Obituaries
November 11, 2004 Issue

Edward Aldred Jr.
Mr. Edward Aldred Jr. of Bartow died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004.

Mr. Aldred, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Reuben E. and Eva Newsome Aldred Sr. He was a tool and die maker and retired from Thermo-King. He was a member of the Old Bethel Baptist Church and a Woodman of the World.

The funeral was Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. at Old Bethel Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerry Eiland and Bill Thigpen officiating. Burial was in Parker United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Joe Ann Aldred, Bartow; four daughters, Peggy and Barry Wood, Louisville, Thelma and Kenny Watkins, Wadley, Bobbie Jean and Randy Newsome and Joanna Lord, Bartow; a sister-in-law and husband, Betty Sue and Emmitt Stavely, Bartow; sister-in-law, Mrs. Ganier Price, Michigan; brother-in-law and wife, Billy and Madelyn McKenzie, Bartow; two paternal aunts, Mrs. Edith Gordy, Wadley, and Mrs. Natalie Radford, Swainsboro; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were cousins, Frank Neman, Lindsey Hannah, Doc Hannah, Ray Black, Robert Black, Jimmy Black, Tommy Gordy and Lyman Gordy.

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


Harold Blair Sr.
Mr. Harold Blair Sr., 57, of Louisville died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004.

Mr. Blair was a native of Jefferson County and a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church. He was married to the former Sara Mae McKinney.

The funeral was Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Avera with the Rev. Carlos Newton Sr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Andre' Anderson Blair, Newport, NC, and Harold Blair Jr., Syracuse, NY; one brother, Willie "Spank" Gaston, Wrens; his grandchildren, Andrea, Kevin, Kyree and Jasmin; a devoted friend, Lillie Brown; eight aunts and uncles; two nieces; cousins and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Stanley Thomas, Leon Berry, J.W. Smith, Lamar Mathis, Walter Berry, Horace Davis and Curtis Lockhart.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Alvin Duff Bryant
Mr. Alvin Duff Bryant, 94, of Jackson, SC, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004.

Mr. Bryant, a native of Ellenton, SC, had made Jackson his home for the past 52 years. He was a charter member of First Baptist Church of Jackson, the Baracca II Sunday School class, a deacon and a former deacon of the Ellenton Baptist Church. He retired in 1975 from the E.I. DuPont Company at the Savannah River Plant and was a member of the Jackson Lions Club. He was the son of the late John and Lottie Norris Bryant.

The funeral was Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Jackson with the Rev. Edward Newsome officiating. Burial was in Jackson Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian "Dimples" Bryant; two daughters and a son-in-law, Dallis Bryant McKenzie, Stapleton, and LeeDean and Jimmy Ledford, Jackson; eight grandchildren, Deidra Chandler, Jackson, Jeri Austin, Augusta, Staci Browder, Aiken, Craig Mercer, Augusta, Cindy Mercer, Stapleton, Christy Flores, Kings Mountain, NC, Eric Ledford, Aiken, and Donovan Ledford, Jacksonville, Fla.; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Iris Franklin, Vaucluse.

Pallbearers were Ted Bryant, Don Bryant, Wayne Franklin, Barry Franklin, Mike Franklin and Bennie Adams.

Honorary pallbearers were the Baracca II Sunday School class, Doug Holley and Wayne Deweese.

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.


Idelle Sheppard Chalker
Mrs. Idelle Sheppard Chalker, 94, of Gibson died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson.

Mrs. Chalker was a life long resident of Glascock County. She was a member of Gibson United Methodist Church where she served as pianist until this past year. She worked many years in the garment industry and several years at the Gibson Health & Rehabilitation Center. She is preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Chalker, and two sons, Jerome and Jimmy Chalker.

The funeral was Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at Gibson United Methodist Church with the Rev. Griffin Thompson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Juanice Clark, Hiawassee; a son, Jacky Ray Chalker, Gibson; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the Glascock County Concerned Citizens, c/o Mrs. Corene Chalker, 3037 Bastonville Rd., Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Hattie L. Haynes
Mrs. Hattie L. Haynes, 87, of Wrens died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004.

The funeral was Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at Harts Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. W.L. Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mildred J. (Charles) Jacobs and Carrie L. (Alton) Douglas, Newark, N.J.; four sisters, Freddie L. Jordan and Christine Wright, Wrens, Pauline Smith, Augusta, Jessie P. Marion, Trenton, N.J.; three brothers, Henry Robinson, Fall Rivers, Mass., E.W. Robinson, Syracuse, N.J., and Milton Robinson, Trenton, N.J.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Annie Rudolph
Mrs. Annie Rudolph of Augusta died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Rudolph was a native of Jefferson County.

The funeral was Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Brown Jr. officiating. Burial was at Thomson Springhill AME Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Rudolph; two daughters, Willie Mae (Kenneth) Ross, Newman, Lestine Hatcher, Augusta; one sister, Bertha M. Chester, Augusta; one brother, Lenton D. Oatman, Augusta; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sons-in-law; five sisters-in-law; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lawrence Daniel Ruley Sr.
Mr. Lawrence Daniel Ruley Sr., 74, of Stapleton died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004.

Mr. Ruley was retired from the U.S. Army.

A memorial service was held Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Ruley; two sons, Lawrence Ruley Jr., and William Dan Ruley, Fredericksburg, Va.; five daughters, Aleta Ruley, Norwich, NY; Laura McTier, Thomson, Debbie Haywood, Warrenton, Cindy Holland, Lakeland, Fla., and Teresa Purcell, Warrenton; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Portsbridge Hospice, 1227 Augusta West Parkway, Augusta, GA 30909, or the Georgia Sheriffs Children's Home, P.O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Larry Smith
Mr. Larry Smith, 50, of Louisville died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at a Statesboro hospital.

Mr. Smith, a native of Jefferson County, was a 1974 graduate of Louisville High School. He was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church and an employee of Raynonier.

The funeral was Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. at Jones Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Davis officiating. Burial was in Spring Bethel Benevolent Society Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Eloise McGruder Smith of Louisville; his children, LeRhonda Denise Smith, Louisville, and LaTasha Denetta Gordon, Valdosta; his parents, Walter Smith Sr. and Emma Lee Washington Smith, Louisville; his siblings, Johnnie Freeman Smith, Roanoke, Va., Walter Smith Jr. and Willie James Smith, Louisville, Betty Redfield, Matthews, and Donnie Smith, Atlanta; five grandchildren; seven brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; 11 aunts and uncles; three great-aunts; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Active pallbearers were members of Louisville High School Class of 74 and employees of Raynonier.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


James Eli Stewart
Mr. James Eli Stewart, 67, of Mitchell died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004.

Mr. Stewart was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church. He was retired after over 20 years of service at Merrit Dredging Company and a Navy veteran.

A memorial service was held Nov. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at his residence.

Survivors include Mrs. Jeanette Garn, Mitchell; one daughter, Renea (Chesser) Henderson, Mitchell; two brothers, William Stewart, Mitchell, and A.E. Stewart, Charleston, S.C.; two sisters, Nell Downs, Mitchell, and Kathryn Widup, Tenn.; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Christina R. Wright
Mrs. Christina R. Wright, 87, of Keysville died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at Burke Medical Center in Waynesboro.

Mrs. Wright was a retired merchandiser specializing in ladies dresses. She was Presbyterian and attended Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Gwinnett County before moving to the Waynesboro area 10 years ago. She is preceded in death by a son, John B. Wright.

A memorial service was held Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. at Keysville Nursing Home Activity Room with the Rev. Jody Boulineau officiating. Burial was in Burke Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband, Burl M. Wright.

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

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