Obituaries
April 14, 2005 Issue

Fred L. "Smokey" Gibbons
Mr. Fred L. "Smokey" Gibbons, 87, of Donaldsonville died Tuesday, April 5, 2005.

Mr. Gibbons, a native of Seminole County, was the son of the late Ira Elsie and Jessie Kelly Gibbons. He was a general contractor and woodworker. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served as the Mayor of Donalsonville in 1990 and Mayor Pro-tem since 1991. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Steadham Gibbons.

The funeral was April 8 at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Evans-Skipper Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Barineau and the Rev. Morgan Whitfield officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery in Donalsonville.

Survivors include one son, Chris and Betty Gibbons, Thomson; three daughters, Gayle and Bob Swan, Wrens, Marsha and Ed Bond, Donalsonville, and Donna and John Moye, Donaldsonville; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, 432 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, GA 39817, or to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1026, Donaldsonville, GA 39845.

Evans-Skipper Funeral Home, Donalsonville, was in charge of the arrangements.


H.C. Stewart
Mr. H.C. Stewart, 84, of Keysville died Monday, March 28, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Stewart, a native of Burke County, had lived in Jefferson County for many years where he was a farmer. He was a member of Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of administration for 40 years. He was the first book keeper for Barrow & Prescott Inc. in Matthews, a member of Jefferson County Farm Bureau, served on Farmers Home Administration for several years and served as vice chairman of Jefferson County ASCS Committee in the 1960's for several terms. He attended Matthews School and graduated from Wrens High School in 1939. He served on the Board of Trustees of the former Wrens High School. He also drove a school bus for Matthews School.

The funeral was March 30 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Tommy Fussell and George Collison officiating. Burial was at Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Gay Stewart; two sons, Charles and Billie Ann Stewart, Matthews, and Bobby and Dianne Stewart, Keysville; four grandchildren, Troy (Michelle) Stewart, Hope (Kevin) Chalker, Chad Stewart and Kyle Stewart; two great-grandchildren, Ansley Chalker, Bryar Stewart; one brother, James (Shirley) Stewart, Keysville; and his long-time friend and employee, Eddie Lee "Snookie" Prickett.

Pallbearers were Billy McNair, Jimmy McNair, Allen Rabun, Jeff Jones, Julian Wren, Milton Scott, Sam Pennington and Joe Walden.

Memorials may be made to Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 2605 Mount Moriah Road, Matthews, GA 30818.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


R. Lester Rabun
Mr. R. Lester Rabun of Graniteville died Sunday, April 10, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Rabun, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Raymond R. and Vicie Lee Perdue Rabun. He was a retired supervisor from the Graniteville Company with 45 years of service. He was a veteran of WWII, a life member of the Star Masonic Lodge #99, Graniteville, S.C., and a member of the York Rite Bodies in Augusta. He was a member of the Burns Memorial United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Fellowship Class and the Men's Club. He was a member of Health Central, Star Promenaders Square Dance Club and the Woodmen of the World.

The funeral was April 13 at 11 a.m. at Burns Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Burch and the Rev. Rod Blomfield officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Survivors include his son, Ronnie Rabun, Aiken, S.C.,; three stepsons, Robert Walton, Silver Spring, Md., Ronald Walton, Buford, and Kenneth Walton, Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Elwood Rabun, Waynesboro; one sister, Claudean Cox, Marietta; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Kris Walton, Troy Walton, Tyler Walton, David Davis, Mike Kandefer, Howard Griffin and Wayne Allen.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Burns Memorial United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1725, Augusta, GA 30910.

Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.

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