March 28, 2002 Issue

Robert "Honk" C. Stephens

Mr. Robert "Honk" C. Stephens, 79, of Wrens died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Stephens, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Annie Barton and Charles Wynn Stephens Sr., pioneer families of Jefferson County.

He graduated from Wrens High School, later he received a degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia and was married to the late Alice "Peggy" Steed Stephens. He retired as a Post Information Officer at Fort Gordon, a position he held for over 30 years. While at Fort Gordon he also directed the publication of the Post's newspaper, "The Rambler."

After retiring Mr. Stephens served as editor of "The Jefferson Reporter" for three years becoming the fourth son to serve in this capacity as editor. He was a charter member of American Legion Post 229, serving in various offices during his fifty eight years as a member. He was selected as a Georgia delegate to the National American Legion Convention in New York City. He became a member of the Wrens United Methodist Church at an early age. He served as church treasurer for many years and held other offices on the Administrative Board. He taught the Wesley Sunday School Class until his health forced him to give up his teaching duties.

Mr. Stephens was a public spirited citizen of Wrens and served as part of the Wrens City Council from 1982 until his death. A member of the Jefferson County Library Board, he was also a past president of the Friends of the McCollum Library and was serving as treasurer at the time of his death. He served on the Fire Department Committee and supported the department in their continued improvements to the department. He was fond of the Little League Baseball program and spent many enjoyable hours watching the youngsters play.

The funeral was March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Wrens United Methodist Church with the Revs. Roy White and Race Lariscy officiating. Burial was in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Robert M. Stephens, Wrens; a brother, C.W. Stephens, Wrens; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Stephens Richardson and Norma Stephens Godowns, both of Orangeburg, SC; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Wayne Davis, Robert Steed, John Stephens, Billy English, Stephen Bates and Phillip Bates.

Honorary pallbearers were the American Legion Post #229.

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 or to the St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, Ga. 30910.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Henry Gibson Downs

Mr. Henry Gibson Downs, 75, of Gibson died Thursday, March 21, 2002, at the V.A. Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Downs, a native of Glascock County, was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist church. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a truck driver.

The funeral was March 23 at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Avera, with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Burial was in the Raley-Downs family cemetery in Edgehill.

Survivors include a son, Verlon G. Downs, Gibson; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Edgar Brooks, J.L. Chalker, Talmadge Chalker, Wade Brooks, Thomas Downs and Albert Padgett.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Building Fund, c/o Mrs. Bobbie Kitchens, 1092 Oak Street, Avera, Ga. 30803.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Nina Smith Cobb

Mrs. Nina Smith Cobb, 87, of Bartow died Friday, March 22, 2002, in the Extended Care Facility in Sandersville.

Mrs. Cobb, a native and lifelong resident of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late Noah Lee Smith and the Late Mollie Gay Smith. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, the Women's Missionary Union and the Keenagers Adult Group.

The funeral was March 24 at 3 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church with the Revs. Tom Harrison, Mr. Steve Keener, Rev. George Aycock and Mr. Richard Thigpen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Joy Cobb Jackson, Riddleville; a son, Larry Paul Cobb Sr., Bartow; a brother, Rev. James Northington, Troy, NC; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Richard Elmquist, Brian Elmquist, Larry Paul Cobb Jr., William Snider, Keith Hall, Bill Snider, Greg Lord and Scott Brady.

May and Smith Funeral Directors, Sandersville, were in charge of the arrangements.

Timothy "Tim" Kevin Wall

Mr. Timothy "Tim" Kevin Wall, 41, of Girard died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Burke Medical Center.

Mr. Wall, a native of Richmond County, spent all of his adult life in Burke County. He was a truck driver for Abbott Oil Company in Augusta and was a member of Corinth Christian Church.

The funeral was March 21 at 2 p.m. at Corinth Christian Church, Girard, with the Revs. Don McClellan and Susan Bargeron officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry P. Wall; his mother and step-father, Jackie and Clyde Dixon, Girard; two daughters, Tina Oglesby, Millen, and Whitney Flakes, Girard; two sons, Tony Flakes and Jessie Flakes, both of Girard; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Milo Joiner, Louisville; five sisters, Candy Weeks, Melanie Godbee and Dana Dixon and Shannon Campbell Ferron, all of Girard, and Loretha Wall, Merritt Island, Fla.; one brother, Randy Wall, Laramie, Wyoming; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were John Hurst, Walter F. Abbott IV, Norbert Tobias, Ernie Ferron, Troy Redd, Danny Godbee, Shane Godbee and Darwin Ellison.

Honorary pallbearers were employees of Abbot Oil Company.

DeLoach Funeral Home, Waynesboro, was in charge of the arrangements.

Bennie Frank Brown

Mr. Bennie Frank Brown, 61, of Davisboro died Monday, March 18, 2002, at Washington Regional Medical Center, Sandersville.

Mr. Brown, a native and lifelong resident of Washington County, was a farmer, logger and a former insurance agent with American General Life Insurance Company.

The funeral was March 21 at 11 a.m. at First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. J. Emory Lindsey officiating. Burial was in the Downs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Isaac Brown, Davisboro; a son, Robert Daniel Brown, Davisboro; a daughter, Paula Dianne Brown Deal, Davisboro; his mother, Ruth Lord Brown, Sandersville; three brothers, Fred Brown, Cordele, Ernest Brown, Sandersville, and Jack Brown, Davisboro; two sisters, Glenda Brown Mallard, Evans, and Mary Nell Brown Wright, Sandersville; and three grandchildren.

May and Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

J.C. Raley

Mr. J.C. Raley of Jewell died Sunday, March 17, 2002, at the Gibson Rest Home.

Mr. Raley, a lifelong resident of Warren County, was a retired carpenter. He was a member of Jewell Baptist Church.

The funeral was March 19 at 11 a.m. at Jewell Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Braswell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Raley, Jewell, and Bob Raley, Thomson; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jack Hesson, Jerry Frost, James Beasley, Gene Adkins, Derwin Adkins and Jimmy Kitchens.

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

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