Obituaries
November 1, 2007 Issue

Mrs. Ethel Wilson Berger
Mrs. Ethel Wilson Berger, 93, entered into rest on Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, at Trinity Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Berger was born in Stapleton in 1914. She spent many years living and traveling through Europe with her husband, Maj. Robert Berger.

Graveside services were held on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. at the Louisville City Cemetery in Louisville, with the Rev. Larry Montgomery officiating.

Her husband preceded her in death.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Greg Usry, David Usry, Robert Usry, Charles Usry, Troy Usry, Cory Usry and Becky Usry; and a daughter-in-law, Betty Usry.

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


Mrs. Mary Evelyn Lawson Cobb
Mrs. Mary Evelyn Lawson Cobb, age 81, of Davisboro died Wednesday, Oct 24, 2007, in the Glendale Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Friendship Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.


Mrs. Cathy L. Davis
Mrs. Cathy L. Davis, age 61, of Louisville died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, at her residence.

Mrs. Davis, a daughter of the late Albert M. and Ruby Williams Lambert was a native of Woodruff, S.C. She retired after 22 years of service as a medical records technician and was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Wadley.

Memorial services were held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Central Baptist Church, with Rev. Gene Ghent officiating.

Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband of 41 years Rev. David O. Davis Jr. of Louisville; daughter and son-in-law: Angel and Kevin Skinner of Gaston, S.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, David O. and Melinda Davis III of Greenwood, S.C., Matthew and Jennifer Davis of Easley, S.C.; sister, Alberta Brown and a brother: Ernie Lambert both of Woodruff, S.C., six grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 1390 Waynesboro, GA 30830.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Joe Dudley Jr.
Mr. Joe Dudley Jr., of Los Angeles, Calif., died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, at his residence.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Adams Chapel Church of God In Christ in Louisville.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dudley III.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Pecolia Fields
Mrs. Pecolia Fields of Bartow died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at her residence.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at New Fleming Baptist Church in Bartow.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Hattie Mae Jackson
Ms. Hattie Mae Jackson, of Inglewood, Calif., entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Piney Grove Baptist Church, Gibson, with Pastor Carlos Newton officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Kinsey & Walton Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Myrtle L. Kitchens
Mrs. Myrtle L. Kitchens, 91, of Thomson, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, in the McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson.

Graveside services were at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Sue Meehan officiating.

Mrs. Kitchens was a native of Glascock County, but had lived in McDuffie County for many years. She was a homemaker and had worked at the Thomson Company. She was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Kitchens Jr. and her son, Ronnie Kitchens.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Lisa Kitchens, Thomson; her granddaughter, Susan (Johnny) Greenwood, Livingston Manor, N.Y.; her grandson, John D. Kitchens, Thomson; her great-grandson, Johnathan Kitchens, Thomson; and several nieces and nephews.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Earnestine M. Morton
Mrs. Earnestine M. Morton, of Augusta, entered into rest on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at Doctors Hospital.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Survivors are her husband, Robert Willie Morton Sr.; eight daughters, Willie Mae Mincey, Roberstine Haynie, Betty Barlow, Pamela Morton, Tempas Alicia Morton, Vilma Octavia Morton, Annette Morton, Augusta, Tonya Morton, Hephzibah; one son, Robert Willie Morton Jr., Augusta; stepdaughter, Joyce Campbell, Augusta; four brothers, Floyd Mincey, Garfield Lewis, Augusta, Richard Lewis, Willie Lewis, Hephzibah; two sisters, Racheal Scurry, Augusta, Lillie Bell Luke, Safety Harbor, Fla.; 43 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren; four aunts, Eva Moore, Keysville, Katie Oglesby, Augusta, Lee Agnes Sumter, Jacksonville, Fla., Dora Bradshaw, Atlanta; and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Jessie Esther Hillman Phillips
Mrs. Jessie Esther Hillman Phillips, 89, of Thomson entered into rest Oct. 28, 2007, at Lake Crossing Health Care.

Mrs. Phillips was a native of Warren County and was the daughter of the late John Sidney Hillman and late Mary Emma Fiskus Hillman. She was a retired secretary from civil service after 32 years. Mrs. Phillips was a member of Reedy Creek Baptist Church where she served as clerk and Sunday school teacher and a member of the Ladies Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the “Young At Heart Club,” Farm Bureau, Woodman Circle and a former member of the Garden Club.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Reedy Creek Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Sutphin and John Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband James C. Phillips.

Survivors include son, James Edward Phillips, Thomson; several nieces and nephews; and she had one special niece, June Hillman Hattaway.

Nephews were pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of Reedy Creek Baptist Church.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Telemachus Ridley
Mr. Telemachus Ridley of New Brighton, Minn., entered into rest Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, in New Brighton, Minn.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth B. Martin officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden.

He was a native of Richmond County, a 1978 graduate of Lucy Laney High School and attended Paine College.

Survivors include one son, Dante Brown, Jacksonville, Fla.; two daughters, Cabeiro Brown, Cabeiri Brown, Wadley; mother, Ruby D. Ridley, Augusta; two brothers, Ulysses W. Ridley Jr., Augusta, Master Sgt. Christopher M. Ridley, Fort Hood, Texas; one sister, Faye R. Anthony, Augusta; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Helen Brinson Lamb Price Thigpen
Mrs. Helen Brinson Lamb Price Thigpen, age 91, of Wadley, died on Friday Oct. 26, 2007, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Connie and John S. Upton.

She was born in Emanuel County on Aug. 2, 1916. She was the daughter of the late Rufus and Eva Outlaw Lamb. Mrs. Thigpen had lived in Wadley most of her life and was a member of Lambs Chapel United Methoidst Church.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, at Lambs Chapel United Methodists Church with Reverend Donna Ashworth officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clifford L. Price and Andrew C. Thigpen; a son, Lamar B. Price; and a daughter, Helen Clifford P. Long.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara P. Green of Swainsboro and Vivian Connie (John) Upton of Wadley; son-in-law, Julius Long of Macon; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Garrett of Bartow and Annamelia (James) Oglesby of Wadley.

Pallbearers were Stan Upton, Jim Stoops, Mike Blocker, Marty Prigge, Cliff Jones and Jeff Bruswick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church, Wadley, or the United Hospice Inc., 667 South Main Street, Swainsboro, GA 30401.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William H. Thomas
Mr. William H. Thomas, of Brooklyn, N.Y., entered into eternal rest on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

His funeral was held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Pineola Church of God in Wadley, with Elder Ronnie Harden officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Clovia Thomas, Brooklyn, N.Y.; three daughters, Rochell (James) Rose, Jr., Bennettsville, S.C. and Tamara Thomas and Shantell Thomas, Brooklyn, N.Y.; his mother, Hattie Spann Elmore, Wadley; three sisters, Min. Lucille (Carl) Sutherland, Singapore, Asia, Tina Elmore, San Jose, Calif., and Josephine Graham, Tulsa, Okla.; three brothers, Bucoe Elmore, Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y., Larry Geter, Staten Island, N.Y., and Jeffrey (Marie) Geter, East Elmhurst, N.Y.; two grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Pallbearers were nephews and cousins.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Ray Walden
Mr. Ray Walden, 70, of Augusta, entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Mr. Walden was the son of the late Macon and Lucy Swint Walden Sr. He was a native of Gibson and had made Augusta his home all of his adult life. Mr. Walden had served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Fleming Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors with the Reverend Billy Atkins officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Mr. Walden was preceded in death by his siblings, Tunnie Walden, Mildred Jenkins and Johnny Anderson.

Survivors include his wife Mrs. Mary Orander Walden of Augusta; his sons, Royce Blackston (Susan) of Martinez and Joel Walden of Augusta; daughter, Lisa Harris (Greg) of Evans; brothers, Reverend Herman Walden and Reverend Therman Walden both of Hephzibah, Macon Walden Jr. of Louisville, and Bennie Walden of Gibson; sisters, Ruth Searcy of Straughn, Ind., Frankie Lamb and Mary Huff both of Augusta; grandchildren, Angela Blackston, Elaine Blackston, Brittany Blackston, Gil Harris, Abigail Harris and Isabella Carter.

Pallbearers were Scott and Taddy Widener, Walter Lancaster, Vance and Brandon Anderson, and John Woods.

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


Mrs. Brenda Moss Williams
Services for Mrs. Brenda Moss Williams, age 53, of Warrenton, were held on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the House of God the House of Prayer for all Nations, Inc., Mitchell, with the Pastor Bishop Orlando Nolley officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmie Williams, Warrenton; three children, Sheena Moss, Stephanie Moss and Corey (Rhoda) Moss; 10 brothers and sisters, 11 grandchildren, a granddaughter reared as her own, Tyon Williams, and a host of brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews other relatives and friends, and a friend she considered as a daughter, Yvonka Calhoun.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of the arrangements.

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