March 20, 2003 Issue

Mary Wheeler Holley
Mrs. Mary Wheeler Holley, 95, of Matthews died Thursday, March 13, 2003.

Mrs. Holley was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church whose membership has now been transferred to the Holy Triumphant Church in Glory. She was preceded in death by her husband of 78 years, James "Jim" Holley Sr.; her son, James "Jimmie" Holley Jr., and her daughter, Peggy Holley Strickland.

The funeral was March 16 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Shannon Ramsey, Raymond James and Wylie Prescott officiating. Burial was in Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Audrey Bowles, Statesboro, Margie James, JoAnn Prescott and Joyce Williford, Matthews; two sons, W.C. Holley, Wrens and Don Holley, Harlem; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Keith Holley, Mark Holley, Trent Holley, James Bowles, Charles Holley and Jason Holley.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 563, Wrens, GA 30833 or to St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904.

Vivian Clark Harden Sheppard
Mrs. Vivian Clark Harden Sheppard, 91, of Wrens died Sunday, March 16, 2003.

Mrs. Sheppard, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Waldens United Methodist Church where she taught the Children's Sunday School Class for many years. She was a member of the WMU. She was the bookkeeper at Stapleton Garment Company for many years.

The funeral was March 19 at 11 a.m. at Waldens United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marvin Goodman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Dianne H. and Gary Rhodes, Wrens; a son, Clark and Mary Harden, Statesboro; three stepdaughters, Marie Williams, Helen Thomas and Judy Tanner, Louisville; three stepsons, Cleon Sheppard, Augusta, J. Farris Sheppard and Lamar Sheppard, Louisville; sister, Agnes Thigpen, Avera; brother, Rev. Lester Clark, Augusta; two grandchildren, Randy Rhodes and Renae Borum; four great-grandchildren, Kayla and Grayson Rhodes and Nicholas and Logan Borum.

Pallbearers were Randy Rhodes, James Borum, Frank Williams, Al Thomas, Joe Sheppard, Richard Sheppard, J.T. Sheppard Jr. and Jeff Tanner.

Memorials may be made to Waldens United Methodist Church, c/o Patricia Kitchens, 1304 Hadden Pond Road, Avera, GA 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Sally Swan Peterson
Mrs. Sally Swan Peterson, 92, of Darlington, SC, died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence, SC.

Mrs. Peterson, a native of Stellaville, was a member of Highland Hills Baptist Church in Macon. She was active in the Friendship Sunday School Class, Jim Dandy's Club and also a member of the John Franklin Wren Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. She also resided in Milledgeville and Macon. She was one of 11 children of the late Andrew Lawson and Sallie Wren Swan.

The funeral was March 13 at 11 a.m. at Ways Baptist Church with the Revs. Ronald Jackson and George Lauderdale officiating.

Survivors include her daughter, Trudy Peterson Norris, Darlington; two sons, William Andrew Peterson, Belleview, Fla., and Russell Aubrey Peterson, Hickory, NC; a brother, Charles Andrew Swan, Augusta; two sisters, Annette Swan Jones, Atlanta and Fay Swan Foreman, Jackson; and seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Ways Baptist Church, c/o Peggianne Chalker, 314 Quaker Rd. East, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Ray Thompson
Mr. Ray Thompson of Louisville died Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Thompson, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and a retiree of Battle Lumber Company after 18 years of service.

The funeral was March 15 at 2 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Willie Thompson; a son, Roosevelt Wells, Wrens; a daughter, Ruby Lowery, Louisville; adopted children, Christine Jenkins, Wendell Boyd and Ronnie Boyd, of Louisville; siblings, Wright (Mytle) Thompson and Julia Gibbons, Belle Glade, Fla., Tommy (Mary Frances) Thompson, Louisville, Leon (Vickie) Thompson and Frank Gibbons, Augusta, Reba Watkins, Elizabeth Kendell and Marie Thompson, Atlanta; four grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

JoAnn Elizabeth Roberts Lariscy
Mrs. JoAnn Elizabeth Roberts Lariscy, 72, of Sylvania died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Lariscy, a native of Screven County, was a member of the McDonald Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher, director of Vacation Bible School and in the adult Sunday School class. She was retired from White Stag Manufacturing Company as a seamstress. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Cale Bragg.

The funeral was March 18 at 2 p.m. at McDonald Baptist Church with the Revs. Horace W. Lariscy III and Chuck Cochran officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Horace Watson Lariscy Jr.; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Lavaughn Bragg, Statesboro; a son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Horace W., III and Linda C. Lariscy, Wrens; sisters, Waldean R. Springmire, Rochelle, Ill., Hazel R. Hinley, Frances R. Chance and Vaughna Roberts, Millen; brothers, Wayburn R. Roberts, Millen and Alex B. Roberts, North Augusta; grandchildren, Kaycee Bragg, Athens, McKenzie Bragg, Statesboro, and Hope Lariscy, Wrens; and several nieces and nephews.

Thompson Strickland Waters Funeral Home, Sylvania, was in charge of the arrangements.

Ellie Irene McGahee Poole
Mrs. Ellie Irene McGahee Poole, 71, of Stapleton died Sunday, March 16, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Poole, a native of Warren County, was a retired supervisor with Thomson Company. She was a member of Wrens Church of God and the McGahee Sisters Gospel Group which sang on WTWA for over 50 years. She was a former member and teacher of Sunday School at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church for many years. She served weekly at Mt. Aldred AME Church in a prayer group.

The funeral was March 19 at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Seaman, Terry Addis and Billy Wilson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, O.B. Poole; her mother, Mrs. Mary Will McGahee, Stapleton; two stepdaughters, Barbara Newton, Blythe, and Jane Meeks, Nashville, Tenn.; four sisters, Mary McGahee, Stapleton, Lucille Davis, Warrenton, Eva McGahee, Murrayville, and Cornelia Wells, Martinez; 8 step-grandchildren, 11 step great-grandchildren and 8 step great great-grandchildren; two nephews, Steve Davis, Warrenton and Jeff Davis, Gibson; a great-niece, Serena Davis and a great-nephew, Josh Davis.

Pallbearers were Jeff Davis, Steve Davis, Michael McGahee, Dairen Cato, James McGahee and Leon Cato.

Memorials may be made to the Wrens Church of God, Guatemala Mission Fund, 102 Phillips St., Wrens, GA 30833.

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

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