Obituaries
August 14, 2003 Issue

Thomas Everett McBride
Mr. Thomas Everett McBride, 64, of Waynesboro died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003.

Mr. McBride, a native of Burke County, was the owner of McBride Gin & Farm Supply. He was the former Ruling Elder of ARP Presbyterian Church of Vidette and also the mayor of Vidette. He served as a board member for the Bank of Midville. He was a member of the Waynesboro Country Club and the Ogeechee Country Club in Louisville. He was a board member at Edmund Burke Academy and the cofounder of the Georgia Agriculture Chemical Company. He also received numerous awards and recognitions with Helena Chemical Company. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro.

The funeral was Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro with the Rev. Robert L. Smith officiating. Burial was in the Rose Dhu Cemetery in Vidette.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda J. McBride; two daughters, Deborah Anne McBride, Santa Fe, NM, Lynn McBride (Hoke) Reeves, Statesboro; one son, Thomas Everett (Shanna) McBride Jr., Augusta; and two grandchildren, Mary Margaret Reeves and Smith Reeves.

Pallbearers were Dean Daily, Johnny Shiver, Raybon Anderson, Jim Alexander, Sam Story, Manton Horton and Steve Bailey.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Hospice Home Health Care, 2803 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904; or to First Presbyterian Church ALS Association, 810 Myrick Street, Waynesboro, GA 30830.

DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home Inc., Waynesboro, was in charge of the arrangements.



Annie Sara Hadden Randall
Mrs. Annie Sara Hadden Randall, 84, of College Park, Md., died Wednesday, July 30, 2003.

The funeral was Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Fredrick Randall; a daughter, Penny Randall; a son, Fredrick Randall Jr.; a brother, Myrion Hadden and a sister, Marilyn Turner.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Post Office Box 15923, Augusta, GA 30910.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Mary Mitchell Gunder
Mrs. Mary Mitchell Gunder of Wadley died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003.

The funeral was Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at Kingdom Life Fellowship Ministries with Minister Jeffery Duckworth officiating.

Survivors include one daughter, Arlene Warthen, Wadley; three sons, Willie Gunder Jr., Robert Gunder and Bobby Gunder, Wadley; two sisters, Addie Bell Mitchell and Sylvia Mae Gibbons, Wadley; four brothers, A.B. Mitchell, Wardell Mitchell Jr., Leroy Mitchell and John Mitchell, Wadley; and five grandsons.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.



H. Melvin Smith
Mr. H. Melvin Smith of Hilton Head, SC, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003.

Mr. Smith, born in Glascock County, lived in Warrenton until June of this year. He was the son of the late Herbert R. Smith and Vera Mae Johnson Smith. He was a well-known business executive throughout the CSRA, owning and operating several diversified enterprises in Georgia and South Carolina.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Warrenton where he served on the Administrative Council as Chairperson of long Range Planning Committee and Chairperson of the Building Fund. He was a member of the Sarah Clary Sunday School class. He served on the CSRA Planning and Development Commission and was elected Chairperson of the Warrenton Downtown Development Authority. He was a member of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce for which he served on the Board of Directors and was a member and past president of the Warrenton Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association as well as the Georgia Forestry Association and the Georgia Farm Bureau. He was preceded in death by a brother, Louie E. Smith.

The funeral was Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at Warrenton First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ted Miller officiating. Burial was in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens in Thomson.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Dudley Smith; two sons, M. Daniel (Kim) Smith, Hilton Head Island, and Steven T. (Lynn) Smith, Edison, NJ; a sister, Susie Abbott, Warrenton; a brothers, Gene T. Smith, Warrenton; and four grandchildren, Hannah, Adam, Scott and Kelly.

Pallbearers were George Langford, Emile Carr, Karl Haywood, Lane McMichael, Juddy Johnson, Jim McMichael, Dennis Coxwell, Gene Rabun and Colen Todd.

Honorary pallbearers were Sonny McCorkle, John Roberts, Jeff Atkins, Reggie Garner, Mike Holcomb, Tommy Phelps, Al Kitchens, members of the Kiwanis Club of Warrenton and members of the Sarah Clary Sunday School class.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of First United Methodist Church, 303 East Main Street, Warrenton, GA 30828 or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. Louise Hadden, 701 East Main Street, Warrenton, GA 30828.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Lester Allen Cobb
Mr. Lester Allen Cobb, 60, of Wadley died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at Universtiy Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Cobb, a native of Jefferson County, had owned and operated the John Deere Dealership in Louisville for 25 years. He was a member of the Louisville Jaycee's. He was a member of Riverdale First Baptist Church. He was the son of Tom and Marie Cobb.

The funeral was Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Bartow with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy M. Cobb; three daughters, Panda C. Williams, Bartow, Angie C. (Barry) Wren, Louisville and Leslie C. (Ernie) Newton, Statesboro; a stepson, Charles (Nan) Taylor, North Augusta; a stepdaughter, Sharon (Gary) Tapley, Vidalia; a brother, Jerry Cobb, Louisville; four sisters, Joyce Stavely and Diane Smith, Wadley, Faye Harris, Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Linda Hall, Bartow; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Barry Cobb, Donnie Cobb, Tony Stavely, Charles Smith Jr., Michael Cobb, Andy Cobb, Keith Hall and William Harris.

Honorary pallbearers were Tommy New, William Rabun, Dr. Douglas Harmon, John J. Jones, Buddy Williamson, Dr. Alton Walker, Joe Kinney, William Hadden, Rocky Harris, Richard Vickery, Gerald Matthews, Harry Kennedy, Hugh Johnson, Sonny Lamb, Tom Smith, Dr. J.H. Harrison and Darrell Barnett.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Imogene Green Head
Mrs. Imogene Green Head, 84, of Hawkinsville died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Kennestone Hospital.

Mrs. Head, a native of Jefferson County, graduated from Wadley High School and Grady School of Nursing. She was a retired registered nurse and a member of First Baptist Church of Forest Park.

Graveside services were held Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. at Wadley City Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating.

Survivors include a son, Dan E. Head, Marietta; five sisters, Doris Sylvester and Bernice Cloy, Hawkinsville, Nita Brantley and Merlin Jones, Louisville, and Wilda Gordy, Cary, NC; and two grandchildren, Amanda K. Head, Greenville, SC, and Patrick Adam Head, Key West, Fla.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


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