Obituaries, A-H

Mary Ray Abney, 2000

MRS. ABNEY
Jackson County native
ATHENS – Mrs. Mary Ray Abney, 90, died Sunday, June 11, 2000.
A native of the Ridgeway Community of Jackson County, Mrs. Abney was
a daughter of Samuel Sylvestus Ray and Leila Chandler Ray.
Mrs. Abney had resided in Athens since her marriage in 1938 to the
late Howard Teasley Abney Sr. She taught primary school prior to her
marriage.
Mrs. Abney was an active member of Athens First Baptist Church and
its choir. As a member of the Athens Pilot Club, she was recognized
in 1999 for 35 years of volunteer service to Athens Regional Medical
Center.
Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Abney continued to manage his
independent insurance agency in the Southern Mutual Building.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Abney was preceded in death by a
daughter, Rosemary Abney Sheuring and 13 siblings.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 14, at Athens First
Baptist Church with the Rev. Jon Appleton officiating. Burial was in
Oconee Hills Cemetery. Bobby Ray, Clyde Ray, Jim Neal, Howard
“Sonny” M. Abney Jr., Randall Ray and Chandler Ray served as
pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers included members of the Tuesday
afternoon Bible study, the Jenkins Sunday School class and the
Athens Pilot Club.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Howard T. Abney, Athens, and Dr. Ray
Chandler Abney, Brattleboro, Vt.; one daughter, Jane Abney Hawkins,
Riverside, Calif.; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and
nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hewitt-Trussville High School for the “Mary
R. Abney Scholarship Fund” in care of Lee Anne Abney, 33 Harden Hill
Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

Paralee Thomas Armour, 2001

MRS. ARMOUR
Homemaker
LULA – Mrs. Paralee Thomas Armour, 79, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001,
at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born December 8, 1921, in Hall County, Mrs. Armour was a daughter of
the late Jim and Mary Thomas.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Living Mission United
Methodist Church. Mrs. Armour was preceded in death by her husband,
Lem Dock Armour, and a daughter, Loutene Anderson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 1, in the chapel
of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev.
Jacob Armour officiating. Burial was in the Living Mission United
Methodist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Lou Simonds, Braselton; one
son, Bud Armour, Lula; three brothers, Charlie Thomas, Baldwin,
Bobby Thomas, South Carolina, and Billy Thomas, Flowery Branch;
seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and five
great-great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home was in charge of
arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 6, 2001

Joab and Susan Banks, 1913

The Jackson Herald June 12, 1913
Card of Thanks
Mr. Editor: Will you allow me space in the dear old Jackson Herald to
thank our dear friends and neighbors for their kindness to us during the
sickness and death of our dear father and mother, Joab and Susan Banks.
They were sick only a few days and all was done that loving hearts and
hands could do to relieve them, but the Lord took them over the river,
whrre there is no more sickness, pain nor death. May God’s richest
blessings rest on each and every one, is our prayer.
Alex Banks

The Jackson Herald June 19, 1913
Walnut
Last Weeks Locals
We had a very sad and unusual occurrance here since our last printing,
that of the death of Mr. and Mrs. Joab Banks. They both had the fever,
and were worked very much alike. Mr. Banks was sick just two weeks and
died on the twenty fifth of May. Mrs. Banks was only sick one week and
died the twenty seventh of May, there being two days difference in their
deaths.
Mr. Banks was a good man and a great Sunday school worker. He was always
there with a good lesson, and we sure will miss him.
Mrs. Banks was a noble, good woman, and sure will be missed in this
community, as no one was better to visit and wait on the sick.
They left five sons and one daughter. There being three sons at home now
single. We sympathize with them very much and will trust God’s richest
blessings may rest on each one of them.

Submitted by Judy Banks

John William Barnett, 1934

Mr. John W. Barnett Passes Last Week

Mr. John W. Barnett, the son of Joseph and Virginia Glenn Barnett, was born Nov. 22, 1860 and died Feb. 18, 1934.

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were demolished we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens”

In the going of Mr. Barnett to his heavenly home, Commerce and the surrounding community has lost a splendid, upright, honest, law-abiding citizen and a faithful Christian. Such characteristics depict a truly great life, no matter how quietly and unassumingly it may have been spent.

As a child he was never robust and strong, and he had to pass through the trying days of the war without a father’s care and counsel, yet in spite of these handicaps he developed into a man of high ideals and noble character. His father, having died during the war, the responsibility of rearing a daughter and son fell to the lot of his godly mother, who imbedded into his growing life such qualities as honesty, sobriety and a reverence for God and His church. In about 1879 he united with the Blacks Creek Baptist church. Lately he transferred his membership to the First Baptist church, at Commerce, where he remained a faithful member until his death, though feeble health had prevented his regular attendance upon the services for several years.

An outstanding blessing that came into his life was his marriage, on August 25, 1887, to Bunie B. Minish, by the sainted Rev. J. F. Goode. This union was blessed with six children, all of whom are worthy Christian citizens, all of the sons have been very active in their respective churches, serving as Sunday school superintendents. Thus the principles of his life are being carried on and he still lives in the lives of his children.

Besides his wife, he is survived by six children, E. J. and F. L. Barnett of Sycamore, Ga.; Mrs. Jesse Eubanks, Mrs. R. H. Jones, W. Y. Barnett and Mrs. A. B. Brown, all of Commerce; also 21 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Many friends and relatives met as a last tribute to this good man at the funeral services conducted by Rev. C.C. Tooke, assisted by Rev. T. C. Hardman. Interment was at the Apple Valley cemetery. Little-Ward in chare of funeral.

Submitted by Keith Ward

Submitter’s Note: I have come across a collection of obituaries that my Grandmother collected over the years…I do not know the [source] of the Obits or the exact dates of publication because my grandmother only saved the clipping from the page without including notes. Where any dates were not included in the obit or memoriam, I have concluded through [research] what the dates were and added them as an addendum.

 

Otis C. "Junior" Barnett, 2000

MR. BARNETT
New Harmony
Baptist member
NICHOLSON – Otis C. “Junior” Barnett, 63, died Tuesday, June 13,
2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Barnett was born June 12, 1937, in Jackson County. He was a son
of Ovida Mildred Wilson Barnett, Nicholson, and the late Otis
Barnett.
Mr. Barnett was retired from Dairy Pak and was a member of New
Harmony Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean
Pittman Barnett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at New
Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Dillard officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one son, Keith
Barnett, Nicholson; one daughter, Wanda Barnett, Nicholson; five
brothers, Bobby Barnett, Arnoldsville, Jimmy Lee Barnett, Rome,
N.Y., Mickey Barnett, Athens, and Weldon Barnett and Wendell Todd
Barnett, both of Nicholson; and four sisters, Walla Mae Butler,
Danielsville, Gail Edwards, Hull, Agnes Peterman, Nicholson, and
Betty Ann Poole, Anderson, S.C.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday
at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

Hattie Mae Echols Boswell, 2003

Hattie M. Boswell
Mrs. Hattie Mae Boswell, 83, of Commerce, died Sunday,
February 2, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, after an
extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Boswell was a daughter of the
late Andrew Echols Sr. and Harriett Echols.
She was a homemaker and retired from Harmony Grove Mills. Mrs.
Boswell was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Boswell,
two sons, Jewell and Larry Boswell, and a grandson, Chuck
Boswell.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, in
the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev.
Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery,
Maysville.
Survivors include son, Ronald Boswell, Baldwin; sisters,
Lucille Greenway, Lula, and Kathryn Hensley, Maysville; three
grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces
and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 5, 2003

Bonnie Louise Duncan Brooks, 2000

MRS. BROOKS
Retired seamstress
CONYERS – Mrs. Bonnie Louise Duncan Brooks, 96, formerly of Center,
died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Starcrest of Conyers.
Mrs. Brooks was born July 15, 1903, in Jackson County. She was a
daughter of the late Gus and Mattie Martin Duncan.
Mrs. Brooks was a retired seamstress and was a member of Grace
United Methodist Church, Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Walter Luther Brooks.
Graveside services were held Friday, March 3, in the Center United
Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Richard Cathy officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry J. Brooks, Norcross, and Talmadge
J. Brooks, Winder; one daughter, Jeanette B. Smith, Commerce; seven
grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two
great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

Brenda Gene Funderburk Bruce, 2000

MRS. BRUCE
Pond Fork
Baptist member
MAYSVILLE – Mrs. Brenda Gene Bruce, 43, died Saturday, March 4,
2000, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Bruce was born in Florida, but had lived most of her life in
Jackson County. She was a daughter of R.L. and Nina Funderburk,
Maysville.
Mrs. Bruce was a homemaker and a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 6, at Pond Fork Baptist
Church with the Rev. Johnny Knight officiating. Burial was in the
church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Samuel
J. Bruce; three daughters, Darlene Stamm, Columbus, Jenny Bruce,
Nicholson, and Tammy Bruce, Maysville; one son, David Bruce,
Maysville; two brothers, Johnny Funderburk and James Funderburk,
both of Maysville; four sisters, Kathleen Gregory, Jacksonville,
Fla., Julie Reed, Jefferson, Carol Mensik, Maysville, and Nina
Tyner, Cornelia; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Ward’s Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

Essie Stephens Burns, 2000

MRS. BURNS
Paradise A.M.E. Church member
JEFFERSON – Mrs. Essie Burns, 92, died Saturday, February 26, 2000.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Burns was a daughter of the late
Charles and Myrtle Miller Stephens.
She was a member of Paradise A.M.E. Church.
Mrs. Burns was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Bennett
Burns.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, at Paradise A.M.E.
Church with the Revs. F.J. Wilson, J.B. Lester, R.E. Cooper, Sandra
Miller and William Jennings officiating. Burial was in the church
cemetery.
Mrs. Burns is survived by one son, Charles Davis, Jefferson; four
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Hurley Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

Charles Thurman "Chuck" Carloss, 2001

MR. CARLOSS
Retired manager
JEFFERSON – Charles Thurman “Chuck” Carloss, 74, died Friday, June
1, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended
illness.
A native of Lebanon, Tenn., Mr. Carloss was born December 13, 1926.
He was a son of the late Barter Cole and Thelma Allen McFarland
Carloss.
Mr. Carloss was a retired manager with Porter Truss County, Jefferson,
and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jefferson.
He was also a member of the Jefferson Lions Club, the Dryden
Veterans Association, the Jefferson Dragon Booster Club and the
Almont Dryden Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the First
United Methodist Church of Jefferson with the Rev. Gary Whatley
officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson. J.B.
Benson, James Black, Keith Gilbert, Don Porter, Dwight Porter, Jimmy
Pruitt, Ed Thompson and Tabo Tolbert served as pallbearers.
Mr. Carloss is survived by his wife, Evelyn Carloss, Jefferson; two
sons, Brian Carloss, Buford, and William Charles “Bill” Carloss,
Jefferson; one sister, Kate Arnold, Lebanon, Tenn.; and three
grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 188
Martin Street, Jefferson, GA 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 6, 2001

Jimmy Hamilton Collins, 2000

MR. COLLINS
Retired auditor
MAYSVILLE – Jimmy Hamilton Collins, 64, died Monday, June 12, 2000,
at his residence.
Mr. Collins was born October 17, 1935, in Jackson County. He was a
son of Charles E. and Faye Tucker Collins, Commerce.
Mr. Collins was a retired auditor and a member of Madison Street
Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara
Anne Collins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 14, at Madison Street
Baptist Church with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in
Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Sandra
Carter Collins; two sons, Jay Hamilton Collins, Atlanta, and Jimmy
David Collins, Ila; one daughter, Robin Renee Scoggins, Ila; two
step-sons, Casey Evans, Maysville, and Edward Chuck Evans,
Gainesville; one sister, Charla Lowe, Commerce; a foster brother,
Gerald Mullins, Redding, Calif.; seven grandchildren and seven
great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

Johnnie Loue Hollis Dixon, 2000

MRS. DIXON
Victory Baptist Church member
JEFFERSON – Mrs. Johnnie Loue Hollis Dixon, 84, died Wednesday, June
14, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief
illness.
Mrs. Dixon was born September 25, 1915, in Jackson County. She was a
daughter of the late Joseph and Evelyn Hollis.
Mrs. Dixon was retired from the textile industry and was a member of
Victory Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband,
George Buford Dixon.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 16, in the
chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Charles
Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include one son, Roger Dixon, Jefferson; one daughter,
Peggy Lance Cannon, Jefferson; one sister, Annie Jarrett, Athens;
four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one
great-great-granddaughter.
The family will receive friends Thursday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

Flora Belle Pethel Doss, 2000

MRS. DOSS
Jackson County native
GAINESVILLE – Mrs. Flora Belle Doss, 88, died Monday, June 12, 2000,
following an extended illness.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Doss had lived in Hall County for most
of her life. She was a daughter of the late Jered and Gennie Beaty
Pethel.
Mrs. Doss was retired from the lunchroom at Miller Park School and
was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death
by three brothers, Fred Pethel, Jake Pethel and E.J. Pethel.
“Granny, your loving smile and laughter will always be remembered,”
it was stated.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 14, in the chapel of
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Rev. Wilburn
Peeples officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 69 1/2 years, Bert Doss Sr.;
daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Coley Justice, Athens, and
Sandra and Derrell Hughes, Anderson, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law,
Bert Jr. and Shirley Doss, Gainesville; one sister, Nell Bloodworth,
Talmo; sisters-in-law, Flora Bell Pethel, Hiram, and Winnie Pethel
and Beatrice Pethel, both of Talmo; grandchildren, Clint and Debbie
Sloan, Oakwood, Tim and Cindy Mackey, Athens, Cindy Beth and Steve
Ellzey, Nicholson, Krystal Doss, Gainesville, Todd and Leigh Ann
Doss, Yuma, Ariz., Thomas and Tonya Williams, Pendleton, S.C., and
Lisa and Pat Campbell, Anderson, S.C.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

Hoke Smith Elrod, 2000

MR. ELROD
Retired supervisor
TALMO – Hoke Smith Elrod, 65, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at
Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following a sudden
illness.
Mr. Elrod was born April 6, 1935, in Jackson County. He was a son of
the late Joe and Lois Gee Elrod Sorrells.
Mr. Elrod was a retired live haul supervisor with the Conagra
Poultry Company and was a member of Talmo Baptist Church. He also
served on the Board of Directors of North Georgia Farm Credit
Service.
Mr. Elrod was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Adams Elrod.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 11, at Talmo Baptist Church
with the Revs. Chad Rising, R.E. Davis and Paul Wade officiating.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Kathy Elrod,
Talmo; daughters and sons-in-law, Gina and Trapper Brissey and Kay
and Larry Joe Wood, all of Talmo; two sisters, Betty Parks,
Dahlonega, and Barbara Middlebrooks, Talmo; and six grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

Raguel Cleave Evans, 2000

MR. EVANS
Jackson Memorial Gardens rites
COMMERCE – Raguel Cleave Evans, 73, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at
BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 6, at the Commerce Church
of God with the Rev. John Webber officiating. Burial was in Jackson
Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three brothers, Joel B. Evans, Trinity, N.C., and
Bobby Evans and Jarrel Evans, both of Commerce; one sister, Nadine
Waters, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

Gladys Arnold Garner, 2001

MRS. GARNER
Jackson County native
CARLTON – Mrs. Gladys Arnold Garner, 73, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Garner was a daughter of the late
Thomas Henry and Axie Pamela Waters Arnold.
She was a member of Thy Tower Community Chapel, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in the chapel
of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville. Burial was in the
Browns Family Cemetery, Carlton. Heath Gilley, Scott Wilson, Brian
Jones, Bill Cowart, Daniel Cowart and Alan Bridges served as
pallbearers.
Mrs. Garner is survived by her husband, Jack Garner; one daughter,
Jacqui Garner Gilley, Carlton; one sister, Hazel Jones, Jefferson;
two grandchildren, Heath and Janice Gilley, Carlton; and three
great-grandchildren, Ethan, Heath and Abby.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of
arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 6, 2001

Barney Griffin, 2000

REV. GRIFFIN
Temple Baptist Church founder
MAYSVILLE – The Rev. Barney Griffin, 55, died Sunday, June 11, 2000,
at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Griffin was born August 26, 1944, in Banks County. He was a son
of Eva Redmon Griffin, Maysville, and the late Barnell Griffin.
Mr. Griffin attended Fort Wayne Bible College and Toccoa Falls Bible
College. He was the founder and pastor of Temple Baptist Church,
Homer, until the early 70s, and pastored several other churches in
Jackson, Banks and Franklin counties. The Rev. Griffin was a member
of Maysville Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 13, at Grove Level Baptist
Church with the Revs. Jeff Appling, Gerald Mitton and Brian Stowe
officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Donna Cox
Griffin; two sons, Jeremy Griffin and Matthew Griffin, both of
Maysville; five daughters, Cynthia Bartow, Angela Mason, Rebecca
Plemmons and Teresa Yale, all of Ashville, N.C., and Elizabeth
Wilson, Pendergrass; three brothers, Billy Griffin and Bobby
Griffin, both of Athens, and Jerry Griffin, Oakwood; three sisters,
Wilma Abney, Kennesaw, Martha Cotton, Homer, and Joyce Griffin,
Smyrna; 10 grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

Jennie Sue Hardman, 1925

MISS JENNIE SUE HARDMAN ONE OF COMMERCE’S MOST LOVED YOUNG WOMEN DIES

The hearts of our entire city and community was saddened Thursday when it became know that Miss Jennie Sue Hardman had passed away at her home near Commerce. While it was generally know that she was seriously ill, yet no one expected the end would come so unexpectedly, and the news of her death was a great shock to the town.

About two weeks ago she contracted a cold, which later developed into pneumonia and while everything was done to combat the ravages of the dread disease, she gradually grew worse until the end which came last Thursday, the 18th at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

She was the youngest child of the late Rev. H. E. Hardman and Mrs. Ella Brock Hardman.

Jennie Sue was born on the 13 of January 1903, at the family homestead one mile from Commerce and has spent the greater part of her life at home. She was educated at the public schools of Commerce and completed her education at the State College for Women at Milledgeville.

In early childhood she gave her life to the guidance of her Lord and was linked with Him in all life’s relations. She united with the First Baptist church at Commerce at a very tender age, before she was nine years old. She loved the Sunday school and church and was always active in her work for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. She was one of the most faithful member of the young ladies Bible class and was secretary for the class at the time of her death. She was one of the most loyal members of the B.Y.P.U. having served faithfully one of the groups leaders and also as secretary for the organization. She bore unmistakable signs of loyalty to her Lord and during the days of her illness expressed a yearning desire to render greater service to Him in the coming years.

The funeral services were conducted by Dr. Wm. H. Wrighton, her pastor, on Friday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock at the First Baptist church, after which the burial services were held and the body laid to rest in the Hardman cemetery.

The following acted as pall bearers: Mr. T. C. Harman, Mr. J. B. Hardman, Mr. Lamartine Hardman, Mr. George Hubbard, Mr. Fred Williamson and Prof. C. L. Veatch.

She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Ella Hardman, one sister, Mrs. Obe Smith, of Ila, and two brothers, Messrs Charles and William Hardman, of Commerce, and a great host of relatives and friends.

Her passing is a loss to our church, town and community, and a personal loss to all who had the good fortune to know her and whose hearts go out in deepest sympathy to her bereaved family.

“Beyond the sunset she has gone to rest a little while. The memory of her loving words, the sweetness of her smile, fall like a benediction soft upon our lonely ways. How we shall miss her presence here through all the coming days. And thus she lives forever more tho’ out of mortal sight. Her spirit will upon us shed a calm and holy light, for in the sky at eventide, when fades the crimson bar, we know her light is shining there, a gentle glowing star.” A friend.

Submitted by Keith Ward

Submitter’s Notes: I have come across a collection of obituaries that my Grandmother collected over the years…I do not know the [source] of the Obits or the exact dates of publication because my grandmother only saved the clipping from the page without including notes. Where any dates were not included in the obit or memoriam, I have concluded through [research] what the dates were and added them as an addendum. Addendum: 18 Jun 1925, County of Death: Jackson, Certificate: 17876-G

Ralph Gordon Hardy, 2000

MR. HARDY
U.S. Army veteran
WINDER – Ralph Gordon Hardy, 79, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at his
residence.
Mr. Hardy was born January 15, 1921, a son of the late Clarence
Allen and Lourine Sims Hardy.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and
was self-employed as a poultry farmer.
Mr. Hardy was the husband of the late Montine C. Hardy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 9, in Smith
Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Kenneth
Brewer and Ricky Thrasher officiating. Burial will be in Barrow
Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Sam Hardy, Houston, Texas; one daughter,
Judy Griggs, Winder; one brother, George Hardy, Winder; one sister,
Edna Rowden, Winder; four grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday
at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

Stephanie Lynn Hayes, 2001

MS. HAYES
North Carolina native
JEFFERSON – Ms. Stephanie Lynn Hayes, 29, died Tuesday, May 29,
2001, at her residence.
Ms. Hayes was born in Fort Bragg, N.C., on January 4, 1972, a
daughter of Bob Hayes, Jefferson, and Lynn Pair Hayes, Alpharetta.
She had lived most of her life in Lawrenceville and was a graduate
of Brookwood High School. Ms. Hayes attended Liberty University in
Virginia.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in Hillcrest
Chapel of Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, with Carol Matthews
officiating. Burial was in Stephens Memorial Gardens. Sean Malone,
Brett Duke, Chris Pair, John Avery, Matt Hayes and Jim Hayes served
as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include one daughter, Shannah
Hayes, Hoschton; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jennifer and Sean
Malone, Hoschton, and Joanna and Brett Duke, Atlanta; grandparents,
Bill and Peggy Hayes, Loganville, and Miriam Pair, Suwanee.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 6, 2001

Nellie Lee Adams, 2003
Marjorie Newman Ballew, 2003

Marjorie N. Ballew
Mrs. Marjorie Newman Ballew, 74, of Talmo, died Wednesday, January
29, 2003, at Crawford Long Hospital following a sudden illness.
Born in Polk County, Tenn., on August 14, 1928, Mrs. Ballew was a
daughter of the late James and Celia Patterson Newman.
She was a house parent with the United Methodist Church Children’s
Home and was a member of Talmo Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 1, in the
chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson. Burial was in the Talmo
Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Loretta Ballew, Talmo, and Diane
Moody, Jackson; one son, Robert Ballew, Jackson; one sister, Lousie
Mathis, Blueridge; two brothers, J.L. Newman, Michigan, and James
Newman, Griffin; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 5, 2003

Wade Hampton Banks, 1910

The Jackson Herald November 17, 1910
Obituary
Of Wade Hampton Banks, who was born June 7, 1888, and departed this life
Oct. 31, 1910. Age, 22 years, 4 months and 24 days. Died within half
mile of where he was born.
Joined the Walnut Fork Baptist church Aug. 1904; lived a faithful and
consecrated member until death. He was elected clerk of the church in
1908 and served about 18 months.
The morning before he died he called his father to him and said, “I am
going to die and am going to Glory and I want you all to meet me there.”
And he said, “What a great thing to die among friends.”
The funeral service was conducted by Revs. S. P. Higgins and G. H.
Collins. It was a touching scene to see the singing class in which he had
sung so often, gathered around his coffin and hear them sing the last song
he ever sang at Walnut.
It’s sad to think we have lost one of our sweetest singers, but we feel
sure he is singing around the Great White Throne of God, where singing
choirs are never borken up and where there is no sickness, sorrow, or sad
partings. While on this earth he suffered untold agony; he never murmured
or complained; he stood his sickness with so much patience. Was confined
to his room almost a year before his death, but looked on the bright side
and was always cheerful.
This young man was taken in the bloom of life. We can’t understand why he
was taken from earth so early, but the Father who knoweth and doeth all
things well, has called him to that “home not made with hands” to dwell
with him eternally.
The family chain is broken, a voice they loved is still, a place is vacant
in their home that never can be filled.
But weep not as those without hope, for we feel that your loss is heaven’s
gain, and let’s try to live so when death’s summons shall call for us, we
can say as Wade said, “Jesus is by my side.”
May God’s richest and choicest blessings rest upon the bereaved family is
our prayer.
A Friend

Submitted by Judy Banks

Mary Ruth Barnes Barnett, 2003

Mary R. Barnett
Mrs. Mary Ruth Barnett, 81, of Nicholson, died Monday,
February 3, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, after an
extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Barnett was a daughter of the
late Joseph and Callie Barnes. She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, in
the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev.
Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Methodist
Church cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include sons, William Barnett, Nicholson, and Jewell
Barnett, Yorktown, Va.; brother, Tommy Joe Barnes, Glenville;
sister, Viva Brooks, Locust Grove; seven grandchildren, four
great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 5, 2003

Paul Heavy Booth, 2003

Paul H. Booth
Paul Heavy Booth, 60, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, January
29, 2003, at his residence of an extended illness.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Booth was a son of the late
Willie D. and Addie Pauline Bridges Booth.
He was a retired logger.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 31, in
the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs.
Donald Wilson and Phil Parks officiating. Burial was in Grey
Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, William and Kathy
Booth, Commerce; son, Clifford Booth, Commerce; brothers,
Billy Booth, Daniel Booth and Lloyd Booth, all of Hull, and
C.D. Booth, Jefferson; sisters, Annie Mae Kitchens and
Elizabeth Kitchens, both of Hull; and four grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 5, 2003

Laura Gale Wolfel Boyette, 2000

MRS. BOYETTE
Homemaker
HOSCHTON – Mrs. Lora Gale Wolfel Boyette, 55, died Thursday, March
2, 2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended
illness.
Mrs. Boyette was born March 26, 1944, in Fulton County. She was a
daughter of Lillie Mae Carden Wolfel, Hoschton, and the late John
Henry Wolfel.
Mrs. Boyette was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Stoncil Monroe Boyette Sr.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, in the chapel of Evans
Funeral Home, Jefferson. Burial was in Lauderdale Memorial Park, Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two sons, Stoncil
“Monny” Boyette Jr., Atlanta, and John Phillip Boyette, Hoschton;
and two sisters, Bernelia Battle, Suwanne, and Beverly Hardiman,
Lawrenceville.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

Fannie Lucille Embrick Brown, 2000

MRS. BROWN
Jackson County native
COMMERCE – Mrs. Fannie Lucille Brown, 71, died Thursday, February
17, 2000, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce, following an extended
illness.
Mrs. Brown was born January 16, 1929, in Jackson County. She was a
daughter of the late Richard Embrick and Fannie Burroughs Embrick.
Mrs. Brown had been employed as a repair and control technician for
Reliance Electric Company.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 20, in the chapel of
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jimmy Owensby
officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Garnett Brown Jr., Commerce; one
brother, Walter Embrick, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

Byron Brady Brumbalow, 2001

MR. BRUMBALOW
Retired carpenter
HOSCHTON – Byron Brady Brumbalow, 74, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at
Rabun County Hospital following an extended illness.
Born in Shelby, N.C., Mr. Brumbalow had lived in Hall and Forsyth
counties for most of his life. He was a son of the late Rev. J.E.
and Ola Mae Irvin Brumbalow.
Mr. Brumbalow was a retired carpenter and had worked for the
Gwinnett County Police Department, and also for the Forsyth County
Sheriff’s Office. He was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, in the chapel
of Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, with the Revs. David
Pruitt and J.W. Helton officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park
Cemetery, Gainesville.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeanene Cofer, Dawsonville, and
Sueject Matthews, Cumming; one son, Stan Brumbalow, Jefferson; three
brothers, Curtis L. Brumbalow, Jefferson, W. Cecil Brumbalow,
Charlotte, N.C., and Donnie D. Brumbalow, Dawsonville; two sisters,
Fairy Mote and Gladys Black, both of Gainesville; five grandsons,
three granddaughters, two great-grandsons, two great-granddaughters
and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 6, 2001

Josephine Redmon Carlan, 2000

MRS. CARLAN
Banks County native
MAYSVILLE – Mrs. Josephine Redmon Carlan, 81, died Monday, June 12,
2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Carlan was born March 1, 1919, in Banks County. She was a
daughter of the late George Wiley and Leaner Baker Redmon.
Mrs. Carlan was a homemaker and a member of Grove Level Baptist
Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walton Oliver
Carlan.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 14, in the chapel of
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Swayne Carlan and
Jeff Appling officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery,
Commerce.
Survivors include three sons, James Carlan, Winterville, Jimmy
Carlan, Homer, and Larry Carlan, Maysville; three sisters, Ruby
Bales, Imogene Redmon and Viola Redmon, all of Maysville; 11
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

Mary Frances Cromer Carter, 2003

Mary F. Carter
Mrs. Mary Frances Carter, 73, of Statham, died Sunday,
February 2, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Carter was born December 17, 1929, in Franklin County.
She was a daughter of the late Thomas Seaborn and Ammie Bonds
Cromer.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, in
the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the
Revs. Douglas Duncan and Russell Page officiating. Burial was
in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Carter is survived by her husband, Maxie Lee Carter,
Statham; one son, David Carter, Statham; three daughters,
Debra Brock and Wanda Carter, both of Statham, and Brenda
Palmer, Braselton; five brothers, Carson Cromer, Martinsville,
Va., Doyle Cromer, J.C. Cromer and William Cromer, all of
Commerce, and Mitchell Cromer, Baldwin; one sister, Faye
Jenkins, Commerce; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 5, 2003

Grover C. Cooper, Jr., 2003

Grover C. ‘G.C.’ Cooper Jr.
Grover C. “G.C.” Cooper Jr., 89, of Hoschton (Duncan Creek
Community), died Tuesday, February 4, 2003.
A longtime resident of the Duncan Creek Community, Mr. Cooper
was born in Jackson County. He retired from Complete Auto
Transit County, Atlanta, where he worked as a truck mechanic and
a store operator. Mr. Cooper was a member of Mt. Moriah
Baptist Church, Hoschton. He was preceded in death by his
wife, Euell Cheek Cooper, and a daughter, Jean Cooper Saine.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 7,
in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford, with the Rev.
Sammy Everett officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Moriah
Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Mona
Cooper, Suwanee; son-in-law, Bob Saine, Sugar Hill;
grandchildren, Michael and Evelyn Cooper, Lawrenceville, Robin
and Brian Holbrook, Cumming, Jonathan Cooper and Donna and
Brett Alexander, all of Lilburn, and Renee and Mark Suchanec
and Lisa and Mike Horah, all of Buford; nine
great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Mrs.
Geneva Cooper Kennedy, Hoschton; brother and sister-in-law,
Otis and Mary Cooper, California; brother, Cecil L. Cooper,
Hoschton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Montine and
Millard Adams, Snellville; sister-in-law, Kathryn Cooper,
Chestnut Mountain; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at
the funeral home.
Flanigan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 5, 2003

Elizabeth Beard Dobbs, 2000

MRS. DOBBS
Former nurse, teacher
COMMERCE – Mrs. Elizabeth Beard Dobbs, 87, died Monday, March 6,
2000, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Dobbs was a daughter of the late Wilburn and Lucy Hamilton
Beard.
She had worked as a private duty nurse, caring for newborn babies
and new mothers, and later became a kindergarten and day care
teacher. Mrs. Dobbs was the founder of the Literacy Program for
Jackson County, receiving much recognition for her achievements.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lilburn Dobbs.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in the
chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with Robert Eberhert and
Richard Gasser officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial
Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Dobbs is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and
Joe Waters, Commerce; sister, Glynn Dalen, Holiday, Tenn.; and
several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday
at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

William Franklin Edwards, 2001

MR. EDWARDS
Farmer
JEFFERSON – William Franklin Edwards, 84, died Saturday, June 2,
2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Edwards was born May 1, 1917. He was
a son of the late Sam and Della Church Edwards.
Mr. Edwards was a farmer, a retired school bus driver with the
Jackson County School System and a retired store owner. Mr. Edwards
was a member of Talmo Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Davis Edwards, a son,
Larry Edwards, and a son-in-law, Thomas Cochran.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 4, at Oconee
Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Mitton and the Rev. Kenneth Barrett
officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Billy
Edwards, Danny Edwards, Dave Mooney, Timmy Edwards, Nicholas Sorrow,
Gene Cochran, Andy Edwards and Mark Edwards served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughter, Peggy Cochran, Jefferson; daughters and
sons-in-law, Donnette and Boyd Crocker, Jefferson, Betty and Tommy
Miller, Commerce, and Margaret and David Mooney, Martin; sons and
daughters-in-law, E.J. and Carol Edwards, Athens, and Kenneth and
Mary Edwards, Jefferson; daughter-in-law, Iris Edwards, Jefferson;
brothers, Douglas Edwards, Spartanburg, S.C., and James Edwards,
Jefferson; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 6, 2001

Jennifer Law Erickson, 2000

MRS. ERICKSON
Homemaker
GAINESVILLE – Mrs. Jennifer Law Erickson, 35, died Friday, March 3,
2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
A native and lifetime resident of Hall County, Mrs. Erickson was the
daughter of Harold V. and Sandra Law, Gainesville.
She attended Gainesville High School and Brenau University.
Mrs. Erickson was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her
grandparents, Ferrell Neuthon and Willena Johnson, Macon, and George
Hammond Sr. and Helen Law, Gainesville.
Graveside services were held Monday, March 6, at Alta Vista Cemetery
with Dr. Steve Brown and the Revs. Fletcher Law and Melissa Hartley
officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, James P.
Erickson Jr.; one stepdaughter, Lisa Erickson, Gainesville; one
brother, Ferrell Law, Gainesville; brother and sister-in-law, Griff
and Nikki Law, Gainesville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James
P. Sr. and Louise Erickson, Tucker; sister-in-law, Patricia Girdner,
Braselton; a great-aunt, Mildred Gillespie, Decatur; two nieces,
Emmy Law and Jennifer Hensler; and two nephews, Van Law and Jason
Akins.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of
arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

Amos Earl "Rusty" Faulkner, 2000

MR. FAULKNER
U.S. Army veteran
COMMERCE – Amos Earl “Rusty” Faulkner, 70, died Thursday, June 8,
2000, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Faulkner was born July 31, 1929, in Jackson County. He was a son
of the late Patrick S. and Essie Porter Faulkner.
Mr. Faulkner was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the
Korean War, and was retired from Delta Airlines. He was a member of
Mt. Olive Baptist Church and a member of Hudson Lodge #294 F&AM.
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 11, in the chapel of
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Carlton Peters
officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include his wife, Jestean Minish Faulkner; two sons, Greg
Faulkner, McDonough, and Patrick Faulkner, Monroe; one daughter,
Diane Smith, Athens; one brother, M.S. Faulkner, Snellville; one
sister, Florence Voyles, Commerce; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000

Felton Arnold Grier, 2003

Felton A. Grier
Felton Arnold Grier, 62, of 179 Hill Street, Commerce, died
Tuesday, February 4, 2003.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Mack &
Payne Funeral Home, Athens.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Mack & Payne Funeral Home (706) 543-8213.

George Herbert Grimes, 2001

MR. GRIMES
Commerce Police Chief
COMMERCE – George Herbert Grimes, 55, police chief for the City of
Commerce, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Gwinnett Medical Center
following a brief illness.
Mr. Grimes was born November 26, 1945, a son of Alice Demeade,
Charleston, S.C., and the late Herbert Grimes.
He served on the board of directors for Columbus Command College and
served as chairman of the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad of Northeast
Georgia. Mr. Grimes was a member of the Commerce Kiwanis Club and a
member of the Georgia Association of Police.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the First
Baptist Church of Commerce with Dr. Don Paulson officiating.
Mr. Grimes is survived by his wife, Susan Grimes, Commerce; two
step-sons, Jimmy Parris, Loganville, and Doug Parris, Dacula; one
sister, Jenny Bean, Charleston, S.C.; and one grandchild.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 6, 2001

Montine Clark Hardy, 2000

MRS. HARDY
Homemaker
WINDER – Mrs. Montine C. Hardy, 78, died Monday, March 6, 2000, at
her residence.
Mrs. Hardy was born April 25, 1921, a daughter of the late Willie
and Emma Mae Pope Clark.
She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Hardy was the wife of the late Ralph Gordon Hardy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 9, in Smith
Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Revs. Kenneth
Brewer and Ricky Thrasher officiating. Burial will be in Barrow
Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Sam Hardy, Houston, Texas; one daughter,
Judy Griggs, Winder; one brother, Willie Clark, Jefferson; one
sister, Jeanie Raney, Athens; four grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday
at the funeral home.
Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, March 8, 2000

Margaret Jenkins Hayes, 2003

Margaret Hayes
Mrs. Margaret Hayes, 78, of Hoschton, died Thursday, January 30,
2003.
A daughter of the late Zeb and May Jenkins, Mrs. Hayes had resided
in Jackson County for most of her life.
She was a homemaker and a member of Union Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 1, in the
chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Rusty Newman
officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Hayes is survived by her husband, Myron Hayes, Hoschton;
daughter, Susan Radey, Hoschton; son, Joseph Hayes, Winder; sister,
Evelyn Hendrix, Madison; and brother, Virl E. Jenkins, Rutledge.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, February 5, 2003

J. B. Humphries, 2000

MR. HUMPHRIES
Truck driver
COMMERCE – J.B. Humphries, 74, died Thursday, June 8, 2000, at
Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Humphries was born October 21, 1925, a son of the late Allie and
Genevie Smith Humphries.
He had been employed as a truck driver.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, at New Bridge Baptist
Church with the Revs. Bill Manus and Verner London officiating.
Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Flora Gerrell Humphries; daughter and
son-in-law, Joyce and Malcolm Turner Vest, Commerce; one brother,
Reeves Humphries, Demorest; three sisters, Vavanelle Keenan and
Kathryn London, both of Cleveland, and Everene Stover, Gainesville;
two granddaughters, Malinda and Jennifer Vest; and a number of
nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Jackson Herald, June 14, 2000