Obituaries
September 18, 2003 Issue

Johnnye V. Cox
Dr. Johnnye V. Cox of Athens died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003.

Dr. Cox, a native of Wadley, was born in 1907. She attended Union Hill Elementary School and the Third District High School, both in Wadley. After completion of a two-year program at the State Normal School in Athens, she received a B.S. degree from South Georgia Teachers College, a M.S. degree from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from New York University.

In 1946 Dr. Cox joined the faculty of the University of Georgia where she developed the Program of Supervision in the College of Education. She was one of the committee who made the influential study leading to the development of the Minimum Foundation Program of Education for Georgia. Her educational leadership and contributions led to many recognitions and awards. Among those are: Certificate of Leadership as President of GA A.S.C.D., an award by GACIS for dynamic leadership, two State Awards named in her honor: one by GACIS and one by the College's Department of Educational Leadership. There is also a special program at the annual GACIS meeting known as "The Johnnye V. Cox Lecture."

The funeral was Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at Milledge Avenue Baptist Church with Dr. Edward Bolen and Dr. Claude McBride officiating. Burial was at 3 p.m. at Coleman Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Wadley.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews and two very special friends that she called her "Athens Family," Dr. Bernice Cooper and Dr. Ira Aaron.

Memorials may be made to The Milledge Avenue Baptist Church for the Music Program, 1690 S. Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605.

Bernstein Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Pauline Byrd
Mrs. Pauline Byrd, 65, of Gibson died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Byrd, a native of Jefferson County, was of the Methodist faith.

Graveside services were held Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at Bethel UMC Cemetery with the Rev. Jacky Downs officiating. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Caines.

Survivors include her daughter, Judy Bailey, Gibson; her son, Jacky Coxwell, Gibson; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Carl Ashley Hall
Mr. Carl Ashley Hall, 40, of Louisville died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003.

Mr. Hall, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of Charles A. Hall and the late Sybil Wilson Hall. He worked in construction and attended Louisville United Methodist Church.

Graveside services were Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Gardens Cemetery with the Revs. Donnie Screws and Charles Price officiating.

Survivors include two sons, Christopher Hall, Louisville; Craig Hall, Augusta; his father, Charles A. Hall, Hephzibah; a brother, Charlie Hall, Hahira; and a sister, Cindy Cobb, Bartow.

Pallbearers were Van Hall, Douglas Overstreet, Jeff Overstreet, Richard Stavely, Joe Cheeks and Steve Donaldson.

Honorary pallbearers were Andy Cobb, Mitch Hall, Ricky Hutchinson, Terry Bolton, John Livingston and Michael Bryant.

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



James C. Cunningham
Mr. James C. Cunningham of Wrens died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003.

The funeral was Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with the Rev. Jimmy McCullough III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Julia Jackson Cunningham; five sons, Eddie Cunningham, Ronnie Cunningham, Bobby Cunningham, Tyrone Cunningham and Donnell Cunningham, all of Fla.; four daughters, Glorestine Cunningham, Bernestine Gamble, Connie Brown, Louisville, and Nadine Cunningham, Fla.; four stepsons, Joe Willie Smith, Miller Smith of Fla., Ray Charles Smith, Louisville and Timothy Jordan, Savannah, Keith Cooper, Wrens; three step-daughters, Iner Williams, Juanita Cuyler, Shirley Tyson, Fla.; two aunts, Louanna Redfield, Augusta and Thelma Loach, NY; 29 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Ways Grove Building Fund, P.O. Box 473, Wrens, GA 30833.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Ray Thomas Black Jr.
Mr. Ray Thomas Black Jr. of Statesboro died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003.

Mr. Black, an honor graduate of Jefferson County High School, attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. He was a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church, an avid hunter and fisherman and manager of Pawn City of Statesboro.

The funeral was Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. at St. Johns United Methodist Church with the Revs. Ray Garren and Morris Brantley officiating. Burial was in the Wadley City Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents Ray Thomas Black and Janice Marie Black, Wadley; his grandmother, Evelyn Screws, Swainsboro; his fiancée, Melinda Scott, Statesboro; and his brother, Charlie Clifton and Laura Brown, Mitchell.

Pallbearers were Trent Godowns, Matthew Stephens, David Frost, Drew Searcy, Michael Thompson and Chris Carter.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Annie Louise Russell
Ms. Annie Louise Russell, 90, of Athens died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003.

Ms. Russell, a native of Wrens, was a graduate of the Georgia State College for Women in Milledgeville. She taught school for 20 years at North Augusta, SC, Elementary School and 22 years at Roy Rollins Elementary School Augusta. She was organist for a number of years at Fleming Baptist and Hill Baptist Church, Augusta, and was a member of First Baptist Church, Athens. She was the daughter of Abram and Eva Connell Russell, early residents of Jefferson County.

Graveside services were held Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Park with Dr. Jon Appleton officiating.

Survivors include her sister, Mrs. William (Vida) Miller, Athens; and numerous nieces and nephews.



Rebecca Coleman Scott Eugster
Mrs. Rebecca Coleman Scott Eugster, 54, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at University of Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Eugster was born in Charleston, SC, but was raised in Augusta where she attended Richmond Academy, earned a BA degree in English and a masters in guidance counseling. She taught in Jefferson County and Hephzibah Middle School before becoming a counselor at Brian Merry and Warren Road Elementary Schools. She was a longtime resident of Louisville where she attended First Baptist Church and later became a member of the United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. She was the daughter of Jean Baldwin Coleman and the late Martin T. Coleman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Eugster and a son, Mitchell Scott.

A memorial service was held Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. at Louisville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Pat Mayham officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Winfield Scott; her former husband, Ed Scott, Johnston, SC; her mother, Jean Baldwin Coleman, Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Elizabeth McCormick, McCormick, SC, and Joanna Coleman, Jacksonville; two brothers, David Coleman, Jacksonville, and Robert Coleman, Tallahassee, Fla.; one niece, Rachel Porter, Jacksonville; and a stepson, Robert Eugster, Atlanta.

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



Roy Williams
Mr. Roy Williams of Keysville died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home.

Mr. Williams, a native of Burke County, was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was retired from the V.A. Medical Center and was a member of First Baptist Church where he had served as deacon.

The funeral service was Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Gerald Caldwell officiating. Burial was in Mount Tabor A.M.E. Church in Keysville.

Survivors include his aunt, Pauline Stephens, Roosevelt, NY; devoted cousins, Margaret Stevenson, Detroit, Mich., Lillie Johnson, Wrens; and several other cousins, nieces and nephews.

Williams Funeral Home, Hephzibah, was in charge of the arrangements.


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