Margaret Mims Griffin Bonner passed away August 31, 2009. She was 87 years old. The only daughter of the late Ralph Parks Griffin and Lois Mims Griffin, she was born July 27, 1922 in Atlanta. A long time resident of Atlanta, she and her husband, Joshua Wilburn Bonner, lived approximately 20 years in Madison where they enjoyed many years. Margaret was especially fond of gardening and enjoyed watching local birds. She worked for 10 years at C&S Bank in Atlanta and later for the Fulton County Juvenile Court system where she retired in 1981. She was a long time member of the Madison Church of God and most recently attended Roswell United Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her husband and her eldest daughter, Sara Bonner Whitley. She is survived by four children: Ann WIlliamson of Canton, Joan Griffith of Dallas, Ralph Bonner of Powder Springs and Linda Chick of Roswell; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. The funeral service was held Wednesday, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. at Roswell United Methodist Church. Graveside services was held Wednesday, at 2:00 p.m. at Swords Community Cemetery in Swords.
Corinne Baker Tingle, 75, of Sevierville, Tennessee died Sunday, August 30, 2009. She attended Mountain View Missionary Baptist Church and was a retired nurse’s aid. She was preceded in death by her daughter Rebecca Jones.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles “Bud” and Melissa Tingle, daughter and son-in-law, Tery Tingle and Peter Hicks; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a brother and sister-in-law, James Thomas and Marguerite Baker.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 2 at Mountain View Baptist Church Fellowship Hall with Rev. Bill Helton officiating. She was interred in Mountain View Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Atchley Funeral.
Corey Austin Sturgis, 30, of Greensboro died Saturday, August 29, 2009. He was born May 31, 1979 in Anderson, South Carolina to Charles and Deborah Griggs Sturgis. The family moved to Watkinsville where Corey was a 1997 graduate of Oconee County High School. He joined the United States Navy and served six years. During this time he was active in the Persian Gulf. He was currently a full time student at East Central Technical College. He had a love for movies and enjoyed writing screen plays as a hobby. Corey also enjoyed computers and video games. He will be remembered as a very intelligent and talented young man.
He is survived by a daughter, Zoey Sturgis of Lemoore, California, his parents, Charles and Deborah Sturgis of Greensboro and a brother, Kyle Sturgis (Sandy) of Watkinsville; a niece, Sable Sturgis, a nephew, Brock Sturgis; aunts and uncles, Richard Griggs (Barbara) of Elberton, Edwin Sturgis (Bonny) and David Sturgis (Sandy) all of Panama City, Florida.
The family received friends Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home in Madison. During this time special memories of Corey was shared.
A.E. Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Helen Radcliffe Hossler, 95, of Madison died August 20, 2009. She was born October 16, 1913 in Barberton, Ohio to Benjamin and Rose Radcliffe. She was married to the late George E. Hossler. She worked as a beautician until marriage.
Mrs. Hossler enjoyed cooking and entertaining and loved to play golf. Mrs. Hossler attended Madison Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Hossler Sigman of Madison and her grandchildren, Linda Pritchett (Kenny), Mary Walters (Mark), Richard Sigman (Sharon) and David Sigman (Donna); great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Saturday, August 22 at 11 a.m. at Madison Memorial Park. Rev. Mike Pritchett officiated.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the charity of your choosing.
A.E. Carter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Lucille Carlan Willis, 91, of Elberton, took her place in heaven on August 4, 2009, surrounded by her five children and her faithful dog, “Gypsy.”
She was born June 21, 1918, in Elbert County, the beloved only child of the late Abijah and Ida Ruff Carlan.
Mrs. Willis was preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life, James Ennis Willis. Also preceding her in death were her stepson, James Willard Willis, and her step-grandson, Robert Bruce Willis (Bobby).
Mrs. Willis is survived by her children, Dale Willis McCurley (Larry) of Madison, Deane Willis Heaton (Hugh) of Hartwell, Malita Willis Sanders of Bostwick, Keith D. Willis (Vicki) of Elberton, and Kay Willis Shaw (Rawn) of Dallas; 11 grandchildren, Sandy McCurley, Scott McCurley, Melanie Sanders Wible (David), Marla Sanders Whittington (Ken), Russ Sanders (Kristi), Brian Willis, Christa Willis, Frankie Heaton (Christie), Rhiannon Shaw, Amanda Shaw, and Meghan Shaw Brinkley (Jamie); two step-grandchildren, Cindy Willis Williamson and Connie Willis King; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening, August 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the service was held on Friday at 11 a.m., at Concord Methodist Church in Elberton. The Reverends Billy Pittman, Troy Ayers and Al Davis officiated. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Frankie Heaton, Scott McCurley, Russ Sanders, Brian Willis; grandson-in-law, Jamie Brinkley; and nephew, Sam Bond.
William Jefferson Cooper Sr., died July 2, 2009. He was a native of Morgan County.
His grandson, Thomas H. Cooper, preceded him in death.
Mr. Cooper was a former Gideon, founder of the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, a realtor for 62 years and the respected owner of the William J. Cooper Company.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Edythe Mae Fries Cooper, children, William J. Cooper Jr. and his wife Susan, Timothy Gordon Cooper and Sharron Cooper Blincoe and her husband Charles; grandchildren, William Jefferson Cooper III and his wife Shana, Timothy C. Cooper, J. Fox Demoisey Jr., Whitney C. Williams and her husband Brady, Julie C. Cooper and Mathew T. Cooper; three great-grandchildren and a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.