Madison County Obituaries...

April 4, 2001


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Mitchell D. Cleghorne
Mitchell David Cleghorne, 65, of Danielsville, died Sunday, April 1, 2001.
Mr. Cleghorne was born in Madison County, a son of the late Lester Mitchell Cleghorne and Seney Patton Cleghorne.
He was retired from Alps Tire & Service, with 33 years of service, and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Tony Lee officiating. Burial was in Colbert Cemetery. Sam Cleghorne, Tom Cleghorne, Mike Cleghorne, Billy Cleghorne, Jeff Dillard and Gerald Cleghorne served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were John Cleghorne, Allen Collins, Henry Smith, Scott Cleghorne, Matt Cleghorne, Ryan Cleghorne and Mike Cleghorne.
Mr. Cleghorne is survived by his wife, Jimmie Patterson Cleghorne; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Jeff Dillard, Danielsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Sam and Theresa Cleghorne, Comer, Tom and Pam Cleghorne, Athens, Mike and Kay Cleghorne, Danielsville, and Billy and Vicki Cleghorne, Loganville; sister and brother-in-law, Jackie and Roy Perry, Taylors, S.C.; father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Collis Patterson; seven grandchildren, Scott, Matt, Ryan, Samantha, Katrina and Kristalyn Cleghorne and Brandy Cash; and one great-grandchild, Dakota Cash.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospice.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

Lloyd D. McElreath
Lloyd Darrell McElreath, 46, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001.
Mr. McElreath was born April 19, 1954, a son of the late Robert Hoyle and Geraldine Sexton McElreath.
He was a member of Community Baptist Church. Mr. McElreath was preceded in death by a brother, Robert D. McElreath.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30, at Community Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, April Griffeth, Colbert, and Ashley McElreath, Danielsville; two brothers, Jerry McElreath and Dwayne McElreath, both of Danielsville; and one sister, Diane McElreath Strickland, Danielsville.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

Mary Flanagan
Mrs. Mary J. Flanagan, 78, of Hull, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001.
A native of Tiger, Mrs. Flanagan was a daughter of the late Jarvis and Cleo Shed.
She worked for Athens Community Council on Aging for a number of years and was a member of Sonlight Baptist Church. Mrs. Flanagan was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest E. Flanagan.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with Dr. Buhl Cummings and the Rev. Dan Corbett officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. A.T. Shed Jr., David McCannon, William Butler, Nathan Palmer, Mike Harris and Jack Bamford served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Hair, Fort Drum, Fla., and Patsy McCannon, Athens; three sons, Marvin F. Flanagan, Crawford, Tommy Flanagan, Hull, and Donnie Flanagan, Statham; two sisters, Silvia Aaron, Crawford, and June Nixon, Athens; 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

Irene K. Boren
Mrs. Irene Katie Boren, 82, of Athens, died Saturday, March 31, 2001.
Mrs. Boren was born September 11, 1918, in Georgia. She was a daughter of the late Mac C. and Bertha Louise Murphy Boren.
Mrs. Boren was a homemaker.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in Gillsville Cemetery with the Rev. Terry James officiating.
Mrs. Boren is survived by a brother, Robert Boren, Danielsville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

James M. Martin
James Melvin Martin, of Hull, died Thursday, March 29, 2001.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Martin was a son of the late J.C. and Avis Carter Martin.
He was retired from Westinghouse and was a member of the Church of Christ. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by a daughter, Joy Martin.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in Winterville City Cemetery with the Rev. Jay Ragsdale officiating.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Henrietta Tucker Martin, Hull; sons and daughters-in-law, Tal and Judy Martin and Charles and Jean Martin, all of Hull, and Mickey and Mary Beth Martin, Winterville; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Franklin Daniels, Danielsville, and Shyron and Jim Ivey, Athens; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Vistacare Hospice, 1640 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA 30606.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001


Samuel L. Sartain
Samuel Lee Sartain, 74, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001.
A native and lifelong resident of Madison County, Mr. Sartain was a son of the late and Samuel Lee Sartain Sr. and Ina Mae Martin.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, and had worked as a building contractor.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Albert Vaughn and Ray Jenkins officiating.
Mr. Sartain is survived by his wife, Sarah Haggard Sartain; two daughters, Brenda Zareie, Lawrenceville, and Barbara Fogg, Ila; two sons, William Lee "Bill" Sartain and Barry Edison Sartain, both of Ila; one sister, Ruth Sartain Gordon, Danielsville; two brothers, Max Sartain, Danielsville, and Neal Sartain, Clayton; 10 grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

Lera Whitsel
Mrs. Lera Whitsel, 95, of Homer, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Whitsel was born January 23, 1906, in Georgia, a daughter of the late John and Alice Roberts.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Dewitt Whitsel, Comer, and Odell Whitsel, Homer; two daughters, Hazel Hemrick, Demorest, and Magalyn Vaughn, Homer; one sister, Bertha Tench, Walhalla, S.C.; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

Randy T. Wright
Randy Thomas "Fat Back" Wright, 31, of Commerce, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Wright was born August 25, 1969, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Marion and Mildred Holman Wright.
Mr. Wright was self-employed in landscaping and was a member of Cave Springs Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Cave Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Blalock officiating. Burial was in the Center Grove Baptist Church cemetery, Pendergrass.
Survivors include two sisters, Katie Grizzle and Pamela Kitchens, both of Jefferson; four brothers, David Wright, Danielsville, Ricky Wright, Hull, Andy Wright, Nicholson, and Jerry Wright, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Jackson Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

Sylvester Riden
Sylvester "Billy" Riden, 64, of Comer, died Saturday, March 31, 2001.
Mr. Riden was a son of the late Obie Riden and Zelma Lee Thornton.
He was employed with a granite company and was a member of Holly Creek Baptist Church
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Holly Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Scottie Randolph and Sherman Mattox officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Riden is survived by his wife, Mattie Sue Sims; two daughters, May Sue Bailey, Comer, and Anna Rose Riden, Stephens; four sons, Sylvester Riden Jr., Dwayne Riden and Otis Gene Riden, all of Comer and Samuel Lee Riden, Carlton; four sisters, Mary Lou Sims, Comer, and Betty Carol Long, Annie Ruth Burden and Bessie Joe Cunningham, all of Athens; two brothers, Henry Lewis Riden, Carlton, and Clifford Riden, Hull; a goddaughter raised in the home, Shanda Pass, Athens; and 10 grandchildren.
Mack and Payne Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

Henry G. Pittman
Henry Grady Pittman, 66, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Pittman was born January 30, 1935, in Jackson County, a son of the late Theo and Pauline Seagraves Pittman.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was retired from Dairy Pak. Mr. Pittman was a member of Madison Street Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Darrell Dale and David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the New Harmony Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Pittman is survived by his wife, Beverly Dean Matthews Pittman, Nicholson; two sons, Matthew Pittman and Phil Pittman, both of Winder; two daughters, Tara Hembree, Nicholson, and Deborah Jarrard, Hull; one sister, Hazel Lester, Nicholson; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

Johnnie M. Anderson
Mrs. Johnnie McElroy Anderson, 85, of Commerce, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at Crystle Springs Nursing Home.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Anderson was born May 7, 1915, a daughter of the late Albert Benton and Mary Elizabeth Carson McElroy.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church. Mrs. Anderson was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Currie Anderson.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Beaverdam Baptist Church with the Revs. Marshall Smith and Chad Payne officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one step-son, Bill Anderson, St. Petersburg, Fla.; one step-daughter, Ann Urbanski, Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Felix McElroy, Athens; one sister, Roberta Sparks, Commerce; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

Lenward L. Minish
Lenward L. Minish, 77, of Commerce, died Sunday, April 1, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Minish was born November 28, 1923, in Jackson County, a son of the late Foster and Lottie Richey Minish.
He was retired from the auto business and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Swayne Cochran officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Minish is survived by his wife, Margaret Lord Minish, Commerce; two sons, Dennis Minish, Commerce, and Sam Thurmond, Maysville; five daughters, Linda Hendrix and Cynthia Sorrow, both of Commerce, Cathy Minish, Gainesville, Dianne Mooney, Huntland, Texas, and Linda Kay Reed, Sumitt, Utah; one brother, Columbus O. Minish, Charles City, Va.; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

James M. Crunkleton
James M. Crunkleton, 82, of Commerce, died Saturday, March 31, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Crunkleton was born September 7, 1918, in Rabun County. He was a son of the late Joseph H. and Lilly Mae Wall Crunkleton.
Mr. Crunkleton was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He had been employed as a salesperson and was of the Baptist denomination.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Whitlock Chapel.
Mr. Crunkleton is survived by his wife, Eleanor Artemis Pappas Crunkleton, Commerce; two sons, Robert J. Crunkleton, Orlando, Fla., and Wayne Crunkleton, Silver Spring, Md.; one daughter, Penelope Crunkleton, Silver Spring, Md.; one brother, J.H. Crunkleton, Tiger; and one sister, Lauren Cabe, Tiger.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001

Julia M. Bryant
Mrs. Julia Mae Bryant, 87, of Comer, formerly of Lavonia, died Thursday, March 29, 2001.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Bryant was a daughter of the late Clarence R. Randall and Rilla Pierce Randall.
She had worked in retail sales and was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church, Seneca, S.C. Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Bryant.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, in the chapel of Hamby Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Ashworth officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, William Randall Bryant, Seneca, S.C., and Edward Lamar Bryant, Lavonia; three sisters, Geraldine Thomas, Dalton, Veronica O'Barr, Union City, and Dorothy Sue R. Cawthon, Lavonia; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Hamby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 4, 2001


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