Madison County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 19, 2003


Andrew T. Ledbetter
Andrew Tyler Ledbetter, 8 month old son of Brian and Melanie Jo Ledbetter, Danielsville, died Friday, February 14, 2003.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, in the Gordon Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Jesse Ledbetter officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Brandon Scott Ledbetter, Danielsville; and grandparents, Jesse Ledbetter, Athens, and Doris and Bill Grizzle, Danielsville.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003

Jeanette Rich
Mrs. Jeanette Cromer Rich, 76, of Athens, died Friday, February 14, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Rich was born in Franklin County on April 25, 1926, a daughter of the late O.B. and Mattie Lee Phillips Cromer.
She was a seamstress and a member of New Hope Worship Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 17, at New Hope Worship Center with the Revs. Raymond Duncan and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Rich is survived by her husband, Dorsey T. Rich, Athens; three sons, Tommy D. Rich, Arnoldsville, Bobby W. Rich, Athens, and Allen Rich, Danielsville; one daughter, Martha Osley, Royston; and one sister, Helen Duncan, Athens.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003

Howard
‘Gray’ Lawrence
Howard “Gray” Lawrence, 58, of Baldwin, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at Habersham County Medical Center.
Mr. Lawrence was born July 1, 1944, in Banks County. He was a son of the late Bush and Dora Ausburn Lawrence.
Mr. Lawrence was a former sub-contractor with Gwinnett County and was a cattle farmer. He was a member of Damascus Baptist Church.
Mr. Lawrence was preceded in death by three brothers, James Lawrence, Pete Lawrence and Rudolph Ausburn.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 14, at Damascus Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Todd officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Glenda Segars Lawrence, Baldwin; daughter, Christy Lawrence, Baldwin; son and daughter-in-law, Stanley Gray and Kristy Lawrence, Baldwin; sisters, Isabelle Goss, Danielsville, and Latrelle Lawrence, Baldwin; half-sister, Ruby Carter, Carnesville; brothers, Dock Lawrence, Alto, and Wayne Lawrence, Homer; and grandson, Kenneth Lawrence.
Memorials may be made to Damascus Baptist Church, 2493 Damascus Road, Baldwin, GA 30511.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003

‘Bum Mama’
Dora Ford
“Bum Mama” Dora Jeanette Minish Ford, 62, of 542 Pied-mont Road, Commerce, died Saturday, February 15, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Ford was born September 4, 1940, a daughter of the late David Roland Minish and the late Reba Hanley Minish.
She was a member of Erastus Christian Church. Mrs. Ford was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Lackey, and a nephew, John Michael Bellew.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Tommy Ford, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Dannette and Kenny Flint, daughter, Sandy Ford Hardy, grandchildren, Loren Flint, Kenny “Bugg” Flint and Clay Hardy, all of Commerce; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernest and Betty Minish and Leon and Peggy Minish, all of Commerce; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jane and Terry Cadwell, Conyers, Helen and Tommy Adams, Hull, Naomi and Andy Denton, Charlotte, N.C., Sylvia Cochran, Commerce, and June and John Bellew, Nicholson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, February 17, at Erastus Christian Church with Pastor Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the Minish Family Cemetery. Pallbearers were Deanna Minish Richards, Brittany Whitfield, Raymond Daniel, Kevin “Gomer” Dean, Stacey Denton, Kenny “Bugg” Flint, Eddie Minish, Justin Whitfield and Wesley Adams.
Contributions may be made to the Minish Perpetual Care Fund, P.O. Box 1496, Commerce, GA 30529.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003
Della Dove
Mrs. Della Elisa Wooten Dove, 49, of Lavonia, died at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born March 17, 1953, in Franklin County, Mrs. Dove was a daughter of Laddie Peeples Wooten, Lavonia, and the late Hoyt Wooten.
She was a homemaker and a member of Freedom Point U.S.A. Church, Lavonia. Mrs. Dove was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Lee Dove.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 14, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Shane Lamb officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include three daughters, Lynn Dove and Kim Kaiser, both of Royston, and Mandy Brown, Lavonia; one brother, Phillip Wooten, Lavonia; one sister, Dixie Diane Wooten, Lavonia; four aunts, Ruby Peeples and Eula M. Outz, both of Canon, Racheal P. Whitworth, Lavonia, and Mary P. Norris, Gastonia, N.C.; and two special cousins, Teresa O. Murdock, Shelby, N.C., and Ingra Langford, Lavonia.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003

Elder Oldham
Luther Elder Oldham, 59, of Arnoldsville, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003.
A native of Oconee County, Mr. Oldham was a son of the late Kingsley Allen Oldham and Nancy P. Bridges Oldham.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was employed with ABB. Mr. Oldham attended Grove Chapel Congregational Holiness Church.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Marvin E. Oldham, Raymond Oldham and Floyd W. Oldham.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 15, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Revs. Raymond Duncan, Nathan F. Meadows and Mark Palmer officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Ellis Crane, Dorsey Perry, Mike Ogle, David W. Seawright, Chris Oldham, Allen W. Hart, Phillip Dooley and Frankie Ogle served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were co-workers of ABB.
Mr. Oldham is survived by his wife, Linda Ogle Oldham; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia J. and Nathan F. Meadows, Arnoldsville; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel E. and Angela D. Oldham, Arnoldsville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Elsie and Bob Ballard, Conyers, Jo Ann Hein, Greenville, S.C., Evie Inez and Larry Hart, Hull, Frances Tyler, Greenwood, S.C., and Ruth and Henry Morgan, Georgetown, S.C.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Chester K. and Pat Oldham, Athens, Donald C. and Dot Oldham, Colbert, and Charles W. Oldham, Arnoldsville; grandchildren, Greg Oldham, Nicholas Meadows, Levi Oldham and Tyler Meadows; and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003

Walter C. Freeman
Walter Claudius Freeman, 77, of Athens, died Tuesday, February 11, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Freeman was a son of the late Roy and Berta Anderson Freeman.
He was retired from Seabord Airline Railroad and McClane Southeast and served as an Elder at Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church in Ila. Mr. Freeman was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Anderson Freeman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16, at Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Susan Reggin officiating.
Mr. Freeman is survived by a daughter, Tamera Freeman, Jefferson; and a special friend, Mary Mathews, Athens.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Suite A, Bogart, GA 30622.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003

Frances Norton
Mrs. Frances Norton, 68, of Winder, died Wednesday, February 12, 2003.
Born in Royston, Mrs. Norton was a daughter of the late Luke Oliver Phillips and Mulbury Goss Phillips. She was the wife of the late Buford Norton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 15, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Michael Smith officiating. Burial was in Barrow Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three sons, Marvin Norton, Commerce, and Travis Norton and Howard Norton, both of Winder; three daughters, Debra Kinley, Danielsville, Judy Skinner, Winder, and Sylvia Norton, Jefferson; two brothers, Buck Phillips and Ed Phillips, both of Athens; two sisters, Jeanette Phillips and Mary Harris, both of Danielsville; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003

Evelyn Adams
Miss Evelyn Adams, 74, of Commerce, died Thursday, February 13, 2003.
A lifelong resident of Madison County, Miss Adams was a daughter of the late Isaac Y. and Lois Jordan Adams.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 15, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Albert Vaughn officiating. Burial was in the Providence Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Josephine Weatherly, Gainesville, and Brenda Carey, Ila; three brothers, Hugh H. Adams and Jimmy Adams, both of Danielsville, and Ralph A. Adams, Rockwell, N.C.; and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Providence Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 529, Ila, GA 30647.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003

Theresa H. Washington
Theresa Hitchcock Washington, 50, of Comer, died Tuesday, February 11, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Washington was a daughter of Willie Farris Huff and Carrie Faust.
She was a homemaker and a member of Holly Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Washington was preceded in death by two children.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 15, at Holly Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Scotty Randolph officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The Southside High School Class of 1970 served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Washington is survived by her husband, Earl Q. Washington, Pemberton, N.J.; two daughters, Cordelia Flint, Athens, and Nyapaula Washington, Pemberton, N.J.; one son, Earl Q. Washington, Pemberton, N.J.; three sisters, Callie Gantt, Stephanie Faust and Bridget Faust, all of Comer; five brothers, Reginald Hitchcock and Malcom Faust, both of Athens, Donald Faust and Everett Faust, both of Comer, and Dexter Faust, Phenix City, Ala.; and three grandchildren.
Mack & Payne Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003

Bonnie S. Smith
Miss Bonnie Sue Smith, 50, of Athens, died Monday, February 10, 2003.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Miss Smith was a daughter of the late James Frank and Susie Taylor Smith.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 14, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. Donald Wineager officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens.
Survivors include two brothers, James Smith, Colbert, and Clarion Lee Smith, Sacramento, Calif.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003

Sara S. Bradford
Miss Sara Sharon Bradford, 48, of Athens, died Sunday, February 16, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Miss Bradford was a daughter of the late Grady Bradford Sr. and Sara Louise Bradford.
She was employed with the University of Georgia.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 20, at Fairplay Baptist Church, Hull, with the Rev. Bob Bradford officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters, Diane Bradford, Cora A. Jones and Lillie Kelley, all of Athens; and five brothers, Billy Bradford, Grady Bradford Jr., Tommy Bradford, Larry Bradford and John Henry Bradford, all of Athens.
The family is at the residence.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 19, 2003


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