Madison County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 25, 2002


Gussie Schlock
Gussie Lee Schlock, 64, of Canon, died Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mr. Schlock was born in Hart County on December 30, 1937, a son of the late Joe Mackeral and Vera Rozelle Schlock.
Mr. Schlock was a member of Bethesda Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 20, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Johnny Stowe officiating. Burial was in Nancy Hart Memorial Park. Larry Vaughn, Charles Schlock, Saan Teasley, Mike Norris, Bruce Teasley and Shannon Teasley served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Catherine Warren, Valdosta, and Jacquelyn Fogle, Orangeburg, S.C.; one sister, Frances Hill, Athens; one brother, Mack Schlock, Elberton; and three grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002

Eiko Garner
Mrs. Eiko Kubota Garner, 69, of Canon, died Thursday, December 19, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Garner was born in Japan on June 19, 1933. She was a daughter of the late Ruzo and Shizue Kubota.
A homemaker, Mrs. Garner had lived in Franklin County for 30 years. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Takeo Kubota and Torou Kubota.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 22, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Paul Creason and Larry Finger officiating.
Mrs. Garner is survived by her husband, James Allen Garner, Canon; son and daughter-in-law, James Anthony and Kimberly Garner, Great Falls, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa Garner and Michael G. Skoglund, Hartwell; daughters, Cassandra Garner Cook and Donna Garner Smith, both of Athens; grandchildren, Cortney L. Evans, Jennifer L. Cook, Brannan L. Certain, Erin Garner, Evan G. Smith, Alexandria Smith, Keilee Smith, Meghan Garner, Madelyn Garner and Mallory Garner; sister and brother-in-law, Kiyoko and Delbert Wallace, Canon; sisters, Hideko Yarnada, Nobuko Tanaka and Keiko Kubota, all of Fukuoka, Japan; and niece, Kiyoka Koga.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002

George W. Elston Jr.
George William Elston Jr., 77, of Gillsville, died Tuesday, December 17, 2002, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Born June 15, 1925, in Marion County, Ind., Mr. Elston was a son of the late George William Elston Sr. and Bertha Mae Bartley Elston.
He was a member of Peachtree Corner Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Elston was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Cleveland.
Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 19, in the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church cemetery, Lula, with the Rev. John Wood officiating.
Mr. Elston is survived by his wife, Faye Highsmith Elston, Gillsville; two sons, Blake Elston and George William Elston III, both of Gillsville; one daughter, Cheryl Sanders, Gillsville; one brother, Richard D. Elston, Plant City, Fla.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002

Samuel T. Nichols
Samuel T. Nichols, 76, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, December 18, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born in York County, S.C., on September 24, 1926, Mr. Nichols was the son of the late Teal Caldwell and Beulah Smith Nichols.
He was a retired farmer and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Clover, S.C. Mr. Nichols was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Hulon Hill officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memory Gardens, York, S.C.
Mr. Nichols is survived by his wife, Sarah Wallace Nichols, Nicholson; son, Steve Nichols, Nicholson; sister, Jane N. Falls, Blacksburg, S.C.; and four grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002

Nellie M. Brown
Mrs. Nellie Mae Wheeler Brown, 97, of Maysville, died Friday, December 20, 2002, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Brown was born May 20, 1905, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Daniel J. Wheeler Sr. and Bernice Doss Wheeler.
She was a retired school teacher and was retired from Blue Bell. Mrs. Brown was a member of Oconee Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Brown, and a son, Bill J. Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 22, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Harbin officiating. Burial was in the Oconee Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Daniel J. Wheeler Jr., Commerce; one sister, Wilda “Bill” Martin, Maysville; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002

Louise H. Sorrow
Mrs. Louise Holland Sorrow, of Toccoa, died Thursday, December 12, 2002.
A native of Stephens County, Mrs. Sorrow was a daughter of Violet Isbell Holland, Toccoa, and the late James Armenious Holland.
She was a former employee of UARCO and Standard Register and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 14, at Whitlock Mortuary with the Rev. Harold Sangster officiating. Burial was in Roselane Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, T.K. ‘’Pete’’ Sorrow; and a daughter, Michael S. Burns, Toccoa.
Whitlock Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002

Franklin E. Martin
Franklin Eugene Martin, 69, of Nicholson, died Thursday, December 19, 2002.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Martin was a son of the late Guy and Ester Ruth Martin. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Jean Martin.
Survivors include his wife, Fay Martin, Nicholson; two daughters, Deborah Ann Martin, Colbert, and Sonya Martin, Philadelphia, Pa.; two brothers, Jesse Martin, Nicholson, and Guy Martin Jr., Jefferson; six sisters, Louise Tillman, Griffin, Mary Copeland, Jacksonville, Fla., and Frances Adams, Nora Brock, Nina Watkins and Betty Lou Matthews, all of Nicholson; a sister-in-law, Shirley Armour, Winterville; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002

Myrtle Newton
Mrs. Myrtle R. Stevens Newton, 55, of Daytona Beach, Fla., formerly of Athens, died Friday, December 13, 2002.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Newton was a daughter of Annie R. Stevens and the late George Stevens.
She was a member of Gholston Baptist Church, Comer.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 14, at Gholston Baptist Church with the Rev. Edwin Summerour officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a daughter, Jady M. Stevens, Daytona Beach, Fla.; sisters, Linda S. Howard, Carlton, Joyce Crews, Winterville, and Margie R. Davenport, Athens; brothers, George C. Stevens, Comer, Dennis Robinson and Steve I. Robinson, both of Colbert, John Robinson, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Bryant Stevens, Athens.
Mack & Payne Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002

Pauline E. Meadow
Mrs. Pauline Evans Meadow, 91, of Danielsville, died Wednesday, December 18, 2002.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Meadow was a daughter of the late Buff and Laura Trotter Evans.
She was a homemaker and a member of Moon’s Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Meadow was preceded in death by her husband, J.B. Meadow, and three sons, George Meadow, Jimmy Meadow and Grover Meadow.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 21, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Dan Fuller and Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Gerald Minish, Terry Minish, Bill McConnell, Gene McConnell, Ed Meadow and Arthur Meadow served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Lucy Meadow Cromer, Hull, and Sarah I. Meadow, Danielsville; eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002

Coyetta T. Smith
Mrs. Coyetta Thomas Smith, 82, of Commerce, died Friday, December 20, 2002.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late Cordis Thomas and Annie Parham Thomas. She was the wife of the late Henry O. Smith.
Mrs. Smith had been employed in retail sales with Jeanette Fashion Boutique, Athens, and was a member of Ila Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman L. Thomas and Bobby H. Thomas.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, December 23, at Ila Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Fite officiating. Burial was in the Ila Cemetery. Chris Rogers, Ronnie Williams, David Williams, Ray O’Kelly, Royce Brown and Barry Adams served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann S. Haagen and Henryetta Smith Beck, both of Commerce; one son, Thomas Henry Smith, Alabama; seven grandchildren, Rusty, Todd, Debra, Judy, Cyndi, Jody and Greta; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002

Ruth Benton
Mrs. Ruth M. Wood Benton, 89, of Colbert, died Tuesday, December 17, 2002.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Benton was a daughter of the late Wayne C. Wood and Naomi Chandler Wood.
She was a homemaker and a member of Colbert Baptist Church. Mrs. Benton was preceded in death by her husband, Wyatt Thompson Benton.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 20, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Ervin Goss officiating. Burial was in the Colbert Cemetery.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas A. and Perry Elizabeth Benton, Alpharetta, and Warren T. and Elizabeth Benton, Acworth; sisters, Mary Meadow, Colbert, Louise Epps, Duluth, and Floy Gaither, Winston-Salem, N.C.; brother, Coile Wood, Athens; grandchildren, Michael and Angie Benton, Powder Springs, and Brandi and Michael Hunter, Kennesaw; great-grandchildren, Emily and Kayla Benton, Powder Springs, and Jacob Clark, Kennesaw; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Colbert Baptist Church, P.O. Box 237, Colbert, GA 30628.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 25, 2002


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