Madison County Obituaries...

APRIL 23, 2003


Ruth Daves
Mrs. Ruth Daves, 80, of Ila, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003.
Born in Banks County, Mrs. Daves was a daughter of the late Claude and Cora Eller Daniel.
She was employed with Harmony Grove Mills, Commerce, for 35 years, and was retired from Athens Heritage Nursing Home as a housekeeper. Mrs. Daves was a member of Ila Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Daves.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Albert Vaughn and Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in Ila Cemetery. Dexter Calhoun, Ricky Daniel, Jimmy Bird, Junior McGee, Ronnie Williams and Tim Jackson served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Tim and Webb Gordon.
Mrs. Daves is survived by two sons, Larry Daves, Danielsville, and Scott Daves, Ila; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

Addie Cunningham
Mrs. Addie Cunningham, 88, of Comer, died Monday, April 21, 2003.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Cunningham was a daughter of the late Henry and Maggie Edward. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Collins.
Mrs. Cunningham was a member of Thankful Grove Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Piney Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. John Dillard, Gregory Roseboro and William Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Henry Cunningham, Nathaniel Collins, Curtis Collins, Clifford Gilham, Hubert Howard and Thomas Krogulsk will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include two sisters, Mary Walker and Ruby Carter, Ohio; three granddaughters and one great-grandchild.
The family is at the residence located at 99 Piney Grove. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Jones Lexington Funeral Home, Lexington, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

Flora N. Wilkes
Mrs. Flora Nell Wilkes, 78, of Commerce, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Wilkes was born April 22, 1924, in Madison County. She was the daughter of the late Dave Berry and Lula Ann Thurmond Williams.
Mrs. Wilkes was retired from Wilkins Industries and was a member of Erastus Christian Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Erastus Christian Church with Carl Beckham and the Rev. Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Ronnie Wilkes, Athens; one daughter, Brenda Minish, Commerce; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

Polly Smith
Mrs. Myrtle Polly Smith, 87, of Carlton, died Sunday, April 20, 2003.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of the late George Rugg and Cynthia Ethel Bridges Peterman. She was the wife of the late Hoke Smith.
Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and a member of Burts United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Vesta Baptist Church with the Revs. Russell Bruce and Tom Arnold officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Justin Smith, Ben Smith, Adam Hilliard, Brian Smith, Scott Smith and Shane Corbett served as pallbearers.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Joyce Mathews, Carlton, and Sharon Hilliard, Winterville; four sons, George Oliver Smith, Social Circle, Richard Lamar Smith, Carlton, Hoke Smith Jr., Elberton, and Dennis Lee Smith, Hull; one half-sister, Jannie Bowen, Atlanta; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

Bobby N. Barrett
Bobby Nelson Barrett, 61, of Commerce, died Thursday, April 17, 2003, at his residence.
Mr. Barrett was born April 6, 1942, in Jackson County, a son of Beulah Savage Barrett Archer, Hartwell, and the late Frank Barrett. He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Barrett, and a brother, Willis Barrett.
Mr. Barrett was a retired employee of the textile industry.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Bible Way Church of God with the Revs. Carroll Griffin and Lonnie Bennett officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Barrett is survived by a son, William Barrett, Toccoa; a daughter, Tiffany Smith, Toccoa; step-daughters, Paula Allen, Toccoa, Sharon Chappelear, Lavonia, and Kim Thompson, Eastanollee; brothers, Johnny Barrett, Grove Town, and Richard Barrett, Hull; sisters, Bertie Bagwell and Nizzie Mae Barrett, both of Commerce, Judy Baxter and Mary Lou Wynn, both of Hull, and Betty Bennett, Hartwell; and nine grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

Johnny P. Howington
Johnny Paul Howington, 56, of Commerce, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, in Augusta.
Mr. Howington was born September 24, 1946, to the late Verner and Elizabeth Standridge Howington in Jackson County.
He was a retired package store owner.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Gene Doss, Hoschton, and Dr. David Howington, Moultrie; two daughters, Debbie Cheatum, Jefferson, and Chris Shimkus, Woodstock; one sister, Rita Howington, Jefferson; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a niece, Carmen Gary, Jefferson.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

Mattie L. Williams
Miss Mattie Luree Williams, 96, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, April 22, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Miss Williams was a daughter of the late James B. and Lula Carlton McGinnis Williams.
She attended Ila High School and received diplomas from Athens Business College in stenography and a master of accounts in 1924. Miss Williams held several secretarial positions in the Athens and Atlanta areas and worked for War Production Agency during the entire time of World War II. She retired from the IRS in the late 1960’s, moving from Marietta to Danielsville, where she made her home in November 1968.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Danielsville Baptist Church with the Revs. Alvin Hodges and Mike Hudmon officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Cemetery, Commerce. Miss Williams’ nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Sara Williams, Stone Mountain; 10 nieces and four nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Danielsville Baptist Church Building Fund.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville.
Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

Randolph J. Hembree
Randolph James Hem-bree, 72, of Nicholson, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at his residence of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hembree was the son of the late James Thomas and Mary Ruth Wilson Hembree.
He was active in Gospel Tracts and Bibles and was of the Baptist denomination. Mr. Hembree was preceded in death by a son, Aaron Hembree.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ralph Arnold officiating. Burial was in the New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Hembree is survived by his wife, Barbara M. Hembree, of the home; four sons, Jim Cecil Hembree, Hull, Audrey Hembree and John Hembree, both of Nicholson, and Fabian Hembree, Athens; one daughter, Mary Dudley, Winterville; four sisters, Mary Pugh, Loganville, Betty Brown and Jean Scoggins, both of Commerce, and Louvie Threlkel, Murrells Inlets, S.C.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

Bernice D. Haynes
Mrs. Bernice Drake Haynes, 77, of Elberton, died Sunday, April 20, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Haynes was a daughter of the late Claude Drake and Lou Sorrells Drake.
She was a retired seamstress and a member of Frances Asbury United Methodist Church. Mrs. Haynes was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton Lee “Junior” Haynes Jr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home with the Rev. Randy Coggins officiating. Burial was in Elmhurst Cemetery.
Mrs. Haynes is survived by nieces and nephews.
Berry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

A.W. Clay
Andrew Waymon “A.W.” Clay, 78, of Carnesville, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mr. Clay was born in Gwinnett County on March 14, 1925, a son of the late Andrew and Fannie Mae Ashworth Clay.
He was an honorary carpenter for 32 years with the Local #225 and was a member of Gordon Church, where he served as a deacon.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Charles Elrod and Mike Crowe officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, North.
Mr. Clay is survived by his wife, Willie Ruth Gilleland Clay, Carnesville; sons, Andy “Skipper” Clay, Carnesville, and Larry W. Clay, Dawsonville; daughters, Patricia Walton, Cumming, Barbara Snow, Auburn, Ala., and Peggy Raner, Alpharetta; grandchildren, Jonathan Clay, Benjamin Clay, Jason Clay, Vicky Walton, Ann Hatfield, Robert Raner and Jeff Dean; great-grandchildren, Justin Walton, Kayla Wilson and Ryan Wilson; step-grandchildren, Gina Wilson and Jimmy Laminack; and sisters, Jean Crocker, Buford, and Jeanette Porter, Grayson.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

Wendy C. Epps
Mrs. Wendy Carol Fields Epps, 34, of Commerce, died Sunday, April 20, 2003.
Born in Clarke County, Mrs. Epps was a daughter of Gillard Wayne Fields and Evie Simmons Baker.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Ila Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Canady officiating. Greg Gillispie, Johnny Minish, Jerry Simmons, Jake Epps, Charlie Epps and Tommy Sanders served as pallbearers.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Epps is survived by her husband, Derrick Epps; one daughter, Ashley Nichole Wingate, Royston; and two brothers, Waymon Fields and Benji Fields, both of Lexington.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003

Pat B. Ruark
Pat B. Ruark, 88, of Union Point, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003.
A native of Greene County, Mr. Ruark was a son of the late Charley A. and Mattie Lou Griffith Ruark.
He retired from the lumber industry and was a member of Woodville Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Woodville Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Olds officiating. Burial was in Woodville Cemetery. Mr. Ruark’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
Mr. Ruark is survived by his wife, Louise Ruark; four daughters, Patricia Bramlett, Warner Robins, Carolyn R. Siver, Bloomfield, Mich., Deborah R. Shuman, Winterville, and Susan R. Copelan, Greshamville; one son, Charles W. Ruark, Colbert; four sisters, Hilma Cook, Atlanta, Frances Gissendanner, Lake Placid, Fla., Jeri Dixon, Humble, Texas, and Charlene Richards, Athens; and grandchildren.
Callaway Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 23, 2003


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