Obituaries
August 24, 2006 Issue

Leola Gibbons
M i s s Leola Gibbons died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Sadie G. Mays Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta.

Miss Gibbons, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Morning Star Society, Zion Wheel Society and the Fair and Honest Society. The funeral was Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. at Hardeman Spring- field Baptist Church with the Rev. Abraham Gibbons officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her nephew and his wife, Carswell and Lizzie Gibbons, Atlanta; and several great-nieces and nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were trustees of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons.

Garrer Funeral Home was in


Lillie Morris Graham
Mrs. Lillie Morris Graham died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006.

Mrs . Graham, a native of Jefferson County, had lived in New York for several years. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Queens, N.Y., where she served on the usher board. She was a 1955 graduate of Jefferson County High School.

The funeral was Aug. 19 at noon at Gordon Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. King Mack officiating and the Rev. Walter Holmes Sr. assisting. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her sisters, Frances Dukes, Evans, Betty Morris, Valdosta, Releixia Hightower, Jacksonville, Fla., Gloria McKnight, Gary, Ind., and Carrie Lowery, Atlanta; brothers, Ike Morris Jr., Philadelphia, Penn., and Terry Morris, Jacksonville, Fla.; aunts, Gladys Morris, Ella Mae Lowery and Minnie M. Lowery, Louisville; and several other relatives.

Pallbearers were nephews and cousins.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Pauline Walden Kitchens
Mrs. Pauline Walden Kitchens, 85, of Mitchell died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Kitchens, a native of Johnson County, was a member of Mitchell Gospel Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt W. Kitchens; and a son, Charles S. Ellis.

The funeral was Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. at Mitchell Full Gospel Cemetery with the Rev. Jacky Downs officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Patricia L. Daniel, Mitchell; two sons, David A. Ellis, Butler, and Thomas Bales, Washington; one brother, Mr. Ralph Walden, Evans; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Tony Frost, Randy Alamia, James Griswell, Ralph Kitchens, James Kitchens and Lewis Blackburn. Shepard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Clifford Kelly
Clifford Kelly died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006.

M r . Kelly, a native of Blythe, was the son of the late Nellie Kelly and the late John Wesley Garrer. He received his education in the Burke County school system. He was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church where he served on the deacon board. He was the owner and operator of Kelly’s Nite Limit in Lawtey for over 50 years. He was also a concrete concentrator and owner of Kelly’s Master Construction Company.

The funeral was Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church in Lawtey, Fla., with the Rev. Jonathan Mosley officiating. Burial was in the Peetsville Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include four children, Emma Louise Strong, Lawtey, Clifford Kelly Jr., Las Vegas, Nev., Mary Lou Frazier, Atlanta, and Bobby Kelly, Jacksonville, Fla.; sisters, Harridelle Bright, Lawety, Eva Jean (Isam) Evans, Louisville, and Donna Jean Miller, Cleveland, Oh.; brothers, Willie Lee Kelly, Blythe, Raymond (Donnie) Garrer, Louisville; motherin- law, Mildred Brown, St. Augustine, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several other relatives. Haile Funeral Home,

Starke, Fla., was in charge of the arrangements.

Courtesy of Garrer Funeral Home.


Betty Geneva Kitchens Silas
Mrs. Betty Geneva Kitchens Silas, 69, of Augusta died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, at Doctors Hospital.

Mrs. Silas, a native of Gibson, was the daughter of the late Willie Pierce Kitchens and Bertha Mae Thigpen Kitchens, and had lived in Augusta since 1966. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy A. Silas; two brothers, Pete and Ralph Kitchens; and a sister, Margarite Malone.

Graveside services were Aug. 21 at 11:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Joey Vinson and Wally Hoyle officiating.

Survivors include three sons, David Silas, Augusta, Allen Silas, Evans, and Robert Silas, Augusta; three daughters, Glenda Silas, North Augusta, S.C., Pattie S. Strength, and Brenda S. Roberson, all of Augusta; two brothers, Bob Kitchens and Glenn Kitchens, Hephzibah; three sisters, Helen Yarborough and Eva Silas, both of Augusta, and Jeannette Lively, Lincolnton; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Chandler Silas, Jarrod Pennington, Jeff Pennington, Dean Disher, Ryan Anderson, Jim Helmly and Michael McNair.

Memorials may be made to Morningside Baptist Church, 1825 Kissingbower Road, Augusta, GA 30904, or to the American Cancer Society, 2623 Washington Rd., Suite 104, Augusta, GA 30904.

Poteet Funeral Homes – West, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Thomas Jordan
Mr. Thomas Jordan, 55, of Louisville died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Jordan, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of New Fleming Baptist Church. He received his education in the Jefferson County school system.

The funeral was Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at John and Alavan Garrer Memorial Chapel-Garrer Funeral Home with the Rev. King Mack officiating. Burial was in New Fleming Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Estella Harmon Jordan, Wadley; his mother, Adenomia Morgan, Louisville; step-daughter, Shiree Harmon, Wadley; sister, Betty Johnson, Louisville; brother, Leroy Morgan Sr., Bartow; mother-in-law, Vonnie Harmon, Wadley; and several other relatives.

Pallbearers were nephews. Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Roy Olin Smith
Mr. Roy Olin Smith, 71, of Thomson died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006.

Mr. Smith, a native of Glascock County, lived most of his life in McDuffie County. He was retired from Kingsley Mill with over 30 years of service. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

The funeral was Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Patrick DeVane officiating. Burial was in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Emily Cason Smith; two daughters, Debbie S. Hughes and Connie S. Jones, Thomson; a son, David Olin Smith, Thomson; a sister, Idell Hawkins Land, Thomson; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James Callaway, Winnard Chalker, Alton Gheesling, Kenneth Kitchens, George Darden and Roy Russell.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2711 Middleburg Dr., Suite 107, Columbia, S.C., 29204, or Pine Grove Baptist Church, 3041 Pine Grove Dr., Thomson, GA 30824.

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


Josephine Hall
M r s . Josephine Hall of Louisville died Aug. 8, 2006.

M r s . Hall, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Spring Bethel AME Church and the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society. She received her education in the Jefferson County school system.

The funeral was Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. at Spring Bethel AME Church with the Rev. Minnie P. Davis officiating. Burial was in Spring Bethel Society Cemetery.

Survivors include her sons, Johnny Lee (Mary) Davis and Lawrence (Christine) Davis Sr., Louisville; Marion (Sonja) Thomas, Dublin; daughters, Glennis Dukes and Shirley Thomas, Louisville; brother, Bobby (Hattie) Boatwright, Louisville; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Pallbearers were Guenten Davis, Jermaine Davis, Duran Stone, Lawrence Davis, Chris Brown and Antoine McNaulty.

Honorary pallbearers were stewards and trustees of Spring Bethel AME Church.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lucille Dukes Salter
Mrs. Lucille Dukes Salter, 67, of Bartow died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta. Mrs. Salter, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Old Bethel Baptist Church and retired registrar of Jefferson County.

The funeral was Aug. 17 at 11 a.m. at Old Bethel Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Sauls and the Rev. Randy Mimbs officiating. Burial was in the Wadley cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Edward Salter, Bartow; two sons, Greg (Jan) Gaston, Wadley, and Edward J. (Teresa) Salter, Louisville; one daughter, Salena (Clay) Grace, Moxley; a brother-inlaw, J.E. Dukes, Eatonton; and seven grandchildren.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ruth E. Will
Mrs. Ruth E. Will, 88, of Vidette died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Will, a native of La- Porte, Ind., was the daughter of the late Forest and Gertrude Neely Edwards. She lived in Vidette since 1991 and was a member of Bethel ARP Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gail J. Will.

Memorial services were Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro, with the Rev. Dr. H. Don Yancey of- ficiating.

Survivors include her daughter, Marjorie (William) Stallsmith, Vidette; three grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; and one greatgreat- granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to Bethel ARP Church, 7137 Hwy. 24-Vidette, Louisville, GA 30434.

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


Eddie L. Young Sr.
Elder Eddie L. Young Sr. of Bartow died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, in Louisville.

The funeral was Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. at Pierce Grove Baptist Church in Bartow with Apostle Mishel Clair officiating. Burial was in the Kirkland Cemetery in Midville.

Survivors include two daughters, Pastor Roberta McKennie, Bartow, and Deborah (John) Carter, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; three sons, Eddie (Maggie) Young Jr., and Roosevelt (Kathy) Young, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Larry (Colleen) Young, Augusta; one brother-in-law; two sisters- in-law; 25 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and several other relatives.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Hattie Watkins Hodges
Mrs. Hattie Watkins Hodges, 90, of Louisville died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006.

The sixth of 10 children of the late Mark and Sally Cooper Watkins, she was born Feb. 4, 1916, at her family’s farm near Bartow, and was educated in the Jefferson County School System. On Dec. 23, 1929, she married Jack Hodges.

They made their home in Louisville. She was an active member of the Louisville United Methodist Church for 60 years, a member of the Barwick Sunday School Class and active in the women’s work of the church.

In 1955 Mrs. Hodges purchased The Primp Shoppe, a ladies dress shop, on Broad Street in Louisville. She owned and operated this business until her retirement in 1992.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Hodges; and her brothers, Frank Watkins, H.E. “Shorty” Watkins; and sisters, Nina W. Eubanks, Ruby W. Hartley and Ruth W. Horne.

The funeral was Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. at Louisville United Methodist Church with the Revs. Beau Taylor and Ed Deen officiating. Burial was in Louisville City Cemetery. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie Lester and Connie Hodges, Statesboro, and Larry Mark and Donnie Hodges, Louisville; three sisters, Frances W. Jones, Louisville, Christine W. Hanley, Louisville, and Bobbie W. Poole, Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren, Ronnie Lester Hodges Jr., Patrice McKenzie Hodges Wickham, Larry Mark Hodges Jr., Matthew Evans Hodges, and William Donovan Hodges; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Les Hodges, Chris Wickham, Mark Hodges, Matt Hodges, Will Hodges, Mickey Jones, Harry S. Gilmore Jr. and Frank Etheridge.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Barwick Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to the Louisville United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 269, Louisville, GA 30434

Stephen J. Posey Funeral Home, North Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Margaret McCloud
Mrs. Margaret McCloud White, 81, of Wadley died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006.

Mrs. White, a native of Jenkins County, lived in Chatham County and Chicago, Ill., before moving to Wadley in 1984. She attended Mount Olive Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

The funeral was Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. at the Mount Olive Baptist Church and Cemetery with Apostle Clifford Duckworth officiating.

Survivors include her children, Edward White Jr., Chicago, George White and Cora White, Wadley; one step-daughter, Betsy Robinson, Mulberry, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Lula Bell Collins, Cleveland, Ohio; several grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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