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Ms. Shelly Renee Ausband

Ms. Shelly Renee Ausband, 40, of Ellijay, died Saturday, April 21, 2001, following an automobile accident.

Ms. Ausband was born Feb. 6, 1961, in Duvall County, Fla.

She is survived by her father and stepmother, Roy and Sandra Youngblood, Floridca; children, Brandon Ausband, Tennessee, Savannah Ausband and Ireland Ausband, both of Ellijay; sister, Holly Hendrix, Florida; and nephews, Myles Hendrix and Cody Hendrix, both of Florida.

Services were Thursday, April 19, at 4 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Sharon Watkins officiating.

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Robert L. Bobby Frady

Mr. Robert L. Bobby Frady, 43, of Cartersville, died Friday, April 27, 2001, in Cartersville.

Mr. Frady was born February 25, 1958, in Fulton County, the son of Fred and Mildred Holloway Frady. He was a mechanic and of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his parents, Fred and Mildred Frady, Ellijay; brother, Phillip Frady, Ellenwood; sister, Kathy Chancey, Griffin; and special friend, Linda Walden, Fairmount.

Services were Monday, April 30, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Willis, Rev. Wayne Daniel and Rev. Ralph Fryer officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Micky Wright, Richard Hipp, Phillip Frady, Jr., James Futch, Jeff Cook, and Doug Duncan.

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

Ms. Viola H. Burgess

Ms. Viola H. Burgess, 90, of Jackson, formerly of Gilmer County, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, in Jackson County.

Ms. Burgess was born April 15, 1911, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Dave Burgess and Charity Dotson Burgess. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane Whitehead, Fla.; grandchildren, Victor L. Whitehead, Jackson, and Denise Cline, Forsyth; and three great grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, April 28, from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Roger Burgess and Brother Leon Ingle officiating. Music was by Luther Burgess and Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Randall Burgess, J.W. Burgess, Eddie Burgess, Ronnie Spivey, Mike Piatt, Vick Whitehead, and Larry Burgess.

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

Mrs. Effie Souther Crawford

Mrs. Effie Souther Crawford, 89, of Dalton, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001.

Mrs. Souther was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Crawford.

She is survived by her daughters, Sara Powell, Social Circle, and Mary Wynn, Lakeland; sons, Jack Crawford, Texas, and Bobby Crawford, Dalton; eight grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Hare officiating.

Interment was in the Poplar Springs Cemetery, under the direction of Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Pleasant Grove Chapel.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Jeanette Burrell Morgan

Mrs. Jeanette Burrell Morgan, 73, formerly of Gilmer County, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, while visiting her son and his family in Maryland. She suffered a stroke as the result of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.

Mrs. Morgan was the daughter of the late Hill Burrell, a member of Starkey Road Baptist Church.
Her concern for others less fortunate, physically and spiritually, was demonstrated through her leadership of Women's Missionary Ministries at Sandy Plains Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Atlanta. She was also instrumental in the publication of "Among the Lilies" cookbook which sold thousands of copies for the support of World Missions. World Missions was her passion as she and her husband visited missionaries on their field of service around the world.

Born in Gilmer County, she completed her education at Martha Berry School, then went to the Atlanta area where she continued to live until moving to Clearwater, Fla., two years ago.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, George Morgan, Jr.; sons, George Morgan, III and wife Jackie, and Stephen Morgan and wife Vicki; four grandchildren; brothers, Eugene Burrell Colorado, Jimmy Burrell, Acworth; Harry Burrell, NorthCarolina, and David Burrell, Tennessee.

Services will be Thursday, May 3, at 11 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Kennesaw Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Missions in her honor, to Bible Training Centre for Pastors, 2030 Tucker Ind. Road, Suite 126, Tucker, GA 30084, or Kingdom Building Ministries, 14140 E. Evans Ave., Denver, CO. 80014.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Rev. John E. Chastain

Rev. John E. Chastain, 76, of Stone Rd., Ellijay, died Monday, April 30, 2001.

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

Michael Lee Todd Jaudon

Mr. Michael Lee Todd Jaudon, of Jonesboro, died Monday, April 30, 2001, at Southern Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Jaudon is survived by his mother, Bobbie J. Owen, Ellijay; stepfather, Roger N. Owen, Ellijay; sisters, Tami R. Jaudon, Jonesboro, and Lisa D. and Brett Lowenthal, Alpharetta; niece, Brittanea L. Gastgeb, Alpharetta; nephew, Brandon C. Gastgeb, Alpharetta; aunt, Dorothy S. and Clarence Nowell, Dallas; and uncles, Quinton Reaid, Marietta, Charles C. and Patricia Reaid, Douglasville, and Les and Mary Reaid, Ellijay.

Services will be Saturday, May 5, at 12 p.m. at Tara Garden Chapel of Jonesboro with Rev. S.A. Hamby officiating.

Tara Garden Chapel of Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Thurla Clayton Lybrand

Mrs. Thurla Clayton Lybrand, 81, of Tampa, Fla., died Monday, April 9, 2001. She was a native of Gilmer County and daughter of Emma and Arthur Clayton. She was married to the late Cecil W. Lybrand.

Mrs. Lybrand's life included teaching in her hometown of Ellijay, a tour of active duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II, a devoted wife, mother and volunteer. She received the RSVP/SCNAP volunteer of the year award in 1994 for her years of service to the retired and senior volunteer program of Hillsborough County, Fla.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Greif; son, Gary D. Lybrand; four grandchildren; and sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Cliff Batchelor, Marietta.

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 14, at 11 a.m. at Palma Ceia Baptist Church with Pastor Ken Earnest officiating. Donations in her name may be made to the church at 3511 W. Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, Fla. 33629.

James Delmer Mullinax, Sr.

Mr. James Delmer Mullinax, Sr., of Old Highway 5 South, Ellijay, died Friday, April 27, 2001, at the Gilmer Nursing Home.

Mr. Mullinax was born January 6, 1908, in Gordon County, the son of Wesley Gordon Mullinax and Effie Lophelia Holden Mullinax. He was a deacon and oldest member of Northcutt Baptist Church, state representative of Gilmer County from 1946 - 1948, a school teacher, owner of Gilmer Hardware Co., a mason and past master of Oak Bowery Lodge #81 in Ellijay.

He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, June and Garvin Davis and Wanda Mullinax Pankey, all of Ellijay; sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Lynda Mullinax and David and Diane Mullinax, all of Ellijay; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; sisters and brother-in law, Floy and Lawrence Tankersley, and Catherine Waddell, all of Ellijay, and Lucille Holt, Ohio.

Services were Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. from Northcutt Baptist Church with Rev. A.J. Clayton, Rev. Billy Dotson and Minister Butch Jones officiating. Music was by Northcutt Baptist Church Choir.

Pallbearers were Jamie Mullinax, Jody Mullinax, Jason Mullinax, Patti Davis Vick, Daphne Davis Duvall, Mitchell Pankey, Chuck Pankey, and Susan Mullinax Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Crooke, Earl Wheeler, Dub Green, Fred Hensley, Ed Hensley, Leo Dotson, Jimmy Elliott, Henry Daves, Willie Ridings, Richard Gaddis, Darren Gaddis, Norma Stanley;

Scott Sanford, Carroll Page, Weyman Spivey, Leslie Richards, George Green, John Waddell, Mrs. Will Charles, caregivers and friends at Gilmer Nursing Home.

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

Ms. Shirley May Richards Heemstra

Ms. Shirley May Richards Heemstra, 58, of Huff Drive, Ellijay, died Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at Northside Hospital Cherokee.

Ms. Heemstra was born May 9, 1942, in Pickens County, the daughter of John Sylvester Richards and Callie Leona Abercrombie Richards. She was a caregiver for the elderly and was of the Presbyterian faith.

She is survived by her sisters, Pearl Southerland, Jasper, and Mary Austin, Colorado.

Services were Friday, April 27, at 3 p.m. from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wallace Parks officiating. Music was by James and Teresa Abercrombie.

Pallbearers were Ricky Southerland, Bobby Pharr, Bret Monohon, Roy Richards, and Eddie Presley.

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

Mrs. Jacqueline Denise Medina

Mrs. Jacqueline Denise Medina, 68, of Mohawk Trail, Ellijay, died Tuesday, April 24, 2001, at North Georgia Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry A. Medina; sons, Amos Womble, Jr., and Stephen Womble, both of Ellijay; daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Lewis Outland, Lawrenceville; and three grandchildren.

Services will be in Princeton, W. Va., at a later date. There will be no local services.

Logan Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Master Michael Zavala

Master Michael Zavala, of Sunlight Rd., Ellijay, died Monday, April 23, 2001, at the Fannin Regional Hospital.

Master Zavala is survived by his father and mother, Juan and Pat Becerra Zavala, Ellijay; sister, Lucy Zavala, Ellijay; brothers, Juan Carlos Zavala, and Jamine Zavala both of Ellijay; and grandparents, Angel and Sara Becerra, Ellijay, and Rutilo and Maria Zavala, Texas.

Graveside services were Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in the Roselawn Cemetery in La Feria, Texas, under the direction of Garza-Elizonedo Funeral Home of Harlinger, Texas.

Donations may be sent to the Garza-Elizonedro Funeral Home, 209 W. Taylor St., Harlinger, TX 78550.

Logan Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Nona Belle "Patsy" Poindexter Wimpey

Mrs. Nona Belle "Patsy" Poindexter Wimpey, 84, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at Yadkin Nursing Center in Yadkinville, N.C.

Mrs. Wimpey was born in Ellijay, the daughter of Charles Columbus Poindexter, Sr. and Senora Isabella Payne Poindexter. She attended Young Harris College, North Georgia College and Georgia State Women's College. She was a lifelong member of United Methodist Church where she was organist for over 40 years. She was a former school teacher and Worthy Matron of the Ellijay Chapter of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Cecil Wimpey.

She is survived by her daughter, Patsy Jane "P.J." Pettit, North Carolina; four granddaughters; and one great granddaughter.

Memorial services were held Thursday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at Mitchell's Chapel United Methodist Church in Boonville, N.C., with Rev. Tim Starbuck officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yadkin Co., P.O. Box 1267, Yadkinville, NC 27055, or to Mitchell's Chapel United Methodist Church Music Fund, 2410 Center Road, Boonville, NC 27011.

Kennedy Funeral Home of Elkin, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.



From the May 24, 2001 issue
Times-Courier

Ms. Jo Ann "Joyce" Bell Copeland

Ms. Jo Ann "Joyce" Bell Copeland, 68, of Chatsworth, died Sunday, May 20, 2001, at the Chatsworth Health Care Center.

Ms. Copeland was born May 2, 1933, in Fannin County, the daughter of Arthur Brownlee Bell and Lola Mary Hyatt Bell. She was a textile worker, and member of Little Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Anita and Richard Neal, Ellijay; Jayne Davis Arnold, Chatsworth; son, P. John Davis, Jr., Ellijay; seven grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister, Marie Bell Keener, Ellijay; half sisters, Bulah Ash, Ellijay, and Dollie Garner, Chatsworth.

Services were Wednesday, May 23, at 11 a.m. from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Emmett Burgess officiating.

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

Little Dannion Xaiver Loggins

Little Dannion Xaiver Loggins, infant son of Ricky and Holly Loggins, of Yukon Rd., Ellijay, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, in the Mountainside Medical Center.

Survivors besides the parents include grandparents, Henry and Beverly Loggins, Gainesville; great grandparents, Vessie Shackleford, Michigan, Aline Loggins, and Mildred Moore, both of Gainesville.

Graveside services were Friday, May 18, at 11 a.m. from the Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Dawson County with Rev. Horace Trammell officiating.

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Rita Ann Keener Carver

Mrs. Rita Ann Keener Carver, 45, of Ellijay, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at her home.

Mrs. Carver was born June 22, 1955, in Pickens County, the daughter of the former Betty Vick and James Keener. She was a housewife and member of the Berean Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Carver, Ellijay; daughter and son-in law, Jennifer and Marty Allen, Calhoun; mother, Betty Vick Daves, Ellijay; sisters and brother-in-law, Debbie and Craig Cylke, Ellijay and Mona Lovinggood, Ringgold; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lamar Keener, Smyrna, Mitchell and Debbie Daves, Chatsworth, Dwayne and Denise Daves, Ellijay, and J.J. Keener, Ringgold; grandfather, Milton Vick, Ellijay; and one grandson, Nichollas Allen.

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

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ellijay Wildlife Sanctuary, 435 Cougar Lane, Ellijay, GA 30540.

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gene C. Holloway, Sr.

Mr. Gene C. Holloway, Sr., 76, of Ellijay, died Friday, May 18, 2001.

Mr. Holloway is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Sue Holloway and Mike Robbins, and Bonnie Freeman, all of Douglasville; sons and daughters-in law, Gene C. Holloway, Jr., Douglasville, James William "Billy" and Patricia Holloway, Winston, Tony and Sandra Holloway, Ellijay, Charles and Edith Brooks, Fayetteville, and Frank and Opal Brooks, Douglasville; 33 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Services were Monday, May 21, at 11 a.m. from the Turniptown Baptist Church with Rev. Emuel Sanford and Rev. Ervin Smith officiating. Music was by Danny and Lynn Hall.

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

Mrs. Ozella Sanford Ralston

Mrs. Ozella Sanford Ralston, 83, of Penland St., Ellijay, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, in the Mountainside Medical Center.

Mrs. Ralston was born June 11, 1918, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Emory Sanford and Mary Quarles Sanford. She was a housewife, member of the Crossroads Baptist Church and widow of Willie Ralston.

She is survived by her sisters, Ruby Bartlett, Dalton, and Ella Vee Parks, Conyers; brothers, Clell Sanford and Roy Sanford, both of Ellijay, Willard Sanford, Brazelton, Roy Sanford, Dalton Wilmer Sanford, Dalton, and Gordon Sanford, Massachusetts.

Services were Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Ardell McClure and Rev. Lewis Payne officiating. Music was by Rosa Lee Dotson.

Pallbearers were Ned Turnbull, Harold Parks, Marvin Green, Terry Stanley, Larry Curtis and Harold Evans.

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

Mrs. Willie Jenkins Holt

Mrs. Willie Jenkins Holt, 84, of Cartersville, died Friday, May 18, 2001, in Cartersville.

Mrs. Holt was born December 16, 1916, in Jefferson County, Ala., the daughter of William Jenkins and Mattie Chitwood Jenkins. She was a housewife and attended Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

She is survived by her sons, Jackie Ray Earwood, Danny Earwood, and Larry Earwood, all of Dalton, Harry Earwood, South Carolina, and Ellis Earwood, Resaca; daughters, Helen Adcock, Adairsville, Nell Mathis, Cartersville, and Pat Prater, Florida; sister, Ruth Holcomb, Cartersville; stepsister, Elmer Satterfield, Cartersville; 39 grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Services were Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. David Blackburn officiating.

Pallbearers were Harry Earwood, Randy Adcock, Carl Holt, Billy Holt and William Holt.

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

William Thomas "Bill" Tolbert

William Thomas "Bill" Tolbert, 80, of Deerfield Lane, Talking Rock, died Friday, May 18, 2001, at his residence.

Mr. Tolbert was born in Cherokee County, Alabama, the son of Jesse F. Tolbert and Bessie Viola Beal Tolbert. He was a textile worker, and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Marvene Tinsley Tolbert; daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie T. and Lesley Berry, Talking Rock; three grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and sister, Rosetta Tolbert Shutley, Talking Rock.

Services were Monday, May 21, at 4 p.m. from the Bellamy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ray Postell and Rev. Chris Metcalf officiating. Music was by Pat Wilson.

Pallbearers were Don Wilson, Bob Durham, Earl Holbrook, Billy Pigg, Charles Griffith, and Phil Carney.

Interment was in the Powder Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Claude E. Davenport

Mr. Claude E. Davenport, 70, of Tucson, Arizona, formerly of Ellijay, died Sunday, March 11, 2001.

Mr. Davenport was born in Gilmer County on October 30, 1930, the son of Frank A. and Lizzie Jones Davenport. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Jane B. Davenport; daughter, Claudia E. Bowman, Arizona; son, Clyde E. Davenport, Arizona; six grandchildren; sisters, Bula Davenport, Dalton, Mildred E. Davis, Jasper, and Thelma Jones, Mableton; and brothers, James Davenport and Benny Davenport, both of Ellijay. Memorial services were held March 23, from the Chapel of Abbey Funeral Home with Chaplain Col. Chester Steffey officiating.

Abbey Funeral Chapel of Tucson, Ariz. was in charge of arrangements.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.


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