Obituaries
August 31, 2006 Issue

Mr. Gary M. Cox
Mr. Gary M. Cox, 48, of Thomson died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Cox was a native of Chatham County but had lived in Thomson for many years. He was the owner of Anthony Auto Sales in Thomson and attended Pine Grove Baptist Church.

The funeral was Aug. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Patrick DeVane and Butch Baston officiating. Burial was in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy McDuffie Cox, Thomson; daughter, Elizabeth Cox, North Augusta; step-son, Jonathon Pardue, Thomson; parents, William and Thelma Cox, Thomson; three brothers, John Cox, Wadley, Larry Cox, Waynesboro, and William Cox, Augusta.

Pallbearers were Chris Adams, Matthew Caldwell, Mike Conner, Ray Hitt, Bill Hall and Ricky McDuffie.

Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church, 3041 Pine Grove Church Drive, Thomson, GA 30434. Curtis Funeral Home, Thomson, was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Wilma Hill Huff
Mrs. Wilma Hill Huff of Sandersville died Friday, Aug. 25, 2006.

The funeral was Aug. 29 at 2:30 p.m. at Hudson Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Charles Wiggins officiating. Burial was in the Old Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister, Eula May Moye, Wadley; one brother, Ed Hill Jr., Sandersville; a devoted niece, reared as her daughter, Maybelline Stevenson, Sandersville; and several other relatives. Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Ray 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 Kinglsey 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, Thomson; 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, SC 29204, or Pine Grove Baptist Church, 3041 Pine Grove Drive, Thomson, GA 30824. Beggs Funeral Home, Thomson, was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. John F. Spence
Mr. John F. Spence, 86, of Brooklet died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2006, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Spence, a native of Fulton County, graduated from the University of Georgia. He taught agriculture at Southeast Bulloch High School and retired after 40 years of service in education. He was an assistant principal and coached girlís basketball at one time. He received the NVATA Teacher of Teachers Silver Award and the Southeast Bulloch FFA Advisor Emeritus Award as well as the NVATA Outstanding Service Award. He served as president and vice-president of the GVATA. He was inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Education Hall of Fame in 2001. He was a member of the Brooklet Kiwanis Club, the Gideonís and a longtime member of the Brooklet United Methodist Church, the church choir and the Jack Lee Sunday School class.

The funeral was Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. at Brooklet United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wes Moye officiating.

Burial was in the Brooklet City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Lorene Avera Spence; a daughter, Sue Spence Seabolt, Anderson, SC; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Hodges-Moore Funeral Home, Statesboro, was in charge of the arrangements.


Taimeka Walker Williams
Mrs. Taimeka Walker Williams, 32, of Johnston, SC, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2006. Mrs. Williams, a native of Brooklyn, NY, was the daughter of Larry and Connie Williams Walker. She was a graduate of Vorhees College with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a KAPPA Sweetheart. She was a member of Brookland Baptist Church and was employed as a teacher with the Brookland Baptist Church Development Center, West Columbia, SC. The funeral was Aug. 18 at noon at Brookland Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles B. Jackson Sr. officiating. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery, Johnston, SC.

Survivors include her husband, Tommie Lee Williams; her father of Brooklyn, NY; her mother of Bartow; brother, Jermaine Walker, Augusta; maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Lucille Lewis, Columbia, SC; paternal grandparents, Lovett and Lula Mae Walker, Brooklyn, NY. Butler and Sons Funeral Home, Saluda, SC, was in charge of the arrangements.

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