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Joey Gravitte
    Mr. Joey Dwayne Gravitte, age 16 of Lindale, passed away Friday
morning, Jan. 12, 2001.
    Joey was born in Floyd County on July 3, 1984, son of Cynthia
(Cindy) Gentry and James Edward Dewey Gravitte. He was a Sophomore at
Pepperell High School where he played on the Football and Wrestling Teams.
He had also previously attended Model High School and Pickens County High
School where he was involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He
was a member at the Christian Life Ministries, United Pentecostal Church
in Lindale.
    Survivors include his mother, Ms. Cindy Gentry, Lindale; his
father, James Gravitte and his wife Melissa, Jasper; a sister, Jamey
Gravitte, Jasper; two brothers, Justin Highfield, Lindale, and Jarett
Gravitte, Jasper; his grandparents, Gail and Dewey Gravitte, Calhoun, John
and Lavonda Warren, Calhoun, and Frank and Wanda Gentry, Plainville; a
paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Lula Gravitte, Rome; a maternal
great-great-grandmother, Mrs. Gertie Elliott, Rome; his girlfriend,
Shannon Bridges, Rome; step-grandparents, Hubert and Ann Spain, Rome; an
aunt, Sabrina Gravitte, Calhoun; an uncle, Frank (Spanky) Gentry and his
family, Calhoun. Other relatives also survive.
    The funeral services was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Chapel at
Henderson & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Rodney Bankens officiating.
Interment followed in the family lot in Rome Memorial Park. Active
pallbearers were: Daryle Hefner, Santee Roe, Dustin Winters, Ronnie Givens,
Jonah Bagley, Matt Sanders, Eric Rogers and Paul McCoy. Honorary: Members
of the Pepperell High School Football and Wrestling Teams.

Leo Martin
    Mr. Leo O. Martin, age 85 of Ellijay, formerly of Nelson and a
member of Bethesda Baptist Church, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001 at
North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay.
    Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Eula Martin, and one
son, Jackie Lamar Martin.
    He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James E. and Betty
Martin, Ellijay, and Leo Jr. and Judy Martin of Douglasville; three
brothers, Donald, Herbert and Albert Reynolds, all of Rhode Island; one
sister, Mary. Seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 from the
Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Revs. Junior McTaggart and Harold
Cantrell officiating. Interment followed in Bethesda Baptist Church
Cemetery. The following served as pallbearers: Randy McClure, John Lowman,
Roger Stahl, Michael and Jason Martin and Scott Randolph.

Annie Luke
    Ms. Annie Mae Blizzard Luke, age 50 of Talking Rock, passed away
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001 in Kennestone Hospital.
    Ms. Luke was born Dec. 27, 1950 in Sylvester, Ga., the daughter the
late Benjamin C. and Mittie Lorene Blizzard. She worked in housekeeping and
was of the Baptist Faith.
    Survivors include Don Ethridge and her loving family.
    The funeral service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of
Bernhardt Funeral Home with the Rev. Edmund Miller officiating.

Estelle Reeves
    Mrs. Estelle Dilbeck Reeves, age 78 of Jasper, passed away Monday,
Jan. 15, 2001 at Chatsworth Health Care Center.
    She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Nancy
Reeves, Jasper; two brothers, Lloyd Dilbeck, Calhoun, and Dudley Dilbeck,
Adairsville; one brother-in-law, Jay Williams, Calhoun; three sisters,
Shirley Greason, Adairsville, Geri Hammond, Newnan, and Juanita Cox,
Taylorsville; three grandchildren, Karen Reeves, Eton, Richard and Crystal
Rogers, Eton, and Chuck and Cari Reeves, Jasper. Six great-grandchildren,
two great-great-grandchildren and several nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 from
Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Revs. Clyde Brock and Thomas Wheeler
officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The following
served as pallbearers: Eddie, Tommy and Robert Rich, Jimmy Faucett, Dwight
Wilson and Charles Tomblin.
    Cagle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
    Information: www.legacy.com.

Estelle Flowers
    Mrs. Estelle Flowers, age 60 of Jasper, formerly of Cherokee
County, passed away at Mountainside Medical Center on Jan. 6, 2001. Mrs.
Flowers was employed in the poultry industry.
    Survivors include her sons, Phillip Flowers, Jasper, Jimmy Flowers,
Woodstock, and Len Flowers, Canton; daughters, Linda Duckett, Jasper, Sandy
Holcomb and Jo Ann Cronan, Canton; brothers, Willie Wilson, Bartow County,
and Benny Wilson, Calhoun; sisters, Mary Franks and Gertrude Estes, both of
Jasper. Twelve grandchildren also survive.
    The funeral service was held Jan. 9 from the Salacoa Baptist Church
with interment in the Greely Cemetery.
    Sosebee Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Franklin Cook
    Taylor Funeral Home, Fairmount Chapel, announces the death and
funeral service for Mr. Franklin Dee Cook, age 64 of Fairmount, who died
Wednesday morning, Jan. 3, 2001 at his residence.
    Mr. Cook was born Oct. 1, 1936 in Bartow County to the late Mr. and
Mrs. John and Ada Taylor Cook. He was a retired truck driver and a member
of Pleasant Grove (Ryo) Baptist Church in Fairmount.
    Survivors include his wife, Barbara Thompson Cook of Fairmount;
three daughters, Debra Jones of Cartersville, Teresa Barnett of Calhoun and
Sandra Bramlett of Fairmount; son, Brent Cook of Fairmount; one sister,
Grace Barnes of Jasper. Seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren,
several nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. Friday from Pleasant
Grove (Ryo) Baptist Church with remains placed in state at 2 p.m. Rev. Gene
Clark officiating. Music was provided by the Gospel Pilgrims. Pallbearers
were: Josh Young, Ted and Jeffery Townsend, Eddie Fountain, Marvin Serritt
and Andy Thurman. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Bobby Samples
    Mr. Robert Lee (Bobby) Samples, age 46 of Jasper, passed away
unexpectedly at home Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001.
    He is survived by his mother, Rachel Seay Samples, Jasper;
brothers, Tommy Samples of Jasper and Ronnie Samples of Lilburn; sister,
Charlotte Rary of Jasper. Nieces and nephews also survive.
    A memorial service was held Thursday morning from the Chapel of
Chapman Funeral Home in Jasper with the Rev. Larry Reece officiating.
Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan, Ga.

Louise Thomas
    Taylor Funeral Home, Fairmount Chapel, announces the death and
funeral service of Mrs. Louise Thomas, age 73 of Rydal, who died Thursday
afternoon, Jan. 4, 2001.
    Mrs. Thomas was born Sept. 17, 1927 in Gordon County to the late
George and Lillian Greason Fite. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist
faith.
    She is survived by her husband, T.H. Thomas of Rydal; daughter and
son-in-law, Gale and Rev. Autry Dean of Talking Rock; son and
daughter-in-law, Allen and Carolyn Thomas of Rydal; and sister, Lucille
Chastain of Rome. Five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also
survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Jerusalem
Baptist Church with the Revs. Autry Dean and Bobby Segars officiating.
Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Rebecca Brookshire
    Taylor Funeral Home, Fairmount Chapel, announces the death of Mrs.
Rebecca Elizabeth (Sallie) Brookshire, age 81 of Ranger, who died Friday
morning, Jan. 5, 2001 at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun.
    Mrs. Brookshire was born June 6, 1919 in Jasper to the late William
Avery and Mary Elizabeth Hightower Hobgood. She was a homemaker and a
member of Mt. Paran Church of Jesus Christ in Calhoun. Mrs. Brookshire was
preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Clay Brookshire, and a son, James
Brookshire.
    Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Jerry
Bagley, Acworth, Betty and Bobby Smith, Covington, Hazel and Bobby Bailey,
Doraville, and Debra and Dan Tarrant, Collinsville, Al.; sons and
daughters-in-law, Grady and Debbie Brookshire and Arvel Brookshire, all of
Lawrenceville, Mack and Mary Brookshire, Ray and Joyce Brookshire, Edward
and Carol Brookshire, Tim Brookshire and Steve and Betty Ann Brookshire,
all of Ranger, Wallace Jr. and Susan Brookshire, Plainville, Marvin and
Linda Brookshire, Calhoun; sister, Eunice Cloer, Chatsworth. Thirty-seven
grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter,
several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday from Taylor Funeral
Home, Fairmount Chapel, with the Rev. Freddie Craige officiating.
Pallbearers were: Billy, Robbie, Brian, Anthony, Richard, Micael and Wesley
Brookshire, Jared Bailey, Gene Smallwood and Scott Tarrant. Burial followed
in Heaven of Rest Memorial Park.

Jimmy Davis
    Mr. Jimmy Davis, age 64 of Newborn, Ga., passed away Jan. 6, 2001
at his home.
    Mr. Davis was a native of Newton County. He was self employed at a
body shop and wrecker service. He was an Air Force veteran and a member of
New Friendship Baptist Church in Waleska. Mr. Davis was preceded in death
by his father, James Dozier Davis Sr.
    Survivors include his wife, Shirley C. Davis, Newborn; sons, Kevin,
Joseph and John Davis, all of Waleska; daughters, Vickie Davis, Waleska,
Mrs. Kaye Ghorley, Canton, and Patricia Nelson of Jasper; mother, Mrs. Mary
A. Davis, Porterdale; brother, Mike Davis, Mansfield; sister, Mrs. Brenda
Turner, Covington. Eleven grandchildren, several nieces and nephews also
survive.
    The funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. from the
Chapel of Harwell Funeral Home with the Revs. Randy Cloer and Earl Nelson
officiating. Interment was in Newborn Memorial Cemetery.

Jewel Brown
    Mrs. Jewell M. Brown, age 76 of Jasper, passed away at a Woodstock
nursing home.
    Survivors include a daughter, Eloise Childers, Jasper. Four
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday from Bethesda Baptist
Church with the Revs. Mike Byess, Roy Blackwell, Joey Phillips, Sherman
Westbrook and Dean Pugh officiating. Interment was in the Jerusalem Baptist
Church Cemetery.
    Sosebee Funeral Home of Canton was in charge of the arrangements.

Dewey F. Callahan
    Dewey F. Callahan of Atlanta passed away Dec. 17, 2000 in a Smyrna
hospital.
    Mr. Callahan was born and raised in Pickens County. He was the son
of Robert and Ethel Callahan and a member of Sunlight Baptist Church in
Ellijay.
    Survivors include his wife, Tris Callahan; two sons, Buddy Callahan
and Robert Willaughy of Cumming; one daughter, Anna G. Treham of Austell;
one brother, Rev. Jewell Callahan of Tate. Eleven grandchildren, 12
great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held Dec. 19 from Castellou Funeral Home
with the Rev. Frank Jenkins officiating. Interment was in Riverview
Memorial Park Cemetery in Smyrna.

Sid Boling
    Mr. Sid Boling, age 38 of Jasper, passed away in a Marietta
hospital Tuesday evening, Dec. 26 as the result of a tree-cutting accident
in Jasper Nov. 29.
    Survivors include his wife, Sandy Ray Boling; sons, Chris and Jacob
Boling, all of Tate; father, Cicero Boling, Jasper; mother, Carolyn Wilson,
Cartersville; grandmother, Ruthelle Hamby, Cedar Bluff, Al.; sisters,
Annette Carroll, Jasper, Joyce Dixon and Jeannette Beaver, both of
Cartersville; brothers, Jimmy Boling, Acworth, and John Wilson, Marietta.
    The funeral service was held Friday morning from the Chapel of
Chapman Funeral Home in Jasper with the Revs. Parker Benson and D.J. Free
officiating. Burial was in Lake Forest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were:
Carlton and Gary Pendley, T.O. Carroll, Jeff Tilley, Tony Jones and Larry
Beaver.

Blanche Keffer
    Miss Blanche G. Keffer, age 97 of Jasper, passed away at a local
nursing center Wednesday morning, Dec. 27, 2000 following a lengthy illness.
    Survivors are one sister, Dolly Kelley, Jasper; and several nieces
and nephews including Ed and Ruthann Friedrichs of Bent Tree.
    Miss Keffer was taken to Charleston, W.V. for entombment in
Cunningham Memorial Park Friday afternoon.
    Local arrangements were entrusted to Chapman Funeral Home, Jasper.

Thomas J. Lewis Jr.
    Mr. Thomas Johnston Lewis Jr. of Jasper passed away Dec. 24, 2000
at Mountainside Medical Center following a brief illness. Born in Atlanta
in 1923, Mr. Lewis was a practicing attorney in Atlanta for over 30 years.
    He was a veteran of WW II, having enlisted and served in the USAF
flying 24 missions with the 99th bomber group in Italy. Following his
retirement in 1980, Tom and wife Anne moved to the Bent Tree community in
Jasper.
    Survivors include one son, Tom J. Lewis III of Jasper; daughter,
Elizabeth Clark, Roseburg, Or.; sister, Mary Pond, Duncanville, Tx. Six
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.
    There were private services for the family. In lieu of flowers Mr.
Lewis requested that donations be directed to the American Cancer Society,
the Salvation Army or the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in
Jasper, which may be contacted through the Episcopal Church of the Holy
Family in Jasper.

Joyce Ferguson
    Joyce Ellen Ferguson, age 44 of Fairmount, passed away Monday, Dec.
25, 2000 at her home.
    Mrs. Ferguson was born April 21, 1956 in Henderson, Tn. to Ronnie
Lee and Sue Ann Harrison Ulrey. She was employed by First Insurance Network
in Smyrna and was a member of the Calhoun Church of Christ.
    She is survived by her husband, Raymond Stuart Ferguson, Fairmount;
sons, Jeremy and Timothy Ferguson, both of Fairmount; parents, Ronnie Lee
and Sue Ann Ulrey, Calhoun; sister, Deborah Sue Anderson, Monticello;
brothers, Mike and Mark Ulrey, both of Chattanooga, and David Ulrey,
Ashland City, Tn. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
    A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 from the
Calhoun Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers the family requests
contributions be made to the Brain Tumor Society at 124 Watertown Street,
Ste. 3H, Watertown, Ma. 02474.
    Taylor Funeral Home, Fairmount Chapel, was in charge of the
arrangements.

Vino Dean
    Miss Vino Mae Dean, age 89 of Jasper, passed away at a local
hospital Saturday morning, Dec. 23, 2000 following a lengthy illness.
    Survivors include her sister, Miss Veneda Dean, Cartersville; and
several nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service was held Sunday afternoon from the Chapel of
Chapman Funeral Home in Jasper with the Revs. Horace Long and Terry Dean
officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were:
Tommy Coleman, Scron Dean, David Young, Jerry and Donald Mathews and
Randall Morgan.

Homer Young
    Mr. Homer Ernest Young, age 72 of Fairmount, passed away Saturday
morning, Dec. 30, 2000 at his residence following several years of
declining health.
    Mr. Young was born on May 14, 1928 in Pickens County, son of the
late Alonzo and Elizabeth "Lilear" Mulkey Young. He was a retired employee
of the Georgia Department of Transportation and was a member of East
Damascus Baptist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Odell Young, to whom he was married for
55 years; two daughters and their husbands, Diane and George Wilson of
Calhoun and Frances and Travis Pack of Ranger; three sons, Tex and Steve
Young, both of Fairmount, Berley and Glenda Young of Ludville; one brother,
Lloyd and Rosalee Young of Ludville. Eleven grandchildren, six
great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Friendship
Baptist Church at Ludville with the Revs. David Temples and Bobby Timms
officiating. Pallbearers were: Ricky Crump, Eric Childers, Johnny Young,
Kevin Choats, Gerald Thomas and Lloyd Mulkey. Interment followed in the
church cemetery.
    Max Brannon & Sons Funeral Home of Calhoun was in charge of the
arrangements.

Helen Godfrey
    Mrs. Helen Louise Hyde Godfrey, age 76 of Jasper, passed away
unexpectedly at her home Saturday afternoon, Dec. 30, 2000. She was the
widow of Mr. Herman J. Godfrey.
    Mrs. Godfrey was born in Pickens County, daughter of the late J.L.
(Len) and Mattie Lou Aaron Hyde. She was a homemaker.
    Survivors include her son, Jimmy and Diane Godfrey, Jasper; and
granddaughter, Michelle Godfrey, Jasper. Several nieces and nephews also
survive.
    The funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon from Town Creek
Baptist Church with the Revs. Horace Biddy and Clyde Brock officiating.
Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Ricky, Roger and
Ronald Godfrey, Richard Thurman, James and Bobby DeLay.
    Arrangements were entrusted to Chapman Funeral Home, Jasper.

Iretta Ingram
    Mrs. Iretta Ingram, age 85 of Ball Ground, passed away Friday, Dec.
29, 2000 at Woodstock Nursing Home.
    She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Harold
Darden, Colorado Springs, Co.; and two grandchildren, Dawn and Scott Darden.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31 from the
Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Wigington officiating.
Interment followed in Ball Ground City Cemetery. The following served as
pallbearers: Frank Darden, Charlie Mullis, Glenn and Blake Densmore.
    Information: www.legacy.com.

Frank Morabito
    Mr. Frank Morabito, age 60 of Jasper, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 26,
2000 at his residence.
    He is survived by his wife, Betty Morabito, Jasper; one daughter,
Audra Morabito, Lawrenceville; and three brothers, Tom, Tony and Nick
Morabito, all of Michigan. Nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29 from the
Chapel of Cagle Funeral Home with Dr. Terry Fields officiating. Interment
followed in Sunrise Memorial Gardens. The family did accept flowers but
prefer donations to the Cancer Society. Pallbearers were: Bob McCary,
Clarence McMillian, Tommy and Frankie Morabito, Harold Eidson and Eric
Nahodil.
    Information: www.legacy.com.

Effie Taylor
    Mrs. Effie Taylor, age 76 of Sweetwater, Tn., formerly of
Madisonville, Tn., passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000 at Sweetwater
Hospital.
    She is survived by one son, Mark Taylor, Madisonville, Tn.; three
daughters, Mary Gibson, Cleveland, Tn., Kathy McKee, Benton, Tn., and Dot
Miller, Madisonville, Tn. Ten grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews also survive.
    The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1 from Town
Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Self officiating. Interment
followed in the church cemetery. The following served as pallbearers:
Luther Walton, Jason and Danny Taylor, Joey and Stevie Miller and Fred
Evans.
    Cagle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
    Information: www.legacy.com.


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