Madison County Obituaries...

AUGUST 13, 2003


Fabian B. Hembree
Fabian Bo Hembree, 42, of Athens, died Sunday, August 10, 2003, at his residence of a sudden illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 14, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Ralph Arnold officiating. Burial will be in the New Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Hembree is survived by his mother, Barbara M. Hembree, Athens; two daughters, Leslie Ann and Ashley Marie Hembree, both of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Jim Cecil Hembree, Hull, and John Hembree and Audrey Hembree, both of Nicholson; and one sister, Mary Dudley, Winterville.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 13, 2003

William R. Fowler Jr.
William Robert Fowler Jr., 62, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center following an extended illness.
Mr. Fowler was born July 16, 1941, in Barrow County. He was a son of the late William Robert Fowler Sr. and Willa Mae Brewer Fowler.
Mr. Fowler was employed as a roofer.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 8, in the Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Pendergrass, with the Rev. Tim Strickland officiating.
Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife, Charlotte Fowler, Jefferson; son, William Carlton Fowler, Jefferson; daughter, Renee Fowler, Jefferson; step-sons, Bill Fowler, Gainesville, and Wiley Fowler, Commerce; step-daughters, Mary Ann Page, Fayetteville, N.C., and Edna Marie Tatum, Ila; brother, Edward Fowler, Winder; sister, Shelby Pressley, Commerce; and eight grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 13, 2003

Tracy W. Smith
Mrs. Tracy Lynn Williams Smith, 35, of Nicholson, died Thursday, July 31, 2003.
A native of Fulton County, Mrs. Smith was a daughter of Roy Williams, Nicholson, and Connie Cook, Crawford.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, in the Whitehall Church of The Lord Jesus Christ Cemetery with the Rev. Luther Fouche officiating.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smith is survived by two daughters, Jessica Lynn Manus and Autumn Nicole Smith, both of Nicholson; three sisters, Shelia Williams, Commerce, Jackie Ginn, Ila, and Crystal Elder, Athens; and one brother, Michael Cook Jr., Crawford.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 13, 2003

Henry W. Williams
Henry Willis Williams, 51, of Athens, died Tuesday, August 12, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Williams was born July 30, 1952, in Jackson County. He was a son of Doris Purcell Williams, Commerce, and the late Lacy Williams.
Mr. Williams was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Hulon Hill and Stuart Lang officiating. Burial will be in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include two sons, Casey Williams, Commerce, and Yancy Williams, Winterville; one brother, Hershel Williams, Newport, Va.; one sister, Kay Sheridan, Jefferson; and one grandchild.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Little-Ward Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 13, 2003

Myrtie Caroway
Mrs. Myrtie Carruth Caroway, 88, of the Brown Memorial Convalescent Center in Royston, died Monday, August 11, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mrs. Caroway was born May 19, 1915, a daughter of the late Jim and Estelle Briscoe Carruth.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Caroway was preceded in death by her husband, William David Caroway, four brothers, Ed, James, Charlie and Hoyt Carruth, and four sisters, Neelie Barton, Elsie Smith, Ruth McGarity and Lucille Carruth. She was the last member of her immediate family.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Wayne Durden officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, South.
Mrs. Caroway is survived by nieces and nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 13, 2003

Charles Bullock
Charles Alvin Bullock, 73, of Hull, died Friday, August 8, 2003.
A native of Ohio, Mr. Bullock was the son of the late Johnny Hawkins and Lola Dockery Bullock. He was the husband of Betty Nation Bullock.
A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Bullock served in the Korean Conflict. He was an electrician and retired from Athens Banner Herald. He was also a member of Word of Life Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 10, at Word of Life Church with the Revs. Herman Nation and Roland Arrowood officiating. Burial was in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery. Virgil Collett, Wayne Lopez, Thomas Blackstone, Odis Smith, Jimmy Smith and Mark Pica served as pallbearers. John Parham served as honorary pallbearer.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three daughters, Sandra Blackstone, Appling, Janice Smith, Augusta, and Debra Childers, Athens; three sons, John Wayne Parham, Blythe, James Edward Parham, Augusta, and Charles Tucker, Crawford; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 13, 2003

Ola J. Webb
Mrs. Ola Jurelle Merck Webb, 76, of Commerce, died Wednesday, August 6, 2003, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
Mrs. Webb was born October 18, 1926, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Paul and Essie Moore Merck.
She was retired from the U.S. Census and was a member of Harmony Christian Church. Mrs. Webb was preceded in death by her husband, Woodson K. Webb, and a brother, Rogers Merck.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, August 8, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Henry Webb and Swayne Cochran officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth Webb, Witchita, Kan.; daughters, Janis Berryman, Kent, Wash., Jurelle Cobb, Colbert, and Paulette Egan, Athens; sisters, Edna Osborne, Conyers, and Edith Sims, Marietta; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one step-grandson and two step-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 13, 2003

Mary L. Aikens
Mrs. Mary Lou Aikens, 77, of Jefferson, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Aikens was the daughter of the late Sammy and Frances Hart Kimsey.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Franklin officiating.
Survivors include two sons, James Edward Aikens, Jefferson, and David Aikens, Braselton; two daughters, Peggy Ann Vandergriff, Jefferson, and Bertie Mae Hicks, Maysville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 13, 2003


Otis W. Seagraves
Otis Wallace Seagraves, 86, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 5, 2003, at Hill Haven Nursing Home.
Mr. Seagraves was born January 23, 1917, in Jackson County, a son of the late Love and Lucy Burroughs Seagraves.
He retired from Harmony Grove Mill and was a member of Erastus Christian Church. Mr. Seagraves was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Adams Seagraves.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 7, at Erastus Christian Church with the Rev. Bill Pittman and Jim Jacobs and Carl Beckham officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Purcell, Commerce; brothers, Felton Seagraves, Milledgeville, and Jimmy Seagraves, Commerce; sisters, Lucille Mize, Gainesville, and Ruth Pittman, Nicholson; granddaughter, Donna Embrick, Commerce; and great-granddaughter, Madison Embrick, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 13, 2003

Charlotte L. Olson
Mrs. Charlotte L. Olson, 80, of Commerce, died Tuesday, August 5, 2003.
A native of New Castle, Pa., Mrs. Olson was a daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Burr McKone Rogers. She was the wife of the late Dr. Donald Olson D.D.S.
Mrs. Olson was a graduate of Muskingkum College in New Concorde, Ohio, and was active in the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts in the 1970’s. She was a member of the D.A.R.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 9, in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce, with Dr. Tom Lewis officiating.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Claudia and Dr. Peter Markvo, Commerce; son, Mark Olson, and his wife, Canton, Ohio; brother, Burr Rogers, Byron Center, Mich.; sister, Virginia Reed, Catalina Island, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Ellwyn, Stephanie and John Markvo.
Memorials may be made to the Commerce Presbyterian Church.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 13, 2003


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