Obituaries
January 19, 2006 Issue

Merle Cooke Burrell
Mrs. Merle Cooke Burrell, 93, of Milledgeville died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006.

Mrs. Burrell, a native of Clinton, N.C., had made her home in Augusta before moving to Milledgeville 27 years ago.

The funeral was Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerry Bradley and Alan Mitchell officiating. Burial was in Baldwin Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas (Marel) Burrell, Duluth, Rev. Adrian (Janice) Burrell, Gibson, and Charles (Melba) Burrell, Milledgeville; a sister, Thelma Brown, Martinsville, Va.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Moores Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jaci Madison Cooper
Jaci Madison Cooper of Mitchell died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

The funeral was Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Long Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Chad Crews officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her parents, John "J.J." and Cathy Cooper; one sister, Lauren Adams; two brothers, Josh Adams and Austin Cooper; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Toulson; paternal grandmother, Janet Whitaker, and paternal grandfather, John Cooper Sr.

Pallbearers were Curt Norman, John Graham, Danny Pilgrim and Tommy Wolfe.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Warrenton Police Department, Warren County Fire Department, Warren County Sheriff's Department and the Taliaferro County Sheriff's Department.

Memorials may be made to the University Hospital Health Care Foundation, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 1350 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901.

Lowe Funeral Home, Warrenton, was in charge of the arrangements.


Nancy Pinkston Gibbons
Mrs. Nancy Pinkston Gibbons died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at an Atlanta hospital.

Mrs. Gibbons was a native of Jefferson County

The funeral was Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Charles Holloway and Mack Thomas officiating. Burial was in the Dixon Chapel AME Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews, Mary Floyd, Martha Harmon, Edward Pinkston, Penny Gibbons, Mary Pinkston and Ricky Pinkston, Louisville, Jewelstine Pinkston, Douglasville, Clara Outler, Grovetown, Tyrone Pinkston, David Pinkston, Frankie Pinkston, Jessie Pinkston, Thomas Pinkston, Betty Lasiter and Ethan Pinkston, Atlanta; and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jamie Hawkins Sr.
Rev. Jamie Hawkins Sr., 73, of Gibson died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Rev. Hawkins, a native of Glascock County, was the son of the late Oliver and Zeddie Hawkins. He was pastor of Griffin Chapel Baptist Church for 26 years and was a member of Euphrates Baptist Church. He was also a farmer and was retired from Thermo King Corporation after 24 years of service. He is preceded in death by three brothers, O.C. Hawkins, Sharkie Hawkins and Harold Hawkins and one sister, Carolyn H. Morgan.

The funeral was Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. at Griffin Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Thurman Walden and Herman Walden officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria W. Hawkins; one son, Jamie and Kathy Hawkins Jr., Edgehill; one daughter, Kathy H. and Mike Lyons, Gibson; one brother, Ronnie Hawkins, St. Louis; one sister, Jessie Sammons, Gibson; two grandsons and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Steven Usry, James Hawkins, Tommy Hawkins, Clay Holbrook, Jeff McGahee, Mark Stewart, Brian Stewart and Lynn B. Reese.

Memorials may be made to Griffin Chapel Baptist Church, c/o Mrs. Cathy H. Lyons, 646 Gray St., Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Marion Edward "Eddie" James
Mr. Marion Edward "Eddie" James of Matthews died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006.

The funeral was Jan. 14 at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel, at 2 p.m. with Larry Hubbard officiating. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, June Nelson James; two daughters, Alisa Mossbarger and Kristen James; his parents, James Powell and Sadie Powell, Matthews; brothers, Pat James, Savannah, and James Powell, Matthews; a sister, Sherry Powell, Matthews; three nephews and one niece.

Memorials may be made to the Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund, c/o Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program, 116 Rum Creek Drive, Forsythe, GA 31029.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Juanita Durham Petermann
Mrs. Juanita Durham Petermann, 82, of Wrens died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006.

Mrs. Petermann, formerly of Warner Robbins, was a retired missionary with the Child Evangelism Fellowship and a member of Bible Baptist Temple of Warner Robbins. She is predeceased by her husband Louis C. Petermann.

The funeral was Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Melvin Wise and Charles Webber officiating. Burial was in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include Steve and Jarenda Durham, Wrens, Ford and Gloria Durham, Unadilla, Elizabeth and Shep Wright, Cordele, and Christine Durham, Wrens.

Memorials may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, P.O. Box 348, Warrenton, MO 63383.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


William D. McNeely II
Mr. William D. McNeely II, 54, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006.

Mr. McNeely, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Calvin McNeely and Margaret Green-McNeely-Peacock. He served his country in the USMC and was discharged with honors. He spent several years as a commercial fisherman captain and later in retail management. He retired three years ago in Savannah to be near family.

The funeral was Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Quinney officiating. Burial was in the Stevens Cemetery on Coleman Lake Road.

Survivors include two sons, William D. McNeely III and Shawn M. McNeely, Savannah; two daughters, Amanda McNeely, Savannah, and Carrie McNeely-Lee, Brantley County; one brother, Calvin and Sandra (Smith) McNeely, Screven County; three sisters, Martha Peacock and Michael Lindsey, Millen, Brenda Peacock and Barry Cohen, Savannah, and Kathy Peacock and William Toler, Alliance, N.C.; one grandson; five nieces; five nephews; 15 great-nieces; 4 great-nephews; and several aunts and uncles.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ralph Glenn Melton
Mr. Ralph Glenn Melton, 64, of Augusta died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006.

Mr. Melton, a native of Wrens, was a 10-year U.S. Navy veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He was a retired truck driver, owner operator of 39 years. He drove buses for South Eastern Stages and Tour Buses for Talmadge Lewis. He was the son of the late Otis Warren Melton Sr. and Virginia Hazel Melton.

The funeral was Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Calvary Temple with the Revs. Andy Collins and Clarence Overton officiating. Burial was at Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Berneice Kay Melton; three daughters, Joy (Frank) Polatty, Johnston, S.C., Joanna (Patrick) Bargeron, Appling, and Lynn Overton, Hephzibah; a sister, Connie (Jimmy) Burnette, Martinez; a brother, Warren (Wanda) Melton, Mars Hill, N.C.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Bud Overton, Roy Overton, Don Overton, Phillip Boswell, Patrick Bargeron Jr. and Ricky Bartlett Jr.

Poteet Funeral Homes, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Bryce Matthew Smith
On Jan. 13, 2006, one of Jesus' very special little lambs, Bryce Matthew Smith, age 3, went to heaven to become the sweetest little angel of all. After fighting a lifetime of heart disease, the last three months he has suffered this battle with his last breath and Friday morning he won the race. Jesus said, 'Bryce, come and take my hand, let us walk on the clouds, dance and sing. Forget all your pains ('boo boos'). Smile, laugh and rejoice. Come and walk with me - my heaven is waiting for you to see.' Bryce always did light up a room wherever he went, and now Heaven is brighter because Bryce is there, shining with the wonderful joy that he has inside him.

The funeral was Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. at Wrens Baptist Church with Dr. Don Widener and the Rev. James "Jim" Dunn officiating. Burial was in Wrens Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his parents, Randy and Marcia Smith; a brother, Jamie "Bubba" Smith, Wrens; grandparents, Garvin and Edith Usry, Wrens, Myron Smith, Wrens uncles and aunts, James and Audrey Usry, Mundelein, Ill., Phil and Arlene Usry, Wrens, Brian and Angel Usry, Wrens, Marty and Evonne Smith, Hull, Darlene and Tony Holcomb, Clearwater, Fla., James and Belinda Smith, Dearing; cousins, special friends and MCG Children's Medical Center Family.

Bryce was preceded in death by his grandmother, Shelby Jean Smith.

Pallbearers were Dr. Anthony Pearson-Shaver, Dr. James St. Louis, Dr. William Lutin and Dr. Reginald Pilcher.

Honorary pallbearers were the medical staff of MCG Children's Medical Center and the freshman class of Edmund Burke Academy.

Memorials may be made to MCG Children's Medical Center or Children's Heart Program and mail to MGC Foundation, 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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