May 8, 2003 Issue

Lee Edward "Snake" Walden
Mr. Lee Edward "Snake" Walden, 43, of Louisville died Tuesday, April 29, 2003.

Mr. Walden, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the St. Paul Baptist Church and a retired welder.

The funeral was May 3 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church with the Rev. Eric Best officiating. Burial was in the Louisville Society Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Shemika Bostic, NY, Cherelle Walden, Lee Edward Walden Jr., Travis Walden and Eliesha L. Walden, Louisville; his siblings, Charlie "Beam" Bractley, Dennie "Knight" Jordan, Nola Mae Cunningham, Barbara Ann Jenkins and Robert "Hawk" Walden, all of Louisville; two aunts, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Jessie H. McGahee
Mrs. Jessie H. McGahee, 74, of Avera died Sunday, April 27, 2003 at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. McGahee was retired from Mac's Power Gas Corp. and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

The funeral was April 30 at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Ray Sullivan and Donald Lumpkin officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Gleman McGahee; a son, Robert Mickey McGahee, Clewiston, Fla.; two brothers, Troy Hadden and Jerry Hadden, both of Avera; four sisters, Lois Leland, Vancleave, Miss., Betty Irby, Mary Rooks and Barbara Sammons, Avera; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Mike McGahee, Joey Rooks, Eric Hadden, Lee Sammons, Ronnie Jones, Charles Hadden, Joe Irby and Jimmy Davis.

Willie Sam Gilmore
Dea. Willie Sam Gilmore of Wrens died Saturday, April 26, 2003.

Dea. Gilmore was a resident of Thomson Manor.

The funeral was May 2 at 2 p.m. at Thankful Baptist Church, Glascock County, with the Rev. Leroy Hudson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his daughter, Melissa Irby, Wrens; his sons, Willie Paul Gilmore, Augusta, Phillip Roy Gilmore, Bennetville, SC, Martin Luther Gilmore, Augusta; three sisters, Mildred Harden, Tennille, Christine Lamar, Atlanta, and Dorothy Crenshaw, Dalton; two brothers, Dea. James Roy Gilmore, Perrine, Fla., and Bishop Herman (Janeth) Gilmore, Thomson; and 10 grandchildren.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Louise Norris
Ms. Louise Norris, 61, of Thomson died Friday, April 25, 2003.

Ms. Norris, a native of McDuffie County, was a member of Bethel AM Church, Norwood. She was preceded in death by a sister, Annie Lee Norris.

The funeral was May 1 at 2 p.m. at Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson with the Rev. Bennie Buyer as Eulogist. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Gregory Norris and Cedric Norris; two daughters, Pamela Norris and Nerrissa Norris, all of Thomson; her father, Clyde Norris, Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers, Johnnie J. Norris and Johnny (Mickey) Gaye Jr., both of Thomson, and Robert E. Norris, Wadley; two sisters, Linda Norris Washington, Louisville, Doris Holmes Williams, Jacksonville; 20 grandchildren and several other relatives.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of the arrangements.

Richard Lee Stidons
Mr. Richard Lee Stidons, 53, of Wrens died Wednesday, April 30, 2003.

The funeral was May 4 at 2 p.m. at Flat Rock Baptist Church with the Rev. Ricky Dent officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Essie Mae Jenkins Stidons; two daughters, Erica Stidons and Emma Jean Stidons, Waynesboro; two sons, Richard Lee Stidons Jr., Augusta, and Randy Birt, Wrens; five sisters, Joyce Ann Scott, Matthews, Mary Thomas, Stapleton, Betty Jean Boyd and Renell Stidons, Wrens, and Mary Bell Cooper, Louisville; and one brother, Charlie Willie Stidons, Wrens.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Sarah Brooks Usry
Mrs. Sarah Brooks Usry, 83, of Wrens died Monday, May 5, 2003.

Mrs. Usry, a native of Warren County, retired from Key Wholesalers and was a member of Little Briar Creek Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Hobert Brooks, her mother, Sallie Reeves and her husband, Ben Usry.

The funeral was May 7 at 4 p.m. at Little Briar Creek Church with the Revs. Randy Dunaway and Bill Seaman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two brothers, Bob Brooks, Gibson, Leon Brooks, Calif.; three sisters, Betty Bryant, Thomson, Ruby Walden, Wrens, and Margaret Berry, Augusta; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Terry Curtis, Tommy Hayes, Bennett Clark, Milton Berry Sr., Milton Berry Jr., Johnny McGahee and Lester Hadden.

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

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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