Miscellaneous Gilmer County, Georgia Obituaries
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Cecil W. Milton

Mr. Cecil W. Milton, 79, of Guy Waters Rd., Dahlonega, died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at his home.

Mr. Milton was born September 23, 1921, in Gilmer County, the son of Rev. Oscar P. and Ina Davis Milton. He was a former funeral director having worked in Atlanta and north Georgia for over 40 years. He retired from Bernhardt Funeral Home about nine years ago. He was a veteran having served with the U.S. Army in World War II and a member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Waters Milton; brother, Emerson Milton, Atlanta; sisters, Carrie Land, Ellijay, Gertrude Hayes, and Clara Belle Jones, both of Decatur.

Services were Tuesday, July 10, at 3 p.m. from the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Lumpkin County, with Rev. Calvin Ward, Rev. Lyman Caldwell, and Rev. Steve Arnold officiating. Music was by Robert Ivy, Rhonda Waters and Carol Holloway.

Pallbearers were Stanley Seitz, Jason Seitz, H.B. Waters, Keith Milton, John Hutcheson, and Bill Stiles.

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

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund C/O Joan Hutchingson, 695 Guy Waters Rd., Dahlonega, GA 30533.

James Leon Wells

Mr. James Leon Wells, 57, of Cumming, died Thursday, July 5, 2001.

Mr. Wells was the son of Ted and Bernice Wells. He was a member of Cumming First United Methodist Church, retired from Lucent Technologies with 28 years of service, and in retirement had begun his own business, manufacturing acrylic products.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Wells; son, Randy Wells, Duluth; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary and Joe Geurin, Norcross, and Louise Fronebarger, Doraville; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Debbie Wells, Ellijay; mother-in-law, Amy Whitmire; sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law, Florene Hughes, Joan and Royce Samples and Dawson and Rhonda Whitmire; and special friend, Steve Salle, Norcross.

Services were Sunday, July 8, at 2 p.m. from the Cumming First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Pruess and Rev. Alton Miller officiating.

Interment was in the Sawnee View Memorial Gardens under the direction of Ingram Funeral Home of Cumming.

  Mrs. Lunette Bozard Thomas Martin

Mrs. Lunette Bozard Thomas Martin, 97, of Malory Court, Ellijay, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce M. and James A. Jones, Ellijay, and Lillie M. and Cecil Anderson, South Carolina; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Services were Friday, July 6, at 1 p.m. from the Thompson Funeral Chapel in Orangeburg, S.C. with Minister Jack Anderson officiating.

Interment was in the Sunnyside Cemetery in South Carolina.

Logan Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Rev. Eddie Lee Painter

Rev. Eddie Lee Painter, 66, of Painter Drive, Dunn, N.C., died Friday, July 6, 2001, at his home.

Rev. Painter was active in the ministry for many years. He was born in Gilmer County the son of Ralph and Agnes Rogers Painter and was a veteran having served with the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Burlene Lucas Painter, North Carolina; godson, Christopher Jackson, North Carolina; brothers, Fred Painter, Texas, and Austin Painter, Cartersville; sisters, Ola Puckett, Nell Sellers and Jo McClure, all of Ellijay, and Jean Smith, Cartersville.

Services were Monday, July 9, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Nowell, Rev. Jerome Pope, Rev. Joe Ammons, and Rev. Sexton Vann officiating.

Interment followed in the church cemetery with military honors.

Miller & Lee Funeral Home of Dunn, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Venita E. Reid

Mrs. Venita E. Reid, 60, of Penland St., Ellijay, died Monday, July 9, 2001, in the North Georgia Medical Center.

Mrs. Reid was born March 12, 1941, in Pickens County, the daughter of C.J. Thacker and Myrtle Gaddis Thacker. She was a worker in the textile industry and was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Chatsworth.

She is survived by her son Dewayne Reid, Dalton, daughter, Glenda Eller, Ellijay; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother, Kenny Joe Thacker, Ball Ground; and sister, Patricia Thacker, Marietta.

Services were Wednesday, July 11, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Minister Butch Jones officiating. Music was by Melvin and Glenda Davis.

Pallbearers were Shawn Eller, Steve Eller, Jimmy Eller, Larry Eller, Glenn Reid, and Mitchell Whitner.

Interment was in the Mars-Hill Cemetery in Forsyth County, under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

  Mrs. Helen A. McCrary

Mrs. Helen A. McCrary, 86, of Orchard Rd., Ellijay, died Sunday, July 8, 2001, in Fannin Regional Hospital.

Mrs. McCrary was born August 11, 1914, in Henry County, the daughter of George Alvey And Anna Green Alvey. She was the widow of Ira McCrary, a housewife and member of Liberty Baptist Church.

She is survived by her special friends, Lucille Rice and family, and nephews.

Services were Wednesday, July 11, at 3 p.m. from the Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Banks, Rev. Larry Waddell, and Rev. Emuel Sanford officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Larry Shippey, Jerry Moss, George Green, Bobby Abercrombie, Jeff Ellington and Steven Keener.

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

Mrs. Hassie Mae Silvers Crump

Mrs. Hassie Mae Silvers Crump, 78, of Crump Lane, Talking Rock, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, in the North Georgia Medical Center.

Mrs. Crump was born July 8, 1923, in Murray County, the daughter of Tom Silvers and Minnie Logan Silvers. She was a housewife, member of the Ball Creek Baptist Church and widow of Noel Crump.

She is survived by sons, Roy Crump, Clifford Crump, and David Crump, all of Talking Rock, Jim Crump, Burnt Mt.; and daughter Pearl Frady, Talking Rock.

Services were Thursday, July 12, at 2 p.m. from the Ball Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Wallace Parks and Rev. Roy Scott officiating. Music was by the Hensley Family.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Lamar, Jody, Chris, Gerald, Jeffery, Bryan and Stacy.

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

  Little Breanna Faith Martin

Little Breanna Faith Martin, infant daughter of Jeff and Carol Elliott Martin of Epworth, died Wednesday, July 11, 2001, in the Kennestone Hospital in Marietta.

She is survived by her parents, Jeff and Carol Elliott Martin; grandparents, Clifford and Betty Elliott, Ellijay and Bobby and Pat Martin, Epworth; great grandparents, Joe Brown and Evelyn Martin, both of Epworth.

Graveside services were Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m. from the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Lonnie Wright officiating.

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James Robert Worley, Sr.

Mr. James Robert Worley, Sr., 77, of Cox Creek Rd., Ellijay, died Sunday, July 15, 2001, in the Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton.

Mr. Worley was born March 21, 1924, in Gilmer County, the son of William and Lela Cornett Worley. He worked in law enforcement for a number of years serving as sheriff of Gilmer County, also as the Ordinary of Gilmer County and at his retirement was owner of the Food Store in Ellijay.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Nix Worley; son, Bob Worley, Ellijay; daughter, Meg Loudermilk, Ellijay; brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Carol Worley, Forest Park; sisters and brother-in-law, Flora Land, Ellijay, Bessie and Vernon Fain, Tennessee; three grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Services were Tuesday, July 17, at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Edmund Miller and Rev. James Holt officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford, Edgar Land and Del Land.

Pallbearers were Billy Patterson, John Penland, Mark West, George Green, Ron Towns, and Ronnie Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Johnson, Jerry West, Thelbert Wimpey, Ernie Cornett, Walter Porter, Lloyd Sumner, Clint Frady;

Foster McArthur, Harold Simmons, Gerry Harper, Jerry Harper, Donald Ostrowski, and Bennie Burgess.

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

William Robert (Bill) Parks

Mr. William Robert (Bill) Parks, 83, of Glen View Dr., Rome, formerly of Ellijay, died Sunday, July 15, 2001, in the Sunbridge Nursing Center in Rome.

Mr. Parks was born February 20, 1918, in Gilmer County, the son of Charlie Hershel and Mille Katherine Henson Parks. He was retired from the maintenance department at Georgia Tech, was a Mason and was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille H. Parks; children, Barbara Ann Wilson, Marietta, Martha Jane Preston, Forest Park, Ricky Parks, Lithia Springs, David Willingham, Rome, and Belinda Willingham Jones, Rome; sisters, Verdie Parks, Vera Nealey and Velma Nealey, all of Ellijay, and Virginia Poyner, Atlanta; 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, July 18, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Banks and Rev. Bill McGill officiating. Music was by Margaret Simmons, and George and Joyce Green.

Pallbearers were Sam Underhill, James Vick, Freddie Vick, Lloyd Sumner, Johnny Bryan and Joey Bryan.

Interment was in the Oak Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Alfred Greer Dover

Mr. Alfred Greer Dover, 73, of North Avenue, longtime Gilmer County Surveyor and resident of Ellijay, died Sunday, July 15, 2001, in the North Georgia Medical Center.

Mr. Dover served as the official U.S. Weather Observer of Ellijay since 1969, a service he continued after his mother, weather observer for several years, died that year.

Mr. Dover started early in the sawmill business after graduating from high school and attending North Georgia College. He also served two years in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

As a member of First Baptist Church since childhood, he taught a Sunday School class for boys for a number of years. An avid gardener, he shared his produce with many.

He was born May 3, 1928, in Gilmer County, the son of Alfred D. Dover and Lora Belle Greer Dover.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Wells Dover; son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Leigh Ann Dover, Ellijay; daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Jim Laubler, Ellijay; grandchildren, Shelly Goble, Stuart Goble, Jason Dover and James Dover, all of Ellijay; and sister, Sis Hill, Ellijay.

Services were Wednesday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Ellijay, with Dr. Milton Perry and Rev. James Holt officiating. Music was by Kay Sharp and Bill McVey.

Pallbearers were Johnny Withrow, Joseph Ray, Charles Water, James Meeks, Carroll Page, Gene Crawford, Waldon Ray and Avary Dimmock.

Honorary pallbearers were Gene Crawford's Sunday School class.

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

Little Mitchel David McArthur

Little Mitchel David McArthur, 3 1/2 months, infant son of Jessica and David McArthur, died Tuesday, July 10, 2001, at the T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital in Chattanooga.

He is survived by his parents, Jessica and David McArthur; grandparents, Jerry W. and Andrea McArthur and David and Teresa Rogers, all of Dalton; great grandparents, Herman and Myrtle McArthur, Talking Rock, Lois and Kimsey Waddell, Ellijay, Gene and Laura Rogers and Bob and Alice Pierce, all of Dalton, and William Jr. and Daris Ledford, Eton; great- great grandmothers, Leona Reagan, Chatsworth, and Eula Lee Rogers, Dalton.

Services were Thursday, July 12, at 2 p.m. from the Grace Community Church with Rev. Brian Fossett officiating.

Interment was in the Swamp Creek Cemetery under the direction of Julian Peeples Funeral Homes, Pleasant Grove Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Robin L. Adams

Mr. Robin L. Adams, 49, of Atlanta, died Friday, July 13, 2001, at Piedmont Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Modesta Adams; sons, James Adams and Christopher Adams, Atlanta; mother, Billie Adams, Ellijay; grandmother, Pauline Adams, Ellijay; brothers, Matt Adams and Pete Adams, both of Ellijay, Jamie Adams, Kerry Adams and Chris Adams, all of Atlanta; sisters, Holly Brown, Ellijay, and Bonnie Lavine, Atlanta.

Services were Tuesday, July 17, at 2 p.m. at the A.S. Turner Funeral Home of Decatur.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or to a charity of your choice.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Robert Lee Holt

Mr. Robert Lee Holt, 87, of Pole Coffey Trail, Ellijay, died Thursday, July 5, 2001, at his home.

Mr. Holt was born March 27, 1914, in Gilmer County. He was a farmer, member of the River Hill Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his wife, Effie Sanford Holt.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, James and Brenda Holt, Franklin and Vickie Holt, Lewis and Theresa Holt, Doyal and Wilma Jean Holt, and Lois Holt, all of Ellijay; daughters and sons-in-law, Gertha Mae and Larry Seagers, Hazel Young, Alice and Ted Hall, all of Ellijay; sister, Emma Long, Dalton; 14 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.

Services were Sunday, July 5, at 3 p.m. from the River Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Cantrell officiating. Music was by the church choir.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Seagers, David Young, Billy Holt, Alan Holt, Ronnie Holt, and Daniel Young.

Honorary pallbearers were William Holt, Carl Holt, Michael Holt, and Adam Holt.

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

John Wayne Posey

Mr. John Wayne Posey, 42, of Resaca, died Thursday, July 12, 2001, at the Gordon Hospital.

Mr. Posey was born September 8, 1958, in Whitfield County, the son of J.R. Posey and Drew Willie Hartness Posey Owen Tallent.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Posey, Calhoun; stepmother, Linda Posey, Ellijay; brothers and sisters, Donny Posey, Ellijay, David Posey Catoosa, Earlene Dupree, Dalton, Felton Owen, Jr., Dalton, Garline Coleman, Rocky Face, Debra Phillips. LaFayette, Virginia Coram, Chatsworth, Edward Tallent, Calhoun, and John Tallent, Tennessee; stepsisters, Joan Mitchell, Cedartown and Melba Sue Smith, Ellijay; stepbrother, Billy Locke, Cedartown; and grandmother, Ober Hughes, Ellijay.

Services were Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. from the Calhoun Chapel of Ponders Funeral Home.

Interment followed in the Center Point Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Calhoun Chapel of Ponders Funeral Home.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Hershel Joseph Dale

Mr. Hershel Joseph Dale, 84, of Dale Valley Circle, Ellijay, died Thursday, July 12, 2001, at his residence.

Mr. Dale was born July 19, 1916, the son of Thomas L. Dale and Mosouri Clematine Key Dale. He was a farmer and worked at a sawmill, and was a member of The Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall of Ellijay. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rethel Chastain Dale.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Lou and George Wheat, and Peggy Gail Dale, all of Dalton, Deckie and Sonny Harwell, Florida, Nancy Gail and Tom Dean, Mineral Bluff, Vickie and J.B. Richards, and Tammy and Eddie Waters, all of Ellijay; sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry L. Dale, Canton, Bobby and Debbie Dale, Calhoun, Ricky and Cindy Dale, Lenford and Paulette Dale, and Donald James Dale, all of Ellijay; 27 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sisters-in-law, Pearl Dale, and Dimple Dale, both of Ellijay.

Services were Saturday, July 14, at 2 p.m. from The Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall of Ellijay with Minister Jerry Robertson officiating.

Pallbearers were Brian Richards, Eric Dale, Stephen Dale, George Wheat, Jr., Johnny Moreland, Darren Moreland, Anthony Dale, and Dwight Dale.

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

Richard M. "Dick" Goss

Mr. Richard M. "Dick" Goss, 83, of Martinsville, Ind., died Sunday, July 8, 2001, at his residence.

Mr. Goss was born March 6, 1919, in Paragon, Ind., the son of William Ripley and Beulah (Prall) Ripley. He was preceded in death by his wife Violet Hacker, was a farmer until 1949, when he went to work at Allison Division of General Motors, where he retired in 1980. He was a member of Union Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Evon Martin Bramlett; sons, Robert M. Goss and William K. Goss, both of Indiana; stepson, Ernest Bramlett, Douglasville; daughter, Shirley Bales, Indiana; stepdaughters, Judy Quarles, Ellijay, and Carolyn Lipham, Indiana; sister, Irene Compton, Indiana; 10 grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and six step great-great grandchildren.

Services were Thursday, July 12, at 2 p.m. from the Costin Funeral Chapel with Brother Max Piercefield officiating.

Interment was in the Friendship Park in Paragon.


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