April 11, 2002 Issue

Onnie Brown Davis

Mrs. Onnie Brown Davis, 93, of Wrens died March 30, 2002.

The funeral was April 5 at 3 p.m. at Stone Springfield African Methodist Episcopal Church with the Rev. Leroy Britt officiating.

Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Louise Hines and Christine Polen, both of Wrens, Easter Mae Estes, Irvington, NJ; 51 grandchildren; 99 great-grandchildren and 30 great great-grandchildren.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Wilma Moore Futral

Mrs. Wilma Moore Futral, 89, of Wadley died Tuesday, March 26, 2002.

Mrs. Futral, a native of Emanuel County, was the daughter of the late James Moore and Tabitha Leaptrott Moore. She was a homemaker and was of the Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband Tom Youngblood Futral in 1975.

A memorial service was held April 6 at 2 p.m. at Wadley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Sauls officiating. Burial was in the Parker's Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Jean Bray, Cave Spring; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Wadley United Methodist Church, 36 Calhoun Street, Wadley, Ga. 30477 or to the Cave Spring United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 305, Cave Spring, Ga. 30124.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Thomas Dixon "Tommy" Godowns

Mr. Thomas Dixon "Tommy" Godowns, 76, of Cope, SC, died Friday, April 5, 2002.

Mr. Godowns, a native of Stellaville, was the son of the late Clinton Jackson Godowns and Corine Dixon Godowns. He was a retired farmer and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He played baseball in the special services while on active duty. He was a member of Union United Methodist Church.

The funeral was April 7 at Union United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jimmy Smoak and Miriam Hadden officiating. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery, Cope.

Survivors include his wife, Aubrey Clark Godowns; sons, Thomas Dixon (Dickie) Godowns Jr., Edward W. (Eddie) Godowns and Clinton J. (Clint) Godowns, all of Cope; a daughter, Sara G. Drews, Great Falls, Va.; brother, Jimmy Godowns, Orangeburg; sisters, Mrs. Ed (Bett) Perdue, Wrens, and Mrs. Mary Frances Thomas, Macon; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank (Betty) Godowns, Wrens.

Active pallbearers were Chuck Baldwin, Cholly Clark, Fred Hewitt Jr., Ed Perdue, Jimmy Rast, Monty Rast, Windfield Shecut and Russell Wolfe.

Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church Building Fund, 4452 Bamburg Road, Cope, SC 29038.

Dukes-Harley Funeral Home, Orangeburg, was in charge of the arrangements.

Erasmus E. "E.E." Griffin

Mr. Erasmus E. "E.E." Griffin, 80, of Gibson died Monday, April 1, 2002, at the University Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Griffin, a native of Glascock County, was a WW II Army veteran. He was a member of Gibson First Baptist Church. He served the Bank of Gibson for over 50 years and retired as president and chairman. He was a member of the Gibson Masonic Lodge #257. He was a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives for Glascock County. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1942.

The funeral was April 3 at 2 p.m. at Gibson First Baptist Church with the Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons; Ronald Terry Griffin, Augusta, Skip Griffin, Warrenton, and Lee Griffin, Gibson; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Hadden, Ben Hadden, Eddie Miller, Wayne McDonald, O.W. Hodge and David Rabun.

Honorary pallbearers were the Glascock County High School Class of 1938.

Memorials may be made to the Georgia Special Olympics, 3772 Pleasantdale Road, Suite 195, Atlanta, Ga., 30340 or to the Gibson First Baptist Church in care of Mrs. Joyce Adams, 3916 Eley Road, Gibson, Ga. 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Annie Ruth Vining Mitchell

Mrs. Annie Ruth Vining Mitchell of Wadley died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at her residence.

The funeral was April 8 at 1 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary in Wadley.

Survivors include six daughters, Dessie M. Scott and Ella M. Tomlin, Wadley, Alma J. Moore, Shirley A. Evans, Annette Barnes and Eunice Coney, all of Riverdale; seven sons, Isaac Mitchell Jr., Greenville, Miss., Richard L. Mitchell, Detroit, Mich., Eddie L. Mitchell, Sparta, Norman Mitchell, Atlanta, Robert L. Mitchell, Donald Mitchell and Kimothy T. Mitchell, Wadley; two sisters, Lucy Walthour, Aiken, S.C. and Tescola Smith, Graniteville, S.C.; three brothers, Ralph Vining and Joe Vining, Brooklyn, N.Y. and Willie Vining, Aiken; 32 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mildred Gilmore Nelson

Mrs. Mildred Gilmore Nelson of Wadley died Saturday, March 30, 2002, at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

The funeral was April 6 at 2 p.m. at Old Bethel Baptist Church, Bartow, with the Rev. Kenneth Davis officiating.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Nelson Davis and Willie Mae Nelson, Hollywood, Fla., and Hattie Mae Nelson Boone, Manhattan, NY; two sons, Roy Nelson, Hollywood, Fla., and Larry Nelson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; one sister, Gladys Gilmore Howard, Wadley; two brothers, Willie James Gilmore, Bartow, and N.J. Gilmore, Hollandale, Fla.; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

Geraldine Louise Lockhart Ponder

Mrs. Geraldine Louise Lockhart Ponder died on Wednesday, April 3, 2002, in Wadley.

The funeral was April 9 at 2:30 p.m. at San Clair Baptist Church, Wadley.

Survivors include her husband, Murphy Ponder; two daughters, Phyllis Johnson, Augusta, and Barbara Smith, Staten Island, NY; one brother, James Lockhart, Manhattan, NY; and three grandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

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