Madison County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 3, 2003


Stewart Hart
John Stewart Hart, 53, of Danielsville, died Saturday, November 29, 2003, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born January 21, 1950, in Franklin County, Mr. Hart was a son of the late John Walter and Allene Cornelia Cromer Hart.
He was formerly employed as a meat cutter with Dills Food City in Royston, and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Mr. Hart was a United States Army veteran, having served in Germany during the Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, John Will, James, Secret and Leon Hart.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 2, at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Davison officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Phil Bryant, Alton Carey, Greg Watson, Robert Duval, Tracy Dilworth and Tony Martin served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Corey Hart, Danielsville; brother, Benson Hart, Toccoa; and sisters, Louise Martin, Royston, Nancy Floyd, Watkinsville, and JoAnn Bradberry, Hull.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 3, 2003

Mozelle Gunter
Mrs. Mozelle King Gunter, 81, of Carlton, died Monday, December 1, 2003.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Gunter was a daughter of the late William Santford and Lucy Amendia Seymour King.
She was a lifelong member of Carlton Baptist Church.
Mrs. Gunter was preceded in death by her husband, Collie Gunter, four sisters, Delree, Ruby, Irene and Edna, and seven brothers, Bill, Clea, Tim, Van, Neal, Roy and Albert.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 4, at Carlton Baptist Church with the Rev. Doug Ivey officiating. Burial will be in the Carlton Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Sheila A. Gunter, Atlanta; sister, Mary Frances Porterfield, Orangeburg, S.C.; brother, Robert J. King, Carlton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia, 1841 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 3, 2003

Annie Mae Driver
Ms. Annie Mae Driver, 84, of Royston, died Monday, November 24, 2003, at Brown Memorial Convalescent Center in Royston.
Ms. Driver was born in Hart County on June 27, 1919. She was a daughter of the late Elic and Minnie Thompson Driver.
Ms. Driver was a caregiver and a member of Vanna United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Clinton, Hubert and L.T., and two sisters, Mozelle Driver and Adell Fleming.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 26, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Francestine Green and Malcolm Herndon officiating. Burial was in the Vanna United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Carey, Royston; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 3, 2003

Dorothy V. Pittman
Mrs. Dorothy Virginia Davis Pittman, 75, of Hull, died Sunday, November 30, 2003.
A native of Seneca, S.C., Mrs. Pittman was a daughter of the late Claude Bennett and Novie Turpin Davis.
She lived her childhood years in the Athens area before moving to Florida, and retiring back to Madison County. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Pittman was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Pittman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Gerald Bishop officiating.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Betty Pittman, Hull; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Glenn Kingsolver, Hull; brothers, Ed Davis and Johnny Davis, both of Jefferson; sisters, Hazel Smith, Roberta Woods and Claudia Chastain, all of Jefferson; and grandchildren, Sebastian Hernandez, Christian Pittman, Jacquelyn Suzanne Pittman, Victoria Pittman, Dorothy Cristina DeCastro and William DeCastro.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 3, 2003

W.P. Winn Jr.
Warren Pierce (W.P.) Winn Jr., 82, of the Brown Memorial Convalescent Center in Royston, formerly of Bowman, died Sunday, November 30, 2003.
Mr. Winn was born April 5, 1921, in Elbert County, a son of the late Warren Pierce Winn Sr. and the late Minnie Hillard Winn.
He was a retired truck driver and was of the Methodist denomination. Mr. Winn was preceded in death by three brothers, Hugh, Watson and Hoyt Winn.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 2, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Jim Winn and Billy Owensby officiating. Burial was in the Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Winn is survived by his wife, Evelyn Bowen Mize Winn, Royston; a son, Ronald D. Winn, Hartwell; step-son, Henry Mize, Douglasville; step-daughter, Nancy Mize Glenn, Jefferson; one grandson, seven step-grandchildren and 14 step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Bowman Baptist Church, 66 W. Church Street NW, Bowman, GA 30624, or to the Bowman United Methodist Church.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 3, 2003

Clifton ‘John’ Wilder
Clifton “John” Wilder, 62, of Taylors, S.C., died Thursday, November 27, 2003, at St. Francis Women’s and Family Hospital.
Born in Greenville, S.C., Mr. Wilder was a son of the late James Emery and Bernice Ophelia Kirk Wilder.
Mr. Wilder served his country in the United States Air Force and spent his career as a long distance truck driver. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Myrtice Wilder Taylor and Frankie Wilder McCall, and three brothers, Charles Buford, James Alvin and Jimmy Ed Wilder.
A celebration of Mr. Wilder’s life will be held at a later date per his request.
Survivors include three sisters, Irene Grant Smith, Pell City, Ala., Barbara Wilder Grey, De Funiak Springs, Fla., and Sarah Wilder Losh, Waterloo, S.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown, Greenville, S.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 3, 2003

Marian B. Hollis
Mrs. Marian Bray Hollis, 73, of Colbert, died Friday, November 28, 2003, in Lititz, Pa.
Born in Atlanta, Mrs. Hollis was the daughter of the late Louis G. and Inez Voyles Bray.
“She was a member of Airstream Travel Club for 20 years and loved to travel and spend time with family and friends,” it was stated. “She was an exceptional decorator and gardener and was known fondly as Memaw and Sunshine.”
Mrs. Hollis was a kindergarten teacher for five years and a member of New Hope Worship Center, Danielsville, where she served as a Sunday School teacher.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 1, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Dayton Logan, Dennis Kesler and Michael Bray officiating. Burial was in Fairview Memorial Gardens. Neil R. Shelley Jr., David Dick, Jason Bray, Donald Maddux, Mark Donaldson and David Carey served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Hollis is survived by her husband, Esca F. Hollis; sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley R. Hollis Sr. and Karen Hollis, Lititz, Pa., and Wyndell E. and Gail Hollis, Griffin; granddaughters and husbands, Dawn and Neil Shelley, Lititz, Pa., and Heidi and David Dick, Griffin; granddaughter, April Botterbusch, Lititz, Pa.; grandson, S. Ray Hollis Jr., Lancaster, Pa.; eight great-grandchildren, Zakary Shelley, Alexis Botterbusch, Kalena Shelley, Makayla Hedgecoth, Samantha Botterbusch, Taylor Shelley, Madison Hollis and Claudia Dick; sister, Peggy Bray Timms, Comer; brothers and sisters-in-law, Timothy and Catherine Bray, Winder, and the Rev. Michael and Mrs. Lavon Bray, Tyler, Texas; special niece and husband, Brenda and Donald Maddux, Comer; special cousins, Joan Byce and Farrell Nash, Winder; and many other relatives and friends.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 3, 2003

James Bray
James Clifford Bray, 59, of Colbert, died Monday, December 1, 2003.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Bray was a son of the late Chandler and Rubye Haynes Bray.
He was employed with Bi-Lo as a customer service manager, working in the Royston, Commerce and Athens locations for over 23 years. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Bray was preceded in death by two brothers, Bobby Bray and Kenneth Bray.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Barry Black, Ray Jenkins and Cotrell Harper officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Bray is survived by his wife, Nancy H. Bray; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Amy Bray, Athens, and Greg and Tammi Bray, Colbert; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Jay Bowman, Winterville; sister, Permelia Digamon, Hull; brothers, Doug Bray, San Jose, Calif., Jesse “Pete” Bray, Winterville, and Gene Bray and Jerry Bray, both of Lexington; three grandchildren, Will Bowman, Jake Bowman and Russ Bray; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Camp Maranatha, P.O. Box 53, Ila, GA 30647, to the Joy Baptist Church Building Fund, 1135 Glenn Carrie Road, Hull, GA 30646, or to St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 3, 2003

Clara Rousey
Mrs. Clara Rousey, 86, of Bowman, died Tuesday, December 2, 2003, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Rousey was born in Franklin County on October 7, 1917, a daughter of the late Epp and Maude Qualls Hart.
She was a homemaker and of the Holiness denomination. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Rousey, a son, George Henry Rousey, a step-daughter, Jean Carey, three brothers, Robert, Albert and Ridgway Hart, and three sisters, Ethel Chambers, Edna Elrod and Erna Osley.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 4, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Johnny Stowe and Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial will be in the Mill Shoal Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Billy Rousey and Jerry Pullian, both of Royston, Claudie Pullian, Athens, and Wayne Pullian, Bowman; one daughter, Gladelle Magar, North Pole, Alaska; one step-daughter, Sandra Worley, Royston; three brothers, Joe Hart, Royston, Chandler Hart, Hartwell, and L.A. Hart, Villa Rica; 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
The family is at the home and was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 3, 2003

Willie M. Watts
Mrs. Willie Mae Cash Watts, 98, of Royston, formerly of the New Franklin Community in Franklin County, died Friday, November 28, 2003, at Brown Memorial Convalescent Center in Royston.
Mrs. Watts was born in Franklin County on September 6, 1905. She was a daughter of the late John Albert and Mary Lee Anna Ayers Cash.
Mrs. Watts was a homemaker, a farmer and had worked in the textile industry. She was a member of New Franklin Christian Church, where she was a former member of the Ladies Council and a member of the church choir.
Mrs. Watts was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Rutledge Watts, two sisters, Estelle Cash Jordan and Lois Cash Payne, and a cousin reared in the home, Vera Ayers LeCroy.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 30, at New Franklin Christian Church with Minister Dennis Harris and the Rev. Malcolm Herndon officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Wesley Stovall, Dwight Stovall, Richard Cobb, Barry Peeples, Jim Simmons and Carl Sowell served as pallbearers.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Melba Jean and Paul Peeples and Anna June and Charles Cobb, all of Canon, and Gloria Emlen and Trav Stovall, Lavonia; grandchildren, Barry Peeples, Wanda Peeples Simmons, Wesley Stovall, Dwight Stovall, Mary Cobb and Richard Cobb; great-grandchildren, Beth Peeples Sowell, PFC Brent Peeples, Jared, Allie and Grayson Cobb and Brian Stovall; and great-great-grandchildren, Caleb and Allie Sowell.
Memorials may be made to the New Franklin Christian Church Ladies Council, c/o Mrs. Lynn Sanders, 236 Wood Hollow, Canon, GA 30520.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 3, 2003


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