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Milton Ludwell Berry

Mr. Milton Ludwell Berry, age 90, of Toccoa, formerly of Buford, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dallas and Hannah Berry; and brother, Everett Berry.

He is survived by his caregiver, Mrs. Arlene Frasier, Toccoa; sister-in-law, Mrs. Marie Haney Berry, Buford; and several cousins.

Mr. Berry was a native of Buford. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II. He was a member of the Buford American Legion Post No. 127. He was retired from Quality Foods in Buford and Toccoa. He was a member of New Bethany Baptist Church in Buford.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with the Rev. Joel Shadburn and the Rev. Dale Tilley officiating. Interment will follow at new Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery, Buford. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

Flanigan Funeral Home, Buford

Monte Joe Black

Monte Joe Black, age 55, of Helen passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at his residence following a brief illness.

Mr. Black was born in Habersham County and lived in White County all of his life. He was president and CEO of Charles Black Construction Company, a member of the City of Helen Planning Commission and a graduate of Brenau College. Mr. Black played in several bands including the Jester's and the David Aaron Band. He was preceded in death by a brother, Chris Black.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Black, Helen; stepson, Adam Martin, Alamo, Calif.; parents, Charles and Dot Black, Cleveland; sister, Lynda Lunsford, Cleveland; and brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Margie Black, Cleveland.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at the chapel of Barrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Bobby Taylor and the Rev. Dennis Turner will officiate. Entombment will be in Yonah View Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society White County Relay for Life, 2565 Thompson Bridge Road, Suite 114, Gainesville, GA 30501; or the Smithgall Woods Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 2090, Cleveland, GA 30528.

Online condolences may be made to the family at barrettfh.com.

Barrett Funeral Home, Cleveland

Allison Hunter Brownell

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, in Ward's Funeral Home Chapel for Allison Hunter Brownell, 30, of Gainesville. The Rev. Jim Bocian will officiate. Interment will be in Alta Vista Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. She died Monday, Oct. 1, 2007.

Ms. Brownell was a lifelong resident of Hall County. She was a graduate of Gainesville High School and was a secretary. She was of the Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by her mother, Floy Ellen Hamrick Hunter.

Survivors include her daughters, Destiny Brownell and Lori Brownell, both of Gainesville; father and stepmother, Johnny and Brenda Hunter, Ringold; brother, Scott Hunter, Jacksonville, Fla.; grandparents, Verner "Sug" and Ruth Hamrick, Gainesville; aunts, Brenda Matthews, Gainesville, and Patsy Tatum, Salt Lake City, Utah; and a number of cousins and other relatives.

Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville

Kathrine Williams Bryant

Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at Embry Hills United Methodist Church for Kathrine Williams Bryant, 90, of Gillsville, formerly of Chamblee. The Rev. Mark Sargent will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Embry Hills United Methodist Church, Chamblee. She died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, at her residence following an extended illness.

Mrs. Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pa., and lived a number of years in Chamblee before moving to Gillsville.

She was a retired registered nurse and was a member of Embry Hills United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Alicia Lynn Clack.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to United Methodist Children's Home.

Survivors include her husband, John W. Bryant, Chamblee; daughters and sons-in-law, Jill and Charles Rylee, Gillsville and Karen and Earl Wilkins, Athens; grandchildren, Marcia Morris, Scott Couch and Jonathan Clack; and one great-grandchild.

Ward's Funeral Home, Gainesville

Ratliff Claude Elrod Jr.

Ratliff Claude Elrod Jr., age 66, of Latty Road, Lula passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Ruel Martin will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, at the funeral home.

Mr. Elrod was born in Hall County to the late Ratliff Claude Elrod Sr. and Roberta (Graham) Elrod.

He was retired from Fesco Inc. as a plant manager. Mr. Elrod was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Blanche Duran; and a brother, Clyde Elrod.

Mr. Elrod is survived by his wife, Linda Vernett (Smith) Elrod, Lula; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Becky Peck, Gainesville, Ricky and Susan Peck, also of Gainesville, Dan and Lisa Elrod, Texas, and Jason and Mandy Elrod, Jefferson; son, David Elrod, Gainesville; and a daughter, Denise Corcoran, Destin, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; sister, Bessie Pittman, Lula; and a brother, Homer Elrod, Gainesville; and a host of other friends and family.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville

Rebecca Gillespie

Rebecca Gillespie, age 58, of Gainesville passed away Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth.

She was born in Hall County July 31, 1949. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Wendi and Craig Nielsen of Buford; sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Brian McGuigan of Murrayville.

The funeral arrangements will be announced later by Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home and Crematory in Buford, Ga., 201 Morningside Drive, Buford, GA 30518; 770-945-9345. Please sign the online guest registry at stewartfh.com.

Tapp/Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Buford

Jimmie Ree (McNeal) Rundles

Jimmie Ree (McNeal) Rundles, age 76, of Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville passed away Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, at Limestone Heritage Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, in the chapel at First Baptist Church on Green Street in Gainesville. Dr. Bill Coates and the Rev. Bruce Fields will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Rundles was born in Hall County to the late Norman A. McNeal and Mammie (King) McNeal. She was a graduate of Young Harris College. She was employed as a school teacher in Hall County and retired from the banking business as a clerk. Mrs. Rundles was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville and also a member of the Friendship Sunday school class.

She is survived by her husband, Wilbert Perry Rundles, Gainesville; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Becky Rundles, Gainesville and Gary and Joan Rundles, Livingston, Ala.; grandchildren, Leslie Wallace, Gainesville, Dana Smith, Greer, S.C., Wil Rundles, Gainesville, Richard Rundles, Jefferson City, Tenn., and Megan Rundles, Livingston, Ala., and Alley Rundles, also of Livingston, Ala.; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, John William McNeal, Buford; and a host of other friends and relatives also survive.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville

Mike Alan Tolsdorf

Mike Alan Tolsdorf completed this part of his journey on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. Mike, age 48, is survived by his parents, Bob and Dorothy Tolsdorf of Osage, Iowa; his brother, Tony Tolsdorf of Portland, Ore.; and many close friends. He is preceded in death by his younger sister, Mary Tolsdorf.

Mike was a loyal employee of ZF Industries and a faithful servant at Chicopee United Methodist Church in Gainesville. He was a passionate racing fan and enjoyed piloting small aircraft. Mike was a true example of grace and love to all those who had the honor of knowing him.

Family and friends will honor his life on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 at 1 p.m. at Chicopee United Methodist Church, located at 5 First St., Chicopee Village, Gainesville, GA. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Children's Greatest Needs, P.O. Box 26507, Richmond, VA 23261-6507, For: Contact No. 001400035, In Remembrance of Mike Tolsdorf.

Byars Funeral Home, Cumming

Originally published Wednesday, October 3, 2007

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