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Ruth M. Gaynor
Athens
Ruth M. Gaynor, 82, formerly of Mountaintop, died Tuesday, June 1, 1999.
A native of Ashley, Mrs. Gaynor was a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Beltz Craig. She was a graduate of Ashley High School.
Services will be at 5:30 p.m. today in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township, with the Rev. Bette Poe officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Gaynor; a daughter, Linda Oeller, Bogart, Fla.; a son, Robert Gaynor Jr., Boca Raton, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA.
Leo P. Lehman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Hawkins
Royston
Judy Ann Shaw Hawkins, 53, of 2131 Campbell Ridge Road died Tuesday, June 1, 1999.
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Mrs. Hawkins was a daughter of the late Henry and Hazel Newman Shaw. She was a former employee of Waffle House and was of the Baptist faith.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Strickland Funeral Home with the Rev. Dan Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Belton Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, George Raymond "Ray" Hawkins; two sons, Robert Turlington, Royston, and Steve Powell, Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Linda Saucedo, Klamath Falls, Ore.; and three brothers, Jim Shaw, Gastonia, N.C., Billy Shaw, Miami, Fla., and Mike Shaw, Belton, S.C.
The family is at the residence and will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Sarah Huff
Arnoldsville
Sarah D. Huff, 74, of 264 Yancey Road died Wednesday, June 2, 1999.
A native of Wilkes County, Mrs. Huff was a daughter of the late Ralph and Sallie Lee Berry Dudley and was the widow of Herschel E. Huff Sr. She was a member of Cherokee Corner United Methodist Church where she was a member of United Methodist Women and choir.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cherokee Corner United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jim Hinzman and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Arnoldsville Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Ellen H. Carrollton, Monroe; three sons, Herschel E. "Jack" Huff Jr and Ralph E. Huff, both of Arnoldsville, and Mitchell Huff, Winterville; three sisters, Roselle D. Burt, Thomson, Margaret D. Smith, Warrenton, and Dorothy D. Kitchens, Augusta; a half-sister, Maryland D. Kearns, Grovetown; two stepsisters, Mildred C. Davis, Winterville, and Louella C. Wall, Thomson; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Michael B. Dudley, M. Daniel Smith, Ray Etterlee, Ross Dudley, Robert Warren and David Burt.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East.
Memorials may be made to Arnoldsville Cemetery Fund, PO Box 30, Arnoldsville, GA 30619.

Katharine W. McEver
Madison, Tenn.
Katharine Wagner McEver, 85, of 2353 Gallatin Pike North died Tuesday, June 1, 1999.
A native of Hatwood County, Tenn., Mrs. McEver was a daughter of the late James Emory and Lucile V. Conner Wagner. She was a retired school teacher.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Russ Stevens, Charles Hamlin and Al Adams officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include her husband, Henry McEver; a daughter, Lucille Barrett, Madison, Tenn.; a sister, Margaret Wagner, Atlanta; a brother, Emory Wagner, Stanton, Tenn.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Fighting AIDS for Kids, PO Box 958, Mount Juliet, Tenn. 37121.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Viola Norris
Carnesville
Viola Blackwell Norris, 88, of Highway 198 died Tuesday, June 1, 1999.
A native of Stephens County, Mrs. Norris was a daughter of the late Henry and Lula Yearwood Blackwell and was the widow of Gib Norris. She was employed by Buck Creek Cotton Mill for a number of years and was a member of Mullins Ford Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Rock Quarry Holiness Church with the Revs. Edward Hood and Larry Blackwell officiating. Burial will be in Toccoa City Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth L. Nation, Eastanollee, and Mary Stowe, Carnesville; three sons, Marshall Norris, Iva, S.C., Winston Norris and Charles Norris, both of Carnesville; two brothers, Marion Blackwell and Edgar Blackwell, both of Toccoa; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Truman Dyer, Jimmy Blackwell, Rickey Ramey and Tony Norris.
The family is at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. James Stowe, 2345 Highway 198, Carnesville, and will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa.

Arlisha LaFronda SmithAthens
Arlishs LaFronda Smith, 27, of 236 Parkview Homes Ext. died Monday, May 31, 1999.
Miss Smith was a daughter of Patricia and David Smith of Athens. She was a factory worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at East Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. Vanessee Burns officiating. The body will be placed in the church at noon. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include two sisters, T. LaDaven Smith and Takea Smith, both of Athens; a brother, David T. Smith, Athens; and grandmother, Annie Ruby Prather, Athens.
The family is at the residence of Patricia Smith, 236 Parkview Homes Ext., and David Smith, 1423 E. Broad St.
Mack & Payne Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Herman Ward
Elberton
Charles Herman Ward, 86, of 3576 Ruckersville Road died Wednesday, June 2, 1999.
A native of Elbert County, Mr. Ward was a son of the late Ike Swift and Hettie Mae Teasley Ward and was the widower of Jenelle Haley Ward. He was a retired machine operator for Monroe Auto Equipment and was a member of Rock Branch Baptist Church and the Agoga Sunday school class.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Rock Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Ed Sayer officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Ward, Elberton, and Joe Ward, Hartwell; two sisters, Helen W. Turner and Willie W. Turner, both of Elberton; three brothers, Thomas Jamie Ward, George W. Ward and Lamar L. Ward, all of Elberton; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Don Cleveland, Pete Taylor, Robert Alexander, Wayne Ward, Barry Turner and Joe Stovall.
Memorials may be made to Rock Branch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or to Vista Care Hospice, 2350 Prince Ave., Athens, GA 30606.
The family members are at their respective residences and will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at Hicks Funeral Home.

Edwin K. Randolph
Athens
Edwin K. Randolph of 250 Plum Nelly Road died Tuesday, June 1, 1999.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

James Addison Beacham
Athens
James Addison Beacham, 82, of 265 Pinewood Circle died Thursday, June 3, 1999.
A native of Oconee County, Mr. Beacham was a son of the late Calvin H. and Leila Bell Beacham. He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church and was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of World War II. He was Athens oldest retired funeral director.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Robert H. Bohler Jr. officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Jan Blakeslee, Marietta; two sons, James N. Beacham, Woodstock, and Donald C. Beacham, Athens; a sister, Mrs. William M. Porter, Charlotte, N.C.; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, PO Box 5575, Athens, GA 30604.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at Bridges Funeral Home.

Clyde Brown Sr.
Martin
Clyde Brown Sr., 76, of Route 1 Box 76, died Wednesday, June 2, 1999.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Brown was a son of the late Jim and Anniebell Williams Brown. He was a member of Hurricane Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hurricane Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Gantt officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Maebell Fruster Brown; a daughter, Ada Merriett, Martin; two sons, Clyde Brown Jr. and Howard Brown, both of Martin; and a sister, Retha Thorpe, Decatur.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. today at Moss-Stovall-Neal Funeral Home, Toccoa.

Edgar Boswell "Ed" Finch
Greensboro
Edgar Boswell "Ed" Finch, 91, of 1561 E. Broad St. died Thursday, June 3, 1999.
A lifelong resident of Greene County, Mr. Finch was a son of the late John and Lottie Addahoe Finch and was the widower of Macy Wilson Finch. He was employed by the U.S. Soil Conservation & Forestry Service and was the owner and operator of Finch's Dairy. He was a member of Penfield Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Farm Bureau.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Greenview Cemetery with the Rev. Reggie Haslett officiating.
Survivors include a son, Harold E. Finch; three sisters, Inez Tuck, Tucker, Maggie Whitting, Lithonia, and Frances Clifton, Greensboro; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Francis Byce, Louie Vandiver, Charles Copelan, Ron Greene, Robert Simpson and Lawton Torbert.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at McCommons Funeral Home.

Myrtle A. Patterson
Greensboro
Myrtle A. Patterson, 79, died Wednesday, June 2, 1999.
A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Patterson was a daughter of the late Alfred J. and Julia Pearl Amoss Atkinson and was the widow of Pat Patterson. She was an insurance clerk at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Greensboro. She was a 1937 graduate of Greensboro High School and attended the University of Georgia.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McCommons Funeral Home with the Rev. Rick Maeser officiating. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Patterson, Gurley, Ala., Julian Patterson, Greensboro, and Chris Patterson, Cohutta; a sister, Agnes Blitch, Winder; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Neal Dolvin, Jere Power, Bob Rainwater, Ken Cawthon, Arthur Stewart Jr. and the Rev. Wayne Usry.

Jannie Porter
Greensboro
Jannie Porter, 49, of 2811 Geer Road died Monday, May 31, 1999.
A native of Greene County, Mrs. Porter was a daughter of Essie Bell Davis of Greensboro. She was employed by Chipman Union and was a member of Greensboro Community Choir. She was a member of Boswell Chapel Baptist Church, where she was a member of the senior choir and was church historian.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Boswell Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Calhoun officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, L.B. Porter; two daughters, Daphne Lavette Porter, Bahrain, and Tiffany Latrice Porter, Greensboro; two sons, Leonard Bernard Porter and Arthur Lee Porter, both of Greensboro; two sisters, Linda Ann Davis Merritt and Essie Kate Davis Hunt, both of Greensboro; three brothers, Johnny Jr. Parks and William Henry Davis, both of Greensboro, and J.W. Davis, Madison, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.
Norrington Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

John Edward Pulliam
Dewy Rose
John Edward Pulliam, 57, of Monroe Dunn Road died May 27, 1999.
A native of Elbert County, Mr. Pulliam was a son of Milton H. Pulliam of Elberton and the late Mattie Lou Dudley Pulliam. He was a member of Elberton Church of God, was a truck driver, and was a U.S. Air Force Veteran.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Berry Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Scarborough officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include a son, Kyle Pulliam, Athens; a sister, Peggy Pulliam Herring, Elberton; and a brother, Michael David Pulliam, Simpsonville, S.C.
The family will receive friends at their respective residences.

Barbara Bana Reynolds
Statham
Barbara Bana Reynolds, 44, died Thursday, June 3, 1999.
Mrs. Reynolds was a daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Durham of Winder. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith Funeral Home with the Revs. Donnie Pennington and Tracy Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Al Reynolds; a daughter, Shalena Bana and a son, Jason Bana, both of Culver City, Calif.; a sister, Debbie Sharpton, Auburn; and a brother, Bobby Durham, Sevierville.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Kate Hartman Roes
Martin
Kate Hartman Roes, 87, of Route 3 died Friday, May 28, 1999.
A native of Germany, Mrs. Roes was a daughter of the late Julius and Anna Hartman and was the widow of Henry Roes. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a homemaker. She lived in Long Island, N.Y. before moving to Martin 10 years ago.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Toccoa, with the Rev. Greg Walton officiating. Burial will be in Long Island, N.Y.
Survivors include two daughters, Margareta Eichler, Martin, and Barbara Schwinn, New York, N.Y.; a granddaughter, Judy Eichler, Concord; a grandson, Richard Eichler, Dawsonville; and four great-grandchildren.
Whitlock Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Ivey Smith
Athens
Ivey "Wall Street" Smith, 79, of 830 Waddell St. died Monday, May 31, 1999.
A native of Elbert County, Mr. Smith was a son of the late William and Olivia Smith.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hill Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. A.R. Killian officiating. The body will be placed in the church at noon. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters, Olivia M. Brown, Juliette Johnson, and Noble A. Reynolds, all of Detroit, Mich.; two brothers, James C. Smith, Charleston, S.C., and George Smith, Detroit, Mich.; a niece, raised in the home, Loretta Huff; nieces and nephews.
The family is at the residence of Loretta Huff, 830 Waddell St.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Dante Williams
Athens
Dante Williams, 14, of 505-B Athens Ave. died Wednesday, June 2, 1999.
A native of Clarke County, Dante was a son of Mary Deloris Williams of Athens and Charles Williams.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Annon Grove Baptist Church, Lexington, with the Revs. John Dillard and Jeffery Marion officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends today at the residence.
Mack & Payne Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Lorene Swaim Wright
Pendergrass
Lorene Swaim Wright, 77, of 3895 Wayne Poultry Road died Thursday, June 3, 1999.
A native of Barrow County, Mrs. Wright was a daughter of the late Jim and Nezzie Long Swaim and was the widow of H.J. Wright. She was a homemaker and was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Center Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Sizemore officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Thomas, Commerce; a son Buster Wright, Pendergrass; a sister, Betty Gasaway, Pendergrass; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m and 6-9 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson.

Linda Brooks
Winder
Linda Brooks, 48, formerly of Williamsburg, Va., died Wednesday, June 2, 1999.
Mrs. Brooks was a daughter of Shirley Allen of Williamsburg.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at Eberhart & Son Mortuary. Burial will be Thursday in Williamsburg Memorial Garden, Williamsburg.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three daughters, Cidnell Allen and Star Allen, both of Williamsburg, and Shawntee Brooks, Winder; fiance, Lansilo Mason, Winder; a sister, Victoria Tadau, Maryland; five brothers, George Allen, Kerman Allen, and James Allen, all of Williamsburg, and Steve Allen and William Allen, both of Winder; and a grandchild.

Mabel Moore Hopkins
Washington
Mabel Moore Hopkins, 102, died Thursday, June 3, 1999.
A native of Taliaferro County, Mrs. Hopkins was a daughter of the late George and Georgia Drinkard Moore and was the widow of Lewis C. Hopkins. She was a housewife and was a member of Clifford Grove Baptist Church. She resided in the Lundberg Community for 82 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Clifford Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Allen Danner officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Doris Denard, Conyers, and Virginia Hobbs, Vidalia; two sons, Leonard Hopkins and Herbert Hopkins, both of Washington; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Clifford Grove Baptist Church, c/o Samille Sherrer, 493 Branham Road, Washington, GA 30673.
Hopkins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Sue Lee
Elberton
Susan Benita "Sue" Fender Lee, 79, of 182 Heard Drive, died Friday, June 4, 1999.
A native of Valdosta, Mrs. Lee was a daughter of the late James and Benita Tomlinson Fender and was the widow of Lester Lee Jr. She was a homemaker and was a member of Elberton First United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Elmhurst Cemetery, with the Rev. Wallace Wheeles officiating.
Survivors include a son, James Lester "Jim" Lee, Alpharetta; two sisters, Lucy Tanner and Libby Thomas, both of Valdosta; and two grandsons.
Hicks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Edwin Key Randolph
Athens
Edwin Key Randolph, 76, of 250 Plum Nelly Road, died Tuesday, June 1, 1999.
A lifelong resident of Athens, Mr. Randolph was a son of the late Elmo A. and Mary Stone Randolph. He was a member of First Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving as a fighter pilot. He was retired as senior vice president of the corporate banking division with SunTrust Bank. He began his banking career with C&S Bank, then went to work for National Bank of Athens, and then SunTrust Bank.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, with the Revs. Lynn Willingham and Frank Granger officiating. Burial will be in Oconee Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Brooks Randolph; a stepson, Andy Starr, Athens; a sister, Catherine Beverly, Ochlocknee; a brother, Elmo A. Randolph Jr., Ottawa, Canada; nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 355 Pulaski St., Athens, GA 30601.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Bernstein Funeral Home.

Harvey Jordan Smith
Commerce
Harvey Jordan Smith, 72, of 258 Highway 64, died Thursday, June 3, 1999.
Mr. Smith was a son of the late Andrew and Maude Dills Smith. He was a natural gas technician with the city of Commerce.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ivie Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bob Hill officiating. Burial will be in Webbs Creek Cemetery, Homer.
Survivors include his wife, Vernice Smith; four daughters, Tammy Gee, Shirley Smith and Brenda Thigpen, all of Commerce, and Judy Smith, Maysville; five sons, Danny Smith, Athens, Dennis Smith, Lula, and Frankie Smith, Harvey Douglas Smith and Jamey Smith, all of Commerce; a sister, Eula Mae Caudell, Homer; a brother, Clyde Smith, Homer; 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Leon Kaye Thurmond
Athens
Leon Kay Thurmond, 62, of 1482 Brock Road, died Thursday, June 3, 1999.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Thurmond was a son of the late Joseph Lafayette and Annie Mae Damron Thurmond. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Billy Thurmond, Joe Thurmond, Cohen Thurmond and Paul Thurmond. He was retired from Coca-Cola of Athens after 32 years of service and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church of Gainesville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bernstein Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Ronnie Healan and Earl Jarrard officiating. Burial will be in Redstone United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Vanessa Jean Thurmond, Athens; a sister, Mrs. Robert (Merdell) Evans, Athens; a longtime friend, Ellean Coley, Gainesville; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Roger Thurmond, Tim Thurmond, Joe Miccoli, Wendell Turner, Randy Brown, Tom Thurmond, Paul Edwards and Scott Edwards.
The family is at the residence of Mrs. R.O. Evans, 1536 Brock Road, Athens.

Corbin Waters
Carnesville
Corbin Waters, 85, of Georgia Highway 63, died Thursday, June 3, 1999.
A native of Towns County, Mr. Waters was a son of the late William Martin and Lourette Wheeler Waters. He was a retired saw-miller and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Damascus Baptist Church and American Legion Post 215 in Homer.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Whitfield Funeral Home, Baldwin, with the Revs. Roy Rogers and Gene Todd officiating. Burial will be in Roberts-Jackson-Murray Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Ruveal Murray Waters; a daughter, Paulette Coley, Baldwin; three sons, Macklin Waters, Carnesville, Theron Waters, Baldwin, and Bryan Waters, Homer; a grandson raised in the home, Brad Waters, Carnesville; a sister, Gertie Lawrence, Hartwell; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Dessie Bell Watson
Pendergrass
Dessie Bell Watson, 90, died Thursday, June 3, 1999.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Watson was a daughter of the late Bud and Ann Lemley Cannon. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Louise Watson, and three sons, Paul Watson, Johnny Watson and Billy Ray Watson. She was a homemaker and was a member of Pond Fork Baptist Church. She attended Old Pond Fork School.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Evans Funeral Home, with the Revs. Johnny Knight and Jeff Hogan officiating. Burial will be in Mountain Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Dean Beatty, Shirley Love, Betty Boyd, Elaine Jacobs, all of Pendergrass, and Peggy Elrod, Maysville; two sons, Harold Watson and Donald Watson, both of Talmo; two brothers, John Cannon, Commerce, and Herbert Cannon, Ila; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.


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