Obituaries
January 1, 2004 Issue

Gary Mitchell
Mr. Gary Mitchell of Sandersville died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville.

Mr. Mitchell, a native of Washington County, was a member of Mt. Zion AME Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

The funeral was Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion AME Church and Cemetery in Davisboro.

Survivors include his children, Simonica Mitchell, Louisville, Sharrone Mitchell and Degarius Mitchell, Sandersville; his step-father, Jimmy Young, Sandersville maternal grandmother, Mary Fort, Davisboro; paternal grandmother, Ola Mae Young, Mitchell; siblings, Gloria Best, Rochester, NY, Jewell Grant, Sandersville, Elaine Brown-Gardner, San Antonio, Texas, Harvey Hamp Jr., Atlanta; two grandchildren; four uncles; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jeffrey Stephen Rabun
Mr. Jeffrey Stephen Rabun, 42, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, in Orlando, Fla.

Mr. Rabun, a native of Peach County, attended Perry schools. He was a flight attendant for United Airlines for the past 14 years.

The funeral was Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at Perry First Baptist Church. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Rabun of Perry; two sisters, Julie (Mike) Layfield, Perry, and June (Gary) Gilbert, Grayson; two nieces and three nephews.

Mr. Rabun was the grandson of the late Rufus "Red" Smith and Ethel Smith McGahee of Wrens and the nephew of Wayne and Cornelia Smith, Wrens, Sandra Huff, Atlanta, and Harold and Carol Smith, Stapleton.


Mildred V. Brinson
Ms. Mildred V. Brinson, 62, of Wrens died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003.

Ms. Brinson, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Harts Grove Baptist Church and its usher board.

The funeral was Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. W.L. Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Dana (Ricky) Huff, Wrens, and Carnell (Andrew) Hobbs, Atlanta; three sisters, Florrie Smith, Wrens, Betty Johnson, Augusta and Ceola (Morris) Hannah, Wrens; one granddaughter; and several other relatives.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lewis "Buddy" Kelley
Mr. Lewis "Buddy" Kelley, 79, of Augusta died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Kelley, a native of Glascock County, retired from the maintenance department of Lily Tulip/Sweetheart Company after 36 years. He was a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Julia Kelley Usry.

The funeral was Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel, with the Rev. Richard Boyd officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Elmer Johnson Kelley; one son, Clary Kelley, Augusta; one daughter, Sandra Kelley (Marshall) Skinner, Evans; one brother, Willis Kelley, Stapleton; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904.


William Robert Hobbs
Mr. William Robert Hobbs, 84, of Wadley died Monday, Dec. 25, 2003, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Hobbs was retired from the Georgia Department of Transportation and was a member of Kendall Heights Church of God.

The funeral was Dec. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Sandersville Chapel of May and Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. James Bridges officiating. Burial was in White Oak Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Lou Pool Hobbs; a sister, Marie Miller, Augusta; and four step-sons, William Bridges, Jimmy Lee Bridges, Joe Bridges and Ronnie Bridges, all of Sandersville.

May and Smith Funeral Directors, Sandersville, was in charge of the arrangements.


Reba Waters Curl
Mrs. Reba Waters Curl, 84, of Savannah died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, in Memorial Health University Medical Center.

Mrs. Waters, a native of Atlanta, attended Wadley High School and had lived in Savannah for over 60 years. She was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Leila Cox Circle of Love. She was a retired bookkeeper with Starland Dairies where she had worked for over 30 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, John I. Curl Sr.

Graveside services were Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Steve McGuiar officiating.

Survivors include a daughter, Pat C. Tuttle, Savannah; a son, John I. Curl Jr., Savannah; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors Island Chapel, Savannah, was in charge of the arrangements.


Sylvia Goureau Horton
Mrs. Sylvia Goureau Horton, 63, of Dublin, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003.

Mrs. Horton, a native of Laurens County, was the daughter of the late William Francis and Teresa Page Goureau. She retired as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Funeral Mass was held Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Dublin with Father Richard Hart as Celebrant. Burial was in Northview Cemetery.

Survivors include her brother, William F. Goureau, Zephyr Hills, Fla.; three sisters, Mary Ann G. Smith, Richmond Hills, Janet G. Wilkinson, Milledgeville, and Rita G. Culvern, Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.

Adams Funeral Home, Dublin, was in charge of the arrangements.

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