Miscellaneous White County, Georgia Obituaries

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Vernon Amos Abernathy
Vernon Amos Abernathy of Robertstown died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at the Lanier Park Campus of Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following a brief illness. He was 72.
Mr. Abernathy was a native and lifelong resident of White County. He was a retired truck driver and attended Chattahoochee United Methodist Church. He served with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of platoon sergeant. 
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Abernathy, Blairsville; son, Randy Abernathy, Cleveland; son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Stephanie Abernathy, Cleveland; daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy and Johnny Collins, Dawsonville, Patricia and Larry Nichols, Blairsville; sister, Nettie Kemp, Gainesville; and brother, Phillip Turner, Toccoa; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Saturday at Chattahoochee United Methodist Church. The Rev. Tony Kemp officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Chattahoochee United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. 
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

James Chapman
MURRAYVILLE – James “Pa” Chapman died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following a sudden illness. He was 84.
Born in Lumpkin County on April 22, 1919, he was the son of the late James Reece and Jennie Chapman. He was a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County and a veteran of World War II. A dedicated Christian and member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, he served as a deacon for 52 years and song director for many years. He was preceded in death by his parentsand a brother, Eugene Chapman.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Rhonda Chapman; children, Roger and Patricia Dunagan, John and Jimmie Sue Gerrells, Murrayville; grandchildren, Troy and Sharon Dunagan, Murrayville, Sandi and Eddie Lovell, Murrayville, Stephen and Kristi Gerrells, Dawsonville, and Nathan Gerrells, Murrayville; great-grandchildren, Craig and Kyle Lovell, Kalie, Zach and Hannah Gerrells, Clarissa and Maggie Reece Dunagan; stepmother, Bell Chapman, Dahlonega; stepsister, Ruth Couch, Clermont; stepbrothers, Bobby and Larry Barnes, Clermont; sisters-in-law, Dola Chapman, Dahlonega, Myrtle West, Cleveland; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. The Rev. Dean Bryant, the Rev. Phillip Robinson, the Rev. Roger Dunagan, and the Rev. Stephen Gerrells officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery with military honors.
McKinney Funeral Home, Dahlonega, had charge of arrangements.

Bertha Elizabeth Jackson
Bertha Elizabeth Jackson of Cleveland died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at a private nursing home following a period of declining health. She was 96.
Mrs. Jackson was a lifelong resident of White County and was a member of Shoal Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Jackson; son, Sherrill Jackson; and her daughter, Eilene Jackson. 
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Wanda Hutchinson, Atlanta; nieces, Charlene Christy and Kay Bowen, both of Cleveland; granddaughter, Kasi Webb, Atlanta; two great-grandchildren; and a host of other nieces, nephews and relatives. 
Funeral services were held Sunday at Shoal Creek Baptist Church. The Rev. Chris Anderson and the Rev. Loyd Martin officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Shoal Creek Baptist Church Building Fund. 
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements. 

Alma Cannon Reese
DULUTH – Alma Cannon Reese died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, at the Lanier Park Campus of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following an extended illness. She was 78.
Mrs. Reese was born in Lumpkin County, the daughter of the late Oscar and Fairy Cain Cannon. She was a homemaker and member of Duluth Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Janet Reese, Atlanta; sons, Charles Reese, John Reese, both of Atlanta; brothers, J.C. Cannon, Cleveland, Pat Cannon, Norcross; sisters, Sue Perez, Barbara Matthews, both of Bethesda, Md., Jean McCall, Summerville, S.C.; grandson, John Robert Reese, Atlanta.
Funeral services were held Saturday in the Chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Bob Lanford officiated. Burial followed in Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Jeanette Gurley, 6837 N. Highway 129, Cleveland, Ga. 30528.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Murrell Thomason
Murrell Thomason of Helen died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at a private nursing home following a period of declining health. She was 77.
Mrs. Thomason was a native and lifelong resident of White County and was employed by Orbit Manufacturing for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by her son, Buck Thomason; brothers, George Abernathy and James Abernathy; and sisters, Novice Lee Cantrell and Jamima Padgett. She was a member of Center Baptist Church. 
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Thomason, Robertstown; sister, Juanita Abernathy, Robertstown; brother, Bill Abernathy, Denver; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
Funeral services were held Monday. The Rev. Henry Loggins officiated. Burial was in the Helen-Robertstown Cemetery.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements. 

Jack Norman Gunter
CORNELIA – Judge Jack Norman Gunter, the father of Enotah District Attorney Stan Gunter, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003. He was 81.
Judge Gunter was born in Greensboro, N.C., on Dec. 13, 1921, the only child of the late Colon Jones Gunter and Bettie Victoria Stanley Gunter. He was a United States Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet, Squadron Commander, Squadron Adjutant in World War II. Judge Gunter attended Wofford College in South Carolina and graduated from John Marshall Law School, passing the bar in 1960.
In 1965, Gunter was elected Solicitor of State Court where he served until 1967. Judge Gunter served on Gov. Lester Maddox’s staff as legal adviser in 1966 and was elected secretary/treasurer of the State Democratic Party and served on the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party in 1966. He served as delegate to the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. He also served on the committee against organized crime.
Judge Gunter was elected state representative, 11th District, and served from 1967 to 1970 and was elected Superior Court Judge Mountain Circuit from 1972 to 1992. Judge Gunter received his honorable doctor of law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1976. He was elected secretary/treasurer of the Council of Superior Court Judges 1979, President Elect 1980-1981, President 1981-1982, and retired in 1992 and was Senior Judge from 1993 to the present.
While serving, Judge Gunter introduced legislation affecting courts across Georgia. and introduced legislation to eliminate the Fee System in Georgia County Government offices.
He was a member of the Mt. Airy Lodge #141 F & AM and was a Shriner, Emeritus Yaarab Temple and was a former Kiwanian. 
Survivors include his wife, Jo Cox Gunter; two daughters, Debbie Price and Vicki Bradley, both of Boone, N.C.; two sons, Norman Stanley Gunter, Blairsville, and David B. Gunter, Hollingsworth; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held today at 3 p.m. from the Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, wth Rev. Walter Burrell officiating. Private graveside services will be held.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Shriners Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605 and the Georgia Sheriff Youth Homes, P. O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281.
Whitfield Funeral Home, North Chapel, Demorest, had charge of the arrangements.

Jerri Allison
Joanna “Jerri” Lee Allison of Cleveland died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at a private nursing home following an extended illness. She was 66.
Mrs. Allison was a native of Anderson, S.C., and had lived in White County since 1999 moving from Suwanee. She was a homemaker and attended Shoal Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dot Patterson.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth “Derral” Allison; stepfather, John Patterson, Cleveland; and stepmother, Clara Lee, Anderson, S.C. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Chris Anderson officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Alexander’s Gateway Chapel Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Undine L. Crisafulli
Undine L. Crisafulli of Helen died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Friendship Nursing Home following an extended illness. She was 85. 
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jan and Darlene Curts, Sautee-Nacoochee; grandsons, Darrell Robert Curts II and Travis Janson Curts, both of Tampa, Fla. 
Funeral services will be held at a later date in Muncie, Ind. 
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, has charge of the arrangements.

Wilhelmina Franks 
Wilhelmina Carolyn Franks of Cleveland died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center: Lanier Park Campus in Gainesville following an extended illness. She was 91. 
Mrs. Franks was born in Towns County, the daughter of the late Virgil and Bertha Owenby Waldrop. She was a retired school teacher and a member of Cleveland First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Franks was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Franks Sr.; sister, Sue Miles; and brothers, George Waldrop and Vaughn Waldrop. 
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Clovis and Celine Franks, White, Lowell and Martha Franks, Lilburn; sons, Claude Franks Jr., Cove, Ark., Glenn Franks, Cleveland; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Gilmer Vandiver, Cleveland; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Barrett Chapel. The Rev. Aubrey McIntyre officiated. Burial was in Gateway Memory Park.
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Danielle Lynn Manus
HIAWASSEE – Danielle Lynn Manus died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at her home following an extended illness. She was 13. Born June 5, 1990, in Union County, she was the daughter of Rodney Kenneth Manus and Donna Lynn King Manus. She was a lifelong resident of Towns County and had attended Towns County Middle School.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Otis King, in 2001 and an aunt, Becky Manus Bradley, in 2000. Miss Manus was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her brother, Dallas John Manus; stepgrandfather, Bruce Lovell; grandparents, Diane Lovell, all of Hiawassee, Marilyn Dyer, Blairsville, Kenneth and Sallie Manus, Young Harris; great-grandmother, Mary Ruth Craig, Cleveland; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday at Macedonia Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Ledford officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mountain View Funeral Home, Blairsville, had charge of arrangements.

Christeen Miller
Christeen Miller of Sautee-Nacoochee died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at BJC Nursing Home in Commerce following an extended illness. She was 93. 
Mrs. Miller was born in Banks County, the daughter of the late Henry and Nancy Roberts Bell. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her husband, David P. Miller; daughter, Arlevia Gunter; and son, Paul Miller.
Survivors include her daughters, Laurene Chastain, Sautee-Nacoochee, Bonnie Sue Turner, Fayetteville, Martha Woodall, Cornelia, Mary Cannon, Sautee-Nacoochee, and Jeanie Hill, Woodland, Ala.; sons, Ted Miller, Cleveland, Jimmy Miller, Commerce, and David Miller, Alto; sister, Grace Seager, Gainesville; 18 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Springway Baptist Church in Gainesville. The Rev. Donald Wilson officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Lorene Thomason
Lorene Thomason of Cleveland died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at her residence following an extended illness. She was 84. 
Born in White County, Sister Thomason was the daughter of the late Charles Gene Wike Sr. and Ida Mae Wike. She was the founder and pastor of the Emmanuel Gospel Fellowship Church in White County for the past 40 years. She was called to the gospel ministry 57 years ago. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Lee Thomason.
Survivors include her daughter, Doris Thomason, Cleveland; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Hoyt Hester, Evelyn and Rick Anglin, Linda and Edwin Nix and Lisa and Donald Hicks, all of Cleveland, Debby and Johnny Smith, Murrayville, and Betty and J.W. Wilson, Pine Bluff, N.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, Leon and Cathy Thomason, Danny and Vicky Thomason, all of Cleveland, and Wayne and June Thomason, Loganville; sisters, Myrtle Wheeler, Imogene Autry, Christine McCollum, all of Cleveland, Yvonne Hicks and Louise Piano, both of Sautee-Nacoochee, and Winnell Anderson, McDonough; brothers, Berlin Wike and C.G. Wike Jr. both of Cleveland; 30 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services were held Monday in Barrett Chapel. The Rev. Chris Anderson, the Rev. James Wyatt and the Rev. Aubrey McIntyre officiated. Burial was in Emmanuel Gospel Fellowship Cemetery. 
Contributions may be made to Emmanuel Gospel Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 656, Cleveland, Ga. 30528. 
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.

Clyde Turner Sr.
Clyde Turner Sr. of Cleveland died Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following an extended illness. He was 83. Mr. Turner was born Nov. 16, 1920, in Union County to the late Ollie W. and Mary Thurmond Turner. In 1931 he moved to the Asbestos Community of White County, where he was reared. Mr. Turner was educated in White County Schools and attended Truett-McConnell College. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippine Islands.
Mr. Turner founded Mt. Yonah Lumber Co. and was a member of Cleveland First Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. Mr. Turner was active in Gideons International, former commissioner of White County, former director of the First National Bank of White County and a member of Yonah Masonic Lodge 382, Free & Accepted Masons.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Turner Crumley; brothers, Bill Turner, Ray Turner, Arnold Turner and Jack Turner; and sister, Willie Mae Blalock. 
Survivors include his wife, Jewell Turner; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Turner and Joe Crane, Aiken, S.C., and Janna and John F. Lovell, Gainesville; son and daughter-in-law, Clyde Jr. and Velma Turner, Cleveland; brother, Harold Turner, Cleveland; sisters, Ruby Blalock and Jessie Lou Chambers, both of Cleveland, and Oline Turner, Demorest; grandsons, Travis Turner, Marc Turner, Madison Crane, Jason Crane, Trey Crumley, Rory Crumley, Spencer Lovell, Luke Lovell and Hunter Lovell; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Turner and Easton Turner. 
Funeral services were held Saturday at The Rock of Cleveland. The Rev. Dean Head, the Rev. Dean Bryant, the Rev. Doug Merck, Dr. Robert Massey and the Rev. Dennis Turner officiated. Burial was in Gateway Memory Park. Contributions may be made to Cleveland First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 250, Cleveland, or to Challenged Child and Friends, 2360 Murphy Blvd., Gainesville, Ga. 30504. 
Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland, had charge of arrangements.


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