Madison County Obituaries...

OCTOBER 15, 2003


John K. Hooper
John Kannie Hooper, 89, of Danielsville, died Monday, October 13, 2003.
A native of Towns County, Mr. Hooper was the son of the late John Heith and Georgia Rose Bullock Hooper.
Mr. Hooper was a World War II United States Navy veteran, serving on the USS Norton Sound. He was retired from Harmony Mills and was of the Baptist denomination.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating.
Mr. Hooper is survived by his wife, Mary Merle Bradley Hooper; one son, Melvin Douglas Hooper, Danielsville; one daughter, Nancy Eubanks, Colbert; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003

Edward L. Howell
Edward Lee Howell, 87, of Commerce, died Tuesday, October 14, 2003, at BJC Medical Cen-ter, Com-merce, of an extended illness.
A native of Lumpkin County, Mr. Howell was the son of the late Eli and Alice Key Howell.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Howell was a retired maintenance supervisor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Mae Loggins Howell, and four children, Donald Howell, Dillard Howell, Doris Linkous and Judy Nation.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 16, at Harmony Christian Church with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Jerry Payne officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include five sons, Bobby Lee Howell, Nicholson, Buford Howell, Eddie Howell and Waymon Howell, all of Commerce, and Freddie Howell, Comer; four daughters, Jeanette Roberts, Comer, Geneva Floyd, Hartwell, and Barbara Coker and Betty Floyd, both of Gainesville; 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003

Lonnie Smith
Lonnie Smith, 75, of Anderson, S.C., died Friday, October 10, 2003, at Anderson Regional Medical Center, Anderson, S.C.
Mr. Smith was born August 26, 1928, a son of the late Walter Lee and Monnie Pearson Smith.
He was employed in the textile industry and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by a son, L.C. Smith, six brothers, Edgar, Lony, Curtis, Samuel, William and Virgil Smith, and two sisters, Margie Griffin and Deler Hackett.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 13, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Gary Sanders officiating. Burial was in the Flat Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery, Hartwell.
Survivors include a brother, Albert Smith, Elberton; and sisters, Marien Brown, Elberton, Frances Britt and Louien Lee, both of Hartwell, and Lillie Mae Stevens, Jonesboro.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003

Essie L. Cobb
Mrs. Essie Ruth Lewis Cobb, 86, of Danielsville, formerly of Hartwell, died Monday, October 13, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Cobb was born in Stephens County on October 24, 1916. She was a daughter of the late Paul and Mary Gordon Lewis.
Mrs. Cobb was a homemaker and a member of Price Chapel Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Marshall Cobb Jr., a granddaughter, Kimberly Graham, a sister, Bertha O’Dell, and four brothers, Curtis, Chandler, Boyd and Loyd Lewis.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, at Price Chapel Church of God with the Rev. Johnny Stowe and Dr. Doug Ferguson officiating. Burial was in Oakview Cemetery, Canon.
Survivors include three sons, Leonard Cobb, Atlanta, Dennis Cobb, Bowersville, and Jerry Cobb, Pelzer, S.C.; three daughters, Pat Graham, Hartwell, Carol Williams, Martin, and Jackie Frye, Lawrenceville; one brother, Verner Lewis, Canon; one sister, Frances White, Canon; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003

Molly M. Moody
Mrs. Molly Myers Moody, 78, of Alto, died Monday, October 13, 2003, in Asheville, N.C., from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born in Clay County, N.C., on May 6, 1925, Mrs. Moody was a daughter of the late Albert Bert Myers and Leasie Hogsed Myers. She was the wife of the late Thomas Zack Moody Sr., and was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Moody.
Mrs. Moody was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. She was a musician and she and her sisters were known as The Myers Sisters Band.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 16, at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin, with the Rev. Scott Ledbetter and David Terrell officiating. Burial will be in Yonah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Jean Turner, Baldwin, and Leasie Fleming, Hull; three sons, Jim Moody, Cornelia, Jack Moody, Baldwin, and Bobby Moody, Alto; one sister, Helen McDuffie, Baldwin; one brother, John H. Myers, Alto; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habersham Soup Kitchens Inc., P.O. Box 1138, Clarkesville, GA 30523.
The family was to have received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003

Charles H. West
Charles Henry West, 54, of Watkinsville, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003.
Mr. West was the son of Anna Jones West and the late Jessie West.
He served his country in the Vietnam Conflict as a soldier in the United States Marine Corp. Mr. West was involved in the Oconee County Little League Association as a coach and manager and was an active supporter of the Oconee County High School Baseball Program. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 11, at Beech Haven Baptist Church with Dr. Stewart Simms and the Revs. Larry Davidson and Odell Elrod officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens. Members of the Oconee County Fire Department Honor Guard served as pallbearers.
In addition to his mother, Mr. West is survived by his beloved wife of 33 years, Connie Wilbanks West; daughter and son-in-law, Daye and Brian Burnett; sons, Ryan and Jessie West; grandson, Hank Brinkley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patsy and Kenneth Brewer, Barbara and Ralph Collier and Marida West and Philip Massey; sister-in-law, Wanda Nunn; brothers-in-law, Nelson and Mike Wilbanks; father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leatus Wilbanks; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003

James A. Ethridge
James Aldon Ethridge died Friday, October 10, 2003, at his home in Comer, after a long illness. He was surrounded by family members and close friends.
Mr. Ethridge was born in Mt. Zion, near Sparta, on December 28, 1913, the son of William Marrion and Dora Dalton Ethridge. He was the last survivor of a family of 14 children.
Mr. Ethridge graduated as a valedictorian from Sandersville High School in the class of 1933, and later graduated from Mercer University in Macon, with the honor of Magna Cum Laude.
After graduate work at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., Mr. Ethridge taught Chemistry and Math at Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon.
He joined the Civil Service in 1940 as an ammunition inspector, working for the Department of the Army. In that capacity, he and his family took assignments in numerous places in the United States, as well as overseas assignments in Japan and Turkey. Mr. Ethridge retired in 1972 after completing a 9-year assignment in Alaska. He and his wife, La Trelle, then returned to Georgia, making their home in Comer.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 13, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Mike McLemore, of the Comer and Danielsville United Methodist churches, officiating. Dr. Alice Rogers, of Emory University, assisted. Burial was in the Comer Cemetery.
Mr. Ethridge is survived by his wife of 61 years, La Trelle Ethridge; son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Marty Ethridge, Houston, Texas, and their children, Carol Anne and David; son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Marsha Ethridge, their daughter, Lanie La Trelle Mason, her husband, Peter, and their daughter, Carlee, all of Mead, Wash.; and by a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Cemetery Fund in Comer, to the Brewton Parker College Memorial Fund, or to St. Mary’s Hospice in Athens.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003

Richard D. Hosteller
Richard Dale Hosteller, 62, of Royston, formerly of Walnut Creek and Sugarcreek, Ohio, died Friday, October 10, 2003, at his home.
Mr. Hosteller was born July 19, 1941. He was a self-employed truck driver and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Royston.
Mr. Hosteller was preceded in death by a step-son, Joe Akins.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, in the chapel of Butler-Varnes Funeral Home, Sugarcreek, Ohio, with the Rev. Carl Kandel officiating. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 19, at Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Andy Huff officiating.
Mr. Hosteller is survived by his wife, Shelia Akins Hosteller, Royston; a step-son, John Bryant, Georgia; a step-daughter, Nicole Foster, Georgia; a step-grandson, Chase Foster, Georgia; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Akins, Georgia; sisters, Pat Freeman, Walnut Creek, Ohio, Joyce (Jim) Breechy, Millersburg, Ohio, and Judy (Merle) Swartzentraber, Sugarcreek, Ohio; and eight nieces and nephews.
Announcement courtesy of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003

Amy Jo ‘Judy’ Cash
Mrs. Amy Jo “Judy” Cash, 76, of Winder, died Friday, October 10, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Cash was a lifelong resident of Barrow County. She was a daughter of the late Jeff and Madgie Wilson Brown.
Mrs. Cash was a retired seamstress, with 17-1/2 years service at Empire Manufacturing Company, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Cash, a son, Jackie Dean Cash, and a host of brothers and sisters.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 12, in the chapel of Carter Funeral Home, Winder, with Dr. Rusty Newman and Jill Cash officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Nan Slingluff, Comer, and Jan Cash, Winder; four sons, Bill Cash, Statham, Randall Cash, Winder, Damon Cash, Nicholson, and Dana Cash, Danielsville; one brother, Donis Brown, Winder; three sisters-in-law, Regina Brown, Bessie Lee and Agnes Brown, all of Winder; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1060 Gaines School Road, Suite B-2, Athens, GA 30605.
Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003

Thomas F. Jordan
Thomas Franklin Jordan, 82, of Bowman, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Jordan was born in Hart County on June 7, 1921, a son of the late Gordon and Mattie Siegler Jordan.
Mr. Jordan served in World War II as a member of the United States Navy Seabees. He was a self-employed store owner and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He was also a member of Primrose Masonic Lodge #79 in Bowman.
Mr. Jordan was preceded in death by a brother, Penie Jordan, and a sister, Marietta Bryant.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, October 10, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. James Creason and Doug LeCroy officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. Mr. Jordan’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
Mr. Jordan is survived by his wife, Willie Ruth Booth Jordan, Bowman; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Annette Jordan, Bowman; four grandchildren, Leslie and Dennis Jones and Dana and Clay Rice, all of Elberton, and Julie and Scott Franklin and Kevin and Beth Jordan, all of Bowman; five great-grandchildren, Leighann Jones, Cory Rice and Callen Rice, all of Elberton, and Jake Franklin and Josh Franklin, both of Bowman; brother, Alton Jordan, Royston; and sister, Rachel Jenkins, Royston.
Memorials may be made to the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Blvd., Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003

Fannie R. Martin
Mrs. Fannie Ruth Eubanks Martin, 82, of Elberton, died Sunday, October 12, 2003, at Elbert County Hospital.
Mrs. Martin was born April 25, 1921, in Banks County, a daughter of the late Lunnie R. and Martha McCoy Eubanks.
She was retired from Oxford Manufacturing and was a member of Webbs Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer W. Martin, two daughters, Sandra Hector and Martha Martin, a sister, Bertha Morrison, and a brother, Homer Eubanks.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Joe Slocum and Alton Wilson officiating. Burial was in the Webbs Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Verner Martin, Statham; daughters, Doris Dunn, Elberton, and Brenda Peppers, Statham; sister, Evelyn Stevens, Commerce; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, October 15, 2003


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