A lifelong resident of Wrens, he was the son of Louise Sturkey Florence and Byron Bailey Florence Sr. He was a member of the Wrens Baptist church, the American Legion and Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He graduated in 1938 from Wrens High School, attended Mercer University and served his country in the 7th Air Force completing 36 bombing missions in the Central and Western Pacific in World War II. He was the manager of the Wrens Coca-Cola Bottling for 25 years, later working for the Georgia Department of Labor until retirement.
A memorial service was held June 23 at 2 p.m. at Wrens Baptist Church with the Rev. Race Lairscy and Dr. Tip Carroll officiating. Burial was in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Harnsberger Florence; a sister, Miriam Ellis, Atlanta; son-in-law, James R. Milton Jr., Keysville; two grandsons, David T. Milton, Dearing, and James W. Milton, Atlanta. He was preceded in death by two children, Byron Bailey Florence III and Susan Florence Milton.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the American Legion.
Memorials may be made to Wrens Baptist Church, P.O. Box 217, Wrens, Ga. 30833 or to the American Cancer Society, 325 8th Street, Augusta, Ga. 30901.
James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Lamar Martin, 79, of Louisville died Friday, June 21, 2002, at Heritage Old Capital Nursing Home.
Mr. Martin, a native of Wrightsville, was a member of Louisville Church of God and had retired from Thermo King. He served in the Army in WWII and was a member of V.F.W. in Wrightsville.
The funeral was June 22 at 10:30 a.m. at Louisville Church of God with the Revs. Don King and Coley Cordry Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Wrightsville City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Martin; two sons, Glynn Martin, Perry, and Wayne Martin, Wrightsville; one daughter, Lynn Marchman, Gray; a sister, Susie Herringdine, Wrightsville; and five grandchildren.
Southern Heritage Funeral Home Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Melvis Parrish, 90, of Wrens died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Keysville Nursing Home.
Mrs. Parrish, a native of Jefferson County, was a homemaker. She was a member of Mount Horeb Baptist Church.
The funeral was June 20 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Burial was in Mount Horeb Baptist Church cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Bobby L. Parrish, Aiken, SC; one daughter, Joan P. Rhodes, Wrens; one sister, Audrey Russell, Wrens; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ronald Russell, Brantley Vaughn, Jerry Vaughn, R.W. Cook, Tom Marsh and Otis Knipher.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Greg Holley, P.O. Box 563, Wrens, Ga. 30833.
Willie Bostic Jr.
Mr. Willie Bostic Jr. died Thursday, June 13, 2002, in Los Angeles, Ca.
Mr. Bostic, a native of Jefferson County, had lived in California after receiving an Honorable Discharge after serving 35 years for his country. He was a member of the Culver Palms COC's, advisory board member for the W. Los Angeles Police Station, Area Political Actions Committee, Civil Air Patrol and Air Force Sgt. Association.
The funeral was June 22 at 11 a.m. at the St. James AME Church and Magnolia Memorial Gardens, Savannah, with full military honors.
Survivors include his children; Deonn Bostic Stone, Savannah, Heuguette Bostic Vandross and James Bostic, Moncks Corner, SC, U. Belinda Bostic, Seattle, Wa.; his mother, Arniette Hills, Louisville; his siblings, Sylvester Hill Sr., Louisville, Iris B. Lockhart, Augusta, Ruby B. Ervin and Mildred B. Rollins, Fla., Angela B. Daniels, Ca., Georgia Bostic, Ind., Carolyn B. Johnson, Savannah; and adopted family, Marie and Alain Moyemont, Huguette, Virginiere and Steve Burck, Christine Bach, all of France.
Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Galyn D. Shelby
Mr. Galyn D. Shelby, 61, of Lubbock, Tx., died Tuesday, May 28, 2002.
Mr. Shelby, a native of Hollis, Okla., graduated from Amarillo High School and attended Amarillo College and West Texas State University.
He moved to Lubbock from Houston in 1975. He married Letitia Ann Thomas on Dec. 31, 1965, in Louisville, Ga.
He was a railroad engineer for BNSF for 30 years. He was a member of United Transportation Union, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, BNSF Safety Committee and Trinity Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
A memorial service was held May 31 at Trinity Church in Lubbock with the Rev. Paul Jantzen officiating. Burial was in the city of Lubbock Cemetery under the direction of White Funeral Home of Lubbock.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Shelby; his mother, Gay Shelby; a son, Stephen D. Shelby of Aijala, Finland; a daughter, Sheryl Gonzales of Lubbock; a sister, Vicki Ward of Amarillo; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Christian Schools or Trinity Church Missions, 7002 Canton Ave., Lubbock, Texas 79413.
Margie M. Newman
Mrs. Margie M. Newman, 74, of Wadley died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at St. Joseph Hospital, Augusta.
A graveside service was held June 23 at 3 p.m. at Wadley City Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Benjamin Newman; a daughter, Phyllis White, Russellville, Ky.; two sons, Bobby Wall, Dallas, Texas, and John Wall, Louisville, Ky.; a stepson, Frankie Newman, Stillmore; a sister, Jama W. Forbes, Acworth; three brothers, Eli Feltner, McDonald, Junior Feltner, Hazard, Ky., and Dewey Fultner, London, Ky.; a sister-in-law, Ethel Snider, Louisville; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Kathleen C. Berry
Mrs. Kathleen C. Berry, 75, of Augusta died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at Doctors Hospital.
Mrs. Berry, a native of Jefferson County, had been a resident of Augusta for 48 years. She was a retired dietician with the Richmond County Board of Education and a member of Central Baptist Church.
The funeral was June 22 at 2 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home Lumpkin Road Chapel with the Revs. Marion Jay and Jim Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, David Allen Berry, Spring Lakes, N.J.; two daughters, Cathy Baker, Martinez, and Wanda Rollins, Evans; two sisters, Edna McDaniels, Jackson, and Dorothy Todd, North Augusta; two brothers, John Clark, Louisville, and Edward Clark, Brunswick; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were R.E. Rollins, John Berry, Ray Fitzgerals, Rodney Baker and Mike Allen.
Memorials may be made to the Parkinsons Foundation, c/o MCG/Dept. of Neurology, RM BIW 3078, 1120 15th Street, Augusta, Ga. 30901.
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