August 21, 2003 Issue

James Burnett
Deacon James Burnett, 92, of Wrens died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003.

The funeral was Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Stapleton with the Rev. Frank Seabrooks officiating. Burial was at Thankful Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Grace Patterson and Annie Ree Butler, Newark, NJ; a son, Joe Burnett, Wrens; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Burnett 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 step-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.

Doris H. Sleister
Mrs. Doris H. Sleister, 65, of Warren County died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003.

Mrs. Sleister, a native of Glascock County, was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Hobbs, her mother, Pearl Hobbs, two brothers, Lee and Lester Hobbs and a sister, Nora H. Story.

The funeral was Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church with the Revs. Mike Sutphin and Jon Richards officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her companion, E.T. Rabun Jr., a daughter, Frances (Larry) T. Johns, Stapleton; two sons, Robert J. (Carren) Sleister, Dearing, and Ambrose C. Sleister II, Trion; two brothers, Davis Hobbs and Barton Hobbs, Stapleton; seven sisters, Bobbie Whitaker, Creven, Janette Perdue, Wrens, Iris King, Morrow, Ann Smith, Camak, Weslyn McGee, Covington, June Widener, Thomson and Betty Jo Hobbs, Dearing; eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Christopher Johns, Joshua Johns, A.J. Sleister, Barry Russell, Wright Perdue, Mike Hobbs, Jody Hobbs and Jammie Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mamie Skinner Evans Gresham
Mrs. Mamie Skinner Evans Gresham, 85, of Keysville died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003.

Mrs. Gresham, a native of Twin City, was the daughter of Oscar and Laney Skinner. She had lived all of her adult life in Burke County and was a member of Keysville United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her sons, Walter Evans and Harold Evans.

Graveside services were held Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Keysville United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Arrington officiating.

Survivors include two sons, Cecil (Flora) Evans and Dean (Brenda) Evans, Keysville; one daughter Ruth (Mac) McDonald, Wrens; two sisters, Mary Watts, Keysville and Mance Peebles, Swainsboro; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Glen Evans, Billy Evans, Charles Caugham, Harold Kite, David Skinner and David Cosby.

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

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