Obituaries
April 20, 2006 Issue

Luther Garrett
Mr. Luther Garrett, 89, of Bartow died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Garrett, a native of Washington, was the son of the late Luther and Dovie Garrett. He was a retired farmer and member and deacon of Davisboro Baptist Church.

The funeral was April 17 at 2 p.m. at the Davisboro Baptist Church with the Revs. Glover and Steve Kenner officiating. Burial was in the Davisboro City Cemeteyr.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Garrett; two sons, L.A. Garrett Jr., Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and Terry and Marynel Garrett, Bartow; grandchildren, Mason Garrett, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and Tiffany Garrett, Bartow; one brother, Louis Garrett, Edgewater, Md.; six sisters, Doris Poole, Louisville, Carolyn Andrews, Tennille, Evelyn Merritt and Pauline Stewart, Bartow, Jewell Gibins, Fayetteville, and Elizabeth Usury, Tampa, Fla.; stepchildren, Ray Taylor and Jane Randall, Davisboro; Rosemary Smith, Sandersville, and Betty Sopp, Milledgeville; and several step-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Angli Brooks, Willis Hartley, Dock Garrett, Jimmie Andrews, Bill Black and Kevin Cobb.

Honorary pallbearers were Lions Club Members of Louisville, Directors of Jefferson Energy and Deacons of Davisboro Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Davisboro Baptist Church Building Fund.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Howard "Skinny" Green
Mr. Howard "Skinny" Green, 57, of Bartow died Sunday, April 9, 2006, at Washington County Hospital.

Mr. Green was a native of Johnson County but lived in Jefferson County all of his life. He was a 1968 graduate of Jefferson County and a member of Tarver Grove Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a truck driver with C.T. Harris for 21 years and Howard Shepard for 6 years.

The funeral will be April 15 at 2 p.m. at Tarver Grove Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Daisy Gamble Green; his children, Lorenzo (Tabitha) Green, Sandersville, Amonica Green and Antonio Green, Bartow; his father, Ben Gibbons, Swainsboro; six grandchildren; two aunts; two godchildren; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Clivis Hudson
Ms. Clivis Hudson of Thomson died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at McDuffie County Hospital.

Ms. Hudson, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Ways Grove Baptist Church, a 1964 graduate of Jefferson County High and worked as a seamstress for many years at Stapleton Garment Company.

The funeral was April 19 at 2 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church with Pastor Christine Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Ways Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her father, Isaiah Hudson, Augusta; her children, Benita Hudson, Melita Hudson and Victor Hudson, all of Thomson; one sister, Mary Rose Hudson, Louisville; five step-siblings, Rufus Gaines, Lucienda Walker, Annie Ruth Leverett, Wrens, Willie Neal, Thomson, and Ernest Gaines, Stapleton; six grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Calvin James
Mr. Calvin James, 78, of Matthews died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Mr. James, a retired carpenter, served in the U.S. Navy.

The funeral was April 13 at 1 p.m. at James Funeral Home with Edward C. James officiating. Burial was in Mt. Horeb cemetery. He is preceded in death by his wife Margarete James; parents, Railey and Marie James; a sister, Margaret McNair; and a brother, Roy James.

Survivors include his children, Jeannie Grime, Mike (Michelle) James, Joyce (Tony) Lindemuth, Ronnie James, Patty (Greg) Combs, Alan James, Frank McCarthy, Vince (Kathy) James, Tony (Shirley) James; a brother, Ray (Donna) James; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Dewayne Faglier, Gary Combs, Tracy Palmer, Chris Palmer, Jason Irby and Marty Amerson.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ruby Pearl "Tootsie" Nelson
Mrs. Ruby Pearl "Tootsie" Nelson, 50, of Augusta died Thursday, April 13, 2006.

The funeral was April 19 at noon at Spread Chapel AME Church with the Rev. Charlie Myrick officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Annie G. Smith, Wrens; her husband, Nathaniel Upton Jr.; three sons, Thomas (Patricia) Williams, Christopher (Serena) Nelson and Derrick Nelson; one daughter, Rachel (Rickey) Nelson; six sisters, Annie L. Vaughner and Ollie Neal, Wrens, Betty Whitaker and Inez Smith, Augusta, Carolyn Allen, Atlanta, and Carrie Price, High Pointe, N.C.; three brothers, Sammie Williams, Thomson, Bernard Williams, Augusta, and Charles Smith, Wrightsville; 22 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Curtis William Pennington
Mr. Curtis William Pennington, 91, of Starr S.C., died Tuesday, April 11, 2006, at Willow Creek Nursing Home in Iva, S.C.

Mr. Pennington grew up on a farm in Wrens. He was the son of the late Reesey W. and Annie Mae Evans Pennington. He was an athlete at Wrens High School and received a football scholarship to Clemson College, Clemson, S.C., in 1935 and played under Coach Jess Neeley. He graduated from Clemson in 1939 with a degree in agriculture education and became an ag teacher at Starr High School. Four years later he taught at Boys High School in Anderson for 17 years where he ran the county cannery each summer. He later became principal of Starr Elementary School for four years. He then served as superintendent of Anderson School District 3 until his retirement in 1982.He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Dean Jones Pennington.

The funeral was April 13 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Roper officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson.

Survivors include his children, Curtis W. Pennington Jr., Deanna Pennington and Elizabeth Pennington Newall; and three grandchildren.

McDougald Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Aubrey L. Powell
Mr. Aubrey L. Powell, 67, of Wrens died Friday, April 14, 2006.

Mr. Powell was a truck driver for Allen Hawkins and a member of the Church of God. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had fought in the Korean War.

The funeral was April 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel of James Funeral Home with the Rev. Tatum officiating. Burial was in the Ways Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Powell; a daughter, Melissa (Bobby) Guess Jr.; a step-daughter, Karen Brasher; two step-sons, Danny Coleman and James Newsome; four brothers, John Powell, Chester Powell, Gene Powell and Andy Powell; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Sadie Sammons
Mrs. Sadie Sammons, 92, of Ray City died Monday, April 17, 2006.

Mrs. Sammons, a native of Johnson County, was the daughter of the late Jim and Pearl Gibson Davis. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ray City. She was a member of the Woodmen of the World and the Ray City Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She is preceded in death by three grandchildren, Marvin Connell Jr., Mary Gaskins and Meghan Gaskins.

The funeral was April 19 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Ray City. Burial was in Beaver Dam Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Angela and Marvin Connell, Ray City, and Joy and Robert Gaskins, Lakeland; two sons, Bobby and Mattie Sammons, Moultrie, and Jimmy and Kathy Sammons, Ray City; three sisters, Jeanette Tanner, Juanita Cofer and Ann Rabun, all of Louisville; a brother, Jim Davis, Orlando, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Music Funeral Services, Lakeland, was in charge of the arrangements.


James E. Stephens
Mr. James E. Stephens, 83, died Saturday, April 6, 2006, at Doctor's Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Stephens, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Gordon and Nannie Smith Stephens, former Wadley residents. The Stephens family lived in Wadley before being transferred to Augusta with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company. He had been a resident of Augusta for a number of years and was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Hugh Stephens.

Graveside services were held April 15 at 1 p.m. in Westover Memorial Park with the Rev. Michael Davenport officiating.

Survivors include a niece, Barbara Hilton, Lincolnton; and two cousins, Norma Stephens Godowns, Orangeburg, S.C., and C.W. Stephens Jr., Wrens.

Platt's Funeral Home, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.

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