Obituaries
December 29, 2005 Issue

Alma Clements
Mrs. Alma Clements, 91, of Wrens died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, at Old Capital Inn Nursing Home in Louisville.

Mrs. Clements was a member of Wrens Baptist Church and a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her husband John Robert Clements, and a son Ben Clements.

The funeral was Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Race Lariscy and Dr. James Ford officiating. Burial was in the Way's Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Robert (Sylvia) Clements and Ray (Marilyn) Clements, Louisville, and Fay (Pat) Clements, Douglasville; three daughters, Catherine (Bob) Ross, Newport Beach, Ca., Marian (Mac) Peeler, Wrens, and Betty J. Clements, Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Elsie Usry, Wrens; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mark Clements, Mike Clements, Patrick Peeler, Ronnie Lamb, Joel Clark, Jerry Clark and Paul Clements.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


William Nelms "Billy" Cofer Jr.
Mr. William Nelms "Billy" Cofer Jr., 71, of Washington, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005.

Mr. Cofer, a native of Greene County, served in the National Guard and was a member of First Baptist Church, Washington. He was one of the first lifetime members of the Washington-Wilkes Jaycees and was the founder of Fareway Building Supplies which opened in 1976.

The funeral was Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Washington, with Dr. John Childers and the Rev. Albert Huyck officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Cemetery.

Survivors include his son, Ronnie Cofer, Washington; daughters, Debbie Cofer, Newport, Tenn., and Sara Saxon, Sylvania; a sister, Dorothy Johnson, Mitchell; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jack Armour, Ed Geddings, Thomas Fanning, Mike Thornton, Billy Dyson and Wendy Cofer.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, "Together We Build Fund," or to the Washington-Wilkes High School Athletic Department.

Hopkins Funeral Home, Washington, was in charge of the arrangements.


LaDarius "Spanky" Davis
Mr. LaDarius "Spanky" Davis, 22, of Jacksonville, Fla., died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at University Shands in Jacksonville.

Mr. Davis was employed by Seven Bridges Restaurant and was a student at Florida Community College specializing in the culinary arts program.

The funeral was Dec. 21 at All People International Church of God in Christ, Jacksonville, with Elder White officiating.

Survivors include his mother, Ann Johnson, Jacksonville; father, James C. Johnson, Wrens; two sisters, Shemika Davis, Sanford, Fla., and Ashley Johnson, Jacksonville; maternal grandparents, James and Joyce Davis, Jacksonville; paternal grandmother, Hattie R. (Jane) Johnson, Wrens; paternal great-grandfather, Mr. Ernest Andrews, Augusta; six aunts; four uncles; and 25 cousins.

James Graham Mortuary, Jacksonville, was in charge of the arrangements.


Lonnie Hill Sr.
Mr. Lonnie Hill Sr. of Wadley died Friday, Dec. 23, 2005.

The funeral was Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Wadley. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Janie Mae Jackson Hill, Wadley; four children, Sandra (Shawn) Elam, Wilmington, Del., Phyllis (Alfred) Thomas, Wadley, Melinda (Rev. James) Carr, Louisville, and Lonnie (Mary) Hill Jr., Wadley; his mother, Mary Jane Allen, Wadley; two brothers, John Hill, Atlantic Beach, Fla., Vara Allen Jones, Anchorage, Ak., and Annette Baker and Joyce Durant, Fla.;10 grandchildren; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and several other relatives.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Ruby Bridges Johnson
Mrs. Ruby Bridges Johnson, 87, of Mitchell died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson.

Mrs. Johnson, a native of Washington County, lived in Glascock County most of her life. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

The funeral was Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church with the Revs. James King, Phillip Nichols and Bill Seaman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. She is preceded in death by her husband, Alton Boze Johnson Sr.; and three sons, Alton Johnson, Roy Johnson and Boze Johnson Jr.

Survivors include three sons, Billy (Lois) Johnson, Mitchell, Steven (Susan) Johnson, Chattanooga, and Stan (Jane) Johnson, Wrens; two daughters, Betty Ann Smith, Tennille, and Bessie Mae Wilson, Harlem; one brother, Jewell Bridges, Sandersville; two daughters-in-law, Barbara Johnson, Mitchell, and Elizabeth Johnson, Augusta; 20 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Willis Kelley
Mr. Willis Kelley, 84, of Stapleton died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Kelley was a member of Stapleton Baptist Church. He was a retired supervisor from Stapleton Garment Factory and a volunteer at the fire department in Stapleton. He served in the U.S. Army where he fought in WWII.

The funeral was Dec. 27 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Daniel officiating. Burial was in the Stapleton Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Faye K. Pate, Gibson; two sons, Tony (Joyce) Kelley and David (Shirley) Kelly, Stapleton; a sister, Martha Julia Usry, Augusta; a brother, Lewis "Buddy" Kelley, Augusta; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jim Pate, Duane Usry, Clarey Kelley, Marshall Skinner, Smith Dickson and Brandon Davis.

Honorary pallbearers were the Stapleton Fire Department.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary L. Beasley Phillip
Mrs. Mary L. Beasley Phillips, 75, of Stapleton died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at Old Capital Inn Nursing Home in Louisville

Mrs. Phillips was a member of Wrens Baptist Church and a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Lillian Beasley; four brothers, William, Harold, Ray and Gene; and two sisters, Marian Smith and Libby Huff.

The funeral was Dec. 27 at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Race Lariscy officiating. Burial was in the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include a son Teddy Phillips, Matthews; a brother, Jack Beasley, Stapleton; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Louis Dixon, Chad Dixon, Felton Beasley, Danny Smith, Vernon Fail, Larry Beasley, Elton Beasley and Sonny Phillips.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Lou Reid
Mrs. Mary Lou Reid of Augusta died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Reid, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Second Mt. Moriah Baptist Church where she served as president of the Missionary Society, treasurer of the Deaconess Board and president of the Pastor's Aid Board.

The funeral was Dec. 23 at Second Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with the Rev. W.J. Crockett officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Alberta (John) Reid-Tanksley, Augusta, Mary (Edgar) Lazenby, Mattie (James) Gaither, Hephzibah, and Geneva R. Jones, Grovetown; and a sister, Willie Mae Lampkin, Augusta.

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


William E. "Bill" Thompson
Rev. William E. "Bill" Thompson, 91, of Langley, S.C., died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rev. Thompson, a native of Greenwood, S.C., lived in Toombs County for 49 years. He pastored many churches in the area, both Baptist and Methodist, served as coroner of Toombs County for four years and was a member of the Masonic Lodge since 1985. He presently served as pastor of Mitchell United Methodist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul Lee and Nona Perdue Thompson, and one son, Marvin Thompson.

The funeral was Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Ronnie L. Stewart Family Funeral Service Chapel of Vidalia with the Rev Ricky Varnell, Rev. Irie Cyree, Rev. Herb Sons and Jack Hall officiating. Burial was in Hardens Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Marcum Thompson; one son, Paul Thompson, Macon; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

Ronnie L. Stewart Family Funeral Service, Vidalia, was in charge of the arrangements.

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