Madison County Obituaries...

APRIL 7, 2004


Charles E. Gingrich
Charles E. Gingrich, 74, of Colbert, died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Comer Nursing Home.
Mr. Gingrich is survived by two daughters, Sharlene Piskorowski, Texas, and Sophia Parks, South Carolina; one son, Norman Victor Phillips, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Helen Marie Dawson, Colorado, and Marjorie Phillips, Texas; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, has charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Weldon Norton
William Weldon Norton, 48, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at Jenkins County Hospital in Millen.
Mr. Norton was born in Franklin County on February 3, 1956, a son of the late William E. (Bill) and Leottice Hunter Stowe Norton.
He was a mechanic and a member of Hannah’s Creek Baptist Church. Mr. Norton was preceded in death by five brothers, Donnie, Richard and Rickey Norton and Larry and Jackie Stowe.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 2, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Johnny Stowe and Leonard Morton officiating. Burial was in the Hannah’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Norton is survived by his wife, Linda Ann Dickerson Norton, Danielsville; brothers, Jimmy Norton, Royston, and Johnny Stowe, Dewy Rose; sisters, Ann Pittman and Deborah Ryder, Lady Lake, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Delree Kidd
Mrs. Delree Kidd, 95, of Comer, died Friday, April 2, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Kidd was the daughter of the late Boss Mitchell and Maugie Smith. She was the wife of the late John Kidd, and was preceded in death by two children, John Gholston Kidd and Matilda Kidd Fleming.
Mrs. Kidd was a homemaker.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 4, in the Vineyards Creek Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Danny Shoemake officiating. Billy Fleming, Mike Kidd, Charles Kidd, Rufus Kidd, Frank Dixon and Mark Strickland served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Kidd is survived by her grandchildren, Barbara Nalley, Mike Kidd, Billy Fleming, Jean Southerland, Cynthia Kidd and April Bonner; 12 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

George O. Powell
George O. Powell, 77, of Nicholson, died Sunday, April 4, 2004.
A native of Oconee County, Mr. Powell was the son of the late Robert Gibson and Della Mae Haynes Powell.
A United States Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Powell was a retired cab driver for Your Cab Company and was of the Baptist denomination. He was preceded in death by twins.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. Randy Floyd and Elmer Butler officiating. Burial was in Danielsville Memorial Gardens. Steve Quarles, Nathaniel Sorrow, Ray Boyce, Randy Coile, Terry Quarles and Steve Whitehead served as pallbearers.
Mr. Powell is survived by his wife, Mary Booth Powell; three daughters, Sandra Quarles and Della Morgan, both of Nicholson, and Paula Sue Sorrow, Danielsville; one son, Bobby Ricky Powell, New Mexico; one sister, Rose Powell, Greer, S.C.; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Ralph Sexton
Ralph W. Sexton, 69, of Danielsville, died Friday, April 2, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Sexton was born in Madison County on February 23, 1935, son of the late Loyd and Ruby Lee Ward Sexton.
He was employed with the Madison County Board of Education and was of the Methodist denomination. He was preceded in death by a son, William Russell Sexton, and three sisters, Myrtie Lou Ingram, Geraldine McElreath and Shelby Jean Brown.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 5, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Tim Peek officiating. Burial was in the Jones Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Randy Sexton, Sandy Sexton, Jeff Sexton, Lee Brown, Jerry McElreath, Glen Howell and Jason Summers served as pallbearers.
Mr. Sexton is survived by his wife, Edwina McEwen Sexton, Danielsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Nancy Sexton and Sandy and Susan Sexton, all of Danielsville; granddaughters, Kristen and Albany Sexton; and brother, Leon Sexton, Danielsville.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Inez Beusse
Mrs. Inez Seagraves Beusse, 77, of Hull, died Friday, April 2, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Beusse was the daughter of the late Howell Dewey and Lela Queen Seagraves.
She retired from Reliance Electric Company and was a member of Hull Baptist Church. Mrs. Beusse was preceded in death by a brother, Grady Seagraves.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 4, at Hull Baptist Church with the Revs. Randy Crowe and Beth Stephens officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mrs. Beusse’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three children, Ronnie Beusse, Dale Beusse and Brenda Dove, all of Hull; and six grandchildren and their spouses, Rhonda and Scott Thompson, Chris Beusse, Josh and Caroline Beusse, Paul Beusse, April Dove Brown and Jason Dove.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Ricky ‘Rod’ Strickland
Ricky Dale “Rod” Strickland, 44, of Royston, died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Hart County Hospital.
Mr. Strickland was born in Anderson County, S.C., on September 24, 1959. He was a son of Mrs. Diana Loftis Fleming, Royston, and the late Harris N. Strickland.
Mr. Strickland was a mechanic and worked in construction. He was a member of Rice Creek Baptist Church.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Monday, April 5, at Rice Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Hulsey officiating.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two brothers, Tim R. Strickland, Canon, and R. Scott Strickland, Royston; and a grandmother, Clara Strickland, Anderson, S.C.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Willie Jo Alewine
Mrs. Willie Jo Alewine, 70, of Ila, died Thursday, April 1, 2004.
A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Alewine was a daughter of the late Hubert Hart and Elese Sartain Barrett.
She was a nursing care assistant, having been associated with Heritage Nursing Home, Cobb Memorial Nursing Home and Private Home Care, and was a member of Macedonia Holiness Church. Mrs. Alewine was preceded in death by her husband, V.M. Alewine, and two sons, James Richard Alewine and Bobby Jo Alewine.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Revs. David Strickland and Larry Dyer officiating. Burial was in the Moon’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Tommy Gaddis, Larry Jordan, Wayne Heath, George Gaddis, Brian McEntire and Dwayne Hunsinger served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Billy Alewine, Ila; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Christine Alewine, Danielsville; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Marvin Craig, Ila; sister, Martha Swann; and grandchild, Bobby Jo “B.J.” Alewine.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Robbie Tennent
Mrs. Robbie Louise Bennett Tennent, 84, of Kannapolis, N.C., died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at North East Medical Center, Concord, N.C.
Mrs. Tennent was born in Franklin County on June 6, 1919, a daughter of the late Bud and Georgie Tony Bennett.
She retired from Cannon Mills in 1972 and was a member of Faith Freewill Baptist Church. Mrs. Tennent was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Tennent, a daughter, Louise Beaver, two sisters and two brothers.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 3, in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.
Survivors include a son, Joe Bennett, Starr, S.C.; daughters, Pat Call and Annette Ferguson, both of Kannapolis, N.C., and Phyllis Davis, Birmingham, Ala.; sisters, Azlea Beatenbow, Royston, and Geneva Stohl, Hartwell; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC 28210.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

SMSgt. Ervin J. ‘Stoney’ Burke Sr.
SMSgt. Ervin Jackson “Stoney” Burke Sr., 73, of Danielsville, died Saturday, April 3, 2004.
Born in Fulton County, Mr. Burke was the son of the late Rudesil Jackson and Susie Bell Burke. He was the husband of the late Elizabeth Jean Ingram Burke.
Mr. Burke retired from the United States Air Force, having served during the Korean Conflict, Cuban Crisis and the Vietnam War. He was an active member of Central Lodge #229, Central, S.C.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, with the Revs. Ben Glosson and Roy Cates officiating. Burial was in Oconee Hill Cemetery with military honors and Masonic rites provided.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ervin J. (Jacky) Burke Jr. and Linda Burke, Gulfport, Miss.; son, Michael W. Burke, Baldwin; sister, Estelle Doris, Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Martha Burke, Elizabeth Burke Hall, Laura Ellen Flanagan and Jaclyn Michelle Dorsey; and seven great-grandchildren.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Bertie Moore
Mrs. Bertie Mae Pierce Moore, 77, of Bowersville, died Saturday, April 3, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Moore was born in Franklin County on August 1, 1926, a daughter of the late Charles Robert and Lizzie Vickery Pierce.
She was a retired farmer and caretaker and was a member of Bowersville Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Woodmen of the World, Lodge #251.
Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her husband, Northern C. Moore Sr., and four sisters, Helen O’Brein, Dot Hendrix, Nancy Smith and Jettie Bennett.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, at New Franklin Christian Church with the Revs. Jerry Durham and Gettis Allen and Minister Dennis Harris officiating. Entombment was in Franklin Memorial Gardens, North. Nicky Moore, Marty Moore, Doug Moore, Robbie Tracy, Fred Weaver and David Mathis served as pallbearers.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, James and Roberta Moore, Hartwell, N.C. and Lynda Moore, Cartersville, Terry and Robbie Moore, Bowersville, and Ricky and Shirley Moore, Royston; son, Tyler Moore, Bowersville; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Keith Fleming, Hartwell; grandchildren, Doug Moore, Atlanta, Alice Marie Jones, Morehead City, N.C., Nicky Moore, Cartersville, Marty Moore, Taylorsville, Mindy Moore, Athens, Angel Moore, Royston, Lisa Fleming, Kayla Fleming and Tina Graham, all of Hartwell, Brianna Moore, Bowersville, and Jana Graham, Clayton; great-grandchildren, Rett, Rylee and Sarah Moore and Madison and Parker Hackett; and sisters, Lettie Weaver, Canon, Gladys Pierce, Martin, and Betty Tull, Houston, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Southeast Division, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615, to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1925 Century Blvd., Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345-3315, or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Georgia Chapter, 455 Abernathy Road N.E., Suite 210, Atlanta, GA 30328.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Georgia Rhodes
Mrs. Georgia Balenti Rhodes, 96, of Comer, died Sunday, April 4, 2004.
Born in Geary, Okla., Mrs. Rhodes was a daughter of the late William and Minnie Zellawager Balenti. She was the wife of the late Merl S. Rhodes.
Mrs. Rhodes was a long-time resident of Hendersonville, N.C.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Shepherd Memorial Park, Hendersonville, N.C., with the Revs. Mike McLemore and Calvin Ward officiating. Thomas R. Hulse, Kenneth D. Mallonee, Michael K. Mallonee, John R. Mallonee, Bryan L. Knowles, George I. Knowles and Steve Archbell served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty L. Hulse, Seneca, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, JoAnne R. and John B. Mallonee, Comer; sister, Catherine Hall, Seneca, S.C.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, or to the State of Georgia Cancer Fund.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Helen Pritchett
Mrs. Helen Dalrymple Pritchett, 75, of the Plainview Community, Carnesville, died Friday, April 2, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Born February 18, 1929, in Franklin County, Mrs. Pritchett was the daughter of the late Grace Poole Dalrymple.
She was a homemaker and seamstress and was a member of Indian Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Pritchett was preceded in death by her husband, Gartrell Pritchett.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 4, at Indian Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Stacey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. John Pritchett, Christopher Pritchett, Benji Cole, Bradley Gibson, Brandon Gibson, John Keese and Brady Vaughn served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons, Edward Pritchett, Clarkesville, Tommy Pritchett, Franklin Springs, and Ted Pritchett, Carnesville; five daughters, Joyce Kirby, Martin, Gail Avant, Royston, Glenda Brackett, Blairsville, Wanda Weaver, Toccoa, and Patsy Manley, Danielsville; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, June Pilgrim, Elberton, and Sybil Lambert, Carnesville.
Memorials may be made to Indian Creek Baptist Church, 11091 Old Federal Road, Carnesville, GA 30521.
Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004

Alexa S. Bettis
Mrs. Alexa Smith Bettis, 68, of Hull, died Friday, April 2, 2004.
Born in Elbert County, Mrs. Bettis was the daughter of the late Alexander F. Smith and Ellen Wray Smith Brown.
She was a retired nurse, having been employed with St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, and Dr. Stephen Fennell. She was a member of Joy Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 5, at Joy Baptist Church with the Revs. Barry Black and Gene Acuff officiating. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery, Elberton.
Mrs. Bettis is survived by her husband, Nelson Bettis; her children, Dameron May (Dale Jr.) and Nick Bettis (Theresa), Hull, and Greta Bettis, Athens; sister-in-law, Camilla Bettis Hammond, Athens; and four grandchildren, Mira May, Frank May, Alex Bettis and Randee Bettis.
Memorials may be made to the Joy Baptist Church Building Fund, 1135 Glen Carrie Road, Hull, GA 30646.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge or arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 7, 2004


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