Madison County Obituaries...

JULY 2, 2003


Patricia B. Cannon
Ms. Patricia B. Cannon, 77, of Hull, died Friday, June 27, 2003.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Ms. Cannon was the daughter of the late Benedict Asher and Ruth Meserole Caldwell Williams. She was the wife of the late Herbert Cannon.
Ms. Cannon was a personal nursing aide.
Survivors include a son, Rick Bullard, Hull; and two grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Mildred Phillips
Ms. Mildred B. Phillips, 74, of Hull, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003.
A native of Hazelhurst, Ms. Phillips was a daughter of the late Seabern and Bertha Lilly Duck Smith Reed. She was the wife of the late Lonnie B. Phillips.
Ms. Phillips was a homemaker and of the Christian faith.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Rufus Miller and Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the New Haven Holiness Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Alton Phillips, Conyers; a daughter, Janice Zornig, Watkinsville; sisters, Roselee Schlock, Lavonia, and Ruby Nell Malone, Royston; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Eva Wright
Mrs. Eva Rutherford Wright, 91, of Martin, died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at the Cobb Health Convalescent Center, Comer.
Born August 22, 1911, in Paulding County, she was a daughter of the late Sanford and Maggie Murrah Rutherford.
Mrs. Wright was a homemaker and a member of the Lavonia Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Marvin Wright Sr., and siblings, Oscar Rutherford, Floyd Rutherford, Raymond Rutherford, Buck Rutherford, Doris Cantrell and Francis Davis.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 23, in the B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with Bishop Willard Fitzpatrick officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three sons, Edward Pearson, Lavonia, Curtis Marvin Wright Jr., Dallas, and Melvin Thomas Wright, Columbia, S.C.; one daughter, Peggy Fulbright, Toccoa; one sister, Essie Jordan, Decatur; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Hugh Simms
Hugh William Simms, 64, of Danielsville, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003.
A native of Royston, Mr. Simms was a son of the late Clarence Milton and Alma Ray Simms, and the husband of the late Mary Ellen McElroy Simms.
He was employed in construction work in Atlanta.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Shane Camey, Ray Dowell, Randy Dowell, Clifford Bond, Gregory Watson and Rupert Kendall Dean served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons, William David Simms, Donald Jason Simms and Hugh Daniel Simms, all of Danielsville; two sisters, Genese Saylors, Canon, and Becky Dowell, Royston; two brothers, Bobby Simms, Royston, and Ray Simms, Elberton; and four grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Grover B. Epps
Grover B. Epps, 76, of Athens, died Sunday, June 29, 2003.
A native of Elbert County, Mr. Epps lived in Athens for most of his life. He was a son of the late Seab and Cora Epps. His brother, Roy Epps, and sister, Florene Herbert, preceded him in death.
Mr. Epps was a car salesman for 40 years and was most recently employed by Advantage Behavioral Health Systems. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and attended Oconee Heights Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Crist Camden officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Epps is survived by his wife, Pauline Epps, of the home; son, Melvin Epps, Pineville, La.; step-daughters, Janet Beard, Comer, Cassie Oakley, Athens, and Marcia Mason and Lori Hyde, both of Colbert; step-sons, Steven Kinney, Duncan, S.C., and Brian Kinney, Danielsville; brother, Willie Epps, Athens; sisters, Daisy Autry, Carlton, and Zuline Autry, Danielsville; one grandson, one granddaughter, one great-grandson, four step-grandsons, six step-granddaughters and three step-great-granddaughters.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Helen Carrington
Mrs. Helen Ruth Carrington, 81, of Comer, died Tuesday, June 24, 2003.
A native and longtime resident of Madison County, Mrs. Carrington was the daughter of the late Norman and Hassie Wood Compton.
She was a homemaker and a member of Meadow Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Meadow Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Sarna and Calvin Coile officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Dalton Carrington; daughter, Sharon Carrington, Snellville; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Wayne Perrin, Greenwood, S.C.; brothers, Paul Compton, Athens, and Billy Compton, Comer; and granddaughter, Dawn Perrin, Greenwood, S.C.
Memorials may be made to the Meadow Baptist Church Building Fund, 6158 Highway 191, Comer, GA 30629.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Gladys McGarity
Mrs. Gladys Mae Bryant McGarity, 77, of Royston, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens.
Mrs. McGarity was born November 6, 1925, a daughter of the late Thomas Franklin Bryant and the late Gennie V. Phillips Bryant.
Mrs. McGarity was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe McGarity, a son, Gregory Ray Myers, three sisters, Willie Bryant, Lottie Dell Bryant and Myrtle Lou Gordon, and four brothers, S.T. Bryant, Pete Bryant, Ernest Bryant and L.J. Bryant.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Gearlene Sullivan, Royston; sons, Dwight Myers and Lamar Myers, both of Lavonia, and Jerry Porterfield, Royston; sisters, Pauline Parham, Royston, and Ossie Mae Bolmon, St. Petersburg, Fla.; 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

William Skaggs
William Orville Skaggs, 74, of Hull, died Thursday, June 26, 2003.
A native of Ohio, Mr. Skaggs was a son of the late Issac Harrison and Ella Alley Skaggs. He was the husband of the late Becky Rachel Massey Skaggs.
Mr. Skaggs was an awning and fencing installer.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in Huff Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Hudman officiating.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Bales, Colbert, Teresa Howard, Elijay, and Rachel Holmes, Hull; four sons, Blaine Skaggs, Austell, James Skaggs, Toccoa, Tim Skaggs, Comer, and Joshua Skaggs, Colbert; two sisters, Ethel Skaggs, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Edith Cole, Dayton, Ohio; one brother, Ellis Skaggs, Portsmouth, Ohio; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Marvin W. Hill
Marvin Woodroe Hill, 91, of Royston, died Saturday, June 28, 2003, at Hart County Hospital in Hartwell.
Mr. Hill was born September 16, 1911, in Franklin County. He was a son of the late Richard C. and Allie Glover Hill.
Mr. Hill was a carpenter and a member of Franklin Springs Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Georgia Langford Hill, a daughter, Nancy Scott, a grandson, Bobby Hill, a sister, Allen Boleman, and three brothers, Floyd, Clifford and Edward Hill.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 30, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Jerome Hill and Paul Vickery officiating. Burial was in the Franklin Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Mike Hill, Jeff Hill, Chris Hill, George Hill, Benjamin Hill and Tony Beatenbo served as pallbearers.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Mildred C. Beatenbo Hill, Royston; daughter, Peggy Thrasher, Royston; sons, Wayne Hill, Anderson, S.C., and Douglas Hill, Danielsville; step-son, Tony Beatenbo, Royston; sisters, Berthene Shanklin, Anderson, S.C., and Irene Mason, Royston; six grandchildren, one step-grandchild, six great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Ruby Evans
Mrs. Ruby Evans, of Commerce, died Monday, June 30, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following an extended illness.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Evans was a daughter of the late Charlie and Minnie Hanley.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Charles Reese and Wendell Hanley officiating. Burial was in the Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Evans is survived by her husband, John Evans, of the home; one son, Paul O’Kelley, Maysville; three daughters, Martha O’Kelley Watkins, Union Grove, N.C., Vivian Cromer, Commerce, and Dianne Swaim, Danielsville; two brothers, Paul Hanley and Billy Hanley, both of Commerce; two sisters, Cornelia Poe, Commerce, and Jane Schwetz, Newnan; eight grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Tinnie Bennett
Mrs. Tinnie Ruth York Bennett, 84, of Royston, formerly of Hartwell, died Friday, June 27, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Bennett was born in Franklin County on December 11, 1918, a daughter of the late Ferd and Lettie Hill York.
She worked as a seamstress in the textile industry and was of the Methodist denomination. Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Pierce Bennett, a daughter, Lane Brown, three grandchildren, Robin Jordan, Anthony Jordan and Wayne Williams, a brother, Bill York, and two sisters, Offie Hayes and Lottie Bennett.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 29, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Eldon Massey officiating. Burial was in Oakview Cemetery, Canon.
Survivors include four daughters, Ethel Williams, Hartwell, and Louise King, JoAnn Wilder and Carolyn Jordan, all of Royston; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Martha B. Perry
Mrs. Martha Bridges Perry, 82, of Commerce, died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Perry was born in Oglethorpe County on July 27, 1920. She was a daughter of the late Wattie Davis and Leora Noell Bridges.
Mrs. Perry was a homemaker and a member of Berea Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Berea Baptist Church with the Revs. Terry James and Don Blalock officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Perry is survived by her husband, Guy Perry, Commerce; two sons, Keith Perry, Winterville, and Ray Perry, Commerce; one daughter, Carol Brann, Warrenton, Va.; one brother, Lindsey Bridges, Colbert; one sister, Daisy Adams, Commerce; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003

Betty C. Leard
Mrs. Betty Chambers Leard, 54, of Royston, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Leard was born March 26, 1949, in Madison County, a daughter of the late Charlie and Bertie Goss Chambers.
She was a retired secretary with Danielsville Elementary School and attended Faith Valley Holiness Church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Faith Valley Holiness Church with the Revs. Sammy Kershaw and Danny Weatherman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Herman Peppers, Ronnie Goss, Larry Goss, Mitchell Goss, Melvin Dutton and Bobby Chandler will serve as pallbearers.
Mrs. Leard is survived by her husband, Marshall Leard, Royston; a sister, Lucille Dutton, Lavonia; and several nieces and nephews.
The family is at the home and 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.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 2, 2003


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