December 21, 2006 Issue

Ruby Bridges Fair
Mrs. Ruby Bridges Fair, 94, of Louisville died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006.

Mrs. Fair was a life-long resident of Jefferson County and of the Baptist faith. She was the wife of the late Mr. Ernest Vaught Fair, great-grandmother of the late Justin Lamb and sister of the late M.O. Bridges, Agnes Bridges and Reba Sheppard.

The funeral was Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. in the Louisville City Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating.

Survivors include a son, Roy V. Fair, Snellville; a daughter, Pat Lamb, Louisville; a brother, Otis Bridges, High Springs, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Cleve Lamb, Beth Lamb, Gwen Stropoli, Paige Brown, Sam Fiar, Kimberly L. Krumm and Deborah E. Geise; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Louisville, 101 East Ninth Street, Louisville, GA 30434.

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

Wilbur Hudson Godowns
Mr. Wilbur Hudson Godowns, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006.

Mr. Godowns, a native of Jefferson County, lived most of his life in Louisville. He was a member of Duharts Baptist Church for 57 years and was a deacon for many years. He was a retired farmer. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Pauley Daniel Godowns.

The funeral was Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home of Louisville with the Revs. Michael Allen and Marvin Goodman officiating. Burial was in the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Earlean Godowns; two daughters, Jean McGahee and Anne McGahee, Louisville; two step-daughters, Dale Clements, Wrens, and Diane Johnson, Wrens; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Billy Godowns, Johnny Goodin, Larry Boulineau, Billy Weatherford, Ricky Godowns and George Lord.

Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Godowns, Bob Godowns, William Johnson, William Daniel, Steve Sheram, William Rabun, Lucius Miller, Greg Clements, Greg McDonald and Billy Samples.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Grady Warren Linnenkohl
Mr. Grady Warren Linnenkohl, 86, of North Augusta, S.C., died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006.

Mr. Linnenkohl, a native of Jefferson County, was retired from the civil service. He was a member of First Baptist Church of North Augusta, the Sheffield Club and the Campbell Sunday School Class. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Stephen Troy Bean.

The funeral was Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of North Augusta with the Rev. Jerry T. Matthews, Dr. Gary C. Redding and the Rev. Mack Enfinger officiating. Burial was in Pineview Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita S. Linnenkohl; two daughters, Elaine Maxwell and Miriam Powell, both of North Augusta; one granddaughter, Heather Eloy Van De Weghe.

Pallbearers were Dan Price, Carlton Thompson, Charles Taylor, Richard Griffis, Bill Taylor and Bud Maxwell.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 602 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC 29841; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Rowland Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

William Ridgeway “Pat” Murphy
Mr. William Ridgeway “Pat” Murphy, 79, of Leesburg died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006.

Mr. Murphy was born in Bartow on April 26, 1927, the son of Tarver Simeon Murphy and Willana Beasley Murphy. The Murphy family moved to Swainsboro in 1929 where Mr. Murphy spend his formative years. After graduating from Swainsboro High School in 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served for three years. He then continued his education at the University of Georgia where he received his degree in 1951. Mr. Murphy had lived in the Albany area since 1953, where he was the broker/owner of Century 21 Realty, Pat Murphy Agency. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was an active participant in the Church Missions Committee and the Disaster Relief Ministry. He was a member of the Albany Bulldog Club and the Albany Jaycees where he was a past president.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Nunnelly Murphy; his son, John Ridgeway Murphy; two sisters, Maybess “Sue” Cone, Tucker; and Isabel “Bibble” Gurley, Americus.

Ethel Pauline Smith
Mrs. Ethel Pauline Smith, 91, of Wadley died Monday, Dec. 11, 2006.

Mrs. Smith, a native of Emanuel County, lived in Wadley most of her life. She was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her husband Edgar Smith and son, Edgar L. Smith.

The funeral was Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. J. Larrie Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Leonard H. Smith, Wadley, Rev. J. Larrie Smith, Belair, Md., and Tildon W. Smith, Valdosta; one sister, Mary Alice Lumpkin, Decatur; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Edgar L. Smith, Matthew Smith, Mark Smith, Josef Smith and Leonard Smith Jr.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



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