December 26, 2002 Issue

James A. Beckworth
Mr. James A. Beckworth, 63, of Wrens died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at his residence.

Mr. Beckworth, a native of Glascock County, had lived in Wrens for several years. He was retired from the grocery business. He was a member of Wrens First Baptist Church.

The funeral was Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Sutphin officiating. Burial was in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his nephew, John Rabun, Matthews, and a niece, Sara Jane Rabun, Matthews.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Fleming, Lester Hadden and Bruce Williams.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Cecil Therman Bishop
Mr. Cecil Therman Bishop, 77, of Adrian died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002, at the Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro.

Mr. Bishop, a native of Emanuel County, was the son of the late George Robert and Reba Robinson Bishop of Emanuel County. He was a retired mechanic and restaurant owner and was a Korean War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.

The funeral was Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Southern Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Bishop Chapel Cemetery in Summertown with Elder Tommy Roundtree and the Rev. Allen Meeks officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Virginia Bishop; two sons, Therman Bishop Jr. and Jimmy T. Bishop, Adrian; three daughters, Mrs. Barbara Ann Johnson and Mrs. Linda Moore, both of Adrian, and Mrs. Tina Johnson, Savannah; two brothers, Billy "Bo" Bishop, Metter, and George Robert Bishop, Augusta; one sister, Mrs. Vivian Stewart, Pooler; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Bufford Daniels, Bryan Bishop, Jammie Bishop, William Herrington, Eric Youmans, Shane Stewart, Brandon Stewart and Michael Goodbee.

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

Rosser Roy Raines Jr.
Mr. Rosser Roy Raines Jr., 64, of Highlands, NC, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002.

Mr. Raines, a native of Upson County, formerly lived in Thomaston. He was the son of the late Roy Rosser Raines Sr. and Myrtle Conley Raines. He was a graduate of Emory University 1959 and attended Harvard Business School. He retired in 1998 after 36 years with Thomaston Mills serving on the Board of Directors and was Treasurer and CFO at the time of retirement. He was a member of Highlands United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by a grandson, John Ross Raines.

A memorial service will be held Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Thomaston.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Helms Raines; two sons, David Raines, Atlanta, and Mark (Elva) Raines, of Waynesboro; his granddaughter, Anne-Marie Raines, Waynesboro.

Memorials may be made to the Highlands United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1959, Highlands, NC 28741.

Bryant Funeral Home, Franklin, NC, and Pasley-Fletcher Funeral Home, Thomaston, are in charge of the arrangements.

Walter Brown "W.B." Jones Jr.
Mr. Walter Brown "W.B." Jones Jr., 75, of Davisboro died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002 in the Washington Regional Medical Center in Sandersville.

Mr. Jones, a native of Treutlen County, was a retired machinist with the J.P. Stephens Company and a mechanic and plumber. He was a member of the Davisboro Volunteer Fire Department, a former city councilman of the City of Davisboro and a member of Davisboro United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Ann Jones Hannah.

The funeral was Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. at Davisboro United Methodist Church with the Revs. Harold E. Davidson, Eddie Wallace and Bob Williams officiating. Burial was in the Davisboro Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Carroll Jones; two sons, Ronnie Jones and Mike Jones, both of Davisboro; stepchildren, Teresa Johnson Radford, Sandersville, Kevin Wayne Johnson, Waynesboro, and Talmadge Eugene Johnson, Greenville, SC; son-in-law, Lindsey Hannah, Louisville; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Verlon Josey, Snooks Gilmore, Charles Amerson, Doug Watkins, Jeff Taylor, Louis Josey, Jack Taylor Jr. and Charles Smith.

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

Shirley McGruder Pierce
Mrs. Shirley McGruder Pierce of Louisville died Friday, Dec. 13, 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.

Lizzie Mae Freeman Jackson
Mrs. Lizzie Mae Freeman Jackson of Jamacia, NY, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002.

Mrs. Jackson was born in Wrens. She was the daughter of Mal and Pennie Freeman. Mrs. Jackson was educated in the public schools of Wrens. She moved to New York as a young adult. She was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and served with the Missionary Society, Senior Choir and Pastor's Aide Ministries. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Jackson Sr.

The funeral was Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. at Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. Craig Scott Brown Sr. officiating. Burial was in Plainlawn Cemetery in Hicksville, NY.

Survivors include her son, James (Ann) Benefield, Atlanta; a cherished nephew, Eddie Freeman; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

Crowe's Funerals Homes, Inc., Jamaica, NY, was in charge of the arrangements.

Jennie Brewer
Mrs. Jennie Brewer of Gibson died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at the Gibson Nursing Home.

Mrs. Brewer, a native of Svea, Fla., was a homemaker.

Survivors include one daughter, Eunice Jernigan, Grovetown; one son, Samuel Brewer, Brooksville, Fla.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

Starling Funeral Home, Harlem, was in charge of the arrangements.

Max Eugster
Mr. Max Eugster of Louisville died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002.

Mr. Eugster, a native of Appenzell, Switzerland, had lived in Jefferson County since 1961. He was an engineer with Fulghum Industries and Thermo King and owner of LT&E, Inc. since 1971. He was a graduate of Das Abend-Technikum, Zurich, Switzerland. He was a member of the Augusta and Jefferson County Chambers of Commerce. He was a member of Louisville United Methodist Church, Woodlawn Hunting Club and SCCA. An avid outdoorsman, hunter and race car driver at area race tracks in Dublin, Swainsboro and Augusta. He was a former trustee and member of Augusta Dance Studio where he was a competitive ballroom dancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilhelm and Ruth Lutz Eugster of Herisau, Appenzell, Swtzerland, his first wife, Hedwig Eugster of Louisville and his stepson, Mitchell Clayton Scott of Louisville.

The memorial service was Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at Louisville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Danny Treadway officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Coleman Eugster; his son, Robert "Maxli" Eugster, Powder Springs; his stepson, Winfield Baldwin Scott, Louisville; his mother-in-law, Jean B. Coleman, Ocala, Fla.; his twin sister, Ruth Blaser, Berne, Switzerland; five brothers, Walter Eugster, Littau, Switzerland, Reudi Eugster, Dissenhoffer, Switzerland, Paul Eugster, Liverpool, England, Hans Eugster, Herisau, Switzerland, and Ernest Eugster, Evergreen, Colo.

Honorary pallbearers were the Woodlawn Hunting Club.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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