Obituaries
July 12, 2007 Issue

Irene Walker Diaz
Ms. Irene Walker Diaz of Gough died Sunday, July 1, 2007, at University Hospital in Augusta.

The funeral was July 7 at 1 p.m. at Green Grove AME Zion Church in Gough with the Rev. Samuel Grant officiating.

Burial was in Walker Family Cemetery in Gough.

Survivors include four sisters, Daisy Walker, Columbia, SC, Hattie Bell Lafavor, Louisville, Josephine Lewis, Aiken, SC, and Jeanette (Glenn) Birt, Wrens; two brothers, David (Betty Ann) Walker and Bennie Walker, both of Gough; and several other relatives.

Burnett Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Mary McNeal
Mrs. Mary McNeal, 88, of Louisville died Saturday, July 7, 2007.

Mrs. McNeal was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was retired from Stapleton Garment as a machine operator.

She is preceded in death by her husband William McNeal and her parents, Eugene and Imogene Hadden.

The funeral was July 9 at 3 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Atkinson officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Kelley and Barbara Williams; two sons, William McNeal and William Williams; a brother, Lewis Hadden; a sister, Margaret Kelly; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Allen Hadden, Rusty Hadden, Thomas Thigpen, Troy McNeal, Travis Rooks and Everette Guy.

Memorials may be made to James Funeral Home, P.O. Box 588, Wrens, GA 30833. James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Clayton A. Reese
Mr. Clayton A. Reese, 48, of Lanett, Ala., died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in Akron, Ohio.

Mr. Reese was a truck driver.

Memorial services will be held July 12 at 10 a.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edgar Dewayne Frank officiating.

Survivors include his children, Jimmy Reese, David Reese, Renie Reese and Chey Reese; his mother, Billy J. Reese; three sisters, Marnie Frankum, Kathy Cooke and Donna Reese; and a brother, Curtis Reese.

James Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Mary Alice Upton Smith
Mrs. Mary Alice Upton Smith, 52, of Louisville died Saturday, July 7, 2007.

Mrs. Smith was a native of Jefferson County and the daughter of the late Franklin and Lucille Brown Upton, a graduate of Louisville High School.

At an early age she joined the Magnolia Baptist Church and later joined her husband at the Woodlawn Baptist Church where she served on the Usher Board. She was employed with Net Transportation.

The funeral will be July 14 at 11 a.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church and Cemetery with the Revs. Carl Simmons and Perry Daniels officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Charles Smith; her children, Vincent Bernard (Evita) Smith, Angela Yvette (Undrey Whitlock) Smith and Christy Nikirashae Smith, Louisville; her siblings, Willie James (Catherine) Upton, Tampa, Fla., Carolyn (James) Tremble, Louisville, and Jerry Upton, Wilton, SC; mothersin- law, Bernice Kilpatrick, Louisville, and Alice Mae McBride, Wrens; five grandchildren; and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Emma Nicole Miller
Emma Nicole Miller of Stapleton died Monday, June 25, 2007.

A graveside service was held June 29 at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Brian Cockrell officiating.

Survivors include her parents, Jonathan S. and Melissa N. Miller, Stapleton; paternal grandparents, Ollie Miller, Avera, and Donna Pacheco, Wrens; maternal grandparents, Ronald L and Valerie J. Hoffman, Hephzibah; paternal great-grandmother, Audrey Norton; and maternal greatgrandmother, Betty Hoffman.

Poteet Funeral Homes, South Chapel, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Etta M. Reese
Mrs. Etta M. Reese, 83, of Mitchell died Saturday, June 30, 2007, in a Macon hospital.

Funeral services were July 7 at 1 p.m. at Second Mineral Springs Baptist Church in Mitchell.

Burial was at Fellowship Baptist Church, Mitchell.

Survivors include nine children, Euthressa Reese, Macon, Truman Reese, Warrenton, Alphonza Reese, Sparta, Eudessa Reese, Montgomery, Ala., Myra Reese, Conyers, Delphine Reese, Decatur, Nora Reese-Laughlin, Warner Robins, Tracy Reese, Stockbridge, and Morris Reese, Macon; two sisters, Dorothy Jordan, Burlington, NC, and Annie Snorton, St. Louis, Mo.; one brother, Veasley Chatman, Sparta; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ingram Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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