Obituaries
June 24, 2004 Issue

J. Gene Williams
Mr. J. Gene Williams, 58, of Matthews died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at his residence.

Mr. Williams, a native of Jefferson County, attended Avera Elementary School and was a graduate of Wrens High School. He was a member of Wrens Baptist Church. He served four years with the US Coast Guard and coached Dixie Youth Little League baseball. He was a former member and president of the North Jefferson Optimist Club, the founding fire chief of Matthews Fire Department, an original member of Jefferson County Hospital Authority, a member of the Board of Directors of Jefferson County Farm Bureau and American Cancer Society Relay for Life Matthews Team. He worked in the family business at Barrow & Prescott for 34 years and worked with Brushy Creek Sod Farm for several years in outside sales.

The funeral will be June 24 at 1 p.m. at Wrens Baptist Church with Dr. James Ford and the Rev. Race Lariscy officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. He is predeceased by his parents John L. and Eula Rhodes Williams and two brothers, Dale and Bill Williams.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Lynn Walden Williams; a son, John Walden Williams and his wife Pam, Matthews; a granddaughter, Erika; two brothers, Lester Williams, Jupiter, Fla., and Jimmy Williams and his wife, Nelda, Wrens; two nephews, Danny Williams and Tim Williams; three nieces, Diane Riggs, Meg Curtis and Teresa Williams; and seven great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Henry Jones, Jeb Barrow, Howard Wilson, Jim Gay, Randy Gay, Randy Rhodes, Randy Gay Jr. and Jeremy Gay.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Matthews Community and Friends Relay for Life Team Members.

Memorials may be made to Hope Homes, c/o Ridgeview Baptist Church, 1744 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC 29841 or the Relay for Life Matthews Team, c/o Karen Walden, P.O. Box 5, Matthews, GA 30818.

James Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Quinton Askew
Mr. Quinton Askew, 83, of Vidette died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at the Dwight David Eisenhower Medical Center Fort Gordon.

Mr. Askew was retired from the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. He was a retired landscaper and lived in Vidette for 27 years. He attended Gough Baptist Church.

The funeral was June 22 at 2 p.m. at DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home Chapel, Waynesboro, with the Revs. Richard Daniels and Gary Morgan officiating. Burial was in Rose Dhu Cemetery, Vidette.

Survivors include his wife, Marian Jane Askew; two daughters, Marsha Couture, Trenton, SC, and Ann McNair, Vidette; four sons Kenneth Askew, Melbourne Beach, Fla., Johnny Penrow, Grovetown, Steve Penrow and Andre Penrow, both of Waynesboro; a sister, Edna Askew, Hazlehurst; three brothers, Carl Askew, Pennsylvania, Donald Askew, Valdosta, and Alton Askew, Macon; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert McNair, Johnny Penrow, Steve Penrow, Andre Penrow, Bobby McNair and Michael Penrow.

DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro, was in charge of the arrangements.


Lloyd Wayne Lamb
Mr. Lloyd Wayne Lamb, 53, of Wadley died Friday, June 18, 2004.

Mr. Lamb was the son of Mrs. Betty Rodriguez and the late Lloyd Lamb. He was a native of Jenkins County and was self employed in the food industry.

Funeral services were June 20 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with the Rev. Jamie Archer and Curtis Rentz officiating. Burial was in Eastbrook Cemetery.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Swainsboro, was in charge of the arrangements.


Richard "Kitty" Nelson
Mr. Richard "Kitty" Nelson, 70, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., died Thursday, June 17, 2004.

Mr. Nelson, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Ways Grove Baptist Church. He was the son of the late Izell and Eva Jean White Nelson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sammie Darion Nelson.

The funeral was June 19 at 12:30 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy McCullough officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Thomas Nelson, Lynn Marie Nelson, Eugene Nelson, Henry Nelson, Ft. Lauderdale, Luella Nelson Smith and Emma Nelson, Wrens; two sisters, Mary Lee Blair, Ft. Lauderdale, and Norma Jean Nelson, Louisville; two brothers, Joe Nelson, Wrens, and Horace Nelson, Ft. Lauderdale; one sister-in-law; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 30 nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Fred Gilliard
Mr. Fred Gilliard, 69, of Tavares, Fla., died Wednesday, June 9, 2004.

Mr. Gilliars was owner of G&O Co. in Florida for 23 years. When he retired in 1989, he and his wife moved to Louisville where they bought a farm and raised beef cattle. He was a member of Central Baptist Church of Wadley and a member of the Cattleman's Association. In 2001, they returned to Florida. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Sarah Gilliard.

A memorial service was held June 16 in the chapel of Steverson, Hamlin and Hilbish Funeral Home in Tavares, Fla., with Bob Miller, Hospice Chaplin, officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Lorine: two daughters, Cheryl and Dean Dobbs, Astatula, Fla., and Barbara and Audie Newman, Tavares; a son, Allen and Kelly Gilliard, Louisville; two sisters, Frances and Maury Deaton, Lakeland, Fla., and Linda and Billy McMurphy, Clermont, Fla.; three grandchildren, Jesse Gilliard, Louisville, and Nikki and A.J. Newman, Tavares, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lake and Sumter Counties, 12300 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778.


Jannie Heggs Atkinson
Mrs. Jannie Heggs Atkinson died Saturday, May 15, 2004 at the South Mountainside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Union, NJ.

Mrs. Atkinson, a native of Jefferson County, became a member of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church at an early age. She later joined Old Bethel Baptist Church where she worked for years as a missionary, Sunday school teacher and served as the church secretary. After moving to New Jersey she attended Church at Revelations Baptist Church, now known as Community Chapel of Christ in Newark, NJ.

Funeral services were held May 21 at noon at Revival Temple Center of Deliverance, Newark, NJ, with the Rev. John W. Jackson Sr. officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Hillside, NJ.

Survivors include her children, Mary Turner, Newark, NJ, George (Earnestine) Atkinson, Jersey City, NJ, Leola (Rufus) Schultz, Philadelphia, Pa., and Annie Atkinson, Irvington, NJ; one brother, Moses Lamar, Louisville; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Whigham's Funeral Home, Newark, NJ, was in charge of the arrangements.


Oliver Pilcher Walden Jr.
Mr. Oliver Pilcher Walden Jr., 71, of Gibson died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at University Hospital.

Mr. Walden, a lifelong resident of Glascock County, was the son of the late Oliver P. Walden Sr. and the late Mary Will Walden. He graduated with a 2-year business degree from the Spartanburg Methodist College. He served 11 years in the U.S. Air Force during the Japan, Korea and Vietnam Conflicts and received the National Defense Medal. He retired a Staff Sergeant from the Air Force and later retired from Wal-Mart. He was a Baptist by faith.

Graveside services with military honors were held June 21 at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Gardens in Louisville with the Rev. Thomas Ghann officiating.

Survivors include two step-daughters, Angela (Bill) Kemp, Gibson, and Gail (Eugene) Norris, Warrenton; a brother, Melton Walden, Augusta; two sisters, Brenda Hobbs, Cottageville, SC, and Audrey Norton, Gibson; several nieces and nephews and a special dedicated nephew, Milton and Debbie Hobbs, Thomson; two grandsons, three granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers were employees of Wal-Mart.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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


William Rawlings Mills Sr.
Mr. William Rawlings Mills Sr., 88, of Wadley died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at Jefferson Hospital.

Graveside services were held June 20 at 5 p.m. at Wadley Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Harrison officiating.

Survivors include a son, William R. Mills Jr. of Wadley; 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


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