Obituaries
February 5, 2004 Issue

Mary Julia Thompson English
Mrs. Mary Julia Thompson English of Thomson died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004.

Mrs. English was the daughter of Nora Elizabeth Hogan and Charles Evans Thompson. She attended college in Spartanburg, SC, and graduated from Georgia State College with a BS in education. She taught in West Green, Bastonville, Gibson, Wrens and was principal at Edgehill. She retired after 42 years of service. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Gibson. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Louise English.

The funeral was Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. at Gibson First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Seaman officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Helen Epps, Thomson, Mary F.J. Trelkeld, Warner Robins, and Nancy J. Sammons, Coshocton, Ohio; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Charles Thompson, Bennett Williams, Joe Williams, Russell Davis, Lee Griffin and Roy Black.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Howard Thomas Grimes
Mr. Howard Thomas Grimes, 70, of Bartow died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Grimes was born in Wheeler County but had lived in Bartow for many years. He was a member of the Bartow Baptist Church and had owned a grocery store in Bartow. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He is preceded in death by his mother, father, sister and a brother.

The funeral was Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at Bartow Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerry Eiland and Matt Chance officiating. Burial was in the Josey Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth C. Grimes, Bartow; two son, Bruce Grimes and Jeff (Violet) Grimes, all of Bartow; a daughter, Barbara (Billy) Perry, Bartow; a sister, Jeanette Grille, Fort Valley; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Johnny Johnson
Mr. Johnny Johnson, 54, of Gibson died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004.

Mr. Johnson was employed with Glascock County for over 23 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Johnson.

The funeral was Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Richardson officiating. Burial was in the Mitchell City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Johnson; one son, John Lee Johnson, Gibson; one daughter, Monica Rebecca Tedford, Dearing; three brothers, Billy Johnson, Tennille, Lewis Johnson and Raymond Johnson, Warrenton; one sister, Linda Searcy, Warrenton; and one grandchild, Elizabeth Marie Tedford.

Pallbearers were Sheriff Bryan Bopp, Chuck Cason, Edward Shelton, Randy Dukes, John Waller, Don Finch and Jeff Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were Glascock County Commissioners.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mamie Ruth Rooks
Mrs. Mamie Ruth Rooks, 91, of Louisville died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004.

Mrs. Rooks, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Waldens United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Saint Elmo Rooks Sr. and grandson Marion Duane Unruh.

The funeral was Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. at Waldens United Methodist Church with the Revs. Marvin Goodman and Myra Barrett officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Saint Elmo Rooks Jr., Ellenwood; five daughter, Carolyn R. Williamson, Augusta, Emily June R. Petrosino, Anaheim, Calif., Barbara Ann Mims, Mabel Unruh Ensz and Patricia Jen Rooks, Louisville; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Simeon Ledbetter, Darryl Unruh, Calvert Tindall, Ashley Mims, Robbie Rooks and Fay Hadden.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


John Wesley Smith
Mr. John Wesley Smith died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004.

Mr. Smith, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Arthur and Georgia Walker Smith. He attended Jefferson County Training School and served in the United States Army for four years during World War II achieving the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was employed at the United States Senate Office Building. He retired in 1980 as Labor Foreman after 35 years of service. He also operated his own television repair service on a part-time basis. He was a member of Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church where he served as a Steward.

Survivors include four children, Emma Tarleton, West River, Md., Georgie Montgomery, Landover, Md., Wesley Leon Smith, Hague, Va., and Betty Habershon, Fort Washington, Md.; six sisters and four brothers, Hattie Mae Holloway, Keysville, Eunice Hannah, Louisville, Evelyn Johnson, Altamonte Springs, Fla., Daisy Caldwell and Marion Hazley, both of St. Petersburg, Fla., Doretha Yates, Ocala, Fla., Lewis Walter Smith and Henry Smith, both of Washington, DC, Arthur Smith Jr., Apoka, Fla., and Charles Haynes, Deltona, Fla.; five grandchildren; and a several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pope Funeral Home, Forestville, Md., was in charge of the arrangements.

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