Obituaries
April 8, 2004 Issue

Sara Beckham
Mrs. Sara Beckham of Augusta died Monday, March 29, 2004.

Mrs. Beckham, a native of Jefferson County, had lived most of her life in Augusta. She was retired from I.E. Dupont and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Avera. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold D. Beckham.

Graveside services were April 1 at 3 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Rick Lamp officiating.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Joe A. and Cathie Newsome, Eddie and Sirlene Newsome, and Elaine and Wayne Brewer; a half-sister, Hazel; a half-brother, Everett; a brother-in-law, Joe Newsome; and uncle, William T. Coxwell; stepchildren, Beth Dolack, Linda McCrohan, Hal Beckham and Cindy Roberts; 16 grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Gladys Bell
Mrs. Gladys Bell, 80 of Louisville died Friday, March 26, 2004, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Bell was the daughter of the late James and Lelia Scott Barton.

The funeral was March 31 at 1 p.m. at Fairfield Baptist Church in New Ellenton, SC. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Evans Williams of Aiken.

Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, Aiken, was in charge of the arrangements.


Harry Benefield
Deacon Harry Benefield, 106, of Thomson died Sunday, March 28, 2004.

The funeral was April 2 at 4 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy McCullough officiating. Burial was in Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of the arrangements.


Reba Collins
Mrs. Reba Collins of Jackson, SC, died Tuesday, March 20, 2004.

Mrs. Collins, a native of Jefferson County and former resident of Old Ellenton, SC, lived in Jackson for the past 52 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson and the Philathia Sunday School Class. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis F. Collins Sr.

The funeral was April 2 at 11 a.m. in the Jackson Memorial Cemetery with the Revs. Edward Newsome and Donald F. Lumpkin officiating.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Willis F. and Betty Faye Collins Jr., Jackson; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Nelle and Bill Berry, Belvedere, SC, and Lynda E. and Gary LaBruyere, Chapin, SC; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Norman Barnett, Gene Blakely, Marion Brinkley, Tom McElmurray and Lewis Whitaker.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Jackson, P.O. Box 130, Jackson, SC 29831.

Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home, North Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary A. Copeland
Mrs. Mary A. Copeland, 82, of Gibson died Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at Gibson Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Graveside services were April 2 at 11 a.m. at Gibson First Baptist Church Cemetery with the Elder Lee Price officiating.

Survivors include one daughter, Nadine Dietmann; two sisters, Charlotte Netherland and Ruth Sanders; one brother, Otis Marshall; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Borders Crain
Mrs. Mary Borders Crain, 81, of Thomson died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Crain, a native of Hancock County, attended schools in Hancock and Warren Counties. She graduated from Warren County High School and attended Tift College, Georgia Southern and graduated from Athens Business College and Atlanta Law School. She retired from the Norfolk-Southern Railway in June of 1987. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Crain; E. Paul Borders and C. Reid Borders.

Graveside services were April 4 at 2 p.m. in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Albert Huyck officiating.

Survivors include Neil Crain, Taylors, SC., James Borders, Lakemont, John Borders, Warrenton, Jack B. Borders, Louisville, Ethel B. Harris, Washington, Lucy B. McCorkle, Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


W. Albert Land
Mr. W. Albert Land, 71, of Thomson died Thursday, April 1, 2004, in McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Land, a native of Glascock County, had lived in Thomson for many years. He was retired from the Southern Roadbuilders Division of Apac of Georgia. He was a member of the Little River Cattlemen's Association and of Sweetwater Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a son Stan Land, and his grandson, Adam McCorkle.

The funeral was April 4 at 4 p.m. at Sweetwater Baptist Church wit the Revs. Kenneth Garvin and J.B. Redd and Mr. W.B. Cooper officiating. Burial was in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Land; his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Rick McCorkle; his son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Lea Land, Asburn; a sister, Judy Land McCreary, Lantana, Fla.; three brothers, Bobby Land, William Land and Hubert Land, all of Thomson; and four grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jared Land, Parker Land, Keith Land, Hollis Land, Dennis Allen, Tony Stevenson, Pete Bales and Roger Burton. Honorary pallbearers were workers at Southern Roadbuilders.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Marian McClattie
Ms. Marian McClattie of Augusta died Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Ms. McClattie was a member of Trinity CME Church. She retired from Richmond County BOE (Tutt School Cafeteria). She was educated in Richmond County Public Schools and graduated from Luvenia Pearson School of Cosmotology.

The funeral was April 4 at 3 p.m. at W.H. Mays Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Samuel Tankersly officiating. Burial was in Summerville Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, George (Lisa) Daivs, Augusta, and Christopher Daggett, Wadley; two sisters, Bernice Davenport Riggs, Augusta, and Paricia Fredrick, Jaimaca, NY; one brother, Rev. Robert Davenport, Augusta; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

W.H. Mays Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

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