Miscellaneous Clarke County, Georgia Obituaries

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Samuel Aker Jr.
Jefferson
   Samuel Jones Aker Jr., 66, of 300 Akers Road died Friday, Aug. 28, 1998.
   A native of Jackson County, Mr. Aker was a son of the late Josie Colbert Aker and Samuel Jones Aker Sr. He attended Ivory Tech in Fort Wayne, Ind., and was a member of Sardis Presbyterian Church and Union Baptist Church, Fort Wayne. He was retired from Rae Magnet Wire Inc.
   Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Sardis Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ralph J. Aker officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
   Survivors include his wife, Margaret Williams Aker; a sister, Roewna Brownlee, Fort Wayne; four brothers, George C. Aker and Donald Aker, both of Jefferson, Leroy Aker, Madison and the Rev. Ralph J. Aker, Orlando, Fla.
   Mason Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.

Sallie Mae Bates
Atlanta
   Sallie Mae Bates, 90, died Friday, Aug. 28, 1998.
   A native of Wilkes County, Ms. Bates was a daughter of the late John and Mollie Bates. She was a retired nurse and a member of Pompeys Chapel Baptist Church.
   Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pompeys Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. W.R. Ferrell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
   Survivors include nieces and nephews.
   Davenport-McLendon Mortuary, Washington, is in charge of arrangements.

William Jessup Jr.
Homer
   William Brooks Jessup Jr., 28, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998.
   A native of Dodge County, Mr. Jessup was a son of Faye S. Jessup, Eastman, and Brooks Jessup, St. Simons Island. He was employed by Rockwell International Manufacturing Co., Bogart, and was a member of Eastman First United Methodist Church.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Eastman First UMC with the Revs. Byron Scott and John Bargeron officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, April Brady Jessup, and a brother, Lee Jessup, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eastman First United Methodist Church or the Athens Area Humane Society.
   Horne Funeral Home, Eastman, is in charge of arrangements.

Herbert Rich
Baldwin
   Herbert Hoover Rich, 78, of 227 Meister Road died Monday, Aug. 31, 1998.
   A native of Stephens County, Mr. Rich was a son of the late Benjamin and Gertrude Keith Rich. An Army veteran of World War II and a former prisoner of war, Mr. Rich was retired after 33 years at Schnadig Corporation and a member of Grant Reeves Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7720 and Baldwin Church of God.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Baldwin Church of God with the Revs. Ken Coomer and Johnny Willis officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Hazel Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with services conducted by the honor guard from Grant Reeves VFW Post 7720.
   Survivors are his daughters, Brenda Meister, Alto, and Ann Alexander and Shirley Weston, both of Baldwin; two sons, Melvin Rich, Cleveland, and Dwayne Rich, Eastanollee; two sisters, Amelia Spurr, Hayesville, N.C., and Roxabelle Sartin, Greenwood, S.C.; four brothers, Robert Rich, LaGrange, Ben Rich, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Charles Rich, Cornelia, and George Rich, Union City; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
   The family will receive friends 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Whitfield Funeral Home.

Eddie Russ
Toccoa
   Edward "Eddie" Ronald Russ Jr., 30, of 9363 Sherwood St. died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998.
   A native of Hershey, Pa., Mr. Russ was a son of Christine Stamey Super, Toccoa, and Edward R. Russ Sr., Clarkton, N.C. He was self-employed in construction.
   Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Acree-Davis Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Moon officiating. Burial will be in Stephens Memorial Gardens.
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Tamara Mills Russ; a son, Matthew Dalton Russ, Toccoa; and three grandparents, Bonnie Stamey, Toccoa, and Richard and Lou Alice Mills, Monroe.
    The family is at the home of Bonnie Stamey, 485 Swift St., and will receive friends 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charles 'Smitty' Smith
Comer
   Charles Edward "Smitty" Smith, 67, of 1223 Davids Home Church Road died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998.
   A native of Madison County, Mr. Smith was a son of the late James Hewett and Willie Mae Brooks Smith. He was an Army veteran and had attended Harvest Church.
   Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harvest Church with the Rev. Curtis Parker officiating. Burial will be in Davids Home Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hagans Smith; three sons, Danny Ray Smith, Yancyville, N.C., Ranny Jay Smith, Port Richey, Fla., and Russell Lee Smith, Kennesaw; three sisters, Teresa Smith Wallace and Lori Januchowski, both of Comer, and Guynell Smith Wright, Kannapolis, N.C.; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
   The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. today at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 545 Research Drive, Suite B, Athens, Ga. 30605.

Minnie B. Thomas
Athens
   Minnie B. Thomas of Bethel Homes and Fairview Street died Friday, Aug. 28, 1998.
   A native of Putnam County, Mrs. Thomas was a daughter of the late Tom and Exodus Bogin.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Green Wood Baptist Church, Shadydale, with the Rev. Willie F. Norwood officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
   Survivors include a grandson, Danny Thomas, Buffalo, N.Y.; and a cousin, Lucy Mae Williams, Athens.
   The family is at the home of Lucy Mae Williams, 150 Fairview St.
   Winfrey's Mutual Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James L. Thomason
Toccoa
   James Leslie Thomason, 85, of Queen Street died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998.
   A native of Lakemont, Mr. Thomas was a son of the late Marion and Ila Sloan Thomason. He was twice married, first to the late Helen LaPrade Thomason. He was retired after 35 years from WABCO and was a Baptist.
   Services were Monday at Acree-Davis Funeral Home with the Rev. Lorene Thomason officiating. Burial was in Stephens Memorial Gardens.
   Survivors include his former wife, Lyle Deaton Thomason Moore, Toccoa; two daughters, Lisa Hall, Demorest, and Lauris Gunn, Toccoa; four sons, Bobby Thomason, Calvin Thomason, Douglas Thomason and Stevie Thomason, all of Toccoa; three sisters, Annie Mae Meeks, Demorest, Helen King, Cornelia, and Blanche Tavender, Charleston, S.C.; four brothers, Charles Thomason, Columbus, Grady Thomason, Snellville, Bill Thomason, Mount Airy, and Rhoda Thomason, Shreveport, La.; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
   The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Thomason, Mountain View Road.

Lillie P. Watson
Easley, S.C.
   Lillie Phillips Owens Watson, 95, of 118 Philbert Road died Saturday, Aug. 29, 1998.
   A native of Banks County, Mrs. Watson was a daughter of the late Etta Murray Phillips McCoy and Jim H. Phillips. She was twice married, first to the late Joe Owens, second to the late Samuel Lee Watson Sr.
   She was a care giver, a member of Siloam Baptist Church and an inactive member of the Mothers Sunday School Class.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home with D.L. Bundrick and the Rev. Wyndole Sullivan officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
   Survivors include a daughter, Edna McClure; five stepdaughters, Ruth Phillips, Athens, Henrietta Kinney, Kannapolis, N.C., Montie Johnson, Cumming, Dossie Adams, Ila, and Blanche Fowler, Comer; a stepson, Lee Watson Jr., Danielsville; a brother, F.P. Phillips, Gainesville; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, 20 stepgrandchildren, 23 stepgreat-grandchildren and 16 stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
   The family is at the residence and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Calhoun
Athens
   Elizabeth Calhoun of 195 Sir Scott Road died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998.
   Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Neil Butts
Athens
   Clarence Neil Butts, 75, of 690 Edwards Drive died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998.
   A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Butts was a son of the late Clarence and Lucille Carithers Butts. He was a veteran of the National Guard and retired from New Way Dry Cleaners.
   Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. Bill Ricketts officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park.
   Survivors include two daughters, Marty Andrews, Flowery Branch, and Chris Bauman, Atlanta; a sister, Betty Jane Brake, Marietta; two grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Alijah Fleeman
Royston
   Alijah Sabel Fleeman, 16-month-old son of James W. and Teresa Dowell Fleeman of 658 Joe Finley Road, Royston, died Monday, Aug. 31, 1998.
   Alijah was born in Franklin County.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Strickland Funeral Home with the Revs. Jack Finley and Ray Black officiating. Burial will be in Milltown Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include three brothers, Aubrey Fleeman, Austin Fleeman and Michael Fleeman, all of Royston; five grandparents, Billy and Brenda Dowell, Hartwell, and Betty Stone and J.W. and Christy Fleeman, all of Royston; and five great-grandparents, Lee Ervin and Juanita Dowell, Lavonia, and Joe and Arnist Finley and Mae Fleeman, all of Royston.
   The family is at the home and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Mary Mabry
Canon
   Mary Hill Mabry, 75, of 310 Church St. died Monday, Aug. 31, 1998.
   A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Mabry was a daughter of the late William Matthew and Lucy Pearl Turman Hill and was the widow of Paul "Sad" Cohen Mabry. She was a beautician and a member of Canon United Methodist Church. She was the pianist for Old Canon Baptist Church and Canon UMC for many years.
   Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pruitte Funeral Home with the Revs. Merritt Waters, J.J. Chatham and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial will be in Oakview Cemetery.
   Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Mabry Ivester, Canon; and a brother, Raymond Hill, Duncan, S.C.
   Pallbearers will be Jerry Ivester, Bruce Mabry, the Rev. Eldon Massey, Jerry Hill, Hoke Hill Jr. and William O. Pruitt Jr.
   The family is at the residence.

Sarah 'Betty' Rhinehart
Lavonia
   Sarah Elizabeth "Betty" Rhinehart, 68, of 370 Bartson St. died Monday, Aug. 31, 1998.
   A native of Wilkes County, Mrs. Rhinehart was a daughter of the late Floyd and Sarah Gill Blackmon. She was a homemaker and preferred the Church of God faith.
   Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Hamby Funeral Home with the Rev. Willard R. Fitzpatrick officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Memorial Gardens North.
   Survivors include her husband, Hall Rhinehart; three sons, James Rhinehart and Ronald Rhinehart, both of Hartwell, and Timothy Rhinehart, Blackburg, S.C.; a brother, J.W. Blackmon, Toccoa; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   The family is at the residence.

Charles 'Smitty' Smith
Comer
   Charles Edward "Smitty" Smith, 67, of 1223 Davids Home Church Road died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998.
   A native of Madison County, Mr. Smith was a son of the late James Hewett and Willie Mae Brooks Smith. He was an Army veteran and had attended Harvest Church.
   Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Harvest Church with the Rev. Curtis Parker officiating. Burial will be in Davids Home Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hagans Smith; two daughters, Teresa Smith Wallace and Lori Januchowski, both of Comer; three sons, Danny Ray Smith, Yancyville, N.C., Ranny Jay Smith, Port Richey, Fla., and Russell Lee Smith, Kennesaw; a sister, Guynell Smith Wright, Kannapolis, N.C.; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
   The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. today at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 545 Research Drive, Suite B, Athens, Ga. 30605.

James Watson
Hull
   James Robert Watson, 64, of 2366 Planter Gunnell Road died Sunday, Aug. 30, 1998.
   A native of Madison County, Mr. Watson was a son of the late Alvin and Nellie Mae Bennett Watson. He was retired from a lumber company and of the Baptist faith.
   Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Bernstein Funeral Home with the Rev. Elmer Butler officiating. Burial will be in Union Baptist Church Cemetery, Neese.
   Survivors include his wife, Linda Aycock Watson; a daughter, Shirley Diane Toole, Winder; a son, Dwayne Watson, Winder; two sisters, Lois Fields, Athens, and Bobbie Jean Watson, Hull; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Marvin Furr
Athens
   Marvin James Furr, 47, of 582 Freeman Drive died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1998.
   Mack & Payne Funeral Home will announce arrangements.


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