Madison County Obituaries...

August 1, 2001


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Ralph B. McCants
Ralph Bartlett McCants, 84, of Athens, died Saturday, July 28, 2001.
A native of Taylor County, Mr. McCants was a son of the late Rantz McCants and Mattie Anthony.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was the founder of Clarke County Milling Company. Mr. McCants was a member of Tuckston United Methodist Church, a member of Gideons International and a member of the Classic City Lions Club.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m Sunday, July 29, at Tuckston United Methodist Church with Dr. Doug Thrasher and the Revs. Lee McNeil and James Sanders officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Arneal Scott, Jerry Mitton, Doyle Ashley, Bob Fields, George Bailey and J.B. Weaver served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of Gideon North Camp and members of the Classic City Lions Club.
Mr. McCants is survived by his wife, Imogene McCants; one daughter, Nancy McCants, Athens; one son, Walter M. McCants, Colbert; three step-daughters, Peggy Sudderth, Claudine Smith and Vivian D. Hoard; one step-son, Dick Hoard; four brothers, Howard W. McCants, Athens, Franklin McCants and Asbury McCants, both of Butler, and Horace McCants, Gadsden, Ala.; nine step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandson.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 925, Athens, GA 30603, or to United Hospice, 700 S. Enota Street, Suite 202, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001

Velma S. Martin
Mrs. Velma S. Martin, 82, of Jefferson, died Friday, July 27, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
Mrs. Martin was born November 7, 1918, in Stephens County. She was a daughter of the late John and Effie Elrod Sheriff.
Mrs. Martin was a homemaker and was a member of Toms Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with Dr. Gerald Mitton and Minister Tom Plank officiating. Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Jefferson.
Survivors include three daughters, Tina Gee and Wanda Jean Martin, both of Jefferson, and Katie Sue Lord, Maysville; five sons, Billy O. Martin, Cornelia, and Charles L. Martin, Jackie Martin, Johnny F. Martin and Kenneth E. Martin, all of Jefferson; three sisters, Ozelle Cathran, Marine Grover and Carrie Smith, all of Toccoa; one brother, Robert Sheriff, Comer; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001

Mary A. Landrum
Mrs. Mary Anne Landrum, 67, of Bostwick, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Landrum was a daughter of the late Coyle O. and Vola Lee Lord Bennett. She was the wife of the late William J. Landrum.
Mrs. Landrum was retired from Goshen Cushion.
Graveside memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 27, in Coile Cemetery with the Rev. Henry Bennett officiating.
Survivors include one son, Billy David Cook, Watkinsville; one step-son, Bobby Cook, Hull; two sisters, Joyce Wilkins, Hull, and Sue Campbell, North Carolina; four brothers, the Rev. Henry Bennett, Ambrose Bennett and George Bennett, all of Athens, and Roger Bennett; two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001

James A. Autry
James A. Autry, 67, of Winder, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Autry was a son of the late Frank and Mammie Thomas Autry.
He was a retired supervisor with Harrison Poultry.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Moons Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Autry is survived by his wife, Patricia Huffman Autry; one daughter, Theresa Sims, Danielsville; one son, Shane A. Autry, Athens; one step-daughter, Michelle Abbott, Commerce; two step-sons, Donald Abbott and Gerald Abbott, both of Commerce; two sisters, Mozelle Davis and Clara Bell Anglin, both of Danielsville; four brothers, W.C. Autry, Athens, Frank Autry Jr., Statham, and Henry Autry and Mitchell Autry, both of Danielsville; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001

James E. Snapp
James E. Snapp, 62, of Athens, died Sunday, July 29, 2001.
Born in Chatta-nooga, Tenn., Mr. Snapp was a son of the late William Thomas Snapp Sr. and Hazel Middleton Snapp.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a retired realtor in Richmond and Atlanta. Mr. Snapp was a member of the American Chess Foundation, attaining the rank of Master.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, in Danielsville Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Ed Hague officiating.
Mr. Snapp is survived by a brother, William Thomas Snapp Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001

Lena M. Herbert
Mrs. Lena Mozelle Brooks Herbert, 85, of Danielsville, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Herbert was born June 9, 1916, in Madison County, a daughter of the late Oscar David and Vevie Lovern Brooks.
She worked in the textile industry and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Mrs. Herbert was preceded in death by her husband, Olin Oneal Herbert, a daughter, Louise Herbert Bruce, two sisters, Margaret Gurley and Willie Maude Cook, and two brothers, Otto Brooks and Johnny Brooks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Herbert's grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons, the Rev. Troy Herbert, Commerce, Oneal "Neal" Herbert, Monroe, and Michael Herbert, Danielsville; one sister, Mary McElreath, Danielsville; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001

James E. Harper
James Edward Harper, 78, of Comer, died Monday, July 23, 2001.
A native of Clarkesville, Tenn., Mr. Harper was a son of the late George and Hallie Harper.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and was retired from the Chrysler Corporation. Mr. Harper was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Piney Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. W.H. Johnson and Gregory Roseboro officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Harper is survived by his wife, Geneva Harper; two sons, Curtis Harper and Eugene Harper, both of Comer; one brother, Herbert Harper, Clarkesville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.
Jones Lexington Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001

Mary F. Hill
Mrs. Mary Frances Hill, 72, of Commerce, died Wednesday, July 25, 2001, at her residence.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Hill was born March 4, 1929. She was a daughter of the late Hatch S. and Frances Sims Martin.
Mrs. Hill was retired from BJC Medical Center, Commerce, and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Don L. Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brian Stowe officiating. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville.
Mrs. Hill is survived by a son, Steve Hill, Hull; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001

Eva H. Bland
Mrs. Eva Hawks Swindel Bland, 91, of Hull, died Saturday, July 28, 2001.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Bland was a daughter of the late Lambert Eugene and Nora Lee Adams Hawks.
She was a member of Erastus Christian Church and attended Union Baptist Church. Mrs. Bland was preceded in death by her husbands, George Amory "Hoke" Swindel and Andrew Bland, and a son, Amory Swindel.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 30, at Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Singletary officiating. Burial was in the Erastus Christian Church cemetery.
Survivors include daughter, Sara L. Jones, Hull; daughter and son-in-law, Carol S. and Bobby Adams, Ila; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Swindel, Hull; grandchildren, Jimmy Jones, Patsy June Jones, Beth Strickland, Ann Swindel, Jon S. Jones and Leigh Foster; and great-grandchildren, Jason Strickland, Jennifer Jones, Seth Strickland and Katie Foster.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001

Ernest B. King
Ernest B. King, 60, of Commerce, died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native of Banks County, Mr. King was born July 9, 1941, a son of Eulene Morris King, Homer, and the late Willie P. King.
He was retired from Mount Vernon Mills, Alto, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Donald Tritt and Charles Elrod officiating. Burial was in the Veal Family Cemetery.
In addition to his mother, Mr. King is survived by his wife, Eleanor Veal King, Commerce; one son, James Lamar King, Commerce; one daughter, Angela Reaves, Danielsville; two brothers, Charles Lee King, Commerce, and Dennis Ray King, Nicholson; three sisters, Wanda Faye Baker and Elizabeth Veal, both of Maysville, and Dianne Freeman, Cannon; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001

Brenda Stephenson
Mrs. Brenda Stephenson, 55, Jefferson, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001, at her residence.
Mrs. Stephenson was born September 7, 1945, in Commerce. She was a daughter of the late Hoyt and Jurrelle Gowder McClure.
Mrs. Stephenson was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Curtis Green and David Harbin officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include three daughters, Stefanie McCannon, Watkinsville, Shawn Williams, Homer, and Candance Stephenson, Maysville; two brothers, Darrell McClure, Commerce, and William McClure, Danielsville; three sisters, Dorothy Leachman and Wilda Martin, both of Commerce, and Catherine Neisler, Taylors, S.C.; and two grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 1, 2001


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