Miscellaneous Gilmer County, Georgia Obituaries
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Robert C. Bates

Mr. Robert C. Bates, 82, of Riverbend Circle, Ellijay, died Friday, October 12, 2001, in the Gilmer Nursing Home. 

Mr. Bates was born August 12, 1919, in Hamburg, Ark., the son of Jesse and Martha Shering Bates. He was a farmer, a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church and a veteran. 

He is survived by his wife, Wynette West Bates; son, Arnold Bates, Ellijay; daughter, Martha Stover, Ellijay; sister, Lois Vail, Kansas; six grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. 

Services were Monday, October 15, at 11 a.m. from the Oak Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Allan Cain, Rev. Scott Chastain and Rev. Alan Ralston officiating. Music was by Sharon Shoen, Sara Cantrell and the church choir. 

Pallbearers were Alan Ralston, Curtis Stover, Doug Pritchett, Shane Chastain, Michael Cantrell, and Randall West. 

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

Mrs. Mary Ruth Collie 

Mrs. Mary Ruth Collie, 74, of Scoot Rd., Marietta, died Monday, October 15, 2001, at her home. 

Mrs. Collie was born June 28, 1927, in Milford County, the daughter of Will Jones and Ollie Davis Jones. She was a retired school bus driver for Cobb County, a homemaker, office manager and member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Homer Collie; sisters, Nannie Mae Chadwick, Chatsworth, Eloise Bullock, North Carolina, and Billie Sue Stedman and Kathleen Eubanks, both of Marietta. 

Services will be Thursday, October 18, at 2 p.m. from the Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Chadwick, Rev. Jim Childers, Rev. Eugene Childers, and Rev. Larry Phillips officiating. Music will be by the church choir and Sara Cantrell. 

Pallbearers will be Zackery Childers, Clifford Collie, J.C. Chadwick, Allan Cain, Wade Brooks, and Robby Chastain. 

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

William Quay Fowler 

Mr. William Quay Fowler, 78, of Dalton, died Saturday, October 13, 2001, in the Hamilton Medical Center. 

Mr. Fowler was preceded in death by his first wife, Geneva Crump Fowler. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Robinson Fowler; daughters, Joan Quarles, Dalton, Darlene Fowler, Tennessee, and Lacresia Smith, Resaca; son, David Smith, Dalton; brother, Ernest Fowler, SouthCarolina; and five grandchildren. 

Services were Tuesday, October 16, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of the Love Funeral Home of Dalton with Rev. Mark Atkins, Rev. Charles Williams and Rev. Timothy Parker officiating. 

Interment followed in the Harmony Grove Cemetery under the direction Love Funeral Home of Dalton. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dalton Shrine Club Burn Unit, P.O. Box 405, Dalton, GA 30722-0405. 

Mrs. Gladys Painter Henson 

Mrs. Gladys Painter Henson, 80, of Fowler Street, East Ellijay, died Saturday, October 13, 2001, in the Mountainside Medical Center. 

Mrs. Henson was born April 18, 1921, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Lee and Bessie Pritchett Painter. She was the widow of Charles Henson, a textile worker, homemaker, and member of the Turniptown Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Bessie Henson, and Johnny and Lana Henson all of Ellijay; brother, Lewis Painter, Ellijay; two granddaughters; three stepgrandchildren; and four step great grandchildren. 

Services were Monday, October 15, at 3 p.m. from the Turniptown Baptist Church with Rev. Ervin Smith, Rev. Russell Hood, and Rev. Jerry Hughes officiating. Music was by the church choir. 

Pallbearers were Phillip Henson, Tim Mosley, Jonathan Mosley, Joe Painter, Claude Painter and J.L. Painter. 

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

Walter Peter Holl 

Mr. Walter Peter Holl, 93, of Dover's Chapel Road, Ellijay, died Wednesday, October 10, 2001. 

Mr. Holl is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Sam Grezon, Wisconsin, and Elaine J. Jordon and Tony Blanton, Ellijay; son and daughter-in law, Robert and Kay Hall, Michigan; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one great grandchild. 

Private family services were Saturday, October 13, at 11 a.m. at the home of Elaine J. Jordon. 

Logan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

James Quentin Stevens 

Mr. James Quentin Stevens, 77, of Dayton, Ohio, died Saturday, October 13, 2001, at Maria Joseph Living Care Center in Trotwood. Mr. Stevens was born June 9, 1924, in Ellijay, the son of Andrew and Ila (Parks) Stephens. He worked for many years in the Dayton area in furniture sales, and was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. 

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Wynette Stevens, Good Hope; brothers, Edward Stephens, Jasper, A.E. Stephens, Blairsville, Charles Stephens, Ernest Stephens, Jasper Stephens and Dr. Larry Stephens, all of Ellijay; sister, Winnie Gibson, Ellijay; two grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. 

Graveside funeral services were Tuesday, October 16, at 11:30 a.m. from the Dayton National Cemetery under the direction of Walter-Getts Funeral Home. 

Ms. Joann Lee Tiesler 

Ms. Joann Lee Tiesler, 30, of Little Bushyhead Road, Cherry Log, died Sunday, October 7, 2001, after being accosted at her residence. 

Ms. Tiesler was employed as a nurse practitioner at Mountain Medical in Ellijay and in Blue Ridge. 

She is survived by her mother, Janie Wells, Tennessee; father, Tom (Jancy) Tiesler, Tennessee; brother and sister-in-law, Cayce and Beth Tiesler, Tennessee; nephews, Kyle Tiesler and Patrick Tiesler; grandfather, Ed Maxcy, Tennessee; and fiance, Larry Flowers, Rome. 

Services were Friday, October 12, at 2 p.m. at the Harpeth Hills Funeral Home in Nashville, Tenn., with Bedford and Melissa Combs officiating. 

Interment followed in the Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens in Nashville, under the direction of Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. 

Memorial services were Monday, October 15, at 3 p.m. from the Cherry Log Christian Church with Rev. Rebecca Heller officiating. 

Logan Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joann Tiesler Memorial Fund, C/O Mountain Medical, 722 Maddox Drive, Suite 112, East Ellijay, GA 30539. 

David James "J.D." Perry

Mr. David James "J.D." Perry, 77, of Jasper, died Saturday, October 27, 2001, in the Mountainside Medical Center. 

Mr. Perry was born June 11, 1924, in Cartersville, the son of Tom Perry and Ila Clark. He was a textile supervisor, member of the Talking Rock Baptist Church and a veteran having served in the Battle of Burge with the U.S. Army in World War II. 

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Pearl Cain Perry; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Keith Stevens, North Carolina; sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Dale Perry, Carrollton, Michael and Kathryn Perry, Jasper, Ricky and Marsha Perry, Smyrna, and Roger Perry, Jasper; 13 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Louise Crowe, Jasper, Ann and Frank Labrosciano, Pennsylvania, Dean Raven, Smyrna, and Addie Mae and Frank Medlin, Jasper; six half sisters; and three half brothers. 

Services were Wednesday, October 31, at 1 p.m. from the Talking Rock Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Kelly and Rev. Bernard Weaver officiating. Music was by Anthony Cain and Sherry Kiser. 

Pallbearers were Johnny Perry, Sr., Michael Perry, Ricky Perry, Rocky Perry, Matthew Perry, and Russell Stevens. 

Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Perry, Jr., Kaley Stevens, and Mikie Perry. 

Interment was in the Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery in Marietta. 

Logan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Alfred E. (Buddy) Gray 

Mr. Alfred E. (Buddy) Gray, 67, of Ellijay, died Friday, October 26, 2001, at his home. 

Mr. Gray was born June 26, 1934, in Richmond, the son of Alfred and Sally Like Gray. He worked for Western Union, was an electrician, worked with computers, an EMT, volunteer for Civil Defense, scuba diver, and a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. 

Mr. Gray is survived by his wife, Patricia Jones Gray; son, Thomas Gray, Appling; daughters, Belinda Krueger, Augusta, Doris Hall, Leesburg, Rose Mary Neal, Harlem, and Lori Lawrence, Florida; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. 

Services were Monday, October 29, at 2 p.m. from the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Kelly officiating. Music was by Loy Jarrett and the church choir. 

Pallbearers were W.C. Loudermilk, James Loudermilk, Burl Parks, Jerry Lester, Paul Wilson, Bill Lee, Ralph Morris, and J.T. Lutrell. Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home. 

Cecil Newton 

Mr. Cecil Newton, 72, of Dalton, died Saturday, October 27, 2001, at the Hamilton Medical Center. 

Mr. Newton is survived by one daughter and friend, Janice and Steve Ballew, Dalton; granddaughter, Stephenie Ballew, Dalton; grandson, Gabriel Garner, Dalton; sisters, Kelsie Burgess, Canton, Frances Todd and Ethel Henderson, both of Ellijay; brothers, Grady Newton, Dalton, and Winston Newton, Ellijay. 

Services were Monday, October 29, at 2 p.m. from the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home. 

Interment was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Gilmer County. 

Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Pleasant Grove Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Reba Lucinda Rackley Fowler 

Mrs. Reba Lucinda Rackley Fowler, 89, of Marietta, died Thursday, October 25, 2001, in Marietta following a lengthy illness. 

Mrs. Fowler was born May 24, 1912, in Gilmer County, the daughter of James Lester Rackley and Martha Minerva "Mattie" Reece Rackley. She was a homemaker and member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Ellijay, and was preceded in death by her husband, William Harrison Fowler. 

She is survived by her daughter, Alice Faye Bates, Marietta; sister, Jewel Simmons, Rome; sister-in-law, Margaret Fowler, Rome; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. 

Services were Sunday, October 28, at 2 p.m. from the chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home with her nephews, Brother Terry Simmons and Rev. Steve Alred officiating. 

Pallbearers were Charles Caldwell, Terry Nealy, Danny Morrison, Wendell Rhodes, Jimmy Holmes, David Alred, and Phillip Alred. 

Honorary pallbearers were Leon Caldwell, Arnold Fowler, Robert Eubanks, and Earl Alred. 

Interment followed in the family lot in Oaknoll Memorial Gardens under the direction of Henderson & Sons Funeral Home. 

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Laura Brown Landrum 

Mrs. Laura Brown Landrum, 90, wife of the late Congressman Phil M. Landrum, died Monday, October 22, 2001, at the Mountainside Medical Center. 

Mrs. Landrum was born August 24, 1911, in Dewy Rose, the daughter of L.G. and Sallie Brown. She graduated from the University of Georgia, a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and embarked on a teaching career in Bowman where she met her husband. Mrs. Landrum continued to teach in Nelson and later in Tate. She devoted her life to her family and her energy to her husband's longstanding political career. An arts and crafts center at Brasstown Bald is named in her honor. 

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Phil M. Landrum, Jr., Jasper; grandson, Mr. and Mrs. Phil M. Landrum III, Jasper; granddaughter, Laura E. Landrum, Jasper; sisters, Sarah Blackwood, Dewy Rose and Miriam Williamson, Monroe; and brother-in-law, James D. Landrum, North Carolina. 

Services were Thursday, October 25, at 11:30 a.m. from the Jasper First Baptist Church with Rev. Charles O. Walker officiating and Dr. Charlie Boggan assisting. 

Pallbearers were James Landrum, Brown Thornton, Mark Whitfield, Stewart Long, Carl McCurdy, Rodney Gibson, Wayne Blackwood and Michael McGinley. 

Interment followed in the Jasper City Cemetery under the direction of Cagle Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Landrum Scholarship of the Appalachian Technical College Foundation, Friends of the Pickens County Library or the Jasper First Baptist Church Building Fund. 

Mrs. Lucille Wright Rice 

Mrs. Lucille Wright Rice, 76, of Orchard Rd., Ellijay, died Monday, October 29, 2001, in the Erlanger Medical Center. 

Mrs. Rice was born March 19, 1925, in Gilmer County, the daughter of John and Carrie Townsend Wright. She was a housewife and member of the Liberty Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Rice. 

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Kathy Rice, Ellijay; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Newton, William and Barbara Long, Ronald and Kathleen Cruse, Vivian Callahan, Ricky and Linda Weaver, and Wayne "Frog" Davenport, all of Ellijay; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and sister, Ruby Kendrick, Talking Rock. 

Services will be Thursday, November 1, at 2 p.m. from the Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Banks, Rev. Larry Waddell, and Rev. Emuel Sanford officiating. Music will be by Irene Wofford. 

Pallbearers will be Larry Shippey, George Green, John Rhodes, Stephen Keener, Garlin Davis, and Kim Rice. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Howard Kendrick, Hertis McVey, M.T. Moss, Charlie Ware, J.R. Banks, and J.L. McCollum. 

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

R.D. Ralston

Mr. R.D. Ralston, 72, of Talona Rd., Ellijay, died Tuesday, November 6, 2001. 

Services will be Friday, November 9, at 11 a.m. from the Ellijay Church of Christ. 

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

Mrs. Eva Ruth Fitts 

Mrs. Eva Ruth Fitts, 72, of Nelson, died Wednesday, October 31, 2001, at the Mountainside Medical Center. 

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Gail Fitts, Jasper; daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and A.C. Coleman, Nelson, Joan and Mark Popham, Ball Ground, and Ann and Danny Cronan, Talking Rock; brothers, and sisters-in-law, Howard and Retha Cantrell, Ellijay, Glen Cantrell and Mildred Hopkins, both of Tate; sister and brother-in-law, Estelle and Henry Fowler, Alabama; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. 

Services were Saturday, November 3, from the chapel of Roper Funeral Home in Jasper, with Rev. Greg Long and Rev. John Holaway officiating. 

The grandchildren served as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers. 

Interment followed in the Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Roper Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Damaris H. Brandau 

Mrs. Damaris H. Brandau, 74, of Poplar Hollow Rd, Ellijay, died Saturday, November 3, 2001, in the Kennestone Hospital. 

Mrs. Brandau is survived by her daughters, Susan Mims Spitale, Marietta, and Deborah M. Wood, South Carolina; sons, Robert Drew Mims, and Boyd M. Mims, both of Ellijay; two grandchildren; one great grandchild; and sisters, Kathrine George, Ellijay, Edna Moses, and Georgia Green, both of Alabama. 

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Logan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Bertha Lucille Ash Parks 

Mrs. Bertha Lucille Ash Parks, 77, of Mountaintown Rd., Ellijay, died Tuesday, October 30, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital. 

Mrs. Parks was born August 31, 1924, the daughter of Wesley Ash and Mary Hollifield Ash in Murray County. She was a retiree of Gold Kist Poultry, a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and was the widow of Paul Parks. 

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Linda Parks, Ellijay, Ray and Judy Parks, and Waynie and Hilda Parks, all of Ellijay; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Audry Ash Gravley, Ellijay; and brothers, Carl Ash, Smyrna, and Dorsey Ash, Tennessee. 

Services were Thursday, November 1, at 5 p.m. from Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Scott and Rev. Glen Arnold officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford and Celeste McGhee. 

Pallbearers were Wayne Parks, Scott Stanfield, Daniel Parks, Gene Davis, Toby Parks, Bill Quarles, David Hampton, and James Parks. 

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

Mrs. Darlene Gay Carroll Wildes 

Mrs. Darlene Gay Carroll Wildes, 54, of Folkston, formerly of Ellijay, died Sunday, November 4, 2001. 

Mrs. Wildes is survived by her husband, Hewell Wildes; daughters, Marie Middleton and Donna Scudder, both of Florida; two grandchildren; sisters, Loraine Swanger, Ellijay, Tine Martin, Chatsworth, and Debbie Ford, Florida; and brother, Donald John Carroll, Florida. 

Services were Wednesday, November 7, at 1 p.m. from the Shepard Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Tollie Lee officiating. 

Interment followed in the Pineview Cemetery under the direction of Shepard Funeral Home of Folkston. This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Jo Ann Sanders 

Mrs. Jo Ann Sanders, 71, of Athens, formerly of Ellijay, died Saturday, November 3, 2001, at her residence. 

Mrs. Sanders is survived by her daughters, Donna Jo Curl, Indiana, Karen Lee Seay, Barnesville, and Patricia Ann Robbins, Ellijay; son, John Carl Sanders, Florida; seven grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. 

Services were Tuesday, November 6, at 11 a.m. from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Milton Perry officiating. 

Interment followed in the Cheatham Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Marietta under the direction of Logan Funeral Home. 



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