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Ermel Morris Burgess

Mr. Ermel Morris Burgess, 66, of Ellijay, died Monday, September 17, 2001, in the Canton Nursing Home.

Mr. Burgess is survived by his mother, Lola Burgess, Cumming; sons, R.J. Burgess, J.C. Burgess, Clay Burgess, and Billy Burgess, all of Canton; daughters, Stella Morgan, Jasper, and Dorothy Riddle, Dacula; 13 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brother, Frank Burgess; and sisters, Bonnie Curtis, Garnalee Richards, Frankie Bagwell, and Christy Charles, all of Cumming.

Services will be Thursday, September 20, at the Arbor Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Jones and Rev. Charles Ray officiating.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Sosebee Funeral Home of Canton.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

James Leonard Chadwick

Mr. James Leonard Chadwick, 84, of Rackley Rd., Ellijay, died Sunday, September 16, 2001, in the Blue Ridge Health Care Center.

Mr. Chadwick was born April 16, 1917, in Gilmer County, the son of Wheeler and Elizabeth Parks Chadwick. He was a farmer, a member of the River Hill Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by his wife, Boneta Akins Chadwick.

He is survived by his son, Jackie E. Chadwick, Tennessee; daughters, Geraldine Reece, and Joyce Jones, both of Ellijay, Shirley Jones, Jasper, and Deborah Thurman, Blue Ridge; 17 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Nettie Mae Chadwick, Ellijay, and Ruth Lawson, Jasper.

Services were Wednesday, September 19, at 2 p.m. from the River Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Richards, Rev. Billy Cantrell, and Rev. Larry Stover officiating. Music was by Ruel Southern, Darrell Jones, and the church choir.

Pallbearers were Larry Reece, Lonnie Reece, Gary Chadwick, Jerry Chadwick, Billy Jones, Dean Jones, Justin Thurman, Eric Thurman, Chad Hood, and Jonathan Hood.

Honorary pallbearers were Mark Sanford, Ardell McClure, Willard Ralston, Price McClure, Ruel Southern, Eugene Anderson, Michael Mulkey, Billy Champion, Howard Parks, David Alred, Gus Stover, Earl Alred, Terry Nealey, Reed Page, and Euel Southern.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Delborah "Debbie" Kay Handy Fields

Mrs. Delborah "Debbie" Kay Handy Fields, 48, of Shady Acres Lane, Ellijay, formerly of Livingston, Tenn., died Thursday, September 13, 2001, from the St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

Mrs. Fields was the daughter of James Donald and Mildred Faye Winningham Handy, a graduate of Livingston Academy and Pickens Tech. department of cosmetology, and a member of the East Ellijay Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Steve Lee Fields; mother, Mildred Faye Winninghan Handy, Tennessee; sisters, Sharon Murphy and Sabra Wilson; brothers, James Lee Handy, Billy Ray Handy, Johnny Michael Handy, Gerald Brinte Handy, Gary Wayne Handy, Steve Allen Handy, and Tommy Handy, all of Tennessee.

Services were Saturday, September 15, at 11 a.m. from the First Baptist Church of Ellijay, with Rev. Steve Fields and Dr. Milton Perry officiating.

Interment and graveside services were in the Falling Springs Cemetery in Livingston, Tenn., under the direction of Speak Funeral Home of Livingston, Tenn.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Kenya Project, c/o East Ellijay Baptist Church, P.O. Box 387, East Ellijay, GA 30539.

Logan Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Fred Harness

Mr. Fred Harness, 83, of Alabama, died Wednesday, September 12, 2001, at the Scott County Hospital.

Mr. Harness was born July 4, 1918, in the Bull Creek Community, the son of Jasper Harness and Martha Lawson Smithers Harness. He was a member of the Bull Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Etta Mae Harness; children, Willis and Lodena Harness, Alabama, Oma and George Morgan, Dalton, Shelia and Rev. J.D. Wright, Tennessee, Dora and Bob Easley, Ellijay, Alma and Donald Newport, Floyd Harness, and Janie Webb, all of Dalton, and Devon and Paulletta Harness, Winona; 24 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Services were Friday, September 14, at 1 p.m. at the Bull Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Edmond Lowe and Rev. Carlie Duncan officiating. Music was by the Mason Family.

Interment followed in the Bull Creek Church Cemetery under the direction of Four Oaks Funeral Home in Huntsville, Alabama.

Harry Hartshorne

Mr. Harry Hartshorne, 84, of Columbus, and formerly of Ellijay, died Monday, September 17, 2001, at the Saint Frances Hospital in Columbus.

Services will be Friday, September 21, at 2 p.m., from Pleasant Grove Church.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Complete arrangements will be announced at a later date by Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Allegra Grant Miller

Mrs. Allegra Grant Miller, 43, of Pensacola, Fla., formerly of Ellijay, died Tuesday, September 4, 2001, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Mrs. Miller was the daughter of Rev. Carl B. Grant and Evelyn Davis Grant, employed by Penco Home Chef as a manager and assistant to the owner, and was a graduate of Gilmer County High School in 1975.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin Miller, Florida; sons, Jeremy Wishon and Alex Miller, both of Florida; father and stepmother, Rev. Carl B. and Jean Grant, Sr., Byron; sisters, and stepsister, Connie Griffin, North Carolina, Collette Fields, Indiana, and Maria Shelby, Madison; brother, Carl B. Grant Jr., Crawfordville.

Services were from the Faith Chapel Funeral Home in Pensacola, Fla., with Rev. Carl Sanders and Rev. Carl Grant officiating.

Interment was in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Pensacola, Fla.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Clyde Burton Ware

Mr. Clyde Burton Ware, 83, of Mineral Bluff, died Sunday, September 9, 2001, in the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.

Mr. Ware was born in Fannin County, the son of Thomas Jehau and Ida Cole Ware. He was retired from R.C.A. Rubber as a painter, and had served as jailer for the city of Blue Ridge. He was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, member of Mineral Bluff Lodge, past president of the United Rubber Worker's Local #8 in Akron, Ohio, and was a World War II veteran having served in the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ann Mitchell Ware; sons, Leonard Ware and Glenn Ware, both of Ohio, Carl Ware, Riverdale, Cleaston Ware and Tommy Ware, both of Mineral Bluff, Chuck Ware, Canton, and Rick Ware, Mineral Bluff; daughter, Brenda Scearce, Mineral Bluff; sisters, Myrtle Thomas, Mineral Bluff, Lelia Farmer, Blue Ridge, and Patricia Gray, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, September 12, at 2 p.m. from the Akins of Blue Ridge Chapel with Rev. Bob Waters and Rev. Robert Flowers officiating. Music was by Beth German, Jody Nicholson, and Ken Thomas.

Pallbearers were Terry Ware, Mitchell Ware, Brian Ware, Randy Ware, Mike Ware, and Matthew Patterson.

Honorary pallbearers were Red Ledford, Jacky Abercrombie, H.A. Rogers, Ronas Norton, Wayne Queen, Robert Green, and Tom Ware.

Interment was in the Copper Ridge Memory Garden with military honors by North Georgia Honor Guard and masonic rites by Mineral Bluff Lodge.

Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of arrangements.
 

From the September 27, 2001 issue
Times-Courier

Mrs. Emma Lee Bennett Arp

Mrs. Emma Lee Bennett Arp, mother of former school superintendant Ben Arp, died Tuesday, September 18, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta. She was 83.

Mrs. Arp was the daughter of August Raught and Etta Lou Pence Bennett and was born in Gilmer County, July 29, 1918. She was married to the late Earl Wade Arp, Sr., in 1939 and they established their home in Fannin County.

She taught in one-room schools in Gilmer County, including Flat Branch and Pleasant Grove, prior to her marriage. She was active in the Fannin County School System as a substitute teacher and with the parent-teacher association. A member of Epworth United Methodist Church, she was active in her church and the community until her death.

She is survived by her sons, Earl Wade Arp, Jr., of Georgetown, Ky., Bennett "Ben" Arp of East Ellijay, and Joe Arp of Watkinsville; sister, Mrs. Ruth Huff, Ellijay; brother, August R. Bennett, Jr., Dalton; grandchildren, Earl Wade Arp, III, Erik William Arp, Allison Leigh Arp, Jeb Stuart Arp and Anna Catherine Arp.

Services were Thursday, September 20, at 4 p.m. from the Epworth United Methodist Church with Rev. Wes Privett, Rev. John Purrington and Rev. Wade Arp III officiating. A eulogy was given by Ben Arp with music by Mrs. Lois Jones, Mrs. Julia H. Burnett and Mr. Doug Simonds.

Pallbearers were William Turner, Mike Ballew, Kenny Queen, Erik Arp, Jeb Arp and William Cochran. Interment followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Finch Cochran Funeral Home of McCaysville.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Epworth United Methodist Church Cemetery fund, P.O. Box 163, Epworth, GA 30541.

Mrs. Ruby Lee Logan Ballew

Mrs. Ruby Lee Logan Ballew, 87, of Old Tails Creek Road, Ellijay, died Monday, September 17, 2001, in the Mountain View Estates Home Care.

Mrs. Ballew was born January 26, 1914, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Johnny William Logan and Mary Asalee Davis Logan. She was the widow of Glen Ballew, was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and was employed as a binder in the printing industry.

She is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law, Cleo L. and Jim Sellers, and Charlotte L. Davis, all of Ellijay, and Janet L. Rowland, Atlanta; special friends, Calvin and Charlotte Castelle, Chatsworth.

Services were Thursday, September 20, at 2 p.m. from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Edmund Miller and Rev. Joe Wayne Beal officiating. Music was by Doug Simonds.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Evans, Danny Logan, Doug Griffin, Johnny Logan, Mack Logan, Ted Loftin, Kelly Frady, and Sam Logan.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Ms. Mitzi Lynn Bodiford

Ms. Mitzi Lynn Bodiford, 56, of New Hope Road, Ellijay, died Saturday, September 22, 2001, from a long battle with cancer.

Ms. Bodiford was born in Butler, Ala., the daughter of Harvey Jourdaine and Mary Lucille Bennett Bodiford. She was a graduate of the Lajes High School in Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal, attended the Georgia State University and completed her graduate degree from Kennesaw State University. Living in Ellijay for the last 14 years, she was employed by the Blue Ridge Carpet Mills of Ellijay.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Brian Wesley and Kelly Elliott Wills, Atlanta; grandson, Alexander Wesley Wills, Atlanta; and sister, Beth Bodiford Deeb, Ellijay.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 27, at 4 p.m. from the chapel of Logan Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Gilmer County Bank, P.O. Box G, Ellijay, GA 30540; or Wellstar Community Hospice, 4040 Hospital West Drive, Austell, GA 30106, in memory of Mitzi L. Bodiford.

Logan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ruby Evans

Mrs. Ruby Evans, 88, of Cumming, died Saturday, September 22, 2001.

Mrs. Evans is survived by her son, Kenneth Evans, Texas; two grandchildren; one great grandchild; sisters, Eunice Medlin and Mildred Garland, both of Ellijay; and brother, Dewey Medlin, Alabama.

Graveside services were Tuesday, September 25, in the Pine Grove Church of Christ Cemetery in Fairmount, with Dewey Medlin officiating.

Ingram Funeral Home of Cumming was in charge of arrangements.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Harry W. Hartshorn

Mr. Harry W. Hartshorn, 80, of Valley Drive, Ellijay and Moon Rd., Columbus, died Monday, September 17, 2001, in Columbus, Ga.

Mr. Hartshorn was born September 12, 1921, in Hannibal, Mo. He was a retired service engineer, veteran, mason and member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lona W. Hartshorn; children, Steve and Lynn Hartshorn, California, Barbara and Tommy Bloodworth, Alabama, and Deborah and Mack Shockley, Duluth; eight grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Services were Friday, September 21, at 2 p.m. from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Ellijay, with Rev. Mark Kelly officiating. Eulogy by Gene Crawford, and music was by Doug Simonds.

Pallbearers were Jon Hartshorn, Robert Trail, Robert Thompson, Dale Bloodworth, Scott Bloodworth and Jeff McDaniel.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Pleasant Grove Senior Men's Sunday School class.

Interment was in the church cemetery with graveside rities by North Georgia Honor Guard.

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Donnie Lee Pritchett

Mr. Charles Donnie Lee Pritchett, 49, of Mt. Zion Rd., Ellijay, died Monday, September 24, 2001, in the Erlanger Hospital following injuries received in an automobile accident.

Mr. Pritchett was born March 9, 1952, in Cherokee County, the son of Dallas and Wilma Teem Pritchett. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Marines, and was a member of Harvest Missionary Church.

He is survived by his son, Donnie Lee Pritchett, Jr., Ellijay; daughter, Rene Evans, Ellijay; grandson, William Evans, Ellijay; sisters, Bobbie Burgess, Ellijay, Ann Burton, Florida, Joan King, Canton and Sue Caylor, Dalton.

Services were Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at 2 p.m. from the Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Arthur Lee Croft and Rev. Glen Arnold officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Edwin Caylor, Ed Burgess, Roy Burton, Lamar King, Eric McCaulay, and Greg King.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Estelle Smith Teem

Mrs. Estelle Smith Teem, 62, of Hwy. 136, Talking Rock, died Saturday, September 22, 2001, at her home.

Mrs. Teem was born June 12, 1939, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Howard and Clara Belle Keener Smith. She was the widow of Joe Teem, a member of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and employed by Gold Kist.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Brenda Teem, Talking Rock; daughter and son-in-law, Nickey and Jeff Newton, Ellijay; sisters, Floy Henderson, Jasper, and Wilma Lee Chastain, Ellijay; brothers, Marvin Smith and C.L. Smith, both of Talking Rock; and four grandchildren.

Services were Monday, September 24, at 2 p.m. from the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, with Rev. Wallace Parks, Rev. Carl Owenby and Rev. Glen Arnold officiating. Music was by the church choir, the Four Mile Creek Singers and Rhonda Davis.

Pallbearers were Randy Banks, Bryson Smith, Eric Smith, Robbie Quinton, Ricky Holmes, and Gary Dale.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Elizabeth Lees Babcock

Mrs. Elizabeth Lees Babcock, 71, of Bradenton, Fla., died Monday, September 24, 2001, at Westminster Asbury Towers.

Mrs. Babcock was born in Raymond, Ill., was a member of Sunshine Pioneers Association; League of Women Voters, the United Methodist Women, Oneco United Methodist Church of Bradenton, and Ellijay First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Diane E. Bensen, Florida, and Patricia A. McCallum, Vidalia; sons, Robert W. Graham, Florida, and Michael K. Graham, Texas; stepsons, Gary Babcock, Texas, Scott Babcock, Florida, John Babcock, Oklahoma and Mike Babcock, New Hampshire; 13 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Memorial services were Thursday, September 27, at 5:30 p.m. from the Oneco United Methodist Church in Bradenton with Rev. Robert Green officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Ellijay First United Methodist Church.

Brown & Sons Cremation Service was in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Juanita Johnson Gilbert

Ms. Juanita Johnson Gilbert, 69, of Calhoun, died Tuesday, September 25, 2001, at her residence, following several months of declining health.

Ms. Gilbert was born in Jackson, Ky., December 12, 1931, the daughter of Scott Johnson and Mary Smith Johnson, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by her sister, Ethel M. Miller, Calhoun, and brother, Clinton Johnson, Florida.

Services were Friday, September 28, at 2 p.m. from the True Believer in Jesus Name Church with Rev. Shade Miller Jr., officiating.

Interment followed in the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Cemetery at Red Bud under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home of Calhoun.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ruth Wright McClure

Mrs. Ruth Wright McClure, 78, of Parker Road, Ellijay, died Tuesday, October 2, 2001, at her home.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Alvino Puac Perez

Mr. Alvino Puac Perez, 21, of Town Home Dr., Ellijay, died Saturday, September 29, 2001, following injuries received in an automobile accident.

Mr. Perez was born May 27, 1979, in Guatemala, the son of Emilio Puac Ambrosio and Maria Adilia Perez Diaz. He was employed by Gold Kist.

He is survived by his parents, Emilio Puac Ambrosio and Maria Adilia Perez Diaz, Ellijay; and brother, Emilio Samuel Perez, Ellijay; several cousins also survive.

Services were Wednesday, October 3, at 6 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Alberto Salazar officiating. Interment will be in Aldea Ixcamiche, Guatamala.

Bernhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Master Kurtis Lestat Ross

Master Kurtis Lestat Ross, 4, of Adairsville, died Wednesday, September 26, 2001.

He is survived by his parents, Heather Marie and Melvin Sean Ross; maternal grandmother, Kim Bates, Acworth; maternal grandfather, Nathan Burgess, Jasper; paternal grandparents, Melvin H. Jr. and Sandra Jean Ross, Acworth; maternal great grandparents, Jack and Bennie Miller, Atlanta; paternal great grandparents, Melvin H. Sr. and Janice Ross, Rome; paternal great grandfather, Leonard Heaton, Acworth; maternal great grandparents, Ralph and Frances Burgess, Ellijay, maternal great-great grandmother, Lela Miller, Ellijay.

Services were Friday, September 28, at Collins Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robbye Jarrell officiating.

Interment was in the Liberty Hill Cemetery in Acworth under the direction of Collins Funeral Home of Acworth.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Charles L. Weaver

Mr. Charles L. Weaver, 70, of Athens, Tenn., formerly of Ellijay, died Friday, September 28, 2001, in the Athens Community Hospital in Tennessee.

Mr. Weaver was born September 21, 1931, in Cherokee County, the son of Lawrence and Bonnie Jones Weaver. He was a brick mason and of the Pentecostal faith.

He is survived by his wife, Rethel Jones; children, Charlece Stanley, East Ellijay, Charles Allen Weaver, Sheri Weaver, Bonnie Roberts, and Richard Weaver, all of Ellijay, Linda Smith, Blue Ridge, and Clinton Weaver, Cartersville; stepchildren, James Samuel Jones, Connie Blocker, Cheryl Davis, and Hollie McGaha, all of Ellijay, Gary Jones, Tennessee, and Kathy Hicks, Monroe; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; sisters, Pauline Dobbins, and Ammer Percel, both of Canton.

Services were Sunday, September 30, at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Glen Arnold officiating. Music was by Bobby and Norma Lowery, Danny Chastain, Eddy Alred, Jerry Martin and Celeste McGhee.

Pallbearers were Bo Stanley, Jr., David Weaver, Jason Jones, Kelly Lathery, Chris Colwell, and John Sears.

Interment was in the Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Maude Wikle Wishon

Mrs. Maude Wikle Wishon, 92, of Asheboro, N.C., formerly of Ellijay, died Tuesday, September 25, 2001, at Asheboro Health & Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Wishon was the daughter of John and Betty Jones Wikle, and the widow of G.L. (Gola) Wishon, with whom she operated Wishon's Red & White Supermarket in Ellijay. A resident of Ellijay for over 50 years, she was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Willett, North Carolina; son, Hoyt Wishon, Conyers; sister, Margie Bingham, North Carolina; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Services were Friday, September 28, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Edmund Miller officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Mark Wishon, Dan Wishon, Keith Wishon, Bill Willett, Mark Willett, and Billy Dills.

Interment was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.
 

From the October 11 2001 issue
Times-Courier

Mrs. Bertha Howell Gibson

Mrs. Bertha Howell Gibson, 80, of Cohutta, died Thursday, October 4, 2001, at the Chatsworth Health Care Center.

Mrs. Gibson was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Gibson.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Burton Lane, Quitman, Joyce and Kenneth Combs, and Carolyn and Henry Beaty, all of Tennessee, Sylvia and Mel Sane, and Beverly and Earl Burnette, all of Cohutta; sons, William Gibson, Dalton and Steve Gibson, Illinois; brother, Fred Howell, New York; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren.

Services were Sunday, October 7, at 3 p.m. from the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Johnson officiating.

Pallbearers were Brian Young, Barry Young, Alan Combs, Jake Sane, Mitchell Burnette, and Michael Burnette.

Interment was in the Sugar Creek Cemetery in Bradley County.

Julian Peeples Funeral Home of Dalton was in charge of arrangements.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Dr. James P. Langston

Dr. James P. Langston, 83, of Cornett Drive, Ellijay, died Friday, October 5, 2001, at his home.

Dr. Langston was born March 16, 1918, in Mississippi, the son of Dewitt and Ina Mae Andrews Langston. He was a dentist, a veteran having served with the U.S. Navy, and member of the First Baptist Church of Bogalusa, La.

He is survived by his daughters, Debbie Lestelle, Ellijay, Anne Raborn and Julie Hufft, both of Louisiana; brother, Harold Langston, Mississippi; and three grandchildren.

Services were Monday, October 8, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of the Brown McGehee Funeral Home in Bogalusa, La., with Rev. Bob Adams officiating.

Interment was in the Hillview Memorial Gardens in Bogalusa.

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Ruth Wright McClure

Mrs. Ruth Wright McClure, 78, of Parker Rd., Ellijay, died Tuesday, October 2, 2001, at her home.

Mrs. McClure was born April 15, 1923, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Eliza and Bessie Smith Wright. She worked at Robertshaw, was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, and was the widow of Paul McClure.

She is survived by her sons, Harry McClure, and Rodney McClure, both of Tennessee, Randy McClure, Ellijay, Danny McClure and Jackie McClure, both of Jasper; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Services were Thursday, October 4, at 2 p.m. from the Ebenezer Baptist Church with Rev. Junior Waddell officiating. Music was by the church choir.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

James Lee Peeler

Mr. James Lee Peeler, 59, of Penland Street, Ellijay, died Wednesday, October 3, 2001, at his home.

Mr. Peeler was born July 1, 1942, in Englewood, Tenn., the son of Jake Zimerman and Addie Viola Peeler. He was a member of Allens Assembly of God, a veteran having served with the U.S. Army, and was a line worker in manufacturing.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Steve Handy, Tennessee, Stephanie Peeler, Blue Ridge, and Lisa and Bradley Grizzle, Ellijay; son and daughter-in-law, James Edward and Samantha Peeler, Ellijay; and five grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, October 6, at Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Fields officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Curtis Pinson, Anthony Gaddis, Lee Knight, Greg Young, Keith Mathis, and Richard Homelfarb.

Interment was in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Fonzo B. Williams

Mr. Fonzo B. Williams, 82, of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Ellijay, died Friday, October 5, 2001, in Tacoma.

Mr. Williams served honorably in the U.S. Air Force from 1940 to 1970.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara Williams; sons, Scott Williams, Randy Williams and Barney Williams; six grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and brothers, Jay Williams and Russell Williams.

Memorial services were Wednesday, October 10, at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist Church of Lakewood.

Interment was in the Tahoma National Cemetery under the direction of the Mt. View Funeral Home.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.


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