Dorothy Jean Neal Payne
Dorothy Jean Neal Payne, 77, of Cleveland died Monday, August 5 at
her residence following an extended illness.
Dorothy Jean was born July 19, 1925, the daughter of Dr. L. G. Neal,
Sr. and Pauline Butt Neal. She lived most of her life in Cleveland. She
graduated from Cleveland High School in 1942 and from Young Harris College
in 1944. She attended the University of Georgia in 1944-45 and entered
the Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta in 1945 from which she
was graduated in May 1948. From 1948 to 1953 she worked for her father
in the Neal Clinic in Cleveland.
In December 1952 Dorothy Jean was married to Earl Ray Payne, Professor
of English at Truett-McConnell College. She and her husband moved to Nashville
where they both enrolled in George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
Dorothy Jean was graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Public
Health Nursing in 1955.
For the last twenty-five years of her 41-year nursing career, Dorothy
Jean was the Head Public Health Nurse for the White County Public Health
Department, where she retired in 1988. She provided a lifetime of service
to her community beyond the medical profession, assisting others behind
the scene and without fanfare.
She was a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Zion Interdenominational
Church in Cleveland.
In 1978 Dorothy Jean shared and fostered the vision of five young people
for what was to become one of the most remarkable ventures known worldwide.
She became patron, nurse, chauffeur and advocate for BabyLand General Hospital
and the Cabbage Patch Kids, which grew out of her father’s hospital clinic
where her nursing career began. She was preceded in death by her parents
and her husband.
Survivors include son, Thomas Geoffrey Payne of Clarkesville; granddaughter,
Jillian Darlene Payne of Cleveland; brother, L. G. Neal Jr. of Milian.
Dorothy Jean also leaves extended family and devoted friends.
In lieu of flowers, and in respect of her fondness for animals, memorial
contributions may be made to the Charles Smithgall Humane Society of White
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 11, 2002 at
Barrett Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Hefner officiating.
Barrett Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangments.
James Benton West
Funeral arrangements are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, August 8, 2002
at Cleveland First Baptist Church for Mr. James Benton West, 61, of Sautee.
Dr. Joe Vernon, Dr. Bob Massey and The Rev. Dennis Turner will officiate.
The body will lie in state at the church at 2:30 p.m. Burial will follow
in Nacoochee Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. West died Monday, August 5,
2002 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. West was born in White County and was an airline pilot. He served
in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Mr. West is preceded in death
by his father, O.B. West Jr. He was the President of the White County Farm
Bureau and a member and deacon of Cleveland First Baptist Church.
Survivors include wife, Sonja West of Sautee; daughters and sons-in-law,
Cindy and Chris Sosebee, and Deborah and John Alderman, all of Sautee;
son, Jim West of Sautee; mother, Merle C. West of Sautee; brothers, Edwin
L. West of Dillard and Dr. John D. West of Grayson; 9 grandchildren and
several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Barrett Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Fannie Ravan Johnson
Fannie Ravan Johnson, age 102 of Haines City, Fla., formerly of East
Point, died July 18 at Haines City Health Care.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Lumpkin County near Turner’s Corner and spent
most of her life in Cleveland, moving to East Point in 1962. She married
Robert S. Johnson in 1918. She was an active member of the East Point First
United Methodist Church and the Missionary Society at Cleveland United
Methodist Church where she knitted scarves and socks for soldiers in WWI
She is survived by one son, Hiram Neal Johnson Sr. and daughter-in-law,
Ann of Haines City; grandson, Rev. H. Neal Johnson Jr. and granddaughter-in-law,
Patricia Johnson of Glade Springs, Va.; granddaughter, Lisa Kirk and grandson-in-law,
Leonard David Kirk of Lutz, Fla.; and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 22 at East Point
First United Methodist. Rev. Herschel Sheets, Rev. H. Neal Johnson, Rev.
Horace Couch officiated. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Barrett Funeral Home announcing for Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home
in East Point.
James M. Wallrich
James M. (Jim) Wallrich of Cleveland died Friday, July 26, 2002, near
Cameron, Mont., while on an extended camping trip of the western states.
Born June 22, 1928 in Shawano, Wisc., he had recently celebrated his 74th
birthday with family and friends in Wyoming.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion T. Wallrich, in
1999, and his parents several years ago. Jim is survived by his wife, Elizabeth
Wallrich; daughters and sons-in-law Melody and Tony Jiran of Savannah,
and Christy and Tim Berry of Clarkesville; step-daughter and son-in-law
Cathey and Tommy Free of Clarkesville; and step-son and daughter-in-law
Jay and Dee Thomas, stationed with the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Va.; grandsons
Joshua Randells, stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Clovis, N.M. and
Marshall Randells of Clarkesville; granddaughters Michaela Jiran and Isabel
Jiran of Savannah; step-granddaughters Stephanie Fain of Clarkesville and
Savannah Thomas and Jasmine Thomas of Norfolk, Va; and great-granddaughter
Ashton Randells of Clovis, N.M.
Wallrich is also survived by his brother, Richard Wallrich of Santa
Rosa, Calif.; sisters, Jeanne Morris of DePere, Wisc., and Marcia Heinz
of Shawano, Wisc.; as well as many friends and other relatives scattered
in several states.
Wallrich served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, graduated
with a degree in forestry from the University of Montana in Missoula, and
retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1985. He also retired from the
Mossy Creek Christmas Tree Farm in Cleveland in 1993.
He was a member of Cleveland First Baptist Church and the Providence
Sunday School Class there, and of the Gateway Squares in Cleveland. A memorial
service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.
William Robert Wofford
Mr. William Robert Wofford, 78, of Cleveland died Monday, August 5,
2002 at his residence following an extended illness. Funeral services were
held August 7, 2002 at the funeral home chapel, the Rev. John Ayers and
Deacon Bill Clemmons officiating. Burial followed in the Mountain View
Baptist Church Cemetery.
Wofford was a native and lifelong resident of White County and was
the son of the late Ernest and Halie Nix Wofford. He was a retired truck
driver. He served in the United States Army and was of the Baptist faith.
He attended Eastside Fellowship Church. He is preceded in death by his
brother, Albert Wofford, and sisters, Lona Shelnut, Cora Bryant Nora Huckaby
and Ola Shelnut.
Survivors include his daughter, Joan Dobbs of Forest Park; brother,
Clifford Wofford of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Ethel Turner of Greenville,
S.C.;and niece and nephew, Joe and Darlene Gailey Clark of Clermont. Two
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home of Cleveland was in charge
of the arrangements.
Ann Stroup Rary
Ann Stroup Rary, 66, of Cleveland died Wednesday, July 31, 2002 after
a brief illness.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. at Hamilton
Mill Memorial Chapel in Buford. The Rev. Jim Bolin officiated.
The family received friends and remembered her through pictures and
memories on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. until time of service at the
In lieu of flowers, the family said Mrs. Rary “would want you to search
your heart and reach out to help someone close to you in need personally,
financially or spiritually.” The family would appreciate a note expressing
how you remembered her, a family representative said.
Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Chuck Jones of
Dahlonega, Cathie and Hal Jones of Acworth; son, David Rary of Cleveland;
grandchildren, Jared, Evan, Caleb, Patrick, Katie, Kristina, Rebecca and
Decca; brothers, Jerry Stroup and Larry Stroup.
Hamilton Mill Memorial Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
Miss Bonnie Ashe, 92. of Cleveland died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002 at
a private health care center following an extended illness.
Miss Ashe was born in Union County the daughter of the late John D.
and Laura Bell Martin Ashe. She was a member of Blue Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include her brother, John Irvin Ashe of Cleveland; and several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at the chapel of Barrett
Funeral Home. The Rev. Leon Carter officiated. Burial was in the Cleveland
Barrett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements
Johnathan Dwight England
Johnathan Dwight England, 25, of Cleveland died Thursday Oct. 10, 2002
at the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans.
Mr. England was born in Hall County and had lived in White County all
of his life. He was preceded in death by his father, Danny Dwight England.
Survivors include his mother, Gladys Willene Simpson Sullens of Cleveland;
sisters, Libby Dodson, Elisha England, Ellen Marie England, all of Cleveland;
brothers, Steven England, Mitchell England, both of Gainesville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Chapel of Barrett
Funeral Home. The Rev. Bobby Smith and the Rev. L.G. Howard officiated.
Barrett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Ellen Elaine Gerrells Hulsey
Mrs. Ellen Elaine Gerrells Hulsey, 53, of Cleveland died Wednesday,
Oct. 9, 2002, at Habersham County Medical Center following a brief illness.
Mrs. Hulsey was born in Habersham County and was preceded in death
by her husband, Phillip Wayne Hulsey, and mother, Clara Kinsey Gerrells.
She was a substitute teacher for the White County School System.
Survivors include her daughter, Tonia Garcia of Cleveland; son, Kevin
Hulsey of Cleveland; father, George Gerrells of Cleveland; sister, Joyce
Morris of Baldwin; brother, Ricky Gerrells of Cleveland; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002 at
Macedonia Methodist Church. The Rev. W. A. Jenkins, the Rev. Lester Haynes
and the Rev. Jessie Savage officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Barrett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Catherine Mae Gilreath
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002 at Shoal
Creek Baptist Church for Mrs. Catherine Mae Gilreath, 89 of Cleveland.
The Rev. Chris Anderson and the Rev. Loyd Martin officiated. Burial was
in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Gilreath died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002 at Northeast Georgia Medical
Center following an extended illness.
Mrs. Gilreath was born in Fannin County the daughter of the late Cornelius
and Ida Sims Thomas. She was a member of Shoal Creek Baptist Church and
a founding member of the Shoal Creek Goodwill Circle. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Lewis Gilreath and son, William (Bill) Gilreath.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Earl and Jean Gilreath,
Kenneth (Shorty) and Edna Gilreath, Neal and Virginia Gilreath, all of
Cleveland, Ernest and Liz Gilreath of Ruidoso, N.M.; daughters and sons-in-law,
Christine and Eugene Seabolt, Edith and Bill Stover, all of Cleveland,
Frances and Stanley Jones of Demorest; daughter, Gail Barron of Cleveland;
daughter-in-law, Carolyn Gilreath; 19 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren;
and 1 great great grandchild.