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Mrs. Anne Davis Tankersley

Mrs. Anne Davis Tankersley, 72, of Gates Chapel Road, Ellijay, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at the North Georgia Medical Center.

Mrs. Tankersley was born January 2, 1929, in Gilmer County, the daughter of George Washington Davis and Fannie Idella Stembridge Davis.

She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, a registered nurse receiving her degree from Crawford Long Nursing School, owned with her husband Hoover, the Tankersley Cleaners, for over 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, Hoover Tankersley; daughter, Tammy Tankersley, N.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, Kent and Helena Tankersley, Finland, and Terrell and Patty Tankersley, Venezuela; seven grandchildren; brothers, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law, James F. Davis, Garlin and Doris Davis, Lawrence and Floy Tankersley, Reed and Buren Tankersley, and Pluma Langley, all of Ellijay, Gladys L. Davis, Forest Park, and ODell Satterfield, Dalton.

Services were Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m., from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Edmund Miller and Rev. Jerry Stover officiating. Music was by Larry Tankersley, Lisa Lacey, and Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Larry Tankersley, W.T. Evans, Ronnie Tankersley, Hoke Crooke, Homer Jackson, Ronnie Davis, Jacob Davis, and Gregory Davis.

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

Hoyt Dobson

Mr. Hoyt Dobson, 71, of Jasper, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Floyd Medical Center in Rome.

He is survived by Audrey Dobson, Jasper; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Sandi Dobson, Ellijay, and Barry and Dawn Dobson, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Terry Prather, Jasper; brother and sisters-in-law, J.W. and Margaret Dobson, and Polly Dobson, all of Jasper;10 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Services were Saturday, March 24, at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Dr. Charlie Boggan officiating.

Pallbearers were Jerry Dobson, Jim Dobson, John Dobson, Greg Dobson, Jeff Dobson, and Charles Coleman.

Interment was in the Sunrise Memorial Gardens under the direction of Cagle Funeral Home.

Mrs. Johnnie Faye Black

Mrs. Johnnie Faye Black, 78, of Silver Creek, died Monday April 2, 2001, in a local hospital following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Black was born March 31, 1923, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Wesley Alison Holt and Aris Anderson Holt. She was employed in the children's department at Sara Hightower Library, and had retired from Woolworth's Department Store in Atlanta after 20 years of service. She was of the Baptist Faith, and was preceded in death by her husband, Trammell "Bill" Ford Black.

She is survived by her daughter, Susie Nelson, Silver Creek; sons, Trammell Black, Decatur, Randy Black, Acworth, and Joey Black, Kennesaw; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Services were Thursday, March 5, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Henderson & Sons Funeral Home with Rev. Lee Smollar officiating.

Pallbearers were Jerry Osborne, Jerry Smith, Doc Smith, Albert Nelson, Travis Black and Sharon Nelson.

Interment was in the family lot of the Praise Mill Baptist Church Cemetery, Douglasville.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home of Rome was in charge of the arrangements. This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dessie Faye Hamby

Mrs. Dessie Faye Hamby, 72, of Ellijay, died Monday, April 9, 2001, in the Piedmont Hospital.

Mrs. Hamby was born August 12, 1928, in Pickens County, the daughter of Patton Chastain and Vera Callahan Chastain. She was married to the late Wade Hamby, was a housewife, and attended Harvest Missionary Church.

She is survived by sons, Curtis Newton, Donnie Newton, and Keith Hamby, all of Ellijay, Ronnie Newton, Dalton, and Terry Newton, Chatsworth; daughters, Linda Dale, Lafayette, and Lisa Hamby, Ellijay; sisters, Irene Goble, Ellijay, and Bessie Richards, Ellijay; brothers, F.B. Chastain, Fairmount, and Onis Chastain, Ludville; 18 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m. from the Flat Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Glen Arnold and Rev. Joe Wayne Beal officiating. Music was by Dwight Sanford.

Pallbearers were Dwayne Newton, Chris Newton, Jeff Newton, Terry Hill, Eric Dale, and Stephen Dale.

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

Andrew Harold Edwards

Mr. Andrew Harold "Harry" Edwards, 87, of Hancock Dr., Ellijay, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, from the Mountainside Medical Center in Jasper.

Mr. Edwards was born August 8, 1913, in Gilmer County, the son of Andrew Ezekiel Edwards and Hattie Bryson Edwards. He was a former mayor of the city of Ellijay, his life's work concentrated on the hardwood and lumber industry in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwen Gudger Edwards and was a member of the Mountaintown Baptist Church.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jo Anne and Fred Miller, and Alene and Mase Sanford, all of Virginia; son and daughter-in-law, James H. and Thelma Edwards, South Carolina; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Services were Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. from the Mountaintown Baptist Church with Rev. Edmund Miller and Rev. James Holt officiating. Music was by the Mountaintown Baptist Church choir.

Pallbearers were Robert Gudger, Doug Waddell, Pat Gudger, Howard Waddell, Joe Gudger, Arthur Hill, Bill Gudger, Don Clements, Bob Gudger, Gary Roberts, and Ben Roberts.

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

Mrs. Jewel Eloise Stephens Young

Mrs. Jewel Eloise "Wezzie" Stephens Young, 70, of McVey Lane, Ellijay, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at the M.D. Anderson Medical Center in Texas.

Mrs. Young was born December 30, 1930, in Hall County, the daughter of Amon Ben Stephens and Mary Etta Aaron Stephens. She was a retired florist, and a member of the Ellijay Church of Christ. She is survived by her husband, Dick L. Young; daughter, Lisa Rene Hogan, Alpharetta; grandchildren, Stephen Garrett Hogan and Holly Lynn Hogan, both of Alpharetta; sister, Waedine Stephens, Texas; and brothers, Warren Stephens, Gale Stephens, Jimmy Joe Stephens, and Billy Rex Stephens, all of Texas.

Services were Friday, April 13, at 11 a.m. from the Ellijay Church of Christ with Minister Butch Jones and Minister Robert Webster officiating. Singing was by the congregation.

Pallbearers were Marvin Pritchett, Burton Hinton, Quinton Holloway, Gary Rittenberry, Kenneth White, and Curtis Kingsley.

Interment followed in the Ellijay City Cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Mrs. Marie Plumley

Mrs. Marie Plumley, 76, of Wetmore, Tenn., died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at the Woods Memorial Hospital in Tennessee.

She is survived by her sons, Ray Hardin, and George Hardin, both of Tennessee; 11 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Fanne Bell "Tootsie" Painter, and Teazie Craig, both of Ellijay; and brother, John Avery Shelton, Tenn.

Services were Friday, April 13, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home with Rev. J.E. Firestone officiating. Interment was in the Delano Cemetery under the direction of Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah, Tenn.

This announcement is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Benjamin F. Silver

Mr. Benjamin F. Silver, 79, of Dalton, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, in the Hamilton Medical Center.

Mr. Silver was born March 30, 1922, in Gilmer County, the son of Ben Silver and Hazel Harkey Silver. He was a construction worker, veteran having served in World War II, and member of Berean Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Silver; sons, Philip Silver, Dalton, and Daryl Silver, Ellijay; daughter, Patsy Silver, Dalton; brothers, George Silver and Curtis Silver, both of Chatsworth; sister, Bonnie Johnson, Blue Ridge; and four grandchildren.

Services were Friday, April 13, at 3 p.m. from the Berean Baptist Church with Rev. Lamar Payne officiating. Music was by the church choir.

Pallbearers were Phillip Silver, Daryl Silver, George Silver, Matthew Silver, Eldridge Silvers, and Anthony Silver.

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

Mrs. Gladys M. Stewart

Mrs. Gladys M. Stewart, 92, of Whitepath Springs Rd., Ellijay, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001.

Mrs. Stewart was born August 19, 1908, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Andrew and Georgia Dillingham Miller. She was a housewife, member of Rock Creek Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by her husband, Jennings Stewart.

She is survived by her grandsons, Bill Chouinard, Tennessee, and Marty Chouinard, Ellijay; granddaughter, Teresa Chouinard, Ellijay; sisters, Amy Adair, Covington; Myrtle Mitchell, Washington state, and Lora Ray, Buford; brothers, Homer Miller, Ringgold, and Otis Miller, Missouri; six great grandchildren; and one great- great grandchild.

Services were Friday, April 13, at 2 p.m. from the Rock Creek Baptist Church with Rev. John Newton and Rev. Cleve Underwood officiating. Music was by the church choir.

Pallbearers were Mark Chouinard, Caleb Chouinard, Logan Chouinard, Ewiel Hice, Jr., Kirk Key, Billy Chouinard, Marty Chouinard, and Hertis Key.

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

Miss Jerry Lee Joyce

Miss Jerry Lee Joyce, 73, of Lee Pritchett Rd., Ellijay, died Friday, April 13, 2001, in the Gilmer Nursing Home.

Miss Joyce was born April 14, 1927, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Robert and Rosa Holloway Joyce. She was a textile worker, caregiver and member of the Ellijay Church of Christ.

She is survived by her sisters, Theda Hall, Ellijay, and Dorothy Hall, Dalton; and brother, Ambrose Joyce, Ellijay.

Services were Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Minister Butch Jones officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Joyce, Wendell DeFoor, Denford DeFoor, Wesley DeFoor, David White, and Tom Hall.

Interment was in the New Hope Church Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sarah Ann Mainor Welch

Mrs. Sarah Ann Mainor Welch, 91, of Atlanta, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at Nursecare of Atlanta.

Mrs. Welch a native of Randolph County, was born March 4, 1910, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Frank Mainor. She was the wife of the late Thomas Russell "Bud" Welch, a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, David E. and Reba Welch, Ellijay, and H. Oliver and Patricia Welch, Atlanta; sister, Shirley Sinkerfield, Edison; and brothers and sisters-in-law, James Mainor, Morgan, Gene and Betty Mainor, Florida, Curtis and Myra Mainor, Edison, and Carlton and Deborah Mainor, Ft. Gaines.

Graveside services were Wednesday, April 18, at 4 p.m. from the Preston Cemetery, with Rev. Tim Ridgeway officiating.

Hancock Funeral Home of Americus was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Verta Garrett Williamson

Mrs. Verta Garrett Williamson, 89, of Marietta, died Monday, April 16, 2001, in Marietta.

Services were held Wednesday, April 18, at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Edmund Miller officiating.

Interment was in the Ellijay City Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

A complete obituary will be given at a later date.

Mrs. Shirley Griffin Holden

Mrs. Shirley Griffin Holden, 56, of Woodstock, died Saturday, April 14, 2001.

Services were Wednesday, April 18, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Cliff Nelson and Rev. Leon Henderson officiating.

Interment was in the Lebanon Cemetery in Fannin County, under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

A complete obituary will be given at a later date.

Mrs. Sarah Celess Aaron

Mrs. Sarah Celess Aaron, 70, of Dalton, died Monday, April 23, 2001, in the Hamilton Medical Center.

Mrs. Aaron was born June 26, 1930, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Rosa Jane Silvers Richards and Harley Richards. She was a member of Berean Baptist Church and an antique dealer.

She is survived by her husband, Emory Aaron; daughter and son-in-law, Celia and Roy Kilby, Ringgold; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Irene and Richard Wheat, Dalton; stepson and daughter-in-law, Hoyt and Shelia Aaron, Tunnel Hill; mother, Rosie Jane Richards, Ellijay; three grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, April 25, at 3 p.m. from the Berean Baptist Church with Rev. Lamar Payne and Rev. Wallace Parks officiating. Music was by the church choir.

Pallbearers were Eddie Pierce, Brent Pierce, Daryl Silver, Phil Silver, Eldridge Silvers, B.T. Crump, Donald Chastain, and Danny Chastain.

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

Ms. Shelly Ausband

Ms. Shelly Ausband, 39, of Ellijay, died Saturday, April 21, 2001, in an automobile accident.

Funeral services will be announced later by Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Verta Garrett Williamson

Mrs. Verta Garrett Williamson, 89, of Marietta, died Monday, April 16, 2001, in Marietta.

Mrs. Williamson was born August 14, 1911, in Gilmer County, the daughter of John M. and Lillie Jane Weaver Garrett. She was a retired teacher having taught for over 40 years, member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Americus, and was the widow of Hershel V. Williamson. She is survived by her sisters, Ruby Reece, Augusta, Jean Stanfield, Tate; and special niece, Delores Staats, Marietta.

Services were Wednesday, April 18, 2001, from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Edmund Miller officiating. Music was by Doug Simonds.

Pallbearers were Gordon Staats, Mackey Garrett, Richard Garrett, Ernie Reece, Larry Tankersley, and Steve Lewis.

Interment was in the Ellijay City Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Shirley Ann Griffin Holden

Mrs. Shirley Ann Griffin Holden, 56, of Woodstock, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, in the Piedmont Hospital.

Mrs. Holden was born May 9, 1944, in Baltimore Md., the daughter of Della Godfrey Griffin, and Chester Griffin. She was a housewife and of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her husband, L.C. Holden; mother, Della Griffin, Woodstock; daughter, Wanda D. Lemieux, Woodstock; two grandchildren; and brother, J.C. Griffin, Ellijay.

Services were Wednesday, April 18, from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Cliff Nelson and Rev. Leon Henderson officiating.

Pallbearers were Shannon Griffin, Kenneth Newton, Jerry Hart, Doug Baker, Johnny Davis, and John Chandler.

Interment was in the Lebanon Baptist Church cemetery in Fannin County under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Miss Jackie R. Sheriff

Miss Jackie R. Sheriff, 18, of Ellijay, died Monday, April 23, 2001, from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Miss Sheriff was born April 5, 1983, in Dekalb County, the daughter of Vincent (Butch) and Vera Cain Sheriff.

She is survived by her parents, Vincent (Butch) and Vera Cain Sheriff, Ellijay; grandmother, Mattie Lou Cain, Lilburn; brother, Tommy Sheriff, Ellijay; sister, Jenny Sheriff, Lilburn; uncles, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Hagan, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Wilkins, Mr. and Mrs. Clark Harness, all of Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. Don Jones, Lilburn; and Mrs. Jane Sheriff, Adairsville; one niece and one nephew.

Services will be Saturday, April 28, at 1 p.m. from the Wages & Sons Chapel with Rev. Gary Collier officiating.

Interment will be in Floral Hills under the direction of Wages & Sons Funeral Home of Stone Mountain.

John Morris McClurd

Mr. John Morris "Mac" McClurd, of Camden County, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, in the Brunswick Hospital.

Mr. McClurd was a native of Gilmer County, a graduate of Wayne County Schools, a member of Ocean Lodge No. 214 F&AM, Brunswick Chapter No. 66 RAM, Ballard Council R&SM, St. Elmo Commandry KT, the Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, Alee Temple, a member of Georgia Priory - KYCH, and he was past grand high priest and past eminent grand commander of Georgia. He was chairman and trustee for the Burnt Fort Chapel, charter member founder of Magnolia Bluff Hunting Club in Camden County, past president of the Glynn County Farm Bureau, a Glynn County commissioner, and a trustee of Lakeside United Methodist Church, Brunswick.

He is survived by his wife, Cornelia Buie McClurd; daughters, Marcia Davis, Athens, Cory Popham, Burnt Fort, Deborah Watson, St. Simons Island, and Lisa Rowland, Valdosta; sons, John M. McClurd, Jr., Ocilla, and Robert J. Sirmans, Jr., St. Simons Island; 11 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, April 21, at Burnt Fort Chapel with burial in Burnt Fort Cemetery under the direction of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home of Brunswick.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Children's Home, 1417 Nottingham Dr., Macon, GA 31211, or to Burnt Fort Chapel, Cemetery and Historical Association, Rt. 1 Box 157B, Waynesville, GA 31566.

Arvil Grady Hunnicutt

Mr. Arvil Grady Hunnicutt, 91, of Rydal, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at the Cartersville Medical Center.

Mr. Hunnicutt is survived by his wife, Eugene Temples Hunnicutt; stepson, Doyle Temples, Rydal; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Lillie and Jackie Puckett, Waleska; daughters-in-law, Betty Temples, and Martha Temples; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Services were Friday, April 20, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Rev. Freddie Morris officiating.

Pallbearers were James Marshingale, Joseph Temples, Terry Temples, Jeremy Nichols, Raymond Beavers, and Danny Sheriff.

Interment followed in the Ryo Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Cagle Funeral Home of Jasper.


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