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September 26, 2001


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Anita Louise Tate Taylor
Mrs. Anita Louise Tate Taylor, 85, of Winder, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at Athens Heritage.
She was the daughter of the late Alvin Crawford and Sudie Doster Tate. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Winder, the Winder chapter of the Eastern Star and the VFW Auxiliary. She was retired from the Winder Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark O. Taylor, and brothers and sisters, Geoffrey Tate, Paul Tate, H.C. Tate, Edward Tate, Florene Tate and Moates and Lottie Tate Potts.
The funeral was Wednesday, September 26, at Smith Memory Chapel with the Rev. John Talley officiating. Burial was in White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include her friend and companion, Edd Doster, Lawrenceville; two daughters, Sonya Taylor, Winder, and Delores Wages, Hull; granddaughters and their husbands, Terrie and Kevin Seagraves, Hull, Tina and Dennis Crawford, Cleveland, Tenn., and Tandy and Shannon Fortson, Elberton; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Emily Seagraves, Lindee and Luke Crawford and Ladd Fortson; two sisters-in-law, Eilene Tate, Jefferson, and Arlene Tate, Atlanta; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to First Baptist Church building fund, P.O. Box 340, Winder, GA. 30680, or the Winder chapter of the Eastern Star, 1225 Jefferson Highway, Winder, GA. 30680.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 26, 2001

Thomas Davidson
Thomas Andrew "Andy" Davidson, 40, of Ladson, S.C., died Tuesday, Sept. 18, in a North Charleston, S.C., hospital.
A native of Gainesville, he was born Dec. 3, 1960, the son of the late Tommy Davidson and Mary Pat Hicks Davidson. He graduated from schools in Channelview, Texas, and received his associate's degree in computer science at CTED National Education Center in Tampa, Fla. He was a member of Cooper River Drag Strip and served in the United States Navy. He was a field service technician with General Electric Automation Services.
Survivors include his wife, Suellen Davidson, Ladson, S.C.; two daughters, Ariel Desiree Davidson and Crystal Velvet Wyant, both of Ladson, S.C.; two sons, Thomas Andrew Davidson II, Hanahan, S.C., and Aaron Anthony Barse, Vestal, N.Y.; one brother, Tony Davidson, Georgia; one sister, Cheri Hennessey, Summerville, S.C.; one granddaughter, Gabriel Davidson, Hanahan, S.C.; one grandson, Jystyn Wyant, Ladson, S.C.; and father and mother-in-law, Donald R. and Rosealyce Carpenter, Summerville, S.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be mailed to: Ariel Desiree Davidson, In Memory of Andy Davidson, First Federal of Charleston, 1315 North Main Street, Summerville, S.C. 29483.
James A. Dyal Funeral Home, Summerville, S.C., handled the funeral arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 26, 2001

Reba Mae Lord
Mrs. Reba Mae Lord, 83, Colbert, died September 20, 2001.
A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Moses Wall and Clara Daniels Wall. She was employed at Gold Kist of Athens and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include one son, Royce E. Lord, Hull; one sister, Ollie Burgess, Athens; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 21, at Meadow Cemetery with the Rev. Joe Dooley officiating.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 26, 2001

Willie Mae Worley
Mrs. Willie Mae Worley, 79, Danielsville, died September 24, 2001.
A native of Madison County, she was retired from Harmony Grove Mills and a member of Macedonia Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivory Worley.
Survivors include one son, Larry McCarty.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 28, at Macedonia Holiness Church with the Rev. Ardis Anglin officiating. Burial will be at Macedonia Holiness Church Cemetery.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 26, 2001

Bobbye Freeman Martin
Mrs. Bobbye Freeman Martin, 90, Jefferson, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at Monroe County Hospital after a brief illness.
A native of Madison County, she was born Sept. 13, 1911 and was the daughter of the late Georgie Bryant Freeman and John Freeman. She was the owner/operator of a beauty shop and was an elementary teacher for 17 years in Braselton and North Jackson. She was a member of Lebanon Methodist Church where she was church treasurer and a Sunday School teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elisha Byrd Martin.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Victoria and Jerry Rape, The Rock, and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the chapel of Evans Funeral Home with the Revs. Howard Banks and Gerry Davis officiating. Burial was in Lebanon Methodist Church, Jefferson.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, Sept. 26, 2001

Vassie R. Shore
Mrs. Vassie Ree Seabolt Shore, 82, of Commerce, died Tuesday, September 25, 2001, at St. Mary's Hospital, Athens.
Mrs. Shore was born August 25, 1919, in Banks County, a daughter of the late William A.J. and Mattie Adel Bond Seabolt.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Blacks Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Shore was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Shore.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 27, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Bill Carpenter and Lee Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one daughter, Dianne Martin, Commerce; two brothers, Grady Seabolt and Verner Seabolt, both of Commerce; one sister, Alma Dickinson, Pottstown, Pa.; one grandson and one granddaughter.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 26, 2001

Ronny L. Bruce
Ronny Lee Bruce, 33, of Commerce, died Thursday, September 20, 2001, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Bruce was born in Gwinnett County on August 1, 1968. He was a son of Carlton and Ellen Fowler Bruce, Commerce.
Mr. Bruce was employed with Seymour's Garage.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 23, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kent Cranford officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Bruce is survived by his wife, Tammy Wilson Bruce, Commerce; one daughter, Hillary Wilson, Commerce; and one brother, Ricky Bruce, Hartwell.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 26, 2001

William J. Cook
William Joseph Cook, 87, of Otto, N.C., died Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at Britthaven Nursing Home.
Mr. Cook was born August 14, 1914, in Spartanburg County, S.C., a son of the late William Price and Elsie Leigh Blackwell Cook.
He was a retired real estate salesman.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 21, in Sunrise Cemetery, Maysville, with the Rev. Warren Huddleston officiating.
Mr. Cook is surived by his wife, Milda Priscila Tennant Cook, Otto, N.C.; one son, Jim Cook, Las Vegas, Nev.; one daughter, Betty Wilkerson, Atlanta; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 26, 2001

Cody Potts
Cody Potts, 5, Danielsville, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, S.C.
A native of Franklin County, he was born Nov. 11, 1995, and was the son of Kathy Lynn Gable, Danielsville, and the late Gary Dean Potts. He was a kindergarten student at Ila Elementary School and attended Friendship Baptist Church and Awana Club. He played T-ball with the Madison County Recreation Department.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a grandmother, Patsy Potts, Winter Garden, Fla.; grandparents, Clark and Virginia Gable; and a grandfather, Summie Potts.
The funeral was Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Pruitt Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Palmer officiating. Burial was in Bowers Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were: Troy Gable, Merrell Sewell, Jerrell Sewell and Jared Palmer.
Memorials may be made to The Cody Potts Fund, which has been established at all branches of Century South Bank.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 26, 2001

Keith D. Whitlock
Keith Daniel Whitlock, 40, Commerce, died Monday, September 24, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Whitlock was born April 26, 1961, in Jackson County, a son of Sylvia Jean Jordan Whitlock, Commerce, and the late Benson Whitlock.
He was employed as a fork lift operator for Louisiana Pacific.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Whitlock is survived by his wife, Karen Gary Whitlock, Commerce; two brothers, Robert Whitlock, Comer, and William Dean Whitlock, Commerce; one sister, Donna Kay Whitlock, Commerce; one step-son, Gary Scales, Commerce; two grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and two great-nieces.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal,
September 26, 2001

Garnett C. Williams
Garnett Carnell "DD" Williams, 64, of Hull, died Monday, September 24, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Williams was born December 9, 1936, in Jackson County. He was a son of the late Martin and Esther Howington Williams.
Mr. Williams had been employed as a building supervisor with the University of Georgia and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, at Rogers Baptist Church with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Landreth Williams, Hull; sons, Greg Carithers, Watkinsville, Ted Williams, Hull, and Tim Williams, Conyers; daughters, Terry Boswell and Tracy Saxton, both of Commerce, Sandy Venable, Hull, and Therese Wilson, Athens; brother, Phillip "BO" Williams, Athens; sisters, Sue Jane Anthony and Sara Lee Epps, both of Athens, and Diane McKinney, Warner Robins; grandchildren, Dylan and Julia Wilson and Izabella and Peyton Carithers, all of Athens, Michael and Josh Williams, Nicholson, Ashleigh and Zach Saxton and Taylor, Brooke and Abbe Boswell, all of Commerce, Nathan and Brandon Myers, Danielsville, Codi Carithers, Royston, and Zak and Tate Venable, Hull.
Memorials may be made to Rogers Baptist Church.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 26, 2001


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