Obituaries
June 26, 2003 Issue

Wylly T. Jordan Sr.
Mr. Wylly T. Jordan Sr., 90, of Bartow died Friday, June 20, 2003, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Jordan, a native of Jefferson County, was former director of Jefferson County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Bartow United Methodist Church, a member Stonewall Lodge #98 and a member of Al Sihah Shrine Temple in Macon and a retired farmer.

The funeral was held June 22 at 2 p.m. at Bartow United Methodist Church with the Rev. Billy Howell and Dr. Larry Sauls officiating. Burial was in the Bartow City Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Sue J. Rachels, Wadley, and Bertha J. Huber, Laurens, SC; grandchildren, George Rachels III, Bartow, Vic Rachels and Charles Rachels, Wadley, Bryan Rachels, Sarah Beth Mathews, Warner Robins, Heather Taylor, Laurens, SC, Randy Huber III, Reidville, SC, Amy Eubanks, Augusta, Wylly Jordan III, Stone Mountain; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Hubert Jordan, Tom Jordan, Tommy Smith, Milton Hood, Wiley Evans III, Wiley "Chip" Evans IV, Matt Evans and B.J. Everett.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Stone Wall Lodge #98.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Robert W. Grier Jr.
Mr. Robert W. Grier Jr., 73, of Shawnee on Delaware, Penn., died Friday, June 20, 2003.

Mr. Grier was born in Atlanta. He was the son of the late Robert W. and Florence Beatrice Webb Grier. He was the owner and operator of Grier Funeral Home in Louisville for 14 years. He was a member and past master of Stonewall Masonic Lodge #98, a member of the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Valley of Augusta, Alee Shrine in Savannah. He was the past president of the Louisville Kiwanis Club, American Legion post 255, a member of Francis Bartow Camp of the Sons of the Confederacy. Mr. Grier was a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kingspoint, NY; a graduate of U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, Calif., a graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta and attended Oglethorpe University. He was a Master Mariner and a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts having served in the Navy where he received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Vietnam Medal of Valor. He was the husband of the late Carol A. Grier.

Graveside services were June 16 at 11 a.m. in the Louisville City Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony W. Grier, Shawnee on Delaware, and Robert W. Grier III, Quantico, Va.; two brothers, B.W. Grier, Sanford, Fla., Richared A. Grier, Lakemont; a sister, Mary G. Moore, St. Augustine, Fla.; and four grandchildren.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of the arrangements.



Lucille C. White
Mrs. Lucille C. White, 92, of Covington died Thursday, May 28, 2003, at Morgan Memorial Hospital in Madison.

Mrs. White, a native of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late Walter Harrison and Sally Holton Cox. She was the widow of Mr. Fred White. She graduated as valedictorian of her class from Wadley High School in 1929 and went on to graduate from Georgia Southern College in 1933. She taught school in Grange, Lavonia, Royston, Eastonelle and Toccoa City school systems. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Covington, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 32 and Retired Teachers Association and was past regent of the Lady Huntingdon Chapter of the DAR and present member of Sgt. Newton DAR Chapter, which presented her with a certificate for over 50 years of membership.

The funeral was May 31 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the First United Methodist Church with Dr. Don Martin and the Rev. James Sanders officiating. Burial was in Royston City Cemetery.

Survivors include her son, John W. (Charlotte) White, Athens; sisters, Mrs. Mary Cox Rachels and Mrs. Lula Vaughn Smith, Covington; a brother, Walter H. (Clair) Cox, Coral Gables, Fla.; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Sgt. Newton Chapter of NSDAR, c/o Mrs. Ed Robinson, 6149 Linwood Dr., SE, Covington, 30014.

Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Eugene Lockhart
Mr. Eugene Lockhart, 80, of Wrens died Wednesday, June 18, 2003.

The funeral was June 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy McCollough III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Lockhart, Wrens; six daughters, Darnell Farmer, Shelley Jordan, Coriene Simpkins, Earnestine Jackson and Geraldine Lockhart, all of Wrens, and Patricia Floyd, Okla.; six sons, Joe Lockhart, Glenn Lockhart, Thomas Moses Lockhart and Eugene Lockhart Jr., all of Wrens; three sister, Leila Seabrooks and Mary Berry of Wrens, and Lottie Way of Augusta.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Ella T. Brinson May
Mrs. Ella T. Brinson May of Bartow died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, in Augusta.

The funeral was June 22 at 4 p.m. at Tarvers Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny R. Sampson officiating.

Survivors include six daughters, Ellen Tarver, Bartow, Dora Thomas, New Orleans, La., Ora Green, Miami, Fla., Orlanda Jackson, Tennille, Edna May-Wiggins, Augusta, and Daisy Evans, Athens; a step-daughter, Virginia Robinson, Wadley; five sons, Melvin May, Jacksonville, Fla.; Wilbert May, Garner, NC; Robbie May, Hawkinsville, Stanley May, Durham, NC, and Shannon May, El Cajon, Calif.; an adopted son, Sydney Grant, Augusta; a stepson, Willie Albert May, Bartow; 30 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.



Marian L. Brown
Mrs. Marian L. Brown, 75, of Wrens died Tuesday, June 17, 2003.

The funeral was June 21 at 11 a.m. at Lofton AME Church with the Rev. Leroy Britt Sr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Montress Walker, Beverly Brown, Sandra McBride, Brenda Williams and Michael Brown, all of Wrens; her sisters, Carrie Avery, St. Petersburg and Sarah L. Brown, Augusta; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Joseph Mitchell "Joe" McCall
Deacon Joseph Mitchell "Joe" McCall, 56, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died Thursday, June 12, 2003.

Mr. McCall, born in Louisville, moved to St. Petersburg in 1970 from Wrens. He was a retired zone technician from GTE. He attended Tampa College. He was an Air Force and Army National Guard Reserve veteran. He was a deacon at St. John Missionary Baptist Church where he sang in the male choir. He managed the Golden Gates Gospel Group and was a member of Prince Hall Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine McCall; a son, Joseph McCall Jr., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Erica Clark, Fort Eustis, Va.; two brothers, Grady McCall and Charles McCall, both of St. Petersburg; his mother, Leola McCall, Wrens; two sisters, Rose Judge, Jamaica, NY, and Martha Anne Williams, Augusta; and two grandchildren.

Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg, was in charge of the arrangements.



D.S. "Doc" Hillman
Mr. D.S. "Doc" Hillman, 90, of Stapleton died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, in Thomson Manor Nursing Facility.

Mr. Hillman, a lifelong resident of Warren County, was the retired owner/operator of the D.S. Hillman Store. He was also a farmer. He was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his son, Eugene Hillman.

The funeral was June 20 at 11 a.m. at Reedy Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Sutphin and Kenneth Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his daughter, Doris Hillman Huff, Stapleton; his sister, Mrs. Jessie Phillips, Thomson; his daughter-in-law, Frances Hillman; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Morris McTier, Emory Wilson, Dennis Robinson, Bill Howard, Jim Leach and B.I. Hillman.

Memorials may be made to the Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Joe Black
Mr. Joe Black, 90, of Wadley died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. Black, a native of Jefferson County, was a construction worker and a member of the St. John's United Methodist Church.

The funeral was June 21 at 11 a.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ray Garren officiating. Burial was in the Wadley City Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Rigdon, Midville, and Josephine Cowart, Wadley; six grandchildren, Tony Greenway, Vidalia, Michelle Turner, Swainsboro, Gary Cowart, Joel Cowart, Larry Cowart and Mike Cowart, Wadley; 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Mathew C. Caines
Mr. Mathew C. Caines, 17, of Gibson died Saturday, June 21, 2003, in Putnam County.

Graveside services were held June 24 at 3 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Charlene Griswold officiating.

Survivors include his parents, Jacky and Sheila Coxwell, Gibson; one brother, Jacky Coxwell Jr., Gibson; three sisters, Angela Coxwell and Amanda Hope, both of Gibson, and Jacqueline Lewis, Augusta.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


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