October 9, 2003 Issue

Bessie "Aunt Bessie" McNeely Black
Mrs. Bessie "Aunt Bessie" McNeely Black, 102, of Rockledge, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at Wuesthoff Hospice Care Center.

Mrs. Black, a native of Louisville, had worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Filley Motors in Orlando. She was preceded in death by a brother, W.D. "Bill" McNeely of Louisville.

The funeral was Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Viera. Graveside services were Sept. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Orlando.

Survivors include Harriet Henson, Juanita Gordon and Louise Borders, all of Louisville; Alec McNeely of Wrens; and several other nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Brevard Hospice, 8060 Spyglass Hill Rd., Viera, FL 32940.

Arnold Gilmore
Mr. Arnold Gilmore, 74, of Wrightsville died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at Washington County Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Gilmore, a native of Washington County, was a member of St. Paul Baptist Church and a self-employed carpenter.

The funeral was Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and Cemetery in Wrightsville.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy "Doris" Devero-Gilmore; one daughter, Van N. Gilmore, Sandersville; sons, Dale Devero, Louisville, Melvin Devero, Lake Wales, Fla., Doc Rachels, Augusta, and Ron Latimore, Sandersville; two brothers, Wyman Gilmore and James Gilmore, both of Sandersville; two daughters-in-law, 11 sisters in law and brother-in-law; one aunt, 18 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Roy "Bunny" Hughes
Mr. Roy "Bunny" Hughes, 63, of Thomson died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, in the Athens Regional Hospital.

Mr. Hughes, a native of Louisville, had lived in Thomson for many years. He was retired as a mechanic from the Clark-Schwebel Company in Washington. He was a Baptist and an Army veteran.

Graveside services were Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Gemell Johnson officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Hughes, Thomson; his daughter, Penny Murphey, Norwood; two sons, Kenneth Hughes and Chris Hughes, both of Thomson; a brother, Richard Hughes, Louisville; and five grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers were Earl Beasley, B.C. Smith, Johnny Jones, Buddy Barrow, Tommy Godowns, Gene Reid, Harold McNeely, Russell Richards and Charles Walden.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Daisy Eason Johnson
Mrs. Daisy Eason Johnson, 83, of Keysville died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Johnson, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Keysville United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband David B. Johnson.

The funeral was Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ken Morgan and Dr. Tip Carroll officiating. Burial was in the Keysville United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Weatherford, Matthews, Gail Lemon, Martinez, and Gwen Hallum, North Augusta; one son, Kenneth Johnson, Keysville; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons David Weatherford, Robby Weatherford, Keith Johnson, Kenny Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Casey Lemon and Michael Lemon.

Memorials may be made to Keysville United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 107, Keysville, GA 30816.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Zakeria Auryelle Walker
Zakeria Auryelle Walker, 3 months old, of Wrens died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003.

Graveside services were held Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Stellaville, with the Rev. Jimmy McCullough officiating.

Survivors include her parents, Shemika Walker, Augusta and Travis Neely, Wrens; maternal grandmother, Nellie Mae Walker, Augusta; paternal grandparents, Mary Neely, Wrens and Eddie Peeples, Wrens; maternal grandparents, Eddie James and Annie Mae Dixon, Wrens.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Homer A. Ricketts Jr.
Mr. Homer A. Ricketts Jr., 84, of Matthews died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at Gibson Health & Rehab Center.

Mr. Ricketts was a member of the American Legion 229. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a Baptist.

Graveside services were Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at Mount Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Moore officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Ricketts; two sons, Jack Templeton and Grady Templeton, Wrens; two daughters, Monna Sebring Tuscon, Ariz., and Linda Fabiano, Marrero, La.; one brother, John Ricketts, Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Evelyn Hartley and Elizabeth Benish, Jacksonville, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

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.

Bular Jones
Mrs. Bular Jones, 97, of Aiken, SC, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, in Bronx, NY.

The funeral was Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church in Stapleton with the Rev. Leroy Britt Sr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Albert, Oscar Jr., Edward and Louise; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Bud M. Welch
Mr. Bud M. Welch, 77, of Gibson died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Welch, a native of Glascock County, was an Army Air Corps Veteran of WWII. He was a member of Bethel UMC and was retired from the E.I. DuPont and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He served as Chairman of the Glascock County Board of Commissioners and was a Forestry Steward.

The funeral was Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Michael Stewart officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jeanne S. Welch; two sons, Steve Lynn Welch, Appling and Bruce Welch, Gibson; one daughter, Amanda Shaun Dixon, Hephzibah; two brothers, Macon Welch, Gibson and Nathan Welch, High Point, NC; one sister, Dorothy S. Dutton; Augusta; four granddaughters; and two step-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Cecil Shelton, David Usry, Frank McGahee, Phillip Waggy, Scottie Cole and Gene Rabun.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Young Pate
Mrs. Dorothy Young Pate, 84, of Lawrence, Kan., died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003.

Mrs. Pate, a native of Jefferson County, was a long-time resident of Augusta before moving to Kansas several years ago to be with her family. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church in Augusta. She was the daughter of John A. and Martha Louise McGahee Young.

A memorial service was held Sept. 30 at Lawrence, Kansas Chapel. Burial will be in Westover Cemetery in Augusta at a later date.

Survivors include two sons, Rupert E. Pate Jr. and John Hugh Pate, both of Lawrence, Kan.; a daughter, Bernice Pate, Leavenworth, Kan.; a sister, Bernice Young (Robert) VanArsdale, Wrens; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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