Obituaries
January 30, 2003 Issue

Mary Elizabeth Montgomery Anderson
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Montgomery Anderson, 89, of Augusta died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mrs. Anderson was born in Augusta and educated in Richmond County schools. She lived in Blythe for 22 years before returning to Augusta. She was retired from the Richmond County Sheriff's Department and later worked as a medical assistant and secretary. She was a past president of the Richmond County Medical Assistants and served as president of the Georgia State Medical Association. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association and a charter member of the Hill Baptist Church and was a current member at National Hills Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William G. Anderson Jr.

The funeral was Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at National Hills Baptist Church with the Rev. Doug Bartlett officiating. Burial was in Westover Memorial Park.

Survivors include four nephews, Whatley (Betty Ann) Scott, Marietta, Frank (Jean) Howard, Augusta, Leck III and Carol Montgomery, Hephzibah, Ted (Teresa) Montgomery, Waynesboro; one niece, Jane (William) Partridge, Heph-zibah; her care givers, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clarence W. and Nell A. Holley, Wrens, and special friends, Billy and Catherine Baston, Harlem.

Pallbearers were Zane Gray, Billy Jones, Jerome Trapp, John Hoover, Kenneth Thompson and James Locke.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Agnes Bridges
Miss Agnes Bridges, 92, of Louisville died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003.

Miss Bridges was a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. She was a Baptist, retired from the Jefferson Shirt Corporation and during World War II served in Savannah as a welder for the Liberty Ships. Miss Bridges was the daughter of the late Matthew O. "Mack" and Beulah Brown Bridges Sr.

The funeral was Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. in the Louisville City Cemetery with the Rev. Larry L. Montgomery officiating.

Survivors include a sister, Ruby Fair, Louisville; a brother, Otis Bridges, High Springs, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Dick Bridges, Mack Bridges, Sam Fair, Cleve Lamb, David Bailey and Jimmy Wren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1725, Augusta, GA 30903.

Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home, North Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.



Wilbur "Bunk" Russell
Mr. Wilbur "Bunk" Russell, 80, of Augusta died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at the V.A. Hospital.

Mr. Russell was a veteran in the Coast Guard and served in WWII. He was a retired mechanic from Seaboard Coastline, a member of the American Legion Post 229 and a member of Wrens Baptist Church.

The funeral was Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roy White officiating. Burial was in the Wrens City Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Andrew W. (Shirley) Russell, Matthews, and John Barry Russell, Avera; one daughter, Lee Caroline (Wayne) Arrington, Mansfield; one sister, Agnes Siminivcz; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wright Perdue, Ronald Russell, Drew Arrington, John Jones, Ollie Miller and John J. Russell.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the American Legion Post 229.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15923, Augusta, GA 30919 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1725, Augusta, GA 30903.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Eugene Shelton
Mr. Eugene Shelton, 73, of Wrens died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Doctors Hospital.

Mr. Shelton was retired from Air Balance.

The funeral was Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Ford and the Rev. Ronnie Shelton officiating. Burial was in the Walden's United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia T. Shelton; a son, Danny Williams, Wrens; two brothers, Moses Shelton, Wrens, and David Shelton, Thomson; two sisters, Mildred Coxwell and Edna Mae Thigpen, Wrens; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John Jones, Charles Hadden, Bobby Williams, Bill Snider, Kenneth Hardin, Marvin Reese, Bobby Jones and Gary Hutchins.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Chanel Odette Hannah
Miss Chanel Odette Hannah, 26, of Wrens died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003.

Miss Hannah was a 1996 graduate of Jefferson County High School.

The funeral was Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. at the House of Faith Church with minister Dorothy Nelson officiating. Burial was in Flat Rock Cemetery, Matthews.

Survivors include a daughter, Chaniya Gibbons; parents, James and Leola Hannah; a brother, Kelvin Hannah; and her grandfather, Andrew Hannah, all of Wrens.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Mary Fulghum Mills
Mrs. Mary Fulghum Mills of Augusta died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at Kentwood Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mills was a graduate of Georgia State University and College, Milledgeville, Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. and Georgia Southern College, Statesboro. She was a retired teacher with the Richmond County School system where she taught at T. Garrett School. She was a member of The Hill Baptist Church and the Gleaners Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, James S. Mills.

The funeral was Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. at Platt's Crawford Avenue Chapel with the Revs. Fred Gunter and Chandler Lanier officiating. Burial was at Bethany Cemetery in Wadley.

Survivors include one son, James F. Mills, Augusta; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Jane (Charles H.) Nicholls III, Cumming; three grandchildren, Jason B. Nicholls, Ryan C. Nicholls and Andrew J. Nicholls; one great-granddaughter, Zoee Nicholls; one niece, Mrs. Earl Edenfield, Dublin; one nephew, Mr. L. Owen Fulghum, Summerville, SC; two sisters-in-law, Marian M. Fulghum, Dublin and Mosie W. Mills, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; one brother-in-law, William R. Mills Sr., Wadley and a good friend and caregiver, Mary E. Reynolds, Augusta.

Pallbearers were Quillan Anderson, Earl Edenfield, Earl (Kip) Edenfield, Owen Fulghum, Autry Moore, Dan Robertson, John Wallace and Jim Youngblood.

Memorials may be made to The Hill Baptist Church, 2165 Kings Way, Augusta, GA 30904 or to the Bethany Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1147, Wadley, GA 30477.

Platt's Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



James Clinton Godowns
Mr. James Clinton Godowns, 80, of Orangeburg, SC, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003.

Mr. Godowns, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Clinton Jackson Godowns and Corine Dixon Godowns. He attended Stellaville Elementary School and graduated from Wrens High School in 1941. He was a member of the Matthews and Wrens baseball team prior to moving to Orangeburg. He was retired from SC Department of Health and Environmental Control as an environmentalist with 30 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion Post #4 SC Environmental Health Association. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. He was a US Army veteran serving in World War II.

The funeral was Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer with the Rev. Georg Retzlaff officiating. Burial was at 3:30 p.m. in Ways Baptist Church Cemetery, Stellaville.

Survivors include his wife, Norma S. Godowns; a son James Stephens (Denise C.) Godowns, Houston, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Hubert (Mary Frances) Thomas, Macon, and Mrs. Ed (Betty Jean) Perdue, Wrens; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Franklin (Betty ) Godowns, Stellaville and Mrs. Tommy (Aubrey) Godowns, Cope, SC; and one grandson, Franklin Dennis Godowns, Houston, Texas.

Pallbearers were John Stephens, Gen. Robert Stephens, Clint Godowns, Eddie Godowns, Ed Perdue and Bob Bishop.

Honorary pallbearers were C.W. Stephens Jr., J.O. Warren, Rev. Baylis Corley, G.W. Dukes, Al Ferris and John Bond.

Memorials may be made to Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Camp Anderson Fund, P.O. Drawer 9, Orangeburg, SC 29115 or Cemetery Fund, Ways Baptist Church, 314 Quaker Rd., Wrens, GA 30833.

Dukes-Harley Funeral Home, Orangeburg, was in charge of the arrangements.


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