Obituaries
February 8, 2007 Issue

Danny Charles Bennett
Mr. Danny Charles Bennett, 57, of Gibson died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at the V.A. Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Bennett served his country in the Vietnam War in 1969-1970. He was decorated by many medals and badges including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals, two Overseas Bars Army Commendation Mdl, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert (Rifle M-16), Expert (81 MM Mortar), and a W/60 DVC.

After military service he became a United States Marshall.

Later he opened the Dan Bennett Realty Company in Aiken, SC, until his retirement in 2004.

Graveside services were Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Mitchell Baptist Church Cemetery.

Olin Mathis gave the eulogy.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Kent Bennett; his mother, Freddie Bennett, Eastman; one son, Benjamin Bennett, Eastman; one daughter, Carmen Cook, Brunswick; two sisters, Lynn Thomas and Nancy Bennett, both of Eastman; two brothers, Larry Bennett and Randy Bennett, both of Eastman; and one grandson.

Pallbearers were Tom Kent, Bill Kent, Jimmie Pennington, Randy Bennett, Earl Thomas and Stephen Whigham.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. James D. Burnett
Mr. James D. Burnett of Augusta died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Survivors include one son, Rico Burnett, Augusta; one daughter, Ykeshia Heggs, Augusta; mother, Mildred Burnett, Augusta; two sisters, Katherine B. Young, Augusta, and Janice Thomas, S.C., two brothers, Bernard Fuller, Larry Fuller, Wrens; devoted friend, Pearl Heggs, Augusta; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Thomas F. “Red” Hayes
Mr. Thomas F. “Red” Hayes, 61, of Wrens died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007.

Mr. Hayes was a lifelong resident of Wrens and retired from E-Z-Go Textron after nearly 40 years of service. He was a member of Wrens United Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ross Jackson and Myrtle Skinner Hayes, and a brother, Loren “Gabby” Hayes.

The funeral was Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at Wrens United Methodist Church with Dr. Ben Martin, Rev. Griffin Thompson and Rev. Roy White officiating.

Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Walden Hayes; daughter, Pamela Joyce Hayes, Augusta; mother-in-law, Ruby Brooks Walden, Wrens; two sisters, Betty Parish and Evelyn McGahee, both of Wrens; one brother, William “Billy” Hayes, Jacksonville, Fla.; many nieces and nephews and a special family of friends that include “adopted” daughter, Stacey Lynn Irby, Bennett, Gail and Clete Clark, Brian Shana, Abby and Mallie Sims and Fay and Brenda Hadden.

Pallbearers were Bennett Clark, Fay Hadden, Dean Hadden, Brian Sims, Milton Berry Jr., and Delma Gunn.

Memorials may be made to the University Health Care Foundation, Art Pachin Endowment, 2100 Central Ave., Suite D-1, Augusta, GA 30904, or St. Joseph Hospice, 2260 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Sallie Mae Chalker
Mrs. Sallie Mae Chalker Norris, 90, of Gibson died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, at McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson.

Mrs. Norris, a native of Glascock County, was a member of Gibson Church of God.

The funeral was Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Lamb officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, G.T. Norris Jr., Winnsboro, SC, James H. Norris, Sandersville, and Wayne Norris, Gibson; three brothers, Joe Chalker, Gibson, Watson Chalker, Augusta, and Talmadge Chalker, Gibson; one sister, Inez Hadden, Gibson; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Norris, Brett W. Norris Sr., Robert Chalker, J.L. Chalker, John Brooks and Kenneth Norris.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Eula Bell “La” Gordon
Mrs. Eula Bell “La” Gordon Thompson of Louisville died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Thompson, a native of Jefferson County, was a homemaker, a member of the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, Zion Wheel Society and Fair and Honest of Hardeman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Roger Thompson.

The funeral was Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Rev. Abraham Gibbons officiating.

Survivors include her children, Harold (Jeanette) Thompson, Willie Roger “Rob” (Patricia) Thompson, Nixon Thompson, Gloria Thompson and Brenda Young, Louisville; one step son, Wiggins Gibbons, Brunswick; a granddaughter that she reared as her own, Krishanna Thompson, Louisville; her sister, Mary Gamble, Wadley; brother, Willie (Laura) Gordon, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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