Madison County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 11, 2002


James O.
McMeans Sr.
James O. McMeans Sr., 80, of Danielsville, formerly of Chamblee, died Sunday, September 8, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. McMeans was born in Rogersville, Ala., on August 25, 1922. He was a son of the late Jester McMeans and Cora Grubbs McMeans.
Mr. McMeans was a graduate of Georgia State University and was a retired accountant for the Internal Revenue Service. He was a member of the Commerce Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McMeans was preceded in death by a son, Charles McMeans.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth, with Pastor Jeff Colson officiating.
Mr. McMeans is survived by his wife, Martha Ruth McMeans, Danielsville; one son, James O. McMeans Jr., Danielsville; one daughter, Margaret Corder, Duluth; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

Stanley Strickland
Wilford Stanley Strickland, 80, of Royston and East Point, died Thursday, September 5, 2002, at Southern Regional Hospital.
Mr. Strickland was the son of the late Buford and Mary Esther McGarity Strickland, Vanna and Royston. He died due to complications of diabetes.
Mr. Strickland was born in Vanna on October 2, 1921, and was a longtime resident of East Point.
A carpenter and homebuilder by skill and trade, he was self-employed, working for Briarwood Realty in East Point and Atlanta Americana Hotel before retiring. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Strickland was a Corporal in the U.S. Army and a gunner and tank driver and proud member of the 807th Tank Destroyer Battalion under the command of Col. Carlton K. Smith (Ret.) in the ETO, which played a major role in the liberation of Metz, France, in 1944. He attended the battalion’s nationwide reunions, having attended 41 out of 45, and hosted three in Atlanta.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, September 9, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Michael Haley, Kirby Strickland, Dayton Strickland, Larry Haley, Neal Strickland and Brody Strickland served as pallbearers.
Mr. Strickland is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Lillian Haley Strickland, Lavonia and East Point; daughters, Valora Strickland, Fairburn, and Alicia Strickland, currently of High Wycombe, England; brother and sister-in-law, Cyrus and Revonda Strickland, Royston; sister, Betty Esco, Orange Park, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Louise Strickland, Vero Beach, Fla., Charlene Strickland, Jacksonville, Fla., and Ruth Strickland, Royston; numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family, Charles Strickland, Vero Beach, Fla., Debbie Finch, Greensboro, Kirby Strickland, Danielsville, Neal Strickland, Royston, and Mrs. Esco’s children, Surecia, Maria, Angie and Howie.
He was preceded in death by a brother, George, who died as a toddler, his adult brothers, Fred, Decatur, twin brothers, Edward and Howard, Decatur and Danielsville, respectively, and Pat, Royston.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

Ruth P. Thompson
Mrs. Ruth Power Thompson, 92, of Colbert, died Tuesday, September 3, 2002.
Born in Madison County, Mrs. Thompson was a daughter of the late Jim and Minnie Brown Power.
She was a retired textile worker from Colbert Manufacturing and was a member of Colbert Baptist Church for over 50 years. Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Thompson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 5, at Colbert Baptist Church with the Revs. Rip Goss, John Messara and Tom Lang officiating. Burial was in the Colbert Cemetery. Paul Burroughs, Stanley Bates, Steve Bates, Mike Hillsman, Scott McCarty and Leland Morgan served as pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Willie Ruth Lord, Colbert; one grandchild, Jerry Lord; and one great-grandchild, Kevin Lord.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

Marion Davis
Marion F. Davis, 62, of Crawford, died Monday, September 9, 2002.
A native of Barrow County, Mr. Davis was a son of Frances Jackson Davis, Statham, and the late R.B. Davis.
He was a route salesman with Lance Foods and was a former employee of Flowers Bread Company. Mr. Davis was a member of Welcome Avenue Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 12, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Revs. Bruce Kesler, Bud McDonald and Wesley Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Mike Hardy, Marlon Hardy, Scot Allen, Coe Allen, Owen Keeler and David Dotson will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Lynn Hardy Davis; children, Jane Davis Edwards and Melissa Davis Beard, both of Danielsville, Michael Glenn Davis, Statham, James Brooklyn Davis, Karlee Virginia Bowman and Jessie Megan Bowman, all of the home, and Lydia Breann Davis, Crawford; brother, Herbert Davis, Statham; six grandchildren, Krystie, Whisper, John, A.J., T.J. and William; and five great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

Lancer Nix
Ernest Lancer Nix, 29, of Danielsville, died Saturday, September 7, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Nix was born in Habersham County on October 15, 1972, son of Ernest Nix Jr., Helen, and Patricia Ann Hamilton Nix, Danielsville.
He was a welder with Dye Sheet Metal in Athens. Mr. Nix was preceded in death by a grandfather, Buford Cordell Hamilton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston. Burial was in the Nix Family Cemetery. Orville Boleman, Robby Franklin, Harold Franklin, Randy Porterfield, Terry Hamilton and Johnny Chambers served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his step-father, Mark Brown, Danielsville; sister, Kim Nix, Watkinsville; grandparents, J.B. and Willene Nix, Cornelia, and Carolyn Whisnant, Clarkesville; and extended family members, Sheila Ann Morgan, Wesley Paul and Brianna Morgan, all of Danielsville.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

James M. Wills
James Michael Wills, 25, of Augusta, died Friday, August 30, 2002.
Born in Richmond County, Mr. Wills was a son of Billy Wayne Wills, Danielsville, and Anna Prossl Wills, Augusta.
He worked in the construction industry.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, September 2, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wills is survived by two brothers, Richard Wills, Athens, and Thomas Wills, Augusta.
Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of James Michael Wills, 1321 Irvin Kirk Road, Danielsville, GA 30633.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

Billy Drake
Joe William “Billy” Drake, 67, of Royston, died Sunday, September 8, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Born in Madison County on August 7, 1935, Mr. Drake was the son of the late Bill Green and Grace Wilson Norton.
He was a farmer.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Willard Crider and Johnny Stowe officiating. Melvin Hilley, Randy Stevens, Doug Roberts, Clint Norton, Charles Norton and Jean Graham served as pallbearers.
Mr. Drake is survived by his wife, Frances Drake, Royston; one daughter, Linda Hendricks, Royston; one sister, Pauline Herring, Royston; and one granddaughter.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

Betty M. Moore
Mrs. Betty Marie Moore, 68, of Hull, died Wednesday, September 4, 2002.
A daughter of the late Marvin and Flora Noffsinger Nitman, Mrs. Moore was born in Muhlenberg County, Ky.
She was retired from Chicopee Manufacturing and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 7, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Brian Carey, Mark Carey, Nabrasson Carroll, Nicholas Martin, Jody Burch and Butch Nitman served as pallbearers.
Survivors include her husband, Gene Wayne (Bill) Moore, Hull; two sisters, Margie Armes, Owensboro, Ky., and Ora Bell Kittle, Athens; nephew, Bill (Butch) Nitman, Bogart; and a number of nieces and other nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

Charles F. Loomis
Charles Fredrick Loomis, 49, of Royston, died Thursday, September 5, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Loomis was born in Belle Fontaine, Ohio, on June 1, 1953, a son of Gladys Detweiler Loomis, Lakeland, Fla., and the late Ivan Loomis.
He was a truss designer.
Memorial services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, September 7, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Douglas Hammond officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Kerrie Lee Loomis, Royston; one son, Zeke Loomis, Royston; one daughter, Miki Loomis, Asheville, N.C.; one brother, Robert Hill, Lakeland, Fla.; and two sisters, Mary Kimbrough, Lakeland, Fla., and Beverly King, Belle Fontaine, Ohio.
Memorials may be made to the Vista Care Hospice, 2350 Prince Avenue, Suite 5, Athens, GA 30606.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

Leo P. Morrison Sr.
Leo Pete Morrison Sr., 64, of Danielsville, died Monday, September 9, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Morrison was born in Madison County on November 18, 1937, a son of the late Lester and Willie Morgan Morrison.
He was a mechanic and was a member of Wesley Chapel. Mr. Morrison was preceded in death by a daughter, Alicia Morrison.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Larry Dyer officiating. Burial was in the Wesley Chapel cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Le Morrison, Comer, and Sonny Morrison, Hanahan, S.C.; one brother, W.L. “Buster” Morrison, Ila; four sisters, Joyce Daniel, Jeanette Hudson and Betty Morrison, all of Comer, and Dollie McEntire, Commerce; and three grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

C.P. Hutchins Jr.
C.P. Hutchins Jr., 77, of Commerce, died Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Hutchins was born October 15, 1924, in Jackson County. He was the son of the late Charlie and Mary Destie Drake Hutchins.
Mr. Hutchins was retired from Gold Kist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Scoggins Hutchins.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the Nicholson Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Dale Hutchins, Danielsville, and Ricky Hutchins, Commerce; one daughter, Mary Ann Phillips, Danielsville; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002

Emory P. McRee
Emory P. McRee, 91, a retired farmer, of Watkinsville, died Sunday, September 8, 2002, at St. Mary’s Long Term Care Facility.
Mr. McRee was born in Putnam County. He was a member of Buckhead Methodist Church. Mr. McRee was preceded in death by his wife, Flora Itys Clyatt McRee, and a daughter, Elizabeth McRee Lovan.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 10, in the Beaverdam Baptist Church cemetery, in the Celeste Community of Washington, with the Rev. Allen Shuler officiating.
Survivors include a granddaughter, Gwenda F. Alexander, Watkinsville; sister, Martha Sue Harper, Madison; sisters-in-law, IdaBelle McRee and Dorothy Jones; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Hopkins Funeral Home, Washington, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 11, 2002


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