Madison County Obituaries...

MARCH 5, 2003


Hazel L. Leachman
Mrs. Hazel Lee Leach-man, 57, of Ila, died Wednes-day, February 26, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hos-pital, Athens, following a brief illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Leachman was a daughter of the late Elias Grover Blalock and Mamie Shelnut Blalock. She was the wife of the late Walter Leachman Sr.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, February 28, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Carpenter and Harlon Noles officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include two sons, Walter Leachman Jr. and Joseph Jody Leachman, both of Commerce; two daughters, Judy Phillips, Toccoa, and Debra Allen, Nicholson; four brothers, Harold Blalock, Athens, David Blalock and Gene Blalock, both of Danielsville, and Paul Blalock, Ila; four sisters, Jane Leach, Commerce, Linda Ayers, Homer, and Faye Arrowood and Rita Blalock, both of Athens; and nine grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003

Caleb B. Shepherd
Caleb Bran Shepherd, infant son of Curtis Freeman Shepherd and Andrea Winslett Shepherd, Dewy Rose, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
Caleb was born February 14, 2003, in Clarke County.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Dewy Rose Baptist Church with the Revs. Gary Purvis, Tim Adams and Sean Baughman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
In addition to his parents, Caleb is survived by a brother, Andrew Curtis Shepherd, of the home; a twin sister, Eden Rebecca Shepherd, of the home; maternal grandmother, Becky Winslett, Dewy Rose; paternal grandparents, Freeman and Sandra Shepherd, Royston; maternal great-grandmother, Mildred Winslett, Dewy Rose; and paternal great-grandparents, Charlie Stowe, Royston, and Faye Shepherd, Valley Head, Ala.
Memorials may be made to the Saint Mary’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 1230 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30606.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003


Janie E. Todd
Miss Janie Elizabeth Todd, 78, of Royston, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Miss Todd was born in Franklin County on May 23, 1924, a daughter of the late John Bell Todd and the late Lillie McGowan Todd.
She was retired from Advocate Press and was a member of Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church, Royston. Miss Todd was preceded in death by two brothers, Sam and William Todd, and a sister, Bell Todd Mebane.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Revs. Durant Driggers and John Swails officiating.
Miss Todd is survived by two brothers, Luther G. Todd, Stockbridge, and John B. Todd, Tallahassee, Fla.; and one sister, Mary Todd Smith, Mobile, Ala.
Memorials may be made to Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church, 260 Spring Street, Royston, GA 30662.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003

Ralph King
Ralph Johnson King, 81, of Bowman, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Hart County Hospital in Hartwell.
Mr. King was born September 29, 1921, in Elbert County. He was a son of the late Robert B. and Fannie V. King.
Mr. King was a retired farmer and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby K. Smith, and two brothers, Lloyd King and Marvin King.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Dewitt Waters and Chris Pritchett officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Wade King, Kris King, Michael King, Ronnie King, Brandon King, Rusty King, Rusty Bell, Ryan King, John Vickery and Ty Vickery served as pallbearers.
Mr. King is survived by his wife, Wynna O. King, Bowman; daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Peggy Vickery, Hartwell; sons and daughters-in-law, Myron and Wanda King and Alan and Phyllis King, all of Bowman, and Randall and Ann King and Bobby and Patti King, all of Royston; brothers, Clyde King, Bowman, and Raymond King, Elberton; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Mrs. Mary Lee Brister, 1610 Lightwood Road, Hartwell, GA 30643.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003

Hilda N. Walters
Mrs. Hilda Nelms Walters, 83, of Royston, died Wednesday, February 26, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mrs. Walters was born September 16, 1919, in Elbert County, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Minnie Mann Adams.
She was a retired beautician and a member of Royston Baptist Church, where she attended the Bible Sunday School Class. Mrs. Walters was married first to the late Clyde Nelms and second to the late Hoyt Walters. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Adams and Calvin Adams.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 28, at Royston Baptist Church with the Rev. Byron Greene officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Nelms, Royston, Wayne Nelms, Warne, N.C., and David Nelms, Athens; two sisters, Dot Jones and Peggy Williams, both of Royston; one brother, Robert Adams, Royston; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Royston Baptist Church, 767 Church Street, Royston, GA 30662.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003

James ‘Big Babe’ Cox
James “Big Babe” Grady Cox, 86, of Colbert, died Sunday, March 2, 2003.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Cox was a son of the late Richard and Hattie Goss Cox.
He retired from the University of Georgia and was a veteran of World War II. Mr. Cox was a gold card member of Mason Lodge 21 and was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church, Arnoldsville.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at St. James A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Dr. Sarah Billups officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Cox is survived by his wife, Sara Howard Cox; two sons, Grady Howard and Matt Brightwell; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Winfrey’s Mutual Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003

Tom Powell
Thomas Benton Powell, 79, of Royston, died Saturday, March 1, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mr. Powell was born in Banks County on December 23, 1923. He was a son of the late Martin Luther Powell and the late Lora Greenway Powell.
He was a retired restaurant cook and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Powell was preceded in death by his wife, Icie Edna Dove Powell, five brothers, Swain, Pete, Charlie, Arthur and Willie Powell, and three sisters, Ruby Davidson, Minnie Parson and Rosie Parson.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Frank Bearden officiating.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Powell, Nicholson, and Lester Powell, Royston; two brothers, John Powell, Elberton, and Ernest Powell, Lula; two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Martha Little, P.O. Box 147, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003

Ralph D. Drake
Ralph Darrell Drake, 54, of Madisonville, Ky., died Saturday, March 1, 2003.
Mr. Drake was born in Clarke County, a son of the late Guy Thomas and Nancy Helen Moon Drake.
He was a member of Victory Church. Mr. Drake was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Penny Tyson.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. James Harolson officiating. Burial was in Kidd Cemetery. Curtis Daniel, Dennis Daniel, Kenneth Daniel, Michael Drake, Mark Drake and Tim Drake served as pallbearers.
Mr. Drake is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Crick) Drake; three step-daughters, Jennifer Nelson, Gaylina Brown and Lesley Bennett, all of Kentucky; one sister, Thelma Drake Daniel, Colbert; one brother, Henry Drake, Colbert; four step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003

Troy H. Stone
Troy Henderson Stone, 82, of Athens, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003.
A native of Nicholson, Mr. Stone was born November 7, 1920, the son of the late John R. and Maude Henderson Stone.
He joined the U.S. Army in June of 1941 at the age of 20. In the Army, Mr. Stone volunteered for the 101st Airborne unit where he served for four years. His unit jumped into Normandy on D-Day and saw action, including Bastogne, the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps.
As an accountant, Mr. Stone retired from the University of Georgia in 1977. He was of the Methodist denomination.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Robert Passmore officiating.
Mr. Stone is survived by his wife, Mary Paul Williams Stone; his son, Richard T. Stone, and his wife, Susan Edwards Stone; his sister, Billie Gober; his grandchildren, John and Kim Stone; one great-granddaughter, one nephew, two nieces and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Ste. B-2, Athens, GA 30605.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family is at Mr. Stone’s son’s residence located at 145 Featherwood Hollow, Athens.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003

Peggy Spratlin
Mrs. Peggy Spratlin, 88, of Athens, died Thursday, February 27, 2003.
A native of Hull, Mrs. Spratlin, was a daughter of the late W.C. and Ada Johnson Murry.
She was retired from the Clarke County School District and was a member of Hull Baptist Church. Mrs. Spratlin was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Thomas Spratlin.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Hull Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Randy Crowe officiating.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Judy Spratlin and Danny R. Price, Athens; granddaughter, Lisa DeAnne Price, Athens; special caregiver, Judy Price Kingsland, Cocoa, Fla.; several sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Hull Baptist Church Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003

Collis Patterson
Collis Daniel Patterson, 95, of Watkinsville, died Monday, March 3, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Patterson was the son of the late Daniel Wade and Euria Maude Estes Patterson.
He was retired from the State Highway Department and was a member of Memorial Baptist Church, Watkinsville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Revs. Darrell Gilmer and Tony Lee officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Sam Cleghorne, Mike Cleghorne, Billy Cleghorne, Scott Cleghorne, Matt Cleghorne, Ryan Cleghorne, Jeff Dillard and Tommy Crowe served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Clifton Crowe, Daniel Culbertson, Wayne Culbertson, Tom Cleghorne, Mike Christopher and Ken Jennings.
Mr. Patterson is survived by his wife of 64 years, Henrietta Fields Patterson; a daughter, Jimmie Lee Cleghorne, Danielsville; a son, Elliott Patterson, Watkinsville; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 5, 2003


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