Obituaries
February 21, 2008 Issue

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. Bernice Hudson Bostic
Mrs. Bernice Hudson Bostic of Wadley entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in Augusta.

Her funeral was held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Brinson Hill Baptist Church in Wadley, with Rev. Dr. David Kemp officiating. Burial was in the Live Oak Cemetery in Wadley.

Survivors include two daughters, Charlene (Jack) Wilcher and Gail Bostic, Linden, N.J.; one son, Thomas Johnson, Hampton, Va.; a sister, Eliza Jane May, Newark, N.J.; two brothers, Howard (Verda) Hudson, Wadley, and Charlie Hudson, Lake Alfred, Fla.; two grandchildren reared as her own, Rashonda Bernice Bostic, Statesboro, and Rodney Maurice Bostic, Wadley; other grandchildren, Terrence Tremayne Wilcher, Travis Terrel Wilcher and Tyler Tion Wilcher, Linden, N.J.; four great- grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Hudson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. J.W. Braswell
Mr. J.W. Braswell, 76, of Gibson entered into rest Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, at the V.A. Hospital, Augusta.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, at the Gibson Union Methodist Church with Rev. Griffin Thompson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Braswell was a native of Jefferson County, born to the late Walter and Cora Lee Braswell. He was a member of the Gibson United Methodist Church and a Army veteran during the Korean Conflict. He worked at the Lily Cup Factory for 22 years and at the J.M. Huber Chalk Company for 19 years. He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by sister, Inez Kitchens and a granddaughter, Amy Braswell.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mrs. Sybil Neal Braswell; two sons, Mike (Joan) Braswell of Gibson, and Larry (Marcia) Braswell of Mesena; one brother, Bobby (Mary Ann) Braswell of Stapleton; four grandchildren, Jason Braswell, Tara (Paul) Searcy, Travis Braswell and Ray Hill; one great-grandchild, Payton Amy Searcy. Pallbearers were Bruce Logue, Richard Kitchens, Jack Crunkelton, Jeff Crunkelton, Matt Knoeferl, Ross Rabun and Eric Braswell.

Memorials may be made to the Gibson United Methodist Church in care of Mrs. Frankie Porter, 628 Lamb St., Gibson, GA 30810.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Louis P. "Lou" Davis, Sr.
Mr. Louis P. “Lou” Davis, Sr., 74, of Augusta entered into rest Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008.

Mr. Davis was a native and life long resident of Augusta. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Augusta Bowling Association for over 50 years. Mr. Davis was also a member of New Heights Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Thomas Poteet and Son with Rev. Lloyd Greene officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his son, Paul Davis, and daughters, Diane Davis and Renee Duncan.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Ora Manning Davis; his daughters, LouAnn (James) Davis Burnett of Evans, Laurie (Chris) Davis Cantwell of Evans; sons, Louis Patterson Davis Jr. of Augusta, Lee (Rachel) Jeffrey Davis of Matthews; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Louis Patterson Davis Jr., Lee Jeffrey Davis, James Burnett, Chris Cantwell, Brandon Kitchens and Larry Maioirello.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Augusta Mens Bowling Association and Roy Howard, Jerry Hinton, Preston Stewart and Jim Mobley.

Memorials may be made to New Heights Baptist Church, 105 Camilla Rd., Martinez, GA 30907.

Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors were in charge of the arrangements.


Mrs. Sarah Stapleton Dillon
Sarah Stapleton Dillon, 84, of Gainesville died on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008.

She was the daughter of George Willis Stapleton and Lucile Rivers Stapleton, Stapleton. In addition to her parents, a brother, Walter H. Stapleton and a sister, Florence Stapleton Flanders, preceded her in death. A graduate of Stapleton High School she attended Georgia Teachers College, Statesboro and graduated from Georgia State College for Women, Milledgeville (now GC&SU) with a BS in Institutional Management, majoring in foods, nutrition and dietetics. Following graduation, she served as interim dietician at Riverside Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla., assistant Dietician at Wesleyan College, Macon and later taught foods and nutrition at Miller High School, Macon. Following her marriage in 1953, she traveled around the world. She was a member of the Atlanta History Center, High Museum of Art, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville Symphony Orchestra, The Gainesville Arts Council, The Chancellors Club - UNC at Chapel Hill and the President’s Circle at Georgia College and State University. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008 at Lanier Village Estates. Dr. David L. McDonald and Rev. Richard A. Evans officiated.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Albert S. (Bert) Dillon, Gainesville; a sister, Mildred Stapleton Launius of Monroe; sister-in-law, Sara McTier Stapleton of Stapleton; nephews Jackson (Cindy) Flanders of Baker, Fla., George (Nancy) Launius of Madison, Scott (Catherine) Stapleton of Stapleton; nieces Susan (James) Sheppard of Stapleton, Luann (Gene) Staulcup of Augusta and Luci Launius Dunn of Milledgeville; 14 great-nieces and nephews, five great-great neices and nephews and a number of cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 800 South Enota Drive, NE Gainesville, GA 30501, the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

Little Davenport was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruth Kirkland Renfroe Fennell
Mrs. Ruth Kirkland Renfroe Fennell, 89, of Wadley died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at Jefferson Hospital in Louisville.

Mrs. Fennell was born in Emanuel County and was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Sandersville.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Marlon Lastinger officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Dale Kirkland, Don Kirkland, Dan Kirkland, Buddy Deriso, Johnny Deriso and Ronald Sullivan.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Jackie Joe Elbert Gibbons
Mrs. Jackie Joe Elbert Gibbons, 56, departed this life Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the San Hill Baptist Church and cemetery with Elder James Blair officiating.

Mrs. Gibbons was a native of Johnson County and a 1970 graduate of Johnson County High School. At an early age she joined the San Hill Baptist Church but in 1970 joined the family at China Temple Church of God in Christ where she was an ordained Evangelist for over 15 years, member of the Foreign Field Committee, Church Secretary, Choir President and director of the China Temple Choir. She was also director of the Community Choir.

Survivors include her husband, Willie James Gibbons of Bartow; her children, Felicia Gibbons and Malisa Gibbons of Dublin, Jermaine Gibbons of Wrightsville; four grandchildren, Qwaesha, Lu’Sandria, Ceyauna and Nichol; her siblings, Lillie (Hodges) Roberson of Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., Helen Hall, Bobby (Jacqueline) Elbert, Larry (Marshellia) Elbert, John Willie (Dorothy) Elbert, Loran Elbert, Freddie (Dathery) Elbert of Wrightsville, Jimmy (Mary) Elbert of Meridian, Conn., Alice Jefferies of Bridgeport, Conn.; mother-in-law, Annie Mae Gibbons Mason of Wadley; aunts, Cora Johnson, Eloise (O.D) Cannon, Charlie Mae Williams, Claudine (Matthew) Fann all of Wrightsville; seven brothers-in-law and seven sisters-in-law, Edward (Ruth) Cody of Nicaragua, Kelvin (Regina) Cody of Millen, Betty (Robert) Perez and Jacqueline (Timothy) Hicks of Wadley, Catherine (Varick) Braswell of Bartow, Linda (John) Harmon of Statesboro, Edna (Otis) Clements of Augusta; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Deacon Murray Gibbons
Deacon Murray Gibbons, 95, departed this life on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, in Tampa, Fla.

Mr. Gibbons, 95, was born Jan. 23, 1913 to the parentage of the late Wilson Gibbons and Lanie Heggs Gibbons. He was baptized at the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church at an early age. After moving to Tampa. he joined Mt. Zion AME Church formerly of 111 South Dakota Ave. He was a faithful member and deacon for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Mt. Pisgah Lodge #150 of Tampa, Zion Wheel Society, Morning Star Society and Fair and Honesty Society of Louisville.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church and cemetery, with Rev. Abraham Gibbons officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Lillie Burton Gibbons of Tampa; daughters, Gladys (Calvin) Dixon of Louisville, and Georgia Moye of Tampa; children that he reared, Vonetta (Skoochee) Jamabo of Orlanda, Fla., and Robert Thomas of Dayton, Ohio; brothers, Rev. Asa Heggs of Roselle, N.J., and Tom Peter Heggs of Arlington, Va.; sisters, Viola Gibbons and Essie Johnson of Louisville; sister-in-law, Maggie Moye of Louisville; brothers-in-law, Isaac Burton of Bruswick, and Willie Johnson of Louisville; grandchildren Kerensky Dixon and Gavin Dixon of Louisville; one great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Rebecca Gibbons Holliman
Mrs. Rebecca Gibbons Holliman, 93, of Wadley departed this life Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, at an Augusta hospital.

Mrs. Holliman was a native of Jefferson County, where she attended Jefferson County School System and joined the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church. She moved to Burke County for a number of years where she met and married the late Julius Holliman. Upon her return to Jefferson County, she joined the New Fleming Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Hardeman Springfield Baptist Church, with Rev. Cedric L. Cason officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her daughters, Daisy (Jake) Facyson of Millen, Ruth (Freddie) Gallon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Annie Holliman of Wadley; one son, Ernest Holliman of Wadley; her grandchildren, Cynthia (Will) Evans of Atlanta, Noah (Tiffany) Holliman and Jonathan Gallon of Fort Lauderdale, Gary (Kendra) Gallon West Palm Beach, Fla.; great-grandchildren; a twin sister, Sallie Wells; daughter-in-law, Eva Holliman; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ethel Cunningham McCloud Nealey
Mrs. Ethel Cunningham McCloud Nealey, 84, of Louisville departed this life on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at an Augusta hospital.

Mrs. McCloud was a native of Jefferson County. The daughter of the late Gertin and Ethel Peel Cunningham, retired from Jefferson Hospital, a member of the Eden Baptist Church where she served on the Missionary Board, Usher Board and Church Custodian for many years.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Eden Baptist Church and cemetery, Louisville, with Rev. James Nelson officiating.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her children, Annie Louise Sheeley of Louisville and Beulah (John) Hilton of Hephzibah; stepdaughter, Nanette “Faye” Nealey of Miami, Fla.; sister, Bernice Walden of Louisville; 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Councilman Clayton "Sonny" Neely Jr.
Councilman Clayton “Sonny” Neely Jr. of Keysville entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, at his residence.

He was a Boral Brick retiree.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Thompson Springhill A.M.E. Church in Matthews. Rev. Robert Edwards officiated the service.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Turetha E. Neely; two sons, Clayton B. and Carl M. Neely; four daughters, Phenelopa “Pennie” (Wayne) Thompson, Sharon D. Neely, Aundria (Jeffery) Gilchrist, and Roshanda Neely; six grandchildren, Tiera (Anthony) Bowen, Jeffery Gilchrist II, Nykia Frierson-Neely, Brianna Gilchrist, Robert Gilchrist, and DeAndre Gilchrist; three great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren; four brothers, James D. Neely, Nathaniel (Beatrice) Neely, George (Hattie) Neely, and Earl Neely; seven sisters, Ruby Butler, Bobie Neely, Lillie Alice (Donald) Wright, Elouise (George) Washington, Bernice Scott, Christeen (Conrad) Boykins, and Harriett (Marvin) Scott; a special godson, Robert Gray; an adopted mother, Mrs. Leola Scott and family; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Edna L. Norris
Mrs. Edna L. Norris died on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at Eisenhower Army Medical Center.

Mrs. Norris was a native of Jefferson County and a member of the Burns Memorial United Methodist Church and the Christine Scott Circle.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at 11 a.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Park with Reverend Bill Burch officiating.

Mrs. Norris was also preceded in death by her husband, Maj. U.S. Army retired Samuel D. Norris, daughter, Dianne Andrews and her granddaughter, Heather Ware.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon (Mickey) Chamineak of Thomson, Rosemary (Billy) Garrison of Augusta, Nancy (George) Guy of Waynesboro, and Charlie Andrews of Augusta; grandchildren, Brian (Jen) Andrews, Lyn (Jonathan) Judson, Rebecca (Daniel) Cates, Sam Guy, Ian Garrison, Lauren (Billy) Burroughs, Josh and Ethan Chamineak; great-grandchildren, Stephen Andrews, James Cipely, Gauge Guy, Caroline Cates and Nathan Judson; her sister, Virginia Rooks of Augusta, her sister-in-law, Alma Williams of Avera, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Chance and Hydrick Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Thomas E. Stephenson
Mr. Thomas E. Stephenson, 72, of Augusta entered into rest on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at University Hospital.

Mr. Stephenson was born in Swainsboro, to John Stephenson and Edna Stone Stephenson. He graduated from Glascock County High School and went on to earn a business degree from Georgia State University. He was a veteran of the United States Navy who served during the Korean Conflict. For 33 years he worked for the Internal Revenue Service and after retiring, worked as a tax consultant for Johnson Motor Company for 13 years. He was an enrolled agent and a member of NARFE and NSTP and attended Wesley United Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Platt’s Belair Road Chapel with the Rev. Greg Porterfield and Rev. Pat Williams officiating. Entombment followed at Bellevue Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Grace Stephenson; son, Tommy (Leslie) Stephenson of Evans; a daughter, Brenda (Britt) Tanner of Conway, S.C.; a brother, Bill Stephenson of Acworth; and five grandchildren, Carolyn Tanner, Thomas Stephenson, Blake Stephenson, Lilli Stephenson, and Carson Stephenson.

Pallbearers were Roy Howell, J.H. Usry, Kenneth Swim, David Peace, Larry Lynn, C.E. Phelps and Jim King.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1105 D, Fury’s Lane, Augusta, Georgia 30907 or to Wesley United Methodist Church, 825 North Belair Road, Evans, Georgia 30809.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Eloise Mack Terrell
Ms. Eloise Mack Terrell of Louisville departed this life Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at an Augusta hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at 12:30 p.m. at the Jones Grove Baptist Church and cemetery with Rev. Jerry Dudley officiating.

Ms. Terrell was a native of Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Josiah and Angeline Timmons Mack. She attended the Jefferson County Public Schools but moved to Philadelphia, Pa. several years ago. She united with the Calvary United Church of Christ and later Woodcrest United Church of Christ where she worked faithfully with the Choir and Woman’s Fellowship and Church Council. Eloise worked with Textile Amalgamated and was a member of the Amalgamated Union in Phil, Pa. After her return to Jefferson County she reunited with the Jones Grove Baptist Church and served the Jefferson County Senior Citizen.

Survivors include her children, Marcell (Norene) Terrell of East Orange, N.J., Michael Terrell and Stanley Terrell of Newark, N.J.; her siblings, James Hubert (Lessie) Mack and Joe Lewis (Mary Nell) Mack all of Louisville, Wylene M. (Manuell) Young of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Dorothy M. Sanders of Hamilton, N.J.; grandchildren, Vernon III, Tammy and Rockmond; sister-in-law, Almarie D. Mack of Trenton, N.J.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rev. Robert Carr Wells Sr.
Rev. Robert Carr Wells Sr., 72, of Greeleyville, S.C. died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008, in McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, S.C.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home in Manning, S.C., with the Rev. Grover Mixon and Rev. James Gaiters officiating.

Born May 15, 1935, in Tampa, Fla., he was a son of the late John Rob and Carrleen Turner Wells. He was a retired minister and a member of Greeleyville Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Caryl Marie Wells.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Brim Wells of Greeleyville; a son, Robby Wells of Savannah; and sister, Patricia Mayer of Tennessee.

Pallbearers are Ricky Dow, Stanley Montgomery, Sgt. Ernest Taylor, Randall Hugee, Wallace Mack, Barry Avant, Bennie Sabb and Brent Kennedy.

Honorary pallbearers are Deacons and members of the Mens Bible Class of Greeleyville Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to youth activities of the church of your choice.

Stephens Funeral Home and Crematory were in charge of arrangements.

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