Madison County Obituaries...

February 27, 2002


Doyle R. Sexton
Doyle Ray Sexton, 77, of Danielsville, died Friday, February 22, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Sexton was born in Franklin County on July 11, 1924, a son of the late Christopher Lonnie and Lillie Miller Sexton.
He was a retired farmer and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Sexton was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Murray.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 24, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Ray Jenkins, Tim Peek and Marvin Coffee officiating. Burial was in the Jones Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.
Mr. Sexton is survived by his wife, Lucille Dove Sexton, Danielsville; two sons, Terry F. Sexton, Ila, and Ricky Sexton, Danielsville; two brothers, James E. Sexton, Athens, and Kenneth Sexton, Greensboro; two sisters, Louise Carey, Danielsville, and Dorothy Fowler, Atlanta; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Jones Chapel United Methodist Church Family Life Center, P.O. Box 1052, Danielsville, GA 30633.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 27, 2002

Joe B. Wood
Joe Boyd Wood, 74, of Comer, died Wednesday, February 20, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Wood was the son of the late George and Mary Brown Wood.
He had been employed at Comer Motor Company and served as former chief of the Comer Fire Department. Mr. Wood was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of Woodmen of the World.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 22, at New Hope Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Wesley Weaver and Calvin Coile officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Mary Johnson Wood; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Andy Stone, Eastman, and Angie and Casey Crawford, Tybee Island; step-sons, Gary Weaver, Hartwell, and Wesley Weaver, Sebastian, Fla.; step-brothers, Charlie Parham, Danielsville, and J.T. Parham, Comer; and four grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 27, 2002

Buster L. Hart
Buster Lee Hart, 57, of Comer, died Sunday, February 17, 2002.
Born in Madison County, Mr. Hart was a son of the late Artis and Ella Mae Smith Hart.
He was of the Holiness faith.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, February 22, at Macedonia Holiness Church with Evangelist Martha Guest officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Hart’s nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Tina Putman, Carrolton; one son, Tim Hart, Canon; one sister, Martha Guest, Norcross; four brothers, I.B. Hart, Ila, Dock Hart, Easley, S.C., O.S. Hart, Commerce, and Oneal Hart, Easley, S.C.; and seven grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 27, 2002

Ruby L. Scogin
Mrs. Ruby Lee Scogin, 55, of Toccoa, died Monday, February 18, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Scogin was a daughter of the late Leroy and Mary Smith Cowart.
Mrs. Scogin was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Cowart.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 21, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Morris Sapp and Buford Lockman officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Charles Cowart Jr., Travis Cowart, Kenneth Cowart, Jeremy Ray, Mickey Horne and Jerry Thomas served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Shonda Woods, Toccoa; three sons, Jeff Scogin, Neese, Timothy Scogin, Clemmons, S.C., and Leonard Scogin, Toccoa; seven sisters, Louise Whitehead, Lois Booth, Eloise Whitehead and Cora Crockett, all of Hull, Velma Cowart and Naomi Casey, both of Athens, and Faye Horne, Danielsville; four brothers, Eugene Cowart and Benny Cowart, both of Hull, Roy Cowart, Athens, and Charles Cowart, Winterville; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 27, 2002

Donna T. Wheeler
Mrs. Donna T. Wheeler, 57, of Athens, died Thursday, February 21, 2002.
A native and lifelong resident of Athens, Mrs. Wheeler was a daughter of Willodean Hix, Athens, and the late Herman E. Tyner.
She was a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church, a member of the Joy Club and served as chairperson of the Benevolence Club.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 24, at Sandy Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Brian James and Randy Crowe officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Jimmy Ellis, Scott Ellis, Benji Wheeler, Kelly Farmer, Eddie Fouche and Gerald Wheeler served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Angelo Wheeler, Jimmy Wheeler and Robert Fouche.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Nathan W. Wheeler; son, Nathan W. Wheeler Jr., and wife, Debbie, Athens; sisters, Patricia Baxter, Danielsville, and Suzanne Ellis, Dayton, Ohio; brother, Larry C. Tyner, Winterville; grandchildren, Brittany, Clifford and Steven; and many nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 27, 2002

Jewell S. Patton
Mrs. Jewell Simmons Patton, 88, of Comer, died Sunday, February 24, 2002, at Comer Health Care Center.
Mrs. Patton was born in Madison County, on November 9, 1913. She was a daughter of the late Clifford and Janie Dudley Simmons.
Mrs. Patton was a retired seamstress and was a member of Vineyards Creek Baptist Church, where she served as church pianist for 25 years. Her husband was the late Melvin Patton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, at Vineyards Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Dewitt Waters and Calvin Coile, and granddaughter, Donna Arrowood, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Patton’s grandsons, Donnie Patton, Tommy Patton, Chris Chasteen, Harold Simmons, Kenneth Wood, Mike Patton, Jimmy Patton and Todd Arrowood, served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Chasteen, Comer; two sons, Tommy Patton, Yerington, Nev., and Donald Patton, Comer; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 27, 2002

Mary D. Leachman
Mrs. Mary D. Leachman, 73, of Athens, died Sunday, February 24, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Leachman was a daughter of the late Harvey and Mary Elizabeth Rumsey McClane.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Whitehall Baptist Church. Mrs. Leachman was preceded in death by a son, Blaine Hunsinger.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating. Burial was in the Hunsinger Family Cemetery. Mrs. Leachman’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Ann Massey, Hull, and Belinda Nash, Nicholson; two sons, R.F. Hunsinger, Bowman, and Dickie Hunsinger, Colbert; one sister, Judy Woods, Ellenwood; one brother, John McClane, Jacksonville, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 27, 2002

Edward
A. Collins
Edward A. (Ed) Collins, 70, of Braselton, died Thursday, February 21, 2002, at Ashton Woods Nursing Home in Atlanta.
Mr. Collins was a retired UAW employee with GM in Doraville, and was a member of the Hoschton Church of God. He was a graduate of Braselton High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Collins was the son of the late Asa Collins and the late Mae Davis Cooper. His step-father was the late Guy Cooper.
He was preceded in death by a son, Harold D. Collins, and a half-brother, Levi Collins.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 24, at the Braselton Church of God of Prophecy with the Revs. Melvin Cramer and Billy Gaddis officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Helen Stinchcomb Collins; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Debbie Collins and Lynn and Dena Collins, all of Braselton; sister, Vera Tuck, Buford; brother, Dave Collins, Carrolton; step-brothers, Alfred Cooper, Jefferson, and Lamar Cooper, Braselton; grandchildren, Melissa Armstead and Michelle Miccoli, both of Braselton, and Jessica Collins and Susan Collins, both of Danielsville; three additional grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, Dylan Miccoli and Diamelen Armstrong, both of Braselton, and Chelsea and Tray Collins, both of Danielsville.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 27, 2002

Mary F. Helton
Mrs. Mary Frank Jackson Helton, 54, of Rex, formerly of Danielsville, died Sunday, February 24, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Helton was born April 9, 1947, in Athens. She was a daughter of Inez Jackson, Commerce, and the late T.J. Jackson.
Mrs. Helton was a retired school teacher with Rex Elementary School.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 28, at Collier Baptist Church, Comer, with the Revs. Connie Ivester and Richard Helms officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include one daughter, Susan Barnes, Stockbridge; two sisters, Martha Ivester, Elberton, and Angela Watkins, Hartwell; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Phillips Drive Baptist Church, Forest Park.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Fairview Chapel, Stockbridge.
Horis A. Ward Funeral Home, Fairview Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 27, 2002


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