Madison County Obituaries...

MARCH 31, 2004


Phil C. Griffeth
Phillip Crawford Griffeth, 69, of Colbert, died Friday, March 26, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Griffeth was the sixth of seven children born to the late John W. and Bonnie Clyde Kesler Griffeth. He was a lifelong member of Moon’s Grove Baptist Church in Colbert.
Mr. Griffeth graduated from Danielsville High School and served in the United States Army, stationed in Fort Polk, La. As a young man, he drove a truck for the Eli Witt Company and worked with his uncle, Wyatt Griffeth, in his grocery business. In 1956, Mr. Griffeth formed Griffeth Brothers Tire and Recapping in Danielsville, which later moved to Athens and operated as Griffeth Brothers Tire Company on 238 W. Hancock Avenue for a number of years. He retired as a president of University Tire Company, Athens, and was a full-time farmer, husband, father, brother and grandfather.
He loved to travel, but was happiest when he was on his farm, it was stated.
Mr. Griffeth was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe K. Griffeth, Charles S. Griffeth and Will R. Griffeth, and a sister, Martha G. Garrison.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at Moon’s Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Wayne Arnold and Edward Bolen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. The staff of University Tire Company, Carlton Bradshaw, Richard Collins, Leonard Helton, Chad Sailors, Steve Tumlin and Carlton Williams served as pallbearers.
Mr. Griffeth is survived by his wife, Harriette Hawkins Griffeth; children, Phillip Comer and April Suzanne Griffeth, Gina Elizabeth Griffeth and John Gavin and April McElreath Griffeth; grandchildren, Savannah Lauren Griffeth, Phillip Carson Griffeth and Mattison Helen Griffeth; brother, Kenneth Griffeth, Colbert; and sister, Sarah Griffeth Jordan, Covington.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 31, 2004

Ernest Mize
Ernest Joe Mize, 86, of the Dewy Rose Community, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Hart Care Center in Hartwell.
Mr. Mize was born in Hart County on April 15, 1917. He was a son of the late O.C. and Quillie Winn Mize.
Mr. Mize was retired from Monroe Automotive Equipment and was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by three infant children, a sister, Dora Whitmire, and an infant brother.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 29, at Holly Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Johnny Stowe and Bobby Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Mize’s nephews served as pallbearers.
Mr. Mize is survived by his wife, Mary Gladys Payne Mize, Dewy Rose; brothers, Lee Mize, Canon, Wilburn Mize, Dewy Rose, Alvin Mize, James Mize and Nelson Mize, all of the Vanna Community, Arnold Mize and Jep Mize, both of the Holly Springs Community, and Jule Mize, Bowman; and sisters, Lottie Roberts, Tignall, and Alice Todd and Lois Mize, both of Bowman.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 31, 2004

Louise E. Bond
Miss Louise E. Bond, 86, of Toccoa, died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at Stephens County Hospital.
A daughter of the late William E. and Leila Haggard Bond, she was born November 24, 1917, in Madison County. She lived most of her life in Stephens County.
Miss Bond retired from Coats and Clark after 30 years of service and was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Willing Workers Sunday School Class.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Hillcrest Chapel of Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, with the Rev. Dr. Jim Nelson and the Rev. Tim Barrett officiating. Burial was in Stephens Memorial Gardens. Kevin Bond, Joe Sullens, Gary Bond, Tim Hale, Melvin Engram and Harold Windus served as pallbearers.
Survivors include brothers and sisters-in-law, L.G. and Madge Bond, Toccoa, and Paul and Charlotte Bond, Danielsville; sister, Lunice Barrett, Williamston, S.C.; sister-in-law, Edith Bond, Concord, N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Northeast Georgia, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501, in memory of Miss Louise Bond.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 31, 2004

Gladys Isbell
Mrs. Sarah Gladys Reed Isbell, 81, of Bowersville, of the Family Life Enrichment Center in High Shoals, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004.
Mrs. Isbell was born in Hart County on November 9, 1922, a daughter of the late Horace Linton and Georgia Elmyra Beggs Reed.
She retired from Monroe Automotive Equipment and Cobb Health Care Systems and was a member of Providence United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Isbell was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Victor Isbell, a son, Bobby Marshall Isbell, and a brother, John R. Reed.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in the Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lavonia, with the Rev. Mark Palmer officiating.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Mannfried Reed and Lola Isbell, Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Zemmily Ruth Isbell and Larry Hardage, Milledgeville; grandchildren, Steven Isbell, Dahlonega, and Bob and Sheryl Hardage and Tonya, Lynne, Haley and Cady Dominy, all of Milledgeville; and a brother, Kenneth Reed, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Memorials may be made to Providence United Methodist Church, 2395 Providence Church Road, Lavonia, GA 30553.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 31, 2004

Leonard J. Vickery
Leonard Johnson Vickery, 76, of Hartwell, died Sunday, March 28, 2004, at Atria Health Care Center in Hartwell.
Mr. Vickery was born in Franklin County on June 18, 1927, a son of the late Willie Francis and Carrie Norris Vickery. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Anita Carroll Vickery.
A graduate of Royston High School, Mr. Vickery was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Philippines during World War II. He retired after working 43 years as a linesman for the Hart Electric Membership Corporation. He was a member of Sardis Baptist Church and a former deacon and chairman of the Board of Deacons at Flat Shoals Baptist Church.
Mr. Vickery was preceded in death by two brothers, Doyle and Bobby J. Vickery, and a sister, Janice V. Scott.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Sardis Baptist Church with the Revs. Frank Sailers and Tommy Kennedy officiating. Burial was in Nancy Hart Memorial Park.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Larry W. and Sharon S. Vickery, Kernersville, N.C., and Rickey S. and Andrea B. Vickery, Richmond, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley A. Vickery and Lex A. Rogerson, Lexington, S.C.; grandchildren, Bryan W. Vickery, Frankie L. Vickery and Heather A. Vickery, all of Kernersville, N.C., Ellen C. and M. Annie Rogerson, both of Lexington, S.C., and Isabelle C. and Alexander N. Vickery, Richmond, Va.; great-grandchild, Skylar W. Vickery, Kernersville, N.C.; sister, Willie Mae Nelms, Hartwell; and brother, Edward Vickery.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 31, 2004

William L. Kenner Jr.
William Lessie Kenner Jr., 84, of Nicholson, died Sunday, March 28, 2004.
Born August 9, 1919, in Cordell, Okla., Mr. Kenner was a son of the late William Lessie and Ruby Kenner.
Mr. Kenner was a decorated veteran, having served in the United States Navy during World War II in Pearl Harbor and at the Guadal Canal. He was a member of the Western Conference of Teamsters.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Rev. Morris Sapp officiating. Burial was in Floral Memorial Park, Selma Cemetery District, Selma, Calif.
Mr. Kenner is survived by his wife, Louise Bellew Kenner; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Dale Kenner, Colbert, and William and Lisa Kenner, Bryson City, N.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Jim Yakligian, Sanger, Calif.; brother, Encell Kenner, Selma, Calif.; sisters, Jewell Walls, Selma, Calif., Nita Faye Schoate, Sanger, Calif., and Fern Mentzer, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Spencer Kenner and wife, Kalasta, Cody Kenner, Crystal Kenner, Eddie Linder and wife, April, and Shara Yakligian; great-grandchildren, Devin Kenner and Chloe Linder; and former wife, Betty Ann Kenner, Bryson City, N.C.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 31, 2004
Hubert E. Wilson
Hubert E. Wilson, 79, of Athens, died at his home on Thursday, March 25, 2004.
Born in Tignall on June 7, 1924, Mr. Wilson was the son of the late A.L. and Effie Haralson Wilson.
He retired after 36 years of service from Winn Dixie Stores, having managed stores in Elberton and Athens. He was a member of Beech Haven Baptist Church and the Senior Coed Sunday School Class.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Wilson served in the 44th Infantry Division, 3rd Army in the European Theater, receiving three Bronze Stars in major battles. He was a member of the Athens Elks Lodge, the American Legion and the VFW.
Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret W. Hyde.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in the chapel of Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. John Walker officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife of 54 years, Laura Jackson Wilson; daughter, Geri W. Austin, Dayton, Ohio; daughter and son-in-law, Cathi W. and James H. Nix, Hull; grandchildren, Brandon N. Jones, Knoxville, Tenn., and Jeff H. Nix and Laurie Beth Nix, Hull; and sister, Elizabeth W. Turner, Athens.
Memorial gifts may be made to Beech Haven Baptist Church, Athens, Ga.; St. Mary’s Hospice Services, Athens, Ga.; or to the Loran Smith Cancer Center, Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens, Ga.
Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 31, 2004

Doris E. Gabriel
Mrs. Doris Elizabeth Gabriel, 79, of Winterville, died Friday, March 26, 2004.
A native of Oglethorpe County, Mrs. Gabriel was born June 16, 1924. She was a daughter of the late Joe and Julia Elizabeth McElhannon, Lexington.
Mrs. Gabriel was a member of Northside Baptist Church and enjoyed attending when she was physically able, it was stated. Many who knew her know that she loved her family, home, cooking and her flowers. She was a beloved mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Gabriel was preceded in death by a daughter, Doris Annette “Net” Wynn, Athens, and a grandson, David S. Arnold, Denver, Col.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with Mrs. Gabriel’s sons, Ralph Arnold and Merle Arnold, and good friend, Nathan Palmer, officiating. Burial was in the Winterville Cemetery. Bobby Hubbard, Wesley Perry, Angelo Wheeler, Mark McCormack, Jeff Hale and Eddie Arnold served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Anthony Perry, Michael Mech and Brison Harbin.
Mrs. Gabriel is survived by her husband of 29 years, Thomas E. Gabriel, Winterville; her children, Julia “Liz” Duncan, Athens, Ralph “Yankee” Arnold and Merle “Little Man” Arnold, both of Winterville, Kay F. Hale, Colbert, and Sybil Chandler, Hull; step-daughter, Debra Smith, Virginia; 16 grandchildren, two of which she raised, Elizabeth “Sissy” Perry, Comer, and Bobby Hubbard, Bogart; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, March 31, 2004


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