Madison County Obituaries...

DECEMBER 22, 2004


Nat Dillard
Nat Dillard, 48, of Snellville, died Saturday, December 18, 2004.
He was a 1981 graduate of the University of Georgia and a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Dillard; mother, Jackie Dillard, Hull; sisters, Courtney Cook, Loganville, and Mitzi Baker, Hull; grandmother, Francine Dillard, Hull; nieces and nephews, Drew Cook, Parker Cook, Tori Cook, Tripp Baker, Katie Brandt, Nick Brandt; special friend, Dr. Mikel Gray, Charlottesville, Va.; and many loving uncles and aunts.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 21, at Gordons Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alpha Gamma Rho Building Fund, 785 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, Ga. 30605, in memory of Nat Dillard.
Tom Wages Funeral Home, Snellville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 22, 2004.

Jackie Hendrix
Jackie Adams Hendrix, 67, of Royston, died Tuesday, December 14, 2004.
She was born in Madison County January 25, 1937, the daughter of the late Andrew DeWitt and Bessie Quida Hill Adams. She was a healthcare worker at Ty Cobb Health Care Center, Royston, and attended the Franklin Springs Baptist Church. Mrs. Hendrix was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond L. Hen-drix.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Terry and David Gill, Stockbridge, and Susan and Ken Sudderth, Royston; grandchildren, Jor-dan and Matthew Gill, both of Stockbridge, Kenny and Jenny Claire Sudderth, both of Royston; brother, Larry Dixon Adams, Danielsville; sisters, Martha Jane Coley, Royston, and Betty Joyce Hodges, Hull.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 17, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Rev. Byron Green officiating. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, Ga. 30368-2454.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 22, 2004.

Betty Lester
Betty N. Lester, 71, of Gainesville, died Sunday, December 19, 2004, at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
She was born in Colbert and had lived in Gainesville for more then 50 years. She was the daughter of the late Alvin William and Thelma Eberhart Nelms. Mrs. Lester was retired from the Gainesville City School System having worked at Main Street Elementary, Gainesville High School and the Central Office as a secretary and was a member of the Lakewood Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley L. Lester.
Survivors include daughters, Mary Lester, Atlanta, and Nancy Wall, Oakwood; grandson, Charlie Wall, Oakwood; cousins, Peggy Childers and Susan Beech, both of Colbert; uncle, Thomas Eberhart, Colbert.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, December 22, at the Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. Tom Smiley officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oncology Department of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, in care of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Foundation, 2150 Limestone Parkway, Suite 115, Gainesville, Georgia 30501.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home, Gainesville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 22, 2004.
Vivian Fowler
Vivian Onell Fowler, 72, of Athens, died Wednesday, December 15, 2004.
A native of Oglethorpe County, she was the daughter of Annie Mae Silvey Smith, Athens, and the late Charlie Albert Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of First Apostolic Church of Bishop. Mrs. Fowler was preceded in death by a daughter, Jackie Fowler.
Survivors in addition to her mother include her husband, Eddie Fowler, Athens; son, Eddie Dean Fowler, Athens; sister, Frances Wilson, Comer; brother, Leonard Smith, Athens; three granddaughters, Lavivia Doster and Carley Fields, both of Athens, and Kimberley Glass, Calhoun; two grandsons; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 18, in the chapel of Lord and Stephens, EAST, Funeral Home with the Rev. Curtis Hammond officiating. Burial was in Athens Memory Gardens.
Lord and Stephens, EAST, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 22, 2004.

Edna Edwards
Edna Carolyn Edwards, 63, of Bogart, died Wednesday, December 15, 2004, at the residence of her sister.
Born in Oconee County, she was the daughter of the late John Henry and Willie Mae Evans Edwards. She worked as a caregiver most of her life and was a member of Bogart Christian Church.
Survivors include her sisters, Gloria McCannon, Carlton, Henrietta Patton, Bogart, Sara Sue Maddox, Winder, and Willie Jean Ridgeway, Statham; brother, John Edwards, Jr., Bogart; eight nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 17, at Lord & Stephens, West, with the Rev. Ben Parker officiating. Burial was in Bogart First Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Larry Shelnutt, Dwight Thompson, Michael Patton, Michael Brooks, Jay Paul Whitehead and Mike Pulliam.
Lord & Stephens, West, Bogart, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 22, 2004.

Mary Griffin
Mary M. Griffin, 92, of Maysville, died Wednesday, December 15, 2004, at BJC Medical Center, Commerce, following a sudden illness.
She was born in Hall County March 2, 1912, and was the daughter of the late William Leander and Naomi Buffington Griffin. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting and quilting and was an avid gardener and loved flowers, according to family members. Mrs. Griffin was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Griffin, Sr.; brothers, Lewis Griffin, Randolph Griffin and Acie Griffin; and sisters, Cara Mae Thomas and Kathleen Hewell.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Geraldine and Charles Smith, Comer, and Gail and Mike Sheppard, Homer; sons and daughter-in-law, Billy Griffin, Homer, Jerry and Danielle Griffin, Homer; step-daughters, Joyce Cleve-land, Atlanta, Eleanor Ken-nedy, Homer, and Frances Myers, Norcross; brothers, Ernest Griffin, Rudolph Griffin and Albert Griffin, all of Gillsville; sister, Nanette Cato, Flowery Branch; grandchildren, Charles M. Smith, Jr., Hartwell, Jeff Smith, Lisa West and Stephen Smith, all of Comer, Bill Griffin, Westly Griffin, Michael Sheppard, all of Homer, Tim Sheppard, Winder, Carol Ashworth, Commerce, and Laura Tate, Jefferson; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 18, at the Lebanon United Methodist Church with the Revs. Sven Mossinger and Chris Branschomb officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lebanon UMC or the American Heart Association, both c/o P.O. Box 725, Cornelia, Ga. 30531.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 22, 2004.

Mark Gaines
Byron Mark Gaines, 49, of Bowman, died Saturday, December 18, 2004, at his residence.
He was born in Fulton County June 16, 1955, the son of Aurora (Betty) Gaines of Bowman and the late Byron H. Gaines. He was a farmer and was Baptist.
Survivors in addition to his mother include a daughter, Amanda Gaines, Conyers.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, December 21, at the Cary Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Chris Pritchett officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 2537 Pleasant Grove Road, Bowman, Ga. 40624.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 22, 2004.

Mattie Lou Vanpelt
Mattie Lou Vanpelt, 87, of Canon, died Tuesday, December 14, 2004, at Brown Memorial Convalescent Center in Royston.
Born in Hart County March 19, 1917, she was the daughter of the late J.P. (Pink) and Vanna Burdette Duck. She worked as a homemaker and was a member of the Canon Church of God. Mrs. Vanpelt was preceded in death by her husband, Stillman Vanpelt, four brothers, Arthur, Kirby, Haskell and R.T. Duck, two sisters, Bertha Reed and Ruby Jackson.
Survivors include a son, Hoyt Vanpelt, Canon; and a sister, Lola Roberts, Carnesville.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 17, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home with the Revs. Leon Suttles, Dorsey Holmes and Gary Stewart officiating. Burial was in the Franklin Memorial Gardens - North.
Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 22, 2004.

Annie Jamieson
Annie Virginia Jamieson, 78, of Macon, died Monday, December 20, 2004, at her home.
She was born in Athens and was the daughter of the late Abe and Annie Cates King. She had lived in Macon the past twelve years, moving there from Danielsville. She was Baptist. Mrs. Jamieson was preceded in death by her husband, George Jamieson.
Survivors include a daughter, Annie Drake, Kissimee, Fla.; granddaughter, Tiffany Harris, Kissimee, Fla.; and a great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, December 23, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Danielsville. The family will meet friends from 12 noon until time for the service on Thursday.
Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Macon, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, December 22, 2004.

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