Obituaries
February 14, 2008 Issue

Mr. John W. Arrington
John W. Arrington, 83, of Bonaire, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008.

A memorial service will be held at Wrens Church of God on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 2 p.m.

Mr. Arrington was born in Jefferson County to the late Monroe and Lillie Mae Taylor Arrington. He was a member of The Rain Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, in the Chapel of Heritage Memorial Funeral Home, with Pastor Clyde Johns officiating. Burial followed in Magnolia Park Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Arrington of Bonaire; children, Paul W. (Vickie) Arrington of Wrens, Max (Robin) Arrington of Matthews, Barry (Suzanne) Arrington of Thomson, Tim (Debbie) Jenkins of Warner Robins, and Elaine (Kenneth) Lee of Noblesville, Ind.; siblings, Berry, Bud and Dan Arrington, Sara Wasden, Mildred Lee and Helen Odom; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Rain Church, Gunn Road, Warner Robins, Ga. 31088.

Heritage Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Maude "Nana" James Beasley
Mrs. Maude “Nana” James Beasley, 76, of Thomson, entered into rest Feb. 8, 2008, at Heartland Hospice.

Mrs. Beasley was born in Davisboro, but lived in McDuffie County most of her life. She was retired as a seamstress from Stapleton Garment Company with 29 years of service. She was also a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She was the wife of the late Roy James and the late Clarence L. Beasley.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Ferrell officiating. Interment followed in Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Beasley was preceded in death by a daughter Shirley Ann James, her father Henderson Key and a brother Johnny Key.

Survivors include her mother, Gladys Parrish, Stapleton; daughters, Faye Phillips, Waynesboro, Carol Weathers, North Augusta, S.C., Nena Blount ( Pete), Thomson, Hilda Shelton, Lincolnton, and Janie Pulliam, Gibson; brothers, Frank (Buddy) Parrish, Stapleton, and Hubert (Buck) Parrish, North Carolina; sisters, Barbara Hadden, Thomson, Della Jones, North Augusta, S.C., Mary Peck, Augusta, Paulette Arrington, Keysville; 13 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tommy Weathers, Wesley Bailey, Vic Pulliam, Donnie Hadden, Bobby Gene Hadden and Smokey Thames.

Honorary pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons, Jeff Phillips, Steve Blount, Will Shelton, David Wilson Jr., Josh and Jeffery Phillips, Adam and Leland Bazemore, Trey Neal, Devan, Dawson and Trey Wilson, Will Sims, and Peyton and Chandler Amerson.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Rev. Hardy S. Bennings Jr.
Funeral services for Rev. Hardy S. Bennings Jr., of Augusta, were held Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

Rev. Bennings was born in Augusta, on Sept. 2, 1944, to Rosebud May Bennings and Hardy S. Bennings, Sr.

His Christian life began at an early age when he was baptized at the Springfield Baptist Church.

Rev. Bennings was ordained in the ministry in 1986. He served as pastor and shepherd of the Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Louisville for 14 years. Prior to his pastorate at St. Paul and until his demise, he served as an associate pastor of the Historic Springfield Baptist Church and interim pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Thomson and the Second Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Augusta. He received a bachelor’s in sociology and psychology at Albany State University. He did further study at the University of Georgia. During his career in youth services, he served in many capacities including teaching at the Augusta Youth Development Campus, directing the Regional Youth Detention Center in Augusta, and directing the Augusta Youth Development Campus. He also served as a commissioner on the Augusta/Richmond County Human Relations Commission, a member of the board of directors of the Augusta Chapter of the American Red Cross, a member of the Board of Directors of the Laney-Walker Development Corporation, volunteered with the American Red Cross. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. On Dec. 22, 1968, Rev. Bennings married Shirley Denson Bennings.

Survivors include his wife Shirley; his children, Hardy III (Sonja); Kimberly, Patrick, and Todd, all of Atlanta; his granddaughter, Morgan, Orangeburg, S.C.; his sisters-in-law, Lois Tookes, Americus; Anna Clark, College Park, Jerri Monroe, Olney, Md., and Cassandra (Clyde) Fleet, Silver Spring, Md.; his brother-in-law, Otha Denson Jr., Meridian, Miss.; his aunts, Verlia May, Washington, D. C. and Geisla May, Jamaica, N.Y.; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Mrs. Blanche Huntley Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Blanche Huntley Brown, of Louisville, were held Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. at Church of Christ on Elm Street, Louisville. Burial was in the Jones Grove Cemetery.

She was a homemaker.


Mr. Isah Hudson
Funeral services for Mr. Isah Hudson, 74, of Camak, were held on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Cody Grove Baptist Church, Warrenton, with the Pastor, Rev. Andrew Grant officiating. Interment was in the churchyard cemetery.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Lizzie Hudson, Camak; three daughters, Betty (Lonnie) Daniels, Camak, Connie (J. B.) Winfrey, Mesena, and Angela Marie (Nathaniel) Deloach, Augusta; seven sons, Frank (Loretta) King, Alfonso Hudson, both of Augusta, Isaiah (Maureen) King, Virginia, Herbert Hudson, Camak, Sylvester Hudson, Thomson, Larry Hudson, Wrens, and Nathaniel Hudson, Germany; a sister, Mammie (Charles) Turman, Thomson; two brothers, Wyman Hudson, Mesena, and R. L. Hudson, Camak; 52 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Bessie Fowler, Augusta; two aunts; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Haynes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Florine Jones
Mrs. Florine Jones, 76, of Wrens, entered into rest Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at her residence.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. at Stone Springfield AME Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Lamar Jones; seven children, Thelma Jones, Dennis (Laverne) Jones, Lamar Jones, Renee Armstrong, Michael Brown, Dwane Brown, and Christopher Brown; siblings, Freddie L. Jordan, Claudia Ann Mills, Roy Brown, Johnnie (Linda) Brown, and Garvin (Rosemary) Brown; and 22 grandchildren.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Ms. Mildred P. Jones
Ms. Mildred P. Jones, 85, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at her home.

Ms. Jones was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Johnson County, she was the daughter of the late Travis and Zona Price. She was a homemaker and former owner/operator of A.C. Jones Appliance Company in Louisville. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Louisville. She was also preceded in death by her husband, the late Alvin C. Jones.

Graveside funeral services for Ms. Jones were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, at the Westview Cemetery in Wrightsville. Rev. Bill Smith officiated.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia (Preston) Thomas of Evans, and Barbara (William) Fowlkes of Roswell; a sister, Luella (Dr. J. Roy) Rowland of Dublin; four grandchildren, Christopher (Apryl) Thomas, Nicholas (Merri) Thomas, Chad (Heather) Fowlkes, and Kimberly (Len) Lindros; and five great-grandchildren, Shay Thomas, Anna Thomas, Sophie Thomas, Luke Thomas and Emmie Lindros.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions, in memory of Ms. Jones, be made to the Alzeimers Association, Augusta Chapter, 1899 Central Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30904 or to the American Heart Association, 1105 Furys Lane, Suite D, Augusta, Georgia 30907.

Stanley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Roy H. Martin
Mr. Roy H. Martin, 38, of Mitchell, entered into rest Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, at his residence.

Mr. Martin was a native of Richmond County but lived in Glascock County. He was a master electrician.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at the Mitchell City Cemetery with Mary Ann Braswell officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Kim Martin; one son, Ryan Martin; two brothers, Ray Martin Jr. of Hephzibah, and Cecil Waters of California; three sisters, Gloria Moore of Martinez, Sandra Klein of Thomson, and Terry Roll of Martinez; one sister-in-law, Janet (Bill) Raley of Mitchell; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Clayton Neely Jr.
Mr. Clayton Neely Jr., of Keysville, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Friends may call at the residence, 179 Tyrone Brooks Street, Keysville, Ga. (706) 547-3711.

Burnett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. William Harrison Powell
Mr. William Harrison Powell, 85, of Bartow, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at Jefferson Hospital.

Mr. Powell was born in Cherokee County, Ala., the son of the late Arthur H. Powell and the late Plumer Gertrude Smith Powell. He was retired from the Miami-Dade International Airport dispatch services and a 50 year resident of the Miami area. Mr. Powell was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and a member of the Crewman’s Association of the USS Alabama.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Survivors include his wife, Matako Allen Powell of Bartow; daughter, Nancy P. Thom (Horst) of Cave Creek, Ariz., stepchildren, Brent Chamlee (Patricia) of Alpharetta, Alicia King (Keith) of Palm Coast, Fla., and Ronald Lee Cranes of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchild, Chris King of Key West, Fla.; sister, Julene Chapman of Ringold; and brother, Adrian “Bud” Powell of Alabama.

May and Smith Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Leonard Hewett Smith
Mr. Leonard Hewett Smith, age 74, of Wadley, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2008, at University Hospital in Augusta.

Mr. Smith was born in Emanuel County and after many years away moved to Wadley. He attended University of Florida and University of Georgia. He graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta in 1964 with a BBA degree. Mr. Smith retired from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where he was a senior budget analyst. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea from 1951-1954. He was active in Toastmasters International for many years and AA for 20 years, and a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Lambs Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Donna Ashworth officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his daughters, Teresa Jan Peeler and Stefanie Sabra Smith; sons, Leonard H. Smith Jr. and Josef Cecil Smith; stepdaughter, Pamila Butler; and brothers, Rev. J. Larrie Smith of Belair, Md., and Tilden W. Smith of Valdosta.

Pallbearers were Matthew Smith, Mark Smith, Richard Smith, Stefanie Smith, Lyynn Smith, Josef Smith and Edgar Smith.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ivelyn Dixon Thompson
Mrs. Ivelyn Dixon Thompson, 86, of Avera, entered into rest Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Dr. Robert J. Lehn and Rev. Lester Clark officiating. Burial followed at the Wrens Memorial Garden.

Mrs. Thompson was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Wrens and was a homemaker. She was the wife of the late James Leon Thompson for 58 years, and she was the daughter of the late Homer Dixon and Bashie Miller Dixon.

Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her son, Sherwin Thompson; grandson, Kevin Thompson; two brothers, Denier Dixon and Aurin Dixon; and a sister, Deryl D. Pittman.

Survivors include her children, Darrell (Bobbie) Thompson, Larry (Debbie) Thompson, and Charleen T. (Bruce) Boyd, all of Jefferson County.; two sisters, Charlotte D. (Rev. Lamar) Rabun and Delorse D. Williford; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Nona C. Thompson.

Pallbearers were Mrs. Thompson's grandsons.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Trudie M. Hannah Vining
Mrs. Trudie M. Hannah Vining, of Wadley, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, in Louisville.

Her funeral was held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Brinson Hill Baptist Church in Wadley with her son, Rev. Earnest James Vining, officiating. Burial was in Little Pine Hill Cemetery in Bartow.

Pallbearers were Willie Jones, Harvey Jackson, Darrell Jackson, Eugene Tarver and Roosevelt Tarver.

Survivors include three daughters, Mamie K. Vining, Syracuse, N.Y., Shirley (Rev. Will) Palmer, Woodbridge, Va., and Trudie Mae Vining, Wadley; three sons, Rev. Earnest James (Cleo) Vining, Jacksonville, Fla., Willie Edward Vining, Bronx, N.Y., and Henry (Glenda) King, Bartow; two sisters, Beulah Moye, Bartow, and Oreda Knight, Wrightsville; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

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