Obituaries
September 7, 2006 Issue

Lillie Bell Cunningham
Ms. Lillie Bell Cunningham of Jamaica, N.Y., died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at Calvary Hospital Medical Center.

The funeral was Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Francisco Funeral Home Chapel, Ozoae Park, N.Y.

Survivors include a son, Timothy (Rita) Cunningham, N.Y.; three sisters, Minnie Cuyler, Louisville, Willie Bennett, Jacksonville, Fla., and Lillie Gray, Queens, N.Y.; two brothers, Wilbert Williams, Waynesboro, and Eddie Williams, Harrison; half-siblings, Bernice Raydn, Augusta, and Hugh Moore, N.Y.; four grandchildren and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.


Lee Edward Gilmore
Rev. Lee Edward Gilmore, 49, of Bartow died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

Rev. Gilmore, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of Mrs. Lillie Bell Gilmore and the late Eddie Gilmore. He attended the public schools of Jefferson County. In 1983 he moved to New York where he lived for 15 years before returning in 1998 and working as a self employed laborer.

The funeral was Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Harrison Grace Church of Jesus and Cemetery in Harrison with the Rev. Harold Gilmore officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Victoria Jean Rodda Gilmore; his mother, Lillie Bell Gilmore, Bartow; children, Shanna Gilmore, Lee Edward (Kanesha) Gilmore Jr., Nessa Gilmore, Eddie Gilmore, all of Long Island, N.Y., Candice (Jeremy) Weiss, Melbourne, Fla., Joseph (Talebra) Alessandro, Palm Bay, Fla., Robert Gilmore, Shealyn Gilmore, Amanda Gilmore, all of Bartow; siblings, France Tennyson, Swainsboro, Lillie May Floyd, Mattie Robinson, Charles Gilmore and Gloria Davis, all of Bartow, Josephine Roberson, Midville, and Bobby Gilmore, Wadley; his mother-in-law, Rose Marie Rodda, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Calvin Warthen
Mr. Calvin Warthen of Louisville died Monday, Aug. 29, 2006.

The funeral was Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. at Jones Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Dudley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Survivors include a daughter, Rhonda Gilmore, Louisville; three sons, Calvin Gilmore, Kenneth Gilmore and Larry Gilmore, Louisville; five sisters, Frances Mitchell, Rosena Warthen and Annie Jenkins, Wadley, Betty Percell, Bronx, N.Y., and Ernestine Warthen, Swainsboro; four brothers, Frank Warthen, Harrisburg, Pa., Leroy Warthen, Wadley, David Warthen and Jonathan Warthen, Augusta; his fiancée, Addie Jackson, Louisville; eight grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Pallbearers were David Warthen, Eddie Gilmore, Ricardo Crawford, Clarence Gamble and Willie Gilmore. Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Jerry Mayo
Retired SFC Jerry Mayo, 71, of Ceredo, W.V., died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, at the Huntington VA Medical Center.

SFC Mayo, a native of Huntington, WV, was the son of the late Leslie and Rema O’Dell Mayo. He was a retired veteran of the US Army with 22 years of service. He was also retired from the ACCU Ray/ ABB Computer Corporation. He was a Vietnam veteran, having received the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm. He was a member of the Buffalo Senior Center, a board member of the Southwestern Community Council and a member of Prince of Peace Freewill Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Ann Mayo; a brother, Jim (James) Mayo; two daughters, Julia Ann Mayo (infant) and Lorna Jean Opachick who died July 14, 2006.

The funeral was Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Prince of Peace Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Phillip Warren officiating. Burial was in Docks Creek Cemetery, Kenova, W.V. Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Mayo, Ceredo, WV; four daughters, sons-in-law and their family, Gerry Lynn and Ronnie Thompson, Huntington, and their three children, Michelle and Jamie Copley, Sherry and Jamie hall and Joshua Thompson; Tammy and Jim Votaw, Wrens, and their daughter, Veronika Price; Bonnie Hamm, Kenova, WV, and her three children, Brian Hamm, Ashley and Jarrod Maddox and Caleb Hamm; Nola and Clifford Jones, Thomson, and their three children, Wesley and Kelly Jones, Brad Jones and Cassie Jones; a son-in-law, Bill Opachick, Kenova, and Lorna’s son and daughter-inlaw Shane and Diane Phillips, Iraq, and Lorna’s and Bill’s two children, Dawn Opachick and Nicholas Opachick; five great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Rusty (Leslie) and Brenda Mayo, Procterville, Oh., and J.T. (John) and Donna Mayo, Barboursville, WV; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Gail and David Brown, Huntington, and Shenna and “Rip” (Raymond) DeBoard, Barboursville, WV; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Mayo, Procterville, Oh.; and several other relatives.

Reger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Sylvester Moore
Mr. Sylvester Moore, 53, of Keysville died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Moore, a native of Burke County, was a graduate of Waynesboro High. He was owner and CEO of Moore Farm Services and a member of Ways Grove Baptist Church.

The funeral was Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. at Noah’s Ark Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy McCullough officiating. Burial was at Ways Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Regenia Harrison Moore; four children, Sebastian Jones, Burke County, Erica Crandell, Atlanta, Sheldon Robinson, Milledgeville, and Andrequez Moore, Gough; one step-daughter, Yalencia Harrison, Keysville; siblings, Sallye M. Hightower, Dr. Gladys M. Twyman, Barbara Oliver and Carnell Moore, all of Atlanta, Martin Moore Jr., Linzie Moore, Gough, Wilbert Moore, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Bartha Moore, Savannah, and Willie Lee Moore, Hephzibah; his mother-in-law, Gladys Jones Harrison, Lincolnton; four grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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