Madison County Obituaries...

SEPTEMBER 15, 2004


Evelyn Adams
Evelyn Fortson Adams, 79, of Danielsville, died Thursday, September 9, 2004.
A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Clara Beatonbo Fortson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bluestone Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William G. Adams and a son, Ronnie Michael Adams.
Survivors include one son, Charles D. Adams, Danielsville, four daughters, Dell Willoughby and Lynda Brooks, both of Athens, Teresa Russell, Comer, and Robin Adams, Hartwell; one brother, John Fortson, Danielsville; three sisters, Rebecca Carson, Hardford, N.C., Rachel Haley, Danielsville, and Barbara Lloyd, Athens; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 12, at Brown Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Ray Jenkins and Calvin Coile officiating. Burial was in the Bluestone Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Charles Adams, P.O. Box 812, Danielsville, GA 30633.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.

Isaiah ‘Butch’
Sims, Jr.
Isaiah “Butch” Sims, Jr., 58, of Hull, died Thursday, September 9, 2004.
Survivors include four sons, Freddie Sims, Lansing, Mich., Marcus and Quantize Sims, both of Athens, and Montage Sims, Monroe; two daughters, Joell Gilhma, Bowie, Md., and Raven Sims, Athens; and three sisters, Betty Sims Clarke, Hull, Brenda Sims Scott, Union City, and Sandra Sims Washington, Athens.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 15, at Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Burial was in East Lawn Memorial Cemetery.
Winfrey’s Mutual Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.

Jewell Wilson
Jewell Mae Corn Wilson, 87, of Martin, died Friday, September 10, 2004, at Toccoa Nursing Center.
She was born April 14, 1917, in the Red Hill Community and was the daughter of the late Fletcher and Pearl Corn. She was a homemaker and was retired from Carwood Manufacturing Company after 35 years. Mrs. Wilson was a member of Pleasent Hill Baptist Church, the TEL Sunday School Class, the WMU and she taught Nursery Sunday school for more than 30 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hoke Alvin Wilson, a son, Alvin Wilson, a daughter, Guynelle Wilson, and a brother, Merrell Corn.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce W. and Fred Johnson, Hull; brother, Kermit L. Corn, Royston; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jennifer J. and Vince Davitt; grandson and wife, Jason L. and Cassandra Johnson; great-grandchildren Kelsey Faye Johnson, Grant Garrett, and Nathan Davitt.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 12, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Stacey, David Wilson, Doug Goss and Dr. Doug Ferguson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Edsel Corn, John Farrow, David Wilson, Barry Brown, Leon Denman and Wayne Chitwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasent Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 393, Lavonia, GA 30553 or to a church or charity of one’s choice.
Hamby Funeral Home, Lavonia, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.

Marvin Westbrook
Marvin R. Westbrook, 55, of Ila, died Saturday, September 11, 2004, at Emmanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro.
He was born in Clark County October 21, 1948, and was the son of the late Loyd and Ruth Shankle Westbrook. He was a Methodist.
Survivors include a brother, Lloyd Westbrook, Commerce.
Private funeral services were held.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.

Sara Jo Floyd
Sara Jo Stone Floyd, 75, of Canon, died Thursday, September 9, 2004, at the Hart County Hospital in Hartwell.
She was born in Anderson, S.C., June 20, 1929, the daughter of the late E.N. and Pearl McCollum Stone. She was retired from the textile industry, where she was admired and respected by her co-workers, according to family members. Mrs. Floyd was a member of the Redwine United Methodist Church. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, and a dear friend forever, according to her loved ones. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy James Floyd and one brother, Junior Stone.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Charles (Junior) Hendrix, Canon; grandchildren, Burney Hendrix, and Melody and Harold Roach, all of Canon; great-grandchildren, Whitney and Bethany Roach, both of Canon; and a sister, Christine Randall, Canon.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 12, at the Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Martha Dye officiating. Burial was in Redwine United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.

Joseph Butler
Joseph Riley Butler, 68, of Hull, died Tuesday, September 14, 2004.
A native of South Carolina, he was the son of the late William and Mary Elsie Kay Butler. He previously worked for the Davis House in Athens, also in South Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania and was a member of the Lauren Grove Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Buster Shelton and a brother, Thomas F. Butler.
Survivors include three sons, Larry Joe and Donald G. Butler, and Joseph R. Butler, Jr., all of Winterville; two daughters, Mary Kay Wood, Beechgrove, Tenn., and Patty Ogle, Comer; three brothers, William E. Butler, Pineville, N.C., James P. Butler, Colorado Springs, Colo., and J. Harold Butler, Magnolia, Tex.; three sisters, Polly Jenkins, Greer, S.C., Rachel Jones, Mauldin, S.C., and Jan McClain, Ila; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 10 nephews; and 13 nieces.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 16, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, East, with the Rev. Mrs. Mary Wheless officiating. Burial will be in Colbert Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home East was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.

Bobby Hancock
Bobby Hancock, 71, of Jefferson, died Saturday, September 11, 2004, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, while attending a Military Reunion.
He was born in Banks County, the son of the late Burrell Austell and Gladys Thomas Hancock. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church where he had formerly served as a Deacon, was the owner of Bobby Hancock Trucking since 1978, and was an Army Veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Pauline Stevens Hancock, Jefferson; a daughter, Marie Sagon, Jefferson; sister, Betty Ingram, Southern Pines, N.C.; and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 15, at Faith Baptist Church in Jefferson with Dr. Gerald Mitton, the Revs. Alan Saunders and Keith Cudd officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Gardens, Commerce. Pallbearers were Walker Campbell, Roy Martin, Chuck Cook, David Rush, Keith Wilburn, and Bob Beeco.
Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, P.O. Box 427, Jefferson, Georgia 30549.
Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.

Cinderella Rucker
Cinderella Martin Rucker, 68, of Commerce, died Monday, September 6, 2004, at the Banks Jackson Commerce Medical Center, Commerce.
She was the daughter of the late Ell and Norene Bryson Martin, Commerce, and was preceded in death by her husband, Cornolia Rucker, and a son, Fredrick Martin.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Cornolia Ellis and Sabrina Rucker, Winder; three daughters and son-in-law, Lisa Rucker, Commerce, Louise Johnson, Toccoa, and Teresa and Joey Tate, Banks County; one brother, Dan Martin, Commerce; two sisters and brother-in-law, Ollie L. Porter, Commerce, Roberta and George Adams, Detroit, Mich.; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Friday, September 10, at Mt. Pleasant CME Church.
Mason Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.

Laurie Anthony
Laurie Ann Anthony, 36, of Royston, died Friday, September 10, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Clarke County July 11, 1968, the daughter of Rev. Bobby and Jerry Maddox Anthony. She was a Special Education teacher at the Royston Elementary School and was a member of the Royston First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the hand bell choir. Miss Anthony was a member of PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) and was President of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a brother, Matt Anthony, Nicholson; sister, Lisa Simmering, Conyers; and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 12, at the Royston First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Brian Clark, Danny Barton, John Simmons, and Griff Carithers officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston. Pallbearers were John Guyer, Bobby Archer, Gene Pearson, Matt Anthony, Roger Thomas, and Jeffery Thomas. Honorary pallbearers were the teachers and staff of Royston Elementary School.
Memorials may be made to the Royston First United Methodist Church Music Ministry, 137 Franklin Springs Street, Royston, GA 30662, or to the Center United Methodist Church, c/o Alelia Baird, 426 Old Commerce Road, Athens, GA 30607.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.

Russell Epps
Russell Greg Epps, 32, of Comer, died Monday, September 13, 2004.
Born in Jackson County, he was the son of Allan and Ann Epps of Athens and was employed with Carrier Transicold.
Survivors include his wife, Stacy Epps; children, Robin Leigh Epps, Cathy Ann Epps, and Courtney Dale Epps; and a sister, Sandy Michelle Epps.
Funeral services will be Thursday, September 16, at 1 p.m. at Lord and Stephens Chapel, East, with the Rev. Buford Lockman officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday, September 15, from 6 until 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been set up for the Epps Family at People’s Bank, 1995 Atlanta Highway, SE, Statham, Georgia 30666.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, East, is in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.

Edna Wansley
Edna Wansley, 94, of Royston, died Monday, September 13, 2004 at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
She was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., February 25, 1910, and was the daughter of the late John and Kate Scott Bowen. She was formerly the owner and operator of the Royston Beauty Shop and was a member of the Royston First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Love Circle. Mrs. Wansley was a member of the 50 Plus Club and the Happy Traveler’s Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Tabor Wansley, a daughter, Rosalie Casey, and sisters Harriett Ballard, Jessie Graham, and Kate Gentry.
Survivors include a daughter, Elaine LaFayette, Athens; one sister, Willie Bottoms, Griffin; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 16, at 2:00 p.m., at the Royston First United Methodist Church with Dr. Brian Clark and the Rev. Larry Kaiser officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.
Flowers are optional, memorials may be made to the Royston First United Methodist Church, 137 Franklin Springs Street, Royston, Ga. 30662.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of the arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, September 15, 2004.


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