Obituaries
November 8, 2007 Issue

Ms. Mary Lois Byrd
Ms. Mary Lois Byrd, 47 of 1378 McBride Street, Louisville departed this life Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Solomon Temple Baptist Church and cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Davis Officiating.

Ms. Byrd was a native of Jefferson County, a member of the Solomon Temple Baptist Church. A 1977 Graduate of Wadley High School and was a 1981 graduate of St. Augustine’s College with a BS degree in Business. She was a former member of the Wadley-Louisville Optimist Club. Mary was employed by Jefferson Hospital and worked at Washington State Prison until retiring in 2007.

Survivors include her children, Krystal Yolanda Davis and Jasmine Kanatte Davis of Louisville; her mother, Ora Floyd Byrd of Louisville; siblings, Lillie Byrd, Annie Dorothy (Sam) Byrd, Diane (Derrick) Northfort all of Tocoma, Washington, Henry (Linda) Byrd, Jr. of Andrews, S. C., Malinda (Mike) Peeples of Elkton, FL, Lizzie Mae Byrd and Leroy Sherrod of Louisville; aunts, uncles, Mary Floyd of Louisville, Annie Sherrod, Sarah Murphy, Paul and Lucille Floyd, Joe Artis and Emmitt Byrd of Wadley, William Floyd, Arleatha Kearse, Frank and Annie Dorothy Byrd of St. Augustine, FL.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 1378 McBride Street, Louisville or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home, 725 Beech Street, Louisville, is in charge of arrangements for Ms. Mary Lois Byrd.


Mr. Joseph Daitch
Joseph Daitch, 83, of Augusta, entered into rest on Thursday November 1, 2007 at home after an extended illness.

“Joe”, as he was known, was born in Augusta. He attended Waynesboro High School, Augusta Jr. College and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined the Army during WWII and proudly served his country on the front lines in the European Theatre, earning numerous bronze stars. He married Dorothy Carolyn Gillman on Jan. 24, 1954. After their honeymoon, they returned to Waynesboro, where they owned and operated Daitchs Department Store on Liberty Street. While in Waynesboro, Joe was a Mason, a Shriner and an active member of the Exchange Club. In 1970, the family moved to Augusta and opened Our Shop Menswear on Broad Street. Joe was a draftsman, carpenter and tailor. He was a lifelong member of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, a member of the Jewish War Veterans and a supporter of Chabad of Augusta.

Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, 2:30 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with Rabbi David Sirull of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue and Rabbi Zalman Fischer of Chabad of Augusta officiating.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Belle Steinhardt Daitch of Waynesboro, and two brothers, Isadore Daitch, Louisville, and Marvin Daitch of Waynesboro.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Carolyn Gillman; children Bobbie Sue Daitch and David Ian Landau, New York City; Merrie Lynn Daitch and Larry Holzberg of Ossining, N.Y.; Alan Michael Daitch of Augusta; Risa Elaine and Peter Lee Baskowitz, Norcross; David Jay Daitch, Augusta; granddaughters Sarah Susie Landau, Sophia Helena Landau, Rayni Leigh Baskowitz, Chloe Anne Baskowitz; and grandsons Aaron Ephraim Landau, Walter Holzberg and Nathan Holzberg; sister-in-law, Dr. Frieda Gillman Ginsburg, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the United States and Israel.

Pallbearers were David Landau, Peter Baskowitz, Billy Estroff, Doug Frohman, Joel Sabel, David Antopolsky and Gordon Daitch.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, 935 Johns Road, Augusta, GA or Chabad of Augusta, 239 Broad Street, Augusta, Ga.


Mrs. Edna M. Gaston
Mrs. Edna M. Gaston, age 89, of Wadley, Ga. died Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2007, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Mrs. Gaston was born in Adrian. She had lived in Wadley most of her life. She was retired from the shirt factory and was a member of the Moxley Baptist Church.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Moxley Baptist Church with Reverend Donald Lumpkin and Reverend Charles Kyzer officiating. Interment followed in the Moxley Community Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Gaston, Roy Gaston, Joe Farrer, Ike Farrer, Norman Baker, Randall Farrer, Jeff Miller and Jack Gaston.

Survivors include sister Nell Creech of Wadley; and several nieces and nephews.

Smith Funeral Home of Wadley was in charge of arrangements


Mr. Grady Marshall Sr.
Grady Marshall Sr., 87, of Harrisburg, Pa., formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., entered eternal rest on Oct. 25, 2007, at Spring Creek Rehab and Health Care Center, Harrisburg.

He was the son of the late Arthur and Elizabeth Beard Marshall. He was born Aug. 24, 1920, in Louisville. He received his formal education in Augusta. Mr. Marshall was retired from Reading Transportation, Philadelphia and was a member of King Hiram Chapter No. 2 Holy Royal Arch Masons.

Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at Wallace Funeral Directors. Interment was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 at Chelten Hills Cemetery, Philadelphia.

The widower of Juanita Marshall and preceded in death by son, Grady Jr., two daughters, Juanita E. and Shirley A. Marshall

Survivors include two sons, Jimmie “John” Marshall and his wife, Addie Belle of Hephzibah, Robert Marshall and his wife, Beverly A. of Harrisburg; daughter- in-law, Diane Marshall of Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren, 1 step-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Mrs. Kelsia M. "Kelly" Peacock nee Hill
Mrs. Kelsia M. “Kelly” Peacock nee Hill, 65, of Harlem, entered into rest Wednesday Oct. 24, 2007.

Mrs. Peacock, born Dec. 26, 1941, in Barry, Illinois, was an office manager for Glit-Microtron in Wrens and also was a registered nurse. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Barry, Ill., H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group) and active with Relay for Life.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at Kurrus Funeral Home Chapel in Belleville, Ill. with Father Clyde Grogan officiating. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fairview Heights, Ill.

She was preceded in death by her son, Randall “Aaron” Peacock, parents, Lester and Helen nee Spencer Hill and her sister Wanda Hill.

Survivors include her husband Gene T. Peacock of Harlem; children, Tony (Pam) Peacock, O’Fallon, Ill., Chris (Karen) Peacock, Belleville, Ill., Debbie (Bill) Adams, Washington, Mo., and Stephanie (Jim) Smith, Dupo, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Sara Peacock, Fairview Heights, Ill.; sisters, Libby Ratcliff, Mt. Sterling, Ill., Norie Luecke, Freeport, Ill., Joanie (John) Fesler, Barry, Ill. and Hilda “Jimmie” (Glen) Christison, Barry, Ill.; grandchildren, Justin, Jordan, Laura, A.J., Michael, Adam, J.D., Kevin, Mike and Christine; great-grandchildren, Austin, J.J. and Madeline.

Memorials may be given to the Peacock family.


Mr. Fay L. Johnson
Mr. Fay L. Johnson, 70, of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at his residence.

Mr. Johnson was a native of Glascock County, Ga. and had lived in North Augusta for the past 37 years. He was retired from Coca-Cola Company and Five Star Food Service. He was a member of Belvedere United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, in the Chapel of Rowland Funeral Home with Rev. Ann Everett and Rev. Wade Everett officiating. Interment was held at 4 p.m. at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens, Thomson.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Johnson of North Augusta, S.C.; two sons, Martin Johnson (Angie) of Sylvania, Wayne Johnson (Natalie) of Augusta; one daughter, Sylvia Wallace (Michael) of St. Louis, Mo.; one brother, Bobby Gene Johnson (Loretta) of Vancleave, Miss.; two sisters, Lorena Johnson (Billy) and Katheren Reese all of Thomson; seven grandchildren, Ty Wallace, Tara Taylor, Joshua Johnson, Austin Osment, Brett Johnson, Mark Wallace and Bryce Johnson; four great-grandchildren, Riley Wallace, Caleb Wallace, Conner Wallace and Logan Taylor.

Pallbearers were Richard Welch, Kenon Reese, Keith Reese, Alex Phillips Jr., Billy Kitchens, Glenn Kitchens, Brad Johnson and Newt Manly.

Memorials may be made to Belvedere United Methodist Church, 202 Rhomboid Place, Belvedere, S.C. 29841.

Rowland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Frankie M. Nelson
Mrs. Frankie M. Nelson, 75, of Lawrenceville, passed away on Nov. 1, 2007.

She was born Nov. 4, 1931, in Gibson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lois Morgan, and her sister, Eulaween Parker of Atlanta. Mrs. Nelson was a retiree of AT&T in Atlanta, but she was first employed with Southern Bell in Waycross, and later in Augusta.

Survivors include her husband, A.G. “Buck” Nelson; three daughters, Shae Rupley, Shelby Della Rosa and Stacey Shockley; three stepdaughters, April Adkins, June James, Holly Nelson; one stepson, Tommy Nelson; six grandsons, Tracy Martin, Travis Martin, Blake Nesbit, Anthony Della Rosa, Nicholas Della Rosa, Chandler Shockley; one granddaughter, Morgan Palmer; and one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Martin.

A private memorial service was held on her birthday, Sunday, Nov. 4, at the home of A.G. Nelson.


Mr. James Collins Pinson
Mr. James Collins Pinson, 64, of Augusta, entered into rest on Oct. 28, 2007, at his residence in Augusta.

Mr. Pinson was born on Dec. 21, 1942, in Augusta, Georgia. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1962 aboard the USS Bristol. He was a member of the local Sheet Metal Union out of Savannah, a member of the American Legion Post 178, and a member of VFW Post 178. He was also a carpenter.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, at 7 p.m. at Poteet Funeral Home South Chapel with Mr. Steve A. Melcher officiating.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Collins Pinson and Mary Francis Pinson, Martinez; maternal grandparents, Oliver and Rosala Jackson; paternal grandparents, James Carroll and Georgiabell Pinson.

Survivors include his wife, Martha T. Pinson of Augusta; two sons, Lance Garon Pinson of Augusta and Brandon Tyler Pinson of Augusta; five sisters, Mary Louise Goetzman, Hephzibah, Brenda Marie Largen, Matthews, Sherlyn Dianne Depuy, Wrens, Sheila Rebecca Clifford, Cynthia, Ky., and Barbara Renee Melcher, Harlem; one brother, Richard Tyrone Pinson, Hephzibah; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Poteet Funeral Homes South Chapel was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Joyce W. Powell
Joyce W. Powell, 65, of Twin City, died on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, at her residence after a brief illness.

Funeral services were Thursday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. at Baptist Rest Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Mike Gray officiating. Interment was in the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Powell was a native of Emanuel County, a homemaker and a member of Baptist Rest Primitive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Bonnie Chapman Wimberly.

Survivors include her husband, Buck Powell of Twin City; step-daughter, Heather Aldrich of Metter; one son, Craig Warren of Twin City; one sister, Marjorie W. Johnson of Twin City; one sister-in-law, Jane Wimberly of Louisville; two grandchildren, Eric C. Warren of Savannah, and Clay Aldrich of Metter; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Chuck Wimberly, Russell Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Asa Johnson, Len Benjamin, Mark Allen and Tal Wimberly.

Honorary Escorts were Men of Baptist Rest Primitive Baptist Church.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Dock Williams
Mr. Dock Williams, of Grovetown, entered into rest on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at Doctors Hospital.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at 11 a.m. at The New Holt Baptist Church, Harlem, with Rev. Melvin Adams officiating. Burial was at Second Mt. Moriah Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include two sons, Donald E. Williams and Darrell (Angela) Williams of Grovetown; three daughters, Ella Oxendine of Augusta, Velma (James) Bonner and Eva Mae (Melvin) Brown, both of Thomson; one stepson, Richard Dorsey; one stepdaughter, Carlotta (Moses) Leverette, both of Grovetown; six sisters, Ella Mae (Leroy) Williams of Augusta, Isabelle (the late John Ester) Morris, Bernice (Fleming) Dorsey, JoAnn (Bobby) Ramsey, Doris (Leon) Kersley, all of Harlem, and Eura Lee (Joseph) Branch of St. Albans, N.Y.; additional brothers-in-law, Joseph (Rosa Lee) Scott of Thomson and Eugene (Lorene) Scott of Harlem; additional sisters-in-law, Eva Gene Harris and Mamie Boyd, both of Harlem; 25 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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

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