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John Thomas Davis
Washington
John Thomas Davis, 53, of 606-B Lincoln Circle, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999.
A native of Wilkes County, Mr. Davis was a son of the late Charlie and Lillie R. Davis.
Services will be 12 p.m. Tuesday at Marks Tabernacle Baptist Church, with the Rev. Lamar Davenport officiating. Burial will be in City West Cemetery.
Survivors include five sisters, Christene Stewart, Frances Pender, Diane Davis, and Clara Murray, all of Washington, and Hattie Wesley, Marion, Ohio; and five brothers, Charlie Davis, Willie C. Davis, Marion Davis, Clarence Davis, and James E. Davis, all of Passaic, N.J.
Davenport-McLendon Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Josephine Edith Franklin
Clarkesville
Josephine Edith Baic' Franklin, 89, of 3383 Toccoa Highway, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Steelton, Pa., Mrs. Franklin was a daughter of the late John and Jenny Bendenko Baic', widow of Clarence W. Franklin, and preceded in death by a daughter, Edith Franklin Stroud. She resided in Habersham County for nearly 50 years, was retired as food services director at Piedmont College, Demorest, worked in the Food Service Department at North Habersham High School, was a member of Clarkesville Lodge 276, Order of the Eastern Star where she held many offices and was Past Worthy Matron, and was a member of Clarkesville United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years.
Services will be 4 p.m. Tuesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, Baldwin, with the Revs. Robert Brown and Blaine Walker officiating. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Burns, Cornelia, and Vivian Schoonmaker, Demorest; a son, Robert L. Franklin, Townbank, N.J.; a sister, Mary Berrier, Lewistown, Pa.; and 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Isabell Gaul
Hartwell
Isabell Gunn Kane Gaul, 84, of 1669 Whippoorwill Trail, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999.
A native of Winnipeg, Canada, Mrs. Gaul was a daughter of the late William John and Alexandria Kane and widow Cyril Leo Gaul. She was a retired bus driver for the city of Los Angeles and member of St. Pauls Presbyterian Church, Garden Grove, Calif.
Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif., at a later date.
Survivors include two daughters, Ellen M. Means, Tucson, Ariz., and Anna M. Edgar Blanton, Hartwell; two sons, Philip E. Gaul, Hartwell, and William L. Gaul, Huntington Beach, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
The body is at Strickland Funeral Home.

Ann Marie Mitzi Gibson
Jefferson
Ann Marie Mitzi Smith Gibson, 30, of 4-W Farm Road, died Friday, Feb. 12, 1999.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Gibson was a daughter of Robert A. and Betty Geeter Smith. She attended Athens Area Technical Institute, was a homemaker, and member of Crooked Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. CammieA. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. William P. Geeter.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Jackson Funeral Home, with the Revs. Tom Miles and Terry Chambers officiating. Burial will be in Redstone United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, A.G. (Autie) Gibson Jr.; two daughters, Jessica Gibson and Callie Gibson, both of Jefferson; a son, Caleb Gibson, Jefferson; two sisters, Pam Polk, Washington, and Sandy Boring, Winterville; and a brother, Calvin Smith, Comer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gibson's Children Trust Fund, c/o Community Bank and Trust, 71 Memorial Drive, Jefferson, GA 30549.

Vernelle Griffith
Hartwell
Vernelle Heaton Ayers Griffith, 83, of 230 Oakland Street, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Hart County, Mrs. Griffith was a daughter of the late Fred and Ella Vickery Heaton and widow of Joseph Ayers and Thyra Griffith. She was a homemaker and member of Flat Shoals Baptist Church.
Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Strickland Funeral Home, with the Revs. Ted F. Kelley and Luther L. Kay officiating. Burial will be in Flat Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Kendall Ayers, Hartwell, and Terrell Ayers, Raleigh, N.C.; and seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family is at the residence of Kendall Ayers, 530 Benson St., Hartwell, and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rosann F. Harden
Athens
Rosann F. Harden, 64, of 290 Duncan Springs Road, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Meath, Ireland, Mrs. Harden was a daughter of the late Mark Flood and Bridget Maguire. She resided in Athens for the past 30 years, attended Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland, worked with mentally handicapped children in Columbus, Ohio, was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and was a retired production and quality control manager of Ranick Corp.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. Joy officiating.
Survivors include her husband, R. Norman Harden Sr.; a son, R. Norman Harden III, Chicago, Ill.; four sisters, Mary Harding and Margaret King, both of Ireland, Winifred Gallagher, Australia, and Pauline Bisel, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and three brothers, Mark Flood, Ireland, Oliver Flood, England, and Bartholemew Flood, London.
Bridges Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Charles S. Harrison
Monroe
Charles S. Harrison, 64, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Wlaton County, he was the son of the late William S. Harrison and Mary Lou Collins Harrison.

Hal Jackson
Winder
Hal Jackson, 88, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Jackson was a son of the late J. Roy and Emma Cooper Jackson and widower of Katherine Jackson. He was a member of First Baptist Church, a veteran of World War II, and chairman of the board of Winder Lumber Co.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Talley officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Becky Jackson, Lakemont; a son, David Jackson, Winder; a brother, Royce Jackson, Winder; and two grandchildren, Andrew Jackson and Justin Ledford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lake Rabun Fund, c/o Burgess Stone, 2986 Nancy Crook Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30327.
The family will receive friends after 11:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Ora F. Meyer
Winterville
Ora F. Meyer, 99, of 460 Meyer Road, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999.
A native of Union County, Mrs. Meyer was a daughter of the late John C. and Cornelia Duncan Fleming and widow of Charles Meyer. She resided in Oglethorpe County for the past 91 years and was the oldest member of Cherokee Corner United Methodist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bridges Funeral Home, with the Revs. Tim Hinzman and Tom Lang officiating. Burial will be in Arnoldsville Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Wallace Meyer, Crawford, Thomas Meyer, Winterville, and Howard Meyer, Arnoldsville; and 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arnoldsville Perpetual Care Cemetery, c/o Grace Young, P.O. Box 30, Arnoldsville, GA 30619.
The family will receive friends 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Julia Johnson Moon
Athens
Julia Johnson Moon, 82, of 220 Lake Road, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999.
A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Moon was widow of Lorenzo Moon.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at First A.M.E. Church, with the Revs. George LaSure, David T. Batts, J.L. Lawson, Archibald Killiam, and Gabriel S. Hardeman Sr. officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 12 p.m. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister, Daisy M. Hardeman, Atlanta; two brothers, E.B. Johnson and John R. Johnson, both of Athens; and several nieces and nephews.
The family is at 297 Macon Ave., and 4000 Smokey Road.
Hurley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Brian Edward Schneider
Clarkesville
Brian Edward Schneider, 22, of 3330 Orchard Drive, formerly of Toccoa, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Schneider was a son of Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth G. Schneider of Clarkesville. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George A. Schneider and a cousin, Lauren M. Micci. He graduated from Stephens County High School in 1994, attended the University of Georgia, was an apprentice Funeral Director with Medford Peden Funeral Home in Marietta, and member of First Baptist Church.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Toccoa with the Rev. Henry Fields officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Kara M. Schneider, Gainesville; fiancee, Melanie E. White, Carnesville; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry W. Smith, Manchester, Tenn.; aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Herman J. Micci, Cordova, Tenn.; great aunt, Mary Ida Mitchell, Memphis, Tenn.; cousin, Hallie R. Micci, Cordova, Tenn.; uncle, Perry Warren Smith Jr., Mount Juliet, Tenn.; cousins, Kevin Smith and Kyle Smith, both of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; and several other cousins, aunts, and uncles.
Pallbearers will be Richard F. Aderholdt, Robert N. Addington, C. Shane Clark, John C. Lawrence Jr., Matthew J. Plaisted, Kevin R. Smith, and Kyle D. Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the chapel fund of First Baptist Church, in memory of Briand Edward Schneider.
The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Toccoa.
Whitlock Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Annie Bell Skelton
Clarkesville
Annie Bell Canup Skelton, 74, of East Louise St., died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Habersham County, Mrs. Skelton was a daughter of the late Van Dillard and Annie Louise Cantrell Canup and widow of Curtis Lee Skelton. She was retired from Clarkesville Mill.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, with the Rev. Keith Allison officiating. Burial will be in Demorest Cemetery.
Survivors include five sons, Lamar Skelton, Clarkesville, Troy Skelton, Mount Airy, Jerry Skelton and Bruce Skelton, both of Cleveland, and Harold Skelton, Demorest; a sister, Irene Tench, Clarkesville; four brothers, Floyd Canup, Vance Canup, Kenny Canup, and Wiley Canup, all of Clarkesville; and 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Merle McKemie Wyche
Elberton
Merle McKemie Wyche, 77, of 259 Church St., died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999.
A native of Clay County, Mrs. Wyche was a daughter of the late Henry Grady McKemie and Jennie Claude Hammack. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgia State College for Women in 1942 and studied piano and voice at Julliard School of Music in New York. She taught private piano lessons and performed musically for church and civic organizations, taught music in Atlanta public schools and later in Elberton, and taught English literature for many years at Elbert County High School, where she served as chairman of the English department.
She worked with her husband to run Wyche Oil Co., a family-owned business. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Elberton Music Club, Civic League, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She helped found the Elbert County Historical Society and served as president for several years, was instrumental in getting it designated on the National Register of Historic Places, and was recognized for her work with the Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Elberton First Baptist Church, with the Rev. C.E. Jackson III officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Elmhurst Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Madison Baker Wyche Jr.; two daughters, Barbara W. Marxer and Caroline W. McLean, both of Atlanta; two sons, M. Baker Wyche III, Greenville, S.C., and Henry M. Wyche, Atlanta; a sister, Kate McKemie, Decatur; a brother, W. Frank McKemie, Avondale Estates; and five grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be John Ethridge, George Gaines, Harry Miller, Dan McAvoy, Mac Arnold, Jack Arnold, Marvin Hardy, and Joe Campbell. Honorary pallbearers will be the Friendship Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to the Merle McKemie Wyche Scholarship Fund, c/o Pinnacle Bank, P.O. Box 630, Elberton, GA 30635.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at Berry Funeral Home.

Mary Lee Clark
Danielsville
Mary Lee Clark, 88, of 1273 Sewell Mill Road, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Homes Madison Chapel will announce arrangements.

Waiters Harris
Athens
Waiters Harris, of 341 Arch St., died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Lorena C. Payne
Toccoa
Lorena C. Payne, 94, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Elizabeth Read
Watkinsville
Elizabeth Read, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, will announce arrangements.

Hazel H. Stewart Adams
Greensboro
Hazel Horton Stewart Adams, 84, of 904 S. West St. died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Taliaferro County, Mrs. Adams was a daughter of the late Arthur Talmadge Stewart Sr. and Emmie Temperance Jernigan Stewart. She attended Greensboro High School and Georgia State College for Women. She was a teacher in Fulton and Wilkes county schools and was a dietitian at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Pilot Club, the Ladies Auxiliary at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital and First Baptist Church, Greensboro.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church with the Revs. Arthur Stewart and Dave Sandridge officiating. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Betti Wise, Jasper, and Dottie Campbell, Jonesboro; a son, Stewart Adams, Chula; a sister, Jean Stewart Jones, Greensboro; two brothers, Wilton W. Stewart, Peachtree City, and Arthur T. Stewart Jr., Greensboro; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Dan Jones, Todd Campbell, Adam Campbell, Jeff Adams, Skip Wise and Larry Campbell.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Greensboro Building Fund.
McCommons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert D. Barnett
Miami, Fla.
Robert Donaldson Barnett, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 1999.
Mr. Barnett was a son of the late Henry and Trudie Barnett, Bishop. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and was employed by Ralston Purina for 25 years. His military services included active duty in the U.S. Navy and 22 years in the Army Reserves retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was a Kiwanian, serving as president of four clubs, and lieutenant Governor. He was a member of First Methodist Church, Springdale, Ark.
Services were Monday at Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. James Stephenson officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Jan English, Austin, Texas; two sons, Don Barnett, Dallas, Texas, and Dan Barnett, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Henrietta Foster, Athens, and Hazel Byington, Rome; and a grandson.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Associa tion, Corporation Square, Building 1, Suite 127, Atlanta 30329.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Troy M. Brinkley
Siloam
Troy Montreal Brinkley, 17, of Route 1, Highway 15 South, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999.
A native of Greene County, Mr. Brinkley was a son of Cathy Brinkley and Johnny Lee Humphrey. He attended Greene-Taliaferro High School and played football for the GT Tigers.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at New Springfield Baptist Church, Siloam, with the Rev. Roi Johnson officiating. The body will be placed in the church at noon. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his grandmother, Fannie Abraham Brinkley, Siloam; seven aunts; four uncles; and his best friend and cousin, Anthony Hill, Siloam.
The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. today at Watts Funeral Home, Union Point.

Glynda Brown
Winder
Glynda Brown, 60, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
Mrs. Brown was a daughter of the late Herbert Joel and Kathleen Venable Massey. She was a retired bookkeeper and clerk from Massey's Grocery and was a member of the Eastside Fishing Club. She was a member of Pentecost United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Camaran, Lilburn, and Ronanne Brown, Bethlehem; a son, George Williams Jr., Bethlehem; a brother, Ronnie Massey, Winder; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1 Corporate Square, Suite 127, Atlanta 30329.

J.B. Cash
Toccoa
J.B. Cash, 68, of 222 Busha St. died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Cash was a son of the late John and Mamie Whitehead Cash. He was preceded in death by a son, Bubba Cash. He was retired from ABF Freight Company and was a member of Zebulon Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Stephens Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Ty Childers officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy Townsend and Joni Owens, both of Toccoa; three sisters, Jeanette Pritchett, Lilburn, Patsy Chatham and Jean McCollum, both of Toccoa; four brothers, Joe Cash, Jack Cash, Jimmy Cash and Bobby Cash, all of Toccoa; and four grandsons.
Pallbearers will be Bronson Ivester, Jason Ivester, Brandon Ivester, Jim Townsend, Ken Owens, Ted Carpenter and Houston Owens.
The family is at their respective residences and will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. today at Whitlock Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 106 Rose Lane, Toccoa, Ga. 30577.

Mary L. Clark
Danielsville
Mary Lee Clark, 88, of 1273 Sewell Mill Road died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Oconee County, Mrs. Clark was a daughter of the late Gordon Cleveland and Essie Medlin Skinner and was the widow of T.R. "Theo" Clark. She attended Providence Baptist Church and was a member of Gordon's Chapel Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Providence Baptist Church with the Revs. Robert Passmore and Johnny Tucker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Evelyn Fouche, Billie Vaughn, both of Danielsville, and Shirley Fouche, Athens; four sisters, Iris Clark, Woodruff, S.C., Virginia Fortson, Joan Williams and Nell Pinson, all of Athens; two brothers, Sam Skinner and Ed Skinner, both of Athens; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Sophia L. Clayton
Greensboro
Sophia Lingold Clayton, 93, of 501 Mill St. died Friday, Feb. 12, 1999.
A native of Baldwin, Mrs. Clayton was a daughter of the late Charlie Lingold and Johnanna Akridge Lingold and was the widow of Lyman Clayton. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gail Clayton Durham. She was a spinner at Mary Leila Cotton Mill and was a member of West End Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Greenview Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Usry officiating.
Survivors include three grandchildren, Marla Durham, Macon, Litha Durham Hamilton, Columbus, and Carson Durham, Bloomington, Ind.; and three great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends tonight at McCommons Funeral Home.

Alma J. Hardigree
Bishop
Alma J. Hardigree, 91, died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999.
A native of Morgan County, Mrs. Hardigree was a daughter of the late John and Maude Jefferies. She was a music teacher and was a member of Bishop Baptist Church where she played piano for a number of years.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Bishop Cemetery with the Rev. James Ashe officiating.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Gene Crawford, Watkinsville; a sister, Helen Wright, Leesville, S.C.; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The family will be at the residence of Tamie and Tommy Cruce, 1161 Spartan Lane, Athens, and will receive friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at Bridges Funeral Home.

Ora F. Meyer
Winterville
Ora F. Meyer, 99, of 460 Meyer Road died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999.
A native of Union County, Mrs. Meyer was a daughter of the late John C. and Cornelia Duncan Fleming and was the widow of Charles Meyer. She resided in Oglethorpe County for the past 91 years and was the oldest member of Cherokee Corner United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Bridges Funeral Home, with the Revs. Tim Hinzman and Tom Lang officiating. Burial will be in Arnoldsville Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Wallace Meyer, Crawford, Thomas Meyer, Winterville, and Howard Meyer, Arnoldsville; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arnoldsville Perpetual Care Cemetery, c/o Grace Young, P.O. Box 30, Arnoldsville, GA 30619.

Calvin Moon
Athens
Calvin Moon, of 140 Hancock Apts. died Friday, Feb. 12, 1999.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Moon was a son of the late Dave Moon Sr. and Parliee Long Moon.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. William Jennings officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Louise Fort, Athens; an adopted daughter, Krystal Taylor, Chicago, Ill.; an adopted son, Larry Moon, Athens; a sister, Pearl Gantt, Cleveland, Ohio; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Winfrey's Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Georgia W. Oglesby
Elberton
Georgia Wilhite Oglesby, 83, died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999.
A native of Elbert County, Mrs. Oglesby was a daughter of the late Arthur William Oglesby and Georgia Almond Oglesby and was the widow of William Howard Oglesby. She was a retired beautician and was a member of Doves Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Doves Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Marshall Tribble and Wade Bridges officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Ken Oglesby, Brentwood, Tenn., and Larry Oglesby, Greenville, S.C.; and two grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Berry Funeral Home.
The family has requested no flowers and memorials may be made to Doves Creek Baptist Church, c/o Leonard D. Fortson, 1530 Athens Highway, Elberton, Ga. 30635.

Lorena Payne
Toccoa
Lorena Childs Payne, 94, of 125 Davis Ave. died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Stephens County, Mrs. Payne was a daughter of the late Jack and Rebecca Fowler Childs and was the widow of Allen E. Payne. She was preceded in death by a son, Maurice E. Payne. She was a member of Hill Street Baptist Church and the Rebecca Sunday School Class.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hill Street Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Garrison and Jarrett Ragan officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Stephens Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter, Buena Segars, DeLand, Fla.; four sons, John T. Payne, Lavonia, Vernor Payne, Columbus, James Henry Payne, Norcross, and Homer Payne, Blairsville; a sister, Lula Shelton, Pickens, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth Poche
Cornelia
Elizabeth "Betty" Irene Poche, 70, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Cochran, Mrs. Poche was a daughter of the late William and Irene Rollins Mullis and was the widow of J.D. Poche.
Memorial services will be later in Florida.
Survivors include three sons, Charles William Railey Sr., Glen St. Mary, Fla.; Michael Gene Railey, Bladon Springs, Ala., and Patrick Oliver Railey, Cornelia; a sister, Mabel Lee, Fort Mullis, Lake Charles, La.; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia, is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Rathburn
Miami, Fla.
Paul Rathburn, 78, formerly of Toccoa, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
Mr. Rathburn was the widower of Mamie Payne Rathuburn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Acree-Davis Funeral Home with the Rev. Garvis Kinsey officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Read
Watkinsville
Elizabeth Read, 79, of 1331 Brookwood Drive died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
A native of Emanuel County, Mrs. Read was a daughter of the late James A. and Zemmie Morris Purvis. She was a homemaker and was a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mars Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. William Tribble officiating. Burial will be in Melwood Cemetery, Clarkston.
Survivors include her husband, Silas C. Read, Watkinsville; four daughters, Brenda P. Wise, Tucker, Jane Clark, Stockbridge, JoAnn Bjorkman, Marietta, and Ellen Chapman, Huntsville, Ala.; a son, David Peck, Dacula; a stepdaughter, Brenda Diffendal, Maidens, Va.; three stepsons, Bill Read, Atlanta, Silas C. Read Jr. and Troy Read, both of Athens; a sister, Ethel Pritchard, Dublin; a brother, J.A. Purvis, Savannah; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The Spirit Sunday School Class of Mars Hill Baptist Church will be honorary escorts.
The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West.

Richard L. Harmon
Athens
Richard Lamar Harmon, of 121 Ashmore Court died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999.
Winfrey's Mutual Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Barry Merritt
Greensboro
Barry Merritt, 40, of 1351 Thompson Road died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999.
Norrington Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Peggy P. Porter
Jefferson
Peggy Pinson Porter, of West Shores Drive died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999.
Jackson Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Henry Wilhipe
Athens
Henry Wilhipe, of 290 Athens Avenue died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999.
Hurley Funeral Home will announce arrangements.


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