Madison County Obituaries...

JULY 31, 2002


Thurmond J. Nash
Thurmond J. Nash, 67, of Danielsville, died Sunday, July 28, 2002.
Mr. Nash was born in Madison County on January 18, 1935, a son of Mrs. Grace Roling Nash, Danielsville, and the late Charlie G. Nash.
He worked for Food Machinery Sales and was of the Holiness denomination. Mr. Nash was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Coker Nash, a son, Kevin Nash, and three brothers, Harold, Wayne and Neal Nash.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Kendall Callaway officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Keith Callaway, Dale Nash, Jeff Nash, Kerry Nash, Art Davis, Mike Alewine and Scott Morrison served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include one brother, Charlie Nash, Danielsville; and six sisters, Donna Nash, Martha Davis and Ouida Sims, all of Danielsville, Lucy McElroy, Athens, Patsy Duffell, Comer, and Kay Callaway, Carlton.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002

Michael D.
‘Mickey’ Stephenson
Michael D. “Mickey” Stephenson, 65, of Hull, died Thursday, July 25, 2002.
A native of Okemah, Okla., Mr. Stephenson was a son of the late A.J. Stephenson and Aleene Foglesong Stephenson, and a step-son of Winifred White Stephenson, Cushing, Okla.
A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Mr. Stephenson was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1960 until 1966. He retired from Amoco Oil Company after 28 years, and had owned and operated Furniture Medic, of Athens, since 1996. Mr. Stephenson was a member of Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church and a member of the Sanford Mens Club.
“He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend,” said family members.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Passmore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his step-mother, include his wife of 43 years, Lynda Adkisson Stephenson; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Donald II and Young Hee “Stephanie” Jeon Stephenson, Charlotte, N.C., Christopher Andrew and Marjorie D. Stephenson, Alpharetta, and Timothy Aaron and Wendy I. Stephenson, Athens; sister, Sue Stephenson Hinkel, Pacific, Mo.; brother, James Andrew Stephenson, Belton, Texas; and grandchildren, Mina Jeon Stephenson, Ashley Dawn Stephenson and Emily Anne Stephenson.
Memorials may be made to the Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund, Nowhere Road, Hull, GA 30646, or to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Athens, GA 30605.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002

Ellie Jordan
Mrs. Ellie Whitsel Jordan, 87, of Royston, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mrs. Jordan was born in Franklin County on May 27, 1915, a daughter of the late Albert Whitsel and the late Maggie Hanley Whitsel.
She was a seamstress, a member of Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church and was active in the African Violet Society. Mrs. Jordan was preceded in death by her husband, Stuard Jordan.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Revs. Bert Synan and John Ingham officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Jerry Jordan, Royston; two sisters, Susie Garrett, Pelzer, S.C., and Dorothy Brawner, Commerce; one grandson and one great-grandson.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002

Thomas F. Erdman Jr.
Thomas F. Erdman Jr., 79, of Ferguson, Mo., and formerly of Athens, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002.
Mr. Erdman was born in Baltimore, Md., a son of the late Thomas F. Sr. and Mary A. Norton Erdman.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and was a retired Southern Baptist minister. Mr. Erdman was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 29, at New Harmony Baptist Church with the Revs. Howard Garrison and Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Curt Hockemeyer, Ken Seabolt, James Loggins, Andy Seabolt, Davis Ray and Jason Lowe served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were nieces and nephews.
Mr. Erdman is survived by his wife, Dorothy L. Hawks Erdman, Ferguson, Mo.; one daughter, Georgia Whinery, Ferguson, Mo.; one son, Tom Stone-Erdman, Palatka, Fla.; one sister, Edith Wardell, Baton Rouge, La.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, 12101 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 102, St. Louis, MO 63141.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002

Larry D. Downey
Larry Dale Downey, 52, of Commerce, died Thursday, July 25, 2002.
Born in Lynn County, Ala., Mr. Downey was a son of the late Floyd Monroe and Dorothy Ann Cooper Downey.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during Vietnam, and was employed as a dispatcher for McClains, Athens. Mr. Downey was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Sam Dorsey officiating.
Mr. Downey is survived by his wife, Karlene Hill Downey; one daughter, Paris Dawn Epps, Winterville; one son, Shawn Keith Stilwell, Danielsville; one sister, Billie Owsley, Fayetteville, N.C.; one brother, Robert Downey, Tampa, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Tyler Stilwell, Trenton Epps, Alexys Stilwell and Ashlyn Stilwell.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002

Sylvia Overcash
Mrs. Sylvia Lee Seagroves Overcash, 66, of Elberton, died Saturday, July 27, 2002, at Elbert Memorial Hospital, Elberton.
Mrs. Overcash was born in Tift County on October 4, 1935, a daughter of the late Ora Mae Justice Howard.
She was retired from the textile industry and was of the Pentecostal Holiness denomination. Mrs. Overcash was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Overcash.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Reggie Vaughn officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Seagroves Moon, Royston, and Phyllis Verdane Saunders, North Carolina; one brother, Charles E. Howard, Macon; five grandchildren, Amber Meeks, Kite, Amanda Seagroves Setchel, Hartwell, Melissa Saunders and Kevin Saunders, both of North Carolina, and Heather Moon, Royston; and two great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002

Irma Brewer
Mrs. Irma Lou Compton Brewer, 84, of Bogart, died Thursday, July 25, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Brewer was the daughter of the late James Augustus and Zell Parham Compton.
She was a member of Mars Hill Baptist Church. Mrs. Brewer was preceded in death by her loving husband, Paul Brewer, three brothers, Guy, Talmadge and Allen Compton, and a sister, Ruby Compton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, with the Revs. W.C. Tribble and Charles Jones officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jo and Charles Whitehead, Bogart; grandchildren, David Whitehead, Bogart, and Annette Turner, Statham; great-grandchild, Justin Paul Whitehead, Bogart; sister-in-law, Mattie Compton, Hull; and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002

James
M. Bryant
James Marvin Bryant, 77, of Jefferson, formerly of Franklin County, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Bryant was born in Franklin County on February 8, 1925. He was a son of the late James Washington Bryant and the late Liza Jane Looney Bryant.
Mr. Bryant was a retired farmer and was of the Baptist denomination. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by three children, J.M. and A.M. Bryant and Annie Sue Bryant, one brother, Thomas Bryant, and three sisters, Ella Ware, Addie Whited and Susie Hill.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, July 26, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Robbie Black and Buddy Barron officiating. Burial was in the Zidon Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife, Lula Mae Dowell Bryant, Jefferson; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen and Leonard Jones, Jefferson; brother, Lonnie O. Bryant, Lilburn; sister, Ethel Barnes, Royston; grandchildren, Brian Keith Jones, Hoschton, and Melissa Ann Jones, Jefferson; and great-granddaughter, Samantha Chase Jones, Lawrenceville.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002

Sarah Sexton
Miss Sarah Frances Sexton, 75, of Athens, died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Miss Sexton was born in Madison County on July 27, 1927, a daughter of the late Earl Lee and Idell McEwen Sexton.
She was a member of Evangelical Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Miss Sexton was preceded in death by two brothers, Norman Sexton and Fred Sexton.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Tim Peek officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002

Lon Gribble
Lon Gribble, 76, of Clarkesville, formerly of Lakeland, Fla., died Friday, July 26, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.
Born in Habersham County on June 23, 1926, Mr. Gribble was the son of the late James B. and Winnie Lee Hill Gribble.
He was a retired manager with Ridge Lumber Company, Lakeland, Fla., and was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II. Mr. Gribble attended the Cornelia Church of God and was a member of the North Side Assembly of God in Lakeland, Fla., where he served as deacon for many years.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Lurline Holbrook.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, at Harvest Ministries Church, Jacksonville, Fla., with the Rev. Eddie Tanner officiating. Services were also held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Cornelia Church of God with the Revs. Eddie Tanner, Wilmer Ivester and Len Pirkle officiating. Burial was in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Gribble is survived by his wife, Alma O’Steen Gribble, Clarkesville; daughters, Winnie Higgins, Comer, and Donna Coleman, Charlotte, N.C.; son, James Gribble, Auburndale, Fla.; brother, James M. Gribble, Clarkesville; sisters, Eula Belle Franklin and Lila Alley, Clarkesville; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002

Kenneth R. Seay
Kenneth Randall Seay, 19, of Danielsville, died Friday, July 26, 2002.
Mr. Seay was the son of Walter L. Seay and Mildred Ann Seay, Danielsville.
He worked in construction with Shelton & Son, of Danielsville.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, at Line Baptist Church with the Revs. Walter Singletary and Ardis Anglin officiating. David Moore, Phillip Croya, Matt Pilkington, Anthony Anglin, Randy Gosnell and Joseph Looney served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Loony, Jason Smith, Spencer Kenner and Tracy Sorrow.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister and brother-in-law, Crystal and David Moore, Danielsville; a brother, Jason Seay, Danielsville; a nephew, Braxton Moore; a step-niece, Chasity Gearing; godparents, Terry and Pat Shelton, Danielsville; and grandparents, Isabell Gosnell and Pauline Seay, both of Danielsville.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 31, 2002


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