August 29, 2002 Issue

Jennie Rivers Cook
Mrs. Jennie Rivers Cook, 91, of Tucker died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002.

Mrs. Cook, a native of Jefferson County, graduated from the Women's College of Georgia at Milledgeville. She married Edward Cook in 1941 and they moved to Harlem in 1952 where they lived until the 1970's. She taught at Harlem Elementary School for 20 years. After retiring, the Cooks moved to the Tucker area. She was a member of Briarlake Church.

The funeral was Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of A.S. Turner and Sons with Dr. J. Hoffman Harris officiating. Burial was in Floral Hills Memory Gardens.

Survivors include her children, Faye C. Wainscott, Raleigh, N.C., Kaye V. Cook, Iswich, Mass., and James F. Cook, Atlanta; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to either Annie Armstrong Offering, North American Mission Board, 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022, or the Lottie Moon Offering, International Mission Board, 3806 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23230.

Charles Henry Koss
Mr. Charles Henry Koss, 68, of Wrens died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at his residence.

Mr. Koss was a retired meat cutter at Hadden's in Wrens and attended the Church of God.

The funeral was Aug. 26 at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Addis officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery, Augusta.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Koss; four sons, David A. Koss, Hogansville, William A. Koss, Greenville, Ronald Conner, Wrens, and William Conner, Summerville; three daughters, Carlyn "Kitty" Reynolds, Blythe, Melody Baughman and Geneva Arlene Shaw, Tenn.; two brothers, James Koss and Edward Koss; two sisters, Edna Baggott and Betty Goggins, both of S.C.; eight granddaughters, Kristy Chastain, Ashley Reynolds, Katrina, Wendy, Naomi Morgan, Wendy Morgan, Florence George and Lisa Koss; six grandsons, Larry Plant II, Joey Plant, Patrick Conner, Zachary Conner, David Koss Jr. and Kevin Koss; 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Larry Plant, Timmy Koss, Kevin Koss, Kyle Posey, Jerry Shaw and Wendell Baughman.

Dera Usry Jones
Mrs. Dera Usry Jones, 83, of Wrens died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002.

Mrs. Jones was a homemaker. She was a member of Wrens Baptist Church and the Fidelis Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Mr. George Bennett Jones.

The funeral was Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. at Wrens Baptist Church with the Rev. Race Lariscy officiating. Burial was in the Wrens Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan (Mark R.) Komich, Thomson, and Lanie Jones Wilson, Augusta; one sister, Venera U. (C.S.) Anderson, Avera; five grandchildren, J. Atticus Hutchinson III, Elizabeth Jones Sisson, Albert H. Dallas III, John Hatcher Sisson Jr. and Susan Joy Dallas; and four caregivers, Mildred Gilliam, Julie Gilliam, Edith Gilliam and Larry Milton.

Pallbearers were J. Atticus Hutchinson III, Albert H. Dallas III, John Hatcher Sisson Jr., James G. Brown, Roy F. Chalker, C. Dean Hadden, George T. Stapleton Jr. and George T. Stapleton III.

Memorials may be made to Wrens Baptist Church, 500 North Main Street, Wrens, Ga. 30833 or to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 1350 Church Street, Avera, Ga. 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Quinten George Gresham Sr.
Mr. Quinten George Gresham Sr. of Keysville died Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, Augusta.

Mr. Greshem, a native of Keysville, Burke County, lived most of his life in Augusta. He was a graduate of Boggs Academy, Keysville, where he was well known for his skills in basketball and baseball. After graduation from Boggs, he served as a sergeant in the Army. Mr. Gresham was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He received the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and the American Defense Service Medal. He retired from civil service as upholsterer at Fort Gordon. Mr. Gresham was a member of John I. Blackburn Presbyterian Church, Keysville, where he was an elder. He was an active member of Keysville Concerned Citizens and proudly wore the distinguished title "the first Gentleman of Keysville." He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

The funeral was Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. at John I. Blackburn Presbyterian Church, Keysville, with the Rev. Scottie Swinney officiating. Burial was in Mt. Tabor A.M.E. Church Cemetery, Keysville.

Survivors include his wife, Mayor Emma R. Gresham; two sons, Rev. Quinten (Carolyn) Gresham Jr., Stone Mountain and Harold (Sharon) Gresham, Augusta; three daughters, Rev. LaVerne (Charles) Comer, Augusta, Lola Russell, Stone Mountain, and Kay (Carlos) Gresham Morrison, Griffin; stepson, Thomas (Lola) Clark, Augusta; daughter-in-law, Emma H. Gresham, Austell; three adopted sons, The Honorable Tyrone (Mary) Brooks, Atlanta, Sammy Hughes and Rev. James (Alberta) Clark, Waynesboro; two brothers-in-laws, Presiding Elder Herman (Ann) Rhodes, Philadelphia, Pa., and Robert Jackson Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.; twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, 1101 15th Street, Augusta, GA 3001.

Pallbearers were Quinten Gresham III, Harold Gresham II, Thomas "Gene" Carter, James Taitt, Dwyne Twiggs, Robert Jackson Jr., James Jackson Sr. and Clarence Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers were Jameson Russell, Steven McCray, Curtis Peoples Jr., Kenneth Reaves Jr. Richard Cohen, Jerome Little, Randolph Douse, Thomas Benefield, John Carter Jr. Marvin Rhodes, James Lee, Beotis Clark Sr., Nebraska Robinson and Michael Searles.

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

Olin Downs
Mr. Olin Downs, 81, of Mitchell died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mr. Downs, a native of Glascock County, was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Bethelem Baptist Church.

The funeral was Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. at Bethelem Baptist Church in Warthen with the Revs. Tim Powell and Lester Clark officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Mitchell.

Survivors include his son, David K. Downs, Thomson; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Richard Downs, Tildon Downs, Robert Downs, David Downs, Lloyd McDonald and Don Kitchens.

Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Bethelem Baptist Church.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Annie Pearl Perdue Craig
Mrs. Annie Pearl Perdue Craig, 81, of Selma, Ala., died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2002.

Mrs. Craig, formerly of Glascock County, was a volunteer at the library for over 20 years. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lester Perdue, William Perdue and Ralph Perdue.

The funeral was Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Lawrence Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Chappelle officiating. Burial was in Pineview Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Lawrence E. Craig; a sister, Betty Lou Perdue Dixon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were David Hulsey, Keith Dixon, David Dixon, R.C. Oglesby, Loyce Dixon and Gregory Hawkins.

Honorary pallbearers were Ed Green, Warren Carriveau, George Young, Bill Adkins, Doyle Dixon, Jim Carroll, Coy Head, Billy Hogg, J.T. Miller, Leon Rather, Jerry Young and Ken Beam.

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