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 September 20, 2000


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Spurgeon E. Atkinson
Spurgeon Emmett "Spud" Atkinson, of Royston, 52, died Tuesday, September 12, 2000, at Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, S.C.
Mr. Atkinson was born October 3, 1947, in Franklin County. He was a son of Mrs. Sara L. Coker Atkinson, Lavonia, and the late William J. Atkinson.
Mr. Atkinson was employed as a foreman with Metromont Presstress Industry.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 15, at New Bethel Congregational Holiness Church with the Revs. Bruce Kesler and Kenneth Vanderford officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Wayne Reel, Tim Johnson, Tommy Crozier, Cecil Wilson, Danny Elrod and John Wood served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers included members of the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department and employees of Metromont Presstress.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Sandra Check Atkinson; two sons, Jason Atkinson and John Atkinson, both of Royston; one daughter, Julie Atkinson, Royston; three brothers, Donald Atkinson and Billy Lee Atkinson, both of Lavonia, and Douglas Atkinson, Martin; five sisters, Brenda Vaughn, Hull, Kathy Wood, Rodney, Mich., Ruth Smith, California, Thelma Seymour, Hartwell, and Shirley Shiretzki, Alto.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

James E. Gunnells
James Ernest Gunnells, 94, of Athens, died Wednesday, September 13, 2000.
Mr. Gunnells was born in Madison County, a son of the late James Frank and Bertha Matthews Gunnells.
He was retired from Thomas Textile and also worked as a security guard for SunTrust Bank. Mr. Gunnells was a member of Whitehall Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Mae Parnell Gunnells, and four children, James Thomas Muss Gunnells, Luther Eugene Gunnells, Ruth Barber and Joyce Mosley.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 16, at Whitehall Baptist Church with the Revs. Buford Lockman and Ron Cofer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Calvin Barber, Thomas Barber, Randy Taylor, Jimmy Brownlee, Mark Gosnell and Micheal Whaley served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two sons, William Paul Gunnells, Winder, and Richard Ray Gunnells, Athens; one sister, Lula Belle Lassiter, Athens; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Vera S. Morton
Mrs. Vera Savilla Short Morton, 88, of Royston, died Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mrs. Morton was born August 1, 1912, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late William Matthew Short and Omie Stewart Roach.
Mrs. Morton was retired from Harmony Grove Mill, Commerce, and was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Frank Morton, a daughter, Omie Lee Morton, and two sons, Leonard George Morton and Bobby Darrell Morton.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 16, at Riverside Baptist Church with the Revs. Truitt Brawner and Herman Purcell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Morton's grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one son, Johnny Franklin Morton, Royston; two daughters, Katie Brooks Chasteen, Commerce, and Idell Morton, Royston; one sister, Kitty Gentry, Jackson, Miss.; 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

John D. Hill
John David Hill, 47, of Maysville, died Saturday, September 16, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
Mr. Hill was born September 17, 1952, in Jackson County. He was a son of Nannie Buffington Hill Pruitt, Maysville, and the late Homer Hill.
Mr. Hill was the owner of H & H Farms and was of the Baptist denomination. He was preceded in death by a brother, W.F. Hill.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 18, at Solid Rock Baptist Church with the Revs. Swayne Carlan and Jeff Williams officiating. Burial was in the Grove Level Baptist Church cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Kay B. Hill; one son, Andy Hill, Maysville; one brother, Ronnie Hill, Maysville; two sisters, Mrs. Randall "JoAnn" Brock, Gainesville, and Mrs. Darrell "Judy" Griffin, Gillsville; step-father, I.W. Pruitt, Maysville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Katie Gordon
Mrs. Katie Gordon, 80, of Statham, died Sunday, September 17, 2000.
A native of Knox County, Tenn., Mrs. Gordon was a daughter of the late Charles Barnett and Jimmie Wolf.
She was a retired medical secretary with St. Mary's Hospital, Athens, and was a member of Athens First Christian Church.
Mrs. Gordon was preceded in death by her husband, John Howell Gordon.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, September 19, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Ray Austin officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Gordon Myrick, Bogart; three sons, Harry "Billy" Bittle and Gary Gordon, both of Athens, and Steve Gordon, Colbert; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Athens First Christian Church, 268 W. Dougherty Street, Athens, GA 30601.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Donnie C. Wilson
Mrs. Donnie Cain Wilson, 87, of Commerce, died Friday, September 15, 2000, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mrs. Wilson was born April 1, 1913, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Will and Sally Jones Cain.
Mrs. Wilson was a homemaker and a member of Webbs Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Lee Wilson.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 17, at Webbs Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Bob Hill and Bobby Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Alton Wilson, Dallas, Donald Wilson, Gillsville, and Hugh M. Wilson, Commerce; two daughters, Barbara Childs, Asheboro, N.C., and Suzanne Ward, Athens; one sister, Mary Cain Brewer, Homer; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Gladys H. Davis
Mrs. Gladys Hawkes Davis, 92, of Comer, died Sunday, September 17, 2000.
Mrs. Davis was born in Oglethorpe County, a daughter of the late Thomas and Ada Gunnells Hawkes.
She was a homemaker and was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, Coke C. Davis.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, September 20, in Comer City Cemetery with the Rev. John Alexander officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Carolyn Cook, Duluth, and Brenda D. Agnew, Hartwell; one sister, Juanita H. Palmer, Comer; one brother, Hugh D. Hawkes, Gainesville; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Ellis H. Fitzpatrick
Ellis Harold Fitzpatrick, 80, of Danielsville, died Monday, September 18, 2000.
A native and lifelong resident of Madison County, Mr. Fitzpatrick was a son of the late Ernest O. and Chester White Fitzpatrick.
He was a retired farmer and a member of Erastus Christian Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 21, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Ray Jenkins and Billy Glosson officiating. Burial will be in Ila Cemetery.
Mr. Fitzpatrick is survived by his wife, Hallie Grace Minish Fitzpatrick; son and daughter-in-law, Lee and Eleanor Fitzpatrick, Danielsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Louise and Larry Bond, Danielsville, Bernice and Jerry Malcom, Snellville, and Barbara and Donald Hardigree, Statham; six sisters, Jeffie Fitzpatrick and Mary Dobbs, both of Commerce, Robbie Burnett and Martha Davis, both of Greenville, S.C., Vera Timms, Danielsville, and Chester Wylder, Stockbridge; four brothers, Wilson Fitzpatrick and Clyde Fitzpatrick, both of Danielsville, Horace Fitzpatrick, Cleveland, and Chester Wylder, Stockbridge; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the funeral home.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

John I. Gaddis
John Isom Gaddis, 73, of Danielsville, died Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at his residence.
Mr. Gaddis was born November 25, 1926, in Madison County. He was a son of the late Frank C. Gaddis and Pearlie Mae Horne Gaddis.
Mr. Gaddis had worked as an auto mechanic and was of the Baptist denomination. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard "Bo" Gaddis and Ralph Gaddis.
Funeral services were held Friday, September 15, at Friendship Baptist Church with the Revs. David Strickland and Dayton Logan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Gaddis is survived by his wife, Mae Sue Strickland Gaddis; two sons, Larry Gaddis and Tommy Gaddis, both of Danielsville; two daughters, Bonnie Boothe, Danielsville, and Johnnie Duncan, Hull; one sister, Allene Smith, Danielsville; three granddaughters, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Reginald B. Manley
Reginald B. "Pid" Manley, 69, of Royston, died Thursday, September 14, 2000, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mr. Manley was born November 25, 1930, in Madison County, a son of the late Lloyd and Corrie Dean Manley.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Korean Conflict, and was the owner and operator of Manley Construction. Mr. Manley attended Franklin Springs Baptist Church and was a member of the Royston Masonic Lodge #52 and the Harrison McCreary V.F.W. Post #2848.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 16, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Frank Bearden and Paul Vickery officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with full Masonic Rites.
Mr. Manley is survived by his wife, Cornelia "Nealie" Royston Manley; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Ed Eison, Royston; one brother, Lowell Manley, Danielsville; three grandchildren, Steve Eison, Hoschton, Mike Eison, Boston, Mass., and Kathy Golden, Marietta; and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Franklin Springs Baptist Church, 2330 W. Main St., Franklin Springs, GA 30639, to Royston First United Methodist Church, 137 Franklin Springs St., Royston, GA 30662, or to Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1052, Danielsville, GA 30633.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Kenneth Fowler
Kenneth Eugene Fowler, 60, of Danielsville, died Monday, September 18, 2000.
A native of Anderson, S.C., Mr. Fowler was a son of the late Paul and Ruby Chatham Fowler.
He was a member of Bible Baptist Church and had served for 11 years as president of the Master Bassers Fishing Club.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 20, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Robert Garrett and Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in the Bible Baptist Church cemetery. Danny Sorrow, Bruce Anglin, Steve Sherbert, Danny Bradley, David Bradley and Peanut Dorsey served as pallbearers.
Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife, Martha Williams Fowler; four daughters, Deborah McLendon and Yvonne Fowler, both of Commerce, Phyllis Hopper, Lula, and Brandy Beck, Danielsville; one son, Carl Fowler, Commerce; three step-daughters, Kerry Hatch, Alpharetta, Jenny Haley and Cindy Horn, both of Danielsville; five grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two nieces.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Evie L. Christian
Mrs. Evie Lee Carrington Christian, 102, of Comer, died Monday, September 18, 2000, at the Brown Memorial Convalescent Center, Royston.
Mrs. Christian was born October 20, 1897, in Madison County. She was a daughter of the late Zack and Mae Lively Carrington.
Mrs. Christian was a homemaker and had worked as a dietitian for many years with the Meadow School Lunchroom in Comer. She was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, where she formerly taught the Primary Class and served as church pianist.
Mrs. Christian was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse James Christian, a son, Lloyd N. Christian, a daughter, Lorene Christian, a brother, George Carrington, and a sister, Glenny Powers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 21, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Martin T. Coile, Darvin Cash and Malcolm Herndon officiating. Burial will be in the Meadow Baptist Church cemetery.
Mrs. Christian is survived by one daughter, Mildred Kinley, Royston; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
Family were to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Cedar Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Dean Andrews, 2674 Transco Road, Comer, GA 30629.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Joe E. Thompson
Joe Elmon Thompson, 73, of Athens, died Sunday, September 17, 2000.
Born in Clarke County, Mr. Thompson was a son of the late C.D. and Lillie Mae Childers Thompson.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II, and was a farmer. He was a member of West End Baptist Church, a member of the VFW Lodge #2878 and served as past president of the Woodmen of the World Lodge #1442. Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtice Busbin Thompson.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 20, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Revs. Larry Elliott and Herman Nation officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. Curtis Thompson, Scott Thompson, David McRee, Wayne Bagley, Jeff Thompson and Rick Thompson served as pallbearers. Members of the West End Baptist Church Whitworth Sunday School Class served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include one son, Robert E. Thompson, Colbert; two daughters, Jo Ann Barnett, Winterville, and Cheryl M. Adams, Athens; five sisters, Nadine Bagley, Commerce, Alene McRee, Milledgeville, Lucille Morgan, Plant City, Fla., and Barbara Ann Brewer and Martha Clawson, both of Athens; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Jimmy R. Meadow
Jimmy Ray Meadow, 55, of Danielsville, died Sunday, September 17, 2000.
Born in Madison County, Mr. Meadow was a son of Pauline Evans Meadow and the late J.B. Meadow.
He was retired from Adams Trucking Co. and was a member of Moon's Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Meadow was preceded in death by two brothers, Grover Meadow and George L. Meadow.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 20, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Ray Jenkins and Tony Lee officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one step-son, Stacey Carey, Statham; two sisters, Lucy Meadow Cromer, Hull, and Sarah I. Meadow, Danielsville; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
For further details and guest book, log on to www.legacy.com.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000

Myra G. Gilreath
Mrs. Myra Gail Lemaster Gilreath, 58, of Anderson, S.C., died Friday, September 15, 2000.
Born in Spartanburg, S.C., Mrs. Gilreath was a daughter of the late James Edward and Nora Trent Lemaster.
She was employed with Brookside Nursing Center and attended Cathedral of Love. Mrs. Gilreath was preceded in death by a brother, James Trent Lemaster.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 18, in the chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home, Anderson, S.C., with the Rev. Bob Hicks officiating. Burial was in Garden of Memories.
Mrs. Gilreath is survived by her husband, Tommy Gilreath; three daughters, Bonnie Sue Oliphant, Anderson, S.C., Teresa Hicks, Belton, S.C., and Gail Lee, Williamston, S.C.; one sister, Joy Wood, Madison County; four grandchildren and one step-grandchild.
Woodlawn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 20, 2000


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