Madison County Obituaries...

JANUARY 28, 2004


Dupree Fortson
Dupree Fortson, 89, of Ila, died Thursday, January 22, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Fortson was a son of the late Tom and Lizzie Lord Fortson.
He was of the Holiness denomination.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Calvin Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Meadow Cemetery.
Survivors include a dear friend and guardian, Louise Hardman; four brothers, Charlie Homer Fortson, Charlotte, N.C., S.T. Fortson, Danielsville, Darrell Fortson, North Carolina, and Tom Fortson, Alabama; two sisters, Lucy Hazel Rig and Mary Hazel Rig, both of Alabama.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004

Albert F.
‘Slick’ Dudley
Albert F. Dudley, 70, of Danielsville, a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War, died Sunday, January 25, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Dudley was born in Madison County on March 23, 1933, son of the late Albert Goss and Myrtle Argo Dudley.
He was a truck driver and retired from maintenance at the University of Georgia. Mr. Dudley was a member of the John H. Jones Masonic Lodge, the Danielsville V.F.W. Post, the American Legion in Lexington and the Holly Cove Camping Ground in Cherokee, N.C.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Dennis Kesler officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston, with full Masonic Rites. Members of the John H. Jones Masonic Lodge served as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
Mr. Dudley is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Cromer Dudley, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, Pedro and Karen Dudley, Apollo Beach, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Jeff Perry and Rhonda and Rickey Drake, all of Danielsville, and Connie and Rodney Perry, Hull; grandchildren, Chaz Perry, Amber Drake and Alex Perry; brothers, G.W. Dudley, Commerce, Roger Dudley, Danielsville, and Rickey Dudley, Winder; and sisters, Betty Maddox and Beth Dixon, both of Gainesville, Sylvia McGowan, Cleveland, and Violet Harris and Pansy Moore, both of Danielsville.
Memorials may be made to the John H. Jones Masonic Lodge in Danielsville.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004

Beulah B. Archer
Mrs. Beulah Barrett Archer, 87, of Commerce, died Sunday, January 25, 2004, at Hartwell Health Care.
Mrs. Archer was a daughter of the late Homer and Frankie Lou Anglin Savage. She was twice married, first to the late Frank Barrett, and second to the late Aucy Archer.
Mrs. Archer was a homemaker and a member of the Commerce Church of God. She was preceded in death by three sons, Cecil Barrett, Willis Barrett and Bobby Barrett, and three brothers, Guy Savage, Roy Savage and James Savage.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, at Bible Way Church of God with the Revs. Carroll Griffin and Wayne Durden officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors include five daughters, Nizzie Mae Barrett and Bertie Bagwell, both of Commerce, Betty Bennett, Hartwell, and Mary Wynn and Judy Baxter, both of Hull; two sons, Richard Barrett, Hull, and Johnny Barrett, Grove Town; three brothers, B.D. Savage, Gainesville, John Henry Savage, Ware Shoals, S.C., and Paul Savage, Mills River, N.C.; three sisters, Bernice Shockley and Cozetta Morris, both of Lula, and Eula Mae Staghorn, Cornelia; five step-daughters, Jeannette Jacobs, Nancy Wood and Jean Wilson, all of Commerce, Janie Hart, Jefferson, and Annie Ruth Bassett, Siloam Springs, Ark.; five step-sons, Edward Archer, Winterville, Denny Archer, Helen, Mike Archer, Center, Charles Archer, Commerce, and Ray Archer, Ocala, Fla.; 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004

Ronnie W. Everett
Ronnie W. Everett, 57, of Hull, a native of Barrow County, died Tuesday, January 20, 2004.
Mr. Everett was a son of the late Olen Pharr and Eileen Morgan Everett.
He was employed as a truck driver with Garrett Paving Co. prior to becoming disabled.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 22, at Appalachee Baptist Church with the Rev. Sammy Everett officiating, assisted by the Rev. Randy Crowe. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mike Little, Sean Wyatt, Timmy Little, Jason Wyatt, Brad Bates and Jimmy Little served as pallbearers.
Mr. Everett is survived by his wife, Pamela H. Everett, Hull; daughter, Angela R. Everett, Hull; son, Andy Everett, Jefferson; step-son and step-daughter-in-law, Ron and Shannon Bryant, Colbert; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Lewis Greeson, Auburn; brother and sister-in-law, Quill and Sandra Everett, Winder; and grandchildren, Alyssa and Alayna Everett, Jefferson, and Amber and Brianna Bryant, Colbert.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004


Robert Wyatt Porterfield
Athens, Georgia
On Tuesday, January 20, 2004, Robert Wyatt Porterfield went home to be with his Lord.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Porterfield was the son of the late Carl Wesley and Anne Mozelle Barnett Porterfield. His brothers, Troy, Burt and William E. Porterfield preceded him in death.
He married Joanne Hancock Porterfield in 1950 in Carlisle, SC, and they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary last year. Together they raised their two daughters, Sue Anne Porterfield Austin and Alice Carol Porterfield Crispin, in Athens. Mr. Porterfield’s greatest joy was in helping others — family, as well as his employees. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Porterfield was owner of Porterfield Building and Developing Co. for 47 years. He developed traditional residential and commercial property throughout the Athens area.
During World War II he was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross while serving in the 8th Army Air Corps as a tail gunner flying on B-24s. He was a member of the Senior Golf Association, the Athens Country Club, Past President and Director of Athens Area Kiwanis Club, Past President and Director of the Athens Area Home Builders’ Association, Member of the Belle Meade Hunt Club in Thompson, GA, Deacon and Sunday school teacher at Prince Avenue Baptist Church and was a life-long avid University of Georgia Bulldog Supporter.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne Hancock Porterfield, of Athens; daughters and sons-in-law: Sue and Glenn E. Austin, of Athens, and Alice and Mark Crispin, of Atlanta; and grandchildren: Kristin Austin, Bryan Austin, Nancy Gwaltney and George Gwaltney, Jr.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 23, 2004, at Prince Avenue Baptist Church with The Reverend Bill Ricketts, Reverend Bill Miller Huckabee, Reverend Everette Smith and Reverend Mark Fite officiating.
Interment followed in Evergreen Park Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Troy Porterfield, Jr., Troy Porterfield III, Wesley Porterfield, Shelly Steele, Stephen Hancock and Jimmy Lacy. Honorary Pallbearers were members of the Athens Kiwanis Club and Mr. Porterfield’s Sunday school class.
Memorial contributions may be made to the WMSL-Radio building fund, c/o Prince Avenue Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1112, Athens, GA 30603.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004

Daniel W. Bramlett
Daniel W. Bramlett, 89, of Winterville, died Monday, January 19, 2004.
Born in Franklin County, Mr. Bramlett was a son of the late Josiah D. and Clara Hutcherson Bramlett.
He received his associate arts degree from Young Harris College and his bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees in education from the University of Georgia. He was a longtime school administrator, having served in numerous counties, retiring from Thomasville City Schools. He was the first principal of Madison County High School.
Mr. Bramlett served on the YMCA state board of directors, was a member of the Georgia Association of Educators, the Madison County Retired Teachers Association, the Thomasville Rotary Club, the Cordele Lions Club and the Hartwell Lions Club and was a charter member of the Winterville Civitan Club. He was also a member of Winterville United Methodist Church.
Mr. Bramlett served on numerous boards and received many honors and awards of distinction.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 23, at Winterville United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bill Reeves and Larry Amos officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Herschel Reeves, Billy Williams, Dub Melton, Roger Murray, Bill Looney and Sonny Thornton served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Winterville Civitan Club and Andy Wood, Billy Bowman, Guy Cabe, Jay Thornton, Ronnie Harris, William Harris and Vernon Edwards.
Mr. Bramlett is survived by his wife, Margie Hardman Bramlett; children, Dr. Dan J. Bramlett (Gail), Thomaston, and Dianne Bramlett Vergouven (Tony), Woodstock; sister, Sara B. Whittemore, Athens; grandchildren, Mary Lauren Vergouven, William Daniel Bramlett, Lane Daniel Vergouven, David Hardman Bramlett and Brynn Myra Vergouven.
Memorials may be made to the Winterville United Methodist Church, Box 30, Winterville, GA 30683.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004

Thelma Hall
Mrs. Thelma Pearl Hall, 83, of Hull, died Sunday, January 25, 2004.
Mrs. Hall was the daughter of the late Irving and Fredricka Schaumberg, and was the wife of the late John W. Hall Sr.
She was retired from the Athens Community Council on Aging, Inc. Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by a son, William Andrew Clark, and a grandson, John W. Hall III.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Henry Shelton officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 29, in Franklin Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her children, Sharon (John) Hall, Ila, Theodore Clark, Hull, Ricky (Nancy) Hall, Portsmouth, Va., and Jill (Mike) Baxter, Colbert; grandchildren, Yvonda Rochelle Varnum, Billy Dean Vickers III, Earl Stanley Minish Jr., Pamela Fountain, Jeffrey Hall, Jennifer Patton, Theodore Thomas Clark Jr., Teresa (Tony) Nelms, Blake Hall and Jordan Hall; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, has charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004

Pearl S. Fowler
Mrs. Pearl S. Fowler, 86, of Royston, died Friday, January 23, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Fowler was born in Banks County on April 16, 1917, daughter of the late Warren and Emma Hart Stevens.
She was a seamstress and homemaker and a member of Royston Baptist Church. Mrs. Fowler was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Brock Fowler, and three sisters.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 25, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler and Williard Crider officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.
Survivors include a son, James K. Fowler, Jacksonville, Fla.; daughters, Patricia Price, Royston, Betty Chatham, Commerce, and Carolyn Waldroup, Ila; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004

Madie Campbell
Mrs. Etta Mae (Madie) Long Campbell, 85, of the Brown Memorial Convalescent Center, Royston, formerly of Danielsville, died Sunday, January 25, 2004.
Mrs. Campbell was born in Madison County on February 23, 1918, the daughter of the late Augustus (Gus) and Minnie Hilley Long.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination.
Mrs. Campbell was preceded in death by her husband, John Sam Campbell, and a son, Joe A. Campbell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Williard Crider and Malcolm Herndon officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a son, William Campbell, Danielsville; a daughter, Mary V. Smith, Danielsville; a daughter-in-law, Bobbie Campbell; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, 1925 Century Blvd., NE Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004

Martha J. White
Mrs. Martha Jo Ayers White, 65, of Commerce, died Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
Mrs. White was born in Jackson County, daughter of the late Joe B. and Grace Cofield Ayers.
She retired from SCT Yarns in Jefferson and was a member of Oconee Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 24, at Center Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Jesse Mealor and Roy Looney officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Joey Ayers, Ricky Ayers, Ryan Ayers, Tim Fountain, Timothy Smallwood, Greta Ingram and Jeffrey Lee served as pallbearers. Justin Ayers was honorary pallbearer.
Mrs. White is survived by her husband, Roy Lee White, Commerce; daughter, Lynn Hall, Jefferson; son, Andy White, Commerce; sisters, Lois Fabris, Danielsville, Janet Kelly, Carnesville, Christy Sosebee, Lilburn, and Wanda Haggard, Lexington; brothers, Buddy Ayers and Chuck Ayers, both of Danielsville, and Steve Ayers, Commerce; one grandchild, Joshua Hall; and one great-grandchild, Joshua C. Hall.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004

Bucky Fowler
Bobby John “Bucky” Fowler, 48, of Royston, died recently at his home.
Mr. Fowler was born August 23, 1955, in Orange County, Fla., son of Mrs. Dicie Royston Fowler, Royston, and the late Thomas J. Fowler.
He worked in the trucking industry as a mechanic and a driver and was of the Baptist denomination.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Terry Joe Fowler officiating. Burial will be in the Fowler Family Cemetery in Canon.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a son, Jonathan Fowler, Royston; daughter, Jessica Fowler, Royston; brothers, the Rev. Terry Joe Fowler, Carnesville, and Tommy Fowler, Royston; and sisters, Julie K. Buffington, Carnesville, and Jennifer Retkofsky, Toccoa.
The family is at the residence of Mrs. Dicie Fowler, 1189 Dovetown Road, Royston, 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, January 28, 2004
Mike Dean
Hubert Michael Dean, of Lavonia, died Friday, January 23, 2004.
Mr. Dean was born in Franklin County on February 16, 1957. He was the son of the late Hubert Horace and Ophelia Lenora Jordan Dean.
Mr. Dean was employed with the General Motors Corporation.
A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 25, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Tim Peek officiating.
Survivors include a son, Jeremy Dean, Rome; and a sister, Elaine Yancey, Lavonia.
Memorials may be made to the Mental Health Foundation.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, January 28, 2004


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