Obituaries
June 1, 2006 Issue

Annie Bell Atkins
Mrs. Annie Bell Atkins of Bronx, NY, died Friday, May 12, 2006.

Mrs. Atkins, a native of Jefferson County, had lived in New York for several years. She received her education in the Jefferson County school system. She was a former member of Gordon Grove Baptist Church.

The funeral was May 27 at 1 p.m. at Gordon Grove Baptist Church in Louisville with the Rev. Charles Holloway officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughters, Renee Pinckey, Marshall Island, and Teresa Smith, Bronx, NY; son, Joseph Smith Jr., Swainsboro; brothers, Arthur Brown, Augusta, Joe Atkins, Bronx, NY, Willie Atkins, Midville, and Roosevelt Atkins, Wadley; sisters, Lillie Bell Atkins, Mary Atkins, New York, and Daisy Tarver, Chesapeake, Va.; three grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lillie Mae Lewis Fuller
Mrs. Lillie Mae Lewis Fuller, 80, died Friday, May 26, 2006, at Unity Rehabilitation Center, Miami, Fla.

Mrs. Fuller, a native of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late Burl and Henrietta White Lewis and a retired custodian.

The funeral is June 1 at 4 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the New Fleming Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her sister, Lola Pearl Allen, and brother, Lonnie Lewis Sr., both of Louisville, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Floyd Johnson
Mr. Floyd Johnson, 88, of Gibson died Monday, May 22, 2006, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson.

Mr. Johnson was a native of Warren County but lived in Glascock County most of his life. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Malar J. Hunnicutt, one brother, Cleon Hunnicutt and one sister, Sylvester Hunnicutt.

Survivors include his wife, Lizzie Whitehead Johnson; two sons, Larry Johnson, Springfield, Mass., and Gary Johnson, Gibson; one daughter, Marilyn J. Peebles, Gibson; one brother, Marion F. Hunnicut, Thomson; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


William J. Lockhart
Rev. William J. Lockhart of Wadley died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the VA Medical Center in Augusta.

Rev. Lockhart, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Eden Baptist Church. He received his education in the Jefferson County school system. He attended Haines Institute primary and secondary education in Augusta. He is a graduate of Los Angles City College with a bachelor degree in art. He earned a bachelor degree in theology from California Baptist Theological Seminary. He served in the United States Army in World War II. He also served in the United States Air Force in the Korean War, received a pilot license and was a retired civil serviceman. He was a pastor, shepherd and counselor. He ministered at First Baptist Church in Gough, Jones Grove Baptist Church in Burke County and Dickey Grove Baptist Church in Millen.

The funeral was May 13 at Eden Baptist Church in Louisville with the Rev. J.O. Nelson presiding and the Rev. John Augustus Lockhart officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Dessie Williams Lockhart, Wadley; sister, Eunice Lockhart, Louisville; brothers, James A. Lockhart and Edgar (Viola) Lockhart, Louisville, and Johnny (Kim) Lockhart , Augusta; step-children, Brenda Davis, Midville, Alfred Mitchell and Smitty Mitchell, Wadley; sister-in-law, Josell Mitchell, Brockton, Mass.; three step-children and several other relatives.

Pallbearers were Alfred Mitchell, Smitty Mitchell, Robert Davis, Reginald Cox and Henry Morgan.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons and trustees of Eden Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Gough, and Jones Grove Baptist Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Norman Mitchell Sr.
Mr. Norman Mitchell Sr., 53, died Saturday, May 27, 2006.

Mr. Mitchell, a native of Jefferson County, was an honorably discharged veteran of the US Army and a correction officer at the Jefferson County Prison.

The funeral will be June 2 at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will be at The Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Latimore Mitchell, Louisville; children, Michael Lee Mitchell and Norman Mitchell Jr., Atlanta, Chantrell Mitchell, Dwayne Mitchell, Christopher Mitchell and Curtis Mitchell, Louisville; siblings, Dessie Scott, Ella M. Tomlin, Robert Mitchell, Donald Mitchell, Kimothy Mitchell, Wadley, Shirley A. Evans, Annette Barnes and Eunice R. Mitchell, Riverdale; Richard Mitchell, Detroit, Mich.; and Alma J. Moore, Atlanta; father-in-law, Leroy Latimore, Louisville; five grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Geraldine H. Montgomery
Mrs. Geraldine H. Montgomery, 62, of Thomson died Thursday, May 25, 2006, at Cancer Treatment Center of America, Tulsa, Okla.

Mrs. Montgomery, a native of Greenville, Tenn., lived in Thomson for 55 years. She was a tax preparer, a member of the Thomson United Methodist Church, a member of the Matthews Community Relay for Life Team of Jefferson County and a dedicated supporter of the Mt. Moriah Campground in Matthews. She was the daughter of the late Hubert D. Haire Sr. and the late Bertha Shelton Haire.

A memorial service will be held June 4 at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Tom Kerr and Joe B. Walden officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd Tommy Montgomery; a daughter, Terry Lynn Wilson (Peck) Dawson, Thomson; step-son, Russell Thomas (Jennifer) Montgomery, Thomson; step-daughter, Krystal (Randy) Lord, Thomson; brothers, Hubert D. Haire Sr., Appling, and William J. Haire Sr., Mobile, Ala.; sisters, Ina H. Urian, Joyce H. Newsome and Brenda H. Thomas, all of Thomson, and Karen H. Walden and Vickie H. Arrington, both of Matthews, and Reba H. Baggett, Augusta; and seven grandchildren, Nick Dawson, Kristian Dawson, Garrett Montgomery, Katelyn Montgomery, Jackson Montgomery, Tracy Lord and Kelsey Lord.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Moriah Campground, P.O. Box 5, Matthews, GA 30818, or the Cancer Treatment Center of America, 10109 East 79th Street, Tulsa, OK 74133.

Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, was in charge of the arrangements.


Ruby M. Stevenson
Mrs. Ruby M. Stevenson, 88, of Blythe died Sunday, May 21, 2006.

Mrs. Stevenson was a homemaker and a Baptist.

The funeral was May 23 at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry McLofton officiating. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Therisa Ann (Marshall) Rowlen, Gibson, and Brenda Jean Watts, Wrens; one sister, Dorothy James; a brother, Walter Hayes; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Chris Rowlen, Ricky Phillips, Fred Prickett, Greg Watts, Jimmy Baker and Carey Smith.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Cecil Ware
Mr. Cecil Ware of Lithonia died Wednesday, May 3, 2006, in a Fulton County Hospital.

Mr. Ware, a native of Milwaukee, Wis., lived in Georgia for several years. He was a 1972 graduate of Ruffs King High School in Milwaukee. He was employed at CNN Time Warner. He was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church.

The funeral was May 9 at 1 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Lithonia with Pastor Michael R. Pigg officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gross Ware, Lithonia; daughters, Cicely Ware, Christina Weathersby and Cecilia Ware, Decatur; sister, Janice Carpenter, Chesapeake, Va.; brother, Norman P. Rich, Swansa, Ill.; mother-in-law, Mozell McCall, Louisville; two grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Pallbearers were co-workers and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Philadelphia Baptist Church officials.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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