July 22, 2004 Issue

Bobby Gibbons
Rev. Bobby Gibbons of Hephzibah died Monday, July 12, 2004, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rev. Gibbons, a native of Jefferson County, joined the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church at an early age. He later moved to Richmond County. He was later ordained as a minister and was one of the Sons of the House at Hardeman. He was a self-employed truck driver.

The funeral was July 17 at 2 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church with the Revs. Fredrick Ricks and Perry Daniels officiating.

Survivors include his children, Marilyn and John Davis, Louisville, Dorothy Johnson, Bobbie Ann and William Washington and Karen and Richard Berry, Hephzibah, Kelvin Gibbons, Atlanta, Joyce and Anthony Jordan, College Park, and Jerel Gibbons, Ellenwood; one brother, Adam Gibbons, Louisville; one sister, Essie Roberts, Avera; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Pallbearers were Terrence Davis, John Davis Jr., Antoin Davis, Keith Johnson Jr., Eric Johnson, Derell Washington, Kelvin Davis and Earl Roberts.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

John Hardy Hall Jr.
Mr. John Hardy Hall Jr., 74, of Keysville died Wednesday, July 14, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Hall, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Wrens Baptist Church. He retired from government civilian service at Ft. Benning after a long career as an electronic technician. He was also retired from the Army National Guard.

The funeral was July 16 at 4 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Race Lariscy and Dr. Robert Lehn officiating. Burial was at Keysville Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Gunn Hall; three sons, John Hardy (Sherry) Hall III, North Augusta, SC, J. Kenneth (Brenda) Hall, Cataula, and Jeff (Wanda) Hall, Columbus; a sister, Eloise Hall Wood, Flintstone five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; and a niece.

Pallbearers were Sid Smith, Jim Hall, Don Hall, Colin Gordy, Mike Hooks and Ray Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were the Goldtimers Sunday School Class, Westside Baptist Church and the Willis Clark Sunday School Class, Wrens Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904-4726.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mattie Boyd Smith
Mrs. Mattie Boyd Smith died Monday, July 12, 2004, at the Kingbrook Jewish Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.

Mrs. Smith, a native of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late Robert and Eunice Boatwright Boyd. She joined Spring Bethel AME Church and Spring Bethel Benevolent Society at an early age. In 1945 she relocated to New York and joined the Emanuel Baptist where she served as president of the Missionary. She was also a member of the Neighbor Block Association.

The funeral was June 20 at 1 p.m. at Spring Bethel AME Church with the Rev. Andrew Brown officiating. Burial was in Spring Bethel Benevolent Society Cemetery.

Survivors include two children, Nancy Jean Aiken and Margaret Boyd, Brooklyn; two step-children, Tina Smith and Mary Harvard; two sisters, Elouise Chaneyfield, Louisville, and Daisy Mae Richardson, Brooklyn; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Carrie Reese Sheppard
Mrs. Carrie Reese Sheppard, 89, of Avera, died Sunday, July 18, 2004, at Gibson Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Sheppard, a native of Glascock County, was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church where she served as the Children's Sunday School teacher for 42 years and a member of the Gleaners Sunday School Class. She is predeceased by her husband, Leo Sheppard.

The funeral was July 20 at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. C. Roy Smith and Donald Lumpkin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Bobbie S. and Lamar Kitchens, Avera; two sons, James and Susan Sheppard, Stapleton, and Tommy and Karen Sheppard, Avera; five grandchildren, Dr. Chris and Kayleigh Sheppard, Gary Kitchens, Kellen Sheppard, April Arrington and Heather Sheppard; two great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Lawson Sheppard; and a special cousin, Mrs. Hazel Thompson, Avera.

Pallbearers were Johnny Crutchfield, Delton Hadden, Sam T. Hadden, Russell Clark, Gary Allen and Jimmy Reese.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Building Fund in care of Bobbie Kitchens, 1092 Oak St., Avera, GA 30803.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Casey Whisanant
Paul Casey Whisanant, 16, of Commerce died Friday, July 16, 2004, at Athens Regional Hospital.

The funeral was July 19 at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Ivie Funeral Home with the Revs. Mitchell Appleby and Steve Whisanant officiating. Burial was in the Lebanon Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Rhonda H. Whisanant; his father and stepmother, Tim and Ann Whisanant, Wadley; two brothers, Daniel Reed Whisanant, Commerce, and Christopher Cody Whisanant, Wadley; two sisters, Gabriel Hope Whisanant, Commerce, and Adrianna Whisanant, Wadley; grandparents, Harold and Lois Whisanant, Arcade, and Ina and William Herron, Commerce; and his great-grandmother, Fannie Lee Whisanant, Commerce.

Ivie Funeral Home, Commerce, was in charge of the arrangements.



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