Bryan Keith Bryson: Obituary


Bryan Keith Bryson

January 07, 1963 – February 11, 2019

Bryan Keith Bryson, age 57 of Gainesville, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Edward Carew: Obituary


Edward Carew

Edward Alexander Carew, age 97 of Clarkesville, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019.

Mr. Carew was born July 20, 1921 in New York, NY to the late Daniel Joseph Carew and Margaret Cape Carew. Edward moved from Gainesville to Clarkesville in 2011, prior to that he lived in Dekalb County from 1968-2006. Edward served in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the South Pacific during World War II, he was very instrumental in the invasion of Peleliu and during his time he served in Okinawa, Japan, the Asiatic Pacific area, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Australia. Following his time in the military Edward worked a correctional officer and was of the Catholic Faith. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Carew, daughters, Catherine “Penny” Christie, Patricia Srack and son, Daniel Carew.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Audrey and Ronnie Huff, Clarkesville, GA; Margaret and Ernie Watson, Boulder Creek, CA; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren also survive.

Graveside services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens, 722 Conley Dr. Forest Park, GA 30297-1012.

The family will receive friends from 3-5 P.M. Monday, February 18, 2019 at Barrett Funeral Home.

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Mary Frances Mack: Obituary


Mary Frances Mack

April 01, 1947 – February 08, 2019

Ms. Mary Frances Mack, age 71 of Cleveland, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019. She was born in Sautee, Georgia to the late Prince Alvin Nicely and Ruthielene Trammell Nicely.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mack is preceded in death by her sisters Sylvia Nicely and Ruthie Brown as well as one grandson.

Mrs. Mack was baptized at Travis Chapel United Methodist Church in Cleveland by Rev. Brown. She has been a member of Bean Creek Baptist Church, St. John’s Baptist Church and Travis Chapel United Methodist Church throughout her life. Mrs. Mack loved to cook and cooked for Unicoi State Park for 20 years and also for Red Lobster. She was a woman of integrity who loved her kids, friends, family, and also strangers. Mrs. Mack enjoyed old school music and gospel music and watching the Golden Girls and Fox 5.

The family would like to thank special friends Mary Sutton, Latrelle Richardson, Vikki Nicely, and Coralee Sutton. She is rejoicing in heaven with her special friend Betty Cantrell.

She is survived by her daughter and son in-law, Shalanda and Morris Gipson Jr. of Cleveland, daughter and son in-law, Tonia and Larry Huff Jr. of Athens, her son, Lebron Nicely of Toccoa, and son, Tony Nicely of Cleveland. She is also survived by her siblings Emma Nicely, Prince Nicely, Jody Nicely, Willis Nicely, Jonn Nicely, Leslie Putman, and Delores Nicely; grandchildren, Shaniqua Few, Shalinda Dorsey, Demetrius Fleming, Sha-Ron Nicely, Brittany Rucker, Bryan Nicely, Vonquise Nicely, Lebron Nicely, Jr., Veon Nicely, Vashon Gibson, Kimbreyata Martin, and Tori Nicely; and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 18, 2019 at St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Bryan Sutton officiating. Interment will follow at Bean Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Ms. Mack will lie in state at St. John’s Baptist Church on Monday, February 18, 2019, from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. prior to the funeral service.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 PM Sunday at Barrett Funeral Home.

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Sue Jarrard: Obituary


Sue Jarrard

Mrs. Sue Jarrard, age 70, of Dahlonega, passed away Monday, February 4, 2019.

Sue was born in Lumpkin County to the late Mack and Lillie Dockery Albertson. She was a private caregiver and was preceded in death by husband, Troy Jarrard. Sue will be remembered for a woman who loved her family and had a giving and caring spirit.

Survivors include companion of 12 years, Eddie Helton, Dahlonega; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Jason Ravan, Cleveland; grandchildren, Travis Partin and Kyle Ravan; sister and brother-in-law, Geneva and Lawrence Pilgrim, Cleveland; nieces and nephews-in-law, Amanda and Chase Thomas and Megan and John Broadway, Cleveland; and nephew and niece-in-law, Scott and Melissa Painter, Eastanollee.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 3-5 P.M. at the funeral home.

The family respectfully requests that flowers be omitted, and donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Alice Hilton: Obituary


Alice Hilton

February 19, 1923 – February 04, 2019

Alice Waldroup Hilton, age 95, passed away on February 4, 2019. Mrs. Hilton had been living with her daughter and son-in-law in Lawrenceville, GA for the last five years due to failing health. Prior to that, she resided at her home of more than 70 years in Sautee, GA, which was where she truly longed to be.

Mrs. Hilton was born February 19, 1923, in Hayesville, NC., the second of ten children born to Herbert Wilkerson Waldroup and Bernice Henson Waldroup of Franklin, NC. She was married to James Rex Hilton on January 18, 1944, in Canton, Ohio. After living in Ohio for several years, they relocated back to Georgia upon the birth of their first child. Mrs. Hilton was a member of Community Baptist Church, Sautee, GA and later became a member of Harvest Christian Church, Clarkesville, GA. She was always active in her community and especially enjoyed all the activities she participated in with her church family. Mrs. Hilton will be remembered for her kindness as well as her outgoing and loving personality. She has blessed all her family and friends with her grace, perspective on life, love, wisdom and most especially her legacy of faith and dependence on God. She will be remembered by all her family for the fierce love she gave to them all.

Mrs. Hilton is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Pharris and son-in-law Mitchell Pharris of Sautee, GA and Ruth Hilton Connor and son-in-law Bill Connor of Lawrenceville, GA; grandson, James Chad Hilton and daughter-in-law Amy Hilton, Cleveland, GA; sister, Virginia Waldroup Cooper of Winder, GA; sisters-in-law, Lelia Waldroup of Hayesville, NC and Shirlene Waldroup of Hayesville, NC; as well as a multitude of grandkids, great grandkids, nephews and nieces.

Mrs. Hilton was preceded in death by her husband, James Rex Hilton; sons, Michael and Ralph Hilton; and grandson, Kevin Hilton, all of Sautee, GA. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Gladis Waldroup Wilson of Franklin, NC; brother, Harold Waldroup of Hayesville, NC; sister, Glenna Waldroup Monkus of Nichols, GA formerly of Oakwood, GA; sister Meryl Waldroup Monkus of Blue Ridge, GA; brothers, Coy and Roy Waldroup of Franklin, NC, Brance Waldroup of Hayesville, NC, and Horace Waldroup of Franklin, NC.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Harvest Christian Church in Clarkesville, GA. The Rev. Tim Hilton, the Rev. Raymond Fortner and the Rev. Michael Wilkes will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-8 PM Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the funeral home.

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Buford Lester Baker: Obituary


Buford Lester Baker

May 12, 1929 – February 01, 2019

Buford Lester Baker, age 89, of Cleveland, passed away Friday, February 1, 2019.

Mr. Baker was born on May 12, 1929 to the late Lester and Myrtle Edwards Baker. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise Cantrell Baker; granddaughter, Betty London Fortner; brothers, Frank Baker, James Baker, and Corbett Baker; sisters, Ruth Hopkins, Lula Belle Moss, and Ellen Gunnells; and sister in law, Lureta Loftis.

Born and raised in White County, Buford was a graduate of Nacoochee High School. He retired from Ames Textile in Cleveland, was the owner of Baker Vending Service, and operated a poultry farm.

He was a member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 71 years and taught the Adult Sunday School class for almost fifty consecutive years. Buford loved the Lord, his family and his church and spent his life in service to all three.

Two of his most favorite passions were spending time in God’s Word and spending time in his vegetable garden. He enriched the lives of his family by sharing from each of them. His favorite times of the year were the holidays when the entire family gathered together under his roof for fellowship. Buford worked hard throughout his life but the true fruit of his labor was family.

Survivors include wife, Roberta Stockton Baker; daughter and son-in-law, Eloise Baker and Ronnie London; sons and daughters-in-law, Garrison and Susan Baker, and Rev. William and Sharron Baker; grandchildren, Will Baker, Melody Chambers, Amanda Hall, Joe Baker, Cody Baker, and William London; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Holloman, Allison Fortner, Rebecca Manley, Anna Baker, Megan Baker, Chloe Baker, Paul Chambers, Joshua Chambers, Isaac Hall, Claire Hall, Luke Baker, Jack Baker, Haley Baker, Hudson Baker, Layli Kate Baker, and Lucy Baker; and great-great grandson, Jackson Holloman; sister, Fannie Mae Baker; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Baker, Marybelle Benfield, Rachel Cantrell, Dorothy Underwood, Wynona Nelson, and Ruth Gibson.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 P.M. Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Crescent Hill Baptist Church. The Rev. Phillip Robinson, Rev. Lewis Fortner, and Rev. Chris Blocker will officiate. Interment will follow in Gateway Memory Park.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gideon’s International: White County Camp, PO Box 946, Cleveland, GA 30528.

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Rev. George Donald Sexton: Obituary


Rev. George Donald Sexton

January 13, 1935 – January 30, 2019

Rev. George Donald Sexton formerly of White and Stephens Counties. Rev Sexton passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 following a period of declining health. Graveside services are scheduled for 11:00am, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Old Nacoochee Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Clifford Allen officiating.

Rev. Sexton is survived by his loving wife, Minnie Sexton as well as a sister, Ruth Holmes.

Rev. Leon Carter: Obituary


Rev. Leon Carter

January 19, 1930 – January 29, 2019

Rev. Leon Carter, age 89, Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

Jesse Leon Carter was born January 19, 1930 in White County to the late David Fred and Hattie Mae Black Carter. He was preceded in death by his son, Rondal Perry Carter, brother, Samuel Carter and sisters, Mary Elizabeth Pruitt, Christine Coleman. He was the last remaining member of his immediate family.

Leon served with honor in the United States Army from 1949-1952 during the Korean War. He received six bronze service stars for bravery. He was very proud to have served his country.

In addition to many jobs, he was a farmer by trade and most of his life raised chickens, cattle and hogs. Leon enjoyed working his land and planted a garden every year until he became disabled. Other than serving his country, he was most proud of his ministry. He pastored several churches in northeast Georgia, which include Double Springs Baptist Church (twice), Wauka Mountain Baptist (twice), Union Baptist and Blue Creek Baptist (twice). He was a member of Blue Creek Baptist Church, where he also served many years as a deacon.

Leon was dedicated to his ministry and put God first. He witnessed to non-believers, visited the sick, brought couples together in holy matrimony, led people to Christ and baptized many. Always available 24 hours, he would help a neighbor in need or go in the middle of the night to pray with a friend. He lived by this verse, “Jesus said to him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matthew 22: 34-40.

He had the greatest love for his family and enjoyed spending time, especially his grandchildren.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Mary Ruth Sutton Carter; his sons and daughters-in-law, Lamar and Renee Carter, Cleveland, Scott and Tammy Carter, Cleveland; daughters and sons-in-law, Doris and Bill Swann, Marietta; Robin and Parrish Dudley, Flowery Branch; grandchildren, Alison Autry, Atlanta, Jesse Carter, Cleveland, Brett Carter, Cleveland, Roxie Dalton, Gainesville, and Rachel Carter, Cleveland; and several nieces and one nephew.

The family would like to give special thanks to Leon’s Caregivers: Homestead Hospice, Health Care Angels and Rest Care; Taylor Edge, Betty Lance, Kristen Mitchell, Mickey Hayes, Rebecca Yearwood, and Joy Baker.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 P.M. Friday, February 1, 2019 at Blue Creek Baptist Church.  The Rev. Phillip Robinson, Rev. Lyman Caldwell, Rev. Dave Fortner and Rev. Darren Palmer will officiate.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the funeral home.

Any minister is asked to sit at a designated area during the funeral.

The family will acknowledge flowers, but contributions may be made to the Gideons – White County Camp – PO Box 946 Cleveland, GA 30528 and the Alzheimer’s Foundation: 225 N. Michigan Ave Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601.

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