Obituaries
May 3, 2007 Issue

Willie Clyde Brinson
Mrs. Willie Clyde Brinson of Bartow died Friday, April 20, 2007.

The funeral was April 28 at 1 p.m. at Tarvers Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. J.C. Green officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Rhina Brinson, White Plains, NY, Clara (James) Nedwards and Eunice Brinson, Bartow; three sons, Otis (Mary) Brinson Jr., Augusta, Eugene (Mary) Brinson, White Plains, and Calvin (Regina) Brinson, Bartow; five grandchildren that she reared as her own, Harvey (Shirley) Jackson, Bartow, Darrell (Betty) Jackson, Wadley, Jackie (Lonzy) Sampson, Hephzibah, Sandra (Ralph) Taylor, Harrison, and Tina Brinson, Virginia Beach, Va.; three sisters, Oreda Jackson, Wrightsville, Trudie Vining, Wadley, and Beulah Moye, Bartow; 35 additional grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and nine great-greatgrandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Julia Wren Brown
Mrs. Julia Wren Brown died Friday, April 20, 2007, in Birmingham, Ala.

Mrs. Brown was born in Jefferson County and lived most of her life in Wrens.

She was the daughter of John Andrew Wren and Hattie Marion Fleming Wren. She is preceded in death by her husband Grier Weldon Brown Sr.; two sisters, Marian Walden and Maggie Andrena Conn; two brothers, John Henry “Buck” Wren and Fleming Ernest Wren.

She was a lifetime member of the Wrens Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, a member of the Ira Caldwell Circle, John F. Wren Daughters of the American Revolution, Wrens Garden Club and in her last years became a member at the Shepherding Center at Bluff Park United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala.

The Rev. Gary Jones, Wrens ARP Church and the Rev. Sally Harmon Brown, NorthPark Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas, will officiate at a memorial service at the Wrens Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church on May 26 at 11 a.m. Visitation with family and friends will be at 10 a.m.

Survivors include her son Grier Weldon Brown, Jr. (Sally) Dallas, Texas; her daughter Elizabeth Brown (Bill) Crotwell, Birmingham, Ala.; five grandchildren, Julie Crotwell (Paul) Davis, Seattle, Wash.; Kimberly Wren Van Rysselberge, Atlanta; James Weldon “Jay” (Tammy) Brown, Charleston, SC; Lisa Katherine Brown (Brian)Ahart, Austin, Texas; Susan Harmon Brown, Dallas, Texas. Nine great grandchildren Kathleen Elizabeth Davis and Caroline Kimberly Davis of Seattle, Wash.; Lauren Anne Van Rysselberge, Atlanta; Jessica Brown, Dallas, Texas; Blake and Brooke Ahart, Austin, Texas; Carolyn, Sarah Katherine and Will Brown, Charleston, SC. Nieces Dollye Wren Ward, Wrens; Mildred John (Jonnie) Ghetti, Hoschton; Frances Hanna Fowler (Sammie), Thomson; and nephews Richard Allen Lawson, Augusta and Walter Andrew Wren (Diane), Covington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bluff Park United Methodist Church, Shepherding Center, 733 Valley St., Birmingham, AL 35226 or to the Wrens Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 404 King St., Wrens, GA 30833.


Donald Lovejoy
Rev. Donald Lovejoy, 78, of Bartow died Tuesday, April 24, 2007.

Rev. Lovejoy, a native of Rochester, Minn., was a minister in the United Methodist Church for 22 years.

He had lived in Bartow for the past three years.

He served as a minister (Major) in the Salvation Army for 35 years.

He had been a member of Optimist, Kiwanis and had served as president of the Lions Club while in Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Heloise Lovejoy and two brothers, Richard and Leo Lovejoy.

The funeral was April 26 at 11 a.m. at Bartow United Methodist Church with the Revs. Tucker A. Lewis, Ricky Varnell and Ernest Bass officiating.

Burial was April 30 in Hillside Cemetery in St. Charles, Minn.

Survivors include his wife, Rev. Ruth Marie Lovejoy; children, Connie (Len) Holt, South Bend, In., Dr. Donald (Lois) Lovejoy, Winona, Mn., Randy (Rene’) Lovejoy, Ben Wheeler, Tx., Andrew (Gretchen) Lovejoy, Spring Valley, Mn., Lori (Rev. Tucker) Lewis, Wrightsville; brother, Earl Lovejoy, Amery, Wis.; sister, Dorothy Plunkett, LaMesa, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Chip Evans, Jay Smith, Mitch Smith, Ken Smith, Mark Boyd, Scott Lovejoy, Gregory Lovejoy, T.J. Lewis and Dwayne Morris.

Honorary pallbearers were Wesley New, Wiley Evans III, Wynder Smith, Charles Smith, Don Hodges, Billy Anderson, Buddy Williamson, Colon Gordy and Hubert Jordan.

Memorials may be made to Bartow United Methodist Church, Parkers Chapel United Methodist Church, Moxley United Methodist Church or New Hope United Methodist Church.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Lee Oliphant Jr.
Mr. Lee Oliphant Jr., 76, of Maywood, Ill., died Wednesday, April 25, 2007.

Mr. Oliphant, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of Wrens Chapel AME Church.

The funeral was May 2 at 2: 30 p.m. at Wrens Chapel AME Church with the Rev. Samuel Thompkins officiating.

Burial was at Sugar Hill Cemetery in Wrens.

Survivors include a devoted friend, Ms. Freddie Sampson, Maywood; four sons, Herman King, Wrens, Allen James Oliphant, Donald Oliphant and Jesse Oliphant, Fla.; one sister, Ada Dorcelus, Augusta; three brothers, Alex Oliphant and George Oliphant, Augusta, and Willie James Oliphant, Sherman, Texas; and several grandchildren.

Williams Funeral Home, Hephzibah, was in charge of the arrangements.


Jack N. Rabun
Captain Jack N. Rabun, USMC (Ret.), of Louisville died Saturday, April 28, 2007.

Mr. Rabun retired from the United States Marine Corp after 23 years of service.

He was a businessman and owner of Wedin International, Inc., in Cadillac, Mi., and Hi-Tech Power Systems in both Augusta and North Augusta.

The funeral, with full military honors, was May 1 at 11 a.m. at Louisville First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Cofer officiating.

Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Davis Rabun; two sons, Jack N. (Marie) Rabun, Cadillac, Mi., and Brian (Chasity) Rabun, Martinez; two daughters, Vickie (Ronnie) Templeton, Louisville, and Beverly (Jerry) Whiteside, Hephzibah; six grandchildren, Jack Neal Rabun III and Teresa Rabun, Cadillac, Mi., Kristi (Clint) Flowers, Wrens, Nelson Dupre Sassard IV, Louisville, Peyton and Pressley Rabun, Martinez; and three brothers and three sisters.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Margaret Viola Hilton Thompson
Mrs. Margaret Viola Hilton Thompson died Monday, April 23, 2007, in Burlington, NJ.

Mrs. Thompson was the daughter of the late Jessie Hilton Atkinson and was raised by the late Charles W. Hilton.

She was preceded in death by her husband Willie James Thompson.

She was a member of Hardeman Springfield Missionary Baptist Church, Zion Wheel Society, Fair and Honest Society, the Morning Star Society and the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society.

The funeral was April 28 at 2 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Abraham Gibbons officiating and the Rev. E.C. Cline assisting.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two children, James (Elaine) Thompson, Fort Washington, Md., and Mildred T. (Lacey) Walker, Burlington, NJ; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Scott, Christopher James Thompson, and Lacey Walker Jr.; her siblings, Ida Lee Flourney, Inwood, NY, Mary Ethel James, Delray Beach, Fla., Mattie Lee King, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Eli Atkinson, Delray Beach; eight great-grandchildren; and many other relatives.

Pallbearers were deacons and trustees of Hardeman Springfield Missionary Baptist Church.

Honorary pallbearers were Lacey Walker Jr., Troy L. Scott, Willie A. Walker, Christopher James Thompson, Lacey Walker Sr. and Freddie Fleming.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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