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Willie Jean Beebe
Canon
   Willie Jean Beebe, 66, of 1155 Muddy Branch Road died Thursday, July 23, 1998.
   A native of Monroe County, Ala., Mrs. Beebe was a daughter of the late John and Minnie Jones Stokes and widow of J.C. Beebe. She was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Frisco City, Ala.
   Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at Hamby Weldon Funeral Home, Lavonia, with the Revs. Phil DeMore and Sheila Bookout Hunt officiating. Burial will be in Lavonia City Cemetery.
   Survivors include a daughter, Brenda G. Beebe, Canon; two sons, Michael A. Beebe, Lacey Springs, Ala., and Ronald G. Beebe, Gainesville; five brothers, John Stokes Jr., Alton Stokes, Skeet Stokes, Hubert Stokes and Lorie Stokes; and five grandchildren.
   Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or a favorite charity.

Mildred Buchanan
Elberton
   Mildred McClure Buchanan, 79, of 219 W. Railroad St. died Friday, July 24, 1998.
   A native of Haywood County, N.C., Mrs. Buchanan was the widow of Elmer J. "Buck" Buchanan and was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Jean Buchanan, and a son, Elmer Jenkins Buchanan Jr.
   Funeral services will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Berry Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Eaton officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park.
   Survivors include two daughters, Doris Ann Oglesby, Elberton, and Hazel Lee B. Shackelford, Belton, S.C.; a son, Robert E. Buchanan, Hartwell; a sister, Mary Katheryn Stevenson, Hendersonville, N.C.; two brothers, Bill McClure, Asheville, N.C., and Edward McClure, Johnson City, Tenn.; and three grandchildren raised in the home, Randy Elder, Harrisburg, N.C., and Andy Elder and Sandy Maxwell, both of Elberton.
   Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
   The family is at the residence and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Violet Byrd
Buena Vista, Va.
   Violet Myrtle Nash Byrd, 88, died Wednesday, July 22, 1998.
   A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Byrd was a daughter of the late William and Sarah Nash and widow of Frank Lamar Byrd. She was a graduate of Hinsdale Sanitarium and Hospital, Hinsdale, Ill., and worked as a registered nurse at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Lexington, 1953-1975, serving as head nurse in obstetrics at the time of her retirement. She was a member of Buena Vista Seventh Day Adventist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Seventh Day Adventist Church with Elders Phillip Lemon and Jeff Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.
   Survivors include a daughter, Phyllis Boynton, Athens; three sons, Gordon Byrd, Stevensville, Mich., Bruce Byrd, Buena Vista, and Richard Byrd, Spiceland, Ind.; a brother, F. Russell Nash, Rockford, Mich.; four granddaughters, a grandson and six great-grandchildren.
   The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. today at Lomax Funeral Home.
   Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of local arrangements.

Vernie Echols
Alto
   Vernie Smith Echols, 82, died Thursday, July 23, 1998.
   A native of Banks County, Mrs. Echols was a daughter of the late William S. and Thanie Cagle Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Enon Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at Enon Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Morris, Loyd Martin and Clyde Garrison officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with the Rev. Lloyd Free officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m.
   Survivors include her husband, George Echols; two daughters, JoAnn Brock, Lula, and Janice Wilson, Alto; a son, Jimmy Echols, Alto; two sisters, Essaline Wheeler and Lucille Smith, both of Lula; two brothers, Leroy Smith and Troy Smith, both of Lula; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
   Whitfield Funeral Home, Baldwin, will announce arrangements.

Donna Hall
Elberton
   Donna Celeste Bonnett Hall, 71, died Thursday, July 23, 1998.
   A native of Denver, Mrs. Hall was a daughter of the late William Cornelius and Catherine Mae Haynes Bonnett. She taught art in public schools of Kentucky, Texas, Florida and Georgia, and was a professor of art at Palm Beach Atlantic College. She attended Louisiana Tech and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated from North Texas State University. She was a member and choir member of First Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church with the Revs. C.E. Jackson, Jon Appleton and Howard E. Germany officiating.
   Survivors include her husband, the Rev. George Milton Hall; two daughters, Catherine Lela Hall DalNogare, Dallas, Texas, and Alisa Ann Hall Flanery, Athens; a son, Carlton H.C. Hall, Shreveport, La.; a brother, Ronald W. Bonnett, Denver; and nine grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be George Gaines, George Ward, Terry Seagraves, Perry Morgan, T.Y. Harris, Ray Sanders, Lee Thaxton and Rollin Thaxton.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at Berry Funeral Home.
   Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Elberton, or Mercer University, Macon.

Richard Holcomb
White Plains
   Richard Clyde Holcomb, 67, of 1641 Log Cabin Road died Friday, July 24, 1998.
   A native of Taliaferro County, Mr. Holcomb was a son of the late Ernest Adel Edwards and Clyde Herschel Holcomb. He was owner and operator of Holcomb's Dairy and a member of White Plains Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at White Plains Baptist Church with the Rev. Norman Waldrip officiating. Burial will be in White Plains Cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Peggy Hardigree Holcomb; a daughter, Kathy H. Pettit, Eatonton; two sons, Richard H. Holcomb, Greensboro, and Dan Holcomb, White Plains; three sisters, Jeanette Walker, McDonough, Geraldine Pate, White Plains, and Vera Mercer, Starkville, Miss.; and eight grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will be William Coleman, Harry Blanchard, Wilburn Stewart, Johnny Eley, Russell Stewart and Andy Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be Ike Moore, David Price, Douglas Price and Clarence Stewart.
   The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. today at McCommons Funeral Home, Greensboro.

Stella Holland
Toccoa
   Stella Cain Holland, 97, died Friday, July 24, 1998.
   A native of Fulton County, Mrs. Holland was a daughter of the late John Alonzo and Annie Lula Goss Cain and widow of Irvin Holland. She was a member of Toccoa First Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Whitlock Mortuary. Burial will be Monday in Greenwood Cemetery, Atlanta.
   Survivors include a niece by marriage, Bobbie Cherry, Bradenton, Fla.; and three cousins, Carolyn Price, Morrow, Dorothy Fortner, Pooler, and Ellene Smith, Tucker.
   Visitation will be prior to and following the service on Sunday.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

William James
Athens
   William Thomas James, 95, of 355 Springdale St. died Thursday, July 23, 1998.
   A native of Greer, S.C., Mr. James was a son of the late Walter Ennis and Martha Smith James and widower of Muriel Phillips James. An Athens resident since 1946, he graduated from Furman University and received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1929. He was a professor in the psychology department at the University of Georgia for 24 years, served as head of the department for three years and retired in 1970 as professor emeritus. He was known for research in the field of animal behavior with many scientific articles published. He was a member of Psi Chi-Sigma Xi and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies.
   Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 1998, at Bernstein Funeral Home with the Rev. Luther Fouche officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park.
   Survivors include a daughter, Leslie James Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Martha and J.C. Harden, Atlanta; a sister, Mrs. Paul Bull, Greer, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Inez James, Greer, S.C.; and four grandchildren, Mary Kroeten, Tampa, Fla., Sharon Patterson, Stockbridge, and Karen Harden and Jimmy Harden, both of Atlanta.
   The family will receive friends 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Georgia, Psychology Depart ment, 228 Psychology Building, Athens, Ga. 30602.

Ruth Johnson
Winder
   Ruth Johnson, 79, of 51 Rockwell Church Road died Wednesday, July 22, 1998.
   Mrs. Johnson was a daughter of Annie Lou Pope Davis, Cleveland, Ohio.
   Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fairfield Baptist Church, Auburn, with the Rev. W. Jennings officiating. Burial will be in Barrow Memorial Garden. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
   Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Guy Johnson; three children, Eugeamus Johnson, Jefferson, Samuel Johnson, Fort Valley, and Katrean Johnson, Winder; three sisters, Lottie Mae McCoy, Mollie Lamar and Sarah Pope, all of Cleveland, Ohio; four brothers, John Pope, J.E. Pope and James Pope, all of Cleveland, and Grady Pope, Washington, N.C.; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
   The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. today at Eberhart & Son Mortuary.

Motibhai B. Patel
Athens
   Motibhai B. Patel, 94, of 410 Macon Highway died Thursday, July 23, 1998.
   A native of India, Mr. Patel was a son of the late Bhaijibhai and Funaren Patel. He was a retired farmer and of the Hindu faith.
   Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. today at Bernstein Funeral Home.
   Survivors include his wife, Gangabnen Patel; a daughter, Sudhaben Indubhai Patel, Athens; five sons, Manubhai M. Patel, New York, and Rajanikant M. Patel, Suryakant M. Patel, Kanubhai M. Patel and Girish M. Patel, all of Athens; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
   The family will receive friends 3-4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

W. Thomas Ward
Watkinsville
   W. Thomas Ward, 63 died Wednesday, July 22, 1998.
   A native of Oconee County, Mr. Ward was a son of the late Weyman T. and Hester Toney Ward. He was a retired postal service employee, a contractor and a member and former elder of Friendship Presbyterian Church.
   Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Johnson United Methodist Church with the Rev. Allan Dan Orme officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
   Survivors include his wife, Martha Bridges Ward; three daughters, Lisa K. Ward, Everett, Wash., Gina Ward Witt, Kirkwood, Mo., and Paige M. Ward, Pickens, S.C.; two sisters, Melba Wilkerson, Winder, and Anna Sue Tollman, Marietta; five grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. today at Arthur Bowick's Oconee Chapel.

Charlie W. Wymbs
Athens
   Charlie William Wymbs, 42, of 109 Fox Trail died Thursday, July 23, 1998.
   A native of Oglethorpe County, Mr. Wymbs was a son of the late Fred and Ruby Mae Wymbs.
   Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Hosanna Temple of Deliverance Church at Mount Olive Seventh Day Adventist Church with Elder Early Brown officiating. Burial will be in Anon Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Lexington. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.
   Survivors include five sisters, Helen W. Wright, Rosa L. Walter, Daisy Hall, JoAnn Smith and Geneva Allen; a brother, Bobby Lee Wymbs, Athens; a friend, Debra Valentine; and nieces and nephews.
   The family is at the home of Helen Wright, 109 Fox Trail.
   Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jane A. Boswell
Thomson
   Jane A. Boswell, 73, of 1515 Wrightsboro Road died Friday, July 24, 1998.
   A native of McDuffie County, Mrs. Boswell was a retired teacher and was a graduate of Brenau College and the University of Georgia. She was a member of Thomson Presbyterian
   Church and taught the toddlers Sunday school class for more than 20 years.
   Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today at Thomson Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Brent Turner officiating. Burial will be in Penfield Cemetery, Penfield.
   Survivors include her husband, Robert M. Boswell Jr.; a daughter, Mary Langham, Thomson; a son, Robert M. Boswell III, Athens; a sister, Frances Fokes, Tallahassee, Fla.; and five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   Pallbearers will be Jack Allen, Bob Wilson Sr., Ken Usry, Bob Knox Jr., J.T. Wiley and Jimmy Kennedy.
   Memorials may be made to Thomson Presbyterian Church.
   The family will receive friends at the residence or at Curtis Funeral Home.

Ruth S. Childers
Florahome, Fla.
   Ruth Sturdivant Childers, 89, died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, at the Palatka Health Care Center, Palatka, Fla., following a long illness.
   She was born in Grandin, Fla., and had been a longtime resident of Putnam County, Fla., having lived in Grandin and Florahome. She had served as Postmaster of the Florahome Post Office. She had been a member of the First Church of God in Florahome for more than 50 years and had served there as a Sunday School Teacher and Treasurer. She was an honorary member of the Florahome-Grandin Volunteer Fire Department. Her favorite pastime was helping other people. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Childers and one grandson, Curtis Sturdivant.
   She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Walter Whitaker of Arnoldsville, Georgia; three sons and daughters-in-law, Walter L. and Ruth Sturdivant, Lawrence A. and Lillian Sturdivant, and Harry and Janet Childers, all of Florahome, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great grandchildren.
   Mrs. Childers' funeral services were held Friday, July 24, 1998 at the First Church of God in Florahome with Pastor Hence Allen and Pastor Michael Hicks officiating. Burial followed in the Putnam Cemetery in Grandin. Donations may be sent to the First Church of God, P.O. Box 55, Florahome, Fla. 32140. Masters Funeral Home of Palatka was in charge of arrangements.

   William A. Collings
   Winder
   William A. Collings, 69, died Friday, July 24, 1998.
   A native of Philadelphia, Penn., Mr. Collings was a son of the late Edward and Ann Marie MacGrority Collings. He was married to the late Mrs. Mary Jane Welsh Collings and was of the Catholic faith. He was a former resident of Grand Rapids, N.C., and was employed with Gene & Matt Ford Tractor in Winder.
   Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Carter-Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Victor Reyes officiating.
   Survivors include a daughter, Marybella Kaul, Winder; and seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Catherine S. Duggar
Watkinsville
   Catherine S. Duggar, 83, died Friday, July 24, 1998.
   A native of Bryan County, Mrs. Duggar was a daughter of the late Wade Shuman and Frances Davis Shuman. She was married to the late Woodrow W. Duggar and was preceded in death by a son, James R. Duggar. She was a retired homemaker and was of the Primitive Baptist faith.
   Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today at Hillcrest Abbey, West, Savannah, with the Rev. Kent Reynolds officiating.
   Survivors include a son, Glenn Duggar, Watkinsville; and four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
   Arthur Bowick's Oconee Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

James E. Lackey
Athens
   James Edward Lackey, 56, died Thursday, July 23, 1998.
   A native of Walton County, Mr. Lackey was a farmer for many years.
   Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Mack & Payne Funeral Home with the Revs. Lynn Hill and Zack Pope officiating. Friends and family are asked to assemble at 12:45 p.m.
   Survivors include his wife, Annie Louise Lackey; three daughters, Jacquelyn Butler, Bogart, Eula Anderson, Athens, and Terrion Hill, Monroe; two sisters, Shirley Giles, Decatur, and Peggy Lackey, Monroe; five brothers, Johnny Lackey, Athens, Billy Lackey, Stone Mountain, Norris Lackey and Harrison Lackey, both of Decatur, and Mcarthur Lackey, Atlanta; and eight grandchildren.

Willis W. Thomason
Carnesville
   Willis Wilhite "Shank" Thomason, 65, of 1700 Payne Road died Friday, July 24, 1998.
   A native of Franklin County, Mr. Thomason was a son of the late Jim and Minnie Payne Thomason. He had worked in the logging industry for 35 years and was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be 3 p.m. today at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Tommy Childress officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
   Survivors include his wife, Janette Westmoreland Thomason; a daughter, Janet Lynn Watkins, Lula; a son, James Terrell Thomason, Carnesville; three sisters, Mildred Murray, Carnesville, Joett Duffell, Salisbury, N.C., and Catherine Cheek, Toccoa; a brother, David Thomason, Toccoa; and six grandchildren.
   Pallbearers will assemble at Acree-Davis Funeral Home at 1:45 p.m. today.
   The family is at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Verlon Cheek, Oak Valley Road, Toccoa.

Clyde Vernon Turpin
Bowersville
   Clyde Vernon Turpin, 41, of 1080 West Main St. died Thursday, July 23, 1998.
   A native of Stephens County, Mr. Turpin was a son of Morene Jordan Turpin Sokol of Hartwell and the late Clyde Vernon Turpin Sr. He was a retired auto salesman, a member of Ducks Unlimited, served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Bowersville Baptist Church.
   Funeral services will be 3 p.m. today at Strickland Funeral Home, Hartwell, with the Rev. Dennis Coley officiating. Burial will be in the Bowersville City Cemetery.
   Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Cindy Cheek Turpin; stepfather, Fred Sokol, Hartwell; two daughters, Melissa Turpin and Victoria Turpin, both of Bowersville; and a stepbrother, Gene Sokol, Hartwell.

Henry J. Eberhart
Athens
   Henry James Eberhart, 74, of 265 North Billups St. died Saturday, July 25, 1998.
   Eberhart & Son Mortuary will announce arrangements.

Grace E. Noble
Athens
   Grace Elizabeth Noble, 104, died recently.
   Bridges Funeral Home will announce arrangements. 

Katie Mae M. Wilson
Athens
   Katie Mae Maddox Wilson of 150 Bazzelle Ave. died Friday, July 24, 1998.
   Winfrey's Mutual Funeral Home will announce arrangements.


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