October 18, 2007 Issue

Mr. Ronnie Joe Albea Sr.
Mr. Ronnie Joe Albea Sr., 56, of Hephzibah, entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, at University Hospital.

Mr. Albea was a native of Washington, but had made Augusta his home for most of his life. Mr. Albea had served his country in the Army and the National Guard. He had three times been the Past Post Commander of the American Legion, Post 178, and was a member of the VFW #649. He was a retired painter and of the Baptist faith.

A visitation was held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors.

He was the husband of Mrs. Marcia Stewart Albea, of Hephzibah.

Mr. Albea was the son of the late Benjamin Oliver Albea and was preceded in death by his son, Jamie Albea Griffith, and a brother, Charles F. Albea.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Marcia Stewart Albea of Hephzibah; his son, Ronnie “Ron” Joe Albea Jr. of Hephzibah; step-son, Joseph “Jody” L. (Julie) Skinner III of Waynesboro; daughters, Candace Albea of Martinez and V. Michelle “Shelley” (Wayne) Stewart of Gibson; mother and step-father, Josephine Stewart and Cecil Shelton of Gibson; step-mother, Annette Albea of Augusta; brothers, Bennie (Catherine) Albea of McBean, Robert (Bobbie) Albea of Gibson, Wade (Carol) Albea of Hephzibah, Jerry (Geraldine) Albea of Stapleton, and David (Stacy) Albea of Edgefield, S.C.; half-sister, Jennifer (Rocky) Cross of Evans; step-brothers, Cecil (Patsy) Shelton of Stapleton and Emory (Vickie) Shelton of Hephzibah; step-sister, Elaine (James) Atkins of Hephzibah; as well as seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in his grandchildren’s honor to 4002 Bridle Path Dr., Hephzibah, Ga. 30815.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. David M. Habersham
Mr. David M. Habersham, of Louisville, entered into rest on Monday, Oct. 8, 2007, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Vidette. Pastor Tommy L. Johnson officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Carter’s Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Ora Harlem
Funeral services for Ms. Ora Harlem of Shreveport, La. ,were held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at noon at the Wesley Chapel CME Church, Pinceton, La.

Ms. Harlem was a native of Louisiana and taught in the Jefferson County public schools system for a number of years.

Survivors include her siblings, including Lee Doris (Willie) Smith and James Fuller of Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements.

Mr. Nathaniel "Shang" Johnson
Mr. Nathaniel “Shang” Johnson of 229 Stevens Street, Wadley departed this life Sunday, Oct. 7, 2007, at the Glendale Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the New Fleming Baptist Church and Cemetery.

“Shange” or N.J., as he was known to most, was a native of Jefferson County. He was the son of the late Primer and Bessie Johnson. He was a faithful member of the New Fleming Baptist Church. He worked as woodman all of his adult life.

Survivors include his wife of more than 75 years, Sallie Mae Jackson Johnson of Wadley; his children, Mattie “Maggie” Bell Palmer of Wadley, Joyce (Otis) Mason of Connecticut, Eddie (Doris) Palmer, Willie James (Joan) Palmer, T. J. (Constance) Palmer all of New York, Willie Albert (Shirley) Palmer of Dale City, Va.; a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Buford E. Williams Sr.
Mr. Buford E. Williams, Sr., 73, of Gibson, entered into rest Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Williams was a native of Jefferson County, a member of the Gibson Church of God, and an Army Veteran.

The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at the Gibson Church of God with Rev. Steve Lamb officiating. Interment was in Stapleton Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include five sons, Buford E. Williams, Jr. of Chester, Danny Williams of Wrens, Sammy Williams of North Augusta, John Williams of Indiana, and Robert Williams of Iraq; two daughters, Doris Lyvers of North Carolina and Audrey Sheppard of Eatonton; two stepsons, Timothy Harris of Indiana and Daniel Harris of Indiana; two stepdaughters, Lois Harrison of Buford, and Debra Dresch of Illinois; three brothers, Kenneth Williams of Keysville, Cecil Williams and Joseph Williams, both of Augusta; two sisters, Mary Hall of Augusta and Margaret Payton of Texas; 25 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Sheppard Funeral Home, Gibson, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Leonard Fowler
Mr. Leonard Fowler of Sandersville, died on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at Heritage of Old Capitol Nursing Home in Louisville.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at 4 p.m. from Harrison Spring Baptist Church with interment in Harrison Cemetery.

M.C. Smith Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Willie Lee Ruff
Mr. Willie Lee Ruff, 59, of 1037 Hodges-Jackson Road departed this life Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Pine Hill Baptist Church.

Mr. Ruff was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Clifford Sr. and Annie “Sweetie Mae” Ruff. He was a member of the Pine Hill Baptist Church. Willie worked as a heavy machine operator with International Paper Company for over 34 years and as a D.J as “Fairlane Willie” from Mobile, Ala. for more than 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Ruff of Louisville; his children, Kelvin Johnson, of Columbus, Ohio, and Kimberly Ruff of Louisville; his siblings, Lessie (Eli) Harmon, Betty Ruff, Myrtice (Rudolph) Nesbitt and Ethel (Simon) Boatwright, all of Louisville, Marion Ruff of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Willeva Easterlin of Bowie, Md., Janice (Freddie) Murray of Wrens; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, two grandchildren, Charkel Freeman of Louisville and Hakeem Johnson of Columbus, Ohio; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loving relatives and friends. Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Janie Jenkins Taylor
Mrs. Janie Jenkins Taylor, 89, passed away departed this life Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at the McAuley Nursing Center in Urbana, Ohio.

A graveside service was held Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at 11 a.m. at the New Jones Grove Cemetery in Louisville.

Mrs. Taylor worked as a nurse and maid for the late Mr. and Mrs. Warren Grimes before she retired. Mrs. Taylor was also a member of the Jerusalem Second Baptist Church in Urbana, Ohio, where she served until her illness. She was born Sept. 1, 1918 in Burke County, the daughter of the late Lenton and Alice Washington Jenkins. She was preceded in death by her husband, brother and sister.

Survivors include her son, Marvin Lee Taylor of Urbana, Ohio; a host of nephews, nieces, including, Daisy Walker and Larkin Williams of Columbia, S.C., Alice Green and Johnnie Levon Williams of Atlanta; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Wyonia M. Tremble
Mrs. Wyonia M. Tremble, of Washington D.C., entered into rest on Oct. 4, 2007. She was formerly of Stapleton.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Stone Springfield A.M.E. Church, Stapleton, with the Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr., Pastor, presiding and Rev. Raymond T. Matthews, Eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Joyce (Alfred) Fowler; three sons, Ollie Leon Tremble Jr., Charles Tremble, and Sammie (Betty) Tremble all of Washington D.C.; three grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; one sister, Eula Mae Hannah, of Jersey City, N.J.; one aunt, Jessie Bell Brown of Wrens.

Family and friends may contact Sally Winn Toby of Stapleton.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Mildred Newsome Waters
Mrs. Mildred Newsome Waters, 69, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2007.

Mrs. Waters was a native of Jefferson County, and had made her home in Baldwin County for the past 37 years. She was retired from Meadows Industries, the daughter of the late Sol Carter and Addie Faircloth Newsome. She was a member of Freewill Fellowship Church.

Services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Williams Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Frank Simmons, the Rev. John May and the Rev. Bruce Lance officiated. Burial was at 1 p.m. in Washington Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include her husband, I.J. Waters of Milledgeville; two daughters, Cara Davis and husband John of Milledgeville, Becky Waters and Larry Griffin of Wrightsville; three sisters, Frances Meadows of Wrens, Shirley Brown of Milledgeville, and Dorothy Durham of Frankston, Texas; a brother, Harold Newsome of Augusta; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Williams Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Margie Horton Butler
Mrs. Margie Horton Butler, 76, entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at her residence.

Mrs. Butler was a member of Windsor Heights Baptist Church, where she played the piano for more than 30 years. She had also played piano for The Kingdom Heirs and The Southern Gospel Singers Quartets.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, with Rev. Rowland Galloway and Chaplain George Holcombe officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Christopher Alston, Jimmy McPeake, James Kitchens, Chris McAlister, Keith Shomber, Brad Pierce and Ryan McAlister.

Survivors include her children Maria Hodges, Harlem, LaJuana Smelcer, Lawson, Mo., Angela Appleton, Daphne, Ala., Denise Thompson, Blythewood, S.C., William H. Pierce, Gibson, Joseph Mark Pierce, Augusta and Patricia Alston-Shomber, Appling; sister, Juanita Black, Martinez; 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Elliott Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Harold Jackson
Mr. Harold Jackson, 66, entered into rest Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at the Burke Medical Center.

He was born in Waynesboro on Sept. 25, 1941, to the late John Jackson and Rena Mae Sapp Jackson. He has lived in this area all of his life. He retired as a foreman at the Sunbeam Industry, formerly known as Kellers. He was currently the owner and operator of H & S Lawn Service. Mr. Jackson was of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Waynesboro. Interment followed at Burke Memorial Gardens.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, John Jackson Jr., Richard Jackson and Charlie Claxton; and a sister, Georgia Hill.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Shirley Lariscy Jackson; son, John Thomas Jackson of Waynesboro; two daughters, Lisa Frawley (Ricky) of Millen, and Crystal Jackson of Waynesboro; brother, Jack Jackson of Waynesboro; four sisters, Barbara Claxton Eskew of Waynesboro, Johnnie Mae Lariscy of Hiriam, Sara Fail of Waynesboro, and Patricia Clark of Louisville; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. H.T. Register
Graveside funeral services for Mr. H.T. Register, age 80, of Wadley were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Treutlen County.

Mr. Register passed away late Saturday night, Oct. 13, 2007, following an extended illness.

Stanley Funeral Home of Wrightsville was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Mrs. Hilda C. Pittman
Mrs. Hilda C. Pittman, 72, entered into rest Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, at Trinity Hospital.

Mrs. Pittman was a native of Evans County, and had lived in Augusta since 1958.

She is preceded in death by her parents Alvin and Malissia Cooper and her brother Curtis Cooper. Survivors include; two sons Chris Douglas Pittman of Hephzibah, and Chester W. Pittman of Mitchell; one daughter, Pamela Pittman Coleman of Hephzibah; four sisters, Edna Hix, of Rome, Jeanette Walling of Jesup, Alice Waters of Claxton, and Ava Nell McGlashen of Glennville; nine grandchildren, Robert Herndon, Jason Coleman, Michelle Usry, William Usry, Robert Bridges, Angelica Pittman, Chasity Thomas, Miranda Pittman, Ariel Pittman and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association 2050 Walton Way, Ste. 208, Augusta, Ga. 30904.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.



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