Miscellaneous White County, Georgia Obituaries

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Geraldine Blackstock
Mrs. Geraldine Tatum Blackstock, 80, of Cumming, died Saturday, March 31, 2001.
Mrs. Blackstock had attended Brookwood Baptist Church for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Blackstock.
She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Wanda and Ferrell Jennings and Brenda Whitt, all of Cumming; sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Jean Blackstock, Cumming, Randy and Lynne Blackstock, Cleveland; grandchildren, Michelle and Don Bryan, Bryan and Angie Fussell, Chet and Monica Blackstock, Brooke and Curtis Brookshire, and Perry Jennings, all of Cumming, and Shane and Crystal Blackstock, Dawsonville, Seth and Caleb Blackstock, Cleveland, and Lisa Boyd, Woodstock; great-grandchildren, Emma, Jake and Gil Fussell, Cumming, and Corbin Boyd, Woodstock; brother and sister-in-law, John Bernard and Loyce Tatum, Byron; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Myrtice Tatum, Marie Hall, Chippie Harris, and John Blackstock, all of Cumming, and Glendon Blackstock, Cleveland; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 2 at 2 p.m. from the Ingram Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. Donnie Nix and the Rev. Doug Carnes officiated. Interment followed at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.
Ingram Funeral Home of Cumming was in charge of the arrangements. 

Nell Hill 
Mrs. Lou Nell Johnson Hill, 79, of Austell, formerly of Clarkesville, died Saturday, March 31, 2001 at her residence in Austell following an extended illness. 
Born in Habersham County on August 21, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Sally Sosebee Johnson and had lived most of her adult life in Cobb County. Nell and her husband, Marvin, moved back to Habersham County in 1976 after retirement. Nell was a homemaker and member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Hill; daughter, Donna Sue Fullam; granddaughter, Miranda L. Siniard; a brother and four sisters.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 2 at 1 p.m. at Hillside Memorial Chapel in Clarkesville with the Rev. George Deadwyler and Dr. Phil Griffin officiating. Interment was at the Blue Creek Baptist Cemetery in Cleveland.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda Lange, Rebecca and Jack Farmer, all of Austell, and Cheryl and Tom Crook, Sanford, Fla.; son and daughter-in-law, Truett and Diane Hill, Austell; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Buelah London, Hendersonville, NC.
Hillside Memorial Chapel of Clarkesville was in charge of the arrangements. 

James Hilton
Mr. James Ralph Hilton, 48, of Sautee, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001 at the Haven House Hospice in Atlanta following an extended illness. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30 at Harvest Christian Church in Habersham County. Interment followed in Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Hilton was born in Habersham County, a son of James Rex and Alice Waldrop Hilton. He was employed by U.S. Filters and served in the 2nd Airborne in the U.S. Army. Mr. Hilton was a member of Mud Creek Baptist Church and a graduate of White County High School and Piedmont College. He was preceded in death by his father, James Rex Hilton.
Survivors include his sons, James Chadwick Hilton, Sautee, and Benjamin Andrew Hilton, Lawrenceville; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy Clinton and Candice Hilton, Bethlehem; daughter, Rebekah Hilton, Alto; mother, Alice Hilton, Sautee; brother, Michael Hilton, Sautee; sister, Ruth Billew, Athens; sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Mitchell Pharris, Sautee; and grandchildren, Kaylen Hilton and Timothy Clinton Hilton Jr., both of Bethlehem, and Caleb Morgan, Sautee.
Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Bonelle Hudgins
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 2, 2001 at the chapel of Ward’s Funeral Home for Mrs. Bonelle Stevens Hudgins, 83, of Gainesville. The Rev. Chip Penland officiated. Interment followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mrs. Hudgins died Saturday, March 31 at Lakeshore Heights Nursing Home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Hudgins was born in Hopewell, Va., but lived in North Georgia most of her life. She had lived in White and Jackson counties before moving to Belmont in Hall County when she was a teen-ager.
She worked at both Warren Featherbone and Barry Manufacturing in Gainesville, but for most of her life, she worked at home, devoting her time and energies to her husband, J. Edwin Hudgins, who died Nov. 30, 1987, and her three children.
In her younger married life, she was active in the Livewire Home Demonstration Club and served as president of the Hall County Demonstration Club. She took pride in her abilities as a seamstress and cook and won local contests for both skills. She joined the Galilee Christian Church as a young woman.
Mrs. Hudgins is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Florene Hudgins, Franklin, N.C., and Phil and Shirley Hudgins, Gainesville; daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Mike Wilson, Gainesville; brothers, Dean Stevens, Gainesville, and James A. Stevens, Braselton; sisters, Doris Jordan, Lithia Springs, and Betty Wintrub, Miami, Fla.; grandchildren, Wayne Hudgins, Athens, Dawn Richards, Gainesville, Winn Hudgins, Athens, Beth Navage, St. Petersburg, Fla., Michele Smith, Anderson, S.C., Marcia Brock, LaGrange, Clay Wilson, Gainesville, and Traci Penland, Wake Forest, N.C.; and 10 great-grandchildren. Ward's Funeral Home of Gainesville was in charge of the arrangements.

Dora Roberts
Mrs. Dora Roberts, 90, of Cleveland, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001 at Friendship Healthcare Center following an extended illness. Funeral Mass was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Claremont, N.H. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Roberts was born in Claremont, N.H. and had lived in White County for several years. 
She is survived locally by her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Polly Roberts, Cleveland; grandchildren; and a host of relatives in New Hampshire.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 1546, Gainesville, Ga. 30503.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home of Cleveland was in charge of arrangements. 

Hazel Thomas
Mrs. Hazel Thomas, 86, of Demorest, died Thursday, March 29, 2001 at her daughter’s residence following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Henry Grady Barnes and Rev. Garvin Kinsey officiated. Interment followed in Dukes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Thomas was born in White County, and had lived here most of her life. She had lived in Demorest for the past 16 years. She was a member of Union Grove Congregational Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonah Thomas; daughter, Olean Bates; and sons, Neal Thomas and J. B. Thomas. 
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, W.C. and Kay Thomas, Gastonia, N.C., Lester and Vickie Thomas, Homer, Robert and Patsy Thomas, Cleveland, and Garvice and Joan Thomas, Demorest; daughters and sons-in-law, Ora and Crawford Freeman, Demorest, Ida and Grady Loggins, Cleveland, and Juanita and Edward Moose, Pendergrass; daughter, Minnie Robinson, Cleveland; son-in-law, Donald Bates, Clermont; sister Nannie Mae Stephens, Cherryville, N.C.; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Hattie Westmoreland
Miss Hattie Mae Westmoreland, 91, of Gainesville, died Sunday, April 1, 2001 at Lakeshore Heights Nursing Center following an extended illness.
Miss Westmoreland was born in Jackson County and had lived in Hall County most of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Lee and Pearl Sargent Westmoreland. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sister, Vera Wooten, Gainesville and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3 from the chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. J. L. Yopp and Rev. Leonard Gibbs officiated. Interment followed in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. 
Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland was in charge of arrangements.

Alex Cantrell
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2001 from the Barrett Funeral Home Chapel for Mr. Alex Cantrell, 71 of Cleveland. 
The Rev. Tim Barrett and Mrs. Barbara Head officiated. Burial followed in Gateway Memory Park.
Mr. Cantrell died Sunday, June 24, 2001 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following a sudden illness.
Mr. Cantrell was born in White County where he lived all of his life. He was preceded in death by his father, John J. Cantrell. Mr. Cantrell was a past member and a member of the Yonah Masonic Lodge #382 F & A.M., a member of the American Legion, and a member of the VFW Post 7720, Cornelia. Mr. Cantrell is a veteran of the Korean war serving in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Cleveland First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Cantrell of Cleveland; mother, Jessie Cantrell of Cleveland; brother and sister-in-law, George and Marcy Cantrell of Cleveland; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Dorothy Jean Brookshire of Cleveland; nieces and nephews, Lisa and Charles McClure of Cleveland; Michelle and Randy Griffith of Suwannee; Courtney and Tim Jaskiewiez of Charleston, S.C.; niece, Debbie Wike of Smyrna; great-nephews, Josh McClure, Jeremy McClure, both of Cleveland; great-nephew and niece, Ricky Wike, Jr. and Lori Wike of Bocatella, Idaho; great-nieces, Haley Griffith, McKinsey Griffith, both of Suwannee; Jessica Jaskiewiez of Charleston, S.C.
Flowers are optional or you may make contributions to your favorite charity.
Barrett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Thelma Mae Grizzle
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 2 p.m. in the Little-Davenport Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Thelma Mae Grizzle, 65 of Murrayville. The Rev. Donald Tritt and Rev. Dean Bryant officiated. Interment followed in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
Mrs. Grizzle died Monday, May 28, 2001 at the Lanier Park Hospital following an extended illness.
Born in Blairsville, Mrs. Grizzle had lived in Hall County for the past 50 years. She was a homemaker and attended the Liberty Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Arrie Sosebee Phillips of Blairsville; sisters, Maudie Rider of Blairsville and Bertie Mae Rider of Dahlonega; brother, Randall Sosebee of Blairsville and a grandson; Thomas Yearwood of Demorest.
Survivors include her husband, J. L. Grizzle of Murrayville; sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Shirley Grizzle of Clermont; Tommy and Gail Grizzle of Woodstock; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Talmadge Free of Lula; Linda and Travis Hollis of Cleveland; Brenda and David Yearwood of Demorest; Carolyn and Stanley Wilson of Lula; brother, Carlos Phillips of Andrews, N.C.; sisters, Shirley Grindle of Cleveland, Kathleen Seabolt of Blairsville; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home of Gainesville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Howard Mosher
Mr. Howard Lloyd Mosher, age 49 of Cleveland died Thursday, June 21, 2001 at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following an extended illness. 
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2001 from Alexander’s Gateway Chapel, the Rev. Jimmy Sargent officiated.
Mr. Mosher lived in Bradenton, Fla. before moving to White County in 1992. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marie Smith Mosher. Mr. Mosher was an independent owner operator and was a member of the Owner/Operator Independent Drivers Association. 
He is survived by his wife, Kathe Mosher of Cleveland; daughter, Melissa Mosher of Cleveland; son, Jeremy Mosher of Cleveland; step-mother, Jan Mosher of Parrish, Fla.; brothers, Robert Mosher of Bradenton and J.D. Mosher of Miami, Fla.; sisters, Cathy Chouinard of Wasco, Ill.; Cindy Upcavage of Plant City, Fla.; and Robin Mosher of Pheonix, Ariz; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Those wishing to do so may make memorial donations to the Luekemia/Lymphoma Society, 475 Park Avenue S., 21st Floor, New York, NY 10016.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

William Odis Nelms
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2001 for Mr. William Odis Nelms, 66 of Cleveland.
The Rev. Loyd Martin, Rev. Lester Haynes, and Rev. Teddy Allen officiated. Interment followed in the Macedonia Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Nelms died Sunday, June 24, 2001 at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Nelms was born in White County the son of the late Frank and Essie Ferguson Nelms. He had lived in White County, all of his life and was retired from Habersham Mills. Mr. Nelms was preceded in death by brothers, Curtis Nelms and Mack Nelms. He attended Macedonia Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Claudene Nelms of Cleveland; sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Cemeal Nelms, Brian and Buffy Nelms, all of Cleveland; Larry and Janice Littleton of Toccoa; sisters, Dorothy Nelms, Ruth McCallister, both of Cleveland; Virginia Loudermilk of Mt. Airy; brother, Junior Nelms of Cleveland; and nine grandchildren.
Barrett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Charles Canup Sr.
Mr. Charles Arthur Canup Sr., age 75 of Cleveland, died Thursday, June 21, 2001 at his residence following a sudden illness. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2001 from the chapel of Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral home, the Rev. Mark Akin officiated. Interment followed in the Gateway Memory Park Cemetery.
Mr. Canup was born and raised in Kellum Valley and left White County to join the United States Army, where he attained the rank of First Sergeant and served during World War II. 
After the war Mr. Canup settled in Ft. Mitchell, Ala. where he was employed at the Alabama Craft Paper Company, later to become Mead Paper, where he retired after 36 years service. 
He was a member of the North Georgia Bible Church. Mr. Canup was preceded in death by his parents, Smith Monroe Canup and Aurora Allison Canup.
Survivors include his wife, Myrtis Freeman Canup of Cleveland; son, Charles Arthur Canup Jr. of Cleveland; daughters, Sandra Fleming of Cleveland, Teresa Kuntz of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; brothers, Lewis Canup of Clarkesville, Bobby Canup of Clarkesville, Lamar Canup of Sautee; daughters, Marginelle Brown of Cleveland and Jean Grizzle of Cleveland, and Kathleen Taylor of Chaffin, Southern Calif.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the North Georgia Bible Church Building Fund.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Viola Turner Reynolds
Mrs. Viola Turner Reynolds, 86, of Cleveland died Wednesday, June 20, 2001 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lanier Park Campus following a period of declining health.
Mrs. Reynolds was born in White County, the daughter of the late Jim J. C. Turner and Pearl Etris Turner. She was a member of County Line Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Ham Reynolds, Jr.
Survivors include brothers, Joseph Turner of Gainesville, Jearl D. Turner of Cherokee, N.C. and James M. Turner of Doraville; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2001 at Barrett Chapel. The Rev. Donald Tritt and Rev. Jimmy Palmer officiated. Burial followed in County Line Baptist Church Cemetery. 
Barrett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Kenneth Ray Dockery
Mr. Kenneth Ray Dockery, age 41, of Cleveland, Ga. died Saturday Evening in Asheville, N.C. following an auto accident. He was born in Union County December 6, 1959, the son of the late Lester and Othenda Dye Dockery. He was the night manager of Betty's Country Store in Helen and also worked at Freudenberg-NOK in Cleveland.
Survivors include brothers and sisters Buell Dockery, Troy Dockery, Cecil Dockery and Sherry Dockery, all of Blairsville; Wanda Webb of Copper Hill; Tommy Dockery of Young Harris; Ralph Dockery of Morganton and Marty Dockery of Apex, N.C.
Funeral services were Tuesday, 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Cochran Funeral Home in Blairsville, Ga. with Rev. Mark Porado and Rev. Tony Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow if the Pine Log cemetery.
Barrett Funeral announced for Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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