Obituaries
May 10, 2007 Issue

E. Lawrence Cook Sr.
E. Lawrence Cook Sr., M.D., 78, of Augusta died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at Doctors Hospital.

Dr. Cook was born in Savannah and raised in Brunswick and Wrens.

He attended Wrens High School and Emory at Oxford University and received a bachelors degree in education from Georgia Teacher’s College in Statesboro.

He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1958 and completed an internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens.

He practiced family medicine in Thomson from 1959 to 1972, after which he completed a residency in psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia.

He then served as an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Medical College from 1975 to 1980 and as an associate clinical professor from 1989 to 1993. In 1980 he entered the private practice of psychiatry in association with Physicians’ Multispecialty Group in Augusta.

A graveside service was held May 4 at 2 p.m. in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah with the Rev. Lynn Drake officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia N. Watkins, M.D.; two sons, Ernest L. Cook Jr., Atlanta, Richard N. Cook, Raleigh, NC; one daughter, Terri A. Cook, Augusta; and one grandchild, Lucy B. Cook, Raleigh, NC.

Memorials may be made to the Southeast Firefighters Burn Foundation, 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Building C, Augusta, GA 30909.

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


Lena Windham Gordy
Mrs. Lena Windham Gordy, 76, of Louisville died Monday, April 30, 2007, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Gordy was born in Peach County.

She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Frank Windham.

She had lived in Louisville for over 58 years.

She was a retired civil servant of the United States Department of Agriculture and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville.

Graveside services were May 3 at 11:30 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Garden in Louisville with the Revs. Larry Montgomery and Gilbert H. Rowell officiating.

Survivors include her husband, John Judson Gordy Sr.; son and daughter-in-law, John J. Gordy Jr. and Kathryn, Louisville; daughter and sonin- law, Janet Gordy Simmons and Dennis, Martinez; two sisters, Dorothy Quarles, Augusta, and Charlotte Watson, Grovetown; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Louisville.

Southern Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Michael Steven Whitaker
Mr. Michael Steven Whitaker, 34, died Tuesday, May 1, 2007, in Trenton, NJ.

Mr. Whitaker, a native of Wrens, moved to New Jersey in 1985.

He was a member of Spring Bethel AME Church.

He attended Trenton Central High School in Trenton.

He was employed by the Hopewell Valley Board of Education in Trenton as a maintenance technician and at the Trenton Times in the printing department.

The funeral will be May 12 at 2 p.m. at Spring Bethel AME Church with the Rev. James Jenkins, Pastor Dorothy Nelson, Elder Bessie Nelson and the Rev. Minnie Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Bethel Benevolent Society Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Barbara and James Whitaker IV of Morrisville, Pa.; his children, Jokquan, Tykwae’, Isenaye, Eddie and Giovanny, all of Trenton, NJ; three sisters, Stephanie Taylor and Vanessa Whitaker, Trenton, and Sherri Kelly, New York; one brother, James Whitaker V, Trenton; grandmother, Annie Willie Whitaker, Trenton, NJ; aunts, Mattie Turner, Mattie Hodges, Wrens, Anges Jones, St. Petersburgh, Fla.; Elder Bessie Nelson, Pastor Dorothy (Albert) Nelson, Wrens, Mary Ann Walker, Linda Whitaker and Rachel Banks, Trenton, NJ; uncles, St. John Walker, Sipp Walker, Wrens, and Willie Robert Whitaker, Trenton; cousins reared as siblings, Deborah Hodges, Thomson, David (Linda) Hodges, Washington, DC, Delois Asberry, Willis Asberry, Wrens, and Della Gregory, Glen Burie, Md.; and several other relatives. The family can be contacted at the residence of his aunt, Mattie Hodges, 411 Stephens Street in Wrens.

Burnett Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Louise Gibbons Lambry
Mrs. Louise Gibbons Lambry of Wadley died Sunday, April 28, 2007, in Augusta. The funeral was May 3 at 2 p.m. at Solomon Temple Baptist Church in Moxley with Pastor Peter Sparks officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include six daughters, Vera (Willie Albert) Hannah, Betty Jean Lambry and Annette (Ricky) Warthen, Wadley, Odella Lee, Hollywood, Fla., Queen Middleton, Swainsboro, and Fronita (Robert) Sherrod, Surrency; two sons, Lonzie (Rose Mae) Lambry, Baxley, and Frank Lambry, Augusta; a sister, Cleola Oliver, Wadley; 27 grandchildren, 28 greatgrandchildren and four greatgreat- grandchildren.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Joe Thigpen
Mr. Joe Thigpen, 96, of Avera, died Thursday, May 3, 2007, at Jefferson Hospital.

The funeral was May 6 at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Donald Lumpkin and David Davis officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mattie Lee Thigpen of Avera.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, c/o Mrs. Bobbie Kitchens, 1091 Oak Street, Avera, GA 30803.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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