February 21, 2002 Issue

John Henry Amerson

Mr. John Henry Amerson, 81, of Hephzibah died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at his residence.

Mr. Amerson, a native of Jefferson County, had been a resident of Richmond County for the past 31 years. He was a retired farmer and a member of Crossroads Evangelistic Church, Matthews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie Bell Amerson.

The funeral was Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. at DeLoach Funeral Home Chapel, Hephzibah, with the Rev. William "Bill" Arrington officiating. Burial was in the Mount Moriah Church Cemetery, Matthews.

Survivors include five daughters, Agnes "Tootsie" Prickett, Keysville, Darlene Atkinson, Matthews, Nora Newsome, Sherry Grindle and Sandra Willard, all of Hephzibah; two sons, John Lewis Amerson and Lonnie J. Amerson, both of Hephzibah; one brother, William "Buddy" Arrington, Hephzibah; three sisters, Ethel Mae Lord, Hephzibah, Lena Clark, Wadley and Mattie Stringler, Statesboro; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James Atkinson, Matt Majeski, Greg Coursey, T.S. Alley, John Bowers and Kent Wright.

Luther Monroe Arrington

Mr. Luther Monroe Arrington, 84, of Matthews died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at the Burke County Medical Center.

Mr. Arrington was a member of the Wrens Church of God. He was a retired foreman with the Georgia Tennessee Mining and Chemical Company. He also served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

The funeral was Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home in the chapel with the Revs. Terry Addis and James Shope officiating. Burial was in the Church of God Cemetery in Matthews.

Survivors include his wife, Dennie Arrington, Matthews; and a brother, Earl N. Arrington, Thomson.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Wrens Church of God Building Fund at 102 Phillips Street NW, Wrens, Ga. 30833.

Sylvia Darlene Stepp

Ms. Sylvia Darlene Stepp, 42, of Wrens died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2002, in Atlanta.

The funeral was Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. at Stone Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. Leroy Britt Sr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Aleshia Hobbs, Ronnie Stepp Jr., Terrance Stepp and Timious Stepp, all of Atlanta; sisters, Sallie Whitfield, St. Petersburg, Fla., Eloise Walker, Mable Berry, Pauline Patterson, Tilesa Hobbs, Carolina Hobbs and Gertrude Little, all of Wrens; brothers, Johnny Hobbs, Robert Hobbs and Wayne Hobbs, all of Wrens, Andrew Hobbs, Atlanta, Albert Hobbs, New York, Henry Oliphant, Augusta, Newt Oliphant, Wrens, Willie Oliphant, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Rashad Oliphant, Texas; and two grandchildren.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

James Wilson Cobb Sr.

Mr. James Wilson Cobb Sr. died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002.

The funeral was Feb. 19 at Straight Gate Church of God in Midville, Burke County, at noon with the Rev. Roosevelt Moss officiating.

Survivors include six daughters, Agnes Cobb Jones, Lutisha Bajamour and Maggie Whatley of Midville, Flora Hill, Louisville, Shirley Baldwin, Dearing, and Annie Phillips, Hephzibah; four sons, James Cobb Jr. and Rensiabell Cobb, Midville, Maxie Cobb, Millen, and Rickey Lindsley, Kernersville, NC; one sister, Lula Mae Benefield, Augusta; one brother, Robert Cobb, Louisville; 31 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Farris Kelley

Mrs. Farris Kelley, 92, of Thomson died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, in the Thomson Manor Nursing Home.

Mrs. Kelley, a native of Warren County, was a homemaker. She was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Herbert Kelley and a daughter, Patricia Newsome.

The funeral was Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. at Zoar United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bill Seaman and Joey Holloway officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three granddaughters, Carlene Newsome, Stapleton, Kathy N. Williams, Avera, and Leigh Anne Usry, Appling; a grandson, Keith P. Newsome, Gibson; four sister, Rebie Purvis, Myrtle Rabun, Myrtis Bowen, all of Thomson, and June Hunnicutt, Stapleton; and 10 great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Carl Bowen, Plemon Hobbs, Keith Newsome, Warren Kitchens, Wilbur Purvis and Ronnie Rabun.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Zera M. Harris

Mrs. Zera M. Harris, 76, of Gibson died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002.

The funeral was Feb. 17 at Piney Grove Baptist church with the Rev. George Ivey officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Crawford Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

Lucille McGahee

Mrs. Lucille McGahee, 86, of Dearing died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002, at Gibson Rest Home.

Mrs. McGahee, a lifelong resident of McDuffie County, was a homemaker and a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

The funeral was Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel, Thomson, with Donnie Sterrett officiating. Burial was in the Dearing City Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Jane Usry, Gibson, and Becky Fulcher, Greenville, SC; three sons, David McGahee and Gerald McGahee, both of Dearing, and Mack McGahee, Lincolnton; 22 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were George Goodman, Aubrey Usry, Tony Usry, Jimmy Fulcher, Kevin Usry and Andy Fulcher.

Charlie B. Warnock

Mr. Charlie B. Warnock, 87, of Wadley died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. Warnock was born in Montgomery County and had lived in Wadley for the past 56 years. He was retired as a city manager of Wadley. He was a member of Wadley United Methodist Church where he served as past chairman of the Official Board and Treasurer of Will Evans Sunday School Class. He was a Mason, a Cub Scout Leader and served on the Wadley City Council.

The funeral was Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. at Wadley United Methodist Church with the Revs. Larry Sauls and Don Proctor officiating. Burial was in the Wadley City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Eubanks Warnock; two sons, Charles Warnock, Dublin, and Clay Warnock, Mableton; a daughter, Brenda Binns, Augusta; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Danny Brooks, Tommy Battle, Craig Miller, Bob Swan, David Warnock and E.B. Lamb III.

Honorary pallbearers were the Administrative Board of Wadley United Methodist Church.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Dollie P. "Dot" Hudson

Mrs. Dollie P. "Dot" Hudson, 72, of Wrens died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002.

The funeral was Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with the Rev. Jimmy McCollough III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy J. Hudson, Warrenton, Margaret Grier, Dearing, Faye S. Hudson, Wrens; three sons, Charlie B. Hudson, Robert L. Hudson and Kenneth Hudson, Wrens; six brothers, Alexander Beasley, Atlanta, Thomas Beasley, William Beasley, Oscar Beasley, Charlie Beasley and John Beasley, all of Wrens; 20 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Clinton M. Wilkerson

Mr. Clinton M. Wilkerson, 60, of Mitchell died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002.

Mr. Wilkerson, a native of Glascock County, had lived in Washington County for the past 30 years and was a member of Pine Hill United Methodist Church. He was a member of Little River and Washington County Cattlemens' Association and the American Simmental Association.

The funeral was Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at Pine Hill United Methodist Church in Washington County with the Revs. Charles Wallace, Henry McMichael and Kenneth Watkins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Ennis Wilkerson; one daughter, Tammy W. Cheely, Mitchell; two brothers, J.W. Wilkerson, Gibson, and Ernest "Doc" Wilkerson, Grovetown; three sisters; Nealie Chalker, Gibson, Frankie Benson, Norwood, Belva Reese, Martinez, and Vella Gilliams; and his father and mother-in-law, Felton and Doris Ennis, Mitchell.

Pallbearers were Larry Kent, David Daniels, Joey May, Donnie McNair, Sam Mitts and Chris Tims.

Memorials may be made to Pine Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Faye Burgamy, 430 S. Burgamy Rd., Warthen, Ga. 31084.

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, was in charge of the arrangements.

Katie Dean Walden Huff

Mrs. Katie Dean Walden Huff, 66, of Bartow died Monday, Feb. 11, 2002.

Mrs. Huff was a member of Old Bethel Baptist Church. She worked as a substitute teacher at Louisville Academy. She was preceded in death by a son, Wade Huff.

The funeral was Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Old Bethel Baptist Church, Bartow, with the Revs. William Thigpen and Randy Mimbs officiating. Burial was in the Jefferson Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Huff, Bartow; one son, Robbie Huff, Fort Valley; one daughter, Kay Hughes, Louisville; three brothers, John Walden Jr., Augusta, Kenneth Walden, Colorado, Max Walden, Louisville; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Gary Hutchins, Billy Davis, Barry Wren, Bobby Parrish, Chip Evans and Hollis Cooper.

Memorials may be made to the Old Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 1275 Old Bethel Church Road, Bartow, Ga. 30413.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Eddie Lee Walker

Mr. Eddie Lee Walker, 49, of Lakewood, NJ, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002, at Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark.

Mr. Walker, a native of Wrens, worked for the Postal Service, Trenton, for 25 years before retiring as a supervisor. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Southard, Howell, where he also was a basketball coach and gym teacher. He lived in New York before moving to Lakewood 22 years ago.

The funeral was Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Southard with the Rev. William A. Gaul officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah George Walker; two sons, Corby Norman Walker of Brick, NJ, and Kimball LeShaun Walker of Decatur; two daughters, Devin Joi Walker and Dana Star Walker, both of Lakewood; his father, Robert Walker, Brooklyn; his mother, Martha Oliphant, Wrens; seven brothers, Robert Walker, Brooklyn, Newt Oliphant, Vernon Oliphant, Anthony Oliphant, Johnny Lee Oliphant, Willie James Oliphant and Calvin Lee Oliphant, all of Georgia; six sisters, Janice Mims, Michelle Burns and Gail Oliphant, all of Georgia, Sharon Oliphant, Jean Walker and Debbie Walker, all of Brooklyn; and two grandchildren.

George S. Hassler Funeral Home, Jackson, was in charge of the arrangements.

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