Madison County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 11, 2002


Mary L. Gerrin
Mrs. Mary Louise Gerrin, of Daniels-ville, died Sunday, Dec-ember 1, 2002.
A native of Cartersville, Mrs. Gerrin was a daughter of the late William C. and Mable Owens Chambers.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Gerrin was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Gerrin, a daughter, Shirley Chambers, a sister, Mable Parrish, and brothers, Jimmy, Leroy and Charles Chambers.
Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann Giles and Terrie Sorrow, both of Danielsville; one sister, Ida Mae Weaver, Athens; four grandchildren, Douglas Lamar Giles, Kevin Wade Giles, Joseph James Sorrow and Justin Wayne Sorrow; and five great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002

Ollie Hart
Mrs. Ollie Melissa Allen Hart, 78, of Royston, died Saturday, December 7, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mrs. Hart was born in Franklin County, a daughter of the late Lloyd Allen and Troyce Fulghum Allen Childs and the step-daughter of the late Robert Alvin Childs.
She was a homemaker and a member of Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Malcolm Herndon and Don Nester officiating. Burial was in the Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery. Charlie Stratton, James Stratton, Jason Millsaps, Wayne Jordan, Mike Hawkins and Bud Crumpton served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Hart is survived by her husband, R.C. Hart, Royston; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Bennett and Cheryl and Joseph Williams, all of Royston, and Pat and Richard Garner, Canon; son, Dr. Ronald Hart, Winterville; grandchildren and spouses, Jef Garner, Toni and J.L. Millsaps, Heath and Wendy Bennett and Megan Hart, all of Canon, Janet and Wayne Jordan, Lavonia, and Lauren Williams and Erin Williams, both of Royston; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Opal Saxon, Virginia Hawkins and Mary Crumpton, all of Anderson, S.C.
Memorials may be made to Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church, Canon, GA 30520.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002

Kelsey Knauf
Kelsey Brooke Knauf, infant daughter of Christopher Douglas and Lisa Michelle Cleveland Knauf, of Danielsville, died Sunday, December 1, 2002.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, December 5, in the New Haven Holiness Church Cemetery with the Rev. Rufus Miller officiating.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a sister, Terri Dawn Nutter; grandparents, Edward and Janice Cleveland, Danielsville, and Loretta Cleveland, Sulphur, La.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the New Haven Holiness Church Cemetery, Danielsville.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002

Robert Roland
Robert William Roland, 80, of Canon, died Monday, December 9, 2002, at Hart Care Center, Hartwell.
Mr. Roland was born in Hart County on March 20, 1922. He was a son of the late Waymon Talmadge Rowland and the late Annie Laura Snow Rowland.
Mr. Roland was retired from the United States Postal Service and was a member of Hartwell First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he was a Paratrooper, and served as Commander of the American Legion Post #109 in Hartwell.
Mr. Roland was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Bonnie Roland, and a brother, Oscar Rowland.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston.
Mr. Roland is survived by his wife, Martha Ella Kersey Roland, Canon; sons, D. Glen Roland, Evans, and Rod E. Roland, Bowman; daughter and son-in-law, Vicki R. and Jeff Gurley, Hartwell; grandchildren, Mollie Robinson, Greenville, S.C., Jennie Evans, Hartwell, and William Douglas Roland, Atlanta; great-grandchildren, Jacob Evans and Victoria Evans, both of Hartwell; and sisters, Flora Risner, Anderson, S.C., and Betty Skelton, Hartwell.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002

James L.
‘Pete’ Collins Jr.
James L. “Pete” Collins Jr., 22, of Athens, died Thursday, December 5, 2002.
Mr. Collins was a son of Betty Ann Collins and the late James L. “Whop” Collins Sr.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, at Willis Chapel with the Rev. Roy Thomas officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his grandmother, Mary King, Athens; his grandfather, Walter Smith, Athens; sisters, Gail Upshaw, Patsy Woodall, Caroline Collins and Betty Boyd, all of Athens, Minister Ann Moon, Hull, and Cynthia Collins and Sheila Collins, both of Colbert; and brothers, Frank Weems Jr. and Stacy Moon, both of Athens.
Mack & Payne Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002

Helen P. Bridges
Mrs. Helen Parham Bridges, 75, of Danielsville, died Thursday, December 5, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Bridges was born in Madison County on June 21, 1927. She was a daughter of the late John M. and Nora Mae Wall Parham.
Mrs. Bridges was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Claude, J.W. and Allen Parham, and a sister, Edna Parham.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Calvin Coile officiating. Burial was in the Meadow Baptist Church cemetery. Johnny Bridges, Roger Ownbey, Barry Cary, Talmadge Bridges, Eugene Green and Larry Gooch served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Bridges is survived by her husband, Donald N. Bridges, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, Stanley and Detsy Bridges, Danielsville; daughter, Judy Bridges, Danielsville; brother, Donald E. Parham, Colbert; sisters, Allene Carithers, Commerce, Evelyn Parham, Danielsville, and Carollette Cary, Ila; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002

Roy Smith Sr.
Roy Estes “Papa” Smith Sr., 87, of Hull, died Mon-day, December 9, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Smith was a son of the late Hassie Jones Smith.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Smith was the developer and previous owner of Morningside Village Mobile Home Park and was retired from Plantation Pipeline.
He was preceded in death by a son, Glenn Howard Smith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 11, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Jerry Smith, William Edgerly, Jerry Bishop, Tony Meadow, David Hallford and Wayne McElroy served as pallbearers.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Viola Smith; sons, Doyle E. Smith, Marietta, and Roy E. Smith Jr., Hull; five grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002

Mary Weller
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Weaver Weller, 66, of Canon, died Friday, December 6, 2002, at Anderson Area Medical Center, Anderson, S.C.
Mrs. Weller was born August 2, 1936, in Hart County, a daughter of James Aubrey and Littie Pierce Weaver.
She was a homemaker, had worked as a truck driver and as a dietitian at Emmanuel College. Mrs. Weller was a member of New Franklin Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell Lester Weller.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 8, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Dennis Harris, John Forbes and Johnny Ashworth officiating. Burial was in the New Franklin Christian Church cemetery. Kevin Pruitt, David Mathis, Tim Boling, Jack Turpin, Nathan Smith and Tyler Moore served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a sister, Angela Roberta Williams, Lavonia; brothers, Charles Phil Weaver, James Fred Weaver and Bobby Kenneth Weaver, all of Canon; and nieces and nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002

Evelyn May
Mrs. Evelyn May, 73, of Royston, died Saturday, December 7, 2002, at her home.
Mrs. May was born in Madison County on December 5, 1929, the daughter of the late Henry and Vassie Wood.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. May was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. May.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 9, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Chuck Zellner officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Laurens, S.C.
Survivors include one son, Glen A. Smith, Royston; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002

Joseph ‘J.W.’ Sturgis
Joseph Wayne “J.W.” Sturgis, 59, of Hull, formerly of Galena, Kan., died Sunday, December 8, 2002.
Mr. Sturgis was the son of June Sturgis, Baxter Springs, Kan., and the late Donald P. Sturgis.
He attended the Nazerene College of Oklahoma City, Okla., and was a communications engineer for ITT, LDX telecom and Southern Bell. Mr. Sturgis owned and operated J.W.’s Truck Service for 8 1/2 years and was employed at ConAgra in the maintenance department.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 11, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Ira T. Ramey Sr. and Pastor Randy Gordon officiating. Burial was in Winterville Cemetery. Mr. Sturgis’ brother-in-law and nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Alice Sturgis; son, Mark Rogers, Newnan; daughters, Melissa Sturgis, Portland, Ore., and Samantha Garland and Wanda Powell, both of Hull; adopted children, Toni and Dennis Sturgis, Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Rebecca Belts, Muskogee, Okla.; brothers, Preston Sturgis, Langley, Okla., and Mike Sturgis, Joplin, Mo.; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Hospice House of Athens, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002


Sarge ‘Curley’
Martin Jr.
Sarge Dewey “Curley” Martin Jr., 57, of Comer, died Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Martin was born September 18, 1945, a son of Beria Coile Martin, Comer, and the late Sarge Dewey Martin Sr.
He had been employed as a roller operator in the road construction business. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Lynn Martin, a step-daughter, Sharon Barner, and two brothers, Tommy Ed and Roger Eugene Martin.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 12, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Darvin Cash and Layman Otis Graham officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Baptist Church cemetery. Donnie Hughes, Brian Adams, Jamie Coile, Brandon Hughes, Tommy Dalton, Tommy Coile, Tony Scarboro and Allen Russum will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a son, Marvin West Martin, Comer; a daughter, Sharon Ossipchouk, Elberton; step-daughters, Tammy Higginbotham and Tina Rogers, both of Colbert; brother, Rickey Martin, Comer; sister, Rebecca Crowe, Danielsville; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family is at the residence.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 11, 2002


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