Obituaries
March 6, 2008 Issue


Mr. Roger Bales
Mr. Roger Bales, 82, of Thomson entered into rest at his residence Monday, Feb. 25, 2008. Mr. Bales was a native of Glascock County and lived here most of his life. He was an Army Veteran of WW2, a Christian and a brick mason.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at Mitchell Full Gospel Church with Rev. Ronnie Shelton, Rev. Jacky Downs, and Rev. Eddie Renew officiating. Interment was in the Cooper Family Cemetery.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Jutson Avera Bales; and his wife, Bessie Maude Cooper Bales.

Survivors include five sons, George (Nancy) Bales of Augusta, Rodney Bales and Gail Bales of Punta Gorda, Belize and Grovetown respectfully, Ronald (Khongok) Bales of Naknek, Alaska, Donald (Debra) Bales of Gibson, and Troy (Marie) Bales of Gibson; four daughters, Becky (Billy) Reese of Thomson, Brenda Brown and Frank Corley of Mitchell, Connie (Dewitt) Johnson of Suwanee, and Wanda (Frank) Youngblood of Gibson; one brother, Bill Bales of Thomson; two sisters, Ethel Wood of Thomson, and Louise McNeal of Gibson; 50 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tray Franks, Duke Whitfield, Rodrick Brown, Frank Youngblood III, Jeff Bales, Deric Bales, Keneth Bales and Kenny Bales.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. James Walter "JW" Bowles
Mr. James Walter “JW” Bowles, 58, of Augusta entered into rest on Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at his residence after a two year battle with lung cancer.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. at Platt’s Belair Road Chapel with the Rev. H. W. “Race” Lariscy officiating. Burial was on Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Louisville City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Hall Bowles; his daughter, Stephanie (William) Bowles of Wrens; a son, James “Woody” (April) Bowles of Evans; a sister, Pat (Vince) Shaffer of Kennesaw; a brother, David W. (Kathy) Bowles of Waynesboro; six grandchildren, Dalton Loyal, Trinity Bowles, Heather Garrett, Kristen Bowles, Haley Bowles and Will Bowles; and two great-grandchildren, Jek Garrett and Kayla Bowles.

Pallbearers were Christopher West, Charles Marchman, Jason Poole, Robyn Shaffer, Jason Tanner, Jonathan Tanner, Freddie Jennings and Richard Allen.

Honorary pallbearers were Michael Zachary, Pat Kelly, Ralph Barbee, Eddie White, Alex Brinson, Jerry Tiller, Mike Newman, Phil Wallace, Vic Sheppard and David Murphy.

Platt’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Mary Streetman Bussey
Mrs. Mary Streetman Bussey, 98, of Augusta entered into rest Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at her residence.

She was a native of Jefferson County, and a member of Doyle Grove Baptist Church, where she was the Mother of the Church, served as a member of the Usher Board, Pastor Aide Committee, Mission Society, Deaconess Board and the Senior Choir. She retired from the University Hospital in 1975 after several years of service.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Doyle Grove Baptist Church, Blythe, with Rev. Stephen Bratton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Willie Lee Streetman Jr. and Milton (Betty) Streetman, both of Augusta; one sister, Sarah Ferguson, Augusta; five stepchildren, Johnnie, Willie James, Pearl, Eula, and Rose Bussey; sister-in-law, Pearl Roberson, Lincolnton; four brothers-in- law; 17 grandchildren, 38 great- grandchildren, 35 great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mr. Benson L. Hall
Mr. Benson L. Hall, 67, of Pulaski entered into rest Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, at Orchard Manor.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 6, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the home of David and Lisa Hall, 320 Moxleyville Rd., Blythe, with Rev. Joe Walden officiating.

Survivors include his wife Marcy Hall, Wrens; two daughters, Carolyn (Sam) Prickett, Wrens, and Janice Wilcher, Wrens; one son, David (Lisa) Hall, Blythe; one brother, C.L. Hall, Augusta; one sister, Alma Price, Tifton; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

James Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Eugene Lockhart Jr.
Mr. Eugene Lockhart Jr., 58, of Wrens entered into rest Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 1, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Ways Grove Baptist Church, Wrens, with Rev. Jimmy McCullough IIII officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors are mother, Mary Lou Lockhart; daughter, Kesha Turner; six sisters, Darnell (Leonard) Farmer, Patricia (Ulysess) Floyd, Geraldine Lockhart, Shelley (Commit) Jordan, Coreen Simpkins, Earnestine Jackson; five brothers, Joe Lockhart, Glenn Lockhart, Arthur (Mytrell) Lockhart, Thomas Moses Lockhart, Robert (Julia) Lockhart; a dear friend, Ruby Stapleton; three grandchildren, Dexter Turner, Deunte Turner and Myeisha Dudley; a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Frank Leon Nelson
Mr. Frank Leon Nelson, 54, of Augusta entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, at his residence.

Mr. Nelson was the son of Marvin L. and Dell Williams Nelson and attended school in Wrens.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at Harlem Baptist Church with the Reverend Philip Vestal officiating.

Survivors include son, Adam (Katie) Nelson of Macon, and Matthew Nelson of Harlem; one brother, Gary (Kathy) Nelson of Virginia; and several cousins.

Starling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Ruth Douglas Pennington
Ruth Douglas Pennington passed away Feb. 22, 2008, in Houston after a brief illness.

She was born the March 16, 1918, in Wrightsville. A devoted member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Ruth was active in the Current Study Club and Suzanna Wesley Class.

Following a private committal service at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, a memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in the chapel of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Edith Daniel Douglas and Romanus Roscoe Douglas; sister, Sara; brothers, Carl and Paul; brothers-in-law, Andrew Pennington and Dr. Glen Pennington.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Willard T. “Penny” Pennington; daughter, Sara Lee (Tom) Pennington McInenly; grandson, Kyle McInenly, all of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; brother, Merl Douglas of Chicago; sister-in-law, Emily Pennington of Matthews; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

In lieu of the usual remembrances, it was Ruth’s wish that contributions be directed to Mount Mariah Methodist Church, Matthews, or the charity of your choice.


Mrs. Sara Huff Prescott
Mrs. Sara Huff Prescott, 74, of Keysville entered into rest Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008.

Mrs. Prescott was a member of Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker.

Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, at 2 p.m. at James Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Ed Chance officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

Mrs. Prescott was preceded in death by her husband, Roy N. Prescott; her two brothers, Freddie Huff and Alex Huff; and a sister Ruth Beasley.

Survivors include her children, David W. Prescott, Wrens, Gloria P. Sasser, Waynesboro, and Jane P. Wood, Wrens; two sisters, Clouise Willoughby, Stapleton, and Esteen Bonner, Rock Hill, S.C.; six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Carl Newsome, Wiley Prescott, Ricky Coxville, Dennis Prescott, Lewis Braswell and James Atkinson.

James Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Arthur Roberts
Mr. Arthur Roberts, 93, of Stapleton entered into rest Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 29, 2008, at 3 p.m. at Stone Springfield A.M.E. Church, Stapleton, with Rev. Michael Ephraim officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Lola Roberts; son, Odell (Helen) Roberts; three daughters, Mary (Morris) Simpkins, Ruth (Charlie) Baker and Jeanette (William) Richardson; five brothers, Jimmie (Classie) Roberts, Luther Roberts, Lindsey Roberts, Mitchell (Ollie) Roberts, and Waymon Roberts; two sisters, Myrtle Usry and Pauline Davis; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; sister- in-law, Eddie Daniels.

Burnett Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Earl "Doodle" Smith
Earl “Doodle” Smith, 63, of Gibson entered into rest Monday, Feb. 25, 2008.

Mr. Smith was born in Warren County but lived most of his life in Glascock County. He was the son of the late Shady Earl Smith and the late Mary Laura Chalker Williford. He was retired from Georgia Pacific after 31 years as a supervisor. Mr. Smith was a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at the Beggs Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Pulliam and Rev. Tommy Harwell officiating. Internment followed at Magnolia Baptist Cemetery.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his son Jimmy Smith and sisters Hazel Smith Hunnicutt and Erlene Smith Padgett.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Vivian Smith, Gibson; sister, Carolyn Padgett (Hill), Warrenton; mother-in-law, Corene Todd, Gibson; sister-in-law, Elaine Gilmer (Allen), Gibson; nephew, Michael Gilmer (Stephanie), Gibson; great-nephew and niece, Breanna and Boone Gilmer; several other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Bobby Newsome, Bennie Story, Eugene Norris, Junior Stewart, Dean Reese and Alex Ferguson.

Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Estella A. Smith
Funeral services for Mrs. Estella A. Smith, 78, of Stapleton were held on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the Lofton A.M.E. Church, Wrens, with the Rev. Michael G. Ephraim Sr., pastor, officiating and the Rev. Leroy Britt, Sr., eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include six daughters, Mae Frances (Glenn) Johnson, Augusta, Janice ( Stephen) Johnson, Vernida (Frankie) Nesby, Pauline (Jeremiah) Robert, all of Louisville, Inell (George) Cunningham, Stapleton, and Geneva Williams, Waynesboro; four sons David (Antoine) Smith, Louisville, Henry (Patricia) Smith, Wrens, Robert (Ann) Smith, Augusta, and James (Jackie) Smith, Atlanta; one brother Lamar Avery, Orlando, Fla.; sister, Sally (Willie Huber) Smith, Stapleton; three sisters-in-law, Ruby Brown, Pauline Crowder, both of Wrens, Ada Lee Smith, Stapleton; close friend of the family, Mary Reese; 27 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Mr. Charles Milton Steed
Charles Milton Steed, 91, entered into rest on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, while being cared for by his wife and his children in Statesboro.

Mr. Steed served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Louisville, where he lived all of his life. Mr. Steed was a Mason, deacon and Sunday school teacher, where he was a member for over 52 years.

The service was held on Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Louisville. The Rev. Larry Montogomery officiated. Burial followed in the Louisville City Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Jamie Cowan.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marguerite C. Steed of Louisville; two daughters, Lynda (Steve) Lewis and Barbara (Bobby) Reid, both of Statesboro; five granddaughters, Marianne (Anthony) LeFebvre of Brooklet, Susan (Buddy) Pullam of Statesboro, Lisa (Joe) Onovc of Richmond Hill, Amy Tapley of Statesboro and Julie (Richie) Brown of Lake City, Fla.; sister, Lucy Strickland of Louisville; and eight great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were John Murphy, Larry Stanley, Mike McDowell, Frank Etheridge, Larry Morgan, William Rabun and Don Handberry.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the T.W. Wilson Sunday School Class and deacons of the First Baptist Church.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Louisville, Ga., 101 East Ninth Street, Louisville, GA 30434; and Ogeechee Area Hospice, P.O. Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.

Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Master Jermaine Tarver Jr.
Master Jermaine Tarver Jr. departed this life Saturday, March 1, 2008, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Wallace Mason officiating.

Survivors include his parents, Jontae Holmes and Jermaine Tarver Sr. of Louisville; brother, Antoine Holmes; paternal grandparents, Earl James Hill of Louisville and Betty Jean Tarver Brown of Wadley; maternal grandparents, Hosea Holmes and Kathleen Holmes and Edna Beach of Augusta; great-grandparents, Mary E. Hill of Louisville and Augustine Green of Augusta; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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