Madison County Obituaries...

JUNE 18, 2003


John Gilder
John Gilder, 80, of Danielsville, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
Mr. Gilder was a native of Rochester, N.Y. He was the son of the late Walter and Annie Fowler Gilder.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Gilder was a retired lab technician with St. Regis Paper Co. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Smith Gilder.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Russell Page officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Rischpater, Naples, N.Y.; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Bill Hardie, Danielsville; four grandsons and three great-grandsons.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 18, 2003

Thelma Conwell
Mrs. Thelma Beard Conwell, 77, of Comer, died Friday, June 13, 2003, at Winder Health Care Center.
Mrs. Conwell was born in Madison County on October 18, 1925. She was a daughter of the late K.O. (Buck) Beard and the late Ella Mae Carithers Beard.
Mrs. Conwell had worked at the Blue Bell Manufacturing Company and was a member of David’s Home Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Vernon (Jim) Conwell, a grandson, Brian Pass, and a sister, Nell Spelce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at David’s Home Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Douglas Conwell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Owsley, Hoschton; son, Wesley Conwell, Comer; sisters, Pauline Berryman, Danielsville, Faye Caudelle, Royston, Onida Horne, Hull, Gatha Kerr, Carnesville, Revonda Gabriel, Crawford, and Grace Carey, Thomasville, N.C.; brothers, Mitchell Beard and Wendell Beard, both of Danielsville, and Kenneth Beard and Ray Beard, both of Royston; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 18, 2003
Charles Ferguson
Charles Randolph Ferguson, 51, of Ila, died Friday, June 13, 2003.
A lifelong resident of Madison County, Mr. Ferguson was a son of Charles W. and Marilyn Tucker Ferguson, Hull.
He was a 1970 graduate of Madison County High School and attended the University of Georgia. Mr. Ferguson was employed with Kroger for over 20 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a former member of Red Hills Flyers.
Mr. Ferguson was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Ferguson.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 16, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Jordan Marable, Chris Parten, Scott Ferguson, Danny Seymour, Ricky Allen and Casey Minish served as pallbearers.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Ferguson is survived by his wife, Janet Ferguson; two daughters, Heather McCart Parten, Carlton, and Amanda Lynn Ferguson, Ila; two sisters, Kelli Ferguson Marable, Danielsville, and Karen Ferguson Seymour, Hull; two grandchildren, Kaeden Parten and Kyler Parten; and several nieces and nephews.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 18, 2003

Mark R. Waldroup
Mark Randolph Waldroup, 45, of Com-merce, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mr. Waldroup was a son of Ralph Waldroup, Commerce, and the late Willie Christine Wood Waldroup.
He was a construction worker and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Lonnie Bennett officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Mary A. Waldroup, of the home; one son, Jeremy David Waldroup, Danielsville; two daughters, Jill Waldroup, Commerce, and Jessica Waldroup, Danielsville; two brothers, Jimmy Waldroup and Mike Waldroup, both of Ila; one sister, Jo Ann (Jody) Scoggins, Ila; one grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 18, 2003

Lottie James
Mrs. Lottie Dell Bryant James, 83, of Hudson, Fla., died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.
Mrs. James was born in Franklin County on May 2, 1920. She was a daughter of the late Thomas F. and Jeanie Phillips Bryant.
Mrs. James was a homemaker and a member of Harvest Baptist Church in Hudson, Fla. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Ward.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 13, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston. Burial was in the Zidon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Elco James, Perry, Fla., and Edward James, Hudson, Fla.; sisters, Ossie Mae Bowman, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Pauline Parham and Gladys McGarity, both of Royston; six grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 18, 2003

Ruth W. Bailey
Mrs. Ruth West Bailey, 71, of Toccoa, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Bailey was a daughter of the late Bill Shelt and Minnie Sue Austin West.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mullins Ford Baptist Church. Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by a daughter, Myra Bailey Payne.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Whitlock Mortuary with Dr. Jack Gatlin, the Rev. Roger Elrod and Bill Bailey officiating. Burial was in the Mullins Ford Baptist Church Cemetery. Terry Bailey, George Bailey, Bob Bailey, Bill Bailey, Shawn Bailey, Bradley Payne, David Tugman and Daniel Tugman served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Bailey is survived by her husband, Howard T. Bailey; a daughter, Gloria Tugman, Toccoa; sons, Terry Bailey, George Bailey and Bob Bailey, all of Toccoa, and Bill Bailey, Hull; sisters, Maude Ramsey, Lavonia, and Elsie Taylor, Pasadena, Texas; 18 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.
Whitlock Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 18, 2003

Helen R. Tasker
Mrs. Helen R. Tasker, 89, of Athens, died Monday, June 16, 2003.
A native of Russell County, Va., Mrs. Tasker was a daughter of the late William and Maude Harrison Richardson.
She was a homemaker and a member of Potsdam United Methodist Church, Potsdam, Ohio. She had been a resident of the Athens area since 1980.
Mrs. Tasker was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Franklin Tasker.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 20, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, with the Rev. Jerry Varnado officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Susan Luttrell, Loganville; sons, Alan Tasker, Hull, John Tasker, Winter Park, Fla., Jeff Tasker, Winter Haven, Fla., and Ron Tasker, Orlando, Fla.; sisters, Lola Brust and Erleen Cash, both of Englewood, Ohio, and Bernice Jennings, Williamsburg, Va.; brother, Harry Richardson, Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren, Christie Ellis, High Shoals, Scott Tasker, Marietta, Brian Tasker, Statham, Chad Luttrell, Loganville, and Steve Tasker, Orlando, Fla.; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to a local Little League organization.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 18, 2003

Jim Arnold
Jim Arnold, 65, of Comer, formerly of Hartford, Conn., died Saturday, June 7, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Arnold was a son of Agnes Heard Arnold, Comer, and the late Harrison Arnold.
Services were held at noon Saturday, June 14, at Springfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Derrick Arnold officiating. Burial was in the Holly Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a daughter, Dianne Kelly, Lexington; sisters, Mable Appling, Carlton, Loise White and Linda Wymbs, both of Comer, Rachel Mathis, Fort Washington, Md., Faye Allen, Conley, and Sharon Collins and Frances Sheats, both of Athens; brothers, Harrison Arnold Jr., East Point, Carelle Arnold, Portland, Ore., and Frank Arnold, Comer; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 18, 2003

David C. Eidson
David C. Eidson, 46, of Watkinsville, died Sunday, June 15, 2003.
Mr. Eidson was a native of Atlanta, where he resided in his early years. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and was employed by T.S. Plumbing Co.
Mr. Eidson had resided in Watkinsville since 1976.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 19, in Arthur Bowick’s Oconee Chapel, Watkinsville, with the Rev. Larry Davison officiating. Burial will be in Oconee Memorial Park.
Mr. Eidson is survived by his parents, D.W. and Cozette Caldwell Eidson, Watkinsville; a daughter, Cozette Caldwell Eidson, Hull; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carrie and Tim Denton, Watkinsville, and Nancy and Dick Dibble, Monticello, Fla.; nieces, Ericka Lee Denton, Deanna Denton and Timberly Denton, all of Watkinsville, and Rebecca Dibble and Kay Dee LaGrow, both of Monticello, Fla.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Arthur Bowick’s Oconee Chapel.
Arthur Bowick’s Oconee Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 18, 2003

Guy H. Gower
Guy Henry Gower, 55, of Nicholson, died Friday, June 13, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, of an extended illness.
A native of Gwinnett County, Mr. Gower was a son of the late Willie Marion and Laura Johnson Gower. He was a heavy equipment operator. Mr. Gower was preceded in death by a son, Guy Leon Gower.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Jackie Sanders officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Mr. Gower is survived by his wife, Lori Ann Gower, of the home; one son, John Brian Gower, Nicholson; four sisters, Willi Maud Burel, Buford, Kathryun Smith, Lawrenceville, Lou Alice Kinney, Cleveland, and Agnes White, Stone Mountain.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 18, 2003


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