Obituaries
October 4, 2007 Issue

Mr. Michael Brandon Brown
Mr. Michael Brandon Brown, 19, of Gloverville, S.C., entered into rest Friday, Sept. 28, 2007, at his home

He is the beloved son of Teresa Gail Bush Brooks (David) and Michael Todd Brown (Cindy). He was born in Augusta, but had been a resident of Aiken County, S.C., for most of his life. He was a 2006 graduate of Aiken High School and was currently employed at Solvay, Augusta. He was a member of Bel Air Baptist Church, Augusta.

In addition to his parents and step-parents, family members include a sister, Jessica Andrews (Red), Augusta; brothers, Timothy Brown, Warrenville, S.C. and Racy Bradford, Washington; grandparents, Ruelene Brown (the late Tim), Warrenville, S.C., Katherine Taylor (Fred), Keysville, George Bush (Jackie), Leesville, S.C., the late Rosemary Proctor, Mack and Mary Brooks, Matthews, the late Annie Brown, Carliss Taylor, Eloise Brooks, Matthews, and Selma Busbee, and “Me-Maw” and “Pa-Paw,” the late Dollie and Paul Lamb; and a girlfriend Amanda Day, Trenton, S.C.

Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at Hatcher Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Langley, S.C., with Pastor Albert Stroup officiating. Interment followed in Langley Cemetery, Langley, S.C.

The family has asked that memorials in memory of Michael be made to Bel Air Baptist Church, c/o the Building Fund, P.O. Box 14743, Augusta, Ga. 30909.

Pallbearers were Travis Rhiner, Jeffery Rhiner, Kevin Hudson, Brandon Hudson, Jason Courtney, and Scottie Crump.

Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Langley, S.C., was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Rhonella "Nell" Scott Cullars
Mrs. Rhonella “Nell” Scott Cullars of Swainsboro died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, in Milledgeville.

Mrs. Cullars was born in Emanuel County and was the wife of the late James Dewitt Cullars. She and her husband owned and operated the Sears store in Louisville for 15 years. She was a member of Blundale Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. at Blundale Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Archer and Rev. Paul Curry officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Dellwood.

Survivors include her son James (Joyce) Glenn Cullars of Milledgeville; daughter Debra (Tom) C. Sifford of Indianapolis, Ind.; six grandchildren, Kassi (Dan) Cullars Mottley, Cary Cullars, Kimi (John) Cullars Clements, Kyle (Debbie) Cullars, Rhett Sifford and Reid Sifford; 18 great-grandchildren; sister Pauline Scott Covenah of Rincon.

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


Ms. Gwendolyn Elaine Tebow Gilreath
Ms. Gwendolyn Elaine Tebow Gilreath, 42, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at her home.

Ms. Gilreath was born in Augusta to Jean Crowder Athearn and Donald Gene Tebow. She was a cashier at Cumbee’s Store in Augusta. Ms. Gilreath was a member of Berean Baptist Church.

Funeral services were at 1 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, from the Chapel of DeLoach Kennedy Funeral Home in Hephzibah. Interment services followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In addition to Ms. Gilreath’s parents, she is survived by her daughter, Jessica Jean Gilreath; three sisters, Rebecca J. Whitener of Hephzibah, Elizabeth F. Tebow of Waynesboro, and Lillian L. Larkin (Douglas) of Reston, Va.; two brothers, Ricky Athearn (Kathy) of Louisville and Michael Athearn (Shauna) of Thorpe, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

DeLoach Kennedy Funeral Home, Hephzibah, was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Charlie Johnson
Mr. Charlie Johnson, 55, of Wrightsville, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2007.

Mr. Johnson was a native of Johnson County and a member of Ranger Grove COGIC. He was employed as a horticulturist with Gumlog Nursery.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Ranger Grove Church of God in Christ Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Annie L. Johnson; his mother, Winnie Johnson; children, Francine (Jelmane) Gibbons, Sheree (Sam) Faison of Warner Robins, Tracey (Brian) Bigham, Yolanda Johnson, Calvin (Crystal) Johnson, Shantavis Johnson, Tomeka Josey, Sherricka Scott all of Wrightsville, Deross Bolden of Stranton, Pa., Jamiee Johnson, Patrick (Marie) Jones, Traves Roberson of Dublin, April (Kareem) Potts of New Haven, Conn.; his father-in-law, Rev. Cornelius Horten; two sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, eight aunts, one uncle, 40 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a devoted friend, Jim Ledfer; God sisters, Mary Jenkins, Lucille Sins, Leslie Lemon, Ella Ellison; a host of cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home, Wrightsville, was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Delores Mitchell
Ms. Delores Mitchell died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at her residence, Turknett Spring Road, Augusta.

The funeral was held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Mt. Aldred Baptist Church with the Rev. Glenn officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include: one daughter, Bobbie Delaine (McArthur) Prescott, Augusta; one son, Rev. Dr. Alvin L. (Evelyn) Jackson, Hinesville; three brothers, Abraham (Vinnie) McCoy, Durham, N.C., Michael Thomas, Atlanta, Larry Redville, Augusta; nine sisters, Janie (Carswell) Williams, Midville, Emoney Shabazz, Miami, Fla., Betty Thomas, Washington, D.C., Joann Daggett, Hephzibah, Vicky (Leroy) Walker, Diane (Erskine) Lane, Brenda Walker, Janice Thomas, all of Wrens, Cynthia McCoy-Dogan (Freddie), Hephzibah; four grandchildren, Bernard Jackson, Augusta, Yulanda Jackson, Savannah, Eric (Lillian) Jackson, Augusta, LaTonya Jackson, Tampa, Fla.; six great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

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


Mrs. Ada Lewis Gibbons Natson
Mrs. Ada Lewis Gibbons Natson of Louisville died Sept. 26, 2007, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Gibbons was a native of Jefferson County and a member of the Canaan Galilee Baptist Church where she served on the Missionary Board and Usher Board, serving the office of secretary until her health failed. She was also a member of the Lone Star Society and the Usher’s Union and NAACP. She was retired from Thermo King Corporation.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Canaan Galilee Baptist Church and Jones Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Edward Lewis, Georgia (Eddie) Brooks, Willie Gibbons, Earnest Gibbons, Jr. all of Phildelphia, Pa., Shirley (Larry) Bullock of Lakeland, Fla.; sisters, Blanche Brown, Jessie Bell Fleming, Mary L. Jordan and Rosa Lee Lewis all of Louisville; step daughter, Shirley (Booby) Knight of Savannah; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Doretha Huntley and Minnie Darisaw of Louisville, Emma Lue Florence and Eugene Natson of Statesboro; 20 grandchildren: Edward Coleman, Hope Benson, Valinda Thompson, Wilbert Gibbons, Freddie Harris, Paul Flowers, Robin Singleton, Iran Hannah, Tyran Hannah, Gaviyonne Gibbons, Erick Gibbons, Darrell Brooks, Kenneth Brooks, Lamont Brooks, Wykia Ledbetter, Tanishia Ledbetter, Sherre Shead, Marcus Gibbons Jr., Ryan Gibbons and Ivy Gibbons; 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, a host of loving and devoted nieces and nephews including some very devoted nieces and nephew, Elaine (Eddie) Dixon and Jordan Dixon of Louisville;

Davis Funeral Home, Louisville, was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Leroy Neal Jr.
Funeral service for Mr. Leroy Neal, Jr., 77, of Wrens, were held Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Avera at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Carlos Newton Sr., Pastor, officiating. Interment was in the Spread Chapel A.M.E. Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Ollie W. Neal, Wrens; two sons, Leroy Neal III, Clearwater, Fla., Jeffery (Andrea) Avery, Orlando, Fla.; four daughters, Stacey (Curtis) Bell, Brokie (Bobby) Freeman, Shanda (Walt) Murray, Levonne (Roy) Wilcher, all of Wrens; 19 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; one god-child, Star Dae Jackson; one brother, Tommie (Alberta) Neal, Clearwater Fla.; one sister, Alice Jordan, Wrens; mother-in-law, Annie G. Smith, Wrens; and a host of nieces, nephews, in-laws, and other relatives.

Freeman Funeral Home, Wrens, was in charge of the arrangements.


Ms. Susie Kelley Williams
Ms. Susie Kelley Williams of Martinez entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, at Doctor’s Hospital.

Ms. Williams was a native of Glascock County and had made Augusta her home since 1964. Ms. Williams was a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

Funeral services were on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with Rev. Tex Mullis officiating. Interment followed at Waldens Methodist Church Cemetery in Avera at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Survivors include her daughters, Shirley Brown Lanthrip of Davisboro, and Wilma Rachels (Jim) of Hephzibah; son, Floyd (Linda) Kelley of Martinez; seven grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Louise Reese of Augusta.

If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to Masters Worship Center, 710 King Rd., Martinez, Ga. 30907.

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


Mr. John Louis "Pee-Wee" Manning
Mr. John Louis “Pee-Wee” Manning departed this life’s journey Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007. He was born in Jefferson County in 1923. He was a 1942 graduate of Blythe High School and a Beta Club Member.

All of his adult life was in Augusta. Most of his employment was in public transportation. After many years of service, he retired from the Augusta Transit System in 1981. He had received all safety medals and cash awards available. He was also a notary for many years. His motto was “Do It Right”. His favorite song was “One Rose Will Do”. His hobbies included auto mechanic and TV technician.

He was a caring husband, father and papa.

Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Friday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Mike Gentry officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Fay Manning; two daughters, Virginia Wolverton of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Linda Masterson of Augusta; three sons, John Manning of Jefferson County, Russell Manning of Claxton, Randy Manning and his wife Kim of Grovetown; six living grandchildren, Trapper, Kaliegh, Kyle, Kasey, Alissa and James Daniel and one great-grandson Benjamin; one brother, Henry Manning and his wife Mary of Augusta.

The family will receive friends Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, Lumpkin Road Chapel between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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