Obituaries
December 13, 2007 Issue

Beloved businessman passes

William Frank Easterlin, Jr.
Mr. William Frank Easterlin, Jr., 81, of 801 Mulberry St., Louisville, died at his home Dec. 5, 2007.

He was the beloved husband of Lillian Abbot Easterlin.

Mr. Easterlin was the Chairman of the Board of Queensborough National Bank and Trust, Louisville.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, class of 1948, Mr. Easterlin served in the U. S. Navy from 1948 until 1954.

In 1954, he joined First National Bank and Trust of Louisville, becoming President in 1964. He served as president until 1997 when he became Chairman of the Board of First National Bank and Trust, now Queensborough Bank and Trust.

He served as president of the Queensborough Company from its inception in 1985 until 1997.

He was member and past president of the Kiwanis Club, member and past president of the Chamber of Commerce, member and past president of the Jefferson County Development Authority, member and past president of Louisville Industrial Development Corporation.

He served as president on several occasions of the Ogeechee Valley Country Club.

He was instrumental in the establishment of the Jefferson County Library. He was a member of the Augusta Country Club.

Mr. Easterlin was an avid daylily grower and a member of the American Hemerocallis Society. He took great delight in sharing his certified Hemerocallis garden with friends and the community.

Mr. Easterlin was the son of the late William Frank Easterlin, Sr., and Hulet Humber Easterlin of Americus, and the brother of the late Robert Humber Easterlin of Americus. He was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, Louisville.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Lillian Abbot Easterlin; two sons, William Frank Easterlin, III (Patricia) and Wright Abbot Easterlin (Laurie); two daughters, Hulet Humber Kitterman (William), and Lillian Carswell Easterlin, Louisville, and 12 grandchildren, William Parker Kitterman (Imali), Margaret Eleanor Kitterman, Mary Hulet Humber Kitterman, William Warfield Easterlin, Clare Carswell Easterlin, Frank Larsen Ogeechee Easterlin, Ansley Marie Easterlin, Julia Hite Easterlin, Eliza Cates Easterlin, John Frederick Agel, III, Lillian Abbot Agel and Kathryn Wagstaff Agel. He is also survived by his cousin William S. Harris, of Americus, and many devoted nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Louisville Cemetery, following a private family mass earlier that morning. The Reverend Ronald Southerland, the Reverend Carl Andrew and the Reverend Rosina Ampah officiated.

Honorary pallbearers were the Directors and Directors Emeritus of Queensborough National Bank and Trust.

Memorials may be made to The Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeepers, P. O. Box 1925, Statesboro, Georgia 30459 or The Arts Guild of Jefferson County, P. O. Box 630, Louisville, Georgia 30434 or the Community Outreach Fund of St. Mary Magdalene, 321 West Seventh Street, Louisville, Georgia 30434.

E. K. May Funeral Home, Sandersville, was in charge of funeral arrangements.


Mr. Otis "Bish" Boatwright Jr.
Mr. Otis “Bish” Boatwright Jr., 75, of Wrens entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at Jefferson County Hospital.

Funeral services for Mr. Boatwright were held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. W. L. Jones, officiating. Interment was in the Spring Bethel A.M.E. Cemetery, Louisville.

Survivors include his mother, Daisy B. Smith, daughter Betty Ann Boatwright, both of Wrens; sister, Ida M. Brooks of Louisville; brother, Lenzy Boatwright, Wrens; two grandchildren, Tawanda Ross and Derrick Lane both of Wrens; 13 grandchildren, five nieces, one nephew and a host of cousins and friends. Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Baran Lyron Boyd
Mr. Baran Lyron Boyd, 31, of Statesboro died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at his residence after an illness.

Funeral services for Mr. Baran “Red” Lyron Boyd, 31, of Statesboro were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at Canaan Galilee Baptist Church in Louisville, with Rev. Robert Stokes officiating. Interment was in the Lone Star Cemetery.

“Red,” as he was known by family and friends, was a native of Jefferson County, but had lived in Bulloch County for a few years. He was a 1996 graduate of Jefferson County High School and also attended Savannah State Univesrity and was a two-year veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Boyd of Statesboro; father, Cleo Boyd Jr. of Altheimer, Ark.; sister, Ebony Boyd of Sacramento, Calif.; brother, Randy Boyd and Dexter Boyd of Statesboro; maternal grandmother, Leona Williams of Louisville; paternal grandmother Lois Boyd; one niece, four nephews, several uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Cannan Galilee Baptist Church.

Active pallbearers were members of the Jefferson County High School class of 1996.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Frances McGraw Bussey
Mrs. Mary Frances McGraw Bussey, 66, of Martinez died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

Mrs. Bussey, formerly of Jefferson County, had lived in Martinez for the past five years. She was retired from banking and a member of Moxley United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Troy and Carrie McGraw and a nephew, Eric Salter.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Moxley United Methodist Church with Rev. Ruth Lovejoy officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. There will be a visitation and memorial service from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at the Riverview United Methodist Church, 1244 Fury’s Ferry Road, Evans.

Survivors include her daughter, Renate Bussey (Tyler) Grose of Summerfield, N.C.; son, Kevin R. Bussey of Pleasant View, Tenn.; grandson, Brandon Tyler Grose of Summerfield, N.C.; two sisters, Betty M. Arthur of Wadley and Patricia M. (Tom) Cain of Lakewood, Ohio; niece Velvet (Robert) Mathis of Gibson; nephew, Michael Cain of Albertson, N.Y.; great nieces, Whitney and Samantha Salter; great nephews, Cody Mathis and Adam Cochran.

Pallbearers were Robert Mathis, Lee Clark, Brad Barbee, Fred Parkman, Wynder Smith, Charles Smith Jr. and James Kelly.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Jack Millard Davis
Mr. Jack Millard Davis, 66, of Louisville died Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, in the Heritage of Old Capital.

Private services will be held at a later date.

A native of Amarillo, Texas, Mr. Davis was the son of the late Philip Richard and Catherine Ritchey Davis. He was a United States Navy veteran and a retired salesman.

Survivors include his sister, Patricia (Lynford) Garland of Jenkinsburg. Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Ollie M. Hayden
Mrs. Ollie M. Hayden of Mitchell died on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007 at The House of God, The House of Prayer For All Nations, Inc., Mitchell, with the Dr. Elder A. H. Nolley officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Hayden united with the church in 1984 and served faithfully, crossed many journeys as a Watch Keeper, working in the Feast, keeping the doors of the church open while serving God.

Survivors include husband, Elder David M. Hayden; daughters, Shelia Jones, Sharon Archie, Selina Hawkins, Tonia Banks, Denise Archer, and Tanisha Hayden; 19 grandchildren, 15 great- grandchildren; sisters, Annie Ruth McDowell (Otis), Atlanta, Barbara Woods (James), Jacksonville, Fla.; brothers, Herman Peavey and Clinton Peavey, Asbury Park, N.J., Robert Peavey and Horace Peavey, Atlanta, and Ralph Peavey of Anniston, Ala.

Dawson’s Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


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

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, at Summerstand Outreach Church in Midville, with Pastor Jerome Prophet officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, LaTrisha; three children, Demonica Aliyah, Laila Demaya, and Demond Jr., all of Waynesboro; one brother, Solomon McReed; mother, Lillian McReed; father, Emanuel 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.


Mr. William Andrew James
Mr. William Andrew James, 49, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 at the Medical College of Georgia.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Avera.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Robert H. "Bobby" Langham
Mr. Robert H. "Bobby" Langham, 77, of Stapleton died on Dec. 6, 2007.

Mr. Langham grew up in Thomson and was a plumber and electrician by occupation.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. at Harmony Springs Mennonite Church, 11065 Sand Valley Road, Avera, with Ministers Verle Giesbrecht, Danver Nichols and Maynard Peters officiating.

Pallbearers were Denis Koehn, Josh Hodgin, Clay Miller, Stuart Goossen, John Edmonds and Scott Hodgin.

Survivors include his wife Shirley Langham; two daughters, Cheryl Hodgin, and Phoebe (Eugene) Goossen all of Stapleton; one sister, Ludelle (Joe) Wheeler of Evans; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gospel Tract and Bible Society, P.O. Box 700 Moundridge, Kansas, 67107.

James Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Janie Neal Roberson
Graveside services for Mrs. Janie Neal Roberson, 87, of Augusta were held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at 11 a.m. at Williams Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Minister Mike McCormick officiating.

Survivors include four sisters, Barbara A. Upton of Mitchell, Edna Jones of Grovetown, Margie West and Lillie Harris, both of Thomson; two sisters-in-law, Eliza Hogan and Mattie Beard, both of Augusta; one brother-in-law, Glenn Beard of Augusta; a devoted nephew, Willie (Mary) Neal of Warm Springs; two devoted nieces, Mattie Harris of Gibson, and Rubertha Norris of Thomson; a host of other relatives and friends.

Thomson Funeral System was in charge of the arrangements.

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