Madison County Obituaries...

JULY 9, 2003


Jane W. Keefe
Mrs. Jane West Keefe, 78, of Dan-ielsville, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Com-merce, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Keefe was born July 29, 1924, in Pelham, the daughter of the late Robert and Jessie Sizemore West.
She was a homemaker and a member of Ila Baptist Church. Mrs. Keefe was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Keefe Jr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. Brian Stowe and Skip Wisenbaker officiating. Burial was in the Ila Cemetery. Eli Carlan, Webb Gordan, Sean Keefe, Will Keefe, Joe Tetu, Mark Savage and Timmy Gordan served as pallbearers.
Survivors include four sons, Christopher R. Keefe, Spartanburg, S.C., Gary D. Keefe, Stockbridge, Timothy R. Keefe, Maysville, and William T. Keefe III, Danielsville; one daughter, Lynn K. Rightmyer, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; one sister, Joy Wisenbaker, Webster, Fla.; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 9, 2003

Davon R. Brown
Davon Ross Brown, infant son of Rodney Leon Brown and Esther Lanita Ross Brown, Dewy Rose, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 6, in the New Haven Holiness Church Cemetery with the Rev. Kendall Callaway officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a sister, Deanna Brown, Dewy Rose; a half-brother, Christopher Brown, Danielsville; his grandparents, Jessie and Margaret Ross, Dewy Rose, and L.C. and Frances Brown, Danielsville; and his great-grandparents, Elizabeth Whitfield, Pelzer, S.C., Sara Meadows, Danielsville, and John W. Brown, Arnoldsville.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 9, 2003

Francine B. Willoughby
Mrs. Francine Brock Willoughby, 63, of Nicholson, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at her residence.
Born November 14, 1939, in Jackson County, Mrs. Willoughby was a daughter of the late Calvin and Hattie Patton Brock.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Nicholson Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Howard Rhodes and Kenneth Dillard officiating. Burial was in Howington Cemetery, Nicholson.
Survivors include two sons, Mike Watson, Maysville, and Tim Watson, Nicholson; three daughters, Tracie Flores and Gail Moore, both of Nicholson, and Deborah Willoughby, Center; four brothers, Grant Brock, Commerce, ODean Brock and Paul Brock Jr., both of Nicholson, and Thomas Brock, Statham; two sisters, Sarah Lee Adams, Arcade, and Josie Gary, Nicholson; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 9, 2003

James W.
‘Billy’ Barrett
James William “Billy” Barrett, 29, of Danielsville, died Thursday, July 3, 2003.
Mr. Barrett was born October 28, 1973, in Clarke County, a son of David Hardman, Danielsville, and the late Lynn Haggard Hardman.
He was employed in construction and was a member of Rogers Baptist Church, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 6, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Douglas Duncan and Carlton Peters officiating. Burial was in the Rogers Baptist Church Cemetery.
In addition to his father, Mr. Barrett is survived by a daughter, MaKenna Barrett, Danielsville; and a brother, Jeff Barrett, Danielsville.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 9, 2003

James E. Higgins
James Edward Higgins, 65, of Commerce, died Friday, July 4, 2003, at his residence following an extended illness.
A native of Greenville, S.C., Mr. Higgins was a son of the late Earl J. and Cordelia Lott Higgins.
He retired from the National Guard and was a retired poultry worker.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 7, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Earl Brock officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Higgins is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Higgins, of the home; one son, Jerry Higgins, Whitley City, Ky.; four daughters, Vickie Thomason, Maysville, Deborah Kates, Cumming, Lesie Coleman, Cleveland, and April Williamson, Lula; one brother, Tommy Higgins, Cartersville; seven sisters, Martha Leake, Gainesville, Elizabeth Strait, Cornelia, Mary Vecchione and Margie Winkler, both of Hiawassee, Linda Sanders, Dahlonega, Dorothy Bennett, Mayo, Fla., and Cheryl Higgins, Gainesville; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 9, 2003

Lee R. Hill
Lee Roy Hill, 64, of Danielsville, died Monday, July 7, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Hill was a son of the late Roy and Annie Sue Bridges Hill.
He was self-employed and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Ed Hunsinger and Stanley Huntsman officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Sally Hunsinger Hill; a daughter, Barbara Baker, Commerce; brothers, Ralph Hill, Athens, and Paul Hill, Danielsville; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 9, 2003

William ‘Bill’ Griffin
William Randolph Griffin, 71, of Colbert, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003.
A native of Kingsland, Ark., Mr. Griffin was the son of the late Cairo and Ruth Ozment Griffin. His first wife, Maysell Griffin, and son, William Keith Griffin, preceded him in death.
Mr. Griffin served in Korea with the U.S. Air Force and was a retired service engineer. He was a member of Oconee Heights Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Ervin Goss officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife, Linda Gulley Griffin, Colbert; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Steve Bates, Hull; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Cindy Griffin, Athens; step-daughters, Cathy Tolbert, Susan Simon, Andrea Dearnley and Mary Quigley; step-son, Daniel Quigley; brother, Shelby (Pap) Griffin, Kingsland, Ark.; sisters, Lavonne Shollenberger, Pennsylvania, Evelyn Clark, Kingsland, Ark., and Shirley Manus, Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Casey, and wife, Catherine Bates, Shelley Bates, Taylor Griffin, Macy Griffin, Charlsie Griffin, Natalie Tolbert, Courtney Tolbert, Kayla Tolbert, Larisa Dearnley, Josiah Dearnley and Isaac Dearnley.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1353 Jennings Mill Road, Ste A, Bogart, GA 30622, or to Colbert Baptist Church, P.O. Box 237, Colbert, GA 30628.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 9, 2003

Mary Threlkeld
Ms. Mary Louise Threlkeld, 91, of Comer, died Monday, July 7, 203.
A native of Madison County, Ms. Threlkeld was a daughter of the late Calvin L. and Mary Etta Burroughs Smith. She was the wife of the late Harold Livingston Threlkeld.
Ms. Threlkeld was a homemaker and had worked at Blue Bell Sewing Plant for 27 years. She was also a columnist writer for The Comer News for over 40 years.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, at New Hope Presbyterian Church with Minister Janet Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Harold Smith Threlkeld, Comer; sister and brother-in-law, Frances and John Drew, Rome; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 9, 2003
Dr. Thomas
G. Dickson III
Dr. Thomas Godwin Dickson III, 74, of Hull, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Dr. Dickson was born in Pahokee, Fla., on August 1, 1928, a son of the late Thomas Godwin Dickson Jr. and the late Bennie Elliott Dickson.
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Dr. Dickson was a retired veterinarian and was involved with numerous poultry related organizations. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Egger Dickson, and a son, Thomas Godwin (Tommy) Dickson IV.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 7, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with Father Porter Taylor and Mrs. Patsy Wroten officiating.
Dr. Dickson is survived by his wife, Doris Young Dickson, Hull; daughters, Cyndy Dickson Campbell, Clarkesville, and Kathy Dickson Cribb, Danielsville; grandchildren, Ashley Ray, Russell Dickson Drake and Thomas Campbell; great-granddaughter, Caitlyn Ray; sister, Marty Allen Thomas, Okeechobee, Fla.; and brother, Charles Dickson, Meridian, Miss.
Memorials may be made to Mrs. Kathy Cribb, 435 Dickson Road, Danielsville, Ga., which will be forwarded to the United States Marine Corps in memory of Dr. Dickson.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, July 9, 2003


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