January 9, 2003 Issue

Homer Brantley
Mr. Homer Brantley, 81, of Louisville died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002.

Mr. Brantley, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Joseph and Cora Johnson Brantley. He attended public schools in Jefferson County at Gordon Grove Baptist Church. He was a member of Gordon Grove Baptist Church where he served on the Deacon Board for many years. He retired from Thermo King Corporation as a machinist after 30 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Essie Mae Gibbons.

The funeral was Jan. 4 at noon at Gordon Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include his sons, George (Catherine) Brantley, Jacksonville, Fla., Roger (Sarah) Brantley and Joe B. Brantley, Louisville, Billy Brantley, White Plains, NY; daughters, Alberta (Mark) Heggs, Augusta, Jennie Bell Brantley, Martha Brantley, Louisville, Jessie (Nathaniel) Sheard and Barbara (Dan) Leacock, Queens, NY, Betty (Walter) Gibbons, White Plains, NY; his stepchildren, Wiggins Gibbson, Brunswick, and Eloise Bengham, Detroit, Mich.; sisters, Dora Lee (Judson) Dogan, Mozell Dogan and Cora Lee (Eugene) Hilton, Louisville, and Marie Johnson, Savannah; three children that he reared as his own, Lee Brantley, Patricia Brantley and LaTisha Brantley; sisters-in-law, Florine Brantley, Savannah; 36 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandnieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

E.J. Kent
Mr. E.J. Kent of Stapleton died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003.

Mr. Kent was a native of Glascock County but had been a resident of Stapleton for many years. He was a retired salesman with Johnson Chevrolet in Thomson and Bob Richards Chevrolet in Augusta and was the owner of Twin Oaks BBQ in Stapleton. Mr. Kent was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII. He was a member of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church, the Men's Brotherhood and God's Helping Hands.

Graveside services were Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery with the Revs. Russell Davis and Richard Kitchens officiating.

Survivors include a daughter, Jan Grice, Hephzibah; one stepdaughter; one stepson; two stepgrandchildren; a caregiver, Nona Lord; special friends, James Stone, Beverly King and Lisa Cranford. He was preceded in death by his two wives, Mrs. Carrie Todd Kent and Mrs. Margaret Langham Kent.

Pallbearers were Sheriff Gary Hutchins, Jim Rivers, John Jones, Ott Stephens, W.F. Jackson and Cliff Langham.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2623 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30904 or to the charity of ones choice.

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

Lizzie Bell Kitchens
Mrs. Lizzie Bell Kitchens, 92, of Stapleton died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003.

Mrs. Kitchens was a lifelong resident of Glascock County. She was a homemaker and a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, George R. Kitchens Sr.

The funeral was Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. at Reedy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Jones and Dr. Randy Dunaway officiating. Burial was in Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include five daughters, Annette Key and Sadie Kitchens, both of Stapleton, Lollie Dell Todd, Gibson, Julia Massey, Thomson, and Lynn Mayo, Norwood; six sons, John Weldon Kitchens Sr., Hephzibah, Milo Kitchens Sr., Hull, Harry Kitchens Sr., George R. Kitchens Jr. and James Kitchens, all of Stapleton, and Julian Kitchens, Wrens; 21 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandchildren and honorary pallbearers were grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Ernest Ray Holley
Mr. Ernest Ray Holley of Gibson died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mr. Holley was a lifelong resident of Augusta and Wrens. He was the son of the late William Macon Holley and Rosa Mae Wheeler Holley. He was the brother of the late Billie Jr. Holley, Roy Eugene Holley and George W. Holley. He was a charter member of Martinez Baptist Church. Upon moving he became a member of Mount Horeb Baptist Church in Wrens. He was retired from the VA Hospital, Lenwood Divison as a physical therapy assistant. He served his country in World War II also serving 28 years in the Georgia National Guard Medical Division. He received The Georgia Commendation Medal in 1976 for meritorious and dedicated service. He received several other awards including the Distinguished Service Medal presented to him by Governor Lester Maddox.

The funeral was Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. at the James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Moore officiating.

Surviors include his wife, Louise D. Holley; one daughter, Peggy Holley Salter, Augusta; three sons, Douglas R. Holley, Fayetteville; Jerry C. Holley, Leah, and Tom E. Holley, Thomson; one sister, Bobbie Wimpy, Wrens; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mike Adams, Keith Holley, Clarence Holley, Kenneth Holley, Don Holley and W.C. Holley.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 563, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Jeanette Tarver Williams
Mrs. Jeanette Tarver Williams died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mrs. Williams, a native of Jefferson County, was a graduate of Carver High School in Wadley. Upon moving to the Florida area, she was affiliated with the Church of God in Jacksonville.

The funeral was Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at Pineola Church of God in Wadley with Elder Ronnie Harden officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Mr. Eddie Williams; five sisters, Essie Mae (Eddie) Thomas, Swainsboro, Katie Lue Tarver McGhee, New York, NY, Betty (Earl) Seabrooks, Connecticut, Elizabeth (Robert) Heggs, Albany, NY, and Barbara Jean Tarver Bowers, Wadley; four brothers Willie Lee (Mae Florence) Tarver Sr., Ben (Lula) Tarver, Freddie (Juanita) Tarver and Curtis (Diane) Tarver, Wadley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

Halbert D. Elferdink
Mr. Halbert D. Elferdink, 77, of Stapleton died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at the V.A. Medical Center in Augusta.

Mr. Elferdink was born in Holland, Mich., and moved to Orlando, Fla. in 1951 where he was a self employed general contractor. He also had a farm in Stapleton since 1987. He was a member of Christ Church Unity. He also served in the U.S. Army in WWII. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Mary Lou Hotalling.

A memorial service was held Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at his farm with the Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Burial was private.

Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Jo Elferdink, Orlando, Fla.; two sons, William A. Elferdink, Orlando, and Paul Elferdink, Tallahassee, Fla.; and his companion, Deloris Skinner, Stapleton; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Disease Research, 840 Third Street, Sana Rosa, CA 95404.

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, was in charge of the arrangements.

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