Madison County Obituaries...

MAY 12, 2004


Paul E. Strickland Sr.
Paul Edward Strickland Sr., 74, of Danielsville, died Saturday, May 1, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Strickland was the son of the late Jasper B. and Myrtie Bridges Strickland.
He worked for City Glass as a glass glazer and was of the Baptist denomination. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maude G. Carter Strickland, and a daughter, Dorothy Strickland.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Albert Vaughn officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. Shane Bridges, Tommy Gaddis, Jerry Alewine, Glenn Worlds, Mitch Collins and Chuck Finch served as pallbearers.
Mr. Strickland is survived by a son, Paul Edward Strickland Jr., Gainesville; daughters, Kathy Baxter, Hull, and Brenda Smith, Danielsville; sister, Sue Gaddis, Danielsville; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

James Scarborough
James Benjamin Scarborough, 59, of Hull, died Monday, May 10, 2004, at his home.
Mr. Scarborough was born June 21, 1944, a son of the late Jewell Benjamin and Vivian Lee Woods Scarborough.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 13, in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Bowen officiating.
Survivors include four brothers, Ernest Scarborough and Charles Scarborough, both of Comer, Kenneth Scarborough, Daniels-ville, and Johnny Scarborough, Bowman; two sisters, Vivian Gueth, Comer, and Martha Adams, Danielsville; and several nieces and nephews.
The family is at their respective homes and will receive friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston.
Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

Carrie
‘Granny’ Segars
Mrs. Carrie “Granny” Youngblood Segars, 87, of Gainesville, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at Limestone Heritage following an extended illness.
Born in Forsyth County, Mrs. Segars had lived in Hartwell for many years before moving to Gainesville 10 years ago. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Jenny Alexander Smith.
Mrs. Segars was a homemaker and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church. She was a very faithful and devoted pastor’s wife, it was stated.
Mrs. Segars was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Garnett Youngblood, a daughter, Imogene Hanley, a son-in-law, Omer Cape, and a grandson, Terry Beck.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at Bethany Baptist Church with the Revs. Scott Culpepper, Lamar Purcell and Larry Youngblood officiating. Burial followed at 3 p.m. in the Tabernacle Baptist Church Cemetery in Hartwell.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and the Rev. Scott Culpepper and Betty and the Rev. Lamar Purcell, all of Gainesville, Mary and Paul King, Commerce, and Beth and Troy Beck, Mt. Airy; daughter, Helen Cape, Hartwell; son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Larry and Margaret Youngblood, Auburn; son-in-law, Henry Hanley, Danielsville; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives.
Memorial contributions may be made to one’s favorite church or charity organization in memory of Mrs. Segars.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

Wilson Fitzpatrick
Wilson Fitzpatrick, 86, of Danielsville, died Friday, May 7, 2004.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Fitzpatrick was a son of the late Earnest and Chester Bonnie White Fitzpatrick.
He was a retired mechanic and a member of Erastus Christian Church. Mr. Fitzpatrick was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Minish Fitzpatrick, three brothers, J.D., Ellis and Obediah Fitzpatrick, and a sister, Mary Dobbs.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Carl Beckham and the Rev. Albert Vaughn officiating. Burial was in the Ila Cemetery.
Survivors include five sons, Kenneth Fitzpatrick, Johnny Fitzpatrick and Millard Fitzpatrick, all of Ila, Berry Fitzpatrick, Neese, and Kimsey Fitzpatrick, Colbert; five sisters, Jeffie Fitzpatrick, Commerce, Robbie Burnett and Martha Davis, both of Greenville, S.C., Chester Wylder, Stockbridge, and Vera Timms, Clermont; two brothers, Clyde Fitzpatrick, Danielsville, and Horace Fitzpatrick, Cleveland; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

Claude Sorrow
Claude Sorrow, 83, of Winterville, died Monday, May 3, 2004.
A native of Banks County, Mr. Sorrow was a son of the late John and Hattie Lou Skelton Sorrow.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Sorrow served in the United States Air Force. He retired from Jefferson Mills and was a charter member and deacon of Sonlight Baptist Church.
Mr. Sorrow was preceded in death by two sisters, Grace Toney and Lois Smallwood.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Sonlight Baptist Church with the Revs. Nathan Palmer and Billy Driscoll officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. David Clark, Robert McCurley, James Jackson, Don Loggins, Jim Gabriel and Tony Patterson served as pallbearers.
Mr. Sorrow is survived by his wife, Frances Sorrow; daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Hugh Culbertson, Winterville; son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Brenda Sorrow, Colbert; sons, Johnny Sorrow and Sammy Sorrow, both of Winterville; sisters, Montine Hardman, Commerce, and Johnnie Lou Spray, Arnoldsville; brothers, Noble Sorrow, Brunswick, and Charles Sorrow, Conyers; and grandchildren, Amy and Don Loggins, Statham, Angela and James Jackson, Colbert, and Cody Culbertson.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

Dorothy D. Lord
Mrs. Dorothy Dane Wilson Lord, 77, of Commerce, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at Hill Haven Nursing Home.
Mrs. Lord was born July 26, 1926, in Banks County, a daughter of the late George Thomas and Eddie Didane Lord Wilson.
She retired from Oxford Manufacturing and was a member of Danielsville Baptist Church.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 10, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Mike Hudmon officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce.
Mrs. Lord is survived by her husband, Paul Lord, Commerce; one son, Larry Lord, Commerce; two daughters, Judy Bawner, Maysville, and Paulette James, Danielsville; one brother, Harry Lee Wilson, Athens; four sisters, Louise Anderson, Colbert, and Genell Chandler, Thelma Smith and Zelma Smith, all of Commerce; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

Joyce Burdette
Mrs. Joyce Patricia Burdette, 63, of Canon, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at her home.
Mrs. Burdette was born in Clarke County on August 8, 1940. She was a daughter of the late Voyle and Dellie Powell Williamson.
Mrs. Burdette was a seamstress and a member of Rice Creek Baptist Church, Canon.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Lee Smith and Joey Young officiating. Burial was in the Rice Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Bobby Locke, Jason Locke and Jack Bundrick served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Glenn Burdette Jr., Canon; daughter, Kathy Smith, Elberton; sisters, Eula Myers, Lavonia, Verna Ashworth, the Harrison Community, Lila McKern, Canon, Brenda Banks, Royston, and Barbara Norman, Hartwell; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

Betty McGarity
Mrs. Betty Joe Ridgway McGarity, 79, of Royston, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. McGarity was born in Hart County on January 21, 1925, a daughter of the late Lemuel Moses and Blanche Brown Ridgway.
She was a homemaker and a life-long member of Royston First United Methodist Church. She graduated from Royston High School and attended Toccoa Falls Institute and Monroe A&M. She was active in the local Boy Scouts and was a member of the Eastern Star. She had been an employee of Reeder Tucker, Tri County Bank and Royston Elementary School.
Mrs. McGarity was preceded in death by her husband, John Ralph McGarity Sr., and a sister, Eugenia Ridgway Maddox.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Revs. Bobby Anthony and Chris Pritchett officiating. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston. John McGarity III, Lee McGarity, Jason McGarity, Edwin Roberts, Mark Cox and Grant McGarity served as pallbearers.
Survivors include her sons, Dr. John R. McGarity Jr. and Robert L. “Bobby” McGarity, both of Royston; daughter, Peggy McGarity Rankin, Mableton; sister, Frances Ridgway Roberts, Elberton; sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Jimmy Langford, Athens; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Royston First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 137 Franklin Springs Street, Royston, GA 30662.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

Edward L. Crump
Edward L. Crump, 68, of Royston, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at Hart County Hospital in Hartwell.
Mr. Crump was born in Franklin County on June 22, 1935, the son of the late Bill and Eliza Leona Brown Crump.
He was owner of Crump’s Body Shop and C&C Fiberglass and was of the Baptist denomination. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Crump was preceded in death by a son, Samuel O’Neal Crump.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.
Mr. Crump is survived by his wife, Barbara Hobbs Crump, Royston; daughter and son-in-law, Libby Marie and Bill Bowers, Hartwell; and grandson, Grant D. Bowers, Hartwell.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

Lucille Seymour
Mrs. Lucille Cromer Seymour, 79, of Canon, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at her home.
Mrs. Seymour was born April 5, 1925 in Hart County. She was a daughter of the late Joseph Olin and Ossie Bond Cromer.
Mrs. Seymour was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Senior Adult Sunday School Class, the W.M.U. and the Joy Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Seymour, two daughters, Peggy Seymour and Barbara Hopkins, four brothers, Elmer, Carlton, Clarence and Howard Cromer, and a sister, Reba Nix.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at Bethany Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerry Durham and Richard Bielski officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Charles Hendrix Jr., Kenneth Hendrix, Barron Hendrix, LeRoy Swafford, Roy Crocker and Brian Cannon served as pallbearers.
Survivors include a son, Curtis Seymour, Canon; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jerry Haley, Canon; grandchildren, Nelson King, Atlanta, Rebecca Cannon, Baldwin, Jeremy Haley, Athens, and Jonathan Haley, Milledgeville; great-grandson, Jason Mealor, Cornelia; two great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Elton Hendrix, Royston.
Memorials may be made to the Saint Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

Donna B. McGinnis
Mrs. Donna Baxter McGinnis, 48, of Flowery Branch, died Tuesday, May 4, 2004, after a sudden illness.
Mrs. McGinnis was born July 12, 1955, in Hawkinsville, a daughter of the late G.L. “Fate” Baxter and the late Helen Eva Farmer Baxter.
She was employed as a manager with AT&T for 18 years and was a member of Mill Creek Community Church, Buford. Mrs. McGinnis was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanette Henderson.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the chapel of Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Tony McCollum officiating. Burial was in Evans Memory Gardens. Glenn Baxter, Sam Baxter, Chuck Baxter, John Cox, Wayne Jones, Tyson Baxter, Shane Brown and Jeremy Minish served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Todd Baxter, Todd Minish and Anthony Conner.
Mrs. McGinnis is survived by her husband, Douglas McGinnis, Flowery Branch; daughters, Danielle McGinnis, Homer, and Deonna McGinnis, Flowery Branch; sisters, Naomi Minish, Hull, Vickie Kesler and Sheryl Miller, both of Commerce, and Linda Stegal, Decatur; brothers, Glenn Baxter, Danielsville, Chuck Baxter, Commerce, Sam Baxter, Homer, and Nathaniel Baxter, Thomasville, N.C.; and two grandchildren.
Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004

Annie Jo Owens
Mrs. Annie Jo Owens, 83, of Athens, died Thursday, May 6, 2004.
Mrs. Owens was born July 31, 1920, in Oconee County, a daughter of the late Howell P. White and Lena Hartley White.
Her adult life was spent in Athens where she retired from the J.C. Penney Company.
“Her loving ways were known to family and friends alike,” stated family members. “She embraced life and all its gifts with the heart of a child. Her generosity and spirit will live on through those whose lives she touched.”
Mrs. Owens was preceded in death by a son, Steve Turnell, a brother, C.T. White, and a sister, Runa Richardson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 10, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Thom Shores officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park. Scott, David and Leland Basham, Bill Hicks, Robert White and Greg Reeves served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Owens is survived by her husband of 52 years, Charlie Owens; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and June Turnell; daughter, Diane Mostiler; granddaughters, Suzanne Watt (Brian), Beth Turnell, Stephanie Mostiler and Andrea Ridgely (Randy); grandson, Cliff Mostiler (Stephanie); great-grandchildren, Avery Watt, Phillip Hamilton and Mercedes, Marlies and Sarah Baldwin; and best friend, Gwen Morton.
Contributions may be made to the Piano Fund or Renovation Fund at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 100 Janice Drive, Athens, GA 30606.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, May 12, 2004


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