Obituaries
December 6, 2007 Issue

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 his 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.


Mr. Otis "Bish" Boatwright Jr.
Funeral service for Mr. Otis “Bish” Boatwright , Jr. was held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Freeman Funeral Home with Rev. W. L. Jones officiating. Interment in the Spring Bethel A.M.E. Cemetery, Louisville. Freeman Funeral Home, Wrens.


Mr. Demond Jackson Sr.
Mr. Demond Jackson, Sr., 32, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 1, at Summerstand Outreach Church in Midville with Pastor Jerome Prophet officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, LaTrisha; three children, Demonica Aliyah, Laila Demaya, and Demond, Jr., all of Waynesboro; one brother, Solomon McReed; mother, Lillian McReed; father, Solomon McReed, all of Midville; grandmother, Vallie Mae Danford, Wadley; one sister-in-law, Lakisha Evans; two brothers-in-law, Christopher Cobb and Fred Evans, Jr.; in-laws, Helen and Fred Evans, Sr., all of Waynesboro.

Phinazee and Son Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Sally Mae Jenkins
Mrs. Sally Mae Jenkins, 84, wife of the late James Jenkins, and the daughter of the late Oscar General Irby and Sammie Mae Williams Irby, entered into rest Nov. 30, 2007, at Doctors Hospital.

Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 3, at James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brian LaFavor and Rev. Dean Cartin officiating. Burial followed at the Harlem Memorial Cemetery.

Mrs. Jenkins was a member of Lake Park Baptist Church in Augusta and a homemaker.

Survivors include, a son, Melvin Don Beasley; two daughters, Linda Kirkland and Vickie Wallace; two brothers, Elis P. Irby and Keelin Irby; two sister Christine Akin and Eunice B. Wilson; seven grandchildren, Donnie Beasley, Delora Beasley, Duane Tucker, Eric Norton, Kevin Wallace, Steven Tucker, and Stephanie Cartin; 12 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Gene Garner, Steven Tucker, Duane Tucker, Jerry Akin, Danny Akin, Kevin Wallace, Dennis LaFavor and Eric Norton.

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


Mr. John Edward Koch
Mr. John Edward Koch, age 82, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Laura Hadden Bragg Koch of Dean Street in Gibson, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007 at the McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the family residence, 196 Dean Street in Gibson.

Mr. Koch a native of La Porte, Ind., had been a Glascock County resident since 1985. He was a retired carpenter. Mr. Koch was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII Luzon Philippine Island Campaign. He was awarded two bronze stars, a combat infantry badge, and a WWII victory medal.

After his discharge from the U. S. Army, Mr. Koch continued his service as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve.

His family said he will be remembered as a good-hearted man who was always willing to help his neighbors.

Survivors include three daughters, Lynn Garcia, Gibson, Sheila K. Bailey, Thomson, and Sonia A. Koch, Gibson; one son, John Craig (B.B.) Koch, Thomson; one stepson, James H. Bragg, Gibson; one sister, Ellanora K. (Charlie) Wilson, Lonan, MN; two brothers, Herman W. E. (Pat) Koch, Hamlet, IN, and Glenn Koch, Amarillo, TX; 18 grandchildren, Lauri D. (Chad) Aycock and Danny Lee (Tasha) Dinger, all of Thomson, Jason Tarr, Joshua Tarr, Jamie Tarr, Gregg Tarr, Jr., Keith Tarr, Jarvis Tarr, Dustian Tarr, Amanda Tarr, Kyle Tarr, Alyssa Tarr and Abigayle Tarr, all of Gibson, Robert Wineseleski, James Wineseleski, and Thomas Wineseleski, all of La Porte, IN, Lucinda Garcia, of Clument City, IL, and Jane B. (BoBo) Massey, Thomson, and many great-grandchildren.

Mr. Koch was preceded in death by a grandson, Cole Tarr two sisters, Ruby Berg and Ruth Koch and a step-son, William H. Bragg.

Lowe Funeral Home, of Warrenton, was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Susie Lawson McAfee
Mrs. Susie Lawson McAfee, 97, wife of the late Ivey W. McAfee, the daughter of the late John Allen Lawson and Minnie Lee Lawson, entered into rest Nov. 28, 2007 at her home.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, Nov. 30, at Wrens Baptist Church with Dr. Mason Davis officiating. Burial followed at the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Bartow.

Mrs. McAfee was the oldest member of the Wrens Baptist Church. Mrs. McAfee was a member of Eastern Star and a retired teacher of 41 years.

Survivors include two sisters, Fannie Futch of Wrens and Helen Bundrick of Cordele and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. McAfee was the sister of the late Marie Lawson Cobb and the late Curtis Lawson.

Pallbearers were her great-nephews, Tony Stavely, Donnie Cobb, Barry Cobb, Charles Smith, Jr., Keith Hall, Andy Cobb and Michael Cobb.

James Funeral Home of Wrens was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Floyd K. Rabun
Retired Navy Captain Floyd K. Rabun 78, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, after an extended illness.

Mr. Rabun was the son of Samuel B. (Bose) Rabun and Delia Neal Rabun of Stapleton.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn J. Rabun, a son, Floyd Kelley Rabun, Jr. and a daughter, Melissa Ann Rabun.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Jennifer Michelle Rabun and Sandra Lynn Edwards. He is also survived by two brothers, Joe L. Rabun, Louisville, and Michael C. Rabun, Goldsboro, N. C. and three sisters, Doris R. Nash, Givhans, S.C., Faye D. Rabun, Thomson, and Martha R. Foss, Louisville, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Billie Rabun and Jack N. Rabun.

Floyd received a bachelor’s degree from Martha Berry College in Rome, Ga., and did graduate work at Emory University in Atlanta.

He served his country in the Navy for 30 years with assignments in Korea and Vietnam. He received a Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. Upon retirement from the Navy, he worked as a Military Sealift Commander in the San Francisco Bay area.

A memorial service was held at Stapleton Baptist Church, Dec. 2.


Mr. Gordon C. "Carl" Stapleton
Mr. Gordon C. “Carl” Stapleton, 80, entered into rest Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at his home in Wrens.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at James Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Julian West officiating. Burial followed at the Wrens Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Stapleton was born on Nov. 25, 1927, in Wrens. He was the son of the late 2nd Lt. Gordon C. Stapleton and the late Marietta S. Stapleton of Wrens.

Mr. Stapleton was a retired mechanical engineer and graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mr. Stapleton served honorably for the United States Army from 1950 to 1952. He retired as an engineer with Monsanto Textiles in Pensacola, Fla. and returned to Wrens in 1984.

Mr. Stapleton was an active attending member of the Wrens Baptist Church where he taught the Walter Jacobson Sunday School class. He was a member of the Wrens Kiwanis Club and a direct descendant of the Pilgrims of the MayFlower. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 229 and a world traveler.

Survivors included his first cousins, Mildred S. Jordan, Barbara A. Whitaker, and Lorene A. Spence; also cousins, Jere R. Jordan, J. Brian Whitaker, William E. Avera, Katelin A. Whitaker, Shelby A. Whitaker, Ellen S. Cochran, and Kathy S. Fitzhugh.

Pallbearers were the Walter Jacob Sunday School Class, Oliver Gay, Emory Clement, Lent Braswell, Herbert Anderson, Charles Davis, Ray Huff, John Norton, Ed Perdue, Gordon Perdue, George Pope, Gene Prescott, Jack Roberson, Bob Swan, Billy Wren.

Honorary Pallbearers were American Legion Post 229.

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

James Funeral Home of Wrens was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Paul Frederick Thiele
Paul Frederick Thiele died, at the age of 93, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, at the University Hospital in Augusta, of respiratory failure.

At passing, Mr. Thiele was the most revered leader in the kaolin industry. He was born on Aug. 5, 1914, in Appleton, Wis. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Engineering, Mr. Thiele established the Thiele Kaolin Company.

Since its founding in 1946, Thiele Kaolin has grown to be one of the world’s largest kaolin mining and processing companies. At his passing, Mr. Thiele served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Thiele Kaolin. Mr. Thiele prided himself on serving his adopted home of Sandersville.

During 1968, he took the lead in developing the Georgia Surface Mined Land Use Act in 1968, which contributed to environmental preservation. In 1973, Paul Thiele co-founded the Georgia Mining Association. He also co-founded the Georgia Association of Independent Colleges and has been a strong supporter of the Mercer University Engineering Department.

Beyond establishing one of the largest employers in Washington County, Paul Thiele was active in the Washington County Historical Society, the Community Concert Association, Chairman of the Memorial Hospital Authority and was a member of the Tennille United Methodist Church where he was a board member and choir director.

Paul F. Thiele is survived by his wife, Loretha Akins Thiele. Paul and Loretha Thiele were local philanthropists in the areas of education, religion and industry.

Mr. Thiele was especially renowned for his extensive support of local churches. Paul Thiele was a member of the Sandersville Music Club, as well as a board member of the Georgia Federation of Music Clubs.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Tennille Methodist Church, P.O. Box 265, Tennille, Georgia 31089 and the Georgia Mining Foundation Paul F. Thiele Scholarship Fund, 113 Arkwright Landing, Macon, Georgia 31210.

Funeral services for Mr. Thiele were held Saturday, Dec. 1, in the First Baptist Church of Sandersville with the burial in the Brownwood Cemetery in Sandersville.

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


Ms. Doris White
Funeral services for Ms. Doris White, age 61 of Wrens were held on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at the Thompson Springhill A.M.E. Church, Matthews, with the Rev. Robert Edwards, presiding, and Rev Willie J. White, eulogist.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors are four devoted daughters, Shanta (Eddie) Wallace, Cassandra Davis, Valerie White, all of Augusta, Charlotte Andrews, Wrens; three devoted sisters, Willie Mae White Stone, Barbara Ann White, both of Wrens, Glennis White, Hephzibah; two grandchildren, Kelsh Ariel Grant, and Tyrone Davis Jr. both of Augusta; very special friend, Morris Andrews, Wrens; sister-in-law, Joann White of Atlanta and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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

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