October 10, 2002 Issue

John McClelland Raines Jr.
Mr. John McClelland Raines Jr., 81, of Louisville died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, at his residence after an extended illness.

Mr. Raines was the son of the late John M. and Florence McNeely Raines Sr. He was retired from the Raines Brothers Construction Company, a member and a Deacon of the Louisville First Baptist Church. He was a member of Stonewall Masonic Lodge #98 of Louisville where he served as a Past Master. Mr. Raines was in the U.S. Navy during WW II where he was in the invasion of North Africa, Sicily, wounded on Red Omaha on June 6, 1944 during the invasion of Europe. He was the husband of the late Bebe Zeigler Raines of Louisville.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the First Baptist Church of Louisville with the Rev. Larry Mongomery officiating.. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery with military honoros.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Tanya R. McCormick, Kennesaw, and Mrs. Janet Pilcher, Wrens; a son, James Vincent Raines, Matthews; three grandchildren, Mary Frances Pilcher and Elizabeth Pilcher and Michael McCormick; a brother, J. Larry Raines Sr., Louisville; two sisters, Mrs. Jane Wimberly, Louisville, and Mrs. Kathryn Cooper, Wadley; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were nephews, Stan Johnson, Chris Raines, Larry Raines Jr., Charles Pollette, Charles Wimberly, Gus Cooper, Phil Cooper, Thad Raines, Steve Raines, Jed Raines and Bill Raines.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Louisville.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Margaret Steadham Gibbons
Mrs. Margaret Steadham Gibbons, 83, of Donalsonville died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, in the Donalsonville Hospital.

Mrs. Gibbons, a native of Decatur County, was the only child of William James and Eula Dysart Steadham. She worked for the Georgia Farm Bureau as a secretary for several years. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as and elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher.

The funeral was Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Lattie Collins officiating. Burial was in the Friendship Cemetery in Donalsonville.

Survivors include her husband, Fred L. "Smokey" Gibbons; one son Chris (Betty) Gibbons, Thomson; three daughters, Gayle (Bob) Swan, Wrens, and Marsha (Ed) Bond and Donna (John) Moye, Donalsonville; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Blaine Touchton, Andy Mathis, Bob Swan Jr., Brad Swan, Lawson Swan and Scott Tiner.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1026, Donalsonville, GA 39845.

Evans-Skipper Funeral Home, Donalsonville, was in charge of the arrangements.

Daisy Huff
Mrs. Daisy Huff, 101, of Stapleton died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002.

Mrs. Huff was a McDuffie County native and a member of The United House of Prayer for All People, Dearing.

The funeral was Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. at the United House of Prayer for All People with Apostle Willie Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Roger Huff and Lydon Huff, Augusta, and Boyd Huff, Stapleton; three daughters, Annie Samuels, Augusta, Viola Sessoms, Jacksonville, Fla. and Dorothy Williams, Greensboro, N.C.; a son-in-law, Apostle Willie Williams, Greensboro, N.C. and a daughter-in-law, Agnes Huff, Augusta; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and great-great-great-grandchildren.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Albert Daniels
Mr. Willie Albert Daniels of Wadley died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, in Louisville.

The funeral was Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. at Tarvers Grove Baptist Church in Bartow.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Lizzie Page Daniels; six daughters, Barbara Ann Mercer and Bernestine Carswell, Jacksonville, Fla., Gloria Jean Cason and Mary Lizzie Cannon, Wrightsville; Annie Lois Jackson, Dothan, Ala., and Susie Credit, Balch Spring, Texas; four sons, Freddie Lee Demons and Kirk Daniels, Jacksonville, Fla., Willie Arthur Daniels, North Royalton, Ohio, and Larry Daniels, Savannah; two sisters, Lizzie Kate May, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Mae Nealy Cameron, Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Bobby Daniels, Jacksonville, Fla., 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

Andrew Jackson Borders III
Mr. Andrew Jackson Borders III, 58, of Davisboro died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002.

Mr. Borders, a native of Greenwood, SC, was an artist and teacher. He was the son of the late Andrew Jackson Borders Jr. and the late Marion Seigler Borders Gibbs.

A private memorial service for the family will be held at a later date.

Survivors inclued his wife, Donna Norton Borders, Davisboro; four children, Anna Blair Dahl, Breaux Bridge, La., Jessica Lee McAdams, Macon, Andrew Jackson Borders IV, Harrisburg, Pa., and Leila Thomas Graham Borders, Davisboro; and five grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 632, Sandersville, GA 31082.

May and Smith Funeral Directors, Sandersville, was in charge of the arrangements.

James Hubert Williford
Mr. James Hubert Williford, 77, of Stapleton died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002.

Mr. Williford was a member of Stapleton Baptist Church, a member of the Gibson Masonic Lodge No. 257, a Veteran of WW II, a retired TV technician and had the distinction of being the oldest school bus driver in the state of Georgia when he retired as a bus driver.

The funeral was Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. at Stapleton Baptist Church with the Rev. Roy White officiating. Burial was in the Stapleton Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel S. Williford; three sons, Everett Williford, Wrens, Curtis Williford, Columbus, Neb., and Kenneth Williford, Stapleton; three daughters, Bonnie Manning, Wrens, Connie Gay, Matthews, and Susan Lamb, Gibson; a brother, Jack Williford, Gibson; a sister, Bernice Wisniewski, Augusta; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Trey Martin, Jiles Manning, Jamie Williford, Jason Dixon, Jeremy Gay, Justin Manning and Matthew Williford.

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

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Ivy Ruth Wise Stewart
Mrs. Ivy Ruth Wise Stewart, 80, of Wadley died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Stewart was born in Bryan County, but had lived in Wadley since 1946. She was retired from Gracewood State Hospital, after 13 years of service as a licensed practical nurse. She was owner of Stewarts Pool, a member of the Eastern Star, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wadley where she was a member of the Will Evans Sunday School Class.

The funeral was Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Wadley with Dr. Larry Sauls and the Rev. Bob Hall officiating. Burial was in the Wadley City Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Bettilu Morris, Bartow, and Brenda Carol Wallace, Statesboro; three sons, Ivy Lee Stewart Sr., Twin City, Gene Stewart, Swainsboro, and Rocky Stewart, Wadley; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Newton Wallace Jr., Shane Stewart, Lee Stewart Jr., Darryl Morris, Dwayne Morris and Nick Stewart.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Louise Redfern Kitchens
Mrs. Louise Redfern Kitchens, 82, of Mitchell died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002.

Mrs. Kitchens, a native of Glascock County, was a homemaker. She was a member of Mount Zion Congregational Methodist Church. She was retired from Stapleton Garment Company after 25 years of service.

The funeral was Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. at Mount Zion Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Al Kurtz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Virgie Kitchens; one daughter, Ann Kitchens Jackson, Mitchell; three grandsons, Gregg, Scott and Anthony Kelley and one great-grandson, Bayne Kelley.

Pallbearers were Ralph Kelley, Jimmy Kelley, Mitch Raley, Phillip Raley, Charles Hadden and Michael Redfern.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Tom Gibbons Sr.
Mr. Tom Gibbons Sr. of Wadley died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at the Carl Vinson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dublin.

The funeral was Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel in Wadley.

Survivors include three daughters, Juddie Gibbons, Orlando, Fla. and Theodosia Gibbons and Phyllis Gibbons, Tallahassee, Fla.; six sons, Leroy Gibbons and Tom Gibbons Jr., Tallahassee, Fla., Larry Thomas, Sandersville, Anthony Gibbons, Orlando, Fla., Jacob Gibbons, Memphis, Tenn. and Xavier Gibbons, Wadley; two sisters, Gloria Williams, Tallahassee, Fla. and Annie Mason, Wadley; three brothers, Eddie Gamble Jr., Brooklyn, NY, Billy Gamble, Philadelphia, Pa. and Larry Gamble, Tallahassee, Fla.; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Anyanla Sunia Graddy
Little Miss Anyanla Sunia Graddy of Louisville died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002.

Graveside services were held Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. at the Ebenezer CME Church Cemetery with the Rev. Hardy Bennings Jr. officiating.

Survivors include her father and mother, Antonio Graddy of Wrightsville and Susie Mashell Dixon of Louisville; her maternal grandparents, Robert and Dorothy Dixon of Louisville; paternal grandparents, Karen Studick of Wrightsville and Kenneth Holmes of Thomaston; and her maternal great-grandmother, Eunice Flournoy of Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Bessie Heggs McGruder
Mrs. Bessie Heggs McGruder, 49, of Wadley died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002, at an Augusta hospital.

Mrs. McGruder, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Jones Grove Baptist Church.

The funeral was Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at Jones Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth Davis and Jerry Dudley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Sherry Smith, Wadley, Rico McGruder, Wadley, and Fredrick McGruder, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; siblings, Delores Cobb, Midville, Junior Heggs Jr., Melvin Heggs, Angela Tarver and Advease Dogan of Louisville, Ernest Heggs, Sandersville; grandchildren, a brother-in-law, four sisters-in-law, and 16 aunts and uncles.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary E. Harrell
Mrs. Mary E. Harrell, 82, of Gibson died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, at the University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Harrell, a native of Washington County, was a Baptist.

A graveside service was held Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. at Mount Nebo Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Joey Holloway officiating.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Humphreys and Polly Brassell, both of Birmingham, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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