Obituaries
May 23, 2002 Issue


Amos Arnold
Mr. Amos Arnold, 71, of Gibson died Monday, May 13, 2002, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Arnold, a native of Fulton, NY, had lived in Gibson for the past six years coming from Middletown, NJ. He was a retired staff sergeant from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service where he served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam and received a Purple Heart. He was also retired from Lily Tulip. He attended Magnolia Baptist Church and was a member of the VFW in New Jersey. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen J. Matthews.

The funeral was May 17 at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church with the Rev. Loy Whitten officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Valerie M. Arnold; a daughter, Pamela S. Hart, Gibson; two sons, Edward D. Arnold, Thomson and Michael W. Arnold Sr., Gibson; sisters, Lefa Poole, Jackie Landcaster, Geraldine Abbott, Barbara Pritcher, Burnice Brown, Joan Donis, Judy Pyrode and Joan Spohm; brothers, Clifford D. Arnold, Earl P. Arnold, Gary Arnold and Gene Arnold; and eight grandchildren. Pallbearers were Edward D. Arnold, Wayne Henderson, Jeremy Duncan, Michael W. Arnold Sr., Jessie Matthews, Dustin Matthews, Michael W. Arnold Jr. and Daniel Arnold.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Billie Oliphant Avera
Mrs. Billie Oliphant Avera, 76, of Augusta died Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at Salem Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Avera, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Wrens Chapel AME Church.

The funeral was May 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Church with the Rev. Dr. Lugenia Johnson officiating.

Survivors include a son, James K. Avera, Augusta; an adopted daughter, LaVeUnder Ryans, Beech Island, SC; foster daughter, Brenda McCladdie; two sisters, Lucille Graham and Ada Dorcelus, Augusta; four brothers, Lee Oliphant Jr., Maywood, Ill., Willie James Oliphant Sr., Sherman, Texas, Alex Oliphant and George Oliphant of Augusta; and seven grandchildren, two foster grandchildren.

Williams Funeral Home, Hephzibah, was in charge of the arrangements.




Sarah Gibbons Brown
Mrs. Sarah Gibbons Brown died Monday, May 13, 2002, in Trenton, SC.

Mrs. Brown, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church.

The funeral was May 18 at 3 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Rev. F. Ricks officiating.

Survivors include Andrew Gibbons, Mark Gibbons, Bessie Gibbons, Penny Gibbons and Mary Gibbons of Bridgeton, NJ, Jewel Thompson, Hephzibah, Luke Gibbons, Alloway, NJ, Znobia Richardson, Trenton, Annie Bell Armstead, Fairfield, NJ; one brother, Edgar "Jetto" Gibbons; and one sister, Louise Wells.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Henry Byrd Sr.
Mr. Henry Byrd Sr., 72, of Armstrong, Fla., died Thursday, May 9, 2002.

Mr. Byrd, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Solomon Temple Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Deacon.

The funeral was May 18 at 1 p.m. at Solomon Temple Baptist Church, Moxley, with the Rev. Peter Sparks officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ora B. Floyd, Louisville; one son, Henry Byrd Jr., Louisville; six daughters, Lillie Byrd, Annie Dorothy Newcombe and Diane Norfleet, Tacoma, Wash., Melinda Peebles, Armstrong, Fla.; Lizzie Byrd and Mary Davis, Louisville; brothers and sisters, Joe Ardis Byrd, Wadley, Frank Byrd Jr., St. Augustine, Fla., and Thomas Perry Byrd, Jacksonville, Fla.; and one sister, Arletha B. Kearse, St. Augustine.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Margaret Sanders
Mrs. Margaret Sanders of Stapleton died Friday, May 17, 2002, at Medical College of Georgia.

Mrs. Sanders was a Baptist and a homemaker.

The funeral was May 20 at 2 p.m. at Waldens United Methodist Church with the Revs. Doug May and Marvin Goodman officiating. Burial was in Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband, James Sanders; two sons, Russell Sanders, Grovetown and Jim Sanders, Stapleton; one daughter, Kathy Lambert, Stapleton; three brothers, Albert Aden, Johnny Aden and Terry Aden, all of Texas; one sister, Debbie Florer, Balch Spring, Texas; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Greg Davis, Jimmy Davis, Joe Davis, Jamie Davis, Mike Moon, Graig Manseau and Chris Manseau.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Rheba Green Leaptrott
Mrs. Rheba Green Leaptrott of Wadley died Sunday, May 19, 2002, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Leaptrott, formerly of Milledgeville, had lived most of her life in Wadley. She was retired from Central State Hospital with 20 years of service. She was a member of Wadley Baptist Church.

The funeral was May 22 at 2 p.m. at Wadley Baptist Church with Dr. Ernest Purcell and the Rev. Lenard Richards officiating.

Survivors include a son, Benjie Leaptrott, Wadley; two daughters, Peggy Johnson and Wanda London, both of Swainsboro; six sisters, Imogene Head, Doris Sylvester and Bernice Cloy of Hawkinsville, Nita Brantley and Merlin Jones of Louisville and Wilda Gordy of North Carolina; six grandchildren, T. Boux Johnson, Tami Faircloth and Lacey London of Swainsboro, Tina Mitchell and Talesha Phillips of Sandersville, and Tosha Davis of Edgehill; and four great-grandchildren, Zack Johnson, Swainsboro, Kristan Mitchell, Nick Mitchell and Logan Phillips of Sandersville.

Pallbearers were T. Boux Johnson, Dr. Robert E. Faircloth, Michael Brantley, Jim Mitchell, Chuck Sylvester and D.J. Phillips.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Marion Faglier
Mrs. Marion Faglier, 78, of Stapleton died Monday, May 13, 2002, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Faglier was a retired bus driver with the McDuffie County Board of Education. She was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church.

The funeral was May 16 at 2 p.m. at Reedy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Billy C. Faglier, Avera; three daughters, Carolyn Yokom, Ill., Connie Gaddis, Buford, and Carmen Wheeler, Wrightsville; one sister, Edith Aldred, Augusta; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Dennis Robinson, James Kitchens, Tony Mays, Bill Faglie, Kenneth Hardin and Mike Peebles.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



James L. Hadden
Mr. James L. Hadden, 77, of Gibson died Monday, May 13, 2002.

Mr. Hadden, a native of Glascock County, was an army veteran of WW II and a cattleman. He was a member, deacon and clerk of Mill Creek Baptist Church. He was a member of the Georgia Cattlemans Association and the American Polled Herford Association. He was one of the founding members and president of the Georgia Polled Herford Association, he was twice named the Georgia Cattlemans Association Purebread Cattleman of the year, 1980 and 1982. He was Man of the Year of the Brian Creek Soil and Water Conservation District. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irma Hadden and two sons, James Lynell Hadden Jr. and Glynn Clay Hadden.

The funeral was May 14 at 4 p.m. at Mill Creek Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Hadden officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Hadden; two sons, Larry W. Hadden and Ronnie H. Hadden, both of Gibson; two brothers, Ralph Hadden, Gibson, and Murray E. Hadden, Boaz, Ala.; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Michael Gilmer, Lee Griffin, Tommy Mead, Dale Smith, Dr. Carroll Hughes and Don Hadden.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Headhunters, c/o Mrs. Corene Chalker, P.O. Box 154, Gibson, Ga. 30810, and the James and Irma Hadden Polled Hereford Association Youth Fund, c/o Mrs. Judy Thomas, Rt. 1, Box 40, Alamo, Ga. 30411.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Harold Hawkins
Mr. Harold Hawkins, 67, of Athens died Friday, May 17, 2002, at Athens Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Hawkins, a native of Glascock County, was an Army Veteran and a mechanic. He was a member of the Athens Rifle Club, the N.R.A., and the King Bee Hunting Club. He was preceded in death by three children, Rodney Harold, Marsha Lynn and Jeffery Butler.

The funeral was May 19 at 3 p.m. at Gibson Church of God with the Bishop Steve Lamb officiating. Burial was in Mineral Springs Baptist Church, Mitchell.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Hawkins; a daughter, Robin Hawkins Wasden, Gibson; a stepdaughter, Terry Weathersbee, Hull; three brothers, O.C. Hawkins, Mitchell, Jamie Hawkins Sr., Gibson, and Ronnie Hawkins, St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Jessie Sue Sammons, Gibson; three grandchildren, Eryn Todd, Kristy Croya and Mitchell Weathersbee; three great-grandchildren, Jessica Croya, Breana Croya and Katlyn Weathersbee.

Pallbearers were Tommy Hawkins, Gary Hawkins, Gregory Hawkins, David Hawkins, Jamie Hawkins Jr. and Kevin Reese.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Headhunters, c/o Mrs. Corene Chalker, P.O. Box 154, Gibson, Ga. 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home, Gibson, was in charge of the arrangements.



Henry J. Caines Sr.
Mr. Henry J. Caines Sr., 67, of Belvedere, SC, died Thursday, May 16, 2002.

Mr. Caines, a native of Jefferson County, had lived in Belvedere for the past 25 years. He was a member of the Cornerstone Community Church and a retired driver with Claussen Concrete Company.

The funeral was May 18 at 11 a.m. at the Cornerstone Community Church with Pastor John Los officiating. Burial was in Pineview Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Perdue Caines; a son, Hank Caines, North Augusta; a daughter, Kerri Caines, Belvedere; a brother, Sammy Caines, Augusta; a sister, Mary McCorquodale, Belvedere; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bill Luckey, Bobby Hicks, Mark Wright, Tony Burkhalter, David Brunson and Bobby Gilbert.

Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Templeton, Bill Street, Kelly Craig, Stephen Cheshire, Vince Hargrove and Brian Humananski.

Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home, North Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.



Lorene Smith McIntosh
Mrs. Lorene Smith McIntosh of Langley, SC, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lamar McIntosh Jr.

The funeral was May 18 at 4 p.m. at Langley First Baptist Church with the Revs. L.H. Fowler and Chris Masters officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

Survivors include her children H.L. "Mac" McIntosh III, Atlanta, and Shirley McIntosh, Stapleton; a sister, Lois Garvin, Burnettown; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley, was in charge of the service.



Robert Lee Wicker
Mr. Robert Lee Wicker of Bartow died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at his residence.

The funeral was May 18 at 3 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel in Wadley.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Tillman Wicker; five daughters, Sandra Holmes, Barbara Terrell, Georgia Ann Wicker, Sabrina Wicker and Catherine Fields, all of Louisville; two sons, Timothy Wicker, Louisville, and Donald Wicker, Bartow; two sisters, Annie Mae Grant, Belle Glade, Fla. and Fannie Foy, Wadley; two brothers, James Wicker and George Wicker, Belle Glade, Fla.; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



Willie James Williams Sr.
Mr. Willie James Williams Sr. died Friday, May 17, 2002, in Augusta.

Mr. Williams was a trustee of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He was retired from Thermo King and the City of Louisville.

The funeral was May 22 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Rev. W.D. Blockum officiating.

Survivors include thirteen children, Earlene (Betty) Coley, Augusta, Bertha Hines, Nellie Flounory and Pamela Brown of Louisville, Brenda Barksdale, Martinez, Debra Leverette, O'Fallon, Ill.; six sons, Henry Williams and Larry Williams of Augusta, Willie James Williams Jr., Louisville, Charlie Williams, Vidette, Fredrick Williams, Anchorage, Alaska and Donald Williams of Martinez; one brother, Theodore Williams, Savannah; four sisters, Frankie Cobb, Louisville, Alice Patterson, Augusta, and Rosa Hawkins and Christine Lowery, Jacksonville, Fla.; 29 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Ollie M. Green
Mrs. Ollie M. Green of Wrens died Tuesday, May 14, 2002.

The funeral was May 19 at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with the Rev. Jimmy McCollough III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two children, Patricia Green and Albert Boyd; three sisters, Dora L. Nelson, Mary Nelson and Beatrice Boyd; one brother, Joe Boyd; and three grandchildren.



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