Miscellaneous White County, Georgia Obituaries


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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 County.
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 and WWII. 
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 funeral home. 
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.

Bonnie Ashe
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 Cemetery.
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.

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