Obituaries
November 29, 2007 Issue

Mrs. Jean Crowder Athearn
Jean Crowder Athearn of Augusta died on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Poteet Funeral Homes South Chapel. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m. at Poteet Funeral Homes South Chapel.

Mrs. Athearn was a native of Augusta. She had retired after 32 years as a bus driver for special needs children for the Richmond County Board of Education and was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Jean Whitener of Hephzibah, Elizabeth Faye Tebow of Waynesboro; sons, Ricky Athearn and his wife Cathy of Stapleton, and Michael Athearn and his wife Shawnna of Wisconsin; her brother, William F. Crowder of Atlanta; six grandchildren, John, Joshua, Jessica, Brian, Nathan and Ashley Jean.

Mrs. Athearn was preceded in death by her husband, Warren “Smiley” Athearn in 2000 and her daughter, Gwendolyn Elaine Gilreath in 2007.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to help with the expenses that have been incurred.

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


Mr. Joseph Alex "JA" Avera
Mr. Joseph Alex “JA” Avera, 93, the husband to the late Eliza Jane Young Avera and the son to the late Willie Gordon Avera and Plexie Stapleton Avera, entered into rest Friday, November 23, 2007, at Gibson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be held Sunday Nov. 25 2007 at 3 p.m.. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Julian West officiating. Burial will follow at the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 P.M. till time of service.

Mr. Avera was a native and life time resident of Wrens. Mr. Avera was a well known automobile mechanic. He operated out his own garage in Wrens for many years. He was a member of Wrens Baptist Church where he was a member of the Walter Jacobson Sunday School Class.

Survivors include his son, William Edgar Avera, Slidell, LA.; two sisters, Lorene A. Spence of Anderson, S.C. and Barbara Whitaker of Wrens; niece, Sue S. Seabolt of Anderson, S.C. and nephew, J. Brian Whitaker of Wrens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial could be made to Wrens Baptist Church, P.O. Box 217, Wrens, GA 30833.

James Funeral Home of Wrens was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clifford A. Brown
Mr. Clifford A. Brown, 64, entered into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 28, at noon at Stone Springfield AME Church with Rev. Michael Ephram officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include wife, Mary Ann Clark Brown; four sons, Dwayne (Belinda) Richardson, Clifford Brown Jr., James (Tangerae) Brown, Anthony Brown; five daughters, Cathy (Duke) Flowers, Clorissa Brown, Barbara (Chuck) Patterson, Sabrina (Mike) Thomas and Annette Smith; six brothers, Thomas Brown, James Brown, Donnie (Connie) Brown, Bill (Sherri) Brown, Robert Irby Brown and St. John (Melissa) Irby; seven sisters, Carrie Calderia, Lula (James) Gardener and Betty (James) Felder, Mary (Sheldon) Randolph, Shirley (James) Thomas, Helen Irby, Annette Brown and Sharon Irby; grandmother Jessie Bell Brown; 21 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Burnett Funeral Home in Wrens was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sarah Cooper DeLaigle
Sarah Cooper DeLaigle, 79, entered into rest Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at Brentwood Terrace Health Center.

She was born August 14, 1928 in Glascock County to the late Augustus Cooper and Nancy Wilkins Cooper.

Mrs. DeLaigle was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Mr. Ray DeLaigle. Mr. and Mrs. DeLaigle raised three daughters.

Prior to her illness, Mrs. DeLaigle was active in the former American Legion Post #120 Ladies Auxiliary, Waynesboro Shrine Club Ladies Auxiliary, Jane Ellis’ Sunday School Class and the Spares and Pairs Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church where she had been an active member for many years.

She is survived by three daughters, Belinda DeLaigle Baker (Cliff) of Waynesboro, Dottie DeLaigle Morris (Tyron) of Waynesboro, and Robin DeLaigle Newsome of Albany, Ga.; three sisters, Helen Drew, Tippy Usher, and Dot Quick, all of Waynesboro; four grandchildren, Tara Wasden of Mooresville, N.C., Chrissy Posey (Jay) of Waynesboro, Jodi Morris of Aiken, S.C., and Ron Morris, Jr. (Angel) of Waynesboro. Mrs. DeLaigle is also survived by her great-granddaughter, Karsyn Posey; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 23 at the First Baptist Church of Waynesboro with Dr. G. Al. Wright, Jr. and Mr. Tom Bugg officiating. Interment was at Magnolia Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Billy Hopper, Nicky DeLaigle, Charlie DeLaigle, Bobby DeLaigle, Ron Morris, Jr., Ricky Quick, David Story, Tim Drew, David Usher, Jeff Quick, and Dean DeLaigle.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 853 Liberty Street, Waynesboro, Ga. 30830.

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


Mrs. Annie Bell Dunn
Mrs. Annie Bell Dunn entered into rest Friday, November 23, 2007.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Burnett Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lois Boatwright officiating. Interment: Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Hephzibah.

Survivors include two daughters, Johnny Mae Fuller and Diane Adams; son, Willie Ward; two grandchildren, Willie Lucky Hearing and Sharisse Hearing.

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


Ms. Carol Ensz
Carol Jean Ensz, 57, daughter of Leon and Lenora Ensz entered into rest Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at Harmony Springs Mennonite Church, Avera, with Minister Danver Nichols and Minister Maynard Peters officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her parents, Leon and Lenora Giesbrect Ensz, Louisville; two brothers, Gene and wife Venora Ensz, Del Norte, Colorado; Gerald and wife Marilyn Ensz, Uniontown, Ala.; three sisters, Sharon Hiebert, Hazel, Ky., Barbara (Mrs. Robert Holdeman), Stapleton, Judy (Mrs. Don Schmidt), Stapleton; nieces, nephews and many special friends.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harmony Springs Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Georgia Regional Hospital, Augusta, Ga., the Azalea unit, living area 13.


Mrs. Willie Kate Stoutamire Henderson
Willie Kate (Langham) Stoutamire Henderson, age 88, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007, after a brief battle with cancer.

Graveside funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Tallahassee, Fla.

Mrs. Henderson was born and raised in Warren County. and moved to Tallahassee in 1940. She had retired from Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after working for 30 years as an LPN. She was an active member of Seventh Day Adventist First Church of Tallahassee. Mrs. Henderson enjoyed ministering to others through her work as a nurse and through her activities at her church.

Mrs. Henderson is survived by her children, Colin M. Stoutamire, Tallahassee; Charlene S. (Tony) Krivoshein, Tallahassee; Mary H. Rogers, Tennessee and a step-son, Pete Henderson (Helen), of Wadley; grandchildren, Janellen Stoutamire, Will Stoutamire, Katie Krivoshein, Preston Rogers, Mason Rogers and step-grandchildren, Donna S. Lamb, Al Henderson, Danette H. Plummer, and Julie H. Lee. She also leaves behind to cherish her memory two sisters, Cleo L. Smith (Harvey), Louisville; Judy L. Scott (Hugh), North Augusta; and one brother, J.C. Langham (Annette), Thomson.

Mrs. Henderson was preceded in death by her two husbands, Charles M. Stoutamire and E. Frank Henderson; and her first born son, Charles May Stoutamire.


Mr. Francis J. "Shorty" Logan
Francis J. "Shorty" Logan, 57, of Steephollow Rd., entered into rest Monday, Nov. 19, 2007 at MCG, Augusta.

Memorial services were held Friday at the Gibson Church of God with Rev. Steve Lamb officiating.

Mr. Logan was survived by his wife, Beth Logan; one son, Billy Joe Logan of Gibson; four daughters, Nichole Logan of Atlanta, Amber Wyatt, Amiee Standridge and Sheena Logan, all of Gibson; his father, Mr. Frank Logan of Florence, S.C.; one brother, David L. Logan of Gibson and one sister, Mary Ard Strawn of Florence; five grandchildren and several nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen J. Mize and two sons, Andrew and Johnathon Logan.

Mr. Logan was a native of Florence, but lived in Gibson most of his life. He worked at Two-State Construction Company for many years.

Memorials may be made to the Gibson Church of God Church Fund in care of Maria Dye, 2251 Hwy. 171 North, Gibson, GA 30810.

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


Mr. Calvin McCoy
Mr. Calvin McCoy entered into rest Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 24, at Thankful Baptist Church, Glascock Co., with Rev. Leroy Hudson and Rev. Dr. Curtis C. Bradley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Calvin McCoy, Jr., Augusta and Brian McCoy, Miami; daughter, Crystal McCoy, Miami; friends, Mary McCoy and Joan Habersham; three sisters, Henrietta (Dr. Curtis C.) Bradley, Monroeville, Ala., Estella Bender, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Judy Grubbs, Fort Lauderdale; brother, Charlie Edward (Dr. Alvonia) McCoy of Louisville and five grandchildren.

Burnett Funeral of Wrens was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Beth Newsome
Mrs. Beth Newsome of Warrenton entered into rest Nov. 23, 2007.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Michael Cook and Elliott Fulmer officiating. Interment will follow in the Gibson Cemetery, Gibson.

Pallbearers will be Claude Powell, Robert Waller, Steve Smith, Neal Tam, Aaron Hall, and Barry O’Neill.

Mrs. Newsome was born in Omaha, Nebraska, moved to Georgia in 1962, and lived in Glascock County, Georgia since 1979. She was a graduate of Georgia Southern Teachers College.

Mrs. Newsome was an educator for 30 years in the State of Georgia, where she taught in Glenn, Chatham, Warren, Glascock and McDuffie counties. She was recognized as a Star Teacher in both McDuffie County and Glascock County School Systems. Mrs. Newsome was named the 1987 Teacher of the Year for Glascock County and the 2006- 2007 Teacher of the Year for Thomson Middle School.

Mrs. Newsome was a Yearbook Sponsor and a member of the Merry Tillers Garden Club. The family said that education had been her lifelong commitment.

Survivors include husband, Gaynor Newsome, Warrenton; son, Joshua Alexander Newsome, Tacoma, Washington; daughter, Paige Summer Culberson and her husband J.C., Austin, Texas; mother, Mary Elizabeth Bowers, Atlanta; brothers, David Lawrence Bowers, Woodstock and Jeffrey Lisle Bowers, Tucker, Greg Allen Bowers, Oakwood; grandchildren, Libby Kate Culberson and Peyton Summer Culberson. Mrs. Newsome was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Summer Bowers.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Toys for Tots c/o Claude Powell, P.O. Box 1140, Thomson, GA 30824.


Mr. Wilson "Jim" Roundtree
Mr. Wilson “Jim” Roundtree departed this life Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at Glendale Nursing Home.

Private services will be held.

Mr. Roundtree was a retired farmer and a member of the Peel Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his children, Juanita (Tom) Cuyler of Florida, Bobby (Rosa) Roundtree, Willie (Vivian) Roundtree of Augusta, Mae Roundtree, Annie Roundtree and Sylvester Roundtree of Waynesboro, Mary Roundtree and Elouise (Jimmy) Story of Atlanta, Jimmy (Onthronette) Roundtree of NewYork; siblings, Donnie Mae Webb of Warner Robins, Jessie (Ruby) Roundtree of Waynesboro and Mae Frances Walker of Florida; 11 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren.

Davis Funeral Home in Louisville was in charge of arrangements


Mrs. Marie Williams Usry
Mrs. Marie Williams Usry, 94, of Langley, S.C., entered into rest Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, at Trinity Lutheran Home in Aiken, S.C.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 24, at Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Langley, S.C., with Pastor Wade Everett officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Graniteville, S.C.

She was the wife of the late Samuel Lewis Usry and daughter of the late Wilbur and Velma Lampp Williams.

Born in Avera, she had been a resident of the Langley area for the last 70 years. She was a member of Langley United Methodist Church and retired from Clearwater Finishing Plant after 37 years of service.

She is survived by a son, Trughvan Usry (Kay), Beech Island, S.C.; grandchildren, Jennifer Walter (Gregory), Albany, Charles Usry, Greenville, S.C., Tonja Rivers (Chris), Williston, S.C., and Mark Usry (Jennifer), Charlotte, N.C.; and great-grandchildren, Rion and Jackson Rivers.

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