Obituaries
February 24, 2005 Issue

Cleon "Billy" Beasley
Mr. Cleon "Billy" Beasley, 59, of Harlem died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2005.

Mr. Beasley, a native of Louisville, was the owner of Expressway Landscaping and a U.S. Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Beasley and mother, Rosa Newsome, and three brothers, Jimmy Brooks, Roy Brooks and J.S. Brooks.

The funeral was Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. at Old Union Baptist Church in Harlem with the Rev. Keith Boggs officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Katheryn Akins Beasley; one son, Thomas Burrell, Harlem; two daughters, Rhonda Gardner, Winnipeg, Canada, and Barbie Fitzgerald, Harlem; three brothers, Felton Beasley, Stapleton, Ernest Brooks, Hephzibah, and Elton Beasley, Stapleton; two sisters, Cleo Gosnell and Neelie Criswell, both of Augusta; and eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Evans, Mark Gosnell, Gilbert Shepherd, Charles Shepherd, Mike Stevens and Gary Duckworth.

Memorials may be made to the Old Union Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1270, Harlem, GA 30814.

Starling Funeral Home, Harlem, was in charge of the arrangements.


Herbert Gerelle Beckum
Mr. Herbert Gerelle Beckum, 85, of Keysville died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Beckum, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Woodland Baptist Church, American Legion Post 229 and Woodman of the World. He was a Navy veteran of WWII and was employed with Barrow & Prescott for over 40 years.

The funeral was Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Don Widener officiating. Burial was at Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Rebie Beckum; a son, Spencer E. Beckum, Statesboro; a daughter, Barbara June Beckum, Wrens; a brother, Romie Beckum, Lincolnton; two sisters, Edith Usry and Sara Beckum, Wrens; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James Usry, Phil Usry, Brian Usry, Randy Smith, Scott Dekreon, Adam Beckum, Daniel Beckum and Larry Beckum.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the American Legion.

Memorials may be made to Joseph Home for Boys, 115 Dodd Circle, Statesboro, GA 30458.


Amanda Garnett Brooks
Mrs. Amanda Garnett Brooks of Evans died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

The funeral was Feb. 18 at Lampkin Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery, Appling.

Survivors include her children, James Brooks, Martinez, Vivian B. Johnson, Evans, Bernice Howard, Rev. Rubystene Johnson, Hephzibah, and Curtis Brooks, Grovetown; sisters, brother and grandchildren.

Moore Funeral Home, Harlem, was in charge of the arrangements.


George Cecil Dixon
Mr. George Cecil Dixon, 87, of Gibson died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson.

Mr. Dixon, a native of Glascock County, was an Army veteran of WWII where he served in Germany, France, Belgium, Iceland and England. He worked at the Oak Ridge Nuclear Facility and at the Savannah River Site for 27 years until retirement. He was a Master mason in the Gibson Lodge #257 and of the Scottish Rite. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by five brothers, Olin Dixon, Remer Dixon, Allen Dixon, Roy Dixon and Joe Lewis Dixon and one nephew, Wayne Walden.

The funeral was Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Seaman and Carter Hudson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Eloise Dixon Walden, Gibson, and Ruby Dixon Mays, Jacksonville, Fla; one niece, Joann Knight, North Augusta, S.C.; six nephews, Billy Dixon and Jimmy Dixon, Augusta, Ronnie Dixon, Wrens, Bobby Mays, Callahan, Fla., Tommy Dixon, North Augusta, S.C., and Jay Dixon, Gibson.

Pallbearers were Billy Dixon, Jimmy Dixon, Jay Dixon, Tommy May, Tommy Dixon and Bobby Dixon.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Alice Templeton Gay
Mrs. Alice Templeton Gay, 93, of Wrens died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Gay, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Wrens Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband Mr. Robert E. Gay, two sons Roy Gay and Bobby Gay, a daughter Inez Landrum, brothers Robert Templeton, William Templeton, Marvin Templeton and Walter Templeton Sr., and sisters Ruby Anderson and Alma Martin.

The funeral was Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Race Lariscy officiating. Burial was at Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Donald Gay and his wife Virginia, Wrens; a brother, Earl Templeton, Gibson; six grandchildren, John Manning, Rusty Manning, David Gay, Larry Gay, Donna Williams and Mandy Rich; several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Alex Williams, John Manning, Rusty Manning, David Gay and Larry Gay.

Memorials may be made to Wrens Baptist Church Building Fund, 500 N. Main Street, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


James "Jim" O. Gunn Jr.
Mr. James "Jim" O. Gunn Jr., 39, of Keysville died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Gunn was a member of Wrens Church of God. He was a flight paramedic, firefighter for Martinez, Richmond County and Burke County. He was a member of the Georgia Firefighters Association, US Department of Home Land Security Paramedic, Georgia EMT Instructor, Critical Care Paramedic Instructor, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor, Hazmat Instructor, Basic Trauma Life Support Instructor and CPR Instructor.

The funeral was Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel in Wrens with the Rev. Rich Bowen officiating with speaker Mrs. Sherrell Gay of the Georgia Transplant Foundation. Burial was in Keysville United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Jimmy and Frances Gunn; a daughter, Amanda Gunn; her mother, Lisa Gunn; a son, Bryson Michael Gunn; his mother Monica Sturdivent; a brother and sister-in-law, Al and Sandy Gunn.

Pallbearers were Randall Eason, Greg McDonald, Rusty Sanders, Earl Porterfield, Vince Brogdon and Ivan Bolgla.

Honorary pallbearers were the eighth grade class of Edmund Burke Academy.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Moriah Campground, c/o Joe Walden, 2665 Mt. Moriah Road, Matthews, GA 30818.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Milo Benny Kitchens Sr.
Mr. Milo Benny Kitchens Sr., 68, of Hull died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005.

Mr. Kitchens, a native of Glascock County, had lived in Hull for many years. He was an Air Force veteran, an electrician and a member and had worked with the AMVets. He was a Baptist. He is preceded in death by is parents, George Robert and Lizzie Belle Hobbs Kitchens, and his daughter, Gloria Sue Jordan.

A memorial service was held Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Randy Dunaway and the Rev. L.M. Hobbs officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Bethine McElroy Kitchens; a daughter, Lori Lance; two sons, Milo Benny Kitchens Jr. and Robert Anthony Kitchens; five sisters, Sadie Kitchens, Stapleton, Lollie Dell Todd, Gibson, Lynn Mayo, Norwood, Annette Key and Julia Massey, both of Thomson; five brothers, James Kitchens Sr., Harry Kitchens Sr. and George Robert Kitchens Jr., all of Stapleton, John Weldon Kitchens Sr., Hephzibah, and Julian Kitchens, Wrens; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Michael Jennings Murphy
Michael Jennings Murphy, M.D., 61, of Augusta died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005.

Dr. Murphy, a life-long resident of Augusta, was a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County, the University of Georgia (Phi Beta Kappa) and the Medical College of Georgia. He specialized in ophthalmology and founded the Southern Eye Center where he was in practice for 31 years. He was a member of Warren Baptist Church. He served on the Boards of Directors for Augusta Christian Schools, Downtown Rotary, Gideons, Heart for Haitians, Richmond County Medical Society and Young Life of Augusta. He was a member of the Augusta Country Club. He is predeceased by his mother, Sarah Steadman Murphy.

A private family graveside service will be held at Westover Memorial Park. There will be a memorial service on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at Warren Baptist Church with Dr. David Fleming, Dr. Andy Sanders and Dr. Bob Wood officiating. Immediately after this service the family will receive friends in Simmons Hall.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Samples Murphy; three children, Patrick J. Murphy, New York, Matthew J. Murphy, Birmingham, Ala., and Sarah Kathryn Murphy Moriarity and her husband Brandon, Greenville, S.C.; his father, William Jennings Murphy; his sister, Mary Murphy Tabb and her husband Ogden, Marietta; his brother-in-law, George T. Samples and his wife Debi, Wrens.

Memorials may be made to Warren Baptist Church HEART PIN Ministry, 3203 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30907.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Laura Gould Oatman
Mrs. Laura Gould Oatman of Wadley died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, in Toomsboro.

The funeral was Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at the St. Mark AME Church in Wadley.

Survivors include her stepdaughter, Ms. Carolyn Wallace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a niece, Ms. Aulana Betts, Philadelphia, Pa.; a devoted cousin, Ms. V'Ester Armstrong, Wadley; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Herbert Lee Sinquefield
Mr. Herbert Lee Sinquefield, 41, of Wrens died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005.

The funeral was Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at Lofton AME Church with the Rev. W.L. Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Tiffany (Clifford) Tucker, Wrens; a grandson, Fredravious Hobbs, Wrens; his father, Herbert (Reba) "T" Johnson, Wrens; his mother, Grace Ann (John) Sims, Augusta; two sisters, Angela Anderson, Jacksonville, Fla., and Marlene Sinquefield, Hephzibah; and a special aunt and uncle, Julia and John Bussey, Augusta.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Catherine Harrell Walden
Mrs. Catherine Harrell Walden, 85, of Largo, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005 at Royal Oaks Manor.

Mrs. Walden, a native of Warren County, graduated from Warrenton High School in 1936. She attended the Georgia State College for Women. Just prior to WWII she moved to Florida and attended the University of Tampa. Her schooling in math and engineering led her to the Corp of Engineers when World War II started. She worked for a consulting electrical engineering firm for 19 years and then for Florida Power Company for 17 years. She was a member of Gulf To Lake Baptist Church in Crystal River, Fla.

The funeral was Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Jack M. Corry officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ellis C. and Thressa Cason Harrell, three brothers, Louie O. Harrell, John Cason Harrell and Emory C. Harrell, and one sister, Elizabeth Harrell Cason.

Survivors include four nephews, Thomas Harrell, Clearwater, Fla., Louie W. Harrell, Otter Creek, Fla., Jamie Cason, Kennesaw, and Kenneth Harrell, Summerville, S.C.; and three nieces, Lynn Durilla, St. Petersburg, Fla., Martha C. Whitworth, Ellijay, and Pansy C. Rogers, Warrenton.

Pallbearers were Paul Rogers, Perry Rogers, Johnny Rogers, Pat Rogers, Lee Rogers, Larry May, Darryl Whitworth, Andy Witworth, Frank Gordy Jr. and Blake Gordy.

Lowe Funeral Home, Warrenton, was in charge of the arrangements.


Willie Maude Berry Wood
Mrs. Willie Maude Berry Wood, 77, of Metter died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005.

Mrs. Wood, a native of Candler County, had lived in Louisville for the past 18 years. She was a former member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, she later joined New Testament Baptist Church in Graniteville, S.C. She was retired from Thermo Disc of Aiken, S.C. She was predeceased by a son, Sgt. Wilbur Berry Jr.

The funeral was Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at Morgan Family Funeral Home. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Silas Wood, Louisville; sons, Earl Berry, Cobbtown, Glenn Berry, Metter, and Jeffery Berry, Bath, S.C.; daughters, Ann Blocker, Louisville, DeLann Beasley, Graniteville, S.C., and Donna Collins, Bath, S.C.; step-daughters, Rose Tullis and Pamela Rawls, Aiken, S.C.; 25 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Don Berry, Elmer Berry, Jason Berry, Ricky Patrick, Scott Baker and Chad Blocker.

Morgan Family Funeral Home, Metter, was in charge of the arrangements.

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