Madison County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 15, 2004


Katie Bell
Katie Lee Griffith Bell, 55, of Carnesville, died Monday, December 13, 2004, at Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Born in Franklin County October 6, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Sewell Lee and Margie Elizabeth Smith Griffith. She was a homemaker and a Christian. Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Dwayne Brown and a brother, William Lee Griffith.
Survivors include her husband, Michael L. Bell, Carnesville; a son, Timothy Rex Brown, Gainesville; sisters, Brenda Ann Truitt, Tignall, Reba S. Weed, Arnoldsville, Betty Dodd, Commerce, Mary Rowland Tiller, Elberton, Sara Lee Dale, Royston, and Annie Lou Epps, Dewy Rose; a brother, John R. Griffith, Bowman; two grandchildren; and best friend, Kathrine Smith, Lavonia.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 16, at 2 p.m. at the Zidon Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Avant and Charles Elrod officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pruitt Funeral Home. The body will be placed at the church at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, is in charge of arrangements,.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.

Floy Hall
Floy Bennett Bryant Hall, 82, of Royston, died Wednesday, December 8, 2004, at the Cobb Memorial Hospital in Royston.
Born in Franklin County June 6, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Glenn Lamar and Leila Pierce Bennett. She was a homemaker and member of the Canon Baptist Church. Mrs. Hall was married twice, first to the late Julian Bryant, and then to Pierce W. Hall, Royston.
Survivors in addition to her husband, include a son, Bobby M. Bryant, Flowery Branch; daughters, Margaret Waits, Sylvania, Marsha Willis, Doraville, and Margie Frances, Laport, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 11, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Stowe officiating. Burial was in the Oakview Cemetery, Canon.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.

Madge Smith
Madge Marie Smith, 85, of West Point, died Monday, December 6, 2004, at The Medical Center.
Born September 12, 1919, in Hartwell, she was the daughter of the late Perry Wiley and Eliza Jane White Vickery. She was retired from Tenneco Auto Equipment Company and attended Columbus Macon Road Church of Nazarene. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cleveland Smith, son, Thomas H. Smith and two brothers, James E. Vickery and Ralph C. Vickery.
Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Laverne and Charles D. Smith, Royston, and Dorothy (Dot) and Donald Davis, Lavonia, Charlotte Smith and finance Thomas Chapman, West Point, and Cherry and Tim Howard, Greenville, S.C.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Earnest D. and Ingrid Smith, Lakewood, Wash., and Cleveland Smith, Jr. and Carolyn Smith, Canon; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 10, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with Pastor Eugene Boyett officiating. Burial was in the Rosehill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Columbus Macon Road Church of Nazarene, 3574 Macon Road, Columbus, Ga. 31907.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.

Jewell Moore
Jewell Todd Moore, 93, of Royston, died Sunday, December 12, 2004, at the Hartwell Health Care Center.
Born in Elbert County March 7, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Samuel E. and Lois Reynolds Todd. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bowman United Methodist Church. Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by a son, Joe E. Moore, two grandchildren, two brothers, Sam B. Todd and Jessie Todd, three sisters, Lucille House, Thelma Mehr and Hytha Osborne.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Thelma and Jep Mize, Royston; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Sonya Moore, Lexington, S.C.; daughter-in-law, Cherie Moore, Bowman; brother, Roy Todd, Bowman; sisters, Newell Jordan, Power Springs, Archey Segars, Martin, and Ruth Dickerson, Hartwell; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 13, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Jones officiating. Burial was in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Bowman. Pallbearers were Terry Mize, Scott Mize, Gary Mize, Scott Moore, William Phillips and Gene David.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.

Louise Gaines
Louise Dutton Gaines, 78, formerly of Elberton, died Saturday, December 11, 2004, at Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens.
Born in Hart County, she was the daughter of the late Calvin “Cal” Dutton and Sara Elizabeth Strickland Dutton. Mrs. Gaines was a member of Cokesbury Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
Survivors include three daughters, Martha Yarbrough, Carlton, Velvet Appleby, Elberton, and Wendy Holloway, Comer; two sons, Frank Gaines, Elberton, and Gary Gaines, Carlton; three step-daughters, Lavonia Todd, Bowman, Sarah Wansley and Betty Mullenix, both of Elberton; one step-son, Clyde Gaines, Orlando, Fla.; three sisters, Ellen Fowler, Royston, Nina Neece, Lavonia, and Barbara Brown, Danielsville; three brothers, Fletcher Dutton, Lavonia, Joe Dutton and Billy Dutton, both of Elberton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, December 13, in the Memorial Chapel of Berry Funeral Home with the Revs. James F. Creason and Paul Hood officiating. Burial was in the Carlton City Cemetery. Grandsons and nephews were pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the Carlton City Cemetery or a charity of one’s choice.
Berry Funeral Home, Elberton, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.

Elmer Watkins
Elmer Loyd Watkins, 75, of Athens, died Saturday, December 11, 2004.
A native of Madison County, he was the son of the late Fred and Pearlie Mae Epps Watkins. A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was retired from the Dillard Company after 30 years and was a member of the Johnson Drive Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Reba Lavender Watkins, Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Jerry Smith, Flowery Branch; sister, Mae Dulaney, Athens; grandchildren, Stephanie and Kenneth Ledford and Jennifer Smith; great grandsons, Noah and Elijah Ledford; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Monday, December 13, at Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Fletcher Law officiating.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.



Kenneth Puckett
Kenneth Walter Puckett, 35, died Wednesday, December 8, 2004.
A native of Clarke County, he was the son of Kay Carter Bradberry of Commerce and the late Roy R. Puckett.
Survivors include his wife, Tanya Buck Puckett; children, Alicia Puckett, Nicholson, Amber Puckett and Autumn Puckett, both of Athens; three sisters, Linda Benton, Danielsville, Janice Bullock, Hull, and Michelle Oglesby, Commerce; three brothers, Mike Puckett, Bogart, Danny Puckett, Commerce, and Bobby Bradberry, Watkinsville; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 11, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home WEST with the Revs. Stevie Coomes, William Whitfield, and Eddie Dean officiating. Burial was in the Providence Methodist Church Cemetery.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home EAST, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.

Mary Roberts
Mary Lois Roberts, 90, of Palm Harbor, Florida, died Saturday, December 11, 2004, of natural causes.
Born in Danielsville, she was the daughter of late Daniel Fowler and Nancy Chastain. She moved to Palm Harbor in 1942, was a homemaker, and a member of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Brake, Milan, Tenn., and Dorothy L. Day, Palm Harbor, Fla.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 14, in the chapel of Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar, Fla., with Associate Pastor Reid Isenhart officiating. Burial was in the Midway Cemetery, Palm Harbor, Fla.
Holloway Funeral Home, Oldsmar, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.

Loria Hardman
Loria Mae Phillips Hardman, 95, of Carlton, died Tuesday, December 14, 2004, at the Winder Health Care Center.
Born in Jackson County March 8, 1909, she was the daughter of the late O.A. and Rilla Curthers Phillips. She was a retired seamstress and attended the New Haven Holiness Church. Mrs. Hardman was preceded in death by her husband, William Bethel Hardman, a son, Odean Hardman, brothers, Alfred, Albert, Linnie and Lonney Phillips, and sisters, Margie Brown and Orlee Baldwin.
Survivors include sons, Thomas Hardman and Elmer Hardman, both of Carlton; daughters, Thelma Drake, Danielsville, and Elizabeth Beck, Winder; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
The body is at the home, 259 Bellew-Drake Road, Carlton, where the family will receive friends after lunch on Thursday, November 16. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, prior to the funeral services which will be held Friday, December 17, at 2 p.m. at the New Haven Holiness Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.


‘Bill’ Cornish
William Alfred “Bill” Cornish, 69, of Danielsville, died Wednesday, December 8, 2004.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he was born January 27, 1935, a son of the late William Joseph Cornish and Venus Marcellus Banfield. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the United States Navy. Mr. Cornish retired from the University of Georgia July 1999. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Cornish.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Geraldine Lowry Cornish, Danielsville; son and daughter-in-law, William Jeffrey and Cindy Cornish, Neese; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Anne and Thomas Charlson, Watkinsville; and grandchildren John and Owen Cornish and Jake and Mark Charlson.
Memorial services were held Saturday, December 11, at Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Daniel D. Fuller officiating.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.

Eunice Segers
Eunice Freeman Segers, 81, of Danielsville, died Saturday, December 11, 2004.
Born July 8, 1923, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Sarah Sims Freeman. She was a talented seamstress, a wonderful cook, and a gardener known throughout the community as the “Rose Lady”, according to family members. She shared her beautiful roses with many over the years. She was loved by her family, children, grandchildren, and great-granddaughter and was anticipating the birth of her first great-grandson. She was blessed with knowledge, wisdom, love, compassion and understanding. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Segers was an active member of Danielsville United Methodist Church, a devoted member of the United Methodist Women for more than 50 years, and was awarded for many years of work with the American Cancer Society. She was preceded in death by a sister, Sadie Lanier and two brothers, Roy Freeman and Paul Freeman.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Richard Osgood, Poquoson, Va., and MaryLynn and Mark Phillips, Hull; son, Donald F. Segers, Danielsville; brother, Charles Freeman, Nicholson; sister, Lucy Korten, Edwards, Wash.; three grandsons, Chris Osgood, Poquoson, Va., Daniel Osgood, Hampton, Va., and Ryan Phillips, Danielsville; granddaughter and finance, Candi Phillips and Luis Macias, Duluth; and great-granddaughter, Ashley Osgood, Poquoson, Va.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 14, at Danielsville United Methodist Church with the Revs. Mike McLemore and Calvin Ward officiating. Burial was in the Danielsville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Danielsville United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Irella Glenn, PO Box 204, Danielsville, Ga. 30633.
Lord and Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.

Rosetta James
Rosetta Pruitt James, 94, of Royston, died Tuesday, December 7, 2004, at the Cobb Health Care Center in Comer.
Born in Hart County August 4, 1910, she was the daughter of the late Linton Alonzo and Minnie Richardson Pruitt. Mrs. James was co-owner and operator of Rose’s Greenhouse and was a member of the Redwine United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Minnie Poore Sunday School Class, the Young at Heart Group and the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Waymon James, brothers, John R. Pruitt and Oscar Gladstone Pruitt, and a sister, Jessie Lucille Beggs.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 9, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Revs. David Bowen and Martha Dye officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.
Memorials may be made to the Redwine United Methodist Church.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 15, 2004.


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