Obituaries
September 29, 2005 Issue

Daisy Andrews
Mrs. Daisy Andrews, 81, of Wrens died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005.

The funeral was Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at Waysgrove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy McCollough III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Johnnie Gene (Dorothy) Hines and Donald Andrews, Wrens, and Willie Andrews, Brooklyn, N.Y.; seven daughters, Hattie Ruth Johnson, Glennis Brown, Carolyn (K.C.) Thomas and Julia (Lindsey) Andrews, Wrens, Barnwell Alexander, S.C., Ernestine Andrews, New York, and Josephine (Freddie) Thompson, Louisville; 25 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one nephew.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Nellie Ruth Cain
Miss Nellie Ruth Cain of Aiken, S.C., died Friday, Sept. 23, 2005.

Miss Cain, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

The funeral was Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church with the Revs. Clifton Stancel and John Dye officiating. Burial was in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include a sister, Ethel Daniel, Burnettown, S.C.; two nephews; two great nephews and three great nieces.

Southern Funeral & Cremation Service, Martinez, was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Riddle Chew
Mrs. Mary Riddle Chew, 90, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at the Ogeechee Area Hospice Inpatient Facility, Statesboro.

Mrs. Chew, a native of Riddleville, lived most of her married life in Wadley and Bartow. She moved to Statesboro several years ago to live with her son. A former Bartow City Councilwoman and Mayor Pro-Tem, she served more than 15 years on the city council. She operated Chew's Nursery and Landscaping in Bartow for 25 years. She was a landscape designer and was a frequent speaker at regional garden clubs. She was a member of the Easter Star having served as Worthy Grand Matron of the Wadley/Bartow Chapter and District Grand Deputy. She was a long-time member of the Bartow Art Guild. She is predeceased by her husband, Ellis Hudson Chew.

Graveside services were held Sept. 24 at noon at the Riddleville Cemetery with the Rev. G. Wade Dawson officiating.

Survivors include her sister, Frances G. Riddle Edson, Aurora, Colo.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Alex L. Chew, Statesboro, Frank E. Chew Sr. and Dr. Catherine S. Chew, Aiken, S.C., William S. Chew and Sarah V. Grayson, Pawleys Island, S.C., Eleanor Rimedio, Tybee Island; one grandson; two great-grandsons; and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were the Mayor and present members of the Bartow City Council as well as former councilmen who may have served with Mrs. Chew.

Memorials may be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo St., Statesboro, GA 30458.

Tomlinson Funeral Home, Swainsboro, was in charge of the arrangements.


Leola "Sweet" Fleming Clark
Ms. Leola "Sweet" Fleming Clark, 69, of Louisville died Monday, Sept. 19, 2005.

Ms. Clark, a native of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late Willie and Viola Hatcher Fleming. She was a member of Jones Grove Baptist Church, Spring Bethel Benevolent Society and the Louisville Senior Citizens.

The funeral was Sept. 24 at Jones Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Frank Alvis (Andria) Jones, Colo., and Dwayne Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla.; her sisters, Daisy F. Smith, Grovetown, and Matilda Cox, Dania, Fla.; half sister, Eula Myers, Louisville; three grandsons and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Robert King
Mr. Robert King, 70, of Augusta died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005.

Mr. King, a native of Jefferson County, was a retired plumber and owner and operator of King Plumbing Company. He was a member of Ways Grove Baptist Church where he served as a trustee.

The funeral was Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy McCullough officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Irene King; three daughters, Sharon Gail King, Dayton, Ohio, Earnestine Wells, Decatur, and Synethia (Robert) Holmes, North Augusta, S.C.; three sons, Nathaniel (Sonya) Wells, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Richard Wells and Anthony (Felecia) King, Augusta; one brother, Hubert (Louise) King, Philadelphia, Pa.; one sister, Agnes (Thomas) Streeter, Augusta; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson and several other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home, Hephzibah, was in charge of the arrangements.


Shannolethia "Dell" Lamb
Miss Shannolethia "Dell" Lamb, 27, of Wrens died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at University Hospital, Augusta.

The funeral was Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Church with the Revs. Roy and Jacqui Mathis officiating. Burial was in the Sugar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Makaylah Kelley, Wrens; her mother, Joanne Lamb, Wrens; her father, Bennie (Marva) Lamb, Atlanta; a brother, Chris Thomas, Louisville; maternal grandmother, Doretha Wynn, Wrens; paternal grandmother, Nellie P. Wright, Thomson; godmothers, Johnnie Mae Murray, Wrens, and Dorothy Boatwright, Warrenton.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Carrie Bell Mells
Mrs. Carrie Bell Mells, 65, of Wrens died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005.

Mrs. Mells was a native of Jefferson County where she joined Ways Grove Baptist Church. She attended Jefferson County Public School and was a homemaker and a foster parent. She later united with Praise Deliverance Campus Ministry International in Wrens.

The funeral will be Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. at Praise Deliverance Campus Ministry International and Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Annie (John) Walden, Wrens, Gwendolyn (Gilbert) Williams, Tyler, Tx., Patricia Howard, Tampa, Fla., and Thomas Hales, Atlanta; sisters and brothers, Elouise Hines, Mary Ann Hales, Lillie Hales, Kenneth Hales and Leotis Hales, Wrens; step sisters and brothers, Della Cunningham, Beach Island, N.C., Roosevelt (Shirley) Nelson, Patricia (Otis) Hannah, Augusta, Joe (Tanya) Nelson Jr., Ariz., Mary (Rev. Charles) Washington, Louisville, Rev. James (Margaret) Nelson, Sandersville, Willie (Kathrine) Nelson, John Nelson, Malinda Nelson, Nellie Hales Brady, Freddie (Shirley) Nelson, Wrens, Mary Ramsey and Josephine (Jerry) Johnson, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Clyde Ellis Norris
Deacon Clyde Ellis Norris died Friday, Sept. 16, 2005.

The funeral was Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla., with Dr. John E. Gunns officiating. Burial was in Restlawn Memorial Park.

Deacon Norris, a native of Warren County, joined Cody Grove Baptist Church in Thomson at an early age. He later moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he married Sadie Mae Jenkins and joined with Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church where he served as chairman of the deacon board. He later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., and joined St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army from Nov. 29, 1944 until July 31, 1946 with an honorable discharge. He is predeceased by his wife Sadie Mae Jenkins and three daughters, Clara Norris, Louise Norris and Annie Norris.

Survivors include three daughters, Doris Williams, Jacksonville, Fla., Lyndia Washington, Louisville, and Cassandra Harris, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two sons, Robert Norris, Wadley, Johnnie Lee (Lula) Norris, Thomson; one sister, Hazeline Long, Charlotte, N.C.; 29 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Cedric Norris, Greg Norris, Robert Norris, Johnny Norris, Eric Vining and Tracy Norris.

A.B. Coleman Mortuary Inc., Jacksonville, was in charge of the arrangements.


Johnny M. Sheppard Jr
Mr. Johnny M. Sheppard Jr., 77, of Bogart died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005.

Mr. Sheppard was a members of Walden United Methodist Church. He taught at Wrens High School for many years. He taught at Augusta Tech for four years and at University of Georgia for 22 years where he retired from teaching.

The funeral was Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. at Walden United Methodist Church with the Revs. Doug Mays and Franklin Evans officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Audrey Rooks, Wrens, and Wilma Jones, Dunwoody; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ollie Miller, Wallace Hadden, Johnny McGahee, Buck Usry, Fay Hadden and Andy Rooks.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Margaret Byrd Story
Mrs. Margaret Byrd Story, 67, of Hephzibah died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Story, a native of Glascock County, was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

The funeral was Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerry G. Wilson and C.B. Turner officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Willie Cavenia Byrd.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby L. Story; four daughters, Shirley Bates, Hephzibah, Margie Mulliken, Evans, Brenda L. Taylor, Bath, S.C. and Donna M. Rivera, Hephzibah; two sons, Kenneth Chalker, Augusta, and Curtis Allen Taylor, Augusta; one sister, Mrs. Pauline Pittman, Avera; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James Martin, Tommy Howard, Jeff Broom, Lee Wilcher, Mike Nowicki, Chris Johnson, Randy Byrd and Melissa Hinds.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ira Von "Buddy" Thigpen
Mr. Ira Von "Buddy" Thigpen, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005, at the Georgia War Veteran's Home in Milledgeville.

Mr. Thigpen, a native of Treutlen County, was retired from the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center as a nursing assistant. He also served in the United States Army during WWII in the European Theater. He was of the Baptist faith. He was formerly of Dublin and Swainsboro.

The funeral was Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. in the Chan Stanley Memorial Chapel of Stanley Funeral Home with B.J. Powell and Randy Martin officiating. Burial was Dublin Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include two brothers, Oswald Thigpen, Swainsboro, and Pat Thigpen, Cleveland, Tenn.; three sisters, Evelyn Jenkins, Muskegon, Mich., Geraldine Martin, Louisville, and Yuvawn Tapley, Swainsboro; and caretakers, Beth and B.J. Powell, Dublin.

Pallbearers were Shawn Henderson, Casey Tapley, Johnny Tapley, Michael Thigpen, Steve Dukes and Richard Upshaw.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Laurens County, P.O. Box 1344, Dublin, GA 31040.

Stanley Funeral Home, Dublin, was in charge of the arrangements.


Peter "Pete" Williams
Mr. Peter "Pete" Williams of Augusta died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2005, at University Hospital.

Mr. Williams, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Pine Hill Baptist Church where he served as the oldest deacon. He was a former employee of Riverside Mill and was retired from Greenfield Company.

The funeral was Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. at Pine Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Peter Sparks officiating. Burial was in Ways Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Rosa L. Williams; two daughters, Delores Glover, Augusta, and Brenda (Michael) Marshall, Hephzibah; one brother, Eddie Williams, Jacksonville, Fla; sisters-in-law, Lillie M. Blake, Wrens, and Naomi Williams, Louisville; a devoted cousin, Eleanor Davis, Augusta; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Williams Funeral Home, Hephzibah, was in charge of the arrangements.

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