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William A. Beavers III
Commerce
   William A. Beavers III, 71, of 134 Magnolia Place died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998.
   A native of Taylor County, W. Va., Mr. Beavers was a son of Dorothy Rowland Beavers, Commerce, and the late William A. Beavers Jr. He was a graduate of West Virginia University and did post-graduate work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was closely associated with NASA in the early days of space exploration. He was a member of Richmond Hill United Methodist Church.
   Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today at Little-Ward Funeral Home with the Rev. Phil Ferguson officiating.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Jody Curry Beavers; two daughters, Bonnie Thomas, Richmond Hill, and Susan Kochanowski, Birmingham, Ala.; a brother, Robert I. Beavers Sr., Commerce; two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
   The family is at the residence.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 100 Edgewood Ave., Suite 1004, Atlanta, Ga. 30303.

Jim Blackstock
Madison
   Jim Pinion Blackstock died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1998.
   Sgt. Blackstock entered the Army on October 1940 at Fort McPherson and served in the 4th Infantry Division serial No. RA14 029 700. He retired from the Army on July 31, 1951, at the rank of Sergeant First Class. Sgt. Blackstock was involved in the initial wave and was one of the first men to land on Utah Beach, Normandy, France, on "D" Day June 6, 1944, as a platoon leader. He was severely wounded on July 9, 1944, when his lower face was amputated by a mortar blast. He spend the next seven years in Army hospitals around the country receiving treatment and more than 100 operations.
   Sgt. Blackstock received the Silver Star, one of our nations highest awards for bravery in combat along with the Bronze Star, multiple Purple Hearts, American Defense Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and EAME Service Medal. Other awards were bestowed upon him in later years for his combat service and actions. He was informed that due to his military record, he is entitled to a full military burial at Arlington. He was honored and featured in numerous newspaper articles, radio talk shows and local events not only for his combat experiences, but also for his service to local causes.
   Upon his retirement he was awarded the "Voluntary Service Award" by the Veterans Administration for his hundreds of hours serving as a volunteer at the local VA Hospital. He also worked with the Junior Golf Program in Philadelphia, working with hundreds of kids teaching them the sport he loved.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Brownwood Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jim Ross officiating.
   Survivors include his wife Sophie, daughter Joan, sons James and Paul, grandchildren Mary, Jennifer and Stephanie, and sisters, Mary Ann Hawkins and Sara Blackstock, both of Madison.
   Simmons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Samantha Canup
Mount Airy
   Samantha Jane Worley Canup, 86, of 415 Crepe Myrtle St. died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998.
   A native of Habersham County, Mrs. Canup was a daughter of the late Clinton and Phoebe Cleveland Worley and was the widow of William Edgar Canup. She was a homemaker and a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Double Springs Baptist Church with the Revs. Luther Williams and Larry Forrester officiating. Burial will be in East View Cemetery.
   Survivors include four sons, Tom B. Canup and Ronald Canup, both of Demorest, William M. "Bill" Canup, Mount Airy, and Donald Canup, Alto; 26 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
   The family is at the home of Doug Camp, 425 Crepe Myrtle St., and will receive friends 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at McGahee-Griffin Funeral Home, Cornelia.
   Memorials may be made to Hand in Hand Hospice, 157 Hodges St., Cornelia, Ga. 30531.

Ora Gadell
Bogart
   Ora Lee C. Gadell, 84, a resident of Magnolia Estates, 1641 Virgil Langford Road died Thursday night, Oct. 15, 1998.
   Born in Oconee County, Mrs. Gadell was a daughter of the late Robert Franklin and Katie Lee Norris Christian. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Michael Gadell.
   She was a retired school teacher, having taught in Maxeys, Ga., in the late '30s, later in Oconee County, and for more than 25 years in the Athens-Clarke County schools. She was a lifelong member of First Christian Church of Athens and former Chairman of the Board. She remained active in church and civic activities until failing health recently. She accumulated more than 2,800 hours of reading and monitoring of textbooks at the Athens unit of Recording for the Blind.
   Services will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Lord & Stephens West Chapel on Jimmie Daniels Road, with the Rev. Ray Austin officiating. Her nephews will serve as pallbearers. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery.
   Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Diane Gadell, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Patrick and Alane Gadell of Conyers, Ga.; two grandchildren, Susan G. DeKeersgieter, Bloomington, Ill., and Jeffery Gadell, U.S. Army, Germany; a sister, Ruth Erb, Valley, Ala.; two brothers, L.H. Christian, Athens, and Billy Christian, Memphis, Tenn.; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Iris Lanum; and three brothers, Curtis, Larry and Felton Christian.
   The family will receive friends at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Athens unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, 120 Florida Ave., Athens, Ga. 30605, or the First Christian Church, 268 W. Dougherty St., Athens, Ga. 30601.
   Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, is in charge of arrangements.

Ashley Grizzle
Danielsville
   Ashley Nicole Grizzle of 3295 Old Wildcat Bridge Road, infant daughter of Elizabeth Diana Williamson and Clint Mathew Grizzle died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1998.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Bethel M. Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating.
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include four granddaughters, Kerry and Debra Booth and Edna Funderburk, all of Danielsville, and Henry Williamson, Athens; and two great-grandparents, Merle Booth, Danielsville, and Retha Gaines, Hartwell.
   Pruitte Funeral Home, Royston, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Hooper
Winterville
   Robert A. Hooper, 69, of 745 Smithonia Road died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998.
   A native of Jackson County, Mr. Hooper was a son of the late Arthur Lester and Trudie Christian Hooper and was the widow of Ellie Anchors Hooper. He worked for the Athens Police Department for seven years and retired from Clarke County. He was a member of Milledge Avenue Baptist Church.
   Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home East, Athens, with the Rev. Dr. Edward Bolen and the Rev. Elmer Butler officiating. Burial will be in Hooper Family Cemetery.
   Survivors include three sons, David Hooper and Dr. Bryan Hooper, Winterville, and Bruce Hooper, Athens; four brothers, Ray Hooper, Pendergrass, Rufus Hooper, Monroe, Roy Hooper, Colbert, and Raymond Hooper, Statham; five grandchildren, a great-grandchild and nieces and nephews.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Reba Johnson
Canon
   Reba Cochran Johnson, 77, of 1149 Bethany-Bowersville Road died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1998.
   A native of Banks County, Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of the late John Terrell and Eva Cotton Cochran. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Ann Johnson. She was a retired supervisor at Oxford Manufacturing and was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, where she was a member of Joy Club, the UMW and the Wrights Club.
   Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bethany Baptist Church with the Revs. Dalton Carrington and Richard Bielski officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
   Survivors include her husband, Thomas H. Johnson; a son, Lynn Johnson, Canon; five sisters, Bonnie Russell, Inverness, Fla., Jean Smith, Burton, S.C., Mildred Mossior, Oak Hill, Fla., Kathryn Gibson, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Johnette Millinax, Ridgecrest, Calif.; a brother, Harold Cochran, Jacksonville, Ala.; and two grandchildren.
   The family is at the residence and will receive friends 2-3:30 and 7-9 p.m. today at Pruitte Funeral Home, Royston.
   Memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church, 2085 Bethany Road, Canon, Ga. 30520.

Grover Lewis
Elberton
   Grover Cleveland Lewis of 1912 Indian Hill Road died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998.
   A native of Bladenboro, N.C., Mr. Lewis was a son of the late Leslie Franklin and Vera Lewis. He was a member of Round Branch Baptist Church and employed with Ford Motor Co. in Buffalo, N.Y., for 30 years.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. today at White's Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church with the Revs. Claybon, Stacey Heard and Henry Butler officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Lincoln Heights Cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Virginia Umble Lewis; a daughter, Kim Renee Lewis, Elberton; a son, Darrell Lewis, Elberton; four sisters, Lunetta Shaw, Washington, D.C., Marcella Sinteliar and Catherine Walters, both of Bladenboro, N.C., and Maxine Shaw, Hampton, Va.; and two grandchildren.
   C.W. Phelps Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Early Maddox
Pendergrass
   Early Columbus Maddox, 79, of 2509 Georgia Highway 60 died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998.
   A native of Jackson County, Mr. Maddox was a son of the late Ina Thurmond and Andrew Jackson Maddox. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a retired farmer and was a captain with North Jackson Fire Department, which he was instrumental in founding. He was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Home, Jefferson, with the Rev. Kenneth Brewer officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Fork Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include a daughter, Levender Deaton, Monroe; two sons, Lendgrin Maddox, Pendergrass, and Elton Maddox, Gainesville; two sisters, Beulah Maddox and Lola Maddox, both of Pendergrass; and 10 grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be at Louis Pittman, Leon Pittman, Chris Pittman, Randall Shaw, Douglas Cruce and Horace Maddox. Members of North Jackson Fire Department will serve as honorary pallbearers.
   Memorials may be made to the Jerry Maddox Benefit Fund, c/o Regions Bank, Attention: Jada Bell.

Dr. Norvel M. McClung
Tampa, Fla.
   Dr. Norvel M. McClung, 83, died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998.
   A native of Richwood, W. Va., Dr. McClung joined the faculty at the University of South Florida as a professor of microbiology in 1966, retiring as professor emeritus in 1990. Prior to his tenure there he had been a professor at the University of Georgia and University of Kansas. He was a member of Sigma Xi Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Sigma and the American Academy of Microbiology. He received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and Purple Heart for action during D-Day operations, and received a Fulbright Research Award, Kyoto, Japan.
   Services were Oct. 6 at R. Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home, St. Petersburg, Fla.
   Survivors include two daughters, Margarett McDudley, Oak Island, N.C., and Susan E. McClung, St. Petersburg, Fla.; two sons, Charles E. McClung, Atlantic Beach, N.C., and Ralph A. McClung, Lawrenceville; a granddaughter and two grandsons.

William Miller
Washington
   William Jay Miller, 81, of 2798 Lundburg Road died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998.
   A native of Vitondale, Pa., Mr. Miller was a son of the late Katie Kuchenbroh and Joseph Miller. He was an Army veteran of World War II, retired after 23 years, and a recipient of a Purple Heart. He was an airborne instructor at Fort Benning, a farmer and a member of the American Legion, Wildlife Action and Cattleman's Association, and past post commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5899.
   Services will be at 3 p.m. today in Clifford Grove Baptist Cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Irene Hopkins Miller; a daughter, Elaine Filipiak, Washington; a son, Ed Miller, Albany; a sister, Catherine Duncan, Baltimore, Md.; and five grandchildren.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clifford Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
   Hopkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Emily Mitchell
Martin
   Emily Wilbanks Mitchell, 88, of Price Road died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998.
   A native of Franklin County, Mrs. Mitchell was a daughter of the late Foster A. and Willie Culberson Wilbanks. She was a homemaker and a member of Martin Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
   Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. today at Martin Baptist Church with Clarence Davis and the Rev. Roy Rogers officiating.
   Survivors include a daughter, Kay Clements, Lakeland, Fla.; two sons, David Mitchell, Martin, and Kell Mitchell Jr., Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Francs Parker, Daytona Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
   The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. David Mitchell, Martin Drive.
   Whitlock Mortuary, Toccoa, is in charge of arrangements.

Lawrence Sims
Statham
   Lawrence Sims, 76, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998.
   Mr. Sims was a son of the late Wesley and Viola Jennings Sims and was the widower of Jewell Glass Sims. A World War II veteran, he was a member of Hebron Christian Church and retired after 17 years from Sims & Emerick Construction Co.
   Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Smith Funeral Home, Winder, with the Rev. Mack Underwood officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial
   Gardens.
   Survivors include two daughters, Lynda Gayle Sims-Collins, Statham, and Bonnie Cato, Monroe; a sister, Christine Capes, Statham; and two grandchildren.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospice, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, Ga. 30604.

Garfield Thomas Jr.
Royston
   Garfield Thomas Jr., 38, of 505 Daniel St. died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998.
   Mack's Funeral Home, Hartwell, will announce arrangements.


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