Obituaries
January 4, 2007 Issue

Olin M. Blackstone Sr.
Mr. Olin M. Blackstone Sr., 82, of Waynesboro died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at the VA Medical Center in Augusta. Mr. Blackstone, a native of Richmond County, was a retired spotwelder from Thermo-King Corp., a former dairy worker, a WWII Army veteran and a member of Rosemont Heights Baptist Church.

The funeral was Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Rosemont Heights Baptist Church with the Revs. Keith Alderman and Earl Saxon officiating. Burial was in Burke Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Lee Herndon Blackstone; five children, Barbara Lariscy, Olin Blackstone Jr., Cynthia Blackstone, all of Waynesboro, James (Carol) Blackstone, Hephzibah, and Jennifer (Dana) VanCise, Augusta; one sister, Donnie Bell Bolton, Gibson; three brothers, Clifford Blackstone, San Antonio, Tx., Lloyd Blackstone, Gibson, and Francis Blackstone, Crete, Ill.; two grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Joe Lariscy, Carl Anderson Jr., Larry Herndon, Arlon Herndon, Rusty Eskew and Mike Chance.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Bill Stephens Sunday School Class at Rosemont Heights Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Rosemont Heights Baptist Church Vision Fund, 710 Stone Ave., Waynesboro, GA 30830.

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


Edward Boehs
Mr. Edward Boehs, 59, of Wrens died Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Boehs, a native of Major County, Okla., was a retired dairy farmer. He was a member of Pinecrest Church of God in Christ Mennonite.

The funeral was Jan. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Pinecrest Mennonite Church with Ministers Maynard Peters, Verle Giesbrecht and Randall Goossen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Boehs; a son, Chester Boehs, Wrens; four daughters, Lynette (Michael) Loewen, Walnut Hill, Fla., Rachel (Kenyon) Nightingale, Lenland, Miss., Marie (James) Leatherman, Rich Hill, Mo., and Carrie Boehs, Wrens; four grandchildren; four brothers; and two sisters.

Pallbearers were nephews.

Memorials may be made to Pinecrest Mennonite Church Memorial Fund, c/o Franklin Dyck, 6523 Hwy. 296, Stapleton, GA 30823.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Dan K. Chalker
Dr. Dan K. Chalker, 62, of Augusta died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006.Dr. Chalker was a dermatologist and graduate of Medical College of Georgia where he completed his internship.

He served his country in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps during the Vietnam War.

He returned to his profession as a resident of Dermatology at the Medical College of Georgia.

The most noted of his numerous academic appointments was his position as clinical professor of the Department of Dermatology at Medical College of Georgia.

His most noted awards and honors were as president-elect of Demosthenian Literary Society (Fall, 1965) and chairman of the American Academy of Dermatology Summer Session in Boston, Mass.

He was an elected member of Augusta Dermatology Society, a member of American Medical Association, Richmond County Medical Society, Georgia Society of Dermatologic Surgeons, Inc., American Society of Dermatology and a founding member of the Space Dermatology Association.

He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, the Augusta Country Club and the Augusta Assembly.

He is the son of the late Elvin H. Chalker and Mildred Kent Chalker.

A memorial service was held Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. in Summerville Cemetery with The Very Rev. Robert Fain and The Rev. Dr. J. Andrew Menger officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Calhoun Chalker; one son, William Calhoun Chalker, Augusta; and one brother, Kendell Wayne (Audrey) Chalker, Mitchell.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2623 Washington Rd., Suite 104, Augusta, GA 30904, or St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta, GA 30904.

Platt’s Funeral Home, Crawford Ave., was in charge of the arrangements.


Helen Elizabeth Hadden
Miss Helen Elizabeth Hadden, 79, of Lexington, Ky., died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at Samaritan Hospital in Lexington.

Miss Hadden, a native of Gibson, was the daughter of the late E. Hobart Hadden and Ruby Thompson Hadden Serre.

The funeral was Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. at Elliott Sons Telfair Street Chapel. Burial was in Westover Memorial Park.

Survivors include two brothers, John (Frankie) Hadden, LaGrange, and Thomas Hadden, Salt Lake City, Utah; one sister, Ollie (Percy) Wanner, Augusta; two aunts, Dahlia Hadden, Stapleton, and Evelyn (Ray) Smith, St. George, Utah; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Wesley Village, 1125 Lexington Road, Wilmore, KY 40390.

Elliott Sons Telfair Street Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.


Elease C. Briggs
Mrs. Elease C. Briggs of Augusta died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006.

The funeral was Dec. 30 at noon at Palmer Grove Baptist Church. Burial was in Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia B. (Floyd) Blount, Sharon B. (Carl) Tyrell; four sons, Dea. Joseph (Pearl) Cummings Sr., Robert (Jacqueline) Briggs Jr., Dea. Earnest (Rev. Janie Sue) Briggs, Dea. Leon (Beverly) Briggs, Sr., all of Augusta; one sister, Alavan Seabrook, Miami, Fla.; five brothers, George Cummings, Miami, Dea. Robert (Alberta) Cummings, Miami, Willie Louis Cummings, Louisville, Willie Lee (Martha) Seabrook, Mibamer, Fla., Min. Johnny (Rosalyn) Seabrook, Tampa; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two aunts.

Peoples Funeral Home, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Godowns
Godowns of Cope, SC, died Friday, Dec. 29, at the Orangeburg Nursing Home.

Mr. Godowns, a native of Orangeburg County, was the son of Mrs. Aubrey Clark Godowns and the late Thomas D. Godowns.

He was the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Godowns of Stellaville Community.

He was a retired professional fishing guide and dock master in Key Largo, Fla.

He was a member of Union United Methodist Church.

A memorial service was held Dec. 31 at Union United Methodist Church in Cope with the Rev. Fred McDaniel officiating.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two brothers, Eddie (Susannah) Godowns, Savannah, and Dickie (Georgette) Godowns, Cope; a sister, Sarah G. Drews, Irmo; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 56, Cope, SC 29038.

Dukes-Harley Funeral Home, Orangeburg, was in charge of the arrangements.


Nancy Norton Wren
Mrs. Nancy Norton Wren, 73, of Wrens died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Wren was the daughter of the late Floyd L. Norton and Thelma Black Norton. She was a member of Wrens United Methodist Church. She worked and retired from Floyd L. Norton Lumber Company as a bookkeeper. She is preceded in death by two brothers, David Norton and Richard Norton; and one sister, Frances Norton.

The funeral was Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Roy White and Harlon Noles officiating. Burial was in Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include three sisters, Gloria N. Craft, Wrens, Dorothy L. Norton, Lyuchbury, Va., and Jane N. Jones, Wrens; three brothers, Ben W. Norton, Smyrna, Sidney W. Norton and Spence C. Norton, Wrens; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Paul, Tanny Zeigler, Glenn Bartell, Billy Weatherford, Bob Swan, Hugh Fleming and Leroy Lewis.


Florintino Hernandez
Mr. Florintino Hernandez, 53, of Wadley died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006.

Mr. Hernandez was born in Mexico and was employed by Battle Lumber Company.

A memorial service was held Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with Father Ambrosio Bruce officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Andrea Martinez, Mexico; children, Maria Gudalupe and Citlally Janet Hernandez, both of Mexico; a brother, Isadore (Maria) Hernandez-Martin, Wadley; a sister, Paiola Hernandez, Houston, Texas.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ralph Junior Kennedy
Mr. Ralph Junior Kennedy, 79, of Wadley died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Kennedy, a native of Morehaven, Fla., had lived here since 1964. He was owner/operator of Wadley Café and Hotel for 17 years, and the first Jefferson County Commissioner for District 1 after the change from three to five districts. He was a veteran of World War II and retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of service. He is preceded in death by a brother, Julius Kennedy and two sisters, Thelma Register and Eleanor Johnson.

Graveside services, with military honors, were Dec. 30 at 3 p.m. in the Wadley Cemetery with Dr. Larry Sauls officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Kennedy; a daughter, Lynn K. (Bruce) Sammons, Martinez; six brothers, Earl Kennedy, Orlando, Fla., Eddie Kennedy, McRae, David Kennedy, Thomasville, Wayne Kennedy, Ashburn, Jackie Kennedy, Lennox, and Johnny Kennedy, Sylvester; two grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the U.S. Navy Foundation, P.O. Box 96570, Washington, DC 20077-7685.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Alma Ruth Onley
Mrs. Alma Ruth Onley, 52, of Stapleton died Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at Eisenhower Hospital.

Mrs. Onley was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church.

The funeral was Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Allen Studdard officiating.

Survivors include her husband,Harlan Onley; a son, Andrew Onley; two daughters, Tammy Palmore and Linda Palmore; one brother, Don Prickett; five sisters, Martha Tobias, Judy Flake, Ellen Swint, Betty Prickett and Ann Unruh; two granddaughters; stepchildren, Donna James, Janet Watts, David Onley, Dianne Onley and John Onley; 18 nephews, 12 nieces, eight step-grandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James Tobias, Jamie Prickett, Larry Prickett, Andy Prickett, Alvin Unruh and Henry Flake.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Carl Wasden
Mr. Carl Wasden, 62, of Louisville died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007.

Mr. Wasden, a native of Jefferson County, was a life-long resident of the Louisville area.

He worked at Thermo King for 42 years and served in the US Air Force.

The funeral will be Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Southern Heritage Funeral Home with Elder Eddie Wiggins officiating.

Burial will be in Louisville Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his mother, Martha Morgan, Louisville; two sisters, Elaine (Frank) Youngblood, Louisville,and Gail (Garry) Sadrix, Villa Rica; one brother, Jimmy (Diane) Wasden, Swainsboro; nephew, Phil (Carla) Hancock, Louisville; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Joe Sheppard, William Dollar, George Black, Joe Cheeks, L.C. Clark, Frankie Sheppard.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Teri Rutland
Miss Teri Rutland, 23, of Wrens died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006.

The funeral was Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy McCullough III officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her parents, Charles and Delores Rutland, Wrens; three sisters, Vicki Rutland, Korea, Nicole Scott and Charlene Rutland, Chattanooga, Tenn.; one brother, Kendrick Rutland, Oak Harbor, Wash.; maternal grandmother, Johnnie M. Moore, Savannah; and several other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Ways Grove Baptist Church Building fund, P.O. Box 473, Wrens, GA 30833, or to the American Cancer Society.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Johnnie Winnon Shields
Deacon Johnnie Winnon Shields, 97, of Wrens died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006.

Mr. Shields was a farmer. He was a member and deacon of Stamp Branch Baptist Church.

The funeral was Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. at Stamp Branch Baptist Church, Warrenton, with the Rev. Robert L. Martin officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his sons, Harvey L. (Flory) McNair, Thomson, Johnnie F. (Willie Dean) Shields, Atlanta, Eugene T. (Geraldine) Shields, Decatur, Bishops Henry C. (Candace) Shields, San Bernadino, Calif., Bunyan A. (Mary Alice) Shields, Wrens, Wallace H. (Debra) Shields, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Thurnell C. (Rhonda) Shields, Wesley Chapel, Fla.; daughters, Mrs. Evelyn S. Murray, Wrens, Mrs. Alma (David) Ford, Wrens, and Mrs. Minnie M. (Ronald) Geter, Jackson; sister, Lena Bell Usry, Sandersville; 32 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-great grandchildren.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of the arrangements.


Lamar Thomas “Shorty” Smith
Mr. Lamar Thomas “Shorty” Smith, 77, of Bartow died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, at Aiken Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Smith, a native of Washington County, was the son of the late Eugene Thomas Smith and Ruth Josey Smith.

He was a retired maintenance supervisor for Georgia Power Company.

He was a member of Josey Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher and song leader.

He served his country in the United States Army in Germany.

He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Hoton Smith; two sisters, Margaret Smith and Emily Smith; and a brother, Josey Smith.

The funeral was Dec. 29 at Josey Baptist Church with the Rev. Inman Jarrell officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three sisters, Anne Smith Todd, Sandersville, Kay Smith Meeks, Augusta, and Gayle Smith Schroeder, Manitowoc, Wis.; a brother, Werlyn Smith, Bartow; and several nieces and nephews.

May and Smith Funeral Home, Sandersville, was in charge of the arrangements.


Eloise Warren Tarver
Mrs. Eloise Warren Tarver, 88, of Wadley died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2006.

Mrs. Tarver, a native of Stillmore, had lived in Wadley since 1942.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Wadley First United Methodist Church.

The funeral was Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. in the Wadley First United Methodist Church with Dr. Larry Sauls and the Rev. Tom Harrison officiating.

Burial was in the Bethany Cemetery.Survivors include her husband, James “Jimmy” Daniel Tarver Jr.; a daughter, Sue (Ronnie) Hayslip, Augusta; two sons, Robert (Jane) Lamb, Augusta, and Jim (Betty Rose) Tarver, Zephyr Hills, Fla.; a sister, Mary E. Bullard, Jonesboro; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ben Hayslip, Dan Tarver, Scott Lamb, Emmitt Warren, Edwin Warren, Jason Combs and Chris Lamb.

Memorials may be made to the Wadley First United Methodist Church, c/o Shirley Salter, P.O. Box 484, Wadley, GA 30477.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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