Obituaries
August 2, 2007 Issue

Anna Maude Arrington
Mrs. Anna Maude Arrington, 83, of Wadley died Saturday, July 28, 2007, at Glendale Nursing Home in Wadley.

Mrs. Arrington, a native of Baldwin County, lived most of her life in Jefferson County where she was a member of Bethesda Primitive Baptist Church.

She was retired as secretary of the New York Rubber Company and was widow of the late James S. Arrington.

The funeral was July 31 from the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home with Elder Emerson Proctor officiating.

Burial was in Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include a sister, Faye Fennell, Wadley; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Jimmy Smith, David Smith, Gary Smith, Stephen Smith, Ricky Fennell and Jeff Fennell.

Johnson Funeral Home, Swainsboro, was in charge of the arrangements.


Willie Lee “Sonny” Davis
Mr. Willie Lee “Sonny” Davis died July 14, 2007, in Gulfport, Fla.

Mr. Davis was a native of Jefferson County but had lived in Florida for several years.

He was the son of the late Isaiah Davis Sr. and Mary “Flang” Davis.

The funeral was July 28 at Jones Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Dudley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Rosalind Davis, Boston, Mass., Shirley Davis, Miss., Sheila (Ben) Wheelker, Augusta, and Christine Davis, St. Petersburg, Fla.; a son, Willie L. Davis Jr., Cairo; three sisters, Willie M. Davis, Augusta, Catherine Fields and Carol Whitfield, St. Petersburg, Fla.; one brother, Isaiah Davis Jr., Philadelphia, Pa., a very special friend, Lillie M. Presley, St. Petersburg; aunt, Willie M. Habersham, Wadley; uncle, Jim Loyd Sr., St. Petersburg; and several other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ada Wells Floyd
Ms. Ada Wells Floyd, 64, of Wrens died Monday, July 23, 2007.

The funeral was July 29 at 2 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Abraham Gibbons officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Lavette (Corcell) Hudson, Thomson, and Laverne Floyd, Augusta; two sons, Ulysses (Patricia) Floyd, Wrens, and Andre Floyd, Sanford, Fla.; one sister, Jennie Gamble, Louisville; two brothers, Jonas (Suzanne) Wells, Louisville, and Oscar Thompson, Louisville; and six grandchildren.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Margaret Rose Kcraget Hall
Mrs. Margaret Rose Kcraget Hall, 75, of Wadley died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Hall, a native of Chesterfield County, Va., had lived here since 1975. She was retired from Allied Chemical Corp.

She attended Calvary Baptist Church and Ivey Memorial Methodist Church, Colonial Heights, Va. She was preceded in death by her husband George Marcus Hall; a daughter and son-inlaw, Margaret Ann and Curtis J. Sheffield; a brother, William S. Kcraget; and a sister, Tina K. Houle.

Funeral services were July 28 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Franklin Sasser officiating and July 31 at 11 a.m. at E. Alvin Small Funeral Home in Colonial Heights, Va. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, Chester Va.

Survivors include a son, Robert E. Richardson Jr., Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Sandra R. Robertson, Wadley; three brothers, John O. Kcraget, Colonial Heights, Va., George K. Kcraget and Charles R. Kcraget, Chester- field County, Va.; two sisters, Dorothy K. Morgan, Colonial Heights, Va., and Natalie K. Osborne, Chesterfield, Va.; friends. Gail and Richard Dudley, Wadley; and two grandchildren.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Bonnie Williams Harrison
Mrs. Bonnie Williams Harrison of Augusta died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Harrison was a native and lifelong resident of Augusta area.

She taught school for 37 years and taught at Evans Elementary School for the past 23 years. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Sorority, a member of Warren Baptist Church and the Sorrells Sunday School Class.

The funeral was July 29 at 3 p.m. at Warren Baptist Church with the Rev. Floyd M. Harrison III officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd M. Harrison II; a daughter, Amy Harrison (Danny) Kittrell, Columbia, SC; a son, Floyd Montgomery Darlene) Harrison III, Rocky Mount, Va.; brothers, Robert Taylor (Linda) Williams, North Augusta, SC, and Clinton Walter (Kathy) Williams III, Gibson; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Danny Kittrell, Bobby Williams, Frank Harrison, Robert Bargeron, Chris Alford and Gary Dixon.

Memorials may be made to Susan B. Korman Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 370, Dallas, TX 75244; or to the University Hospital Women’s Breast Health Center, 1350 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30901.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, Augusta, was in charge of the arrangements.


Rufus D. Hodges Jr.
Mr. Rufus D. Hodges Jr., 79, of Ailey died Sunday, July 29, 2007 after several years of declining health caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. at College Hill Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Hodges; and a daughter, Carol Hodges of Savannah. Mr. Hodges was the brother- in-law of the late Claire Irwin of Louisville.

Fairhaven Funeral Home & Crematory, Savannah, is in charge of the arrangements.


George Brown Sr.
Mr. George Brown Sr. of Wrens died Thursday, July 26, 2007.

The funeral was Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. at Springfield AME Church with the Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ada Lee Brown; three sons, Ervion (April) Brown, Brentwood, Calif., George Brown Jr., Norcross, and Timothy Curtis, Augusta; a daughter, Shannon Carter, Charlotte, NC; three sisters, Florine (Lamar) Jones and Freddie Lee Jordan, Wrens, and Claudia Ann (Eugene) Mills, Atlanta; three brothers, Johnnie Brown, Sylvania, Roy Brown, Wrens, and Garvin (Rosemary) Brown, Augusta; a good friend, Becky Robinson; and five grandchildren.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements


Maggie Smith Heidt
Mrs. Maggie Smith Heidt of Augusta died Tuesday, July 24, 2007.

Mrs. Heidt was preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Mamie Hines Smith; her husband, Samuel Branch Heidt; and her brothers, Clancy, Martin and Branson Roberts.

She spend her childhood on Victory Farm near Bartow then moved to Wadley and graduated from Wadley High School.

She was active in Wadley United Methodist Church and following her move to Waynesboro, in the First United Methodist Church there.

She was active in the Pink Lady’s Auxiliary at Burke County Hospital.

In her later years she lived in St. John’s Tower in Augusta and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

The funeral was July 28 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of DeLoach- Kennedy Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary DeMore officiating.

Graveside services were at 3:45 p.m. at Bartow City Cemetery. A memorial service was held July 30 at St. John’s Tower at 2 p.m.

Survivors include her son, Samuel Branch (Janice) Heidt, Houston, Texas; daughter, Mary Heidt (Jim) Wasiela, Lanexa, Va.; four grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Methodist Home for Children & Youth, P.O. Box 2525, Macon, GA 31203-2525 or through their website at www.themethodisthome.org. DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro, was in charge of the arrangements.


Jesse S. Huddleston
Mr. Jesse S. Huddleston, 87, of Wrens died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at Trinity Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Huddleston, a native of Putnam County, Tenn., was the son of the late John B. Huddleston and Mary Huddleston.

He had lived locally for the past 55 years.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and lifetime VFW member.

He was a member of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau.

He was also a member of Waldens United Methodist Church where he had served on the Administrative Council, was a trustee, steward and choir member.

The funeral was July 28 at 11 a.m. at Waldens United Methodist Church with the Revs. Doug Mays and Tom Edwards officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Jean C. Huddleston; several special nieces and nephews, Lynn (Cynthia) Cowan, Hixson, Tenn., Ken (Ann) Brown, Auburn, Ala., niece Carol (Derek) Logan, Greenville, SC, niece Caren (Mikel) Skinner, Avera; and a special sister-in-law, Helen Brown, Avera.

Pallbearers were Stephen Skinner, Ben Skinner, Rob Skinner, Lynn Cowan, Dan Huddleston, James Huddleston, Mikel Skinner and Derek Logan.

Honorary pallbearers were John Jones, James Paul, Jim Brown, Keith Usry, Bobby Smith, Glynn Wallace, Gary Rhodes, Algernon Usry, Charlie Davis, Milford Holdeman and Bennett Howard.

Memorials may be made to Waldens UMC Perpetual Care Cemetery Fund, c/o Patricia Kitchens, 1304 Hadden Pond Rd., Avera, GA 30803.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Wanda “Beckie” Landrum
Mrs. Wanda “Beckie” Landrum, 39, of Nashville, NC, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007.

Mrs. Landrum, a native of Halifax County, was a member of Ebenezer Pentecostal Holiness Church.

The funeral was July 28 at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastor Vernon Potter officiating.

Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery of Nashville.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Landrum Jr., Nashville; mother, Myrtle Floyd Still, Roanoke Rapids; father, Robert Floyd, Roanoke Rapids; two sons, Robert and Ryan Landrum; mother and father- in-love, Robert Landrum and wife Nancy, Gibson; sisters-in-love, Angela Pope and husband Tim, Nashville; Rhonda Isch and husband Alfred, Charles Town, WV, Martha Smith, Nashville; Jean Landrum and husband Ronnie, Thomson; and several other relatives.

Cornerstone Funeral Home and Cremations, Nashville, NC, was in charge of the arrangements.


Laura Lee Neal
Mrs. Laura Lee Neal of Sparta died Tuesday, July 24, 2007, in Sparta.

The funeral was July 28 at 11 a.m. at Second Mineral Springs Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Willie Neal, Sparta, and Edward Neal, Augusta; four daughters, Lilly Durham, Ida Neal, Nina Neal and Betty Dorsey, all of Augusta; one sister, Mattie Pearl Mitts, Wrens; 18 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.


Lelar Frances Hadden Newsome
Mrs. Lelar Frances Hadden Newsome of Augusta died Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Mrs. Newsome, a native of Avera, was the daughter of Lawson and Susie Hadden.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Daughters of America, Woodmen of the World, AARP, Senior Friends and many other service organizations.

She retired from Lily Tulip after 35 years of service.

She is preceded in death by three brothers, J.B. Hadden, Alvin Hadden and Leroy Hadden; two sisters, Alma Hadden Messore and Martha Hadden Johnson; and one daughter, Rachel Gayle Newsome Allen.

The funeral was July 28 at 11 a.m. at Platt’s Crawford Avenue Chapel with the Rev. Clifton O’Bryan officiating, assisted by Oscar Barrow.

Burial was at 2 p.m. in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

Survivors include one son, Louis Champion Newsome, Augusta; one daughter, Helen Moore Campbell, Chandler, Texas; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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


Carrie Tillman
Mrs. Carrie Tillman, 105, of Wrightsville died Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at Washington County Medical Center in Sandersville.

Mrs. Tillman, a native of Jefferson County, was a member of James Temple CME Church, Bartow.

For 105 years she worked on the farm in the fields and in later years she did house work until age 92.

The funeral was July 30 at 2 p.m. at Scott’s Chapel Baptist Church and Cemetery in Harrison.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Carrie Mae Tillman Munzo, Charlotte, NC; and several grandchildren, greatgrandchildren; and other relatives.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Ada Wells Floyd
Mrs. Ada Wells Floyd, 64, of Wrens died Monday, July 23, 2007.

The funeral was July 29 at 2 p.m. at Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church with the Rev. Abraham Gibbons officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Lavette (Corcell) Hudson, Thomson, and Laverne Floyd, Augusta; two sons, Ulysses (Patricia) Floyd, Wrens, and Andre Floyd, Sanford, Fla.; one sister, Jennie Gamble, Louisville; two brothers, Joans (Suzanne) Wells and Oscar Thompson, Louisville; six grandchildren; a devoted friend, Robert L. Avera; and many other relatives.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Martha Dawson Wilcher
Mrs. Martha Dawson Wilcher, 78, of Thomson died Thursday, July 26, 2007, in Thomson.

Mrs. Wilcher, a native of Glascock County, was the daughter of the late J.W. Dawson and the late Ollie Mae Hughes Jones.

She retired as a hairdresser.

She was preceded in death by her husband Willaim Royce Wilcher.

Graveside services were July 30 at 10 a.m. at Mitchell United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ken Jackson officiating.

Survivors include a son, Derrick K. (Judith) Wilcher, Montgomery, Ala.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Pallbearers were William Wilcher, Hal Wheeler, Kenneth Hall, Jim Rivers, Bud Lunsford and James Ruff.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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