Habersham County Obituaries

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Adair, Dr. George T.
Funeral services for Dr. George T. Adair, 100 years and 11 months, of Cleveland were held Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Alexanders Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland. The Rev. Leland Bagwell and the Rev. Ross Sparks officiated with burial in Bowman City Cemetery, Bowman. Dr. Adair died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at his residence following a period of declining health. Born in 1901 in Elberton, he was the son of the late Dr. S. B. and Gussie Thornton Adair. He was a graduate of Gibson- Mercer Academy, The University of Georgia and The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 1931. He began his practice in Elberton before relocating to the Old Logan Mill on Town Creek, White County, in 1937. For many years he was the only licensed veterinarian in the seven counties of Northeast Georgia. Prior to his retirement in 1976, Dr. Adair was instrumental in the founding of the White County Farmers Exchange and the White County Farm Bureau. Dr. Adair will long be remembered for his tireless efforts and unflagging zeal to improve the state of agriculture in the Northeast Georgia mountains. Dr. Adair was a known philanthropist among the colleges and universities of the South, and a devoted champion and regular contributor to countless conservative causes. Even in his very last days, he was much concerned about the state of the nation and the future of its young people. Dr. Adair was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Sewell Wallis Adair, formerly of Elberton. Survivors include his devoted niece, Virginia Brookshire of Charlotte, N.C.; and his boys, Albert Taylor Sr. and Jerry McAfee, both of Cleveland. After a long and fruitful life, Dr. Adair leaves behind a multitude of friends and admirers who have been warmly touched by his extraordinary life and works. Alexander's Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon  (May 2002)


Aldis, Nathan Robert
The family of Nathan Robert Aldis, 24, of Clarkesville, received friends at McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.  Mr. Aldis died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at Angel Medical Center in Franklin, N.C., following injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  Born in Cane County, Ill., on July 9, 1979, he was a self-employed carpenter. He was of the Baptist faith and loved hunting, fishing and cars. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert Dare and William and Edna Aldis.  Surviving are his parents, Robert and Chrystal Dare Aldis of Clarkesville; sister, Dusti Aldis of Lilburn; nephew, Noah Grey Casey of Lilburn; and grandmother, Eva Mae Selpien of Elgin, Ill.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Barbara Fortenberry, 2062 Highway 115, Demorest, GA 30535. McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements. 
Submitted by Kim Gordon (Nov 2003)
Allen, James L. ‘Jake’
Funeral services for James L. “Jake” Allen, 61, of Batesville will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Providence Baptist Church. The Rev. Brion Williams and the Rev. J. R. Elrod will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery.  Mr. Allen died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at his residence.  Born in Habersham County on Sept. 10, 1941, he was a member of Providence Baptist Church. Mr. Allen was formerly employed with Scovill Manufacturing Company. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Allen.  Survivors include his wife, Nancy Leger Allen of Toccoa; parents, Fred T. and Eunice Wood Allen of Batesville; daughter, Kay Miller of Batesville; son, Sean Allen of Batesville; stepdaughter, Sherry Brady of Toccoa; stepsons, Mike Gallo of Seneca, S.C., Thomas Gallo of Toccoa; sisters, Dorothy Thompson of Clarkesville, Lavalle Nix of Turnerville; brothers, Thurman Allen and David O. Allen, both of Demorest, Donald Allen of Clarkesville, Jeff Allen of Batesville; two grandchildren; eight step grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Memorials may be made to the Matthew Miller Fund, 3715 Riverbend Road, Demorest, GA 30535.  Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest is in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)
Ambrose, Bessie Inez Streetman
Funeral services for Bessie Inez Streetman Ambrose, 70, of Homer will be at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 14, at Homer Alliance Church. The Rev. George Tubbs will officiate, with burial in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, Lula.  Mrs. Ambrose died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at her residence.  Born in Jackson County on Nov. 18, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Magnolia and Manual Streetman. Mrs. Ambrose was a homemaker and a member of Homer Alliance Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Ambrose.  Survivors include her sons, William Nation of Homer, Jimmy Truelove of Cornelia; daughters, Elain Dixon of East Dublin, Ethel Gosnell of Homer, Pat Hansley of Athens, Dorothy Wilkerson of MacClenny, Fla.; sister, Lillian Robinson of Douglasville; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Little Ward Funeral Home of Commerce is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)
Anderson, Gerrie S.  Memorial services for Gerrie S. Anderson of Roswell will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Waleska United Methodist Church on the Reinhardt College campus.  Mrs. Anderson died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, in Roswell.  Born in Edwardsville, Ill., in 1926, she moved to Decatur when she was 4 years old. She attended Glenwood Elementary, Decatur Girls’ High School, Florida State College for Women (now Florida State University) and Marsh-Draughn Business College. In 1945, she married her beloved Bill, who preceded her in death in 1989. They lived in Arkansas, Texas, and Virginia Beach, Va., for more than 20 years before retiring to Vero Beach, Fla. Mrs. Anderson recently had moved to the Roswell area.  Mrs. Anderson was an avid reader and wordsmith; she worked as a legal, medical and church secretary for many years. She completed a crossword puzzle every morning before breakfast. She was also a sharp bridge player and known for her witty, salty humor.  When her children were young, she was always the Girl Scout leader, Den Mother, PTA officer, church youth-group leader and involved in her community. She was a lifelong Presbyterian and always was active in the Women of the Church.  Survivors include her sister, Gloria Crawford of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Betty Anderson of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Jim Williams of Canton; daughter, Julie Baker of Jupiter, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.  Memorials may be sent to Faith Presbyterian Church, 3655 Reinhardt College Parkway, Canton, GA 30114.  Huey Funeral Home, Canton, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)
Ariail, Felton A. ‘Doc’
Funeral services for Felton A. “Doc” Ariail, 85, of Alto will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Nails Creek Baptist Church, Homer. The Rev. Paul Robertson will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery.  Mr. Ariail died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at his residence.  Born in Franklin County on Dec. 7, 1917, he was the son of the late Claude and Vastie Bellamy Ariail. Mr. Ariail was retired from Ford Motor Company and was a member of Nails Creek Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Anglin Ariail.  Survivors include his son, Don Ariail of Lawrenceville; brothers, Kermit Ariail and Olin Ariail, both of Carnesville; and two grandchildren.  Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)
Ashley, Brandon Lee
Funeral services for Brandon Lee Ashley, 17, of Mt. Airy will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, in the chapel of Haisten-McCullough Funeral Home in Griffin. Burial will follow in County Line United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. Ashley died Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Born in Hall County on April 29, 1986, he was a cashier at Winn-Dixie and an upcoming senior at Habersham Central High School. Mr. Ashley was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his mother, Regina Kathleen May Ashley. Survivors include his father, Jack Ashley of Mt. Airy; grandparents, Mary Goff of Mt. Airy, Larry Lee May of Jackson, and Jean Gaines of Griffin; aunts, Stacey Gaines of Morrow, Michelle Sharpe of Senoia, Margie Ashley of Dandridge, Tenn., Wanda Ashley of Rockhill, S.C., Patty Ashley of Carnesville; and uncles, Johnny Ashley of Rockhill, S.C., Michael Ashley of Carnesville, Mark Ashley of Kodak, Tenn., and Andrew Duranceau of Jackson. The family will receive friends at Haisten-McCullough Funeral Home in Griffin from 6-8 p.m. today, June 6. McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, and Haisten-McCullough Funeral Home of Griffin are in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2003)
Ballew, Charles Travis
CLEVELAND - Funeral services for Charles Travis Ballew, 65, of Sautee-Nacoochee, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold Gaines officiating. Burial followed in Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.  Mr. Ballew died Monday, March 10, 2003, at his home following injuries sustained in a bulldozer accident.  Mr. Ballew was born in Fairmount, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oliver C. Ballew of Marietta. He was a veteran, serving in the United States Navy. He was the owner of Yonah Pawn and Music Store and attended New Hope Baptist Church, Cornelia.  He is survived by his wife, Linda Hulsey Ballew of Sautee-Nacoochee; son, Mickiel Ballew of Acworth; daughters, Rebecca Chastain of Cartersville, Lea Poth of White; stepdaughters, Julie Garrett, Rachael Meggitt, Anita Allison and Amy Cantrell, all of Cleveland; stepson, Wayne McKinney of Cleveland; grandson, Christopher Chastain of Cartersville; brothers, Lanier Ballew and Neal Ballew, both of Carrollton; sisters, Virginia Greene of Marietta, Vera Jo Warren of Smyrna and Elizabeth Williams of Powder Springs; and 11 step grandchildren.  Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon (Mar 2003)
Beasley, William Dana
Memorial services for William Dana Beasley, 61, of Athens will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, in the chapel of Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, East. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Turnerville. Mr. Beasley died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002. A native of Savannah, he was a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Social Work. He retired after 30 years as a licensed clinical social worker with the state of Georgia through the Northeast Georgia Mental Health Center. He was preceded in death by his father, Millard Beasley. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Shirley Beasley of Athens; daughter, Amanda Beasley of New York City, N.Y.; mother, Rosalie Eanes Friedman Beasley; brother, Roddy Beasley of Savannah; sister, Sandra Rhangos of Savannah; and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter St., Athens, GA 30606. Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon
Black, Belle H.
Funeral services for Belle H. Black, 92, of Demorest were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Hillside Memorial Chapel. The Rev. George Deadwyler and Carroll Jeffers officiated, with burial in Fairfield Cemetery, Demorest.  Mrs. Black died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at Habersham Home following an extended illness.  Born in Habersham County on March 13, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Christopher C. and Surcia Pruitt Hightower. Mrs. Black was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was retired from Habersham Mills. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edvin T. Black; granddaughter, Judith Dituro; and grandson, Barry Black.  Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Melba and James Barr of Demorest, Lavonda and Bill Wright of Demorest; sons and daughters-in-law, Duane and Coma Lee Black of Demorest, Lowell and Imogene Black of Demorest; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.  Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)

Black, James 'Jimmy'
Funeral services for James "Jimmy" Black, 61, of Cleveland will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at the chapel of Barrett Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Taylor and the Rev. Joel Shadburn officiating. Burial will follow in Macedonia United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. Black died Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospice in Athens following an extended illness. Mr. Black was born in White County and was a Methodist. He was preceded in death by his father, Hubert W. Black; and brother-in-law, Junior Young. Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Nov 2006)


Blackburn, Skyler Heath
Graveside services for Skyler Heath Blackburn, infant son of Tambra Armour and Justin Blackburn of Cornelia, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at B.C. Grant Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Rich Hulsey officiating. Infant Blackburn died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, at Habersham County Medical Center. He was born in Habersham County on Nov. 2, 2006. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents: Charlie and Frances Williams, Floyd Blackburn and Larry Armour. McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Nov 2006)
Blalock, Harold Thomas
Funeral services for Harold Thomas Blalock, 80, of Helen will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Helen First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Holmes officiating. Burial will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens.  Mr. Blalock died Wednesday, March 12, 2003.  Born on June 7, 1922, in Fulton County, he was the son of the late Luther and Nellie Bailey Blalock. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in China, Central Burma and India.  He was also a retired salesman for Raley Brothers Food Brokers, with 33 years of service. He was a member of Helen First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Martha Jo Blalock of Helen; two daughters, Susan Blalock of Rex and Jean Rogers of Mt. Airy, Md.; sister, Mary Blalock of Atlanta; one grandchild, Seth Rogers of Mt. Airy, Md. The family will receive friends at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, in Demorest from 6-9 p.m. today, March 14.  The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15.  Memorials may be made to Helen First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 626, Helen, GA 30545.  Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Mar 2003)

Bohannon, John
Funeral services for John Bohannon Jr., 81, of Demorest were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel. The Rev. William E. Cox officiated; burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by Rabun County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 15, and the honor guard from Ft. McPherson. Mr. Bohannon died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center. Born in White County on June 16, 1921, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Katie Fennell Bohannon. He was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister. Mr. Bohannon was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and was a painter and floor sander. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his sister, Betty Wilson of Demorest, and a number of nieces and nephews, including Gail Chambers of Demorest with whom he made his home. Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest ,was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon


Bohannon, Peggy L.
Funeral services for Peggy L. Bohannon, 78, of Alto will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 27, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel with the Rev. Anthony Shore officiating. Burial will follow in Demorest City Cemetery. Mrs. Bohannon died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at a private nursing home. Born on Oct. 4, 1924, in Habersham County, she was a retired textile worker with Riegel Textile and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lillie Canup Lynch; her husband, Walter Bohannon; a son, Terry Bohannon; a granddaughter, Tracy Crowe; two brothers, Billy Lynch and Walter Lynch; and a sister, Jean Gailey. Survivors include her daughter, Avanell Crowe of Baldwin; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Ronald Moody of Alto, Cathy and Harold Crowe of Mt. Airy and Cemeal and Doug Nelms of Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, DeWaine and Myra Bohannon of Demorest; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel of Baldwin is in charge of arrangements.  
Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2003)
Bowden, Forrest Lee
GASTONIA, N.C.  Funeral services for Forrest Lee Bowden, 69, of Gastonia, N.C., were held Wednesday, June 19, at Grace Baptist Church. The Rev. Brian Wright, the Rev. Don Mott and the Rev. Clarence McMahan officiated with burial in Gaston Memorial Park. Mr. Bowden died Monday, June 17, 2002, at Gaston Memorial Hospital. A native of Habersham County, he was a son of the late E.B. and Mary Bowden. He was a lifelong member of Grace Baptist Church and was retired from the A.G. Boone Company in Charlotte, N.C. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Manolia Bowden. Survivors include his wife, Sarah Bowden of Gastonia, N.C.; son, David Lee Bowden of Gastonia, N.C.; stepson and wife, Bill and Debbie Jefferies of Gastonia, N.C.; stepson, Tommy Jefferies of Gastonia, N.C., Joey Jefferies of Boone, N.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Gloria Bowden and Chris Mann of Gastonia, N.C.; stepdaughters and husbands, Kaye and Mike Self, Frances and Lonnie Beavers, all of Gastonia, N.C.; sister-in-law and husband, Loyd and Marion Bowden of Athens; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 2200 Auten Road, Gastonia, N.C. Greene Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, Gastonia, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2002)
Brooks, John Doyle
Memorial services for John Doyle Brooks, 74, of Baldwin, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Tates Creek Baptist Church. The Rev. Jerrell Beatty will officiate.  Mr. Brooks died Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at his residence following a sudden illness.  Born in Jefferson County, Ala., on June 21, 1928, he was the son of the late John W. and Effie McCormack Brooks. He was a graduate of Corner High School and was a retired truck driver with the U.S. Postal Service with 20 years of service. Mr. Brooks was a member of Tates Creek Baptist Church.  Survivors include his wife, Dorothy A. Brooks of Baldwin; sons, Gary D. Brooks of Vienna, Va., Steven D. Brooks of Atlanta; sisters, Louise DePalma of Brockton, Mass., Martha McCurry of Warrior, Ala.; and brother, Jimmy Brooks of Warrior, Ala.  Memorials may be made to Tates Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 4258 Highway 184, Toccoa, GA 30577.  Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Mar 2003)
Broome, Wilson
Funeral services for Wilson Broome, 91, of Hollingsworth were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Billy Burrell officiated with burial in Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery, with full military honors by the Rabun County Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 15 and Habersham County American Legion Post No. 84.  Mr. Broome died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at a local nursing home following an extended illness.  Born in Banks County on Nov. 12, 1911, he was the son of the late Skid and Fannie Simmons Broome. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Simmons Broome; son, Melvin Broome; and daughter, Peggy Jean Broome.  Mr. Broome was a lifetime member of the Grant Reeves Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 7720. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II. Mr. Broome was a retired farmer and the last of his immediate family.  Survivors include his daughter, Bernice Ensurd of Bowling Green, Ky.; sons, Leroy Broome of Baldwin, Clois Broome of Baldwin; 10 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.  Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)
Brotherton, Claude L. Jr.
Funeral services for Claude L. Brotherton Jr., 65, of Clarkesville will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel. Pastor Ryan Smith and the Rev. Wayne Morris will officiate. Burial will follow in Harvest Christian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ronald Mote officiating at graveside. Mr. Brotherton died Friday, June 21, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness. Born in Lewis County, N.Y., on Aug. 13, 1936, he was the son of the late Claude Leon Sr. and Curetta Burkhard Brotherton. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Jones Brotherton; and brother, John Brotherton. Mr. Brotherton was retired from the U.S. Air Force with 23 years of service, having served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was also retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 23 years of service. Mr. Brotherton was a member of Harvest Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Diane Allen Brotherton; daughter, Pamela Lowe of Clayton; stepdaughters, Candy Adkins of Demorest, Cyndi Simmons of Martin; sons, Raymond Brotherton and Stanley Brotherton, both of Clarkesville, Leon Brotherton of Lake Burton; stepson, Michael Gannon of Lillington, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2002)

Brown, Gary
Funeral services for Gary Brown, 43, of Homer, were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Timber Ridge Baptist Church. The Rev. Chris York and the Rev. Jesse Savage officiated, with burial in the church cemetery.  Mr. Brown died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta following a brief illness.  Born in Jackson County on Oct. 16, 1959, he was an electrician and a member of Timber Ridge Baptist Church. Mr. Brown was an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Brown; and brothers, Keith Brown and Bruce Brown. Survivors include his wife, Edwina Simmons Brown of Mt. Airy; mother, Ruth Gudger Mason of Homer; sister, Carol Baker of Gainesville; grandparents, Belle Gudger of Clarkesville, and Carrie Brown of Gainesville; and a number of nieces and nephews.  McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)


Brown, Hebron Isaac
Funeral services for Hebron Isaac Brown, 93, of Clarkesville will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 6, at Hillside Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Crossroad Baptist Cemetery in Carnesville. Mr. Brown died Monday, June 2, 2003, at Glenbridge Health Care in Boone, N.C., following an extended illness. Born in Walton County on July 5, 1904, he was the son of the late William and Ada Barnett Brown. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired electrician and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clarkesville. Survivors include his wife, Lucile Mildred Franklin Brown of Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and Bill Bake of Boone, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Diane Brown of Buford; and grandchildren, Lorena Bake Harris of Atlanta, William Bake III of Buford, Matthew Brown of Buford, Courtney Brown of Buford and Phillip Brown of Buford. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 354, Clarkesville, Ga., 30523. Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, is in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2003)
Brown, Josephine Winona Wilbanks
Graveside services for Josephine Winona Wilbanks Brown, 78, of Clarkesville were held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 16, at the family lot in Yonah Memorial Gardens. The Rev. David Turner officiated. Mrs. Brown died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness. Born in Habersham County on June 25, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Northern and Cora Allen Wilbanks. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lawrence Brown; and sisters, Stella Geneva Williams and Ruby W. Lovell. Mrs. Brown was retired from Pan American Airlines as an executive secretary. Survivors include a sister, Hazel Free of Clarkesville. Stanley H. Powell and the Cornelius E. Church and Son Funeral Home, Clarkesville, were in charge of arrangements.
Submitted by Kim Gordon  (Jun 2003)
Brown, Minnie Lea Wikle
Funeral services for Minnie Lea Wikle Brown, 87, of Batesville, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Hillside Memorial Chapel in Clarkesville with the Rev. Richard Scoggins officiating. Burial followed at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Brown died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at Scenic View Nursing Home in Baldwin. Born in Habersham County on Oct. 13, 1916, she was the daughter of the late William Arthur and Lela Smith Wikle. She also was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Brown; a daughter, Peggy Swafford; a son, Kenneth Brown; and brothers, Paul Wikle and Billy Wikle. Mrs. Brown was a member of Providence Baptist Church in Batesville. She was also a retired teacher with the Habersham County School System. Survivors include a daugher, Lela Ann Brown of Clarkesville; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Barbara Wikle of Clarkesville; a sister, Marie W. Eppinga of Stone Mountain; and a number of nieces and nephews. Hillside Memorial Chapel in Clarkesville was in charge of arrangements. 
Submitted by Kim Gordon  (Nov 2003)

Brownlee, Martha N. Eller
Memorial services for Martha N. Eller Brownlee, 59, of Zephyrhills, Fla., will be held at a later date. Mrs. Brownlee died Friday, May 17, 2002, at Hernando/Pasco Hospice Care Center in Dade City, Fla., following a long illness with cancer. A native of Cornelia, she moved to the Zephyrhills area in 1980 from Clarkesville. She was preceded in death by two sisters. Survivors include her parents, Jacob Andy and Hazel Inez Vinson Eller of Haines City, Fla.; daughters, Cindi Frankum of Clarkesville, Roxanne Ellerbee of Wesley Chapel, Terri Dawn Brownlee of Zephyrhills; grandchildren, Bobby Frankum, Stephanie Frankum, Amanda Gano, Zachery Derrick; sisters, Eunice Rich of Canton, Ohio, Sharon Norman of Paris, Ohio; and brothers, Jack Eller, David Eller, both of Canton, Ohio, Joseph Eller of Kissimmee, Fla. Coleman and Ferguson Funeral Home, Richey Chapel, Kissimmee, Fla., is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon  (May 2002)


Bruce, Maggie
Funeral arrangements for Maggie Bruce, 82, of Maysville are incomplete at this time.  Mrs. Bruce died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at a private nursing home.  Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Mar 2003)

Burke, Alley
Funeral services for Alley Burke, 87, of Clarkesville were held Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at Cool Springs United Methodist Church. The Rev. Steve McIntyre, the Rev. Garvis Kinsey and the Rev. Charles Black officiated with burial in Clarkesville City Cemetery. Mr. Burke died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness. Born in White County on May 28, 1914, he was the son of the late Taylor and Lillie Robertson Burke. Mr. Burke was a retired farmer and a member of Cool Springs United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Holcomb, Jessie Lee Loyd, Lula Bell Colley, Flora Tatum, Ethelene Masterpol; and brothers, Hubert Burke, Albert Burke, Robert Burke. Survivors include his wife, Frances Giddens Burke of Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Kenneth Skelton of Cleveland; sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Eugenia Burke of Clarkesville, Charles and Gail Burke of Clarkesville; eight grandchildren; and 17 great- grandchildren. Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon  (May 2002)


Burkhalter, Walter Hershel
Funeral services for Walter Hershel Burkhalter, 69, of Cleveland were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Alexanders Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lyndon Eubanks officiating. Mr. Burkhalter died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002, at a private hospice care home following an extended illness. Born in Fulton County, he spent much of his life in Stone Mountain prior to moving to White County in 1972. He was of the Methodist faith and was a member of Clarkston Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Jacquline Burkhalter of Cleveland; daughters and sons-in-law, Constance and Cliff Hood of Helen, Denise and Russell Letson of Rome; mother, Thelma Lovelace Burkhalter of Winder; brothers, Phillip Burkhalter of Memphis, Tenn., Richard Burkhalter of Sugar Hill, Michael Burkhalter of Conyers, Barry Burkhalter of Atlanta; sister, Linda Barnhart of Winder; and four grandsons. Memorials may be made to Georgia Masonic Childrens Home, 1417 Nottingham Drive, Macon, GA 31208. Alexanders Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Kim Gordon


Byrnes, Mary Ruth
Funeral services for Mary Ruth Byrnes, 81, of Cornelia will be held at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 7, at Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. J.R. Elrod officiating. Burial will follow in Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  Mrs. Byrnes died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at a private healthcare facility following an extended illness.  Born in Richard City, Tenn., on May 2, 1921, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Byrnes attended Grace Baptist Church.  Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, James W. “Jim” Jr. and Brenda Byrnes of Cornelia; and four grandchildren.  Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, GA 30531.  McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)

Cahill, Betty Whitmire
Funeral services for Betty Whitmire Cahill, 71, of Clarkesville will be held Wednesday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel. Burial will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Cahill died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness. Born on March 5, 1931, in Dawson County, she was a daughter of the late William McKinley and Lula Carolyn Carnes Whitmire. She was preceded in death by her sister, Lillian Whitmire; and brother, William Whitmire. Mrs. Cahill had worked with the United Cerebral Palsy Association and with the handicapped. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Dawsonville. Survivors include her husband, Francis A. Cahill of Clarkesville; daughter, Desiree Cahill of Margate, Fla.; stepdaughter, Jacqueline Klima of Philmont, N.Y.; sons, Lonnie Smith of Colorado Springs, Colo., Matthew Cahill of Clarkesville; sisters, Ellen Hammond, Opal Hammond, Martha Jean Johns, Darlena Church, Joy Dixon, Lynn Sims, all of Clarkesville, Josephine Nix of Gainesville; brothers, Talmadge Whitmire, Gerald Whitmire, Jerry Whitmire, all of Mt. Airy, Emmitt Whitmire of Demorest; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family will receive friends at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, May 14. Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon  (May 2002)


Cantrell, G. Frank
Funeral services for G. Frank Cantrell, 70, of Mt. Airy will be held at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 27, at Hazel Creek Baptist Church. The Rev. Trent Smith and the Rev. Billy Burrell will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Cantrell died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness. Born in Breman, Ala., he was the son of the late Frank and Beulah Warren Cantrell. Mr. Cantrell was a retired staking engineer with Habersham Electric Membership Corporation, a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean conflict, and a member of Hazel Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Smith Cantrell of Mt. Airy; daughter, Denise Cantrell of Mt. Airy; son, David Cantrell of Mt. Airy; son and daughter-in-law, Kim and Aundrea Cantrell of Mt. Airy; brother, Donald Cantrell of Dacula; sister, Betty Jo Cantrell of Gainesville; and grandson, Joshua Cantrell. McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon
Carlan, Hoyt
MAYSVILLE – Funeral services for Hoyt Carlan, 68, of Maysville were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. The Rev. Jacob Armour, the Rev. Ralph Smith and the Rev. Robert Johnson officated, with burial in the church cemetery.  Mr. Carlan died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a brief illness.  Mr. Carlan was the son of the late Johnny and Annie Mae Reid Carlan.  Survivors include his wife, Mae P. Carlan of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Wesley and Dottie Carlan of Homer, Melvin and Becky Carlan of Maysville; brothers and sisters-in-law, the Rev. Swayne Carlan and Randall Carlan, both of Maysville, the Rev. Gene and Martha Jo Carlan of Commerce, Paul David and Sarah Carlan of Lula; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mildred Wilson of Lula, Grace and Harold Gowder of Maysville, Thelma Brown of Homer, Evelyn and Jim Baker of Center, Brenda and John Garrison of Gainesville; special friend, Angela Scrotts; and grandson, Jeremy Carlan.  Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.    Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)

Carmack, Ellen Gilreath
Funeral services for Ellen Gilreath Carmack, 32, of Gwinnett County, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula.  Mrs. Gilreath died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003.  Mrs. Gilreath was born in Atlanta on April 11, 1970. She was a graduate of Central Gwinnett High School and North Georgia College. She taught school in Gwinnett County and was active in her church, Hebron Baptist. According to her family, she will be dearly missed but they know she is with their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Survivors include her husband, John E. Carmack III; son, Jacob Edward Carmack; parents, Edward F. “Sonny” and Eleanor K. Gilreath of Lawrenceville; brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Tanya Gilreath of Lawrenceville; grandmother, Essie Gilreath of McDonough; parents-in-law, John E. “Ed” Jr. and Nancy A. Carmack of Cornelia; and many other relatives in this area.  Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, was in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)


Carswell, Bertha Louise Beasley
Funeral services for Bertha Louise Beasley Carswell, 75, of Toccoa will be held at 4 p.m. today, Feb. 14, at Chopped Oak Baptist Church. The Rev. Thomas Gragg and Sue Yearwood will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery.  Mrs. Carswell died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at Stephens County Hospital.  Born in Macon County, N.C., on April 7, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Lee and Nevia Maney Beasley. She had lived most of her life in Habersham County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Carswell Jr., who died in 1989.  Mrs. Carswell was a member of Chopped Oak Baptist Church. For many years, she worked with her father-in-law, “Doc” Carswell, and following his death, she worked with her husband at Doc’s Bar-B-Que in Toccoa. Later, she was employed at the Tallulah Falls Co-op Craft Store. She was an accomplished quilter and one of her quilts was selected as an official Olympic quilt, presented to a participating country in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.  Mrs. Carswell enjoyed many kinds of crafts, gardening and flowers. She was deeply cherished and revered by her family and leaves them a lasting legacy of quiet courage, strength and dignity.  Survivors include her daughter and friend, Charlene Carswell and Don Jenkins, of Smyrna; daughters and sons-in-law, Loraine and Van Mattison of Eastanollee, Nancy and James Scott of Toccoa; son and friend, Jerry Carswell and Linda Bennett of Toccoa; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Jeannie Carswell of Hollywood, Chris and Bambi Carswell of Toccoa; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, R.L. Beasley of McAdenville, N.C.; sisters, Viola Alexander of Cornelia, Charlotte Maney of Shooting Creek, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.  Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)
Carver, Cecil V. Sr.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Memorial services for Cecil V. Carver Sr., 81, of Edwardsville, Ill., were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Weber Funeral Home. According to his wishes, his remains were cremated. Mr. Carver died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill. Born in Olney, Mo., on Jan. 18, 1922, he was the son of the late Lewis and Ollie Sanders Carver. Mr. Carver married his wife, Minnie Mae Carver, on Feb. 14, 1968, in Clarkesville. He was self-employed his entire career. His businesses included home improvement, groceries and a restaurant and bar. Mr. Carver founded Family Life Insurance Company. He was a 32nd degree Mason with memberships in Springfield, Ill., and Winfield, Mo. Mr. Carver was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Mae Carver; brothers, Jack Carver, Ed Carver, Virgil Carver; and sister, Floy “Peg” Hagen. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, C. Vernon and Sandra Dods Carver of Edwardsville, Ill.; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Pete Elder of Clarkesville; grandchildren, Emma Peterson, Andrew Carver, Alma Carver, Molly Carver, John McConnell and Ellen McConnell; two great-grandchildren; the mother of his children, Ruby Nelson of Edwardsville, Ill.; brothers, Melvin Carver of Gillette, Wyo.; and sister, Rosella Koban of Vandalia, Mo. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Weber Funeral Home, Edwardsville, Ill., was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2003)
Cathey, Robert H. Jr.
Graveside services for Robert H. Cathey Jr., 80, of Clarkesville, were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery. Claude Hall officiated.  Mr. Cathey died Monday, March 10, 2003, at his residence following a brief illness.  Born in Habersham County on Nov. 5, 1922, he was the son of the late Robert H. Sr. and Annie Dover Cathey. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarkesville.  Survivors include his wife, Olean Franklin Cathey of Clarkesville; daughter, Mary Jane Cathey of Nicholson; daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Kent Murray of Cornelia; brother, Odell Cathey of Clarkesville; sisters, Mary Anderson of Lilburn, Louise Dover of Mt. Airy, Sally Rayner of Clarkesville, Virginia Carter of Clarkesville; grandchildren, Lynn Carpenter, Rebecca Parham, Lisa Wilson, Lori Watts, Mike Martin Jr., Philip Murray, Deanne Belford; four great-grandchildren; and a very dear friend, Floyd Barron.  Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Mar 2003)
Caudell, Christine McClure
LULA – Funeral services for Christine McClure Caudell, 69, of Lula were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Belton Baptist Church. The Rev. Cecil Thomas, the Rev. Robert Nix and the Rev. Emmett Dale officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery, with the Rev. Paul Morris officiating at graveside.  Mrs. Caudell died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.  Born in Habersham County on Feb. 11, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Archie T. and Hattie Martin McClure. She was a retired textile worker and a member of Belton Baptist Church. Mrs. Caudell loved to travel.  Survivors include her husband, Harold Caudell of Lula; sisters, Clara Mae Wright of Alto, Eunice Berry of Clarkesville, Hazel Nicholson of Detroit, Mich.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.  McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)

Chambers, Margaret Elizabeth
Funeral services for Margaret Elizabeth Chambers, 96, of Gainesville, formerly of Lula, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 7, in the chapel of Ward’s Funeral Home. Dr. Marlon Thomas officiated, with burial in Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, Banks County. Mrs. Chambers died Thursday, June 5, 2003. Born Oct. 2, 1906, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Manolla Henderson Rucker. Formerly of Lula, Mrs. Chambers was a resident in Bell-Minor Home. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Lula. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Charles Chambers; brothers and sisters, Henderson Rucker, Oscar Rucker, Minnie Massey, Eloise Ray and Lee Miller. Survivors include her daughters, Robbie C. Smith of Monroe, Olivia G. Newton of Athens, Mrs. Donald (Bonnell) Tench of Demorest, JoAnn C. Banks of Lula; sisters, Frances R. Cox and Mildred R. Allison, both of Gainesville; grandchildren, Pam Grahl Thompson of Athens, Tony A. Smith of Stone Mountain, Milton Tench of Clayton, Steve Tench of Maryland, Lynne Banks Allen of Gainesville, and W. Bartley Banks of Lula; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Ward’s Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2003)


Chastain, Howard Harmon
SAUTEE – Funeral services for Howard Harmon Chastain, 63, of Sautee were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Old Nacoochee Baptist Church. The Rev. Kenneth Franklin and the Rev. Jerry Vandiver officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Chastain died Tuesday, June 3, at his residence following an extended illness. Born in White County, he was the son of the late Barnett and Dora Mae Chastain and was a lifelong resident of White County. Mr. Chastain was a member of Old Nacoochee Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Virginia Chastain of Sautee; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Melody Chastain of Sautee; son, Kevin Chastain of Sautee; sisters, Bethenia Bacon of Dunwoody, Sarah Brooks of Sautee, Jewell Brookshire of Cleveland, Joan Cole of Acworth; brothers, James Chastain of Sautee, Arthur Chastain of Cornelia, Coleman Chastain of Sautee; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2003)
Chastain, Lessie Mae Shirley
Funeral services for Lessie Mae Shirley Chastain, 93, of Cornelia, were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Hillside Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Tom Gragg officiated, with burial in Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery, Turnerville.  Mrs. Chastain died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.  Born in Habersham County on May 20, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Sebastian Cabot and Eliza Jane Dover Shirley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Verlin Chastain; and son, Bill Chastain.  Mrs. Chastain was a homemaker and a member of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Survivors include her granddaughter, Jane Chastain DeMore of Baldwin; great-granddaughter, Ginger DeMore of Baldwin; great-grandson and great-granddaughter, Trent and Tracy DeMore of Mt. Airy; great-great-granddaughters, Peyton LeeAnn Wall and Anna Mae DeMore; and three nieces.  Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon (Mar 2003)
Chavers, Madie King
Funeral services for Madie King Chavers, 89, of Cornelia were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Israel CME Church in Cornelia with the Rev. Brad E. Goss officiating. Burial was in Level Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Chavers died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at Scenic View Health Care Center in Baldwin following an extended illness. Born in Oglethorpe County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth Smith King. Mrs. Chavers was a member of Israel CME Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Beamon Chavers, in 1991. Survivors include her brother, James King of New York; sister, Viola Thomas of Cornelia; one grandson; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements. 
Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2003)
Chewning, Gertha Lee Hooper
Funeral services for Gertha Lee Hooper Chewning, 65, of Clarkesville, in the Batesville community, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Providence Baptist Church. The Rev. John Humphries officiated, with burial in the church cemetery.  Mrs. Chewning died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.  Born in Lumpkin County on Jan. 1, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Ivory and Lillie Wall Hooper Rogers. She lived most of her life in Habersham County. Mrs. Chewning was a homemaker and a member of Providence Baptist Church.  Survivors include her husband, Jerrel Chewning of Clarkesville; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Donald Proctor of Clarkesville; daughter, Gail Reeves of Dahlonega; son, Jeffery Chewning of Decatur; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Maybeth Rogers of Snellville, J.C. and Doris Hooper of Clarkesville; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Steve Perry of Decatur; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)
Childers, John
Funeral services for John Henry Childers, 70, of Alto will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, from the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, with the Rev. John Kinsey and the Rev. Sanford Kimbrell officiating. Burial will follow in Yonah Memorial Gardens with full military honors.   Submitted by Kim Gordon  (Nov 2006)
Church, Judy Ann Gillespie

Funeral services for Judy Ann Gillespie Church, 56, of Clarkesville will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 20, at Hillside Memorial Chapel. John Thompson will officiate, with burial in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Cemetery in Cornelia. Mrs. Church died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness. Born in Rabun County on Nov. 1, 1946, she lived in the Clarkesville area for 23 years. She was employed with the Habersham County Extension Service and was a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church. Mrs. Church was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Gillespie; and husband, Harold Norris Church. Survivors include her mother, Trudy Telles Gillespie of Clayton; daughter, Misty Bohannon of Clarkesville; sons, Charlie Church of Clarkesville, James Aaron of St. Marys, Pa., Jody Aaron of Savannah; brother, Dr. Lawrence M. Gillespie of Clayton; sister, Linda Sutt of Clayton; grandchildren, Samantha Aaron, Whitney Bohannon and Katlin Bohannon; three stepdaughters; and five stepsons. Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, is in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2003)


Church, Marler Garrison
Funeral services for Marler Garrison Church, 87, of Clarkesville were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the chapel of Church and Son Funeral Home. The Rev. Furman Lewis and the Rev. David B. Turner officiated, with burial in the family lot in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery.  Mr. Church died Monday, March 10, 2003, at his residence in Habersham Terrace West.  Born on Dec. 28, 1915, he was the son of the late Cornelius E. and Callie Hames Church. He served in the U.S. Army, was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star, was a 32nd degree KCCH Scottish Rite Mason, was a member of the Yaarab Shrine Temple and was an Emeritus member of Clarkesville Masonic Lodge No. 325. Mr. Church was a member of Clarkesville Baptist Church, where he served as treasurer and Sunday school teacher for many years. He was a volunteer for the American Red Cross.  Mr. Church worked in the family appliance store and service station. His father started the Church Funeral Home in the 1930s in the upstairs of the family store.  Mr. Church was a 1939 graduate of Gupton Jones School of Embalming in Nashville, Tenn.; he received an AA grade on his state board exam in Georgia, and was past president of the Academy of Graduate Embalmers of Georgia.  In 1939, Mr. Church joined his father in the funeral home. In 1950, the Church and Son Funeral Home was constructed as the first funeral home outside of Atlanta to be built as a funeral home from the ground up. Mr. Church and his father ran the funeral home until the death of his father, Cornelius E. Church, in 1955.  Mr. Church continued operating the funeral home until February 2001, when his health began to fail. He then moved to Habersham Terrace West. The funeral home has been under the direction of Stanley H. Powell since then. Church and Son Funeral Home is the oldest funeral home in Habersham County.  Mr. Church was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Loggins Church; sister and brother-in-law, Tom and Fannie Head; and nephew, Edward Head.  Survivors include his nephew and wife, Paul and Tammy Head of Amelia Island, Fla.; and beloved friend and former employee who has served as his administrator for the past three years, W. M. Gilbert and his wife, Patsy, of Lavonia. Mr. Gilbert referred to Mr. Church fondly as “Pappy,” and had a special friendship that spanned more than 50 years.  Memorials may be made to Children’s Health Care Foundation of Atlanta, formerly Scottish Rite Hospital, 1001 Johnson Ferry Rd. N.E., Atlanta, GA.  Church and Son Funeral Home, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon (Mar 2003)

Church, Mary J.

From the Tri-County Advertiser, Clarkesville, GA (serving Habersham, Rabun and Towns Counties), taken from a January 1919 edition

Mrs. Mary J. Church, age 84 years, died at her home in Clarkesville on Dec. 18th and was buried at the new cemetery on the 19.  Rev. L. B. Linn officiating.  Mrs. Church was a consistent member of the Methodist church here and is survived by one sister, Mrs. J. W. Hames and a host of friends and relatives.
Submitted by Dawn Watson


Church, Nimmo L.
Funeral services for Nimmo L. Church, 92, of Clarkesville were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Hillside Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Billy Burrell and the Rev. Paris Whitworth officiated, with burial in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery.  Mr. Church died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness.  Born in Habersham County on July 24, 1911, he was the son of the late George T. and Essie Whitworth Church. He was a retired grading contractor and was of the Baptist faith.  Survivors include his wife, Ruby Chapman Church of Clarkesville; daughter, Becky Taylor of Spartanburg, S.C.; son, Leroy Church of Clarkesville; brother, Corbet “Stub” Church of Clarkesville; sister, Oma Lee Skelton of Demorest; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)
Clayton, Nancy

The Marion County Patriot, No. 22
Friday, May 28, 1886
Page One
Muscogee County
Enquirer-Sun
Nancy, the little two-year-old daughter of Mr. G.W. Clayton, of Clarksville, Ga., died at the residence of Mr. Henry Fortson, a few miles north of the city Sunday night.  Submitted by Carla Miles


Collins, Annie
DAWSONVILLE – Funeral services for Annie Collins, 96, of Dawsonville were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Bearden Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Harold Thompson officiated, with burial in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.  Mrs. Collins died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at Willow Wood Nursing Center following a period of declining health.  A lifelong resident of Dawson County, she was born July 28, 1906, the daughter of the late Frank and Emma Gregory. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Collins.  Mrs. Collins was a homemaker and a member of Harmony Baptist Church.  Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mildred and Rex Grogan of Cornelia; sister, Ethel Jenkins of Dawsonville; grandchildren, Vic and Allison Grogan, Jo Anne and Tony Addis; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.  Bearden Funeral Home, Dawsonville, was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)
Collins, Willie Mae Hunt
Funeral services for Willie Mae Hunt Collins, 94, of Cornelia were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Wes Davis officiated, with burial in Southview Cemetery, Thomaston.  Mrs. Collins died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.  Born in Clayton County on Jan. 1, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Elijah and Emma Belle Cooper Hunt. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Collins. Mrs. Collins was the former owner of Mays Grocery in Ft. Valley for 17 years. She was a member of Welcome Home Baptist Church.  Survivors include her sister, Irma Teague Pettingill of Toccoa.  Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)
Copeland, Howard L.
Funeral services for Howard L. Copeland, 77, of Rex were held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 1, at Hazel Creek Baptist Church. The Rev. Billy Burrell and the Rev. Trent Smith officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Copeland died Friday, June 28, 2002, at Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale following an extended illness. Born in Fox Hill, Va., on Dec. 17, 1924, he was the son of the late Howard L. Copeland Sr. and Mattie Spencer Copeland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Wright Copeland; and brother-in-law, Amos Wright. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force where he served in the Korean Conflict and World War II. He was a member of Mt. Zion Church in Douglasville. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Ross Bryant of Rex; son, Ed Copeland of Kennesaw; brother, Carl Copeland of Yorktown, Va.; sisters, Bertha Sears, Molly Holloway, Harriett Carter, all of Fox Hill, Va.; brothers- in-law, Lawrence and Carvin Wright of Alto, Vermon Wright of Cornelia; sisters-in-law, Floyce Mallory, Lucille Rudeseal, both of Cornelia, Reba Lee Barry of Milton, Fla.; and grandchildren, Jamison, Mattie and Jenna Bryant. McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jul 2002)
Cowart, J.C.
Funeral services for J.C. Cowart, 72, of Clarkesville, were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Jerry Vandiver officiating. Burial followed in Old Nacoochee Baptist Church Cemetery. Funeral services for J.C. Cowart, 72, of Clarkesville, were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, with the Rev. Jerry Vandiver officiating. Burial followed in Old Nacoochee Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Cowart died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Born on April 16, 1934, in Hiawassee, he was the son of the late Joseph Claude and Lola Shook Cowart. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Lurlene Roberts Cowart. Mr. Cowart was a cattle farmer and a retired correctional officer with Lee Arrendale State Prison, with 22 years of service. He was of the Baptist faith. Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon   (Nov 2006)
Crawford, Laura Davis 
Funeral services for Laura Davis Crawford, 90, of Toccoa, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Hillcrest Chapel of the Acree-Davis Funeral Home. The Rev. Claude Smithmier, the Rev. Ryan Seawright and the Rev. Jim Bocian officiating. Burial will follow in Stephens Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Jack Lamb officiating at graveside.  Mrs. Crawford died Monday, March 17, 2003, at Stephens County Hospital.  Born May 23, 1912, in Franklin County, she was a daughter of the late Walter Grey and Sue E. Ledbetter Davis. She lived most of her life in Stephens County, was a homemaker and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Toccoa. She was an honorary member of the Horti-Floral Garden Club and was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde C. Crawford, and a daughter, Mary C. Charles.  Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Jack Smith of Toccoa; daughter, Sherry Pitts of Baldwin; son-in-law, Byard Charles of Toccoa; six grandchildren, Kerri Hogsed, Jacki Smith, Traci Stephens, Matt Charles, Amanda Queen and John Pitts; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.  The family will receive friends at Acree-Davis Funeral Home today, March 18, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.  Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 429 E. Tugalo St., Toccoa, GA 30577.  Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, is in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon (Mar 2003)
Crosby, Carrine Purcell

Graveside services for Carrine Purcell Crosby, 77, of Jacksonville, Fla., were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Greenlawn Cemetery, Jacksonville, Fla. The Rev. Braxton Hunter and the Rev. Alvin Polland officiated.  Mrs. Crosby died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., following a brief illness.  Born in the Broad River community of Banks County, she graduated from Baldwin High School in 1943. Some years later the family moved to Baxley in south Georgia. Mrs. Crosby was a homemaker, a member of Lake Forest Baptist Church and a volunteer at Riverview Senior Center. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Darris W. Crosby; parents, Hancel and Hattie Purcell of Baxley; and sister, Estelle Purcell Kesler of Baxley.  Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Jacksonville, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Mar 2003)


Currier, Mauneeta Long
Funeral services for Mauneeta Long Currier, 101, of Atlanta, formerly of Cornelia, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Cornelia United Methodist Church. The Rev. Marcus Martin officiated, with burial in Level Grove Cemetery.  Mrs. Currier died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, at a private healthcare facility in Atlanta following an extended illness.  Born in Scaly Mountain, N.C., on July 20, 1901, she was the daughter of the late Georgia Ann White. Mrs. Currier was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Cornelia. She was preceded in death by her husband, George T. Currier.  Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, John L. and Betty John Currier of Jacksonville, Charles C. and Diane Currier of Atlanta; grandchildren, Jeff Currier, Steve Currier, Gail Hyde, Tim Currier; and three great-grandchildren.  Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.  McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)


Dalton, Louise
Funeral services for Louise Roberts Dalton, 86, of Homer were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at Charity Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Burrell and the Rev. Young Dalton officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.  Submitted by Kim Gordon   (Nov 2006)
Daniel, Emma Pauline
Funeral services for Emma Pauline Daniel, 85, of Snellville were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Wages Snellville Chapel. Burial was in Melwood Cemetery.  Mrs. Daniel died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003.  Mrs. Daniel was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Daniel; and daughter, Mary Ann Keheley.  Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Wikle of Batesville, Becky Allison, Brenda Gautney, Judy Maddox, Sandy Johnson and Cheryl Schlund, all of Loganville; sons, Aaron C. Daniel Jr. of Covington, Richard Daniel of Loganville; sisters, Dorothy Bowman of Tucker, Catherine Christopher of Loganville; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.  Tom M. Wages Funeral Service Inc., Snellville Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)

Daniel, Rachel Clark
Funeral services for Rachel Clark Daniel, 61, of Homer were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at Damascus Baptist Church. The Rev. Roy Rogers and the Rev. Ken Allen officiated; burial was in the church cemetery with the Rev. Gene Todd officiating at graveside. Mrs. Daniel died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at her residence following an extended illness. Born in Gwinnett County on Nov. 22, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Dillard and Bernice Blalock Clark. Mrs. Daniel was a homemaker and a member of Damascus Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her son, Scottie L. Daniel; brother, Harmon Clark; and sisters, Shirley Clark, Sara Coggins and Ethlene Moncrief. Survivors include her husband, Bobby Daniel of Homer; daughters, Angela Whidby and Janet Pass of Carnesville, Donna Parr of Homer; son, Bobby Wayne Daniel of Homer; sisters, Doris House of Duluth, Pat Stiles of Buford, Frances White of Hiawassee; brothers, Ralph Clark of Hoschton, Jack Clark of Eatonton; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Damascus Baptist Church Building Fund, 2826 Highway 198, Baldwin, GA 30511; the American Cancer Society, Suite 114, 1565 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501; or the Arthritis Foundation of Georgia, Suite 550, 550 Pharr Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30305. Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon


Davidson, Ruby Powell
Funeral services for Ruby Powell Davidson, 90, of Alto were held Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McGahee- Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home. The Rev. Kenneth McEntire officiated with burial in Yonah Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery. Mrs. Davidson died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Lanier Park Campus, following a sudden illness. Born in Banks County on July 12, 1911, she was a daughter of the late Martin Luther and Lora Greenway Powell. Mrs. Davidson was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Davidson; daughter, Mildred Malone; sons, James Davidson, Daniel Davidson; brothers, Arthur Powell, Charlie Powell, James Pete Powell, Swayne Powell, Willie Powell; and sisters, Minnie Parson and Rosie Parson. Survivors include her sons, Gerald Davidson of Alto, Douglas Davidson of Homer; brothers, Ernest Powell of Lula, John Powell of Elberton, Thomas Tom Powell of Royston; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home in Cornelia was in charge of arrangements.    Submitted by Kim Gordon  (May 2002)


Davis, Howard Edgar
Memorial services for Howard Edgar Davis, 75, of Cornelia were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Harvest Christian Church. Pastor Rick Cox officiated. Mr. Davis died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at Decatur Hospital following a brief illness. Survivors include his wife, Betty Cobble Davis of the home; daughters, Kathy Davis of Cumming, Vickie Cannon of Lula; son, Kevin Davis of Buford; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers; and three sisters. Memorials may be made to Harvest Christian Church, 231 Harvest Church Road, Clarkesville, GA 30523. Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon
Deal, Homer James
Funeral services for Homer James Deal, 76, of Gainesville, will be today, Nov. 21, at the Little-Davenport Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ron Barker officiating. Burial will be in the Clarkesville City Cemetery. Mr. Deal died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Born in Habersham County, Mr. Deal was the son of the late James Boliver and Emma Smith Deal. He lived in Hall County the past 40 years. He was retired from the Southern Railroad as a signal supervisor. He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances Geraldine Sutton Dale; and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Deal. Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Melody and Eric Daniel of Clarkesville, Tracy and Philip Shipley of Gainesville; special friend, Vera Wooten of Gainesville; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Little-Davenport Funeral Home of Gainesville is in charge of arrangements.
Submitted by Kim Gordon   (Nov 2003)
Dean, Flacy Heaton
TOCCOA – Funeral services for Flacy Heaton Dean, 86, of Toccoa will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 10, in the chapel of Whitlock Mortuary. The Rev. Bernie Lovely will officiate, with burial in Mt. Bethel Church of God Cemetery. Mrs. Dean died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Born in Habersham County on Sept. 23, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Flay J. Sr. and Fannie Dodd Heaton. She lived most of her life in Stephens and Habersham counties. Mrs. Dean was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sloan F. Dean. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Irvin Hallford of Alpharetta, Ramona and Bob Glore of Toccoa, Nancy and Wayne Colston of Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Teresa Dean of Demorest; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund, 2175 Antioch Church Road, Mt. Airy, GA 30563; or Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501. Whitlock Mortuary Inc., Toccoa, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon   (Jun 2003)
Dean, Genevieve Dockery
Funeral services for Genevieve Dockery Dean, 72, of Cornelia, were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel with the Rev. Anthony Shore and the Rev. Mike Franklin officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Dean died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness. Born March 14, 1931, in Aliquippa, Pa., she was the daughter of the late George A. and Anna Cunningham Dockery. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray J. Dean. She was a beloved mother and housewife and was employed by Fieldale Farms for 16 years. She was a member of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Drake Nicholson of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Candie Dean of Cornelia; brother, James Dockery of Cornelia; and grandchildren, Jennifer and Dillon Nicholson and Ray and John-Henry Dean. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel in Demorest was in charge of arrangements. 
Submitted by Kim Gordon   (Nov 2003)
Dean, Marvin E.
Funeral services for Marvin E. Dean, 81, of Cleveland, were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Chattahoochee Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Hefner, the Rev. Bill Gravley and the Rev. J.R. Fields officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Mr. Dean died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at a private care facility. 
Born on Nov. 19, 1924, in White County, he was the son of the late Wiley M. and Maybelle Thompson Dean. Mr. Dean was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, having served in the South Pacific in the 43rd Infantry; there, he earned and received the Purple Heart medal. Mr. Dean was a retired employee of Schnadig Furniture Manufacturing with 32 years of service. He was a long-time member of Chattahoochee Baptist Church. Mr. Dean was an avid golfer and had a deep love for his community. Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon   (Nov 2006)
DeJarnette, Lottie Wiggins 
Memorial services for Lottie Wiggins deJarnette, 89, of Pensacola, Fla., will be held Saturday, June 1, at College Park First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Claude Smith Meyer and the Rev. Jim McRea III will officiate. Mrs. deJarnette died Saturday, May 25, 2002. Born in Cornelia, she lived in North Georgia before marrying and moving to Atlanta, and was a member of Cornelia First Baptist Church. Mrs. deJarnette was retired from the Federal Record Center in East Point, where she served with distinction for many years. Mrs. deJarnette was a longtime member of College Park United Methodist Church prior to her move to Pensacola in 1990, where she transferred her membership to Perdido Bay United Methodist Church. She was active in the United Methodist Women and served as president of her local units on several occasions. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas Jack deJarnette Sr. Survivors include her children and their spouses, the Rev. Jack and Beverly deJarnette of Pensacola, Fla., Martha and Sam Varney of Pensacola, Fla., Frank and Debbie deJarnette of Carson City, Nev.; five grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; and sister, Mary Wiggins Cathey of Jacksonville, Fla. Memorials may be made to Perdido Bay United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.   Submitted by Kim Gordon  (May 2002)
Dion, George R.
DEFIANCE, Ohio – Memorial services for George R. Dion, 80, of Defiance, Ohio, formerly of Habersham County, were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Dr. Todd Anderson officiated.  Mr. Dion died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at his residence.  Born in Boston, Mass., on Dec. 29, 1922, he was the son of the late George and Anna McGowan Dion. Mr. Dion was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.  Mr. Dion previously taught at Cardinton-Lincoln, Lima Shawnee and Bluffton school districts. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 3360, a member of Amvets No. 1991, a member of the American Legion in Clarkesville, a life member of Paper Workers’ Union of Atlanta, of the Clarkesville Masonic Lodge, and of the Zenobia Shrine in Toledo, Ohio.  Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marjorie Dion; daughters, Barbara Chamberlain of New Concord, Ohio, Laurie Lucas of Defiance, Ohio; sons, Richard Dion of Marshfield, Mass., David Dion of Atlanta; brother, Paul Dion of Cincinnati, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  Memorials may be made to Hospice/Caring Way of Defiance Co.  Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home of Defiance, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)
Dixon, Allen Charles Sr.
Funeral services for Allen Charles Dixon Sr., 63, of Clarkesville were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home. The Rev. L.G. Howard and the Rev. Paul Flynn officiated, with burial in Harvest Christian Church Cemetery.  Mr. Dixon died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a brief illness.  Born in Habersham County on May 17, 1939, he was the son of the late Charlie Dixon. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rita Faye Dixon; and brother, Haven Dixon.  Mr. Dixon was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a truck driver and of the Baptist faith.  Survivors include his daughters, Myra Broome of Gainesville, Vivian Turner of Alto; son, Allen C. Dixon Jr. of Clarkesville; mother, Mildred Tench Strait of Clarkesville; brothers, Anthony Dixon and David Dixon, both of Clarkesville; sister, Elaine Gerrells of Demorest; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)
Downer, Harry Lee
Funeral services for Harry Lee Downer, 67, of Cornelia will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Mountain View Baptist Church. The Rev. James Harvey, the Rev. Racheo Lacey and Michael Welch will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Downer died Thursday, June 27, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness. Born in Lilesville, N.C., on March 3, 1935, he was the son of the late Joe and Maggie Bailey Downer. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Downer. Mr. Downer was retired from Habersham Hardware Home Center as the paint store manager with 32 years of service. He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Patsy English Downer of Cornelia; daughter, Pam Kinney of Cornelia; sons, Thomas Mitchell Downer and William Douglas Downer, both of Cornelia, Brian George Downer of Mt. Airy; sisters, Diane Welch, Carol Freeman, Ruth Paul, all of Wadesboro, N.C., Mary Frances Poe of Mt. Gillead, N.C.; brothers, Joe Downer of Demorest, Herbert Allen Downer of Palm Coast, Fla.; and five grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., today, June 28. Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2002)
DuBois, Joy B.
Funeral services for Joy B. DuBois, 47, of Demorest will be held today, May 28, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McGahee- Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home. The Rev. Albert Whitlock and the Rev. Randolph Beaty will officiate with burial in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery, Lula. Mrs. DuBois died Sunday, May 26, 2002 at the residence of her foster parents in Gainesville following a brief illness. Born on April 5, 1955, in Oceanside, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Clifford Hugh and Imogene Beasley. She worked in pre-assembly at Piedmont Automotive and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her husband, John Benjamin DuBois of Demorest; son, Michael Toby DuBois of Demorest; foster parents, Bethel and Ruth Bonds Midgett of Gainesville; sisters, Sheila Robertson of Gainesville, Petina Barrett of Gainesville, Robin Buck of Vici, Okla., Carol Deason of Carrollton; and granddaughter, Andrea Kay DuBois. McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements.   Submitted by Kim Gordon  (May 2002)
Dudley, Ronald K.
Memorial services for Ronald K. Dudley, 63, of Clarkesville, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Anna Ruby Falls Interpretive Center.  Mr. Dudley died Jan. 27, 2003, in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Born in Camden, N.J., on Feb. 28, 1939, he came to Clarkesville in 1997 from Venice, Fla. Mr. Dudley worked for the U.S. Forestry Service at Anna Ruby Falls Park, Helen.  Survivors include his wife, Suann Dudley; daughters, Tammi Altheide of Alabaster, Ala., Rita Dudley of Venice, Fla.; sons, Jon Butler of Clarkesville, James Butler of Venice, Fla.; and five grandchildren.  Memorials may be made to the U.S. Forestry Service, Box 621, Helen, GA 30545.   Submitted by Kim Gordon (Feb 2003)

Duncan, George
Funeral services for George Duncan, 87, of Alto will be held today, May 21, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home. The Rev. Kenneth McEntire and the Rev. Scott Ledbetter will officiate with burial in the B.C. Grant Cemetery. Mr. Duncan died Sunday, May 19, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness. Born in Carroll County on June 18, 1914, he lived most of his life in Habersham County. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maggie Gailey Duncan. Mr. Duncan was a poultry farmer and a member of B.C. Grant Baptist Church. Survivors include his nieces, Noyl Goodson, Angie Pritchett, Ona Bell Bohanna, all of Alto. Mr. Duncan was the last surviving member of his immediate family. McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon  (May 2002)


Dunnam, Donna Jean
Funeral services for Donna Jean Dunnam, 46, of Okeechobee, Fla., and Blairsville, were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville. President Thomas Booth officiated, with burial at 2:30 p.m. in Level Grove Cemetery, Cornelia.  Ms. Dunnam died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at Kendrid Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., following an extended illness.  Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 7, 1955, she was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Murphy, N.C.  Survivors include her father and mother, Ben and Kathaleen Dunnam of Blairsville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Kellie Dunnam of Jackson, Mich., Glen and Sandra Dunnam of Boise, Idaho; sister, Deborah S. Keber of Boise, Idaho; sisters and brothers-in-law, Karen and Stephen Bland of Starke, Fla., Deanna and Paul Knowles of Okeechobee, Fla.; and many other relatives and friends.  Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)
Eller, Frank
Services for Frank Eller, 44, of Cleveland, will not be held following cremation.  Mr. Eller died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.  Born in Rabun County on Sept. 13, 1958, he was a restaurant worker and was of the Baptist faith.  Survivors include his caretakers, Kay and Jerry Thomas of Gainesville; and friends, Glenda and Kenny Nix of Cleveland, Neil and Mary Bromley of Homer.  McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)
Eller, Pauline Nation
Funeral services for Pauline Nation Eller, 78, of Cleveland will be held today, June 21, at 2 p.m. at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel. The Rev. Kenneth Pilcher and the Rev. Jerry Marcus will officiate with burial in Amys Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Eller died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following an extended illness. Born in White County on Feb. 8, 1924, she was a daughter of the late James Harve and Sinda Ledford Nation. Mrs. Eller was a homemaker and a member of Amys Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt M. Eller; son, James Eller; brother, Floyd Nation; and sisters, Flonie Herron and Flora Bell Pardue. Survivors include her daughter, Frances West of Cleveland; son, Charles R. Eller of Clarkesville; sisters, Katie Mae Franklin of Clarkesville, Estelle Marcus of Belton, S.C.; brother, James J.C. Nation of Clarkesville; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jun 2002)
Ellison, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Clough
Funeral services for Elizabeth “Liz” Clough Ellison, 36, of Mt. Airy will be held at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 31, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home. The Rev. J.R. Elrod will officiate, with burial in Hazel Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  Mrs. Ellison died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003.  Born in Stafford County, Va., on Oct. 10, 1966, she was the daughter of the late Leon Melvin Clough Jr. Mrs. Ellison was the front-end manager of Ingles in Clarkesville. She was of the Baptist faith and loved computers and crafts.  Survivors include her daughter, Krystal Kinsell of Ellenton, Fla.; son, Josh Kinsell of Mt. Airy; mother and stepfather, Carol and John Franklin of Murphy, N.C.; brother, Leon Melvin Clough III of Orlando, Fla.; and aunts and uncles.  Memorials may be made to: Benefit Fund for Josh Kinsell, c/o Community Bank & Trust, P.O. Box 1900, Cornelia, GA 30531, Attention: Jennifer Barrs.  McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)
English, Lola McClure
Funeral services for Lola Estelle McClure English, 92, of Toccoa were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Hillcrest Chapel of the Acree-Davis Funeral Home. The Rev. Jerry Mize and the Rev. Brian Stephens officiated, with burial in Fairfield Baptist Church Cemetery, Clarkesville.  Mrs. English died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.  Born in Franklin County on Oct. 6, 1910, she was the daughter of the late W.A. and Melvina Love McClure. Living most of her life in Toccoa, she was the owner and operator of English Grocery Store for more than 50 years. Mrs. Englis was a member of Fairfield Baptist Church. She also attended Antioch Baptist Church for a number of years.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Issac English; sons, Ed English, Carol English; and granddaughter, Malinda Raxter.  Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy Howard of Baldwin; grandson, Dale Howard of Carrollton; granddaughters, Lelanda Davis of Toccoa, Phyllis Trotter of Clarkesville; daughter-in-law, Betty English of Toccoa; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.  Acree-Davis Funeral Home Inc., Toccoa, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)

Erwin, Jewell Church
Funeral services for Jewell Church Erwin, 84, of Rossville, formerly of Clarkesville, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Hillside Memorial Chapel. The Revs. Furman Lewis, the Rev. George Deadwyler and Dr. Neal Brown officiated, with burial in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.  Mrs. Erwin died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at National Health Care, Rossville, following an extended illness.  Born in Habersham County on June 26, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Birdie Lee Edwards Church. She was retired from North Georgia Technical College and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Erwin; and brothers, Maurice Erwin and Robert Erwin.  Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Carson of Rossville; sisters, Estelle Anderson of Williamston, S.C., Christine Webb of Belton, S.C.; one grandchild; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jan 2003)


Estes, Jamie
Funeral arrangements for Jamie Estes, 48, of Cleveland are incomplete at this time. Mrs. Estes died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at home after a long battle with cancer. Stanley H. Powell and the Cornelius E. Church and Son Funeral Home in Clarkesville is in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jul 2002)
Evans, Claude
Funeral services for Claude Evans, 72, of Mt. Airy were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with Ron Cope and Martin Davis officiating. Burial was in Yonah Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by Rabun County Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 15. Mr. Evans died Thursday, July 4, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness. Born in Habersham County on June 9, 1930, he was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean Conflict. He was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of Cornelia Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Olivia Stamey; son, Claude Evans Jr.; brothers, Bill Evans, Clifford Evans; and sister, Evelyn Evans. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Fitzgerald Evans of Mt. Airy; sons, Alan Stamey of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Richard Wallace of Marietta, S.C.; sisters, Maggie Evans, Betty Lathan, both of Mt. Airy, Rose Lawrence of Anderson, S.C., Janie Lomax of Atlanta; and four grandchildren. McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.  Submitted by Kim Gordon (Jul 2002)

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