Obituaries
December 11, 2003 Issue

Rebekah (Becky) Kirby Avery
Rebekah (Becky) Kirby Avery of Stapleton entered into rest Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003.

She was a native of Los Angeles, Calif., but had lived in Stapleton for many years. She was an employee of The News and Farmer/The Jefferson Reporter, The Augusta Chronicle and Rhodes Murphy. She was a Baptist.

The funeral was Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Ford officiating.

Survivors include one daughter, Deidra G. Massengill, Augusta; one son, Bryan James Avery, Stapleton; her mother, Lara Joann Kirby Verbeck, Calif.; two brothers, Patrick Kirby and David Kirby, both of Calif.; one sister, Gayle Hanko, Pa.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Thelma R. Edwards
Mrs. Thelma R. Edwards, 68, of Augusta, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Mrs. Edwards, a native of Glascock County, was a member of Washington Height Baptist Church.

The funeral was Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tony Pagliarullo officiating. Burial was at Walden UMC Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Nancy (Larry) Bonner, Marcha (Jackie) Arrington, Rebe (Robert) Busbee, and Jan (Jim) Burg; five brothers, Ray Reese, Milton Reese, Jim Reese, C.S. Reese and Robert Reese; one sister, Ann Allen; six grandchildren, Don Hendrix, Christopher Arrington, Joseph Busbee, Amanda Busbee, Tony Pagliarullo and Jamie Burg.

Pallbearers were Felton Beasley, Cleon Beasley, Milton Reese, C.S. Reese and Gilbert Sheppard.

Honorary pallbearers were Don Hendrix, Christopher Arrington and Joseph Busbee.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Leonis Gay
Mr. Leonis Gay, 83, of Wrens died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Glendale Nursing Home,

Mr. Gay was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. He was a self-employed carpenter.

The funeral was Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Burial was in Mt. Horeb Baptist Church cemetery.

Survivors include his sister, Annie Kate McGahee and her husband Farris, Wadley; and several nieces and nephews.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Martin Bowen Rachels
Mr. Martin Bowen Rachels, 57, of Bryant, Ala., died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003.

Mr. Rachels was a resident of Bryant for over 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents Loring and Myrtle Rachels. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Mary O. Rachels; daughters, Kathy Nichols, Neva Howell and Patty Bomian, all of Bryant, Deborah Charles, Charlotte, NC, and Julie Rachels of Texas; sons, David N. Howell, Stevenson, David L. Howell and Michael Howell, both of Bryant; a brother, Loring Rachels Jr., Bartow; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel with Rev. Johnny Ellison officiating. Burial was in Oak Lawn Memorial Park.

Moore Funeral Home, Bryant, Ala., was in charge of the arrangements.



Clifford Williams
Mr. Clifford Williams, 73, of Louisville died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. Williams, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and also attended Waldens United Methodist Church. He was a retired bus driver for Jefferson County and a retired farmer. He was a member of the VFW-Harlem Post 6445. He was the son of the late Same and Queen P. Williams. He is preceded in death by a brother, Jessie Williams.

The funeral was Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at Waldens United Methodist Church with the Revs. Marvin Goodman and Ed Deen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Williams; two sons, Wayne Williams, Louisville, and Paul Williams, Newnan; one daughter, Janice (Algie) Snider, Avera; four brothers, Cecil Williams and Joe Williams, both of Augusta, Kenneth Williams, Keysville, and Buford Williams, Gibson; three sisters, Sarah Duggan and Mary Hall, Augusta, and Margaret Payton, Texas; and three grandchildren, Matthew K. Snider, Daniel A. Snider and Wayne Williams.

Pallbearers were Grady Means, Joe Davis, Jerry Foss, Leon Peebles, Wayne Smith, Steve Sheram, Fay Hadden and Robert Rabun.

Honorary pallbearers were John Clark, Jefferson County School Bus Drivers and members and Auxiliary of VFW Post 6445.

Memorials may be made to Waldens United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1494 Hadden Pond Road, Avera, GA 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



James Edward Avery
Mr. James Edward Avery of Gibson died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003.

Mr. Avery, a native of Pushmataha, Okla., lived in San Jacinto, Calif., before moving to Georgia several years ago. He was a truck driver and a Baptist.

Funeral services will be held in Bakersfield, Calif., at a later date.

Survivors include one son, Bryan James Avery, Stapleton; one daughter, Deidra A. Massengill, Augusta; one brother, John Avery, Hemet, Calif.; and four sisters, Karen (Carl) Ragsdale, Bakersfield, Calif., Ann (George) Bell, Prescott, Ariz., Myrtle (Harvey) Babcock, Hemet, Calif., and Linda Edwards, Bakersfield, Calif.

Lowe Funeral Home, Warrenton, was in charge of the arrangements.



J.T. (James) Miller Sr.
Mr. J.T. (James) Miller Sr., 71, of Hephzibah died Saturday, October 25, 2003.

Mr. Miller, a native of Westmoreland, Tenn., served his country for 22 years in the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of the Korea and Vietnam Wars. He was also retired from Deerfield Specialty Papers Company. He was a member of Fleming Masonic Lodge #718 and a Scottish Rite Mason. He was a member of Crawford Avenue Baptist Church.

The funeral was Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin and Chaplin Clarence Rowland officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Masonic rites and military honors.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dahlia Dixon Miller; three sons, Ellis Miller and Alan Miller, Augusta, and Jay Miller, Tulsa, Okla.; one sister, Vatriss Hudson, Westmore-land, Tenn.; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were military.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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