Obituaries
December 20, 2007 Issue

Mr. Richard William "Billy" Downs
Mr. Richard William ‘Billy’ Downs, 75, of Lincolnton, entered into rest Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at University Hospital.

Mr. Downs was a native of Glascock County, but lived in Martinez for many years before retiring to Lincolnton. He was the son of the late Ira Downs Sr. and the late Nancy Todd Downs. He was retired from B.P. Oil Company as a store manager and was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, 200, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Prater officiating. Interment followed in Jefferson Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife for 55 years, Jeanette Dye Downs, Lincolnton; brothers: Ira Downs Jr., Juliet, Tenn., Samuel T. Downs, Harlem, David Downs, Atlanta, Tommy Downs, Winder, Timmy Downs, Salt Lake City, Utah; sister, Ann McCoy, Warrenton; a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Bobby Downs, Robert Downs, Christopher Downs, Vernon Downs, Keith Downs, Richard Downs and Roy Dye.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jessica B. Hopper
Mrs. Jessica B. Hopper, 30, of Alexander, entered into rest Monday, Dec. 10, 2007.

She was a longtime employee of Citifinancial in Waynesboro and was currently employed by Queensborough Bank and Trust in Louisville. Mrs. Hopper was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Waynesboro, the Foundations Sunday School Class, and served as chair of the Children’s Council at FUMC.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesboro with the Rev. Marshall Singletary officiating. Interment followed the service at Burke Memorial Gardens, Waynesboro.

Mrs. Hopper was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, the late Woodrow Barefield, and maternal grandparents, the late Mr. Alford and Mrs. Edith Cannady.

Mrs. Hopper was the wife of John Frederick “Rick” Hopper. Mrs. Hopper, a native of Burke County, is the daughter of Ralph and Lena Barefield of Alexander.

In addition to her husband and her parents, survivors include her daughter, Sarah Abigail Scott, and her sons, John Braxton Hopper and William Carson Hopper; her sisters, Jamie B. Dixon and Nancy B. Mills (Jamie); paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ruby Barefield; father and mother-in-law, Billy and Marianne Hopper; brother-in-law, Bill Hopper (Donna); and sister-in-law, Nell H. Dixon (Herbie); and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pallbearers were Phillip Kidney, Shawn Barefield, Kevin Bowman, Wes Godbee, Billy Horton, Tim Carey, Tracey Pressley, Brent Willis, Max Boswell and Chris Winkler.

Honorary Pallbearers were the doctors of the Medical Specialists, Inc., Dr. Mark Gresham, members of the Foundations Sunday School Class, Children’s Council, and United Methodist Men at FUMC, Waynesboro.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Educational Savings Account at Queensborough Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 1028, Waynesboro, GA. 30830, c/o Sheryl Quick, First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 420 or Edmund Burke Academy Building Fund, 403 Hwy. 56S, Waynesboro, GA 30830.

DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Alexander Ivey
Funeral services for Mr. Alexander Ivey, 82 of Warrenton were held on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2007, at 3 p.m. at Thankful Baptist Church in Glascock County with Rev. Leroy Hudson, pastor officiating. Interment was in the churchyard cemetery. Thomson Funeral System was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Louise Moore Lamb
Mrs. Louise Moore Lamb, age 98, of Wadley, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at Jefferson Hospital in Louisville.

Mrs. Lamb was a lifelong resident of Wadley, a homemaker and a Baptist.

Graveside services were Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at 3 p.m. in the Bethany Cemetery in Wadley, with Dr. Warren Devevo and Rev. Kenneth Watkins officiating.

Survivors include her son, Jack (Nita) Lamb; five daughters, Betty Anderson, Ann (Donald) Oglesby, Judy (Leonard) Oglesby, Peggy (John) Powell, and Donna (Bill) Pettit; 16 grandchildren and 19-great-grandchildren.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Tom Lovette, Sr.
Mr. Tom Lovette, Sr., of Louisville, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at his residence.

Mr. Lovette was a lifetime resident of Burke County. He was a member of Peel Grove Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Peel Grove Baptist Church in Vidette, with Rev. Lee Edward Jones officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Pinkie Cooper Lovette of Louisville; sons, Tom Lovette Jr. and Willie Lovette of Waynesboro; daughters, Ada (Thomas) Jones of Chicago, Ill. Eloise (Lenard) Vinning of Wadley, Bernice Hiers and Jessie Tolbert of Louisville; sister-in-law, Paulin Morgan of Louisville; brother-in-law Bernard Johnson of Gough; 37 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousing and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons and trustees of Peel Grove Baptist Church.

Active pallbearers were Roshun Lovette, George Lovette, Terence Lovette, Julius Hiers, Derick Hiers, Richard Tolbert III and Santavious Lovette.

Garrer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. LaMichael Jermaine Jackson
Mr. LaMichael Jermaine Jackson, 30, departed this life Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at The Medical College of Georgia, Augusta.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Peel Grove Baptist Church, Vidette with, Rev. Nehemiah Dishman officiating.

Mr. Jackson was a 1996 graduate of Louisville High School, a member of the Second Phillip Grove Baptist Church, and served two years in the US Army.

Survivors include his parents, Wylene Jackson Danford and Step father David Allen Danford and Randolph Murphy, Jr. and stepmother, Janice Murphy all of Louisville; His adopted mother, Ella Mae Loyd of Louisville; his siblings, LaShelia D. Murphy-Johnson of Hephzibah, Neshun Y Jackson, Kristan F. Jackson, Twilla N. Jackson, Quindera S. Jackson, TaWorsky D. Jackson and Randy Murphy of Louisville, Shaquera M. Jackson of Tampa, FL, Randolph R. (Betty) Jackson, Sr. of Greenville, S. C., Antrone D. (Shawanda) Murphy of Thomson, Courney B. (LaToya) Jackson, Sr. of North Augusta, S. C.; His maternal grandmother, Rosa Lee Jackson of Louisville; step maternal grandmother, Rosie Lee Jackson of Jacksonville Beach, FL; twenty aunts and uncles; a host of nieces, nephews cousins and other relatives and friends.

Family maybe contacted at the residence, 1220 Sinquefield Street, Louisville or at Davis Funeral Home.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Brant L. Shelton
Mr. Brant L. Shelton, 76, of Augusta, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, in the University Hospital.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Shelton, a native of Walton County, was a son of the late Lucious and Estelle Daniel Shelton. He was a United States Army veteran.

Survivors include his sister Nellie Mae Green of Lilburn; and a niece Dianne Wilson of Lilburn.

Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. John W. Stone
John W. Stone, 65, of Wrens, entered into rest Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at 3 p.m. at Burnett Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Willie L. Jones officiating. Burial was in Stone Springfield AME Church Cemetery.

Survivors include his son, John W. Stone Jr. and daughter, Teresa Stone, both of Augusta; stepmother, Sallie Smith; brother, Willie Smith; four sisters, Leomia Jordan, Margaret (Roger) Boatwright, all of Stapleton, Merry (Michael) Roberts of Avera, and Reginus (Anthony) Payne of Miami, Fla.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Roosevelt Travis
Mr. Roosevelt Travis, of Hephzibah, died on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at Second Antioch Baptist Church, Keysville, with Rev. William Bussey officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Phinazee and Son Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Helen Warnock
Mrs. Helen Virginia Eubanks Warnock, age 91, of Wadley, died Monday evening, Dec. 10, 2007, at Glendale Nursing Home in Wadley.

Mrs. Warnock was born in Washington county, but had lived in Wadley most of her life. She had been a member of the Wadley United Methodist Church for over 55 years, and she was a member of the Will Evans Sunday School class, the Friendship Club, and the Eastern Star. Mrs. Warnock was retired from Oxford Industries.

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, at 2 p.m. in the Wadley United Methodist Church with Dr. Larry Sauls and Reverend Don Proctor officiating. Interment followed in the Wadley Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Warnock Binns (Carrol) of Augusta.; two sons, Clay Warnock (Patricia) of Canton, Charles Warnock (Barbara) of Dublin; niece, Rebecca Battle (Wayne) of Wadley; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tommy Battle, Bob Swann, Tommy Lamb, Craig Miller, Thomas Battle and Danny Brooks.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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