January 16, 2003 Issue

Billy Arrington
Mr. Billy Arrington, 71, of Bartow died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

Mr. Arrington was born in Jefferson County and lived most of his life in Bartow. He had been employed by Fulghum Industries in Wadley.

The funeral was Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Herschel Clements officiating. Burial was in the Bedenfield Cemetery.

Survivors include two brothers, Bobby Arrington, Bartow, and Verlyn Arrington, Swainsboro; one sister, Nell Gregory, Smyrna; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge or arrangements.

James Bryant Sr.
Mr. James Bryant Sr., 55, of Dearing died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Bryant was born in Burke County and was a resident of McDuffie County. He was employed by Lewis Steel Company and a member of the Crossroads Evangelist Church in Matthews.

The funeral was Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Crossroads Evangelist Church with the Rev. Bill Arrington officiating. Burial was in the Walker Cemetery in Dearing.

Survivors include his mother, Maggie Ruth Bryant Prickett, Matthews; three sons, James Edward Bryant Jr., Tampa, Fla., Gordon Lee Bryant, Wrens, and stepson, Greg Lawrence, Tampa, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Naomi Lawrence Fountain, Dublin; four brothers, Edward Lee Bryant, Wrens, David Lee Bryant, Matthews, Charles Lewis Bryant, Keysville, and Denny Franklin Prickett, Keysville; three sisters, Woudia Mae Farthing, Wrens, Martha Bryant, Clearwater, Fla., Patricia Ann Bryant, Wrens; four grandchildren and loving companion Ms. Nelda Lokey, Dearing.

Pallbearers were Dale Allen Lokey, Robert Bruce Lokey, Wayne Usry, Ed Manders, Randy McCorkle and E.T. Chandler.

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

William Edward Evans
Mr. William Edward Evans, 88, of Lexington died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003.

Mr. Evans, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late William Thurston and Ethel Gay Evans. A Lexington resident since 1946, he was retired as president of Citizens Banking Company. He held leadership positions in numerous civic organizations and was a former member of the Lexington City Council. He was a member and deacon of Lexington Baptist Church.

The funeral was Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. at Lexington Baptist Church with the Revs. Don Leaptrott, Harry Warren and George Hall officiating. Burial was at 3 p.m. in Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery, Wrens.

Survivors include his wife, Lucile Prescott Evans; daughter Nancy Evans (J.K.) McWhorter, Athens; two sons, Bill (Smokey) Evans, Athens, and Joe Evans, Milledgeville; two sisters, Frances Dozier and Joyce Duggar, both of Augusta; two brothers, James Evans, Wrens, and Pilcher Evans, Anderson, SC; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John McWhorter, Bradley Evans, Alan Evans, Randy Evans, Andrew Evans and Ken Crowe.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Lexington Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Lexington Baptist Church.

Lord and Stephens Oglethorpe Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Judson W. Terry
Mr. Judson W. Terry of Gibson died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Terry was a member of Stapleton United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Mr. Clinton S. Terry Sr. and Mrs. Eva Cato Terry and two brothers, Clinton S. Terry Jr. and Charles B. Terry.

The funeral was Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. at Stapleton United Methodist Church with the Revs. Lamar Rabun and Joey Holloway officiating.

Survivors include one sister, Blanche Templeton, Winterville; one brother, Dr. Frank J. Terry, Macon.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Douglas Terry, Jeffrey Terry, William Templeton, Charles Templeton, Chuck Terry, Scott Terry, Bobby Braswell and Chase Braswell.

Memorials may be made to the Stapleton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 26, Stapleton, GA 30823

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Patrick "Pat" Hugh Wilson
Mr. Patrick "Pat" Hugh Wilson, 52, of Bartow died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Wilson was born in Wadley and lived all his life in Bartow. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wadley.

Graveside services were Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at Bartow City Cemetery with the Rev. Billy Howell officiating.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Wilson, Bartow; two sisters, Elizabeth Wilson, Milledgeville and Susan White, Savannah; and two nieces, Lindsey and Addie White of Savannah.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Lenora Heggs Gibbons
Mrs. Lenora Heggs Gibbons, 72, of Louisville died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Gibbons was a native of Jefferson County and a member of the Ebenezer CME Church.

The funeral was Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. at Ebenezer CME Church, Bartow, with the Revs. Willie Tomlin, Issac Culbreth, Herman Baker and Aaron Pierce officiating. Burial was in the Louisville Society Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Adam Gibbons; a daughter, Annie Bell Ponder, Louisville; her mother, Eunice Flournoy, Louisville; brothers, John David Flournoy, Mt. Vernon, and John Heggs Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.; sisters, Dorothy Dixon and Eunice Devero, both of Louisville, Carolyn A. Dolphus, Atlanta, Willie Mae Williams, Wildwood, Fla., Juanita Williams, Providence, RI, Rosa M. Undersood, Columbia, SC, Minnie Lee Heggs, Bridgeton, NJ; a son-in-law, sister-in-law, two brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and a host of cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Lee Hannah
Mr. Robert Lee Hannah, 60, of Stapleton died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003 at his residence.

Mr. Hannah was a member of Sand Valley AME Church and a retired heavy equipment operator.

The funeral was Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at Sand Valley AME Church with the Rev. Leroy Britt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lucia Blakely Hannah; two daughters, Linda Sue Jackson, Wrens, and Kimika Blakely, Stapleton; two sons, Levis Crooker, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Eric Hannah, Stapleton; a brother, Edgar Lee Carr, Louisville; eight grandchildren; mother-in-law, Edglyn Wheeler, Caribbean Island.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Roberson
Mr. Thomas Roberson of Augusta died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at the University Hospital.

Mr. Roberson, a native of Columbia County, was retired from V.A. Medical Center. He was a member of South Augusta Church of Christ.

The funeral was Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at South Augusta Church of Christ with Earl Anderson officiating. Burial was in Southview Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Janie Roberson; two sisters, Eliza Hogan, Mattie Beard, Augusta; brothers-in-law, Glenn Beard, Augusta, Curtis McCord, Eli Harris, Joe West, Thomson; sisters-in-law, Luanna Roberson, Calif., Edna Jones, Grovetown, Lillie Harris, Margie West, Thomson, Barbara Gibson, Gibson; devoted nephews, Willie Neal, Warm Springs, Calvin Heard Sanders, Thomson; and several nieces and nephews.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Isabella Smith
Infant Mary Isabella Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003, in an Augusta hospital.

Private graveside services were held on Jan. 12 in the Brownwood Cemetery in Sandersville with Dr. Jay Harris officiating.

Survivors include her parents, Phillip Claxton Smith and Adrienne Kay Smith of Sandersville; a sister, Natalie Kay Smith, Sandersville; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Claxton Smith, Louisville; paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Bonnie Cox, Louisville; maternal grandparents, William B. Kay and Mary Grace Averett Kay, Sandersville.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Methodist Childrens Home.

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

Richard Gardner
Mr. Richard Gardner of Wadley died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2003, at the Emanuel Medical Center in Swainsboro.

Mr. Gardner, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Mrs. Dorothy Bell Gardner and the late Mr. Curtis Gardner Sr. He was a member of Trinity CME Church and a former lineman with Georgia Power Company.

The funeral was held Sunday, Jan. 5 at 3:00 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Davis officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Lorene Sims Gardner; one daughter, Dorothy Williams, Atlanta; one son, Howard (Tesha) Williams, Swainsboro; a stepdaughter, Sylvia Lorraine Sims Thompson, Wadley; three sisters, Betty (Robert) Seafus, Louisville, Eloise Bell, East Dublin, and Shirley (Willie) Thomas, Dublin; one brother, Willie James Bell, Dublin; an uncle, Roger (Eartha Mae) Plummer, North Augusta, SC; an aunt, Lucille Tolbert, Louisville; five sisters-in-law, five additional brothers-in-law; five grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

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