April 17, 2003 Issue

Alvie E. Akridge
Mr. Alvie E. Akridge, 68, of Matthews died Friday, April 11, 2003.

Mr. Akridge was a retired mechanic for Georgia-Tennessee Mining and Chemical Company.

The funeral was April 14 at 1 p.m. at the James Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Wilmer Hall and Bill Arrington officiating. Burial was in the Swainsboro City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Helen W. Akridge; three sons, Ronnie Akridge, Macon, Randy Akridge, Pelzer and Alvie R. Akridge, Thomson; three daughters, Debbie Akridge, Easley, Darlene Brunson and Donna Gallagher, Piedmont; five step-daughters, Melinda Capps, Pembroke, Lisa Ann Jefferson and Marie Perdue, Columbia, Melissa Huffman, Wrens, and Miranda Horne, Columbus; three brothers, M.D. Akridge and Ralph Akridge, Stillmore, and Elzie Akridge, Twin City; four sisters, Annie Henry, Katie Canady, Nell Beasley and Jean Henry, Swainsboro; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, 14 step-grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James Fullwood, Jerry Fullwood, Don Huffman, Jack Moncus, Jimmy Brashier, Bobby Gravley, Brad Flanagan and Jason Simmons.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904 or to Relay for Life Cancer Society, c/o Karen Walden, 6126 Hwy 88 E., Matthews, GA 30818.

Eugene Claude Brown
Mr. Eugene Claude Brown, 49, of Thomson died Monday, April 7, 2003.

The funeral was April 12 at 3 p.m. at Jones Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Mixon officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Annie Ruth Brown; one son, Demariess Smalley, Thomson; one daughter, Bernedena Boatwright, Stapleton; seven brothers, Willie Lewis Brown, Dearing, Leroy Jones, Washington, George Washington, Robert Lewis Washington, Louisville, Johnny Washington, James Flornoy, Jeff Flournoy, Bartow; six sisters, Beatrice Yvonne Brown, Grovetown, Pauline Carr, Ella Mae Washington, Janice Washington, Louisville, Deborah Flournoy and Sandra Flournoy, Bartow.

James Jackson Dye
Mr. James Jackson Dye died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, in Blue Ridge.

Mr. Dye, a native of Wrens, served in the US Navy during WWII. He was employed by Pan American World Airways in Miami, Fla. until his retirement in 1978. He moved to Blue Ridge in 1978 and worked part time with his son's company, Dye Electric. He was a 40-year member of the Mason organization and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Sarah Newsome Dye, his wife, Hazel L. Johnson Dye, brothers, Earl, Alton and Ollie Dye, and a sister, Minnie Lee Daniels.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include two sons, James (Karen) Dye, Blue Ridge, David (Candy) Dye, Cartersville; a daughter, Cathy (Hugh) Alexander, Arden, NC; a sister, Louise Manchebo, Ceres, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Georgia Mountain Hospice Inc., 70 Caring Way, Jasper, GA 30143.

Henry-Cochran Funeral Home, Blue Ridge, was in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Johnson
Mr. Jerry Johnson, 49, of Gibson died Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the Gibson Health and Rehab Center in Gibson.

Mr. Johnson, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Mitchell United Methodist Church.

The funeral was April 14 at 11 a.m. at the Mitchell Full Gospel Holiness Church with the Revs. Tony Key and Jacky Downs officiating. Burial was in the Mitchell City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy "Angel" Johnson; and two sons, Brad and Kevin Johnson, all of Gibson.

Pallbearers were Ricky Cooper, Kevin Johnson, Raymond Johnson, Chris Harrell, Joe Johns and Brad Johnson.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Selma "Bootsie" Perling
Mrs. Selma "Bootsie" Perling, 73, of Louisville died March 27, 2003.

Mrs. Perling was born and raised in Atlanta. She attended the University of Missouri and the University of Georgia, where she met her husband, Milton. They settled in Louisville where they opened and operated Perling's Department Store until 1986. She was a member of Congregation Agudath Achim in Savannah and the Business and Professional Women of Lousiville.

Graveside services were held March 30 at Greenwood Cemetery with Rabbi E. Noach Shapiro officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Milton Perling; sons, Michael (Dora) Perling, and Lance (Rachel) Perling; and grandchildren, Lauren, Deborah, Emily and Anna, all of Atlanta.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Jewish Funeral Care of Eternal Light was in charge of the arrangements.

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