Obituaries
May 5, 2005 Issue

Robert "Red" Bowers
Mr. Robert "Red" Bowers, 85, of Pembroke, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005, at East Georgei Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Bowers, a native of Pembroke, was a member of Pembroke Christian Church where he served as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher for the adult class for over 50 years. He was a teacher and coach at Louisville Academy in 1940.

The funeral was April 29 at 3 p.m. at Morrison Memorial Chapel with Elder Spencer Moore and the Rev. Jack Hudson officiating. Burial was in Northside Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Bowers; one son, Clark Bowers, Statesboro; one daughter, Connie B. Everett, Sea Island; and four grandchildren.

Morrison Funeral Home, Pembroke, was in charge of the arrangements.


Arthur Lee Carter
Mr. Arthur Lee Carter of Louisville died Thursday, April 21, 2005.

The funeral was May 1 at 3 p.m. at the Solomon Temple Baptist Church with the Rev. Peter Sparks officiating. Burial was in the Hard Shell Cemetery in Wadley.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Lue Carter; four daughters, Bessie Hodge and Brenda Carter, Louisville, Della Washington, Tennille, and Linda James, Davisboro; five sons, Charles Jackson, Bartow, Lee Arthur Carter and Roy Carter, Davisboro, Willie James Carter, Louisville, and Donald Carter, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; his mother, Adella Powell, N.J.; two brothers, L.W. Carter and Robert Carter, Trenton, N.J.; 32 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Mildred "Ruth" Davis
Mrs. Mildred "Ruth" Davis of Louisville died Sunday, May 1, 2005.

Mrs. Davis, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church where she sang on the Pearl E. Davis Choir and served on the Deaconess Board until her health failed.

The funeral will be May 5 at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Issac Culbreth officiating. Burial will be in the Louisville Society Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Wilbur Davis, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Adrena Davis, Marion, S.C.; her brother, Horace McKinney, Atlanta; eight grandchildren, Robin McBride and Shirleta Davis, Louisville, Felicia Wallace, Larry Davis Jr. and Bridget Seafus, Atlanta, Yolunda Davis, Cheri Davis and Anthony Davis, Marion; and several great-grandchildren, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Eddie Gamble Jr.
Mr. Eddie Gamble Jr. of Wadley died Thursday, April 21, 2005.

The funeral was April 30 at 1 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Samuel Hunt officiating. Burial was in the Hard Shell Cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Gloria Gamble Williams, Crawford, Fla., and Burnette Lewis, Wadley; two brothers, Billy Gamble, Philadelphia, Pa., and Larry Gamble, Tallahassee, Fla.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Rita Marie Pryor-Jones
Mrs. Rita Marie Pryor-Jones of Conyers died Wednesday, April 27, 2005.

Mrs. Pryor-Jones, a native of Chicago, Ill., was retired from the United States Marine Corps. She was a 2000 graduate of paralegal school in Dunwoody and was employed by the Federal Highway Administration in Atlanta. She was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church in Matthews where she served on the Usher board and assisted with Sunday School and organizing church events. She was a member of the Women Marines Association Dogwood Chapter in Atlanta where she made several presentations to Marine ROTC cadets at schools in Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton counties. She was a member of Green Forest MS ministry at Green Forest Baptist Church in Decatur.

The funeral was May 3 at 1 p.m. at Green Forest Baptist Church in Decatur.

Survivors include her husband, John J. Jones; a daughter, Amber; a stepson, Justin, all of Conyers; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Pryor, Monroeville, Pa.; her sister, Barbara Jones, Jacksonville, Fla.; her mother-in-law, Mary Lue Jones, Matthews; sisters-in-law, Bernice Whitfield and Fannie L. Berry, Wrens; brothers-in-law, Thomas Jones, Willie Jones SR., Brank Jones and Ricky Jones, all of Wrens, Leonard Jones, Savannah, and Bobby Jones, Statesboro; and several other relatives.


Mary Jo Anne Nichols
Mrs. Mary Jo Anne Nichols of Augusta died Thursday, April 28, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Nichols, a native of McDuffie County, was a beautician.

Graveside services were April 29 at 2 p.m. in the Westview Cemetery in Thomson with the Rev. Bobby Coleman officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Nichols; two daughters, April Perry and Jennifer Fuller, Thomson; a brother Jimmy Kitchens, Thomson; a sister, Dorothy Manning, Stapleton; and seven grandchildren.

Thomas L. King Funeral Home, Martinez, was in charge of the arrangements.


Ernest "E.J." Patterson
Mr. Ernest "E.J." Patterson, 62, of Augusta died Friday, April 22, 2005.

The funeral was May 4 at 1 p.m. at Burnett Funeral Home Chapel with Elder LaVenton Daniel officiating. Burial was in the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery in Matthews.

Survivors are his sister, Betty Jean Patterson Hamblin, Jamaica, N.Y.; and several other relatives.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Yvonne Cragg Payne
Ms. Yvonne Cragg Payne, 48, of The Woodlands, Texas, died Tuesday, April 26, 2005.

Ms. Payne, a native of Soperton, resided in Houston, Texas, for 20 years. She was a graduate of Mary Pearsons High School in Forsyth and a graduate of Atlanta School - Dental Assisting in Atlanta. She was a dental assistant and a member of Fellowship of the Woodlands Church in Woodlands.

The funeral was April 29 at 10 a.m. at New Providence Baptist Church in Smarr with Dr. Jim Martin officiating. Burial was at 5 p.m. in Rocky Grove Community Center in Tiger.

Survivors include her children, Blake Payne, Beauford, S.C., and Kendall Payne, The Woodlands; her parents, Floyd and Klonnie Hugg Cragg, Forsyth; sisters, Rhonda Slayton, Hamilton, and Terri McHale, St. Simons; grandchildren, Draeton Payne, Lacey Payne and Tryston Babish; great-aunt, Mrs. Nell Anderson Holley, Wrens; and great-uncle, Herbert H. Anderson, Wrens.

Monroe County Memorial Chapel, Forsyth, was in charge of the arrangements.


Charles Michael "Mike" Plumley
Mr. Charles Michael "Mike" Plumley, 51, of Avera died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Plumley, a native of Greenville County, was an employee of Sumter Utilities and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

The funeral was April 29 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Lewellen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Phelps Plumley; three daughters, Amy Walker, Wendy Twiggs and Tracy Walker, all of Blue Ridge; a son, Adam Walker, Blue Ridge; four brothers, Tony Plumley, Trenton, S.C., Blake Plumley, Orlando, Fla., Chris Plumley, Travelers Rest, and Craig Plumley, Greer; three sisters, Linda Hall, Greenville, Joann Fricks, Greer, and Ruth Fleming, Canton, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

The Wood Mortuary Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.


David Lee "Hunk" Scott Jr.
Mr. David Lee "Hunk" Scott Jr., 60, of Wrens died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at Jefferson Hospital.

The funeral was May 3 at 2 p.m. at Flat Rock Baptist Church with the Rev. Ricky Dent officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce A. Stidons Scott, Matthews, a daughter, Thalisia Kelley, Louisville; four sisters, Elizabeth Berry and Daisy Lee Scott, Wrens, Barbara Tabb and Eunice Leverett, Augusta; two brothers, Leotis Scott and Leevern Scott, Matthews; five grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Sandra Fay Sikes
Ms. Sandra Fay Sikes, 50, of Waynesboro died Sunday, April 24, 2005, in Rockdale County.

Ms. Sikes, a native of Burke County, was the daughter of the late Arthur Sikes Sr. and Sally K. Sikes. She is preceded in death by two sisters, Geneva S. Robinson and Dorothy S. Vickery, and a brother, James A. Sikes Jr. She was of the Baptist faith.

The funeral was April 27 at 3 p.m. at DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home with the Rev. Joey Grizzle officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Dianne Nunnally, Waynesboro, and Catherine S. Pate, Wadley; four brothers, Donny L. Sikes, Billy Sikes and John Mack Sikes, Waynesboro, and David Sikes, Huntsville, Ala.

Pallbearers were Brian Nunnally, Travis Nunnally, Joe M. Nunnally, Rusty Pate, Johnny Jenkins and Mitchell Sikes.

DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro, was in charge of the arrangements.


Sara Brenda Whitaker
Mrs. Sara Brenda Whitaker, 60, of Wrens died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

The funeral was April 29 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Wrens City Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Chris Ridings, Wrens; two brothers, Frank and Jo Ann Hughes Jr., Augusta, and Barron and Connie Hughes, Appling; two sisters, Gayle and Charlie Beale, Evans, and Carol and Glenn Bazemore, Wrens.

Pallbearers were Spence Norton, S.J. McDonald, Burton Dye, Terry Englett, Jason Bazemore and Bruce Dye.

Memorials may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, c/o Mrs. Betty Parish, 202 Ramsgate Drive N.E., Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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