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Agnes Ray
Agnes Davison Ray, 82, of Royston, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at her residence.
She was born in Franklin County on August 2, 1925, the daughter of the late Frank Harbin Sr. and Tee Jacks Harbin. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Elberton and served on the outreach committee, the Women of Evangelism Church Committee and as chairman of the Communion Committee. She was also a member of the Elberton Civic League, the Elberton Historic Society, Elberton Baptist Church S.A.M.S. Club, the Friendship Club of the Elberton First United Methodist Church, and the Elberton Elk’s Club. While living in Royston, she was a former Girl Scout Leader, former Boy Scout Den Mother, and was a member of the Royston Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, leader of the G.A.’s, and director of Vacation Bible School. In 1966, she was awarded Homemaker of the Year in Franklin County. Mrs. Ray was preceded in death by husbands, John Rolland Davison, and Henry Doyle Ray; a grandson, Brad Chapman; and sister, Mary Fain.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Rodger and Shelby Davison and Mayes and Jean Davison, all of Royston; daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Buck Chapman, Hartwell; grandchildren and spouses, Lisa and Matt Brearton, Tyler Davison, Hanna Davison, Keyes Davison; great-grandchildren, Eli Brearton and Lila Kay Brearton; step-daughters and spouses, Diane and Mike Dougherty, Stone Mountain, Lori and Jim Timms, Waco, and Barbara Findley, Kennesaw; step-children, Kelly and Kimberly Dougherty, Danny Watkins, Makaylah and Heath Timms; brothers, Frank Harbin Jr. and Sam Harbin, both of Lavonia; and a sister, Virginia Adams, Royston.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 15, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with Pastor Elizabeth Birkholz officiating. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 20 Forest Ave., SW, Elberton, Ga. 30635, or to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco, Texas 75034.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 22, 2008.
Charlie Parham
Charlie Fred Parham, 85, of Comer, died Saturday, May 17, 2008.
He was born on March 19, 1923, the son of the late Shelby Parham and Allie Mae Wood, and was a member of Meadow Baptist Church. Mr. Parham was preceded in death by a stepson, John David Booth.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Parham; daughter and son-in-law, Lydia and Wayne Chandler; grandchildren, Colton Chandler, Camille Chandler and Colby Chandler.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 20, at Meadow Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Sarna, Calvin Coile and Ben Smith officiating. Burial was in Vineyards Creek Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers were Mason Parham, John Parham, Ken Smith, Steve Russum, Ralph Dixon Jr., and Charles Booth.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 22, 2008.
James Brooks
James L. Brooks, 72, of Hull, died Wednesday, May 14, 2008.
A native of Elbert County, he was the son of the late Odell and Lillie Mae Saxon Brooks. He was a plumber pipe fitter and was a member of Union Baptist Church. Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amanda K. Brooks.
Survivors include his wife, Alma Jean Autry Brooks; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky James and Sandra Brooks, Stephen C. and Christine Brooks; step-mother, Katheryn Brooks; step-sister, Susie Fouts; two grandchildren, Preston Lee Brooks and Daniel Mathew Brooks.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 17, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Owensby officiating. Burial was in the Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 22, 2008.
Howard Fowler
Howard Arthur Fowler, 61, of Stephens, died Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at his residence.
Born in Hart County, he was the son of the late Roger and Addie Cole Fowler. He was a member of Hartwell First Baptist Church and was retired from Johnson Ford as an automobile technician. Mr. Fowler was preceded in death by brothers, Rob and Jerry Fowler; and sisters, Trisha Fowler and Joyce Cleveland.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Tallent Fowler; children, Vicki Elsey, Colbert, Lynn Garcia and Dwaine Fowler, both of Crawford, Jill Pena, Stephens, Rodney Fowler and Wanda Mathews, both of Carlton; brothers, Thomas Fowler, Roy Fowler, Jack Fowler, all of Hartwell, David Fowler, Anderson, S.C., Bill Fowler, Danielsville; sisters, Jean Moon, Hiawassee, Diane Horton, Hartwell, Sue Smith, Anderson, S.C., Pat Wooten, Elberton; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Friday, May 16, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Donny Fowler officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Rd., #A, Bogart, Ga. 30622, or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Chapel, Crawford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 22, 2008.
Evelyn McNeal
Evelyn Stowe Dunagan McNeal, 75, of Buford, passed away at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Thursday, May 15, 2008, following a brief illness.
She was born in Ila on April 17, 1933, to John Lester and Hattie Watson Stowe. A lifelong resident of Georgia, she retired as vice president from Warren Featherbone Company after 42 years of dedicated service, working tirelessly while raising four sons and one granddaughter. Though she held many titles through the years at Warren Featherbone, her most beloved titles were “Mama” and “Nana”. She cherished her loving husband of 31 years, who was her true companion. She had a contagious passion for life and enjoyed cooking, world traveling, painting, family genealogy, gardening and animals of all kinds. Mama/Nana was our “Family Glue” and will be missed greatly by all.
She is survived by her husband, John W. McNeal (“Mac”), Buford; four sons, Greg Dunagan, Gainesville, Ken and Terry Dunagan, Cornelia, Tim and Brenda Dunagan, Smithville, Mo. and Bradley Dunagan, Gainesville; one granddaughter/daughter, Jennifer Dunagan and Andy Smith, Flowery Branch; one sister, Rushia Highfield, Gainesville; three grandsons, Cody and Nick Dunagan, Cornelia, and Lanny Dunagan, Gainesville; five great-grandchildren, Logan and Lauren Sivils, and Alex, Andon, and Ava Grace Smith, Flowery Branch; four step-children, Patty and Dan Lewis, Flowery Branch, Norman and Lynn McNeal, Ft. Campbell, Ky., Kenny McNeal, Cherry Point, N.C., and Sharon and Randy Barrett, Murrayville; 12 step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one lonely Pekingese named “Princess”. She was preceded in death by four sisters and one brother, Louise Brown, Mary Knight, Estelle McIhenny, Clarice Lord and Junior Stowe.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 19, at Memorial Park with the Revs. Gene Todd and James McNeal officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society www.cancer.org or 1-800-227-2345.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 22, 2008.
Jack Townsend
Jack Richard Townsend, 79, of Athens, died Saturday, May 17, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospice House.
Born in Spruce Pine, N.C., he was the son of the late Colonel Calvin Townsend and Janie King Townsend and was Methodist. A resident of Athens since 1975, he was the owner and operator of BET-Townsend Hearing Aids, traveling into numerous areas with his business. He was a graduate of Akron University, Life Time member of the Athens Lions Club, Georgia Associating for Hearing Care Professionals, where he served as president and vice president. Also, he was a member of VFW Post #2872, Athens Chamber of Commerce, and the Georgia Federation for Independent Businessmen. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Townsend was preceded in death by wives, Julene Townsend and Barbara Edenfield Townsend.
Survivors include children, Colleen Lewis, Oxford, Glen Townsend, Monticello, Bruce Townsend, Jackson, Rick Townsend, Baxley; sister, Wilma Pritchard, Marion, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his loving cat Katie.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 22, at 11 a.m., at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville, with military honors accorded and the Rev. Will Lewis officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Georgia Society for Hearing Care Professionals Foundation, P.O. Box 91, Clarkston, Ga. 30021, or the Lions Club Georgia Lighthouse, 1775 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, Ga. 30033.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 22, 2008.
Rev. Jimmy Owensby
Rev. Jimmy Powell Owensby, 67, of Commerce, died Wednesday, May 14, at his residence.
Born in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Allen and Mattie Simms Owensby. He served his community as a minister.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Dalton Owensby, Commerce; sons, Ricky Bennett and Mitchell Owensby, both of Royston, Wesley Bennett, Danny Owensby, Darren Owensby, all of Commerce; brothers, Bernice Owensby and Tom Owensby, both of Commerce; sister, Kate Lacey, Commerce; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Wendell Hanley and Curtis Greene officiating. Burial was in the Grey Hill Cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 22, 2008.
Eugene Moon
Eugene Talmadge Moon, 72, of Hartwell, died Monday, May 19, 2008, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens.
Born in Madison County, he was the son of the late Bolar and Kate Hamond Moon. He retired from Peterson Corporation as a machinist. Mr. Moon was preceded in death by brothers, Hugh Dorsey Moon, Thomas Edison “Tom” Moon, Charlie Hardwick Moon, James Bolar Moon, Rufus Jackson Moon, Ernest Vernon Moon; and sisters, Viola Moon and Susie Estell Moon Kellum.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Wilson Moon; sons, Ronnie Moon, Carlton, Randy Moon, Hull, step-children, Michelle Brownlee, Elberton, William K. Dean, Hartwell, Eddie Ray Dean, Byron; brother, Henry Ford Moon; sister, Sallie Sue Moon Bowen; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 22, at Vineyards Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Coile officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 22, 2008.



 

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