Madison County Obituaries...

MAY 28, 2003


Tony D. Lucas
Tony Dwayne Lucas, 36, of Hull, died Monday, May 19, 2003.
A native of Atlanta, Mr. Lucas was a son of the late William Thomas and Carol Roach Lucas.
He was a painter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Lucas is survived by his wife, Stefanie Brooks Lucas, of the home; son, Tony Blake Lucas, of the home; daughters, Heather Lucas, Miranda Lucas and Clarissa Lucas, all of Anderson, S.C.; brother, William Thomas Lucas III, Braselton; sisters, Katrina Talley, Oxford, Ala., and Elizabeth Lucas, Atlanta; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Obie S. Williams
Mrs. Obie S. Williams, 77, of Commerce, died Sunday, May 25, 2003.
Born in Madison County, Mrs. Williams was the daughter of the late J.O.M. and Bessie Hardeman Smith.
She was retired from the Federal Building in Athens, where she was employed with the Soil Conservation Department, and was a member of Ila Baptist Church. Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Williams.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, in Ila Cemetery with the Rev. Phil Parks officiating.
Mrs. Williams is survived by three sons, Ronnie Williams, Danny Williams and David Williams, all of Commerce.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Wilma J. Samples
Mrs. Wilma J. Prather Samples, 66, of Jefferson, died Monday, May 26, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of a sudden illness.
Mrs. Samples was born March 29, 1937, in Clarke County, a daughter of the late Odell and Mattie Madison Prather.
She was a homemaker and a member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Samples was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Samples.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, Jefferson, with the Rev. Don Harber officiating.
Survivors include three daughters, Pee Wee Dyer, Blacksburg, S.C., Debra Smith, Virginia, and Susan Voyles, Jefferson; three sons, Frankie Samples, Ila, Gary Samples, Danielsville, and Steve Samples, Jefferson; two sisters, Lemma Ladd, Augusta, and Alma Self, Commerce; three brothers, Claude Prather, Quinlin, Texas, Richard Prather, Texas, and Wayne Prather, Arizona; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Tonya I. Thomas
Mrs. Tonya Ingram Thomas, 24, of Commerce, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mrs. Thomas was born January 19, 1979, in Jackson County, a daughter of Mike Ingram and Judy Turpin Roberts, both of Commerce.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Douglas Duncan officiating. Burial was in the Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, William Thomas, Commerce; son, Chaz Thomas, Commerce; daughter, Bryanna Thomas, Commerce; sister, Amanda Ledford, Danielsville; step-brother, Derrick Minish, Commerce; and grandfather, Dwight Ingram, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Trudy L. McKeever
Mrs. Trudy Lee Johnson McKeever, 74, of Commerce, died Saturday, May 24, 2003.
Mrs. McKeever was born June 8, 1928, in Madison County, a daughter of the late Henry and Lillie Johnson.
She was a homemaker and a member of Fairfield Baptist Church. Moving to Commerce, Mrs. McKeever joined Warren Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was an active member until her health failed.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Jean Pittman and Kathryn E. Almond.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 27. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with the Rev. Dough Childers officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Lillie Ann Almond, Commerce, and Estelle Nowells, Decatur; three sisters, Lula Colbert, Danielsville, Rosa Jones, Athens, and Ida Brown, Raleigh, N.C.; two brothers, James Johnson and Durham Johnson, Philadelphia; an aunt, Ann Chappell, Comer; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Forestglen Mortuary, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Thomas N. Boggs
Thomas Neese Boggs died November 26, 2002, in Nashville, Tenn. A service of interment of ashes will be held in the Dan-ielsville Cemetery at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2003.
Mr. Boggs was born in Danielsville on October 27, 1916, to James Hoyt and Janie Lee Boggs. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Susan, his brother, Harold, and his first wife, Jane.
Mr. Boggs was employed for many years by LeTourneau Westinghouse and lived in Toccoa, where he and Jane raised two children, Janna and Neese. In 1964, the family moved to Peoria, Ill., where Mr. Boggs became vice president of Industrial Relations for WABCO (American Standard Co.). In 1970, Mr. and Mrs. Boggs retired to Lake Hartwell.
Mr. Boggs married Lillian C. Appleby, of Nashville, Tenn., in 1984.
He is survived by his wife, two children, three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Charles T. Barnett
Charles Thad Barnett, 32, of Nicholson, died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Barnett was born December 4, 1970, in Jackson County, a son of Mary Lou Sanders Barnett, Nicholson, and the late Sport Barnett. He was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Barnett.
Mr. Barnett was employed as a tile setter.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at Antioch United Methodist Church with the Revs. Richard Cathy and David Bowen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a daughter, Brittany Barnett, Nicholson; and three brothers, Todd Barnett and Trey Barnett, both of Nicholson, and Tony Barnett, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Annie R. Chapman
Mrs. Annie Ruth Maddox Cary Chapman, 79, of Royston, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville.
Mrs. Chapman was born August 13, 1923, in DeKalb County, a daughter of the late Curtis and Millie Nett Lowe Maddox.
She was a homemaker and of the Methodist denomination. Mrs. Chapman was preceded in death by her first husband, Carval A. Cary, a brother, Joe D. Maddox, and a sister, Geraldine Silvey.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 29, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Wendall Hanley and Randall Porter officiating. Burial will be in Cary Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Chapman’s grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Chapman is survived by her husband, Boyce S. Chapman, Royston; four sons, Herbert Carey, Commerce, Anthony Cary and Ronald Carey, both of Royston, and David Chapman, Sandy Springs, S.C.; four daughters, Janice Isbell, Royston, Ann Cary Monnier, Hartwell, Marie Carey Chapman, Sandy Springs, S.C., and Sandra Cary Stephenson, Danielsville; two sisters, Kathleen Maddox, Hull, and Mary Evelyn Maddox Porter, Commerce; 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
The family is at their respective homes and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Ruby L. Gunter
Ms. Ruby Lee Gunter, 70, of Colbert, died Friday, May 23, 2003.
A native of Jackson County, Ms. Gunter was a daughter of Lila O’Kelley, Arnoldsville, and the late Claud W. O’Kelley.
No services were held.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two daughters, Roxanne Gunter, Winterville, and Judy Lance, Colbert; one son, Walter E. Gunter; four sisters, Frances Shiflet, Hartwell, Sue Melton and Peggy Smith, both of Hull, and Betty Human, Royston; two brothers, George O’Kelley, Tignall, and Johnny O’Kelley, Colbert; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice Services, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Franklin R. Prather
Franklin R. Prather, 66, of Watkinsville, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003.
Mr. Prather was a son of the late Oscar and Bernice Willoughby Prather.
He retired from General Cable after 29 years of service and was of the Baptist denomination.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Revs. Buford Lockman and Lamar Scarborough officiating. Burial was in Oconee Memorial Park. Mitch Taylor, Chuck Taylor, Michael Moore, Tommy Ayers, Travis Haley, Steve Ayers, Greg Poulnot and Randy Taylor served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Faye Prather; three daughters, Debra Hanley and Pamela Taylor, both of Watkinsville, and Melinda Moore, Danielsville; two sisters, Alice Goondall and Kathy Prather, both of Watkinsville; two brothers, Herbert Prather, Sansford, Fla., and Larry Prather, Winterville; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Connie D. Fowler
Mrs. Connie Darlene Fowler, 43, of Crawford, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003.
A native of Oconee County, Mrs. Fowler was a daughter of Melvin and Agnes Self Craft, Bishop.
She was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 23, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Revs. Billy Fowler and Curtis Parker officiating.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Fowler is survived by her husband, Larry J. Fowler, Crawford; son, Jeremy S. Fowler, Crawford; step-daughter, Tracie Tittle, Athens; step-sons, Donnie P. Fowler and Terry W. Fowler, both of Danielsville; sister, Janet Marx, Bishop; brother, Dennis Craft, Bogart; six grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003

Larry J. Tiller
Larry James Tiller, 54, of Kernersville, N.C., died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Mr. Tiller was born August 18, 1948, in Athens, a son of James Fred Tiller and Ruth Tucker Tiller.
He was employed as a plant manager with Alma Desk for 24 years and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, Mr. Tiller served in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze and Silver Star. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
On October 2, 1976, he married Marla Byrum, who survives of the home.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 23, at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Pastor Russ Reaves officiating. Burial was in the Floral Garden Park Cemetery with military honors provided by the Randolph County Honor Guard.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two daughters, Shelly Henry, and husband, Travis, High Point, N.C., and Julie Culler, and husband, Brian, Thomasville, N.C.; one son, Larry Brock Tiller, and wife, Traci, Kernersville, N.C.; one brother, Dennis Tiller, and wife, Diarene, Comer; an uncle and aunt, Dean and Hazel Troup, Fitzgerald; and several nieces and nephews.
Sechrest Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 28, 2003


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