Hallie M. Sims, “Auntie” as she was affectionately called by everyone was born June 15, 1910 in Greensboro to John and Sarah Sims. She spent most of her adult life in Morgan County. She was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she served on the Ushers Ministry, the Mother Board and the Choir.
“Auntie” touched the lives of so many people far and near. She was a single lady who migrated to the city of Atlanta in her early years. However, sickness struck her sister Essie Bell and she made a choice to come home to care for her ailing sister. God called Essie home leaving nine children. God then enabled “Auntie” to become “mother” to these children. As the caregiver to her sister’s children she nurtured and taught them the values of life and how to be appreciative. She raised them to become productive citizens. She not only raised these nine children but has been influential in the upbringing of so many others including grandchildren and great grandchildren and children of her former employers as well.
“Auntie” leaves to cherish her memories six devoted children (nieces and nephews) Leroy Moore of Anchorage Alaska, James (Linda) Burston, Richard (Nita) Burston, both of Tampa, Florida, Lee Rogers Burston of Columbus, Hallie Matricia (Johnny) Strickland of Greensboro and Lucille Smith of Tampa, Florida; countless grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by three children Willie Zachery Jr., Bridie Pearl Hendry and Julie Bell (Doll) Ross and four siblings, Caroline Eley, Essie Bell Burston, Brixie Davis and JB Blockum.
Funeral service was held at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Buckhead with Pastor Johnny Strickland officiating. Interment was in Mt. Zion Church Cemetery.
Flower bearers were her granddaughters and nieces.
Holland Hunter, 65, died April 23, 2013. He was born August 31, 1947 in Morgan County to the late Madison Hunter and Florida Mae Hunter. He was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He attended Pearl High School and graduated in 1967. He attended Athens Technical College and received a mechanic’s diploma.
He was employed at Watertown for a number of years. Later he changed his career and worked for Oxford Manufacturing for 29 years. He also worked with Leggett and Platt until his health failed.
He enjoyed managing baseball, fishing, rabbit hunting and being with his family. He was married to Mary Ethel Hill on September 11, 1975 and they were blessed with six children. One son Bryan Wade preceded him in death.
Mr. Hunter is survived by his wife Mary, three sons Greg Wade, Tony (Naomi) Hunter and Mario Hunter; two daughters Angela Head and Brenda (Dorian) Summerour; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brothers Patrick Hunter and George (Janet) Hunter; and two sisters Patricia Hunter and Sarah (Emerson) Davis. Two sisters preceded him in death Curley Boswell and Eva Roland. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Bostwick with the Rev. G. C. Brown officiating
Jones and Turner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Printed in the May 2, 2013 edition.
William Frank Williams, 51, of Madison, formerly of Monticello, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Morgan Memorial Hospital in Madison.
William Williams was born in Athens. His father was the late James Harold Williams. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He loved his church and loved to read his Bible. He took great care of his mother and loved to watch the Braves. William attended the Putnam-Jasper Support Services Day Training in Eatonton for 30 years.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Tumlin Williams of Madison; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Huanne Williams of Madison; nephew, Alan Williams of Athens; and great nephews, Cade Williams and Mason Williams; step niece, Jamie Rutledge; and step nephew, Michael Jones.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 26, at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery in Newborn. Rev. Mike Jorgenson officiated.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Putnam-Jasper Support Services Day Training, 149 Sara Lee Drive, Eatonton, Georgia 31024.
Jordan Funeral Home of Monticello was in charge of arrangements. For more information, please visit our website at www.jordanfuneralhomemonticello.com.
Printed in the May 2, 2013 edition.
Rassey Smith, 92, of Buckhead died April 21, 2013. He was the son of the late B. H. and Bertha Kimbrell Smith. He was born June 6, 1920 in Robbinsville, North Carolina. He was married to Edna Tanner Smith. Mr. Smith spent his life farming. He also drove a Morgan County School bus for 24 years. He is remembered by many former students for always buying them ice cream on the last day of school. He loved life and enjoyed making others laugh. He liked to spend time outdoors tending his crops and animals. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of over 63 years Edna Smith and their children Robert Smith, Virginia Waters, Benjamin Smith, Margie Denning and Freda Knight; 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
The family received friends Monday, April 22 from 6-8 p.m. at A. E. Carter Funeral Home. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the chapel. Interment followed at the Buckhead Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church Building Fund.
A. E. Carter Funeral Home had care of arrangements.
Printed in the April 25, 2013 edition
Larry Stewart, 65, of Demorest passed away Monday, April 15, 2013 at Habersham Medical Center. Born on August 16, 1947 in Madison, he was a son of the late Frank and Ola House Stewart. He had worked with Stub Church Paving and was of the Baptist faith. He was a United States Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife Cathy Brady Stewart of Demorest; daughter and son-in-law, Cassie and Dennis Keller of Alto; sons and daughters-in-law Frankie and Donna Stewart of Alto, Tim and Kim Stewart of Toccoa and Benji and Felicia Stewart of Baldwin- 13 special grandchildren, two great grandchildren; brothers Danny and Dennis Stewart, both of Watkinsville; sisters, Gail Martin of Bethlehem and Patsy Stewart of Athens and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday April 17 at the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart with Rev. Ted Armour and Rev. Hillman Martin officiating. Interment followed in Harmony Baptist Church cemetery with full military honors provided by the Grant Reeves V.F.W. Post # 7720, the Habersham County American Legion Post #84, the Rabun County D.A.V. Chapter # 15 and the Georgia National Guard.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at www.mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
Printed in the April 25, 2013 edition
Homer Alva Head, age 84, of Monroe, died April 8, 2013. He was born in Walton County on May 4, 1928, to the late Vallie Crosby Head and the late John Frank Head.
Surviving are: wife, Martha “Mot” Queen Head of Monroe; numerous nieces and nephews; and a large extended family.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 11 at 11 a.m. at Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Brant Callaway officiating. Interment followed at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
Meadows Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook online at www.meadowsfuneralhomeinc.com.
Printed in the April 18, 2013 edition.