Madison County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 1, 2004


‘Bob’ Heath
Dr. Robert W. "Bob" Heath, 67, of Franklin Springs, died Saturday, November 27, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Born in Tulsa, Okla. August 15, 1937, he was the son of Sue Wever Heath, Tulsa, Okla., and the late A.J. (Jack) Heath. He was a retired College Professor at Emmanuel College and also had taught at Oral Roberts University and Southwest-ern Bible College. Before his death he was teaching online for the University of Maryland. Dr. Heath was an Ordained Minister in the Pentecostal Holiness Church and attended The Grove in Maysville. He was a member of Georgia Communication Association, Geor-gia Golf Association, Family Motor Coach Association and the Georgia Newmar Motor Coach Association. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Lynne Heath, and a half-sister, Jacqueline Heath Hume.
Survivors include his wife, Hester L. Henderson Heath, Franklin Springs; son, Robert D. Heath, Alpharetta; daughter, Susan Heath Johnson, Monroe; his mother; brothers, A.J. (Jim) Heath, Tulsa, Okla., and Charles Heath, Wellington, Fla.; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 30, at the Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Glen Howard and Pastor Jeff Appling officiating. Burial was in Eternal Hills Memory Gardens, Snellville.
Memorials may be made to the Robert W. Heath Memorial Scholarship Fund at Emmanuel College or to The Brain Tumor Clinic at Duke University.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Sara Bond
Sara L. Bond, 78, of Canon, died Thursday, November 25, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.
Born February 26, 1926, in Anderson, S.C., she was the daughter of the late R.F. Locke and Ophelia Partain Locke. She was a retired paraprofessional for the Hart County School System, where she served for 27 years at the Eagle Grove Elementary School. She was a former member of the Redwine Home Demonstration Club and a member of the Hartwell First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Franklin Bond.
Survivors include her sons, Sonny Bond, Royston, Bobby Bond, Colbert, and David Bond, LaGrange; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 27, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home with the Rev. Ted Kelly officiating. Burial was in the Nancy Hart Memorial Park.
Strickland Funeral Home of Hartwell was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Frances Anderson
Frances Bone Anderson, 83, of Winterville Retirement Center, Winterville, died Monday, November 22, 2004, from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
The daughter of Ralph J. and Frances Wyland Bone, she was born in Onslow, Iowa January 10, 1921. Educated in the public schools of Monticello, Iowa, she was a graduate of Grinnell College. Mrs. Anderson taught history and government in the Algonia, Iowa and Boone, Iowa schools. She lived in Alliance, Iowa for 17 years and in Glendale, Ca. for seven before moving to Athens in 1974.
She was always interested in education and governmental affairs, served as a volunteer tutor for grade school children, taught Sunday School, and assisted wives of foreign students in learning English. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters and organized the first Head Start in Alliance. She participated in the Athens Council on Aging and the Meals-on-Wheels program.
Her friends admired her warm, friendly manner as well as her homemaking skills. An excellent cook, she particularly enjoyed making dozens of cookies and many candies at Christmas. Friends looked forward to her annual Cookie Day. She sewed and knitted various articles, among them baby blankets for her friends. Blessed with a good sense of humor, she collected jokes and passed them on when she visited any friends who may have been house bound or hospitalized. An avid reader, she shared her books with others. She was preceded in death by three brothers.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Charles H. Anderson; son, Jeffrey Anderson, New Castle, Ca.; daughters, Barbara Muratore, Athens, JoEllen Giesbrecht (Mrs. Steve) of Hull and Julie Chapman (Mrs. Carl), Alpharetta; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Monday, November 29, at Covenant Presbyterian Church with the Revs. James Bowden, Mark Harper and Beecher Mathes officiating.
Memorials may be made to Meals-on-Wheels program and the Athens Council on Aging.
National Cremation Society, Lilburn, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Lula Smith
Lula Margaret Smith, 86, of Dewy Rose, formerly of the Sandy Cross Community in Franklin County, died Friday, November 26, 2004, at the Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
She was born in Franklin County September 22, 1918, daughter of the late James Tom and Etta Carey Smith. Mrs. Smith was a retired textile worker with Candlewick Industries and attended Dewy Rose Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, William Howell Smith and sister, Millie Horne.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Harvey Lee and Shirley Crowe, Dewy Rose; brother, Carey Williard Smith, Royston; sisters, Tommie Lou Rice, Canon, Veba Phillips, Etta Jo Bell, and Mary Jean Smith, all of Royston; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 28, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Revs. Gary Purvis and Kenny Martin officiating. Burial was in the Pennington Chapel UMC Cemetery.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Ruby Peeples
Ruby Peeples, 85, of Canon, died Thursday, November 25, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Born in Franklin County November 19, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Asa and Ethel Allen Peeples. She was a homemaker and member of the Double Branches Baptist Church. Mrs. Peeples was preceded in death by her husband, Frank H. Peeples; a son, Bobby Peeples; daughter, Jeanette Adams; and granddaughter, Donna Rudeseal.
Survivors include children, Betty Baskins, Margaret Fortson and June Brooks, all of Danielsville, Joel Peeples, Canon, Linda Rudeseal, Elaine Finley, Kathy Fowler and Helen Banister, all of Royston, Don Peeples, Elberton, Ellen Matthews, Lexington, and Tammy Fitzpatrick, Bowersville; sisters, Eula Outz, Rachel Whitworth and Lattie Wooten, all of Lavonia, and Florence Norris, Gastonia, N.C.; 34 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 27, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Revs. Eldon Massey and Grant Myerholtz officiating. Burial was in the Double Branches Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Memorials may be made to the Double Branches Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Janice Lyons
Janice M. Lyons, 67, of Danielsville, died Sunday, November 28, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens following a brief illness.
Born May 27, 1937, in Gosport, Ind., she had lived in Middletown and Sulphur Springs most of her life before moving to Georgia in 1984. She graduated from Pendleton High School in 1955 and had worked at Next Day Apparel Incorporated in Ila for several years. Mrs. Lyons was a former member of the Middletown Nazarene Church and a member of the Eagle Nest Ministry in Ila. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert L. and Violet Marie Hancock, son, Dana Karl Bishop, brother, Robert Charles Hancock; sister, Myra Jane Fridley, and a sister-in-law, Emma Lou Hancock.
Survivors include three daughters and son-in-law, Marcella Jane “Marty” and Rick Hollenback and Debbie C. Lyons, all of Danielsville, Lisa Marie Granger (finance’ Frankie White), Ila, Debbie C.; son and daughter-in-law, Allen Dale and Rita West, Danielsville; nine grandchildren, Tammy, Christina, Ashley, Amber Nichole, Isaih00, Chance K., Canyon C., Amber and Bryan; five great-grand-children; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Arthur Dale and Joyce Hancock, Danielsville, Terry Lee and Melinda Hancock, Marion, Ind., Steven Earl Hancock, Danielsville, Michael and Aria Hancock, Indianapolis, Ind.; two sisters, Roberta Ann Ball, Marion, Ind., and Phyllis Jean Hymer, Bogart; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 3, at 10 a.m. at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home, 515 East 53rd Street, Anderson, Indiana, with the Rev. David Whitteberry officiating. Burial will be in Mechanicsburg Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, December 2, at the funeral home.
Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home, Anderson, Indiana, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Mary Briscoe
Mary Edna Fowler Briscoe, 63, of Brown Memorial Convalescent Center in Royston, died Sunday, November 28, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital, Royston.
Born in Franklin County October 2, 1941, she was the daughter of the late James Mack Fowler and Mayola Haley Fowler. Mrs. Briscoe was a homemaker and attended the Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Stewart, L.C. (Pete), Marvin and Boyce Fowler, and one sister, Bertha Price.
Survivors include sons, Dennis Briscoe, Royston, and Kenny Briscoe, Carnesville; daughter, Donna Briscoe, Carnesville; sisters, Cathryn Cromer, Salisbury, N.C., Rachel Royston, Joyce Floyd and Ruby Brown, all of Royston; and JoAnn Peeples, Canon; brother, Jack Fowler, Kannapolis, N.C.; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 30, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Revs. Bert Synan, Malcolm Herndon, and Chris Pritchett officiating. Burial was in the Peniel Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

‘Cindy’ Nelms
Cynthia Perry Nelms, 44, of Colbert, died Monday, November 29, 2004.
Born in Athens, she was the daughter of Eugene Perry and the late Shirley Wilson Perry.
Survivors include a son, Shaun Nelms; brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Robin Perry, Alpharetta; sisters and brothers-in-law, Meg and James McCart, Greensboro, and Susan and Timmy Evans, Milledgeville; grandson, Jackson Nelms; five nieces and nephews; and companion, Dan Hollifield, Colbert.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, December 2, at 2 p.m. in Lord and Stephens Chapel, EAST, with the Rev. Randy Crowe officiating.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Charlie Fortson
Charlie Homer Fortson, 84, of Charlotte, N.C., died Friday, November 26, 2004, at the home of his son in Locust, N.C.
Born July 23, 1920, in Madison County, he was the son of the late Thomas Jackson and Lizzie C. Lord Fortson. Mr. Fortson was retired from Scandura Belting Company as a loom fixer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie Mae Barber Fortson, son-in-law, Richard Barker, and brother, Dupree Fortson.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne Fortson, Bessemer City, N.C., Larry and Ruth Fortson, Locust, N.C., and Daniel and Deborah Fortson, Lancaster, S.C.; two step-daughters and step-son-in-law, Dorothy Barber Barker, Boone, N.C. and Nancy Barber and James Bailey, Nokesville, Va.; two brothers, Este Fortson, Danielsville, and Daryl Fortson, Salisbury, N.C.; two sisters, Lucy and Mary Hazelrig, both of Cleveland, Ala.; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to New Tribes Mission, 1000 East First Street, Sanford, Fla. 32771.
Wilson Chapel of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, Charlotte, N.C. was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Regina Means
Regina Lynne Means, 40, of Hull, died Monday, November 22, 2004.
She was preceded in death by Marvin Webb.
Survivors include her husband, Scott M. Means; son and daughter-in-law, James E. and Deidre Simental; daughter and son-in-law, Amy L. and Brian Donnelly; daughter and friend, Tammy R. Donnelly and Danielle Caufield; step-son, Matthew Means; mother and step-father, Mary and Jack Hogan; brother and sister-in-law, Bobby and Patricia Webb; sister, Melissa K. Hicks; eight nieces; six nephews; two great-nephews; and grandchild, Jeremy Colley.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 27, at the Memorial Park South Chapel with Pastor Gary Osteen officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park South cemetery.
Memorial Park South Funeral Home, Flowery Branch, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Nancy Bauer
Nancy Ann Bauer, 61, of Commerce, died Sunday, November 21, 2004, at North-east Georgia Me-dical Center in Gainesville following an exten-ded illness.
Survivors include two sisters, Mary Joan Biederman, Chicago, Ill. and Joyce Garrett, Commerce.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 26, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Appling officiating. Entombment will be at a later date in Cicero, Illinois.
Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Peggy Henley
Peggy S. Henley, 69, of Danielsville, died Thursday, November 25, 2004.
A native of Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie Read and Adger Cole Spears. She was a retired bank teller from Bank of Danielsville and was a member of Mt. Hermon Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Henley was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Henley and a brother, Charles M. Spears.
Survivors include two brothers-in-law, Joseph F. Henley and Kenneth L. Sewell; sister, Mary Jo Sewell; sister-in-law, Marie L. Spears; several nieces and nephews; and close friends, Janet Crowe and Patsy Segars.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 28, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with the Revs. Thomas Dial and Jeremy Diggins officiating. Pallbearers were Shane Spears, Tyson Culberson, Matt Beatenbo, Dean Crowe, Steven Henley, Larry Isbell, Charles Tempel, George Strickland and Kenneth Poss.
Memorials may be made to Vistacare Hospice of Athens, 767 Oglethorpe Ave., Athens, Ga. 30606.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Sallie Poole
Sallie Gennel Poole, 76, of Comer, died Monday, November 29, 2004, at Cobb Health Care, Comer.
Born in Anderson, S.C., September 29, 1928, she was the daughter of the late John B. McKinley and Sula Harris McKinley Rutledge. Mrs. Poole was retired from the Owens Corning Fiberglass, Anderson Plant and was a member of the Retired Women’s Club at Fiberglass. She was a member of North Anderson Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by four brothers, John B. McKinley, William T. “Fuzz” McKinley, James McKinley and Albert McKinley.
Survivors include a son, Grady Poole, Colbert; daughters, Fredda Barnette, Comer, Peggy Bower, and Joyce Barton, both of Anderson, S.C.; brothers, George Alan McKinley, North Ridge, Calif., and Harold McKinley, Anderson, S.C.; sisters, Frances Lanternman, Miss., Irene Boggs, Kingsport, Tenn., and Lucy Evans, New Ellington, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 2, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of McDougald Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Floyd Stansell, Jr., officiating. Burial will be in New Silverbrook Cemetery, Anderson, S.C.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The family requests flowers be omitted and memorials may be made to Calvary Home for Children, 511 W. Whitner Street, Anderson, S.C. 29624.
The McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson, S.C., is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.

Phillip Cromer
Phillip Carlton Cromer, 41, of Royston, died Monday, November 29, 2004.
Born in Franklin County, June 30, 1963, he was the son of Gaynell Crowe Cromer, Royston, and the late Billy Carlton Cromer. He worked with James Turbo and formerly worked in the Van Conversion Business. Mr. Cromer was preceded in death by his father and grandparents, Carlton and Gwynelle Cromer and Eldridge and Modie Crowe.
Survivors include two daughters, Kristin and Brianna Randall, both of Royston; and sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Butch Pritchett, Carnesville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 2, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Rev. James Gunn officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, December 1.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 1, 2004.


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