
Commerce native
MAYSVILLE - Mrs. Joann McDuffie, 56, died Friday, December 17, 1999, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
A native of Commerce, Mrs. McDuffie was born July 6, 1943. She was a daughter of Kate McCoy, Commerce, and the late Jimmy McCoy.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 19, at Ridgeway Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Leon McDuffie; one son, Chad McDuffie, Commerce; two daughters, Kim Laalk, Watkinsville, and Wendy Thomas, Commerce; two brothers, Randy McCoy, Marietta, and Tim McCoy, Homer; one sister, Marie Evans, Commerce; and six grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 22, 1999

MR. JACKSON
Landscaper
GAINESVILLE - Eugene Jackson, 59, died Thursday, December 16, 1999.
Mr. Jackson was born October 26, 1940, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late William Fred and Ella Ivie Jackson.
Mr. Jackson worked as a landscaper.
Memorial services were held Saturday, December 18, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating.
Survivors include one brother, Hoyt Jackson, Homer; and five sisters, Bessie Loggins, Cleveland, Louise Sailors, Caiser, N.C., Bonnie Short, Polkville, N.C., and Ruby Watts and Eddie Vera Westermoreland, both of Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, December 22, 1999


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