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Ora Lee 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. today 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, Bogart, is in charge of arrangements.

Dessie Garrett
Carnesville
   Dessie Lynch Pritchett Garrett, 79, of 14265 Old Federal Road died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998.
   A native of Banks County, Mrs. Garrett was a daughter of the late Grover and Martha Dalton Lynch, was twice married, first to the late Kieffer Pritchett and then to the late Frank Garrett, and was preceded in death by two sons, Fred Pritchett and Ronnie Pritchett. She was of the Methodist faith.
   Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Acree-Davis Funeral Home, Toccoa, with the Revs. Ronnie Head and Norman Wampfler officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include two daughters, Gail Dove, Lavonia, and Debrough Guin, Commerce; four sons, Melvin Pritchett, Jerry Pritchett, and Bobby Pritchett, all of Carnesville, and David Pritchett, Red Hill; three sisters, Ruth Bruce, Winder, Myrtle York, Smyrna, and Catherine Seymour, Colbert; two brothers, Hollis Lynch, Toccoa, and Dan Lynch, Stone Mountain; and 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be Troy Pritchett, Kevin Pritchett, Richard McFarlin, Wesley Pritchett, Bobby York, and Melvin Pritchett Jr.
   The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Pritchett, 4900 Ga. Hwy. 320, and will receive friends 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Ashley Grizzle 
Danielsville
   Ashley Nicole Grizzle of 3295 Old Wildcat Bridge Road, infant daughter of Elizabeth Diana Williamson and Clint Mathew Grizzle died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1998.
   Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Bethel M. Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ray Jenkins officiating.
   Survivors, in addition to her parents, include four grandparents, 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 Trudie Christian Hooper and the late Arthur Lester and was the widower 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.
   Pallbearers will be David Hooper, Jason Hooper, Julius Hooper, Stephen Hooper, Mike Ward, Dwight Eberhart and Dennis Cook.
   The family is at the home of David Hooper, 731 Smithonia Road, and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Frances H. Osborne
Hartwell
   Frances Harper Osborne, 62, of 762 Reed Creek School Road died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   A native of Anderson County, S.C., Mrs. Osborne was a daughter of the late George and Clara Burdette Harper. She was a retired registered nurse for Hart County Hospital, and a former nursing home administrator and director of nursing. She was a member and past president of the Hartwell Pilot Club, a member of the board of directors for Hart County Association of Retarded Citizens and Reed Creek Baptist Church, where she was active in the Golden Agers and W.M.U.
   Services will be 3 p.m. today at Reed Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Ted Kelley, Luther Kay, and J.R. Irwin 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, William Ray Osborne; and two daughters, Karen Osborne Irwin and Ronda Osborne, both of Hartwell.
   The family is at the residence.
   Strickland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

S. Otis Phillips
Bishop
   S. Otis Phillips, 77, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   A native of Banks County, Mr. Phillips was a son of the late Jewel and Maude Wilson Phillips. He was a retired inspector with a baseball bat manufacturing company.
   Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Arthur Bowick's Oconee Chapel, Watkinsville, with the Rev. Dan Fuller officiating. Burial will be in Bishop Cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Margie House Phillips; a son, Randy Phillips, Watkinsville; a grandson and three great-grandsons.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

James Michael Riddling
Bogart
   James Michael Riddling, 45, of 1960 McNutt Creek Drive died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   A native of Clarke County, Mr. Riddling was a son of James "Bill" and Joan Hardeman Riddling. He was self-employed.
   Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Albert Askew officiating.
   Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two sons, James M. "Mike" Riddling Jr. and Johnny Riddling, both of Bogart; and two sisters, Barbara Whitehead, Watkinsville, and Diane Watson, Bogart.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West. 

Woodvill Smith Sr.
Hartwell
   Woodvill William Smith Sr., 74, of 45 Walnut St. died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998.
   A native of Tift County, Mr. Smith was a son of the late Noble Claudia Lee and Emma Addison Smith York and the widower of Eleanor Smith. He was a retired civil engineer, member of Union Local No. 36, a mason, and member of Liberty Baptist Church, Carnesville.
   Services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Petty officiating.
   Survivors include two daughters, Vickie Mize, Bowman, and Joann Gulley, Hartwell; three sons, Woodvill William Smith Jr., Martinsburg, W.Va., and Daniel Lee Smith and Paul Thomas Watters, both of Peggs, Okla.; four sisters, Martha Hammond and Jessie McDonald, both of Greenville, S.C., Dorothy Ann Martin, Shreveport, La., and Jackie Wheeler, Martin; two brothers, Bennie York, Ladson, S.C., and Eddie York, Lexington; and 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
   The family is at their respective homes and will receive friends 1-2:30 p.m. Monday at Strickland Funeral Home.

Hazel Grace Stephens
Winder
   Hazel Grace Davis Stephens, 75, died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998.
   A native of Wadley, Mrs. Stephens was a daughter of the late Allen L. and Eula Jefferson Davis. She was a retired seamstress and a member of Mount Vernon Christian Church, Monroe.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Arthur Bowick Funeral Home, Monroe, with the Rev. Jerald Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Christian Church Cemetery.
   Survivors include a sister, Elizabeth Davis Luke, Bogart; and three brothers, Lamar Davis, Statham, Donald Davis, Dunwoody, and Billy Davis, Monroe.
   The family will receive friends after 4:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

George C. Williams
Cornelia
   George C. Williams, 75, of Irvin St. died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   A native of Etowah, Tenn., Mr. Williams was a son of the late Paul N. and Blanche Cole Williams. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, was owner and operator of Williams Tire Co. for 26 years, and was a member of Cornelia Christian Church.
   Services will be 3 p.m. today at Baldwin Cemetery with David Terrell officiating.
   Survivors include his wife, Sara Williams; four sons, Donald Williams, Randy Williams, Jerry Williams, and Clint Williams, all of Cornelia; and five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   Memorials may be made to Hospice, 157 Hodges St., Cornelia, Ga. 30531.
   Whitfield Funeral Home, Baldwin, is in charge of arrangements.

James Hopp
Comer
   James Hopp died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   Hurley Funeral Home, Athens, will announce arrangements. 

Ellie Faircloth Warren
Athens
   Ellie Faircloth Warren, 92, died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998.
   Bridges Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

J.C. Wilhite 
Jefferson
   J.C. Wilhite, 89, of 48 Rock Forge Court died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998.
   Eberhart & Son Mortuary, Winder, will announce arrangements.

Jim L. Williams
Washington
   Jim L. Williams, 78, of 2424 Pecan Grove Road died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   Davenport McLendon Mortuary will announce arrangements.

Eleanor E. Banks
Gillsville
   Eleanor E. Gordon Banks, 85, of 4171 Harmony Church Road died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   A native of Banks County, Mrs. Banks was a daughter of the late Mattie Lord and Edgar Gordon. She was a seamstress and member of Harmony Hall Baptist Church.
   Services will be 3 p.m. today at Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Revs. John Kinsey and Bobby Hill officiating. Burial will be in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer.
   Survivors include her husband, Ellis Banks; a stepdaughter, Louise Adams, Gillsville; a stepson, Don Banks, Martin; three brothers, Clarence Gordon, Forsyth, Henry Gordon, Decatur, and Lester Gordon, Thomasville; and six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jim Downs
Watkinsville
   James Albert (Jim) Downs, 41, died Friday, Oct. 16, 1998.
   A native of Clarke County, Mr. Downs was a son of Catherine Jones Downs and the late William Pierce Downs. He was a retired self-employed deliveryman and an Oconee County Deputy Sheriff.
   Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in Oconee Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Patrick Chander officiating.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include aunts, uncles, and cousins.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at Arthur Bowick's Oconee Chapel.

Alice "Tiny" Hawkins
Athens
   Alice "Tiny" Ernestine Hawkins, 86, of 105 Jane Circle died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998. 
   A native of Clarke County, Mrs. Hawkins was a daughter of the late Ernest Adkins and Maggie Durham Hawkins.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at East Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. James Kendrick officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery.
   Survivors include a son, Gary Edward Hawkins, Athens.
   The family is at the residence.
   Winfrey's Mutual Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Viola Pearman Hicks
Elberton
   Viola Pearman Hicks of 178 Heard Drive died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998.
   A native of Anderson, S.C., Mrs. Hicks was a daughter of the late Benjamin Joshua and Daisy Major Pearman and was twice married, first to the late Jesse Sellers McDougald and then to the late W. Redding Hicks. She was former vice-president of Hicks Funeral Home, Elberton, and member of the Civic League of Elberton, D.A.R., and First Presbyterian Church of Elberton, where she was a member of Circle No. 3.
   Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson, S.C. Burial will be in Old Silverbrook Cemetery.
   Survivors include a daughter, Marion McDougald Thomason, Anderson, S.C.; and a sister, Grace Pearman McDougald, Anderson, S.C.
   Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Elberton, 1545 McIntosh St., Elberton, Ga. 30635.
   The family is at the home of Marion Pearman, 2020 Woodside Ave., Anderson, S.C., and will receive friends 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Virgil L. Owens
Norcross
   Virgil L. Owens, 57, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   A native of Franklin County, Mr. Owens was a sales representative for J.M. Tull Metals for the past 20 years, and was a member of Shilo Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and had been Sunday school superintendent and teacher.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bill Head Funeral Home, Duluth, with the Revs. Frankie Sutherland and Junior Waddell officiating. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth.
   Survivors include his wife, Betty Segars Owens; a son, the Rev. Rodney Owens, Stone Mountain; a sister, Jenny Pulliam, Royston; a brother, David Owens, Athens; and two grandsons.
   The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

S. Otis Phillips 
Bishop
   S. Otis Phillips, 77, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   A native of Banks County, Mr. Phillips was a son of the late Jewel and Maude Wilson Phillips. He was a retired inspector with a baseball bat manufacturing company. He was preceded in death by a brother, John Phillips. 
   Services will be 3 p.m. today at Arthur Bowick's Oconee Chapel, Watkinsville, with the Rev. Dan Fuller officiating. Burial will be in Bishop Cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Margie House Phillips; a son, Randy Phillips, Watkinsville; three sisters, Ruby P. Nunn, Athens, Sara P. McElroy, Danielsville, and Gertie P. Alewine, Gray; two brothers, Aubry Phillips, Athens, and Harry Phillips, Watkinsville; and a grandson and three great-grandsons.

Frankie Rich
Elberton
   Frankie Beasley Rich, 49, formerly of 1371 Plantation Road died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   A native of Abbeville County, S.C., Mrs. Rich was a daughter of the late William Grady and Maggie Robinson Beasley. She was a seamstress and of the Baptist faith.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Berry Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Jordan officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. 
   Survivors include two sons, Michael C. Lunsford, Lawrenceville, and Derrick Rich, Cayce, S.C.; three sisters, Peggy Eades and Norma Jean Pulliam, both of Elberton, and JoEllen Drawdy, Walterboro, S.C.; and a brother, William Beasley, Walterboro, S.C.
   Pallbearers will be Marty Pulliam, Curt Pulliam, Bill Beasley, Robert Pulliam, Danny Beasley, Allen Wheatley, and Bud Jones.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 603, Elberton, Ga. 30635.
   The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Rucker, 522 Woodland Road, Elberton, and will receive friends 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Paul E. Sheriff
Commerce
   Paul E. Sheriff, 75, of 85 Blacks Creek Road died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   A native of Seneca, S.C., Mr. Sheriff was a son of the late Grace Carter and Alex W. Sheriff. He was a textile worker employed by Harmony Grove Mill.
   Services will be 3 p.m. today at Beaverdam Baptist Church with the Revs. David Friend and Harold Crawford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 
   Survivors include his wife, Dorthy Sheriff; three daughters, Susan B. King, Jefferson, Cindy S. Lunsford, Royston, and Zenovia Moore, Westminster, S.C.; a sister, Lola Black, Seneca, S.C.; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
   Ivie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Garfield Thomas Jr.
Royston
   Garfield Thomas Jr., 37, of 505 Daniel St. died Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998.
   A native of Franklin County, Mr. Thomas was a son of Ida Mae Thomas and the late Garfield Thomas Sr. He was a member of Royston Grove Baptist Church.
   Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Royston Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Boscoe Jackson officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Pine View Memorial Gardens.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two sons, Christopher Thomas and Patrick Thomas, both of Athens; six sisters, Lucille Geter, Shirley Hunter, Marie Thomas, and Jeanette Thomas, all of Royston, Betty Scott, Hartwell, and Salley Thomas, Athens; and two brothers, C.J. Thomas, Elberton, and O'Neal Thomas, Royston.
   The family is at the home of Ida Mae Thomas, 505 Daniel St., Royston, and will receive friends 8-9 p.m. today at Mack's Funeral Home, Hartwell.

Willie Welch
Toccoa
   William T. (Willie) Welch, 70, of 1626 East Tugalo St. died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998.
   A native of Rabun County, Mr. Welch was a son of the late Humphrey and Grace Gunn Welch and was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Welch. He was retired from Currahee Welding Co., was a member of Zebulon Baptist Church, and was a U.S. Army/Navy Veteran.
   Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Whitlock Mortuary with the Rev. Ty Childers officiating. Burial will be in Stephens Memorial Gardens.
   Survivors include his wife, Mary Page Welch; three sisters, Judy Moss and Mary Jane Dickerson, both of Clayton, and Elaine Lowery, Toccoa; a brother, Bobby Welch, Dillard; and two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
   The family is at the home and will receive friends 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

M. Troutman Wilson 
Athens
   M. Troutman Wilson, 85, of 258 Westview Drive died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.
   Mr. Wilson was a native of Clarke County and was the son of the late Mr. Robert C. and Grace Troutman Wilson. He graduated from the University of Georgia. and was connected with the Standard Oil Co. for a number of years. He was general manager of University Chevrolet, connected with Normal Hardware, and later Executive Vice President of Sun Trust Bank in Athens. He served in the Army in WWII and retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Colonel. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, served in the Administration Board, Board of Trustees, taught Sunday school, and served as President of Georgia Banking Association in 1973. He was a member of the Athens Country Club, President of the Touchdown Club, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and served on the Athens General Hospital Board and the Athens Library Board. He was preceded in death by his wives, Josephine Dunlap Wilson and Margarett Gunn Wilson. 
   Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 1998, at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Bill Britt and Dr. Jon Appleton officiating. The body will lie in state one hour. Burial will be in Oconee Hill Cemetery. 
   Survivors include four daughters, Beth W. Lowery, Athens, Grace W. Phillips, Cochran, Robin Pierce Miller, Greensboro, and Jody W. Boling, Cumming; a son, Marcellus Troutman Wilson Jr., Augusta; a sister, Grace W. Waters, Athens; a brother, Bobby Wilson, Thomasville; 11 grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
   Pallbearers will be Henry (Hank) Logan, Robert R. Gunn, Gilbert Millner, John R. Wilson, Raymond P. Bush, and Robert C. Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Bishop, Jack Turner, Lewis Scruggs, Morgan Redwine, John H. Terrel Jr., Upshaw Bently, O.M. Roberts Jr., Bob Marion, Peter Hodgsons, Hugh Macaueay, Harold M. Crow, Senator Paul Broun, Heyward Allen Sr., Bill Millican, E.H. Culpepper, John E. Griffin, Robert G. Stephenson Sr., Comer Whitehead, Hugh Logan, Dr. Bothwell Traylor, Dr. Bolling DuBose, Terrell Wingfield, and Lee Pierson.
   In lieu of flowers make contributions to the First United Methodist Church, 327 N. Lumpkin St., Athens, Ga. 30601 or to your favorite charity.
   Bridges Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harold Byrd 
Martin
   Harold Byrd, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998.
   Acree-Davis Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Darryl McLain
Athens
   Milton Darryl McLain, 35, of 1760 Old West Broad St. died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998.
   Winfrey's Mutual Funeral Home will announce arrangements.


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