Madison County Obituaries...

FEBRUARY 18, 2004


Haskel Pullian
Haskel Pullian, 88, of Carlton, died Tuesday, February 10, 2004.
A native of Franklin County, Mr. Pullian was the son of the late Tom and Tishey Smith Pullian.
He was retired from the State Highway Department. Mr. Pullian was preceded in death by two sons, J.T. Pullian and Junior Pullian.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 13, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Chuck Black officiating. Burial was in the Salem Holiness Church Cemetery.
Mr. Pullian is survived by his wife, Clora Guest Pullian; four daughters, Jo Ann Neave, Carlton, Evelene Walters, Bogart, Jerusha Hattaway, Danielsville, and Joyce Bowen, Bowman; three sons, Nelson Pullian, North Carolina, and Johnny Perry and Jerry Perry, both of Bowman; 18 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004

Fred Howard Sr.
Fred Howard Sr., of Carlton, died Wednesday, February 11, 2004.
Mr. Howard was born in Oglethorpe County.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 14, at Piney Grove Church. Burial was in the Shilo Church Cemetery, Carlton.
Mr. Howard is survived by four daughters, Lula Howard, Agnes Appling, Elizabeth Wilson and Virginia Howard; four sons, Roosevelt Howard, Fred Howard Jr., Frank Howard and Eddie Howard; and three brothers, John, Albert and Charlie Howard.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alma Howard.
Jones-Lexington Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004

Jimmy
L. Smith
Jimmy Lamar Smith, 65, of Gadsden, Ala., died Saturday, February 7, 2004, in Mesa Arizona at Banner Desert Hospital.
Born in Danielsville, Mr. Smith was the youngest son of Fred and Delia Smith.
Mr. Smith moved to Gadsden with General Time after living in North Carolina and Georgia. He had always worked in business, including his time in the army. He was a former member of Bellevue Baptist Church, the Elks lodge, the Masons and the VFW and was a husband in Beta Sigma Pi.
“He was a salesman by trade, a family man by passion and a golfer by choice,” said family members. “He has been many things to many people, but his primary titles were Papa (poppee), Daddy and Husband. He instilled in his children to be and give their best.
“He will live on through all those he touched.”
Mr. Smith was a Madison County High School graduate, class of 1957. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth, and two brothers, Billy and Jack Smith.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, February 13, in the chapel of Collier Butler Funeral Home. Jack Kendricks, John Moore, Johnny Spann, Lynn Fortenberry, Mike Shrouds, Danny Naylor, Jim Thompson, Harvey Funderburg, David Smith and Kelly Edgeworth served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Morris, Matthew Edgeworth, Eddie Dunn, Gene Harris and Johnny Phillips.
Mr. Smith is survived by his new bride, Tillie Kieffer Smith; sister, Betty Brown (Homer); sister-in-law, JoAnn Smith; his children, Fred Smith (Jennifer), Darlene (Christopher), DeAnn Scott, Ray Kieffer (Kelley) and Ron Kieffer; grandchildren, Zachary Scott, Christine, Rebekah, Mary Katherine and Ashley Kay Morris and RJ and Reise Kieffer; and a number of nieces and nephews, other family members and a huge number of friends.
Collier Butler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004

Herman Adams
Herman Adams, 78, of Danielsville, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at his home.
Mr. Adams was born April 9, 1925, in Madison County. He was a son of the late Omer Leroy and Willie Mae Evans Adams.
Mr. Adams retired from Chicopee and had been a member of Community Baptist Church since its establishment in 1962. He was a United States Army veteran, serving during World War II, and was a member of the Harrison McCreary V.F.W. Post in Royston. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Adams was preceded in death by a sister, Sally Irvin.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Tim Peek and Phil Parks officiating. Burial was in the Community Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Adams’ grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Fortson Adams, Danielsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Lee and Marie Adams and Daniel and Tina Adams, all of Danielsville; daughter and son-in-law, Ophelia and Leonard Hart, Comer; grandchildren, Chris, Paula, Billy, Dusty, Travis, Amanda, Bailey, Bradley, Brooke, Brandi and Jonathan; great-grandson, Matthew; sisters, Edna Allen, Lavonia, and Aurelia Drake, Rebecca Gunnin and Eleanor Fitzpatrick, all of Danielsville; brothers, Andrew Adams and William (Bill) Adams, both of Danielsville, and Branson Adams, Royston; and caregivers, Deborah Kendrick, Carolyn Bradford and Pepsi Faust.
Memorials may be made to American Renal Care, 1999 Parker Court, Suite B, Stone Mountain, GA 30087.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004

Leonard C. Whitlow
Leonard Cyrus Whitlow, of Royston, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, after a lengthy illness of Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Whitlow was born July 12, 1920, son of the late Moody and Janie Chandler Whitlow. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a BSEd degree in vocational education, a MSEd in vocational agriculture and a six-year degree in administration. Mr. Whitlow was a veteran, having served his country during World War II in the armed forces in China, Bruma and India. He was principal in Eatonton in the late 1940’s and then returned to his native Franklin County, where he served in the field of education for 45 years. As a teacher and director of vocational education, Mr. Whitlow’s influence was a great asset to the young people he encountered in his teaching, it was stated. He was an active member of many professional organizations and received recognition for his service in the field of education.
As a citizen of his community, he served as a Mason and a Shriner. He was an active member of Royston Baptist Church for 50 years, and served as a deacon and Sunday School Superintendent and on numerous committees.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 19, at Royston Baptist Church. The family will receive friends in the Family Life Center following the service.
Mr. Whitlow is survived by his wife of 59 years, Geneva Wansley Whitlow; his children, Keith and Athena Whitlow, Hilton Head, S.C., and Deborah and David Frost, Atlanta; three grandchildren, Courtney Whitlow, Whit Frost and Sloan Frost; brother, Stanton Whitlow; and sister, Jenene Whitlow Smith.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royston Baptist Church Family Life Center, 767 Church Street, Royston, Georgia 30662, or to Emory Alzheimer’s Research, 1841 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004

Geneva Phillips
Mrs. Geneva Lee Goodman Phillips, 83, of Royston, died at her home Sunday, February 15, 2004, after an extended illness.
A native of Gold Hill, N.C., Mrs. Phillips was born September 23, 1920, to the late Paul T. and Emma Arey Goodman.
She graduated from Appalachian State University and taught math and physical education in Kannapolis, N.C., Canon and Lavonia. Mrs. Phillips was a retired school teacher and homemaker.
She married Robert Lee Phillips on June 13, 1947, and they moved to the Sandy Cross Community of Franklin County in 1951, where she lived the rest of her life. She was a member of Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Phillips was preceded in death by two daughters, Reva Arlette Phillips and Karen Lynn Phillips, three brothers, Emerson Goodman, Paul T. Goodman Jr. and Dwight Goodman, and three sisters, Gertrude Hemrick, Mabel Carpenter and Ruth Hammill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, at Pennington Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. John Ingham and Gary Osteen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Phillips’ grandsons, Jason Phillips, Eric Phillips, Nathan Phillips, Jonathan Phillips and Justin Phillips, and grand-nephew, Steven Till, served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Joshua Phillips and Caleb Phillips.
Mrs. Phillips is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Phillips, Royston; sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Kinsey and Joy Phillips, Commerce, and Kirby and Kay Phillips and Kevin and Laura Phillips, all of Royston; brother, Harry Goodman, Denton, N.C.; sister, Rachel Hahn, Stanfield, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 767 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, GA 30606.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004

Maxine P. Lance
Mrs. Maxine Patton Lance, 42, of Commerce, formerly of Habersham County, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce.
Born in Jackson County on March 24, 1961, Mrs. Lance was a daughter of Bennie Patton, Clarkesville, and the late Betty Willis Patton.
She was an employee of Ingles in Commerce and Hull and was a member of Demorest Church of God. Mrs. Lance was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Varnes, a grandson, Dakota Varnes, and a grandmother, Matilda Willis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 19, at Demorest Church of God with the Rev. William Cox officiating. Burial will be in Level Grove Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to her father, include two daughters, Natasha Varnes, Cottonwood, Ala., and Stephanie Bishop, Commerce; two sons, Michael Varnes, Carnesville, and Jason Varnes, Danielsville; one sister, Kathy Williams, Cornelia; one brother, Rocky Potts, Hollywood; and four grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, Baldwin.
Whitfield Funeral Home, South Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004
Buford Carey
Buford Gwinnett Carey, 94, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Carey was born in Madison County on April 8, 1909, son of the late S.M. and Era Fitts Carey.
He was a farmer and a member of the Farm Bureau, where he had served as president/director. He was also a member of Evangelical Methodist Church, where he was a board member, church founder and former Sunday School Superintendent and teacher.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Carey was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Lou Bennett Carey, and a sister, Allie Dudley.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 19, at Evangelical Methodist Church with the Rev. Tim Peek officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tim Carey, Bruce Carey, Nelson Carey, Nolan Carey, Nathan Carey, Curtis Carey, Scott Carey and Neal Carey will serve as pallbearers. The directors of the Farm Bureau will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include four sons, Norman Carey, Greensboro, Everett Carey, Danielsville, Dwight Carey, Hull, and Ronnie Carey, Watkinsville; three brothers, Billy Carey, Ford Carey and John L. Carey, all of Danielsville; and seven sisters, Hester Sartain, Gladell Sexton, Ethel Sexton, Cornelia Ginn, Roberta Dove and Stuart Kirk, all of Danielsville, and Annie Mae Smith, Hull.
The family is at their respective homes and was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004

Peggy A. Looney
Mrs. Peggy Ann Whisnant Looney, 50, of Nicholson, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, after an extended illness.
Mrs. Looney was born November 5, 1953, in Morgan County, a daughter of Hazel Gilstrap Whisnant, Gainesville, and the late Manuel Whisnant.
She was a homemaker. Mrs. Looney was preceded in death by a son, Larry Blake Looney.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 19, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Revs. John Ingram and Steve Whisnant officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Memorial Park, Commerce. Jeronny Jackson, Jerry Hart, Dereck Looney, Bo Whisnant and Sketer Whisnant will serve as pallbearers.
In addition to her mother, Mrs. Looney is survived by her husband, Larry Looney, Nicholson; children, Teresa Ann Owen, Flowery Branch, Phillip Andrew Whisnant, Pendergrass, Mark Anthony Whisnant, Watkinsville, and Nancy Inez Whisnant, Gainesville; step-children, Penny Looney Jackson and Shelby Looney, both of Athens, and Shane Looney, Comer; sisters, Susie Grindle, Gainesville, Wanda Hart, Jefferson, and Jeannie Haywood, Murrayville; brothers, Kenneth Joe Whisnant and Jeffery Ray Whisnant, both of Gainesville, and Teddy Lamar Whisnant, Lula; and 13 grandchildren.
The family was to have received friends until 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004

Emmer Starrett
Mrs. Emmer Frances Hayes Starrett, 93, of the Brown Memorial Convalescent Center in Royston, died Saturday, February 14, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Mrs. Starrett was born in Hart County on March 29, 1910, a daughter of the late Preist and Minnie Bryson Hayes.
She was a homemaker and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hartwell. Mrs. Starrett was preceded in death by her husband, O.B. Starrett, a daughter, Virginia Taylor, eight step-children, two brothers, Ernest and Newton Hayes, and a sister, Vera Mae Starrett.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, at Tabernacle Baptist Church with the Revs. Randall Starrett, Charles White and Scott Culpepper officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Vernon Hicks, Russell Starrett, Chad White, Eric Veal, Adam Veal and Reggie Starrett served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons, Herbert Starrett, Goldmine Community in Hart County, Billy Starrett, Carnesville, and Wayne Starrett, Sandy Cross Community in Royston; daughters, Hazel Bonds and May White, both of Hartwell, Joanne Latimer and Elizabeth Skelton, both of Elberton, Linda Thompson and Margie Veal, both of Royston, Frances Chambers and Brenda Brooks, both of Dallas, and Fay Meadows, Hull; step-son, Lloyd Starrett, Hartwell; sister, Lois Davis, Royston; 39 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004

Denver H. Phillips
Denver Henry Phillips died Tuesday, February 17, 2004, at NorthEast Medical Center, Concord, N.C.
Born in Franklin County on April 9, 1916, Mr. Phillips was the oldest son of the late Judge Thomas Phillips and Minnie Collins Phillips. He was a direct descendant of several Revolutionary soldiers who were among the original settlers in northeast Georgia.
Mr. Phillips was employed with Cannon Mills for 44 years as a weaver in Weave Rooms #2 and #3 at Plant 4. He retired to enjoy gardening and travel with his wife, Lois Cole Phillips, who passed away April 25, 2001. They enjoyed traveling together, as they visited 46 states, it was stated.
Mr. Phillips and his wife were active in several square dance groups and enjoyed traveling and performing around the area, it was added. An active participant in the senior centers in Kannapolis and Concord, N.C., Mr. Phillips also entered the Senior Games where he participated in the Square Dance competition with the Golden Slippers Square Dance Team.
“Denver loved fishing and being out-of-doors working in his yard and garden,” family members said. “His efforts were recognized as he received ‘Yard of the Month’ on several occasions for his work and the beautiful flowers in the yard at the family home in Kannapolis. The vegetables he grew in his small garden plot were enjoyed by friends and family.
“He was an out-going, friendly man who never met a stranger. He always had a quick smile on his face.”
Mr. Phillips was a member of Franklin Heights Baptist Church, Kannapolis, N.C., and was active in the Seniors Group and the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class. He was a graduate of Sandy Cross School in Franklin County and also attended Bond Academy and Danielsville High School in Madison County.
Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by two brothers, Charlie Phillips, Greenwood, S.C., and Rufus Phillips, Royston; one sister, Kathleen Phillips Pullian, Royston; and a special cousin, Corrie Sinclair Linker, Kannapolis, N.C.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, February 20, in the chapel of Whitley’s Funeral Home, Kannapolis, N.C., with the Rev. Tim Jernigan officiating. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Park.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Phillips Schrum, and her husband, Vance, Davidson, N.C.; daughter, Depy Phillips Adams, and her partner, David Abbott, Charlotte, N.C., and Tucson, Ariz.; grandson, Michael W. Schrum, and his wife, Dr. Laura W. Schrum, Huntersville, N.C.; step-granddaughter, Brooke Adams Stevenson, Indian Trail, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Payton Schrum and Alec Schrum, Huntersville, N.C.; brother, Judge Thomas Phillips, and his wife, Catherine, Greenwood, S.C.; and sister, Edna Phillips Baugh, and her husband, Albert, Comer.
Memorials may be made to Franklin Heights Baptist Church, 526 Wright Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28083.
The family is at 407 South East Avenue, Kannapolis, N.C., and was to have received friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Whitley’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, February 18, 2004



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