Miscellaneous Madison County, Georgia Obituaries
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Cody S. Sexton
Cody Scott Sexton, 4 months, of Commerce, son of Clayton Randall and Angela Mauldin Sexton, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
Infant Sexton was born November 19, 2000, in DeKalb County, Ala.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Brad Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one brother, Zachary Smith, Commerce; maternal grandparents, Jimmy and Louise Mauldin, Commerce; paternal grandparents, Phil and Shirley Sexton, Danielsville, and Chris and Kathy Hansford, Ila; paternal great-grandparents, O.B. and Louise Sexton, Dabney Sorrow and Sarah Fortson, all of Danielsville; and a number of aunts and uncles.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 11, 2001

Otha L. Jordan
Otha L. Jordan, 87, of Nicholson, died Thursday, April 5, 2001.
Born in Homer, Mr. Jordan was a son of the late James Pleasant and Mary Lou Cheek Jordan.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II, and had worked at a filling station. Mr. Jordan was of the Baptist denomination.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Hoyt Johnson officiating. 
Survivors include one son, James Wallace Jordan, Athens; two sisters, Burma Sue Smith, Danielsville, and Monti Ray Lu Allen, Commerce; two brothers, Allen Jordan, Ila, and Hayde Jordan, Orlando, Fla.; one grandchild, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 11, 2001

Jack Wray
Jack L. Wray, 65, of Crawford, died Sunday, April 8, 2001.
A native of Richmond County, Mr. Wray was a son of the late Thomas L. and Mattie Huff Wray.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the American Legion Post 123, Lexington. 
Mr. Wray was employed with the Oglethorpe County School System and was a member of Crawford Baptist Church.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Crawford Cemetery with the Rev. Russell Bruce officiating. The Oglethorpe County High School Class of 1953 and employees of Oglethorpe County School System served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include one daughter, Joni Jean Thomason, Colbert; and one son, Thomas Stephen Wray, Athens.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Oglethorpe Chapel, Crawford, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 11, 2001
 

Luther E. Wood
Luther E. Wood, 81, of Hull, died Wednesday, April 4, 2001.
Mr. Wood was a son of the late Hinton and Lenora Wilson Wood and the husband of the late Vera Youngblood Wood.
He was a retired carpenter.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Michael Newman Sr. officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Park, Jefferson. Tommy Wood, Micha Quarles, Scot Carson, T.J. Clark, Willie Epps and Church Toney served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three sons, Luther E. Wood Jr., Neese, Stanley Wood, Nicholson, and Thomas Wood, Ila; five daughters, Marie Carson, Commerce, Dorothy Harper, Ocala, Fla., Mary Helen Quarles, Watkinsville, Patricia Wood, Hull, and Shelia Herring, Comer; one sister, Ethel Epps, Athens; 32 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Ivie Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 11, 2001

Betty M. Lunsford
Mrs. Betty Moseman Lunsford, 74, of Hull, died Monday, April 9, 2001.
Born in Clarke County, Mrs. Lunsford was a daughter of the late Harry C. Moseman Sr. and Ollie Butler Moseman. She was the wife of the late William M. Lunsford.
Mrs. Lunsford was a homemaker.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Barry Black officiating. Steve Bates, David Tyner, Clay Strickland, Bobby Strickland, Lindsay Brock, Lance Tyner and Ricky Scarbrough served as pallbearers.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary Lunsford Bomgardner, Callahan, Fla., Kathy Lunsford Tyner and Laura Lunsford Campbell, both of Hull, and Margie Lunsford Bennett, Edgefield, S.C.; one brother, Harry C. Moseman Jr., Athens; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.
Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 11, 2001

Claude J. McCurdy Jr.
Claude Johnson "Mac" McCurdy Jr., 87, formerly of Chamblee and Danielsville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Christian City Convalescent Center of complications from Alzheimer's Disease.
Mr. McCurdy was born January 26, 1914, in Banks County, the fourth of seven children, to Blonnie Chambers McCurdy and Claude J. McCurdy Sr.
He spent most of his working years in the paint manufacturing industry. Mr. McCurdy was an entrepreneur who founded Maxi-Kote Paint Company and Mercury Spray Equipment in Chamblee, where he lived with his family for 30 years.
He was a devoted member of the Lions Club and served in various positions on the board. Mr. McCurdy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chamblee, and later Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, Danielsville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Rosemary Speir McCurdy, his oldest son, C.J. McCurdy III, a grandchild, a brother, and a sister.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at at H.M. Patterson & Son Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, Atlanta. Burial will be in North Atlanta Memorial Park.
Mr. McCurdy is survived by his wife, Lyla Bennett McCurdy, Union City; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Glenn Jones, Norcross, and Margaret and Ernest Saunders, Hoschton; son and daughter-in-law, William and Anita McCurdy, Daytona Beach, Fla.; step-daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Steven Ekstrom, Paris, Texas; sisters, Monteen Winkleman, LeHigh Acres, Fla., and Blondine Andrews, Rainesville, Ala.; brothers, William McCurdy, Braselton, and George Wesley McCurdy, Royston; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christian City Convalescent Center in Union City, Ga., or to the Alzheimer's Association.
The family was to have received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at H.M. Patterson Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, located at 4550 Peachtree Road.
H.M. Patterson Oglethorpe Hill Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 11, 2001

Thelma D. Lewallen
Mrs. Thelma Duncan Lewallen, 92, of Homer, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at BJC Nursing Home, Commerce.
A native of Banks County, Mrs. Lewallen was born January 25, 1909, a daughter of the late Alvin and Hattie Bray Duncan.
She was a homemaker and a member of Homer Baptist Church. Mrs. Lewallen was preceded in death by her husband, Cliff Lewallen, and a daughter, Doris Tucker.
Graveside services were held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in Banks Memorial Gardens, Homer, with the Revs. Jim McClendon and Jerry Stowe officiating.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Lewallen, Homer; one brother, Hoyt Duncan, Commerce; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, April 11, 2001 

James R. Casper
James Roy Casper, 71, of Athens, a native of Barrow County, died Sunday, June 17, 2001.
Mr. Casper had lived in the Athens-Clarke County area for most of his life and was retired from Cartey Electric Motor Services.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Syble Casper Shelton, and two brothers, Victor E. Casper and Robert F. Casper.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Rev. Leon Pass officiating. Burial was in Whitworth Cemetery. Melvin Cheek, Travis Ingram, Marty Casper, Richard Gordon, Bobby Ramsey, Keith Cartey, Jonathan Casper and Steven Casper served as pallbearers. Members of The Dirty Dozen Hunting Club served as honorary pallbearers.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sara Brown Casper; son, Steven Casper, of the home; son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Kathy Casper, Nicholson; two step-grandsons, Steve Atkins, Memphis, Tenn., and Travis Ingram, Nicholson; one step-great-granddaughter; one step-great-grandson; one sister, Anne Finch, Athens; brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Johnnie Casper, Danielsville, and Gene and Patty Casper, Nicholson; sister-in-law, Diane Casper, Bogart; and several nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001

Ellie M. Tucker
Mrs. Ellie Merle Tucker, 90, of Athens, died Sunday, June 17, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mrs. Tucker was born August 7, 1910, a daughter of the late Luther and Cora Allen Ginn.
She was a former school teacher in Madison County during the 1930s and was a member of the First Christian Church of Athens. Mrs. Tucker was active in Brownie and Girl Scouts as a leader, as well as the Cub and Boy Scouts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Allen Tucker.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with Minister Jerry Payne officiating. Burial was in the Harmony Christian Church cemetery. Leonard Ginn, Joe Ginn and Mike Lacey served as pallbearers. Mrs. Tucker's nephews, Boyd Drake, Coley Lacey, Dennis Drake, Ricky Dalton and Dr. Sam Vickery, served as honorary pallbearers, along with friends, Donald Cofer and George Hart.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Sid and Karen Tucker, Granbury, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Pat Tucker Garrison and Billy Garrison, Commerce; grandchildren, Sidney L. Tucker Jr., Rowlett, Texas, Thomas Lloyd Allen Tucker, Augusta, Kan., Joe Allen Tinsley Jr., Valdosta, and Patricia Ann Tinsley, Atlanta; and a great-grandson, Sidney L. Tucker III, Wichita, Kan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3120 Raymond Drive, Atlanta, GA 30340.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001

William F. Childers
William Frasier Childers, 84, of Greenville, S.C., died Wednesday, June 13, 2001.
Born in Oglethorp County, Mr. Childers was a son of the late Walter David and Minnie E. Patton Childers. He was the husband of the late Mildred E. McCarty Childers.
Mr. Childers was a carpenter with Cothran Sims & Barker Builders and was a member of Washington Avenue Baptist Church. He was also a member of Woodmen of the World.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 15, in the chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery, West.
Survivors include one daughter, Gloria Jenkins, Marietta; two sisters, Mrs. Oneil McCarty and Naomi Watson, both of Greenville, S.C., and Lou Nell Morris, Colbert; one brother, Herman Childers, Colbert; two grandchildren, Kim Stevenson, Douglasville, and Darren Jenkins, Marietta; and four great-grandchildren, Rachael, Daniel and KayLeigh Stevenson and Ashlee Jenkins.
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, NW, was in charge of arrangements, with Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, handling local arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001

James W. Eberhart
James Walter Eberhart, 77, of Athens, died Saturday, June 16, 2001.
A native of Colbert, Mr. Eberhart was a son of the late Hoyt Adam Eberhart and Mae Willie Burroughs Eberhart.
He was the retired owner of Eberhart Television Repair Service and was a member of Forest Heights Baptist Church. Mr. Eberhart was a veteran of World War II, serving in Company A of the 133rd infantry, where he fought in the European theater and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 18, in Evergreen Memorial Park with the Rev. Mike Purdy officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Ida Mae Burgess Eberhart; four daughters, Carol Slay, Winterville, Linda Iza, Bogart, Diane Brewer, Crawford, and Janice Sand, Athens; two sons, Jim Eberhart, Athens, and Steve Eberhart, Bishop; three sisters, Dot Brewer, Athens, and Mary Carter and Louise Campbell, both of Fairburn; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Hospice.
Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001

Joseph S. Eterno
Joseph Sebastian Eterno, 80, of Homer, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at his residence.
Born February 8, 1921, in Wayne County, Mich., Mr. Eterno was the son of the late Vincent William and Frances Nazione Eterno.
He was a retired locksmith and was a member of St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Mission. Mr. Eterno was also a member of the American Legion, Gainesville Lodge #219 F&AM and the Fraternal Order of Police.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, at St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Mission with Father Richard Tibbits officiating. 
Mr. Eterno is survived by his wife, Mary Lois Jones Eterno, Homer; one son, Vincent Eterno, Homer; three daughters, Rose Adams, Maysville, Jenifer Perry Hinson, Cornelia, and Francine Salbatore, Armada, Mich.; two sisters, Jennie Pernicano, San Diego, Calif., and Frances Turner, New Baltimore, Mich.; and 13 grandchildren.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001 

Oeline S. Bridges
Mrs. Oeline Strickland Bridges, 53, of Danielsville, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at her residence.
Born in Madison County, Mrs. Bridges was a daughter of the late Obediah and Kathleen Alewine Strickland. 
She was employed as a dieti-tian with Ila Elementary School. 
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bridges was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Strickland.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in the chapel of Pruitt Funeral Home, Royston, with the Rev. David Strickland officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Baptist Church cemetery. Wesley Bridges, Wade Bridges, Harry Wilson, Stuart Strickland, Lamar Bond and Mark Bridges served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Bridges is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Bridges, Danielsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Pruitt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001

James Patrick Sr.
James Clinton Patrick Sr., 54, of Colbert, died Friday, June 15, 2001.
A native of Madison County, Mr. Patrick was a son of Mary Huff Scoggins and the late Raymond Patrick Sr.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 18, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Cecil Holcombe officiating. Burial was in the Colbert Cemetery.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Nancy Patrick; two daughters, Sherry Patrick Lavender, Monroe, and Christine Patrick, Colbert; four sons, David Patrick, James Patrick Jr., Ronnie Patrick and Donnie Patrick, all of Colbert; and one sister, Ethel Scoggins, Colbert.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, Danielsville, was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001

Rev. Jarrett 
E. McClain
The Rev. Jarrett E. McClain, 75, of Colbert, died Thursday, June 14, 2001.
A native of Clarke County, Mr. McClain was a son of the late James Frank and Odessa Brooks McClain.
He was a World War II veteran and was a retired minister. Mr. McClain was a member of the First Apolistic Church of Bishop.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Kenith McClain.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, in the chapel of Bridges Funeral Home, Athens, with the Revs. Curtis Lee Hammond and G. Hubert Hammond officiating. Burial was in the Grove Chapel Congregational Holiness Church cemetery. Bobby McClain, Wayne McClain, Ricky McClain, James McClain, Michael McClain and Jeff Hammond served as pallbearers.
Survivors include three daughters, Dessa M. McClain, Colbert, Sherry L. Hand, Anderson, S.C., and Crissy Sims, Comer; one son, Terry Scott McClain, Colbert; four sisters, Mary A. Fiveash, Crawford, Allie Lou Pollock, Green Cove Springs, Fla., Patsy Nell McClain, Hull, and Hazel Huss, Champaign, Ill.; one brother, Florence J. "Skeet" McClain, Augusta; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Bridges Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001

Frances D. Benton
Mrs. Frances Dora Benton, 80, of Colbert, died Saturday, June 16, 2001.
Born in Sanana, Texas, Mrs. Benton was a daughter of the late Foster and Ina Crossnae Watts.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Colbert United Methodist Church. Mrs. Benton was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Benton, and a son, Sammy Benton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home, Danielsville, with the Rev. Grady Wigley and James Haralson officiating. Burial was in Colbert Cemetery. Charles Parr, Will Whaley, Leroy Parr, Tommy Simmons, Matthew Porterfield and Crosby Head served as pallbearers.
Mrs. Benton is survived by one son, Chris Benton, Colbert; one sister, Alvone Penn; and four grandchildren.
Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001

Albert M. Wilson
Albert Millard Wilson, 80, of Athens, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001.
Born in Washington County, Tenn., Mr. Wilson was a son of the late Charlie Wilson and Rachael Rice Wilson.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was owner of Wilson T.V. & Appliance Co. Mr. Wilson was of the Methodist denomination.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Lee McGalliard Wilson, and a son, John Albert Wilson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the chapel of Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, with the Rev. Randy Crowe officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Janet Seagraves, Hull; one son, Joseph Wesley Wilson, Hull; two brothers, Deadrick Wilson, Tullahoma, Tenn., and Robert Wilson, Portland, Ore.; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home, West, is in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001

Bobby D. Stephenson
Bobby Dwight "Bird" Stephenson, 42, of Commerce, died Saturday, June 16, 2001.
Mr. Stephenson was born April 11, 1959, in Jackson County. He was a son of Leon and Frances Cowart Stephenson, Commerce.
Mr. Stephenson was employed with Roper Pump Company. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Johnnie Sue and Odell Stephenson.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the chapel of Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, with the Rev. Donald Wilson officiating. Burial was in Grey Hill Cemetery, Commerce.
Mr. Stephenson is survived by his wife, Tammy Reed Stephenson, Commerce; two sons, Michael Reed and Bobby Stephenson, both of Commerce; and two brothers, Josh Stephenson, Danielsville, and Mickey Stephenson, Commerce.
Little-Ward Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Madison County Journal, June 20, 2001


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