AVERA, Ga. - Mr. John H. "Jake" Gipson, 77, of Broad Street, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at James Funeral Home, Wrens, with the Rev. David Davis officiating. Burial with Masonic rites will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Mr. Gipson, a native of Banks County, was an Army veteran of World War II and had retired as an Exxon station owner. He was a former mayor and fire chief of Avera.