Madison County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 20, 2002


Tommy J. Brown
Tommy Joe Brown, 64, of Danielsville, died Friday, November 15, 2002, at Athens Regio-nal Medical Center of a brief illness.
A native of Elberton, Mr. Brown was a son of the late John Butler and Annie Ruth Cordell Brown.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Sara Crowder and Lizzie Brown.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 17, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Doug Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Baptist Church cemetery.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Rosa Lee Brown, of the home; two sons, Richard D. Brown, Iva, S.C., and Mark T. Giles, Starr, S.C.; one daughter, Michelle Lee Poole, Spartanburg, S.C.; three brothers, J.B. Brown, Greenwood, S.C., Clinard Brown, Taylors, S.C., and Smith Brown, Pendleton, S.C.; two sisters, Doris Spears Hart, Hartwell, and Geneva Hughey, Mauldin, S.C.; and eight grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002

Gladys Eberhart
Miss Gladys Eberhart, 78, of Colbert, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002.
Born in Madison County, Miss Eberhart was a daughter of the late Earl and Pearl Eberhart.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 14, in the Colbert Cemetery with the Rev. Carl Beckham officiating.
Miss Eberhart is survived by a sister, Florene McGinnis, Colbert; and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002

Charles W. Bennett
Charles W. Bennett, 84, of Royston, died Wednesday, November 13, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
A son of the late Elmer and Mary Cruise Bennett, Mr. Bennett was born February 12, 1918, in Forsyth County.
He was co-owner of B&W Gas Company and was a member of Royston United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class and was former member of the Administrative Board. Mr. Bennett was also a member of the Royston Masonic Lodge #52, a former member of the Industrial Authority Association in Carnesville, a charter member of the Royston-Franklin Springs Lions Club, where he received the Melvin Jones Award, and a member of both the Royston-Franklin Springs and Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
In 1987, Mr. Bennett received the Conservation Award from Woodmen of the World. He had also served on the Board of Directors of BB&T Bank and Northeast Georgia Bank.
Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by a son, Roger Bennett.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, November 15, at Royston United Methodist Church with the Revs. Brian Clark and Bobby Anthony officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Wesley Bennett, Stanley Williams, Rusty Parker, Steve Williams, Sanford Thompson and Joe Tate served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Sidney Chambers, Ray Sudduth, members of the Royston-Franklin Springs Lions Club, members of the Royston Masonic Lodge and members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife, Geneva Williams Bennett, Royston; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Buster Smith, Toccoa; daughter-in-law, Antha Bennett, Royston; grandchildren, Jennifer and Angela Smith, Toccoa, and Wesley, Amber and Ansley Bennett, Royston; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Pete and Lois Williams, Royston; sisters, Dot Morgan, Jerri Stewart and Mildred Fisher; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Royston United Methodist Church or to the charity of one’s choice.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002

Annie L. Minish
Mrs. Annie Lou Minish, 90, of Commerce, died Friday, November 15, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Madison County on May 14, 1912, Mrs. Minish was a daughter of the late Frank and Willie Burroughs Holcomb.
She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing and was a member of Apple Valley Baptist Church. Mrs. Minish was preceded in death by her husband, A.E. Tom Minish.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 17, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Henry Webb and Blaine Helton officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Payton and Bessie Minish, Commerce; granddaughter and husband, Cindy and Danny Whitlock, Commerce; great-grandson, Gabrielle Whitlock, Commerce; brother, Jack Holcomb, Gainesville; and sisters, Eva Todd, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Betty Helton and Grace Anchors, both of Cleveland, and Bernice Forziati, Sautee.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002

Trudy Stone
Mrs. Trudy Burke Reed Stone, 78, of Seneca, S.C., died Thursday, November 14, 2002, at her home.
Mrs. Stone was born December 5, 1924, in Carnesville, a daughter of the late Jess and Lizzie Crump Burke.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, James H. Reed, her second husband, Elmore W. Stone, a daughter, Frances Martin, and a sister, Gertrude Burke.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include sons, James R. Reed and Jerry D. Reed, both of Seneca, S.C.; daughters, Jean Brown and Helen James, both of Seneca, S.C., and Tammy Stephenson, Danielsville; grandsons, Bobby Stephenson and Michael Reed, of the home; brother, Bill Crump, Royston; sister, Sular Worley, Commerce; 25 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home, Seneca, S.C., was in charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002


Carolyn Massey
Mrs. Carolyn Ann Thomas Freeman Massey, 56, of Dewy Rose, died Friday, November 15, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Massey was born in Franklin County on February 28, 1946. She was a daughter of Mrs. Alice Louise Barnes Thomas, Carnesville, and the late Grady Clexton Thomas.
Mrs. Massey worked as a para professional at Bowman Elementary School and was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Bowman. She also worked part-time at Ingles in Hartwell.
Mrs. Massey was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Martin Massey, and a brother, Raymond Grady Thomas.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, November 18, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Clint Harper and Jerome Hill officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Bowman.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include sons and daughters-in-law, Mark Anthony and March Freeman, Harrison, and Doyle Scott and Cindy Freeman, Canon; son, Cristopher Martin Massey, Washington; grandson, Tyler Freeman; step-grandchildren, Brent and Laura Cape; brothers, James W. Thomas, Danielsville, and Mike L. Thomas and Roger Thomas, both of Carnesville; and sisters, Virginia Chastain, Carnesville, and Linda Chatham, Grovetown.
Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, P.O. Box 276, Royston, GA 30662.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002

Genolia Bellamy
Miss Genolia Bellamy, 77, of Crawford, died Thursday, November 14, 2002.
A native and lifelong resident of the Crawford area, Miss Bellamy was a daughter of the late Claude and Ruby Brown Bellamy.
She was a member of Crooked Creek Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, November 16, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens. Burial was in Attica Cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters, Dorothy Parham, Lexington, Rudene Hicks, Crawford, and Betty Capes, Carlton; one brother, Cecil Bellamy, Jefferson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002

James G. Bagwell
James Garland Bagwell, 70, of Marietta, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002.
Mr. Bagwell was born in Hall County, a son of the late Nathan Garland and Mamie England Bagwell.
He was self-employed and was of the Holiness denomination. Mr. Bagwell was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Chronic Bagwell, and a son, James Dewayne Bagwell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 15, at the Braselton Church of God of Prophecy with the Revs. Jimmy Glaze and Fred Ray officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Barbara Bagwell and Nathan and Natalie Bagwell, all of Gainesville; sons, Curtis Bagwell, Gainesville, and Wayne Bagwell, Cumming; daughters and sons-in-law, Frances and Bradley Gilreath and Tracy and John Brister, all of Dahlonega; daughters, Susan Collins, Gainesville, Janet Huffman, Cumming, and Elaine Bagwell, Jacksonville, Fla.; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Anne Bagwell, Mitchell; sisters and brothers-in-law, Eva and Sid Gable, Comer, and Ruth and Ricky Cole, Braselton; sister, Lottie Rohoden, Cumming; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 222, Gainesville, GA 30501.
Smith Funeral Home, Winder, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002

Cynthia L. Bilaki
Mrs. Cynthia Lee Bilaki, 44, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002, at her residence of a sudden illness.
Mrs. Bilaki was born in Indianapolis, Ind., a daughter of Norma Hewitt Parker, Mt. Dora, Fla., and the late Claude Parker.
She was a homemaker and a member of White Plains Baptist Church, Jefferson.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, at White Plains Baptist Church.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Bilaki is survived by her husband, Michael W. Bilaki, Jefferson; two sons, Robert Steedley, Tavares, Fla., and Ronnie Steedley, Ila; two daughters, Teresa Steedley, Ila, and Jennifer Steedley, Tavares, Fla.; two sisters, Patty Gosnell, Sorento, Fla., and Susie Parker, Indianapolis, Ind.; one brother, Tony Parker, Orangeburg, S.C.; and seven grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002

Karen L. Allen
Miss Karen Lynn Allen, 40, of Commerce, died Monday, November 18, 2002, at her residence.
Miss Allen was born December 8, 1961, in Clarke County. She was a daughter of Floyd F. “Andy” and Ola Mae Barbee Allen, Commerce.
Miss Allen was employed with Fine Finish Service Center, Danielsville, and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, at Rogers Baptist Church with the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to her parents, Miss Allen is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Charles Watkins, Commerce.
Memorials may be made to Rogers Baptist Church, 1020 Short Seagraves Road, Commerce, GA 30530, or to Fine Finish Service Center, P.O. Box 319, Danielsville, GA 30633.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002

Edith Scarborough
Mrs. Mary Edith Phillips Scarborough, 85, of Royston, died Sunday, November 17, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Scarborough was born in Franklin County on August 31, 1917, a daughter of the late Jonah Hershel and Vennie Brooks Phillips.
She was a homemaker and a member of Gordon Interfaith Church. Mrs. Scarborough was preceded in death by her husband, O.B. Scarborough, a daughter, Rochelle Dove, a son, Timothy “Tim” Scarborough, a brother, Hershel Phillips, and a sister, Annie John Phillips.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, Phillip White and Mike Crowe officiating. Burial was in the Zidon Baptist Church cemetery. Danny Phillips, Chad Freeman, Randy Phillips, Todd Bowen, Ronald Carey and Shannon Harper served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a daughter, Sylvia Callaway, Hull; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 20, 2002


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