Obituaries
June 17, 2004 Issue

Evelyn Gomillion Ford
Mrs. Evelyn Gomillion Ford, 59, of Wadley died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Ford was a native of Richmond County and a member of House of Prayer.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Survivors include two daughters, Janice Gomillion, North Augusta, Meryl (Daniel) Brown, Augusta; one son, Tommie J. Ford, Augusta; two brothers, Matthew Gomillion, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Earl Gomillion, Augusta; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, North Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Viola Thomas Gamble
Mrs. Viola Thomas Gamble of Bartow died Tuesday, June 8, 2004.

The funeral was June 12 at Tarvers Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. K.E. Phillips officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include five daughters, Leola Jackson, Lillie Mae Tarver and Daisy Green, Bartow, and Maggie Williams and Bessie Thomas, Wadley; one son, Ronnie Victor Hunley, Louisville; 23 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Doyal Gibbons
Mr. Doyal Gibbons, 49, of Louisville died Saturday, May 22, 2004, at The Heritage of Old Capital Inn in Louisville.

Mr. Gibbons, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Pine Hill Baptist Church. Later in life he became a faith worker at the Canaan Galilee Baptist Church where he joined the RCW Men's Choir and the Canaan Galilee Senior Choir. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alice Brown Gibbons and one sister, Annie Lois Samuel.

The funeral was May 29 at 3 p.m. at Pine Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Peter Sparks officiating. Eulogist was the Rev. Robert Stokes of Canaan Galilee Baptist Church. Burial was in Pine Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include four sisters, Helen (Lewis) Carr, Mozell Thompson, Mary Alice (Johnny) Davis, Louisville, Azalene Beard, Timmonsville, SC; four brothers, James Gibbons, Otis Gibbons, David Walden, Augusta, and Lamar (Annie) Walden, Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Mary Mathis, Cindy Gibbons, Bonnie Gale Walden and Bertha Knight; brothers-in-law, Oscas Thompson and Odell Robert; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Claude Keys Jr.
Mr. Claude Keys Jr., 80, of Gibson died Monday, June 14, 2004.

Mr. Keys served in the Army during WWII where during his 22 year career he helped with the initial assault on Normandy and other battles and he helped liberate P.O.W. camps at the end of the war. He served in Germany, Korea and Greece. He was the European Skeet Shooting Champion while stationed in Germany. He served as security at the Pentagon and in Greece. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Molly Keys.

Graveside services with full military honors were June 16 at Gibson First Baptist Church Cemetery with the Revs. Chuck Hunt and Bucky Halford officiating.

Survivors include a son, Mike Keys, Hawkinsville; two daughters, Claudia Keys Sauceda, Hephzibah, and Jenny Keys Gooding, Appling; one brother, Bob Keys, Cartersville; one sister, Louise Tidwell, Franklin, Tenn.; a special nephew, Wilson Tidwell, Franklin, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Kris Alexander, Craig Keys, Ana Sauceda and Casey Gooding; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Glascock County Concerned Citizens, in honor of Claude and Molly Keys, in care of Corene Chalker, 3037 Bastonville Rd., Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Fred Lamar Lord
Mr. Fred Lamar Lord, 66, of Bartow died Sunday, June 6, 2004, at Emanuel County Hospital.

Mr. Lord, a native of Washington County, was the son of the late Herman Horace Lord. He started with Georgia Kaolin Company in 1974 as an export sales manager and retired as a manager in Savannah. He served in the National Guard for nine years. Mr. Lord was a member of the Bartow Baptist Church and the Hamilton Masonic Lodge #58 F&AM. He had resided in Bartow for the past 17 months.

The funeral was June 9 at 11 a.m. at Sisters Baptist Church, Sandersville, with the Rev. William E. Brown and the Rev. Jerry Eiland officiating. Burial was in the Brownwood Cemetery, Sandersville.

Survivors include his wife, Joanna Aldred Lord, Bartow; a daughter, Melissa Lord Strickland, Bainbridge; his mother, Sarah Helen Brett Lord, Sandersville; two brothers, Buford Lord and Lester Lord, both of Sandersville.

Pallbearers were Randy Newsome, Henry Sheppard, Joe Garrett, Wade Brown, Doug Watkins, Adrian Ashley, Mark Jones and Billy Wright.

Honorary pallbearers were United Hospice of Swainsboro.

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


Margaret Jeanette (Gordy) Wood
Mrs. Margaret Jeanette (Gordy) Wood of Wadley died Monday, June 7, 2004, at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta.

Mrs. Wood was born in Wadley and after many years away, moved back to Wadley in 1963. She was retired from the Wadley Shirt Factory and a member of the Wadley First United Methodist Church.

The funeral was June 10 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Smith Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Sauls officiating. Burial was in the Wadley Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Barry Wood and Larry Wood, both of Wadley; a sister, Doris Roberts, Seffner, Fla.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Verlyn Smith, Ollie Freeman, Kenneth Brown, Sonny Gaston, David Moore and Willie Tarver.

Memorials may be made to the Wadley First United Methodist Church Youth Fund, 36 W. Calhoun St., Wadley, GA 30477.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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