Madison County Obituaries...

May 15, 2002


Jean S. Duncan
Mrs. Jean Seawright Duncan, 72, of Royston, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mrs. Duncan was born in Hart County on April 30, 1930, a daughter of the late Charles P. and Cleora Gaines Seawright.
She worked as a CNA with Brown Memorial Convalescent Center for 18 years and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Bowman, where she was a member of the Joy Class. Her husband was the late Jack H. Duncan.
Mrs. Duncan was preceded in death by four brothers, Bill, Tom, Larry and Jim Seawright.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Chris Pritchett, Gary Thompson and Reggie Vaughn officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston. James Kevin Duncan, Tommy Phillip Duncan, Michael Shane Duncan, Chad Ray Duncan, Joseph Neal Cheek, Jerico Stone, Brandon Allen Duncan, Joshua Allen Bennett, Justin Clete Duncan, Dustin Charles Duncan and Marlin Blake Bennett served as pallbearers.
Survivors include four sons, James Veal Duncan, Tommy Jack Duncan, Bobby Ray Duncan and Stevie Allen Duncan, all of Royston; two daughters, Debra Ann Rousey and Sonja Annette Bennett, both of Royston; four brothers, Joel Seawright, Ronnie Seawright and Barron Seawright, all of Hartwell, and Jerry Seawright, Iva, S.C.; four sisters, Frances Wilson, Jeanette Coile and Ann Ward, all of Hartwell, and Carol Williams, Royston; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 2350 Prince Avenue, Suite 5, Athens, GA 30606.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 15, 2002

Edith M. Johnson
Mrs. Edith Marsh Johnson, 88, of Maysville, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Johnson was born November 4, 1913, a daughter of the late William Wheeler and Minnie Morris Marsh.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Talmage Heights Baptist Church. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Monte Paul Johnson.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in Evergreen Memorial Park, Athens, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy Hall, Maysville; two grandsons, Brian Hall, Maysville, and Jimmy “Butch” Hall, Gainesville; two granddaughters, Donna Smith, Ila, and Debra White, Jefferson; and nine great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 15, 2002

Herman
C. Patton
Herman C. Patton, 73, of Hull, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Patton was a son of the late Dewey and Ollie Brown Patton.
He was a graduate of Madison County High School and retired from the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Patton taught at UCLA before returning to this area, where he was employed with Smith Boley Brown, and most recently, Ivey and Company. He was a member of Hull Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Hull Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Crowe officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Billy Aiken, Coleman Ivester, Buddy Bond, Spratt Bullock and Glenn Brown served as pallbearers.
Mr. Patton is survived by his wife, Margie Patton; son, James Patton, Brentwood, Tenn.; daughters, Helen Marie Farmer, Clarkesville, and Pauletta A. Linde, Minneapolis, Minn.; sister, Helen Black, Warner Robins; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Hull Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 640, Hull, GA 30646.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 15, 2002

Seabron
B. Watkins
Seabron B. Watkins, 71, of Athens, died Monday, May 13, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Watkins was a son of the late John Willie and Blanche Drake Watkins.
He was retired from A&P Food Store, with 36 years of service. Mr. Watkins was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the American Legion, Amvets Post 10 and the Moose Lodge. He was also a member of Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Revs. Robert Passmore, Buford Lockman and Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in the Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery. Beachum Thomas, Dit Powell, Stanley Watkins, David Watkins, Charlie Watkins and Frankie White served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers included members of Amvets Post 10.
Mr. Watkins is survived by his wife, Marvella Watkins; daughter, Karen Watkins, Athens; son, Michael S. Watkins, Nicholson; two brothers, Troy Watkins, Union Grove, N.C., and Frankie Watkins, Hull; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 15, 2002

Modell C. Sorrow
Mrs. Modell Carrie Baker Sorrow, 72, of Crawford, died Sunday, May 12, 2002.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Sorrow was the daughter of the late Arvil and Cora Lee Watkins Baker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank T. Sorrow, a son, Frank (Bimbo) Norris, and a brother, Alfred Baker.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in Crawford Cemetery with the Rev. Jamie Doster officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Henry Paul Sorrow, Commerce, and Mark Thomas Sorrow, Crawford; two daughters, Janice Sheridan, Crawford, and Lawana Faye Sorrow, Athens; seven brothers, W.C. Baker, Commerce, Horace Baker, Lonnie Baker, Calvin Baker, Bob Baker and Wendy Baker, all of Maysville, and Shirley Baker, Alto; one sister, Jean Richey, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Chapel, Crawford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 15, 2002

Bill Bridges
William P. “Bill” Bridges, 63, of Lilburn, died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at Gwinnett Medical Center.
A native of Clarke County, Mr. Bridges was a son of Esther Martin, Nashville, Tenn., and Al Martin, Edgewater, Fla.
He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy and was the owner and editor of The Hartwell Sun for 12 years. Mr. Bridges was a member of Norcross First United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by two sons, William Steven Bridges and Rusty Keller.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Jason Black, Joseph Clark, Frankie Teasley, Ferrell Baskins, Lewis Burdette and Vincent DiMare served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother and father, include his wife, Ruth Bridges; four daughters, Vickie Baskins, Hartwell, Darlene Cummings, Statham, Donna Parker, Winterville, and Diane Rice, Danielsville; one son, Bobby Bridges, Gainesville; one sister, Janice Kroutter, Nashville, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer Clark, Brooke Baskins, Chad Keller, Mandy Keller, Crystal Page, Shaun Bennett, Jason Black, Stephanie Parker, Leslie Parker, Christopher Burroughs, Harli Bridges, Kyla Dean and Justin Dean; three great-grandchildren, Hunter Black, Colby Page and Dante Clark; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Norcross Building Fund, 2500 Beaver Ruin Road, Norcross, GA 30071.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 15, 2002

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas, 50, of Martin, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Thomas was a son of Odis Thomas, Martin, and the late Joyce Young Thomas.
He was a self-employed cabinetmaker and was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his step-mother, Sarah W. Thomas.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Ann Morgan Thomas; two daughters, Ann Sellers, Martin, and and Angel Fields, Westminster, S.C.; one son, Kenneth Cantrell, Fort Gordon; four sisters, Eva Nichols and Eve Ray, both of Martin, Jean Edmonds, Danielsville, and Vicki Edmonds, Hartwell; two brothers, Odis Donald Thomas, Martin, and Ricky Thomas, Lavonia; two step-sisters, Louise Saylors, Lavonia, and Linda Hollingsworth, Royston; one step-brother, Bobby Ray Hicks, Martin; and five grandchildren.
Hamby Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 15, 2002
Gene Davison
Eugene T. “Gene” Davison, 70, of Warner Robins, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002.
A native of Carnesville, Mr. Davison was a son of the late Wilburn D. and Birchy Lee Hart Davison.
He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Postal Service. Mr. Davison was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the DAV and the Air Force Sergeants Association.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the chapel of Heritage Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Davison officiating. Burial was in Parkway Memorial Gardens with full military honors.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian T. Davison; one daughter, Teresa Davison, Warner Robins; two sons, Stephen Davison, Perry, and Keith Davison, Warner Robins; two sisters, Katherine Jones, Danielsville, and Mary Duvall, Toccoa; two brothers, Larry Davison, Watkinsville, and Howell Davison, Royston; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Library for the Blind, 1180 Washington Ave., Macon, GA 31201.
Heritage Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 15, 2002

Clarence J. Whitehead Jr.
Clarence J. Whitehead Jr., 79, of Commerce, formerly of Greenville, S.C., died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
A native of Stephens County, Mr. Whitehead was a son of the late Clarence J. Sr. and Willie Hodge Whitehead.
He was retired from the textile industry as senior vice-president of Harmony Grove Mill, Commerce, and from Woodside Mills, Fountain Inn, S.C. Mr. Whitehead was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the Sixth Marine Division in the South Pacific.
He was a graduate of Clemson University Class of 1951 and was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Commerce.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, in Woodland Memorial Park, Greenville, S.C., with the Rev. Ron Davis officiating.
Mr. Whitehead is survived by his wife, Barbara Matthews Whitehead, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Samuel E. and Susan R. Whitehead, Greenville, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Beth W. and Ray Mattox, Commerce; brothers, Billy M. Whitehead, Greenville, S.C., and Charles E. Whitehead, Jamestown, N.C.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, or to the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, Greenwood, S.C.
The family was to have received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 15, 2002

Mary G. Toney
Mrs. Mary Grace Toney, 91, of Commerce, formerly of Marietta, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Robert A. Hill officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Annette and Ben Osborne, Cumming, and Syble and Henry Boston, Dallas; daughter, Katherine Bohannon, Marietta; brothers, Claud Sorrow, Winterville, Noble Sorrow, Brunswick, and Charles Sorrow, Conyers; sisters, Montine Hardman, Commerce, and Johnnie Lou Spray, Arnoldsville; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 15, 2002


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