Obituaries
May 11, 2006 Issue

Eleanor Barfield Asbell
Mrs. Eleanor Barfield Asbell of North Augusta died Tuesday, May 2, 2006.

Mrs. Asbell, a native of Mitchell, was a lifelong resident of Aiken County. She was retired from Seminole Mills and was a member of St. John United Methodist Church in Graniteville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Zola G. Asbell, and her parents, Samuel Barfield and Lillian Howell Barfield.

The funeral was May 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Napier Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Hulsey officiating. Burial was in Graniteville Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Zora A. NeSmith, North Augusta; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Pallbearers were Zach NeSmith, Matt NeSmith, Wesley Carter, Gary Gunter, Wade Napier and Scottie Napier.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1899 Central Avenue, Augusta, GA 30905.

Napier Funeral Home, Graniteville, S.C., was in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Muns Friedman Bellino
Mrs. Mary Muns Friedman Bellino, 62, of North Augusta, S.C., died Monday, May 1, 2006.

Mrs. Bellino, a native of Jackson, S.C., was the daughter of Robert Lee and Fannie Bell Muns. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Steven Edward Friedman and Joseph A. Bellino.

Graveside services were May 4 at 11 a.m. at Westover Memorial Park with Rabbi Robert Klensin officiating.

Survivors include her sister, Barbara and Ralph Neal, Mitchell; her brother, Alton and Susan Muns, Savannah; nieces and nephews, Darryl, Dennis, Alisha, Carol and Robin; and several other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Brentt Moyer, David Alalof, Nathan Jolles, Michael Stallings, Danny Lucas and Ryan Gregory.

Memorials may be made to Congregational Children of Israel, 3005 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909, or First Baptist Church of Augusta, P.O. Box 14489, Augusta, GA 30919.


Edna Mae Thigpen
Miss Edna Mae Thigpen, 72, of Wrens died Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at Jefferson Hospital.

Miss Thigpen, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Old Bethel Baptist Church. She was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Annie Lou Thigpen. She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Jane Thigpen.

The funeral was May 7 at 2 p.m. at Waldens United Methodist Church with the Revs. Doug Todd and Ronnie Shelton officiating.

Survivors include a son, Danny Williams, Wrens; one brother, Herbert Thigpen, Ivey; four sisters, Thelma Manning, Louisville, Betty Chalker, Blythe, Jewell Griswell, Mitchell, and Virginia Shelton, Wrens.

Pallbearers were David Bullard, Gary Hutchens, David Reese, Matt Stevens, Bill Snider, Kenneth Hardin, Detroit Amerson and Bill McGlohorn.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Stacey A. McNair
Miss Stacey A. McNair, 36, of Wrens died Saturday, May 6, 2006.

Miss McNair was a member of Ways Baptist Church.

The funeral was May 10 at 11 a.m. at Ways Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerry Cole and Wayne Turpin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James McNair, Wrens; her brother, Vincent and Anita McNair, Wrens; a nephew, Joshua McNair, Wrens; and several cousins.

Pallbearers were Jimmy May, Mike McDonald, Kenneth McDonald, Dale Morris, Lee Matthew, Mitchell Doss, Ryan Doss, Adam McNair and Chris May.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jean H. Martin
Mrs. Jean H. Martin, 80, of Wrens died Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Martin was self employed of Cliff Martin Enterprises and Cliff Martin Dairy Queen. She was a Methodist. She attended University of Georgia and taught elementary school in Bullock County. She was a member of D.A.R. She is preceded in death by her husband, Cliff Martin Sr., and two sons, Cliff Martin Jr. and Joseph B. Martin.

The funeral was May 4 at 2 p.m. at the James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roy White and Randall Goosen officiating.

Survivors include her son, Walter P. Martin; a sister, Ann Kennedy; and two granddaughters.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Trey Martin, Jay Martin, Walt Martin, Jimmy Martin, Steve Martin and Daniel Martin.

Honorary pallbearers were Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Wrens Police Department and Richmond County Narcotics Department.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jessie Simpkins Jr.
Mr. Jessie Simpkins Jr. of Swainsboro died Friday, April 28, 2006.

The funeral was May 6 at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Louisville, with the Rev. Alvin Simpkins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Simpkins; two daughters, Mary Frances Thorne, Wrens, and Lucinda Bryant, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; four stepsons, Albert Lee Davis, Elijah Davis, Randolph Davis and Gary Davis, Swainsboro; two sisters, Flora Williams, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Betty Johnson, Louisville; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one son-in-law; four brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and several other relatives.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Jimmie Lee Bostic
Mr. Jimmie Lee Bostic, formerly of Wadley, died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mr. Bostic was the son of the late Georgia Ann and Louis Bostic. He was a member of the Pierce Grove Baptist Church.

The funeral was May 10 at 3 p.m. at Pierce Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Sampson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Sallie and Deacon Sam Gross, Wadley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ella Lucille "Lou" Williams
Mrs. Ella Lucille "Lou" Williams of Matthews died Friday, May 5, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Williams, a native of Augusta, spent the last 20 years in Matthews. She retired from Forts Cleaners in Augusta and was the owner of Lou's Country Kitchen in Matthews. She was a member of New Beginnings Church in Wrens.

The funeral was May 8 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son. Burial was in Westover Memorial Park.

Survivors include a son, Jackie Self; and three daughters, Linda Holbrooks, Marie Taylor and Brenda Blitchington; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Johan Jagnandan, Danny Williams, Jerry Sloan, William Price, Charles Cook, Charlie Cook and Russell Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.

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