Madison County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 12, 2003


William H. Tyner
William H. Tyner, 65, of Royston, died Saturday, November 8, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Tyner was a son of the late C.J. and Louise Bond Tyner.
He was a member of Danielsville United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 15, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville.
Mr. Tyner is survived by his wife, Diane Tyner, Commerce; daughters, Melanie Tyner Jones, Athens, and Laura Tyner, Cartersville; son, William Keith Tyner, Commerce; brother, Bond Tyner, Gainesville; two grandchildren, William Joshua Jones and Leah Brittany Tyner; one great-grandchild; and one nephew, Greg Tyner, Stockbridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
The family will receive friends from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 12, 2003

Linda S. Johnson
Mrs. Linda Jo Strickland Johnson, 60, of Bowman, died Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at Elbert Memorial Hospital in Elberton.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Franklin County on June 11, 1943, the daughter of the late Boyd Comer and Georgie Pulliam Strickland.
She was a seamstress and a member of Faith Baptist Church. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Parks Warren Johnson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 7, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. James Creason officiating. Burial was in the Elmhurst Cemetery, Elberton.
Survivors include one son, Jeff W. Johnson, Washington; two daughters, Pamela Johnson, Watkinsville, and Janice J. Sauls, Elberton; and five grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 12, 2003

Doris Duncan
Mrs. Doris Evelyn Gaddis Duncan, 70, of Bowman, died Saturday, November 8, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Duncan was born in Jackson County on April 13, 1933. She was a daughter of the late Floyd and Josie G. Rider Gaddis, and was twice married, first to the late Clarence Barrett, and second to the late Robert Duncan.
Mrs. Duncan was a homemaker and of the Holiness denomination. She was preceded in death by three sons, William, Charles and Jimmy Lee Barrett, one daughter, Betty Bassett, one brother and one sister.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 10, in the Macedonia Holiness Church Cemetery with the Rev. Patsy Hayes officiating.
Survivors include her grandchildren, Rita Guest, Bowman, Amanda Bassett, Jimmy Lee Bassett and Jonathan and Chris Mitchell, all of Danielsville, and Howard Bassett, Colbert; her great-grandchildren, Breanna and Miranda Bassett, James Lee Guest and Summer Bassett; her step-great-grandchildren, Ashley Guest, Tiffany and Michael Garrett, Jason Guest, Amber Guest and Justin Booth; and a sister, Ruth Chubler, Gainesville.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 12, 2003

Margaret P. Pryor
Mrs. Margaret Pruitt Richardson Pryor, 87, of Hartwell, died Tuesday, November 4, 2003, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 7, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. Graveside services followed in the Cokesbury United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Ray Eugene Richardson, Commerce, and Charles Alvin Richardson, Colbert; one step-son, Kenneth Pryor, Anderson, S.C.; three sisters, Louise Gable, Starr, S.C., Lucille Brown, Anderson, S.C., and Virginia Craft, Hartwell; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 12, 2003

Alfred F. Fowler
Alfred Franklin Fowler, 66, of Jefferson, died Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at Minnie G. Boswell Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, of a sudden illness.
Mr. Fowler was born July 14, 1937, in Jackson County, a son of the late Willis and Effie Slayton Fowler.
He was the owner of the LA Tavern in Arcade.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 8, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Billy Fowler officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. George Edmondson, Todd Fulcher, Leonard Ginn, John Goldman, Parker Griffith, David Hodges and Chris Parr served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Fulcher, Larry Harrelson, Tracy Looney, Ed McCarty and Lamar Metcalf.
Mr. Fowler is survived by his wife, Lillian Marie Smallwood Fowler, Jefferson; daughter, Michelle Jennings, Griffin; step-daughter, Debbie Minish, Jefferson; step-sons, Ken Healan, Statham, and John Allen Wright, Jonesboro; half-sisters, Claudine Doggens, Monroe, and Frankie Pearson, South Carolina; half-brothers, Billy Fowler and Roger Fowler, both of Colbert; and five grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 12, 2003

Mattie M. Howard
Mrs. Mattie Mae Reid Howard, 77, of Hull, died Saturday, November 1, 2003.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 7, at Hill First Baptist Church. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery.
Survivors include nine daughters, Betty J. Carter, Mattie L. Townsend (John), Dorothy M. Gordon (Willie), Susie A. Patterson, Brenda V. Scott, Cynthia M. Reid (Lamar), SFC (Ret.) Lillie P. Pompey Simmons (Johnnie), Estella L. Jackson and SFC Sylvia McCormick (MSG Stephen McCormick); five sons, James Howard Jr. (Christine), Paul E. Howard (Suzette), Michael A. Howard, Alfonza B. Howard and Dwayne S. Howard; 39 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, two adopted children, three adopted grandchildren and one adopted great-grandchild; sister-in-law, Clara Sue Willingham; and other relatives and friends.
Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 12, 2003

Janice Daniel
Mrs. Janice Ann Strickland Daniel, 52, of Edgewater, Fla., died Thursday, November 6, 2003, in Melbourne, Fla.
Mrs. Daniel was born October 27, 1951, in Franklin County, the daughter of Mrs. Pauline Dixon Strickland, Royston, and the late Doyle (Ed) Strickland.
She was employed as an Equipment Aid with Halifax Hospital in Dayton Beach, Fla.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 9, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Larry Kaiser and Malcolm Herndon officiating. Entombment was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, South.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Daniel is survived by her husband, Albert (Danny) Daniel, Edgewater, Fla.; and two daughters, Felicia Daniel and Monica Daniel, both of Edgewater, Fla.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 12, 2003

Hope Nelms
Hope Boyd Nelms, 85, of Royston, died Friday, November 7, 2003, at his home.
Mr. Nelms was born in Madison County on April 30, 1918, a son of the late W.E. and Jessie Sartain Nelms.
He was a retired Peace Officer of 23 years and was a member of Royston Baptist Church. Mr. Nelms was a lifetime member of the Harrison McCreary V.F.W. Post in Royston, and of the Royston Masonic Lodge. He was a former Sheriff of Franklin County and a former Police Chief of Royston.
Mr. Nelms was a United States Army veteran of World War II, serving in Germany from 1942 to 1945. He was a Prisoner of War for six months.
Mr. Nelms was preceded in death by four brothers, Zan, Sam, Clyde and Ralph Nelms.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 9, at Royston Baptist Church with the Revs. Craig Bowman, Byron Greene and Martin T. Coile officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.
Mr. Nelms is survived by his wife, Pauline (Polly) Lakey Nelms, Royston; son, Keith (Pappy) Nelms, Royston; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Larry Edwards, Elberton; four granddaughters, Susan Fortson, Cindy Edwards, Leigh Ann Nelms and Lisa Brock; nine great-grandchildren, Dalton Noggle, Ethan and Savannah Fortson, Tanner Brady, Kimberly Nelms, Kasie, Karly and Paige Brock and Hunter Nelms; brother and sister-in-law, Roy D. and Willie Mae Nelms, Hartwell; and sister, Sara Winn, Hartwell.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 12, 2003

Lessie McCay
Mrs. Lessie Peeler McCay, 93, of Lakesite, Tenn., died Wednesday,
November 5, 2003, in a local hospital.
A native of Athens, Mrs. McCay had been a resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., and a member of First-Centenary United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. As Lessie Belle Peeler, she graduated from Athens High School and the University of Georgia with concentrations in Home Economics and Ceramics. She taught Home Economics for four years at Madison County and Clarke County High Schools. She was a graduate student at Virginia Tech in Home Economics and was enrolled in advanced study classes in ceramics at Arrowment School in Gatlinburg. Additional pottery studies were at Ohio State University and Kansas State University at Emporia.
At the Chattanooga YWCA she taught the Pottery course for eight years, showing many new friends the techniques of shaping, tooling, decorating, glazing and firing pottery. She entered many juried shows, including the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tenn., and the Piedmont Craftsmen in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she won the “Purchase Award” of Wachovia Bank. She was an active participant in Fannie Mennen’s “Plum Nelly” Lookout Mountain shows for 17 years. She shared art shows with Professor Gail Hammond at the UTC George Cress Gallery and with Vivian Kell Hixson, Dunlap, Tenn., at Julies Gallery in Hixson. For three years she was invited to demonstrate “pottery throwing” at the Pioneer Skills show at Falls Mill near Belvedere, Tenn.
She was a charter member of Intown Gallery of Chattanooga and a member of the Tennessee Artists Association and of the Foothills Guild of Oak Ridge. As a member of Piedmont-Craftsmen of Winston-Salem, she was invited to share that group’s show in Madison Square Garden. She served a two-year term on the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Helen Bullard, author of CRAFTS AND CRAFTSMEN OF THE TENNESSEE MOUNTAINS stated, “Her pots and casseroles and other clay objects have been exhibited at juried shows throughout the Mid-South.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis Hiram Peeler and Hattie Williams Peeler, and a brother George Peeler, all of Athens.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 9, at the North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Revs. David Harr and Arnold Slater officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Stan McCay, Ralph McCay Jr., James McCay, Jason McCay, Daniel McCay, Ralph McCay III, J.J. McCay, Barbara McCay, Hiram Peeler, David Peeler, David Sharpe, John McCravey and Larry Hoenig.
Burial was private for family members in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. McCay is survived by her husband, Myron S. McCay, UTC Guerry Professor Emeritus of Physics; son, Stan McCay, Combustion Engineering; daughter, Ann Munson, Richmond, Va.; granddaughter, Kris Moss, and great-granddaughter, Miranda Moss, College Park, Md.; nephew, Hiram Peeler, Dawson, and his son, two daughters and five grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Congregational Care at First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37402.
North Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 12, 2003

Benjamin T. Duncan
Benjamin Thornton Duncan, 87, of Fremont, Calif., died Saturday, October 11, 2003, at Fremont Care Center.
Mr. Duncan was born in Canon on April 17, 1916. He was a 20-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in the Pacific during World War II. Mr. Duncan worked in the Aerospace Industry in Arizona and California.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 13, in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston, with the Rev. Eldon Massey officiating.
Survivors include a son, Stephen Duncan, Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Ruth Massey, Canon; and a longtime friend, Mayo Torres.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 12, 2003


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