Obituaries
January 13, 2005 Issue

John Charles Allen Sr.
Mr. John Charles Allen Sr., 83, of Evans died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Allen, a native of Jefferson County, had lived in Evans for over 60 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Evans for over 60 years where he was a former Sunday School teacher and Deacon. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia with both a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry in 1942 and masters degree in education in 1966. He served with the Army in the India/Burma Theater of the Medical Corp. during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post 192, VFW and the Columbia County Farm Bureau. He managed the Georgia Hereford Farm. He served on the Columbia County Board of Education and was employed by the Columbia County School System for over 30 years and retired after serving as assistant superintendent and interim superintendent to fill an unexpired term. He is preceded in death by one brother, William C. Allen, and one sister, Katherine Allen Marshall.

The funeral was Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at Warren Baptist Church with Dr. David Fleming, the Rev. Steve Spencer and the Rev. Steve Dodson officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Louise H. Allen; two sons, Charles Allen Jr., Evans, and R.W. (Rick) Allen, Augusta; a daughter, Kathy A. Strickland, Carrollton; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John Allen III, Zack Strickland, Dr. Joe Marshall, Dan Marshall, John William Marshall, Rusty Marshall and Dr. J.O. (Buddy) Marshall.

Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Rodgers, Senator G.B. (Jake) Pollard, Avys Billue, William Cleveland, Fred Bruggemann, Dr. Art Rahn, Dr. Neil Williams, Arlington (Bubba) Milford, Dennis Fehrman, Edward Heath, Clarence Martin, Tucker Vaughn, Don Thornhill, Joe Byrd, David Byrd, Harry Bartles, Jack Bartles, Phil Bartles, Doug Hendrix, Dr. Jay Goldsmith, Rep. Bill Jackson, Richard Ramsey, Dr. Barry Goldsmith, Miller Finley, Chris Alford, Pierce Blanchard, Pat Blanchard, Phil Blanchard, Preston Blanchard, Judge Jim Blanchard, Joe Blanchard and John Goodwin.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Evans, P.O. Box 159, Evans, GA 30809.

Platt's Funeral Home, Evans, was in charge of the arrangements.


Ernest Willie Amerson
Mr. Ernest Willie Amerson, 60, of Wrens died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, at Gibson Health and Rehab.

Mr. Amerson, a native of Burke County, was the son of the late John Willie Amerson and Rosa Lee Windon Amerson. He lived most of his life in Keysville. He was of the Baptist faith and was a former employee of Georgia-Tennessee Mining Company.

Graveside services were Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Keysville United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Arrington officiating.

Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Hall, Wrens; stepchildren, Janice Wilcher, Carolyn Prickett and David Hall, all of Wrens; sisters, Bessie Atkinson, Waynesboro, and Lucille Stewart, Perkins; a brother, John Willie Amerson, Thomson; half-brothers, Clarence Atkinson and Johnny Atkinson; half-sisters, Katherine Petrey and Jenny Simpson; and several grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Sam Prickett, Larry Prickett, Steven Wilcher, Ricky Prickett, Curtis Unruh and Donnie Prickett.

DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral home, Waynesboro, was in charge of the services.


Johnny L. Brady
Mr. Johnny L. Brady, 49, of Wrens died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005.

Mr. Brady, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Willie and Mary Alice Cunningham Brady. At an early age he joined the Eden Baptist Church and later joined Praise Deliverance Egangelistic. He was a retired logger.

The funeral was Jan. 9 at 3 p.m. at Praise Deliverance Evangelistic Church with Pastor Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Eden Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Hales Brady; stepchildren, Brenda Hales and Timothy Hales, Ft. Myers, Fla.; sisters, Mary B. Walden and Luretha Brady, Augusta; brothers, George Steve Brady, Augusta, and James Edward Brady, Swainsboro; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, two aunts, several nieces, nephews, cousins including Matthew Sims, Louisville, and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Marian Bridges Fennell
Mrs. Marian Bridges Fennell, 76, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2005, at University Hospital in Louisville.

Mrs. Fennell, a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, was a homemaker. She was a member of the Wrens Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband Emory Fennell.

The funeral was Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Wrens Church of God with the Revs. Terry Addis, Eugene Evors and Chaplain Hugh Tarcai officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include two children, Lewis Evans and Stephanie Bridges, Charlotte, N.C., and Eileen and Gary Hutchens, Bartow; two step-daughters, Paula and Tony Gross, Augusta, and Martha and Vernon Gideons, Augusta; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ernie Smith, Gary Usry, Clark Hiebert, Larry Bridges, Wallace Hadden and Frankie Hartley.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Maggie Combs Hilton
Mrs. Maggie Combs Hilton, 82, of Louisville died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005.

Mrs. Hilton, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Greater St. Matthews A.M.E. Church where she served as class leader, the Stewardess Board and the Missionary Society. She was also a member of the Benevolent Society and for many years as a member of the Community Rosemary Sewing Club. She was the daughter of the late Casper Sr. and Carrie Young Combs.

The funeral was Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Greater St. Matthews AME Church with the Rev. David Walker officiating. Burial was in the Chorus Delion/Benevolent Society.

Survivors include her son, Johnie Hilton, Columbia, S.C.; her siblings, Casper Combs Jr., Hattie C. Boatwright and Willie Curtis, all of Louisville; four grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ruby Amerson Johnson
Mrs. Ruby Amerson Johnson, 88, of Gibson died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005.

Mrs. Johnson, a native of Mitchell, was a life-long resident of the Belvedere-Augusta area having made Gibson her home for the past two years. She was a member of Crawford Avenue Baptist Church and retired from the lunch room at Sego Middle School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fleming F. Johnson, and a son, Sgt. Bobby A. Johnson, USMC, Retired.

The funeral was Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home with Dr. William L. Owens and the Rev. Dennis Johnson officiating. Burial was in Pineview Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include three daughters, Frankie Simms, North Augusta, Faye Blankenship, Candler, N.C., and Carol Hett, Graniteville; two sisters, Annie Amerson Wilder, Belvedere, and Jean Amerson Whitaker, Statesboro; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wendell Amerson, Billy Smith, Stan Wilder, Michael Wilder, Jeff Hadden and Ted Flanders.

Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta was in charge of the arrangements.


Christine P. Lewis
Mrs. Christine P. Lewis of Augusta died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

The funeral was Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at Light of the World Church with Pastor Roy Brown and Pastor Dwayne Tillman officiating. Burial will be in Stone Springfield AME Church Cemetery in Wrens.

Survivors include two sons, Lillie Bell Patterson, Augusta; five brothers, Smith Patterson Jr., Arthur Lee Patterson, Richard Patterson, Augusta, Robert Patterson, Wrightsville, and Milton Patterson, Atlanta; an aunt, Jessie Bell Farmer, Wrens; and several other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jewell Anderson Mosley
Mrs. Jewell Anderson Mosley, 78, of Louisville died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Mosley, a native of Johnson County, is the daughter of the late Eva Powell and Manning Anderson. She was a retired inspector for Delilah Manufacturing Company.

Graveside services were Jan. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Louisville City Cemetery with the Rev. Eddie Wiggins officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Curtis C. Mosley, Louisville; a daughter, Vicky McEwen, Acworth; a son, Keith Mosley, Louisville; a sister, Ethel Caraway, Augusta; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 2951 Flowers Road South, Suite 211, Atlanta, GA 30341.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mervin H. Williams
Mr. Mervin H. Williams, 81, of Augusta died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Williams, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late William Homer and Alma Hadden Williams. He was retired from Georgia Power after 40 years, a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of Fleming Baptist Church. He was predeceased by three brothers, G.T. Williams, Everett Williams and Jack Williams, and one sister, Elizabeth W. McGahee.

Graveside services were Jan. 6 at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Billy Atkins officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Polk Williams, Augusta; one son, Charles Mervin Williams, Allen, Texas; one brother, Bob Williams, Yorktown, Va.; three sisters, Betty W. Pennington, Matthews, Edith Williams, Jacksonville, Fla., and Catherine W. Newsome, Augusta; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Jefferson County Service Center, Clark Mill Road, Louisville, GA 30434.

Poteet Funeral Home, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.

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