Obituaries
May 18, 2006 Issue

Elisha Dukes
Mr. Elisha Dukes, 94, died Thursday, May 11, 2006, at Glendale Nursing Home in Wadley.

Mr. Dukes served in the US Navy in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters during WWII. He passed through the Panama Canal in to the Pacific on Christmas Day of 1944. His ship was in Tokyo Bay when American Commanders met with Japanese officials to accept their surrender. After discharge from the Navy he returned home and worked in the family dairy, then began work at Lester’s Store in Wadley where he worked for 33 years until his retirement. He was the firstborn of Elisha and Mary Lou Watkins Dukes.

The funeral was May 13 at 2 p.m. at Bethesda Primitive Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a sister, Martha Norris, Wadley; two brothers, John Dukes, Wadley, and Eugene Dukes, Perry; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Bethesda Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Betty Ann Lurie, 2577 Pollett Road, Wadley, GA 30477, or to the charity of choice.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Margie Peeples Johnson
Mrs. Margie Peeples Johnson, 85, of Wrens died Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Johnson received her education in the Jefferson County School system. She was a member of Stone Springfield AME Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Mitchell Johnson, and her parents Eddie and Alice Evans Peeples.

The funeral will be May 18 at 4 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church with the Rev. Thompkins officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Eddie Oliphant, Los Angeles, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Otis Newborn Martin
Mr. Otis Newborn Martin, 91, of Louisville died Saturday, May 13, 2006.

Mr. Martin was a member of First Baptist Church of Louisville. He was a member of Louisville Lions Club for 50 years and was a Mason. He was retired from Independent Life and Accidental Insurance Company after 36 years of service. He is preceded in death by his parents, Randall Martin and Lelia Peebles Martin; three brothers, Leon Martin, Roney “Bill” Martin and Oliff Martin; and one sister, Mary Lee Thigpen.

The funeral was May 17 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Louisville with the Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Thigpen Martin; son, Randy Von and Phyllis Martin, Thomson; daughter, Jan M. and Terrell Marsh; one sister; Ophelia Logan; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Honorary pallbearers were The Lions Club Members of Louisville, Henderson Chevrolet Company, Deacons of The First Baptist Church and Carol Ann Ledger.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


James A. “Zag” Moore
Mr. James A. “Zag” Moore, 53, of Augusta died Friday, May 12, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Moore, a life long resident of Augusta, was a graduate of Jackson High School and Orangeburg Technical College. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Beech Island. He was a carpenter, a truck driver and an amateur musician. He was preceded in death by his father, Josh R. Moore.

Graveside services were May 16 at 3 p.m. at Wrens City Cemetery with the Rev. Joey Thompson officiating.

Survivors include his mother, Lois Johnson Moore; one sister, Mary Anne Hill, Martinez; two brothers, Randy (Patricia) Moore, Wilmington, N.C., and William Kenny (Patricia) Moore, Little Mountain, S.C.; three nieces; and two nephews.

Memorials may be made to Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, 507 Crawford Ave., Augusta, GA 30904.

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


Keylon C. “K.C.” Powell Jr.
Mr. Keylon C. “K.C.” Powell Jr., 80, of Augusta died Sunday, May 14, 2006, at Portsbridge Hospice.

Mr. Powell, a native of Wrens, lived in Augusta for the past 64 years. He was a member of Mize Memorial United Methodist Church where he had served as Sunday School Superintendent, Vice Chair of the Administrative Board, President of the United Methodist Men and Chair of the Council of Ministries. As a US Navy veteran of WWII he served in the Philippines. He was a member of the American Legion Richmond Post 63, one of the original members of Green Meadows Country Club and a past president of the North Augusta Boating Club. He retired from Doctors & Merchants Credit Bureau. He is preceded in death by his parents, Keylon C. Powell Sr. and Lucille Sheppard Powell, his wife Mary Jones Powell and his wife Alta Grammer Powell.

The funeral was May 16 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Home with the Revs. Fred Heard and C.W. Edwards Jr. officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his daughters, Beth and Nick Evans, Augusta, and Kaye and Larry Ward, Martinez; step-daughter, Lynette (Tim) Kelleher, Martinez; step-son, Dwayne (Donna) Wheatley, Martinez; a sister, Ruth P. (Gene) Barnes, Fremont, Calif.; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Chad Evans, David Blackstone, Mitchell Florence, Gene Hollins Jr., Brian McKinney, Kenny Kinsey and Dr. Charles Shaefer.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, Augusta, were in charge of the arrangements.


Lewis H. Wylds
Retired 1st Sgt. Lewis H. Wylds, 80, of Evans died Tuesday, May 9, 2006.

Mr. Wylds, a native of Blythe, lived in the Augusta area most of his life. He was retired after 27 ½ years from the US Army and served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He also retired from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department and Columbia County Magistrate Court. He was a member of Dunn’s Chapel of Leah. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Katherine Wylds Sr.; three brothers and two sisters.

The funeral was May 13 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with the Revs. Henry B. Shaffer Sr. and Marion Jay officiating. Burial was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens with full Military Honors.

Survivors include his wife, Wilhemina Bussell Wylds; five daughters, Kathy and Sonny Batchelor, Augusta, Cheryl and Paul Beckworth, Stapleton, Becky and Kinney Harman, Evans, Connie Wylds, Augusta, and Fran and Rev. Henry Shaffer Sr., Vaucluse, S.C.; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

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

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