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Ragnar H. Carlson
West Palm Beach, Fla.
   Ragnar H. Carlson, 87, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998.
   A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Mr. Carlson was a retired painter in the construction industry.
   Services will be 3 p.m. today at Elmhurst Cemetery with the Rev. Ray Dickerson officiating.
   Survivors include his wife, Mercedes Canales Carlson; a sister in Sweden; and several nieces and nephews.
   The family will receive friends 2 p.m. today at Hick's Funeral Home, Elberton.

Hoke Coile
Danielsville
   William Hoke Coile, 92, of 2616 Old Wildcat Bridge Road died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998.
   A native of Madison County, Mr. Coile was a son of the late Mark and Fannie Glenn Coile and was married to the late Jessie Booth Coile. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shirley Hayes. He was retired from road construction and was of the Baptist faith.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Pruitte Funeral Home, Royston, with Otis Graham and the Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include a daughter, Jo Richards, Decatur; six sons, Donald Coile, Columbus, Doyle Coile, Millsprings, N.C., Randall Coile and Frank Coile, both of Danielsville, Thurman (Butch) Coile, Brooksville, Fla., and Russell Coile, Ila; a brother, Robert (Tump) Coile, Cartersville; and 21 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. 
   Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Great-grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.
   The family is at the home and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary B. Higginbotham
Washington
   Mary B. Higginbotham, 88, of Oak Grove Road died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998.
   A native of Wilkes County, Mrs. Higginbotham was a daughter of the late John M. and Mary Carolyn Bentley Burgess and was married to the late Norman Higginbotham. She was a retired school teacher, a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church, and helped organize the Metasville Farm Bureau.
   Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Rehoboth Baptist Church Cemetery with the Revs. Chester Hall and George Hollis officiating.
   Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn H. Simpson, North Augusta, S.C., Norma H. Sanders, Winterville, and Lanoy H. Cole, Charlotte, N.C.; a son, William Higginbotham, Washington; and six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
   The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today at Hopkins Funeral Home.

Annie Will Jewell
Athens
   Annie Will "Granny" Jewell, 74, of 182 Parkview Ext. died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1998.
   A native of Barrow County, Mrs. Jewell was a daughter of Lylette Jennings Grant. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
   Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. W.R. Flint officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 12 p.m. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery.
   Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a son, Trellis Ransom, Athens; a sister, Mary Willie Wingfield, Detroit, Mich.; and nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
   Hurley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Doris Cain Pace
Commerce
   Doris Cain Pace, 62, of 1111 Lam Hardman Road died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998.
   A native of Banks County, Mrs. Pace was a daughter of the late Susie Mae Perdue and Carl Hester Cain. She was retired from Baker & Taylor and a member of Mount Bethel United Methodist Church.
   Services will be 4 p.m. today at Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Slocum officiating. The body will be placed in the chapel at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens.
   Survivors include a daughter, Jean Lord, Commerce; two sons, Lamar "Buck" Pace, Commerce, and Mike Pace, Nicholson; and six grandchildren.
   The family members are at their respective homes.

Jessie S. Paige
Winder
   Jessie S. Paige, 102, of 263 East May St. died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998.
   A native of Gwinnett County, Mrs. Paige was a daughter of the late Willie and Nancy Ashworth Freeman and was married to the late Henry Russell Paige. She was a member of Winder Wesleyan Church.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Wise-Connolly Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Moore officiating. Burial will be in Bethabara Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include two daughters, Lenora Harrison and Reba Casper, both of Winder, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   The family will receive friends after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Paul H. Rainwater
Watkinsville
   Paul H. Rainwater, 61, died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998.
   A native of DeKalb County, Mr. Rainwater was a son of the late Minor and Corrie Lewis Rainwater. He was a retired technician with Lucent Technology and had served with the U.S. Marines.
   Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Arthur Bowick's Oconee Chapel with the Rev. Marshall Smith officiating. Burial will be in Oconee Memorial Park.
   Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Williamson Rainwater; a daughter, Kimberly R. Bond, Watkinsville; two sons, Jeffery Rainwater, Memphis, Tenn., and Gary Rainwater, Cumming; three sisters, Helen Patton, Flowery Branch, Ollie Mae Boyd, Talmo, and Elizabeth Stubbs, McDonough; three brothers, Richard Rainwater, Pendergrass, James Rainwater, Oakwood, and Ronald Rainwater, Jefferson; and four grandchildren.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Johnnie Sue Stephenson
Commerce
   Johnnie Sue Stephenson, 82, of 5104 Mount Olive Church Road died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998.
   A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Stephenson was a daughter of the late Alice Banks and John Wood and was married to the late Willie Odell Stephenson. She was a homemaker and member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
   Services will be 3 p.m. today at Madison Street Baptist Church with the Revs. David Harbin, Dennis Kesler, and Jeff Appling officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery.
   Survivors include three daughters, Linda Adams, Nicholson, Shirley Bell, Jefferson, and Kay Franklin, Horton, Ala.; five sons, Bobby Stephenson, Jimmy Stephenson, Leon Stephenson, and Tommy Stephenson, all of Commerce, and David Stephens, Thomaston; a sister, Hattie Bell Owensby, Commerce; and 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
   The family is at the residence.
   Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joan M. White
Winder
   Joan M. White, 63, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998.
   Mrs. White was the daughter of Julia Martin of Braselton and the late Mendell Martin. She was retired from the Social Security Administration after 16 years.
   Services will be 2 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home with the Revs. Billy Emmett, Tom Plank, and Joe Vernon officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
   Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Ted White; a daughter, Joannie Jones, Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Gail Emmett, Oakwood; and two brothers, Max Martin, Braselton, and Wendell Martin, Roswell.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Georgia Baptist Children's Home and Family Ministries, P.O. Box 329, Palmetto, GA 30268.

Joe Armour
Cornelia
   Joe Armour, 48, of Crane Mill Road died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998.
   A native of Hall County, Mr. Armour was a son of J.B. and Clara Mae Armour of Alto. He was employed by Purina Mills Inc., Gainesville, and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and the Soque Saddle Club.
   Services will be 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Loyd Martin, Lloyd Free, and Paul Morris officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Leona Murphy Armour; a daughter, Tracie Armour, Cornelia; and four brothers, Richard Armour, Cornelia, and Don Armour, Tony Armour, and Melvin Armour, all of Alto.
   The family is at the home of Richard Armour on Crane Mill Road, Cornelia.
   McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph F. Balchin
Elberton
   Joseph Fleming "Buck" Balchin, 86, of 1628 Lincolnton Hwy. died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998.
   A native of Elbert County, Mr. Balchin was a son of the late Joseph Johnson and Irene Fleming Balchin. He was a retired farmer and merchant, an army veteran of World War II, and a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church.
   Services will be 2 p.m. today at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with the Revs. John Hickman and Chester Weatherford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Frances Hudson Balchin; three daughters, Jane Glidwell and Patty Balchin, both of Elberton, and Fran Hendley, Bloomfield, Mont.; a sister, Othello Cogburn, Edgefield, S.C.; and four grandsons.
   Memorials may be made to the church cemetery.
   The family is at the residence.
   Hicks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carol T. Betts
Carlton
   Carol T. Betts, 92, of 65 East Paoli Road died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998.
   A native of Madison County, Mrs. Betts was a daughter of the late William S. and Sally Hopkins Threlkeld and was married to the late Charles E. Betts. She retired from Brawner Hospital, Smyrna, after 50 years of service as a nurse, and was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at New Hope Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Janet Williams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
   Survivors include a son, Louis H. Betts, Carlton; a sister, Isabel Burroughs, Tucker; a brother, Henry Threlkeld, Carlton; and three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be nephews and great-grandchildren.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Presbyterian Cemetery Fund or to a favorite charity.
   The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville.

Dan S. Coker
Baldwin
   Dan S. Coker, 94, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998.
   A native of Hall County, Mr. Coker was a son of the late James Howard and Emmaline Bridges Coker. He was preceded in death by a son, James H. Coker and a grandson, Ronald D. Davis. He was a member of the Demorest Church of God and was formerly employed by New Holland Mills and by Chicopee Manufacturing Co.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Whitfield Funeral Home. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
   Survivors include his wife, Carrie Croy Coker; a daughter, Effie Coker Davis, Bradenton, Fla.; four sons, Clarence Claude Coker, Demorest, Aubrey Bob Coker, Cornelia, Lawrence Randall Coker, Dublin, and Charles Dewitt Coker, Stockbridge; and 14 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
   The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Derek R. Davis
Jefferson
   Derek Rueben Davis, 30, of 80 Orrs School Road died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998.
   A native of Clarke County, Mr. Davis was a son of Lewis and Muraleen Ferguson Davis of Jefferson. He was self employed in the family timber harvesting business and attended Attica Baptist Church.
   Services will be 2 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Harry Shedd and Ken Rossi officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Park.
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Teresa Lynn Stinchcomb Davis; two daughters, Lacey Davis and Bethany Bigler, both of Jefferson; a son, Zachary Jordan Bigler, Jefferson; grandparents, Frances Finch, Gainesville, and Rinda Ferguson, Cornelia; and a brother, Henry Davis, Jefferson.
   Pallbearers will be Benji Free, Tim Stringer, John Stringer Jr., Terrell Stinchcomb, Bill Thompson, Tom Davis, Van Bulloch, and Alfred Patrick.

Steve Ellison
Lavonia
   Roger Steve Ellison Jr., 22, of 431 Gumlog Road died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998.
   A native of Anderson County, S.C., Mr. Ellison was a son of Chae Lu Hinson and the late Roger Steve Ellison Sr. He was an electrician employed by Hill Electric Co., and was of the Baptist faith.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Owensby officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his stepfather, Curtis Hinson, Lavonia; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Snipes, Belton, S.C., and Mrs. Carolyn Hinson, Lavonia.
   The family is at the home of Curtis Hinson, 451 Gumlog Road, Lavonia, and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at Hamby Funeral Home.

Charles H. Franklin
Toccoa
   Charles Horace Franklin, 84, of Falls Road died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998.
   A native of Habersham County, Mr. Franklin was a son of the late William B. and Vinnie Allison Franklin and was married to the late Willie Teat Franklin. He was retired from the textile industry and was of the Baptist faith.
   Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Acree-Davis Funeral with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial will be in Stephens Memorial Gardens.
   Survivors include a daughter, Judy F. Smith, Bessemer City, N.C.; a son, Charles J. Franklin, Floresville, Texas; three sisters, Sara Griffith, Eatonton, Christine Smith, Marietta, and Joan Hunter, Clarkesville; and eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be Mike Welch, Gary Smith, Rex Gibbs, Mike Franklin, Jeremy Flow, and Frankie Fleming.
   The family is at the home of Tim Smith in Westminster, S.C. and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Barbara Lee Johnson
Winterville
   Barbara Lee Johnson, 48, of 120 Winterhill Drive died Friday, Nov. 13, 1998.
   A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of Grace Huff Moore of Winterville and the late Robert Lee Monroe Sr. She was a former bus driver with the Clarke County School District.
   Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. B.S. Jackson officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery.
   Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Ruben Johnson; two sons, Dennis Troy Moore and Corey Lee Johnson, both of Winterville; four sisters, Lizzie Davenport, Ida Gay, Betty Stevens, and Georgia Moore, all of Athens; six brothers, Robert Lee Moore Jr., Austin, Texas, William Moore, Crawford, Michael Moore, Watkinsville, Tommy Moore, Willie James Moore, and Leroy Moore, all of Athens; and two grandchildren.
   The family is at the residence.
   Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ella F. Johnson
Athens
   Ell Florence Johnson, 87, of 1819 West Hancock Ave. died Thursday, Nov. 12, 1998.
   A native of Athens, Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of the late Thomas and Alice Frazier. She was a member of Hill Chapel Baptist Church.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hill Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. William Harris officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery.
   Survivors include a daughter, Josephine Morrison, Athens; seven sons, Leroy Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio, James Johnson, Hopkinsville, Ky., and Lorenzo Johnson, Willie Ed Johnson, Lloyd Johnson, Floyd Johnson, and Alfonza Johnson, all of Athens; two grandchildren raised in the home, Lonnie Johnson, Stephens, and Gloria J. Carithers, Decatur; and several other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
   The family is at the residence of Josephine Morrison, 48 Holman Ave., Athens.
   Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jean Lanier
Eastanollee
   Ella Jean Smith Lanier, 61, of Walker Road died Saturday, Nov. 14, 1998.
   A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Lanier was a daughter of the late Newt and Pinkie Denton Smith. She worked for Wright Manufacturing Co. for 20 years and was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church.
   Services will be 2 p.m. today at Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, with the Revs. Richard Ivester and James Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Eastanollee Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include her husband, Tillman Lanier; two daughters, Vickie Glaze, Eastanollee, and Gloria Woodall, Thomson; two brothers, J.C. Smith and Ralph Smith, both of Toccoa; and three grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be Terry Smith, Alan Glaze, Matthew Glaze, Hal Glaze, Gary Smith, Ronnie Smith, Glenn Ramsey, and William Slater.
   The family is at the residence.

Charles A. Mattingly
Commerce
   Charles A. Mattingly, 78, of 4036 Waterworks Road died Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998.
   A native of McQuathy, Ky., Mr. Mattingly was a son of the late Irene Whoberry and Thomas Mattingly. He was a warehouse manager.
   Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Jackson Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Vaughn Howington Jr. officiating. 
   Survivors include his wife, Mildred Mattingly; two daughters, Martha Babb, Commerce, and Levette Galloway, Douglasville; five sisters, Norma Burnham, Visalia, Calif., Mary Midkift, Ishpeming, Mich., Carol Shuler, Orlando, Fla., Laura Strauls, Belair Bluff, Fla., and Connie Young, Clinton, Ohio; a brother, Maurice Mattingly, Vexter, Calif.; and two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. today at Ivie Funeral Home.

Frank M. Meeler
Statham
   Frank M. Meeler, 94, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998.
   Mr. Meeler was a son of the late Will H. and Laura Borders Meeler and was married to the late Bessie Mae Cheek Meeler. He was retired from farming and from the University of Georgia Housing Authority after 19 years of service.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home, Winder. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
   Survivors include two daughters, Lillian Davis, Snellville, and Mary Anne Long, Farmington; a sister, Gladys Head, Watkinsville; and seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Hospice, 700 South Enota St., Suite 202, Gainesville, Ga. 30501.
   The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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