Obituaries
March 25, 2004 Issue

Lamar Lee "Jack" Brooks
Mr. Lamar Lee "Jack" Brooks, 79, of Wrens died Sunday, March 21, 2004.

Mr. Brooks served in the Army and was a WWII veteran. He is preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Jane M. Brooks.

The funeral was March 24 at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rabun Horton officiating. Burial was in Stapleton Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters and their husbands Dianne B. and Mike Cox, Sandersville, and Leanne B. and Rodney Englett, Wrens; one son and his wife, William L. and Cyndi Brooks, Stapleton; one sister, Edna B. Waller, Sandersville; two grandchildren, Steven L. Brooks and Kristy S. Brooks; and a special and devoted companion, Gertrude Swan, Wrens.

Pallbearers were James Allen Jones, James Brooks, Jason Newsome, Eldon Enez, Harold Channel, Frank McCullough, Weldon Miller and Greg Godbee.

Memorials may be made to Guido Evangelistic Association (Guido Gardens), North Lewis Street, Metter, GA 30439.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lorena K. Holdeman
Mrs. Lorena K. Holdeman, 91, of Louisville died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Holdeman, a native of McPherson County, Kan., spent her last years in Jefferson County. She was a member of Pinecrest Mennonite Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Oliver W. Holdeman.

The funeral was March 22 at 2p.m. at Pinecrest Mennonite Church with Ministers Maynard Peters, Paul Wenger and Randall Goossen, Danver Nichols and Alan Nichols officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include five sons and their wives, Wayne and Carolyn Holdeman, Geiger, Ala., Lyle and Marcille Holdeman, Middleburg, Pa., Larry and Letha Holdeman, Marion and Patricia Holdeman and Ronnie and Brenda Holdeman, all of Louisville; four daughters and their husbands, Ruby and Verle Schneider, Louisville, Ileen and Dale Koehn and Lettie Holdeman, Livingston, Calif., and Twila and LaVern Koehn, Halstead, Kan.; a foster son and his wife, Tony and Jan Richbourg, Louisville; a very special friend, Sandra Koehn, Livingston, Calif.; 42 grandchildren and 79 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Arthur, Ivan, Vernon and Lincoln Koehn; four sisters, Velma Holdeman, Edna Loewen, Inez Nichols, Rosella Dyck; and others in-laws, relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Roger Holdeman, John Holdeman, Brendon Holdeman, Carl Schnieder, Donavan Holdeman, Brandon Unruh, Kendal Koehn and Mitchell Holdeman.

Memorials may be made to the Pinecrest Mennonite Church Building Fund, c/o David Hibner, 4033 Hwy. 296, Stapleton, GA 30823.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Cora Lee Young Johnson
Mrs. Cora Lee Young Johnson of Wadley died Sunday, March 14, 2004.

The funeral was March 20 at 11 a.m. at New Fleming Baptist Church, Bartow, with the Rev. C. Cason officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Lee Johnson; two sons, Benjamin Young, Louisville, and Joseph Johnson, Swainsboro; a brother, Eddie Lee Young; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Everlena R. Mathis
Mrs. Everlena R. Mathis, 92, of Wrens died Friday, March 18, 2004.

The funeral was March 23 at 2 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. W.L. Jones officiating. Burial was in Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery, Matthews.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Reba M. Goodson, Wrens; one son, Mr. Johnny Mathis, Brooklyn, NY; 27 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 91 great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.


Willie Roberson Jr.
Mr. Willie Roberson Jr., 75, of Lake Wales, Fla., died Saturday, March 13, 2004.

Mr. Roberson, a native of Washington County, was a certified mechanic and a member of Evening Stars and The Singing Tones. He was the son of the late Willie Robinson Sr. and Lula Gilbert Robinson. He was a member of Union Hill Baptist Church.

The funeral was March 20 at 11 a.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church in Tennille. Burial was in Samuel Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Tennille.

Survivors include his wife, Tinny Mae Akins Roberson; three children, Clarence (Vertina) Roberson and Barbara (Barney) Davis, Lake Wales, Fla., and Patricia (Jimmy) Taylor, Tennille; his siblings, Ethel Peterson and A.J. (Addie Lee) Roberson, Tennille, Paul (Estlla) Roberson, Deep Step; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Julia Pearl Roberson, Essie Mae Roberson, Pinkie Lue Roberson and Jennie Mae Roberson, Tennille, Richard and Vera Akins, Orlando, Fla., John L. and Carol Akins, Jimmy and Marium Devero, Dolly and Elijah Davis, Lake Wales, Fla., Sylvester Austin, Detroit, Mich., and Mary Archie Bell, Brooksville, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Teresa Gwen Thurman Usry
Mrs. Teresa Gwen Thurman Usry of Thomson died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia.

Mrs. Usry was born in Emanuel County but had lived in Thomson for the past 22 years. She was a pharmacy technician with Moye Pharmacy. She was a 1977 graduate of Swainsboro High School and a member of Wrens Church of God.

The funeral was March 18 at 3 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Terry Addis and Ron Lawson officiating. Burial was in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were employees of Moye Pharmacy and Long-Term Care.

Survivors include her husband, Garry Usry, Thomson; a daughter, Tiffany Usry, Thomson; her father, Bobby Thurman, Swainsboro; her mother, Joyce Bedgood Thurman, Swainsboro; a brother, Ricky Thurman, Swainsboro; and a sister, Lisa Braswell, Griffin.

Memorials may be made to the Wrens Church of God, 102 Phillips St., Wrens, GA 30833.

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, was in charge of the arrangements.

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