Obituaries
November 17, 2005 Issue

William R. "Buddy" Anderson
Mr. William R. "Buddy" Anderson, 79, of Sylvania died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at Sylview Heath Care.

Mr. Anderson, a native of Screven County, was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in World War II. He was an electrician for Torrington Co. for 20 years and a member of Sylvania First Baptist Church where he was a Deacon. He was also a member of the Guy Smalley Bible Study Class. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Mock Anderson.

The funeral was Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. at Sylvania First Baptist Church with the Rev. Lonnie Norris, Linda Lariscy and Donnie Hopkins officiating. Burial was in the Screven County Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca A. and Lee Woods, Wrens; one son and daughter-in-law, Larry A. and Karen Anderson, Sylvania; one sister, Christine Anderson Taylor, Woodbridge, Va.; one brother, Nelson Anderson, Sylvania; two grandchildren, Alan Anderson, Statesboro, and Mitchell Woods, Wrens; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Danny Bishop, Lee Mock, Len Mock, Donnie Hopkins, Owen Woods and Tom Avret.

Honorary pallbearers were the Sunday School Class of Sylvania First Baptist Church, Lucius Waters and Rev. Edward Hunter.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Sylvania First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 318, Sylvania, GA 30467.

Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Alvis A. Dye
Mr. Alvis A. Dye, 77, of Tyrone died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005.

Mr. Dye, a native of Glascock County, was a self employed general contractor.

Graveside services were Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Mill Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Mitchell, with the Rev. Tony Key officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby H. Dye; one son, Robert Dye, Canton; four daughters, Emma Freeman, Daphene Chaffin and Alicia Dye, Grantville, and Nancy High, Dearing; one brother, Archie Dye, Houston, Texas; two sisters, Gypsy Strickland and Katie May Brewer, both of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Starling Funeral Home, Harlem, was in charge of the arrangements.


Thomas J. Hughes
Mr. Thomas J. Hughes of Morrow died Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at Southern Regional Medical Center.

The funeral was Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors with the Rev. Lee Ayers officiating. Burial was at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include daughters, Janice Shannon, Jonesboro , Cynthia Puckett, Forest Park and Christy Hughes, McDonough; sisters, Myrtice Thigpen, Greenwood, S.C., Juanita Reese, Martinez, and Pauline Brooks, Newnan; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.


Joe Nelson Johnson Jr.
Mr. Joe Nelson Johnson Jr. of Wrens died Monday, Nov. 7, 2005.

The funeral was Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Church with Pastor Roy Mathis and Presiding Elder Ella Smiley-Samuels officiating. Burial was in Sugar Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, William J. Johnson, Rahway, N.J., and Paki Johnson, College Park; one daughter, Jeanyne K. Johnson, Las Vegas; two brothers, Jerome C. Johnson, Baltimore, and Jar M. Johnson, South Orange, N.J.; two sisters, Janice C. Johnson, Las Vegas, and Joann L. Johnson, Baltimore; mother-in-law, Martess Davis, Wrens; his fiancÚ, Mary E. Freeman, Wrens; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ralph Jordan, Lawrence Clarke, Donald Watson, Sidney Chappell, Gilbert Taylor and Butch Bryson.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Carolyn Wilcher Jones
Mrs. Mary Carolyn Wilcher Jones, 77, of Augusta died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2005.

Mrs. Jones, a native of Glascock County, made her home in Augusta for the past 13 years. She was a retired housekeeping supervisor at Gibson Rest Home. She was a member of Pine View Baptist Church and Faith Sunday School class.

Memorial services were held Nov. 13 at 11:45 a.m. at Pine View Baptist Church with the Revs. Michael Davenport and Albert Osborn officiating.

Survivors include one daughter, Jacquelyn English; one granddaughter, Cassandra Griffith; great-granddaughter, Evangeline Griffith; one brother, Thomas S. Wilcher; one sister, Marjorie Wilcher; and several other relatives.

Memorials may be made to Pine View Baptist Church Building Fund, 154 Davis Road, Augusta, GA 30907.

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


Willie Anderson Walker
Mr. Willie Anderson Walker, 67, of Wrens died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.

The funeral was Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. at Wrens Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Gary Jouett officiating. Burial was in Wrens Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Lucinda Neal Walker; his children, Ada Denise Walker and Annie Ruth Walker, Wrens, John Wesley (Becky) Neal, Manassas, Va., Willie (Theresa) Neal, Irving, Texas, and Christopher Brown, Gresham, S.C.; siblings, Eunice Hudson and Lee Walker, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Louise Walker, Henry Walker and Robert Walker, Wrens, Louise Neely, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Charlie Dixon, Dania, Fla., Roy Dixon, West Palm Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren; and two aunts.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Rachel Keever Lytjen
Mrs. Rachel Keever Lytjen, 88, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005.

Mrs. Lytjen, a native of Salisbury, N.C., was the daughter of Daniel M. and Bess C. Keever. She moved to Savannah where she attended Armstrong Junior College and was a member of the college's first graduating class. She was a homemaker and a community volunteer. With friends, she began the Pink Ladies volunteer organization at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and was active in Beta Sigma Phi service sorority. Later she worked for DeRenne Elementary School as a reading specialist. She was preceded in death by her husband John Lytjen.

Graveside services were Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery with the Rev. Patrick O'Brien officiating.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Jack and Sandy Lytjen, Savannah, Dan Lytjen and Mary Minor, Virginia, and Lokey Lytjen and Bill Collins, Wyoming; her sister, Lindsay Keever Mahaney, Louisville; two granddaughters, Ashley and Kelly Lytjen; and several nieces and nephews.

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors island Chapel, Savannah, was in charge of the arrangements.


Frances Louise Peebles Newman
Mrs. Frances Louise Peebles Newman of Grovetown died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, in Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Newman, a native of Stapleton, was a homemaker. She was a member of Clifford Memorial Presbyterian Church and a charter member of the Grovetown Senior Center. She is preceded in death by her husband Lindsey Newman.

The funeral was Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Thomas L. King Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Thigpen officiating. Burial was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include four sons, Robert Newman, Appling, Wayne Newman and Curtis Newman, Grovetown, and Larry Newman, Aiken; one daughter, Betty Smith, Grovetown; four sisters, Gladys Hammett, Vera Allen, Lois Tankersley and Dorothy McNair, all of Thomson; 27 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the Grovetown Seniors Center, P.O. Box 2120, Grovetown, GA 30813.

Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd., Martinez, GA.


Lewis Usry
Mr. Lewis Usry, 88, of Thomson died Monday, Nov. 7, 2005.

Mr. Usry, a native of Jefferson County, lived most of his life in Thomson. He was the son of the late Tom and Emma Marsh Usry. He was retired from National Homes and was a member of First Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his wife Inez Irby Usry.

Graveside services were Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church Cemetery with Dr. James Ramsey officiating.

Survivors include daughters, Edna Kennedy, Thomson, and Kinda Bradley, Rex; sons, Kenneth L. Usry, Thomson, Dennis W. Usry, Martinez, Tommy Usry, Evans, Billy R. Usry, Union Point; son-in-law, Roy Mathis, Griffin; brother, Ray Usry, Grovetown; sisters, Dessie Newsome, Warrenton, Blanche Kitchens, Gibson, and Mary Landrum, Warrenton; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1205, Thomson.

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


Marvin Edward Purvis
Mr. Marvin Edward Purvis, 75, of Thomson, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005.

Mr. Purvis, a native of Warren County, lived in Thomson for the past 47 years. He was the son of the late Arthur and Lodella Hobbs Purvis. He was retired from Miliken Mills after 40 years of service. He was a member of Woodmen of the World and Reedy Creek Baptist Church.

The funeral was Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at Reedy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Henderson Purvis; brothers, Randy Purvis, Wrens, and Wallace Purvis, Dearing; sisters, Irene Emmert, Ft. Myers, Fla., Diane Reese and Polly Kent, Thomson; an uncle, Malcom Purvis, Avis, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were nephews.

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

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