Madison County Obituaries...

AUGUST 11, 2004


James Elrod
James Howard Elrod, 53, Commerce, died Monday, August 9, 2004 at St. Mary’s Hospital.
He was born in Jackson County on November 13, 1950, and was preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Viola (Parker) Elrod. He was employed at the University of Georgia Physical Plant, was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam Era, and was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Towsend Elrod, Commerce; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Ashley Elrod, Commerce; daughter and son-in-law, Monica and Steven Evans, Commerce; two brothers, D.W. “Shorty” Elrod, Watkinsville, and Danny Elrod, Jefferson; one sister, Mary Jean Strickland, Commerce; and two granddaughters, Ensley Evans and Eve Fisher, both of Commerce.
Funeral services will be Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 3 p.m., at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Revs. Verlin Reece, Eric Tyson, Brad Wilson and David Strickland officiating. Burial will follow at the Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Wednesday, August 11, 2004 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Little-Ward Funeral Home, Inc.
Pallbearers will be Aubry Scoggins, Clark Cutler, Alfrey Smith, Bobby Brown, Ray Jones and Ricky Cochran. Music will be provided by David Gailey, Jenni Gailey, Lavonda Reece and Dr. Keith Zimmerman.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, will be in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004

Wilhelmina Tomlinson
Infant Wilhelmina Tomlinson, Royston, died Monday, August 2, 2004.
She is survived by her parents, Sean and Charlotte Tomlinson, Royston; sister, Autumn Tomlinson of the home; and three brothers, Draven, Adorjan and Adrian Tomlinson, all of the home.
Memorial services were held Saturday, August 7, 2004, at the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

Mary ‘Tiny’ Greer
Mrs. Mary Jessie Barbour (Tiny) Greer, 97, Royston, died Tuesday, August 3, 2004, at Brown Memorial Convalescent Center in Royston.
Mrs. Greer was born in Ordway, Colorado, December 17, 1906, daughter of the late Henry Barbour and the late Lily Purdue Barbour. She was a homemaker and member of the Royston First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Lucius Roberts Greer. Mrs. Greer was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Graveside services were held Friday, August 6, 2004, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Royston, with Dr. Brian Clark officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Royston First United Methodist Church, 137 Franklin Springs St., Royston, Ga. 30662.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

Sandra Phillips
Mrs. Sandra Elaine Scarboro Phillips, 33, Royston, died Saturday, August 7, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Mrs. Phillips was born in Peach County, January 23, 1971, daughter of Mrs. Betty Jordan Scarboro, Fort Valley, and the late Thomas Berry Scarboro. She was a homemaker and mother and was a member of the Gordon Church in Royston.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Malone Phillips, Royston; a daughter, Jessica Phillips, Royston; a step-daughter, Christie Bowen, Royston; a granddaughter, Ariana Bower, Royston; a step-mother, Patricia Jones Scarboro, Monticello; three sisters, Diane Sanders, Canon, Linda Sullivan, Royston, and Pam Thomas, Elberton; a brother, Tommy Lee Scarboro, Fort Valley; and three step-brothers, Ronnie Jones, Royston, Felton Jones and Paul Jones, both of Monticello.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 9, 2004, at the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Revs. Andy Bond and Mike Crowe officiating. Burial will follow in the Cary Memorial Gardens.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

Montana Beck
Montana Lacy Beck, infant daughter of David and Brandy Fowler Beck of Colbert, died Monday, August 2, 2004. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Kenneth Fowler and Randell Beck.
Survivors include in addition to her father and mother, grandparents, Bobby and Martha McCarthy, Elaine Sanders; and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Graveside services were held Thursday, August 5, 2004 at Bible Baptist Church Cemetery.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

Mitchell Hanley
James Mitchell Hanley, 79, of Commerce died Monday, August 9, 2004. He was born in Franklin County, the son of the late Ernest Lee and Flossie Edwards Hanley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Anderson Hanley. Mr. Hanley was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Navy, and was a member of Living Word Worship Center.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Pat Hanley, and son Terry Hanley, all of Commerce; four brothers, Willie Dee Hanley, Commerce, Otha and Junior Hanley, both of Hull, Mack Hanley, Ila; three sisters, Virginia Sexton, Madison, Pearlie McGee, Danielsville, and Eleanor Appling, Hull; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 11, 2004 from the Living Word Worship Center with the Rev. Mark Mobley officiating. Burial followed in Jackson Memorial Gardens. Serving as pallbearers were Adrian Parham, Lee Sexton, Brian Smith, Bobby Hanley, Randy Hanley, and Bodie Appling.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 2200 Lake Blvd., Atlanta, Georgia 30319.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

George Rose
Mr. George Elbert Rose, 67, of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Athens, died Saturday July 31, 2004.
He was a native of Detroit, Michigan, and was the son of the late Mary Beth Glass Bender, Fred William Rose, Sr. and Blanche Rose. He was preceded in death by a son, Scott Rose.
Mr. Rose served with the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Light House Congregational Holiness Church, Winder.
Survivors include one son, David Rose, Athens; two daughters, Susan C. Marsingill, Hull, and Donna C. Weathers, Athens; one half-sister, Mary Ann Bender, Calif.; two brothers, Fred W. Rose, Jr., Flat Rock, Mich., and Arthur R. Rose, Atlanta; one half-brother, Steven Bender, Calif; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 6, 2004, in the Chapel of Bridges Funeral Home with the Revs. Jack Bowen and Mark Babin officiating. Burial was in Oconee Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Barry Ruark, Lee Map, Terry Noell, John Casey, Ron Lee, Terry Ruark, and Ronnie Coile.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

David Porterfield
David Clark Porterfield, 65, of Comer, died Tuesday, August 3, 2004.
A native of Madison County, he was the son of the late Richard and Audie Eberhart Porterfield, and worked as a mechanic and meat cutter. He was a member of Comer Methodist Church and was preceded in death by a brother, William Noel Porterfield.
Survivors include two sons, Frank Porterfield, Danielsville, and Keith Porterfield, Colbert; two daughters, Tina Moats, Nicholson, and Misty Pierce, Colbert; four brothers, James R. Porterfield, Danielsville, Reece G. Porterfield, Comer, Hugh Thomas and Mike Porterfield, both of Danielsville; a sister, Mary Lee Esco, Comer; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services were held Friday, August 6, 2004 at Brown Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Sarna officiating. Burial was in the Colbert Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Brown Funeral Home, Post Office Box 272, Danielsville, GA 30644.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

Jerry Rousey
Mr. Jerry Allen Rousey, 48, of Royston, died Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at his home.
Mr. Rousey was born in Franklin County, December 20, 1955, the son of Wofford and Reba David Rousey both of Royston. He was a paramedic in Franklin and Hall Counties and was a member of the Redwine United Methodist Church. He was also a former Franklin County Coroner, a member of the Royston Volunteer Fire Department, Hartwell Airport Authority, and a Talladega Motor Speedway Paramedic.
Survivors include in addition to his parents, his wife, Kathy Jo Bingham Rousey, Royston; sons Brian Allen and Dylan Rousay, both of Royston; daughters Autumn Nicole and Erica Paige Rousey, both of Royston; and a sister, Barbara Beck, Royston.
Memorial Services were held Friday, August 6, 2004 at the Pruitt Funeral Home chapel with Mr. Terry Mize officiating. Burial followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ALS Association, Georgia Chapter, 1955 Cliff Valley Way, Suite 116, Atlanta, Ga. 30329.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

Edna Martin
Mrs. Edna Holcomb Martin, of Jefferson, died August 5, 2004 at Bentley Assisted Living at Northminister.
A native of Clarke County, she was the daughter of the late Albert Edward and Myrtle Bray Holcomb. She was preceded in death by her husband R.A. “Jack” Martin and two sisters, Mrs. Syble Olshinski, Thomasville, N.C. and Mrs. Pauline Clindaniel, Lincoln, De.
Survivors include a step-daughter and son-in-law, Delores and Ed Martin Arnold, Macon; two grandchildren, Mrs. Debs Miller, Statesboro, and Mrs. Lori Eagleson, Peachtree City; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Dot Williams, Commerce and Mrs. Georgia Bean, Thomasville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Martin bequeathed her body to the Medical College of Georgia for the purpose of medical research. A memorial service will be held August 14, 2004 at 2:30 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church, Athens.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the John Twenty-one Fund of Central Presbyterian Church, 380 Alps Road, Athens, Ga. 30606 or to the charity of donor’s choice.
Bridges Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

Sue Shipman
Mrs. Sue Daniell Shipman, 61, Hoschton, died Friday, August 6, 2004, following an extended illness. She was born in Haralson County, the daughter of the late Troy and Pauline Hannah Daniell. Mrs. Shipman was a homemaker and a member of the Center Union Baptist Church, Braselton. She was preceded in death by two sons, Joel and Danny Coley and a brother, Dennis Daniell.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy Shipman, Hoschton; two sons, Ronnie Coley, Jefferson, and Tommy Coley, Hull; three daughters, Darlene Welchel and Evelyn Holder, both of Hoschton, and Susan McAllister, Hull; three sisters, Dorothy Dyer, Commerce, Sybil Stephens, Carnesville, and Cathy Anderson, Maysville; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 9, 2004, at the Center Union Baptist Church, Braselton, with the Revs. Timothy Copeland and Ronnie Coley officiating. Burial followed in Hoschton City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Tommy Smith, Jimmy Rouse, Andy Holder, Ralph Farmer, Paul Farmer and Melvin Gooch.
Evans Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

James Johnson
James E. Johnson, 85, formerly of Madison County, died August 6, 2004.
Survivors include a son, Stanley Johnson and a daughter, Carolyn Elder, both of Atlanta; two sisters, Lois Foote, Tex. and Willean Colbert, Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 11, 2004 from Mack & Payne Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roy L. Thomas officiating. Burial was in the Gholston Baptist Church Cemetery, Comer.
Mack & Payne Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

Delma Bellew
Delma Curtis Bellew, 88, died August 10, 2004.
Born in Clarke County, he was the son of the late John Carmichael and Nora Barber Bellew. He attended Berry School for Boys and was a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Agriculture. A longtime resident of Madison County, he was a farmer and worked with the Farm Bureau in providing electricity to the county in the 1950’s. He was a charter member of Sanford Mens Club, a United States Navy veteran of WWII and retired from Railway Express.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Bellew; children, John and June Minish Bellew and J.R. and Helen Dalton Bellew, all of Nicholson, Sceva and W. Jack Glenn and Tommy and Peggy Mealor Seay, all of Hull; sister, Lorene Reynolds, Lexington; eight grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson, John Michael Bellew.
Funeral services will be Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at Lord and Stephens Chapel, EAST. Burial will be in Athens Memory Gardens. Flower are optional. Memorials may be made to Gordon’s Chapel UMC Land Fund.
Lord and Stephens, EAST will be in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

James Risner
James Michael Risner, 40, of Hartwell, died Sunday, August 8, 2004 at Hart Co. Hospital. Born July 9, 1964 in Hart County, he was the son of James T. Risner, Bowersville. Mr. Risner was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Bernice Chastain Risner and a sister, Patricia Risner.
He was retired from Monroe Auto Equipment Company and a member of the Masons and a Shriner.
In addition to his father, survivors include his wife, Nancy Reed Risner of the home; one daughter, Margaret LeAnna Risner, Danielsville; his stepmother, Sandra J. Risner, Bowersville; two sisters, Vickie Hendrix, Canon, and Stephanie Lynn Norton, Hartwell.
Funeral services were Wednesday, August 11, 2004 in the Chapel of the Strickland Funeral Home with the Revs. Wayne Durden and Ted Kelley officiating. Burial was in the Reed Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
The Strickland Funeral Home, Hartwell, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.

Elbert Norton
Elbert J. Norton, 76, of Crystal River, Fla., died August 6, 2004 at his home.
Born July 26, 1928 in Putnam County, he was the son of Elbert J. Norton Sr. and Arrie (Wilkerson) Norton. Mr. Norton lived in Athens for many years where he retired as a banker from C&S Bank, now known as The Bank of America. He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during WWII and was a member of the American Legion, Athens. Mr. Norton was a Protestant.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Gloria Norton, Crystal River, Fla.; one son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Lydia Norton, Fernandina Beach, Fla.; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Glenn Davis, Simpsonville, S.C., Cindy and Billy Walker, Hartwell, Cathy and Jerry Williams, Ila, and Elaine and Don Carson, Beckley, W. Va.; one sister, Evelyn Warinner, Pasadena, Tex.; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial Contributions to Hospice of Citrus County at P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Fla. 34464.
Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River, Fla., was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, August 11, 2004.


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