Madison County Obituaries...

JUNE 19, 2002


James A. Steele
James Armell Steele, 76, of Comer, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002.
Born in Oglethorpe, Mr. Steele was a son of the late James Calvin and Janie Bridges Steele.
He had been employed with Bi-Lo in Commerce, and was a member of Comer Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Glen Guest officiating. Burial was in the Glade United Methodist Church cemetery. Michael Steele, Marshall Patton, Keith Headspeth, Danny Lord, Robert Guest and Robert Bridges served as pallbearers.
Mr. Steele is survived by his wife, Jo Nell Patton Steele; one daughter, Vivian Steele, Comer; two brothers, Richard Steele, Comer, and Charles Steele, Danielsville.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 19, 2002

Bertha L. Wilbanks
Mrs. Bertha Lee Massey Wilbanks, 85, of Commerce, died Tuesday, June 11, 2002.
Mrs. Wilbanks was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a retired dietitian for Commerce High School and BJC Medical Center, Commerce. She was also a member of Cabin Creek Baptist Church.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Wilbanks was the daughter of the late Lester and Emma Alexander Massey. She was preceded in death by her brother, Sanford Massey.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Troy Herbert and Terry Smith and Dr. Bill Ross officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Wilbanks is survived by her husband, Elwyn Wilbanks, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Grier Dawson, Athens; daughter, Nancy Lee Wilbanks, Athens; son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Sandra Wilbanks, Commerce; grandchildren, David Watkins and Charles Watkins, Hull, Rodney Wilbanks, Commerce, and Angela Wilbanks Rodriguez, Gainesville; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Kevin and Nicholas Wilbanks, Commerce, and Chloe Rodriguez, Gainesville; sisters, Gladys Chandler, Doraville, and Juanita Smith, Commerce; and several nieces and nephews.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 19, 2002

Annette Burrell
Mrs. Annette Burrell, 64, of Athens, died Friday, June 14, 2002.
A native of High Shoals, Mrs. Burrell was a daughter of America Lavonia Burrell, Athens, and the late Fred Carlos Burrell.
She had lived in the area all of her life and was retired from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Burrell was a member of East Athens Baptist Church and served as a volunteer for Athens Biscayne Room.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 17, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Revs. Howard Conine and Joe Dooley officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. Jason Elrod, Brad Barber, Matt Wood, Henry Wood III, John Hovis, Ben Hovis, J.C. Rowe and William Adams served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Brad Barber, Colbert; two grandchildren, Becki Wagner and Jason Elrod; three great-grandchildren, Austin, Breanna and Blake Elrod; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 19, 2002

Ruth Sears
Mrs. Ruth Sears, 61, of Nicholson, died Monday, June 17, 2002.
Born in Jackson County, Mrs. Sears was a daughter of the late Hubert and Grace Vaughn Owensby.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Center Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Prater and Vaughn Howington officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Caudell, Homer, and Tammy Wynette Prater, Commerce; three sons, Robert Lewis Payne, Nicholson, William Allen Payne, Tucker, and David Anthony Payne, Maysville; three sisters, Lois Middleton and Helen Watts, both of Commerce, and Jane Gaines, Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Dillard Owensby, Madison County, and James Owensby, Homer; and eight grandchildren.
The family requests that all flowers be sent to Center Baptist Church, 9368 Commerce Road, Athens, GA 30607, by noon on Friday.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 19, 2002

Sarah O. Bone
Mrs. Sarah Oliner “Poodle” Duncan Bone, 88, of Danielsville, died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Bone was born November 2, 1913, in Madison County, a daughter of the late Johnny G. and Hester Whitfield Duncan.
She was retired from the textile industry and was a member of Liberty Community Church, Danielsville. Mrs. Bone was preceded in death by her husband, J. Howard Bone.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, at Liberty Community Church with the Revs. Wendell Hanley and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Paul Bone, Danielsville; one daughter, Hazel Flynn, College Park; one brother, W.C. Duncan, Danielsville; one sister, Lunice Bonds, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 19, 2002

Mildred L. Childs
Mrs. Mildred Lee Childs, 86, of Sharpsburg, died Monday, June 17, 2002.
Born November 28, 1915, in Jackson County, Mrs. Childs was a daughter of the late Milton Tucker and Leo Jackson Tucker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Childs.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Higgins Funeral Home, Hillcrest Chapel, Newnan. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Alford Quinton and Cora Mae Childs, Carlton, Jimmy and Judy Childs, Nicholls, and Mack and Shirley Anne Childs, Toccoa; daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and Charles Ervin, Sharpsburg, and Shirley and Johnny Pledger, Jefferson; 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Higgins Funeral Home, Hillcrest Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 19, 2002

Kathleen McCurley
Mrs. Kathleen McCurley, 81, of Crawford, died Thursday, June 13, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. McCurley was a daughter of the late Hoyle Stevens and Mamie Lois Burris Brooks.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Colbert Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. Dan Corbett officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. Robbie McCurley, Jeff Autry, Greg Autry, Jimmy Autry, David Hancock and Dewayne Smoak served as pallbearers.
Mrs. McCurley is survived by her husband, Garnett Thomas McCurley; two daughters, Nancy Autry, Winterville, and Martha Green, Crawford; three sons, Robert McCurley, Crawford, and Thomas McCurley and David McCurley, both of Colbert; two sisters, Frances Chandler and Rebecca Sharp, both of Colbert; brother, Carlton Brooks, Comer; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 19, 2002

Eva L. Nolen
Mrs. Eva Louise Scoggins Nolen, 68, of Greensboro, N.C., died Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at Moses-Cone Hospital after a short illness.
A native of Marshill, N.C., Mrs. Nolen was the daughter of the late D.W. and Glenn R. Scoggins.
“Louise was affectionately known as ‘Mamaw’ by many, as she had operated a day care center for several years in Greensboro,” family members said.
Graveside services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in West Memorial Gardens, Weaverville, N.C., with the Rev. Bruce Lax officiating.
Mrs. Nolen is survived by her husband, James E. Nolen, Greensboro, N.C.; daughters, Mary Suzanne Scoggins and Jena Kirkman, Greensboro, N.C.; step-son, Kenneth Nolen, Mercerburg, Pa.; step-daughter, Wendy Rivers, Lake City, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Evelyn Scoggins, Danielsville, and Eddie and Judy Scoggins, Atlanta; sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Charles Conyer, Danielsville; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of one’s choice.
The Madison County Journal, June 19, 2002

Daniel L. Strickland
Daniel Lee Strickland, 48, of Commerce, died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Strickland was an employee of the City of Commerce, with 27 years of service. He was a son of the late Frank and Marjorie Shook Strickland, and was preceded in death by twin sons, Rodney and Ronnie Strickland.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Ridgeway Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Manus and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Ridgeway Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Strickland is survived by his wife, Susan Ledford Strickland, of the home; one daughter, Angela Strickland, Commerce; three brothers, Frank Strickland Jr., Hull, David Strickland, Commerce, and Johnny Strickland, Nicholson; five sisters, Dorothy Webb, Joshua, Texas, Nell McDonald and Martha Ledford, both of Commerce, Mary Ann Gearing, Danielsville, and Helen White, Homer; and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 19, 2002


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