Madison County Obituaries...

JANUARY 14, 2004


Mary ‘Josie’ Huff
Mrs. Mary “Josie” Huff, 75, of Colbert, died Friday, January 9, 2004.
A longtime resident of the area, Mrs. Huff was a daughter of the late Odell and Laura Jones Dixon. She was the wife of the late James Huff.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 11, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating. Burial was in the Winningside Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Gail Bradshaw, Colbert; two sons, Robert M. Sanders and William Ray Sanders, both of Colbert; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Thomas H.
Matthews Sr.
Thomas Herbert Matthews Sr., 85, of Danielsville, died Sunday, January 11, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Mr. Matthews was born July 19, 1918, in Jackson County. He was the son of the late Guy F. and Lizzie Mae Hutchins Matthews.
Mr. Matthews was the former owner of Jot-Em-Down Grocery.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, in Athens Memory Gardens with the Rev. Randy Floyd officiating.
Mr. Matthews is survived by his wife, Julie Estelle Sorrow Matthews, Danielsville; two sons, James Matthews, Pendergrass, and Thomas Matthews Jr., Danielsville; four daughters, Dianne Compton, Comer, Edna Landrum and Louise Marlow, both of Athens, and Martha Patrick, Danielsville; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Merritt
W. Segers
Merritt W. Segers, 84, of Athens, formerly of Danielsville, died Sunday, January 11, 2004.
Born March 26, 1919, in Banks County, Mr. Segers was the son of the late Thera W. and Florence Hutcherson Segers.
He retired from Williams Company, formerly Transcontinental Gas Pipeline, with 30 years of service, and was an active member of Danielsville United Methodist Church for over 50 years.
Mr. Segers was a United States Army veteran of World War II with the European Campaign, Company M, 319th Infantry Regiment. For his wounds received during enemy action, he was awarded the Purple Heart. For his courage in the face of the enemy and the exemplary leadership he displayed, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Mr. Segers was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathan Osgood, and three brothers, Ruel Segers, Harvey S. Segars and James R. Segers.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 15, at Danielsville United Methodist Church with the Revs. Mike McClemore and Calvin Ward officiating. Burial will be in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Segers is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eunice Freeman Segers; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Richard Osgood, Poquoson, Va., and MaryLynn and Mark Phillips, Hull; son, Donald F. Segers, Danielsville; sister, Martha S. Chastain, Ellijay; brothers, Harold Segers, Thomson, D.H. Segers, Naples, Fla., and Frank Segars, Birmingham, Ala.; grandsons, Chris Osgood, Poquoson, Va., Daniel Osgood, Hampton, Va., and Ryan Phillips, Danielsville; granddaughter, Candi Phillips, Milledgeville; and great-granddaughter, Ashley Osgood, Poquoson, Va.
Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to Danielsville United Methodist Church.
The family was to have received friends from noon until 2 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

W.H. Guest Sr.
William Harville Guest Sr., 74, of Danielsville, died Thursday, January 8, 2004, after an extended illness.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Guest was born May 23, 1929, to the late Genie and Plumer Guest.
He was a retired auto mechanic and auto body shop owner. Mr. Guest was preceded in death by his parents and two children, Wanda Sue Guest and Mike Guest.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 11, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Jim Stuchell officiating. Burial was in the Colbert Cemetery. Mr. Guest’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth Ellen Bradshaw Guest, of the home; four daughters, Ginger Stuchell and Kathy Dellinger, Colbert, Trisha Holbrook, Commerce, and Carol Poe, Jefferson; three sons, William H. (Billy) Guest Jr. and Danny Guest, Danielsville, and Robert Guest, Lexington; two sisters, Phyllis Thomas, Athens, and Betty Palmer, Lexington; one brother, Herbert Guest, Athens; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Doris O’Neal
Mrs. Mildred Doris Poole O’Neal, 74, of Royston, formerly of Athens, died Monday, January 12, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
A native of Gillsville, Mrs. O’Neal was a daughter of the late Benjamin Carson and Emma Segars Poole. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Oliver O’Neal, a brother, William “Billy” Poole, a sister-in-law, Muriel Poole, and a brother-in-law, LaMoyne A. “Lee” Brunson.
Mrs. O’Neal was primarily employed by the Clarke County School District in the lunchroom programs at both Oglethorpe Elementary and Cedar Shoals High School, and had earlier been employed with Southern Bell Telephone. She had most recently worked with RSVP in Athens at the Environmental Protection Agency. Mrs. O’Neal was a great lover of music and was a member of the Assemblies of Yahweh.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 15, in the Gateway United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jefferson River Road, Athens, with Chad Hammond officiating.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Lisa O’Neal, Winder, and Phillip and Linda O’Neal, Danielsville; four grandchildren, Patrick, Bryan, Rachel and Jeremy O’Neal; one sister and brother-in-law, Carolyne and Richard “Dick” Howington, Blue Ridge; three brothers, Harold Poole, Doraville, and Donald and Opal Poole, Athens; one sister-in-law, Betty Brunson, Royston; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and special friends, Chad, Lisa and Caleb Hammond, Winder, Helen Kellum, Watkinsville, and Susie Shepherd, Athens.
Memorials may be made to the Monroe GA Assemblies of Yahweh-Youth Fund, the American Diabetes Association, or to the Rotary Club of Madison County — Ramp Project Fund.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens.
Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Causey J. Boswell
Causey James Boswell, 88, of Hull, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004.
A native and lifelong resident of Madison County, Mr. Boswell was the son of the late Roy Jeffrey and Dora Barrett Boswell.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Philippines and Japan from 1944 to 1946. He was a 55-year member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Boswell operated Boswell’s Service Center for 18 years and was a funeral director with Bridges Funeral Home for 15 years, and with Lord & Stephens Funeral Home for 15 years, where he was still actively employed. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and the Joy Sunday School Class.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 9, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Lindsay officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Boswell is survived by his wife, Zula Rowe Boswell; daughter, Connie (Joe) Jones, Nicholson; son, Raymond (Shirley) Boswell, Hull; grandchildren, Jeff (Erin) Jones, Michael Jones, Lynn (Kenneth) Graham, Laurie (Billy) Perry and Todd (Marianne) Boswell; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-nephew, Rick Boswell.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Hilda James
Mrs. Hilda Lord James, 65, of Hudson, Fla., died Wednesday, January 7, 2004, at Southern Pines Nursing Center in New Port Richey, Fla.
Mrs. James was born in Royston on September 6, 1938. She was a daughter of the late Jesse L. and Lola B. Hart Lord.
Mrs. James was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 12, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Jamie Callaway officiating. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, South.
Mrs. James is survived by her husband, Edward James, Hudson, Fla.; daughter, Linda Gail Harris, Bowman; son, Jesse D. James, Hudson, Fla.; grandchildren, Terry and Jenny Harris, Lavonia, and Teresa Harris and Andy Harris, both of Bowman; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Maddie Harris, Lavonia; and sister, Mary Lizzie Fleeman, Covington.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Omer Brown
Omer Gaines Brown, 79, of Bowman, died Wednesday, January 7, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mr. Brown was born in Madison County on January 13, 1924. He was a son of the late George Washington and Nobie Thompson Brown.
Mr. Brown was retired from Amerigas in Royston, was a farmer and was of the Holiness denomination. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in Germany with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles (Shorty), Julian, Jackson and William Brown.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 9, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston. Burial was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, South.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Hazel Coker Brown, Bowman; three brothers, George Brown, Westminster, S.C., and James Brown and Paul Brown, both of Royston; two sisters, Elsie Fortson, Bowman, and Rebecca Jordan, Danielsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Pete Hill
J.I. Terrell (Pete) Hill, of Royston, died Sunday, January 11, 2004.
Mr. Hill was born in Hart County on January 23, 1943. He was the son of Magdeline Alewine Hill, Royston, and the late Robe Hill.
Mr. Hill was a retired construction worker and was of the Holiness denomination. He was preceded in death by a son, Little Robe Hill.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 14, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Wesley Dove and Bobby Brown officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston. Mr. Hill’s nephews served as pallbearers.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include sisters, Bessie Jean Hill, Flossie Hill, Nancy Bryant, Maggie Abercrombie, Nellie Miller, Pearlie Royston and Patsy Anderson, all of Royston, Lucille Childers, Canon, and Helen Jordan, Bowman; and special friend, Marty Clark, Hartwell.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Col. (Ret.)
Henry H. McCurley
Col. (Ret.) Henry H. McCurley, 82, died Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital.
A native of Colbert, Col. McCurley had made Augusta his home since 1974. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Augusta Chapter. Col. McCurley was a veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, having served in the United States Army. He was one of the last members of the U.S. Cavalry who rode horses.
Following retirement, he served for many years in Augusta as a volunteer with the Masters Tournament. He was a member of Bicentennial Chapel on Fort Gordon.
Col. McCurley was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Ann McCurley.
Private family services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 9, at Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, S.C., with full military honors. CH (LTC) Larry R. Lawrence officiated.
Survivors include two sons, Henry H. McCurley, Auburn, Ala., and Stephen McCurley, Olympia, Wash.; one daughter, Marsha McCurley, Seneca, S.C.; and one sister, Pearl Wallace, Atlanta.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904.
Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Katherleen S. Hunter
Mrs. Katherleen Shaw Hunter, 88, of Hull, died Tuesday, January 6, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Hunter was a daughter of the late Thomas and Elzora Hitchcock Shaw.
She retired from Belks, with 25 plus years in the baby department, and was a member of Athens First Christian Church and the Bykota Sunday School Class. Mrs. Hunter was preceded in death by her husband, William Paul Hunter, two daughters, Vickie Hunter McCain and Mary Patricia Hunter, four sisters, Virginia Ridenhour, Verbie McLeroy, Claudine Fleeman and Sue Allen, and three brothers, Durward Shaw, Howell Shaw and Charles Shaw.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, January 9, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, Bogart, with the Revs. Ray Austin, Randy Crowe, Eric Jones and Patrick Chandler officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Bob Bargfrede, Watkinsville, Linda Jo Hunter and Paula and O.P. Jones, all of Hull; sister, Mary McLeroy, Athens; grandchildren, Eric Paul (Susan) Jones, Darren Hunter (Christy) Jones, Dirk (Paula) Bargfrede and Lari Katherleen McCain; and great-grandchildren, Ariel Brooke Jones, Noah Chandler Jones, Aaron Gordon Jones and Robert Spencer Bargfrede.
Memorials may be made to Athens First Christian Church.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Martha Garrison
Mrs. Martha Ann Griffeth Garrison, 80, of Easley, S.C., wife of William Junior Garrison, died Thursday, January 8, 2004, at Palmetto Health Baptist, Easley, S.C.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Garrison was a daughter of the late John Willie and Bonnie Kesler Griffeth.
She had worked for Robinson’s Department Store and later as a secretary for Ray Bracken Nursery. She was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Garrison was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe K., Charles S. and Willie R. Griffeth.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 11, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, Easley, S.C., with the Revs. David Gallamore and Jim Carpenter officiating. Burial was in Robinson Memorial Gardens.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Garrison is survived by two sons, Wesley T. “Terry” Garrison, Piedmont, S.C., and James M. “Jim” Garrison, Easley, S.C.; two brothers, Phillip C. Griffeth and Kenneth C. Griffeth, both of Colbert; one sister, Sara G. Jordan, Covington; and three grandchildren, John H., Bradley A. and Brian T. Garrison.
Robinson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

Grover L. Phillips Sr.
Grover Lee Phillips Sr., 79, of Danielsville, died Saturday, January 10, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Phillips was born July 28, 1924, in Madison County, son of the late Walter and Ethel Phillips.
He was a retired farmer and school bus driver with the Madison County School System. He was a member of Evangelical Methodist Church and was a lifetime member of the Madison County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve Kirk Phillips, two brothers, Calvin and Marvin Phillips, and two sisters, Bertha Mae Worley and Louise Christian Adams.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 12, at Evangelical United Methodist Church with the Revs. Tim Peek, Dayton Logan and Donald Phillips officiating. Burial was in the Kirk Family Cemetery. Mr. Phillips’ grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers. Members of the Madison County Farm Bureau Board of Directors served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Grover Lee Phillips Jr. and Deborah Phillips, Lawrenceville, and Jimmy and Julie Phillips, Danielsville; daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Harvey Westbrook, Hull; brothers, Doyle Phillips, Danielsville, and Herbert (Billy) Phillips, Columbia, S.C.; sister, Betty Joyce Peeples, Chatsworth; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Kirk Family Cemetery Fund, c/o Roger Kirk, 1849 James Spring Road, Danieslville, GA 30633, or to the Shepard Spinal Center, 2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004

James D. Shubert
James D. Shubert, 61, of Maysville, died Sunday, January 11, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Fulton County on November 19, 1942, Mr. Shubert was the son of the late Paul Dewey and Rosie Lee Moon Shubert.
He was a truck driver and of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Kenneth Sweat officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mr. Shubert is survived by his wife, Patricia Garner Shubert, Maysville; four sons, Tim Howell, Clanton, Ala., Tommy Howell, Germany, Joe Shubert, Oakwood, and Ricky Shubert, Auburn; two daughters, Janice Flynn, Danielsville, and Beth Phillips, Daytona Beach, Fla.; one sister, Claudine Nix, Conyers; and 16 grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 14, 2004


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