Miscellaneous Clarke County, Georgia Obituaries

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Wallace B. Bertschin
Toccoa
   Wallace Black Bertschin, 98, of Prather Bridge Road died Monday, July 20, 1998.
   A native of Habersham County, Mrs. Bertschin was a daughter of the late Jesse P. and Emma Burrell Black and was the widow of Albert Bertschin. She was retired from Coats & Clark, a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and a former member of American Legion Auxiliary.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Acree-Davis Funeral Home with the Revs. Jarrett Ragan and Luther Williams officiating. Burial will be in Carnes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include two daughters, Kathryn Sanders and Mary Bruce, both of Toccoa; two sons, Paul E. Bertschin, Toccoa, and Frank E. Bertschin, Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.
   Grandsons, including Wallace Bertschin, Hugh Bertschin, Bryan Bertschin, George Sanders, Ray Rice and Ken Jones, will serve as pallbearers.
   The family members are at their respective homes and will receive friends 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Baker Couch
Bishop
   Elizabeth B. Couch, 49, died Sunday, July 19, 1998.
   A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Couch was a daughter of the late Ruth Shields Baker and Henry Baker Sr. She was retired from Rockwell Automation Inc. and was a member of Living Word Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Living Word Baptist Church with the Revs. Larry Davison and Dennie Kesler officiating. Burial will be in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
   Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Couch, Atlanta; two sons, Don Couch Jr., Watkinsville, and Chad Couch, Bishop; three sisters, Helen Palmer, Nicholson, Brenda Bennett, Canton, and Faye Crawford, Rutledge; three brothers, Billy Baker, Homer, and Henry Baker Jr. and Grady Baker, both of Ila; a grandson and nieces and nephews.
   Arthur Bowick's Oconee Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Damelio
Landing, N.J.
   Elizabeth Baumgarner Damelio died Sunday, July 19, 1998.
   A native of Brevard, N.C., Mrs. Damelio was a daughter of the late Herbert and Ola Dillard Baumgarner. She was a graduate of Asheville Teachers College, and avid golfer and bridge player, and a member of Contemporary Club of Dover, Dover Reading Circle, Newton Country Club and Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club.
   Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Tuttle Funeral Home, Randolph, N.J. Entombment will be in Locust Hill Mausoleum, Dover, N.J.
   Survivors include her husband, Frank C. Damelio Sr.; a daughter, Diane Damelio, Lenox, Mass.; a son, Frank C. Damelio Jr., Mendham, N.J.; five sisters, Dora Lee Shanklin, Anderson, S.C., Willie Mae Cox, Toccoa, Betty Theriault, Winter Park, Fla., Vicki D'Agostino, Mount Arlington, N.J., and Patricia Brown, Decatur; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the N.J. Foundation for the Blind, P.O. Box 929, Denville, N.J. 07834.
   Announcement courtesy of Whitlock Mortuary, Toccoa.

Alton Finch
Danielsville
   Alton Van Finch, 74, of 3510 Booger Hill Road died Monday, July 20, 1998.
   A native of Nash County, N.C., Mr. Finch was a son of the late G.N. and Pella Daniel Finch. He had lived in this area since 1989. Mr. Finch was a graduate of East Carolina University and received his Doctorate of Business Education from the University of Northern Colorado. He was retired from both the University of Mississippi and East Carolina University and was a former professor at the University of Georgia. Mr. Finch was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Athens.
   Survivors include his wife, Leona S. Finch, Danielsville; two daughters, Norma Fitzpatrick, Danielsville, and Claire Butler, Greenwood, Ind.; two sisters, Dorothy Williams, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and Premmie Morgan, Garner, N.C.; a brother, William Finch, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Lael Butler, Abigail Butler, Sara Fitzpatrick and Sallie Fitzpatrick.
   Memorial services will be later.
   Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.

Doyle Jenkins
Charlotte, N.C.
   Doyle Joseph Jenkins died Saturday, July 18, 1998.
   A native of Franklin County, Mr. Jenkins was a son of the late Ruban and Maggie Jenkins. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and employed by Ratcliff Green House.
   Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Broad River Baptist Church, Lavonia.
   Survivors include his wife, Bertie Mae Jenkins; three sisters, Cornelia Giles and Bonnie Street, both of Charlotte, and Cora Gary, Lavonia; three nieces and three nephews.
   Drew Funeral Home, Toccoa, is in charge of arrangements.

Ella Kline
Stephens
   Ella Kline, 76, died Thursday, July 16, 1998.
   A native of Montgomery, Ala., Mrs. Kline was a daughter of the late Eddie and Mary Brown. She was a member of Faith Charity Holiness Church and served as church secretary.
   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church, Athens, with Elder Will Stewart Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Athens Memory Gardens. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m.
   Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Emanuel Kline; three daughters, Juanita Sheppard, Cleveland, Ohio, Audrey Zackery-Kline, Manchester, Conn., and Roberta Kyles, Beaufort, S.C.; two sons, Emanuel Kline Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, and Bernard Nelson Kline, Torrington, Conn.; three sisters, Rosaline Lee Monroe, Hartford, Conn., Juanita Scurse, Enfield, Conn., and Minerva Williams, Birmingham, Ala.; 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
   The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. today at Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church.
   Jones Lexington Funeral Chapel, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.

Alice McIntyre
Madison
   Alice Cambell McIntyre, 90, of 1071 Lockmartin St. died Sunday, July 19, 1998.
   A native of Douglas, Wyo., Mrs. McIntyre was a daughter of the late Perry and Grace Adell Deffendorf Cambell and was the widow of Andrew F. McIntyre. She was a homemaker and a member of Bible Church, Little Rock, Ark.
   Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Source of Light Ministries Chapel. Burial will be in Baywood Park.
   Survivors include a daughter, Betty Wilkins, Madison; a son, Edward Andrew McIntyre, Foxboro, Mass.; a sister, Liole Read, Wheatland, Wyo.; and three grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be Newman Betts, Barry Gillis, Philip Fraiser, Dane Newell, Manuel Lopez and Charles Manwaring.
   The family will receive friends this evening at the residence.
   Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.

'Doc' Smith
Hartwell
   Thomas R. "Doc" Smith, 88, of 94 Cade St. died Sunday, July 19, 1998.
   A native of Anderson, S.C., Mr. Smith was a son of the late Charlie and Janie Thomas Smith. He was a member of Starr Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at Strickland Funeral Home with the Revs. Norman Lindsey and Randy Smith officiating. Burial will be in Nancy Hart Memorial Park.
   Survivors include three sisters, Jessie Mackey, Lancaster, S.C., Ethel Boarders, Iva, S.C., and Mae Bell Pless, Hartwell.
   The family is at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Dutton, 204 Deep Woods Road.

Dorothy J. Strickland
Winder
   Dorothy J. Strickland, 41, of 271 E. Wright St., Apt. 19, died Sunday, July 19, 1998.
   A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Strickland was a daughter of Geneva Carter Strickland and Edward Strickland Sr. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville. Burial will be in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors, in addition to her parents, include two sisters, Brenda Smith, Danielsville, and Kathy Baxter, Hull; a brother, Paul Edward Strickland Jr., Gillsville; and nieces and nephews.
   The family is at the residence and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Emma Thrasher
Hartwell
   Emma Kidd Thrasher, 88, of 261 Fairview Ave., died Saturday, July 18, 1998.
   A native of Hart County, Mrs. Thrasher was a daughter of the late Tom and Lake Nixon Thrasher. She was a retired presser at American Laundry and a member of Reed Creek Baptist Church.
   Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Monday at Strickland Funeral Home with the Rev. Ted Kelley officiating. Burial was in Reed Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include a sister, Bertha Estes, Hartwell; and nieces and nephews.
   The family members are at their respective homes.

Mozelle W. Vickery
Watkinsville
   Mozelle Weaver Barnett Vickery, 84, of 1620 Wellbrook Road, formerly of Hartwell, died Sunday, July 19, 1998.
   A native of Hart County, Mrs. Vickery was a daughter of the late Lula Hilley Weaver and James Bode Weaver Sr. and was the widow of Walter Vickery. She was a retired seamstress at Gips Manufacturing and a member of Bethany Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Strickland Funeral Home, Hartwell, with the Rev. Richard Bielski officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include a son, Guy C. Barnett, Watkinsville; a stepdaughter, Sallie Lou Gaines, Anderson, S.C.; two stepsons, James Vickery and Bobby Vickery, both of Hartwell; a sister, Josephine Banister, Carrollton; five brothers, Joe Weaver and William Weaver, both of Hartwell, Clinton Weaver and J.B. Weaver, both of Athens, and Thomas Weaver, Braselton; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, six stepgreat-grandchildren and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
   The family members are at their respective homes and will receive friends 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Howard Wheeler
Clarkesville
   Howard Travis Wheeler, 90, died Friday, July 17, 1998.
   A native of Banks County, Mr. Wheeler was a son of the late Duke Wheeler and the late Hattie O. Wheeler Purcell and was the widower of Winnie Sosebee Wheeler. He was the retired owner of the Otasco Store, a member of Clarkesville Baptist Church and a member and past master of Clarkesville Masonic Lodge 325.
   Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hillside Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Chip Meeks officiating. Burial was in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery.
   Survivors include two daughters, Martha Jean Meeks, Alpharetta, and Olean Griffith, Athens; a sister, Mildred Hill, Cornelia; two brothers, Vernon Purcell, Atlanta, and Ben Purcell, Clarkesville; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pauline Brown
Greensboro
   Pauline Brown, 76, of 1160 Syrup Mill Road died Saturday, July 18, 1998.
   Watts Funeral Home, Union Point, will announce arrangements.

Lucy Mapp
Greensboro
   Lucy Abigail Mapp, 31, of 305 Mill St. died Sunday, July 19, 1998.
   Norrington Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Ted Butler
Winder
   Ted Butler, 63, of 372 Mobile Drive died Monday, July 20, 1998.
   A native of Walker County, Ala., Mr. Butler was a member of New Fellowship Christian Life, Dacula.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wise-Connolly Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Barker officiating. Burial will be in Ross Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Butler; two daughters, Lisa K. Askren, Loganville, and Robin Bradshaw, Winder; three sons, Teddy Butler, and Darrell Butler and Christopher Butler, both of Winder; a sister, Hertha Rice, Birmingham, Ala.; 12 grandchildren, a great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.
   The family is at the residence and will receive friends after 11 a.m. today at Wise-Connolly Funeral Home.

Alton Finch
Danielsville
   Alton Van Finch, 74, of 3510 Booger Hill Road died Monday, July 20, 1998.
   A native of Nash County, N.C., Mr. Finch was a son of the late G.N. and Pella Daniel Finch. He was a graduate of East Carolina University and received his Doctorate of Business Education from the University of Northern Colorado. He was retired from both the University of Mississippi and East Carolina University, a former professor at the University of Georgia and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Athens.
   Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. today at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel.
   Survivors include his wife, Leona S. Finch, Danielsville; two daughters, Norma Fitzpatrick, Danielsville, and Claire Butler, Greenwood, Ind.; two sisters, Dorothy Williams, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., and Premmie Morgan, Garner, N.C.; a brother, William Finch, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to YWCO, 562 Research Drive, Athens, Ga. 30605.

Herman Gartrell
Washington
   Herman Ellis Gartrell, 67, of 842 Amity Road died Sunday, July 19, 1998.
   A native of Wilkes County, Mr. Gartrell was a son of the late Frank and Mary Gartrell. He was a logger, a farmer and a member of Zoah Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Zoah CME Church with the Rev. Robert Walton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Christine Gartrell; a daughter, Brenda Gartrell, Harrisburg, Penn.; two sons, Scottie Victor Gartrell, Washington, and Gregory Gartrell, Atlanta; and three grandchildren.
   McLendon Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Earl N. Hester
Fayetteville
   Earl N. Hester, age 69, of Fayetteville, Ga., died at home July 20, 1998, after a long illness.
   He was the youngest son of eight children born to Elmo C. Hester Sr. and Frances L. Miller of Cuthbert, Ga. Mr. Hester left home to attend the University of Georgia at 16, but kept the dawn-to-dusk work habits of his family's farm. For the past 10 years, he grew thousands of specialty azaleas and operated Peach State Growers Supply in Fayetteville. A past president of the Oconee Chapter of the Azalea Society of America, his idea of fun was repotting several hundred azalea cuttings before breakfast. For many years he worked as a salesman for and eventually became president of Jiffy Products of America, a commercial grower supply business based in West Chicago, Ill. That job took him on frequent trips throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and South America.
   Mr. Hester graduated from the University of Georgia with bachelor's and master's degrees in horticulture. He served in the U.S. Army's occupational forces in Korea in 1946 and 1947. He joined the Army Reserves (Armor) in Athens, Ga., eventually attaining the rank of major. He was called back to active duty in 1952 and completed Army Ranger training at Fort Benning, Ga.
   He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Dorothy Griffeth; two sons, Nolan of El Cerrito, California, and Neil of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Jean Hester of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Nelle Watters of Rome, Ga., and Myra Turnage of Blakely, Ga.; and numerous nieces nd nephews.
   The family will receive friends at Bernstein Funeral Home Thursday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. in Bernstein Funeral Home Chapel with Leonard Cobb officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Park.

Mable S. McCrary
Canon
   Mable Strickland McCrary, 89, of 1580 Airline-Goldmine Road died Monday, July 20, 1998.
   A native of Franklin County, Mrs. McCrary was a daughter of the late Allen "Oak" and Lelia Perrin Strickland and was the widow of Loray "Mac" McCrary. She was a retired agent for American Family Life Insurance Co., a retired registered nurse, a homemaker and a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Strickland Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
   Survivors include a son, Alan McCrary, Canon; a stepson, Ray McCrary, Gaithersburg, Md.; and two grandchildren.
   The family is at the residence and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jane F. Morrison
Athens
   Jane F. Morrison, 85, died Monday, July 20, 1998.
   A native of East Liverpool, Ohio, Mrs. Morrison was the widow of Nathan J. Morrison II.
   Private memorial services will be later in Maryland.
   Survivors include a daughter, Nancy L. Morrison, Athens; a son, N. Jackson Morrison III, Stone Mountain; a sister, Eleanor Stewart, Cudiz, Ohio; and three grandsons.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association Inc., 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, Ill. 60611-1676.
   Cremation Society of the South, Austell, is in charge of arrangements.

Lurline Nicholson
Commerce
   Lurline Wofford Nicholson, 80, of 684 S. Broad St. died Monday, July 20, 1998.
   A native of Banks County, Mrs. Nicholson was a daughter of the late Jim David and Laura Vester Haggard Wofford and was the widow of the late Ernest Lee Nicholson. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
   Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Luis Ortiz officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery. The body will be placed in the chapel at 9:30 a.m.
   Survivors include three sons, Ernest R. Nicholson, Commerce, Jimmy Nicholson, Franklin, Tenn., and Kenneth Nicholson, Tunnel Hill; two sisters, Syble Farmer, Atlanta, and Agnes Tolbert, Commerce; three brothers, Jessie Wofford, Atlanta, and John Wofford and Sterlin Wofford, both of Commerce; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Elmer Patrick
Greensboro
   Elmer Franklin Patrick, 78, of 1010 Stone Throw Road died Tuesday, July 21, 1998.
   A native of Greene County, Mr. Patrick was a son of the late Mary Evelyn Satterfield and Felix Samuel Patrick. He was a retired timber marker for the U.S. Forestry and a member of West End Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at McCommons Funeral Home with the Revs. Wayne Usry and John McMillian officiating. Burial was in Greenview Cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Maude Higdon Patrick; a daughter, Jerry Patrick Copelan, Madison; a son, Kenneth Patrick, Greensboro; a brother, Felix Julian Patrick, Plant City, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be William Poole, Allen Hill, Mark Higdon, Prince Parrish, Jimmy Burt and Curtis Whittaker.

S. Phillip Soroka
Athens
   S. Phillip "Phil" Soroka, 78, of 801 Riverhill Drive died Tuesday, July 21, 1998.
   Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Congregation Children of Israel with Rabbi Ronald D. Gerson officiating.
   Survivors include a niece, Bree Hayes, Athens; and a nephew, Richard Hayes, Athens.
   Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ezma Taylor
Toccoa
   Ezma Taylor, 85, of Georgia Highway 106 died Monday, July 20, 1998.
   A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Taylor was a daughter of the late John and Irene Hemphill Taylor and was the widow of J.C. Taylor. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Vickie J. Taylor, and a son, Dale Taylor. She was a homemaker and attended Sunshine Methodist Church and Toccoa Christian Church.
   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at Whitlock Mortuary with the Revs. Ryan Seawright and Dean Price officiating. Burial will be in Carnes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include two daughters, Joan T. Manley, Lavonia, and Kathy I. Taylor, Toccoa; a son, Larry Taylor, Canon; five sisters, Mary T. Smith, Sarah T. Moseley, Polly T. Seawright and Barbara T. Hallford, all of Toccoa, and Jo Ella T. Coker, Marietta; three brothers, C. Marvin Taylor, Bill Taylor and Jack Taylor, all of Toccoa; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
   The family is at the home of Richard and Krysti Westbrook, 2044 N. Fairview Road, Lavonia.

Irby H. Thompson
Immokalee, Fla.
   Irby H. Thompson, 79, died Sunday, July 19, 1998.
   A native of Greene County, Mr. Thompson was a son of the late Carrie Roland and Alex H. Thompson and was the widower of Sarah Eidson Thompson. He was an owner and operator of a jewelry store, past master of Madison Lodge 376 F&AM, past high priest of Rutledge Chapter 158 R.A.M., past illiustral master of Triangle Council 42 R&SM, past commander of Godfrey DeBouillon Commander Knight Temple, Cherokee Rose Priory 56 K.Y.C.H., 32 Degree Scottish Rite A&A and past patron of A.L. Sihah Shrine.
   Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Madison Baptist Church with the Revs. Jim Ross and David Lemons officiating. Burial will be in Madison City Cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 9:30 a.m.
   Survivors include a daughter, Claudia Thompson Giddens, Immokalee, Fla.; two sons, Jimmy Thompson, Lafayette, and Howard Thompson, Madison; a sister, Willie Lou Poss, Greensboro; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
   Pallbearers will be Quinton Hadden, Terrell Saffold, Tom Riden, Marvin Bone, W.C. Sidwell and Walter Stone.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at Simmons Funeral Home, Madison.

Annie Wages
Athens
   Annie Hollis Wages, 87, of 139 Alps Road died Tuesday, July 21, 1998.
   A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Wages was a daughter of the late George Washington and Odessa Collier Hollis. She owned and operated Wages Grocery, Henderson Extension, for 30 years and was a member of St. James United Methodist Church.
   Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Grady Wigley officiating.
   Survivors include a daughter, Sara Wages Arnold, Athens; a granddaughter, Anita Woodruff, Athens; two grandsons, Bucky Woodruff and Matt Woodruff, both of Athens; and nieces and nephews.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at Bernstein Funeral Home.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Roy Lumpkin
Atlanta
   Roy DeLeon "Lynn" Lumpkin, formerly of Woodville, died Sunday, July 19, 1998.
   Watts Funeral Home, Union Point, will announce arrangements.


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