Obituaries
July 13, 2006 Issue

Fred Jordan Brown
Mr. Fred Jordan Brown, 84, of Wadley died Thursday, July 6, 2006.

Mr. Brown was born in Milledgeville to the late Mr. Mortie Patrick Brown and Anna Elizabeth Stevens. He worked as a truck driver for Concrete Supply Company out of Fayetteville.

The funeral was July 9 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home. Burial was in the Bethesda Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Sammy Jordan Brown, Midville; four daughters, Martha Smith, Augusta, Gail Bishop, Wadley, Harriett Powell, Dublin, and Susan Burke, Swainsboro; two sisters, Faye Fennell, Wadley, and Anna Maud Arrington, Augusta; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tracy Tapley, Eric Burke, Lee Burke, Alan Burke, Gary Smith and Stephen Smith.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Asa “Buddy” Farrer Jr.
Mr. Asa “Buddy” Farrer Jr., 75, of Matthews died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Farrer, born in Lyons, was the son of the late Asa Farrer Sr. and Nellie Gay Farrer. He lived most of his live in the Matthews and Waynesboro area. He was a mechanic. He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Joe Farrer and sisters Tressey Hardy and Mary Chance.

The funeral was July 10 at 3 p.m. at Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jamie Archer officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lexie Jean Farrer; a daughter, Debra Flake, Girard; sons, David and Nancy Farrer, Sardis, Donnie Farrer, Augusta, Dwayne and Diane Farrer, Sylvania, and Percy and Lonie Bourgoin, Thomson; step-children, Robbie and Patricia Hutchinson, Jacksonville, Fla., Jackie and Kenny Ellis, Stateboro, and Richard and Julie Youmans, Millen; sisters, Doris Williford and Betty Ann Kemp, Wrens; brother, Jimmy Farrer, Graniteville, S.C.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Dennis Farrer, Dale Farrer, Mike Farrer, Paul Price, Jim Gainey, Harold Price, Bob McNair and Christopher Farrer.

Honorary pallbearers are Joe Bourgoin, James Williams, Wright Landrum, Joe Jenkins, Bubba Williams, Bobby Oglesby, David Reese and Jasper Godbee.

DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro, was in charge of the arrangements.


Ann Little
Mrs. Ann Little of Wrens died Thursday, July 6, 2006, at University Hospital.

Mrs. Little was a member of Stone Springfield AME Church where she was a member of the Missionary Society. She also held membership in Paramount Chapter #337, Order of Easter Star. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Little.

The funeral was July 8 at 3:30 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church with the Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. officiating.

Survivors include three sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Robert S. Van Arsdale
Mr. Robert S. Van Arsdale, 84, of Wrens died Sunday, July 3, 2006.

Mr. Van Arsdale was a member of St. Jacobi Lutheran. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, a charter member of Ecker-Haupt Post 5635, VFW, charter member of Lackawaxen Township Ambulance Service, a charter member of Shohola Township Planning Comm., and former Chairman of Citizens Advisory Council Upper Delaware. He served in the US Army and fought in World War II, Coast Artillery.

Graveside services were July 5 at 11 a.m. at the Young-Pool Cemetery with the Rev. Roy White officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice Van Arsdale; a brother, Jacob J. Van Arsdale; and several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1725, Augusta, GA 30903-1725.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Walter D. “Bubba” Thomas
Mr. Walter D. “Bubba” Thomas, 69, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006.

Mr. Thomas, a native of Louisville, lived in Savannah most of his life. He was retired from the Seaboard Coastline Railroad after 30 years of service and was a member of the Alee Shriners Oriental Band. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy, and was a volunteer with Civil Defense.

The funeral was July 8 at 10 a.m. at Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. Burial was in Hillcrest Abbey West Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Steve Fairbanks, Savannah; his mother, Lucille B. Thomas, Savannah; two sisters, Joan Schmidt, Savannah, and Rosalyn Hackney, Perry; two grandchildren, Alex and Mary Allison Fairbanks, Savannah; and several other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Eric Tzen Fund, c/o Savannah Christian Preparatory School, P.O. Box 2848, Savannah, GA 31412.

Fox and Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements.


Carla Gail New Poss
With heavy hearts and deep sadness, the family of Carla Gail New Poss of Bartow announces her passing on Tuesday, July 4, 2006.

She is survived by numerous friends and family, specifically, her husband Michael R. Poss; her daughter, Kate Poss; her parents, Tommy and Gloria New; her paternal grandparents, Wesley and Nesta New, all of Bartow; her sister and brother-in-law, Wendy N. New and Edward W. Malin, and their daughter, Nesta Ryan New Malin, Arlington, Va.

Mrs. Poss, 33, died in her sleep Tuesday at the family farm in Bartow after a prolonged illness.

A 1991 graduate of Thomas Jefferson Academy of Louisville, Mrs. Poss also attended Georgia Southern University and Augusta College.

Mrs. Carla Poss and her husband, Michael, were married for seven and one-half years. She lived in Bartow her entire life, working at the Jefferson County Corrections Institute.

Throughout her life, she was a free spirit, thoughtful and generous. She loved animals, writing and most of all, her six-year-old daughter, Kate. In 2001, The News and Farmer featured an award-winning essay written by Carla Poss nominating her mother, Gloria New, the Mother of the Year.

Viewing and visitation for the family and friends was held on Friday, July 7, at the Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Louisville and the burial services were observed at the Memorial Gardens in Louisville on Saturday morning, July 8, with Pastor Dewey Henderson and Pastor Beau Taylor officiating. Pallbearers for the services were Mr. William Hadden, Mr. Ron Livingston, Mr. Gordon Mays Jr., Mr. Rodney Mays, Mr. Calvin Oliphant and Mr. Mark Williamson. Honorary pallbearers were represented by all active and retired Jefferson County employees.

Memorials may be made to the Kathleen (Kate) Olivia New Poss College Trust Fund, c/o Queensborough National Bank & Trust, Louisville.


Carla Gail New Poss
Mrs. Carla Gail New Poss, 33, of Bartow died Tuesday, July 4, 2006.

Mrs. Poss was a 1991 graduate of Thomas Jefferson Academy and attended Georgia Southern University and Augusta College. She worked at Jefferson County Corrections Institute.

Graveside services were July 8 at 9 a.m. at Memorial Gardens in Louisville.

Survivors include her husband, Michael R. Poss; her daughter, Kate Poss; her parents, Tommy and Gloria New; paternal grandparents, Wesley and Nesta New, all of Bartow; her sister and brother-in-law, Wendy N. New and Edward W. Malin and their daughter, Nesta Ryan New Malin, Arlington, Va.

Memorials may be made to the Kathleen (Kate) Olivia New Poss College Trust Fund, c/o Queensborough National Bank & Trust, Louisville.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Henry C. “H.C.” Pitts Sr.
Mr. Henry C. “H.C.” Pitts Sr. of Wrens died Thursday, June 29, 2006.

Mr. Pitts joined in fellowship and membership at Trinity CME Church where he served as a Steward. He also held membership in the Ways Grove Memorial Aide Society and Gibralter Lodge #256. He specialized as a master barber and was retired from the Jefferson County School System. He is preceded in death by his wife Mollie Julia Pitts.

The funeral was July 5 at 3:30 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME with the Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr. officiating.

Survivors include his children, Lester (Deborah) Pitts, Ella Mae (Eddie) Gibbons, Charles (Carolyn) Pitts, Larry (Rev. Minnie) Pitts, Dorothy (Moses) Holloway, Gary Pitts and Sedric Pitts, Wrens, Henry (Ida) Pitts Jr., Hephzibah, Gloria (Harold) Leverett and Julia Pitts, Augusta, Carla (Louis) Wilborn and Lithonia and Carl (Phyllis) Pitts, Ft. Hood, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Annie Dee Thomas, Wrens; 30 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.

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