December 19, 2002 Issue

Shirley McGruder Pierce
Mrs. Shirley McGruder Pierce of Louisville died Friday, Dec. 19, 2002.

Mrs. Pierce, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Jones Grove Baptist church where she served as President of choir, Church Clerk member Youth Dept. Advisor, Missionary Board, Pastor's Aid and Kitchen Committee Chairperson of Watch Night and worked with the Minister's Deacon and Church Union. She was also a member of the Louisville Chapter 101 Order of Eastern Star, NAACP where she worked on the special program committee. She was a member of the Jefferson County Democratic Committee. She was employed by Ingersoll-Rand at Thermo King Corporation since 1973 and was attending Sandersville Technical School where she was studying accounting.

The funeral was Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Jones Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerry Dudley, Fredrick Ricks, Perry Daniels and Thomas Walker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Aaron Pierce; one daughter, Wanda T. Bostic, Louisville; two sons, Earnest Thompson Jr. and Derrick Thompson, Louisville; one brother, Lindsey McGruder Jr., Hephzibah; Annie D. McGruder, Elouise Smith, Louisville, Ann Dixon, Atlanta; her grandchildren; her special aunts and uncles and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Judson Cunningham Sr.
Mr. Judson Cunningham Sr. died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002.

Mr. Cunningham was a native of Jefferson County. He was a member of the Eden Baptist church where he served on the Trustee Board. He was a farm overseer most of his life.

The funeral was Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Eden Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Revs. James Nelson and Augustus Lockhart officiating.

Survivors include his children, Wadous Cunningham Sr., Louisville, Judson Cunningham Jr., Waynesboro, Willa Eva Jones, New York, NY, Carl Burley, Atlanta, Gertie Howard, Pontiac, Mich., Larry Burley, Augusta, Gary Burley, Atlanta and James Floyd Chambers, Ft. Lauderdale; one sister, Sara Louise Dean, Philadelphia, Penn.; five daughters-in-law, two sons-in-law, one brother-in-law, a very special friend Maggie Roundtree of Midville; his 45 grandchildren; 87 great-grandchildren, 12 great great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Homes was in charge of the arrangements.

J. Norman Folk Jr.
Mr. J. Norman Folk Jr., 82, of Williston, SC, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002.

Mr. Folk, a native of Westminster, Md., was co-owner of Folk Amoco service station and was service manager of Folk Auto Company. He taught from 1969 until he retired in 1983 as auto mechanics instructor at the Barnwell County Vocational School. He was a member of Hope Masonic Lodge No. 126. He was a member of the Williston Lions Club and a member of the Williston United Methodist Church where he served as Chairman of the Official Board of the United Methodist Church and as church treasurer and was on the Board of Trustees. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Laura Rhodes Folk.

The funeral was Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. at Folk Funeral Home Chapel in Williston with burial in the Williston Cemetery.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Dale E. and Devin Wright of Aiken, Anne Rhodes Evans Able and Mark Able of Elgin; son and daughter-in-law, Eric Norman and Joyce Folk of Hazel Green, Ala.; a sister, Elizabeth F. Moore, Spartanburg; grandchildren, Stephanie and Christopher Abel, Alex and Bethany Folk, Kelly Canday, Joel Pangborn, Lorri Moffatt, Mary Bullard, Joy Barr; nine great-grandchildren and a niece and nephew.

Memorials may be made to Williston United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 401, Williston, SC 29853.

Roosevelt Theodore Williams Sr.
Mr. Roosevelt Theodore Williams Sr. of Louisville died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Williams, a native of Jefferson County, was a retired logger and a member of the St. Matthews AME Church. He was employed by the Pilcher family for many years.

The funeral was Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. at the St. Matthews AME Church with the Rev. David Walker officiating. Burial was in the Louisville Society Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Frances Heath, Louisville, Roosevelt Theodore Williams Jr., Atlanta, George Hatcher, Augusta, and Emma Ruth Brookins, Philadelphia, Penn.; daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nine grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Martha A. Cox
Mrs. Martha A. Cox of Auburn, Ky., died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at the Medical Center in Bowling Green, Ky.

Mrs. Cox, a native of Glascock County, graduated from Wrens High School and obtained a degree from Georgia State College for Women in 1925. She moved to Kentucky and taught in the Langdon School, a Presbyterian school for mountain girls, in Mt. Vernon. She was a member of the Auburn Legion Auxiliary for 68 years, a former member of the Eastern Star, Auburn Woman's Club and Grayson Woman's Club. She was a member of the Auburn Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, the late James M. and Mary Jane Hadden Adams of Wrens and her husband, Richard F. Cox Sr.

The funeral was Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Young Funeral Home in Auburn. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Ky., on Dec. 14.

Survivors include her sons, Richard R. Cox Jr., Auburn, Ky., and James L. Cox, Atlanta; and her grandchildren, James L. Cox Jr. and Lisa A. Cox of Atlanta; and two great-grandchildren, Melissa Erin Cox and James L. Cox III. Local survivors are Ms. Ruth Adams and Mr. Brian Brown.

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