Madison County Obituaries...

APRIL 9, 2003


Franklin E. Crumley
Franklin Edward Crumley, 62, of Daniels-ville, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Crumley was a son of the late Walker and Ida Brown Crumley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Crumley is survived by his wife, Ester Crumley, of the home; three sons, Eddie Crumley, Ted Crumley and Chad Crumley, all of Danielsville; three brothers, William Crumley and Bobby Crumley, both of Commerce, and Dickie Crumley, Danielsville; four sisters, Deanie Sears, Ada Hammond and Loretta Barnes, all of Commerce, and Brenda Smith, Danielsville; and eight grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 9, 2003

Kathleen H. Vaughn
Mrs. Kathleen Hix Vaughn, 84, of Commerce, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Vaughn was born April 14, 1918, in Jackson County, a daughter of the late C.L. and Roxie Reed Hix.
She retired from Commerce Manufacturing and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Commerce. Mrs. Vaughn was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Vaughn Sr.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the First Baptist Church of Commerce with the Revs. Kent Cranford and Jessie Mealor officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Millie Vaughn, Commerce; granddaughter, Lisa Vaughn, Commerce; brother, Wayne Hix, Danielsville; and sisters, Sara Dell Hix and Agnes Whitlock, both of Commerce.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 9, 2003

Jean Dixon
Mrs. Lallie Jean Berrong Dixon, 69, of Danielsville, died Thursday, April 3, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Dixon was born in Jackson County on November 9, 1933, a daughter of the late W.N. and Ida Bell Phillips Berrong.
She was employed in the textile industry and was a member of Meadow Baptist Church. Mrs. Dixon was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Herring.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Calvin Coile officiating. Burial was in the Colbert City Cemetery.
Mrs. Dixon is survived by her husband, Doris Dixon, Danielsville; daughter, Sherry Jackson, Danielsville; and granddaughter, Tammy Jackson, Danielsville.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 9, 2003

Joseph L. Fields
Joseph Lewis Fields, 61, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born April 18, 1941, in Jackson County, Mr. Fields was a son of the late Sylvester B. Fields and Evie Doretta Taylor Kesler.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was employed as a tower operator for Westinghouse Co. in Athens. Mr. Fields was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Fields.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Curtis Hammond officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Danny Akers, David Akers, Woody Brown, Benji Fields, Chuck Roberts and Dennis Roberts served as pallbearers.
Mr. Fields is survived by his wife, Sara Frances Fields, Nicholson; daughters, Lynn Norman, Hull, Sissy Richardson, Westminster, S.C., Lisa Gillespie, Commerce, Jolene Peters, Athens, Amanda Reed, Jefferson, and Lisa Cash and Sandy Norris, both of Nicholson; brothers, Charles Fields, Nicholson, and Wayne Fields, Lexington; and seven grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 9, 2003

Johnnie D. Collins
Mrs. Johnnie Denise Jones Collins, 45, of Commerce, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Born February 26, 1958, in Hall County, Mrs. Collins was a daughter of the late Talmadge Eugene and Winnie Blanch Smallwood Jones.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jim McLendon officiating. Burial will be in the Springway Baptist Church Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mrs. Collins is survived by her husband, Johnny “Cooter” Collins, Commerce; one brother, Travis Jones, Maysville; and three sisters, Janice Bost and Judy McCannon, both of Pendergrass, and Ruthie Kitchens, Comer.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 9, 2003

Viola Cress
Mrs. Verner Viola Bray Cress, 89, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Brown Memorial Convalescent Center in Royston.
Mrs. Cress was born in Franklin County on October 7, 1913, a daughter of the late James Clifford and Grace Bond Bray.
She was a seamstress and a member of Zidon Baptist Church. Mrs. Cress was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Melvin Cress, and two sisters, Dartha “Dot” Jackson and Elsie Cook.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Zidon Baptist Church with the Revs. Stanley Bray, Paul Collins and Vernon Dorminey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, James Cress, Jerry Cress and Joe Cress, all of Carnesville; two brothers, James Seldon Bray, Royston, and J.C. Bray, Anderson, S.C.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The family is at the home of Jerry and Linda Cress, 4474 Athens Road, Carnesville.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 9, 2003
Brandon E. Moore
Brandon E. Moore, 20, of Clarkesville, died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Mr. Moore was born February 7, 1983, in Clarke County. He was a 2001 graduate of Habersham Central High School and was currently a sophomore at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega. Mr. Moore was a part-time employee of Belk Department Store in Cornelia and was a member of Clarkesville Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Hilda Rousey, and grandmother, Rebecca Moore.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Clarkesville Baptist Church with the Rev. David Turner officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Bowman.
Mr. Moore is survived by his mother, Sharon L. Moore, Clarkesville; his father and step-mother, Russell A. and Sherry Moore, Bowman; and grandfather, Robert S. Moore, Elberton.
Memorials may be made to the Clarkesville Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 667, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 9, 2003

O.C. ‘Cecil’ Murdock
O.C. “Cecil” Murdock, 94, of Commerce, formerly of Wichita Falls, Texas, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Murdock was born April 25, 1908, in Monahan County, Texas, the son of the late Sidney Estes and Nettie Gertrude Murdock.
He was a retired grocery man and a member of City View Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Chad Payne officiating. Burial was in the Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Murdock is survived by his wife, Anna Belle Mobley Murdock, Commerce; one son, Buddy Charles Murdock, Commerce; one sister, Erine Mae Harpole, Golden, Texas; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 9, 2003

Leonard Smith
Leonard Smith, 91, of Danielsville, died Monday, April 7, 2003.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Smith was a son of the late John and Callic McLeroy Smith.
He retired after 35 years with Harmony Grove Mills in Commerce, and was a member and deacon emeritus of Friendship Baptist Church.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Ophelia McCarty Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Friendship Baptist Church with the Revs. Dayton Logan and Mark Palmer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ray Brooks, Larry Smith, Maurice Wardlaw, Johnny Bryant, Clayton Bryant and Robert Holcomb will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Emory N. and Syble Smith, Danielsville; grandchildren, Tony Smith, Danielsville, and Annette and Stan Rowland, Athens; and great-grandchild, Ansley Madison Rowland.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 9, 2003

Lottie
‘Sparkie’ Rhoden
Mrs. Lottie “Sparkie” Rhoden, 73, of Winder, died Sunday, April 6, 2003.
Born in Barrow County, Mrs. Rhoden was a daughter of the late Nathan G. Bagwell and Florence M. England Bagwell, and the wife of the late Raynor Rhoden.
She was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Smith Memory Chapel of Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Jimmy Glaze officiating. Burial was in Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville.
Mrs. Rhoden is survived by one brother, Richard Bagwell, Mitchell; two sisters, Eva Lou Gable, Colbert, and Ruth Cole, Hoschton; and several nieces and nephews.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 9, 2003


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