Obituaries
December 12, 2002 Issue

Thomas Columbus Freeman
Mr. Thomas Columbus Freeman of Wrens died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at Jefferson Hospital in Louisville.

Mr. Freeman, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Robert and Estella Freeman. He was owner and director of Freeman Funeral Home since 1937. He was a member of the Sixth District of the Georgia Funeral Service Practitioners and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association. He was named Mortician of the Year for the Sixth District in 1976. He worked with the Jefferson County O.E.O. Program, Twin Lakes Park, School Transition Program, Wrens Zoning Commission and was a member of the Jefferson County Department of Family and Children Services Board of Directors. He was the first Black to serve on the Grand Jury of Jefferson County, the first Black to serve on the Jefferson County Hospital Board and the first Black Co-Chairman of the Food Commodity Program. He was a former member of the Wrens Chapel AME Church and later joined the Lofton AME Church of Wrens.

The funeral was Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Wrens Chapel AME Church with the Rev. Leroy Britt Sr. officiating. Burial was in Sugar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Walton Brown Freeman; a brother, Linton (Ruth) Freeman, Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Wynona Jones, Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Francina Duggan, Chicago, Ill. and Mary Freeman, St. Albans, NY; a brother-in-law, Edward Brown, Wilmington, Del.; a son, Shawn Stapleton, Thomson; a very devoted cousin, Rev. Betty J. Stephens, Wrens; other cousins, nieces, nephews, devoted caretakers and staff members of the Freeman Funeral Home.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Carrie Malinda Adkinson
Miss Carrie Malinda Adkinson of Bartow died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, in Sandersville.

The funeral was Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at Tarvers Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. K.E. Phillips officiating.

Survivors include her mother, Willie Clyde Adkinson, Bartow; two sisters, Tammie Adkinson and Zannia Adkinson, Bartow; three brothers, Willie Chico Adkinson, Augusta, Willie Lamont Jones, SC, and Gregory Smith, Brooklyn, NY.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.



Bennie Atkins
Mr. Bennie Atkins of Louisville died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at Medical College of Georgia.

The funeral was Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at Salters Grove Baptist Church, Bartow.

Survivors include five brothers, eight sisters and several other relatives.

Carter's Mortuary, Waynesboro, was in charge of the arrangements.



Amelia Gibbons Brown
Mrs. Amelia Gibbons Brown of Wadley died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, in Augusta.

The funeral was Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Wadley Church of God in Christ with the Rev. William Renfroe Jr. officiating.

Survivors include two daughters, Annie D. Brown and Elizabeth Brown, Wadley; two sons, James Brown and Ivory Lee Brown, Wadley; one sister, Annie Mae Gibbons Price, Wadley; six brothers, Dave Gibbons and Ray Gibbons, Wadley, Ben Gibbons, Swainsboro, Henry Gibbons, NJ, and John Gibbons and Willie J. Gibbons, Milwaukee, Wis.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.



James Willie "Buddy" Carr Sr.
Mr. James Willie "Buddy" Carr Sr., 60, of Louisville died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002.

The funeral was Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Rev. Abraham Gibbons officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Betty G. Carr; his children, Janice Reaves, Louisville, James W. Carr Jr., Atlanta, James J. Carr and Christopher Carr, both of Augusta, Winfred Seafus and Fredrick James, both of Louisville; his stepchildren, Chandra Heggs and KaChandra Heggs, both of Louisville; siblings, Comer Carr Jr., July "J.C." Carr Sr., Ann Law, Frances Thompson and Joyce Adams; mother-in-law, Celia Gibbons; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Clinton "Clint" N. Hadden
Mr. Clinton "Clint" N. Hadden, 90, of Louisville died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at Gibson Nursing Home.

Mr. Hadden was a member of the Waldens United Methodist Church for 77 years, a retired farmer, a retired Jefferson County Bus Driver, and an avid hunter/fisherman and bird dog trainer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Sheppard Hadden.

The funeral was Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Waldens United Methodist Church with the Revs. Charles Smith and Marvin Goodman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, Wallace Hadden, Avera, Fay Hadden and Murray Hadden, Louisville, and Dean Hadden, Wrens; one daughter, Gloria A. Smith, Martinez; two sisters, Nellie Hadden and Jewel Jennings, Gibson Nursing Home, Gibson; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Terry Hadden, Randy Hadden, Jeff Hadden, Darryl Symonds, Stanley Turner, Shannon Hudson, Thomas Proctor and Tommy Matheny.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Marvin Lamar McDonald Sr.
Mr. Marvin Lamar McDonald Sr., 87, of Matthews died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at Keysville Nursing Home.

Mr. McDonald served his country in the United States Army, he retired from the Civil Service. He was a member of the Wrens Church of God and was a member of the American Legion Post #229. He was also a member of Woodmen of the World. He was preceded in death by Jeanette H. McDonald.

The funeral was Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at Wrens Church of God with the Rev. Roy White officiating. Burial was in the Stapleton Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen McDonald; two sons, Marvin Lamar McDonald Jr. and Ricky McDonald, both of Gibson; one daughter, Marilyn J. Miller, Stapleton; three stepsons, Walter Templeton Jr., Matthews, John Templeton, Wrens, Ronnie Templeton, Louisville; four stepdaughters, Carolyn Lee, Dorothy Howell, both of Martinez, Shirley Russell, Matthews, and Ruth Wren, Wrens; one brother, R.C. McDonald, Wrens; three sisters, Dorothy Dye and Marjorie Englett, both of Wrens, and Lonita Williams, Augusta; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild; 18 step grandchildren and 18 step great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Burt Dye, Bruce Dye, S.J. McDonald, Kenneth McDonald, Terry Englett, Jimmy McDonald and Douglas Morris.

Honorary pallbearers were the American Legion Post #229.

Memorials may be made to the Resident Council Fund, P.O. Box 220, Keysville, GA 30816.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Roy Marsh
Mr. Roy Marsh, 91, of Louisville died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at the Georgia War Veteran's Home in Milledgeville.

Mr. Marsh was born in Glascock County. He was a service station operator and a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He attended the Louisville Church of God. He was the son of the late Luther and Hattie Lamb Marsh.

The funeral was Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at the Louisville Church of God with the Rev. Don King officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Leroy Marsh, Louisville; two daughters, Mrs. Billy Owensby, Louisville, and Mrs. Anelle King, Mobile, Ala.; three sisters, Mrs. Fronie Bell Black, Avera, Mrs. Hattie Mae Todd, Martinez, and Mrs. Elouise May, Vidalia; one granddaughter, one great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were nephews, David Black, Kester Black, Jimmy Black, Don Black, Wayne Marsh, Butch Marsh and Jimmy Marsh.

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



Fred Robinson Sr.
Mr. Fred Robinson Sr. of Wrens died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002.

The funeral was Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, Herman (Jeanette) Robinson, Decatur, Willie Robinson and Fred Robinson Jr., Wrens, Willie Lee (Annette) Samuels, Columbus; four daughters, Mary Hobbs, Fay Robinson, Betty Robinson and Janice Robinson, all of Brooklyn, NY; devoted first cousin, Mattie Kemp, Philadelphia, Pa., and Mr. Johnnie Aldred, Thomson; a devoted friend, Mrs. Myra Pettis, Thomson; and other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Ruth Brown Williams
Mrs. Ruth Brown Williams, 61, of Gibson died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002.

Mrs. Williams, a native of Cook County, Ill., was a nurse and a member of the Gibson Church of God.

The funeral was Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Gibson Church of God with the Revs. Steve Lamb, Ralph Kitchens and Bert Osborne officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Buford E. Williams; four sons, Timothy Harris, Clarksville, Tenn., Daniel Harris, Bolingbrook, Ill., John Williams and Robert Williams, both of Gibson; three daughters, Lois Harrison, Buford, Eunice Ubbes, Lampasas, Texas, and Deborah Dresch, Montgomery, Ill.; two stepsons, Buford E. Williams Jr., Chester, Sammy Andrew Williams, Hephzibah; and two stepdaughters, Doris Lyvers, Warne, NC, and Audrey Sheppard, Eatonton; two brothers, Robert Brown, Franklin, and Ronald Brown; one sister, Jean Dietrich, Dearing; 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Gibson Church of God in care of Cristal Hunnicutt, 6728 Old Mitchell Road, Mitchell, GA 30820.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


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