June 20, 2002 Issue

Burnice Jackson Jr.
Mr. Burnice Jackson Jr. of Bartow died Monday, June 10, 2002.

The funeral was June 15 at 2 p.m. at Spears Grove Baptist Church, Wadley.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Swinney Jackson; one son, Tyrone Bernard Vining, Dale City, Va.; one sister, Lula Mae Fatal, Belle Glade, Fla.; four brothers, Eddie Willie Passmore, Teaneck, N.J., Leon Jackson, Louisville, Robert Lewis Jackson, Bartow, and Otis Jackson, Dale City, Va.; and three grandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Wilson Rentz
Mrs. Mary Wilson Rentz, 76, of Lincolnton died Thursday, June 13, 2002, at her residence.

Mrs. Rentz was a native of Louisville but had lived in Augusta before moving to Lincoln County in 1967. She was a retired assistant manager of the Fort Gordon PX. She was a member of New Work Baptist Church where she was a member of the Ladies Sunday School Class. Also, she had served as Director of WMU, Acteens and GA's worker, and past director of VBS.

The funeral was June 15 at 2 p.m. at New Work Baptist Church with the Rev. Deryl Odom officiating. Burial was at Double Branches Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Bernard R. Rentz; daughters, Peggy R. Fuller and Mary R. Partridge, Lincolnton; son, Wallace R. Rentz, Lincolnton; brothers, Woodrow Wilson, Darlington, S.C., W.E. "Buddy" Wilson, Florence, S.C.; sister, Peggy McLeod, Florence; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to New Work Baptist Building Fund, c/o Diane Powell, 1030 Plantation, Circle, Lincolnton, or Double Branches Baptist Cemetery Fund, c/o Barney Aycock III, P.O. Box 602, Lincolnton, Ga. 30817.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Earnest Lee Smith Jr.
Mr. Earnest Lee Smith Jr., 23, of Grovetown died Saturday, June 15, 2002.

Mr. Smith, a native of Augusta, enjoyed golfing, fishing and loved playing with his son.

The funeral was June 18 at 11 a.m. at the Starling Funeral Home with the Rev. Wiladean Meyers officiating. Burial was in the Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Portal.

Survivors include his wife, Crystal Lynn Davis Smith; a son, LaShaun Smith; father, Earnest Lee Smith Sr., Grovetown; mother, Betty Gregg, Hephzibah; stepmother, Brenda J. Smith, Grovetown; mother-in-law, Geri Barrios, Grovetown and Athielee Davis, Evans; father-in-law, Philip Barrios, Grovetown; one brother, Phillip Renew, Washington; two sisters, Shannon Leah Fain and Michelle Jane Hopper, Wrens; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Earnie Lee Barrios, Nick Atkinson, Phillip Barrios, Chad Bradish, Elie Lee Davis, James Briswell, Mitch Thigpen and Kenneth Johnson.

Elliot Delano Smith
Mr. Elliot Delano Smith of Hephzibah died Wednesday, June 12, 2002.

Mr. Smith, a native of Glascock County, was the son of the late Carl and Copeland Smith. He was a retired water treatment operator at Fort Gordon and worked for the City of Augusta for eight years. He was an Air Force Veteran and a member of the Holiness Faith.

Graveside services were held June 14 at 11 a.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Marion Jay officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Story Smith; two sons, Eric L. Smith and Steven Elliott Smith, both of Hephzibah; one daughter, Marcia E. Smith, Hephzibah; two sisters, Jerry Whitaker, Thomson, and Charlotte Smith, Appling; two brothers, Lyle Smith, Atlanta, and David Smith, Sandersville; and one grandchild.

Poteet Funeral Home South Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert "Gordon" Smith
Mr. Robert "Gordon" Smith of Warrenville, S.C., died Thursday, June 13, 2002.

Mr. Smith, a native of Gibson, was the son of the late Joseph Hill and Mae Bell Black Smith. He had made his home in Aiken County for the past 75 years. He was a retired supervisor with Graniteville Company, Warren Division. He was of Holiness Faith and was a member of the Woodmen of the World.

The funeral was June 15 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Napier Funeral Home with the Rev. Arthur Zawislak officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Taylor Smith; a daughter, Shirley S. Terrell, Augusta; two sons, William G. "Buddy" Smith, Aiken, and Robert F. Smith, Beech Island; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Matthew Smith, David Smith, Robbie Smith, Doug Silas, Sam Rice, Gerald Britt and James Corley.

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