Madison County Obituaries...

APRIL 21, 2004


W.T. Phillips
W.T. Phillips, 81, of Danielsville, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Born February 13, 1923, in Franklin County, Mr. Phillips was a son of the late Wiley and Lillie Phillips.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II. He was of the Baptist denomination.
Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. George Lovely and Ray Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Bluestone Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife, Ouida Daniel Phillips, Danielsville; five sons, Dr. T. Wayne Phillips, Sundance, Wyo., the Rev. James M. Phillips, Athens, and Timothy W. Phillips, Ricky L. Phillips and Jeffrey R. Phillips, all of Royston; one daughter, Carolyn Seagraves, Hull; three brothers, J.O. Phillips, Steward Phillips and C.J. Phillips, all of Danielsville; three sisters, Sara Daniels, Bobbie Hattaway and Geneva Gordy, all of Danielsville; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004

Helen C. Graham
Mrs. Helen Gertrude Coile Graham, 76, of Comer, died Monday, April 19, 2004, at her home.
Mrs. Graham was born in Madison County on November 20, 1927, a daughter of the late Thomas Goodman and Dezzie Lou Graham Coile.
She was a seamstress and a member of Faith Baptist Church. Mrs. Graham was preceded in death by a brother, Ed Coile, and four sisters, Eunice Duncan, Lois Bridges, Edna Moon and Minnie Pierce.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. James Creason and Odis Graham officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Bowman.
Mrs. Graham is survived by her husband, Willie T. Graham, Comer; sons and daughters-in-law, Ned and Linda Graham and Larry and Gwen Graham, all of Comer; daughters, Carolyn Bellew and Jeanie Graham, both of Comer; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Don Crowe, Comer; grandson, Keith Graham, Comer; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Brian and Becky Crowe, Dewy Rose, and Dale and Marie Bellew, Canon; granddaughters, Crystal Crowe and Ronna Bellew, both of Comer; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Keri and Josh Busbin, Oglethorpe; step-grandchildren, Christa Ivester and Danielle Franklin, both of Elberton, and Eric Carey, Bowman; sisters, Grace Pierce, Sue Coile and Beria Martin, all of Comer; seven great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004

Ira O. Duncan Jr.
Ira Olden Duncan Jr., 80, of Comer, died Thursday, April 15, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Duncan was the son of the late Ira Olden Duncan Sr. and Bessie Brown Duncan.
Mr. Duncan was a United States Army veteran of World War II and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a retired supervisor with Alexander Wood Products and was a member of Meadow Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at Meadow Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Sarna and Joe Dooley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Alan Slayton, Jimmy Parham, Charles Booth, Hal Sorrow, Ellis Rhoden and Mike Patton served as pallbearers.
Mr. Duncan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Cumi Kidd Duncan; son and daughter-in-law, Emeral and Zanese Duncan, Norcross; sister, Martha McConnon, Comer; two grandchildren, Cabe Duncan and Gaela Duncan; and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004

George S. Corder
George Stephen Corder, 51, of Loris, S.C., brother of Minnie Ruth Horne, Ila, died Friday, April 9, 2004, at his residence following an illness.
Mr. Corder was born November 4, 1952, in Whiteville, N.C., a son of Ann Davis Corder, Chadbourn, N.C., and the late Eugene Lewis Corder.
Private funeral services were held.
In addition to his sister and mother, Mr. Corder is survived by his wife, Patricia Guyton Corder, Loris, S.C.; one son, Russell Stephen Corder, Chadbourn, N.C.; two daughters, Stephanie Ann Corder and Christina Lynn Corder, both of Monument, Colo.; one step-son, Mark Ray Kirby, Loris, S.C.; one step-daughter, Angela Darnell Holtsclaw, Lincolnton, N.C.; two other sisters, Jean Ann Forti, Tabor City, N.C., and Glenda Corder, Chadbourn, N.C.; one brother, Anthony Lewis Corder, Chadbourn, N.C.; two grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Ward Funeral Home, Loris, S.C., was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004

Thelma Fortson
Mrs. Thelma Evans Collins Fortson, 92, of Danielsville, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Fortson was born in Madison County on September 15, 1911. She was a daughter of the late Ozzie and Jessie House Evans.
Mrs. Fortson was a homemaker and a member of Bethel M Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, DeVery Evans, and four sisters, Nobie Dalton, Etha Collins, Blanche Scarborough and Millie Burroughs.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Dennis Kesler, George Lovely and Kenneth Segars officiating. Burial was in the Meadow Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, James C. Collins, Danielsville, Wayne Collins, Ila, and Roger Collins, Hull; one sister, Lera Booth, Atlanta; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004

Althea Bond
Mrs. Nina Althea Hanley Bond, 83, of Loganville, died Saturday, April 17, 2004, at Lilburn Health & Rehabilitation Center in Lilburn.
Mrs. Bond was born in Madison County on April 6, 1921, a daughter of the late Horace Lee and Ida Bray Hanley.
She was a homemaker and a member of Royston Baptist Church. Mrs. Bond was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Crawford Bond, a brother, James Hanley, and two sisters, Lutrell Peeples and Betty Faye Ginn.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Byron Greene officiating. Burial was in Nancy Hart Memorial Park.
Survivors include a brother, Wyma Hanley, Comer; sisters, Nadine Royston, Tucker, and Lois David, Royston; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Children’s Health Care of Atlanta Foundation, 1687 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004

Grady Cheek
Grady William Cheek, 84, of Canon, died Monday, April 19, 2004, at the Brown Memorial Convalescent Center in Royston.
Mr. Cheek was born in Hart County on April 10, 1920, a son of the late Burrus and Esther Cunningham Cheek.
He was a farmer and founder of The Cheek Peach Orchard and a member of Bowersville Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. Mr. Cheek served as Emeritus Director of the Federal Land Bank and was also a member of the Bowersville Masonic Lodge #595 and the Hart County Cattle Association. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during World War II.
Mr. Cheek was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorraine Barnett Cheek, two brothers, Leonard and Alton Cheek, and two sisters, Luna Mae Cawthon and Lillian Mason.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at Bowersville Baptist Church with the Revs. Connie Ivester and Bobby Carson officiating. Burial will be in Bowers Memorial Gardens. Larry Burdette, Jason Cheek, Pruitt Manley, Ryan Bunner, Robert Hunnicutt and John Bailey will serve as pallbearers.
Mr. Cheek is survived by his wife, Evelyn Hill Cheek, Canon; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Alice Cheek, Canon; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jerry Henderson, Bowersville; grandchildren, Stephanie Cheek Bunner and Jason Cheek; and brothers, Charles Cheek, Decatur, Ala., and Howard Cheek, Clarkesville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bowersville Baptist Church, c/o Janice Burrow, P.O. Box 26, Bowersville, GA 30516.
The family is at the home of Wayne and Alice Cheek, 6136 Hwy. 17, Canon, and was to have received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004

Willie Jo Roberson
Mrs. Willie Jo Hicks Roberson, 76, of Lavonia, died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at her home.
Mrs. Roberson was born in Turner County on May 24, 1927. She was a daughter of the late Joseph Milton and Melzie Roe Hicks.
Mrs. Roberson was a seamstress, a poultry farmer and a homemaker. She was a member of Old Canon Baptist Church. Mrs. Roberson was preceded in death by a son, William Ed Roberson Jr., and a brother, Joseph Milton Hicks Jr.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 16, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Williard Fitzpatrick and Jack Evans officiating. Burial was in the Old Canon Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Roberson is survived by her husband, William Ed Roberson Sr., Lavonia; sons, Roy Royston, Canon, and Tiny Royston, Toccoa; sister, Doris H. Young, Maitland, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004


Henrietta Hart
Mrs. Henrietta McEver Hart, of Royston, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at her home.
Born February 23, 1940, in Jackson County, Mrs. Hart was a daughter of the late Hubert and Louise McEver.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist denomination. Mrs. Hart was preceded in death by a brother, William McEver.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 19, in B.D. Ginn Memorial Chapel of Ginn Funeral Home, Carnesville, with the Rev. Earl Goode and Christopher Ayers officiating. Burial was in the Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Hart is survived by her husband, Roy Lee Hart; four daughters, Debbie McCollum, Sherrie Ayers, Sherry Combs and Melinda Dobbs, all of Royston; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Mary Meincke, Medway, Mass.
Ginn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004

Pauline Cheek
Miss Janie Pauline Cheek, 78, of Royston, died Monday, April 19, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Miss Cheek was born in Madison County on November 22, 1925, a daughter of the late William Harvey and Hilda Elliott Cheek.
She retired from Oxford Manufacturing and was a member of New Bethel Congregational Holiness Church.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 22, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Bruce Kesler and Kenneth Vanderford officiating. Burial will be in the New Bethel Congregational Holiness Church Cemetery.
Miss Cheek is survived by several nieces and nephews.
The family is at the home 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, April 21, 2004

Frances O. Branning
Mrs. Frances O’Neal Hardman Branning, 72, of Ila, died Sunday, April 18, 2004.
A native of Jackson County, Mrs. Branning was a daughter of the late Royal Clayton and Edna Langston Hardman.
She was a graduate of Commerce High School and attended Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. She retired from the Internal Revenue Service as a division chief with 35 years of service.
Mrs. Branning was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Hardman.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. David Bowen officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mrs. Branning is survived by her husband of 50 years, Thomas J. Branning, Ila; daughters, Terri Branning, Lisa Bishop and Beth Gardner, all of Alpharetta; son, Greg Branning, Houston, Texas; brother, Jack Hardman, Danielsville; sister, Nancy Hart, Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004

Sandra Worley
Mrs. Sandra Rousey Worley, 61, of Royston, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at Hart County Hospital in Hartwell.
Mrs. Worley was born in Elbert County on January 21, 1943, the daughter of the late J.C. and Wilma Ruth Yearwood Rousey.
She retired from a career in nursing and was a member of Price Chapel Holiness Church. Mrs. Worley was preceded in death by a son, Gregory Dean Worley, and a daughter, Carolyn Joy Worley.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. Johnny Stowe officiating. Burial was in Hill Crest Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Renae Worley, Royston; half-brother, Billy Rousey, Royston; step-brothers, Claudie Pulliam, Athens, Wayne Pulliam, Bowman, and Jerry Pulliam, Royston; five grandchildren, Justin, Joshua, Matthew, Brandon and Daniel Worley; and one great-granddaughter, Maggie Leigh Worley.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 21, 2004


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