Obituaries
August 3, 2006 Issue

Mary Ruth Davis
Mrs. Mary Ruth Davis, 71, of Athens died Wednesday, July 26, 2006.

Mrs. Davis, a native of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late John David Sr. and Mary Swint Adams. She graduated from Wrens High School in 1953, received her business education degree from the University of Georgia and taught at Commerce High School from 1957-1962. She was active with the Town and Country Garden Club for over 30 years and was a member of the Prince Avenue Baptist Church since 1961 where she was a member of WMU, sang in the church choir and worked with the GAs. She is preceded in death by her brother, J.D. Adams.

The funeral was July 27 at 3 p.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Jonathan Kammerer and Bill Ricketts officiating. Burial was at Evergreen Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, Horace G. Davis Jr.; a beloved niece, Karen Adams-Dimery, and her children Matthew and David Dimery.

Pallbearers were Ralph Almond, Jim Evans, John Pugh, Chuck Carson, Herbert Logan, Richard Turpin, Matthew Dimery and David Dimery.

Honorary pallbearers were the Seekers Sunday School Class of Prince Avenue Baptist Chruch.

Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of the arrangements.


Ruth H. Hutchins
Mrs. Ruth H. Hutchins, 95, of Atlanta died Thursday, July 27, 2006, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

Mrs. Hutchins, formerly of Moxley Community, was a native of Emanuel County. She operated Ruth’s Country Store in Moxley for many years. She was the oldest member of the Moxley United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband C.W. Hutchins Sr.; her parents, Samuel J. and Anna Hall; and four brothers and two sisters.

The funeral was July 29 at 2 p.m. at Moxley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donald Lovejoy officiating. Burial was in the Moxley Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Charles W. (Dianne) Hutchins Jr., Atlanta; two grandchildren; one sister-in-law; one nephew and several nieces.

Pallbearers were Steve Raines, Thad Raines, Charles Smith, Wynder Smith, Harry McGray and Roy Gaston.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Frances A. McDaniel
Mrs. Frances A. McDaniel, 86, of Georgetown, S.C., died Wednesday, July 26, 2006.

Mrs. McDaniel, a native of Jefferson County, was the daughter of the late Rufus Walter Anglin and Rutha Frances Dial Anglin. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendfield Presbyterian Church. She is preceded in death by her husband Ray McDaniel, and son Thomas M. McDaniel

The funeral was July 29 at 2 p.m. in Victory Christian Fellowship with the Rev. Rod Reid officiating. Burial was in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include two sons, Elliott (Cindy) McDaniel , Georgetown, and David (Lucy) McDaniel, Mt. Pleasant; four daughters, Raynelle M. (Wayne) Baize, James Island, Rutha Camlin, Georgetown, Susan M (Paige) Sawyer, Georgetown, and Hope M. (Blake) Talley, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste, 250, Dallas, Tex. 75244.

Graham Funeral Home, Georgetown, was in charge of the arrangements.


Ollie Mae Mountain
Mrs. Ollie Mae Mountain died Sunday, July 2, 2006, at a convalescent home in Stockton,Calif.

Mrs. Mountain was born and raised in Wrens and moved to Miami, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Mountain; and a son, Richard Crews.

The funeral was July 8 at 1 p.m. at Lifeseed Christian Fellowship, Stockton, with Pastor Henry Ingram officiating. Graveside services were July 10 at 10 a.m. in Remembrance East Garden at Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi.

Survivors include her children, James Brown, Midlothian, Va., Clarence Collier, Miami, Fla., Theresa Ingram, Stockton, and Oliver Crews, Miramar, Fla.; brothers and sisters, Wesley Brown, Miami, Ed Willie Brown, Mitchelle, Md., Betty Barnes, Washington, D.C.; 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


James Wallace “Sam” Owensby
Mr. James Wallace “Sam” Owensby, 79, of Louisville died Wednesday, July 26, 2006, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Owensby was a member of First Baptist Church of Louisville where he served as a deacon.

Graveside services were July 29 at 10 a.m. at Louisville City Cemetery with Pastor Larry Montgomery officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Billie B. Owensby; two sons, Joel Owensby, Hope Mills, N.C., and Jacob Owesnby, Webster Groves, Mo.; one daughter, Marsha Hinson, Wilmington, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Anne Hastings, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Gail Willem, Belvedere, S.C.; one brother, Basil Owensby, Palm Bay, Fla.; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Louisville.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ethel Cranford Shelton
Mrs. Ethel Cranford Shelton, 76, of Thomson died Friday, July 28, 2006, at Medical College of Georgia.

Mrs. Shelton, a native of Warren County, was the daughter of the late J.C. and Ola Mae Johnson Cranford. She was a homemaker and a member of the Prospect United Methodist Church and the Adult Sunday School Class. She was a member and Past Matron of the Frances Bell Chapter #75 O.E.S. and a former secretary of the North Atlantic Girl Scouts of Europe and a Girl Scout leader. She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph O. Shelton.

The funeral was July 31 at 4 p.m. at Prospect United Methodist Church with Elder George Nichols, the Rev. Stan Holsonback and the Rev. Susan Barnes officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Elaine S. (Bill) Dent, Hawkinsville, Linda S. (George) Nichols, Thomson, Susan S. (Jaffrey) Montgomery, Warrenton, and Brenda S. (Dale) Reed, Mitchell; two sisters, Gloria Williams and Pansy Pearson, both of Thomson; two brothers, Ronnie Cranford, Thomson, and Jimmy Crawford, Athens; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Pallbearers were Guy Shivers, Alan Johnson, James Cranford, Chris Gunby, Bobby Montgomery, Joey Dent and Gary Dent.

Memorials may be made to the Prospect United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Robin Johnson, 6684 Cadley Road, Norwood, GA 30821.

Lowe Funeral Home, Warrenton, was in charge of the arrangements.


Javonne Thigpen
Mrs. Javonne Thigpen, 58, of Avera died Friday, July 28, 2006.

Mrs. Thigpen was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. She was a life long resident of Jefferson County and was retired from Thermo King.

The funeral was July 31 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Lucius Thigpen; a son, Mark (Lisa) Thigpen, Avera; stepson, Timothy (Cathy) Thigpen, Portland, Or.; three brothers, Norman (Gladys) Pittman, Augusta, Dwain (Donna) Pittman, Edgehill, and Bernard (Johanna) Pittman, Avera; a sister, Vannie (Jimmy) Black, Avera; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wade Brooks, L.W. Smith, Rudy Dixon, Mac Alligood, Anthony Clark, Seth Williams, Louie Chalker and Boyd Williams.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 1350 Church Street, Avera, GA 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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