Obituaries
August 11, 2005 Issue

Jean Burton
Mrs. Jean Burton, 68, of Rittman, Ohio, died Saturday, July 23, 2005.

Mrs. Burton, a native of Stapleton, was the daughter of William D. and Mary Key Thompson. Formerly of Arlington, Texas, Lima, Ohio, and Springfield, Mo., she had lived in Rittman since 1979. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where her husband has served as pastor for the past 25 years. She was a foster mom for more than 30 children. She was predeceased by her parents; three brothers, R.A. Thompson, William Thompson and Edward Thompson; and two sisters, Lucille Phillips and Bessie Mae Hobbs.

The funeral was July 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Howard Sears and the Rev. Dr. Ronald B. Cannon officiating. Burial was in Rittman Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Burton; a daughter, Kristi and Greg McElroy, Seville, Ohio; a son, Paul Burton, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.; brothers, Ben Thompson and John Thompson, Martinez, and David Thompson, Grovetown; sisters, Gladys Howard, Augusta, Ruby Holley, Wrens, Bertha McTier, North Augusta, S.C., and Annabell Seago, Augusta; and five granddaughters.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 516 W. Sunset Drive, P.O. Box 38, Rittman, Ohio 44270.

Gillman Funeral Home, Rittman, was in charge of the arrangements.


Jimmy Hadden
Mr. Jimmy Hadden, 51, of Dearing, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2005.

Mr. Hadden was a lifelong resident of McDuffie County and a mechanic. He attended Hill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Learod Hadden and a brother, Kenneth Hadden.

The funeral was Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Ronnie Shelton and Tim Ferrell officiating. Burial was in Westview Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene Susie Hadden; three daughters, Ashley Hadden, Thomson, Kelley Hadden and Christian Hadden, Dearing; his mother, Barbara Hadden Armstrong, Stapleton; one sister, Pam Hadden Johnson, Dearing; four brothers, Donnie Hadden, Thomson, Bobby Gene Hadden, Boneville, Robbie Hadden, Thomson, and Jesse Hadden, Dearing; one granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Heath Mills, Jeff Cartledge, James Buffington, Travis Hadden, Jonathan Hadden and James Vaughn.

Honorary pallbearers were Tony Hadden, Jessie Black, Lee Murphy, Ronnie Hudson, George Norris and J.T. Jimmy Turner.

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


Beatrice Houston Jackson
Mrs. Beatrice Houston Jackson of Deerfield Beach, Fla., died Thursday, July 21, 2005.

Mrs. Jackson, a native of Louisville, was the daughter of the late Jolisee Houston Gibbons and Wright Thompson. She is predeceased by her first husband, Weldon Jackson, a daughter, Betty Jackson Poitier, and two brothers, James "Monkey" Houston and Willie James Thompson.

The funeral was July 30 at noon at Cathedral Church of God, Deerfield Beach, with Dr. Bernard Lacy officiating. Burial was in Pine-View Cemetery, Deerfield Beach.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Jackson Jr.; her daughters, Fannie and Willie Holmes and Nola Jackson and Wanda and Michael Reynolds; her sons, Robert and Tracy Jackson III, Jermaine Jackson; a sister, Annie Willie Thompson; a brother, Johnny "Jimmy" Houston; 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Jermaine Jackson, Stephen Russ, Maurice Johnson, Willie Holmes, Robert Jackson III, Ronnie Jackson, Bernard Reed and Wayne Adams.

Rahming-Poitier Funeral Home, Deerfield Beach, was in charge of the arrangements.


Cora Asalee Williams McTier
Mrs. Cora Asalee Williams McTier, 90, of Evans died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. McTier, a native of Jefferson County, was a homemaker and a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Bessie Swann and Harmon T. Williams. She is predeceased by her husband, Thomas Lee McTier.

The funeral was Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Jones officiating. Burial was in the Reedy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth and Ellis Duke, Tyler, Texas, and Jenny and Ted Mosley, Martinez; two sons, John and Ann McTier, Evans, and Jim and Annette McTier, Martinez; one sister, Mrs. Elva Williams Sheppard, Louisville; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ben McTier, Ted Mosley, Teddy Mosley, Charlie Lass, James (Zack) Patrick and Frank Wilson.

Memorials may be made to the Reedy Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 1128 Reedy Creek Church Rd., Stapleton, GA 30823.

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


Charles DuDose "C.D." Lester
Mr. Charles DuDose "C.D." Lester, 92, of Atlanta died Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at Emory University Hospital.

Mr. Lester, a native of Bartow, was the son of Robert Evans and Anna Clark Lester. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology before returning to Bartow to enter the family business established by his father. He served in the U.S. Army until the end of World War II. He lived in Wadley until 2000, when he and his wife moved to Wesley Woods. He was a member of Wadley United Methodist Church where he served on the administrative board as church treasurer and a member of the church choir. He served for several years as a member of the Wadley City Council, on the Jefferson County Draft Board, the Jefferson County Department of Family and Children's Services Board, the Wadley Public Schools Board and was a member of the Wadley Lions Club.

The funeral was Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Wadley. Burial was in the Wadley Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Cheney Lester; daughters, June Lester, Norman, Okla., and Judith A. Lester; one granddaughter, Anna E. Engle, Decatur; and a niece, Marianna Cato Rafensperger, Alpharetta.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Sandra H. Norton
Mrs. Sandra H. Norton, 62, of Hephzibah died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005.

Mrs. Norton was a graduate of Wrens High School and a member of Whispering Pines Baptist Church in Hephzibah. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jasper and Mary Holley of Stapleton.

The funeral was Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Frank Barker, Marion Jay and Paul Borden officiating. Burial was in Mt. Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy E. Norton; two sons, Jimmy Dougles Norton, Augusta, and Ronald Edward (Karen) Norton, Evans; five brothers, Clarence (Nell) Holley, Robert (Ruby) Holley, Wrens, Lamar (Bonnie) Holley, Stapleton, David (Vera) Holley, Harlem, and Tony Holley, Augusta; five sisters, Sarah (Judson) Gay, Augusta, Annie Veloria Anderson, Martinez, Gloria (Willis) Jones, Louisville, Janette (W.J.) Perdue, Belvedere, S.C., and Shirley (Artemus) Reese, Greenville, S.C.; mother-in-law, Beulah Norton; sister-in-law, Cornelia (Wayne) Smith; brother-in-law, Billy (Shirley) Norton, all of Wrens; two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Steve Perdue, Greg Holley, Mike Goodwin, Dennis Holley, Kevin Reese, Terry Holley, Ronald Russell and Willis Jones Jr.

Memorials may be made to Whispering Pines Baptist Church Building Fund, 4573 Windsor Spring Rd., Hephzibah, GA 30815.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


E.L. Toulson
Mr. E.L. Toulson, 72, of Milledgeville died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005.

Mr. Toulson, a native and lifelong resident of Milledgeville, was a retired employee of Central State Hospital and a navy veteran. He was past master of Benevolent Lodge No. 3 and a member of Tri-County Shrine Club.

The funeral was Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. at the Moores Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jerry Pickard officiating. Burial was in West View Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Regina Resseau Toulson; his children, Melanie (Alton) Scott, Milledgeville, Eddie (Lisa) Toulson, Eatonton, Darrick Toulson, Seattle, Wash., and Lill (Terrell) Abernathy, Gordon; his brother, Bill (Joyce) Toulson, Louisville; two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Portsbridge Foundation, 115 Arkwright Landings, Macon, GA 31210.

Moores Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Faye Spence Wallace
Mrs. Faye Spence Wallace, 79, of Millen died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005.

Mrs. Wallace, a native of Jenkins County, was a retired hospital ward clerk and a member of Green Fork Baptist Church.

The funeral was Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at Green Fork Baptist Church with the Revs. Scott Hill and Jon Sullivan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters; Faith and Ed Farmer, Panama City, Fla., and Carman Hunter, Stapleton; a son, Glynn and Norma Wallace, Stapleton; a sister, Grace Lovingood, Adairsville; a brother, Pastor Scott Hill, Chesapeake, Va.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were grandchildren, Rebecca Harter, Ernest Greer III, John Thomas Greer, Matthew Hunter, Derek Hunter and Jessica Faye Hunter.

Honorary pallbearers were Millen High School class of 1943.

Crowe-Fields Funeral Home, Millen, was in charge of the arrangements.


Ralph Brown
Mr. Ralph Brown, 89, of Avera died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005.

Mr. Brown was a graduate of Stapleton High School. He was retired from Soil and Water Conservation. He attended Walden United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Adult Sunday School Class. He is predeceased by three children, Deborah, Steve and Johnny Brown.

The funeral was Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marvin Goodman officiating. Burial was at Walden United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Cook Brown; one son, Ken and Ann Brown, Auburn, Ala.; two daughters, Carol B. and Derek Logan, Greenville, S.C., and Caren B. and Mike Skinner, Avera; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Walden United Methodist Adult Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to the Walden Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 5837 Hwy. 88, Stapleton, GA 30823.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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