Madison County Obituaries...

 March 15, 2000


Betty J. Jones
Betty Jo Jones, 71, of Danielsville, died Friday, March 3, 2000.
A native and long-time resident of Fulton County, Mrs. Jones was a daughter of James E. Hudson, Hogansville, and the late Arabella Hayes.
She was employed with Foote and Davies Printing for several years in Atlanta before retiring and moving to Comer. Mrs. Jones was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, Lakewood.
Graveside services were held Sunday, March 5, at Crestlawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Layton Sampson officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include her husband, Robert H. "Bob" Jones, Comer; two daughters, Deborah Diane Wood, Comer, and Sharon Gay Edge, Jonesboro; two sons, Robert Daniel Jones, Melbourne, Fla., and James Edward Jones, Atlanta; two sisters, Jean Askew, Royston, and Barbara Rutherford, Stone Mountain; stepmother, Frances Hudson, Hogansville; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 8, 2000

J.C. Cowart
J.C. Cowart, 75, of Hull, died Saturday, March 4, 2000.
A native of Clarke County, Mr. Cowart was a son of the late Earnest and Annie Smith Cowart.
He had worked for the State Highway Department of the Department of Transportation and was a member of Edwards Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 6, at Brown's Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the Hull Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronny Doster, Asa Huff, Clay Huff and Grant Culbertson.
Survivors include his wife, Essie Whitehead Cowart; two daughters, Robin Doster, Colbert, and Susan Huff, Hull; two sons, Lewis Cowart, Hull, and Nelson Cowart, Cumming; one brother, Paul Cowart, Athens; four sisters, all of Crawford; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Brown's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 8, 2000

Craig P. Spratlin
Craig Pope Spratlin, 89, of Hull, died Monday, March 6, 2000.
A native and lifelong resident of Hull, Mr. Spratlin was a son of the late David Pope and Lucy Williams Spratlin.
He was a retired brick mason and a member of the Brick Layers Union. Mr. Spratlin, since the age of 14, was also a member of Hull Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School, served as deacon for a number of years and served as building superintendent during a construction period.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 8, at Hull Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Crowe officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. George Cronic, George Adair, Lance Thomason, O.P. Jones, Lawrence Tolbert and Charles Dooley served as pallbearers. Members of the Character Builders Sunday School Class served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Reba Johnson Spratlin; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Spratlin and Charles "Chip" Reid, Hull; one sister, Ruby Stewart, Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, William Spratlin and Ted Spratlin, both of Hull; three grandchildren, Craig Reid, Rachel Reid and Molly Reid; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 8, 2000

Curt Young
Curt "J.C." Young, 72, of Comer, died Sunday, March 5, 2000.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Young was a son of the late Shelton Barnett and Jesmer May Meadow Young.
He was a forester and farmer and was a member of Collier Baptist Church. Mr. Young was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Young.
Graveside services were held Monday, March 6, in Arnoldsville Cemetery with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Booth Young; two sons, Roy Young and Melvin Young, both of Comer; one sister, Louise Hilliard, Colbert; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 8, 2000

Curtis H. Nelms
Curtis Howard Nelms, 72, of Hull, died Sunday, March 5, 2000.
Mr. Nelms was born in Clarke County, a son of the late William Howard and Ossie Le Genia Sorrow Nelms.
He had worked in Clarke County and was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Nelms was preceded in death by a son, Clarence H. Nelms.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 8, at Victory Baptist Church with the Rev. Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in Sorrow-Patterson Cemetery. Michael Nelms, Joey Williams, John Taylor, Earnie Shaw, Lynn Shedd and Theron Fortson served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Fleming Nelms; one daughter, Nancy Shedd, Hull; one step-daughter, Frances Drake, Eastonollee; three sons, Jerry Nelms, Danielsville, and Wayne Nelms and Tony Nelms, both of Hull; four sisters, Lucille Faulkner, Hull, Charlene Carithers, Bogart, Virginia Myers, Bishop, and Dorothy Dalton, Watkinsville; four brothers, J.W. Nelms, Bogart, Lee Nelms, Eaton, Joe Nelms, Watkinsville, and Donald Nelms, Lexington; eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 28 nieces and nephews and 33 great-nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 8, 2000

Thelma P. Orr
Mrs. Thelma Potts Orr, 91, of Signal Mountain, Tenn., formerly of Nicholson, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Alexian Health Care Center.
Mrs. Orr was born February 6, 1909, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Lester William and Vessie Alberta Hutchins Potts, and was the widow of Fred L. Orr.
She was a graduate of Central High School, Chattanooga, Tenn., and a 1930 graduate of the University of Chattanooga. Mrs. Orr received a master's degree in education in 1952 and a specialist's degree in education in 1971 from the University of Georgia. She began her career as a teacher at Benton High School in Nicholson, then became county curriculum director for Jackson and Madison Counties. She ended her career as a vocational education specialist with the Georgia Department of Education.
Mrs. Orr was a member of Nicholson Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred L. Orr.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 7, at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Allen Seagraves officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, William J. Orr, Chattanooga, Tenn., one granddaughter, Lori O. Stansell, Signal Mountain, Tenn.; one grandson, William J. Orr Jr., Austin, Texas; and four great-grandchildren, Trey Stansell and Will Stansell, both of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Katie Orr and Mary Orr, both of Austin, Texas.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 8, 2000

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Julia T. Young
Mrs. Julia Thaxton Young, 91, of Crawford, died Thursday, March 2, 2000.
Mrs. Young was a daughter of the late Henry Lee and Carrie Judson Wynn Thaxton.
She was a quilter and was a member of Rock Methodist Church. Mrs. Thaxton was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Roper Young.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 5, at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Chapel, with the Rev. Randy Strickland officiating. Burial was in Wynn-Thaxton Cemetery. Pallbearers were Carl Young, Richard Smith, John Crowley, Trey Crowley, Mark Collingsworth and Scott Burgess.
Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Crowley, Athens, and Mary Maico, Atlanta; one son, Edwin Young, Stephens; one sister, Allene Escoe, Colbert; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greene Point Health Care, 1321 Washington Highway, Union Point, GA 30669.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 8, 2000

Mary E. Waters
Mrs. Mary Eula Parks Waters, 85, of Gainesville, died Friday, February 11, 2000, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, following an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Waters was a daughter of the late Ernest and Minnie Day Parks.
She was a member of Central Baptist Church. Mrs. Waters was preceded in death by her husband, James Ernest Waters.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 13, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville, with Dr. Larry Tomlin and the Rev. Phil Parks officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, James Michael and Debbie Allison Waters, Flowery Branch; sons, Tommy Parks Waters and Stephen Day Waters, both of Gainesville; one daughter, Mary Waters Farmer, Flowery Branch; two brothers, John David Parks, Athens, and Bobby Parks, Hull; one sister, Grace Edwards, Jacksonville, Fla.; and five sisters-in-law, Billie Parks, Flowery Branch, Agnes Parks, Watkinsville, Leila Parks, Commerce, and Helen Waters and Cathleen Waters, both of Gainesville; grandchildren, Michael and Wendy Farmer and Mark and Janice Farmer, all of Gainesville, and Melinda Allison Waters and Whitney Jade Waters, both of Flowery Branch; and one great-grandson, Brayson James Farmer, Gainesville.
Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 8, 2000

Cleo Baugus
Cleo Baugus, 75, of Bogart, died Thursday, March 2, 2000.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Baugus was the son of the late John Wesley and Minnie Baugus.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.
Mr. Baugus lived most of his life in Oconee County and was retired from DeKalb Poultry Farms. He was a member of Whitehall Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 4, at Mars Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were James Whitehead, Richard Whitehead, Eric Keith, Marion Odom, Andrew Whitehead, Henry David and Carl Hall.
Survivors include his wife, Leola Baugus; one daughter, JoAnn Keith, Bogart; one son, Leon Whitehead, Sanford Community; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 8, 2000

William H. Belk Jr.
William Howard Belk Jr., 81, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000.
Mr. Belk was born in Franklin County, a son of the late William Howard Belk Sr. and Eva Robinson Belk.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Belk had worked in the textile industry and was a member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Belk.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Wayne Douglas officiating. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church cemetery. Lester Morrison, Howard Johnson, Russ Dillard, Greg Dillard, Mike Bonds and Dale Rice will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth Lord Belk; one daughter, Pam Moates, Greensboro; one son, Sonny Belk, Danielsville; four sisters, Mauzee Bonds, Danielsville, Helen Bradley, Ila, Jean Rice, Travelers Rest, S.C., and Peggy Izquierdo, Lawrenceville; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 8, 2000


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