Obituaries
April 7, 2005 Issue

Willie Sampson Black
Mr. Willie Sampson Black, 66, of Bartow died Sunday, April 3, 2005, at Glendale Nursing Home in Wadley.

Mr. Black, a native of Jefferson County, was a truck driver for Ratchford Trucking and a Methodist.

The funeral was April 5 at 3 p.m. at Freedom Fellowship Church with the Rev. Jason Mitchem officiating. Burial was in the Wadley Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Black, Bartow; three daughters, Marie Waters, Wadley, Elaine Black, Bartow, and Linda Johnson, Wrightsville; one son, Kenneth Black, Bartow; three stepsons, Howard James Drake, Bartow, Morris Drake, Bartow, and Dean Drake, Brunswick; one sister, Marion York, Wadley; three brothers, Roy Black, Swainsboro, Julian Black, Hazelhurst, and Wiley Black, Dexter; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bobby McGowan, Albert McGowan, Johnny Black, Jasper Black and Timothy Black.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Cornelia Buckner Heleniak
Mrs. Cornelia Buckner Heleniak of Augusta died Thursday, March 31, 2005.

Mrs. Buckner is predeceased by her husband, James Buckner, and a son, Al Buckner.

The funeral was April 3 at 4 p.m. in the Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bert Baynham officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, James Buckner, Gibson; four daughters, Glenda Hooper and Marie Scroggs, Lynwood, S.C., Patsy Williams, Langley, S.C., and Kay Newsome, Clearwater, S.C.; a brother, Preston Jones, Johnstown, S.C.; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Fagan, Hilton Durden, Dewayne Scroggs, J.C. Cogdill, Chirs Cogdill and Carl Riddick.

Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley, was in charge of the arrangements.


Elder J.A. Langham
Elder J.A. Langham, 87, of Kernersville, N.C., died Friday, April 1, 2005, at Forsyth Medical Center.

Elder Langham, a native of Warren County, served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater in World War II. He was an ordained minister of the Primitive Baptist Church for 45 years, having served as pastor of Saints Delight Primitive Baptist Church for 28 years and in numerous other churches. He was also retired from Langham Construction Co. He was the son of the late William and Katie Newsome Langham. He is predeceased by four brothers, Leon Langham, Bennie Langham, Ray Dell Langham and Talmadge Langham, and one sister, Margaret Langham Kent.

The funeral was April 4 at 11 a.m. at Saints Delight Primitive Baptist Church with Elder David Hogan and Elder E. W. Hooven officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Jessie M. Langham; two sons, Jim and Charlene Langham, Greensboro, N.C., and Steve and Sarah Langham, Morehead City, N.C.; one daughter, Nancy and Bill Holston, Winston-Salem, N.C.; three sisters, Willie Kate Henderson, Tallahassee, Fla., Cleo and Harvey Smith, Louisville, and Judy and Hugh Scott, North Augusta, S.C.; a brother, J.C. and Annette Langham, Thomson; a brother-in-law, Wayburn and Helen Minton, Winston-Salem; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Saints Delight Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Terry Motsinger, 270 Motsinger Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27107, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek, Winston-Salem, was in charge of the arrangements.


Roy E. May
Mr. Roy E. May, 76, of Thomson died Friday, April 1, 2005, at his residence.

Mr. May was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County. He was the son of the late R.T. May Sr. and Emma Heath Mae. He was a retired farmer and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church.

Graveside services were April 5 at 2 p.m. with Jim Martin officiating.

Survivors include his daughters, Sonja May and Nancy Goldman, Thomson; brothers, R.T. May, Fla., Emory May, Va., Leon May, Thomson, and Emile May, Fla.; sisters, Virginia Nobles, Milledgeville, Inez Rabun, Thomson, and Miriam Usry, Gibson; and four grandchildren.

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, was in charge of the arrangements.


Flora Markins McNeely
Mrs. Flora Markins McNeely, 89, of Hephzibah, died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. McNeely, a native of Jefferson County, was retired from Thermo King Corp. She is preceded in death by her husband, Linwood McNeely.

Graveside services were April 2 at 3 p.m. at Louisville City Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Thigpen officiating.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra George and Linda McNeely, Martinez; two brothers, Ray Thigpen, Grovetown, and Harold Thigpen, Valpariso, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jeanette Schroeder
Ms. Jeanette Schroeder of Louisville died Wednesday, March 30, 2005, at Heritage of Old Capitol in Louisville.

Ms. Schroeder retired from civil service as an administrative assistant for the U.S. Government. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

A memorial service was held April 4 at 2 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel.

Survivors include her son, Kevin W. P. (Cynthia) Holmes, Anchorage, Alas.; two daughters, Marsha Dianne (Chuck) Berger, Kent, Wash., and Karen Adelle Love, Milledgeville; and one grandson.

Memorials may be made to Central State Hospital, Broad Street, Milledgeville, GA 31059.


Jack G. Smallwood Sr.
Mr. Jack G. Smallwood Sr., 72, of Mitchell died Thursday, March 31, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Smallwood, a native and lifelong resident of Warren County, was the son of the late Thomas Carlton and Sarah Frances Bell Smallwood. He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He was retired as a forester with over 46 years of service at Canal Wood. He was a member of Long Creek Baptist Church. He also served more than 30 years as a dedicated poll officer, including over 20 years as the poll manager of the Beall Springs District of Warren County.

The funeral was April 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lowe Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Seaman officiating. Burial was in the Camak United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy "Dot" Smallwood; one son, Jack (Amanda) Smallwood Jr., Thomson; one brother, Joe (Betty) Smallwood, Warrenton; one sister, Brenda S. (Bobby) McDonald, Tennille; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wally C. Thigpen, Jesse Reese, Reggie Hinton, Robert Petrie, Nick Cloud and Bernard Holt.

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

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


Willie A. Stevens Sr.
Deacon Willie A. Stevens Sr. died Saturday, March 23, 2005, in North Augusta, S.C.

Mr. Stevens, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Clifferd Jordan and Issac Stevens. He served in the military from 1942 to 1945; he then worked for Lewis Steel Works. He was a member of New Zion Baptist Church where he served on the Deacon's Board. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mae Vera Murray, and two daughters.

The funeral was March 28 at 2 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie L. Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Bill (Ruthie) Stevens, Columbus, Ohio, and Jimmie (Barbara) Stevens, Atlanta; one brother, Leroy (Marceline) Daniels, Keysville; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Carter's Mortuary, Waynesboro, was in charge of the arrangements.


Nannette Buffington Thompson
Mrs. Nannette Buffington Thompson, 80, of Gibson died Friday, April 1, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Thompson, a native of Hall County, lived in Glascock County most of her life. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Hall County. She worked at Stapleton Garment Company for 30 years. She is predeceased by her parents, Emory and Ella Buffington; three sisters, Thelma Johnson, Wilma Kitchens and Sara Buffington; and one brother, Hugh Buffington.

Graveside services were April 4 at 3 p.m. at Gibson City Cemetery with the Rev. Russell Davis officiating.

Survivors include one son, Charles E. (Janice) Thompson, Evans; two daughters, Sonya T. (Lynn) Davis, Wrens, and Teresa T. (Buford) Irby, Avera; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Thompson, Michael Thompson, Mark Davis, Jason Irby, Jonathan Irby, Bennett Williams and Darren Epps.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


J.M. Walden Jr.
Mr. J.M. Walden Jr., 83, of Bartow died Thursday, March 31, 2005, at VA Hospital.

Mr. Walden, a native of Jefferson County, lived in Bartow until he served in the U.S. Army where he fought in World War II and Korean War. He was an employee at Fulghum Industry and a member of Old Bethel Baptist Church. He is predeceased by his wife, Margaret H. Walden.

Graveside services were April 3 at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Garden with the Rev. William Thigpen officiating.

Survivors include two brothers, Max (Jean) Walden Sr., Bartow, and Kenneth (Shirley) Walden, Denver, Colo.; a brother-in-law, Robert Huff, Bartow; a sister-in-law, Johnnie M. Walden, Bartow.

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

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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