Madison County Obituaries...

March 28, 2001


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Harvey L. Ward Jr.
Harvey Lee Ward Jr., 70, of Hull, died Friday, March 23, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Ward was a son of the late Harvey Lee Ward Sr. and Julia Mae Sorrow Ward.
He had been involved with Little League Baseball, American Legion Baseball and Semi Pro Baseball. Mr. Ward was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and was retired from Independent Life Insurance Company. He was a member of Hull Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, at Hull Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Crowe officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Gene Smart, Gene Martin, Nathan Hobbs, Randall Elrod, David Betts and Mike Youngblood served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Logan Sunday School Class.
Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Jimmie L. Ward; daughter, Cheryl L. Fleming, Hull; daughter and son-in-law, Tina M. and Frankie Cleveland, Hull; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Suzanne Ward, Athens; sister, Lula W. Oettmeier, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hull Baptist Church.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 28, 2001

Dewitt D. Smallwood
Dewitt Dempsey Smallwood, 74, of Commerce, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Smallwood was born July 7, 1926, in Madison County, a son of the late Howell Parker and Montine Dailey Smallwood.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II, and was a retired poultry farmer. Mr. Smallwood was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Sue Ingram Smallwood.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at Blacks Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Darrell Smallwood and Ronnie Smallwood, both of Commerce; one daughter, Mahalious Mitchell, Cleveland; one brother, Theron Smallwood, Commerce; a special friend, Montine Venable, Commerce; and seven grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 28, 2001

Jack Damron
Jack Damron, 65, of Athens, died Thursday, March 22, 2001.
Mr. Damron was born in Oglethorpe County, a son of the late Grady J. and Sally Stewart Damron.
He was an employee of Seaboard of Athens and was a member of Johnson Drive Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Mike Curry officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Damron's nephews served as pallbearers.
Mr. Damron is survived by his wife, Shelba Smith Damron, Athens; one daughter, Brenda Epps, Athens; one son, Gerald Damron, Nicholson; four sisters, Mary Duncan, Winder, Elizabeth Epps, Hull; Mamie Meeks, Union Point, and Essie Wilson, Lexington, S.C.; two step-sisters, Louise Bell, Royston, and Thelma Cox, Stockbridge; one step-brother, Sam Archer, Austell; and four grandchildren.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 28, 2001

Janice E. Minish
Mrs. Janice Elaine Herbert Minish, 47, of Commerce, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Minish was born April 19, 1953, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of Marguerite Herbert, Commerce, and the late David Herbert.
Mrs. Minish was a homemaker and was a member of Unity Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Minish.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with Minister Molly Morris, the Rev. Phil Williams and Minister Dennis Harris officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include one son, Tony Berry, Commerce; and one brother, Curtis Herbert, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 28, 2001

Mamie G. Benton
Mrs. Mamie Garrison Benton, 88, of Commerce, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Benton was born July 25, 1912, in Jackson County. She was a daughter of the late John and Lutsie Boswell Garrison.
Mrs. Benton was retired from Commerce Sportswear and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Benton.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Henry Webb officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Benton is survived by one daughter, Mamie Joe Brown, Leesburg; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 28, 2001

Barbara B. Howard
Mrs. Barbara B. Howard, 69, of Athens, died Thursday, March 22, 2001.
A native of Fulton County, Mrs. Howard was a daughter of the late Bruce and Frances Powell Bullock.
She was retired as a bookkeeper from Adams Transfer and Storage Co.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. John W. Ingham officiating.
Mrs. Howard is survived by her husband, Dave Howard, Ablemarle, N.C.; one daughter, Debbie H. Lafferty, Carlton; two sons, David E. Howard, Bogart, and Daniel Y. Howard, Dublin; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 28, 2001

Gloria J. Johnson
Mrs. Gloria J. Johnson, 42, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001.
A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of Leroy and Sarah Dowdy, Athens.
She was a 1977 graduate of Clarke Central High School and a 1979 graduate of Athens Technical School.
Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Campus View Church of Christ with Brother Waymon Dowdy officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Terence Johnson Sr.; two sons, Terence Johnson Jr. and Tremayne Johnson, both of Athens; and six brothers, Farris Dowdy, Stanley Dowdy and Jerome Dowdy, all of Athens, Anderson Dowdy, Colbert, Wymon Dowdy, Clovis, N.M., and Wayne Dowdy, Stone Mountain.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 28, 2001

Martha B. Childs
Mrs. Martha B. Childs, 72, Loganville, died Friday, March 23, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Childs was a daughter of the late Leonard and Daisy Hammond Brown.
She worked as a nurse's assistant with Walton Medical Center and Northeast Georgia Medical Center and later was co-owner of Child's Shoe Shop. Mrs. Childs was a member of Loganville First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey R. Childs.
Funeral services were held at 2 pm. Monday, March 26, in the chapel of Arthur Bowick Funeral Home, Monroe, with the Revs. Russell Davis, Rusty Ruark and Andy Childs officiating. Burial was in Hill Haven Memory Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Delores C. Atha, Loganville; three sons, Randall Childs and Butch Childs, both of Monroe, and Larry Childs, Grayson; two sisters, Alma Kittle, Bogart, and Lizzie Kittle, Athens; one brother, Willie Brown, Ila; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Arthur Bowick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 28, 2001

Melvin G. Dixon
Melvin G. Dixon, 75, of Athens, died Thursday, March 22, 2001.
A native of Clarke County, Mr. Dixon was a son of the late Arthur L. and Hattie Strickland Dixon.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Dixon retired from Ivy-Coile Motors, with 20 years of service, and was a member of Edwards Chapel Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Jack Segars officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Dixon is survived by his wife, Mildred Loyd Dixon, Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jim Escoe, Colbert; brother, Arthur L. Dixon Jr., Athens; sister, Annie Ruth Culp, Athens; grandchildren, Kim Gregory, Winder, Kay Lewis and Jim "Rowdy" Escoe Jr., both of Colbert; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the St. Mary's Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 28, 2001


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