Obituaries
January 18, 2007 Issue

Julian Asberry
Mr. Julian Asberry, 79, of Washington, DC, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007.

Mr. Asberry was the son of the late Willie and Cora Hines, Asberry Batts and Horace Batts Sr. He was predeceased by a brother, Willie Asberry. The funeral was Jan. 9 at the Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Washington, DC. Burial was in the Lincoln Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include a brother, Hosea (Helen) Asberry, Ft. Washington, Md.; nieces and nephews, Deborah A. Hodges, Thomson, David (Linda) Hodges, Washington, DC, Delois Asberry, Wrens, Sgt. Willis Asberry, Wrens, and Lashaon (Elvis) Beach, Ft. Washington, Md.

R.N. Horton Funeral Home, Washington, DC, was in charge of the arrangements.


Willie Asberry
Mr. Willie Asberry, 75, of Wrens died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006.

Mr. Asberry was the son of the late Willie and Cora Hines, Asberry Batts and Horace Batts Sr.

The funeral was Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at Eden Baptist Church with the Revs. James O. Nelson, Minnie Davis, David Walker, Joe Hills Sr., and Timothy Lewis Sr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mattie D. Hodges; children, Deborah A. Hodges, Thomson, David (Linda) Hodges, Washington, DC, Delois Asberry, Wrens, and Sgt. Willis Asberry, Wrens; brothers, Julian A. Asberry, Washington, DC, and Hosea (Helen) Asberry, Ft. Washington, Md.; and grandchildren, Mercedes, Willis and Jaslyn.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Tom Ballard
Mr. Tom Ballard, 44, of Matthews died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007.

Mr. Ballard was born in Rock Hill, SC, to Betty Jean Lucas Ballard of South Boardman, Mi., and the late Walter Furman Ballard.

Memorial services will be held Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Additional survivors are a stepson, Brandon L. Newsome, Dublin; long-time companion, Lisa Newsome, Zebina; two sisters, Terri (Randy) Askew, Matthews, Sandra (Wayne) Hayes, Blythe; three brothers, Doug (Rosa) Ballard, N.C., Jeff (Georgia) Ballard, Wrens, and Brandon Ballard, Augusta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Hephzibah, is in charge of the arrangements.


Archie L. Hall
Mr. Archie L. Hall, 80, of Wadley died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2007.

Mr. Hall was born in Jefferson County and had lived in Wadley for the past 15 years. He was retired from the Department of Transportation, Road Department and was a member of Mintons Chapel Church.

Graveside services were Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. at Coleman’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Revs. Wilmer Hall and Wayne Page officiating.

Survivors include a son, Robert L. (Catherine) Hall, Elkton, Fla.; a brother, Rev. Wilmer (Dorothy) Hall, Twin City.

Memorials may be made to the St. Johns United Methodist Church Building Fund in care of Betty Anderson, Wadley, GA 30477.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Marie Chalker Davis
Mrs. Marie Chalker Davis, 100, of Warrenton died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007.

Mrs. Davis, a native of Warren County, was a member of the Warren County Farm Bureau, Adult Ladies Sunday School Class and Magnolia Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband Redmond Davis.

The funeral was Jan. 14 at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church with the Revs. Randall Whitaker, Tommy Harwell and Adrian Burrell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Mary Bessie (Charles) Harper, Warrenton; one sister, Bernice Chalker Brooks, Gibson; and adopted family, Tommy, Melanie, Meaghan and Jocelyn Harper.

Pallbearers were David Harper, Dewayne Wood, W.F. Norris, Joe McCommons, Robert H. Davis, Willis Johnson, Dr. Barry Tarpley and Charles Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Wendell Kitchens, Mike Turner, Allen Gilmer, Charles Tucker, Warren Hart, Louis Swint, Craig Usry, Michael Gilmer, Denton Johnson, Ronnie Hadden and Hollis Chalker.

Lowe Funeral Home, Warrenton, was in charge of the arrangements.


John C. “Jake” Dye
Mr. John C. “Jake” Dye, 89, of Wrens died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Dye was the son of the late Bunyan A. Dye and Brinie D. Dye. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was retired from Ft. Gordon. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Louis Dye and Chester Dye; and two sisters, Ruth Chalker and Melva Smith.

The funeral was Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Dr. James Ford, the Rev. Roy White and the Rev. Race Lariscy officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Dye; two daughters, Diane Dye and Patty (Jim) Merritt, both of Wrens; two sons, Bruce (Cecelia) Dye and Burton (Sharon) Dye, both of Wrens; five sisters, Myrtle Farr, Griffin, Christine Cook, Greenwood, SC, Eleanora Cooper, Jacksonville, Juanita Amerson, Greenwood, SC, and Judy Parrish, Edgefield, SC; a brother, Harold Dye, Augusta; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Billy Dye, Jack Sutton, Terry Englett, Carl Brooks, George Wren, Douglas Morris, Jimmy Mc- Donald and Glenn Bazemore.

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

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Oria Sumrall
Ms. Oria Sumrall, 67, of Augusta died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, in Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Ms. Sumrall was a native of Glascock County but had lived in Augusta for many years. She was the owner and operator of the Finishing Touch.

A memorial service was held Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. in the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Donald Widener officiating.

Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Polizzi, Alexandria, Va.; her son, Steven Izbicki, Parksville, SC; two sisters, Alice Spitz, Thomson, and Margie Holton, Columbia, SC; two brothers, Bobby Wilkerson, Thomson, and Earnest Wilkerson, Ellerslie; and one grandson.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Alice K. Kitchens
Mrs. Alice K. Kitchens, 65, of Gibson died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007.

Mrs. Kitchens, a native of Lancaster, Pa., was a member of Gibson First Baptist Church.

Memorial services were held Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at Gibson First Baptist Church with the Revs. Ben Bush and Mike Cook officiating.

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie (Donald) Bales, Gibson; and one grandchild, Deric Bales, Gibson.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements


John William Neal
Mr. John William Neal, 94, of Norwood died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at Warrenton Health and Rehab Center.

Mr. Neal, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Mr. John William Sr. and Della Irby Neal. He was a retired farmer and owner of Neal’s Garage. He was a member of Williams Creek Baptist Church, however, in later years he attended Norwood Baptist Church.

The funeral was Jan. 16 at Norwood Baptist Church with the Rev. John Jenkins officiating. Burial was in the Scruggs Cemetery.

Lowe Funeral Home, Warrenton, was in charge of the arrangements.


Thomas J. Barne
Mr. Thomas J. Barnes, 80, of Baxley died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, at a Savannah hospital.

The funeral was Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Baxley. Burial was in Omega Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Lynn Tollison Barnes; son, Mark T. (Carole) Barnes, Baxley; daughters, Karen B. (Greg) Yonchak, Louisville, and Ellen B. (Jay) Howard, Waycross.

Swain Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lisle Floyd Turner
Mr . Lisle Floyd Turner, 46, of Augusta died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007.

Mr . Turner, a native of Postdam, NY, was a veteran of the United States Army.

The funeral was Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Brandon Lanier officiating. Survivors include his wife, Sybil Turner; a daughter, Sarah (Jesse) Fregoe, Norwood, NY; three sisters, Brenda (Tom) Moulton, Winthrop, NY, Muriel (Junior) Foster, Postdam, NY, and Sue (Leo) Foster, Postdam, NY; and several other relatives.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lettie Burton “Shame” Wells
Mrs. Lettie Burton “Shame” Wells of Wrens died Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, at McDuffie Regional Hospital in Thomson.

Mrs. Wells was a native of Jefferson County and a member of the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, New Zion Wheel, Morning Star and Fair and Honest Society. The funeral will be Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at Hardeman Spring- field Baptist Church with the Rev. A. Gibbons officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Ada Lee Wells, Wrens, and Jonas Wells, Louisville; her sister, Willie Mae Gibbons, Louisville; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Lettie Washington
Ms. Lettie Washington, 70, of Louisville died Monday, Jan. 15, 2007.

Ms . Washington was the daughter of the late Marshall and Lizzie Burton Washington.

At an early age she joined Woodlawn Baptist Church and was also a member of the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society.

The funeral will be Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Rev. Charles (Mary Ann) Washington, Wrens; two adopted children, Mary Ann Johnson, Augusta, and Patrick Washington, Louisville; sisters, Emma Lee Smith, Mildred “Dolly” Washington, Essie Mae “Thunch” Thompson, all of Louisville, Lenora Ivey, Augusta; daughter-in-law, Gwen Thompson, Louisville; two sisters-in-law, Mattie Washington and Ella Washington, Louisville; one aunt, Carter Washington, Louisville; 12 grandchildren, including Shalandra Washington who was a diligent caretaker.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


William R. Wege
Dr. William R. Wege of Louisville died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007.Dr. Wedge, a native of Shawno, Wisc., served as an Aviation Cadet with the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II.

He graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1952 and was in private practice until 1964.

He received a masters degree in oral maxillo radiology from the University of Alabama and in 1967 he accepted an appointment as associate professor and chairman of Dental Radiology at MCG in Augusta.

In 1988 he retired from MCH as full professor and chairman of the admissions department.

Among his many academic appointments,community activities and professional organizations were the Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society, Georgia Dental Association and the American Academy of Dental Radiology.

He had published 23 scientific articles and papers and presented over 100 scientific programs both nationally and internationally.

The funeral will be Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Magdaline Episcopal Church with Father Ron Sutherland officiating.

Burial will be in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville at a later date.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Mohr Wege; sister, Chris (Marve) Steinke, De Pere, Wisc.; son, Dr. W.E. (Carol) Wege, Hinesville; daughters, Donna (Dr. Calvin) Dudley, Albuquerque, NM, and Linda (Dr. Chip) Prichard, Louisville; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or the American Cancer Society.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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