Madison County Obituaries...

MARCH 3, 2004


Katrina Defoor
Ms. Virginia Katrina Defoor, 55, of Hull, died Saturday, February 21, 2004.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 27, at Hull Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ms. Defoor is survived by two children, Coile Defoor and Katrina Jane Turner; and three grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004

James L. Paul
James L. Paul, 70, of Hull, died Monday, March 1, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Saint Louis County, Mo., on April 25, 1933, Mr. Paul was a son of the late James H. and Anna Eldridge Paul.
A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Paul served during the Korean War. He was a retired supervisor with the Environmental Protection Agency and was a member of Stewart Avenue Baptist Church, Hapeville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Ridgeway Baptist Church, Commerce, with the Rev. Bill Manus officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Paul is survived by his wife, Barbara Hill Paul, Hull; son, Les Paul, Hull; daughters, Lori Bragado and Tiffany Nalley, both of Hull; brother, Billy Paul, St. Louis, Mo.; sister, Mary Adams, St. Louis, Mo.; and seven grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004

Jimmie Humphries
Mrs. Jimmie L. Humphries, 81, of Loganville, died Tuesday, February 24, 2004.
A native of Chambers County, Ala., Mrs. Humphries was a retired accountant with the U.S. Department of Defense in Marietta, where she worked for 30 years. She was also a floral designer at the Flower Basket, Loganville, the Garden Basket, Lawrenceville, and Maude Baker Florist, Decatur. Mrs. Humphries was a member of Corinth Christian Church, the Loganville Senior Center and the Bay Creek Seniors.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28, in Eternal Hills Chapel with Don Hardison, minister, officiating. Entombment was in Eternal Hills Memory Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Janis and Steve Ellis, Hull; grandchildren, Andrew Lewis, Loganville, Chris Lewis, Maylene, Ala., and Jennifer O’Keefe, Lawrenceville; and great-grandchildren, Christopher and Jeremy Lewis, Tyler Jones, Presley Sullivan and Tyler O’Keefe.
Donations may be made to the Loganville Senior Center, 603 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052.
Eternal Hills Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Snellville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004

Claude R. Kesler
Claude Raymond Kesler, 72, of Nicholson, died Thursday, February 26, 2004, at his residence.
Born August 5, 1931, in Jackson County, Mr. Kesler was a son of the late Thomas Martin and Emma Lou Kesler Kesler.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Kesler served during the Korean War. He was retired from Oliver Rubber Co. and was a member of Antioch United Methodist Church.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 29, at Antioch United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Cathy officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Kesler is survived by his wife, Nina Mae Drake Kesler, Nicholson; daughter, Susan Veal, Nicholson; brother, John Kesler, Nicholson; sister, Sara Duren, Commerce; and two grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004

Mildred S. Turner
Mrs. Mildred S. Turner, 94, of Athens, died Friday, February 27, 2004, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Turner was the daughter of the late John C. Sorrells and the late Myrtie Hix Sorrells, Madison County.
She attended school in Madison County until her family moved to Athens in 1919. Mrs. Turner graduated from Athens High School and attended Athens Normal School.
She and her late husband of 49 years, Dr. Claude O. Turner Sr., were faithful members of the First Baptist Church of Athens.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the First Baptist Church of Athens with the Revs. Frank Granger and Len Willingham officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include four children, Linda Keith and Cathy Felton (Claude), Athens, Claude Turner Jr. (Janice), Jacksonville, Fla., and David Turner (Joan), Watkinsville; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, several nieces and a nephew.
Memorials may be made to the Trustee’s Benevolent Fund of the First Baptist Church of Athens, 355 Pulaski Street, Athens, Ga.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004

Homer P. McDonald
Homer P. McDonald, 82, of Commerce, died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center of an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. Clarence Reynolds, Jim Harrison and Danny Green officiating. Burial will be in the Webbs Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. McDonald is survived by his wife, Ruth G. McDonald, of the home; two sons, Harrison McDonald, Colbert, and Perry McDonald, Commerce; one daughter, Alice Bullock, Colbert; one brother, H.D. McDonald, Indiana; one sister, Lovada Carter, Commerce; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mr. McDonald was preceded in death by a daughter, Frances Neely, and a granddaughter, Melissa McDonald.
The family is at the residence and was to have received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004

Carolyn H. Harris
Mrs. Carolyn Hill Harris, of Canon, died Monday, March 1, 2004, at her home.
Mrs. Harris was born in Franklin County on January 20, 1953, daughter of Ida Mae Hunter Hill and the late Arnold Richard Hill.
She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Lavonia, where she was active in the Gleaners Sunday School Class and the WMU.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Davis Lacey, John Forbes and Johnny Stowe officiating. Entombment was in Franklin Memorial Gardens-North. Tim Chitwood, Kevin Busby, Scott Busby, Brandon Hill, Don Styles, Truitt Spears, Don Milford and Asa Collins served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Gleaners Sunday School Class and the Men of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Larry G. Harris, Canon; son, Joshua G. Harris, Lavonia; daughter and son-in-law, Shawna Harris and Jason Campbell, Lavonia; grandson, Tyler G. Campbell, Lavonia; brothers, Richard, Dean, Jerry and Terry Hill, all of Canon; and sisters, Jane Bond and Judy Hill, both of Royston, the Rev. Barbara Vaughn and Tammie Chappelear, both of Lavonia, and Nancy Busby, Canon.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 250 Pleasant Grove Road, Lavonia, GA 30553.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004

Fannie B. Chandler
Mrs. Fannie B. Chandler, 95, of Hull, died Wednesday, February 25, 2004, after a short illness.
A native of Cornelia, Mrs. Chandler was born in 1908, to the late Joel D. and Maybelle Dorsey Slayton, the last of 13 children. She was the wife of the late William Ralph Chandler, a World War II veteran. She was the beloved mother of Beverly Arlene Bugg, who passed away in 1985, after a long illness.
Mrs. Chandler was a graduate of Greensboro High School and served as a nurse in her younger years. She was a helpmate to her husband on the small farm in Hull that was purchased in 1949, in the Dogsboro area. She was a Sunday School teacher and a member for many years at Colbert United Methodist Church.
“A good Christian lady with a strong will and a heart full of love, she served her community by being a good friend and neighbor to all,” it was stated. “She lived a simple, quiet life anyone could be proud of.”
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 27, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Revs. James Haralson and Ralph Arnold officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Mark Bugg, George Bugg Jr., Perry Bugg, Grayson Bugg, Josh Bugg, Johnny Chandler, Alan Chandler and Scott Willis served as pallbearers.
Survivors include her son, William Slayton Chandler, Hull; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Colbert United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 317, Colbert, GA 30628.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004

Waldo B. Royal
Waldo B. Royal, 63, of Commerce, died Friday, February 20, 2004, at his residence of a brief illness.
A native of Screven County, Mr. Royal was a son of the late Thomas and Florence Davis Royal.
He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was employed as a supervisor at Wal-Mart.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 22, at Blacks Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Carpenter and Keith Royal officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Royal is survived by his wife, Wanda M. Royal, of the home; a son, Wendell Royal, of the home; a daughter, Wendy Royal, Flowery Branch; a brother, Thomas Royal, San Marcos, Texas; and a sister, Betty Cowart, Augusta.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004

Linda Bennett
Mrs. Linda C. Bennett, 51, of Athens, died Saturday, February 28, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Bennett was born June 24, 1952, in Franklin County, daughter of Frances Salvage Conly, Royston, and the late Glenn Bennett.
She was a convenience store manager and a member of Freedom Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 1, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Paul Hood officiating. Burial was in Oakview Cemetery, Canon.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two daughters, Marie Hattaway, Royston, and Glenda Hattaway, Athens; two brothers, Morris Bennett, Canon, and Ray Bennett, Alabama; one sister, Darlene Schultheis, Franklin, N.C.; and two grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004

Martha A. Beavers
Mrs. Martha Ann Ezzell Beavers, 69, of Athens, died Monday, February 23, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Beavers was born January 13, 1935, in Virginia. She was a daughter of the late Gue Oscar and Ellen Wills Ezzell.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 28, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Phil Ferguson officiating.
Mrs. Beavers is survived by her husband, Robert Beavers, Athens; one son, Derek Croshaw, Hiram; one daughter, Nancy Michael, Jupiter, Fla.; one sister, Mary Stran, Union Town, Ohio; and five grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 3, 2004


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