Madison County Obituaries...

JULY 17, 2002


Edna M. Drake
Mrs. Edna Mae Drake, 76, of Hull, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002.
Born in Oconee County, Mrs. Drake was a daughter of the late J.W. and Mattie Mae Mozell Bowman.
She was a textile worker with Puritains Cordmill in Athens, and was of the Holiness denomination. Mrs. Drake was preceded in death by a son, Grady Drake.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Macedonia Holiness Church with the Revs. Roy David Sorrows and William Anglin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Ricky Davis, Cory Davis, Jamie Thurmond, Johnny Scarborough, Thorne Fortson and Wayne Nelms served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Morgan Mena and Braxton Hill.
Mrs. Drake is survived by her husband, Luther Drake; four daughters, Patsy Drake and Debbie Lesueur, both of Hull, and Alice Sorrell and Virginia Scarborough, both of Danielsville; three sons, Roy Lee Drake, Nicholson, David Drake, Alto, and Kelly Drake, Hull; six sisters, Brenda Patton, Linda McConnell and Lillie Sorrow, all of Athens, Mary Chambers, Winder, Susie Moody, Commerce, and Lizzie Baxter, Hull; seven brothers, Henry Toole and Junior Toole, both of Winder, William Toole, Buford, Jack Toole, Colbert, Elmer Butler, Athens, Jimmy Toole, Danielsville, and Bob Toole, Hull; nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002

Mary M. Chandler
Mrs. Mary Minish Chandler, 57, of Commerce, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mrs. Chandler was the daughter of Cecile S. Minish, Commerce, and the late Ferris Minish.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Erastus Christian Church with the Rev. Carl Beckhman, Leroy Wallace and the Rev. Billy Glosson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Chad Wilkins, Sheldon Stewart, Dusty McElreath, Matthew Steed, Buck Holloway and Scott Coile will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Donald Chandler, of the home; three sons, Grant Gillespie, Colbert, Greg Gillespie, Commerce, and Grason Gillespie, Hull; one step-son, Dan Chandler, Commerce; one step-daughter, Dawn Sams, Maysville; two brothers, Lammie Minish, Commerce, and Johnny Minish, Ila; six sisters, Nelda Whitsel and Susan Steed, both of Ila, Jean Harris and Madge Stewart, both of Commerce, Glenda Hogan, Hoschton, and Nita Bellamy, Athens; nine grandchildren, Justin, Eric and Luke Gillespie, Gabriel, Golston and Grace Gillespie, Dylan and Daley Chandler and Sara Grace Sams; and one great-grandson, Chace Myers.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002

Deborah A. Sliauter
Mrs. Deborah A. Sliauter, 49, of Comer, died Saturday, July 13, 2002.
Born in Clarke County, Mrs. Sliauter was a daughter of Ruth Casey Greene and the late Hubert Greene.
She was of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Sliauter was preceded in death by a son, Billy Shannon Carter, a brother, Charles Greene, and a sister, Joyce Nelley.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Sliauter is survived by a daughter, Shelly Smith, Comer; three sisters, Jonell Bryant and Peggy Parham, both of Hull, and Ginga Cullison, Ila; four brothers, Henry Greene, David Greene, Edward Greene and Bobby Greene, all of Hull; and five grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002

Billy L. Scarborough
Billy Lewis Scarborough, 58, of Carlton, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Scarborough was the son of the late Billups White and Annie Mae Jordan Scarborough.
He was a mechanic and of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 12, in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Dewey Mallory officiating.
Survivors include one sister, Dephane Coile, Hull; and two brothers, Dennis Scarborough, Nicholson, and Terry Scarborough, Colbert.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002

Rev. Dennis Phillips
The Rev. Dennis Phillips, of Graniteville, S.C., died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at his home.
The Rev. Phillips was born in Madison County, a son of the late Merritt and Evie Lou Royston Phillips.
He had lived in Graniteville for the past 33 years and served as pastor of Christian Heritage Church in Graniteville for all but two years since 1969. Mr. Phillips was a member of the Midland Valley Security Federal Advisory Board and received the Order Of The Palmetto, a Proclamation signed by Governor Jim Hodges. The award, which was given as a surprise during a church service on March 24, is the highest award a civilian can receive in South Carolina.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Christian Heritage Church with Dr. Herbert Carter and the Rev. Wayne Hicks officiating. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, in the New Hope Worship Center Church cemetery with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating.
The Rev. Phillips is survived by his wife, Ruth Dowell Phillips, Graniteville, S.C.; daughter, Debbie Phillips Alexander, Graniteville, S.C.; son, Stephen Phillips, Graniteville, S.C.; sisters, Lerline Cox, Advance, N.C., and Lettie Hall, Royston; three grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Christian Heritage Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 237, Graniteville, S.C.
Announcement courtesy of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002

Freddie Chastain
Freddie Joel “Dodi” Chastain, 64, of Lavonia, died Friday, July 12, 2002, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Born in Franklin County on October 2, 1937, Mr. Chastain was a son of the late W.C. and Annie Nell Black Chastain.
He was a truck driver for 44 years and was a past member of the Georgia National Guard. Mr. Chastain was of the Church of God faith.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston, with the Rev. James Gunn officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Tammy Helman, Danielsville; one sister, Barbara Reed, Calhoun; and one grandson.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002

Vivian Scarborough
Mrs. Vivian Lee Woods Scarborough, 79, of Hull, died Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Scarborough was born in Oglethorpe County on August 31, 1922. She was a daughter of the late John Franklin and Maude Strickland Woods.
Mrs. Scarborough was a homemaker and was of the Baptist denomination. She was the wife of the late Jewell Benjamin Scarborough.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Scarborough was preceded in death by four brothers, Roy, Robert, Frank and Ed Woods, and two sisters, Mazelle Gearing and Lois Conklin.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Friendship Baptist Church with the Revs. Randall Porter, Larry Bennett and Jack Bowen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Scarborough’s grandsons, Greg Scarborough, Joshua Scarborough, Michael Cromer, Rodney Scarborough, David Gueth, Adam Gueth, Allen Ford, Eric Adams and Danny Scarborough, served as pallbearers.
Survivors include five sons, James Benjamin Scarborough and Charles Clifford Scarborough, both of Hull, Ernest Franklin Scarborough and Johnny William Scarborough, both of Comer, and Kenneth Ray Scarborough, Danielsville; two daughters, Vivian Louise Gueth, Comer, and Martha Ann Adams, Danielsville; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002

Sara M. Burroughs
Ms. Sara Mae Burroughs, 85, of Athens, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Ms. Burroughs was a daughter of the late Thomas A. and Clara Fannie Spratlin Burroughs.
She was retired from the textile industry as an inspector and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Athens. Ms. Burroughs was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca E. Burroughs, and three brothers, Harry A. Burroughs, Leroy Burroughs and Spurgeon Burroughs.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Trinity Baptist Church with the Revs. Cecil Holcombe and Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Denver Strickland, Jim Sughrue, Ed Sughrue, Mike Burroughs, Pete Burroughs and Phil Burroughs will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Frierson children.
Survivors include three sisters, Ruth Burroughs, Athens, Sue Sughrue, Hull, and Irene Strickland, Colbert; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hull Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 640, Hull, GA 30646, or to the St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002

Ralph T. Echols Jr.
Ralph Tolbert Echols Jr., 74, of Royston, died Saturday, July 13, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Echols was born in Wilkes County on March 15, 1928. He was a son of the late Ralph Tolbert Echols Sr. and the late Ella Ree Carlton.
Mr. Echols worked as a Structural Engineer contracted by Speed Check Company located in Atlanta. He retired at the age of 62, then built his retirement home on acreage with a stream in Royston.
“This was his lifelong dream,” said family members. “He traveled and worked all over the United States and Canada, and even traveled as far as Hawaii. He enjoyed his travels very much and talked of his trips often.”
Mr. Echols’ hobbies included target shooting, reading and taking care of his dream home.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Standard.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Rick Standard officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Bowman. Brandon Echols, Shawn Holland, Jonathan Echols, Kenny Bennett, Bobby Bennett and Jimmy Bennett served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda M. Holland, Lawrenceville; three sons, David E. Echols, Hoschton, Joseph A. Echols, Duluth, and C. Douglas Echols, Monroe; two sisters, Elizabeth Bennett, Loganville, and Jane Davis, St. George Island, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Franklin County Chapter, c/o Martha Little, P.O. Box 147, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002

Virgil Ayers
Virgil Jones Luther Ayers, 70, of Royston, died Thursday, July 11, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Ayers was born July 11, 1932, in Hart County, a son of Lessie Marie Segars Ayers, Royston, and the late Bromer Eugene Ayers.
He was a retired farmer, a member of the Hart County Republican Party and charter member and officer of the Take Back Georgia organization of Hart County. Mr. Ayers was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church and the Men’s Sunday School Class. He was also a member of the Georgia Antique Engine Club.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Royston United Methodist Church with the Revs. Dalton Carrington, W. Bobby Jones, Bert Synan and Gerald Mitton officiating. Burial was in the Holly Springs Baptist Church cemetery. Steven Ayers, Stacy Ayers, Gary Rice, David Hart, Mark Hart and Brian Hart served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Delores Marie White Ayers, Royston; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Tracy Wood Ayers and Ben W. and Robbie Pulliam Ayers, all of Royston; brothers, Conyard Ayers, Bowman, and Wade Ayers and Barry Ayers, both of Royston; sisters, Louise Ayers Rice and Marlene Ayers Hart, both of Royston; grandchildren, Chris Ayers, Jennifer Ayers Haley, Merideth Ayers Lowrance, Beverly Ayers Marlow, Lee Tomlin and Daniel Ayers; and great-grandchildren, Breanna Ayers, Dusty Ayers, Owen Ayers, Lindsey Ayers and Alex Marlow.
Memorials may be made to the Holly Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Debra Rice, 104 Joe Findley Road, Royston, GA 30662.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002

Abigail K. Akins
Abigail Kate Akins, infant daughter of Freddy and Christi Akins, of Canon, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002.
Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery, Bowman, with the Rev. Chris Pritchett officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a sister, Hannah Paige Akins; grandparents, Fred and Brenda Akins, Canon, Freddie and Kathy Godbee, Gray, and James and Sherrie Gregory, Eatonton; and great-grandparents, A.B. and Wendell Stancil, Anderson, S.C., Idell Yeargin, Canon, M.G. Pound Jr., Sparta, and Lottie Mae Godbee, Crawfordville.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 17, 2002


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