Obituaries
March 17, 2005 Issue

J. Kenneth Amerson
Mr. J. Kenneth Amerson, 73, of Lilburn died Tuesday, March 8, 2005.

Mr. Amerson was retired from Nestle Co. as sales manager after over 30 years. He was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church in Mitchell and a member of Northeast Baptist Church in Tucker.

The funeral was March 12 at 2 p.m. at Mineral Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Seaman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Y. Amerson; one daughter, Gayle and Tad Lowrey, Laverne, Calif.; two sons, David and Carolyn Amerson, Conway, Ark., and Stan and Carolyn Amerson, Lawrenceville; a sister, Elizabeth Hattaway, Sparta; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Tom M. Wages Funeral Services Inc., Snellville, was in charge of the arrangements.


Betty Jo Burnette
Mrs. Betty Jo Burnette, 75, of Evans died Thursday, March 10, 2005.

Mrs. Burnette was a homemaker and a member of the Women's Christian Fellowship of Fleming Christian Church.

The funeral was March 14 at 11 a.m. at Poteet Funeral Home Chapel with Marshal Bender officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Jesse D. Burnette; three daughters, Debbie and Wayne Williford, Gibson, Elaine and Robert (Noah) Black, Thomson, and Kathy and Dan West, Fernandina Beach, Fla.; one brother, Bob Dudley, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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


Sadie Raley Frontz
Mrs. Sadie Raley Frontz, 89, of Gibson died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Frontz was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and of the Gleaners Sunday School Class. She is predeceased by her husband, Chester M. Frontz.

The funeral was March 9 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Earl Beasley, Clint Beasley, Howard Clark, Troy Clark, B.C. Smith and Chester Radford.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Leotis Hannah
Mr. Leotis Hannah, 56, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Monday, March 9, 2005.

The funeral was March 12 at 2 p.m. at Springfield AME Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Angela Heard, Augusta; a son, Leotis Hannah Jr., Wadley; a brother, Rufus Hannah; three sisters, Rebbie Pattway, Frankie Mae Gainous and Catherine Williams; and three grandchildren.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Harold Eugene Holbert Sr.
Mr. Harold Eugene Holbert Sr., 73, of Hendersonville, N.C., died Friday, March 11,2005.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County. He owned and operated Holbert Sheet Metal and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was the son of the late Gertis S. Holbert and Essie Corn Holbert. He was also preceded in death by a son, Kevin Holbert, and a granddaughter, Le-Adle Maybin.

Graveside services were March 13 at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Harold McKinnish officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Burdette Green Holbert; two sons, Harold Eugene (Tracey) Holbert Jr., and Barry Holbert, Hendersonville; a daughter, Rhonda (Troy) Maybin, Zirconia; two sisters, Fern Avila, Calif., and Ethel Gibbs, Hendersonville; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 2395, Hendersonville, N.C. 28793.

Jackson Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.


James Robert Kitchens Sr.
Mr. James Robert Kitchens Sr., 75, of Stapleton died Friday, March 11, 2005.

Mr. Kitchens, a native of Glascock County, was retired from Stapleton Garment Company after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and Woodmen of the World. He was an Army veteran. He was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church where he was a deacon. He is preceded in death by his parents, George Robert Kitchens and Lizzie Bell Hobbs Kitchens and a brother, Milo Kitchens.

The funeral was March 14 at 3 p.m. at Reedy Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth Jones and Bill Seaman officiating. Burial was in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Janis Kitchens; four children, Debra (Dean) Brantley, Tennille, James R. (Cindy) Kitchens Jr., Robbie (Buddy) Randolph, Thomson, and Donald (Belinda) C. Kitchens, Warrenton; four brothers, Harry (Alice) Kitchens Sr. and George (Sandra) Kitchens Jr., Stapleton, Weldon (Joyce) Kitchens, Hephzibah, and Julian (Mary Frances) Kitchens, Wrens; four sisters, Julia (Lamar) Massey and Annette Key, Thomson, Sadie Kitchens, Stapleton, and Lollie Dell (Melvin) Todd, Gibson; eight grandchildren, Brian Lewis, Amy Lewis, Jaime Lewis, Brad Kitchens, Drew Kitchens, Alexis Randolph, Ronald Randolph and Jamie Brantley; one great-grandson, Clinton Lewis; several nieces and nephews; two special girls, Donna Brooks and Debbie May; and a special friend, Brian Bopp.

Pallbearers were Drew Kitchens, Brian Lewis, Jamie Lewis, Jamie Brantley, Brad Kitchens and Bob Brooks.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Reedy Creek Baptist Church and Brian Bopp.

Memorials may be made to the Reedy Creek Baptist Church Building Fund or Cemetery Fund, c/o Jacqueline Peebles, 2738 Hwy. 80 W, Wrens, GA 30833.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Will McTier McGahee
Mrs. Mary Will McTier McGahee, 93, of Stapleton died Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. McGahee was a native and lifelong resident of Warren County. She was the daughter of the late Joseph Thomas McTier and Chloe Purvis McTier. She was a member of Wrens Church of God and the Greiners Sunshine Class. She is preceded in death by her husband Earl C. McGahee and a daughter, Ellie McGahee Poole.

The funeral was March 11 at 11 a.m. at Wrens Church of God with the Revs. Terry Addis, Richard Kitchens and Bill Seaman officiating. Burial was at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Mary McGahee, Stapleton, Lucille (Bobby) Davis, Warrenton, Eva McGahee, Murrayville, and Cornelia (Clyde) Wells, Martinez; a brother, Durham McTier, Stapleton; a sister, Cleo Purvis, Stapleton; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a friend and caregiver, Gene Hubbard.

Pallbearers were Sam Kitchens Jr., Jimmy Richardson, Jimmy Martin, Frank Cawley, Jeff Davis, Steve Davis, Louis Stavley, John James and Garry Usry.

Memorials may be made to Wrens Church of God, 102 Phillips St., Wrens, GA 30833.

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


Myrtice Usry Sammons
Mrs. Myrtice Usry Sammons, 87, of Keysville died Monday, March 7, 2005, at Burke County Hospital in Waynesboro.

Mrs. Sammons was a member of Euphrates Baptist Church.

The funeral was March 10 at 2 p.m. at Euphrates Baptist Church with the Revs. Thurman Walden and Herman Walden officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Leona Byce, Hephzibah, Bobbie Williford and Annie Wade, Wrens; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James Usry, George Beckworth, Joe Beckworth, Jerry Usry, Lonzie Beckworth and Kenneth Amerson.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Annie S. "Bigma" Smith
Mrs. Annie S. "Bigma" Smith, 69, of Stapleton died Tuesday, March 8, 2005.

The funeral was March 12 at 11 a.m. at Spread Chapel AME Church with the Rev. Charlie Myrick officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, Harold (Sherlina) Rhoney, Beech Island, S.C., Roosevelt (Christine) Smith and Pleaze Smith, Augusta, and Bobby Smith, Milledgeville; four daughters, Ida (Joe) Clark and Annie D. Smith, Augusta, Rosa (Myles) Howard, Louisville, and Sarah Smith, North Augusta; one sister, Sally Johnson, Augusta; five brothers, John Rhoney, Eddie Lamb and Willie Rhoney, Augusta, Robert Rhoney, Wrens, and Oliver Lamb, New York; 30 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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