Madison County Obituaries...

NOVEMBER 24, 2004


Virginia Bowden
Virginia Wood Bowden, Athens, died Saturday, November 20, 2004.
A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Quincy A. and Mary Brown Wood. She was a long time resident of Athens. Mrs. Bowden was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney H. Bowden and a sister, Maxine Grage.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Lynn Bowden and Bobby and Marilyn Bowden, all of Athens; sister and brothers-in-law, Marie and Ed Fisher, Snellville and Walter Grage, Stone Mountain; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 22, at Bernstein Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Patrick Chandler officiating. Burial was in the Evergreen Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Athens, or to a charity of your choice.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 24, 2004.

Franklin Dockery
Franklin Deleno Dockery, 69, of Royston, died Wednesday, November 17, 2004, at his residence.
Born in Franklin County, he was the son of the late William Vassie Dockery, Sr. and Ruth Woods Dockery. He was a retired mechanic and life long member of the Teamsters Organization. Mr. Dockery was preceded in death by a daughter, Michelle Stephens, two brothers, William Barnett Dockery and Fred Lee Dockery, three sisters, Elvin Brown, Annie Sue Floyd and Mildred Dockery.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Ruth Fields Dockery, Royston; daughter, Cindy Colbert, Kissimmee, Fla.; brother, William Vassie Dockery, Jr., Climath Falls, Ore.; sisters, Francis Dockery Bennett, Bowman, and Linda Gail Howell, Bowersville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday, November 21, at the Rose Hill Cemetery with Mr. Vernon Boswell officiating.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 24, 2004.
Rilla McGinnis
Rilla Fortson McGinnis, 84, of Nicholson, died Saturday, November 20, 2004, at the BJC Hospital following an extended illness.
She was preceded in death by a son Larry McGinnis and two sisters, Eva Mae Bray and Ellen Allen.
Survivors include her husband, Hoyt McGinnis, Nicholson; son, Keith McGinnis, Nicholson; daughter, Rebecca Vincent, Adairsville; three brothers, Tom Fortson and Frank Fortson, both of Colbert; and Carl Fortson, Ohio; three grandchildren, Corey Vincent, Tori and Mikkie McGinnis.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 22, at the Cabin Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Troy Herbert officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 24, 2004.


Laura Bradshaw
Laura Mae Conwell Bradshaw, 78, of Athens, died Monday, November 22, 2004.
A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Salley Echols Crowe. She was a seamstress for Blue Bell Sewing Plant, a former member of Meadow Baptist Church and currently had been a member of Oconee Heights Baptist Church. Mrs. Bradshaw was preceded in death by her first husband, Dallas Conwell, and her second husband, Robert Bradshaw, a son, Wesley Conwell, four brothers, Crawford, Henry, George and Robert Crowe, and four sisters, Lucy Adams, Mary Patton, Edna Patton and Cornelia Pass.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Marks, Athens; two sons, James Conwell, Nicholson and Dennis Conwell, Ila; a brother, the Rev. William Crowe, Gainesville; eight grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 24, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with the Revs. Tommy Cowart, Chris Camdon, and Terry Stutes officiating. Burial will be in the Meadow Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Conwell, Shawn Conwell, Ben Nunley, Cory Coile, Robert Abbott and John Kinman.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday, November 23, from 6 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, Ga. 306045.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 24, 2004.

Wynna King
Annie Wynna Osley King, 80, of Bowman, died Sunday, November 21, 2004, at Hart County Hospital.
Born in Madison County September 4, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Clifford R. and Parrie Selgier Osley. Mrs. King was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where she served in the WMU as a Primary Sunday School teacher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Johnson King, and two brothers, Murlyn and Charles Osley.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Terry Vickery, Hartwell; sons and daughters-in-law, Myron and Wanda King, Bowman, Randall and Ann King and Bobby and Patti King, all of Royston, and Alan and Phylis King, Bowman; sister, Inez Brown, Bowman; sisters-in-law, Grace Osley and Carolyn Mize, both of Royston; Brothers and sister-in-law, Raymond and Mary Beth King, Elberton and Clyde King, Bowman; grandchildren, Ronnie and Dawn King, Gina and Brent Maxwell, Melanie and Ben Leard, Rusty King, Brandon King, Kristopher King, Wade and Sherry King, Felecia and Shane Baker, Michael King, Ryan King, Rusty and Cherokee Bell, John Vickery and Ty Vickery; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 23, at the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Pritchett officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Vista Care Hospice, c/o Clif Crews, Program Director, 767 Oglethorpe Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30606.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 24, 2004.

‘Amigo’ Rodriguez
Geraldo “Amigo” Rodriguez, 48, of Royston, died Saturday, November 20, 2004, at his residence.
He was born in Cuba October 16, 1956, was a construction worker and a maintenance worker with Crystal Farms. Mr. Rodriguez was a Baptist.
Survivors include a caregiver, Lena Sullivan, Royston.
Memorial services were held Monday, November 22, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with Jeff Freeman officiating.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 24, 2004.

Betty Nolan
Betty Case Nolan, 72, of Comer, died Thursday, November 18, 2004, at Cleveland Clinic, Weston, Florida.
Born in Cedartown, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Case and Lydia Rice Evans. Over the years Mrs. Nolan lived in several cities in Georgia including Rome, Acworth, Valdosta and Stone Mountain. In 1980 she relocated to Comer from Stone Mountain where she worked for Dupont Nemours, Inc. as an Executive Secretary. She was a member of Comer Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher for several years. More recently and prior to her death she was a member of Vineyard Creek Baptist Church where she also served as a Sunday school teacher. She was an avid Bible student who loved her Lord Jesus, according to family members, and was an accomplished artist with expertise in drawing and painting.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Clyde David Nolan; son, Patrick David Nolan; friend Deanna Lynn Craft, Hiram; daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Lydia Nolan and Dr. Richard E. Davis, Weston, Fla., and Dr. Lisa Kay Nolan, Ames, Iowa; cousin who was as close as a sister, Carolyn Daves, Austell.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 24, at 2:30 p.m. at Vineyard Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Larry Green and the Rev. Dewitt Waters officiating. Pallbearers will be deacons of the church. Honorary pallbearers will be Aubrey Thomas and James Page. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville.
The family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Southeast Florida, 309 S.E. 18th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 33316.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 24, 2004.

Clay Cleveland
Clay K. Cleveland, 69, Bowman, died Thursday, November 18, 2004.
A native of Hart County, Mr. Cleveland was the son of the late Carl and Mozelle Alewine Cleveland. He was a retired United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Cleveland.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Christopher Cleveland, Bowman; a son, Kurt Kramer, Gilbert, Ariz.; a daughter, Kelli Imlay, Snohomish, Wash.; three step-children, Carmelita Mangum, Palaski, Miss., Roseanna Reed, Athens, and Chris Baker, Sudan, Texas; three sisters, Anita Cleveland, Asheville, N.C., Jan Cleveland, Ashville, N.C., Joyce Vassar, Pelzer, S.C.; a brother, Bruce Cleveland, Elberton; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Final arrangements will be made at a later date for burial in Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, November 24, 2004.

Robert Bond
Robert Lee Bond, 48, Las Vegas, Nev., was killed in a car accident Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004.
He was born June 26, 1956, in Royston, the son of the late Wallace Berry Bond and Lula Freeman and the grandson of Henrietta Hilley Bond, Danielsville, and the late Carson Bond. He was also the grandson of the late Lee and Etta Holcomb Freeman, Royston. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Tina Marie Bond.
Mr. Bond was a devoted husband and father and a dedicated Christian, who served Jesus Christ through a prison ministry, family members stated. He was also proud to have served his country in the United States Marine Corps.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy Lou Bond, and young daughter, Savanna, Las Vegas; mother, Lula Bass, Hull; stepmother, Charlotte Collins Bond, Danielsville; sister, Ruth Bond Howell, Spartanburg, S.C.; brothers, Buck, Mike and Johnny Johnson and Toby Bass, Danielsville.
Other survivors are his precious daughters, Julie and Amber Bond and sons, Jason and Robert Andrew Bond of Lakeland, Fla., and a very special “brother-like” cousin, Alan Bond of Danielsville; and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 18, at the International Church of Las Vegas. Pallbearers were Jason and Andrew Bond, Danny Johnson, Jesse Goulart, Ron Tozier and Ron Reid.
The funeral arrangements were handled by Palm Mortuary-Cheyenne, Las Vegas, Nev.
The Madison County Journal, November 24, 2004.


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