June 16, 2005 Issue

Mary Ware Avera
Mrs. Mary Ware Avera, 82, of Thomson died Saturday, June 4, 2005, in the Warrenton Health and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Avera, a native of McDuffie County, was a retired realtor and a member of Thomson First United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Ernest Avera, a native of Wrens.

A memorial service was held June 9 at 11 a.m. in Westview Cemetery with Dr. George Freeman officiating.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Joe McGowan, Riverside, Calif.; and a grandson, Joey McGowan, Riverside.

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

Jeannette Clifton
Mrs. Jeannette Clifton, 85, of Augusta died Sunday, June 12, 2005.

Mrs. Clifton, a native of Wadley, was a homemaker and a member of Crawford Avenue Baptist Church.

The funeral was June 15 at 11 a.m. at Platt's Crawford Avenue Chapel. Burial was in Westover Memorial Park.

Survivors include two sons, Rodney Lemuel Clifton, Edgefiled, S.C., and Stanley Alan Clifton, McBean; two daughters, Gwyn Clifton DeBerry, New London, N.C., and Gayle Clifton Hooper, Augusta; one brother, Harold Warren Stewart, Augusta; two sisters, Mary Stewart Benton, Augusta, and Mona Stewart Masterson, Lincolnton; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the M.C.G. Foundation - Alzheimer Research, 919 15 St. Alumni Center, Augusta, GA 30912 or to St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904.

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

Zollie R. Compton Sr.
Mr. Zollie R. Compton Sr., 83, of Louisville died Friday, June 10, 2005.

Mr. Compton, a native of Alabama, was a resident of Louisville for 58 years but had recently made Decatur, Ala., his home. He served as Sheriff of Jefferson County for 32 years. He was a member of the Louisville United Methodist Church, a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, a Mason and a Shriner.

The funeral was June 14 at 10 a.m. at Louisville City Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Deen officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Ruth Arrington Compton; a son and daughter-in-law, Zollie Craig and Christine Compton Jr., Hartselle, Ala.; four brothers, George Compton and Billy Compton, Laverne, Ala., Robert Compton, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Luther Compton, Memphis, Tenn.; three sisters, Audrey Eiland and Helen Moulton, Laverne, Ala., and Sarah Russell, Pine Mountain, Ga.; two grandchildren, Pamela Balk and Adam Compton; two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were E.M. Newsome, Murray Hadden, William Hadden, Mickey Moses, M.N. "Bud" Arrington and John Jones.

Honorary pallbearers were Harry Jones, Mickey Jones, Willis Jones, Quillian Bryant and Dr. Jim Polhill.

Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home, North Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.

Willie Lewis "Simmie" Gaston
Mr. Willie Lewis "Simmie" Gaston of Avera died Thursday, June 9, 2005.

The funeral was June 13 at Gethesemene Baptist Church at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Carlos Newton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Carrie Gaston; a son, Willie Anthony Gaston; a grandson, Adrian Gaston; sisters, Martha Headspeth, Marie (James) Edmond, Josephine Gaston and Henretta Gaston, all of Albany, N.Y., Betty (James) Roberts, Avera, and Min. Christine (James) Goodson, Wrens.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Randall Gibson
Mr. Randall Gibson of Mitchell died Tuesday, June 7, 2005, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

The funeral was June 10 at 3 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, Warrenton, with the Rev. Augustus Lockhart officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn C. Gibson; a son, Randolph D. Gibson; stepsons, Leonard Coleman, Barnard Coleman Jr. and Dementria Shelton; sisters, Linda Caroll, Easter Gibson, Brenda McGee, Jeanette Gibson, Runette Gibson and Lillie Gibson; brother, Jimmy Gibson Jr.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Dawson's Mortuary, Warrenton, was in charge of the arrangements.

Juanita Hale Jordan
Miss Juanita Hale Jordan of Wrens died Wednesday, June 8, 2005.

Miss Jordan was a member of Ways Grove Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She was a 1979 graduate of Wrens High School and was employed with Johnny Katz in Wrens.

The funeral was June 12 at 3 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Rev. J. McCullough officiating.

Survivors include her children, Tiffany Cunningham and Derrick Lane, Killeen, Texas, and Donyeal Lane, Wrens; her mother, Mrs. Dorothy Hale, Wrens; five sisters, Sallie Jordan, Minnie (Eugene) Adams, Kathy Hale and Marjorie Harris, all of Wrens, and Joann Dagget, Augusta; one brother, James Hale, Alabama; five grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Charles H. Lewis Sr.
Mr. Charles H. Lewis Sr., 82, of Wrens died Monday, June 13, 2005.

Mr. Lewis was a member of Wrens Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the American Legion Post 209. He had served on the local school board and the Wrens City Council. He was a Navy veteran of WWII and served on the U.S.S. Slater. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Walker Lewis and Robert A. "Bobby" Lewis.

The funeral was June 15 at 2 p.m. at Wrens Baptist Church with Rev. Race Lariscy officiating. Burial was in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Lewis; three sons, Charles "Buster" (Wynell) Lewis Jr., Billy Lewis, and Greg (Kathy) Lewis, all of Wrens; two daughters, Charlotte (Rocky) Gilmore, Louisville, and Martha Ann (Chris) Rountree, Statesboro; two brothers, Leroy Lewis, Louisville, and G.I. Lewis, Wrens; two sisters, Bessie L. Snider, Millen, and Agnes Boulineau, Wrens; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were the Board of Directors of First State Bank.

Memorials may be made to Wrens Memorial Cemetery, c/o Hugh Fleming, 104 Norton Drive N.W., Wrens, GA 30833 or Wrens Baptist Church, P.O. Box 217, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Mae Burnett Wren
Mrs. Dorothy Mae Burnett Wren, 80, of Snellville died Thursday, June 2, 2005.

Mrs. Wren, a former resident of Augusta, was preceded in death by her husband, Taylor B. Wren, a native of Wrens.

Graveside services were held June 4 at 2 p.m. at Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

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



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