Obituaries
April 24, 2003 Issue

Valerie M. Arnold
Mrs. Valerie M. Arnold, 63, of Gibson died Monday, April 14, 2003 at University Hospital.

Mrs. Arnold, a native of Long Branch, NJ, lived in Gibson for the past eight years. She was a homemaker and a member of Magnolia Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Levie Arnold, and a daughter, Helen (Randy) Arnold Matthews.

The funeral was April 17 at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Loy Whitten officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Baptist Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Pamela S. (William) Hart, Gibson; two sons, Michael W. (Barbara) Arnold Sr., Gibson, and Edward D. (Penny) Arnold, Thomson; two sisters, Helen Pastorini and Florence Tressler, New Jersey; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were sons and grandsons.

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



Robert Roscoe Bragg
Mr. Robert Roscoe Bragg, 65, of Marietta died Sunday, April 13, 2003.

Mr. Bragg worked as a storm coordinator for Bell South for 38 years, retiring in 1994. He worked in jewelry repair at the Lakewood Antique Show. He was a member of GMA Flight Area, served in the Army-National Guard Reserves as a radio specialist. He was a Presbyterian.

The funeral was April 17 at 11 a.m. at the Carmichael Funeral Home Chapel in Smyrna with the Rev. Barry Wade Holland Sr. officiating. Burial was in the Crest Lawn Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Anne Bragg, Marietta; a daughter, Holly Bragg Holland, Marietta; mother, Pearlie M. Bragg, Louisville; brother, George William Bragg, Louisville; sister, Bette B. Rowland, Smyrna; a grandson and several nieces and nephews.



Mattie Gibbons Howard
Mrs. Mattie Gibbons Howard, 93, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., died Sunday, April 12, 2003 at Broward County Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale.

Mrs. Howard, a native of Jefferson County, was educated in Jefferson County public schools. She joined the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church at an early age and later moved to Florida where she lived most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Paul and Betty Latimore Gibbons.

The funeral was April 19 at 11 a.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church with the Rev. F. Ricks and C. Simmons officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include on son, Ronnie (Gail) Howard, Asbury Park, NJ; daughters, Daisy Walker, Gough, Pauline Densen and Eva Mae Morris, Ft. Lauderdale; sisters, Sally Wells, St. Petersburg, and Rebecca Holliman, Wadley; 30 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 17 great great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Mary D. McGahee
Mrs. Mary D. McGahee, 79, of Stapleton died Sunday, April 20, 2003.

Mrs. McGahee was retired from Thomson Company. She was a member of Walden's United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John O. McGahee; a son, Jimmy C. McGahee; a grandson, Jeffery Thomas McGahee; two sisters, Reba Alice Peebles and Dorothy Davis; and a brother, Broadus Davis.

The funeral was April 22 at 2 p.m. at Walden's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Marvin Goodman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Frank (Mary) McGahee, Gibson, and John Thomas McGahee, Stapleton; two daughters, Linda (Kenneth) Channell, Stapleton, and Mary Ann (Clarence) Reese, Gibson; two brothers, Charlie Davis, Avera, and Bennett Davis, Tennille; three sisters, Peggy Williams, Jo Dean Davis, Louisville, and Beulah Lamb, Gibson; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Albert Padgett, Paul Brown, Aubrey Montgomery, Larry Kitchens, Johnny McGahee and Algie Usry.

Memorials may be made to the Walden's United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1760 Walden Church Road, Avera, GA 30803, or to the American Diabetes Association, 3738 Presidential Parkway, Suite 102, Atlanta, GA 30340.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Leila Clark Williams
Mrs. Leila Clark Williams, 83, of Stapleton died Sunday, April 20, 2003.

Mrs. Williams was a homemaker, a member of Walden's United Methodist Church and a former member of the Young at Heart Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse David Williams.

The funeral was April 23 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marvin Goodman officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Larry Williams, Gibson; three daughters, Betty Jean Phillips, Gibson, Linda Ann Wescott, Evans, and Mildred McGahee Poole, Avera; two brothers, Troy Clark, Avera, and Roy Clark, Waycross; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jimmy McNair, Ricky Godowns, T.W. Bentley, Roy McGahee, Paul Brown, Bill Marsh and Dr. Charles Green.

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


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