Miscellaneous White County, Georgia Obituaries

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William Fred Cantrell
William Fred Cantrell of Sautee-Nacoochee died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at his residence following a period of declining health. He was 85.
Mr. Cantrell was a native and lifelong resident of White County, a machinist and farmer. He was member of Bethel Baptist Church and served as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Claudine Palmer Cantrell; his infant son, Earl Cantrell; granddaughter, Tammy Westmoreland; brother, Daniel Cantrell; sisters, Della Abernathy, Louise Baker, Kate Sosebee Welborn and Ethel Cash; and a brother-in-law, Buford Benfield.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Helen Cantrell, Sautee-Nacoochee, David and Barbara Cantrell, Lakemont; daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie and Buford Kinsey, Cleveland, Loretta and Roger Slaton, Dawsonville, Carol and Jack Westmorland, Clarkesville, Wilma and Jerry Dorsey, Cleveland, Eva Nix Hayes, Hendersonville, N.C.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Polly Cantrell, Marion and Rachel Cantrell, all of Sautee-Nacoochee; sisters and brothers-in-law, Evelyn and Robert McDonald, Dahlonega, Susie and Harold Kastner, Mt. Airy, Mary Bell Benfield, Clarkesville; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services were held Monday at Bethel Baptist Church. The Rev. Chad Cantrell, the Rev. Duane Eller, the Rev. Guy Lee and Rev. Darrell Westmorland officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Phillip Chitwood
CLARKESVILLE – Phillip (Pop-Big Pop) Chitwood died Friday, April 4, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center in Demorest following an extended illness. He was 78.
Mr. Chitwood was born Jan. 19, 1925, in Habersham County to Isaac Noah Chitwood and Bessie Josephine Sosebee Chitwood. He married Fannie Ossie Mae Coker on April 12, 1942.
In his early years, he was a farmer. Later he worked at a saw mill in the morning, and in the evening at Habersham Mills, Russell Corporation for more than 26 years. He was a member of Cool Springs United Methodist Church all his life.
Mr. Chitwood was preceded in death by his wife, Ossie Mae Chitwood; brothers, Cohen Brannon Chitwood, Joe Marlow Chitwood, Oscar (Bee) Benjamin Chitwood and Isaac Franklin (Frank) Chitwood.
Surviving are his daughters and sons-in-law, Beatrice and Bobby York, Carolyn and Charles Wilkes, Phyllis and Barry Trotter, all of Clarkesville, and Lesia and Merle Long, Helen; sons and daughters-in-law, Brannon and Brenda Chitwood, Clint and Debra Chitwood, Kelvin and Lorraine Chitwood, all of Clarkesville, Ben and Judy Chitwood, Dahlonega; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday at Cool Springs United Methodist Church with Darren Wilkes, the Rev. Bill Trotter, the Rev. Garvis Kinsey and the Rev. Steve McIntyre officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Cool Springs United Methodist Church Building Fund in care of Jackie Thomas, 509 Harvest Church Road, Clarkesville, Ga. 30523.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, had charge of arrangements.

Steven Bruce Gourley
DEMOREST – Steven Bruce Gourley died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness. He was 43.
Mr. Gourley was born June 6, 1959, in Fulton County, a son of the late Paul Gourley and Marion Coulter Gourley. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was a martial arts instructor at the Sautee Nacoochee Center.
Survivors include his daughters, Brandy Gourley and Taylor Gourley, Athens; sisters, Cherrilane Blackburn, Dallas, Texas, Sharon Gill, Conyers; brother, Ed Gourley, White Plains; and fiancee, Crystal Durden, Demorest.
Private family services were held. Memorials may be made to the “Bruce Gourley Education Fund,” Attention: Michael Brewer, c/o Bank of America, 1280 West Paces Ferry Road, NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30327 in memory of Bruce Gourley.
Stanley H. Powell and Cornelius E. Church and Son Funeral Home of Clarkesville had charge of arrangements.

Dent Harkins
Dennis “Dent” Harkins of Cleveland died Sunday, March 6, 2003, at the Lanier Park Campus of Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following a period of declining health. He was 68.
A native of Hall County, Mr. Harkins had lived in White County for most of his life. He was a son of the late Arthur and Maude Gooch Harkins. He was a heavy equipment operator.
Mr. Harkins was a member of New Bridge Baptist Church. His parents and a grandson, Shannon Sutton, preceded Mr. Harkins in death. 
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Harkins; son and daughter-in-law, Denton and Margaret Harkins, Mt. Airy; daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy Harkins, Hazel and Lamar Swindoll, Helen and Richard Simpson, Carol and Ricky Magness, all of Cleveland; brother and sister-in-law, Hoyt and Maxine Harkins, Jackson County; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Alexander’s Gateway Chapel with the Rev. W.A. Jenkins, the Rev. Lee Cantrell and the Rev. Leroy Gooch officiating. Burial was in Gateway Memory Park.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Lillie Mae Westmoreland
Lillie Mae Westmoreland of Cleveland died Monday, April 7, 2003, at Gateway Health Care Center following an extended illness. She was 90.
Mrs. Westmoreland was born in Hall County, the daughter of the late John Ed and Carrie Albertson Nix.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Westmoreland; granddaughter, Lydia Ann Westmoreland; and grandson, Harold Dean Butler Jr.
Mrs. Westmoreland had lived in White County for the past 60 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Concord Baptist Church in Clermont.
Survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Jean Underwood, Cleveland, Patricia Easthom, Talking Rock, Darlene and Richard Spencer, Flowery Branch; sons and daughters-in-law, William and Linda Westmoreland, Louisville, Ky., Johnny and Carolyn Westmoreland, Cleveland; sons, Charles (Bud) Westmoreland, Cleveland; sister and brother-in-law, Roena and the Rev. Willis Watkins, Cleveland; brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Pat Nix, Oakwood; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Barrett Chapel. The Rev. Robert Nix officiated. Burial was in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Glovine Dockery
DAHLONEGA – Mrs. Glovine Dockery, Dahlonega, died April 9, 2003, at Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega following a brief illness. She was 69.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be handled by Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Marjory Pritchett Bearden
Marjory Pritchett Bearden of Sautee-Nacoochee died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following an extended illness. She was 92.
Mrs. Bearden was born in Atlanta and spent most of her adult life in Buford before moving to White County in 1996. She was a mother and homemaker as well as owner of Pritchett’s Grocery and Pritchett’s Restaurant, which she operated for a number of years.
Mrs. Bearden was also an active member of the Gwinnett Garden Club. She was a well-known speaker to various garden clubs in the area. She was past president of Georgia Women’s Club. She also founded the Abundant Life Fellowship Program at the First Baptist Church of Buford. She was a member of Nacoochee United Methodist Church. 
She is survived by her son, James A. Pritchett Sr., Avondale Estates; daughters, Janet Vandegriff, Sautee-Nacoochee, Barbara Huff, Ellijay; grandchildren, James A. Pritchett, Richmond, Va., Debra Shaw, Gainesville, Susan Hofer, Sautee-Nacoochee, J. Michael Vandegriff, Sautee-Nacoochee, Michael Huff, Alexandria, and Laura Grant, Ellijay; sisters, Mildred Hartley, Jonesboro, and Nell Hughley, McDonough; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Sunday at Nacoochee United Methodist Church. The Rev. Lyndon Eubanks officiated.
Memorial donations may be made to Nacoochee United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 426, Sautee-Nacoochee, Ga. 30571. 
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Thomas Adron Chambers
Thomas Adron Chambers, Cleveland, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following a brief illness. He was 68. 
Mr. Chambers was born in Jackson County to the late Thomas Roscoe and Julia Ann Campbell Chambers. He was a member of the Heaven’s Horsemen and attended Cleveland Church of God. 
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Chambers, Cleveland; daughters, Anita Doyal, Jasper, Tina Chambers, Cumming, Linda Yarbrough, King’s Mountain, N.C.; sisters, Gladys Rucker, Austine Moore, both of King’s Mountain; and five grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Saturday at Barrett Chapel. The Rev. Scott Napier officiated. Burial was in Yonah View Memorial Gardens. 
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Wayne Corbin
SPRING HILL, Fla. – Wayne Corbin died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill following a brief illness. He was 72.
Mr. Corbin was a native of White County and spent most of his adult life in Florida. He was a self-employed welder and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. 
He is survived by his son, Michael Corbin, Cleveland; daughter, Angie Ransom, Gainesville; brother, Tommy Corbin, Atlanta; sisters, Bennie Ruth Corbin, Dahlonega, and Doris Folger, Atlanta.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Chris Shelnut officiated. Burial was in Gateway Memory Park.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Amanda Grace Hudson
GAINESVILLE – Amanda Grace Hudson died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. She was 86.
A lifelong resident of Hall County, Mrs. Hudson was the daughter of the late Mac and Mamie McDonald Gowder. She worked for Zeeman’s Manufacturing for 14-1/2 years, Hall County Library for 2-1/2 years and was a poll officer for Hall County for many years.
Mrs. Hudson was a member of New Bridge Baptist Church, where she helped with Vacation Bible School, played the piano and sang in the choir. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison Hudson.
Survivors include her children, Mildred and Nelson LeCroy, Blairsville, Betty Rozell, Birmingham, Ala., Herman and Dawne Hudson, Brunswick, Jacki and George Siques, Cleveland; grandchildren, Daryll LeCroy, Atlanta, Syd Almeida, Blairsville, Marty Rozell, Birmingham, Ala., Nikki Garrison, Cleveland; great-granddaughter, Olivia Almeida, Blairsville; sisters, Carol Dean Smith and Eulene Thurmond, both of Gainesville; brother, Frederick Gowder, Gainesville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday at New Bridge Baptist Church in Gainesville. The Rev. Loyd Martin officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, had charge of arrangements.

Joyce Gibson Chambers Janofsky
Joyce Gibson Chambers Janofsky of Cleveland died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta following an extended illness. She was 69.
Mrs. Janofsky was born in Bryson City, N.C., the daughter of the late Ralph and Tommie Gibson.
She was a former co-owner of Janwyck Paint in Cleveland. 
Survivors include her husband, Len Janofsky; daughter, Joy C. Fowler, Gainesville; sons, Matthew Janofsky, Lawrence-ville, Gerald Janofsky, Scituate, Mass., Paul Janofsky, Alpharetta; and four grandchildren. 
There will be a gathering for celebrating her life for friends and family. A time and place will be announced at a later date. 
Contributions may be made to White County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2090, Cleveland, Ga. 30528. 
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Harry Paul Pontiere Jr.
Harry Paul Pontiere Jr. of Cleveland died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003. 
Mr. Pontiere was a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and had lived in Fort Myers, Fla., before moving to White County in 1996.
Mr. Pontiere served in the United States Navy during World War II, and was a certified gemologist. He was of the Catholic faith. 
Survivors include his daughter, Kim Pontiere DeHart, Cleveland; stepsister, Patricia Voorvaart, Simsbury, Conn.; grandchildren, Chanel Pontiere, Zachary Ashe, Amanda Ashe; and great-grandson, Preston Pontiere. 
Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Lanier Martin will officiate. Burial will follow in Gateway Memory Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, has charge of arrangements. 

Martha Slade
PINEVIEW – Martha Slade died Tuesday, July 29, 2003, in Macon. She was 78. Mrs. Slade was a native of Dooly County and was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, WMU president and Sunday school teacher.
She was a member of Pineview Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Slade.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Rudy Lancaster, Cordele, Lynn and Larry Dunaway, Hawkinsville, Colding and Kelsie Brady, Cleveland, Merry John and Robert Mooring, Keystone Heights, Fla.; Julie and Wayne Bloodworth, Pineview; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a special friend, Geneva Melvin, Pineview.
Funeral services were held Friday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with the Revs. Thurmond Collins, Jim Criswell and Don Woodall officiating.
Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the church and the Georgia Baptist Children's Home.
Clark Funeral Home, Hawkinsville, had charge of arrangements. 

Annie Rose Warwick Smith
DEMOREST – Annie Rose Warwick Smith died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center in Demorest following an extended illness. She was 98.
Born in White County on June 20, 1905, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Pearl Hood Warwick. She was a homemaker and a member of Fairfield Baptist Church in Demorest.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Smith; daughters, Pauline Wade and Fannie London; two grandsons; and one great-grandson.
Survivors include her daughter, Pearl Smith Banks; sons, John H. Smith, Ray Smith and Henry B. Smith, all of Demorest; brothers, Clarence Warwick, Cleveland, and Elisha Sutton, Alto; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 28 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Fairfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Allison and the Rev. Guy Lee officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville, had charge of arrangements.

Melba Jean Pilgrim Smith
Melba Jean Pilgrim Smith of Cleveland died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness. She was 55.
Mrs. Smith was born in White County, where she lived all of her life. She was preceded in death by her father, William John Pilgrim. She was a beautician and a member of Zion Church Interdenominational.
Survivors include her husband, Clarence Smith, Cleveland; daughters and sons-in-law, Angie and Ashley Helton, Holly and Hal Pardue, all of Cleveland; grandchildren, Brooke Helton and Kendall Pardue, both of Cleveland; mother, Alma Pilgrim, Cleveland; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leon and Dorene Pilgrim, Cornelia, Terry and Debbie Pilgrim, Cleveland; Tony and Sonya Pilgrim, Cleveland; brothers, Ed Pilgrim, Cornelia, Jerry Pilgrim, Cleveland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Queenola and Jim Daniels, Cornelia, Charlene and Leo Ivester, Clarkesville; sister, Elizabeth Allen, Demorest; sisters-in-law, Bobbie Crumley, Gainesville, Virginia Banks, Lula; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Ruby Smith, Gainesville; Marvin and Ernestine Smith, Lula; Chillos and Glenice Smith, Dawsonville; Horace and Debbie Smith, Cumming; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday in the Zion Church Interdenominational. The Rev. Gary Heffner, the Rev. Hoyt Skelton and the Rev. Ralph Smith officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.


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