September 26, 2002 Issue

Alvin T. Downs Jr.
Mr. Alvin T. Downs Jr., 69, of Mitchell died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Downs, a native of Warren County, was a rural letter carrier and a member of Friendship Baptist Church where he was a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a member of Gods Extended Hands and past president of Rural Mail Carriers association. He also served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

The funeral was Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church with the Revs. Tommy Harwell and Jim King officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Nell Stewart Downs; two sons, John Alvin (Carol Hays) Downs and William Arthur Downs, both of Mitchell; his loyal care taker, Mr. A.C. Ivey; one sister, Beulah D. Poole, Mitchell; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ralph Mauldin III, Marc Mauldin, Bill Chester, John Woos, David Crosby and Larry Swint.

Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church Building or Cemetery Fund, c/o Nell Downs, 3386 5 Points Jewell Road, Mitchell, GA 30823.

Lowe Funeral Home, Warrenton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Jake Warthen
Rev. Jake Warthen, 52, of New York City died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, in New York.

The Rev. Warthen was a native of Jefferson County.

A memorial service will be held Sept. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Salter's Grove Baptist Church in Bartow.

Thelma Dent Borders English
Mrs. Thelma Dent Borders English, 88, of Louisville died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. English, a native of McDuffie County, ran a day care home for kids. She was a member of Walden's United Methodist Church. She was the daughter of the late Oscar and Berta Dent and the wife of the late Thomas English.

Graveside services were held Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at Walden's United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Marvin Goodman officiating.

Survivors include a son, James D. Borders, Dillard; three granddaughters and five great-grandchildren; and close friends Billy and Barbara Jordan, Christy and Daniel.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Louisville, was in charge of the arrangements.

Tressie Hardy
Mrs. Tressie Hardy, 80, formerly of Wrens, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, in an Atlanta Nursing Home.

The funeral was Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James M. Ford officiating.

Survivors include her children, L.G. Moore, Louis Collins, Patti Collins; a son-in-law Joel Koenig; her sisters, brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmy Farrer, Buddy Farrer, Pauline Farrer and Jeanne Farrer; a granddaughter and three great-grandchildren.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Jackson Sr.
Mr. Robert Jackson Sr. of Wadley died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002.

The funeral was Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel in Wadley with the Rev. Mack Thomas Jr. officiating.

Survivors include two daughters, Fannie Bell Jackson, Wadley, and Lillian McReed, Midville; two sons, Robert Jackson Jr., Wadley, and John W. Gibbons, Ft. Myers, Fla.; one foster son, Grady Jackson Jr., Hollywood, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Ponda Raley Pittman-Russell
Mrs. Ponda Raley Pittman-Russell, 72, of Augusta died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at her residence.

Mrs. Russell was born in Augusta and spent the majority of her life in Avera. She was also a former Southern Bell Telephone operator and an operator with Doctor's Answering Service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nally (Rock) Russell.

A graveside service was held Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Marion Jay officiating.

Survivors include a daughter, Darlene (Billy) Masters; five grandchildren, Rhonda Watkins, Jamie Howard, Rusty Masters, Brandon Masters and Brittany Masters; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Rusty Masters, Brandon Masters, Justin Watkins, Gregory Howard, John Long and Norman Weaver.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Augusta, 1899 Central Ave., Augusta, GA 30904.

Poteet Funeral Home-South Chapel, 3465 Peach Orchard Road, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.

Jimmy B. Smith
Mr. Jimmy B. Smith, 68, of Bartow died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at his residence.

Mr. Smith, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late George B. and Myrtle Palmer Smith. He had retired from the Amoco Oil Company and the Pro Gas Company. He was a member of Parkers United Methodist Church.

The funeral was Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home Louisville Chapel. Burial was in Parkers United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Billy Howell officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruth W. Smith; a son, Gary Smith, Louisville; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Bowles, Louisville, and Kay Deriso, Bartow; a brother, Terry Smith, Stellaville; three sisters, Mrs. Annette S. Livingston, Louisville, Mrs. Margaret Miller, Stapleton, and Mrs. Betty S. Cooper, Bartow; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Eddie Eastmead, David Chance, Bubba Black, Bill Thomson, Alan Wasden and Bubba Williams.

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