February 7, 2002 Issue

Janice Dukes Ownes

Mrs. Janice Dukes Ownes, 42, of Wrens died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Mrs. Owens was a member of the Wrens Church of God. She was employed by the Fresenius Medical Group in Louisville.

The funeral was Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Wrens Church of God with the Revs. Terry Addis and Joe Walden officiating. Burial was in the Ways Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Joey H. Owens; two sons, Kevin Owens and Jason Owens, both of Wrens; her mother and father, John and Jeannie Dukes, Wrens; three brothers, Tony Dukes, Wrens, Jimmy Dukes, Martinez, and Paul Dukes, Wrens. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey Dukes and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schultz.

Pallbearers were Tony Arrington, Ben Wilson, Chase Smith, Barrow Walden, Michael Burke and Jake Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were the Bridge Builders Sunday School Class of the Wrens Church of God.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Jefferson County Relay for Life, c/o Karen Walden, P.O. Box 5, Matthews, Ga. 30818.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Nathaniel Paschall Jr.

Mr. Nathaniel Paschall Jr., 55, of Louisville died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2002, in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

The funeral was Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at Lofton African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. King Mack officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Paschall of Fla.; children, Angel Paschall and Dolores Paschall, Shawn Paschall and Calvaire Paschall of Fla., James Walker of Wrens; siblings, Mary F. Paschall, Louisville, Sherry M. Hilton, Jacksonville, Ruby L. Neal and Albert Paschall Sr., Jimmy Paschall of Fla., and Robert Brown of Wrens.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Deacon Earnest Reese

Deacon Earnest Reese of Wadley died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at his residence.

The funeral was Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Marshall Grove Baptist Church, Tennille, with the Rev. Daniel Johnson officiating.

Survivors include are his wife, Elizabeth Hurst Reese, Tennille; four daughters, Earnestine Pinkston and Katherine Walden, Sandersville, Angela Tendell, Toccoa, and Patricia Walden, Atlanta; three sons, Theophilus Reese, Tulsa, Okla., Larry Reese, Brandon, Fla., and Maurice Walden, Tennille; and 12 grandchildren.

Lydia Hattaway-Burgamy

Mrs. Lydia Hattaway-Burgamy Morris, 84, of Augusta died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Morris, a native of Mitchell, was a former pianist with Oak Grove Baptist Church. She was also a former Sunday School teacher of beginner and intermediate children's classes and a member of Cross Bridge Baptist Church.

The funeral was Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. at Platt's Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred Gunter from The Hill Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Westover Memorial Park.

Survivors include her stepmother, Mrs. Vestula Hattaway, Mitchell; one son, Norman L. Burgamy, Augusta; two daughters, Mrs. Shelby Burgamy Whigham, Augusta, and Mrs. Marjorie Burgamy Gilmer, Lithia Springs; one step-daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Morris Peacock, Charlotte, N.C.; one sister, Mrs. Edith Williams, Lady Lake, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and five great great-grandchildren.

Memorial may be made to Cross Bridge Baptist Church Building Fund.

Ralph B. Armstrong

Mr. Ralph B. Armstrong, 61, of Stapleton died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, in the Medical College of Georgia Medical Center.

Mr. Armstrong, a native of Pickens County, S.C., had lived in Stapleton for several years. He attended Bethel Baptist Church and was retired.

The funeral was Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Ferrell officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Armstrong; a daughter, Pamela Sue Johnson, Dearing; five sons, Donald Lee Hadden and Robert Allen Hadden, both of Thomson, Bobby Gene Hadden and Jesse Leroy Hadden, both of Boneville; and Jimmy Hadden, Dearing; three sisters, Reba Gilstrap, Easley, S.C., Dale Moser and Mary Posey, both of Greenville, S.C.; two brothers, James Armstrong, Travelers Rest, S.C., and Johnny Armstrong, Easley; 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Travis Hadden, Jonathan Hadden, Jake Gilstrap, Cory Gilstrap, Daniel Garrett, Joey Eskew and Michael Armstrong.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Blanche Burton

Mrs. Blanche Burton, 65, of Louisville died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2002, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Burton, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church where she served on the ushers board for many years.

The funeral was Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Fredrick Ricks officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Willie T. Burton Sr.; her children, Jonas Gamble, Mattie Burton and Arthur Burton of Louisville, Ruthie Gamble of Wrens and Willie Burton of Germany; her mother, Ruthie Calhoun of Bartow; siblings, Gladys Hall, Anna Calhoun and Susie Calhoun of Jacksonville, Addie Jones, Tommie Gibbons and Johnnie Gibbons of Augusta, Rebecca Burton and Betty Burton of Louisville, Melvin Brookins and Willie Brookins of Bartow, Jewel Thompson of Hephzibah, Geneva Burton, Essie Burton, Willie Mae Burton, Thelma Burton, Henry Burton, Luke Gibbons and Mark Gibbons of New Jersey; and Jantha Kittles of Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Billie Butts

Mrs. Billie Butts, 79, of Martinez died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002.

Mrs. Butts, a native of Pelion, SC, was a homemaker.

The funeral was Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at Platt's Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Harmon from West Acres Baptist Church and the Rev. Bill Hilley from Grace Baptist Church officiating. Burial was at Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her son, Douglas Butts, Gibson; a daughter, Sue Jones, Martinez; one sister, Mrs. Vernell NeSmith, Savannah; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Douglas Oglesby, Tim Spivey Jr., Jimmy Lowe, Alvin Postell, Jack Sheppard, Henry Dyches, Gene Sutton and Frank Burnett.

Memorials can be made to West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans, Ga. 30809.

Josephine Woodard

Mrs. Josephine Woodard of Wadley died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

The funeral was Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church in Wadley with the Rev. Joe L. Pagye officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Charlie Otis Woodard; three daughters, Joann Lee Norris, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Pauline Lee Day, Hollywood, Fla., Ruby Woodard Thomas, Louisville; four sons, John Wesley Lee and Craig Woodard, Wadley, Otis Woodard and Charles Woodard, Hollywood, Fla.; one sister, Johnnie Mae Walden, Hollywood, Fla.; three brothers, Charlie Jackson, Wadley, Willie Anderson Jackson, Bridgeport, Conn. And Clarence Jackson, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; 35 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.

John Thomas Meadows

Mr. John Thomas Meadows, 57, of Matthews died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at his residence.

Mr. Meadows, born in Sandersville, was a member of Wadley Baptist Church and a truck driver.

The funeral was Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at Coleman's Chapel United Methodist Church with Dr. Ernest Purcell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Meadows; two sons, Thomas Wesley Meadows, Wrens, and Jessie Darin Meadows, Perry; two stepdaughters, Lynn Lewis, Warner Robins, and Melody Story, Gibson; one stepson, Jim Caswell, Matthews; his mother, Daisy Meadows Jenkins, Wadley; a sister, Janice Meadows Ratchford, Wadley; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were George Ratchford Jr., Thomas Ratchford, James Caswell, Clint Lewis, Clinton Lewis and Tony Colvin.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

R. Stewart Lester

R. Stewart Lester, DDS, 69, of Atlantic Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002.

Dr. Lester was the son of Rufus E. and Imogene McCrary Lester of Wadley. He graduated from the University of Georgia and Emory University School of Dentistry in 1955. He served in the Army Dental Corp for two years and then practiced dentistry in Jacksonville, Fla. for 44 years.

A memorial service was held Jan. 21 in Atlantic Beach, Fla. Graveside services were held at the City Cemetery in Wadley on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Tom Harrison officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Lester; a daughter, Lynne Garza; two sons, John Lester and Sam Lester; two stepsons, Gary Hassler and Greg Hassler; five grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida or to Community Presbyterian Church, Atlantic Beach, Fla.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

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