Obituaries
November 15, 2007 Issue

Former legislator passes away, service was Tuesday in Louisville
Mr. Emory E. Bargeron, age 80 of Louisville, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, in the University Hospital in Augusta.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, in the Louisville First Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Montgomery and Rev. William "Doodle" Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Jefferson County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Genie Johnson, Carl Morrison, Jeff Sanders, Jeff Tanner, John Pilcher, Mickey Jones, and Dale Williamson.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Lord, Bobby Harris, Bill Toulson, members of the Louisville Lions Club and the T. W. Wilson Sunday School class of Louisville First Baptist Church.

A native of Burke County, Mr. Bargeron was a son of the late Henry Grady and Pearl Heath Odum Bargeron.

Mr. Bargeron was a graduate of Waynesboro High School and a 1947 graduate of John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tenn.

He was a funeral director for many years. He was a U.S. Navy World War II Veteran. He was a charter member and past president of the Louisville Lions Club, a mason and member of Stone Wall Lodge #98 F&AM and the Alec Shriner Temple.

He was a member of the Wadley-Bartow American Legion and the Pendleton King Post 10 of the Disabled American Veterans. Mr. Bargeron retired after many years as the owner of Bargeron Insurance Agency. He was a founding member of the Bank of Jefferson County, serving as its first Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was a deacon and former chairman of the Board of Deacons at Louisville First Baptist Church.

Mr. Bargeron was a former trustee and chairman of the finance committee. He was elected in 1974 and served the citizens of Jefferson, Glascock and portions of Burke, Warren, McDuffie, and Columbia Counties as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives for 20 years, where during his last term he served as chairman of the House Committee on Journals, the Committee on Insurance, the Committee on Defense and Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Bargeron was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ruth Brannen Bargeron; two sons, Henry (Kitty) Brannen Bargeron of Wadley, Emory (Cathy) Evans Bargeron Jr. of Louisville; two daughters, Julia (Drew) Bargeron Durr of Macon, Ruthie (James) Bargeron Naylor of Davidson, N.C.; four granddaughters, Emily and Beth Bargeron, Haley and Hillary Durr; four grandsons, Justin Bargeron, Andrew Durr, Zachary and Clayton Naylor; two sisters, Mary Rucker of Cumming, Margaret Courson of Waynesboro; one special sister-in-law, Mildred McDonald of Wadley; and special friend Mrs. Lucy Williamson of Louisville.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Charles W. Brown Jr.
Mr. Charles W. Brown, Jr., 86, of North Augusta, S.C., entered into rest Nov. 8, 2007.

Mr. Brown was a native of Wrens, having made North Augusta his home for the past 44 years. He was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church where he formerly served as Chairman of the Deacons, Chairman of the Cemetery Committee, a member of the Benevolence Committee, Sunday School Superintendent and secretary of the Briggs Bible Class. A notable achievement was his perfect Sunday School attendance for more than 42 years. Mr. Brown was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, where he served admirably as a flight engineer on a Martin Mariner PBM-3 submarine hunter. He was employed as a Division Manager with Sears and Roebuck Company for 28 years. In addition to farming he enjoyed beekeeping, reading, gardening, horseback riding and walking at the “Rec Center” with his friends.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday 3 p.m. from the Sweetwater Baptist Church. Dr. Paul Noe and Dr. Eleazer Benenhaley officiating. Interment was in Sweetwater Cemetery.

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his son, C. W. “Billy” Brown, III.

Survivors include one son, Claude A. Brown, Columbia; two daughters and a son-in-law, Janet B. and Dr. Michael Alday, Greenville, SC and Lillian A. Brown, North Augusta; one brother, Jimmy Brown, Wrens; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Briggs Bible Class and Bill Thompson.

Active Pallbearers were David McClain, Billy Todd, Jerry Stallworth, Jimmy Eubanks, Charlie Henderson, Charles Pierce, Charles Morris and Dr. Jeffrey Broder.

Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home of North Augusta was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Lois Dunham Lyons
Mrs. Lois Dunham Lyons, age 91, of Warrenton, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at the Lowe Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mary Ann Braswell officiating. Burial followed in the Mitchell City Cemetery.

Mrs. Lyons, a native of Meriwether County, was a Warren County resident for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of Griffin Chapel.

She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Edmond Dewey Lyons.

Survivors include two daughters, Marie L. Parham, Warrenton, and Brenda L. Lokey, Evans; two sons, William David Lyons, Warrenton, and Charles Gibson Lyons, Thomson; three sisters, Estelle Whitehead, Gibson, Grace Chalker, Dublin, and Louise Holley, Gibson; ten grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Barry Allen, Hal Wheeler, Al Wheeler, Willis Stanley, Bobby Newsome, Gary Johnson, and Terry Johnson.

Memorials may be made to the Griffin Chapel Baptist Church c/o Mrs. Kathy Lyons, 646 Gray St., Gibson, Ga. 30810.

Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Hubert L. Reese
Mr. Hubert L. Reese, 76, of Thomson, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, in the Select Specialty Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Reese was a native of Glascock County, but had lived in Thomson for many years. He was a sawman having worked for National Homes and had retired from Glit.

Private funeral services were at the Curtis Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Kitchens officiating. Burial was in the Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lillie Mae Reese, Thomson; his daughter, Mrs. JoAnn Kitchens, Thomson; his son, Wallace Reese, Thomson; his step-son, James May, Gibson; his sister, Joyce Reese, Thomson; his brother, Emory Reese, Atlanta; and four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Malik Vondray Stevenson
Infant Malik Vondray Stevenson was born on Nov. 5, 2007, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, but died soon after.

A private graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 7, 2007, at Gordon Grove Baptist Church in Louisville.

Survivors include his parents Kristy D. Hill and Vondray D. Stevenson of Atlanta; maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Johnny (Dorothy) L. Hill, Jr. of Louisville, paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Lewis (Sandra) Cunningham of Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. Verdree (Diana) Walden Jr. of Louisville; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. J. Lester Thompson
Mr. J. Lester Thompson, 86, of Clemson, S.C., died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007.

Mr. Thompson was a native of Jefferson County, having lived in North Augusta and Aiken County until making Clemson his recent home. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Aiken for 35 years and a member of the Pendleton Presbyterian Church, a former member of the Beech Island Agriculture Club and Jesse C. Lynch Memorial American Legion Post #71. Mr. Thompson was a 1942 graduate of Clemson University where he served as a Regimental Commander, received a master’s degree from Georgia Tech, was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and a retired executive with United Merchants and Manufacturers. He was the father of the late David Rhodes Thompson.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at 2 p.m. from the Pendleton Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Morton S. White officiating. Interment was in Old Stone Church Cemetery with Veterans Honors.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Evelyn Rhodes Thompson; four sons and daughters-in-law, John and Nan Thompson Jr., Fort Mill, S.C., Dowling and Sharon Thompson, Union, S.C., Wayne and Sally Thompson, Lake Hartwell, S.C. and Paul and Daphne Thompson, Tega Cay, S.C.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Rick Thompson, John Michael Thompson, Will Thompson, Adam Thompson, Jordan Thompson and Kenny Carver.

Memorials may be made to the Pendleton Presbyterian Church, or Old Stone Church Cemetery Trust, PO Box 573, Pendleton, SC 29670.


Ms. Eve Elizabeth Perry
Ms. Eve Elizabeth Perry, 57, of Davisboro, died Nov. 12 in the Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta.

Ms. Perry was born July 30, 1950, in Louisville to the late Jenny and Edward “Bubby” Perry. She was a graduate of Washington County High School and Georgia College and State University. She retired after 30 years of Service with the Department of Family and Children Services of Jefferson and Washington counties. She served on the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, was a veteran actress and director of the Bartow Community Playhouse. She was a member of the Davisboro Volunteer Fire Department, and had completed a 60 hour fire fighting course. She was a member of the Davisboro United Methodist Church and past president of the Davisboro United Methodist Women.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at the Harris Family Cemetery on Heard’s Bridge Road in Davisboro. The Rev. Charles E. Wallace and the Rev. Larry Glover officiated.

Survivors include her sister, Bonnie B. Perry.

Pallbearers will be Olin Glover, Buddy Mosley, Wayne Norris, Georgia Rachels, Clyde Scheel and Grady Taylor.

Memorials may be made to the Davisboro United Methodist Church, c/o Rev. Eddie Wallace, 2211 Ridge Road, Sandersville, GA 31082, or the Davisboro Volunteer Fire Department.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. A.P. Jones Jr.
Mr. A.P. Jones Jr., of Hwy. 24 East in Louisville, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, at the Jefferson Hospital. Memorial services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Dr. Doug White officiated.

Current and former Directors of the Queensborough National Bank and Trust Co. Board of Directors served as honorary pallbearers.

Mr. Jones was a native and life long resident of Jefferson County, the son of the late A.P. Jones and the late Marie Hadden Jones. He was retired owner/operator of the A.P. Jones Timber Company and a life long member of the Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church where he served as a former Church Deacon.

Mr. Jones was a 32nd degree Mason and a member and past Worshipful Master of the Stonewall Masonic Lodge F&AM.

Mr. Jones was also a former member of the Queensborough National Bank and Trust Co. Board of Directors, a former member of the Jefferson County Board of Education and a former member of the Board of the Ogeechee Valley Country Club.

Mr. Jones was predeceased by a daughter, Kathryne Lynn Jones Drake. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Kathryne Arrington Jones of Louisville; children, A.P. Jones III (Judy) of Louisville, Thomas W. Jones (Vicki) of Augusta, Walter R. Jones (Becky) of Louisville, and Jennifer J. Cangelosi (Tom) of Roswell; grandchildren, Drew Jones IV (Kecia) of Demorest, Emily J. Sheppard (Trey) of Sandersville, April C. Schmidt (Bernie) of Cranston R.I., Kathryne J. Vincelli (Fred) of Fort Mill S.C., Thomas Watson Jones Jr., of Augusta, Dexter Russell Drake Jr. and Allison Marie Drake both of Waynesboro, Kathryne Rebecca Jones, and Samuel Walter Edenfield Jones both of Louisville, and Anna Kathryne Cangelosi of Roswell; great- grandchildren, Andrew P. Jones V, Eleanor Grace Jones, Howard Clifford Sheppard IV, Emerson Callaway Sheppard, Anne Marie Sheppard, Kate Schmidt, Luke Schmidt, A.J. Vincelli III, Holden Vincelli, and William Vincelli; brothers, Harry F. Jones (Merlyn) of Louisville, Bobby Jones (Mona) of Washington and Johnny J. Jones (Suzanne) of Louisville; and his sister, Sally Ree Netherland (Olin) of Louisville.

Donations may be made to the building fund of the Louisville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 9, Louisville, Ga. 30434.

May and Smith Funeral Directors was in charge of these arrangements.


Mrs. Dorothy Howell Todd
Mrs. Dorothy Howell Todd, 81, of Mitchell, entered into rest Nov. 10, 2007, at Jefferson Hospital, Louisville.

Graveside services were held 2 p.m. Monday at Mitchell City Cemetery, Mitchell, with Rev. Mary Ann Braswell officiating.

She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Thurmon Todd of Mitchell.

Mrs. Todd was a native of Glascock County and a member of the Mitchell Methodist Church.


Mr. Billy Ray Barker
Mr. Billy Ray Barker, 72, of Gibson, entered into rest Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at Doctor’s Hospital.

Mr. Barker was born and raised in West Virginia but spent the last 12 years in Georgia.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at 3 p.m. at Reedy Creek Baptist Church with Rev. John Jenkins officiating. Other services will be held in Bluewell, W.Va. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007.

Survivors include his children Jeff Presley of Augusta, Judy (Tim) Usry, Billy (Karen) Barker, Tommy Barker, Cindy (Chris) Welch, and Melissa (Ricky) Williams all of Wrens; 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Mrs. Brenda Boatright Chance
Mrs. Brenda Boatright Chance, age 52, of Swainsboro, died on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007, at the University Hospital in Augusta, after a brief illness.

Mrs. Chance was a native of Emanuel County, a homemaker and a member of Blundale Baptist Church.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Peebles-Curry Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jamie Archer officiating. Interment was in the Hawhammock Baptist Church Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Rudolph and Mable Neal Boatright; daughter, Belinda Chance; sisters, Ann Peebles and Mary Youmans and grandson, Matthew Chance.

Survivors include her husband, Wiley Edward Chance of Swainsboro; two daughters, Liza Brantley of Swainsboro, and Nikki Horton of Dublin; one son, Wiley E. Chance III of Swainsboro; one sister, Stacey “Dora Mae” Denback of Michigan; two brothers, Lamar Boatright of Dellwood, and George Boatright of Martinez; three grandchildren, Brian Keith Brantley Jr., Kaleb Edward Chance and Haley Ann Nicole McKenzie of Swainsboro.

Pallbearers were Adam Boatright, Michael Boatright, Brian Brantley, Jim Beecher, Richard Kelenhaufer and Joe Joe McKenzie.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Geneva Whitehead Lamb
Mrs. Geneva Whitehead Lamb, age 98, of Swainsboro, died on Sunday evening, Nov. 11, 2007, at the Emanuel Medical Center after a short illness.

Mrs. Lamb was born in Laurens County, and lived most of her life in Jefferson and Emanuel Counties. She was a homemaker and was the oldest member of Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church near Wadley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Burnell Lamb and three sons, George Harrell Lamb, Roy Perry Lamb and Samuel McKinley Lamb.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. in Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Donna Ashworth and Rev. Wayne DeFore officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery with Rev. Nick Hazelton officiating.

Survivors include two daughters Ruby (Jerry) Fagler and Cora (Charles) Mae “Cricket” Salter of Swainsboro; one son, Herschel (Margaret) Tommy Lamb of Pfafftown, N.C.; one sister, Inez Scarboro of Wadley; nine grandchildren, Tracie Black of Cummin, Barry Lamb of Pfafftown, N.C., Davis Lamb of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Chris Lamb of Dublin, Stuart Fagler, Mitchell Fagler, Jeffrey Coursey and Kim Reese of Swainsboro, and Thomas Coursey of Newnan; nine great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren

Pallbearers were grandsons Barry Lamb, Chris Lamb, Stuart Fagler, Mitchell Fagler, Jeffrey Coursey and Thomas Coursey.

Contributions may be made to Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Annamelia Oglesby, 370 Wadley-Coleman Lake Rd., Midville, GA 30441.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Minnie Bell Williams Young
Mrs. Minnie Bell Williams Young of Wadley, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at Doctor’s Hospital.

Mrs. Young was a native of Jefferson County, the widow of the late Robert Young, a member of the New Fleming Baptist Church where she was a Missionary and served as a Deaconess and church secretary for over 50 years. She was employed by Glendale Nursing Home for 30 years and in 2000 received her license for day care provider.

Funeral Services were held Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the New Fleming Baptist Church and Cemetery.

Survivors include her children, Virginia Williams-West of Warner Robins, Cleveland Williams, Jeanette Young and Annette Young of Wadley, Danny Young of Clinton, Md.; her siblings, Tommie Lee Williams of Warner Robins, and Clara Mae Habersham of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 21 grandchildren including one, Mary (Ortega) Williams-Colbert, that she reared as her own; 13 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Essie Mae Young of Louisville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Ulysses Swinney
Mr. Ulysses Swinney, 77 departed this life Monday, Nov. 12, 2007, at a local nursing home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Ebenezer C. M. E. Church and Cemetery, Bartow.

Mr. Swinney was a native of Jefferson County, the son of the late Rufus Virgil and Carrie Flournoy Swinney. Ulysses was a member of the Ebenezer C. M. E. Church, the Fair and Honest Society and an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army. He moved to Florida several years ago and worked as a fruit grader at East Coast Fruit Company, Jacksonville, Fla. for 54 years and Crum Staff II for several years before returning to Jefferson County two years ago.

Survivors include his niece and guardian, Doris Swinney, Bartow; one son, J. T. Lowery of Louisville; daughter, Bernestine (Cecil) Reynolds Sr. of Bartow; brothers, John E. Swinney of Wadley, Dr. Tommy Swinney of Highpoint, N. C., sister, Anne Amerson of High Point, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Susie B. Swinney of Bartow, Amy Swinney of Antioch, TN; brother-in-law, Rev. Willie Amerson, High Point, N.C.; aunt, Essie Jordan of Ocala, FL; sixteen nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Family may be contacted at the residence of his niece and guardian, Doris Swinney, 1766 Donald Cobb Road, Bartow, or at Davis Funeral Home, Louisville.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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