Obituaries
October 5, 2006 Issue

Lavonya Boatwright
Mrs. Lavonya Boatwright, 29, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006. Mrs. Boatwright was a 1996 graduate of Burke County High School and a member of Ways Grove Baptist Church.

The funeral was Oct. 1 at 2:30 at Ways Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy McCullough officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Hakela Boatwright, Davisboro; a son, Deondra Hannah, Davisboro; her mother, Emma Baker, Augusta; her father, Eddie Hannah, Augusta; sisters, Shunta Boatwright and Tyresa Stringer, Augusta; brothers, Kerston Boatwright, Tulsa, Okla., and Jabrial Saxon, Augusta; grandmother, Ruby Baker, Wrens; and her caregiver, Tomeka Baker, Wrens.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Evelyn Newsome Brooks
Mrs. Evelyn Newsome Brooks, 79, of Wrens died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at Old Capital Inn Home.

Mrs. Brooks was the daughter of the late Ellis Newsome and Annie Padgett Newsome. She was retired from Stapleton Garment as a seamstress and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Oliver Brooks.

The funeral was Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lumpkin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Joe (Lynette) Brooks, Wrens; three grandchildren, Scott, Jeff and Greg Brooks; one great-grandson, Jared Joseph Brooks; two sisters, Louise N. Wells, Atlanta, and Jeanette N. Hadden, Blythe; and two brothers, Lamar Newsome, Augusta, and M.P. Newsome, Gibson.

Pallbearers were Albert Padgett, Wade Brooks, Melvin Hadden, Dwayne Hadden, Nathaniel Newsome and Terry Brooks.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Bobbie Kitchens, 1092 Oak St., Avera, GA 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jessie Bell “Baby” Dixon
Mrs. Jessie Bell “Baby” Dixon, formerly of Louisville, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, in Miami, Fla.

Mrs. Dixon, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of the Pine Hill Baptist Church where she served as a Missionary. She was the preceded in death by her husband L. P. Dixon.

The funeral was Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Pine Hill Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Rev. Peter Sparks officiating. Survivors include her daughter, Sallie Dixon Roberson of Miami; two sisters in-law, Corine Dixon Brown and Ann Ponder Dixon of Louisville; and five grandchildren. Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lula Brinson Dixon
Mrs. Lula Brinson Dixon, 88, of Wadley died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006.

The funeral was Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Cross-Green Community with the Rev. Bennie Brinson officiating.

Survivors include two sons, Mr. Joseph D. Green, Thomson, and Mr. Solomon C. Green, Augusta.

Jogresan Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Brenda McNure Douglas
Mrs. Brenda McNure Douglas, 57, of Louisville died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Mrs. Douglas, a native of Emanuel County, was employed with Davis McGraw in Louisville and was a member of Jordan Chapel Church of God in Edgehill.

The funeral was Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Peebles- Curry-Durden Mortuary with the Rev. David Jones officiating. Burial was in the Swainsboro City Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Adam Douglas, Thomson, and Brian Douglas, Twin City; one sister, Judy McNure; one brother, Bobby McNure, Vidalia; and one grandson.

Peebles-Curry-Durden Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


LaShonda Nicole Thomas Hicks
Ms . LaShonda Nicole Thomas Hicks, 34, of Wadley, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006.

Ms. Hicks, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Solomon Temple Baptist Church.

She attended Jefferson County Public Schools and worked as a nursing assistant at Keysville Nursing Home.

The funeral was Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at Kingdom Life Ministries International, Wadley.

Burial was in the Solomon Temple Baptist Church Cemetery, Moxley.

Survivors include her children, Malikka Shante Thomas and Johnny Markel Thomas, Wadley; her father, Willie Albert Thomas Sr., Wadley; her siblings, Stephanie Boatwright, Jeremy Thomas and Etweice Thomas, Wadley, Willie Albert Thomas Jr., Phoeniz, Ariz., Rodney Thomas and Travoskie Thomas, Brooklyn, NY, Terrence Thomas, Atlanta, and Kentrell Thomas, Savannah; her maternal grandfather, Aubrey Mincey, Wadley; paternal grandfather, Dessie Thomas Sr., Louisville; and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Otis “Bog” Johnson,
Mr. Otis “Bog” Johnson, formerly of Wadley, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at Parkview Hospital in Atlanta.

Mr. Johnson, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church.

The funeral was Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Ebenezer CME Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his children, Shellie (Sammie, Sr.) Morgan, Lithonia, Annie Dorothy (Calvin) Curry, New York, NY, and Annette Benton, Lawrenceville; one brother, N.J. “Shangle” Johnson, Wadley; eight grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ella Mae Summerson
Mrs. Ella Mae Summerson of Louisville died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Summerson graduated from Utica Memorial Hospital with a degree in nursing. She was employed by Hollywood Memorial Hospital. She was assistant director of nursing and also the surgical supervisor. She started the original dialysis unit for the hospital and also worked in the educational department. She was a Pink Lady at Jefferson Hospital in Louisville. She retired in 1974. She was a member of Louisville United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband William E. Summerson.

The funeral was Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at Louisville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bo Taylor officiating.

Burial was Oct. 2 at Forest Hills Cemetery in Palm City, Fla.

Survivors include her daughter, Jill S. Bennett, Louisville; three grandchildren, Michael S. Bennett, Savannah, R. Eric Bennett, Ringold, and Jo Lynn Bennett, Savannah; and two great-grandchildren, Ashli L. Bennett and Justin M. Bennett, Savannah.

Pallbearers were Billy Jordan, Robert McGill, Justin Bennett and Mitch McGill.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Carole Ann Mincey
Mrs. Carole Ann Mincey Thomas, 50, of Wadley died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006.

Mrs. Thomas, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Peaceful Zion AME Church.

She was a 1973 graduate of Wadley High School.

The funeral was Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Life Ministries International, Wadley. Burial was in the Solomon Temple Baptist Church Cemetery in Moxley.

Survivors include her husband, Willie Albert Thomas Sr.; her children, Stephanie (Travis) Boatwright, Jeremy Thomas and Etweice Thomas, Wadley, Willie Albert Thomas Jr., Phoeniz, Ariz., Rodney Thomas and Travoskie Thomas, Brooklyn, NY, Terrence Thomas, Atlanta, Kentrell Thomas, Savannah; her father, Aubrey Mincey, Wadley; her siblings, Chris Mincey, Tenn., Horace Turner, Dennis Turner, Milton Mincey and Anthony Turner, Wadley, Glenn Mincey, Davisboro, and Elaine Mack, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; her father-in-law, Dessie Thomas Sr., Louisville; and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Clara “Ginger” Watson
Mrs. Clara “Ginger” Watson, 72, of Wrens died Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Watson was a retired registered nurse and was a member of Wrens First Assembly of God.

The funeral was Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Milburn Vaught officiating. Burial was in Wrens Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandy (Mike) Granade; five grandchildren, Christopher Granade, Kati Martin, Joshua Granade, Justin Granade and Tjede Granade; and one great-grandchild. Pallbearers were Christopher Granade, Joshua Granade, Justin Granade, Tjede Granade, Matthew Martin and Charles Reese.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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