Obituaries
March 22, 2007 Issue

Lois Armstrong Alexander
Mrs. Lois Armstrong Alexander of Evans died Saturday, March 10, 2007.

Mrs. Alexander, a native of Orleans County, was the daughter of Samuel and Rogester Leonard Armstrong.

Shewas a 1950 graduate of Joseph S. Clark High School and attended Corpus Christi Church.

She worked for many years at ACE Hardware. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Benjamin Alexander.

A funeral mass was held March 16 at 11 a.m. at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church and Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, La., with Father Ray Bamberger officiating. Survivors include her sister, Geraldine A. Lewis; nieces and nephews, Kim (Stephens) Ballard, Marsha Morris, Karen (Arthur) Johnson, Jacob (Lydia) Johnson Jr., Joshua (Willinede) Johnson, Derek (Trina) Lewis Sr., and Jonathan (Shelia) Riley; great nieces and nephews, and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Billy L. Boulineau
Mr. Billy L. Boulineau, 80, of Wrens died Monday, March 12, 2007, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Boulineau, a native of Jefferson County, was the son of the late Joe and Ethel Boulineau.

He was retired from Civil Service and was a member of Way’s Baptist Church.

The funeral was March 14 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Keith Jordan and Pastor Johnny Boulineau officiating.

Burial was at Way’s Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes Boulineau; one daughter, Debra (Steve) Norton, Wrens; two grandchildren, Annie and Johnnie Norton; a sister, Nelle Irwin, Louisville; a brother, John T. Boulineau Sr., Augusta.

Pallbearers were Patrick Boulineau, Bennett Boulineau, Tim Boulineau, Robert Boulineau, Jim Bush, Charles Dillard, Bobby Irwin, William Irwin and Lee Lewis.

Honorary pallbearers were Steve Anderson, Kenneth McDonald, Leon Zeigler, R.S. Zeigler, Walter Prescott, Richard Waters, Edward Newsome, Bill Marsh, Melvin Evans, Bill Tinsley, Leonard “Tubby” James and Marvin Reese.

Memorials may be made to Way’s Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 314 Quaker Rd.

NE, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Robert Cheely
Mr. Robert Cheely of Augusta died Monday, March 12, 2007.

Mr. Cheely was a native of Glascock County but made his home in Augusta.

He was a member of Beulah Grove Baptist Church and a 1961 graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School.

He retired from Kelloggs Company and was formerly employed by Murray Biscuit Company and St. Joseph and Grace State Hospitals.

The funeral was March 17 at 11 a.m. at Beulah Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Sam Davis officiating.

Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Cheely; daughter, Terry Lewis-Hale; son, Joseph Anthony Cheely; five sisters, Rosa Gibson, Augusta, Pauline Baker, Mitchell, Josie Gaston, Greensboro, NC, Erma (Stan) Jackson, High Spring, Fla., and Muriel (Harvey) Hutchinson, Gainesville, Fla.; two brothers, Ollie Wilcher Jr., Chicago, William Robert Wilcher, Mitchell; his mother-in-law, Ophelia Leaverett; and five grandchildren.

The Historic Dent’s Undertaking Establishment was in charge of the arrangements.


Rubie L. Kemp Green
Mrs. Rubie L. Kemp Green died Sunday, March 11,2007, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Mrs. Green, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Limestone Baptist Church. She was the daughter of Willie and Sudie Jackson Kemp Sr.

The funeral was March 17 at 2 p.m. at Limestone Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny R. Sampson officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Tommie (Clara) Kemp, Wadley; sister, Mattie Bell Harris, N.Y.; nephews, Derrick Brinkley, Donald (Willie Mae) Brinkley and Milvinia Kemp, Wadley, Morris Brinkley, Maxine (Steven) Brinkley and Harriett Brinkley, Philadelphia, Pa., Melinda Kemp, Tammie (Horace) Brown, Fla., David Kemp, Charles Kemp and Leroy Kemp; goddaughter, Corine Scott, NY.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lee Little Romer
Mrs. Lee Little Romer, 93, of Louisville died Saturday, March 17, 2007.

Mrs. Romer, a lifelong resident of Louisville, was a member of Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, the Missionary Society and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Jefferson Hospital.

She was a retired nurse with the office of the late Dr. Walter Revel.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kinsley Gird Romer, and a son, Kinsley Gird Romer Jr.

A memorial service will be held March 24 at 2 p.m. at Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William Anderson officiating.

Private interment will be in the Louisville City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Survivors include a son, James W. Romer, Burlington, NC; a daughter, Patty Guill, Richardson, Texas; a sister, Ellen Lesesne, Columbia, SC; and three grandchildren, Dennis Jarret Guill Jr., Lee Romer Guill and Laura Wells Romer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, in behalf of the Laura Romer Ministry, P.O. Box 9, Louisville, GA 30434, or Friends of Historic Downtown Louisville, 605 Mulberry St., Louisville, GA 30434.

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


Shantavia R. Strowbridge
Ms. Shantavia R. Strowbridge, 22, died Friday, March 9, 2007, in Chatham County.

Ms. Strowbridge was a native of Indian River, Fla. She was a graduate of Junction City High in Kansas, a member of James Temple AME in Bartow and a clerk at Enmark in Savannah.

The funeral was March 17 at 4 p.m. at San Hill Baptist Church and Cemetery, Wrightsville, with the Rev. Bernard Young officiating. Survivors include her father, Lee Otis Strowbridge, Savannah; siblings, Sabrina T. Strowbridge, Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Jimmy Lee Price, Harrison; seven aunts and uncles; five nieces, cousins and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ernest “Bubba” Thompson Sr.
Mr. Ernest “Bubba” Thompson Sr. died Friday, March 16, 2007, at an Augusta hospital.

Mr. Thompson, a native of Jefferson County, attended Jefferson County Schools.

He was the son of the late Richard and Genevieve Thompson.

The funeral was March 20 at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rosa Williams officiating.

Survivors include his children, Ernest Thompson Jr., Phoenix City, Ala., Derrick Thompson, Augusta, and Shawanda (Barry) Bostic, Louisville; one brother, Horace (Alberta) Thompson, Augusta; one sister, Carol McDonald, Laurelton, NY; three aunts; five grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Betty Salter Wilson
Mrs. Betty Salter Wilson, 79, of Bartow died Monday, March 5, 2007.

Mrs. Wilson, born in Blackshear, lived in Bartow all her life.

She was a homemaker and a member of Bartow United Methodist Church.

The funeral was March 8 at 2 p.m. at Bartow United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Lovejoy officiating.

Burial was in the Bartow Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Libby Wilson Hamilton, Bartow, and Susan Wilson (Jeffrey) White, Savannah; and two grandchildren, Lindsey White and Addie White, Savannah.

Pallbearers were Mitch Smith, Angeli Brooks, Adam Duncan, Fred Evans and Edward Salter.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Rhyna Haywood Vance
Mrs. Rhyna Haywood Vance, 90, of Gibson died Wednesday, March 14, 2007.

Mrs. Vance, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her husband Richard F. Vance.

The funeral was March 17 at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church with the Rev. Byron Martin officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two daughter, Catherine Hockenbury, Gibson, and Kandy Kay Calkins, Newport News, Va.; two sisters, Thelma Dixon, Gibson, and Evelyn Bessinger, Barnwell, SC; three grandchildren, Traci Todd, April Abersold and Danny Calkins Jr.; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Dean Couch, Jay Dixon, Mike Lyons, Robert Sutton Jr., Marvin Shelton and Johnny Bessinger.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Carter “Baby Doll” Washington
Mrs. Carter “Baby Doll” Washington, 100, of Louisville died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Washington was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Smith Holmes.

She lived in New York before returning to Louisville and worked at Home Folks Restaurant until 1970.

She was a member of Lofton AME Church where she served as a missionary, choir member and was Mother of the Church.

The funeral was March 18 at 5 p.m. at Lofton AME Church with the Rev. Michael Ephrium officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her son, Paul (Deola) Washington Jr., Fort Valley; nine grandchildren that she reared as her own, Anna (Sammie) Davis and Thelma Delores Washington, NY, NY, Patricia Gamble and Brenda Jones, Augusta, Casper (Sherry) Combs, Ill., Janice (Clarence) Patterson, Sandra Kay Combs and Glenn Washington, Louisville, Samuel Washington, Atlanta; son-in law, Casper Combs Jr., Louisville; daughter-in-law, Catherine Washington, Miami; one adopted daughter, Mary Curtis, Louisville; devoted caretaker, Gloria Zimmerman, Louisville; 10 additional grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great- grandchildren; and many other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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