Madison County Obituaries...

May 16, 2001


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Janette W. Griffeth
Mrs. Janette W. Griffeth, 88, of Danielsville, died Sunday, May 13, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Griffeth was a daughter of the late Jack Andrew and Lynn Dillard Williams. She was the wife of the late J. Dwight Griffeth Sr.
Mrs. Griffeth retired from New Way Dry Cleaners and was a member of Moon's Grove Baptist Church, where she was active in the Ladies Overcomers Sunday School Class, the Moon's Grove Super Senior Adult Group and the Moon's Grove Ladies Prayer Circle.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma W. McElroy.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Moon's Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Lee officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery. David Griffeth, Joe Griffeth, Jason Griffeth, Tim Arthur, Randy Barrett and Alton Rowe served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Bobbie Griffeth Freeman, Jefferson, and Anne Griffeth Sisk, Danielsville; two sons, Dwight Griffeth Jr., Danielsville, and Thomas J. Griffeth, Jefferson; one sister, Serena D. Williamson, Hull; one brother, Dillard M. Williams, Langham, Md.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

Mary E. Simms
Mrs. Mary Ellen Simms, 58, of Danielsville, died Thursday, May 10, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Simms was a daughter of the late J C and Jonnie Merle Booth McLeroy.
She was employed as a machine operator with Whellens Design.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Ray Jenkins and Johnny Stowe officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Simms is survived by her husband, Hugh Simms; three sons, William David Simms and Hugh Daniel Simms, both of Danielsville, and Donald Jason Simms, Royston; two brothers, Gene McLeroy, Jefferson, and Troy McLeroy, Danielsville; and four grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

Joe C. Looney
Joe Colley Looney, 76, of Jefferson, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Looney was born December 1, 1924. He was a son of the late Otha and Mattie Crowder Looney.
Mr. Looney was a retiree of Harmony Grove Mill and was a retired farmer. He was a member of Living Word Worship Center.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Lee Hunter officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Rod Hill, Todd Hill, Ken Looney, Daniel Wofford, David Pursley and Roy Looney served as pallbearers.
Mr. Looney is survived by one daughter, Pat Hill, Jefferson; two sons, Rex Looney and Steve Looney, both of Commerce; two sisters, Georgia Scoggins, Jefferson, and Deedie Slaton, Porterdale; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

Henry G. Patton
Henry Grady Patton, 72, of Nicholson, died Thursday, May 10, 2001.
Born in Oglethorpe County, Mr. Patton had lived in the area for most of his life. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and had worked as a dietitian at Athens Heritage Nursing Home. Mr. Patton was a lifetime member of the VFW.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include stepchildren; granddaughter, Karla Patton, Colbert; and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

Alton Chandler
Alton Chandler, 69, of Arnoldsville, died Friday, May 11, 2001.
A resident of Arnoldsville for seven years, Mr. Chandler was a son of the late Harry and Grace Epperson Chandler.
He retired from the U.S. Army with 28 years of service. Mr. Chandler was preceded in death by a son, Scott Chandler.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in Chandler Cemetery, Commerce, with the Rev. Lem Clark officiating.
Survivors include one son, Brian Chandler, Buda, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Jackie Chandler, Pooler; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Doyle Ash, Arnoldsville; and two grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

Violet V. Wells
Mrs. Violet V. Wells, 78, of Athens, died Monday, May 14, 2001.
Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Wells was a daughter of the late Noel and Jennie Thompson.
She had lived in the Athens area most of her life and was retired from Central Soya Poultry. Mrs. Wells was a member of Central Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoke Smith Wells.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Don Fuller officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Bobby Wells, Andy Wells, Robbie Dixon, Michael Wells, Randy Wells and Jeff Smith served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Jack Wells, Winterville, and Larry Ray Wells, Tahlequah, Okla.; one daughter, Gloria L. Dixon, Athens; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

Eunice E. Minish
Mrs. Eunice Evans Minish, 77, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Minish was born April 28, 1924, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Buff and Laura Trotter Evans.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Berea Baptist Church. Mrs. Minish was preceded in death by a son, Dembres Minish.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Terry James and Grady Jordan officiating. Burial was in the Erastus Christian Church cemetery.
Mrs. Minish is survived by her husband, J.D. Minish, Commerce; three sons, Gerald Minish, Terry Minish and Tommy Minish, all of Commerce; one daughter, Jean Hardman, Ocala, Fla.; one sister, Pauline Meadows, Danielsville; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

 

Carrie L. Hennequant
Mrs. Carrie Lucille Mauldin Hennequant, 77, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, at Henry County Medical Center, Stockbridge, following an extended illness.
Born May 15, 1923, in Lavonia, Mrs. Hennequant was a daughter of the late John and Margaret Cowart Mauldin. She was the wife of the late Adolph Hennequant.
Mrs. Hennequant was a retired EEG technician with Washington Pennsylvania Hospital and was a member of the Lavonia Church of God. She was preceded in death by a son, Richard Hennequant, three sisters, Ruby Segars, Ella Mae Westmoreland and Letha Hudson, and a brother, J.M. Mauldin.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 11, in the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Willard Fitzpatrick and Pastor Kevin Hornsby officiating. Entombment was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Helen Parkinson, Stockbridge, and Susan Hendrickson, Royston; one half-sister, Lucille Ansley, Lavonia; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

James D. McClure
James Daniel "Dan" McClure, 80, of Commerce, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home.
Mr. McClure was born April 19, 1921, in Stephens County, a son of the late John L. and Elizabeth Rothell McClure.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II, and was a retired maintenance supervisor with Westclock. Mr. McClure was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 14, at the First United Methodist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Warren Huddleston and Bob Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. McClure is survived by his wife, Sara Minish McClure, Commerce; three sons, James Aubry McClure, Tullahoma, Tenn., John Michael McClure, Marietta, and Thomas Daniel McClure, Milton, Fla.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Commerce First United Methodist Church Building Fund in memory of Mr. McClure.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

Sallie V. Burke
Mrs. Sallie Veal Burke, 84, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Burke was born May 24, 1916, a daughter of the late Walt and Lillie Fricks Veal.
She was retired from Harmony Grove Mills and was a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church. Mrs. Burke was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Burke.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jessie Mealor officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include three daughters, Austine Adams, Thomasville, Wilma Barnett, Nicholson, and Lorell Ward, Cornelia; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

Ella Skelton
Ms. Ella Skelton, 33, of Athens, died Monday, May 7, 2001.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Ms. Skelton was a daughter of Minnie Williams and the late James A. Skelton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in the chapel of Gardenview Funeral Home with the Rev. Scottie Randolph officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include one daughter, Reneatrius Jackson, Athens; two sons, Romaude Thomas and Roshaude Thomas, both of Athens; seven sisters, Shirley Barnett, Hull, Annie Bolton, Jenee Willingham, and Barbara Daniels, all of Athens, Mamie Skrine and Dorothy Coakley, both of Crawford, and Emma Jean Nowell, Auburn; and three brothers, Calvin Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, Walter Williams, Crawford, and James Edward Skelton, Comer.
Gardenview Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

John A. Howard
John Allen Howard, 70, of Comer, died Sunday, May 6, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Howard was a son of the late Johnny and Georgia Howard.
He was retired from the City of Comer Public Works.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Springfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Horace Ellison officiating. Burial was in the Holly Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Howard is survived by his wife, Susie Mae Willingham Howard; one daughter, Carolyn Kyer, Comer; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Gardenview Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

Lona Hayes
Mrs. Lona Hayes, 58, of Statham, died Saturday, May 12, 2001.
Mrs. Hayes was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Mount Olive Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Dante Tobias officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Luellyn Hayes, Alberta Ledora Hayes and Bonnie Celena, all of Statham; six sons, Booker Eugene Hayes, Earl Raymond Hayes, Sampson Conrad Hayes, Derrick Newton Hayes and Malcolm Osborne Hayes, all of Statham, and Perry Antonio Hayes, Germany; three sisters, Sallie Pearl Scott, Monroe, Alberty Curry, Watkinsville, and Magelene James, Augusta; three brothers, Joe Louis Scott, Athens, Daniel Reese Scott, Hull, and Frank Perry Scott, Statham.
Mack & Payne Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001

Thomas V. Banks
Thomas Verner Banks, 79, of Carnesville, died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Born May 11, 1922, in Stephens County, Mr. Banks was a son of the late William Groves and Ethel Irene Banks.
Retired, he had been an employee of Westinghouse Corp. for 20 years. Mr. Banks served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. As a First Class Petty Officer he served on LST crafts. He saw action in Sicily, Italy and the Normandy Invasion, and later the Pacific invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Mr. Banks was a member of Riverside Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alvin R. Banks and William "Bill" Banks.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Riverside Baptist Church with the Revs. Lee Smith, Truitt Brawner and Clint Harper officiating, along with Charles Honea. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, North.
Mr. Banks is survived by his wife, Evelyn Royston Banks; one daughter, Elaine Banks Honea, Carnesville; two sons, Thomas A. Banks and Lanny Banks, both of Royston; one brother, Truitt R. Banks, Laurens, S.C.; one sister, Irene Callahan, Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Riverside Baptist Church Building Fund.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 16, 2001


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