Obituaries
March 3, 2005 Issue

Alma Anderson Chalker
Mrs. Alma Anderson Chalker, 92, of Gibson died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Chalker, a native of Hancock County, lived most of her life in Glascock County. She was a housewife and a member of Gibson First Baptist Church. She is predeceased by her husband, Clinton "Crib" Chalker, a granddaughter, Amy Chalker, and step-grandson, Hugh Anderson.

The funeral was March 2 at 3 p.m. at Gibson First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Cook and the Rev. Bill Seaman officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery.

Survivors include two children, Mrs. Mahala (Herbert) Anderson, Wrens, and Andy (Barbara) Chalker, Gibson; two grandchildren, Anna (Mark) Tiner and Rochelle (Mike) Sullivan; two great-grandchildren, Ashton and Abbigayle Tiner; one step-great-grandchild, Todd Sullivan, and two step-great-great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Hayden Sullivan.

Pallbearers were Mark Tiner, Mike Sullivan, Billy Cook, Edward Cook, Thomas Chalker and Joe McCommons.

Memorials may be made to the Gibson First Baptist Church Building Fund in care of Mrs. Joyce Adams, 3916 Eley Road, Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Cecil Chalker
Mr. Cecil Chalker, 93, of Gibson died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Chalker, a native of Glascock County, was a retired farmer and carpenter and a member of Gibson Church of God. He is preceded in death by two wives, Mattie Landrum Chalker and Mae Belle Usry Chalker, his parents, Math and Etta Norris Chalker, a son Math Lewis Chalker, and a grandson, Eric Andrew Turner.

The funeral was Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist church with the Revs. Ralph Kitchens and Richard Kitchens officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Ernest Chalker, Gibson, and J.C. Chalker, Sandersville; four daughters, Elizabeth (Ralph) Prescott, Gibson, Evelyn (Edmond) Brown, Augusta, Gladys (Lloyd) Hilson, Mitchell, and Ann (Ralph) Kitchens, Gibson; and an 'adopted' daughter, Jennie Chalker, Louisville; two stepchildren, Daisy Jones and Jerry Usry, Mitchell; 17 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren, two step-great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lawanna Coxwell, Warrenton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers are grandsons, Eddie Usry, William Chalker, Dennis May, William J. May, Don Hilson, Steven Hilson, Greg Chalker, David Kitchens, Marty Chalker and Andrew Turner.

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

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Willie "August" Gibbons
Mr. Willie "August" Gibbons of Louisville died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at Heritage of Old Capital.

Mr. Gibbons, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Gordon Grove Baptist Church.

The funeral was Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. at Gordon Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include his brother, Dea. Henry Lewis; his sister, Viola Brown, Sacramento, Calif.; one sister-in-law; two aunts; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Marguerite K. Hinesley
Mrs. Marguerite K. Hinesley, 88, of Camak died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at Warrenton Health and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Hinesley, a native of Warren County, was a retired seamstress at Garland Mills. She was a member of Camak Baptist Church and the adult Sunday school class.

The funeral was Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. at Camak Baptist Church with the Revs. Ted Miller and Ted Ferrell officiating. Burial was in Camak Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, David M. (Sue) Hinesly, Thomson; two daughters, Jane H. (Johnny Mack) Coxwell, Warrenton, and Mariann H. (Jay) Dixon, Gibson; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Seab Todd, Sonny Pierce, Hal Hinesley, Brent Coxwell, Marty Pinion and Grady Moore.

Memorials may be made to Camak Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Margaret Pinion, P.O. Box 203, Camak, GA 30807.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lonnie "Big Momma" Davis Holmes
Mrs. Lonnie "Big Momma" Davis Holmes, 92, of Augusta died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Holmes, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Bethel AME Church.

The funeral was Feb. 25 at noon at Bethel AME Church with the Rev. Mark S. Pierson officiating. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include five sons, Clarence (Florence) Holmes, Richmond, Va., Marshall (Eula) Holmes, Augusta, Charlie (Vivian) Holmes, Savannah, Ernest (Mary) Holmes and Jerry Holmes, Augusta; three daughters, Betty Glasker, Augusta, Juanita (Jimmy) Cherry, Bronx, N.Y., and Ernestine Brown, Augusta; one brother, Lenton (Cleo) Davis, New York, N.Y.; one sister, Dora Davis, Augusta; a devoted niece, Evelyn Young, Philadephia, Pa.; 17 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

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


Edith Jordan
Mrs. Edith Jordan, 80, of Wrens died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005.

The funeral was Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Church. Burial was in Sugar Hill Cemetery in Wrens.

Survivors include her sons, Hayward Kelley, Wash., Michael Jordan, Fairfield, Calif., Elijah Jordan Jr., Augusta, William Jordan, San Diego, Calif., Ronnie Jordan, Killeen, Tex., James Jordan, N.Y., Freddie Jordan, Newark, N.J., and David Jordan, Wrens; daughters, Patsy Burton, Augusta, Jacqueline Alston, Rocky Mount, N.C., Flora Stone, Patricia Jordan, Martha Jordan, Shelia Davis and Kathy Farmer, all of Wrens, and Agnes Jordan, Augusta; one sister, Maude Lee, Wrens; 47 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lizzie Mae Maddox
Mrs. Lizzie Mae Maddox of Louisville died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at Heritage of Old Capital.

Mrs. Maddox, a native of Lincoln County, was a member of New Tabernacle Baptist Church.

The funeral was March 2 at 2 p.m. at New Tabernacle Baptist Church with the Revs. Matthew Harden, Frankie Jones and Roy D. Andrews officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a niece, Frances Oglesby, Brooklyn, N.Y.; a great-niece, Joyce Wellburn, Elberton; two aunts, Janie Wheeler and Frances Smith, Chicago; one uncle, R.C. Norman, Chicago; a son-in-law, Thomas Blackwell, Lincolnton; two dedicated cousins, Eva Greasham, Athens, and Margaret Beard, Lincolnton; five sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law and several cousins.

Norris W. Gunby Sr. Funeral Home, Lincolnton, was in charge of the arrangements.


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

Mrs. Oatman, a native of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late Mrs. Annie Tooks Gould and the late Mr. Levi Gould.

The funeral was Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the St. Mark AME Church in Wadley with the Rev. Valerie Eichelberger officiating and the Rev. Edwards giving the eulogy. Burial was in Hardshell Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Ms. Carolyn (Willard) Wallace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a niece, Ms. Aulana Betts, Philadelphia, Pa.; devoted cousins, Ms. Charlotte Tooks and Ms. V'Ester Armstrong, Wadley; and six grandchildren, Preston Wallace, Tracey Chadwick, Shaundiea Wallace, Samuel Wallace, Ebony Williams and Jakari Wallace; 10 great-grandchildren and several other relatives.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


David Parham
Mr. David Parham, 50, of Gibson died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005.

Mr. Parham was born on May 12, 1954, in Lapanto, Ark.

A private memorial service will be held March 3.

Survivors include his wife, Kerri Parham; three daughters, Jessica Brassell, Kerri Stout and Kelly Carson; one son, Trevor Stout Parham; five grandchildren, Gunner Carson, Alexis Stout, Liam Carson, Hailey Brassell and Cheyenne Brassell, all of Gibson; his mother, Martha Adams, Leachville, Ark.; his father, Clifton Parham, Ark.; one brother, Terry Adams, Atlanta; and six sisters, Sherry Lairsey, Monroe, Diane Tucker, Jonesboro, Ark., Cindy Carle, Monette, Ark., Brenda Stone, Janee Rogers and Patty Barette, all of Leachville, Ark.

Elliott's Funeral Home, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Ella Mae Spann Sasser
Mrs. Ella Mae Spann Sasser, 93, of Wadley died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005.

Mrs. Sasser, a native of Jefferson County, was a retired postal clerk and a member of Wadley Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Ella Arrington and James Cross Spann. She is predeceased by her husband, Rufus D. Sasser, a son, James Robert Sasser, a grandson, Wes Cobb and four stepchildren.

The funeral was March 1 at 11 a.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Burial was in Bethany Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Eugenia S. Cobb, Midville; a stepson, Dr. Douglas R. Sasser, Lynchburg, Va.; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Wadley Baptist Church, P.O. Box 759, Wadley, GA 30477, or the Alzheimer Association, 223 N. Michigan Ave. 17th Floor, Chicago, Ill. 60601-7633.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Harvey Sipper
Mr. Harvey Sipper, 89, of Louisville died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Sipper was retired from Fort Gordon as a maintenance supervisor. He was a veteran of World War II where he served as chief pharmacy mate on the USS Franklin.

Graveside services were Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Pat Mahan officiating.

Survivors include three sons, Steve Sipper, Louisville, Fred Sipper, Elberton, and David Sipper, Englewood, Fla.; and one brother, Ray Sipper, Laverne, Ala.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Tommie Lee Tennyson Sr.
Mr. Tommie Lee Tennyson Sr., 82, formerly of Louisville died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at Medical College of Georgia.

The funeral was Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Adams Chapel Church of God in Christ. Burial was in the Mt. Pleasant CME Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Tom Tennyson Jr., Louisville, Sara T. Holmes, Hephzibah, Sadie Sanders, Burlington, N.J., Vickie Morrell, Mamie Johnson, Jerry Tennyson, Al Tennyson, Willie L. Tennyson, Lester Tennyson and Bobby Tennyson, Augusta, Joanne McNeil and Kenneth Tennyson, Atlanta; four daughters-in-law; four sons-in-law; 40 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren; five sisters-in law and brothers-in-law, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Boudry B. Williams
Mr. Boudry B. Williams, 86, of Augusta died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005.

Mr. Williams, a native of Avera, was a member and former board member of the Wrens Church of the Nazarene and in recent years attended Augusta First Church of the Nazarene. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was retired from Gracewood State Hospital and was a local barber for many years.

The funeral was Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Dwight DeNegly, Larry Sneed and Bill Ansley officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Avera.

Survivors include a son, Craig Williams, Augusta; a special granddaughter, Christie Williams Myers, Smyrna; a stepson, Rev. Dwight DeNegly, Birmingham, Ala.; two sisters, Margie McGee and Melvis Johnson, Augusta; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Duell "Red" Keen, Boyd Williams, Judson Williams, Jim Keen, Tim Keen, Mark Keen, Ralph Hartley and Frank Thigpen.

Memorials may be made to the Wrens Church of the Nazarene, Hwy. 1 N., Wrens, GA 30833 or Augusta First Church of the Nazarene, 2044 Lumpkin Rd., Augusta, GA 30906.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


David O. Wright
Mr. David O. Wright, 55, of Hephzibah died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Wright, a native of Burke County, was a member of Keys Grove Baptist Church. He was retired from Sunbelt Nissan after 34 years of service.

The funeral was Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. at B.A. Williams Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ricky Dent officiating. Burial was at Keys Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara R. Wright; four sons, Donametrice Hudson, Zachary Wright, Augusta, Cameron Wright and Brandon Wright, Hephzibah; two sisters, Rosemarie Nelson and Carolyn J. Dixon, Augusta; five brothers, Charles (Marion) Wright, Keysville, Leslie Vernon (Shirley) Wright, Kenneth (Shirley) Wright, Randy Wright and Norman (Sandra) Wright, Hephzibah; his mother-in-law, Georgia Reddix, Keysville; three grandchildren, Zandell Wright, Zavion Wright and Tedesco Hudson, Wrens; two aunts; one uncle; and nieces and nephews.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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