Obituaries
December 22, 2005 Issue

Wash Baker Sr.
Mr. Wash Baker Sr., 81, of Wrens died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005.

The funeral was Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Stellaville, with the Rev. Jimmy McCollough III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Mae Baker, Wrens; five daughters, Willie Johnson, Bobbie Lee Boatwright and Alberta Baker, all of Wrens; three sons, Wash Baker Jr., Louisville, Arthur Lee Baker, Columbus, Ohio, and Herman (Helen) Baker, Orlando, Fla.; four brothers; two sisters, 28 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Elaine K. Bragg
Mrs. Elaine K. Bragg, 60, of Louisville died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Bragg, a native of Jefferson County, was the owner and operator of the Sears Merchant Store in Louisville. She was a member of Old Bethel Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her father George Thomas Kitchens.

The funeral was Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Southern Heritage Funeral Home, Louisville Chapel. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, George William "Bill" Bragg; her daughter, Tammy Jackson, Tennille; her mother, Maggie Reid Kitchens; three brothers, Walter and Louise Kitchens, and Frankie and Sharon Kitchens, all of Wadley, and Charles and Mary Kitchens, Augusta; one sister, Marynel and Terry Garrett, Bartow; her granddaughter, Molly Jackson; her mother-in-law, Pearlie Maude Bragg; and several nieces and nephews.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Carrie Bell Gibbons
Mrs. Carrie Bell Gibbons of Augusta died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

The funeral was Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church with the Rev. E.C. Climes officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, George (J.R.) Gibbons, Roy (Jessie) Gibbons and Tommy Gibbons, Augusta, and Benjamin (Petriece) Gibbons, Jacksonville, N.C.; four daughters, Joanne (Bernard) Raines, Bobbie Jean (Oliver) Moss, Rebie Gibbons, Shirley (Greg McCrae) Gibbons, Augusta; one brother, Frank (Nell) Gibbons, Augusta; one sister, Anna Gibbons, Greenwich, Conn.; one aunt, Mollie Robinson, Louisville; two sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; 23 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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


Joe Lewis Gordon
Mr. Joe Lewis Gordon of Dorchester, Mass., died Friday, Dec. 9, 2005.

Mr. Gordon was the son of the late Jim Gordon Jr. and Annie Mae Gordon.

The funeral was Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at J.B. Johnson Funeral Home Chapel in Roxbury, Mass.

Survivors include his sisters, Anna Dora Davis, Tampa, Fla., Helen (George) Farmer, Lithonia, Carolyn (Kenny) Bacomb, Cambridge, Mass, and Linda (Johnny) Gibbons, Louisville; a brother, Garvin (Essie) Gordon, Louisville; sisters-in-law; one uncle; two aunts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Announcement courtesy of Davis Funeral Home.


Willie Richardson Leverentz
Mrs. Willie Richardson Leverentz of Augusta died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005.

Mrs. Leverentz was retired as a bookkeeper with Augusta Christian School. She was a member of Wildwood Christian Church.

Memorial services were held Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel, with the Rev. Blaze Mancine officiating. She is preceded in death by two husbands, Charles P. Richardson Sr., and Robert Leverentz; and two sons, Robert Earl Richardson and Charles P. Richardson Jr.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Marie A. Richardson; daughter, Shirley R. Byers; sisters, Beatrice Barnes and Frankie Contas; brothers, Carol Holyfield, Clyde Holyfield and Tommy Holyfield; three grandchildren, Steven Drew Richardson, Susan D. Moore and Samantha D. Gillum; one great-grandson, Nathaniel H. Moore; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Miracle Network, 4525 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117.


Sara Barrow Pennington
Mrs. Sara Barrow Pennington, 89, of Matthews died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005.

Mrs. Pennington, graduated from Georgia Teacher College, and retired as a school teacher after 34 years. She was a member of Mount Moriah United Methodist Church where she was a pianist for 40 years. She was the daughter of the late Horace and Jennie Barrow. She is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Penningon; a brother, Ralph C. Barrow; and three sisters, Rosa B. Hamilton, Dorothy B. Atwell and Nell B. Walden.

The funeral was Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. at Mount Moriah United Methodist Church with Ed Chance, George Farmer and Dr. James Ford officiating. Burial was in the Mount Moriah Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Jenny Pennington; a granddaughter, Ginger (Eric) Moore; a grandson, Bert Young; great-grandchildren, Drew and Sarah Moore; a brother, Pritchard (Maxine) Wilson; and nieces and nephew, Emily H. Farmer, Lynn W. Williams and Joe Walden.

Pallbearers were Jim Young, Sam Pennington, Jeff Jones, Alan Rabun, Jim Gay and Ray Smith.

Memorials may be made to Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, 2605 Mt. Moriah Rd., Matthews, GA 30818.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lucy Wells Parker
Mrs. Lucy Wells Parker, 75, of Keysville died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Parker was a lifelong resident of Keysville, Jefferson County, and a homemaker.

The funeral was Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Moore officiating. Burial was at Woodland Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include five daughters, Brenda (James) Munro, Hephzibah, Judy (Mike) Carter, Wrens, Mae (Gary) Darnell, Blythe, Barbara (Rufus) Prickett, Matthews, and Marie (David) Hardin, Wrens; two sons, Lamar (Joyce) Wells, Augusta, and Poochie Wells, Keysville; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry Beckum, Ray Darnell, Roy Lariscy, Emory Arrington, Paul Relander, Clyde Welch and Eddie Welch.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


James Reese
Mr. James Reese, 77, of Grovetown died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Reese was born in Glascock County. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and Vietnam. He retired with more than 20 years of service to his country and received numerous medals including the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Metal and Bronze Star. He was a realtor for several years and a member of the Augusta Board of Realtors and owner of Reese's Rentals. He was a former member of the VFW, Lions Clubs and Exchange Club. He was a former mayor, mayor pro-tem and councilman for the city of Grovetown. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Claudine Newman Reese; his brothers, Billy and John Henry Reese; three sisters, Betty, Polly and Mary Lizzy.

The funeral was Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Thomas L. King Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Biggs officiating. Burial was in the Bellevue Memorial Gardens Mausoleum will full military honors.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Randell Reese; a son, Kenneth and Peggy G. Reese, Warner Robins; two daughters, Sheila R. Sapp, Arcadia, Fla., and Pam and Allen Steward, Grovetown; a brother, Bobby and Jean Reese, Hephzibah; a sister, Sadie Smith, Louisville; five grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

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


James Usry
Mr. James Usry of Warrenton died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at Medical College of Georgia.

Mr. Usry was born in Aiken County but lived in Warrenton for the past six years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jennifer Toulson.

The funeral was Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron Drawdy officiating. Burial was in the Langley Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Masters Usry; daughters, Debbie Smith, Warrenton, and Diane Thompson, Augusta; a son, Randy Usry, Martinez; brothers, F.J. Usry, Edgefield Co., and David Usry, Gibson; sister, Edna Toole, Augusta; sister-in-law, Lois Usry, Augusta; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wesley Savoy, Tracy Johnson, Wayne Usry, Tony Usry, Keith Hadden and Scott Hodgins.

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


Mollie Cook Waterson
Mrs. Mollie Cook Waterson, 86, of Augusta died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Waterson, a native of Aiken County, had made Augusta her home since 1951. She was a homemaker and a member of Crestview Baptist Church.

The funeral was Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with the Rev. Micky Huff officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include two sons, Walter B. Zepp, Stapleton, and L.L. and Brenda Zepp, Martinez; one sister, Billie Borgen, North Augusta; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Glen H. Zepp, Mark J. Zepp, Timothy J. Perry and David A. Smith.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1725, Augusta, GA 30901.

Hatcher, Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.

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