Obituaries
December 23, 2004 Issue

Thomas J. Boone
Mr. Thomas J. Boone, 75, of Aiken, S.C., died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at Mattie Hall Health Care Center in Aiken.

Mr. Boone, a native of Lancaster, S.C., was the son of the late Johnny R. Boone and Omie Boone Johnson. He lived in the Wrens area for five years before moving to Aiken for the past 23 years. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Sue Boone, a son, Dennis Eugene Boone, a brother, Johnny W. Boone, and sisters, Clara Beckworth Porter and Geneva Groves.

Graveside services were Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bill Daniel officiating.

Survivors include two sons, Michael A. Boone and Thomas A. Boone, both of Baton Rouge, La.; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lucille R. Brown
Mrs. Lucille R. Brown, 87, of Avera died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Brown was a retired postmaster of 23 years, a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church, Sunday school teacher and pianist.

The funeral was Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Kittrell officiating. Burial was at Gospel Chapel Cemetery in Avera.

Survivors include her daughter, Annette (Wallace) Hadden, Avera; a sister, Lynette R. Gibson, St. Simons; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Dean Hadden, Fay Hadden, Gene Brown, Paul Brown, Michael Brown and Murray Hadden.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Sherman Ray Cairns
Mr. Sherman Ray Cairns, 49, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004.

Mr. Cairns was born Dec. 24, 1954 in Eugene, Ore. He was a competition water skier and was instrumental in Tennessee Water Skiing for the past six years. Besides owning a boat dealership, he was a DJ and bartender/host.

A memorial service was held Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. at Gallatin Presbyterian Church with Pastor Mickey Shealy officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Cairns; his parents, Elaine and Curt Wilcher; four daughters, Ellie, Carty, Maggie and Mary Smith; two sisters, Sherry Loennig and Ruth Ellen Chamber; and two nieces.

Memorials may be made to the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center: Camp Widjiwagan.

Hendersonville Memory Gardens & Funeral Home, Hendersonville, Tenn., was in charge of the arrangements.


Myra McDaniel Purvis Cobb
Mrs. Myra McDaniel Purvis Cobb, 93, of Louisville died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Cobb was born in Jefferson County, daughter of the late Nathaniel and Annie Allen McDaniel. She was a homemaker and member of the Old Bethel Baptist Church. She was predeceased by her husbands, Thomas Eugene Purvis and Tom Cobb.

The funeral was Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at Old Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Thigpen officiating. Burial was in Parker United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas F. Purvis, Swainsboro, and Lonnie F. Purvis, Bartow; one daughter, Patricia P. Poole, Louisville; six step-children, Jerry Cobb, Louisville, Dianne Smith, Wadley, Linda Hall, Bartow, Joyce Stavely, Louisville, Faye Harris, Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Amagene Craft, North Augusta; three half-brothers, John "Pete" McDaniel, Foye McDaniel and Wylie McDaniel, all of Aiken; one sister, Madge New, Louisville; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jeff Pervis, Lee Pervis, Tom Purvis, Steven Purvis, Jason Purvis, Chris Poole, Gene Bridges and George Stickle.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Old Bethel Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Old Bethel Baptist Church, 1275 Old Bethel Church Road, Bartow, GA 30413.

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


Essie Reese Griswell
Mrs. Essie Reese Griswell, 78, of Mitchell died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Griswell, a lifelong resident of Glascock County, was a member of Mitchell United Methodist Church. She was very active with the Mitchell Springfest.

The funeral was Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at Mitchell United Methodist Church with the Revs. W.E. Thompson and Larry Giles officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Louis Griswell; one brother, Donnie Reese, Thomson; four sisters, Bessie Bone, North Augusta, Ozilla Marsh, Gibson, Lucille Kea, Rockledge, and Nan Lee Coley, Lawrenceville; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Jody Usry, Rodney Wilcher, Branson Marsh, Anthony Griswell, Derrick Usry and Mike Chance.

Memorials may be made to the Concerned Citizens of Glascock County in care of Mrs. Corene Chalker, 3037 Bastonville Road, Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mother Jeanette Jenkins
Mother Jeanette Jenkins of Mitchell died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004.

The funeral was Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. at The House of God Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Bishop George E. Jenkins Sr.; two daughters, Carolyn Jenkins and Youlanda Jenkins; two sisters, Edith Allen and Rubertha Kitchens; four brothers, Clinton Sims, John Sims, Marvin Sims and Bosie Sims; 17 grandchildren and several other relatives and friends.

Dawson's Mortuary, Warrenton, was in charge of the arrangements.


Joel T. McDonald Jr.
Mr. Joel T. McDonald Jr. of Augusta died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004.

Mr. McDonald was a graduate of One Way Christian School and served in the U.S. Air Force as a pharmacy tech where he attained the rank of Sergeant. He was a decorated paramedic supervisor for Rural Metro in Jefferson County where he was paramedic of the year in 1999. He also served as a paramedic in Laurens County. He was a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America and also the Free Masons Lodge in Gibson. He was a former member of the City Council in Gibson. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Dorothy Ann McDonald Crouch.

The funeral was Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. at Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Chapel. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his father, Joel T. McDonald Sr. and his wife, Frances, Waynesboro; his grandmother, Hazel McDonald, Gibson; one sister, Stacy (Don) Page, Virginia Beach, Va.; one brother, Chris (Anna) McDonald, Augusta; an aunt, Gloria Peluso, Gibson; one nephew, Aidan McDonald, and one niece, Hadley McDonald.

Pallbearers were members of the Laurens and Jefferson County Paramedics as well as Chip Evans, Chip Harrison, Larry Cheely and Terry Cobb.

Memorials may be made to the Edgehill Church of God, c/o Gloria Peluso, 51 E. Main St., Gibson, GA 30810.

Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, Augusta, were in charge of the arrangements.


Lydia Mae Murphy
Mrs. Lydia Mae Murphy, 93, of Swainsboro died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Swainsboro Nursing Home.

The funeral was Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church with the Rev. Neil Stich, Dr. Robert Blankenship and the Rev. Bill Thompson officiating. Burial was in Swainsboro City Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Jonnie Boulineau, Swainsboro, Mary Kent, Swainsboro, and Tessie Greenway, Bartow; a son, Jimmy C. Murphy, Swainsboro; a sister, Ollie R. Weeks, Lizella; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Phillip Boulineau, Bill Boulinueau, Mark Greenway, Dana Cassidy Kent Jr., Ricky Hayes, Steve Temples, Johnny Tapley Jr. and James Slater.

Honorary pallbearers were trustees and deacons of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Tomlinson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Janie Bell Templeton Phillips
Mrs. Janie Bell Templeton Phillips, 91, of Gibson died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Mrs. Phillips, a native of Jefferson County, was a homemaker. She was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by a husband, Mr. William G. Templeton, and also Mr. Samson Phillips; two twin children, Frankie Templeton and Frances Templeton Ellis.

The funeral was Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Moore and family friend Sara Cranford officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, James Morris Templeton, Silverspring, Md.; William Ray Templeton, Thomson; Charles Michael Ellis, Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Alice Buckner, Gibson, and Jo Turner, Hartwell; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, and one great great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were James Cranford, James Thompson, Tony Sexton, Chuck Norton, Larry Herndon, Jack Templeton, Curtis James and Gene Prescott.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lennie U. Powell
Mrs. Lennie U. Powell, 87, of Thomson died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Powell, a native of Glascock County, had lived in Thomson most of her adult life. She was retired from Thomson Company after 17 years of service as a seamstress and was a member of Thomson First Baptist Church. She is predeceased by her husband Romie Powell, and a son, Butch Powell.

The funeral was Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at Thomson First Baptist Church with the Dr. Jim Ramsey officiating. Burial was in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her children, Buddy Powell, Jacksonville, Fla., Thomas Powell, Thomson, Grace (Karl) Noonan, Charlotte, N.C., William Romie (Debbie) Powell, Orange, Va.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Willie Mose "Teddy" Strowbridge Sr.
Mr. Willie Mose "Teddy" Strowbridge Sr. of Wadley died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004.

Mr. Strowbridge, a native of Wadley, retired from Georgia Power Company with 20 years of service. He was a member of the San Clair Missionary Baptist Church where he served on the Trustee Board. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gussie Bell Strowbridge, a son, Willie M. Strowbridge Jr.,

The funeral was Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at San Clair Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor James O. Strowbridge officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include five daughters, Linda S. (Willie) Lewis, Midville; Carlene S. McGruder, Augusta, Annie Bessie S. Murphy, Wadley, Bonnie Strowbridge, Wadley, and Betty Brown, Fort Lauderdale; one son, Hosea (Pamela) Strowbridge, Wadley; two brothers, Frank (Brenda) Strowbridge, Claxton, and John Wesley Strowbridge, Wrightsville; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Katherine Dixon, Savannah; and several other relatives.

Pallbearers were Lamar Smith, John Roger Lewis, Alex Scott, Michael Lewis, Delfin Sherrod and John Maye.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons and trustees of San Clair Missionary Baptist Church.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

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